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  1. In my opinion there is a big difference between giving bad, incorrect, etc. advice and not giving advice. The company concerned did not give incorrect, misleading, etc. advice, just failed to be interested. Also, they did not mislead me by saying they would do something then failing to do it.

    My financial situation is certainly of interest to other UK IFA’s so I don’t think their “lack of enthusiasm” was due to my inadequate funds, etc. In effect they are wasting advertising. If they want to “throw their money away” by paying for advertising and then not capitalising on the interest it generates then fine (their (questionable) choice).

    Were they offering “faulty advice”, failing to undertake agreed actions, etc. I would agree about it being appropriate for them to be advertising (anywhere). However, I believe there are other organisations who monitor such things both from an advertisement perspective and from their work as an IFA (though on the latter they may “fall in a gap” as working in UK yet advising on France.

  2. When I used to use the Wanadoo software (with a PSTN dial-up modem) the modem would “lock-up” every day of so (I never turn the computer off). I could still use it, just not hang-up (or dial with) the modem. When “restart windows” all sorts of internal processed were “locked-up “and I had to press the “end-now” buttons for them. The computer would then not switch-off but stay on “saving settings” for ages (till I used the power button).

    I then stopped using the Wanadoo software (created a dial-up connection manually) and have had no problems since.

    Not the identical problem to your own but possible that its related ?

  3. “when the recipient of further education can and does go on to earn a lot more due the the education paid for by the state than them that do not go on the said further education during their working life”

    Unfortunately I think this is no longer necessarily the case. Use to be, but these days is often not. Problem can come when somebody takes 3 (or more) years studying rather than starting their career means they are 3 (or more) years behind somebody who started their career after leaving school. Depending on what is studied (and the chosen career), the delay in starting working can put you several years behind others and, incomes often grow fastest earlier in ones career.

  4. [quote]When does it stop becoming a right and start to become a privilege,11 years state education not enough.[/quote]

    My own answer to that would be “when somebody has achieved (close to) their potential.
  5. [quote]Chezshells, Please believe me - I am not a Volvo driver, not I hope pathetic, but I simply could not vote for TB.I cannot forget Iraq and the strength of public feeling he chose to ignore. Or the way ...[/quote]

    In complete agreement.

    I would add to that how he lied (or misled in a major way) the people over the facts about the Iraq War. He may not have personally crossed out the qualifications - but he was in charge and responsible. If he appointed morally inadequate people to do the work then in my book he is still responsible.

    I suppose I sympathise with (some) socialist ideals (equality, health service for all, decent education for all, decent housing for all, etc. - maybe they are not socialist but you know what I mean) - yet now have no party to vote for.

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    New puppy from UK

    [quote]My partners into dogs big time, showing her particular rare breed of British dog around Britain and at Crufts. We bought him with us to France. We wanted another dog and at first looked to our freindl...[/quote]

    I did the same for my 2nd Border Collie (moved over from UK with the first).

    I actually found my vet's attitude to may changed when he scanned my French dog's microchip. He had always been friendly, etc. but when he scanned the micro-chip for the French dog, say the French prefix on the number and then realised that I really had moved to France and was not an occasional visitor. Since then he has been a great laugh, helping me with French language each visit, etc.

  7. Maybe it's the highest given rating, or maybe each person can only vote once) - as its still showing 4 I'll give it another 1 immediatey after this post.
  8. I've posted it as 3 (in a few moments) (4+3+2)/3=3 (is this what you meant ?)
  9. Why do some topics (in the list of topics) have some stars against then (at the right hand side of the column containing the topic title ?

  10. I1

    New puppy from UK

    [quote]I'm pretty sure breeders placing restrictions on export are aiming to stop their pups being exported by puppy dealers for resale overseas. If you are clearly a private client, buying a dog as a pet an...[/quote]

    The few I’ve come across (Border Collies – no experience of other breeds) give a variety of reasons. Some because of potential quarantine, some because of the way dogs are treated in some countries (and the protection dog have under the laws of some countries. Sometimes its to ensure the breeder can “fully assist” the new owner and, worst case scenario, to help re-home the puppy. However, I guess such “endorsements” cannot affect getting and using a Pet Passport.

    I have seen it expressed as “endorse papers such that puppies cannot be issued with an export license”. (I’ve also seen similar constraints that prevent offspring from being registered). I only came across this when I first moved out here and was discussing the ferry trip with the breeder of my UK born dog (and he checked and they had not placed such restrictions and he would have happily lifted them anyway). An example is Mastmariner (Border Collie Breeders). I’m not passing opinion on such endorsements as it is up to each breeder to establish principles to ensure they are happy with the future prospects for their dogs.

  11. Also, another option may be:

    If you have Windoze XP (certainly Pro version but I think Home version has it as well), you can install a Fax Printer driver. This will allow you to use your modem as a fax machine. For incoming faxes it is not as convenient (as who answers, you, an answerphone or your modem, etc.).

    You just create your document in e.g. Word or whatever then print it and select the “Fax” as the print device. The Fax Printer driver will then pop-up a dialog asking you about destination fax number, message of the front coversheet, who its to (you can send to several people if you want), etc. it queues it, retries on busy/failure, etc., etc. just as a fax machine.

  12. Do you want to be notified of these type of things ?

    If you do:

    Would they be better e-mailed (and if so where) rather than starting rather "dull" treads (i.e. dull for anybody else to read and that you then have to "spot" amongst all the other posts) ? Or something else (e.g. maybe a stick thread where IS delete out a post after they have investigated or whatever; a sort of “Report Problems Here” type of thread).

  13. I1

    New puppy from UK

    I understand that some pedigree breeders place restrictions on their dogs that they may not be exported. I discussed a few things with my UK dog’s breeder before moving and he had to check with his wife if they had placed export restrictions on the dog. I have seen other Border Collie breeders explicitly state that they do not allow their puppies to be exported. May sound obvious (and not meant the wrong way), but do check with your breeder that they do not place export restrictions on their puppies (or are prepared to provide you yours without such restrictions.

    That said – when I have travelled back and forth, had my dog had restrictions, nothing would have stopped me. Might have been a problem had he had restrictions and had I tried to show him in France – no idea.

  14. I1

    Puppy Wanted!

    Have you tried your local SPA or refuges. You might not find a puppy there but they may easily have other dogs (in need of homes).

    Just a thought.

  15. From my personal experience (not in your area):

    If your pet is micro chipped s/he does not need to be tattooed. Micro chips are not that uncommon in France and everybody knows that they are an option. Without personal experience, I would suggest that you get a French vet to check they can read the chip (i.e. it is of a type that the French scanners can read) and that should be fine. When I got my French pup I asked the breeder to have her micro chipped rather than tattooed as I was not keen to have a “dual identity” (e.g. rabies vaccination recorded against the tattoo number and not the micro chip number and then issues returning to UK because whilst they are the same dog, the numbers recorded on certificates is different, etc.). Probably not a problem but I wanted to avoid the potential source of confusion. My UK dog is just micro chipped and his chip read fine every time with French vets scanner.

    Once your pet has been in France for 3 months they become French resident and should be registered with the SCC (normally through a vet). The reaction you get when you ask about this can be varied (my local vet has taken over a year to stop giving reasons why this is not necessary and is now supposed to have the forms). My UK dog is still not registered (though vet should have the paperwork by now). Petlog (UK database) can record a French address for your pets chip.

    French vets are generally pretty aware of the re-entry to UK requirements and know what is needed. DEFRA produce an A4 sheet with the relevant English/French phrases (a phrase “sheet” for getting your pet sorted for re-entry to UK).

    My vet (and a couple of others I’ve visited) do not “register” your pet with their surgery. They don’t tend to keep much in the way of records of treatment for your pet (exception being rabies vaccination certificates and expiry dates). They do have vaccination certificates but just one booklet for all vaccinations (in the UK I ended up with one vaccination record for the CHPPi2L and another for rabies). In France the first time your dog is vaccinated for rabies you will get a blue certificate. In subsequent years red/pink (this is quite important document and my dog club advised me to carry it with me when I was going places with my dogs). Unsure about the legal requirement for being rabies vaccinated in France but in practice you will want to do it (just to maintain the ability to return to UK assuming your done the blood test, etc.). In France rabies vaccinations are every year despite what UK and many vaccine manufacturers say about vaccination frequencies.

    None of the above in any way suggests that French veterinary care is inadequate. My experience is that it is excellent, vets helpful, etc. and have no criticisms. Based on personal experience and what I read and been told. I’m not professionally involved – just have a couple of dogs.

    If I can be of further help, do ask.

  16. I've been getting quite a few of these errors this evening on doing searches (basic searches) (between 19:00 and 19:30 CET)

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    General network error. Check your network documentation.

    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: General network error. Check your network documentation.

    Source Error:

    An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

    Stack Trace:

    [SqlException: General network error. Check your network documentation.]

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, TdsParserState state) +177

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlInternalConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, TdsParserState state) +52

    System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ThrowExceptionAndWarning() +678

    System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ReadNetlib(Int32 bytesExpected) +682

    System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ReadBuffer() +120

    System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ReadByteArray(Byte[] buff, Int32 offset, Int32 len) +224

    System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ReadString(Int32 length) +86

    System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ReadValue(_SqlMetaData md, Int32 length) +778

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataReader.SeqRead(Int32 i, Boolean useSQLTypes, Boolean byteAccess, Boolean& isNull) +383

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataReader.SeqRead(Int32 i, Boolean useSQLTypes, Boolean byteAccess) +28

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataReader.GetValues(Object[] values) +110

    System.Data.Common.SchemaMapping.LoadDataRow(Boolean clearDataValues, Boolean acceptChanges) +61

    System.Data.Common.DbDataAdapter.FillLoadDataRow(SchemaMapping mapping) +155

    System.Data.Common.DbDataAdapter.FillFromReader(Object data, String srcTable, IDataReader dataReader, Int32 startRecord, Int32 maxRecords, DataColumn parentChapterColumn, Object parentChapterValue) +260

    System.Data.Common.DbDataAdapter.Fill(DataSet dataSet, String srcTable, IDataReader dataReader, Int32 startRecord, Int32 maxRecords) +129

    System.Data.Common.DbDataAdapter.FillFromCommand(Object data, Int32 startRecord, Int32 maxRecords, String srcTable, IDbCommand command, CommandBehavior behavior) +304

    System.Data.Common.DbDataAdapter.Fill(DataSet dataSet, Int32 startRecord, Int32 maxRecords, String srcTable, IDbCommand command, CommandBehavior behavior) +77

    System.Data.Common.DbDataAdapter.Fill(DataSet dataSet, String srcTable) +36

    InstantASP.InstantForum.Logic.SearchForums(String strQuery, String strForumID, String strOrderBy, String strSortOrder, String strSearchType, String strMemberName, String strPostedWithin, String strSearchWithin, Boolean bolMemberNameExactMatch, Boolean bolIncludeBannedMembers, String strMemberGroupIDFromSearch, String CurrentUserMemberGroupID) +2194


    InstantASP.InstantForum.WebSite.search.Page_Load(Object Sender, EventArgs E)

    System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67

    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35

    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +98

    System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +750

    Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2032; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2032
  17. Same in my case. Pages Jaune is separate from France Telecom. They (Pages Jaune) can be contacted on +33 (810) 81 07 67. When I called a selected a few options (as a new account holder for the line) and their automated system registered my request (for the line I was calling from - I did not have to say my address or anything) and I got one a week later. I did not have to wait until the next publication date and did not need to pay for my copy.
  18. [quote]I have got this awful 'trojan' horse I just seem to get rid of it, I have looked at the AVG forum but I am not clear about 'cleaning the disc' and CW shredder is a mystery, but Ad aware and Spybot are...[/quote]

    What detected that you had the Trojan ? (what virus detector, spyware detector, etc. reported you had it).
  19. No “right answer” about what you should get as it will be different for everybody.

    First thing is to go to http://www.degrouptest.com/ and check what speeds are on offer. In practice Wanadoo will probably offer most of the range but it might be possible that really high speeds may be limited for you.

    You need an ADSL box to connect your computer to Wanadoo. What you need will depend on your computer and what you are looking to do with it. USB, Ethernet, Wireless and LiveBox.

    If you go for a USB modem then looks like a one off cost of €1 (needs a USB port). Ethernet then a one off cost €30 (you will need a network or network card in your computer). Looks like the “LiveBox” is their only WiFi (wireless) offering these days and you pay for that €3 per month (ongoing charges).

    If you want to watch videos or TV over the internet you need at least 1024KB (probably more).

    Be careful of their current offers. At the moment 1024 and above are all €29-90 but look at what the price goes to after 6 months. Only the 1024 stays at €29-90.

    From personal experience I use 1024 and can happily use VoIP (Skype) whilst browsing and sending/receiving e-mails. (With ADSL you can use your telephone whilst using the ADSL with any of the options).

    With my Ethernet ADSL box (from Wanadoo), it is not an “always on connection” – though I use it as such. The ADSL box still needs to connect with a username and password from the computer (I just leave it connected the entire time). I cannot have two computers connected through the box at the same time. If I try and connect through a 2nd computer the connection fails until close the connection from the 1st computer. I could not see anything that suggested Livebox does anything differently. Maybe this is my configuration (great if anybody can tell me how to change it – my Speedtouch 510 does not appear in my Windoze UpnP devices though on somebody else’s computer it briefly shows then disappears)

  20. I don’t know the breed so cannot comment on how likely it is to be classed as dangerous of otherwise. In France, my understanding is that there are two classes for dangerous dogs: “Category 1 Attack dogs” and “Category 2 Guard dogs”

    Category 1 “Attack Dogs” include Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boerbull, Tosa Inu

    ““Guard Dogs” include American Staffordshire Terrier, Boerbull, Tosa Inu, Rottweiler, Mastiff must be registered with a pedigree which is recognised by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

    (There is some discussion about the inclusion of the “Staffordshire Bull Terrier).

    Category 2 “Guard Dogs” may not be owned by a minor nor convicted person. The animal must be registered with the local Mairie. Anti-rabies vaccination is compulsory. You are required to hold 3rd party public liability insurance. The animal must be kept on a lead and muzzled in public places (though as to this including inside a car would be debatable)

    In the case of a Category 1 “Attack dogs” everything as for a Category 2 “Guard Dog” AND selling, buying (or obtaining through any means) and importing of these dogs is banned. They must be neutered and they cannot enter public transport nor public places at-all.

    Above is my understanding and not to be taken as a definitive list and should be checked if it affects you – i.e. its more for background info.

    If you are unsure you might contact the French “Club des Amateurs de Bull Terrier, d'American Staffordshire Terrier et de Staffordshire Bull Terrier”

    Secretary : Mme DUPOUY 89120 FONTENOUILLES Téléphone : 03 86 63 70 22

    Information Officer : Madame Geneviève BRUNET-THOMINE 6 rue des aviateurs alliés, 60740 SAINT MAXIMIN, Téléphone : 03 44 28 06 60

    (Web site : http://clubfabas.free.fr). Whilst the club name does not include the English Bull Terrier, they are the association listed by the SCC specifically for the English Bull Terrier.

  21. I’m very glad there are such a range of opinions (dead boring if everybody agrees with everybody).

    For myself I used to be sympathetic to Labours aims (social equality, etc.) but they then moved somewhat to the “right” of the Conservatives leaving the Lib Dems’ the “left wing party.

    All things being equal I would vote Labour except that I could never vote for a party that involved the UK in a US Oil War (that was probably illegal), that has lied to (or mislead by omission) the British people, that regards alliances with the US as being more important that with Europe, that cannot educate our children to university level, has legalised political prisoners (trial without jury, etc.), etc. trouble is I bet the Conservatives would do the same in practice.

    The above is a great disappointment to me. I actually feel that the problem may not be with Labour but with Mr. T

    As far as voting, I cannot. The Returning Officer in my constituency refuses to register me as an overseas voter (as my postcode is outside his area). My MP has tried to sort this out without success. The electoral commission have stated that legally he must but they cannot get involved in individual cases. I have asked to escalate the issue and he has told me to escalate it to the Council Chief Executive (himself !!). I was politically active (not extreme) when living in the UK and was warned about the Returning Officers attitudes and that I would probably lose my UK vote. I had no vote in the last European elections and have no vote in these elections and am thus pretty cynical about democracy in the UK.

    If I did have a vote, I would probably vote for my Conservative MP – not because of the party but because he represents the electorate. Over the last year I have contacted him about a number of issues and found that on those issues he did not vote with the party. On several occasions when I have written he has acknowledged and taken the matter up with the appropriate department and a month or two later I have received the full response. He does seem to regard representing people as more important than party dogma and “towing the party line”.

  22. I1

    Registering pets

    You are correct in that once your pet has been in France for 3 months it should be registered with the SCC (which is generally done through your vet – don’t know about any other ways).

    Like yourself I have asked my vet about this (pretty well every visit) and have been given a range of different reasons why it is not necessary (last reason being that he is micro chipped rather than tattooed).

    However, last visit they decided to call a few people and established that “yes you did need to do it”. They ordered the forms and I have not been back yet.

    I am told it is important, particularly if you should lose your dog or should he/she be arrested by the police. Whilst people in France can check where a dog’s chip is registered (e.g. with Petlog in the UK) and can then ask e.g. Petlog for contact details some people have posted that this may not be done with associated horrendous risks.

  23. I1

    New puppy from UK

    Several years ago there used to be a restriction on the age of puppies being brought into France of 3 months (i.e. you could not bring a puppy UK to France that was less than 3 months old). I don’t know if this was because of the need for a rabies vaccination or some other reason. Also I don’t know if it is still the case (I never looked into it too closely as it did not affect me).

    Also note that DEFRA are mainly concerned about animals entering the UK and less so about animals leaving the UK.

    I believe you do not need the blood test etc. to enter France. The blood test (and then a 6 month wait following the taking for the blood sample that gave a good result) is only for entry into UK (and a few other countries). I believe that you would need a Pet Passport to bring a dog into France and for that you would need a rabies vaccination (thought there is debate about legally requiring the rabies vaccination once in France).

    I think that UK vets are very focused on the blood test as that is a UK (plus a few others) regulation and they are (not surprisingly and justifiably) more focused on UK and dogs going and coming back (image the grief they would get if they gave somebody going on holiday a passport that was only good for outbound and not return !!).

    Do double check it with the appropriate authorities (or get your breeder to). It may be that a breeder can export the dog on a commercial basis or something – no idea there.

  24. [quote]Don’t know if it applies to Plasma TV’s, but I recently replaced my computer CRT with a TFT and, for mainstream manufacturers (LG, HP, Sony, etc.) I found them quite a bit cheaper in France than PC Wo...[/quote]

    Don't know if I was clear - when I said I found TFT computer displays cheaper in France, I meant model for model (e.g. HP Model XXX I found cheaper in France than the identical model on PC World web site, etc.)
  25. Don’t know if it applies to Plasma TV’s, but I recently replaced my computer CRT with a TFT and, for mainstream manufacturers (LG, HP, Sony, etc.) I found them quite a bit cheaper in France than PC World (UK).
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