Coincidence has it, that before turning to you now, I was replying to friends Jörg and Gisela who are in Bangkok. Their flat near the centre of Berlin is up for sale, good old place, one of the ones that the 1944/45 bombardment did not damage at all (not many of those either). The price is on the slide and they want a quick sale, but the only people viewing are Russians who are trying shave even more off the price. They are looking to buy in SE Asia and have an open ticket until mid-October next to give them the time to do it in. Their panic is that the German government has pushed itself too hard and the rest of the Euro countries will demand a price for Merkel's approach to the Euro economy. I can easily see the Euro surviving, France and Germany paying the price and these not being the place to be. Bear in mind Carol, I have a German pension which is far more than the UK one I will get beginning next year and when things get tough they will reduce such benefits as state pensions which they have done before. I also accept how France is and have no intention of leaving. All in all, along with the lingering UK connection through the forty something quid a week, my strong German connections and being here I am in it up to my ears. I wish we had thrown caution to the wind and gone to Portugal as we originally wanted, but here we are and shall stay.