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by Santiago
Mon 16 Jul 2018 08:38
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Lunch and dinner around Prades and Vernet
Replies: 6
Views: 1343

Le Cortal in Vernet. Méridienne in Prades. Both run by Brits.
by Santiago
Wed 09 May 2018 18:33
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Diesel cars in France
Replies: 8
Views: 1851

There are plans to phase out diesel cars so expect higher prices for fuel and perhaps more taxes on them. I would not buy another diesel.
by Santiago
Tue 08 May 2018 06:16
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Carte de Sejour...to apply or not ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1905

If you are British, you apply for a CDS as an EU citizen, which doesn’t require 5 years residency or a minimum income level.

On Facebook there is a group called RIFT which provides loads of advice on this issue.
by Santiago
Fri 04 May 2018 08:56
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Top shows and movies to watch on Netflix in May
Replies: 12
Views: 2785

Netflix has a massive amount of content and, as Martyn says, is perfectly within all the broadcasting laws. That webtv4me is very expensive. A high entry cost and monthly fees over trice that of Netflix. Much like the previously advertised MoochieMedia, it is reliant on the support of the person sel...
by Santiago
Thu 03 May 2018 08:09
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: The Windrush Scandal
Replies: 9
Views: 1711

Here is another example of chasing targets. This time including students in immigration figures and then deporting them. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 31906.html
by Santiago
Wed 02 May 2018 05:56
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: The Windrush Scandal
Replies: 9
Views: 1711

The two things you are missing are the nature of the targets and the concept of immigrants being illegal.

Targets to follow up on deporting identified “illegalâ€￾ immigrants is justified, but what this government were doing was setting targets for deportations. Those deportations included anyone who could not prove legal residency or who could be persuaded to leave.

My wife has a UK permanent right to enter visa. However, in the past few years immigration officers have questioned her at the border, tried to get her to swap the visa for a temporary one or even tell her she didn’t need it anymore as she only goes to the UK for periods less than 90 days.

These are all examples of trying to meet a target by removing “low hanging fruitâ€￾.

Secondly, calling people illegal immigrants suggests they are criminals. While some are and some fit the stereotype of a swarthy young man who snuck in on a lorry, most are overstayers, those who changed job, British people’s wives and children and parents, and anyone else who can’t easily prove their right to residency.

I would have thought we, as immigrants to France with Brexit looming, would at least empathize if not totally understand the way a hostile environment towards illegal immigrants can affect legal ones too.
by Santiago
Fri 27 Apr 2018 11:21
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A rant about restaurant web sites
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

A couple of thoughts in response. Firstly, Trip Advisor is pretty hopeless on restaurants unless you play with the filters a lot because it has far too many entries for cheap eats. Regarding the dining culture, I would say that French diners are less faddy and more willing to try what is being sugge...
by Santiago
Sun 01 Apr 2018 10:04
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Filmon No Longer Free
Replies: 19
Views: 7867

Has anyone else noticed that BBC has become impossible to access using VPN or Smart DNS? I have no problems accessing BBC via VPN. It is commercial VPN services that they are blocking so either find one that is little used or invest in a UK connection and go via that. As I mentioned in my last post...
by Santiago
Thu 29 Mar 2018 15:57
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Filmon No Longer Free
Replies: 19
Views: 7867

Has anyone else noticed that BBC has become impossible to access using VPN or Smart DNS?
by Santiago
Tue 27 Mar 2018 20:31
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Dry cleaners
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Fer Express in Le Boulou. Excellent service.
by Santiago
Mon 26 Mar 2018 12:50
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

Just read this funny post on a Wine Blogger's site. Quite topical to this discussion ....

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/unca ... ng-critics
by Santiago
Mon 26 Mar 2018 07:30
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Why no PO fizz?
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

The climate doesn’t lend itself to growing grapes required to make decent Sparkling. So there is no tradition of it here. You could always try a local.PetNat from a Natural producer but I doubt it would be to your taste. They can be a bit odd. More cidre than wine.
by Santiago
Sun 25 Mar 2018 20:35
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2138

I set up this topic group many years ago and have contributed quite a lot of information and answered many questions. Yes, some of the threads are out of date or irrelevant but it would be better to read through them first before culling them just to make way for the new order. They take up no data...
by Santiago
Sun 25 Mar 2018 20:30
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: I'm Scottish Near Thuir
Replies: 1
Views: 812

There is a very cheap class held in the Salle des Jeunes at 14:30 on Tuesday opposite Caves Byrrh. You can just turn up but the teacher is away for the next 2 weeks after next week. You can contact me via my profile for more info.
by Santiago
Sun 25 Mar 2018 16:51
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Spring-cleaning the room.
Replies: 13
Views: 2138

I set up this topic group many years ago and have contributed quite a lot of information and answered many questions. Yes, some of the threads are out of date or irrelevant but it would be better to read through them first before culling them just to make way for the new order. They take up no data ...
by Santiago
Sat 24 Mar 2018 11:44
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

I have heard it said that if they offer tastings then they can write off a quantity of wine as far as the Douanes are concerned, add to that the French love of folding money and there might be an answer. On the other hand I might be barking up completely the wrong tree. While I'm sure there are som...
by Santiago
Sat 24 Mar 2018 11:40
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

For those reading and not contributing, pretty much all the wineries in the PO are open for tastings to the public. So anyone can come and taste before buying. This has always intrigued me, why would a substantial enterprise be bothered with a casual person turning up to taste wine and possibly buy...
by Santiago
Sat 24 Mar 2018 10:52
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

I don't know and can't really imagine who these "very unpleasant people" are. I can't see why a wine producer or anyone else in the local wine trade would bother writing an angry email to Tony to complain about him or his methods. However, I think it should be made clear how the reviews are carried ...
by Santiago
Fri 23 Mar 2018 07:42
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

In defense of winemakers, May I humbly suggest that the choice of using biodynamics, of using herbicide, of when to pick, of what macération regime to follow and which barrels to blend are not all done with the sole purpose of trying to match Tony Goodman’s View of what is well-crafted.

I think this whole “projectâ€￾ would have been more worthwhile for both writer and reader if the initiate had not moved from learning to judging so quickly.
by Santiago
Thu 22 Mar 2018 15:41
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

As for Santiago, I’d be interested to know how he judges it: even (or especially) if he does a vertical tasting of his own wines, he must know a dozen reasons why they differ, apart from their faithfulness to his terroir. I do vertical tastings from time to time with customers. It's interesting. ...
by Santiago
Wed 21 Mar 2018 07:18
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

The. Wines they make at Paulilles aren’t biodynamic or even organic. Those who are passionate believers in biodynamics regard Cazes as a churchgoer who doesn’t believe in God. The extra care in the vineyard, whatever cult they belong to, should express itself in the wine. I believe it does for m...
by Santiago
Fri 16 Mar 2018 14:24
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 7010

Following the news that 400 000 hectolitres of Côtés du Rhône and Chateauneuf have been found to be fraudulently labeled, perhaps that’s why there is no wine left to make Le Piat D’or
by Santiago
Sun 11 Mar 2018 10:20
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: A few words for second home owners
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

I thought this was going to be about the increase in tax habitation on second homes.
by Santiago
Sun 11 Mar 2018 10:14
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: BIO Dynamic Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 9264

Biodynamics was developed by Steiner, a teetotaler, for small farms in Northern Europe as a method to make them more productive and less dependent on buying fertilizers. For some reason it migrated to the wine world and became the method of choice for many vignerons aspiring to greatness and high pr...
by Santiago
Mon 05 Mar 2018 14:45
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine memories
Replies: 15
Views: 3559

I was fortunate to be brought up in Spain. So my earliest memories are of the bodegas of Rioja and being allowed to drink watered down wine in restaurants at the age of 5. When we retuned to the UK, my father became more and more skinflint on alcohol, probably because he drank too much of it and spe...
by Santiago
Mon 05 Mar 2018 14:28
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Term Report
Replies: 32
Views: 5135

martyn94 wrote:
TonyGoodman wrote: spicy latin lasses
I like manzanilla: the label on “La Gitanaâ€￾ has a spicy Andalusian lass on it, but it is still decent wine, and staggering value, though I think I prefer La Guita. But surprisingly hard to find even in (our part of) Spain. Does anyone know of an outlet in La Jonquera or points south?
I've bought it from Wine Palace and from Escudero I think. I agree, one of the wine world's bargains, if you like salty fino sherry.
by Santiago
Mon 05 Mar 2018 14:25
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 7010

Holy Moly! I kicked off this thread talking about coffee. But it’s somehow drifted off into the wine debate. Just now, of the 12 most active threads, 6 are about wine. Maybe just a bit excessive? Gus I was just going to start a sub-topic about tinned tomatoes. Santiago seems to think that they ju...
by Santiago
Sun 04 Mar 2018 12:43
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Concours General Agricole awards for local wines
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

I shall attempt an answer. In a wine competition, wines are tasted blind by a small number of people, usually drawn from the wine industry. They are tasted without food in relatively quick succession. The wines that get medals are those that perform well in those circumstances. That generally means ...
by Santiago
Sun 04 Mar 2018 12:09
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Coops worth visiting?
Replies: 15
Views: 2546

It is often suggested that the wine that goes into a BiB is somehow inferior to that in bottles. However, the Maury I mentioned is not. The reds give you a choice of BiBs of "Vin du Pays", "Cotes du Roussillon", and "Maurynates - 100% Grenache", exactly the same wines that are sold in bottles. Russ...
by Santiago
Sun 04 Mar 2018 11:46
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 7010

I am not up for a full case for myself, sight unseen, but if it is not too far out of your way I will cough for a case for a blind tasting, say against Vieux Papes and Santiago’s cheapest wine (and I’ll pay for those too, if enough people will sign up to come and drink them). Delighted to pick ...