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Old 26 Mar 2020, 16:58 (Ref:3967035)   #1021
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May be you can start your investigations with Champ de Mars also said Champ de Foire. Beware, sometimes they put barriers to avoid other gypsies to de comparing in the area… In good local words, à ch'foire biloute!
Now you can try and explain what "biloute" means to MGD!
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Old 26 Mar 2020, 17:02 (Ref:3967036)   #1022
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May be you can start your investigations with Champ de Mars also said Champ de Foire. Beware, sometimes they put barriers to avoid other gypsies to de comparing in the area… In good local words, à ch'foire biloute!
Now you can try and explain what "biloute" means to MGD!
I've never driven there but I think there is a big parking somewhere near the two stations as I know a friend used to use it when he went to London on Eurostar.
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Old 26 Mar 2020, 17:23 (Ref:3967042)   #1023
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Near the Citadelle, champ de foire, that's what you're looking for. Well, Biloute David does.
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Old 26 Mar 2020, 18:01 (Ref:3967051)   #1024
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Old 26 Mar 2020, 18:21 (Ref:3967053)   #1025
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Two different meanings tho… Wouldn't dare say bad things about my -may be- future co-driver!
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Old 26 Mar 2020, 19:11 (Ref:3967066)   #1026
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I was talking to my neighbour across the road (literally, he lives across the road and we stood on out own side of it) this afternoon and he mentioned that on his way to work (He's a butcher running his own business) he came across a police check point that seemed to be querying the purpose of people's journeys. Driving a refrigerated van he was just waved through. However one does wonder what might happen in the next few weeks.

I'm surprised the police have the resources to run such checks.

His daughter's boyfriend is a Policeman he said.

Earlier this week he and other police were sent or a large recreational park area in a local city where the "self-isolating" populace were meeting up and partying. (Sort of).

The police were there to try to point out the error of idea and convince the people to make better decisions. I got the idea that the intention was as much to learn how the party people might respond to such an approach as it was to try to break up the "fun".

Apparently someone took exception to such advice and hit him in the face, breaking his spectacles.

There should really be a special place for such people given such clear evidence of a complete lack of brain activity.

But instead of that we release them from prison sentences lest they catch some illness on the basis of which their family sues for way more money than the sick person was ever worth to the society that supports them.
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Old 26 Mar 2020, 21:54 (Ref:3967087)   #1027
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s'alrightMax - it's just friendly banter.
If you spoke colloquial French like me you'd know that. Only kidding, isn't google wonderful
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Old 27 Mar 2020, 05:38 (Ref:3967122)   #1028
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Ya no Max, Dave, he speaks french but with a tough parisian accent. Snobby!
I dont know if we can enter a car with "Biloute Dave" for driver… Must check!
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Old 27 Mar 2020, 07:23 (Ref:3967127)   #1029
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I've been with MGD in France. He speaks the language like a native. A native of Berkshire

"No need to speak the lingo old boy, they all speak better English than you and I."

Sadly that's actually true. I first visited France in 1976, an exchange stay in Amiens, and i spoke 100% French. Since then every time I go back even in the most rural communities people quite happily lapse into English so I don't get to practice my rusty ramblings.


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Old 27 Mar 2020, 07:44 (Ref:3967129)   #1030
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I've been with MGD in France. He speaks the language like a native. A native of Berkshire

"No need to speak the lingo old boy, they all speak better English than you and I."

Sadly that's actually true. I first visited France in 1976, an exchange stay in Amiens, and i spoke 100% French. Since then every time I go back even in the most rural communities people quite happily lapse into English so I don't get to practice my rusty ramblings.


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Yes, that's very true. Despite official efforts to stop it, more & more English is creeping in. Watching TV, it is surprising how many adverts are in English. We were in a very French restaurant by the big French war cemetery at Notre Dame, and the waitress on over-hearing I was English automatically translated everything on the menu to me without being asked.

Much of it is down to computers, as much of the 'language' by way of commands etc is in English. My partners son has learned very good English simply by being an ardent on-line gamer.

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Old 27 Mar 2020, 07:57 (Ref:3967133)   #1031
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Old 27 Mar 2020, 08:01 (Ref:3967136)   #1032
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Two different meanings tho… Wouldn't dare say bad things about my -may be- future co-driver!
Well, now Michele's told me one meaning of 'bijoute' but she says she doesn't know a second.... She says it is a very friendly term but advised me not to use it if I get stopped by a gendarme when I go out! Actually the English equivalent is also a friendly term.

Are you fluent in Ch'ti, Gerard?
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Unfortunately not fluent in this very colored language, nice patois I'd say John. To go with you, MGD and Max, biloute has always been a nice word. To a stranger, biloute meant little something but quickly became a friendly word meaning you belong the appreciated people. Being a biloute is a must if you visit North of France! Quite different from "filoute" this one meaning little crook!
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