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  • Birthday 12/02/1957

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  1. Not only learning off the UK, but following the Isle of Wight. This is ours https://goo.gl/maps/EJZPiyL1Wtqmhgfd9. Also nicknamed the "peanut-about"! I think we should have a carpark for spectators, too!😂
  2. Lowered on a cradle, on a submerging dock: - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cumbria-27483748/hms-artful-time-lapse-video-shows-submarine-entering-water
  3. I was on one a few years ago in a high wind and sea state. We went accross from East Cowes almost to the Beaulieu River estuary, then we went "astern" along the coast to Calshot, before going forwards again up Southampton Water. I was was told this was to prevent the ship being broadside to the waves as it made the turns which would cause a lot of rolling motion. By reversing it always stayed head into the sea and remained more comfortable.
  4. It's still on iPlayer for a few more days https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00087lz. Watched it when it was broadcast, even Mrs PSU was captivated. I don't think either of us had realised that one man was responsible for all that artwork, as there are so many different styles. Always enjoyed looking at it (them?) on our trips on her over the last decade.
  5. My boy made those! The quick release mooring hooks, that is! http://www.strainstall.com/load-monitoring-products/mooring-and-towing-products/quick-release-mooring-hooks/ And we enjoy watching them operate on every crossing.
  6. Which reminds me, seeing I started this, this is what the locals think in Clisson!
  7. Will it have seemed strange, a fortnight in the sun, without the son in tow this year?
  8. The annual trek to the Vendée is on! (Wightlink permitting, of coarse!) Just Mr and Mrs PSUPete this year. 23yr old son wants to go way up north with his mates, I believe Scotland was mentioned. Can't say I blame him, we've enjoyed a over a decade holidaying in France with him and his friends.
  9. I see the French government have voted a potential return of the 80kph limit to 90kph. https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/France-votes-on-a-potential-return-to-90-kph-from-80-kph-speed-limit-on-some-roads. What's the current situation? We're off to the Vendée next week and don't want to get caught out. We were there last year just after the change to 80 and it seemed most locals ignored it, or weren't aware, as the speed limit signs hadn't been changed.
  10. Manual mirror folding on my 2013 Passat 😞
  11. You can press the key's lock button twice to disable the interior monitor and anti-tow, and also the deadlocks but leave the anti-theft alarm on. See Page 117 of the manual. This is the same as my 2013 Passat which is derived from the Touran apparently, the same as the Alhambra. I often use the double press if I want to leave the windows down for ventilation, but tend to use the button on the B-pillar on the ferries.
  12. Travelling back from the Vendée on Bastille Day, hopefully everyone else will be heading towards the coast at the start of the French holidays. Overnighting in St.Malo, so will join in the celebrations in the Intra-Muros/harbour area with fireworks on the beach, I expect.
  13. Annual holiday to the Vendée. Hoping to catch a bit of the opening stage of Le Tour de France as it appears to be going along the road behind the holiday parc we are staying in. Crit Air sticker fitted (to passenger side) just in case!
  14. And now I'm even more confused. I just saw an article in Complete France Magazine dated 16 Feb 18: - http://www.completefrance.com/travel/the-vehicle-stickers-you-need-to-buy-before-driving-in-paris-1-4995613 This says - "All drivers (including foreign drivers) in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Lille, Toulouse and Annecy must now display these Crit’Air stickers on their windscreen or risk a fine of up to €135." No mention of the new environmental zones. This possibly explains why imprimerie hasn't heard anything in La Roche s/Yon.
  15. The €4.80 is probably a good investment considering the fine for not having one is €70, just on the off-chance it is in force should we happen to end up in La Roche-sur-Yon or Poitiers.
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