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  1. Came back via Calais on the ferry a couple of weeks ago, there were loads of sun tanned young men standing at the roundabouts on the road to the terminal, police were also in attendance.

    I usually go out on the shuttle using my Tesco clubcard points and returning when I'm ready on the ferry, why? the shuttle you have to give a return date and if something happens whilst over in France you lose that slot unless you are rich. With the ferry I get an internet connection when I'm ready to come home and book that, the ferries don't tend to increase the price the nearer you get to the traveling date, plus Calais port is not as busy as the shuttle terminal for UK immigration. I have never had a problem turning up early on either the shuttle or the ferries always got an earlier crossing at no charge.

  2. ALBF.

    Can you lift a bit of carpet in the front and see if its wet underneath, preferably the bottom where feet are put, on drivers and passengers side, that is the lowest point, or it should be. I had a leaking heater matrix on one of my cars years ago and the original clue I had were windows wet on the inside after standing all night. (it was damp inside)

    Worth a try.

  3. [quote user="mint"]That looks a dinky little hoover, Dept 71.  Costs very little and is well-reviewed.  However, Coopers don't appear to deliver overseas.

    Guardian, I am looking for mains as I have never found battery hoovers have the same suction power.  I don't mind mains as I have lots of extension leads[:)]


    Mint, There is no reason why these can't be brought in France, After all the one we got in emmaus  had a French box. Have a look on Amazon UK or France.

    Daughter had one of those you put in a cradle on the wall and was permanently on charge, again it was battery powered. Wasn't nearly as powerful as our mains one.

    Good luck which ever way you  go, I'll even bring my car over to you when next in France so you can clean mine!!.

  4. I was given one of those battery ones that work from the cigarette lighter socket years ago as a xmas present, total waste of time, more suck from a car mechanic when you ask whats wrong with it.

    We have one of those hand held mains electric ones we got at Emmaus in France but you can purchase them in the shops, Coopers of Stortford actually sell these, it can be found in their online catalogue  https://www.coopersofstortford.co.uk/housewares/st08900i/   this link should take you to the item.

    Good luck Mint, could be a nice xmas present for someone!!!

  5. Chancer, I am in somewhat the same boat as you, I actually asked Martin a question a few pages back.

    I am off to France this Sunday and have purchased this on Ebay

     http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNLOCKED-ZTE-MF910-150MBPS-4G-LTE-HOTSPOT-MOBILE-BROADBAND-ROUTER-WIFI-WI-FI-o2 /172649960574?hash=item2832bd547e:g:ZzwAAOSww5NZA4e8

     I will experiment with this over the next month to see what happens. Maybe get one of these and give it a try, its not expensive.  But sometimes getting the right gear actually makes it easier. Maybe the phone is faulty?

    Good luck mate.

  6. Martin963, you really have got my interest over this, my house is out in the sticks as well, our neighbours get their internet by satellite and are less then impressed with it.

     Like you I am not in France for the whole year and do really have a problem paying for the months I'm not there so your non-contract option could suit me down the the ground. Couple of questions, when you return to the UK for the winter what happens to the payments, is it hard to stop the payments or do you just top it up every month, do you have to get another sim for next year. Am I a bit cautious yes, as we got stung by the NRJ con years ago with a mobile. I usually go to McDo to do my emails etc.

    Look forward to you hopefully updating your experiences

  7. I am looking to see if there is the equivalent to the British Heart Foundation in France, reason is, last year my wife died of cancer and our French friends gave me some money to donate to Cancer Research UK.

    A couple of months back one of those friends partner died with a heart attack, I would like to donate something the same way as she did, is there a French heart foundation, I have asked neighbours  but all they are interested in is bulls and cows.

    I only log in weekly at McDonalds so any reply I make will take at least a week.

    Thanks all

  8. It looks as if they are slowly closing loop holes. For me I enjoy F1 and as you know not all the races are shown live on UK television, As I also have a French sat box I can tune into one of the German channels and receive the transmission free to air, ( for how long I don't know) the language is a bit of a problem but by listening to radio5 live they transmit the race most of the time. The David Hay fight a couple of weeks ago was on SKY but as normal was encrypted, but by going to a French channel it was all there in the clear.

    So there might be a work around but for how long? It depends what you want to watch.

    French friends are jealous of the Wimbledon transmission as its only available to Canel plus.

  9. [quote user="Pommier"]Department71, My Dad was in the same sort of areas as yours. He went to North Africa, then Sicily, then to Anzio in Italy and up through Italy I think to Rome. [/quote]

    Pommier, have just spent a couple of hours going through dads records. It seems he embarked from the Uk 20/3.41 and disembarked  Egypt 9.05.41. I know he mentioned Tobruk and Tripoli but in what context I can't remember, more then likely some kind of disturbance from the Germans. He did say once he was behind enemy lines on some kind of operation with an officer.

    Can't make out when he sailed to Italy as most of the records used abbreviations for locations, he was also in the push up through Italy as your dad, I have a copy of a message from the "army commander" Monty? regarding the good work dads unit did to get through the Argenta position on the way up through Italy, yes my dad did make it to Rome and  further as Argenta is in northern Italy but from there I don't know.

    When you are young its not the first thing you think about talking about its only when its too late it springs to mind.

  10. Yes Ano I did exactly as you advised a few posts back. installed the add-on for Firefox and it all works as it should.

    But I don't have the add-on installed on the desktop running Win7 and the spell check still  works. Must be the difference between XP and Win7

    Thanks for the help.

  11. Sorry chance can't help you on that, the wife who was fluent in French I think had something she could spell check French words, unfortunately she died last summer so I can't ask her.

    If I find out what it is was I'll let you know

  12. Ano, thanks for the help, updated Firefox to the current version , still no difference, installed your add on and my little squiggly red line has returned.

    Don't know why it worked in Win7 as I don't have that add on on the desktop. Oh well  must be a windows little hiccup.

  13. I use two computers to access this site and others, one laptop win xp, and one desktop win 7.

    On the desktop the spell checker works IE small red squigly line under the incorrect word. but on the laptop there is nothing.

    I refered to this on an post a few days ago. Any enlightened person any idea whats wrong.

    This is written on laptop so I think there is at least one wrong spelling.

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