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  1. That is one reason why herbs could be a good choice. Many are very tough, come from the Mediterranean area and are relatively drought resistant. Just don't buy those ones in the supermarket with the plastic outer wrap coming up to the top of the plant. You pluck off a few leaves for the recipe, decide that tastes nice and you could do it again next week and so plant out the pot only to find the plant is dead after 4 days.
  2. Well the first thing to say is that September (well 2 days away) is rather late to be sowing things, so the choice will be limited..

    Second is that LR is a very large area and includes places close to the coast, where even in winter temperatures are likely to remain above freezing for most of the time, as well as inland and upland areas where winter temperatures are likely to cut back any small new plants.

    So some things to think about:



    Pak Choi


    If you wait until November then you could think about broad beans for cropping late spring, but if you are in a cold winter area, they might not survive in pots. Aquadulce is a good variety for overwintering.

    Many perennial herbs do well in pots and you could look for plants of Thyme, mint (it will die back in winter but grow again in spring), rosemary, sage, chives - also likely to die back over winter. In the spring then sow parsley seeds. Keep the mint in a pot of its own - it spreads and can strangle other plants around it.
  3. The fundamental difference between now and when I was in school education is that the western world has exported the vast majority of it unskilled manual jobs or has replaced them with mechanisation - but t'was ever thus.

    Leaving school without qualifications and having a "successful" life (whatever that actually means) becomes more and more difficult and those that achieve it probably more than ever have to have rather special skills.

    Skills perhaps in the arts (all forms) or an ability to work miracles with 1s and 0s in a digital world - but then you might accuse them of living off their fellow men by developing games that rob others of their time. A third area would be criminality but that might suggest that this is a preserve of the "uneducated" which is far from the truth.

    I consider myself very lucky as the product of a much "kinder" world - educated in one of the dreaded grammar schools (despite coming from a poorer background), recipient of a 100% student grant and able to step directly into an interesting and lucrative job. The world is largely not like that any more - despite all the talk of improving social mobility.
  4. Another plus 1.

    And just as an added comment, if a machine breaks during the guarantee period, I have found the Lidl and Aldi service centres (as shown in the back of the manuals) exceptional in the work they do. In the two failures I have had, they have not only repaired the fault but also changed some other components which were worn - perhaps they just replaced the whole unit, but either way one satisfied bunny here.
  5. I understand and to a degree share your disquiet, but nationality is an absolute (although you might have more than one), whereas residency is very fluid and can change year on year. OH was at one time tax resident in 3 EU countries at the same time.

    I think this is why the world adopts nationality - except the UK if you have the temerity to live somewhere else.

    On the basis of influence on a country where you do not live:

    Many of my family still live in the UK. I still care for them - in some cases financially.

    My State pension still comes from the UK

    Its value to me is determined by exchange rates that are dictated by political policies - as well as other income streams.

    My status in Europe has been disturbed by a referendum where I had no chance to influence the decision. So am I within my rights to reject that decision? Now there is a can of worms to be opened.

    If I had a choice I would decide to vote in France but the rules do not allow that - despite all of the comments above. So as of now I am disenfranchised since the next local and MEP elections will be post 03/19.

  6. Betty wrote:

    Love that . Barnier "only following orders". Sounds vaguely familiar.

    Betty I hope that was written in jest and not through ignorance; but even in jest it is a poorly judged comment. A comment that sits alongside straight bananas and indicates (even if unintended) a complete lack of understanding of the EU and its operations.

    Of course Barnier is following the " orders ". The European Commission - which is nothing more than the civil service of the EU and hence unelected before Idun reminds us - is very much a rule based organisation and really has to be because deviation from rules might be construed as providing national bias.

    All rules are signed off at national level before becoming enshrined in a directive or a treaty. Sometimes there may be a derogation to allow some countries to circumvent a part of the rules. But the essential point is that all of the rules in place have been agreed by the UK alongside its other EU countries.

    Those who have been around for a number of years will remember the French health cover rules that were challenged by our much missed Cooperlola. It was eventually the commission who after much lobbying went to the French health ministry and told them that they had to stop and return to the rules and treat non-French inactives the same way as a French inactive. That is part of their function.

    So where that leaves us in the current debate is that Barnier, the commission and the EU as a whole are beholden to a treaty that the UK agreed to that enshrined 4 basic principles. Given that the agreement is at treaty level, the chances of a relaxation (which equals the treaty needing to be re-written and agreed by all member states) was always going to be as close to zero as makes no difference. So the politicians who promised an easy trade deal because the effects on the EU will be more than on the UK, simply were lying or like many do not understand the workings of the EU. I am sure the commission will have pointed out the ramifications and the responses have been clear from Merkel, Macron and others - the 4 principles stand.

    As for loss of passporting rights or an accommodation, if that happens then the blame lies clearly with Britain and not the EU. The EU has standards, the UK wishes to degrade those standards and the EU is saying no

  7. I cannot speak for Norman, but the law has changed several times in terms of if and when you lost your right to vote.

    In my case I was not aware, but then I left the UK on a 3 year contract - a contract that kept getting extended until I was offered a permanent placement. By this time return to the UK was a less obvious option because the UK unit had closed.

    Voting rights will not always be the number one priority when making life choices, but nevertheless removing a basic right because of where you live cannot be condoned.
  8. But that Fred is backwards thinking.

    Throughout the world you vote for the country of your nationality, not the country of your residence.

    The EU permits EU nationals to vote in local elections and for an MEP in their country of residence - but not for national elections.
  9. I may be entirely wrong Sue, but I was under the impression that the vast majority had not been offered sanctuary in France. The vast majority are sans papiers and want to stay so because being offered sanctuary in France means they have no right to enter the UK and certainly no rights to claim asylum there.

    So what the French could do, but don't, is a control of papers. Offer those who meet the requirements, French asylum (which frankly is why they don't do it) and deport those who don't - but without papers, deport to where? (Another reason to not get involved)
  10. I do not think that that is the case Jako.

    Many banks are based in the UK and the EU and I am as certain as I can be that Brexit under any form will still allow transfer between their branches.

    I have payments made today from outside the EU into my French bank account and no problems - except the fees.

    The problem raised by the OP relates purely to pensions organised as annuities by UK insurance companies who do not have a base in the EU as well (probably most of them.)
  11. And a further likely problem for people like CT working for a multinational company:

    If, as part of his progression in the company, he needs to take a position in another EU country, there is no guarantee that it would be allowed.

    If the company moves its head quarters they may not be able to move with the rest of the staff (unlikely for CT but then I thought I was working for a deep seated German based company but the HQ ended up in Rotterdam) .
  12. I don't share your views on Europe Chessie.

    I think it is still quite possible to be French within Europe, just as it is possible to be a Yorkshireman (or woman) in the United Kingdom. Europe does not have to mean homogenisation, although I would accept that Globalisation does inevitably lead to a degree of sameness. And the UK is well to the fore - just look at British cuisine for evidence of that - Indian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, Italian, French …….. Just rather little British cuisine around.

    Indeed speaking of the UK, I think your tirade against Europe as you see it, could equally be mirrored by a Scotsman. Just change Europe to United Kingdom and European to British and see if it reads like a Scottish nationalist view.

    The question is, do we want ever further Balkanisation of the world with people descending ever more into tribal groups excluding all others, or do we want a more inclusive world with larger and by default stronger groups?
  13. CT,

    you and I have often had very different views but on this I agree 100%. I consider myself now more European than British. If today I had the opportunity of taking German nationality, I would do so, although I never wanted to while I was there - and in any case would never have met the necessary criteria and likely never will.

    My rights to French nationality are still somewhat open to interpretation, although our mayor has suggested that I should apply - despite my dreadful French still.

    3 years ago, I stated clearly on here that I could stay in France for 100 years and would still be British and I still feel that even if I were to adopt another nationality that would still apply and I could never be 100% German or French.

    You however are much younger and I see fewer problems in assimilation. Go for it.

  14. You have my sympathies Mint.

    OH cannot drink alcohol because of her meds. Something that does not please her at all.

    WE have failed to fins any non-alcoholic red wine that comes close to even the worst gut rot red from the worst vineyard in the world.

    Our Super U stocks a brand of rose called Grain d'Envie Syrah. OH likes it but I think it has a somewhat chemically after taste.

    Super U and Auchan also stock a brand called Bonne Nouvelle. AS stated the red is dreadful. The white is quite pleasant but would never pass for a white wine. The rose however we both find very good, and to be honest I worry that if I were given some alongside some f the local alcoholic rose wines, I might just not spot it as the alcohol free one. It will never endanger a really high quality wine, but I don't think that is what we are talking about.

    For effervescent wine replacement, you could try d'Artigny - grand classic. [Don't bother with the flavoured varieties unless you like that sort of thing.] It is a bit like a cross between a fizzy white wine and fizzy dry apple juice, but drinkable for all that.

    Taste is such a personal thing that I thin you will just have to search out various products and trying them out.

  15. Judith wrote:

    Personally, if my religion told me I had to wear something special, to be acceptable to that religion, that is not a religion I could tolerate.

    Does that include a white dress for your confirmation?

    A Sikh turban?

    I could go on but won't.

    I do however agree with your statement. ANY religion that says what should be worn is unacceptable - which I think probably rules them all out.

  16. My favourite recipe for butternut squash (except for soups which they are brilliant in) is:

    Peel and cut into roughly 2cm cubes. Put on a baking dish and drizzle (olive) oil over them. Put in an oven at 200C and bake until soft - turning every 10 minutes or so.

    Remove from the oven and sprinkle with broken up Feta cheese ( or similar brebis type) and then drizzle with pomegranate molasses - which despite the name is rather sour tasting. Serve hot.

    Amazon can supply the pomegranate molasses if you cannot find it here (I can't).
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