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Did I just hear that the Tory government are planning to get the long term unemployed to report to a job centre daily? Do you think they have gone far enough with the proposal?  Wouldn’t it be better to tag them so their whereabouts could be verified so that they couldn’t be both claiming benefits and working for cash?

Perhaps the government could ban Sky and other paid TV services from being delivered to addresses in the UK where benefit is being paid.

So the Pope is doing some housekeeping, he is meeting with 8 cardinals in order to determine the direction and priorities, especially with its Roman curia (its Vatican version of Whitehall, its civil service).  Pope Francis has also been talking to Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the left-wing Italian daily, La Republicca.

In a wide-ranging and remarkably frank interview, the Catholic leader says youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old are the two greatest problems facing contemporary humanity. The pontiff also describes some members of the papal administration as vain, self-seeking, a "leprosy" on the church.

Scalfari ends his account of their interview with the observation that, if Francis manages to change the Catholic Church in line with his own deepest beliefs, it will indeed be a revolutionary change.


Has Mr Hollande shot himself in the foot trying to put himself front and centre in the Syrian conflict? Since Russia took the lead on the disarmament of chemical weapons he is back to “all dressed up and no place to go".

The Kenyan security forces looked terribly sloppy during the siege at the Westgate shopping centre.  As the story emerges with pictures of looted shops and escape roots taken by the perpetrators, at one point I had convinced myself there were operatives of Mossad or the SAS involved, now I have convinced myself it was handled all the way through by local forces. That would explain why they had to blow up the multistory carpark,  rather than surgically deal with the problem, IMHO.

I wonder whether one uses more fuel at this time of the year with the extra resistance there is on the road, what with it being sticky with fermenting grape juice and all.








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As you may be aware by now, if you have been paying attention to recent articles written both by me and by Daphne, The Spectrum IFA Group are holding a seminar on the 11th October.  This seminar will be ‘sold out’, a somewhat misleadingly description, as it is free, but you know what I mean.  It always is (both free and sold out).  At the time of writing this article, there has been a rather muted response from Flyer readers.  Assuming that Steve has got his act in gear and you’re reading this on the 2nd October, you don’t have much time to do something about it, so I thought it might be a good idea to give you an insight into what happens at a Spectrum Seminar, and why it might be a good idea to go.  There are seminars and seminars, and I rather like to think that if Carlsberg did seminars, they’d be a bit like ours.

The most important thing for a seminar is content and location.  Ok, the most important things for a seminar are content and location.  Let’s look at content first.

You may well have been aware in the last couple of years of a very successful advertising campaign run by Currencies Direct for their ‘Le Tour de Finance’ series of seminars.  Currencies Direct are of course a currency exchange company, and thankfully they happen to be a rather good one.  When they were planning their first ‘LTDF’ seminars, they realised that they couldn’t just talk about currency exchange.  There would be a real danger of repetition, or worse than that, running the shortest seminars on record.  They decided that they needed more content.  They noted that one of their business relationships was with The Spectrum IFA Group, who had  developed a successful string of seminars called ‘Experts for Expats’ along the South coast of France.

A match made in heaven.  We were looking for a company to feature in our seminars covering currency exchange, and they were looking for someone to add expert financial content. ‘ LTDF’  and ‘E for E’ merged, and we were gracious enough to accept that their title had a slightly better ring to it than ours, so the merged entity became ‘Le Tour de Finance’.  Both companies remain of course totally independent of each other, and only meet up for these seminars.

The reason that ‘Experts for Expats’ was so successful was that we didn’t browbeat our audiences.  We treat our audience as intelligent adults who have enough sense to come to our seminars to learn something.  We never resort to scaremongering tactics; we will never pressurise our clients or potential clients, and we will never call our potential clients ‘prospects’.  As the original title indicates, we don’t expect you to take our word for things.  We invite market experts to come along and tell you for us.  It is a mark of our reputation in the field of expatriate finance that we can call on so many highly qualified and experienced individuals to come and speak at our seminars and conferences.

We will do some infill on some wider topics.  Daphne for example is our expert tax monitor. She watches the French financial press like a hawk, and is always aware of all the pending French taxes changes or additions, and she will enlighten us once again on the 11th.

We don’t invite dull speakers.  I do have to qualify this though in that it looks as though I might be doing an introduction to The Spectrum IFA Group.  ‘Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking…’  And I’d prefer to keep it that way, but needs be.

Location.  Very important. If a seminar is to be memorable, it will help a lot if the location is memorable.  We are very lucky indeed in the Languedoc region to have an excellent relationship with Maison Gayda, the wine domain, wine school and restaurant in Brugairolles near Limoux.  This has long been one of my very favourite restaurants, and I claim a pivotal role in establishing Gayda as the base for E for E and LTDF.  Chef Pascale Ledroit never fails to amaze me with the splendour of the buffet lunch that he puts on for our guests.  I try not to make too much of a point about this though, or we’d fill up the places with people more interested in food than finance.  Gayda of course also produces its own wine, so it’s a good idea to decide who’s going to drive home in advance.

There won’t be many places left at all when you read this.  See if you can get one!

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Should it really be this hard?



After spending most of our lives in England, where you go into a shop to buy something and someone there sells it to you, it is such a trial to go into a shop here to find not only do they try hard NOT to sell you something, but also you find all the things you need for the same project aren’t necessarily to be found in the same shop.

Into a motorbike/scooter parts shop to buy a small piece of plastic pipe for a bike.  First of all the sales person said it wasn’t needed.  Then when he did accept that it was necessary, he found a small piece of plastic tubing and charged €12 for it.  At that rate the roll the guy was holding must have been worth somewhere in the region of €500.  He was just making it up.  And none of the other items needed were available.

The bike parts are nothing compared to the parts needed to install the chimney for a wood-burning stove.  You could buy the metal pipes, but you couldn’t buy the bits that held them together and of course you had to go to another place completely to buy the chimney stack and somewhere else for the cap which went on top.  Sometimes you stand goggle-eyed in disbelief because you really can’t believe that people can't sell you want you want! That you have to travel around 70 km to buy all the parts for one item – that no one specialist shop would have all the different parts you need to install a chimney.  At other times you realise you’ve driven 25 km and will be going back empty handed so you end up buying 7 screws and a plastic knob just to make your journey worthwhile.

Websites are just as bad.  You search on-line to see if the gigantic DIY megastore 20 km away has the part you need (trying to avoid the 7 screws and a plastic knob scenario) and you know full well the make and part exists, but it won’t appear on the site’s internal search engine no matter what phrases, words you put into the search engine.  This search is for a Velux window which you have just bought  from the aforementioned DIY megatore.  You take it home and look at the instructions and find you need another part to insulate it.  You search on the megastores’s website to see if they stock them, because from past experience there is no reason at all why they would. It’s not there but then again neither is the part you just bought!  You go to the Velux UK site and find the part and the price.  You go to another French speaking Velux site - Velux Belgium and find everything you need easily, comprehensively detailed and accessible.  You go to Velux French site you find no sign of this part or prices or anything of any use other than to tell you about the wonderful lighting effects you can create with a Velux window.  Am I missing something here?











We are planning 2 fundraising events in Puivert in aid of the SPA and Twilights . The first is on Saturday 16th November from 10am until 1pm, there will be a lovely selection of stalls selling Cakes ,Art and Crafts, Christmas Cards, Books ,Nearly New Clothes and Christmas gifts. There will also be a raffle and a bottle stall.

On Friday 6th December we are having a musical evening - with the Puivert choir and the Old Spice Girls -who are not to be missed! Mince pies and mulled wine will be served to start off the Festivities. There will also be a raffle, bottle stall and a silent auction. Plus the chance to buy some unique Christmas gifts.
The proceeds from both events are going to be shared equally between the SPA and Twilight - (the Old Doggies Home. We hope to raise lots of money to help the doggies.
If you can donate any of the following items we would be very grateful:

New  or nearly new clothes, furnishings, appliances and unwanted gifts.

Bottles for the bottle stall

Raffle prizes


And items for the auction. This can be anything from a mornings cleaning, pedicure, Holiday accommodation, meal at a restaurant or anything people can secretly bid for!!

If you can help us by donating any of the above items please contact one of the volunteers below who will be happy to receive any donated items.

:English Library  Quillan-

Julie Christian – Quillan

Fred Alsop –     Quillan

Jan Fleming-  Lavelanet

Karen Pead-  Balestie

Debbie Jones – Puivert (after 18th October)

Belinda Carter-  Les Bordes-

Moira Doig - Fanjeaux

Jane Hartley- Villeneuve

 Di Eccles- Quillan

SPA – Carcassonne

At both fundraisers   we will also be acting as a drop off point for any of the following items, which both the dogs homes are always so grateful for:

 Dog or Cat Food, Collars, Dog treats, Bedding and Balls of Wool

(We have keen knitters amongst us who knits blankets and coats to keep the dogs warm in winter!)

Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to receiving your donations and seeing you at these events




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The weather is beginning to cool down and if the forecast is correct then we will have had some much needed rain by the time you read this.  October and November are the best times of the year for planting the majority of shrubs and perennials as well as for transplanting. Do incorporate some organic material (terreau or compost etc) and some river sand or gravel to improve the clayey soils that most people in this area have and water the plants well after planting.  Most plants, even if they are ultimately drought resistant will need supplementary watering during their first summer or two.  When you are choosing new plants for the garden remember that this is a difficult climate; we have hot, dry summers, quite cold winters in much of the region and strong winds.  Choose plants which come from Mediterranean climate zones of the world, or from other areas with similar climates rather than tropical or temperate zone plants; they will perform better and require less watering.  This is also a good time to divide clumps of perennials and ornamental grasses.

I am often asked for plants that will attract butterflies to the garden.  Some of the best include Verbena bonariense, Buddleias, hyssop, valerian, sedums such as Sedum spectabile and Sedum Matrona and native plants such as lavenders, thymes, marjorams, scabious and valerian.  Remember that caterpillars need food plants so you are much more likely to attract butterflies if there are food plants such as nettles, euphorbias, fennel, achilleas and others growing nearby!  I have a list of plants that are useful for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to the garden - if you would like a copy just send me an email.  The photos show Verbena bonariense growing above Verbena venosa lilacina and  Buddleia Lochinch.

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.





Who on Earth are You

Nick Inman







Who on Earth are You?  By Nick Inman


2013 Findhorn Press, Scotland

A question of identity.

This little book about identity holds the key to life, the universe and everything where Nick Inman uses himself as the template on which his research into his own identity is based.  It is a template for use by us all to reveal an awareness of how we identify ourselves and how we fit into this earth, this world.  

This isn’t a self-help book or a book to read if you are looking to sort out the reason why you keep choosing the wrong person to have a relationship with, but then it is.

It isn’t going to say to you, if you were born under this star sign or you believe in this god, you are right or you are wrong, but then again it is.

It is a consideration of what it is to be a human being in general and an individual in particular.  To give us our place on the planet and by knowing ourselves, make us better people and by extension make the world a better place.  But this is a simplification and I apologise.

The author uses a letter from his bank asking him to prove his identity as a prompt from which he shines a light on the many facets of who he is: a reflection in a mirror, the words he has written, the clothes he wears, his virtual identity, the words and way he speaks, how others perceive him and how he will be remembered (under chapter titles such as ‘The Stinking Me’, ‘The Qualified Me’, ‘The Future Me’).  He doesn’t shirk from talking about the soul and how he believes death fits into who we are -  in a way this chapter is worth reading several times. The analysis he uses on himself is deceptively simple yet it gets right to the core of who we all are. His forensic examination of what constitutes the identity of a person is disguised by succinct yet powerful prose.

Read this book like a manual to resolve your own identity, to see who you are, how you fit in, carry it with you everywhere because it could just change your life.

‘Wherever we are in this impossible balancing act (between the human and the divine), the best we can do for other people is be ourselves and let them be who they are.’ 

Apologies to the author and Ram Dass for the quote as I précised it slightly, but I hope the essence is still there.

©Fizle Sagar 2013


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


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Some vide greniers and foires!
Please check before setting off
They also have a sister site where you can giveaway stuff or find stuff others are giving
Its all recycling - you know it makes sense!
If there are two in the same town on the same day, it could be a duplicate on the site or a second event
Black = Aude - Brown = Ariege

Samedi 5 Octobre 2013 

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne  (vide grenier LOU GRANGEOT)

Pieusse  (vide grenier)

Port Leucate  (vide greniers)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 6 Octobre 2013           

Armissan  (foire des vendanges)

Arzens  (vide-grenier d'Automne du Comité des Fêtes)

Badens  (vide grenier)

Bram  (vide grenier)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Cassaignes  (LE 1er GRAND Vide Grenier du Village !)

Coursan  (grand Vide Grenier d'Automne)

Cruscades  (vide grenier)

Limoux  (marché aux puces)

Narbonne  (vide-greniers d'Automne)

Narbonne  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne-Plage  (vide-Greniers Ecole Gaston BONHEUR Narbonne-plage)

Ornaisons  (vide placard spécial puériculture jouet vêtements enfants)

Pezens  (vide grenier)

Roullens  (vide grenier de l'école)

Sallèles-d'Aude  (vide greniers)

Ventenac-en-Minervois  (vide Grenier d'Automne)

Artigat  (vide grenier au Hameau de Bajou)

Mazères  (vide grenier mensuel)

Montgailhard  (manif des restos du coeur)

Nalzen  (vide grenier du comité des fêtes)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

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

Serres-sur-Arget  (vide grenier)

Verniolle  (vide grenier geant parking super u)

Samedi 12 Octobre 2013              

Bram  (puces des couturiéres)


Bugarach  (vide grenier des écoles - courses des cimes)

Coursan  (Coursan)



Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Villasavary  (défilé de mode)

Mirepoix  (bourse aux skis)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 13 Octobre 2013         


Azille  (vide grenier)

Bages  (vide-greniers)

Bize-Minervois  (méga Vide Grenier Fitiavana Madagascar)

Bram  (puces des couturiéres)

Cailhau  (troc party (femme))

Canet  (bourse aux jouets et vetements enfants)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier du carcassonne pétanque sport)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Carcassonne  (spécial vide-grenier - tout pour l'enfant de 0 à 12 ans)

Ginestas  (mega vide grenier)

Homps  (vide Grenier des écoles)

Leucate  (vide grenier - brocante)

Leucate  (vide Grenier du Rugby SCLR XV)

Marcorignan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier d'automne)

Narbonne  (vide grenier Saint Jean/Saint Pierre.2ème édition .)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Ouveillan  (foire aux rougnes des vendanges)

Pieusse  (vide dressing)

Thézan-des-Corbières  (vide grenier brocante)

Villasavary  (bourse au jouer et vide tout)

Escosse  (vide greniers d'automne)

Laroque-d'Olmes  (vide grenier du Comité des Fêtes)

Lavelanet  (vide jardin du telethon)

Les Bordes-sur-Arize  (vide grenier)

Mirepoix  (bourse aux skis)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Prayols  (vide grenier)

Saint-Jean-du-Falga  (vide grenier+ foire)

Saverdun  (brocante)

 What's On





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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I cant believe no one had a suggestion for out correspondent last week who was in need of a rat catcher?




The first Parsnip


Seen today (24/9) in Geant, Narbonne, 3.35 euros kg.




Dear Steve,  Would you please add to List when next published:

10th Nov                    Remembrance Sunday;

11th November        Armistice 1918. 

We are getting ready to send out Poppies to those who may want them, in late October. 

Best Riviera Wishes.   Commander Michael Healy MBE.  Royal British Legion Nice-Monaco.  And Riviera Reporter.  














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Tim and Clare Bennett

8 Chemin du Pont Bascule

11240 Bellegarde du Razes




On August 25th, our friend Jan Koops, who fought in the Falklands War and was on-board the Sir Galahad warship when it was bombed and Welsh guardsmen lost their lives, set out on the ‘Walk on Wales’ (WOW) to raise money for ‘Combat Stress’ and the ‘Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal’.


The walk will follow the 870 miles of the Welsh coastline and will take 62 days to complete. HRH Prince of Wales has become the patron of the ‘WOW Appeal’.


A baton inscribed with the names of the Welsh servicemen who have lost their lives in combat since the end of the World War II was blessed at  Llandaff   Cathedral, will be carried for the length of the walk and will then be kept wherever the regiment is based.


The Bennett family will be joining some of the walk and would much appreciate any support for the Walk on Wales appeal and it’s twocharities.


Many thanks for any contribution, which would be very gratefully received


Kind regards



Tim ,Clare, Sam and Thomas




 On a Lighter note






Subject: Use of Beijing English - Chinese hotel brochure .......


A friend went to Beijing recently and was given this brochure by the hotel. It is precious. She is keeping it and reading it whenever she feels depressed. Obviously, it has been translated directly, word for word from Mandarin to English……….
Getting There:
Our representative will make you wait at the airport. The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore. Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know that you are getting near the hotel, because you will go round the bend. The manager will await you in the entrance hall. He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests.

The hotel:
This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome. We of course are always pleased to accept adultery. Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate in the bar and expose themselves to others. But please note that ladies are not allowed to have babies in the bar. We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self.

The Restaurant:
Our menus have been carefully chosen to be ordinary and unexciting. At dinner, our quartet will circulate from table to table, and fiddle with you.

Your Room:
Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts. In winter, every room is on heat. Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity! . You wi ll not be disturbed by traffic noise, since the road between the hotel and the lake is used only by pederasts.

Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition. If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid. Please take advantage of her. She will be very pleased to squash your shirts, blouses and underwear. If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers.

Above all:
When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it."





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