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by martyn94
Fri 29 Jun 2018 17:04
Forum: Health
Topic: Optician
Replies: 12
Views: 1963

seriously Kate do you believe Macron? I do actually. He’s sticking to his guns on quite a few issues that could bring him trouble in the future and not backing down court popularity. I like that. I think I agree. But the idea that his reforms seem brave only underlines how low the bar has come to...
by martyn94
Fri 29 Jun 2018 16:55
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Jennifer Aniston plays Lesbian in First Ladies NETFLIX Film
Replies: 13
Views: 2888

polremy wrote:Copains or copines?
Or both?
As I recall there were both, and a few who preferred not to assume stereotypical gender identities. Possibly including PublicInfo, but we were all wearing masks.
by martyn94
Tue 26 Jun 2018 15:15
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Hello from Russia
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

If all other languages fail, you could try Russian here. I made an idle remark about Russian a few months ago, and got more responses (in proper Cyrillic characters, which is more than I can do on an IPad) than I would have expected about anything English.
by martyn94
Mon 25 Jun 2018 12:51
Forum: Travel
Topic: New Speed Limits
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Or maybe just go at 80 and save the worry? I read the other day that drivers do an average 82 under free-flowing conditions: you wouldn’t get nicked for that anyway.
by martyn94
Mon 25 Jun 2018 12:46
Forum: Health
Topic: Optician
Replies: 12
Views: 1963

Kate wrote:As part of Macron’s election promise, dentists, opticians and hearing aids are expected to be a lot cheaper, maybe even free, over the next couple of years here in France.
I think the idea is that the mutuelles (if you have one) will commit to covering the price of “middle-marketâ€￾ appliances. Probably OK for glasses (unless you think that Christian Dior is especially expert at designing spectacle frames, from the grave) but maybe less so for dental gear or hearing aids. But I suspect that it will still becheaper to avoid the mutuelle, for specs, and go to Spain or the UK. If nothing else, it cuts out the ophthalmo.
by martyn94
Sat 23 Jun 2018 18:21
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: PAYG mobile 'phone sim recommendation ?
Replies: 1
Views: 605

There are four operators. Orange, Free, Bouygtel, and SFR. They all have websites. There are endless secondary retailers who buy wholesale and sell retail, they also have websites. There are endless (I imagine) comparison websites: here is one https://www.edcom.fr/forfait-mobile/sans-engagement/?gcl...
by martyn94
Tue 19 Jun 2018 16:55
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: The Forum is Back!
Replies: 4
Views: 1117

Surely this should be under “Petsâ€￾? Hi-tech it ain’t. But welcome back. I couldn’t read my past pearls of wisdom for days.
by martyn94
Tue 19 Jun 2018 12:34
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Hello everybody
Replies: 3
Views: 1701

Kate wrote:Hmmmmmmm :roll:
All human life is here, as the News of the World used to claim for itself. But then look what happened to the NoW.
by martyn94
Mon 18 Jun 2018 22:20
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Anti calcium/anti pollution filters
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

I suspect that the reference to the hw tap is to a cock at the bottom of the tank that simply stops the water flowing through the ballon. I think the idea is that this allows scale on the heating elements to fall off before it gets “baked onâ€￾. It seems like voodoo to me if the water is not conspicuously hard.
by martyn94
Mon 18 Jun 2018 22:12
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Anti calcium/anti pollution filters
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

I think that Brian may not have understood Allan’s reference to salt. These softeners work by “ion exchangeâ€￾. Most of the time your tap water passes through them, and the calcium ions in the dissolved calcium carbonate in the water (the “hardnessâ€￾) is swapped for sodium ions which were previously fixed in the softening gizmo. The water now contains sodium carbonate which is harmless to health (in the relevant concentrations) and doesn’t fur up. And the calcium ions remain behind in the softening gizmo.

After a time, all the sodium ions in the softening gizmo have been replaced by calcium ions and it is necessary to regenerate it. This is done by flushing it with a strong solution of sodium chloride, aka common salt. Any excess goes down the drain. It’s the same system as in your dishwasher, if you have one.
by martyn94
Fri 15 Jun 2018 16:10
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 5854

Kate wrote:Can remember all those years ago the joke that used to make all my uni mates howl.... Do you use your dictaphone? No, I use my finger!I used to think it was hilarious. Actually, I still do!! :lol:
You learn something new (but very old) every day. And now you just talk to Alexa. There must be a joke in the name somewhere, like the old “Jamaica?â€￾, “No, she did it of her own accordâ€￾. Though no doubt Amazon have tested it for filthy overtones in every language they will ever use.
by martyn94
Fri 15 Jun 2018 15:41
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 5854

The screen adds a new dimension of horror. I look like an axe-murderer: it’s bad enough having it in my passport.
by martyn94
Fri 15 Jun 2018 12:46
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Anti calcium/anti pollution filters
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

For completeness, I have seen rigs in the DIY barns which also have filters in-line with the softener (they look as though they use activated charcoal). No mains supply should need one, and you would have to change the filter medium quite often.
by martyn94
Fri 15 Jun 2018 12:32
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Anti calcium/anti pollution filters
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

Have you actually had problems with scale build-up? If you drink tea, the element in your kettle will tell you. Or ask your neighbours. My water is quite soft in Port-Vendres, though that says nothing about Céret. You can get test strips (like litmus paper) very cheaply. My impression is that built...
by martyn94
Fri 15 Jun 2018 12:04
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 5854

They are now so cheap (and apparently very capable) that I will probably cough. But I find the idea of talking into space very uncomfortable: partly just Anglo pudeur, but also because I was traumatised long ago by generating audio typing (older members may remember when that was a “thingâ€￾). My voice as I normally heard it, mostly through the bones in my head, was like Cary Grant. The voice that the dictaphone, and everyone else, heard “over the airâ€￾ was more like Boris Karloff. Is there any risk that this gizmo will play my words back to me?

Also, I’m in two minds about all the clever things they are meant to do around the house. I’ve had the house rewired at vast expense: am I going to have get the walls dug up all over again to let my dishwasher obey Alexa? Or even worse, buy a new dishwasher?
by martyn94
Wed 13 Jun 2018 17:05
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Jennifer Aniston plays Lesbian in First Ladies NETFLIX Film
Replies: 13
Views: 2888

clarkebarry wrote:Oh wow! Its lovely to see her act in comedy movies. The sarcasm she uses in friends kills me sometimes. :lol:
You’re not trying. You should have said “the sarcasm she uses in friends literally kills me sometimesâ€￾
by martyn94
Wed 13 Jun 2018 16:34
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Speed limit
Replies: 7
Views: 1789

For what its worth, and for the next few weeks, the rules seem to be here http://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/connaitre-les-regles/reglementation-et-sanctions/vitesse ie 130 down to 110, 110 down to 100, 90 down to 80. And 50 anywhere in fog. When it all kicks in is subject to dispute: there are lo...
by martyn94
Wed 13 Jun 2018 14:19
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Speed limit
Replies: 7
Views: 1789

clarkebarry wrote:Accidents depend on the skill of the driver anyway. 80 or 90 if you crash even at 50 you can die. People need to change their driving.
I guess so. But while we retrain 40 million people, if they can be retrained, it helps if they still drive badly, but slower.
by martyn94
Wed 13 Jun 2018 12:38
Forum: Health
Topic: Tiger Mosquitoes - Moustique Tigre Natural Repellent Product
Replies: 7
Views: 1619

By way of afterthought, I said, some way above, that you can get DEET repellents conveniently, and usually much more cheaply than in the “high streetâ€￾, on the internet. And I am always careful to give a search term you could use, in this case DEET.. I tried it just now: I got 3000 results. Put DEET into amazon.fr.
by martyn94
Tue 12 Jun 2018 16:24
Forum: Health
Topic: Tiger Mosquitoes - Moustique Tigre Natural Repellent Product
Replies: 7
Views: 1619

I should perhaps have added that if your problem is tiger mosquitoes, you probably need repellent in the daytime too. Can you recall when you got bitten?
by martyn94
Tue 12 Jun 2018 16:01
Forum: Health
Topic: Tiger Mosquitoes - Moustique Tigre Natural Repellent Product
Replies: 7
Views: 1619

Re: ? 'deet' in French ?

rhys wrote:Is 'deet' the same word in French ?

What would be good products with Deet in them ? recommendations please ?
DEET is a contraction of the chemical name of the active ingredient, which shouldn’t vary much between languages. As such, it seems to appear on the packaging everywhere in the world that I’ve tried to buy it. Your pharmacist here should recognise it. The only material difference between brands is the percentage of DEET in the end product, except that some (more expensive) ones claim to offer slow release. I have no experience to say whether that’s a benefit: I don’t seem to be particularly tasty to mozzies (or anyone else) so generally only apply it once, at dusk.

I tend to buy mine from

https://www.chemistdirect.co.uk

under the brand name “Jungle Formulaâ€￾, usually when I need some new razor blades.
by martyn94
Tue 12 Jun 2018 15:35
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Bonjour! Advice on car registration please!
Replies: 11
Views: 2309

Re: registering your Irish car in P.O. ?

rhys wrote:Just wondering : did you manage it yet ? The re registering business ?

If you managed it I would be v interested to learn what steps you went through , in stages.

It's something I tried to do about ten years ago and, to cut a very long story short, ended up giving up on, after many hours and days traipsing hither and yon.

Does anyone even offer to do this for you, at a price ?

It does make me wonder : what exactly is the EU and its famous harmonization all about, if a car which has gone through all those hoops, safety and whatever, wise, in a member country, and which can be driven legally for up to six months of a year, cannot be re registered 'just like that' as Tommy Cooper would have said ?
“How many battalions has the European Commission?â€￾ as someone once said about the Pope. They can do their best, but French bureaucrats are French bureaucrats. It can be done: I have done it both ways, but too long ago to give you useful advice. The web is stuffed with step-by-step guidance. Courage.
by martyn94
Tue 12 Jun 2018 14:24
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Typically 'English' present
Replies: 6
Views: 1460

Where was “her timeâ€￾ in England? You could get books, or even things, themed on that. amazon can deliver by Friday, if you’re lucky, if you pay the extra, or have “premiumâ€￾ (aka “primeâ€￾ everywhere else).

My oldest friend in France spent a week in Sheffield as a schoolgirl on some sort of jumelage. She remembers it fondly, but still speaks of “le gravyâ€￾ with a sort of holy terror. You could get her some Bisto, in an ironic way.
by martyn94
Mon 11 Jun 2018 20:44
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Typically 'English' present
Replies: 6
Views: 1460

Wilkins of Tiptree marmalade. A sort of Anglo-Spanish present: made from Seville oranges, but the best UK use of it. The big hypermarkets usually have some in their “expatâ€￾ range.
by martyn94
Sat 09 Jun 2018 18:33
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: welder required for classic car
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Lostweekend wrote:I nearly said something similar myself.

I have no doubt about that. But look somebody asked for a recommendation I recommended a local guy who advertised in the directory section, supports this forum, and pointed them to his listing, tried to help a member out, Your man Russell assumed that because he stated wrought iron among the things he did he wouldn’t be the chap for the job and suggested they should look elsewhere, I am sure the original poster is more than capable of deciding if he is the man for them with a simple phone call, it really doesn’t need all the usual tyre kickers pitching in[/quote]

If you think that Russell is “my manâ€￾, or anyone else’s, you haven’t followed the forum very assiduously.
by martyn94
Fri 08 Jun 2018 15:55
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: welder required for classic car
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

You assume I don’t know the difference or Nico, who not only has done some fantastic work for me , but spends his spare time machining spare parts for motorcycles and vehicles, he even has a English wheel, but whatever. I don’t think that Russell was assuming anything, just clarifying a doubt t...
by martyn94
Fri 08 Jun 2018 10:54
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: World Under-20s Rugby
Replies: 0
Views: 717

World Under-20s Rugby

I went to two matches last night at Aimé-Guiral in Perpignan: Japan vs Wales followed by NZ vs Australia. Both v entertaining, and I’m not an avid watcher of professional sport. The ground filled up for the second game, as you’d imagine, but it wasn’t full. It seems to have had surprisingly l...
by martyn94
Tue 05 Jun 2018 17:13
Forum: Health
Topic: Tiger Mosquitoes - Moustique Tigre Natural Repellent Product
Replies: 7
Views: 1619

Re: Mossies

gleber wrote:Been in St Cyprien for 5 days and have been bitten several times, are the mossies worse this year? Been coming since 2003 and have suffered only the occasional bite but at the moment I am covered in them. Is there any remedy better than others? Have read about the tiger mossies but not sure if they are the culprets. Need to get to a pharmacy for a cure.
DEET remains the gold standard as a repellent, despite what “Natural Organicâ€￾ says. You can get it everywhere on the web, or more expensively in a a pharmacy, but even then very much cheaper than NO’s gear. It can give some people side-effects if you use grossly too much for too long. But the effects seem to be completely reversible when you stop, unless you are mad enough to drink it.

For the rest, go round your property eliminating anywhere with standing water which they can breed in (even a bit in a saucer under a flower-pot).

Pharmacists don’t generally have “curesâ€￾: if they did would have to be proper doctors. They can give you palliatives (which can be all you need) or else placebo, which can also be fine, if you don’t look at the label.
by martyn94
Tue 05 Jun 2018 16:24
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Occasional Use Data SIM
Replies: 14
Views: 2120

I think that with Free, once you have cancelled the Simm, you just throw it away and on your next visit pop into a Free boutique and get a new one which you can activate immediately. You don’t need a Free boutique. They have electronic SIM vending machines in various places, including my maison d...
by martyn94
Tue 05 Jun 2018 16:17
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Large, difficult rural terrain needs fencing
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

The important thing is to make the Mexicans pay for it.