Computer down

My main computer won’t start. Only goes as far as a blank page. I went through all recovery procedures I know but to no avail so far. Quite frustrating.

I have a full back-up version so I just need for it to start. I have a fusion disk as opposed to a hard disk so I would not expect problems on that score.

I do not really know what to do next. I am in a serious bad mood…

SOLVED

I had a USB powered fan plugged in. Taking it away solved the issue

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Souvenir 2015

May in Sprinfield Il.

Who is the odd one out?

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July 18th 2020

Day 121 – 34 th day of de-confinement phase III

Saturday

The situation currently in Occitanie and our “departement Aude” is calm enough (see statistics). There is even a slight reduction of hospitalised people since last week. This is not the case in some other areas in France and the expected second wave is on every news channel.

Meanwhile the increase in cases in the USA, India and Brazil is growing on a daily basis. The governor of Georgia is taking the mayor of Atlanta to court because the latter has decreed the obligation to wear masks. No additional comments necessary.

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

Pic of the day

Xmas time. My disguised Mini with a red nose and antlers in Hannover.

The daily dash board

World

Today’s data

France

During the past 7 days, the daily average in France is 983 new confirmed cases, 35 deaths ans -11 intensive care patients.

Occitanie

Data from July 17th

Information, news and tips

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►We have a almost complete new governement in France. A lot of annoucements were made at the beginning of the week by the new Prime Minister on the goals for the next 600 days before the presidential election. Plans which have been largely approved by parliement.

► On Friday 17 July, the news came like a cold shower: to deal with a rebound in the epidemic, the Catalan regional government has ordered a kind of pre-reconfinement of Barcelona and 12 municipalities in the metropolitan area – almost 4 million inhabitants. Not only have nearly 1,425 positive cases been registered in the last seven days in Spain’s second largest city and its suburbs, but the Catalan health authorities have lost control of several clusters, opening the door to “community” transmission.

► Just came across the “Lincoln Project” which is basically US Republicans against Trump. Quite interesting.

Food and drinks

Some like it hot

Fun

The daily selection

A good one from John Cleese

Vintage adds

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up


Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 17th
Data from July 17th

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July 11th 2020

Day 114 – 27 th day of de-confinement phase III

Saturday

Second weekly post. Much has happened in France in the past few days with the annoucement of the new government. A couple of surprises and already a couple of demonstrations against two nominations. But let us not forget that it is holiday time and recess of the parliement very soon. Basically quite a clever date for all these changes.

Talking about holidays, this weekend will be very busy on the roads as far as departures are concerned. Here follows the prevision for today:

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

The latest figures from Santé Publique France released this Friday show that the virus traffic is on the rise again. Although it has not yet reached worrying levels, the curve does seem to be reversing. Ten regions are seeing their number of cases increase, including the Ile-de-France and the Pays de la Loire, where the department of Mayenne is clearly more affected than the others. Admittedly, this increase can be explained in part by a more massive detection of cases, but not only, the specialists say. There is also a real concern linked to the slackening of behaviours. Fewer and fewer people are wearing masks, except on public transport where it is compulsory, and this in fact encourages the transmission of the virus. Abroad, Belgium has just decided to make it compulsory in shops and cinemas. The question now arises in France.

Pic of the day

Mosquito coast in Gruissan. Unfortunately I am not too impressed with the food. The spot is nice despite a very strong wind on that day (July 3rd 2020).

The daily dash board

World

Today’s data

New – Data from WHO

France

Occitanie

Data from July 10th

Information, news and tips

► Your train was late and you missed your connection? Are you aware that the European Regulation provides for compensation for delays on mainline trains? TGV, Intercity, iDTGV, OUIGO, Eurostar, Thalys, international… Find out about the different reimbursement methods offered by the SNCF.

The minimum compensation for passengers in the event of a train delay is :

25% of the ticket price in the event of a delay of between 60 and 119 minutes
50 % of the ticket price for a delay of 120 minutes or more.

Beyond this minimum guarantee, railway undertakings may lay down more advantageous rules.Depending on the delay on arrival, SNCF provides for compensation on the purchase price of :

TGV or Intercity train between 30 minutes and 1h59: 25% only in vouchers up to 59 minutes late and in vouchers or bank transfer from 1h to 1h59 ; between 2h and 2h59: 50% in voucher or bank transfer; from 3 hours: 75% in voucher or bank transfer.


SNCF train on an international route between 30 minutes and 1h59 : 25% only in voucher up to 59 minutes late and in voucher or bank transfer from 1h to 1h59 ;
from 2 hours: 50% in vouchers or bank transfer.


iDTGV or an OUIGO between 1h and 2h : 25 % in voucher ; from 2 hours: 50% in vouchers.


Eurostar between 1h and 1h59: 25 % in voucher or bank transfer (transfer limited to 50 % of the sum); between 2h and 2h59: 50% in voucher or bank transfer (transfer limited to 50% of the sum); from 3 hours: 75% in vouchers or bank transfer (transfer capped at 50% of the amount).


Thalys between 30 minutes and 59 minutes: 20% in voucher ; 1 hour to 1 hour 59 minutes: 50% off coupon; from 2 hours: 100% in vouchers.

TER No compensation is provided for. However, in the event of major disruptions, compensation may be granted to travellers (subscription extension or price reduction on the purchase of the next coupon).

► The program for the new season at the Theatre Jean Allary has been announced and can be found here. Most of the shows are in French of course but there are also a few concerts.

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I think if would be a good idea if people contributed and suggested ideas and places they have enjoyed so we can share the info. Just email me with your info.

Here are a couple of suggestions from Mike and David

► Emma Kershaw’s Food and Wine Pairing at Château Canet. I think many folks know Emma already, and have enjoyed her events at her home in Coustouges in the Corbières. We are going to Château Canet today for the first session. 

►Each Tuesday (except early August) at 18h45 in the garden of L’Hôtel de la Cité, Jean-François Vassal, dressed up as usual as a chevalier, gives a fun presentation about L’Art de la Table around the 14th century. He’s humorous and animated. Folks may have taken one of his walking tours around the battlements of La Cité. He gives the presentation in French and English. To reserve, call L’Hôtel de la Cité, and ask for their events person. 04 68 11 23 00  The Facebook page for Jean-François’s company, ILC, has the details as well. 

Food and drinks

Bon appétit. Sorry if you are vegeterian.

Fun

The daily selection

Vintage adds

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up


Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 10th
Data from July 10th

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40 days

Still no weight loss to report despite some daily, but obviously not enough, and too much going out and eating.

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July 14th

Fête Nationale

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Another day at the beach

It is becoming a habit this summer and a minimum of one weekly day trip to one of our great beaches. Yesterday was no exception and we went back to “Biquet Plage” which has the additional plus of having an excellent restaurant.

Once again social distancing was not an issue at all. I would even say that it is probably one of the safest place one can be.

Anyway, I have booked a table and a couple of loungers for next week but not on the 14th as originally thought because the restaurant is fully booked on that day. It is our 🇫🇷 National Day after all.

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Saturday aperitif

After the weekly market expedition on Saturday morning

We decided to change the venue for our weekly aperitif. Less crowded and much safer than the usual spot as far a social distancing is concerned.

Probably would not have gone there if my friend Raymond Julien from Chateau Mirausse had not been there to present some of his wines. But I am sure I shall go back there.

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Grandson

Very proud of my grandson Sean (second from the left) celebrating yesterday his high school diploma. Time certainly flies.

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July 4th 2020

Day 107 – 20 th day of de-confinement phase III

Saturday

As promised, this is my first weekly post and I have to admit it is not so easy to get going.

To me, the frightening thing is that in the space of one week time, the number of cases world wide has increased by more than 1.2 Million which represents +13% since last Saturday.

The USA appears to be breaking on a daily basis the number of new cases.

THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE

Pic of the day

The daily dash board

World

Today’s data

Compared to a week ago

New – Data from WHO

France

Occitanie

Data from July 3rd

Information, news and tips

► The best news has been the ability to enjoy our local (empty) beaches this week. This might not be the case as from this weekend as the holiday season officially started.

►The road conditions as I write show the usual problem areas in the south of France after Lyon.

Food and drinks

I am still in an Indian food mood

Fun

The daily selection

Trump

No pictures of Trump today (on second thoughts, maybe just the one)

He does not deserve any recognition on July 4th and I am simply sick to death of him. His unfounded boasting and lying every time he opens his mouth is a disgrace to the USA. His ignorance is painful.

The worse and most frightening thing is that he has millions of supporters and that shows how America has declined as well as the terrible education level of the average American.

It is not a question of politics. Democrat or Republican no longer matters.

Although I never liked the man and was somewhat shocked by his election, I was hoping that a so-called business man at the helm would try and solve one of the biggest American problem and namely the economy which only functions by pumping in trillions of borrowed dollars.

I did not realise that on top of everything else, the man was an incompetent crook. Today is July 4th, quite a celebration day in the US. I wonder what blunders we are going to be exposed to by this moron.


Time is running out for the US. The bubble will eventually burst.

What’s wrong with America

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up


Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 3rd
Data from July 3rd

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