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by Ian
Thu 31 Mar 2011 10:28
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Wireless Internet connection
Replies: 63
Views: 24305

Making progress means I am starting to understand options – but I am not online wifi yet!. Looks like there are loads of schemes, some you pay for some for free but you have to be near the relevant “Hot Spot” And the critical thing for me is that the “Hot Spot” works for me inside our home. For exam...
by Ian
Wed 30 Mar 2011 19:08
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Wireless Internet connection
Replies: 63
Views: 24305

Thanks for advice

I think I am making progress

Allan - I have sent you a pm
by Ian
Tue 29 Mar 2011 20:33
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Wireless Internet connection
Replies: 63
Views: 24305

I’d like to ressurrect this topic because although it crops up occasionally and perhaps much has been said on the subject -I still can’t find an answer. Assumption 1 I’m on holiday – I don’t live in France all the time Assumption 2 I would like to use wireless internet in the appartment, (not in McD...
by Ian
Thu 14 Oct 2010 13:12
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Cadastre
Replies: 1
Views: 1655

Thanks Roger,
That's a brilliant site for anyone who likes maps.
by Ian
Mon 11 Oct 2010 20:37
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Record rises in taxe fonciere for Amelie les Bains 04 - 09
Replies: 7
Views: 3392

Many thanks for the official confirmation that tax fonciere inflation is rampant in these parts. I've waited till I was able to check my records before replying to find that I would happily have settled for 51.27%. In 2004 the bill for our tiny appartment was 150 euros in 2009 it is 339 euros - I ma...
by Ian
Sat 09 Oct 2010 20:03
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Fete des Vendages
Replies: 14
Views: 4857

Because of the weather we'll skip the visit tomorrow. But we did go along this morning despite the drizzle. Parked easily by the promenade, and bought our 3 euro glasses. The rain set in, so we just stayed put at the Caves Banyuls L'Etoile and worked our way through their list - well almost. Wonderf...
by Ian
Thu 30 Sep 2010 19:51
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Thermes Romains, Amelie les Bains
Replies: 4
Views: 2923

John

So go on then - tell us - did you enjoy it? Especially the custard part. Lets have all the details.

Ian
by Ian
Wed 29 Sep 2010 22:04
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Fete des Vendages
Replies: 14
Views: 4857

I expect they just want to keep the event for themselves. Anway if you follow this link - about halfway down the page there is a tiny image of the leaflet with all the details just under "Téléchargez le programme de la 15ème Fête des Vendanges du 5 au 10 octobre 2010" Click in the image and you can ...
by Ian
Sat 25 Sep 2010 17:12
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Fete des Vendages
Replies: 14
Views: 4857

Thanks for public transport suggestions. We went into Banyuls tourist office today - they say if you arrive in the morning there shouldn't be a problem parking. DIY breathaliser kits available opposite tourist information during the event. Otherwise wait for the police checkpoint on the Banyuls - Po...
by Ian
Fri 24 Sep 2010 10:35
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Fete des Vendages
Replies: 14
Views: 4857

Fete des Vendages

Has anyone ever gone to the fete des vendage at Banyuls, and if so have you any tips on travelling/parking. I assume the town must be heaving by Sunday afternoon and virtually impossible to navigate by car. Do they create car parks at the town limits and run buses or have some other strategy for get...
by Ian
Mon 30 Aug 2010 16:44
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Java
Replies: 9
Views: 3612

I have used Java in building websites. It is a programming language that you use to build thing active stuff for webpages. Windows that pop-up, graphics that change, calculators, games etc. I would expect on the front page of Anglophone-Direct that those changing images of Panoramas and P-O Life and...
by Ian
Wed 11 Aug 2010 23:22
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Alcohol content
Replies: 16
Views: 8242

Our favourite at 12.5% is Domaine Salvat VDP Côtes Catalanes FENOUILL Rouge.
50% Merlot, 40% Syrah 10% Grenache.
Lovely with food or on its own.
No headache and no black tongue!

Shop at Saint Paul de Fenouillet but often found at the supermarkets
by Ian
Wed 30 Jun 2010 17:19
Forum: Travel
Topic: Le Boulou Bypass
Replies: 68
Views: 19455

Or they are wiser than I thought and the reason it took so much effort is that they are cemented in place to prevent such devious behaviour.
by Ian
Tue 29 Jun 2010 21:05
Forum: Travel
Topic: Le Boulou Bypass
Replies: 68
Views: 19455

That's the spirit. Please take a photo and post it here. Were off home very early via Carcasonne so will miss your handywork.
by Ian
Tue 29 Jun 2010 20:56
Forum: Travel
Topic: Le Boulou Bypass
Replies: 68
Views: 19455

But the letters are just made up of lots of stones. You can make what letters and words you want. Your imagination can run wild or rude.
by Ian
Tue 29 Jun 2010 18:36
Forum: Travel
Topic: Le Boulou Bypass
Replies: 68
Views: 19455

Drove through Boulou several times today. The bypass is too late to be open for us this holiday - perhaps it will be in September? Now, there were 6 workmen, well perhaps 4 workmen and two in charge and directing from the sidelines involved in the laying of large cobbles on the roundabout on the Per...
by Ian
Wed 16 Jun 2010 10:38
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: currency brokers
Replies: 39
Views: 12961

We are Nationwide customers and use the debit cards in France without problems and get good rates. My understanding is that all Nationwide debit cards are currently being reissued (ours all came this month), for security reasons - the card numbers are different - and perhaps also something to do wit...
by Ian
Tue 30 Mar 2010 23:37
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: This may be sacrilige in France...
Replies: 20
Views: 10241

Thank you all for the tip about CASTILLO PERELADA. I hadn’t heard about it before. Looks a splendid place to visit and looking at the website it won gold, silver and bronze this year for its crianza wines so it would seem a safe bet a tasty red wine. And a bottle or two of the cava too I expect will...
by Ian
Fri 19 Mar 2010 16:09
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Inheritance tax
Replies: 112
Views: 28066

Serge, Well I suppose since there are question marks in your “tosh” post I should respond- I fear there is a divide here that will not be bridged. I too hate paying taxes but it is something that we do so as to share in the benefits that the society we live in offers us. Myth 1. No I am not saying t...
by Ian
Thu 18 Mar 2010 23:33
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Inheritance tax
Replies: 112
Views: 28066

Santiago has been the most reasonable of characters in this thread and would like to stand by his side. It's not a windup, it's a challenge to look at things from a different perspective. I don't like inheritance tax any more than anyone else but if you think of it as a tax in return for providing a...
by Ian
Wed 27 Jan 2010 09:14
Forum: Travel
Topic: Hertz to good to be true?
Replies: 53
Views: 20901

Thanks Allan, What you have quoted is exactly what happens at Gerona. I have just been online to my credit card account and Hertz have taken exactly the amount of cash quoted as a fuel charge at the time of picking up the car. This amount presumably is set according to the car make/size/group?– so f...
by Ian
Mon 25 Jan 2010 23:14
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Excavations at Empurires
Replies: 10
Views: 4678

John, Ah! I should have known to make a note of the name of place. - I haven't a clue. But if you know the town. Then perhaps you can work it out. Imagine the general shape of the coast is an E-W bit, (overlooking Greek ruins coast) which then turns a right angle to go south. Well the E-W bit before...
by Ian
Mon 25 Jan 2010 22:50
Forum: Travel
Topic: Hertz to good to be true?
Replies: 53
Views: 20901

Would someone who thinks they have a good grasp of the best strategy for booking with Hertz please give us all a summary. I can't get my head around it from reading this thread. As a number 1 club member I just book through the standard Hertz site. I don't get any special rate unless there is a prom...
by Ian
Sun 24 Jan 2010 14:39
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Excavations at Empurires
Replies: 10
Views: 4678

Many thanks for the tip. We spent a good couple of hours wandering around the Greek and Roman site. Very impressive. The beaches look good too - but not quite warm enough at present.

Lunch in L'Escala amazingly good value 3 course menu, bottle of wine, and coffee 23 euros for two people. Incredible.
by Ian
Tue 24 Nov 2009 21:08
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine aeration
Replies: 4
Views: 3160

Thanks Jonathan for the technical explanation. I've learnt something new today.
by Ian
Tue 24 Nov 2009 16:18
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine aeration
Replies: 4
Views: 3160

I guess there are two aspects to this - one is science and the other is personal taste. My understanding of the science bit is that if the wine is left open to the air it will eventually turn into vinegar. Clearly this doesn't happen immediately and that having the wine open to air for a while can b...
by Ian
Sat 14 Nov 2009 13:05
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Sealing an interior stone wall
Replies: 10
Views: 8596

I would be very wary of putting a sealant on stone. I am still working on our stone house in Scotland, (admitedly more damp than France), going on 5 years and more to do - in trying to undo previous owners use of cement and modern paints that trapped moisture and destroyed the fabric of the house. I...
by Ian
Mon 09 Nov 2009 13:58
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Restaurant Mas Renart
Replies: 1
Views: 4016

John & Elaine,
Sounds and looks wonderful. Thanks for the report - We will try it out as soon as we can. Keep the recommendations coming.
by Ian
Fri 03 Jul 2009 09:18
Forum: Travel
Topic: Gerona Car hire no supplement to France ?
Replies: 19
Views: 7895

Yes, you need to know which set of Hertz rules you are playing. I made a mistake last month and it cost dear!

They charge 1.6487 euros a litre of diesel and 11.60 service charge if you have to pay for them to fill it up.

Ian
by Ian
Tue 05 May 2009 20:20
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Ryanair with Wine...
Replies: 71
Views: 23000

As an extra thought. If you are really struggling with this size and weight busines of cabin baggage then consider buying an oversized hunting/shooting/fishing/poaching jacket with zillions of big pockets. When our French friends come to Scotland they go home with twice the allowance, (As long as th...