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by martyn94
Sat 09 Nov 2013 12:20
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Good on you vignerons.
Replies: 6
Views: 8458

It is nice to get away from the "now half price - was £9.99, now £4.99" offers on dodgy stuff that the UK supermarkets had previously priced at £9.99 for the very few days needed to make the claim legal. The Guardian had a shock-horror story on this a few days ago, though it was always blindingly ob...
by martyn94
Sat 09 Nov 2013 12:02
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Property Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 4255

I insured with AXA for many years in Normandy. Apart from being staggeringly expensive, they were very mean and slow on the single occasion I made a claim. You would do better to use eg http://www.assurland.com and find the cheapest: it will usually be thttp://www.amaguiz.com .The savings in my case...
by martyn94
Sat 09 Nov 2013 11:53
Forum: Health
Topic: Reiki -believe it or not
Replies: 2
Views: 2219

Of course it is nice to have someone's undivided attention for an extended period. But at €50 a pop, I will stick to meditation: you get your own attention, for nothing.
by martyn94
Sat 09 Nov 2013 11:49
Forum: Health
Topic: Osteopathic massage, Naturopathy, Cranial.
Replies: 1
Views: 2010

I doubt that it is legal to say "healing". But I wish your clients luck.
by martyn94
Sat 09 Nov 2013 07:08
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UPDATED Highly destructive 'ransomware' exploit in Windows
Replies: 6
Views: 3515

Or buy a mac. I am a long way from being a "fanboy": I got one because I was brassed off with windows, my desktop was dead, and a friend had a mac mini that seemed to work well. I imitated him and have never regretted it. You can buy second-hand for not very much (though much higher than an old PC i...
by martyn94
Sat 09 Nov 2013 06:50
Forum: Travel
Topic: Ryanair
Replies: 29
Views: 17995

For what it's worth, they have honoured their claim to correct typing mistakes on a booking I made a few days ago. I corrected it about 36 hours after the original booking: their phone person was impeccably courteous and helpful. But according to my web searches, they always would do this if you ask...
by martyn94
Wed 09 Oct 2013 23:19
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Quad bikes...
Replies: 31
Views: 19605

I couldn't agree more blackduff But Martyn94 seemed to suggest that because someone's hearing was restricted they were not aware of what was going on around them. I think I was being too subtle. If you are using a vehicle for trips you need to make from A to B, you make the best of what you've got:...
by martyn94
Wed 09 Oct 2013 09:25
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Quad bikes...
Replies: 31
Views: 19605

It so annoys me that someone cant ask a straightforward question without being flamed. I don't see that anyone was flamed for asking a question. People had views about what the OP seemed to want to do. One of the bizarre things about quad riding as a recreation is that riders are so cut off from th...
by martyn94
Tue 08 Oct 2013 22:44
Forum: Travel
Topic: Car parking in Barcelona
Replies: 0
Views: 1109

Car parking in Barcelona

The last time I went in a car the costs were so horrific that I swore never again. But I will need to do so in a few weeks to drop off friends who are travelling onwards with luggage. It seems a shame not to stay a couple of days. So any suggestions for affordable parking which is accessible to down...
by martyn94
Tue 08 Oct 2013 22:37
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Port Vendres and Beyond traveller ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 3154

The French-language pages at Port-Vendres.com have each month's programme of events, though obviously they are fewer, and more oriented to locals, at this time of year (but thanks for motivating me to look - there is a talk I would like to catch about cross-border traffic in WW2).
by martyn94
Tue 08 Oct 2013 21:51
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Thee world moves on
Replies: 2
Views: 1921

Re: Thee world moves on

http://vimeo.com/58839986 Worth watching all the way through. Yes. But I suspect that I drew different conclusions: not least that didactic vimeo clips are just as tedious, and tendentious, as didactic PowerPoint presentations used to be when I was paid to suffer them. If everyone who sat on an Ame...
by martyn94
Tue 08 Oct 2013 21:33
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Quad bikes...
Replies: 31
Views: 19605

Because you don't know the reason why I was looking at buying a quad; if it was for recreation or for business, what type of quad, when I might ride, whom I may or may not ride with, on which land I was predominantly considering riding, what experience I have of riding quads...etc etc etc. I feel t...
by martyn94
Tue 08 Oct 2013 14:29
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Quad bikes...
Replies: 31
Views: 19605

Phipplebert wrote:'

So judging people you don't know, obviously doesn't fit into your remit of annoying other people.....
Why on earth should you have to know someone to regard their chosen recreation as noisy and selfish (as well as silly and futile and a few other things)?
by martyn94
Fri 20 Sep 2013 23:36
Forum: Travel
Topic: Ryanair Remorse
Replies: 7
Views: 2711

I wish his share price would fall quite a lot further, to the level I sold out at last year (not that I lost faith: I just needed the money for something else). O'Leary is nothing if not calculating (he is an accountant, after all): momentary penitence gets as much free publicity as momentary outrag...
by martyn94
Wed 11 Sep 2013 19:15
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: opération tranquillité vacances
Replies: 4
Views: 2763

They offered this in the local rag for many years where I used to live in the Seine-Maritime. Given the difficulty they had finding the place (which is admittedly difficult) when I had serious business with the gendarmerie, I took it with a large pinch of salt. But I guess it does no harm if you thi...
by martyn94
Tue 10 Sep 2013 14:47
Forum: Travel
Topic: Supermarket Fuels
Replies: 9
Views: 3962

When I lived in Sweden, the diesel was "touched up" with petrol, to gain the starting diesel engines. The temperature turns diesel into parrafin, the cars will not start. Paraffin is a lighter distillate of petroleum than diesel and is more volatile so I don't think the diesel turned to paraffin. A...
by martyn94
Tue 03 Sep 2013 20:01
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Orange France Broadband Speed (Or lack of it)
Replies: 10
Views: 6137

There is an official database which contains the characteristics of the line (so far from the exchange, on wires such-and-such thick). If you interrogate eg ariase.com, it will tell you how slow your line is, and whether anyone else is offering any faster service (they don't). The estimated speeds a...
by martyn94
Mon 02 Sep 2013 15:35
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Riposte
Replies: 2
Views: 2344

I live in 2 places in France. Where I am now (in the Seine-maritime) the local services -such as I use- are negligeable:the roads are wrecked and "repaired" with a couple of spade's worth of tar that lasts about a fortnight. But the maire is a nice guy, and my neighbour, and the impôts locaux are th...
by martyn94
Sun 12 May 2013 10:03
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Credit/debit card refusals
Replies: 11
Views: 6337

CA/Mastercard have a callback verification system which means you sometimes cannot place an order unless you are at home. Also, are you entering the correct billing address? Mary I was certainly using the right address. BNP verify their visa transactions by SMS message to your mobile phone. Since I...
by martyn94
Sun 12 May 2013 09:55
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Credit/debit card refusals
Replies: 11
Views: 6337

Just a follow-up to my earlier post. I had another Nationwide debit card transaction refused last Friday (an airline ticket for about £600), but this time I was told this explicitly by the "Verified by Visa" panel and given a UK number to ring. The number given for overseas callers didn't work ("num...
by martyn94
Sun 05 May 2013 08:06
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Credit/debit card refusals
Replies: 11
Views: 6337

I had a row with Barclays France when we first moved here when they turned down debit card transactions. They told me that all customers have a limit and the maximum they offered was €8,500 per month on each card. They said it was for my own protection, but presumably more for their own protection....
by martyn94
Sat 04 May 2013 16:01
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: internet tv
Replies: 20
Views: 7342

There are a zillion Internet radios on the market that are operated much like any other radio and there are some really clever apps for iphones/pads/pods. The broadcasting restrictions that apply to TV content don't generally apply to radio. so it may well be that radio stations will still be avail...
by martyn94
Sat 04 May 2013 15:46
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Credit/debit card refusals
Replies: 11
Views: 6337

All I know is that Banque Pop put a limit of something like 2300€ over any 30 day period unless you phone up and ask them nicely if you could spend some of your own money. As I feared, but even lower than BNP seem to apply to me. Anyone done any better? I imagine Mme Betancourt does not get her cha...
by martyn94
Fri 03 May 2013 13:38
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: internet tv
Replies: 20
Views: 7342

I've given up on Satellite as the signal here is a bit ropey and goes down whenever there is bad weather. I've been using internet TV over a VPN for about 2 years. What I find is that you just move away from the concept of timed listings. You decide what you want to watch and when. You end up watch...
by martyn94
Fri 03 May 2013 13:28
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: internet tv
Replies: 20
Views: 7342

As an afterthought , what is the easiest way of getting UK radio - just the BBC channels for me. There are lots of ways of doing it, but which involves the fewest "clicks"? Up North" in France it just comes with the satellite feed.
by martyn94
Fri 03 May 2013 13:05
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: internet tv
Replies: 20
Views: 7342

I'm old-fashioned enough (and have a sufficiently limited appetite for UK TV) that I simply want to watch the best of "what's on" from a small range of channels - usually the news - on the odd occasion when I want to watch something. And occasionally record the rest of the series. For that purpose, ...
by martyn94
Fri 03 May 2013 12:39
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Credit/debit card refusals
Replies: 11
Views: 6337

Credit/debit card refusals

I have recently had acute difficulties paying for online purchases (from amazon de, though it has occurred in the past with others) with either my French carte bleu (BNP) or my UK debit and credit cards (Nationwide). The transactions were not huge (ca 200-300€), well within my account balances and c...
by martyn94
Thu 02 May 2013 10:54
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: How can I record TV Programmes off my Satellite system
Replies: 17
Views: 5771

You can also attach a gizmo to your computer, and record on to its internal or external hard drive, though it helps if it has a dedicated feed from the satellite - a double or quad LNB plus some cable is not expensive, and can easily be done DIY if you are careful not to knock the dish out of whack....
by martyn94
Thu 25 Apr 2013 08:33
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Maiden names in France
Replies: 30
Views: 11254

correction martyn94, Mlle n'existe pas ! last year this tittle disappeared. My 19 year old daughter now has all her letters addressed to Mme.....really confusing if they do not add an initial as I automatically open them. We all get infuriated at this, me because Mme is in my mind Mrs, her because ...
by martyn94
Tue 23 Apr 2013 09:26
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Maiden names in France
Replies: 30
Views: 11254

I am in total agreement Helen As I understood it, it is not a question of obliging married women to use either their married or their single name, but of ending the obligation to give both (and disclose their marital status) when there is no corresponding obligation for men. For the future men and ...