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Ripe for reform?

By St James’ Wealth Management 26 October 2018

Inheritance Tax rules could be carved up in the upcoming Budget.

While more forecasts will be provided by the Office for Budget Responsibility on Monday, the government appears to have made some progress towards its goal of bringing down the deficit, through spending restraint […]

Cooking and Living in France – Wild Boar Sausage, mushroom and kalette pasta

Living in France

By Caroline Barty

Serves: 4 – Time: 35 min

This is pretty much the perfect midweek supper dish.

Quick, easy and immensely comforting. I make this with the delicious seasonal wild boar and garlic sausages but choose your favourite banger-the best quality you can afford please. Chestnut flour pasta is a […]

Fulcanelli, the cathedral and the alchemists . . . an extract

It was widely thought that alchemy had been finished off by the Enlightenment and the appearance of modern science in the 18th century until an intriguing pseudonymous book appeared in Paris in 1926. The Mystery of the Cathedrals was written by one “Fulcanelli”, who described himself as a practising alchemist. He claimed […]

The future of office working, cities and sitting 

​by Richard Pickering


Disruptive business models in the real estate sector are highlighting the potential to leverage property assets to create other revenue streams. WeWork has been particularly adept at transforming ‘tenants’ into ‘members’. Tenants pay rent, but members it seems are open to buying a much wider collection […]

Living in France – Focus on Toulouse

By Pierre @ French Moments

Because it is mainly built from clay bricks, Toulouse is called the “Pink city”. In the early morning, the sun reflects on the buildings, giving them a very specific pink tint, for which Toulouse is famous.

The main buildings of Toulouse: including the Capitole, the Old Town […]

Living in France ? Can you afford the cost of living longer?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

By making the lifestyle choice for living in France, you will want to make the most of what this country has to offer by enjoying the beautiful scenery and climate for as long as you possibly can.

That may be much longer than you think. […]

Cake had nothing to do with it. Part 2 of 3

By Richard Covington first published in the Smithsonian Magazine

Based in France, Richard Covington writes on culture, history, science and the arts from his home near Versailles.

In one salon is the exquisite harp Marie Antoinette played well enough to accompany Antonio Salieri, the Hapsburg court composer and Mozart rival she invited […]

French Wealth Tax

By Graeme Perry

Solicitor, at Sykes Anderson Perry Limited Solicitors in London, England.

Wealth tax is an important factor when individuals purchase a property in France. This is largely because it is an unfamiliar tax to UK residents. The way in which the tax applies has changed significantly over the years but […]

Where do poppies come from?

Every year a production team hand-make millions of Remembrance products for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

In 1922 Major George Howson MC opened a factory. He had one dream: ‘to give the disabled their chance.’

Thousands of wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen were returning from The Great […]

The Great War and Sunday 11/11/11

. . . 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.”

Military parades to war memorials and the Tomb of […]