The staff at Bookmark in Spalding present their choice for this week: In the darkest days of the Blitz, Christmas is more important than ever.With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz.The men are away fighting for King and Country and with the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm.But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?A Ration Book Christmas is available at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, for £5.99. There's an extra 20% … [Read more...] about BOOK OF THE WEEK: A Ration Book Christmas
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Without wanting to state the obvious, your landlord isn't allowed to raise your rent arbitrarily. You have signed a legal agreement with him/her and therefore they need a reason to demand more money - which is backed by German law. So if you get a letter stating that you'll be paying €20 a month extra from now on because they need to finance a new garden shed, you don't need to take it very seriously. So when can a landlord demand a rent increase (Mieterhöhung)? Well, there are a few different reasons each with slightly different parameters. Meeting the rental average If you are lucky enough to have signed a contract at below the market value - good for you! As many people struggle to even get their names on a rental contract these days, you have struck oil. But there is some bad news: Your landlord has the right to raise the rent up to the level of what is called the Mietspiegel. This is the average rent for comparable apartments in your area - and is assessed at … [Read more...] about Tip of the week: When can my landlord raise the rent?
Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian President Vladimir Putin mourns. It is named after Vladimir Lenin, whose corpse still rots on the Kremlin’s Red Square, 100 years after the October Revolution he led. Ukraine’s Friend of the Week: Angela Merkel Angela Merkel’s days are numbered. In fact, with true German precision, by announcing on Oct. 29 that she will stand down as leader of her party and not stand for election in the next parliament elections on Oct. 24, 2021, the German chancellor has allowed us to calculate exactly the maximum number of days she could have to remain in power – 1,091. Merkel, who became … [Read more...] about Euan MacDonald: Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week
After shattering the transfer record for a defender with the £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk in January, Liverpool have gone on to smash the world record fee for a goalkeeper with the £67m signing of Brazil No.1 Alisson, as well as capturing midfielder Fabinho (£43m), Naby Keita (£53m) and winger Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m) in this transfer window. A £60m deal for Lyon’s France midfielder Nabil Fekir to move to Anfield was also under discussion until complications with his medical halted the move and the word emerging from Liverpool insiders heading into the final days of the transfer window suggests that deal will not be revived, yet these last few months have still changed the Reds image as big-spenders despite that setback. Yet after finishing the last two summer transfer windows among the lowest spenders in the Premier League, Liverpool £250m shopping spree in 2018 has seen Klopp shed his tag of being a miracle working operating on a shoestring … [Read more...] about Assessing the big transfers that could fall into place in the final few days of the transfer window
The Spectator 16 June 2018 9:00 AM 16 June 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Home Negotiations over Brexit acquired an even stronger admixture of chaos and old night. Phillip Lee resigned as a little-known justice minister over Brexit, saying: ‘The 2016 referendum is detrimental to the people we are elected to serve.’ The government managed to reject in the Commons by 324 to 298 a Lords amendment on giving Parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ on a Brexit deal, after Theresa May, the Prime Minister, met rebels and promised that parts of an amendment by Dominic Grieve would be accepted. The white paper on Brexit will not now be published before the European Council summit later this month; warring cabinet ministers were invited to Chequers to discuss it. David Davis decided not to resign as Brexit Secretary after it was agreed that a backstop solution to the Irish border quandary (by retaining ties to the EU customs … [Read more...] about Portrait of the week: Theresa May dodges a Commons Brexit defeat and Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un