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  1. @ chessfou2 I think you'll find that the French paper licence (the pink one), althoughi showing no expiry date now expires in 2033. Haven't got the legislation to hand but it was introduced as part of the homologation of EU licences.
  2. That last paragraph should be on the "Where were you" thread.
  3. I don't do "social media". [blink]
  4. My Harraps two volume unabridged gives incessamment = very soon. "il doit arriver incessamment"  "He'll be here any minute now""Incessamment sous peu"  "Very shortly" Note spelling (not for Sue)[:D]
  5. It would be the whole complex,Mint.  For example the LeClerc Centre at Trélissac only the supermarket will be allowed to be open.  Might not be good example of over 20,000 but you get my drift.  There will be bigger centres in France.
  6. The problem you had with the tax official was one that I came across some years ago.  In the end I did a paper for our local tax office explaining the differences between the UK and the French systems.  The use of a "State" pension conveys to them that you were a state employee and not that it was a general Old Age Pension such as is paid by the various "Caisses" in France.. That aside, you will have to pay tax on your UK OAP but your global income is taken into account to detrmine what level of tax you have to pay. So, if your global income is such that you are taken into a higher tax band then you would have to pay at that level on the proportion that is taxable.  Which means that jointly you would be taxed on £13066 - your combined OAP (convertd to Euros) but at the level which corresponds to  your total income Hope that is of some help.
  7. Have been checking the website each morning and each evening. Yesterday evening there were appointments listed. I went on the site and tried to get one for, the nearest time, end of the month. Whilst I was on the site every time I tried too get a reservation they were disappearing before I could get them confirmed. Pretty evident that there is a large number of people trying to get an appointment. Eventually I got one for 11 February. Better to have one, even at that distance in time, than not. The site also paired me automatically for the second vaccination four weeks later. Just have to keep fingers crossed that they get the supplies, Only concern I have is that MOH is not quite old enough to qualify yet so my concern is for her. I qualified, comfortably, on age!! For info that is at my nearest centre which is Nontron,
  8. We have made wills under these provisions.  Did it with a notaire and thus bypass French inheritance laws and adhere to the wishes of our UK wills. We did it over a year ago. On the point made about you can disinherit your family, that is so for England but under Scottish law, if it were to apply to anyone on here, if your estate is above a certain amount, £350,000 seems to ring a bell, you cannot totally disinherit your children.
  9. To me "Bank Holidays" are a UK concept (maybe USA too). Holidays in France are based on Saints days, other religious festivals and social movement such as Labour day, or commemorative events like VE day. I know the banks close too! Different viewpoint as well so celebrated on the actual day rather than at the closest weekend.
  10. "The week before xmas 2001 we had a holiday in Brittany. On or way up we used some smaller roads and in villages there were 'santas' crawling up walls, or on roofs." Round here it's not unusual to see Santas still crawling up the walls at Easter.  In fact I think some leave theirs up practically all year.[8-)]
  11. Much of the UK Christmas was imported from Germany by Albert.[:)]
  12. http://services.completefrance.com/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/forums/1/1355639/ShowPost.aspx#1355639 For some reason I seem to recall there was another similar thread but in East Anglia or thereabouts but it might just be me getting it wrong.
  13. This might help: https://www.vinci-autoroutes.com/fr/actualites/urgence-sanitaire-covid-vinci-autoroutes-continuite-services-remboursement-soignants
  14. A little bit late coming to this but have to agree with those who say you should let the family know.  It would, if nothing else, give you someone to talk to who know you both. On a practical level re the gas fire I also think that it might require some reflection on its viability.  Also, if you decide to install it you should really look at it being connected by a professional.  Apart from any regulations, it can be a pretty dangerous item. I don't know if it is of any help to you but perhaps contact with this organisation might be a way to go:https://www.francealzheimer.org/lotetgaronne/ Whatever happens, try to keep your chin up.
  15. Un homme coquine?[:D] I was once described as "coquin" by a vendor at a brocante when I tried to negotiate a lower price for an item.  She was a bit of a dragon and there were no undertones in her description.[:$] She did lower the price though.[;-)]
  16. But, as they were summonsed for a census, they could  have travelled furnished with an attestation saying they were travelling for : "convocations judiciares ou administratives et déplacements pour se rendre dans un service public." or even "participation à des missions d'intérêt général sur demande de l'autorité administrative." [;-)]
  17. Idun,  You should look at some of the translations eg "homme de travail bizarre" [Www] But consider:"Comment devenir Homme toutes mains Bricoleur et ingénieux, vous aimez rendre service et résoudre les problèmes d’entretien et d’aménagement des particuliers ? Le métier d’hommes toutes mains est peut-être fait pour vous ! Cette profession multi-services, autrefois appelée « homme à tout faire », s’est développée ces dernières années pour répondre à des besoins divers en bricolage, arrangements et travaux légers d’intérieur et même pour de petits aménagements paysagers. Le Portail Auto-Entrepreneur vous accompagne dans la découverte de cette profession et des avantages à l’exercer en auto-entreprise (micro-entreprise). En quoi consiste le métier d'homme toutes mains ? Les hommes toutes mains (parfois appelés « agents d'entretien petits travaux et jardins » ou « factotum », voire « appariteur » dans les collectivités), sont des hommes et femmes qui interviennent au domicile de leurs clients pour toutes les petites urgences de bricolage ou encore les besoins du quotidien. Voici quelques exemples de tâches qu’un homme toutes mains peut être amené à réaliser quotidiennement : Fixer une étagère, des cadresPoser/déposer des rideauxMonter un meuble en kitNettoyer des sols ou revêtements spécifiques (exemple nettoyer la terrasse à l’aide d’un nettoyeur à haute pressionDéplacer des meubles légersEntretenir une clôture, des volets …Remplacer un joint, une ampoule, un robinet, une bouteille de gazPoser un lustre"The whole thing is here : https://www.portail-autoentrepreneur.fr/academie/fiches-metiers/artisanat/bricolage-homme-toutes-mains An interesting point is near the end where it indicates that two hours is the time limit.
  18. Homme toutes mains. or Homme à tout faire.
  19. Weegie

    JAB !!!

    The results of predictive text and no proof reading.[:(]
  20. Weegie

    JAB !!!

    Actually we have three flues but this time it was inFLUEnza. It's the only time I get to attack my OH legitimately. In fact the only time legitimately or otherwise.
  21. Weegie

    JAB !!!

    Pas de soucis.  Je me fait piquer.[:)] Reminds me of the diference between construire and faire construire.[;-)]
  22. Weegie

    JAB !!!

    As your OH says Mint, Edward Jenner in late18C first used cowpox, which had minor effects, as a vaccine which proved effective against smallpox hence vaccine from Latin for cow. Although he discovered a world changing process his methods might well be frowned upon ethically today. He infected a boy, I believe aged 8, first with the cowpox and then later with smallpox. Doubt if permission was ever asked for or given!! I have no hangups with injections or even jabs. I usually do my OH's and my own for flue each year. Out local pharmacist actually suggested it.
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