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In the face of national protests and widespread anger, the government has pressed ahead with plans to reduce the speed limit on the country's secondary road network from 90 to 80 km/h.
with no central reservation. An estimated 400,000 kilometres of road will be affected. Compared to other road safety measures, the reduction in the speed limit is relatively inexpensive; the cost to replace the relevant 20,000 road signs across the country is estimated at between €5-10 million. Much more may need to be spent on public awareness campaigns, however. According to the road safety department of the interior ministry, the measure should save between 300 and 400 lives every year - principally because braking times will be shorter and any accidents that do occur will be less deadly. From the early 1970s, the number of road deaths in France has fallen by more than 80%, but the last significant drop was seen in the early
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espite vocal, widespread opposition, the government is following through on plans to reduce the speed limit on the country’s secondary road network from 90 km/h to 80 km/h. The new rules, which come into effect from 1st July, have proved wildly unpopular with the general public, but the government has resisted calls to back down. The move is a signature policy of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who believes the change will help to further reduce the number of road deaths on the country’s roads. “If I have to be unpopular to save lives, then I accept that,” conceded the prime minister when the plans were initially announced. The new rules come into force on 1st July and will apply to all secondary roads
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have been thinking about respect quite a lot this month. It all started with one of my kids enquiring as to why exactly I thought I was in charge and questioning whether they really had to do what I say. We didn’t get as far as accusations of human rights violations, but you get the drift. I imagine that this is a perfectly normal thing to happen at some point in any parent-child relationship and I am braced for plenty of defiant years ahead. In the very first significant challenge to my authority, however, I instantly succumbed to the argument that drove me mad as a kid myself and one I swore I’d never use with my own: “Because I’m your father and I say so!” Now, I’m not suggesting that this is not true - in fact both parts of that statement are unarguably correct - it’s just that there needs to be a bit at the end about why I’m saying so and how the next 10 years are going to be much more pleasant for all concerned if we create a family environment that does not resemble trench
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warfare. I like to think that I was brought up to respect my elders, but I always railed against absolute unquestioned authority, and you soon learn that older doesn’t always mean wiser. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. I can’t remember who said that, but if I run a totalitarian regime at home, I’m pretty sure it will eventually bring about a revolution! There was a prominent story this month of the teenager who got well and truly dressed down by President Macron for a perceived lack of respect (see page 8). “Hé, je te connais, ça va Manu?” is rude and the kid knew exactly what he was doing. It’s the equivalent of saying “Alright mate?” to the Queen and whatever your view on the monarchy, I don’t think that’s ever acceptable-. I do think our leaders need to earn our respect, but a certain amount should be afforded and it’s OK to call out rudeness when you come across it. When I read the story and saw the YouTube clip, my initial reaction was that Macron was perfectly entitled
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one bad decision can lead to a lifetime of consequence. Sharing everything about your life can be wonderfully inclusive and social media is not inherently evil. Capturing those special moments and sharing them with your friends is great. They’re online forever as memories... but so are the boring bits, the bad bits and the embarrassing bits. Cyberbullying is a huge problem and once you’ve hit submit, you can often never get it back. So, child of mine, returning to our argument, you can’t have that Facebook account yet because I’m your father and I say so... but also because of everything I’ve just written. I’ll sit down and explain it all to you in time and whilst you might not agree and call me overprotective, I hope at least you’ll understand. Until next month! Steve Martindale, Editor
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Monpazier on national TV
very year, national broadcaster France 2 chooses one village from every region to compete in the programme “Le village préféré des Français” - France’s favourite village. This year, it was the turn of Monpazier, in the south-east of the Dordogne, to represent the Nouvelle-Aquitaine on the nation’s screens. Founded in 1284 by Edward 1 of England, and a member of the Association “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The Most Beautiful Villages of France), its medieval centre has changed very little over the centuries and has been preserved almost completely intact. A stunning example of a bastide town, the original arcades around the main square are still present, as is the covered market hall. The winner of Le village préféré des Français tra-
ditionally sees a surge in tourism, but unfortunately for the region, Monpazier only managed seventh place. The town will certainly benefit from being part of the popular annual competition, however; along with the primetime exposure, many people make a point of visiting the shortlisted towns each year. “We don’t regret anything,” said the town’s mayor Fabrice Duppi. “We are very happy to have taken part, and it’s great publicity. There were over a hundred of us in the salle des fêtes to watch the programme when it went out - not bad for a town of just 500 people!” The competition, voted for by the public, was eventually won by Cassel in the Hauts-de-France region, close to Dunkirk and the Belgian border. ■
DID YOU KNOW? During the Hundred Years War the population of Monpazier set off to raid the nearby town of Villefranche-duPérigord. Finding the town quiet they plundered what they could and returned home. Unfortunately, the reason Villefranche was so quiet was that the villagers had chosen that very same night to plunder Monpazier! When the sorry facts emerged, the residents of both Monpazier and Villefranche agreed to return the things that they had taken from each other.
Macron to visit Dordogne Emmanuel Macron will be visiting the Dordogne during July according to a recent announcement by Jacqueline Dubois, a local MP in the president’s La République en Marche! (LREM) party. President Macron had previously written to the president of the Conseil départemental de la Dordogne at the beginning of this year with plans to visit the department “at some point in 2018”. It is believed that he will stop off in Périgueux, before visiting a factory in Boulazac, where the nation’s stamps are printed, to choose the latest design for the “Marianne”. According to local newspaper SudOuest, President Macron will also then visit a rural commune to discuss local services, but it has not been revealed where this will be. During a political television show three years ago, the then economy minister promised the mayor of Eymet that he would visit the bastide town and there is speculation that he may now follow through on this pledge. ■
Sarlat hotel wins TV prize A Sarlat hotel has emerged victorious from the final of the popular series Bienvenue à l’hôtel broadcast on TF1 and watched by millions. “It’s fantastic, it brings great exposure to the hotel, the town and the region and it’s great for our team,” said the hotel’s owner and manager Jean-Pierre Woillard. Sarlat-la-Canéda, in the heart of the Périgord Noir, is already a popular tourist destination, but the Saint-Albert, the town’s oldest hotel, has seen a sharp increase in enquiries after winning the final which was screened at the end of June. “With over two million people watching the final, it’s normal that we should see an increase in interest,” said the proud owner. “At the end of the day, that’s the point of taking part!” As well as the title and the national exposure, the business also received a €3,000 prize. Not an insignificant amount of money, but, according to the manager, not enough to cover the cost of the extra staff he had to hire to cover the 15 days of filming! ■
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Crossbill Guides: Dordogne - a review The Crossbill Guides Foundation is a European non-profit organisation with a single goal: to foster interest in European nature and its conservation. One way they achieve this is by publishing the Crossbill Guides ecotourism travel guides with routes for naturalists, hikers, birdwatchers and anyone who wants to discover the secret spots and species of European natural areas. The latest guide in the series focusses on the flora and fauna of the Dordogne and The Bugle has taken a deeper look.
ost expats that move to the region throw themselves into local life. Before long, we are familiar with the local cuisine, we recognise the major landmarks and develop a taste for the local wine! But how many of us can honestly say
that we have learned about the local wildlife, the geology of this diverse department and how the various landscapes affect the local flora and fauna? I, for one, am woefully lacking in that area, which is why it was such a delight to discover this guide. Written by local expat wildlife guide David Simpson with Frank Jouandoudet, a French naturalist and photographer, the Englishlanguage guide provides an in-depth, yet accessible tour around the department and its natural environment. The first part of the book details the Dordogne’s geology and looks at the various habitats across the department, from the upland streams and chestnut forests of the north-east, down through the rivers and cliffs, the oak woodlands and on to the arable plains and vineyards of the south-west. The next section studies the
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by Steve Martindale flora of the department, some of which can be found relatively easily in most areas - such as the 50 types of native orchid and other rare flowers that can only be found in specific areas, like the stunning Byzantine Gladiolus that grows around the Bergerac vineyards. A look at the local fauna completes the factual side of the guide and details the various mammals, birds, fish and insects that you will encounter when out and about in the Dordogne. If, like me, you think a moth is a moth, then think again. Mike Coverdale, an English naturalist, has built up a list of 700 species during a 10-year study at a site near Lalinde and I will now be looking out for the Giant Peacock Moth, which is so large it can be mistaken for a bat when fluttering around at dusk (see image). The remaining half of the book - which accurately labels itself the “Practical Part” - is dedicated to 21 suggested walks across the department. Each one is given a difficulty rating with an estimated time and the step-bystep guide also highlights what wildlife you should be looking for at each stage. The Dordogne Crossbill Guide is a veritable treasure trove of information and in my opinion should be compulsory reading for any expat with even a passing interest in the local wildlife. I can also think of no better book to leave on the coffee table of a gîte or chambre d’hôte. At €28.95, the guide does represent a small investment, but given the enormous amount
of work that has obviously gone into this publication, it represents excellent value and the Foundation is not-for-profit, so your money is being well used to increase awareness of Europe’s diverse habitats.
So next time you’re in the wine aisle, why not put a few bottles back, pick up a copy of this book and head out into the beautiful Dordogne countryside to discover what this department has to offer. ■
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hris Froome will join the peloton at the start of this year’s Tour de France, despite calls from Bernard Hinault, the cycling legend who won the Tour five times, for riders to boycott the race. Chris Froome had been awaiting the outcome of an “adverse analytical finding” for Salbutamol after he was found to have had twice the permissible amount of the asthma drug in his system at last September's Vuelta a España, which he won. He subsequently also won the Giro d'Italia in May, becoming the first man to hold all three Grand Tours at once since Hinault himself in 1983. Salbutamol is a “specified” substance and not a “banned” one, which meant Froome was free to continue racing while the drawnout case continued. The British rider had always maintained his innocence and just days before the first stage of this year’s Tour, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), which worked closely with the UCI, accepted there was no rule breach and recommended the case
be dropped. Speaking to the Ouest-France newspaper before Wada’s announcement, Hinault said riders should refuse to start when this year's race begins in the Vendée on 7th July. “The peloton should put its feet to the ground and say, if he is starting the race, we won’t start. The peloton is too nice. Others have been sanctioned with everyone in agreement, but they will not sanction him because it is an 'adverse finding'...” Hinault added: “Ventolin [Salbutamol], perhaps it’s not a big thing, perhaps that’s not what won him the Vuelta. We don’t know. But it’s banned at those levels and that’s it. The rules are the same for everybody.” Team Sky responded in a statement: “It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand. His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a pre-
scribed asthma medication. As an ex-rider himself, Bernard will appreciate the need for fairness for each and every athlete.” After Wada’s statement, Team Sky revealed that Froome was only 19% over the limit - not double as had been previously reported in a leak when the adverse test was adjusted to take account of dehydration. They also highlighted that none of the 20 other tests conducted on Froome during his victory at last year’s Vuelta required any further explanation. Froome's defenders have accused Hinault of whipping up public anger to a level that places the rider - and his support team - at risk of physical harm during the 23-day race. Froome has had a bodyguard for some time but Team Sky has admitted that staff and riders are steeling themselves for a potentially hostile reception when the Tour begins. “We have been talking for a long time about safety and security and we had a couple of BSkyB’s security team come to spend time with us, just to advise us on how we operate and can improve our safety
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and security at races,” explained Tim Kerrison, Team Sky's coaching guru. “Our experience of riding in France and our experience of the public has been fantastic. But we also know there will be a small part of the crowd who will be hostile and a few people who are haters and are particularly hostile.” Froome will start this year's Tour de France as Team Sky's leader and the favourite to secure a third straight win and fifth in to-
tal, which would put him alongside Hinault, Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain for the most wins in the history of cycling's most prestigious race. The Tour starts in Noirmoutier on 7th July with a 201 km stage in the Vendée, before travelling through the north of France, crossing the Alps and Pyrenees, and then heading to Paris on 29th July for a finish on the Champs-Elysées after 3,351 km of racing. ■
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Return to sender, address well known © Thomas Ravaux (Facebook)
French landlord has received widespread support after dumping a lorry full of rubbish outside his former tenants' new house. Thomas Ravaux finally regained access to his property after the family living there left suddenly, after refusing to take any phone calls - or pay any rent - for 14 months. When Mr Ravaux entered his property, he described what he found on social media as “carnage”. “Everything was completely destroyed. The floor is a mess, there are holes in the walls, every room needs repainting and we need to disinfect and deep clean throughout. The smell is unbearable. We had a to get bailiff to verify the state of it before we could begin the clean-up, which will cost €10,000.” As well as rotten food in the fridge, the homeowner cleared out a lorry-worth of
debris, rubbish, children’s toys, old magazines, papers, plastic buckets, white goods, old computers, towels, clothes and pieces of broken furniture. Loading all the rubbish into a tipper truck, Thomas decided to “return it all to them”. The video of him dumping the rubbish at the front door of his former tenants' new house has since been viewed almost one million times, and despite the act being illegal and risking a fine of €450, the land-
lord was unfazed. “I have had such a response, all in my favour. Everyone has supported me. I have spoken to the Gendarmerie, and it went OK. I am not worried.” The rubbish was subsequently cleared away, with the former tenants believed to have finally cleared up their own mess and taken it to the déchetterie: “The old tenants had to take everything to the rubbish tip themselves. Everything has now gone!” ■
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République en March! (LRM) party, with several MPs calling for the law to be adapted so that there is local discretion, and only those roads that are deemed dangerous are subject to the change. Macron himself appears to be putting loyalty to his prime minister above the impact the issue is having on his approval ratings. The law change is hurting his popularity most in rural France, where he is already seen as a city slicker. According to Christophe Jerretie, LRM deputy for the Corrèze department, the measure will inevitably result in more drivers getting fines and losing their licences. “And in my constituency, no licence means no job”. In the neighbouring Creuse department, local officials are refusing to take down the 90 km/h signs in protest, although they do insist that the new speed limits will be enforced. One concession, made by the president in a recent TV interview, is that the 80 km/h rule needs to prove its worth and will be re-evaluated after two years. “If it hasn’t worked, we won’t keep it.” ■
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ans of expensive bubbly and cheap pubs may be disappointed to hear that soon they will no longer be able to buy Champagne from their local Wetherspoons. Tim Martin, the outspoken founder of the popular pub chain JD Wetherspoon, is also a staunch supporter of Brexit and has said his pubs will stop selling French Champagne in favour of sparkling wines that aren't made in the European Union. The chain, known for its cheap beer and food, currently sells fewer than 100,000 bottles of Champagne each year from its 900 pubs nationwide. This is a drop in the ocean compared to the 3 million pints sold every week, so it is fair to say the decision has created few tremors this side of the Channel. “It seems to be economically driven, combined with Mr Martin's strong expressed feeling about European products,” explained Françoise Peretti, director of the Champagne Bureau UK. “UK consumers have clearly voted Champagne their sparkling wine of choice, making the UK the leading export market.”
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La Marseillaise or Le Chant des Partisans,” - the French national anthem or the song sung by the French Resistance - “So you call me monsieur le Président, or monsieur.” The boy appears to immediately apologise in the video, but Macron continues: “You do things in the right order. The day you want to start a revolution, you study first in order to obtain qualifications and put food on the table, OK? And then you can lecture others.” The exchange, which was captured on camera, was widely shared on social me-
dia and also posted on the president's own Twitter feed along with the message: “Respect is the minimum in the Republic, especially on June 18, especially in the presence of the companions of the Liberation.” Whilst some praised the president for dressing down the teen, others claimed it amounted to bullying. The boy, whose name and school have not been revealed, is reported to have shut himself off from classmates who have been mocking him over the incident since it went viral. One reporter who tracked him down tweeted the presi-
dent, saying: “You know that I just saw the boy at his college and he is in a bad way because everyone is laughing at him? He is afraid that it will hurt him for the rest of high school. He looks totally overwhelmed and depressed, he has locked himself up. Well done!” Not everyone feels sorry for the teenager, however, and one supporter of the president took to the internet to say: “This isn’t a young man, as the journalist makes out, but a disrespectful adolescent. It is quite understandable that he should be put back in his place.” ■
hey say that lightning doesn't strike twice, but it did recently for one lucky Frenchman who scooped €1 million through the EuroMillions “My Million” game... again! The unnamed player, from the eastern Haute-Savoie region, held winning tickets on both 11th November 2016 and 18th May of this year. My Million is a supplementary game available to French EuroMillions players. For every line of numbers purchased for the main EuroMillions draw (for which jackpots can rise to more than €100 million), French players receive one free entry into the My Million draw. They can not choose their numbers, but rather a randomly assigned code is included on their tickets, with a guaranteed winner on each draw. According to mathematicians at Le Parisien, the chance of winning My Million once are about 19 million to one and EuroMillions 140 million to one. Repeating the feat twice in 18 months apparently carries the unbelievable odds of one
in 16 trillion! Despite hitting the jackpot in 2016, the man continued to play the EuroMillions each week and, according to the newsagent in the HauteSavoie region where the ticket was bought, the winner barely reacted when he won it a second time, adding: “I guess he is used to winning”. The gambler obviously believes in the old adage jamais deux sans trois - literally “never two without three”, but loosely translated as good things come in threes - as he insists that he will continue to play in the hope of a third win. Oh and for the record, the chances of being struck by lightning twice in your lifetime, according to bookmakers Paddy Power, are one in 20 million! ■
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French teen received a very public dressing down from President Emmanuel Macron after trying to cheekily address him by the nickname “Manu”. The youngster was among a group of schoolchildren at the ceremony commemorating General Charles de Gaulle’s call for resistance against the Nazis during World War II. After appearing to sing a line from the socialist anthem “The Internationale”, the boy can be heard saying “Hé, je te connais, ça va Manu?” - “Hey, I know you, how's it going Manu?”, using not only the shortened version of the president's first name, but also the informal version of “you”, both potentially disrespectful. Stopping in his tracks outside the Fort Mont-Valérien in western Paris, where more than 1,000 members of the French Resistance were executed by the Nazis, President Macron scolded the boy, saying “No. No, no, no, no, no. You are here at an official ceremony. You should behave properly,” before referring to the song the boy had been singing. “You can play the fool but today it’s
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The origins of the humble sandwich
he French are famous for their bread, and one of their favorite things to eat at lunchtime is the jambon-beurre sandwich (baguette with butter and ham). More than one billion of these sandwiches are sold each year in this country, but not everyone in France is aware that the “inventor” of this practical, portable meal was in fact an Englishman. According to the myth, the sandwich was invented in 1762 by John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, a town in Kent, southern England. The Earl of Sandwich was a keen gambler and during one epic game of cards that lasted more than 24 hours, he refused to leave the table. He demanded that his servants serve his meat between two slices of bread so that he could eat with one hand whilst holding his cards in the other. Whether this story was true, or a malicious rumour created by his rivals, the idea quickly became popular and before long people were ordering “the same as Sandwich”. Montagu was obviously not a terrible gam-
bler as he was also a major financial backer of Captain James Cook, the famous British explorer. When Cook became the first European to explore the islands we now know as Hawaii, he initially named them the Sandwich Isles after his supporter. In reality, John Montagu did not invent the sandwich, although he did popularise it in Europe. Bread has existed for around 30,000 years and during that time, someone must have wrapped it around something! More than 2,000 years ago, the Jewish Rabbi, Hillel the Elder, is reported to have started the Passover tradition of putting lamb, mixed nuts and herbs between two pieces of unleavened bread and in the Middle Ages, slices of stale bread were often used as plates. Today, sandwiches are eaten the world over... and even in space! In 1965, Astronaut John Young famously smuggled a corned beef sandwich into space to see if it would taste the same. As a result NASA introduced strict checks on astronauts before lift-off to prevent them from repeating the experiment! ■
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es Français sont connus pour leur pain et pour le déjeuner, le sandwich jambon-beurre (baguette beurrée au jambon) est l’un de leurs aliments préférés. Plus d’un milliard de sandwichs sont vendus chaque année en France. Pourtant tout le monde ne sait pas que l’inventeur de ce repas pratique et transportable était anglais. Selon la légende, le sandwich fut inventé en 1762 par John Montagu, quatrième Comte de Sandwich (ville du Kent dans le sud de l’Angleterre). Le Comte de Sandwich était un joueur invétéré et lors d’une partie de cartes interminable de plus de 24 heures, il refusa de quitter la table. Il demanda à l’un de ses serviteurs de lui apporter de la viande disposée entre deux tranches de pain afin de pouvoir
manger d’une main et tenir ses cartes de l’autre. S’agissait-il d’une histoire vraie ou bien d’une fausse rumeur malveillante colportée par ses rivaux, peu importe mais l’idée devint rapidement populaire et les gens commandèrent « la même chose que Sandwich ». De toute évidence, Montagu n’était pas trop mauvais joueur car c’était également un important bailleur de fonds du Capitaine James Cook, le fameux explorateur britannique. Lorsque Cook devint le premier Européen à explorer les îles aujourd’hui connues sous le nom d’Hawaï, il les baptisa « Les Iles Sandwich » en honneur à son supporter. En réalité, si John Montagu rendit populaire le sandwich en Europe, il n’en fut cependant pas l’inventeur. Le pain existe depuis environ 30 000 an-
nées et quelqu’un a bien dû avoir l’idée de le garnir avec un ingrédient quelconque ! Il y a plus de 2 000 ans, le rabbin juif Hillel l’Ancien aurait initié une tradition lors de la Pâque juive : un mélange d’agneau, de fruits à coque et d’herbes diverses était disposé entre deux tranches de pain sans levain. Au Moyen-Age, les tranches de pain rassis servaient d’assiettes. De nos jours, le monde entier mange des sandwichs… même dans l’espace ! En 1965, l’histoire est connue, l’astronaute John Young introduisit clandestinement un sandwich au cornedbeef dans l’espace pour savoir s’il conserverait son goût. Suite à cela, la NASA a instauré des vérifications strictes avant le décollage afin d’éviter que les astronautes ne renouvellent l’expérience ! ■
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Beautiful Beetroot by Julia Watson
ike fresh coriander, beetroot is a love-it-or-hateit ingredient. It tastes like soil, is usually the complaint of its detractors. That it tastes earthy is precisely the quality cited by its enthusiasts. This distinct flavour is caused by geosmin, an organic compound produced by microbes in the soil. Apples added to any dish containing beetroot will help counter that flavour. The Germans, who, like the Slavs, are avid fans of the beetroot, have a popular salad that involves grating a whole washed, unpeeled beetroot with a whole washed, unpeeled but cored apple, then dressing it with vinegar, seasoned to taste. We should be more respectful of this colourful root. Not only is every part of it edible - the green leaves can be given the same treatment as spinach or added raw to salads when young - but it is good for our health. The beetroot is high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fibre, and minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). It also contains the B vitamin folate, believed to help reduce the risk of birth defects. In the Middle Ages, it was used to treat illnesses relating to digestion and the blood, and was recommended for eating to eliminate the effects of garlic on the breath.
It’s probably less well known for the use of its betanin content as a food colourant, to intensify the colour of tomato paste, sauces, desserts, jams and jellies, ice cream, sweets, and breakfast cereals. In the 19th century, its juice was even used to colour red wine. In fact, I’ve drunk a quaffable wine made only from beetroot. They’re a versatile vegetable. Fans eat them boiled, steamed, roasted, with butter or sour cream - a popular solo dish in Russia - or pickled in vinegar and eaten cold as a condiment. In Australia, a slice of pickled beetroot is served on hamburgers, a popular variation on the tomato. The Dutch marinate boiled eggs in pickled beet juice, to turn them a vivid crimson. In Russia, Ukraine and Poland, horseradish is folded into beetroot to make ćwikła (cvekla in Serbia), a condiment seasoned with vinegar and salt to add to sandwiches or serve with meat and cold cuts. When we lived in Soviet Moscow, jars of a horseradish
FRENCH LIFE ♦ 11 flavoured and coloured with beetroot added a certain zing to our repetitive, bland meals of deprivation. This ‘xhrain’ is popular in Hungarian, Polish, Ashkenazi Jewish, Lithuanian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisine. Of course, you wouldn’t want to go overboard with your beetroot consumption or you would risk mangelwurzel disease as did thousands of beet-eating Europeans with the food shortages that followed the First World War. All this info to try and persuade its detractors to give the beetroot another chance. There are so many ways it can be used, from Russia’s comforting winter borscht soup to the refreshing jewel-beautiful cold beetroot soup of summer and a salad contrived with slices of different varieties and colours of beetroot such as the interior-striped Chioggia originally from Italy and golden beetroots. Here is a summer lunch recipe that includes a classic Dordogne ingredient - walnuts - and should persuade any doubters just how an apple can complement beetroot. ■ Julia Watson has been a long-time Food Writer for newspapers and magazines in the US and the UK.
Beet and Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese, Apples and Walnuts Serves 4: 8 small to medium beets, washed well 45g chopped walnuts 1 head butter lettuce, cored and separated into individual leaves 1/2 small to medium red apple, cut into small cubes
125g blue cheese, pulled or crumbled into small nuggets 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey 5 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Make the salad dressing by placing the last five ingredients in a small jar. Put the lid on the jar and shake it to blend the dressing. Refrigerate salad dressing until needed. Place the beetroots in a pot and cover with about 10 centimetres of cold water. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat until the water is gently simmering. Simmer them until tender, about 30 minutes.
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When cooked, drain the beetroots well. Fill the pot with ice-cold water to cool the beetroots. When cooled, drain the water away and then peel them. Thinly slice each beetroot and place the slices in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate beetroot slices until ready to serve the salad. When ready to serve the salad, place a heavy dry frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the walnuts to the pan and cook and stir until they are lightly toasted, about two to three minutes. Remove the walnuts from the heat. Divide and mound butter lettuce in the centre of each of four plates, tearing the larger leaves into smaller pieces as needed. Divide and top the lettuce and beets with the apples, walnuts and cheese. Drizzle each salad with some of the salad dressing and serve.
The wines of Bergerac
by Martin Walker hese long summer evenings are just right for a drink you’ll find only in the Bergerac. It almost died out but it’s making a comeback. Welcome to the Rosette revolution. Ask most people in the wine business about rosette and they’ll assume you’re talking about one of the American-European hybrid grape varieties that Albert Seibel developed in the late 19th century to save the French wine industry from the scourge of phylloxera. Seibel, trained as a physician, grafted European grape varieties onto the stems of American grapes that had a natural resistance. From four original varieties of grape, constantly crossbred, he developed thousands of hybrids including one known as Seibel 1000, and which he named Rosette, hoping to grow rosé wines. It didn’t catch on and these days most appellation contrôlée wines are banned from using hybrids under French regulations. But our Bergerac Rosette is flourishing as an appellation in its own right. It can contain sauvignon gris and sauvignon blanc, muscadelle and sémillon. The two sauvignons must account for a minimum of fifteen per cent and a maximum of seventy per cent of the wine. What’s more, our Rosette is a white wine, and it can range in colour from a pale straw-yellow to something more golden. And while it is slightly sweet it should never be mistaken for a Monbazillac because the grapes are picked before the noble rot sets in. So the wines are not strong in alcohol, usually around twelve per cent. It is a charming wine, with a distinctive fresh and subtle flavour of its own that is not overwhelmed by the sweetness. It reminds me of some Rieslings but without the acidity you too often find even in the halbtrocken,
or relatively sweet Rieslings. Nor is it like those sweet Portuguese wines I recall from student days and which you barely knew were wine at all. Our Rosettes are real wines, which spend months in oak barrels, with a serious body to them and a hint of richness in the mouth that does not teeter over into fatness. What sparked my interest in these wines was that word reached me that one of the Bergerac winemakers I most admire, Pierre Desmartis of La Vieille Bergerie, had started making Rosettes. Pierre began winning so many gold medals year after year for his white wines at the big Paris expo that they simply gave him the special medal for excellence. Some years ago I wrote that his Quercus brand of Bergerac Sec was the best white wine I knew for under ten euros. It still is, even though it’s now eleven euros, and his Rosette is simply lovely and in value terms a snip at 7.50 euros a bottle. (I’m enjoying a glass as I write this.) Then someone told me that one of the best small producers of Pécharmant reds, Bertrand Baudry of Domaine de la Grande Jaure and his sister Bernadette, had never stopped making Rosettes. I began looking up his awards and found regular stars in Guide Hachette for his Rosettes which had also won three gold medals at Paris and six golds in the Bergerac. And a gold medal from the Vignerons Indépendants. So I dropped round to see him and taste his Rosettes (and while I was there it would have been silly not to taste his Pécharmants). His eighteen hectares of vineyards are on the Lembras hillsides north of Bergerac, with a mix of sandy gravels and the iron-bearing clay of Pécharmant known as tran. His 2017 promises well but is not for sale yet. His 2016 is delightful and since he is only about a
mile up the hill from La Vieille Bergerie (and also sells his Rosette for 7.50 euros) you can easily make your own comparisons. (I bought some from each.) On the grapevine I heard that the Domaine du Grand Boisse had reopened its doors and was once again making its fine Rosettes, happy news since theirs was one of the first that I tasted. I can also recommend the Rosettes from Domaine de Coutancie and from Domaine la Cardinolle, both in Prigonrieux. Then I called in one day at Terre Vieille, one of my favourite Pécharmant vineyards and although they don’t make Rosette I saw that that they were selling it for 8 euros under the Terres de Vins label, but the winemaker was Nicolas Eckert of Domaine la Cardinolle and very good it was. The Rosette that first converted me to the wine came from Château du Rooy, one of the main producers with eight of the 25 hectares of Rosette currently planted. As well as making very fine Pécharmants, their 2016 Rosette (6.80 euros a bottle at the vineyard) won the gold medal at last year’s Paris show. I suspect this wine could have a great future because it will be new to most markets and it’s different, immediately appealing and yet with a history that goes back a long way; the geographical limit of the Rosette appellation traces exactly to the map of the original Vinée de Bergerac area that was drawn up in 1322. So in just four years it can celebrate a 700-year anniversary. If that’s not a marketing opportunity… ■ Martin Walker, author of the best-selling ‘Bruno, chief of police’ novels, is a Grand Consul de la Vinée de Bergerac. Formerly a journalist, he spent 25 years as foreign correspondent for The Guardian and then became editor-in-chief of United Press International. He and his wife Julia have had a home in the Périgord since 1999 and one of his great hobbies is visiting the vineyards of Bergerac.
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Home bias vs diversification: Some home truths about investing
hink about where you hold your savings and investments. Is there one area that stands out in terms of geographical region and asset type? For many expatriates, it is common to have a skew towards UK assets and investments. Britons also tend to favour property as an approach to invest and grow capital. Home may be where the heart is, but is it where the savvy expatriate investor should focus? Here, we explore the tax implications of two types of ‘home bias’ – UK-based investments and a concentration in property – and look at why diversification is so important. Home bias #1: UK investments With familiar rules and benefits, it is understandable that many expatriates keep savings and investments in UK structures. However, once you no longer live in the UK, this approach becomes less beneficial. ISAs, UK life assurance policies and pooled vehicles such as unit trusts and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs), for example, lose UK tax relief once you are resident elsewhere, and interest or dividends received will become liable to taxes in France. Brexit may complicate things further. When the UK leaves the bloc and investments like UK bonds and life policies become non-EU/EEA assets, they may not qualify for the tax benefits available today in France.
If you are non-UK resident, take time to explore alternative investment options that may be more tax-efficient where you live, and that may provide estate planning or other advantages. For example, many expatriates in France benefit from wrapping investments in a form of life policy that provides income tax benefits and potentially mitigates capital gains and inheritance taxes. Some investment structures also offer flexible income options, including the freedom to take income in Euros instead of Sterling to minimise currency conversion risk. Even if you remain UK resident, being overly weighted in UK investments is ill-advised, especially amidst Brexit uncertainty. To minimise risk, it is important to spread your interests across various geographical areas as well as across different sectors, markets and asset types in line with your risk profile. More on this later. Home bias #2: Property While investing in real estate has advantages, it can carry a heavy tax burden. Wherever you own property, you are likely to face some sort of council tax, stamp duty and capital gains tax charges. In France, owning property valued over €1.3 million also attracts an annual wealth tax. For French residents, this applies to worldwide property, otherwise only French real estate is liable. Taxes on UK properties have surged in recent years. This includes new liability
for expatriates on capital gains since April 2015, a stamp duty surcharge on second and subsequent homes, increased council taxes on vacant properties and the gradual elimination of buy-to-let tax relief. Since 2017, UK residential property owned through certain offshore structures – including trusts – has also become subject to UK inheritance tax. You need to calculate the overall tax burden of investment property alongside other expenses – such as management fees and maintenance costs, plus inflation – to establish the real returns. There is also the issue of liquidity – being able to access your capital when you need it. With property, it can take many months to retrieve your initial investment and you could invite a loss by selling at the wrong time. Why diversification matters Having a home bias – in either sense – does not just present concerns regarding tax efficiency and liquidity. When you concentrate your money in one or just a few areas, it becomes exposed to much more investment risk. By spreading across different regions, market sectors and asset types – including equities, gilts, corporate bonds and cash, as well as property – your capital has the chance to produce positive returns over time without being vulnerable to any single area under-performing. Investment funds offer a way of combin-
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The Grumpy Granny Guide - Old sites and new
irst of all, a warm welcome to a new arrival, the museum ‘La Rue du Temps qui passe’ (Museum of Past Times) in Allasles-Mines off the St Cyprien-Sarlat road. Not very clearly signed, but easy to find when you reach the village centre (tel: 05 53 28 27 82). This is a family owned and run museum, opened last year and which is now coming into its own. The result of the owner’s lifelong interest in seemingly ordinary objects, this simply amazing collection of everyday articles spanning a century from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century is presented in the form of a covered cobbled street lined with small shops and workshops. Almost overwhelming in its scope from an apothecary to artist’s studio, toyshop to saddler’s, motor repair shop to dentist’s, there is something to delight all ages. And when you tire of looking at the well-displayed contents, you can sit and have a drink or snack with a wonderful view overlooking the Dordogne river. Constructing, filling and organising this museum is no small feat and apparently there are still several sheds stuffed with potential exhibits so this museum holds still further promise. However, it could do with more information in English and with a tiny staff it risks being overwhelmed by visitors, so go there as soon as you can. Good luck and every success to this very interesting museum, I wish there were more like it. Tourists sites evolve from one year to the next, they pop up or disappear, they expand or become overcrowded, improve or become neglected. So time, I thought, to make some return visits to see what’s changing and what has stayed the same. First stop at the Grotte in Rouffignac. This stays much as it has always been over the years, an exploration of the underground labyrinth of decorated caves which were always open to everyone. Before the study of prehistory in the late 19th century and the realisation that such caves were historic treasures to be preserved, many locals and visitors wan-
dered around freely and added graffiti to priceless cave art. So until it was scientifically possible to distinguish old from new, Rouffignac was taken less seriously than some of the ‘discovered’ caves such as Lascaux or Combarelles. But today behind the scenes there is some very serious research being carried out on chromatic composition and so the dating of the paintings is no longer an issue. Maybe not as vibrant or on so large a scale as some other caves, this is nevertheless an almost perfect visit in a little train, for anyone who can’t, or won’t, walk far or is overwhelmed by the earnest or confusing commentaries of the bigger sites. There is a friendly welcome, a vending machine for snacks and drinks, seating while you wait and multilingual audio guides for those who don’t speak French. What has changed, however, is the commentary, and for the better. In keeping with the recent trend, there are no longer any explanations based on the guide’s imagination but an altogether far more modest approach to the mysteries of prehistory. Today’s guides have no problem admitting that no one has much idea about the whys and wherefores of cave art which is totally refreshing for those of us who were used to squinting at unconvincing animal outlines or found it hard to believe that vague scratchings were shamanic symbols. Then on to the Maisons Troglodytiques in Belvès, a little known visit but really worthwhile. A unique insight into how the very poor lived, literally in the dark, under Belvès marketplace from the 13th to 18th century. Here too the commentary has vastly improved, set now in the context of rural life in the Périgord. The visit explores the dozen or so small natural caverns, each one of which housed a family of up to 12 people and yet was considered a safe, warm alternative to living in a hut outside. Just a couple of small drawbacks, the visit is within a very confined space so not for those of you who are claustrophobic and the floor is very uneven and sometimes slippery.
Tickets are bought from the tourist office next to the market and places are limited. The guides speak some English and there are English tours in the summer season (tel: 05 53 29 10 20). A 45-minute visit with a difference. Next, the Château de Lanquais, one of my least favourite places, notorious for its dire attitude towards the public. Visitors were on sufferance, opening times unreliable and if the comments on TripAdvisor are anything to go by, not a pleasant visitor experience. This was a shame because this privately owned castle has lovely buildings, an exciting history and is well furnished. Well, the good news is that things are changing. The owner is now collaborating with the association ‘Au fil du temps’ which specialises in tourist management and is already helping to run a number of local sites. It is much more visitor friendly and welcoming and although it will take a little while to shed its previous reputation, I’m delighted it is now on the right path. The Château de Lanquais is just a stone’s throw from Bridoire castle, also now privately owned, a castle with lovely buildings but a chequered past where the present owner has taken a entirely different approach to visitors from that of his neighbour, providing real value for money. Welcoming and thoroughly child-friendly, this well-restored castle more than makes up for what it lacks in history by specialising in games from the past - bilboquet, skittles, etc. - appealing to all ages and when I was there a few weeks ago, the gardens were full of smiling visitors and excited children rushing everywhere to complete the quizzes and treasure trails which make this castle such an unfailing attraction. In Lanquais we have a Sleeping Beauty, in Bridoire a Cinderella story. The evolution of these two castles proves a point I make frequently which is that opening the gates to a site which may in itself be attractive and interesting just isn’t enough. Unless there is respect for the visitor in the form of a proper welcome and comfortable infrastructure
which includes explanations in various languages, snacks and drinks, good toilet facilities and adequate signage both on and off site, the visitor will leave dissatisfied. Both Lanquais and Bridoire have plenty of plans to improve the visitor experience further, so watch this space. If you know of a new, or old, site you would like to recommend, or which you feel merits a mention for better or worse, you can contact me via The Bugle at email@example.com. ■ This is part of a series of features devoted to the tourist experience in the Dordogne provided by the website grumpygranny-guides.com which highlights those sites which are comfortable and pleasant to visit and which offer a warm welcome.
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At Masterplans.eu we can help guide you through your planning application in France. From initial feasibility to completed dossiers. We will compile all the relevant drawings and complete the necessary paperwork to ensure your application proceeds smoothly. We are equally at home working with clients here in France or those living abroad.
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Renovating your Dordogne property a pleasant experience or a problem?
he answer to this question is up to you. You intend to buy or you just acquired a house in the Dordogne and it needs partial or complete renovation? You are new to the area, you don’t speak French, you know little or nothing about building? In short, you need help! This is usually the moment, however, when you can make a number of costly mistakes: - You haven’t made a complete and thorough analysis of your project, your capacities, your financial means and the complete scope of what it means to renovate a building in France. - You over estimate the input of the estate agent. Their job is to sell and to provide you with basic info about possible overall cost of the job. They are very rarely trained to advise you on
technical or design issues and when you have signed the sales contract you will be on your own! - You have not engaged a professional such as an architect, a maitre d’oeuvre, a specialised consultant and/or a qualified entrepreneur to provide you with a breakdown of the entire job, of all the problems and defaults, a redesign to your taste and capabilities. - You decide to start your project without this blue print by doing partial renovation or what is worse, you have decided to do it yourself without the above input. I know people here who are still at it 15 years later! If you agree on all or some of these points, you might want to meet with me. Over the last 30 years I have bought,
renovated and resold 6 homes in France, in the USA and in Mexico before moving to the Dordogne and another house to be remodeled. In my professional capacity as a renovation consultant I could help you plan and complete your project in a professional but personable - and hopefully pleasant - relationship... in English! ■ Please consult my website for further information: Rainer Gocksch CAMINOREAL www.caminoreal.fr 301 Route du Bourg 24140 QUEYSSAC 06 11 63 19 56 firstname.lastname@example.org
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A quick guide to retirement saving...
ow much will I need in retirement? There are a couple of essential things to consider when thinking about how much you will need in retirement. The general consensus is that your outgoings are likely to be lower, as by the time you retire you will be mortgagefree, not supporting children and no longer spending as much on things such as commuting and other costs involved in going to work each day. However, my experience of giving financial advice and wealth management to expats over 60, is that this is in many cases incorrect because as you get older you need to factor the cost of care later in life
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(should you need it). Remember, though, you need to consider your State pension. Under the new UK flat-rate State pension scheme this is £164.35 per week, which is £8,546 per year. Allowing for a full State pension, someone targeting retirement income of £23,000 would need other pension income of about £14,500. The pension pot needed to deliver that income based on taking a 4 per cent income from funds that stayed invested in retirement would be £365,000. Other pensions In addition to your State pension there are Defined Benefit pensions (final salary), Defined contributions and Private pensions.
How much will my pensions pay me at retirement?
With a Defined Benefit pension this is easy to answer as your employer promises to deliver you an income in
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Remember that you can’t access your pensions until you are at least 55 years old, and for a State pension you need to be considerably older - the current age is 67, but most governments are looking to increase this to 70. So if you want to retire prior to this
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retirement and is responsible for doing so (as long as the company doesn’t go bankrupt and the pension fund doesn’t collapse). With Defined contributions it’s a little trickier - you save into this and get contributions from your employer too. The money is invested to build up a pot, which will then fund your retirement. The value of this pot, whilst invested, is subject to market volatility, meaning it can increase or decrease in value in line with the way the investments perform. For Private pensions, you pay money in, invest it and build up a pot, but similar to Defined contributions the value can fluctuate.
Painters/Decorators Simon Carter
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date, or have retired and have a lump sum sitting in the bank (earning little to no growth, with its value being eroded by inflation) and are not receiving enough income from your pensions there are ways to make your money work for you. If you are working you can set up a regular savings plan, or if you have a lump sum you can invest it , tax efficiently and when required take the growth as an annual income. How to balance a pension against other investments comes down to personal choice, but with an investment you don’t have the age restriction. ■ I am here to help you. To arrange an independent, professional and impartial consultation, please contact me by email: Rosemary.sheppard@ blacktowerfm.com or call me on 06 38 86 99 70. Blacktower Financial Management has over 32 years’ experience helping expats to make sure that their money works for them.
The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does
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Starting July 2018: Positive Psychology hits the Dordogne!
ositive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. Lucy Airs, a positive psychology expert, will be running a series of workshops in the Dordogne. These fun and engaging workshops, based on cutting edge science, will address areas such as: - Happiness and well-being - Performance and motivation - Character strengths - Emotions - Resilience - Positive education - Positive ageing - Positive relationships - Creative solutions - Job crafting They aim to support and increase participants’ overall well-being and performance, be they professionals, business people, individuals,
couples or families. Lucy Airs, MSc. Positive Psychology, is a coach, facilitator and trainer in the areas of positive psychology and positive education. Her background is diverse and rich. Lucy was a child actress until the age of 17, after which she studied ‘psychology as usual’. Professionally her experience varies from the adaptation of educational programmes between cultures, to business coaching for listed-company managers, via translation and interpreting. She runs workshops in France, the UK, Europe, North Africa, Asia and the USA. Besides her MSc in positive psychology, Lucy is a trained horse whisperer and holds certifications in Appreciative Inquiry, Design Thinking, coaching, positive education and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
Gifts & Crafts Ivan Petley
3D Puzzle Maker Handmade, fully interlocking, multi-layered 3D puzzles from just €9. Keyrings €2 plus other unique gift ideas. Customisation and personalisation possible. Postal delivery options across France.
Tel: 05.55.80.29.98 Les Bregères, 23150 St-Martial-le-Mont firstname.lastname@example.org
Smooth Move 4, 5 or 6 day residential holiday to introduce you to all you will need to make your transition to moving to France a smooth one • essential French teaching lessons • advice on administrative issues • stay in a cosy hotel in the heart of Limousin • trips and guided walks • breakfast and evening meals For more information please contact Sophie:
06 45 51 34 58 / 05 55 73 40 80 www.7bedandbreakfast.com
for PP. She also uses Nonviolent Communication. ■ For further information and dates: Positive Practices Facebook page +33 (0)6 70 51 89 68 (leave a msg) email@example.com www.positivepractices.eu Workshops start at just €30 discounts apply from 2 workshops.
Learn French in France Complete immersion in a local family with lessons, conversation workshops, visits and local activities in Périgord, all at your own pace. (total independence possible)
www.auclairduperigord.com +33 (0)6 41 37 02 50 firstname.lastname@example.org
FRENCH LESSONS Via Skype
with a native French speaker Why commute? Long distance learning is the answer! C’est simple, call Sophie...
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Advertising with The Bugle
ith 8 years’ experience delivering print advertising to an expat market, The Bugle represents one of the most cost-effective ways to let English speakers know about your business. An advert with The Bugle starts from just €12.50 HT per month – that’s less than 42 cents a day to put your business in front of 25,000 people each month. In the Dordogne we have more than 200 distribution points across the region and surrounding areas where readers can pick up a copy for free. We also distribute 3,500 copies through Bergerac Airport, which means that we are in the perfect position to target not only residents and secondhome owners, but also tourists and those new to the region. The Bugle is the only English language newspaper dedicated to the Dordogne - in fact, today, The Bugle is the only free English language newspaper in France and we are growing all the time. If you would like to discuss any of our advertising options further, why not give us a call today to find out more about the ways that we can help you grow your business.
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Lucy Airs, MSc. Positive Psychology
Business and Life Coach - Mentor One-to-one & Groups - Face-to-face & Distance Certified and experienced coach. Certifications in Positive Education, Appreciative Inquiry, Horse Whispering, Design Thinking, NonViolent Communication.
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RAW FEEDING YOUR DOGS IN FRANCE
Julia Grant has 30 years’ experience grooming and caring for dogs, and her English Springer Spaniels have enjoyed significant success at shows across Europe, including Crufts. Her experience working with and caring for dogs has led Julia to source a range of raw frozen/fresh meats, now available from her grooming parlour in Eymet.
oppet was the girl of my lifetime. At seven years old she was diagnosed with diabetes. My vet gave me a bag of “special diet” and told me that her life expectancy was in the region of two years and she would likely lose her sight within a year. I looked at the contents of said “diet”, now I am no nutritionist but… I switched to raw feeding. The change was immediate, I now had dietary control. I switched my other dogs to raw, and noticed glossy coats, improved energy and vitality with no hyper behaviour, fewer visits to the vets, great muscle tone, no odour, smaller stools, better teeth… Raw feeding was relatively simple in the UK, there were good suppliers that delivered to my home. I expected the same when I moved to France, however this was not the case. I was met with blank stares and incredulity. Gradually I found suppliers but I had to order large quantities and often
my orders were not fulfilled. Meats had to be collected on a certain day and at a certain time, it was all very difficult. Frozen meat was available via internet sites, but too many times this was delivered thawed, or did not arrive at all, and I found a lot of it to be low quality mushy VSM. Chute was available from butchers shops but one never knew what would be in it, it might be skin, it might be steak, it might be offal and no two bags were ever the same! Research, consultation, conversation, and gradually I built up a network of suppliers which enabled me to give my dogs the variety and quality that they had experienced in the UK. Talking to my grooming customers I discovered that many of them had fed raw in the UK and were now experiencing the same problems that I had. Others just simply wanted some good quality meat to add to their dogs’ daily menu. After a lot more research, we are now able to offer a wide variety of frozen/fresh meats in handy 1kg packs at realistic prices at ShampooChiens in Eymet (24500). This includes green tripe, chicken minces, beef minces, chicken with carrots, chicken and beef mince, offal and even a complete mix. All our meat comes from certified sources and, for the most part, is French produced. More importantly, it has all been deemed truly scrumptious by my faithful testers, my dogs at home. For full details please look at our website www.shampoochiens.net, drop in and see us in the rue du
Poppet (centre) at Crufts in 2005 with two of her daughters and two of her grandchildren
Temple in Eymet or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org We are always happy to talk dogs! Oh and Poppet - she left me at fourteen years old, with her full sight. It was a privilege to have known her and she is forever in my heart. ■ ShampooChiens 40, rue de Temple, 24500 EYMET Web: www.shampoochiens.net Email: email@example.com
“SolarVenti”- the solar solution to damp and humidity
simple solar energy system that runs on its own, even when you are not there! – And provides a free heat supplement in winter. The Solarventi air panel was invented more than 20 years ago by Hans Jørgen Christensen, from Aidt Miljø, with the backing of the Danish government. He wanted to use the sun’s energy for airing and ventilation of the thousands of holiday homes on the West coast of Jutland, - houses that were left empty and unheated for long periods - houses with damp problems, mould and bad odours - houses that left their owners with discomfort, lots of work and expense. He wanted a system that would be safe, simple, without the need for radiators, water and/ or mains electricity. Slowly but surely, the first Solarventi model came together.
How it works The principle behind Solarventi is simple: a small, built-in, solar cell powers a 12V fan that is connected to an air vent, a control unit and an on/ off switch. Whenever the sun shines, the air in the solar panel is heated and the fan, receiving power from the solar cell, introduces warm, dry air into your home at the rate of 20 to 100 cubic metres per hour. The initial models were more than capable of keeping the cottages dry (and ventilated), even with the limited sunshine hours available in Denmark during the winter season. Since that time, the technology has really come along in leaps and bounds. Now, more than 20 years later, the 3rd and 4th generation Solarventi have exceeded all expectations. In Southern Europe, Solar-
venti is not only used for ventilation/dehumidification purposes; with far more winter sunshine hours, it also provides a substantial heating supplement. Several technical and governmental studies show that incoming air temperature can be increased by as much as 40°C. A DIY Solution? The installation process is very straightforward and should only take two or three hours. All that is needed is a drill, hammer and chisel to make a hole in the wall. Roof installations are also possible. In fact, the Solarventi was originally designed to be a DIY product - in Scandinavia it still is. There are no electrical or water connections and it can be safely left running, even when the property is empty. Solarventi requires no maintenance
- if the property is unoccupied during the hot summer months, then it can be left running at low speeds for ventilation and dehumidification purposes or simply switched off. With a range of panel sizes, and the option for wall or roof mounting, Solarventi is suitable for all types of buildings, caravans or even boats!! Following the patenting of its design in 2001, Solarventi has only recently been actively commercialized. Over the last six years, Solarventi units have been installed in more than 24 countries and demand is increasing rapidly. From Greenland to Australia, Solarventi is finally getting the recognition it deserves. ■ Units start from €490 TTC. Several ex-demonstration models available at reduced prices, call for details.
SOLARVENTI - Available in the Dordogne and Lot from Harlequin Developments Tel: 05 55 68 67 56 Mobile: 06 06 60 46 97
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Eymet Night Markets Every Tuesday from 19h until 28th August. Over 70 stalls. Refreshments. Musical entertainment.
The Prince of Wales, aka the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, the eldest son of King Edward III of England, was born near Oxford in 1330. His history is so intertwined with that of the Hundred Years’ War, its battles, its disorder and its conquests that he is considered the archetypal warrior prince engaged in military operations affecting the Kingdom of France from the 1340s to the 1370s. He was at his father’s side at the age of 16 when King John II (the Good) was captured at the Battle of Crécy. Later he led major military cavalry charges in Poitou and Gascony before settling in Angoulême and Bordeaux in 1362. Following the Treaty of Brétigny, he governed a large expanse of territory in the southwest of France. It was an extraordinary adventure which saw him become the Prince of Aquitaine. NB Conference in French only. Free entry.
Organic Food Festival held in the farm of La Meyfrenie at Verteillac on Saturday 7th July, starting at 2 pm. There will be a full programme of events, including a producers’ market, conferences, workshops for both children and adults, wine tasting, refreshments and concerts. For more information visit Facebook: Festibio
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Issigeac Basket Fair CHÂTEAU DE HAUTEFORT « La nuit, au château... » Wednesdays (11th July - 22nd August) Explore the castle, at nightfall, in the company of Marquis Jacques-François, the owner of the château in the 17th century, his sisters Catherine and Marie and his brother Gilles. An unusual visit for all the family! Ticket office: 21h-22h (no booking necessary). Tickets: €13; 7-14s €8; free for Under 7s. For more information visit www.chateau-hautefort.com
Talk and book signing by Eilidh McGinness, author of The Cypher Bureau Bookstop, Brantôme - Sun 15th July, 3 pm & 4.30 pm The Cypher Bureau is a historical fiction inspired by the life of Marian Rejewski, the Polish mathematician who first solved the Enigma code - the code used by the Nazis during the Second World War. The talk will be of particular interest to Francophiles as author Eilidh McGinness explains the significant role played by the French in the Enigma story and in particular by French war hero Captain Gustaf Bertrand.
The Issigeac Foire aux Paniers et à la Vannerie takes place on Sunday 15th July and welcomes more than 35 basket makers from all over France. This highly decorative event attracts thousands of visitors every year to see, admire, buy, learn and simply enjoy the spectacle.
Sarlat Theatre Festival 19th July - 4th August
The Sarlat Theatre Festival is one of the city’s great institutions. Since 1952 it has animated the ancient stones of Sarlat during the summer. It is the oldest festival of its type after Avignon, the first in Aquitaine and one of the most well known throughout France. Performances take place in the open air, against the magical background of the medieval city, every evening between 19th July and 4th August. For more information tel 05 53 31 10 83 or visit www.festival-theatre-sarlat.com
Handsome little Bandit and his chums are all in the Dordogne with Acorn Cat Rescue and are looking for very good homes.
Worship services in English held throughout the Dordogne: Bertric Burée, Chancelade, Eymet Temple, Limeuil, Négrondes, Sainte Nathalène (near Sarlat). All are welcome!!
All Acorn cats and kittens are microchipped, vaccinated and sterilised where age appropriate.
Please visit our website for more information: www.churchinaquitaine.org Find us on Facebook: English Church Aquitaine
www.associationacorn.com Facebook: Acorn Cat Rescue
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Marché des Potiers, Limeuil Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July
Pottery market in one of France’s most beautiful villages, Limeuil. It takes place in a lovely setting by the waterside where the rivers Dordogne and Vézère meet and this year welcomes 45 exhibitors who come to share their passion and their profession. Free entry.
At the end of July each year, Montignac is host to a world folklore and dance festival. This 38th edition takes place from 23rd to 29th July and invites performers from all over the world. Tel: 05 53 50 14 00 or visit: www.festivaldemontignac.fr
Itinéraire Baroque Festival, 26th - 29th July At this summer’s Itinéraire Baroque, Ton Koopman is celebrating Spanish culture during his annual festival in the Dordogne. Spanish music and dance form the backbone of the 4-day programme alongside Koopman’s annual trademark concert with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra performing Bach and Telemann. Set in the picturesque medieval villages and towns around Riéerac, the festival runs from Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July and annually addresses three major objectives: teaching, heritage and baroque music. The 2018 Festival line-up includes Koopman’s many friends and colleagues, both new and returning, such as tenor Tilmi Lichdi, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, and guitarist Fred Jacobs. The festival’s annual highlight is the Saturday ‘itinéraire’. The day starts with recorder player Reine-Marie Verhagen performing a programme of Dutch music by van Eyck, Peter de Vois and anonymous composers; this is followed by five ‘taster’ concerts - in a circuit that takes in small forgotten Romanesque churches in the northernmost part of Dordogne. The performers remain in the same church offering a 40-minute concert to each group of concertgoers, while the audiences travel between the churches in search of the next baroque “amuse-bouche”. In this beautiful unspoiled region with its quiet stone-built villages, Ton Koopman has created a festival that celebrates baroque music and the graceful medieval architectural heritage of the area. Starting as an ‘itinéraire’, a one-day festival of five concerts on the pilgrimage circuit to five small parish churches, the festival has gradually expanded into an extended weekend over 4 days, which attracts new audiences to the Périgord Vert and some 3,000 visitors. Hailing from Zwolle in the Netherlands, Ton Koopman is an acclaimed organist, harpsichordist and conductor, as well as the Artistic Director of the Itinéraire Baroque. For more information and to reserve tickets visit www.itinerairebaroque.com
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Battle of castillon July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 - August 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25
Spectacular sound and light show commemorating the last great battle of the Hundred Years War, when France took back Aquitaine from the English in 1453. Performed on a natural arena encompassing 17 acres, within firing range of the original battle ground, 600 volunteers, including 400 actors and 50 horseback riders, re-enact the Battle of Castillon. The 90 captivating minutes, filled with stunts, special effects and explosive expertise are combined with the everyday life of the Middle Ages, including rural scenes set in a farm, scenes from the grape harvest and market day with street sellers and a travelling dentist! The show takes place at the foot of the Château Castegens. Belvès-de-Castillon
is 3 minutes from Castillon-la-Bataille, on the Gironde/Dordogne border. The performance begins at 10:30 pm in July and 10 pm in August. It is recommended that you arrive one hour before. An open-air restaurant offers dinner from 7 pm (reserve online). Light refreshments
and drinks are also available on site and picnics are allowed. The village of Aliénor welcomes visitors from 6:30 pm prior to the show for an evening of entertainment for the whole family: medieval jousting and combat; demonstrations of dance; theatre; traditional games; and a chance to meet the animals that participate in the event. Also present on site are local artisans and shopkeepers as well as wine producers. For more information and tickets: Tel 05 57 40 14 53 or visit www.batailledecastillon.com Tickets: Adults €24; 5-12 year olds €12; FREE for Under 5s. Parking €1.
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