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There has been lots of talk on blogs of the potential to claim back of a levy that the French government (apparently illegally according to the EU) had applied to all EDF bills.

Has anyone managed to get anything back on this so far? And if so how did you go about it?


The World Cup starts tomorrow and Sepp looks like he’s up for a red card.  The man that said he wouldn’t stand again as President of FIFA.  The man that said that women footballers should "wear tighter shorts and low cut shirts”.   And in the early 1970s the man elected as President of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, an organisation which tried to stop women replacing suspender belts with pantyhose!   By the sound of it this man is true old school Swiss, has anyone had a look at his bank accounts? When in 2007 he decided that no football matches should be played at 2500 metres above sea level (he then changed it to 3000m later that year so that the Bolivian national team could still play) why didn’t he restrict games to grounds where the match time temperature was less than say 35 degrees? Surely it’s the same concept? 



Is anyone driving from the Aude to Devon or nearby in the next couple of weeks who could bring some things up for me? Nothing large or illegal.


So the president of Paypal has defected to Facebook where he becomes VP of messaging products. Will they be developing a competing payment system?  Facepay maybe or even Paybook? 


Elon Musk, no not a perfume but the owner of Tesla motors, which produces the electric sports car, was  part owner of Paypal in 2002 when it was sold to Ebay and he pocketed $163m from that. In 1999 he made $22m from the sale of a software company he created with his brother.   His cousins are the biggest provider of solar power systems in the USA and he is the largest shareholder. This man seems unstoppable -  his  SpaceX, which he started in 2002, is contracted by NASA to replace the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle.   Were there such multi discipline entrepreneurs?


As Romania and Bulgaria are now so empty surely all the people fleeing Africa and Syria and now no doubt Iraq, could be housed in those countries short of population.  And no,  it’s not a racist comment it’s just using space where its available.


I suppose it’s not the first time a British prime minister hasn't wanted to see a Junckers.







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Lost in France


When the summer comes and you are a biker you tend to think how nice it would be to get on your bike and take a blast along these lovely long French roads where there is little traffic to hinder you.  You could get the one that’s sitting in a garage somewhere in England or even buy one here in France.

Of course it’s not that simple.  For a start, similar to cars, the prices of motorbikes are on average 30% cheaper in the UK and have done half the mileage.  But that’s not the only problem. 

If you want to import your UK bike to France but are no longer a UK resident you won’t be able to insure it in France and probably if your bike is too powerful you won’t even be able to get as far as registering it here. All motorbikes in France are restricted to 100 bph for safety reasons and most modern 600cc motorbikes put out more than 100 bph and some have 200 bph as standard.

Since bringing in the 100 bph restriction there has been no apparent drop in the number of deaths on French roads and the irony is that when these restrictions were brought in 15 years ago by the French Government, the British Government was actually considering satellite tracking and automatic breaking on bikes.  These people really do not understand the physics and the danger this creates.

Although there are stringent rules in place for the power of the bike, there appears to be no similar tests or rules to check the road-worthiness or mechanical health of the bike. There is no requirement to have an MOT so it could have a serious mechanical defect but as long as the engine is restricted to 100 bph you would have a long and fruitful life!

If anyone reading this knows of any information on how to register a powerful UK bike, do let us know via  We have seen that there have been directives to local prefectures telling them that they cannot object to someone bringing a motorbike from the UK which is registered after 2003 on the grounds of it being over 100 bph but we aren’t sure how accurate this is.  And there is a proposal that in 2016, the restrictions on 200 bph will be lifted, so they have plenty of time to reverse that decision.



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Stick or Twist? Or maybe both? Let me explain.

Thankfully, despite the ups and downs of the UK housing market and the £/€ exchange rate, there are still plenty of new expats arriving in France. It is noticeable though that quite a few of us are taking the decision to return to the UK. At first, this trend surprised me, but then I began to think about it in more detail.

I always have the same conversation with all my new clients. Where do you think you will be living in ten, twenty, or thirty years’ time? The most popular answer is here, in France. ‘Wild horses wouldn’t drag me back.’ ‘I’ve escaped from the concrete jungle, why would I want to go back?’ ‘ I only go back when I have to, to visit relatives. If they weren’t there, I’d never go back.’

That is of course the more entrenched end of the market. A lot of people will qualify their enthusiasm for being here by using the word ‘we’, and it is an important detail, conveying ‘I know where I want to be as long as my spouse/partner is with me, but I don’t know what will happen when that isn’t the case’. And just in the cause of balance, yes, I have met potential clients who said that they were here to try out the lifestyle, and if it didn’t suit, they would go straight back. That stance is however rare.

I then realised that time does, indeed, fly by. I’ve been talking to new expats for over eight years now, and we all get older. Some even wiser. Should I be surprised that some of my early clients have returned to the UK? Probably not. The reasons they give are interesting, and make a lot of sense. Illness and death are way up on the list of reasons to go ‘home’. Not your own death of course, but that of your partner. Widow(er)hood can be a lonely place. And we all know that the French health service is one of the best in the world, but it’s not English, is it? We might feel linguistically comfortable in a restaurant, a garage, or a supermarket, but when it comes to being interned in a foreign hospital with our internal organs at stake, it’s a different matter.

Divorce is another deal breaker, as is debt, but number three in my league table of reasons to be homesick is/are – grandchildren. A natural progression. We have children, they have children, and we feel a very strong emotional tie to those children. Being a thousand miles away doesn’t feel very good, and the pressure grows with them.

Where, you might ask, is this all leading? Am I reading a dissertation on the social demographics of Europe, or is this bloke supposed to be a financial adviser? Fair cop, let’s get back to finance. The reason I’ve been thinking about how and why some clients return to the UK is totally financial. I used to be a corporate foreign exchange dealer. An important part of that job was teaching clients how to avoid exchange rate risk, and how to eradicate it or at least manage it if they already had it. The problem with expats is what is avoiding risk and what is creating it?

If you relocate to France and it is your avowed intent never to leave these shores again, the only way to avoid F/X risk is to move all of your assets into Euro. At the other end of the scale, if you come to France for a three month holiday, you would be mad to change all your sterling into Euro, with the likelihood that you would change it all back again three months later. So where does this leave our undecided expat, who might live in Euroland for twenty years or more, but then return to the UK?

Stick or Twist?

Now my job starts to get a bit complicated. To give you the best advice on your investments and pension funds, I have to decide what your real expat profile is. Luckily for both me and my clients, the choice isn’t all black and white. There are shades of grey. You can indeed ‘stick and twist’ at the same time. I tend to take a different view of pension assets than I do to investment funds. One of the great selling points of transferring your pension fund outside of the UK is that you can invest it in Euros, but if there is even an outside chance that you will be spending your latter years in the UK, should you desert sterling? Don’t think I’m arguing against transferring your pension though. There are plenty of other benefits, and you can transfer and keep your fund in sterling.

Investment funds I see as being more flexible. I’ll take Assurance Vie as a given here. If you don’t know what it is, send me an email immediately. You don’t however have to make any full term commitment to either currency. You can in fact have both, and a number of clients are now taking that option. You can have as many assurance vie contracts as you like. This offers both flexibility of currency choice, and also of investment method.

To summarise then, my message is that it is important to get your investments into a tax efficient environment, but it is also important to decide what currency to be in at what time. I’d like to think that I’m in a good position to help you make those choices.

If you have any questions on this, or any other subject, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Rob Hesketh:


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Computer running slowly, Internet Explorer crashing and unexpected errors, or worried about cookies and other temporary files on your computer? There is a very easy answer and it's called Ccleaner it fixes it all these things and a lot more in one easy-to-use program and best of all it's free.

Running a clean once a week can have an amazing effect on your computer, Windows computers use something called temporary files to give you functions like “undo”, or “back button” in Internet Explorer. To allow the computer to do this it creates a small file with all the information and history to allow you to go back one or more steps. Unfortunately Windows is very bad at removing the small temporary files when it has supposedly finished with them, instead it tends to leave them in place and adds new ones meaning you end up with many hundreds or in some cases many thousands of temporary files on the computer. The result of having too many temporary files is that it takes Windows a very long time to look through them all and runs very slowly, running the cleaner will remove all the temporary files thereby speeding up Windows.

How to use C cleaner.

As soon as you start Ccleaner you will automatically be taken into the cleaning mode and on the bottom right-hand side is a “run cleaner” button pressing this button will immediately start the cleanup process. There are no settings that need to be changed unless you specifically want to keep any of the items listed on the left, some people like to keep history or recently typed URLs to make it easier to go back to websites that they visited previously, use the advanced tab for other browsers. I would suggest running this clean up once a week.

Ccleaner also has a registry cleaner built-in, the registry is a central database that tells Windows how to use each program and remembers all the settings and options. This database needs to be cleaned once in a while as broken links, dead ends, invalid entries build up over time, by running this clean it will fix common problems and also speed up the computer. Click on registry on the left, then click “scan for issues” and when the scan is complete click on “Fix selected issues”. It's very important that when you are asked you backups the registry file - failure to do so could result in changes that cannot be undone and can in extreme cases crash Windows. After the registry file has been saved it's then safe to click on “fix all selected issues”. I would suggest running this scan once a month.

Clicking on the tools option on the left will take you to a list of all programs installed on your computer and allow you to uninstall them. If you downloaded a program from the Internet or installed a program from disc and no longer use its then you can remove it from your computer, you need to be very careful not to remove something you need so if you don't understand or don't know the name of the program it's best left in place.

The other options listed in the tools menu are more advanced and should be used with extreme care, you don't want make the situation worse. If the above suggestions have not made any difference to the speed of your computer then you might need some additional help to remedy the problem.

Ccleaner can be downloaded for free from its updated regularly with new functions and more vigorous cleaning so run the updates when you see them.

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June is usually the month when the weather starts to warm up and if you haven't already done so it is a good time to make sure you are up to date with all the late spring jobs like pruning spring flowering shrubs, cutting back spent foliage on bulbs and keeping an eye out for aphids.  Don't forget to deadhead repeat flowering roses.  As the weather warms up remember too to keep an eye on the watering needs of anything that you have planted recently and particularly on plants in pots and hanging baskets.

I am often asked about plants to trail over walls and terraces; one super plant for such a situation is Malvastrum lateritum.  It is a semi evergreen ground cover, fast growing and with stems that root by layering.  The flowers are an unusual apricot colour and occurr from May to July.  It will take full sun or half shade.

Remember that we are restricting 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 etc by appointment - just email or phone to organise a time.  We encourage people to visit the garden during the summer to look rather than to buy!   Regular opening times for the next few months will be   11/12/13 July, 8/9/10 August and 12/13/14 September.  Remember too that we are always happy to organise guided visits of the garden here for groups.

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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 I have 3/4 hectare of Carrignan vines which will produce around 1200 kilos of grapes. I am looking to sell them instead of pressing this year. If interested or know someone who may be, please email me with a price per kilo. My vines are organic; I do not use any pesticide or herbicide. I spray only with Bio product against Oimodium which I have to legally do



Hi Steve,

I love getting the flyer. Makes me feel close to my beloved Ariege when the British summer is doing its worst.

I apologise if I am joining the great British TV debate very late but I am hoping to ride on the back of others experience and work out the best options.

I have a house about 20 mins from Mirepoix. We got our British TV through a satellite and a Humax freesat box. Like everybody else, we started losing our channels in February but because we are in the process of selling our old house, have not bothered doing anything about it. We complete next week on a house in the centre of Mirepoix and we want to arrange for a new satellite to bring us British TV and also to install broadband. I am completely confused by everything I read but I get the impression that if you want to do both by satellite, you need two satellites and given the size of the dish we are now likely to need for the TV, would need planning permission for that one at least, if not both. I don't really want two dishes on the wall, even if I get permission. Am I right in assuming I will therefore need to source my TV from a large dish and my broadband via a phone line, which I will also need to get fitted? I have looked at sourcing TV through the internet but I just don't think it would be reliable enough.

Please can anybody recommend the best way to get both TV and broadband for people who are currently not able to be in France very often and therefore would like to reduce/avoid large ongoing subscriptions. I am assuming I will need to go to one of the phone companies for the phone line and broadband. I'd better start girding my loins!

As you can see, I really haven't got a clue about any of this and would appreciate any advice.

Best wishes,




Dear Steve,

Some time ago we took a holiday at a friend’s house in Andalusia.  He had a local magazine in English entitled Costa Calida Chronicle.  In it we found a short article about passing the Spanish driving test.  With a few of our additions to suit local conditions, it went like this:

Setting Off

Start your manoeuvre, then look in your mirrors and then signal if you feel like it.

Approaching a roundabout

Remember you have priority.  There’s no need to look for traffic coming from your left.

Negotiating a roundabout

If you are taking third or fourth exit, go round the outside lane and slice the bonnet off anyone turning right or going straight on.  (Remember not to use your indicators)

Safety distance

Drive as closely as you possibly can to the vehicle in front, and should the driver brake unexpectedly, toot your horn.

Traffic lights

When a light turns green , finish your conversation with your passenger or on your mobile phone, take the handbrake off slowly, get into gear and in due course move off.  However, if you are second in the queue and the driver in front is carrying out the approved procedure, blast him with your horn.


Only overtake a vehicle if there is a bend or a blind summit coming up, or if you just want to show that your car is faster than anyone else’s.  Also, if there are no summits or bends, ensure that there are at least 2 kilometres of clear road ahead.  Until this condition exists, follow the vehicle you wish to overtake as close as possible (see Safety distance, above).

Slow moving vehicles

If you can see that the oncoming traffic wants to overtake a tractor, hog the middle of your lane to make sure they can’t.

Narrow mountain roads

Drive as fast as you can in the middle of the road.


Pedestrians are a nuisance.  If they want to cross at a pedestrian crossing, or anywhere else, ignore them and drive on. They’ll soon get the message.


Never park more than 1.5 metres further than where you want to be, so as to save your legs.  Pedestrian crossings are handy for this.  Double parking is also a good idea but remember to put your hazard warning lights on.


When approaching a major road from a minor one with a STOP sign, approach the junction at a good speed, brake hard, and overshoot the stop line sufficiently to scare any approaching driver.  After they have swerved to miss you, reverse half a metre to show how considerate you are.


There are two options here: Either drive as fast as you possibly can on any road to make sure that children, children and pets don’t stand a chance; or, talk to you passenger or someone on your mobile phone, making sure that you wave your hands and arms about as much as possible and drive frustratingly and dangerously slowly.

Ensure that your roadside shrine is tasteful and fitting – no plastic flowers.


Some of these rules may apply in other European countries.

Best regards,

John and Carole LeBrun



Hi Steve,

No, you asked whether anyone had seen any info on the British driver killed in an accident near Montpellier.

The last item (linked to Google Earth) showed some information, including that a couple of days later, the Gendarmerie did indeed discover 23kg of drugs in a closed compartment.

By the way, I should have said - nice work on the Flyer, I enjoy it each time. :)








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Samedi 14 Juin 2014

Belvèze-du-Razès Vide grenier

Cassaignes LE GRAND VIDE GRENIER  2eme Edition

Coursan vide grenier

Floure vide greniers

Moux vide greniers brocante de La Petite Fugue

Narbonne vide grenier de st estauche

Lézat-sur-Lèze fêtes de la St Antoine

Saverdun vide greniers +brocante


Dimanche 15 Juin 2014

Argens Minervois Vide grenier annuel du tennis club

Azille vide grenier

Bize-Minervois 3e vide grenier du petanc club de bize minervois

Capendu vide grenier

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Carcassonne Vide grenier du Lions Club

Castelnaudary vide grenier de la zone d'en tourre

Castelnaudary vide grenier et marche aux puces

Cazilhac Vide grenier

Coursan vide grenier

Coursan Grand Vide Grenier du Club 70

Cruscades vide grenier

Donazac vide grenier

La Pomarède Vide Greniers

La Redorte vide grenier des sapeurs pompiers

Lagrasse Brocante Vide grenier

Leucate-Plage Vide-greniers

Narbonne vide grenier de st estauche

Narbonne vide grenier

Narbonne-Plage vide grenier

Paraza Vide-greniers

Pennautier Vide-greniers

Port-la-Nouvelle Vide grenier des Sapeurs Pompiers de Port la Nouvelle

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

Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude vide grenier du FC St Nazairois

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer Vide grenier association ‘les chats errants’

Villalbe Vide greniers 2014

Villalier vide grenier de l ACCA

Villemoustaussou vide grenier des vieilles cylindrées

Villespy vide grenier 



Mirepoix vide grenier de l'ecole de rugby de Mirepoix



Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

Saint-Girons Les puces du champ de mars

Sautel vide-grenier de printemps

Vals vide grenier

Mardi 17 Juin 2014

Foix Marché de nuit de l'Estive

Samedi 21 Juin 2014

Coursan vide grenier

Narbonne vide grenier de st estauche

Port Leucate vide greniers

Salsigne association AVNIRS

Verzeille Vide grenier

Saverdun vide greniers +brocante

Dimanche 22 Juin 2014


Alairac fête de la chasse

Albières Vide grenier

Armissan vide grenier du tennis club Armissan Tennis Clape

Brugairolles Vide-greniers

CarcassonneVide grenier brocante

Carcassonne vide grenier

Carcassonne Vide grenier des p'tits loups de la barbacane

Conques-sur-Orbiel Vide Grenier des Ecoles

Coursan vide grenier

Cuxac-Cabardès Vide grenier, brocante, fête de la nature

Gruissan Vide-greniers d'été de l'echo de la Granhota

Limoux vide granier Calandreta

Marcorignan vide grenier benefice animaux abandonnes produit terroir

Narbonne vide grenier de st estauche

Narbonne vide grenier ASPTT

Narbonne-Plage Vide grenier

Paraza Bourse aux armes

Pezens Vide-grenier de l'école de Pezens

Roquefort-des-Corbières vide grenier anim 540

Sainte-Camelle vide-greniers/ foire à tout

Sallèles-d'Aude Vide greniers FCS

Besset Vide greniers

Foix Vide greniers pompiers de foix

Le Vernet Vide Grenier du Vernet d'Ariègev

Mirepoix Club gymnastique volontaire

Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains Vide Grenier organisé par le Comité des fêtes

Pamier Marché et puces et à la brocantes




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