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Re: Legal issues when letting neighbour use land.

by shogun22 • Mon 06 Apr 2009 10:41

Strongly recommend you keep it as an informal, and uncompensated in any way (don't take any hay, don't let him put up fences, etc) arrangement. No rights can be established against you this way, and you can simply ask the tenent to leave whenever you want, and use the Gendarmes to remove him in the ...

Re: Mobile internet.

by shogun22 • Tue 03 Mar 2009 11:10

McDo do free wifi access as well. They're everywhere in France
Rural France is a bit hit and miss for mobile broadband, very expensive, and poor speed by German or UK standards. SFR and Orange do PAYG.

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Mobile internet
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

Re: God Hates France

by shogun22 • Fri 27 Feb 2009 17:16

More accurately.
God hates the French, except my Missis and her family (just in case she reads this)
Nothing wrong with the country though.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: God Hates France
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Re: :: Legal opinion

by shogun22 • Fri 27 Feb 2009 17:11

I have to deal with this professionally, but for much larger sums. Unfortunately, France (and Germany) is like "Insolvency-ville Arizona". I use this resource to understand the system. I have access to retained lawyers in Paris for more detailed information, but I also use the French consumer associ...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Legal opinion
Replies: 3
Views: 2059

Re: "Black Thursday"

by shogun22 • Thu 29 Jan 2009 18:16

It's Thursday today. Anyone notice it's les foncs on strike?, the ones with cast iron contracts and pensions of which to dream. Faire le pont, so my point is, no chance of catching a fonc at their desk tomorrow either, a nice 4 day weekend. French Government Debt is currently about 73% of GDP, again...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: "Black Thursday"
Replies: 2
Views: 1313

Re: Local supermarket wine lists............

by shogun22 • Mon 22 Dec 2008 15:35

France has not quite got the hang of this on-line retailing business yet. They seem to view the internet and e-mail as some form of witchcraft, to be avoided, if possible, they are getting there, but very slowly. Good luck, but you might struggle. We tend to use the supermarkets for everyday plonk, ...

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Local supermarket wine lists
Replies: 4
Views: 2601

Re: Local supermarket wine lists............

by shogun22 • Mon 22 Dec 2008 14:46

You can view the pub for the various supermarkets on

www.promoconso.net

and

www.prospectuschezmoi.com

at least it should save a bit of driving

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Local supermarket wine lists
Replies: 4
Views: 2601

Re: A Creusois Christmas

by shogun22 • Thu 04 Dec 2008 16:48

A man after my own heart Dave. I'll be honest and admit we prefer a British Christmas. Christmas with my wife's family is oysters, followed by something my father-in-law shot (sanglier), salad/cheese and then buche noel. Plus 20 odd family. Every year. Oysters. 6 or so is OK, after that I feel sick....

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: A Creusois Christmas
Replies: 2
Views: 2009

Re: :: word for porch

by shogun22 • Wed 03 Dec 2008 17:14

Missis says Auvent. Also there is a type called Marquise, which from what she says is a fancy version of an auvent.

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: French Word for Porch
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

Re: The fight against terrorism continues

by shogun22 • Tue 25 Nov 2008 17:58

Dave. She was never charged. It seems it was a standard french student weekend out back in the 80s. A quick protest march, lose a punch up with the CRS and spend the night in jail. It did seem a little absurd 150 armed anti terrorist police officers in a tiny french hamlet. Would they do the same in...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: The fight against terrorism continues
Replies: 2
Views: 1161

The fight against terrorism continues

by shogun22 • Tue 25 Nov 2008 15:44

I missed this as I was in Germany that week. But, when I got back the missis couldn't stop talking about it, people are talking about nothing else around here. Not strictly Creuse, but only 5km over the border in Correze. The SNCF "terrorists" were arrested in Tarnac, about 20km south of where we li...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: The fight against terrorism continues
Replies: 2
Views: 1161

Limousin Wind Energy Policy

by shogun22 • Mon 17 Nov 2008 12:56

This could be of some interest as to where future turbines could be sited.

Le schéma régional éolien

We already have one near us, personally I have no issues with it, but I know it was a hot topic for my parents in the UK.

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Limousin Wind Energy Policy
Replies: 3
Views: 3147

The Credit Crunch Jokes

by shogun22 • Thu 06 Nov 2008 12:36

A trader: 'This is worse than a divorce. I've lost half my net worth and I still have a wife.' President Bush said clients shouldn't be concerned by all these bank closings. If the bank is closed, you just use the ATM, he said. George Bush said that he is saddened to hear about the demise of Lehman ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: The Credit Crunch Jokes
Replies: 1
Views: 1052

Weather site

by shogun22 • Thu 30 Oct 2008 15:47

I've been meaning to post this for ages. This is the site commercial and military pilots use, I use it for racing (sailing). It is absolutely spot on at local level for 2-3 days forward. It is a fiddle to set up, one of my (french tech-geek) crews has set it up for our local pond.

Forum: Weather Centre
Topic: Weather site
Replies: 1
Views: 2081

Re: British credit binge

by shogun22 • Thu 25 Sep 2008 10:38

Agreed Moses. I was back in the UK for an industry meeting on Friday. Everyone in our industry, which is a very good barometer of how the real economy is doing, is reporting excellent sales in the UK, everything seems to be rosy. Unfortunately it's not the same in the Eurozone, where sales have fall...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: British credit binge
Replies: 9
Views: 2071

Re: British credit binge

by shogun22 • Fri 19 Sep 2008 18:16

Just come back from an industry meeting in the UK, contray to the Daily Mail, everything is OK in industry, unless you're associated with Construction. Totally agree with you Dave and Tom. Averages are aweful statistically measures, that's why my profeesion stick with medians, which is the defined a...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: British credit binge
Replies: 9
Views: 2071

Re: British credit binge

by shogun22 • Thu 18 Sep 2008 13:11

Credit. I subject I know, professionally, a lot about from a European perspective. Something I can talk about for hours! I've dealt with Credit in the UK, Spain and now France. Hightlighting the debit side of the UK equatation is a favourate trick for the lazy journalist. There is another side to th...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: British credit binge
Replies: 9
Views: 2071

Re: Quartz Countertops

by shogun22 • Tue 16 Sep 2008 16:54

I thought these were created using epoxy resin (WEST or CST), which would be no bad thing, as it would take the edge off the hardness of natural stone. However, it wouldn't have the same heat or scratch resistance. We had marble worktops in Barcelona. I'd never have a hard kicthen surface again. You...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Quartz Countertops
Replies: 1
Views: 1313

Re: Don't move to France ( it really is rather horrid)

by shogun22 • Mon 14 Jul 2008 16:04

I've looked at this site before, a lot of truth in what is stated, even if some of it is tongue-in-cheek. Many of the arguements put forward are exactly those which my wife uses as to why she, and since then several of her neices and nephews, moved to the UK. The rudeness is legendery, SAV non-exist...

Re: Dear Creuse friends, I need some clear advice...

by shogun22 • Tue 06 May 2008 13:33

Tough time, my mother has similar health problems, and I know it won't be long for her, it's difficult to accept. Regarding the specific questions your sister raised I would strongly recommend you contact the British Consulate in Paris, or the local offices for Limousin & Dordonge in Bordeaux. This ...