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  February 2012
  Issue #28

Now is the last chance to                                                                                                                                    INSIDE > > >

spend your French francs
                                                                                                                                                             Brive and Limoges
                                                                                                                                                             rugby clubs to merge?
                                                                                                                                                             An historic
                                                                                                                                                             merger could
                                                                                                                                                             be on the
 ♦ The franc was first introduced in                                                                                                                         cards, creating
 1360 to pay for the king's ransom.                                                                                                                          France's first
 ♦ Decimalised in 1795, it remained                                                                                                                          rugby franchise >> Page 5
 the country's currency until 2002.                                                                                                                          Free enters French
 ♦ The deadline for exchanging old                                                                                                                           mobile market
                                                                                                                                                             For just €19.99/month for an
 franc notes is February 17th 2012.

                                                                                                                                                             all inclusive package with
         f you believe everything that     their face value in Euros based on the
                                                                                                                                                             calls to 40 countries, Free has
         you read in the papers, the       same fixed rate of 1 EUR = 6.55957                                                                                shaken up the mobile market
         Euro may be heading the way       FRF that was used when the European                                                                                                    >> Page 6
         of the dodo and the French        currency was first introduced 10 years
         franc could be on its way         ago, i.e. €3.05 for a 20 franc note,
         back. This is probably still      €7.62 for a 50 franc note and €15.24                                                                              Nudist appears on
very unlikely, but even if the franc did   for a 100 franc note etc. Experts are                                                                             La Redoute website
make a comeback, ‘old’ French francs       advising, however, that if you have a
                                                                                                                                                             The French retailer apolo-
will be no good to you… in fact, they      pristine note, its value will triple over
will cease to be valid currency on         the next 5 years as a collectable, so it                                                                          gises for featuring a naked
February 17th.                             may be worth holding on to.                                                                                       man in its childrensware
   Anyone with a stash of old notes           It is difficult to estimate how many
from some long forgotten holiday           francs are still in circulation, but the
                                                                                                                                                             collection        >> Page 9
had better clean out the loft and cash     Banque de France puts the figure at
                                                                                       © 2006 - Remibetin (WikiCommons)

in their francs before it is too late.     about the equivalent of €600 million,
A decade after France adopted the          or nearly 4 billion French francs!
Euro, the Banque de France will stop
exchanging old notes for Euros later
                                           Although the number of people
                                           cashing in the old currency has risen
                                                                                                                          Ryanair announces plans to
                                                                                                                                                             Your indispensible guide to
this month. After this time, they will
become little more than collector's
                                           by a factor of 5 this year, there has
                                           not been the rush expected by many,
                                                                                                                          charge up to €100 per bag in the   the region's Businesses
   All the notes can be exchanged for      >> continued on page 3                                                         height of summer      >> Page 6                >> Centre Pages

                                                                                more and more voices suggesting        And not in a tongue-in-cheek,

                    Welcome to
                                                                                that this is not totally unrealistic
                                                                                if things do not improve soon. I
                                                                                                                       light parody kind of a way - this is
                                                                                                                       ‘French’ in the properly pejorative       INSIDE
                                                                                can’t see it happening. Much like      sense.
                                                                                                                                                                this edition
                 The Bugle
                                                                                West Ham in the Premiership, the          Like most, I have heard the
                                                                                Euro is ‘too big to go down’ (yes,     stories about French fries being
                                                                                I know we got relegated, but we’ll     renamed freedom fries in the wake      1 & 3-5 Local News

                                                                                be back up this season!)               of the Iraq invasion, but I had no     6-9 National News
                                                                                   The pressure is on me in the        idea that the American distrust
             ebruary is already         story about it being the ‘most          coming months, and no, not             of the French ran so deep that it      10 Feature
             upon us and spring is      depressing day of the year’. I          just because the paper is getting      could be used as a valid basis for     11-13 French Life
             just around the corner.    believe that it is the first working    bigger and better and attracting       a character attack. Interestingly, I
             I love this time of        Monday after New Year. It is a bit      more and more interest (which it       believe that in the Primary after      14 Bilingual Page
             year as it feels like      of a lazy story, but an interesting     is – did anyone see us on French       his opponent ran this campaign,        15 Letters to the Editor
we're through the worst of winter       idea nonetheless: that for things       television again the other day!?!).    Mr Romney did not win for the
and a long summer lies ahead. In        to get better, they first have to hit   Rather, the current pressure comes     first time. I don’t follow American    16-17 Classifieds
reality, I don’t mind winter at all     the bottom. The shortest days are       from Birthday Season. We have a        politics that closely, so this could   18 Clubs & Associations
(apart from the occasional massive      behind us (as is the expense of         birthday in my house in January,       of course be a coincidence. Perhaps
snowfall) and summer either             Christmas), the warmer weather is       February, March and April, and         our American readers could shed
                                                                                                                                                              19 Notice Board
disappoints or is too hot for my        all ahead and we can start planning     unfortunately, only one of those is    some light on this?                    20 What's On
liking. BBQ season always makes         for a prosperous new year.              mine. Throw in a Valentine’s day
up for that, though.                       I wonder if this analogy can be      and after an underwhelming effort        Until next month.                    B1-B7 Business Directory
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in February and I got straight on       false dawns over the last 12            I don’t really buy into gender           Editor
the phone and rounded up some
friends for a BBQ. When people
                                        months, only for the situation
                                        to apparently get even worse. I
                                                                                stereotypes, but I am a typical
                                                                                man sometimes. So if anyone can
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started arriving at just after 4pm
the sun was already on the way
                                        was reading back through some
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                                                                                suggest any spontaneous, lavish
                                                                                and romantic gestures (that are
down, by 5pm the light was fading       can’t believe that I have already       cheap and planned in advance                                                           General:
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and psychologically it was good         month is the disappearance of the       US presidential race (in fact we                                    
to feel like winter was starting to     French franc, which is set to finally   also have the La Redoute nudist,                                                       Write to:
break. Although that reminds me,        become obsolete 10 years after the      so that’s two pretty weird stories
I still don’t have enough chairs for    introduction of the Euro. It seems
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                                                                                - see page 9 for both). He has
indoor parties!!                        barely conceivable that the Euro        come under a well funded, highly
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                                                                                                                                                     LOCAL NEWS ♦ 3

Au revoir French franc                                                                    Surgical first at CHU Limoges
                                                                                          In a European first, sur-
                                                                                          geons at Limoges' CHU
                                                                                          hospital have carried out
                                                                                          a major operation on a
                                                                                          newborn baby using robot-
                                                                                          assisted surgery.

                                                                                                    urgeons at the Centre
                                                                                                    hospitalier universitaire
                                                                                                    (CHU) in Limoges have
                                                                                                    carried out a European
                                                francs as ‘free’ money and will spend     first by performing a robot-assisted
>> continued from pg 1                          them where they can.                      operation on a newborn baby.
which means that a large proportion                In the Limousin, the only official        When baby Louise was born at
of those 4 billion francs will turn into        place where the currency can be           a healthy 3.2kg, her parents had
worthless paper in a few weeks' time.           exchanged is the Banque de France         every reason to celebrate, but their
   Some local entrepreneurs have                in Limoges, although some trésors         joy soon turned to despair when
again started accepting the old                 publiques in Creuse and Corrèze           it emerged that Louise had a rare        department, we have three years’       by chance there were no robot-
money in an attempt to drum up                  will also apparently take them if the     throat complication, a congenital        of experience with surgical robots,    assisted surgeries scheduled for
new business. It is not always that             amounts are small. You will usually       problem undetectable before birth.       although up until now we had           the following day. “We warned the
straightforward to exchange the                 need a piece of identity and to be able      “The trachea of the baby was          never used the technology on a         parents, who were still in shock
money for Euros through the banks,              to explain how you came about the         directly connected to the stomach”,      newborn with this kind of problem      from the news, what we were
or may involve a long journey, so               money (if the amount is particularly      explained Professor Fourcade, in         as they are usually too small. But,    planning in the knowledge that
plenty of people see old stashes of             large). ■                                 charge of paediatric surgery at the      as it happened, Louise was a very      we could always fall back on the
                                                                                          CHU. “In this case, the stomach          healthy weight - over 3 kilos - and    ‘classic’ method at any time.”
                                                                                          fills with air, the infant inhales its   we felt that this remote surgery was     The surgery went well and Louise
                         Did you know...?                                                 own saliva and you need to act
                                                                                          very quickly.” This intervention
                                                                                                                                   a viable alternative. Particularly
                                                                                                                                   because this process allows us
                                                                                                                                                                          has recently been allowed to return
                                                                                                                                                                          home with her proud parents.
 The first ever French franc – the “franc à cheval” – was issued in 1360. These           normally         involves        open    to perform a much more delicate          Doctors at the CHU have
 gold coins were struck during the Hundred Years’ War to pay for the liberation           surgery, with all the associated         suturing, using thread the width of    indicated that they will now be
 of King Jean le Bon, who had been captured by the English. The name “franc”              complications      of    anaesthesia,    a hair.”                               able to use this type of intervention
 was chosen to signify that “le roi est franc des Anglais”, in other words ‘free’         scarring and pain.                          In these cases, surgery is          as standard on newborn babies
 from the English.                                                                           “At     the    CHU       paediatric   required within 24 hours and           weighing more than 3kg. ■

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announces new Chinese conviction
store in Limoges                                      Limoges-based      shoe     manufacturer
                                                   Weston is celebrating. Not only has it
                                                   reached its 120 th anniversary, but it has
It’s official! Fashion retailer Zara will be
                                                   also welcomed the news that a Chinese
opening a new store at 15, rue du Consulat
                                                   court has sentenced the two owners of a
in the region’s capital, Limoges, this autumn.
                                                   factory producing counterfeit copies of its

                                                                                                  © 2009 - Colin-47 (Flickr)
The news, which has been an open secret for
                                                   footwear to prison.
some time, has been welcomed by many of
                                                      The high-end shoemaker has aggressively
the city’s retailers who feel that the recently
                                                   pursued counterfeiters in recent years as
opened Family Village retail park on Limoges’
northern outskirts has drawn shoppers away         it looks to protect its brand. The Chinese
from the city centre.                              factory in question, which was closed

                                                                                                                               2011 warmest year on record
                                                   down in December 2010, was at one point
                                                   churning out 300 cheap imitations of the

                                                   famous shoes per week.
   Spanish retailer Zara is a popular chain in        With prison terms of three years each
                                                                                                                                        011 has now officially     one of only two months with             24th dropping as low as 9.6°C
France and will provide a welcome boost to         for the two owners, as well as fines of
                                                                                                                                        gone down in the           temperatures lower than the             at Limoges and a monthly
local businesses in terms of attracting shoppers   €22,000 and €30,000, Weston hopes that
                                                                                                                                        record books as one        monthly average was July (the           rainfall 41% above usual
into the centre of Limoges.                        this will send out a clear message to other
                                                                                                                                        of the hottest years       other being January), which             levels. The rain then continued
   Some have voiced their concern about the        counterfeiters.                                                             ever, both in the Limousin          hit certain areas of the tourist        into August, which saw an
impact the renovations, which have already            “We are engaged in combating this with                                   and across France as a whole.       industry hard.                          increase of 75% over seasonal
begun, will have on the building and surrounding   a team of specialists using a worldwide                                     After a 2010 that was one of           The start of January in the          norms as well as relatively
area. The project’s architect, however, has        network of contacts”, explained Eric Vallat,                                the coldest in recent decades,      Limousin showed no sign of              cool temperatures.
assured the association Renaissance du Vieux       chief executive of Weston. “To see our                                      the     unseasonably     warm       what was to come. The coldest              Autumn, like spring, was
Limoges that the façade of the building, dating    efforts rewarded in this way is extremely                                   weather throughout 2011             day of the year was registered          unusually mild, culminating
from 1668, will not be damaged in the work.        satisfying.”                                                                was in stark contrast to the        on the 4th January when the             in the warmest November
                                                                                                                               previous year.                      mercury dropped to – 6.3°C at           in over 100 years. The rains
                                                                                                                                  On a national level, the         the weather station at Limoges-         came back with a vengeance
                                                                                                                               average temperature across          Bellegarde. But the south-west          in December, however, with
                                                                                                                               France in 2011 was 13.6°C,          of France soon began seeing             twice the expected rain seen
                                                                                                                               François Gourand told news          warmer temperatures, with               across the region. That was
                                                                                                                               agency AFP, making it the           a high of 13.4°C recorded in            not enough to replenish the
                                                                                                                               warmest year since 1900             Limoges later in the month.             water table after the ‘drought’
                                                                                                                               and 0.2°C warmer than the           As a whole, January came in             conditions of early 2011 and
                                                                                                                               previous hottest year on            just below the norm, but the            it remains to be seen what this
                                                                                                                               record, 2003.                       warm weather at the end of the          will mean for 2012.
                                                                                                                                  Last year's spring was           month continued into spring,               On a global level, the World
                                                                                                                               particularly    warm,     with      which also saw a lack of rain           Meteorological Organisation
                                                                                                                               temperatures an average 4.0°C       – only 7mm of rain fell on the          said at the end of November
                                                                                                                               warmer across the country in        Haute-Vienne in April!                  that 2011 was at that point the
                                                                                                                               April than the norm (according         In June the weather became           “10th warmest year at a global
                                                                                                                               to Météo France, the “norm” is      even more erratic, with                 level” since records began in
                                                                                                                               the average temperature from        temperatures of 5.8°C on the            1850.
                                                                                                                               1971 to 2000).                      1st and the year’s hottest day of          Moreover, the world's 13
                                                                                                                                  As     well     as    being      35.7°C recorded on the 27th.            hottest years since records
                                                                                                                               exceptionally dry, a fact that         As schools broke up in July          began are all from the last
                                                                                                                               caused havoc to farmers and         and many businesses geared              15 years, the UN weather
                                                                                                                               gardeners alike, 2011 was           up for the tourist season, the          organisation said, highlighting
                                                                                                                               the warmest since 1939 in           crazy weather continued,                growing concerns about the
                                                                                                                               the Limousin. Ironically,           with the temperature on July            trend of global warming. ■

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LOCAL NEWS ♦ 5

Brive and Limoges to form France's                                                                                                                                                                                  Little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    change in
first regional rugby franchise?                                                                                                                                                                                     road death
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    figures for
With Brive struggling financially in the Top
14 and Limoges' lower league side unable                                                                                                                                                                            2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Road deaths across the
to fill its impressive stadium, the Limou-                                                                                                                                                                          Haute-Vienne were stable
sin could be about to see the first regional                                                                                                                                                                        in 2011, with 19 fatalities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    recorded, the same as the
franchise in France, in what some are say-                                                                                                                                                                          previous year, although
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    three of these deaths came
ing is the future for French rugby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in December. The figures
             n the one hand,          Many see this as the future                                                                                                                                                   largely     follow    national
             we have a club        for French rugby, but others                                                                                                                                                     trends, as the government
             struggling       to   say that smaller clubs with                                                                                                                                                      battles to reduce the number
             make ends meet        long and proud histories                                                                                                                                                         of fatalities on the country's
in the top flight of French        will simply be swallowed up                                                                                                                                                      roads.
rugby, with a relatively small     and consigned to the history                                                                                                                                                        All three December deaths
stadium and poor attendance.       books.                                                                                                                                                                           were the result of alcohol and
                                                                      © 2008 - Taneroa (Flickr)

On the other, a club only 96          Brive are relatively small                                                                                                                                                    excessive speed.
kilometres away that will soon     fish in France’s top echelon                                                                                                                                                        Over the whole year, there
boast a 20,000 seat stadium,       of rugby – the Top 14. With a                                                                                                                                                    were 532 road injuries in
that has a larger potential pool   budget of only €13.7 million,                                                                                                                                                    the Haute-Vienne in 2011,
of supporters, but no top-flight   they have the third smallest                                                                                                                                                     down from 715 the previous
team. The solution is simple       spending power of teams in                                                                                                                                                       year, 149 of which required
on paper: combine the two          that league. That they have                                    hand, has a 14,000 seat                  promoted briefly to France’s         the idea has broad support,         hospitalisation, also down
clubs of Brive and Limoges to      survived this long amongst                                     stadium, soon to become                  second tier, it saw crowds           although most are keen to           from 179 in 2010.
create France’s first regional     the other elite clubs is largely                               20,000 seats, but only has a             of 3,000, comparable to the          emphasise that it is equally           Creuse fared marginally
rugby franchise.                   due to their successful                                        team languishing in the lower            city’s basketball team, and          important at the same time to       better, with 9 road fatalities,
   The idea is not new - it        corporate sponsorship – they                                   leagues and a meagre budget              attracted 4,740 supporters           focus on the smaller clubs and      one fewer than 2010, and
was first proposed over a          receive 54% of their budget                                    of €1.4 million. What it does            when it hosted Toulon, a             grass-roots rugby.                  also saw a 9% drop in the
year ago - but support for the     from corporate advertising                                     have is many more potential              figure that suggests there is           No official announcement         number of injuries to just 81.
groundbreaking merger seems        revenue compared to the                                        supporters than the relatively           a demand for high quality            has been made, but rugby            Again, alcohol was a major
to be gaining momentum and         league average of 42%. Unlike                                  sparsely    populated     area           rugby in the region’s capital.       enthusiasts in the Limousin         factor; a quarter of deaths
a decision does not appear to      other clubs, they cannot rely                                  around Brive. Montpellier,                  The general feeling among         and further afield will be          resulted from drivers with
be far off. Were a deal to be      on gate receipts. In the first                                 for example, has a larger                former players and coaches           waiting with baited breath to       over 2.5g/l of alcohol in
struck, a regional ‘Limousin’      half of this season, Brive has                                 population than the whole of             is that the merger would be          see what lies ahead for the         their blood (the legal limit in
franchise would be born,           had an average attendance of                                   Corrèze. When Limoges was                beneficial for the region and        region’s rugby. ■                   France is 0.5g/l).
much along the same lines          just 9,235 supporters, behind
as the 4 ‘provincial’ sides        even Lyon and Bordeaux, the
of Ireland and the top-flight      two promoted sides who have                                     32000 ft² of great products incl. Toiletries, DIY, Housewares, Furniture plus loads more at great prices & we are even open on SUNDAYS!!
franchises that now exist in       since moved their home games
Wales and in the southern          away from their usual grounds.
hemisphere Super 15.                  Limoges, on the other

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Free enters mobile market                                                                                                                                               New heavier
                                                                                                                                                                        fines for auto-
T                                                                                                                                                                       entrepreneurs
           he mobile phone market                   option is free for existing Free
           in France has been blown                 customers.
           wide open following the                     Neither option comes with a
           entry of Free Mobile                     phone; these must be purchased                                                                                      New,      heavier      fines     for
with a €19.99 all-inclusive                         separately or on a 12/24-month                                                                                      late declaration by auto-
package. The low-cost telecoms                      contract with Free.                                                                                                 entrepreneurs have been brought
operator has already caused waves                      The offer, which sharply                                                                                         into effect this year as part of the
in the broadband market when                        undercuts the cheapest equivalent                                                                                   Social Security Budget Act (loi
it introduced its famous €29.99                     deals of the other big mobile                                                                                       de financement de la sécurité
all-inclusive offer last year for                   players,     Orange,    SFR     and                                                                                 sociale).
landline phone, broadband and TV,                   Bouygues Telecom, has led to the                                                                                      Those set up under the auto-
and is now bidding to break into                    beginning of a price war. Orange                                                                                    entrepreneur scheme, similar to
the lucrative mobile market.                        was the first to lower its prices                                                                                   the ‘sole-trader’ status in the UK,
   The offer from Free proved                       in response to the arrival of Free                                                                                  must declare their turnover every
so popular its website could not                    on the market, cutting the price of                                                                                 month or quarter (depending on
cope with demand when launched.                     its “Sosh” packages. These “low-         Free boss Xavier Niel said on      if they stayed with them. “Give         how they set themselves up).
The package, which is available                     cost” options only available over     BFM TV that he had expected such      your mobile phone operator a
for only €15.99 for existing Free                   the internet have dropped from        a riposte. “They did the same thing   lesson,” he said. “Tell them you’ve
customers, includes unlimited                       €19.90 to €9.90 for the entry level   with broadband,” he said. “The        understood. Come and join us or
calls to 40 countries, unlimited                    version and from €39.90 to €24.90     method is simple – you start to       tell them they can offer the same
SMS messages and unlimited                          for the top, “unlimited” one.         lower prices on the budget brands     price – we leave the choice of
mobile internet. As is usual these                     Bouygues Telecom also said         and then realise that the whole       weapons to you.”
days ‘unlimited’ actually has a                     it planned to reduce its prices in    house is burning down so lower           SFR boss Franck Cadoret
limit, and Free’s website seems to                  response and there are sure to be     prices all round.”                    has insisted that “price is not
suggest a 3GB ‘fair usage’ limit                    a number of deals, promotions and        Niel attacked other operators’     everything”. For example, their
of data traffic on the unlimited                    price cuts over the coming months     high prices, claiming they were       clients appreciate their large
mobile internet offer. British and                  as Free attempts to establish a       several times more expensive, and     network of shops for face-to-face
Irish landlines are included in the                 beachhead in the mobile market.       added that customers were “mugs”      advice, he said. ■
free international call allowance,

                                                    Ryanair introduce new fees
although calls to British and Irish
mobiles will be charged at €0.19/                                                                                                                                       Under the changes brought in
min.                                                                                                                                                                    this year, the minimum charge

   There is no minimum contract                                                                                                                                         for a late or missing declaration
length and Free also unveiled a                              rom 17 January 2012,                                                                                       is 1.5% of the current monthly
€2/month option that includes 60                             Ryanair has added €0.25                                                                                    social security ceiling called
minutes of free calls and 60 SMS                             per passenger to its                                                                                       “plafond de sécurité sociale” –
messages per month. This cheaper                             flights in response to                                                                                     so for 2012 this is €3031 * 1.5%
                                                    what it describes as an ‘eco-loony’                                                                                 = €46. This applies even if you
                         siret: 510 357 155 00017   tax. The tax in question is the EU                                                                                  are declaring zero turnover.
                                                    Emissions Trading System (ETS),                                                                                       If you miss several declarations
                                                    which aims to cut greenhouse                                                                                        in a year, harsher penalties will
                                                    gases.                                                                                                              be imposed on an interim basis
                                                       All European airlines will                                                                                       directly by URSSAF. You will
                Double D
               Renovations & Home Improvements
                                                    face the additional cost, and it
                                                    is expected that others beyond
                                                                                                                                                                        be notified by registered letter
                                                                                                                                                                        and then billed directly for
                                                    Ryanair will also increase the                                                                                      social contributions based on
     All types of building work, groundwork,        price of tickets to cover the ETS                                                                                   the maximum annual turnover
   renovations, decorating and maintenance                                                                                                                              permitted for your business
                Fosses septiques                       Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara                                                                                       type. A penalty fee of 5% (for
                      Roofing                                                                                                                                           monthly declarations) or 15%
                       Tiling                       said: “Ryanair does not believe
                                                    that European aviation should be                                                                                    (for quarterly declarations) will
          Kitchen and bathroom fitting
                 Conservatories                     included in the ETS scheme since                                                                                    also then be applied.
                Plaster boarding                    it accounts for less than 2 per                                                                                       An            auto-entrepreneur
                     Masonry                        cent of the EU’s CO2 emissions.       between €15-20 million during         €20/£20. Beware also of the             declaring a zero turnover for
                    Carpentry                                                                                                                                           24 consecutive months will no
                      etc. etc.                     This latest EU stealth tax will       2012.                                 10kg hand baggage allowance, as
                                                    damage traffic, tourism, European       Ryanair also recently announced     Ryanair plan to charge €100/£100        longer be eligible for the status.
      Covering depts: 03, 23, 63, 87
                                                    competitiveness and jobs at a time    much higher fees for travelling       to check in a bag during the same         Quarterly declaration dates
Telephone:                                                                                                                                                              remain unchanged at 31 Jan (for
                                                    when no other economic block is       with baggage during peak months.      peak months that was not pre-
              05 87 96 02 44                                                                                                                                            Oct-Dec turnover), 30 Apr (for
                                                    including aviation in their ETS       A checked bag will now cost           booked or fails the 10kg carry-on
              06 33 19 99 64                        schemes”. The company said the        €25/£25 in June, July, August and     allowance. This is a significant rise   Jan-Mar), 31 Jul (for Apr-Jun)
    Email:-                                                                                                                                and 31 Oct (for Jul-Sep). ■
                                                    ETS would cost its passengers         September, up from the current        on the current €40/£40 charge. ■

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                      New driving                                                                       End of the journey                                                                                                       Petrol
                      penalties in force                                                                for SeaFrance                                                                                                            prices hit

                      T                                                                                                                                                                                                          record
                                 ougher driving laws                The fine for talking on a mobile
                                 have come into effect          phone while driving has also been
                                 from January this year,
                                 with increased fines and
                      loss of points for a raft of offences.
                                                                increased from €35 to €135 with an
                                                                increase in loss of points from two
                                                                to three.
                         One area that the government               The other major change is a ban                                                                                                                              As anyone who drives
                      is cracking down on is dangerous          on speed camera detection devices.                                                                                                                               a car will have noticed
                      driving by truck drivers, especially      In theory, using any device that                                                                                                                                 recently, petrol prices
                      the recent phenomenon of watching         warns of upcoming cameras will                                                                                                                                   have gone up sharply. In
                      films while driving!                      be punishable with a €1,500 fine                                                                                                                                 January, the cost of petrol
                         The first truck driver to be           and the loss of six points. How                                                                                                                                  hit record highs, reaching

                      stopped       for      film-watching      this will be enforced remains                                                                                                                                    an average €1.5563/litre
                      was in 2008 on a motorway in              unclear as many existing, legal                                                                                                                                  for SP95 and €1.5954/
                      southwestern France and the               devices have this functionality pre-                 he journey is finally over for SeaFrance     deemed to be neither viable nor acceptable by the              litre for SP98 across
                      practice has become increasingly          installed. Drivers are being advised                 as a court in Paris has ruled that the       court.                                                         the whole of France.
                      common since – last year 324              to download updated software                         company is to be placed into liquidation        Many are laying the blame for the company’s failure         Although the price of
                      truckers were fined for this offence.     onto systems they already own                        with immediate effect. The ferry             with the powerful CFDT Maritime Nord union, which              crude oil on international
                      From 2012, the fine for watching          that contain such information or                     company, owned by the state-run rail         is being accused of “intransigence” and behaving               markets is lower than its
                      a film while driving is €1,500, up        deactivate this option.                 firm SNCF, struggled to find its place in the market      “like pirates” after rejecting previous rescue packages,       previous peak of $150/
                      from €135, with a loss of three               The government is committed         following the opening of the Channel Tunnel and has       which could have saved the company, in favour of a             barrel in 2008, the Euro
                      points instead of two.                    to reducing the number of deaths        been in financial trouble for some time.                  workers’ buyout – its preferred option. It also stands         has plummeted in value
                         Truckers apparently have film-         on France’s roads to 3,000. There          SeaFrance was placed in receivership in 2010           accused of “obscure practices” at the company.                 since.
                      watching down to a fine art. One          were around 4,000 deaths in 2011,       and its three ferries have been stuck in port since          These “obscure practices” are said to have included            Political tensions in
                      common technique for driving              half of their peak a decade ago, but    November of last year while a deal was sought. A          the assumption of hiring rights at SeaFrance by local          Nigeria and Iran are said
                      without looking is to drive along         still above targets. As part of this    last-minute €200 million rescue package put forward       union leaders who gave preference to family and                to be behind the increase
                      the grooved white line of the             commitment, 2012 will see the           by President Sarkozy was deemed illegal under EU          friends. Unqualified members of a local amateur                in fuel prices worldwide.
                      breakdown lane, which emits a             introduction of a number of new,        competition law and the court in Paris issued the order   football team, AS Marck, are reported to have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don’t forget that you
                      steady hum. Thanks to the cruise          more advanced, radars across the        for the company to be wound up. Up to 1,000 jobs will     employed aboard the ferries. The president and coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can find the cheapest
                      control and automatic speed               country. In 2011, speed cameras in      now be lost, 130 of which were in Dover.                  of the team were senior officials of CFDT Maritime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 petrol in your area using
                      regulators, drivers need not even         France generated €630 million, it          SeaFrance’s British competitor P&O had said it         Nord. A criminal investigation was also launched last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the government’s fuel
                      keep their feet on the pedals. In         was announced this month.               would challenge any state funding that might create       year into suspected systematic fraud aboard SeaFrance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 price comparison site:
                      fact, several have been stopped               The punishment for driving at       unfair competition.                                       ships, including the theft of up to €5m a year in alcohol,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 w w w. p r i x - c a r b u r a n t s .
                      with theirs up on the dashboard.          255 km/h will be decided by a court        Another last-ditch attempt by a cooperative of         perfume and cigarettes.
                         One driver was so confident at         in the coming weeks after the driver    SeaFrance workers to take over the company was               Union leaders deny these claims. ■                 ■
                      multi-tasking that he was caught          of a BMW M3 set a new speeding
                      cooking a meal on a hotplate while        record on the A51 motorway in the
                      watching his favourite flick!             Hautes-Alpes department. “I just
                         The practice is thought to have        bought it; I wanted to try it out,”
                      caused at least one death last year
                      when a woman was hit as she
                                                                said the driver, a 39-year-old garage
                                                                owner from Digne, in justification
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French crew sets Jules Verne                                                                                                                                                                                                          President
round the world sailing record                                                                                                                                                                                                        plane in
A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     landing
            French boat has           almost two days on the journey to                                    Knox Johnson took 74 days and            them,” said the Briton. “The only       I was before this trip. I even sang
            smashed the Jules         bad weather - one to the equator,                                    22 hours to complete the 28,000-         difficulty was communicating in         the Marseillaise with the others at
            Verne           Trophy    one to the Cape of Good Hope,                                        mile course on ENZA New                  French all the time as my French        the end of the trip!"
            record for the fastest    one to Cape Leeuwin, and one                                         Zealand, co-skippered by Kiwi            is not as good as it should be. But        Among the high points of the           President Sarkozy had a
circumnavigation of the globe as      from equator to equator.                                             sailing legend Sir Peter Blake.          it was a joy, a real joy to be with     voyage were seeing an iceberg             scare recently when the
it crossed the finishing line last       Brian Thompson is also now                                           “As far as the other thirteen         them. There was good humour             “as big as half of the Isle of            plane he was travelling in
month in 45 days, 13 hours, 42        the first Briton to sail around                                      members of the crew were                 and laughter. I am more in love         Wight” and seeing a new comet             had to make an emergency
minutes and 53 seconds. The time      the world non-stop 4 times and                                       concerned it was a joy to sail with      with France and the French than         on Christmas Day, he said. ■              landing after developing a
is more than 2 days faster than the   currently holds more sailing                                                                                                                                                                    problem with its braking

                                                                                                           Should other religions
previous record and almost half       world records than any other                                                                                                                                                                    systems. The Falcon 7X
of the time Phileas Fogg took in      sailor on the planet.                                                                                                                                                                           plane,     dubbed      ‘Carla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One’ which is decked out

                                                                                                           have public holidays?
Jules Verne’s famous book.               The Jules Verne Trophy
   The 14-man crew of the             is awarded to the fastest                                                                                                                                                                       in a special République
Banque Populaire V trimaran           circumnavigation of the globe                                                                                                                                                                   Française     design,    was

included British sailor Brian         by a yacht with sails handled by                                                                                                                                                                taking the president to an
Thompson. “This has been an           human power alone, regardless of                                                he Green Party’s presidential hopeful,           set up by then president Jacques Chirac in 2003,               appointment in Ariège,
incredible trip, almost a dream       the size or number of crew. Only                                                Eva Joly, has sparked a debate by saying         was charged with assessing French secularism. Its              close to the Pyrenees.
ride,” he said after crossing the     7 of the 21 attempts since the                                                  that Muslim and Jewish festivals, as well        findings led to the banning of religious symbols in               After being forced to
line in Brest, France. Praising the   inception of the trophy in 1984                                                 as Christian ones, should be national            schools, and eventually, the prohibition of the full           land in Toulouse, a second
rest of the predominantly French      have been successful. Although                                       holidays.                                                   Muslim headscarf in public. But it also recommended            so-called ‘spare’ jet was
crew, the 49-year-old described       the crew of the Banque Populaire                                        Speaking in Paris at her first campaign rally, Eva       that national holidays reflect religious diversity. The        commandeered to return
his fellow sailors as “talented,      V qualify, organisers have pointed                                   Joly argued that the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr         state should therefore cut out two of the six Christian        the president home. “It
industrious, dedicated, fun and       out that no other vessel has been                                    and the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur should be             holidays and add two of other faiths, it concluded.            didn't bother the president
welcoming to an English guy           round the world faster, be that by                                   accorded national holiday status.                              With only 3-4% of votes according to the polls,             too much,” said an adviser,
with schoolboy French”.               sail or powered.                                                        Currently, six of the twelve national holidays in        Joly is currently a rank outsider for the presidency and       reported in daily newspaper
   Banque Populaire V, a 40-metre        His success makes Brian                                           France are Catholic calendar events, with the other         is looking to construct a more coherent campaign.              Le Parisien. “He was talking
maxi-trimaran skippered by Loïck      Thompson the first British sailor                                    six having no religious connotation.                           Marine Le Pen, on the other hand, the leader of             to representatives from
Peyron, set a number of speed         to hold the Jules Verne Trophy                                          “Each religion should benefit from equal treatment       the far-right National Front party, is still doing well        the agricultural workers'
records en route, despite losing      since 1994, when Sir Robin                                           in the public sphere,” she said. “I believe that national   in the polls and at one point looked set to be a serious       association.”
                                                                                                           holidays should also be accorded to faiths other than       threat to the candidates from the two main political              The plane that developed
                                                                                                           the Catholic faith.” She described religious equality       parties, the Socialist Party and Sarkozy’s UMP. Her            the problem was not
                                                                                                           as a “key element” of French identity, and blamed           campaigning could be under threat, however, from a             ‘Air Sarko One’, the
                                                                                                           the policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy for dividing      law that requires candidates to have 500 signatures            reconditioned Airbus 330
                                                                                                           religious communities. “Yes, I’ll say it,” she said.        from elected officials in at least 30 different                that President Sarkozy
                                                                                                           “This [suffering] has been caused by five years of          departments across the country or in France's                  had commissioned to take
                                                                       © 2009 - D&M Larvor (WikiCommons)

                                                                                                           Sarkozy-ism.”                                               overseas territories.                                          him round the world. The
                                                                                                              The issue revolves around the French tradition of           Le Pen told a press conference recently that                second-hand jet carries
                                                                                                           laïcité, which is a strict separation of religion and the   reaching the target of 500 sponsors is proving                 anti-aircraft missiles and
                                                                                                           State. However, many say that it is unfairly applied,       difficult. “We are far away from the sponsors we               has been refurbished with
                                                                                                           citing the banning of headscarves in public places,         need,” she said. “I risk not being able to stand as a          a double bedroom and a
                                                                                                           which they claim unfairly targets Muslims.                  candidate. If I am unable to run it means we're no             conference room. The plane
                                                                                                              Joly’s proposition appears to be an unpopular            longer living in a democracy and the president will            is reportedly also kitted out
                                                                                                           one, but it is not a new idea. The Stasi commission,        not be legitimate.” ■                                          with a pizza oven. ■
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NATIONAL NEWS ♦ 9

   Nudist appears on La Redoute website                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2-metre
                                                                                                                                                                                             rench fashion chain        that it might have hurt the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              loose on
                                                                                                                                                                                             La Redoute was left        feelings of internet visitors,”
                                                                                                                                                                                             blushing this month        she said, adding that the
                                                                                                                                                                                             when an eagle-eyed         group promised to “bolster the

                                                                                                                                                                                   customer noticed that in the         validation process for all of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   background of an image on its        brand’s communication so that
                                                                                                                                                                                   website advertising children’s       it doesn’t happen again”.
                                                                                                                                                                                   clothes was a naked middle-
                                                                                                                                                                                   aged man!
                                                                                                                                                                                      The image appeared on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The blunder has proved to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        be a massive internet hit and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        generated a lot of interest in the
                                                                                                                                                                                   company’s website for several        website. This has led cynics to       There was panic on a French
                                                                                                                                                                                   hours before La Redoute              claim that the ‘mistake’ was          train this month when a
                                                                                                                                                                                   issued a statement saying that       just a publicity stunt ahead          2-metre-long boa constrictor

                                                                                                                                                                                   it “apologises for the photo         of the annual sales, although         escaped from the bag it
                                                                                                                                                                                   published on its site and is         given that it involved nudity         was being carried in and
                                                                                                                                                                                   doing what’s necessary to            and young children, this seems        slithered up the carriage.
                                                                                                                                                                                   remove it”.                          either unlikely, or incredibly        The 25kg female, which had
                                                                                                                                                                                      The nudist can clearly be         bold.                                 been travelling with its male

    US presidential hopeful                                                                                                                                                        seen strolling knee-deep in the         Another French company             companion, made its way
                                                                                                                                                                                   sea while in the foreground          that was prepared to be more          through the crowded train
                                                                                                                                                                                   four children run towards the        brazen about its publicity-           before disappearing into a

    attacked for 'being French'                                                                                                                                                    camera in bright clothing. The       generating motives, however,          ventilation shaft.
                                                                                                                                                                                   mistake was made worse by            was lingerie retailer Etam,              The owner of the snakes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              who had valid transport

                                                                                                                                                                                   the fact that the page included      who sent three models into
            he presidential front-runner for the                                                                                                                                   a magnifying glass function          Paris’ famous Musée d'Orsay           documents for the reptiles,
            Republicans, Mitt Romney, has been the                                                                                                                                 to allow people to get a closer      to strip off to their underwear       alerted the ticket inspector
            focus of a vicious political attack by his                                                                                                                             look at the beachwear…               for an advert. In the video           on the Paris-Marseilles
    opponents… for speaking French. In an advert                                                                                                                                   and therefore also anything          of the stunt, which has gone          TGV train and a specialist
    entitled The French Connection, released by                                                                                                                                    unusual in the background.           viral, the models walk into the       team was on hand at its
    rival Newt Gingrich, Mr Gingrich seeks to draw                                                                                                                                    Worse still for the fashion       gallery in coats and stilettos.       destination.
    parallels between Mitt Romney and another                                                                                                                                      company,        the   increased      They then take off their coats           After waiting for all the
    politician, John Kerry. Mr Kerry had himself                                                                                                                                   interest in the image led others     so they are only wearing their        passengers to disembark,
    previously been accused of “looking French” in                                                                                                                                 to notice a t-shirt on its site      lingerie. The girls nervously         the      specially     trained
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              firefighters of the marins-
                                                                     © 2011 - Gage Skidmore (WikiCommons)

    2004 when running for office against George W.                                                                                                                                 sporting a spelling mistake,         walk up and down the gallery
    Bush.                                                                                                                                                                          saying “Enjoy Holydays”              before running out of the             pompiers (deployed mainly
       In the video, taken from a promotional                                                                                                                                      instead of “Enjoy Holidays”.         museum giggling.                      in military bases, but also in
    campaign when he was chief executive of the                                                                                                                                       La Redoute is one of                 The      Musée        d'Orsay      Marseille) boarded the train
    2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Mr Romney                                                                                                                                 France’s largest mail-order          is one of France's most               and dismantled sections of
    is seen saying “Bonjour, je m'appelle Mitt                                                                                                                                     retailers and is owned by the        famous museums, housing               the walls before eventually
    Romney”. Correspondents say the highlighting                                                                                                                                   luxury goods conglomerate            Impressionist treasures such          finding the crafty escapee
    of Mr Romney's alleged French-language skills is                                                                                                                               PPR, parent company of Gucci         as works by Manet and Monet.          asleep in the ventilation
    an attempt to portray him as an elitist, European-                                                                                                                             and Puma among others.               The owners were not told in           system.
    style liberal wimp.                                                                                                                                                               A spokeswoman for La              advance about the publicity              The boa constrictor was
       As accordion music plays, the narrator delivers                                                         The anti-French sentiment stems from the                            Redoute said an internal             stunt and have now threatened         returned to its owner, who
    the coup de grace: “Massachusetts moderate Mitt                                                         2003 invasion of Iraq and the patriotic outrage                        inquiry had been launched            legal action against Etam             reunited the snake with its
    Romney - he'll say anything to win. Anything!                                                           over the French government's opposition to                             to determine how the error           unless the video is taken down        companion before returning
    And just like John Kerry he speaks French, too.”                                                        the US-led invasion. Cafeterias in the House                           had occurred. “We are aware          from its website. ■                   home. ■
       Some have highlighted the possible irony that                                                        of Representatives issued a culinary rebuke by
    Mr Gingrich, a former House Speaker, himself                                                            changing the name of French fries on menus to
    has a doctorate in European history. His 1971
    dissertation, Belgian Education Policy in the
                                                                                                            “freedom fries”, and Mr Kerry’s campaign the
                                                                                                            following year suffered a major blow as details of
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                   here was a time when the
                   Pont de l'Archevêché,
                   a bridge constructed in
                   1828 that connects Paris’
                   Left Bank to the Ile de
                   la Cité, was best known
for its stunning view of the dynamic-
looking back of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
There was a time when the controversy
it was most famous for was its narrow,
low archways, which are difficult for
boats to pass through. But in recent years,
                                               © 2012 - Alysa Salzberg

the Pont de l'Archevêché has become
associated with something its builders
probably would never have expected,
a physical manifestation of eternal love                                                                                                                                                                               Love locks on the Pont de l'Archevêché
that’s taking over bridges around the

                                                                         The Triumph
world: love locks.
   No one knows for certain where this
custom originated. Some say that in
ancient China, lovers wrote their names
on a padlock and threw its key off

                                                                         of Love (Locks)
Mount Huang, so that they were now
symbolically bound in love forever.
Another theory is that the custom
originated in early 20th century Serbia.
Or maybe it was Pécs, Hungary, in the
1980’s. Still others associate the custom’s
origin with Renaissance Italy. One thing
that is certain, however, is what made love
locks have a renaissance of their own. In
2006, Italian author Federico Moccia
                                                                                                                                                By Alysa Salzberg
wrote a scene in his book Ho voglia di te
(I want you) in which the two protagonists
                                                                         Paris is known the world over as the 'City of Love'. In recent
write their names on a lock, then attach                                 years, lovestruck couples have found a new way to display and
the lock to a lamppost on Rome’s Ponte
Milvio (Milvian Bridge), and throw the                                   celebrate their affection in a phenomenon that is sweeping across
key into the Tiber River below. The book
became a bestseller, then a movie, and
                                                                         bridges around the world. It's not to everyone's liking, but is gain-                                                                                            © 2012 - Alysa Salzberg

soon crowds of lovestruck couples were
visiting the bridge and imitating the story.
                                                                         ing in popularity and on a walk around the streets of the nation's
From there, love locks spread around                                     capital you will be quite likely to come across... love locks.
the world and today, you can find them
in places like Moscow, Seoul, Florence,                                  it’s starting to bend and may fall into the                          just about every given day or night when     notice its railings glinting in the sun,                                 de l'Archevêché, there are still quite a lot
New York – and Paris.                                                    river.                                                               the weather isn’t too extreme, you’ll find   as though they’ve been decorated with                                    of them. Other bridges, like the Passerelle
   The idea of love locks, or cadenas                                        In the City of Light, the problem                                a mix of tourists and locals chatting, and   lights or tinsel. But once you get onto                                  Léopold-Sédar-Senghor (formerly the
d’amour in French, is understandably                                     seems more aesthetic than anything else.                             listening to the serenades of amateur        the bridge, the cause of those glimmers                                  Passerelle Solférino) also bear love locks.
romantic. But not everyone is in love                                    In 2008, people started putting love locks                           musicians. In the spring and summer,         is unmistakable; love locks line the chain                                  Some think they’re beautiful symbols
with them. In some cases, like the Ponte                                 on Paris bridges – especially the Pont                               groups of friends even bring blankets and    link railings, and often leave little space                              of eternal love. Others regard them as
Milvio in Rome, the locks can do serious                                 des Arts, a pedestrian bridge connecting                             have picnics here. The love locks on the     for even the smallest glimpse of the Seine                               invasive, a bit like 3-D graffiti. Still,
damage. Here, that famous lamppost                                       L’Institut de France and the Louvre that’s                           wire fencing on the bridge’s sides seemed    between the wires. Some of the locks are                                 though love locks may not appeal to
now has so many locks attached to it, that                               a hub of social activity on the Seine. On                            like a natural part of this ambiance. But    typical, store-bought ones, while others                                 everyone, when you stroll along the Pont
                                                                                                                                              not everyone was a fan. Notably, Mayor       look like very old pieces that might once                                de l'Archevêché today, you can’t help
                                                                                                                                              Bertrand Delanoë and his staff had called    have locked up wooden trunks or castle                                   but notice, not only the locks, but the
           Pont de l'Archevêché with its views of Notre-Dame                                                                                  the love locks a threat to, and defacement   doorways. Between them are other signs                                   fact that lots of people seem intrigued
                                                                                                                                              of, the bridges they were hung on. Before    of love: visitors and passersby who didn’t                               by them. Tourists and Parisians stop to
                                                                                                                                              dawn on May 12, 2010, Pont des Arts          bring a lock (and who didn’t want to try                                 take pictures of the burdened railings.
                                                                                                                                              was deserted, except for someone – or        to buy one from the bouquinistes, who                                    Many gently lift and examine these
                                                                                                                                              several people – who removed thousands       allegedly secretly sell them) tie ribbons                                manifestations of devotion. Whether it’s
                                                                                                                                              of the love locks.                           or even pieces of plastic bags to the                                    stories, legends, words, or locks, human
                                                                                                                                                 Outraged love lock fans accused the       railings.                                                                beings will always be fascinated and
                                                                                                                                              Mayor’s office, but City Hall denied            Although the Pont de l'Archevêché                                     moved by signs of love in this world.
                                                                                                                                              being involved. Other theories came          is the bridge now most associated with                                   Even if lampposts, railings and aesthetic
                                                                                                                                              out: perhaps the police had removed the      them, the love locks have also returned,                                 sensibilities might be threatened, love
                                                                                                                                              locks, or a contemporary artist had stolen   slowly but surely, to the Pont des Arts.                                 locks seem like they’re here to stay. At
                                                                                                                                              them to use in works of found art. Maybe     While the bridge’s railings aren’t nearly                                least until they’re replaced by another
                                                                                                                                              scrap metal thieves were to blame. More      as densely covered as those of the Pont                                  trend…. ■
                                                                                                                                              than a year later, no one’s found the real
                                                                                                                                              solution to the mystery.                      Alysa lives in Paris with an eccen-
                                                                                                                                                 Whoever removed the love locks from        tric Frenchman and a cross-eyed
                                                                                                                                              the Pont des Arts forgot one thing: love –
                                                                                                                                              and love locks – spring eternal. Locks in     cat. She blogs regularly on Open
                                                                                                                                              hand, couples now head to the little Pont     Salon and is founder and Editor-
                                                                                                                                              de l'Archevêché, where their pledges          in-Chief of Beguile, a literary and
                                                                                                                   © 2011 - 4Stone (Flickr)

                                                                                                                                              of eternal love will overlook the Seine,
                                                                                                                                              Notre-Dame, and some lovely péniches.         arts e-zine:
                                                                                                                                              Today, there are so many love locks 
                                                                                                                                              on the Pont de l'Archevêché that when
                                                                                                                                              you approach the bridge, you might  
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                                                                                                                                                                 DIRECTORY ♦ B3
                                      ADVERTORIAL                                                                                                       ADVERTORIAL
Harlequin Developments Re-opened: L’Escale Bar &
        stablished and registered in France since
        2006, we specialise in all aspects of                                                                     Restaurant – Compreignac
        property renovation and refurbishment,
along with barn conversions and extensions. No                                                                             fter L’Escale Restaurant and Bar                    is FREE, but if you fancy a meal beforehand
job is too big or too small and we will provide you                                                                        had been closed for over two years,                 a special quiz menu is on offer with main
with a detailed devis at a competitive rate.                                                                               Peter & Maureen Taylor were                         courses for only €5 and a dessert for €2.50.
   Our work includes full renovations, extensions,                                                                persuaded to come out of retirement and re-                  Food is served between 7pm – 9pm followed
insulation and plaster boarding, tiling, replacement                                                              invigorate this lovely restaurant in the heart               by the Quiz. An alternative menu is also
windows and doors, re-pointing walls, parquet                                                                     of Compreignac. Four months of hard work                     available.
flooring, staircases, kitchens and bathrooms fitted.                                                              later and the restaurant & bar finally opened                   Saturday Night is Curry Night; there is the
   We also undertake insurance work (floods,                                                                      late December, 2011.                                         choice of just having a main meal for €8.50
fires etc) and send regular update emails, together                                                                  Peter & Maureen were publicans/hoteliers                  or enjoying a 3-course meal for €12.50. An
with photographs, to clients who may live outside                                                                 in the UK for over 30 years until their                      alternative menu is also available for those
France, to keep them fully up to date with their                                                                  retirement and have a wealth of experience in                people who don’t like curries.
project. References are gladly given from previous/                                                               providing good quality, fresh, home-cooked                      The Restaurant will easily seat up to 80
current clients.                                                                                                  food at reasonable prices. “Customer care                    people and Peter & Maureen are therefore
   We now offer a wide range of renewable                                                                         is our priority”, says Maureen, “you need                    not only able, but also happy, to cater for
energy products from some of the world’s leading                                                                  people to leave your premises happy and full.                birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc.
manufacturers.                                                                                                    Serving quality food is essential and no short                  Valentine’s Night is fast approaching and
   Our core products are: Solar Hot Water Systems,                                                                cuts.”                                                       to celebrate, L’Escale is offering a 5-course
Underfloor Heating, Mechanical Ventilation and                                                                       Prices start from as little as €9 for a 3-course          evening meal for just €19.50 per person. Peter
Heat Recovery Systems, SolarVenti Dehumidifiers                                                                   Plat du Jour, served Monday – Saturday                       & Maureen are happy to send you any of their
and Water Heating Systems.
                                                           SOLARVENTI - Available in                              11.30am – 2pm.                                               menus by sending us your e-mail address to:
   For more information, a devis, or simply to             the Limousin from Harlequin                               2-Course Sunday Lunch is from €10. All          
discuss your project, please feel free to contact us.      Developments Tel: 05 55 68 67 56                       served between 11.30am and 2pm.                                 Alternatively you can call them on:
                                                           Mobile: 06 06 60 46 97                                    Every Friday night is Quiz Night; the Quiz                05 55 12 99 45
  Tel: 05 55 68 67 56 - Mobile: 06 06 60 46 97
                                      ADVERTORIAL                                                                                                       ADVERTORIAL
     Travaux Publics
                                                 CHERRY PICKER /
                                               ACCESS PLATFORM HIRE                         Entreprise                                        La Noneix
                                                                                                                                         Construction                                            Your - pg 3
                                                   Diesel self-propelled 4WD
                                                      machines with jibs
                                                    GENIE 45/25J - working height
                                                                                            Building & Renovation
                                                                                                                                         & Property Services
                                                                                                                                           Established, Professional and                        advert
                                                                                                                                          Personal Building Services. Fully

                                               16m/50ft, outreach 7.5m/25ft. Will go          ● Roofing - New & Repairs
                                                                                                                                             registered with décennale
                                                up and over 7.16m/23.6ft. Lift 227kg.         ● Masonry                                    insurance covering all works.
                                                                                              ● Plastering
       SERVICES                                     €180HT/day or €600HT/week
                                                                                              ● Dry Lining                              ●Renovations ●New builds
                                                                                              ● Sand Blasting
                                                                                                                                                                                         05 55 41 17 76
    • house and barn clearances                 JLG800AJ - working height 25m/82ft,                                                       ●Roofing ●Stonework
           • dechetterie runs                   outreach 15.8m/52ft. Will go up and           ● Equestrian Buildings                    ●Carpentry ●Ground works
                                                     over 9.78m/32ft. Lift 227kg.             ● Digger/Scaffold Hire
           • rubbish removal                        €280HT/day or €900HT/week                 ● ... and much, much more                 Large or small projects undertaken
         • cash paid for scrap                                                                                                              - please view our website.
                                                                                            28 years qualified experience
     • general labouring service
                                                                                                                                                                                           Kitchen &
                                               Delivery/collection charged by distance                                                   Contact: Paul or Joanne Rands
• mini digger hire - with/without driver      R & L OTLEY sas, Sacierges-St-Martin, 36170                     
         05 55 37 45 35
            06 74 21 47 71
            siret 532 981 198 00015
                                                        02 54 47 65 37
                                                          SIRET 538 982 414 00012
                                                                                                   SIRET: 503 169 237 00016
                                                                                                                                               SIRET: 501 144 596 00019
                                                                                                                                                                                        Bathroom Fitting
                                                                                                                                                                                                Including Tiling
    Unicorn                                           Traditional                            INSIDE OUT                                                               and Plasterboarding
                                                   Building Services                                          PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  Renovation                                       All aspects of renovation/     
                                                                                                                     A multi-services company
                                                                                                                ● General building ● Renovation &
                                                                                                                                                                                             Room construction to
 Minor works to full renovations                       restoration covered                                     restoration ● Stonework & rejointing                                            finishing touches
  including plumbing, electrics,                    including bespoke joinery                                                                   ● Repairs & maintenance
         fosse septiques.                               and lime plastering.                                                           ● All aspects of garden/lake maintenance
                                                                                                                                                    including fencing                     T: Ian 05 55 53 37 10
   Professional friendly team.
 Free devis - References available                               Scaffold
                                                      All work is fully insured.
                                                       References available.
                                               Ring Andy on 06 35 12 10 66
                                                                                                                                          ● Change overs and general cleaning
                                                                                                                                        Free Quotation and advice. Contact Paul           E:
  Tel: 05 55 63 23 75                                                                                                                  05 55 77 33 72 / 06 85 18 20 05                                                  and
                                                Ring Will on 05 55 37 45 35
                                                         siret: 532 981 198 00015
                                                                                                                                                  siret no 483 666 335 00029                      Siret. 484 206 624 00014

     UK Paint Depot
Quality UK Paints at the lowest prices             Your         Plant Hire                                                                 Monte Sarginson
                                                                                                                                       House Renovations
                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Johns
                                                                                                                                                                                         Renovation & Conversion
          see main ad - pg 6                     advert         Please ring                                                                      Inside & Out
                                                                                                                                         Experience in Roofing, Tiling
                                                                                                                                           Floors & Walls, Plumbing,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Tel: - see pg 9

     RSW Entreprises                               here           Robert                                                                 Fitting Kitchens & Bathrooms,
                                                                                                                                            Stonework & Rendering,
  Fosse Septique Specialist                                                                                                                   Painting & Decorating                       CONTINUED
                                               05 55 41 17 76 05 55 89 69 46
                                                                                                                                            Tel: 05 55 63 88 70
  See our Display Ad - pg 13                                                                       SIRET: 503 169 237 00016
                                                                                                                                            Mob: 06 21 34 18 20                           NEXT PAGE...
                                                                                                                                                  Siret no 507 516 748 00013

                                                                                                                                                                                         Sky TV
                                                                                                                                                             SkyTVI                    Installations
                                                                                                                                                                                          Satellite Engineer
                                                                                                                                                                                     INSTALLATION, DISH, CABLE
                                                                                                                                                                                       AND QUAD LNB - just €180
                                                                                                                                                         Sky Subscriptions Available - no UK address necessary
                                                                                                                                                                All needs, advice, help catered for. All depts covered
                                                                                                                                                         06 60 85 93 41
                                                                                                                                                                                    SIRET: 428 620 595 00010

       B4 ♦ DIRECTORY

         Building                               Building                                       GLEN VINEY
                                                                                         PLASTERER                                         Building                             Computers &
         Services                               Services                                  Quality Plasterwork,                             Services                               Satellites
                                                                                          Internal & External
                                                                                     Plasterboarding, Partitioning, Skiming,
                                                                                        Solid Plastering, Floor Screeding,
                                                                                     Rendering: Mono Couche/Coloured Render
                                                                                         Waterproofing Render Systems
                                                                                          Tel: 06 45 18 86 10                          Property
          General                             Plasterers                                   (18 Years Experience)
                                                                                                Siret: 527 736 326 00010
Dennis Fry Timber Services
 Dave Cardwell - Builder
                                         « LE PLATRIER »                                     Building                              Limousin Property Care                      NO FIX... NO FEE !!
                                        Chris the Plasterer
                                             A genuine plasterer
                                                                                             Services                              Property Maintenance & Building
                                                                                                                                                                                 IT Support for Creuse, Haute-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Vienne, Indre and Vienne
  See our Display Ad - pg 8               French and English spoken
                                                                                                                                          See Main Ad - pg 11           
                                            Traditional Plastering                                                                                                        
           Chez Vous                      Rendering, Floor Screeding
                                           Stud partition dry lining                                                                       Building                       
Fosse Septique installation
                                                                                                                                                                               We provide a fast and friendly service either
                                          Lime mortar stone pointing
 and building renovations
                                                                                                                                                                               at the client's home, via remote software or - pg 12                  FOR A QUOTATION                                                                                                                      computers can be left with us and collected
                                                                                                                                                                                        when the work is complete.
                                                CALL                                                                                                                           ● Ordering/Installing wireless & broadband

La Coterie Entreprise                         05 55 63 53 06                                                                                                                         ● Fixing results of a virus attack

                                              06 23 29 48 19                                Martin Walters                                                                      ● PC healthchecks ● Virus , trojan , worm

Approved septic tank installer                                                                                                                                                            removal and protection
                                                                                                                                                                                      ● Backups/Disaster recovery                                                                                                                       ● Hardware/software upgrades.
   See our main ad - pg 7
                                            Le Bourg, 23360 Nouzerolles
                                                  SIRET: 504 612 441 00015             All types of plumbing                         Sandblasting                                     ● Website and graphic design.
                                                                                                                                                                                      ● Printer/scanner assistance.
                                                                                            and general
            Builder                            Your
                                                                                        maintenance work
                                                                                                                                   Sand and Blast                                 Sky TV Installations
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sky TV/Tous travaux satellite
 40yrs Experience in quality work,                                                                                                        Sandblasting &
       available for all your
                                                                                        Friendly, reliable,                              Floor Sander hire               
   House Maintenance/Projects
  including Plumbing, Carpentry,
Masonry, Structural Work, Decorating.
                                              advert                                   professional service                        We provide a fully operated sandblasting
                                                                                                                                      service for wood, stone and metal.
                                                                                                                                   Perfect for stripping away years of grime
                                                                                                                                                                                See Main Ad - Pull-out pg B3

     Plus Key Holding service.
  Good References. Dept. 23/36                 here                                       Fully registered
                                                                                             and insured
                                                                                                                                    or paint. Contact us for a free quote or
                                                                                                                                                 see our website.
                                                                                                                                                     Creusetec                                                                 Tel 02 54 24 84 62                                                                        Satellite Systems
              497 962 001 00010
                                        05 55 41 17 76                                           Siret 522 804 723 00016
                                                                                                                                             SIRET: 488 522 921 00037                05 55 66 60 21
                                                                                                                                                                                "Tooway" High speed internet via satellite
                                                                                                                                                                                TV Satellite Sales, Service & Installations.

BRC Renovations                             Pro-Point Facades
                                        Re-pointing - Rendering - Plastering             Plumbing &
                                                                                                   Rick Fife
                                                                                                                                                                                  TV Receiver & Electronic Repairs.
                                                                                                                                                                                Dish alignments. Sky/Freesat/TNT/FTA.
From full renovations
to minor improve-                              05 55 78 80 31                          Heating Engineer                                    Sweeps                                Most of depts 23,03,63,87,36 covered.
ments, we can make                         See our Display Ad - pg 5                 All aspects of Plumbing and
your dream home in                                                                    Heating work undertaken.                                                                            SIRET: 510 117 328 00011

France a reality.                                                                            23 Years Qualified
                                                MARK COLYER                          (Previously UK CORGI registered
Free quote - contact Brian
09 80 08 52 72 - 06 02 38 17 45
                                        LIMOUSIN PLASTERING
                                                Over 19 years experience in
                                                                                         – Oil / Natural Gas / LPG)
                                                                                        Established and registered in
                                                                                             France for 7 years.
           SIRET: 510 742 711 00011     Solid Plasterwork, Skimming, Dry Lining,
                                         Rendering and Plasterboard Studwork.
                                               Qualification certificate and
                                                                                         Areas Covered: North Creuse (23)
                                                                                                & South Indre (36)
                                                                                           Tel: 05 55 62 34 66
         Building                            references available on request.        Email:
                                                                                             Office Hours: 8:30 – 21:00            Chimney Sweeping                                    here
                                          Free quotations and friendly advice.           Please give us a call to discuss your             • Flue ways cleared
                                              Tel: 05 55 54 95 63
                                                                                                                                                                                05 55 41 17 76
                                                                                     requirements. If you get the answer machine
                                                                                                                                     • Birds nests, vermin & debris
                                         we WILL return your call the same day.
                                                       Siret en cours                           siret: 494 380 264 00015
                                                                                                                                       • Smoke evacuation & gas
                                                                                                                                              tightness tests
                                           Multiskilled Artisan                         Submissions                                 • Official certificates of cleaning              Connect-Français
                                         Graham Carter Plastering
                                                                                                                                    issued (Certificat de Ramonage)
                                                                                                                                                 Computer Problems?
Groundworks                               • Plastering • Rendering • Stud Walling
                                               • Tiling and associated works          15th of the month                                  05 55 63 78 72                              Limousin & Charente
                                                                                                                                                                                 PC & Mac Internet Assistance
                                        • Bespoke polished concrete surfaces for                                                                Siren: 502 409 949

                                        Window Sills, Shelves, Fire Surrounds etc.                                                                                                    WiFi, ADSL, Dial-up
Mini-Digger with driver                 • General Renovation interior and exterior
                                                                                      H20 CREUSE                                     CLEAR    CHIMNEY SERVICES
                                                                                                                                                                                   Helpdesk, Data retrieval
                                                                                                                                                                                           Call Dave                      of buildings to customer's specification.
                                               Tel: 05 55 76 69 32                   Heating & Plumbing engineer                               SWEEP                       
 See Main Ad - Pull-out pg B3
                                               Mob: 06 43 11 95 87
                                                 Siret No. 513 415 091 00018
                                                                                     05 55 63 89 23 - see pg 4                                 since 1986                  
                                                                                                                                                                                           SIRET: 479 095 705 00014
                                                                                                                                    All types of chimneys cleaned
                                                                                                                                            Fast and Efficient
                                        Le Plâtrier du Limousin                      FRENCH REGISTERED
        Your                            The friendly and reliable plasterer          CERTIFIED PLUMBER
                                                                                                                                    Certificate de Ramonage issued
                                                                                                                                      with every chimney swept
                                                                                                                                        (obligatory for home insurance)
                                              Registered in France.                     (29 years experience)
                                         Fully insured offering 10 year                  ALL PLUMBING &                             Bird guards supplied and fitted
                                                   guarantee.                         HEATING INSTALLATIONS                        Chimney repairs and maintenance

        here                                      Call Stuart on:
                                                 05 55 80 92 91
                                                                                         OR ALTERATIONS
                                                                                        EMERGENCY WORK
                                                                                                                                           Safety surveys
                                                                                                                                    TEL. 02 54 06 40 80
                                                 06 87 92 83 63                            UNDERTAKEN                                                                               Deadline
05 55 41 17 76                     
                                                   Siret: 534 396 908 00012
                                                                                     ANDY IVES - 06 02 37 62 57
                                                                                                SIRET 538 689 530 00011
                                                                                                                                                siren 504 218 454               15th of the month

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    GOODWIN                                         Courses                                     La Petite Fontaine                                                                        JJ’s Cafe Bar
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                                                                                                                                                        Your                                Some customer quotes:
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                                                                                                       Lunch Menu
                                                                                                        Free WiFi
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Come and see for yourself - Open all week.
                                                                                                                                                                                          See our Notice Board events listings
   Dept 23 & surrounding areas
                                                                                                                                                        here                                  39 Place du Champ de Foire
                                                                                                                                                                                                   36140, Aigurande
                                                                                                                                                                                                02 54 06 30 77
    Tel: 05 55 62 05 61                                                                                                                                                         
           siret: 453 067 910 00019
                                                                                                          SIRET: 489 218 636 00012               05 55 41 17 76                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                   SIRET: 508 754 314 00013

   Submissions                                   Jewellery                                      LES PAPILLONS                                        The                                   Le Chardon Ecossais
     Deadline                                  Making Courses                                       Salon de Thé
                                                                                                        Menu du jour.                             Corner Shop                                        Bistro Café
                                                                                                                                                                                        Speciality: Homemade Indian curry
 15th of the month                            Learn how to make stun-                              Teas, coffees, cream teas
                                                                                                         and gateaux.
                                                                                                                                                   Large range of British foods.
                                                                                                                                                 Special orders can be catered for. - see pg 8
                                              ning jewellery and stay at                              Tue - Fri 10:00 - 5:30                        Usually cheaper than the

                                                                                                                                                                                               Le Pub
                                                 our beautiful B&B                                   Mon, Sat & Sun Closed                                supermarkets!!
     For all your TV                                                                                      Jackie Cawtheray                           5km west of Aubusson
       and satellite                                            1 rue Pierre Chambord, Oradour-sur-Vayres
                                                                                                                                                       Tue-Sat 10.00 - 4.00
installations and repairs                                                   Tel: 05 44 00 03 24                                                  58, rue d'Orjon
  (Sky TV, Internet etc.)                               SIRET: 479 965 758 00010
                                                                                                           SIRET: 510 986 490 00017                        SIRET: 504 584 228 00010

           Call Patrice:                                                                                                                                                                   02 54 60 02 14                     Food & Drink                                           L’Escale                                        Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Open Late!!
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sunday roast & pudding
   Fast dependable service
        Based Séreilhac (87)
         siret: 353 613 227 00035
                                                                                                   Restaurant & Bar
                                                                                               5 Rue Andre Jouhannaud, Compreignac              AUX CEPES                                  A TENNER (€) from Sep
                                                                                                                                                                                         Fish + Chips + Mushy Peas,
                                                                                                   Now Open and serving                                  LA veytiZoU
                                                                                                 Freshly home-cooked Food.
                                                                                                                                                                                             every Fri + Sat night
                                                                                                                                                   FISH & CHIPS                                   Opening hours:
       Your                                                                                        Daily Plat du Jour from €9
                                                                                               2-course Sunday Lunch from €10                           €10                                Thu 12-2pm & 6pm-midnight
                                                                                                                                                                                             Fri 12-2pm & 6pm-2am
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sat 12pm-2am
                                                                                                                                                       4 Course
                                                                                                  Friday Night Weekly Quiz
                                                                                                  Curry Night every Saturday                                                                     Sun 12pm-11pm
                                                                                                €8,50 - Main Meal or €12,50 - 3 Courses              Sunday Lunch
       here                                                                                                                                               €15
                                                                                                         (Alternative Menu Available)

                                                The Living Room                                          Restaurant Open:
                                                                                                      Mon–Fri 11.30–2pm                                  For Further                     CONTINUED
                                                        "the place to be"
 05 55 41 17 76                    
                                               05 55 48 92 37 - see pg 8
                                                                                               Fri & Sat eve 7–9pm, Sun 11:30–2pm
                                                                                               05 55 12 99 45 - 06 04 09 03 10
                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 05 55 69 33 38
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       B6 ♦ DIRECTORY

  Le P’tit                                   La ferme du Duc noir
                                             Free range, rare breed pork
                                                                                                                                         Santé et Beauté                                              HiFX
                                                                                                                                             Beauty and Holistic                            International money transfer
                                                                                                                       Therapy Salon
                                             See our Display Ad - pg 3                                                                   Closed 1 week from Tue 28/02 - re-open Wed 07/03
               Bar                                                                                                                       ● UK trained/qualified Sports Therapist
                                                                                                                                         ● Well Established Salon.

   47 Grande Rue                             Garden Services                                                                             ● Full Body, Back, Neck & Shoulders,
                                                                                                                                         Indian Head, Reflexology etc                            Language
    23260 Crocq
             SIREN: 508 665 692
                                                                                                                                         ● Waxing, Manicure, Beauté des
                                                                                                                                         Pieds, Tinting, Ear Piercing etc
                                                                                                                                         ● Products and Gift Vouchers available
                                                                                                                                          Tue-Fri 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm
                                                                                                                                                   Sat 9am-2pm
       Auberge                                                                               Sophie Arsac                      
                                                                                                                                                  05 55 00 92 97
       du Golf                                                                              French lessons                                  3, Rue Principale, 87740 St-Mathieu
                                                                                        & handholding services                    
Bar & Restaurant - Gouzon                                                        - pg 14                                    SIRET: 493 871 826 00019
    Menu du Jour, Mon-Fri
€12.50 (3 courses), €15 (4 courses)
    Sunday Carvery - €15
                                             Cross Cut Tree Surgeons                        Fluent native                                                                                     The
                                                for all your tree requirements                                                                                      French and Spanish
Now taking bookings for Christmas                     French speaker                                                                                            Translation Service
Tel: 05 55 61 99 14                 /           Available for all your translation needs:                                    is a vibrant translation company
 Email:                       see main ad below                  EDF, broadband arrangement, RSI/                                                                    based in the UK. We specialise in
                                                                                             healthcare, Notaire visits,                                                                     translations from and into French
                                                                                          pension enquiries, bank accounts,                                                                  and Spanish and can supply work

       Your                                  Gifts & Crafts                            general phone calls etc. made on your
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                                                                                                                                                                                             For all your translation needs call
                                                                                                                                                                                                0044 1642 769 279
                                                                                        lessons also available at cheap rates.
                                                                                       Call us on    06 16 91 64 67                        Hairdresser                                                 or visit us at
                                                                                                                                             discount available
       here                                                                                    Health                                      for multiple bookings                            FRENCH CLASS
 05 55 41 17 76                                                                               & Beauty                                           Contact Debra on
                                                                                                                                                                                                    WITH FRENCH
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                                                                                                                                               05 55 53 37 10                                  Vacancies for various levels

    Le Creusois                                The Exchange                                                                                    06 15 63 70 22
                                                                                                                                                                                                    in Chénérailles.
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       Bar/Restaurant                          SECOND HAND BOOK SHOP. GREAT                                                                                          05 55 80 44 83
    Les Genêts, Azerables                    SELECTION OF GIFTS, CARDS, CANDLES
                                                AND HAND-CRAFTED PRODUCTS
 High quality British & French food                                                                                                               Siret. 482 420 114 00019                   Not sure? Attend once for free!
                                                500+ DVD's now in stock
        at reasonable prices.                         Tue 2.30pm - 5pm
 Menu du Jour €12, Traditional Pub
Food, Vegetarian dishes, Childrens &
    Snack menus also available
                                                Thu, Fri 9:15-12 & 2:30-5pm
                                                           Sat 9 - 12                     English                                              Insurance                                             Online
                                                                                        Hairdresser                                                                                                 Shopping
                                                      05 55 78 19 24
             SIREN: 483 988 853
                                                      9 rue Dr Charles Poitevin
                                                       SIRET 484 479 480 00010                 All aspects of
                                                                                                                                               & Finance
                                                                                           hairdressing, in your
                                                                                               home or mine
    Au Bon Vivre
   Parnac, opposite the church
                                                                                                Call Jane:
                                                                                             05 49 91 02 23
                                                                                             06 47 94 95 75
Open 10h-21h for food, all day every day!
4-course lunch menu + wine from ONLY €11                           Based La Trimouille (86290)
                                                                                                  siret: 502 867 211 00018
    Only 3 mins from A20 (junct 20)
● Moules-Frites (2nd weekend every month)
  ● Fish & Chips, Tuesday nights - €7.50
   ● Tête de Veau, 29th (for les Herolles)     Comme à la                                Please mention The                                          Siddalls                                 Mouse 2 House
   See our website for more details...                    Maison
                                               Bric à Brac at Soumans
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                                                                                                                                         Financial Solutions & Expert Advice
                                                                                                                                                                                            Your shopping simply delivered
      Tel: 02 54 24 83 31                                                                     to adverts                                 See our Display Ad - pg 13 05 55 68 78 23 - see pg 7
                                              Looking for something special for your
                                                    home? Come take a look:

 Au Beau Rivage                                ● Crockery ● Home furnishings
                                             ● Porcelain ● Antiques ● ...much more         Donna’s       Currencies Direct                                                                          Property
 Hotel - Bar - Restaurant                         Tue-Fri 10h-12h & 14h-16h30
                                                                                       Beauty Treatments
   Busseau-sur-Creuse - pg 13
                                                       Sat-Sun 10h-16h30
                                             Rue du Champ de Foire, 23600 SOUMANS
                                                                                       A moment of luxury for your body, mind
                                                                                        and spirit. The finest skincare, massage                      see Page 2
                                                                                          and wellness treatments await you.
                                                                                         All in the comfort of your own home
                                                                                                                                         FRENCH ACCOUNTANCY
  C’est cheese                                     Your                                 06 35 92 77 83 / 02 54 06 07 48
                                                                                                     AND TAXATION SERVICES
  Find us at local markets selling a                                                                   Personal tax returns completed.

small and tasty selection of excellent                                                   Based La Châtre. Covering 36 and surrounding.   Assistance and advice for auto-entrepreneur,
                                                                                                  Siret No. 530 364 744 00017                    self-employed & companies.
       quality english cheeses.
                                                                                                                                           Bookkeeping and accounts preparation.

        Also available online.                                                                                                                   Tax investigations defended.
For more information, see our website:
                                                                                        La Petite Place                                       Capital gains tax and tax planning.           Property Sales in France
                                                                                        Hair salon, Le Dorat                                  We can deal with the tax office and
                                                                                                                                           authorities/Carte Vitale on your behalf.
             SIREN: 409 679 578
                                             05 55 41 17 76                       
                                                                                        See our Display Ad - pg 9
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     B8 ♦ GAMES

 Crossword                                                                                   Caption Competition - February
Clues and answers in English

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 Across:                                         Down:
 1. A kitchen device (6)                         1. Lightly stroke or touch (6)
 4. A game of snooker (5)                        2. To eat too much (7)
 8. Area of tall perennial grasses (5)           3. A person from 27 accross (8)
 9. Freedom from demands of work or duty (7)     4. To lose strength or vigour; become
 10. To make sugary (7)                          weak (4)
 11. Male animal (4)                             5. Fully developed and mature (5)
 12. Type of antelope (3)                        6. Capacity for preforming work (6)
 14. Volcanic mountain (4)                       7. In accordance with (5)
 15. Plying into other peoples business (4)
 18. A device for capturing birds, Butterflies
                                                 13. To set free; release (8)
                                                 16. A pioneer or immigrant (7)
 and fish (3)                                    17. A proposal for an appropriate course   "My marriage was at breaking point due to a combination
 21. Hollow in a surface caused by a blow (4)    of action (6)                              of weak bowels and my love for curry, but since installing
 23. Male of a domestic fowl (7)                 19. The actual state of a matter (5)
 25. To insert or graft into the body (7)        20. Melancholy (6)                         "vindaloo-loo" we've never been happier!" - Iain Cross
 26. Metric measure (5)                          22. Absorbent garment usually worn by      HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
 27. A place in Africa (5)                       infant (5)                                 "Just a bog standard fosse septique" - Alan Board
 28. A former treatment for freckles (6)         24. Being the only one remaining (4)       "Throne in at the deep end" - Doreen Bailey
                                                                                            "Since I’ve tried English food, I had to rectify my septic tank"
                                                                                            - Michel ZIMMERMANN
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                                                                                            "The new Crapomatic 2012 - from fesses to fosse in under a second" - ED
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         advertising is the 15th of the month for the                                       WINNING FRENCH ENTRY:
                                                                                            "Mon chéri, tu es sur de tes branchements pour notre abri anti-atomique?
              following month’s print edition.                                              Comment on fait, si on a 'envie'" - Gérard MANVUSSAT

 SUDOKU - EASY                                                    SUDOKU - MEDIUM                                       SUDOKU - HARD

                                      The solutions to this month’s puzzles can be found on pages 17 (Crossword) and 18 (Sudokus)
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                                                                                                                                                                  FRENCH LIFE ♦ 11

Man's best friend                                                                               RealTime Publishing announces Les Ruines, the
                                                                                                fascinating historical fiction novel from Haute-
... Recycled                                                                                    Vienne author, James R. Vance

                                                                                                RealTime Publishing, Inc. is about to publish Les Ruines by James R. Vance,
             id you know that you can turn           If you're into recycling, why not          which is the author's most recent book to date. The 6 x 9 Paperback in the
             a cat into 16 rabbits or a dog       consider a “recycled” pet from a shelter?     Historical Fiction category is available worldwide on book retailer websites
             into 22 pigeons simply by            You'll be getting an animal that has likely   such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in multiple eBook formats from all the
             recycling them?                      been immunized and castrated/spayed (or       main online retail stores.
    OK, as you might have guessed,                will be) included in the price. The dog
                                                                                                          About the Book                    I realised that I had chosen to live
that's not really true, but by getting a          or cat will also have been screened to
                                                                                                Les Ruines is a present-day                 near the town of Oradour-sur-
recycled pet you can lessen the collective        a degree to see if it is able to assimilate
                                                                                                mystery originating from the dark           Glane, destroyed by the Germans
environmental impact of our need                  into a new home. The money from your
                                                                                                years of occupied France during             on 10 June 1944. The annihilation
for animal companions while doing                 purchase will go towards the incredible
                                                                                                WWII. Almost seventy years                  of this town and the massacre of
something very humane to boot.                    work shelters do in trying to save animals.
                                                                                                after the fragmented liberation             its inhabitants were an example
    No matter which country or city you              The staff at shelters have often had the
                                                                                                of the country, strange psychic             of German retribution towards
live in, there is a massive extermination         opportunity to observe the behaviour of
                                                                                                disturbances from the ruins of a            the French in retaliation for
going on of animals who have been                 the animals brought in, so they can tell
                                                                                                former chateau in Haute-Vienne              resistance activities against them.
neglected and thrown out like rubbish;            you if the pet appears to be house-trained,
                                                                                                attract the attention of two young          Wartime recollections of local
literally millions of dogs and cats are           will likely fit into a family who has young
                                                                                                women who delve into its history.           friends and neighbours in this area
euthanised annually. Living, breathing and        children or would be better with a single
                                                                                                  As they learn about the terrifying        also captured my imagination.
feeling creatures. This is the reality of the     adult owner. There are some fantastic
                                                                                                exploits of the Das Reich 2nd               I decided that it would be sad if
results of unbridled pet "consumption".           rescue places here in France, who are
                                                                                                Panzer Division during its march            their tales were lost; those who had        the Limousin region of wartime
This is the result of human ignorance and         more than happy to discuss their animals
                                                                                                from Montauban to Normandy,                 experienced the occupation were             events that are described in the
cruelty in relation to the animals we are         with you, one of which is Phoenix. We
                                                                                                gruesome secrets begin to emerge.           gradually dying of old age along            novel.”
responsible for.                                  have two new family members from
                                                                                                They learn about the role of SOE            with their memories. As a writer of           Author James R. Vance lives
    What the shelters and animal societies        them. More information can be found at
                                                                                                agents parachuted into France               fiction, I undertook the challenge          in southwest France. He wrote
do in their destruction is not the problem,
                                                                                                and uncover evidence of macabre             of weaving these snippets into a            his first crime fiction novel, The
it's the end result of an oversupply of              I can't really think of a more
                                                                                                events and atrocities that reveal           credible plot. The main events              Courier, drawing inspiration from
living creatures that don't fit in with our       environmentally friendly way of acquiring
                                                                                                the involvement of the French               of the story are historically               his knowledge of London and
demands or who have been born because             a pet than one that's been tossed aside by
                                                                                                Resistance. History is about to be          correct but I have interpreted              northern France for the storyline.
their owners didn't get their animal              another thoughtless human. When you
                                                                                                re-written.                                 personal anecdotes to create an             His second novel, Killer Butterfly,
neutered.                                         obtain a pet by these means, you're not
                                                                                                  In an interview, James R. Vance           intriguing mystery of historical            features the same two detectives.
    Humanitarian issues aside, the                only cutting down on the demand for
                                                                                                explained what prompted him to              fiction set against a background            His third novel in the series,
environmental impact of these unwanted            “new” pets to be bred, but you'll also be
                                                                                                write Les Ruines: “Several years            of disorganised resistance, fear of         Animal Instinct, was published in
animals is huge. They have to eat, be             saving a life of another animal. ■
                                                                                                ago, silent images of a ravaged             reprisals, suspected collaboration          2009. His previous novel, Eight,
sheltered and even the destruction
                                                                                                town, an opening sequence to                and uncertainty amongst the                 published in 2011, a sequel to
process is resource intensive. Animals            Arthur Smith
                                                                                                one episode in The World at War             indigenous population. To bring             the trilogy featuring a detective
that turn feral wreak a heavy toll on the         Harlequin Developments
                                                                                                television series, made an impact           credibility to the storyline, I             and one of his suspects, is set in
environment, killing billions of native 
                                                                                                on me. When I moved to France,              also visited the various sites in           Limoges and Marseille. ■
animals a year. It's just a terrible and tragic   Tel:
waste any way you look at it.                     Mob:                                        To find out more about the author, visit:
    While there are no-kill shelters around,

                                                   A wonderful thing is the Olive
these are often operating at capacity. Too                                                                                                                                • Apply a little olive oil to your shoes to restore
many people are buying their pets from                                                                                                                                      their shine

breeders instead of obtaining pets from                                                                                                                                   • Old leather can be made more supple by rubbing
these sources.                                                ankind's use of olive oil dates back prior      other oils, or may be just pure olive oil grade. The          in olive oil (spot test first)
                                                              to 3500 BC and today over three quarters        “light” refers to flavour rather than calorific content.    • Coat garden tool blades with a thin layer of olive
             Get a recycled pet!                              of a billion olive trees are cultivated                                                                       oil to prevent dirt sticking to them and to help
   One of the great misconceptions about           around the world. One of the amazing things about            We're familiar with olive oil in relation to                prevent rusting. This works really well!
getting an animal from a shelter is that           olive trees are the conditions in which they can           cooking, but there are so many other ways it can            • Mix one part lemon juice with 3 parts olive oil to
they are “damaged goods”. Yes, some                grow. While originating in the Mediterranean, there        be used, often avoiding the need to use synthetic             make a wooden furniture polish
of the animals have been physically                are thriving olive industries in many countries, even      chemicals, compounds and substances that aren't             • A small amount of olive oil applied after
or emotionally scarred, but there's no             including Australia, and they seem to thrive in some       very environmentally friendly. For these tips, you            shampooing can substitute hair conditioner
guarantee that an animal you buy from              very harsh conditions.                                     don't need to use the best grade of olive oil.              • Extra light olive oil can be used as a massage oil
a breeder won't be. Some of the puppy                 In case you've ever wondered about the various                                                                      • Olive oil can replace shaving cream or shaving
farms that operate keep animals in                 olive oil grades, here are a few of the common ones:        • After polishing copper or brass, rub it with a             oil
horrible conditions. Regardless of where              Extra virgin: Comes from the first                         little olive oil to slow down the reoccurrence of        • Dip a razor into olive oil after use to prevent the
you get an animal from, there's always a           pressing of the olives, the best quality                      tarnish                                                    blade rusting
risk of neuroticism or other behavioural              Virgin: Has an acidity less than 2% and no refined       • Can be used as a stainless steel cleaner (apply          • Use as a makeup remover
disturbances, but a good home and caring           oil content                                                   sparingly)
owners often do wonders for a neglected               Pure olive oil: Usually a blend of refined olive         • Rub olive oil into wooden cutting boards to help           A teaspoon of olive oil can help soothe a tickling
animal. In the case of dogs, they just want        oil and virgin olive oil. Refining is carried out using       prevent cracking, repel staining and marking            or sore throat (I've tried it and it has provided some
to be part of a pack, and will seek your           charcoal or other chemical filters.                         • Remove paint from hair or skin by dabbing a             relief) and in some cases if taken just before bed,
acceptance by behaving appropriately                  Extra light: More of a marketing term than a grade.        cotton ball dipped in olive to the affected area        some say it can alleviate snoring. ■
with a little training and time.                   This is usually highly processed, may be mixed with         • Use it as an alternative for de-squeaking hinges

       12 ♦ FRENCH LIFE

Meat is murder? In the garden -
Bugle reader, Eddie Malone, has made New Year's res-
olutions that have led him to confront his vegetarian-                                                                        Jobs for February
ism.. You can read more of Eddie's thoughts on his blog:                                                                                   nother year in the        a small proportion of your food       planter to double digging,                                                                                                            garden is about to        that it seems difficult to list       there's something everyone

                                                                                                                                           start. The days are       them all.                             can do. It's also great as an
             ow is that New Year's resolution of yours           in the respect I have for nature and its rhythms.                         getting longer, and          “It's too much work” –             anti-stress measure. You may
             going? We all have the best of intentions               Recently I have eaten chicken meat for the first         with the unseasonal weather of         No. A small potager, say 5m           not want to take up sport but
             as the year draws to a close and many of            time in nearly 20 years. The chicken was one raised          last winter (daffodils in flower       x 5m, needs just 15 minutes'          can you really afford to stop
             us will have started 2012 with at least one         on my own smallholding. I knew she had had a decent          in December, tomatoes in the           attention a day, and an hour or       gardening?
resolution to improve our life, whether it is to give up         life in which she had plenty of space to move around,        polytunnel for Christmas!),            so at the weekends, if you get it
smoking, lose a few pounds or cut down on the vin                handfuls of grain and clean water. She felt the sun on       who knows how the Spring will          underway correctly and keep it                 The early bird
rouge.                                                           her feathers as she rooted through gravel for food and
                                                                                                                              evolve. Still, Mother Nature has       up. For that you can grow most           February is a good time to
   Well, now we are in February and the first flush              slept at night in a warm and secure poulailler and when
                                                                                                                              a marvelous way of catching up         of the leaf veg a family needs.       get an early start. Check your
of enthusiasm may have waned. It can be hard to                  the time was right she was killed humanely and eaten.
                                                                                                                              and evening things out.                A considerable saving.                tools are in good order. Find
keep motivated when Christmas is long gone and the                   I wondered to myself how I would feel when I tasted
warmth of the spring sunshine has yet to warm our                meat again. I had recently met an English couple who                                                   “It's too expensive” - No.         your seed box and sort through
faces. In the grey light of pre-spring that cupcake, that        had come to France to set up a smallholding, but had                  Plan for success:             Last year in my local shop            the packets. Look out cloches,
larme of Bordeaux or the scent of a Woodbine can be              found eating their own poultry to be unbearable. They           Now is a good time to plan          lettuces & cucumbers retailed         and tidy up the greenhouse
very appealing...                                                told me that their free-range chickens seemed to have a      the forthcoming season. Make           at more than a euro each, and         or tunnel. Consider making a
   What is my own resolution I hear you asking? I have           lot of fat in their meat. They added that they were now      a list of all the veg you plan         melons up to three euros, so a        Hot Box (une couche chaude),
resolved, after nearly 20 years of not eating meat, to           thinking of becoming vegetarian! We were conscious           to grow. Then have a look at           couple of cucumber plants and         an ancient technique which
kill and eat my own animals in 2012. Perhaps a tad               of the irony of the sale of their chickens by soon-to-be     a companion planting guide             a row or two of oakleaf lettuces      harnesses the heat given off by
unusual I grant you! There is, I argue, an internal logic        vegetarians to a soon-to-be carnivore!                       and see what to plant next to          would have paid for themselves        manure to germinate your seeds
to my decision and I have always been fascinated by                  However, I found that the chicken meat was good,         what. Thirdly, think about crop        many times over. With the             - an early type of propagator.
the beauty of logic.                                             roasted with home-grown mashed potatoes, cabbage             rotation. There are all sorts of       drought of 2011, prices for fruit     The simplest consists of
   Do you remember the food health scares of the late            and onions!                                                  fancy, complicated plans for           and veg are likely to be even         making a pile of muck at least
1980s and 90s in Britain? There was Edwina Currie                    I have no recollection of any particular relationship    this, but at its most basic, it just   higher this year, especially          2 foot high to the size you
like Cruella De Vil with her salmonella-riddled hens             with this hen. I treat the chickens well as a group;         means not planting members             since they are so linked to the       want, in a sunny, sheltered
which scared us, not forgetting the sleeping time bomb           there may be one or two who are louder or more               of the same family in the same         cost of transport. And don't get      corner of the garden. Stamp
of mad cow disease which had crossed over to humans              curious than the others, but I have yet to discern any       place year after year. It makes        me started on organic prices, or      it down firmly, and as you
and was turning the brains of healthy young people to            unique personalities among them. For me, there is a          sense, as they are likely to need      the ranting will take off! Seeds      make it, alternate layers of dry
sponges.                                                         coldness in the eye with which a hen beholds you. The        the same food and nutrients,           are free if you save your own,        leaves or bracken. The manure
   At the time La France said 'Non' to our meat, and             reptilian stare reminds me of their distant ancestors, the   so repeated planting will              or can be swapped via seed            should have plenty of straw in
so did I and many of my friends. A whole generation              dinosaurs; I know in my bones that if they were my
                                                                                                                              impoverish the soil and give           saving networks or gardening          it. Leave it a couple of weeks,
of Brits became vegetarian or non-meat eaters and we             size and I was theirs they would gobble me up without
                                                                                                                              lower harvests. Also, pests and        clubs. Only lazy gardeners buy        then you can sow seeds on top
created a sizeable subculture with its own cuisine and           the luxury of a swift death or an ounce of remorse!
                                                                                                                              diseases are often connected to        them year in, year out.               – either in trays or directly into
restaurants. The volcanoes of dead and burning cattle                I understand to some degree now how farmers’
that erupted up and down the UK during the foot-and-             children can bring up young livestock such as lambs          specific types of veg. Moving             “It's too physical” - Not          a layer of potting compost that
mouth epidemic at the start of the new millennium                with love and care as pets and still accept that they will   the various families around the        necessarily. Instigate a no-          you put on top. Cover with a
confirmed many in their avoidance of meat. Morrissey             be taken away eventually for slaughter. Personally, I        garden stops them building up.         dig policy. Grow perennial            cold frame or fleece, to stop the
was our mascot and he sang dolefully that meat                   would still find it difficult to slaughter and eat my own    If it all seems too involved, just     crops e.g. herbs, strawberries,       wind. You can gain around a
was murder and instead we turned to Quorn, Linda                 goats, for example, as I think it is much easier to form     make sure you keep a record            soft fruit, fruit trees, nut trees.   month's advance in this way.
McCartney’s vegetarian sausages and a crop of nut                an emotional attachment with a mammal. When my               of what you grow where, and            These all need relatively little
roast recipes.                                                   little herd of newly pregnant nanny goats carefully pick     don't repeat yourself.                 attention. Find a way that suits      Good gardening!
   Yes, we feared for our own well-being, but we also            their way towards me across the field in their fluffy                                               you, and don't be too ambitious.
cared for the animals' welfare too. We had seen the              winter coats and nuzzle up to kiss me as I bend down                  Why bother?                      Gardening also has proven          Michelle Pierce
hell of battery hens and witnessed chickens bent over            to leash them, I would be appalled at the thought of           Yes, that's a question               beneficial effects on health.         Un Jardin en France plant
and pulling their own feathers out because they were             killing and eating them. In other words, je suis Eddie       that comes up quite often,             It's an activity that is infinitely   nursery
distressed and bored.                                            the hypocrite.                                               astonishingly. There are so            adaptable to individual needs –
   Now, like you, I live in France. My dream of setting              So my friends, let us wish ourselves the very best       many reasons to grow at least          from looking after a strawberry       05 45 89 36 54
up and running a smallholding has changed my                     in maintaining our self discipline in keeping our

perspective on so many things. My life has changed               resolutions this year and the warmest of compassion
and I must change too. There is a new-found intensity            for ourselves and each other if we fail. ■

     Keep warm this winter                               CBL, founded in 1991,

                                                                                                                                          e will start seeing these shy little
    order online now                                     controls the supply of its wood                                                  flowers emerge in our garden
                                                                                                                                          from February onwards. If we

                                                         from private & state forests,

                                                         within a 200km radius. The                                            think about them, we are likely to consider
                                                                                                                               them as timid relicts of Victoriana, appearing
        QUALITY                                          company is established in the
                                                         Haute-Vienne and Creuse and
                                                                                                                               on chocolate boxes, cards and love notes.

      Dry Firewood                                       specializes in hardwood and
                                                                                                                               This is to miss the point as to their part of
                                                                                                                               a huge industry, which lasted up until the
 Oak, Beech, Hornbeam                                    softwood.                                                             Second World War, now virtually completely               family firm in his early twenties. Less than
 Logs of 50, 33 & 25 cm                                  We have a large stock at                                              disappeared. For the perfume industry,                   ten years later, he was elected to the Société
                                                                                                                               cosmetics, confiserie and cut flowers,                   nationale d'horticulture de France and
Delivered loose or by pallet                             all times, to best serve our
                                                                                                                                                                                        became part of the Committee for Flower
                                                                                                                               millions and millions of blooms were
 to departments 23 & 87                                  customers in quality and                                              harvested. France was a centre for this, with            Cultivation. He was an important grower and
                                     20209827CR1138      quantity and we offer both logs                                       other countries following on as the economic             hybridiser of violets, winning many important
                                                         and lumber, in different types of                                     benefits were seen, and the late 1800s saw an            horticultural prizes for his introductions,
                                                         wood.                                                                 explosion of growers and breeders all trying             both in France and internationally. He wrote
                                                                                                                               to produce bigger blooms, or new colours.                books about violets, and in later life became
                                                         Split and dry firewood is
                                                                                                                                                                                        an important figure in local government.
                                                         available in a choice of
        05 55 63 72 45                                   lengths: 50 - 33 - 25 cm.
                                                                                                                                 Armand Millet 1845 -1920
                                                                                                                                 Born in Bourg-la-Reine, near Paris, he was
                                                                                                                                                                                          His pink violet, Coeur d'Alsace, is still
                                                                                                                                                                                        available and was named to commemorate
        (8h30-12h & 14h-18h)                             Delivered to departments 87                                           the son of horticulturalists who produced                the conquering back of this French
      depuis 1991
                             As seen on TF1 & France 3
                                     and at the          and 23.                                                               violets in the late 1830s, and took over the             territory. ■
Carrefour du Bois Limousin      Foire Expo Limoges
                                                                                                                                                  ○ THE BUGLE ○ FEBRUARY 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                           FRENCH LIFE ♦ 13

Legal representation in France
The Bugle's resident lawyer, Laure CHAVERON, looks at legal repre-                                                          resources for the preceding year                        examination, charged, accused,          those of people who live in your
                                                                                                                            (excluding family allowances and                        convicted or have joined a civil        home), a copy of a valid identity
sentation, when you need a lawyer and the process surrounding legal aid.

                                                                                                                            certain welfare benefits) does not                      action to a criminal prosecution,       or residence card, the subject of
             French             avocat,   subject, whether he/she is on the         if your case is covered by this         exceed a certain threshold set by                       or where the action concerns entry      your application and the court
             compared to his              bar where the litigation takes            insurance and to what thresholds.       statute each year.                                      and residence in France.                concerned.
             UK counterpart (i.e.         place, or comes recommended by            The simplest way is to contact your        For example, legal aid                                  Legal aid is given if the action        All litigants are free to choose
             solicitor), meets clients,   a friend/ member of the family etc.       insurer and explain your problem.       applications made in 2011 are                           is not manifestly inadmissible or       their own lawyer.
gives legal advice, drafts letters and       Very often, clients are reluctant         If your income is below a certain    examined on the basis of the                            devoid of substance (i.e. the case         If you qualify for full legal
contracts and prepares the client’s       to consult an avocat or to ask for        threshold, fixed each year by law,      income received in 2010. From                           must be valid and have a reasonable     aid, you are still required to pay
case for trial, but is also allowed to    representation because they do not        you may also be eligible for l’aide     1st January 2011 the monthly limit                      chance of success). This condition      the droit de plaidoirie (right to
appear before a judge.                    know how much it will cost them.          juridictionnelle (legal aid)            for a single person is 929 € for full                   does not apply to defendants, to        advocacy) which is fixed at €13.
   If you want to start legal                In France, the fees of an avocat                                               legal aid and 1,393 € for partial                       persons liable civilly, to witnesses,   You do not, on the other hand, have
proceedings, or if you are accused        are not fixed. Rather, the avocat           L’aide juridictionnelle - Legal       legal aid.                                              to persons under examination,           to pay the €35 contribution which
of something and need to defend           and the client are free to agree a fee                    aid:                       These limits are increased                           charged or accused, or to persons       is required when a legal case is
yourself, you may, or in certain          between themselves based mainly              Legail aid entitles the recipient    according to the number of                              convicted.                              raised.
cases must, take on an avocat.            on four criteria:                         to free assistance from a lawyer        dependent persons living with                              You can obtain a legal aid              If you are deemed to be eligible
   There are cases where if you             •The importance of the case             (avocat) or other legal practictioner   you (husband, partner, children,                        application form from the               for legal aid, you must start
do not have an avocat, then you             •The financial situation of the         (bailiff, expert etc) and to            parents…):                                              Regional Court (Tribunal de             proceedings in the 12 months
will not be legally represented (in            client                               exemption from court costs.               •167 € for the 2 first persons                        Grande Instance) or from certain        following the acceptance of your
divorce proceedings, for example),          •The time spent                            Legal aid is given by the              •106 € for subsequent persons                         town halls (Boussac, Clugnat, for       application. After this time, you
and others where the services of            •The complexity of the case             legal aid office (bureau d’aide                                                                 example...) or from the following       will lose the legal aid. ■
an avocat are not compulsory                                                        juridictionnelle) at the Regional          You are entitled to legal aid                        website:
(correctional procedures, or                 The fees of the avocat may also        Court (Guéret if you live in            if you are a French national, a                         http://www.vos-droits.justice.gouv.     For more information on this topic,
hearings before industrial tribunals,     be covered, in part or in full, by your   the Creuse, Limoges if you              citizen of the European Union, or                       fr/art_pix/Form12467v01.pdf             contact:
for example).                             insurance if you have a contract          live in Haute-Vienne) subject           a foreign national habitually and                                                               Laure CHAVERON, Avocat
   The client always has a choice as      covering you for legal protection.        to requirements as to income,           lawfully residing in France.                               The legal aid application form       10, rue Martin Nadaud, Boussac
to which avocat represents them. In       This cover often comes with your          nationality,     residence        and      Legal aid is also given without                      must be filled in and the supporting    Téléphone: 05 55 82 18 99
reality, several factors will dictate     house insurance. The majority of          admissibility.                          a residence requirement to                              documents specified in it must          E:
this: geographical proximity, the         French insurance companies offer             You may receive legal aid if         foreign nationals who are minors,                       be attached: these concern your
skill of counsel on this particular       this to their clients. You must check     the average of your combined            witnesses, placed under formal                          financial resources (your own and       chaveron

The Euro crisis
                                                                                                                            if a country switches from                              Euros?” in fear of a complete           you have made since you have
                                                                                                                            one currency to another, basic                          collapse making their money             been here, is a sensible move, for
                                                                                                                            spending power in local currency                        worthless which, as noted above,        your future budgeting.

                                                                                                                            is retained, so there is no reason                      is unlikely to occur.
           he sovereign debt              unlikely that the Euro will be               Should we be getting out             why a French resident should                               Where a move out of the              David       Hardy,      Regional
           crisis in the Eurozone         dismantled, since Paris and                         of Euros?                     move out of Euros.                                      Euro into Pounds Sterling,              Manager for Siddalls France,
           has been undoubtedly           Berlin would lose a significant                                                      Thus, any move to change                             for example, has been a valid           who have been providing
           the dominant subject           amount of face if the Euro                   The basic principle is that, if      your capital to another currency                        strategy, is where you have             impartial independent financial
over the last six months and 2012         project collapsed. Moreover,              you live in France, your spending       represents an investment risk,                          definite plans to move back to          advice to the British community
shows no signs of the ongoing             it must be said that all of the           needs are in the currency of            based on your conviction that                           the UK in the next couple of            for over 15 years.
problem letting up, with fears            “troubles” related to the Euro            that country and, if you have           the other currency will rise in                         years. In that case, “locking in”
remaining about some of the               have had little real effect on its        your money in that currency,            value against the Euro (or its                          the current exchange rate and           tel: 05 56 34 71 77
member states’ debt levels.               value against other currencies.           movements in exchange rates do          replacement).                                           therefore the gain that many of
   With        this      economic            However, if you mean will              not affect you.                            If you are looking to make a
situation as a backdrop, it is            it last in its current form with             Were the Euro to see                 profit on the back of currency
understandable that many                  seventeen       different       fiscal    significant changes your money          movements, you are happy with
individuals now raise questions           policies and national interests           will not disappear!                     the risks involved and have the
about their own position, and             pulling against each other, the              Whatever happens, France             necessary market information
in particular with regard to              answer is much more difficult to          will still have to have a domestic      at your fingertips; this can be
their investments, so, in this            answer, and possibly no.                  currency, be it the Euro, the new       a perfectly valid strategy and
article we share and discuss the             Germany is a shining beacon            French Franc or anything else.          can be profitable, although you
questions we have been most               in the European economic                  Therefore, if the Euro should           must be willing and able to take
frequently asked.                         landscape at the moment and the           wind up, a conversion would             a reasonably high level of risk,
                                          Germans are pretty fed up with            take place to change existing           since, as we have seen, currency
   Is the Euro going to last?             having to pick up everybody               Euros into the new currency, just       markets can often be highly
                                          else’s pieces. So, it is quite likely     as the reverse occurred when the        volatile.
  That depends on what you                that we will see a “change in             Franc was replaced by the Euro.            However, it is more likely that
mean by “last”. If only for               the rules” for the Euro with the             Whilst many blame the Euro           people are asking the question,
political reasons, it remains             Germans taking the lead.                  for a general increase in prices,       “should we be getting out of
                                                                                                                                                               SIREN: 453 573 388


The Bugle thanks local French teacher, Sophie Arsac, for the translation of the
following article on a topical aspect of Franco-British culture.                                                                                                          Bilingual Crossword
Saint Valentine's day                                                                                                                                                    Clues in English - answers in French

           ach year, on the 14th                                               un-Christian by the church and there             Several years later, it is believed
           February, men and women                                             were repeated attempts to outlaw the          that King Henry V hired a writer
           across the globe spend                                              festival.                                     named John Lydgate to compose
           billions of euros on                                                   After failing to stop the festival, the    a Valentine note to his favourite,
loved ones, all in the name of Saint                                           church instead dedicated the festival         Catherine of Valois.
Valentine.                                                                     to Saint Valentine - whose saint’s               In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day
  Although often considered to be                                              day fell on February 14th – to obscure        began to be popularly celebrated in
a Christian celebration, Valentine’s                                           its pagan roots. There are several            the 17th century and by the mid 18th
day, much like Halloween, has its                                              legends, but little is actually known         century it was common for people of
roots in paganism. In ancient Rome,                                            about Saint Valentine or what he did.         all social classes to exchange items of
February was the official beginning of                                            Charles, Duke of Orléans, sent the         affection or small notes of love.
spring, a time of fertility, new life and                                      first known Valentine’s card in 1415             Today, more than 1 billion cards are
regeneration. Lupercalia, as it was                                            while he was imprisoned in the Tower          sent every year, making it the second
known, was celebrated between the                                              of London following his capture at            biggest day for the greetings card
13th and 15th February in honour of the                                        the Battle of Agincourt. This greeting        industry, behind Christmas when 2.6
legend of Romulus and Remus, the                                               card now lives in the British Library         billion are sent. ■
founders of Rome, who were raised                                              in London.
by a female wolf (lupa in Latin).
During the festival, priests would
sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog
for purification.
  Later in the day, the names of all the
young women would be placed into
a bowl. The young men would then
pick one name and this pair would be
coupled for the next year. This often

                                                                                                                                                                          Across:                      Down:
led to marriages, but was considered

           ous les 14 février et à travers
                                                                                                                                                                          1. flights (4)               1. meat (6)
                                             © 2011 - Angelynn (WikiCommons)

           le monde, des hommes et
           des femmes dépensent des                                                                                                                                       3. factory (5)               2. lettuce (6)
           milliards d’euros pour leurs
bien-aimés, au nom de la Saint-Valentin.
                                                                                                                                                                          7. friends (4)               4. seconds (8)
   Bien que souvent considéré comme                                                                                                                                       8. to write (6)              5. night (4)
une célébration chrétienne, le jour de la                                                                                                                                 10. dozen (8)                6. beak (3)
Saint-Valentin trouve ses origines dans
le paganisme, tout comme Halloween.
                                                                                                                                                                          13. spectacles (8)           9. ocean liner (8)
Dans la Rome antique, le mois de                                                                                                                                          16. curve (6)                11. amazed (6)
                                                                               de faire prohiber le festival, sans succès.   un message de Saint-Valentin, en
février annonçait le début officiel du
                                                                                  Alors l’Eglise dédia ce festival à         l’honneur de sa favorite Catherine de        17. tyre (4)                 12. confident (6)
printemps, période de fertilité, de vie
nouvelle et de régénération. Connue
                                                                               Saint-Valentin – dont la fête tombe le        Valois.                                      18. teeth (5)                14. here (3)
sur le nom de Lupercalia, une fête était
                                                                               14 février – pour occulter ses origines
                                                                               païennes. Il existe plusieurs légendes
                                                                                                                                En Grande-Bretagne, la célébration
                                                                                                                             du jour de la Saint-Valentin a
                                                                                                                                                                          19. baby (4)                 15. cube (4)
célébrée entre le 13 et le 15 février en
                                                                               sur ce Saint mais l’on sait très peu de       commencé à devenir populaire au
l’honneur de la légende de Romulus
                                                                               choses sur le personnage ou sur ses           17ème siècle. Au milieu du 18ème siècle,       Bilingual crossword solution can be found on page 17
et Remus, les fondateurs de Rome,
                                                                               actions.                                      il devint une pratique courante, dans
qui furent élevés par une louve (lupa
                                                                                  Charles, Duc d’Orléans, envoya la          toutes les classes sociales confondues,
en latin). Durant le festival, les prêtres
sacrifiaient une chèvre pour la fertilité
                                                                               première carte officielle de la Saint-        de s’adresser des présents ou des mots        Please be aware that the deadline for all
et un chien pour la purification.
                                                                               Valentin en 1415 alors qu’il était
                                                                               emprisonné à la Tour de Londres après
                                                                                                                             doux en signe d’affection.
                                                                                                                                Aujourd’hui, plus d’un milliard de
                                                                                                                                                                                 submissions for content and
   Plus tard dans la journée, les noms de
toutes les jeunes femmes étaient placés
                                                                               avoir été capturé pendant la bataille         cartes sont expédiées chaque année à         advertising is the 15th of the month for the
                                                                               d’Azincourt. Cette carte est exhibée          l’occasion de la Saint-Valentin. C’est
dans une coupe. Les jeunes hommes
                                                                               à la «British Library» (Bibliothèque          la journée la plus productive pour les            following month’s print edition.
piochaient un nom et les paires ainsi
                                                                               Nationale Britannique) à Londres.             industries de cartes de vœux, juste après
formées restaient en couple l’année
                                                                                  On raconte que plusieurs années            la période de Noël, durant laquelle 2.6 -
suivante. Ceci conduisait souvent à des
mariages mais l’Eglise considérait cela
comme immoral et tenta plusieurs fois
                                                                               plus tard, le roi Henri V demanda à
                                                                               l’écrivain John Lydgate de lui composer
                                                                                                                             milliards de cartes sont échangées. ■

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                                                                                                                          ○ THE BUGLE ○ FEBRUARY 2012

                                                                                                         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ♦ 15
                                                                                                                                           waiting on a list for a hospital bed    treatment! Who in their right

                                     Letters to
                                                                                                     Reg Clarke                            … and when one finally comes            mind would want chilled free-
                                                                                                     Moustiers                             available I truly miss the risk of      range corn-fed chickens or north
                                                                                                                                           catching one of those potentially       Atlantic fresh fish?

                                                                                                                                           fatal super bugs. Where’s the              I miss hearing traffic noise
                                                                                                     Dear Steve                            satisfaction in being admitted          each morning with folks

                                                                                                                                           to an infection-free ward within        reversing madly out of their
                                                                                                                ay I enter the 'Little     days of diagnosis? I miss too the       driveways in the vain hope
                                                                                                                England'      debate       thrill of the hunt in the search to     of beating the rush hour …

                                                                                                                with the following         find a dentist situated within 100      where’s the joy in waking up to
                                                                                                     contribution?                         miles radius of my home, who            the air rich with birdsong, the
                                                                                                                                           may just possibly take me on            smell of orange blossom gently
                                                                                                        'I DO MISS ENGLAND’                their books.                            wafting across the garden & the
                                                                                                                                              I miss driving hundreds of           tranquillity of the campagne with
                                                                                                        I miss the fifty minutes or        miles in the remote hope of             hardly a car in sight?
                                                                                                     more it used to take me to drive 4    catching a glimpse of an osprey            Finally, I miss grey concrete
                                                                                                     miles into town. I miss the stress    or eagle in the wild, when now          city centres & bland shopping
                                                                                                     of traffic jams, the road rage and    I can just casually wander up           precincts with the stamp of
                                                                                                     fear of being mugged or caught        the lane and see them every day         sameness designed by architects,

Responses to 'Visiting Season'
                                                                                                     up in fighting by binge drinking      swooping across the lake … it’s         who themselves choose to live in
                                                                                                     teenagers should Chris and I go       just too easy, it lacks that sense of   thatched cottages in what little is
                                                                                                     out of an evening.                    adventure!                              left of the English countryside.
                                                                                                        I miss triple-locking the front       I miss eating a sandwich on          Those modern developments are
                                  costs in the interests of         don’t criticise other people     and back doors of my house and        the hoof at lunchtime … where’s         of course far more aesthetically
Christine Moshy                   integration! If he doesn’t,       for their choice. Me? Oh         setting the burglar alarm each        the fun in having a relaxed two-        pleasing than the boring rose-
By Email                          then (heaven forbid) Mr           dear! My husband and I           time we go out … I miss all of        hour lunch accompanied by a             roofed medieval towns that litter
                                  Wignall will “feel sorry for      went for a long walk on          that!                                 pichet of good house wine, plus         all of France.
                                  him”!                             December 25 th and then saw         I miss the suspense of whether     shared laughs with friends? I              Yes, I do miss England … and
Dear Editor,                         Really Mr Wignall! What        a wonderful French film          my train is going to arrive on        miss English restaurants where          you know, each day I just wonder

                                  ever possessed you to write       “The Artist” at my favourite     time … or even at all!!! And          a bottle of Chablis requires a          what it really is that attracts me to
        n reading Andrew          such an uncharitable little       cinema in Aubusson. I must       should it turn up, I miss the three   second mortgage … and I really          live my life here ...!!!
        Wignall’s     article     diatribe at all those poor        admit, I had never done          hours standing from Nottingham        miss those supermarket frozen
        “Visiting Season”         people who went back to the       that before, but then I like     to London having paid a king's        chickens pumped full of water             Yours sincerely
in the January Bugle, on a        UK to see their family and        to do something different        ransom for a seat.                    … or farmed salmon & trout
bright sunny morning after        friends at Christmas?             every year. Even one year           I miss the two years or more       that have had a flavour bypass            Reg Clarke
Christmas, all suddenly              Whatever happened to           (dare I say it, Mr Wignall?)
went dark, chains clanked,        freedom of choice, Mr             drinking sherry and eating
and Marley’s ghost wafted         Wignall? You may find that        Christmas pud, but that was                                            factual Military/Resistance
past in a foggy miasma.           there is a “negative” (sic)       with some Norwegian aid          Michael A CARRIER                     perspective on Tulle and
The     words     “Humbug!        in the “scenario” of people       workers & some Russian           By Email                              Oradour. The book is

Humbug!” rang in my ears!         going back to the UK at           tourists in the Usambara                                               titled: DAS REICH The
Let poor Bob Cratchit and         Christmas or even with            Mountains in Tanzania. Just              Happy New Year                March of the 2nd SS Panzer
his    unfortunate    family      people's families “leaving        because it wasn’t in darkest             to you for 2012. As           Division Through France,
stay in La Creuse and be          their cosy little fold to visit   Dorset, or benighted Balham              usual an excellent            June 1944. It is written
miserable, when they are          you”, but that, Mr Wignall,       East, or lovely Luton, does      edition of the Bugle!!                by     MAX      HASTINGS
secretly longing to pull          is your personal opinion          that exonerate me from your      Thank you.                            and is published by PAN
Christmas crackers with           about your (presumably)           pity?                              I read with interest the            MILITARY CLASSICS.
their jolly, apple-cheeked        personal         experiences.       Looking forward to your        article about Oradour.
English grandchildren and         There is a little French          Easter article, Mr Wignall.      If any of your readers                  Yours sincerely,
drink “extortionately priced      phrase, that you really                                            are interested there is
sherry”. Let poor Bob stay        should learn: “chacun à son         Best Regards,                  an excellent book on the                Michael A CARRIER
in France to eat oysters,         goût”. Each to his own taste.                                      subject, which gives a
boudin blanc, büche de               I am glad you enjoyed            Christine Moshy
Nöel. He MUST enjoy a             your cosy French village
French Christmas at all           Christmas, Mr Wignall, but

                                  lovely old country pubs for       Creuse as well, although I
                                                                                                     Appeal from CSF Charente Plus
Catherine Rowland                 a pint or two (not a crowded      do not remember all of them                                            for the Charente Maritime.              If you know of anyone affected
Aubusson                          Beefeater or Auntie Ethel in      being with glistening white      Pat Hyatt (President)                 This would leave Charente               by cancer living in any of
                                  sight!) and stroll along the      snow(!) And the thought of       CSF Charante Plus                     Plus covering the Charente              our areas, we can help and

                                  seafront at Whitstable and        spending Christmas locked                                              and the Vienne, still a large           are trained to do so. We have

          aving just read your    breathe in the sea air and        behind closed doors with                                               area, but considerably more             Active Listeners in each area
          article     “Visiting   spend time browsing round         just my husband and dog for                 any of you are             manageable.                             willing to support you, by
          Season” by Andrew       the little shops, especially      company (love 'em dearly!)                  familiar        with          We     are     looking     for       listening, passing on relevant
Wignall, I feel compelled to      the charity shops for books       and watching old repeats                    Cancer       Support       volunteers interested in being          information, a visit, translation
respond.                          and clothes bargains! And to      on the telly which you can       France (CSF) Charente Plus.           on the Bureau of Charente Plus.         of a document or at a doctors
  My husband and I have           top it all we had some great      do any other day of the          We are part of National CSF           We need a Secretary - you will          appointment etc.
returned this last week after     food! Thai, Indian, Italian       year, looking at my French       that started 10 years ago in          need to be familiar with using a           Don’t forget we now have
spending 3 weeks in the UK        and great British classics!       neighbour's     burglar-style    Benest (16) and are one of            pc and willing to set aside about       a drop-in morning at Limoges
over the Christmas holiday.       And it may be because of          Santas which will probably       13 branches around France.            6 - 8 hours a week. We need an          hospital on the 2nd Tuesday
This is the first Christmas       the economic crisis, but          stay up along with other         We give free and confidential         Active Listening Co-ordinator           of every month in the Maison
we have spent in the UK for       Christmas seemed a more           decorations until next spring,   support to those affected by          (ALC). This role demands                des Usagers from 9.30am –
over 6 years since moving         sedate affair with little         well what’s that all about       cancer in departments 16, 17,         confidentiality as you would            12.30pm. If you are visiting
to the Creuse. And yes, we        decoration and not all the        then? Who should we really       86 & 87 and are in the process        be liaising with clients directly       someone at the hospital at
felt a certain obligation to      hype I remember before I          feel sorry for I wonder, Mr      of supporting some existing           - for more information contact          this time or just want to ask a
go but moreover because we        moved here. People seemed         Wignall?                         volunteers to start up a branch       Viv, the current ALC, at csf.           question, please pop in to see
wanted to see our family and      pleasant and friendly and just       Seriously, could someone      solely for the Haute-Vienne. We              us. It is on the ground floor,
good friends, whom we miss        trying to enjoy themselves.       tell me why the French do        This move has come about              also need a Vice President and          just after the entrance hall. You
very much, particularly at           So please don’t feel sorry     not take their Christmas         because Charente Plus covers a        a President. I am due to stand          will see a CSF poster on the
Christmas time.                   for us or others, Mr Wignall.     decorations down on the 6 th     very large area, and we feel the      down in March at our AGM. If            door.
  The trip back was a             We had a splendid Christmas       January?                         public who choose to use our          we have no interested parties              Our AGM is March 6th
pleasure and it felt good to      back in the UK, with lots of         A very Happy New Year to      service would be better served        I will obviously continue, but          at 10.30am in the salle des
catch up with all our friends     happy memories and I feel         you all.                         if the area covered is smaller.       hopefully with a vice president         fêtes, St-Gervais, on the D740
and spend Christmas Day           renewed and refreshed and                                          We try to offer social events         to support my role. If you are          between Champagne-Mouton
with all my family. Who           glad I had a chance to spend it     Yours sincerely                in addition to specific support,      interested in either of these           and Nanteuil. You are most
knows when that will happen       with our family and friends.                                       but this is always difficult          roles, please contact me for            welcome. We look forward to
again!! It was great to go and    That, after all, is what I          Catherine Rowland              when the area is so large. We         more information at the email           hearing from you.
visit all our favourite places    think Christmas is all about.                                      hope in 2012 that we can also         address shown above.
back in Kent, especially the      Yes, I love Christmas in the                                       have another branch solely               CSF is a very worthy cause.            Pat Hyatt, President


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                                                                                                                                   Plenty flat areas for caravan etc. Not
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                                                                                                                                   euros. €15,000.00 Tel: 05 55 63 83 28
                                                                                                                                                                               Land Rover mats for Discovery - 15
                                                                                                                                                                               euros.UK Headlights for Land Rover
                                                                                                                                                                               Discovery - 60 euros. Tel: 05 55 78
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          used twice. Perfect condition. €70.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tel: 05 55 62 49 65
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FOR SALE: Vox Cambridge 30 twin
                                            pictures. Tel. 05 55 65 01 33 Email:       draylon, in excellent condition. Will       FOR SALE: Antique woodburning               54 20                                      guitar amplifier The amp has been
        ANIMALS & PETS                                      deliver locally. Email for photos.          stove dating from the 1900's                FOR SALE: Rectangluar Hay Bales            upgraded to 50 watts and is in perfect
                                            FOR SALE: Building materials               €150.00 Email: janemcmullin@                Excellent condition with bread oven.        (87) Ideal for use as animal bedding. 6    working order. Features incl.
FOR SALE: Jack Russell Puppies              - roof tiles/ stone Approx 200 m2                                   Delivery possible. €450.00ono Tel:          euros a bale. Please call 05 55 00 98 52   footswitch for channel, reverb and
x 3 males Born 28/12/2011. Ready            roof tiles. 45 m3 stone. Call for more     FOR SALE: Oak Corner Display                0613363979                                  FOR SALE: Hot Water Cylinder               tremelo. €199.00ono Tel: 05 55 71 79
end February. Mother's tat: 2EEZ603.        information. Tel: 06 03 07 82 10           Unit 2m H x 50cm. Leaded glass top.         FOR SALE: 2 off Shimano                     150 litre hot water cylinder, brand new    31 Email: john.martin@netcourrier.
Registered L.O.F. Will go to new            FOR SALE: Quarry Tiles - 150mm             €40.00 Tel: 05 55 51 91 79                  Baitrunner 6000b GTE Carp                   from Castorama, never been out of its      com
homes micro-chipped and vaccinated.         Square Approx 550 (13 m2). Brand           FOR SALE: Solid Oak Chest Age               reels C/w spare spools and boxes,           box. €95.00 Please call 05 55 00 98 52     FOR SALE: White kitchen sink
Exceptional pedigree as well as both        new. €350.00ono Tel:                                                    instructions etc. Hardly used, as           FOR SALE: Yeoman Freestanding              ceramic single bowl With barge like
parents having excellent characters.        FOR SALE: Large quantity                                                               no time. In excellent condition. 75         Multi-fuel Stove "Country Integral"        flowers painted on (still in bricodept).
Royal Canine puppy starter kit offered      mechanique roof tiles (around 1000)                                                    Euro each or 140 Euro for the two.                                                     €85.00 Please call
with each puppy. €500.00 Tel: 02 54 24      Offers invited. Tel: 05 55 60 64 92                                                    Also a tackle box trolley/barrow still                                                 FOR SALE: French Linguaphone
07 76 Mob: 06 78 29 32 61                   FOR SALE: Scaffold tower, cement                                                       in box never assembled. 50 Euros.                                                      Course Complete course in boxed set
FOR SALE: Shetland Ponies - Free            mixer, builders trestles, acrows 1                                                     Phone Andy 0555-483062 (nr                                                             (books, tapes & cd's). €30.00 Tel: 05
to a good home 2 Shetland ponies -          Scaffold tower in aluminium. Working                                                   Rochechouart)                                                                          55 71 79 31 Email: john.martin@
free to a good home. Must be collected.     platform 3.8m. Good condition and                                                      FOR SALE: 10kw output. Majolica                                              
11 and 6 years old so quite young. Both     easy to erect by one person...150 eu2                                                  enamel brown finish, with decorative                                                   FOR SALE: Ladies Mountain Bike
have passports. TEL: 06 04 46 73 92         Cement mixer. Electric. 145 litres.                                                    ash tray and cast iron tool for opening                                                26" wheels, 18 gear twist grip change.
ASK FOR NIGEL                               Very good condition...125 eu3 Builders                                                 door catches. £1600 new. In good                                                       Good condition. €40.00 Tel: 05 55 51
FOR SALE: WHIPPET PUPPIES                   trestles. Very strong and heavy. 50mm      unknown (at least 100 years). Been          condition. €300.00 TEL: 05 55 08 46                                                    91 79
                                            steel construction. Adjustable from        in family but now too large to keep.        53                                          model, colour black. 770mm(w) x            FOR SALE: Bike trailer 20" wheels.
                                            1m to 2.3m with 2 x 3.8m scaffold          Contact for more photos. Dimensions:        FOR SALE: 5 pairs of original               810mm(h) x 480mm(d).Will serve             Seats 2 children. €30.00 Tel: 05 55 51
                                            boards...125 eu4 Acrows...or the           150cm(w) x 54cm(d)x x 70cm(h).              wooden windows Varying sizes, with          4 large and 5 small radiators + hot        91 79
                                            French version. 8 from 1.6 to 2.6m...60    Depth of inside 34cm. €250.00ono Tel:       original window furniture and fittings.     water.Used for 1 winter only, in very      FOR SALE: Bikes Ladies shopper
                                            eu the lot Tel 04 73 52 14 07...15 mins    05 55 41 17 76                              All fitted with the original glass. 75,00   good condition.Buyer collects (dept        bike, 17" wheels. New tyres & tubes.
                                            east of Auzances                           FOR SALE: ROUND STURDY                      euros for the lot. €75.00 TEL: 05 55        19). €700.00 05 55 98 29 73 Email:         Boys mountain bike, 24" wheels.EUR
                                            FOR SALE: A Somatherm kit                  FARMHOUSE KITCHEN STYLE                     08 46 53                                                  30 for pair. Tel: 05 55 51 91 79
                                            for central heating systems Pump,          TABLE 1.1 Diameter. Dark oak finish.        FOR SALE: Various PETMATE AIR               FOR SALE: BASS GUITAR -                    FOR SALE: New White PVC D.G.
                                            expansion tank, pipes, valves etc.         Very good condition. €50.00 Tel:            TRAVEL and TRAINING KENNEL                  IBANEZ SR305DX 5 STRING                    Window 1600 x 1250 inc sill. €50.00
                                            Approx 2 years old but only used for 2     0555784524                                  Through flow ventilation for safe air       ACTIVE,         VERY          GOOD         Tel: 05 55 51 91 79
                                            months. €100.00 Contact Graham on          FOR SALE: Brown leather, large 3            and auto travel. Safe way to help solve     CONDITION, PROFESSIONALLY                  FOR SALE: Large wooden storage
Superior quality puppies from               04 70 06 37 99                             seater sofa Some wear hence 85 euros.       behaviour problems. For dog/cat up          SET UP, NEW STRINGS. €225.00ono            chest/coffee table 92cm x 94cm.
Champion parents. Father EL NINIO           FOR SALE: OLD RECLAIMED                    E-mail for info and photo. €85.00           to 51 cms tall by 61 cms long. Meets        FOR FURTHER INFORMATION                    €30.00 Tel: 0555895605 Email:
MOSQUITO French & Italian Show              ROOF SLATES 100s! Only €95!                Email:            international air travel requirements.      CONTACT 05 55 63 43 35           
and Racing Champion and mother              Buyer collects. €95.00 Tel: 05 55 78       FOR SALE: Single Beds + Almost              (IATA) Kennel bed-pad also included.        FOR SALE: BABY ITEMS CHILDS                FOR SALE: TAKAI open face
CASTAGNETTE DE CROQUE-                      79 02                                      new matress Bed - metal frame               Unused. Easy to carry. €50 3 SINGLE         BUGGY. XTS 3 WHEELED,                      sports helmet Matt black, clear visor
SOLEIL (LOF 37388/9190) French              FOR         SALE:        RECLAIMED         and dismountable. €35.00 Tel:               PINE BEDS. TWO MATCHING,                    OFF-ROAD/JOGGING            BUGGY.         and retractable sun visor. XS 53-54cm.
Show & Race Champion. Fully French          FRENCH              INTERLOCKING  Mob:          including mattresses for all three.         EXCELLENT CONDITION, NEW                   5 months old, hardly worn. €65.00 Tel:
registered. Pedigrees can be seen on        NATURAL RED CLAY ROOF                      (Daniel McNally)                            Comprised of head and footboards and        TYRES, CARRY CASE, RAIN                    0555895605 Email: sellwood56@ Puppies      TILES Approx 350. (French                  FOR SALE: 3 piece lounge suite - 3          slatted base. €50 each. BATHROOM            COVER, COSY-TOES SNUGGLE         
will be vaccinated, miro-chipped and        manufactured). Only €95! Buyer             seater settee All covers removable &        WASH-HAND             BASIN         AND     BAG. €100 CHILD CAR SEAT.                  FOR SALE: Towable Altrad
registered. Make wonderful family pets      collects (Nr Rochechouart). €95.00         washable. Blue/grey colour. Available       MATCHING PEDESTAL. White.                   BRITAX BEBE CONFORT. FOR 4                 Cement Mixer With a 3.5 Briggs
or can be shown or club raced. 4 Males      Tel: 05 55 78 79 02                        mid December. Buyer collects from           New and unused. Includes two taps.          TO 11 YEAR OLD APPROX, FULLY               and Stratton engine, with a ball hitch.
& 3 Females born 13 Nov 11. Available                                                  between St Yrieix and Payzac. €200.00       Basin measures 66 cms wide by 56 cms        PADDED, ADJUSTABLE WINGS,                  €450.00 Email: sermur2002@yahoo.
Mid January 2012. Price Males €650,                     FURNITURE                      Tel: 05 53 55 21 85                         deep. €30. Ladies BICYCLES° Ladies          ARMRESTS,          REMOVEABLE    
Females €700. Reservations taken                                                       FOR SALE: Set of 4 70’s style dining        Peugeot Mosaique. Pink. 15 gears.           BACK TO CREATE BOOSTER                     FOR SALE: Complete photographic
now. For more photos & information          FOR SALE: HABITAT round                    chairs In fair to good condition, the       €50° Ladies Ammaco Oasis. Purple.           SEAT €30 CHILDS BIKE SEAT.                 dark room Any offers considered. Tel:
Tel. 05 53 56 49 38 Email: Email            dining table 42"/ 107 cm in diameter.      seats have been recovered in brown          15 gears. €50° Ladies Boulevade             WILL      FIT     MOST       BIKES,        05 55 02 93 01 (Saint Junien-87)                      Handpainted and antique waxed in soft      velor type material. The chairs would       EMMELLE. Black. 12 gears. €50               HARNESS, FOOT PLATES AND                   FOR SALE: Scanner Epson
FOR SALE: Wood Dog House & Pet              white. Very sturdy. A beautiful piece      benefit from a quick coat of varnish as     Telephone 05 55 14 28 09                    ANKLES STRAPS, AS NEW.                     Perfection 1240U Photo. Any offers
Barrier for Auto Wood dog house in          of furniture in very good condition.       one of them was always left near the        FOR SALE: Fonds de commerce                 €25CHILDS          BLACKBOARD/             considered. Tel: 05 55 02 93 01 (Saint
excellent condition for med-large dog       €75.00 TEL: 05 55 08 46 53                 central heating radiator. €30.00 Tel: 05    Fonds de commerce for sale due to           EASEL. EXCELLENT CONDITION,                Junien-87)
(height 90 cm): 60 euros. Pet barrier       FOR SALE: Two pine dressers One            55 03 28 18                                 ill health - for restaurant in Parnac       LENGTH 43CM, WIDTH 62CM,                   FOR SALE: AMD Tower and PC
for auto, never used: 12 euros. Please      has a top unit with two cupboards and      FOR SALE: ROUND WOODEN                      area. Includes all equipment, cat IV        HEIGHT 118CM. BLACKBOARD                   Complete with DVD, CD rewriter and
contact:                     one centre glass cupboard with shelves     TABLE Wooden table painted white            licence, all stock & 4-year-old sign-       ONE SIDE WHITE BOARD ON                    floppy disk drives, IIYAMA monitor,
FOR SALE: DOG BASKET IN                     below. The other one is a pine base unit   - diameter 110cms €45.00 Email:             written Kangoo van. Plus furniture &        REVERSE, ALSO COMES WITH                   2 keyboards (French and qwerty),
WILLOW Large dog basket 1 metre x           with three cupboards wide 150 x 45                      2-bed apartment with the restaurant.        A ROLL PAPER ATTACHED FOR                  speakers and mouse. Needs hard disk.
80cms - our dog refuses to go anywhere      cm. 125 euros for the base cupboard        FOR SALE: Souffle d’Ocre by                 €45,000.00                                  PAINTING. €17.50 FOR FURTHER               Any offers considered. Tel: 05 55 02 93
near it! Hence totally unused. €45.00       and 200 for the dresser unit. Tel: 05 55   Siguier dining table and 4 chairs           FOR SALE: Licence IV Enables                INFORMATION CONTACT 05 55                  01 (Saint Junien-87)
Email:               67 58 87                                   110cm round x 75cm high table with          sales of beverages and spirits in Bars/     63 43 35                                   FOR SALE: Antique French cast
                                            FOR SALE: Infant's/Child's Cot in          extra leaf 110cm x 40cm with 4 chairs.      Restaurants etc Email: jsezer@yahoo.        FOR SALE: Old Attractive French            iron fire dogs with iron basket
                                            Beechwood Adjustable, dismantleable        €500.00ono Call Mike 09 50 49 33 04                                       Pendulum Wall Clock Oak Case
   BUILDING MATERIALS &                     with matress and side pads. Absolutely     Email:                   FOR SALE: Ladies Coats Pale blue
        EQUIPMENT                           as new, used only once. €50.00 Tel: 05                                                 swede, full length ladies coat. Brand
                                            55 03 87 56                                              GARDEN                        new. Size 14. EUR 80 onoRed leather,
FOR SALE: Mixture of corrugated             FOR         SALE:       HUNTLEIGH                                                      short ladies coat. Brand new. Size 14.
and steel framed sheets 17' x 6' and 8'     AKRON TREATMENT COUCH                      FOR SALE: Two Hay Carts 100                 EUR 50 onoCream, full length ladies
x 4'. Ideal for animal shelters and pens.   Stremline Europa Continental)° 3           euros each. Buyer collects. Tel: 05 55      coat. Brand new. Size 14. EUR 35 ono
Buyer collects. 50 euros the lot. Please    section couch with split leg option,       48 81 98                                    Tel: 02 54 25 38 97 (orsennes, dept
call 05 55 00 98 52                         working load of 225 KG max.° Electric      FOR SALE: Garden Tools Stihl                36)
FOR         SALE:        RECLAIMED          motor for optimum working height           KombiSystem:             débrousailleuse,   FOR SALE: Computer Equipment
TOMMETTES 160MM X 160MM                     controlled by footbar. ° Additional        scarificateur, cultivateur, coupe bordure   Computer screen, Epsom printer,
X 20MM, APPROX 20 SQ/M,                     arm rests for wider clients.° Can be       (used for trimming hedges, edging           English keyboard, mouse + mouse mat.                                                   Height: 59cms, Overall Width: 90 cms,
€36 PER SQ/M. FOR FURTHER                   used Trendelenburg, or central raised      lawns, turning borders or sweeping          €60.00 Tel: 02 54 25 38 97 (orsennes,                                                  Basket Width: 63 cms, Depth: 57 cms.
INFORMATION CONTACT 05 55                   for drainage or client comfort in          paths) - 350 euros. Agria Farmhandy         dept 36)                                                                               €300.00 Phone: 05 55 65 00 04 Email:
63 43 35                                    prone position.° Unrivalled stability.     Power Hoe - 290 euros.Honda petrol          FOR SALE: High Chair & TV                                                    
FOR SALE: Floor sanding                     €1,200.00 Telephone 05 55 14 28 09         scarifier 50cm - 395 euros.Épandeur         Baby's/Kiddies modern high chair                                                       FOR SALE: Caste Iron fire grate
equipment -Hiretech HT8 (200 mm             FOR SALE: Single beds & bedding            (spreader) - 85 euros. Black & Decker       complete 30 eurosThomson TV 52 cm           with bevelled glass. Size 800 x 360
/ 8in) drum floor sander, 41.5 Kg.-         2 brand new single quality beds            cordless Pole Pruner - 125 euros.All        with remote 30 euros Tel 05 55 03 87        maximum. A delightful old piece.
Hiretech HT7 (178mm /7 in disc              200x90cm, adjustable on 3 heights,         tools hardly or never used. Email:          56                                          €120.00 Tel: 05 55 787902
sander) 16.4 Kg.-Disposable paper           complete with undermattress, 100%                        FOR SALE: SCHAUB LORENZ                     FOR SALE: Shower suite Blue
dust bags, @ HT8 14 off & HT7 16            latex mattress, mattress protector, 4      FOR SALE: Log Saw Blade diameter            COMBO FLAT SCREEN LCD                       knight shower cubicle - toilet white
Off.-Isolation transformer. 3.3 KVA         seasons quilt, cover, sheet, pillowcase.   500mm. Cutting depth 150mm. Motor           TV/DVD 19" with TNT and HDMI,               close coupled suite - white vanity china
220/240 volt to 110 volt.-15 mtr            Never used. Bought for 3000 euros,         230V. 1.8kW. Little used. Excellent         still boxed, as new. €50.00 Tel:            basin. All still in packaging. All brand
extension cable, (110 volt).-Rolls of       will sell for 2000 euros. €2,000.00        condition. Cost new EUR 650. €325.00        0555895605 (La Souterraine) Email:          new. 87 area. €180.00 Tel 05 55 60 27
high quality, (200 mm wide) fabric          Email:                Tel: 05 55 51 91 79                                     03
backed abrasives:- P40 - 50Mtr +,           FOR SALE: Various 1. Brand                                                             FOR SALE: Baby/child items Quality          FOR SALE: Godin Circular Wood
P80- 40Mtr +,P120 – 42Mtr+.These            new ( Reference Bali) single sprung                     GENERAL                        baby car seat, in excellent condition, 30   Burner Brown enamel, filigree
items were purchased and used for           hypoallergenic mattress 200cm x 90cm                                                   euros. Travel Cot which folds into carry    finish. 75cm high, 28cm diameter.
our renovation projects, now finished,      x 18 cm. Eu 100.002. Single sprung         FOR SALE: Woodland and Pasture              bag, in good condition. (Also suitable      €250.00ono Tel:             45cm (16ins) X 74cm (29ins). Fire
we would consider selling in one lot        mattress , hardly used 190cm x 90cm.       Almost 5 acres of beautiful land near St    as play pen). 25 euros. Used few times      FOR SALE: Nokia mobile telephone           dogs and back plate. Hardly used.
or individually, alternatively we would     Eu 30.003. Solid pine round (1.25m)        Saturnin (north of Boussac, east of St      during our grandchildren's visits! Tel:     3500 Classic, earphones and mains          Price 350 Euros. With free fire guard to
consider a short-term hire. We also         pedestal table. Eu 150.004 Sofa bed        Severe). Pasture, woodland and rough        05 55 78 79 02                              adapter Good condition, with black         match. €350.00 Call Linda on 05 55
have a small selection of echo friendly,    red colour converts to double bed with     pasture. Has a stream and a spring -        FOR SALE: Land Rover Discovery              leather protective case w/belt clip.       75 27 01
non toxic, non flammable, paint /           built in storage in as                     possible to construct etang. Mature         dog guard, mats & UK headlights             €40.00 Tel: 09 50 76 37 75                 FOR SALE: 100 English Books
varnish stripper & textured coating         new condition. Eu 275.00Delivery           woodland and coppiced trees - grow          TRAVAL dog guard for Land Rover             FOR SALE: Electric Sewing                  Both Hard and Paperback. In good
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condition. All for 20 euros. €20.00 Tel:    riding boots Size 7. Length 19"              55 48 92 84                                 €2,850.00 Tel:               headlamps Megane RHD 96-02 40€.
0962 58 49 03
FOR SALE: Large number of
bargain books Adventure, Mystery,
                                            49.5cm. Calf 14" 35.5cm. Knee 13"
                                            35cm. La Souterraine area. €90.00 Call
                                            Judy (eve) Email:
                                                                                         FOR SALE: Garage trolley jack 2
                                                                                         1/4 tonne. Heavy duty. Hardly used.
                                                                                         €60.00 Tel: Mob:
                                                                                                                                     FOR SALE: APRILIA ATLANTIC
                                                                                                                                     500 MAXI SCOOTER UK registered,
                                                                                                                                     2005. 500cc, vgc, fast and comfortable,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 05 55 78 73 46
                                                                                                                                                                                 FOR SALE: Suzuki DR 650 R
                                                                                                                                                                                 Djebel 1991, 46000 kms, good
Crime and family sagas. All in good           (Daniel McNally)             lots of storage space. €1,500.00 Tel:       condition, French registered, blue/
condition, 3 for 1 euro, North Creuse.      FOR SALE: Sony Playstation One               FOR SALE: EPSON PICTURE                     0555895605 (La Souterraine) Email:          white, good tyres, lights, indicators all    WANTED: Jack Russell Preferably
Contact 05 55 80 75 78                      Complete with two controllers, steering      MATE Excellent condition. Only 55                       in good working                              female pup, but any age considered.
FOR SALE: Red Diesel heater                 wheel and pedals, memory card and six        Euros. We are in dept 23. €55.00 05 55      FOR SALE: Renault Master T35D               order. €900.00 Tel David 05 55 94 38         Wanted as companion for our mature
                                            games. Excellent condition and can be        62 77 41                                    (ex ambulance with seats removed)           35 (North Correze)                           Jack Russell. Tel: 06 27 87 26 62
                                            seen working. €75.00 Telephone 02 54         FOR SALE: Motorcycle helmet                 Used to move down to France now             FOR SALE: Engine and gearbox                 WANTED: 16 Roumazieres Loubert
                                            30 00 79 (near Guéret)                       'TNT' open face with visor, size XL         selling. Good mechanical condition,         1.9 diesel from Citroen Xsara (also          II interlocking roof tiles Size 435mm
                                            FOR SALE: Various Garmin Oregon              (61-62cm), black and orange, hardly         lots of space, on French plates & part      suitable for other models of Citroen         x 255mm. Maximum 500 needed.
                                            300 GPS complete with topo maps              worn. €30.00 Contact 05 55 68 58 16         registered in France. Only needs new        and Peugeot). Complete with all              Approx 150 to be exact match for an
                                            for SW France, City navigator maps           FOR SALE: Black mesh fire screen            Controle Technique, and registration to     ancillaries except alternator. Delivery      existing roof. South of Limoges - North
                                            for Europe, rechargeable batteries,          120cm wide, with 3 hinged sections 30       complete. €1,000.00                         possible if fuel cost covered from           of Thiviers - off N21. Please email to
                                            carrying case and fixing kit for car         cm-60 cm-30 cm wide x 65cm high.            FOR SALE: Peugeot Moped 50cc                87330. €450.00 Tel:           discuss further.Other building materials
                                            windscreen. This GPS is primarily            Excellent condition, as new. €80.00ono      €60.00 Tel: 05 55 65 84 95                  Email:                required - oak flooring - celotex
                                            designed for walking and cycling,            Contact 05 55 68 58 16                      FOR SALE: Peugeot 406 HDI man               FOR SALE: Engine and Gearbox                 insulation -
                                            but can also be used for driving. Cost       FOR SALE: TV stand 3 shelf black            sal 2002 RHD, on French plates, CT          for Ford Transit, 2.5 Radiator and           window/door heads & cills Tel
Including 700 ltr tank and electric         680 euros new, will accept 400 euros.        glass TV stand. Size: 110 cm long,          until Oct 2013. Silver. VGC. High           exhaust (complete) also available.           UK 0044 1848 841581 Email:
pump.Excellent condition. Lignerolles       Fish kettle, 20 euros.FAIP NHP 145           40 cm wide, 50 cm high. €60.00 Tel          spec, climate control, computer, CD         €350.00 Tel:        
36160 €450.00ono Tel: 02 54 06 02 37        pressure washer, 50 euros.Philips                                player, elec windows and mirrors.           FOR SALE: 50 cc scooter Peugeot              WANTED: Wooden, solid, office
FOR SALE: Various Log saw, free             SBC HC 8445 wireless rechargeable            FOR SALE: Two Canon Pixma ink               All good tyres, under 90000 miles.          buxy. Year 1996. Slight problem with         desk Reasonable condition & price.
standing, 1.8KW 230V, 480mm blade.          headsets, 20 euros.HDMI selector box         cartridges 510 Black and 511 Colour         €2,495.00ono Tel: +447779 406613            it - sometimes loses power when              Tel Barbara: 05 55 03 76 87
400 euros.New generator 2KW. 200            4 in 1 out, 10 euros.Techwood 19”            cartridges, suitable for Pixma series       Email:              riding, it then picks up again after a few   WANTED: Small Trailer to
euros.Window - new, white, double-          LCD TV used twice as new, 100 euros.         MP240/MP260/MP480/MX320/                    FOR SALE: Renault Megane                    seconds but could be fixed quite easily.     sit behind ride-on mower Any
glazed. Act size 1600 x 1250 inc. sill.     FTE twin universal satellite receiver        MX330. Bought in error. €15.00 Tel:         Cabriolet 'Karmann' LHD - French            Apart from that is fine. It also has a       conditions considered Tel: 05 55 51 19
100 euros.Tent new vango colorado           head LNC 54 US, 30 euros.3 ultra sonic       05 55 03 28 18                              registered. Petrol. 89,000 km. Colour:      sports exhaust on it. €300.00 Tel: 06        67 Email:
600 DLX 6 man+. 200 euros.Corner            cordless pest repellents, new, 30 euros      FOR SALE: Various lamp bases                champagne. Glass roof. Fully serviced,      83 45 70 96                                  WANTED: Wood Burner - Fire or
display unit, oak, leaded glass. 75         each. Linksys wireless G broadband           2 celadon crackle effect bases. 46c         CT until 2012. Excellent condition.         FOR SALE: 2 x Right Hand Drive               Stove or Aga Can collect. Tel: 05 55
euros.Copper compression fittings,          router WRT54GL, 50 euros.French              H x 22c W. 35 euros ea.Green lamp           €5,200.00 Tel:               Renault Megane Headlights From               65 84 95
22mm elbows x 10 & 22mm straight            TV satellite receiver, 15 euros.Bush         base. 43c H x 26c W. 20 euros.Blue          FOR SALE: Peugeot 307 HDI                   a 2004 Megane Hatch. Excellent               WANTED: For compact tractor
connectors x 10. 25 euros.Tasco             Freesat HD satellite receiver box, as        lamp base. 43c H x 23c W. 20 euros.         Estate - 2005 French registered. RHD.       Condition. Tel: 05 55 65 02 31               Transport box (bennette), rotovator,
telescope/tripod/various lenses. 50         new, 50 euros. Sony blu ray disc player      Call Mike 09 50 49 33 04 Email:             22 months left on CT. High milleage,                                                     plough and snow plough all in usable
euros.Table saw 230V. 30 euros.All          BDPS350, 150 euros. Logitech Z5500                           hence price. €2,300.00 Tel: 05 55 60                  WHITE GOODS                        condition. Tel: 05 55 64 33 71
new:Shutter hooks 300mm 6 prs - 6           5 speaker + sub woofer surround sound                                                    45 03                                                                                    WANTED: Chain harrow /
euros the pair.Shutter hinges complete      system. 100 euros.TACX cycle trainer,                VEHICLES/PARTS                      FOR SALE: Land Rover Discovery              FOR SALE: FRIDGE, FREEZERS,                  grass rake Approx 8' x 8'. Any age
400mm 4 prs - 12 euros pr.Shutter           as new, 150 euros. Panasonic portable                                                    V8 All electrics, leather interior, on      FRIDGE/FREEZER 1 x Fridge/                   considered, for use on a small tractor.
hinges complete 500mm 12 prs - 12           stereo CD system, 50 euros. Tel. 09 80       FOR SALE: Peugeot 307 SW LHD.               French plates but 1999. Very low            Freezer, LG Multi air flow.model             Tel Barbara 06 30 02 35 73
euros pr.Coach bolts/washers/nuts m8,       08 68 72                                                                                 mileage for year. Bargain at 3000.00        GR349SQF. 80 Euros ovno...67 1/2             WANTED: Covered parking to store
75mm, 6 pks x 25. 3 euros pk.Coach          FOR SALE: Various Half moon hall                                                         ONO €3,000.00ono Tel: 05 55 60 62           inches high x 23 1/2 inches wide x 24        a car For approx. 12 weeks a year in
bolts/washers/nuts m8, 65mm, 6 pks x        table with drawer 50 eurosD’Longhi                                                       14 or 06 78 38 42 44 Email: beverley.       inches deep..1 x Upright Freezer, DIVA       the region of Limoges or Bergerac
25. 2.75 euros pk.Glue screws (like no      oil filled electric radiator unused                                                                      Metro model MM5. 90 Euros ovno..76           airports. Tel: 0044 1748 88452
nails) 9 tubes x 350 ml + exp. foam 2 x     30 eurosModern square sink white                                                         FOR SALE: Ford Transit Short                inches high x 29 1/2 inches wide x 28        WANTED: Tea chests/ stong boxes
750 ml. 20 euros. Tel: 05 55 51 91 79       unused 18 eurosM&S tall cherry                                                           Wheel Base Van, 1997, LHD French            1/4 inches deep..1 x Fridge, Model           for packing Tel: 05 55 51 91 79
(Marsac)                                    display cabinet 4 shelves, 4 drawers                                                     registered, 2 year CT, White no             Frigster BC135.. 45 Euros ovno..34           WANTED: Mobile home For use
FOR         SALE:        Large       fine   300 eurosModern white sideboard 2                                                        stickers, good all round. €1,800.00 call    inches high x 21 1/2 inches wide x           while restoring my house near Guéret
photogravure prints of famous               cupboards, 2 drawers 6 months old                                                        05 45 31 59 34                              22 1/2 inches deep..1 x Chest Freezer,       (23). after 6 pm
paintings. Only €5 each. Tel: 05 55         90 eurosBoots sidestepper unused 15                                                      FOR SALE: Citroen Relay (Jumper)            Curliss model CC2001.. 60 Euros              Email:
51 91 47                                    eurosRound coffee black/clear glass          Met Grey. 122,000 km. Full service          Hi-Top Long Wheel Base. 2003 model.         ovno..35 inches high x 31 1/2 inches         WANTED: Various ...Roof bars for
FOR SALE: 2 x VELUX & 1 x                   50 eurosMoulinex bread maker used            history. Just had Controle Technique.       New battery, alternator and fuel pump.      wide x 28 inches deep..All in very good      124series Mercedes estate, engine for
WINDOW Velux 1 - 98cm x 78cm.               once 15 eurosBlack & gold hall runner        Good reliable car. Priced to sell.          CT until April 2011. Headlights             condition.Also an Electrulux Fridge          3ton mini digger or similar with pumps
25 eurosVelux 2 - 78cm x 55cm. 20           excellent quality unused 80 eurosBlack       €6,500.00ono Tel: 05 55 61 99 14 / 06       changes. UK plates. €2,500.00ono Tel:       model RF493.32 1/2 inches high x 19          if possible, large log saw bench, PTO
eurosLapeyre 2 wings, double glazed,        glass TV stand with 3 shelves 40             76 52 26 47                                 05 55 61 19 81                              1/2 wide x 22 1/2 inches deep..Plus a        or engine driven. Tel: 05 55 60 64 92
white finish, 115cm x 90cm. 60 euros.       eurosDulux trade Weathershield               FOR SALE: Mitsubishi L200 Truck             FOR SALE: MAYPOLE MP715                     Chest Freezer Elmec..{ lid detached          Email:
The above items (twice the price at         brilliant white paint 5 litres undercoat 7   - double cab pickup Black over silver.      TIPPING TRAILER Used one trip               }34 inches high x 21 1/2 inches wide         WANTED: Vacuum Cleaner in good
Bricodepot) are new, still wrapped,         and half litres 40 eurosAll in excellent     Full leather seats. Chrome roll bar. Full   only – as new condition. External           x 23 inches deep.20 Euros each OR            working condition Tel: 05 55 78 79 02
and available for collection from just      condition. Phone 05 55 67 15 08              CT. French plates. Many new parts           dimensions 150 x 100 x 35cm                 35 Euros the pair.Both a bit untidy, but     WANTED: GAYTIME POTTERY
outside Aubusson. Phone 05 55 66 75         FOR SALE: Temporary EDF                      including tyres. €3,500.00 Tel: 05 55       (146/95 internal). Includes heavy           would make ideal freezer and fridge for      SALT POT Wanted Gaytime salt pot,
53                                          connection box Only used for 5               98 12 19                                    duty cover. Located near Sauviat sur        Anglers bait... Phone 0555 64 48 35          I have just broken mine and want to
FOR SALE: 100 Edwardian English             months. Purchased new in Feb 2010.           FOR SALE: Renault 2001 2.2dci               Vige. €485.00ono Tel: 05 55 64 05 87        (St. Dizier Leyrenne) Email: bigbob.         replace it. Please contact with price or I
Books Many with gold leaf covers.           Creuse area. €140.00 Tel: 06 04 42 97        Grand Espace (the long wheel base           Email:                                     will exchange for a Gaytime vinegar/
Ideal for bookcase display. €300.00         73                                           version) RHD, but French registered,        FOR SALE: VW Golf MK2 GTI                   FOR SALE: Fridges Large Bluesky              oil bottle. Tel 05 65 31 20 10
Tel:                         FOR SALE: Rosieres wood burner               only 117,000 miles, with lots of            1.8 8v 1987 Over €400 spent in new          fridge - 1450 high by 550 wide. 75           WANTED: Land With or without
FOR SALE: National Geographic               1920's? Art Deco style. Blue enamel          history and bills to 100,000 miles. The     parts all with 0 miles including 4 new      euros. Under counter fridge 50 euros.        buildings, with or without planning
Magazines 11 years - 1989 to 2006. 22       finish. Works but a couple of parts          rear 5 seats can be moved, removed,         tyres, RHD, UK reg, absolute bargain!       Please call                   permission. All types of land
volumes (2 per year) plus 2 volumes of      need replacing. Front loading, rear flue.    folded, giving huge load space. It          €550.00 05 45 31 59 34                      FOR SALE: Three-Way Fridge                   considered: woods, fields, houses
maps. All in slip cases and in very good    55 cm high, 50 cm wide, 40 cm deep.          is top of the range, 2 sunroofs with        FOR SALE: Truckman Hi-Top Cab               for a Caravan Electrolux 700 - 12V,          with attached land etc. Preferably in
condition. Reason for sale: downsizing      €60.00 Telephone 05 55 65 67 24              blinds, cd changer, hidden stereo, air      (white) with rear glass door Fitted         22OW, gas fridge. €220.00ono Tel: 05         the Blessac/Ahun area of Creuse. Tel:
from a very large house to a small flat.    (near Auzances)                              con (adjustable individually for each       with rotavent in roof. Originally fitted    55 64 27 86 Email: hoppyholman@    
€265.00ono Contact: 05 55 80 48 20          FOR SALE: 1930's Westminster                 side), moveable permanent roof bars,        to a 2005 Mitsubishi L200 double cab.                                  WANTED: Car or Van Anything
FOR SALE: Computer Monitor                  Chimes Clock Chimes on the                   alloys, armrests, built-in cool box,        €350.00 Tel: 05 55 68 71 22 (after          FOR SALE: Candy Fully Integrated             considered. Cash buyer. Tel: 05 55 65
Excellent condition and perfect             quarter hour and hour. €45.00 Tel:           blinds on all rear windows, and many        6pm)                                        12 Place Setting Dishwasher Brand            84 95
working order. 40cm (16 inches) and                               other features. It has had new oil          FOR SALE: Halfords Car Roof Box             New and still in the cover.Model             WANTED: Transit type pick-up
on a swivel/tilt base. €15.00 Tel: 05 55    FOR SALE: New Insinkerator                   and fuel filters, front tyres, tracking,    (Half width). Approx 360ltr. Plus Roof      CDI1012/A. Size - (H)82.0 x (W)59.8          Does not matter if it's got no mot or ct.
78 79 02                                    Food Waste Disposal Unit Model               complete clutch with solid flywheel         Bars plus Clamps - complete €100.           x (D)67.5 Buyer to collect. €350.00          Any condition as it's for a project. Cash
FOR SALE: 100 Novels /                      55 Features: 1-stage grind technology;       conversion at €500 in parts alone. CT       Used once. €100.00 Tel 05 53 52 41 34       Telephone 05 55 48 92 84                     paid. Tel: 05 55 68 31 81
Autobiographies All good condition.         High-torque Dura-Drive™ induction            for 20 months. Very good condition          FOR SALE: Roof Bars and                     FOR SALE: Table Top Fridge with              WANTED: Motor transport -
€100.00 Please ring 05 55 78 45 24          motor; Stainless steel grind elements;       with minor marks to both bumpers.           Headlamps Roof bars for Renault             ice box Excellent condition - hardly         scooter/moped Will pay up to EUR
FOR SALE: New Oak Door Frame                Continuous feed; Overload protection;        A supremely comfortable car, one of         ClioII 3dr 35€; Thule KIT1297               used. Silver casing. Size: height 62cms,     500 Tel: 06 42 82 92 42
900 x 2100mm (exterior) €35.00 Tel:         Quick Lock® mounting assembly for            the only 7 seaters that takes 7 people      roof bars for Renault Megane                width 47cms, depth 44cms. Haute-             WANTED: Moped/ Trail Bike
05 55 81 30 39                              faster easier installation.Brand New         AND the luggage, due to it being the        Hutchback96-02 5dr, Coupé97-02              Vienne. €65.00 Tel: 05 55 03 08 19           Wanted by private buyer one or
FOR SALE: Long black leather                and in the box. €150.00 Telephone 05         long version. Near La Souterraine.          3dr, or Classic 4dr Sedan97-02 40€;         Mob: 06 02 32 46 31                          two cheap old road legal French reg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mopeds or perhaps 50cc trail bike.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nr A20 direction Bellac. Anything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              considered as long as they run. Email:
                                                                                                                                                                                   Gite for rent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WANTED: Second Hand Washing
                                                                                                                                                                                 (near Aubusson)                              Machine Tel: 06 42 82 92 42

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WANTED: Cooker and hob in good
                                                                                                                                                                                  Downstairs: Porch, Kitchen,                 condition (not free standing unit). Will
                                                                                                                                                                                 Three bedrooms: two double                   collect - we are near Rochechouart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please call 05 55 77 66 61 Ruby
                                                                                                                                                                                    and one with three single
                                                                                                                                                                                 beds, two bathrooms, kitchen,
                                                                                                                                                                                     lounge, dining room &                         Classified
                                                                                                                                                                                  sunroom, parking and small
                                                                                                                                                                                    garden, Sky TV, washing
                                                                                                                                                                                  machine & dishwasher. All                        Deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                   fully furnished for short or
                                                                                                                                                                                          long term rent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  15th of the
                                                                                                                                                                                          €400/ month                            month for next
                                                                                                                                                                                  Tel: 05 55 67 58 87                               edition


                         CLUBS, CHARITIES & ASSOCIATIONS
                                   Church Notices                                                       Agenda for 2012: 9th February Pond and bog garden care; 15th March              Anglo-French conversation groups. The Information Centre provides
English-speaking church services Guéret                                                                 Vegetables & Seed Trial; 16th April Private visit to Garden Centre & talk       support and assistance with bureaucratic, family and legal problems to
Come as you are……This is an invitation to join us at our CHURCH                                         by Proprietor; 17th May Drought resistant planting & water conservation;        British residents and new arrivals. The library is open from 9.30 -12.30
SERVICE IN ENGLISH. Whether you have a faith, or would just like                                        21st June Guided Tour of Private Garden; 19th July Growing Herbs                on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Contact Rodney Sabine on 05 55
to attend a church service you are welcome at 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of                                  for culinary/medicinal use; 16th August Annual BBQ; 20th September              63 03 87 or at Our website is www.frenchweb.
each month at the Eglise Evangélique, 9b Place Bonnyaud, Guéret, 23000.                                 Plants for free – splitting perennials; 18th October AGM plus ‘All about        eu/biblio
We welcome all who want to join a group of English-speaking Christians                                  apples’; 15th November Gardeners Question Time; 6th December Natural
for a time of Worship and learning together. Children are very welcome.                                 Christmas Decorations & party.                                                  The English Library, Dun-le-Palestel
For more details contact Jim & Pat Scott on or email: scott.                             If you would like to receive more information about our association or          Located in the Route des Rateries, just behind the Biblithèque Municipale,                                                                                           be put on our mailing list for our quarterly newsletter or monthly agenda       you will find the Anglophone Library, which offers a wide variety of reading
                                                                                                        then please contact Carolyn at or Gill at gillinfrance@       material, DVDs, talking books and videos. It is also a meeting point and
English-speaking church services Limoges                                                                                                                             arranges a host of activities including: Café Franglais; Club Scrabble; Café
@ 2pm, 4th Sunday each month. 126 Rue Armand Dutreix, 87100 Limoges.                                                                                                                    Philo; Sewing Group; Art Group. Library opening hours: Thu 10am – 4pm
Contact Pat Reid Tel: 05 55 84 00 64 Email                                      Club Liseron – Gardening Club meets on the second Monday evening                & Sat 10am – 12.30pm. For details of activities or general information,
Interested in Alpha?                                                                                    of the month at 19.30 at the Salle des Fêtes in Massignac. We're a mixed        go to or email library@ententecordiale-
An opportunity for those who don't regularly attend church to explore the                               bunch of English & French, who are united by a passion for gardens     We look forward to seeing you there soon.
Christian faith. More than 17 million people worldwide have done this                                   and gardening, sharing plants, seeds and information. More info contact
course. In English @ L'Eglise Baptiste Evangélique, Limoges (contact                                    Michelle Pierce on 05 45 89 36 54 or at                                                Music
details as above).                                                                                                                                                                      Club de Musique
                                                                                                        Aux Plantes etc                                                                 Takes place on the last Friday of each month from 8pm at La Grange,
Christians together in Limousin La Souterraine Area                                                     We are a new association of independent, ethically minded and passionate        Chassignolles (5mins from La Châtre)
We hold a time of fellowship and Bible study every Tuesday afternoon.                                   plant producers. Our aim is to encourage consumers to know more about           Open to all musicians, singers, groups and audience. PA and drum kit
Barbara and Cedric look forward to welcoming you. 05 55 71 09 04                                        the plants they buy, how they were produced and their needs, thereby            available. Bring your instrument, mic and join in a great French / English
                                                                                                        avoiding the disappointments that so often come with mass produced              musical and social evening. Bar, hot and cold snacks. Meals available if
                                    Fitness & Fun                                                       plants. It's not just about us selling you plants- we want them to thrive and   reserved – see website for contact details of La Grange.
SALSA! SALSA! SALSA!                                                                                    do well for you!                                                                For more info email: http://www.clubdemusique.
Learn to dance! Come and join in the fun! Starting 6th Feb, every Monday,                               Current members include plantspeople specialising in unusual shrubs &           fr
7pm-8.30pm (Absolute Beginners) & starting 9th Feb, every Thursday,                                     trees, butterfly plants, heritage vegetables and flowers, irises, perennials
7pm-8.30pm (Improvers). 4 euros per person, 7 euros per couple. No                                      and drought-tolerant plants.                                                    Club de Musique , Le Vieux Soldat, 7 rue de La Fontaine, 87250
partner required, Free soft drink included. Venue: St-Priest-la-Feuille                                 We are working on our website ( and a               Fromental
community hall.                                                                                         common plant list but for now contact us via: Michelle Pierce 05 45 89          If you like music and have ever fancied getting up and having a go, please
NEW for this year. Why not try bachata or merengue? Private lessons also                                36 54                                                                           come and join in. This monthly evening (first Friday in every month @
available. For more info contact Ellie on 05 55 63 86 05 / email elena.                                                                                                                 8pm) is designed mainly for amateurs who would like to play or sing or                                                                                                                            Integration                            just to meet some like-minded people with similar interests. There is no
                                                                                                        Faceaface is an association founded to facilitate and encourage interaction     age limit. So if it be guitar, violin, spoons, triangle etc (get the gist?) or
Association Equilibre, le mouvement du corps                                                            between all members of the local community. As our first venture we have        maybe you might like to read a poem, then please come and see what it's
Yoga for all levels: Tue 18:30 Aubusson, Pied au plancher (Espace Philips);                             created a library.                                                              about, dust down that instrument and bring it along. jacqueline.grant@
Wed 18:30 Vallière, salle polyvalante.                                                                  Where? In the Mairie of St Priest which is just off the D4 between    
Pregnancy/Post Natal: Tue 17:00 Aubusson, Pied au Plancher (Espace                                      Mainsat and Chenerailles.
Philips)                                                                                                When? The first and third Mon afternoon in every month between 2-5pm.           The Harmonics
For further information tel 06 83 24 62 72 or visit www.spaequilibre.                                   To join all you have to do is donate six books and pay €5 per person or €8      This is our 6th season of singing as a group. Our music is varied classical,                                                                                            per household. If you would like more information please contact us at:         madrigals, spiritual, songs from the shows etc. and we sing in French,
Classes coming soon to Felletin on Fridays.                                                    or just come by and see us. Everyone is welcome!          English, Swahili, Latin - whatever the music demands. Our concerts are in
                                                                                                                                                                                        support of a variety of charities including the British Legion, L'Oregon at
Chinese Gym & Karate                                                                                    Learning Together – Apprenons Ensemble                                          Civray and Retina and thus non profit making. We meet Wed 14h–16h in
Mondays & Thursdays at the DOJO, Allée Jean-Marie Couturier,                                            Our main aim is to foster understanding and good relations amongst the          the Salle d'Annexe behind the Mairie in Civray. Interested? We'd love to
Aubusson. Warm and friendly atmosphere.                                                                 local French-speaking and English-speaking populations. To this end we          see you so contact: David Lee tel 05 49 87 53 93 email dave.lee@cegetel.
For more info tel 06 08 92 30 53                                                                        are offering courses of tuition in English and in French, and organising        net or Dolly Ait Boualou email
                                                                                                        social and cultural events and visits.
Tai Chi at Boussac and La Châtre                                                                        Language Classes (take place at the Maison des Associations,                    Amateur open mic night @ Vautredeix
Tai Chi classes in Boussac (Tue 18.15-19.45) and in La Châtre (Thu 18.15-                               Rochechouart)                                                                   (Just outside Gouzon, next to Saint-Sylvain-sous-Toulx). Poets, musicians,
19.45).                                                                                                 Beginners and intermediate classes - Monday am; French/English                  whatever you may be.... Everyone welcome to perform or just enjoy the
The first two lessons are free, the subscriptions are 36 euros per month, and                           conversation – Tuesday am; Advanced and children’s classes – Wednesday          company. Every Friday night 7pm onwards. Free. Bring a bottle. For more
folks can go to both venues having paid this fee. The style is that of Yang.                            am. Games Night (Rochechouart) 1st Thursday; Games Night (St Junien)            info contact
All ages and abilities welcome, but folk must bear in mind that they will                               2nd Thursday; Lunch Club – Last Thursday.
be on their feet, doing the equivalent of what one might classify as light                              For your calendar: Valentine Party Night – Sun 12th Feb (Register with                                           Support
exercise, for about an hour and a half. For more information, contact 05                                HENRY GRUNDY on 05 45 71 51 02. All Welcome); St Patrick Party                  Alcoholics Anonymous
55 65 08 20.                                                                                            Night – Sun 18th March; Quiz Night – Thurs 12th Apr; Race Night – Sat           If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, there is now an
                                                                                                        19th May; Picnic & All American Hoedown - Sun 17th Jun.                         English-speaking meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous at 2 Avenue Pierre
Learn how to jive at Lussac-les-Eglises in an exciting, fun, friendly group                             For more details visit or contact Mike or               Traversat, Limoges. Thu 7.30pm-9.00pm.
that meet every Mon at 8pm, at the Salle Polyvalente, Lussac-les-Eglises.                               Christine ELLINGHAM 05 55 03 27 67                                              Alcoholics Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women who share
Everyone welcome whether you’re on your own or part of a couple, young                                                                                                                  their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve
or young at heart. This is a great way to keep fit, have some good laughs                               The Melting Pot                                                                 their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The
and meet new people. For more info contact Alwyn on or                                   Members of the Ambassador's Club of the Welcome en Limousin                     only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are
Hank on See you there!                                                                  association.                                                                    no dues or fees for A.A. membership and A.A. is not allied with any sect,
                                                                                                        We are a group of around 70 members, both French and British, who meet          denomination, politics, organization or institution. Our primary purpose is
Gym Bien-être                                                                                           each week with the aim of sharing things and trying to integrate with           to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Would you enjoy an afternoon of gentle exercise with a cheerful, light-                                 the French community. We meet every week at the Ancienne Ecole in               Contact tel Roger 05 55 76 22 65 or Nancy 02 54 24 09 74 or visit www.
hearted group? Each week we exercise a different group of muscles, do a                                 Darnac, on a Wednesday morning from 10am-12noon, except for the first 
little country dancing & some floor exercise and laugh a lot .The aim of                                Wednesday, when we meet in the evening at 8pm. We hold information
the activities is to increase suppleness and mental agility. We meet every                              meetings, plant swaps, BBQ's, games nights, visits, and have guest              Cancer Support France, Creuse branch
Tuesday afternoon upstairs at the Capitole in Rochechouart between 2.00                                 speakers about topics relevant to living in France.                             If you or anyone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer and would
and 3.30 pm. It isn’t necessary to speak French because you can copy but                                Contact: We look forward to seeing you!            like help or support, we are here for you. If you need someone to talk to
you will learn some. Come for 2 weeks’ free trial. For details contact:                                                                                                                 we have a helpline available and if we are not there we will call you back - Secretary Gym Bien-être.                                                       Charente Limousine Exchange                                                     within 24 hours. Our helpline number is 06 06 47 18 60.
                                                                                                        The Charente-Limousine-Exchange (CLE), founded in 2003, aims to                 If you would like to get involved with the work of CSF Creuse (perhaps
Learn to Meditate                                                                                       improve the provision of French language courses and to share experiences       you have some free time and can help to organise and run fundraising
Learn to meditate and meet other like-minded people. Simple                                             and skills among members who live in Charente, Vienne and Haute-                events) please get in touch with Mike Walsh on 09 50 49 33 04.
mindfulness technique. Dechen Choling, Le Mas Marvent, St-Yrieix-                                       Vienne. CLE provides information to members living and/or working
sous-Aixe, 87700. Also, ongoing regular group meetings and events.                                      in France and works with local communities and organisations to tackle          Cancer Support France, Charente Plus
Contact tel Christina 05 55 03 82 01                                                                    practical issues through forums and workshops, as well as organising a          Offers free and confidential support to English speakers affected by                                                                                  wide range of cultural and social events throughout the year. The recent        cancer in departments 16, 17, 86 & 87. Our helpline number is 06 45 35
                                                                                                        launch of English lessons has been well attended by Confolentais. If you        32 30.
                                       Gardening                                                        would like to know more about this group of volunteers, please look on          Drop-in Service at the Maison des Usagers (MDU) at Limoges CHU
Les petits jardiniers du Limousin                                                                       our new website or contact the              Held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 9.30 – 12.30. There will be
Http://                                                                  Chairman, Barry Leech, on 06 35 96 77 46.                                       2 trained Active Listeners available to you if you have been affected by
Do you love gardening or are you keen to learn more about it? Then why                                                                                                                  cancer in some way and have questions or need information about CSF
not come along and join Les Petits Jardiniers? We’re a friendly group                                                                             Libraries                             Charente Plus and the service we provide. We are entering into a contract
of English, French and Dutch residents and normally meet on the 3rd                                     St Jean English Library, La Souterraine                                         with Limoges hospital which is very thorough on their part. They do not
Thursday of each month at 2.30pm in the salle de fêtes in St-Amand-le-                                  The La Souterraine Library and Information Centre – the friendly library        take it lightly, allowing associations onto their premises, so be assured the
Petit, between Peyrat-le-Château and Eymoutiers. Our meetings are held                                  – is now firmly installed in a beautiful medieval building at the Porte de      service is confidential and that we are fulfilling the requirements of the
mostly in English and we have guest speakers, organise garden visits and                                Puy Charraud, Route de Portail, La Souterraine. The library has over 5,000      hospital. The hospital informs all departments of our existence, it informs
swap plants and seeds. You can take out an annual membership of 15 euros                                books, DVDs and other items, as well as its café, Caxtons, which serves         other associations and those in the community of the service we provide,
per person or 20 euros per couple or pay as you go for 3 euros per meeting.                             English cakes. The Library also provides French lessons and organises           so this is another way of promoting our services and getting to those who
                                                                                                                                                                                        may need us.
                                                                                                                                                                                        If you need any more information, please get in touch via csf.
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14th February - 5 Courses €19,50 per person                                                                                    Upcoming events
            Daily Plat du Jour from €9                          AUX CEPES                                      Thu 2nd Feb     Quiz Night
    (to include a ¼ carafe of wine per person                    La Veytizou                                   Wed 8th Feb     Ladies Afternoon
              for a limited time only)                                                                         Sat 11th Feb    Music Night (Soul 60s 70s 80s)
                                                            Saturday 11th February                             Tue 14th Feb Valentine's Day Evening
        2-course Sunday Lunch from €10                        OPEN MIKE NIGHT                                  Thu 23rd Feb Quiz Night
          Weekly Quiz every Friday                    Calling all singers and musicians. Bring an              Sat 17th Mar Music Night (Jazz)
        5 Euros – to include a hot meal.              instrument along from 8pm. All welcome.               Tel: 05 55 48 92 37
            Prize for the Winner.
                                                      Free entry. Bar snacks available from €3.                         Route de St Laurent, 87310 Saint-Cyr
See Business Directory for more information
             and opening hours                              Saturday 25th February
   Tel: 05 55 12 99 45 - 06 04 09 03 10                          Chinese Night
                                                              Starter - Main - Dessert
                                                          + small carafe of wine and coffee                            WANTED: Singers
                                                                     LIVE MUSIC                               I am looking for singers to start a new en-
   Au Bon Vivre, Parnac                                       €20 - Reservation Only                          semble vocal. You need to be able to (sight)
                                                                                                               read music and have choir experience, we
                                                                Tel: 05 55 69 33 38
          Fish and chips every                                                                                aim for a more than average level of music
        Tue evening, just €7.50
 NEW €8 Menu - starter + plat du jour                     JJ’s Café Bar                                        making. Repertoire from early renaissance
                                                                                                               to contemporary 21st century, in French,
       OR plat du jour + dessert                                   Aigurande                                    English, German and Latin. Rehearsals in
         Tel: 02 54 24 83 31                             Saturday 25th February                                French, every two or three weeks, in the              Jazz Soirée with The Thierry Tardieu Trio                      north of La Creuse, in Lourdoueix-Saint-
                                                 Playing all the greats like Gershwin, Porter, Basie and      Pierre. If you are interested please let me
                                                 Ellington amongst others, plus their own compositions.
                                                                                                               know me your voice, level and experience.
      Santé et Beauté
                                                 This trio is well known in Paris so we are lucky to have
                                                   them here chez JJ's. This soirée is in aid of the                 Email to
  Please note that we will be closed for one             Pompiers and Sapeurs of Aigurande.
                                                                                                                         or call 05 55 81 31 26.
 week from Tuesday 28th February - re-open        The meal is served from 7.30pm - 9pm: Blanquette de
                                                   Veau (with humanely raised veal) + Dessert - €13 pp
           Wednesday 7th March.
                                                  (€1 from each meal will be donated to the Association)                         The concert starts at 9pm (Free).
             05 55 00 92 97                                Reservations advisable but optional.                        Guide Dogs for the
         3, Rue Principale, 87740 St-Mathieu                         Music Club                                         Blind Fundraiser
                                                             2nd Sat of every month. 8.30 pm.

             Le Pub
                                                                Next event: 11th February                      After the huge success of last year's Fund Raiser to
                                                    JJ's Music club is for musicians of all levels and      raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind in Landouge,
                                                  genres entry is free, there is no membership and is        Christine and myself, with the help of Guide Dog Etoile,
58, rue d'Orjon, Argenton-sur-Creuse              open to everyone who loves music. You can also buy         will be holding our second annual Fund Raiser on Sunday
                                                    fish and chips from the van in the market square                       24th June from 2.00 – 5.00pm.
      Thursday Night PROMO                         (from 6.30 - 8.30) and eat them in the comfort of        The venue once again will be in our large garden come rain
   2 entrecotes (env.225g) and chips             JJ's. The club starts from 8:30, but we are open for         or shine, at 17 Avenue du 8 Mai 1945, 87150, Oradour-
   for only €20 (booking necessary)              all those who want to come earlier to eat. In fact we                              sur-Vayres.
                                                                   hardly ever shut !!!!                        If anyone has anything they can donate to this very
Sunday Roast + Pudding - just €10!!                    JJ's Cafe Bar, 39 Place du Champ de Foire,             worthy cause - clothes, books, bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs,
                                                                    36140 Aigurande                           household items, or any other saleable goods, or home-
        02 54 60 02 14                                          Tel: 02 54 06 30 77                          made cakes - we would be very grateful to receive them.
                                            Also if anyone can offer any voluntary help on the day we
                                                             Email:                                   would be extremely grateful.
                                                                                                            Included in the Event will be: a table from the Guide Dog
        WANTED: Gardening                                                                                    School highlighting the very good work they do, and with
          Club Members                                         Cromac Active
                                                                                                               various items for sale; the presence of some working
                                                                                                             Guide Dogs and student Guide Dogs; delicious homemade
 We live near Gouzon and are interested in                                                                     cakes, teas/coffee, soft drinks, clothes, bric-a-brac,
                                                  Do you know more French than you can                          books, CDs, DVDs; various Artisans; and a tombola.
 starting a gardening club to integrate with
                                                 speak? Are you afraid of all those gram-
 all people who enjoy gardening etc. We are                                                                        Please contact Roger and Christine Thomas.
                                                  matical rules? Do you find it difficult to                                  Tel: 05 55 78 83 05
hoping to be able to share knowledge, seeds,
                                                 put words in the right order at the right                        Thank you again to everyone who helped and
  plants and experience and of course, lan-
                                                      moment? Well, why not join us?                                    supported our Event last year.
  guage. If you are interested in joining in,
             please get in touch.                  We are an Anglo French group and we
           Tel: 05 55 51 19 67
                                                  meet to learn how to speak French. The
                                                 meetings are quite informal, we just fol-                             The Exchange
                                                   low a theme and work our way through
                                                 the various obstacles with the help of our                   - Grand Winter Book Clearance Sale -
                                                              French friends.                                     100's of fiction, reference/non fiction and
     The Christmas Fayre at La Trigalle,                                                                                 children's books from 50cts
  Lussac-les-Eglises was a great success and      We meet in Cromac (north Haute-Vienne)                         Thur February 16th to Sat February 18th
    we raised €660,69 for Cancer Support                                                                                 during normal opening hours.
                                                 every Wednesday from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.
 France. We really appreciate you all for your                                                                 A huge increase in book numbers and we now
                                                      So why not give Peter a call on                         have in stock over 500 DVD's to suit all tastes
         continued support and help.                                                                                ready for those long Winter nights.
                                                   05 55 76 10 92 for more information?
                    Thank you,                                                                                 Read/Watch and exchange at 'The Exchange'
                                                     It is FUN, FRIENDLY, and FREE!
                                                                                                                            Call Phil and Jane:
                  Karen Blewett                                                                                     06 62 84 16 14 or 05 55 78 19 24

   20 ♦ WHAT’S ON

Sun 5th Feb SAINT-SULPICE-LES-FEUILLES                                  Thu 9th Feb LIMOGES                                                   Sun 19th Feb to Sun 11th Mar SAINT-SULPICE-
Yves Désautard, King of Banturles                                       The Australian Pink Floyd Show                                        LE-GUÉRÉTOIS
Banturle is a typical Limousin idiom that refers to a person who        Pink Floyd fans will be pleased to learn that the Australian          Diverticreuse
enjoys life, who is easily distracted from his work and likes to go     Pink Floyd Show, the tribute band most faithful to the spirit         Indoor soft play for both children and parents. Open for the
for a drink with friends and to discuss how to change the world,        of the legendary psychedelic rock band, will be back in the           school holidays - every day from 10h-19h at the salle des
philosophising about the harsh condition of Man and producing           hexagon this winter for their "Exposed in The Light World             sports, Saint-Sulpice-le-Guérétois. Snacks available. Entry 5€
profound maxims (Cows rushing to the water trough are as                Tour", a show inspired by the song "Shine on Your Crazy               (1€ for accompanying adult). Contact 06 98 39 12 45 for more
dangerous as closing time at the pub).                                  Diamond."                                                             information.
   Yves Désautard has been King of Banturles since 1982, an             Venue: Zenith. 20h. Tickets €45,50/ €56,50
                                                                                                                                              Sat 10th Mar BOUSSAC
incredible thirty-year reign.                                           To find out where to buy tickets visit http://www.zenithlimoges.
Amongst        his    multiple                                          com/                                                                  St Patrick’s
activities, Yves is known                                               For more information visit                       Be Seen in Green for an Early St Patrick’s Day!
by his regular broadcasts                                                                                                                     The AIPB of Boussac, in partnership with the Troubadours, is
on France Bleu Limousin.                                                                                                                      holding a St Patrick’s Event. It’s a night of music from the talented
                                                                        Concert - TCHAÏKOVSKI et JANÁCEK                                      Poitiers-based band Argyle, winners of the Battle of the Bands
He is the official entertainer                                          Concert by the Orchestre de Limoges et du Limousin:
of the exclusive club of the                                                                                                                  in 2010, and Boussac’s own excellent Fingers in the Noise. The
                                                                        Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor & Janácek's
communes with funny names                                                                                                                     entertainment begins at 9pm in the salle polyvalente in Boussac.
                                                                        Sinfonietta opus 60 (version 1927).
(Arnac la Poste = Rob the                                                                                                                     Entrance is €5 per person. Food and drink will be available. And,
                                                                        Thu 16th Feb LA SOUTERRAINE                                           for fun, please wear green if you can to celebrate this special day
Post, Vatan = Get lost, Folles = Crazy women, Rancon = Makes
                                                                        Centre culturel Yves Furet. 20h30. Tickets: Adults €12, Children      for the Emerald Isle!
one stupid ..) He performs on a regular basis on stage with his own
                                                                        €3. Reservations: La Souterraine Tourist Office Tel 05 55 63 10 06.   Tickets are available on the door or in advance from the Office
plays such as "The Last Pub before the Creuse".
   Yves Désautard's new play is named the "Little Theatre of            Sat 18th Feb GUÉRET                                                   de Tourisme in Boussac. Please see AIPB’s website at www.
Banturles" and brings back to life many famous people and               Espace André Lejeune. 20h30. Tickets: Adults €19.50, Students for further information.
celebrities of the Limousin, starring with his two sidekicks, Jean-     €6.70. For more information tel 05 55 52 84 97.
François Julien (a journalist) and Christophe Dupuis (an accordion

                                                                                New Indoor Bowls Club - bowls them over!
player). You will enjoy two hours of jokes, songs and laughter -
should you have some command of the French language. Cazalibus
will be pleased to welcome you in St-Sulpice-les-Feuilles (A20
- exit 22), with a free glass of mulled wine before the show, on          Cussac Bowls Club got off to a great start after its official launch on
Sunday 5th February, 3.30 pm.                                           January 1st, with a 'Journée portes ouvertes' or 'Open Day' on Sunday
   Tickets €12 per person. Bookings by phone (05 55 76 70 15), by       22nd of January at the Gymnasium in Cussac, Haute-Vienne (87150).
e-mail or by post (with payment): Cazalibus           Roger Hammond, president of the new Club, gave a formal wel-
- 14 place de la Fontaine - 87160 Les Grands-Chézeaux.                                                come to all present and asked M. Guy
                                                                                                      Deplas, Mayor of Cussac, watched by
                                                                                                      his own staff, local sport and leisure
                                                                                                      clubs and other members of the public,
                                                                                                      to bowl the first 'wood' in a demonstra-
                                                                                                      tion match to introduce the locals to this                is, however, very clear. It hopes to help
                                                                                                      very 'British' game, derived originally                   along the integration with the French
                       Quality handmade wood                       furniture
                                                                                                      from pétanque.                                            by encouraging anyone over the age of
                                                                                                          Short Mat Bowls, to give its correct                  15 yrs to join the club and continue the
                                                                                                      name, is developed from Lawn Green                        tradition of Cussac's friendliness to the
                                                                                                      Bowls and is played pretty well to those                  whole community.
                                                                                                      same rules with slight amendments                           If you missed the opportunity to try
                                                                                                      made to cater for the indoor facilities.                  short mat bowls on the day, go along
                                                                                                      Competition can be fierce but within the                  to Cussac Gymnasium on a Wednesday
                                                                                                      relative gentility of the game.                           evening at 8.00pm where you can have a
                                                                                                          It also has the added appeal of being                 no-obligation try-out.
                                                                                                      just as attractive as a spectator sport.                    You may alternatively e-mail Roger
                                                                                                          The intent of Cussac Bowls Club                       at:

                                                                                                                                    Variety show a success!
                            From antique reproductions                                                       The theatre group which operates under the umbrella of the Choeur de Lion based in south-west
                                                                                                             Haute-Vienne produced its second variety show in Champsac on 3rd December 2011.
                              to contemporary pieces
                                                                                                             Directed by Sandra Richardson and compered by Terry Parsons, the show was enthusiastically
                                 & customised gifts                                                          received by almost a hundred people in the function room of Le Champsac Hotel in Champsac.
        We are able to design and handcraft the furniture                                                    Two boisterous musical numbers from Cabaret opened the show. Willkommen and Come to the
                                                                                                             Cabaret were performed by the whole cast and choir in colourful 1920s costume and were a pointer
                        of your dreams                                                                       to the excellent music, dance and comedy to follow.
                                                                                                             We were entertained to a diverse selection of acts including a slick umbrella dance routine set to
                                                                                                             Singin’ in the Rain, a boisterous comical version of Two Ladies and a hilarious routine of If I were
                                                                                                             not upon the stage plus music from the Choeur de Lion and the blues trio Strange Brew. A knock-
                                                                                                             about routine loosely based on the traditional Mexican Hat Dance and a somewhat risqué musical
                                                                                                             tale about the pros and cons of booking cheap flights added further to the humorous elements of
                                                                                                             the evening.
                                   Nicholas Hemming,                                                         Linking the music and dance routines there were sparkling individual presentations by Sandra
                              Award-winning cabinet maker                                                    Richardson performing Victoria Wood’s Fatitude, Hazel Baker reciting Pam Ayres’ Hedgehog,
         Consultations by appointment across central France                                                  Vicky warning us what she will do when she is old and eccentric and David with a burlesque tale
                                                                                                             about the Battle of Hastings.
    02 48 63 15 09                                    Montgenoux
    06 83 56 46 41                             18170, Maisonnais                                             The finale, performed by Terry and Vanessa Parsons plus the whole cast and choir accompanied,                                    France                                            as was the case throughout the evening by Sylvia Teale at the piano, took us to Les Misérables and
                                        SIRET: 533 607 115 00011                                             Master of the House, a rousing ending to a thoroughly entertaining evening.

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