Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Art for health's sake

Jeremy Rewse-Davies will be holding a sale of his original paintings this weekend with proceeds in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) The vernissage is Friday 3rd August from midday and the exhibition lasts until Saturday evening at 5pm. The showing is at La Vigerie, St Vincent de Varen, Varen.

Great evening at Ginals this Friday

 Vabrestock 7 Music Festival

Friday 3rd. Aug. 6.30 pm start

Musicians, singers, entertainers, all who like music and all who like to join in with the players, are invited to a musical evening in the field at Vabre, Ginals.

(Near the junction of D75 from Espinas and the Caylus/Ginals D20 road)

Plenty of parking at venue. Entry free.

You may bring a personal picnic, snacks and plenty to drink. Please bring a chair and a torch. Tables will be provided.

Your visitors/friends will be very welcome.

Vabrestock 7

 Festival de Musique

  Vendredi le 3 Aout.

A partir de 18.30

Musiciens, chanteurs, artistes et tous eux veulent participer, sont invités a une soiree musicale a Vabre Ginals

(pres de la jonction de D75 d'Espinas et la route D20 Caylus/Ginals)

Parking libre

Entree gratuite

Vous pouvez apporter, comme vous voulez une pique-nique, un petit quelque chose a manger et beaucoup a boire

Apporter une chaise svp et une torche. Il y a des tables

Bienvenue aussi a vos visiteurs/amis

Monday, 30 July 2018

Well done, Malc

We will be celebrating tonight
Malc has seen the oncologist after 6 chemotherapy treatments for lymphoma cancer and today he was told he is clear.
He will have another pet scan in 3 months time.
The wonders of modern medicine.🍾

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Tomorrow is the vide grenier at Varen

We will be there selling from 8 am till 4 pm
We will have items in the building, two pitches outside the building and we will also have items for sale in the back courtyard.
Come and see us, we have teams working all day long.
As people who came today said “ you have quality stuff “ and we do.
Varen in the old Mairie, nearly opposite the halle.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Motocross at Laguepie

Fun and Games at Espinas

Saturday 4th August at Espinas will be a games day for all the family. Table tennis, chess, board games of all types (take your own favourite with you) and demonstrations of Carrom - a kind of shove halfpenny it seems to us - by the European champion. Crepes and drinks available from 14h until late in the Salle ses fetes.

le samedi 4 août.
Journée à vivre en famille ou pour tous vos amis. D'innombrables jeux à votre disposition. Présence du champion de France et d'Europe de CARROM, Pierre DUBOIS . Il animera la journée par des initiations et parties de carrom, crokinole, passe-trappe, quarto...etc. Vous découvrirez ou pratiquerez aussi le go, les échecs, le ping-pong...etc, mais aussi vous retrouverez vos jeux préférés ( ne pas hésiter à en apporter). De 14h jusqu'au soir, dans la salle des fêtes d'ESPINAS. Entrée gratuite. Petite restauration ' crêpes).contact : ou cledeschamps.espinas@gmail.com

Farmers' protest holds up Tour

We are used to local farmers holding demonstrations and blocking roads in their continuing fight to prevent land being declassified as "unfavourable". Such changes could mean loss of  subsidies up to 8000 euros as the EU aims to simplify the common agricultural policy by asking member states to decide locally who should be supported.
Farmers in Ariege affected by these changes claim the Minister of Agriculture has failed to reply to their demands and so decided to demonstrate during Tuesday's stage of the Tour de France as it passed through their area.
But things went wrong when police decided to clear the hay bales and demonstrators with pepper spray. Unfortunately the wind blew the spray back on to the riders, causing a hold up whilst they were treated by medics.
A spokesman  for the farmers said their aim was to disrupt the Tour to highlight their case and the problems caused to the riders and spectators was the fault of the police.
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A small car and a mobylette needed

He really has gone and done it...one of our Afghan boys has managed to get a driving licence, the first we personally know who has achieved it.
Now he needs a car for under 500 euros to enable him to get to work
Pm me if you have a car, know of anyone with a car, see one for sale.
Also another young man who has a job needs a mobylette, a little 50 cc motor where you do not need a licence.
As always thank you all for your help
Val.   taglines82@gmail.com

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Jazz in Marciac

The annual festival of Jazz in Marciac opens on Friday 27th July and runs until 15th August. The Gers village welcome thousands of visitors to see and hear world renowned jazz musicians. The season opens with an evening of trumpet music, featuring Wynton Marsalis and Ibrahim Maalouf , with up and coming young artist Lucienne Renaudin Vary.
Other musicians this year include Joan Baez, Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny, Gregory Porter and Stacey Kent, plus a host of other internationally renowned performers.
Click on the link for programme and ticket details. http://www.jazzinmarciac.com/spectacles/jazz-in-marciac

Is suntan lotion effective?

With this hot sunny weather many of us are coating ourselves with protective sun screens. A recent report by London scientists suggests that they are not as effective as we think - and it's mainly our fault. Apparently we fail to apply the lotions and creams as thickly or widely as needed to protect our skin. Also at least Factor 30 should be used as factor 15, commonly popular, will not be strong enough in many cases.
We tend to think that "water-proof" products will keep us going when dipping in and out of the pool, but most of it will be rubbed off when towelling dry, so a fresh application should be needed.
Dermatologists advise applying the product 20/30 minutes before you go out and re-apply every two hours. About half a teaspoonful should protect face, ears and neck, and for full adult body protection about 7 teaspoons full will be needed. And wear a hat.
Your correspondent's dermatologue warned that my ears were "abimés" due to exposure to the sun and cases of skin cancer can be very serious - and a rendezvous with a dermatologist in France can take 4 months or more.
Enjoy the sun, but with moderation.
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Table tennis table wanted

Hi Val,

Hope his finds you and yours well.

We are looking for an outside table tennis table to buy and I wondered if anyone might have one for sale. Willing of course to make a donation in addition to the cost.

Is this something you could post on Tag?

Many thanks,

Annie Aberdeen

Some wonderful pictures for sale


Sizes 38 x33 cms.   An eared grebe,canada goose and a shoveller, well framed.
The three pictures for 60 euros ( works out a 20 euros each) 
Mains Tendues 82 
Photos taken by Gareth Brown. SOLD


4 Henry Alken hunting prints 88x 40 cms.  All for 80 euros
Mains Tendues 82. SOLD

Two beautifully framed flower prints , autumn bowl 71 x 56 
Red flowers 75 x 59 cms     The two pictures 60 euros the pair.  

Two dogs 95x 88 cms.   75 euros ( original cost 300 ).  SOLD

Chocolate lab  47 x 39   Beautifully framed again.  55 euros
Mains Tendues 82

Free parking in Toulouse

For the first 15 days of August the parking meters will not be in use in Toulouse city centre. Some 12600 places will become available enabling workers and tourists to park without buying and displaying a ticket.
This practice was started in 2007 and is the "gift" of the city council. No estimate has been made of how many places are simply filled by day-long parking by workers, but as it presumably is caused by municipal personnel all being on holiday no doubt the same applies elsewhere. Whatever, profit from it if you are driving into Toulouse between 1st and 15th August.
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Medieval ball games at Moissac?

Archaeologists excavating a municipal car park in Moissac, Tarn et Garonne, have uncovered what appears to be a ball, composed of vegetable matter enclosed in a leather casing, which shows signs of having been stitched.
Leather cased ball: photo Bastien Lefebvre
Lead researcher, Bastien Lefebvre of Toulouse University Jean-Jaures, says they usually find more domestic evidence of medieval life, which is their area of research, such as cooking pots or wooden implements. They have come across fruit presses, not uncommon in an area renowned for its grapes. But this is the first time they have uncovered what may be evidence of a sporting pastime. Most depictions of footballs from medieval times seem to be inflated pigs' bladders, but this find more resembles a leather football, or possibly a pelota type ball (no indication of size has been given). It may even have a more domestic use and experts' reports are awaited. What chances it was a cricket ball brought by English soldiers (though some centuries before the game was played in England)?
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Lunar eclipse on Friday

Lunar eclipse Jan 2018, Indonesia. Photo Fachul Reza/AFP
A total eclipse of the moon will be visible (weather permitting) on Friday 27th July evening from around  21h29 (9.30pm) lasting until just after midnight. The satellite will be totally eclipsed at about 22h20 and unlike solar eclipses will be perfectly safe to view with the naked eye.
The duration of the eclipse, 1 hour 43 minutes, will be the longest this century, as apparently the moon is fairly distant from the earth and it takes longer for the shadow to pass.
At the same time as the eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its closest point and shining more brightly that its neighbour the moon. Star gazers will no doubt be anticipating this double celestial treat.
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Monday, 23 July 2018

Help, help please

Early bird or birds needed
Mains Tendues 82 are opening their doors on Sunday 29th from 8 till 4 
Terence Harker and I will do the early shift ( 8 till 10 )but we really  could do with one person who could come and help us move stuff we have to our retail space infront of and behind the old mairie. I am happy to put things out but then we would need someone to collect the money.
Who is an early bird and would like to help? Pleeese.💕

Saturday, 21 July 2018

On sale in the Varen frip today and next week with more to come

Just some of the items in the frip today

Antigymnastique workshop

Antigymnastique workshop in Milhars next weekend:

Fri 27/7 and Sat 28/7 full day, Sun 29 from 2 to 5pm (possible to sign up for 1 or 2 days)

Next workshops:  3/8, 10/813/8 for 1, 2 or 3 days 

Antigymnastique® focuses on the entire being : body and mind are intertwined. Get rid of the contractions, stiffness, muscle and joint pain that exhaust you, shrink you and restrict your freedom. I will make you discover the benefits of this powerful body work :  improved mobility and muscle tone, decreased stress and muscular tension (back, neck, shoulders, etc.), improved ease of movement and coordination. 

I welcome 6 people at a time, reservation required:  brigitte.bruneau@wanadoo.fr 06 51 66 05 53

Brigitte Bruneau
Praticienne certifiée d'Antigymnastique

7 rue Médéric 94120 Fontenay sous Bois
148 rue de Charonne 75011 Paris
81170 Milhars
09 50 74 40 61 - 06 51 66 05 53

Stages à Milhars : 27 au 29 juillet, 3 au 4 août, 10 au 12, 13 au 15 août

www.antigymnastique.com - http://www.facebook.com/Antigymnastique
C'est quoi ? https://antigymnastique.com/fr/videos/

Friday, 20 July 2018

Midnight in the Viaur

Bain rythmique de minuit avec Claude Sicre dans le Viaur a Laguepie.
Screen print
Rhythmic musical games with instruction (in patois) by Claude Sicre, a famous troubadour of Occitan music, will be held in the Viaur at midnight next Wednesday (25th July) and Friday (27th). As part of the University Occitan "Lenga Viva" held each year in Laguepie this event is open to the public and promises to be fun, especially as the weather is forecast to be hot, even at midnight. Claude Sicre is a committed animator and will ensure that a good time is had by all - participants and spectators alike. Practice your "va plat'", bring your maillot de bain and have some fun.

Tour comes to Occitanie

Yellow jerseys for all. Pic Sophie Pointaire/France 3
Today's stage enters our region, ending in Mende (Aveyron), with Geraint Thomas leading from Chris Froome, after yesterday's thrilling mountain top finish at Alpe D'Huez. But a group of women riders took part yesterday in a ride up the stage to Col de Portet in the Pyrenees to encourage more women to take to the road. Not designed for serious sportives the 65 kilometre ride climbed to over 2000 metres was launched via social media and aimed to encourage women in cycling groups to band together rather than try to keep up pace with men in their clubs. Local ladies group FIFI (Friends in France International) has started a cycling group and many other women could benefit from France's major sporting activity. Whatever, enthousiasts will be keeping an eye on the Tour this week as it passes through our region.
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Thursday, 19 July 2018

All for the cats

Dear Val,

At first a merci beaucoup pour le sac de croquettes chats!

Thank you, very kind!

Will you put this at tag on line?!

I have a stand at Univerfeil selling handmade gifts in aid of local animals (sterilisation and urgent help etc.) All proceeds will be donated to assist animals in need. The expo-vente is in the salle de fête at Verfeil!

It is open from 2.30 pm - 7 pm from 14th july - 29th july.

Thank you!

Best wishes,


You've seen it before; but..

it's why we love Mas del Sol. After last night's stormy rain this morning we have been in the sun since sunrise at 6.30am but the valleys were still full of fog at least until mid-morning.
These photos take at 9.30am show Varen just emerging from the mists, with the Aveyron valley still thick with fog. Beautiful sight we know and would we trade it?
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Albi sur mer

Inhabitants of homes near to the Verrerie Ouvriere d'Albi, a factory making glass bottles, have started to think they are at the seaside when opening their windows each morning, as a flock of about 600 seagulls have installed themselves on the factory roof.
Probably originally migrating birds, a flock of about 1000 individuals seems to be permanently installed in the Tarn. They used to spend the night at the many lakes in Aveyron and Tarn, coming to the towns to feed on the dechetteries. The birds are becoming a nuisance to the factory, with the roof covered in droppings and feathers - the smell and risks to a food containing product causing concern.
Cleaning up was difficult as the birds are quite agressive so a programme of firing off rockets twice a day was started and so far seems to be working as the birds move off to different quarters.
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Tragic mix-up with a prescription

A young Albi father complained of eye problems and was examined by an ophthalmologist, who said the problems were probably due to a childhood infection, and prescribed antibiotics and vitamins. But he mixed up the doses with serious consequences. The pharmacist simply dispensed the prescription without querying the doses. The patient, acting on this advice, followed the prescription, but complained to his GP that he was still having severe problems. The GP advised him to continue as prescribed. Eventually the patient was admitted to hospital and died.
All the professionals were subsequently investigated and the ophthalmologist and pharmacist will be charged with manslaughter by reason of neglect.
We have learned during recent illnesses to question treatments and prescriptions, including asking our very helpful chemist to confirm the use and dose of each medicine. Some doctors are not always keen to volunteer information, but will when pressed - it can save a life.
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Whale watching - in Toulouse

Photo: Airbus
This morning (Thursday 19th July) will see the inaugural flight of the newest Airbus transporter, the Beluga XL. Designed to transport aeroplane parts from one Airbus site to other European sites, the Beluga XL can carry a pair of wings for the A350 from the manufacture site in say Spain to the assembly plant in Blagnac.
The plane has a distinctive livery, with a dolphin like "face and smile", chosen by the company's personnel.
The flight is due to depart Blagnac at about 10.30am and given the clear skies it could be visible from our region - though as yet no route details have been published

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A young dog found in Varen

A young dog found in Varen, on pet alert

TROUVÉ chien noir et blanc à VAREN 
Secteur : la carriére de LEXOS
Non pucé. Non tatoué. pas castré, pas de collier, dressé, craintif, croisé braque
Contact : 05 63 65 20 05 ou sidonie.hoarau@sidosoft.com

Devenez petsitter Holidog et gardez des chiens et chats près de chez vous

Great evening: picnic and trad jazz

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Book signing

Hi Val,
could you please put this on Taglines for me, I think some of your fans that are not on Facebook will be interested in this events, thanks,
 Jan x  

Monday, 16 July 2018

Two lovely items for sale

Très belle table en bois massif (teck ou bois exotique?) excellente condition!! Carrée 1.15 par 1.15m, 40 cms de hauteur. Jolie ferronnerie, et 4 petits tiroirs sur les côtés.

Beautiful low table in teak, excellent condition. Square 1.15m by 1.15 m. Nice iron work and 4 little drawers. 135€
Ancien pétrin à pain
Longueur 1.28m, largeur 61cms, hauteur 73 cms
Bonne condition! 55 €

Old kneading trough
Length 1.28m, width 61 cms, ht 73cms. Good condition!

Lisou Hall

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The friperie in Varen

As you know the friperie in Varen is open Saturday morning 10 till 12.
We will be open as normal this coming week end but the week after not only will we open Saturday morning but we will be opening from 8 till 16h on the Sunday the day of the Varen brocante and vide grenier. 29th July
Mark it in you diaries, to come to the vide grenier and pop in to see us.
Every Friday 15h to 17h we are there in the old mairie taking in good quality donations.

Mains Tendues 82 having the best time ever helping in the community.

Comme vous le savez, notre friperie/brocante est ouverte le samedi de 10h00 a 12h. Nous serons ouverts comme d'habitude la semaine prochaine mais serons également présents le jour de la brocante de Varen le 29 Juillet. Notez le dans vos agendas et passez nous voir! et n'oubliez pas que tous les vendredis précédant la friperie/brocante vous pouvez venir déposer vos dons de 15h00 à 17h00 à l'ancienne mairie de Varen ou nous vous acueillerons avec plaisir. Pour mémoire nous acceptons objets et vêtements pouvant  intéresser nos visiteurs (Pas de magazines, livres ou objets/vêtements déterioriés)/

Saturday, 14 July 2018

quiz night

My favourite image of the “ stop Trump campaign”

Festivities at Caylus this evening

The traditional 14tth July festivities at Caylus today include a concours de petanque from 14h30 and a firework display by the lake from sunset, followed by a bal traditionel.

Weekend bleu, blanc et rouge

Apologies for stealing the headline from the Depeche du Midi, but with today being the fete nationale, tomorrow the final of the World Cup, featuring "les Bleues", the Tour de France now well into its stride, the forces of security will have their hands full, especially on the second anniversary of the terrorist attack in Nice.
Added to that there have been serious storms in the south west during last night and more cannot be ruled out for this evening.
Whatever, the weekend offers much warm weather and many attractions, so let's make the most of it with maximum vigilance.
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Friday, 13 July 2018

Change of direction at Victor Hugo

Photo DDM
The popular Victor Hugo market in Toulouse centre has been undergoing changes these last couple of years, including work to the multi-storey car park above the market hall.
Always a difficult car park owing to its narrow spaces, the re-vamp has included a change of direction to the entry and exit points. So what was the entry is now the exit, leading not surprisingly to confused queues of motorists looking for the way in. Market traders said that part of the confusion was caused by poor signage and continuing road works.
The city authorities responsible said signs were put up but have "disappeared" - they will be replaced immediately.
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No private fireworks this weekend

Traditionally 14th July sees firework displays throughout France. This year Saturday's celebrations will be followed by Sunday's World Cup final featuring the French national team. So some prefectures, including Aveyron, have banned private firework displays from Friday to Monday.
Organised displays by licensed experts which have been authorised will go ahead as planned.
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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Viva Italia

Deaths by drowning increase

Supervised water sports at Laguepie
One of the consequences of the hot weather is our desire to cool off in a pool or the sea. Yet in the one month 1st June to 5th of July rescuers dealt with 550 incidents of drowning, in which 121 people died.
Children dying in private pools always shocks us, but in fact the number of deaths increases with age, and the most at risk group is the over 65s, whose accidents happen largely in the sea. Infants under 6 are the smallest group, then the 6-25 age group.
Experts put these figures down to a number of factors. For example older people are more likely to over-estimate their ability to swim (if they can swim at all) and many drownings are a result of a health issue. Infant deaths are almost entirely the result of adult inattention.
But some believe that the number of people who can swim is very low, with one in six French people admitting that they are unable to swim. And with municipal pools being closed and the paucity of swimming lessons in school the problem is not being improved.
It takes a year and more than 4000 euros to obtain a life-saver's diploma and the numbers are always in short supply.
Parents are advised not to allow their children to swim in rivers and lakes without supervision by a "maitre-nageur" and to shun private pools without adequate protection - and to teach children to swim.
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Estivales du Chapeau

Ce week-end tous à Caussade pour les Estivales du Chapeau 🎩 !!! Découvrez le savoir faire d’artisans aux métiers rares et trouvez un chapeau d’été made in #TarnetGaronne #Caussade #hatfestival #mytng #tourismetarnetgaronne
Retrouvez toutes les sorties sur: @agenda des sorties en Tarn-et-Garonne 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Well done France, into the final

Laguepie July 15

Ce dimanche 15 juillet, brocante et vide grenier organisée par le Rétro Véhicule du Rouergue, toute la journée sur l'avenue de la gare et le chemin de Saint Cambraire.

Réservations au 06 08 80 24 62. Il reste encore quelques places.

First water restrictions in T&G

The prefectures of Tarn and Garonne and Lot have imposed some restrictions of using water from 7th July. In T&G it involves taking water from rivers on two days a week and in the Lot it extends to watering gardens and refilling private reservoirs (and presumably swimming pools). The restrictions are not department wide, so it will be worth checking with your mairie if you are concerned.
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Monday, 9 July 2018

Bemer mat anybody?

Does anyone have a Bemer pulsed magnetic treatment mat for sale, or know of a supplier in France?
Apparently the effect of the mat is to open the capillary vessels in the treated area (full body mats or localised pads are available). They are said to be useful in reducing fatigue and possibly pain in lower back or arthritic joints.
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Contaminated steak haché warning

Some minced meat products sold under the Sovivo brand through Leader Price and Casino supermarkets throughout Occitanie have been recalled after being found to be infected with E Coli bacteria.
The meat has sell by dates from 30th June through to 10th July. Stocks have been recalled from shops, but the company warns that consumers may have frozen batches which were affected. Buyers are recommended to check their purchases and return them to the point of purchase if necessary.
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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Fête des moissons à St. Antonin

11h messe en plein air
12h apero
15.30 moissons à l’ancienne
Attelage chevaux
18.30 theatre
20.00h repas et bal

Tour de France 2018 starts today

The 21 stages of this year's Tour start today (7th July) and are almost entirely within the French borders; no excursions to neighbouring countries, just a brief spin through Spain during the Pyrenean mountain stages. Local enthousiasts will need to wait until much later in the Tour for a chance to see bikes. Sunday 22nd July is a Millau to Carcassonne stage, then from Tuesday 24th there are 4 mountain stages to end the race, plus a time trial around Espelette.
The Tour planning has been overshadowed by the French football team's exploits in the World Cup (semi-final against Belgium on Tuesday 10th July, 20h) and the potential exclusion of Chris Froome, the defending champion and favourite, but no doubt will have its usual following, especially if French hopeful Romain Bardet can challenge.
For full details of the race go to the Tour's web site (in English as well as French).

Smile of the day