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Ok, so those youths in Istanbul started off not being happy that a park was to be converted to shopping centre and then the police waded in with water cannon and teargas and now it’s taken on a whole different slant. I suppose the protesters could be feeling left out as they are surrounded by a fine selection of countries -  Egypt, Syria, Iran, Georgia and on the other side Greece with their bail outs and austerity then north of them Bulgaria and Romania, with the problems of no European country wanting their workers to come to their country to work.  I am sure the government of Turkey can’t be that bad that they need their own Bosphorous spring?


So has someone taped all my calls, got a list of the calls I’ve made and a copy of all my emails? So what I say?  Surely us law-abiding tax-paying members of the public have nothing to fear from that data being available to security agencies?  It’s the same argument with regard to video surveillance. I am sure there have been unknown quantities of times that dastardly plots have been rumbled beforehand due to picking up emails with key words in them, I won’t mention any of those words or this could be the last Flyer you will see for a long time.  Ed Snowden decided to reveal what he knew in Hong Kong - was that because he believed the Chinese government would take care of him? The popular choice has historically been a city with an Ecuadorian Embassy and there isn’t one in Hong Kong, best of luck Mr Snowden.


So at time of writing Mr Mandela is still with us and so is Prince Phillip but I find it quite strange that the latter had to undergo surgery under general anaesthetic at his age. 


And now I read Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendy Deng, sounds like she may need a publishing deal for a book?


Does anyone know any dates for further industrial action by air traffic controllers this summer? Please do let me know so we can all avoid travelling on those dates.


A new Doctor Who and you only just got used to the last one, and this one’s Rory Kinnear son of Roy, who seemingly was in the last Bond movie.  So much for the speculation of the role being taken by a woman or a black actor. I wonder if they are thinking of using Daft Punk as a future set of villains.



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I was somewhat alarmed last month when a reader contacted me about my last article about bank accounts and haircuts etc.  At the end of his mail he said (kindly) how much he enjoyed my articles, but that they were a bit scary.  The reason I was alarmed by this is that one of my pet hates is when financial advisers go out of their way to scare the pants off their audience.  I have witnessed at first hand seminars where ‘prospects’ (oh I hate that expression so much) are warned about the taxman that may knock on your door in the middle of the night, or ‘if you don’t follow this advice I am duty bound to report the facts to the French tax authorities’.  Yes, some people are that unscrupulous.


A decent financial adviser should be looking to provide straightforward sound advice.  On that basis he or she will get a lot of business, for which he or she will be fairly remunerated.  Scaring clients into decisions that are rushed and ill-considered does no-one any favours.  Certainly not the client, but in the long term not the adviser or the brokerage he represents.


Reputation is key here.  If you have the clients’ interests at heart, you can’t really go wrong.  Maybe I’m  risking a stream of mails ‘outing’ me as an opportunistic chancer out to line his own pocket in the shortest time possible.  I’m really not sure what I would do if that happened; maybe realign my view of human nature.  Almost certainly quit immediately and go off to a mountain top to meditate.


For me what makes this job great is the occasional success story that never hits the bank balance.  The ‘off piste’ digging that results in a lady of later years starting to receive a UK state pension when she thought she wasn’t eligible, with a lump sum to boot for the years she missed out.  Or maybe the couple existing on very meagre resources who follow up a suggestion regarding a past employment and find out that are due a life changing pension. Things like this are what makes the job worth doing.  That and the joy of driving round the South of France meeting new people and making a difference.  I’ve also had the chance to help clients get cover from the French health service when they have previously been refused.  I can’t claim the credit for this myself, but I can claim credit for finding ‘a person who can’.

There is however a darker side.  I have also seen the power of money when someone dies.  Money can do bad things to people.  I have sat with elderly clients and planned their estates and where they want their money to go when their time comes.  When that day has arrived I have seen jealousy and greed.  It is rare, but it happens.  In life, plan for your death.  You won’t regret it.

If you have any questions on this, or any other subject, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Rob Hesketh:




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 At last the weather has warmed up a bit!  With all the rain that we have had many plants are now making amzing amounts of growth, particularly climbing plants.  Now is a good time to look at your climbing plants and cut back overhanging growth.  It is also a good time to look out for suckers (shoots that are coming from below a graft point) on fruit trees and roses, cut them off making a clean cut with clean, sharp secateurs.  Despite all the rain the surface of the soil can dry out quickly when we have some sunny weather so remember to keep an eye on anything that you have planted recently and water if necessary.

There are lots of plants in flower at the moment.  Two lovely spring flowers that will both take sun or semi shady positions are the blue Campanula persicifolia and the violet pink Geranium sanguineum.  The campanula will grow to about 1m high in flower while the geranium grows to about 60cm, both spread to make good ground cover and both are also available in a lovely white form.


For any garden queries do get in touch with Gill Pound ( 04 68 78 43 81 or ). La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire (route de Citou) 11160 Caunes-Minervois. Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 10 to 18h and Sunday mornings from 10 to 12h from the beginning of March until the end of November and at any time of the year by appointment. A big thank you to everyone who supported our open weekend.  Do remember that you are welcome to visit the garden, without any obligation to buy, during the summer months to observe what is in flower and to talk about your gardens.





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Cepie, 11300             210,000€

Attractive traditional  villa in the pretty village of Cepie conveniently placed between Carcassonne and Limoux, approximately 20 minutes from Salvaza airport.  With ample parking for several cars and set in a large garden both quiet and private with fruit trees, the property comprises: Entrance Hall with fitted cupboard, wc with wash-hand basin.  Fully fitted Kitchen with electric oven, gas/electric hob and plumbing for dish-washer.  Utility Room plumbed for auto washer and with fitted cupboards and shelves.  Lounge/Dining Area with large fireplace and inset glass-fronted, wood burning fire, two sets of french doors leading to Conservatory.


 Two double bedrooms with fitted cupboards.  Bathroom with shower over bath and fitted vanity unit and linen cupboard..  Further Bedroom 3 or Sitting Room giving access to garden.  Electric heaters throughout.  Covered terrace to front with pleasant south-facing views.  Open terrace to rear with built-in BBQ.  Separate workshop with electricity.  Energy rating D.


Price: 210,000 euros.


Contact: Mavis Bentley


Tel: 04 68 20 52 34




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 I say nothing and put the phone to the speakers on my UK TV and let them listen to whatever rubbish is on til they hang up!!!!


i must say the number of calls has diminished since i started doing this.

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BARCELONA DAY TRIPPERS.  I drive to Barcelona every Wednesday, for the day.  If you would like a break in your routine, perhaps take a lunch and visit some sights in Barcelona, contact me at  Leave at 8 am and back at 8pm or a bit later depending on how much fun you are having.  40-60 euros per person depending on numbers.



Some vide greniers and foires!

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Samedi 15 Juin 2013       


Belvèze-du-Razès  (festi' jeunes)

Caves  (floracaves)

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saint-Hilaire  (vide dressing)

Villetritouls  (vide grenier)

Foix  (vide Grenier organisé par l'Union Sportif Fuxéenne Rugby)


Saverdun  (vide-grenier)

Dimanche 16 Juin 2013  

Canet  (vide greniers du Photo-Vidéo-Club)

Carcassonne  (grand vide dressing d'ete)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Castelnaudary  (vide grenier)

Caves  (floracaves)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Espéraza  (les joyeux fecos esperazannais)

Festes-et-Saint-André  ( Vide greniers)

Festes-et-Saint-André  (vide grenier)

Fontiers-Cabardès  (vide grenier)

Gruissan  (vide grenier Foot Gruissan)

Homps  (vide dressing)

Lagrasse  (brocante - vide grenier)

Leucate  (vide -greniers)

Leucate La Franqui  (vide grenier)

Malras  (vide grenier)

Mirepeisset  (vide grenier ecole condorcet)

Molandier  (bourse d'échanges autos motos, et vide-grenier)

Moux  (vide greniers brocante de La Petite Fugue)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Narbonne-Plage  (vide grenier de la COUNTRY)

Palaja  (vide grenier de l'âge d'or palajanais)

Payra-sur-l'Hers  (vide grenier de l'école)

Pech-Luna  (vide-Grenier)

Raissac-sur-Lampy  (marché aux puces des couturières)

Ribouisse  (vde greniers du Rpi)

Roquefort-des-Corbières  (vide Grenier d'Anim540)

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer  (vide greniers)

Soupex  (vide greniers soupex)

Villalier  (vide grenier de l'ACCA)

Villesequelande  (vide greniers)

Villetritouls  (vide grenier)

Coutens  (vide greniers)

Dun  (vide-grenier)

La Bastide-sur-l'Hers  (vide grenier)

Montaut  (vide grenier de l'USMA)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)


Rieucros  (vide greniers)

Saint-Girons  (Les puces du champ de mars)

Saint-Martin-de-Caralp  (vide-Greniers)

Samedi 22 Juin 2013       

Belvèze-du-Razès  (vide grenier aux Arpents Verts Km14 800 m après le lac)

Berriac  (fête de la St Jean)

Coursan  (Coursan)

Loupia  (vide grenier - les guinguettes loupianaises)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Saint-Martin-de-Villereglan  (fête de la musique)

Saint-Polycarpe  (1er Vide -grenier en musique au Club Canin Cathare (D329))

Lavelanet  (vide grenier de l'ecole de judo du pays d'olmes)

Luzenac  (vide-greniers)

Saverdun  (vide-grenier)       

Dimanche 23 Juin 2013  


Alzonne  (vide grenier pompiers solidaires)

Arzens  (vide grenier de la chorale de la malepère)

Berriac  (fête de la St Jean)

Brugairolles  (vide-greniers)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier du Carcassonne Pétanque Sport)

Carcassonne  (vide-greniers de l'amicale de la prefecture)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Cuxac-Cabardès  (brocante Vide grenier)

Gruissan  (vide greniers "association 37°2")

Lasserre de Brenac  (vide grenier)

Limoux  (vide grenier organisé par le Club"Supporters du 13 LIMOUXIN")

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Paraza  (bourse aux Armes Anciennes et Militaires)

Pezens  (vide-grenier de l'école de pezens)

Port-la-Nouvelle  (vide grenier organisée par l'Association de Parents d'Elèves)

Saint-Hilaire  (vide grenier du football club de la vallée du lauquet)

Sallèles-d'Aude  (vide greniers)

Foix  (vide greniers des pompiers de Foix)

Mauvezin-de-Sainte-Croix  (vide grenier organisé par le comité des fêtes)

Mirepoix  (vide Greniers)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Lundi 24 Juin 2013           

Limoux  (Vide-Greniers de la Saint Jean)

 What's On





TOTO 15 June Zenith Toulouse


DAVID GUETTA 21 June Carcassonne Festival

LES GIPSY KINGS 28 June Zenith Toulouse

Manu Dibango 2 July Montauban 

Liz Mc Comb 4 July Montauban

Mélody Gardot 9 July Montauban

Madness 10 July Montauban

ARCTIC MONKEYS 15 July Carcassonne Festival

SMASHING PUMPKINS 17 July Carcassonne Festival


NAIVE NEW BEATERS & TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB 20 July  Carcassonne Festival

GEORGE CLINTON & THE BLUES BROTHERS 21 July Carcassonne Festival






Benjamin Biolay + Patti Smith + Lou Reed 22 July Carcassonne Festival

MARK KNOPFLER 24 July Carcassonne Festival


STEEL PULSE 9 Oct Bikini Toulouse

LIL WAYNE 12 Oct Zenith Toulouse

FOALS 3 Nov Bikini Toulouse

SUEDE 4 Nov Bikini Toulouse

CAT EMPIRE 10 Nov Bikini Toulouse

ROMEO ET JULIETTE 15 Nov Zenith Toulouse

MAMMA MIA! 22 and 23 Nov Zenith Toulouse


WITHIN TEMPTATION 20 Jan Bikini Toulouse 







 On a Lighter Note




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Give away items


1 image and 25 words, plus contact details

All items for sale inc Motor vehicles, boats, caravans & trailers

25 €

1 image and 25 words, plus contact details in 3 editions

Property for sale - land, houses, businesses

50 €

up to 8 images and 500 words, plus contact details - your own property web page linked to the "Property Page" section of the Flyer for 13 editions

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Standard Display Advert - Corporate


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Large Display Advert - Small Companies and Sole Traders (at my discretion)


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Standard Display Advert - Small Companies and Sole Traders (at my discretion)

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