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  • I’m really interested in why the red tape built up in the first place, and how it can be that every French person HATES it but nothing changes… Thanks for stopping by. #AllAboutFrance

  • Emily commented on the post, Fast Food Nation 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Ha! It’s funny how furtive being the only person to eat makes you feel. I often feel that they must see me as grotesquely obese, as if the idea of eating somewhere other than at a table puts tonnes onto your […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Fast Food Nation 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I quite agree, Anne. I miss the adventurousness more rather than less with time. And proper street food (as opposed to cheese and onion crisps and midnight kebabs) is fabulous, though not usually eaten on a bus. […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Fast Food Nation 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    That is so true. The aggressive Bon appétit is really quite chastening… and why the quignon is an exception I have no idea, but it is. Permitted naughtiness.

  • Emily commented on the post, Fast Food Nation 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    That’s hilarious! I wish I had caught the explanation of feeders… thanks for stopping by.

  • Emily commented on the post, Stamp of approval 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Yes, I think lots of people just try all three. I wonder when 112 will catch on…

  • Ha! Yes, I love lengthy admin chains that tell you that you should have paid a bill ten months’ previously, when the letter has only just made it through your door. How you manage it from the other side of the […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Stamp of approval 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    It’s funny how you forget these things once they have finished, isn’t it? The timbre fiscale seems unforgettable, but I’m sure it will have passed into the mists of time a few months down the line… until the […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Stamp of approval 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Oh dear! When I think about the hurdles for us as (still, just about) European citizens, I dread to think what it must be like for everyone else. Who is it that snaps up these appointments? What is their secret? Good luck!

  • Emily commented on the post, Stamp of approval 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    He’s still waiting…

  • Emily commented on the post, Stamp of approval 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    We did. Thanks for bypassing the red tape and stopping by.

  • I’m glad I make you laugh sometimes Phoebe. I quite agree: what would I have to do without the bureaucracy…? Thanks for stopping by. #AllAboutFrance

  • On a recent trip to the UK I took the girls on a London bus. The Curly One, who must have been a bloodhound in a former life, suddenly wrinkled her nose in distaste. “Mummy,” she said, in her well-spoken fog […]

  • Oh my goodness. That sounds HORRENDOUS. I am so pleased that your husband was ok in the end, but really?!?!?!? And I am now very worried about the fact that we have been told the exact opposite. I suspect that the […]

  • Oh my goodness! I hope he was ok? There is always the European number, 112, which I think I will resort to as it means you don’t have to remember. Goodness.

  • Yes, you get a greater sense of achievement at the end at least…

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 2 months, 1 week ago

    That’s interesting. I think we’re hitting on regional differences. When I taught here, I spent the day before term started arguing with my colleagues about who would get which pupil in their class. I kid you not. […]

  • The other day I heard the emotive tale of a British five-year-old who had saved her mother’s life by dialling 999 when she went into anaphylactic shock. Good point, I thought: I ought to teach the kids what to d […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I think you’re right. And up to a point they’re right too: it’s France, so the system is designed around the French. I just wish that they could use their imaginations enough to realise that outsiders are not so […]

  • Emily commented on the post, The given day 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    That’s exactly it. You have to know, and I don’t know how you know if it’s not by osmosis. Thanks for dropping by.

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