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by neil mitchell
Sat 22 Jun 2019 11:23
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Car Registration advice
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Car Registration advice

At the risk of sounding negative, I would that, although you could probably try, it would be far easier to just get a CofC and a new CT and start again, it would waste much less of your life.
by neil mitchell
Thu 02 May 2019 08:46
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Best VPN for iPhone/iOS
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Re: Best VPN for iPhone/iOS

Hi.
I have been using Express VPN for quite a while now and it has never failed. It may be a little more expensive than others but it is very reliable.
by neil mitchell
Mon 29 Apr 2019 15:17
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Forum quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: Forum quiet

I am white English but my family is black Afro Caribbean and I never felt it to be "incorrect" or offensive.
by neil mitchell
Mon 25 Mar 2019 12:56
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Car in France
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Re: Car in France

Well, according to the article, the rule has always been that you have to provide proof of residence to apply for a Carte Gris but where it has always been handled by Sous Prefectures they have only asked for proof of address. Recently the whole thing has gone online and to apply for a Cart Gris you...
by neil mitchell
Mon 25 Mar 2019 10:46
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Car in France
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Car in France

Hi All. Just read the item about only being able to own a car in France if you are properly resident. What a fag!! I am a "part timer" and I have always brought cars from the UK. My current car should last a few years and I am applying for a CdS so it needn't be a problem but I just wonder what woul...
by neil mitchell
Tue 01 May 2018 14:43
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: The Windrush Scandal
Replies: 9
Views: 1641

This is a huge cock up by the UK government, I'm only really surprised that we are surprised. I have always thought that the cock up is less important than what they do about it. Usually the government spend decades denying everything in the hope that all those affected will die but in this case, to...
by neil mitchell
Wed 04 Apr 2018 18:29
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Hi Allan. Yes I was referring to the license fee but I was only using it as a comparison, The funding arrangements for the BBC are always unique, more like a tax really. The BBC already make you login and confirm that you have a license before you can use IPlayer. At the moment that is just a self d...
by neil mitchell
Wed 04 Apr 2018 16:50
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

It refers to online content so I was comparing it to Netflix etc. Also it refers to content which has been paid for in ones country of residence so isn't really relevant to those who live in France full time. Given that pretty much everyone who lives here part time but is still a UK resident will ha...
by neil mitchell
Wed 04 Apr 2018 08:59
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Thanks Allan.
Seems as though it is actually happening. Surely the BBC would find it the least difficult to verify entitlement, I get that ITV would find it difficult which is probably why they folded early. And I guess you are right, for UK tv it is only good until Brexit.
by neil mitchell
Tue 03 Apr 2018 19:01
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018

Apparently the EU have ruled that as of 1/4/18 citizens of member states must be able to receive paid for online content from providers in their own country in any EU country (without VPN/Smart DNS etc). This apparently means the likes of Netfllx etc but Free to View Providers such as BBC, ITV etc a...
by neil mitchell
Wed 14 Feb 2018 15:42
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5979

I use a windows laptop and an HDMI cable to the TV. I havwe been using Overplay SmartDNS for about 3 years and it has been able to get everything (BBC IPlayer, Netfix etc) but recently it has stopped being able to (still gets ITV Player, All4). I have now been using Express VPN which seems to do eve...
by neil mitchell
Thu 05 Oct 2017 08:09
Forum: Travel
Topic: Speeding fine
Replies: 12
Views: 3119

Yes, in UK it is usually an automatic 3 points. I was driving my french registered car while staying at my french home but I'm UK based and using a UK license. I'm not sure how they could apply points as well.
by neil mitchell
Wed 04 Oct 2017 11:50
Forum: Travel
Topic: Speeding fine
Replies: 12
Views: 3119

Me too.
I arrived back 1 Oct and found a fine from an speeding ticket 14 Jul. From the Avis it looked as though I would have to pay Eur 180 but I went to the website and it was still only Eur 68. A bargain if ever I saw one and I paid it immediately.
by neil mitchell
Wed 16 Aug 2017 20:42
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Wedding Venues in the PO
Replies: 30
Views: 10118

Without resorting to my google translate I go for "frappe mon saumon"
by neil mitchell
Wed 16 Aug 2017 19:20
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Wedding Venues in the PO
Replies: 30
Views: 10118

And, by the way, you can catch up with it all again on Netflix, best £5.99 I ever spent!
by neil mitchell
Wed 16 Aug 2017 18:47
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Wedding Venues in the PO
Replies: 30
Views: 10118

No offence meant. I suspect that seminal tv series is more of a documentary than a sitcom and oh how it resonates 30 years on. I have nothing but respect for Sir Humphrey and his contempt for politicians.
by neil mitchell
Mon 14 Aug 2017 18:27
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Wedding Venues in the PO
Replies: 30
Views: 10118

What Sir Humphrey is trying to say is that in France, unlike UK, you cannot get married in a church or a licensed venue such as a hotel. You can only get married at the Marie by the mayor or a deputy mayor. You can of course, as in UK or any where else, have a blessing and a party any place which yo...
by neil mitchell
Wed 09 Aug 2017 20:02
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Super yacht Titania
Replies: 21
Views: 5664

I do agree, as a qualified and experienced teacher that is my philosophy. However, I know that we were being taught to be in awe of the monarchy because that was the way then. I like to think that has changed but you are of course right, it shaped me.
by neil mitchell
Wed 09 Aug 2017 18:27
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Super yacht Titania
Replies: 21
Views: 5664

Perhaps you are right but, being an Isle of Wight native and having grown up there, I remember my first (of many) school trips and the utter revulsion I felt towards it aged 7. Even at that age I recognised the gross wealth and privilege which it represented and the servile way that our teacher told...
by neil mitchell
Wed 09 Aug 2017 18:09
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Buying a car - left hand or right hand drive
Replies: 29
Views: 7106

It is true that for new cars the difference in price is small but for used cars it is much bigger. The reason is that the French do not subscribe to the absurd notion that a car loses 20% of it's value the second that it I first registered. That passes on down the line until the £1000 car in UK wil...
by neil mitchell
Wed 09 Aug 2017 15:28
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Buying a car - left hand or right hand drive
Replies: 29
Views: 7106

Hi. I have brought two RHD cars from the UK to France over the past 10 years. They both been properly imported and on French plates, CT, insurance etc and I have never had any problems at all. The reason for it is that a used car is so much cheaper and better in UK. Just make sure that all of the pa...
by neil mitchell
Wed 09 Aug 2017 14:51
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Super yacht Titania
Replies: 21
Views: 5664

Well, Martyn, there cannot be too many things quite as ghastly as the Durbar Room at Osborne House.
by neil mitchell
Tue 08 Aug 2017 13:38
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Super yacht Titania
Replies: 21
Views: 5664

It is very nearly the most vulgar thing I have ever seen.
by neil mitchell
Tue 30 May 2017 10:50
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Public transport for London
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Oh yes, I see what you mean, looking at it again I have always used it on my phone on 4g but via google chrome. It still works a treat though, you only have to put in a landmark or street name for start and finish and it gives very accurate information. I never used buses in London but now I use the...
by neil mitchell
Mon 29 May 2017 18:33
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Public transport for London
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Transport for London (TfL) journey planner. It is very useful.
by neil mitchell
Sun 07 May 2017 09:57
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Filmon No Longer Free
Replies: 19
Views: 7743

I have never really used Filmon but I did try for a while an IPTV provider ie paying a subscription and buying a MAG 250 box. They were actually quite good value but now I just use a dedicated windows laptop connected to the TV via HDMI and sits underneath it with a bluetooth remote keyboard to oper...
by neil mitchell
Wed 03 May 2017 08:31
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Glass
Replies: 6
Views: 2231

Excellent. Thank you Allan and Martyn. I now feel very well informed.
by neil mitchell
Tue 02 May 2017 20:26
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Glass
Replies: 6
Views: 2231

I did think of a double glazing panel but it is eye bleedingly expensive and the place in Prades don't seem interested in such a small job. Verre d'securite sound good, I'll try that and my French is now good enough to have a discussion in store about.
Thank you both, much more confident now.
by neil mitchell
Tue 02 May 2017 14:10
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Glass
Replies: 6
Views: 2231

Glass

Hi Folks. I need to put a glazed panel in my front door but I'm not sure what to ask for at Weldom. In UK we would use Safety Glass (which is cut to size and then sent away to be heat treated) or Toughened Glass which is that laminated stuff which can be cut and supplied direct. I could use either b...
by neil mitchell
Thu 23 Feb 2017 17:53
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Registering UK car in France
Replies: 8
Views: 3417

I know there is no comparison in cars but I just brought a replacement 1.6 Vauxhall Zafira from the UK and registered for a Carte Gris just last week and I was charged Eur 164. Your charge does seem very high by comparison but maybe the fees for big cars are punitive. There is a website you can visi...