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  1. I just looked at my French credit-card style DL and it's valid until 20-04-33 - 15 years after it was issued in 2018.
  2. Snow extent in the Northern Hemisphere at the end of November represents an important parameter for the early winter forecast. This year snow extent is running much higher than average and according to existing global estimates, it is now beyond the highest ever observed so far. Winter forecast, especially in its early phase and in Europe, might be strongly influenced by such a large snow extent, although many other factors need attention. https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/snow-extent-northern-hemisphere-highest-56-years-winter-cold-rrc/ Could be a cold winter here - which we don't need, bearing in mind the electrical power situation.
  3. It seems to translate as " in pairs" or "paired". https://www.deepl.com/translator#fr/en/en binome
  4. A packet of soylent?
  5. Here's a little quiz. Do you know where these alarming statements come from? "All coal, gas, and oil-fuel supply from extraction through the supply chain to retail must close within 30 years" "We already have targets for phasing out non electric vehicles, but by 2050 will have only 60% of the electricity required to power a fleet equivalent to that in use today. Therefore we will either use 60% fewer cars or they will be 60% the size" "There are no options for zero-emissions flight in the time available for action, so the industry faces a rapid contraction. Developments in electric flight may be relevant beyond 2050" "All existing forms of cement production are incompatible with zero emissions. However, there are some opportunities for expanded use of clay an urgent need to develop alternative processes and materials. Using microwaves processes to recycle used cement appears promising"
  6. It's a very good explanation of the difference between demand and consumption, and an illustration of the limitations of the renewables which should really be called the unreliables. We can register for a text alert of an impending power cut here -https://www.monecowatt.fr/inscription-alerte-vigilance-coupure/ Our self-reliance for this winter. Torches and headtorches - ✓ Spare batteries for above ✓ Woodstove serviced ✓ Wood cooking stove serviced ✓ 3x cords kiln dried oak firewood ✓ One cubic metre kindling ✓ Spare propane cylinder for gas cooker ✓ Generator serviced ✓ Generator fuel 50 litres ✓ Toilet rolls maxi pack ✓ We're ready !!
  7. Do you all want to hear about my experience having a badly rotten back molar removed, and after that a crown on a post fitted by the dentist who I reckon was a part-time stonemason and roadmender?
  8. You shouldn't be able to read more than the first few lines and the header image. That's all I could read after I logged out.
  9. Yes Norman, but it's behind a paywall so not many can see it.
  10. There's a bit of blah-blah here about Eurolens pre-Brexit. https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/2100627/beware-of-eurolens-co-uk/p2
  11. You are welcome to request that your US contact lense supplier use either scheme, but unless they do a lot of business with customers in eu countries I doubt they will want to get involved. When the IOSS scheme started I volunteered to be a guinea pig for a shipment from my trusted engineering supplier in the UK, they would reimburse me if it went wrong. It did go wrong, DHL messed up, they didn't read the parcel codes correctly and I paid vat and duty twice which the supplier settled with me as promised. Subsequent shipments have worked ok. As far as I know with IOSS, a supplier has to register with every country that they want to ship to within the EU separately, a typical EU nonsense paper chase. It took my supplier months of computer work to adapt his online shop to work with the IOSS system - and the owner of the business was previously a computer systems analyst! For instance Amazon are using the IOSS scheme, so it's really for companies doing a lot of business with customers in the EU. The other scheme, Delivery Duty Paid I don't know about, it seems to be the shipping company that does it, but worth trying.
  12. Well, got to move some out, to make room for the ones moving in. https://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/ada-sante-logement-a-quelles-aides-ont-droit-les-demandeurs-d-asile-en-france-20221117
  13. Avoiding these payments at your front gate is easy. Don't buy from companies who are not registered with the iOSS scheme. https://taxation-customs.ec.europa.eu/ioss_en Or who don't/won't ship your parcel DDP - (delivery duty paid) https://www.ups.com/us/en/supplychain/insights/knowledge/glossary-term/delivered-duty-paid.page If La Poste try to charge you a "bung" when parcels are shipped using either of the above schemes it's a scam.
  14. Leclerc, as far as we are concerned, are basically dishonest. A couple of years ago we ordered 10 x 20 litre bidons of petrole for our heaters from our local LeClerc. Ordered and paid for on their "Drive" system in the evening, pick it up the next day, all shown in stock. We go to pick it up, they bring four out - "we haven't got any more" - but we've paid for 10 so can we have our money back? "No - we just put your money on your loyalty card" So we have to buy their stuff from their shop to get our money back!!! Somehow or other that has to be against some sort of law.
  15. You can do what you want to do. Everybody else can do what they want to do. How long this freedom will continue is anybody's guess as Macron is now cosying up to Xi Jinping of the CCP. Renault has also announced a joint venture with Geely. https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/renault-chinas-geely-announced-powertrain-061740323.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAABPccb_tjxhATiGJby7VTmD59mAi3kRAhS5AgjwFi2SDquFJJQ7KZ6yLk6v25RpQ1XSF5Od9PnW34GKsURF5EsLX1zcqeIqR4EYzeUHpKSla_M7k5VHoHp7OeFx6m8oGbrijB8ssdr7Y7LrWoP3xXdp-HuTaZ6edgqjykW29ssVi
  16. Leccy is scheduled to go up by 15% in February as far as I know - don't know about gas, ours comes out of a bottle for cooking only. Tempo is on offer again.
  17. If you drive a car in France, it may be a good idea to fill it up in the next few days, before the government’s 30-cent-per-litre discount is reduced to 10 cents per litre after next Tuesday (November 15). The 20-cent-per-litre discount being applied at TotalEnergies petrol stations will also drop to 10 cents per litre on this date.
  18. Having had some experience of trailering motorcycles, I notice you have the tricycle secured to the trailer with luggage elastics. Not a good idea IMHO - you need to get some 25 mm wide ratchet straps, one at the front from the trailer to the headstock and back down to the trailer. And one from trailer to rear axle and back to trailer.
  19. Salutations and indebtedness to thee oh gen'rous and mast'rful yellow fruit https://lingojam.com/EnglishtoShakespearean
  20. Spamagogo wants to get to know us all!
  21. "And then the latest. The power went off at 17.00 yesterday. Cheese & pickle sarnies to eat last night. Enedis website said that we’d be back by 22.00. We weren’t and still nothing this morning. No signs of any blue vehicles!" That's why we invested in a decent quiet generator and the switchery to safely connect it to the house and barn electrics after our last long term power cut due to a storm of about two and half days. Not a problem with cooking - we use propane or if all else fails the Esse wood-fired cooking stove. Never put all your eggs in the one basket - always have a back up.
  22. Well, that answers my question, as long as the insurance provider doesn't default on you. "If the builder should become bankrupt/ceases activity during the progress of the work, or following completion, the insurance policy remains in operation, an important safeguard" Thanks - we're not in a position to need this thankfully.
  23. Concerning the Responsibilite Decennale and the builder who has insurance to protect himself against claims. Question. A builder who does work on a property has insurance to protect himself against the financial consequences of a claim under the ten-year rule. But he goes bankrupt in that year that he did the work and did not continue to pay the insurance premium. Assuming he had paid the insurance premium and was covered in that year when he did the work, does that mean that the insurance then is valid for ten years to the possible benefit of the owner of the property ? Or is it only valid for ten years if the premium is paid every year?
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