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Who Drinks the Most Milk?
A study has shown that whereas the French consume an average of 53 litres of milk each year the Irish manage to swallow 142 litres each year – the English drink 106 litres per annum.

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Everyone Knows BIC
Most people have written with a Bic pen at some time and smokers will almost certainly have used their lighters.

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Ancient Muslim Graves Found in Nîmes
Archeologists have just announced that the three graves found in Nîmes in 2006 are believed to be Muslim and dating from the 8th century.

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IAG on Top
IAG, the holding company of British Airways, Iberia and the Spanish low-cost airline Vueling has announced huge profits, much to the envy of most other European airlines who seem to be able to operate without any worries from the banks although their losses are stupendous – is it national prestige at stake?

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Frankfurt Exchange Wants to Merge with the London Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Exchange Wants to Merge with the London Stock Exchange

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10 Million Lettuces per Year
A new, indoor factory facility has just been opened in Japan near the old city of Kyoto.

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An Unusual Museum in London
Georg Friedrich Handel, the Austrian composer, spent a lot of time in London and his famous Water Music was inspired from his stay there.

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Celebration of 300 Years of “Capability” Brown
Many famous estates and gardens in the UK will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of the world- famous landscape gardener Lancelot Brown, usually known by his nickname of “Capability” Brown. Anyone who has visited one of the estates laid out by him cannot fail to recognise his genius in forming the landscape using natural features to their best advantage.

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Wine Production Spreading Northwards
Traditionally wine has been produced in areas with hotter climates, mainly in the south of Europe with the exceptions of the Rhine and Moselle valleys and the champagne region around Reims.

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L’Espace Charles Marx in Quillan to be Improved
This popular parking place next to the cinema in Quillan is to have a great deal of work carried out to make it more attractive.

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Road Improvements to Andorra
The main road and railway line between Ax les Thermes and Andorra have always been prone to landslips and in the winter of 2015 the line was blocked for some time at Hospitalet près l’Andorre meaning that buses had to be used for part of the journey.

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Outboard Motor Stolen From Lifeboat
The lifeboat stationed in Gruissan uses a large inflatable craft for many of its rescue operations which is driven by a very powerful outboard motor. This outboard motor was stolen recently during the night.

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Earth From Sachsenhausen placed in Square Gambetta in Carcassonne
An urn containing earth was brought back from the site of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany by a group of students from a number of collèges in the Aude.

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Six International Tourist Zones
The French government has announced the creation of six international tourist zones. What does this mean?

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The Guardian Makes a Loss
The famous newspaper which started its life as the “Manchester Guardian” made a loss of £ 50 million during 2015.

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Drink Water Safely
Many people are very conscious of the dangers of drinking water in other countries. Those that travel to really remote regions are in even greater danger as there is no regular water supply at all.

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Whistle While You Work
In Switzerland and other alpine areas yodelling developed as a means of communication between the valleys and the high mountain pastures.

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Plane Taxis
You have heard of Uber the taxi organisation using private drivers. Now a group of young pilots have come up with a similar idea for flights.

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A Shocking Statistic
The National Statistics Office in France has done some research on employment and has made a comparison between the UK and France.

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London More Polluted than Beijing
Surprisingly London only needs one week before it has already exceeded the annual recommended level of pollution.

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Biodiversity in the Aude
More than 40% of the surface area of the departément is classified as Natura 2000 with 38 sites being recognised as important in the overall European environmental plan.

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Sodastream Flowing Once More
Many years ago the machines offered by Sodastream to make your own fizzy drinks were popular in the UK but gradually their popularity wore off.

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The True Effect of Over-Fishing
It has long been recognised that over-fishing has caused alarming depletions of fish stocks in the oceans around the world.

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Birth Rate Drops in France
France now has a population of 66.6 million of whom 2.1 million live in the overseas territories (UK 64.8 million).

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Ritz Hotel Hit by Disaster Once More
The 5 star Ritz Hotel on the Place Vendôme in Paris has once again been hit by disaster

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How to Better Manage Your Time
Most people complain every now and then that they simply do not have the time to do everything that they would wish.

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Hotel Investment in Paris by the Rich
Paris has become a favourite place for rich entrepreneurs to invest their spare cash.

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SMS Messages on the Increase
In 2015 66.6 billion SMS messages were sent by subscribers to Orange which represents an increase of 2.4% over 2014.

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Change of Ownership of Butcher’s Shop in Quillan
The butcher’s shop on the Promenade in Quillan which has been run by Laurent Tarbouriech for the last 14 years has changed hands.

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German Companies to Create 200,000 Jobs
In 2016 it is estimated that small and medium sized businesses in Germany will create at least 200,000 new jobs.

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French in Other Languages
Everyone is familiar with the many French words that have crept into everyday English usage – partly due to the Norman Conquest in 1066 but also due to the fact that French was the language used in most of the Royal Courts in the 18th and 19th centuries throughout Europe and the adoption by those wishing to “appear” noble of French words and phrases to add colour and prestige to their speech.

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French Tradition
In keeping with the old custom in France 804 vehicles were set alight by pranksters on New Year’s eve.

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New Company Producing Essential Oils
In the hamlet of Requi in Montlaur Julien Martre has grown aromatic pants and herbs for some years.

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Keolis and Go-Ahead Keep Rail Franchise in West Midlands
The joint venture which has run trains in the West Midlands for a number of years has had their franchise extended by the government to October 2017.

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Calais Lace Expanding
The northern seaport of Calais has long been famous for its tradition of lace-making (in common with nearby Bruges in Belgium).

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British Champagne
The famous French champagne house, Taittinger, has just purchased 69 hectares of land in Kent in England to grow grapes and to produce their famous champagne.

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Carcassonne to Have a Conference Centre
The council has drawn up plans for the creation of a large conference centre to be constructed within the Dôme.

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Star Wars Presents for Christmas
With the recent launch of the latest Star Wars film in Europe there has been an increase in the number of items produced with the fans in mind.

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The Numbers of Government Employees Continue to Grow in France
It is scarcely believable that in a country which is suffering from a weak economy that the government continues to add to the numbers of “fonctionnaires”.

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Fram Saved
The Toulouse based tour operator has been saved from bankruptcy and closure as an offer from their previous rivals Karavel-Promovacances has been accepted by the authorities and therefore most of the jobs will be saved.

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Air Travel News
For those travelling over the holiday period there is always the anxiety that one or other of the airlines will go on strike, that a natural disaster may divert flights and that there may be even bad weather.

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St. Girons (Ariège) to Have Small Generator
The small town in the Ariège will soon be generating some of its electricity needs by means of water power.

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New Giant in the Hotel World
For a number of years the British hotel group IHG (interContinental Hotels Group) has been the largest chain in the world with its brands InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and variations of Holiday Inns.)

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Tourism Suffers Cancellations
After the recent terrorist attacks all tour operators and travel agents are reporting a very sudden drop in the number of new reservations being made and also a huge number of cancellations.

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The Independent to Cease the Production of Paper Copies



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Even the Famous Use Ryanair



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Popular Boats on the Seine Sold



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Rail News



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Trèbes to Offer trips on the Canal du Midi



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Watch Out, Watch Out – the drones are about



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Camurac Still has Insufficient Snow



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Some Shops to Open on French Stations on Sunday



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Norwegian to Fly to Los Angeles from Paris



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The Fountains of Nebias



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Visits to the Marble Quarries



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Brexit – oui ou non?



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A Beehive Bookstall



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Vines Return to Camon



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France Number One in Tourism



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Do You Enjoy a Drop of Wine from the Graves Region?



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Ryanair to Start Flights from Toulouse



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Doggy Bags in France?



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The Bells of Notre-Dame in Paris in Trouble



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Foreign Languages Back in French Schools



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Airbus Flying High



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A 380 for the Museum



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Lack of Respect for the Rights of Human Beings



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Global City Tours dominated by RATP



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"Uber" Takes Flight



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The “Calypso” May Sail Again



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Did You Always Claim Your Expenses?



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Many Reasons to be Optimistic in 2016



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Rock fall danger at Puilaurens



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High Drop-Out Rate in Universities



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Air France Says Goodbye to Its Jumbos



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By-Pass Around Ax les Thermes May Open in 2016



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Volkswagen to Give Up the Slogan “Das Auto”



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Public Toilets in the Street to Reappear in Carcassonne



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Ibis Hotels Being Converted



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Ski Resorts Worried About Snow



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New Electricity Meters



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16 Ski Stations open on 28th November 2015



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New 20 Euro Banknotes



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Work in the Gorge de Galamus



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Floating Hotel on the Seine



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The Mémorial in Rivesaltes Finally Open



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The Low-Cost Airlines Celebrate



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Léran
"Save the Ariège"




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NEW UK DRIVING LICENCE REGULATIONS



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Pet's Corner:


Quillan
Scooter's visit to the Osteopath



Scooter
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General Warning - Pine Processionary Caterpillars


Pine Processionary Caterpillar
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Porte d'Espagne - Perpignan
Vies à Vies - Pet Purchase & Pet Parlour



Vies-a-vies
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Porte d'Espagne - Perpignan
Chien & Chat
Accessories & Food + Advisory Service



Chat & Chien
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Free Cats from Quillan


Association Chats Libres de Quillan
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Dog Sitting


Donna and her dog
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Tick Alert: Ehrlichosis


Ehrlichosis tick on a dog
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Scooter's May Tip of the month
Tick Treatment!



Scooter wearing his new white collar
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Britanny Ferries will take me in a cabin! Woof woof!


Woof Woof!
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Portrait Arts of Animals & People
Alison



Portraits
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February Dog of the month
dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/


Lagoon
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Scooter's January Tip of the month
The Italian experience - Obey your mistress!



Scooter's stitches are being protected!
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Limoux
Pet Parlour - Race et Corniaud



At the Pet Parlour - ready for hair cut!
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Twilight - the magical hour


Newcomer
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Scooter's April Tip of the month
Try the Pet Parlour in Quillan!



At the Pet Parlour - ready for my blow dry!
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Scooter's March Tip of the month
How to escape the electric collar!



My new halter
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Scooter's February Tip of the month
Vaccinate against Leishmaniasis



Dogs can be bitten 100 times in an hour during the sandfly season
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December Tip from Scooter!
Enjoy a weekend with your girlfriend at La Chenil de Jouane!



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SPA Appeal
"Knitting Wool"



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November Tip from Scooter!
Get a Girlfriend!



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October Tip from Scooter! Keep your dog safe with a proper harness!


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Travelling to the UK with your pet


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Canine Club Carcassonnais(CCC)


Canine Club Carcassonnais(CCC)
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Dog Owners Beware


20 Dogs have died
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www.vetadvice247.com/


Vet Advice 24/7
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dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/


SPA New Appeal for tins of dog food for our old and sick dogs
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Scooter's Mid August Tip of the month
A best friend is very important!



A best friend is very important!
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Scooter's August Tip of the month
Freshwater Lakes for Learning to Swim!



I have been swimming since at the Lac de Cavayère, west of Carcassonne.
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Scooter's Mid-July Tip of the month
Esssential Oils



This hot weather makes me smell like a dog! Nothing yet has cured me barking at other dogs!
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Scooter's July Tip of the month
Bath mat



I can be a terror!
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Scooter's June Tip of the month
Adaptil



Crafty Fox Scooter
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Sougraigne Dog Kennels
Chenil de la Jouane



Dog Kennels
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Dog Trainer at Le Jardin des Chiots
Training near Mirepoix



Puppy Training in English
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Kennels & Cattery
La Beduce, near Castelnaudary



Infra-red heating inside each kennel
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Pet Parlour
Quillan



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Security Service for your Property and Animals and House Sittings


Looking after your animal for you in your own home
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Appeal
dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/


SPA February Appeal for dog lovers travelling to the UK
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dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/


SPA Appeal for Volunteers and Fosterers
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A story of survival


Lucky Puss
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