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More and more I seem to be meeting people from my former life/career. These tend to be people whom I knew quite well but had drifted apart from over time and distance. Last weekend I had one of these accidental rendezvous through a mutual friend.  I was introduced to this person, who by name I was sure I had known quite well although initially they appeared to be someone I had never met before but then, within minutes of talking, it was as if my brain reprogrammed on the base image it had stored and aged it in a morphing fashion until this rounder avuncular version became directly connected subconsciously to the old stored version. The voice was particularly useful at blending then to now.

So the French  eco tax which would hit heavy goods road traffic has been scrapped supposedly until after the elections, no doubt to stop Mr Hollande’s socialists losing more ground - their popularity is already in low double figures.  And I don’t think the idea will resurface somehow. It’s quite amazing how destroying some motorway tolls can make such a difference.

Isn’t Ikea a wonderful concept, especially when you buy something from their returns and clearance item section (this is usually to be found just near the tills).   When a kitchen cabinet you’ve just assembled doesn’t fit into your kitchen, Ikea will take it back and refund you in full.  They’ll then put it back on sale for about 30% off, the same for items you changed your mind on or which have slight damage.  I had bought a sink thinking it would fit into a renovation only to find 18 months later that it didn’t.   I had bought it from the clearance department of a local store, it was reduced from £110 to £30 and having studied ebay for some months to see if it had value for resale, I took it back to the store I’d bought it from but they didn’t want it. It was reduced because they were discontinuing the item. They advised me to take it back to a store that still sold it, of which I found two.   Eventually I managed to persuade a friend who was heading near one of those stores to take it back. Sceptically she did and was refunded on a credit card type credit note the full £110 – a result or what?  So the moral of this story is if you live close to a few Ikea branches you may be able to make a business shopping and returning things.  Hopefully you won’t, although I really like the attitude.






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Now that the clocks have gone back, the nights are darker and the days are shorter. When it is too cold to sit outside in the evenings, I often find that people are a bit at a loss for something to do. The exception is, of course, Saturday and Sunday evenings, when we are entertained by Strictly Come Dancing and Downton Abbey. Well at least that’s the case in our house, when I get to the remote control first!


One good thing about November is that we can usually start to relax a bit about finances, as all the annual French tax bills have been paid and hopefully we still have some money left for Christmas. Although you can choose to pay some taxes on a regular basis, we pay ours annually. However, we plan before and save the monies in French tax-free accounts, which are ideal for meeting short-term needs (but not for long-term savings). This way, we get a little interest on the monies before we pay the taxman.


At this time of the year, we also carry out certain ‘checks and balances’, which is our own annual financial review. In effect, it is both a short-term and a long-term review.


For the short-term, we look at current income and expenditure and what is anticipated over the year ahead. We like to be sure that we can meet our day to day income needs, pay our bills when they are due, plan for a holiday and have an emergency fund to meet the unexpected. If we find that we have more cash than we will reasonably need over the year ahead, this is transferred to medium and long-term savings.


For the long-term, we review savings and investments, as well as pension plans, to make sure that our objectives and expectations are on target. In addition to making sure that a sufficient amount is being saved, we also review the investment performance of these savings and make any necessary changes according to our objectives.


Throughout the year, I go through the same process with my clients. Many are already retired and therefore, their needs are different to mine. However, the ultimate objective is always the same, i.e. to have sufficient income to enjoy a comfortable retirement. There may also be other objectives, for example, to ensure that the survivor is fully protected and that their estates eventually pass onto their beneficiaries with as little French inheritance tax as possible. If so, these are taken into account in the initial planning and the annual reviews.


When I meet clients for the first time, it is sometimes the case that they have never seen their financial adviser since their investments were originally set up. Years may have passed without a review taking place. This is not good and sadly, such unprofessional conduct reflects badly upon our profession. Having regular reviews is an essential part of the on-going service that a client should receive.


A couple of months ago, I read a paper written by Dr. David Kelly, who is the Chief Global Strategist for J. P. Morgan Funds. His opening sentence caught my attention:


The key to successful investing is not seeing the future with some kind of mystical vision – it is seeing the present with clarity. This is more true today than ever in a world recovering from financial crisis, and rife with political discontent, extreme monetary easing and deep-seated investor prejudice.


Whilst Dr. Kelly is referring to successful investment performance, a key part of the success between an IFA and his/her clients is for the IFA to fully understand how the client’s individual personal situation is evolving. This can only be done if regular reviews take place.


As for investment markets, over the last five or six years, we have gone through deep periods of uncertainty and thankfully, 2013 has so far been a year of balance, where long-suffering developed nations are now showing signs of improvement. Therefore, an essential part of a client’s review is also to consider whether or not any changes should be made to the funds in which they are invested. For example, whilst the focus may have been entirely on protecting wealth during the uncertain times, now might be the time to take a little more risk to profit from the upturn in market conditions.


If you have not seen your financial adviser for a long time or would anyway like to have a confidential discussion about your situation, please contact me either by e-mail at or by telephone on  04 68 20 30 17.


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 If i can't watch British TV i am going to go mad.

As the water cooler hot topic is whats going to happen with my TV reception i thought i should get a view from an expert, so on this occasion i give you two  opinions from the professionals in the field, or should i say up a ladder.




PLEASE DON’T PANIC.  At worst, you may need a larger Satellite dish installed in order to continue your current viewing.

You may or may not be aware that there are changes scheduled soon regarding your UK Free Channels, following the change in satellite footprint.

Basically we can advise that if you currently receive CHANNEL 5 perfectly during the daytime and at night then you should have NO problems following the change.

If you receive CHANNEL 5 clearly during the day but suffer disruptions during the evening onwards with “NO SIGNAL” message then there is a risk that you will need a larger dish when the changeover is complete. 

If you currently have no access at all, Day or Night to CHANNEL 5 due to “NO SIGNAL” message (when the other free channels show clearly) then you will definitely require a larger satellite dish.

The estimated dish sizes required between Carcassonne across to Narbonne is 85 to 98cms and Limoux & further south 98 to 120cms (1.2 metres).

Please remember that a 98cm dish is the maximum size that can be mounted on a brick built chimney (Always best to check with your Household insurers to be sure).

Should you require any further information or advice please feel free to email me at




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Changes to the Satelllites providing UK FTA TV due at the end of the Nov 2013.



Astra 2F went into Service in  Dec 2012. At which point some of the UK FTA Channels (including Channel 5 and its * / USA and +1's, 4HD and a few regions of ITV1 and ITV1+1) were switched to it from Astra 1N and for many of us reception has been at best intermittent.

So if you have had problems with C5 Reception over the past 11 months then you will need to make changes to your System.

I have been experimenting and monitoring the Signal 'chez-moi' and around the Region for 11 months now.

The Signal varies from the North of the Region (Toulouse/Montpellier line) where it has still been receivable on the original Dishes to the Spanish Border where it has at times disappeared completely on even quite large Dishes.

Astra 2E is meant to be the same Spec. So until this is actually 'observed' we can only go on the signal level of Astra 2F as a guide to what might be required for the Future.

Luckily there are now 2 Options for receiving UK TV in the Future. Upgrade your Satellite system or switch to TV via the Internet.

Satellite System Requirements.

As a 'rule of Thumb' and discounting the various periods of exceptionally low signals observed from Astra 2f in the spring/summer, then the Region can be broken down into 'Zones' from the North to the South of the area... 

My Reccomendation for the Line Toulouse - Montpellier and 30 Kms North would be a 90cm / 100cm Dish.

Montpellier - Beziers. a 110cm. Dish

Beziers - Narbonne a 120cm. Dish

Narbonne to Rivesaltes a 130cm Dish

Perpignan and South a 150cm Dish (and perhaps at the Spanish Border itself a 160cm. Dish)

Please Note:  Each Make / Model of Dish and Make / Model of LNB can make a huge difference to the performance of any Given Dish Size. I have been Testing Makes / Sizes of Dishes and Makes and Models of LNBs and any installations i make will be with Best Performing Equipment available.

I have come across instances of both 'poor' quality Large  Dishes and /or using the 'wrong' LNB making reception no better than the smaller Dish they were meant to replace.

Dishes above 90cm. CANNOT be sited on Chimneys/ Roofs and above 110 cm. they are best 'Ground Mounted' with Poles firmly Bolted to Concrete Bases. Of course, all require siting in a 'sheltered position', with regard to the extreme winds we suffer in the Region.

Please Note: Once above the 120 cm. size then the costs incolved increase sharply.

These factors, of course, will make it impossible for some people to install 'Larger Dishes' due to perhaps the 'costs involved' or in many cases as they dont have anywhere to site such  large Dishes.

The downside of  'Rushing-in' to installing a Dish of any size in any Location, is that i for one, could not guarantee that it would work into the future as we have observed that 2F has not provided a stable signal during the past 11 months. We will have a much better idea of what is what some months from now.

Luckily there is now the Option of 'UK Television via the Internet' in various forms.

1. Watching UKTV on a Computer, Laptop , ipad, Tablet etc.

Many people will already know the likes of Iplayer etc are watcheable on a computer using a VPN /smart DNS etc.etc. or even Filmon where the many Channels are available again on your computer but without any restriction........

2. FTA IPTV via a Set Top Box.

There now exist 'Set Top Boxes' that require connecting to a Broadband Router (with a Cable / WiFi or Homeplug) and then to your TV. These do however require a Download Speed of around 2mb/s minimum.

The Box i propose does not only allow 'Streaming' of the main UK FTA Channels but also TV channels from around the world as well as access to free Streaming of Movies.

The Downside of this 'Service' is that it relies on '3rd. Party' streams which of course could 'stop' at any time.

3. Subscription IPTV.

There are various Companies now offering a 'Bouquet' of UK Channels, TV and Radio. I have chosen to work with ukexpattv as their service works  with a 'lowish' Broadband speed of 1,2 Mb/s min. This service also gives  '14 day Catch up'. The Set Top Box requires a connection to your Router in the same manner as above. Their prices are also 'average'.

The Upside to this 'System' is that it can be guaranteed to work into the Future. You have a direct connection to the source of the Programmes on their 'Servers' and therefore are not at the mercy of either the Satellite Operators changing the 'Footprint' or 3rd. Parties on the internet.


One other 'suggestion' could perhaps be to have a 'smaller Dish' than required + a FTA IPTV System and in the case of the difference in price between say a 130 Dish and a 110 Dish this could actually work out a cheaper and reasonably  'secure' solution.

I think that there is no 'one size fits all' and each case will need careful consideration as to the best 'Solution' for each circumstance.

(For my own situation i am going down the 'smaller' Dish with FTA IPTV Backup as the best/cheapest  solution).

Further details and indications of the costs involved are available on my website and do feel free to contact me for any further information.


Thanks Dave Smith








Tech Talk

Something a little different this month, it’s an article I was asked to read and thought that it might be a good subject to share with everyone.

The following article was written by Maria Watson for Student’s and illustrate perfectly the basic concepts of Web security for us all.



A Student’s Need-to-Know Guide to Web Security

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College students access shared public networks more often than just about any other group of users online. Open networks are great for college campuses and workspaces, but users often underestimate the threat of malicious users and malware on unsecured networks. This year alone, dozens of colleges and universities across the country have had an incident with network or database security breaches. This past summer, Stanford was forced to issue an emergency notice to its students, urging them to change their passwords and security settings after the school’s password database had been hacked.

Cyberattacks like the one that hit at Stanford are targeted at internal IT vulnerabilities, but similar attacks are even more likely to happen on unsecured networks of any kind, at home or at school. In addition to the threats posed by hackers and malware, students need to be aware of the amount of information they make available on their threats posed by social media misusers, shared social media platforms need to stay aware The cyberattacks that students types of cyber attacks fall into two major risk categories:

Theft and Fraud: Digital criminals can gain access to your sensitive personal information, such as bank account, social security, and credit card numbers. A 2013 survey conducted by Javelin Strategy and Research revealed that 12.6 million people were victims of identity fraud in the U.S., with 10 percent of those crimes committed with online banking usernames and passwords. Identity thieves can also make unauthorized purchases using your check and debit cards by accessing stored payment information with your login credentials.

Stalking or Harassment: The photos, location check-ins, and updates you post on social media may be intended for close friends and family members, but a cyberbully or stalker can use this personal information against you. An online safety organization known as Halt Abuse revealed that 83 percent of harassment incidents reported in 2012 escalated online. This is a particularly large problem on college campuses, where cyberbullying, social media hacking and other forms of online harassment have caused many colleges to expand and adopt new student conduct policies.

Develop Safe Surfing Habits

With students spending more time online than just about any other group of internet users, it’s critical for students to take precautions to protect themselves from malicious software or users online. Many of a student’s most common web activities — from online banking or shopping to downloading torrents and updating social media accounts — can be made more secure by following a few simple guidelines.

  1. Don’t download free media. Torrents, direct download websites, and streaming hosts open your computer up to a wide range of malware and viruses. Trojan viruses can install software-like keyloggers, which can record everything you type on a computer, such as usernames and passwords, and send this information to online criminals. You will be less likely to download malicious software if you avoid illegal content and piracy websites.
  2. Don’t store your payment information online. When you make a purchase online with popular retailers such as Amazon or Apple, users have the option of storing their payment information for future use. However, cyber criminals can take advantage of this stored information, making fraudulent transactions on your account or stealing personal data. If possible, avoid saving your payment information online. While it may be an inconvenience to type your payment information out for every purchase, your financial security will improve in the long run.
  3. Don’t overshare personal information on social media accounts. A public post about a vacation can make your home a target for robbery. A stalker can easily find their victim by checking their Yelp and FourSquare check-ins. It‘s hard for most college students to imagine life without social media sharing.Take a look at your profile security settings, and limit who can see your posts. Avoid adding strangers to your friend lists, since these accounts may send out spam links to malware and viruses.
  4. Change passwords regularly. Once a cyber criminal learns your login information for one account, they will often try to break into other accounts. Hackers can do more damage if you use the same username and password everywhere. Use password variations on different accounts and schedule a major password change once every few months. Never share your login credentials with anyone, even if they seem well intentioned. Company employees and online store representatives will never ask for your password, and they may be criminals posing as authority figures.
  5. Be cautious on public networks and computers. Public computers are open to a wide range of risks. Users can both intentionally or accidentally install malware, which might collect information from everyone who uses the computer. Cybercriminals will sometimes set up free public Wi-Fi stations and use a popular scam known as phishing to collect your login information. Just use trusted Wi-Fi networks and avoid login screens that don’t look familiar.

Many thanks to Maria Watson for this article, to read the remainder of the article please visit

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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How well do you know your friendly local builder?
Reply from anonymous builder X

As a friendly local builder, with a large clientele of, English, French, Irish, American, Canadian and many other nationalities I feel I must  reply to the letter in the last edition of the Flyer in which I am given the name MrX. The letter may be anonymous but the fact that it refers to me is easily identifiable to local readers in our area. I will refer to the author as Mrs Z.

Sometime ago I was asked to give a quote to Mrs Z. (to plaster walls of 22m2, 1 layer of resin and 2 of Monorex). The total price was 720 euros, including labour, materials and tax.
On seeing the quote Madame Z asked me if she had to pay taxes? My answer was yes.
After some days, one of my employees Mr. Y arrived at my house, stating that while I had been on holiday he had worked for two days for Mrs Z and had not been paid. Mr Y was unaware that my company had given a quote for this work.

I called Mrs Z and asked if she had indeed used Mr. Y to carry out the work without my knowledge for a reduced price? She denied this. I accompanied Mr. Y to Mrs Z’s house. She denied he had done any work and said he had never entered her house. She threatened to call the police which I thought was a good idea. I asked if Mr.Y and myself could enter to which she agreed.  Mr. Y went directly to the room in which he said he  had carried out the work to show me. I found it very strange that having “never entered the house” he knew it so well.
Mr. Y and myself proceeded to visit the mayor, where Mr. Y wrote and signed a letter confirming the work he had carried out.

Contrary to the picture painted of Mr Y as a poor handicapped person unable to communicate and easily confused, he is in fact a man of normal intelligence, who is deaf and dumb. He uses his own personal sign language which those of us
who know him well can understand. This is of course very important in a building situation where we all rely on each other. I have complete trust in him. He reads and
writes well. I am privileged to call him my friend.

Is it a coincidence that I should suddenly be called to have a financial audit and check up on the status of my employees? As a legal and trustworthy local builder and a good employer the audit was passed.

As for myself I am well known and, I believe, well liked in a village that has welcomed me for the last 33
years. I am happy to call it my home. I have never had a complaint about my workmanship or any of my employees.

I am sorry to have written at length but I am saddened that Mrs Z found it necessary to write such a letter.  I hope you will publish my response in full.

Mr Builder . X



It is never easy for either side to fully resolve disputes like this and the Flyer certainly does not take sides on who is right or wrong. I sincerely hope that all the people involved can now sort this one out amicably between themselves and to allow them a bit of space to find a resolution, correspondence on this one is closed.






The Revolution and You

Because of the revolution when all documents, books, complete libraries and churches were destroyed by intentional fire, it's not easy to research your family history. My neighbour has been trying to research her's and her husband's.  She is from Lyon and he is from Algeria.  What documents she has found have been damaged or incomplete, and when asking the local mairie where some of the existing documents should have been held, she is told by some 'officious jobsworth' (my translation) that it is not in their job description to look for anything, quoting the law, date and section number to emphasise the point.  The Algerian authorities will get her the information but at a cost of €400.  That coupled with the fact that cemeteries tipped the contents of graves into a communal ditch if their upkeep had not been maintained, gravestones couldn't be relied on for information either.

I can now call my neighbour 'tu' and she asked me how we differentiated the two 'you' in the UK.  I said we didn't so she asked me what I would call The Queen. Er Betty? M'am, Your Majesty? Never having had to think about this before it made me wonder a bit about what effect the French Revolution had on language, more research is needed I think.

















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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Early November has brought more rain but, so far, the mild weather continues so it is still the perfect time for planting, transplanting and dividing perennials.  It is also a good time to sow hardy annuals such as Love in the Mist (Nigella), Larkspur/Pied d'Alouette and Cerinthe which will germinate and bring colour in the spring.  Inevitably cold weather will be with us in the not too distant future so it's a good time to start thinking ahead and mulching the rootstocks of anything that is slightly tender such as plumbago, cassias, perennial morning glory etc.

I am frequently asked about a small red & black insect which is often found overwintering in the seed cases of hibiscus, hollyhocks and similar plants - it is a Cherche-Midi/Gendarme/Soldat Suisse; Firebug in English and Pyrrhocoris apteris in Latin!  And, no, it doesn't harm plants so there is no need to do anything about it!

Another frequent question concerns the confusion between myrte and myrtille; myrtilles are bilberries or blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus and related species),  which are found on many moorlands in Britain and Europe whereas myrte is Myrtus communis; a Mediterranean native shrub with aromatic foliage, white flowers in June and blue berries at this time of year, these blue berries are the flavouring for a liqueur that is made in Corsica and they have other medicinal and culinary uses.


Don't forget that we are offering plants sale prices from the 16th Nov until the end of November with our annual autumn event on the 16th November .  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.

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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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

Vendredi 15 Novembre 2013     

Mirepeisset  (bourse aux jouets)              

Samedi 16 Novembre 2013         

Bize-Minervois  (LOTO de l'école publique)

Coursan  (Coursan)

Mirepeisset  (bourse aux jouets)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Pauligne  (bourse aux jouets puericulture)

Pamiers  (bourse aux jouets et matériel de puériculture)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers / Brocante)

Dimanche 17 Novembre 2013   

Arzens  (bourse aux jouets et articles de puériculture)

Badens  (bourse aux jouets de l'ape los mainatges rpi badens/rustique)

Bram  (vide dressing et bourse aux jouets des parents d'élèves Bram)

Carcassonne  (vide greniers brocante)

Cavanac  (bourse aux jouets et aux livres)

Couiza  (bourse aux jouets)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

La Digne-d'Aval  (bourse aux jouets)

La Palme  (FOIRE ET BOURSE aux Livres - CD - DVD - Vinyls -Cassettes...)

La Redorte  (vide grenier . nouvel espace canal du midi)

Marseillette  (grand loto)

Mirepeisset  (bourse aux jouets)

Montredon-des-Corbières  (bourse au jouets de Noël)

Moussoulens  (vide maternelle)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Pépieux  (bourse aux jouets)

Pouzols-Minervois  (bourses Aux Jouets)

Saint-André-de-Roquelongue  (vide grenier brocante bourse au jouet)

Saint-Couat-d'Aude  (bourse aux jouets et vêtements)

Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude  (bourse aux jouets de l école)

Thézan-des-Corbières  ( Collection)

Tournissan  (vide Dressing Bourse aux jouets)

Villalbe  (bourse aux jouets, articles puériculture, habits enfants)


Villasavary  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture)

Villemoustaussou  (bourse aux jouets, articles puériculture, vêtements enfants


Bénagues  (vide Coffre à Jouets)


Mazères  (grand Loto du Comité des Fêtes)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Rieucros  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture)

Saint-Girons  (Les puces du champ de mars)

Saint-Pierre-de-Rivière  (vide Grenier)

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

Samedi 23 Novembre 2013         

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Villeneuve-la-Comptal  (bourse aux jouets, vêtements et matériels de puériculture)

Foix  (bourse aux skis du Ski Club de Foix)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers / Brocante)

Dimanche 24 Novembre 2013   

Bram  (vide grenier et bourse toutes collections)

Carcassonne  (vide greniers brocante)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Fabrezan  (bourse aux jouets de l'ecole)

Fanjeaux  (bourse petite enfance 0-14 ans)

Homps  (bourse aux jouets et puericulture. En faveur du Téléthon)

La Palme  (bourse aux jouets)

Limoux  (bourse aux jouets et à la puériculture)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne  (bourse aux jouets , puericulture et marché de noël)

Névian  (bourse aux jouets et péuriculture au profit du Téléthon)

Palaja  (bourse aux jouets et vetements d'enfants)

Pexiora  (LOTO d'ESCAPADES HONGROISES avec Expo de Broderies)

Ribouisse  (LOTO du Comité des Fêtes)

Rieux-Minervois  (bourse aux jouets)

Rieux-Minervois  (vide- Grenier)

Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse  (bourse aux jouets et vide dressing)

Salles-d'Aude  (vide grenier - Bourse aux jouets)

Castillon-en-Couserans  (bourse aux jouets et aux vêtements)

Mercus-Garrabet  (vide Grenier organisé par l'APEEMGA)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Taurignan-Vieux  (vide grenier dans salle des fêtes) 


 What's On




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




readers write 


In defence of Le French Mobile...

I've found them excellent, so I'm not sure why your other writer, Jim,  had a problem.
I  fully recommend them.
I also got mine at Earls Court, in January this year.
I'm guessing that after 6 months with no usage, they really thought the SIM was not wanted.
Or else he ran out of credit??
Their terms clearly state:-
"Each month you will have a fee of 1.40 to keep your line active. If you do not have enough credit, your account may automatically be closed and your SIM card deactivated after one month if you do not top up within that time."
This is the lowest monthly charge Ive found, which is why I recommend them.



Iain Duncan Smith – Should he be on the dole?

Read this linked article

IDS weakness is revealed for us in Europe by the ludicrous situation about the Winter Fuel Payment.  IDS  believes that France is a ‘hot’ country.  He (one surmises)  got his civil servants at the DWP to include the tropical ‘departments’ of France in calculations of the average mean temperature of France through November to March.

The Director of The Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia considers that absurd.  Here are the published figures by the CRU for Nov-March

    France 5.08 C

    French overseas departments of French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Guadeloupeand Mayotte  ----   25.46 C ; 24.58 C ;  22.18 C ; 24.6 C; 26.58 C

    Average  of France together with the first 4 overseas departments is 22.38 C with Mayotte (Comoros) included - 25.7C!!
(Mayotte becomes included as part of the EU on January 1st 2014 - the rest already are.)

The average mean temperature for SW England is given by the DWP team as 5.6 C

Italy is 7.54 C and Ireland is 5.64 C – both above 5.6 C - they kept quiet about Ireland!

So the CRU data show Ireland and Italy warmer than the yardstick of SW England,  --- and France is colder.  It is an incompetent shambolic use of statistics –
I am grateful to Roger Boaden (a correspondent of Pensioners Debout!)  for digging out these figures and compiling the bar chart.

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Good morning Colleagues

Seems like IDS has been at it once again;!! Please read the comments and, as a matter of priority, add your own personal comments please. We have to stand up and be counted!

Kindest Regards

Graham Richards &





Harry Shindler the 92 year old'father'of the Campaign for the Right to Vote (Representation) for expatriates at Westminster has asked for the following message to be widely distributed. Your comments would help. Volunteers would be most welcome who could help in developing strategies .
Brian Cave -

To all our Ex-Pat friends …. From Harry Shindler- Italy


First, many thanks to those who travelled to Brussels for the meeting with the Commission and the Vice-President Ms.V. Reding. One more step along the road to getting our Vote.

So where do I go from here, now that my Appeal has been rejected by the Euro. Court of Human Rights? I could say ‘let’s call it a day’. But that option is not even up for consideration. So?

The United Nations? We are informed on their Fact Sheet that a result comes through “after some years”. It could mean – noting that my last case took 4 years – that we should, given that the case is won, be voting at the 2025 General Election. I am nevertheless preparing the Case and will submit it.

Euro. Court of Justice. The V.President suggested that might be an avenue, for them to make a Case but in the past only two or three actions have been taken. But as this is an option I have already contacted the Commission requesting them to prepare to take the Case for our right to Vote to the Euro Court of Justice.

Euro. Parliament. We learned at Brussels that the parliament has not to date considered the issue. So we must turn our attention in this direction with a view to gaining the very important support of that Body. With the support of the Commission and that of Parliament we are gaining important points of support. So the Appeal is…

The Euro Elections are in 2014. Contact Candidates and get their support if and when they are elected.

So we come to the ‘hub of the wheel’ .. The UK Parliament.

It will be for our Parliament – yes OUR Parliament, to delete the law which denies us the Vote.

The General election should be in 2015. This means that we have till then to mount a ‘Contact your MP candidate’ Campaign to ask the simple question.

“Will you support in Parliament, action to give back to British Ex-pats their right to vote in General Elections in the U.K.

The answer should be sent to the local press. They will print it and his/her constituents will see it. When that happens it can be followed up with a letter of congratulation or condemnation. But the electors should know what the Candidates think on the matter.

The work in Parliament is the major task – if all else fails.

As Christabel Pankhurst said long ago…

“We could never win if we were not in the right. But because we are in the right we are going to win!”

Harry Shindler, Tel:- 00 39 0735 658 446 & Mobile 00 39 0347 524 2893









Every year The association “GT du Coeur” runs a huge event over a week-end in Carcassonne to raise money for the Telethon. The event will take place December 7th and 8th at the back of Carcassonne airport, zone Lanollier.

This year will be even bigger, with a longer track, larger organization, an even longer list of cars including the latest Mc Laren MP4 12 C and Ferrari 458 Scuderia. In all, over 60 Ferraris, 30 Porsches, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Nissan GT’s and all sort of other exotic cars!

Amongst the drivers, we have Fabien Barthés (Official Ferrari driver), the Porsche GT Cup French champion, The European Nascar champion, etc. as well as other professional drivers.

This event is a celebration of speed and engineering and a fantastic way to collect funds. During that week-end, anyone will be able to purchase tickets to be a passenger in the car of their choice and experience track driving in the car of their dreams, or simply walk around and share this passion with us.





 enxmasfair  pepieuxxmas



True story reported by an English guy who was stopped and asked to give a breathaliser test.

The English guy lives near Le Bugue in the Dordogne and at the time he was stopped he was as pis*ed as a fart...
The gendarme signals to him to wind down the window then asks him if he has been drinking, and with a slurring speech the English guy replies; 'Yes, this morning I was at my (hic)..daughter's wedding, and as I don't like church much I went to the cafe opposite and had several beers.'
'Then during the wedding banquet I seem to remember downing three great bottles of wine; (hic)... a corbieres, a Minervois and (hic)...a Faugeres.'
'Then to finish off during the celebrations.... and (hic) during the evening and my mate downed two bottles of Johnny Walker's black label.'
Getting impatient the gendarme warns him; 'Do you understand I'm a policeman and have stopped you for an alcohol test'?

The Englishman with a grin on his face replies; 'Do you understand that I'm English, like my car, and that my wife is sitting in the other seat, at the wheel?'



 Children Are Quick 
TEACHER: Why are you late? 
STUDENT: Class started before I got here. 
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? 
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. 
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?' GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L' 
TEACHER: No, that's wrong 
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it. 
(I Love this child) 
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? 
TEACHER: What are you talking about? 
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O. 
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago. 
TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty? 
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are. 
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I. ' 
MILLIE: I is.. 
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.' 
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.' 
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him? 
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand..... 
TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating? 
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook. 
TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.. Did you copy his? 
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog. 

(I want to adopt this kid!!!) 
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? 
HAROLD: A teacher 




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