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9 February 2011 | Next Flyer 23 February - submissions by 18 February please
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"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. " Mark Twain

Bonjour!

So it's getting close to the Oscars and it certainly does make me want to go to the cinema. I received an email from the Colisée cinema in Carcassonne, with various attachments, one of which was a jpg entitled "we want sex". I worked my way through all the "pièce joint" and got to it, it turns out the film "Made in Dagenham" is called We want Sex Equality" in French. A snappy title isn't it? It's being shown there on Tuesday 8th March at 9.15pm, put it in your diary. The more of you go, hopefully the more VO films will be available. You will see below that Black Swan and The King's Speech are both on from today.

Some of the info I get is too late to include in the Flyer so please join the Flyer FaceBook page where I will put similar things which I think will be useful to you.

The Telegraph said that Blatter of Fifa told the BBC that the Spain/Portugal and Qatar voters had colluded, though he insisted it had made no difference to the final outcome, which saw Russia and Qatar win the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.

"I'll be honest, there was a bundle of votes between Spain and Qatar," Blatter said. "But it was a nonsense. It was there but it didn't work, not for one and not for the other side."

Blatter's admission is the first time that a senior Fifa executive has conceded what was an open secret in the latter stages of the bid, and his insistence that it did not impact the outcome will be challenged by those in losing bids, particularly in the 2022 race. The deal between Qatar and the Iberian bid was thought to be worth seven votes, which was exactly how many Spain-Portugal received in both rounds of the 2018 voting. If, as Blatter claimed yesterday, Qatar received the same seven votes, it provided more than half of the 12 they required to win.

I used to use MySpace a lot then they tried to improve it, since then I have found it much less useable and largely try to avoid it. Clearly I am not alone as they have just spent $107m laying off staff. How long will it stay online Mr Murdoch?

Ryanair have launched 11 new routes from Marseilles for the Summer. Mr O'Leary said the operation will involve the temporary overnighting of up to two Irish registered aircraft, with Irish crews, on Irish contracts, paying their tax and social insurance in Ireland for a four month period. That must be a fine line he is running.

Planning a holiday? Well I am not sure whether I will use Fram, Leclerc or Nouvelles Frontieres to book mine, no I think I will just call an Arab potentate and see if I can borrow a plane.

For the inside track on the news have a look at http://www.rue89.com/

Send me some photos of your daffodils when they come out? Here is how mine are looking - not long now.

The Carcassonne Festival Box office opens on April 2nd, no news yet on whose playing, any Moby fans out there?

Think about selling your car or some furniture over Easter when a lot of second home owners will be here and possibly looking for things. (See link below)

See you at the weekly Lezignan vide grenier in the car park of Intermarche? It's great they are now starting to be all year round events. If only Pole Sud was open, I need some more foie gras ice cream.

And of course do ask your friends here to subscribe to the Flyer.

Steve

Submissions for the next Flyer by 18 February please
At Spectrum, we have just held our annual conference and it was a delight to meet my colleagues from other European countries. All of our clients- wherever they are - have the same type of financial problems that arise when moving to a new country. The challenge to The Spectrum IFA Group advisers is to find the solutions that are best suited to their clients' circumstances, which might include mitigating taxes, planning for inheritance, planning for retirement or other big events in life.

We also listened to presentations from some of the leading investment managers - including Blackrock (the world's largest investment house), HSBC Global Asset Management and Jupiter Asset Management, in addition to several European product providers- all of whom are able to provide truly pan-European solutions. Of course, this helps our clients in the long term, since as a large group we can negotiate the best terms for our clients. Putting this simply - lower charges lead to better net investment returns for our clients.

We are constantly working closely with investment managers to find solutions for our clients. During the conference, a few new funds and ideas were rolled out and the options that we can offer clients will now be even wider than before.

A very important part of the service that we provide to our clients is to help them to construct an investment portfolio, taking into account each individual client's objectives, whether this is for income, capital growth or perhaps a combination of the two. Combining this with the need to cater for the client's attitude to investment risk, the result is that the client ends up with a diversified portfolio of investment funds, which reduces the risk to the client. When this is also put within a tax-efficient "wrapper", this enhances the net investment return even more.

The investment solutions that we use are also excellent for inheritance planning in France. Not only do the solutions provide extra tax-free inheritance allowances for your beneficiaries, but you are also free to decide exactly who you would like to receive your financial capital on your death.

If you would like more information about investing on a tax-efficient basis for France (whether for investing an amount of capital and/or saving on a regular basis), or any other aspect of retirement and inheritance planning, please contact me either by email at daphne.foulkes@spectrum-ifa.com or by telephone on 04 68 20 30 17.

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

Daphne Foulkes
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Special Edition Flyer 6 April - There will be many second home owners over for the Easter Holidays so its a great time to advertise your car, excess furniture or electrical items you wish to dispose of? mail@audeflyer.com
For sale
Mercedes Vito Van
English W Reg, Year 2000, 125,000 miles, Roof Rack, Diesel. Used to move furniture to France. 
No MOT or Tax.
1200€
Contact Stu.sharp1@gmail.com
04 68 31 34 22 or06 04 01 86 99
(Nr Couiza)
FOR SALE 
QUAD AEON OVERLAND
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 - quadenvente@gmail.com

Investing and Reducing Tax With An Assurance Vie

Interest rates began being cut back in 2008, with the European Central Bank rate reaching 1 in May 2009. The Bank of England rate is even lower at 0.5%. However it looks like rates could stay low for some more time.

In the meantime the price of basic commodities like wheat and cotton are rising at their fastest pace in two decades, which will push inflation up and give savers even lower real returns from their bank savings. Here in France you also now get less in your pocket thanks to a tax rate increase from 18% to 19%. Social charges have also edged up to 12.3%. Your general income may be affected by the removal of tax breaks or if you are in the higher tax bracket.

In contrast to interest rates, stockmarkets have performed well over the last two years and commentators are cautiously optimistic that this will continue this year, albeit with some bumps along the way. If you feel it is time to move capital into the stockmarkets or other investments, you could look at investing via an Assurance Vie.

An Assurance Vie is a specialised form of life assurance in which you can hold your choice of assets as investment content of the policy. It allows you to combine your tax and investment planning in one exercise - and the tax benefits can be significant.

While the French government has raised tax on investment assets the Assurance Vie has not been affected. The combination of tax benefits it offers are better than other investment alternatives.

There is no income or capital gains tax on gains rolled up within the policy so your funds can grow tax free, and there is no tax liability on switching between funds within a policy. Withdrawals are taxed, but very favourably as only the growth element of the amount you take is taxed. You can choose whether to be taxed at the normal income tax rates or at special fixed rates (which fall the longer you hold your policy), whichever is more beneficial for you.

An Assurance Vie can sometimes help reduce wealth tax and offers uplifted succession tax allowances, or even total exemption from succession tax, depending on the conditions at set up. It also avoids French succession law so you can leave the fund to whoever you like.

The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual must take personalised advice.

For more information contact your local Blevins Franks Partner, Mary Taylor on email or call
05 62 30 51 40, or come along to one of our seminars which will be discussing tax mitigation opportunities in France. We are holding a seminar in Pau on 8th March and in Carcassonne on 9th March. Contact Mary for details and to book your place or visit our website www.blevinfranks.com

Shutters
Kitchens
Bathrooms
Interior doors
Garage doors
Floors
Stairs
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

email:james.gordon-roe@orange.fr

Siret No 51374130600015

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TRAVELERS BEWARE!
FRANCE'S largest pilots union the SNPL has announced it will strike during the school holidays. The first strike is called from 4 March to 7 March.


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 mail@audeflyer.com

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

Question

Dear Steve, 
This may be a case of "little bit of knowledge is a bad thing" or along the line information has been misinterpreted but I have been told that:

if I leave my seriously/terminally ill spouse with someone for any length of time (a few hours or days) and during this period of time my spouse suffers an accident, a downturn in the illness/general health or dies this temporary carer would be held responsible and be open to prosecution. As a carer 24/7 I need time out occasionally, now I am worried that I can't put any well meaning friends in the position of possibly being held responsible for my spouse's well being just in case anything does go wrong.

An answer would be wonderful.

Many thanks
B

Answer

Bright Avocats
Sarah Bright Thomas

In France, two kinds of liability exist, civil liability and criminal liability.

Criminal liability presupposes that the person has committed an offence punished by law. Without a law providing for the offence, a person cannot be liable.

Concerning civil liability, a person can be held liable only if he/she has committed a tort, causing the damage. This is the principle of "responsabilité pour faute" (article 1382 and 1383 Code civil). There is no exact definition of tort in French law. However, the doctrine describes it as a breach of a rule of conduct imposed by Law or a breach of general duty of caution and diligence. It can be a positive action but also an abstention.

In your case, a person could be held liable, for instance, if he/she did not call the emergency services when it became obvious your spouse needed it.

The liability will be stronger and easier to establish if it is a professional carer.

Otherwise, unless the carer commits a tort or an offence, he/she will not be liable. Your spouse is still personally liable for her own acts.

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La Saint Valentin
au DOMAINE GAYDA
Apéritif 
~~~
Carpaccio de coquilles Saint Jacques, 
à la truffe noire• 
~~~ 
Raviole de champignons des bois,
pot au feu de queue de bœuf et foie gras 
~~~ 
Demi-pigeon rôti, salsifis et truffe noire•
~~~ 
Feuilleté tiède à la Fourme d'Ambert, 
poire et fruits de la passion 
~~~
Galette frangipane, 
crème anglaise à la fraise Tagada 
~~~ 
Café et Mignardises
•Truffe noire de Cabrespine
Menu gastronomique à 80€, vins et boissons inclus 
disponible le lundi 14 février 2011 au soir
INFORMATIONS ET RÉSERVATIONS AU 04 68 20 65 87
DOMAINE GAYDA, 11300 BRUGAIROLLES www.domainegayda.com
Flyer Fitness
The Weather's GREAT.....
.....Walk your way to Fitness and Health - it's easy!
Do you feel as if you really should be doing something to get yourself a bit fitter and perhaps even trying to shed the excess weight that is still hanging around as a legacy of the festive season?

If the word "exercise" tends to bring you out in a cold sweat, then take heart in the following good news!

"For health benefits to the heart, lungs and circulation, perform any moderate aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week" (American Heart Association)

Walking is easy to do and simple to fit in to your day and has a myriad of health benefits:

  • Promotes muscle growth - SO what? You don't want to end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger!
    Your heart is a muscle - walking increases its strength so that it is capable of "throwing out" more blood with each beat. This means that it then doesn't need to beat so fast. The fitter a person is, the slower their resting heart rate.
  • Walking is especially good for your brain. As you walk, you effectively oxygenate your brain. The implications are that exercise might be able to offset some of the mental declines that we often associate with the aging process.
  • Increases bone density, can reduce blood pressure, helps to prevent and manage diabetes, can reduce cholesterol and promote weight loss.

All of this means that you can effectively do a lot to help yourself stay fitter and healthier as you get older.

Walk at a "moderate" intensity for the best results.

The important thing to focus on is not your speed, but how it feels. You need to be aiming for:

  • An increase in your breathing rate
  • An increase in your heart rate, to the level where you can feel your pulse
  • An increase in your body temperature (possibly even working up a bit of a sweat on hot or humid days)

Remember that you don't need to overdo it. The right pace is one that you should be able to keep up for 30 minutes, and you shouldn't be exhausted at the end of it.

If you haven't exercised for a long while, it makes sense to see your doctor first to get the "all clear".

So... now that you know what you need to do, get yourself organized, dig out those comfy walking shoes and enjoy the sunshine!

Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,
European Register of Exercise Professionals
Federation of Holistic Therapies
www.potential-energy.co.uk
Jon Oldham - Registered Builder
over 20yrs experience 
in UK and in France
based near Castelnaudary all aspects of building work considered free quotes given,
digger and dumper available
Tel: 0632329648/0468605771
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It was a full house at Le Corneilla Café in Bouriege on the 27th of January in fact it was slightly over full. We were on a fixed menu inc a glass of wine and coffee (19.50€). The red wine was a very nice organic bottle from the village, made by a Belgian chappy I believe, and the white from Anne de Joyeuse. I ordered a coke much to the dismay of the proprietor, she couldn't imagine I was going to eat food with it. Yes I do know its not a good match with any food, well perhaps a burger, but I am interested in keeping my driving license and if I start on wine its just a slippery slope.

The proceedings commenced with Gazpacho et chorizo grille, this didn't do it for me as I felt it lacked some body and some vital ingredients, however if it had all the things I would have expected. I wouldn't have been able to eat it as I am allergic to basil. The chorizo was nice and maybe it was grilled so making the soup somewhat unexpectedly warm.

Following that we had Petites noix de St Jacques en sabayon which was really full of flavour and things were looking up. There was a discussion between a diner and the boss as to whether these were small scallops or Petoncle, but as far as I can see from my research, they are one and the same, and very nice too.

The next course, Cuisse de canard confit, gratin de pommes de terre, did exactly as it said on the tin.

To finish us off was a Fondant au chocolat sur coulis de fruits rouges, a wonderfully rich chocolate fondant that certainly hit the spot. There was a request from a couple of diners for cheese as an alternative and despite being unprepared to offer cheese theyprovided many options. I managed to get gently told off again for eating a little cheese after my dessert, ooops.

My overall feeling was that it was a good tasty freshly prepared meal. And now that the sun is coming out you should visit when you can as the garden at the rear is a nice cool spot.

I am surprised how many restaurants I have tried to book for these lunches are closed until sometime in March and also how many are reliant on the immigrants to eat their food, when they are open.

There are a few more places available for tomorrow's lunch (email me if you would like to come along, see the info below), let's hope I haven't forgotten anyone. If you haven't had a mail confirming your place(s) please email me immediately.

Future Dates

Tomorrow Thursday 10 February 12.30 Bangkok Station 31290 Villefranche de Lauragais 11€ entree, plat and cafe or plat, dessert and cafe, yes I know it's not in the Aude or Ariege. But it is reputedly very good and places are filling up very quickly, so email now if you want to go.

Thursday 10 March 12.30 Apostrophe, Impasse de la Manufacture, 11170 Montolieu 19€€ 4 courses inc wine/soft drink and cafe

Thursday 27 March 12.30 Coco Sweet, 4 Place Salvador Allende Lézignan Corbières TBC

Email lunch@audeflyer.com 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.

CHEZ JULIE
Produits Britanniques
ALL BRITISH FOOD
AND LOTS MORE

13 Route de Ventenac, CANET D'AUDE
Tel: 0468465773 or 0672806316
2 min from Canal du Midi 
& Ventenac,
5 min from Lezignan
10 min from Narbonne
Open Tue, Wed and Fri 
10.00-12.00 & 15.00-17.00 
Sat & Sun morning 10.00-12.00 
Easy parking, book exchange, internet

Some members at the Café Galloise December 2009
Cancer Support France - Sud de France (11,09,66) - A review of 2010
At last - a bit of time to catch our breath and reflect on what CSF - Sud De France have achieved over the past year.

Sud de France covers an area of 15,200 sq km, with a growing population of some 931,400 individuals (2007), including a fairly significant number of ex-pats in certain areas. Unfortunately some of these ex-pats will at some time suffer from cancer, and CSF exists to assist those people as and when help is needed.

Since early December 2009, our membership has increased from 62 to 86, and our number of trained volunteers from 7 to 25, while the number of clients helped during 2010 rose by 6 to 25.

So what about key achievements during the year? There have been many, but the two most significant for CSF as a whole were the development of the CSF Forum by Frank and Penelope Parkinson, and the development of the new skill's based training by a group of volunteers from Sud de France, led by Denis Bourne. In addition, several hospital information booklets have been translated into English, and significant progress has been made in promoting CSF to medical staff and the public across the area.

Fundraising events have been many and varied, but special thanks must go to Steve Hedges at Domaine des Etoiles and to Rachel and Jonathan Treloar at Domaine Treloar for their amazing support to CSF - Sud de France over the past 2 years.

We have an enthusiastic membership with a wide variety of skills and knowledge. Many people have given huge amounts of time to CSF and I would like to thank all those who have helped us over the past year, whether with fundraising, listening or just supporting us.

To help contact Hazel on 04 68 69 41 45 or email presidentcsf110966@gmail.com

If you need help contact our helpline on 04 68 69 01 37 (answerphone - we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.)

Hazel Turner, President

Restaurant
LA MAISON DE LA BLANQUETTE
New Menu and New Chef
Open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday evening. 
Roof terrace & Caveau de dégustation.
Say you saw it in the Flyer and recieve a complimentary
"coupe de Blanquette et un cafe" with your meal. 
04 68 31 01 63
46 bis Promenade du Tivoli 11300 Limoux
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The Property Page
Thank you to everyone who contacted me about the "Caretaker Wanted" shout out in the last flyer. Your emails have been forwarded. The ad is repeated below if you missed it last time.

I have been contacted by a family who are looking for a caretaker for their holiday home just east of Fontier-Cabardès. Ideally, this position would suit a locally based and flexible individual or couple who would be prepared to do as much or as little as required from one year to the next. The property is a family home not a commercial venture and the work is likely to involve routine tasks such as house, garden and pool maintenance and security, together with cleaning and the changeover of laundry as and when required. Collection from and to the Carcassonne airport (using the owners car) and when building work or improvements are being undertaken at the property supervision may be required.

If you are interested in finding out more please email me on mail@audeflyer.com please provide details of: relevant experience, an indication of where you live, why this might interest you and your contact details.

Property for Sale

Kingsley & Kate are selling "Pyrene" is a beautiful five bedroom property in two acres of ground with stunning views of the Pyrenees, just two minutes from the local village with all amenities. An ideal location for a family home or holiday haven.

Only 25 minutes from Carcassonne, with its world heritage chateau, and international airport. 20 mins from Limoux with its blanquette wines both with full range of shops, restaurants, museums and entertainment. Midway between the mountains and the coast, 1 hours drive will get you to a ski resort or the beach!

Downstairs there large garage/games room. On the ground floor is a large open plan kitchen/dining/living area, utility room, games room and double bedroom with en suite shower and loo, plus a separate loo.The kitchen has a large 6 ring range-style Neff cooker and a Neff dishwasher. Washing machine and tumble dryer can be accommodated in the utility room.

Upstairs there are a further 4 double bedrooms, one ensuite, and a family bathroom and separate loo.

Outside there is a 10m x 5m saline pool, space for a ping-pong-table, and large terraces to accommodate plenty of garden furniture and barbeque.

The house is fully central heated and combines the charm of French living with all the comfort of a modern home. The property is offered for sale at 385,000€

For more information or to arrange a viewing 0468691552 or 0680742338 or 0680742347 or email kingsleyhodgkins@aol.com

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

Here is the New look Property Listing

Carcassonne

Stunning villa with 3 double bedrooms 399,500€
Albas (11360)
Traditional Village House 295,000€
Alet-les-Bains (11580)
Riverside Home & Business 
420,000€
Caudebronde (11390) 
price reduced
Large riverside house
160,000€
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 location 385,000€
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 
150,000€
Caunes Minervois (11160)

Romantic "Writer's Cottage" 
180,000€
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€
YOUR PROPERTY ADVERT HERE 50 EUROS
13 editions 
plus
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€
YOUR PROPERTY ADVERT HERE 50 EUROS 
13 editions 
plus
link to your own web page
near Esperaza (11260)

Building plot 78,000€
Trausse Minervois (11160)

Bright village house on corner plot with terrace 140,000€
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 www.cours-a-cucugnan.com 
or phone Claire 06 78 15 19 29.
PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL

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We are Registered Artisans, offering an 
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In The Garden
I thought it about time you got some words from the Flyer on the subject of your garden, Gill Pound has kindly agreed to assist and with her specialist knowledge of what works and doesn't in this climate I am sure you will find it useful.

At the time of writing this we are enjoying a lovely sunny and warm weekend, the perfect time to have got out into the garden and do some tidying up - gathering up dead leaves and attacking weeds before they become too invasive. Remember that dead leaves and most weeds can all go onto the compost heap although I tend to avoid putting thuggy perennial weeds such as couch grass onto the compost. At this time of the year I am often asked about putting wood ash from the fire onto the garden, the answer is yes...and no. Wood ash contains potash and is good for flowers and fruits but it is also very high in lime, as most soils around here are limy (alkaline) already too much wood ash could be raising the pH of your soil too much- so use sparingly and never on acid soil loving plants. If you have been burning wood that has been treated with any form of chemical preservative this shouldn't be put on the garden.

Even during the winter there is always something of interest in the garden. Sarcococca is a genus of about a dozen species, native to south eastern Asia. They are all shade loving small, evergreen shrubs which do well in any reasonably fertile soil. The glossy green foliage is attractive all year round but it is during late winter and early spring that they really come into their own; the small white or cream flowers are wonderfully scented and appear at the same time as (usually) black berries from the previous year. The foliage can also be cut and lasts well in a vase. One of the best is Sarcococca confusa which grows to about a metre high with a spread of 70cm or so; here at Caunes we have planted it in the shade of a huge fig tree and it survives with no additional summer watering; in more difficult soils I think it would benefit from a couple of soaks during the "canicule". Propagation is from seeds or cuttings. The only pruning needed is for form and shape.

At La Petite Pépinière we have a couple of spaces still available on our Gardener's Lunch on Thursday 17th February when there will be an illustrated talk and discussion about ornamental grases for summer dry climates, followed by a light lunch and the opportunity to tour the garden and ask general questions; for more details email Gill@lapetitepepiniere.com or phone 04 68 78 43 81.

La Petite Pépinière- email us at any time with your gardening queries 11160 Caunes-Minervoiswww.lapetitepepiniere.com

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www.johnpricethebutcher.com

Welsh Lamb, Irish Beef, Gold and Silver Award winning
sausages (1986) etc now available by post.
johnpricebutcher@yahoo.com 
Prices may vary.
Pre order and collect at Routier 
20 February 10.00 - 12.00
Directions to the delivery point

FEBRUARY SPECIALS
Irish Sirloin Steaks - 21,50 €/kg, 
Irish Rib of Beef on the Bone - 19,50 €/kg, 
Irish Rump Steaks - 13,99 €/kg, 
Kilo packs of Streaky Bacon (plain or smoked) - 6,90 €/kg, 
Lean minced beef 7.50 €/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.
YES - THE LEAN MEAN FIGHTING MACHINE IS BACK!
Lean minced Lamb 8.00 €/kg,
Lamb and Mint sausage or burgers 6.00 €/kg
Schwarma Lamb and Mint sausage or burgers 6.00 €/kg
Lamb kofte kebabs 6.00 €/kg
Our takeaway meals a bargain at only 3.99 € a portion.
Chicken curry - Korma or Madras,
Lamb curry - Korma or Madras,
Philipino marinated pork ribs with
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 con carne,
Fricadellas (pork and beef meat balls in a rich tomato sauce).

Quiz question answered!

Dear Steve,

you mentioned in your recent flyer about a quiz run at the Relais de Haute Vallee in Campagne sur Aude on D118. My husband and I are the organisers(Sandra and Tony Ball). We have been running these quizes for about 6 years now and they are being currently held at the Relais every 2 months.

The next one is on
Monday March 7th at 7.30pm.
We accept teams of up to 6 people and the entry fee is 1 euro per person. This cost goes towards a first prize of usually 3 bottles of wine, sometimes a second prize and the cost of the all the printing of the question sheets.

The quiz usually consists of 8 topics of which at least 3 are French related. This may involve a cultural or geographical knowledge of France and usually some French words or idioms. There is always a music identification topic and the remaining topics could be on anything else, but with a British slant. The questions are relatively easy as we try to ensure that most teams get at least 60% of the marks on each topic.

It is designed as a fun night out and not an evening at Master Mind! If your readers would like to join us on a Quiz night they will need to reserve their places by emailing me their names onlessantons.ball@live.co.uk a week before the quiz. We can accommodate up to 60 people and at present often get 40+ turning up.

The Relais sells drinks on the night at a reasonable price and will also serve chips or other food on request. Email me if you would like a menu of the food available for pre-order.

regards,
Sandra Ball

Readers Write

"Steve,
I have had a Sony e-reader for a year now. It was fantastic to start with, being able to buy from Waterstones and other book sellers in the UK. From the 1st November 2010 everything changed. We in the rest of Europe are no longer allowed to buy books from the UK! Paper books yes E-Books NO. Amazon and all other book sellers are being tied up by the publishers and will not let you buy any books across borders. What happened to the common market?? My advise to all owners of e-books is to complain to who supplied them and ask for your money back. Another solution is to register with a UK Library and get new books for FREE (14 days only) the Publishers must then start to loose royalties. TOUGH.

Upset from
Toulouse"

Reply from Bruce Taylor (Mirax)
Try http://www.ebooks.com they sell standard ebook format and will sell to anyone.

I believe Amazon is looking into supporting other formats as long as the reader supports DRM, which the Sony does. If I hear of any news I will drop you an email.

Best regards,
Bruce Taylor.

"Dear Steve,
It is an old English custom to write letters of complaint and I doubt if anyone writes more of those than me. On the other side of the coin, I also write letters of appreciation when I receive excellent service. I also believe it is helpful to pass on information in order to assist others who may be in need of a similar service and there appears to be no better medium for that than the Aude Flyer.

I have now used a Montreal based plumber, Francis Breton (EURL Breton Francis), on 3 occasions within the last year. On each occasion the standard of workmanship was excellent and, indeed, exceeded my expectations. I wish I could say the same for all artisans who have done work for me. Mr Breton has an English speaking partner and can be contacted on 04 68 76 30 24.

Thank you for continuing to provide the Flyer, if you would care to send me your postal address I would like to make a donation to help with the running costs.

Regards
Hugh "

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Recipe - Spicy Chorizo 
and Roasted Red Peppers.
This recipe has been provided by Emma Kershaw who has good reputation for being able to produce fine food and know how to match with the wines of the region.

Ingredients:

1kg Fresh Chorizo Sausage ( you can buy it from the butcher counter at most supermarkets)
2 Large Red Peppers
1 Bulb of Garlic
1 Small Bunch of Parsley
1 Small Glass Armagnac

Method:

Start by blackening the outside of the peppers by popping them under a hot grill, or placing over a naked flame to char. Once all sides of the peppers are charred put into a plastic bag, tie a knot and leave to cool. This will make then easier to peel.

Skin the chorizo and chop into bite-sized pieces. Heat a medium sized heavy bottomed pan (such as Le Creuset) and add the chorizo. Cook until slightly blackened, stirring from time to time. There is no need to add any oil as the sausage will release lots of juices and oils as it cooks. Pour these juices away when they become too much. You want to dry fry the sausage not poach it.

Meanwhile peel and roughly chop the garlic and add to the chorizo, cook gently taking care not to burn the garlic.

Peel and deseed the peppers and roughly chop into bite sized portions, add to the chorizo pan. Stir and cook over a gentle heat for a few minutes.

Turn up the heat, pour on the Armagnac and flambé. Taking care not to singe your eyebrows!

Stir in the chopped parsley and serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Wine Match:

This is a robust dish that calls for a robust wine, but be careful not to use a wine with too much oak as the spice in the chorizo will cause the oak to taste bitter. My favourite match is the Mas du Soleilla "Les Bartelles" from La Clape. A Syrah based wine that has just the right amount of rich fruit and body to partner this dish without overpowering it.http://www.mas-du-soleilla-shop.com

Emma Kershaw, emmagkershaw@gmail.com 
Wine Lecturer, specialising in the wines and foods of the Languedoc-Roussillon

La Maîtrise de Toulouse
Conservatoire de Toulouse
direction Mark Opstad

vous invite à son prochain concert musique anglaise et française des vingtième et 
vingt-et-unième siècles à l'auditorium 
de Saint Pierre des Cuisines.

Dimanche 13 février, 17h

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles
Musique de Marc Bleuse (création), Patrice Libes
Duruflé, de Severac, Holst, Elgar, Rutter...
avec la participation de 
Dominique Piussan Gasciarino (harpe)

Découvrez les pages de la Maîtrise sur le nouveau site internet du Conservatoire:

www.maitrise.crr.toulouse.fr

England lift the roof off the Millennium Stadium
The 6 nations, rugby unions answer to The Derby, The Champions League, and Wimbledon.

England began last Friday night with a visit to Cardiff and impressed with a new side, although lacking Captain Moody, "The Silver Surfer" Croft, and "The Terminator" Lawes, but including the motivated debutant Woods, and Palmer of Stade Francais. Mike Tindall led "Les Anglais" to a well deserved victory for the first time since 2003 when Tindall was Captain and England went on to win "Le Grand Chelem" and The World Cup. Could this be history repeating itself !

France played at Le Stade Français, Paris against Scotland, with the old French flair returning in bucket loads and Les Blues winning 34 - 21, although they show a weakness in defense letting in three trys. They are a team that is strong in numbers, in fact they could make two first teams from their list of players. They had Chabal, "le Savage" on the bench but when he came on he made a difference. Chabal is reported to have only 7% body fat, not sure I agree with this, he must get so cold in winter!

Italy very nearly caused the shock of the tournament with a lead of 11- 10 in the final 10 minutes but Ronan O'Gara came on in the last 5 minutes and dropped a goal to steal a win for Ireland, 11 - 13.

"USC Carcassonne 15" have run into bad form of late, dropping to 8th in the 2nd Division. My first visit to Stade Domec, home to "Les Audois", on the evening of 22nd January 2011 in the freezing cold was impressive, nothing compared to the Stades at Bayonne or Perpignan but over 3000 people made it atmospheric enough. The game against Grenoble was end to end , at half time Carcassonne were behind 9 - 10. In the second half Carcassonne put a lot more pressure on Grenoble, remaining in their 22 and battling for 10 minutes, very nearly scoring a try. Grenobles defence was awesome and once they broke the back of the attack they scored a try almost immediately, which Carcassonne could not recover from. The game ended 18 - 22 to Grenoble, and since then Carcassonne have found it hard to win a match. Possibly my hopes of "les Audois" reaching the Top 14 next season is over ambitious but there are plenty of games to go before the end of the season. Do go along to the home games , good atmosphere and entertaining rugby.

The Heineken Cup tournament breaks from normal activities for a while, more exciting 6 nations rugby coming up and some good local games, Carcassonne vs Narbonne at Stade Domec on 26th February , "a 15 heures". This will be a BIG match but France play at Twickenham that day , fortunately, "a 18 heures". Bon match Razes Rugbyman Bon match

Razes Rugbyman

The Flyer Short Story/Long Letter Competition

This is the sixth of hopefully 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.

The boat trip

It's an exciting day today. We're off on a canal-boat holiday and I am beside myself with excitement.

When we arrive I can't believe what I see. I've seen the sea but that was a wet bit at the end of the land and because they were connected you could run from one to the other - this is nothing like that. I've certainly never seen a long strip of water like this full of boats with engines, and people getting on and off, shouting and laughing. When we find our boat, I start to feel a bit uncomfortable. I don't want to jump from land to boat as I can see the water between and I think I might fall in. After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, one foot forward then back, all feet forward then back, I actually do fall in. Excitement turns to fear and as I get pulled from the water I realise just how much I am not going to enjoy this trip.

Someone helps me onto the deck of the boat and I feel movement beneath my feet. I can't balance so slip and slide all over the place. Oh this isn't good, and it's getting worse. I really don't like this. The gates of the lock open and I feel a heavy vibration as the engine starts. Yikes! So just as the craft moves away from the side and into the lock, I leap back onto dry land.

The boat carries on without me, unable to stop now as the engine has moved it away from shore and in between the lock gates. It can't reverse like a car on a road, it's a boat on a canal. Oh no! I'm stuck on the shore and off it goes with my family on board, all of them looking back at me shouting. What are they saying? I'm too upset to hear. No, no this can't be happening!

On it goes, through the lock and onto the waterway beyond, slowly and steadily. Everyone on board is looking back, round Os for mouths. I leap around, shouting and yelling Come back! Don't go! I run up and down the side of the canal, making more and more noise, I don't stop, I'm in a frenzy. What will they do? Will they come back? What will I do? I don't know this place. Help! Come back! Don’t leave me here!

The boat gets smaller and smaller until it's out of sight. Shouting and running up and down, I am a mad thing. No one helps me. I'm here all alone. I don't know where I am. I keep on running backwards and forwards and shouting some more, I can't stop.

Then eventually I see my family come back into view, calling my name. They had travelled down the river until they found somewhere to turn round. Now my shouts are those of joy and delight. Finally they pull alongside, someone climbs off and gives me a big hug saying, "Oh, Rhea, you really are a stupid dog".

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On a Lighter Note - 
Inner Peace 
from finishing all you started.
I am passing this on to you because if definitely worked for me today. And, we all could probably use more calm in our lives.

Some doctor on TV this morning said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started.

So, I looked around my house to see things I'd started and hadn't finished and, before leaving this morning I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a boddle of Baleys, a buttle of wuine, a pockage of Pringles, tha remaintterr of bottle, Prozac and Vallium scriptins, the rress of the chesesckacke ana booxx offf choclezz.

Yuhu hafe no idrea how bluudy fabluuss I feeell now. Plaese send thus on to thaimm you feel are in need ovf ienner pissss.

And telumm, you luvum thom!! oh, ops, sorriyii there! I felt dowm but computaarr was saviiid... Byeeeee...My Gosh...I feellll damenenedd guuuutttt.

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