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Aude and Ariege Flyer 1 March

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Oh well I will keep it brief today

Some issues with movement of website host, I am just a tad concerned something will stop working before I get this out to you.

UK budget seems dull enough and Jeremy Corbyn believes Hammonds measures are “out of touch”

It’s funny what you find written by  friends on  Facebook, well it amused me

My local Morrison's supermarket is managed by Jim Morrison. In their vegetable racks, they had a sign saying "You know that it would be untrue, you know that I would be a liar, if I was to say to you that broccoli was not buy one get one free this week." "People are strange, when you're a stranger, and are not taking advantage of our home ware bargains." The Crystal Ship is being filled with some fabulous offers in our baked goods range." "Don't you love her madly as she's stacking the shelves with quality cleaning products. "



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Lost in France

I know I have lifted this from somewhere else, but if you have not already seen it and are interested in the connections between English and French this is a quick, easy digestible read.


This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe.

The original research data for the chart comes from K. Tyshchenko (1999), Metatheory of Linguistics. (Published in Ukrainian.)

The size of each circle represents the number of speakers for that language. Circles of the same color belong to the same language group. All the groups except for Finno-Ugric (in yellow) are in turn members of the Indo-European language family.

English is a member of the Germanic group (blue) within the Indo-European family. But thanks to 1066, William of Normandy, and all that, about 75% of the modern English vocabulary comes from French and Latin (i.e. the Romance languages, in orange) rather than Germanic sources. As a result, English (a Germanic language) and French (a Romance language) are actually closer to each other in lexical terms than Romanian (a Romance language) and French.

So why is the English language still considered a Germanic? Two reasons. First, the most frequently used 80% of English words come from Germanic sources, not Latinate sources. Those famous Anglo-Saxon monosyllables live on! Second, the syntax of English, although much simplified from its Old English origins, remains recognizably Germanic. The Norman Conquest added French vocabulary to the language, and through ‘pidginization’ it arguably stripped out some Germanic grammar, but it did not ADD French grammar.





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Reasons to Wrap

It’s no secret that the Assurance Vie (AV) is by far and away the most popular investment vehicle in France..........and for good reason! Most of you will already be familiar with these investments, or at the very least, have heard of them, but it doesn’t harm to be reminded now and again as to why they are so popular.

What are they? – An AV is simply a life assurance wrapper that holds financial assets, often with a wide choice of investments, and there is no limit on the amount that can be invested. 

What’s so good about them?.....quite simply, their huge tax advantages, such as:

Tax-free growth - funds remaining within an AV grow free of French Income and Capital Gains tax 

Simplified tax return reporting - considerable savings in terms of time and tax adviser fees

Favourable tax treatment on withdrawals - only the gain element of any amount that you withdraw is liable to tax. There is an additional benefit after eight years in the form of an annual Income tax allowance of €4,600 for an individual and €9,200 for a married couple. 

Succession tax benefits – AV policies fall outside of your estate for Succession tax and the proceeds can be left directly to any number of beneficiaries of your choice (not just the ones Napoleon thought you should leave them to!). There are very generous allowances available to beneficiaries of contracts taken out before the age of 70. 

Why invest in an International Assurance Vie? 

There are a number of insurance companies that have designed French compliant international AV products, aimed specifically at the expatriate market in France. These companies are typically situated in highly regulated financial centres, such as Dublin and Luxembourg. Some of the advantages of the international AV contracts are:

  • The possibility to invest in multiple currencies, including Sterling and Euros. 
  • A large range of investment possibilities available.
  • The majority of international AV policies are portable, which means that should you return to the UK, it will not be necessary to surrender the bond.
  • The documentation for international bonds is available in English.

At Spectrum, we only recommend products of financially strong institutions and domiciled in highly regulated jurisdictions. If you would like to know more about these extremely tax efficient investments, or would like to have a confidential review of your financial situation, please contact me by phone on 04 67 24 90 95 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 


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Yes Hitler was appointed Chancellor from the Reichstag, to which he had been elected. A similar system to our Parliament, from where the Prime Minister is appointed/asked to form a government.

The American system is more direct and personal, so all those who voted for him have got what they asked for. Pres., D. Trump just lacks the political/diplomatic upbringing for the position he now holds. I would suggest he view for several days recordings of, "Questions for the Prime Minister," to see how to use polite, political & diplomatic words and phrases. He might also learn some sense and that there are places outside and beyond the parish of the U.S.A.

Regards  Alan... Aude

About that property for sale, it’s odd how it seems to have escaped the attention of a lot of people, that the « boom » is long past, that to survive, estate agents are having to offer property at realistic prices. People who are selling have to get real. A place such as the one described, is nothing short of a ruin, needing everything doing. Roofs are notoriously expensive for example, and it needs everything else doing as well. The land is nice, sure, but often seen as a lot of work to look after, were there enough for an agricultural status, it’s very interesting, and is indeed a farm. (land is at standard prices, and farms evaluated by the « safer »)If the place is well situated, and detached, has nice views etc, someone will buy it, at a realistic price. Let’s face it, if you are going to have to spend 150000€ to do the place up, and wait a few years for it to happen, you are not going to want to pay as much to start with!  One has to ask, how much would it be worth if finished,  take off the work, and try at that figure.


Hello Steve,

Your letters from Bill and Ross regarding the appointment of Adolf Hitler make fascinating reading. Serving to correct many an erroneous assumption about Hitler whilst highlighting the often mistaken

impression that certain officials, that hold sway over the many, are also elected, when in fact they are not.

The case in point is, of course, the European Commission. That august and entirely unelected body of

appointees that hold such power far beyond its' function and ability. I suspect that had the power of the

electorate been available to curb such iniquitous regimes, in either case, then the ensuing disasters

that befell these regimes may well not have come to pass. Just a thought!



Dear Steve

It is also worthy of comment that the EU Commission is, as was Hitler, un-elected.

John Fielden

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


Dimanche 5 Mars

Bram  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Caunes-Minervois  Vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Escales  Vide dressing

Leucate  Vide grenier du rugby

Limoux  Brocante mensuelle

Narbonne  Hyper vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier et bourse vêtements

Narbonne  Vide grenier Cap de Pla

Palaja  Vide dressing

Salles-d’Aude  Vide grenier du Tennis de Table

Mazeres  Vide grenier mensuel

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Saint-Lizier  Marché aux puces

Saverdun  Vide ta Chambre Printanier

Samedi 11 Mars

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Narbonne  Bourse aux livres et dvd

Dimanche 12 Mars

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Coursan  Vide grenier de Coursan Information Tourisme

Fleury d’aude  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier et bourse vêtements

Narbonne  Bourse aux livres et dvd

Ornaisons  Vide grenier Ornaisons-Nature

Plavilla  Vide grenier

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Samedi 18 Mars

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Saverdun  Vide grenier marché aux puces

Dimanche 19 Mars

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Montlaur  Vide grenier Foyer Municipal

Narbonne  Vide grenier et bourse vêtements

Narbonne  Vide grenier

Sainte-Eulalie  Vide dressing et vide maison

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Saint-Girons  Les puces du champ de mars

Samedi 25 Mars

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Dimanche 26 Mars

Azille  Vide grenier de printemps

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Labécède-Lauragais  Puce des couturières

Narbonne  Vide grenier et bourse vêtements

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante








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