Hi...Is ther anyone from or near Swansea, Toronto, Canada that can help me in my research of how my Great Grandfather might have lived for over 40 years working for The Royal Canadian Pacific Railways...I have the adresse where he lived & it still exists on Google Earth.
If you were born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960 the government's recently published proposals to increase the State Pension age for us AGAIN, will affect you. It will mean for me, that having accepted, (reluctantly) that I will receive my State Pension at age 63 and made plans accordingly, it will, if this legislation is passed, be changed again so that I will receive it at age 65. You can check out your predicted proposed pension age here, http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/SpendingReview/DG_192159 You will need to act fast, and register your protest if we wish to STOP this being approved by Parliament. Iain Duncan Smith is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and can be emailed here, firstname.lastname@example.org
Most stray cat associations and refuges in France are fully occupied helping to alleviate feline suffering. I wonder if you could help us, here in Poitou Charente, by supporting our petition asking for approval by Local Government of Trap-Neuter-Release as the only means of humanely reducing stray cat numbers. If just one Department in France, out of 95, adopts TNR, then a door will be open to the rest of France. Our petition is entitled 'HELP FRANCE BECOME A CAT-FRIENDLY COUNTRY' which we will present to Madame President of the Conseil General of Charente Maritime - Department 17 - France. You can click on the link to our website - http://www.la-protection-des-chats.com - and sign the petition there, or you can go direct to the petition by clicking on - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-make-France-a-cat-friendly-country. You will doing a great service for stray cats in France - thank you.
Hithere,I was wondering whether or not there would be time to process postal votes as the post may be compromised by the recent events. When I went to the Post Office this morning they said that the delays will mean weeks backlog. I'm concerned that they may not process myr postal vote. My council said they wouldn't take into account the postal delays. Does anyone have any other information/advice? many thanks.
I shall be walking from my current home in the Aude, to the house where I was born, in Blackpool, Lancashire. I plan to take 70 days for the walk and to arrive 70 years, to the day, after I was born. I will be walking an average of 30 kms a day, 6 days a week, for 10 weeks. If anybody wants to follow my planning, preparations, training, and eventually the walk itself (starts on May 15th 2010) my blog address is:
www.lingq.comI've tried a lot of methods for learning foreign languages over the years, but this one is the best I've seen (and the most fun!).It's been going for a couple of years and has been set up by a Canadian guy called Steve Kaufmann, who has become fluent in TEN languages by using this method (check out his videos on Youtube). It's all about focussing on INPUT activities, i.e. listening and reading, and not worrying too much about producing the language (speaking, writing) - that comes automatically over time. Listening - and reading what you've listened to - is key. There is a huge library of content - audio and text - which is linked to an online dictionary, so you can select the words you don't know and the system looks them up and saves them, so they're always highlighted (until you know them) ! I download the audio files onto my mp3 player and listen to them while commuting to work, jogging, doing chores etc. My French has improved enormously since starting this method a few months ago.As well as French you can learn German, Italian, Japanese and several other languages. You can sign up for a free account, which is fully functional. A lot of the users at LingQ are free subscribers and don't pay a penny !I'd be interested in others' views on either this site or other good language learning sites out there.
I have just watched the BBC news and there was an item about ex pats in France being poverty-stricken by the fall of the pound against the Euro. So much so, they say "that lots of people are wanting to return to the UK". What a lot of tosh, talk about propaganda? They featured a family who lived in the north of France who said, " they had to go back to England to do their shopping as it was cheaper". Excuse me, I suppose if you are stocking up on Baked beans and Mothers Pride then those products are cheaper. The fact of the Pound being down against the Euro makes no difference to our shopping bills at all. Côte de Rhône is still the same price; I still pay a Mercedes Garage 52 Euro an hour, where in England the hourly rate is over £100. My take is; if you can’t afford to live in France then you certainly couldn’t afford to live in England. The problem is of course is that the buying power of our British equity has dropped. I wish I had bought our wood burner a year ago, as it would have cost me 20% less on the exchange rate, i.e. 400 Euro cheaper.( But then in England I wouldn’t have got a 14% rebate on the VAT). It seems the BBC like all today’s media want to make news not just report it. Rant over. I shall just enjoy the peace and quite of our wonderful home in Tranquil, crime free, St Jacques Des Guerets, and at this morning’s market in Montoire enjoy the fresh, wonderful tasting fish and vegetables. A very happy ex pat living in France.NickP
For the benefit of those people thinking of moving to France and checking out these sites that exist for expats, I thought it would be a positive thing to start a topic on the things that are GOOD here - no negative postings allowed:)1. The chance to discover a new country2. The opportunity to learn, or start to learn, a new language3. A means of showing one's children that the world is a bigger and more receptive place4. The chance to start again, leaving one's psychological and mental baggage behind5. To be an unknown, so that people get to know you for what you are, not what you might have been percieved to beThat's a start.Greetings,The Driver
Following on from Dave"s posting on "shopping" " a little corner of England" ,,, i went of on one about Spangles and Mars bars 4d , i can remember (warm) school milk , Royal Blue Coaches , petrol 4/7d a gallon , Watneys Red Barrel , Quatermass on the b/w telly , ,,,,,,,,,,, lets see how many Dave can remember !! ,,,, anyone else can also join in , they call them "the good old days " but i am really not so sure !! but they are all good memories ,,, how many pages can we all get up to ??? ....... sunflower