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  1. Did I really just reset my password specifically so I could agree with ALBF? Apparently I did. What is the world coming to? But yes I agree it is tosh, very blinkered tosh. The UK has problems, France has problems, the EU has problems, every country has problems. It is stupid (IMHO) to move to another country thinking you will avoid problems because a problem-free country does not exist. Some of the problems will be different and some will be the same, they may be more or less acutely problematic at this moment in time but this will fluctuate as solutions are thought up and tried out and situations evolve. Five years down the line it could be a very different picture and what will that person do then, move back to where they came from? try a different country? There is an infinite number of valid (IMHO) reasons for choosing to live in a particular country, but shaking the dust of a different country off your boots,as you put it, is the very worst reason of all. There are bad things about the UK but there are also good things, ditto France, ditto every other country. For me it's about personal preferences and priorities - what is most important to me and what are my "red lines", where can I find the things that I'm looking for without crossing any red lines. Important things aren't the stuff that flips and flops as governments and policies change, it's things that don't change quickly like the culture, the mindset, the way society is built, the language, the countryside. Priorities and red lines will be different from one person to the next. For some it's France, for some it's the UK, for some it's Spain, and so on. France isn't necessarily the right choice for everybody. And if it's the right choice for a person, it's because France's priorities match their priorities; it has nothing to do with how well or how badly things happen to going in a different country right now. If France doesn't suit a person, they won't be happy there however much the UK implodes. If France does happen suit them, they'll be happy there even if the UK becomes the promised land of milk and honey and worldbeating in every respect. Also to pick up on a detail, you say that if you move to France you have 'the right to boot your maire out if he is useless' - well as a Brit immigrant, no you don't because unless you've taken French nationality or hold another EU citizenship, you don't have the right to vote.
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  2. Well done Gluey, that woke up the Forum!
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  3. It was intended to be bone-breakingly amusing...😝 In my defence, I am writing on the fly, when I ought to be working; well not much more as I have just realised it is nearly 7.00 pm in blighty and almost time for some food! Cor! Don't time go quick when you are having fun!
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  4. Well pardon me for breathing! I'm definitely happier here than I was in the UK. We arrived in 2004 and live in a country village. It's all very well to highlight troubles in Marseilles or Paris, but I don't live there, and I didn't live in London previously, so whilst I can't give an accurate comparison that covers all instances, I'm very happy with my lot, thank you. I picked where I live for a reason, peace and quiet. I've got a friend currently waiting 3 months in UK for the results of a scan and cardio exam; she had a recurrence of her problem this weekend and had to wait 8 hours for an ambulance (but her husband took her the 7 miles by car) and then spent 8 hours on a trolley in the A&E corridor, before being sent home because the hospital pharmacy had closed. Does that happen here ? Not in my experience. My wife was treated for breast cancer in 2015 and I can't praise the staff and treatment highly enough. We watch the French news in the mornings followed by the BBC News a little later. All I see at the moment is a bunch of spivs running the UK who wouldn't know the truth if it smacked them in the face. Our UK family with university-age children have lost the chance to easily spend a year in Europe doing modern languages. The country is on its knees from where I'm sitting. Those who miss "good ole Blighty" can always pack up and go back. I find the benefits far outweigh the disadvantage and we're here for the duration. Amen
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  5. Defribrillated more like 😁
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  6. On this, I would say that neither is right and neither is wrong. The stupidity is that each of them seems to think that what is right for them, must be right for everybody. Although in this case since the bloke has no experience of living in France, he shouldn't be talking about what living in France is like in the first place. Me, I seem to be in a phase of yo-yo-ing back and forth. I lived last year in the UK, I lived this year in France, and next year who knows. I love them both in different ways and for different reasons, I am happy in both places but equally I can see things wrong with both places and there are things about both places that get on my wires. I certainly don't get any Schadenfreude from looking across to the UK from France and seeing problems. Why would I, one person's problems don't make my life better. I find it very unattractive when people seem only able to measure their success by another country's/person's failure, and unfortunately there was a lot of this in UK media during Brexit, people seemed more gleeful at the prospect of Brexit doing damage to the EU than the prospect of Brexit being good for the UK. Let's not turn it round now, and big up France because of problems in the UK. Success shouldn't be about how well you are doing relative to the rest, it is about how well you are doing in absolute terms. If one kid gets 4 out of 10 in a maths test, the fact that nobody else got more than 2 out of ten does not mean that the first kid did well; any more than if he gets eight out of ten and everybody else gets nine or ten, that means he did badly. The best way for everyone to climb higher is by helping each other and giving each other a leg up when you can, not by trampling on everyone else and trying to kick them down to the bottom.
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  7. I bet myself a euro this morning that you would come back with a response like that. LOL. I owe myself a euro. It is a standard response by someone who has no idea about the country they are living in or trying to justify to themselves why they are living here. In terms of moving back or elsewhere else, we will (French OH included) move 'back' or somewhere but France when the kids have finished education. Life is to short for France. I was on the Caen boat a month or so back (I am trying to go to the UK as much as I can at the moment) and there was this dumb witt Brit bloke taking to a French woman with her kids who was going back to the UK where she lived with her husband. I was earwigging this conversation. He was boring her to death about how much he loves France. The food, the wine the culture and all the rest of the cliches. (Insert being sick yellow thing). Anyway, the bloke who boring the French woman to death wants to move to France with his kids. She was basically saying to him (apart from please go away) that she would rather stick pins in her eyes than live in France. She goes once a year to meet her family and that is enough.
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  8. Do you always see everything in blackest of black or the whitest of white, with no shades in between, or are you just going through a tetchy patch right now that's making you irrational? Just because a thing isn't perfect, doesn't mean it is awful. Britain is not utopia. France is not utopia. Nowhere is utopia. Sensible people recognise this and choose the non-utopia that they feel the closest affinity with, that best suits them, their needs, their cultural outlook, their emotional preferences. If there are a lot of things about a country that you love, you will forgive it many faults. Like people. Would you never choose a partner if you could not find a perfect person with no faults at all? May also be pointing out that France and Britain are not the only two countries in the world to which one can move?
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  9. It seems from my search on line that this is not so. Someone posted it on Facebook on - April 1st.
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  10. What a complete load of tosh. Gluestick, Brits can afford themselves a lifestyle in France that many in France can only dream of. So your thoughts are total nonsense. Don't you think that for one minute all the same problems you mention exist in France ? They are probably much worse to fair in France. Crime and violence is out of control. Politics is in a mess. Many millions are in poverty. And yes, there is also an HGV driver shortage. Inflation is going through the roof and 12 million (as reported the other day) can't afford their heating bills. May I suggest you go and live in the suburbs of Paris or Lyon or Marseille or wherever where most French people have to live to get a better understanding of France. Read a few French newspapers perhaps. Bring up kids here. That will turn your hair grey. Or greyer. I am mean now, not 15 - 20 years ago. If Brits moved to 'real France' (as I put it it) rather than some rural SW nonsense they would be back to Leigh on Sea before they could say baguette. Enough said.
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  11. You don't sound a happy bunny at all! My son and his family all live in the U.K. and are perfectly happy with 'their lot'! Many of the things you are complaining about also exist in France. Just one example: Marseille is like a Wild West town on drugs!! Killings are fairly normal and the suburbs of Paris are almost a no go area for the Police. As for prices; well anyone here can tell that prices for everything is rocketing; from food, heating and petrol. Perhaps you should read the papers and listen to the news, particularly the French nows and you would realise that 'La belle France' like Britain is raising taxes and is having a tough time of it. I still have many friends and family in Britain and your picture of a 'rapidly declining society' isn't shared by them. Most of the problems you quote are as much a product of a 'tolerant' society as anything and the problems are as a result. That is a world wide thing too, not just Britain.
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  12. Hiya Gluey, well, it depends where you are on the pile in UK, I guess but not having actually lived there for 25 years I am probably out of touch. If you have a decent disposable income, no debts, home in a decent area and, if appropriate, kids in a good school, then you are doin’ fine. Many folks are not like that though. Best tip is not to listen to the news or read the newspapers too often. Or is it that the Brits like to emphasise the bad, the media like to undermine national confidence for their own agenda. I dunno. Return to UK for me? too complex as things stand.
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  13. Well, what a resounding improvement the new format is. For the benefit of the semi-literate, that is a sarcastic comment. Most people have disappeared and being replaced by spammers and trolls.
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  14. Lovely flowers at this time of the year, but I have never seen a carpet of them. Picture taken just on the outskirts of Nantes this morning during our walk.
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  15. Ive given it a while to settle but I am finding the new software impossible. I expected to be able to see new posts in context but just see an endless list of posts and who/what just signed up. The spam is ridiculous and from what I can see mods have only just been able to "moderate". A bit of a lost cause sadly. Not for me, sorry.
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  17. Hoddy and anotherbanana should now have the power to moderate the forum.
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  18. We have several French Supermarket cards, some of which give us a few extra euros to spend at Christmas. SuperU have taken to asking if you want a paper bill when you pay. We now say no thanks (which seems to cut short the usual conviviality of leaving the caisse). Within seconds my phone pings and I get an email with a copy of the bill. Quick scan and we leave the shop. Seems a good thing to us on two fronts, less paper used and, more importantly I can read what it says on the bill! The writing on the phone screen is bigger, clearer and I can zoom in to make it even easier to read. Have not had to challenge the shop yet on any mistakes, but looks like a step in the right direction. Any one using other stores offering the same service?
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  19. Hi all, I work at Archant and have been moderating a similar messageboard on another site. I'm not sure who in the company was responsible for moderating the old forum but it looks like it's fallen my way for the time being. if you hit the report button I can delete any posts which break the rules and ban the user if necessary.
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  20. Yes, suein, Archant are aware of the problem. Meanwhile very frustrating for Hoddy and I not being able to do anything. Fingers crossed something happens soon. And, yes, software definitely a cheapo, I think.
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  21. Yes, that is what I thought too.
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