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Well, finally someone has done it.   The Liberal Democrats have pledged to have another referendum on the Brexit deal and it would include an option to remain in the EU.  Wouldn’t this be a good time to join up with all the parts of the Labour party that don’t support Jeremy Engels, sorry I meant Corbyn?  The Greens could join in too.   What do you get when you mix green with yellow?  Maybe they should just have stripes for their colour.  And legalising and taxing cannabis?  If the leader didn’t look like a tortoise dressed as a Sunday league kids football referee it could be vastly different. 

France did well, eh, choosing someone that doesn’t have a funny haircut and doesnt come out of the gate thinking he knows everything.

And then there are the American debacles!  Too chummy with Russia, the media said, along with allegations of election tampering.  Then there was a bombing and they were enemies with Russia.  Now they seem to be good friends again and Mr Putin is prepared to release documents to prove what? Oh come along - surely most Republicans by now realise the apprentice has taken over the asylum.


Are you surviving with new charges that Filmon sprung on everyone?

Bruce Taylor even while on his Hols sent me a couple of links that may help



Here are a two sites that might work for some people.

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2 SCIAM MIND Power Corrupts

I guess we all know the saying: power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  It was written by Lord Acton in 1887 in a letter to Bishop Creighton discussing the history of the Inquisition (created for the Cathars, I believe) and includes the tenet that men of whatever standing should be judged by the same moral standards as anyone else.

A partial out-take from the letter is this:

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.  There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

So within a small village, when a mayor dislikes having nay-sayers around him and wants a council of ‘yes’ men, he begins by dismissing those more knowledgeable and popular than he  – in this case, the ‘adjoints’.  The latest firing was a well-liked, intelligent, humorous individual who the majority of the village liked.  The mayor was supposedly jealous of his power and thought that he wanted to take his position from him.  Now he, the mayor, has created a situation where the rest of the council have not signed off on the annual budget (as the only way they can demonstrate their own power) and the accounts have to be transferred to and verified by the Prefecture.  Part of these accounts included an astronomical figure (in small village terms - the price of a house) for the renovation of the mayor’s office.  No one appears to take lessons from history.  More geographically specific, the mayor should read the writings of Napoleon:

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.






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Beware of Pension Scams!


Since 2006, individuals have been able to transfer their UK pension savings to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). A QROPS is a pension scheme based outside of the UK that must meet certain conditions laid down by HMRC. If the conditions are not met, the person transferring their pension benefits risks a UK tax charge of 55%.


For people who have emigrated from the UK, there are many advantages to transferring to a QROPS, including the possibility to mitigate currency risk. Additionally, as successive governments have changed the UK pension rules - resulting in it being more difficult for people to reach their long-term planned goals - moving pension savings out of the UK appeals to those who wish to take control of their pension.


Sadly, there are unscrupulous people around and innocent pension savers have been duped into transferring their pensions into unregulated pension schemes and/or unsuitable investments, commonly known as pension scams. Despite the best efforts of HMRC and consumer advice organisations warning about pension scams, tragic stories of people losing all their pension savings are still being reported. Since the introduction of the UK pension flexibility rules, which allow people to fully cash-in their pension funds, the number of pension scams has also increased.


Typically, ‘promises’ of getting access to the pension fund before age 55, which would result in a UK tax charge of 55% for the member, or ‘guarantees’ of high investment returns without risk, are common. However, if these are offered, an instant alarm bell should ring! If you were cold called with these offers, the alarm bell should be even louder.


How well do you know the person or firm offering advice? Have you met the adviser or is everything being done at a distance, by telephone, email, etc.? Where is the adviser located? How is the adviser or firm regulated? In the event of you receiving bad advice, which regulator do you go to for redress?


Following some simple steps can help avoid you being the victim of a pension scam:


● At the first meeting, a properly regulated financial adviser will give you their business card, which should include details of the authority that regulates the adviser. They should also carry out a fact-find of your complete financial situation and objectives, not just as relates to your pension.


• A good adviser will carry out a full transfer analysis of the pension you are considering transferring, comparing this to the pension scheme being offered (obligatory if you are transferring a defined benefit pension or have other protected rights). A written report of the recommendation being made should be given to you.


• The adviser should meet with you to discuss the recommendation and ensure that you understand all costs associated with this, as well as the risks of the funds in which your pension is to be invested. Only when you are happy that you understand everything, should you make the decision as to whether or not to proceed with the pension transfer. If you do transfer, you should expect to have on-going reviews of your pension with the adviser.

For peace of mind, if transferring your UK pension benefits into a QROPS and you live in France, it is advisable to use a financial adviser who is French-regulated. Firms would usually be designated as a CIF (conseiller en investissement financier – i.e. a financial advisor) and regulated by a professional association accredited by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). The firm could also typically be designated as a courtier d'assurance, which relates to the ability to carry out insurance brokerage activities (for example, if the money being transferred to the QROPS is to be invested in an insurance product) and so would be listed on the database at


At Spectrum, we only recommend products of financially strong institutions and domiciled in highly regulated jurisdictions. Our advisers across Europe are fully regulated and more information can be found at

If you are seeking regulated advice on pensions and/or investments and 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


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Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch. 


Users of old Windows systems can now download a patch to protect them from this week’s massive ransomware attack.

In a rare step, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8—all of them operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support.

The ransomware, which has spread globally, has been infecting computers by exploiting a Windows vulnerability involving the Server Message Block protocol, a file-sharing feature.

Computers infected with WannaCry will have their data encrypted, and display a ransom note demanding $300 or $600 in bitcoin to free the files.

Fortunately, Windows 10 customers were not targeted in Friday’s attack. In March, Microsoft patched the vulnerability that the ransomware exploits—but only for newer Windows systems. That’s left older Windows machines, or those users who failed to patch newer machines, vulnerable to Friday’s attack.

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Hello Steve,

I noted your comments about the lack of a decent opposition in Parliament. I agree that a good opposition is essential to keep the governing party on its mettle. However, Blair is not the candidate. He is yesterdays man and is shows. He also has a flawed legacy, especially with the Iraq debacle. He is also lining up with Major, Clarke, Brown, Kinnock and many other professional politicians to extol their views about the recent referendum. Despite how anyone voted, we all had our reasons, I would not criticise the right of anyone to express their view at the ballot box. It is called democracy. During the period from Harold Wilson to the present day I have managed to leave school, start a career, get qualifications, get married, buy a home, have a family, have holidays, play good standard of sport, have a social life, save for retirement, hold down a demanding and responsible job. Now I am being told by the people mentioned above, who could not lace my boots, that I am a cretin for not voting the way they thought I should. Well I have some advice for Blair and his cohort of 'has beens'; the advice is the same reply given by Private Eye in the legal case of Arkle v Private Eye. It is a short two word phrase which begins and ends with same letter: 'F'. Decent opposition is desirable but not obtainable from that crew. Keep on searching. Regards Stuart 




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Madame May has an opposition. No need to phantasise about the Lib Dems or war criminal Blair. All their times will come when the scum whom you deride are joined by the unemployed of Middle England — jobs taken by robots — to render what May and all the above stand for redundant. Obviously Corbyn needs to get real too, but not in the way that educationally challenged people like you and Boris Johnson imagine.


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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


Samedi 20 Mai

Coursan  Vide grenier

Crampagna  Fête du patriote

Foix  Vide grenier brocante

Lavelanet  Vide grenier

Mazères  Bourse de printemps

Dimanche 21 Mai

Azille  Vide grenier

Bizanet  Vide grenier

Bize-Minervois  Vide grenier de la calandreta Lo Cigal

Bram  Bourse d’echange

Canet  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Carcassonne  Vide grenier de la MJC

Castelnaudary  Vide grenier

Conques-sur-Orbiel  Vide grenier des écoles

Coursan  Vide grenier

Coustaussa  Vide grenier

Escales  Vide grenier

Fabrezan  Vide grenier AICA Val d’Orbieu

Fendeille  Vide grenier

Ginestas  Vide grenier

Gruissan  Vide grenier

La Palme  Vide grenier des Palmi’girls

La Redorte  Vide grenier

Leucate  Vide poussette et vide dressing

Limoux  Mega vide grenier du tennis club

Marseillette  Vide grenier

Mirepeisset  Vide grenier

Narbonne-Plage  Vide grenier Le Racing Club

Narbonne  Vide grenier

Palaja  Vide grenier pétanque club

Pennautier  Vide grenier annuel

Pezens  Vide grenier

Saint-Marcel sur Aude  Vide grenier de l’association de Chasse

Saint-Michel-de-Lanès  Vide grenier

Salles-d’Aude  Vide jardin et bourse aux plantes

Souilhanels  6ème Vide grenier

Trausse-Minervois  Vide grenier

Villasavary  Vide grenier de Quartier

Villeneuve-Minervois  Vide grenier des écoles

Villesequelande  Vide donjon vide grenier

Campagne-sur-Arize  Vide grenier

Mazères  Bourse de printemps

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Saint-Girons  Les puces du champ de mars

Saint-Jean-du-Falga  Vide grenier de printemps

Varilhes  Vide grenier l’ARPEL

Varilhes  Vide grenier brocante sur la D624

Jeudi 25 Mai

Arzens  Vide grenier

Bram  Vide grenier du gfplm et de football

Fontjoncouse  Vide grenier

Gruissan  Vide grenier dans le vent

Marcorigan  Hyper vide grenier et animations

Marcorigan  Vide grenier extérieur

Narbonne  Vide grenier

Puicheric  Vide grenier

Rieux-Minervois  Vide grenier Fête du Printemps Marché

Roquetaillade  Vide grenier brocante

Trèbes  Vide grenier du handball

Arignac  Vide grenier

Castillon-en-Couserans  Vide grenier

Mazères  Bourse expo

Montgailhard  Vide grenier

Samedi 27 Mai

Coursan  Vide grenier

Limoux  Vide grenier marché aux puces


Dimanche 28 Mai

Argeliers  Vide grenier du bsm xv

Bram  Vide greniers

Capendu  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Caunes-Minervois  Vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier

Espéraza  Vide grenier

Gruissan  Vide grenier de ASLC

Limoux  Vide grenier des Amis de Notre Dame

Moussan  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Hyper vide grenier

Pépieux  Vide grenier

Sigean  Vide grenier du Ping Pong

Tourouzelle  Vide grenier

Villemoustaussou  Vide grenier des vieilles cylindrées

Foix  Vide grenier d’Ingénieuse Afrique

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Teilhet  Vide grenier, fête des plantes

Varilhes  Vide grenier sur la D624

Samedi 3 Juin

Coursan  Vide grenier

La Digne-d’Amont  Vide grenier

Port Leucate  Tante Marie vide ses greniers

Thézan-des-Corbières  Brocante professionnelle

Montaut  Vide grenier du festival Celt en Oc

Dimanche 4 Juin

Alzonne  Vide grenier pompiers solidaires

Azille  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier

Espéraza  Vide grenier

Laserre-de-Prouille  19ème vide grenier

Leucate La Franqui  Tante Marie vide ses greniers

Limoux  Vide grenier en occasion de la fête de La Petite Ville

Limoux  Brocante

Limoux  Vide grenier

Montredon-des-Corbières  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier Cap de Pla

Peyriac-de-Mer  Vide grenier des livres

Ricaud  Vide grenier dressing

Roubia  Vide grenier marché artisanal

Saint Amans  Vide grenier foire au vintage

Saint-Marcel sur Aude  Vide grenier

Thézan-des-Corbières  Brocante professionnelle

Arnave  Vide grenier

La Bastide-sur-l’Hers  Vide grenier vide jardin

Mazères  Vide grenier mensuel

Mirepoix  Bourse Club Cartophile

Pailhès  Vide grenier vide jardin

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Saint-Lizier  Marché aux puces

Saint-Quentin-la-Tour  Vide grenier

Varilhes  Vide grenier sur la D624




 During his visit to London, Donald Trump met with Queen Elizabeth, and
after bowing gracefully to her,
He asked, "Your  Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government ?
Are there any  tips you can give me ?"
"Well," replied  the Queen, "the  most important thing is to surround
yourself with intelligent  people."
Donald frowned,  and then asked, "But  how do I know the people around
me are really intelligent ?"
The Queen took a  sip of tea and said, "Oh,  that's easy Donald. You
just ask them to answer a  riddle."
Seeing the puzzled  look on Donald’s face, the Queen said, “Let me
demonstrate it for  you.”
The Queen pushed a  button on her intercom and said, "Please send Prime
Minister Theresa May in here."
Theresa walked  into the room and said, "Yes,  Your Majesty ?
The Queen smiled  and said, "Answer  me this, Theresa. Your mother and
father have a child. It is not your  brother and it is not your sister.
Who is it ?"
Theresa  answered, "That  would be me."
"Thank  you Teresa." said  the Queen. The Queen smiled at The Donald and
said, "it's as simple as that."
Donald returned to  the White House and asked Mike Pence the same
question. "Mike,  I want you to answer this riddle. Your mother and your
father have a  child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister.
Who is it  ?"
"I'm  not sure,"  said Mike. "Let  me get back to you on that one." He
went to his  advisers and asked everyone, but none could give him an 
The next evening  Mike and his wife were dining at a fancy restaurant
when he noticed  Sarah Palin sitting at another table. Mike walked over 
to her table and asked, “Sarah,  can you answer a riddle for me ? Your
mother and father have a child and  it's not your brother or your
sister. Who is it ?"
Sarah  answered, "That  would be me !"
Mike smiled and  said, "Thanks  Sarah !"
After dinner Mike  returned to the White House and met with Donald. 
Mike said, “I  did some research and I found the answer to the riddle.”
Donald said, “Fantastic.  So, what is the answer ?”
Mike replied, “It's  Sarah Palin !"
Donald  yelled, “No,  you idiot ! It's Theresa May !"
And that, my  friends, is what is going on at the White House !




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Hello everyone,

Just a reminder about some forthcoming events.

* we still have a couple of places available on our gardening course - Aromatics for Languedoc gardens   on Wednesday 10th May (10am to 4pm),  this  is a course for gardeners and foodies alike.  We will consider a range of over forty common and more unusual aromatics (herbs and spices) which we can grow in our gardens.  We’ll look at how to identify plants, how to propagate and grow them, how to harvest and use them as well as thinking about how to incorporate aromatics in ornamental gardens and using them as companion plants. The course fee will be 50€ and as usual we will provide teas & coffees and ask you to bring a packed lunch.  For more info contact

* Open Jardins/ Gardens Ouvertes is a scheme that was set up in France just a few years ago with the aim of opening gardens to raise monies for charity - rather like the Yellow Book scheme in Britain.  They are keen to expand into the Occitanie region and we will be open  here on Sunday 21st May,  (10 to 18h) as part of the scheme , we shall hope to see some of you.  You can see more about the scheme at , they are keen for more gardens to be involved so if you think you and your garden could be part of this you can contact Catriona McLean <>; who is the lead Co-ordinator for our region.

* Sunday June 4th 2017 - we shall be holding a day in the garden here as an awareness and fundraising day for Languedoc Solidarité avec le Réfugies (, this will partly replace the open weekends that we have held in the past , La Table d'Emilie will be organising the food as always and there will be a range of activities on a garden fete theme ....  come and try Sjoelbak,  Splat the Rat and many other garden games and fun activities, there will be guided tours of the garden at 11am and 2.30pm, a plant identification quiz, a raffle, a fun dog show (think cutest face etc - for more info here contact, at 4pm there will be an auction of art  generously donated by local artists ....   please put the event in your diaries and we hope to see lots of people for a fun day in support of a very worthy cause.

As ever, for general gardening queries please don't hesitate to get in touch,  enjoy your gardens and we hope to see some of you during 2017.



Gill Pound


Le Jardin de la Petite Pépinière de Caunes
21, av de la Montagne Noire,
11160 Caunes-Minervois
04 68 78 43 81

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