Jump to content

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 29/11/21 in all areas

  1. Our new owners, France Media Group have now managed to get the licence for the Forum from Archant, the previous owners. They can now move forward with sorting out the posting problems we have been having so, folks, cross your fingers, the wait may soon be over. Inshallah.
    5 points
  2. Bought a bag of individually wrapped chocolates but no visits this year. Mind you, it was raining heavily and the wind blowing lustily. Fortunately, I had the foresight to buy chocolates that I liked eating. So now have a nice big bag of TREATS to look forward to after a nice big mug of tea after lunch each day for the forseeable future!😄
    4 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. My barrel is well disguised 🙂
    3 points
  7. Yes Norman, Great post! Not every day is a bad one........ We have to enjoy the good ones. Good for you. Tony p.s. good to see you back here - the voice of reason 🙂
    3 points
  8. I've had a really nice and fruitful day today. For I start the weather was lovely and sunny; even more important than that was the fact that I got lots of things done AND everybody was so very nice for a change! I started by collecting my new reading glasses. There is the new system here by which the lenses are free, and then you can either choose a small range of free frames, or choose something else to your own taste. In addition the opticians offer a second pair just for Reading, but made to your prescription, for an extra euro, so I got my main pair of bifocals (for the computer screen and the keyboard) PLUS a second pair to carry about with me for when I go and read a newspaper in a cafe for example. As I had chosen my own frames rather than the free ones I had to pay a bit, but for the two glasses it only came to €56. The optician was very helpful, and spent time getting them to fit properly etc. I even had a coffee thrown in ! I came out feeling I had a very nice experience and a good deal. Then I went to buy some new laces for my old pair of boots. There is a good shoe maker near my house, and he went to the bother of finding the best laces, but in addition he took the boots off; thredded them, put them back on me, and tied them in exactly the right place. Again excellent personal service for 5€ I have asked him to re-heel them, and do a small repair, and they will be ready by Saturday. Then to the pharmacy for the top up covid vaccinations (my fifth) where as usual nothing was too much trouble. We what all wearing masks of course, and I commented that is was we couldn't see each other smile, but one of the other customers, a large African lady, said that you can read people smiles in Their Eyes, and we all looked at each other and agreed. I had achieved everything I wanted to do do by 11 o’clock, and I came away feeling really happy with the world.
    3 points
  9. A French cheese factory has exploded: All that is left is De Brie
    3 points
  10. Not that you hear any of that reported on the BBC, for whom of course it's only "Tory/Brexit Britain" that has any problems, while the EU is a paradise of smooth-functioning harmonious sunny-uplands. With the French AND the Italians to watch, it could be quite an amusing winter. Of course, von de Leyen said last week that she had "tools" to deal with the Italian system, so no need for any worry..... I actually feel very sorry for Mme Borne, I can list a lot of ex Premier Ministres who probably find life in such places as Le Havre and Prades an absolute breeze after their time in office. I don't on the other hand feel sorry for Macron, in fact his current situation is rather delicious to watch. And if he has to call another election when Parliament falls apart......
    3 points
  11. Every time I think of Ken an image springs to mind of a man sitting in front of a bank of screens, scanning for something to be offended at. A kind of pound shop bond villain for Forums. Unfortunately, occasionally his joy at finding something he considers controversial leads him to jump into the fray before the brain engages. Racism is defined as "Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior." Mr Banana has already stated he is white and therefore his comment cannot be considered racist anymore than a black person calling another black person the "N" word is racist.
    3 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. "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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. @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
  19. Short of the first sentence, I found this to be incredibly rude.
    3 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. I would like to say I took this but no. Our youngest is taking some down time from studying and has taken to using my Sony DSLR. He "snapped" this on the fly yesterday from one of the islands in the Loire along from us. I thought it was quite good.
    2 points
  31. Kill them .... I can't even catch them.
    2 points
  32. My dear, sweet Ken, my views are my own, get used to it or suck it up. I am not prepared to debate with you. Your record on the forum suggests you like to stir the pot for the sake of it, not good. Suggest you go on holiday, try to find some friends though I cant think where, and come back if you must with your brain unfried. Fondest.
    2 points
  33. 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
  34. Petit Bateau is a very very expensive brand of kids clothing. Well out of our league anyway. So basically rich Parisians will drive into central Paris in their gas guzzling SUV's or sports cars to buy their kids eco friendly clothing. 😀 Something is not quite right here 🤔 You still working on your campsite ET ? Or has it burnt down ?
    2 points
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Glad you like my moniker Betise. Had to think of something when I couldn't log in to the new software. Seriously I do despair with the constant brexiteer/remainer name calling. It's so boring. Hence my hope that it will eventually become as much a sign of losing an argument as declaring your opponent is a N*A*Z*I* Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.
    2 points
  38. I could spend hours debating with you but what's the point, the views you hold are so entrenched that I'd be wasting my time and yours. For example, the UK government's refusal to relax the immigration visa application rules for Ukrainians on purely humanitarian grounds has been widely criticised including by some within the Tory party yet you say Patel 'has to make decisions that idiots find not to their liking', is everyone else an idiot or just maybe the government have got this wrong? Here's another, the Defence Secretary, senior armed forces chiefs and even No.10 have said Truss was wrong to back Brits going to fight in Ukraine (which may even be illegal) yet you don't have a problem with it.
    2 points
  39. The prime ministers of Holland and Canada apparently think otherwise.
    2 points
  40. Really? Macron had his audience with Putin on the 7th February. Putin invaded Ukraine on 24th February. The invasion is now in its eleventh day, with no sign of abating. Would you say that initiative you refer to, by Macron, is going well and to plan? If you believe that Putin could have been persuaded by anyone, let alone Macron, to scrap his invasion ambitions, you are seriously deluded. The way I read it was that Macron seized an opportunity to bolster his re-election chances here in France, particularly now as he has thrown his 'chapeau' into the ring. It would seem he was completely out manoeuvred and humiliated by Putin at that initiative bearing meeting. You armchair pundits should be assessing what direction and to which nation he will have in his sights, following the flattening of Ukraine, to enable some sort of resistance to be implemented for the well-being of the rest of us.
    2 points
  41. But the news (all of the reports) no matter where you heard or saw it, were based on the study in the link that Norman posted. Example https://www.bfmtv.com/sante/95-des-francais-ont-un-niveau-d-activite-physique-insuffisant_AN-202202150220.html Were you once very overweight Ken, is that why you are so zealous now in your posts on being fat? And, before you ask, no I'm not fat. ?
    2 points
  42. Why failed dreams? Perhaps they realised their dreams, lived very happily and are buried in their local cemeteries? Or are stored in a local colombarium? Or their bodies were accepted by a local teaching hospital? Then there's always the compost heap ?
    2 points
  43. 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?
    2 points
  44. Good to see you back Norman, Happy New Year
    2 points
  45. For those who didn't realise, the Private Messaging (PM) function is now up and running.
    2 points
  46. 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!
    2 points
  47. 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.
    2 points
  48. Better make it snappy! Couldn't resist sorry
    2 points
  49. 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
×
×
  • Create New...