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  1. 23 hours ago, anotherbanana said:

    This week, to the Picasso exhibition at the Louvre, Lens; besides some amazing art works, particularly the ceramics, one other French value was reinforced which is that the French know how to dress so very well, the women to show themselves at their best  in a very understated way whilst their men are used to complement them. Not a tattoo in sight.

    Then to Leclerc, Attin, a totally different population segment; no consciousness of others when shopping, move in family packs and much of France is seriously overweight. The national dish is pizza and please could people stop wearing jeans. Tattoos everywhere!

    And finally to Anecdote, a rather good restaurant in Montreuil sur Mer; good service is alive and well in France as is good dining. Better a smaller menu to a higher standard than too much not so good choice. One tattoo, high up on the nape of the neck, only visible when the customer lifted and reset her pony tail!

    Social distancing? What’s that?

    A good couple of days.

    Attin: interesting, Woolly.

    In our early days, 20 odd years ago, Mrs Gluey and I used to drive along the A 16 coast road in order to visit our friends who then ran a B&B in Campagne Les Hesdin and visit the Leclerc store at Attin.

    One day, surreally, she was chatting to a work colleague in her then office in the City and discovered she came from Attin and that her brother ran a large farming co-op outside!

    Pas de Calais, of course has changed significantly, from a farming community to an industrialised area, as major farming outfits have mechanised, hoovered up smaller farms and created mass-redundancy. The younger French eat junk food in increasing volumes and have been Balkanised by American media "culture": hence, the increasing levels of obesity, tattoos and rejection of the wonderful French culture. Sad IMHO.

    Montreuil: ah, a cultured lovely old walled town, still cobbled in the centre and, of course, the HQ of allied forces in WW1. Some excellent restaurants  and hotels therein but expensive. It is also the centre for administration, including the local Impôt. Hesdin is the same; couth and most interesting historically. Next time you are there, wander out of the main square and visit the church.


    I never forget Montreuil, since it was the place when driving over the cobbles, a centre wheel cap fell off my BMW, in traffic and I could not recover it and had to buy a replacement from my local UK Beema distributor; severe pain in wallet!

    Tourists tend to power through the Pas de Calais en route to the South and consider it bland and boring. It isn't, actually.

    Wonderful natural sandy beaches running right from Dunkirk through to the Somme and beyond. Some beautiful rural areas, great golf courses and if one looks, excellent food and drink.

    St. Omer, for example, is well worth a visit. Some excellent and beautiful old architecture.

    I used to drive to Brico Depot in BRUAY LA BUISSIERE; this was and is a poor and deprived area, where loads of coal mining went on, years ago. Strange it has never recovered...



  2. If you try and gain useful guidance from say, an Avocat (Lawyer), then it will prove very expensive.

    I know; I have used one!

    However, France does have an equivalent to the UK Citizens' Advice Bureau.


    Clearly, Landlord-Tenant law is a complex process and you need to seek advice.

    The lesson seems to be, here, ALWAYS demand a contract/agreement in writing, which would normally show duties and obligations.

    Personally, I feel the landlord is trying to pull a fast one...

    As they are inclined to do.


  3. Ouch!

    Scan the minute card and blow up the image to A3. Stick on cardboard and ensure whenever you park in an invalid area (which you are clearly entitled to do) both the A3 card and the minute original are clearly displayed.

    Personally, I utterly despise anyone who has sunk so low in life, that the only gainful employ they can find is to persecute motorists!


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  4. 1 hour ago, Gardian said:


    BTW, I’ve just realised that I posted this last night in another area!  Think that it must have been a slight excess of CdR !!!

    You did indeed, Gardian.

    And I earlier responded to the other post.


  5. British TV in la belle France?

    Load of rubbish!

    I would suggest you buy a cheap flat screen TV in France and at first, watch French TV with, where possible Sous Titrage: literally "Under Words in text", which will greatly assist you with your French language skills.

    All new sets come with the de-coder built in for the French equivalent of Free View digital service. All you need is a terrestrial aerial.

    But of course, if you must watch such junk as pretending you can dance whilst the professional waltzes around...

    Or you could buy a Firestick from Amazon and watch zillions of good movies for free, once you have broadband. As well as excellent past TV series.

  6. This is still under negotiation, apparently, between the UK and France.

    Who knows? The way the idiot French and UK politicians have handled all negotiations thus far, since the separation, it might not be agreed, reciprocally, until 2030! If then!

    I know what I would do: print off a translation of your French badge and stick it in the windscreen when you park and leave your car.

    Useful info here:




  7. 5 hours ago, anotherbanana said:

    Been at all that Scotch already, Gluey?🙀

    Haven't a wee clue what happened, Woolly!

    I switched to another screen keeping the forum screen open; and when I returned, the damned system had posted it.

    Tried an edit but was told I was too late!

  8. I'll try again! Damned system posted before I had finished!


    Choice of two.

    1. Cheap white emulsion paint:

    2. PVA (Poly Vinyl Alcohol):

    In the past we all used to whack on PVA to seal, for example, old whitewash before using Artex. Without the PVA sealer, then the Artex used to fall off! Same for wallpaper and indeed, emulsion paint.

    BTW, artists who use hardboard instead of a proper stretched canvas on a cost basis, tend to seal the hardboard with white emulsion, which also provides them a nice "Ground".

  9. Bloke in a pub with his chums, all a bit peed, says;

    "There's only two good things ever came from Wales!"

    "What are they?" asked a chum.

    "Rugby players; and loose women!"

    A very large guy at the end of the bar, says, "Oi! You with the mouth! I'll have you know my wife is Welsh!"

    "Really? says the talker: "What position does she play?"


  10. 1 hour ago, anotherbanana said:

    If you message him you might get an answer.

    Err...How please?

    Since the Private Message facility doesn't want to work and unless a member has another member's email...

    Carrier Pigeon?

    Message in a bottle and pray, perhaps?

    Actually, it would seem the PM function is now working???



  11. 13 hours ago, anotherbanana said:

    Dont sit on the drain, then!🤬

    I ought to have written "Waste", rather than drain, BTW.

    With a hand basin, for example, failing to ensure it has been washed thoroughly after treatment can result in splashes of the caustic soda solution being diluted into the water used to wash your little face.

    And, more critically, leach into the eyes...


  12. 3 hours ago, Alan Zoff said:

    I don't pretend to know the legal position on this. But I do know from painful experience that French estate agents are no more reliable than British ones.

    OK, I shouldn't tar them all with the same brush but I would certainly not automatically treat what an agent has said as Gospel. They want an easy transaction - and their commission.

    Couldn't agree more, Alan!

    On 14/01/2022 at 01:01, Loiseau said:

    When I sold, about four years ago, the agent said I had to get the fosse emptied and the chimneys swept.

    It is the marie, liaising with the local SPANC who can order that a fosse needs emptying. Not an imobilier.

    Furthermore, it is a statutory regulation that chimneys need regular sweeping. Indeed, if one suffers a chimney fire and the chimney has not been swept regularly the assurance provider can repudiate any claim.

    Once again, if a prospective buyer requires the chimney swept and the fosse emptied, then these should be entered into the Compromis de Vente as clause suspensives and form part of the conditional offer to purchase.


  13. Nope!

    Pragmatic and realistic, rather Woolly!

    Personally, I'm fed to the back teeth with the legions of "Experts" who have been banging on about the Covid-19 Pandemic since it all started.

    One fine day they might all agree...


  14. 22 hours ago, Harnser said:

     "As the virus is mutating it seems to be mutating in those areas where the HIV segments were added.  According to him, the altered elements of this virus are eliminated as it spreads: “Nature does not accept any molecular tinkering, it will eliminate these unnatural changes and even if nothing is done, things will get better, but unfortunately after many deaths.”

    Forgive my cynicism...

    At the beginning of the BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) crisis, we were informed by experts that this disease could not jump species and thus beef was safe to eat. Indeed, the then Minister of Agriculture even went to the lengths of feeding his lovely little four year old daughter, Cordelia a beef burger for a press call! He, of course is now a baron (Deben) and earning a fortune from supposed green energy.

    Unfortunately, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) DID indeed occur in humans after eating BSE infected beef products.

    We shall see.


  15. I can empathise...

    A recent - significant - birthday, saw me deluged with rather nice bottles of single malt!

    Clearly, my friends and relatives know what I like.


  16. 11 hours ago, anotherbanana said:

    How do we know this?

    We don't, of course. We are in the lap of the Gods, (And no more comments upon naughty body parts, Woolly!)

    The Ex Head of SIS (The Secret Intelligence Service; more commonly and erroneously called MI6), Sir Richard Dearlove, asserted way back that the Covid-19 Virus was bio-engineered in the Wuhan virology research lab, in China.

    Take your pick on source.


    Many conspiracy theories maintain that the Chinese government carried out this programme and sort of accidentally released the virus into "the Wild".

    "John Case" published a good novel called The First Horseman back in circa 1998 in which a group of Eco-Terrorists bio-engineered a sample of the Spanish Flu to become a virulent virus which would decimate a majority of human global population: before releasing it, of course, they also developed a preventative vaccine for themselves.

    Since China seeks to dominate the World it is quite possible that Wuhan developed an engineered form of Novel Corona Virus and a powerful vaccine and released it.

    Sir Richard Dearlove maintains that the Covid-19 virus has extra bits which may be clearly observed under an electron microscope, thus proving it has been engineered...

    The next Conspiracy Theory is that the vaccines have been produced, with government leaders support, to earn vast sums for Big Pharma and that, of course, top politicians who are puppets to big business have earned nice little back handers paid into their secret offshore accounts.

    The final theory is that the lockdowns and controls have been brought in to ready the sheeple (Majority of dumbos) for the WEF'a globalist agenda and what is called The Big Reset, in which the uber-wealthy globalists will own everything and the sheeple will be reduced to a state of serfdom.


    The final thought, for me, is that since all politicians are basically utterly, totally useless and marginally brain dead egotists and conmen (and of course conwomen) and would be hard pushed to run a bath, let alone run a country, the resultant chaos is simply incompetence!

    Take your pick!

    On a personal note, I would have dearly loved to discuss all this with my cousin, Professor Dr. David Sims Reeves; a noted microbiologist, however, so sadly, he passed away, suddenly  in 2019. Until when, we spoke and exchanged emails very often.


  17. 3 hours ago, fromagebleu said:

    Estate agent says we must,

    That's a new one on me!

    If it was not agreed as a term of the contract of sale (The Compromis de vente)and was not a "Clause Suspensive within the compromis, then I suggest that the agent is siding with the buyer.

    Unfortunately, if you want the sale to proceed and as you are in Devon its a sort of Hobson's Choice moment.

    I would say that since it is accepted in France that a fosse septique needs emptying every three years or so, then easy access is a given. SPANC

    Unlike some friends who purchased a nice place not too far away from us and one weekend when the house was full with guests, the fosse blocked and caused back flushing all over the floor...

    When they finally found the fosse, it had been concreted over!


    In the final event they had to sport out for a complete new fosse and discharge field and since the ground behind the house was higher, it needed a special sump with a pump to push the effluent uphill!

    Here is a useful information source:



  18. 54 minutes ago, anotherbanana said:

    I had my third shot in September, quite a long time ago; should I be looking for number four or are none being offered?

    According to the Israeli experts it would seem one now needs a minimum of five! i.e. THREE boosters on top of the original two!

    I would suggest that until all mutant strains of the Covid-19 virus have, thanks to herd immunity, become less virulent, then it will probably be a bit like an annual flu shot.

    However, who really knows?


  19. Which provider offers the best deal for bricks and mortar and contents?

    We have been with Credit Agricole's captive assurance offshoot now since buying, however, I feel their assurance cover is exorbitant.

    Any ideas, please?


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