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  1. Thanks, Clair (or should I say Merci Beaucoup!).
  2. A French friend of my wife's wishes to visit the UK with her next year. Am I right in saying that she (the friend) will need a French passport, as the UK did not sign up to the Schengen agreement, or can she travel on her French Carte d'Identité?
  3. Anton, I've got two of the Maria Theresa thalers which were struck by the Royal Mint; I bought them for silver value + striking cost when I worked there (early Sixties). I believe they were struck to be used in covert operations in the Middle East in the Fifties (?Aden), and then Austria decided that they were still legal tender despite bearing the date "1711".
  4. I'm sorry, but I thought everybody knew that the best National Anthem in the world is..................."Land of my fathers" (especially when sung by Katherine Jenkins at the Millennium Stadium!!).
  5. Best wishes to you both. I can't add anything to what's already been said!
  6. Thanks, Anton, but unfortunately my friend doesn't have the number of the card!
  7. If anybody in Haute-Vienne or the Dordogne is offered a Skybox and card in the near future, could you let me know by PM or Email? (Also a DVD recorder, and a couple of portable televisions.) This follows a break-in at a friend's house and gite complex at the weekend. Obviosly, if you can get details of the vendor, that wouild be greatly appreciated by both us and the gendarmes. Many thanks
  8. Corona was originally made by a firm in South Wales called Thomas & Evans; my dad knew the man who started the Corona business for them ( or so he told me ).
  9. He is, of course, doing what he's done all his married life: getting up first to take her breakfast in bed.
  10. Still slightly hung over from the aperos! 19 councillors here, and two lists. 7 elected from each list, and I as the only resortissant managed to get 505 votes (out of1125 cast), so feel quite pleased with myself, but Ishall be in the play-off next Sunday. I think my appearance on France3 helped. If anyone wants to seit, its here  http://jt.france3.fr/, 12/13 Limosin, Vendredi 7 Mars. Cheers, and good luck to anybody else who is in next Sunday's vote.
  11. Patrick, I don't know how old you are, but when I was a kid in the 40s and 50s, almost every house in the UK had a sewing machine, and mothers made and mended clothes and domestic linen with them; seeing the machines in the houses at Oradour took me back to my childhood. Apart from the horror of what took place there, it is a fascinating piece of social history; you can see how life was in a small French town in the 30s, and also the trades that no longer exist.
  12. Thanks, MT, and you did very well today!!
  13. But where's it gone today? Any ideas??
  14. Sylvia Can I second all your sentiments (well, except for crying - big boys don't cry!!)? Phil (actually in Chalus)
  15. Click on "utilitaires" - that's commercial vehicles.
  16. I've hired from Rentacar Limoges three times (once to UK, twice to Switzerland); you can specify on there website the probable kilometrage, so you know exactly what you will pay. They have branches in Poitiers and La Roche Posay.
  17. Thanks, Val! I'll be in the Mairie tomorrow.
  18. While on the subject, can anybody confirm whether I need to re-register for next years elections? I registered last year, and it seems from the form instructions that 5 years of registration are necessary for it to be permanent. But my neighbour, M.le Maire, assures me that once is enough. Thanks
  19. Valleyboy


    They are probably psychopathic killers who have perfected that innocent look to fool the unwary.
  20. There is a bug in the Comodo firewall update t0 version 3.0, or perhaps it just didn't like me. It sent my computer into a continuous loop, and I had to start in Safe Mode and System Restore to get back to normality. If you're using Comodo, my advice is don't update until the bug is fixed.
  21. I have to say that I admire Paul Gray's courage in taking the blame for his department's failure, and wonder what Sir Ian Blair thinks of his action. But... how about a conspiracy theory... the "junior official " was in league with an "illegal immigrant" security guard, and the discs are now somewhere in Eastern Europe?
  22. Does anybody know the relationship between the French and UK methods of measuring cholesterol? My wife's C-level is high according to our medecin traitante, but the blood tests show a level of about 2.6, with a safe level of about 2. (figures from memory)
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