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Aude & Ariege Flyer 2015

Postby peter » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:41 pm

Bonjour

That’s nearly it then - another year and another 26 Flyers. It wasn’t my intention to offend with the title of the last Flyer, it was more a sentence that came to mind based on the inevitable commercialisation of Christmas in the UK.

The cynic in me does have the feeling that the best and cheapest promotion campaign any film company could have had for an upcoming movie has been the story relating to “The Interview”. Let’s just imagine that Sony hacked itself and then put out a North Korean infiltration story, and then they stopped the film being released, well at that point they have huge download and DVD sales potential. But then comes the extra bonus - Mr President says that it must be released at cinemas so another huge tranche of publicity and then it sells out wherever it opens… brilliant!

In all the reporting of torture and redaction that has come out recently I noticed something that made me laugh quite a lot. The headquarters of the CIA is called the George Bush Center for Intelligence, it was less funny when I worked out that was named after dubyah’s dad rather than the mastermind himself.

How does a person in a cosseted position, such as one would imagine that of the Archbishop of Canterbury, end up with pneumonia? It’s made worse that he is called Welby.

Following a number of van and stabbing incidents in France prior to Christmas the French government decided to deploy 300 troops around the country, as a show of strength!
I would have thought 3000 wouldn’t have been very visible let alone 300, so maybe it was meant to be 30,000?
Where had Francois Hollande whisked Julie Gayet off for the holidays? Apparently he went off to St Pierre and Miquelon (it’s just off Newfoundland, I had to look myself)and it’s an overseas collectivity of France.
Could it be a handy stopping off point for the Caribbean?

So the Easyjet strike didn’t hurt too much the comings and goings to the Sud? Unions representing French Easyjet cabin crew have called another strike for Dec. 31st and Jan 1st


All the best for 2015





Steve




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Lost in France
My previous posting should have warned me not to speak too soon. Within hours of smugly enjoying my genuine lack of Christmas shopping frenzy my fridge packed up. At this point I could go on about the word ‘convenience’ and how it appears to originate from the French and how the meaning differs in the two languages. I could also compare and contrast the virtues of Darty and Conforama using their on-line shopping, in-store experience and delivery services to qualify my comments. I could also expound at length about a 10% reduction offered on a €600 item damaged in transit by the delivery people. But I won’t. Instead I will leave you with a seasonal joke, to remind myself that there are worse things in life than not having a fridge in winter and that we can all do with a laugh:
Four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.









Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floor boards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went to the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he found the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration he accidently dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang and Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you, where would you like me to put it?’
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree. Not a lot of people know that.




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I have a firm belief that you should never advise others to do things that you are not prepared to do yourself. I’ve been advising Spectrum clients for nearly nine years now, and in that time have fielded many of the same questions many times over: Do you have an Assurance Vie? What have you done with your pension? These are two very regular questions, and they are easy to deal with.


When I arrived in France in 2003 I had no idea what an Assurance Vie was, and QROPS hardly existed, other than in a very embryonic form. By late 2006 though, when I was ‘up and running’ with The Spectrum IFA Group, I had both. I was probably my easiest client, but that’s not to say I don’t take a lot of convincing. Understand the product, appreciate the benefits, and take advantage of them; that is the way I tend to work.


Cash and pension investments aren’t the only thing a Spectrum adviser comes into contact with on a regular basis though. We get asked all sorts of questions about how best to adapt to life in France. One of the biggest topics is the health service over here compared to the UK. ‘Stick or twist’ as I mentioned in one of my recent articles. Common wisdom suggests that the French health service is streets ahead of the NHS, but I’ve never been an NHS basher. My generic advice has always been to join the French system whenever you can, as it’s never made sense to me to rely upon being able to skip back to the UK if you need to, but I’ve never been able to back this up with any solid experience. Until very recently that is.


I know full well that having something simple like a blood test is a very different experience in France. In the UK I would go along to my local hospital, pay a fortune to park my car in the car park, take a ticket (number 93, with 37 flashing on the counter). An hour or so later (maybe) I’m away, with only ten to fourteen days to wait until I phone my surgery for the results. In France I drive to the laboratory, park outside (free), hand in my Carte Vitale and the prescription, and take a seat. Sometimes I wait for ten minutes; more likely five or less. Certainly out within fifteen minutes, and the results will be available to print off from the internet the same afternoon.


But what about a major operation? Well, there comes a time in the life of any finely tuned international athlete/overweight ex international banker* when things wear out, and in my case my right hip has been the first to go. Here then was my big opportunity to add to my life experience, and it was always going to be done in France.


That was earlier this month, and I’m glad to say that I’m very much still here to tell the tale. Don’t worry, I’m not going to entertain you with the gory details. Suffice it to say that my treatment was absolutely exemplary. I couldn’t have been looked after better. The clinic (Medipole in Toulouse), was (is) modern, spotlessly clean and efficient. The staff are all amazing; always cheerful and so helpful, and this at a time when pay and conditions for staff are an increasing concern. Marvellous.



Please don’t get the wrong idea and think that I enjoyed the experience though.
There are several thousand other things I can think of that I’d rather do than go through it again. However, if I have to, I know where I will have it done, and it will be here in France.


All that remains for this year is for me to wish you a very happy New Year. Let’s look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2015 for all.

If you have any questions on this, or any other subject, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Rob Hesketh:
By phone on 0468 247758 or mobile 0631 787647
Or by mail at rob.hesketh@spectrum-ifa.com You can find out more about Spectrum at www.spectrum-ifa.com and www.france-financial.com

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Christmas Day lunch

In an attempt to make us all feel better about eating like things possessed at Christmas, I thought I'd share this article from The Telegraph - fill your boots!

" The Christmas season is often associated with gluttony and over-indulgence - and why not too? We're all allowed to go a bit bananas now and then. Thankfully, your tale of Christmas nutrition need not be one of bulging eyes matched by expanding waistlines. There are some seasonal staples around at this time of year that have some great hidden health benefits. Make sure you include them in your Christmas food wish list and the Yuletide season need not be as damaging as some will have you believe.

Sprouts of hope

First on the list is the humble brussel sprout. Sprouts have the same chemistry as all of the brassica’s (like cabbage and broccoli) but with super concentrated levels of key nutrients. The most important is the isothiocyanates, a chemical group that has antimutagenic activity. This means they help cells correctly metabolise certain compounds that could otherwise trigger mutations leading to cancer. Brussels sprouts are also a wonderful source of beta carotene and several important minerals like magnesium.

'Probiotic' parsnip

Next, is the parsnip. These gorgeous root vegetables are a great food for digestive health.

The power of the parsnip is all down to a large indigestible sugar called an oligosaccharide, which lends the vegetable its distinctive sweet flavour. Oligosaccharide essentially acts as a food source for the good bacteria in the gut, which ferment the compound as they feed on it. During this process, the bacterial colony can grow and strengthen.

During fermentation the bacteria also release beneficial compounds such as butyric acid, which helps to protect the gut from damage.

Red cabbage relaxant

As well as adding an amazing colour contrast to your meal, red cabbage can give your body a nutritional boost. The deep colour in red cabbage comes from a group of compounds called flavonoids. These have been well studied in recent years, and are known to deliver a broad array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Recent research shows that due to action upon blood vessels, flavonoid rich foods can have a transient lowering effect upon blood pressure.

Sleep-inducing turkey

This list wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of turkey. Now, whilst it may not be the most exciting meat in the world, turkey does have one very interesting property: it's a rich source of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is used to create the neurotransmitter serotonin, which then goes on to form another neurotransmitter called melatonin, which helps induce a deep sleep. So eating turkey can help you sleep! However, one thing you need to remember is that tryptophan rich foods must be consumed with a carbohydrate source, in order to get the amino acid across the blood brain barrier where it can be converted. Which could explain the post-Christmas dinner coma (I'm sure eating your own bodyweight and drinking a gallon of champagne has nothing to do with it)."

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Bridge Problem.



You are in six clubs and the defence lead the Ace and King of hearts. Can you spot the best line?

Dummy


K 7 6 5 4 3
5 4
K 2

9 8 2



Your hand

A 9
2
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A K Q J 10

Solution

You need to hope that the diamonds break at least 4/2 and the clubs 4/1. (If you play on spades, you need clubs and spades to break 3/2 – a lesser chance) Ruff the King of hearts and play the King of diamonds, the Ace of diamonds and ruff a diamond high in Dummy. Cross back to hand with the Ace of spades and, if diamonds are not 3/3, ruff another one high. Now play the 2 of clubs to hand and draw trumps. Contract made.




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So ... Christmas is over and there is plenty to do in the garden! The mild December has meant that leaf fall from deciduous trees has been late so there are lots of leaves still lying around that can be collected and turned into leafmould or added to your compost heap. Now is a good time to spread compost on the surface of beds so that worms can work it over during winter. Winter usually brings windy weather at some point, make sure to check the soil around plants, especially newly planted ones, and firm soil down if it has been loosened. If you have planted winter flowering pansies regular dead-heading will ensure continued flowering.

The mild December meant that many plants are still flowering; one unusual herbaceous perennial is Reinwardtia indica - it is winter hardy but flowers in the winter which means that in most years the flowers are destroyed by early frosts, not so this year and the golden yellow flowers have brought a lovely touch of colour to the garden.




For any garden queries do get in touch with Gill Pound ( 04 68 78 43 81 or Gill@lapetitepepiniere.com ). La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire (route de Citou) 11160 Caunes-Minervois. The nursery and garden don't have regular opening hours during the winter months but we are always open by appointment, just phone or email to arrange a time if you would like to visit.

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I am an Australian and I am displeased of your flippant through away title of this flyer. It is far from amusing and shows your ignorant disregard for those involved in yesterday’s events in Sydney. @ innocent people died in that siege and they deserve more respect than that not given by you!

I am unsubscribing from your email and will be letting everyone I know that does subscribe of my thoughts of you as editor.

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Steve
I only wish to say one thing about your heading regarding "Jihadi Lindt" for today's Flyer, while innocent people were still being held hostage at gunpoint by a nutter - very insentiive and very poor taste.
David

We really did not appreciate you making a joke of the death of two innocent people. You would be the first to whinge loudly if an Australian newspaper made light of the death of Lee Rigby. This event is not funny, and not something to make you look 'clever'. You just show yourself to be a smart arse with no feelings, and no common sense.
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Dear Steve,

Just learned of the passage to a better place of Joe Cocker... What a good man. I had the chance to meet him once, in Budapest, where he was singing. I was with Bobby Charlton - we were attending a sports 'do'. Of course he recognised Bobby & asked if he could join us! I just gasped. At table with two of my favourite heroes!! I just listened gob-struck as they discussed the relative merits of the 'Blades' and the 'Owls'.
Of course, Joe came from Sheffield, home of Sheff. United & Wednesday, so he knew what he was talking about!
I assume you knew him pretty well. I think he's worth a word, no a track, or two in the next edition of the 'Flyer', which along with 'L'Independant' & 'L'Equipe' is my only journalistic reading matter these days!
Cheers & a Merrie Christmas & Happy New Year

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Re: Aude & Ariege Flyer 2015

Postby peter » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:09 pm

Aude and Ariege Flyer 21 January 2015



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There is all this talk in the UK of people going to A&E for the wrong reasons: toenails in need of a trim, hangover help and bad-hair-day dramas are just three of the bizarre reasons why people turn up at Accident and Emergency, a new NHS campaign has revealed.

The Choose Well campaign urges people to go to the right place for NHS treatment after new figures revealed that one in four A&E patients could care for themselves or get treatment elsewhere. Other weird and wonderful reasons for casualty visits ranged from constipation and diarrhoea to seeking treatment for a sick dog and even help with removing false nails.

One woman took her child to A&E to ask the staff to clean dog poo off her child's shoe, while another went to complain that her hand had turned blue after the dye on her jeans had rubbed off on her skin.

Shouldn’t they just be treated in the same way as hoax callers on 999 i.e. liable to prosecution? Perhaps it would galvanise their thinking.



It’s that time of the year where news will trickle out about the Carcassonne festival, unless I missed some stuff so far it’s only Johnny Halliday performing at the racecourse and it appears to be a 3 day event. Who could the other heavy hitters be? Muse maybe? Well it won’t be Lennie Kravitz who is down for Argeles and Nimes already. Sting seems to be down for Nimes as well and I would have thought that was with Paul Simon. Santana is also on at Argeles and Nimes if you feel like some Caravanserai on a warm summer’s night.



Many of you will remember a survey that I conducted through the Flyer a few years back, which returned some interesting results in the area of things that you can’t buy in France or they are just too highly priced to buy when they reach you. Let me know the top 3 things you have to buy when you are in the UK or things you get people to bring? Maybe a lot more is now available?




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Have you ever wondered, like me, why some French words which are very similar to their English counterparts have at the front an ‘e’ where we have an ‘s’. I decided to look into this and there are a huge number of these words not least of all ‘étranger’:

étrangler – strangle L

étage – stage OF

épine – spine L

épice – spice L

étoffe – stuff OF

The majority of these words come from either Latin or Old French and actually did start their lives with an ‘s’ at the front. Then at some point the French felt it was too difficult to pronounce the ‘s’ and so an ‘e’ was added to make an ‘es’ at the front. As time went by people stopped pronouncing the ‘s’ in ‘es’ and only the ‘e’ remained.

When the English took words from the French they omitted the ‘e’ because apparently it wasn’t stable enough or maybe it just sounded too French to the burgeoning English language.

And if you think it weird that the French had a problem with the ‘s’ at the beginning of words, consider the problem that the English appear to have with ‘p’ at the beginning of certain words e.g. psychology etc.

If anyone knows of any book, which isn’t too dense so possibly ‘for dummies’, which compares the two languages I’d like to hear of it.








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Welcome to 2015. Let’s all hope for a prosperous and, maybe optimistically, safe year to come. This is my 60th year on the planet, and the cracks are starting to show. Many thanks indeed to the many well-wishers who sent me messages of goodwill following my hip operation in December. They were much appreciated. I am up and about again now, and whilst I may leave it a few more weeks before I resume training for the triple-jump, it is good to be able to get around freely. Bear with me, I will get to the financial stuff soon.



With the physical recovery going well, my mental state did take a knock however on an early foray back into the big wide world. Congratulating myself on being able to get around with only one crutch, I decided to take myself off to my local Bricomarché to buy some light fittings. With only one checkout open, I resigned myself to a long wait at the back of the queue. I suddenly realised that the people in front of me were moving aside, and I was being beckoned to the front by the cashier. How utterly charming, and completely crushing. When I protested, I was told that this was normal treatment for ‘handicapped’ people. I was appalled. Not that a DIY chain should treat it clients this way, but at the fact that they should regard me as a ‘client in need’. It was like peering into my dotage. How many years before it is me with a long grey beard, waving a walking stick, being pushed in a wheelchair?



Looking back on that day recently, it struck me that there is probably a link with my recent focus on old age and pensions. I know I’ve said before that the older you get, the more interesting pensions become, but I really think that it is true. What is worrying me now is the growing list of younger people who are getting very interested in our pensions, for all the wrong reasons. The younger crowd I’m referring to are politicians who are gleefully rubbing their hands and salivating over our pension assets. There seems to be no political rivalry over the new pension reforms due in April that are to sweep away all forms of prudent financial planning for old age. They’ve all got their eyes glued on the same pot.



Please allow me to get slightly technical for a moment, and explain GAD to you. The initials stand for Government Actuarial Department. Actuaries are very clever people, mathematicians basically, who walk around wired into computers. One of their jobs used to be to come up with a formula that worked out how much you could draw from your personal pension per year without reducing your pension pot too quickly. In short, they were there to make sure that your pension outlived you. 100% GAD meant the maximum you could safely draw from your pension.



Then the politicians started to get interested. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if we let the old fogeys have more of their pensions to spend? That way we can boost the economy for the rest of us. It won’t be a problem, they’ll probably still die before the pension runs out. Let’s try 120% GAD and see how we get on. Well, OK, it helped a bit, but we still need more capital spending. Let’s see how we get on with 150% GAD. The next logical step is of course about to take place in April. Forget GAD. You can have the lot. Use your pension as a bank account. Treat yourself to something special.



This is in my view tantamount to criminal recklessness. You and I may be completely confident in our ability to run our own finances, and I trust that that is in fact the case. But who is going to protect the vulnerable amongst the older generations? Who is going to protect pensioners from double glazing salesmen; roofing contractors; cowboy builders; money grabbing children looking for early access to their supposed inheritances?



And then there are the annuities. These are financial instruments that you used to have to buy with your pension funds. These gave you a guaranteed income for life. You are no longer obliged to buy an annuity with your pension fund. I do agree with this. The fall in long term interest rates meant that annuity rates fell quite dramatically over the years, and the income you bought became less and less. I suppose then it should come as no surprise when we hear that pensioners are to be allowed to sell their annuities, and receive lump sums instead. More money to spend. More tax to pay. In twenty years’ time this could turn into a monumental national scandal, but by that time our current batch of politicians will be retired, enjoying their protected pensions.





My own personal pensions are now safely housed well away from further potential meddling. I will not be drawing out huge (I wish) sums to finance cars or cruises, and barring worldwide financial calamities there will be enough money to see me out. If I do last another 15 years, whatever is left will also go to my chosen beneficiaries without any tax deducted. Did I mention the 45% tax that will be payable in the UK?







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

By phone on 0468 247758 or mobile 0631 787647



Or by mail at rob.hesketh@spectrum-ifa.com You can find out more about Spectrum at www.spectrum-ifa.com and www.france-financial.com





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Friends,
A correspondent (Simon Wollen) has composed a résumé of the Winter Fuel Payment affair. He has sent it to his MP.
It is excellent. It is attached.
May I earnestly entreat you to send it to your MP. Remember to tell your MP or ex MP the following.
Dear ------------- M.P.
Before leaving the UK for my present residence in (France/Spain/Cyprus etc) I lived in your constituency at ............... You, therefore, are the MP who should represent my interests in Parliament.
Please read the attached and I earnestly request that you sign the EDM number 695 tabled by the well respected MPs Sir Roger Gale and Sir Peter Bottomley.
Surely such experienced politicians deserve your support.
Please read the attached résumé by Mr. Wollen of the circumstances.
your name ...............................


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So far (Thursday 22 January 4.30 p.m.) only one other MP has added their signature to the two original sponsors of the EDM - Sir Roger Gale and Sir Peter Bottomley.
excuses have been
It is the custom to respond only to the needs of constituents.
As a minister I cannot intervene.
I will look at the matter later
- others no response at all.

This matter must be dealt with well before the 9th February - Please help... Brian Cave

To find your MP - http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Mr. Wollen's paper can also be located via www.lefourquet.net/SWollenWFP-jan2015.doc


You may not yet be involved with WFP, but we are all likely to be affected by Government attempts to govern using a false basis for its Statutory Instruments. For example using the temperatures of the tropical and equatorial areas of the French State to falsify the mean winter temperature of France, to make it higher than the winter temperature of SW England'. So also act in the interests of solidarity with those a little older.

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Harry Shindler (93) writes his first ever email today.


Democracy day...

Today is democracy day when we recall the first British parliament 750 years ago.....But 750 years on..... One million ex pats are denied the vote.

The first act of the new parliament after the general election must be to right this wrong and by so doing line up with the other democratic nations of the world

Harry Shindler. M.B.E.

Italy

Harry refers to the Parliament of Simon de Montfort of the 20th January 1265 - the first ever.


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If you haven't already done so now is the time to winter prune your wisteria; cut stems back to two or three buds to tidy the plant up before the growing season starts. It is also a good time to trim back other climbers such as ivy and Virginia Creeper to contain their growth. If you are planning on any new areas of planting this spring it is a good idea to get started on digging over such areas in readiness. And, although it has been a relatively mild winter so far don't forget to keep bird feeders clean and topped up with food, remember to provide some water as well.

I have said before that winter interest in the garden isn't just from berries and flowers . Eriogonums are a genus of shrubby plants from summer dry areas of the US which make a lovely dome shape with a long period of flowering in July and August but their seed heads can still look amazing well into winter. The photographs show Eriogonum fasiculatum in full flower in August and then with the russet red tones of the seedheads during January. The plant will be clipped in another couple of weeks or so, ready to make new growth for next years flowers.










































For any garden queries do get in touch with Gill Pound ( 04 68 78 43 81 or Gill@lapetitepepiniere.com ). La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire (route de Citou) 11160 Caunes-Minervois. The nursery and garden don't have regular opening hours during the winter months but we are always open by appointment, just phone or email to arrange a time if you would like to visit; regular opening hours will start on the 27th February when we'll be open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 6pm until the end of November. We are currently in the process of up-dating our website (thanks to Bruce Taylor) so please have a look at www.lapetitepepiniere.com for an up to date list of plants we propose this year and lots of new photos.




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We are getting good reception from our 90 cm dish on all channels including HD . Reception started beginning of November and only went off during the two days of heavy rain recently. After the storms cleared everything came back.

CGM.



Hi Steve,

Here is a link to my news page, it explains why some people smaller dishes may be working at the moment.

http://www.digitvsolutions.com/#!satellite-news/c175d

Hope it helps.

Kind Regards

Stephen Marston

Digi TV Solutions



It all depends - Sky viewers will still be receiving those channels (SKY) plus a few other odds n sods on 60 Cms! (Different Sat from BBC etc.,.)

Yes, at present, with the predominant high pressure and clear skies, reception is possible (actually recorded as such) on 80 Cms!

But, when the real clouds come back, whether rain, or worse, snow laden, then it's back to 120 Cms for anything like reliable reception, especially of HD channels.

I repeat my offer of last spring, fairly widely published in the area, of guidance, advice and more (short of installation) for those who are still attempting, and struggling with a Satellite solution to the problem. (Absolutely free, of course.)







The Limoux section of AVF (Accueil des Villes Françaises) organises a quiz from time to time: details on avflimoux@orange.fr 14 rue de la Blanquerie 11300 Limoux or 04 68 31 72 69 (Monday & Thursday 2.30 to 5 pm).

According to their latest newsletter:

The Quiz will take place on Tuesday 27th January at 7pm in the Café de Commerce, with a charge of 2 euros per person. You will be able to order a meal from the restaurant Le Concept.

Their membership is about a third English speaking, not limited just to new arrivals, and they organise French & English courses, bussed shopping trips to Toulouse for the “soldes” and various other events.

Hope this helps.

John Vernon

Some vide greniers and foires!
Please check before setting off http://vide-greniers.org
They also have a sister site where you can giveaway stuff or find stuff others are giving http://donnons.org
Its all recycling - you know it makes sense!
If there are two in the same town on the same day, it could be a duplicate on the site or a second event
Black = Aude - Brown = Ariege
vide
Samedi 24 Janvier

Coursan Vide grenier

Saverdun Vide greniers+brocante

Dimanche 25 Janvier

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Coursan Vide grenier

Narbonne Vide grenier, foire vêtements, produits terroir

Pamiers Marché etpuces et à la brocantes

Samedi 31 Janvier
Coursan Vide grenier

Saverdun Vide greniers+brocante

Dimanche 1 Fevrier

Carcassonne Vide grenier brocante

Coursan Vide grenier

Limoux Vide grenier+brocante, mensuelle le 1er dimanche chaque mois

Limoux Vide grenier

Mazères Vide grenier mensuel

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DISNEY ON ICE 30 Jan 1 Feb Zenith Toulouse

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Cathar Castle Tours have been operating for a few years now, running week long tours concentrating on the usual “Cathar Castles” as well as a number of other sites with strong Cathar connections. Their tours are normally a week long, residential, and aimed at English speaking visitors with an interest in history, medieval life, Catharism, the Albigensian Crusade and the Languedoc. The tours are led by James McDonald, an author who has been researching the Cathars since he moved to the Languedoc almost twenty years ago. They are fact based but entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. (You can read some Trip Advisor reviews at Cathar Country Tours)



A few people have suggested shorter non-resident tours for English speaking locals – at a substantially reduced price. This is a significantly different proposition, so Cathar Castle Tours are looking to assess what readers of the Aude Flyer would be interested in. If there is enough demand, they’ll put together a programme for Spring next year.



If you are interested please drop them a line directly at contact@catharcountry.info or sophieduncanmcdonald@gmail.com

It would help if you could provide the following information (no commitment!):

Numbers of people you know who might be interested and how much they already know about the Cathars (nothing, not much, a fair amount, lots)

Any particular sites you’re interested in visiting (there’s a list at their website including a few sites you might not have heard of, or have heard of but didn’t know they had Cathar connections)

Whether you’d be interested in 1 day, 3 days or 5 days tours.

Any particular aspect you’re interested in (Cathar beliefs, medieval crusading, Inquisition practices, castle architecture, personalities, siege warfare, etc)

If you’d be interested in a talk or series of talks on aspects of Catharism as well as visits (and if so, any topics you’re particularly interested in.)

You’ll find more information about the content of their standard tours at www.catharcountry.info which will give you an idea of what’s on offer.
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