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25-year-old guy in America falls in love with a German girl. She's his tutor at German class. They get on great but he's unsure about when to kiss her. He reaches out to the TT community for advice. Helpful suggestions received, love blossoms. Read the full heart-warming story as it continues to unfold...
Falling in love with a German girl: ...that I can't quite kiss yet.
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Gangnam Style blocked in Germany by backward-thinking GEMA

Gangnam Style may be the first YouTube video to be viewed more than a billion times, but nobody in Germany can watch it. This is because GEMA, a performance rights organisation in Germany, insists on charging YouTube a prohibitive fee to broadcast many music videos. Instead of paying the fees, YouTube has chosen to block the videos.

Frank Briegmann, President of Universal Music Germany has said: "Germany is a developing country in the digital music market". Meanwhile Edgar Berger, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in Munich has said: "I suspect that some members of GEMA's supervisory board have not yet arrived in the digital era".

More: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blocking_of_YouTube_videos_in_Germany
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Today Mercer released their worldwide quality of living survey for 2011. Once again there are three German cities in the top ten. Munich, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt come in at 4th, 5th, and 7th respectively. Full list: mercer.com/press-releases/quality-of-living-report-2011
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The list was done by Mercer Consulting, a North American firm headquartered in New York.
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2012 will be a bumper year for so-called Brückentage in Germany. With some optimising you can take 22 vacation days and get 63 days off. The AZ published this calendar. Some of the holidays are specific to Bavaria, but many apply nationwide too. Full calendar: goo.gl/IJxJv
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A genuine photo apparently, not photoshopped. It happened two years ago in Osnabrück. The door was damaged in an accident and had to be repainted, but they got it wrong. It was six weeks before they noticed and fixed it. Full story, in German, here: goo.gl/gv7Z8
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Bing Streetside is Microsoft's version of Google Street View. And their cars are currently collecting imagery in Germany. Until the end of December 2011 they will be touring major cities including Berlin, Bonn, and Cologne. If you spot the cars, don't forget to wave, or pull a moonie. See the shooting schedule here: goo.gl/ZTJKM and related discussion here: goo.gl/NiAoe
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Protest against the new TV licensing system in Germany

TV audiences across Germany are in decline. Many younger people no longer watch any TV at all. All their media consumption is online, mostly via mobile.

So is the German government doing the reasonable thing and scaling back investment in public broadcasting? No, quite the opposite. The new TV license fees that came into effect this year will increase the funding to state-run TV.

Germany has a history of bizarre legal decisions when it comes to new media. Think of the Google Street View fiasco, or the blocking of Gangnam Style on YouTube. But hopefully society will soon course correct and the TV license issue will be rethought.

Meanwhile, you can refuse to pay, and join an action group: goo.gl/iBN6v
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On March 3, 2013 there'll be a country-wide comparison of all those registered for the new "Rundfunkbetrag" with the national database of registered residents in Germany. It's expected at least 850,000 households will be identified who are not registered for the new fee and all will be written to to elicit an explanation or excuse why they are not paying. Anyone who has refused to pay after 6 months will have commited an offence ("Ordnungswidrigkeit") for which they can be fined or have assets seized: goo.gl/yzD8W
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Lego space shuttle launched to space from Germany

This Lego Space Shuttle model 3367 was sent with a helium balloon to a height of 35 km. The pieces were super-glued together to survive 200 kph winds in the stratosphere. It was launched from Germany because this was the only country in Europe which would give air traffic clearance. Video and details: goo.gl/pHbAP
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US Citizens Information Night in Frankfurt on Friday, November 30, 2011. The evening will be a fun, casual event intended to inform Americans about services the Consulate has to offer. All Americans are invited to attend, and organizations are invited to host a display table: www.toytowngermany.com/forum/?showtopic=236050
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A new direct train service between Moscow, Berlin, and Paris is starting on December 12, 2011. The trip covers 3,177 km, takes 38½ hours, and a 2nd class ticket costs €330. The German stations serviced are Oderberg, Frankfurt (Oder), Berlin, Hannover, Fulda, Frankfurt am Main, and Saarbrucken. Thread: goo.gl/w9kue
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38 hours is not bad really
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Today is British Foods Day at Lidl supermarkets in Germany. They have specials on things like Cheddar cheese, scampi, apple pies, tea, baked beans, jams and marmelades. Factoid: Cheddar cheese is the second most highly sought-after product among TT readers. See our list of most popular Where to buy... items: goo.gl/rbQE6. Forum chat about Lidl today: goo.gl/mynDG
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I always buy .:-)
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It's ladybird season in Germany again. Every year around the end of October the little bugs swarm in search of a place to hibernate for the winter. Some years they seem to be out in greater numbers, this year included. Related thread: www.toytowngermany.com/forum/?act=findpost&pid=2582782
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Toytown Germany is an English-language community website for Germany. It is an information resource, a meeting point, and a communication platform for English-speakers throughout the country.

See also our Google+ pages for Toytown Munich and The Local.