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  1. The town centre is a little grim but the castle is well worth a visit. I believe you can actually stay in the castle grounds now which might be quite appealing for your guests. Its the Seargeant Majors house and English Heritage are in charge. I've no idea of costs but lots of history and wonderful views.  
  2. I have found this which may answer your question http://www.thewaterweb.net/Worldwide/France.htm  
  3. whats happened to this thread? its disappeared!!
  4. Thanks for your reply. I did think it was a bit sus when aol told me I could use my UK broadband in France. Say anything for a sale!!
  5. " Similarly I would expect (though do not know) that AOL France is a different company to AOL UK and that having an account with e.g. AOL UK does not give you access I France. AOL France will expect to be taking some of your money. " I have AOL broadband in UK and access AOL in France by dial up at no extra cost, using my UK account. I know this doesn't apply in all areas of France but it works for me in Dept. 80. AOL told me I could do the same using broadband. My village has ADSL but can I just request the line without having another ISP thrust upon me? I have searched the forum and this thread is the nearest to my question. Can anyone help? Thank you  
  6. This was posted  by Tillergirl in  North Western France section 12.04.06 under Cinemas, where are they? The class is run by the french patron of the Café a reasonable price of 10 euros 50cents. Includes a drink. I went into the beginners group even though i have dome knowledge of French because since arriving here last August have used very little and lost confidence and so wanted to cement the basics. Pascal the teacher does run a more advanced group i think that is on Wednesdays. Anyway relitivly small group there were there were 7 of us as my husband couldn't be there being in London. We read passages to work on pronunciation then translated. Next came the fun bit Dictation.  He didi tell us what sound base we where to look for in the phases we where to write down what we thought he said. Corrections were made later. I magaed to get a couple of phaese completely right. Dictation is never a favourite of mine as i am hearing impaired and often misunderstand what is said to me. And we did a small section on grammer work.  This week difference in rules and pronunciation between S & Z soincluded working on words containing  s ss c ç and z. Homework for next lesson is to entend the dictaion phases into complete sentances. As I said I have some knowledge of    French already and so in the group there i was one of the better stundents in that class but even i managed to learn a couple of new things. The class has only just started so if anyone else wants to join you won't be too far behind the beginners is Friday 3-4 at the Richlelieu Café in Hesdin. You will need to pop overthere for details of exactly when the more advanced group is, I would say it is definatly worth giving a go. If you do decide to come you will need a pen or pencil and an excersise book.   So there you have it my run down. Hope you all like. Sarah.  
  7. Opinion article from the Economist: …Yet the striking feature of the latest protest movement is that this time the rebellious forces are on the side of conservatism. Unlike the rioting youths in the banlieues, the objective of the students and public-sector trade unions is to prevent change, and to keep France the way it is. Indeed, according to one astonishing poll, three-quarters of young French people today would like to become civil servants, and mostly because that would mean “a job for life”. Buried inside this chilling lack of ambition are one delusion and one crippling myth. This comes from this article in the Economist: http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6744226    
  8. What is the charity "operation pieces jaunes" please? I understand whats being reported but don't know the charity. Thank you
  9.  My daughters doing Antiques at Uni and it was her question to me. I got the gossip bit but didn't know quack quack in French. I leave my Collins Robert in my French home but I think I need another here! Thanks for your help
  10. These words  are on an Emil Galle pot, thought to be used for separating egg yolks from whites. What does it mean please?
  11. Very interesting article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,1735610,00.html    
  12.   Yesterday,I read this on www. guardianunlimited.co.uk/france. It may affect your journey, hope not. "Trade union leaders gave Mr de Villepin this evening's deadline to withdraw his law, warning that otherwise they would meet tonight to discuss calling a general strike, possibly on Thursday. "  
  13. Only £16.50 on Amazon. I agree, it does sound really interesting.  
  14. Thanks for all your replies. I need to clarify the situation. We are resident in the UK and my nephews are adults. My reference to the doctor is one here hence the point about the suing culture. My brother suggested asking for a letter from the doctor to say you are fit to run 15K but this was refused and he was sent to the well man clinic. They wanted £50.00 for a quick check-up and £10.00 extra for a blood pressure reading, and no certificate! I was hoping some UK resident runners had run in France and would know what the medical certificate needed to say.    
  15. Hi I posted in the sports section but got no replies. So ... one last try. My nephews want to run 15 K across the somme bay and back, La Transbaie. www.transbaie.com A medical certificate is obligatory. What does it need to say? My nephews doctor sent him to a well man clinic but thats no good ...is it? Health and safety gone mad. I assume the doctor doesn't want to write a letter saying he's fit to run 15K in case my nephew collapses and dies and the doctor gets sued!  
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