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by SteveB
Wed 09 Oct 2019 11:49
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Burning garden rubbish
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Burning garden rubbish

Thanks Florence - yes, I did thinking of asking them but I thought I'd see if anyone else knew first. Immediate problem has been solved as the man who does odd garden jobs for me has taken it way, but there will no doubt be more (it's a big garden that has been neglected in recent years!)
by SteveB
Sun 06 Oct 2019 18:57
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Burning garden rubbish
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Burning garden rubbish

I have quite a lot of garden waste to get rid of, which would involve several trips to the dechetterie. I have heard that burning rubbish in your garden is strictly "interdit" during the summer, for obvious reasons, but I wondered if anyone knew whether this applies all year round, or where I could ...
by SteveB
Fri 20 Sep 2019 14:54
Forum: Brexit
Topic: Is nobody interested in Brexit?
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Is nobody interested in Brexit?

[quote="Richard and Sharon" post_id=125605 time=1568671156 user_id=3216] Negotiating on the foundation that we will not leave without a deal is like handing all the best cards to the EU negotiators. They don't want us to leave, so why would they give us a better deal?] I've always thought this is a ...
by SteveB
Sat 10 Aug 2019 08:57
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Re: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?

A belated thank you to everyone who replied to my initial query and the useful information. In the end we decided to go for the 4x4 to Cortalets option. The ride was indeed very bumpy, and probably not one we'd want to repeat, but it got us there and was well worth it to allow us to go to the summit...
by SteveB
Sun 28 Jul 2019 20:07
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Re: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?

Thanks for the comments, Sus. I don't think doing the walk over several days is an option for us, however, for various reasons. What bad things have you heard about the 4x4 rides ?
by SteveB
Sat 27 Jul 2019 13:32
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?

My brother and his partner are visiting me in the PO in August, and we are contemplating climbing the Canigou. From the research I have done so far, it seems the "easy" way to do it is to be driven to the Refuge des Cortalets in a 4x4 and walk the rest. The only company I have discovered so far is L...
by SteveB
Fri 10 May 2019 14:52
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Wooden windows
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Wooden windows

I came to this thread late, so you may have already got something organised. If not, I can thoroughly recommend Vidal Menuiserie at Maureillas, near Céret. They have made and installed a number of wooden doors and windows in my house, and done a good job - not particularly cheap, but of course you g...
by SteveB
Wed 17 Apr 2019 19:24
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Forum quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Forum quiet

There doesn’t seem to have been any new activity on the forum for the past few days - unless posts haven’t been coming through for some reason?
by SteveB
Tue 26 Mar 2019 19:36
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.
Replies: 16
Views: 1653

Re: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.

I’ll try to reply to Graham without “flaming”. I’m genuinely interested to know why you think leaving the EU is a good thing, despite admitting that it would make life much more difficult for you. The arguments you come up with are (a) wanting to defend the UK and Europe from “a newly emergent empir...
by SteveB
Fri 04 Jan 2019 10:57
Forum: Discussions
Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
Replies: 19
Views: 1792

Re: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU

Well, I don’t know where you heard about this “poll of polls” - pretty much all the recent polls show a majority for “remain” (https://whatukthinks.org/eu/questions/if-there-was-a-referendum-tomorrow-with-the-option-of-accepting-the-governments-brexit-agreement-or-leaving-the-eu-without-a-deal-which...
by SteveB
Wed 12 Dec 2018 14:38
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Forthcoming visit

That’s a bit extreme, Kate: I haven’t heard about any bombs or deliberately-caused deaths. My partner and I encountered the Gilets Jaunes a few weeks ago on our way to Montpellier to fly back to Gatwick. They were very friendly, albeit not very receptive to our pleas to let us catch our flight (whic...
by SteveB
Thu 06 Dec 2018 19:01
Forum: Discussions
Topic: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU
Replies: 19
Views: 1792

Re: UK ‘Not Allowed’ to Leave the EU

[/quote] The biggest problem IMHO is that many members are apathetic and don't bother to take part in the decision making processes. They then blame "The EU" for making decisions that they don't like[/quote] Quite. I’m struck by the absurdity of the British public voting for UKIP MEPS, with the resu...
by SteveB
Sat 07 Apr 2018 11:45
Forum: Travel
Topic: Railway
Replies: 22
Views: 4326

[quote="Lanark Lass"]Rhys, The Lille interchange doesn't exist anymore,unfortunately. you have to go into Paris and taxi or metro between stations.[/quote] Actually you can still go via Lille, but have to change again at Montpellier or Valence to get to Perpignan. Also the connection in Paris is rea...
by SteveB
Wed 14 Mar 2018 18:51
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Super yacht Titania
Replies: 21
Views: 5667

[quote="neil mitchell"] Even at that age I recognised the gross wealth and privilege which it represented [/quote] Quite. I’m sorry to disagree with Kate, but such gross inequality does actually cause all kinds of social harm, including mental and physical illness, social unrest, etc, etc. And int...
by SteveB
Wed 14 Feb 2018 11:16
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5984

Thanks to the various people who’ve replied to my query. It doesn’t look as if the VPN I’ve tried (Overplay) is able to do the job. The TV is quite a new model - about 2 years old - and is listed on the iPlayer site, so that doesn’t seem to be the problem. The solutions that seem to work are...
by SteveB
Mon 12 Feb 2018 15:23
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5984

[quote="Helen"]Steve, are you trying to access the iplayer via the app on your smart tv? If so, it may be the problem is the app/your TV, not your VPN. For example, there seems to be an issue for some Samsung sets: [url]https://eu.community.samsung.com/t5/TV-Audio-Video/BBC-iPlayer-witholding-servic...
by SteveB
Sun 11 Feb 2018 18:32
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5984

[quote="Webdoc"]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.[/quote] Thanks - that’s the most helpful ...
by SteveB
Sun 11 Feb 2018 12:59
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5984

Thanks for the various replies. The problem however seems to be specifically to do with iPlayer - as I said, with Overplay I can get the ITV and Channel 4 catch-up apps, as well as Netflix (which I could get previously anyway). IPlayer isn’t giving the message it used to about the content only bei...
by SteveB
Sat 10 Feb 2018 13:07
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC iPlayer not working
Replies: 27
Views: 5984

BBC iPlayer not working

Following advice from Allan on this forum, I’ve tried Overplay to gain access to British TV, and as I have a smart TV I could also get the UK-based apps with a bit of tweaking. Everything seems to work fine, including the ITV and Channel 4 catch-up apps and Netflix, apart from BBC iPlayer. It doesn’t come up with a message blocking content as it did before, but just behaves as if there’s a poor WiFi connection (in fact my connection is pretty good) - the on-screen information on programmes lacks pictures, and when I try to stream programmes I get a message “this content doesn’t appear to be workingâ€￾.

Has anyone else had this problem, and does anyone have any suggestion? Eg could this be a more subtle way that the BBC is using to block content?
by SteveB
Mon 05 Feb 2018 22:16
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Loose covers
Replies: 10
Views: 2065

Thanks Martin - useful to know that. My aim was to protect the chairs against spillages etc, as I’m planning to use the house for holiday let’s, but I may have to think about alternatives.

Steve
by SteveB
Fri 02 Feb 2018 23:06
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Loose covers
Replies: 10
Views: 2065

Thanks Martyn - funnily enough I went past the first of these places this morning but it was closed. I did have a look at the Pages Jaunes but thought I’d see if anyone had any particular recommendations before picking someone from there.
by SteveB
Fri 02 Feb 2018 09:18
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: Loose covers
Replies: 10
Views: 2065

Loose covers

Can anyone recommend someone in the Céret area to make some washable loose covers for a couple of armchairs?

Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations

Steve
by SteveB
Sat 28 Oct 2017 09:08
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Warn me about the downside of moving to France
Replies: 55
Views: 10334

I don't know about the property market, but I gather that the Spanish Civil War led to a lot of people from Spanish Catalonia crossing the border into France, both during the war and after, as Catalonia was strongly Republican and was subsequently punished by Franco. Because of this there is a subst...
by SteveB
Tue 24 Oct 2017 18:44
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Sterling to Euros
Replies: 3
Views: 1301

I always use Transferwise, having found that they offer better rates than anyone else even with their current charges.
by SteveB
Mon 16 Oct 2017 18:54
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: "Next up" means something ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2462

I must admit I've never heard 'next up" being used in this way - normally it refers to the next item in a TV or radio programme, etc, and just means "next" - one of numerous Americanisms creeping into British English, using completely redundant words (cf ""meet up with" for "meet").
by SteveB
Tue 18 Jul 2017 13:53
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7360

Well, in response to the various advice and warnings people have sent me, I have just checked my (UK) will. This states clearly that it only applies to property in the UK, and indeed I remember the solicitor at the time advising me this was the case, and suggesting for that reason that it I should g...
by SteveB
Fri 14 Jul 2017 05:42
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7360

Just re-read my last message that was meant to clarify matters, and realised that "notaire" came out as "not sure" through predictive text. My point was that my English lawyer may have been right to point out that French property would not be covered by an English will, but wouldn't necessarily be f...
by SteveB
Thu 13 Jul 2017 21:06
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7360

To clarify the matter, it was an English lawyer who initially suggested I should get a French will to cover my French property, as it wouldn't be governed by English law. However I think it's reasonable to assume that a French not sure would be more familiar with French law than an English solicitor...
by SteveB
Wed 12 Jul 2017 19:43
Forum: Discussions
Topic: French will
Replies: 26
Views: 7360

Following advice on this thread, I saw a notaire today to discuss making a will and I thought it might be helpful for me to pass on what he told me. Basically there is no need to make a will to cover any property owned in France unless you want to depart from the default position, which is: 1. It is...
by SteveB
Fri 07 Jul 2017 13:22
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Anybody into horse riding...
Replies: 5
Views: 2537

Sounds great! I used to do a bit of riding with my late wife, but haven't done any for over 20 years, and it would be good to take it up again on one of my visits to the area

Do you know anything about the Centre Equestre at Maureillas?