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    We all come to a crossroads in our lives sometimes Alan, it’s having the guts to take the different path and you have made that decision for all the reasons that make it time for you to do so. The dog situation sounds horrible and no real easy solution to it apart from doing as you are in moving away from them, which together with your other reasons means moving back to the UK. Hopefully you will have better surroundings in your new abode. :good:

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    Best not to piss anyone off here.

    With respect I disagree, I think it’s best to stand up for what you believe is right, rather than be intimidated by potential consequences.  If something is unjust it continues that way  until someone fights against it.

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    You have a right to your opinion but I have seen first hand what can happen.  I have enough hassle to deal with in daily life without looking for more.  We are the incomers here and that doesn’t usually buy us any favour.

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    Danny Lopez – In principle I agree with you but …. see the following

    Shapeshifter – I think it depends on the problem and the situation it presents itself in

    Wherever we have lived, be it in the UK or here in France, I have always immediately introduced myself to neighbours, taken a homemade cake and made it obvious that if ever they need any help to ask. In general, I find that people are to you as you are to them and making them aware that you are friendly and approachable is offering the first hand, but, of course, there are always exceptions, we have perhaps been lucky enough not to encounter those exceptions.

    Alan – How long have you lived in your present location? Have the dogs always been a problem or is it a recent problem?

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    You have a right to your opinion but I have seen first hand what can happen.  I have enough hassle to deal with in daily life without looking for more.  We are the incomers here and that doesn’t usually buy us any favour.

    I agree that we all have the right to our opinion .

    I disagree with the premise that we are incomers .

    We are residents.

    On arriving here in France all those years ago , I was told to “go back to where I came from ” .The gendarmes were sent to check our papers twice, we were threatened or just totally ignored .It wasn’t very pleasant .

    We are still here , there is now a lot more respect and we are left in peace. Some of the local French thought that we were only here temporarily ( like a lot of Brits) and would leave after a little persuasion .

    Just about every house in our small hamlet is occupied by ” incomers” , those French-born locals that had the  most problems with us have either died or are very quiet .

    We see the ” incomers” still arriving , they don’t bother us ! :yahoo:

     

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    Integration into the society into which you have arrived helps to offset any feelings of ‘incomers’ but I will always be an English woman living in a French hamlet and am happy to accept that but I am also happy with the knowledge that my neighbours are very amiable and extremely helpful, I have never experienced any negative vibes from any of them, with the exception of one person who was running against me in a local council election but he was the exception.

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    We see ourselves as Europeans , acceptance of change is as much part of integration as is a homemade cake .

    Where we live was very “France profond”  but is slowly changing . Sometimes I think , not for the better .

    Did you get elected Fruitcake ? :-)

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    Our neighbour’s dog came onto our property and chased our cats.  We asked her to keep the dog under control and now she and her husband don’t speak to us!

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    I assume you’re talking about French neighbours in France KB ?  I recall havig a dispute in Charente with neighbours who were English, the chap who was a member of Lincoln’s Inn and very much up himself. He  insisted he had a right of way over my garden, the notaire who I knew very well said the right of way was no longer in existence but he tried to reinstate it anyway. The notaire ‘arranged’ for me to buy a strip of land which had previously belonged to the neighbour’s property (about 50 years previously and three owners ago, hence the old right of way) which then eradcated any form of doubt. The neighbors immediately put their property on the market and buggered off back to Blighty.

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    Yes, French neighbours Pete.

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    Deboer wrote;

    Did you get elected Fruitcake ?

    Yes, I did Deboer (the anti-British man didn’t, says a lot about his standing in the village!) The first non-French person to have been a council member in the village.

    I think the sort of things discussed by KB and PJ can be the same in both the UK and France depending on the characters of the neighbours involved, although I must say here in France they do have a different attitude about animals not respecting other people’s property. The nephew of our wonderful neighbour never, ever has his dog on a lead and when he visits our neighbour the dog just roams where it will and has left a delightful parcel on our garden one time but if I see it there I smile, wave & shout “Bonjour!” to the nephew whilst gently shooing the dog out with a smile, so far we haven’t fallen out over it!

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    Gleaner’s original post highlighted what’s going on in terms of the world economy, and guess what we learn today????….the UK economy has contracted  for the first time since  2012. And of course we have the £ getting a bashing, house prices wobbling, and the Scots looking to break away. What on earth could be contributing to this perfect storm? I know…..let’s ask the PM!!

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    I have enough hassle to deal with in daily life without looking for more.

    Sorry to hear your daily life is full of hassle Shapeshifter.

    My own personal experience of challenging injustice has earned me respect rather than cause problems. Every situation is different I guess.

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    .let’s ask the PM!!

    If you’re hoping he’ll give a sensible answer I think you might be disappointed.

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    The chicken would probably be a better bet!

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    Watch what is happening now in Argentina! Just a heads up guys.

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    Yep, and Hong Kong. There’s a great theory called the “snow flake effect”. It just means that if you imagine a mountain heavy with snow and ripe for an avalanche, it may take just one snow-flake to land on it and trigger the avalanche. That’s where we are now, just one seemingly unconnected incident could bring the whole lot down.

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    Just a heads up again.

    The US 30 year bond, for the first time ever dipped below the 2% margin today.

    Guess who panicked and rushed to embrace Xi?

     

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    Something is spooking the precious metals market this last hour or so….watch for breaking news.

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    Ok, I think I have seen what has caused the precious markets to go ballistic.

    Guess who has just tweeted?

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