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What Dogs really talk about

by Nick da Costa, an extract . . .

The Dogs were talking. As usual, they were sitting around the base of the old oak tree in the early evening.

There was Whitman, a Springer Spaniel, who – having been named after an American poet – affected an air of quiet superiority and […]

Your recommended reading for July

by Susan Keefe

The China-America Alliance: East Asian and American Cultural Values Promote Global Harmony by Jack C. Westman The China-America Alliance makes a compelling case that the USA and China hold the keys to the future of the condition of man and the health of the planet.However, the question is… Does mankind have the […]

Bills, borders and balancing acts

By Richard Pickering, Cushman & Wakefield

Surging, settling and stepping down One year on

Well you can’t accuse it of being a dull year since the EU referendum can you? The Prime Minister resigned, the Chancellor resigned and the leader of UKIP resigned. The Governor of the Bank of England announced his intention to resign. […]

New Winter Ski Routes from BA

As summer temperatures continue to rise across the UK, British Airways is launching two cool new ski routes for winter and more flights available from Heathrow for under £40 than ever before.

The new Heathrow flights to Grenoble, perfectly located for access to some of Europe’s best ski resorts will depart on Saturdays from […]

Aude village in the top 13 villages competition

The 13 French communes competing for this year’s ‘Village préféré des Français’ contest have been announced, and Lagrasse in the Aude is amongst the elite few!

Now in its sixth year, the popular France 2 programme will be presented by Stéphane Bern, who will examine the heritage, gastronomy, crafts and conviviality that mark out […]

You are only one hour away from your new best friend . . .

Life After The Refuge

Bella formerly Esquise

Bella is not our first rescue dog, so we do have a bit of experience having bought Lara who was our first dog with us from England. She was from the RSPCA rescue centre in Bristol in 2001 when she was 4/5 years old. Sadly we had to […]

Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts / Newsletter

By Mick Moat

Hello to you all and welcome to the 18th edition of the Open Garden/Jardins Ouverts newsletter. The season is now well under way and the signs are good that we shall have yet another spectacular and record-breaking year.

Late spring to early summer is always an exciting […]

Manish’s Zodiac Predictions for July 2017

Cancer ( 21 June – 22 July ) – You will be very much tempted to start a business but may keep backing off for financial reasons. Running around will increase and you will take more than two short vacations. Business wise things look good for income and older sibling and friends can help. Investing […]

What Brexit answers do we have one year on from the referendum?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

In the aftermath of the UK general election’s unexpected outcome, we reach the milestone of one year since Britain voted to leave the EU. What do we know today about how Brexit might affect expatriates in France?

Has the UK election changed anything for Brexit?

Faced with a […]

The Bank of Mum and Dad

by Gemma Wright

What is it?

Soon to be the 10th biggest lender in the UK, it is now more common than not that the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will be gifting or lending money to their children to help them buy a home.

How is it usually done?

Gift

Often parents simply give […]