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So Michael Parkinson was diagnosed with prostate cancer a couple of months ago, maybe he should have paid more attention to this Billy Connolly clip because it would seem the Big Yin’s regular checks found out his doughnut had become more like a beigel and he has himself been treated and passed as recovered from prostate cancer.  And now Connolly has Parkinsons.  It’s funny how you forget about mortality and expect people like him to go on forever - sharp witted and in full control.  NB this is not a rehearsal. Click on it

The new Australian Prime minister Tony Abbott said he would be making his first day A Day of Action and when I hear it on the news it sounded as if after that he was planning to have a more restful time of it.

So Russia has taken the moral high-ground and are brokering the neutralising of Syria’s chemical weapons, but how will anyone know if they hand them all over? 

So it seems some things have been decided some time back? Click on it!




Ever wondered where you could hire portable toilets for an event?  Check out the ad out below, they seem to be the business.  Is this the beginning of the end for street urinating in France? Maybe they could develop a dog one?


Along with the first cuckoo and Beaujolais nouveau day (November 21st this year) the siting of the first parsnip in French shops or markets is an important day. Do let me know when you see them along with price!


Have you bought dog food from PCEB? There appears to have been some possibility of 20 dogs dying in the Aude due to contamination of a batch sold in any of their stores in Carcassonne, Rieux-Minervois, Douzens, Montlaur, Villasavary and Limoux.  Items were sold between June 26th and August 8th and they have batch numbers 922112007 6 2014 2130616. They are in a white bag, under the brand Active 28/14.  Please pass this on to people who you know are not here all the time and could have bought this dog food last time they were in the region.





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During the last few days, I have noticed more that the leaves are slowly changing colour. A true sign that Autumn is on the way.

The global economy is also changing. Data from the US demonstrates that its domestic recovery is underway and a tapering of the country’s Quantitative Easing (QE) policy is anticipated. The markets will watch for any decision coming from the Fed in September. Will the fact that the identity of the new Fed Chairman should be known soon impact on any decision to move more aggressively on a reduction in QE?

News from the UK is also positive and it is clear that the property market is moving again. UK unemployment is also falling, now at 7.7%. Bank of England Governor Carney’s comments have resulted in an unemployment rate of 7% becoming a key indicator rate of when the Bank of England may start to consider an increase in interest rates..

Other parts of the world are also improving, noticeably Japan. The country grew at a rate of 1% at the end of 2012, as it emerged from recession. During the quarter to June 2013, the economy expanded by 0.9%, compared to the previous quarter; this translates into an annualised growth rate of 3.8%. “Abenomics” – the name fondly given to Mr Abe’s attempt to stimulate Japan’s stagnant economy with big government spending and aggressive central bank QE – seems to be working. Can the recovery be sustained?

For the Eurozone, there are also tentative signs of economic recovery, but ECB President Draghi continues to remain very cautious about any early signs of recovery. In his July statement, he said that interest rates are likely to remain low for an “extended period”, but with no indication of how long such a period might be. Probably, it will depend upon how the European economies fare over the period ahead. What effect will the outcome of the German elections taking place on 22nd September have of the prospects for the Euro?

With the positive news from the UK and the downbeat comments from Draghi, this has recently had a positive effect on the Sterling to Euro exchange rate. Good news for those of you receiving pensions in Sterling.

Despite the good news, the US, the UK and the Eurozone might continue to apply ‘non-standard’ monetary policy measures, rather than pulling back on these, if their respective economies start to grow too quickly. What are the prospects of this happening?

Lots of questions above and if you would like the chance to put these to experts and to hear their views, you can do this at one of our popular financial seminars that are taking place – “Le Tour de Finance - Bringing Experts to Expats”. Our industry experts will be presenting updates and outlooks on a broad range of subjects, including:

     Financial Markets

     Assurance Vie

     Pensions/QROPS

     Structured Investments

     French Tax issues

     Currency Exchange

The second leg of The Tour de Finance takes place in October, starting in the Dordogne, going to the Loire, Dinan, Alpes Maritimes and the Var before reaching the local venues:

     Thursday, 10th October 2013 at The Grand Hotel Avignon; and

     Friday, 11th October 2013 at the Domaine Gayda, Brugairolles.

Full details can be found at our website at Places are limited and must be reserved, in advance. Our seminars are very popular and so early booking is recommended.

Closer to home, the date for the presentation of the French budget to parliament – Loi de Finances 2014 – has at long last been set as 25th September 2013. We will be covering the subject of French taxes at the seminars, including an up to date review of the most important points of the what is actually revealed in the budget, rather than what has been speculated upon in the press.

If you would like to attend one of our 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.

The Spectrum IFA Group advisers do not charge any fees for their time or for advice given, as can be seen from our Client Charter at

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Warning Computer Scam:
Fake Telephone Calls
If you receive a call from a person reporting to be a computer technician working for Microsoft or Windows, and they tell you have a problem with your computer or that you have a virus infection hang up and DO NOT proceed.
I wrote about this in 2011 and 2012 and they are back the calls have started again, if you receive one hang up and DO NOT proceed.
The Call is a hoax from a company probably in India that has got hold of list of English people living in France, they tell you to do many things and to look at lots of different files on the computer to scare you into thinking there is a problem. They say they need to access the computer remotely to fix the problem, this is where the scam cuts in, they access the computer plant a virus then want credit card details to fix the problem.
They are not associated with Microsoft or any other legitimate company, they are looking to get access to computers and or credit card details.



If you have spoken to these people and they have remotely accessed your computer and charged you a fee then you need to contact your credit card company and tell you have been scammed, you also need to check your computer is safe.
They may have installed a virus, spyware or malware on your computer, they may also have installed remote support software all of which needs to be removed. To check the computer is free of harmful software run a Full Scan with Malwarebytes,  Download if for Free from HERE
If you are unsure an would like your computer checked please feel free to contact me.
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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I realise that people who receiver regular massage from me are probably sick to the back teeth with my harping on about their posture but this particular bit of that equation is MEGA important and I make no apology for bringing it up here!

The way we carry our heads when walking or doing everyday tasks can have a major influence on our overall posture, the correct functioning of our skeleton and muscles and therefore, our health.

Vladimir Janda was a doctor in the early 20th century who was one of the first to combine therapy and medicine in a ‘hands-on’ approach, becoming one of the earliest to practice physical medicine and rehabilitation. He recognized that many long-term (chronic) ‘aches and pains’ and ‘injuries’ were as a direct result of how muscles were being asked to work (according to people’s posture). Our bodies are amazingly good at making adaptations and will do so in response to ‘something being out of line’ – however, there comes a point where it isn’t possible to compensate any further and injury is the result.

Have a look at this illustration (called ‘Janda’s 45lb head’, via Erik Dalton – a really gifted body worker from the U.S)



So, if our heads are held in a relatively neutral position (as in the first picture), our heads weigh about 12lbs. If you look at how the head is literally balanced on the shoulders, it’s easy to accept that the muscles that are responsible for keeping it in this position are very small – they just need to ‘hold’ it there.


Unfortunately, very few of us (especially given modern living – computers, driving, watching the television etc) keep our heads in this neutral position, it tends to be held very much further forwards and we look down a lot too. All this means that those small muscles become overwhelmed and our body has to recruit other muscles (who have their own ‘jobs’ to do) to help and act a reins to pull the head back.


It’s reckoned that for every inch that our head travels away from neutral, it weighs an extra 10lbs!

I’ll bet the guys in the second and third pictures have some issues with their upper (and probably lower) back and neck as well as shoulders that are causing problems. I’ll also bet they’re thinking it’s just an inevitable part of getting older and that their bodies are just starting to fall apart – if they stood sideways and looked in a mirror though they might get a clue!


Don’t ever think it’s too late to reverse this situation, it’s not! Take stock of how you hold your head at the moment (until you know what you currently do, you can’t correct anything) – as you become more body aware you can gradually come to recognize when your head is in al less-than-optimal position (affecting other structures) and gradually (it didn’t get bad overnight, it won’t go away in a week!) work to change things and bring relief to your body.


Think about someone picking up your head and PERCHING it on your shoulders. One of the most useful aide –memoirs I have heard is to imagine that there is a helium bubble at the top of your head constantly but gently ‘floating’ your head upwards (and therefore also lengthening your spine) – try it!

Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,  Massage / Deep Tissue Massage
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Over the last few days it has really felt as though autumn has arrived.  There are already lots of fallen leaves gathering - remember that these are a useful resource so collect them and either add them to your compost heap or pack them down in a plastic bag, add a little moisture and tuck it away in a shady place and in a year's time you'll have lovely leafmould to add to your garden.  We have also had some strong winds recently so do start to check tree ties and stakes before the winter.  Remember that stakes  should be no taller than one-third of the stem height of the tree,  be careful not to overtighten tree ties when securing stems to stakes and remember to progressively slacken the ties as the stems grow.

Two lovely flowering shrubs for the autumn are both members of the genus Caryopteris, in the verbena family.  Caryopteris x clandonensis form have aromatic foliage and blue flowers from mid August to late September and Caryopteris incana has blue violet flowers in September & October.  Both grow to about 70cm high with a similar spread, need some supplementary water during the summer and can be cut back at the beginning of spring.  They prefer full sun and reasonable soil.

Timed to coincide with the beginning of the autumn planting season we still have spaces available on our two day course An Introduction to Gardening in Summer Dry Climates at La Petite Pépinière on Tuesday 8th October (11am – 1, 2 – 5pm) and  Wednesday 9th October  (10am – 12.30, 1.30 – 4pm)  2013, we hope that this timing is helpful to anyone who may be coming some distance and may want to stay overnight in or around Caunes-Minervois.  This  two day course is aimed at those relatively new to gardening in the Languedoc.  We will provide information and promote discussion in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with the aim of helping those who are wanting to create interesting, easy to maintain and colourful ornamental gardens in our summer dry climate, whether you are working on an established garden or starting from scratch.  We will consider the nature of the local climate, the physical problems associated with gardening here (heat, drought, cold, wind, soil) and how to cope with them; recognising plants which are suited to this climate; buying plants; planting techniques and maintenance.  We shall also look at design basics and planting schemes, succession – planting for year round interest and plants for particular situations, this will allow us to focus on the needs of participants.   Appropriate resources and useful French/English vocabulary will also be included as well as a guided tour of the garden here ( to illustrate points made. The course fee will be 90€ including teas/coffees (we ask you to bring a packed lunch).  For more info or to reserve a place on the course please contact (

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.




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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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Samedi 21 Septembre 2013        

Coursan  (Coursan)

Limoux  (salon de loisirs créatifs)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 22 Septembre 2013   

Airoux  (vide Grenier)

Aragon  (3 ème vide grenier)

Belpech  (nous vidons nos greniers.)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier des 4 chemins)

Castelnaudary  (comité des fétes de st michel castelnaudary rue mauléon)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Donazac  (vide grenier)

Espéraza  (vide Grenier de la saint Michel)

Gruissan  (vide-greniers les mirguettes)

La Pomarède  (vide greniers)

Le Somail  (vide greniers d'automne)

Limoux  (salon de loisirs créatifs)

Marseillette  (vide grenier)

Mirepeisset  (vide grenier mjc)

Montferrand  (vide Greniers du Comité des Fêtes)

Montréal  (vide-grenier / marché artisanal)

Narbonne  (vide grenier au profit du Refuge Arpan ( animaux abandonnés))

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Trèbes  (vide grenier et braderie de matériel informatique)

Trèbes  (vide-Grenier du Vieux Village)

Villegly  (vide greniers du comite des fetes et d'animations)

Villemoustaussou  (vide grenier association familiale)

Arnave  (vide grenier d'Automne)

Foix  (vide grenier a labarre)

Mirepoix  (vide Greniers)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)




Saint-Paul-de-Jarrat  (vide grenier sur la place de la salle des fêtes)

Sainte-Suzanne  (vide-grenier)

Sautel  (9e fête de la transhumance)

Villeneuve-d'Olmes  (vide Grenier)

Samedi 28 Septembre 2013        

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 29 Septembre 2013   


Azille  (journée en faveur de la lutte contre le cancer (Purpan))

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Cavanac  (vide dressing)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Cuxac-d'Aude  (vide grenier - Foire d'automne)

Homps  (vide grenier/vide dressing)

Laurac  (bourse aux vêtements enfants -matern - pueri-jouets)

Marcorignan  (vide grenier et produits du terroirs benefice animaux)

Marseillette  (vide grenier de l'Ecole de rugby)

Narbonne  (vide-grenier du Comité d'animation des Hauts de Narbonne)

Narbonne  (vide grenier)

Narbonne-Plage  (vide grenier)

Roubia  (vide Grenier des Roses)

Saint-Papoul  (vide-greniers)

Sainte-Valière  (marché et vide Grenier des Vendanges)

Souilhe  (vide grenier)

Dalou  (vide grenier d'automne)

Foix  (vide grenier au boulodrome de labarre)

Montgailhard  (vide poussettes)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Péreille  (vide Grenier le 29 septembre a rabaute ( commune de pereille)

Rieucros  (vide grenier de septembre)


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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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Last night we flew in to Toulouse, and spent about 30 minutes – even at 10pm - negotiating the diversion on the peripherique.  I cannot find anything about how long it is going to last, but it took us down the A64, then back into Toulouse on side roads, past the soccer stadium, until we nearly missed one of the diversion signs, hidden by an alternative diversion sign somewhere in Saint-Michel.

Be warned: allow extra time if you are headed to TLS, and I suggest you totally avoid the southern ring road.  And I’m sure the northern side will have appropriately more traffic on it for those people who know what’s going on on the southern side.  Sorry, but I don’t know if this is limited to the exterior peripherique, or if the interior is also affected.







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The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be right, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

John Cleese ,
British writer, actor and tall person

And as a final thought - Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.

Life is too short...



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