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Does anywhere in England still make shoes?
Most are knocked out for pennies in some far east sweat shop.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:44 pm
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Does anywhere in England still make shoes?
Most are knocked out for pennies in some far east sweat shop.

And most campers wear hiking boots not flip flops when they’re roughing it, I think thats probably why they shot out so fast,

C’mon Jochen, stop trying to land a Typhoon on a minesweeper mate.

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C’mon Jochen, stop trying to land a Typhoon on a minesweeper mate.

Unfortunately this is much more fun than being forced to carry out senseless orders, to do a job where you earn nothing, to look for an over-prized room, where there is none, to ask for a car, when you know you won´t get one anyway and instead of friendly colleagues having a lynch-mob with the noose at the ready.

No, mate, think of the headlines “European cab-driver wins case at European court, over square and pseudo-liberal council. Brighton, an over-rated place, weary of it´s own hype, full of stuck-up and ignorant people?”

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:44 am
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No, mate, think of the headlines “European cab-driver wins case at European court, over square and pseudo-liberal council. Brighton, an over-rated place, weary of it´s own hype, full of stuck-up and ignorant people?”

That isn’t going to happen bud, even the euro court will back the council, you do realise what you are trying to achieve is to make taxi driving an unlicensed free for all don’t you?

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Grrmmblll! Quite the contrary, I made it perfectly clear already, that HCO in some points is not even strict enough and that I would actually raise the bar, not lower it! Basically, I only want less bureaucracy with at the same time an even higher standard of qualification!
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So, here´s the whole article from my blog, with the coffee and the girl that kissed me on the mouth. The passage in bold is what one of the numpties has ripped out of the context, to make me look bad, just the way Rupert Murdoch would do. The very next sentence, “I’ve had nothing but work in the last years” is already cut off, because he wanted to make me look like an offender, not a hard working person, which I am, and all the context around it giving it an entire different meaning is not quoted, too.

Well, well, English girls, how about that. During the day, especially when stressed, the defenses go up when you just try to be a little friendly. At night, when having had just a few drops of alcohol, they can really go wild. I’ve heard something on the radio, like England would be the most promiscuous country in Europe, only followed by Germany, well, makes sense, I guess. So, I have one girl getting in my cab and saying that it smells like coffee, I offer her a sip and you know what, she accepts and drinks from out of my coffee cup! Then I have another girl and we have a nice chat, there she says, before she gets out, “come on, give me a kiss!” So I do, I kiss her on the mouth. And you know what, it feels sooo wonderful, she is really young and pretty and it has been ages since I’ve kissed a girl on the mouth, I’ve had nothing but work in the last years. “I will put this on my blog” I say, a little dazzled. I can still taste her lip-stick 20 minutes later.

So, later on there’s a couple boarding my cab. She gets in first, doesn’t say a word, her boy-friend deals with that person that steers the car that gets her to where she wants, that human annex of the machine. He’s friendly, but it’s a kind of “happy-New-Year-driver”-friendliness. We drive, then they make me do an illegal turn and then they kiss, in the back. Reminds me of something. “Hey, I just got kissed by a girl”, I say. “It was really nice.” I don’t know, I just say things like that sometimes. I’ve been a cab-driver for so long now, every passenger who gets in my cab is like someone I know for decades, I tell people everything and most of the times, they return the favour. Yet, she reacts really, really badly. “There’s a thing called privacy”, she says coldly. “I don’t want to hear about it. I think this is really poor of you.” Yeah, right, lady, I was only telling you about that kiss and you were performing it right in front of my eyes in the rear mirror, that privacy kind of a slobbering act, lady. “You’ve got to keep things like that for yourself.” Yeah, right, lady, speak your mind, I will do mine. “Oh no, I will tell it to the world!” I say. This is not only a mourning blog! It’s not just bad things happening to me! And I give my business-card card to the man, who’s just getting out. “F_uck you!” he says. And throws the card onto the back seat. “You were being rude to me!” And he says, he thinks I’m jealous. Here I am, proud of being kissed by that really nice girl and he’s making it like I’m jealous. I tell you what, I’m not jealous. There’s loads of girl you can pick up at each corner if you have a little money, who are really pretty on the outside but ugly from within. And I tell you, your girl is such a person, I wouldn’t want her for a single night, I tell you that, I really don’t. I never had any money in all my life because other things were always more important to me and I never wanted girls like that and I don’t envy you her. But this is a cab-driver, an underprivileged being and of course he’s jealous for he never has the chance to get such fabulous ladies as you have, mate, right? On the meter is £5.80. He throws a fiver at me. “Here’s your money”, he says. They walk away. I turn and roll down a window. “It’ll be on my blog too, how you short-changed me!”

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There has been two news in the Spiegel online yesterday, one about a new Audi, basically only built to annoy people with green and social conscience and the other one was that a German community has bought a bus engine from China, that runs entirely on battery. Ergo, my country builds cars for rich people in China, China does green technology for poor people in Germany.

I mean by that, I don´t want any nationalist thinking, I want us to benefit from the European and global brain pool! There has been electrified trolley buses in Switzerland for many decades, yet Brighton & Hove City Council runs the dirtiest and noisiest buses I´ve ever had the annoyance to be stuck behind!

North Street in Brighton, the city with the oldest tram in the world, is one the most polluted areas world-wide. I have seen people wearing masks or holding handkerchiefs to cover their noses, when waiting for a bus, people were telling me they would love to cycle, only they can´t, because they developed a constant cough from cycling behind buses.

Why I put this here and not on my blog?
Well, I do, but my blog reads no one, except, when they can look for more scandalous things to find there.

Brighton & Hove City Council, as inefficient, stupid and stubborn as people deserve it, that have voted for it!

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Why I put this here and not on my blog?
Well, I do, but my blog reads no one, except, when they can look for more scandalous things to find there.

Well am I shocked?

Not really!

I was more surprised to realise you are German and not English.

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Sure I am German, I just got near 5 Euro´s tip for slagging off the Brits in front of a group of Arabs with UK-background, stubborn and head-strong they´d be. Oh yeah, he said and gave me a tenner for a 5.60 fare. :mrgreen:

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Look at these rolling Easter-eggs, just the bow missing. :D

Hope that’s an iffy camera as those wheels look like they are pointing different ways. :shock:

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:) No, that´s just the fish-eye-mode on my cam. But it does indeed enhance the egg-shape of that Mercedes B-class model nicely!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:30 am
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Sure I am German, I just got near 5 Euro´s tip for slagging off the Brits in front of a group of Arabs with UK-background, stubborn and head-strong they´d be. Oh yeah, he said and gave me a tenner for a 5.60 fare. :mrgreen:

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So we’re all a bunch of **** s now then just because the UK laws didn’t bend to suit you then?

I just lost all and any respect I had for you mate, typical live there and refuse to integrate type, wherever you are now please stay there, your attitude just fuels racial hatred tbh, such poor form imo.

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What has bitten you, Doom, you were open for a little friendly banter before?

I thought the English to be rather stubborn before I left the UK again and that didn´t keep me from missing them. Don´t expect, especially after what happened on the B&H forum, that all this has changed my mind!

We have a lot of English students in Germany lately, especially those who don´t have parents like that cabinet of millionaires – do you think I expect them to be like docile pups? C´mon!

I already told you, a UK-guy can renew his cab-licence in Germany with a UK-driving licence, I have checked on that. So, make up your mind whether to stay in the EU or not, have a poll about that. If you don´t want to, fine, if you do, then behave like a member of the EU.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:38 pm
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What has bitten you, Doom, you were open for a little friendly banter before?

I thought the English to be rather stubborn before I left the UK again and that didn´t keep me from missing them. Don´t expect, especially after what happened on the B&H forum, that all this has changed my mind!

We have a lot of English students in Germany lately, especially those who don´t have parents like that cabinet of millionaires – do you think I expect them to be like docile pups? C´mon!

I already told you, a UK-guy can renew his cab-licence in Germany with a UK-driving licence, I have checked on that. So, make up your mind whether to stay in the EU or not, have a poll about that. If you don´t want to, fine, if you do, then behave like a member of the EU.

I am, but when you post anti British things like that it makes me think otherwise of your good self, an Arab is about as fickle as they come anyway so he’ll probably be giving you and Germany a dig five minutes later anyway,

But don’t be sour grapes about it all just because you didn’t get to bend the rules [-(

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There is no anti British with me nor will there ever be, Doom. England will always be a part of me, Brighton will always be a part of me. You will always be in my heart, no matter what will come and I will always care for you. My father was forced to shoot at people with a machine-gun, I am an ambassador of peace and understanding – for this I am blessed enough, whatever the outcomes of this comparatively small struggle may be.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:41 pm
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There is no anti British with me nor will there ever be, Doom. England will always be a part of me, Brighton will always be a part of me. You will always be in my heart, no matter what will come and I will always care for you. My father was forced to shoot at people with a machine-gun, I am an ambassador of peace and understanding – for this I am blessed enough, whatever the outcomes of this comparatively small struggle may be.

It didn’t read that way originally J, I know all about your dad, I long ago worked it out that you either became a soldier or got shot by one back then, we’ll let that be the last of it then, peace.

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Yeah, I know, the numpties put that on the list why I´d not be a fit and proper person, but I can only say that this has opened my eyes wide for injustice of any kind and that I will never let it out on any one the way my father had let it out on me. Others who had it always cozy in their lives may just sit back and take it, but “wherever there´s injustice I had always believed in fighting” and what´s not fit and proper is that law. But just like the man I am quoting, I am only fighting for peace. The main reason for all the fighting in the word is injustice. We want a better world, we have to fight for it.
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One for the numpties and their list!

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What? I´d be not a fit and proper person? Well, I show you fit and proper, baby!

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I’ve a feeling that picture may well make it onto the rank notice board poles pretty soon.

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Well, no such reactions on the German forum yet and let´s just wait and see how the others will react to that, shall we. :wink: After all, we´re all Europeans, right? :D

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My badge is no longer the issue, Doom. At this stage already I might never get it anymore.
It is much more important that they learn that people are beginning to fight back.
We are humans, Doom, this is what I want to teach them, we are not just licensing material.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:30 am
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My badge is no longer the issue, Doom. At this stage already I might never get it anymore.
It is much more important that they learn that people are beginning to fight back.
We are humans, Doom, this is what I want to teach them, we are not just licensing material.

Never mind that, just get yer hand in yer pocket and order up the drinks will ya :wink:

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So, I´ve registered with Brighton & Hove Taxi Trade Forum and made an introductional post there, but so far I have the creepy feeling they think I am some wannabe writer-hot-shot, who wants special treatment – while all the while I want is justice, instead of only arrogant ignorance.

So, here´s my answer:

So, this is the council´s forum, then? (I thought you´re independent, I thought I read it somewhere.)
And you are the council´s boy, andyp?
Well, then I make it very simple to you and all other council-boys!

I will not apply as a first-time applicant again, because there is no lapse in the licence, alright!
I demand that my application is treated as a renewal!

The lapse in the licence that appears to be is because of a crappy regulation, that shut me off, totally illegal and in an act of discrimination, from the regular licencing procedure, alright!

So I want that crappy law changed, asap, and the council compensate me for my trouble or else I will make them regret the day they refused me my badge!

I just can´t believe it! The cheek of it! We all make mistakes, yet then one should own up to it instead of letting it out in others! You have no idea how cosmically annoyed I am about this, by now!!!!

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Erm, actually, here´s a new development and in the light of this I might look like a cosmic fool, no ifs and buts.

I admit, I have not checked before, in Germany, if it is possible that one can renew the German badge with a UK-driving licence! (I should have done this before, this is due to my burn-out, that I didn´t, and that I am not on top of my game at the minute.) For it´s quite simple, if this is not possible, namely, I, who believes in justice, cannot expect this vice versa!
So, I went to the office yesterday and asked.

You have to know, in Freiburg, size of Brighton & Hove, 220.000 inhabitants, there are only 220 cab-licences issued and only one officer for all of them! The old guy is in early retirement, supposedly he was a heavy boozer and very unpopular and the new one is a pretty young lady.
So, she will let me know.

Moreover, I have thought, I really can´t blame Brighton HCO for a national law, that is to say, if it is general practise in the UK to demand a UK-driving licence for a renewal, a local HCO cannot be my adversary in this case, I´d have to try to get this to a European court (only if the renewal with a UK-licence is possible in Germany, of course) claiming UK is violating European standards.

So my question to you is, is it general practise in the UK to demand a UK-driving licence for a renewal?
For, if this is the case I will call of the hunt, me a fool and apologise in full to HCO.

Though, then they´d be still partly to blame, for they didn´t take the time to really talk this through with me, nor did any of you pointed out this fact to me, if it is a fact.

If they claim we don´t have time for this – they should abandon the annual renewal!

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You were right, Sussex, this is a numpties forum!
Andyp there is kind of alright, but instead of locking my thread there, he could have just could have just erased the posts of the numpties, so I am definitely not ok with that! :evil:
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Jochen Lembke wrote:
You were right, Sussex, this is a numpties forum!
Andyp there is kind of alright, but instead of locking my thread there, he could have just could have just erased the posts of the numpties, so I am definitely not ok with that! :evil:

I noticed you back from numpty land.

But unlike the Prodigal Son I will not welcome you back here as I believe you to be an out and out fruit cake. 8-[

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Jochen Lembke wrote:
You were right, Sussex, this is a numpties forum!
Andyp there is kind of alright, but instead of locking my thread there, he could have just could have just erased the posts of the numpties, so I am definitely not ok with that! :evil:

I noticed you back from numpty land.

But unlike the Prodigal Son I will not welcome you back here as I believe you to be an out and out fruit cake. 8-[

He fits in well then :lol:

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Jochen Lembke wrote:
You were right, Sussex, this is a numpties forum!
Andyp there is kind of alright, but instead of locking my thread there, he could have just could have just erased the posts of the numpties, so I am definitely not ok with that! :evil:

So what are the numpties there saying?

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You can´t be true about this, Sussex, you are an intelligent person, unlike the numpties. I am just an honest man and I believe in justice. Sometimes I´m a little bit impulsive too, I make mistakes and know that I am not perfect, but who is.

At Gusmac: I need a break about that!

Anyway, my question to you is, is it general practise in the UK to demand a UK-driving licence for a renewal? Someone there said, in Canterbury, as a holder of a foreign licence you only need the paper counterpart for a renewal but I am not sure about this.

What does your local HCO say about this?

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So what are the numpties there saying?

They lost the will to live with him. :lol: :lol:

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You can´t be true about this, Sussex, you are an intelligent person, unlike the numpties. I am just an honest man and I believe in justice. Sometimes I´m a little bit impulsive too, I make mistakes and know that I am not perfect, but who is.

You believe that by repeating your woes everyone will join your crusade, but in truth they/we/I don’t give a f***.

I now believe you have worked out you were wrong and the HC office was right. It appears you have finally worked out the law must be applied equally, and that includes you.

You had a license, you let it lapse. Why, how and when matters not.

You got a license once, if you are really interested in working here, then get another one via the entry procedure.

It’s not rocket science.

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Hm, rocket science is based on logic, humans aren´t…

It´s not that simple, Sussex.

Let me try to explain this to you. If it is not possible to renew a badge in Germany with a UK-licence then I was wrong. If it is, then is it generally mandatory to have UK-drivers licence for the renewal throughout the UK? If it is, then I´m wrong, again. If the first is and the second isn´t, then I´m still right.

But most of all, why didn´t you or HCO point this out to me from the beginning? You are accusing me of being a fruit-cake, in public, Sussex, but you are not perfect either!

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So that lady from the (German) office called me today.

She told me that it would mandatory for an English guy to have a German driving licence for the first time application. For a renewal it wouldn´t, because even if this English guy went back to England and exchanged his licence back into a UK-one, there would be still a German one kept and that way a register where they can look for points on the licence, just don´t ask me about how this should work exactly.

Anyway, that leaves me with still fighting the good fight, only I will give “poor and wrongly accused Brighton & Hove HCO by arrogant German wannabe-writer” a break and will try to settle this on a UK-national, respectively EU-level.

Still, it would be helpful to know how this is being handled with different councils. For it is very likely, according to that piece of info from Canterbury, that there aren´t any standard regulations about this – and that would still leave poor B&H HCO in the responsibility to do something.

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But most of all, why didn´t you or HCO point this out to me from the beginning? You are accusing me of being a fruit-cake, in public, Sussex, but you are not perfect either!

I didn’t point it out because, in truth, I wasn’t taking much notice of your posts.

And I’m not too sure even if I had I would have known the fine details of cross country taxi procedure.

However you are coming across as a fruit cake, now that might be down to translation or might be down to fact.

The numpties are over-joyed that you have been booted off the fanny forum, and are accusing you of being not a fit and proper person, which is very brave of them once they have booted you off.

I will tell you as I see it, and that’s you’re a compulsive sad individual, who will spend years trying to get a license when it could take a few weeks re-doing your license.

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Well, I doubt this is legal what the numpties are doing. They can´t just slander behind my back without giving me a chance to control what they are saying. Anyway, I felt like a black man amidst a lynch mob! They don´t have a clue about me but that did that bother those guys below?

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But they don´t have a chance about this anyway, not in their dreams!

Anyway, Sussex, you need to read my posts if you want to judge me, or you are not better then them!
It is not about my licence. It is about justice! If I have made a mistake blaming HCO I apologise in full!

I live in the real world, Sussex, and what I want is it united one with no more wars and no more idiots exploiting us! For this I want a united Europe and for this I am fighting!

I don´want any HCO, no English, no German, no French, to tell me I need their national driving licence!

This is what it is about, it is not me not wanting to take another DSA, in this you are right I could have had the licence long by now, yet I don´t want it this way!

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So what are the numpties there saying?

A summary of what was going on on the numpty-forum:

At first I made a nice introductional post pointing out my post on TDO and that I couldn´t make a renewal for I had a Swiss licence at that time. Andyp welcomed me on the forum, yet called my quest fruitless and said he is glad the council stuck to its rules. He then asked if I´d still “hold my Swedish licence”, he also made a mistake in typing, which made it difficult for me to understand what he meant. This already annoyed me and lead to some surplus aggravation, so I would call this a bad start already.

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Although I had corrected him about the Swedish licence, Andyp still was under the impression I am Swedish, which now gives me the impression he just doesn´t read what I am writing. Another forum member interferes and also shows he doesn´t read what I am writing “You wanted a special privilege, to be allowed to drive a Brighton & Hove taxi with a Swiss licence, what makes you think you are entitled to this?” This is utter bollocks, I didn´t say any of this. Although they don´t read what I am writing they are attacking me, accusing me of their own faults: “Remove the obstinacy & insults, state your FACTS clearly & succinctly then maybe, just maybe, some might listen”

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It finally seeped through to Andyp I am not Swedish, he then he asked me “Do you currently have a UK driving licence?” although I have made it perfectly clear I am currently holding a German licence. I am under the impression already this is truly a forum for numpties. People were beginning to react in a hostile manner, one posted a pair of boots, the other called what I have written “tripe”.

The character using the nick “Betty Swollocks”, the one who has posted the pair of boots, now became really engaged in this and began to unload a huge pile of personal rage on me. He turned the fact I just couldn´t pay any taxes, because there simply was no money left, against me, accusing me of making a runner. None of the crazy types I was living with as a lodger had that money declared! That´s why I couldn´t claim housing benefit, too.

They were beginning to react really hostile and racist against me, I mentioned that the English are not really that much well regarded by quite a few people in Germany too and quoted someone from the German cab-forum: “For heaven´s sake, don´t bring any limeys here. I don´t want anything to do with those apes from the island. They are worse than a million Salafists!”

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Now there was some useful info in between from someone telling me that there had been drivers in my situation before and they had done the licence anew.
I was now emphasising a bit my European standpoint and responsibility, which didn´t lead to much enthusiasm, as expected, I got the feeling I am being dismissed, Andyp said the thread has run it´s course.

Then I made a mistake or perhaps not a mistake, in my sometimes painful moments of truth I mentioned the trouble with that girl I am having currently for five years, just to show them that it´s not a German-against-English-authorities thing and because it is all public anyway.

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Now, first, I want to make it perfectly clear that I don´t have any more trouble with women other than that I didn´t finish my studies in medicine and instead decided to write about a job with a bad reputation, full of jerks, become a “working-class hero”. I was even living with a woman for 10 years which is now married to a judge!

But I ran into this girl 5 years ago, which appears to me was sort a destiny thing, it is almost like this was meant to be by a higher being and in the course of these troubles with her, that led to me ultimately writing a book about her, she went hysterical and must have been imagining all kinds of things, which led to an injunction based on a heap of false accusations against me, which I violated many times, had to, to put things right again, and to a minor conviction of a fine of 260 Euros.

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The whole thing was called “a mild form of stalking”, just to give it a name, although I did nothing more than to desperately try come to peaceful terms with her again and make her see that this all nothing but hysteria on her side and that´s why I named my book “Zicking!”, which is a German expression for “bitching!”

I said on the forum: “I repeat, I am in the process of appealing, back then in 2009 I was underestimating the real meaning of a conviction, I thought, my, it´s only 260 Euros I have to pay and then they leave me alone, I was about to go Switzerland and I just hadn´t the nerve to stand up against this, woman claimant, her woman solicitor, my woman solicitor, which I had dismissed only then, woman state attorney and woman judge, man, I felt like those poor women back then accused of witch-craft and burnt on a stake-pile, it was in no way different. I can only say, I love this girl, despite of what she has done to me (and she is doing to herself) and I will always love her and I am sure that this will have a happy ending, because love is always stronger than hate.”

Yet from that moment on I was finished for good on the numpty-forum! Had they been abusive to me from the very start they now lynched me, hang the nigger!

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I said there: “You know, some English people really scare me, when I think of most of the SUN-readers and football hooligans in this country… Anyway, do it the SUN-way, jump to conclusions, simplify, do wrong quotes, turn anything against me, portray me instead of what I am, someone with the best intentions, as the sick scum you want me to portray – those of you who do that would have done it anyway, I can´t change that, I can´t reach those people anyway.”

I pointed out that I got my German licence renewed in 2011, despite all that and they have an enhanced CR-check as well there, but it was all in vain, they still went on and it finally resulted in admin Andyp saying (still not able to write my name correctly)

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“I have unlocked this topic to allow others who have been reading this to add any comments…. but Mr Jochen Lembre is no longer a forum member so we will not have to be bogged down by his unbalanced way of life.
I have had a couple of pm’s about this chap… and asking as to why the topic was allowed to go on for so long”.

Now get a hold of this!

“The main reason being that it was hoped that this forum would do the Brighton & Hove taxi trade a big favour and allow this chap to show his true self and that those people who are responsible for licensing drivers would get the opportunity to have a proper insight to this chaps character.
Nobody asked him to post on here.. and all the information he gave about himself was offered freely.
Rambot did a great favour by reading through his blog site.. something I couldnt be bothered to do.. and forwarded the following that this chap had written for public viewing:”

Now get a hold of that:

“So, I have one girl getting in my cab and saying that it smells like coffee, I offer her a sip and you know what, she accepts and drinks from out of my coffee cup! Then I have another girl and we have a nice chat, there she says, before she gets out, “come on, give me a kiss!” So I do, I kiss her on the mouth. And you know what, it feels sooo wonderful, she is really young and pretty and it has been ages since I’ve kissed a girl on the mouth”
I sincerely hope that this man is never licensed in Brighton & Hove and that the HCO is now fully aware of the above statement made by Jochen Lembke who admits in public the above actions whilst driving a Brighton & Hove hackney carriage.”

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Only to be followed by, someone else: “I am gob smacked at that part of his blog when he states those encounters with those two women passengers while working as a B&H cab driver! Totally unbelievable that he considers himself to be a responsible taxi driver!! This man is obviously a menace and should never be allowed back into the UK let alone work as a cab driver. If the HCO is reading this then please make a note of this man as he is not wanted in the trade!”

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More, from another one: “well done Andy for opening up the topic again, the man is a self confessed lunatic, pervert, and probably just desperate for a woman type of nutcase. This man must never be allowed to drive a taxi here, no telling what he may get up to. The worst thing of all is not only the doing but the Sh****ing about it also. He clearly states in his blog he has even written a book about the bitch, the one he was stalking.”

Now I want to make it perfectly clear as I did on this blog of mine before already, I left England because I think a considerably large part of the English is rude, racist, aggressive, bigoted, chauvinistic and repressed, it´s the Tories, SUN-readers and football-hooligans, that make me sometimes really afraid of this country.
I do in fact know it is only a part of England and other people are really nice and that sick people are all over Europe, too – but still, being confronted on a forum like this with all these types – I might better not go back to England ever again as a cab-driver.
I also want to point out that I still write about and portray this job and its drivers, in England, as well as in other countries, and I don´t necessarily have to be an active driver in this country for that!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:49 am
Jochen I don’t agree with Sussex on much, but tbh I have to agree with what he posted last time, the more you most the more you come across as a misguided crusader crusading about nothing in reality,

The KKK thing simply because you haven’t got your own way is pure stupidity and if any of us really wanted to we would probably have a case for character deformation as a race,

You mention a young lady who it looks like you totally suffocated in the end, and even after she has had to get protection from you you’ve still violated her space, the other girls you mention with the coffee and the kiss do this sort of thing to be friendly, when a woman kisses you it doesn’t mean she’s wanting to go any further than being friendly,

I honestly think you aren’t a bad man, but you are deffo a man with the world on his shoulder’s and that is the worst place to be in life because life just doesn’t work like that,

As Sussex said you are reading like some looney now (and I know you will come back with a I don’t care reply it is my mission etc) but if you want to end up in an institute for mental health you are certainly opening the correct doors, you are going to have a breakdown sooner or later if you continue to think you can cut through the rules to suit yourself,

Now me personally although I think you are unstable still like you, I like people who are willing to stand up when things aren’t right, but in this instance there is no case to answer, the rules are in place to protect the public, if you have to sit another test then so be it, having already been a cabby there it shouldn’t be too much of an issue anyway, anyway I’m going to show you something that will help

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English shoes, 2 months after I´ve bought them in April this year.

I know us Germans can be quite bossy, when it is about giving advice, but… heck, look at the shoes, look at the state your country is in and, man, you have won the war!

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You mention a young lady who it looks like you totally suffocated in the end, and even after she has had to get protection from you you’ve still violated her space, the other girls you mention with the coffee and the kiss do this sort of thing to be friendly, when a woman kisses you it doesn’t mean she’s wanting to go any further than being friendly,

Come on Doom, neither you nor the numpties know anything how all of this has taken place, you don´t have a clue, have you so best is you stick to what I have said unless you really do know better! Alright!!!!

Rude, racist, aggressive, bigoted, chauvinistic and repressed… Oh, I´m sorry, but I forgot paranoid! My bad. :badgrin:

Right now, I still think that the renewal conditions are up to the councils, there doesn´t seem to be any national guidelines, that still leaves B&H in the position to do something for me or me fighting them!!!! And you know now that I fight what it is in my way, regardless of nationality or ethnics or colour or gender!

And, you´re certainly right, I carry the world on my shoulders, Doom, so you have to a bit patient with my impatience.

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I know us Germans can be quite bossy, when it is about giving advice, but… heck, look at the shoes, look at the state your country is in and, man, you have won the war!

The shoes are kcufed because you’ve worn them into the ground walking to and from the B & H licensing office.

You’ve been there that many times, it’s classed as abuse of shoe!!!

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:lol: That´s a good one, Brummie Cabbie!
Still, I have to point out that I didn´t walk to HCO, the last two times I`ve been there, I flew. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Well, that´s a clear shaped standpoint I respect, sort of the law and order approach, but obviously not mine. Now, lets get pi_ssed.

Joking, not only am I in Germany now, I am also very, very sick, it is not getting any better. I am starting to get a little worried.

Go see a doctor today.

B & H ain’t worth dying for……

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No, it sure isn´t and don´t think I am a fanatic and a licensing issue is not the independence of India.

(Although the structures behind them are quite the same, the state gives a wrap about small people and their rights for the glory of the Empire and the posse of millionaires around sodding Cameron. I mean, look, same thing, same spirit with the Grand National, 35 horses dead by now, they don´t want to change the regulations!!)

I want to add the following: law and order as such is not a bad idea, but if a law is faulty it must be altered and if a person can claim being discriminated by a faulty law it mustn´t be to his disadvantage, there should be a compensation in form of an exception, until the faulty law has been altered and is right again. But we all know how Thatcher-types think about that.

PS: Well, Gusmac, there is not a lot you can do about a flue, so I go see a doctor tomorrow, if it´s not better. (Thank God, I still have a way with women or it would, Germany or not, still be the tent and arctic temperatures or hospital, for I don´t have a room here anymore. :mrgreen:)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:00 am
Jochen, go see the Dr asap, there is a lot of Pnemonia and Lukemia floating around the UK right now and ask for a Sepsis blood test as that has been knocking ppl over from all ages, and it’s lethal if not detected in time. GWS.

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Don´t worry, I am better now and what´s more I know my body and it´s signs. So it is just the worst bronchitis for some time now and I had them since I was little, when I was adolescent it turned into asthma. So, I had health problems all my life.

But, see, that´s the point.
Who´s health is a 100%, of the drivers?
The average driver nowadays is in his fifties – who´s health is a 100% ok?

But do they care?

There are a lot of lobbies in the UK and elsewhere, very strong here the lobbies of the millionaires and also very strong the lobby of the semi-militaristic wheel-chair mafia. God, can they be a pain in the a… can´t they? Now, they want all cabs wheel-chair accessible…

But do they want to pay for it?
Who pays the extra fuel for those tanks?
Can´t those people just accept that God has meant some hardship for them, in decency, without letting it out on the rest of the world, why, it´s almost like why don´t they want every damn single house in the city refitted with an WA-elevator! Christ!

But I sure know there is no lobby whatsoever for an honest chap, who just wants to make an honest living and who´s life just might not be all roses too.

Edit: Juuust love that: “Conservative MP Nadine Dorries accused Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne of being “arrogant posh boys” with no understanding of ordinary voters.” I mean, how would they?

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How I will fight HCO over the next years

– an important point is that not only in HCO, but basically in the whole of Brighton & Hove City Council nothing ever works. How could it, when there is no mayor, when the councilmen don´t get paid? The whole system is inefficient and is neglecting the basic needs of the people. Moreover, the whole chain they developed to give people the right to complain does not work, because the system is defending itself, criticism is not tolerated, that´s why my complaint was ignored by the superior of HCO´s Head Officer, was ignored by the Standards and Complaints Officer, was ignored by the Local Government Ombudsman. The system defends itself.

– I, personally, think that B&H is, in terms of bureaucracy, stubbornness and sovereign attitude THE worst HCO in Western Europe (where-else do you have to use a phone first to talk to them and is a sign saying that abusive behavior is not tolerated, I´ve never seen this anywhere else and there certainly is a reason for that, that people are not satisfied with them!), but I want to know this for sure, so I will use my member-ship in cab-forums in so far four countries to actually pose that question, who is the HCO in Western Europe with the worst bureaucracy, and will only propose B&H. I will encourage a live discussion and there will be links to the other forums so that you can actually talk to them about this and have a discussion.

– HCO treats their clients not like people to be licensed, they treat them like cattle to be brandished. If they are not willing to make an exception in a situation which not only calls for an exception, but shouts, they are not willing to spend any thought on anyone. Yet at the same time they practice a system of endless self-perpetuating work, a bureaucratic monster called annual renewal, which is only there to ensure that there is enough work for the licensing officers and this in the dire times of public deficit! So, the whole thing contradicts itself, there are not there for the people because this would be too much work and at the same time they create superfluous work to keep them too busy to be there for the people. (Same with the DSA-test, which only ensures the drivers ability to drive like back in driving school for half an hour, instead of a test that ensures the ability of professional driving under stress, which could just be proven in the final road test, there is no need for an extra test.) I also very strongly believe that their neglect for the people is systematic, I think that they actually are going so far as to despise drivers and talk bad about them behind their backs, so that I will lodge a disciplinary complaint, accusing them exactly of this.

– Like I said, the licensing process is altogether not really good to separate the wheat from the chaff. Instead of annual renewal there should be even stricter licencing terms in the form of continuous checks of knowledge and language. That goes for other problems too, especially that there are too many licences on the market and there is no tool to remove them from the market again, once they are superfluous. Moreover, there should be a smart tariff, encouraging people to take cabs for a longer distance and not just for round the corner with three suitcases and no tip. The fact, that in B&H the meter doesn´t count up for the first, say, 500 yards, is not smart tariff, it´s stupid tariff. In Freiburg it´s the other way round, so there is basically no trip below 8 Euros anymore, even if it´s just short distance.

– I will try to involve as many drivers in this as possible and make them show solidarity, as this is nothing but any other random act of official arbitrariness the council has shown before and basically a result of the pointless process of annual renewal. For this I want to emphasize that I just want to be treated like anybody else. I may have tried the approach with HCO before that I am a special cab-driver who deserves some special attention (like I basically tried everything in the book to make them change their minds), but I do see now that this is clearly a blind alley. In this case I want to be nothing but an ordinary driver who is discriminated because of stupid regulations and stubborn bureaucrats, who are not doing their job and this is in no way different from other ordinary drivers who are victims of any official arbitrariness. The bottom line is we all can get into a mess like this and many have been already.

– I will try everything possible to get maximum public and media attention for this. From time to time I want to visit Brighton for certain activities that will ensure that. I will go to the ranks and try to talk to as many drivers in person as possible, I will let them know about this and I will ask them where they personally had trouble with HCO before. Some actions might be quite spectacular, depending on my mood at that time, it might very well be that I will dress like a historical person that has already been quite a pain in the arse of the English authorities, but I can´t promise. Following that line I might also be inclined to point out that English authorities have always been quite generous with rules and regulations, when it meant to invade countries (Iraq) and send destroyers to others (Malvinas, in case this word is unknown (which it shouldn´t) the Falklands) than they are inclined to make exceptions for small people.

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– In any case, a very important column of my resistance will be the super-knowledge I have already announced. By now I already have the town-map of B&H in my head, I am capable of drawing a sketch of almost all the roads that are asked in the tests, in detail, within the next year or two I will be able to do this in every perfection imaginable, with all the little alley-ways and little specks and dots listed in the A-Z Street-finder. Like I said, I want to claim this as on official world-record, as the best cab-knowledge there is, in a major town and per square-mile and try to get into TV with this. (I know the London chaps still have done more work, but of most London areas they only have a rough idea about.) Anyway, this is just the “Brain vs Bureaucracy”-approach that will ridicule them sufficiently, on one side the bean counters of the council, on the other side sophistication and cosmopolitanism, Jochen Lembke, Europe´s cab-driving writer, generously and casually Sh****ing off some super-knowledge on the side just to make a point and them look ridiculous. Looks to me like I can only win and they can only lose, looks to me why should I drive a cab in Brighton, when I can get more attention as a writer this way, thanks indeed, B&H HCO.

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I have just received an email from the Local Government Ombudsman, where he declares the matter closed, because I did not answer him to his first email, where he basically rather sheepishly repeated the standpoint of the council.

Here´s my reply to that, from today:

It´s very simple, sir, you are not even worthy an answer.
I have written to you in any detail imaginable my point of view and you have not even read it.

Yet I will enclose you in my disciplinary complaint, as well as the others, who simply refuse to do their job, because unlike cab-drivers they get payed all the same.

Yours sincerely, Jochen Lembke

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Jo:~ What’s the attraction of Brighton & Hove?

The sun.
The Albion.
The night-life.
The trade.
The large gay population leading to a large single girl population.
Me.

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Oh I forgot to add, the England Squid Championship. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop … inner.html

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A lot of single girls in Brighton are also gay, mind you, Sussex.

That one time when I was slagging off all the gays in Brighton and it was not before I was all through with it when my view on the rear mirror fell on the t-shirt of my female passenger with the two woman symbols blending into each other. Oops.

Anyway, she took it lightly, unlike all the other female passengers I´ve had trouble with, which taught me to be extremely careful with English women. They´re not easy to handle, are they, “back off, jerk” at day-time and total sluts when drunk.

So, what I like about Brighton? Hove.
Hove to me is enough Brighton, it always gets dodgy, when you are in the Brighton end of town and perhaps not by coincidence I was a Hove Streamline 202020 driver, before they merged anyway.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 1:01 am
That one time when I was slagging off all the gays in Brighton

So it’s ok for you to speak ill of someone different but B&HHCO are out of order for not red carpeting you a license?

C’mon man get real will ya, on one hand you say you are being persecuted and on the other you are persecuting someone for preferring their own sex, you can’t help being gay if you are, it’s a brain thing and unless they are the vile right on type who thinks straights are abnormal and shoves it in yer face you have no reason to treat them harshly, ppl from yesteryear used to link them to pedophilia, and that is the same level of thought you have used,

Anyway, crack on son, this place is a wilting plant now, I’m pretty sure your homeland will recover best and quickest in all this financial mess those lovely knownowt ppl in high places have created for us to enjoy, this is my 3rd recession since leaving school so you can imagine how chuffed I am can’t you.

Here’s a fitting song title for you from something German that Germany should be well proud of.

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FARKING A! :wink:

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They´re not refusing to red-carpet me a license, they behave like complete goofs. Moreover, since I am by far not the only one they show this behaviour to I see perfectly good chances to actually make them change this attitude and become more driver-friendly.

As for gays, c´mon man, don´t get me wrong, slagging off someone does not mean to hate someone (slag off. Usage: Brit, vulgar. (informal) criticize, insult, talk down.) a male organ is not at all repelling to me for I´ve got one too (and find it quite a nice thing to have, btw), obviously the homophobes are the sickos, not the gays.

As for the recession, well, get rid of sodding Cameron and his posse of millionaires (as we hopefully soon get rid of sodding Angie), free the country from the grip of the banksters and it´s gross dependence on US-economy, end the isolation inside Europe and you will see how the UK will prosper again. (Besides, being the dominant culture is sure good for musicians and writers, but maybe too much of these is sure not good for economy. :wink: )

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 1:36 pm
Well the new French leader is a breath of fresh stuff, wants to spend out of crisis, I think it’s the best way out as well, have done for a long time, low productivity is like digging a grave with a toothpick imo, where the flip is high employment generating high tax revenue while lowering the benefit burden, it’s a win win imo, but like you said we know why the current lot are keeping it slow, it’s because it suits the man with cash to have dominant buying power, we only ever come out of reccession so they can offload their cheap purchases at high cost when they’ve allowed a bit of cash back into the system, lets hope you can put them in the stocks in the afterlife eh 8)

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – hard work.

This is such an outraging thing to say after 30 years of theft, done by people who had hardly ever worked in their lives, just let their money work for them or their delivery boys and secretaries.

I say there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – make those people hand back the money they stole, make them give it back to the poor and poor middle-class, to those people who had done all the working in all the years and never got rich, because honest work has never got you anywhere!

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I have just put this whole thing on the other forums, for a lively discussion!
Watch out, B&H HCO, these boots are made for walking…! :badgrin:

Germany: http://www.taxiforum.de/forum/viewtopic.php?p=121770#121770

Austria: http://www.taxi-forum.at/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=14436#14436

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – hard work.

This is such an outraging thing to say after 30 years of theft, done by people who had hardly ever worked in their lives, just let their money work for them or their delivery boys and secretaries.

I say there is only one answer to Britain’s economic woes – make those people hand back the money they stole, make them give it back to the poor and poor middle-class, to those people who had done all the working in all the years and never got rich, because honest work has never got you anywhere!

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Brighton & Hove Taxi Trade Forum • View topic – Anyone know who …
http://www.brighton-taxis.com/…/viewtopic.php?f=70... – Diese Seite übersetzen
22 Jan 2012 – Anyone know who Jochen Lembke is? ….. and what is your opinion? vie … =5&t=17526. I am thinking…..

It´s always nice to google your own name from time to time, isn´t?
Anyway, it´s time I registered with them anyway, what I did now and then I will know what this unknown person is thinking of me.
Or do you want to fill in the blanks, Sussex?
Haha, Sussex was desperately trying to keep me out of that forum, right? Well, too late, Sussex. :mrgreen:

Probably they think just the same that you all do, mainly, that I´m a thick-headed, stubborn German son of a bitch, who´s full of himself. :lol:
Yet, aren´t these exactly the qualities modern life requires?
The qualities to take on the devil himself? :wink:

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Haha, Sussex was desperately trying to keep me out of that forum, right? Well, too late, Sussex. :mrgreen:

Do you really think I give a flying f*** what forums you choose to join?

As for that forum, you are more and welcomed to join up with those prize numpties.

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numpty: Scottish usage: a) Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subjec… just to put me in the picture, Sussex.

Well, obviously you don´t have much sense of humour, Sussex, and a bit square you are anyway. Right, so I will join these numpties and numpty away a bit with them. Keep you posted, cuddly bear!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:19 am
That’s funny I thought the B&HTTF was a fair site myself, can’t remember my username nor password but they send a regular e.mail informing of whats going on locally and nationally, you’ve got a really funny nick on there ain’tcha Sussex, some sort of Lone Ranger type name iirc Badger of Bodmin Moor or something just as abstract, anyway Jochen I reckon you’d be better company in the pub than our mate the voice of Brighton, just don’t bring up taxis while the pumps are working, so raise a Stein or fourteen and don’t let the barcards get you down :lol:

Whatever ppl may think of you, at least you have spirit mate, and I’m all for that type of person myself (still think you should just go take the test again if you want a badge again) but at least you aren’t weak or have to call your mates in to help you out,

Sussex a square…..nevah :roll: :badgrin:

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Councils are bending the rules all over the uk,there can’t be anyone on this forum who hasn’t had experience of this.so why not Brighton or is it because he’s not from Brighton? So common Sussex lets be knowing what rules they have bent in the past for others,then jochen will have claims for racism.

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Councils are bending the rules all over the uk,there can’t be anyone on this forum who hasn’t had experience of this.so why not Brighton or is it because he’s not from Brighton? So common Sussex lets be knowing what rules they have bent in the past for others,then jochen will have claims for racism.

I agree that rules are occasionally broken, or perhaps a better phrase is ‘flexibility is shown’.

However when you bang on about fighting the good fight and how you are going to get your way no matter what, then the flexibility aspect goes out of the window.

The way of the world I’m afraid.

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Well, Sussex, my answer to what you first said is very simple, I have a Brighton-license. I can show it to you. So, tell me please, why should it be not good? (Actually, here the council shows flexibility, because I am not supposed to keep that old license, but they know that I just wouldn´t give it back, so they are making a …. what? … yes, an exception.) Yes, I know, I know, it is expired, because I didn´t renew it. Couldn´t renew it.

Now, who put me into the position of fighting the good fight? The council did it, because I wrote to them several letters and emails, BEGGING them to make an exception for me, they refused. I had been there in person two times (each time flew over from Germany) no, they don´t even won´t to spare me the DSA-test, because, may I quote the head of B&H HCO “that´s exactly where it starts, that everybody would come wanting to have it done their way”. (Surely not the exact words, but more or less.)

So, may I point out, Sussex, that the flexibility aspect has gone out of the window BEFORE I was forced to fight the good fight.

And as for racism, well, I will press charges for discrimination, that is a discrimination of those drivers who are on and off in the UK , let them be foreign or English (!), because this applies for English drivers too, who are on and off in the UK, therefor not being able to keep their UK-driving license (legally).

So racism has nothing to do with it, if they perhaps would have been more generous with me if I would have been a Brightonian is an entirely different matter, for I don´t have any proof of that.

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I have a Brighton-license. I can show it to you. So, tell me please, why should it be not good?

Then what is the problem?

Or is it a case that it ran out and wasn’t renewed?

If so then that’s your fault, no-one else’s.

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I think it is useless, Sussex. You know that it wasn´t my fault and I pretty much gather you are basically on your own here with that way of looking at it anyway.
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I think it is useless, Sussex. You know that it wasn´t my fault and I pretty much gather you are basically on your own here with that way of looking at it anyway.

Well that wouldn’t be the first time.

But that’s not the point, it doesn’t matter what the good people on TDO say and do, it’s all down to the officers of B&H Council, and they say that you don’t have a license, therefore you need to go back to square one to get another one.

Now I’m not saying you are not a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a license, even if your actions are a bit iffy, but you let your license run out.

I agree you was out of the country, but you still let your license run out.

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I have to say that I hope you get all that you want, but I do agree with Sussex – if you let your licence expire without renewing, you only have yourself to blame.

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I received an email from the Local Gov Ombudsman today, where he pretty much already decided in favour of the council, as I have expected it. I can still send him my point of view until beginning of May, but I have already very specifically described my point of view, so I see the case well decided against me.

at Sussex: so, my actions are a bit iffy? Well, why didn´t you put me up then for two weeks so I didn´t have to go in a tent? Why didn´t anybody put me up? ( I have asked people and I did an ad.) So, I decided not to waste too much money and go in a tent. (Which was obviously wrong for I am seriously SICK now. :mrgreen: ) Yet, without that, there wouldn´t have been “Occupy B&H HCO”, right?

Anyway, Sussex, let´s not get this personal, you´re on good terms with the council and there is nothing wrong with that, I might have been on extremely good terms with them, had they renewed my license, then I would have praised them up and down the country. Only they didn´t.

Anyway, I am not the kind of guy who wants to have a pat on the shoulder for everything he is doing, but if the good people from the TDO can understand me, most cabbies can and that´s reassuring enough.

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The worst cold for years now. Just had a stroll over the nearby cemetery (for I had to be out of the flat for an hour) envying the dead, lying there!

(Off Sussex zone: Well, this just adds to my aggravation, doesn´t it. I mean, who are they, blaming me for their crappy regulations, not doing their jobs! I will write them something soon, giving up polite and just for fun demand they resign right away and that they ought to be indited with whatever a lawyer of mine could come up with, if I weren´t only too poor to get me one.)

I should have gone in one of the many gay bars in Brighton! I have just read an article saying that gays are challenged by picking up straights and that they would buy drinks and obviously provide you with a bed! (If only I wouldn´t suffer from anal fissures :roll:) The funny thing was an adviser for heteros how to hang out an a gay discotheque, especially for ladies: rule number 1: your vagina does not have any power here! :lol:(meaning they are treated just as edit-by-adminly as a normal guy in a hetero joint.)

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Just put me up next time, Sussex, I´m fun to be with. Only don´t mind me being dressed in a Mohandas K. Gandhi costume and spending every other night in prison. Hahahah!

PS: I´ve been past the Amex-Stadium quite a few times on my way to Lewes and back.
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So, while I am still sick and then soon be writing on my “revolutionary manifest”, that will shake the ground and wipe away all injustice and ignorant arrogance an the side of the council (only to be replaced soon by the injustice and ignorant arrogance on the side of the revolutionaries), meanwhile, here´s some light entertainment, as first published on DAC (Douglas Adams Continuum):

A little essay on why I will insult the English!
(Satire, not to be taken seriously. Or… is it?)

“It is sure good to be English.
Is is not?
I mean, God, if there is a God, must be English. Why?
Well, is has to be, given the fact that you rule the world?
Dominate the world?

What´s this you say, you´re not so sure, the quality of German products and their position in the market, no one wants English products, we are in a recession and all we have to answer to this is sodding Cameron…blabla, this and this, yeah, always complaining like true Englishmen.
But don´t you see?
This is the point!
This is what is left over for us, the land of the poets and thinkers, we now build cars for the English snobs! While they sit on their armchairs, smoke their pipes, read the Times, being generally smug about everything!

We have entirely given up our own culture our own language, while we suck up eagerly everything that is English! Read everything that is English, listen to everything that is English! Watch everything in English, buy everything in English, so that the English can lean back and watch how every little whining noise someone (English) makes is turned into a world-selling hit record, every little pubescent thought someone (English) put on paper becomes a word-selling novel, every little pathetic flick (with a little the help of the overseas colonies, of course) … is turned into an Oscar-winning major movie, as long as it is in English language, verdammt! Sorry, damn.

Look at my miserable life!
Just because I am an artist who wasn´t born with the right language!
I´ve worked for 10 years like a slave and lived like a bum, the girl I love doesn´t even tell me to sod off, she doesn´t speak with me at all, I have piled up debts half of the UK´s deficit – I can do what I want, no one wants to know anything of me!

While all the while, when my ancestors would not have been such douche-bags (I mean, what´s conquering half the world, the English did it!) I could have been not only be a successful artist, I could have been an important Nazi-viceroy, ruling over half of Siberia, commanding a harem of obliging female Russian slaves, now, how about that?

The best advice to give to a German writer nowadays is to learn English. Write in English.
The best advice to a German singer is to learn English. Sing in English. The best advice to give to a German actor is… well, you get the point.

You don´t want to do this? You think you can be a proud Kraut? Stick to you language, stick to your culture? Sure, if you are an actor there´s always little fringe-shows and there ´s always little weird awards to win no one has hardly ever heard about, but best is you get a vocational training in the field of the car-industry. Well, if you are a singer you can always earn a living having gigs in dodgy pubs, if you a writer, my, you can put some shine on family gatherings, when reading to them from your newest unpublished novel, but best is become an engineer and build cars for the English, then you can do the cultural stuff as a hobby.
For the English love their “Mercaides”, love their “Be-Em-Doubleyou, love their “Oddi”.

But if a bunch of foul-mouthed drug addicts, who can play three cords and do a lot of noise (as long as it is somehow verbalised in English) you can call this the Rolling Stones and make it a whole goddamn industry branch out of it.
Same goes for the rest.
Yeah, money for nothing, chicks for free, haha, that only goes for English artists, but we built these refrigerators, we built these colour tv´s…

See, the worst is, you have gotten us so deeply colonised and deprived of our own identity that you made people like me actually love what they do to, out of sheer need!
I love England, I love English culture and language, I am about to give up, what has made originally me, I love England, I am good German, who feels guilty about the war, who feels sorry about the **** crimes and who earns [edited by admin] as a writer!

But here comes the funny thing, now, see what brought me this currying favour with the English, working my back of with English language, practicing a flawless th, till my tongue hurt (actually to that extent that it alienated me from my own language, which appears to me now like trying to talk with a potato in your mouth…)

I have written a sixth volume for the deceased author´s Douglas Adams original book the Hitch-Hiker´s Guide to the Galaxy, which is brilliant, which by far the best sixth volume ever written, so much degrading the book that was in the end chosen to be the official version of a sixth volume to a mere children´s book!
I was not authorised!
I was not even considered!
More, I was not even talked to! (Alright, after some heavy insulting on my part I got insulted back, sure.)

It´s not that the Hitch-Hiker is so holy an English relic anymore these days, it´s become quite international (I mean, in a colonial, always empire-like style, obviously), it has been translated in almost any language there is, to begin with (in German for a second time by my humble self), the agent who is so vigorously defending the purity of it, Ed Victor, is actually an American from the Bronx, (making it look like a personal affair that I will not be authorised as long he holds the rights who has criticized him too many times, by the way), the authorised author is not a Kraut, but an Irish Mick (who made his island so ashamed, when the book was finished, that it sank half a meter deeper into the ocean bed-rock, yes, that there even is now an open and frank discussion in Ireland if those incompetent writer-riff-raffs should still go on tax-free or if they should not, now in dire times, pay double taxes!).

When I turned my outstanding taxi-world-record in, “most countries as a licensed cab-driver”, and, oh, believe me, this is so much more work than to just bake the biggest cake ever (and later donate it to charity for it tastes like straw) at the Guinness Book, they just ignored it, they wrote to me that they have so many other submissions. I have done the license and driven a cab in three different countries and they turned me down, why, if there would be any Englishman being actually able to they would give him an Nobel-prize for just being able to speak a foreign language, but unfortunately no one does. (There was one last century, but just before they could stick a medal onto his breast they found out that he was originally from another country and has just tried to get away with it.)

Finally, when I turned to Brighton & Hove Hackney Carriage Office to ask them, if they would be able to help me, what did they say? Oh sure, Mr. Lembke, we´re proud to have you here for another time, to be such a cherished station in your world-record tour, thank you very much for appreciating Brighton so much, it makes us all proud, oh, how would the French envy us that you prefer to come here for another time instead of going there? No, they said I´d have to apply as a first-time applicant again! Nice one!
So thank for this, Brighton & Hove Hackney Carriage Office!
So, thank you for another one, England, vae victis!

Now, I will obediently go back to England, like a conquered barbarian, who marvels at the wonders of the Roman Empire and has lost all his pride, just to be once more in the exquisite position to carry out “three pound no tip four suitcases”-jobs, for the English, to carry luggage, for the English, being insulted by odd English 10-year olds, (you´re from Germany, mate? So was Hitler!” No, he wasn´t, he was an Austrian, damn it!) who are in a special school and get send in taxis, while all what they really need is a good spanking and live as a lodger in shady rooms in dodgy houses, inhabited by emotionally disturbed [edited by admin] (yet in desperate need of money, so desperate they even take a foreigner, oh, I could write books, what I have experienced last time!)

Sure, moreover, I will like it, won´t I, for if you don´t like it, then why do you come here, mate? Right? [edited by admin], yeah.

But believe me, I will look for something I can blow off some steam!
I will insult the English!!!!

Now, if you know a bit about the Hitch-Hiker´s Guide there is this character called Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, an immortal who decided one day, to give his existence a meaning, that he would insult the universe, in an alphabetical order!

Well, I am not immortal and don´t have unlimited means, so I have to take as it comes, the way I will insult the English will not be in an alphabetical order, but in the order they will get into my cab and of course I need a cover-up as a well mannered and friendly person and cab-driver (not as the envious, frustrated and fascist little [edited by admin] I truly am in the inside), I will have to maneuver them somehow into a position, where I can safely deal the blow, I will offer them a bait and say that I am the author of the best H2G2 sixth volume ever written and do you know this Wowbagger-thing and I am doing this to get me a name, for this is just the weird thing that will get people´s attraction, like that guy who dragged a refrigerator through Ireland (oh you know him!) and that German crazy dude who whips the Alps (yes, he climbs a mountain top with a whip on his belt and when he´s on top he goes right at it (see, this is so weird you are beginning to be interested!) and now there´s me, another crazy German, insulting the English and this and this and of course it is a funny thing, do you want to be in it? So, here´s the fare on the meter, I will say, of course, averagely in Brighton it is no more than, say, five ridiculous Pounds, do you want to pay this or do you want a completely free ride, all you need do is to be on video, where I will do a little mock-insultery for my “rich and famous and I want to get in the media”-thingy and I have decided to call you today, say, (of course I will have a neat little clip-board listing today´s insults) a mindless [edited by admin]. What would you say? Would you like it? Would that be a nice little insult for you to be on YouTube, as “Jochen Lembke Insults the English” for show and to become famous?

And when he or she says yes and takes the bait I will do the insult on video without further ado I will come right to the point and not fuss around (if it is a woman) come on, I don´t have to say you have [edited by admin] hair today first, do I, (if it is man) your suit looks ridiculous and that tie just makes me laugh, I do it quickly and off you go and have a truly miserable and rotten day, sir, or madam, and we share a laugh and everybody will think what a funny guy, why, if all drivers would be that nice and creative, not just old grumps who let it out on their passengers, while deep inside I am I´m not so sure.
Deep down I´m not.
Deep down I will always be a Hun, howling for blood.
English blood.

Perhaps I should have listened to my father who wanted me to become an engineer, oh, I would have had such a terrific knack for building a right-handed steering into the newest Mercedes-model…”

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:55 am
Jochen I’m going to try to make you see reason one more time,

You have been out of the country for a period of time, during that time you could’ve been found guilty for any number of crimes in another country, the process demands the council be on top of their game, and the Brighton one is one of a few that actually seems to give a fig who they license,

That demands in itself that if there is a break between elapsed licensing and new application you must go through that process, nobody has it in for you, you simply have to like everyone else go through the process as a fresh applicant, otherwise what is to stop a Ugandan refugee marching in and demanding a license under the same terms, then you’ll be saying they let anyone and unsuitable get a license, you really are knocking on a brick wall with this, you are the only person in the world who thinks this unjust, and as you already know Brighton having held a license previously why is there an issue to not simply just taking the test again?

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Doom, you really don´t like Ugandan, ey? :wink:

Look, you are not really making sense. I´m not demanding that anybody with a Ugandan license should be able to exchange it into a license of his favorite UK-town, do I?

But I actually heard of an Egyptian who had held a B&H license, which supposedly expired under the same terms, he couldn´t renew it, because he was, supposedly, again, in Egypt at that time for a longer stay. He still owns a Brighton cab, but has given up on getting the license again, too complicated.

So, if a Ugandan has been a B&H cab-driver before with a license, it mustn´t expire, only because he wants to be in his home-country for more than 2 years. For this is clearly a discrimination and, Doom, do you want that Ugandan to stay in the UK only because he fears that his license expires? :?: There are enough drivers here, right, have you looked at the problem from that angle?

I don´t want to live my life according the conditions of stupid licensing regulations – just to demand that from me is outrageous, stupid and bold!

The cheek of it! :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:45 am
Missed it totally Jochen, the Ugandan was an example that if they let you in the back door, they then will have to open it for someone who can’t speak English and has been in the country 3 days who might just be a mass murderer.

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Missed it totally Jochen

That has in English language two meanings, Doom, as I may point out, it could mean, you have missed it totally, Jochen or I have missed it totally, Jochen.

Anyway, Doom. Let´s be precise here and not just stir fears and aversions, for this is not worthy of the TDO and I am sure here Sussex would agree with me.

You are saying (and I want to answer to that, because, although it is quite extreme a standpoint, others might not say the same but think) that if you start making exceptions everything will go to chaos and the country will drown in it.

Well, let me tell you something to that, according to what the customers told me, that, although there are really tough standards in B&H, they´re still not tough enough.
And with that I can only agree.
There are still plenty of drivers who, although they had their ok from the council, are still not ok, which led Streamline f.ex. to extra tests in KNOWLEDGE and LANGUAGE.

It is a simple fact, that you can pass the knowledge tests only when you have prepared enough, that means you need to go over the roads at least 4 hours a day.
Now, when you have taken the test, from that moment on, and you have observed it yourselves, the knowledge get´s less and less. One month after it, you wouldn´t be able to pass it anymore. One year after you know hardly anything, just that what is really important.

Same with language, a foreign driver is able to polish up his English to the required standard anytime, if he only just puts up enough effort at that time (!) (which was pretty low anyway, btw) but if he doesn´t really practice (and most don´t, because they don´t care) it gets less and less and after a year he canne haredly spaeke onea worde.

The result is that, although B&H regulations are very strict, especially in the Utterly Pointless Annual Frigging Renewal, there are a lot of drivers on the road who just don´t belong there.

And this, my dear colleagues, has upset me from the first day I have driven a cab, 26 years ago.

So what I will demand is to lower the renewal frequency to, say, three years, yet to have each time an additional theory knowledge test and a language test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, to the CRB check.
Now, to “let´s treat everybody equally”!

You know, your oh so cherished B&H Council followed a very, very lax routine here, they basically, for those applicants freshly arrived in the UK, made the CRB-check worth a toss, namely. For there was a shortage of drivers they accepted the CRB done from the moment of arrival, which was in my case only a month (and I could repress my blood-lust for that time, although I´m not so sure now… :evil:)

So, you see, the council gives out regulations just as they like, without any thought or actual need for, they are not there for the drivers, they want to have a high salary and still an easy job.
These sloppy regulations might actually have led to a lot of trouble with foreign drivers, because, actually, you might have just gotten fresh out of prison because you raped your latest passenger back home and can just make a fresh start in England) )

But, when I got in the office in autumn last year I showed the head of HCO (who first didn´t even want to come down, although I flew here for 800 miles) my valid Swiss licence and my valid German one (which is just freshly renewed, a proof of that I don´t have a record, btw.) I showed this to him, as proof that I actually worked in Switzerland at that time, meaning I actually held a Swiss license.

Moreover, I emphasized that I am a writer. I did that on purpose, meaning, don´t f… me mate, for that will mean me writing, you know. Many, many letters and other stuff. Meaning trouble, basically.

Only because he is so stupid and arrogant (and, honestly, polite is through, I am really, really angry now, I am willing to say this right in his face, if he doesn´t read this anyway) he didn´t turn a blind eye, just keep this for yourself, mate.

Because, now they have me on their tail.
And I will make them wish for the day they can give me the license.

For this means the end of their agony, misery and pain!

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“You are saying (and I want to answer to that, because, although it is quite extreme a standpoint, others might not say the same but think) that if you start making exceptions everything will go to chaos and the country will drown in it. ”

Correct.

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Well, that´s a clear shaped standpoint I respect, sort of the law and order approach, but obviously not mine. Now, lets get pi_ssed.

Joking, not only am I in Germany now, I am also very, very sick, it is not getting any better. I am starting to get a little worried.

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Meaning I’m wrong?
Well, if that’s what the majority thinks, why do I even bother?
I might just pack my [edited by admin] and leave and spare me a lot of trouble, honestly.
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No I’m not saying your wrong,I wish you all the best on your crusade,if more drivers fought for what they believe,councils would not be walking all over them.i was referring to what they teach you on a customer care course,and as you are there customer they should help you even if they think your wrong.?

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Thanks, mate.

Yeah, I got that wrong, but it is still a very tricky situation for me now.
Though I have cleared out my room in Germany I notice I haven´t really made a decision yet.

But that´s also about that woman I´m madly in love with.
It was one thing to come here in person, but so far not really all of me has indeed arrived here… :roll:

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… yeah, I need to sort that first, I’m afraid. :roll:
So, I’m leaving again.

I mean, this is truly the main reason, but apart from that – well, I am actually staying in a tent right now, to save money and it took me five freezing nights there to figure out that as much as I’d love to be a B&H cabby again, almost more than anything in the world, it would just too much upset me to do this their way!

I mean, look, I don’t even have an address I could use legally, there is a friend with whom it was ok to use his address, but that’s the point, it would not be perfectly legal and as B&H HCO is doing everything by the book, I don’t see why I should “improvise” again.

There are so many regulations in this country, but no one really follows them, the world, England most of it, would come to a halt if people would do everything by the book, we all have to turn a blind eye every once in a while to just be able to make it through the day!

There should be a way to open their eyes and I think I have to try that first, anything else would just upset me too much right now.

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Is it possible for Jochen to use a German hackney to work through a ph base in B&H,in the same way that Berwick work in Newcastle And bolsover work in Mansfield and Ashfield ect?

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Do you no anything about German hack laws

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Is it possible for Jochen to use a German hackney to work through a ph base in B&H,in the same way that Berwick work in Newcastle And bolsover work in Mansfield and Ashfield ect?

It’s legal for a Scottish taxi/PH to work England and Wales without needing an E&W license, and vice-versa, so maybe he doesn’t need one.

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Is it possible for Jochen to use a German hackney to work through a ph base in B&H,in the same way that Berwick work in Newcastle And bolsover work in Mansfield and Ashfield ect?

It’s legal for a Scottish taxi/PH to work England and Wales without needing an E&W license, and vice-versa, so maybe he doesn’t need one.

A scottish taxi/PH must return to it’s LA on completion of a hire, unless it has another to go to.

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A scottish taxi/PH must return to it’s LA on completion of a hire, unless it has another to go to.

But which part of the act applies to E&W?

Mrs Sussex is legally allowed (and insured) to drive the Sussex mobile in Scotland, as Benson and Boyce doesn’t apply there.

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A scottish taxi/PH must return to it’s LA on completion of a hire, unless it has another to go to.

But which part of the act applies to E&W?

Mrs Sussex is legally allowed (and insured) to drive the Sussex mobile in Scotland, as Benson and Boyce doesn’t apply there.

I doubt the Sussex mobile is licensed under the 1982 act, so I don’t quite see your point.

My point is that a taxi/PH licensed under the Scottish legislation cannot base itself in E&W or in another Scottish LA, without breaching the act under which it is licensed.
The reverse may not be true, however. The 1982 act doesn’t apply to a taxi licensed under English legislation. It depends what the English legislation says.

As for a German taxi, your guess is as good as mine. I know bugger all about German taxi law.

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If I chose to pay for HC plate off a LA 100 miles away, provided all the legal paperwork and only sat at home here taking calls, not plying for hire, what regs am i breaking?

im right at the meeting place of four LA’s, any would sell me a hack plate, whats to stop me selecting the cheapest with the easiest set of regs and plating there?

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Wow, what´s going on here?

Anyway, for i have to improvise very much i depend on a. wireless connenction b. a socket c. my reading glasses. Since I seem to be missing all the time at least one of them (at this moment my reading glasses) I can´t follow thos right now, will do later.

Anyway, just spoke to a driver on my old car (I still remember the first scratch I did myself and there aare plenty more now) the job doesn´t pay anymore and I probably wouldn´t even find a car anymore, for there are so many drivers. I´d be really stupid to go through the whöle procerdure again.

it´s very simple, if they begin treating me as a human and not just cab-driver material, they would have to start doing this with everybody, so they don´t want to. That is, if they´re not being forced to….

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This is my homage to all the people being camped and sleeping in their tents to protest against stupid and unjust regulations all over the world!
I know now fist hand how much sacrifice this is!

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The point of the discussion was wether you could use a German licensed hackney to work in b&h.?then you would bypass the need of b&h.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:04 pm
See Jochen, I tried to tell you, but you had to waste an air fare mate.

How was it hiding away in the tea chest @ 5000 feet?

Just kidding :wink:

Ah well it’s kinda smile raising the thought of the council officials faces seeing you come through the door armed with why not’s :lol:

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Well, I will hold it like Apollo 13 and call this mission a successful failure!
I actually needed this week in a freezing tent to clear my mind and I´ve spent a fortune, but is not wasted!
See, they will think I might be a thorn in the flesh with the license renewed but wait and see how much I will sting and hurt without it!

atMancity: I could give them two valid licenses, a German and a Swiss one, but I´m surprised you´d even thought this way. Not with them!

at Doom: well, that tinbox, we had a near-by-collision, one of those they try to play down, but it was like a foreshadowing of what´s to come!

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Only trying to give you options,if you’ve got a German hackney vehicle and drivers licence to drive that vehicle,why not use it and work through a Brighton private hire company,but I don’t know German hackney laws.there laws may not let you do this.

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Thanks, ManCity, but it actually seems me not having the license back is at the moment doing more good than having it or even redoing it!
I will soon post a catalogue of things I see a need for a change in here, which I will have sent to B&H HCO by then. Basically I will pull a German on them.
A German in “nothing-ever-works-country”. Wonder how that works? Hahaha!

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We are humans, not licensing material!

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So is your outfit:

A) An attempt to sway the Brighton HCO?
B) An attempt to disguise yourself as a Brighton HC?
C) Evidence of a subconcious and unnatural attraction to the Brighton HC trade?
D) Evidence of very bad dress sense?

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All of it. :lol:

No, when I bought the sweater I just liked the colours, as I just love the Brighton colours, but it´s actually not quite the same shade of aquamarine, mine is a bit more to the blue. :sad: (I will still brighten the picture, maybe that helps)

Anyway, I thought I dress in the Brighton colours to help to get the point across, but although I tried it was simply to much effort to actually transform into a Brighton cab, (like in Transformers perhaps), but then again, the path is the aim. Or, aimed at HCO, we all have our faults, we all have our limits. :badgrin:

Still, I´ve mentioned it before, to me the Brighton cabs are the most beautiful cabs in the world and whatever I will do I will always be an ambassador of Brighton (cabs), they deserve much more attention, I feel that as a responsibility, too, not just to blame the negative aspects!

I did a lot of photography, when I was in Brighton and had much better light than like on my blog, when it was winter and the white of the houses, the red of the buses, and the aquamarine of the cabs – juuuust beautiful! (I did a pic of the Brighton Mercedes btw and will upload it here, it looks amazing!)

PS: Yeah, that Hi Cab guy, I´ve seen him before!

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Yes, in one way the colour scheme has a slightly ludicrous look about it, in other ways it’s actually quite attractive.

I like this photo here:

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Sure, not everybody likes them, it´s like with colours in general, but I do.
Yeah, that´s a good one!
I have plans to make a Brighton cab calendar (if someone is not quicker) but it´s not easy to catch one in front of a nice background, it would perhaps require actually hiring them (and pay extra for the rights) and it would not be spectacular enough to just shoot in all angles at them at the ranks (though there are always plenty of them these days :roll:)
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I’m not sure if you are an absolute nutter, or not.

I suppose it takes all sorts. :-k

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Sure it takes all sorts, Sussex, we can´t be all on as good terms as you are to the council, can we.
What´s more, to declare me one will certainly not endanger those said good terms. :mrgreen:
Besides, Brighton has always been a magnet for nutters, ey? So, home is where the heart is!
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Maybe you should have jumped in front of the boat race :D :lol:
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I think it´s a fine line between choosing unusual forms of protest and being a nutter.
Moreover, we live in a world where people won´t listen to men of reason and rather turn towards a nutter, especially the media does it. So many brilliant voices are no more than a crier in the wilderness and remain unheard.

So, what to do?
I don´t think there isn´t a simple solution anywhere, so I just follow my instincts on whatever I do. I have tried reason with HCO, haven´t I? To make an exception for someone in my situation makes perfect sense and if they are not even willing to make one for me because they fear that the walls will cave in, well, that´s saying something.

The drivers are the superiors of the HCO´s, for they and the tax-payers are paying their bread, not the other way round, like it used to be. And I don´t really mean English HCO´s in particular, for I have witnessed this commanding attitude in two other countries as well.

Wherever you look offices try to treat their clients as customers now – it seems HCO´s world-wide are the last resorts of this good old barracks tone what they used to have in the offices decades ago.

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You don’t have to have good relations with anyone to work out the basics.

There are people with licenses, and people without them.

If you haven’t got one then you need to gain one in the same way as everyone else.

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Therefore as you don’t have a license you need to do whatever the council deem fit for you to gain a license. The council is God, the creator of Heaven and the Earth and Licenses, they can give me a license at whatever conditions they deem fit. I want them to make an exception for me because it´s not an ordinary case and I´m not begging them anymore, I´m offering them something in return, they should be happy about that! I am an ambassador of Brighton, am I not, so it´s their chance to see that the image of Brighton I spread is a cosmopolitan, tolerant and colourful one, a town that supports artists and not the one of narrow-minded stubborn bureaucrats who do everything by the book and will only be tolerant to the posse around the City of London.

However I suspect they will not require you to do the DSA is you have a pass certificate. We´ve had that already, Sussex, DSA is only valid for one year. And I´m, telling you, I am a well experienced driver, if you put my mileage together I had been ten times around the globe, I have a HGV-license and have been a cab-driver in three countries, I will not do this again without having them delivered a good fight! I don´t see a point in that test anyway, as long as drivers in the UK do 40 miles an hour through narrow roads with parked cars on each side so that school children can only be safe when protected by guards. I´d have to do the test again, while a person who just renews the license each year for 20 years without ever driving, maybe doesn´t even know how to do it anymore, has not! I will not accept such nonsense voluntarily!

And don´t you ever think this is a German-wise-ass-knows-it-all or even German-against-English-authority thing, I had the most tremendous quarrel with German authorities and even Swiss ones, it´s just in my nature that I don´t accept things without seeing a point! When I was 16 and our headmaster came in our classroom (that guy was an old **** and was really feared) I was still on my chair while the others had long stood up and he asked me do you need an extra invitation and, well, yes, I think I had already well decided to be rebellious in all my life by that age.

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Look I’m telling you the facts.

If you choose to ignore them then fine.

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I´m not ignoring facts I´m questioning them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:41 am
You’re on a loser there Sussex, can’t you see whatever you say he’s going to shoot it down if it’s not within what he feels he’s entitled to do, he’s already admitted to being a protester by nature and that doesn’t ever change, even Stevie Wonder can see if a council says broken service with non renewal periods means re-take test then they mean re-take test.

The title says it all to me, it reads please beg me to drive a Brighton Taxi, or Those nasty licensing officers are making it difficult.

Jochen, let me save you a small fortune mate, the UK is F****D right now, there is no money because the moneygoround cycle has been destroyed my mass immigration and the casting off of British people by penny pincher firms, a British person earning wages spends them to other businesses who in turn spend it back, enter the Immigrant who buys the bare essentials and sends every penny back to their homeland, which is perfectly legal btw but very bad for a good economy let alone a bad one, if you fish the sea day and night constantly eventually there are no more fish in the water to catch, this is what has happened and I don’t see it getting any better, and right or wrong I can tell you the not too distant future is not going to be very nice if the now scrapheap kids decide to get their boots on and go find something to kick that they blame, and I know you’ll understand that because it’s exactly what happend in Germany between 1925 and 1939, now I don’t have a problem with EU citizen’s moving about, I do however do have a problem with other countries dole queue’s moving here and being assigned things I still haven’t managed to finish paying for in 30 years, infact the UK now resembles what I predicted over ten years ago when this all started, and before anyone else fancies awarding me the race card, Ian Duncan Smith said almost the same thing recently now the dummies have woken up and realised the long term effect is going to be so bad it will never be recoverable from, anyway, if you want to come back, come back, if they want you to sit another test, sit another test, personally I think you will go OMG on your first night back, it’s finished the wells are dry the gold is gone and now the future looks like it will result in another war as the scraps are fought over, just to let you know it took me 10 hours today (Saturday) to gross £70, that by the time I take the £40 expenses out for the day (£4ph for everything) leaves me £3 ph gross, so, get yer ticket and come get yourself stranded in this sh**hole.

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So, we´re all doomed, then? :roll:

No, Doom, I don´t think that immigrants are the main problem, they only fill the gap Sh****ing Western population is leaving. Sure, I doubt that German will still be the official language in Germany by then, in 50 years, it rather´d be Turkish. But see, the world is changing so dramatically, there´ll be no Germany and there´ll be no UK anymore by that time, at least I doubt that very much.

The problem with the UK is, it was, other than Germany, too much based on the Anglo-American boom bubble, which has burst now and that English products are not competitive, the finest product UK has to sell is the English language. Yet, protectionism and isolationism will only make things worse though, so, I see the EU as a chance for England, not a thread.

Though, when you look at the present Euro-crisis you will not see the few Euro-countries struggling for the Euro, what you see now already is the world itself struggling for a global currency, as it is clearly visible in being the IMF the ultimate institution to back the whole thing up, not just Europe.

Meanwhile, the real problem nowadays is the global crisis of capitalism, in it´s form of neo-liberalism, which has become a threat for world-economy. Sure, according to the Telegraph Britain has the third biggest budget deficit in Europe. Yet, according to Sunday Times Magazine the thousand wealthiest people in the UK are now worth a third of national debt and Cameron is not going to change this discrepancy, he is only worsening it. Yet he won´t last, he is a political dinosaur.

Societies will not work with such a discrepancy, there is too much friction, so what we can presently watch is the slow restoring of a balance in this system, over the next ten years this discrepancy will level out and we come back to normal again.

Though as it is this decade, where the changes will take place, it will not take place without the disadvantaged actually fighting for what is rightly theirs!

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whatever you say he’s going to shoot it down if it’s not within what he feels he’s entitled to do, he’s already admitted to being a protester by nature and that doesn’t ever change,

Well, yeah, in a nutshell (that AE? Well, you´ve got to be tolerant on a few Americanisms with me) that´s what it is, I`m at the council´s gorge, saying gimme da badge or I´ll might start a rebellion! 8) :lol: Yet, then again the council´s position is: we have to be firm, for only one small exception might start a rebellion.

So, seriously I, or whoever is better suited, can only start a rebellion, if there is something in the system, where can you have some leverage, something which is not only wrong but just stinks.

So, either they can allow themselves to be generous and understanding or they are already sitting on a powder-keg, all edgy and nervous.

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A lot of councils make exceptions on other things,ie vehicle age ect.so they can’t have it all ways,if they can make exceptions on these things then they after do the same with everything else?

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I take it you meant that the council do can make an exception in this situation, mancityfan and I like to thank for that.

Now, when we look at rules in general, they can be as good and as dire needed as they can be (f.ex. there be should be a general rule for removing s_hitheads like Assad from power!) and as fitting as they are for a vast majority of cases, there is not one single rule on Earth that applies for actually everybody and without any exception.

This is even laid out in the saying no good rule without an exception.

And as long as there are rules there will be exceptions or at least people asking for them and in democracies at least these people can be sure they will not be imprisoned or shot just for that.

So, whoever says we cannot make an exception from that rule is a dictator and is just not willing to take real care of the people who are in his care.

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Wouldn’t it be a rigid policy if no exceptions are possible?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:44 pm
Jochen, forgive me if I have this wrong but you write as if we owe you something, I find this very disappointing tbh as I’ve always looked at the German people as progressive and not a nation of people who gripe when told no.

You simply can’t come here and dictate things, it all goes back to if you don’t like it go away, and tbh if people don’t like something that is the accepted way in that country, why should they want to live in that country anyway.

Now I’ve tried to save you a lot of hassle here, in 2009 you may well have been earning here ok, it’s now 2012 and the place is dead as, if you want to waste money getting back here only to find you should’ve listened to me then so be it, but if you have one grain of sense you’ll read these boards and take my advice and steer well clear right now, there are enough of the other guy’s saying the same as me regarding lack of work, we are now down a generation of kids who haven’t been able to find work because the starter jobs are all taken by migrant’s, it was in a national newspaper a few weeks ago, I’ve known it for a long time, these kids are now off the ladder, so that is a customer base destroyed, they won’t have money to spend like those before them did and this means (as those employ the cheap worker firms) will find soon no customers to sell to, these are your global capatalist you so hate, not a licensing dept, anyway you don’t read like a guy who listens so I guess we will be seeing you some time soon.

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Well, Doom, I hate to say, but unlike you I always listen very carefully, I read a lot and I always had an open eye – but I don´t follow orders just because I am expected to. If I don´t see any sense in it I will not obey.

I am well aware of the desolate situation in England now, thanks anyway for pointing it out to me again, that´s one more good reason why I wouldn´t apply as a first time applicant again and above all one more perfect reason not to even expect it from me on the part of the council. I mean am I stupid or what? Hello, council? Do all this again just to earn [edited by admin], live in a dump and get abuse for free? Hello?

No, I am not stupid, though perhaps you may think I have something of a naive dreamer who might one day realise that all he has fought for was fool´s gold, yet, this world owns a lot to idealists and still only bows to the rich.

Yet, if you expect me to accept the way things are here, when they are simply stupid or just stay at home I will disappoint you, I do none of it, I do it my own way and that means fighting it.

Now, I was only waiting for someone to mention it, of course I know that no one will ever lift a finger for me in this situation as long as it is just my own personal problem, not because I am a foreigner, but because I want to be someone special and there is not a thing on Earth a cab-driver hates more, except licensing fees perhaps, than a colleague who wants be something special, this was not in any way different in Germany from the moment on I had written my first book and every other one was begrudging me it.

So, of course, I don´t expect anyone joining me in my fight, but what keeps me from joining you in your fight, against annual renewal plus fee, against stubborn bureaucrats who only govern people instead of taking care of them?

And let me make this clear, we should all strive for higher goals, this is my opinion, but whatever becomes of me, may I have success in what I am doing or not and will be able to live only on my writing or not, I´ll be always one of you, I will never forget how it was when I began in this job as a simple driver, just like any of you.

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Kälte-Chaos an der Uni Stuttgart: Hunderte Studenten warteten bei minus 15 Grad auf den Beginn ihrer Prüfung – doch der Hörsaal blieb zu. Als auch nach einer Stunde der passende Schlüssel nicht auftauchte, entschied die Uni: Ihr habt alle bestanden. Polizisten gratulierten per Megafon

It was in the news yesterday, German students were waiting outside in the cold, minus 15 celsius, for the exam-room to be opened and when after an hour of waiting still no one obviously could find the key, the Uni decided that all students have passed the exam, the police were congratulating via megaphone!

Now, this is the spirit, I say to all stubborn bureaucrats! This is how you will win people´s hearts and turn them from grim fighters into good citizens, that love their country and will one day happily return this gratitude!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:22 am
Explains everything about you Jochen.

So because it was cold and a key couldn’t be found it was decided to award a pass to all those that got cold, brilliant!, so you now have potential stupid people who have a document that says they aren’t stupid. #-o

Woking things that way I should tell Arsene Wenger to claim the league title for Aresnal this year, and if anyone says otherwise, he should just say if they hadn’t had the injuries to key players and had spent £300 million in January the title would’ve been there’s anyway because they turned up for every game and the results shouldn’t matter. =D>

Everyday I see “modern people” playing havoc with things to change them to their own personal agenda, well see it this way, you are a **** hater aren’t you, the very thing that is going on right now is breeding the **** model rapidly because some have worked their way up and other expect to come in at the top.

I’ll give you another example i8n todays news, Capello quiting, I back him all the way, the English FA are just another example of how f****d up things are, they’ve undermined a manager, basically found John Terry guilty in advance, and now the team faces a new manager just months before a tournament and without the better defender now cos he’s bound to get dropped as well, and looking at the footage I saw on TV Anton Ferdinand had plenty to say to JT before JT replied, plus Rio was on TV at the weekend basically saying he had to back his little brother, but his face said differently, and having been JT’s partner in defence for England I suspect it’s a situation he can do without.

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I´m beginning to like you, Doom, let´s have a beer, when I come over, or two!
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Doom wrote:
so you now have potential stupid people who have a document that says they aren’t stupid. #-o

We have that too. Think it’s called an NVQ :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:49 pm
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so you now have potential stupid people who have a document that says they aren’t stupid. #-o

We have that too. Think it’s called an NVQ :wink:

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@ Jochen, you’ll need more than one or two, I’m a raving drunk according to some here :wink:

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Okay, so you have me on your back again, it seems, the room is handed in, the flight is booked…
I´m bringing a little bit of money, a tent, some fat I can live on and I am hoping for the best and prepared for the worst!
I sent this letter to the superior of Brighton HCO yesterday, we´ll see how this will work put, I keep you posted about it!
Alright, mates, hopefully I´ll be, one way or another, an English cabby again, soon, I am looking very much forward to it!

“14.3.12 Dear Madam

I am writing you now to tell you that I will arrive in England by the end of this month.

I have booked a flight on the 28th and by that time I will have cleared out my room here and so come as an immigrant, for another time.

This also means that you have me on your back, sort of, what ever will happen to me, whether I will have success with what I am doing or land in the gutter, because of HCO´s strictness, it will be an English problem, I am not going back to Germany until this is sorted.

I would very much appreciate if you´d allow me, Madam, to finally talk about all this in person and would therefor give me an appointment, from the 29th of March on.
I will then also be ready to give you a demonstration of my knowledge so far, so perhaps, hopefully, although you couldn´t do it the first time I´ve asked you about, you would be able to give me a provisional license now, as you might look upon this as proof that I can and actually will do what I have said I will – so that I can support myself until I am ready to show you the full knowledge, as I intend to have learned in about one or two months, from now on, because otherwise I am not so sure how I ever could.

To my situation now: for I am 50, already (and burnt out from years of writing, being bullied by neighbours who have a great time when I am sitting there trying to finish my newest not-going-to-be-published-novel, and not knowing where to get any money to make it through the next month) it is not likely I´d be able to find work, for there is only little anyway now, so obviously I will apply for any benefits I could get and if I would indeed get them it would help a lot, but I am not so optimistic, for I haven´t lived here long and not since Feb. 2009.

I still have (for I had only spent what I needed for rent and food in the last ten years as an unknown writer, who has driven a cab in three countries and lived like a dog) some money saved, which I kept, instead of giving it back to my debtors, I am bringing my tent and will be able to pay for the flight, the fees and to keep me alive for three months living in my tent illegally somewhere in the bushes or maybe, if some kind soul will have mercy with me and allow me to put it up in the garden for free or just some little money. (I surely can cut down my food rations a bit because I am slightly overweight anyway or maybe I can come begging for food at the office from time to time.) By no means this money would be enough to pay the ridiculously high rents in the Brighton area, let alone a hotel or camping-ground!

See, the thing is, I might actually get another loan from somewhere, bank or my future employer, yet how am I supposed to pay it back? Last time, in 2008/9, I was working full time, but wasn´t even able to put enough money away, so that I could pay taxes, when they were due, just because of the high rents and costs of living and because the job doesn´t pay anymore. Moreover, from what I have heard it is even worse now and is not likely to get any better, because England is run now by a bunch of millionaires, who just don´t have any clue about real life of ordinary people whatsoever.

When I have arrived I will of course apply for the English driver´s license and also as a first time applicant just in case. (For, in the end, it would also be a possibility to just spare me some parts of the requirements, such as the two tests that require a car.
I might actually be able to buy a very cheap car, but it´s rather unlikely, last time I bought one for 500 Pounds and it broke down practically the very moment I signed the contract, bought as seen and test-driven, with head gasket, about which the guy in the garage told me I was clearly ripped off, because there were old stains of cooling liquid all over, so they basically looked for some dumb foreigner stupid enough to buy it just before it breaks down on them.

About the DSA-test, I wouldn´t complain that much about it, if they would be fair, which they are not, because last time they failed me, me, who had been ten times around the globe, for two times and also it wouldn´t be so bad, if it´d be about Sh****ing driving skills you really need in a cab, such as the ability to drive whilst talking to passenger or into the mike or still be able to focus on the road whilst arguing or simply communicating with passengers, instead of driving like being back in driving school. This is not in any way helping, especially while all the while people are speeding and driving really aggressively all over the UK! I was shocked about this, how children are endangered here and I´d strongly recommend a speed control system like in Switzerland, where people drive real slow! (Except the people from Italy or the Balkan living in Switzerland, obviously.))

About the knowledge: by the time I will arrive I will be able to pass the two knowledge tests, by at least 80%, it is not more now mainly because of my alcoholic half Russian neighbour bullying me (there was police in the house already, but he and his drinking mates told them a bunch of lies about me and so they said they can´t do a thing). Yet, last time when I passed the tests I had the beginning and end of the roads in my head, but by now already I will be able to draw a sketch from it and the adjoining roads, which is of much more practical use than the former, because it helps you much more to actually find your way in the respective area, than just the knowledge of where that road begins and ends.

Yet, by then, the time of my arrival, I will also have already written every tiny little spot from the AZ street-atlas list on cards, which makes it altogether about 3000 roads, streets, crescents, places, paths, mews, and tiny little alleyways no one hardly even knows they exist, that I am offering to you to actually learn within the next months, to present you that unheard-of, super knowledge, that will stand for all time and will make me a herald for Brighton & Hove´s knowledge standards all over the world!!!!

I am not saying, that all of this is actually of practical use and should be used as standard requirement, oh no, I think there are many more skills a cab-driver should be, and most of the time actually is, an expert in, especially dealing with all kinds of situations and passengers, but it is something I like to give to you in return, so that you would be in the position to make an exception for me, without having just any other guy coming next demanding the same.

There might be a point on me being cross and feeling discriminated, because I just simply couldn´t meet the requirements for an annual renewal, being a cab-driver in Switzerland at that time, but I am ready to meet this in a positive way and turn the situation into something outstanding and unique, this will be the best knowledge HCO ever had, even more I will hand this in at Guinness, as a world-record attempt “best cab-knowledge world-wide” (per square mile and in a major city) and will too at “Wetten Dass”, (which will run now with a new guy) and it doesn´t matter one speck if they ignore me or not, I will be the Herald of Brighton´s Knowledge Standards!

This is, if you let me, Madam.

If you still say no – then, as soon as I have the license again, I might just turn into a grim fighter against the annual license renewal practice as long as there is breath in my body.

It is entirely up to you, and I am saying this with all due respect, with no hard feelings whatsoever, just as a simple matter of fact, it is either one or the other, grim fighter or cheerful herald of Brighton knowledge! Let´s hope for the latter, I´d enjoy that much more. I would and I am sure we all would.

Yours sincerely, Jochen Lembke”

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I am sinking low (no, the plane with me actually is, just crossing the South coast) and hopefully I can sort my problems with HCO…

The situation now is that I was being told by the officer of the complaints section of B&H City Council to bring this matter to the Local Government Ombudsman, which I did.

We´ll see! I´ll keep you posted.

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So, the current situation is I’ve showed up at the office and their side is they’re not helping in any way, would rather see I would stay the f… away and I told them that it’s “nothing personal, only business”. :mrgreen:
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Perhaps you could recommend that they do an nvq in customer service,they always say the customer is always right even when he’s wrong.

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However I very much doubt I would have got the answer you did. :wink:

Well, like I said, I’m not very good at accepting things I don’t see a point in.

So, right away I asked for on emailadress of his superior to maybe appeal my way to the licence. Maybe just one go for the European Court would get my blog more visitors than a whole year of driving a cab in B&H? Well, have to check who is in charge for this first, anyway.

The other way would be to hang out the fact that they wanted us to be ambassadors of Brighton and well, I think I am one. Yet, I have probably to put a bit more weight on for this yet.

Either way it’s very unlikely yet I will just play their way. I know me, this wouldn’t work out.

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I saw a brand-new Mercedes-Taxi today in Brighton! (Crisis, what crisis?)

Today I was on a nice trip to Worthing, where I had live for almost half a year (just at the time when all that timber from the wrecked ship had washed upon the shore). I mean, they don’t have anybody living there between 20 and 60 (they are all living in Brighton) so there’s much more space there than in Brighton anyway, but Brighton to me is like trying to squeeze all of greater London into one small sardine box. Look at the nice pedestrian zone in Worthing full of happy people and imagine this would be the same in the Western Road/Churchill Square/North Street area in Brighton, which is normally busier than Oxford Street in London. Yet all the buses going from one end of town to another also squeeze through here!
Run a tram along the sea-front and ban the traffic along the axis where all the shops are!

Yeah, I know, us Germans, always want to take control! :mrgreen:

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Today I was at the DVLA office in Brighton asking them, like HCO told me to ask, about a possible double driving licence for me, which they have declined yet, as it was only to be expected.
Yet it wouldn’t be necessary anyway, for I would be allowed to drive with a German (European) licence for six months before exchanging.
So HCO is left holding the baby again.

Only B&H HCO between me and coming back to UK!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:56 pm
Jochen Lembke wrote:
Today I was at the DVLA office in Brighton asking them, like HCO told me to ask, about a possible double driving licence for me, which they have declined yet, as it was only to be expected.
Yet it wouldn’t be necessary anyway, for I would be allowed to drive with a German (European) licence for six months before exchanging.
So HCO is left holding the baby again.

Only B&H HCO between me and coming back to UK!

If you have and can been a driver here before, just sit a test and have a UK license anyway, you should pass it easy enough, you always have one then and it makes you look more pro in the eyes of officials for the future.

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Interesting notion, you mean instead of exchanging my German licence into an English one I would just make the English one anew so that would get me two licences? I wonder if that would work?
No, I will try to nudge B&H HCO, I mean, like I said, the Zurich licence holds for life and you need to shove 50 quid or what into the councils pockets per annum for the renewal? Well, there’s only one way to keep me quiet about this, which is to make an exception for me, they will decide in which way I will be an ambassador of Brighton, it’s up to them!
Wether I will put the stress on telling the world about the beautiful Brighton cabs – or about the rather questionable licencing practise.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:48 am
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Interesting notion, you mean instead of exchanging my German licence into an English one I would just make the English one anew so that would get me two licences? I wonder if that would work?
No, I will try to nudge B&H HCO, I mean, like I said, the Zurich licence holds for life and you need to shove 50 quid or what into the councils pockets per annum for the renewal? Well, there’s only one way to keep me quiet about this, which is to make an exception for me, they will decide in which way I will be an ambassador of Brighton, it’s up to them!
Wether I will put the stress on telling the world about the beautiful Brighton cabs – or about the rather questionable licencing practise.

It’s what I would do, two is always better than one imo.

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Well, time passes awfully quick and being in Brighton seems just like a blur to me now that I am back in Germany for more then a week now. (Funny by the way, how different they treat you at check-in, when you check in Basel, French side, they are very tender when it comes to groping your various body parts and in Gatwick, UK, there is no groping at all but an extra check for liquids.)

Anyway, more of France for me soon, so it seems, I am very busy with French and Colmar knowledge and it seems just like the right thing to do for me now, that I have had a closer look at Brighton again and at English bureaucracy.

As soon as I find the time though I will write a letter to B&H council about that thing.
I mean, when they make an exception for me they are probably not afraid about foreign cab-drivers following my example, what they probably really fear is that this precedence might weaken their fortified position of annual renewal of the licence.

So, they think if they turn a blind eye here, soon no one is willing to pay the annual fee again and again, I am very much inclined to think.

Yet, what they don´t think about is that this all might get me cross and more that I have already gained a certain respect for being awfully stubborn and perseverant when it comes to me being cross and even more so if I think I am right about this.

So this attitude in this case might back-fire on them and the best way to not create an extra discussion about licencing procedure in B&H might actually be to make an exception for me.

But, of course I will be much more polite in this official letter, I know I cannot demand, only pledge and point out to all the good things I could do for Brighton and it´s taxis, for I´m reeeeeeally in love with them!

I mean, just look at these beauties! (The one on top was mine) to drive)

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The whole thing is beginning to annoy me.

I´ve sent this new letter down there to the superior of B&H HCO´s superior per email, practically begging them to renew my license and I´ve just get this spine-tingling feeling there will be no reply!
I mean how can they have the world´s strictest licensing if later on the job doesn´t earn a living!

Just for illustration, Germany is doing just fine now, I could lead a much better life even just living on benefits than I could as a full-time cabby in Brighton, I would just have a little less money left to live yet a much better place to live in. This whole license-thing took me one year of my time, 15000 Euros and all I could achieve by doing it another time would be another round of full-time work to barely keep me alive, living in a rat-hole, getting abuse for free!

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I´d be out of my frickin mind to do this another time!

Here´s the letter:

“First of all let me introduce myself, My name is Jochen Lembke, I’m German, 50 years old, I´m a writer and cab-driver. I have done the license for Brighton & Hove in 2008 and then worked as a cab-driver in Brighton during 2008/9. Before that I had driven a cab in Germany in two major cities roughly the same size of Brighton and after that in Zurich (Switzerland).

So, this makes it a kind of a world-record, which I will apply for officially. (I applied previously, the first time they turned it down as it involved writing about it and that was just too complicatedly described for them), a cab-driver who has worked as a licensed driver in three countries so far and I am intending to expand it in the future to as many countries as I am able to achieve, my next step would probably be France.
About this I keep a blog since 2008 and wrote a book about each country, according to this project I call myself “Europe´s cab-driving writer”.

I am writing to you now because I would like to ask for an exception of the general practice in licensing. Regarding this I had already contacted Mr. … last October via letter from Germany and also in person, I had come to Brighton for a week just for this. Regrettably he turned down my request, but we agreed on that I should contact you about this, dear Mrs. …, as his superior.

The thing is, I wasn´t able to renew my license in 2010, because at that time I didn´t hold a UK-driving license, only a Swiss one. (The year before I could manage to renew it, though I was no longer a UK-resident, but kept the UK-license in order to do a renewal and exchanged it afterward.)

My project “Europe´s cab-driving writer“ requires me to go on from country to country. I´d really love to come back to Brighton yet (for another year in between or an even shorter period like only three months of a year), partly because of the standards in knowledge, that make me certainly more attached to Brighton than to Zurich, where I still by far don´t know all the roads by name, partly because of my undying love for it. I found out about the minute I left Brighton. Funny enough but only human.

The only problem is the license, with the required annual renewal, linked with UK-residency and driving license.

Therefore, I´d like to ask you to consider an exception to that general rule for me.

In a sense this would be meeting only EU-standards. (In France for example, one gets a lot of credit with a valid EU-cab-license. I was in Colmar at the office and I had to show my German cab-license and a certificate of my employer stating 2 years of employment minimum in full time and for that they are willing to free me from the first two parts of the exam out of four.
In Germany one can renew their license for 5 years and don’t even have to show a valid driving license, in Zurich the license even lasts for life without renewal.)

I am more than willing to pay the annual administration fee since 2010 and to show proof of my knowledge, which I have spent last year almost three months refreshing it, yet I can´t go through the whole process of renewing.

So let me please explain my personal situation to make this plausible to you why I can´t do this anymore, why a refusal of my request could at the worst result in me not coming back to Brighton ever again.

The whole process of coming to England and getting the license ended up costing me about 15000 Euros, which I had to put up myself, there was no support such as grants from any side, Germany or England, I wasn´t entitled to any benefits so I had to borrow the full amount from a close friend of mine (who is no friend anymore, in fact he doesn´t talk to me anymore because I was completely unable to pay him any money back due to the recession mainly). When I came over to Brighton I still could see passengers queuing for taxis in the station, by the time I finished the license it was the other way round, due to the recession there were now just queues of taxis, no passengers anymore. So, due to the high costs of living and low income I was completely unable to put any money aside for all of the 9 months I was working there, I was even unable to pay the aprox £900 tax, I had no other choice than to leave England without paying them, I had no money left at all except what I had to use for moving back and to support myself for the first month back in Germany.
As it stands I am still 30000 Euros in debts and I am not able to finance another licensing procedure again this time. I may not be able to do this at all, like I said.

So, practically I am begging you to make an exception for me.
I would be really, really glad if I could go back to Brighton for another time, I still remember perfectly well what we were being told back then that we should be ambassadors of Brighton and what better ambassador can you think of than me blogging about it!

If you´d have a look on my blog you´d see that I wasn´t in a really cheerful mood when I left in early 2009, but that was mainly because of the recession and the really gloomy atmosphere at that time, also because I had serious problems at the place I stayed and furthermore I had high expectations in some private matter, about someone, which didn´t turn out the way I was hoping, which resulted in me regretting I had left England right from that moment on.

Of course there are big cultural differences between our two countries and I am sometimes amused or tend to look at England in a satirical way, but that´s because I am a writer and it certainly helped to put this all into a much better perspective when I left chaotic England and came to well organised Switzerland, where everything is perfect but somehow lifeless, so I really began to miss the English and the way they always manage to stay on top of chaos.

Though I think even more exchange of thoughts and ideas would do Brighton good as it would to England, which is about to become more isolated than ever. Not only as a writer but in general I´m a very considerate, responsible and caring person and I had a lot of thoughts about problems I could observe in Brighton, for example I very much miss in the city with the oldest tram in the world a tram, actually, in Freiburg (Germany), where I spent most of my life or in Zurich, where I drove a cab for 16 months, public transport rely mostly on trams and it´s just perfect.

So, for example I was speaking in favor of running a tram along the sea-front, as many people in Brighton would like, and it would keep the buses away from the main taxis, which should be pedestrianised as in Worthing (where I lived for half a year), I have written a huge article about day-to-day problems in Brighton and how they could be solved (you´d find the whole article on my blog) and sent letters to officials (but they were ignored.)

I´d also very much like to do my small part to make some kind of an impact on the cab-trade in general, according to my plans all throughout Europe, to help wherever I can with my knowledge and experience to improve this job, I am I enlisted in cab-forums in four countries at the moment and I hope I can do a lot more constructive work within the next decade. In general, I am very much a supporter of the strict licensing procedure in Brighton, it sets the standards of how it generally should be anywhere and I am willing to point that out to everybody, yes, all over the world.

So by helping me and making an exception to the strict rules in licensing you might actually add to make Brighton influence the cab-world a tiny bit and make rules more strict. A contradiction, but then again, no rule without exception, isn´t it?

Last but not least, of course, I´d like to point out my literature work not only in the field of cab-driving (to which I have dedicated four novels so far), but also Douglas Adams, too, the Hitch-Hiker´s Guide to the Galaxy, where I have done another translation of all the five books and even written a sixth volume in both German and English, of course all of it was not authorised yet it made quite an impression, I´ve even had personal contact to the deceased author´s own brother about it. Obviously I am not giving up on it to be another official version along the one of Eoin Colfer, which is surely more suitable for young readers.

I’d like to end now, apologise for having written a lot of stuff which is not really relevant for the licensing, I hope you don´t mind, I just wanted to give you a short impression of me and what I am doing that perhaps could influence you to think that I would be worthy to make an exception. According to what Mr. … said, there had never been someone else in my situation and I don´t think that this would do any harm to anything, yet would help me and my project tremendously.”

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Perhaps the council would be more sympathetic if you told them you needed a badge to earn a living rather than to for the purposes of breaking some kind of taxi driver’s world record?

That’s certainly how I’d look at it.

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That´s a thought! :shock:
Still, the sponsors don´t ring me up all 30 minutes yet, so it really is for earning a living.
And to go back to Brighton would actually be a step back, not much glory there to be earned.

I´m dead honest I really miss Brighton!
Yet, not so much I´d go through the whole procedure again. :roll:
So, let´s hope they give in in the end, who knows, maybe the email didn´t work (fat chance, ha).

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So the email has gone trough, proof of that? Well, how about this? “our legal advice is that we cannot accept a renewal application for an expired licence under any circumstances and as your licence expired on 18 May 2010 this means that you will have to apply for a licence as a first applicant.” Now, where are the emoticons, quick! I need them! :twisted: :mrgreen: :evil: :x
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Well, I´m pretty sure by now she decided to sit that one out and on not answering (if I´m wrong I apologise) so I publish this second email from this Thursday now here, currently writing on the third, which will really be quite something, they haven´t seen the end of it! :evil:
I wait a few days if there´ll be an answer and if not I will publish the letter here too.

“Dear Madam. Thank you for responding.
As you have declined me what I was hoping for it leaves me now with asking for a compromise.

I mean, it´s just a fact that regulations as they are do not fit for a case like me. I didn´t let the license expire carelessly or because I was no longer interested in the job, but because, although I was still working (!) as a cab-driver, I just simply could not renew it at that time, for a UK-driving license was required. Therefor I shouldn´t even be in the position to beg for an exception, it should indeed be the other way round, whoever is responsible for making such regulations should clearly see that there is a flaw and be happy to make it up to me.

Still, I am ready to make a compromise. Why can´t we have an agreement that suits us both? I would apply as a first-time applicant and follow the exact procedure, which would take 3-4 months and in the mean-time you would allow me to work on a provisional license?

You know I understand your position just as you surely understand mine, so I would be okay with this. Yet if you would not agree even on a compromise and send me away completely empty handed and if this would end up in excluding me completely from working in my job I had trained for a whole year, invested 15000 Euros I had to borrow and passed all tests successfully, I might be inclined to seek legal advice about this if there is a way to sue HCO for discrimination.

Please don´t get me wrong, Madam, I don´t take this in any way personal or would blame you for it, I don´t want to lead this to any resentments on any side, I might really just be happy in the end, if none of this works out, to apply as a first-time applicant again, if I could miraculously get this funded somehow still, yet I am sure you can perfectly understand me, for I have depicted my really dire situation in any detail.”

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Think that will be received like a red hot suppository :lol:
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Well, I´ve tried nice, haven´t I! 8)
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Think that will be received like a red hot suppository :lol:

Moreover, why does it always have to be the small people who get it up the arse? :mrgreen:

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I have received an answer, so I do apologise!

As you realise, we are governed by UK legislation and unfortunately there is no provision in that legislation, or within the council’s Blue Book, to allow us to grant you a provisional licence.

Yet it´s not an answer I am satisfied with, so I will sent my third email today and quite long it is.

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After careful consideration I have come up with this! The Ultimate Proposal!!!!

“Dear Madam, thank you again for answering and please accept my apologies that I may have assumed too quickly you wouldn´t.

Moreover, I am sure you have looked at this thoroughly and from all sides.

Yet, you see, my point is, whatever regulation there is and there has to be, for good reasons, there always has to be room for an exception to that rule.
What I´m trying to get across with all this is that my case would justify such an exception.

Surely, if this might be something that even you as the superior cannot decide I´d be happy to deal with the authorities that can. I am sure there will be someone who is directly responsible for these regulations and if it is B&H City Council itself, then I will be happy to deal with them, I am convinced, and I don´t want to appear immodest, that this is something they might accept as an exception and I don´t care how much time it takes or what effort, you see, unlike it would be if I´d come over to England I can keep my head above water here and I have always other work in between. (For France is still not in reach soon I could work towards Innsbruck, Austria, perhaps, in between, to get the license there is a small matter compared with Brighton).

If it would not be possible to supply me with a provisional license then I have a further suggestion, because I would be happy not having to ask for an exception out of sheer mercy or even pity with me, yet as an exchange for something I have to offer!

Now, I might very well just submit this offer to you for your own consideration, yet I´d feel much obliged, if this is indeed something which is out of your hands, that you could perhaps name me someone I could send this to or even forward it to this authority yourself, together with the whole correspondence.

It is an offer which would be very generous on my side, the way I am looking at it, for it would involve a tremendous amount of extra work, much more than a new application would involve, yet it could just be a fine way to sort out this issue in a way that would suit us, and even others, both and therefor I would do the sacrifice gladly.

As I have already made clear I don´t see any point in any of the requirements I would have to meet as a first time applicant again, but I do see a point in Sh****ing proof of a very profound knowledge, even more, it is something I would take much pleasure in Sh****ing to you, because it would be a real challenge for me.

So, to compensate for your generosity, perhaps, by making an exception for me, I would return this favor by demonstrating to you a profound knowledge of B&H roads, as a matter of fact I would have the pleasure to prove that I would be therein the best applicant you´d ever had!

I want to be able to show that my knowledge is so good, that I have a photo-copy of the town-map in my head!

Not only want I be able to answer you all questions in the Theory Test to a hundred percent, in naming which road out of the list is the beginning and end of any road, I want to be capable of drawing a little sketch of the road and it´s adjoining roads, of course not as a piece of art, but still accurate enough!

Of course, if the council or someone else would provide me with a vehicle for the Road Test (as I will not have the means to buy a car like the last time, not even the cheapest one) I would be more than happy to demonstrate my skills in finding the roads behind the wheel, but if not I am offering to go even a step further and demonstrate my capability of finding the shortest way to whichever road you name me from the list, from whichever point in town, blindly, by naming all the roads necessary to pass through or where to turn!

Now you know that this is much more difficult than finding them in reality, for then you would be able to orientate yourself on landmarks and obviously by driving slow enough to spot the road signs, which, I have to give it to the authorities, are quite exemplary signed for in B&H, (even more so if compared with some French towns where they are almost invisible).

Moreover, I would be more than willing to do this in a sort of a contest, thereby helping to motivate drivers to do a good job and be more satisfied with it by triggering their ambition, in Brighton and elsewhere, the more drivers who would want to take part in that contest the better. Now to pimp this up media-wise we could even try to get this on TV in shows like “Wetten, dass” (You Bet!) or anything else suitable. (Though it pretty much looks like Wetten, dass, the most successful TV-show in Europe will not run again, sadly.) Yet, just trying to get on shows like these will get a lot of positive attention for B&H´s standards on knowledge, which should be standard world-wide, I still am happy to emphasize, just as I want to emphasize that annual renewal is, erm, less good.

(Needless to say, of course, my knowledge right now is not up to scratch yet, so I would need time for it and advance notice.)

Yours sincerely, Jochen Lembke

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Dont forget that you have already done the knowledge and a dsa driving test if required so all you require is your badge renewal
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Your word in God´s ear, Skippy.

Well, that approach “I´ve done that already, now gimmie the badge, alright” unfortunately has not worked. So, now this is the “Brain vs Bureaucracy”-approach.

I mean, there´s still enough time to bring out the big guns if even that won´t help.

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The council are saying, quite rightly, that a person without a license is a person without a license.

The reasons you don’t have a license might be genuine, but you still don’t have a license.

Therefore as you don’t have a license you need to do whatever the council deem fit for you to gain a license.

However I suspect they will not require you to do the DSA is you have a pass certificate.

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