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As the USA has limited gun control and it seems that each person has as many firearms as flat screen TVs, why when there is a mass shooting, does some person in the building not shoot the terrorist or unbalanced individual?  Thankfully it hasn’t happened but when it does you watch the PR machine of the gun lobby switch on.


I suppose the British Government have been behind the media promotion of the first Briton into space at least the first still to have a British passport. Could it be a strategic promotion of staying in Europe as Anglonaut Peake is employed by the European Space Agency?  It is interesting that embargoes and sanctions against Russia don’t include buying a seat on their rocket going to a joint-funded space station. Clearly they are not prone to refunds on cancellations and are meaner then Ryanair for luggage allowance.


France’s competition authority has fined 20 package shipping firms a total of 672m € for price fixing, and it seems they haven’t gone far enough, because if you send a parcel to the UK from France it appears to cost 60€+ and to send it in the other direction it’s a bit over 40€.  Perhaps when the competition authority have stopped having a good time spending the big fines they could have another look?





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Lost in France


Fifteen minutes away from us is a small village with a theatre and for the past few years a group of Brits called Les Troubadours Britanniques put on a pantomime.  This year it was Aladdin and for the first time I decided to go. 

It’s hard to imagine a more surreal setting.  Driving in the dark after Pomas and then along a narrow winding road you reach Cornèze a typically French village, at night looking closed and dark and uninviting, however just before you reach the centre is this remarkable building, a theatre with just over 130 seats and a small restaurant. 

It was cold.  The heaters blowing out hot air on your arrival were about 20’ up in the air so by the time the show started they had been switched off and it started to get quite cold, even the prompt lady had to put on her coat and wrap a rug round her legs in the second half.  And she had quite a bit of work to do as both the Wicked Magician and the Slave of the Ring managed casually to receive her reminders of their lines, the latter excusing herself because she was tired and I can well imagine she was.  But the troupe managed to pull off quite a remarkably enjoyable evening, even if I did go on a Friday when it wasn’t a full house.  The audience was supportive and the cute, precocious little children on the front row added to the charm. 

It was huge amount of effort, energy and creativity for just three days of the performance.. but it was the dancing of Princess Jasmine that amused me most.







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Looks like we made it …….




I am writing this article from our new office in Limoux. This in itself is remarkable because it is only about two

months since the decision was made in the first place to have a Spectrum IFA Group office in this area. Now we

already have a fully operational office.


Getting to this point was an ‘interesting journey’. Finding the right location was not too difficult, but then we had the

task of getting connected courtesy of EDF and Orange. We’ve all been there before and thankfully, Rob and I can

now speak more French than we could when we first arrived here all those years ago.


The biggest challenge by far was furnishing the office. This should have been easy – a bit like walking around

IKEA and saying I will have this and that - but no, that would be too easy! In the end, Rob, Jaime and myself,

armed with catalogues, tape measure, paper, masking tape, etc., created a ‘vision’ of what the office might look

like. The order was placed, the furniture arrived and the vision has become a reality. Who was it that said “I love it

when a plan comes together”!


So we are now officially open and you can find us at:

2 Place du Général Leclerc

11300 Limoux


Tel No: 04 68 31 14 10


Our opening times are:


Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30 am to noon and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

Do call in if you are looking for financial advice or even if you just want to say hello – a few of our clients have

already done that. Jaime will be there to greet you and you may even find that Rob, myself or our new adviser,

Derek Winsland, is there.


So nothing technical from me this month. I will return to that next month, when we know the outcome of the current

debates on the proposed French tax changes. In the meantime, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very

Happy Christmas and if you are traveling to spend time with your families and friends, I hope your journeys are

trouble free.


In the New Year, if you would like to have a confidential discussion about your personal financial situation, you

can either contact us at the Limoux office or directly by e-mail at or by telephone

on 04 68 20 30 17.


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

SIRET 522 658 194 00017

Numéro d’immatriculation ORIAS 10 056 800


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Bridge problem


You are in six spades and they lead the King of hearts. Any ideas?



K J 6 5

J 4

K 5 4 3

A K 4


Your hand

A Q 10 9 8 3

A 2

A J 2

7 6




Did you try a diamond finesse? We can do better than that! Win the lead and draw trumps. Play Ace and King of clubs and ruff a club. Now play a heart, giving the lead to your left-hand-opponent who is marked with the Queen. The defence will now be forced to give a ruff and discard or a free diamond finesse into your Ace/Jack. Easy wasn't it?



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It is the time of year when most people are thinking more about the coming festive season than their gardens but the current weather forecast is still for fairly mild temperatures so there will be opportunities to get out into the garden!  If you haaven't already done so do mulch tender plants, check and insulate outside plumbing, move tubs to a sheltered position and check tree stakes against the winter winds.  If you have grass choose a dry day after the dew has lifted to give a final cut of the year, choose a high setting on your mower.  It is a good time too to finally clear away annual plants such as bedding petunias, begonias etc as well as annual climbers such as morning glories.

In the last Flyer I mentioned a couple of Mexican natives; Tagetes lemmonii is another native of Mexico and the southern USA also which gives late colour in the garden.  It is a member of the marigold family and has a distinctive scent to the leaves.  It is winter hardy to about -5°C so the rootstock needs mulching and the foliage is cut back at the end of winter; it then grows annual stems to about 1m (and appreciates a little summer irrigation) and has loads of lovely golden yellow daisy type flowers in November and December, until the first severe frosts.  It likes a sunny position with well drained soil.

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. Remember that you are always welcome to visit the garden by appointment  to observe, photograph, take notes etc.-  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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A Christmas Message from Harry Shindler M.B.E.


To all British Expatriates







Another year is about to conclude. In my message last year we reported the support won for our right to vote by the European Union, and so the year concluded with a plus (see also the attachment).

Now this year concludes with the knowledge that a Government Bill, ‘Vote for Life’ will soon be before parliament and if passed will give us back our democratic  Right to Vote. 

We will have won.

But we can all play a part in this last battle,


The appeal is to all Expatriates to contact your M.P. (your last constituency) LIST of MPs is here >>>>>

Let us hope that next year we can report that the job is done.

But in the meantime we have the Referendum

If there is an ‘out’ vote, then it will affect personally every expatriate and every expatriate family – wherever they live!  It is very serious indeed.

LET US GET ALL OUR EX-PATS INVOLVED.   Remember that all British Citizens world wide should surely wish that the British Nation - That is all those who pride themselves of being  British citizens should wish that Britain is a leader in the European Union and in the World.

We must win the right to vote in the Referendum – It is down to us all. As the man* said  “Never Tire – Never Weary.”  *Winston Churchill

Wishing you all – A Very Happy Christmas and a Great New Year.      2016  - For expats a V.E. Day  and my 95th birthday!     




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