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So the Mayor of Calais, was given a new fence which staved off the closure of the port, and then she was invited to talk at a Commons committee inquiry into the work of the Home Office.  However either she doesn’t speak English or decided not to, and someone forgot to order an interpreter.  John Crace's sketch in the Guardian pokes fun at the welcome afforded by the committee's chairman:

“ 'Ordre, ordre.  Je veux te - si je peux be so bold - welcomer ici. It is not souvent que the Lady Mayor de Calais gets to meet moi,' said Keith Vaz in the pre-rehearsed speed-dating routine he usually reserves for his mirror. Natacha Bouchart looked startled, as much by the sound of her native language being badly mauled as by the nature of her welcome.”  

"As ententes go this was not madly cordiale," says Independent sketch writer Donald Macintyre. "The whole proceeding was translated by an interpreter. Which didn't deter the Tory MP Michael Ellis from applying the technique adopted by so many Brit holidaymakers abroad when addressing foreigners: speaking more loudly."


Even Zambian presidents are lured by exile in the UK, in his case for medical reasons, but that didn’t work too well.


Fundamentally it can’t be a good thing UK leaving the EU or indeed France returning to the franc, but when Britain is taxed £1.7bn for its success in turning its economy around, it’s like they have given Nigel a huge lift.  How would that have worked if the Scottish vote had ended up as ‘Yes’? Would the UK bill them for their part?

When will the repercussions start and what will they be after the French appeals court ordered Ryanair to pay 8.1€ million?  They are going to be paying damages to unions, France’s social security system and pilots among others - I can only imagine that is all included in the 8.1m.


And remember not to try to go anywhere next Tuesday as the CGT union members are planning major action because they feel something will change.  Trains, planes, trams, buses and ferries could be severely affected, and of course, cross the road if you see a clown coming, I wonder if circuses or is that circi are re-clothing their clowns?


Wouldn’t it be better if all the retail banks in the UK  were replaced by one secure bank, run by say the Bank of England in each town and they could process all the dealings for all the banks - sort of a National Grid or Network Rail for the banking system?










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Lost in France


We are indeed in the depths of France, particularly when the mobiles stop working inside the house.  I think it might be to do with the thickness of these old walls.  The phones only have a signal in the house when they are propped up against some window or other, leaning desperately against the glass for some sight of the 21st century beaming down on them from above.  It has been so bad that I have had to go outside when on the phone to Orange to give them my bank details so that they would set up a direct debit.  The person on the other end of the line and I chuckled over the idiocy of it, hoping no one was listening and nicking my identity.

We finally decided to see what we could do about it.  The solution is an antenna.  As we are Orange sufferers I contacted the English-speaking helpline who suggested someone would call me back from the relevant department to discuss.  After a phone call which took 48 minutes  we agreed to purchase something called a Femtocell (which sounds a bit like a female contraceptive).  He told us where and when we could collect it.  I have no idea why it can’t be delivered, or even dropped off at the nearest Orange shop for us to collect.  It’s being delivered at some depot about 30 miles away.

The English-speaking person from Orange then called back apologising that he had forgotten to give us a reference number and after that we proceeded to be inundated with texts and emails advising us of this delivery:

Orange to confirm that they would be sending item via Chronopost

Chronopost to confirm that collection would not be from Saturday 25th but Tuesday 27th

Orange to confirm that the item has been sent to our chosen collection point. Oh I wish we had chosen it.

Chronopost to send us tracking information

Chronopost telling us the item is ready for collection

Orange telling us the item is ready for collection

I do hope that the system works and as efficiently as this communication system.  


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make no apology for returning to one of my favourite topics this week – pensions.  I am quite frankly aghast at what is going on in the UK at the moment.  I expect that many of you might recognise this quote from our esteemed Chancellor:


‘People who have worked hard and saved all their lives should be free to choose what they do with their money, and that freedom is central to our long term economic plan.’ 


Fine words indeed, but this is what I think is really going on:


‘There are many people who have worked hard and saved all their lives, and I need to get my hands on that money.  I can’t steal it, this isn’t Cyprus after all, but if I let you spend it, just think of the tax revenues I’ll rake in’.


Actually, I really feel sorry for the Pensions Minister, whose job it is to encourage saving via pensions.  He really must feel as though he’s the bandmaster on the Titanic, and he’s never had to perform on a sloping deck before.


I have a whole list of problems with this new course being set by the government (note the continuing nautical theme there…).  Firstly, we all know how deadly boring pensions are when we’re young.  We’ve all been there.  Yes, I know I should save, but I have a life to lead, and it’s not cheap.  The older you get; the more interesting pensions become.  You just have to hope that you see sense before it’s too late.  But what happens for the future generations?  If you can access your pension fund whenever you want to, why bother?


Pensions instil discipline, or at least they used to.  In my view, a pension fund isn’t even really your money.  It is money that you give, or somebody else gives for you, to an independent body (a trustee) who will look after that money for you and let you have it back in sensible tranches so that it will support you for the whole of your post working life.  Not everyone has one, but if you don’t you have to rely on independent means, and the UK State pension.  You’d better have both, because the State pension isn’t going to fund much of a lifestyle.


What will happen from next April is a projected boom in capital spending, and the idea is that it’s you who will be spending your capital.  Stand by for a blitz of promotional activity, in the UK at least.  Car port; house extension; conservatory; double glazing; new driveway, new car; new anything, you’ll be urged to buy it.  If you can’t face all the pressure, you’ll be offered a world cruise to get away from it all.  Anything that means you spend money, and in the process pay more tax.


To my mind, this is madness.  Back in the old days (showing my age here), you could rely on GAD to act as a moderator, controlling how much money you could sensibly use.  GAD stands for The Government Actuarial Department, and is manned by an army of very clever qualified actuaries, basically expert mathematicians.  Their job was to work out how much you could draw from your pension, whist at the same time ensure that your pension would outlive you.  In other words, the pension would always support you.  You were allowed to draw any percentage of ‘GAD’, as this figure became known; any percentage that is up to 100%.  Don’t confuse that with 100% of your pension, which is what we’re looking at now.  This 100% meant the maximum you could take out of your pension without it bleeding to death.


As the brake cable was gradually severed, that GAD figure became 120%, then 150%, and now we have the next logical step in the descent into eventual poverty.


I’m having none of this nonsense.  I decided in 2006 to transfer my personal pension out of the UK into a QROPS, and I’m very glad I did.  Last year I discovered that a smaller pension, which had been awarded to me as a result of the mis-selling scandal in the 1980s (interestingly I didn’t think that I had been mis-sold anything), had grown to a reasonable size, and was due for payment (another age clue).


In line with strict Spectrum IFA Group standards, I have sent all the details of this scheme to my pension team in head office, who are conducting a full review of all the terms and conditions relating to it.  They will shortly provide me with a full report, and unless there is anything in that report to indicate that a transfer would be unwise, my pension will follow the original one out of the UK jurisdiction to a safer haven, free from meddling politicians and pushy salesmen.


Remember pension busting?  That was all about rogue financial advisers, if you can call them that, urging you to take your pension abroad, where you would be shown weird and wonderful ways to access (illegally) your pension fund.  How times have changed.  Now you are being urged to at least consider taking your pension abroad with a reputable financial adviser, in order to protect it from the biggest pension buster of all time, the UK government.


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


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The human body is meant for movement. A wide variety of modern epidemics, from heart disease to diabetes to osteoporosis, are rooted in our sedentary lifestyles. Lifelong physical activity is crucial to optimum health, but running marathons is not required. For a sensible perspective, consider the BENEFITS OF WALKING:


It has long been known that there are many inherent health benefits from a regular routine of exercise walking, such as:


Strengthens muscles in the feet, legs, hips, and torso

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Nourishes the spinal structures

Walking for exercise facilitates strong circulation, pumping nutrients into soft tissues and draining toxins


Improves flexibility and posture

Exercise walking along with regular stretching allows greater range of motion; helps prevent awkward movements, and susceptibility of future injury


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Regular walking for exercise helps prevent osteoporosis and can aid in reducing osteoarthritis pain


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Any regular exercise routine helps maintain a healthy weight, especially as one ages and metabolism slows

Contrary to popular belief, 'getting older' needn't necessarily equate with 'falling apart'!! HOWEVER, it DOES meant that you have to apply yourself and work at maintaining activity - remember...... our bodies are designed to function optimally through regular movement.

The world around us may be changing more rapidly than we can keep up with but our bodies haven't changed to keep pace with that - we are still primed for running away from dinosaurs! You have to 'overcome' modern life in order for your body to function well, cars, lifts, modern appliances etc. do us no favours. GET WALKING / MOVING!

If you would like to walk in a group (for safety, meeting people, motivation to walk regularly etc.) please contact me for details of our regular 'Walking for Fitness' group - including advice on:  posture, how to walk with poles, equipment, nutrition etc. Walks are generally in the region of 3 hours and the location changes each week. (Pays d'Olmes / Mirepoix / Fanjeaux and elsewhere!)


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Bridge Problem

You are in 3NT and they lead a small spade to your Jack in hand. It looks right to play on there a risk?



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A K 10 5


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Q 10 5 4
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It looks like nine tricks even if you have to lose a diamond trick but, if you lose it to the hand on your right, they may find a heart return to beat the contract. You should therefore play safe by crossing to Dummy with a club and playing the two of diamonds to the eight in your hand. If this loses to your left hand opponent, a heart switch cannot now beat you (try it). A club switch will not trouble you as you can drop the King of diamonds under the Ace.



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A special message for Poppy Day from - Harry Shindler                                                     






Very soon it will be Poppy Day - November 11th.




Members of Parliament, in London or in their own Constituencies will be sporting a Poppy. Monuments, standing in silence to remember those brave young men and women who gave their lives to protect our Democracy, that allows these MPs the Honour to represent their fellow fellow British citizens. So they my think, as they stand in silence , of the latest Government offer to accept the Principle of expat British citizens voting at General Elections in the UK - but not at the next General Election in 2015 but in the General Election of 2020!!!!




World War II started in 1939, we are now in 2014, 75 years on, therefore a 20 year old soldier in 1939 will now be 95. The Government´s proposal to vote in 6 years time will make him 101 years of age!!!! There certainly will not be many filling in that ballot paper!!!!




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`Wear your poppy and remember also` to make it possible for `All expats to be able to vote in 2015`






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The next few weeks are an excellent time to be planting trees, shrubs and hardy perennials while there is still some warmth and moisture  in the soil.  Remember to incorporate some organic material (terreau or compost etc) and some river sand or gravel into the planting hole to improve the clayey soils that most people in this area have and water the plants well after planting.  Stake if necessary.  It is still a good time to be collecting seed from plants in your garden, store them in a cool, dry place over winter for early spring planting.  It  is also a good time for taking cuttings; we tend to think of cuttings as being taken from the stems of the plant but there are a number of plants which do well from root cuttings - this applies particularly to perennials such as hardy geraniums, acanthus, hybrid anemones, Verbena venosa, phlox etc.  Lift some of the roots and using clean secateurs simply cut thick sections of root about 3cm long and insert upright into a pot of compost.  Keep them sheltered over winter and you should have plenty of new plants in the spring.  Some trees and shrubs can also be propagated by root cuttings, Clerodendrons and Calycanthus for example.

Now that we have cooler weather it is a good time to clean up bird feeders and install them for the winter as well.

There is plenty of flower colour still in the garden; two of my favourites are the Cassias.  Cassia floribunda has been flowering since mid June but Cassia candolleana has come into flower just in the last couple of weeks, both will flower until the frosts.  They are slightly tender shrubs and, generally, the above ground stems are killed by winter cold but they shoot up from the rootstock each spring, unlike most shrubs I would prefer to plant cassias in the spring so that they have the summer to develop their root system before dealing with the winter.  Both like a sunny position and will need some supplementary water during summer.

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 to look rather than to buy!   Regular opening times for the rest of this year will be  the 7th, 8th & 9th November.    Remember too that we are always happy to organise guided visits of the garden here for groups.

On Saturday 15th November we shall hold our autumn sale.  As usual there will be a tour of the garden in the morning, there will be many plants at sale prices (because it is much better for plants to spend the winter in the ground rather than in pots!) and La Table d'Emilie will again be providing a meal at 15€ per head- the menu is

Spiced Butternut squash soup with a lemon creme fraiche and harrisa 

Coq au vin with seasonal vegetables

Chocolate marquise toasted hazelnut cream

(Wine will be available)

  Meal by reservation only (phone 04 68 78 70 10 or email   Catriona McLean will be here  with quality garden tools and Harry will be exhibiting her hank drums again. 

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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Hullo Steve

I thought you would be interested to hear that the advert for a lawn mower very soon brought a call from a gentleman in Lavelanet: he will be moving to a bigger place with more grass to cut and he will need a ride-on motor mower; would I like his pusher, which was only 2 years old and in excellent condition! You can immagine my response; he delivered this morning.

Thanks for including my request in the Flyer. Do I owe you anything?

Best wishes




A daft question for France but … would anyone like some lavender? I've harvested as much as I can use but there's LOADS more on our bushes. You'd need to cut and collect it yourself - we live in the Razès between Limoux (25 mins)  and Mirepoix (20 mins).

All the best,


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hello steve

could you please pass this message along

concerning kennel cough in dogs

not many are aware of this I was not untill my 15 year old dog died suddenly on mon night he had a cough for just 2 days took him to the vets had an injection then later at night at 12.00 started having fits with coughing up blood and saliva, had to dash him to the vets in limoux after failing to get hold of a emergency vet on the phone, he had so many fits he did not survive the vet said they have 3 to 4 dogs a day at the moment with it and it is bad for the older dog , the spa in carcassonne have closed for the time being because of it, don't want to panic people  but just to be aware my dog has not been in kennels or with other dogs so don't know how he got it my other dog is ok at the moment but had some stuff to put up his nose

Many thanks barbara palmer quillan


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