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  1. [quote user="Jako"]I think the cheapest option for fixed internet is still offered by Red-by-sfr. I switched from Orange 'découverte' to Red years ago and still pay €15/month including free phone calls to fixed lines in most of the world on a line non-dégroupé. Currently this costs €20/ month on dégroupage and €25/month on non-dégroupage. They have regularly promotions with lasting discounts. Never had any problems. A broken line got repaired in three days, it took Orange three weeks to repair a broken line a few years earlier. [/quote] Are these prices for line rental with landline calls and broadband? WE have continued with FT (Orange) for many years worrying about line repairs. They have responded well to several incidents with our local farmer dropping trees and branches and moving high vehicles. Thanks, Alistair
  2. Very sad but inevitable. We also have a collection of pet passports from our previous dogs and keep them for sentimental reasons only. I am certain that there is no need to worry about sending your pet passport anywhere. Alistair
  3. Tomorrow we return to the UK for the winter. Today about 500 to 1000 cranes arrived at lunch time. They found a very active thermal over the nearby, south facing hillside and spent about ten minutes spiralling upwards, gaining considerable height and then reformed into their vee shaped squadrons before continuing on their journey south. It is an honour to have them fly over our house every year. We are so lucky to be situated under their migration path. Alistair
  4. All is well! Today watched hoards of grues flying in their squadrons over our house. I estimate about two or three thousand flew past, spread over the whole day. We are very pleased. Alistair
  5. Most of the predictions were close to the actual results and those results seem a fair outcome. I thought that France and Ireland were the most entertaining though, as you might expect, I was extremely satisfied with Scotland's results and their performances. Alistair
  6. I was about to write a message asking where the cranes have gone this year when I spotted this thread. We usually see thousands passing overhead at the end of October but this year we had about three hundred Flying south on one day when we arrived in mid October. A few years ago they came by in huge numbers a few weeks early and the weather then turned nasty with snow in early November. Please let us know if the grues have been spotted in the usual numbers very early or can we expect a big surge in the next week or so. Thanks, Alistair
  7. [quote user="Mr Huge"]How do I read my linky meter? All I want is my consommation since the last reading, but I can't find anything that resembles that, or anything that looks like a kWh reading. [/quote]d I assume you are close to the meter and able to touch the controls. I have a three phase Linky but hope that the basic actions are the same as single phase. If I want to see my consumption I press the + sign button and immediately the reading that appears on the display is the total units used, just like a traditional meter. Further presses run through several other parameters including the present rate of consumption. I do need to write down the reading each time to monitor the increase in usage. Of course it may be quite different for a single phase Linky. Alistair
  8. That covers the bulk of nuisance calls for us. In fact, I can't remember any other types but they could be the ones where the answer phone produces a disconnect. This sounds like progress! Alistair
  9. Some useful information posted here, making interesting reading. I wonder whether the OP, Sue B, ever read any of it. She joined, posted once and did not return. Sad for the forum members!
  10. [quote user="mint"]Yes, Pip, I did exactly that once. I was in a supermarket car park and looked around and found a kindly French couple to drive me home (I was on their way) to get the spares. It was in the early days when we were still waiting for France Télécom (as it was then called) to erect a poteau so that we could have a phone line. Chessie, it's worth a look and also, whilst you're at it, in the door pockets as well. Or, have you done all that already? [/quote] ...also under the seats, down the sides of the seats, in the ignition, in the glove box, under the bonnet, under the car..... I dropped my keys in the boot while leaving work and closed it not realising the whole car had become locked. Phoned home and my son cycled six miles in twenty minutes to rescue me with the spare keys. Today I have paid an auto locksmith £130 for a replacement remote key for my daughter's VW Golf which came with only one key. I will keep it in reserve and we have peace of mind. VW charge about £260 for a replacement key for this car. I hope Chessie's keys turn up.
  11. ...... And there was no intent. Bad decision by NZ ref and his team. This spoils what was a very entertaining game between two fairly well matched teams. At least England came away with a win and the Triple Crown. I now hope Scotland can redeem themselves on Sunday. Alistair
  12. Pete, I am not a professional but a reasonable diyer. We have been part time in France for 20 years and I have tackled numerous plumbing projects. The most important piece of advice I received from all types of experienced workers was to only use French materials and techniques. This was difficult at first but I soon appreciated their wisdom and advice. I think you should follow the same advice and abandon your plan to source all your materials in the UK. It is quite easy to change your methods of installation. Alistair
  13. I thought your title was describing me! We have acquired International Driving Permits and the dog has had a successful blood test. Our trips avoid the Brexit deadlines. we will probably get Green cards for the car insurance as soon as some deal is finally done. Everything else just carries on as normal. Alistair
  14. Arsenal and Chelsea also have a good range of nationalities.
  15. ....... and now Spurs join them after a win in Amsterdam beating Ajax 3 - 2 . So an English team will win the cup this year. I support, at a distance, both teams. If there are still other forum members out there, who do you think will be champions? Alistair
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