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  1. For the OP , am I missing something here ? Why make it more complicated that what it really is ?? From the replies you have had it is quite simple...... 1. Make contact with a driving school and take 7 hours of training . 2. Then you will get your attestaion and can ride your bike .
  2. Leaving for the Uk tomorrow so if anyone is interested please Pm me before tomorrow morning!
  3. I have a virtually empty van coming from the Rickmansworth area (Hertfordshire), back to the Mayenne (53) next weekend the 13th December. Would be willing to bring stuff back for contribution towards travel costs. (Will also be doing a supermarket run). Will be travelling from said area to Poole on return trip for Poole - Cherbourg crossing. If this is of any interest to anyone please Pm me.
  4. Hi can anyone tell me where I might be able to source a Minnie Mouse costume suitable for a 15 year old please ? Have looked at Disney stores online but to no avail ( only for small children or no longer available). Alternatively a fancy dress hire shop in Dept 53 or 61.? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi can anyone tell me if you can spend Jersey currency Pounds in the UK please?
  6. Thanks guys - if I read the link right it seems like you must have been the owner from new too ! Oh well, that's my plan scuppered. I have found that the main dealers - Renault Peugeot etc are much les flexible on discounts and prefer to stick to their offers which come up now and again with very little room for discounts ( 5% max is what Renault offered!)
  7. I see that car manufacturers offer a 1000 euro reduction if you trade in a car older than 10 years.How does this work in France ? Could I buy an old banger from someone and use that ? I have a neighbour who has an old car that still runs, but and has no CT, insurance, and bald tyres etc. He wants 150 euros for it so should I buy it and use it to get a 1000 euros reduction in my new car. Would the garage need a carte grise and all the ususual paperwork? Any advice to clarify would be appreciated.
  8. Thanks that's very helpful. I hadn't thought about the carpet idea; Do you think that there is any chance of the foam backing sticking to the new floor - especially if anything is spilt on it ?? These are the times when I wish I had a B&Q warehouse down the road where this type of thing is so easy to source !
  9. Hi we have just laid some wooden floors and would like to protect them for a few weeks from step ladders and general foot trafic whilst we do some other works. I thought about 3mm plywood but would much prefer hardboard, but have not had much sucess in my local DIY store. Does anyone know if hardboard is available in France and if so what it is called ? We are in Dept 53 Mayenne. Thanks for any help you may be able to give.
  10. No wonder so many people "travail au noir" in France, why can't things be simplified a little !!!  
  11. Thank you again Clair that explains it pretty well ! Norman H - you have hit the nail on the head with why they don't want to do it ! It's a shame there was not a way I could not just declare the revenue on my annual tax return ?
  12. Than you Clair, I have had a look through the sites you posted but this poses another problem ; The CESU seems to give the onus on the employeur, (ie the mums who want to pay me ), to get the cheques from their banks, and they seem reluctant to do so, as they then come under certain regulations connected with being an employeur of my services.  As I will be the "employee" how can I do it, without putting the onus on them to apply to their banks to set up the CESU scheme. Can you see where I am coming from on this? I don't mind declaring the money but I also don't want the parents to get embroiled in loads of French bureacracy either!
  13. Hi,  I have been asked by two parents of some 8/9 year old children in our village, if I would give them an hour each of English tuition per week and they have offered/suggested to pay me 10 euros per hour for this in cash. I am not 100% comfortable with this especially as our Maire lives nearby and often pops in, and I would prefer to do this legitimately and therefore was wondering how I could do this legally?  I mean could I just take the cash and put it on my annual French tax return ? Or would I have to register as an autoentrepreneur which seems such a fuss for such little work. I have heard of the cheques emploi service thingy,  but am not sure how this works either and then I assume I would have to charge more than 10 euros and hour?? Could anyone help me please and advise what would be the best solution ? Thanks!  
  14. Gosh, I went out for the day and come back to all these wonderful replies. Thanks to everyone so far. It seems that your replies are a bit of a mixed bag of experiences.  One thing seems sure is that I need a new mattress, and pillows as my neck is not comfortable at night either. My existing matress is a quite firm one and was bought from John Lewis around 15 years ago ! After getting the results from my doctor yesterday after a standard scan at hospital last week , (not an IRM ) it seems I have two herniated discs in the lombar region, one between L5- S1 which is the more prevalent. He has given me some visits of KinĂ© and medications to take but I am in constant pain, with a view to having an IRM later on if needed. The worse is that I have to travel today on business and shall not be back in France for a week or so and am dreading the drive/Flight/ sleeping arrangements. I like the idea of a memory foam one and will look at all the links you have sent me. Please keep up any helpful replies as it is comforting to know that I am not alone in my suffering, and any excersises or things to do to ease pain etc etc! PS. I have just read a Pm from somebody who says that Ikea allow a 90 day trial on their mattresses. I've no time to check this out now but sounds interesting as I do not want to spend out a fortune on a matresss and find it doessn't suit me.
  15. I have recently suffered some back problems which are related to a "slipped disc" and am having some sleeping difficulty ( hence why I'm up at silly O'clock this morning!) , as my mattress is quite old, and can't find a comfortable position. Do any of you use a memory foam mattress or a memory foam mattress topper ? I have a UK size double bed, but the mattress is not suiting me. What would I ask for in France?  After speaking to some French friends, back problems seem to be more prevalent that I imagined. I had a look at the Ikea website and noticed that they do very thin matresses that I presume sit on top of a standard mattress ?  All experiences which may help me get a decent nights sleep much appreciated please.
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