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by graham34
Sun 07 Jun 2015 19:18
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Big 2e and 2f signal drop
Replies: 24
Views: 7268

Yep. The finicky ITV HD is back here but still pixilates from time to time.
by graham34
Sun 07 Jun 2015 14:27
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Big 2e and 2f signal drop
Replies: 24
Views: 7268

Boomshanka wrote: Northern Languedoc No Signal at all.
Really - should do better there than towards Spain given the shape of the UK signal "footprint".
by graham34
Sun 07 Jun 2015 09:45
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Big 2e and 2f signal drop
Replies: 24
Views: 7268

Over in the Herault valley our 90cm dish has lost ITV HD and BBC News HD. Has happened before for a day or two.
by graham34
Fri 19 Aug 2011 16:29
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: petit train jaune
Replies: 17
Views: 8747

Sav wrote:
That looks like a great walk Graham :)
Where can i obtain details please ?

Cheers Sav :)
Came from the book Le Languedoc-Roussillon... à pied
There's a bit more info here and here
by graham34
Wed 10 Aug 2011 12:11
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: petit train jaune
Replies: 17
Views: 8747

The most spectacular section is between Fontpédreuse and La Cabanasse - wooded deep valley with meadows above. Did a memorable walk back in May. Drove to Fontpédreuse and caught a train to La Cabanasse, then walked back to Fontpédreuse down the valley - but be warned, there is some uphill as well. S...
by graham34
Sun 03 Apr 2011 12:06
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Recent experience of the Restaurant Amphitryon in Collioure
Replies: 5
Views: 2693

Reminds me of the Le Relais de Pigasse on the Canal du Midi that was seasonal. One year if didn't open as the chef and his team apparently decided to stay on doing their winter job in a flash Caribbean hotel.
by graham34
Sat 18 Dec 2010 11:46
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: La Table d’Aimé - what a find
Replies: 19
Views: 9842

Presumably they only list Cazes wines at the restaurant, but hopefully the mark-ups are reasonable.

I see lunch looks a particularly good deal.
by graham34
Mon 25 Oct 2010 08:48
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: Weather patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 4569

Don't need to journey the 30 Km to Magalas to see Canigou Sav, although at 140 Km away from the road going out of the village having snow on top helps. Took this in April last year. The water tower is at Adissan. http://www.aspiran.com/blogimages/scanigou.jpg I find 6-7 day forecasts for around here...
by graham34
Sun 24 Oct 2010 09:01
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: Weather patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 4569

Weather patterns

There's a saying I've heard from several local sources (mid-Herault area) that if you can see Canigou/the Pyrenees then it will rain within 3 days. Had a clear view from above Magalas on Thursday (125 Km away) and its raining now = Sunday morning. I've noticed this 3 day pattern before. Is there a m...
by graham34
Mon 27 Sep 2010 22:38
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Maison de Terroir, Maury
Replies: 19
Views: 7419

Thanks for posting your observations Santiago. Interesting that their web site is high on style and low on content - absolutely nothing on the wines at all.
by graham34
Fri 25 Jun 2010 15:33
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: pollen count
Replies: 9
Views: 4428

With a grass pollen allergy I normally suffer in May here. This year has been longer and much worse, it only really subsided this week. All fuelled by wet and cooler periods this spring I suspect.

Sav - the site seems a year out of date (previsions for 2009.......).
by graham34
Thu 17 Jun 2010 23:37
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: currency brokers
Replies: 39
Views: 12666

From what I've read debit cards are fine. It's replacement cash cards (one's without a chip) that were going to change. Nationwide Credit card goes on as normal, but it is obviously a relatively poor deal for obtaining cash.
by graham34
Wed 16 Jun 2010 09:25
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: currency brokers
Replies: 39
Views: 12666

If all you want is small amounts on a regular basis,a cashcard from people like Nationwide,put in a machine here will pay out in Euros at a very good rate. For example I did precisely that on Friday and got 1.21 to the £. No commission charges,no hassle,no form filling. Agreed, but sadly the days o...
by graham34
Tue 09 Mar 2010 09:42
Forum: Travel
Topic: Stop-over in Vichy?
Replies: 19
Views: 7390

Never tried Fast Hotel Bee,but we've tried several of the others (Formula1,Etap, B+B,Premiere Classe etc) and they are uniformly dreadful . Not enough room to swing a cat,hard uncomfortable beds,and postage stamp sized shower rooms. For very little more money you can use Logis de France,where you g...
by graham34
Tue 09 Mar 2010 00:19
Forum: Travel
Topic: Stop-over in Vichy?
Replies: 19
Views: 7390

Re: Stop-over in Vichy?

Can anyone recommend Vichy as a good place to stay for a night or two on the long journey down to the PO? We often stop in Chartres, but like to try out different places too..... Haven't dome Vichy so would also be interested in views (on the town as well as hotels). Have done Chartres a couple of ...
by graham34
Sun 07 Mar 2010 17:55
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: restaurant for tomorrow lunch time
Replies: 21
Views: 8657

Kate wrote:It might just have been an off day.......
I think you are being too generous Kate. A white fish dish with just potatoes and rice, I don't think so. The restaurant was quiet for a reason. We've all been there - have to eat, places you know are full so have to try somewhere else.
by graham34
Sun 07 Mar 2010 17:49
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Never miss an opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 3897

I may have felt slightly more comfortable had they said they would donate ALL of their profit from Chilean sales - but 5% amounts to nothing. They're still keeping NINETY FIVE PER CENT of the profit!! I read this as being 5% of sales not profit, but would have thought 10-20% would be more credible ...
by graham34
Wed 17 Feb 2010 23:56
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Ooooppss!!
Replies: 2
Views: 2569

From reading this and other reports it seems Gallo were happy with what they got and so were the US purchasers of Red Bicycle. Perhaps it's more of a tax issue.
by graham34
Sun 14 Feb 2010 14:12
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: El Bulli closing?
Replies: 91
Views: 26663

Still like someone to explain what the place offers as an "experience" worth that amount. Is it the setting, service, tastes etc? For those into food then it challenges pretty much every conception you have about taste, contrast, textures, food temperature, colour...... It provokes thought in the s...
by graham34
Wed 27 Jan 2010 19:18
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: El Bulli closing?
Replies: 91
Views: 26663

....... Were you not that impressed? Was the unconventional style of cooking not to your taste? Did you not consider it VFM ? It was thought provoking at the time and impressive - partly because it wasn't that well know then so didn't carry any expectations. The location at the end of a dirt track ...
by graham34
Wed 27 Jan 2010 10:15
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: El Bulli closing?
Replies: 91
Views: 26663

I guess the economy means that things have changed. I worked in the motor trade and can remember when buyers walked away from previously paid deposits of £ 25,000 on a Rolls-Royce because its used value had collapsed (and there were no retail buyers !). The waiting list went from a proud 24 months ...
by graham34
Wed 30 Dec 2009 16:36
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Champagne
Replies: 18
Views: 9014

I'm surprised the local Blanquette de Limoux hasn't been mentioned. Is it hard to find or perceived as poor value? I tried some at a London wine fair in November and found it quite appley and a bit simple - would probably have benefited from a bit of bottle age.
by graham34
Tue 10 Nov 2009 19:03
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Behaviour at wine fairs
Replies: 9
Views: 3844

Re: Behaviour at wine fairs

In Hamburg most visitors remained reasonably sober, they came with the mindset of trying to taste wines that they thought they might like to buy over the next 12 months, to discover new wines and to get a chance to meet and talk to the winemakers. Some people took the opportunity to taste only the ...
by graham34
Wed 30 Sep 2009 12:29
Forum: Travel
Topic: extending car insurance for travel abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 4776

Re: Full European Comprehensive Annual Car Insurance

My UK registered car stays in France for large parts of the year.( within the rules of course ). Does this include cover for more than 90 days away from the UK? For next year one option I'm looking at is leaving a car in France from say March to November and flying back to the UK for mid-summer. No...
by graham34
Tue 29 Sep 2009 18:17
Forum: Travel
Topic: extending car insurance for travel abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 4776

Saga do unlimited 90 day trips. Marks and Spencer (act as a broker but also front claims) found me one at the same rate as Saga.
by graham34
Sun 27 Sep 2009 22:59
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Mozilla Thunderbird
Replies: 1
Views: 1655

Put your signature in a text file e.g. using notepad. Then menu item Tools¦Account Setting. Click on "Attach this signature" box and "Choose" the file you created.
by graham34
Sun 20 Sep 2009 23:56
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Vendage 2009
Replies: 7
Views: 3198

blackduff wrote:My neighbor has about 2,000 sq meters of vines but this year the pigs came early
Presume the pigs are Sanglier/Wild Boar. Must be quite profitable to shoot them.
by graham34
Sun 20 Sep 2009 09:24
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Vendage 2009
Replies: 7
Views: 3198

Vendage 2009

How is the vintage in 66 this year. Independent vignerons in the Herault seem very pleased overall despite the smaller grapes and lower yields in the drier vineyards. Things are less rosy for growers who sell to the co-op and rely solely on volume for income.
by graham34
Mon 27 Jul 2009 13:44
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine buying tips
Replies: 45
Views: 15683

I've just looked at my wine purchases in France for the past year or so and see I've bought bottles ranging from €3,60 to €12,00. As has been discussed before, there have been plenty of inexpensive and sometimes free tastings in the central Herault which I've been fortunate to benefit from i.e. oppo...
by graham34
Mon 27 Jul 2009 09:46
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine buying tips
Replies: 45
Views: 15683

why would anyone want to buy expensive stuff and work their way DOWNWARDS? On any reasonable scale it just doesnt make sense. I've found some excellent wine at under 4€ a pop. I've also found some excruciating crap in that range. but I've had (and am still having ) great fun in experimenting,by buy...