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  2. Well, they can’t both be right! 🤣
  3. https://mobile.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/la-grande-bretagne-et-l-ue/brexit-la-compagnie-francaise-brittany-ferries-constate-une-baisse-de-9-dans-le-detroit-du-pas-de-calais-cet-ete_3586185.html#xtref=acc_dir The Breton shipping company has already observed a drop in the number of visitors to its lines, while the prospect of a Brexit without agreement is becoming more and more plausible. "On the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, which is the main tool for transmanche transport, whether in freight or passenger, it seems to be around -8 to -9% over the summer," said Thursday August 22 on franceinfo Jean-Marc Roué, president of Brittany Ferries, Breton shipping company and first employer of sailors in France. France is preparing for the "no deal" on October 31, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Paris Thursday to talk Brexitwith Emmanuel Macron . Franceinfo: Did you observe this summer a Brexit effect in terms of frequenting your lines? Jean-Marc Roué : Yes. Knowing that the Brexit was to intervene on March 29, we had a budget that already showed a deterioration of the volume transported. Our forecasts were fair, as we had planned 90,000 fewer passengers and we will be a little over 100,000 fewer trips. All lines are concerned, even if there are more affected lines than others. The English begin to leave their territory less. On the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, where most of the cross-Channel transport takes place, whether freight or passenger, it seems to be around -8 to -9% over the summer season. The second point is that companies trading on the Channel trade all trade in sterling. And the pound sterling has already begun to devalue in June 2016 [the Brexit referendum was held on June 23, 2016] to reach today a low point at 1.09. In February 2016, a few months before the referendum, the pound was at 1.35. Specifically for Brittany Ferries, in addition to the volume of business, we have a shortfall around 25 to 30 million euros per year since June 2016. The consequences are real. Have you noticed any consequences for employment? The Brittany Ferries company, following the 2008 crisis, was heavily reformed [after the economic crisis in Europe, Brittany Ferries had cut wages and increased working time in order to improve its competitiveness]. I made decisions at times that were salutary decisions. What makes Brittany Ferries able to maintain its lines, its volume of business and its fleet still a few years. Very concretely, no, today there is no impact on employment. We are rather looking for opportunities, especially for the destination Ireland, which will be completely isolated from the European territory. The Republic of Ireland has been a perfect pupil of the European Union, there is no reason today that the European Union loose in the middle of the Irish Sea without finding solutions allowing it to hang on to the European territory. This is a bit of the opportunity we took last year at Brittany Ferries. Our strategy is more boats, more capacity, and concretely last year we doubled our departures from France to the Republic of Ireland and we launched an innovative line, since it did not exist, between the peninsula Iberian and Ireland directly by the sea. You follow closely the evolutions around the Brexit, what do you hope that Emmanuel Macron sets as rules with Boris Johnson? We are technicians, operational people. The Brexit problem is a political problem. This is not a technical problem, we in France are ready for a hard Brexit. If Brexit materializes, you will have stronger controls for goods and people. Does the state and the Brittany region do the necessary thing in terms of investment? Completely. The Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI) set up a computer system that was tested to see if the interactions with our computer system were compatible. It works. We'll do full-scale tests in September, once the summer passenger is back in Britain.
  4. Well, he also said that this was because of a failure to install necessary infrastructure, which I agree is scandalous (we’ve only had 3 years!). But when the money is made available to deal with this (which I am sure it will be) it will become a soluble problem so probably just of short-term relevance. Plymouth already has long delays when disembarking a full ship - the customs and immigration infrastructure is already inadequate and in need of upgrading.
  5. I worked out of Eemshaven for the best part of a year, what a soul less, miserable, bleak place it is, and that’s during the summer, you don’t want to be going there in the winter.
  6. Quite relevant the long delays he’s expecting at the port as well.
  7. Gareth

    Cheese

    It’s almost a room temperature fondue!
  8. Ok, thanks. 95% of that was political, but the bit that was of potential relevance to BF is his forecast that Brexit might see a 50% increase in traffic using ferries at Plymouth. Presumably he is expecting this to be traffic moving west from the Dover Straits rather than new custom (?). Difficult to see how this spread west would get as far as Plymouth in those sorts of numbers, but if true then that sounds like potentially excellent news for BF. I wonder whether the expected increase in traffic will be of a level that would bring the return of Plymouth-Roscoff to a 2-ship service back on the table?
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  12. Interesting news, although you would expect it to be freight oriented. The Netherlands is a great country but Emshaven does nit have the pull of Amsterdam or Rotterdam.
  13. Dinner on a summer evening on the terrace at the Manoir de la Regate on the edge of Nantes was well above anything we have experienced before. Might some of you be tempted ?
  14. The picture from Chris is making me salivate, the best Camembert is made with raw milk. Calvados is also good for Cider and Calvados plus there is lots of seafood available (for the wife). A perfect area to eat and drink well !
  15. The one thing that French cheese does not normally do well is grate.
  16. This constant need to come up with puns is really starting to grate. Ed.
  17. neilcvx

    Cheese

    Where the photo comes from, it really is worth a visit who doesn’t love a cheese bar? I have to say I love a ripe creamy Brie also a nice Morbier and if I’m getting cheddar withdrawals sometimes a nice cheap Comte does the trick. Theres a great Fromagier in Plérin if anybody is down that way you can miss it. There was an explosion in a cheese factory nearby there was de-Brie everywhere.
  18. I can feel some cheesy puns brewing - Ed, are you Stilton your main course? Lucky old you David, a beautiful part of France and all 3 of those cheeses stink to high heaven if aged correctly ... Here’s part of my lunch today, à camembert running in all directions ...🙀 Chris
  19. neilcvx

    Hotel Kyriad

    It’s a shame it doesn’t have a proper restaurant as it’s a nice wee relaxing spot after a long drive and not too far from the terminal , there’s a wee Tabac just up the road which is nice I went there for coffee about 8am and a couple of workmen came in for there calvados and coffee.
  20. We have a flat in Dives sur Mer which is in Calvados; the 3 AOC cheeses from this Department are Camembert, Livarot & Pont l'eveque. These are really good soft cheeses, however I often take some Cheddar from the UK to balance them ! There is a factory in Livrarot that gives a really good (and free) tour.
  21. Khaines

    Cheese

    Got to admit my favourite cheese is Emmental, best one is from M&S. Got into that last trip when I got some out of the self service on Barf, and was trying out the new rolls - making cheese butties. Nearest and nicest Emmental I have found is the M&S one. Goes nice with the Isigny beurre I get from Sainsbury’s...👍
  22. BobCrox

    Cheese

    Wash the inside of the coolbox with vinegar.
  23. My favorite is one called 'St Florentin', but it only seems available in Burgundy - I tried bringing some home to UK once in a cool box, but it went very crusty and hard! It's delicious for supper with baguette, green apple and a glass of fruity red. Any tips for transporting cheese?
  24. Is it not more probable that an operator might charter a ship from Stena RoRo? I follow Stena Line on LinkedIn and have asked them a couple of times why they don't re-instate a route between the UK & Scandinavia (knowing what the answer will be). I wouldn't bother but when they post things about the virtues of ferry travel, and sponsor events promoting Sweden, I conclude that they are Inviting such a question
  25. Haha , no it’s fine a common mistake and one which the company made as well.
  26. That’s what I like to see.....nothing like a bit of self-correction! 😃 Do you want me to edit the original Neil?
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