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by martyn94
Sat 21 Apr 2018 16:41
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: L'Hermione
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

Yes of course, though I just walked down to Place Castellane. I doubt that they would ever try to work it into PV under sail, with (presumably) a mostly amateur crew, even if their insurers or the harbour pilots would wear it. Sailing boats don’t just go where you point them, especially if they ar...
by martyn94
Sun 15 Apr 2018 19:03
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: dinghy sailing lessons
Replies: 5
Views: 1487

http://yachtclubbanyuls66.wixsite.com/ecoledevoile The above link might help Gus Yes. At least they hold themselves out as doing tuition. They don’t seem to do dinghies, strictly so-called, for adults (no adult of normal size would want to sail for long in an Optimist), but it might well be a goo...
by martyn94
Sun 15 Apr 2018 11:20
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: dinghy sailing lessons
Replies: 5
Views: 1487

Or just to find someone looking for a crew: that’s how I learnt. Whichever way you do it, it might be worth swotting up the conventional words of command and warning in French (so you don’t get your head knocked off by the boom while you get your waterproof dictionary out). And also the names of the kit: I’m sure there is something like “Dinghy Sailing for Dummiesâ€￾ in French.
by martyn94
Sat 14 Apr 2018 22:44
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: French Bank Restrictions Abroad
Replies: 6
Views: 1887

Wow! Are you a LADY, Martyn? Never would have believed it. Only on my good days. I was thinking of an Australian female friend (of a certain age, and with a forte poitrine, as they say) who keeps her credit cards in her bra. Her rummaging around for them, in a crowded restaurant, is a sight to be s...
by martyn94
Sat 14 Apr 2018 15:34
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: French Bank Restrictions Abroad
Replies: 6
Views: 1887

A lot of Brits, including me, have been inconvenienced by the fact that carte bleu doesn’t work like UK debit cards: your proposed transactions are not referred to your issuing bank to be tested against your current balance. The bank just gives some pre-determined limits to the Carte Bleu system (daily, weekly, monthly) and delegates approval/refusal to them. So it makes no difference that CA knew that you were going away unless you expressly ask them for higher limits as Allan suggests.

There are other things you could consider. Some banks do issue cards which check each transaction with your bank - a carte à autorisation automatique - including CA apparently (“L’ Autre Carteâ€￾). Secondly, some banks give more generous limits than others, notably the online-only banks (eg Boursorama, ING, Fortuneo....). I moved my own account partly for that reason. Thirdly, you could supplement your normal card with a freestanding pre-paid card (carte prépayé). You “loadâ€￾ them with credit before you go, either by cash or by transfer from your normal bank: you then use it until the money runs out or you reload. Because they are not attached to a bank account, you can get them in many places: your maison de la presse or tabac probably does them. Finally, a wodge of cash does no harm: I have a few hundred in US dollar bills (left over from a holiday in Burma when ATMs were almost unheard of there): I tuck it into my bra, when I remember, if going somewhere exotic.
by martyn94
Fri 13 Apr 2018 22:03
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Le Soler?
Replies: 16
Views: 5284

Stayed for a month...great place to visit Le Soler! Thanks. I asked for feedback, and got it. Come back soon. Spring has been a bit patchy this year, though excellent in parts. When I cower indoors, with the rain coming down like stair-rods, I always console myself by thinking that at least I’m n...
by martyn94
Wed 11 Apr 2018 20:02
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpicat Navette Bus
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Thanks.........That's the kind of info I was hoping for.

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But it wasn’t the info you asked for.
by martyn94
Wed 11 Apr 2018 12:21
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpicat Navette Bus
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Re: Gerona Airport to Argelès by Public Transport ?

martyn94 wrote:
martyn94 wrote:
rhys wrote:So has anyone on here travelled from Gerona Airport to Argelès ( or nearby ) using bus ( or ? taxi ) to Gerona train station , and then train along the coast ?

How difficult is it ? Any pointers ?
How difficult could it possibly be? So long as you take account of the train strikes. Even the Comanche warriors have pretty blunt tomahawks nowadays, round about Girona.
Of course I meant Apaches. Forgive me, but “Stagecoachâ€￾ was the first thing to come to mind when I read your post.
By way of contrition, someone here suggested that bahn.com is the best place to find the train connections and that seems to be right (you do know, don’t you, that you have to change at Cerbère from a Spanish-gauge train to a standard-gauge train?).
by martyn94
Mon 09 Apr 2018 23:00
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpicat Navette Bus
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Re: Gerona Airport to Argelès by Public Transport ?

martyn94 wrote:
rhys wrote:So has anyone on here travelled from Gerona Airport to Argelès ( or nearby ) using bus ( or ? taxi ) to Gerona train station , and then train along the coast ?

How difficult is it ? Any pointers ?
How difficult could it possibly be? So long as you take account of the train strikes. Even the Comanche warriors have pretty blunt tomahawks nowadays, round about Girona.
Of course I meant Apaches. Forgive me, but “Stagecoachâ€￾ was the first thing to come to mind when I read your post.
by martyn94
Mon 09 Apr 2018 22:43
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpicat Navette Bus
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Re: Gerona Airport to Argelès by Public Transport ?

So has anyone on here travelled from Gerona Airport to Argelès ( or nearby ) using bus ( or ? taxi ) to Gerona train station , and then train along the coast ? How difficult is it ? Any pointers ? How difficult could it possibly be? So long as you take account of the train strikes. Even the Comanc...
by martyn94
Mon 09 Apr 2018 18:03
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Astra satellite back and running
Replies: 30
Views: 9571

Thanks for the info ~ will consider. It's quite an outlay with the risk of it just being abandoned at some point ( if risk minimal I wonder why more people don't go down this route) As I understand it (and as Allan more or less said), the UK broadcasters put out the Intelsat signals for their own i...
by martyn94
Sun 08 Apr 2018 15:56
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: The forum thinks that it’s still on winter time
Replies: 10
Views: 2229

The original complaint however was that the forum time was wrong. This was corrected ages ago but no-one noticed! Not really a complaint, just a facetious remark. A bad habit of mine. I’ve got about 5 other things that tell the right time within a few feet. I’m even old-fashioned enough to stil...
by martyn94
Sat 07 Apr 2018 15:54
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: The forum thinks that it’s still on winter time
Replies: 10
Views: 2229

Hello It is a while since I last looked at your web site and forum. I cannot even see it on my laptop. My husband says it is because of our security system. He has done something to his computer so I can get through. You also seem to have problems with some symbols not coming out correctly. I belon...
by martyn94
Sat 07 Apr 2018 15:11
Forum: Travel
Topic: Railway
Replies: 22
Views: 4752

Rhys, The Lille interchange doesn't exist anymore,unfortunately. you have to go into Paris and taxi or metro between stations. Actually you can still go via Lille, but have to change again at Montpellier or Valence to get to Perpignan. Also the connection in Paris is reasonably straightforward once...
by martyn94
Fri 06 Apr 2018 01:31
Forum: Travel
Topic: Railway
Replies: 22
Views: 4752

Re: even the poorly used lines assist the network as a whole

They need to think much more rigorously about closing lines just because they are not much used. For a start : the infrastructure of rails and stations is already there so it's just a matter of keeping them going ~is it really that expensive to do so ? But more radically : the fact of the small lin...
by martyn94
Wed 04 Apr 2018 14:36
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Allan wrote:
One of the things that I miss about England is the ready availability of takeaway food, we lived in a rural setting yet within a few miles had access to fish & chips, great Chinese food, excellent curries, pizzas and all the fast food chains]/quote]

A chippy in Pittenweem in Fife (crazy name, crazy place, though not really) did haddock and chips “to die forâ€￾. But then they nearly fished them out, an old story. Really fresh haddock has a slightly gluey texture which is unmistakable.
by martyn94
Wed 04 Apr 2018 14:32
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Allan wrote:
One of the things that I miss about England is the ready availability of takeaway food, we lived in a rural setting yet within a few miles had access to fish & chips, great Chinese food, excellent curries, pizzas and all the fast food chains]/quote]

A chippy in Pittenweem in Fife (crazy name, crazy place, though not really) did haddock and chips “to die forâ€￾. But then they nearly fished them out, an old story. Really fresh haddock has a slightly gluey texture which is unmistakable.
by martyn94
Wed 04 Apr 2018 14:07
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Re: Content Portability Rules 1 April 2018

neil mitchell wrote:Apparently the EU have ruled that as of 1/4/18 citizens of member states must be able to receive paid for online content from providers in their own country in any EU country (without VPN/Smart DNS etc).

This apparently means the likes of Netfllx etc but Free to View Providers such as BBC, ITV etc are "being encouraged" to comply.

I notice that ITV have now discontinued their ITV Essentials saying that it is no longer necessary if you have the ITV Hub. so maybe they are complying.

BBC (which costs substantially more than any other paid for service) have decided not to allow it
How on earth do you work that out? The full English breakfast from Sky seems to cost about £50 a month, and those are just the initial “come-onâ€￾ rates.

I would have thought that effective verification is essentially impossible: I may not live in the UK, but I know lots of people who do, whether or not they want me to take their identity.
by martyn94
Wed 04 Apr 2018 10:08
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Certainly you sometimes just want fuel, ideally cheap and as palatable as you can find. But the delivery-from-restaurants thing is a complete mystery to me - for years in Australia and latterly in the UK, and now here, apparently. Who’d pay (good) restaurant prices, plus a delivery charge, and the...
by martyn94
Wed 04 Apr 2018 00:07
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

I must warn you against the KFC in Brno, probably the greasiest food I ever ate, but nothing else was open at 9pm on a Sunday evening. My ex business partner adored KFC and used to "treat me" on the way back south on the M6 from the Standish operation", I've welcomed it then, after a 18 hour day. I...
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 23:54
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Richard and Sharon wrote:I must warn you against the KFC in Brno, probably the greasiest food I ever ate, but nothing else was open at 9pm on a Sunday evening. My ex business partner adored KFC and used to "treat me" on the way back south on the M6 from the Standish operation", I've welcomed it then, after a 18 hour day.
A very long time ago, on the extreme north-east coast of Malaysia, I had my dinner at “Kent Turkey Fried Chickenâ€￾. KFC was quite a big deal there, and I guess still is, because it was reliably halal, and so worth ripping off.
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 19:00
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Bread Flour
Replies: 11
Views: 2271

Lanark Lass wrote:Husband likes to make English style bread and these flours work very well. We buy baguettes too but also partial to brown bread - and toast. Baguette no use for these.
Of course you’re right. But my boulanger makes a very decent pain aux ceréales, and complet, and lin, and mais, and white à l’ancienne, and “muesliâ€￾ (which I’ve never been brave enough to try) which make decent toast, though the slices get skimpy towards the ends. As well as about 6 sorts of baguette.

My bread machine is gathering dust.
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 18:41
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Just to bring it back on-topic, can anyone point me to a convenient source of raw cashew nuts? Have you tried L'Epicerie de detail Sala in rue Paratilla Perpignan. An absolutely brilliant shop who seem to stock every ingredient known to man. In which case, there are lots of other things I need. But...
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 18:28
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Bread Flour
Replies: 11
Views: 2271

Have found these flours in Intermarche in St Andre and Argeles so presumably other branches have them too In my experience, they tend to be mixes, including flour improvers (aka ascorbic acid, aka vitamin C) and sometimes dried yeast. What I have never seen (except on a market stall in Normandy) is...
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 18:15
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: French class in Thuir
Replies: 16
Views: 5990

Re: Now got Television

I previously asked about French lessons in or around Thuir there are none locally available however the suggestion about television hasn't help. I get an endless parade of online ads for language-learning apps: learn a new language in 21 days etc. They’re probably trying to tell me something. But...
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 17:42
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Bread Flour
Replies: 11
Views: 2271

I asked something like this years ago. If you find it, let us all know.
by martyn94
Tue 03 Apr 2018 17:36
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Gus Morris wrote:Goody

Are we going to have a discussion about the relative merits of In 'n Out Burgers, Chipotle and Taco Bell? Maybe throw in a discussion on Napa Valley wines to conform with the new rules on this forum re food and drink topics.

Gus
Gosh: you do get around. But why on earth not? Remind us all what the old rules were.

Getting back to something serious, Allan’s chicken and cashew nuts is a Chinese recipe, like much other good stuff in Thailand. They seem to have been quite successful in absorbing their large, and on average very prosperous, minority of “chinese heritageâ€￾. At least they haven’t felt the need to murder them on a large scale, as in Indonesia.

Just to bring it back on-topic, can anyone point me to a convenient source of raw cashew nuts?1
by martyn94
Mon 02 Apr 2018 19:30
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

Allan wrote: I'm not sure that a french person calling you a Belgian is actually a compliment. :)

It is if they are talking about your spoken French, and they’d otherwise think that you were a Brit with an O level, 50 years ago. Incomprehensible, but someone once thought I came from Alsace.
by martyn94
Mon 02 Apr 2018 15:53
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: It’s a small world
Replies: 9
Views: 2023

Re: Deja vue

I was on the bus to Perpignan the other day the person sitting opposite to me was the same person that had being traveling on the bus one year ago although he was behind me ! A colleague of mine was one of a regular bridge four (which he otherwise didn’t know) on the 07- something from Woking to ...
by martyn94
Mon 02 Apr 2018 15:31
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 3037

I only ever ate KFC about four times, about once every few years at 2 or 3 in the morning after Parliamentary proceedings on the Finance Bill. At that time of night it was either KFC or food poisoning from the doner kebab place. My abiding memory is that it was very soggy: perhaps they cooked it wel...