this might be fun but having read, and contributed, to the phantom buyer thread, i thought it might be fun to swap stories about unusual occurrences whilst house viewing in france. we originally viewed in the midi pyrenees and our favourite was a house that belonged to the local taxi/ambulance driver. the kitchen was occupied by various exotic birds flying around freely, the bathroom taken up by whatever you call one of those things you keep reptiles in, i daren't ask what was in it, but the best was in the "living" room where a huge pig was sleeping on the sofa, whilst a red setter was trying to get the pig off so it could have some comfort. the lady who showed us round seemed to have a nervous tic, but later on in the tour she started to disrobe to reveal a couple of ferrets running round under what originally appeared to be a very organic sweater. outside was like a mini zoo, you had to watch where you put your feet, and the owner seemd to know exactly what animal had left each deposit ! our next house to view was nearly as eventful, when we turned up madame did not appear so the agent casually entered and started to show us round, doing the usual agent patter, and telling us that it was strange that madame was not around, even though her car was in the drive, that she must be with a neighbour. enter the bathroom and there was madame in the shower, oblivious to the world, when she turned and saw us she didn't bat an eyelid, and very cooly said "oh monsieur , i didn't know you were coming today, pass me the towel and i'll be right with you". up here in brittany the best 2 were a living room with at least a dozen ceiling lights of the chandelier type, so you had to limbo across the room, apparently the old chap had an eye for a bargain in the sales along with a penchant for fancy lighting, plus deep pockets to afford to buy the 100 or so bulbs needed. the other involved the man of the house casually leaving his wife sauntering up the stairs, and when we followed 5 minutes later, was then involved in a tug of war with the toilet door and the agent, who exclaimed to the lady the door seemd to be jammed until the muffled protests from within revealed the truth. your turn now:)
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With the 'visiting' seasons now upon us what do you do to ensure a happy and stress free time from your visitors? We've been doing the airport runs, taking to places of interest that we've seen many times, taking out for meals sometimes paying, cooking all the meals and washing up afterwards. There is of the preparation of beds and rooms and the laundry afterwards - It's an unpaid B&B with meals and entertainment included. Costs rise and the value of the pound drops and many of us are on a limited income. Do you have a written charter or are you a softy and get taken for a ride like us? Do your guests have deep pockets? Many will not be back I can assure you.
I had coffee with a friend today and the topic of conversation turned to misfortune. We have certainly had more than our fair share of bad luck this year, and my friend said that everyone she knew had been having a bad time, ( other than the credit crunch) . I for one will certainly be glad to see the back of 2009.
Hello The Connexion newspaper is running an interview with a Ryanair manager in October - we would also like to talk to an expat in France who uses them regularly and really relies on their service. What difference does it make to you? What's good and bad about it? What could be better? Anyone interested can call me on 04 80 80 52 13 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, Oliver
Microsoft's recent collaboration with Yahoo has resulted in the introduction of Bing The next major search engine competitor to Google Anyone out there got a web site ? Apparently one of the keys to being found by Bing is to have as many links as possible from other websites pointing to yours. Anyone interested in swapping links ?
There was an interesting article on the UK news last night about how the airlines are now emailing their passenger lists to the authorities in advance so they can check to see if there are any criminals etc. on the flights so they can pick them up when they land or at passport control at departure. Also that they would be able to keep track on everybodies comings and goings (how many days out of the country etc.). Do you think this information will be shared through the different countries, because I am sure the french authorities would love to know how many people actually live here and yet say they have a holiday home to keep themselves out of the system yet the ones that play by the rules and do everything properly get scrutinized more than necessary. - unfair I think!
Today wondering around our small town in the Gers I met a family who I had first encountered when enrolling for my French course last September. There were four of them, couple my age early 60's and their son and daughter in law. When I first met them they could speak no French whatsoever but good for them they were going to give it a go. They were in a different group to me, I'm only one up from very very basic so I hadn't seen them again until today. I asked them how they were getting on their reply was " We are going back home, this place is crap, we can't get any work".Hardly surprising as they still don't speak one word of French but, what really upset me was the statement "You can't get any benefits here" What did they expect? My real concern is that with this attitude the locals will tar us all with the same brush as wining scrounging Brits.
AI Brittany has limericks going on in their Great Debate section, must fill time on this drab summer we are having, someone starts line 1, then all come back with line 2, line 3 and so on, the person who puts the end line of the limerick begins the first line of a new one. Here goes : 1. There was a young lady from Tarn
Hi, I've been looking at a website called "Home Based Business" it almost looks too good to be true, it tells of how to make what sounds like good money working on-line. Does anyone have any genuine experience of this company? Any comments would be much appreciated.
This theme was started by someone (who, to protect the innocent shall remaine un-named) but wanted some hay for a horse. Come on .. a bit of banter please :-) :-) A for horse. B for Lamb C for Isanders D for .... je pense mais je ne sais pas e .... aussie je pense, mais ..... f for vessense Go On .......... fill in the rest ........... I know a few others ........ Take up the Challenge .......... Blus Skies
Joe the plumber So we are not alone in having to beware of dodgy tradesmen I see the 'Joe the plumber' of the U.S. Presidential contest is not a registered plumber. He also owes back taxes in Ohio . His name is not even Joe . He is a registered republican . Moral - check paperwork and referenceslannemezan
With the recent proclamation by Sarckozy referring to medical help for Brits in France who are not retired and the effective cancellation of the 106 cover previously used for support from the UK, form 106 was replaced by a card which was supposed to cover all EU countries. We have this plastic card appropriately issued by the CPAM. Is this card now defunct? Juan-con-la barba
We are looking to re locate to France and would like to know how we can get a job without currently speaking much of the language. I am a 43 year successful Retail Regional manager with many years experience in the High street and have many transferable competencies. My partner has many years experience in working with children with learning difficulties and is currently also doing a degree on O.U in childcare. We have a three year old daughter also who is desperate to learn French Can anyone offer some advise as to where we can look? We do not necessarily require work in our current fields but are looking to downsize and get a better quality of life together away from the Rat race? Love the countryside, would consider working alongside a growing business ventures, just need an opportunity and we can supply the rest! sounds familiar i know.. Any advice or leads would be great? Thanks Neil Neil Waterhouse
URGENT--DEADLINE Today Jan. 31 to sign up for on-line voting URGENT--DEADLINE Today Jan. 31 to sign up for on-line voting Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post All U.S. citizens living abroad who wish to participate in the Democrats Abroad historic global primary must sign up by midnight tonight GMT if they wish to vote by email, fax or post. (In person voting is different.) To sign up, go to www.democratsabroad.org and click JOIN. If you are already a member, you STILL need to click YES on the box indicating that you wish to take part by internet. If you are NOT yet a member, you must JOIN to participate. (There are no dues.) If you want to vote by fax or post, do NOT click YES for the internet voting. You simply verify your membership and then send an email TODAY to Joe Smallhoover, Chair of Democrats Abroad France, asking for a postal or fax ballot: email@example.com You can also vote in person in Toulouse on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5th from noon until 8pm at the Ecole du Commerce, (Business School of Toulouse), 20 Blvd Lascrosse near Campens Caffarelli. If you vote in person, you can join DA on the spot. Please bring your passport or other proof of citizenship. We'll announce the results immediately after the poll closes at 8pm as soon as we finish counting the votes. There will be aperos, if you care to join us! Also, DA will be screening two excellent documentaries all day long while voting is going on. Both films have been nominated for Academy Awards: SICKO by Michael Moore and NO END IN SIGHT about the war in Iraq. The students of the ESC will be conducting their own mock primary election and those results will be announced around 8pm too. The students are also conducting a debate related to American election issues which all voters are invited to drop in on. This is your chance to vote for Clinton or Obama! Your vote is your voice! For questions, contact Meredith Wheeler, Chair, Toulouse Chapter DA France at firstname.lastname@example.org or 05 63 59 11 32
U.S. Citizens--your voice is your VOTE! The American primary season begins in January!! Who will you vote for as our next Democratic Presidential candidate? Don't know yet? Come and see the candidates debate the issues. We're screening their first autumn debate on Saturday, October 6th at the Ecole du Commerce (the Business School of Toulouse) from 5pm until about 7pm. Entrance is free. Refreshments afterwards while we discuss what we saw. When? Saturday, Oct 6, 2007, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Where? Ecole du Commerce 20 Blvd Lascrosse RSVP email@example.com Sponsored by the Southwest Chapter of Democrats Abroad France