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by Roger O
Wed 09 Feb 2011 13:03
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: tryba
Replies: 6
Views: 2914

We had Tryba windows installed in our villa in Le Soler (sold in 2007).
Expensive, but very good quality and very satisfied with the results!
The buyer has since ugraded many installations to the tune of nearly €100,000 like marble kitchen and bathroom etc., but the Tryba windows are still there!
by Roger O
Tue 08 Feb 2011 12:44
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: mastercard security code
Replies: 5
Views: 4300

Crédit Mutuel has basically been offering this full service since 2008: Our first CLÉS PERSONNELLES cards were issued already in 2005!! MESSAGE IMPORTANT Suite à la réglementation de MasterCard et de VISA, vous devez adhérer depuis octobre 2008 à notre service gratuit d'authentification des paiement...
by Roger O
Fri 04 Feb 2011 16:14
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Good auto electrician wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 2677

blackduff wrote:He's quite good with electrical problems and certain overall mechanics too.
Blackduff
John & Elaine wrote:Aren't most mechanics in overalls? :roll:
I think Blackduff means he treats some of his staff well?
(I'm not a blonde!)
by Roger O
Thu 03 Feb 2011 16:21
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Snow Leopard for mac
Replies: 32
Views: 11036

Marguerite & Steve wrote:Look I am blonde, but what is "snow leopard".
Facetiously, I only know the much more handsome original:
Image
by Roger O
Wed 02 Feb 2011 15:42
Forum: Health
Topic: Eye laser treatment
Replies: 70
Views: 18982

by Roger O
Tue 01 Feb 2011 14:44
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: ADSL Speeds
Replies: 21
Views: 8082

Just to mentioçn that when I intervenede with Orage service about a year ago - I was told that because the populations of thgis and the neighbouring community are augmenting rapidly, FT is building (has installed) a second node (reponditeur) which now insures a much higher speed due to "division of ...
by Roger O
Wed 19 Jan 2011 23:36
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: tax and auto-entrepreneur status
Replies: 16
Views: 10823

Even more worrying is the news that the French govmnt is seriously considering implementing capital gains tax on primary residences in France!!

Follow this carefully!!!!
by Roger O
Wed 19 Jan 2011 17:57
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: New grapes for old??
Replies: 2
Views: 3092

New grapes for old??

New grapes needed to keep wine flowing
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12209801
The future of wine-making depends on developing new varieties of grape,
scientists say - and maps of the grape genome can help provide them.

Expert comments??
by Roger O
Mon 17 Jan 2011 19:13
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: minimum envelope size for La Poste
Replies: 12
Views: 4573

Me too, but I have the advantage that, as a trainee laboratory technician with Wellcome Foundation and later ICI, that they use(d) the metric system for all scientific work.. so I got used to it at 18 already!
by Roger O
Mon 17 Jan 2011 18:51
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: ADSL Speeds
Replies: 21
Views: 8082

No,that's not what I meant Rog.... I was just saying how different tests by different companies can vary greatly in their results,even if they are done at roughly the same time. Thanks for the links though. I'll give 'em a go tomorrow. Yes John, I've done that via various systems incluing one locat...
by Roger O
Mon 17 Jan 2011 17:25
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: minimum envelope size for La Poste
Replies: 12
Views: 4573

thumbelina wrote:Last Christmas, some of my cards were only about three inches square and the postmaster at Le Boulou never said anything about the size.

AND I handed them over the counter to him, I didn't just pop them into the pillarbox.
Is it red too?? Never seen one in France!
by Roger O
Mon 17 Jan 2011 17:09
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: ADSL Speeds
Replies: 21
Views: 8082

The link http://assistance.orange.fr/recherche.php?kw=dsltest&context=IHD John, it won't automatically improve much! You have to call the helpdesk, refer to the file reference()s of the DSL test which you have saved and insist on your contract (8 MegaMax or whatever!) If you can get the designator o...
by Roger O
Mon 17 Jan 2011 16:55
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: ADSL Speeds
Replies: 21
Views: 8082

Best to use Orange's own test " DSL test (version: 2101) " which you can download via your personal a/c on their site. The advantages are you can save the results on your hard disc and at the same time each test result is saved on the Orange server. With that proof (make several tests at various tim...
by Roger O
Wed 12 Jan 2011 15:53
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Sky plus etc
Replies: 49
Views: 15365

Don't suppose anyone was watching ARTE this morning (FR/GE)?? There was a really interesting programme which showed how so many of today's electronics etc. were originally inspired by SKYTREK, from cellphones through hospital scanners to the central control room of NASA. Incredible... there are hun...
by Roger O
Wed 12 Jan 2011 12:55
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Sky plus etc
Replies: 49
Views: 15365

Don't suppose anyone was watching ARTE this morning (FR/GE)?? There was a really interesting programme which showed how so many of today's electronics etc. were originally inspired by SKYTREK, from cellphones through hospital scanners to the central control room of NASA. Incredible... there are hund...
by Roger O
Wed 12 Jan 2011 12:04
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Sky plus etc
Replies: 49
Views: 15365

Re: sky plus

When we bought our new set about 6 months ago we were told to go for the highest pixel content we could afford. We bought a slightly smaller set than intended (and are glad now we did) to keep the price down and opted for a top of the range Phillips. The picture is excellent. I must say the last te...
by Roger O
Tue 11 Jan 2011 00:25
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Contributions Sociale
Replies: 9
Views: 4387

We declare my Swiss pension (which is not even from an official EU source) and is my main source of income - and I have never been requested to pay social contributions, either in the PO or in the Aude, though it is considered for income tax purposes. French pensions, CRAM, CGRCR and IGIRS (cadre) h...
by Roger O
Sun 09 Jan 2011 11:11
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Mini Guide to Madrid.
Replies: 0
Views: 1631

Mini Guide to Madrid.

Just in case anyone could find this useful?

Mini Guide to Madrid
http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110 ... drid-spain
by Roger O
Fri 07 Jan 2011 00:06
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Mobile phone contracts
Replies: 4
Views: 2524

Best on the market for me
http://www.zeroforfait.fr/
No engagement, they bank-debit you for calls monthly so no top ups.
You need only to spend €15 quarterly (3 months) to keep the contract and number operative, otherwise both are automatically cancelled.
by Roger O
Thu 06 Jan 2011 11:59
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Woodburning stoves
Replies: 10
Views: 3917

john wrote:In the immortal words of The Shamen:
"He's just a Fire Starter;a twisted Fire Starter".......
Yeah, love it man!!!
by Roger O
Thu 06 Jan 2011 11:38
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Woodburning stoves
Replies: 10
Views: 3917

Don't know if this would work for a woodburner stove as we have a fireplace with "insert", but here's how I do it Take a few chunky barbie charcoal pieces Fire them up in the grate (about 2 minutes) with this (any make will do!) http://bp2.blogger.com/_obPUxI7oEeU/SB9cH5x-g-I/AAAAAAAABmA/iy1JyS219fw...
by Roger O
Thu 16 Dec 2010 01:55
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Water Testing
Replies: 2
Views: 1769

Here's the site (found on Google) http://www.societe.com/societe/laboratoire-departemental-d-analyses-des-pyrenees-orientales-431233451.html If you scroll down the page, on the right side you will find Laboratoire analyses eau laboratoire d'analyse d'eau piscine, puits , élevage, industrie www.agril...
by Roger O
Mon 13 Dec 2010 02:00
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: La Table d’Aimé - what a find
Replies: 19
Views: 9735

Their "Credo" was always one of our favourite wines..
by Roger O
Fri 03 Dec 2010 15:54
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: tenancy
Replies: 8
Views: 3688

Strange - just when the tenant knows he can't be thrown out till March for nonpayment!! Fishy business!!
by Roger O
Fri 03 Dec 2010 15:51
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Côtes Catalanes
Replies: 7
Views: 5254

Santiago wrote:I find it quite interesting that the UK govt is spending lots of money on anti-alcohol publicity but every time a customer buys 2-for-1 on booze, it doubles its duty revenue.
You're going to get a knock on your door if you go on like that! Get backup for a wikileaks doc!
by Roger O
Fri 03 Dec 2010 11:30
Forum: Health
Topic: SOS - urgent. Speech therapist needed.
Replies: 11
Views: 5329

Here's the listing for the PO - if any name rings a bell?
http://www.annuairesante.com/as_154_66_ ... tales.html#

(One name in St. Esteve looks familiar??)
by Roger O
Fri 03 Dec 2010 11:13
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: Weather Information
Replies: 311
Views: 90727

Just to throw on this one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11903397 Professor Mark Maslin, director of the Environment Institute at University College London, said negotiators should pay renewed attention to the data. "Those who hoped that global warming would just go away will be disa...
by Roger O
Mon 29 Nov 2010 10:07
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: plumber help
Replies: 22
Views: 8590

The reverse side of the "stupid regulations" coin which always bugged me in the UK in a similar type of context is(was) the completely paranoid nanny-state regulations concerning electricity in bathrooms - obviously designed for the very lowest common denominator of intelligence/common sense of bath...
by Roger O
Sun 28 Nov 2010 18:45
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Learning languages
Replies: 1
Views: 1687

Nobody used busuu????
by Roger O
Sun 28 Nov 2010 18:44
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: plumber help
Replies: 22
Views: 8590

Did anyone mention the fact that work certified by a registered plumber (siret number and as far as I am aware does not have to have French nationality?) affects your insurance cover i.e. if your work did ever "come undone" and there was resultingt water damage normally covered by your insurance, th...