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  1. [quote user="sweet 17"] Raining all day here in the southern Charente Maritime. Dog was fed up with the weather, had her usual walk curtailed because it was just too wet. This evening feels cool; OK probably not really cold and probably just a bit of an indulgence; but we have lit our first fire of the winter. Smoked a bit and took a bit of coaxing but here we are, it's dark outside, dog is still fed up and we have a fire blazing in the Godin. What hopes of being careful with the fuel and trying to make the logs last?  It's only early September, for heaven's sake! Anyone lit a fire this evening? [/quote] Meant to post this last night but had to finish fitting tiles instead!  We are W Charente Maritime rather than south but despite the rain it was still really warm yesterday indoors.  25 degrees last night and 22 this morning at 0730. We have very thick walls that really hold the heat and do not normally need to have a fire until late October. 
  2. [quote user="Sunday Driver"] The simple solution is to obtain an exchange French licence before the UK licence expires.  The French licence has no expiry date....[;-)] [/quote] Unless you return to the UK in which case it lasts until you reach 70 or for three years whichever is the longer period
  3. Like many other similar items they are mainly a deterrent. Obviously not as strong as a grill and a good kick would probably do the trick, but we have them on roadside windows and are happy enough to leave the house with them open. Depends on your location I suppose
  4. We use these entrebailleurs on all our doors and windows. can be fitted with a small padlock if required and the smallest  opening would probably stop the cat. http://www.manutan.fr/entrebailleurs-de-confort_MDL1322-24.html?WT.mc_id=Shopzilla_equipement-securisation-et-entretien-des-locaux
  5. Ours came by cheque from the trésor public very shortly after the avis d'impots[:D]
  6. My understanding is that you have to complete both forms each year - which is what we have always done. 2047 includes a breakdown of all your worldwide income, tax etc and gives you the total which is transferred to the 2042. Only one avis d'impot is received
  7. This is absolutely nothing to do with France, hence its location in the forum.  I know I am not the only ex serviceman on here and hope that, whatever your views on the rights or wrongs of the current conflicts, this Email I received will receive a sympathetic response. I am personally doubtful of the effectiveness of these petitions other than to show the extent, or lack of support! However it gets my vote   "This is a great idea. RMH Haslar at Gosport is set to close, but is still operational and could be made into a great home for our injured service personnel.    Some background:  '2 Para' alone have on their current tour sent back over 50 casualties to the UK, and even that many cannot be accommodated at Selly Oak Hospital. So when all of the casualties from other battle groups are added to this figure, how is ONE ward in ONE NHS hospital going to cope? It cannot, and as a result the individual troops are sent home to recover relying on NHS visiting services which themselves are over committed.   We need a dedicated military hospital if servicemen and servicewomen, who have been committed to hostilities and injured, are to get the medical care they rightly deserve.   A lot more than 5000 names are needed for this petition to survive, and quite cynically, Downing Street has put a time limit of one month - during the summer holidays - for this to be achieved.  Please support it - please copy the link below to confirm your signature on the petition. Please forward this email to as many people as you can.  Thanks. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Wounded/ <http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Wounded/>   The petition was created by Denzil Connick and reads:  'We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Create a dedicated Military & Veterans Hospital within the UK.'    
  8. Had a similar problem on two of my mower wheels and my local motoculture repair man suggested put in an inner tube. No problem since and no doubt cheaper than new rims [:D]
  9. I suppose the south is anywhere below halfway down - check it out on the map. We are towards the south on the coast in Mortagne sur Gironde where the climate is generally pretty good.  This was in december 2007 but it didn't last very long!  [:)] [IMG]http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r98/AIM9M/P1260059.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r98/AIM9M/P1260054.jpg[/IMG]
  10. Try googling "solar powered pool pumps". There are a lot of hits
  11. It may be of interest that although there will be checks from 1 July there will be no fines until 1 October. http://www2.securiteroutiere.gouv.fr/vos-infos/presse/communiques/2-2008/CP_14-04-08.html
  12. The first link will give you info for Poitou Charentes and the second, from the prefecture site, for Charente Maritime http://info.eau-poitou-charentes.org/ http://www.charente-maritime.pref.gouv.fr/gestion_eau/f_gestion_eau.htm
  13. Additional bit of  info - The requirement for emission tests in alternate years has now been removed for camping cars
  14. Our pages jaunes and pages blanc are delivered about March each year.
  15. My understanding with cyanuric acid is that once it's there it's there for good and the only way to reduce it is to dilute.  We change about 30% of the water at the end of each season and that seems to keep it in bounds.
  16. New LNB purchased, installed and skewed. Perfect picture.  [:)]  Dismantled the old LNB - as you do - and there was indeed a significant amount of water inside.  Thanks for all help and advice.
  17. [quote user="now just john "]In 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall how fabulous you really looked…. You’re not as fat as you imagine. [8-|][/quote] In twenty years I'll be happy to still be here looking
  18. Here goes nothing.  a very young Chas age 16 as an RN apprentice in 1954 [IMG]http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r98/AIM9M/ChasChambersS213Class1954013.jpg[/IMG] Those were the days!!
  19. A bit of a hijack really but we have also lost our signal and have followed Anton's advice without success. Nothing in the signal strength or quality, network ID 0000 and transport stream 0000.  [:(]  I'm certain that the dish has not moved but on the LNB the plastic 'cover'(?) that faces the dish is badly cracked. could water ingress during last nights heavy rain have shorted something out and caused my problem.  If so are LNBs standard items and readily available? All advice greatfully received.
  20. [quote user="Albert the InfoGipsy"][quote user="Chas"] Leclanche with inventing the cell that early electricity was kept in. [/quote] What had it done to deserve that? [/quote] Improperly conducting itself  I believe
  21. [quote user="Dick Smith"]This is all well and good, but my mother really believed that if you took the plug out of the socket and didn't turn it off, then the electricity would leak out. She claimed to be able to smell it... [/quote] And if you subscribe to this theory you would presumably be able to see it.  [8-)] "So simple! So obvious that we couldn't see it! Leo discovered how power circuits work. He says smoke is the real thing that makes power circuits work because every time you let smoke out of something electrical, it quits working. He claims to have verified this with thorough testing." "Of course! Smoke makes all things that are electrical work. Remember the last time smoke escaped from a transformer? Didn't it quit working? I sat and smiled like an idiot as more of the truth dawned. I remembered when I'd witnessed the awful destruction of a four-kilovolt breaker and bus at Sunnyvale. The breaker and bus had leaked out so much smoke that they actually melted and quit working. See, it's the conductor that carries the smoke from one device to another. It starts at a power plant where the stuff is burned to produce smoke. The smoke we see coming from the stacks is excess that the system doesn't need. The smoke is then sent down the conductors to transformers. Transformers are big and require lots of smoke to work properly. That's why the conductors are so big. If those conductors spring a leak, it lets the smoke out of everything, and then nothing works! Forget about electron theory!"
  22. [quote user="powerdesal"]If my memory serves me well.... Quotes from "Electricity for Armourers and Sea Man Gunners" Electricity is stored in batteries, there are big batteries and small batteries, the small batteries can hold as much as the big ones because the electricity is carefully packed, in the big batteries it is just shovelled in. You can see electricity at the side of the road sometimes, in the big drums of pipes waiting to be delivered. Some electricity needs to be connected to the ground to work properly, aircraft have special arrangements. One day I will find the original print. [/quote] I went looking for it and found something similar Electrical Refresher Training Because EMTs and first aiders are expected to do mundane human things like change light bulbs and talk on radios, a few hints are given here for their guidance on the mysterious Power of Electricity. Electricity is manufactured in Power Stations, where it is fed into wire which are then wound around large drums. These drums can often be seen on the roadside, especially where electricity is being or about to be delivered to remote towns and villages, such as Preston, Carlisle and Anglesey. Electricity is made up of two ingredients, positive and negative. One ingredient travels along a wire covered in brown plastic, and the other in a wire covered in blue plastic. When these two wires meet together in a socket, the different ingredients mix to form electricity. Some electricity, however, does not need to go along wires, that used in lightning for example, or in portable radios. This kind of electricity is not generated, but lies loose. Electricity must be earthed. That is to say, it has to be connected to the ground before it can function, except in the case of ships and aeroplanes, which have separate arrangements. Electricity makes a low humming noise. This noise may be pitched at different levels for use in doorbells, telephones and electric organs. With the invention of coloured electricity, so also came a great easing of the traffic problem. Hitherto, Policemen had to be used at road junctions. The Light Switch. The lever in the middle of the switch controls a small vice or clamp which grips the wires very hard and thus prevents the electricity from passing that point when the switch is in the OFF position. Electricity may be stored in batteries. Big batteries do not necessarily hold more electricity than small batteries. In big batteries the electricity is just shovelled in, while in the small ones, the electricity is flat packed. The electricity that is held in a defibrillator is flat packed and compressed into separate compartments. This means that when the spring loaded vice switch is pressed, the release of ingredients is so quick that they collide at great speed somewhere in the casualty's chest and make the casualty jump. Because of this, paramedics are asked not to defibrillate if the casualty is of a nervous disposition.
  23. [quote user="powerdesal"]If my memory serves me well.... Quotes from "Electricity for Armourers and Sea Man Gunners" One day I will find the original print. [/quote] Being of that ilk I vaguely remember it also credited Voltaire and Ampere with inventing voltage and current respectively and Leclanche with inventing the cell that early electricity was kept in.
  24. This sort of fits in with my basic theory of electrickery. As I understand it electricity is made in a big box called a battery which it leaves in a big fat red wire when it is needed to make something work. If you put a lot of  'S' bends in this wire it will work more different things. Any surplus runs into the ground down a green and yellow wire and when it is nearly all used up it goes back to the battery in a thin black wire to get refilled and it now also comes in chips.
  25. Royan tourist office may be able to help. It is on the left just as you enter Royan on the beach road from St Georges. I don't know much about the bus services except that they seem to be a bit thin on the ground. Anyway good luck and I hope the weather improves for you. Just had a late rush of blood and edited in the second link which looks a bit more promising. [:)]   http://www.ot-royan.fr/FRAccueil.asp http://www.aunis-saintonge.fr/
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