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by martyn94
Thu 13 Dec 2018 11:30
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: 4G Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 1598

Re: 4G Internet

Free have just announced their latest “box” (which has been trailed for about three years). It seems to be extremely capable, but they have taken so long that I have already got every capability that they offer that is any use to me. And all for €60 a month. They also have three other boxes at dimi...
by martyn94
Tue 11 Dec 2018 20:16
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: 4G Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 1598

Re: 4G Internet

Free have just announced their latest “box” (which has been trailed for about three years). It seems to be extremely capable, but they have taken so long that I have already got every capability that they offer that is any use to me. And all for €60 a month. They also have three other boxes at dimin...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Dec 2018 20:06
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: 4G Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 1598

Re: 4G Internet

I’m very much in the same boat. I was a reasonably happy customer with free for a few years: they had a fancy box with much stuff I didn’t want, but the overall offer was competitive enough. They have just launched two new boxes which are variously insanely expensive for stuff that I don’t want or a...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Dec 2018 15:03
Forum: Discussions
Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU

Can you point to any reliable source of news that says anything even remotely like this? As things stand, we are headed out of the EU, pretty soon, whether we or M Macron like it or not. Assuming it doesn’t all go tits up in the HoC next week (and even that of course doesn’t stop us leaving the EU:...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Dec 2018 11:16
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: 4G Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 1598

Re: 4G Internet

A big thank you for this thread! We're just too far from the exchange for ADSL to get over 1Mb/s so have been using Nordnet's satellite service for the last 6 years. At 40 euro a month for an average of 1 to 2Mb/s it works for normal email and browsing, but is pony for downloading. There has been t...
by martyn94
Sun 09 Dec 2018 16:28
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Cafe gourmand
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: Cafe gourmand

[quote=Kate post_id=124995 time=1544368977 an interrupted view over a sunny port ....and a rather delish Cafe Gourmand for which I shall upload the photo when I get home if I remember! [/quote] Interrupted by who? I suppose it was the gilets jaunes again. But it’s certainly a lovely day, interrupted...
by martyn94
Sat 08 Dec 2018 16:18
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: La Fin des Haricots, revisited.
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Re: La Fin des Haricots, revisited.

And also “La Fin des Grains”. I bought the last bag of whole coffee beans (which were average at the best of times) at Intermarchë the other day. I knew, in a theoretical way, that Amazon sold them, but I don’t know whether or when I’d have ever have looked there apart from the fear of running out o...
by martyn94
Sat 08 Dec 2018 15:38
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 1113

Re: Forthcoming visit

The weather is mild enough in PV today, given (as you say) that it’s December. The “rayons” at Intermarché are wearing a bit thin in places, but I don’t think you’d starve: meat fish veg and bread can be had where you’d expect. I haven’t heard of any problems with the trains.
by martyn94
Fri 07 Dec 2018 17:36
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Preceding direct object
Replies: 11
Views: 1286

Re: Preceding direct object

martyn94. I'm just an under educated working class lad from the north who has an interest in the French language, not looking to score any points or anything. :D [/quote Me neither. I just find the verb use of “critique” a bit tiresome, and in your context just meaningless. It’s pretentious enough ...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Dec 2018 17:12
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Irish passeports
Replies: 9
Views: 928

Re: Irish passeports

I'm in the middle of this process. I visited Stormont whilst holidaying in Belfast last January and was told by the tour guide that I could apply for an Irish passport as my grandfather was Irish, others on the tour, all Irish, confirmed this. It's complicated because I was adopted at birth by a Yo...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Dec 2018 16:21
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Preceding direct object
Replies: 11
Views: 1286

Re: Preceding direct object

I enjoy learning and studying French grammar in its own right and for itself. I've turned into a geek in recent years. Reading anything in French now, such as Le Monde, seems to have a dual purpose, to understand the subject matter, and to observe, critique and learn about grammar constructs. I hav...
by martyn94
Thu 06 Dec 2018 20:33
Forum: Travel
Topic: Routes to Spain
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Routes to Spain

You can go via the col de Banyuls, which locals tend to use in the summer when other routes are clogged (though normally just by traffic). It is narrow and wriggly and the edges aren’t protected, but it’s not fundamentally lethal. My sister has sworn that she will never drive it again, and I hate it...
by martyn94
Thu 06 Dec 2018 16:27
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Cafe gourmand
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: Cafe gourmand

I can assure you that you are not alone in having a sweet tooth! Why no responses? Because, although there are many of thousands of anglophones living in the PO, only a very few are willing to share information publicly. In any event many of us rarely dine out. Either it's just not our thing or we'...
by martyn94
Tue 04 Dec 2018 16:27
Forum: Health
Topic: Wheelchair wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Wheelchair wanted

sue and paul wrote:
Tue 04 Dec 2018 09:49
Thanks. Our médecin traitant gave a prescription, and our pharmacie supplied. As you say, with Carte Vitale, costs are covered. It will make such a difference to us, though OH already has Carte Handicapé for stationnement
And quick as a flash, apparently.
by martyn94
Mon 03 Dec 2018 19:40
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: La Fin des Haricots, revisited.
Replies: 1
Views: 387

La Fin des Haricots, revisited.

I was in my local (small, and entirely unblocaded) Intermarché an hour ago. I needed some coffee beans and some dried peas (quite by chance): I got the last of each. Meanwhile there were still mounds of cheap Xmas chocolates. I have no idea whether this was coincidence, or supply problems, or hoardi...
by martyn94
Mon 03 Dec 2018 19:21
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: The Yellow Peril
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: The Yellow Peril

@RogB Would strongly advice booking taxi in advance. Just reading that tear gas (gaz lacrymogène) wasused by ‘les forces de l’ordre’ in Perpignan yesterday in response to stones and missiles being thrown at them. The slippery slope? Can’t help thinking that some of these people are rather enjoying ...
by martyn94
Mon 03 Dec 2018 15:25
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Moving to PO - sequencing and removal firms
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Re: Moving to PO - sequencing and removal firms

Bonjour! We are intending to move to our well-equipped holiday home in the PO before the end of March (B-Day!) but our home in the UK, which we intend to rent out to supplement our incomes, is not yet ready for rental. To maximise income we would need to re-decorate throughout and replace carpets. ...
by martyn94
Mon 03 Dec 2018 13:42
Forum: Health
Topic: Wheelchair wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Wheelchair wanted

Try your local pharmacy. Some of them have their own: if they don’t they can get them, or tell you where to get them.
by martyn94
Mon 03 Dec 2018 00:08
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: The Yellow Peril
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: The Yellow Peril

I agree with Allan. Watching from afar in the UK, and putting aside the violence of recent days, it seems that the police have just stood by and permitted the GJs to delay people on the roads for hours or even days wherever and however they like, all in the name of 'making themselves heard' with th...
by martyn94
Sun 02 Dec 2018 19:28
Forum: Health
Topic: OK Cheapish specs.
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: OK Cheapish specs.

As an afterthought, I looked at the website you gave a link to. It seemed pretty opaque to me, but it does give a helpful guide to choosing the shape of your frames. I now have to decide whether my face looks more like Cameron Diaz or Jenifer Aniston. Decisions, decisions.....
by martyn94
Sun 02 Dec 2018 19:08
Forum: Health
Topic: OK Cheapish specs.
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: OK Cheapish specs.

I hadn’t thought to try, not that I would have ever thought to buy a mutuelle with a gig-lamp benefit. As I tried to say in my bumbling way, the lack of options seemed to me to be an advantage rather than not: fewer ways of getting ripped off (and god knows there are enough). But I wouldn’t try to b...
by martyn94
Sun 02 Dec 2018 11:32
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: The Yellow Peril
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: The Yellow Peril

I have just heard that a charity food collection scheduled tomorrow has been cancelled (Martyn please note)because the commercial centre at Claira is once again going to be blocked off by the Gilets Jaunes. The disadvantaged will be the ones to suffer. This protest staggers me, one section of the p...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Dec 2018 20:14
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 4594

Re: Amazon Echo arrives in France

And some of the ones your mother might want to buy are currently half price, or were last time I looked. If your mother only buys you one, sneak behind her back and buy another two or three (or four). You will find uses for them. I still don’t have one in my downstairs lavatory, but mostly because t...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Dec 2018 19:26
Forum: Health
Topic: OK Cheapish specs.
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: OK Cheapish specs.

I hadn’t actually realised that they were originally or also an online outfit until after I had bought their gear. I have happily bought single-vision glasses on line. But the one or two online shops which started by trying to sell progressive lenses on line seem to have sunk back exhausted: I think...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Dec 2018 01:30
Forum: Discussions
Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU

Do you believe that punishment is likely to persuade Leavers that their beliefs are wrong, thereby winning their hearts and minds for Europe? There is a wonderful quote attributed to LBJ about the original hearts and minds campaign in the Vietnam war “If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts a...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Dec 2018 01:18
Forum: Discussions
Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU

I imagine that the rest of them have long since given up on us. But M Juncker and his pals are very well aware that there are others in the remaining 27 who might be tempted to dodge the column if they see us getting away with it. You will have noticed that I carefully put “punish” in quotes. On per...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Dec 2018 00:58
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 4594

Re: Amazon Echo arrives in France

The French site. You can select your language (and other things) in software. But you want one with a power supply that fits a French socket.
by martyn94
Sat 01 Dec 2018 00:26
Forum: Health
Topic: OK Cheapish specs.
Replies: 6
Views: 514

OK Cheapish specs.

I am absolutely lethal to spectacles, in between breaking them, losing them, or - most recently - just having one of the lenses fall out somewhere “dans la nature”. So I found myself in need of some new ones a couple of weeks ago, without particularly wanting to wait, and pay, for a turn with the op...
by martyn94
Fri 30 Nov 2018 18:38
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Brits on the Box
Replies: 19
Views: 2274

Re: Brits on the Box

I have just re-read the article. I like the passage that says that “Carcassone has half the population of Oldham”. You could do worse, but you would have to be very choosy.
by martyn94
Fri 30 Nov 2018 18:29
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Brits on the Box
Replies: 19
Views: 2274

Re: Brits on the Box

Do you really think this? Everything I can recall has been implicitly pro-remain (or at least not at all gung-ho for Brexit) but trying to keep a measure of balance through very firmly gritted teeth. The side I don’t support (I nearly said the loonies, since I’m under no obligation to be balanced, u...