Jobsworth at Brico Dépôt

by tomdenne • Tue 28 Oct 2008 00:25

Went to my favorite shop today and encountered an unexpected glitch at the checkout. I had picked out a dozen lengths of 16mm electrical conduit, which cost the princely sum of 39c each. So far, so good. However, when I came to pay, the cashier noticed that a few of these lengths were missing their ...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Jobsworth at Brico Dépôt
Replies: 2
Views: 1800

Re: Splitting Logs

by tomdenne • Mon 27 Oct 2008 00:26

Fendeur de bûches manuel Logmatic. Copy this title into Google to see what this kind of device looks like. I bought a similar thing from a van over a year ago, which cost about €60. I've been very pleased with it but I still keep a Merlin handy, along with a couple of wedges. Horses for courses! Che...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Splitting Logs
Replies: 6
Views: 2697

Re: Fosse Septique - its management?

by tomdenne • Sat 18 Oct 2008 12:21

:( A vested interest in selling you stuff that you don't really need; just like so many garages do when you take your car for a MOT in the UK. I'm sure that most people want to comply with the new regulations but these, like so many rules, can be a matter of interpretation. I'm nervous about being f...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Fosse Septique Management
Replies: 49
Views: 18262

Re: Fosse Septique - its management?

by tomdenne • Sat 18 Oct 2008 01:22

The one aspect of SPANC that I find particularly troubling is the origin of their inspectors. They should be employed by a totally independent organisation, but they aren’t. They work for companies already operating in the supply / treatment of water and as a result there is a high risk of them havi...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Fosse Septique Management
Replies: 49
Views: 18262

Re: Fosse Septique - its management?

by tomdenne • Wed 15 Oct 2008 20:26

Could be worth looking at the following site www.french-property.com for some info about new rules concerning septic tanks. Open newsletter and look at 15th Oct file.

Cheers, Tom

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Fosse Septique Management
Replies: 49
Views: 18262

Re: Doves of peace?

by tomdenne • Tue 14 Oct 2008 21:31

:oops: When I wrote this thread I hadn't even thought about the 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', so thanks lestroisours. Wikipedia says that the 'calling birds' were originally 'colly birds', which are blackbirds and that 'pear tree' is possibly a mis-translated 'perdrix'. We have loads of blackbirds...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Doves of peace?
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Doves of peace?

by tomdenne • Sun 12 Oct 2008 01:28

No way; more like doves of war. We feed wild birds. At the beginning of last week we had a new visitor, a male partridge. We suppose that he was raised in an élevage because it soon became apparent that he had little fear. You could approach within ten paces before he would start to edge back. Becau...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Doves of peace?
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Speeding UK drivers - Big Brother,s out to get you !

by tomdenne • Wed 08 Oct 2008 23:59

Forty five years ago I wouldn't have liked this proposal but now I do. Must be a sign of getting older. Strange how perceptions change with time. :roll: Confession... I have always considered anyone going more slowly is a menace and anyone going faster is a maniac whilst I, of course, drive perfectl...

Re: Tailgating

by tomdenne • Sun 05 Oct 2008 18:34

:) If you ever pass by a mobile radar unit and you then flash on-coming drivers to warn them you will be amazed how many will thank you.

Incidentally, it is legal to do this. There was a recent test case and it was judged to be a reasonable action.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Tailgating
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

Tailgating

by tomdenne • Sat 04 Oct 2008 01:41

Ever noticed how often drivers in France will follow you very closely? In the UK tailgating is often practised by bullies who either want you to go faster or who are trying to overtake. However, this seldom appears to be the case here. Even if you are making good progress you will often find another...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Tailgating
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

Re: emulsion paint

by tomdenne • Sat 04 Oct 2008 01:10

In France 'silk' paint is known as 'satin'! Like Annik says, paint here is pretty awful, but for heaven's sake why? In the UK I particularly liked Johnstones paint, which is produced by a company called Sigma Kalon, which in turn is owned by a vast US company called PPG Industries. This same company...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Emulsion Paint
Replies: 3
Views: 1672

Re: Flux ?

by tomdenne • Fri 03 Oct 2008 00:50

:) Camping Gaz make a gel décapant in 50ml tubes (product code 2040) for a reasonable price. It is a good flux for virtually all metals than can be soldered and I've had excellent results with new copper pipes etc. I generally use a solder with a fluxed core but, being a belt and braces type, I ofte...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Flux ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: retirement benefits

by tomdenne • Sun 28 Sep 2008 00:13

Hi Frenchtench You posted 11 days ago, 82 people have looked & nobody has replied, so I'll try. :? Maybe we're all a bit confused by your statement "when reaching 65yrs,which is the French retirement age...". Blimey, everybody in France, apart from a few workaholics, has long retired by the age of 6...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Retirement Benefits
Replies: 1
Views: 1151

Traffic lights

by tomdenne • Thu 25 Sep 2008 01:01

Ever noticed how red lights in France change direcly to green without the intervening red and amber for a second or two? In Paris I used to find this irritating because, worried about being honked at, I would sit with my eyes glued to the lights, ready for an immediate start. Things are more relaxed...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Traffic lights
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

Re: British credit binge

by tomdenne • Sun 21 Sep 2008 00:41

Front page of the Times today... "TAXPAYERS in Britain face up to 5p in the pound in extra taxes because of the credit crunch created by the banks, leading economists have warned. After a week of unprecedented financial turmoil, they predict that government borrowing is about to surge as the Treasur...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: British credit binge
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

Re: bat boxes

by tomdenne • Fri 19 Sep 2008 00:29

If you type 'bat houses' into Google they will show loads of sites that offer free plans. We have brown bats living in our eaves and last week I counted over seventy flying out at dusk. Eventually it got too dark to keep counting but I suspect the colony is quite a bit larger. Super creatures. Cheer...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: bat boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 1622

Re: British credit binge

by tomdenne • Thu 18 Sep 2008 23:52

Thank you Moses & Shogun for your most interesting comments. I did feel rather relieved after reading Shogun's post until some niggling doubts began to creep in... Averages smooth everything out but, for example, not all householders are owner / occupiers. In fact 2007 figures show that just under 7...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: British credit binge
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

British credit binge

by tomdenne • Wed 17 Sep 2008 21:31

- average consumer debt in the UK: £3,008 - average consumer debt for Western Europe: £1,558 - average household debt for the UK: £56,000 - average household debt for the UK excluding mortgages: £8,856 - 10.1% growth in the annual growth of personal debt across the UK - the UK is now responsible for...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: British credit binge
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

Re: Pension payments

by tomdenne • Sun 14 Sep 2008 20:56

I get my occupational pension and OAP paid into HSBC firstdirect and then change and transfer euros to HSBC Hervet, my local bank, the minute I want. Because it's the same bank I pay £10 for the transaction, no matter what the amount. I don't know whether this is the best way but I like being able t...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Pension payments
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Re: Prescriptions

by tomdenne • Sun 14 Sep 2008 01:17

Hi, all fellow diabetics, from a T1 for the past 45 years. Firstly, my experience of the health-care in France over the past eight years has been really good, both in the capital and in the country. This is a commendation that I don’t give lightly because I used to live close to the Queen’s Medical ...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Prescriptions
Replies: 9
Views: 2006
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