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Hello, everybody! I´d like to announce that this here so well documented conflict between B&H HCO and me is hopefully going now into a final phase and therefore, hopefully again, will be over soon.

Now, to begin with, unlike already said I will not go to France this autumn. Though my French is not bad, I can speak it fluently, I still don´t feel really comfortable in it and with France altogether (funny, I will stay now with someone in Hastings, of all things, for a few days, haha, speaking of). Although I had picked Colmar, (for which I had done already road-knowledge comparable to the standard of my Brighton-knowledge), a place only 50 kilometers away from my hometown Freiburg, in Germany, it is just too much for me at the moment to actually live and work in France, I will definitely need another year for that.

So, in the meantime it is back to the old bulldog´s snarl, I hope, where people are really warm-hearted and kind, (haha). Well, at least England (and Switzerland, of course) is like my second home and I have missed Brighton, and carrying out our profession in it, so much, it really made me sick sometimes. My love to Brighton & Hove and cabbying in it, as it turned out to be, to me is almost like the desire and longing for a very beautiful, but very difficult, treacherous and cruel woman, hell hath no fury like an HCO scorned… For – oh, these beautifully curved crescents, oh, those long-stretched and winding roads, those lovely lanes… but, oh, those bureaucrats at Norton Road…! Not to mention the worst road of all Brighton roads, (“Hove, actually”), the Burwash Road! (Home of the DSA, starting point for those dreadful tests, that certify your ability to drive like back in driving school, but once you have passed it and are on your job driving the first day, having a chat with a passenger about the weather, sports and the ladies (while simultaneously actually appreciating a really lovely specimen of the latter walking by), you´ll probably run over exactly that very tester that did have passed you – because you still are not fit and able to drive like a cabby can and has to.)

However, as you can see, I have become quite obsessed with all those B&H roads, yes, with the town-map in general!

So, no surprise really that I, as I had already mentioned a while ago, to settle this quarrel, want to deliver to HCO a standard of road-knowledge which is outstanding! (Because to me it is simply like studying my beloved´s skin in all it´s perfect imperfections, whilst gently caressing it (or better put, imagining caressing it, by looking at a photo of it, for the real one is still off-limits to me.))

I want to be THAT good that I actually in the end will be able to draw the complete town-map from out of my head, including all roads and streets and narrow little alley-ways and tiny closes, anything which is a road (so no buildings or parks, of course, or block of flats, which are registered under a house number) – and all of it true to scale!

I want to make a deal now with HCO now, a compromise, that in exchange for their expected generosity to make an exception from that rule in that special case and to let me do a renewal, instead of a start at zero, I want to show them a standard of road-knowledge they never had before from an applicant and very much likely can not even expect from an old stager, who has done this job for 40 years! (If there is one he or she should come forward and we´ll have a competition to crown a champion!)

So I have booked a flight now, am arriving back in England on the 8th of September, and in the days following that date I want to show up at B&H HCO in person and demonstrate to them this outstanding knowledge to the stage that is done by then, which will be me able to draw all areas, whichever they ask me, yet still with some uncertainties and only some of the smaller closes. Yet, I promise I will be perfect within another 3 months from there on!

If they agree, all is fine, if they don´t, then I will still resign from any plans of actually fighting HCO´s decision, although I have said I will do so for I know better now that this will only put me in the place of a querulous person – and with HCO denying me this compromise it would be them, the bellyacher, and I could fight an even better fight by not only following their rules, but even overdoing theim. So, instead of not having back the licence and fighting a grim fight to get it back I would already be back in possession of it and it would make them look bad, as heartless and pedantic bureaucrats, whereas I would shine bright as the guy who went the extra mile, all for the glory of well justified licence requirements.

I will keep you posted how HCO will react to that!

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As a true European…

… I congratulate Britain to the Ukip.

For this party points out clearly where lies the deficits of European and global unification. It is not too fast, but it is in complete neglect of what ordinary, plain people ask for, it is all about the needs of global players and European corporations. Take in consideration what the people really want and the Ukip does not have any purpose to exist anymore and will soon pass into oblivion, for then their job is done.

As for Brighton HCO – see to that foreign drivers have excellent standards in English language and road knowledge and that they care for their job and their city. Then make sure that regulations are clear and just and avoid dodgy ones as the one about the driving licence, that it has to be UK-one for cab-licence renewal, for this will only keep all the foreign drivers away from returning home because they feel unwanted, for they, well,  just do no really fit in, at least some of them. Then we can happily see cab-business prosper again and anti-foreigner resentments diminish.

Thanks for reading this here and maybe even thinking about it every now and then.

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Britain’s richest people are wealthier than ever before, with a combined fortune of almost £520bn, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27459621
Well, am I glad that my British colleagues have done so well, for cab-business is a bit slower in Germany these days and unknown German writers… well, no need to elaborate this any further, so I am ashamed for not being as clever and smart as the people on the Rich List – I am still on my debts of 30.000 Euros.
Well, then it´s sure good anyway to have a government that does so nicely look out for one´s interests, isn´t it, even when you are just a resident from a foreign Country!
Why, they said I can live on JSA while going through the whole process of getting a new licence, didn´t they! Oh, I think this is so nice of the HCO!
So, I´ll just jump to that and in no time it´s me, who´ll be the richest man in the UK!
Happy, happy, happy! :mrgreen:

As for me, dear Reader, of my blog I am headed für Colmar this summer, I really hope that this time I am able to make it. More on my German blog.

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A hotel manager from Tenerife told me that tourists from other countries generally go about things a bit more elegantly. For instance, if they want to upgrade to a better room, the Italians will compliment the hotel staff and smile, while the Swiss often cite health problems as a reason for needing an upgrade. Germans, on the other hand, don’t beat around the bush and simply say, ‘If you don’t change this, I’m going to sue you.’

Dumb German! Let´s do it the slick and smooth Italian way!
Let´s make them an offer they can´t refuse! 

Alright-e, B&H, you´re citta, you´re city is-e so bella, alright-e? So why don t you make me wet-e my beak a little? I´m-e only asking- e for a small favour-e don´t I? So, you´re not-e taking away my livelyhood-e? For this-e would only make me roam the streets and have-e dumb ideas, right-e?
Ah si! Now you molto capici, que belissima!

So, don´t make me go call for help from my friends, the European Federal Party, which I have become a member of, for this is exactly the thing they are looking for!

http://federalistparty.eu/

http://federalistparty.eu/our-positions/our-political-programme/

translated by me into German:

http://jochenlembke.wordpress.com/european-federalist-partyeuropaische-foderalistische-partei/

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I am a member of the European Federal Party

Here is a programm as pdf: http://europeanfederalistparty.blogactiv.eu/files/2013/11/EFP-Final-Programme.pdf

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Thank you, Marcus O´Dair

… for your article in your book about me!

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I am much obliged for what you have written, as quoted below:

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It is not the usual, wtf does this usurper thinks he is doing, the guy´s so full of himself he has completely lost his appetite! Instead it´s more like, yes, he obviously is full of himself, but there might be a point in that, I mean, how else does an unknown author get known?

So all there is left for me to add is, being labeled as a “cab-driver”, I must say that I don´t drive a cab anymore, only a few hours every now and then, instead I continue writing my arse off, so to label me correctly I´d prefer “an unknown author from Germany”, just as I had written at the the time this book was laid in print already six books and translated five.

And if you can´t completely abstain from labeling me a cab-driver (see, that is the point, once a cab-driver, always a cab-driver and aren´t they obnoxious and rude all the time, oh, we know that, don´t we, always deprived of something and underprivileged, fighting to get back what life had hold back from them, oh, don´t we know), then please do it properly and mention that I hold an unofficial but without much doubt all the while still valid world-record in that I have worked as a licensed cab-driver in three different European countries and am currently spending as much time as an English student in drinking on practicing French, in order to add another country to it, France namely, sometime soon.

But other then that, thank you again, I will try to live up to it, watch this space. (Only my web-address has changed, see below.)

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Stupid cab-drivers have to follow rules, bankers make them

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As we all know, more than a dozen big banks have over the years manipulated the Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) and it´s European counterpart, the Euribor, to provide themselves with trade benefits, as part of the system of greedy bankers, that have caused the crash of 2008.

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/zins-manipulationen-grossbritannien-stutzt-eu-vorstoss-a-922901.html

This link here (in German) says, that the authority to control the Euribor now does not go to the ESMA in Paris, as proposed, but due to intervention of the Fleet-Street lobbyists around Cameron´s corrupt government, will stay in London, so that the rich will not have to obey rules, but can keep on making them up as they deem fit, so that they will become even more rich and people like cab-drivers will stay poor.

As we all know, too, the people responsible for the Lehmann crash, which is responsible for our misery, were not punished in any way, instead now have all “golden bottocks”, as we Germans say, have all become even more rich. (As this link proves (in German)) (Translate the text by Google translator or look it up yourself, there is plenty of literature on this in English, so please forgive me that I don´t take the time to provide it.) 

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/finanzkrise-2008-die-akteure-der-lehman-pleite-a-922119.html

So I just want you to recognize, that I went to the UK in 2007, ran in debts of 15.000 Euros and, due to the crash of 2008, took those debts right back home again.

And now they want me to renew my licence, go through the whole process again, although no one will lend me a penny anymore, because everybody “would have to follow the rules, which would go for everybody without exception”.

So I, who is just one of many, many stupid small people, cab-drivers, etc, who have been screwed over by the financial mob in London and NYC, have to abide rules, whereas they didn´t, they don´t and they never will, until we unite and rise up against them.

So I´m begging you, take a little time reading the thread and what I am saying, instead of releasing your anger on me, like this stupid guy just before (who has not apologised so far!) and support me in this fight for justice! Support me, because you support yourself with it!

To hell with stupid rules, which only have to be obeyed, because otherwise small people would rise up and smash the system of greedy bankers and corrupt politicians that keeps us down, to hell with it!

Please be also smart enough to know that this rule, that took my licence, is not appropriate to keep foreign drivers out, it keeps them in, because they can´t risk leaving the country for more than a year or their licence will expire! And that I personally will support anything else that would strengthen the position of local drivers, such as strict and even more strict language checks.

Those measures are appropriate to prevent the UK cab-business from being flooded by foreign drivers, not the rule that a UK-driving licence is required for renewal, which is bollocks, which is a stupid rule and needs to be changed!

These people that took my licence for which I have worked really, really hard have no right to do so! Either everybody follows the rules so the banksters that steal our money give it back to us or new and better rules have to be made!

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