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Rob Roy

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  1. This sounds similar to the rubbish a neighbour told me just before we moved here. She had taken her grand-daughter to Disneyland Paris and came back complaining that the French were rude and ignored her questions - she took that as a indication of what the whole of France is like! I wonder how many of those questioned ever look at themselves from  a visitor's point of view - sitting on the London underground or trying to find your way around while everyone rushes past you, when you don't know where you are going, can be the most depressing experience! We have met unending kindness and friendliness since being here, and have tried to reciprocate when possible.
  2. Plenty of rescue dogs available in the local SPA Linda, unfortunately.[:(]
  3. " ....can cite many countries in the world where church/clergy has far too much influence in the governance of the country and where the population suffers terrible hardship with no hope of improving, never mind getting out of the hole they are in because of stupid doctrine/dogma or other religious beliefs .........  " One could say this is very true of the Islamic religion as well, if not ever more so - oh sorry I forgot - we are not allowed to criticise them are we.
  4. "....Even if you are a proper UK citizen you dont have the right to live in France for ever....." Since when? And why should they be allowed into France without a visa if they are not EU citizens?
  5. It has just occured to me that my initial response may have constituted advertising - if so my apologies to forum admin. - it was quite unintentional [:$]
  6. Personally I think the French cookers are c**p! [:P] The gas burners run from front to back (as opposed to being at the back from side to side) and if you are not careful they burn the bottom of your cakes, pastry etc before the rest is cooked [:@]. It is impossible to find a free standing cooker with a separate second oven/grill, so you cannot cook at two different temperatures or use oven and grill at once, and the grills are pretty useless as the French don't generally grill food, so aren't bothered whether they work or not! [:)] The frequency of electricity cuts in the winter rules out electric cookers in this area, so I am waiting for the opportunity/finance to bring a decent bottle gas cooker from the UK. [:'(]
  7. We are offering residential art courses - but maybe that is not what you are after?
  8. It was my birthday on the 1st May and my husband also gave me a huge bouquet of ...........nothing!!! [:(]  
  9.   ....And this from someone in Wales!!! [Www] (Fromer Norwich resident)
  10. That's interesting. What region are you in?
  11. And very smart it looks too. (I was going to say 'posh' but thought that far too common for such a property [:D])
  12. There is a french guy who is offering his services as a translator on the French Entree site in the Limousin forum - he lives in the Creuse. His e-mail is Frankie.lefebvre@wanadoo.fr I am sure he would be happy to help you.
  13. Rather than hijack the CdH v. Hotel thread where these signs have been mentioned I wonder if anyone can advise me where to go to have signs done for our chambre d'hote. What do I look under in the Pages Jaunes?  
  14. I stand corrected! [8-)]   By the way what are Mondex cards?
  15. Why do you find that so strange? Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall sings the praises of Dandelion salad in his River Cottage cook book. Incidentally they are a good diuretic - hence 'piss-en-lit' ![Www]
  16. I replied in the 'Renovation' section - you can buy them in Castorama. I don't know where you are, but I saw them in Limoges when I was looking for the same thing.[:)]
  17. Who were the first in Europe to adopt swipe machines? Who developed chip 'N Pin? I always understood it was Finland. I also agree with Logan that until you have lived here permanently for a while and experienced French beaurocracy when trying to start or run a business you have little idea of how restrictive and hide bound "free enterprise" can be.
  18. Have you tried asking the hospital who he was? The nursing staff may well remember him.
  19. They are hardly covering the whole of France either. O.K. if you need to fly to Paris or Lyon.
  20. Sorry, I'll be watching 'New Tricks' on BBC. I love it.[:D]
  21. Linda, Your e-mail keeps bouncing back at me so I have sent you a PM
  22. My son has been looking at brushing up on his French for when he visits and sent the following information: If you already have iTunes, then go to the Music Store and click on Podcasts. You should be able to find the French Podclasses on there quite easily and download them. You can then play and listen to them through iTunes. There is a whole range of interesting stuff in the podcast section - and its all free to download!   I have already downloading a couple of the lessons to my computer, so they can be listened to whenever you wish, as I want to revise a bit and they appear very useful. ITunes can be downloaded for free on your computer.
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