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maladie de pick

by virtdave • Sat 17 Jun 2017 09:51

I ran into a hunting buddy yesterday at the Felletin market--he mentioned that there's some chatter in France suggesting that Trump has the "maladie de Pick"...I'd not heard of it, so I googled a bit. It's a variant of Alzheimer's disease (and first described by a Czech psychiatrist named Pick). If ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: maladie de pick
Replies: 1
Views: 606

France Télécom help line

by virtdave • Thu 15 Jun 2017 11:58

Since we returned to Creuse, a month ago, we've had an ongoing series of troubles with our landline....I called 3900 several times, and after over 30 minutes per call, I was either disconnected or assured the problem was resolved (it wasn't). So today I tried the anglophone help line 0969363900--sin...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: France Télécom help line
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Re: French NF C 15-100 code

by virtdave • Sun 04 Jun 2017 09:23

Thanks for keeping us posted about the ever-changing code. I believe the French tendency to have silly and complicated websites dates from the culture of the Minitel (I had one of the first ones in Creuse, I think), for use of which one paid by the minute. Hence it was in the interest of France Télé...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French NF C 15-100 code
Replies: 25
Views: 21037

Re: Breathtest

by virtdave • Wed 31 May 2017 17:17

This apparently was so breathtakingly (so to speak) silly that it's become like one of the many unenforced laws which continue on the books, and just remain for the amusement they provide. Years ago there was a regular feature in the American Readers' Digest called "There ought to be a law" devoted ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Breathtest
Replies: 9
Views: 1130

Re: Which Tax Office for a Paper Return

by virtdave • Wed 10 May 2017 17:01

There's an office of the Centre Des Finances Publiques at 1, allée Jean Marie Couturier in Aubusson--it's just by the new swimming pool. You can probably accomplish any tax errands there.

Re: Today's Election

by virtdave • Mon 24 Apr 2017 17:53

I doubt Le Pen will win, but I was blind-sided by Trump's victory in the USA--Le Pen does have the cunning support of Poutine, and the ongoing terrorist attacks in France seem almost designed to bolster her campaign.... The European press, at least in the summaries I get from this daily feed , seems...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Today's Election
Replies: 2
Views: 653

Today's Election

by virtdave • Sun 23 Apr 2017 18:30

If you're curious, you can go to Le Figaro's website and sign up ('recevez les résultats....') to get the election results in your commune, by giving your postal code, then commune name, and your email addy. I'm hoping the French voters are wiser than my compatriots in the USA.....we fly back to Fra...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Today's Election
Replies: 2
Views: 653

Re: Restaurant and walk at Fresselines (23450)

by virtdave • Fri 21 Apr 2017 18:06

The Impressionists hung out in that area, and it's still nicely artsy. If you're there, you may also want to check out the ruins of the ancient chateau at Crozant.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Restaurant and walk at Fresselines (23450)
Replies: 8
Views: 1197

Re: What do you know (about Creuse)?

by virtdave • Tue 18 Apr 2017 17:30

Yup, in Boussac

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: What do you know (about Creuse)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4521

Re: Clamp down on glycophosphates?

by virtdave • Sun 09 Apr 2017 01:17

glyphosate is under a lot of scrutiny recently--a WHO report last year concluded it's unlikely to be a significant risk in the home garden, and banning it in garden centers may be overkill. If it does pose a danger, it's probably related to its use in agriculture. Our farmer neighbors in St-Georges-...

Re: Soft Fruits

by virtdave • Sun 02 Apr 2017 18:24

We stuck a dozen cuttings from a friend's redcurrant bush in the ground a few years ago--most of them did fine. It took me a while to figure out that the French word groseille is used for redcurrants and for what I've always called gooseberry. And 'cape gooseberry' is physalis edulis. If we get a wa...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Soft Fruits
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: La Courtine military base?

by virtdave • Mon 06 Mar 2017 21:33

Our place is a few km north of Malleret, and we too occasionally hear some bomb noise, a bit like distant thunder, but it's never been annoying. Not only hunting, but mushroom gathering is discouraged in the military camp, and it's thought there may be some unexploded ordnance lurking in the shrubbe...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: La Courtine military base?
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: How often do you visit your home?

by virtdave • Tue 21 Feb 2017 17:20

We're generally gone during the winter, and have used several different methods to reduce dankness in our house. The simplest is probably something like this , which you can get at any bricolage store. Of course, the amount of water which can be removed from your house is limited by the size of the ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: How often do you visit your home?
Replies: 4
Views: 986

dodging another weather bullet...maybe

by virtdave • Mon 20 Feb 2017 17:43

For those who wish to keep posted about the weather 6000 miles away: California is getting hosed. The tallest dam in the USA (Oroville) is holding, so far, tho last week 180,000 people were temporarily evacuated when it looked like it might burst. Living downstream from it (far from our place here) ...

Forum: Weather Centre
Topic: dodging another weather bullet...maybe
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Re: Putin's choice for France

by virtdave • Tue 07 Feb 2017 16:49

You're correct....I was (perhaps incorrectly) extrapolating from one person's posted admiration of Mr.Putin. I guess I'm so bummed by Trump that I over-reacted.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Putin's choice for France
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Putin's choice for France

by virtdave • Tue 07 Feb 2017 06:37

Putin seems to be pulling out the megaphone against Macron--and is pushing Le Pen. Some on Pont Noir think Putin is just great--no doubt they relish the prospect of Le Pen as French president.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Putin's choice for France
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Re: French Paint

by virtdave • Wed 01 Feb 2017 07:22

Are there any Action stores in or near Creuse?

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: French Paint
Replies: 18
Views: 1807

Re: Carpet

by virtdave • Tue 24 Jan 2017 18:30

one last thought--we've ordered carpet from the Trois Suisses and it's been quite satisfactory, for what I think you are (or were) looking for. Delivery is reliable and (for over 49 euros' purchases, I think) free.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Carpet
Replies: 5
Views: 810

Re: Carpet

by virtdave • Mon 23 Jan 2017 17:37

If you search here for 'tapis' and put your postal code in the 'où' slot, you can find who sells carpets near you.....Montluçon does have a huge Brico Depot, but they may have only carpeting squares.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Carpet
Replies: 5
Views: 810