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I wonder if Mr Hollande will be declaring the 2 pairs of glasses that were donated to him by French companies once it was discovered that his latest frames are made by a Danish firm? 


The plan is to reduce the number of French regions from 22 to 14 and apart from some politicians playing ‘pass the parcel’ with the Limousin, it would appear it will go through.  I wonder how long it will be before somewhere like the Languedoc calls for independence?


Did you see a few weeks back that a British ski instructor was fined 30,000€ for practicing in France?   He has the qualification which supposedly predates the one the French authorities believe he should have. This is clearly an indication of the reforms on employment that are long overdue.


The Institute for Religious Works, more commonly known the Vatican Bank, has taken on a new president  Jean-Baptiste de Franssu who was previously at the investment company Invesco. Clearly he has the task of continuing the bank’s attempt to become compliant.


The mystery of the family gunned down in the French Alps a couple of years ago gets stranger and stranger as it turns out the wife had a “secret” American husband who died of a heart attack in Mississippi on exactly the same day as the murders near Annecy.....


La grêle, even with the return of the Monty Python team this month, was far from Holy and has done a substantial amount of damage to this year’s wine crop in the Aude.


It is hard to believe that Julian Assange is about to reach the 2 year mark squatting in an office at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.  Apparently the office has been converted into a cosy studio apartment with a sunlamp and running machine. And the Met Police believe they have spent £6.5m having PC Dixon stationed outside for all that time.


Don’t forget many shops will be closed on Monday for Bastille Day and the GDP of a few small African states will go up in smoke in firework displays.


Dolly Parton certainly captured Glasto this year and I have to share another quote of hers as it’s seldom, when I am looking for a quote to put on the top of the Flyer, that one person has so many entertaining ones, try this for size  “I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park”.



And because its festival season I saw this one the other day “now is the summer of our discount tents” WOWCHER, well it made me laugh!







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Lost in France



Yes, this week is really about being lost in France.  Sometime you are searching for a tiny village and you are faithfully following the road signs.  They are all there, each one with the kilometrage a little bit reduced to show you are heading in the right direction.  Then, suddenly just as you reach a fork in the road and have to make that final decision -  there is only a road sign for the village you don’t want to go to. This is the best example of what  I call this the Zen of Travel as the village you want to go to is the down the road that isn’t marked.


As the French are so bad at promoting themselves or marketing, it is the same with advertising hoardings that have directions on them.  If you believe what they say and you tend to do this as it is quite often all you have to go by, you will take ‘the first right which is just 2 minutes away’ only to drive needlessly and annoyingly around some industrial estate with no clear signs for anywhere just a clutter of other hoarding signs.

When you finally do reach your destination which could be a vast car park there is no indication of the way out until you have driven up and down several lanes and you finally see a tiny sign which says ‘Sortie’.  And you may even then, in frustration, have driven over several humps in the wrong direction to finally escape. 


I think it is a general theory that the signage is really only for locals who know where they are going and so don’t need the signs anyway.  For people who do need the signs – what are they doing here?  I can almost see  the shrugs.



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 In the words of the late, great Ian Dury: Reasons to be Cheerful - One, Two, Three.


One - The pound is back over 1.25.  Now I hate to say ‘I told you so, but I did, so there.


Two – That nice man Mr Osborne is going to let us get our hands on all our pension money, so that we can have a really great time while we’re young enough to enjoy it.  I think you know my feelings on this one already, but in case you don’t, this is what I really think is happening.  That consummate politician Osborne has decided to turn pension legislation on its head in order to engineer a boom in GDP to help the UK overcome short term economic pressures and ease the huge debt mountain.  In exchange, we have the potential to create poverty and misery for ourselves in our increasingly likely older age, when we will have spent all our own money, and the government will still not have enough to support us.


Three – Whoopee, the EU has finally seen sense and from August 1st next year we will no longer be forced by that jumped up chap Napoleon to leave our wealth, or what’s left of it, to his choice of ‘reserved heirs’.  Quite right too.  I’ll almost go along with this one.  Almost that is, until you look at the fact that as free as we will be to leave shares in our wealth to whomever we wish, unless they share our directly inherited genes, they will have to pay up to 60% in tax.  That’s not new, of course, but it irks me that there is no accompanying overhaul of inheritance tax to go along with the new approach to Wills.  We should of course note that it is only the expat group that will benefit from this.  The French are still stuck with Napoleon. Serves them right really.


Brief and to the point this month.  That probably has a lot to do with the fact that I diarised the wrong week to write this month’s article, and I received a call from Steve 20 minutes ago saying I had 30 minutes to go before he sends the Flyer out.

I will come back to the points I raised in last month’s article about ‘stick or twist’, and the number of people heading back to the UK, as I have had a number of interesting messages on these subjects.  In the meantime, here’s looking forward to summer, which I’ve heard might be starting next week.


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burning question photoInformation about burning green rubbish can be found on the government website ( but briefly it states that from November 2013 it is forbidden to burn green rubbish on your land.

Green rubbish consists of any of the following: lawn shearings, dead leaves, pruned cuttings, remains of hedges and bushes, strimmings and peelings.


Burning such rubbish without permission can result in a fine of up to €450 and if your neighbours are inconvenienced by smoke or smell they can complain depending on duration, frequency and effect on environment.


However, there are exceptions.  If you’re in a rural area or on the edge of a town or somewhere where there is no collection system or where there is no allocated dechetterie, you can burn green rubbish in your garden between 11.00 – 15.30 from December to February and 10.00 – 16.30 for the rest of the year.


But don’t take my word for it, contact your local mairie for the rules in your area.  For example in my village as the dechetterie for green stuff will be closing the mayor is deciding whether or not to organise a collection or getting it crushed.  Then again you can always make it into compost.



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Many users store file on an external hard drive. I’m often asked about using the same drive for backup.


Technically speaking, there's no reason why you couldn't use the same hard drive for backing up your internal drive and storing overflow data that doesn’t fit on your internal drive. But doing so is a really bad idea.


First of all, if there are files you're storing only on the external hard drive, those files need to be backed up.


Remember the two golden rules of backup:


1.    You should never have only one copy of anything.

2.    The original and the copy should not be on the same drive, or even in the same computer.


There's another issue: A backup drive should only be plugged in when you're backing up or restoring from a backup. Why? Because the same fire, flood, burglary or malware that destroys your main, internal storage could also destroy the backup.


Ideally, your internal storage should be large enough for all of your files. If it isn't, consider one of these options:


Install a second internal drive. Once it's installed, copy the overflow files now on the external drive to their new home. Use the external drive exclusively to backup both internal drives.


You'll find this considerably faster and more convenient than storing files externally.

But you'll need a PC with a spare drive bay. That's common in desktops, but rare in laptops.


Replace your internal drive with a bigger one. This is also fast and convenient, and it solves the drive bay problem.


Use two external hard drives. Use one external drive for overflow files, and the other for backup. This is the best option if you're nervous about installing internal drives, or if your Windows 8 tablet won't allow you to upgrade them.


For better speed, I strongly recommend a USB 3.0 connection for the overflow drive. Also, make sure the backup drive is large enough to back up the data on both your internal and external drives.


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.











 Bridge Problem.

You are in 3NT after your left-hand-opponent opened the bidding with one diamond. He leads the King of diamonds...what now?
6 3
3 2
7 5 4 3
A K Q 5 4
Your hand
A K 2
A Q 6 5
A 6
10 9 8 7
Oh gosh...look at those blocked clubs and no entry to Dummy. Did you spot the answer? Duck the lead and win the second round of diamonds (to make sure they are not 6/1). Now cash the Ace and King of clubs in case the Jack drops. If it doesnt - exit a diamond!The defence will cash three rounds of diamonds and you can throw one of those nuisance clubs away leaving you with nine tricks thanks very much!




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 July is a good time to divide clumps of Iris germanica so that they don't become too congested; simply lift the rhizomes, split them up and replant.  If there is much foliage left it can be cut back to about half.  An on-going task during the summer months is deadheading perennials to encourage repeat flowering.


July is also a month during which most lavenders (angustifolia and intermedia forms) are in flower.  I was asked last week about harvesting lavender;  if you simply enjoy the flowers in your garden then leave the flowers on the plants until all colour has gone and clip back after flowering, only clip back into this season's growth.  If you want to pick bunches of lavender for drying then pick when just a few flowers are open on the stem to minimise sheding, gather your bunch together and hang upside down in a dark, dry place for a few weeks.  Bunches of dried lavender will keep for several years but do tend to lose their scent after a couple of years.


Regular opening times at La Petite Pépinière are limited to just to one weekend a month but the garden is always open 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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Hello Steve,
The picture you published sums up precisely how people feel about the world cup and especially the lack of performance from England. It reminds me of joke:
A man finds a bottle washed up on the beach. Opens it and out flies a Genie.
"thank you said the Genie, I have been in there for 300 years and I am so happy to be out I will grant you one wish"
The man said " fantastic! I am already extremely rich so what I want is to live forever so I can try to spend it"
"sorry" said the Genie, "that is not even in my power"
"ok" said the man " I want to live until England win the world cup again"
"You crafty swine" said the Genie
Same principle I think.
Keep up the good work.


Hi Steve

How nice to see a bridge problem in your newsletter!

As a part time resident (this year from August to October) I am looking for a long suffering bridge partner witha view to playing in Limoux.  I have a vague understanding of Lebel, but am used to playing a form of Acol - willing to try to use Lebel, though.



On 25/06/2014 19:07, Aude & Ariege Flyer wrote:
I am writing this and then constructing the current Flyer you have received on what’s considered to be an out of date laptop.  It’s certainly is over three years old and makes all kinds of funny noises. It is being very lethargic and it leads to a very frustrating time at the desk. With the able assistance of Bruce Taylor I know what I need to buy but I also need to buy Windows Office and was struggling with the idea of paying £300 for software.   I have used the same software for a decade or more and don’t wish to change and just couldn’t see myself stumping up that much money. Then I get a mail from the Google corporation telling me I can spend £1000 on their Google Glass which has been newly launched in the UK.  Funnily enough I was much happier to spend that for a new toy than on software that is essential for my day to day operations.  How strange!

Hi Steve

My first and most serious question is, why on earth should you wish to buy Office for £300?  If you've been using the same software for a decade why not continue?  With the same software. I've been using Office 97 since, well, probably 1997.  Each time my computer changes I just reinstall it.

Why can't you do that?
Couple of months ago I had a disk break and lost my installation of XP.  So I bought Windows 7 (for a touch less than 40€ from Ebay) and Office 97 installed without problem.  On the way I noticed an offer of free Word 97 with Windows 7 but sorry I just made a quick google search and can't find the link.  It will be there somewhere.  Just depends how much you want to save that £300.
Then there's open office although I think libre office is a bit better.
Instead of new laptop why not keep your old one as reserve and get Bruce to cobble together a desktop for you?  It will cost a little more to start but is cheaper in the long run. Screen nearly as big as the TV. Two internal hard disks so data backup is a doddle and safe against a crash. When you spill your glass of wine over the proper sized keyboard it only costs £5 for USB replacement, but big problem with a laptop.  I keep 2 replacements in stock.  Just as an incidental, if you do spill wine etc, immediately shut down, then rinse the keyboard thoroughly, and leave to dry for several days.  I have become quite expert at this and usually have a keyboard propped up to dry while I am using a reserve.

Best regards
David Barker


Dear Steve, I read your letter to Monsieur le Président de la Commission de Régulation de l’Energie dated 28th April 2014. I am not surprised you have not yet received a reply  as the French administration does not care about the taxpayers and have no respect at all for the basics of correspondence. 


I have a similar story that has not yet been solved. Last october ERDF (the electricity grid) notified me that my electricity meter had some problems and that they were going to fix it. Last January I received a two pages accounting sheet explaining that the meter had major “dysfonctionnement” during two years and that, following a consumption simulation made by ERDF I had to pay a certain amount of money for the KWh consumed during the failure. I immediately asked for explanation which never arrived.

At end of may I contacted  Que Choisir in Carcassonne the major consumer association in France and I was invited to meet  their lawyer. With him we drafted a letter to EDF explaining that I had no control on the meter (by the way this is not even in my property, as it is installed on the road far from my house), that I have no access to it and I am not allowed to read it, that I am very often traveling and that I have no electric heating and so on. The lawyer sent the letter to ERDF and EDF…….no reply as of today but I received a letter, without any reference to my claim, charging me the amount related to the failure period…  Two days ago the invoice has arrived. 

I contacted the lawyer who wrote another letter to  EDF threatening  to bring the case to the “Energy Mediator” and subsequently to court.

EDF replied today that they will look at the case… and supended the payement of the invoice.


That is the French administration…that two days ago announced to pay 2,5 billion euro to avoid General Electric having full control and to properly manage the takeover  of Alstom… By the way I know well this company as I closely dealt with it in 1978 and later. At that time it almost went bankrupt and was rescued by a major French shipyard. It went almost bust again few years ago and Sarkozy saved it by injecting public money…. We are in a soviet state and, I can assure you that the future of France is quite black!!


Before any reply comes from la Commission Regulation, I suggest you get in touch with Que Choisir  (telphone 0468 476400) the consumer association and ask to have an appointment with their lawyer. I am sure he will propose some actions.


You must be member of the Association (quite a reasonable fee) and then you get free advice…...But they are very efficient as you can read every day the success they have against corruption, bad products or poor legislation.



Best regards

A Reader


Hi Steve

Please tell your enquirer that any notary will do this.  The notary notarises the signing of the document, not its contents, so he doesn't need to read and understand the contents of the document.





Hi Steve,something I would like to share with the readers,and wonder if anyone has had a similar experience.


My son has been cycling in France for the last 5 years,although he has lived in France for 11 years.

He cycles competitively under the FFC midipyrenees commitee.with a UCI race licence and GBR prefix


He has competed quite successfully in his Benjamin/minime and cadet years,coming 2nd in the Trophy piste

last year as a cadet 2


This year he has jumped up to junior 1 level,which means that on the track he regularly competes against adults.

By luck and good results he is now in 1st place for the Trophy piste,having won or come 2nd in most of the races.


However last saturday 7 june,he was told he could no longer compete in any of the remaining races this season,as they are all"championship" races,and as an etranger you are not allowed to compete in  regional

championships.This however was not an issue last year or the years previous.

It strikes me that to avoid having an English lad as the Midi pyrenees track champion,the commitee has manipulated the rules to suit the situation.Conversely,he would not be eligible for English regional champs,as they are only open to people living in that region,and as we are resident in France,that is not an option.

I can understand that he would not be able to ride national races,but surely at a regional level,it seems very petty.

and has certainly demotivated my son,who if he had won the trophy,would have recieved medal and cash

now all his hard work and training seem for nothing.


I would love to petition someone,but am unsure where to start,and if discrimination like this is acceptable

especially as we are supposed to be in a united Europe


kind regards Craig Heritage      






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Jeudi 10 Juillet 2014

les Cabanes de Fleury Vide greniers aux cabanes de fleury

Vendredi 11 Juillet 2014

Alet-les-Bains Vide grenier nocturne

Samedi 12 Juillet 2014

Coursan Vide grenier

Limoux Vide grenier des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Limoux

Rennes-le-Château Foire antiquités brocante

Saverdun Vide greniers +brocante

Dimanche 13 Juillet 2014

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Cenne-Monestiès Vide-grenier de l'association Récré à Cenne

Coursan Vide grenier

Cucugnan Vide-greniers

Cuxac-Cabardès Vide grenier

Leucate-Plage Vide-grenier

Mazuby Vide greniers

Moussoulens Vide grenier

Rieux-Minervois Bourse Moto

Rieux-Minervois Vide grenier

Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocante

Pech Vide grenier

Soueix Vide grenier

Lundi 14 Juillet 2014

Argeliers Vide grenier

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Villesiscle Vide grenier

Carla-Bayle Vide-grenier, artisanat d'art

La Bastide-de-Sérou Vide-grenier annuel

Mercredi 16 Juillet 2014

Barbaira Vide grenier et marché gourmand

Jeudi 17 Juillet 2014

les Cabanes de Fleury Vide greniers aux cabanes de fleury 


Samedi 19 Juillet 2014

Coursan Vide grenier

Laprade Vide grenier fete de la peche

Port Leucate Vide greniers

Roquefort-des-Corbières Vide grenier nocturne

Tuchan Vide Greniers

Capoulet-et-Junac Vide grenier vide jardin

Saverdun Vide greniers +brocante

Dimanche 20 Juillet 2014

Alzonne Super mega vide grenier

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Couiza Vide Grenier de L'asso. "Au coeur des Estamounets"

Coursan Vide grenier

Durban-Corbières Vide grenier

Espéraza Vide Grenier Fête de Juillet au quartier du Maroc

Fontiers-Cabardès Vide grenier

Laurabuc Vide grenier laurabuc

Limoux Foire a la brocante

Moussoulens Vide grenier

Routier Vide-greniers/marche gourmand

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

Saint-Michel-de-Lanès Vide Grenier

Sallèles-d'Aude Festival Eau, Terre et Vin à Sallèles d'Aude

Talairan Vide grenier de l'association du patrimoine talairanais

Capoulet-et-Junac Vide grenier vide jardin

Castelnau-Durban Vide greniers sous les platanes

Castillon-en-Couserans Vide-Greniers

Lesparrou Vide-grenier

Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

Saint-Girons Les puces du champ de mars

Saint-Girons Fête du Baléjou



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EELS 11th July Bikini Toulouse

JEFF BECK 12 July Sete

ELTON JOHN 15 July Carcassonne Festival

LANA DEL REY 17 July Carcassonne Festival


DR JOHN 18 July Sete 

JOE SATRIANI + CHICAGO 19 July Carcassonne Festival

FRANZ FERDINAND 20 July Carcassonne Festival

MASSIVE ATTACK 24 July Carcassonne Festival

THE JACKSONS 25 July Carcassonne Festival

VANESSA PARADIS 28 July Carcassonne Festival




JAMES BLUNT 30 July Carcassonne Festival

PHARRELL WILLIAMS 6 Oct Zenith Toulouse

LILY ALLEN 29 Oct Zenith Toulouse

IMELDA MAY 3 Nov Bikini Toulouse

ULI JON ROTH 4 Nov Bikini Toulouse

THE DO 9 Nov Bikini Toulouse

PINK MARTINI 10 Nov Halle aux grains Toulouse

GONG 14 Nov Metronum Toulouse

PETER GABRIEL 16 Nov Zenith Toulouse

SAXON +SKID ROW 26 Nov Bikini Toulouse

ANGUS & JULIA STONE 7 Dec Bikini Toulouse

DISNEY ON ICE 30 Jan 1 Feb Zenith Toulouse

DIRTY DANCING 1/3 May Zenith Toulouse







The Pound/Euro

The British Penny - European Union Directive No. 456179
In order to bring about further integration with the single European currency, the Euro,
all citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland must be made
aware that the phrase “ Spending a Penny” is not to be used after 31 December 2014.
From this date onwards, the correct term will be:

“ Euronating".

It is hoped that this will be a great relief to everyone.








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