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Gluestick

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  1. Hmm...A Pissoir? 😀
  2. It's the only way I can enjoy some intelligent conversation, at times ALBF! 🤣
  3. Interesting... Inflation across the Eurozone hit a record in December. https://tradingeconomics.com/euro-area/inflation-cpi IMHO, all politicians suffer from what i call Golden Goose Syndrome: they believe they can simply blithely carry on with their idiot policies, increase taxes and the hard pressed taxpayer will harvest another golden egg! Macron's obvious attitude reference Britain and tourism, is an excellent exemplar.
  4. The statutory report is basically about lead and the electrical wiring. As both ALBF and The Banana Man state (To which I agree), if the fosse septique does not conform to the standards demanded by SPANC, well resolution is up to the potential purchaser. Under French property law for sales, any sensible purchaser demands what is called a Clause Suspensive on the initial purchase agreement (Compromis de Vente), which negates the potential purchaser's legal obligation if any noted facet is faulty. In which case their deposit is returned. It is up to the buyer to negotiate a purchase price, which allows rectification of any faults or problems.
  5. Not only do visitors to France represent tourism, Noisette. but since they are not residents and fiscally resident, more importantly, the hordes of British second home owners can be classed as visitors and thus tourists. Mrs Gluey and I are prime examples. I dread to consider quite how much we have spent - in France - during the past 25 years! You should try espousing your views to my close friends and clients whose pan-European business has been destroyed by Brexit and the Pandemic. Not so many years ago their earnings (i.e. Net Tazable Profit: not Gross Revenue (Turnover), were in excess of £1,000,000 in one year alone... In 2014 British tourists spent around five billion euros in France. Domestic tourism consumption more or less remained stable for the next two years. Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1121911/expenses-visitors-british-tourism-france/ ... Characteristic Spending in billions of euros 2017 5.77 2016 4.72 2015 4.51 2014 4.72
  6. Looking at the economic metrics now being revealed, the impact of Brexit upon manufacturing/exporting EU states is clearly enormous. Add the Covid-19 Pandemic plus supply chain problems and 2022 looks economically dire for the EU. It is an undeniable fact, that there was a large imbalance in favour of the EU, of trade with the UK. Plus, of course, the absence of the UK paying a most punitive annual membership fee, when considered relative to population and etc. Numerous politicians have been quite honest, in admitting that they made leaving the EU as difficult and expensive as possible for Britain and would continue to try and penalise the UK: these include Michel Barnier, Guy Verhofstadt (Odious creep!) and others; including Macron. Tourism is a HUGE business in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece etc. Perhaps the voters will wake up as their income vanishes...
  7. Holiday makers tend to go to the South: for the weather, beaches and general ambience. More generally, la France Profonde, still offers wonderful food and wine; superb countryside; excellent roads; and a far nicer ambience than the UK. For myself, one of the attractions of La Belle France, thanks to its size (bear in mind that the land mass of Metropolitan France is circa four times that of England: and the populations very similar. The variation of climate in France is quite amazing; it is rather like a number of different countries! The life style and culture also varies enormously, from region to region. When we first purchased our second home in the Pas de Calais, it was eerily like going back to the 1950s, for me. Little traffic on the roads; far less atmospheric pollution, mainly thanks to more space and less people per sq Km and being near la Manche. Ooddles of places to stay, from chambre d'hotes to auberges etc. Or, I suppose one could stay in Blackpool...
  8. Hmmm... I have drilled down further into this and there is a significant variance between sources. Back to the words of PM Benjamin Disraeli: "There are lies; damned lies; and statistics!" https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_4362 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55274833
  9. OK, I'll edit. "The UK LED Europe in the number BEING vaccinated!" France was initially slow... https://www.euronews.com/2021/03/17/what-are-the-real-reasons-behind-france-s-slow-vaccine-rollout
  10. Why? Micron is simply rattling his sabre, trying to demonstrate to the French voters what a patriot he is. Plus continuing the EU hatred of Britain for daring to leave their incestuous, corrupt and wholly dysfunctional political club. The continuing dissent over fishing licenses and the Northern Irish "Border", ought to have been sorted out as part of the separation agreement: however, Call Me Dave was and is a core remainer, as was Theresa May (Or may not, depending on how she felt at the time!). Instead of hard nosed negotiation with the odious Michel Barnier, they both sort of went on bended knee waving a white flag. Bozo the Clown was no different. Pretty stupid, really, as the UK leads Europe in the number of people who have been vaccinated. What morons like Macron forget, is the vast amount of money - and taxes - tourists contribute to popular vacation places. This economic effect will soon be felt again as the Spring and Summer approaches.
  11. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-macron-book-idUSKBN17E21X Plus many other sources.
  12. With the singular exception of Hungary, which has created very generous tax breaks for women who give birth to and raise children, most couples in Europe both have to work to pay excessive taxes and living costs and simply cannot afford the woman dumping her career to have children. The old fool in the Vatican, has lost the plot and seems to believe he is a politician rather than the prelate of the Holy See. Justin Whelk (as I call him) the Archbishop of Canterbury, is the same.
  13. It is not the word, Woolly. It is the creep's contempt for the people of France.
  14. Hopefully, the odious little creep will pee off himself, soon and take his grisly granny with him!
  15. Always remember with property investment the hallowed words of Conrad Hilton: Location, Location and Location. If anyone is considering investing in property for rental, then Hilton's words are truer than ever, today.
  16. Meanwhile back on topic... https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/01/04/j-k-rowling-cancelled-by-uk-school-over-transgender-views/ Must be a rotten school! I dread to think what the quality and integrity of the staff must be like!
  17. I couldn't agree more Gardian! Bearing in mind I am a qualified accountant still in part-time practise. I would also comment from my own investigation into the potential of buying and letting residential property in France some years back, it was not a very attractive proposition. French law much favours the tenant. Commercial property might well be a better proposition.
  18. I suppose one could purchase a new car when the battery failed, too? Or, in similar vein, knock down the house and build a new one...
  19. Glad to see not everyone has cowed down to the woke nonsense! https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/01/03/leading-british-girls-schools-wont-accept-legally-male-applicants/
  20. Well that is where are; when allowed back, of course... The river valleys enjoy a micro climate: shorter Winters, early Spring and often Indian Summers. Can be very cold in Winter; temps of -20 are not unusual. We even suffered a toilet cistern freezing and cracking (we now empty it when we leave). When this happened we did not notice the cracks; until one evening, after a long day, I was in bed and suddenly heard shrieks from Mrs Gluey! She was happily ensconced on the loo when the cistern let go, soaked her and flooded the loo and corridor! So there was me in me underpants wielding a mop and I must admit laughing...
  21. Years back it was known as Dordogneshire, as it was the favourite place for ex pat Brits to relocate to...
  22. Macron is a shill for the Rothschild family. He cares not a fig for la belle France or its people. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/18/emmanuel-macron-is-about-to-face-five-years-of-crazy-conspiracy-theories/ If one researches many (far too many!) senior politicians etc in Europe, then a majority are tied to the Vampire Squid; aka Goldman Sachs.
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