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  • Location Baden-Württemberg
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  1. Has Kwasi just destroyed the UK economy?   Barely three weeks into her job, Ms. Truss has suffered a dizzying loss of public support. Her Conservative Party now trails the opposition Labour Party by 33 percentage points, according to a new poll by the market research firm YouGov. That is the largest Labour lead since Tony Blair’s early days as prime minister in 1998, and the kind of gap that usually results in a landslide election defeat.
  2. Wasted science money?

    What is fusion as a rocket?
  3. Has Kwasi just destroyed the UK economy?

    Please enlighten me, who's the criminal in the enumeration in the ad? Or can the lyer and the criminal be the same person?   BTW, interesting ways to insert extra commas.
  4. Has Kwasi just destroyed the UK economy?   Paul is always very much to the point. At the very end, there's this: When the City of London calls your party a “doomsday cult.”
  5. Dijon Mustard taste set

    Welcome to the party. I knew trouble was brewing when we were faced with two meters of empty shelves at Auchan in Lille back in June. Apparently, most of the brown mustard seeds that go into Dijon mustard are grown in Alberta and Sasakatchewan where they had a draught this year.   France seems to be near another Bastille moment because of the mustard situation...   Germany uses more of the yellow seeds that are sourced mainly from Ukraine and Russia, so a German mustard crisis has been forecast since March.   I feel Dortmunder Löwensenf is the only near-adequate replacement for Dijon mustard, and it's been becoming scarce. At least where I live, long before this crisis, retailers have been in the habit of putting only mustard on the shelves that is 1 - 5 months from expiring but even that has been expiring. I was able to buy a few 235 ml plastic bottles of Maille (expiring May 23) at Edeka's in August. Maybe customers were so used to the glass jars that they overlooked them in the corner of the shelf.   Remarkably, despite the near riot situation at home, Maille seems to be exporting as usual. I saw and photographed a pile of cartons in a supermarket in Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada in July that had expiry dates in summer of 2023 but didn't want to carry the jars in my suitcase. When I was in Denmark in September, all supermarkets were well stocked with Maille, and I purchased two 380 g jars with expiry date December 23 which I take were newly delivered as I've never seen anything with a shelf life of more than 18 months.
  6. Can a German be rude when speaking English?

    Going back to the original question, lack of a large range of expression in English and a predeposition to directness may lead to perception of rudeness in native speakers, even if the speakers or writers never learnt rude language and it was never their intention to be rude.    I have a colleague in purchasing who is Croatian. His German is at about 95% of native, his English more like 30%. When he became the buyer for an American company we had been buying from for a long time but that didn't have a buyer assigned to them for a long time because the volume was limited and the quality was good, he wrote an email to the tune of: Hi, I'm the new buyer for you, we have this problem and now we need this from you, all in understandable but fairly basic English.  I was the technical point guy at the time, and when I told him his email was rude and we can call ourselves lucky if they don't clam up, he was taken aback, even offended at first. He developed a good relationship with that company eventually, but at first he'd been blissfully unaware of how he sounded. So, yes, one can be functionally rude without wanting to and not being taught the subtleties may make it easier to do so. Ok, he wasn't German, so this story isn't spot on topic.   Now try doing business with a Dutch customer in any language. But this is more a question of business culture than anything else, in my opinion.
  7. Random testing and quarantine plan Canada   This guy says there was still plenty of yellow slips being handed out at the land border on April 3rd. Does a yellow slip mean on-site test or does it mean you have to pull up to collect a mail-in test kit?
  8. Random testing and quarantine plan Canada

    Thanks, that was very helpful. I'll head to flyer talk.    I'm beginning to think this means: - Heading to the US right after arrival should be fine. - If I reenter Canada by land to leave on a flight the same day and get selected, I should still be able to fly? - If I spend another night and a positive test comes in before I leave, I will be stuck for 14 days (as opposed to 5 if leaving from the US, not that they have any mandatory testing other than for flights to the US)   Bonus question: it seems when you enter Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller and are not tested, you are supposed to mask when in public for 14 days. Is this being followed where there are no mask mandates? Do sufficient people still mask voluntarily? Or does one have to expect funny looks or even aggression as in some parts of the US?   Thanks
  9. Canada has removed the mandatory pre-boarding or pre-entry test for fully vaccinated travellers April 1st, but one still needs to enter a quarantine plan and is subject to randomly selected testing at the airport or land border. Since this is fairly new, I haven't been able to find much information on what this really means.   If I intend to fly into Canada, get a rental car and cross the US border right away, can I us a US hotel as quarantine plan?   If I am randomly selected for testing, do I have to wait and isolate until test results are in? Will this be an antigen test, an on-site immediate PCR or a full lab test that takes a few days?   On returning to Canada by land, intending to fly out, again, can I name a hotel that accepts quarantine guests without actually booking it? Do I have to wait for the test result, potentially missing my flight.   Confused.