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by jethro
Tue 01 May 2012 00:05
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Floods in Sorède
Replies: 25
Views: 11945

floods in Sorede

The Mairie website invites tenders for the repair of two bridges starting in week 20 and the total replacement of the road in Rue des Castanyers starting in week 24. The roads are practicable, but the infrastructure in Sorede took a terrible beating and much work remains to be done. It takes a major...
by jethro
Wed 08 Feb 2012 20:54
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Internet Explorer 9
Replies: 16
Views: 5501

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by jethro
Sat 07 Jan 2012 18:13
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Floods in Sorède
Replies: 25
Views: 11945

Sorede update

3Catastrophe naturelle" has now been declared. It will be interesting to see what this means in practical terms.
by jethro
Sat 07 Jan 2012 16:51
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Floods in Sorède
Replies: 25
Views: 11945

Vallée Heureuse

I have just returned from my house in LVH and it is clear that nothing will be done until the catastrophe naturelle status is decreed. The mayor now lives in Argeles, and has never replied to any of the 20 letters on the subject of LVH infrastructure sent to him over the years by my (French) neighbo...
by jethro
Fri 11 Nov 2011 22:47
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Sorede's starcrossed lovers
Replies: 5
Views: 3815

Sorede's starcrossed lovers

Those who plunge in the cool rock-pools of the Massane near Sorede will have noticed the little chapel of St. Ferréol at La Pave, a tiny hamlet nestling under the ruins of the Castle of Ultrera. A legend is connected with this place, and appears to have considerable roots in historical truth. I tran...
by jethro
Tue 14 Dec 2010 17:48
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Kindle
Replies: 14
Views: 4369

Kindle 3

I have the Kindle 3 ( sold its predecessor Kindle International so that I could upgrade) and love it. I have the entire works of Dickens, Shakespeare and Lee Child on it . I usually descend on the PO in the summer and Michael O'Leary penalises me gravely for my habit of lugging 25 books to Sorede fo...
by jethro
Sat 02 Oct 2010 23:11
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Patrick O'Brian
Replies: 9
Views: 5404

Well, I haven't got round to writing it yet, but I'll put you down for a copy. Meanwhile, see the Wikipedia article on my hero, and get the video of the film "Master and Commander" whch is loosely based on two of his novels. There are women in all the ex-British colonies who are Patrick O'Brian wido...
by jethro
Sat 02 Oct 2010 20:43
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Patrick O'Brian
Replies: 9
Views: 5404

Patrick O'Brian

Is buried in the new cemetery of Collioure, in which town he lived most of his prolific life.I go there yearly to put a flower on the grave of a man who has given so much pleasure to so many readers all over the world. Translator of Simone de Beauvoir, biographer of Picasso, but above all, a supreme...
by jethro
Sat 05 Jun 2010 14:58
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Portable Air Con Unit
Replies: 13
Views: 5730

Don't, for goodness sake. We have one and it is terribly noisy and can only cool a small bedroom. You also need to vent the hot air through your open window, which encourages mosquitoes. Bite the bullet and get a proper , reversible aircon system. You won't regret it. Unless, of course, you don't mi...
by jethro
Wed 23 Sep 2009 17:06
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In search of a decent chinese - but not at Le Dragon
Replies: 43
Views: 14069

Le Cap St. Jacques Mas Guerido Cabestany

Is a huge barn of a place with a buffet-style choice of varied Asian dishes. It is bafflingly cheap, and the young and enthusiastic staff insist on having you sample many dishes, all free. It's full of voracious Asian diners and an old Chinese client I got chatting to said he goes there because he d...
by jethro
Sat 25 Apr 2009 10:32
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: one-way van hire
Replies: 3
Views: 2675

one-way van hire

I want to shift a small load of furniture from Brussels to Sorede and would like to do so by hiring a one-way self-drive van or estafette. A company called Rent'n'Drop will rent me a 12M3 van from Lille to Perpignan, but no Belgian company offers that service, as far as I can find out. Does anyone k...
by jethro
Sun 19 Apr 2009 12:57
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Two LNB's better than one ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1815

Two LNB's better than one ?

I have had a technician install an Optex decoder, an 80 cm satellite dish and single LNB so that I can receive TNTsat emissions from Astra in Sorede. I now have 396 channels, most of which are not worth watching. Here in Belgium, using an old Panasonic ex-Sky digibox, I get the entire British Freesa...
by jethro
Mon 02 Mar 2009 22:05
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Exterior painting
Replies: 7
Views: 4277

crépis taloché

The stucco or roughcast finish on the walls is probably crépi, which can be applied manually by a very strong person using a cheap tool from Leroy Merlin. It's better to hire a professional who will spray it on from a machine à projection and then go over it lightly with a plasterer's trowel called ...
by jethro
Sun 11 Jan 2009 17:52
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Paying EDF by IBAN and BIC
Replies: 17
Views: 21714

Well, I am daft enough to do that, but the figures I have quoted for the EDF Iban and Bic are for THEIR account, when one is paying in, not mine.
by jethro
Sat 10 Jan 2009 11:19
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Paying EDF by IBAN and BIC
Replies: 17
Views: 21714

Dear me, how terribly sensitive people are about the host nation... After getting the phone number of the Perpignan EDF boutique through International Enquiries, you can eventually find a real human being who will tell you the wrong IBAN and BIC. You then phone again, find another conseillère and sh...
by jethro
Thu 08 Jan 2009 21:19
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Paying EDF by IBAN and BIC
Replies: 17
Views: 21714

Perhaps I have been less than clear. I do not possess a French bank account, have not lived in the UK since 1980, am perfectly capable of finding my OWN IBAN and BIC, but need to know those of the Perpignan EDF people so that I can pay them as I did in Bordeaux. Being in Belgium makes it a tad weari...
by jethro
Thu 08 Jan 2009 17:43
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Paying EDF by IBAN and BIC
Replies: 17
Views: 21714

Paying EDF by IBAN and BIC

When we had a place in Bordeaux we used to pay all our EDF bills by using the EDF IBAN and BIC and transferring sums electronically from Belgium to Bordeaux. I have just received our first electricity bill for the Sorede house and there is no mention on it of any IBAN or BIC., and the free phone num...
by jethro
Fri 21 Nov 2008 11:28
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: architects near Sorede
Replies: 5
Views: 2382

Thanks, everyone for the valuable input.
by jethro
Thu 20 Nov 2008 14:24
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: architects near Sorede
Replies: 5
Views: 2382

architects near Sorede

I've just bought an unprepossessing pile in the Vallée Heureuse and want to do something about my huge and humid basement. Can anyone advise on an architect or maître d'oeuvre who can do plans for this kind of thing ? I really want three estimates; one for a minimalist approach, one for an " it'll d...