Re: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase

by RobertArthur • Sun 17 Nov 2019 18:35

Creusebear, these energy companies were only interested in very big footprints and the rather high kWH prices of eight, ten years ago. Not such a thing for a simple maison.

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Solar panels in France: a steeplechase

by RobertArthur • Fri 15 Nov 2019 12:18

After the French photovolaic crisis in 2009 things have calmed down a bit. Not too many forum questions about solar panels the last few years, a lot of red tape here in France, not very inviting. Price level is also not helpful: easily two to three times as expensive as in Germany and other EU count...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Main supply: more power or a system of load shedding (délestage)

by RobertArthur • Wed 13 Nov 2019 13:49

Questions, answers, forums, they come and go. What's not there anymore, even our friend Google is not going to retrieve it. So I decided to not sweep bits and pieces of earlier information under the carpet, but in the direction of a little summary . How to connect power hungry electric appliances wi...

Re: Dutch Army in La Courtine

by RobertArthur • Tue 22 Oct 2019 18:58

And why to La Courtine, three days in almost open army trucks (made by DAF) to get there, maximum speed about 40 km? Okay, for many of these guys it was their first trip outside The Netherlands, adventure, seeing things you don't see at home. Volunteers? No, military service, conscription. https://u...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Dutch Army in La Courtine
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Dutch Army in La Courtine

by RobertArthur • Tue 22 Oct 2019 18:01

Off road driving around La Courtine in the early sixties, 55 tons of British steel, Centurion tanks in action:

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In the air a Hiller helicopter:

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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Dutch Army in La Courtine
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Show us your Old Images of Creuse

by RobertArthur • Mon 21 Oct 2019 19:49

La Courtine today. C'était la belle époque: chaque soir à partir de sept heures jusqu'à minuit beaucoup de soldats dans les rues, coca cola, ice creams, bière, frites, 500 à 1000 cornets de frites, avec ou sans mayonaise, mille kilo de pommes de terre etc. Ils achetaient beaucoup des appareils élect...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Dutch Army in La Courtine
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Show us your Old Images of Creuse

by RobertArthur • Mon 21 Oct 2019 18:56

La Courtine: writing home

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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Dutch Army in La Courtine
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Show us your Old Images of Creuse

by RobertArthur • Sun 20 Oct 2019 21:10

La Courtine, continued:

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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Dutch Army in La Courtine
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Dutch Army in La Courtine

by RobertArthur • Sun 20 Oct 2019 21:07

La Courtine, a military training ground for the Dutch army (1959-1964)

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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Dutch Army in La Courtine
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Last Three Letters

by RobertArthur • Thu 19 Sep 2019 12:16

annihilation

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1431
Views: 101354

Re: Last Three Letters

by RobertArthur • Wed 18 Sep 2019 23:55

useless

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1431
Views: 101354

Re: Snake!

by RobertArthur • Thu 05 Sep 2019 12:33

Not as impressive, but the frogs have gone undercover, https://up.picr.de/36683554ix.jpg Around and in a rather warm pile of bricks many small black snakes, about 10 centimeters, with two white dots aroud their neks. I'll try to catch them, with my camera, next time when we meet. Probably also of th...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Snake!
Replies: 1
Views: 991

Re: French Etymology

by RobertArthur • Thu 11 Jul 2019 16:26

Okay, Virtdave, you stepped back, a longer runway, to make your jump across the Atlantic, so I fully understand the background of your English translation. But here on the Old Continent in France it looks like that there is another meaning: Enculer les mouches. Porter son attention sur des détails d...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: French Etymology
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: Locksmith

by RobertArthur • Sat 06 Jul 2019 20:55

The usual suspects lineup: more than once, trying to open a door that didn't move for some time, I discovered after closer inspection a misalignment of latch and strike plate. I almost broke a key when I tried to open such a lock in our own house. Lifting the door with a prybar helped. Sometimes you...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Locksmith
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Locksmith

by RobertArthur • Fri 05 Jul 2019 13:36

Ricardo, something like this in the backyard to open the door?

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Locksmith
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Locksmith

by RobertArthur • Fri 05 Jul 2019 09:59

Already tried to spray WD40 into the lock and onto the key? Let it do it's work during 30 minutes, it sometimes helps.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Locksmith
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: French Etymology

by RobertArthur • Tue 02 Jul 2019 11:55

Okay, there we go again. I started translating: slipper = pantoufle . Followed by a google search: pantoufle + service public. Followed by a direct landing - once again - on the Wikipedia website . Pantouflage , about the almost eternal mix / thin lines between the French public service and private ...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: French Etymology
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: French Etymology

by RobertArthur • Sun 30 Jun 2019 13:00

Only after visiting Wikipedia, astronomy lessons in la France profonde, I see what you mean. The star Sirius, a very bright one, is member of the "Grand Chien" constellation. In Latin: canis major. Okay, from dog to little dog or puppy brings us to a nice Roman canicula (diminutive of canis). That's...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: French Etymology
Replies: 8
Views: 752

40 template letters to the French taxman

by RobertArthur • Wed 26 Jun 2019 10:39

Trying to understand the French tax laws and regulations is not easy, writing a letter to les Impôts in French is the next hurdle. To make life a little bit easier these 40 template letters can be helpful. Speaking about sample letters: the French "Institut National de la Consommation" published the...

Re: Help with Main Supply Cable Size and Type

by RobertArthur • Sun 26 May 2019 22:34

Only a minor update this time: a more compact table (copper wiring) for the so called " long connection".

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Help with Main Supply Cable Size and Type
Replies: 6
Views: 5415
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