Hi, did anyone see the article in Tuesdays Daily Mail about the growing number of women being left in France by partners who are not able to cope and do not know where to go for help and advice? Since then all sorts of exciting things have happened and the lady who featured mainly in the story has been approached to offer help and support to Women Alone In France hence the name of her group. There are a lot of things she can help with including legal advice from a Notaire, Avocat, Insurance man, Doctor and financial advisor. There will be more press coverage as things progress and there are people able to offer some work opportunities and support women in a variety of practical ways. This is not a " tea and a chat" group these are real issues for real people and she aims to help sort out the problems women cannot perhaps find answers to easily. The group will help women all over France and there will be a confidential line for private discussion and a private email address. Please spread the word, maybe you know a woman struggling alone or are indeed yourself having a tough time. For more information please email me and I will put you in touch. Help offered always appreciated so if you have a skill to offer get in touch too (men alone can also get help.)
A law has just been passed in Belgium to control the stray cat population by obligatory sterilisation of all cats, starting with those being adopted being sterilised before they go to new owners (from now) then being applied to all cats that are sold or given away by individuals and breeders from sept 2014. Finally all stray cats in communes will be identified and sterilised (trap, neuter, release) A public petition has been started to get the same law passed for France. With our massive amounts of stray cats and cats and kittens killed everyday because they are unwanted I think this is something that we should support. You can sign the petition here http://www.petitionpublique.fr/?pi=P2012N29902 make sure, when you have signed that you click on the link in the email that you are sent to confirm your signature, this is to stop people just signing people up without their consent! More info on the new belgian law here http://wamiz.com/chats/actu/les-chats-domestiques-belges-bientot-tous-sterilises-2440.html (with a great illustration of how 2 cats can become over 20,000 in 4 years)
Hi everyone, i'm just updating a website compiling a list of B&Bs, gites and campsites that would be suitable for motorcylists to stay at as they tour France. Its a free site and i need some additional accomodation to add to the existing. So if your up for a spot of free advertising on a website thats recieving 3000 hits per month please pm me your business name, website address, email or telephone numbers and i'll add them. It would also help if you mention if you could provide any of the following services: breakfasts, evening meals, bike washing facilities, indoor drying area ( for wet clothes) and secure parking (garage, enclosed yard etc.) When the websites updated i'll email you the web address.Many thanks
Do you live and work in France? Would you mind spending 7-8 minutes completing a survey? This is an academic survey about what you think about your life in France.. the quality of life here and the reasons why you are here! It is part of a multinational study collecting data from expats.. please do spend a few minutes completing the survey.. to take the survey follow this link: http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?7D59352F7A38212E76 THANK YOU
I'm writing an article at the moment on what prompts horsey folk to move to France and am keen to hear why you chose to move to France in particular, or why you are dreaming about moving to France. I suspect people with horses might have a different take on things than those that buy a more traditional home over here.
If you were born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960 the UK 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.
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.vicsbigwalk.blogspot.com Any helpful suggestions will be gratefully received.Vic Heaney
After all the interest in the horses we have been able to rescue & rehome to date, we are extremely pleased to announce the arrival of Equine Rescue France a newly registered not- for- profit association based in France. Our aims are to alleviate the suffering of equines that have been abandoned, mistreated or are destined for the abattoir through facilitating their rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing. Where we cannot act, we will inform the relevant authorities of equine mistreatment and, where possible, pursue justice. Furthermore, by supporting recognised organisations in other E.U countries we will campaign for improvements to existing legislation on transportation of live equines to ensure that they are protected from cruelty & neglect. We are extremely lucky to have a very motivated team of experts working with us to create ERF so please help us to help these needy equines by visiting our website www.equinerescuefrance.org where you can find out more and join our efforts by becoming a member. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me Equine Rescue France
I read an article the other day about Luc Besson accusing the US film industry of being boring. Okay, so some US films are formulaic and simply made to rake in cash at the box office, but occasionally you get really great films that go on to become classics or cult films. For example, Donnie Darko and The Usual Suspects to name but a few. Surely he's not criticising these sorts of films. French and American cinema are so very different that you have to appreciate them for what they are. I can't believe that a great director like Luc Besson is so eager to generalise and criticise an industry which has produced many great films and great directors.
Have we finally seen the last of Jacko? I was reading an article in the Times about his latest ' performance '. What are Paris, Prince and Blanket going to make out of it all when they're older? Wouldn't it be nice to think they'll grow up to become postmen or plumbers or maybe a nice safe job like fire eating.
I thought I'd wandered into the twilight zone this morning. I overheard some English people talking about their Guy Fawkes Night Party at the weekend! Not so strange I suppose, everybody likes to keep a link with 'home' (?) What I found most bizarre was the fact that they were talking about the ' historical relevance ' Where did that come from? In the UK it's just fireworks for the kids isn't it ?
So, I stayed in the Radisson in Antwerp, and was working in Beerse (about 35km away). Things to do in Antwerp:Reubens HouseMuesum of PhotographyCHOCOLATE oh, and if you like Jazz bars - De Muze. Now, the really important thing:BEER...Tripel Westmalle CorsendonkHoegaarden Grand CruLa Chouffe...and several others. I also took a day trip to Ghent, which had a festival of emergency services going on (something to do with a TV series - Flickendag - but this was a celebration of the real people). Anyway - a beautiful city - small enough to walk around very quickly, but a lot to see there too - the old castle, the catherdrals... It was a fun 2 weeks, and I hope to go back some time.
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