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  1. If you're not fussy about which chain you patronise, I've never had any problem getting an on-the-spot test in a big city centre - someone in the mall always has an A-board out advertising a while-you-wait service, especially early in the day, during school term-time. The only problem I've had is their inability to produce coated varifocals within the duration of my invariably short stay in the UK - simpler lenses are available within the hour.
  2. Crikey! if I was having a bad day, and someone sent me this, they'd be straight off the Xmas card list, believe me!
  3. I thought the traditional response on seeing stuffed mammal heads etc projecting from the wall was to look surprised and say "Must have been going quite a speed!".
  4. [quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="ErnieY"]Do you have any idea of the number of people who have just decided to hate you [:P] [/quote]This is an aspect of him which I have hated from Day 1 (when he weighed pretty much the same) 35 or so years ago.  B*st*rd. Edit : Yes, and I forgot - he also has a (very) full head of hair, none of which is grey - apart from the stuff on his face.  At 60 this is truly unfair.  He can be very annoying at times.... [/quote] Behold! Marital bliss!
  5. [quote user="ErnieY"] Personally I think the skinny stick insect types should be charged a stiff excess for the seething resentment they cause to those who are fighting a losing battle with middle age spread - or worse [/quote] I resemble that remark! Being somewhere towards 6 feet tall, occasionally reaching nearly 70kg on a bad day, and eating pretty much what I like, I've never understood the problem. Do explain what this fat thing is, please?
  6. Having worked in the railway industry for quite a long time, I recall that the perceived wisdom in the 90s was that taking your pension early was a good idea, because the inflation indices used for upping pensioners' pensions were marginally more favourable than those used for pensions yet to be claimed. I got that from my then-boss the Director, Financial Planning, British Railways Board, who was himself about to retire, and, being an accountant, probably knew a thing or two! A succeeding boss, also a very high-flyer, took his pension at minimum age, 50, despite continuing to work. In my case, in the privatised railway, I was able to retire, take my pension, and then start with another company 3 days a week, while we prettied-up the house in Kent prior to selling it and swanning off to la Sarthe. If you are still amassing a pension, the calculations take a bit of doing, because final salary schemes in particular may lean towards leaving it as late as possible to get the max return. I took the cynical view, based on my father's ill-health immediately after retiring at 65, that getting out early might mean we would have some good times before the Grim Reaper started making ominous noises. Frankly, when Cooperlola had her accident last year - I felt justified. My being lazy and wanting to give up work has nothing to do with it, of course! As for the present financial hand-wringing, don't worry too much about your pension. Advice from my fund in its regular newsletter indicates that pension advisers have seen it all before, and there is no real risk - the equilibrium will return. Obviously that assumes your pension is safely-based in the first place!
  7. [quote user="Jonzjob"] Who the hell is Fred? I think that I have heard of some poor hard working exec who is now trying to find a poor retirement on a few quid?[+o(] [/quote] I'm with you. While "Other Topics" makes this thread legitimate, we seem to be bombarded here with trashy tabloid tales from the UK. I feel deeply sorry for those who read and then promulgate this garbage here, apparently trying to cause some sort of debate. The expression "Get a life!" comes to mind.....
  8. Yeah, and it just happened to be the first of April, of course....
  9. [quote user="Catalpa"]Nooooooooooooo! Poor Coops. I don't suppose she has access to broadband in hospital? Presumably she's on dialup? Only Festival Radio from Prestbury Park is being streamed live across t'interweb... This link should work... http://rht.teamtalk.com/RHT/Cheltenham/Audio_Centre/Frameset/0,,1_r,0.html Alternatively, go to... http://www.cheltenham.co.uk/ ...and click on (predictably) Festival Radio. [/quote] Yes, a very kind thought, but! While this is certainly a hospital, and there is a sort of slow and moody broadband for the inactive hours, the patients actually work for a living! Like every weekday, Cooperlola has spent the morning in the pool and then in Occupational Therapy - probably playing Brigitte at draughts, each player using a sort of clothespeg thingie to move the pieces, thus strengthening hand & arm muscles - will now have lunch, and is in physiotherapy with the estimable Gerard from 13.00 until 15.30 GMT, when I pick her up and bring her home for the weekend! She'd much rather watch the the Channel 4 video, I think!
  10. Please, please, please don't mention any results from Cheltenham on here! Poor cooperlola has missed the festival on tv for the first time in living memory! The weekend will be spent reviewing the recordings on the hard-drive DVD, we hope! No hints to spoil things, please!
  11. As we tend to turn on as the formation lap starts, hopefully the silly music will pass us by, along with the trite interviews and other ballyhoo stuff that ruins all sports presentations. As that Aussie bloke used to say - when the flag drops the bullshit stops. No adverts, though, will be bliss. Now, if only they'd sack all the rest and leave Brundle to do all the commentary.....
  12. I suspect that many high-tech companies do deals with each other for expert consultancy work - and the publicity or otherwise rests with the deal that is signed. Why re-invent the wheel when someone else's rolls really quite well? Years ago, when overhead cam, 16v engines were being promoted as a great way to efficiency, with more power and less consumption, I think Yamaha, who are not famous for much on 4 wheels, were seen as a world authority on OHC design. After all, I think they already had 5 valves per cylinder in some of their bike engines. Closer to home, Riccardo Engineering are famous for not being famous. Few of their consultancies get beyond the confidential stage, because that's what their client paid for and stipulated, yet they seem to be in great demand from very big players indeed. That Mercedes/Ilmor may be on the same discreet bandwagon is no surprise, surely.
  13. Fascinating, and slightly surprising. I knew from a close friend's experience  that this is how it feels in the UK - or at least the South East. But in France I felt that the girls get more of a banter with the customer - certainly in the local supermarches near us. Big cities breed big city manners, I suppose. I'm not sure why, but I've always found it easy to respond to the bonjour - and to look the hotesse in the eye. I try to be effusive with praise if she makes a little extra effort to help me. Why the hell not? It makes me feel good, too! Years ago, I worked in a big office block at Euston. There was a canteen, where I would lunch most days. After a year or so, my work moved to another building across the road, with its own facilities. Then, after many months, I came back to the first building for a few days. On paying for my meal, the lady on the till asked if I had formerly worked there? I smiled and said yes. "Ah" she said " I remember you - you always said thankyou!" Not many years later, cooperlola and I were supermarket shopping on a Sunday morning near her mum's flat in Wimbledon. When I said the usual TVM to the checkout lady, she looked up sharply, as if my thanks were a surprise. Someone once said that since manners cost nothing, they are worth nothing. Yeah, right......
  14. On another forum, a member in NW England received a speeding ticket the other day. The ticket said he was doing 138 mph, which seemed a little odd as he drives a superannuated Mercedes van! On enquiring to Plod, they admitted that this camera - type not divulged, sadly - had been misfiring all day, and he had nothing to answer. Another forum member suggested he should have asked for it to be 140 mph "'cos I'm trying to sell it"!
  15. Yes, her cooperlolaship is released from hospital at 5 p.m. Friday, and I collect her in the remaining family car, our 2001 Skoda. She spends the weekend at home, but must be returned to the hospital by 9 p.m. Sunday to avoid turning into a pumpkin. Actually, she's lost at least 5 kilos in the 4 months she's been at this hospital, so true pumpkin status is still some way off. Sadly, we don't get much of a weekend lie-in, because a nurse appears sometime after 8 a.m. Sat and Sun to administer the daily injection - avoidance of phlebitis, DVT etc. It is now 6 months since the accident, and while progress is apparently glacial, a quick look at some of the other inmates at the hospital - especially the young male bikers, some of whom are unlikely even to be able to cut up their own lunch ever again - makes cooperlola feel positively lucky.
  16. Once again, while cooperlola is seen offering her views and info on here, she never mentions her progress with mobility, and it's time for a little update, perhaps. The metalwork in the right knee has not beeen touched - the doctor and his surgeon colleague will continue to review the need periodically, but, at present, they are not convinced surgery would be worth the always-attendant risk. However, after the removal of the screw was first mooted, the doctor prescribed a revised, more gentle exercise regime in the the daily physio sessions. Cooperlola began to find, within a short time, a little less pain in the knee, which now bends beyond 90 degrees with minimal effort. This week, her painkiller regime has been altered, and she is now on a regular dose, rather than "taking a couple of tablets" just before the physio session. Result? Yesterday she volunteered to try a few halting, timid steps - unaided by any support! A new box ticked! To (almost) quote Churchill "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end - but it may be the end of the beginning!"
  17. Out of the gloom, a voice said unto me: "Smile - things could be worse!" So I smiled. And - lo! - things DID get worse! [Found on a thousand railway ticket office walls in the '70s] 
  18. John This is off the scale! Absolutely stunning stuff, with all the reserved commentary attributes that 1960s (BBC-led) sports enjoyed, unlike the screaming and shouting of today, even when added post-production. My first copy of Motor Sport, purchased at age 16, was the September 1965 edition, with a colour pic of Nino Vaccarella in the 275P2 in the streets of Collesano, where the locals had painted "Forza Nino!" on the road, so your find took me way back! Thanks a very large bunch!
  19. [quote user="Ron Avery"] Loirette I suppose that you know its not necessary to change to a French license unless the Gendarmes tell you you have to in order to  get points taken off it, or there are age advantages in changing , ie you are approaching 70??  UK licenses despite not having a "current" address are perfectly legal in France. [/quote] I am pleased to say I am certain that Loirette is a very long way from reaching 70!
  20. [quote user="cooperlola"]as I get older and more grumpy myself.[:)][/quote] Really? I hadn't noticed! xxx
  21. Somewhat baffled by the OP's angst about this item. There are, according to my quick count, more than 50 subject headings on the forum, almost all of them explicitly related to France in some way. Then there is Other Topics, which enables people to discuss the price of peas in Tesco, the US Presidential Election, or, as is apparently quite often the case, the view from Uranus. As far as I can see, the Trades Descriptions Act would not be contravened by any or all of these subjects, or virtually any other for that matter, being raised under Other Topics. If the OP, supported by several real French people, cannot see why more time isn't spent in debating the subtler nuances of French current affairs and public life, perhaps that's because some of us aren't aware of them, don't understand them, and, until they actually emerge as new legislation applicable to us, do not feel affected by them, either. In my UK commuter days, I read a broadsheet on the train to Town. On arriving home 12 hours later, I tried to catch Channel 4 News. Now I'm retired, and living abroad, and hardly ever watch tv in my own home, I'll let others do the worrying, thanks.
  22. I fear France has a long way to go in understanding what green motoring means. Not only do they insist on keeping elderly cars going - with increasingly bad emissions, of course - but who can guess how much fuel is burnt every day in rural areas keeping the family in fresh bread for every meal?
  23. It is now 6 weeks since Deb’s first weekend at home, and, frankly, it is hard for me to say that her mobility has improved a lot. While her left leg and the right hand have come on well, the right knee is still being singularly unco-operative, and remains very painful to stand on. Deb and her physio, the estimable Gerard, have been alert to this fact for some time, and conclude that some of the metalwork installed by the undoubtedly gifted surgeons at Rouen is now working against, rather than for, her knee’s articulation. Yesterday they managed to get this view across to the resident doctor on his weekly rounds. He looked at the x-rays, and thinks that a particular screw might now need to be removed. 5 months of bone growth should have rendered it redundant, anyway. He will need to discuss this with a surgeon colleague at Le Mans main hospital, but if the point is accepted, Deb can look forward to an operation. And that’s the point – Deb told me the news as if it were a step in the right direction (pardon the pun). The other development is the arrival of the draft (!) report from the car insurer’s doctor. You will recall he spent 2 hours with Deb, covering a lot of issues, including who’s doing the housekeeping, the horses, the garden – hardly doctor stuff. The report is equally comprehensive in scope, and runs to 11 pages! We do feel that the best is being done on the claim front. More anon.
  24. Sounds like a lovely time! The 4.2 engine was in the original Tiger, then it increased to 4.7 some time later. Both were from Ford. Not really an expert on these, but they were so much more interesting than the Alpine on which they were based! The chrome strip along the waist told you it was the Real Deal, not the ordinary Alpine.Your OH's decision to change the engine made the car a special, which always reduces value - the dealership can't apply all the usual platitudinous values of one careful driver, low mileage etc! The risk for older men in rallying is that, like older men who can now afford big motorbikes, their reactions ain't what they used to be, and more than one very respected ex-driver has lost his life in an accident on a classic event. Of course I hope this doesn't happen to him. Cooperlola and I have never had a car in that league for performance, although we've had a few hot hatches, one of which - Citroen BX16 valve - would do 130, and we each tested that, I think..... Now I'm 60, sensible-shoes cars seem more us, although when Cooperlola starts mentioning Bentleys, rather than the Modus or Note we had idly discussed, I do wonder!
  25. [quote user="tegwini"] I learned to drive in a Sunbeam Tiger, [/quote] tegwini! Wot a car to learn in! 260 or 289? That's 4.2.or 4.7 litres in old money. All those sticking valves! Hardtop or open? Jealous, or wot! My first lessons were in a Hillman Blimp, later Vauxhall Viva HC. How the other half do live!
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