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  1. In another thread (Poppy Protest) 

     [quote user="cooperlola"]   Personally, I have never found that a bunch of degrees and bits of paper ever made anybody necessarily cleverer, more inteligent, more sensitive to others or a greater humanitarian.  A person's true character is obvious from their achievements, their deeds and their words, not their qualifications. [/quote]

    I think for all those worried about being prevented from enjoying a university education, they shouldn't be, I agree with Cooper Lola, and add that the experience of U.o L. has been probably more entertaining.[:)] and a lot less expensive.


  2. Collette was sat at her dressing table. For the last few days she and P-Y had totally relaxed on the Ile de Re. There had been no talk of work until now, the warm weather was very good, but Mama had always said that it was one's duty to look after ones' self. Idly she rubbed body lotion into her arms. Zut alors was there a sign of the dreaded Ailes de bingo. Surely not.

    P-Y was always a gentleman and was at this moment in the 'en-suite' bathroom attending to his toillette. He was talking away, and as always when work was mentioned, Collette tended not to listen.

    BUT wait what was that name 'Pont de Truit'? Where had she heard it before. Why was it familiar? She racked her brains. She suddenly remembered!! She shook with horror as she recalled when she and Jon had been together and he spoke of this ship.  What could this mean?

    P-Y entered the bedroom and saw his wife shiver as she looked at him in the mirror. Ahh, he thought tonight.........[:D]


  3. [quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="britgirl"]

    [quote user="woolybanana"]Why rain?[/quote]

     Just keeping up with the current weather conditions.[Www]

    [/quote]What is the sentence for a non-interogative sentence?[/quote]


    Oops, can you please send all answers on a postcard?

  4. 'Darling, c'est moi, Jon.' Colette's knees trembled. She remembered the twinkling blue eyes, etc etc.............[:$][:$]

    'I know how we can be together, for ever'

    Colette's heart raced.

    'All you have to do darling is to transfer a teensy weensy bit of cash to a bank account in the U.K  I'll transfer it back to you, when the time is right  and with the exchange rate as it is , we'll be able to live off the proceeds. There's no way it can fail. Trust me darling. You know I............

    Colette shook the mobile in disgust. How dare it stop working. so much to think of, so much to do.

    The phone rang again. With trembling fingers Colette answered it...............




  5. I had no problems cancelling utilities  etc when I returned to the U.K. In fact they were all very helpful, apart from 'ex-pat', who provided cheaper phone bills, when an internet alternative was not available. I genuinely forgot that there was a subscription to them. They took  95 euros from my bank account, because I had not notified them. They were not interested in my explanations for my oversight.

    Best to go through all accounts to make sure you haven't forgotten one.

  6. [quote user="sweet 17"]

    I'd deffo feel more insulted to be called a "lady".

    In the circles in which I moved, "lady" was applied to people in menial jobs such as a "lady cleaner":  it was a way of somehow elevating someone's status but of course it only sounded patronising.

    If "woman doctor", "woman engineer", "woman academic" is perfectly good, I'd feel mad as hell to be referred to as a "lady".


    I suppose it's all down to the circles in which one moves.

    When phoning for an appointment with a GP, if I felt it was necessary, I would prefer to have a consultation with a 'lady' doctor rather than a 'woman' doctor.




  7. JJ I don't think you have your enterprising head on. For a small 'consideration' you have stalls selling food.[I]

    I happen to know that the bloke what runs my local chippy has a mate who has a second cousin twice removed  what does a very tasty andouillette fritter. He must be good 'cos he's at Heston services and has a cookery prog on the tele at the moment.

    Failing that I have a hand  written edition of Mrs Cropleys famous recipes and I'm sure I could make a sarnie or two.[+o(]

    As far as entertainment is concerned I'm afraid I have no skills what-so-ever. [:(]

    I take it this is arranged for the 31st June, when there will be a blue moon.[Www]

  8. When I relocated back to the U.K. I had NO problems with my mail being redirected.

    I went to my local 'Poste'  and filled out all the forms, although I think it can be done online. As it was a year or two ago I can't remember what I paid, but all my mail for the next 6 months was forwarded promptly. There is the option of having it for 12 months.

    I seem to remember that when I was living in France, it took longer for  'snail mail 'to arrive from the U.K.  than it did for me to post  a letter from France.[:)]

  9. I travelled from Caen to Portsmouth on Saturday, and the ferry (Normandie)was very busy. If you were lucky you were able to find a seat, (the only comfy ones left were in the cinema). I almost felt sorry for the people who were preparing food as the queues for the self service cafe were non stop, and it wasn't much better for the restaurant.

     The biggest problem was trying to get through all the people to get to the car decks at the end of the crossing, because foot passengers had congregated at the foot of the main staircase with all their luggage. B.F. need to review their disembarkation proceedures, as a lot of unnecessary tension could have been avoided.[:@]

    On the same day my daughter who travelled  from Portsmouth to Cherbourg on the 'fast cat' said her crossing was very quiet.

    With one nephew stranded in L.A.who has been told he could be there until the end of the month, and another somehere in Poland,who is trying to find his way back via trains etc I hope that they will be soon back in the U.K.

    Best of luck to all those who have to travel in an emergency.

  10. [quote user="suein56"][quote user="Dog"]My favourite sausages are leek sausages they cost much much less and have no disgusting animal fats.[/quote]

    Do you make these yourself? As a near-veggie I ask as I have only ever seen ready-made leek sausages for sale in the UK.


    I used to make glamorgan sausages using leeks, cheese and fresh breadcrumbs. these were shaped rolled in flour. egg and dried breadcrumbs then cooked/fried. They were supposed to look like potatoe croquettes.

    Another favourite was to substitute mushrooms instead of meat for a strogonoff.

    BTW I still enjoy my meat and 2 veg, variety is the spice of life....
  11. I don't think it will give you any comfort to know that similar things happen in the U.K.

    My sister bought a rail ticket via the internet, which gives the time/date of travel. Changing platforms, and being a bit flustered she unknowingly boarded a slightly earlier train to the West Country, stopping at all the same stations etc. When her ticket was checked she was told to either pay for the full fare (another £80), or get off at the next available station and wait for the right train. As money was tight she had no choice but to wait for the next train.

    What added insult to injury was the train was not busy.

    She has also put it down to experience, but has impressed on her student daughter to always double check train times.


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