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  • #78507
    Positive Thinking
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    Very mysterious, Katsura – working today!

    Yesterday I could view everyone’s profile except yours, and yes, I was logged in.

    So anyway, I’ll be in touch shortly.

    Have a good day everyone.

    #79475
    John James
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    I’ve been floating around on United in Brittany for the last week or so and I’ve been scratching my head as to why this site is so much more active than UiN. UiN hasn’t had any contributions all weekend and yet UiB has been going ten to the dozen.

    Presumably life there is much the same as it is here and yet the whole site seems a lot more vigorous and active.

    What are the reasons? Do UiN’s members rely more on other types of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc). Are they out and about doing lots of other stuff and so don’t have the time or is it that they simply can’t be bothered. I really do hope that this last aspect isn’t true.

    When UiN started up it seemed that everybody was so relieved that at last there was an alternative to AngloInfo and you couldn’t move for contributions.

    As time went on and these became thinner, it wasn’t hard to reflect that Aly was really the only member holding the whole thing together – she started the day off and others would bounce off her and add ideas and new threads.  Sadly this aspect isn’t with us now but conversely I really do hope that it wasn’t the case.

    Our administrators do a fantastic job which takes them time and effort which they probably could do without when they’re trying to put a new roof on one of their buildings (seeUiB) and it must be sad for them when they do comparisons of both sites.

    All of us are living in challenging times; winter is approaching and much political toings and froings lies ahead.

    Lets all make a bit more of an effort – it’s all too easy to just not bother. However, the saying “You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone” often comes into play without you noticing.

    OK _ I’ve got my tin hat on!

    #79484
    brian61 in Normandie
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    Do you think that those of us living in Normandy are a little different from those living in other Regions?

    There used to be the same old requests from “newcomers” to the site, often asking for beans, bacon, cheddar cheese, thistle plaster, jobs window cleaning or pool maintenance. These were all fun to lend a helping hand especially if we knew the location. But this site doesn’t seem to attract the newcomers that the other site (darker) used to.

    Perhaps admin can give a better reply as to why Brittany can do better that Normandy.

    #79550
    Amanda61
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    Hi,

    I have just read through this thread……and I was one of those who joined this site at the very beginning…..but not posted for ages and ages!!! But why????

    As said previously maybe it’s because the few posts written haven’t been of interest to me….maybe laziness!

    Like many others who ‘pop in’ here I do not live full time in France but have had a maison secondaire in Normandy since thé 80’s!! First one was between Ranes/La Ferte Mace but now I am near Domfront.

    Obviously I can speak lots re moving to France BUT only as a holiday home owner….so lots of folk on here presumably more knowledgeable!

    I will now make the effort to look in every couple of days…instead of every few months!!! Sorry!!

    Shall we ALL try? 👍

     

    #79561
    Sue Slater
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    Perhaps logging in often becomes less important the more you get involved in truly living in France, be it full time or holiday stays.  If you are new to an area, know nothing, find it intimidating etc then you are going to seek help from anywhere – online sources, the folk on the ferry etc.  As you get to understand French life better, you need your hand holding less – especially if you have managed to make friends.  There’s nothing sinister in joining this site and then needing it less as time goes by, but it does beg a question or two.  I find speaking and thinking in French all the time quite hard work, so any opportunity to speak my native language comes as something of a relief.  I would gladly invite other Brits round for an afternoon of nattering and exchanging tall tales next time I’m over!

    #79575
    Amanda61
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    Sounds good to me! BUT where are you? Normandy is huge!

    #79601
    Chapeau rouge
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    Hope you really enjoyed your last visit, SS.  I agree that constant thinking and speaking in French can be a real headache until you’ve been here a while. :wacko: Then things do become easier.  I’ve just been persuaded to join a group for dancing.  It’s hilarious.  I love to dance;  but memorising the routines, and following the French instructions above the music, and being distracted by the small arguments on footwork amongst 20 plus women in a class who are determined that I shall join in with all the banter – whilst they laugh and joke with each other and the instructor – is pretty exhausting at the end of a day.

    Maybe you’ll have the chance to have a fund-raising coffee morning or suchlike and encourage people to travel to you for cake and a good natter. If all else fails, maybe start a thread about your “adventures” in life here. You’ll just need to ignore the complaints from the odd person who will always claim that they are not interested in reading “long posts”, and you might have success in encouraging some more members on this Forum to post about their own experiences.  And meant to say, I used to have a little jumper like the one in your photo. So sweet!

    #79614
    Stinky
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    John James, I dip in and out of this site and contribute occasionally.
    I have written short stories that here have been met with a wall of silence.
    Received with good humour and banter on UIB.
    When Aly took a break from Good Morning, I posted a few similar posts, just to keep things going.
    Immediately a response was posted that this was not my thread and I should go away and start my own as the poster did not like my musings.
    As Sue says, with time and experience you need your hand held less.
    But these forums are not just Q and A’s.
    They are fun and contact.
    A post on here sometime ago laughed at the games that are popular on UIB.
    Not everybody wants meaty discussions all the time.
    The cryptic clues site on UIB has over 14,000 posts.
    Two of the word games 20,000 posts between them.
    This, I believe keeps people interested enough to join in and metaphorically meet others and then have the ‘where can I and what do you think’ posts.
    Everybody has a religious or political, to pick just two, view.
    Debate/discussion is great.
    But not all the time. People need a bit of fun. (Talking about you here Rudy! Thank you for my Friday morning silly giggle.
    In the last two hours, UIB has had eight different subjects with multiple postings, covering banter, Brexit, TGV, Health care and one chaps fantastic travels in the early 80’s c/w brill photos.
    And I promise to post a bit more also.
    Stinky.

    #79622
    Sue Slater
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    I take my ´chapeau’ off to you for joining a dance class!  The jumper is early work by an aunt now in her mid eighties and still knitting.  I do remember it itched!  My recent visit to my house was entertaining.  My house is on a crossroads and a neighbour kindly informed me the maire would like to demolish it to widen the road before someone is killed!  During harvest, tractors & trailers come within inches of my only door & I have to exit with caution, poised to leap backwards!  This goes on every day except Sunday from 6.30am until dark approximately every 20 minutes.  I was painting my front door at the time.  It was fun and I managed to stay on the ladder, but the paint finish is awful!

    #79633
    John James
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    That’s better – maybe we’re off again!

    As Brian has already said, when newcomers move to France, they generally tend to use forums for advice – anything from finding a packet of tea to learning the language which can obviously come in useful. A forum can also make you feel that, although you may still be looking at things through rose tinted glasses, you are in reality in a strange place where, as Sue has said, you may need to have your hand held a bit.

    As time moves on and confidence grows, this may become less necessary but communication through a forum is always good value if only because it’s in English.

    Since moving to France permanently I’ve slipped on so many banana skins that it’s a  miracle that I’m still standing. To add injury to insult, as Mrs J has often remarked, as I’ve got older I’ve become increasingly grumpy which tends to find me at variance with what can only be described as “the French system”. Thankfully, in most instances, middle ground has been found and no blood shed. Maybe when Brexit finally arrives, they’ll have an excuse to chuck me out. But I hope not as I really enjoy living here.

    You may have left the UK to avoid that “bloody difficult woman” of a Prime Minister but just you wait for your first experience with Customer Service in Leclerc. I find all this stuff great fun, probably because I’ve become a bit of an old hand at it – the problem is – they don’t and thereby lies the conundrum. Their sense of humour, when it does manage to rear its head, can take you a bit off guard. However, once you’ve got them on your side, you’re up and running.

    It’s always good to hear others’ experiences – serious or light hearted – it keeps the world going round which is so much for the better when you begin to believe it’s going round backwards.

     

    #79646
    John James
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    That’s better – maybe we’re off again!

    As Brian has already said, when newcomers move to France, they generally tend to use forums for advice – anything from finding a packet of tea to learning the language which can obviously come in useful. A forum can also make you feel that, although you may still be looking at things through rose tinted glasses, you are in reality in a strange place where, as Sue has said, you may need to have your hand held a bit.

    As time moves on and confidence grows, this may become less necessary but communication through a forum is always good value if only because it’s in English.

    Since moving to France permanently I’ve slipped on so many banana skins that it’s a  miracle that I’m still standing. To add injury to insult, as Mrs J has often remarked, as I’ve got older I’ve become increasingly grumpy which tends to find me at variance with what can only be described as “the French system”. Thankfully, in most instances, middle ground has been found and no blood shed. Maybe when Brexit finally arrives, they’ll have an excuse to chuck me out. But I hope not as I really enjoy living here.

    You may have left the UK to avoid that “bloody difficult woman” of a Prime Minister but just  wait for your first experience with Customer Service in Leclerc. I find all this stuff great fun, probably because I’ve become a bit of an old hand at it – the problem is – they don’t and thereby lies the conundrum. Their sense of humour, when it does manage to rear its head, can take you a bit off guard. However, once you’ve got them on your side, you’re up and running.

    It’s always good to hear others’ experiences – serious or light hearted – it keeps the world going round which is so much for the better when you begin to believe it’s going round backwards.

     

    #79659
    John James
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    Heaven knows what’s going on here – I never agreed to pay my laptop double time.

    #79672
    Stinky
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    But it got another post…………..

    #79696
    Les Bois
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    To be honest, I usually only post these days if I have something useful to say. I do look in most days though.

    Maybe more people live in the Normandy/Brittany area than where we are in the Mayenne, hence more posts on their site.

    Having said that, I will now go and post about a restaurant we found last night.

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    Anonymous
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    Nice to see a bit of activity on here at last.

    I used to post regularly, either by starting a topic or replying on an existing one, but as the topics dried up I found little that interested me. I also replied to requests for information, sometimes after doing detailed research. All too often I didn’t even get a thank you.

    I still look in from time to time, but if I have nothing to say, I say nothing.

    Stinky, I have read some of your ‘stories’ and have occasionally commented. They are not stories, of course. They are poetry. Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme. And you have covered some dark subjects in a really sensitive way. Just because I don’t comment doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate your posts.

    As for UiB, I used to post on there, but I found that some people were just plain nasty. One grammatically challenged person called me a ‘f*****g plank’. To add insult to injury, he then repeated it later. Another, who has explained that at least two of his comments which were found to be offensive, were jokes, yet he can’t take a joke. I can do without that kind of person. I finally declared on a new topic that I had decided to take a break from posting on that forum. The word plank, without the expletive, was then used again in a reply by the same person, together with the word morons. That just proved the point!

    As for the word games, name the face/place, and other trivia, they are OK as party games, but become boring after a while. I found it annoying when I logged on to UiB that I had to scroll through all of those topics to find any discussion. It would be nice if Tom could create a subsection under a single sub-heading for all those items, so that those who want to play can, and those who want to read discussions don’t have to scroll to the bottom of the page.

    As for humour, I find Rudy’s filth so funny. Keep it up Rudy! Just like Stinky, I look forward to reading your posts.

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