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Rose (& Greyman)

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  1. It's so strange to see so many names I recognise after all these years. for those who want to see Twinks sing... here's a link to a tribute they did at the end of last year. I'm currently walking in the Picos and I played it a full volume yesterday for the mountains and the birds to hear. https://youtu.be/Vd4t1mSqMoE
  2. Hello folks Firstly... this is Rose and not Greyman... my login won't work and no matter what I do I can't login. Second I have some very sad news... some of you will remember our beautiful welsh songbird Twinkle. We became friends through this forum and when I moved to France in 2007, friends in real life too. Sadly I learned yesterday that she died. I wasn't surprised as I knew she was ill... she messaged me a little while ago to say that it wasn't looking good. Nonetheless I was stunned. She was far to young and fabulous to die. My heart is heavy but I know that she is now singing with the angels... sharing her beautiful voice in heaven. I know that many of you were virtual friends. I'm sorry to return with such sad news Rose
  3. [quote user="alittlebitfrench"]Never read one book to be honest. Prefer my X Box.[/quote] We'd never have guessed.
  4. But that's exactly what has been happening. Many sleazy, over-entitled men in positions of power have been using that power to dictate that women concede to their sleaze in order to have their careers advanced/not be destroyed. Society as a whole has suffered from that. So blind, similarly over-entitled women like Deneuve are pushing their simpering views on to women who simply want to be treated fairly and advance on their merit. It's not really a difficult concept but I can see why a certain type of man or woman wouldn't want to see it advanced.
  5. You must have met most of the nearly 10,000 Brits who live in Dordogne. That's quite some feat for someone who has only driven through the departement on a tour !
  6. I haven't updated for a while but I think many members are following Rose's blog. If you're not you might be interested to know she has now passed the 700km mark and is less than 70km from Santiago and the finish line. It looks like she will get her compostella and book her place in heaven. I hope she sends me a postcard.
  7. Hi Kitty, I have PM'd you the blog link. I can report that Rose has now marched past the 500km mark and is doing really well. She has had some adventures and interesting and enlightening experiences. If all goes well she will have finished in 2 weeks time. I'm sure she will report back on her trip then.
  8. Well, Rose is on her way. We walked from the monastery at Roncevalles at 6am on Saturday and walked together for the first day. After some concern about her boots I left her in a windswept Spanish hamlet and headed home. She has walked another 17km today and has secured a top bunk ! She is very determined and I'm proud of her.
  9. Hamas fire rockets knowingly from civilian populated areas, targetted at civilians. Israeli army fire shells and missiles into known civilain areas and opress the population of Gaza. In the battle for scumminess there is no clear winner here just civilians caught literally in the crossfire of politicians who can't resolve it. Take the political posturing out of it (as always) and sit a normal Israeli family in a room with a normal Palestinian family and they will respect each other as human beings.
  10. It's useful to see these changes in one place. It's like a whole body scan where you can see all the illnesses in one picture. I'm with Chancer on the 24 hour change. These people really are the most stupid single-celled lifeforms ever given charge of a supposedly developed nation. So three people on 16 hour contracts will now become two. Two employees who want to job share will do that how ? 35 divided by 2 = 24 ?? When we ran a business staff used to ask for fewer hours, it suited them and we were happy to do it. We agree a work pattern to suit us all without having some moron impose a limit on it. Mindblowing.
  11. Real footy started more than a week ago. I think you're talking about the Premier League. That's the one where the poor darlings cry when the throw in doesn't go their way. Support a real club not the one who sell the prettiest merchandise. [:P]
  12. I've just thrown a grape at her Sweets. We have been away for a while ....
  13. There are two issues here Rabbie. Firstly the Germans have benefited hugely by the farce that is the Euro, so it seems fair that they take some of the pain now. Secondly, why are just the savers being hammered ? Why not a 10% levy on corporate assets, a levy on loans and mortgages, on private property, I could go on. Savers have been living with effective negative interest rates for years now whilst borrowers have had it good. Time for the pain to be spread I think.
  14. [quote user="Quillan"] Tell you what I wish I could have paid just 12.5% corporation tax let alone 10% when I had a company. Cyprus has always been an excellent country in which to place your money if you want to avoid paying tax and we are talking way before the Russians appeared on the scene. ...................Think we all need to do a little more independent research before emotionally shooting from the hip and making ourselves look rather stupid. [/quote] I think you are misunderstanding Quillan. The levy on Cypriot savers is 6.75% or 9.9% of their CAPITAL. So in your corporation tax analogy it would be like a one-off tax taking your last 5 years profits in full. I'd be shooting from the hip if that happened to me as a prudent saver. Yet again this crisis has seen savers hammered while borrowers (private, corporate and governments) have been protected.[:@]
  15. I'm told Preparation H sorts them out
  16. But I'm not blaming ParcelForce. I was quite happy with a 5 day service, which was a good price. I'm unhappy with Parcels2Go. There was clearly an issue with my delivery on the French side which I was willing to intervene to resolve. They were totally unable to get a very simple piece of information i.e. where was my parcel, which was being tracked, for 4+ working days after I asked. Having paid for a 3-5 day service I don't think it's unreasonable for the involved parties, to whom I have paid the price asked, to get their act together and get the parcel to me in 3-5 days. When it started to go wrong I acted promptly to try to sort it out. Out of interest the parcel has just been delivered from the back of a hire van ! It didn't seem like la Poste to me. So it was 8 days, 6 working days from collection and only them because I hassled to get the address issue confirmed. The address on the package was well attached and faultless too (the original as well as the extra one stuck on in France).
  17. Given the praise doled out to Parcels2Go I thought I would just update my situation so that readers will understand what happens when it doesn't go well ! My parcel was collected in UK on Monday 15 October and arrived in France on Tuesday 16 October. On 17 Oct it 'went out for delivery'. That night it returned to the depot with an address problem - I have no idea why as I have a copy of the label and it is perfectly addressed. Ever since then there is a daily update to the tracking saying 'held in depot' - so that is 6 days now. I contacted P2G the first day it said 'held in depot' (Thurs 18 Oct) and asked what the problem was and could I go and fetch it ? Could they tell me where it was ? That will take 24 hours I was told. Having heard nothing I made contact again on Fri 19 Oct and Sat 20 Oct, each time being told it would take 24 hours and never receiving any information. On Saturday I took it up to Jenny, a superviser. She again promised to get me an answer in 24 hours or maybe 48 as it was a weekend. She also said Parcelforce had asked the local depot to call me. On Mon 22 Oct the tracking again updated to say 'held in depot' so I called P2G again. I was told that no-one had yet requested the depot details and they would do so now and it would be 24 hours before I received a reply. In the meantime Parcelforce had asked the depot to call me ! In addition they told me the carrier was La Poste and gave me a freephone helpline number to call but were unable to give me a La Poste reference number to track the parcel ! So all in all their Customer 'Service' ethos is - once your parcel has been collected we couldn't give a damn and you're on your own. We'll just fob you off with banalities and empty promises of replies in 24 hours. I wouldn't touch them again with your bargepole let alone mine. [:@]
  18. [quote user="idun"]I'm glad I took the Parcel Force option then and would do so again. Also my son lives in a city, which probably helped! [/quote] Don't be so confident. My delivery was via parcelforce. It has made it's way in to the La Poste system and no-one can give me a reference number with which to track it at local level and I'm still waiting for parcels2go to come back to me with details of which depot it is actually held in. The value is not great, it's just some printing but I won't have chance now to get it resent [:(]
  19. [quote user="Lou"]....their original solution was (despite having our phone numder) to send us a postcard to find out what the correct address was .....[Www] [/quote] You just have to laugh ! I'm trying to find out where ours is so I can go get it.
  20. I have a delivery in progress through Parcels2Go at the moment. They are just a portal as you know so the service is only as good as the couriers along the way. My parcel is currently tracked as 'Held in Depot - insufficient address'. Which of course is total hogwash. Our lieu dit appears on all the satnavs I have seen, is clearly signed and all 3 families here know each other and take parcels in if no-one is home. So the local courier has simply decided it's not worth a trip to the sticks. I'm trying to find out which depot it is held in so I can go get the parcel, give them a roasting and claim my full refund. But I agree, when it works these services are great. I just hope they hold the local bods to account in my case.
  21. I'm so sorry Ian. Deb was a lovely lady and I am so pleased we had her to stay with us for a day on her tour. Our family will have you in our hearts. Be strong.
  22. Hello dear. I've just clicked reply to your post and I have been able to login using exactly the same details as on the main login button i.e. those which I was told were incorrect ! [8-)]
  23. Text blue or black on blue ! Text too small ! Horrible images down the sides !! For me a forum is about being able to read the content but these changes seem to make that as difficult as could be.[:(]
  24. On a trip back to UK last summer I injured my wrist. On arriving at A&E I was asked for my name and DoB. The receptionist typed this into the system and asked if I still lived at ***, an address I left when I was 9 years old ! (that is over 40 years ago). I told her no, I now live in France. She simply asked for a UK contact address and that was it. No ID, EHIC, nothing. I may have been lucky but it didn't even seem to cross her mind that there may be an issue.
  25. [quote user="NormanH"] France is in the Euro.. Why post here if you don't feel part of the community? [/quote] Which community Norman ? The forum ? France ? The EU ? The Eurozone ? I don't think being part of any community denies me an opinion or obliges me to blindly follow it's follies. If this community were to elect a communist government I'd have some things to say about that too. The post related to Cameron's veto and whether 'we' are now marginalised. I assume 'we' is the UK and as a UK citizen my views were given from that standpoint. The whole euro project has been a  farce which events are now showing and the ludicrous attempts to fix it in arrears are a farce too. Unfortunately the UK will be dragged in to the resulting mess anyway. By the way I have an interest because I still have a business, a property and money in the UK but live in France. I'm a true European [:D]
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