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Feb 4th 2014, 4:50 am
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Posted By koalabear1

Re: Lived abroad since 1992 did 5 weeks' PAYE work in UK QUESTION ABOUT P60 & tax

Oh ok, so those five weeks would count as living there then. Of course it felt like visiting!

I've downloaded the form and will send it off soon.

Thanks again for your help.
Feb 3rd 2014, 7:02 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Lived abroad since 1992 did 5 weeks' PAYE work in UK QUESTION ABOUT P60 & tax

Hi Brit in Paris

Thank you ever so much!

That form is for people just leaving the UK now though, and I left in 1992.

It asks other things that don't apply to me too, like what job I'll be...
Feb 3rd 2014, 1:38 pm
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Views: 432
Posted By koalabear1

Lived abroad since 1992 did 5 weeks' PAYE work in UK QUESTION ABOUT P60 & tax

I'd be so grateful if someone could possibly move this into the appropriate section of the forum :)

I've lived abroad for over 20 years, but did 5 weeks' work in the UK in 2013, my first work in...
Jan 12th 2014, 9:27 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 3,369
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Moving to Maastricht - Friends wanted!

Rose,

I have actually left this forum, but luckily I received an email about your reply.

Yep, that sounds right: in NL you MUST do as the Dutch do. Anything different will NOT be tolerated,...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:37 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

Well, thanks for your replies, but let's finish this conversation and thread now, it has got out of hand and isn't discussing what I was hoping it would.

I am not in the mood for an argument with...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:35 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

I probably haven't mixed in the right circles or I don't know what, but I honestly haven't met racists - or at least knew that they were racists, obviously they don't go around in special outfits...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:29 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

I'm happy to hear your FIL had excellent treatment. My Gran did too back when I was little. But clearly, my Dad didn't. I am possibly traumatised by that, and the result is fear of the NHS. This...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:25 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

The thread about the black child who dressed up as Santa.

Sense prevailed in the end but there were quite a few people on this forum who thought it was just fine for the teacher to ridicule a...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:22 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

"You don't get them in Germany" ... well actually, I've worked in Germany for over 15 years and haven't seen any. I dare say there are some though, or are you referring to a war that finished long...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:18 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

You know, you are one tough lady, my DAD DIED IN A SORT OF CUPBOARD NEXT TO THE BINS because the NHS hospital couldn't find him a proper room. He had leukaemia and died two and a half weeks after the...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:14 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

Sally - What isn't a wise move, you mean returning to the UK?

Yes, after a few days on this forum I am beginning to think so. Quite a few racists and an attitude of if you don't think the UK is...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:08 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

That is possible, I am indeed far from sure what to do.

But I am really shocked that nobody has even said it was wrong or sad how my Dad was treated.... so that says something if visitors here...
Dec 20th 2013, 3:07 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

Yes, someone who moved back after a long time from a country where medical care is excellent.

Not expats in the US (totally different country) or info about their relatives in Britain who have...
Dec 20th 2013, 2:59 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

My Dad was in Kingston hospital (2006) and honestly it was horrific. Filthy place, horrible nurses and no suitable room. The male nurse who held my Dad's hand and really cared was lovely. He told me...
Dec 20th 2013, 2:50 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

Wow, where do they live?

It can't be where my Dad had leukaemia and was kept in the spare room with the bins because the only intensive care room was full. The staff promised us my Dad would have...
Dec 20th 2013, 2:48 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

Thank you for your replies. It's all very interesting.

In Germany, medical care feels like it's free at the point of delivery because you never actually pay anything yourself, but just hand over...
Dec 20th 2013, 8:16 am
Replies: 48
Views: 3,694
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Hello everyone - thinking about going back to UK

Yes, me too.

I've read about how some people in the UK think the NHS is the "envy of the world" but to be honest, for Western and Northern Europeans it's more likely to be the opposite. It is...
Forum: Spain
Dec 20th 2013, 8:09 am
Replies: 110
Views: 6,371
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Learning Spanish

So they are amateurs who volunteer for free? That's amazing really, for several reasons.



Well, I am too new to this forum to know if you're right or not, but I haven't seen that in this...
Forum: Spain
Dec 19th 2013, 8:50 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 6,371
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Learning Spanish

Could be more work in what was formerly the DDR, or maybe other regions rather than here - then perhaps hospital jobs that aren't so popular with the German docs, don't know. Good specialists in Ger...
Forum: Spain
Dec 19th 2013, 8:40 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 6,371
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Learning Spanish

Well I don't think they will find it easy in Germany; there seem to be doctors everywhere and apparently a lot of them can't find enough patients. I had a student about two years ago who had been a...
Dec 19th 2013, 8:27 pm
Replies: 150
Views: 7,653
Posted By koalabear1

Re: has the time come for a black santa ?

Thanks for this truly excellent post.

I am so happy to hear the case was taken seriously and dealt with appropriately by everyone concerned.
Dec 19th 2013, 8:03 pm
Replies: 150
Views: 7,653
Posted By koalabear1

Re: has the time come for a black santa ?

What I think this thread really reveals is how much people care or don't care about the feelings of others, how much people are willing or not willing to stand up against injustice and how much "I'm...
Dec 19th 2013, 7:47 pm
Replies: 150
Views: 7,653
Posted By koalabear1

Re: has the time come for a black santa ?

You sound rather bitter. Your bitterness is overshadowing your ability to think clearly.
Dec 19th 2013, 7:45 pm
Replies: 150
Views: 7,653
Posted By koalabear1

Re: has the time come for a black santa ?

It was reported in the article linked to by the OP. Ridiculed was indeed one of the words used to describe what happened.

I realise articles can be anecdotal as they often only have one source,...
Forum: Spain
Dec 19th 2013, 7:22 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 6,371
Posted By koalabear1

Re: Learning Spanish

Having been ill for a few years in my early forties, medical care is one of my top priorities, both the speed and level of care as well as the ease and efficiency of communication.

I'd love to...
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