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Boris is the UK's Trump, an embarrassing albatross worn around our neck as a sign of our fallen status.

As in this instance, he says things of no obvious consequence simply because they flatter his audience who, he presumes, will applaud him and laugh at his jokes.

In foreign countries, anybody who publicly agrees with him is either has a financial interest in doing so or is too stupid to see the con.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 08:16:06 AM EST
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I came across this wtf in Local France. Would you explain 'van service'?
"We also spend less in euros: because my pension is paid in sterling, it now makes sense to pay a shopping van service to bring over groceries from the UK."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 03:41:28 PM EST
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Don't worry. After the UK gets its great trade deal with the UK, and starts importing chlorine-washed hormone-fed chicken, they won't be allowed to bring these groceries into France anyway.
Lorna Cooke, a retiree who lives with her husband in Morbihan in Brittany says that they were aware that their lifestlye would be subject to exchange rate fluctuation when they bought their house in France in 1996.
Is "fluctuation" really the right word?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 03:58:39 PM EST
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I am sure it's a typo, but the way things are going, the UK is probably the only country the UK will get a great trade deal with.
by fjallstrom on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 10:40:06 PM EST
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the only country the UK will get a great trade deal with.

Your confidence in the ability of May's government to get such a deal is touching.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 09:49:05 AM EST
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I would assume it's when you order your groceries online and have them delivered. Never heard of doing it cross borders, but why not?
by fjallstrom on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 10:38:06 PM EST
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It could be a reference to private van drivers bringing van loads of wine from France to the UK ("for personal use", of course, and so evading duty) and offering to bring UK staples to expats living in France. Although I doubt they could do it for less than Carrefour, Aldi, et al.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 02:25:47 AM EST
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Yes, although they are very lucrative.

A friend of mine in SW France says there are several deliverers who take large orders for UK supermarkets bringing back those essential staples of cultural affirmation. A van filled with 100 + grocery orders makes quite a nice living.

In Spain my not only are there UK vans, but Imy sisters tells me there are Dutch and German ones too.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 04:25:16 PM EST
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Portugal remains an untapped market.

Given the distance it would probably be easier to organise a wholesale franchise than to do the man+van thing.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 07:41:27 PM EST
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Put a big Marmite logo on the side of the van.
You'll be mobbed!
I remember in the 50's when beret-bearing French paysans would ferry-bicycle over to Sarf Ken draped with red onion braids round their necks, handlebars and back panniers.
Madly exotic...
Hella business plan, Asterix!
Crusty Brits pouring out of their villas like kids to the ice cream vans.
Or are they gone too?
(The vans, not the Brits...)

B-wrecks-it blues

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 at 02:56:23 AM EST
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