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  1. Ha.  I'll see your one dog and raise you two dogs and a cat.

    Actually, it's a result for us. Every year we are harangued, for five months during the late autumn, winter and early spring, as their biological clocks remain permanently fixed on summertime. From Sunday onwards, life should return to some sort of normality. Yeah, right!

  2. 13 hours ago, Gardian said:

    The suggestion (from we all know who) that the cause of all this is the Unions, is frankly laughable.

    I don't suppose the union cautioned the employees, following the sale of the company to DP World in 2019, that by signing a Jersey based offshore 'maritime' employment contract that the inevitable could happen. They too, the unions, should accept a certain amount of culpability in this unfortunate situation.

  3. 10 hours ago, Gardian said:

    It’ll do for 3 lunches.

    We do our our’s in the steamer for 8-9 mins, then plated with butter, coarse salt and parmesan shavings.  Plus bread of course !

    I'll be with you at about 12.30, ok.

  4. A global hero who has been democratically elected president of a sovereign state that is under siege by a communist led regime attempting to expand its power and rule within the west of Europe, has chosen to deliver a live address to the seat of government of one of the oldest democratic countries in the world, this afternoon.

    To me, that sends out a clear message to all comers and the rest of the world, and I'm not even British.

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  5. 4 hours ago, NormanH said:

    Johnson has gratuitously undermined Macron’s Moscow initiative

     

    Really?

    Macron had his audience with Putin on the 7th February.  Putin invaded Ukraine on 24th February.  The invasion is now in its eleventh day, with no sign of abating. Would you say that initiative you refer to, by Macron, is going well and to plan?

    If you believe that Putin could have been persuaded by anyone, let alone Macron, to scrap his invasion ambitions, you are seriously deluded.

    The way I read it was that Macron seized an opportunity to bolster his re-election chances here in France, particularly now as he has thrown his 'chapeau' into the ring. It would seem he was completely out manoeuvred and humiliated by Putin at that initiative bearing meeting.

    You armchair pundits should be assessing what direction and to which nation he will have in his sights, following the flattening of Ukraine, to enable some sort of resistance to be implemented for the well-being of the rest of us.

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  6. Hello Mint,

    I've never used the message service here. However, having looked at it and if I wanted to send a message, my first shot would be to create a document, type the message into the document, save it to desktop, documents or wherever. Then I  would open the message area on here and, as required, drag the message document from wherever I had saved it to into the message box and send it. I stand corrected if that is not a feasible method.

  7. 32 minutes ago, NormanH said:

    These go off every first Monday of the month (here it is 12.15) so there is no need to panic if you hear one today..

    Dear Norman,

    As it is Wednesday today, should I not therefore be panicking?

    Confused of Côte d'Azur

  8. I would say that's an accurate summary of him. 

    Short of a good slap, he needs to concentrate as president of the EU council on organising the nation states of the EU, via NATO, in securing the eastern border of the EU against any insurgence into the west by this megalomaniac else it will cease to feel like 1938 but more like 1939.

  9. Browsing their site, it would appear that Batiland require your location/postcode to be entered first to determine the depot. Once they determine your depot they then require you to jump through all sorts of hoops as to your status, eg professional, private etc, your name, address, email and telephone number. For obvious reasons, I  didn't fill out this information and would imagine you will gain access to prices once you have followed these requirements.

    I would  give Chausson a once over where they display their prices to all comers.  Good luck with all that.

  10. 12 minutes ago, alittlebitfrench said:

    The problem is that most folk in France live in apartements. So it is really difficult to exercise.

    Huh? Finding an excuse not to indulge in exercise is easier than falling off a bicycle. If they don't happen to reside on the 1st floor, just using the stairs on a regular basis is an excellent form of exercise.

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  11. 1 hour ago, anotherbanana said:

    Boredom, anger, marginalisation ……… any of these and more?

    You reckon? You may well be correct. I would, however, attribute the behaviour to bad parenting, poor education, lack of intelligence and not forgetting pure thuggery and vandalism.

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  12. Realising that administrations are a necessary evil, to then totally foist the blame as to the  unacceptable enviroment of Paris, or any town or city, on its administration is a misguided injustice.

    Whilst it is 100% the responsibility of an administration to clear up all the cr*p and defacing of any city, the responsibility for this mess lies solely with the knuckleheads who create this situation. As to why they do it in the first place remains another issue.

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  13. I would say  the procedure goes something along the lines of,  you purchase or import/export your product, in either direction, and take your chance.

    From The Daily Telegraph© this morning.

    French customs officers have been accused of unfairly applying high import taxes on British parcels, as a growing number of people have been caught out by complicated customs duties. 

    Since Brexit, any gifts sent abroad or received from the EU are subject to import VAT and customs duties. Any gifts worth less than €45 (£38) should be free of French import VAT and customs duties. However, Britons have repeatedly reported being charged large doorstep bills on low value items. 

    Kate McGee, who lives in Château-Garnier in the centre of France, said she believed the French customs department had overcharged her as she had frequently paid more than 50pc of the value of her gifts in taxes. 

    One diary she received from Britain worth £11 incurred a €23 import duty fee, she said. Meanwhile, she was charged €13 in import duty to receive a £20 calendar for 2022, sent as a gift from her daughter in Wiltshire. 

     

    “This imposition of custom duty happens every time, and the sums of money demanded seem random and illogical,” she said. 

    Ms McGee said she paid €9 to receive her husband's jacket that he had left behind on a visit to the UK. In another instance, she was charged €10 to receive a box of chocolates sent by her daughter.

    “It is outrageous and an example of the disdain that the French government has for the UK. Frustratingly there is nothing that I can do to protest here in France,” she said. 

    Andrew Thurston, of accountancy firm MHA who formerly worked on customs compliance at HM Revenue & Customs, said: “This shouldn’t be happening and there’s no real answer to why it is. It should at no point cost more than 20pc of the goods' value.”

    Britain left the EU customs union, the single market and common VAT area on Dec 31 2020. This brought major changes in the way importers and exporters have to account for goods arriving from and leaving to the EU. Customs officers can open packages to assess their value and this can add an administrative fee.

    As far as the European Union is concerned Britain is now a “third country”, said Mike Warburton, previously a tax director with accountants Grant Thornton and now the Telegraph’s Tax Hacks columnist.

    “This becomes a painful issue and delays everything for the people who are receiving the bills. I expect there will be many disputes over this,” he said. When goods are imported VAT will usually be charged, not by the overseas supplier, but by the importer.

    The extra charges are usually collected by the courier on behalf of the government, with customers asked to pay before they can pick up their package.

    However, an increasing number of online shoppers are being caught out by double taxes. Mr Thurston said: “We have seen cases where end customers were being charged on imports when it arrived in the country and the provider charged them for it online before they received the goods. That’s where the confusion lies and they can be charged twice.”

    'We paid £6k to get move our furniture back from home'

    The charges can also apply to existing belongings. Any goods worth more than £135 arriving in the UK from abroad must be declared and will be subject to customs duty. A recent court ruling showed a couple called Mr and Mrs Brooks were charged £6,211 in import duty and VAT to move their furniture back to Britain after relocating back from France following Brexit. 

    The retirees moved back to the UK in 2016 but left most of their furnishings in their French property while selling the home to avoid paying storage. They also believed this would help sell the home. 

    However, the property only sold in November 2020 after delays during the pandemic. This meant the furnishings were shipped back after Brexit on Dec 31 2020.

    Anyone entering the UK is not required to pay any duty or tax if the goods had been used by them in the country they are moving from and if the property is declared for relief within 12 months of them becoming British residents. 

    Mr and Mrs Brooks were forced to pay the substantial tax bill because they had passed their 12 month deadline. Their challenge was rejected by the tax tribunal, on the grounds that Brexit was not an “unknown event” and that Covid was not an “exceptional event” because almost everyone everywhere was affected.

    Mr Warburton said: “What I find particularly worrying is that the tribunal were not persuaded that Covid was an excuse for the delay in shipping their possessions to the UK because in their view it was not an ‘exceptional event’. I think most of us would disagree.”

    Douane Finances, the Government agency responsible for French customs charges, did not respond to requests for comment. ©

     

     

  14. 7 minutes ago, anotherbanana said:

    Why start your day so early in the morning, I am sure wordle will wait?

    You beat me to it.  Perhaps he does an early morning paper route? 😊

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