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Post by Bryan66 » Sun 03 Sep 2017 05:41

Hi

Anyone know of a regular coffee morning for ex pats to meet up and discuss the meaning of life?

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Post by sue and paul » Sun 03 Sep 2017 14:12

Hi Bryan66. In case you don't manage to find a group, here's a link that may answer some of your earthly questions

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 05734.html

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Post by Florence » Sun 03 Sep 2017 18:37

I don´t know of any groups like that. I think most of us came down here to avoid that sort of thing and to integrate with life here. There is a U3A group in the PO that has a lot of organised activities, otherwise maybe set up your own group, there maybe people on this forum who´d like to join.

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Post by martyn94 » Sun 03 Sep 2017 19:35

It's 42, apparently . But the guy who discovered the fact died a few days ago (at a ripe enough age) so it might be hard to investigate why.

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Post by jethro » Sun 03 Sep 2017 20:20

Douglas Adams died in 2001 at the advanced age of 49. He it was who discovered the incontrovertible fact of the answer to all questions physical and metaphysical being 42. Greatly missed.
an' the wun' cried Mary.

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Post by russell » Sun 03 Sep 2017 21:22

martyn94 wrote:It's 42, apparently
That was the answer to the "ultimate question". The ultimate question turns out to be "What is 6 x 9?". The answer is indeed 42 if you do the calculation in base 13 but Adams said that that was an unintentional coincidence!

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Post by Gus Morris » Mon 04 Sep 2017 10:38

Well said Florence. Absolutely bang on.

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Post by martyn94 » Mon 04 Sep 2017 12:32

jethro wrote:Douglas Adams died in 2001 at the advanced age of 49. He it was who discovered the incontrovertible fact of the answer to all questions physical and metaphysical being 42. Greatly missed.
Sorry: I was confusing him with Terry Pratchett. Not really my end of the literary landscape.

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Post by martyn94 » Mon 04 Sep 2017 12:40

Florence wrote:I don´t know of any groups like that. I think most of us came down here to avoid that sort of thing and to integrate with life here. There is a U3A group in the PO that has a lot of organised activities, otherwise maybe set up your own group, there maybe people on this forum who´d like to join.
I believe that there is a group in Port-Vendres which answers pretty much to Bryan66's description, though I've never gone. It seems innocuous enough in moderation, like still buying Marmite.

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Post by martyn94 » Mon 04 Sep 2017 12:54

Florence wrote:I don´t know of any groups like that. I think most of us came down here to avoid that sort of thing and to integrate with life here. There is a U3A group in the PO that has a lot of organised activities, otherwise maybe set up your own group, there maybe people on this forum who´d like to join.
I can imagine you not choosing to go, I probably wouldn't myself. But I can't imagine moving about 1000kms just to be spared the temptation.

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Post by Bryan66 » Thu 14 Sep 2017 09:34

Thanks for your replies.
Just to let you know that I want to integrate into the local community and value local knowledge of how to avoid pitfalls. Hence, why I use this site in the first place. I think a coffee morning would be an excellent way of networking and helping us fulfilling our dreams of a life away from the UK.
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Post by Gus Morris » Thu 14 Sep 2017 16:01

Bryan

I see you live in Prades. I know for certain that there is an active ex-pat network at Amelie les Bains which is not a million miles away from you. We have some English speaking friends. All of whom we have met either by chance or by way of introduction.

As Florence has already said many of us prefer to live relatively low profile lives. You will meet other English speakers and make friends. But it takes time I'm afraid.

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Post by Webdoc » Thu 14 Sep 2017 17:24

Gus Morris wrote:Amelie les Bains which is not a million miles away from you.
Not a million miles as the crow flies (or eagle perhaps, over the top of the Canigou) but about TWO million miles if you drive. And at the end of that white-knuckle experience it'll be a brandy you want, not coffee!

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Post by Gus Morris » Fri 15 Sep 2017 12:31

Webdoc wrote:
Gus Morris wrote:Amelie les Bains which is not a million miles away from you.
Not a million miles as the crow flies (or eagle perhaps, over the top of the Canigou) but about TWO million miles if you drive. And at the end of that white-knuckle experience it'll be a brandy you want, not coffee!
I stand corrected. Slip of the pen. Should have written Vernet les Bains. Silly boy!

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Post by Florence » Sun 17 Sep 2017 17:34

In between a couple of visits in the Conflent courtesy of the Journée Partrimoine, we lunched in the church square in Prades. It was not that busy, but there were no less than 5 British couples eating in the same restaurant. So I wouldn't imagine it being too difficult to find others to share a coffee with.

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Post by Gus Morris » Mon 18 Sep 2017 16:16

Florence

Glad to see someone else on here who made use of the Journée du Partrimoine.

We tend to drop into the Lidl at Prades on our way to Mont Louis. Come to think of it there is almost always at least one other set of English speakers in there. Which tends to reinforce your observation.

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Coffee/meet ups near Banyuls-dels-Aspres

Post by epidaurussun » Sat 24 Mar 2018 13:48

Does anyone know of any coffee groups for ex pats and/or English/French conversation groups near me?

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Post by Gus Morris » Mon 26 Mar 2018 08:00

epidaurussun wrote:Does anyone know of any coffee groups for ex pats and/or English/French conversation groups near me?

Thanks
Short answer is no. But then I don't live in your neck of the woods!

Looking at your recent posts I get the impression you want to improve your spoken French in order to be able to seek work.You might do worse than volunteer with one of the charities that helps the less fortunate. Croix Rouge, Restos du Coeur, Secours Populaire etc. They are always looking for helping hands. Total immersion is a well tried method of rapidly gaining experience of a language.

Just a thought.

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