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  1. Hi, been a while since I posted, been getting on with life here in France (ye gods, have we ever!). Anyway I'd like to know if there are any posts anywhere (I have looked but can't see anything, so apologies if double posted), whether anyone has now entered the system of French healthcare after being here 5 years and were still regarded as inactifs? Having spent many years chatting with our Debs (God bless her) about this I wonder whether something should now be posted on Changes to Healthcare Entitlements if people have now entered the system and how it was done.  
  2. Use ours all the time, great for roast joints - fresh or frozen, just put in cooker and set to slow. If you want a glaze just pile it on! Depending on joint size 6-8 hours later, roasted to perfection. Going to use it for sticky spare ribs next week - great recipes on line from America on how they use their slow cookers!
  3. Sounds strange as a title, but having been here for a couple of years, I have the chance to exhibit and sell some of my art/craft work. This has set me thinking, could I register as an Artist/Craft worker (Artiste/Artisan?) to set myself up as an Autoentrepreneur? I was told about the Artiste Libre thing, but not sure if that still exists and whether it would cover my crafts - quilts/ sewing crafts etc. I already have got people wanting to purchase some of my paintings, but would rather see if being an Autoentrepreneur is the way to go. Also don't know how it might affect any future pensions from the UK. Does anyone have any experience of these questions? Many thanks. x
  4. We've got our shed on our bit of land - did a 'barn-raising' with friends and neighbours. Now houses garden tools, plus the camping gas cooker and facilities for tea/coffee and chairs - great when working in polytunnel and with our bees! Was a 'promo' at Bricomarché!
  5. Agree with Pierre ZFP - Bruce Willis has done it before, a doddle to do it again!
  6. Since we exchanged our licences in November and December, we have discovered that Limoges are now asking for a certified translation for the Uk driving licences, so be aware - that came in 19th January here. For many other legal stuff they have also been asking for certified translations of Uk birth and marriage certificates.
  7. Yes, I understand that, however I was on the Astra 2F Satellite page - it shows the new satellite having a much tighter band width and looks as if we are only just within the circle of receivership for the new satellite. I will have a word with John Sidwell - he's in our village (BDS), and would know what's happening.
  8. But I have a thought - could it be that the new 2F satellite setting was being tested prior to being introduced this month? This might be the future if you don't have a proper system?
  9. You're not going to believe this - but they've all suddenly re-appeared! From when I wrote what we were receiving, turned system off, then on again, and everything has come back -so what was that all about?
  10. Now just 950, 951,952, and 953,  then it jumps to 970, 971 and 972. That's it!
  11.  We seem to have C5+1, but C4+1 has gone as well. There is not even the number on the satellite channel!
  12. Hi Anton, The satellite receiver is a Amstrad model DRX280 Sky plus - was fine this morning, There is no snow here at all today, all rained away. All other channels working fine. Just BBC1 - 101, ITV -103, C4 - 104, C5 - 105 disappeared totally off the box. Signal strength and quality both show good
  13. Okay, so this morning turned on tele - watched Midlands news on BBC  - no problems. However now we discover we're watching BBC1 Wales, and when turning on the satellite box to check the channels, BBC1, ITV, C4 and C5 are missing, but I can find C5+1 etc. The satellite box starts at 102 - BBC2, then jumps to 116 - BBC3 etc. Where have these channels suddenly gone to? have tried seaching for new channels, but not there - mind you channel 8010 is - think that's the new BBC i-player channel. We watch via free-sat on sky. Any ideas?
  14. Yeh, it's a certified translation. We didn't need one for our change in November, but apparently now in Rochechouart, two months later, they are asking for a translation. I contacted my neighbour (he knows regulations etc) and he says they don't need to change their licence unless they have any driving violations, which they haven't - their problem is they've just discovered their English licence has run out - so might be caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, unless they can get all the translations done. We know somewhere in Limoges near the prefecture - will suggest she e-mails the docs to the person, then pick them up on way to prefecture - will make it easier I think. 'Article 222-2. Toute personne ayant sa résidence normale en France, titulaire d'un permis de conduire national délivré par un Etat membre de la Communauté européenne ou d'un autre Etat partie à l'accord sur l'Espace économique européen, en cours de validité dans cet Etat, peut, sans qu'elle soit tenue de subir les examens prévus au premier alinéa de l'article R. 221-3, l'échanger contre le permis de conduire français selon les modalités définies par arrêté du ministre chargé des transports, pris après avis du ministre de la justice, du ministre de l'intérieur et du ministre chargé des affaires étrangères. L'échange d'un tel permis de conduire contre le permis français est obligatoire lorsque son titulaire a commis, sur le territoire français, une infraction au présent code ayant entraîné une mesure de restriction, de suspension, de retrait du droit de conduire ou de retrait de points. Cet échange doit être effectué selon les modalités définies par l'arrêté prévu à l'alinéa précédent, aux fins d'appliquer les mesures précitées.'  
  15. Apparently a new regulation is: asking for legal translations of old English Driving  Licences when you go to exchange your licence for a French one - will be interested to know if this is true and how many people might find this problem will crop up, as friends did today.
  16. Keni

    online shopping

    Believe it or not - Wallpaper Direct! Went doolally trying to find wallpaper for bedrooms. Tried usual suspects in France, so googled and found this place! Has nearly all known companies, at good prices. Charged just £5.00 delivery and received it within a week.Ended up cheaper than buying in France - and Crown paper at that. You can also change your costs to euros if needed. Laura Ashley will also send their wallpaper over here! Also New Look - again ordered dress, here within 5 days, and could pay in euros. Apparently they have stores all over Europe. A large selection, great for us living in rural areas. However now M&S will no longer let us purchase from the Uk site to have delivered to France, so they have lost a customer, will only let you purchase from French site - but useless if paying in pounds, 'cos you can't do that. Being tall, I need to know I can get clothes the right size, have yet to find any local shops selling clothes for my age group and height.
  17. Thougt you'd like this  - added as a ps to these posts. We exchanged our licences in November. Friends went today to the sous-prefecture at Rochechouart to get exchange licences, and were told that they now have to provide a translation for their old English Driving licence! We didn't need to in November. Our friend didn't understand what the lady was saying, so phoned, me, and I spoke with the lady there and she definitely wants a certified translation of their existing licences as well! Anyone else come across this?
  18. Managed to find the White Paper information for those interested:- http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/single-tier-pension.pdf Won't affect the EEC mob, but you'll need 35 years qualifiying for full pension.
  19. Just a little worrying I thought this morning, listening to the BC Breakfast news.They had on a Pension Minister talking about the new pension regulations, released today. He was talking about the 35 year requirement coming into force to obtain a full pension in future, saying it will be fairer, and then added as a tail ender - 'and it will make sure we pay the pension to those who require it and not to those who no longer live in the country'...... Anone caught the full information about this statement?
  20. Agreed - the problem being the moral it teaches is 'never trust your neighbour' - which most of us on the forum would not agree with. However it does open your eyes to what can happen - it ain't all roses!
  21. No sign of the photo now! The police beat me to it. x  
  22. Yes, on groups A1 & A, there are the dates of my motorcycle licence tests - full motorcycle etc. But on B - Car it shows the date of passing my test - restrictions on that says 70RU - which I take to mean 70 UK. However all the others show that I have the licence until 2014 - CDE - which make me 60!, But on restrictions C it says 70RU, 74, then for D it says Restrictions 70RU,75 whilst for E -C it says restrictions 70RU,76 and E-D 70RU, 77. So I take it those are the ages I have restrictions but it is the fact it says on CDE I have to stop driving trucks at 60!  
  23. Just a thought - we have exchanged our English driving licences (last November) and on the section 'Restrictions' it shows the age 70 RU (Royame UNI?), or 74,75, 76, 77 - which I presume are our ages. So I have to stop driving a car in France at 70, but I can drive and coach with a trailer until I'm 77! It says Depuis le and the dates then under Jusqu'au it shows my birthdate next year - I'll only be 60! Can't figure that out - will I have to re-sit my driving test, a medical or what does it mean?
  24. Be warned, as I believe, when you receive your facture, you should just add the cheque to the envelope with the piece you tear off - that should only have the amount written on it. If you have signed it you are giving them permission to take the money by direct debit etc.
  25. 2010 - I had a row with Peugeot UK along the lines of ' you pay us £100 and we'll give you a photcopy of a CofC'. My reply was that for that amount I want the ruddy original, and why did I need a CofC - are Peugeots imported into the Uk of a poorer quality than the French ones, this being the reason the CofC was needed? This conversation went on along those lines for a few minutes. After much spluttering I was informed that the cars were not of a poorer quality and that a CofC wuold be required..... So I went to DREAL in Limoges, and the V5C had under section k?  Type Approval an 'e' number, which the lady put into her computer and upon payment of 65 euros (or there abouts), I was told to go to the Prefecture in 2 weeks to collect my Carte Grise, which we did. So Fffffflllllaaaaarrrrrppppp![:P] Peugeot! Not sure if the rules have changed since.
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