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  1. Now what I find so risible, Ken, is the whole concept behind the formation of the EEC - which was naturally ignored by fools such as Heath, of course! - was to end wars and problems between member states. Of course, no politician actually bothered to read or task a highly paid civil servant with apposite skills to read and report on the Treaty of Rome, which was the founding document. Now, if they had have actually taken the time and trouble, they would have recoiled in horror; as the Treaty laid out forward plans for EMU (Economic and Monetary Union: i.e. the Euro and one system of taxation common to all); plus the concept of a federal state, one system of law, and so on. Heath, of course, lied and represented the EEC as a sort of trading agreement; neatly ignoring the singular fact that we already had one! It was called EFTA (The European Free Trade Agreement). So why did we need another? In order to now limit legal immigration (essential to achieve) and Illegal Immigration, needs absolute agreement by both Brussels and member state politicians: as well as ensuring that there would be no breaches of the European Human Rights Laws. Plus, of course, shutting up the fools in the blighted UN! Oh, and the silly old duffer who presently serves as the Pope! Expecting all such boxes to be ticked with the current gang of useless self-serving politicians who would be hard put to run a bath is impossible. Which is why they waffle, pontificate and rabbit on about "Social Enrichment", the wonders of a multi-cultural society and etc. in the attempt of trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the electorate.
  2. From my perspective, it is pretty clear our glorious leaders haven't a real clue about handling this pandemic. Only a few days ago, one UK government spokesman stated that there were 250 cases of Omicron in the UK: shortly afterwards, this was corrected to ten! This virus has created more supposed "Experts" than any other situation I can recall.
  3. It seems pretty obvious, Ken, that all leading contenders set out to eat Le Pen's lunch, on immigration! Politicians know full well, that flooding a nation state with incomers who refuse to integrate and demand the constant accommodation for their own cultural mores (Let alone their religious demands), has created/will create huge societal friction. However, spouting on about it is easy in a political manifesto: actually doing something about it if and when elected are two hugely disparate matters! At least Orban has actually taken positive steps; despite constant and increasing threats from Brussels.
  4. About the only politician to have the guts and brains to speak out is Viktor Orban, the PM of Hungary.
  5. Good point, Lehaut. However when I use the term generically, I do tend to leave out the USA! Mad, mad place. California in particular. That said, I worked on a project in Silicon Valley Calif. back in the early 1980s, based in San Jose and enjoyed some splendid experiences and made some good friends. Your comment reminded me of the first UK tour of one Jerry Lee Lewis back in the mists of time; when he brought along his new bride of circa 14 years old! Big stink and furore!
  6. I know it is near Christmas and I ought to be more uplifting, however, how could any sane person hurt and eventually kill this gorgeous little girl? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/14/star-hobson-murder-verdict-savannah-brockhill-frankie-smith I despair.
  7. Eh? A diesel injection system is very simple: actually, more simple than a petrol car. mainly because the diesel is what is called Compression Ignition whereas a petrol car needs regular sparks and the fuel and ignition systems are intertwined and controlled by a complex computer which uses what is called "Mapping". Modern diesels are also mapped. The fuel pump and injectors are indeed proprietary (as are petrol injection systems), however nearly all parts are readily available and there are legions of specialists who rebuild pumps and injectors. The most vulnerable component in a diesel is (If fitted) the Turbocharger. That said many performance petrol cars also use a turbo for more oomph. However, once again, many specialists these days who repair and recondition turbos. Worth remembering, perhaps, that probably the most common Taxi in Africa and the Middle East was/is the Mercedes 200 diesel: and are expected, if correctly serviced to achieve 400,000 Km! https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/classic/history/michael-nickl-and-his-million-kilometres-in-the-mercedes-200-diesel-w124/
  8. If you hover your cursor over it, Nick, it tells you your rank! A bit like a McDonald's good girl star I suppose! 😁
  9. "Denmark The age of consent in the Kingdom of Denmark is 15 as specified by Section 222:[20] § 222. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 15, shall be punished by imprisonment for up to 8 years, unless the situation is covered by § 216 paragraph 2. In determining the penalty, it shall be an aggravating circumstance if the perpetrator has gained intercourse by exploiting his physical or mental superiority. Section 223, part 1, reads: "Any person who has sexual intercourse with any child under 18, who is said person's adopted child, stepchild or foster child, or who is entrusted to said person for education or upbringing, will be liable to imprisonment for any term not exceeding four years", this includes teachers. Further, part 2 of § 223 establishes that the same punishment is applicable to any person found to have grossly exploited their age and experience based superiority over a person under the age of 18 to seduce said minor into intercourse." Q.V. https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/EUR1824302020ENGLISH.pdf Surely, Ken East and West have absolutely nothing to do with law? The next problem, to me, is that the ECHR have, once more, reached a decision which conflicts with the apparent body of law? What's next? "Oh, Female Genital Mutilation is the normal thing in our country." Or, "No it is normal in our country to smother malformed babies at birth, because the Prophet, peace be upon him, cannot tolerate imperfection."
  10. "Former Danish Migration Minister Inger Støjberg has been sentenced to 60 days in prison after being convicted of illegally separating child brides from migrant men in 2016. The former Minister for Immigration and Integration, who served in the role from 2015 to 2019, was found guilty of violating the Ministerial Responsibility Act on Monday over her brief policy of separating couples — predominantly migrant men with underage wives — during the height of the European migrant crisis. Støjberg had separated 18 couples in 2016 after deciding migrant girls aged between 14 and 17 would not be accommodated in the same asylum reception facilities as their husbands, most of whom were adults. According to a report from the Danish broadcaster TV2, the separation of the couples was found to be contrary to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and several points of Danish administrative law." Thus, those who seek to prevent paedophiles, must be banged up in gaol? Pardon me?
  11. OK, Woolly: I'll send her a PM then!😁
  12. I am unable to create and send Private Messages. I can infill the recipient and the title, however that's about it. No way I can compose and post the message. Why, please?
  13. Well cajal Hades, being a supposed Greek God rather than a place, your mythological belief tends to beat all! 😵 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hades Additionally, you clearly believe in having a soul and some form of life after death? Beats me...
  14. Well, having looked up this musician, I would suggest she is a bit of a nut: however, since she is Swedish, these days, that goes without saying! For me it all depends upon how one defines "Culture". No doubt many of the uber-Woke brigade would suggest The Who performing in, say, St. Pauls Cathedral and finishing the gig by smashing up the organ would be a cultural event. Quote: "However, catholics dictating what standards and beliefs are acceptable, in a free society, where history shows that their shenanigans frequently have fallen short of their very own preachings and moral standards, seems rather questionable." Does this apply to most of the few remaining devout worshipers as well as the shall we say management honchos in the Vatican? I would think not. Those who support a church community, attend regularly and respect their Pere, are surely entitled to reject use of their sanctified building for any event to which they have justified misgivings about, are they not?
  15. "The incoming left-wing coalition government in Germany is set to push for a so-called ‘United States of Europe’ through the creation of a federal EU superstate, confirming concerns long expressed by Brexiteers." https://www.spd.de/fileadmin/Dokumente/Koalitionsvertrag/Koalitionsvertrag_2021-2025.pdf Considering Germany's dominant role in the EU, financial aspects in particular, it seems the Fourth Reich will be enacted shortly. Macron's apparently cosy relationship with Merkel has already sown the seeds. Now, bearing in mind the staunch anti-German feeling of so many older people in France, one wonders quite where this might lead?
  16. To be serious for a moment, ALBF, national competitions such as Miss France are the precursors for the Miss World, competition. That is the point. Non? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_World
  17. Well yes indeed, Woolly. The once hallowed BBC a day or so ago, published a list of (in their warped opinion) of the 1,000 most influential women in Britain. Which included - yes, you guessed it! - a number of blokes who state they are in fact women! My first thought was that, well, now we know how all the "Bearded Ladies" who appeared in the post Victorian freak shows came about!
  18. Well, I can think of two points immediately, ALBF! 😅 Whether they have tassels is a wholly different matter.
  19. Indeed; best to have your house at the top or near a nice hill! Like us... One of the most popular areas near us is Loison-sur-Créquoise: the Créquoise Valley is very nice: all provided it doesn't, err, flood!
  20. Weird... Previously, I have successfully used the edit facility; however, now it doesn't work for me, either! I am also having dire problems with Private Messaging: I try to create a PM, insert the name of the recipient, title, etc but then the damned thing will not allow me to create the message! Clearly a software problem: Mods ad Admin please note! Update: the edit function worked this time round; it seems you are only allowed a tiny finite time space to edit.
  21. If you look at the top of the pane (i.e. the screen layout) on the right, under"Reply to this topic" you will see three large dots. Click on the dots with the cursor and the edit facility should pop up.
  22. As I have suggested previously, such personal differences ought to be aired by PM, not on the open forum.
  23. I cannot see, Alan, how a second Notaire could add any benefit? The Notaire's function in the matter of probate is firstly to register the change of title (and notify The Impôt in order they know who to send tax demands to!) and to collect any inheritance taxes due. Since there is no will, it is actually a very straightforward matter insofar as the Notaire is concerned, as it is dictated by French inheritance law. Whilst clearly not so, for the two siblings! I have considerable professional experience of Contentious Probate under UK law: which is an utter - and potentially expensive - nightmare. Mainly since UK probate law dates back to circa 1890 😲 and relies completely on precedent: with the singular exception of the Children and Families Act, 2014, which makes allowance for children who need some financial provision (e.g. physically or mentally impaired and unable to support themselves), even though not mentioned in a will. Human beings at their worst, when greed overcomes moral compass...
  24. OK and thank you. It would seem pretty clear. As your father passed away intestate (i.e. leaving no will) and since he lived in France, then the estate will be subject to French inheritance law and charged to tax in France. Your brother, no matter that there is obvious ill will between you, cannot take a greater share of the estate than that dictated by French law. I would suggest if you are not assured, then you could query the values placed upon the house and contents and demand independent valuations. The Notaire's principle role is to ensure the French state is paid all taxes due, before the distribution is made.
  25. A software glitch screwed up my post of yesterday evening! I will now -try! - to post this again... OK, that's no 1 out of the way. 2. Did your father live in France full time? 3. Did he leave any UK assets, particularly property? 4. Did he pass away in France or the UK?
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