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  1. 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.

  2. [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



    This seems to be perfectly clear and means that the proposed changes are unlawful and should be withdrawn immediately.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?

  3. It may be worth you looking at this site:


    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.

  4. I don't know what offers are available in Spain now, but about 10 years ago I bought a Spanish sim card for about £10.   The special offer was an unknown amount of credit included.

    When I checked I found mine had £90 credit on it and I used it for several years with just a small annual top up to keep it going.

    France seems to be by far the worst country for mobile phone costs, so it's about time it was sorted out here.

    There are other things which seem to be accepted in France such as annual fees for bank cards, there does not seem to be much competition going on does there?

  5. To phone the UK from Spain, by far the cheapest way is to purchase a phone card when you are there.

    They allow something ridiculous like 3 hrs for 6 euros.   The only problem is that you have to dial into their system first, before you dial the UK number from a phone box.

    If you have a UK mobile, you can get your people to send you a text message which is free to receive and then phone them back.

    Spain also has good deals on pay as you go sim cards.

  6. [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.

  7. 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.

  8. When I was having adsl problems I spoke to FT for free as a telephone problem, they seemed to be able to handle that and ran a test on my line during the free call.

    They did say that the problem was within the house and they would charge me if they came out and it was so.   I said I would try to deal with it myself first.

    The problem seemed to be intermittent so I had a look at the wiring and found that the ADSL filters had some corrosion.   I don't know why as there does not seem to be damp around.

    Having emery papered them and given a squirt of WD40, I have not lost connection since and it was a few weeks ago.

  9. 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.

  10. You will need this process if you ever want to uninstall your Fuji software, but not until then.

    The following quote comes from auditmypc.com.

    regshave.exe - Here is the scoop on Registry Shaver as it pertains to computer network security. The big question: what is regshave.exe and is it spyware, a trojan and if so, how do I get rid of Registry Shaver?

    regshave.exe (Registry Shaver) - Details

    The regshave.exe process is used when you uninstall Fuji drivers. It

    will clean up any unneeded registry entries that were installed when

    the Fuji drivers were loaded. If this process causes problems for your

    system it should be terminated. Be warned though, that terminating it

    before it has completed its task will result in redundent registry


    regshave.exe is an application that does NOT appear to be a security risk

  11. 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.

  12. Yes another vote for Avast free, there is no need to pay for security.   I am using Comodo Antivirus beta, but would not suggest that until it is out of beta, although it is on public release and stable.

    However the Comodo firewall, CPF 2 is now as good as any and I would certainly recommend that.   CPF 3  will be even better and I am beta testing it at the moment, but it still needs a lot of development and can cause problems.

    Comodo now also have BOClean, which is now free and runs quietly.   Anyone concerned about trojans and theft of bank passwords etc. could do a lot worse than use that as well.

  13. 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.

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