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  1. I am up in the centre of Town, but there is a lot of flooding down at river level, for example  on the road you would come into Béziers on from your place.

    More is to be expected, since in places from which the water drains into the Orb there has been over 400mm of rainfall!

    Many of the roads are closed,  for example the one from Béziers to the sea via Sauvian ..




  2. There was asparagus and the first local strawberries from Capestang  (NOT watery Spanish) but at 6.50 a barquette in the indoor market on Friday. Apparently they have been brought on early by all the sunshine, though we are paying for it today as you can see on another thread...

  3. He has to back-track because the extreme right candidates he supports (il a parrainé MLP, but as a fellow journalist he is also very close to Zemmour) are both in difficulty over Russia, she because her campaign has had  a big loan from a Russian Bank in the past and this year from Hungary   https://www.lemonde.fr/election-presidentielle-2022/article/2022/02/02/marine-le-pen-a-obtenu-un-pret-de-10-6-millions-d-euros-d-une-banque-hongroise-pour-la-campagne-presidentielle_6112009_6059010.html;

    and Zemmour who has been supportive of Russia and even said that he was sure Russia wouldn't invade Ukraine which doesn't show very  good judgement for a Presidential candidate


  4. Don't confuse the situation at Calais with the specific history of M.Ménard.


    Au moment de la crise migratoire en Europe en 2015, le maire de Béziers avait estimé que sa commune « n’avait pas les moyens d’accueillir de nouvelles personnes, surtout si elles ont vocation à rester par la suite, puisque l’État ne fait pas appliquer la loi en reconduisant à la frontière ceux qui doivent l’être ».

    Then he went into a flat where some Syriens were staying, also fleeing a war as are the Ukrainians at present, and told them that as Maire of the town he was saying that  they weren't welcome.

    He also had fake posters put up around town showing them as a menace:





  5. 27 minutes ago, Gardian said:

    Norman, DB & Betise ........

    It’s entirely up to you of course, but I’d suggest that you simply ignore this individual.

    This is a very typical ‘Ken’ thread, where he accuses others of being “insulting”.  I’ve been back through all the posts and the first (and I’d say) only insulting ones came from him!

    As for the (regularly wheeled-out) accusations of being ‘socialist remainers’ ......... it beggars belief.  I didn’t once name him as ‘Last Word Ken’ for nothing - he’ll go on and on and on .........

    I’ve suggested once before that this bloke needs professional help, but rather doubt that anybody on here would be qualified or inclined to provide it.

    As suggested, ignore him ........ but it won’t be the last word from ‘Last Word Ken’.

    The obvious way would be for the Moderators to make sure he couldn't continue to wreck the Forum with these 'troll ' tactics:


    It can sometimes become difficult to tell the difference between a troll and someone who just genuinely wants to argue about a topic. However, here are a few tell-tale signs that someone is actively trolling.

    • Off-topic remarks: Completely going off-topic from the subject at hand. This is done to annoy and disrupt other posters.
    • Refusal to acknowledge evidence: Even when presented with hard, cold facts, they ignore this and pretend like they never saw it.
    • Dismissive, condescending tone: An early indicator of a troll was that they would ask an angry responder, “Why you mad, bro?” This is a method done to provoke someone even more, as a way of dismissing their argument altogether.

    if a troll  begins to clog up a thread, you can also opt to report them to the site’s moderation team. If your report is successful, the troll may be temporarily suspended or their account might be banned entirely.

    There are a couple of posters here that seem to fit that description (if they aren't in fact the same person posting under two names)



  6. 5 hours ago, Ken said:

    I seem to have touched a nerve!  I know it's a little difficult for you but "go the whole way" means once naturalised , give up the original Passport. Cutting links, in the official sense with the original country. There, that wasn't too hard to understand was it?

    As for 'links' you appear to be obsessed by them. Do you not have any thoughts of your own, other than insults of course!

    "I seem to have touched a nerve! "  You haven't but you want to since   the main reason for many of your "contemptible" posts (to use your own word) , is to irritate other posters, rather  than  serving a  useful purpose such as  providing   useful or helpful information. They  are simple assertions based on your ignorance, which is why you are so against "links".

    Take an example from your post "go the whole way" means once naturalised , give up the original Passport"


    1) You give no guidance on what   you mean by "give up the original Passport.' Do you mean not renew it,  or is there  some other mechanism for giving up Nationality to which you are privy but  which you  are too lazy to reveal.

    2) How do you know I haven't ? You don't so by definition you are ignorant.






  7. 3 hours ago, Ken said:

    Yes I have heard of it. I think it is reserved for the sort of people that whilst claiming they are naturalised haven't the nerve to go the whole way and see their British passport as a convenience and safeguard. Just in case!! Thank you for your applause, always appreciate it. As for the Ukraine, unless it's called something else by others; for me it is the Ukraine!

    Apart from the fallacy of generalisation  and your ignorance of each of our personal circumstances, could you explain  whet you mean by "go the whole way''  with a detailed description of the process, backed up with  a suitable link to an official source?

    Or are you simply bringing  "something off topic into the conversation in order to make that person mad" as in the definition of  "trolling" above?


  8. According to Tom Postmes, a professor of social and organisational psychology at the universities of Exeter, England, and Groningen, The Netherlands, and the author of Individuality and the Group, who has studied online behavior for 20 years, "Trolls aspire to violence, to the level of trouble they can cause in an environment. They want it to kick off. They want to promote antipathetic emotions of disgust and outrage, which morbidly gives them a sense of pleasure." Someone who brings something off topic into the conversation in order to make that person mad is trolling


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