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by martyn94
Tue 07 Aug 2018 16:50
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: The Chinese are coming!
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

My sister used to live in the 15e arrondissement in Paris, just down from the horse abattoir. It had recently shut down, but there were lots of restaurants around who made no secret of their speciality: “Au Pur-Sangâ€￾, Aux Trotteursâ€￾ etc. You don’t have to go to Canton to find grub you might not necessarily want.

There is a stall in the covered market in Girona which sells stuff made from horse and donkey. Including “botiffara dolceâ€￾: very much like mince-meat for mince pies, but with real meat (as of course it used to be in the UK, back in the day). Seriously weird, but delicious, about once a year.
by martyn94
Tue 07 Aug 2018 16:27
Forum: Pets
Topic: Words of command in French
Replies: 15
Views: 2283

Words of command in French

I seem to be acquiring a third-hand mongrel bitch which has been raised up till now in French. She seems basically well-behaved, though a bit bouncy, given her young age. Can anyone point me to a site which would take me through the words she might already be familiar with?

I also need to familiarise her with a slightly new name: her original owners called her “Ganjaâ€￾ (they are apparently fond of a bit of blow), but I hope that “Gingerâ€￾ will work.
by martyn94
Sat 04 Aug 2018 14:02
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: The Chinese are coming!
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

The Chinese are coming!

I saw my first Chinese holidaymakers here today (apart from a friend who passes through with her Australian husband). Or at least they looked as though they came from that part of the world, and spoke a tonal language that I don’t understand (which narrows it down to a few billion). They were quite tall (but what do I know?), and looked very smart. But above all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Bring them on, and some of their grub too if God is good.

As long as they don’t turn Port-Vendres into a giant container port on the “Belt and Roadâ€￾.
by martyn94
Sat 04 Aug 2018 11:17
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: CANICULE
Replies: 6
Views: 1087

Or 1976. Drink lots of water and look out for your neighbours. My local Intermarché still has some bottled water. which is strange: the arrival of holidaymakers wanting to stock up on eg khazi paper at this time of year perennially takes them by surprise. My sister’s (very game) upstairs neighbou...
by martyn94
Wed 01 Aug 2018 11:42
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: The end of the beans
Replies: 9
Views: 2897

Re: 5 French expressions

If it's the end of the beans and the carrots are cooked - how about pushing granny in the nettles? All revealed in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGlC8_1t1Ps&t=201s Belatedly, I recall another useful expression. I made a tiled worktop for my sister in a Paris flat she rented decades ag...
by martyn94
Wed 01 Aug 2018 09:02
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: “Vous êtes Belge, non?
Replies: 0
Views: 726

“Vous êtes Belge, non?

Said to me yesterday, by a guy who bummed a fag off me.

If your French accent is as average as mine, a very high compliment. And it happens increasingly often: the last time was only a couple of years ago.
by martyn94
Tue 31 Jul 2018 18:21
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

russell wrote:
Allan wrote: The hardest thing at present is keeping the pool cool enough to be refreshing. I’ve currently got the pool cooler working 24 hour’s a day and it is just about coping.
Yes, 31C in ours this afternoon. No need for the summer cover to keep the heat in!

Russell
I always knew the Med was there for something. I feel decadent using the air con. But I would never have guessed that a pool cooler was a “thingâ€￾ until about two minutes ago.
by martyn94
Tue 31 Jul 2018 11:14
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

The meteo promises more of the same. Looks as if the canicule is here to stay. And it's not even August! Yes, Thursday looks to be a definite pool day! http://www.meteociel.fr/previsions/24525/perpignan.htm Russell I will be in Vernet on Thursday, by happy chance: Météo-France reckons it will be ...
by martyn94
Tue 31 Jul 2018 11:01
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Gus Morris wrote: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 splashing in the pools. But almost no visible signs of life.

The meteo promises more of the same. Looks as if the canicule is here to stay. And it's not even August!

Gus
Plenty of people down below, and no cars, happily (I live on a “rampeâ€￾ on the way down from the station). But no-one moving very fast.
by martyn94
Tue 31 Jul 2018 10:55
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Allan wrote:
Richard and Sharon wrote:That might be an interesting visit, thanks for the tip Martyn.

And while I'm on, is there anywhere that sells decent aged steak in the area (to cook, not in a restaurant). For a country so very good at food, the beef steak quality seems a bit lacking from what I have found so far.
I have my meat shipped from Scotland but there is a place in St Cyprien that claims to sell matured beef. I haven’t tried it yet.



https://www.boucherie-centre-martin.fr/ ... -exception
The place in St Cyp looks promising (I don’t think I eat enough “butcher’s meatâ€￾ - strange phrase - to ship it from anywhere). A shame they don’t do Welsh Black - handsome animals and potentially very good beef. The first butcher I mentioned above used to pick his own, on the hoof, at Llangefni cattle market, and slaughter it out at the back of the shop - you could do that in those days. And he also knew how to choose his Welsh lambs.
by martyn94
Mon 30 Jul 2018 21:47
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

That might be an interesting visit, thanks for the tip Martyn. And while I'm on, is there anywhere that sells decent aged steak in the area (to cook, not in a restaurant). For a country so very good at food, the beef steak quality seems a bit lacking from what I have found so far. Not from me, but ...
by martyn94
Mon 30 Jul 2018 17:10
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: St cyprian car parking
Replies: 4
Views: 835

In previous years residents of St Cyprien could secure a reduced parking charge of €10/month from mid Jun - mid Sep. You had to prove residence with a utility bill or impot showing your local address and your vehicle had to be registered in 66 (ie no hire cars). There used to be a section on Park...
by martyn94
Mon 30 Jul 2018 15:16
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Having been a bit grudging, as usual, I do of course agree with Gus that it’s wonderfully pleasant to see people enjoying themselves in a bucket-and-spade sort of way. And it helps the place tick over nicely for the rest of the year. Incidentally, there’s a replica sailing ship in PV soon, open ...
by martyn94
Mon 30 Jul 2018 13:31
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Re: Summer is upon us

I've got nothing to sell, not looking for anything to buy, don't need recommendations of any sort. Gus Just to be contrary (Gus seems to bring that out in me, god knows how) I’m going to give us all a recommendation. There has been a new stall on the Saturday market in PV these last few weeks, se...
by martyn94
Sun 29 Jul 2018 22:41
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Re: Summer is upon us

Gus Morris wrote: I have an advantage. Lots of local knowledge. The short cuts and back alleys, the places where I can park.



Gus
Gosh. I just give the mairie €30 a year to park on their car-parks, but still usually park for nothing because it’s nearer. I suppose that counts as local knowledge. There’s evidence that cabbies in London who have done “the knowledgeâ€￾ have more developed brains in some respects than plain folk. It seems to have worked for Gus.
by martyn94
Sun 29 Jul 2018 14:38
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

I live just up the hill from Place Castellane. The “corpyâ€￾ has long laid on entertainment there at this time of year. It has been dwindling by the year, not helped by me: my bopping days never amounted to much, and are now long over. (Though I have been known to get myself frothed when they have a soirée mousse and I have very much younger guests.)

The last few years they seem to have adopted the ultimate losing formula: atrociously bad bands or DJs (how many must there be scraping a living on this coast?) and absolutely no publicity.

Last night I came back from the supermarket when the band was setting up. I thought it was going to be a Janis Joplin tribute band, with the women singing very flat.

Not a bit of it: it turned out to be the Côte Vermeille Line-Dancing Club (or whatever), with a hundred-odd people having the whale of a time (and many of them could actually dance, and some had the hats and/or the boots).

Nil desperandum carborundum, as the man said.
by martyn94
Sat 28 Jul 2018 16:08
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Tour de France
Replies: 0
Views: 684

Tour de France

I’ve been watching the Tour, off and on, for the last fortnight or so.

One thing strikes me from the commentary. How old do you have to be, or how high do you have to be in the GC (which obliviously overlap to a degree), before they stop calling you “ce garçonâ€￾?
by martyn94
Wed 25 Jul 2018 20:55
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 5836

Oh, and playing BBC radio, and Patsy Cline.
by martyn94
Wed 25 Jul 2018 20:50
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 5836

I don’t have Allan’s needs, nor his mastery. So far it (she?) has mostly set cooking timers and played old Tamla Motown tracks (worth the money for either of those “skillsâ€￾ alone).

For anything more, it’s like any other tech stuff: they tell you how to switch it on, and then you’re on your own.

I doubt that I will ever get far into “domotiqueâ€￾ (though I’d be interested to hear about it if others will do the work and spend the money). If anyone discovers other nifty things she can do, or places to find them, please share.
by martyn94
Tue 24 Jul 2018 14:38
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Top shows and movies to watch on Netflix in May
Replies: 12
Views: 2886

Re: Update for jully

austin44 wrote:Here are few more shows which you can watch in July

harlots
casual
They seem to be on Hulu, which gives us a whole new arena for bodging with VPNs. But lots of nudity and nooky if you persevere, apparently.
by martyn94
Thu 19 Jul 2018 19:15
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 6398

sue and paul wrote:Martyn94...."IP leak sounds like one of those very discreet adverts for sanitary products."

As a complete non-techie, rather someone who loves playing around with language, this had me chuckling :D :D
Thanks. I think that chuckles are the best I am going to get “going forwardâ€￾ from the struggle for UK tv access.

And all entirely legal.

The downside is that I will lose what limited grip I still have of anglophone cultural references.

Not quite entirely off the point, I saw a reference the other day to a “prosthetic vaginaâ€￾ in “Game of Thronesâ€￾. I thought I was hallucinating, having never seen the programme, and being used to the prudishness of US broadcast tv. I googled it, and found not only that they seem to be ubiquitous on the show (as I guess they are in real life but rarely on view, at least in Port-Vendres), but that there seem to be whole online communities dedicated to debating whether they were convincing, or necessary to the plot, or too many or too few. Nobody said, so far as I saw, that they were not strictly vaginas so much as vulvas, and not prosthetic.

There were similar debates about prosthetic penises. The general consensus was that they should have more, in the interest of equality between the sexes. Though the male ones are sometimes cut off, apparently, which must even things up a bit.

And this is the golden age of tv that I am missing out on.
by martyn94
Tue 17 Jul 2018 14:34
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 6398

Re: If BBC iPlayers is Blocked

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by martyn94
Tue 17 Jul 2018 14:29
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Lunch and dinner around Prades and Vernet
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

Santiago wrote:Le Cortal in Vernet. Méridienne in Prades. Both run by Brits.
I hope they both stock your gear: I might at last get to taste it. After spending the day smoking Captain Full Strength, and gargling with Old Spice.
by martyn94
Sun 15 Jul 2018 19:38
Forum: Pets
Topic: Home for a very sweet cat needed
Replies: 2
Views: 778

If you live in any sort of urban setting (you don’t give your location, which is a mistake if you are trying to shift a cat) I wouldn’t worry too much that she is your responsibility.

Before I moved here, I had lived, off and on, in a very remote house in rural Normandy, where the previous owner had adopted three very feral cats (or briefly seven : tia is spot on in what she says about kittens). It was evidently my duty to look after them, and I duly did so, with much pleasure and some inconvenience, for 17 years in the end (after catching them and getting them “doctoredâ€￾ and tattooed and vaccinated:I carried the claw-wounds for weeks).

When I did move here, I found that my garden was pullulating with cats (it’s one of the few round here with some outside space to have some kip or a cr*p, or a bit of nooky), and I thought “here we go againâ€￾.

Not a bit of it, as it turned out. One or two of them have owners, and the rest are fed, copiously, by what seems to be dozens of my kind neighbours. I have the pleasure of a floating population of pretty cats, and no trouble at all - apart from sh*t in the flower beds and chasing them off the garden chairs every few days. After a few years, you notice if one or other is looking poorly - “le blondâ€￾ was looking a bit peeky the other day, but soon perked up. But what I mostly notice is that they seem to be happy and healthy without any fuss from me.

Put shortly, it’s not your duty to feed her or find her a home. Who are we to know whether she particularly wants one? It is your duty to get her neutered and vaccinated and turned loose. As tia says, there are bénévolés pretty much everywhere who help with this. Just ask at the mairie. And buy a huge sack of cat nosh next time they do a collection at your local supermarket.
by martyn94
Sun 15 Jul 2018 18:09
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Lunch and dinner around Prades and Vernet
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

Many thanks.
by martyn94
Fri 13 Jul 2018 21:31
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Lunch and dinner around Prades and Vernet
Replies: 6
Views: 1447

Lunch and dinner around Prades and Vernet

We will soon be going (again) to some chamber music concerts at the Casals festival, mostly at St Michel de Cuxa..Recommendations, please. Nothing too protracted in the evening: from memory the gigs start at 2030, and finish too late to eat later.

The festival is quite good too.
by martyn94
Fri 06 Jul 2018 00:21
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In search of a full English breakfast
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: In search of a full English breakfast

Every now and then I enjoy eating a full English breakfast in a restaurant outside in the sunshine. I have read on here and on Facebook about a number of places that supposedly serve them but somehow when you turn up to eat there, they never seem to have them. I know that I could go to Lloret and f...
by martyn94
Thu 05 Jul 2018 23:31
Forum: Travel
Topic: Auto-train
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

rhys wrote:I don't suppose they do it from Nantes or other places north/ west of Paris ( for those of us terrified of driving in unfamiliar huge cities ) ?
They used to have services from/to Calais (though not to anywhere very close at this end) but I believe those stopped some years ago. I think all the remaining routes start/end in Paris.

If it terminates at Paris-Bercy, it’s quite close to the edge of Paris “intra-murosâ€￾ (which is not so huge anyway) and hence to the Periph’ and away. It stops being so terrifying after the first 50 years (or nearly): easier for me than Nantes in any event. The nicely-spoken young gel at Google Maps makes it quite easy for anyone.
by martyn94
Mon 02 Jul 2018 17:32
Forum: Travel
Topic: Auto-train
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

Auto-train

SNCF are apparently running a car-on the-train service from Perpignan to Paris, and vice-versa, over the summer season, three times a week. I have done it a dozen times from various places, latterly Narbonne, over the decades, and often wondered why I haven’t done it more. The deal is that you dro...
by martyn94
Fri 29 Jun 2018 17:11
Forum: Health
Topic: Optician
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

A propos of nothing very much, there’s an article in Le Monde today about the scourge of superfluous regulations. Among many many pages of house rules at the Louvre, there’s apparently one which forbids you to visit in a bathing costume. It leaves me strangely tempted to slip into the Gents and come out in my Speedos (or “budgie-smugglersâ€￾, as Australians say).