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  1. Albi is a lovely town, quite touristy, and not too far from Toulouse with motorway all the way. We lived nearby. The Tarn can get very hot in summer and very cold in winter, albeit short-lived cold usually. Gaillac is nice, even closer to Toulouse and has a station too. Too much choice!
  2. Don’t build it too big. We made the mistake of having one which was far too grand for our needs. Get a good cover. I can't advise on other matters as I have only the experience of owning one rather than practical knowledge.

    If you are not permanent residents beware of not being there to get it all going in the spring; green water can be a pain to get rid of. It was lovely having a pool, but they are hard work, and as it got older ours began to get expensive. I eventually found a local man to help look after it; I think if I had known him from the moment we had the pool it would have made our lives a lot simpler.
  3. I am indebted to you, Louise and Gary, for your message to me. I had thought the thread had died a death. I have been in touch by e-mail with my local office and they appear to acknowledge my case. I say appear because in their reply they say: "Le principe de l'imposition de vos revenus perçus à l'etranger est correctement appliqué , cependant vous recevrez une imposition corrigée ultérieurement . "

    Seems to be a sort of "we weren't wrong but we were wrong".

    I wonder how long "ulterieurement" will be?

  4. There has been no change in my pension receipts. My grumble is that I am paying tax in France now whereas in the past I paid none. There are two conclusions - either I am paying less tax in the UK and therefore paying some in France, or the French governments is taking money from me which it did not in the past. I suppose taxes are rarely seen as fair but there does seem an injustice in this.
  5. It is a government pension. There is a column headed "Credit d'impot sur rev etranger". There is an amount in this column preceded by a minus sign. It appears that this is the amount on which I am paying tax at 0,22 per cent. Am I paying my tax twice?
  6. I suppose they can. In the past, as a British resident obliged by the nature of my employment when I worked in the UK to pay my taxes on my pension there, I declared in France but paid no tax here. This year I find I am paying income tax, not a huge amount but the principle seems wrong viz paying tax in the UK and again over here. I am not referring to the "prelevements sociaux" but impot sur le revenu. This happened to anybody else; has something changed that I missed?
  7. I think MJ has a lot to answer for; he decided that England would play a leaden and plodding style and picked players to suit like Easter and Banahan. He praised Steve Borthwick to the skies for a long time and then dumped him, realising eventually, what we all knew, that he is not an international quality lock. He did the same with Hape, we all knew that as well. He has persisted with Tindall and Cueto who are well past their best, and in four years in charge has not made any progress in building a side. I know he has included players like Ashton and Foden but he needed to go much further. I watched the game with my French neighbour, he must have been wondering why the French were at all worried about this game. I rather fancy Wales as I can't see France raising their game again.
  8. If everyone was like me the forum would die a rapid death. Most of the time I feel that posting would be intruding into a conversation by people I don't know, but who seem to "know" each other, even shortening their forum name. (It is clear from some of the responses that some of you have met each other). I don't give advice, but I might say "this is what happened to me". I have occasionally asked for, shall I say, thoughts, on something, but treat any replies with caution. I have to say that I like the heated debates, and get quite upset when the moderators "pull" them.

    If the profession of which I was once an employee is maligned I usually attempt a defence.
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