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  1. [quote user="Hoddy"]

    We clearly have a difference of opinion John.

    [/quote]

    Yes we have. Almost the first words I remember from Mercantile Law are "caveat emptor" and I try to do just that. Others will do what they do.

    John

  2. [quote user="idun"]

    So what do you 'have to have'.

    [/quote]

    My parents were addicted to nicotine and it killed them. This possibly why I am not addicted to anything AFAIK.

    Though I confess to a liking for Earl Gray tea and Marmite (but not together).

    Boring of N Lot

  3. Or you could pay £1 and register for a month - sufficient time ?

    John

  4. [quote user="Hoddy"]

    It has ben reported Sud-Ouest that there is a cheese seller at Sarlat market whose average price for cheese is E39.95. This is ordinary cheese not claimed to be of a particularly fine quality. ............. I should add of course that most of the traders are honest people and dislike these 'rogues' as much as anyone else does. Hoddy

    [/quote]

    Why is this trader a "rogue"? He is not claiming that his cheese is something that it is not so he seems to me to be a sensible businessman taking advantage of an opportunity. Hardly his fault if some customers have more money than sense.

    John

  5. Why, has Michael Jackson returned ?

    John

  6. And then you moved it.

    John (I'm not a builder)

  7. Another day, another smidgin of knowledge acquired. Until now I thought cup sizes were measured alphabetically.

    John

  8. Any apparent similarity between the above and the original Iceni is purely imaginary.

    John

  9. [quote user="idun"]

    Cornfield as you make up your own products. I have a  series of something like tiny drops of curry stains, on a pure wool jumper  any suggestion as to how to get these tiny marks off without damaging the wool please?

    [/quote]

    No idea how to sort out this set of dribbles but in future wear a bib or remove your upper garments. Such stains are removed easily from skin.

    John

     

  10. I always answer in English. If a French caller does not identify him/herself as representing an organisation I know (or is a friend) I respond with "I don't speak French, there is no-one here that speaks French. Good bye" and hang up.

    Works for me.

    John

  11. Add to the list of non-existent - 12 a.m. and 12 p.m.

    Most, if not all, phrases used by Americans, Australians and others claiming to speak English - beginning with fill out.

    John

  12. I hoped to read that CC had been dropped from a great height. Why do you build up my hopes like this? it's sooo cruel.

    John

  13. [quote user="knee gel"]

     If you want to take the cash from any winnings it has to be paid into a UK bank account otherwise reinvest in more bonds. Chris

    [/quote]

    Surely the NS&I cheques have to be paid into a GBP account (but not necessarily in the UK)? Though I confess that I have never found the need to try to open one so have no idea of the hurdles placed in the name of money laundry.

    John

  14. Search Google with your headline above and there 'tis.

    John

  15. [quote user="idun"]

    And no, I wouldn't go anywhere without gifts.

    [/quote]

    When I first arrived here I was living in a small caravan on-site while working on the conversion so had little space to keep things. When invited out to dine in a French home I had no idea what to take but having been advised that it is better to take something I had made or grown I took a bowl of radishes. They were pounced upon by my host, washed and returned to the table within minutes, each one sliced open with a small snip of butter inserted. When I tried to apologise for not bringing something a bit grander I was informed "but these are so much better than just going into a shop and buying something that we probably don't need or want".

    Aren't the French strange?

    John

  16. [quote user="Simon-come-lately"]but....they're on H O L I D A Y......... I guess Gardian is just really lucky with his guests... Simon :-)[/quote]

    This thread confirms my view that when faced with a potentially embarassing situation most Brits are spineless. Don't even breathe a word to the freeloaders but moan loud and long here or TF or any other places where the whingeing Poms congregate.

    John (who chooses his guests with greater care than many of you seem to)

  17. [quote user="cooperlola"]

    I must get one of these contracts - finally, a way to cut my mother off after she's whined on for an hour![6]

    [/quote]

    No, Coops, it's your own fault for giving her your number. Anyhoo, you don't need a contract to do this, just apply a digit to the off button on your phone.

    John

  18. [quote user="NickP"]

    The relevant question John is where were you and I and the rest of society while this took place?

    [/quote]

    Probably being grateful that "they" were dealing with people that we don't really want around us (without admitting it of course) but are not too sure of the correct solution. If someone else appears to be taking care of them we can close our eyes, ears and minds and pretend. Until Panorama et al shake our cosy world.

    I don't have an answer. Greater vigilance, more inspectors, more inspections?  Difficult at a time of belt tightening all round. I suppose what it really needs is for us all to care more but we all know that "Apathy rules".

    John

  19. I decided to open an account in our nearest town. The 3 options were BP, CA and LCL. BP had a manager who spoke good English so I chose it. The fact that said manager left after a few months to be replaced by someone resembling a 12 year old whose English was on a par with my French just encouraged me to improve my French.

    IMHO near beats English every time - but have not gone with La Poste as opening hours are afternoons only (except when it is isn't of course) and even dated Saturdays.

    John

  20. I have not seen the programme, watched clips on you.tube nor read much about it - my views are based solely on this thread. Whenever such atrocities are reported my first thought is "where were their families while all this was going on?". The answer "out of sight, out of mind"?

    John

  21. Iceni

    Help!!

    While you are at it check your aubergines - same family IIRC. I recommend dropping them into soapy water, less ucky and a greater level of evil pleasure.

    John

  22. Thanks, Coops. S has been a lot better since she was released on Saturday. I think that the insurance co is just covering it's backside particularly as regards Ryanair and oxygen.

    John

     

  23. Maybe you would but would you feel the same if you were on holiday in a foreign land?  Sarah lives in England and cannot stay in our house indefinitely particularly as there is only insurance cover for a finite period. The insurance company, currently footing the bill, wants to send her home, she wants to go home and we want what she wants.

    John

  24. I hope that most of you are already aware but just in case ...

    Di's daughter visited us recently. Breathing problems necessitated an emergency doctor call-out on a Sunday evening. Sadly this did not resolve the issue and a call was made to the pompiers at almost midnight. This was followed by a trip to Figeac hospital where daughter stayed until noon on Saturday. By design rather than luck Sarah had both an EHIC and travel insurance. The insurance company determined that a nurse would be required for the journey home and as Ryanair require 2 weeks notice of a passenger needing oxygen they will be returning to UK business class on a scheduled flight + an ambulance from LHR to rural Essex.

    I have no idea how much all this will cost but suspect it will be a tad more than the premium. And don't say "this has never happened to me or mine so it never will". I may have thought that at one time but 7 days in a Lanzarote hospital and a trip home on a stretcher on scheduled flights via Madrid taught me otherwise.

    Good fortune may mean that you never have to use your insurance or you may have so much money that it doesn't matter.

    John

  25. No, Pentagon is the one with an "e", Pentagone is the one with 2.

    A. Pedant

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