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  1. What can I say but brilliant! Well done Ame and a big thank you. What a difference, many thanks.
  2. Hope somebody can help on this. I have a Packard Bell 'EasyNote' lap top PC that has a rather dull screen - a bit like not having enough contrast? Others I have seen, both older and newer PC's, do not seem to have this problem and have crisp sharp pictures.  I've checked the video setting after comparing the settings of other PC's and all seems the same - so what if anything am I missing? Thanks guys.
  3. Just to flag this up guys. For those of you that plan to return to the UK and claim Pension Credit be prepared for a long haul. You will be told that applications take six to eight weeks - rubbish. We are well over that period and it is turning into a  communciation fiasco despite the fact that we applied long before we 'left for home'.  And as for those promised returned calls when chasing up your application..... Be warned and get your application early.
  4. Well, we finally made it back to the UK after getting an agreed sale on our house in France - but here's a thought. We'll have a tidy sum to put towards a house and we had the idea of a) looking at 'new build' houses and, given the current market, getting a deal on the asking price b) renting it whilst the sale of our house completes and c) paying say 75% of the agreed price and arrange for a deferred equity on the remainder which will be paid back when the house is eventually sold - a sort of equity release in reverse I suppose. We've sounded out a few agents and it seems that some builders are willing to discuss such an option. It would also have the added 'advantage' of a reduced capital for the Government to draw on when our kids dump us in a nursing home! Any thoughts guys? Thanks as always. 
  5. That makes three article I've read on this subject - the other two being in the Guardian and the Times - both of which say more or less the same things. Our own reason for moving back is the prospect of my pension not being worth a bean when I get it, the bank(s) being unable or unwilling or unable to let me have credit for stock purchase to run my business, and the reduced number of expats (on which my business depends) moving out to France. We have been fortunate in some ways though. Our house sold quickly, and the pound/euro parity is going to make buying a house in the UK that much cheaper... we were not so fortunate to have a house in the UK and France. It is as said on another thread going to be a wrench to leave. My wife and I like to think we've absorbed both language and lifestyle - although more the latter to be honest, and we also leave our son here who speaks the language like he was born here, runs his own business, and has a long standing French girlfriend.... so it's not all bad in that a part of us will remain here after we have gone and hey, we'll have cheap holidays!  
  6. Here we go, but you heard it here first guys! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7785410.stm
  7. Just to let everyone know that for the moment at least I've taken it upon myself to declare our little corner of France a round robin free zone. I hate the things! I'm really not interested in a whole years report on how your darlings have done at school, how sorry you are and that 'we must keep in touch more', where you are going on holdiay next year, or how promotion at work has changed your life. Neither am I interested in the colour of your new front room carpet, your new patio, or even your 'new' second car that's better than my first. So, if you are out there don't lump me in with everyone else.... but please, make an effort to even pretend to write to just me. Happy Christmas guys :-)    
  8. Lets hope that's true and that our vicar was winding us up - he did have a warped sense of humour which must have come with the job. Pleased to known then that it was my Mum's ashes we sprinkled in her favorite woodland and not someone else's.
  9. Hmm. Not sure about those ashes. I cannot believe you actually get your own ashes back - given the amount of people that get cremated each day at these places how on earth are they going to be kept separate? An old friend of mine who was (and still is) a vicar said that part of his training was to observe the cremation process and that ashes given over to relatives were a sort of 'mixture' of what was left over at the end of the day.    Bless him, he even invited me to go and see how it was all done! I declined with mumbled thanks.          
  10. We looked at what other houses were going for basically... and what was not being sold.  A friend of ours bought a house here 3 years ago and is now trying to sell it for more than he paid for it. Crazy under present circumstances supported by that fact that it has been on the market for some time with little interest. We had a figure in mind based on what we paid for the house, what we needed to buy in the UK, and some honest discussions with an agent of good reputation. Cheers guys.    
  11. Just to give some light to people thinking of selling up in France and moving back to the UK, we put our house on the market two weeks agao and have found a buyer already - albeit a French couple. So it seems that for house sales at least things are not that dire -especially if you do not pitch the price to high.  
  12. As always guys, thanks. I'm going to miss this forum!
  13. We've broken ours a couple of times and have claimed it back on our house insurance. We took the receipt to the insurance office and they gave us a cheque there and then. What nice people!
  14. I'd assume the woods belongs to somebody at least... therefore you'd be stealing? Tempting all the same. The woods near us has just loads of timber rotting away, and the thought of taking my trailer down there....
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