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So you wake up every morning and they are still talking about Brexit, thinking it was a dream that no one would have put such a vote to the general public – a general public driven by scare mongering. Yes!  72 million Turkish people will arrive.  And we already have all those johnny foreigners doing jobs our people can do.  And the NHS will get loads of cash for leaving.

Didn’t someone just announce all the European job-robbers are allowed to stay?  All they need to do is fill in a form, not be very criminal, and pay just £69?  That’s cheaper than a British European-made passport.

The NHS have said they will have to reduce their requirements for overseas workers to make the numbers up.  Airbus don’t want Non EU Welsh wings so really, where is all this going?

The other day there was a demo in London as part of the Summer of Action.  But that’s going to need to look something like what occurred in Egypt or Romania when the public wanted something changed. The supposed 100,000 demonstrators just isn’t enough.

Or the world will continue to go Trump-style. The ‘me, me, me’ nationalism and we have all seen where that leads.


Watch out you Clarimontais, aparently a rather well known Rock God has gained an interest in the village and will be producing Rose wine.

Being the boss of the EU can’t be fun and it has tinges of a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in that the countries of Europe with a significantly wiggly coastlines are trouble: Norway -special arrangement, UK - nuff said, with wiggly Italy heading in a worrying direction.  And there are many countries telling migrants to go next door.

On a lighter note, I am having a Vide Maison on the day of the Routier village vide grenier.

I will post further details in the next Flyer.  It will include books, lots of cooking ones, electrical items, sky boxes, furniture, CD’s and  lots of table and kitchen ware.  For the early birds even some out of date mango chutney. So I hope to see on the 29th . There will be bargains galore.

Oh by the way, i dont suppose anyone has half a dozen Blond Windsor Ercol chairs in good condition for their age, that they want to dispose of?

ps Thanks Bruce Taylor, as always a great reccomendation of TVMUCHO, a great way to watch UK tv in France!








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alstraysWell, we did it.  We are back in England, finding everything isn’t sweetness and light.  But we knew that.  Perhaps this is now ‘Lost in England’. 


Getting the dog back was in some ways easier than expected.  In others quite stressful.  We used a charity which ships rescued galgos from its base in southern Spain to homes in northern Europe and the UK.  They also carry dogs and cats returning home.  They do this both ways from north to south and south to north.


Professional, clean and well organised they can’t be faulted.  They pay huge attention to detail, making sure all forms are completed correctly for the customs at Calais and that all relevant injections and veterinary checks are up to date.  Once you have confirmed and paid for the transportation you are able to follow their journey via GPS tracking on line.  You can get updates on their site as to how early or late they will be at the various destinations along the route.


What they can’t plan for is me.  All I had to do was drop my dog off at a meeting point at a Total garage on the A9 motorway outside Narbonne.  I travelled with a friend whose transportation made it easier to get a reluctant dog in and out of the vehicle.  We both had satnavs.  I had programmed in the meeting point into my phone.  We arrived early to find the Total garage closed down for a Saturday.  In the blazing heat we got the dog out of the car.  My friend pointed out after a few minutes that this wasn’t an ‘Aire’- a service station.  He was right.  We weren’t at the correct Total garage and we weren’t near the motorway. 


In the heat of the empty forecourt we wondered where we were and how we had got it so wrong.  We had still time to get to the drop off point if we could only work out where it was.  My friend started to program the GPS coordinates into his satnav, but as with people of a certain age, he had to keep lifting his glasses to see what he was doing and had very thick fingers making it difficult to pinpoint the correct keys.  I kept paging through the details I had received to find the coordinates and as soon as I read some out, the screen blanked out and I had to find it again.  The dog was panting in the heat, there was no shade.  To cap it all my friend thought he it would be a good idea to get some fuel so we had to find a petrol station.  We lifted the dog back into the car and we drove off. 


At a petrol station a few kilometres down the road, I finally managed to program the service station into my phone.  We were only 5 km away.  Five minutes or so from our drop off point.  I was reading out instructions to my friend and he was following a different route from his satnav.  The two journeys did not coincide.  We were going into a small housing estate, turning this way and that, enlarging the map on my phone to find street names.  We couldn’t see any motorway.  After fifteen minutes we were still just five minutes away from our destination. 


We saw some people cutting down bushes at the side of the road and they said, yes the motorway was just down the road, turn left and there you are.  Finally we arrived.  Coming in via a back entrance we drove into a lorry and coach park.  Hurrah we were there!  The man from the charity called me to ask where we were.  I said we are here.  At the service station.  Near the big trucks.  He said slowly and patiently that there were no trucks where he was parked.  Where the hell were we?  I walked into the lorry park and identified where he was.  We were on the wrong side of the motorway.  Could it get any worse?  What do we do now?  Time was ticking and the transporter was on a tight schedule.  What had started out with us being an hour early ended up with us being dangerously near to being late.


A worker at the ‘aire’ gave us instructions.  Go back the way you came, turn left and under a bridge and you are on the other side.  We did this.   We could see the transporter, at the other side of a fence.  We opened a gate, walked through, lifted the dog over another fence and we were there.  Finally and just on time. 


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 As a result of many people contacting me after i put info out about the British consulate meeting in Narbonne, which was sold out, i contacted them to ask if another could be scheduled, perhaps in Carcassonne.

This is the response i received


Dear Sir,

Thank you for contacting the British Embassy Paris.

With regard to the meeting in Narbonne, we did add extra capacity however we understand that there were many British citizens who wanted to attend. We were also present at a meeting in Carcassonne a few weeks prior to the Narbonne meeting. We are looking at future outreach meetings however any further meetings in the region however, given the other regions we need to visit this year, these are likely to take place next year.

For those unable to attend the meetings we are holding this year, we will shortly be releasing a top ten of Q&A questions that we have received. We will also be holding another Facebook live Q&A; we strongly recommend you sign up to our newsletter ‘Voisin Voices’ and follow us on social media at the accounts below, in order to receive the latest information about these events as well as future meetings.


Twitter: @UKinFrance and @BritishinFrance



We hope this information is of help to you.

Kind regards,

Public Enquiries

British Embassy

35 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris


Hi Steve

Following your contributor’s search for a fax machine, I actually still have one - a Philips Magic 3 Primo complete with spare film cartridge.   I hate throwing things away and have been trying to find it a good home for a few years now.   If anyone who reads the Flyer can make use of it, or knows some one or a charity who might like it, I will happily give it away.

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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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Mardi 3 Juillet

Fleury  Vide grenier aux Cabanes de Fleury d’Aude

Samedi  7 Juillet

Coursan  Vide grenier

Fanjeaux  Brocante de Fanjeaux

Leucate  Tante Marie Vide ses Greniers

Limoux  Vide grenier du Bal des sapeurs-pompiers

Narbonne  Brocante de Narbonne Place Voltaire

Dimanche 8 Juillet

Arzens  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier

Chalabre  Vide grenier brocante

Couiza  Vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier

Cruscades  Vide grenier

Fontiers-Cabardès  Vide grenier des Aines

La Palme  Vide grenier

Limoux  Vide grenier

Lagrasse  Brocante Vide grenier

Marcorignan  Vide grenier nocture avec cocktails Mélody

Monze  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier nocturne

Narbonne  Brocante de Narbonne Place Voltaire

Pezens  Vide grenier

Quillan  Vide grenier

Sigean  Vide grenier

Trèbes  Vide grenier

Castillon-en-Couserans  Vide grenier

Eycheil  Vide grenier

La Bastide-de-Bousignac  Vide grenier

Laroque-d’Olmes  Vide grenier

Pamiers  Vide grenier

Mardi 10 Juillet

Fleury  Vide grenier aux Cabanes de Fleury d’Aude

Jeudi 12 Juillet

Tarascon-sur-Ariège  Vide grenier et marché nocturne

Samedi 14 Juillet

Argeliers  Vide grenier annuel

Carcassonne  Vide grenier

Caunes-Minervois  Vide grenier dressing

Coursan  Vide grenier

Fanjeaux  Brocante de Fanjeaux

Moussoulens  Bourse auto moto tracteur

Bompas  Vide grenier

Carla-Bayle  Vide grenier

Cazavet  Vide grenier

La Bastide-de-Sérou  Vide grenier

Varilhes  Vide grenier 

Dimanche 15 Juillet

Carcassonne  Vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier

Cuxac-Cabardès  Vide grenier des motards

Esperaza  Vide grenier

Gaja-et-Villedieu  Vide grenier

La Palme  Vide grenier

Leucate  Vide grenier brocante

Montréal  Vide grenier

Monze  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier Cap de Pla

Narbonne  Vide grenier nocturne

Villeneuve-Minervois  Vide grenier

La Bastide-de-Bousignac  Vide grenier

Oust  Vide grenier

Saint-Girons  Les puces du champ de mars

Tarascon-sur-Ariège  Vide grenier

Mardi 17 Juillet

Fleury  Vide grenier aux Cabanes de Fleury d’Aude

Samedi 21 Juillet

Capendu  Vide grenier nocturne

Coursan  Vide grenier

Laprade  Vide grenieer

Montséret  Vide grenier nocturne

Roquefort-des-Corbières  Vide grenier nocturne

Tuchan  Vide grenier de la fête du vin

Capoulet-et-Junac  Vide grenier

Mirepoix  Vide grenier

Dimanche 22 Juillet

Alzonne  Méga vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier

Leucate  Vide grenier brocante

Limoux  Grande foire à la brocante professionnelle d’été

Marseillette  Grand vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier nocturne

Saint-Michel-de-Lanès  Vide grenier

Sallèles-d’Aude  Vide grenier

Capoulet-et-Junac  Vide grenier

Castelnau-Durban  Vide grenier annuel

Castillon-en-Couserans  Vide grenier

Freychenet  Vide grenier

La Bastide-de-Bousignac  Vide grenier

Lagarde  Vide grenier

Lesparrou  Vide grenier

Pech  Vide grenier

Saint-Jean-du-Falga  Vide grenier











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