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That’s nearly it then - another year and another 26 Flyers. It wasn’t my intention to offend with the title of the last Flyer, it was more a sentence that came to mind based on the inevitable commercialisation of Christmas in the UK.

 

The cynic in me does have the feeling that the best and cheapest promotion campaign any film company could have had for an upcoming movie has been the story relating to “The Interview”.  Let’s  just imagine that Sony hacked itself and then put out a North Korean infiltration story, and then they stopped the film being released, well at that point they have huge download and DVD sales potential.  But then comes the extra bonus - Mr President says that it must be released at cinemas so another huge tranche of publicity and then it sells out wherever it opens… brilliant!

 

In all the reporting of torture and redaction that has come out recently I noticed something that made me laugh quite a lot. The headquarters of the CIA is called the George Bush Center for Intelligence, it was less funny when I worked out that was named after dubyah’s dad rather than the mastermind himself.

 

How does a person in a cosseted position, such as one would imagine that of the Archbishop of Canterbury, end up with pneumonia?  It’s made worse that he is called Welby.

 

Following a number of van and stabbing incidents in France prior to Christmas the French government decided to deploy 300 troops around the country, as a show of strength!

I would have thought 3000 wouldn’t have been very visible let alone 300, so maybe it was meant to be 30,000?

Where had Francois Hollande whisked Julie Gayet off for the holidays? Apparently he went off to St Pierre and Miquelon (it’s just off Newfoundland, I had to look myself)and it’s an overseas collectivity of France. 

Could it be a handy stopping off point for the Caribbean?

 

So the Easyjet strike didn’t hurt too much the comings and goings to the Sud? Unions representing French Easyjet cabin crew have called another strike for Dec. 31st and Jan 1st

 

 

All the best for 2015 

 
 
 
 

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

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Lost in France

My previous posting should have warned me not to speak too soon.  Within hours of smugly enjoying my genuine lack of Christmas shopping frenzy my fridge packed up.  At this point I could go on about the word ‘convenience’ and how it appears to originate from the French and how the meaning differs in the two languages.  I could also compare and contrast the virtues of Darty and Conforama using their on-line shopping, in-store experience and delivery services to qualify my comments.  I could also expound at length about a 10% reduction offered on a €600 item damaged in transit by the delivery people.  But I won’t.   Instead I will leave you with a seasonal joke, to remind myself that there are worse things in life than not having a fridge in winter and that we can all do with a laugh:

Four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to put it?'

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Not a lot of people know this.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floor boards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went to the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.  When he went to the cupboard, he found the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.  In his frustration he accidently dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.  He went to get the broom and found that the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang and Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa.  Isn’t this a lovely day?  I have a beautiful tree for you, where would you like me to put it?’

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.  Not a lot of people know that.

 

 

 

 

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I have a firm belief that you should never advise others to do things that you are not prepared to do yourself. I’ve been advising Spectrum clients for nearly nine years now, and in that time have fielded many of the same questions many times over:  Do you have an Assurance Vie?  What have you done with your pension?  These are two very regular questions, and they are easy to deal with.

 

 

When I arrived in France in 2003 I had no idea what an Assurance Vie was, and QROPS hardly existed, other than in a very embryonic form.  By late 2006 though, when I was ‘up and running’ with The Spectrum IFA Group, I had both.  I was probably my easiest client, but that’s not to say I don’t take a lot of convincing.  Understand the product, appreciate the benefits, and take advantage of them; that is the way I tend to work.

 

 

Cash and pension investments aren’t the only thing a Spectrum adviser comes into contact with on a regular basis though.  We get asked all sorts of questions about how best to adapt to life in France.  One of the biggest topics is the health service over here compared to the UK.  ‘Stick or twist’ as I mentioned in one of my recent articles. Common wisdom suggests that the French health service is streets ahead of the NHS, but I’ve never been an NHS basher.  My generic advice has always been to join the French system whenever you can, as it’s never made sense to me to rely upon being able to skip back to the UK if you need to,  but I’ve never been able to back this up with any solid experience.  Until very recently that is.

 

 

I know full well that having something simple like a blood test is a very different experience in France.  In the UK I would go along to my local hospital, pay a fortune to park my car in the car park, take a ticket (number 93, with 37 flashing on the counter).  An hour or so later (maybe) I’m away, with only ten to fourteen days to wait until I phone my surgery for the results.  In France I drive to the laboratory, park outside (free), hand in my Carte Vitale and the prescription, and take a seat.  Sometimes I wait for ten minutes; more likely five or less.  Certainly out within fifteen minutes, and the results will be available to print off from the internet the same afternoon.

 

 

But what about a major operation?  Well, there comes a time in the life of any finely tuned international athlete/overweight ex international banker* when things wear out, and in my case my right hip has been the first to go.  Here then was my big opportunity to add to my life experience, and it was always going to be done in France.

 

 

That was earlier this month, and I’m glad to say that I’m very much still here to tell the tale.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to entertain you with the gory details.  Suffice it to say that my treatment was absolutely exemplary.  I couldn’t have been looked after better.  The clinic (Medipole in Toulouse), was (is) modern, spotlessly clean and efficient.  The staff are all amazing; always cheerful and so helpful, and this at a time when pay and conditions for staff are an increasing concern.  Marvellous.

 

 

 

Please don’t get the wrong idea and think that I enjoyed the experience though. 

There are several thousand other things I can think of that I’d rather do than go through it again.  However, if I have to, I know where I will have it done, and it will be here in France.

 

 

All that remains for this year is for me to wish you a very happy New Year.  Let’s look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2015 for all.

 

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

By phone on 0468 247758 or mobile 0631 787647

Or by mail at rob.hesketh@spectrum-ifa.com   You can find out more about Spectrum at www.spectrum-ifa.com  and www.france-financial.com

 

The Spectrum IFA Group advisers do not charge any fees for their time or for advice given, as can be seen from our Client Charter at http://www.spectrum-ifa.com/spectrum-ifa-client-charter/

 

 

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The surprising nutritional benefits of

Christmas Day lunch

 

In an attempt to make us all feel better about eating like things possessed at Christmas, I thought I'd share this article from The Telegraph  - fill your boots!

 

" The Christmas season is often associated with gluttony and over-indulgence - and why not too? We're all allowed to go a bit bananas now and then. Thankfully, your tale of Christmas nutrition need not be one of bulging eyes matched by expanding waistlines. There are some seasonal staples around at this time of year that have some great hidden health benefits. Make sure you include them in your Christmas food wish list and the Yuletide season need not be as damaging as some will have you believe.

 

Sprouts of hope

 

First on the list is the humble brussel sprout. Sprouts have the same chemistry as all of the brassica’s (like cabbage and broccoli) but with super concentrated levels of key nutrients. The most important is the isothiocyanates, a chemical group that has antimutagenic activity. This means they help cells correctly metabolise certain compounds that could otherwise trigger mutations leading to cancer. Brussels sprouts are also a wonderful source of beta carotene and several important minerals like magnesium.

 

'Probiotic' parsnip

 

Next, is the parsnip. These gorgeous root vegetables are a great food for digestive health.

 

The power of the parsnip is all down to a large indigestible sugar called an oligosaccharide, which lends the vegetable its distinctive sweet flavour. Oligosaccharide essentially acts as a food source for the good bacteria in the gut, which ferment the compound as they feed on it. During this process, the bacterial colony can grow and strengthen.

 

During fermentation the bacteria also release beneficial compounds such as butyric acid, which helps to protect the gut from damage.

 

Red cabbage relaxant

 

As well as adding an amazing colour contrast to your meal, red cabbage can give your body a nutritional boost. The deep colour in red cabbage comes from a group of compounds called flavonoids. These have been well studied in recent years, and are known to deliver a broad array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Recent research shows that due to action upon blood vessels, flavonoid rich foods can have a transient lowering effect upon blood pressure.

 

Sleep-inducing turkey

 

This list wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of turkey. Now, whilst it may not be the most exciting meat in the world, turkey does have one very interesting property: it's a rich source of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is used to create the neurotransmitter serotonin, which then goes on to form another neurotransmitter called melatonin, which helps induce a deep sleep. So eating turkey can help you sleep! However, one thing you need to remember is that tryptophan rich foods must be consumed with a carbohydrate source, in order to get the amino acid across the blood brain barrier where it can be converted. Which could explain the post-Christmas dinner coma (I'm sure eating your own bodyweight and drinking a gallon of champagne has nothing to do with it)."

 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and  Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

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Bridge Problem.

 

 

 

You are in six clubs and the defence lead the Ace and King of hearts. Can you spot the best line?

 

Dummy

 


K 7 6 5 4 3
5 4
K 2

 

9 8 2

 

 

 

Your hand

 

A 9
2
A 6 5 4 3
A K Q J 10

 

Solution

 

You need to hope that the diamonds break at least 4/2 and the clubs 4/1. (If you play on spades, you need clubs and spades to break 3/2 – a lesser chance) Ruff the King of hearts and play the King of diamonds, the Ace of diamonds and ruff a diamond high in Dummy. Cross back to hand with the Ace of spades and, if diamonds are not 3/3, ruff another one high. Now play the 2 of clubs to hand and draw trumps. Contract made.

 

 

 

 

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So  ...  Christmas is over and there is plenty to do in the garden!  The mild December has meant that leaf fall from deciduous trees has been late so there are lots of leaves still lying around that can be collected and turned into leafmould or added to your compost heap.  Now is a good time to spread compost on  the surface of beds so that worms can work it over during winter.  Winter usually brings windy weather at some point, make sure to check the soil around plants, especially newly planted ones, and firm soil down if it has been loosened.   If you have planted winter flowering pansies regular dead-heading will ensure continued flowering.

The mild December meant that many plants are still flowering; one unusual herbaceous perennial is Reinwardtia indica - it is winter hardy but flowers in the winter which means that in most years the flowers are destroyed by early frosts, not so this year and the golden yellow flowers have brought a lovely touch of colour to the garden.

 


For any garden queries do get in touch with Gill Pound ( 04 68 78 43 81 or Gill@lapetitepepiniere.com ). La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire (route de Citou) 11160 Caunes-Minervois. The nursery and garden don't have regular opening hours during the winter months but we are always open by appointment, just phone or email to arrange a time if you would like to visit.

 

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Steve,

 

I am an Australian and I am displeased of your flippant through away title of this flyer. It is far from amusing and shows your ignorant disregard for those involved in yesterday’s events in Sydney. @ innocent people died in that siege and they deserve more respect than that not given by you!

 

I am unsubscribing from your email and will be letting everyone I know that does subscribe of my thoughts of you as editor.

 

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Steve

I only wish to say one thing about your heading regarding "Jihadi Lindt" for today's Flyer, while innocent people were still being held hostage at gunpoint by a nutter - very insentiive and very poor taste.

David 

 

We really did not appreciate you making a joke of the death of two innocent people. You would be the first to whinge loudly if an Australian newspaper made light of the death of Lee Rigby. This event is not funny, and not something to make you look 'clever'. You just show yourself to be a smart arse with no feelings, and no common sense.

Kerry 

 

 

Dear Steve,

Just learned of the passage to a better place of Joe Cocker... What a good man. I had the chance to meet him once, in Budapest, where he was singing. I was with Bobby Charlton - we were attending a sports 'do'. Of course he recognised Bobby & asked if he could join us! I just gasped. At table with two of my favourite heroes!! I just listened gob-struck as they discussed the relative merits of the 'Blades' and the 'Owls'.
Of course, Joe came from Sheffield, home of Sheff. United & Wednesday, so he knew what he was talking about! 
I assume you knew him pretty well. I think he's worth a word, no a track, or two in the next edition of the 'Flyer', which along with 'L'Independant' & 'L'Equipe' is my only journalistic reading matter these days!
Cheers & a Merrie Christmas & Happy New Year

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