Thursday, 28 July 2016

Exhibition in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers

Free parking in Toulouse

For the first two weeks of August the normally paid on street parking will be free in the city centre and surrounding suburbs within the city boundary. The mairie say this will make it easier and more attractive to tourists at a time when traffic is lighter. This does not apply to the privately run off-street car parks.
Is it too cynical to think that it is because all the enforcement and maintenance staff will be on holiday too. Whatever, if you drive to Toulouse look for a free place first.
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Beware of false policemen

There have been a couple of scams recently with someone claiming to be from (for example) EDF and gaining access to the property of a generally elderly person. But then a second person arrives claiming to be a police officer who has been alerted that a person suspected of theft was seen entering the house. The victim is relieved that the larceny has been avoided and relaxes vigilance. The "officer" then searches the house looking for "missing" items, obviously picking up what he can.
Advice from police is never to allow people into your home uninvited and to ask for, and if necessary seek verification of the identity.
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Najac and is that a mobylette?

No its not! the name mobylette has been adopted to describe any pedaled 49cc moped,BUT real Mobylettes were made by Motobecane,up to early 70s,the classic model being the iconic' La Bleue.'
Photo of the blue mobylette courtesy of Richard Wylie Harris
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Nous sommes le jeudi vingt huit juillet

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Nous sommes le mercredi vingt sept juillet

Playing volley ball as the sun sets Malik, Hussain, Dams of St. Antonin and I.
What a lovely evening.
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Strike at Air France today

Cabin crew with Air France begin a 7 day strike today. Flights to and from Blagnac are lightly affected with two flights in each direction cancelled, though more connections from Charles de Gaulle may be affected. Check with the airline if you are scheduled to fly this week.
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Nothing remotely funny about a business going up in flames, but one just has the feeling that a firm selling "magic accessories" ought to have used a Harry Potter wand to put the fire out. The entire factory, storage and stock of Magicaplanet, at Castanet near Toulouse went up in flames on Monday.
Some 50 firefighters were called to the blaze and although some 1000m² were destroyed the offices were saved. Nobody was hurt.
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Book now for Under Milk Wood at FET

For details click Under Milk Wood

Horrific attack near Rouen

An 84-year-old priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.
The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel's throat during a morning Mass, officials say.
Police surrounded the church and shot dead both hostage-takers. French media named one of them as Adel K.
One of the hostages is in a critical condition in hospital
Val says what a sad and terrible occurence. What a world we live in.

Kathryn Dobson says
Yesterday's attack in Rouen was terrible and my heart once again goes out to everyone touched by this cowardly event.
It concerns me that there are comments about France not being safe, what needs to be done, closing borders and the NF rhetoric rising to the fore again. Those of us who remember the 70s remember terrorism occurring on our streets before, but in those days we didn't have the magnifying glasses of social media and 24 hour news channels that have to fill their time and their need to link and replay.
France is relatively safe - additional protection is on the streets against the threat, we do not need the NF to take control. Only cowardly idiots or the mentally ill become terrorists. The vast majority of the French, no matter their religion, are not terrorists nor ever likely to become one. Daesh want us to live in fear, we cannot allow them to win.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

La guinguette à roulettes - 28 juillet - Verfeil sur Seye

le jeudi 28 juillet  prés du stade de Verfeil
La guinguette à roulettes vous propose:
 17h30: Atelier de cuisine percussive !
            fabrication de pain 
18h30: Beaucoup-de-noms
19h30 :Mémoire imaginaire
           conte autour du pain
20h00 :The Raven Project             musique celtique 
21h30:Bal trad
          accordéon, guitare, percussions 
 Participation libre mais nécessaire !
a bientôt...


Hi Val
This is just a reminder (or advice) to anyone parking their car in any of the car parks in St Antonin to make sure that they lock their car and ensure all windows are closed, despite the heat it may generate in the car. I advise this even if you simply get out of the car to talk to someone perhaps only 15 or 20 metres away. From experience, there is someone who is very clever at quietly opening one of the doors on the opposite side to where you are , checking what’s there and then leaving the door open so as not to raise a sound. Fortunately there was nothing in my car at the time!
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Thursday evening could be busy

Folk n' Jazz will be holding its annual charity concert in the grounds of La Vigerie, Varen on Thursday 28th July, augmented by the Fifi Ladies' choir. The theme this year is The Movies. 8pm

Acte82 will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Des Croches et la Lune at La Seye et Vous, Verfeil from 7.30pm. Aficionados of the famous music festival are invited to come and exchange memories of the acts and look forward to this year's concerts to be held on 19th and 20th August.
TAG editorial staff will not be able to attend either of these tempting events but hope readers will go "nombreux".

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Nous sommes le mardi vingt six juillet

Beautiful morning, blue sky, birds singing, everyone happy at Mas del Sol.
Lots to do today and with new arrivals for a couple of days in the gite.
In St. Antonin this morning, vet coming to look at donkey Rosie's ear this afternoon.
People invited for a meal tonight.
This is the summer in SW France and I know we are all the same.( apart from the vet for a donkeys ear!)
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Easyjet sale

Hi Val  

In case other TAG readers don't get email notifications, easyJet have a sale on today only (ends midnight) offering up to 20% off a quarter of a million flights.

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Atmospheric evening in St Antonin

Just a normal evening in the summer in St. Antonin but how much atmosphere there is in those ancient streets.
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Missing your Daily TAG?

Hi Val and Malcolm
Having not received TAG for what seems like a long time, I am wondering if we have been ‘struck off’ for some reason.  If so, can we please be re-instated.


Hello Helen 
Normally we circulate an email every couple of weeks or so to remind people that there are stories and events on Taglines, but there are three mail groups of about 100 people and I inadvertently deleted one group recently, so that is probably why you have not had any reminders. I will add you to one of the other groups (I have no idea who was in the lost group).
You can always access TAG simply by googling it, or adding the address to your favourites or making a shortcut to 

Of course if you are reading this you have already figured it out!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Flowers everywhere you look in the courtyard between the two houses

I so wanted the courtyard to be pretty, well I think at last I am getting there.
Have you any pretty spots in the garden. I know Betty Nuttall has, what about you?
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Cheap flights

Hello Val
I wonder if you can help me.  We are a family living in Najac during the summer in our holiday home, unfortunately due to a change in our son's personal situation we know have a pair of return flights to sell from Gatwick to Toulouse during August.  Would it be possible to share this with your readers, the flights are worth well over £300, but would be looking to recover £150, plus any extra a buyer might be willing to pay to go towards a charity.  
Best wishes

Hi Val
Thanks for the reply. The names can be changed for £30 per ticket, the flights are with Easyjet.
It would be such a change to waste them.

Val says send the dates

Hi Val

Thank you so much, the details are as follows

Flying from London Gatwick on Tuesday 16th August on flight EZY5335 departs at 12:30 arrives in Toulouse at 15:15 

Return flight from Toulouse EZY5338 on Tuesday 23rd August departs at 17:25 arrives in London Gatwick at 18:15 

Reserved seating on both flights 

Thanks very much


Exhibition at La Vigerie this weekend

Petition: Commit to healthcare arrangements for British pensioners living in the EU

Dear Val,
You might be interest in signing and sharing this. I received it from an English friend living in France.

Hello, even if you are not yet retired and/or living in France, please be so kind as to sign this petition care is costly in France and at the moment the UK covers pensioners' 60-70% costs (private personal "top up" insurance, reimbursing the rest, costs around 95€ per month...). 
Cannot imagine the nightmare if we were suddenly bereft of that….

Nous sommes le lundi vingt cinq juillet

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Restoration Consort at the church in St. Antonin

Concert du RESTORATION CONSORT Samedi 30 Juillet à 20H30
à l'église de St Antonin.

Après les concerts d'hiver et de printemps, le Restoration Consort est
heureux de vous inviter à découvrir son programme de musiques sacrées de
la Renaissance espagnole, Vittoria, Guerrero, Lobo ainsi qu'une messe du
compositeur anglais Vaughan Williams.
Le Restoration Consort est un ensemble vocal créé en 2014 par Geof Cryer
dans le but d'aider à la restauration de l'orgue Puget de l'église de St
Antonin. Cet ensemble composé d'une dizaine de chanteurs se dédie aux
musiques Renaissances et Baroques mais également à des pièces d'autres
périodes comme en témoigne la Messe de Vaughan Williams.
Participation libre au bénéfice de la
restauration de l'orgue.

Straw bales for building

Hi Val,

We are new residents of Roussayrolles, wondering if anyone knows where to source straw bales for building and what time of year is best to ask.  We know Vaour will be  good place to start but any other pointers would be appreciated.

Thank you very much,

Bev and Matt

Congrats Chris

winning the Tour de France for the third time, well done Chris Froome

Art Festival at Parisot

Nous sommes le dimanche vingt quatre juillet

Certainly warm but as yet the sky is grey. One set of guests leave, the next arrives Wednesday.
Busy times, summer in SW France.
Jean Marie Nosal came yesterday to give us a dongle/ usb key with over 140  photos of the Jazz evening at the Domaine. Reinforcing what a lovely night it was. The file is too big to post here, but we will try to make it available via the internet.
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What's going on in Espinas

Every Wednesday there is a free ramble, starting from the church in Espinas at 9am (unless stated otherwise). Suitable for walkers from 8 years of age. Dogs on lead. Wear suitable footwear, a hat and take a drink. Have valid third party insurance. For details email .
11 August is the star gazing night. From 21h30 in the Place de l'Eglise. There will be two animators who will explain all.
21st August the famous Fenaison, with displays of agricultural metiers as they were in days gone by.
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Saturday, 23 July 2016

One needs a chuckle from time to time

Hi Val, Saw this and thought you would get a good laugh from it. 

Ce qui sera sera,

Radar on the A68 roadworks

Those of us who use the Albi-Toulouse motorway have seen major roadworks reducing road to a one lane contraflow. From next Friday (27th July) until 26th August a mobile radar (speed camera) will be installed on the section to enforce limits of 90 kph or even 50 kph in parts.
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Guess what colour

A young man got onto the metro into Toulouse wearing a bulky jacket which appeared to have red wires protruding from it. Some passengers left the tram and called the police, who arrested the man at the next stop.
It seems the 27 year old was on his way to a bodybuilding class wearing his training clothes and the red wires were from the headphones of his personal music player. He was arrested and his home searched, though nothing incriminating was found. Several hours later he was still in custody, the police claiming that he had "modified" the jacket to make it look like a suicide belt.
No details were revealed of the man's appearance or origin.
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Why we don't swim after eating

In our health and safety conscious times almost everything we do has a risk and there is advice on how to minimise the dangers. But a 43 year old holidaymaker met his death when canoeing on a fairly safe stretch of the Lot, with lifejacket and helmet. With his son he lost his paddle and jumped into the river to recover it. But he was immediately taken ill and despite efforts to revive him he died on the spot.
This was said to be a result of hydrocution - a condition which occurs due to sudden immersion in water which causes certain nervous reactions to close down access to the air passages to prevent drowning, but causing suffocation. The received wisdom is that it happens often after drinking alcohol, eating big meals, jumping into cold water or landing heavily on the abdomen - "belly-flopping". We were always to told by our Italian friends to allow two hours after eating before swimming, now we know why.
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Nous sommes le samedi vingt trois juillet

What a great time we have had, loads of fun and laughter, our girls left yesterday and our boys leave today. The weather overall has been pretty good since the Eid party on the 6th July.
Hope your summer is being a happy one with as much laughter.
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Beatles tribute band at Bruniquel

Hi Val

I mentioned this to Jill and Roger the other day, and I've now found details for booking tickets:

Val says  thought great, we will go but sadly clashes with the theatre FET, which we could not, would not, want to miss.

Events at the Chateau

Nous avons le plaisir de vous faire part du programme des concerts de l'été 2016 au Château de Mayragues, à noter dans vos agendas
N'hésitez pas à visiter également notre site

ou à nous suivre sur notre page FACEBOOK ici

Chaque année depuis 1998 Mayragues participe au Festival Architecture et Musique en Occitanie. Les dates des concerts pour 2016 sont les suivantes :

Musique baroque italienne
avec des oeuvres de Gemanini, Vivaldi, Marcello, Besozzi ....
                 Laurent Hacquard   - hautbois
                 Richard Siegel - épinette

Mélodies, Duos et Fantaisies Lyriques
Soprano, hautbois et piano
Œuvres de Rossini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Offenbach, Massenet
                 Isabelle Cals - soprano
                 Laurent Hacquard - hautbois
                 Laure Cambau - piano

Attention le concert du 5 août sera à l’intérieur, et le nombre de places est limité. Il est impératif de réserver à l’avance.

Un verre de vin du domaine vous sera offert à l'entr'acte.

Prix des places : 15€  - Tarif réduit  10€ (étudiants) 
Moins de 16 ans  gratuit 
Informations et Réservations auprès de Château de Mayragues : 

A bientôt à Mayragues

Famille Geddes 

Vignoble en bio-dynamie
81140 Castelnau de Montmiral


Marie-Paule Bernot

Château de Mayragues
Vignoble en bio-dynamie
81140 Castelnau de Montmiral

Motorists' nightmares

This weekend is the first chassé croisé of the summer, as the early July holidaymakers return home, crossing with the late July-ers. Motorways and especially service areas at lunchtime are generally packed, with big queues at the pay stations.
To add to woes, the mobile radar on the Toulouse rocade is back in the roadworks section of Borderouge. This controversially flashed 1000 vehicles per hour when it was introduced in November, with the speed limit in that section reduced to 70 kph, instead of 90 kph.
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Nous sommes le vendredi vingt deux

The storm passed through the night with no apparent damage. A  warm heavy morning with low lying
mist, the next promise of sun again on Monday.
Now why is this? TAG readership has been over 1,500 all week with an all time high yesterday of Over 2,200 views.
I know TAG is popular but what causes a spike like that? Especially when we are being so busy personally and not having much time to post.
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Fun on the Farm

What a great result

You knew it was a great night with lots of people, great weather and fab!  dixie land music but....
who could have believed we would raise 2,200 euros for Via Sahel Enfants D' Afrique.
Thank you everyone who came and had such a great evening with us.
Our first Jazz evening raised 1,200, then last year was 1,600 and this third time 2,200 euros.
Well done all.
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