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  1. Me too Menthe. It's why it makes me a bit sad how far automatic translation is taking over. It's so easy now to live in France and use your smartphone or pc to translate incoming and outgoing communications and information so that it's almost as if there's no language barrier any more, you don't need to learn the language. But any subtle play on words gets lost, the nuances get lost, the humour gets lost and you'll never get anything out of French poetry or literature, it reduces language to purely functional and takes all the fun and pleasure and stimulation out of it. Anyways I see the forum is already being slammed for having threads about wimpish things like flowers and language and not being controversial enough in its new reincarnation. I wondered how long it would take before the whipping up started. So I'm off again, but it was nice chatting quietly about interesting things like language. Just like old times.
  2. Yes exactly. According to Larousse: cliché nom masculin (de clicher) 1. Phototype négatif servant au tirage des épreuves. 2. Vieux. Toute photographie : Montrer ses clichés de vacances. 3. Lieu commun, banalité qu'on redit souvent et dans les mêmes termes ; poncif. Synonymes : banalité - lieu commun - poncif - stéréotype and the verb clicher is to do with typesetting clicher verbe transitif (peut-être radical onomatopéique exprimant le bruit sec de la matrice) Couler un alliage métallique dans l'empreinte prise sur une forme typographique.
  3. I think cliché only sounds odd in that sense to us Engleesh because we've nicked it and use it differently. Its primary meaning in French has always been to do with photography and printing and images hasn't it. I suppose its other meaning kind of stems from that, the idea of taking one very basic snapshot and using it as a standard template in all kinds of situations.
  4. They're not actually remote control, nothing so hi tec - they're more like plastic keys that you have to put inside the slot. If that makes any difference. Maybe they can still be un fob.
  5. I suppose the outline of a weeping willow has a slight resemblence to the shape of a prawn? OK, it's a bit of a stretch. It really bugged me at the start of season here at the campsite that the electronic key fob thingies that you stick in the slot to open the barrier, are called "badges". Because, that's not what a badge is. But then I thought, what the heck do we call them in English anyway? And I have to admit that saying "voici votre badge pour la barrière" is a lot slicker than saying "here's your electronic key fob thingy to open the barrier". So by the end of season I've almost got reconciled to calling them badges.
  6. Yes absolutely, engagé can very often be best translated as committed or involved. So here it refers to a commitment to being eco responsable. It doesn't actually say that, but that's what a French person will understand from the context. This is a useful site to see the range of meanings a term can have and different ways of translating it into English according to context https://www.linguee.fr/francais-anglais/search?source=auto&query=engagé for instance in some of the examples, the meaning is closer to the English "engaged" in the sense of, recruited or taken on to provide a service, and in those cases committed or involved wouldn't work as a translation.
  7. Hello ALBF - long time no hear, are you doing OK? I missed you No we didn't have any drama here, there were a couple of little fires in the woods nearby and one time the smell of smoke reached the campsite but they didn't spread. Soon be wrapping up, another fortnight then I'm gone. Actually it's been a cracker of a season, I've enjoyed myself. Nice to retire on a high
  8. Shorthand for "éco-engagé" which has become a buzzword. Engagement éco responsable and all that. Clothing produced in an environmentally responsible way. Nice to see the forum working again by the way.
  9. Funny you should ask that Mint cos I'm chain-reading them at the moment! I'm doing my usual summer work thing and policiers are my go-to drug to help me relax of an evening and days off. I'm getting through on average two every 3 weeks. For want of a better way of deciding what to get next, I've started doing a search on "Prix du quai des Orfèvres", on the basis that if it won a prize it can't be bad, and working my way through the ones that are available second hand for a couple of euro. Some have been better tha others but none has been a dud and there's been a couple of crackers that I couldn't put down. All well written and well plotted and I've discovered a couple of authors that I intend to pursue further. I've also gone back to Bernard Minier, I used to be a fan and then I read one I didn't much like and it put me off, but I just read Soeurs and enjoyed it. Who needs real life when it's so much nicer to escape into a book :-)
  10. Oh you spoilsport 😎 Let it run, it's priceless.
  11. Never said it was right, how would I know. But Ipsos MORI is generally seen as a reputable source. I asked for the source that supports the 99% claim, which you didn't provide. Making unsubstantiated or spurious claims because you can't be arsed to find out or because a lie is more convenient than the truth, is so passé. Just ask Boris what happens when factchecking keeps proving you wrong.
  12. Citation from a reliable source, please? Cf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_sexual_orientation#United_Kingdom An Ipsos MORI survey on behalf of BBC[91] found that British people aged 16–22 (also called Generation Z) have lower odds to identify as exclusively straight (66%) than those who belong to the Millennial generation (71%), Generation X (85%), or Baby boomers (88%). This was 2017, and if the figures have stayed on trend they will have shifted towards fewer exclusively straight since then.
  13. And that sums up exactly why a certain group of people, mostly older people who live fairly secluded lives, have such a problem with this whole thing. They can't imagine / accept a world where everybody is not like them, where there has been a culture shift from the times they grew up in, where the accepted norms and values are changing. What would you address these people as?
  14. Good luck trying to get customer service out of Veolia in English, or in any other language come to that. I've been trying to get some kind of customer service out of them in French for three weeks without success. They are useless.
  15. If you want to use regularly use that sim for phone calls, couldn't you put the sim in a smartphone and use that as a wifi hotspot?
  16. I thought lunette progressive was the French, and varifocals in English! If you have the prescription you may find it cheaper and quicker and more convenient to get a pair made up online. But I think any professional would recommend a new eye test if you haven't had one for two or three years. Your eyes may not have changed a lot but if you keep the next pair for another 3 years, that'll make it six years between eye examinations which is quite a long time. But it's up to you. I'm not the one to talk, I can easily go five years between eye tests but I know I shouldn't.
  17. The best example in the world, well I wouldn't know about that because I haven't lived everywhere in the world but I have heard that Canada and Australia are comfortable with being very multicultural, and Sweden too. Maybe still a work in process in the UK? https://www.stophateuk.org/about-hate-crime/racism-in-the-uk/ https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2020-to-2021/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2020-to-2021 Then there were the BLM protests last year and all the fuss about "taking the knee", all very divisive, what was that all about if the UK is already one big happy multicultural society. And do you remember this nasty little episode from last year? https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/01/13/racist-online-trolls-to-be-banned-from-uk-football-matches-for-up-to-10-years/ But I won't say anything about rose tints. However I do take my hat off to you ALBF because while I genuinely don't consider myself racist - I think any tendencies in that direction that I used to have were flattened out once and for all when I lived in South London in my early 20s which is a long time ago now - I have to be honest and say I wouldn't choose to live in a street where everybody is culturally different from me. It would take me outside my comfort zone. I don't think that makes me racist, any more than it makes me ageist because I wouldn't choose to live in a street full of students. I just find it easier to relate to people who have similar backgrounds and expectations and assumptions to mine. Don't most people find that or am I particularly lazy?
  18. Revisiting this, it struck me that perhaps one reason why the phrase "proud to be British" turns me off, is the implication that the fact of being British actually makes one superior to other nationalities. Otherwise, why would you be "proud" of it? Doesn't being proud of something imply that there is something a bit exceptional and aspirational about it? And I don't understand why there seems to be this accusation in the air that if you're not proud of something, that means you're ashamed of it. Most aspects about me and my life I'm neither proud of nor ashamed of. I accept them, I'm comfortable with them. Some aspects I think were a stroke of luck how they turned out, some aspects are a bit of a compromise, but generally I don't give the nuts and bolts of ET's existence much thought from one year to the next. Being British is just one nut, or perhaps it's a bolt, I don't think about it until people start asking daft non-questions. (Sorry ALBF, but this is one of your dafter questions.)
  19. Yes I agree with that, although in that case ALBF asked the wrong question, what he should have asked is If you are British, are you proud of your country? But I think ALBF's question is valid in a different way. My ex FiL was proud of being British. He was born East European, he was taken in by Britain as a refugee after WW2, he loved Britain and he set himself the goal of obtaining British nationality. He achieved it and he was proud of it, quite rightly. But I would have reacted the same if ALBF had asked the second question. Britain has had amazing successes and achievements in the past, it's done a lot of good, and it's doing a lot of praiseworthy things today. It also has some blots on its copybook both in the past and now. But I can't say I feel personally proud of its achievements nor personally ashamed of the blots. I admire the achievements but it's for those who were instrumental in them to feel proud. I feel revulsion for instance at how callously it behaved towards Ireland in the 19th century, but it's those who were involved that should have felt shame. Maybe I have a bit of a blind spot. It's the same when people talk about how proud they are of what their husband or wife has achieved, I don't get that either. To me it is too close to basking in reflected glory. Yes you think they've done really well, you're pleased for them, you admire them, you share their happiness, but to say you're proud of what they have achieved seems like you're stealing their credit.
  20. I'm comfortable with it. Neither proud nor ashamed. It's not like it's a personal achievement, I didn't do anything amazing to be born British. Am I proud of being blonde, no because it's how I happened to be born. When I was in my teens I maybe felt smug about it, but feeling smug isn't the same as feeling proud. Am I proud of being "en forme" physically, yes because I put care and effort into looking after myself. I don't really get how you can be proud of something that is entirely outside your control. Although I can see that if you have actually served your country in a close up and personal way, say in the armed forces or the civil service, you would be proud of that and that would be very close because your whole identity would be closely bound in with your country's identity. Maybe I'm a very self-centred person but I think I only ever feel "proud", as such, of personal achievements that didn't come on a plate. Or maybe I just have a different interpretation of what it means to be proud of something.
  21. I do think you are basically a good guy, but I worry about your mental health. Seriously. You seem to have got so negative and neurotic over the last year or so. Please don't be offended Smeggles but the fact is that your posts were so same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old... that it got pretty intolerable. Same old same old is not controversial any more after you've read it for the nth time, it just makes you feel like you're on a merry go round and you can't get off. I don't think I'm partic'ly woke, but you ended up getting right on my nerves, and since you know I like you, I will say that I was glad when you got banned because I thought it would be better for the forum and better for you. It has been better for the forum but I don't think it's been better for you because you've just shifted over hear and posting the same crap. Anyway, what do you see as the great advantage of a "British" expat forum, over a forum for anglophone expats worldwide? I'm curious. I far prefer a mix of nationalities, it's more interesting because you get a far wider range of views, you can connect with people from other cultures and find out stuff about their countries. If you really want to talk France, which I absolutely understand, all you need to do is sign up to one or more of the French online news channels and join in the readers' comments. 'S what I do, well I used to, not so much now. You have to do it in French of course but you are a dab hand with your online translator aren't you. I think you should do that, it may be what you need. I certainly got in over my head several times and been put right. But to be fair, I always found French posters respectful (though that might depend on which site you join I suppose), they can demolish your argument scientifically without actually calling you an eejit LOL. Isn't there something a bit off centre in wanting to talk about France but exclusively with Brits?
  22. If you got your CdS under the Withdrawal Agreement, the date your CdS was issued is very unlikely to be the date you moved to France because normally you would have had to be established in France before 31.12.2020 to qualify. The date you moved to France would be the date you put on your application form as the date you moved to France. That date doesn't change. If you came on a visa then the date you arrived in France would be the date when you actually crossed the border, so again, probably a month or so earlier than the date your CdS was issued. As said, you declare your income from the date you arrived. 182 days is nothing to do with anything really. Even if you only moved to France in November, technically you should declare for the last 2 months of the year. Get your skates on !!
  23. Erm, I don't think the reason she banned you was cos she hates the British. She's fine with me and Conks and the other Brits. Do you think it might have been more to do with the things you posted and the way you kept trying to wind everybody up - your attitude, to link it to this thread? Yes there are a couple of posters that I have on "ignore", one of them being the one who lives in Spain but seems to love the French forum. I don't have anything against Yanks,, and one massive point in favour of sharing a forum with them is that the have no interest whatsoever in Brexit, and they don't play the UK v. France points scoring game. But I'm sure Dave is big enough to decide for himself what suits him and what don't.
  24. Well I just have no interest in discussing the state of the nation on forum. Just because there is a lot of sh1te out there, doesn't mean you have to wallow in it all the time. Like I said, I go on forums mostly to chill out and unwind and have a bit of fun discussing random topics with posters that give out friendly vibes, that you can have a laugh with. So right now, on the forum you don't visit any more we're having a grand chinwag about pizza toppings in France and whether it's OK to put potatoes on them. And there's a thread that I started weeks back about paper tax returns that is still chugging along - I started it for a bit of advice, which I got, then it rambled on for a bit, and just recently I've been able to give another poster a good tip that hopefully will help them. On a different forum we're debating the pros and cons of using static cling window tint in motorhomes, and the pros and cons ofvarious cooking appliances such as slow cookers, steamers, induction hobs etc. That's the kind of discussion I like, everyday stuff that is mildly interesting to a wide cross section of posters. Nothing aggressive, nobody winding each other up or standing on their soapboxes or getting huffy or rubbishing other people's posts, and certainly not going round and round and round the same old depressing issues to do with French/English/EU politics. The best discussion I saw on here recently, which I couldn't join in because I had nothing to contribute but I did follow it for a bit, was about Ken's driveway!
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