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  1. 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.
  2. [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.
  3. 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.
  4. [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.
  5. [quote user="tenniswitch"] OT, but not entirely unrelated.  I recently got the "we want you to change your wanadoo account to an orange account letter".  Did I understand correctly that one of the options is to keep the wanadoo suffix and Orange will continue to download it into my inbox? [/quote] Yes, I changed over to the Orange, but they do download a lot of junk you probably don't want such as an Orange browser and a messenger.   I uninstalled those without problems.   I do wish these ISPs would stick to providing internet access and not install other things that spy on you. I still use my wanadoo email addresses and haven't bothered to set up any Orange ones.
  6. If it is still on the server you still have to look in case they make a mistake, so you can be shown the porn rubbish if they are crafty about the subject.   I wouldn't think there was a virus problem unless you were to open an attachment and your antivirus should scan the messages anyway.   If you have an av with hips it would stop a virus from executing even if you were to open an attachment by mistake containing a new virus that the av had missed, so I do not think downloading mail is dangerous. Unless you answer yes to the hips query that is.
  7. Thankyou Tim, I stopped getting spam too but didn't realise that Orange had kept it.   I don't bother with their website usually, but your advice has allowed me to get some legit mail which they blocked and turn the thing off. They did email to say they were providing free antispam, but I didn't realise it was optional. With Thunderbird it goes into a junk folder anyway where it is much easier to check if you have a few addresses, so I don't see the point of it really.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hi, If you go to all programs, accessories, you should find a compatability assistant which reckons to configure XP to run your older program.
  11. If this really happens, you could change to this one: http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html Not much to choose between them. Maybe the new Comodo free anti virus will be better when the final version is ready and well tested, their free firewall is excellent and runs without problems unlike some others I have tried.
  12. I tried Zone Alarm on two computers, but whenever it updated it messed up my wanadoo ADSL connection and gave me the dreaded blue screen of death. I have found a really good firewall called comodo, which has been entirely trouble free.
  13. Have a look here: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/viewnews.cgi?newsid1124214048,51164,#step This will point you towards various sources of help with your problem.
  14. jamesg


    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,
  15. Hi Mark, Nearly all the campsites around there close at the end of September, including Municipal Les Ondines on the left as you enter Souillac from the south, by the Dordogne. I have stayed there when it was closed but maybe it usually has a barrier. There are a coupleof small sites about 5 km out to the west which say end of October.   I can post the phone numbers etc if they would be of interest.
  16. If you bought a Tesco Internet phone you could choose from various places in Britain for your phone number. Our number starts with 0161, ie Manchester.  I presume that that is what the receiving number will see. The cost is £10 plus £5 delivery to France and you have £5 call credit included.   They then send you the phone, which plugs into a USB Port and the installation disc.   The only problem is that their system will not accept payment with a UK Credit card registered to a French address, so someone in the UK needs to order it for you.
  17. [quote user="Patf"]He may be an imaginary being but his influence has concrete results. [/quote] Yes a load of trouble like any religious fanaticism.
  18. Reading about the Estonian number reminds me that you can now get a global sim card with a UK phone number.   Have a look at www.0044.co.uk for the details.
  19. We had exactly the same problem when we lived in North Wales.   Annoying the English is a popular hobby there too.   Visotors used to say that they switched into Welsh when they saw an English persion approaching.   Maybe that's what happens here in France. [6]
  20. Well Richard, there is an English installer locally on your website, who I would recommend without hesitation.   I recognise him from his profile.
  21. My system which is XP Pro with SP2 went crazy after installing Zone alarm pro trial and also zone log. I now just have zone alarm free firewall with avast anti virus, but had to do a system restore to initialise the adsl modem which went on the blink, I think the problem was with zone log changing other settings.
  22. Having read through all these I can't help wondering about the posts that have been censored for the sake of political correctness. Why can we not be allowed to judge these comments for ourselves?
  23. About 3 weeks ago we stayed on a campsite on the bank of the Seine at Pont de l'Arche just south of Rouen and there were otters swimming in the river just by our pitch. There seemed to be a family of them.
  24. Hello Dominique, I am wondering what anti virus program you have which can't get rid of your trojan. Maybe you could try another one, I have just changed to avast which is availabe on free download for instance.
  25. Hi From Peter's figure I would guess the boat is about 8 metres and 10 to 20 years old, or maybe newer and slightly smaller. This tax rises with tonnage and engine size and for a 10M sailboat with 20 HP motor was just over 250 euros in 2003. The tax of the same amount for foreign reg boats with resident owners or users is called "un droit annuel de passeport". Boats with flags of convenience are surcharged 3 or 5 times the amount. Presumably this name comes from the old "Passeport du Navire Etranger" which was known as the green card. I have the first one issued to me at Menton Garavan in June 1970 and stamped out at L'Aberwrach in September. If you wanted to leave your boat in France she could stay without duties as long as you handed this in to the duanes. In fact people used to stay on board without dificulties after handing in the card. James
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