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  1. [quote user="Sharkster"]Out of interest, what would you do if a child got serious sunburn whilst swimming in your pool?  I am not sure you can request people not to use sun protection when swimming in your pool.  I agree you could insist on waterproof creams though.

    It is recommended to apply suncream 15-30 mns before going out in the sun to be absorbed into the skin, if not the creams won't be absorded risking sunburn and will just wash off. Therefore better for the little ones and the pool :-)

  2. [quote user="NormanH"]

    Is that "brilliant "?


    NO, you need more medication for sure.

  3. Very soon we will have euro-gate expense fraud. You aint seen nothing yet..........
  4. Anyone got one of these, from info gleamed they seem to do a good job with pool levels. Would like recommendations of where to buy and how you find them.


  5. Would get a fence if you have small children in your home or likely to visit, alarms are ok if your on hand 24/7.
  6. All for smoke free restos, just sit up wind from smokers when you eat outside. Smokers now freeze their ....... off smoking outside when non-smokers are snug inside in the winter as it's illegal to do so inside.  I do like a nice cigar after a lovely meal though and will continue to enjoy one outside; as it's legal to do so.

  7. Is there a Metropolitan White Police Association- not one that I am not aware off. Yes it is RD and would be in the normal relms be illegal.

    Why is there not a Metropolitan White Police Association?  No need, as no matter what colour/race/gender a Police Officer is, they are the association all members of the  - Police officer Association. 

    To have other associations within the Met for BPA (Black Police Association) or infact for any UK Police Force,  is discrimination, as no non black/other race/gender specific may not join. Why no outcry from.....anyone, have a guess.

    It is the need of non-white recruits to make the Force seem non-racists and as these recruits are pushed up the promotion ladder they (parliament) and the political correct brigade, have allowed this association to develope into what it is now.

    Who will object and try to disband now?

  8. [quote user="odile"]

    The UK does have private and so called public (!!!!) schools - but at least no private Universities like in France.

    With the cost of some Universities in the UK you may have to have a public/private company to afford the cost of sending your little darlings,  scolarship entrants excluded.

  9. I always find it lovely to swim when the air temp in colder than the pool temp. You need to let your body cool in the air before you go in. Swam tonight with air temp of 20 and pool temp of 22 bliss, so many stars out....
  10. Oh the French excuse of - mes amis would be interesting to hear the outcome in court where; one of mes amis was killed/disabled due to an accident whoever was at fault when you were driving.

    You are quite correct in insisting on the extra cover Cerise.

  11. [quote user="dave21478"]A lot of people just arent internet-savvy. I was at a meeting last nght with the local tourist office and owners of all the gites in the area. (Well, those that bothered to attend) and I would say about 40% of them simply had a very poor grasp of the online world, with some of them not even having any internet access at all.
    They were the ones with plenty of un-rented periods this season.

    Another reason, and one that I have been guilty of in the past was when I signed up to a letting-site which turned out to be rubbish. Despite keeping it up to date, I never got any enquiries from it at all. It turned out to be marketd at the wrong clientele for me really. Anyway, I just gave up with it and let the subscription expire with several months still to run.


    Given the economic times we are in; it is utter madness not to update on availability at least weekly. If you pay to be listed on any site it is also madness not to update availabiility weekly, why pay to list and not do the basics....... I would never enquire to anyone who could not do this simple task.  On free listing sites it also is important. It only takes a few minutes each week and most sites shoot you up to the top view doing this. One booking alone recoups your investment + €£ in the bank.

    Our neighbour is doing very well doing this task each week, perhaps those who are not getting bookings should have a re-think, their bank accounts would benefit. Why waste marketing money without doing your homework on a letting site which has the wrong clientele - just plain stupid non-internet-savvy numpties IMHO.

  12. [quote user="teapot"]If you let me know how much you would need I can give you a price via PM.[/quote]

    Hi Teapot,

    Could you pm me also, require 125kg, do you also sell Zeolite? Interested in comparision. Which one would you recommend please?


  13. Our neighbour has a gite which he rents out May-Sept , it is fully booked now for this period. He has made his into a top end establishement and increased his rates by 20% one recent guest mentioned he usually stays in hotels.

    Could be certain types off holidaymakers are looking at other options.



  14. My terrasse was costed in labour days to lay + materials needed, we bought the dalles.  €100 p/day back in '03 15mx15m .


  15. My advice would be to look at listing sites, google something along the lines of - gite rental in Charente/Dordogne then check what rates are being asked for properties similar to your own. Easy to work out income, exes depends on many variables.

    Apologies to state the obvious, sometimes the obvious gets overlooked. Sunday-Fridays are days off unless......................guests have problems!


  16. 'You just change to a réel simplifé régime, which as far as I'm concerned is much more favourable'  

    My BOLD  nimportequoi - Together with nimportequois' direction + an unique blend of strategy, management and an accounting accountant you will be surprised - how much you will more 'in your pocket you will have.'



  17. [quote user="Hillsider"]  I think my only hope of affording the size of house I had set my heart upon (and could have afforded two weeks ago) is if sellers are prepared to face up to what are obviously extremely difficult conditions and accept a lower offer than would be usual eg 15 - 20 % rather than 5 - 10%. I know there is no set answer but hoping for some informed and encuraging replies........

    Hillsider my bold - I hope to encourage you by saying  - we bought at 30% under price when the € to £ - was so much higher, no reason why you can't achieve your desired discount especially should the vendor be 'financially challenged'. We have recently purchased a Parisian apartment at 22% under asking.  Tourist rate today <€1.12> for our usual annual trip tomorrow to sample the Beaujolais nouveau.  Perks of the job I managed to get the heady rate off €1.16  in house so to speak .  It's not really the wine festival that is a reason for my trip, more for the whole surround of activities that our French neighbours make of it; together with other many events throughout the year we are blessed to be a part off.

    Come on you - hae nae fear - our guys in charge <wink>  All the very best to you and yours, look me up when you get here.

    Awaiting with interest comments from those who know how to........  more than GB.......further more to buy a copy of there new book 'how to get UK out of recession for DUMMIES' ......Le forum experts financiers sont exactement cela ‹ le FORUM ex-experts financiers qui personne ne sont dans le monde d'extérieur maintenant ›

    Le demain est un autre jour ne l'est pas! For all. Factice aussi, non?



  18. I like them all for different reasons, Ramsay - tell it like it is dont like it is - tough if you dont like it (gotta have (secured) his bank balance I'm a sucessful bar-steward.......... Oliver every mans man darling.......... White brill.........AWT disaster waiting to happen and not so beautiful looking :-) ........Martin same vein as darling with an everyman accent.............JCN now your talking.......... 

    B&B running may be so nice, being an excellent acreddited chef would be 'so much nicer' non? Don't answer I am to another assignment and won't log in for.................................................................... longer than you moderators/members have time to disagree/slate the OP.

    Keep on Jon dont let them get to you -:) 

  19. Our pool guy closes our pool when the water temps is 14 or below - 6 yrs on and no problems.

    Like you say "another job done" although I always feel a little sad when its closed up, then again the vendage will begin :-) 

  20.  "a lot has happened since last winter"

    So I see Jon, do like the look of your place and the food you serve. All the very best with your venture - there is demand out there for your style and of course your skill in the kitchen.


  21. Do not touch them with a barge pole.
  22. [quote user="Rose"]

    Hello... we've just had our pool installed and the liner finished and it is filling nicely as I type!  Now that we've got the pool I'm thinking of ways that we can extend it's use during the year.  Me and my son are happy to swim from about 18oC upwards (well it's fine once you're in!!! [blink])  Can anyone give me their experience of solar heating, how long it extends the season and also of abri's.  Prices would be useful too if you have them. 

    The pool is 10 x 5

    Thanks [:D]


    Our pool is heated by solar power- fantastic lets us swim so much earlier (April - October/November) depending on our weather temps. Costs are minimal - installation is reasonable if you shop around, love to have a swim at 18C sets you up for the day, however, more enjoyable at 22C+  Abri's no - too much glass to clean for my OH. www.navitron.org.uk is who we sourced to install our pool heating.

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  23. [quote user="Boiling a frog"][quote user="Gemonimo"]

    [quote user="cassis"]Depends if there are bum marks on the towels.

    or sheets....[+o(]



    I take it you mean skid marks not the mark of a bum [8-)]


    Woot! [:-))] Major respect to those who wash/handle this type off laundry.  Hope its worth the discomfort. Ick! [+o(] with you TW - why not change every day without inspection <barfh>.


  24. "So what IS the A28 like, south of Rouen?"

    Heaven, total heaven, clear roads 130km appart from two viaducts, join the A11 bliss compared to the A10 and the vehicules going south.


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