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Yes I know it was me who set this target of 5000 email addresses to receive the Flyer before the end of the year. I need your assistance to make it happen. If you each found half a new subscriber within the next week, then I'd be there. So if you know someone who could benefit from receiving the Flyer send it on to them and ask them to subscribe or if you are already receiving it via someone then email me and I will put you on the list.

The friendliness and helpfulness of Beziers Airport appears to be paying off for them. They have gained another new route - Paris Beauvais four times a week starting 15th April. If you book right now you can go for the weekend (at the end of April) for a total of 51.67€ plus the normal ancillary charges. Check out the Airport's newly revamped website.

I recently flew with the Spanish low cost airline Vueling and I found in trying to be low cost they have even more additions to their ticket price than Ryanair, including seat reservations. I thought this was a good idea until boarding the aircraft when it took me back to the days when I flew so regularly, it was a complete mess commencing with boarding late and rows x to row y blah blah blah. The concept of the plane being like a bus now seems very natural to me. As the Vueling flight taxied across the apron (with me in it) I saw a British Airways Airbus rolling along parallel to our trajectory, it appeared to me to have its nose up in the air. As my flight was a codeshare with Iberia (who are now in bed with BA) maybe the front my aircraft was on also the incline upwards. Would I travel with them again? Well there isn't much choice in this part of the world and in April they are starting direct services to Barcelona, Ibiza, Mallorca, Tenerife, Malaga, Prague, Nice and Venice from Toulouse. So I may have to.

Flying to Barcelona from Toulouse would seem to a good idea rather than driving as the Spanish government have since Monday reduced the speed limit on all Spanish motorways to 68mph, that's 110kmh in Euros, so watch out. It's a move to save fuel. What next? A government clamp down to ban the obligatory bread roll with a Spanish meal? Now that would save some wheat.

Talking about fuel - who knows where all these problems in N. Africa will take the price of petrol and subsequently food and all other prices? I regularly put the TV news on to see the score in Libya, knowing full well if the Colonel goes that's when the problems probably will really kick off. There has been a power vacuum in the country for so long is it likely they will be able to put a democratic constitutional government together in the foreseeable future? I hope I am wrong.

I also watch the news to see if Col. Gaddafi has made another of his wonderful King of Kings Speech's, really he should have got the Oscar. It was interesting that the British Govt. used the SAS to make accommodation reservations for a delegation, personally I prefer

It must be hard for countries to deal with New Egypt or New Tunisia, a bit like trying to pick up a saucepan of boiling water after the handle has broken off, however bad the handle is, if it's fixed well it's very useful.

I recently realised I had a lot of stuff, collections of so many different things I had picked up hither and thither over the years. There are a lot of things that if you tried to sell them here would be worth nothing but the blighty value could be substantial, so I have taken to a plan of strategic heavy thinning. It will take time but it will be cathartic.

On the Antiques Roadshow at Dartmouth Naval College an appraisal was done on a very large silver boat shaped bucket that the Soviets had presented to the British Navy. It was made by Faberge and the guardian of the lump freely admitted that the only thing it was used for was for holding raffle tickets prior to a draw. It was valued on the show at a minimum of £650,000 and I have it on good authority that at auction it would achieve well over a million. How many artefacts of this nature are held by state institutions that no one would miss and if they were sold off would make hundreds maybe thousands. So flog it I say, deal with the waste that is going on and use the money to get the economy going again.

Why not befriend the Flyer FaceBook page? I put up interim snippets of news etc, and there is every likelihood that I will start to use this page as a site for people to giveaway things. A sort of recycling of your unwanted items, so go there now and you will find out more as it develops, I hope.

Keep the plant swap in mind for next month and get some books, CDs and DVDs together that you no longer want as there will be up to five events over the Easter weekend where you can donate them to Cancer Support France and indeed purchase some new ones at really good prices. There will also be organic Hot Cross buns for sale, more news in the next Flyer.

Why not pop down to the coast I believe the Flamingos are there and it's a sight you must see? Reports reaching me say they are in Narbonne, Sete and Grand Motte, if you go take a picture and send it in.

Maybe I will see you at the Tour De Finance at the Moulin de L'Eveque early evening next Thursday 17th? It's turning out to be a bit of a "Meet the Flyer Contributors" event, with Pat Penny of Potential Energy doing some swift fitness appraisals, the Spectrum team Rob and Daphne and Sarah Bright Thomas the Avocat all in attendance.

And finally click on this Beefeater, you will have a good laugh


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With interest rates still at very low levels, now could be the time to consider other approaches to making a better investment return on your financial capital. On the other hand, with all the talk in the news about rising inflation, you may be thinking- why bother doing anything, as surely interest rates must increase soon? It's true, raising interest rates to combat inflation is one approach that governments use, however, in the current economic climate, it's a fine balancing act. Quite simply, if interest rates go up by too much, then this could stall economic recovery.

So even if interest rates do rise in the future, the big question for you is will this be by a sufficient amount to ensure that the real value of your capital is protected? To put this into perspective, CPI is currently running at around 4.0% in the UK, 2.3% in the eurozone and at 1.8% in France. Therefore, the highly likely answer to the question is "NO", particularly when you take into account the fact that as a French resident, you will pay taxes on any bank interest that you earn. So you actually need an even bigger interest rate increase to counteract both the inflation and the taxation effects.

At The Spectrum IFA Group, we can offer you an alternative, which is a competitive rate of interest on half your money, while the other half provides for exposure to stock market gains with the reassurance that, in the event that the market falls, there will be a minimum return in the form of a Capital Bonus. Added to this is the advantage that it is all put inside a tax-efficient wrapper. Basically, it works like this:

•Half of your money, plus an enhancement of 3%, is placed on deposit and will be returned in full after 12 months, paying an interest rate of 5%, which is equal to an effective total return is 8.15%.
•The other half of your money, plus an enhancement of 3%, is placed on a five year fixed deposit, where the return is linked to the growth in the underlying currency stock market index (Euro, Sterling or USD). On this part of your money, you will receive 60% of the growth of the underlying stock market index, over the five year period, with a guaranteed minimum return at the end of the period of 5% of the amount deposited, which is therefore an effective return of at least 8.15%.

This type of investment may not be suitable for everyone, since everyone's situation is different. However, if you are currently suffering from the effect of low deposit rates, then it is worthwhile contacting me for more information, either by email or just for an initial chat on 04 68 20 30 17. Please note that The Spectrum IFA Group advisers do not charge any fees for their time or for advice given, as can be seen from our Client Charter

I will also be at the Pyren�es Roussillon "stage" of the Currencies Direct "Tour de Finance", with my colleagues Rob & John. This is taking place on 17th March at Rivel and for more information and registration for this event, please If you also click on the "Meet the Sponsors" tab on this site, you will be able to listen to a short video presentation from another colleague, Peter Brooke, who gives you a brief summary about the broad range of services that The Spectrum IFA Group provides for its clients.

The Spectrum IFA Group is proud to be one of the principal sponsors of the "Tour de Finance" and will actually be present at all the "Tour" venues. We felt that this was an excellent opportunity to join other experts, in a wide variety of fields. We will all be there to answer questions on a diverse range of subjects, which are of a concern to ex patriots living in France.

Daphne Foulkes
SIRET 522 658 194 00017
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Interior doors
Garage doors
James Gordon Roe
General Builder & Carpenter
Established for 10 years in the Aude
Tel:+33 (0)4 68 78 72 51
Mobile:+33(0)6 19 95 87 50

Siret No 51374130600015

Jon Oldham - Registered Builder
over 20yrs experience 
in UK and in France
based near Castelnaudaryall aspects of 
building work considered,free quotes given,
digger and dumper available
Tel: 0632329648/0468605771
or email:
SIRET No 521 775 882 00025

Ask the Avocat - Stuck with a legal problem and don't know where to turn?

Flyer subscribers can now ask Sarah Bright Thomas from BRIGHT AVOCATS, (Toulouse and Montauban). "Ask the Avocat" will become a regular feature appearing in every other Flyer. 
There are a multitude of questions I am sure, please send them in to me on

Here is a question I recently received from a Flyer reader, I hope this helps. 


"Hello, My husband and I have four children between us, aged 43, 41, 39 and 34 years. However, there aren't any children of our marriage. My husband died when my two children were 18 and 19 years old. My husbands ex-wife left him, leaving the children with him when they were 10 and 14 years old. When they were 12 and 16, we met and began a life together.

My husband is aged 70 I am 68, we have lived in France for seven years. We are concerned because stupidly, we were unaware that children that are not of the marriage, do not benefit in the same manner under succession and inheritance law.

Our pensions give us a good standing of living here. Three house valuations undertaken recently, came in at 465.000 euros and an adjoining the house is a Studio, provides in addition income of 6000euros pa. We have small savings of cash and no investments.

We would like to know ,what we need to do for our children to benefit from our proceeds when we have both had our time!!

Any advice you can give us, would be greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards,

Barbara and John "


Bright Avocats
Dear Barbara and John,

You are married and both of you have two children, there are no joint children.

You live in France and jointly own your home as well as a studio with rental income.

As you have written to ask for advice I suppose that you are aware that the French inheritance laws are very different from the English system.

To put it simply, on the death of the first spouse the surviving spouse does not inherit all the estate of the predeceased spouse as the two children of the predeceased will become part owners of their parent's estate.

If nothing is done to protect the surviving spouse then on the first death the surviving spouse inherits one quarter of their predeceased spouse's estate!

On the final death, even if you wish to leave all your assets equally to the 4 children you need to be aware that not only can this be contested as the 2 blood children have a right to two thirds of their parent's estate, but also, the children of the predeceased spouse will be liable for 60% IHT on anything they receive from a step parent.

There are various solutions to alleviate the effects of French inheritance law, the efficiency really depends on the relationship between all the family members.

At the very least I would strongly advise drawing up a will, but this does not provide maximum protection and other solutions really need to be discussed in detail so as to be able to decide whether they are adapted to your situation or not.

My conclusion is that you should take advice as soon as possible so that you aware of the implications of French inheritance law and you can then take decisions on how best to proceed.

Sarah Bright Thomas

54 bis, rue Alsace Lorraine 31000 TOULOUSE
79 faubourg de Moustier 82000 MONTAUBAN

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Delivery and collection service between the UK and France 
(eg: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Furniture, Ebay, White Goods, Quads, Mowers,.....)
Full or part loads 
in both directions 
Contact us for a quote
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Reluctant Sale 6500� ono
Long keel 6.80m 4 berth Yacht.Fibreglass built 1968 classic lines, excellent condition"Place au port" St Marie nr Canet (fantastic location !)Fully equipped - liferaft, dingy, WC, outboard,single gaz burner, sink, 
Very seaworthy, suit single hander or 
04 68 43 19 35 or 06 43 23 64 78
Rotavator Oleo-mac MHP 6Pro For Sale

6 tines 90cm width Robin 6hp engine, forward and reverse, pneumatic drive control.Instruction and serice manuals.
One owner excellent condition.

04 68 31 54 62

Blood Pressure and Health

What exactly is blood pressure?

When the doctor takes your blood pressure, he or she is basically taking a snapshot" of how hard your heart is having to work on a daily basis (it's a lot less messy than opening your chest up).

BP is made up of: How much blood your heart is �throwing out� with each beat, how fast it is beating and how much pressure it is having to overcome in your arteries to get the blood round your body. 
Think of your blood travelling in your arteries being like water travelling through your garden hose � if the hose gets trodden on or gets a kink in it, the water has a lot more trouble getting though. 
Similarly, if something is causing your arteries to become slightly narrower, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through.

BP is measured in millimetres of mercury - eg: 130 / 85 mm Hg. The top figure is the systolic reading and the bottom figure thediastolic reading. 
These correspond to the beat of your heart, the systolic being the "throwing out the blood" phase, the diastolic being the "resting" phase when your heart is refilling with blood.
So, when the doctor pumps up the cuff on your arm, he is stopping the flow of blood in your brachial artery. As he releases the cuff, he is listening for the first sound he hears through the stethoscope (this is the blood forcing it's way back through the artery - the systolic reading).
The last sound he hears is the diastolic reading (the last of the blood flowing through as the heart relaxes to re-fill).

The chart below gives you an indication of various BP readings

(British Blood Pressure Association)
It's a good idea to get your BP taken a couple of times a year as it isn't possible to "feel"� what your BP is at any time - it needs to be measured.

Next time: What's the problem with high BP? What can you do about it?

Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,
European Register of Exercise Professionals
Federation of Holistic Therapies

(Please feel free to ask your health and fitness questions at Le Tour de Finance at Chalabre on March 17th where Potential Energy will be offering "mini health assessments")

Ford Focus For Sale1.6cv Ghia (top of range) diesel engine, 
Registered 23/02/2006
05 61 67 39 41, 
Mob 06 16 52 35 95 .
Man with secure trailer with space available - modest contribution to transport costs requested.
Mas D'Azil to UK - March 18,
route includes Portsmouth, Northampton, Telford,Birmingham, Stoke, Preston and Peterboroughcan collect or deliver within a reasonable area.Nothampton to Mas D'Azil March 27.Call David on 05 61 66 43 36 
or 06 63 76 62 37
For Sale Mitsubishi Grandis Instyle 2.0 DI-D 136cv 7 places2007 143,000km 13500€
LHD car in excellent condition, fully serviced by Mitsubishi in Carcassonne. Used only for airport transfers in the region. Very comfortable, reliable large car, with big boot and easy to put up extra seats (making 7 seats in total still with boot space) New front break pads and front and rear shock absorbers. Distribution belt done less than 6 months ago.Superficial scratches on body work and a tiny bump on back but otherwise "nikel"Top of range leather interior plus all options (electric sun roof, airbags, abs, radio MP3, tinted windows, multi- zone aircon, pas, esp, electric mirrors, heated seats plus more)4 spare wheels plus snow tyres worth 1,500 included.
This is a secure service designed especially for people who would like to keep up to date with
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Can your business afford not to have
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Tel 05 65 27 29 48
Mob 06 37 08 60 07

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 
20 March 10.00 - 12.00
Directions to the delivery point

Irish Sirloin Steaks - 21,50 €/kg, 
Irish Rib of Beef on the Bone - 19,50 €/kg, 
Irish Rump Steaks - 13,99 €/kg, 
Lean minced Beef - 7,50 €/kg, 
Kilo packs of Streaky Bacon (plain or smoked) - 6,90 €/kg, 
Lean, soft, rindless gammon steaks 9.99 €/kg,
Kilo bags pork ribs (with or without glaze) 5.00 €/kg,
Stuffed, rolled belly pork (sage & onion) 5.90 €/kg.
Extra lean minced beef 8.00 €/kg,
Lamb and Mint sausage 6.00 €/kg
Lamb and Mint burgers 6.00 €/kg,
Schwarma Lamb and Mint sausage 6.00 €/kg
Schwarma Lamb and Mint burgers 6.00 €/kg,
Lamb kofte kebabs 6.00 €/kg
Our takeaway meals a bargain at only 3.99 € a portion.
Chicken curry Korma and Madras,
Lamb curry Korma and Madras,
Pilipino marinated pork ribs,Egg fried rice 
and Japanese dipping sauce,
Traditional English rich beef and red wine stew,
Chicken in a white wine and mushroom sauce,
Cubed pork in a fruit and white wine sauce,
Chili concarne,
Fricadellas (pork and beef meat balls in a rich tomato sauce).
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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
180cc, 2001, Automatic forward & reverse gears, Electric start, French registered, rider + pillion.Used condition, Library photo. Limoux area, Delivery possible.995€ Email for details & more photos
Thursday 10 March 12.30 Apostrophe, Impasse de la Manufacture, 11170 Montolieu 19€ 4 courses inc wine/soft drink and cafe.Tomorrows lunch should be a good one, 27 people are already coming and who knows it may even be warm enough to spend a little time outsideYou can still book or add people up to 10 am Thursday just email me (please indicate how many vegetarians/pescatarians, if there are any, in your booking.
Future Dates
Thursday 24 March 12.30 Coco Sweet, 
4 Place Salvador Allende Lézignan Corbières

14� for 3 courses including coffee and a glass of wine.
Thursday 7 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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Renovation, Installation,
Servicing, Repairs, Alarms.

We are Registered Artisans, offering an 
experienced and professional service.

Justin 0665060574 Siret Nº 48030739600022
David 0633388738 Siret Nº 48247644700016

Quality metalwork including: gates, fences, pergolas, gazibos, staircases, iron furniture 
(indoor and outdoor), structural tie bars etc.
Your design or ours!
To discuss your requirements0468 940584 

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Topcon GTS212 electronic total station. Serial no. LH 6617.2 no. Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries ref. BT-32Q.Battery charger with refresh facility ref BC-19CR.Plumb bob.Serial signal computer connector ref. RS-232C.Hard plastic carrying case.Instruction manual.Last calibrated in 2008 � unused since.
Topcon prism station with hard plastic carrying case.2 no. Nedo heavy duty wooden tripods.Detail pole with Topcon prism complete with soft carrying case.Mini pole and prism set
Topcon AT-G4 automatic level with hard plastic carrying case.Aluminium tripod.5 meter 5 section telescopic aluminium staff with cover.
All in good condition.Total price 2350 euros.
Offers considered. Separation possible.
Tel/Fax 04 68 31 54 62. (Puivert)
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

Le Bousquet (11140)

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

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 location385,000€
Moux (11700)

Cosy gite between 
Carcassonne and Narbonne. 
Ideal for winter breaks.
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. We are planning to enlarge our old property with a garage and bedroom/bathroom suite over it. Do we need to have a special floor separating the garage from the bedroom/ bathroom? Also how far back from the road does the garage have to be?

A. The first part of your question is "yes". You need to have a one hour minimum fire protection between the garage and the bedroom/bathroom suite. A concrete floor would be the best solution as you have to consider the waste pipespassing through the floor. The second part of your question, There is a new regulation requiring that all new structures must be a minimum of 5 meters from the road.

Alastair PAUL Hon/HND on Architectural Restoration
Architectural Consultant & Interior Designer for Historic Buildings

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If you have a question for ask the Expert please contact

French without fears - with Claire Campbell
Private lessons, or courses with accommodation included, from British-born qualified teacher (with 20 years' experience) in the scenic village of Cucugnan.
For more details see 
or phone Claire 06 78 15 19 29.
"" 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.
One of my all time favourite plants is Clematis armandii which is absolutely covered in flower at the moment. This evergreen climber comes from China and is one of those obliging plants that will tolerate sun, half shade or full shade, and it is wonderfully scented; the only drawback is that it is difficult to propagate. It can be left to ramble wherever it likes but if the plant becomes untidy then it can be cut back after flowering (don't cut back into old woody stems as they may not regenerate) so that new growth can ripen over the summer ready for next spring's flowers. Clematis cirrhosa (shown here in it's variety Freckles) is another lovely winter flowering clematis which can happily ramble through shrubs and hedges, this one starts to flower in the autumn and continues until early March.

February brought us a spell of mild weather but some forecasts are suggesting that we will have frost in the next fortnight, if this is the case do protect any vulnerable plants. Cold weather, particularly frost, causes the water in the cells of a plant to freeze and damages the cell wall. Damage from frost shows as limp, distorted and blackened foliage. A prolonged period of cold can also mean that the ground freezes and roots become unable to take up water, strange to think that a plant can die of lack of moisture in the winter! This can be a particular problem for recently planted items whose roots have not yet penetrated deep into the ground. If you do have plants with frost damage this doesn!t necessarily mean the end, many plants will recover given time so don't rush to dig out apparently dead plants, some may reshoot from their roots as late as June. There are ways of minimising frost damage; protect plants from morning sun which causes the plant to thaw out too quickly, check that newly planted plants haven't been lifted out of the soil by the frost and replant if necessary, and once the danger of severe frost has passed cut back damaged shoots to a new, healthy bud - this will encourage the plant to make new growth.

If you have a lawn then this is a good time to check over the mower and carry out any necessary servicing. Winter flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) and the primrose jasmine (Jasminum primulinum) are in flower also at the moment, as the flowers fade it is a good idea to trim them back and tie in any new shoots to whatever framework they are growing over.

At La Petite Pépinière we are now open for the season; usual opening hours are 10 - 18h on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 #45; 12h on Sunday mornings. We are also open at other times by appointment. Phone or email at any time with gardening queries.

Gill Pound
La Petite Pépinière de Caunes
11160 Caunes-Minervois
04 68 79 43 81
"Dear Steve,
Congrats on your efforts on our behalf, as ever.
Gosh you do like opening "cans of worms" don't you? Driving en France.....! where on earth does one start? Laura and I started at the "L'Eclerc" rond-point in Carcassonne that we immediately pinpointed "a spectator sport" as vehicles trundled around the outside, as you so rightly say, rarely using an indicator to give one any idea of their intentions (or lack of them?)!....and that was 7 years ago since when traffic has increased considerably. But surely the top of the pops in "folie Francais" must be "giving way to the right when there is not a white line in place" (or it has been eradicated by wear etc...?) Just look at the number of voitures with stove-in sides to see what it must cost....? and we haven't even got on to "tailgating" or the dash to get home pour dejeuner.......?

Re-the lunch club, 27th March is a Sunday, not Thursday?

Every Best Wish, As ever, Paul"

"Hi there

After reading your "strange names" of the Toulouse Karting, would you believe that we have in Belesta 09300 in the Ariege, at the site of Fontestorbes Intermittent Fountain.

An adventure park, called would you believe, "Crapahut" - have a look at

We did tell them in the Marie's office that it was not a good choice of words, and explained that Thomas Crapper invented the toilet and therefore it did not mean something very nice in English, but hey ho, it is still the same name.

Keep up the good work,

We prune as late as possible as the longer pruning cuts are open on the vines the more they are susceptible to disease entering the wound. When the sap is retreating it takes down the disease, when rising as it gets warmer it keeps it out of the wood better. This is of course is only possible if you have an army of pruners and therefore a lot of money to pay wages. A lot of vignerons don�t start until the January because they�re too busy in the cave with the wine making.

We start early, mid November after the leaves drop with the youngest vines (smallest cuts) and finish with the oldest vines (largest cuts). As it's just Lynn and myself pruning 60,000 vines that's about 600 hours labour, so we start early

anticipating no work days because of rain, snow and any other commitments.

I hope that helps.

Domaine de Petit Donos"

"The question was posed in the last Flyer; why are some vines pruned in the autumn while others are left till the "last minute"' in February/ March?

The full and complex answer boils down to a single phenomenon: Pruning promotes growth.

After an early pruning there may well be a few weeks of warm weather when the vine will put on new growth. Come the inevitable frostd of January these tender shoots will be damaged which may even kill the whole plant. By pruning in late winter/early spring the risk of frost is far less and the waking plant is more resilient to damage.

I'm sure most growers would love the gift of a crystal ball, meanwhile they have to make decisions and may well choose to prune some vineyards earlier, for example if they know it's not in a frost pocket or is a more resistant variety, in order to spread the workload.

Gardeners have to juggle the same considerations but for a wine-grower the cost of getting it wrong is measured in tens of thousands of euros. I'm sure no one would choose to spend all day in Siberian conditions if they didn't have to!

Jackie Hamblen 

"Have you really compared the prices of CITYJET flights with those of Ryanair, with all the add ins, the administration charge, luggage, obligatory check in charges, etc. etc. They tot up enormously and Cityjet on the new Toulon run they have just announced compares VERY favourably.

Check it out.

Anita Rieu-Sicart
Monthly Subscription Print & Internet magazine about the Var"

Ok, thanks for that Anita, I have checked further and although I don't enjoy the website you do seem to be right that you can buy some decent priced flights but I seem to have got used to the bus service of Ryanair with all its ad ons which I can choose to buy or not (in some cases)

Great Auntie Jean's Ginger Fudge - perfect with 
Domaine Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes.
This was one of my Great Auntie Jean%#39;s recipe and an all time favourite - there are many kiwi versions but this goes down a treat with everybody including the kids despite the ginger flavour. It is so easy that even kids can make it. We think it goes fabulously with our Muscat de Rivesaltes.
125g butter
75g brown sugar
4 tablespoons of condensed milk (Lait concentré sucré) 
Cut into tiny pieces and then mix into above:
75g preserved ginger
1 packet (200g) Petit Beurre biscuits
75g walnuts (optional)
Mix well and press into a flat tin and put into the refrigerator for at least an hour to set.

Cut into squares and serve with poached pears or eat on its own, while listening to The Mutton Birds "Anchor me" and send a positive thought to all the people affected by the earthquake in Christchurch at the moment.


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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.

Spain. The waiter was becoming irate. So was I. I'd ordered a tomato salad; he didn't seem to understand that I wanted it before the fish which I'd chosen as a main course. (It's quite usual, in Spain, for salads to be served with the main course.) Then the penny dropped: I'd been using the word, primo, which means "first" in Italian, but in Spain means only "cousin." Little wonder my man was hot under the collar. I was clearly alone but asking for a tomato salad for my cousin!

I never studied Italian or Spanish formally but picked up a basic knowledge of both on my travels. Many words in these languages are identical or similar and have identical meanings (buon and bueno, come and como for example.) Then again, many words are identical but have very different meanings.

I did study French and spent time living and working in France, so I managed to avoid most linguistic pitfalls. However, just once, I made the classic mistake with introductions. Je voudrais vous introduire means "I would like to penetrate you"! Cue hilarity. For some reason, I also struggle with matelas (mattress) and matelot (sailor), which can cause embarrassment ("I'd rather have a firmer one on my bed ....!)

The Italian/Spanish difficulty usually arises when I've just crossed a border or if I've drunk any amount of alcohol. Perversely, when my brain is pushed to come up with

a word, it tends to default to the language of the country in which I am NOT.

My Portuguese vocabulary is very limited, just bare essentials which I try to keep at the front of my mind while in the country. They were still there on one occasion, when I crossed into Spain from Portugal, walked into the bar of a modest hotel and asked if I might have a quarto - "a room" in Portuguese. Cuarto in a Spanish bar means "a quarter" - a generous measure of sherry - so the barman asked if I wanted fino - the pale, dry variety. My linguistic wires now got hopelessly crossed. Hearing the word fino, my brain defaulted to Italian, in which it means "until". So my response was "manana" - "tomorrow."

"Could I have a large sherry?" - "Dry?" - "Tomorrow." Small wonder my man looked puzzled!

And it was in Spain that my linguistic confusion caused most consternation. A serious restaurant, four different olive oils on the table, but no vinegar. "Vinegar" in Italian is aceto, very similar to the Spanish for "olive oil": aceite. And, characteristically, I used the Italian word for "oil": olio which, I later learned, is not at all polite in Spanish society. All this meant that I told the waiter I had four bodily orifices but would like some oil. I quickly realised my mistake and corrected myself; the waiter managed to contain himself before retreating to the kitchen, from which a gale of laughter quickly erupted.

What's On

STEVE LUKATHER 10 Mar Bikini Toulouse
KYLIE MINOGUE 11Mar Zenith Toulouse
WHITE LIES 14 Mar Bikini Toulouse
KATIE MELUA 20 Mar Zenith Toulouse
CARMINA BURANA21 Mar Zenith Toulouse
MOGWAI22 Mar Bikini Toulouse
MACEO PARKER 23 Mar Bikini Toulouse
THE DO 25 Mar Bikini Toulouse
WOODY ALLEN 2 apr Grand Rex Paris
GOSPEL POUR 100 VOIX 2 Apr Zenith Toulouse

4 Apr Zenith Toulouse
JOAN BAEZ 5 Apr Zenith Toulouse
STATUS QUO 7 Apr Zenith toulouse + 
TOQUES ET CLOCHERS 16 and 17 Apr Limoux
23 Apr to 1 May La-Franqu Leucate
THE YOUNG GODS 19 May Bikini Toulouse
YUSEF ISLAM 26 May Bercy Paris
PULP May 27 Primavera Sound Barcelona
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
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 AND GUEST 10 Jul Nimes Festival
BRYAN FERRY 22 Jul Carcassonne Festival
BEN HARPER 23 Jul Carcassonne Festival
STING "Symphonicity" 23 Jul Nimes Festival
JAMES BLUNT 25 Jul Carcassonne Festival
27 Jul Carcassonne Festival
MOBY 2 Aug Carcassonne Festival
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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"La Difference"
La Difference between Rugby and Football is there is no hooligan behavior at rugby and alcohol is freely drunk on the terraces, BUT if you had visited Stade Domec on 27th February you would question this statement.

Carcassonne entertained Narbonne at home, "Le Derby" and they had to separate the supporters such is the vigorous support for each team. It is all good healthy stuff but very passionate. The same happens at Pergignan versus Narbonne matches. After the match, "friendly" beer is consumed in non segarated bars. It's just during the match a case of who can bang their drum the loudest. Carcassonne won by a huge margin 39 v 5 which is a very good result for local supporters and in the history between the clubs goes down as some sort of record as Narbonne have historically been the dominant side.

6 Nations activity on 27th and 28th February was a cracker. I had the good fortune to visit Twickenham with 7 notable Frenchmen in traditional French custom, Le Beret and false moustaches. We stayed in an Ibis hotel in the center of London where all the staff were French. Each journey we made across London and each "Inn" we visited we came across Frenchmen, in fact my French mates had no need to talk English while they were there. At the Stadium the French were in better voice than the English. The team of Razes Frenchmen brought along the obligatory Fois Gras, Fromage and wine from Le Malpere, with which they had a picnic in front of Twickenham.

There are supposed to be 300,000 French people living and working in London and this was proved to the French that weekend so never let it be said there are too many Brits in Southern France; Sarkozy knows to his benefit after electioneering in London, Frances 5th biggest city!!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, England won! A cracking game with the French having the best of the first half, recycling ball at a supersonic rate, very impressive, but the England defense was unbreakable. Immediately after the start of the second half England hit France with some amazing, ingenious attacking rugby and scored a try courtesy of Ben Foden, No.15, full back. A second try was immediately attempted but disallowed for making a forward pass, which was a questionable call by the referee but at least we were able to see the swan dive by Chris Ashton. Jonny Wilkinson came on early in the second half to the immediate pressure of having to take a 47m long penalty which he carried out with utter ease.

The English are looking strong after this match for the 6 nations "Grand Chelem" but England have the Scots next weekend vieing for the Calcutta Cup and Ireland at Home in Dublin the weekend of St.Patricks celebrations, that will be tough.

Ireland played Scotland on the 28th February which was a great display of rugby and the Scots knuckerling down to some forceful rugby especially in the last 20 minutes but to no avail, losing 18 v 21 at home. Wales won well at Stade Flaminio 16 v 24 despite being battered by the Italians in the second half.

This coming Saturday 12th March:
Italy v France 14.30
Wales v Ireland 17.00
Sunday 13th March:England v Scotland 15.00
all local times
Enjoy the rest of the 6 nations, lots of excitement to come.

Bon match

Razes Rugbyman

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 12 Mars 
Coursan (Vide grenier) 
Saverdun (Vide greniers, marché aux puces.) 
Dimanche 13 Mars
Carcassonne (Vide grenier géant carcassonne petanque sport) 
Lézignan-Corbières (Vide grenier brocante) 
Narbonne (Bourse aux vêtement et puericulture) 
Pamiers (Puces et Brocante) 
Samedi 19 Mars
Alet-les-Bains (Foire a alet les bains) 
Coursan (Vide grenier) 
Saverdun (Vide greniers, marché aux puces.) 
Dimanche 20 Mars
Carcassonne (Vide greniers Davilla Pétanque) 
Fleury d'aude (Vide grenier a saint pierre la mer) 
Lézignan-Corbières (Vide grenier brocante) 
Mirepeisset (Bourse aux vêtements) 
Portla-Nouvelle (Vide grenier de printemps a l Escale) 
Villasavary (Bourse aux vêtements) 
Pamiers (Puces et Brocante) 
Villeneuve-d'Olmes (Vide grenier) 

On a Lighter Note!

A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other if there is sex after death. Their biggest fear was that there was no after life at all.

After a long life together, the husband was the first to die.

True to his word, he made the first contact:

"Marion ... Marion"

"Is that you, Bob?"

"Yes, I've come back like we agreed."

"That's wonderful! What's it like?"

"Well, I get up in the morning, I have sex. I have breakfast and then it's off to the golf course. I have sex again, bathe in the warm sun and then have sex a couple of more times. Then I have lunch (you'd be proud - lots of greens). Another romp around the golf course, then pretty much have sex the rest of the afternoon. After supper, it's back to golf course again. Then it's more sex until late at night. I catch some much needed sleep and then the next day it starts all over again"

"Oh, Bob are you in Heaven?"

""No............I'm a rabbit in Surrey"


An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Latvian, a Turk, an Aussie, a Yank, an Egyptian, a Mexican, a Spaniard, a Russian, an Estonian, a German, an Italian, a Swede, a Finn, an Austrian, a Romanian, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Czech and a Swiss man all approach a nightclub.

"Sorry guys", says the doorman. "But I can't let you in without a Thai"

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