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  1. I have never used the skins for exactly the reason you give.

    Spaghetti Courge is a wonderful replacement for spaghetti. Make your bolognaise sauce. Cut the courge in half and scoop out the seeds. Fill with the sauce and bake in the oven. Fewer calories than spag bol and just as tasty and filling.

    Courgette fritters - grate the courgette and sprinkle with salt. Leave in a colander to allow the water to drain out for an hour. Squeeze more water out of the grated mass and then mix in an egg, some flour and feta cheese. Make into patties and fry in oil. Serve with a chilli sauce. You can also add chillies to the courgette mix if you like more oomph.

    Pumpkin makes wonderful filling for both sweet and savoury pies. But I agree that pumpkins do keep less well than things like butternut squash or spaghetti courge - we had our last one from last year only 4 weeks or so ago and it was still good.

  2. Eurotrash wrote

    "Si vous êtes de nationalité britanniques, nous n'avons actuellement aucune place de disponible,

    des plages de rendez-vous s'ouvriront prochainement."

    If you're British there are currently no appointment slots available for you, but slots will become available in due course.

    Actually that's quite a clever way of sort-of complying with the law that obliges them to issue CdS to all EU citizens who request them, but at the same time protecting themselves from the onslaught of panicking Brits - putting them off but not exactly turning them away.

    That would appear to be contrary to EU law by essentially discriminating against the British.

    Which department is it?
  3. We always leave squash and pumpkins on the vine until at least a substantial part of the foliage has died back. This ensures that the skin has toughened up and the fruits will store well.

    Round here we have fields full of orange "footballs" up to around 2 weeks before Halloween.

    If frost is predicted then harvest before the frost - it usually ruins the fruits.

    As for this years crop - depends on how much water they have been able to take up. Less rain generally means smaller fruit.
  4. If you know the way to the airport exit from the motorway but are still concerned about driving, then as an alternative how about you take a TGV to the airport, pick up your friend and you both return to the car by TGV. Booking 3 months in advance will give you some quite good deals and possibly cheaper than the real cost of driving.
  5. As Idun says you won't be taxed twice - whenever you declare the change if fiscal residence. There will be an optimum time to make the move and that will be the one that gives you the maximum income in the UK up to the personal allowance. On that basis and knowing nothing of your financial situation, 1.1.18* would not be a bad date giving 4 months UK income and quite possibly no UK tax to pay.

    You may need to prove a change of fiscal residence to the French authorities, so keep records and receipts for travel to and from the UK.

    * Note as I understand it you will be declaring the move retrospectively hence 2018 and not 2019. This may just raise rabbits with the French tax people who would expect to have been notified by now and hence my advice to keep proof of travel.
  6. It's quite some time since I was at CDG but I think I remember the locos all going to/from terminal 3. Signing was by French standards good, but the traffic will be busy so it won't be a restful drive.

    Alternatively your friend could take a TGV to somewhere easier to pick them up. IIRC you need a terminal shuttle bus from terminal 3 to the station. There are also RER trains in the terminal complex but basically they go into Paris with the same issues of arranging a pick up.
  7. Reminds me a little of an accident in a cave a good few years ago. A university or maybe Scout group had gone caving and one of the team had slipped and gashed his hand. [In fairness it did need stitches.] Anyway the team leader went out and called 999 for the cave rescue. This had happened mid-week and the usual team were not immediately available so a scratch team of locals was assembled to at least assess the situation, while a bigger team could be assembled if required.

    The three local rescuers were a local cave guide, the local postman and the artisan potter.

    Both the cave guide and the postman had lost a leg while teenagers (both bike accidents), Dick the potter was better known as Dick the one armed potter.

    So when the rescue team arrived with 4 legs and 5 arms between them, the victim suddenly felt a lot better and with help made his own way out.
  8. My understanding is that it is to do with passporting rules for financial and insurance businesses.

    Now most banks will have offices within the rest of the EU and would not be a problem, but most insurances companies (who handle the vast majority of private and company pensions via annuities) will not.

    If you pension does not result from an annuity (which I think may be a very British thing) then as far as I have seen there will be no problem.

    So when making comparison with what happens now or what has happened in the past, it is important to see if the payment was being made from an annuity (possible problem) or from a different form of investment (almost certainly not a problem).
  9. I agree nomoss, it makes no sense to me either. However my pension payments (which also come from outside of the EU) are not an annuity. They are from an investment portfolio and that may make a difference.

    For the OP and just to clarify: the issue of pension payments, if there is an issue, is with regards company and private pensions covered by insurance company annuities. They do not relate to the state OAP.
  10. It's complicated Mint and to be fair also far from clear.

    Because insurance and services look to be outside of any Brexit deal - or no deal - insurance companies may/will not be able to sell their products into the EU. This is seen by some - including some insurance companies - as also meaning that they may not be able to make payments on their products (annuities) into the EU.
  11. Well I will stick my head above the parapet and declare that executing them would not IMO be a good idea. I can however well understand why many think that it would be good.

    My reasoning is based on a number of thoughts and issues.

    1. Legal punishment is there primarily as a deterrent to others. Additionally incarceration is to protect the public from the offenders. So will killing these evil people act as a deterrent to stop them doing it again? Clearly no and I doubt that any punishment would achieve that such is the level of the brain washing and degradation into evil. So will it act as a deterrent to others? Again I doubt it will, since anyone brainwashed thus is not going to be influenced by the threat of execution.

    2. Indeed it is likely that anyone so influenced is likely to be motivated more - including the perpetrators. I have no doubt that in going to Syria and fighting for and representing ISIS, they fully expected that death would result. The promise of an Islamic Valhalla if killed in combat is an incitement to continue the fight. I would not be surprised to find these individuals still believe the fight is on and if we judicially kill them then mentally they have achieved their final aim. Killed by the enemy. Why give them that satisfaction?

    3. Killing them will create martyrs, people that others might chose to emulate - in the knowledge that they too may be killed in battle or if captured killed by the enemy - ergo to be taken to heaven.

    So while judicially killing them might give us revengeful satisfaction - that I fully understand and would find difficult not to enjoy myself - I think the better punishment as a deterrent to others at least, would be to keep them alive for as long as we can; in as squalid conditions as are allowed under OUR rules; with the absolute minimum of any privilege as is humanely possible.

    That tells would be copy cats, if you get caught, you will slowly rot in a hell on Earth. You will not go to your heaven by dying in the fight against the enemy.

    It will also exact a revenge on these brainwashed beasts that will be far more painful for them than execution.

  12. Cat?

    Ours occasionally leave a mole body sitting in the garden. Unlike with mice they don't seem to try and eat the cadaver. On one we found a pierce hole through the skull - presumably with a canine tooth (or should that be feline?) Otherwise we have found no obvious cause of damage, but had earlier seen the culprits with the victim in their mouths.
  13. The idea from NoMoss of going to an English speaking school is a good one.

    Children up to 8 years of age learn language through absorption. The same way we learned our mother tongue as a baby. After 11 years old we learn via translation and that inevitably slows down the process of learning a new language. Between 8 and 11 it will depend on the child.

    Essential both your girls will be at a disadvantage in a school where French is used as the main/sole language. French schools take no prisoners. Learn and keep up or get left behind seems to be the way most schools work.

    I am not saying that your girls cannot do well in a standard French school, but they will be at a disadvantage.
  14. These are standard type letters coming from banks all across Europe. (In our case we have had them from UK, French and German banks)

    You fill in your UK UTR number - making sure that it is clear that it is a UK number.

    Failure to reply could lead to your account being frozen, pending money laundering investigations - but I know of no case where this has actually happened.
  15. I can only relay what our local heating and plumbing engineer said. He used to do the installations but has now taken them off his list of specialities - but will still install if the customer insists.

    He says that if you have to borrow to pay for the installation, the payback is around 20 years. The "expected" life of the photovoltaic cells is 15 years. There have also been occasions where problems with the electrical side of the installations has caused roof fires (and neighbours of a good friend have suffered this in the UK).

    He therefore believes that as things stand today, this is nothing more than a con.
  16. It is important to remember that France sets a very low bar for a property being habitable. If someone has noted the occasional visitors entering at night and leaving in the morning, that would be enough to set rabbits running.
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