by virtdave • Thu 04 Apr 2019 21:30
The gilets jaune s seem to be targeting speed cameras--apparently quite a number have been destroyed. Of course, No One is in favor of wanton destruction of (quasi-)governmental property. But :mrgreen: . There are many things in the USA which are deplorable, but we don't have (yet?) speeding tickets...
by virtdave • Thu 04 Apr 2019 21:16
You might ask at the médiathéque (either Aubusson or Felletin). There may be a similar service in or near Guéret. The Aubusson/Felletin one does have quite a few books in English
by virtdave • Sun 24 Feb 2019 01:44
it's particularly tricky when being given phone numbers--the French have the annoying tradition of insisting on giving one a series of five two digit numbers, and tho I now speak pretty adequate French, I have to ask them "en chiffres, s'il vous plaît"
by virtdave • Sun 24 Feb 2019 01:34
I doubt there will be any hassle coming from the UK to France. We have traveled from the USA to France and back dozens of times, with our dog--the only thing required each way was a certification of current rabies vaccination. There is an enormous form which 28 European bureaucrats have cobbled toge...
by virtdave • Mon 17 Dec 2018 17:44
RobertArthur probably has more informed advice, but why have three-phase at all? Unless you are running huge electric motors, it'd seem like just one more thing to go wrong. You might ask your very patient electrician if it would be easy to change over to what I imagine is a simpler system.
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by virtdave • Thu 06 Dec 2018 18:02
Yeah, I thought the portrait of Guéret was rather more dismal than necessary....I've not been to the gare lately, but my recollection doesn't include what the reporter described. But I do think the new shopping center north of the quatre voies has sapped a lot of energy from the center of town.
by virtdave • Mon 03 Dec 2018 09:56
We slipped back to the USA just before the gilets jaunes ruckus, so had no chance to be impacted by it--but we've been following it from a safe (well, except for the fires burning up California) distance. How is it affecting things in Creuse? I'm sympathetic to the annoyance which people outside the...
by virtdave • Sat 17 Nov 2018 16:45
The cost of the visa itself is not the problem....but we're also required to get very pricey health insurance for the time we're in France. And a letter from the California Attorney General attesting we're not felons....we did (it wasn't easy) get the letter, and tho of course we could be convicted ...
by virtdave • Wed 08 Aug 2018 12:50
There are certainly some roads where an 80kph (or even, like the road in front our our house) a 20kph limit would be reasonable. The law could have (and should have) just suggested lower speed limits, and let people who actually use the roads, as represented by, for instance, local mayors, decide wh...
by virtdave • Wed 08 Aug 2018 09:39
The relation between excessive speed and severity of damage from road accidents is clear. It has been extensively studied. I spent my professional career in a trauma center, and saw personally the damages. However, lowering the speed limit universally is pretty silly, and imho represents the kind of...
by virtdave • Tue 07 Aug 2018 21:36
We considered putting one in, but RobertArthur's comments are very spot-on. Also, if we get a cold winter, freezing can wreak havoc on anything with even a bit of dampness left. During the recent canicule , we've used an inexpensive plastic pool in our pasture--a few examples here . Not very elegant...
by virtdave • Sun 05 Aug 2018 09:34
Bumblebees seem particularly attracted to lavender, which grows easily here. I seem to recall that some aeronautical engineer once published a paper proving that it was physically impossible for a bumblebee to fly. I've noticed that this year there are rather more foraging honeybees and bumblebees t...