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What?  The French security agents regularly spy on peoples’ phone calls, email and social media activity? Surely they knew that before they attacked America for its espionage activities when disclosed by Mr Snowden.  Previously I had suggested Mr Snowden was probably on a boat bound for Ecuador, and nothing that has been stated or leaked so far would indicate that he isn’t indeed on the high seas - in a departure lounge hotel in Moscow seems very unlikely to me.


Sir Andy Murray has been very diplomatic to stay both Scottish and English following his historic win. Did you see Alex Salmond attempting to unfurl his flag behind Mr Cameron in the closing minutes of the match?


A German newspaper is marvelling at the excellence of Mr Froome on the TDF, seemingly suggesting allegedly that he may be pedalling on borrowed blood!


Summer evening markets and indeed  the summer are now in full swing, the latter looking like it would never happen this year, global warming huh?


That "old man" as his endeeringly known in his home country, Nelson Mandela clearly isnt giving up just yet. but it does seem inevitable that the rest of the family do not possess many of the values that he has exuded. Maybe he will make a total recovery and be able to take over the reins in Zimbabwe and tidy up the mess that Mugabe has created.


It’s nice to see so many new subscribers joining, unfortunately it’s only just keeping up in terms of overall numbers because of the large numbers of people that have been leaving over the last couple of years.  However, it feels as if the balance is turning and that there are more people arriving now than leaving. 



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It’s a busy time for me and the rest of The Spectrum IFA Group at the moment.  It’s probably because we have invested time and money in raising our profile in France and throughout Europe, but the result is many hours on the road, travelling to meetings with new and existing clients.  Feeling the need for a short rest, and coinciding nicely with a wedding anniversary that seems like a very large number indeed, my wife Mary and I took ourselves off for a weekend break.  Not far, but far enough to be away from a computer and the mobile phone for a full 48 hours.  When we got back it suddenly struck me that that was as long as I’d been completely away from work in the last seven years.  Maybe my long term stance that ‘we live in the South of France, and have our own pool, why on earth do we need to go on holiday?’ is wearing a bit thin.

It reminded me of a conversation I had with the chairman of Spectrum soon after I agreed to join them in 2006.  He told me that he expected all Spectrum, advisers to put in at least a 40 hour week working with existing clients and trying to attract new business.  I remember thinking that I thought that was highly unlikely.  I had two clients at the time, and new business seemed to be a pipedream. These days the 40 hour week is the pipedream, and the seven day week seems to be here to stay.  I do however try to have some downtime at weekends, and a couple of times a week I try to get away to do some walking with some handicapped friends and clients*, but not always successfully.

A couple of weeks ago though, I received confirmation, if confirmation were needed, that there will always be plenty of work to do.  I was privy to a ‘fly on the wall’ report of a conversation overheard in a restaurant at a famous tourist attraction in the region, made famous partly by the writings of Dan Brown.  Nine cheerful English souls gathered round a couple of tables; some resident, some not, some who are but don’t think they are, and some who are not, but think they are.  The muddled logic and misleading information cascading from their conversation convinced me that I will be in gainful employment for many years to come.  There are too many examples to report them all, but here are a few to give you the flavour:

‘ We have UK rental income too, but don’t worry, you don’t declare it here at all.’

- Oh yes you do.

‘We won’t have a tax problem when we sell the villa in ‘xxxxx’.  We’re not registered for tax here anyway.’

- Oh yes you will.

‘There’s no need to worry about stupid French succession any more, it’s all changed now.’

- Oh yes there is.  Succession law may be about to change, but succession tax isn’t.  You can leave your money to your daughter and your stepson, but one of them will pay 60% in succession tax unless you do something about it.


And the list goes on.  The worry is that people believe all this stuff, and base their decisions on incorrect information that can cost them dearly in the long run.  But then I suppose that if everyone knew what to do and when, I’d be out of business, wouldn’t I?


*  Their handicaps range from 14 to 28.


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a good summer?  a roof that doesn't leak?  a good internet reception perhaps even a perfectly balanced cheese plate?  what's important for people varies, however what I have observed during 23 years of practice, when we strip it down, is that almost everyone concedes that health is the most important asset we have.  we only have to take a look at how non-functional we were the last time we were unwell to appreciate the importance of health.  most reasonable people will agree with this.


I have always probed my patients at my weekly seminars to define health, my assumption being that if is our most valuable asset, we may be better served by being able to define it.


it is interesting to hear different opinions or definitions of what a person's health is to them.  for the most part, people don't really know.  answers range from being free of pain, to balance, to energy and other ideas.  it is a moment of truth for many patients who perhaps for the first time in their lives have to question the nature of their health.  if you have a moment now, ask yourself the same question.  


by understanding what it is, where it comes from, who's responsible for it and how to achieve it, we can actively pursue it.  it would be like someone inviting you to their home to give you 100 000 euros but only telling you that they live in europe.  you have no contact details, not even a name.  the chances of you finding this person are not that high.  if however you had a map and an idea of where you where going, you have a better chance of getting there. 


the same applies to our health.  if we don't really know what it is, it's difficult to have it.  on the other hand, knowing clearly what it is would take us in the right direction.


i have proposed a series of open-ended articles to challenge accepted truths and to explore new ones in an effort to help anyone who may want to make changes to the way they currently live and to perhaps enjoy a higher quality of life at the same time.   my first article will deal with health philosophies, choice and responsibility.


i look forward to sharing what i have learned, and continue to learn.

to change something you have to change something.

in good health





dr.colin moore is a doctor of chiropractic in montreal, aude.  

dr colin moore was born and raised in cape town, south africa.  after completing his undergraduate studies at stellenbosch university and post post graduate studies at the university of cape town where he graduated with a higher diploma in education, he received a scholarship to study chiropractic in the US.  he graduated as a doctor of chiropractic in 1990 and practiced in florida where he received the junior leadership award in 2001 and served as president of the west coast chiropractic society.


upon moving to france, he coached and served on the medical team for montpelliers rugby team, that plays in the TOP 14



he has recently moved to the aude and is in the process of setting up a health and wellness center in the village of montreal.



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 Now that the warmer weather has arrived working in the garden becomes less attractive but do try and use the relatively cool mornings to keep on top of on-going tasks like weeding and dead heading.  Despite the wet spring the ground is dry, not least due to the wind, so keep an eye on the watering needs of plants, especially those that have been planted within the last few months.  There seem to be more mosquitoes around than usual and a number of people have been asking about natural mosquito repellents.  Many aromatic plants work well as mosquito repellents. For a sunny position lavender, catmint (Nepeta spp), rosemary, marigolds  and basil are all good; in damp shade mint is a useful repellent and the lemon grass which is used in Chinese cookery is also a good insect repellent, although this needs protection from frost in winter.  I have also been asked about wasp repellent plants, particularly for around pools, types of wormwood (Artemesia spp) are worth trying for this.



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. 

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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A bijou! Cozy stand-alone guard barrier house about 1km from Belveze-du-Razes, a full service town. Ready to move into. 20 minutes from Salvaza airport. Lovely mature garden plus patio, surrounded by a laurel hedge and cypress trees. Many varieties of fruit and nut trees. Ample parking. Interior is 2 up, 2 down. Living room with wood-burning fireplace insert. Ceiling height adds spaciousness to this small, affordable home. Enjoy a quick bike trip into town for croissants and pastries or an evening at the local café. Walking trails lead from the house into the vineyards and to neighboring towns.


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Period house in a beautiful Razes circulade village.  This renovated but unspoilt house is over 200 years old and has far reaching views of countryside, hills and mountains from almost every room, and a stunning roof terrace.  There are 3 double bedrooms, large lounge, separate dining room and kitchen.  There is also a very large walk-thru cellar.  The house retains many period features including a beautiful oak staircase.  Price 110,000 euros.  Please contact for further details and viewings.




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 HI Steve -

Re the question about Radio Programmes - France Inter has some interesting stuff, plus podcasts.

Biggest hassle is I've never managed to find a good radio guide, other than the websites themselves - although Telerama isn't bad.

Best regards, Isobel 






Some vide greniers and foires!

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Jeudi 11 Juillet 2013        

les Cabanes de Fleury  (vide greniers)     

Samedi 13 Juillet 2013   

Coursan  (Coursan)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Cazavet  (vide grenier - Festival Celtie d'Oc)

Saverdun  (vide-Greniers / Brocante)

Dimanche 14 Juillet 2013              

Argeliers  (vide grenier)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Cuxac-Cabardès  (vide grenier des motards de la montagne noire)

Mazuby  (vide greniers)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Rieux-Minervois  (bourse moto et vide grenier)

Thézan-des-Corbières  (vide grenier grocante)

Bompas  (vide greniers)

Carla-Bayle  (vide-grenier)

La Bastide-de-Sérou  (vide grenier)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Saleix  (vide grenier)


Soueix  (vide grenier Association Patrimoine)

Tarascon-sur-Ariège  (Vide greniers)

Jeudi 18 Juillet 2013                  

les Cabanes de Fleury  (vide greniers)     

Samedi 20 Juillet 2013   

Coursan  (Coursan)

Laprade  (LAPRADE : fete champetre , vide grenier)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Paziols  (fete du patrimoine)

Port Leucate  (vide greniers)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Port Leucate  (vide greniers)


Pradelles-en-Val  (fête des producteurs et de l'artisant 

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)


Port Leucate  (vide greniers)

Pradelles-en-Val  (fête des producteurs et de l'artisant AudoisAuzat  (fete a la montagne)

Montaillou  (vide grenier)

Pech  (vide greniers)


Saverdun  (vide-Greniers / Brocante)

Seix  (brocante)

Siguer  (vide grenier)

Dimanche 21 Juillet 2013              

Alzonne  (mega vide grenier)

Carcassonne  (vide grenier brocante)

Caves  (vide greniers crac)

Coursan  (Vide grenier)

Cruscades  (vide grenier de la cruscadelle)

Espéraza  (vide grenier)

La Palme  (vide grenier Naturiste au Camping LE CLAPOTIS)

Leucate  (vide grenier du rugby)

Limoux  (foire a la brocante)

Narbonne  (vide grenier dimanches et jours feries)

Routier  (vide greniers)

Sallèles-d'Aude  (festival Eau, Terre et Vin à Sallèles d'Aude)

Talairan  (vide-grenier)

Auzat  (fete a la montagne)

Castelnau-Durban  (vide greniers)

Castillon-en-Couserans  (vide Greniers)

Lagarde  (vide-grenier du Comité des fêtes)

Lesparrou  (vide greniers du comité des fêtes)

Lesparrou  (vide grenier)

Montaillou  (vide grenier)

Pamiers  (Marché et puces et à la brocantes)

Prat-Bonrepaux  (vide grenier fete du village)

Saint-Girons  (Les puces du champ de mars)

Saint-Ybars  (vide greniers)      

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ARCTIC MONKEYS 15 July Carcassonne Festival

SMASHING PUMPKINS 17 July Carcassonne Festival


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


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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


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 On a Lighter Note

Subject: It's All In The Words
 The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its early  contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common  words.
And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has 
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run 
over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men. 


Q.. If you were to spell out nThe Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take 

any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are the winners:
 1.  Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of 
breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting 
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte: o take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious 

 12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.






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