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  1. [quote user="Will"]Cheminot - being on holiday in France I am trying to forget about work, but the Lloyd's List article is slightly misleading. Although, as it say,s the tighter limits for fuel sulphur content do not universally enter into force until 2015 and 2020, the Channel, North Sea and Baltic are all emission control areas where a 1% sulphur limit applies now - which means ship operators have to pay a premium for low sulphur heavy fuels, or use distillates. More importantly, ships are required under EU law to use 0.1% sulphur fuels in EU ports now. This effectively applies to generating set engines rather than the main propulsion engines, but even so because the normal heavy fuels and distillate fuels are not directly interchangeable, the gensets have to either burn more expensive distillates all the time - which has in turn meant costly changes to fuel pumps and associated equipment - or shipowners have had to invest in changeover equipment so that both fuels can be used. This is just one of several increases in operating costs that shipowners are having to face, so rising ferry prices are inevitable. http://www.ukpandi.com/knowledge-developments/industry-developments/marpol-annex-vi-air-pollution/ - the text of the EU legislation is also available online. [/quote] It is several years since I was an engineer on the cross channel ferries. Ignoring shaft driven generators, all the ships in the fleet used distillate fuel for gensets. Principally because the sets were running for comparatively short periods which does not suit residual fuel engines but all the ships were able to run thier main engines on both heavy and distillate fuels and were equipped to allow a quick changeover. Whether that is still the case with the modern ferries I do not know.
  2. [quote user="Will"]Before the conspiracy/cartel theorists get too worked up, don't forget the fuel restrictions which have recently entered into force, and which effectively mean that ferries using EU ports and travelling in designated emission control areas (of which the Channel/North Sea is one) can no longer burn comparatively cheap heavy fuel oils and have to use the much more expensive distillate diesel fuels. [/quote] This is not yet an issue for the ferry companies but could well be in a few years.  http://www.lubmarine.com/lub/content/NT0008E51E.pdf
  3. I planted 3 plants last year which produced only one butternut, so this year I planted 6 plants and have ended up with over 80! I think my neighbours will soon be fed up with me trying to get rid of them but it is a shame to waste them.
  4. Try 'Kit dureté de l'eau'.  Most brico sheds which sell 'adoucisseurs' stock them.
  5. All my peppers this year have been grown from seeds taken from ones I bought from the supermarket. It is the best crop I have ever had.
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    No need to be nervous. It is done very quickly and you only feel a kind of tingling sensation while it is being done.  The area will feel a little sore for a few days afterwards.
  7. We only get one card. I just photocopy it and carry the copy which I have used at the hospital, clinics and pharmacies. They are only interested in the name and numbers on the card, not whether it is an original.
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    Put the garlic in the fridge for a few days before planting. This is to 'fool it' into thinking (if vegetables can be said to think!) that it has been planted in winter. The onions should grow OK as long as they are still firm. cheminot
  9. To get back to the original question. There are three main masonic organisations in France. The biggest is the Grand Orient, the next two, which I believe are roughly equal in membership are the Grand Loge de France (GLF) and the Grand Loge National Français (GLNF). The latter one, GLNF is the only one recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and as such is the only one that members of english lodges are authorised to visit. They will undoubtedly have lodges in the Chinon/Saumer area. A visit to the Hotel de Ville in either town would probably be the best way of finding out where they meet or you could contact the headquarters in Paris.   http://www.glnf.fr Hope this helps, cheminot
  10. Before you remove the carburettor, take off the fuel pipe from it and check the flow of fuel from the tank. The fuel line or tap may be partially blocked. cheminot
  11. A couple of months before your cover expires, say october 2010, contact the DWP at Newcastle and ask them to supply your partner with a new E121 which includes you as a dependant. You will need to take this to CPAM to get cover. Make several copies of this E121 as the impots will want one as well to prove you are not liable for social charges on your pension(s) cheminot
  12. I hope that below will be a picture of the bottle of cream I am referring to which may make it easier to find when in Leader Price. cheminot [IMG]http://i469.photobucket.com/albums/rr56/malced/100_0830.jpg[/IMG]
  13. [quote user="Alan Zoff"]When I last tried the Creme Fleurette Entiere, it tasted nothing like English fresh cream to me. Have searched in vain for some time to find an exact equivalent.[/quote] Until I found the Leader Price product I would have entirely agreed with you but this is not like any other creme fleurette that I have found. All I can say is get some and try it. cheminot.
  14. Leader Price sell fresh 'Creme fleurette entiere' in 0.5 litre white plastic bottles with a red label which is identical to UK double cream. There is no need to add 'fixe' or sugar to it as it whips up easily and is not 'soured'. cheminot
  15. There is a Troc Moto at Juillac le Coq, nr Segonzac, dept 16 on Sunday the 26th april. Loads of second hand and new bike stuff, barbecue etc. cheminot
  16. [quote user="Ron Avery"]Sorry,  to make it clear, yes of course you can pay cheques from another French bank into your account at any bank in your own region of CA, but you cannot pay cheques or money into your account at a CA in Provence if your account is with CA Calvados, you have to send these payments to your branch. There have been a number of threads on this.  Just to add to the praises of CA NMP, I managed to get a direct debit that had been in error yesterday re-credited with to my account after just a five minute meeting at the local bank.  Better than phoning Calcutta as I have to do with HSBC and getting somebody who cannot make a decision without "talking to their supervisor".[geek][/quote] Well all I can say to this is that I have had no trouble paying cheques/cash into my CA Normandie account from CA Charente. I have also done it from Brittany, Paris, Picardy and Nice. Only in Charente was it queried in the manner I described in my previous post. cheminot
  17. You can pay in cheques/cash into different area CA banks. You simply have to fill in the 'code guichet' number as well as the account number on the paying-in slip. I have done this several times in different areas without problems.  I would point out though that often CA staff themselves do not know this.  Once when I paid in a cheque the woman at the desk in the bank said ''ce n'es pas possible" but I insisted it was. She went and consulted the manager who showed her how to process it. cheminot.
  18. [quote user="splishsplash"][quote user="cheminot"]Leader Price stock 'Creme Entiere, fabrique en Normandie' in white plastic 500ml bottles with red label. It is identical to british double cream (not soured). cheminot [/quote] Does this whip up really thick for use on a trifle etc? Also...Carrefour stock the Creme Professionelle in large cartons on the shelf with the evap etc. [/quote] It does say on the label 'ideal for chantilly' as well as some other uses which I have forgotten now. I have only used it for pouring so I cannot tell you for sure. cheminot.
  19. Leader Price stock 'Creme Entiere, fabrique en Normandie' in white plastic 500ml bottles with red label. It is identical to british double cream (not soured). cheminot
  20. I have just booked a return trip to the UK with Brittany Ferries. Before booking I did a price comparison between BFs French and UK websites. Price on the french website was €345. For exactly the same itinery on the UK website was £237. No prizes for guessing correctly which one I chose! cheminot
  21. [quote user="Keni "]As a train driver, my OH contributes to his pension fund. The difference was that originally he was part of the government pension fund (BR), upon privatisation, his pension went into the big world to be administered unto by fund accountants. We calculated that if we retired in the UK, on his pension, paid into for 34 years + top up where possible, we could not afford to stay in the UK - our council tax for a small 2-bed terrace is over 1K, upon reaching 65 Chris's pension will be around 2.5K, because it is designed to decrease, year on year. Because he has paid into the BR fund all these years, he is considered as 'contracted out'. So, no bonuses etc, all he has is what he has paid. So, stock market fall = pension fall. Admitted there is the lump sum, but that will be needed for living on, house repairs etc. Oh yes, and I forgot to mention that when the Government split from BR and privatised the railway, they took a lump sum from the pension fund, leaving a 12mill hole - which the workers have had to plug! So, we want to move to France to be able to maintain a stable level of income - a smaller home with a smaller council tax, a bit of land to be able to grow our own veg.... Oh yes, we have paid our pension in, so why not be entitled to benefits - as you are within all EU countries? [/quote] This post puzzles me.  I retired from the railway after just 11 years service. Firstly with BR then with a private train operating company and on a lower salary than a train driver.  My pension is more than £2.5K per annum. Admittedly I always paid in as much as I could to top it up but I am astonished that someone in this position with such long service could end up with so low a pension. cheminot
  22. All mass-produced items will inevitably have a few 'lemons' amongst them. If I am unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of one I judge the worth of the supplier by the way I am treated when this becomes apparent. In the case of Intex I could not fault their after-sales service so, yes, I am happy with them.  The matter of the pump/filter arrangement is more subjective. Some people are quite content with the setup supplied with the pool. I was not, so I chose to replace it, but I regard the change as desirable rather than necessary and it benefits other suppliers of pool equipment when people like me choose to upgrade such items. cheminot
  23. I have an Intex pool which has 'wood effect' cladding around it which is actually plastic but it looks quite smart as a result and was easy to assemble. It did not start off well however. I didn't get round to laying the base for it for about 6 months after I bought it and when I started filling it I found that it had many 'pinhole' leaks in the bottom of the liner.  I contacted Intex who were very helpful. Initially they asked for photo's of the holes in the liner including some showing it leaking which was a bit of a performance to achieve but I managed it and sent them by email. They then asked me to cut out some of the pieces of the holed part of the liner and send them to them. On receipt of those they sent me a new liner which has been fine.  The only downside I have found to them is their pump/filter/ skimmer setup is totally inadequate for the size of pool and so I have replaced these, which then gives the problem of pipe connections, as intex use a different size to everyone else. I ended up making my own adaptors. Despite all this I still think they are good value for money and am very pleased with it. cheminot
  24. Regarding sending the tax 'avis'. Is it OK to just send  copy of the front and back pages or do you have to send all of them? cheminot
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