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  1. I totally agree. To continue the shout-outs, I'd like to give a holler for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. I am not a fan of kids attending formal events. However, these two young people impeccably attired and exemplary behaved, during the whole procedure, which must have seemed like half a lifetime to two so young. All praise must be levelled with their parents in bringing up two children who are a credit to both of them, the royal family and the people of GB given the global interest in this funeral
    4 points
  2. Before normal service is resumed, can I just have a shout out for the Princess Royal. IMHO all the royal family have behaved impeccably over the last week during what must have been a most surreal time in their lives but Princess Anne has stood head and shoulders above them all. Her stamina during the trip down from Scotland was frankly amazing.
    3 points
  3. I'd be the first to admit that Truss is something of an unknown quantity to me. But to say that all she has done other than make a speech about cheese suggests that you haven't perhaps been paying attention. At the lunchtime of the day the Queen died she announced more useful policies in an hour than we've heard in the last 18 months, a British "tarif bouclier" and the re-starting of fracking being just two. As to her comments about Macron, many of us would entirely agree with her measured remark about the jury being out. In my lifetime I have never known anyone - claiming to be a friend - attempt to do so much damage to Britain, and I for one will never forgive him. Rubbishing the vaccine (and still refusing to admit he told lies about it), threatening to cut off electricity to the Channel Islands, supporting the invoking of the suspension of the NI protocol over vaccines, using Beaune as a constant attack dog against us whenever he couldn't be bothered to do the job himself, playing the constant bad cop against us in the Brexit process, need I go on... Macron has undone Anglo-French relations to such an extent that I doubt they will recover in my lifetime. Even I - a lifelong lover of France *and* its people - no longer rush to their aid when someone cracks a joke about them, and I no longer buy French products. I will review my stance when Macron goes, but in the meantime I would urge any British politician not to trust France or its president until 2027. I know, an extreme position, and I never EVER thought I would come to feel anything like this level of animosity. It grieves me, but Macron is the culprit, the only culprit. The only thing I would say about his utterances on the Queen is at least he recognises quality, and perhaps is dimly aware now after his election humiliations and his current political weakness that he will never EVER be fit even to wipe Her Shoes.
    3 points
  4. Indeed ! For me, the blokes who deserve a medal (and certainly a stiff drink tonight) are the bearer party of eight guardsmen and two officers. The scope for a dodgy wobble (or worse!) was enormous, with the worst bit at the end having to go up several flights of steps to the Windsor Chapel.
    2 points
  5. Do you know, I could have sworn that this was a thread entitled ‘The Queen’. Obviously the forum software is having one of it’s hiccups.
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  6. I read one report that the locals are vowing to run her out of town. The police made her close up and escorted her " to a place of safety" Good riddance- nasty old bag.
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  7. This amended picture was being circulated yesterday ...I rather like it.
    2 points
  8. Did you fear that Grumpy Ken ? Have you been laying awake in bed all night worrying that this might happen ? Jessus Ken. Inflation is going through the roof, there is an energy crisis and the Russians are trying their best to create a nuclear catatrophe in Europe. And you are fearing drift thread on a thread that had no real point in the first place. LOL
    2 points
  9. Starting a 'discussion' on why people insult each other is hardly likely to make the forum 'come alive'. I'd rather chat about real life topics such as climate change and it's affect on our future lives.
    2 points
  10. I thought it had been quite lively, and polite, as well, recently.
    2 points
  11. Me too Menthe. It's why it makes me a bit sad how far automatic translation is taking over. It's so easy now to live in France and use your smartphone or pc to translate incoming and outgoing communications and information so that it's almost as if there's no language barrier any more, you don't need to learn the language. But any subtle play on words gets lost, the nuances get lost, the humour gets lost and you'll never get anything out of French poetry or literature, it reduces language to purely functional and takes all the fun and pleasure and stimulation out of it. Anyways I see the forum is already being slammed for having threads about wimpish things like flowers and language and not being controversial enough in its new reincarnation. I wondered how long it would take before the whipping up started. So I'm off again, but it was nice chatting quietly about interesting things like language. Just like old times.
    2 points
  12. A wholly appropriate and dignified day. Like others I thought the little heirs behaved so well, no doubt largely because Princess Katherine is real quality in everything she says and does. My only gripe was the use of "Holy Spirit" rather than "Holy Ghost" throughout the litany. For the D of E it was "Ghost", and I'm sure he would have carefully and firmly stipulated that in his wishes. I'm only sorry that the Queen didn't! 😀 May Her Majesty rest in peace.
    1 point
  13. Well, what a display of pomp and circumstance. Didnt know it could still be done. Worth every penny.
    1 point
  14. Been unable to stop watching, everyone did the nation proud. Agree about the bearer party, the naval ratings did a splendid job with an awkward load too, and seeing George and Charlotte behaving impecably did my heart good. I found the coffin descending suddenly a little scary too, until I remembered it did that with Prince Philip's coffin too. Been very proud to be British today.
    1 point
  15. I'm quite surprised that not a mention of the Queens death has been posted here. As for me, well I'm a royalist so I feel rather sad at her passing and sincerely hope that King Charles has as successful reign as his mother.
    1 point
  16. I didn’t need telling twice!
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  17. The diversionary tactic is known as socialist agenda manipulation. I believe it can be studied at most education establishments and is available up to degree graduation level.
    1 point
  18. Now it would appear she wants to bring back opening of Grammar Schools, it gets better and better; though not if you have socialist tendencies of course!!! Grammar schools though stopped opening by Labour didn't stop the socialist elite sending their kids to Private schools! The plebs would have to make do with comprehensive! Well done Liz.
    1 point
  19. Indeed I do! My better half and I almost came to blows over it, well not quite but we did see it differently. From my perspective I understood that some mayors would not fly the flag at half mast. The reason, I read, was that it would be paying homage to Royalty and that goes against the grain of the republican ideal. I can actually go along with that if it were true and showed solidarity with Royalty. BUT! My argument with my better half was that Macron wasn't showing solidarity with Royalty but simply asking for flags to be lowered out of respect, a different thing entirely. That some Mayors have made it political I think is to their discredit. If they don't have respect for the Queen then so be it but don't make excuses for not doing so!
    1 point
  20. No contradiction at all, my opinion of her is based on her record as a cabinet minister in various positions and because of that I don't believe she is fit to lead the country. However, she put herself forward and she may surprise me and the vast majority of the UK public and actually do the job better than her predecessor (which shouldn't be too hard), my hopes aren't high though. There is such a dearth of able politicians now in the UK, the likes of Truss wouldn't have got anywhere near the top job 20 years ago.
    1 point
  21. Not quite what Truss said, her exact words on being asked whether Macron was a friend or foe were 'the jury's still out'.
    1 point
  22. Nice try at putting words into my mouth that I didn't utter. It will suffice that the lady in question has "p*ssed on her chips" big time - Her Ratner moment!
    1 point
  23. I guess Diane Rabbit makes up for several bodies!🙀
    1 point
  24. Move areas,change her circus appearance, change name, keep her gob shut would seem a good start. In other words, become a chameleon. far better than a lizard!
    1 point
  25. And then what? Are you happy for her just to be driven out of town to become somebody else's problem or would you rather ( as some have suggested on social media ) a more permanent solution? Events involving 'torches and pitchforks' rarely end well.
    1 point
  26. Thank you very much, Lehaut, for explaining everything so well.
    1 point
  27. I thought Charles came across very well in his speech last night
    1 point
  28. The outpouring of feeling over her passing shows the extent to which the Monarchy is held in high esteem. I hope it remains so. I think Charles will scale it back quite a bit though.
    1 point
  29. Have seen some dreadful comments regarding the death of the Queen ranging from the fish and chip shop owner in Scotland revelling in her death through to a football pundit, Sinclair, virtually blaming her for racist attacks on black and brown people. Throw in comments by the NYT and some Argentinian commentator 'celebrating' with a glass of Champagne and you see a different side to people's behaviour that is quite despicable. Objecting to the monarchy for what ever reason is an individuals privilege but to use her death to spout political nonsense or to not consider the grief of the family and the millions of people who are offended by this behaviour is totally unforgivable. I'm mean enough to hope they are all ostracised to the degree they deserve!
    1 point
  30. A previous encounter with Paddington. Very poignant.
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  31. Nice one, judith.
    1 point
  32. "I have a personal reservation about using debit cards because I feel that they are too much like cash and that I am effectively opening my personal fortunes (OK, all the money in my current accounts) to fraudsters and thieves! " You may have noticed that the various numbers on your debit card bear no relation whatsoever to your bank account, except to an electronic card machine and the system behind it, and to get that to work you need to type in your four digit passcode at the point of sale. However, by writing and presenting a cheque, you are giving anybody who has evil intent, your account number, bank branch, and your signature. Which of these two options is safer?
    1 point
  33. And long may it continue. You would have seen though the many who haven't had your good fortune. I appreciate that those poor ****s had no choice in the matter, inherited and whatever but where I live (on a hill) the valley and village were devastated not so long ago (St Pée sur Nivelle) It really was mind-blowing to see what water can do, all in the space of two hours!! I sincerely hope your good luck lasts.
    1 point
  34. Just curious; I am renovating my OH's family rural house that she inherited. It is in a very good area. 20 Mins from Macon and 50 mins from Lyon. So the house is free. Apart from some Notaire fees. 6 K ish lets say. It is going to cost about...150 k to renovate .....to make it a house worth living in. So this is free (no buying costs) and it going cost 150 k to renovate it. Will it be worth 150 k in rural desert medical France ? No. And to be fair it is in very good condition. So yeah, I would not buy any of those dumps shown in that article. You are renovating the house at a cost of 150K, knowing it will not be worth that when/if you are finished, why are you doing it? Do you intend to live in this medical desert?
    1 point
  35. The 'merry-go-round' of finding the cheaper prices, food, petrol and other goods is almost, if it weren't serious quite funny! Belgians and now the Germans are flocking to France because the petrol is cheaper. A little while ago the French were going to Germany because goods and food was cheaper; I go into Spain, as I live in the Pays Basque, regularly for cheaper fuel and food along with thousands of French. In fact, you are hard pushed to find a Spaniard in many of these frontier shopping centres. Even the workers are French! The day of reckoning will come that's for sure. Subsidies sound great, ask any socialist, but eventually they have to be paid for. It's the economics of the lunatic to continually subsidise to appease the masses!
    1 point
  36. Old man shouts at clouds.
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  37. Ooops didn't think the software would kick in on a proper name. Rhymes with Bike.
    1 point
  38. I don't know how many peeps on here have been to Camden recetly, but Camden Lock has been redeveloped. It is a very nice place to hang out. The closest thing in France to Camden Lock is.. https://www.bercyvillage.com/ Same idea but Camden is much much more coool.
    1 point
  39. I wish I hadn’t mentioned Notting Hill Carnival now!
    1 point
  40. And it will probably be money that eventually changes these peoples opinions. Eco enthusiasts are like children who hide behind their hands so as not to see danger! When it hits their pockets or the lights go off (as Mm borne hinted at this morning!) I think we will hear a lot of crying and finger pointing. Naivety, just a word in a dictionary but ever so valid!
    1 point
  41. That's pretty much on the money Ken. As confirmed by this article. Professor Gordon Hughes has written the following blog describing his experience of sourcing reliable energy supplies to power a remote rural broadband network in Scotland. A couple of abstracts from his paper "I have written a number of papers on the costs and performance of wind power and other forms of renewable energy. Even serious empirical research provokes responses along the lines that any questioning of the merits of renewable energy amounts to original sin or blasphemy. There is little that I – or anyone – can do to convince those who treat the superiority of renewable energy as an article of faith." "Still I wonder how much practical experience such commentators have of the reality of relying solely on renewable power in commercial applications. For this reason other readers may be interested in what I have learned as an economist faced with the practical issue of relying upon renewable energy" "To emphasize the general point: the central challenge of the transition to renewable power is not the generation of electricity. That is the easy part. Rather it is the difficulty and costs of ensuring system reliability that must be addressed. Up to now, all electricity systems depend upon a legacy of investment in storable energy resources, primarily in the form of fossil fuels but with some storage hydro. None of the operators has any real idea of how they will function without being able to call on such backup resources. While scale will permit options that are uneconomic for small operators, the lesson from experience is that the investment and operating costs required to maintain system reliability in electricity systems dependent on intermittent renewables are likely to be very large" https://ref.org.uk/ref-blog/367-the-reality-of-relying-upon-renewable-power
    1 point
  42. I know it's sometimes difficult to understand everything, ALBF. Some things are just beyond our ken.
    1 point
  43. '80's is a bit before my time. Didn't move to London until the start of the new millennium. Seem to remember Camden had quite an interesting arts centre.
    1 point
  44. A PAC - pompe à chaleur - is a heat pump, which is what we use for heating, although the term seems to have come to be used colloquially just for central heating installations in France, where they love acronyms. Ours are reversible air to air split units, using the outside air and treating the air in the house. In heating mode this requires the high pressure side of the unit to reach relatively high values in order to adequately heat the air in the house, which are not reached when it gets too cold, but the lower pressures reached in cold weather are able to heat liquid to a temperature sufficient for underfloor heating. Ceiling heating is also possible - Google it. The best solution for heating, taking into account the current costs of electricity and fuels to burn, is probably a heat pump system with underfloor (or ceiling) heating. This is expensive to buy and install, could make sense with generous subsidies, but won't provide cooling in the summer. For existing rather than new build houses where summer cooling is necessary, air/air reversible split units, multi-split or individual depending on installation constraints, are a good compromise. These should be inverter units with enough output to satisfy the worst winter condition expected, in which case they should work well down to lower temperatures than 8º. Check the specs for information. For very cold conditions ground source heat pumps will still work.
    1 point
  45. Me too. I reckon the world, planet Earth, humanity has reached its end. The clock is ticking. We are all doomed. Give it maybe 10 years before we are all extinct. Or is that just daft 24hr news outlets trying to sell us bad news ? Like, I went to London this weekend and everything was fine. But if I read the daily mail life is not fine in London. I should have been stabbed to death. Yet, everyone was happy, spending money and basically life was normal.
    1 point
  46. Ken, sweetie I would forgive you almost anything😘 I'm happy to rewrite as requested. Votre commentaire était joint à un autre, il ne s'adressait pas spécifiquement à vous et n'était certainement pas moralisateur. Il a été fait hier seulement. Je me serais attendu à ce que vous vous en souveniez.
    1 point
  47. Then go ahead. I would comment on anything you have to say! Incidentally my 'starter', it made you post something didn't it?
    1 point
  48. Regarding your response to SSimon Ken. I don't think he/she was being rude at all. He/she was merely using the term you had used to describe yourself when starting this thread. On the subject of being rude, weren't you the person on another thread accusing people of being sanctimonious? Sanctimonious Making a show of sanctity; affecting saintliness; hypocritically devout or pious. Isn't that being rude?
    1 point
  49. Just remembered another one; cliché for an x-ray plate. Took me a while to get my head round that one. So, you can imagine the flourish with which I produced my latest mammographie x-rays and asked: vous voulez jeter un coup d'oeil à mes clichés?
    1 point
  50. Hmm... I am not so sure, Norman. Photo-Effects (Light being interrupted at a stable frequency) are similar to helicopters going into land, one above the other when a bright landing light, flickering trough the rotor of the chopper beneath caused hypnotism and fatal crashes. Typical stroboscopic effect: could cause Migraines, epileptic fits etc. Various sound frequencies can be unpleasant harmonics when added together. Perhaps worth remembering that health dangers posed by radiation from early CRT monitors was pooh poohed at first, until Swedish studies proved the dangers, particularly to pregnant women. Early high powered radar was not considered a health risk (Naval vessels etc) until it was found to be very dangerous. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3653647/ https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-069X-10-7 Large turbines can also cause air pressure changes and waves. In the 1960s, air pollution from internal combustion engines was not seen as a health problem!
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