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  1. Bob

    flies

    I'm led to believe that Jeys fluid will rid me of a fly infestation. can Jeys be obtained in france or what is the french equivalent please? Bob
  2. I have reached the UK retirement age and am now living in France on a very modest UK pension. I have over 50 years experience as a Bricklayer/Mason and vast experience in most other "wet" trades. I might also add that I have considerable supervisory experience. I feel that I still have a service to offer and whist I am still fit and able and possibly prone to going "Stir Crazy" I would like to use some of my "retirement" time earning a small wage to perhaps go towards my bar bill! I'm sure the question has appeared on this forum many times but can anyone tell me the cheapest/easiest way to go about getting some legal work? I have been offered some building work by a resident English builder who tells me that he can't employ me via Cheque emploi as he is a micro enterprise! Is this true? I am getting very confused by this whole thing, as my Insurance man, who is French, ensures me that as a Micro Enterprise, the builder can emploi me under cheque emploi by obtaining a form from his bank for a Company, not an individual?? Please don't mention applying for a siret No. as the French absurd but compulsory social charges would be too prohibitive for my potential earnings and I would have to charge in excess of 30 Euros an hour and work a full 35/40 hour week. I have been to the Chamber De metier, who have explained all the charges to me, and, because of my experience as self-employed in the UK, I could register without having to go on the Tax course. I have of course considered the Cheque Emploi route via another prospective employer, but who says it would involve him paying a large percentage of earnings to the French government. Is there anyway that I can legaly work/ offer my services in France without all the masses of formfilling and burocratic shannanigans? Because of my 'old' age....I don't expect to be working flat out and, probably not at all in the next 3 or 4 years time...... I have no ambitions to "fiddle" the taxman or avoid paying my dues for insurance etc. I only want to work a few legal and insured days a week to suppliment a very modest lifestyle for me and my wife. I have no French language that will cope with the complexities of the French rules on this matter The information I keep getting about cheque emploi is very confusing........does anyone know the actual rules applying to Employers in this matter?
  3. I'm toying with the idea of installing a wet room in a spare ground floor 4m2 room, but after a look on various wet room sites `I realise that it is not as simple as say installing a shower tray. Has anyone any experience of a wet room project and where can one buy in France the waterproof liner, tray etc?
  4. Bob

    Crepie

    I recently saw a large (about 25 M2) exterier block wall that had been plastered with a coloured Crepie. Is a sand/cement backing coat recommended first or does one simply spray/ apply the Crepie directly on to the block wall? I was most impressed with the finished job but after a coupla weeks, staining at the ground level has already made an unsightly mark. How does one stop the bottom of the wall from collecting muck? In the UK we used bell mouth angle bead about 6 ins above ground level but the French don't seem to bother with this! Bob Preston
  5. [quote user="Clair"][quote user="Bob"]Is their an English language version? [/quote] Not as far as I can see... but why should there be??? There's no Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish or Polish version either...[:-))][/quote] If this was a UK based forum. then legislation would insist that there be an Urdu, Arabic. Hindustani, Pakistani plus now most of the now former eastern Bloc languages as well. Only joshin ya..honest.
  6. [quote user="Clair"][quote user="Bob"]Is their an English language version? [/quote] Not as far as I can see... but why should there be??? There's no Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish or Polish version either...[:-))][/quote] If this was a UK based forum. then legislation would insist that there be an Urdu, Arabic. Hindustani, Pakistani plus now most of the now former eastern Bloc languages as well. Only joshin ya..honest.
  7. [quote user="Clair"][quote user="Bob"]Is their an English language version? [/quote] Not as far as I can see... but why should there be??? There's no Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish or Polish version either...[:-))][/quote] If this was a UK based forum. then legislation would insist that there be an Urdu, Arabic. Hindustani, Pakistani plus now most of the now former eastern Bloc languages as well. Only joshin ya..honest.
  8. Bob

    Top Up Insurance

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply very comprehensively to my query.  It is very helpful. Our joint income is much lower than the ceiling to qualify, so we will investigate further......... One further question...do you know if they take savings into account?  Not that we have much left from what we originally came out here with, and we are using this to supplement our housekeeping budget, so, as you can imagine it is dwindly fast, and neither my wife or myself have much chance of employment at our ages. Regards Bob
  9. Bob

    Top Up Insurance

    I am sure this have been covered before in the forum, but I have a query on my Top Up Insurance Premium.  I am currently living in France and my only income is a  basic UK state pension. I am covered by an E121 as I am retired (68), and have a carte vitale. My total income is such that I am excempt from Tax D'habitation, but I pay Tax Fonciere! (although this is minimal, because of my income.) Question:-  Do I have to pay for Top Up Insurance to make sure I am fully covered for Medical problems? The reason I ask is because the premium I have been paying and the renewal notice for my Top Up and that of my wife, (who is a dependant) is approx. 20% of my total income, which is a big chunk out of our housekeeping budget. I would like to add, that  myself and my wife, who has paid NHI contributions for the past 40 years+ have been fortunate so far in not having any serious health problems. My wife has been here on her E106 for the past 18 months, which has now expired, and she is tranferring to my E121 as an independant. Any contructive advice would be most appreciated, or if anyone can guide me to the appropriate page if it has already been covered, I would be grateful. Bob
  10. erm..daryl Well said sir. but can you tell me if there is a version of OO that will run on my Mac? I don't realy need another WP but I'm intrigued by all the letters regarding and praising OO. My wife has a laptop windows machine so she may be interested in OO. Bob Preston. Vendee
  11.  Hi Rob, My hubbi, Bob, pointed me to your question re: setting up a business. I find this subject quite interesting as I am in the process of applying to start my own business as I am a qualified holistic therapist. I studied in the UK for 5 years at extreme expense to myself to get qualified. I have since discovered that to gain employment in my particular field here in France, I would have to re-qualify with the equivalent French body, which is further expense and more years of studying (the same subject, may I add). So, no go there.... I registered as un-employed some months ago without any hassle. The only info my local ANPE required to allow me to register was copies of my last P45, and  any details that I had of my salary and employment in the UK. So, not having secured employment since I registered, my Councellor at ANPE has directed  me to my local Chamber of Commerce for assistance in setting up as self-employed. I have been told that  because I have been registered un-employed for 6 months, the up-front costs are zero. I have yet to find out the validity of this when I go to the Chamber of Commerce next week. (No doubt some readers will know different......) But, if I find anything of value to you, or indeed, anyone else in my situation, I will pass the info on......so....watch this space...... Sorry I cannot help further at this stage... Bob's better half...
  12. A bit late now but heres another old saying Beechwood fires are bright and clear if the wood is kept a year Chesnut is only good they say  if for a year 'tis laid away Birch and fir logs burn too fast blaze up bright and do not last It is by the Irish sed Hawthorne bakes the sweetest bread Elmwood burns like churchyard mould even the very flames are cold Poplar gives off bitter smoke fills ya eyes and makes you choke. Applewood will scent your room with an incense like perfume Oak if mainly dry and old  helps to keep out winter cold, but Ashwood wet or Ashwood dry A king can warm his slippers by.
  13. loved all the chat about rabbits. Does anyone happen know of a rabbit breeder in the Vendee? I'm ..er.. talking edible rather than cuddley
  14. What a lovely story. Here's mine. Saw my first opened out daff of the year on Sat 04,03.06 growing in the Vendee  where I live
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