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  1. Brittany Ferries Fleet Pics

    Yes it's just a shame the third is ruined by that prison-exercise yard/oversized shopping trolley up top. Ed.
  2. HMS Queen Elizabeth

    I saw going to suggest you switch your booking to St Malo but then saw on the timetable that she runs in the opposite direction on Monday nights. It really isn't your month for ferry crossings, is it? Perhaps they should divert the Monday sailings to Cherbourg instead of Caen to save time and use the shorter crossings to stick to the timetable better. You'll be lucky to get 5 hours sleep with those published timings. But at least you'll be home with in 10 minutes of leaving the port. Ed.
  3. Baie de Seine Seakeeping

    DFDS = Dock in Front, Don't Stop! Ed
  4. Toll Road Petrol

    There's nothing to apologise for. I'm really pleased that it does work. I can't see the logic either unless it's designed to boost spending in rural towns that were thriving until the building of the motorway robbed them of their through-traffic business. So you could save €1.20 over the three trips or double that if you do a return journey. Over the course of a year that's not bad. I don't travel enough on the motorways to test the theory myself but I guess a Mappy simulation will reveal the savings. Thanks. Ed.
  5. Butter shortage

    The other factor, mentioned by the article from the Economist, is that the big supermarkets negotiate every February with the producers and fix prices per kilo etc for the following 12 months. They don't however fix the quantities involved so when demand is high and supply is low the shops can't raise prices for customers and pay more for the butter so subsequently the manufactures sell their stock to Germany etc who are willing to pay higher prices. Hence the current problem. Production may be slightly down but there is still plenty being made in France. The problem is that is all being sold overseas. Ed.
  6. Butter shortage

    I normally warn people to stock up on fuel before coming too France but this time it's butter. Really it's: "I can't believe there's no butter"! The country is currently suffering a soft-spread shortage. See attached photo taken last Saturday. Perhaps Chris in Roscoff or Colin in St Malo can confirm it, but here in the Loire Valley most shops have completely run out. My first thought would be to 'make more butter' but clearly that hasn't occurred to President and Elle et Vire etc. So if you are heading over to France on holiday, make sure you come prepared.
  7. BF Refits 2017-18

    I remember the lies in my childhood about the tooth-fairy, not pulling funny faces on a windy day and that the French only discovered underarm - deodorant in the mid-80s, but the one about the ferry to Roscoff never made it as far as Hampshire! If you really do want to get off in Roscoff you will need to put on an orange boiler-suit, liberally smear your face with grease and change your name to Jean-Claude. Then you might be able to sneak ashore with the rest of the crew. Let us know how you get on! Ed.
  8. Toll Road Petrol

    That's weird that my link defaulted to the Belgian site. Probably because the cookies were set that way as the last time I used it was to find fuel for someone heading down to Austria skiing after leaving the ferry in Dunkerque and they wanted to avoid the French motorway tolls. I have also not tested this theory, but people tell me that if you come off the toll roads to get fuel in a nearby town and have a nice lunch etc (rather than a motorway sandwich) and then rejoin the tool road, the total price you pay for two sectors is in fact less than a single stretch. Does anyone know if that really is true? Ed
  9. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    But it might be the last (not this year but when it comes to awarding future contracts) if there has been a significant impact on operational activities and a subsequent financial loss. Ed.
  10. Toll Road Petrol

    In France? Yes plenty. I'd estimate you'll find one every 30 or 40 kilometres. But they are likely to be around 10% more expensive than the same company would be in town and perhaps 15% more than a supermarket. You might like to try this website : https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://carbu.com/belgique/index.php/autoroute&ved=0ahUKEwj_so7y9r7XAhVEPxoKHWAxB8IQFgglMAA&usg=AOvVaw1u8qjWdYseoZCV2kI3Ho10 Ed.
  11. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    Well if there isn't a problem with the ship itself then there must have either been a problem with the ability of the yard to do the work as scheduled or the parts they needed to change on board were not delivered on time from the supplier. Ed.
  12. BF Refits 2017-18

    What? I didn't say anything. I'm trying to find the emoticons for 'indignant' and 'victimised'. Ed😤
  13. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    I don't think anybody has yet found out. She did have problems with her stabilisers a couple of years ago so whether this is a repeat of that, or something completely different, who knows. But the fact she is back in the dock suggests they are either replacing something they removed or fitting a newly ordered part following her first visit. Ed.
  14. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    How much can she shave off that by taking a short cut through the canal? Ed
  15. SAILING UPDATES: 2017 Latest News

    Interesting question. Unfortunately I don't know the answer but I'm sure someone will. My guess would be that the owner undertakes any repairs relating to the seaworthiness of the vessel so she can be recertified to carry passengers etc. Any work on her propulsion system etc would perhaps come out of the running costs budget so that would be the current user, except where those systems have been provided with a warranty for the duration of the charter. And any interior upgrades and refits would be paid for by the ferry operator, with the approval of the owner if it involves major structural changes like the addition or removal of cabins, lifts or ramps. If however the vessel was due to be returned to the owner within say 12/18 months then I suppose they might split the costs as both would benefit. From memory it took Etretat at least 2 days to reach Gdansk so presumably we should see her preparing to sail sometime next Sunday if she is to make it back in time to restore and begin sailings on the 21st November. Ed.