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About us –

21 Hydethorpe Avenue
N9 9RS
United Kingdom
P: +44 (0)7843 060 932

Editor; David Ash (t/as Clissold Trading)

We are a publishing company and NOT a travel agent – please do not ring us for advice on how to book a holiday.

Much rubbish is spoken when talking about the internet and the opportunities it affords advertisers. Yes, millions use the internet or certain search engines, but then they also contain millions of sites to visit. A site which is just a billboard and doesn't change very often will not be revisited. General sites (about all of France for example) may attract visitors from all over the world, but how many of these visitors can ever be your customers?

We are a highly targeted web site specific to shopping or staying in Calais and North France (as well as for tobacco in Belgium). The visitors we get come to us because our site is comprehensive, well researched, up to date and easy to navigate. website – The Channel Shoppers magazine and directory. is a Channel Shoppers magazine and directory mainly concerned with Shopping in Calais and other channel ports.

About our web site

  • We aim provide all the information visitors may need on our web site, not just from companies paying us to be there.
  • We recognise that web surfers are looking for information and advice so that they can make their own minds up about a product or company, and publish all the information we have.
  • We maintain control over our advertising.
  • We aim to be the first port of call for information for channel shoppers, visitors to North West France (Channel France) and ferry bookers.
  • Our objective is to provide a quick loading, easy to navigate and attractive web journal providing all the information shoppers to Calais or those passing through may want, and to make the first port of call when looking for information relating to Calais and channel shopping, or short stay visits in France and Belgium.
  • We help our visitors by providing;
    1. Consistency of approach.
    2. Links that take incoming visitors (from a specific page they may have found on a search engine for example), to a page with much more detailed information.
    3. On each Homepage and sub page, text links to other pages of interest for visitors to click on, which appear on the right hand menu on every page. We want our visitors to stay with us!
    4. Regular updates and new pages, usually in response to e-mail queries we have received.
    5. A consistent colour scheme and structure – blue shows a link, red a visited link.
    6. Links that work. We always check any changes, and remove dead links frequently.
    7. Information which is obviously up to date and relevant. Our "news flashes" are not twelve months old, neither do we update our site once a year!
    8. Pages that contain information – we avoid publishing new pages which are still being prepared. If visitors come across an incomplete site, they are unlikely to stay around or more importantly, to return.
    9. Easy to use mini booking engines for hotels and ferries to make it easy for our site visitors.
    10. Up to date design. Our site is compliant with the latest world wide web requirements.
    11. An internal SEARCH ENGINE that enables visitors to find quickly the information they require.

Disclaimers and Conditions

All due care and attention has been taken when carrying out research. The information we share is correct at the date of collection and may change.

Our policy on the use of Personal Data

It is's policy to comply fully with all relevant data protection legislation in the territories in which we operate, and we are on the United Kingdom Data Protection Register.

We request information from users for mailings. We use these details from time to time to send out material that we judge will be of interest to our users. However, please note the following:

We do not pass on your details to a third party.

We may run specific promotions in conjunction with third parties, but we would share only information gathered in the course of that specific promotion, and we will only work with partners who follow these guidelines.

Whenever we collect any information, you will always be given the option not to receive any mailings from us or anyone else.

If you ever do receive any mailing from us, it will contain clear, simple instructions for removing yourself from our database.

The only information we will ever keep on you is what you yourself give us.

We do not correlate your data with information from any other source.

If you ever want to review, correct or remove the information we have, just e-mail us, we will do it free of charge.

We take every reasonable measure to ensure that your data cannot be accessed by unauthorised personnel via our network or servers.

If you want to stop receiving our newsletter, send us an e-mail saying UNSUBSCRIBE.

David Ash –


Like most web publications we use affiliate schemes to generate income. Find out which companies we use here

Terms and Conditions – use of this site

David Ash trading as Clissold Trading disclaims all legal responsibility for the accuracy or otherwise of any information contained within this web site (comprising text and any attachments).

We endeavour to provide accurate information, however, due to the time sensitive nature of travel information, we cannot accept liability for the content of this site, nor for any transactions that occur based on that data.

All original materials Copyright 1999-2017 David Ash..

The use of any copyright terms or material is not a challenge to the ownership of those materials. All rights reserved.

No part of this web site may be reproduced, stored or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of David Ash.

Any opinions expressed are those only of David Ash.

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Information about David Ash, Editor,;

If you are going to Calais and need any advice, help or wish to be accompanied and shown around, please telephone. We are more than happy to help in return for a mention. Please don't make things up or concoct articles from old press cutting's – it's misleading for shoppers. Boobs include an Observer article mentioning Sainsbury's being in the foyer of Auchan Hypermarket (they moved in January 2002, and closed in July 2010), and in the Guardian mentioning Mammouth Hypermarket (taken over by Auchan years ago). Of course, they may have looked at a competitors web site. the most popular and visited web magazine for channel shoppers, with over 100,000 visitors a month.

I am constantly updating information and responding to visitors requests for more information, all of which is published on relevant site pages.

My knowledge of shopping in France and day-tripping is unsurpassed, built up over 11 years of travel and research. Short breaks is an area I am knowledgeable about.

My spoken French is more than adequate and in my opinion, necessary if writing about France.

I am always happy to publicise events or new developments in French towns or regions especially those frequented by short stay visitors and channel shoppers. The emphasis at is always on practical matters (how to, where, tips and advice).

I am able to advise on travel tips and shopping matters, a knowledge gained by responding to e-mails, doing research and a large cuttings library.

My areas of interest are;

SHOPPING IN FRANCE – Channel shopping, factory shopping, sales, shopping tips, day trips, booze cruise, duty free, chocolate, food in French supermarkets, beer, wine, spirits, prices, Customs and Excise, UKBA, tobacco and wine seizures by Customs.

FRANCE – Calais, Boulogne, Dunkirk, Lille and Reims. NORD / Pas de Calais, Picardie, Normandy, Brittany and Champagne.

TRAVEL – Ferries, PO Ferries, DFDS.

RAIL – Eurotunnel, Eurostar. BELGIUM – Adinkerke.

Thank you

David Ash

21 Hydethorpe Avenue, London. N9 9RS

January 2011 – Article by me in Candis Magazine about day-tripping (PDF) .

Public Relations

The Mustard Agency.

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Other useful info

French Search Engines

If the company is French, you may find more information about them by searching the net using


Annubel, a useful site with many links unavailable elsewhere.


Villorama, some useful information available.

Checking our links

Dead link checker. We use various methods of testing links (we have over 4,500!).


Translation of a French site

If you find a page in French or another language and want to translate it into English, simply paste the URL in the “http://” box contained on this page –

Google – language tools.


Should you mis type the URL you will be directed to our 404 page


If you cannot find what you want on our site using the methods listed above, e-mail us and we will do our best to help you.

Please note however, that we are not paid by any company or Tourist Board to act on their behalf and may not be in a position to assist. Where we can help we publish our findings on a relevant page so that others visitors can benefit.

We respond to your e-mails and advice and tips left on the message board by publishing the new information we have researched for you or found, on a relevant page.

Editor – David Ash

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  • (a reply) I do appreciate that the information was available on other pages, but I only looked at the Sunday shopping page. My intention was to help add to a very good resource web site.
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What can one say?

Your web site is far too complicated and busy. All I wanted was to look at timetable and available crossings and fares, but couldn't get to it!!!

Load of rubbish, I'm affraid

(our response pointed out that there is a menu, an internal search engine, and on every page links saying "on this page, and "Other pages")

i was on a tour and we stopped at the Calais mall, before arriving in Dover. The shop that I am trying to find is next to the perfume shop, and is across from a big wine and liquor shop. it is in a corner, next to door leading to the outside. They sell souvenir items, such as shirts and candy, and eiffel tower hats, which is what I am looking for. i was wondering if you could tell me what the name of that shop is. Thank you.

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