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Wasn’t that the best redtop headline for a long time “The end of the Peer”?  That’s The Sun from yesterday where they broke the Lord Sewel story. Well, who knows if he is guilty, but he does have ‘Buttifant’ as one of his names, I need say no more.


I wondered how much each Greek now owed someone, somewhere and tried to look it up but came across a very interesting graphic on the BBC website, once you have been through a few of them you start to wonder if they all called it quits it would balance out - except for the Greeks of course, click on it and explore.


bbc whoowes what

Oh and here’s another interesting one:

In 45 BC, Julius Caesar modified the Roman calendar to align it with the movement of the planets and stars.  The years were made up of 365 days and leap years were invented.  The first of each month was called CALENDE and this was the day that taxes had to be paid.  Caesar wanted to impose this calendar on the Greeks but they resisted because calendars didn't exist for them.

It was the Emperor Augustus who invented the expression 'Calendes Greques' which described taxes that were not paid and would no doubt never be paid.  Since then it means a date which doesn't exist.

I often wondered if there was any relation between Sheryl Crow lyrics in “Every day is a winding road” and good old Lance Armstrong (her ex) then discovered it was released 7 years before they were married and maybe a few less than when they met.  It turns out it’s about the troubled drummer of Crowded House who is no longer with us.


One less mystery


Here are some of the lyrics


Every day is a winding road

I get a little bit closer

Every day is a faded sign

I get a little bit closer to feeling fine

He's got a daughter he calls Easter

She was born on a Tuesday night

I'm just wondering why I feel so all alone

Why I'm a stranger in my own life

Jump in, let's go

Lay back, enjoy the show

Everybody gets high, everybody gets low

These are the days when anything goes

Well done Mr Froome





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Lost in France


Have you ever wondered and more to the point did you find out why there were so many crosses in seemingly random places along the roads and lanes and in France?


Some time ago I read a book called ‘The Discovery of France’ by Graham Robb.  As the reviews on the cover say it is full of interesting surprises, one of which is the history of these solitary crosses. 


Bernadette of Lourdes and her vision of the Virgin Mary could quite easily have been (and was believed to be by some) a vision of a woodland fairy or a ‘demoiselle’.  It is believed that at Lourdes, the Christian church took over an already existing ancient belief system.  As far back as the 4th and 5th centuries, the Church had been attempting to eradicate ancient pagan sites where the old gods had been worshipped, changing their names from Minerva to Saint Minerve or Mars to Saint Maurice.  This 19th century apparition was just (then) the most recent manifestation of the spirituality of the region. 


The Church could change the names but the sites still remained and even into the later part of the century after the vision of Bernadette (1858), the church was still planting crosses on sacred sites.  They were hoping to re-direct any prayers to the ancient gods to the Christian one, so that the old beliefs would die out and that people then start to believe in the man born of a virgin.


Another theory could be that the crosses were placed there as evidence of France’s conversion to Catholicism after the ‘dechristianization’ of the Revolution.


I prefer to think that these crosses have been placed on sites of pagan significance.   There must have been an awful lot going on around here.







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The EU Succession Regulations


What a month it has been since I wrote my last article. The Greek crisis has waxed and waned and as the prospect of increases in UK interest rates comes closer, now the Sterling Euro exchange rate has hit new highs. All of this while

the temperatures continue to soar in France and the effects of the canicule are felt!


August is almost upon us and this means that the long-awaited EU Succession Regulations will come into effect.

From that point, as French residents, we will be able to opt for the succession rules of our country of nationality to

apply (whether or not that country is within the EU). If you do nothing, the default position is that the succession rules

of your country of habitual residence will apply. However, regardless of which country’s succession rules are to apply

, this will not change the tax situation. French succession taxes will still be due, which can be up to 60%, depending

upon your relationship to your beneficiaries.


I am not going to go into the detail of the EU Succession Regulations here, as I have done this before and so I invite

you to read my article on this at:


As the months have passed since writing that article, I have discussed the implications of the Regulations with several

legal professionals who operate at an international level and so they are already highly experienced in dealing with

cross-border succession situations. Unfortunately, the further clarification on the practical application of the

Regulations that we were hoping for has not appeared and so still we can only wait for the results of actual cases.


What is clear though is that if you elect the succession rules of your country of nationality, then your French property

and any other assets that you own would be administered by a French notaire trying to apply another country’s law

and this is likely to cause complications, delays, additional expenses and delays. So I, like many other professionals

, hold the view that if there is a tried and tested ‘French way’ to achieve your objectives, then this should still be used

. The ‘French way’ is another subject that I have written about in detail and the full article can be read at:


There will be cases where the EU Succession Regulations will be welcome for some couples. Typically, this might

include situations where children are estranged from parents or step-children just will not accept the step-parent,

regardlessof the length of the relationship. The Regulations will be a relief for couples in such situations, as they will

be able tocircumvent the French forced succession rules, but they will still need to address the taxation issues that

may occur. As concernsfinancial assets, this is an area where we can help.


Everyone’s situation is different and this is why it is very important to seek professional

advice on this subject.


Are you concerned about the EU Succession Regulations and how this affects you? Would you like to have a

confidential discussion about this? If so, please contact me either by e-mail at or by telephone on 04 68 20 30 17.


The above outline is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute advice or a recommendation

from The Spectrum IFA Group to take any particular action on the subject of investment of financial assets or the

mitigation of taxes.


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

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 Tech Talk






No matter how many times I say “Update to stay safe online” many people do not update their computers. Many are scared of updating, many have been given conflicting advice by friends and relatives and many people simply ignore them.

You should work on a golden rule –


Update all software on your computer or do not connect the computer to the internet!


There are no exceptions!


If you do not want to update then you should not connect to the internet its that simple. The internet is becoming an ever more dangerous place, hackers are finding ever more ingenious ways to infect take over or hijack computers.


In 99.999% of cases they are using out of date software to bypass the security and enter the computer. Adobe Flash and Acrobat are common problems, Java is another, old versions of Firefox and internet explorer and Google Chrome, old versions of antivirus, and the biggest culprits toolbars.


So how do you know what needs updating?


In many cases the software tells you there is an update, sometimes they pop up a message bottom right next to the time. Another good way is to click on Help and then About in the software, it usually tells you if there is an updated version.


You could use a software updating program like FileHippo App manager available from


This automates the update process but still give the choice of what you update.


Watch out of fake updates, Adobe and Java fakes are the most common a site tells you you need to update and you follow the link they provide – WRONG!!!!  Never follow the link, always go to software manufactures site directly. Ie. or  



The built in Windows update will not update anything other than Microsoft software, while these are vitally needed you also need to check all other software on the computer.


Things are somewhat easier on a Mac, tablet or smartphone as these all have an App store and this shows you what updates are need both for the system and other software.


It just as if not more important to update an Apple Mac than a PC. Apple work very hard to keep the hackers out and release the update when they find the security has been breached – as the update fixes the hole in the security its vital that the update is installed otherwise hacker has a known way into your Apple Mac. The number of hackers targeting Macs is on the rise, many virus and adware system actively seek to get into Mac and I often have to remove Malware that causes pop up adverts from Mac computers. They are not as safe as they used to be.


So update and you will say safe.


 Watch out for VPN


I had a very disturbing meeting last week between the bank, the Gendarmerie and the village secretary, a poor lady in the village has lost over 35,000 (thirty five thousand) euros.


How? Because she was using VPN. – Virtual Private to watch UK TV.


The hacker had used the VPN system to monitor all internet traffic from the computer, they had managed to intercepted the logons to the bank and somehow gotten the password.


Not all password are sent securely many are pain text when logging into a web site, the bank has a different method of password security but even this is not secure if a hacker watches the internet activity for long enough.


To stay safe either DO NOT use a VPN, or only connect it when you want to watch TV and make absolutely sure you disconnect it before doing anything else – especially online banking.


Alternatively use or a DNS redirecting service like much safer and also much faster than VPN.


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.









Bridge problem.

You are in six no-trumps and they lead the ten of spades. You cover and it holds. Can you spot a possible problem making this contract?


K Q J 3

6 5

4 3

Q 6 5 4 3

Your hand



A K 6 5

A K 9 8


Haven’t you got twelve tricks now? Don’t you have one spade trick, five club tricks, four hearts and two diamonds? Ahh, but take a closer look at that club suit. If they break 3/1 the suit is blocked! The solution is to play another spade from Dummy throwing a club from hand. Whatever the defence return, your clubs are accessible.


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The very hot weather is continuing and many gardens are starting to look a bit on the dry side, many departements in France have already imposed watering restrictions although the Aude and Ariege hadn't done so yet according to the last report I saw but unless we get some rain soon it is surely only a matter of time before we have watering restrictions too.  Watering gardens where possible is probably the garden job at the forefront of people's minds at the moment, remember to try and water in the evening when evaporation rates are less and remember too that an infrequent but good soak is usually better than a little and often approach to watering.  While you have your hose or watering can out do top up bird baths as well.

This is a good time of year to collect herbs, particularly lavender bunches, to hang up for drying.  If you have bedding plants a high potash (K on French engrais packets) will encourage more flowers.

One of the best summer flowering shrubs is Vitex agnus-castus (Monks Pepper or Chaste tree in English, Gattilier or Poivre des Moines in French); it is a Mediterranean native deciduous shrub with finely dissected leaves and blue flowers in July.  It can grow to three meters high, sometimes more, and likes a sunny position.  Pale pink and white flower forms are also sometimes found.

At the nursery we have been looking at past sales records and realising that hardly anyone comes to the nursery during August.  So, in a change to our publicised opening hours we shall be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm until the end of July and after the beginning of September.  During August we shall be open by appointment only, just phone or email if you would like to come and visit the garden or discuss autumn orders.









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Hi Steve,

your Daily Mail approach to French bank holidays ignores the following:

If the férier falls on Sat or Sun, there is no additional day off.

If it falls on Mon, Wed or Fri, there is one day off.

If it falls on Tue or Thurs there are two days off, assuming you pont, which not everybody does.

Thus over a seven-year cycle there is only one day off, and in fact fewer than one for pont abstainers.

You might consider that there are simply too many fériers in May, but remember that it is a fundamental duty of all officially atheist countries to observe religious bank holidays, while the tight gits who run god-fearing countries like the UK would ban all bank holidays if they could, whilst taking a day off themselves of course.

cheers, Ed



2 items of importance ... please see below.



UK  EU  In / Out Referendum before end of 2017 -  Some important consequences for ex.pats if there is a vote to come out of the EU.


1       Please would you be able to include the attached note in your publication?


It is vitally important that all ex.pats register to vote in the UK In / Out Referendum as we are the most acutely affected if the result is to come out.

Many people do not realise some of the very significant changes that will take place – this short paper tries to identify some of them.


I hope you can help.  It is such a hugely important issue to all UK ex.pats in France and elsewhere in the EU.  I feel we are sleepwalking towards an OUT vote because too few ex.pats are registered to vote in their previous local authority’s elections and do not appreciate the impact of an OUT vote on them.


If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, however I would prefer if my name, address and tel. nos. were withheld – my email: is

OK for publication if you feel there is a need.


I would also like your permission as follows:-


2       There are occasionally items in your on-line magazine that I would like to share with other Anglos in my part of the Aude who may not read your magazine.  The organisation is Vivre Ensemble En Minervois ( – we have a membership of about 250, mostly French and Brits plus another 13 or so nationalities.  We are developing a ‘blog’ to publish information of interest to the membership, specifically the Anglophones but accessible to all members, and would like to be able to include the occasional extracts or items from Aude & Ariege Flyer.  Acknowledgement would be given to any items taken from your magazine.  We have the capability to translate items into French and Dutch.


I hope you will give this your favourable consideration as I find your flyer relevant and interesting having subscribed to it for some time.   I look forward to hearing from you in due course.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any additional information.


Best wishes


Pat. Handslip



Hello, I hope you are well.
Following on from the article concerning the telephone scam. There is particulary nasty scam going around the UK at present, which could well reach France before long. The scam increases around the Christmas period. The scam is simple and catches lots of people and it goes like this:

A official looking card is put through your letterbox, purporting to be from a delivery company.
The card states that delivery was attempted but no one was home.
It requests that contact is made via telephone to re-arrange a suitable delivery time.
All very innocent and quite normal for most UK parcel services.
The number that is given seems to be a normal generic non geographical 08 or 09 or 05 etc.
When the call is made there is an extended recorded message which actually is meaninless and tells you nothing, but it lasts quite a few minutes.
This number is actually situated in South America and the call costs.. Get this.... £115.00p
Yes, £115.00p. that is approx 160 euros!!
The official position is; if you are not expecting a parcel do not contact anyone who tells you delivery was attempted.
Also if you are expecting a parcel, contact the sender via the normal telephone system or use their tracker system via the internet to verify if delivery has been attempted or is due.
As usual, we all have to be very careful these days and keep our wits about us. So be aware.



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 24 Juillet

Alet-les-Bains  Vide grenier nocturne

Samedi 25 Juillet

Campagne-sur-AudeVide greniers

CoursanVide grenier à Coursan

PaziolsFête du Patrimoine: vide-greniers..expos- jeux

Saint-Félix-de-RieutortVide Grenier Saint Felix De Rieutort

VarilhesVide grenier brocante

Dimanche 26 Juillet

Axat Vide grenier

CarcassonneVide grenier brocante

CoursanVide grenier à Coursan

Cruscades Brocante de la Cruscadelle

Durban-CorbièresVide grenier de la MJC

La Palme Vide grenier

Leucate Puces nautiques vente de bateaux d'occasion

Leucate La FranquiVide Grenier - Brocant

MarseilletteVide grenier à Marseillette

MazubyVide grenier organisé par la Mairie

Narbonne Hyper vide grenier

Peyriac-de-MerVide greniers des livres

Peyriac-de-MerVide-greniers associatif

Ribaute Vide grenier du cercle

RoubiaVide grenier annuel "Noël au Village"

Saint-Michel-de-LanèsVide grenier

Saint-Pierre-des-ChampsVide grenier


TourouzelleVide grenier organisé par le Comité Animation Municipale

BessetVide greniers

BiertVide-grenier annuel

CadarcetVide grenier

Foix Vide grenier


La Bastide-de-BesplasVide-greniers , Brocante , et Artisanat

LagardeVide grenier dans le parc du chateau

Laroque-d'Olmes Vide grenier ET vide dressing


Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

Rabat-les-Trois-Seigneurs Vide grenier

Saint-Jean-du-Falga  Vide grenier

VarilhesVide grenier brocante





Mardi 28 Juillet


VarilhesVide grenier brocante

VerdunVide Grenier

Vendredi 31 Juillet

Port-la-NouvelleSeconde exposition Playmobil

Samedi 1 Août

Caudebrondevide grenier

CoursanVide grenier à Coursan

Limoux8e Bourse d'Échanges et Expositions de véhicules anciens

Port LeucateVide grenier - brocante

Port-la-NouvelleSeconde exposition Playmobil

VarilhesVide grenier brocante

Dimanche 2 Août

Bizanet Vide grenier annuel

BramVide Grenier

CarcassonneVide grenier brocante

CarlipaVide grenier-Brocante-Foire à tout

ChalabreVide grenier

CoursanVide grenier à Coursan

Lagrasse Brocante - Vide grenier

LeucateLa FranquiVide Grenier - Brocante

Lézignan-CorbièresVide grenier d'août

Limoux8e Bourse d'Échanges et Expositions de véhicules anciens

LimouxLa mensuelle le 1er dimanche

Narbonne Vide grenier et jouets et vetement

Port-la-NouvelleSeconde exposition Playmobil

Raissac-sur-Lampy Vide grenier

Laroque-d'Olmes Vide grenier ET vide dressing

Mazères Vide grenier mensuel

PamiersMarché et puces et à la brocantes

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

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duck from bulgaria


So Bulgarian Duck maybe raised under different hygiene standards, but it surely is allowed to be sold? And why havent the supermarket or the Police stopped them. Click on the image, to see the story.

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