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  1. Lori, as a poor sighted creature, I would suggest you get your eyes checked. Progressives in France, varifocals elsewere, do need to be corretly fitted and whilst optometrists can now test, it is still very useful to get your eyes checked up by a opthalmologist. The puffs etc are nasty, but that is checking for glaucoma and such, and quite honetly, the older we get, it probably best done in spite of your disllike. The drops a necessary evil to look at the back of the eye .. to see the health of your eye.. They check for disease also. Since I've worn glasses since I was 3 years old, I got very used to having my eyes poked at etc .. better safe than sorry. If you were any where near to me, I would recommend my opthalmologist ... a caring person, he did both my cataracts, and understood my fear during the ops .. all happily perfectly done. The minimal you can do is to go to an optemistrict, or optician, and see if they will make a new pair to your old prescription, but he might recommend you get a test, and quite honestly, it's not the route I would chose to go with a prescription so old. Frankly, your sight is precious, it's not worth messing around with.
    4 points
  2. Not only the attitude, but the continual returning variants oh the same old France/Europe/Macron bashing theme. This is supposed to be a Forum for FrancoPHILES, where we can share information gleaned from experience of our lives here, to help others.
    4 points
  3. 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.
    4 points
  4. "But now my President’s continued equivocation is unforgivable. Macron should shut up. Just add up his latest statements. No EU membership for Ukraine for decades. No NATO membership for Kyiv either. Repeated warnings not to humiliate Russia. All this plays in the hands of Putin and no-one else. Recall that back in 2019, Macron was waxing rhapsodic on Russia as “a true European nation, heir to the Enlightenment” – a notion that applied in its time to Turgenev and Chekhov, not to Vladimir today. Look at Macron’s latest project, the “multi-tier EU” (or EU-lite) for those European countries that France and Germany disapprove of. That thing doesn’t exist, isn’t financed, has no known shape and hasn’t been agreed by anyone except a Macron-called “Conference for the Future of Europe” in which citizens drawn by lots were invited to provide “unmediated” public opinion, which somehow would be truer. Macron’s entire education, like that of most French elites, has taught him to respect strength and power, not courage. It’s the ethos of the civil service that shaped him, and it’s simple defeatism" Anne-Elizabeth Moutet https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/14/defended-emmanuel-macrons-approach-russia-now-unforgivable/
    3 points
  5. It's good that Macron is being "called out". He really is a dreadful little creep, and personally I think the damage he has done to Anglo-French relations over Brexit won't be repaired in my lifetime. Which is a shame because ten years ago I really felt that relations were the best they ever had been, but Macron's pettiness and vindictiveness has smashed all that.
    3 points
  6. That might be your interpretation of the phrase 'being frank' but my definition is that it is a precursor to an honest opinion as opposed to a comment meant to inflame or initiate a response. Everyone on this forum has the right to agree or disagree. I was responding to ALBF's somewhat threatening comment "Choose wisely my friend" which implied there may be consequences if I decided to visit another forum. I repeat, we are talking message boards here not picking sides for WW3 ( although it sometimes feels like it ).
    3 points
  7. Well I just have no interest in discussing the state of the nation on forum. Just because there is a lot of sh1te out there, doesn't mean you have to wallow in it all the time. Like I said, I go on forums mostly to chill out and unwind and have a bit of fun discussing random topics with posters that give out friendly vibes, that you can have a laugh with. So right now, on the forum you don't visit any more we're having a grand chinwag about pizza toppings in France and whether it's OK to put potatoes on them. And there's a thread that I started weeks back about paper tax returns that is still chugging along - I started it for a bit of advice, which I got, then it rambled on for a bit, and just recently I've been able to give another poster a good tip that hopefully will help them. On a different forum we're debating the pros and cons of using static cling window tint in motorhomes, and the pros and cons ofvarious cooking appliances such as slow cookers, steamers, induction hobs etc. That's the kind of discussion I like, everyday stuff that is mildly interesting to a wide cross section of posters. Nothing aggressive, nobody winding each other up or standing on their soapboxes or getting huffy or rubbishing other people's posts, and certainly not going round and round and round the same old depressing issues to do with French/English/EU politics. The best discussion I saw on here recently, which I couldn't join in because I had nothing to contribute but I did follow it for a bit, was about Ken's driveway!
    3 points
  8. @RiggersThanks for the vote of confidence LOL, it is not often that people say I am well-balanced! But you are right, I do see a lot of good things, and plenty bad things, but I try to stay cool and not let one blind me to the other. Yes it is rude but it's worse than that, it's dismissive and arrogant. Everybody has limited life experience, including you ALBF and perhaps especially you. For somebody who claims to regret the divisions in society, dismissing everybody who doesn't happen to live your middle-of-the-road lifestyle and share your MOTR preoccupations, and saying these people don't have anything to say that's worth listening to, is a very divisive thing to do, don't you think? People don't like being brushed aside. By the time you've dismissed all the childless couples and single people because they haven't put kids through school, and all the retirees because they're retired, and all the gite owners because they own gites, and all the other groups of people who don't happen to think like you do, you've marginalised a whole lotta peeps. I think me an' Norm and a few gite owners should have a demonstration and throw tins of beans or whatever it was at all you smug middle-of-the-roadie types who think you "are" France and everybody outside your circle is chaff Only joking ALBF, as always, but as always not entirely.
    3 points
  9. Short of the first sentence, I found this to be incredibly rude.
    3 points
  10. Yes. Sorry to disappoint but no, still alive and well, still gainfully employed in France. Totally agree. Also, generally, with Catalpa. One or two of the posts on this thread sent my irony meter off the scale. Either they were written tongue in cheek or some posters never look in a mirror. I used to like the friendly banter and the sharing of random experiences, it was a feelgood place to come for a bit of lighthearted chat or to discuss what was on your mind. There was the guy who used to be on call for gite guests who had endless stories- folks who called him out just to switch the TV on, and daft stuff like that - and he had a way of telling them that made me laugh. Other posters too could be relied on to bring a bit of sunshine in their posts. It's a long time since I found much feelgood about it. I find it way too serious and judgmental with a hard core of posters taking it in turn to get up on their soapboxes and ram their views down the throats of anyone who will listen. I never went on forums and particularly expat forums to get heavy about politics or French news and current affairs, I go to other places for that. I mainly use forums as a bit of a break from the serious side of life. A discussion is good now and again as long as it doesn't get confrontational and personal and repetitive but discussions on here frequently seem to me to be all those things. But I realise that others have a different perception and are happy with what the forum has become.
    3 points
  11. I went into SuperU this afternoon and none of the staff were wearing masks , yet all the customers including me were, I knew of the new arrangements but chose to wear my mask, I will continue to do so for a while yet
    3 points
  12. Norman, DB & Betise ........ It’s entirely up to you of course, but I’d suggest that you simply ignore this individual. This is a very typical ‘Ken’ thread, where he accuses others of being “insulting”. I’ve been back through all the posts and the first (and I’d say) only insulting ones came from him! As for the (regularly wheeled-out) accusations of being ‘socialist remainers’ ......... it beggars belief. I didn’t once name him as ‘Last Word Ken’ for nothing - he’ll go on and on and on ......... I’ve suggested once before that this bloke needs professional help, but rather doubt that anybody on here would be qualified or inclined to provide it. As suggested, ignore him ........ but it won’t be the last word from ‘Last Word Ken’.
    3 points
  13. A more interesting question would be 'why do so many British posters on an Francophile Forum find it necessary to run down the country to which they have chosen, uninvited, to emigrate? "
    3 points
  14. All our children either have dual nationality or have applied for it for the simple reason that it makes working here easier and gives them 'freedom of movement' which they lost after Brexit, there are 0000's of Brits here that have done the same thing for the same reasons, what is the problem with that?
    3 points
  15. I don't see myself as a socialist just a normal, rational person who can see that the UK is run by idiots at the moment and nothing I can say will convince you that I might be right.
    3 points
  16. Not knocking it as a country! What sort of statement is that? What are you 'knocking' then, a branch of ASDA or a fish and chip shop? Johnson is doing a very good job leading in the fight against Russia. When you' knock the British government you are 'knocking' Britain. There are enough here that do that, jealous remainers in the main who would see their country harmed rather than admit the E.U. is a failure. You sound the same.
    3 points
  17. He’s been banned from all the others for being a self opinionated old Brit ranter married to a French person who knows nothing about real France!🥵
    3 points
  18. Since we have been Linkyfied the touch lamps we have each side of our bed switch on during the night at random times. Spooky! "Convincing oneself and others that smart meters are intrinsically evil is easy in France because in classic French bureaucratic fashion, the Powers That Be decided that every single smart meter in the country had to be the same type, from the same manufacturer and with the same outward design. Worse, they are all the same colour: a kind of runny-nose green. Worst of all, some idiot in the energy ministry must have signed off on a request to give the smart meters an infantile brand name: the Linky. Suddenly this gave the tin-foil hat brigade a very tangible and not-at-all wibbly target: those ugly green Linky bastards are invading our homes, sleeping with our wives and stealing the souls of our children! Allez, Marcel, grab your hi-viz vest and pitchfork, let's head to the town hall for an afternoon of impotent irrational shouting and incongruous vehicle pyromania!" https://www.theregister.com/2019/10/04/linky_revisited_how_the_evil_french_smart_meter_escaped_hell_to_taunt_me/
    3 points
  19. I would have to research if other countries are helping the French out in Africa but I know the British are with helicopters and supplies. Not that Macron would emphasise that of course! As for the Russian trying to discredit British diplomacy, A Russian for heavens sake!!! Britain has never had friends who would go the 100% for it. Unlike Britain which has gone all the way several times throughout history for Europe. Fortunately countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada have gone the whole way, and more to help us; even the USA is a better friend than Europe. Why Britain tolerates European politicians is beyond me.
    3 points
  20. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the result of the Eurovision Song Contest. To be fair I didn't watch it, ever since Terry Wogan passed on it hasn't been worth watching! Anyway, a forgone conclusion that Ukraine would win no matter what they sang, even "my old man's a dustman" would have won it. But Britain coming second did offer some surprise. Whilst I thought it sums up how people feel over the Ukraine invasion I was rather pleased, with a huge dose of smugness and satisfaction thrown in, to see France and Germany coming in last!! Not that I want any Frenchman or German entertainer who has put in the work to lose out but because of circumstances it was a complete waste of their time and effort. The message was very clear across Europe: 'We support Ukraine and Britain's efforts but deplore the behaviour of the Leaders of France and Germany'. The message couldn't have been clearer. The song contest in itself is trivial but the message this one sent was very strong indeed. I hope Macron and Scholz are metaphorically now beating their heads against the wall!!! Well maybe not even metaphorically!!!
    2 points
  21. LIke you I don't watch the Eurovision Song Contest, but even I had become aware that either we had - over the last few years - become totally talentless (musically speaking) as a nation, or that voting had little to do with the music and a great deal to do with how other nations currently perceive each other, fairly or unfairly. There seemed little doubt that Russia had over a few years got a fair few votes from the East bloc because the latter were scared of them, and that we got very few votes because we were perceived as "b!ggering up the EU dream". Well, haven't the jolly old tables turned now. I was delighted to read the headlines this morning. Good for Ukraine and good for Britain! I suspect The Guardian and its aficionados on here are having a collective nervous breakdown, although they seem to have gone a bit quiet. 😀 On that subject it was fascinating on this forum when the war started to see the usual suspects coming out virtue signalling and damning Britain for its slow response to taking in refugees. Now of course we could have done better, but different countries have different strengths, and one of ours is that we have the sort of military know-how and hardware to assist Ukraine in the fight, and given that we are such an over-crowded island (and that other places like Italy are crying out for more people to revive their rural areas) we did what we were best at, and let other countries do what they are best at. Of course the BBC and similar only see things through their own Britain-bashing prism, so jumped on the slow response in taking in refugees and soft-pedalled all the other vital contributions we were and are making. So it's nice to see that SOME people and countries view us favourably, and last night seems to confirm it, however obliquely.
    2 points
  22. Well I like to be fair, and realistic! Yes many people are contributing money, food, clothing etc. to help Ukraine but the reality is that it is a drop in the ocean. This isn't about a token of 'conscience' where people donate something and then, conscience satisfied, forget about it. This is about Governments, countries and official institutions such as NATO and the U.N. Countries that should be helping on the scale of Britain and the USA but have been pathetic in their response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The one notable exception in the E.U. has been Poland. The E.U. as an institution has been, and still is pathetic, a disgrace in fact. I live in France and think it a wonderful country, with exceptions of course, but its political leadership has always disgusted me. As for saying Rule Britannia is uncalled for; Why? I'm extremely proud that my country is leading the world in its aid to Ukraine and not just with some token food and clothing from the 'people! Rule Britannia.
    2 points
  23. Not being allowed to vote I can't speak on behalf of myself let alone a nation!!!! However I do have thoughts on the subject and forever I will be loyal to Britain. With that in mind I would prefer Le Pen to Macron simply because she doesn't appear to be obsessed with trying to punish Britain for leaving the E.U. I see the E.U. have also entered the 'fray' regarding the election. With perfect timing they have accused Le Pen (and her father!) of embezzling half a million euros. I wonder who the E.U. supports ? As for Jupiter, who but the unimpressionable (me for one!) could fail to be impressed by the photos of Macron sprawling on a couch, shirt open to the waist showing off a hairy masculine chest? Unfortunately it was comparing him to the likes of Sean Connery and I'm afraid Macron equating to Connery invites comments more personal than a hairy chest!! When they meet head to head I hope she remembers to point out to the viewing public Macron"s behaviour regarding vaccines and vaccinations which probably led to an awful lot of deaths in France. Also his cosying up to Putin and the stupid phone calls. Not to mention backtracking on various promises, Oh well! He will still win, France isn't ready for a woman yet!
    2 points
  24. As is often mentioned on this forum, most of us are in a privileged/stable position financially compared to many in France. I have taken to giving changed to some of those who are less fortunate outside of supermarkets etc, but I do prefer to buy food. We had to admire the front of a "lady of the road" yesterday outside a Carrefour Express. We were just going in and she walked straight up and politely asked for grated cheese please. So we bought some and dropped it in her bag on the way out, noticing she already had the pasta!
    2 points
  25. Confused now because this is the only forum I know that matches that description - Boris, Tories, Brexit plus a good dollop of Macron bashing (just look at the threads and the posters!). Is there another equally delightful forum that I'm missing out on? Do enlighten me!
    2 points
  26. Well many thanks Nicki Pee and Horny for your warm comments It is always gratifying when I turn a stone over and discover two creatures hiding under it , Usually you find the creatures on top of each other for example peeler crabs , very unusual to find three clinging to each other for moral support I am gladdened that you have formed such a warm relationship with each other , it’s probably your shared love......of bus time tables and train spotting Well I am going to finish with emojis because I know you like them , it saves you trying to do joined up thinking from the joined up writing 🤡🤡🤡🤓🤓🤓🤫🤫🤫
    2 points
  27. As we all probably know, there are a couple or so of Brit expat forums that are forever fixated on the minutiae of Brexit, Boris and the (alleged) corruption of Boris and the Tory party who MUST be supported by Russian funds because they are Tories, of course ignoring another political party whose MP's and party organisation garner millions from communist run trade union donations. It doesn't matter whether other countries stand or fall - they'll still be whinging about Boris, Brexit and the Tory party to the exclusion of all else- except knitting, gardening and the exorbitant cost of importing custard powder, bisto, marmite and secondhand UK cars since Brexit. When someone outside their little bigoted circle dares to point out that the aforementioned groceries and more are actually available in French supermarkets, they are criticised and in some cases roundly abused for daring to intervene. Why? My opinion is that most of them do not bother to find out what is going on the rest of the world, France, or their own commune, so all they are capable of gossiping about is the UK.
    2 points
  28. So as I said, 'Hello'. Not deserted the board, just life is still having priorities. I could do with things being otherwise, but helas, non! I look back and so many of the things we are still trying to deal with now and for the foreseeable future were already HUGE problems in our lives from well before I started posting all those many many years ago, which was in actual fact, twenty odd years ago, and I am simply weary. If we get a lull, I shall look in again. stay safe Idun
    2 points
  29. The prime ministers of Holland and Canada apparently think otherwise.
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  30. A little bit like Putin. What do they call Macron in the UK ? Poundland Putin or something like that. I think the little boy has learnt some lessons over the last few days. I have to say (and I am no fan of Boris) but he has stepped up to the mark in this crisis.
    2 points
  31. Nope....I don't buy it. ****Generalisation alert **** 😄 The eastern/south eastern side of France is dearer in every way than the western /north western side. And the north. I can quite believe that it wouldn't work out in the long term for you, ALBF, but you're young! We were talking about Brits retiring...... And don't forget the gîtes! Everyone knows that you can top up your income by renting out an old barn to unsuspecting parisiens through the summer months 😝
    2 points
  32. Oooh, I'm gonna be watching this one! Take your protein pills and put your helmets on.... 🔥
    2 points
  33. "I hope France doesn't plan a wonderful new power station in your back yard! " Better that than hundreds of useless windmills going round and round! Seriously, what's not to like, or what is your irrational fear based on? https://www.google.com/maps/@52.2080918,1.6212111,3a,75y,357.47h,87.46t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCiR6H73805-E_o0RJdIYRA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 In this image (hopefully!) you can see Sizewell B power station in the background behind the beach cafe. I used to ride there with a motorcycle club a couple of times a year, park the bike in the car park behind the cafe, switch off, remove helmet and listen. No noise at all - no smells - no steam or smoke. One member of the club was a graduate level engineer there - mechanical not nuclear- and we used to take the mickey about him glowing in the dark etc and he used to reply that you are safer here than anywhere due to the amount of monitoring and safety systems operating. He also said If there is a fire in a conventional power station you might get a few lines in the local paper, if someone gets blistered fingers from some paint stripper in a nuclear power station it's all over the national news and TV. They do a storming full english breakfast in that cafe if you are in the area!
    2 points
  34. I also read the article and couldn't help but feel it is 'pie in there sky' nonsense. The crux of the matter is that there won't be enough electricity in the future (there barely is now!!) All the windmills and solar panels simply cannot supply enough, particularly at peak periods. The Government will, I feel sure, have to reign back on this 'green' agenda as it is getting more preposterous by the day. What next, cycle dynamo's contributing to the grid!! France is going back into nuclear, Finland has just completed a new nuclear plant and is building another and I wouldn't mind betting Germany returns to nuclear. For me nuclear is the only answer. I can just see some irate motorist wanting to go for a ride only to find out the grid has nicked his electricity!!
    2 points
  35. It would seem that Macron has, after talking to Biden, sold the Ukraine down the drain! The press report that it seems likely the Ukraine will be forced to adopt an agreement made in 2015 which, in effect, gives Putin all that he wants. That Macron has done this without consulting the rest of NATO is scandalous and stinks to high heaven. It may be true that he and Biden agreed on this, on the other hand maybe that isn't the case and therefore the stink gets worse! Britain isn't complicit and I doubt the other NATO nations are though German interests in a settlement are paramount. My guess is that France, Germany and the USA have thrown the Ukraine to the wolves. The USA, which essentially is NATO, has made Macron the stalking horse. He, of course, is looking for the plaudits and it suits the USA and particularly Germany to allow this egomaniac to claim he has accomplished peace. What a stinking world politics is!
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  36. A recently-deceased Welsh friend, living in France for 25 years, left his body to medical science. It was collected from his home in Brittany the day of his death. No funeral, cremation or burial required. It seems strange not to have gathered with friends and family to see him off, but it’s what he wanted for his family.
    2 points
  37. From my time in the insurance industry I can say that life policies pay out on death. They will most times pay out on suicide as well provided the initial period is up, often a year or 13 months. people thinking of taking their lives often take out policies for the benefit of their family. People worried about gene modified drugs dont seem to care as much about other things they put inside themselves, processed foods, man modified seed oils, emulsifiying agents, all known to upset your systems. Feeding their babies on milk powder formulas which set the babies on a path of ill health from the start of their lives.
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  38. Gluestick your link is to what I believe to be a "spoof" newspaper which, as far as I can see, does not exist. The article refers to; "The side effects of the corona bites are known and published. The deceased therefore took part in an experiment at his own risk!" whatever "corona bites are"? and "The insurance company justified the refusal to pay out to the family with the fact that the Taking experimental drugs or treatments, including corona injections, are expressly excluded from the insurance contract. " And also they say The case is to be published by the family lawyer, Carlo Alberto Brusa, on social media have been. Unfortunately, no sources or court documents are given, which is why the authenticity of the report cannot be verified at the moment. So they effectively shoot down their own article. One should be careful about spreading fake news without credible sources. Can you give one please?
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  39. Good to see you back Norman, Happy New Year
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  40. Not just any motorist but someone with a blue badge. Unless there is something you've missed I would be dead before I would pay any fine. In the UK I have successfully won 2 out of two cases in the tribuneral rooms against the sly councils.
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  41. For those who didn't realise, the Private Messaging (PM) function is now up and running.
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  42. When they asked me if I wanted a booster, I asked for a 10 year old single malt whisky over ice............😁
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  43. Just dont argue with yourself or we'll all start to worry. 😂
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  44. Just for a few moments there, I thought that I was being voted ‘Person of the Year’. Sadly (!) not.
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  45. Apparently, around 400 private jets flew into Glasgow for the recent COP26 Hot Air Talking Fest: and according to some analysts these airplanes generated more CO2 than the whole of Scotland in one year! Now, we proles are being sort of ordered, by St. Greta and others, to stop eating meat, stop heating our homes with gas, junk our nasty motor cars and buy expensive EVs, hang our polluting little heads in shame and so on. But have a gander at this, folks! 😧😮 https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/11/26/the-rich-are-getting-richer-and-its-fueling-a-private-jet-boom.html
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  46. So says Mr Pompous Windbag himself: The man full of opinions based on unsubstantiated assertion, who never posts anything helpful or useful. This whole thread is a disgrace, both in the lack of compassion and common humanity of many comments, and for the elementary errors of reasoning that abound. It has sickened me and like several other posters I will be taking a break from this Forum. Good luck to anyone who needs help with life in France and asks people such as Ken.
    2 points
  47. I am glad my OP seems to have enlivened a forum which was, sorry to say, all but dead! Simply put: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Personally (and my darling wife agrees, thank goodness! 🤐) I very much love la belle France; or perhaps what it was 20 years ago. In the early 1950s, I was proud and grateful to be British and to live in a nation state, where policemen carried truncheons not guns, addressed me as "Sir!" when I started driving in 1959; when murders were few and horrifying events, when we adored our Queen and showed her much respect. As British society progressed (Backwards IMHO) Anti Social Behaviour and youth crime increased: the police went backwards and the left wing changed magistrate's courts and JPs increasingly handed down sentences based upon apologism, rather than acts: "It isn't his fault; he came from a deprived family; was drunk at the time; was high on illegal drugs etc". Politicians increasingly believed their lofty position was above the electors and that they had every right to enrich themselves through their position, yet constantly trot out the tired mantras of integrity, playing with a straight back and zero corruption 'cos we are British, you know!" etc. I hate people such as postmen calling me "Mate"; I very much like being addressed, in France as M. I much appreciate day-to-day French manners and politeness. Sadly, amongst the young in particular, the English language has been Balkanised with American slang; as one example, my wife and I were kept waiting in a bank main branch and after some time, a spotty-faced kid came out and said “Hi Guys...” I said “Goodbye!” Obviously, it all depends on where one lives in both the UK and France. Our close friends of some years, our vicar and his lovely wife, moved to the edge of Cambridge and Essex to a small place called Castle Camps, where he is now in charge of five churches. It is a sort of time warp to an earlier era when agriculture was dominant. Same in France: our house is in the Pas de Calais, in a small commune (Pop, circa 130) which itself, is a sort of time warp; as is our nearby Canton town. The area has no real industry and is focused on agriculture. Now, why do my wife and I like France? 1. The nation state was sensible enough to early on invest in electricity generation by nuclear power: 2. Despite being FIVE TIMES the geographical land mass than England ( And England is the largest part and has the majority of the total population), Metropolitan France developed excellent road systems and above all else, keeps them maintained: 3. Ditto with railways: and still, thank goodness canals and traffic-bearing river systems: 4. The French health service is far superior to the UK’s. At this point, people always say “But look how much it costs!” Well, so does the UK’s NHS. Last time I checked, delivery of services to the patient in France was far cheaper than the UK. Plus, in France, the ratio of qualified medical staff to patients is far higher; and, France has no equivalent of HCAs (Health Care Assistants, un- qualified, taking on the role of nurses as in UK). Rather France enjoys two levels of Infirmières (Nurses): Let me provide a small example; my wife fell over and badly twisted her ankle: our local GP believed it could be broken and sent her to a local imaging clinique for X Ray. We arrived ten minutes before the booked appointment, were seen time. Four X Rays were taken and then immediately emailed to an orthopaedic consultant, who reviewed the pictures and came straight back with the opinion that it was a serious sprain. Cost of the X Rays? At that time circa £30. In the UK, a recent ECG at our local Spire-Wellesley private hospital cost me £75; and it was clumsily carried out by a supposed nurse. If the NHS were to be used, then first one must see/ask one’s GP: he refers you to a consultant; he refers you for X Ray: and then you have to return to see the consultant again! With elongated waits in between. 5. France has prevented foreign companies from acquiring critical national assets: in the UK most have been flogged off with zero thought or control: 6. Food quality is far higher in France and unlike Britain France is very much self-sufficient. Local markets are alive and well, too: 7. Wine: drinkable wine in the UK will now cost around £10 bottle... 8. France has a huge area, in which different gastronomy exists, different climate and culture; and thus far, its cultural heritage is still very much intact. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the majority of Britain as Wokeism attacks cultural heritage almost each and every day. Yes of course, as with all countries, France has its problems; however, I would suggest that the UK has far more and many will be rearing their head over the next few years or so.
    2 points
  48. If you still have the part, find someone on the internet who can scan it and 3 D print it as a replacement. For example; https://www.sculpteo.com/en/ As an idea.
    2 points
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