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Saturday, September 06, 2014

don't ASK......!

.....Seriously - DON'T ASK......! This is a 'rogue' thing which either installs itself, or (if you don't watch out) gets installed with other programmes you download, many of them via the Yahoo links. If you don't UNCLICK the option to include it, you're lost! It CAN be uninstalled, but it is long and tiresome to do.....I've just spent all morning trying, and I'm still not sure if it's completely gone! It changes your search engine, installs itself and otherwise bores you! The instructions are complicated and difficult to uninstall it, and never garanteed to work. You can try this, or one of the other ones on Google (videos)....
Good luck!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

making moves......

 If only you could do this, instead of this..... life would be'd know where everything is, and wouldn't spend the next 2 years looking for things which are of no use anyway!
Yes, the joys of moving house.....we are in the middle of it, and so half of our possessions are in the new place, the other half in the old place.....and that in the month of August and at the start of the 2 week long village fête!
It's hot, it's long, it's difficult....!
Furniture has to be bought and delivered and long story of looking, measuring,  then you need a plumber, because the existing water points are no good for fridges that make ice cubes, or machines that wash dishes..... ok - if they only came as quickly as this guy, but it's August - the main holiday month - and he's probably sitting in his car, with his family, wishing he was under OUR sink  or is thinking out NEW transport methods....... in any case, he isn't where he should be!
Electricians are also a little problem......NO HOLES IN THE WALLS, you say, and then he turns up, finally - ......
Logically you get a storm so you can see if there is a hole in the roof or not, then all the new bills start coming in, and you think - Well, it's only once, although why the electric meter has to be changed at great cost, but looks just like the old one I don't know....the removal 'experts' have to be paid and watered.....all good clean fun!
Suddenly 'her indoors' decides new stuff is needed! The study being completely full with empty, half empty and full boxes, it's not usable for much...... ....'her indoors' makes her Calender/plans (something like this) ....
I've given up, and just want to go to bed at a reasonable hour!and - seriously, I'm going to have to give serious consideration to this question..........
When....I ask myself, and you, and 'her indoors' will all this be finished....but then....and I didn't have to do the removals either!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


Although the whole thing doesn't really concern me too much, being Central Europe based for health, social and pension questions, I think I should say a few words about the situation coming up shortly in Scotland, my country of birth.
Scotland is a rich country which has been exploited for centuries, mainly by the English.
We have smoked salmon, fresh salmon and fishery products in enormous quantities - we have oil - we have whisky - wool and textiles- we have many other products of 'de luxe' and we EXPORT........
 a very important part of every countries economy.
Last night there was a TV debate between 2 candidates, leading ones, and a point was made about the € and the GBPound.
The point was made by the Scottish representative that the GBPound is just as Scottish at the moment as English, something not accepted by the other person!
Personally I think that in the case of Scotland voting for Independance, then the € should be adopted.
Just because the English are stupid enough not to have accepted it doesn't mean the Scots must do the same! No doubt the vote in 42 days will tell us what is going on! 
I won't be going back to vote, and nobody will ask me to vote by post so I guess I'll just watch from afar - Yes, it would arrange things if Scotland had Independance and was a full member of the EU, but you can't always have what you want........


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Holiday reading.....?
Order it now and you'll have it for the beach time....or, of course, you can pop down to Naples and see it for yourself, hoping it won't erupt again while you're there!

Vesuvius is the only volcano in the European mainland that erupted in historical times.

This volcano is currently under a temporary sleep by more than six decades, but scientists warn that the next big eruption could be as big as that one in AD 79, which buried the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killed roughly 16,000 people.

The crater is 1280m tall and located just 20km (12 miles) away from Naples, Italy's third largest city. But today, the population living around the volcano is about 3 million; at least 300,000 of those living nearby would be killed by the next eruption if not evacuated beforehand, according to the first three-dimensional computer simulation of an eruption.

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The book will also be available soon as a paperback  

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Today - 1st May........
Shop open 1 may.......
 Satanism....Sexual....whatever...the fact is that on the 1st May, wherever it's celebrated as May Day or Labour Day, 'Fete du Travaille'.....or whatever - it's one day that most people do not work on!  Here in France where holidays are quite plentiful, but rarely respected (ie the Shops are almost always open) this day is one of the few that allow the shops to close at Midday, but not all of them!
One of the French traditions was, and still is, a 'Muguet'..........

'France[edit]On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1. The government permits individuals and workers' organisations to sell them tax-free. Nowadays, people may present loved ones either with bunches of lily of the valley or dog rose flowers.[11]'

Here's yours..........!          
Incidentally, this business is lucrative. It is sold on most corners of the road, shops and all points North, South, East, West, it is accepted as a 'non-taxable' (or tolerated as such) and the 'side of the road sales' last year brought in 35,9 million €........!
Another 'tradition' is the political défile....'the political march'.
Started years ago by the PS (Parti Socialiste - Socialist Party) I now understand that the 'FN' (Front Nationale - National Front) have taken it up! e-pen-travailleurs-article-825751.html

In Germany and the East of France (very Germanic) the 'MAIBAUM' is a popular event. Supported, as usual, by gallons of beer and uncountable roast chickens, wurst and other things this is very popular all over Germany 
The French tend to stay within their families, there are no particular specials, the next one will be at 'Pentecôte' which will be VEAL!
So - there you are - 'Celebrating work' is done by STAYING AT HOME........!
Not a bad idea.
Have a nice 1st of May.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Since tomorrow is Good Friday('Vendredi Saint'

in France)............

Have a nice time...............!

Passez des bonnes moments!

Monday, April 14, 2014

back in the time...

I found this article on my Google Drive today - it goes back to 2006 or so, when I was due to go into hospital for a heart bypass operation.
The procedure of 'stents' to widen the arteries had been done 3 or 4 times with limited success, and so a bypass was deemed necessary. Frankly I wasn't particularly bothered - yes, I was feeling more and more weaker, but I was also more and more older!
Since the hospital at /nimes could not do these operations at the time, I had to go to Montpellier, by paid taxi of course.
But I thought I owed it to myself and the Health Insurance to try my own test!
A bit like this.......

Well, I'm afraid I may have some bad news for some of you! Yesterday, I put my pen-ultimate test into operation, and passed!
You see, whilst not mocking or disbelieving Doctors, Surgeons,Politicians, I have always worked on the basis of testing myself to standards laid down by myself!
Having passed the last 15 or so years, in trying to find out just how much I could physically and mentally go through, before falling flat on my face somewhere, sometime, I thought that, in these moments of decision taking, I owed it to myself, and society as a whole (who will be paying for these events), to give it a last REAL test/try!
Since it was the end of the month and I needed just about everything from toilet paper to wine, and since the pro's had banned me from doing heavy work - until my operation had gone by and recuperation had been made-I set out on my travels, rucksack on my back, shopping trolley being pulled along, all the world like an out of work, out of address, tramp (which some would say I am anyway).
Working on the basis that self-sufficiency had to be, I did my monthly shopping, and then started to cart it back to that humble abode I called home!
I won't say that I jumped in the air and clicked my heels together, I could barely stand up, in a sort of "hunchback of Notre Dame" position, but I made it, hoping all the way (as for the last 15 years) that something would give!

Well - and that is the bad news for some of you, NOTHING GAVE!!

This, as I said, was the pen-ultimate try, and I'm afraid that if the ultimate test is a success (namely the pending surgical event) then I am going to have to accept, after these 15 years, that my time isn't up, and certain changes will be necessary.
Gone the lovable, characterful,charming, polite, humourful, helpful Mr. le Marquis, poor as a churchmouse,
and hello to the rude, grasping, unhelpful,modern Mr le Marquis, who - ruthlessly - rides over everyone, slipshod, illegally, giving no help and asking for none, putting his own self above all - briefly, just like the vast majority of other people in this world.
After all, if destiny so wishes it, that I must waste even more time here, then so be it, but not under the conditions given to date! 
Theft, murder, pillage and rape must now be on the daily programme, starting with Dentists, and going on to the other bandits- Politicians (who cut my pensions etc), passing by the Religious maniacs, who try to rule with their imposed values, and so on! 
Eventually every category will be on the list. 
Maybe with the exception of my new compagnonne - we'll see about that!

Of course, there still remains one possible escape route for humanity - next Thursday, the 9th day of February 2006, patron Saint of the day "Apolline" and the 40th day of the year - Operation, bypass day!

Time will tell.
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