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by mrob343
Mon 13 May 2019 15:48
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Reminiscing...
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Reminiscing...

This thread takes me back. I remember Roger, Blackduff and Outie (I think he held the record for being banned). It was rumoured that he was(is),your other half, Opas. In particular Serge and I had many a banter. I think that was the time of the dreaded FW too. Getting "homesick" now. Haven't been b...
by mrob343
Sat 11 May 2019 00:02
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Reminiscing...
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Reminiscing...

I have fond memories of Michael McDonald.Worked for him on a couple of occasions many years ago,Nice guy.Same goes for Roger Oliver,he was one of the founding members of this forum back in its infancy and was always willing to offer a helping hand to others..We shared many a PM. Who remembers paddy ...
by mrob343
Thu 07 Dec 2017 23:50
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Red Letter Days
Replies: 11
Views: 4898

by mrob343
Thu 19 Jan 2017 19:39
Forum: Discussions
Topic: bad builder advice needed
Replies: 15
Views: 6681

It's really not nice reading stories like this...But you pay your money,make your choice and take your chance..
My advice is you do not pay one more centime to these cowboys !!
Hope you get it sorted.
by mrob343
Tue 01 Mar 2016 21:47
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Builder Required
Replies: 1
Views: 1658

Builder Required

Hi, I’m looking for a competent builder (English or French speaking) to re build a dividing garden wall following its destruction by the Tramontane yesterday morning. Basically it needs re building from scratch correctly including foundations and reinforcing with steel rods with vertical concrete re...
by mrob343
Sun 22 Nov 2015 21:06
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Hygena - a quiet word
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

An update to my quiet word about Hygena Narbonne. 8 months after ordering my kitchen from them they finally came round to do the final missing bits. 1. Came without the necessary tools to fit the hotte to the wall - had to borrow mine. 2. Installed a hotte that doesn't vent to the exterior despite ...
by mrob343
Fri 06 Nov 2015 18:30
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Rob Morley - House Renovations
Replies: 3
Views: 2097

Re: Rob Morley - House Renovations

I have to write to big-up Rob Morley after he has just finished a 7-month project for us. Rob is one of the best tradsemen I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He advertises himself as a house renovator but that barely begins to describe the multitude of skills he has. On our project, he h...
by mrob343
Sat 05 Sep 2015 19:50
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Pat Testing
Replies: 16
Views: 6175

Re: Pat Testing

Is PAT testing carried out in France as in the UK? If so,what are the requirements to be a PAT tester in France. I was under the impression that PAT testing was part of EU Health and Safety requirements - but I may be wrong! In answer to the original Question. PAT testing is not carried out here in...
by mrob343
Tue 12 May 2015 19:57
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Looking in from Outside
Replies: 25
Views: 9568

You describe it so well gus, my theory is not everyone is retired here. So after a long day(or week) as much as everyone thinks we are down the beach in reality we do the same as you would back in the UK. Sit down , have your tea and switch the box on. We do however,have lots of BBQ's during the su...
by mrob343
Sun 07 Apr 2013 20:37
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: 2 F new low level average signal.
Replies: 53
Views: 14717

I suppose that this is off-topic. But has UK TV improved so much since I last watched it (last autumn) that it could conceivably be worth so much effort, and expense, and ugly stuff around your house? French TV is equally dire, but it at least it gives your French some exercise. Personally i detest...
by mrob343
Sun 07 Apr 2013 19:56
Forum: Travel
Topic: Tgv delayed by suicide.
Replies: 7
Views: 3501

Re: Tgv delayed by suicide.

This happened to me today for the second time in a year (and about 7 TGV trips). Obviously I have been unlucky, and I am sure it seems tasteless, . Martyn, In defence of Helen..and probably a few others looking in on this thread. IMO. it doesn't seem tasteless. It IS tasteless to post such a remark...
by mrob343
Sun 31 Mar 2013 23:07
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3458

I swapped the sim cards but the French phone is now telling me the sim is locked! I can get a new battery for the old Nokie for about £10 plus postage, from the UK, but there is a shop that unlocks sims, etc. in Cluses, so I will take both phone to them and see if they can give me one that works. C...
by mrob343
Thu 17 Jan 2013 17:43
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: opening a bank account
Replies: 7
Views: 3548

Sue wrote:When we came out first Rob our french was almost non existent (Ken's still is!!!!)
I know ! :lol: :lol:
by mrob343
Thu 17 Jan 2013 16:36
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: opening a bank account
Replies: 7
Views: 3548

Were you quoting a UK address? CA have an international service listed on their web site. Suggest you might speak to them. Noel As Noel mentions Credit Agricole run an on line banking service.Might be worth a shot if your French isn't up to the bureaucracy. Here's the link: http://www.britline.com/
by mrob343
Wed 19 Dec 2012 23:52
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: General Handyman recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 2510

Just to add to Smiley's comments..
I've been working alongside Bernie on a large project in Montbolo for the last eight weeks.
Well organized,efficient,and very detailed in his work.
Add to that, a nice guy too !
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
by mrob343
Sat 15 Dec 2012 15:22
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Rental gardening
Replies: 11
Views: 4285

It all depends on the length and type of rental. I certainly would not expect to spend my week's holiday weeding someone's garden or be expected to sort out the swimming pool. However if I rented somewhere for 3 months or more I'd expect to be asked to keep the garden in check. Assuming it's not a ...
by mrob343
Fri 30 Nov 2012 00:08
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Non refund of tenancy deposit
Replies: 6
Views: 3981

Re: Non refund of tenancy deposit

Hi, My ex landlords have gone back to the UK and refused to refund me any of my £1000.00 deposit. We have disagreed on £350 but they refuse to refund anything unless we agree to the £350. I have contacted my solicitor in the UK but they say as our written agreement was conducted in France it would ...
by mrob343
Sun 04 Nov 2012 01:15
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Trêve hivernale (winter truce)
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

Re: Trêve hivernale (winter truce)

I saw this article in the last Anglophone newsletter - "The annual ‘trêve hivernale’ (winter truce), which prevents landlords evicting tenants during the cold winter months, starts from the Ist November and ends in March". Can anyone confirm which type of rental the "trêve hivernale" applies to: fu...
by mrob343
Thu 25 Oct 2012 22:53
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Little England
Replies: 32
Views: 14498

Daphne wrote:Thank goodness we live here and not Brittany
Been there... know the feeling only to well! :lol:
by mrob343
Sat 01 Sep 2012 21:50
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Advice, please, for a non-technical old woman!
Replies: 6
Views: 2548

That's my problem - I don't know if an Orange Livebox router is WIFI or not! I do have to keep my laptop plugged into it. All live boxes are equipped with WiFi access Carol.Most are pre set to broadcast the signal automatically. I have a live box and the configuration will be the same. When your fr...
by mrob343
Wed 29 Aug 2012 13:13
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Catch up TV
Replies: 10
Views: 5898

Peter, please be very careful with ANY piece of downloadable software that offers to enable your computer to present a British I.P. address. I have read some real horror stories with one, ExPat Shield, causing major problems resulting in a Windows laptop having to have its hard drive re-formatted. ...
by mrob343
Tue 07 Aug 2012 14:43
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Perpignan City Urban Renewal
Replies: 3
Views: 2246

Re: Perpignan City Urban Renewal

I am very interested in the renewal projects which have been going on in the city of Perpignan over the last 8 or 9 years. I'm particularly thinking of Place De La Republique, Place De Catalogne, The Railway Station, Ave Gen De Gaulle,Theatre District etc etc. Does anybody know of a website which t...
by mrob343
Mon 23 Jul 2012 23:08
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Auto Entrepreneur
Replies: 2
Views: 2378

Re: Auto Entrepreneur

Can anyone confirm that there is now a charge to start as Auto- Entrepreneur. My daughter had a RDV last week at Chambre de metier in Perpignan , she had a 2 hour meeting explaining all the regimes etc. Then was given another RDV for this week, a list of things to take with her........the latter in...
by mrob343
Sun 22 Jul 2012 12:07
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Help with PC problem
Replies: 4
Views: 3133

Pc Prob

Hi Just to add,you need to remove all traces of McAfee from the PC before installing AVG. You need to run the standard windows uninstall to remove Mc Afee first,then reboot. Next go here : http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe Then download and run the uninstalla...
by mrob343
Tue 10 Jul 2012 00:00
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: best for bank accounts
Replies: 30
Views: 13873

Re: Sausages

Too much fat! Toulouse, Catalan or merguez for me every time, fine. For children not used to chewing anything, not so fine!!! No lets go off topic. I have recently asked an artisan sausage maker in deepest Ayrshire Scotland if they they would make me some Merguez, (suffering from withdrawal symptom...
by mrob343
Mon 09 Jul 2012 23:29
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: best for bank accounts
Replies: 30
Views: 13873

No lets go off topic. I have recently asked an artisan sausage maker in deepest Ayrshire Scotland if they they would make me some Merguez, (suffering from withdrawal symptoms) and you can't find them in the shops around here. They have asked for a recipe - can anyone provide a link to a good mergue...
by mrob343
Sun 17 Jun 2012 20:37
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Breath Analyser Kits ~ Where To Buy Them
Replies: 14
Views: 6666

Just a small addition to this thread.. Although this obligation does come into law with effect as from 01/07/12 There is period of grace which will run until 01/11/12 afterwhich you will face a fine of 11.00 € During this period if stopped, the police are obliged to forewarn you of this. Extract fro...
by mrob343
Fri 15 Jun 2012 11:59
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: typical primary school day?
Replies: 5
Views: 2303

It was on the regional news today that the Tousaint holidays have been increased by 3 days to a two week break.............I bet the parents are extatic :roll: My daughter's well impressed Opas ! :lol: The good news for us parents is the "prime de rentrée scolaire" also rises in September too ! :) ...
by mrob343
Thu 07 Jun 2012 12:13
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Internet speed-Arles sur Tech
Replies: 6
Views: 3202

Thanks for the help and advice,much appriciated :)
Turns out that orange got their stats wrong.. :? :roll: I should recieve up to 20 meg afterall! :D
Cheers
by mrob343
Mon 04 Jun 2012 18:06
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Plumber in/around Argeles?
Replies: 15
Views: 7395

Thanks Sav - I thought of Rob first - but while I can hang on til then I'm not sure my boiler will. It might be something or nothing. That's the big problem, I'm not sure how long I can tarry on it, without making it worse, or if it's no big deal and I can stick a bucket under it for months. But th...