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  1. I wondered where Blackpool landladies spend their retirement. 
  2. 'is what stops stupid mothers from giving their kids vaccinations'   - - - and the fathers?
  3. ‘The methylene chloride probably does you no good at all’.  Yes, it’s certainly a problem in commercial paint stripping.   It’s classified as a Category 3 carcinogen in EC. (ie gives cause for concern, owing to possible carcinogenic effects, but insufficient information for making a proper assessment).   In high concentrations it’s deadly.   Absorbed through skin and a ****** for the eyes.   I’d again have no problem using it in a small diy job (especially outside) with sensible precautions.
  4. This is the guidance leaflet issued to employers in uk by the HSE: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg305.pdf If it was me, and I wanted to renovate the shutters as a DIY job I'd go ahead using the fairly straightforward precautions. Don't forget to ensure animals don't ingest it either.   
  5. I wasn't sent a bill in my first full year (despite querying it and being told it'll sort itself out).  The following year I received 2 bills, which was less welcome!
  6. Brits will know what I am talking about when I refer to the paper that was provided in public toilets in the UK at one time. One side of the paper had the finish of waxed paper and the other side was like sandpaper. Not just public lavs! Everyone had the damn stuff when I was a kid or was it just my rural backwater?  Most of the local Luddites continued extolling the virtues of Bronco for years ('better than that soft stuff; at least your fingers don't poke through it!). And it was normal when I was at University, except for the day Ted Heath visited.  For that day only, every lavatory had the soft stuff in case the Grocer dropped in for a dump.
  7. I was in the same position a few years ago.  I went to the local bulk supplier and arranged it (I didn't trust my French over the phone but as it turned out they needed money up front as I was a new customer).  They delivered the next day which was Christmas Eve.
  8. Good grief Fantine you do seem to be getting a bit anal about this! I'm asking now in the hope that someone will be able to help in time for me to buy them in August/September. (Don't fret Fantine, I'll take care in the heat). In fact I probably have enough to see me through most of the winter but I want to stock right up again and I want to reseach a good deal (and the right wood).
  9. Thanks Opel Fruit.  Very helpful. I think I need to intal a bund.  The oil heating was installed in mid 80s; any idea when requirements for bunds were introduced?
  10. That's the sort Hendo, put 'em on fires to keep you warm. Fantine, I buy 'em in summer so I'm ready for winter. 
  11. Can anyone recommend a purveyor of logs around Briouze in 61?
  12. I wish someone would explain that to me. I hear brits say, I like french good family values and I don't understand. Doesn't anyone else have them? Surely, it's the usual old thing.  See a family behave in a particular way for a few minutes and extrapolate it to how a whole nation behaves all the time.
  13. I was at my place in Normandy last weekend and my pears seem to be in a similar state.  I'd be interested in any ideas too.
  14. I referred to the gentleman as English in a generic sense, I could have been more specific as to where in UK he was from, his accent was somewhat obvious, but I decided to leave that bit out, not wishing to start a Civil War! But the main point behind my observations was that irrespective of where this person was from or what sort of thing he was towing- - - If which part of England is irrelevant perhaps which part of Europe is too?
  15. Conservative mucked it up last time with John Major What abaout liberal? Won with the bestest edjacation policy
  16. They, and a lot of British people, seem to have either forgotten or not been aware that EDF has sold electricity to the UK national grid for years. Certainly back in the late 1980s/early 90s when I worked in the power generation press the UK took a lot of France's nuclear-generated surplus. I think the link was built during the 60s.  It was intended to enable either countries surplus to be sent to the other.  As it turned out it was one way traffic.  I seem to remember visiting the UK inverter station (it was a dc link) as a student. But why would the wine producers be so concerned.  Aesthetics?
  17. When it happened to me I went to 'internet options' and then deleted temporary internet files (as advised by someone on this site).  Worked for me.
  18. Sorry, don't have any answers.  In fact I'm interested in hearing them too.   But do you mean 160mm?
  19. If you must presume to know someone's background (PLato's) - - -  Now you've gone and spoilt it.  I thought Outcast and Plato were the same person.
  20. And Dick Smith. "chauffe eau"  is NOT French or any part stye or degree of French...you MUST use the participles if you want to learn French rather than have them studying your personal pattoir...the expression is ..Chauffage de l'eau!!..ok!!... "de l'." apart from the rest ...it is critical!!  "chauffe"  sounds like........NOTHINg to the French whose language you ought to hve a grasp of by now.......ca va?   Thanks for that Plato.  I'll let them know next time I'm in EdF, Gaz de France, - - - -
  21.   Trish, there's already a thread on this.  See http://forums.livingfrance.com/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=280&messageid=152457#bm154023
  22. Apple Suckling Tree He did record it Dick; its on the (official) Basement Tapes.
  23. On a slightly different note : does anyone know how many gallons of Worcester Sauce could be fatal ? And in what timeframe ? I only ask because my mother in law has taken a liking to it !   There was something in the Grauniad today.  See http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1425795,00.html   Some interesting points are:   Professor John Henry, clinical toxicologist at Imperial College:  With Sudan 1, we have a very small risk. The dye would have been added to the chilli in very small amounts, and then massively diluted."   Dr Vyvyan Howard, leading expert in foetal toxicology at Liverpool University: said there was an overarching argument for reducing exposure to carcinogens as far as possible. "You have an increasing cancer incidence in the western world - up 50% in the UK since the 1970s. When I was born in 1946 there was a one in four lifetime risk of getting cancer, now it's one in three. For American males it is nearly one in two."  - - - he also said, that other carcinogens in food such as acrylamide present a higher risk than Sudan 1. Acrylamide is a chemical produced in foods high in starch that have been cooked or processed at high temperatures, such as chips, breads, crackers, crisps and cereals. "It's nasty stuff, there's more of it and it's in more foods."   Professor Alan Boobis, a member of the government's advisory committee on carcinogenicity of chemicals in food, has suggested that the risk of eating foods adulterated with very diluted Sudan 1 is the equivalent of the risk associated with smoking one cigarette in a lifetime.   So, I think we’re talking tanker loads.
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