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  1. I'm quite glad to read the subtext myself, ''There is no new financial crisis removing everyones funds from the vaults; - and on the weather front no earthquakes have been reported in the Dordogne nor yet a Tsunami reported heading into Dorset (even if we had a little taste of it today[:)]) - Back to you safely returned from your walk; home; munching a crumpet.[:D]  
  2. Surprised to see the Youtube clip played on BBC news tonight!  
  3. Louis de Funés[:D] Atticus - Sunday Times Dinner for One (Sarkozy und Merkel)  dailymail.  -Sarkozy- Merkels-tipsy-butler-Dinner-For-One-
  4. You know what they say Normy, it never rains but it pours, the important thing is to keep your sense of humour, keep calm and carry on.[:)] Next year might be better, can but hope . . .[B] (hope you can have a beer?)
  5. quote user ="L'Aiffricaine" Da iawn cariad ! Sariad cymraeg ? [:)] Despite spending the official honeymoon in a cottage above Lake Bala (mistake, I learn't the true meaning of being excommunicated, worse still, unable to drown my sorrows) I didn't manage to pick up a single word from the (very) unfriendly natives; unlike the unofficial honeymoon spent in Monaco, where the natives were very friendly and I even managed a few words . . .subsequently of course one always returns to where there is a real welcome in the hillside [:P][8-|][:D]
  6. Young Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for £100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day... The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey's died.' Paddy replied, 'Well then just give me my money back.' The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I've already spent it.' Paddy said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.' The farmer asked, 'What are you going to do with him?' Paddy said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.' The farmer said, 'You can't raffle a dead donkey!' Paddy said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.' A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?' Paddy said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two pounds a piece and made a profit of £898' The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?' Paddy said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two pounds back.' Paddy now works for the Royal Bank of Scotland ....
  7. For those of a nervous disposition, Don't look (especially not at the layered headings )[Www] http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=4923 -  National IQ Scores vs Average Pen15 Size Obviously there are two sides to the coin here; Wooly will have a smile I guess, having an IQ above France's and a errmm physical advantage larger than the UK[:$] 1 Singapore 108 2 South Korea 106 3 Japan 105 4 Italy 102 5 Iceland 101 5 Mongolia 101 6 Switzerland 101 7 Austria 100 7 China 100 7 Luxembourg 100 7 Netherlands 100 7 Norway 100 7 United Kingdom 100 8 Belgium 99 8 Canada 99 8 Estonia 99 8 Finland 99 8 Germany 99 8 New Zealand 99 8 Poland 99 8 Sweden 99 9 Andorra 98 9 Australia 98 9 Czech Republic 98 9 Denmark 98
  8. [quote user="JohnM"]Not really being a pedant as I am asking for clarification from any linguistics experts...... but I always thought the expression was (is) "Hoist with ones own Petard"... I'm not enquiring about the use of "by" instead of "with", I'm interested in the use of "Hoist" to mean "Injured".... should be turned into HoistED? [/quote] Adjective hoist by one's own petard (idiomatic) To be hurt, or destroyed by one's own plot or device, of one's own doing which one intended for another; to be "blown up by one's own bomb". He has no one to blame but himself; he was hoisted by his own petard. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hoist_by_one's_own_petard
  9. “France should focus its attention on its domestic fiscal problems and the dire situation of its commercial banks, rather than lashing out at Britain or calling for political changes that are not going to occur.” According to Prof Feldstein the move was a mistake. “By attacking Britain and seeking to increase British borrowing costs, France is only creating more conflict between itself and Britain, while creating more tensions within Europe as a whole,” he said.   telegraph. /financial crisis /Martin-Feldstein-French-dont-get-problems-at-euros-heart. When people have a beef about the EU, they no longer complain about Brussels. They complain about Berlin.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. On the contrary, after World War II, a major impetus for creating the European Union was that it would curb German power. Countries that had waged war against each other twice would tie their economies so closely together that future conflict would be impossible. A similar calculation helped fuel the rise of the euro zone. As the price for accepting German reunification, the French president at the time, Francois Mitterrand, demanded that Germany give up its precious deutschmark and commit to a common currency. The goal was to buffer German power, not to bolster it.  globalpost.com/ germany-fourth-reich-euro-zone-dominance It's possible that the desire of the British Govt. to put on hold the Schuman plan before they had sufficient time to consider it at length may not have been all wrong.  
  10. [quote user="Rabbie"] don't lets fall out over this. However I did feel that your words about me were insulting  in both your posts. To call someone misguided and to query their experience (especially when you do not know anything about me) is definitely not complimentary. [/quote]  I would say that nothing is black and white; it is difficult in this kind of forum to debate in as relaxed a manner as it might be around a dinner table or in the snug, with an absence of familiarity or simple facial expression, things are open to misinterpretation occasionally, readers can only read what is written and not suppose alternative meanings. No offence intended or taken. Incidently, to get back on topic, I have had opportunities to work in South Africa, Australia and the US but rejected them all, I have worked in China and Hong Kong, I was happiest working in the UK and holidaying in Europe for all its problems. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy[:D]
  11. I wouldn't attempt to convert non-believers, but for those who miss the original Clarkson, his latest  Clarkson-Powered-Up-DVD is Theatrical producer free, and pretty good unreconstructed Clarkson; New tests, classics, hot hatches - GT2 RS, brace of Ferrari's etc, the MP4 -12C and a  . . . VW Passat[:D]
  12. I think it's best of  tonight . . . Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 on Channel 4 from 11:10pm to 11:40pm
  13. What can be said in New Year rhymes, That's not been said a thousand times? The new years come, the old years go, We know we dream, we dream we know. We rise up laughing with the light, We lie down weeping with the night. We hug the world until it stings, We curse it then and sigh for wings. We live, we love, we woo, we wed, We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead. We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, And that's the burden of a year. Ella Wheeler Wilcox - she of Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.  
  14. I noticed my signature was strangely part missing too, I edited, deleted and reposted, so it may be worth another try . . .  
  15. Having read  Why-Be-Happy-When-You-Could-Be-Normal Jeanette Winterson over the holiday I must say it was neither happy or normal but very compelling, I could not put it down. In one part of the book (I won't spoil it for you) she says 'The best reprieve for me at that time was to go to Paris and hide in the bookshop  http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/ Unfortunately George Whitman has just now passed on, I hope the shop survives for all our sakes. You'll love this Coops, apart from a mother relationship thing, she had an old 911 . . .    
  16. Having read Why-Be-Happy-When-You-Could-Be-Normal? Jeanette Winterson over the holiday I now have Shout by Tears for Fears going round in my head.
  17. Couldn't see enough of the bike to identify the model but I guess it would be covered under  H.O.G.
  18. [quote user="Rabbie"][quote user="just john "]  Then you would be very much misguided; - in areas of the UK there are large sectors of the population who do not have a rudimentary grasp of english, and rely on a few members of their community for the necessary communication, (in Bristol for example the city council has an in-house Somalian translator and a list of over 21 other language translations. .  bristol.gov.uk/ /community_ diversity/Languages spoken .  [/quote]No need to get insulting. The sort of life you describe for these people kis in myopinion more existing than living. Not being able to react with the majority of people without having an interpreter is not a proper life and in fact encourages petty racism. In my experience nothing combats the evil of racism more than contact with people from different backgrounds. It is a good thing that official information is made available in many languages as it is obviously important that people fullt understand it but you need to able to communicate with the ordinary people where you live. Still, don't lets fall out over this. It is the season of goodwill so lets just agree to disagree in a friendly way[:)] [/quote] I stand to be corrected but read the post again, I don't believe there is any element of racism or insult from me. I was stating a fact that in the UK groups do exist perfectly content with their own language in their own communitites and mixing very little, (a bit like some of the Brits in France and Hong Kong to mention a few of my experience) with support for them from all kinds of sources. To be unaware of this is merely to demonstrate the limit of your own experience. (by way of explanation for those who read what's on the page, As a printer, BCC was a client of mine.)
  19. [quote user="Rabbie"][quote user="Kitty"]Surely you can only really go to those places where you can speak the language.  Can anyone live in France successfully without speaking French? [/quote]I don't imagine living in the UK would be practical if you couldn't speak English.[:)][/quote] Then you would be very much misguided; - in areas of the UK there are large sectors of the population who do not have a rudimentary grasp of english, and rely on a few members of their community for the necessary communication, (in Bristol for example the city council has an in-house Somalian translator and a list of over 21 other language translations. .  bristol.gov.uk/ /community_ diversity/Languages spoken . 
  20. Christmas is a difficult and haunting time for some, and for me it is the perfect excuse to celebrate life with the family, especially the grandchildren. This year it's son's outlaw's turn and I have no idea what we'll be eating except that I've been asked to top and tail it, so for starters we'll be having  dead-good-blinis and for after I've made  champagne-charlie icecream if there was nothing else it's fine on its own. Have a good one whatever yours is . . . [:)]
  21. [quote user="cooperlola"]I got two Porkers for Christmas but sadly neither has an engine[:(], although the 907 is a slot car so I can race it if we put some track out (although I'd be afraid of smacking it up so would probably have to get the old faithful MG Lola out again!)[/quote] What the engine might sound like, 907 at Nurburg,
  22. When you live in a glass house blah blah,  cnn. /france-algeria-genocide
  23. Your relief and elation is palpable Deb, wonderful, not much longer then til you hear "Gentlemen, (and Deb) start your engine."[:)]
  24.  politicalscrapbook. Tory stag party Aidan-Burley-under-investigation/ [:$] by French prosecutors. The Nar*si -themed stag party he attended is now being examined by police after an official complaints from anti-racism organisation SOS Racisme and the owners of restaurant La Fondue, at which the stag party taunted a waiter with jibes about the Third Reich. Where do these people get the idea that this is funny?
  25. ''religious values are not superior to the laws of the republic''  French-Muslim-jailed-punching-nurse-tried-remove-wifes-burqa-in-childbirth I should think not too . . .
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