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by DavidB
Mon 29 Jul 2019 07:11
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpignan airport
Replies: 5
Views: 964

Re: Perpignan airport

I've made a reservation to use the Travelcar parking area for a week, from next weekend, and saw these posts about it.
Not being a regular user of the airport, can anyone tell me which particular parking area it is, and where it's located relative to the main airport building? Thanks.
by DavidB
Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:04
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Shopping onlline and delivery pitfalls
Replies: 2
Views: 1254

Shopping onlline and delivery pitfalls

A LONG cautionary tale...I recently ordered an air conditioner online for our camping car (motorhome in English-speak) from a source near Toulouse. They passed the order to a major caravan accessories supplier in Narbonne, who arranged delivery to my house near Le Boulou. The unit arrived, and I che...
by DavidB
Tue 28 Jul 2015 08:57
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Sky TV-can I also view BT Sport?
Replies: 24
Views: 6820

BT Sports 1 and 2 in HD are currently shown as being on the pan European beam on the Lyngsat website but a different site suggests that they are all on the European beam so you are right to try and find someone actually using it. I had BT sport last year but I have a big dish so my experience is of...
by DavidB
Sun 26 Jul 2015 18:30
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Sky TV-can I also view BT Sport?
Replies: 24
Views: 6820

Thanks for the responseAllan. I've found the channel you mention in the Astra 2E listings under BT Sport Europe, HD on 11385 MHz...is this the one you are referring to? I'm still a bit hesitant, since it would cost me an extra £10 pm for a minimum of 12 months, which is not too bad, except that I wo...
by DavidB
Sun 26 Jul 2015 11:41
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Sky TV-can I also view BT Sport?
Replies: 24
Views: 6820

Sky TV-can I also view BT Sport?

Hi...the perrenial problem! With the usual exceptions of BBC, ITV, etc, I can currently view the rest of the Sky offerings without any problems, including Sky Sport if I paid the money. I'm looking at the feasibility of including BT Sport in my Sky package, which seems to be possible. Given that Sky...
by DavidB
Tue 29 Jul 2014 11:30
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Swish curtain rails
Replies: 1
Views: 1812

Swish curtain rails

Hi,
Does anyone know where I can buy Swish curtain rail systems in France?
I've looked online, and it would seem that I can buy the accessories, but not the rails. Alternatively, is it possible to get them delivered from UK...most
UK stores do not deliver these sort of items to France.
Thanks...D.
by DavidB
Sat 02 Jul 2011 07:17
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: FREEZER SMELLS PROBLEM
Replies: 4
Views: 2522

Thanks, we're giving the bicarb a go at the moment. Next will come the lemons, onions and vinegar. Here's hoping.
by DavidB
Fri 01 Jul 2011 10:23
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: FREEZER SMELLS PROBLEM
Replies: 4
Views: 2522

FREEZER SMELLS PROBLEM

We were recently away from home for several weeks, and (foolishly) left our freezer powered up, with food in it. While we were away, the power lines into the house were hit by lightning, resulting in the most horrendous smell of rotting food in the freezer when we returned. We've cleaned (and cleane...
by DavidB
Fri 03 Sep 2010 08:47
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Decent used camping cars
Replies: 11
Views: 4490

For secondhand camping cars a bit further afield, it might be worth trying TPL at Narbonne, who work in conjunction with Narbonne Accessoires. Also, Castel Camping Cars at Narbonne. Another option is to look in a magazine such as "Le Monde du Camping Car", which has sections of CC's for sale by both...
by DavidB
Thu 17 Apr 2008 18:08
Forum: Travel
Topic: Re-registering a car in France
Replies: 60
Views: 20666

....do they really issue the CT for a car with headlamps pointing the wrong direction ?.....[And the speedo in MPH, albeit with KPH in small print] ? They used to be Ok about left-dipping headlights, but they seemed to have tightened up now, e.g. the CT man told me 4 yrs ago "...I'll pass it this t...
by DavidB
Wed 16 Apr 2008 09:42
Forum: Travel
Topic: Re-registering a car in France
Replies: 60
Views: 20666

A couple of things to add to the "Car re-reg Database"....... I re-registered 2 UK cars in France, and one caravan. (The caravan required a French plate different from that of the towcar's because of it's size and weight...so watch out for this one.) In each case, I had to go to the tax office to pr...
by DavidB
Sat 08 Mar 2008 09:08
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: English Speaking Notaires
Replies: 14
Views: 9613

The particular problem concerned with my original post is not property-related....more to do with a civil law situation.

Thanks for your input, everyone, I'll follow up on your lists as things develop.

DavidB.
by DavidB
Fri 07 Mar 2008 09:15
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: English Speaking Notaires
Replies: 14
Views: 9613

Your friends will be very lucky if they find a notaire who will deal with them in english only on an official level. Yes, I think you're probably right, it's all a question of how professionally rock-solid the notaire feels dealing in another language. Still....it's worth asking the question. Buyin...
by DavidB
Fri 07 Mar 2008 08:53
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: English Speaking Notaires
Replies: 14
Views: 9613

English Speaking Notaires

Some friends have a need to discuss a problem with a notaire (and possibly later with an avocat). Their French is limited, and to have the discussion in French through an intermediary (friend or otherwise) can be dodgy. Does anyone know of, or has used a notaire in this area who is able (and willing...
by DavidB
Thu 28 Feb 2008 18:22
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Choosing a bank
Replies: 17
Views: 7554

I seem to recall similar posts some months ago, and I recommended LaBanque Postale, ie La Poste. Charges are just few €'s a year, online banking is simple and efficient, money can be transferred efficiently from UK, and branches are pretty much anywhere you go. You can nominate up to 2 branches wher...
by DavidB
Mon 25 Feb 2008 09:14
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Choosing a bank
Replies: 17
Views: 7554

There's an item on French banks in the latest IFP Newsletter.

Also an interesting item on being able to view the French Land Registry online.

See http://www.french-property.com/newsletter/2008/2/15/

DavidB
by DavidB
Mon 25 Feb 2008 08:54
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: CPAM
Replies: 58
Views: 20743

I haven't been following the forum for for some time, and have just seen this amazing thread, The following may be helpful checklist.... I discovered some years ago that the only way to get admin things sorted outat the CPAM is to actually visit the office at Rue des Remparts, and just sit it out an...
by DavidB
Fri 01 Feb 2008 09:40
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Auchan, We want our money back
Replies: 98
Views: 29953

Have to give some positive news on this subject....I took some bits back to Casto yesterday, and I got a refund no problem AND a smile from the lady in the accueil!....do you think that they are reading this forum?...oh look....there goes a flying pig.
DavidB
by DavidB
Thu 31 Jan 2008 08:50
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Auchan, We want our money back
Replies: 98
Views: 29953

Sav wrote: Was it something i said...
So it WAS you!.....and all these years I thought it was Casto's fault.

DavidB
by DavidB
Tue 29 Jan 2008 09:21
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Auchan, We want our money back
Replies: 98
Views: 29953

Blimey David,if you think that the Perpignan branch of Auchan is too big and impersonal,you clearly have not visited their stores in the north,particularly those in Caen, Boulogne,Lille -Englos,and several in the Paris area. John, I'm obviously a small-town hick. We descend from the mountain once a...
by DavidB
Mon 28 Jan 2008 09:50
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Auchan, We want our money back
Replies: 98
Views: 29953

There seems to be list developing here, which I can add to... Auchan-too big, not pleasant to shop at, prices too high. Castorama-nice new shop, same old useless service. SAV was positively aggressive a few years ago, mainly due to one person there. Bricomarche-avoid the promo tools like meuleuses,p...
by DavidB
Fri 25 Jan 2008 09:18
Forum: Travel
Topic: Controle Technique and Car Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 4274

Polly and Steve, If you requested a Control Technique for your car, you would probably get one OK, although I doubt if it would be recognized by the UK authorities (DVLC?) as being valid there. I'm surprised that you can't get a Certificate of Homologation for the car, I got one OK for my 1978 MGB w...
by DavidB
Thu 10 Jan 2008 08:55
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: dodgy builder
Replies: 20
Views: 8678

Chris wrote: is not the title "Maitre" used only for notaires?
The title "Maitre" is also used for Avocats...i.e. barristers. If you take a case to a Tribunal, one generally uses an Avocat, although it is sometimes possible to represent oneself.
DavidB
by DavidB
Thu 10 Jan 2008 08:46
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Winter Fuel Allowance for Ex-Pats
Replies: 8
Views: 3976

I've phoned the pensions people in UK a couple of times re the Winter Fuel Payment, and you do definitely have to be already receiving it in UK to be eligible to receive it in another EU country.
Doesn't sound very equitable if you happen to have retired to Estonia!
DavidB
by DavidB
Wed 12 Dec 2007 08:47
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Traps
Replies: 8
Views: 3416

Santiago, If you want to make it known to the Maire and the Mairie, it can sometimes be more effective to go along to the next meeting of the Conseil Municipale to show all the conseilleurs. The meetings are normally posted on the village board, the public would be invited to....."...assister a une ...
by DavidB
Wed 28 Nov 2007 08:46
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: dodgy builder
Replies: 20
Views: 8678

Sue and Paul, It may be worth a visit to the Chambre des Metiers in Perpignan to initially seek their advice if he has a Siret Number. If he has not got a Siret No then he's working on the "black"...although this is unlikely if you've got a response from AXA. It is likely that the AXA man is right, ...
by DavidB
Tue 27 Nov 2007 18:23
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Taxes d'habitation / fonciere
Replies: 15
Views: 7287

We had the same thing happen to us in UK some years ago....the seller cut off the light fittings plus flex, & made off with some carpets and a grate(!) that we had paid for and was listed in the contract of sale. We never ever got anything back or the dosh. At least in France you know where you are,...
by DavidB
Sat 24 Nov 2007 09:08
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Tax d'habitation check
Replies: 11
Views: 5372

Are we liable for taxe d'habitation ? You will have to pay some Taxe d'Habitation, but it may not be the full whack. If you are only working on the house, your local Maire can give an attestation to that effect which you can give to the tax people and/or Tresor Publique. Visit the Hotel des Impots ...
by DavidB
Sat 24 Nov 2007 08:49
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Tax d'habitation check
Replies: 11
Views: 5372

Is there a way I can check my payment is correct? You can check what is on file for your house at the Hotel des Impots, Ave Cote Vermeille in Perpignan. They should have a breakdown of the "surface habitable", and the basis for their charge. I suggest you make some measurements of what you actually...
by DavidB
Fri 23 Nov 2007 09:25
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Taxes d'habitation / fonciere
Replies: 15
Views: 7287

Normally, when you buy a house in France, the Taxe Fonciere in the year of the sale is the responsibility of the vendor. It is normally agreed at the final signing (l'Acte Finale) who will pick up what proportion (on a pro rata basis). E.g. if the final acte is in Sept, the split is 9-3. The Taxe d'...