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Yes I know it appears I have more than my fair share of prolonged internet problems.  It took another five days for the problem to be solved and it turned out not to be my Neufbox or the 2 even Neufer (that were delivered to a local Tabac for me to collect) that were the problem, but something at the exchange. And that isn’t a job that SFR/ Neuf can do so one is at the mercy of France Telecom doing the work.  Saying that the problem was solved within the day once an engineer had finally been round and found it was the exchange equipment giving the problem. On this occasion Ft extracted their digit.



Things have gone very quiet on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s plans to out trade Wonga.  I can see it now - a premier league footie team with a CofE logo on their shirts! In fact why would they only stop there? Why not Gas and Electric marketed under The Power of God?  And that shirt logo could also make a good name for a chain of Coffee shops which put together would be a brand to rival Costa.  They already do coffee mornings.




I first heard the story about a man being detained at Heathrow when I wasn’t fully paying attention to the news and they kept referring to the partner of a Guardian reporter by his family name, but because it is Miranda, for a while I was confused, the only well known person with that name is  that big bird from that Midwife tv series and comedy series of the same name. And that didn’t make any sense. By the time  I got to a television and saw it was a swarthy gentleman, everything made a lot more sense. The people at Simple Simon head office, or GCHQ as its known (whenever I see a picture of it I think of the follow the lights and sounds plastic game)



It's official - it's nearly September and the supermarkets are heaving with Rentree materials, folders and exercise books with line widths in a thousand different ways, calculators the price of a Dacia Sandero and choice of pens to baffle the most discerning. Going back to school never got harder than this.









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It’s pretty difficult to think about tax, investments and inheritance planning in the summer. In fact, I am on holiday as I write this article and so these are definitely the last things that are on my mind.

One subject that is on my mind though is mosquitos. I am one of those unlucky people that suffer from an excess of bites from those darling little creatures. There must be a reason why they exist on this earth, but it beats me.

Scientists continue to carry out research into why mosquitos bite some people and not others, and also how to prevent being bitten. It seems that it is the female mosquitos that zero in for a bite by sensing carbon dioxide and other skin emanations. The low tech solution is to dilute these emanations by dispersing them with a revolving fan.

But if you don’t want to get a pain in your neck from the wind force, the chemical solution is to use a repellent, but make sure that you get the right one. Apparently DEET is ‘King’ and you can find more on this in an article published by The New England Journal of Medicine at

But I have found my own solution. Now I don’t usually advertise other companies’ products, but this one works for me. It’s an Avon product – Skin So Soft – not intended to act as a mosquito repellent, but somehow or other it does for me. Other people have told me that they have also experienced this unexpected result. It smells much better too than the usual insect repellents. Sorry, I don’t have anything in this line that I can recommend for men and so maybe you should speak to the real Avon lady.

OK, I can’t pass by entirely not saying something related to my ‘day job’ and so I am going to take the opportunity to tell you that we are again holding our popular financial seminars across France – “Le Tour de Finance - Bringing Experts to Expats”. Our industry experts will be presenting updates and outlooks on a broad range of subjects, including:

Ø  Financial Markets

Ø  Assurance Vie

Ø  Pensions/QROPS

Ø  Structured Investments

Ø  French Tax issues

Ø  Currency Exchange

The date for the local seminar is Friday, 11th October 2013 at the Domaine Gayda, Brugairolles. Places are limited and must be reserved, in advance. This venue is always very popular and so early booking is recommended.

So if you would like to attend the seminars or would anyway like to have a confidential discussion about any aspect of financial planning, please contact me either by e-mail at or by telephone on  04 68 20 30 17.







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Tech Talk 



Make User Account Control less annoying


Microsoft’s User Account Control, the box that pops up and asks “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” incessantly, has very good intensions, as it’s intended to let you know when software is making important changes to your operating system. That makes it handy for trying to prevent malware, but the pop-ups are SO! Annoying!

Especially if you stick to the safe area of the Web and do not install software.

If you feel confident enough to disable UAC or to down grade it a little, doing so is very easy. First, open the Control Panel by navigating to Start > Control Panel in any version of Windows that includes a Start button, or by heading to Windows 8’s tiled Start screen, typing Control Panel, and clicking it.


This slider lets you fine-tune UAC notifications.


Next, head to User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts > Change User Account Control settings. A new window pops up with a slider that allows you to fine-tune just how often the UAC dialog box will appear. Don’t like the way the screen dims when UAC activates? You can ditch that behavior, or you can just turn UAC off completely. (Amusingly, a UAC prompt pops up to confirm that you approve of the UAC changes.)



Disable password and lock screens


Oh, how I hate the Windows 8 lock screen.

Passwords and lock screens make a lot of sense on portable laptops and touchscreen tablets, but on your personal desktop, safe and secure in your home, they’re just get in the way and slow you down. I especially loathe Windows 8’s introduction of a lock screen that has to be dismissed every time your device wakes up, a function that simply doesn’t belong on non-touchscreen PCs.

To ditch it, press Windows-R on your keyboard to bring up the Run command box. Next, type gpedit.msc and click OK to bring up the Local Group Policy Editor. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization, then on the left side of the window double-click Do Not Display the Lock Screen. Select the Enabled radio button and click OK. Then close the Local Group Policy Editor.

Next time you start the computer no more lock screen.

If you need help or have any questions about your computer please give me a call or send me an email for FREE advice. or Telephone 05 61 60 84 23.








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‘The Men Who Made us Thin’ – BBC 2 Thursdays 10pm


This was a fascinating programme (1 out of 4) about the industry that has erupted in order to help people to lose weight.

So - when did the dieting phenomenon really begin?  Rather surprisingly, as far back as the 1940’s – in 1943, the chief actuary for the US insurance company Metropolitan Life did some number crunching of some 4 million policy holders. He found that those who had more than the ‘desirable bodyweight of a 25 year old’  when they took out their policies tended, in general, to die at a younger age than those who maintained this desirable weight, ergo……. ‘thinner’ was ‘healthier’. Quite arbitrarily it seems, this guy came up with tables which classed people as ‘over an ideal weight’.

These figures were adopted by the US government and almost overnight, half of the population of America became classed as ‘overweight’ – people panicked when they saw these statistics and immediately set about trying to lose weight. The dieting industry was born.

The programme then focussed on a few of the more well - known diets together with the gurus who had either invented them or been intricately linked with them – notably, WeightWatchers, Atkins, Dukan and Slimfast.

One thing that all of these people had in common is that they have become extremely rich – as the WeightWatchers former director Richard Samber remarked: ‘ The company is successful because 84% of people have to come back and do it again – that’s where your business comes from’

This was a rather depressing but unsurprisingly recurring theme – I realise it’s only number crunching but the fact that only a minute (and I mean tiny) amount of people had managed to keep the weight off 5 years later (a lot were even heavier than when they started) just really goes to underline that DIETING DOESN’T WORK.

Even more depressingly, the originators of these diets were completely unconvincing when asked to explain how their particular programme worked. The only one that made any slight sense was the Slimfast guru who said that having shakes instead of food enabled you to reduce the number of calories you took in on any given day – personally, I’d rather just eat less than drink something which is made up of over 40 ingredients, the first of which (and therefore is present in the greatest quantity) is sugar.

Another really interesting thing jumped out at me: on a tin of Slimfast shake was written: ‘never feel hungry again’ – well, is this half our problem? What’s wrong with feeling a bit hungry during the day? It’s not as if we don’t know where our next meal is coming from, can’t we just wait a couple of hours? Or are we so detached from our bodies that we just have to feel satiated all the time?

So if the answer doesn’t lie in the diet industry, then where should we be looking? Surely, if people would focus on eating more healthily (you don’t often see an obese healthy eater) and perhaps aim to move a bit more regularly (I’m not talking exercising for hours on end, I’m talking walking, gardening, DIY and less reliance on the things that conspire against us in modern life such as cars and computers) rather than simply focusing on a some numbers on the scales, wouldn’t we all be happier and healthier?

We’d also stop lining the pockets of the diet gurus who make all sorts of promises to you but ultimately fail to deliver.

Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,  Massage / Deep Tissue Massage
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I started this article a fortnight ago with the words "the summer heatwave continues..." and I could do the same this week, according to Meteo France July 2013 was the third hottest July since 1900 and the warm weather is currently forecast to continue for at least another ten days.  However, most areas had a couple of fierce thunderstorms around the 6th and 7th of August which brought some welcome rain to our gardens; ideal conditions for weed seeds to germinate so keep an eye out with your hoe and get the young seedlings before they develop.  If you do your own propagating now is a good time to collect seeds from perennials and shrubs, store them in a cool dry place ready for sowing later in the year or in the spring.  Most lavenders have now finished flowering so now is also a good time to shear off the spent flower spikes, remember that lavenders resent hard pruning so only cut back into this years growth.

There are plenty of summer flowering shrubs which continue to give colour and interest.  Abelia x grandiflora is a semi evergreen shrub with scented flowers from July to October and is loved by bees and butterflies, it can grow to about 2m or more so needs some space.   Cassia floribunda is a lower growing, yellow flowered shrub which also brings colour from July until October; it is less winter hardy and the stems are usually killed off by winter frost but the plant regrows from the rootstock each year so it is a good idea to give this a good mulch for the winter.

For any garden queries do get in touch with Gill Pound ( 04 68 78 43 81 or ). La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire (route de Citou) 11160 Caunes-Minervois. Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 10 to 18h and Sunday mornings from 10 to 12h from the beginning of March until the end of November and at any time of the year by appointment.  Do remember that you are welcome to visit the garden, without any obligation to buy, during the summer months to observe what is in flower and to talk about your gardens.



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Situated in the tranquil village of Castelreng, yet only 7 minutes from Limoux, this charming two story cottage makes you want to move right in. The house has been impeccably renovated but the charm of the original french home has not been compromised. As you go through the door you are welcomed by an old stone fireplace which creates the perfect environment for cozy dining. Delicious meals are prepared nearby in the beautiful 21st century kitchen which is equipped with modern appliances for your convenience


 Belveze Cottage


A bijou! Cozy stand-alone guard barrier house about 1km from Belveze-du-Razes, a full service town. Ready to move into and is sold with all furnishings included in the price. 20 minutes from Salvaza airport. Lovely mature garden plus patio, surrounded by a laurel hedge and cypress trees. Many varieties of fruit and nut trees. Ample parking. Interior is 2 up, 2 down. Living room with wood-burning fireplace insert. Ceiling height adds spaciousness to this small, affordable home. Enjoy a quick bike trip into town for croissants and pastries or an evening at the local café. Walking trails lead from the house into the vineyards and to neighboring towns.


PRICE: 79,000 euros

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Period house in a beautiful Razes circulade village.  This renovated but unspoilt house is over 200 years old and has far reaching views of countryside, hills and mountains from almost every room, and a stunning roof terrace.  There are 3 double bedrooms, large lounge, separate dining room and kitchen.  There is also a very large walk-thru cellar.  The house retains many period features including a beautiful oak staircase.  Price 110,000 euros.  Please contact for further details and viewings.




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 Detached modern house

for sale in Montréal


Villa for sale 11390 Brousses-et-Villaret Aude 295,000 €


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CARCASSONNE: villa for quick sale - €135,000-


Holiday Apartment AiguaBlava,

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Naturist Property 115.000 euro


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Bordebasse du Lac - Cottage available for long term rental


Semi detached house with stunning mountain views 150,000€












Some vide greniers and foires!

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Its all recycling - you know it makes sense!

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Jeudi 22 Août 2013                         

les Cabanes de Fleury  (vide greniers)     

Samedi 24 Août 2013     

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Port Leucate  (vide greniers)

Talairan  (les Festimusic La Plume)

Betchat  (vide Grenier)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 25 Août 2013

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Cavanac  (vide greniers de cavanac)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Douzens  (vide-greniers)

Hounoux  (vide-greniers, fête d' été à Hounoux.)

Lacombe  (vide -greniers)

Leucate  (puces nautiques , vente de bateaux d'occasion)

Moux  (vide grenier de la MJC)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne-Plage  (vide-greniers de narbonne plage amitie)

Port-la-Nouvelle  (vide greniers d'été)

Saint-Ferriol  (vide-grenier annuel)

Saissac  (vide grenier du Foyer Rural de Saissac)

Treilles  (vide-grenier du Syndicat d'Initiative de Treilles)

Ventenac-en-Minervois  (vide grenier)

Castillon-en-Couserans  (vide Greniers)

Freychenet  (vide grenier et métiers anciens)

La Bastide-de-Bousignac  (vide grenier)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)




Samedi 31 Août 2013     

Caudeval  (grand Vide Grenier et Marche Nocturne)

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

La Bastide-de-Sérou  (vide greniers)

Lézat-sur-Lèze  (vide-greniers )

Dimanche 1 Septembre 2013     

Leucate-Plage  (vide-greniers) 

Belvèze-du-Razès  (vide grenier aux Arpents verts Km14)


Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier la trivalle)

Conques-sur-Orbiel  (vide grenier)

Couiza  (GRAND Vide-Greniers au parc municipal)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Fleury d'aude  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Palaja  (vide grenier du Pétanque Club Palajanais)

Quillan  (vide-grenier )


Saint-Jean-de-Paracol  (vide grenier)

Saint-Marcel sur Aude  (vide grenier de la gym)

Villalier  (vide grenier de la pèche)

Mazères  (vide grenier mensuel)

Mirepoix  (vide-Grenier sans réservation)

Montaut  (vide grenier de l'USMA)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Rieux-de-Pelleport  (vide grenier au profit de Dorian)

Saint-Lizier  (marché aux Puces, de la cave au grenier)


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KAAS CHANTE PIAF 22 Aug Festival Trenet, Narbonne

STEVE VAI 18 Sept Bikini Toulouse


STEEL PULSE 9 Oct Bikini Toulouse

LIL WAYNE 12 Oct Zenith Toulouse

TEXAS 16 Oct Zenith Toulouse

JANE BIRKIN 19 Oct Zinga Zanga Beziers

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 23 Oct Bikini Toulouse

FAT FREDDY'S DROP 26 Oct Bikini Toulouse

FOALS 3 Nov Bikini Toulouse

SUEDE 4 Nov Bikini Toulouse

PIXIES 5 Nov Le Phare Toulouse

MORCHEEBA 9 nov Bikini Toulouse

CAT EMPIRE 10 Nov Bikini Toulouse  


ROMEO ET JULIETTE 15 Nov Zenith Toulouse

PHOENIX 16 Nov Zenith Toulouse

MAMMA MIA! 22 and 23 Nov Zenith Toulouse

CARLA BRUNI 27 Nov Casino Theatre Barriere, Toulouse

JAKE BUGG 10 Dec Bikini Toulouse


CARLA BRUNI 17 Jan Zinga Zanga Beziers

WITHIN TEMPTATION 20 Jan Bikini Toulouse 


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, QUIDAM 5 TO 9 March Zenith Toulouse

JOHN MAYALL 8 March Bikini Toulouse

BETH HART 19 March Bikini Toulouse

HOLIDAY ON ICE 21 to 23 March Zenith Toulouse

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