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Can that be real? the casanova Hollande story? or his he just trying to bolster his flagging popuplarity.
One voter at a time? or has he created to the story by sneaking off with his crash helmet on and then leaking the story? Maybe he thought welll look at Berlusconi? It could explain why he hasnt had time to please the rest of the voters. It does seem particularly surprising as a media person said, allegedly he is rather a like a sweaty potato.
Clearly it means the 16th above and not the 23rd for submissions and apologies for the delays i wont bore you with the problems

Today, in the Catholic calendar, it seems to be attributed to St Lucian and for some reason having seen that on a calendar I thought who the *&”% is he?

Apparently he was killed in the third century during the Diocletian persecution. (Diocletian was a Roman emperor who was a dictator and who gave some of his mates parts of the empire to run). Anyway back to Lucian (it's beginning to sound like this should be read in the voice of Frankie Howerd) the Catholic church, in order to have direct lineage with the apostles, decided to make him a martyr of the first century. Legend has it that after he had been decapitated he walked with his head tucked under his arm, to Beauvais. And it was decided that because he had stopped there that is where he wanted to be buried. Yes I know - how did he hold his head and cross a river, maybe it was just shlallow...... Clearly he was trying to check in early for a Ryanair flight. Although would his head be allowable as hand luggage?

I have of late received daily a number of spam emails offering pharmacy products by mail order and I don’t think it was just for the V ones.  This to me could be the interim answer for France while the pharmacists continue to dig their heels in with regard to the deregulation of sales of over the counter medicines.

It is also interesting to see that the DIY stores have been allowed to open temporarily on Sundays.  It is to run until July 1st 2015 and the exemption would only impact those DIY store workers willing to work on Sundays. France's trade and labour ministers said that these would have to be paid at least twice their usual wage, be granted compensatory rest and be given guarantees in terms of job security and training opportunities. Sounds like a good part-time job for some air traffic controllers who seem to only do a few hours a week, if they aren’t on strike.


Well it will soon be 10 years since I started the flyer and it's still going strong, through thick and thin, and readers are still being added. Some similar email information sheets have grown off the back of the Flyer, some have lasted, some haven't.  Other print media with linked websites have amalgamated or disappeared but whatever method you use to find out information about your area, you know that the Aude and Ariege Flyer will reach the mail boxes of over 3000 addresses, meaning perhaps up to 10,000 an issue, when you consider each address is a family and they pass info on to others.


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French Tax Changes 2014 & Client Seminars


As always, the French parliament kept me busy between Christmas and New Year. But not so busy that I didn’t have time to enjoy my usual treat of Blanquette and oysters!

Now I would like to share the full menu of tax changes with you here, but our editor, Steve, does not let us have much space. So I will just have to give you a few hints …….


  • Income tax changes are small, but important, so we’ll call that the entrée
  • The reform of the capital gains tax regime for property and for financial assets is big and very important,
  • so we’ll call that the plat principal
  • We will omit the fromage because we are all on post-Christmas diets now
  • And for the dessert, well that should be something sweet and that’s a little difficult with tax
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  • 21st May at Castelnaudary
  • 22nd May at Perpignan
  • 23rd May at Montpellier

Of course, there are many changes – some good and some bad. The full details of all of the tax changes, can be found on our website at


We are also now planning for our Spring Client Seminars. As always, there is no charge for any of our seminars and the speakers’ presentations are followed by a buffet lunch, so places must be booked in advance. The planned dates for the next local events are:


As the seminars are always very popular, early booking is recommended.


If you would like to discuss how the French tax changes may affect you or you wish to attend one of the seminars, please contact me or by e-mail at

or by telephone on 04 68 20 30 17.

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

So as we go forward into 2014, it just remains for me to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Let’s hope it is a peaceful one.

Daphne Foulkes

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As so many people seem to have been struck down by a cold after Christmas - here's some advice on how to beat it in one day - from Professor Ron Eccles for the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff (and let's face it, if he doesn't know.........)

 (Taken from the Mail Online)


7AMTAKE A HOT SHOWER:  When you wake up feeling dreadful, chances are you won’t feel like staggering to the bathroom straight away. But a steaming hot shower could be just what the doctor ordered. The hot water can soothe your throbbing limbs while the steam can help clear bunged up sinuses. 

8AMBREAKFAST ON PORRIDGE WITH BERRIES:     Diet is essential in helping you on the road to recovery. Reach for the orange juice to build up your vitamin C and throw some antioxidant-packed mixed berries into a large bowl of warm porridge.

10AMSTEAM YOUR FACE:  During a cold you can end up with a streaming nose, or even worse you become completely bunged up, which causes throbbing head pain. Here, a mixture of over-the-counter medicines and home remedies help.

Tackle the symptoms of colds with over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, paracetamol, cough syrups and lozenges. Look for lozenges with a strong taste. Strong flavours will promote salivation to help coat and soothe a sore throat. You can also try putting your head over a steaming bowl of hot water for five minutes to help soothe and clear the airways.

MIDDAY – GO FOR A STROLL:  You may feel reluctant to brave the cold outdoors, but a gentle stroll before lunchtime can improve your mood and boost your immune system. So don't worry that it will make you worse. If you have a head cold with a runny nose and mild symptoms, you can exercise if you feel up to it.

1PM – SWAP YOUR SANDWICH FOR CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD:At lunchtime, ditch the usual sarnie and crisps for some lean chicken and salad. Protein helps build immune cells and helps to prompt the immune response. People who cut meat out of their diet will often suffer with more frequent and longer lasting colds.

3PM – PUT THE KETTLE ON:Herbal teas and other hot liquids help thin mucus and expel it from the body.  Meanwhile, glugging a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice won’t have an immediate effect but it will increase your Vitamin C levels which is good for recovery and boosting immunity later in the week.

6PM EAT A CURRY: At dinner time, turn up the heat with a spicy curry or a chilli con carne. Ingredients like ginger, garlic and chilli peppers are renowned for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, as well as their ability to clear the sinuses.  Plus, they might be the only foods you have a chance of actually tasting. The spices can help get rid of germs from the system and clear the airways.

8PM – SOAK THOSE ACHING LIMBS:End the day by giving those tired and aching muscles a soak in a nice hot bath. A final steam can knock the cold virus on the head by helping to expel it from the body. 

10PM – GET EIGHT HOURS SLEEP:It is important for your body to recharge and a good night’s sleep will help you get your strength back as quickly as possible. To keep your immune system in tip top shape, try to establish a regular sleep pattern. Avoid stimulating drinks like coffee and alcohol late in the evening and don't watch TV or do work in bed.

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Firstly, a happy new gardening year to everyone!  At the time of writing the weather remains very mild so it's a good idea to get out into the garden while you can and continue to clear up fallen leaves, put compost around the base of shrubs and hedges and start to dig over gaps in flower beds ready for early spring planting - remember to get rid of the roots of perennial weeds such as couch grass and bindweed.  Unless this is an exceptional winter we are bound to have some cold weather sometime during January & February though so be ready to winter fleece tender plants and protect outside taps.

The mild weather means that many plants are still in flower but it is worth focussing on plants that really do give good value in the winter.  Many gardeners cringe when one mentions ivy because of it's reputation for pulling mortar off walls but planted on a strong wall or a trellis or used as ground cover ivy is a valuable plant; it is hardy, evergreen and tough.  There are many cultivars available with varied leaf forms and lots of different variegations, the picture shows Hedera helix cavendishii.  Ivy is also a great plant if you are wanting to encourage wildlife into your garden; the autumn flowers provide nectar for insects, the berries provide food for birds in winter and the plant provides shelter for many insects and birds during winter too.

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 during the winter months 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


Samedi 11 Janvier 2014 

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Dimanche 12 Janvier 2014           

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Ornaisons  (vide grenier)

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer  ( Collection)

Thézan-des-Corbières  (antiquite // brocante)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Verniolle  (vide grenier geant parking super U de verniolle)



Samedi 18 Janvier 2014 


Coursan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 19 Janvier 2014           

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

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

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Saint-Girons  (Les puces du champ de mars) 


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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

METRONOMY 25 April Zenith Toulouse

JELLO BIAFRA & THE GSM 29 April Bikini Toulouse


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Hi Steve

I showed your info regarding motoring offences to a French friend and he told me it's a hoax. Do you have that all on good authority?




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