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  1. Norman  that's very harsh !

    Pope Benedict was born in 1927 and he did not volunteer to join the Hitler Youth, nor the army.  In fact his father opposed Hitler and was demoted for speaking out. He was lucky not to have been arrested.    We all know what happened to those who opposed Hitler.

    As for the British taxpayer, well more Catholics attend weekly mass than Anglicans, and perhaps any other UK religion, so they have some importance in the UK.   This is quite apart from the fact that the visiting Pope is the  head of  state of the Vatican.  Doubtless most of the costs will go on security.

    This week we have heard of his objections to some of the clauses of the Equality Bill as it affects the RC church in the UK.   The Anglican church has also objected to some of the clauses.  The C of E's objections were barely reported-  clearly the UK needs someone to speak out about so called equalities which often lead to more serious problems.  And since this bill originates with Harriet Harmon I am not surprised. 

    This is the second visit of a pontiff since Henry V111  'nationalised' all the assets of the RC church almost 500 years ago,  and I know that catholics, who are also taxpayers,  will be looking forward to it.

    Tegwini

  2. Hi Richard

    That list must have taken you days to compile!  Your 'staying power' is much admired.

    You haven't got cabin fever perhaps ?

    Tegwini

  3. Presently taking cough medicine as quite ill & not sleeping 'cos of cough, but using a teaspn. messy - got stickly lictus all over myself this morning, so using huge spoon and guessing - hopefully smaller doses as it's awful!

    Moral here - use a large spoon and get it down the gullet,  not  on the PJs!

    Tegwini

  4. [quote user="Frederick"]

    [quote user="Bugbear"].............when he's needed ?

    Bliar

    [:@]

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    [/quote]

     

    If we had another Judge Jeffriys and he did find Blair guilty of an offence if he followed the ways of the origional one he would send him to Australia...Many dozens  of good Dorset men went to Dorchester to see him and then on to the colonies . We even have a bridge in Wimborne that has a sign on if you damage it you get transported . I am sure the Aussies would love to have Blair . 

    [/quote]

    Judge Jefferies, the hanging judge, punished men ( and the odd woman) after the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 when there was an anti-Catholic  attempt to depose James 11.

    Strangely Australia was not yet a penal colony, that was about 100 years later.  The 'guilty' were executed, and those transported were sent to the colonies in America, & the West Indies where some became slaves.   Salisbury was one of his court houses, where the Guildhall is today.

    But, to get back to the theme, Blair will not be punished, after all it's only an enquiry.  UK MPs seem immune from criminal charges, the expenses scandal has not been cleared up, and Blair was probably part of that too.

    Tegwini

  5. Glad to hear that Sweets - how about a picture?

    Regards

    Tegwini

  6. Thanks Sweets for reminding us all.

    He's one person that I would have loved to have met - love his music, often say would give my right arm to be able to play one of his piano concertos properly- or at all!

    Good example of the good dying young - only 35 (almost  36) and buried in a common/paupers grave.

    Tegwini

  7. Sensible, honourable Chessie I agree with both your posts - you're not alone there, although so many think that throwing money at problems will solve them- history proves otherwise.

    Quillan - I know what you mean about social workers.  They have enormous power and minimal qualifications.

     For them decision-making can be difficult as they can be damned whatever they do,  BUT so many do have looney left wing views and would usually prefer to leave an  obviously abused child with its parents rather than rock the boat by removing a damaged child before it's too late.

    Tegwini

  8. A child's character and attitudes are formed even before they start school. These children started commiting crimes whilst in primary school, including attacking their teachers.

    BUT, social services have yet again let down the families, but especially the vctims and their families.  Sadly it's so un-PC to take away feral and out of control children from toxic and dysfunctional homes.

    Since they had extensive criminal records so young,   bells- or even sirens,  should have been ringing, but no doubt the mother, who could not cope with seven difficult or damgerous boys,  would have opposed this.  Such children need to be removed early as babies- not as teenagers.

    Too many human rights.

    Tegwini

  9. [quote user="Marym2"]I am with ANY person who does harm to this type of scum. No mercy, death after drawn and quartered, Parts stuffed down his throat, Get real these people kill.[/quote]

    Well I second that,  but  in the UK   honest, innocent citizens are barely allowed to defend themselves!

    Oh

    for the days when OH owned a 357 Magnum, and I learned to use it.  The

    theory for me was to aim for the chest, and if the recoil messes up

    your accuracy then you get ( a potential rapist) in the g**lies instead.

    Interesting that judges  rationalise away such nasty violent crimes (that

    burglar)  since most judges live miles away from crime hotspots, and

    most have very secure accomodation when working away from home.

    Tegwini

  10. Well I second that,  but  in the UK   honest, innocent citizens are barely allowed to defend themselves!

    Oh for the days when OH owned a 357 Magnum, and I learned to use it.  The theory for me was to aim for the chest, and if the recoil messes up your accuracy then you get ( a potential rapist) in the g**lies instead.

    Interesting that judges  rationalise away such nasty violent crimes (that burglar)  since most judges live miles away from crime hotspots, and most have very secure accomodation when working away from home.

    Tegwini

  11. Glad to hear you're sorted!

    We took up cheap (and nasty) glued down 'carpet',  and put down a good woollen wilton carpet, but we are not planning to sell at present.

    And yes some stuff is cheaper in the UK - I've used ebay quite a bit for furniture, and yes it was cheaper even with the costs of our trailer on the ferry. But, we did combine it a few times in France with clearing house renovation and garden rubbish for the dechetterie.

    We even carried a double oven on the roof rack, and a dishwaster with 'hidden switch console' inside the car - much cheaper in the UK

    So quids in.

    Good luck frexpt !

    tegwini

  12. Hi

    We have just carpeted about  72 sq metres (new bedrm, dressing etc) & brought all the carpet, underfelt etc from the UK. (in 2 trips!)

    We got 2 quotes - and used an English chap from nearby - Vienne  Simon Wilson  054531 8303. There's another chap also - could track him down, but he's on the internet.  I can't remember his name but you could look on the 'other' forum (Totalfrance) where I was surprised at the response. None from this site.

    French prices from St Maclou were more than double!

    Regards

    Tegwini
  13. [quote user="Russethouse"]

    [quote user="tegwini"][quote user="Russethouse"] You never know, perhaps the computers will be used to help find work or even learn the language [;-)][/quote]

    You're such an optimist RH!

    Invariably we value things we have worked for and paid for  - and the opposite also applies.

    Roll on a change of government, but whoever it will be,  they have an impossible task ahead of them.

    Tegwini

    [/quote]

    Tegwini,  If you have low expectations of people they will very often be fulfilled....

    Q, I don't know about other area's but I do know that the JR hospital in Oxford  is fighting cuts and if you look at cuts they have been  nationwide   

    [/quote]

    RH

    I'm being realistic - and you also spoke of cuts in

    hospitals - NO government now - or for a quite a few years, can afford

    such expenditure.

    Tegwini

  14. [quote user="gardengirl "]I've noticed over the past couple of years that the French are much better at stopping for people on crossings, at least in our area in the south and places where we stop on the way north and south. I remember back in the past when people didn't believe we'd really stopped for them to cross; we were told at one place in Brittany that it was obvious we were English, as only they stopped for crossings! [:)][/quote]

    We do too, but I sometimes worry that someone behind might not expect us to stop at a crossing and crash into us.

    Tegwini

  15. [quote user="Russethouse"] You never know, perhaps the computers will be used to help find work or even learn the language [;-)][/quote]

    You're such an optimist RH!

    Invariably we value things we have worked for and paid for  - and the opposite also applies.

    Roll on a change of government, but whoever it will be,  they have an impossible task ahead of them.

    Tegwini

  16. Cripes - lots of virtual 'what-noting'   'ere!

    But, thank you Ulster Rugby,  I was away in France/Rome when it was first posted, and would never have seen it, and I really like it.

    Reminds me of school concerts, especially the 'staff concerts' we used to give to raise funds for charity.

    Shows too that a 'thugby' fan can also be a bit cultured ! 

    Regards

    Tegwini

  17. John

    Many thanks for posting this as it is very interesting.

    The article also makes clear that Jews also did not behave like sheep and walk calmly to their deaths, something I have never believed.. 

    It's hard to imagine the horror of it all - and how weak and debilitated all prisoners must have been from malnutritian, and various and often multiple diseases. Difficult to plan successful escapes under those circumstances.

    Even the fitter British (and other) military escapees failed to escape in big numbers.  I've been reading the 'Great Escape'  by Paul Brickhill,  and even they were mostly caught and killed.  And they were allowed Red Cross food parcels, and were treated better as they were officers.  The leader Roger Bushell (born near Johannesburg) had knowledge of tunneling, but sadly,  he too was killed.  

    Such sad times.

    Tegwini

  18. [quote user="Chancer"]

    I see that now the government is giving free computers and internet access away to those in need, I wonder how many languages are supported?

     

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    • Answer yes to at least one question in Section two

    Section Two:

    Do you receive at least one of the following?

    • Free school meals for your child***

    • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance

    • Income support

    • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and an income of less than £16,040

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    • Income-based Employment Support Allowance

    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

    It might pay them to throw in a travel adaptor for good measure.[/quote]

    Or even some details of how to re-sell them on ebay! 

    I know that the Japanese, one of the most developed and intelligent nations, don't have them as we do in all homes and in huge numbers in schools. Goodness knows how - or if ever, the UK will be able to reduce its national debt with expenditure like this!

    Tegwini

  19. [quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="woolybanana"]RH, you touched the solution there; let charities provide and pay for these services.[/quote]Yup, if we cannot afford the basics for our citizens (of whatever hue) let's set up a charity and rely on that instead. 

    I still do not see what is wrong with providing informaion on something as basic as healthcare in multiple languages.  What gets me is the inefficiency of a system which sends multiple translations to all. - many of whom just don't need them  Better to make the sytem more efficient - maybe by providing translated material on-line, available at terminals in hospitals/libraries etc.  There has to be a cheaper solution which would satisfy all.

     

    [/quote]It's also common knowledge that never obliging people to learn a

    language isolates them from the rest of society, and  also means that it would be almost impossible to get a job.

    Tegwini
  20. [quote user="velcorin"]

    As someone married to a foreigner I remain eternally grateful to the NHS when dealing with a serious condition my wife developed when we lived in the UK.

    She has 2 degrees, English from Brest, and Spanish from Rennes, taught English in France, French in the UK, but there is no way she could have coped with the vocab, when talking to a doctor, which an English speaker would take for granted. She would have died, but for the translation services offered. Maybe the skyhigh French hospital dead rates would be helped by a similar service[I]

    Tegwini, you may wish to start praying that you never need any for of public services when you are in France, you are in for the surprise of your life, and a very large dose of shattered illusions. Hopefully, you'll never find out for yourself what Cooperlola is talking about. Most of the services you take for granted, but so decry, simply don't exist here. Watch the French TV news, and read the papers, don't let some lazy DM/BBC journalist spoonfeed you myths about France.[/quote]

    I wonder why you presume I read the DM ?

    My post

    started when I discovered on line I could have access to 17 different

    languages.  And this was to make an initial appointment.  No doubt a

    waiting list will follow - also not DM,  as  I was on one a few years

    back for 5 months for planter fasciitis,  which was hard to cope with

    in my profession.   Waiting lists still exist and are a result of a lack of funding.

     

    And since I still pay UK  tax it is my right to criticise the NHS, or other government 'services' if I choose to. 

    Tegwini

  21. [quote user="velcorin"]

    Or 10 people could be brain damaged due to a medical error, caused by language mistakes. Lifetime care, GBP 5.5million, either paid for by the State, or by compensation obtained via the Courts from the NHS. Someone has to pick up the bill. Net gain zero.

    [/quote]

    Since France (and most other countries) does not offer such a service then presumably France has  loads of errors, costs, compensation   etc ...?

    Tegwini

  22. [quote user="Quillan"][quote user="velcorin"]

    GBP55 million, that's nearly as much as I'm paying for fresh flowers for Carla every day, are you sure that's all?

    Mmmm, my calculators had a bit of a fit, but if the NHS budget is about GBP90 billion, that's about 0.0006%.

    [/quote]

    Yes I know but there is an old saying "Look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves".

    Added.

    Or look at it this way it would pay for around 5,500 angioplasty operations, 6,800 hip replacements or something we talked about last year 758,700 cervical cancer smear tests, or 137,500 mammograms, or it would have exactly paid for all the bowel and prostrate cancer scans carried out in the UK between 2008 and 2009. Its not a percentage that counts its what you could do to benefit others with the money.

    [/quote]

    Correct!  But 55m is a lot really.

    Salisbury District Hospital

    serves 1.25 m people and we still have many in-patient wards which are 

    pre-WW2 vintage - flat roofed and impractical.   Patients are wheeled

    to surgery etc some even crossing a road!!

    Some of that 55 M

    could do away with these wards, and some other hospital could also

    benefit.  And this is for one year only- huge improvements could take

    place every year.

    Tegwini

  23. [quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="NickP"][quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="Russethouse"]

    Isn't that a little simplistic ?[/quote]Only a little R/H?

    Well,  Tegwini, if you're ever ill or have medical problems when you're over here, just don't come on here asking for the nearest English speaking medic.  Get your French up to totally fluent standard before you set foot over here and try using any of the public services. Then and only then might I begin to have a shred of sympathy for your viewpoint on this.

    [/quote]

    I think you are being a little harsh Coops, nobody asks to have an accident or be taken ill, also I didn't realise that when I go on holiday it was obligatory to be fluent in the local language, just in case. My wife had the misfortune to developed peritonitis when  we first arrived  in France and our language skills were very poor. The help treatment and assistance we received were absolutely first class,  nobody worried about our lack of French, in fact they went out of their way to help us

    [/quote]Nick, my remarks were aimed at Tegwini whose first post seemed to me to indicate that she feels that unless you can speak the language of the country in which you are ill, you should not be entitled to treatment.  It is not a view to which I subscribe.  IMHO, in fact,  I believe that in this day and age healthcare should be a basic human right for all, whatever language you happen so speak and whatever

    country you are in - that should be our long term goal - not less healthcare, but more, and universal at that.

    [/quote]

    My post was concerned with the extra translation costs   - NOT treatment. Do read it again - no mention was made of withholding care to anyone.  

    But,the NHS can barely cope at present, they still have waiting lists, and are short of so much.

     

    But,

    to cope with the costs of  17 languages ?   I wonder if  any 'free'

    (for many) health service offers this anywhere else ?  The French

    clearly don't!

    Tegwini

  24. [quote user="Russethouse"]..we're a better country than that.[/quote]

    I assumed you might end with - better than France, or most of the world perhaps. 

    Tegwini

  25. [quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="Russethouse"]

    Isn't that a little simplistic ?[/quote]Only a little R/H?

    Well,  Tegwini, if you're ever ill or have medical problems when you're over here, just don't come on here asking for the nearest English speaking medic.  Get your French up to totally fluent standard before you set foot over here and try using any of the public services. Then and only then might I begin to have a shred of sympathy for your viewpoint on this.

    [/quote]

    Thank you Cooperlola for your kind comments! (NOT!)

    In fact,  I was a little modest about my French, even though I am not fluent  -many misguidedly think they are!  

    But,  I did French at university, have taught it to GCSE students, and get by - somehow.   I can chat to my neighbours in French,  but I don't know enough colloquial or slang expressions.  How many here think they are fluent, without this knowledge, apart from needing knowledge of French grammar ? 

    I have yet to have to see a French doctor,   but could probably cope, so don't worry I will not ask for your help on here! 

    Lately,  I have managed planning permissions  and the usual official stuff in French. I have also employed French artisans and could talk to them.  Some building terms I only know the French words !  

    And,  I don't live in France, nor would I expect the French tax payer to subsidise me if I couldn't cope!

    But,  I am allowed an opinion on how MY taxes are spent in the UK and this is what my  post was about. 

    Tegwini

      

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