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  1. Take it with you and try it.... What's to lose? Even if it's the wrong group, you'll still get something out of it. If it doesn't work then head off to a Brico. Have a look at the aerials your neighbours houses have. Are they quite compact? or are they l-o-n-g multi-element jobs? If the latter, then you're after a hi-gain one. In the order of 60 Euros for about 19dB gain. p  
  2. According to the Lyngsat listing, 'Atlantic Bird 3'  @  5oW (used to be called telecom I seem to recall) carries all the main national channels in both analogue and clear digital. The digital bouquet are on transponder KB4 at 11591 V where you will find F2, 4, la5, Arte, LCP (the parliament channel) and the national sustaining service for FR3. On analogue there is F2, La5, Arte, FR3sat, M6 et TF1. The cheapest option is a dish + kit-in-a-box from a brico with an analogue receiver inside (Around 40 Euros). Digital version slightly more expensive. You would need a second dish to pick up the free to air BBC channels, as they are over on 27.5 o E, and w-a-y too far for 2 blocks, but again, a simple digital receiver without a CAM will work fine. If you are hoping for ITV ch4/5 then a Sky box is the only choice: not on sale in the ordinary DIY shops in France as the Murdock/Sky-CAM is only licenced for UK/Eire.  paul  
  3. MIKEW, BJSLIV : I'm confused now.... you can't both be right. Erm, can you? p
  4. [quote]And it works well, excellent picture, even with my temp mini antenna in the loft (previous owner took all the tv aerial and splitter system!). I am using a thomson 1000 series box, same as I used in U...[/quote] that's great... I'd logged on to ask if anyone knew if the tech spec was sufficiently similar to the UK's for old Freeview kit to work and here's my question answered. Pity I gave my Freeview decoder away the last time I was in the UK, isn't it! p
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    Opticians

    thanks to all for the replies: Teamedup : Yes, I would have had them made up in the UK had we had the time. I went to the opticians and had the eye test, and arranged to follow it up with a c/lens test and then choose some frames. The price being dependent on whether I needed to buy different strength c/lenses or not. However family affairs interviened (sp?) and I had to cancel, so came back here with the job half-done. p
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    Opticians

    Does anyone know if a French optician will accept a (recent) UK prescription to make up a new pair of glasses ? p
  7. We used and loved 3103 'Top Message' in our old house from the moment it was available until we changed to ISDN (which claims to work, using a different access number, but I never managed to get it to). I've just signed up a new line in our new house and was told by the FT lady that TM won't work with alternative suppliers "comme Tele-2 ou Cegetel". This must be new, as it worked before with One-Tel.... Something else to worry about! 
  8. Assuming you got these results from degrouptest.com, further down the page it should tell you which (if any) of the ISP's will offer you a service. If all but Don'twanado are showing 'impossible' then it looks like you're stuck with it - for the moment
  9. [quote]The simple answer is no, you cannot use the same card between two different boxes to get any subscription channels. This is incorrect. All the subscription channels will work in any box except fo...[/quote] >"....All the subscription channels will work in any box except for the premium sport and film channels..." But if they are old boxes, be prepared for them to be a bit 'flaky'. I swop a sky (subscription channels but no premium) card between boxes and find that in the original 'matched' box it unlocks all appropriate channels immediately, but in the 'foreign' box it need anything from 30 minutes to an hour to unlock everything. And not just when the card has been a stranger to it for a few weeks: we had an electricity blip the other evening and it took 10 minutes to get E4, and 30 minutes to get C5 back.  
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    Loi Madelin

    Thankyou TU: don't know why I didn't think to do that. It looks like something for artisans, enterprises, and self-employed rather than 2 retired old fogies. Think I'll tick the 'NON' cheers paul
  11. The 'flu we westerners get is usually Asian flu. It not infrequently migrates from the porcine or avian populations, apparently, and takes a number of months to travel from one hemisphere to another. The vaccine is developed from the prevailing 'flu virus over there at the time, and relies on the fact that even though the bug is continuously mutating, the odds are that its 'shape' will still roughly match those that our antibodies (generated by exposure to the vaccine) are expecting to find. The more mutated, the less efficient the antibodies are and the more it hits us. We will have another pandemic just like 1918, with consequences just as serious; the only question is when. Horrid eh? paul
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    Loi Madelin

    Filling in the form to take out a mutuelle and I've come across the following box : LOI MADELIN:  [ ] OUI  [ ] NON    Droit d'entree AGIS: 7EUR (dans le cadre de la loi Madelin)   Anyone have the sightest idea what this means and what I would be signing up for?     paul
  13. So what would you suggest for a jungle ??? I've just acquired a large garden with  - what looks like - apple and pears, about a dozen in all, (not to mention chestnut and possibly a cherry or two) all of them COVERED in ivy and that creeper which has the yellow/orange bell-shaped flowers. I don't believe anyone has touched them this millennium: certainly nobody has been close to them for a couple of years because the grass/weeds/nettles are chest high. Given that I can manage to hack and strim up to and around the trees, before I'm too old to straighten up, what do you suggest? My first thought was to prune savagely and feed this year with no expectation of any blossom let alone fruit, sticky band and prune lightly in the autumn, then hope for the best. None of my books gives any advice about bringing w-i-l-d trees under control, so any advice would be gratefully received! paul 
  14. Quite right Ron, That's exactly what I did in the end: turned it off at the mains and let it cool down. Set it going again and lo- up came channel 5. p
  15. [quote]I have used a SECAM/PAL converter (it was about £90 from Letropaks) and frankly it wasn't that wonderful. Rather garish colours, and a lot of added noise. It also stopped teletext working. But ...[/quote] "...but trying to find out whether they do or not in the average UK electronics retailer is likely to involve you having to explain to them the whole theory of colour TV - or am I being a bit cynical here...." No - just realistic: I was reliably informed by not one but two assistants that a Goodman's set was multistandard inc SECAM. Needless to say when I got it here it wasn't . When I shlepped it back to Birmingham (where, I must say, they did change it with no problem) it transpired that both the assistants thought SECAM was another name for NTSC! paul
  16. I'm just going through the process of getting devis from the insurers for a mutuel, and realise I've no idea what the costs are like in Limousin. Does anyone have experience of using the hospitals/labs/specialists in Limousin? Are they 100% conventionne or will that not cover posible costs? Would I be better going for a 150% policy? Wish I understood the damn system better! paul
  17. I have a twin output LNB and an elderly Pace digibox which has no problems receiving everything on the card. The box, however has frequent fits of the vapours and is loath to stay switched on if loaded with a stack of 'favourite programmes'. You go away for the weekend and come back to find one programme, then the rest of a 4 hour tape of blue screen. So I swopped the Pace with a newer Panasonic (which normally sits in the bedroom set to R4) which only has a ITV/Ch4/5 card. I transferred the full service card to the Panasonic box and - after a bit of initiallizing and some huffing and puffing I got everything I had before. Except that now, a week later, it says 'No satellite is being received' when ch 5 is selected. I find this difficult to believe since I've put the ch5 frequency in the setup menu as the default transponder and it shows a happily locked signal displaying 95% quantity and quality. If it was saying 'wrong card' or 'not authorised' or 'bog off, sunshine' or something I could understand it, but 'no satellite' ?? Wierd, non ?   paul
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    potager

    Wow Thanks Di, Such a lot to think about, I was mentally considering only seeds I could start myself, I'd completely forgotten the seedlings from the market. I shall be sitting on the boat coming back just before Easter with a stack of gardening books and a big list! cheers,   paul
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    potager

    We are just buying a house in the northern part of Limousin (304m above sea level). The house has a long, west-facing rear garden with an existing potager which will have been more-or-less untouched this year. There are a couple of rows of soft fruit canes and about 4 or 6 rows of veg. I would guess that by the time we get over there for good it will be mid April and the place will be waste-high in weeds. That late in the season, and without (this year) a greenhouse, what would any of you folks attempt to grow this year? I would particularly welcome advice from anyone in that part of the world with experience of growing things here (how soon/late it gets frost etc.). paul
  20. Just to endorse what Patf said about the weight; get one powerfull enough for your needs but not so heavy that it's throwing you around rather than you controlling it. I rotorvated my Father's 100M garden prior to turfing it. It was a hire machine, and damned heavy. This was 20 years ago when I was a good deal fitter than I am now, and after 3 hour's work (we'd only hired it for the day) I was completely knackered and couldn't stop my arms and legs from shaking: I looked like I'd been struck with some biblical curse! Obviously, you don't need to go at it like a bull-at-a-gate if it's you own, and you can pace yourself, but for me it was a lesson well learnt. paul
  21. Short term help : many pages and programmes can be closed by the combination ALT+F4. Long term help depends on what you're using, Apple or PC, what operating system are you using ; win 95, 89, 2000, XP ? if PC and XP I would try going into display settings and increasing the resolution one notch. start/control panel/display/settings [push resolution bar along to increase the numbers,] apply.  this makes everything appear smaller. everything should be on the screen now. paul
  22. Ron, you could always put the paperwork in the post to the CPAM, saving you the 40 mile round trip for the cost of a Marianne. paul 
  23. [quote]Thanks for the advice. I cannot find the signal quality on this box so I am getting the installer back to check out the skew, and possibly show me where it is displayed on a sub menu. I agree with Pau...[/quote] Ian, Was that ITV1 by any chance? The other evening (Sunday I think it was) the presenter's sound was so distorted I nearly had to turn it off, and it was certainly the ITV news channel that was several frames out of sync on both studio and inserts a couple of days ago. I can't decide if they don't notice, or simply don't care . paul
  24. Anybody have experience of an Architect within striking distance of the upper left part of Creuse ? (sort of La Souterraine area) English-speaking not essential, but the ability to turn up would be! paul Actually adverse experiences might be useful, too. But better email or PM them!   
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