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I am in two minds about posting anything on here. Last week I had lunch with a British couple living in France. The conversation was dominated by two subjects. Brexit and bush fires. My French friends regularly raise the question of Brexit and want to know what is going on across the Channel. But th...
Just a thought. Prospective purchasers should be aware that Testudo Hermanni Hermanni ( the western sub-species) is a protected species and there are legal restrictions on the acquisition and keeping of these fascinating creatures. There is a wild population in the P-O. On the same subject European ...
- Thu 21 Mar 2019 10:13
- Forum: P-O. Life Café
- Topic: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.
- Replies: 16
- Views: 1610
I am nearly eighty years old. I travelled in Europe in the immediate post war era. I saw with my own eyes the devastation caused by two World Wars. I will never forget visiting the cemeteries where so many men, including some of my relatives, lie buried. They lived their short lives so I could live ...
Even apart from the technical/legal/ethical issues around watching it at all (over here), I can’t imagine ever wanting to watch it twice: once you get your head around the selling proposition (which is quite amusing) why on earth would you want to watch soap stars with two left feet more than once?...
Perhaps I should give a fuller explanation. I saw a new item in L'Indep on Thursday that she went missing. Thought about posting a link but did not. Then saw the updated position Friday lunch time and decided I would publish a link. There was nothing on the forum listing on the home page. But when I...
Under the section "Anything about anything" there is a new topic raised today about Sandy Mulkeen. On my PC this does not appear on the home page listing of current topics.
- Thu 06 Dec 2018 12:09
- Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
- Topic: Cafe gourmand
- Replies: 7
- Views: 975
I can assure you that you are not alone in having a sweet tooth! Why no responses? Because, although there are many of thousands of anglophones living in the PO, only a very few are willing to share information publicly. In any event many of us rarely dine out. Either it's just not our thing or we'r...
- Sat 01 Dec 2018 11:23
- Forum: Discussions
- Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
- Replies: 19
- Views: 1763
I am European. Within the last century or so conflicts between warring European countries have sparked two world wars and brought unimaginable levels of death and suffering upon countless millions. Constructing a workable European Union was never going to be easy. But probably the best guarantee th...
Bit of a rarity this. An article that is not openly pro-Brexit from the BBC. Could it be that they have softened their editorial stance?
- Tue 27 Nov 2018 14:26
- Forum: Discussions
- Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
- Replies: 19
- Views: 1763
I am European. Within the last century or so conflicts between warring European countries have sparked two world wars and brought unimaginable levels of death and suffering upon countless millions. Constructing a workable European Union was never going to be easy. But probably the best guarantee tha...
The French media is buzzing with this latest sensation. Shows everywhere and absolutely free. Long queues forming as fans wait patiently for their places on the front row. Favourite songs include "Come on baby burn my tire" and "You're on the road to nowhere". Where can I see a performance near here...
This subject of this topic is way beyond my capabilities to give advice. I would, however, like to inject a bit of balance. Concerning Orange. I live virtually at the end of the line. My Orange subscription costs just over one Euro a day. For this I get phone calls via VOIP, unlimited calls to land ...
- Fri 26 Oct 2018 13:01
- Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
- Topic: Updated Forum Now On Line. Give it a go...
- Replies: 36
- Views: 2336
Works fine for me. Functionality unimpaired from my perspective. Display OK on my laptop (Windows 10) and classic PC (Ubuntu) with 1680 x 1050 monitor.
1962. Run down towns and villages in Northern France. Rats runnning around the streets in broad daylight. The scars of war everywhere. Crossed the Rhine to see what Germany loooked like. Cities such as Cologne reduced to rubble. Lesson learned? Millions of Europeans, soldiers and civilians, died in ...
We are a retired couple, living in France, owning property and resident for tax purposes. We applied two years ago. Process then was straightforward and we needed no documents translated. Took around 12 weeks. I understand waiting times are now significantly longer.
Didn't realise that the subjects were recruited via the PO LIfe FB group. I'm no big fan of FB so only use when no other option is available. Like following anti-Brexit campaigns. Don't suppose we'll ever know how many people put their names forward. Did the interviewees ever share the experience on...
Caught a glimpse of what I took to be a couple of subjects of the Dear Queen on local TV last night. I was busy doing something so didn't really catch the story. Seemed to be about the possible effects of Brexit. . Either FR 3 had picked people who did not have a reasonable command of French or they...
Must admit I applied for an Irish passport shortly after the referendum. Piece of cake. The application process was very user friendly. Only took a couple of months. I understand that they have issued well in excess of 100,000 passports to non-residents since Brexit became a reality.
- Sat 08 Sep 2018 08:52
- Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
- Topic: Things to do in & around Collioure Sep '18
- Replies: 11
- Views: 1439
You don't say what floats your boat.Nor how far you are prepared to travel. If history is your thing then where do we start? You will be based in what is effectively an open air museum of military buildings. On the general architectural front everything from neolithic tombs to avant garde 21st centu...
My contract covers internet, a mobile phone and fixed phone via VOIP with unlimited calls to the UK and USA. The smart TV and two computers are connected to the router via RJ45 cables. The computers are networked for easy data transfer etc. We listen to the internet radio via the wi-fi. Service is v...
- Thu 30 Aug 2018 08:14
- Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
- Topic: Posting not working on the forum
- Replies: 2
- Views: 432
I've noticed a few glitches in recent times. In fact I thought I saw a recent thread where somebody spoke about not being able to submit a post. But I can't find it now! As I understand things the funding problem relates to paying somebody to carry out a software update and data clear up. Rather tha...
â€œItâ€™s being so cheerful that keeps me goingâ€, as Mona Lott said on ITMA.
Blimey. It's that man again. For once he merits a response.
Every day is illuminated by a thousand and one little pleasures. In the warm days of summer and autumn we are drawn to the beach. We chat to our friends, watch the visitors come and go. See the smiling faces of the children. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere created when people are enjoying themselves.
At other times we have the joy of having this wonderful corner of France almost to ourselves. One of those special places where the mountains and the sea exist cheek by jowl. Surrounded by the vestiges of a rich history stretching back over thousands of years. A mild climate with an abundance of sunshine.
Here we can swim in the sea most of the year. A mask and snorkel and a whole new world waits to be explored. Majestic mountains within easy reach. All sorts of winter sports opportunities. Or just laze about in an outdoor thermal bath.
Three major airports within easy reach for when we want to travel and see the world.
What more can we ask?
It's been a roller-coaster ride for anybody who drove down here last weekend for the summer break. They travelled in the middle of a full on heat wave. Since then there have been two storms with the risk of hail stones, localised flooding and some loss of life. Especially worrying for anybody on a c...
We bought a house down here so we could enjoy the benefits of a Mediterranean climate. Which we are now receiving in spades. The streets are almost deserted in our residential neighbourhood. Occasionally a car moves but for the rest of the time it's a ghostly silence. We can hear voices and water sp...
I've got nothing to sell, not looking for anything to buy, don't need recommendations of any sort. So why am I writing this? Because, after many years living in the PO, I still get a buzz when summer arrives. Going to the beach, or just cooling down in the pool. There is an air of excitement when th...