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  1. This is for Orange using their Livebox.

    The fibre cable should follow the existing route of your copper cable, and it should be possible to draw the cable through  the existing gaine.

    You can locate the box wherever you choose.

    You will need to collect a new box from a pointe relais as they no longer post to home addresses.

    The only cost should be for the technician to couple the new cable to your new box and set it up. €50. If of course you elect to couple up yourself, the charge will be waived. I did it myself.

  2. NormanH, if in fact you do happen to be of Russian stock then as long as you were born west of the top of Ngodyayakha Mountain in the Polar Urals nature park you are safe in the knowledge that you are European.  Politicians of the 27 EU nations who are hoping to become the head honcho of their respective countries should learn a few basics and understand that the EU does not have exclusivity to the term 'European'. 😏

  3. Well we sat down last night after dinner to sample these two recordings and I must say that I did quite enjoy the 'Brits Abroad' programme. I've seen similar programmes in the past and these things do tend to satisfy a need for brain-candy, some nights, after particular busy days.  I also hold a sneaky amount of respect for these people who have a dream or ambition and instead of harbouring a regret later in life, they actually get off their fat as*es and do something about it.

    Onto recording #2. What can I say that hasn't already been said?  On the one hand whilst I do respect the lady and her husband for jumping in feet first to take on a fully functional olive grove I find myself unable to offer the same sentiments to them personally as a couple, particularly the lady. I don't know her, and she may be a perfectly charming individual, but jeez did she indeed come  over as one self-opinionated, name-dropping, nauseating person. I believe she also speaks highly of me. 😀

    We also recorded Angela Black and watched this on Monday evening, so for the next 5 weeks Ridley Road and Angela Black will be definite and Brits Abroad will be recorded for viewing during tv company scheduling barren periods eg. Christmas.





  4. Last November, remember it? Winter looming and lockdown had already loomed which kinda' put the kibosh on any sort of travel plans I had intended on embarking upon. Confined to quarters, I needed a project that I could get my teeth into to alleviate any incidents of ‘gah gah’ I might succumb to.

    Well, fortunately, I had the much needed lightbulb moment quite quickly and with some lateral thinking, I thought I know instead of playing a guitar, I'll become a Luthier and build one.

    It was a no-brainer for me as to which make and model to build. My first pro axe was a 1968 Fender Telecaster bought the same year, so an original, which I still have and use.

    Now, what raw materials do I have on hand (remember, no travel allowed) to enable this project to get off the ground? A search around various nooks and crannies turned up a scaffold board, the builders left behind after extension works some ten years ago, for the body and the neck, an old discarded oak shelf for the fret board and a square metre of plastic panel of 'ramourque' advertising blurb, that I had found had been abandoned by some dork on a woodland walk we had done a couple of years earlier for the pick guard.

    I already had an assortment of hardware and electrical components at hand and everything else I needed it would just be a simple task to purchase on-line so, with no more ado, it was onwards and upwards.

    First task was to download a scale dimensional drawing of a Telecaster, set the printer to full-size and, 12- A4 sheets later, I had a full size drawing which just required taping together along ‘draw’ lines. I was now able to make tracings to cut out of an old roll of wallpaper for paper templates of the body, neck, fret board, pick guard, pickup and control plate housings. With these paper templates, I then handmade MDF templates for reproducing machined made templates to produce the real-thing.

    These photos are a selection from some of the build sequences during the production of the project.


    1 Downloaded plan ready to be tapped together.



    2  Machined body blanks.



    3  Abandoned plastic sheet found in the woods.



    4 Body blanks glued and clamped.



    5 Paper body tempate taped to a section of MDF for sawing out.



    6 Machining MDF body template for routing cavities.



    7  Finished MDF body and cavity templates.



    8. Part cut out body.



    9 MDF template pegged to body for machining to size.



    10 3-stage body machining.



    11 Routing out pickup and control panel cavities via template pegged to body.



    12 Finished machined body.



    13 Part carved and rounding of the neck.



    14 Trimming down the thickness of the neck head.



    15 Routing a slot in the neck to house the truss-rod.



    16 Slotting the neck for frets.



    17 Finished neck with frets and mother-of-pearl fret markers fitted.



    18 Trial fit of hardware including scratch plate.



    19 Hole bored to house output jack.



    20 First of 12 coats (4x3 passes) of nitro-cellulose paint.



    21  Finished neck, sprayed and machine heads fitted.



    22 Soldering wiring for pickups, control panel and output jack. All cavities lined with anti-static copper tape.



    23 Job done.



    With the end of lockdown long gone and other obligations and jobs occurring, I finally finished this project at the end of June when I put the guitar to one side for two months to allow the spray paint job to cure and harden.

    Am I pleased with the result?  Yes. It kept me occupied and, I can only practice and churn out musical scales so many times a week after all.  It plays well, I've given it a few workouts and with just a couple more tweaks to the truss rod adjustment it should qualify as a useable instrument.  The tone of the output differs from my original, as they are built using different wood, Ash body and neck with maple fretboard '68 model and Pine body and neck with oak fretboard '21 model.

    If you've made it this far, thanks for your interest and when the next lockdown corrals us all again, I might consider taking on a Strat or Les Paul build. Watch this space. 😄



  5. On 23/09/2021 at 18:15, cajal said:

    ............ Further inspection revealed a 2 button option on the right-hand side of the page, below the 'All Activity' banner, titled 'Condensed' and 'Expanded'.  Once I had hit the 'Condensed' option, the index turned into some semblance of order with the posts being listed as Topic subjects instead of posts being listed by Time of post listed, regardless of topic.

    Since posting the above, I have found that when logged onto the site there is an option of 'Unread Content' available where the index, once the 'Condensed' option is selected, displays all the topics listed in chronological order of the original post of that topic. They remain in the list until you have read them or a new post is added to a topic. To me, it is much easier on the eye and the brain.

  6. I don't know if this will help or not. One of our properties uses 'citerne' gas and last week Butagaz emailed  notification of an impending rise of €150 price/ton from the 1st of November.

    Our last delivery was for 545kg, and it cost €835.

  7. Yikes, who saw that coming!

    I'm still on a familiarization course. So far, hmm?  When I first found my way to 'active topics', the index seemed just like trying to understand  a bowl of alphabet spaghetti. Further inspection revealed a 2 button option on the right-hand side of the page, below the 'All Activity' banner, titled 'Condensed' and 'Expanded'.  Once I had hit the 'Condensed' option, the index turned into some semblance of order with the posts being listed as Topic subjects instead of posts being listed by Time of post listed, regardless of topic. If anyone hasn't yet tried it, give it a go. Good luck with all your explorations and hope it eventually all comes together for you.

  8. There's a certain sweet irony to all this mess.  I believe Macron

    won't lose too much sleep over the loss of this contract.  Although it

    fell apart during his term of presidency, the initial discussions were

    actually started back in 2010 and the first signs of any operational

    hardware appearing were scheduled for the 2030s, long after he will be gone, so the continuing escalating costs will dwarf the €90 billion

    during his watch. Therefore, any blame for failures within the 2016

    contract can be foisted firmly upon the shoulders of previous


    However, what will irk and

    severely dint his ego is the fact that whilst he possibly had the ears

    of certain heads of state, who probably didn't want him to have their

    ears, on the last day of the G7 conference held in June at St. Ives UK,

    closeted away at another location screwing  together the nuts and bolts

    to a soon-to-be announced future 'aukus' alliance were president Biden

    and prime ministers Johnson and Morrison.  Not only would he not be

    aware of or informed about the outcome of these discussions the fact is,

    they actually took place right under his nose.  Humiliation of that

    kind, on a world stage, will remain with him forever.
  9. [quote user="Martin963"]
    But the bit that puzzles me is Biden in

    all this.   It was thought that it would be a case of EU=GOOD, 

    Britain=BAD after Brexit,   but that seems to have gone.   Another proof

    that he is indeed completely senile?


    suspect Biden will have been informed, between naps, that there is more

    credence in building an anglo-saxon alliance over and above a

    gaellic-euro one in the US's push to  combat the threat of the Chinese

    economic thrust and shenanigans to the countries and islands in the

    south China seas and Pacific. Also, the proposed 'auukus'

    nuclear-powered weaponry is far less detectable in service than the

    French outdated diesel/electric powered.


    let's not forget that along with this latest fiasco France has a

    history of losing defence contracts, as in the loss of contract to

    supply fighter jets to Morocco and Switzerland, both awarded to Lockheed

    in the US.
  10. [quote user="Adrian - ANBG"] I am fortunate and have dual nationality (UK & Swiss). [/quote]

    If your dual nationality classifies you to entitlement as a Swiss citizen, the following would apply:

    'Les ressortissants de l’Union Européenne, de l’Espace Economique Européen, de Suisse, de Monaco, d'Andorre, de Saint-Marin et du Saint-Siège peuvent séjourner plus de 90 jours sans visa dans le territoire européen de la France'.

    However, if your dual nationality only entitles you to be classified as a British citizen, then the following would apply.

    'Pour tout séjour en France d’une durée supérieure à 90 jours, vous devez obtenir au préalable un visa de long séjour si votre nationalité ne vous en dispense pas.

    Quelle que soit la durée du séjour que vous envisagez, le visa de long séjour a une durée limitée comprise entre 3 mois et un an. Vous devrez solliciter un titre de séjour en préfecture pour poursuivre votre séjour au-delà de la durée de validité du visa.

    Pendant sa durée de validité, le visa de long séjour est équivalent à un visa Schengen vous permettant de circuler et séjourner dans l’espace Schengen hors de France, pour des périodes maximales de 90 jours sur toute période de 180 jours, dans les mêmes conditions que si vous étiez titulaire d’un visa Schengen'

  11. I watched an edition of France in Focus yesterday morning following

    their news slot. They transmitted footage of a resident living behind

    the Bataclan who saw and heard the terrorist who came out of a rear door

    of the theatre into the back alley and assassinated three or four

    people.  Courageously, the witness went out into the alley and proceeded to drag

    the bodies into the corridor, to safety, on the off chance they were

    still alive and would not be subjected to further attacks. Someone else

    had filmed the whole episode.  Surely the guy's actions warrant the

    award of Médaille d'honneur if he hasn't already received one.

    As for the perpetrators of these crimes on that night. On being found guilty, they should immediately be castrated with a blunt instrument and the next day they should be shot.

  12. THIS goes some way to answering the 'where' and 'where not' hunting is allowed.

    If we head out of town and up into the hills and forests for a ramble on a Wednesday or Sunday, during the season, we always adorn ourselves with plenty of bright red clothing.

    Treat them all as maniacs on the loose with a lethal weapon.

  13. [quote user="nomoss"]
    The only details required are Surname, Sec Soc no., Date of Birth, and Postcode, which I'm sure he can complete correctly, but he says that after he clicks "CONTINUER" the screen goes blank, then returns to the one he just completed, with no messages or items in red. [/quote]

    Is it beyond the realm of possibility that he may, perhaps, have omitted to tick a required box for terms and conditions or the like? I've been caught out like this when a site requires this to be done, but it is in set in an obscure position, or I've just overlooked this requirement and bang, you're back at the login page.

  14. [quote user="anotherbanana"] ........two of the other guests who are from the other side of the world and have just come up from Spain have not been vaccinated 

    Given that I am old and at high risk though jabbed, my inclination is to cry off.
    Any thoughts?[/quote]

    Yes. Do you not think that you have answered your own question?

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