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  1. Also passed pumpkin hour for me - and I have the delight of a two hour drive tomorrow to watch a 'spectacular' being put on by our new board of directors.  They plan to teach us their values.  As they are all bankers - and most of them assh*les to boot, I am delighted at the prospect.  I will bid you goodnight and pray I don't have nightmares tonight and that I can bite my tongue tomorrow.....

  2. Well I can answer one of the points - my jewish friend (who is obviously as crazy as I am to be up and on the pc at this hour!!) says no there is no restriction.  Apparently if it's a life and death issue then the kosher rules can be waived too - according to a rabbi she knows!

  3. Théière, I checked out that link and it seems to be focussed on improving oxygen exchange in the lungs rather than in transporting the oxygen to the cells so I'm not sure that it is a substitute for heamoglobin based blood products.

  4. [quote user="Théière"]

    [quote user="Scooby"]Although alternatives can be used to replace blood volume there are currently no oxygen carrying substitutes.  So, yes, blood is still needed.


    There is I belive an oxgen carrying liquid, they did experiments with deep sea divers breathing a liquid. Worth a google!

    EDIT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_breathing


    The problem is, though, that hospitals won't pay for these treatments. 

  5. [quote user="Théière"]

    For pity sake, unless you are on your hands and knees grazing your food is also dead and decaying minute by minute (worse in some French supermarkets)


    You must go to the same supermarkets as us Théière!

  6. We buy our meat directly from the slaughterhouse - and we are free to look if we choose.  I don't think they would allow that if they were exposing the animals to unnecessary cruelty.

  7. Although alternatives can be used to replace blood volume there are currently no oxygen carrying substitutes.  So, yes, blood is still needed.

  8. [quote user="Richard"]

    I personally don't fancy the idea of other people's blood inside me. Especially as there are viable alternatives.


    Well it saved my life and that of both my parents.  I've been a blood donor since I was 18 (with my little tin medal collection to prove it [;-)]) and I plan to continue until they won't have me anymore.  Husband and daughter are both donors too.  Giving blood is an easy thing and it does save lives.

  9. [quote user="Richard"]It would be interesting to know as JW's get awful press for refusing blood.


    JW friends of ours refused a blood transfusion for their child who later died.  I had a huge problems accepting their decision - it seemed such a waste of a young life and so selfish.

  10. I'm not aware of that they are but I will ask our friends and report back - unless someone else knows?

  11. Lentils it is then Dog.  Actually we eat less meat than we used to - not only because of the cost but for health reasons.  Certainly when we are in France we rarely eat meat - I would choke on it at that price.  With regard to the method of killing, the animals head shouldn't be severed because they are required to keep the spinal cord intact (religious reasons).  They are also supposed to kill the animal as humanely as possible  (again religious reasons) and it should be with a single deep cut to the jugular and carotid.  I don't think any method of killing is kind but, as an omnivore, I don't think I will ever cut out meat completely from my diet. 

    I won't mention fish as that will really light your fuse....

  12. [quote user="sweet 17"]

    I didn't mean no dirt exactly:  just don't like it when I have paid for a place that is meant to be clean like a hotel room.

    When Gemonimo and I do our Compostelle Route next year, I am sure we will find dirt aplenty, and bed bugs or whatever else (apart from dirty pilgrims) that lurk in those refuges![:D]


    I thought after I posted that you could read that as suggesting that it was not reasonable to expect a modern gite to be clean!  The Santiago de Compostella route looks fabulous - are you taking the route through France or across northern Spain (or both)?  There are some fabulous places on route - we've tried to visit those that are a reasonable distance from us.  I often think it must have been a massive undertaking for a pilgrim traveling on foot.

  13. Thailand and the far east is on our must do list, Théière.  We are hoping to include Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia but it will be when we have retired (22 months and counting [:)])...and after we have spent a few months in our French house.  Mr Scooby wants, for once, to be able to go to France without having a looming return date....to enjoy the freedom of being able to go back to the UK when we feel like it and not because we have to go back to work.

  14. I think it is a very individual thing.  Some people (many of my friends in fact) don't want any hassle on holiday, like everything planned out and prefer nice hotel accommodation.  I tend to like to experience the authentic country, go off the beaten track and avoid hotels if possible.  Next May we're backpacking across Eastern Europe to Istanbul staying with locals where possible (couchsurfing).  Where we can't find spare couches we will stay in hostels etc. The above friends think we're nuts but then we'd hate their package holiday in a hotel.  It's horses for courses.  The most important thing is to be absolutely honest about what you are offering.  A pleasant surprise is always better than a disappointment.

  15. I think the classic, Sweet, was the puttying.  We had come back from the DIY shop armed with various bits and pieces - which included a tub of putty.  Our neighbour immediately announced that puttying was a specialist job - not for amateurs.  We said that it can't be much different than icing a cake - at which point he rolled his eyes in disbelief in that inimitable French way and said that, when we had discovered he was right, he would point us in the direction of a good professional.  Once finished, we took great delight in pointing out that our theory worked and it was just like cake icing [;-)]

  16. LOL - as soon as I saw this thread we placed bets on how long it would take you Dog [;-)].  I think you may be fighting a losing battle on this one - though current meat prices in France will probably help your cause more than understanding slaughter and butchering techniques!

  17. We buy halal meat regularly when we have Muslim (or Jewish*)  friends visiting for dinner, bar-b-ques etc.  We wouldn't bother to go to Asda though as we have a specialist halal butcher nearby who will prepare the meat to order. 

    Edit: (*Although, technically not kosher, our Jewish friends are happy to eat halal as a good substitute)

  18. Our gite experiences go back to the days when the children were small and rural gites were pretty basic - and invariably owned by a French couple who spoke little or no English.  We usually took it as par that the kitchen would need scrubbing when we arrived, and that it would consist of a cooker, fridge, table and chairs and a cupboard or shelf.  The shelf would always house an odd collection of cookware and crockery and the bed linen (and beds) were 'different'.  Despite all this we had some wonderful holidays.  I feel that modern gites have lost something of the 'authenticity' and charm of those earlier days. 

  19. [quote user="sweet 17"]

    But, you know, what really interests me is what you've said about the price of the house and your budget. There have been so many times in the past when we've had to find inventive ways of dealing with problems in the houses we have bought because we couldn't afford the "ideal".

    And, more often than not, it's worked out better in the end that we couldn't afford to throw money at the problems.

    I reckon it's easier to make costly mistakes with houses when you do have a lot of money to spend on them.  The expensive and easy way isn't always the best. 


    We have done a lot of the work ourselves.  Well, my sister and I have.  Our working patterns mean we can go to France on a regular basis (unlike my OH! - which is a bone of contention!).  We have plastered, puttied, broken up concrete, done some of the joinery, stripped and sanded floors, doors and shutters, cleaned stonework (bicarb paste works brilliantly), done a salvage operation in the garden (discovered a patio under a foot of soil and undergrowth!) ...  But some jobs are beyond us - for example, we have had the house re-roofed, rewired, had a new staircase installed, a new balcony and a had a large wood burner fitted etc. - all jobs that are beyond the scope of the average DIYer. We originally got some teasing from our (male) neighbours but, having seen some of the things we have done, they now don't bat an eye lid and frequently come around to show us how.  We did get raised eyebrows at the hire shop when we went to buy a sledge hammer.  The sales guy looked at these two petite females in front of him and asked us what we planned to use it for.  When we told him it was to smash up concrete his face was a picture of disbelief!

  20. [quote user="just john "]We thought we'd rather have a place we loved and correct the bits that didn't work, (eventually! a bit like spouses think of their other halves), than a place that did work but that we really didn't care for[8-|][/quote]

    We thought that John - and it has cost us a fortune.  We're just coming to the end of the major jobs now - TG.  From this month we actually get to keep some money out of our pay checks instead of seeing it disappear off to some tradesman or other.  With hindsight we wished we had gone the other way and been a little more pragmatic and sensible!

  21. [quote user="cooperlola"]I have bought stuff in sterling (which my pension is paid in so it goes direct from my UK account) from the UK on several occasions for French friends and they pay me in Euros and save a packet.  I use the current exchange rate but if I were that way inclined I reckon I could make quite a business acting as "middle person" importing British bought stuff .  The difference in some prices is astonishing and I rarely find it works the other way around (ie cheaper in France.)[/quote]

    We do the same for our neighbours.  Last time we were in France we were horrified at how much prices had gone up.  We reckoned some things were three times the UK price.  A small veal joint in Intermarche was 18 euros.  Compare this to the Sunday joint of gammon we had to today.  It fed 5 very well and was less than £5. We did live very healthily the week we were there though - no eating out and no meat!!  As you said it's not just food - I went with my neighbour to the local hair salon.  She had a trim, foils and a blow dry.  In my local hair salon in the UK this would cost ~£35.  Her bill was 94 euros!!  I was dumbfounded! 

  22. Well that's good - at least Bue has one person who likes her.  (But now we are interrupting her and preventing her being nice to slugs and earthworms and other lowly beings...)

  23. [quote user="Quillan"]

    I think, but I might be wrong, that what Scooby is saying is that in a way he/she is agreeing with what you said but rather than face up to things people run away to France (and other countries) thinking they have left all that sort of thing behind. Because they don't bother to find out whats going on around them in their new home they are ignorant of the fact they have often walked in to something not to disimular to what they have left but they just don't know it. Hence me agreeing with Scooby in my post.


    That was exactly what I meant Quillan.

  24. [quote user="Dog"]

    [quote user="Scooby"]For the record, my dearest Bue, I am neither mad nor old - in fact, it will be a few decades before I reach state retirement age, sweetie pie...[;-)]


    I am quite quite mad and consider myself ancient even though I have decades to go before legal retirement age.

    I actually like being invisible I find living in communities where everyone knows everyones business claustrophobic.


    I think you are delightfully mad Dog - in a lovely, eccentric kind of way. 

  25. As I have said before Buelligan - when people resort to personal comments and insults it suggest they have nothing more constructive to say.  Your personal insults are becoming offensive.

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