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Free beer put in - that’s the subtitle I just saw on Sky News.   Yes of course - Vladimir Putin, but this is what the crazy ‘voice to text’ machine has come up with. Incidentally would it be such a mad idea just to broadcast the autocue, as all news is scripted and surely that would solve the persistent but humorous problems they have with it.

On matters Putin, doesn’t he have a point? It was a coup d’etat? There is now a Ukrainian government that’s unelected, so is that any better than a dictator using an army to take over a country? Well yes it probably is - but what they have they didn’t elect.

Kiev supposedly kicked off because they wanted stronger ties to Europe, they ousted Yanukovych who appeared to have had his hand in the till for quite some time or he was very adept at amassing fortunes.  He appears to be yet another communist leader with an outrageously ostentatious palace.  Vlad was concerned about the Russians who populate the east of the country, or so he says and I am sure that if GB were in the same situation there would be a lot of rattling of gunboats coming from Mr Cameron.


Maybe he really only wants Crimea for the Black Sea access but has told Yanukovych that he will sort the whole Ukrainian problem in exchange for all of his dodgy bank accounts?  Either way it’s a bit odd to deny that the troops appearing in Ukraine are Russian.  Let’s hope that he doesn’t try sending the tanks onwards to Kiev. That will end very badly. At least it doesn’t look like Mrs Tymoshenko (you know the previous opposition leader looks like something from Star Wars crossed with a Cornish pasty) will be making a return to front line politics in the country.  Just pray no one gets trigger happy.


Talking of pasties, Mary Berry just annoys me. I am sure she is absolutely fine as a cook, baker and presenter but she just reminds me of Fanny Craddock.


The world becomes more and more surreal, a few years ago there was Johnny Rotten advertising butter, now John Cooper Clark is doing poems for McCains chips ads and the BBC is using Hawkind’s Silver Machine to promote a programme on space.


Ebay is a bit like TV and the Exchange and Mart used to be the equivalent of radio. Ok, you ask where is this going?   It was a century or 2 ago when I was at school looking for interesting things to buy and sell in the pages of that illustrious inky paper and indeed my first commercial venture was to buy a gross of shampoo sachets and then sell them door to door.  In those dark days you had to visualise what you were buying but now ebay gives you a picture of everything.  I just checked to see if that Shampoo brand is still going.  This is what I found:

As I recall there is/was a shampoo called Lenium that you could get from chemists that contains selenium sulphide - clears dandruff a treat but says not for regular use.

I don't know if it's still available it was good so it was probably found to cause deafness in mice who drank too much grapefruit juice on Tuesdays or something. 

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As a financial adviser to the expatriate community, I am contacted by lots of people who have either already moved to France from another country, or are planning to do so. Amongst many things, people are seeking advice as to how best to structure their financial assets for tax-efficiency in France. Since most of the people I advise originate from Anglo-Saxon countries, it may be the case that they have an interest in a trust. As French residents, this will create difficulties for them, due to the French tax treatment of trusts.


In 2011, France introduced legislation, which defined the taxation rules and reporting requirements, concerning trusts with a French resident settlor and/or a French resident beneficiary. The law also concerns trusts with French situated assets, even if the settlor/beneficiaries are not living in France.


Basically, the law is aimed at the ‘family type of trust’ and generally excludes trusts falling outside of this area. For trusts that are affected, the law sets out how distributions from the trust are taxed, as well as the taxation of lifetime gifts and inheritance transfers either into or out of the trust.


The law aims for transparency, so that the real ‘owner’ of asset placed in a trust can be identified. This will either be the original settlor or where that person has died, the beneficiary is subsequently deemed to be the settlor.


Trustees are required to report the annual value of the trust assets and pay a levy, based on the highest percentage rate for wealth tax (ISF), which is currently 1.5%. However, the levy is not payable if the French taxpayer has already included the trust assets in their own ISF declaration. Even if the taxpayer is not liable to ISF (i.e. because their total wealth including the trust assets is less than the ISF entry level, which is currently €1.3 million), the trust asses must still be reported. Failure to report will result in a fine of 12.5% of the value of the total trust assets or if greater, €20,000.


A summary of the tax treatment of trusts can be found in the News Section of The Spectrum IFA Group website at


Overall, trusts do not work well in France and an alternative structure is needed to achieve the same objectives. Therefore, seeking professional advice from someone who understands both the Anglo-Saxon systems and the French system is essential.


If you are affected by the French trust rules and would like to have a confidential discussion about your situation, please contact me or by e-mail at or by telephone on 04 68 20 30 17.


The above outline is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute advice or a recommendation from The Spectrum IFA Group to take any particular action on the subject of investment of financial assets.

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We’ve all heard that walking barefoot from time to time is good for our feet – but WHY should that be?

I’ve just read an interesting article by a Dr Rossi, a podiatrist from the 20th Century who states :

“It took four million years to develop our unique human foot and our consequent distinctive form of gait, a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Yet, in only a few thousand years, and with one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait, obstructing its engineering efficiency, afflicting it with strains and stresses and denying it its natural grace of form and ease of movement head to foot. We have converted a beautiful thoroughbred into a plodding plough -horse.”


Dr Rossi cites many ways in which shoes prevent us from having a natural gait – such as not allowing the ball of the foot to work properly  - as the sole of a shoe is usually too stiff to allow for natural movement.

Perhaps one of the most interesting arguments against shoes is that they prevent the sensory capabilities of our feet:

“The soles and tips of the toes contain over 200,000 nerve endings (!!!!), perhaps the densest concentration to be found anywhere of comparable size on the body. Our nerve-dense soles are our only tactile contact with the physical world around us. Without them we would lose equilibrium and become disoriented.  Because the sole (of the foot) is so abundantly supplied with tactile sensory nerve endings, we use our feet to furnish the brain with considerable information about our immediate environment.”

However, when several layers of shoe bottom materials are packed between foot and ground, a certain amount of sensory blockage is inevitable, and our gait loses some of its natural energies and functional efficiency.

So, it would seem that our feet might appreciate it if we got into the habit of going barefoot for as much time as is possible - sensibly, this would be around the house(wear an old pair of socks  when it’s cold!).  Give some respite to those amazing things that we have at the end of our legs!



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The weather continues to be very mild so there is loads to do in the garden!  It is time to start cutting back growth on summer flowering shrubs and sub shrubs.  Plants such as summer flowering buddleia can be cut back to the base, sub shrubs such as Salvia microphylla and it's cultivars also respond best if cut hard back now and the same treatment can be given to plants such as Perovskia, Gaura etc  Prune your roses, cut deciduous ornamental grasses back to the base.  If possible shred as many of your pruings as you can so that they can be added to the compost heap or used as organic mulch.  If in doubt aboput whether to cut something back or not remember that spring flowering plants flower on wood from the previous year and should be pruned after flowering and summer flowering plants flower on annual growth and are best pruned in early spring.  If you are still in doubt then send me an email!

One plant that looks absolutely fabulous in the garden at the moment is Clematis armandii, the evergreen clematis from China, the scent is wonderful and it makes a wonderful cover for a trellis or over a wall.  It can reach 4 or 5 metres high, will grow in sun or shade, tolerates limy soil very well and just asks from you a little extre water in summer and a reasonably decent soil.

Many of you will be aware that during our advertised opening hours we are not exactly swamped with visitors and more and more of our sales are for specific projects and orders  ....  so, we are going to restrict our regular opening times to one weekend a month but will still always be available at any time for you to come and visit the garden, talk plants (and maybe even buy one) by appointment - just email or phone to organise a time.  Regular opening times for the next few months will be 7/8/9 March, 11/12/13 April, 9/10/11 May, 6/7/8 June, after that we will review how things have gone.  In addition our annual open weekend will be Sat 31st May and Sun 1st June, put it in your diaries now!

 At La Petite Pépinière we have a couple of places left on our   Gardening with Mediterranean native plants course –Friday 4th April, 10 am to 4pm.  If you are interested  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.

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Hi, i am searching for a competent piano player to join a band.rock country blues. americana .

limoux area, rehearse nr couiza weekly thursdays. singing or backing would be a real bonus.

playing live in the spring summer.  contact carl for more details .  0468741263

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Steve, You can get some info about dish sizes in various places here


My own experience (I live in 09600 Dun)is that a 120cm dish is marginal- the standard definition channels are there most of the time, but most of them disappear when it rains and at other random times. When the sky is clear I sometimes get the HD channels. I am upgrading to a 150cm dish.

From reading various forums, it appears that the signal from the Astra 2E and F satellites which now carry the UK terrestrial channels drops off sharply south of a line from Toulouse to just north of Montpellier. On that line a 1 metre dish appears to be fine, but on a line from Carcassonne –Belpech - Saverdun this goes up to 1.2 metres. When you get down to Limoux-Foix-St Girons it is 1.5M. Further south towards the Spanish border 1.8 metre dishes are probably required.

However, it is not always that simple. There are people living fairly close to each other who have very different experiences. I know 2 people who live within 5 Km of each other near Belpech (one of whom actually installs satellite dishes professionally) and they have similar results from 90cm and 120cm dishes (coverage disappears when it rains in both cases). The satellite-dish installer is the one with the bigger dish so we know it is set up correctly!

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Hi Steve, re your query re larger dishes for UK TV, for those who like me don’t have room anywhere in the garden for a new dish too big for the chimney, I have gone for a simple tiny internet box with full remote which connects one way to internet through cable or wifi, and the TV HD or SD plug at the other, and brings in all the usual UK channels crystal clear.  If you want to improve your languages you also get a whole stack of Scandinavian and Russian channels as well, but a lot of those film and sport channels are in English with subtitles.  The system has a catch-up service for 7 days and recording facilities and really works well at minimum cost.  I am not technical but got the whole thing working in 10 minutes or so.  Have a look at

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Those of  British underpinnings who have always taken it for granted that our household policy covers personal items when they are not in the house are labouring under a misapprehension if we think that it is the same in France. My other half, as the years advance, has found the need for hearing aids (if you don't know what they cost I hope you never need to find out). I checked with my insurer and find that personal goods, watches, jewellery declared, specs etc are covered whilst they are IN THE HOUSE other than that forget it. I have spent a couple of days looking for suitable cover and received Gallic non interest, has anybody a solution? 



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