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Lets hope you don't find one of these !! if you ever give it all up and move to France

We live In a small hamlet in SW Dordogne at this time of year there are only 3 French households and 2 brits households that are occupied.
One of the French guys owns 2 houses and is in the process of renovating one of the houses , This house was owned by a French lady that was none to of been very active in the resistance in the war .
Well yesterday we were taking apart a old insert cupboard when something dropped by the side of us.

This is what it was http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f78/shan3962/kju.jpg
after asking me and me saying that it looks real to me :shock: I then picked it up and took it out side so we could get on , had to uncover it to take photos of it :roll:
He then phoned the police at 10.30 am to tell them about it, They sent out the quick response team that turned up at 6.30pm today to have a look .
One look and they made a phone call and a special unit will come out tomorrow at some point to deal with it.

I love the speed of life hear and hope that none of you find one of these
 

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.... painted blue I'd guess that it is a training device. But you're absolutely right; take no chances and get specialists to dispose. I wouldn't even have moved it.... :x

Edited to remove ref to a smoke granade (wrong!) and to say that the closet I've matched this to is the French OF1915 model shown here.
http://www.lexpev.nl/
 

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make sure there all gone in 8 years time as thats when I retire and I'm selling up and moving over there. I got friends in Charente and they love it.
 

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coppertop said:
make sure there all gone in 8 years time as thats when I retire and I'm selling up and moving over there.
Can't wait that long. House here goes on the market at easter, so have issued an alert to the relevant Burgundian authorities to check all outbuildings so's I won't be inconvenienced.
 

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What's with all the Poms wanting to head to France? It's not like the French will ever win the world cup (either Rugby or Cricket).

Is it something like all the Kiwis coming here?

(As a non-Australian born Australian I feel I can safely throw a rock in the pond and make a few waves 8) )
 

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If I had my way I'd be heading to New Zealand (at the risk of getting an answer) what does that say about this Pom?
 

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What's with all the Poms wanting to head to France? It's not like the French will ever win the world cup (either Rugby or Cricket).

Is it something like all the Kiwis coming here?

(As a non-Australian born Australian I feel I can safely throw a rock in the pond and make a few waves 8) )
For us it's about quality of life and realising that it's time to get out of wage slave status now the kids are all grown up. Well. I say 'us' actually 'us' is one of us. The other one of us will need to continue as a wage slave for a few years longer for the dream to be realised, but will be able to continue work as normal from France thanks to the magic that is telecoms. That and easyjet anyway. :(
 

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They do things a bit differently here.

We were working on the Medway Bridge and I had been out in the rain all day when I came across half a hand grenade sticking out of some chalk fill. It had a large hole in the side, so the main charge was all gone, but the fuse pocket was still intact so it was theoretically still dangerous. Now you have to take your pleasure where you can find it, and I'd really had enough, so I carefully turned it over so that it looked like a whole grenade stuck in the mud and set the UXB procedure running.

Practically shut the whole site down and the bomb squad were there within half an hour. Much sucking of teeth later, they carefully moved it to a quiet corner of the site where it was blown up.

Went home early that afternoon :lol:
 

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Reasons for moving to France David?
Wine, sunshine, empty roads, and you'll stay dry when global warming properly gets going. :lol:
 

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Well its now 3pm and no show so far from the bomb squad,
If they don’t get hear soon the local dog will have no head left as he has taken a liking to the grenade . I have put a large slab over it to stop him playing with it. :shock:

Liz you will just love the pace of life and the empty roads

Well back to my only chore today ,chopping some more wood for the fires :D
 

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shan FR said:
I have put a large slab over it to stop him playing with it. :shock:
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Shan,
You might want to reconsider that, everything that goes up will (eventually) come down :shock:

My suggestion would be every old tyre you can lay your hands on (without rims) layered with old rugs or carpets, topped with loose sand to absorb the force released by an eventual blast. That way if it goes you will not be hit by a slab on it's way down.

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shan FR said:
Well its now 3pm and no show so far from the bomb squad,
If they don't get hear soon the local dog will have no head left as he has taken a liking to the grenade . I have put a large slab over it to stop him playing with it. :shock:
Or use the ABM (African Bush Method). :twisted: Make a little earth dam around the offending article, fill this with petrol (do you see where this is going?). Lay a trail a few metres long so you can light it a short distance away, light it and retire (quickly) to whatever you consider to be a safe distance. It either blows, or it doesn't. :shock: In the African bush formal bomb disposal squads are just not available, so you use what you have :roll:
 

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Well its now 1.50am and no show from the bomb squad .
Just got in after a normal night with are wonderful French neighbours and good English neighbours ,I had forgot all about the offending bit of armoury until logging on to this site
But at 1.15erous a bottle of wine (that’s £0.78p) and five courses of an evening meal
What can you all expect .
As drunk as we all are maybe we should have just played pass the parcel with the offending article :D .
:D

You would think that after a year in franc that I would know that how ever hard I try I am not going to succeed I drinking France dry
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Well the pace has just really upped here in Burgundy.

Managed to pick up Hungarian TV today as well as BBC world - and got a builder coming out next Saturday. It's only taken 2 years. I'm starting to feel quite dizzy.

Must go. Got some sticks urgently need snapping to light a fire.
 

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lenz said:
Don't they lose a few farmers every year in France to ancient UXB's being tangled up in farm machinery.
Up round the French/Belgian border where the WWI trenches ran through.

Techniques for disposal vary, but mostly involve the farmer putting a pile in the corner of a field for the engineers to get rid of it...
 
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