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I have never liked ‘Bake Off’ (and all the other competitive TV shows, Strictly etc) and it appears that my dislike of the show may have rubbed off onto Mary Berry.  I find I have to switch channels as soon as she appears as quickly as I have to when ‘Eastenders’  begins.  She seems nice and homely enough so I was trying to rationalise it the other day and realised she always reminded me of Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds. She was a character I was at worst ambivalent toward.  So when it was announced that Sylvia Anderson was one of the latest to fall off the perch (co-creator of Lady P. Creighton-Ward,  I decided to check out Google images and low and behold I wasn’t the first to notice the similarity, and yes, that is Chris Evans as “yes meeee leydee” Aloysius Parker.  


Here’s a snippet from the detailed information one can find on Wikipedia - Penelope is stylish and fashionable in every aspect of her life. She is a world-renowned supermodel and celebrity and has appeared on the cover of Chic magazine. Her clothes are specially created for her by top fashion designers such as Elaine Wickfern and François Lemaire, who named a revolutionary new fabric "Penelon" after her. She wears an exclusive perfume called "Soupçon de Péril", mixed for her by Jacques Verre. Whenever Penelope is in Paris, she always drinks Pernod. She takes tea almost religiously and can communicate with International Rescue via her Regency teapot.

Keith Emerson, Paul Daniels, Cliff Michelmore, clearly it’s only going to get busier.

Easter and Toques already - it’s too soon.  If you historically have bought hot cross buns through announcements in the Flyer, I mean through bakeries supplied by the Organic bakery le Fournil Bio de Luc in Luc sur Aude then ask the outlet you bought from before and hopefully they will be able to get you some more.

Pres. Putin on the phone to Basha from Syria, ‘No the transfer hasn’t arrived, so I will pull out - should you discover you have more budget we will pop back do some more bombing….’





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Lost in France


This is one of those snippets of information that the French like telling the English.  Thus this information was handed down from my neighbour with a smirk or two.


Apparently the music for ‘God Save the Queen’ or King depending on where you are in the space time continuum was possibly written by Handel who plagiarized a riff from the French composer Jean Baptiste Lully.


  I say ‘possibly’ as there are many credits and supposed creations of this tune but Handel seems like a good bet.  Jean Baptiste Lully had been commissioned by the Marquise de Créquy’s to write some music (and to be sung by school children) as a celebration of the Louis XIV’s recovery from a very debilitating anal boil.


The tune exists, the king existed and probably the king’s boil existed – we hope, the rest could be a fantasy but the link to the British national anthem and the boil on a king’s bum is too good not to share says my neighbour.










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“Pull up the Drawbridge!”


Like most Brits abroad, I’ve been drawn into the EU Referendum debate, avidly lapping up all the speculation, claims and counter-claims by the In and Out campaigners. I don’t think anyone truly knows what a post-Brexit world would look like, but the vision of drawbridges being hurriedly pulled up does jump into my mind.


I was reading an article that suggested that for British ex-pats already residing in Europe, there would be little change to our entitlements, however that may not be true for Brits wanting to move to EU countries post Brexit. We could find ourselves embroiled in Tit-for-Tat politics with our European cousins, and for what?  So some of our ‘chancer’ politicians can have their short-term moment of glory, safe in the knowledge that by the time the effluence hits the air conditioning, they’ll have collected their non-contributory, index-linked, fully-funded pensions, whilst Britain’s influence in the world slides inexorably away. I could go on…


Talking of pensions, by the time this article is published, we should know what further surprises the Chancellor has in store (or will he hold back until after June 23rd?). There is talk that he may scrap the Pension Commencement Lump Sum, you know, that facility that used to be called Tax Free Lump Sum. The ‘tax free’ label got ditched a number of years ago, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise if this important retirement saving incentive were to be swept away in the name of cost-saving/revenue generation. Will George Osborne, in an attempt to disguise this tax grab, launch the Pension ISA, at the same time further raising the annual ISA allowance (£15,240) and further disguising a reduction in the annual pension allowance (£40,000)? Only time will tell, but I can’t help but think that a Pension ISA account is starting to look a lot like an Assurance Vie, which just happens to be a much better way to save for your retirement here in France. Especially if George’s longer term plan is to attack the tax advantages associated with ISA’s…once British residents have shovelled billions of pounds into them, that is.


At the risk of becoming boring, I’d just like to remind you that our office here in Limoux stages a finance clinic every Friday (market day), so if you have any concerns regarding what impact a Brexit would have on your financial situation, please feel free to either just drop in any Friday morning, or, if you prefer, ring in advance for un rendez-vous (don’t you just love the extravagant use of words in the French language?). We don’t charge for these meetings.

See you soon.


Derek Winsland

Chartered Financial Planner

Mobile: 0771 71 95 52




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A Guide to Mystical France – secrets, mysteries, sacred sites’ by Nick Inman is a simply marvellous book for the visitor and the inhabitant alike.  Informative, well laid out and beautifully illustrated with sharp colourful photos.  Nick uncovers the mysteries, hidden statues, strange carvings, haunting stories and true histories of France.  Rather than following the usual tourist route to more familiar towns and villages, through his eyes you are shown the country from a different perspective, through art both in caves and gothic ruins and through legends revealed in ancient stones and the spiritual history of places. 

It is the kind of book you can use for a magical mystical tour on days out with friends and family or just take a journey off the beaten track to visit sacred sites and monuments rarely seen.  From UFOs and the Da Vinci Code to secret statues and devilish bridges, heathens and Christians, Nick provides you not only with enough background information to spur you on to visit but also backs it up the kind of practical information about accommodation, food and general preparation.




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Hi Steve, Thank you very much for your flyer ! Always a delight to read it and always looking for the next to come.

            I'm French, from Dunkirk and in the Corbières for nearly ten years now ... look quite as an "expat'" then!

Nevertheless, it's in the south of France I 've met an English man ... He had to sell his place here ( couldn't afford it anymore) and after comuting for almost 2 years I decided to move, with my daughter to the UK in the Somerset, at the end of May this year!

I'd like to get rid of many many things that are not necessary for me to move to the north in an already furnished and decorated house.

Thanks to a Franco-English couple who lives in Serviès en Val as well, I'll be able to do a Vide maison.

Would you be kind enough to advertise that event in your flyer to help me ?

            It will happen on  Sunday, April 10th from 10am to 5pm at Serviès en Val, rue des Corbières (11220). Signs will direct you, when you get to the village.

Tea, coffee and local wines will be available on the spot

Note that there is a café restaurant in the village ( open from 10am to 2am!) for anyone who'd like to linger in the area and feel the vibe !

Friendly, Sabine.


Dear Steve,
Hope you're going to lead on the passing of Sir George in the next AA Flyer. I, like many of your readers, am from 'The Beatles Generation' & we owe him a lot, particularly in our younger days.
I imagine that your memories are closer to the grindstone than most of ours....!
Cheers, Rupe



I have received the following concerns from a friend in the north of France.  I have his permission to circulate them in the hope of trying to reinforce the urgency and necessity of every ex.pat to register to vote in the Referendum.  Perhaps you could pen something around this in your magazine?

Concerns for ex.pats if Brexit happens …

The danger issues for us (ex.pats) - is the reaction of certain UK Government people like IDS (Iain Duncan Smith).  He has given his view that the EU forces the UK to give support to pensioners beyond the channel.  The Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) is his first step to stopping payment to those of us abroad.  More could well follow. Certainly WFP to all pensioners abroad.  I would expect to see moves to clamp down on annual pension increments (freeze pensions for non-UK residents).
Beyond that...
The healthcare affair is the most important in my opinion.
There are fewer EU pensioners from other States in the UK than could fill a small village hall.
Whereas France has 69,000 British pensioners and Spain more than 100,000 and so on -- to 450,000.  The health care support [from the NHS ! note] for them is considerable. But if they returned to the UK the cost would be even higher.  THE LEAVE CAMPAIGN HAS NOT EXPLAINED …  How they plan to cope with an influx of returnees (pensioners especially) – where is the housing, the social and health care, where is the education for returning young families, and so many other aspects.  The Leave campaigners are not giving answers to so many vital questions.

But the complexity of arranging another set of rules is frightening.
Beyond the EU healthcare support is not covered. 
The French etc in the UK are nearly 100% workers paying NI contributions and pay taxes to the UK.  They are hardly likely to be affected.

The French etc could impose taxes on foreigners or their property in the country -  but it is a remote possibility.
But all foreigners working in France would probably need work permits.

I admit I am worried - The opinions I seem to read from the UK and the comments on the article all seem to indicate a Brexit viewpoint is greater/getting stronger in the UK.


I hope you might find something in the above that you can use in one of your articles.  As you are well aware, the Referendum result will have such a huge and irrevocable impact on all those of us who live in the EU outside the shores of the UK.

Thank you for your time.

Best wishes from La Redorte,








Some vide greniers and foires!
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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
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Coursan Vide grenier

Lézignan-Corbières Vide Grenier, brocante

Montolieu 23ème salon du livre ancien et d’occasion

VarilhesVide grenier brocante

Varilhes Bourse à l’auto et moto



Dimanche 27 Mars


Bram Vide grenier des majorettes

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Coursan Vide grenier

Lézignan-Corbières Vide Grenier, brocante

Mirepeisset Vide Grenier du tennis club la garenne

Montolieu 23ème salon du livre ancien et d’occasion

Narbonne Vide grenier aux profits des animaux abandonnes

Saint-Marcel sur Aude Vide Grenier

Ferrieres-sur-Ariege Vide grenier

Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

VarilhesVide grenier brocante



Lundi 28 Mars


Lézignan-Corbières Vide Grenier, foire à tout de pâques

Montolieu 23ème salon du livre ancien et d’occasion

Trèbes Vide grenier du Trèbes Football Club

Dalou Vide grenier de printemps

Saverdun Grand vide grenier Lundi du Pâques



Samedi 2 Avril

Coursan Vide grenier

Lézignan-Corbières Vide Grenier, brocante

Montréal Vide dressing

Saverdun Vide grenier et marchéaux puces

Varilhes Bourse aux vélos, livres, medias (cd, dvd) et plein air

VarilhesVide grenier brocante

Varilhes Bourse à l’auto et moto

Dimanche 3 Avril

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Caunes-Minervois Vide grenier

Coursan Vide grenier

Fabrezan Vide grenier de l’Assoc. Festival de Musique Charles Cros

La Redorte Vide grenier

Lézignan-Corbières Foire à l’inutile

Lézignan-Corbières Vide Grenier, brocante

Limoux  Brocante, la mensuelle le 1er dimanche

Mirepeisset Vide grenier de l’association scolaire

Montréal Vide grenier marché artisanal

Ornaisons Vide grenier

Pennautier Bourse aux jouets et vide dressing

Peyriac-de-Mer Vide grenier associatif

Rieux-Minervoix  Vide grenier au Stade

Rustiques Vide grenier et bourse aux pièces auto-moto anciennes

Salles-d’Aude Vide grenier

Sigean Vide grenier FCPE Sigean

Villemoustaussou Bourse aux vêtements et accessories adultes uniquement

Foix Vide grenier au profit de l’association Autisme Ariège

Mazères Vide grenier mensuel

Montgailhard Vide-poussette

Pamiers Marché et puces et à la brocantes

Saint-LizierMarché aux puces de la cave au grenier

VarilhesVide grenier brocante














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