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I was recently talking to a friend who currently lives in Washington DC and when we spoke he was in Bamako, Mali. He pointed out to me that his daughter had used, wonderfully and successfully, the services of a Flyer advertiser to move her student belongings from Cornwall to the Aude.  Finally a connection, it’s a funny old world.


One report I saw on TV, about the refugees trying to make it across the Mediterranean, said that people were paying 12,000€ to make the sea journey. I thought maybe Greece could offer to take all of the refugees and wipe out their various EU & IMF debts, then I did the maths. What they owe divided by 12,000 per person would mean that they would need to take on 10 times the population of India to have no debt. It certainly put into perspective the size of the whole those Hellenic chappies are in, hopefully my maths was wrong.


I had thought also maybe the NHS and British government could set up a fortified nurse training centres along the Libyan coast and that could solve the problem of the wasteful use of agency nurses. Ok, ok, yes I know these are desperate people, not a subject of humour.


France, if it looked away and allowed leaky borders as the British government did a few years ago it would get the economy going. I think the concept is one of  ‘we don’t get them all into the system immediately’ but they do usually from the start paying TVA and over time would slip into the whole tax system mainly because of medical needs, even if they don’t join in from the get go.


There’s a commune in Normandy selling off plots of land at 1€ a sq.m. They have a dwindling population, but I think maybe they could think a little grander than 4 plots.


I had a couple of great BBC subtitle moments again recently:


The Duchess of Cambridge was accompanied to the hospital by Vince William

(Prince, of course, and that’s how rumours start).


The Messenger probe identified on Mercury various elements including Magnesium and Salford (Sulphur?).


Did you see the Green party’s party election broadcast? It’s the best one I think I have ever seen, click here to watch it? Other political parties are available.


I am not sure that I agree with comedian Sebastien Thiery who appeared naked at the most prestigious theatre awards Nuit de Molieres in order to to appeal to the Minister of Culture to allow playrights to have unemployment benefit, whatever next.



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Lost in France


It’s been one of those weeks where you remember what is was like before the internet came to the village.   Once upon a time you were happy with what you had: some television, a DVD or two and a computer that you used simply as a word processor.  Ah, those were the days!  Well no actually they weren’t but it seemed like it.  Once you’ve had the technology you can’t forget what it was like when it goes.  The internet fumbles and tries to find a connection and there it is…. gone. 


It’s now been nearly 10 days since we had reliable internet in the village.  My neighbour has been storming about getting increasingly angry with the service from Orange.  On one of the days the internet was working he sent off an email demanding either service or at least to be told what was happening.  Someone called him back and offered him €15 compensation with which he was happy. 


I called Orange on Thursday to be told that the service would be resumed on Friday.  I then called on Friday to be told it would be back on Tuesday.  The lady I spoke to said she would call me on Wednesday to discuss compensation,  and she did indeed call me which was a surprise in itself, but it was to tell me that service would not be back until Friday and as she was off then she would call me this coming Monday to discuss compensation again.  I wouldn’t mind if we knew we would have no service but it tease you by returning and tempting you into thinking it will stay and then it disappears again.


There is a problem in Toulouse and it appears to be just the connection to our village.  This makes no real sense in the greater scheme of things, Orange being an international communications company in the 21st century and it taking over 10 days to fix. 


I recently saw a documentary about a prison in the depths of Siberia, 700 miles from the nearest habitation and for prisoners who deserved it they were allowed  to talk to their families on Skype. 









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My article last month generated a lot of interest, particularly about the possibility of claiming back French social charges.

If you did not see the article, you can read it on our website at:


There is no news yet as to when the Conseil d’État of France will consider the decision of the European Court of

Justice (ECJ) and so we must wait for the outcome before we know whether or not the ECJ decision will be accepted in

its entirety. As France has about six times the amount of public debt compared to Greece, refunding social charges to

lots of people, will most likely compound France’s deficit problems, so the government must be hoping that the

Sages of the Conseil‘ will take their time.



On the subject of debt problems, Greece must repay its creditors nearly €1 billion in May. This includes €200 million of

interest on a loan received from the IMF, which is due on 1st May, plus a €760 million loan repayment due on 12th May.

On top of all of this, there are wages due to public sector workers, which if the government does not pay, could trigger

calls for an early election in Greece. However, Greece will want to make sure it pays what is due to the IMF, which will

be the ‘banker of last resort’ to the country, if it cannot secure a deal with the EU.


As is being widely reported, Greece is struggling to raise the money it needs and Eurozone finance ministers are not

too happy about the lack of progress being made by Greece to reach agreement with its creditors. Speculation as to

either Greece defaulting on its debt or exiting the Euro is widespread. What effect will either of these events have on

Greece, the Euro, as well as the wider global markets and how can financial contagion be prevented?


The other big event in May is, of course, the UK General Election. At the time of writing, the polls were placing

Conservatives and Labour in a neck and neck position and who knows what the outcome will be. As the future of the

UK’s membership of the EU has been one of the key points in this election battle, it is possible that whoever wins or is

able to form a coalition government, we could anyway be heading for a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership

of the EU. What will this mean for our future, as UK expatriates and for the UK in the wider world? Tony Barber quoted

in the Financial Times on 15th March:


A vote to leave would have serious implications for Britain’s place in the world, not to mention the EU’s political balance

and generally liberal economic outlook. It might even threaten the unity of the UK itself. Many in Scotland, Wales and

Northern Ireland would object loudly to losing EU membership just because an English majority had voted to leave.”



It seems highly likely that the outcome of this election will be watched, in the wider world, as closely as last year’s

Scottish Referendum. In addition, with the SNP likely to take Scotland with a clear majority and increase the number of

seats it holds in Westminster, does this create the groundwork for another referendum on the subject of independence?


Lots of questions and we will have to wait for the answers, at least until the key events of May unfold. Fortunately, this

timing coincides with our forthcoming Client Seminars – Le Tour de Finance - and so whether the questions are about

the effect of Greece defaulting on its debt or ‘Grexit’ (as a Greek exit from the Eurozone has now become known), the

future of the UK’s membership of the EU or anything else that has the potential to affect markets and exchange rates,

these seminars are the ideal opportunity to put these questions to experts.



We are already taking bookings for Le Tour de Finance 2015 and other subjects that we will be covering include

pension planning for French residency, EU Succession Regulations and French inheritance planning, French taxation

including how you can ensure that your financial assets are structured for maximum tax-efficiency, as well as currency exchange. The local events are taking place at:


Perpignan (66000) – 19th May


Bize-Minervois (11120) – 20th May


Montagnac (34530) – 21st May


Le Tour de Finance is an increasingly popular event and early booking is recommended. If you would like to attend

one of these events, please contact me to reserve your places. Each event commences at 10.00 am and finishes at

2.30 pm after a complimentary buffet lunch.


Finally, a reminder that French tax returns are due by 19th May 2015, if submitting a paper return or if submitting on-line

by 26th May 2015 for departments 01 to 19, by 2nd June 2015 for departments 20 to 49 and by 9th June 2015 for other departments. According to the ECB website, the average exchange rate of Sterling to Euros for 2014 is 0.80612

(or 1.2405 if you prefer to multiply your Sterling to calculate the equivalent Euro amount).


For those of you who came to live in France during 2014, you will need to make your first French tax declaration and

declare all your worldwide income and gains. This includes income and gains that might be tax-free in another country, for

example, UK ISAs, premium bond winnings and Pension Commencement Lump Sums, which are all taxable in France.



Even if the income is taxable in another country, for example a UK government pension and/or UK property rental

income, the amount must still be reported in France and it will be taken into account in calculating your French income

tax. You will then be given a tax reduction to take into account the fact that the income is taxable elsewhere.


It is also very important to declare the existence of all foreign bank accounts (whatever the amount in the account) and

life assurance policies taken out with companies outside of France. Failure to do so can result in a penalty of €1,500 for

each undisclosed bank account. However, if the total value of all unreported accounts is €50,000 or more, then the

penalty is increased to 5% of the total value of the accounts, if this results in a greater amount. The same penalties

also apply for undeclared foreign life assurance contracts.


Whether or not you are able to come to one of the Tour de Finance events, if you would like to have a confidential

discussion about pensions, investments and/or inheritance planning, using tax-efficient solutions,  please contact me

either by telephone on 04 68 20 30 17 or by e-mail at


The Spectrum IFA Group advisers do not charge any fees directly to clients for their time or for advice given, as can

be seen from our Client Charter at

Daphne Foulkes

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Tech Talk 

Update Update Update

One of the most important things you need to do to your computer is UPDATE, but its also one of the most confusing things at least to many people.

The questions I am most frequently asked is “Which updates are safe, which one’s should I update and which one’s just add advertising or junk to my computer.”

Here’s a brief guide.


For a PC

Windows updates are the most important of all, these update patch the holes in the system and fix the faults in Microsofts programing.

Java updates but only from (there are many fake updates, always go the real web site to update).

Adobe updates for FLASH and Acrobat Reader and only from (again there are many fakes pretending to be a Flash update only download the update directly from

Virus or Malware scanner. (Not only is it important that the threat database is kept up to date but you also need to watch out for version of the security software, most manufactures update the software yearly, so if yours says 2013 or 2014 its out of date and must be upgraded. Old software is more dangerous than no protection at all.)

Any other software that you are actively using, ie. Goole Chrome, Firefox, Thunderbird etc…


For a Mac


Apple updates – especially OSX 10.10 Yosemite.

Many people have read or heard bad things about Yosemite and how its slow, has problems with wifi etc. Most of these claims are fake, it’s very good and very reliable. The latest security fixes have ONLY been released for Yosemite so any earlier versions are now out of date and unsafe to use. (10.9, 10.8 etc) UPGADE NOW it’s free. (Some older Macs from 2009 are very slow at running OSX 10.10 but as these computer are now 6 years old they are getting near the time you should thing about replacing them as they will be too slow to use and also at risk of infection).


Adobe Flash but only from


Any other software that you are actively using, ie. Goole Chrome, Firefox, Thunderbird etc…

Remember (MAC and PC) that most software updates need to be downloaded from the internet and then RUN, many people get the download right and then forget to RUN or Install the update. If you see the update again with a day then it probably did not install, try it again?


If you see an update request on a web site DO NOT DO IT! Instead exit the page and go to the real site of the manufacture to download it. Be very careful using Search to find updates there are many fakes and many ways to download something you really don’t want.


Most important of all!!! READ the installation screens on the update and UNTICK any extra software it offers you.


AVG offer AVG Search – NO you do not want it.

JAVA offer Ask Search  – NO you do not want it.

Adobe offers McAfee security scan – NO you do not want it.

These extra just make a mess and change your search and usually your home page on the internet but they can also lead to Malware and hacking so always say NO!

If you need help or have any questions about your computer please give me a call or send me an email for advice. or Telephone 05 61 60 84 23.


Bruce Taylor.




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You are in six spades. The defence lead a small diamond. Can you guarantee the contract?




A 6 5 4 3 2
A 4


K Q 2


    Your hand


 Q J 10 9 8
Q J 10 9 8
3 2




You have two missing Kings and can afford to lose one of them. Win the lead, come back to hand with a club, play a diamond back to Dummy and cash one more club. Now ruff the last club back to hand. Play the Queen of spades and, if your left-hand opponent follows, play low from Dummy. If this loses to the King, the defence must give you either a free heart finesse or a ruff and discard. (If your left hand opponent shows out of trumps, cash the Ace and play another one to the same effect.)



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April seems to have brought mostly good weather along with a little rain to help with the watering!  Keeping an eye on weeding is an ongoing task at the moment, deep rooted perennials such as bindweed and couch grass have loved the warm weather and are growing like crazy.  This is also the time of year to look out for pests and diseases and take appropriate action; roses may well be starting to have mildew and blackspot and lily beetles can strip a plant of foliage in days.  Evergreen hedges can be given a light clipping but do check for nesting birds first.

There are many, many lovely roses just starting to flower at the moment.  Some of my favourites are Rosa chinensis cultivars, as species roses they seem amazingly resistant to maladies and have the bonus that they are repeat flowering ie they will come into flower four or five times in a year.  They are evergreen or semi-evergreen and can grow to make bushes of about 2m x 2m.  The photographs show the deep red Rosa chinensis sanguinea, Rosa chinensis mutabilis with flowers that open a pale red and change to a coppery pink and Rosa x odorata, a Rosa chinensis & gigantea cross with lovely scented flowers.  Roses are, of course, a huge subject and if anyone wants to know more about roses for this climate I can direct you to some good specialist nurseries.

At La Petite Pépinière we have a number of events coming up during the spring and early summer and we shall hope to see some of you at these.

* Sunday 10th May: Planting Design with Mediterranean Native Plants workshop, 10.30am, repeated at 2pm

Come along to this free event to learn about some great planting combinations and designs using Cistus, Phlomis, Teucrium, Thyme, Origanum and Spring bulbs...  

Gill Pound will give a guided tour to talk about using Mediterranean native plants, looking at the garden's driest and hardiest Mediterranean borders. Imogen Checketts & Kate Dumbleton will then talk you through 3 different design templates which we will place out in the garden. You can take away copies of the planting plans. 

* Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June: Annual Open Weekend and Summer Sale

More details soon. 10 to 18h both days

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. Regular opening hours at the garden and nursery started on the on the 27th February and we are now open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 6pm until the end of November. Do remember that you are free to visit the garden without any obligation to buy but to observe, take notes etc.  We are also always open by appointment, just phone or email to fix a time.

La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire, 11160 Caunes-Minervois 04 68 78 43 81















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 Razes circulade village

Period house in a beautiful Razes circulade village.  This renovated but unspoilt house is over 200 years old and has far reaching views of countryside, hills and mountains from almost every room, and a stunning roof terrace.  There are 3 double bedrooms, large lounge, separate dining room and kitchen.  There is also a very large walk-thru cellar.  The house retains many period features including a beautiful oak staircase.  

Price 99,000 euros. .




Former Presbetary with courtyard near town centre



 Village house to renovate with a courtyard of 80m²




Bordebasse du Lac - Cottage available for long term rental

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Hi Steve

Just read your comments on UKIP. Sorry, but they are not promoting racism. And they are not anti immigration. If you read their manifesto they want to be in control of immigration into the UK. It has, as Nigel Farage has said, nothing to do with race or religion but it has everything to do with numbers. UKIP wants to have an Australian type of control on those allowed into the country based on a points system.

And now a comment on voting rights of expats. Although I was born and bred in Scotland, I was not able to vote in last year's referendum because I did not have a residential address in Scotland. As you may know, many non-Scots people living in Scotland were able to vote. All I can say is that it's probably a lot easier for the authorities to control voting for all those actually living in Scotland.

Don Grant  







Some vide greniers and foires!
Please check before setting off
They also have a sister site where you can giveaway stuff or find stuff others are giving
Its all recycling - you know it makes sense!
If there are two in the same town on the same day, it could be a duplicate on the site or a second event
Black = Aude - Brown = Ariege

Vendredi 1 Mai 2015

Bize-Minervois Vide grenier du comité des fêtes de Bize-Minervois

Carcassonne Fête du Muguet vide greniers avec sporting club varsovie

Carcassonne Vide grenier

Cuxac-d'Aude Vide Grenier vêtements

GreffeilVide grenier du 1 er mai

GruissanVide grenier de la MJC Foot

Marcorignan Jardi troc

MollevilleVide grenier


Moussoulens Vide-greniers brocante

Narbonne-Plage Vide grenier

Peyriac-Minervois Vide Maison

Pieusse Vide dressing

Pomas Vide-grenier annuel du Club du temps libre

Trèbes Vide grenier

VilledaigneVidegrenier et marché artisanal

Villeneuve-la-Comptal Vide Grenier Usv xv Amicale des joueurs

Vinassan Videgreniers et marché artisanal

Arvigna Vide-Grenier organisé par l APE du DOUCTOUYRE

Brassac Vide grenier des écoles

Daumazan-sur-Arize Puces du Château Cazaleres

Laroque-d'Olmes Vide grenier du 1er mai

Varilhes Vide-grenier

Samedi 2 Mai 2015

Coursan Vide grenier à Coursan

Durban-Corbières Vide grenier du Comitat de Festo - Course de caisses à savon

Peyriac-Minervois Vide Maison

Port Leucate Vide grenier

Saint-Julia-de-Bec Le printemps de Saint Julia-de-Bec

Mirepoix Vide-grenier

Saverdun Vide greniers +brocante

Dimanche 3 Mai 2015

Argens Minervois VideGrenier Annuel du tennis club d'Argens Minervois

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Castelnau-d'Aude Vide greniers de l'association des parents d'eleves

Coursan Vide grenier à Coursan

CoustaussaVide greniers du comité des fêtes

Cruscades vide grenier de la peche

Fleury d'aude Vide grenier des sapeurs pompiers de Fleury d'Aude

Gaja-et-Villedieu Vide greniers du comité des fêtes

Limoux  Brocante la mensuelle le 1er dimanche de chaque mois

Mailhac Vide greniers de la pétanque mailhacoise

Mas-Saintes-Puelles VideGrenier Association Dance Attitude

MoussoulensVide grenier

Narbonne Vide grenier

Narbonne Vide grenier aux profits de l'école Mathieu Peyronne

Palaja Vide grenier

Peyriac-Minervois Vide Maison

PuichericBrocante et videgrenier de L'Aappma de Puicheric

Rieux-Minervois Boursemoto et vide grenier

Saint-Marcel sur Aude Vide dressing

SouilheVide-grenier de printemps

Trèbes Braderie de la petite enfance

VillemoustaussouVide grenier des vieilles cylindrées

BélestaLe printemps des petites mains (loisirs créatifs)

Foix Joyeuse petanque fuxeenne

Le Fossat Vide-greniers

LoubièresVide grenier

Mazères Vide grenier mensuel

Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

Saint-Lizier Marché aux Puces, de la cave au grenier


Vendredi 8 Mai 2015

Alet-les-Bains Vide grenier - danse country - concours de boules

BouilhonnacVide-grenier annuel

Brenac Nature, Art et jardins

Carcassonne Vide grenier

Douzens Vide-greniers

Lézignan-Corbières Vide-Greniers de l'UF Lézignanais

Luc-sur-Orbieu Vide grenier

MirepeissetVide grenier

MoussoulensVide-greniers brocante

Narbonne Journées portes ouvertes et vide maison

Narbonne-Plage Vide greniers

NévianVide grenier du8 mai La Farandole

Peyrens Marché aux fleurs- vides greniers

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer Vide-Greniers

Salles-d'Aude Vide grenier organise par l'EFSC

Villasavary Vide Grenier des Majos

Villeneuve-Minervois Vide grenier,foireartisanale

Daumazan-sur-Arize 7ème vide grenier de Daumazan

FoixGrand vide grenier de Montgauzy

Saint-Amadou Vide greniers annuel

Saint-Jean-d'Aigues-Vives Vide-Grenier


Samedi 9 Mai 2015

CoursanVide grenier à Coursan

NarbonneJournées portes ouvertes et vide maison

Foix Vide-greniers brocante

Saverdun Vide greniers +brocante


Dimanche 10 Mai 2015

Boutenac Vide grenier

CarcassonneVide grenier brocante

CastelnaudaryVide grenier des anciens sapeurs pompiers de l'Aude

Conques-sur-Orbiel Vide grenier des ecoles

Coursan vide greniers

Coursan Vide grenier à Coursan

Le Somail Vide-greniers brocante du printemps

MontréalVide greniers Marché artisanal

Moussoulens Vide grenier

Narbonne Vide-greniers de Printemps

Narbonne Vide Grenier et vêtements

Ouveillan Vide grenierdes écoliers d'Ouveillan

Pexiora Vide grenier

Puicheric Vide-grenier ClubPétanque Puichéricois

SigeanSalon de la Création, des fleurs et des saveurs

La Bastide-sur-l'Hers Videgrenier RPI La Bastide sur l'Hers - Le Peyrat

Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

Saint-Quentin-la-Tour Vide-grenier

Tarascon-sur-Ariège Vide Grenier à Domicile



 What's On


 i have searched and there is not much going on, as you can see. i thought i would put a pic in of someone you wont have seen live for a long time, if ionly she needed cash and made a flourishing comeback a la Mr Cohen



PHARRELL WILLIAMS 24 June Nimes Festival

BEN HARPER 4 July Nimes Festival

LENNY KRAVITZ 9 July Nimes Festival

PLACEBO 10 July Argeles

LENNY KRAVITZ 11 July Argeles

CAT EMPIRE 12 July Argeles

TOTO & CHRISTOPHER CROSS 15 July Nimes Festival

SANTANA 16 July Nimes Festival

SANTANA 17 July Argeles

LIONEL RICHIE 17 July Nimes Festival

STING 20 July Nimes Festival

JOAN BAEZ 22 July Nimes Festival

THE RED ARMY CHOIR 3 Nov Zenith Toulouse

UFO 10 Nov Le Metronum

THE STRANGLERS 10 Nov Bikini Toulouse

NIGHTWISH 26 Nov Zenith Toulouse

LA TRAVIATA 28 Nov Zenith Toulouse

SCORPIONS 4 Dec Zenith Toulouse

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 22/26 Nov Zenith Toulouse









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