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  1. It's not difficult to do - if you have a printer then you can download a new form here (takes a while to load and needs Adobe installed on your PC): http://www.vittavi.net/sr/160/fichiers/medecin_traitant.pdf Complete it, take it to your new doctor for signing and stamping, or leave it with his secretary, then send it to your Caisse d'Assurance Maladie, no explanation needed. If you cannot print it off then ask your Caisse for a copy - Déclaration de choix du médecin traitant.
  2. One of the small print charges with teleconnect is 25€ for reactivation after suspension - I suspect this is an additional payment if they should have to suspend the service (for instance after late payment) and not if the client has chosen to. There is also a charge of 45€ for service cancellation which will probably be due on termination of the agreement.
  3. Gillian, Re: plafond for RMI - Le montant versé sera égal à la différence entre le montant maximum du RMI et le montant des ressources. so if your income is greater than the maximum amount of RMI payable then you would receive nothing but if it is less then you could be paid the difference. RMI levels for this year are here: http://tinyurl.com/2s9ddl however, aide au logement figures are deducted from the RMi amount if you own your own house.
  4. [quote user="Gillian"]Hi   I am glad you got RMI - I tried over a year ago to get RMI directly by applying to CAF  and was denied any form of RMI after giving in lots of paperwork (half a dozen times) on account that I did not have a carte de sejour when we arrived in France in 2004 as a family. Made life very difficult. Thought I would be entitled like a french person, but was told that being from UK was to be treated different to the french, RMI would not be automatic despite declaring taxes over here for previous years. Did CAF make a mistake or apply different rules locally to the National laws, I still don't know and would love to know the answer. How long does RMI last for anyway? 12 months only or for as long as you need it whilst getting the business up and away until it can pay a proper salary? Can I re-apply? Still curious.   Gillian   P.S. I thought that carte de sejour officially ended at the end of 2003. [/quote] Hi Gillian, as you probably know RMI is based on the whole income of your household for the previous 3 months or if you are in business then for the previous year - if your total income for the period is less than the plafond then you can make a claim. It seems best to make an appointment with your assistant sociale, your mairie will have their contact details, and go along with your Avis d'Impot 2006 - once the forms are all filled in an application for RMI will be made and if you fulfill the criteria then you should receive a monthly payment based on your income level. Payment would be backdated to the beginning of the month in which you first make your claim. Thereafter, every 3 months you would receive a form to complete with your income for that period, if your sole income is from your business then you simply attach a copy of your Avis d'Impot 2006 until you receive the one for 2007 then you attach that one - assuming it is still under the plafond. If you qualify for RMI then you will automatically qualify for CMU, school bourses and Allocation de rentrée scolaire. However, in return you're expected to take steps to improve your financial position, these steps are arrived at in conjunction with the assistant sociale. Sometimes it's possible to find solutions other times not but the important thing is to show that you are trying. The RMI period is likely to be between 3 and 12 months and before the end of it you should make a further appointment with the AS and they will then review your situation. Yes you can re-apply but possibly better to apply via your AS this time. Good luck :)
  5. It's a Punk moth really [:P] I've only seen ever one since I've been in France - nice photos by the way :)
  6. I totally agree with Christine Animal, it must be one of those brushes, you can see part of the handle in the original picture, Allez France [:P]
  7. Just to qualify SD's excellent reply - the minimum requirement for the BSR licence is 5 hours of lessons at a driving school and for the A1 licence it's 21 hours of lessons - these are obligatory. My son is currently taking lessons for his A1 licence and by the time he has completed his course and passed the exam the cost will be around 1000 euros - and then the true expense will begin I suspect [blink]
  8. I agree totally with the remarks about Norton and I would include McAfee as well - I use Windows Firewall plus Prevx virus and malware protection (http://www.prevx.com/homeproducts.asp) which is inexpensive, unintrusive and uses little resource. I don't usually pay for PC programmes but I was sufficently impressed with Prevx to do so!!
  9. Gemini_man


    Personally I would have it removed -  in the grenier is too close to home so far as I'm concerned. A couple of years ago I had a problem with a very active hornet nest in the split trunk of a clients ash tree - it was too active for me to consider dealing with it so I went to ask advice at the Pompiers in Ribérac, they said they no longer deal with hornet nests and gave me a card for a guy at St. Astier - I phoned him and he duly came, togged himself up in an all in one suit and proceeded to spray chemicals into the nest area, after a while he pulled out the nest, complete with larvae, and put it in a big plastic bag - the nest was more than the size of a football and he said that was pretty large and mature. The chemicals imobilised the hornets by attacking their nervous system however he said to beware of any around the trunk as they could still sting until their death which took up to 3 days. The cost was around 75€ and he said if there was still activity after 5 days he would come back and treat it again at no extra charge.
  10. [quote user="Rosemary J"]Secondly, can vines thrive in the Auvergne?  I have an enquiry from someone who wants to create a vineyard near Commentry.[/quote] Apparently yes - have a look here:- http://www.cantal-walking.com/wine.html not sure where Commentry is near though.
  11. Val that's what I thought you were saying when I read your post through again but by then I'd already posted my reply so I didn't change it :)
  12. As Val_2 says it's entirely to do with your income. Bourses for the school/university year 2007/2008 depend on your Avis d'Impôts 2005 but so far as I'm aware have nothing to do with being an artisan, commerçant or an employee simply how much you earned that year. However, it's unlikely you can make an application now until the rentrée.
  13. I think spg already hit the button: try and follow this: ANSWER! Here’s yer problem, buddy. Your computer thinks you have the ‘Fn’ key (otherwise known as the function key) held down right now, even though you don’t! You can tell that this is the problem if the letters/numbers which come out on the screen are the ones which are noted on the lower part of the keys you’re pressing. And you’ll notice that if you actually hold down the ‘Fn’ key, your computer’s keyboard acts as it normally does. So why does the computer think the ‘Fn’ key is being held down, even when it’s not? Because you have ‘Num Lock’ on! When you have the ‘Num Lock’ key on, your computer perpetually thinks that the Fn key is held down. Here’s how to turn ‘Num Lk’ off if you want your keyboard acting normal again: hold ‘Fn’ and hit the ‘Num Lk’ button. (You have to hold Fn while doing this, because otherwise, the computer would think you were trying to press ‘Scr Lk’, or scroll lock. I don’t know the layout of every keyboard of every computer sony has ever made, so it might be different for you.), after that, everything should work normal again. For some reason, Sony Vaio laptops, on the rare occasion turn their ‘num lock’ on by themselves. It’s easy as it can be to turn it back off, it’s just that it can be very confusing for someone who doesn’t understand the problem. Hope that cures it !
  14. Sixteen years in october. [8-|]
  15. [quote user="Panda "]Great photos John. I found a very tiny type of mouse in the garden yesterday but it hopped (rather that ran) and it had really huge back feet when compared to his front, bit like a gerbil, I've got no picture.   I could easily catch it which worried me so I quickly put it out of the cat, dogs and chickens way, what m ight it have been? Loads of stag beetles about this year, is it a bumper year, do they like this damp summer? Panda [/quote] probably a mulot Panda http://tinyurl.com/2yds4a
  16. [quote user="Pierre ZFP"]No, no - I'm sure that some people with these trees are quite nice really [:$][/quote] nothing wrong with tarts - I'm quite partial to them myself [:P]
  17. agree with his old aunt - it ain't nice but it works or a good slice with a garden trowel has the same effect alternatively gather them all up in a bucket and sprinkle salt on them - they will soon die a very sticky 'orrible death.
  18. [quote user="Bones"]The best way to avoid viruses etc is to dump internet explorer for Firefox. It's free. You'll notice a huge drop in adware etc. I used to use adaware but find myself using it less and less since changing to Firefox - no point! If you're behind the livebox you're double covered and if you then add a half decent antivirus/firewall you're sorted. [/quote] download Spybot and run it - you will find a load of malware despite Firefox and your Freebox. i run Adaware and Spybot every week or two and Spybot always finds lots more malware.
  19. have a look here: http://tinyurl.com/32hg9r
  20. I don't have gites but I am involved with them ....... in my opinion it just isn't worth the hassle trying to get holidaymakers to understand the local re-cycling rules - they're only here for one or two weeks so I say: all bottles to the bottle bank (directions) and everything else in black sacks as household waste. the amount or re-cycling lost is probably not very significant. :)
  21. Hibou, I'm not disagreeing with Poolguy but if you've been having a lot of rain recently that will introduce plenty of dust and particles into the pool which are then left as patches of sediment by the floculant that you use, basically that's it's purpose: to gather together quantities of fine particles which are in suspension and leave it on the bottom of the pool. In my experience if you have a significant amount it's best to vacuum it carefully and slowly to waste. I would then plan to change the sand at the end of the season, as poolguy says: 4/5 years is about time to change.
  22. [quote user="Maxine"]I have tried Tiscali, Orange and found them wanting. Switched to Teleconnect and my troubles are over. No contract, cancel when you wish! Helpline and instructions all in English. 'Free' calls to UK and others for 5 euros.pm.There is no contest! [/quote] I looked carefully at Teleconnect before deciding on Free - agreed about the help line being in english etc but i was a bit concerned about a) they only guarantee 94% or  96% connection time to adsl (but i expect that's perhaps normal) and b) i was rather put off by their terms and conditions which are here but in larger type than they give: Price list effective 08/02/2007 ADSL Subscription €29,90/month Rental of Wi-Fi modem FREE UK2U virtual number in UK FREE Additional phone line FREE 2 hours/month calls to Anglo zone* FREE 2 hours/month call plan covering 40 countries** €3/month Unlimited calls to Anglo zone* €5/month Unlimited local and national calling*** €5/month Activation Fee €30 Exchange of modem for upgrade model €45 Non-return modem in good working order €160 Service cancellation €45 Reactivation after line cut €45 Reactivation after suspension €25 Transfer of subscription to another line €45 Surcharge for service without preselection €5/month Rejection by bank of direct debit €15 Receive invoice by mail €2,50/invoice *fixed lines in UK, Ireland, Australia and fixed and mobile lines in USA and Canada. **Call plan applies to fixed lines in: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela ***geographic numbers in France (01,02,03,04,05), but excluding calls to 017 numbers for computer servers, calling platforms, etc.
  23. [quote user="Emma"]Thats it!! Its a hoopoe.. aren't they the ones that are meant to make that strange noise a bit like a cuckoo, but different!   [/quote] Quite right - they go "hoop hoop" "hoop hoop"  :) well that's what it sounds like to me [:P]
  24. I can understand you being less than impressed with Free if they don't offer a proper help service - it hasn't happened to me as we have always managed to sort out our problems ourselves or via the Free forums which are very useful. Do keep us informed as to how things go with Alice - as with all ISP's you hear good and bad about them! Right now we have no problems with Free other than brief disconnects and the Freebox resetting itself frequently on the hour which is annoying but only lasts a minute or so.
  25. choccie, have a look here: http://tinyurl.com/d8lak click on the part of plant that has the problem, then click on the picture that appears similar et voila it might help to confirm that blight is the problem and if so which type of blight. also found this: If blight appears during the growing season, control is somewhat more difficult. Cut off affected branches as soon as you spot signs of blight. If only one of your plants is affected, remove that plant from the garden. Good luck :)
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