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An all too appropriate analogy in the Guardian between the Mad Hatters Tea Party and the management of the Euro crisis by the political caste, with Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble co-starring in the role of the Mad Hatter.
Alice in Wonderland has nothing on the absurd world of Europe's financial policymakers, says Larry Elliott
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I'd find this believable if the period was longer. Blind spot crashes increase by 48% in two years - surely car design hasn't changed that much since 2009?
The number of crashes caused by blind spots has risen by 50% over the last two years, a study has found.
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Good timing, amazon! Thank you.
Spaniards have waited for 16 years, but it is finally here. Amazon.es will be up and running on September 15, a day after its presentation by Greg Greeley, vice-president of the online seller's Europe...
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We've booked our removals out of the house in Schmitten now. To Kronberg for Ruth (who will be working in Germany for a few more years), and into storage for the Spain move. Not cheap, despite having spent the last year sorting out and chucking out!

1&1 made us an attractive offer to take our DSL connection with us to the new address, but 12 or 24 months notice period to cancel the contract (pretty standard in Germany) when Ruth comes to Spain just isn't acceptable and we are changing to Alice (= Telefonica), who only want a month's notice.

The house in Xàtiva is coming on well, but 75% of the Spanish go on holiday for all or most of August and it clearly won't be finished until Oct/Nov. (The purchaser of our house wants to move in here in September.)

We've been asked several times what we'll miss from here when we move to Spain - that's simple: German bread! There's nothing to beat the choice (over 1200 sorts of bread rolls, and 300 types of bread - see the link, and we always start the weekend with a large selection of fresh rolls and tea(!).
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We are getting quite excited about our Spanish house project - there is lots of visible progress each week at the moment - floor tiles going down and the roof going up.
Antonio sent us around 130 photos this week, showing lots of details of the roofing work. We've culled them and added about 20 to our Picasa album. Click on
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You could put a horizontal bar in front of the house and saloon doors. ;-)
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Hm - the UK citizenship questions are definitely harder than the questions for acquiring German citizenship here. Good job I'm British already :-)
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Interesting point in the Süddeutsche today: DEXIA, which has just had to be rescued by the French and Belgium governments, was rated better than any of the major French banks in the last stress test run earlier this year. (According to the article, one of the next banks at risk could be the Royal Bank of Scotland.)

I'm reading "The Greatest Crash: How contradictory policies are sinking the global economy" by David Kauders. Kauders predicted the credit crisis some years before it hit. If you take the time to read his book, I think you'll find his arguments worryingly plausible that our problems are only just becoming visible, and the world economy going to get a lot worse in the next 25 years. Problems like Dexia are just the tip of the iceberg.
Die belgisch-französische Dexia-Finanzgruppe hatte den Stresstest besser absolviert als alle Großbanken Frankreichs. Nach der Rettungsaktion für das Institut ist klar: Die Aussagekraft der Tests ist b...
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Lots of progress this week - the house should be finished before the end of October. The builder is confident enough that I have asked the removal company when they can deliver our house contents, which have been in storage for a couple of weeks already.
I was in Spain again at the beginning of the week - Ruth had to work, so I took lots of photos of the progress of the house to show her. I've uploaded some of
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If you can't wait until the 17th, just pop over to Valencia. I did, but not for the Oktoberfest - I went to check on the house-project progress...
... in Valencia, in the Plaza de Toros (the bullring)! The Spanish Oktoberfest finishes on the day that the real Oktoberfest in Munich starts (17th
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"According to the latest statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance Wednesday of $73.8 billion. That's still a lot of money, but it's less than what Steve Jobs has lying around."

Apple had around $76 billion. It shows how near to the brink the US politicians have got, when one enterprise has more cash than the US government, doesn't it?
Maybe the cash-strapped U.S. government should start selling iPads.
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Used to work in IT - mostly project management and quality management. Now I have taken early retirement.
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Having moved to Germany for two years, I seem to have got stuck here. Have been here since 1980! Ruth and I have just built a house in Spain and hope to move there - part time -  soon  :-)
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