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BrritSki
2020-07-27 14:43:13 UTC
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I have had a device that lets me drive through the automatic tolls in
France for many years - it's invaluable when on your own in a RHD car
and the small charge is worth it also for avoiding queues and stops to
pay and my English CC gets billed once a month.

We also had one in Italy once we had an Italian bank account but we
couldn't find a way to transfer it to be paid from an English account
once we left Italy.

For this trip we tried again to fight our way through the awful Italian
Telepass site with no luck, but eventually I found this website:
<https://www.tolltickets.com/en/>

They were very helpful and answered my ?s satisfactorily so I went ahead
an ordered a Telepass from them. They will mail it to you, but as it was
a bit close to the 7 day deadline, I picked it up instead at the last
services before the Eurotunnel terminal at Ashford. It all worked
perfectly and saved me a lot of hassle as I did both out and return
trips on my own.

Strongly recommended.

THBAPSA
krw
2020-07-27 15:00:46 UTC
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Post by BrritSki
I have had a device that lets me drive through the automatic tolls in
France for many years - it's invaluable when on your own in a RHD car
and the small charge is worth it also for avoiding queues and stops to
pay and my English CC gets billed once a month.
We also had one in Italy once we had an Italian bank account but we
couldn't find a way to transfer it to be paid from an English account
once we left Italy.
For this trip we tried again to fight our way through the awful Italian
<https://www.tolltickets.com/en/>
They were very helpful and answered my ?s satisfactorily so I went ahead
an ordered a Telepass from them. They will mail it to you, but as it was
a bit close to the 7 day deadline, I picked it up instead at the last
services before the Eurotunnel terminal at Ashford. It all worked
perfectly and saved me a lot of hassle as I did both out and return
trips on my own.
Strongly recommended.
THBAPSA
I shall need something for France next year so must remember to do
something about it.
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Peter
2020-07-27 15:15:24 UTC
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Post by BrritSki
I have had a device that lets me drive through the automatic tolls in
France for many years - it's invaluable when on your own in a RHD car
and the small charge is worth it also for avoiding queues and stops to
pay and my English CC gets billed once a month.
We also had one in Italy once we had an Italian bank account but we
couldn't find a way to transfer it to be paid from an English account
once we left Italy.
For this trip we tried again to fight our way through the awful
<https://www.tolltickets.com/en/>
They were very helpful and answered my ?s satisfactorily so I went
ahead an ordered a Telepass from them. They will mail it to you, but
as it was a bit close to the 7 day deadline, I picked it up instead at
the last services before the Eurotunnel terminal at Ashford. It all
worked perfectly and saved me a lot of hassle as I did both out and
return trips on my own.
Strongly recommended.
THBAPSA
I shall need something for France next year so must remember to do
something about it.
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
Mike
2020-07-27 15:24:29 UTC
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Post by krw
Post by BrritSki
I have had a device that lets me drive through the automatic tolls in
France for many years - it's invaluable when on your own in a RHD car
and the small charge is worth it also for avoiding queues and stops to
pay and my English CC gets billed once a month.
We also had one in Italy once we had an Italian bank account but we
couldn't find a way to transfer it to be paid from an English account
once we left Italy.
For this trip we tried again to fight our way through the awful
<https://www.tolltickets.com/en/>
They were very helpful and answered my ?s satisfactorily so I went
ahead an ordered a Telepass from them. They will mail it to you, but
as it was a bit close to the 7 day deadline, I picked it up instead at
the last services before the Eurotunnel terminal at Ashford. It all
worked perfectly and saved me a lot of hassle as I did both out and
return trips on my own.
Strongly recommended.
THBAPSA
I shall need something for France next year so must remember to do
something about it.
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
Three letters Shirley?
--
Toodle Pip
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2020-07-27 15:58:42 UTC
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Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
Post by Mike
Three letters Shirley?
(?)
--
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

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utterly subservient to his will; and the next to overturn or diminish trial by
jury ..." Lord Devlin (http://www.holbornchambers.co.uk)
Mike
2020-07-27 16:26:23 UTC
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Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
Post by Mike
Three letters Shirley?
(?)
They were sold on threes years back, dunno about now though.
--
Toodle Pip
Peter
2020-07-27 16:39:08 UTC
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Post by Mike
Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
Post by Mike
Three letters Shirley?
(?)
They were sold on threes years back, dunno about now though.
How long has it been since we heard "anything for the weekend sir?" in
barbers?
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2020-07-27 16:56:57 UTC
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Post by Mike
Three letters Shirley?
(?)
They were sold on threes years back, dunno about now though.
Ah yes, I vaguely remember "packet of three" (though have never bought
any, then or now).
Post by Peter
How long has it been since we heard "anything for the weekend sir?" in
barbers?
I do remember with embarrassment being asked that once, because I didn't
know what it meant! I _think_ that was the only time, though, so
probably about four decades plus. Though probably remained in use until
much more recently - maybe even now - in some barbers.
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J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

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Mike
2020-07-27 17:35:19 UTC
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Post by Mike
Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
Post by Mike
Three letters Shirley?
(?)
They were sold on threes years back, dunno about now though.
How long has it been since we heard "anything for the weekend sir?" in
barbers?
Must have been before the Audiology Unit gave up on me.
--
Toodle Pip
Peter
2020-07-27 16:53:18 UTC
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Post by Mike
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you.  Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
The OED (and who would dare argue?) says

Origin unknown; no 18th-cent. physician named Condom or Conton has been
traced though a doctor so named is often said to be the inventor of the
sheath.
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Post by Mike
Three letters Shirley?
(?)
Tony Smith Gloucestershire
2020-07-27 17:03:21 UTC
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Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
<snipped>

There is a cathedral city called Condom in France. A colleague one tried to amuse us by semdig a postcard (not a letter) to the office, but he bought a card of the wrong church (I have never been there, but I imagine his mistake was the equivalent of confusing Barcelona cathedral with Gaudi's church) and the postmark was smudged beyond legibility.
Peter
2020-07-27 17:17:50 UTC
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Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
I believe that's the origin of the euphemism anyway; at some point,
presumably before the London Rubber Company, France had a monopoly on -
or at least a large part of the market for - condoms. (Isn't condom
named after a M. Condom?)
<snipped>
There is a cathedral city called Condom in France. A colleague one tried to amuse us by semdig a postcard (not a letter) to the office, but he bought a card of the wrong church (I have never been there, but I imagine his mistake was the equivalent of confusing Barcelona cathedral with Gaudi's church) and the postmark was smudged beyond legibility.
And there are condom iniums most everywhere.
Joe Kerr
2020-07-27 17:43:20 UTC
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Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
Three letters Shirley?
That's one heck of a nickname. Old girlfriend of yours is she?
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Ric
Mike
2020-07-27 17:46:15 UTC
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Post by Peter
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you. Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
Three letters Shirley?
That's one heck of a nickname. Old girlfriend of yours is she?
Oh, come, come, come!
--
Toodle Pip
Sam Plusnet
2020-07-27 21:56:37 UTC
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Post by krw
Post by BrritSki
I have had a device that lets me drive through the automatic tolls in
France for many years - it's invaluable when on your own in a RHD car
and the small charge is worth it also for avoiding queues and stops
to pay and my English CC gets billed once a month.
We also had one in Italy once we had an Italian bank account but we
couldn't find a way to transfer it to be paid from an English account
once we left Italy.
For this trip we tried again to fight our way through the awful
<https://www.tolltickets.com/en/>
They were very helpful and answered my ?s satisfactorily so I went
ahead an ordered a Telepass from them. They will mail it to you, but
as it was a bit close to the 7 day deadline, I picked it up instead
at the last services before the Eurotunnel terminal at Ashford. It
all worked perfectly and saved me a lot of hassle as I did both out
and return trips on my own.
Strongly recommended.
THBAPSA
I shall need something for France next year so must remember to do
something about it.
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you.  Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
No.
A postcard from Condom.
--
Sam Plusnet
Peter
2020-07-27 23:08:27 UTC
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Post by krw
Post by BrritSki
I have had a device that lets me drive through the automatic tolls
in France for many years - it's invaluable when on your own in a RHD
car and the small charge is worth it also for avoiding queues and
stops to pay and my English CC gets billed once a month.
We also had one in Italy once we had an Italian bank account but we
couldn't find a way to transfer it to be paid from an English
account once we left Italy.
For this trip we tried again to fight our way through the awful
<https://www.tolltickets.com/en/>
They were very helpful and answered my ?s satisfactorily so I went
ahead an ordered a Telepass from them. They will mail it to you, but
as it was a bit close to the 7 day deadline, I picked it up instead
at the last services before the Eurotunnel terminal at Ashford. It
all worked perfectly and saved me a lot of hassle as I did both out
and return trips on my own.
Strongly recommended.
THBAPSA
I shall need something for France next year so must remember to do
something about it.
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you.  Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
No.
A postcard from Condom.
For reasons I know not, the song

A table near the band
a small one.
Some cigarettes, a drink
yes, a tall one.
And, waiter, I could use
a chaser for my blues

came to mind.
Vicky Ayech
2020-07-28 08:41:23 UTC
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Post by krw
I shall need something for France next year so must remember to do
something about it.
I see that BrritSki said they can be mailed it to you.  Does that mean
you'll find a French letter in your post?
No.
A postcard from Condom.
For reasons I know not, the song
A table near the band
a small one.
Some cigarettes, a drink
yes, a tall one.
And, waiter, I could use
a chaser for my blues
came to mind.
IRTA a waiter I can use as a chaser for my blues

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