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So Michael Dell has managed to take his company back into private ownership, he must have some jolly good ideas to make it profitable. Whilst all the to-ing and fro-ing has been going on I had assumed he must have had a Steve Jobs’ type epiphany with a new idea and way forward as revolutionary as the iphone and ipad… or maybe he just wanted to be in the mobile phone business and will be coming out with the Dell ephone,


The weather has finally woken up and realised its November, it makes quite a change single figure temperatures eh?


Who gets the money when a bank is fined a gazillion dollars for malpractice or Libor rate fixing? Do the FSA all pay themselves super bonuses and  have expenses lunches or what?  I seem to remember that when the flag-carrying airlines were caught conspiring against Laker Airways, if I could prove which flights I had taken on the Skytrain, I got money back. I don’t hear anyone, who had a car loan which was inflated due to Libor rates, being offered some cash.  Who decides where that money goes?

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson surely look less like criminals for having people phones bugged, when the world and his dog in government circles seem to be at it.


Don’t forget that Friday is a holiday - you should remember, with all those chrysanths being a good visual warning.  The next holiday is November 11th (Monday week) World War I Armistice Day.

You must register in your Mairie before the 31st December 2013 in order to be able to vote in Municipal and European elections next year.

It would appear a few countries in Europe have been trying their own versions of ARoma therapy, following the removal of a child in Greece, police in Ireland snatched two children from a Roma family only for it to be proved they were indeed the offspring of the people claiming to be their parents.  Maybe this has been happening all the time and it has become more of a news story nowadays due to the relaxation of migration laws next year?


Mr Hollande managed to export Mr Depardieu with the concept of high rates of taxation for those on high incomes, now with the tax of 75% on earnings over 1 million euros footballers are planning to go on strike. It’s all sounding rather like the 70’s when Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and even Messrs Corbett and Barker left the country for a period of time to avoid punitive tax rates. Where will it all end?


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The post-seminar period is usually very busy, and this time round is no different.  Lots of meetings with clients old and new, and a few interesting threads of conversation.  One of those topics of conversation has been the housing market, both here and in the UK.  I have a number of clients here who rent properties back I the UK; not particularly because they want to, or need the income, but because they moved to France and found it difficult to sell their old home at a decent price, or at all.  Others have one, or even more, properties in France that they want to sell in order to move up the housing ladder here.  Buyers in France however seem few and far between, as I’m sure many French estate agents have found to their cost over the past five years.

I think things are about to change in both countries, and here’s why.  Many of you will have seen the news reports about the UK governments ‘Help to buy’ programme.  I didn’t take much notice of it at first.  Just another government idea that won’t make any real difference and will soon be buried in the ‘lost policy’ bin.  It didn’t go away though, and more and more banks have signed up to take part in it.  A closer look was called for.  Here are the interesting bits:

  • Available to both existing home owners and first-time buyers
  • Buyers need a minimum of a 5% deposit
  • The government will give you a loan for up to 20% of the price
  • You’ll need a mortgage of up to 75% to cover the rest
  • Available on all previously owned and new build properties up to the value of £600,000

This is heady stuff.  How many of you have had to help children out with deposits in the past few years, with many lenders demanding 20% deposits?  5% will now do the job.  This will be a very strong boost to the housing sector.  Whether it’s a good idea or not is open for debate, and I must say that I cannot see how it can fail to contribute to a house price bubble, and in the medium to long term that can’t be good news.  In the short term however, let’s make hay while the sun shines.  This is the opportunity to sell the millstone that is your UK property.  French estate agents take note.  The Brits are coming again.  Next Spring and Summer should be busy.

Ok, so you sell your UK property in a few months’ time.  A nice little nest egg of a good few hundred thousand pounds; but wait a minute, it can’t all be good news, can it?  True I’m afraid.  You’ve probably got used to the rental income coming in every month by now, and haven’t those nasty French tax men started charging Capital Gains Tax on UK property sold by French residents?  Yes, they have.  And yes, you do need to invest your capital lump sum for growth and tax efficiency as well as income.

What you need is a financial adviser…

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Système D

I’ve just recently learnt about System D or Système D – système des débrouillards which in many ways is the French response to their own bureaucracy.  Literally translated it is a method of resourcefulness, in practice it is how to get around the system.  There are magazines entitled Système D which offer DIY solutions to household problems but I believe it is much more than that.

My French neighbour’s explanation of this word included the word ‘ingeniosité’ as not just for solving little everyday problems, but as a way of getting round the law.  We were discussing how for some people it was a way of life – and that can be anywhere in the world, some people just have an instinctive desire to get round the system.

We, unfortunately, haven’t quite worked out how to live by Système D yet, mainly because we don’t really know all the rules for living in France so obviously we can’t work out how to get round them.

The window we are putting into the barn is a case in point.  The plans we put into the mairie included a window above the barn door with position and dimensions.  A neighbour who is a builder saw the size of the window we were installing and asked why we didn’t make it bigger and in fact pleaded with us to make it much, much bigger because it would give us a phenomenal view all the way to the Corbieres.  We told him we only had permission for this size but for him that wasn’t anywhere near enough of a valid reason for not changing the window.  So at the moment we've got a long way to go with Système D. 








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For those of you who regard massage as a bit of a pampering non-descript touchy-feely thing  or something for so-called 'navel gazers' (a term applied to people who did yoga before it became popular apparently!), then I can definitely understand your sentiments because I used to share them!

I 'fell' into massage about 13 years ago whilst looking around for a course which would count towards my Continued Professional Development as a Health and Fitness Specialist (glorified personal trainer really), I have absolutely no idea why I chose it - other than a competitor used massage as an adjunct to personal training and I didn't want to feel outdone. I'm not sure that I ever had plans to actually USE the qualification and I distinctly remember turning up for the first lecture and being utterly shocked by the fact that I'd actually have to TOUCH people!

Well, once I'd got a few weeks into the course, I was totally smitten and completely blown away by the potential of massage - the scope of benefits that bodywork can deliver was merely a list in a textbook until I began to see it for myself. And that's the thing.... until you experience a massage, it will remain possibly 'a bit of a weird thing and certainly not for me'.

So, why should you bother?

Do you get aches and pains that seem to hang around or repeatedly come back?

Get headaches? Backache?

Do you have trouble doing certain movements?  Take a bit of time to get going in the morning ? A spell in the garden seems to 'do you in' these days?

Seem to get more colds / 'off days' of late?

Not sleeping well?

Find it hard to turn off and relax?

If any of the above rings a bell, massage could be the thing that makes the difference between struggling along from day to day or taking years off your body and mind and putting a real spring in your step - whatever your current level of health, whatever problems you may already have.

As a preventative measure it's almost unrivalled - those tight muscles and tissues which are just waiting to cause annoying and debilitating aches and pains are stopped in their tracks.

In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.

We all have individual movement and postural patterns and therefore our bodies develop their own particular 'quirks' - some of which conspire against us!

Massage FEELS GOOD and it DOES YOU GOOD - the two aren't mutually exclusive.

If you've never had a massage: TRY IT, you'll wish you'd done it earlier!

If you haven't had a massage for a while: I bet your body is saying that it's overdue!


Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,  Massage Therapist
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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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Most of us had an amazing rain shower on Sunday 13th, in Caunes Minervois we recorded 20mm in just half an hour!  But, this was good news as the ground is now moist, the weather is still mild and we are entering an ideal time for planting new trees, shrubs and perennials as well as dividing perennials and moving plants in general.  Do remember to dig over the ground where you are going to plant and to improve the soil with the adition of some well rotted compost or other organic material.  Many plants that are adapted to withstand hot, dry summers resent winter wet so if your soil is clayey don't forget to improve the drainage by adding some sharp sand or gravel too.  As autumn advances there are always leaves falling, keep collecting these to add to your compost heap.  If you have a lawn you may still need to be mowing occasionally but do so with the blades set high.



Even  the hardiest of plants don't like being outside in small pots all through the winter at the nursery and it is much better for plants to spend the winter planted in your gardens!  To encourage you to do so we shall be offering plants at sale prices from the 16th Nov until the end of November.  On the 16th November we'll be having an autumn event at the pépinière.  There will be a guided visit of the garden at 11 am; Catriona Maclean will be here offering quality garden tools and other garden accessories and Jennifer Baker will be exhibiting calendars, cards and prints of local flora - all ideal for Christmas.  Those of you who came to our open weekend in June may remember Harry's hank drums - she will be exhibiting and selling these on the 16th November too.


From midday onwards La Table d'Emile will be offering a seasonal menu at 15€ a head:

Roasted parsnip soup with a spicy nut gremolata followed by sauté of pork cooked in apple and mustard and seasonal vegetables with a dessert of lemon posset and a cranberry and almond biscuit and coffee

(Wine will also be available)

Réservation essential:  phone 0468787010 (best to phone during restaurant hours - Monday, Thursday, Friday 11.30 to 2.30, 6.30 to 9.30, Saturday 7 to 9.30pm and Sunday 10am to 2.30pm)

We do hope to welcome many of you on the 16th.


One perennial that is giving fantastic colour at the moment is Salvia Indigo Spires, this will grow to about a metre high and flowers from mid summer until the frosts.  It likes full sun or half shade and some supplementary water.  Bees and butterflies adore it. The plant should survive the winter in open ground (but mulching the plant helps) but it is always worth taking a few cuttings to overwinter in a frost free place which can then be planted out in May.


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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who says there is no such thing as a free lunch.....

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How well do you know your friendly local builder?

After deciding to renovate our downstairs cloakroom myself, and since this would be my first attempt at DIY, a neighbour suggested I ask one of our local builders for a quote to crepie the walls, and have a nicer finish.  Good idea.  However, finding the quote a little expensive I launched into the work myself.

About 9.30p.m. a couple of weeks later the builder telephoned saying his labourer had informed him that we had refused to pay him for work he had done on our walls.  What??  No, I said, I’ve done the work myself.  A few days passed, the phone rang again, my husband answered and he was harangued for ten minutes about our refusal to pay the labourer.  Finally he suggested that the builder (Mr X) should come to our house, with the labourer (Mr Y) and we would resolve the issue, confident this wouldn’t come to pass.  My husband then went to bed very unwell, he’d been diagnosed with TB and the last thing he needed was this stress.  To my surprise Mr X and Mr Y came round.  Mr Y gestured, nodding his head indicating he’d done the work (he is handicapped and gestures to communicate).  Mr X, his nose one inch from mine, proceeded to shout at the top of his voice that Mr Y has worked for him for many years, he believes Mr Y and doesn’t believe me, he’d be reporting me to the gendarmes and denouncing me to URSSAF.  

The rest of the week was a nightmare.  Wherever I went in the village Mr X was shouting after me, in front of everyone,  “..calling the gendarmes..”  “..URSSAF will hear about this..” “..everybody knows me..”; he followed me into the busy village shop, screaming invectives; when I drove past him another morning he flung cement at my car. I felt like a pariah in my own village, where I’ve lived very happily for the last ten years.  His behaviour was absolutely outrageous. 

When I went to the Gendarmes in Lagrasse to lodge a complaint they told me they could do nothing as this was a civil matter, they advised me to write to the Tribunal de grande instance.  The Procureur de la République replied that he could find no evidence to warrant an enquiry.

As a last resort to clear my name I went with Mr Y to an interpreter in Carcassonne.  After a long discussion she was able to establish that not only had never done any work for me, the poor man had no understanding of what was actually going on.  Clearly there are communication difficulties between Mr X and his employee, but that is not my problem.  Whilst I was ready to applaud Mr X for taking up the cudgels on behalf of his handicapped employee, he got this one very wrong.  He turned into a foaming madman, his conduct towards me was vicious, unprovoked and reprehensible.  I am at a loss to understand the reason for his scurrilous attack on my integrity.

Unsurprisingly, the written apology asked for has not materialised but, in any case, the damage is done.  

A Reader


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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.







 Detached modern house

for sale in Montréal


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


Bordebasse du Lac - Cottage available for long term rental

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Holiday Apartment AiguaBlava,

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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
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Vendredi 1 Novembre 2013 

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Fabrezan  (vide Grenier du Handball)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Rustiques  (vide grenier)

Samedi 2 Novembre 2013   

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Varilhes  (bourse aux jouets)

Dimanche 3 Novembre 2013

Boutenac  (vide greniers)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Conques-sur-Orbiel  (vide grenier -- brocante)

Coursan  (grand Vide Greniers du Club 70)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Fontcouverte  (vide grenier)

Homps  (vide/grenier vide/dressing)

La Redorte  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture)

Limoux  (marché aux puces)

Marcorignan  (foire aux jouets et aux vetements)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Ornaisons  (vide grenier)

Raissac-d'Aude  (vide greniers et marche gourmand)

Salles-d'Aude  (bourse aux jouets puericultures habits enfants)

Villasavary  (vide grenier des maquettistes du Lauragais)

Villeneuve-Minervois  (vide dressing)

Vendredi 8 Novembre 2013 

Mirepoix  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture)       


Samedi 9 Novembre 2013   

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)






Villeneuve-lès-Montréal  (vide dressing et placard (livres et jouets))

Mirepoix  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Le Mas-d'Azil  (vide grenier // vide jardin)

Mazères  (vide grenier mensuel)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

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

Dimanche 10 Novembre 2013        


Arzens  (vide Dressing Chorale la Malepère)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Cruscades  (bouse aux jouets)

Fleury d'aude  (vide grenier)

Lézignan-Corbières  (foire aux jouets)

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

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne  (vide grenier)

Thézan-des-Corbières  (antiquite brocante bourse au jouet)

Trèbes  (vide grenier)

Villeneuve-lès-Montréal  (vide dressing et placard (livres et jouets))

Villesequelande  (bourse aux jouets)

Mirepoix  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Verniolle  (vide grenier geant parking super u de verniolle)

Lundi 11 Novembre 2013    

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne  (vide grenier)

Rieux-Minervois  (bourse vetements et jouets)

Montgailhard  (vide grenier)

Verniolle  (vide grenier brocante puces geante parking super U verniolle)




 What's On




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

LONDON GRAMMAR 18 Nov Bikini Toulouse

MAMMA MIA! 22 and 23 Nov Zenith Toulouse


CARLA BRUNI 27 Nov Casino Theatre Barriere, Toulouse

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION 29 Nov Bikini Toulouse

JAKE BUGG 10 Dec Bikini Toulouse




CARLA BRUNI 17 Jan Zinga Zanga Beziers

WITHIN TEMPTATION 20 Jan Bikini Toulouse 



BABYSHAMBLES 13 Feb Bikini Toulouse

SEPULTURA 25 Feb 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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Hi Steve,

I remember reading the story about the guy (it would be nicer if people gave their names) having problems buying parts for his Velux windows. I wanted to react then but forgot.

In this week's flyer his neighbour claims to give an explanation for his experience but unfortunately, while probably describing a true situation, this doesn't relate to his specific problem of not being able to buy these parts directly from the manufacturer.

France has a law that makes it impossible for anybody, be they builders or individuals, to buy building materials directly from a manufacturer. All building materials must be bought from a 'centrale d'achat' such as Chausson, France Materiaux, Point P, etc.... A Velux window is classed as a building material and therefore can only be bought through such a place. Hence manufacturers' websites in France will never offer their building materials directly for sale but will refer you to those places where you can buy, i.e. a 'centrale d'achat'.

In most other European countries this sort of law does not exist hence the websites do offer the materials for sale directly.

I can imagine many reasons why the French authorities would have such a rule, in particular the tax authories, some good and some not so good depending on your point of view, but certainly this is one of the main reasons why building materials are so expensive in France.






I have been following these articles in your newspaper and  you have to remember that most National stores in France are actually franchises so that their is no cohesion between the local branches at all - in fact they are  competitors.  This can mean that a neighbouring store can stock an entirely different product range as I found out when my local Brico Marché had not got enough door hinges and I spent an afternoon driving round other stores in the area trying to find one which sold the same make and size!  This often means that your guarantee is with the store where you bought the goods as I found out at MR Bricolage in Limoux when I had bought something at another Mr Bricolage store that went wrong under the guarantee and they told me I had to take it back there! I think that Carrefour do actually offer a National guarantee. On the subject of guarantees - I have found after over 10 years of living here that getting anything replaced is a battle so I recommend your readers  looking at the EU guarantee section on the EU website which you can print off in French and in English. It clearly explains that everything sold in the EU has a guarantee of 2 years - whatever it may say on the box or in the store and that the shop has to replace it , if the goods are faulty. I went through this process at Carrefour with a Carrefour brand razor which had broken after less than a month. I was told that only electrical items had a guarantee (a 1 year one), nothing else they sold did, so I went back to the shop armed with the EU information and gave it to the  girl on reception who read it and said "but this is France and in France..............."and I had to spend  a further 10 minutes explaining that France is in Europe and a member of the E U and that European law takes precedent over French law. After talking to the stores director (this is over a razor worth less than 10 euros, but 10 years of lousy after sales service had finally got to me!), they finally agreed to exchange it as a gesture of goodwill! The receptionist then said "but what about all the cheap stuff we buy in and sell for less than 5 euros- we have no guarantee with our suppliers on these items so therefore these items have no guarantee"  - to which I pointed out that that was their problem as my guarantee was with their shop, not with their supplier and that everything they sold had a guarantee of 2 years.  I left a very confused receptionist who obviously still had no idea  of what I was talking about and  what being a member of the European Community meant at all and who still could not understand this concept and even that France was in Europe!! (It is worth pointing out that my wife is French and I took her with me for back up in case there was any mis- understanding) 

 It is also very important to check your sales receipt against the prices on the shelves in a French supermarket as there does not seem to be much relationship between the two - particularly on items on promotion where often the stores accidentally forget to change the prices on the computer or, when these items have  sold out, replace them with more expensive ones, but leave the promotion price displayed  - very honest, I'm sure! However, if you work in France you begin to understand the reason why shops don't like giving things away - too much cotisation to pay, too many restrictions on hours, overtime, etc. I mean who wants shops to open in the evening on the Champs Elysées in Paris or DIY stores open on a Sunday? The store owners - YES, the shop workers - Yes - the government and unions - NO!  Good luck to your readers and keep up the good work!

Andrew Usher




 Just to let everyone know to beware of Lefrenchmobile, I purchased one of there sim cards from the Earls Court Living in France show about a year ago.

When I didn't use it they cut it off!,  when I contacted them they said you didn't use it in six months so we cut you off' but if you buy a new one we will give you 12 euro's credit.

Speaks volumes really doesn't it.






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Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg . Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported: 

On a Kulula flight
, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, 
"People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it !" 

On another flight
 with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, 
"Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants." 

On landing
, the stewardess said, 
"Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it 's something we'd like to have." 

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane." 

Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride." 

As the plane landed
 and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: 
"Whoa, big fella. WHOA!" 

After a particularly rough landing
 during thunderstorms in the Karoo, a flight attendant on a flight announced, "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted." 

From a Kulula employee: 
Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth . To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised." 

In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite." 

Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines." 

Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments." 

As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.." 

from the pilot during his welcome message: 
"Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!" 

Heard on Kulula 255
 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, 
"That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt." 

Overheard on a Kulula flight
 into Cape Town , on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain really had to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, 
"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!" 

Another flight attendant's comment
 on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."

An airline pilot wrote
 that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment.

Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?" 
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it ?" 
The little old lady said, "Did we land, or were we shot down?" 

After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg
, the attendant came on with, 
"Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.."

Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement

"We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of Kulula Airways." 

Heard on a Kulula flight

"Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."




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