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  1. When Barf gets into Poole from an overnighter from Cherbourg at 07.00 she is only in port a short while to allow disembarkation and to load up again for her 08.30 departure back again. Pelican is usually anchored out in the bay on her days and she waits for Barfleur to come out of the harbour then she goes in, they pass each other. Cotentin did the same, as did Norman Asturias when she served Poole. So overnighters from Cherbourg don’t affect Pelican. Agreed! So why the overnight crossings which, I think, have only been a place for a couple of years?
  2. As a regular user of Barfleur (living in Poole helps) I've never used its cabins. The 0830 sailing from Poole and the 1830 return from Cherbourg make them unecessary for many passengers and I've always noticed just how many of the cars it's carrying have registrations (beginning H, W, R or O) that suggest their owners live within a couple of hours drive from Poole. Totally unscientific of course and obvously the registration isn't a perfect indicator of what part of the country it's based in. The three (?) overnight crossings a week from Cherbourg create a different situation and I've often wondered why BF has them. Presumably to give Pelican access to the berth?
  3. Brittany Ferries Poole-Cherbourg timetable shows Connemara standing in for Bafleur from 25 November until 31 December. Barfleur comes back on 3 January.
  4. We've usually taken advantage of the 'up to 24 hoursin France' offers for £50, sailing from Poole and 0830 and returning on the 1830 from Cherbourg the next evening. With Barfleur's current sailing patterns this is no longer possible but twice this year we've sailed from Poole at 0830 on Monday and returned on Friday evening. The first of these trips (in March) was £128 for the two of us and the car, and £138 when we repeated the exercise last week. Excellent value!
  5. It's long been a characteristic of the 'Left' that they march. No idea why, it seldom, if ever, results in a change to government policy.
  6. Not even an audible warning you can set? How about your GPS (assuming you have one)? Can that be set to alert you? Ed. No - we bought it new in 2012 and driven it to places such as Burgundy and the Algarve. But it is the most basic model and has been excellent value for money. NO GPS, though. I shall be ultra-careful next week when we drive from Cherbourg to Amboise (and back!)
  7. The first was for 5 September on the RN147 going south and the second was three days later, going north on the same road. The third was also on 5 September but on the A10 near Tours. Our Hyundai doesn't have anything as sophisticated as a speed limiter or a digital speedo. It's actually been a brilliant little car.
  8. I've had three in the past three days. All for last September and the times, dates and places are all correct. Like other people , I was a few miles per hour over the limit and, again like others, wearing my distance glasses, I can't read the kilometres on the speedo. I'm usually pretty good at converting the metric speeds to imperial, and the car's only a Hyundai i10, but i shall now be ultra careful when nextb in France (which just happens to be next week!).
  9. Not sure if this is the correct thread for this but did anyone else notice that on today's A New Life in the Sun (Channel 4), they had the Pont Aven sailing to Santander from Southampton, and the voice-over said it three times.
  10. I've been surprised how many cars do not have the EU symbol on their number plates, many of them pre-dating the referendum.
  11. Jersey is not part of the EU but their citizens seem not to need an International Driving Licence when travelling in France.
  12. Of course I don't know what the future will be, and didn't claim to.
  13. As usual, it has the word 'may' in it. 'Could' and 'might' are also used in these scare stories from desperate 'Remain' sources, in this case DtP civil servants. Looking at the original story, it says that it's British people living inthe EU who 'may' have to take a driving test, not visitors.
  14. Why would you need a visa? They weren't necessary before we joined the EEC, except for communist countries such as Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Drove to or through both of those in the 1960s and getting a visa was very simple. We just sent our passports to their embassy(s) in London with a small fee and they came back by return. As young people at the time, we regarded it as part of the 'glamour' of overseas travel.
  15. The DUP are interested in one thing and one thing only preventing a united Ireland at any cost whatsoever. That's their raison d'etre.
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