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  1. I use TA for reviews (because people have heard of them) and have a Facebook page for my gites where people can post comments and photos about their holiday. If you are starting a gite business the www.laymyhat.com/forum is very useful.

  2. Not sure where to post this, but as I'm a gite owner, maybe here, although it applies equally to other small businesses who offer free internet access to their clients. Following receipt of my first warning from Hadopi (some guests kindly downloaded something from eMule during their stay in my gite) I need to make more effort to protect my connection from illegal downloading. I don't want to offer an Orange Hotspot as that means guests would pay, so I'm looking at two companies who offer the protection service at with a setup cost and monthly abonnement.

    http://www.noodo-wifi.com/

    http://pico.quickspot.biz/

    Their pricing policy is similar - I was just wondering if anyone has any first hand experience of either?

  3. I recently had confirmation from another neighbour that it was the farmer who shot my cat who 'disappeared' last September. I still have my current cats but probably only because they are confined to the house in daylight hours.

    I have a meeting with the Maire and the President de la Chasse on Saturday morning regarding my neighbour and I will do everything I can to get the his chasse permis withdrawn.

  4. No add ons at all - the heating, pool heating, use of bikes, bed linen, towels etc. all included.

    I just use ethernet cable with Airport Express for the gites, but they are all connected to my one and only router. Yes, I know there is a risk with Hadopi. But I've done it the same way for 5 years now and never had any problems. My bandwith is only 2Mo so it isn't easy to download or stream films and guests are informed about this in advance.

  5. [quote user="Chiefluvvie"]OK - interesting N'importequoi - don't really want to argue about it though.

    You offer 'fully' inclusive rates do you - no 'add-ons' at all? Bearing in mind that offering some types of 'service' can significantly alter your tax regime......

    Chiefluvvie[/quote]

    Thanks, I know that and am in the appropriate tax régime for all the services offered [:)]

  6. [quote user="Chiefluvvie"]OK - interesting N'importequoi - don't really want to argue about it though.

    You offer 'fully' inclusive rates do you - no 'add-ons' at all? Bearing in mind that offering some types of 'service' can significantly alter your tax regime......

    Chiefluvvie[/quote]

    Thanks, I know that and am in the appropriate tax régime for all the services offered [:)]

  7. Well, I agree with Benjamin - I run a gite business and it costs me nothing extra to give free unlimited internet access to my gites as I have it myself.

    I don't think you have to be a saddo not to want more than 30 mins per day, particularly if you are "working" on holiday, which some people are. Or you have teenagers staying.

    Other people bring internet radios, iphones, ipads and they want to send photos home etc....the requirements are increasing for internet access.

    I don't like 'add ons' and I'd never stay anywhere I was charged for wifi access.

  8. Sounds good, but if I was looking for a gite and had the choice between free unlimited access to internet which many gites offer, or 30 mins per day free with the rest to be paid (you don't say how much it cost!) I know which I'd choose.

  9. PSG don't want Beckham for his football skills, they want him for all the money he will generate for the club.

  10. Ignore my original post - I think the 7% rate will only be applied to existing TVA registered businesses, not all.

  11. Yes main courante, not portante[:$]

    It is informal and but can act as proof if I decide to porter plainte at some stage in the future. It will just make matters really bad if I porte plaint straight away.

    The cat is the most important, but there are other things he has done as well (not the least sexual advances - to me and another female neighbour before she remarried). My main problem is that I make a living from the gites and don't want my neighbour to make it difficult for me to carry that out.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your car Lou, and I hope he recovers. I've had 2 cats that have been shot and subsequently returned full of lead shot, they recovered but have since disappeared, along with another cat. My farmer neighbour has always said it was foxes, but strangely enough the cats always disappeared during the day, not when out at night, and I now think he is a liar and either him or his son shot them.

    It really isn't possible for me to fence of some or all of my garden because I have gites and the garden is shared. I'm just keeping the cats in now and letting them out in the evening when it is dark. I'm also going to depost a main portante with the gendarmerie regarding my neighbour's behaviour.

  13. I'd love to shoot my neighbour for a variety of reasons, but don't have a permis, unfortunately.

    Is it easy for cats to adjust to becoming indoor cats after being outdoor cats? I feel really cruel keeping them in all the time as they always try to 'escape'.

  14. I've spoken to the Mairie (I get on well with them, they don't like my neighbour) but they said he is right up to a point - the cat doesn't have the right to be on their land, but equally, he doesn't have the right to shoot the cat as it isn't on the 'liste animals nuisibles'. Not that that would stop him [:(]  I'm just letting the cat out in the dark now (although I know my neighbour is a rubbish shot). I've lost so many cats now I'm wondering if it is worth keeping them too.With the foxes and hunters, it seems like an ineveitable death sentence for them if they wander.

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