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Old 11th January 2018, 12:15 PM
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Greg,
we have a subscription with Orange here in France, it's about 40 a month for i/net (very fast connection) Sat. TV and landline-to-landline for 80 countries 24/7 and I've used it to do business calls to Taiwan/USA/Australia - and don't have to think about the cost.

The hook-up box from Orange failed a few years ago and they gave us a more up-to-date one. They never bothered to tell us that for a month we would get free access to a lot of pay-to-view channels, I only found out by chance when I punched in the wrong numbers one night.

Over here there are 3 music channels, two are classical and one jazz/pop nostalgia and modern. They cost about 20 p.m. The classical is really good and you get to hear and see the best of the world, same goes for jazz concerts and all in high definition sound.

If and when we finally get to live in a house that I have specced (French building is crap, old and new) then I will shell out for a good a/v system. For that free month we saw some excellent concerts both classical and jazz.Mezzo is the name of the classical channel.

The French still have FM but there is only one station that is good - France Musique, the rest are Europop crap.

We still miss Sunday morning in Spain RTE 1 - tea and toast in bed listening to classical concerts @ 8AM from the RTE(radio,television, espana) concert hall in Madrid.
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Old 26th January 2018, 05:05 PM
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Had to visit the town where we are moving to and they have a street market with a space for a few flea market type stalls.

Saw a stall with a box of LPs, including boxed sets. Being a compulsive record buyer I had to go and have a look. All the LPs and boxed sets were Mint, storing meant slight damage to the corners.

This is the second time I have encountered mint decades old vinyl in France. The old man running the store was asking for 5 per LP - a bit steep. Lots of Karajan/Deutsche stuff and a lot of Vega classical stuff, never heard of the label before, so cautious.

Ended up buying a Vangelis - Opera Sauvage (new to me), A Paul Kuentz version of the Four Seasons, A French Decca SXL / FFSS (wide band) Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos / Albeniz Suite Espanol ( a beautiful piece of music. A classic (no pun intended) example of how differently classic and pop music was treated and a Japanese pressing by Denon of an Arthur Moreira-Lima / Villa Lobos for piano recorded using PCM in 77. This must have been one of the first digital recordings - be interesting to hear what it sounds like. All will need to be cleaned on my Moth RCM because it's obvious that knuckle draggers have been 'handling' them, luckily they didn't 'play' them.

It would seem that when record shops closed down in France they simply could'nt shift their stock and not just classical - there was some Joan Baez mint LPs as well. I knew I'd get into trouble with my other half if I bought too much.
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