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  1. The September issue of "The Connexion" reports that the French will accept the online DVLA check code service, also that sworn translations of driving documents are no longer needed.

    The ANTS site does not seem to have been updated to reflect these changes. I am wondering if "The Connexion" report is correct.
  2. The mayor (Robert Menard) has received the anti-corrida lobby, and got his photo in Midi-Libre with them, but he is a politician and obviously thinks there are more votes to be had from the bullfighting supporters.
  3. The ANTS rules state that if I am not a national of the country that issued my licence, I must prove my residence in the issuing country at the time the licence was issued.

    I am an Irish national and was living in the UK when my licence was issued in 1970 - 51 years ago. I have absolutely no documentation left from that time. Any ideas?
  4. I applied through ANTS to exchange my UK licence, and after much sweat was given a reference number. Recently I was told that my application has been cancelled, presumably because it was too early. I am now within the time frame (6 months to expiry), and I have heard a rumour that there is an additional document I have to get from DVLA and have officially translated. Does anyone know what this document is?
  5. Boris Johnson is throwing £100m in subsidies to Nissan. No wonder they are happy to stay in Sunderland. (£100m is the estimate - he won't actually admit to how much the subsidy is.)
  6. ALBF, why exactly should we hate the EU? And please don't tell me it's bureaucratic. Of course it's bureaucratic. All administrations are bureaucratic. Your local village or town council is bureaucratic. It's also highly protectionist. Its foreign trade agreements are designed to protect French farming and German industry and so on. There is no such thing as "free trade". All countries negotiate their trade agreements with an eye to their own interests.

    The EU is not without faults. Of course it's not. But it is a remarkable achievement. It has brought together over 25 countries which throughout history have been at one another's throats - the war memorials of Europe are testament to that. The question to ask - the question the Brexiteers should have asked themselves - is not whether the EU is faulty, but what better institution we can replace it with.
  7. I was quoting from the post by alittlebitfrench, not yourself. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
  8. "So they can stick their rules up their arse" tells you everything you need to know about the mindset of Brexiteers.

  9. Ken: your starter for ten: What is it that people in Britain can do today that they couldn't do last year?
  10. Norman, GB News is a new channel whose purpose is to promote British values and culture, which is why it is funded by two rich American right-wingers and is anchored by Andrew Neil, who lives in France. They believe that traditional British news outlets are too left-wing, which of course is true, as everyone knows that the Sun, Mail, Telegraph, Times and Express are all owned by sworn Marxists whose aim is to destroy free-market capitalism. They aim to give a voice to those whose views are hardly ever represented in the UK media, like poor old Nigel Farage. Now you know all you need to know, Norman. (Did I see you in the antiques market in Beziers last Tuesday, buying a piece of Sèvres porcelain?)
  11. I am very near you in the Herault. I have a 1,2m dish. Last week the BBC channels were unobtainable - all others OK. This week the BBC signal is back, no problems.
  12. I have an infestation of cluster flies (mouches pollénies). They overwinter in the attic and then leave when the weather hots up. They are like bluebottles but a bit bigger. They don't carry disease, they feed on flowers and tree sap. So far I have got rid of about 200. Anyone else had these? Any tips?
  13. Seven months after applying for her TdS (she already has a CdS) my wife still has heard nothing. On the Prefecture website (Beziers sous-prefecture) there is information about the average delays you can expect. There are four columns headed T1, T2, T3 and T4. Anyone know what these mean?
  14. Here in 34 we've had no post all week, although there is a Significant Birthday coming up and there should be lots of cards. Is this just us, or is it a general problem?

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