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With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work you should be getting this Flyer on Wednesday as normal.  I have a had a plan for a few months about changing the way the Flyer is both constructed and sent out. The idea was to run both the old and new systems in parallel for a while to test everything, but due to unforeseen circumstances everything has been done rather hurriedly in the last 8 days.  Hopefully I haven’t left anyone out or missed a link. If I have and to whomever that has happened I apologise. Things will get better. 

With all of this system change you are largely saved from my international/local rant, however:58pick

 Weren’t Toyota clever pressing their name into the tailgates of pickups, as they get free advertising every time there is a conflict in the world - which is all the time and they are always featured in TV news broadcasts. And could someone ask those |Libyan rebel fighters to stop wasting ammunition, it costs you know. 

Tom Jones, Texas and a few others have been added to the Carca Fest bill. Remember the Box Office opens in a week on Saturday, April 2nd

Only the British could send a Royal Navy ship named after a pork sausage to rescue British citizens from a Muslim country. God speed HMS Cumberland. 

As the Sun is coming out, and it’s coming up to Easter I have, let’s say, encouraged some people to organise events based around the Hot X Bun and second hand books.  And in addition, at one of them, Canet d’Aude (in the Minervois) John Price will be there for you to collect orders that you have placed by phone or over the interweb. He will have samples so that you can try his wares. If it works, he will come every month. I will give you details in the next two Flyers of how you can pre-order your Hot X Buns, but I can tell you now they are organic and made by Hannes a German baker in a French bakery. Now that’s what I call European co-operation. 

It will turn out to be a sort of Airbus of the bakery products world.  I know you have already accumulated boxes of unwanted books, cds and dvds to give to CSF so that they can sell them at these events, so just turn up early to the location that’s convenient to you and they can recycle them and you can buy some others.  There are some plant swaps involved also, so if you have too much of a plant or something for the garden take it along. 

All you Alexis Braconnier fans (French Master Chef) will be pleased to know he has a gala dinner at Gayda on April 8th, where he used to work.

Hopefully there will be one of his recipes in a future Flyer. This boy knows his oignons. 

You have to put your clocks forward this weekend, dont forget!


I am now off for a stiff drink, without moderation.

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I wrote an article a couple of years ago entitled 'Assurance Vie - What it means for you'. Most, if not all, of my clients have a copy, and it has appeared in various guises in lots of places (and under various names) on the internet since then. My colleagues suggested recently that I might like to 'freshen it up a bit'. I assume they mean make it less boring, so I have (or I hope I have). It hasn't seen the light of day yet other than to visitors to La Tour de Finance in Rivel last week, so I thought I might launch it on the Flyer. Here goes.
Tax Efficient Investing in France    
In the UK we are used to the idea that ISAs and PEPs provide an ideal environment in which our savings and investments can grow tax free. On becoming tax resident in France, however, this is no longer the case. Gains on these investments are taxable here, and must be declared on your tax return when withdrawals are made. We need therefore to look at how the French investment world works.
There are a number of schemes available to encourage saving and investment. Many of them are designed to help low income families save, or help the younger generation to enter the housing market. There is, however, one product that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to 'serious' investing, and that is Assurance Vie.
So what is Assurance Vie?
Assurance Vie (AV for short) can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. Think of it as that old shoe-box that you keep your documents in, or maybe that fireproof metal cabinet for certificates and the like. Old and battered it may be, but an AV has some rather special properties:
The investments that you place within your AV are never touched by French income tax or capital gains tax as long as they stay inside the 'box'.
- The vast majority of investment types are never subject to social charges whilst inside the AV.
- The AV box is never locked. You can take your money out whenever you like.
- If you do keep the AV going for 8 years, you then qualify for a special income tax-free band on top of your    normal allowances, together with a low withholding tax rate.
- If your aim is to leave your investments to your chosen heirs (not just the ones Napoleon thought you          should leave them to), you can leave each individual beneficiary a large sum completely free of succession    tax. In some cases that sum could be unlimited. 
- How does Assurance Vie work?
An Assurance Vie policy is an insurance based investment. Your lump sum payment or regular premiums are paid to an insurance company, which then places the money with the investment managers of your choice. These are usually unit-linked types of investments, for example in equity or bond funds, but can also be in deposits or special products on offer from various financial institutions. You can invest in any number of different funds or products, and these are all collated together by the insurance company and form a collective bond which is your AV policy.
If you have chosen your investments wisely (with the help of your financial adviser) over the long-term, the value of the units you hold in the managed funds are likely to increase, and so with it the value of your AV policy. There are always ups and downs though, and you have to be fully aware and comfortable with the amount of risk that you take on with differing types of investment, since with any type of unit-linked investment your fund value can go up and down, as a reflection of what is happening in investment markets.   READ MORE

With Care, You Prosper
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The Events

Luc sur Aude,

Le Fournil Du Luc

Canet d'Aude,

Chez Julie


Domaine des Etoiles


Lieu dit Moulin de L’Évêque

Z.A de l'Horte 

11190 Luc sur Aude

13 Route de Ventenac, 


opposite the water

tower in Routier

11230 Rivel

Good Friday 22 April

10am to 12

Good Friday 22 April

10am to 12

Good Friday 22 April

2pm to 5pm

Saturday 23 April

10am to 12

Hot X Buns.

CSF recieve and sell

books, CDs and DVDs.

Plant Swap.

Mary Hughes Elizabeth Finn Care.  

Hot X Buns.

CSF recieve and sell

books,CDs and DVDs.

Bruce Taylor Mirax, computer surgery (Questions only please).

John Price butcher order drop off.  

Hot X Buns.

CSF recieve and sell

books, CDs and DVDs.

Plant Swap.

Bruce Taylor Mirax, computer surgery (Questions only please).

John Price butcher order drop off.

Mary Hughes, Elizabeth Finn Care.

Pat Penny, Potential Energy, mini health assessment.  

Hot X Buns.

Egg  Hunt.

CSF recieve and sell

books, CDs and DVDs.

Plant Swap.

Bruce Taylor Mirax, computer surgery (Questions only please).

Mary Hughes Elizabeth Finn Care.

Bacon Sandwiches.  



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Tech Talk with Bruce Taylor

Question: Should we use a password on our laptop?
If you are planning to travel and take your laptop with you or you have a computer that is accessible by more than one person then it is a very good idea to have a password. The password will protect your computer and its data from the casual observer or interfering fingers, if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 than the password protection is extremely secure and very difficult to bypass, Windows XP is not quite as secure but can still help.
58roadAs well as having a password it can be a good idea to set up multiple user accounts, as an example you could have your login name and also an Internet/guest login, meaning that when friends and family want to use your computer you can log in as the Internet/guest user. This is a great way to stop them making changes to your computer or installing software that you don't want, it also protects your e-mail and documents from accidental deletion. It's also a great idea if you've got grandchildren as you can give them a login where they can load games and listen to music without affecting anything you have on the computer.
If you do create a password, or if you have passwords already on the computer, or for your e-mail, or for on line accounts, then you need to make sure that the password is secure. Just using a single word, like a name, a football team or your favourite colour is not a good idea it's extremely easy for somebody to guess this kind of password. It's very easy to make a secure password simply by adding a number or a symbol this makes the password extremely hard to guess.
Example: (this is only an example please do not use the word password)
password (easy to guess),
passw0rd (in this example the o has been substituted for a zero),
pas$word (in this example an s has been substituted for a dollar symbol),
pas$w0rd (using a combination of both makes for an extremely secure password that no one is going to guess and no one's going to be able to hack.)
There is an ever increasing risk of passwords that are used online being hacked, the most usual form of hacking is a brute force attack in other words a hacker keeps trying combinations of different letter until they manage to find the password, by substituting numbers and symbols you make this process of hacking almost impossible.
It's not a good idea to use the same password for everything, but I hear you ask “how are we ever going to remember them all”. It's very simple there is a very neat little trick that will help you remember your password.
Example: A password for by using the name of the site as part of your password you can still use your normal password. So your password would become pas$w0rdamazon or amazonpas$w0rd. As only you would know what your password is and whether the part you added is before or after your normal password it makes your password very secure and different for every site.
Question: What is a browser and which one should we use?
A browser is something you use to view webpages on the Internet, for most people this is Internet Explorer. There are a number of others including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera.
Choosing which one to use is really down to personal preference, whether you like the way the interface is58browsepresented, whether the buttons are in the right positions or whether you like lots of toolbars, or other interface enhancements. There is some thought that Mozilla Firefox is safer than Internet Explorer or that one browser is faster than another, in some respects this used to be true but not any longer all the browser manufacturers have been working hard at improving security and making things faster.
My personal preference is for Google Chrome I find its reduced interface with no toolbars and very few buttons gives me far more room to read what is actually written on the pages.
Microsoft this week release their new browser called Internet Explorer 9 this is quite likely to install itself automatically on your computer with Windows update. Once again and as with most things new there are changes, the interface looks very different from Internet Explorer 8 that most of you are used to, one or two of the buttons are moved around and the menus and toolbars at the top have all been reduced.
If you're not convinced you like it after its updated then you can always try one of the others, you may see an icon on your desktop marked “browser choice” clicking this will give you the option of installing one of the other browsers. If you don't have this icon then you can go directly to the manufacturer's website or to download their browser.
If you make a mistake or don't like your choice simply open Internet Explorer and when it asks you if you wish to make it the default browser answer yes.
If you need help or have any questions about your computer please give me a call or send me an email for FREE advice. or Telephone 05 61 60 84 23.
Bruce Taylor.

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56fitheaderBlood Pressure – part 2

What’s the problem with high blood pressure?
Constant high pressure cause ‘nicks’ in the artery walls, these get ‘repaired’ with cholesterol ‘patches’ and the arteries can eventually narrow. As the artery walls become roughened, blood can stick to them (a thrombosis) and resulting clots can break off at a later stage (an embolism) to block a smaller artery elsewhere.

So, the problems are mainly to do with the effect that high BP causes in your arteries and the areas of your body that those arteries serve, these include:

- Your heart: the heart has its own network of arteries – if these become narrowed then blood supply to the    heart is compromised.

- Your brain: high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes. It has also been closely linked to some forms      of dementia.

- Your kidneys: high blood pressure can cause kidney disease.


- High BP is known as the ‘silent killer’, there are no symptoms until something          starts to go wrong. Get it checked out!

- Having thoroughly depressed you, the GOOD news is that you can take action        to reduce your BP:

- BE ACTIVE!* (increases heart strength, helps to regulate weight, encourages       efficient artery network)

Maintain a healthy weight (although the exact reasons aren’t fully understood,           overweight people are more likely to develop high BP

Manage stress (the ‘fight /flight’ response which accompanies stress will cause BP to rise. This is fine in the     short term but is obviously not desirable over a long period of time)

Eat a balanced diet, which may include reducing salt (kidneys regulate blood volume, salt causes your kidneys      to hang on to water. High blood volume causes heart to have to work harder to deal with ‘more blood’ – so    BP goes up.)

* If you haven’t done much exercise in a while, it makes sense to consult your doctor first (he can take your blood pressure while you’re there!). Some types of exercise are more beneficial than others, if you are unsure, please ask your doctor or contact a registered fitness professional.
For more information on blood pressure, please visit the Blood Pressure Association website: 
Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,
European Register of Exercise Professionals
Federation of Holistic Therapists                     




Welsh Lamb, Irish Beef, Gold and

Silver Award winning
sausages (1986) etc now available by

post door to door. 
Prices may vary.
Pre order and collect at Routier and

Canet d'Aude 22 April.

Special offers for these events, get your orders in

All sausages 6€ per kg

And Dutch chicken fillets at 6.99€ per kg (normally 15€)

THE GOOD LUCK MONEY YEAR....pretty interesting!! 

58fiveThis year we are going to experience four unusual dates. 1/1/11, 1/11/11,11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that’s not all…............ 

Take the last two digits of the in which you were born – now add the age you will be this year, and the result will be 111 for everyone…..!! This is the year of Money …!!! 

This year October will have 5 Sundays,5 Mondays and 5 Saturdays. This happens only 823 years… These particular years are know as ‘Moneybags’… 

The proverb goes That if you send this to eight good friends money will appear in the next four days as is explained in Chinese Fengshui. Those who don’t continue the chain won’t receive…It’s a mystery, but its worth a try.

Good luck!!

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Lunch on the 10th  March at L’ Apostrophe, Montolieu was the most well attended and largely most relaxing

Chef Proprietor Frank found himself shorthanded at the last minute, so to keep things moving I assisted with some service of bread, wine and water. I continued assisting through to dessert, it was a lovely sunny afternoon. After coffee Frank took us on a tour of the property, pointing how the mainly derelict parts we58lunchre going to be developed into a craft centre with visitors hostal and more luxury Hotel rooms in the old factory building

I cant really tell you much about the lunch, it was all a bit of a blur.

The pictures will give you some idea and I would say its well worth a visit even if it means a detour


I have moved the lunch at L' Orchidée, to the 14th to give me more time to make arrangements (all of the changes to the Flyer have made things a little busy)

Tomorrows lunch is at 

Coco Sweet 4 Place Salvador Allende Lézignan Corbières 14€ for 3 courses including coffee 


and a glass of wine. email up to 10 am tomorrow idf you wish to come along.This is another restaurant where they understand cooking isn’t obligatorily in a microwave, and good fresh ingredients (apologies for the confusion of the date, clearly tomorrows date is the 24th 

More future lunch dates will be announced, hopefully in the next Flyer

Future Lunch Club Dates

Thursday 14 April 12.30 L' Orchidée, 9 Avenue Camille Bouche 11300 Limoux (details to be confirmed but it will be a Laotian menu)

Email specifying how many people will attend (please indicate which location and how many vegetarians/pescatarians, if there are any, in your booking). Use these lunches to try a restaurant you haven't eaten in before. Make a day out of it and visit somewhere you haven't been. Meet new people. Come alone or with other friends.

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Tobias Sommer, Apex Elagage: Fully-insured tree-surgeon, holding a state diploma in tree surgery - specialised in all tree works including reductions, pruning, felling, lifting, removal of dangerous trees, maintenance of green spaces and clearance. Free estimate of work & no travelling expenses. Covering all areas in Aude & Ariege. English, French & German spoken.
Call: 06 84 67 28 28 email
n° siret : 50081256500017


Steel frame, drive shafts, freewheel and rear hubs by George Longstaff.Fitted out by Thorn (St John Street Cycles, Bridgwater)21 wide range index gears
"full specification"
1650€. Offers considered.04 68 31 54 62

steve_hedges"" is a homestay community that has members all over the world. Crashpadder hosts earn extra money from their spare space, and travellers save money on expensive hotels and avoid the discomfort of hostels - by staying with a friendly local. 

You can register your Gites and Chambre d'hotes on the site by following the logo link.

The Property Page

The Property Page continues to generate interest, comment and web site visits so continuing on the "Property" theme Flyer readers will have the opportunity to put property questions to a Surveyor and Architectural consultant in the new Flyer feature "Ask the Expert". (see article below.)


A new look for the property listings for 2011 with the addition of a photo on the front page ad below. If you have a property listing and would like to add/change photos or details or if your property has been sold please get in touch

If you are an agent or property finder and would like to advertise on the Property Page please contact me on this link

If you are looking for a property to buy or rent tell me what you are looking for and I will ask 3000+ people if they have or know of someone with a proprty that might be just what you are looking for.

As well as people looking for property the Property Page is also a place to advertise your property for sale. So if you have a property that you would like sell just get in touch


Property wanted

Ann is looking for a small property a pied a terre with some outside space, terrace/courtyard/garden in the region of Fanjeaux 11270 or Montreal 11290, maximum 100,000eu. email me if you have anything for me to forward to 

Property for Sale

Neil and Dlena have a  Villa for sale, it is situated in gardens and a wooded area in 3,000 square metres of land on the edge of a quiet village on the south side of the Montagne Noire, the villa boasts spectacular views of the Pyrenees. It is located in Brousses-et-Villaret Aude 11390 
Le Bousquet (11140)

Semi detached house with stunning mountain views 150,000€
13 editions 
link to your own web page

Riverside bungalow & commercial property for rent €420/month


Stunning villa with 3 double bedrooms 399,500€
Albas (11360)

Traditional Village House 295,000€
Alet-les-Bains (11580)

Riverside Home & Business 
Caudebronde (11390) 
price reduced

Large riverside house
Carla Bayle (09130)

Building plot with mountain & lake views. 55,000€
Arques (11190)

Gite business or large family home 420,000€
Caunes Minervois (11160)

Large village house available for winter let
Bellegarde-du-Razès (11240)

5 bed Family Home in stunning location 385,000€
Moux (11700)

Two star Gite, ideally placed between mountains and sea, open all year

Villeneuve les Montreal (11290)

Cave and small court yard garden 55,000€
Alaigne (11240)

Village house with garden 
Caunes Minervois (11160)

Romantic "Writer's Cottage" 
Camarade (09290)

Ferme La Tour Estate - Gites and Equestrian Center 800,000€
Grezes nr carcassonne (11090)

Le Vieux Presbytere - House and gite complex 695,000€
La Force (11270)
price reduced

5 bed Village house with garden and views 140,000€
Cahuzac (11420)

Bordebasse du Lac - Cottage available for long term rental
Villepinte (11150)
price reduced

Village house for renovation 
offers over 35,000€
13 editions 
link to your own web page
Routier (11240)
price reduced

Large village house & Gite with parking space 325,000€
near Limoux (11300)

Land for sale 4,750€ p/acre
St Girons (09200)
Building land 89,000€
near Esperaza (11260)

Building plot 78,000€
Trausse Minervois (11160)

Bright village house on corner plot with terrace 140,000€
Le Bousquet (11140)

Mountain hideaway just 20 mins from Axat 150,000€






Q. Our house has old rusty gutters and our builder has offered us a choice of plastic or zinc to replace them. Is it worth paying the extra for zinc?

A. It is like a lot of things in life, in that you get what you pay for. Zinc will last much longer than plastic especially in this climate. Plastic is prone to damage from the extreme temperatures we enjoy. Heat can make the gutters expand and twist so that they not only look unsightly but the joints leak. Cold can make them brittle so that large hailstones can hole them. A cost saving compromise would be to have zinc gutters and plastic down pipes that are less affected by extremes of temperature than gutters. If the down pipes are located where they could be damaged, for example by vehicles, the lowest section should be made of cast iron.


Chartered Valuation Surveyor § Building Pathologist

If you have a question for ask the Expert please contact

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Dear Steve,

I don't know whether any of your readers (or experts you deal with) can clarify a puzzle regarding annual travel insurance policies here in France.

We have had such a policy with Europ Assistance for 3 years now and when we renewed the policy after the first year it appeared there was the premium for the basic cover and a space on the form for letting them know of any holidays we had booked in advance. This apparently is to do with the "cancellation" part of the cover for which an additional premium is payable. We had already booked a trip to see our son in Australia a few months in advance. We were told that we would not be covered for accidental cancellation because we had to inform the company "the moment we booked the holiday" to avoid fraudulent claims. I said that if we had to cancel a holiday, it would only be under circumstances where we could prove the reason for the cancellation eg through a medical certificate etc. No matter, said the lady from Europ Assistance, you are not covered for cancellation although all other aspects of the policy would be covered, eg medical treatment abroad.

It is of course possible that I have misunderstood the terms and conditions but I would be interested to know if this is common practice in France. If it is then many of your readers may not appreciate this.  

So here is a response from a man in insurance, he is out of area but a man whom you can speak to on the phone and by email


Conditions vary from one insurance company to another, but the basic principal with regard to cancellation cover is that the insurer requires prior notice, and demands additional premium for that specific cover, calculated as a function of the sums insured. Some companies require a minimum of 30 days notice before departure date, others - such as Europ Assistance - demand notification on or before the date of purchase of the holiday. 

One should remember that cancellation cover is an optional, temporary extension to basic "assistance" insurance. The requirement for prior notice as a means of avoiding insurance of "certain" events, makes perfect sense in the light of current events - Japan etc. 

William STOKER, Agent Général AXA France, Nîmes. Tél. 04 66 29 63 52 email

Consider the following             Twin towers attack was on    11-9-01

                                           Japanese tsunami was on     10-3-11

                                                    add these together    21-12-12    

This is the date  that the Mayans and Nostradamus predict that the world will end. SPOOKEY

John Harrington invented the toilet, Thomas Crapper invented the plumbers showroom, so I am afraid that your letter writer miss informed the Marie, no wonder he chose to ignore it, mind you lots of people believe that Thomas Crapper invented the toilet, sorry.



The weather in the Languedoc seems to continually have the capacity to surprise us, just recently we were moaning about the lack of rain and even more recently most of us had somewhere between 200 and 250mm in four days with some localised flooding. At the time of writing warmer, sunnier weather is predicted - perfect to make the garden grow. If you have any sort of lawn it will be time to start giving it an early trim; if your lawn area is of any size think about mowing paths through it so that areas are left to grow for wildflowers that will be good for insect life in the garden. Now is also a good time to think about digging compost or other organic material into flower beds and roses and other shrubs would benefit from an application of a slow release organic fertiliser.

With the arrival of spring more and more plants 58Euphorbiamyrsinitesare coming into flower; Euphorbia myrsinites is a Mediterranean native which is looking fabulous at the moment, be bold and try pairing it with rich red Anemone coronaria De Caen hybrids. This low growing euphorbia likes a hot, dry position and is happy will seed itself around. After flowering, leave one or two old flower heads to seed and clip the rest back and enjoy the lovely blue, grey foliage. An excellent ground cover plant which will also associate well with members of the agave family..

For gardening queries do contact Gill Pound,   La Petite Pépinière de Caunes, 21,av de la Montagne Noire, 11160 Caunes-Minervois - 04 68 7843 81 or
The nursery is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 10 to 18h,
Sunday mornings from 10 - 12h and by appointment.

Brian Cave, the itinerant campaigner’s latest news on voting in UK elections for non UK residents

The UK Government is re-examining the law on voting.  
I re-iterate the need to give Mark Harper support and necessary opinion and views.My blog posting (below)  is now even more pertinent and I hope that you can do all possible to further the interests of all British residents in the vote in Europe through your readership.


It is an opportunity to comment on the problems of  the practice of voting (proxy - postal delays) - the issue of the link to a UK constituency - that quite a few have no interest in a UK constituency, but are concerned about Britain's place in Europe and the individual's links with their homeland - whether the consulates should not have an electoral role....

We await information on the outcome of the Judicial Review on the case of James Preston which was due to be heard on the 16th March concerning the 15 year cut-off.

58efinn       Elizabeth Finn Care In France Today

In 1897 Elizabeth Finn, then aged 72,founded the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association. Elizabeth was assisted by her daughter Constance and some friends. To raise money to assist those in need they organised tea parties. Today fund raising events range from coffee mornings to large dinner parties to auctioning "Personalities" coats on ebay. 
Elizabeth Finn's charity became firmly established with the ethos of making a difference to the lives of people who were in need of help. Today the charity, re-named Elizabeth Finn Care (EFC), continues her good work and is based in Hammersmith London. We continue to help people and their families from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations. 
We assist British and Irish passport holders and who have previously worked in professions ranging from Accountancy, the Armed Forces, Arts and Business Management through to Education and the Clergy. We also consider offering aid to those whose partners were from these backgrounds.
Based in the UK we operate internationally with beneficiaries in countries as far afield as Argentina and Cyprus. Three years ago we started operating in France where I have a fully functioning office. It quickly became apparent that there were many UK expatriates living somewhat frugally on fixed and often fairly low incomes. There has been a great misconception that those who came to live in France were well off and lived 'The Dream', a term that has been perpetuated by the press and various television relocation programmes. A great many of those who have made France their permanent home did so to improve the quality of their lives and, as property is generally cheaper than the UK, to use capital gained to make their pensions go further. 
All was fine until the pound collapsed against the Euro and people saw their incomes fall by about one third virtually overnight. The world wide recession and the catastrophic collapse of the banking system has compounded the problems for a great many people and, unfortunately, the situation is unlikely to improve for the foreseeable future. 
We are now very busy as applications for help have come in from many regions of France. The problems people experience are often not caused purely by the economic situation but also by other circumstances such as major health problems, the sudden death of a partner, marital and relationship breakdowns. There are cases where people, through no fault of their own, fall foul of French systems and bureaucracy caused by bad advice. We work closely with the British Consulates and other charities operating in France such as the British Associations and Cancer Support France. We have recruited Volunteer Visitors who all receive formal EFC training and who can now undertake visits to applicants. 
We can assist those who meet the qualifying criteria with one off payments to help with certain urgent needs through to some house hold appliances. We cannot give formal advice on issues such as taxation and legal problems but we do endeavour to signpost people to organisations that may be able to help. Should we be unable to assist an applicants we will endeavour to put them in touch with another charity that may be of assistance. 
Elizabeth Finn Care Homes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elizabeth Finn Care and operates nine high quality care homes in England. These homes provide the highest standards of care. 
These homes generate £3.5 million per year that is then channelled into Elizabeth Finn Care to assist our beneficiaries. We also receive £1.5 million in legacies, £0.5 million from marketing and various other sums from the numerous county activities that are
 arranged by EFC committees throughout England
Another source of income is re-cycling unwanted mobile telephones. If you have one that you no longer use then please send it to me at the address below or you can give it to me at one of the Easter events you will read about elsewhere on The Flyer. 
Please contact me if you find yourself in trouble, or if you know of others in need of help, on: 0468 23 43 79
Administration Office, 46 Le Village, Cazalrenoux, 11270



50recipeIrish Brown Bread ice cream

(serves 6-8)

100 g   Wholemeal breadcrumbs
50 g     Demerara sugar
50 g     Hazelnuts skinned and ground (these can be bought ready to use from most supermarkets)
3         Egg whites
100g    Caster sugar
300 ml  Double cream lightly whipped

Combine breadcrumbs, Demerara sugar and hazelnuts on heatproof plate. (OR I JUST PUT IN GRILL PAN) Place under preheated grill until golden brown stirring occasionally. Leave to cool.

Whisk egg whites until stiff, then gradually whisk in caster sugar. Fold in whipped cream and add breadcrumb mixture until all mixed in.

Put in 1 litre mould and freeze.

Turn out onto plate 30 mins. before serving to soften (NOT USUALLY NEEDED AS SERVES EASILY FROM FREEZER)

Fresh raspberries or strawberries are good with this

Lynn Cilia Domaine du Petit Donos, Thézan des Corbières




The Flyer Short Story/Long Letter Competition

This is the eighth of a regular series of short stories/long letters to the Editor, keep it around 500 words about strange things that have happened to you. You chose the subject matter.

Go on you know you want to!Just send it in, it can be published anonymously, unless it takes off and there is a prize for the best at then of 2011, then you may have to admit to Flyer readers who you are.

Legacies Lost

By: N. Blake Mills


Most war memorials I pass by with nary a glance, except this one in Castelnaudary, France, which stopped me dead in my tracks. A chill of goose bumps rolls up my arms and down my back, weakening my knees.  I am stunned by Emile Peyronnet's 1911 concrete sculpture of a woman dressed in a long cloak with lichen embroidered down her back and a hood shadowing her face. Her left arm hugs a teenage boy to her side as they both look down at an imaginary tombstone.  Her right hand holds a bouquet of flowers, upside down and drooping at her side. Their grief is frozen in place but my grief is a live wire snapping inside of me…for them. It is not for the lost soldiers but for the inheritors of loss.  At war memorials we weep for the unknown fallen, for the sacrifice of their life for their homeland. She weeps for the known.

This unusual memorial reminds us to weep for the ones left behind to toil on. For most of them their hopes are forever dulled. Alone, a woman backpacks her grief, and then harnesses herself to a plow, to a wash tub, a boiling pot of canning jars in the scorch of summer. She mops her sweat soaked brow while scrubbing dirty floors on her knees, weary, used up, memories swamping her at unexpected times as she puts her head to the floor and weeps. Grief and hungry mouths to feed leaves no time to think about solving world hunger. It leaves no energy to be the next Madame Curie, a Gandhi, a Picasso. There is no money for school, the next medical genius lost, hopes dying along with her husband, father, and brother. Her children bereft of male role model, mentor, and coach.  A beacon is extinguished, leaving them lost in the darkness where dreams die before being dreamt.  How many children gave up trying? How many children went to work deep in the mines never to surface their own brilliance?

It is near morning and I turn to leave this anti-war memorial with heavy heart and wonder as I watch the stars blink off and disappear in the morning light.


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

Samedi 26 Mars 2011           
Carcassonne (2e vide grenier charlemagne) 
Coursan (Coursan)
Limoux (Vide grenier saint jo Limoux)
Saverdun (Vide-greniers, marché aux puces.)
Dimanche 27 Mars 2011       
Leucate (Vide grenier du rugby à xv)
Lézignan-Corbières (Vide grenier brocante)
Pamiers (Puces & Brocante)
Samedi 2 Avril 2011  
Coursan (Coursan)
Port Leucate (Tante Marie vide ses greniers)
Pamiers (Marché de Brocante)
Saverdun (Vide-greniers, marché aux puces.)
Dimanche 3 Avril 2011         
Carcassonne (9ème Bourse aux Antiquités militaires livres & pac)
Castelnaudary (Vide grenier de l'ensemble scolaire jeanne d'arc)
Lézignan-Corbières (Vide grenier brocante)
Limoux (Brocante)
Peyriac-de-Mer (Vide-greniers associatif)
Rieux-Minervois (Vide grenier, marché aux puces, brocante,)
Les Pujols (Vide grenier)
Mazères (Vide grenier)
Pamiers (Puces & Brocante)
Saint-Lizier (Vide grenier)

On a Lighter note

Sadly this is what holiday makers are like - even sandy beaches are too sandy or not the right colour for sand. 
From Thomas Cook Holidays - listing some of the guest's complaints during the season.
1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."
2.  "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be             banned
3. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry.  I don't like spicy food at all."
4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."
5. A tourist at a top African game lodge over looking a water hole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight     of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel "inadequate"..
6. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she'd been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the "do not         disturb" sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.
7. "The beach was too sandy."
8. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."
9. A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the           time..
10. "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other                  women."
11. "We bought' Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five Euros (£3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."
12. "No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."
13. "There was no egg slicer in the apartment..."
14. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish..."
15. "The roads were uneven.."
16. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."
17. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly                   smaller."58fuel
18. "The brochure stated:  'No hairdressers at the accommodation. Were trainee hairdressers - will       we be OK staying here?"
19.  "There are too many Spanish people.. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish.            Too many foreigners."
20. "We had to queue outside with no air conditioning."
21. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."
22. "I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite."
23. "My fiance and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the       fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked." 

What's On

MACEO PARKER 23 Mar Bikini Toulouse
THE DO 25 Mar Bikini Toulouse
WOODY ALLEN 2 Apr Grand Rex Paris
THE BELLRAYS 2 April La Dynamo Toulouse
GOSPEL POUR 100 VOIX 2 Apr Zenith Toulouse
4 Apr Zenith Toulouse
JOAN BAEZ 5 Apr Zenith Toulouse
58newSTATUS QUO + WILLE & THE BANDITS 7 Apr Zenith Toulouse
GAROROCK 8 to 10 April Marmande
NEW YORK DOLLS 12 April La Dynamo Toulouse
TOQUES ET CLOCHERS 16 and 17 Apr Limoux
HAIR LE MUSICAL 22 Apr Zinga Zanga Beziers
MONDIAL DU VENT 23 Apr to 1 May La-Franqu Leucate
THE YOUNG GODS 19 May Bikini Toulouse
YUSUF ISLAM 26 May Bercy Paris
PULP May 27 Primavera Sound Barcelona
THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION 27 May Theatre de la mer Sete
BALKAN BEAT BOX 2 Jun Bikini Toulouse
SOL Y FIESTA 2-4 Jun Leucate
2 to 5 Jun Haute Vallée de l'Aude
PROMAUDE 10 to 14 Jun Lézignan-Corbiere
SHAKIRA 14 Jun Paris Bercy         JUDAS PRIEST 20 Jun Zenith Paris
JOHN BUTLER TRIO 22 Jun Le Phare Toulouse

ROGER WATERS - THE WALL LIVE 30 Jun Palais omnisports de Paris

JOURNEY & FOREIGNER 7 Jul Palais des Sports Paris Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Crystal Castles, The Chemical Brothers, Jack Johnson and The Black Crowes 7 to 9 Jul Bilbao
SUPERTRAMP 10 Jul Nimes Festival
SUPERTRAMP 15 Jul Carcassonne Festival
THE BEACH BOYS and CHRISTOPHER CROSS  19 Jul Carcassonne Festival
TEXAS 20 Jul Carcassonne Festival
BRYAN FERRY 22 Jul Carcassonne Festival
BEN HARPER 23 Jul Carcassonne Festival
STING "Symphonicity" 23 Jul Nimes Festival
TOM JONES 24 Jul Carcassonne Festival
JAMES BLUNT 25 Jul Carcassonne Festival
IGGY AND THE STOOGES 27 Jul Carcassonne Festival
GOTAN PROJECT 1 Aug Carcassonne Festival
MOBY 2 Aug Carcassonne Festival
CELTIC LEGENDS 9 Oct Le Dome Carcassonne
CELTIC LEGENDS 10 Nov Zinga Zanga Beziers
FERIA BEZIERS 11 to 15 August
ALICE COOPER 5 Nov Zenith Toulouse
CHARLES AZNAVOUR 12/13 Nov Zenith Toulouse
SCORPIONS 17 Nov Zenith Toulouse
SCORPIONS 20 Nov Arena Montpellier

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