Search found 44 matches

by Chris
Thu 06 Jan 2011 00:49
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Woodburning stoves
Replies: 10
Views: 3961

Most stoves leak smoke when you've just lit them, it's because the chimney is still full of cold air which has to be shifted before the stove will draw properly. I'm assuming you're a newbie to woodstoves? If so here is how to light one: 1. Put in a piece of unfolded newspaper and light it - it shou...
by Chris
Sun 13 Jun 2010 20:31
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Urgent! Pear Cider needed
Replies: 26
Views: 9265

A Breton friend of mine makes pear cider by mashing up his windfall pears by hand then leaves them to ferment in a black bin bag in the sun, then he distills the juice in an old pressure cooker connected to a length of rubber hose which is coiled inside a barrel of water. I can honestly say that it ...
by Chris
Sun 16 May 2010 19:04
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Mobile Beauty Business
Replies: 19
Views: 7594

Hi, I work as a domicilliary optometrist. One thing you must consider is that it is often very difficult to find some addresses even with the correct code postal and a SatNav. You must ask for very exact route instructions - which, sadly, many housebound people may be unable to give, because they ha...
by Chris
Mon 13 Jul 2009 19:26
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Two phone questions
Replies: 3
Views: 3074

I doubt if (2) is technically possible, is it?
Anyone know??
by Chris
Mon 25 May 2009 10:30
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: IDENTITY -Help!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 12365

PS the problem with CCTV is that it has been shown on many occasions NOT to reduce crime. I live near Rhyl (pour mes pechés) which, on a Saturday night, is the nearest thing I've ever seen to hell on earth, with universal drunkenness, violent assaults, stabbings, and fighting in the streets, pools o...
by Chris
Mon 25 May 2009 10:20
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: IDENTITY -Help!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 12365

Yes, there are a great many of these underground structures in the UK and elsewhere and more than a few enthusiasts who visit and catalogue them. Some are situated in Wales, for example the disused mustard gas and sarin plant near Mold. I remember, as a lad, a terrifying and very dangerous 10 hour e...
by Chris
Sun 24 May 2009 22:41
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: IDENTITY -Help!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 12365

"Hunkered down in bunkers.." - you must be joking!
They would all miss Coronation Street, and Britains got Talent, and Eastenders, and the lottery, and the footie etc etc.
by Chris
Sun 24 May 2009 00:05
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: IDENTITY -Help!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 12365

I like Germans too (broad generalisation!) - although I find the southerners, especially from Bayern, much easier to gel with than the dour northeners. It's strange how a single experience can colour ones perceptions for life. I have a friend who is a keen angler but who is fanatically opposed to fo...
by Chris
Wed 20 May 2009 00:58
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: IDENTITY -Help!!!
Replies: 41
Views: 12365

With respect; the French ID card is exactly that - I will have no objection to carrying one in the future when I'm a full timer. The proposed British ID card is entirely different :It will have to be produced whenever any sort of transaction is undertaken (eventually even a minor transaction.) An el...
by Chris
Wed 13 May 2009 01:02
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Caution when using bungie ties
Replies: 24
Views: 7987

Sorry, but I very much doubt if taking a picture of the retina will be of any value. Also, I very much doubt if new glasses will help, except perhaps darkly tinted lenses may help the glare problem, perhaps Cat3 or Cat4 with a 100% UV filter. (These must never be worn for night driving though as the...
by Chris
Sun 10 May 2009 13:03
Forum: Health
Topic: Buying spectacles in France
Replies: 14
Views: 5565

Typically, a simple single vision prescription where the two first numbers do not add up to more than 6 and the second figure is no higher than 2, can be made up in store while you wait (if they have a lab.) Bifocals, complex lenses, varifocals, photochromic etc all take longer since the lens blanks...
by Chris
Sun 10 May 2009 12:40
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Paint stroke markers info please
Replies: 3
Views: 2637

The ones which are red and white are the markings of a Grand Randonée eg the GR10 which climbs out of Banyuls, up into the Alberes, down to Le Perthus and then across the southernmost edge of France to the Atlantic. These are reliable, and kept in good condition by the local walking clubs. Where the...
by Chris
Sat 02 May 2009 09:51
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: oysters
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

That sounds lovely, thank you. I prefer to cook shellfish well; we have had a scare recently about E Coli in mussels from the Conwy estuary, which is just up the coast from here, and which is usually famous for the quality of its mussels. I have a slightly sensitive tum so prefer not to take any ris...
by Chris
Sat 02 May 2009 01:04
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: oysters
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

Excellent, I shall eat them whilst accoutred appropriately; perhaps wearing a T-shirt embossed with something like SHARP VIEW CAM VIDEO MANCHESTER UNITED CARLSBERG CANTONA etc , and with a large gold plated medallion round my neck, a baseball cap the wrong way round on my head, shorts, sandals and s...
by Chris
Fri 01 May 2009 23:16
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: oysters
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

This is very interesting; I don't particularly like raw oysters, and worry about the health risks, but cooked and piping hot sounds much better.
Can you post a brief resumé of how you cook them please?
by Chris
Fri 24 Apr 2009 20:19
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Pilger on Australian wine.
Replies: 21
Views: 8014

Correct me if I'm wrong, but is not the Australian continent drying out, and has been for centuries? (Nothing to do with the man-made global warming fantasy to which I do not subscribe.)
Eventually, it will simply be too dry to make wine there, or too expensive to use water to irrigate vines?
by Chris
Thu 23 Apr 2009 22:21
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Caution when using bungie ties
Replies: 24
Views: 7987

These things are deadly; many appointments at my local eye casualty department are due to these. The main problem is that they are at exactly eye level when securing a load to a car roof rack. Monocular people (people with only one eye) are routinely advised against using them at all; maybe this adv...
by Chris
Tue 21 Apr 2009 00:28
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Pilger on Australian wine.
Replies: 21
Views: 8014

Why, what was traumatic at Bloemfontein, the concentration camp or the wine, or perhaps both?
by Chris
Sat 18 Apr 2009 21:18
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Pilger on Australian wine.
Replies: 21
Views: 8014

Pilger on Australian wine.

http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=529 Extremely interesting and well written piece by John Pilger (of all people) about the collapse of quality in Australian wines. Good, we can now take back that which we lost to them! Who on earth wants wine at 16 degrees proof? Two people should be able t...
by Chris
Sun 05 Apr 2009 12:25
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Problems for Australian Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

... but would it be worth it? would the first sip really reassure the purchaser that it was worth every cent? can any wine really be that good? I very much doubt it, and suspect that snobbery is at work here, in much the same way that Russian oligarchs, now banned from Courchevel, used to buy the mo...
by Chris
Sat 04 Apr 2009 18:39
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Problems for Australian Wine
Replies: 8
Views: 2904

I agree with Santiago here; after a brief infidelity with Penfolds I've returned to French red wines; they have been a faithful friend over the years and I feel guilty at having cheated on them. When I realised that most Australian wines are very similar ( humungous, overpoweringly over oaked shiraz...
by Chris
Thu 05 Feb 2009 01:29
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Kamok
Replies: 0
Views: 1570

Kamok

Kamok coffee liqueur is without any shadow of a doubt, the most excellent coffee liqueur I have ever tasted. Cellared in futs de chene for 2 years. Miles better than Tia Maria or Kahlua. Very hard to find though - anyone seen it anywhere? It's normally priced at about 40 euros for a 70cl bottle and ...
by Chris
Tue 03 Feb 2009 22:00
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Foraging and Kindling
Replies: 13
Views: 3956

I'm too late this year, but I'll diarise the second weekend in February next year. I'd love to taste truffles, and , as I've said before, I have a very, very high opinion of the wines of Lesquerde. Il's sont a mon gout; peut-etre ne pas au gout de tout le monde, mais, neanmoins, j'aime ca que j'aime...
by Chris
Mon 02 Feb 2009 20:09
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Foraging and Kindling
Replies: 13
Views: 3956

Out of interest - what on earth do truffles taste like to justify their price?
Am I deprived for not having ever tasted one?
by Chris
Fri 16 Jan 2009 20:04
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Moving money between UK and French accounts
Replies: 20
Views: 14580

I've never thought of travellers cheques.
I'm with CA in Collioure and in the past I've simply inserted my UK debit card into their machine, drawn out cash, then paid it into the CA machine next door.
Bizarre really, but the most convenient way.
by Chris
Sun 11 Jan 2009 14:38
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpignan airport
Replies: 8
Views: 3036

Anyone know what a typical taxi fare is from Perps airport to Perps SNCF station?
by Chris
Mon 29 Sep 2008 19:40
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Refugee camp
Replies: 18
Views: 7592

Exactly - we do not learn the lesson of history which is that mass murder by the state happened with monotonous regularity last century. As Hitler once correctly opined " who remembers the Armenians?" If my children only remember one thing of me I want it to be this - "POWER CORRUPTS" - engraved dee...
by Chris
Tue 23 Sep 2008 09:20
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: TIP , RIB ??
Replies: 10
Views: 6612

Excellent, thank you.
by Chris
Mon 22 Sep 2008 20:58
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: TIP , RIB ??
Replies: 10
Views: 6612

Thank you Carmen - in effect , a TIP = a direct debit; a RIB = international bank account and sort code details ?
by Chris
Mon 22 Sep 2008 20:25
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: TIP , RIB ??
Replies: 10
Views: 6612

TIP , RIB ??

Can someone please clarify for me what these acronyms actually stand for, and what the difference is in practice - thanks in advance.