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  1. DaveLister


    Sorry can't think of one.
  2. I have a very good friend who married a chateau owner. He had inherited the pile from an Uncle and worked himself into an early grave trying to make it pay. After his death I watched his wife age before my eyes as she tried to hold the estate together long enough for their son to reach maturity. It was sold shortly afterwards. I have two memories of that chateau. One was on their wedding day with the great hall decked out in all it's finery. The second was a winter visit where the entire family was huddled in one room around a gas heater. I wouldn't wish that life on my worse enemy.
  3. Frankly I believe we are in the end times. I fully expect to be a victim of either war or civil unrest before I die. However having realised a few years ago that there was fu1k all I could do about it I'm now enjoying every day as if it was my last. Funnily enough, it's quite liberating.
  4. I wonder how much the estate agents quoted paid for this puff piece. If I was going to be spending half my time in a foreign country the last thing I would want to live in is a "chateau". Not unless I could afford the staff. Still, bring it on I say. Might bring us a few new forum members.😉
  5. Judith, I'd be really interested in your opinion after your visit. I've only been able to find it once locally and a trip to Béziers would entail an overnight stop. Like you, I'd really like to cut down the ubiquitous use of alcohol with every meal but the normal supermarket offerings just don't do it for me.
  6. Judith, have you tried the Le Petit Béret range of alcohol free wines? They are the first ones I've found that actually taste like the real thing.
  7. I agree with the notion that French home cooking tends to be less adventurous than other European countries. I only ever eat out when traveling and, in general, prefer French food to it's British equivalent. The British seem to want to jazz up everything whereas the French are confident to let the ingredients speak for themselves. Having said all that I've eaten three 'posh' home cooked meals over Christmas and the one cooked by a Belgian couple wiped the floor with both the French one and my own offering.
  8. avec plaisir madame menthe 🤝
  9. The 5 days is the minimum that insurance companies are allowed to stipulate in their policies ( for theft it's two days ). Some have longer. Regarding refusing a late claim, the insurance company has to be able to prove that the insured has 'caused them harm' by the delay i.e. deliberately leaving the claim long enough to prevent an assessor from making an accurate report. Most websites on the subject I've read say that under normal circumstances the 5 days begins as soon as the insured becomes aware there is a problem. This one appears to be the most definitive. https://www.village-justice.com/articles/declaration-tardive-sinistre-comment-vous-opposer-votre-assureur,43074.html I think, being the other side of the Channel at the time, Mr Banana won't have any problems. If he does, it's time to consider changing insurers.
  10. perhaps this will help https://blog.elyotherm.fr/2013/05/vase-expansion-sanitaire-ballon-ecs.html
  11. I think I remember reading somewhere that they were currently conducting trials to figure out how it would work. So watch this space.
  12. My instinct would be to stay where you are. You've no idea what the roads are like on either side of the Channel. Meteo France still has a red warning for the PdC and one poor soul has lost his life in the UK. Things can be replaced.
  13. So, the UK is probably going to have a general election this year. Apparently the rules will be in place to allow those of us who have lived outside the country for more than 15 years to vote. So, will you?
  14. Menthe, there's an ap on google play for tuning pianos. Try searching for PianoMetré. There's a free version you could try out.
  15. Oh well I tried. Perhaps Henry, next time you go into that workshop of yours you can fashion something out of the large chip you seem to have on your shoulder. I really can't understand why you seem determined to pick fights. Life is too short.
  16. Oh wow!! That I didn't know. Jeff Beck was a hero of mine. I still have all my old Yardbirds and BBA discs.
  17. Henry, I've been given some thought to your 'issues' with the forum. I wonder if you would not feel more comfortable creating a blog for your monologues. In the 37 or so postings you have made since rejoining 10 days ago you have only commented three times on topics not created by yourself. That's fine but your unhappiness with the fact that others have to 'check' your work on behalf of the owners appears to be souring your outlook. There are a number of formats out there. I happen to have a blog myself on wordpress for example. With a blog the only moderator would be yourself and you could still continue contributing to the forum as a member whenever you wished. Please believe me. I say this with all good intentions.
  18. I'll be very good and not look it up. Who was it? ( it wasn't you was it? )
  19. Maybe not totally over it E/T but we're working on it. 😉
  20. Sorry the weather's been bad down your way, it's been lovely here. Just goes to show, France is a big country.
  21. Well I, for one, am very glad to hear from you E/T. Feel free to drop in anytime you like.
  22. Eeasy Peesy - Bruno Tonioli Next one, Which SCD star choreographed the music video for Tina Turner's single Private Dancer?
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