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by Webdoc
Sat 28 Apr 2018 18:29
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Downpipe protector
Replies: 22
Views: 4449

It's not just the strength of the downpipe itself but also how firmly it's attached to the wall. A good bash with a car could easily rip it from it's mountings and make it even harder to re-fit. The cheapest solution might be to stay with plastic and see what happens. On a tight corner near us I see...
by Webdoc
Sun 08 Apr 2018 02:02
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: The forum thinks that it’s still on winter time
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

Sadly the version of the software that runs this forum is so, so, so out of date that we're not looking at an upgrade but a whole translation to a new software package. This requires a complex re-structuring of the database file that contains all the forum info with an almost certain loss of data in...
by Webdoc
Sat 24 Mar 2018 12:57
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 8870

Santiago wrote:to send samples to bloggers in return for positive reviews etc.
Was that a slip of the pen or is a positive review part of the deal? Just curious.
by Webdoc
Fri 23 Mar 2018 17:57
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 8870

(complete with delusions of persecution) Perhaps not a delusion if he's been getting hostile PMs. And all because he's expressing a genuine curiosity about local wines. He's a volunteer who doesn't get paid and, by his own admission, will not write a negative comment about any wine he dislikes. And...
by Webdoc
Tue 20 Mar 2018 16:34
Forum: Shopping
Topic: You dirty rat.............
Replies: 17
Views: 3695

On my last visit there I was surprise to see an end-of-aisle promotion for a mineral water selling for 9 euros something per litre. On closer inspection i found it was imported from Hertfordshire of all places. Now there's optimism for you.
by Webdoc
Tue 20 Mar 2018 16:31
Forum: Shopping
Topic: You dirty rat.............
Replies: 17
Views: 3695

It's not just my experience that provokes me to avoid that particular store, but the other reports I have received from reliable sources that I won't repeat. It goes way beyond penny-pinching. There are several other supermarkets within just a few km and I'm happy to go a bit further than put up wit...
by Webdoc
Mon 19 Mar 2018 17:35
Forum: Shopping
Topic: You dirty rat.............
Replies: 17
Views: 3695

It's official: I am done with Intermarche Ceret. It's the most convenient for me but I shall not darken their doors again. Tired and in a rush, I picked up a packet of one of our usual staple cheeses. On getting home I discovered that it was grey and about to grow legs. Turning the pack over I found...
by Webdoc
Mon 19 Mar 2018 08:04
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 8870

TonyGoodman wrote:However the proof is in the drinking,
....... in a blind tasting.
by Webdoc
Sat 10 Mar 2018 12:03
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 8870

I am reminded of a lecture I was invited to last year (I declined) on "the treatment of Geopathic Stress by Earth Acupuncture". It seems that all sorts of natural troubles can be cured by jabbing the ground with pointed sticks. The secret is, of course, knowing just where to prod which is revealed b...
by Webdoc
Fri 09 Mar 2018 13:59
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 8870

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_wine

"employing soil supplements prepared according to Rudolf Steiner's formulas, following a planting calendar that depends upon astronomical configurations"

I wonder if you can spot a BioDynamic wine in a blind tasting?
by Webdoc
Thu 08 Mar 2018 15:21
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Term Report
Replies: 32
Views: 4864

I’ve been trying to find the courage, for years now, to go into the giant Escudero barn at the end of the strip in La Jonquera: I guess the time has come. It's easy to find. You go straight past the blonde, turn left at the brunette, then right by the twins. Take a freezer bag because the meat se...
by Webdoc
Tue 06 Mar 2018 12:19
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Automatic Organ Donors?
Replies: 2
Views: 771

I can't speak specifically for France but as a general rule it's exceptionally rare for people to end up in a position to be a donor. You have to be brain dead but otherwise alive, with no infection. That usually means a severe stroke or head injury. The most important action to take is to tell all ...
by Webdoc
Mon 05 Mar 2018 11:33
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Term Report
Replies: 32
Views: 4864

martyn94 wrote:Let’s all compare our Wine Society shareholder numbers and see who has bragging rights.
96822 - a member for over 40 years.
by Webdoc
Sun 04 Mar 2018 12:22
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Coops worth visiting?
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

BIB is becoming more popular in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40902321 My biggest gripe with BIBs is that I prefer variety in my wine drinking so it's a shame to drink the same stuff for days on end. BIBs are however invaluable when my wife has her girlfriends to stay as they drink everything...
by Webdoc
Sat 03 Mar 2018 19:09
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Term Report
Replies: 32
Views: 4864

Talking of supermarket wine, I was surprised to be told by a pal who's a director of Waitrose that in the UK the profit on a bottle of wine is usually 30-35%. I had imagined that, in the competitive market, it was much less. I would have guessed at 15%. That's why I like to buy from The Wine Society...
by Webdoc
Fri 02 Mar 2018 22:32
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Coops worth visiting?
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

Domaine Piquemal BIB is extensively used as house wine in the Ceret area. Very drinkable bit understandably no complexity. Available at Cellier des Arcades in Ceret in 5 and 10 litre boxes. For the price you won't be disappointed.
by Webdoc
Fri 02 Mar 2018 17:12
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Term Report
Replies: 32
Views: 4864

Isn't volume an issue here too? To go to the faff of adding a wine to their inventory a supermarket would presumably want more than just several dozen cases, which goes against the quality-over-quantity producers.
by Webdoc
Sat 24 Feb 2018 18:24
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Census
Replies: 3
Views: 1084

In 12 years of (holiday) home owning in France I've never received a form. Should I be miffed or relieved?

Mind you my village is so deserted that it's twinned with the Marie Celeste so perhaps the authorities think there's no-one here at all.
by Webdoc
Thu 22 Feb 2018 11:23
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Antipodeans are coming
Replies: 14
Views: 2455

TonyGoodman wrote:Do we have Uber in Perpignan?
Uber? You have more chance catching a ride home on the back of a Unicorn.
by Webdoc
Mon 19 Feb 2018 20:11
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Interesting Restaurants in the Vallespir and other PO?
Replies: 26
Views: 4322

Kate wrote:We've been to a couple of restaurants recently that I would recommend.
And the second one?
by Webdoc
Sun 18 Feb 2018 21:37
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Interesting Restaurants in the Vallespir and other PO?
Replies: 26
Views: 4322

Re: Interesting Restaurants in the Vallespir and other PO?

Here are our current favorites: - Le Clos de Lys - Perpignan - our current absolute favorite, both for service and for food - Le Rencontre - Perpignan - excellent and friendly, with great service, though with way-too-small portions - Les Antiquaires - Perpignan - for old-fashioned classic fare, lik...
by Webdoc
Sun 18 Feb 2018 12:09
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: How was it for you?
Replies: 7
Views: 1969

I've read many short pieces by Simon Newman over the years and always found them entertaining. I even had the pleasure of meeting him once. Charming chap.

And yes, he made some good points. In fact it was just what was asked for at the start of this thread.
by Webdoc
Sun 18 Feb 2018 12:05
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Coops worth visiting?
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

I'm going to regret sharing this with you, but here goes: Visit Intermarche and search out a wine called Le Rouquet - from the Co-Op in Pic St Loup. It's light and by far the best cheap red I've found at only 4.43 euros a bottle. It must be popular because the space on the shelf (at Ceret) is often ...
by Webdoc
Wed 14 Feb 2018 13:18
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5949

You could try UKTVNOW which streams live UK TV (but no catchup). I don't know where it streams from but it's not directly from the BBC so should work. I've seen Kate's solution in action. It's very impressive with a huge range of channels and (it seems) no buffering. But apart from the monthly fee y...
by Webdoc
Sun 11 Feb 2018 13:27
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5949

Before you go forking out on a 2 metre dish perhaps we should do a survey of who, down here, gets the BBC faultlessly over the internet and what system they use.

If people are reluctant to fess up in an open forum then they could PM SteveB.
by Webdoc
Sat 10 Feb 2018 20:11
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5949

Boasting again, I know, but I built my own VPN for about £35 and it's worked a dream for the last couple of years. You have to be (or know) a bit of a geek but since I did it there's an even easier way now: www.pivpn.io I gave access to a friend (you can have umpteen different users as long as they...
by Webdoc
Mon 22 Jan 2018 07:47
Forum: Travel
Topic: Ryanair debarcle at Carcassonne
Replies: 9
Views: 2321

But that doesn't explain why you saw the Porto flight land whilst the Stansted one diverted. I believe that the decision about whether it's safe to land or not rests with the individual pilot. We had this once when a landing at Perpignan was alarmingly aborted at the last minute. We went in circles...
by Webdoc
Tue 16 Jan 2018 19:39
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Oyster season wines
Replies: 19
Views: 3313

http://www.cave-ormarine.com/fr/vins/aop-picpoul-de-pinet/carte-noire This is our favourite. The Ormarine brand (a co-op of 3 co-ops around Pinet) are trying to expand into sulphur-free picpoul. I tried some the other day. A different flavour altogether (? more authentic) and a yellow tinge. Not un...
by Webdoc
Mon 15 Jan 2018 19:09
Forum: Shopping
Topic: You dirty rat.............
Replies: 17
Views: 3695

I'm phlegmatic about the rat - they're an ever present hazard. It was indeed the shrug that failed to fill me with confidence. I have since checked with my pal who's a Director of "that posh UK supermarket chain". They have a regular "monitoring and control" contract with ? Rentokill and would call ...
by Webdoc
Sun 14 Jan 2018 16:26
Forum: Shopping
Topic: You dirty rat.............
Replies: 17
Views: 3695

You dirty rat.............

Visiting the Intermarche in Ceret this (Sunday) morning, we spotted a large rat running about. I informed a member of staff who just shrugged and said they tell someone tomorrow. Well it was just before closing time so perhaps he thought the rat would leave of its own accord.