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  1. Sounds like Quillan coped pretty well with an "unusual" situation.  Regarding whether you HAVE to collect ID on every guest for the benefit of the gendarmes, I think the answer is in theory the law says "Yes", but in practice "It depends".  Let's face it, this law is generally ignored - a bit like the 1799 Act to regulate the fees charged by innkeepers and porters for holding and delivering packages in London.  I have never been asked for my address by a hotel or a B&B in France and whenever I've seen this same topic on French B&B owners forums they say the same thing - nobody bothers with it any more.  I've never had a French guest offer me their ID card on arrival and if they did I'd probably tell them to put it away. Nor do we ask for payment on arrival - that way we get more tips when they pay on leaving. [;-)] In fact, we do ask for and collect most guests' details at time of booking "just in case".  In case of what I'm not sure.  [:D] "Wait until you have a controle, then you'll be sorry if you don't have everyone's details".   I somehow doubt if the gendarmes know everybody who stayed with us so it would be pretty hard for them to catch us out even if they did suddenly decide to do a Spanish Inquisition on us - so I'm not about to wet my pants at the thought of gaps in our guest records.  If I don't know someone's address I just mark the address section on the invoice "inconnu".
  2. [quote user="lovymarisa"] Also, are you interested in any form of entertainment, for instance orientalist/middle eastern dancers.  [/quote] If Georgie doesn't show any interest, could you forward me the details please, Marisa?  [:D] Tresco's link to the original thread which gave quite a detailed explanation of how to read a scam - partly rehashed by Quillan above - does not seem to work - how strange. [8-)]
  3. I'm not sure about this one.  What do you think?  Any words of profound wisdom greatly appreciated.  [:)] From The Desk Of David Zongo. The Head Of File Department, African Development Bank (A.D.B). Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso West Africa .  "REMITTANCE OF $5 MILLION U.S.A DOLLARS CONFIDENTIAL IS THE CASE"   Compliments Of The Season Blessed One to Who I  Is Now Writing      Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.             In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $ 5 million U.S.A dollars ( Five million U.S.A dollars or dollars five to the million) . In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in (Monday 31st July 2000) in a plane crash (GOD BLESS HIS SOULS). Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines, but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and one official in my department now decided to make this business proposal since nobody is coming for it and we don’t want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.       After series of prayers/fasting over 40 days and nights I was divinely directed to contact you among other names found in the data base Yahoo tourist search. I believe that God has a way of helping who is in need.   I am (David Zongo),the Head of file Department in African development bank (ADB).  When i was searching for a foreign reliable partner. I assured in a vision from the Lord our GOD (BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE ALMIGHTY) of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after a certain period of years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner, and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. We agree that 40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 80% would be for me and my woman colleague. There after i will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted.  Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear, no my dear sir in all confidence be dealing with me as I speak from GOD, as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me on my cell phone  number 00226-7685 5660.   Immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you immediately. Your’s faithfully, David Zongo. FROM (ADB) OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO. GOD BLESSINGS, PROTECTIONS AND GUIDIANCE TO YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY. FILL THE THE FORM BELOW AND RETURN TO METHIS FORM BELOW PLEASE AND RESEND IT WITH EFFECT AS PROF OF YOUR FAITH AND TRUSTINGWORTHINESS TO ME 1) Your Full Name............................. 2) Your Age....................................... 3) Marital Status................................ 4) Your Cell Phone Number………….. 5) Your Fax Number………………..... 6) Your Country……………….............. 7) Your Occupation............................ 8) Sex................................................ 9) Your Religion................................. 10) Your Private E-mail Adress........... 11) Your place of birth............. 12) Your mother’s maiden name.............. 13) The name of your first pet................. 14) Your first school....................... 15) Your last school.................................... 16) Your spouse’s maiden name.........................  POST SCRITUM:You have to keep everything secret as to enable the transfer to move very smoothly in to the account you will prove to the bank. As you finished reading this letter call me immediately so that we discuss very well over this business.   POSTHUMOUS SCRAPTUM:  The Good Lord our God has once again appearded to myselves in an imagining this past nights and has received to me a cavern in the desrt whence we are finding a large quantity of pills, watches of irreprochabel quality.  I am thinking that this may also be of interest to you or other persons with small engines or whose women are very demanding of services.  I am convince that a good man of upstanding as you prove as revealed to me will benefit in these delicacies.   To effect disposals of pills and watches  I and a group of nuns and accountants, all of faith and profession, am proposing to visut in your region of FRANCE, EUROPE and wish to book for 10 weeks your ACCOMMODATIONS in FRANCE, EUROPE.  Payment of Unesco bank draft will be forthcoming on receipt of yourbankers details in the utmost haste to facilitate.   Among our parties is an equal number of womens of Eastern Romania Balkans and Russia with manifold delights and breasts of bountifulbness.  Thes are innocent ladies of good breeding an voluptuosity. We is praying that you is having thoughts, as OUR GOOD GOD WISHES that you be laying your hands and other things on them and helping of these and yourself on our arrivals.
  4. I experienced the same yesterday early afternoon but seems okay today.  Maybe the server needs a new elastic.
  5. [quote user="Will"][IMG]http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j205/vienormande/signs_signals_france_en-2.jpg[/IMG] But perhaps it's not surprising, In a survey by insurance group AXA (http://www.francereview.com/articles/motoring/art1.php) 86% of British drivers in France did not know what they meant. There are some other good statistics there too, like only 17% knew the autoroute speed limits. [/quote] I'm more terrified by the fact that most I meet seem completely unaware of the existence PaD rule in France and that they don't know the triangle and cross sign  - it may be different elsewhere, but the latter is common around here; there are dozens of them within a few km of us.  I can only put the lack of accidents involving visitors to our esteemed establishment down to the lack of other traffic on the roads. 
  6. The Nationwide Fixed Rate bond is fixed for one year at 6.7%. For a good up-to-date rate comparison of various offshore accounts in sterling or euros try http://www.interest-rates.org.uk/offshorecomparison.htm
  7. [quote user="donc"]This year I have received 2 bills. One for 79 euros and one including TV for 638 euros. The address differs slightly on the bills and nature of property. I own a very small studio in Chamonix with undergroud parking so 638 seems very steep.Its is more then my taxe Foncieres.At present I do not have TV so can I get this removed. [/quote] That's a bit confusing.  Are they both for the same property, or have you 2 properties?  Have you spoken to your Tresor responsable for collecting the tax? Assuming you're resident and declaring your income, your combined taxe d'hab and TV licence could go up enormously in year 2 if your declared income for year one was bog all (hence you'd have been exonerated Taxe d'Hab and just have to pay the TV licence) but you then declared a decent income in year 2 (so you have to pay a decent rate of taxe hab as well).
  8. That's lovely, Pads.  You can't whack a good rainbow to brighten up the sky on a rainy day.  [:)] [IMG]http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i26/cassiscassis/complete/rainbow2.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i26/cassiscassis/complete/rainbow1.jpg[/IMG]
  9. GOD - THIS IS SLOW TO POST TODAY - THIS WAS IN RESPONSE TO BETTY In the end, everyone's entitled to their point of view, of course, and the reaction was hardly a surprise. The follow up article about lesbian parents and AI is carrying on in the usual liberal tone. Well done again.
  10. Oh dear - the usual rabid, jealousy-ridden JV audience has suddenly come out in force. 
  11. Well done, Coops - good interview.  Looks like he's treating this one as a serious subject.
  12. [quote user="Pierre ZFP"]Actually I've seen these for sale in Gifi for €9.99 so I'm getting them for my boys. [/quote] Yes, Pierre, of course they are for the boys.  [Www]
  13. [quote user="Pierre ZFP"] Accompanied by a small pile of broken coloured glass by the side of the road no doubt! [/quote] Ah yes, I forgot that!  [:D]
  14. For those who have not yet learned the Code de la Route and the associated signs for priorité à droite, the following road markings indicate that you are approaching a junction where you have to give way to the right: [IMG]http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i26/cassiscassis/skid_marks.jpg[/IMG]
  15. You'll find some details in English here: http://www.special.sudouest.com/article.php3?id_article=3577
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