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
It’s well known that Germans can be rather literal. Yet when they refer to their Kopfkino, or ‘head cinema’, they’re referring to those mental images which imagine how events will unfold. Our Kopfkinos are where all our hopes and fears create dramatic narratives for us to spectate, whether we want to or not. Kopfkino scenarios may be fun and indulgent. You could watch in your head how your boyfriend finally proposes at a candlelit dinner with a bouquet of the reddest roses. But they can also be upsetting; you may envisage your impatient boss firing you because you’re late to work for the third time that week. And unlike real-life films, Kopfkino movies are hard to switch off. It’s much harder to walk out of your mind than to walk out of an actual cinema. SEE ALSO: These 9 German words perfectly sum up being in your 20s Ein tolles Buch sollte das Kopfkino des Lesers anregen. A great book should inspire the reader’s imagination. … [Read more...] about German Word of the Day: Das Kopfkino
German discounter Aldi is renowned for its special buys – when it reduces a handful of trending tech and lifestyle items every Thursday. But did you know it also has a food equivalent - which it announces every other Monday? The retailer - which specialises in own-brand produce - has revealed its latest 'super six' deals on fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Updated fortnightly, these are the items that will be reduced for the next 14 days - including the weekend. What's included varies by availability - but often it'll be seasonal produce, such as figs for autumn, with all items reduced to either 29p or 59p a pack. Around Christmas, you'll also find festive deals such as parsnips, potatoes and carrots reduced to less than 60p. Its meat selection meanwhile includes family packs such as Cajun sausages and, this week, a Moroccan lamb tagine meal kit - with prices from £1.99 to £3.99. But it's first come, first served - so to reap the discounts, it's best to get in there … [Read more...] about Aldi reveals its 6 deals of the week