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Old January 9th, 2018, 06:58 PM   #37981
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In Germany, it is allowed to everyone on 31st December. Municipalities can forbid it though. If you wanna do on another day, you have to ask local authorities.
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Old January 9th, 2018, 07:47 PM   #37982
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Nope. No limitations.
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Old January 9th, 2018, 08:03 PM   #37983
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The Netherlands allows firework sales 29-31 December. Lighting them is only allowed on 31 December, between 6 pm and 2 am (used to be 10 am - 2 am). Fireworks are massive here, some 60 - 70 million euros worth of legal fireworks are bought each New Year's. If you're in a city, fireworks will go off non-stop on 31 December and the days before.

A major problem is illegal fireworks, often from Italy or Poland. They are very powerful and they are often considered on par with hand grenades. The bomb disposal team have their busiest days of the year in late December. There is also large-scale vandalism of public property in late December, leading politicians to call for a ban on illegal fireworks...
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Old January 9th, 2018, 10:38 PM   #37984
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Firework sales for 31st December in Germany from 2000 to 2017:

https://de.statista.com/statistik/da...hen-industrie/

More than 100 million € per year!
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Old January 10th, 2018, 01:21 AM   #37985
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Today several Italian cities broke the historical temperature record for January.


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Old January 10th, 2018, 02:07 AM   #37986
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Well, children in Europe don't drive cars as you must be 18 to be able to obtain a driving licence. And, by the way, in Poland it's so that if a young driver possesses a car, he is usually a co-owner only with one of the parents, because the civil liability insurance is much more expensive for the young drivers. And in such a way, they can at least make use of their parents' discounts for driving without causing accidents for a long time.

I believe, you meant the students over 18.
It is similar in Canada, but what I mean is children (like babies, 12 years old etc) can't drive, but are a greater percentage of population in Canada than Italy. I think if you compared the number of cars per 1000 population "of driving age" (say, 18-80 yr) the numbers would converge.
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Old January 10th, 2018, 11:06 AM   #37987
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Today several Italian cities broke the historical temperature record for January.
At the same time there is an absurd amount of snowfall in the Western Alps and Northwest Italy, with some areas recording 2 - 3 meters in 48 hours.

Bonneval-sur-Arc, on the Italian border:
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Old January 10th, 2018, 01:35 PM   #37988
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Bonneval-sur-Arc is one of the most interesting Alpine villages I've visited. It is really remote as Alpine villages go. I found the valley narrowing up to town a very interesting drive, more so than the Col d'Iseran pass itself.
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Old January 10th, 2018, 05:31 PM   #37989
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The 'dig out your car from under 3 meters of snow' challenge in Cervinia, Italy.

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Old January 10th, 2018, 05:44 PM   #37990
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Old January 10th, 2018, 08:06 PM   #37991
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And how do the roofs of the buildings withstand that?

In Poland, in case of bigger snowfalls, the public institutions like schools etc. remove snow from their roofs.

Some years ago there was a big accident, in which a roof of an expo hall in Katowice collapsed because of too much snow on it. While the fairs were taking place inside.
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Old January 10th, 2018, 11:36 PM   #37992
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A certain Hungarian village needed a new bus stop. However, subvention from the government was only available for look-out tower.

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Old January 10th, 2018, 11:41 PM   #37993
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Why do the buses and trams in Germany (I'm talking about the non-air-conditioned ones) have only such little inclining parts of the windows instead of big sliding ones that take half of the height of the whole window?

This is the biggest problems in the German second-hand rolling stock being imported to Poland - too small openable parts of the windows.

Even the Ikarus 260 and 280 buses used in the DDR had much smaller windows than those that could be seen e.g. in Poland.

Why is that? The climate is not really different, and with so small windows it often gets hot and stuffy inside in summer.

I rode once a tram-train in the neighborhood of Karlsruhe, which was not air-conditioned, and it was inside like in an oven.
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Old January 11th, 2018, 08:55 AM   #37994
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Even the Ikarus 260 and 280 buses used in the DDR had much smaller windows than those that could be seen e.g. in Poland.
What if installing small windows in the DDR was an action of humanity?
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Old January 11th, 2018, 01:56 PM   #37995
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What do you mean?
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Old January 11th, 2018, 03:35 PM   #37996
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The 'dig out your car from under 3 meters of snow' challenge in Cervinia, Italy.

That amount of snow can really harm your car to total damage, especially if it was compacted by wind.
In two day I'll go to east France to ski, for the next week again large amount of new snow is forecast again.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 01:42 AM   #37997
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And in central Poland we haven't had practically any snow this winter yet...

Maybe 1 cm layer on one evening which was gone the next day.
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What do you mean?
To not see the bad life of DDR?
Or to prevent Republikflucht via autodefenestration?
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Old January 12th, 2018, 04:35 PM   #37999
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I don't get it. Did the bus lines in the DDR go through the West Germany/West Berlin and if so, were the East Germans allowed to use them, so that such a protection would be needed?

And this issue holds also for the former West Germany, although there, they rather didn't have to protect their people being fed up with "rotten capitalism" and desiring the wonderful communism

So this can't be the reason for the small windows in buses and trams.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 05:39 PM   #38000
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This is going to waste too much water. Let's do it differently.
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