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  1. Ron There is a form of insurance cover that is compulsory in France to cover this period. It is free however. I was told today by my notaire that she was unable to provide the free insurance as it is only available to estate agents. My notaire isn't, as far as I know, an immobilier.
  2. I have found out today that if you don't employ an estate agent to handle the Purchase/Sale of your house then you are not entitled to the free life insurance that is put in place to cover any death, of parties to the contract, during the Sous Seing to Acte Authentique period. I guess this is another potential pitfall associated with dealing directly through a notaire. Does anyone know of this.
  3. [quote user="Pierre ZFP"]Well, appologies to all, it seems that the text is not retained.  It certainly used to be and I even remember a politician being caught out by it once.  The 'feature' must have been fixed.  Once again, sorry to cause alarm without checking my facts.[/quote] I have been able to simulate your original discovery by switching on Track Changes and using the Tools, Track Changes, Highlight Changes. Therefore anyone using word in this mode would be unaware that there is an audit trail of their work.
  4. [quote user="Cat"]I didn't know that Pierre. I tried it out just now, but it doesn't seem to work for me.  Surely if the Word document is saved and closed it is no longer possible to edit-undo, so would not need to retain the information? I even tried it using the track changes option in Word, but still could not see my deleted or altered stuff in Notepad. Did I do something wrong? [/quote] Cat I too have done some experiments and can't always duplicate it. Notepad seems better for testing this out as it displays all text in a document. Wordpad is related to Word so my also hide this problem to a certain extent. Edit: It may have something to do with the track changes feature as well. I am using Word 2000 with Win2kpro.
  5. [quote user="Pierre ZFP"]There's another nice 'feature' with Word (and Publisher).  If you open the document in Wordpad or Notepad instead of Word you will get a lot of unprintable charaters but near the top you will also see edits which were made in the document.  This is stored here for the very good reason that you may want to 'Undo Edit', fine.  The downside is that if you have had a bit of a rant and typed things like 'so-and-so is an unreasonble ugly SOB' or worse, then think better and delete it, it is still held in the file for all to see!  They way round this is to cut 'n paste to a new doc before sending the file.[/quote] That is very useful to know. I knew all the stuff about normal.dot but I certainly didn't think of the edited text being retained in the document. I should have realised because of Word's "Track Changes" feature.
  6. [quote user="Nearly Retired"]I bought loads of lights from IKEA in England (the tall uplighter ones) that came with the regular UK plug. I cut off all the plugs and bought and fitted french ones - it took ages. I then found out - TOO LATE - that IKEA and maybe others too (?) actually sometimes come with a continental plug hidden inside the UK one. Apparently you have to wreck the UK one in the process of finding it. I'll try it next time I bring something over.[/quote] Is it possible to show a picture of one of these plugs. They have been mentioned several times but I have never seen one.
  7. [quote user="Dick Smith"][quote user="powerdesal"] I've been trying really really hard but cant think of an alternative method of wiring other than underground or overground  [:P] Microwave link maybe [8-)] [:D] [/quote] Delivered in a tanker? Really big batteries? Huge cat and ebony rod? Star Trek power beam from orbit? There are lots of possibilities! [/quote] That's what you get for writing things in a hurry and not checking before posting.  [:)]
  8. [quote user="Russethouse"]Perhaps we should aim our comments at the program makers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3792089.stm [/quote] Excellent idea. I have sent them some feedback. :)
  9. [quote user="powerdesal"][quote user="fulcrum"]Regarding lightning in France. There are certain areas that are at greater risk than others. There is a map on the web and in French books on electrical installations that specify where you really need lightening protection devices (parafoudres). It also states that you are mainly at risk if your wiring, before it reaches your house, is carried on poles or  underground. So if you live out in the sticks you probably need to be careful but in a town, you shouldn't have much problem. I have lived here over five years and have never disconnected anything or had to protect anything or had anything blow up due to lightning. Maybe I have been lucky. [/quote] I've been trying really really hard but cant think of an alternative method of wiring other than underground or overground  [:P] Microwave link maybe [8-)] [:D] [/quote] Have edited my original.
  10. Regarding lightning in France. There are certain areas that are at greater risk than others. There is a map on the web and in French books on electrical installations that specify where you really need lightening protection devices (parafoudres). It also states that you are mainly at risk if your wiring, before it reaches your house, is carried on poles. So if you live out in the sticks you probably need to be careful but in a town, you shouldn't have much problem. I have lived here over five years and have never disconnected anything or had to protect anything or had anything blow up due to lightning. Maybe I have been lucky. Edit: poles
  11. A nice story. Cats do amazing things sometimes. I hope the dog gets better soon.
  12. I have to agree with most on here who say that the program was rather scant on facts but I did note a couple of points that I hadn’t thought about before. 1.    The fact that Brits use Bergerac airport is accepted as the norm but it was then pointed out that the French can’t fly from Bergerac to Paris. 2.    The French woman who sat down to dinner with the family in Albas made the point that the French feel excluded by Brits, who don’t mix, moving into their area. I never looked at it like that before. I always though Brits not mixing were the ones who would feel excluded. A very good point made.
  13. [quote user="Bugbear"][quote user="cooperlola"]Farriery charges are pretty much parallel here and in the UK - I pay roughly the same as I did in Blighty.  [/quote] Our farrier charges 5€'s a foot to do our donkeys, I kid you not. [/quote] Unfortunately for you he's just been on these boards and has decided to up his prices.  [:D]
  14. I think Nicks suggestion is the best. I discovered ages ago that it is just too much trouble cleaning up afterwards. Anyway they are much cheaper than they used to be.
  15. Firefox is good with me too.
  16. In Australia light bulbs are called globes. As in light globe.
  17. You may all have your views on how you think you can wire domestic premises up in France but I would do a lot of reading of the French Normes or consult a qualified Electrician who is familiar with them to ensure you have got it right. Most of the earthing that I have come across here is like UK TT. Wiring Earth to Neutral within the premises would probably be a bad idea with the usual supplies here. Also a proper Earth doesn't carry any extraneous RF noise like the Neutral here in France probably does. Blue wires in France are for Neutral and Green/Yellow is for earth. If you wire it any other way then you are asking for unwanted complications.
  18. [quote user="Patmobile"]Apparently, when quite new in the Prime Ministerial job, Tony Blair asked a charming, and somehow familiar-looking lady, whom he met at reception at a European summit  of some kind, what job she was now doing. "Oh, I'm still the Queen of the Netherlands", she replied, offering him some cocktail nibbles from a dish she was circulating with. Moral:  Don't ask - it could be someone whose job you really ought to know already. Patrick [/quote] That is so funny.
  19. Did anyone on here see this very touching story about these girls. http://www.five.tv/programmes/extraordinarypeople/joinedforlife/ Because of their characters they didn't seem unusual. They really are quite amazing though and I do admit to having a few tears, whilst watching this very well put together documentary.
  20. I typed How to dismantle an Acer Laptop into Google and this came up. http://discussions.hardwarecentral.com/archive/index.php/t-167787.html It's for a Toshiba but I'm sure some other links will point to Acer.
  21. Dick My point of view comes from my genetic makeup, from wherever it came, and certainly not by reading the Daily Mail (whatever that is). There may well be gaps in my historical knowledge but that is down to the UK's educational system of leaving out huge chunks of history and calling them things like the "dark ages". My history lessons ended with the Romans leaving Britain in around 500 AD and then starting again with the battle of Hastings in 1066. There were never any history lessons mentioning what happened, during the period in between, that would account for what really happened. We are only recently able to more easily find out some facts about the muslem influence during that period. You are undoubtedly more knowledgeable about history but I was merely making a personal observation
  22. [quote user="Dick Smith"]Well spotted... (Am I writing in invisible ink, or what?) [/quote] Dick. I didn't see your Edit: and as you said in your post that you would have to look in your Express simulator.  I just fired up Outlook Express and went through the procedure to post my answer. Don't be so sensitive.
  23. [quote user="Bob T"]Have you tried updating to the latest version of Thunderbird? I use it all the time and would not go back to Outlook. What problems are you having? [/quote] I am using version 1.5.0.9 (20061207) running in Windows 2000 with all the latest updates. Everything else on my system is very stable. The problem I was facing was deleting a folder I had created in on of my inboxes. I eventually found out by a very round about method how to do it.
  24. [quote user="Dick Smith"]Fulcrum - do you have any evidence at all for that point of view? How would you explain civilisations like Egypt and Rome which were remarkably non-racist? Which accounts of pre-literate hunter gatherers are you using? I'd like to read them... [/quote] I do agree with your comment but a lot has happened since the Egyptians and Romans civilised parts of past civilizations. I did actually write a piece in my original post about the Egyptians and Moores (Not Rome) but ended up deleting it as I wasn't sure of my historical facts. I didn't feel that it was necessary in making my point of view. Anyway point taken.
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