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Why there’s a bigger spectre than Brexit

This is an opinions article by The People’s Challenge The Politico article of Oct 23rd entitled “5 reasons why no deal could mean no Brexit” published in Languedoc Living, says that a spectre is hanging over Westminster, threatening…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 24

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Wearing a poppy – should I, shouldn’t…

It’s a well-established tradition to wear a poppy at this time of year. Historically it has symbolised the memory of the victims of war, particularly the First and Second World Wars. It was first adopted shortly after the end of the First World…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 3

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Mass tourism in Europe or the good old days?

By Chris Elliott For those of us lucky enough to live in this region, the increasing…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 27

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Anger as girl judged to have 'consented'…

There was anger and shock in France last week after it emerged that prosecuters…

The Local, Oct 7

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Joon - Janet and John do branding

Joon is an interesting if somewhat belated attempt by Air France to enter the budget…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 29

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Ronnie's weekly review - 23 September 2017

By Ronnie Smith Florence - May shows her empty hand. On Friday last week the British…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 23

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Pooling our Resources

By Judith Stafford When you glide in to land over any airport in the Languedoc,…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 15

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How could Brexit affect you and your finances?

By Thomas Marron Brexit negotiations are underway, though there is still a long…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 8

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Weekly Review - 3 September 2017

By Ronnie Smith Paris, get ready On Thursday the much anticipated reforms to France’s…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 2

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Macron, Florida, London & an incident in…

By Ronnie Smith President Macron on tour This week President Macron has been visiting…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 26

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Weekly review 20 August 2017

By Ronnie Smith  Les Baux-de-Provence, a prophesy It’s been a strange…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 18

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Tales of High Season

By Ronnie Smith Barcelona, the invasion I’ve been reading about the recent…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 12

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Are you connected?

Palma de Mallorca, the death of the family  By Ronnie Smith  Something…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 5

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Ronnie’s Review - 30 July 2017

By Ronnie Smith  Dunkirk, another kind of Brexit  The big British blockbuster…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 29

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Ronnie's weekly review - 23 July 2017

By Ronnie Smith Royal Birkdale, new refugee centre I never took to golf and still…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 22

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Ronnie’s Review - Bastille weekend

By Ronnie Smith  Paris, Being Crass  And so President Trump has arrived…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 14

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And if it were you? Conclusion

This is the fourth and concluding part of the true story of the journey of the Adjimi…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 7

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And if it were you? Part three

This is Part 3 of the harrowing true story of how one family made its way from its…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 30

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And if it were you? Part two

Part two of the true story of how the Adjimi family made their way from their…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 23

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And if it were you? Part one

This is is the first of a series charting the long journey of one Syrian…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 17

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Ronnie's weekly review - 18 June 2017

By Ronnie Smith London… Britain’s capital acquired a new landmark this…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 17

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Ronnie's weekly review 11 June 2017

By Ronnie Smith  London, backward together  So the election battle is…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 10

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Macron welcomes Americans into France

By Dennelle Taylor Nizoux   One month ago today, I was truly worried about…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 3

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More from a Languedoc estate agent

Freddy Rueda has been giving us some more insight into the loves and fears of people…

LanguedocLiving, May 26

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Ronnie's weekly review 21 May 2017

By Ronnie Smith   London, The Storm Rages Unabated This week saw the first…

LanguedocLiving, May 19

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Weekly Review - 7 May 2017

By Ronnie Smith  Paris, And Now the End is Near… After months filled…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

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Kevin and Emma in the Italian Job

Kevin Brennan and Emma Foulger have been reportedly ‘on the scam’ again…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 29

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What Kevin Brennan and Emma Foulger did…

Since we were first made aware of the stories about Kevin Brennan and Emma Foulger,…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 15

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Brown bear population increase divides opinion

The bear population in the Central Pyrenees reached a record 39 animals in 2016,…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 8

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The French Presidential Election - Up in…

By Ronnie Smith  In the United Kingdom, where politics is concerned, we have…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 24

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Healthcare anguish for expat retirees

British MPs told that if EU health schemes are axed after Brexit, pensioners may…

The Connexion, Feb 24

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4 out of 5 expats fear Brexit will strip…

Most British expatriates in the European Union are chiefly concerned that Brexit…

The Local, Feb 18

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May sounds more like Thatcher every day

This is an opinion piece. So, as they say, buckle up… In her speech on…

Scoop, Jan 21

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The Parsley sidings review of 2016’s railway…

You can relax as I am not qualified to write a review, why? Simply because there…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 21

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There’s no end to it, politics continues…

By Ronnie Smith Now that all the festivities are out of the way it’s time…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 14

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My wish for 2017

By Rachel Caldecott-Thornton, l”Hérault  I am the mother of a…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 31

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Merry Christmas!

We’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It’s…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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Cutting out the middleman

“The chief business of the American people is business” - President…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 5

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Destination Limbo

This is dedicated to the anonymous woman that told me over Facebook that she didn’t…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 5

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The Politics of Nothing

By Ronnie Smith  Apart from their comprehensive ideological differences, one…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 7

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Foreign exchange, a few questions answered

The world of foreign exchange can be quite confusing when you don’t know where…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 1

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Don’t wreck our food chain say chefs

This week, some of the country’s top chefs have denounced the $66-billion…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 24

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Left vs Right

By Ronnie Smith  As we watch the US presidential election climb its way to…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 9

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Catholicism and Catharism

Languedoc Living reader Lorraine Davison wrote to us, in response to our recent…

Reader, Aug 6

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Murder cannot be seen as anything else

By Ronnie Smith  On the 28th of June 1914 a young Serb named Gavrilo Princip…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 22

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Fog in the Channel, Europe Cut Off

By Ronnie Smith  This is a headline from a London newspaper in the late Victorian…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 15

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Post-Brexit sang-froid

By Channel Hopper “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 15

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The twilight of democracy in the UK

By Laura Harrison McBride In the UK, at the moment, democracy has died under massive…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 15

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Remainers must keep their nerve

David Gow is Editor of Social Europe, and former European Business Editor of The…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 18

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Drinking culture is changing

We are always slight apprehensive about driving on a Sunday afternoon after the…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 18

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The E.U. Referendum – Nothing Ever Changes

By Ronnie Smith  In 1814 the British government joined their victorious allies…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 11

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The Mangelwurzels in Norfolk

By Notlostinfrance As an exercise in masochism, a couple of years ago I eavesdropped…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 11

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Ed - an optimist's view?

I’m an optimist, a glass half full person, although I recently read that we…

LanguedocLiving, May 28

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‘Phile to ‘Phobe in a Decade

By Notlostinfrance  Like Clark Kent, I’m a mild-mannered person even…

LanguedocLiving, May 21

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Our children’s future – please vote

Have you registered to vote? If not, we’re almost at the deadline. Last…

LanguedocLiving, May 21

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Overnight Sleeper trains face extinction

We spotted a petition in the UK about the threat of closure of French sleeper trains,…

LanguedocLiving, May 21

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Tipped Over the Edge

This poem was written by Languedoc Living reader Ronnie Smith, after the recent…

LanguedocLiving, May 14

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Editor’s comments on April news

Trumped The news that sticks in my mind like a nasty migraine, is that Donald Trump…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

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Commerce, what commerce?

In this grim economic climate, wouldn't you expect to be able spend money easily…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 9

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It's your future, so act now to keep Britain…

If you're one of over 2 million British people living elsewhere in Europe, June's…

The Local, Mar 4

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Boris Johnson dives in

By Ronnie Smith   And almost at the moment our Conservative Prime Minister,…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 26

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Recognition of vegetarians at last?

In the face of recent sanitary and welfare scandals, France is finally listening…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 26

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Here but Not Here

Following a recent trip to London, I suffered severe culture shock when in…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 19

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At Last! Primary season is here

By Languedoc Living reader, Ronnie Smith. I have always believed that for those…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 29

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Foreign exchange – where to start

If you want to transfer money to France, it can be difficult to know where to start.…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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The branding of everything

Thanks to our reader, Ronnie Smith, for this fascinating perspective on newsworthy…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 18

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Travel Advice

We’ve had some travel advice from a reader, who recently travelled with Ryanair…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 21

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The Calais ‘jungle’

The Calais ‘jungle’, by Katrina Allen. I recently came across an article in…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 14

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Coffee - good or bad?

The more coffee you drink, the more you reduce the risk of diabetes? The cause of…

MidiLibre/Scoop, Oct 21

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Exposure of DWP Deception

Exposure of Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) Deception Roger Boaden, MBE,…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 10

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Are the French ready to ditch the 35-hour…

Seven in ten French people say that they'd be happy to give up their sacred 35-hour…

The Local, Sep 10

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Shape our lives NOW to have a happier older…

How we can shape our lives NOW to have a happier older age. By Jane Minton. Do you…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 23

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All Our Children

All Our Children is a small but very active charity run by practising and retired…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 17

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Amélie and Andy

WIMBLEDON TENNIS – Amélie and Andy by Clem Harris, a former Junior…

Reader, Jul 2

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The party's over

A BETTER DEAL FOR BRITAIN?? This article was written by Languedoc Living reader…

Reader, May 16

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Africa on two wheels

Languedoc Living reader, James Salmon and his wife Carina moved to the Languedoc…

Reader, May 8

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Top ten April 1st hoaxes ever

Did you fall for our poisson d’avril ? Thanks to The Museum of Hoaxes…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 1

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Dating in France

Dating a French person is a challenge. Really. Not because of the language barrier…

Géraldine Lepère, Mar 20

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More on winter fuel allowance

More from Roger Boaden, MBE, who is campaigning tirelessly for the Winter Fuel Allowance.…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 13

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The ultimate guide to being “très cool”

Yes, it's tough to be cool - especially in Paris. Some people might argue that you've…

The Local, Feb 28

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Don’t give up on those good intentions!

Don’t give up on those good intentions! 4 things to keep in mind ….…

Reader, Jan 31

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Benefits tourism – really?

Unemployed Britons in Europe are drawing much more in benefits and allowances in…

The Guardian, Jan 24

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The Ongoing Battle to Save Winter Fuel Payments

Thanks Roger Boaden, Languedoc Living reader, for this updated article about the…

Reader, Jan 19

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A Danish transformation

A thought provoking argument from Languedoc Living reader Karen George. Karen worked…

Reader, Jan 16

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Migrants: 'We're not wanted in France'

Thousands of migrants are camped out in the French port of Calais from where they…

The Local, Oct 17

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Don't be afraid

Thank you Christine Hart, Languedoc Living reader, for this insight into getting…

Reader, Sep 4

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Gay marriage

This article was written by Languedoc Living reader, Karen George.   A few…

Reader, Aug 8

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Expat and gay….where are the guide books?

This article was written by Languedoc Living reader, Karen George. Karen made her…

Reader, Jun 29