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  1. I had previously signed up to a precursor of this system which never really took off. I still have the paper Icon on my CV

    I am all in favour and have been trying to sign up for a while but there is a moment in the process where you have to enter the numbers which are in a vertical line   on the top right hand corner of the Carte, and 3 of mine are now illegible.

    I asked for a replacement Carte but was told that as it functions for the  usual things they see no need to replace it.

    I will  visit France Services (as mentioned in a previous post) since they are usually very helpful, but other wise I will  have to wait for moment when I might not need  it for a couple of weeks then "lose" it and declare the loss..


  2. 8 hours ago, alittlebitfrench said:

    You have not offered any advice Norman….just two insulting posts.

    Given I have lived in France over half my life, have a French wife and three French kids and also a very large French extended family of all ages. Some in their nineties. I kinda know stuff.

    I have lived all over France from rough suburbs to quintessential villages. I have rented many flats and bought houses. I spend my time living to two very different areas of France.

    I think I am more than qualified to voice my opinions and concerns of French life.

    You….hmmmm…..not so much.

    I tell how it is. No bias. 

    You see... you  try to hijack this thread in yet another direction.

  3. What is noticeable is how a thread where  the OP asked a reasonable question, and was getting sensible and helpful replies was Hi-jacked by another poster with nothing helpful to say on  the topic. I  think the moderators should remove such posts from the original thread and invite the person concerned to post in another topic e.g.  "Moaning about everything French"  or some such title so  the rest of us can go on offering whatever help or information we  can about the original topic.

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  4. Their trick is to present a bill for the year and ask you to reply if you wish to cancel, which of course one may be tempted to do especially if like me you always try to avoid Prime, but think  that you may have unwittingly ticked a box when you bought something.  If you do reply I imagine it may give them access  to you Amazon account as you would  be asked to log in.

    I smelled a rat and checked the sender's address which was in South Africa, so I looked the scam up on that site.

    What is alarming is that they had  the correct email for my  Amazon account.

  5. A sombre Autumn poem by Baudelaire, which suits the mood of the moment.


    The video is of me reading my own translation :




    Chant d'automne


    Bientôt nous plongerons dans les froides ténèbres;
    Adieu, vive clarté de nos étés trop courts!
    J'entends déjà tomber avec des chocs funèbres
    Le bois retentissant sur le pavé des cours.

    Tout l'hiver va rentrer dans mon être: colère,
    Haine, frissons, horreur, labeur dur et forcé,
    Et, comme le soleil dans son enfer polaire,
    Mon coeur ne sera plus qu'un bloc rouge et glacé.

    J'écoute en frémissant chaque bûche qui tombe;
    L'échafaud qu'on bâtit n'a pas d'écho plus sourd.
    Mon esprit est pareil à la tour qui succombe
    Sous les coups du bélier infatigable et lourd.

    II me semble, bercé par ce choc monotone,
    Qu'on cloue en grande hâte un cercueil quelque part.
    Pour qui? — C'était hier l'été; voici l'automne!
    Ce bruit mystérieux sonne comme un départ.


    J'aime de vos longs yeux la lumière verdâtre,
    Douce beauté, mais tout aujourd'hui m'est amer,
    Et rien, ni votre amour, ni le boudoir, ni l'âtre,
    Ne me vaut le soleil rayonnant sur la mer.

    Et pourtant aimez-moi, tendre coeur! soyez mère,
    Même pour un ingrat, même pour un méchant;
    Amante ou soeur, soyez la douceur éphémère
    D'un glorieux automne ou d'un soleil couchant.

    Courte tâche! La tombe attend; elle est avide!
    Ah! laissez-moi, mon front posé sur vos genoux,
    Goûter, en regrettant l'été blanc et torride,
    De l'arrière-saison le rayon jaune et doux!

    — Charles Baudelaire


  6. The thing I find difficult to understand is hatred itself. I have lived a blessed and sheltered life as have many of us born in the UK just after WW2, with the Welfare State and free good education, but I can honestly say that i feel no hatred for anyone, and cannot imagine killing them except perhaps in blind panic of self defence.

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