Random thoughts of a rapidly ageing Englshman who wishes he was retired and living in Fance

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Where's your telly?

One of the great joys of the prospect of retiring to France is the entertainment we'll get from just being there.
In less civilised countries you might for example expect on receiving your demand for payment of a TV licence, to be able to simply advise that as you have no TV, you don't need a licence. Not so in La Belle France.
First you fill in the council tax form and send them the dosh (minus the TV licence fee of course) plus a polite letter advising that we haven't got a TV so don't need a licence.
Next we get a letter asking us to advise if we've got a TV. No problem, we still haven't so write off in our best Googlaise to say no! So...we then get a letter to say, Oh well in that case, forget it, we won't charge you. Yippee, jobs a good un.......as we say.

Well almost.

So last week another rather scrappy note arrived with a tear off bit at the bottom asking us to tick a box to say we've no telly (or to be precise had no telly on the all important 1st an 2009). As with all official communications I duly took the letter for a second (and perhaps more learned) opinion form a colleague who due to the accident of birth just happens to actually be French, even if he's not lived there for some time. Anyway it turns out all I need to do is tick the box and send it back, unless of course I have got a telly in which case...I should not send anything back.

Now this is where it gets difficult.

You see I put the letter on the kitchen worktop next to the box of miscellaneous post waiting filing ready for Jean who knows how to print an envelope to organise. There it stayed for a couple of days, then poomph, it disappeared.

We've looked everywhere, even been through the recycling and can't find it. Which only leaves one suspect......


(this is Lulu's idea of training)

Which brings me to the point of the blog, does anybody know the french for, "I'm sorry but our dog ate your form, please could you send me another one?"


Jean said...

Lulu just threw up on the back lawn. If you really want to find that form.............

Simon said...


I have the form at home - I will scan it and email it to you in the next couple of dqys. You have until the end of May I to post it think.

Technology is wonderful, isn't it!

NickL said...

Simon, you're a star, thank you. I was really rather worried the French tax inspectors wouldn'tsee the funny side of losing one of their rather important forms!!!