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  2. https://www.letelegramme.fr/france/brittany-ferries-on-vient-de-nous-mettre-le-second-genou-a-terre-14-08-2020-12598674.php Both legs broken with a baseball bat.
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  4. According to reports Stenaare going to push her and try to arrive in Harwich before 4am to beat the quarintine deadline for passengers. Should be doable, as many of you know she arrives earlier than her designated destination time anyway (around 04:30). Keep a track on her on AIS! It had caused some controversy amongst enthusiasts but I am all for it. Fingers crossed for all involved.
  5. The company makes money and with 3 new vessels on the way has a bright future. As with all businesses, especially in hospitality they (the majority) will ride it out and bounce back. On a side note I have been very impressed with Tallink and the way they diversified and have handled the situation with various new routes and special cruises. Although BF is an entirely different company people should look at them and what they have done it has been impressive. Stay positive. L’Q.
  6. Just got back having sailed on Bretagne and Normandie. Both had fresh croissants and petit pain. Interesting to see the two different approaches (one guarded the entrance and insisted on using hand sanitizer, the other not). No main restaurant open. Was disappointed no steak available in the self service but the lamb stew was tasty. Something like 4-5 Hot options plus the usual array of cakes and tarts
  7. We are missing our ferry trips this year, and my daughter is desperate for the green Pistachio and Cranberry layered gateau/cake that is generally served as one of many desserts on the buffet table in Le Flora and Les Abers (it may also be available on other ships!). Does anyone know where I can get this BF speciality - or a recipe for it? A little inside knowledge would make someone very happy!
  8. . How can the company continue to trade when passengers are draining away, reluctant to travel not just from fear of covid-19, but from reluctance to undergo quarantine? We've travelled twice, more recently three times, a year to France and N Spain for as long as BF has been running. Add to that the regular school trips with two bus-loads of teenagers off to Caen twice a year, plus formal exchange visits, there have been years when I've been on the ferries a dozen times. I once was in charge of a visit by two dozen Devon & Cornwall Police officers to the Police Nationale in Caen and the Gendarmerie in Bayeux. An unforgettable trip! They were an interesting change from controlling teenagers... Please, please, please, Brittany Ferries, we need you!
  9. I was about 11 years of age and keen on plane spotting. Any way we flew to Tenerife with Court line on a TriStar the company went bust while we were out there & Freddie Laker rescued us with a DC10 as a young kid keen on airplanes this was magic. Don't know why but I liked the Tristar better. Mods please feel fee to delete my off topic ramblings.
  10. Yep, let down badly by RollsRoyce. The TriStar had so much redundancy and back up it was possible to disconnect pilot and copilot controls and still fly the plane. Airbus went the other way. Neither pilot can see or feel what the other pilot is doing with his "out of sight" joystick- or thrust levers that have no relationship with the amount of power delivered. Progress? It also had direct lift control where instead of the nose bobbing up and down on approach giving constantly changing attitudes/speeds the lift was gained or dumped. Way ahead of its time. Stu
  11. Unfortunately the inevitable has happened, and I agree the government's imposition of quarantine is knee jerk - possibly they thought it would help to right some of the previous wrongs, but it will take a lot longer to right those wrongs! Surely giving them the weekend would of been sensible, and would likely have a limited effect on the infection rate. Your suggestion of test-quarantine-retest is also sensible, and with little financial support for those required to quarantine it would be a sensible solution for all involved. It would allow for individuals to safely return to work following holiday, thus allowing the economy to continue to re-open/re-build.
  12. Wasn't the TriStar where the fan hit the sh*t?
  13. A mixture of testing and quarantine might be a sensible idea? Get tested before return to UK, quarantine on arrival, test X number of days later? And, sorry, regardless of my son's plight, I think overnight imposition of quarantine is knee jerk and trying to make government look decisive.
  14. The Celtic player was certainly issued with a fixed penalty notice by Police Scotland but that was under the quarantine law so not sure in the Aberdeen case as I think it was classed as guidance at the time.
  15. Can/will the perpetrators be prosecuted - and can they plead the Cummings amendment?
  16. When I did a lot of US travel [work-related] in the 70s, I would always look for a Ten-eleven if possible. A smoother flight than any other aircraft – I'm sure straightfeed can remind us what the technolgy was. Such a shame that it was not bought by more operators, but Boeing was able to offer better financial terms because of its range of different models. Later I worked on PR and marketing with the engineering team behind the RAF tanker conversions, although I was never able to fly in one. These days I've had my fill of airports and air travel – rail and sea are my preferred modes of travel.
  17. At least some good had come of the Scottish football debacle .
  18. They were all in on Tuesday down here in the Borders .
  19. I don't suppose their headteachers will be too impressed with their staff putting themselves into this situation when they knew they would be expected back at work. It's not as if the warning signs weren't there.
  20. The advice that BF has been giving on Twitter has been to amend your booking to a future date (assuming that your ticket is amendable) and to then amend it again once you know what you want to do.
  21. Schools in Scotland are back This week has been a phased return for the majority, with only certain year groups in each day, but from the beginning of next week the schools will be back in full. I know a family, the parents are both teachers, who returned from Spain 12 days ago so the parents and children have all missed the start of term; how many teachers in other parts of the UK will be in a similar position returning from France?
  22. Unless your employer is Celtic FC.
  23. Marco Polo is a regular visitor to Cork and I love photographing her. Hopefully she manages to survive the current crisis and will sail again, Couple of pics of her arriving and departing on 27th August 2015
  24. The change in death numbers is to apparently correct mis-recording of COVID deaths since the start where you were recorded of dying from COVID if you had a positive test sometime in the past. This meant that no matter what the cause or length of time since the test, you had died of COVID. The change, which means England matches Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, alters the length of time to 28 days, so technically any death with 28 days of a positive test is a COVID death. This then leads to the bizarre claims of no deaths, look at us aren't we doing well in the league tables in some perverse form of COVID championship, when actually the situation is not as good as spun. For example, is how Scotland in the daily briefings claims no deaths, but last time I looked the Scottish NRS actually had 5 COVID deaths in that week, but had died 29 days or more after the test e.g due to being on a ventilator. That is not zero. And of course all these figures come out sometimes weeks after the event, so never mind being todays chip paper, the news has well and truly been recycled into loo roll. The example you give above wouldn't have mattered as if there had been a positive test in the previous 28 days, the death would be recorded as COVID technically. And the example conflates process and results in a loose all encompassing question. The actual death was due to internal injuries, the route to the injuries is separate, rarely one straightforward reason. Deaths should be recorded more accurately as having COVID does not mean you are going to die directly from it, nor does having it in the past mean that is the main cause of death now or in future. The real story is not the level of COVID death anyway, death just makes good dramatic headlines for the MSM (edit: Main Stream Media not the BF ferry) to incorrectly bandy about like cheap confectionary. There are far greater harms being done due to and in the name of SARS-CoV-2 / COVID. Getting back from France to beat the quarantine when it has been on the cards from the easing of the travel ban seems like very first world problems. If they are there now then haven't they been exposed anyway, so if serious, quarantine should start when announced. You know the situation, you accept the risks ...
  25. Data from Brittany Ferries Spanish services suggests travellers may continue to sail, despite quarantine restrictions Passengers must not to travel to Brittany Ferries ports today (Friday 14 August) without a reservation. More info: https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus Only one in five travellers to Spain has amended or cancelled their travel plans since imposition of quarantine Travellers are making informed decisions based on better understanding of risks and measures to protect themselves and their families Data suggests most Brits may still be determined to take a break abroad after extended lock down period Quarantine restrictions on those holidaying with Brittany Ferries in France and Spain this summer are not good news for the company or its passengers. However, there is some evidence that traditional British stoicism is alive and well, and that many passengers are making an informed personal decision to travel even in the face of quarantine restrictions. Earlier this week, when interviewed on potential new quarantine measures, chancellor Rishi Sunak advised travellers “to take everything into account and to make the best decisions they can in uncertain times”. Data from reservations on Brittany Ferries’ Spanish routes suggests that large numbers have already heeded this advice, and are taking a measured, personal decision to continue with their travel plans. Since quarantine was imposed on those returning from Spain, Brittany Ferries has continued to run services connecting Portsmouth and Plymouth with Santander and Bilbao. In that period only around one in five of those who booked to travel has cancelled or changed their travel plans. The majority have carried on sailing. “Imposing quarantine from those arriving from France is of course bad news for Brittany Ferries and passengers,” said Christophe Mathieu CEO Brittany Ferries. “However, after six months of the Covid crisis it appears that many of our predominantly-British customers are determined to have their summer holiday abroad. “Of course, we are all better informed about the crisis than we were in May or June and appreciate both the risks of infection and the measures we must take to protect ourselves and others. Social distancing, mask wearing and regular hand washing are now habits that we have started to adopt as a routine, whether on board Brittany Ferries’ ships, at home or in a holiday destination. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining their determination to get away.” Brittany Ferries says that it understands that quarantine may be a tool used to combat the spread of Covid-19. However, it believes measures must always be proportional to the risk, enabling people to travel to and from lower risk areas within different countries this summer. It is also reminding customers visiting France and Spain that basic health protection is still afforded by EHIC cards (European Health Insurance Cards). These remain valid until the end of 2020. Brittany Ferries will closely follow forward demand over the coming weeks. Before today’s news it expected to carry around 240,000 passengers this summer. That compares with around 780,000 for a normal year, a consequence of lockdowns, restrictions on travel and capacity limits on ships. The company has warned of potential changes to schedules at the end of the summer, if forward demand falls to levels that means services become unsustainable.
  26. We'll never know the number of 'transmissions' and possibly lives saved by these obviously unpopular and 'inconvenient' quarantines, and a stampede to get home quick certainly won't help. Hey-ho - you pay your money and take your chance!
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