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  1. I can only surmise that it doesn't rain on the planets that others appear to live on. regards cajal
  2. In 1979 I bought a house from Hotblack Desiato. Would that be Hotblack Desiato,the guitar keyboard player of the loudest band in the universe, a humanoid and front man for the band Disaster Area? or An Islington estate agent? You don't know? Perhaps you had best ask Douglas Adams. regards cajal
  3. Finally, would you drive miles through the Christmas dawn and then stand for hours in the dreary Northamtonshire countryside to catch a few seconds' glimpse of the royals?  Certainly, it seems beyond insane to me that grandparents would wake grandchildren up at some ridiculous hour and take them out in the cold, so that they could hold out a bouquet in the hope that one of the royals would deign to relieve them of it?  As for the people in wheelchairs, waiting in the rain, would they not be better off, sitting comfortably by their own warm firesides? Personally no. Must agree with you about being beyond insane. If I were a grandparent or confined to a wheelchair and wanted to view the royals I would tend to drive or wish to be driven through Norfolk to Sandringham should I want this experience. So I would suggest that it might be yourself who is out of kilter in this instance. regards cajal
  4. 'Just had home made leek soup for lunch' Definitely a No No for me. Mrs c makes home made soup from a stock of chicken bones and carcass' she boils up. Once she has this stock she adds different ingredients to it(veg, noodles,herbs, even chicken etc). Had to knock the leek ingredients on the head though, about 5 years ago, as they made me fart like a horse and I didn't think it was particularly fair on her after all the time and effort she takes cooking for me. Apart from a few boiled or scrambled eggs I've never cooked a meal in my entire life. So if someone is willing to cover that chore for me I will show them some respect. We use our breadmaker everyday.  It goes on before breakfast and produces either a rye or tournessol loaf at about 11.00 which will be cool enough for lunch sandwiches. Now, perhaps you can tell me, what all this fuss and big deal over French bread is all about. Apart from a restaurant, we often frequent, where they produce what I guess is the equivalent to a grannary cottage loaf which is always fresh, lunch or dinner, everying else appears to be white and tasteless (or have I just described myself there)? Enjoy your bread. Have you considered putting a few chips between a couple of slices? There, managed to stay on the topic. regards & seasons greetings. cajal
  5. I think being able to write and read is a prerequisite for being a forum member ? You reckon??? regards & seasons greetings cajal
  6. 1) corned beef (good stuff, not like cat food) 2) heinz beans and chips, with 3) HP sauce and 4) home made bread and butter. Yum,Yum. If we have lunch at home, for me it is always soup and a sandwich. That sandwich can, on occasions, be 1) on 4) with lashings of 3). 1) 2) & 3) are all available in Netto. 2) I no longer eat Heinz beans as I believe they have totally ruined what I believe was a perfectly good and acceptable formula to something that doesn't resemble the original recipe.  However to maintain my fix of beans in tomato sauce Mrs c opens a tin of haricots, drowns them in Heinz tomato ketchup and 2 minutes in the micro...bingo! 4) Is all we ever eat chez nous.... For the past 15 years we have had a Panasonic Breadmaker, best thing since sliced bread. (Oh no, I forgot, we have to slice it ourselves) (edit to stay on theme) I love chips but don't eat them. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  7. it's Japanese rather than Chinese. You are perfectly right and I stand corrected. I fail to understand why I typed 'Chinese' when the viewers comments make several references to it being 'Japanese'......Doh! Thanks for posting it ;) You are truly welcome and thanks to Chancer for the original which prompted me to post this one. regards and seasons greetings cajal
  8. My heartfelt apologies. He came a resounding fourth, receiving less than 10% of the total votes cast. 1st Andy Murray         361,446......35.8%    2nd Kevin Sinfield       278,353......27.6% 3rd Jessica Ennis-Hill   79,898......  7.9% 4th Tyson Fury              72,330....... 7.2% Apologies not necessary. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  9. Last year I underwent surgery for a triple heart bypass (triple pontage cardiaque). Prior to the major surgery my local cardiologist refered me to the clinic where for two days I was examined by umpteen different 'ologists' and underwent exploritory surgery to determine if it was at all possible to fit a stent (une intervention coronarienne percutanée). They decided I would need the full bypass job.  I was then referred up the chain again, so to speak, to a cardio specialist of our region who was concerned about performing surgery as my carotid arteries (artères carotides) don't function as they should. This resulted in a further referral to the regional cardiologist who ultimately gave the go ahead. Following the surgery and a week in hospital I was transferred back the clinic for three days and then to a residential re-education centre for three weeks. During all these procedures there were numerous ambulance taxi journeys taken. My local medicin attested me at 100% for Assurance Maladie purposes. So should paying upfront for any of these procedures be an issue here? You'd think not. However every appointment I have undertaken with the local cardiologist, 5 so far and I will need to see him every 6 months indefinitely, have resulted in me having to write a cheque (cards not accepted - credit that is). This is subsequently refunded by CPAM. The odds and sods that CPAM seem to retain (which to my mind makes it 99.99%) are picked up by my mutuelle. If you have not already opened an online account with Assurance Maladie you can here. With an online account you can interogate your repayment schedule with ease at any time and research all your other health entitlements. Best of luck throughout your recuperation period and future surgical procedures. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  10. Absolutely stunning. The thought process and procedures his mind alone must have to go thru', to achieve a resultant masterpiece like that one must be phenomenal. How do you make an extremely long beam longer? Another work of skill here Its chinese but the few text boxes have sub-titles. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  11. ...just hope the BBCs axe doesn't fall on Wimbledon next !  I note that the other day it fell on their broadcasting of Formula 1. Channel 4 are to become the FTA transmitters of this event with the promise of no ad breaks during the race. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  12. I  didn't watch. 'he came a sorry fourth.' 1st Andy Murray         361,446 2nd Kevin Sinfield       278,353 3rd Jessica Ennis-Hill   79,898 4th Tyson Fury             72,330 Not that sorry.  Another 8000 votes and he would have topled J E-H from the podium. Maybe the tag line should have read  'Week-end tele viewing'?  regards & seasons greetings cajal
  13. Here is a link to the Telegraph 2015 contenders for the SPOTY with the case for /case against/bookies odds. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  14. UK style Final  -  Strictly Come Dancing.(2 programmes) Final  -  The Bridge III.(episodes 9&10) It could only happen at the BBC.....Strictly Final (programme 2) BBC1 pitched up against The Bridge III (episode 9) BBC Four. Tough breaks you think.....no problem I say. We watched the 1st Strictly outing where all the 4 finalists performed. Have to say that I thought it was an absolutely stellar finale performance by Katie Derham as she performed a spectacular backwards fall into her partners arms from a podium which must have been at least 2.5 mts in height. (by the way here is a link to an interview with Katie Derham from the June issue of Living France magazine). As the 2nd Strictly outing would be a dance that the remaining contestants had already aired in earlier shows in the series it was basically  going to be a repeat programme of previous performances. These performance are then packed to the gunnells with visual padding whilst joe public votes for the overall series winner. So being totally honest here and let’s face it......who gives a sh*t who wins? At the end of the day it’s just pure entertainment. So, ultimately, it was a no-brainer. Bridge III episode 9 &10. I take my hat off to all the actors and the scriptwriters for performing and producing another truly epic professional series which was as usual full of suspense and intrigue as, throughout the 10 episodes, the full extent of the investigation into the atrocities unfolded. There was also an excellent theme within a theme as the plight and turmoil of the two main characters also became apparent. It would also seem that the ending was left with the possibility of The Bridge IV. Here’s hoping. And yet another excellent Saturday nite's tele UK style. The above represents some of the thoughts, opinions and television viewing habits of the op and will remain under the sole ownership of the op. It is accepted by the op that this ownership may not necessarily be representative of that of other viewers/posters within the Living France forum. If any viewer/poster deems the above to carry an unacceptable bias of favo(u)ritism toward citizens of the United States of America or any other nationality it is purely unintentional. Also if any viewer/poster uncovers any subliminal ‘isms’ embedded in the above the op disowns all knowledge and acceptance of said ‘isms’. Therefore if any viewer/poster is offended by any bias or ‘isms’ they believe are found to be present in any of the above text the op would suggest rather than publish content that could indicate that the said publisher is a complete and utter 'richard cranium’ and that the publisher of such content therefore implements the mechanism of the supplied Report button procedure or better still, they can kiss my a.ss. regards & seasons greetings cajal
  15. So what does the glycerine do?? Apparently this regards & seasons greetings. cajal
  16. I'd like to offer a rec for this outfit...racetools.fr of Nîmes. In March I was in the market for a Makita DHP481RMJ perceuse visseuse.  The cheapest I was able to find in the UK was with Toolstop at £310 + delivery.  Racetools was quoting €419 (£1 - €1.44) and they included one of Makitas huge stacking tool boxes with it.  Using a Nationwide credit card to pay for it cost me £291. I chose to receive livraison en point relais. The whole order/delivery operation was quick and simplicity itself. I am in no way associated with this company apart from being a satisfied customer. cajal
  17. I use this product (all that is available locally) Guilbert Express Lubrifiant 'Glisse Bois'. Unfortunately it is only available in aerosol which I find is wasteful and tends to also end up where you don't always want it to, but it is very good swag. If I have a relatively large (cash wise) order with 'rutlands.co.uk' I sometimes stick on an order for their Dakota Non Friction Machinery Paste - 70gram - £9.95. Delivery to France is £12.95. Hence the large order reasoning. regards cajal
  18. Hi, Thanks for the selection of suggestions and ideas. A lot of thinking going on 'outside the box' The composition of the table top is thermoset phenolic plastic laminate covering 40mm MDF.  I suspect the magnets are glued in with an Araldite/pu brand of glue which could possibly be softened with the use of a decent powered hair dryer or heat gun (on low setting) held well away from the table. Unfortunately drilling these magnets is a big 'no no'.  Any holes you may find in neodymium is there because it was cast that way and not machined. Drilling them produces a powder of tiny particles of metal, which is flammable! I'm sure the combination of heat and a screw extractor in a drilled hole would have done the trick. I will try the applicatipn of heat but the 'then problem' will be getting a hold on them as they sit in a counterbored hole at the bottom of the rebate. So it is looking as though I will have to drill, carefully, from underneath for the push out method as opposed to the pull out method from above. Once again to you all, thanks. I very much appreciate your input. Regards cajal
  19. I read an interesting article a few weeks ago after the sad death of this tiny child. It mentioned that his father took the bodies of his children back - to Syria - for burial. IF this was true, it does beg the question, well, several, in fact, why he felt safe enough to return to do that, yet not safe enough to remain there in the first place. I saw a report on the Syrian burial of this child, with film footage, on Sky news and France24. Regards cajal
  20. Hi, I am looking for suggestions on how I could remove rare earth magnets which are embedded in the four corners of my router table insert plate rebate. They are there to enable the fine levelling grub screws in the insert plate to be stablized. I want to rout out the existing rebate to accept a larger and thicker Incra or JessEmm insert plate but the magnets will not facilitate this process whilst they are in situ. I have considered drilling a small hole up from the underside of the table to enable me to knock the magnets out with a drift. Any other ideas please???? I would rather not drill the table unless absolutely necessary Regards cajal
  21. andyh4 wrote When in the website I changed from UK to international (France is not an option), I found a number of things: I am unable to comment on the terms and conditions of an International account as I wanted, applied for and was issued with a UK account that is covered by the FSCS. Be aware of future T&C's of the FSCS. Below is a copy of an email I received from Investec this week. Dear Mr xxxx, You may have read in the press recently about some changes to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).  In July 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) announced the FSCS limit would be reduced from £85,000 to £75,000 for each client. This FSCS limit includes a client's share of any monies held in joint accounts and will take effect from 1 January 2016. To explain these changes, here is information prepared by the FSCS. If you have any questions, please call us 24/7/365 on 0330 123 3655 or outside the UK on +44 207 597 4131. What this means for you If you currently have less than £75,000 in total in your Investec accounts, this change will not affect you and there is nothing you need to do.  We will be contacting those clients with more than £75,000 in total in their Investec accounts before 1 October 2015, with further information that includes how to make a withdrawal. Yours sincerely,   mint wrote: At the risk of repeating myself, it really is not possible to open a UK bank account. The accounts I hold and the correspondence I receive from Investec are generated from: 2 Gresham Street London EC2V 7QP As far as I am aware the above address is in the UK or it was when I lived in London. regards cajal
  22. Try https://www.investec.co.uk. No problems opening the original account as a French resident. They will also pay interest Gross.  I have a 2yr Fixed (originally their High 5 account which I converted to the fixed rate when the interest on the High 5 tanked.) maturing on 31/08/15 and a renewal happening on 01/09/15 for a 3yr Fixed. Last year I also opened one of their 5yr Step-Up Bonds.   They also offer an Easy Access savings account. My wife has also opened 3 accounts with them. Regards cajal
  23. I phoned them only to be told I now have to complete a "forgotten security details" form and post that ! I think you will find the reason for this procedure, to obtain a temporary password, is a residential issue. I applied for a 3yr Bond in Febuary and after having jumped through all their hoops received my NS and I account number, a week ago, and the letter stated that I would receive a temporary password under separate cover. Tonight, having not received the said temporary password, I called to report the matter. The customer service guy I spoke with stated that a temporary password had been sent on 3rd March so this would now be cancelled and I would need to fill out a "forgotten security details" form. To enable him to initiate this process, he informed me that for security reasons it was necessary for him to carry out a credit rating check to verify my personal information using the electoral register, Experian, Equifax, etc. As a French resident, I failed on all counts..... so he said as a workaround, in view of my residential status, he would post me the relevant form to be filled in, signed and returned to Glasgow. I suspect that an original temporary password would have been requested to be sent to me automatically, by the system, but because of either country of residence or credit rating the sytem actually said NO. Had I been a UK resident the system, I imagine, would say YES. When I made my original application it was by phone as the address section online defaults to 'UK' only but by phone the operative was able to default my address to France. Either way I don't need access to the account until this time next year when I will check to ensure the first years interest has been earned and credited to my account. Regards cajal
  24. Good afternoon, Success at last.  Thanks for both of your suggestions.  Unfortunately Rutlands wanted approx £25 postage and the cycle shop didn't know such a product existed. Anyway my wife took up the challenge and trawled around the quincailleries and at the 4th one she visited found the French equivalent -"Lubrifiant Glisse Bois"  manufactured by Express. It comes in an aerosol can, ( beggars can't be choosers) doesn't contain silicone, doesn't stain wood and is applied to both the wood and machine face. Once again, thanks for taking the time to respond to my query. cajal
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