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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. Good to see you back Norman, Happy New Year
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  3. 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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  4. For those who didn't realise, the Private Messaging (PM) function is now up and running.
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  5. 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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  6. Just dont argue with yourself or we'll all start to worry. 😂
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  7. https://madame.lefigaro.fr/cuisine/papier-alu-sulfurise-ou-film-plastique-comment-les-utiliser-sans-danger-cuisson-041018-151068 The way not to poison yourself with aluminium foil and other cooking coverings
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  8. Just for a few moments there, I thought that I was being voted ‘Person of the Year’. Sadly (!) not.
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  9. A very nice lady delivered our old 'uns gift parcel today, it contained the usual chocs, a nice bottle of red and the usual jars of pates. One was a pâté de poisson of dorade ( unusual I thought!) the second one was I thought at a casual glance, Austrian pate - Hmmm- Austrian pate? In France? Yes- "autriche" is austria - I looked it up to confirm my memory. But "autruche" is ostrich - Ostrich pate? - Tastes just like chicken? An easy mistaka to maka!
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  10. Immigrant community my dear. Don't associate me with this mob. 🙂
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  11. It seems pretty obvious, Ken, that all leading contenders set out to eat Le Pen's lunch, on immigration! Politicians know full well, that flooding a nation state with incomers who refuse to integrate and demand the constant accommodation for their own cultural mores (Let alone their religious demands), has created/will create huge societal friction. However, spouting on about it is easy in a political manifesto: actually doing something about it if and when elected are two hugely disparate matters! At least Orban has actually taken positive steps; despite constant and increasing threats from Brussels.
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  12. That's easy to say, but you haven't been called pig ignorant on an open forum. I think we might have discovered a refugee from another forum. It's not surprising that several old valued members have voted with their feet, and I'm sure they won't be the last.
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  13. Better make it snappy! Couldn't resist sorry
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  14. Gardian: did you look at the statistical analysis I posted earlier in this thread? https://www.statista.com/statistics/303514/child-cruelty-abuse-in-england-and-wales-uk-y-on-y/ Have you followed the appalling information regarding the Northern (UK) Grooming and Rape cases and the recent admissions by both Social Services and the Police Authority on their repeated failures to take any action? Do you remember the dreadful death of pretty dear little girl Victoria Climbié? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Victoria_Climbié Also: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/28/councils-failing-children-at-risk-ofsted-social-care
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  15. I doubt very much that 'society is broken' as in before 'it wasn't!! ' There has always been child abuse, murders, rapes etc. nothing has particularly changed in society. The huge difference now, I believe anyway, is the coverage given by media outlets including social media. A person , literally, cannot walk down the street without almost certainly being scrutinised by a camera. Never in history has the world been so scrutinised. It started really during the Vietnam war when atrocities were being filmed; The same, if not worse, atrocities were committed by the all combatant nations during the second World War but there were no cameras. Today everyone has a camera at the ready! There is so much coverage and publicity given to outrages I think it inevitable that people think society is worse than before. I doubt it, we just didn't know about it!!!
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  16. 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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  17. Now, for something a bit lighter! Despite the torrential rain over the last few days I managed to get the job finished, well the laying of the stone anyway. What remains are the joints. If it ever stops raining I can start! I estimate a couple of weeks at least to fill the joints but once done I can turn to getting the garden back in shape!! It has been a couple of months hard work but then again I always enjoy a 'project' of some sort. I think, after Christmas I shall start repainting the interior of the house!!!! At least that won't cripple me in the way laying tons of Celt has!!!
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  18. 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.
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  19. The world according to Ken, all neatly black and white. Anything more complex than black and white is apparently difficult for some, too. https://www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk/blog/2016/09/refugees-asylum-seekers-migrants-crucial-difference/ https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/refugees-asylum-seekers-and-migrants/ https://www.rescue-uk.org/article/refugee-migrants-asylum-seekers-and-immigrants-whats-difference
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  20. You are a foreigner living in a foreign country complaining about foreigners in your home town in the UK. 😂 Your not racist. Hypocrite maybe ? 🙄
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  21. 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.
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  22. +1 on ditching all your aluminium pans. In laws houses I have been to where the treasured aluminium set was still used, the internals all chipped and scrapped with the residue going straight into the food. Wonder we are all still "compus mentis"!
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  23. Well done Gluey, that woke up the Forum!
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  24. 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.
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  25. What....tell me more.😀 So I can nip down to Lloyds, Superdrug, Boots or HMV the day before leaving and ask for a antigien test (1 adult and 2 kids) FOC. Cool. Naaa...you are mixing up my fella. How do I do this ? BTW...is Cantebury a good place to visit for 48 hours ? Got my heart set on a quick trip to Canterbury. Never been. But google says it has a Primark. So that works 🤣
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  26. Afaikmit has to be an official test with certificate that is read into your Tunnel ticket reservation. But the rules may change again by then?
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  27. Hooker????
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  28. https://www.gouvernement.fr/tout-ce-qu-il-faut-savoir-sur-la-nouvelle-carte-nationale-d-identite Date of Birth Expiry Date Date of issue are three phrases in English on the cards
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  29. Constantly... 🙁
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  30. I've got airhorns on our truck as a pedestrian shifter and for reminding snooty Audi and Merc drivers that :- "Yes - you do need to look to your left for me when you are entering the rond-point without looking or caring"
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  31. I'm quite peed off with the unvaccinated myself, and I couldn't care less if they get peed off, or who wants to make them peed off.
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  32. Had they actually elected JK Rowling as their "person" of the year according to the results of their online poll, they would probably have lost half their readership - which tells you a lot about their readers! The Grauniad always trumpets that it is a defender of democracy - as long as they get the result they want!
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  33. We always enjoy les fêtes here, no need for pubs, we have family and friends. We all share the load, everyone brings something to eat and drink. This year was a little different, we thought we had covid, so were obliged to isolate. Christmas was a write off, but our tests were negative this morning, so bring on new year's eve, there will be feasting, singing and dancing.
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  34. May good fortune shine on you all next year. Have a good one. cajal.
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  35. The murderer has received a paltry 25 years—hardly life. The mother has received 8 years, just slightly over half the maximum of 14 years, for allowing and participating in a murder. Meanwhile, a child is dead and the father of the baby's mother took his own life, believed to be unable to come to terms with the horrific offences his daughter allowed the murderer to commit on his grandchild. Make your own opinions on the justice system that oversaw this trial.
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  36. So....not many thus far 😐 @Betise....why would he? FWIW, having come very close to being disenfranchised altogether, I'm looking forward immensely to exercising my democratic right as a citoyenne 😄 It's no use complaining about things if you're not prepared to make the slightest effort to change them. What would/will seriously tick me off is if my preferred candidate is sabotaged i.e. assassinated before ever getting as far as the election. There's nothing remotely democratic about political hatchet jobs on the opposition! ALBF, do you honestly believe that the 'choice' in UK is better? I'd struggle to find the motivation to vote there, truly.
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  37. Perhaps Hoddy would like to know that you consider her a nutter; she has teeth!
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  38. There's a distinct difference between a perceived "smart" comment and an abusive one. Still, I'll leave this here and say no more on the subject as it appears that you just can't stop with the snide comments, it's obviously your way, well cocker it 'aint mine. So let's agree to ignore each other in the future.
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  39. Angry, not at all. You simply try and deflect from what you said, which was quite dreadful in its dismissive way. The case workers saw bruising on the child and did nothing, that doesn't fit with your liberal view of the social services though does it? No one is labelling them murderers, more of your nonsense. They were incompetent to the point of negligence but again, that doesn't fit with your narrative does it?. You are wrong also about how I see your politics. You are as transparent as a piece of glass. . Frustrating isn't it when you are so easily read? I'm afraid your deflective nonsense cannot cover for your earlier post!
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  40. " I fear though that France is going to suffer another Macron term" I am not a Macron fan, but if he achieves a second term what policies is he likely to adopt, given that he will not need to worry about his popularity, as he currently does? The one sensible plan he has put forward recently is to propose a program of building more nuclear power stations to bolster France's energy security, instead of wasting money on renewables.
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  41. Good wooly, basically save a bit of the planet and dont use any plastic film or plastic thats used once. Through away all aluminum pans.
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  42. 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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  43. Defribrillated more like 😁
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. At Last ! finally managed to log in.
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  48. I was a member back in the mists of time, but somehow it became difficult and subsequently impossible to log in despite multiple password resets which didn't work. And then there was an email yesterday inviting me to reset my password which worked!
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