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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:27 pm 
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C´mon, Sussex, we had this discussion before!

It´s no use to get in lost in details. Technically it expired, yes, and one of their points is "why didn´t you ask us when it was time for a renewal, maybe we could have done something then", but I´m sorry this is just an excuse, for I´m sure they wouldn´t have acted any different. If they were willing to make an exception back then they could have done it, when I asked them about one in September ´11, too. But they weren´t and they wouldn´t have told me anything else in May ´10 when it expired. So, matter-of-factly they took it.

Let´s go back to rules for all or better rules that include all!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:03 pm 
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Sussex wrote:
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These people that took my licence for which I have worked really, really hard have no right to do so!

Did they take your license, or did it run it's course and you didn't renew it?


Though he Cant admit to it straight out that's whats happened....

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:50 pm 
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Feel free to address me directly, Bloodnock.

I mean, why is it always that small people go after other small people, not banksters? Especially cab-drivers. We fight over fares and passengers and pocket money, while those [edited by admin] take it all.

Well, it´s not just about me! Let me tell you something. If overnight celestial peace and justice would rain down on earth, on the sole condition that a Mr. Jochen Lembke from Germany renews his Brighton licence, I´d gladly do it.

Yet right until then I will carry on pointing out injustice where it directly concerns me and, rest assured, I don´t let my anger out on the British, Germans get there fair share of it, too.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:04 pm 
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Jochen Lembke wrote:
Feel free to address me directly, Bloodnock.

I mean, why is it always that small people go after other small people, not banksters? Especially cab-drivers. We fight over fares and passengers and pocket money, while those [edited by admin] take it all.

Well, it´s not just about me! Let me tell you something. If overnight celestial peace and justice would rain down on earth, on the sole condition that a Mr. Jochen Lembke from Germany renews his Brighton licence, I´d gladly do it.

Yet right until then I will carry on pointing out injustice where it directly concerns me and, rest assured, I don´t let my anger out on the British, Germans get there fair share of it, too.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:16 pm 
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Jochen, Bloodnock thinks you're just another johnny foreigner type, wanting to sponge what you can from his Sceptred Isle :shock:
The root cause of all Britannia's woes - along with his ungrateful, rebellious Scots bretheren.

He's read all about your sort in the Daily Mail, so it must be true. :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:25 pm 
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Jochen, Bloodnock thinks you're just another johnny foreigner type, wanting to sponge what you can from his Sceptred Isle :shock:
The root cause of all Britannia's woes - along with his ungrateful, rebellious Scots bretheren.

He's read all about your sort in the Daily Mail, so it must be true. :lol:


Screw the Daily Mail...I'm just fed up of this never ending monologue.

If You forget or chose not to renew your licence then don't go about telling people some else took it away from you and then wonder why you cant get it back.. :roll:

That goes for anyone...regardless of where he or she may come from.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:59 pm 
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Jochen Lembke wrote:
C´mon, Sussex, we had this discussion before!

Indeed, which is why I wanted to remind everyone.

Your licensed elapsed, it wasn't renewed in time, therefore the council did not take it away from you.

Now I'm not saying you don't have reason to moan, but let's be truthful.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:38 am 
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Guys, a word in general. I thank TDO for letting me have a platform for this fight, but as we all can see this thread is being regarded, I don´t fake the counts here and the attention this draws it does for TDO too. If you don´t want to read about it, Bloodnock, you don´t have to.

Now I will send an email today to HCO and will let them know that I will keep on with this fight until I get my licence back or everybody plays by the rules.

That I terribly miss Brighton and those British imperialists, Gusmac, as I do this job, that this is like the home I can´t return to, but that I am a writer and a bit of a political activist too and that this is all but the beginning, so far there is not even the media involved, but they will at some point, (especially when you think about my "Hitchhiker´s Guide to the Galaxy"-sequel thing, which is something quite similar.)

It´s up to you, guys, you can think this is just some loony or you can see something in there for yourselves and feel that sense for persistence strengthened in you. This is my message to HCO, sometimes it is better to make an exception at the right time! Or, better watch out who you p... off!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:27 am 
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Jochen Lembke wrote:
Guys, a word in general. I thank TDO for letting me have a platform for this fight, but as we all can see this thread is being regarded, I don´t fake the counts here and the attention this draws it does for TDO too. If you don´t want to read about it, Bloodnock, you don´t have to.

Now I will send an email today to HCO and will let them know that I will keep on with this fight until I get my licence back or everybody plays by the rules.

That I terribly miss Brighton and those British imperialists, Gusmac, as I do this job, that this is like the home I can´t return to, but that I am a writer and a bit of a political activist too and that this is all but the beginning, so far there is not even the media involved, but they will at some point, (especially when you think about my "Hitchhiker´s Guide to the Galaxy"-sequel thing, which is something quite similar.)

It´s up to you, guys, you can think this is just some loony or you can see something in there for yourselves and feel that sense for persistence strengthened in you. This is my message to HCO, sometimes it is better to make an exception at the right time! Or, better watch out who you p... off!


Put a sock in it, your just full of your self. #-o


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:13 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Look, I know it is too much asked that someone actually speaks out for myself and I´m happy the way it is at least on the forum.

It´s just that being full of oneself actually helps to achieve goals which are a little higher than just being a cab-driver and on the other side I often get remarks like what does he think he knows, he´s just a cab-driver. So basically I can´t win whatever I do.

Moreover we know that cabbies hate bankers and politicians, but the one thing that gets them truly mad is another driver who thinks he´s something special. (Which is one of the reasons this trade is so much off-track, because no one listens to people with good ideas.)

And last but not least, as much as I might be full of myself it is nothing compared to the ego of Our Great Leader To World Peace David Swanson to him I was nothing but another useful idiot willing to do his scut-work, praised be his name.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:23 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:06 am 
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A hotel manager from Tenerife told me that tourists from other countries generally go about things a bit more elegantly. For instance, if they want to upgrade to a better room, the Italians will compliment the hotel staff and smile, while the Swiss often cite health problems as a reason for needing an upgrade. Germans, on the other hand, don't beat around the bush and simply say, 'If you don't change this, I'm going to sue you.'

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


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

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

http://federalistparty.eu/

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

translated by me into German:

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

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:11 pm 
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Britain's richest people are wealthier than ever before, with a combined fortune of almost £520bn, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27459621
Well, am I glad that my British colleagues have done so well, for cab-business is a bit slower in Germany these days and unknown German writers... well, no need to elaborate this any further, so I am ashamed for not being as clever and smart as the people on the Rich List - I am still on my debts of 30.000 Euros.
Well, then it´s sure good anyway to have a government that does so nicely look out for one´s interests, isn´t it, even when you are just a resident from a foreign Country!
Why, they said I can live on JSA while going through the whole process of getting a new licence, didn´t they! Oh, I think this is so nice of the HCO!
So, I´ll just jump to that and in no time it´s me, who´ll be the richest man in the UK!
Happy, happy, happy! :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 4:16 pm 
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As a true European I congratulate Britain to the Ukip and it´s success.

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

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

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

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:14 am 
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Hello, everybody! I´d like to announce that this here so well documented conflict between B&H HCO and me is hopefully going now into a final phase and therefore, hopefully again, will be over soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:02 am 
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I will keep you posted how HCO will react to that!

Just call next door to the Police Station I suspect.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:12 am 
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Why so?
You pressed charges against me because I make you look bad?
I wonder what your level of road knowledge is, Sussex. I challenge you!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:27 am 
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Jochen Lembke wrote:
Why so?
You pressed charges against me because I make you look bad?
I wonder what your level of road knowledge is, Sussex. I challenge you!

The council will allow you, I'm guessing, to apply for a license for a taxi/PH, in the same way they will allow any other EU citizen.

But first you will have to meet the 'fit and proper' criteria that include;

Knowledge of Brighton and Hove (Roads test, and route practical) 90% pass mark
Medical
DSA driving test
English/Numerously tests
ISA criminal check
Disability awareness training

Once all that is done within a certain time scale you will get a license.

However you don't want to do all that, you just want to bypass all that.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:09 am 
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I think I have made my point well enough, Sussex. If you still don´t get you don´t want to get it. Perhaps even the council is more understanding, generous and wiser than you are. I have send them an email yesterday and they have confirmed it, given me a reference number. Why should they not accept? I think it is fair offer on my side, with this they are not drawn into giving anybody exceptions, they can say that it is well justified, in that special case. Moreover, it is unlikely anybody else will take so much trouble in learning the town-map to that level. It is by far easier to do the licence anew, I can tell you that and you should damn well know, because you have done enough Brighton & Hove road knowledge yourself.

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