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  1. oops double entry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDEaJthEwjo  try this as well if you're in the mood for 'who loves the sun' more lou
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXgbN81zNG8  This may not be the best version but great combination, Lou Reed and 'just a perfect day' or sweet jane, http://www.completefrance.com/cs/forums/AddPost.aspx?PostID=1179963 or most anything by Velvet underground or lou, or bruce or tamla or even the white album.  oh! too many songs to have a permanent favourite. [8-|] Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.  
  3. Disappointing and strange that most of the replies (especially the heated ones) were about the phrase used and not much about how single people meet one another, whether it be in the French or ex-pat community, which I thought might have provoked some much more interesting discussion, ho hum. [8-)] Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity it is as perennial as the grass.    
  4. [quote user="Russethouse"] But John, George Clooney is percieved as being a gentleman and as such would never use such a cheapening expression....[Www][Www] [/quote] I think I get your drift!, you might be right and there's the dichotomy, he has no trouble getting top totty! But he plays rogues with likable qualities, wanted to play J.D. in Thelma & Louise, (good scene that, some beginner called Pitt got it), Divorced, says he will never get married again, nor have any children, Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman bet $10,000 each he would be a father before he turned 40 (I wonder why!). They were both wrong though, and they paid up. He returned the money, betting double or nothing that he won't have kids by age 50! Broke up with girlfriend Krista Allen 2004, voted sexiest male celebrity in 'Naughty Forties'. If that's what you girls want . . . Owns a villa in Laglio at Lake Como, Italy, Been there seen it, that's what I want, my kinda of guy too. [8-|]you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing, life George Clooney
  5. [quote user="Frenchie"]Petit lapin is lovely, no connotations IMO ...[/quote] Hi Frenchie, Thanks for your comment, of course that is usually the sentiment intended by petit lapin (note the correction!) the prickly ones might point out the playboy club and their motive for using the bunny as a motif . . . [8-|]the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is
  6. Aren't the negative reactions just a bit prickly though? and of course language fails to communicate fully when not accompanied by the ability to glance in the direction of the speaker to ascertain his worth? the missus would usually automatically reply 'I'm top totty' but whether it was accompanied by a smile or stony look would depend entirely on the visual valuation of the speaker! I am still puzzling over the fact that George Clooney* could say anything he wanted, as I'm sure some women would agree, my better half quite liked 'petite lapin' until she understood all the connotations. *(insert your own favourite personality here!) [8-|]Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.  
  7. [quote user="Pads"]why do they have to be anything , why cant they just be ladies ??[:)][/quote] vis-à-vis Little Britain, If I were a girlie I think I would rather be called Totty than a 'Lady' [8-|] Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
  8. Of course if the mountain won’t come to Mohammad. . . and don't forget to wear your Tattershall Check May 16/22 Entente Cordiale to Brittany. This now famous annual excursion visits Brittany in 2008. Details, Lynne Beadle,Kelsey Publishing 01959 543529 17/18 JEC Racing. Invitation event Spa Belgium. Details Terry Dye 01453 842399 or see website June 14/1`5 Le Mans 24 hour race. Large JEC presence. Details Simon & Ann Cronin 01962 852970.  July 11/13 The Le Mans Classic. JEC presence. Details Simon & Ann Cronin 01962 852970.  Sept 13/14 JEC Tour of the Pyrenees, taking in Angouleme Circuit Des Ramparts and the Loire Valley. Details Ray & Barbara Guiver 01308 488421 18th/23 JEC trip to Angouleme for the annual Circuit des Rampart. Details Simon and Ann Cronin 01962 852970.  [:)] recommended, home turf!
  9. Ooops, posted under bikes before I saw this  try http://www.grandtouringclub.co.uk they have Jaguar E-Type Coupe, Jaguar E-Type V12 Convertible, Jaguar Mark II Saloon; or even piece de resistance SS100, make sure you haven't got short arms though. if the budget doesn't do it then try www.jec.org.uk/ Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club (JEC)  UK based with info about Jag events  [8-|] with all its drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Strive to be happy. Do one thing everyday that scares you!
  10.  try http://www.grandtouringclub.co.uk they have Jaguar E-Type Coupe, Jaguar E-Type V12 Convertible, Jaguar Mark II Saloon; or even piece de resistance SS100, make sure you haven't got short arms though. if the budget doesn't do it then try www.jec.org.uk/ Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club (JEC)  UK based with info about Jag events [8-|]With all its drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Strive to be happy. Do one thing everyday that scares you!
  11. www.bordeaux-tourisme.com Hello, We thank you for your message. There are no buses to get there from Bordeaux unfortunately as Montmoreau is in a different region of France. However, you can take a train. Timetable is available at : www.sncf.com Sincerely, Bordeaux Tourist Office Hi Pierre Further to your suggestion of contacting the tourisme office, I attach their reply above!, having checked SNCF again, it is basically about an hour to wait between services, and alternates between one and two hours for the journey depending on whether it is the straight through train. Cost including the bus from airport, train and taxi from station about the same as half day pay or hire car without surcharge for drop off, bit less than a taxi though; it maybe worth trying as an alternative but though these changes make the taxi journey seem attractive even with the mortgage, it makes flying As ErnieY said,  much less attractive! unless someone has the third way! . . . [8-|] the world is full of trickery, but let this not blind you to what virtue there is;  
  12. How close are you Nearly retired, Montignac le coq is quite close to the border , perhaps we could play taxi for each other!!
  13. Thanks for your replies, We have an old car down here and it has been invaluable, it is just getting to the airport and back that remains a dilema, the return trip from most airports is about 4 hours and a half days pay is still more than a days car hire, we have tried it a couple times, where it cost us the equivalent of half a days pay and it was still much of favour because of the inconvenience for the guy involved, also once with friends who combined it with a shopping trip, but while we felt they saw the fun once, we thought it would be more of an imposition next time. The only buses I have seen locally were school buses, I googled autobus entre Bordeaux et Montmoreau and nothing came up!. As ErnieY said about Stansted (to paraphrase):- in my diesel car I can drive to UK, bumble around for 10 days and drive home on little more than 3 tankfuls of juice which is going to cost me around £150, a ferry crossing for under £50 so job done for £200, and of course, the advantages of having ones own car to transport all those goodies back home. we are also well accustomed to doing marathon long distance drives Pee & Petrol only, but not so good if only one of you is travelling; so buying a bit more than time and convenience. Being stranded at an Airport (and I have been plenty of times, worst experience was with Flybe) is a fate much worse than driving all the way on your own, and the taxi fare usually exceeds any savings. So I continue to look for the third way!! [8-|] Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
  14. We are served by three (even 4/5 airports), being in the middle of Bordeaux, La Rochelle, and Bergerac, with Angouleme coming on soon and even Limoge close enough at a push, and we keep a car at the local garage. However the problem has always been airport transfer to and from our place, taxi's are more expensive than renting a car for a day, and we can't impose on friends goodwill for a 3/4 hr trip too often. To rent and then drop the car off at say Angouleme instead of taking it back incurs a high charge equivalent to almost a weeks hire, and some companies won't do one way hire. We looked at using a train for transfer but timings are a joke, and we don't intend to leave the car at an airport since the gaps inbetween can be quite irregular. Has anyone out there got any clever moves or alternatives? [8-|]you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. .
  15.  Thornbury van hire (south Glos yellow pages) quoted 240 for ELWB (7metre) Merc hi-top (not new vehicles!) plus 50 for European insurance, plus 50 for Recovery insurance, Speed ferries were 89, [8-|] Look after your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.
  16. Hi thanks for that, Stansted, Luton & Gatwick are no, no's for us, although the 'Executor' seems to have a limited service, it is easier to get to for us. Has anyone used it? are the timings reliable? thanks again. [8-|] The real troubles in life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.  
  17. I need to travel down to Angouleme in Nov & Feb, preferably by air, but Bristol flights to the region Bergerac and Bordeaux stop at the end of Oct until March next year, the same with Birmingham to La Rochelle. Has anyone any experience or recommendations travelling from these areas by air during autumn/winter? I'd be glad to hear folks Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them
  18. [:)] and prithee tell; what car meeting is that? [8-|] might need the sunscreen then [B]
  19. When using Michelin just insert various towns such as Rouen as 'Stopovers' to direct the route the way you want it. Michelin don't always use motorways all the way on their suggested routes, and you can always click shortest route, but watch the travel time movements! [:)] How long have they got  [sn]
  20. We used it a couple of weeks ago, and were relieved to find it fully open, almost empty and relaxing, however we woke with a start when we paid the toll, the new section seems extremely expensive for some reason (32e one way), when we checked our Michelin route finder we noticed that even they routed you on and off the motorway for quite a stretch in their recommended route. It saved about half the toll and wasn't much more time consuming, so we will be trying to use its convenience but only in small chunks as per Michelin recommendated route next trip. Does anyone know why it is so much more expensive? Is it just because it is new? [:)] my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience No need for sunscreen yet… [H]  
  21. Thornbury van hire (south Glos yellow pages) quoted 240 for ELWB (7metre) merc hi-top plus 50 for European insurance, plus 50 for Recovery insurance, Fuel & Tolls Bristol/Angouleme (1200mls) were 200, Speed ferries were 89, so total 530. If we had taken the car it would have been around 250, so since we had to be there anyway the extra cost was around 280, for which we transferred contents of about 3 rooms. Removers quoted part load cost 570. For the control and convenience we thought it worth the extra and will probably do it again several times, it ain't cheap, but if you want to transfer the stuff you have, then the comparisons made sense to us. Best to read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. no need for sunscreen yet [H]
  22. Having just returned from the LD trip, I only wish I had been charged freight rates instead of the smoke and mirrors high prices for booking on the web site. When we arrived, booked in as a van, having paid £200 for our booking without a cabin, on the web site, I was informed that I was not freight and had been charged a private rate. I was informed that all freight was booked by telephone through their office, had I done so I would have been charged £185, and this would have INCLUDED cabin accommodation for two and dinner for two in the price! I was also informed that since I had booked on the web site that the booking was not changeable but I could discuss with the Purser on board. As soon as I got on board I did take it up with the Purser, who politely said that he would see what he could do, however he did nothing, [N] we did not get a cabin or free meal, the club class seats we paid for were so uncomfortable I slept on the floor and later discovered people could sleep more comfortably on couches on the bar. .[8o|] To cap it off there was a fight in Club class where drunks were arguing over seats (no e-tickets had numbered seat positions) and it ended up in fistacuffs while the staff avoided the altercation, even after one the people involved complained to them. I was not impressed and I think it will be a long time before I travel with LD again. It seems to be a bit of a game for the operators to disguise their rates to make it more difficult for people to pick the most economic rate or time to travel, in the expectation that people will fall into paying more than they need rather than encouraging people to get a good deal and repeat bookings. [H] More power to Speedferries and their ilk.
  23. Hi Will still on the subject, (just[;)]), can you throw any light on reasons for differing vehicle costs?, we are using LD this weekend, (because Speedferries are inoperative), to take a van with personal possessions across on a 5 day trip, which for a car was around £50 (pretty good), but for a camper around £90, and when listing a van the cost was a whopping £200! (all vehicles entered as same length dimensions, van & camper same height). The trip doesn't include a cabin (none was available). we prefer the method employed by Speedferries, where you only pay for the space, irrespective of the vehicle type. [au] [:)] Get ready for the sunscreen [H]
  24. But why are they £200 for a 5 day trip for a private Van trip, and why is a Motor camper the same size cheaper, and what happened to the super special 5 day rates. We are travelling with them with a van next week, but only because we are unable to use one of our trips on Speed ferries because they are in dry dock. (Incidentally I don't notice how basic Speedferries are? especially at their rates... How much do you need on a 50min trip?) [au][;)]
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