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  1. Hi .............I think that Gatsines gave you excellent advice. If you think about it your margins on B&B are enormous, meals not even close. See what works for you and don't worry too much about French regulations. You will have enough problems when you become cotisised (is that a word ?) I wish you well in your endeavour, but remember filling beds is a whole lot more profitable than cooking. TVA is 19.6% on food and 5.5% on beds...... Bonne chance Wilko
  2. King Richard you are a star, it works, am impressed, thanks a lot. Regards Wilko
  3. Hi Wondered if anyone can help. I installed Google Chrome a few weeks ago and it was perfect. As of last evening the whole browser window became opaque, eg the back button is still there and works but i can only find it if I hover the mouse over the area in the browser. I uninstalled Chrome this am and and reinstalled but same problem. Anyone help me with this problem svp. Regards Wilko
  4. Betoulle Something of importance to know is that as from this year, newly registered chambres d'hotes owners who wish to offer table d'hotes must attend a hygiene & food safety course - approximate cost 800-900euros.....you may find this cost prohibitive. I had a long discussion late last year with a newly registered French run B&B in Provence - she is charging top whack for her beautiful rooms & had a successful 1st year, but despite that she had worked out it would take her almost 10 yrs to re-coup the cost of the course.. In which case not much point in cooking then.
  5. A friend sent me the below which I found interesting though I have no idea as to it's veracity Pass The Butter .. Please. >> >> Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it >> killed the >> turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research >> wanted a >> payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do >> with this >> product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food >> appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to >> use in >> place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some >> clever new >> flavorings. >> >> DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter? Read on >> to the >> end...gets very interesting! >> >> Both have the same amount of calories. >> Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to >> 5 grams >> for margarine. >> Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over >> eating the >> same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study >> Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in >> other >> foods. >> Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few >> and only >> because they are added! >> Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the >> flavours of >> other foods. >> Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been >> around for >> less than 100 years . >> >> And now, for Margarine.. >> Very High in Trans fatty acids. >> Triples risk of coronary heart disease. >> Increases total cholesterol and LDL (the bad cholesterol) and >> lowers HDL >> cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) >> Increases the risk of cancers up to five times... >> Lowers quality of breast milk. >> Decreases immune response. >> Decreases insulin response. >> >> And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY >> INTERESTING! >> Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 >> ingredients with PAINT >> These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for >> life and >> anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, >> changing >> the molecular structure of the substance). >> >> You can try this yourself: >> Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or >> shaded area. >> Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things: >> * no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that >> should >> tell you something) >> * it does not rot or smell differently because it has no >> nutritional value ; >> nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms >> will not a >> find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you >> melt your >> Tupperware and spread that on your toast? >> Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')! >> >> Chinese Proverb: When someone shares something of value with you >> and you >> benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others. >> Pass the BUTTER PLEASE >> >> >
  6. GG.Do you remember the name of the restaurant you visited in Avignon ?? Regards W
  7.  To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last. Date: 05-27-09, 1:43 A M EST.    I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on my girlfriend, threatening our lives and me.  You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings.  I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.      First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment when I drew my pistol after you took my Jacket. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason.  My girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 .45 A CP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening.    Obviously you agree that it is a very Intimidating weapon when pointed at your head wasn't it?                    I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from bare footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That   prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].      After I called your mother, or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done. Then I Went and filled up my gas tank as well as four other people's in the gas station on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful!  I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go’s, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]  I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb ... after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.      Later, I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone.  Ma Bell just now shut down the line, although I only used the phone for a little over a day now, so what's going on with that?    Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target. The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).  In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider the career path you've chosen to pursue in life.      Remember, next time you might not be so lucky.  Have a good day!       Wilko
  8. Hi Tony F. D. "One is owned by an Irish couple, one by Australians, three by Brits and 3 by French.  From what we can tell, several are not registered for any form of tax in France, not are they registered in any way as businesses - unfortunately, all the outre-mere." What happened to these jolly folk ?? Rgds Wilko
  9. Thank you all for your replies. Anton I have an 80 cm dish, had to pop out and measure it though. Will try the  signal strength thingy tomorrow. Thanks again Wilko
  10. "In the UK, my wife worked in one of the largest London hospitals for a while, they provide translators for in excess of 29 different languages and dialects of said languages, free of charge and the cost is taken from the hospitals budget." I think that this is the sort of thing that many people really object to ie the expense of providing a service like this. If the BNP use this and similar examples I think a great many more people will vote for them at the next election. Wilko
  11. Hi We have 2 tvs connected to one external dish ..........when it rains .......no "signal being received" on most channels. However all the news channels work and True movies 1&2. Lastly; the older tv, 6 years, holds the signal for a noticedly greater length of time than the younger tv, less than a year. Can the rain interference problem be solved ? and why is the old tv much better than the new one and why do I continue to receive the news channels but loose Beeb 1,2 3 4and ditto ITV when I assume the signals are all from the same sat...........we are free to air. Any advice gratefully received. PS Missing the M/chef final, Mrs W well pisst off, might have to open another bottle.........I'll do it now. Cheers Wilko
  12. We have a great many figs so when Mrs W has made copious quantities  of jam, touch of vaniile added, i take the remainder a couple of kms down the road to my very eccentric neighbour, he does Bohemian in spades. He's a lovely old guy who is into foie gras in a small way ie 20 geese and 50 ducks. He suffered a small credit crisis this year ie couldn't buy new birds so I helped him out. Off we went to a local market, non touristico, to buy the birds...........it was straight out of Peter Mayle, the negotiations were loud but he got a deal.........about 30%. Having bought all these birds I did wonder as to how their transportation would be accomplished, we were in my estate car. Absolutely no problem, bit like how many people you can get in a phone box..........birds were put into card board boxes gently but firmly, so with 70 birds boxed we returned, after a couple of pastis in the local bar. They were in the boxes for around an hour, we arrived back at Bohemia and let them out, they were absolument impeccable after their travels. They are now in the best of health, wandering around his enormous plot and fattenng very nicely.........they just love the figs, which should give the geese and their foie an excellent taste. Incidentally as far as I can make out foie came from Hungary originally and then the Romans took to producing in quantity, the Provence connection, so foie is alive and well, this year some of them will be ours so am looking forward to Xmas and NY Eve. Bon appetit........Wilko
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    Have a look at Tripadvisor.co.uk.................Nice forum Wilko
  14. We provide fridges, m/wave, BBQ, cutlery, plates, glasses etc for our guests. The clients clear up after themselves and it is a feature that has worked well in this cedit crunch year. We don't allow access to our kitchen. As I type there are 6 guests in the auvent all eating together, theyare independent of each other, so it also gets the guests to socialise amongst themselves. Wilko
  15. Mrs W  decided to put shower gel dispensers in all the rooms this season. She filled them with an upmarket brand product and then sells their range of products to the clients, a shopkeeper at heart. It works quite well. In the past month we have had 2 dispensers emptied of all the shower gel by clients on the morning of their departure. It's not the cost it's just that folk who have stayed with us for 4-6 nights, you have drinks with etc etc would stoop to nicking the shower gel. In both cases same nationality. It just pi##es us off !! Happy showering wilko
  16. I've been at a bit of a loss for years. I understand the basics, cos I have to...........but otherwise I find the whole subject a complete bore, I just don't do science........ but each to his own. My personal observations are in no way meant to be scientific. Just a preference for salt water as opposed to chlor, and in those days I lttle imagined I would be the proud owner of a pool, as I say I still prefer it but it is all just a non scientific comment. If you invite me I'll pop in for a swim one of these days and we can compare your notes. Happy swimming Wilko Ps I'm a computer illiterate as well cos I just can't make those smiley thingies work !! Should go after "notes"
  17. Hi Jonzjob In my youth, many moons ago, I was a serious swimmer so swam in lots of different pools, mostly chlorine, which at times could become a somewhat painful experience........i didn't like wearing goggles. When I was in my mid 20s I swam in a salt water pool and found it to be so superior to chlorinated pools in terms of water quality and I certainly didn't have to wear goggles. In the past couple of years I have also noticed that salt water seems to be less attractive to wasps, however my only comparison is a friend's chlorine pool which is wasp city on the occasions I've had a swim there. Rgds Wilko    
  18. Hi Teapot Thanks for all your help in this matter............the Javel worked a treat and got rid of the black algae and then I got everything balanced up PH etc and hey presto sparkling water. Just one last question....is there some sort of machine, not poolcheck strips, that I can buy that measures everything in one go ?? Thanks again Regards Wilko
  19. Hi Poolguy Thanks for your reply. I went to my local pool shop and asked for Aqua Clean but didn't have any, will try elsewhere demain. Yes swimming in 34 degree pool lots of fun but hardly refreshing, bit of an oversight there on my part as to the efficiency of the Solarmatt.........think I've got that under control now. I don't have any warranty problems as we designed and built the pool ourselves,  it's concrete covering more steel than you can shake a stick at...........so no problems with a liner....... but thanks for the thought and your reply. Any further advice you deem relevant would be most gratefully received.. Rgds Wilko Ps If of interest to you... see: http://www.maspomona.com/en_swimming_pool_area.htm  
  20. Hi Teapot Thanks for replying. I bought some 9.6% Javel today so I guess i throw some n there...............bit of guidance of how much appreciated. I don't know what the chlorine level is cos the magic box of tricks doesn't indicate this measurement............that's why I asked what to buy that measures everything. The pool is 15x4 metres, depth from 1.10m to 1.80. Thanks for your comments so far i appreciate any guidance you can give me. Regds Wilko
  21. Hello all Could do with a little help here. Background; I bought a Solarmatt to heat the salt water pool, and it works very well...........at heating the pool. I have no connection with this company. Unfortunately this brings a host of problems I have not previuously encountered. My salt content is too low even thought i have added 150kgs of salt over the past 2 weeks...........I assume that this is because the water temp has been upto 34 degrees. I have now 90% bypassed the solarmatt and the temps is 28 degrees. PH 7.3 and salt 4.3 with the pump running for 16 hours. This is all my magic box of tricks tells me. I have black mould growing a little by the water line and although  the look of the water is acceptable i know it could be clearer and more sparkling. Do I need to buy a bit of kit to give me more readings eg cynauric acid (whatever that is) and if I do what do people suggest ?? Also what do I need to do to stop having to buy copious quantities of salt...............short of buying a salt mine ? I would be most grateful for any advice...............but please keep  to laymans terminology as technology not a strong point. Happy swimming Wilko
  22. Hi We take bank transfers, amongst other things, for payment of deposits. I had always assumed that there were no bank charges within the EU for transferring euros. Certainly for the past 4 years this has been the case and we receive 30-40 deposits /annum by this method. I have just received one from a spanish bank and a charge of 15 euros has been levied by my bank. 15 euros is their charge for a sterling transfer from the uk. I have called them but they have to speak to their international clearing department and will call me back this week........speedy service !! Anyone any views on this ? Rgds Wilko
  23. Thanks for all your posts, we have started the battle aginthe little blighters. Wilko
  24. Hi 5-element Thanks for the reply. I think you are right cos we first noticed them in the larder. We then emptied it, cleaned it, sorted out all the boxes..........corn flakes etc and thought that'll sort 'em out. No Way............they are back with a vengeance and at the rate they are sticking to the sticky card it might be cheaper to buy the card company. Do you have any tips for getting rid of these beasties ? Cheers Wilko
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