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Everything posted by carpepecheur

  1. You are not supposed to eat them!
  2. There are plenty of safeguards for the less well off in France. Additionally, if you have a long lasting condition requiring repeat visits, all your health care is free. I feel for the many people in UK who rely on foodbanks just to exist (although Rich Sunac thinks they are just having a cash flow problem!!!). Unfortunately, as a result of recent political decisions, there are a lot more cost to come through yet. The sooner the current muppet show is closed down, the better.
  3. In France the health system seems to work well but very different from UK. Every procedure has a government tariff which you must pay, even for a visit to the doctor. If you qualify, i.e. you are a French national or legally resident, you get a health card which permits you to claim back 75% of costs. Most people take out an insurance policy to cover the extra 25%. This way you have a very good idea of the value of health care. It can be a strange feeling handing over a wodge of fivers to the doctor at the end of your consultation but these days’ payments are automated on production of your health card and no money changes hands. This prevents health fraud because, before any major procedure, you have to show means of payment i.e. your health card. Doctor appointments, are made by phone, internet or visiting the doctor’s receptionist, sometimes for the same day but often for the next day. If you need a specialist, you can choose which one to visit at a hospital or clinic of your choice. I get a regular check up every three months and am allocated 30 minutes of the doctor’s time (although it can often over run). So, when your MP starts making excuses for the NHS and proposing privatisation as the solution, point them at France.
  4. Well said. Had we stayed in the EU this would not be allowed to happen under the Waterways Framework Directive (which we played a large part in formulating). Now we (or rather the ERG) have taken back control and can patronise whom they like. I have a sneaky feeling we are already too far down that road but I have signed the petition anyway. WE need to be heard not humiliated.
  5. I love that Elmo. It is obviously an allegory for Enoch Powel’s Birmingham speech where he was brutally demolished by the media. He never ever said “rivers of blood”. He only quoted from a poem by the ancient Roman poet Virigil, referring to blood in the River Tiber in Rome. His media massacre was so comprehensive however that now, 60 years later, he is only remembered for something he never said. He had a brilliant mind which made people afraid of him and he is probably the best Prime Minister we never had. I totally agree. I think the reason that is possible is that none of the posters on this thread are pushing a party line in the manner of supporting a football team. I have a theory that all party politics (the mechanism for exerting political will) should be made illegal. Alongside this I would ban all forms of taxation (the source of political power) and replace it with an automatic levy on every single pound whenever it is withdrawn from a sterling account. This is the cheapest way to raise government finance without an opportunity to avoid it ... and would be much less expensive for plebs like me. I think "rivers of poo" is a good description of politics today.
  6. I totally agree. As Miliband said today, we need a statesman not a party leader. Best on the horizon at the moment is Tom Tugendhat.
  7. It does bring a whole new meaning to the game of poo sticks.
  8. Yes, disruption to the supply chain was widely predicted before Brexit but, had UK stayed in the EU, the pollution of rivers would not have been allowed and nobody wanted the EU telling them what they can and can't do!
  9. The fuel situation in the UK is starting to improve, PM Boris Johnson has said - as he urged motorists to stop panic buying and fill up their cars in the "normal way". ----- BBC I think Boreas is just panic lying now.
  10. According to a government spokesman, there is plenty of petrol for everybody ............... it's just not in the right place.
  11. Yes, as well as exploring new waters , that is a good way to use it. I am almost persuaded to stick with the Pro +. I was just curious to find out if anyone has shelled out more than £100 for a chirp version and if they found any extra benefits The Deeper makes a complex technology really easy to use. The Gemini ARC lead system makes a simple technology really complicated.
  12. I think you are quoting the cone angle rather than the frequency Elmo but I understand your comment. However it is not quite what I was getting at. A CHIRP pulse, instead of sending out a single frequency pulse, sends out a pulse which changes in frequency during the pulse. I used a lot of echo sounders in my working life but I retired before CHIRP technology became available. My query is really to understand the difference between a CHIRP sounding and a single frequency sounding. Over the depths we carp anglers are likely to use does it make much difference? I understand that the CHIRP can be switched on or off. Has anyone with one of these new fangled gizmos tried this and was there a practical difference?
  13. Thanks for that Carpbell. I noticed the shallow spec in the marketing blurb but I seem to only fish deep water around here. Very interested to hear experience of actual use especially if someone has used new and old versions.
  14. I bought one of the very first Deeper sounders as soon as they became available. I have to say it is a miracle of technology and have been very happy with it. Now the GPS does not work and I can only use it in “boat” mode using my phone’s GPS for position. I want to buy a new one but see that now there are a lot of options (with prices to match). I understand the science between different frequencies and I understand the CHIRP technology. However, I cannot find my way past the marketing speak on their web site. It seems to infer that you can use all three frequencies using CHIRP technology. Surely it cannot scan all three frequencies in one pulse? It would make the pulse far too long. So am I right in thinking you have to select which frequency you want to use (100, 240, or 675). If this is the case does the CHIRP technology work on each of these three frequencies? And, for the frequency it works on, what is the range of frequencies in the pulse? This might be listed in the manual under specifications. If anyone has used one of these new versions, it would be interesting to hear if it makes much difference in normal fishing situations.
  15. Grovelling apologies but I gave some incorrect information. The "Tousanticovid" app that acts as your "pass sanitaire" (vaccine passport), CAN be downloaded in UK. (My friend said he was referring to another attestation needed in connection with his residence permit.) Don't worry, it is in English and is easy to use. There have been rumours on Twitter that the UK QR code is not always recognised. If this should happen, simply take it to any pharmacy and they can change it for the European QR code. Just to underline the point, it is OBLIGATORY in all restaurants, bars and cafes.
  16. Can I add some useful information without it being taken as political. To enter many places in France you will need a pass sanitaire. You download an app called Tousanticovid from Google play. You then scan the QR code you were given at the time of your vaccinations. However a friend has reported that this can only be done once you are in France (unless you use a VPN set to France) as it seems to detect your location. Bon chance.
  17. I would have thought that border problems were relevant to persons wishing to fish in France. If any of my comments have offended anybody then I apologise. That was never my intention. I only like to set the record straight where I think misleading information has been given.
  18. If you want your views taken seriously, it would help if you did not make such grossly misleading statements twisting the actual situation. I assume you refer to the Council Directive 79/693/EEC of 24 July 1979 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to fruit jams, jellies and marmalades and chestnut purée which was justified by the fact that differences between national laws relating to the products concerned could result in conditions of unfair competition likely to MISLEAD consumers. That was FORTY TWO years ago. It was clearly explained in annex III that for the purposes of that Directive, the following definitions shall apply: 1 Fruit Fresh, sound fruit, free from deterioration, containing all its essential constituents and sufficiently ripe for use, after cleaning, removal of blemishes, topping and tailing For the purposes of this Directive, tomatoes, the edible parts of rhubarb stalks, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons and water-melons are considered to be fruit ‘ginger’ means the edible root of the ginger plant in a fresh or preserved state. Ginger may be dried or preserved in syrup. If you take the trouble to read the whole directive you will see that it was aimed very specifically at what additives could and could not be added to jams, preserves, marmalades etc. from a health point of view and to prevent unscrupulous companies adding vast amounts of cheap fructose (for example) just to gain an unfair example. It was designed very specifically to protect to consumer. You really ought to read the OJ to understand how the EU works. I understand that you would vote for Brexit again having weighed the pros and cons so it would be very helpful to us less informed people if you would explain what the benefits are. We are just coming up to month 9 of Brexit so could you explain how your life has improved in any way. I don’t mean quoting wishy washy words like freedom, sovereignty, taking back control, democracy etc and I don’t expect a pseudo neo-economic dream of jam tomorrow. I mean real practical examples of how your life has improved - because I can give you several examples of how my life is now a lot worse. Is your weekly shop cheaper? is there a greater choice of goods on the shelves? Has your salary gone up significantly? is housing cheaper? have those pesky immigrants living next door been sent home? is the NHS incredibly improved with the promised 50,000 extra nurses, 40 new hospitals and £350, million extra per week being spent on it? I am not trying to be confrontational or disrespectful. I am genuinely looking for PRACTICAL benefits of Brexit.
  19. I confess I argued strongly against Brexit but now it is here we have to take any positives from it we can. I understood, only from reading on UK forums, that there was a big problem with East Europeans stealing carp from fisheries. I (perhaps naively) assumed that now, thanks to the imposition of freedom of movement, this problem would be resolved. I am sure there must be many more benefits to come from Brexit? We have plenty of otters in France but they don't seem to pose a problem to the places I fish. The French love to hunt anything that moves so that may be a contributing factor. I agree, Italy sounds very enticing. Remember you can only stay in any Schengen country, like Italy, for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period. This includes holidays and business trips also made in that time.
  20. Nothing worth having ever comes cheap. Those anglers who invested all their cash and energy into providing carp fisheries for you seem to be paying the price. On the plus side UK venues seem to be booming even if it does mean a waiting list or two. Surely you must have seen a decrease in East Europeans stealing fish for the table? I am sure there must be many more benefits to come. I think this is unlikely. The full force of the customs restrictions does not happen until October. At the moment we are enjoying the benefit of a temporary waiver of some restrictions to ease us into the effects of Brexit.
  21. I have no experience of this drone but the two features that caught my eye were the 1 inch sensor on the camera and absence of geofencing.
  22. Float fishing has brought back a lot of enjoyment to my carp fishing. You have to actually fish all the time rather than waiting for something to happen (if that makes sense?) I always go for the lift method with homemade porcupine quill and a single shot of the appropriate weight for conditions. I usually fish in 5 to 7 metres of water so I leave the float free to slide up to a knot of marker line set at the relevant depth. In answer to the op I think no hook link is needed and 30 grams is way over the top. I strike to set the hook rather than rely on a bolt effect.
  23. Good point and I think you are correct. However I am sure you will find that it will only make the French more vigilant towards UK cars for on the spot fines. Another thing to be aware of is that next year they are introducing something that the locals refer to as "noise radar". It measures the sound of the exhaust and you get a fine if over a certain level.
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