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  1. John if you use Firefox and Thunderbird you can transfer all your passwords settings and emails with this: http://www.mozbackup.org/
  2. If you change your mind and get a French one, I just bought an Acer online at a very good price.   It arrived in just under 24 hrs from placing the order.  Post again if you want the name of the supplier.
  3. [quote user="Joshua"] In the event that the new French rules apply solely to EU citizens, whilst allowing French nationals to remain covered by CMU or the CPAM, this could be considered unlawful discrimination under EU law. In that event, as a matter of EU law, you must be entitled to continue to affiliate to the CMU or the CPAM under the same conditions as French nationals. [/quote] This seems to be perfectly clear and means that the proposed changes are unlawful and should be withdrawn immediately. Have you forwarded this to the MEP who has taken up these cases?
  4. It may be worth you looking at this site: http://www.devismutuelle.com/index.asp We chose one that suited us from here and it would give you an idea of costs of different levels of cover for your age group.
  5. Hi ltf, I am having problems with Firefox too.   Mine seem to be related to google-analytics and are only a problem on some sites I need to log in to with a password.   Are you getting any error messages?  
  6. [quote user="ams"]  Just in case, we have obtained a good quote for health insurance and I have sourced alternative prescrptions on the internet at 1/6 the price of what is paid at the local pharmacy..   ams [/quote] I think you need to take care with drugs sold on the net.   Some of them are not genuine and may not contain what you need.
  7. Suggest you turn on automatic updates.
  8. [quote user="dreamer"] Also, has anyone had one of those seemingly very expensive all-year-round covers fitted?  Are they worth the money and any ideas on cost and a local company to supply/fit one?  Many thanks.[/quote] Not sure what you have in mind here, but if you mean an abri, bear in mind that you should achieve a discount of some 30% if you deal direct with a manufacturer such as Abrisud, rather than a local pool store. Cost depends on size, but maybe 7000€ for a 9 * 4 metre pool. A roller cover would maybe cost you around 3000€ but is unlikely to help heat the water.
  9. Oh come on, they have to spend your taxes somehow.[;-)]
  10. I don't know whether you can read French, but if you can there is a forum where all these things are discussed: [url=]http://www.eauplaisir.com/annuaire/forums/index.php[/url]
  11. Hi tel, This was in North Wales.   It was a new house and our water bill turned out to be from next door's meter and vice versa, we eventually got a £400 refund.   The electric bill with our name was addressed to two doors along with their reading.   The gas bill was not from our meter reading either and we were pursued by debt collectors for refusing to pay their overcharge. Finally the direct debits took ages to be operated correctly. After we left there we again had the debt collectors after us for the final gas bill, even though they had taken the payment by direct debit.   They were running up our UK mobile phone bill while we were in France.   In the end they apologised and sent a compensation cheque.
  12. Fiona, the one we had could be adjusted for sensitivity, but you have to take the top off it to find the adjuster.
  13. As the penalty is so severe, I doubt whether the risk is worth taking. An alarm can only work if someone is there to do something about it.   As we are sometimes away, we decided to remove ours and have an abri which we can lock and forget. However the fact that an alarm is fitted, presumably complies with the legal requirenent, which is probably why the locals think it is a stupid bit of political nonsence. The river in front of our house doesn't have a fence, so I would think an unattended child would probably drown in that before getting to us.   The people in this village look after their small children.
  14. When we bought our house, we called at the EDF and Water offices with the seller on the takeover day and gave them the readings.   At the same time we gave them the RIB for direct debit and had the accounts transferred to us.   In the UK it took 2 years to get it all up and running, but here it was instant. If they are too far away I imagine a letter would do the same.
  15. The fact that the pipes go down and then up again should not change the flow through the pump, as a syphon depends on the relative heights of the two ends.   But maybe a great length of pipework would cause increased resistance.
  16. Yes we too are in a small village outside Carcassonne, but not the same one unless you are hiding John. Not many British here just to the north east of it near Conques.   Haven't seen your glider passing, so I guess you are the other side.
  17. That sounds like normal evaporation to me.   Try filling a bucket with water, putting it near the pool and see how much that drops.   If it is similar you cannot have a problem. The filtering all depends on how much rubbish is going into it.   We rarely need to clean ours as we have an abri and clean the bottom with a robot.
  18. [quote user="Russethouse"]jamesg- have you ever been to Dorset ?[/quote] I love the south coast, but I have never had to wait 10 years to take over.   I don't suppose he has got bored with it all yet, so any holiday would seem like a waste of time.
  19. Sounds like you need to move further south!   We have no water heater but our pool has never been below 28°C since 1st May.  (but we do have an abri) Now we are keeping it below 34 by leaving the sliding door open all day. It has always been well above average air temperature, I wonder if being built of concrete filled polystyrene blocks is anything to do with it.
  20. [quote user="Frederick"]Tough on Gordon  Brown having to leave Dorset at the start of his hols to attend a meeting today ......havent they heard of video conferencing in No 10 yet ?.... he is not having much luck since he got the job is he ? .......[/quote] I expect he is still so excited about finally having succeeded in pushing Blair out, that he won't be worried about missing a boring looking holiday.   He was probably delighted to have an excuse to go back to hear them all saying 'yes prime minister' He will be looking forward to taking delivery of the PMs plane he 'gave' the money for when he was the Chancellor.
  21. Hi Paul, I doubt if a radiator would make much difference, although maybe a solar type system running at night may do something. I had thought that we would leave some of the abri open overnight, but we do get a fair amount of wind here, so not sure about that.  When we tried that the water loss through evaporation was very high. Some shade would certainly help and we could look into that thanks.   It hasn't been a problem owing to the changeable weather this year and the extended season and clean water make it very well worthwhile.   The abri itself does give some shade, as it is polycarbonate, not clear glass.
  22. We decided to get an abri this year, mainly because we didn't think the alarm we had was any use and the child security thing was a worry when we were away. It does seem to act rather like a solar panel and we could swim in 25° C water in late April, whereas it was only up to that in early June before using a bubble cover. The main problem is that we are now trying to stop the water from going over 34°, but without losing too much through evaporation.
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    Hi JSA, I did that 12 years ago after 40 years of smoking.   The first attempt failed as I became depressed after 2 weeks.   The second worked as I was expecting it and told myself it would only be temporary, which it was. Since then I have never had the fatal first one and dislike the smell so much I cannot imagine why I ever liked them. The method that worked for me, was to buy weaker cigarettes made by silk cut and spend a week at each strength level, until I was on the white label ones which tasted like cotton wool and so when I stopped there was really nothing left to give up. Those white label ones, if they are still available, have hardly any nicotene in them. Good luck,
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