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[quote user="Rabbie"] [quote user="Kitty"]Surely you can only really go to those places where you can speak the language. Can anyone live in France successfully without speaking French?
[/quote] I don't imagine living in the UK would be practical if you couldn't speak English.[:)][/quote]
Then you would be very much misguided; - in areas of the UK there are large sectors of the population who do not have a rudimentary grasp of english, [/quote]
Da iawn cariad ! Sariad cymraeg ? [:)]
[quote user="Pierre ZFP"]
Le pénis représente 3 fois la longueur de son pouce.
Les femmes clignent des yeux 2 fois plus que les mecs.[/quote]
Bien sûr que les femmes clignent des yeux 2 fois plus que les mecs. Elles re-ajustent leur vision pour bien voir cette quéquette supposée être 3 fois la longueur d'un pouce. En vérité elles n'y voient que 3 fois la largeur d'un poil [:P][:D][:D]
[quote user="Rabbie"][quote user="Hoddy"]Don't take it to heart, Frenchie. You should hear Americans attempt Leicester and Loughborough. Hoddy[/quote]Or English people tryng to pronounce Kirkcudbright (a town in SW Scotland pronounced as Kircoobree[/quote]
.... or Brits, French, Germans or any other nationalities you care to mention, except the Welsh pronounce Machynlleth ... You try it!
The French will say 'machin lette'. Brits will have a variation on 'mack in elieth' or 'muck an let' (my favorite[:D] and very apt for being a little farming town) or 'mar ink elieth' or 'marink keny lieth'. Germans have not yet progressed beyond the 'v' of village not pronounced as a 'w'. They'll insist on going to the weelage ... It's a town ! of 3000 souls including all the farmsteads in the surrounding hills ...
Marr rann tleth ...
[quote user="woolybanana"] Are the tyres going on the edges, in which case it is a tracking problem and not unheard of with Peugeots? ....[/quote]
Lisse comme un oeuf on the outside edge and brand new on the inside ...
Truly don't want to change that car ... yet again ... forcibly or not ... Plus un rond dans la tirelire, plus un radis, fauchée comme les blés [:'(][:'(]
Oh dear ... [:(]
[quote user="nomoss"] ... Is this a regular practice in french primary schools? .... [/quote]
Yup ! remember it well [:(] .... I was in my CM1 class at the time, our usual instituteur went on a 6 months sabbatical and was replaced by a most sadistic trainee teacher ...
He thought of nothing to pull girls long ponytails or French platts. Ouch that bleeding did hurt [:'(] He only did it the once on me as I couldn't recite my 9 times table correctly... That Thursday (in those days, before the dinausors roamed the earth, we didn't have school on a Thursday) my mother took me to the hairdresser to cut my long hair off. Unfortunately my ears stuck out in the cold and were bright red as if signalling : 'Eh Mister ! them ears are good for a pulling !!'
No distinction between boys or girls, we had same treatment. At least he believed in 'égalité des sexes' ... He lasted not quite a month at that school for all the complaints ...
and I now know my 9 times table [:(]
A simple question from a dumb blonde [:$]
How many miles do you manage to squeeze out of your tyres ?...
Only asking as I've had this car for a little over 14/15mths or so now. Wednesday I will take it to the garage for its annual MOT and have yet another set of tyres fitted ... 3rd set of front tyres actually since ownership of said vehicle. Last set only did just about 10000 miles. Admittedly I do a lot of mileage commuting to and fro home/work - in excess of 300 a week. Then there is the odd weekend driving to London to visit Dearest Daughter, 500 miles return trip. Such are the train time tables that it just is not an option for a Sunday afternoon return, never mind going down on a Friday evening after work, so I do need car to visit her. Add to that the annual trip to France, the last one clocked over 1700 miles from here, a visit to as many relos as poss and back here.
Just the same ... met'ink som'it is odd about it ...
The car ? a cheap Peugeot 207 diesel first registered in 2006.
Which brand do you use and think is the best qualtiy one to get ? I am willing to pay for quality firmly believing that cheap is just short sighted false economy ...
[quote user="Frenchie"] ... The vast majority of British people I know can't pronounce my son's name GUILLAUME ... He becomes " gwillem" or something like that... [/quote]
Gwillym bach cariad [:D]
[quote user="sweet 17"] ... The picture was captured by a reader in Carlisle showing a massive flock of starlings. Because of the formation they were flying in, it looked like a killer whale was chasing a dolphin! It was very spectacular ... [/quote]
Last weekend I went to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Xmas fair. One of the stalls was selling cards made by a local photographer artist. Some of the cards pictured murmurations (not a flock[;-)]) of starlings flying above the Aber pier. It is a well known place for seeing starlings just before night fall as they roost under the pier at night.
£200 prize for a cheaper meal. Very do-able and a royal feast compare to the 7p for that sarnie. That is truly being a miser ! Ebenezer Scrooge Xmas lunch is it ?
Simple : go out for a long walk in the woods or the fields : abundance of mushrooms, multitudes of berries, the odd rabbit that's eating up your precious garden, or that pigeon roucouling his heart out that it wakes you up, the odd catch of minnows from the river, nettle greens, wild garlic leaves, topinambours (Jerusalem artichokes) etc ... etc ... No end of imagination and gleaning to be done ...
Plenty learnt in the cosseted bosom of a poor french peasant family [:(] Get the violins out [:P][:D]
[quote user="sweet 17"] .... There was a piece on Jacques Cartier, who was an exlorer in the 16th century. It was said that the explorers got to know some Micmac Indians and exchanged goods with them. For the trade, the explorers changed les "colifichets, couteaux, tissus et autres bimbeloteries contre des peaux d'animaux"...... [/quote]
Micmac has become a French familiar masculine noun for an intrigue, a machination or a difficult situation. 'Qu'est ce que c'est ce micmac?' could possibly be one of Mr Hercule Poirot's catchphrases. Enough for him to work out his little grey cells ...
As to colifichet, bimbeloterie, bagatelle ... a more pejorative noun is sometime used : quincaillerie for all the clinking bling worn by some people, indeed some of them bimbos [:D]
[quote user="Frederick"] This could happen anywhere UK or France but happens to be my UK home today . I have open ground of wide grass verges opposite my home on a corner plot . Over the junction and off to my left the occupier of a house has cut a doorway in a 7 foot brick wall behind their home to give access to the verge .... Can you just cut a hole in your garden wall and put a door in ?.... .... Would you make the phone call as its not really fly tipping is it ?[/quote]
You should go to the local council archive and see if they have sought planning permission for that opening in their garden wall. It doesn't look like they have done so as you would have had a notice in your post, letting you know what was being sought by your neighbour and for you to examine the plans etc... at the local council offices and to ask you of any objections you may have for them to do such an opening as it is directly within your visual amenity. You would have had 28 days to lodge that objection or not.
As to the 'rubbish' left outside, it may not look like fly tipping but it is still fly tipping as it is not rubbish discarded in the usual household collection at the usual household collection point, or taken by the owner of said dwelling to the local recycle yard. It will, in no time at all, become an unsightly pile of rubbish to which, in the dead of night, other unscrupulous bods will see it as an OK place to leave their own rubbish...
A diplomatic word with that neighbour (possibly the time has passed for that) or a citizen's call to the local authority ....
[quote user="sid"] ... now I can't remember the last time I saw one on the road.[/quote]
The last one I saw on the road was my grandfather's. One of my cousins did use it for a time after Grandfather died but when I last saw it, it was all forlone in the garage whilst the house was waiting to be sold.
I remember being on holiday at my Grandparents and going to the market in the nearby town-about 4kms, being given a little cushion to sit at the back on the solex and being told 'Tiens bon, y a 2 sous de bonbons au bout de la route!' (Hold on tight, there's 2p worth of sweets at the end of the road) All in the days of : no child seat, no seat belt, no helmet [:D] My Grandmother was following on her bicycle way back ... well [:$] one happens to know one's priority [:D]
No one thought of this solex as a piece of great value other than the value of very many happy memories we had as children.
The poppy : a display of political symbol [:-))] Mr Blatter needs his head examined and have a good read of this : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6133312.stm
I like the poppy and every year I proudly wear it in rembrance of one my French great uncle who came back home blinded by a shrapnel in WW1. and also because I also have an in-law serving in the British forces.