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by Smiley G
Wed 17 Feb 2016 12:11
Forum: Health
Topic: Mutuelles
Replies: 17
Views: 6416

We have mutuelles with the Roussillonnaise, in theory a cooperative or certainly started out like that) and dont regret it. I personally would recommend it - tho certainly worth shopping around. We pay around 120 for three of us - though the older we get, the more it goes up!! Slightly off topic bu...
by Smiley G
Mon 08 Feb 2016 22:27
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: pound on the slide
Replies: 26
Views: 12653

Down to under 1,29€ to the £
by Smiley G
Thu 04 Feb 2016 11:34
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: 2015 Official Exchange Rate
Replies: 2
Views: 1949

2015 Official Exchange Rate

Does anyone know the official rate for 2015 that the French tax authorities use between the £ and the €?
I reckon it's 1.3773 Euros to the Pound but I haven't seen the official rate published yet.
by Smiley G
Sun 31 Jan 2016 07:40
Forum: Health
Topic: Easter
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Unbelievable! ..........Celebrate?
by Smiley G
Thu 28 Jan 2016 22:18
Forum: Health
Topic: Form S1
Replies: 20
Views: 7878

We had CVs, my hubby piggy backs mine as I am the oldest, for 3+ years before I reached retirement age. I had to take my S1 to CPAM once I had received it. We also had initial CVs which, after the Sarkozy law, were only valid for 2 years. We exited the system in 2010 and re-entered it in 2011 follo...
by Smiley G
Thu 28 Jan 2016 20:16
Forum: Health
Topic: Form S1
Replies: 20
Views: 7878

By status, I mean;
1 A non S1 holder becomes a State pensioner and receives an S1.
2 S1 issued to a state pensioner and possibly their beneficiary/beneficiaries.
3 The beneficiary becomes an S1 holder in their own right.
Perhaps this list is not complete but gives examples of how status changes.
by Smiley G
Thu 28 Jan 2016 18:25
Forum: Health
Topic: Form S1
Replies: 20
Views: 7878

Martyn, You'll automatically receive a form S1 once DWP have written to you confirming that "We have decided to award you a pension of £xxx per week" You do of course have to apply to receive your pension in the first place and a call to one of the excellent people in Newcastle should include the r...
by Smiley G
Tue 26 Jan 2016 18:02
Forum: Health
Topic: Form S1
Replies: 20
Views: 7878

Martyn, You'll automatically receive a form S1 once DWP have written to you confirming that "We have decided to award you a pension of £xxx per week" You do of course have to apply to receive your pension in the first place and a call to one of the excellent people in Newcastle should include the re...
by Smiley G
Tue 26 Jan 2016 17:49
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: View from afar
Replies: 14
Views: 4993

I was stopping over in Hawaii when I posted this. My laptop was broken and I had to use one of the computers in the hotel lobby. The girls on the desk had suggested a place where I might get it mended but it was beyond repair. So I got the guy to remove the hard drive and bought a new laptop at Fry...
by Smiley G
Thu 21 Jan 2016 06:45
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Shockwave Flash
Replies: 6
Views: 2815

Re: Shockwave Flash

Many thanks all for your advice, I have finally managed to ditch Shockwave flash - I uninstalled it and disabled the remnants in plug ins or add ons as ms call them. I am on Vista. Back to a Mac as soon as! Linux is new to me, is this a specialist browser? I googled it and it looks very techy, so a...
by Smiley G
Sun 17 Jan 2016 07:44
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: UK Referendum on continued British membership of the EU
Replies: 98
Views: 32045

The latest Surveytion poll for the Mail on Sunday shows; 53% in favour of leaving EU 47% in favour of staying in. However, the poll found that if Boris Johnson were to lead the "Brexit" campaign the figures would be; 54% to leave 46% to stay The main changes (where the figures have switched) is as a...
by Smiley G
Sat 16 Jan 2016 10:15
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Shockwave Flash
Replies: 6
Views: 2815

Depending on what OS you're using and which browser, you can un-install Adobe Flash Player here; FOR WINDOWS https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html FOR MAC https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html I can only speak for Mac OS, I h...
by Smiley G
Fri 15 Jan 2016 16:54
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: pound on the slide
Replies: 26
Views: 12653

Now down to 1.3071 this afternoon, close to a 52 week low of 1.2920 :(
by Smiley G
Thu 14 Jan 2016 16:28
Forum: Travel
Topic: Another "dieselgate" scandal?
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Another "dieselgate" scandal?

Investigators are now looking at Renault. We all know that VW, Audi, Skoda & Seat are in the clag, where will it end? If PSA (Peugeot & Citroen) were to be investigated as well..............a catastrophe for French Industry. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/12099314/Nearly-2b...
by Smiley G
Tue 12 Jan 2016 08:10
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: pound on the slide
Replies: 26
Views: 12653

Commercial rate down to 1.3342 this morning.
by Smiley G
Sat 09 Jan 2016 12:54
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Radio Times & TV Times
Replies: 7
Views: 3545

UPDATE Radio Times for week commencing 9th January now on sale. TV Times for the same week due in on Monday. The delays were caused by the French distributors being on holiday until Monday 4th. It didn't stop them delivering last week's TV & Radio Times to retailers today!! :lol: :lol: By the way, I...
by Smiley G
Fri 08 Jan 2016 10:21
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Radio Times & TV Times
Replies: 7
Views: 3545

Re: Radio Times & TV Times

Has anyone had difficulty buying these magazines? I only ask as the last time the newsagents in Argelès had them were the Christmas issues for both which expired on January 1st. There have been no deliveries for the current week (Jan 2 to Jan 8th) and this morning, when they normally arrive in stoc...
by Smiley G
Thu 07 Jan 2016 12:26
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Radio Times & TV Times
Replies: 7
Views: 3545

Radio Times & TV Times

Has anyone had difficulty buying these magazines? I only ask as the last time the newsagents in Argelès had them were the Christmas issues for both which expired on January 1st. There have been no deliveries for the current week (Jan 2 to Jan 8th) and this morning, when they normally arrive in stock...
by Smiley G
Thu 07 Jan 2016 07:02
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpignan and Carcassonne airports.
Replies: 245
Views: 98034

Interested to read the latest post from BT about the pictures of the airport on FaceBook. Sadly, we can't see the information as, for many reasons, we do not use FB.
Is there a reason why the airport updates cannot be carried on this new web site or indeed on this Forum so we can all keep up to speed?
by Smiley G
Mon 04 Jan 2016 17:43
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Solution for slow internet
Replies: 10
Views: 4248

Freedom Router 259€ ttc
Sim card 85€ ttc
Service Contract 89€ ttc PER MONTH !!!

Not for me, thank you Boomshanka :roll: :roll:
by Smiley G
Tue 29 Dec 2015 18:16
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: TV Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 3823

If you supply the make & model, someone may be able to help. It may just need a new "Tuner" card installed. (or WiFi card if that's how it works.) Have you tried a complete "re-set" and then skipped the Smart TV element and just set it up as a TV linked to your arial & internet source (iPad, Android...
by Smiley G
Mon 21 Dec 2015 09:01
Forum: Health
Topic: What would a 'Brexit' mean for Health Care in the Future
Replies: 6
Views: 2766

S1 forms are only eligible in the EEA, so if there were to be a "Brexit" the health cover would be withdrawn. I suppose if a "Brexit" happened, the U.K. could leave the EU but remain in the EEA. State Pension increases are not granted to those expats in Australia, New Zealand etc. but like a lot of ...
by Smiley G
Thu 17 Dec 2015 00:06
Forum: Health
Topic: What would a 'Brexit' mean for Health Care in the Future
Replies: 6
Views: 2766

With current polls indicating a 50-50 split, I think the outcome is uncertain. What the required "winning post" will be is not yet clear. If it was down to 50.1 against 49.9, then ANY action would be divisive, so I would hope that a win would have to be a clear win. The Treaty of Rome provides for a...
by Smiley G
Wed 16 Dec 2015 09:40
Forum: Health
Topic: What would a 'Brexit' mean for Health Care in the Future
Replies: 6
Views: 2766

Re: What would a 'Brexit' mean for Health Care in the Future

With thoughts to the previous Post......what does anyone think would happen to the rights of Expat Health Care in France and around Europe, should the "Lunatics decide to 'Brexit' the Asylum", in the forthcoming Referendum? We (British Ex-Pats) would join other non EU immigrants and be treated the ...
by Smiley G
Mon 14 Dec 2015 07:50
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: New Website
Replies: 3
Views: 1817

i echo the congratulations on the layout and colourfulness of the new site, well done but am I being really stupid, Mrs Smiley G here and I'm told that's normal for me!!! Is there still a headline list of news items somewhere or do you have to click and open every heading on the home page to see wha...
by Smiley G
Sun 13 Dec 2015 07:47
Forum: Travel
Topic: Gasoil less than 1€ a litre
Replies: 12
Views: 4105

Re: Gasoil less than 1€ a litre

montgolfiere wrote:Just 'filled up' at e-LeClerc Limoux. Diesel at 0.999€ a litre.. The Crude price seems to be still in 'Freefall', so maybe even more price cuts to come.
The same at Intermarche in Argelès with 95 Octane petrol at 1.259€ a litre with 95E10 at 1.239€ a litre.
by Smiley G
Mon 23 Nov 2015 18:24
Forum: Shopping
Topic: The sausage man
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

Thanks for the reply cufc, I emailed him and he will be at the Christmas market, here's his reply to me......... I will be there at the market at St Jean PdC on the 6th. I will have my usual selection of tasty, traditional, cumberland, leek, and jalapeno, plus 4 christmas specials on the go. Port & ...
by Smiley G
Mon 23 Nov 2015 11:39
Forum: Shopping
Topic: The sausage man
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

The sausage man

Does anyone know if he still delivers down here and if he will be going to the St Jean Plats de Courts English Christmas Market on 6/12/15. I can't find his contact info to email him direct.

Thanks in advance
by Smiley G
Sun 08 Nov 2015 00:08
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpignan and Carcassonne airports.
Replies: 245
Views: 98034

First visit to Carcassonne Airport

We dropped a relative off at Carcassonne today to catch the Stansted flight at 17:45. What a lovely airport! Come on Perpignan, you need to put your skates on and complete all works by Spring 2016. You've got no U.K. Ryanair flights now until March and based on our recent use of Perpignan, you serio...
by Smiley G
Sat 07 Nov 2015 23:53
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Femtocell
Replies: 3
Views: 1826

Wikipedia article attached;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femtocell