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  1. [quote user="Judith-aka-Judith"]Lori, you are right about re-evaluations .. had coffee with a friend this morning at her house in Le Redorte (on the way to Rieux from here) .. their house was re-evaluated about 4 years ago (though it's a longer story than this, the works done before they bought had never been declared by previous owner who'd done them)  and their TF went up a lot .. so did ours, but not so dramatically when we declared a terrace we'd had built .. but many houses have not yet been re-evaluated and the French are not swift to declare works if they do not have to do so, as you can probably guess.


    Is the house on the canal by any chance?

  2. What a hideous accident [url]https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/23/italian-cable-car-crash-kills-several-injures-two-children[/url]

    I worked for many years in the drilling industry where cables were critically important. There were clear rules about calculating the life of cables and when they were due for replacement.

    Anyone who worked with hauling or lifting equipment or in the mining industry would know this.

    "Inspections" of any sort were considered to be of no value at all, and cables were replaced according to set formulae, calculated from the distance that measured loads had been carried. Not difficult with the right sort of recording equipment, but the time in service is another important factor which has to be considered. Our philosophy was that the cost of replacing cables is much less than that of an accident.

    The fact that the cables were inspected in 2016 has no bearing on their condition. Since then they have been out in all weathers, possibly not even used for some time, and goodness know what corrosion had occurred. I regard this as total incompetence, similar to that regarding their bridges like the one in Genoa, which could be seen falling apart on Google Earth Street View, which has now disappeared.

    I don't expect to visit Italy again, but if if I were to do so, I'd hesitate before using the huge bridges on their autostrade, and wouldn't hink of riding a cablecar there.

  3. We used to eat all those fruits when we lived in the Far East, but are not tempted to buy them in Europe, as they taste nothing like the fresh versions.
    Bananas are about the only ones we can eat here, but they are totally different from when properly ripened on the plant and picked fresh.

    We had lemon grass growing wild in the garden but regarded it as a very poor substitute for lemon. We preferred to buy those little plastic lemons.

    On the other hand it is wonderful to buy the fresh produce where we live now, so we have no need for exotic (pretentious?) produce.

  4. [quote user="Mr Huge"]Seven months after applying for her TdS (she already has a CdS) my wife still has heard nothing. On the Prefecture website (Beziers sous-prefecture) there is information about the average delays you can expect. There are four columns headed T1, T2, T3 and T4. Anyone know what these mean?[/quote]

    A link to the information on the website would be useful.

  5. [quote user="Lori"]
    Thank you Nomoss.  How do you do that ??  !!   That certainly appears to be the house from the shape of the roofline.  As it is off the main road, I cannot google walk it, but it looks so nice and private.

    I know the area quite well, the road to the marble quarry runs just above the house, and I recognised the topography and the style of the house.

    We have been to the quarry alone and with visitors a few times, and also used it as a starting point for randonnés in the hills

  6. [quote user="idun"]
    When I said to our rotten horrible conseiller at the CM that I was une etrangere, he said I was not, I was anglaise!  .................................................. [/quote]

    It seems you're not even European now, according to the definition of European on this site


    If you click on "PERSONNALISER", then the first option, then on "?", you get the definition


    Allemagne, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, Chypre, Croatie,

    Danemark, Espagne, Estonie, Finlande, Grèce, Hongrie, Irlande, Islande,

    Italie, Lettonie, Liechtenstein, Lituanie, Luxembourg, Malte, Norvège,

    Pays-Bas, Pologne, Portugal, République tchèque, Roumanie, Slovaquie,

    Slovénie, Suède et Suisse.

  7. [quote user="Lehaut"]What you want to do and what you can actually do and what you really do are very different things.

    Is there not some one on this forum who wants to move from France but is still here ;) ?[/quote]

    I don't think he has actually looked into that project.

    If he had, he would have found out that it is not so straightforward as he thinks.

  8. [quote user="Gardian"]  ...................  

    I think of you as ‘Last Word Ken’, because that’s what you always want. Think about it eh?

    p.s. You’re not a reincarnation of one of the happily departed old pains in the backside, are you?[/quote]

    I think that's very likely. They tend to get in everywhere, like a fart in the ventilation system.

  9. [quote user="mint"] .....................................................Nomoss, do you know anything about this or indeed have any thoughts on it?


    Sorry, Mint. I don't know much about vaccines, but there seems to be no shortage of experts on here.

  10. [quote user="Ken"]...........................I don't know of any manufacturer of vaccine that claims the vaccine absolutely prevents someone from catching the virus! Just where do you get that nonsense from?[/quote]

    Hey, take it easy mouthy!

  11. Last month my wife had to have a PCR test prior to a minor hospital procedure, so I asked the infirmière to also give me a test when she came to the house.

    We both found the test extremely unpleasant, even quite painful. The swab seemed to be cutting into the tenderest part of my nasal passage, my eyes watered uncontrollably, and the operation seemed endless.

    Do we have a particularly clumsy infirmière - we have known her for years and she has always seemed competent - are we both ultra sensitive, or does everyone find the test so unpleasant?

  12. It's not only French schools which are bad.

    When we moved to Cornwall in 1978 after living overseas since 1963, our two children, aged 11 and 13, had never lived in the UK before.
    The godawful comprehensive school we sent them to in Helston treated them as stupid furriners in a way that only the Cornish can, and we were told they were backward, and only capable of achieving one or two GCSE's at best.
    After meetings with their teachers I couldn't believe how thick they were, so we got away from there asap, moved to Mallorca and put them in an International school. Fortunately I could afford to do this.

    They thought the school was wonderful beyond their dreams. They managed 8 "O" levels each and went on to gain "A" levels, degrees, and careers far beyond anything within the dreams of a typical Janner.

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