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  1. Our youngest daughter in the UK is a hospital manager in a large hospital in Manchester, she reported a couple of days ago about thirty covid patients with one or two in ICU. Virtually all are unvaccinated, so not too much cause for concern she said.
  2. "Sorted for you, Harnser. Whenever you encounter such problems, simply copy the text, paste into Notepad, re-copy and past into the body of your post, prior to posting. Notepad dumps any annoying formatting" Yes I'm well aware of that procedure, but I usually use Wordpad which for some reason doesn't sort the formatting from the Telegraph.
  3. Smugglers shot a scared migrant in the kneecaps after he refused to board a boat on the same night 27 people died trying to cross the English Channel. Volunteers in the Calais jungle migrant camp rushed to the aid of a 20-year-old man who was “quickly losing a lot of blood” after a smuggler became frustrated at his refusal to board the vessel and drew a gun on him. The smuggler felt he had “lost out on easy money,” volunteers said, as the gangs are believed to only receive the full fee for transporting migrants once they have arrived in the UK. The assailant is on the run, according to French media reports. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/25/bit-like-drowning-scene-film-titanic/?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=1db8212c2a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_11_26_07_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-1db8212c2a-190801596 (Sorry about the font - tried to change it but didn't work)
  4. He hasn't got off to a great start if this is anything to go by;- https://www.ladepeche.fr/2021/10/15/la-police-tue-on-vous-explique-la-polemique-entre-poutou-et-les-forces-de-lordre-9854960.php Perhaps he would be more use to the country if he went back to screwing gear knobs on Ford gearboxes except he can't because the factory closed in 2019.
  5. Thanks for trying to help, we have now received a full printed bank statement via email from the bank, showing all the bank logos etc- which you don't get if you just open your statement for that month online, it's just the bare figures and looks like you could have generated it yourself. If we get harassed further we will send them that as a finale.
  6. No problem with the delivery - it was a DHL c*ck-up by the look of it - no UK vat charged by UK exporter - numerous emails from DHL informing that the consignment had cleared french customs at 4 am in the morning with no demand for vat or DHL handling charges - delivered here 2 or 3 days later. The invoice for the vat etc turned up in the post about 3 weeks after the delivery.
  7. Briefly, We received an invoice in the post from DHL express for payment of import VAT and their handling charge of €47.50 We duly wrote a cheque made out to DHL Express in the correct french format and posted it off by normal post- there was no option to pay by card. We have since received threatening letters from DHL's debt collector - called Overland - demanding payment. We sent them an image of the cheque which we had saved, and a redacted printout of our bank statement showing the cheque no and that the cheque was paid. We have also sent the same to DHL customer service. (Redacted meaning all transactions on the statement were blacked out apart from the relevant transaction) We are trying to obtain from our CA bank the details of the account name/number of whom the cheque was paid into. but being CA it's like trying to swim in treacle. They say that the evidence of the cheque and the statement is enough to prove that we paid DHL. Overland continue to send threatening emails -I checked up on them with DHL and they are genuine. Question. Does anybody know definitely if we are legally in default or is DHL just trying it on?
  8. Frontex, the EU border and coast guard agency stated that:- "A total of 11,150 people attempted to reach European countries in an unlawful way through its external borders in June 2021" "The agency has revealed that the number of illegal border crossings at Europe’s external borders reached more than 61,000 in the first six months of 2021" So by definition if you enter a country illegally, you become an illegal immigrant don't you? https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/frontex-11100-people-attempted-to-enter-europe-illegally-in-june/
  9. The soft touch scenario is an attraction, add to that the fact that most of then will have some english to a greater or lesser extent, as opposed to french, and that there is no requirement for personal id or registration in the UK and if they desire they can just submerge into the the twilight world of the black economy, usually working for other immigrant employers who turn a blind eye to the fact that they are illegals, and pay then less than the minimum wage on account of that. Then there is the widespread beds-in-sheds accommodation going on. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/tens-of-thousands-of-people-living-in-beds-in-sheds-across-the-capital-report-shows-a3723786.html Add to all that, free medical treatment anywhere on the NHS - no questions asked. Why WOULDN'T you want to get into the UK anyway you could?
  10. Maybe, but I still retain a Visa credit card to be able to occasionally purchase items from the UK and benefit from Section 75 protection.
  11. I think that has more to do with hiding the contents from potential thieves during transit - what the eye doesn't see it doesn't covet etc.
  12. This probably does not affect that many French residents, but it's as well to be aware. "As a result of Visa's continued high cost of payments, we regret that Amazon.co.uk will no longer accept UK-issued Visa credit cards as of 19 January, 2022," an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement. https://www.reuters.com/business/retail-consumer/amazon-stop-accepting-visa-credit-cards-issued-uk-bloomberg-news-2021-11-17/
  13. Danny reports that their current car is only doing about 11000 km per year and that they have never lifted the bonnet in 3 years. An electric car would suit the distance driven better than either a petrol or diesel model. But presumably you still need to top up the screenwash reservoir?
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