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I am not sure what went out and what didn’t on the last Flyer. It was a real hard one to put together and finally send, apologies. I will share briefly with you what happened. When I was maybe 90% finished creating the Flyer,  a video that was running stopped and there was an almighty screech, a noise which eventually I realised could only be stopped by hitting, in true Hitchhikers guide fashion, the large “off” button which should really be marked “do not press”!  I then spent best part of a day trying to restart it. Where I needed to be was in my Outlook email file and that just wouldn’t open and I gave up.  I called Bruce Taylor ( I should have done that at the beginning) and he talked me through what to do. He immediately knew my pst file needed replacing and he talked me through that too. Because there is so much stuff in my computer it took a long time. Then there was something else to do which took a similar amount of time (I mean half a day type timescale).  All in all, 2 days later, I was getting close to hit the send button. But before I could do that I had to go out to attend to other business which had been delayed while I was trapped in computer hell. I left the house and forgot my key. Without a safe haven or a copy somewhere, another half day was gone. What a depressing scenario!

Eventually as you saw all was sorted, thanks again Bruce.

The other day I was speaking to a Scottish friend and as we passed some railings and we got into a discussion about the huge amount of the railings that had been taken away to make munitions during the last world war but had ended up being dumped in the Solent as they were no longer needed.  He was surprised that as a southerner I had understood the concept of railing removal as he thought it was only Scottish ones that were purloined.  Having moved around a lot in England I am aware there was a widespread removal for the war effort. He was brought up thinking that “London” had pinched “our Scottish railings” and it felt strange that an educated person could have this in-built prejudice which I can only liken to that of a white south African who agreed with apartheid. What chance is there of anything other than 'a following the Salmond upstream to Culloden' in the devolution vote in September?  Then let's paint ourselves blue and repel the Sassanachs, Braveheart -when the thinking is that ingrained and wrong?

Yes i know thats a ridiculous analogy, but i was so surprised how deeply the feelings are ingrained

Happy Burns night everyone.






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This is my first article of 2014, so Happy New Year everybody.  Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear. (John Lennon, 1971)


I’m feeling a bit ‘wordy’ this week, so I thought it might be a good idea to use someone else’s instead of my own (perhaps I should do that more often).  I saw this  very interesting quote whilst browsing the net over the Christmas break:


‘If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century’   -     Barack Obama, 2013


OK, before we start to discuss this in context, there will be many of you I’m sure who will be up in arms shouting ‘That isn’t an Obama quote, that was written by Derek Bok of Harvard University’  Wrong.  Actually it started life as part of a newspaper article in New York in 1913, but that’s another story.  Barack Obama most definitely did say this in 2013.  He didn’t have UK expats living in France in mind at the time, I’m sure, but I’m not going to let that stop me hijacking his words to my own ends. 

The fairly obvious point here is that ignorance is not bliss; in fact it can be painfully expensive, and that does apply to UK expats living in France.  The plain and simple truth is that unless you take steps to understand and use the tax structures in France to their full potential, the resulting tax bill to you, or your children or any other intended beneficiaries can be amazingly high.  The French would never fall into these traps, so why should we?  The answer is ignorance, laced with a liberal dose of laissez-faire.

Education is where I come in.  I can teach you how to navigate the minefield that occupies the territory between the UK and French tax systems.  I can show you how to structure your investments to ensure you enjoy maximum tax efficiency.  All that means is making sure that you pay all the tax you have to pay, but not a centime more.  Tax evasion is a fools game; the real deal is to make sure that you’re not paying more than your fair share of tax.

This can mean spending some pounds or Euro along the way.  Very often you will need to invest via an insurance based tax wrapper.  I know we’re verging on the technical here, but I can explain to you how it all works.  You may well need the wrapper.  It costs money but it can repay you many times over; possibly scores or hundreds of times over. It also treats everybody fairly, as the cost is on a percentage basis.  Think of it this way, if you own a fleet of vintage cars you’ll need an impressive amount of garage space to protect them from the weather and all other manner of risk.  If all you have is a motorbike, a garden shed will do the job.  It doesn’t matter whether you have £20,000 or £20,000,000 to invested in the UK or sitting around in bank accounts anywhere.  Every one of these pounds or Euro has the right to be protected from tax and given a fair chance to grow to as great a degree as possible.

And while we’re on a ‘quote’ theme, here’s another one for you:

‘It’s almost impossible to verify quotes found on the internet’  - William Shakespeare

A real forward thinker our Bill, obviously.  My interpretation of what he (or whoever did write it) means is that you should under no circumstanced take what you read on the net for gospel.  Just as you should not rely on your neighbour who ‘knows about these things’ or that nice couple you met at a dinner party last week.  Place your trust in people who are professionals; registered and regulated here in France.

PS:  As I’m putting the finishing touches to this on the 2nd January I’ve just seen a rival newsletter from that small rotund Norman person, and blow me down, Mary T is quoting from the same John Lennon song.  Shows we must be on the same wavelength I suppose, and there’s room for everyone.  Happy New Year!


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Tech Talk


Beware the Adverts in Disguise 

Over the past few months the Internet has become an even more dangerous place to be, as many adverts on websites have become infected or hijacked by viruses. The result is a huge increase in fake and malicious software, most of which downloads its self automatically on to your computer.

If you see new programs and icons appear on your computer you should act immediately to remove them.

The most common items you will see:

  1. The start page (home page) on the internet changes to a site you have not asked for.
  2. Icons appear for “Reg clean pro” or “advanced system protection” or “speed up pro” etc.. etc.. (there are too many to name).
  3. You see a new toolbar along the top of your browser.
  4. When you search for a web site, it does not use Google,  Yahoo or Bing,  but some other search system like nationzoom, or delta search.
  5. Your computer is running very slowly and you keep getting popup messages about speeding it up or cleaning it up.

If you experience any of these things your computer may be infected. You should immediately run a scan with Malwarebytes and remove any software that has automatically installed its self.


It is very very very important that these things are not left on the computer.

If left they will gradually download more and more malicious software onto your computer. Some of these downloads are so dangerous they will remove the virus scanner, lock you out of the control panel and the task manager and in some cases lock you out of the whole computer.

There has also been discovered a very worrying new type of virus/malicious program that very quietly sits on the computer sometimes for a long period of time and slowly encrypts all your data. To begin with you do not notice any problems, then one day you get a messages saying you have so many days to pay the hacker or your document will be locked. At this point it’s far too late to backup your files are already locked and probably your backup too if it’s been connected to the computer. When the time limit runs out all your documents, photos, and possibly your email and contacts are locked permanently and a message about payment pops up each time you try to access a file.

Definition of Encryption: encryption is the process of encoding messages (or information) in such a way that third parties cannot read it, but only authorized parties can. Information is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, turning it into an unreadable cyphertext.

At this point in time there is no possible way to unlock or recover the files that have been locked/encrypted, they are lost forever. (unless you pay the hacker between 300 and 3000 euros in untraceable bit coins).

So keep a very close eye on you computer for things you don’t want or did not ask for.

Keep programs, virus scanners and Malware scanners up to date and run regular scans – at least once a week


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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Continuing mild weather means that there is no excuse not to get out into the garden!  Now is an excellent time to winter prune wisteria, people often think of this as a complicated task but it siplmy involves shortening sideshoots down to about 10 to 15cm long, or with 2/3 buds on each stem.  And while we are pruning climbing plants this is also a good time to prune summer flowering clematis such as Clematis viticella cultivars; just cut them back nearly to soil level since they will shoot up from the rootstock to flower on current year's growth next summer.

And, talking of clematis, Clematis cirrhosa is looking lovely at the moment.  This is a clematis that is native to the Mediterranean basin and has creamy coloured flowers (speckled in the centre in the cultivar Freckles - see photo) from early December through until March, it looks great scrambling through a summer flowering shrub since this clematis is often summer deciduous.  It will grow to 3 or 4 metres, is winter hardy to about -12°C and is very drought tolerant.

 At La Petite Pépinière we are offering two gardening courses this spring: An Introduction to Pruning – Wednesday 12th March, 10am to 4pm  and   Gardening with Mediterranean native plants –Friday 4th April, 10 am to 4pm.  If you are interested in either of these just email for more info.

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 25 Janvier 2014 

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 26 Janvier 2014           

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Fabrezan  (vide greniers FRJEP (Foyer des jeunes))

Marseillette  (grand loto)

Mirepeisset  (grand Troc)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Trèbes  (vide dressing)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)




Lundi 27 Janvier 2014     

Limoux  (vente de vetements à 1 Euro)                  

Mercredi 29 Janvier 2014             

Limoux  (vente vetements à 1 Euro)         

Samedi 1 Février 2014   

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers)

Dimanche 2 Février 2014              

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (vide grenier)

Limoux  (marché aux puces)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne  (brocante & collection)

Mazères  (vide grenier mensuel)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Lundi 3 Février 2014       

Limoux  (vente de vetements à 1 Euro)


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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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Good afternoon Steve

I have just added my support to the above; which I personally feel is an excellent initiative and wondered if you could also raise some support please?

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest Regards




I would like to start (or join!) a book group in the Aude, to meet up monthly and discuss books. Could you please put this info in the Flyer, and ask interested people to contact me at We live between Carcassonne and Narbonne, but  I am prepared to travel.

Best regards
Veronica Yuill






A few iof the responses to the message sent out to indicate there was only a delay re the last Flyer

I found the volume and content encouraging




No problem Steve,

It invokes the old emotion: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

(Or as they used to say in Paris: Absinthe makes the head go Wander...)

Kind regards,

Bryan Hughes

how dare anyone. this should be national its brilliant

I wonder if you have had an article or know where I could find somewhere cheaper than the post office to send small parcels to the uk.
kind regards and bon santé
Julian and Maximilian

No problem. Thanks for all the hard work you put in. We appreciate it.

All the best.

Susan and Roy Midgley

Hi Steve,
Don't worry, I won't unsubscribe.  Always look forward to receiving the Flyer to find out what's happening in your part of the world as I'm a long way from my village house in Limoux for much of the year.  Thanks for including me on your mailing list.
Melbourne, Australia

No probs Steve - we are not as focused on the exact delivery / release date of the Flyer as you quite naturally are.  I'm just pleased whenever it arrives.  Not sure anyone in their right minds would want to unsubscribe from the Aude and Ariege Flyer, unless they're no longer in the area of course. :)


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