80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by Dave • Sat 30 Jun 2018 16:49

In case you've missed it a two year trial starts tomorrow - 1 July 2018 reducing the maximum speed on local roads from 90km/h to 80km/h (50mph) The law reduces the speed on all two lane roads without a central reservation. The speed of 50km/h in towns remains the same. The aim is to reduce the numbe...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Re: Action de groupe contre les GAFAM

by Dave • Wed 27 Jun 2018 12:01

So far there have been over 12000 people signing up to this campaign. Personally I though it was a bit much; I decided years ago that I'd simply not use many online services rather than give up my privacy but many people didn't read the T & Cs nor really understand what the impact of them was. Some ...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Action de groupe contre les GAFAM
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Re: Le Bon Coin

by Dave • Wed 27 Jun 2018 11:51

I don't use Le Bon Coin but I expect that you can set notification preferences in your account options and there will be somewhere to set it to notify you by email about replies (just as you can here on Pont Noir and iirc on eBay).

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Le Bon Coin
Replies: 1
Views: 460

Re: A rose by any other name ...

by Dave • Wed 27 Jun 2018 11:45

I think that he was right to insist on the lad being more respectful - I posted a bit more about that in Call Me Sir because its in highlights some interesting language and cultural points. He was far from furious - and I think handled it very well. I think that these days kids don't mix in adult co...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: A rose by any other name ...
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Call Me Sir

by Dave • Wed 27 Jun 2018 10:19

There seems to be a bit of an uproar (on the internet anyway) about Manu, er sorry, Monsieur le président de la République, dressing down a young lad in the crowd for not showing respect. I think that Mr. Macron acts fairly and it is far from a dressing down. He explains why it wasn't appropriate to...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Call Me Sir
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Re: A culinary conundrum!

by Dave • Wed 27 Jun 2018 09:44

Haha, good question, one that I've pondered myself. I think it must be to do with spread-ability on toast; pate spreads nicely, terrine is difficult to spread and is more solid and rillettes are, well, mostly just yuck. :|

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: A culinary conundrum!
Replies: 2
Views: 1021

Re: English speaking vets near Gueret

by Dave • Tue 26 Jun 2018 09:03

Hi and welcome to Pont Noir. We used Veterinaires de la Marche , who are based in Bonnat, while our dog was still alive (and a few times since when strays have turned up and we needed to find the owner via the microchip). I would really recommend them and I know they speak good English since I have ...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: English speaking vets near Gueret
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Re: Surviving Trump - Maybe

by Dave • Sat 16 Jun 2018 10:19

We have our fair share of unsuitable leaders of dubious character. Possibly the biggest flaw with democracy is that we ask for volunteers to lead the country with an expectation that they will serve the greater good. In an age where there seems to be no personal consequences to being a known liar, t...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Surviving Trump - Maybe
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: French Crosswords

by Dave • Sat 26 May 2018 19:58

The celebrate the re-launch of the crosswords section there is a new French language crossword (clues in French with English answers) on Gardening Tools. Bonne Chance!

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: French Crosswords
Replies: 3
Views: 2476

Re: Changes To Pont Noir

by Dave • Sat 26 May 2018 19:54

The Crosswords section has been re-designed and re-launched. You can still play online and post comments, but you can now also download a PDF of each crossword to print and play offline. I hope that I have updated all the links in the forums to the new location, but if you spot a broken one please P...

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Changes To Pont Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Action de groupe contre les GAFAM

by Dave • Thu 24 May 2018 16:47

Les GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) nous font payer leurs services avec nos libertés. Notre liberté de conscience, les laissant accéder aux détails de notre esprit pour nous manipuler de façon individualisée et automatisée. Notre vie privée et notre intimité, sans laquelle nous ne...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Action de groupe contre les GAFAM
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Brexit: Will you sell up before it is finalised?

by Dave • Sat 19 May 2018 18:54

Brexit. Well, like it or not, it seems to be a new reality and in a couple of years (currently after 31 Dec 2020) Brits will no longer be European citizens and therefore won't have the rights that go with it. Will you keep your home in the Creuse or sell up before it finally happens? Staying or sell...

Re: Changes To Pont Noir

by Dave • Sat 19 May 2018 11:46

The Directory is now back and fully working. You can also Submit a new Directory Entry.

Please take a moment to comment on a favourite business.

If you spot an incorrect entry or a business that is no longer trading please contact me either by using the contact form or by PM.

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Changes To Pont Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: Changes To Pont Noir

by Dave • Sat 19 May 2018 11:42

The privacy policy has been updated - as before it can be found here, or from the link in the footer.

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Changes To Pont Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: visas

by Dave • Fri 04 May 2018 08:56

Good luck with the trip - I hope it goes smoothly. I'd always assumed that you guys needed a visa or waiver for each trip. I'd like to think that even after the UK actually and definitely leaves the EU we won't need a visa, but I expect that the UK will want one for EU citizens for long stays and so...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: visas
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Bats!

by Dave • Wed 04 Apr 2018 10:52

We have a couple of bats that live in a crack on the side of the house and another that lives in the barn - despite the luxury bat box that I installed for them on a big oak tree at full OMG ladder extension height. I've found the odd lone bat in a cellar or old building and I think that large colon...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Bats!
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: Changes To Pont Noir

by Dave • Tue 30 Jan 2018 18:43

The look and feel of the site has been updated slightly. You might need to refresh your browser manually if it doesn't look right (F5 does this on most browsers).

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Changes To Pont Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: Nutella riots!

by Dave • Mon 29 Jan 2018 09:31

This has sort of passed me by, probably because even 70% off isn't enough to tempt me to try it again. It's mostly sugar and palm oil - yuck. :|

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Nutella riots!
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Tahini Paste

by Dave • Thu 25 Jan 2018 20:43

Cool thanks, that's great and a good excuse to go for lunch in Aubusson one day.

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Tahini Paste
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Re: Tahini Paste

by Dave • Tue 23 Jan 2018 21:47

I don't go to Limoges often (maybe once every two or three years) but do go to Montluçon regularly and I think they'll have some at Auchan there (or I can get it online, or when I go back to the UK), but I wondered if anyone had seen it in Creuse.

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Tahini Paste
Replies: 5
Views: 680
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