"I sympathize with you as regards AI. They have a habit of removing anything that reflects on brit services. Friends of mine continually complain about it. The problem with the auto entrepreneur system is that no qualifications are asked for, as is…"
"I don’t think casting aspersions on french kitchens is called for, as they are no different from those of the UK and other places, when it comes to percentages of good and
bad. When I had my first kitchen, I used beech for the worktops and…"
"One of the key people in the manipulation of french politics from the abolition of the monarchy to Napoléon's reign as emperor and two subsequent monarchies, was Charlie Talleyrand. He officiated at a supposedly "we support the…"
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Having been a restaurateur and hotelier, also written a small guide to restaurants in a part of France, and sampled the food from all grades of restaurant in the area of…"
"Brian, I'm definitely speaking with a particular set of prejudices. Maybe you should read the many books on the subject of Cromwell and what he did to the Irish, who were at the time classed as "subjects of the king". English history…"
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"It is interesting to note the comments about the revolutionary government after the big event. The comments are very British orientated, and as usual are part of the general denial of British thinking. Britain had two very important so-called…"
"Culturally, Catharine, yes you and your family will always be guests, but ones who are appreciate. Unfortunately in any expat situation, blow-ins will always be blow-ins. The village in which I still have a house in Eire, regards me as a blow-in…"
"If you want to be legalistic, then as EU citizens we can live anywhere, so the guest idea, in that sense, doesn't work. Culturally though, we are guest,s and should behave in a way that doesn't clash with the french way of life. The…"
"Jane, you missed my point about the cooking. Of course if one has visitors one makes an effort: well some do. I have eaten on a regular basis at french houses, and at lunch one gets what they would normally eat, and have to hope in hell that it…"
"Andrew, I think you need to change "most" for "some"! I suppose all home cooking can get a bit repetitive. People just don't have the time for fancy cooking, but what I do like about french meals is the way they are…"
Typical journalism and with the usual shallowness. I use that term, because most journalism is based on quick punchy stuff, that doesn't go deep, because the general readership, now a days, has a bad attention span. Being a journalist…"
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I have justed posted a reply to you. I think people find it very difficult to adapt to the stranglehold of the different operating regimes here in France. Indeed, I am sure that it is not just ex-pats who choose to ignore their obligations, e.g. not refusing animals in gites, which is still going strong on the website of Gites de France.
This is not a one-sided argument, but I am concerned that the strong lobby of the french hotel industry is listened to and the Ministry of Tourism seems not to care or understand that the requirements of "old french charm and creaking plumbing" have given way to internet access and en-suite bathrooms.
We seem to have stirred up a horne'ts nest here.
Good luck with the programme, and perhaps you could put forward the point of view I have just expressed re domestic animals in gites, which is a particular concern of mine, being asthmatic.
Hi Vincent, I have invited you to be my friend as I'd like to talk to you about CULTURE GAP for a news feature. If you could send me a message back with contact details then I'll give you a ring about it - alternatively, message me and I'll give you my number. Look forward to speaking to you soon.
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