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  1. It's interesting that between photos 6 and 7 there appears to be one missing showing the central (and troublesome) mid-section. Ed.
  2. It doesn't look very positive, does it? Ed.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Maybe they are planning to tow the old Cowes chain ferry back for scrap. Plus the old berth 4 from PIP and any other junk they can find lying around. Ed
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    Poole - Cherbourg - Portsmouth

    I think the only source of official Tour merchandise is via this website: https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://boutique.letour.fr/&ved=2ahUKEwjMseHh19_cAhWr4IUKHR6jDYgQFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw3fy5UIv3RzuXiVDFEzbPFG or the mobile kiosks which are set up in each start and finish town on race days. Individual teams may also sell their merchandise on their websites and the sponsors, like Carrefour, may well be offering some branded kit too. I've seen team-branded shirts in Intersport in the past but only a very limited range. Ed.
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    Cargo ship capsizes in Channel

    After turning her back upright, and removing all the pollutants in the hull, they started breaking her up in Le Havre yesterday. https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/le-havre-76600/reportage-le-havre-le-britannica-hav-definitivement-quitte-la-mer-5913784 Ed.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Is that the code name for their next vessel, until they get around to organising a naming competition? Ed.
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    French Cycling Road Sign

    Cyclists can turn right (with caution) into the flow of traffic (or appropriate cycle lane) even if the red light is showing but can't go straight ahead or turn left. Ed.
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    CI Inter-Island Service

    This new service is currently experiencing problems as one of the two vessels (Granville) is tied up alongside due to a serious engine problem. The part needed is being shipped in from the USA but she is unlikely to return to service until the 18th August. All their crossings from Carteret and Dielette appear to have been cancelled and the second vessel (Victor Hugo) is now doing the runs from Granville to the islands as a replacement. https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/granville-50400/manche-le-granville-toujours-en-panne-5907406&ved=2ahUKEwj30ezCktHcAhVDgRoKHSHLCSoQFjAFegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw3BFQpVFjJWR9UxYxSAwmi1 The inter-island service is presumably also being severely affected and it will therefore be interesting to see if the contract is renewed for next year. Ed
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    NOVA CRUISES: Nova Star

    The most recent report on that website suggests a lot of the ship's systems are 'not as required', 'inoperative' or 'unsafe'. I'm unable to download a copy to post here but you can search and read it on the site. They may be easily rectifyable problems but it's possible that under her previous charter to the Moroccan ferry company they skipped some routine maintenance and did not replace or update equipment as regularly as they should have meaning the cost of doing so has now become prohibitive. Ed.
  10. This one was a simple van-conversion based, somewhat ironically, on a Renault Trafic! Ed.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    I think it's Alf Pollack. Ed.
  12. I was following one yesterday here in Normandy and at every roundabout (and there are many) the driver went around in first gear at the speed of a geriatric worm. I don't know why such a (lack of) speed was necessary but I had visions of unsecured cupboards inside flying open (Benny Hill style) and crockery crashing to the floor. And all the while the obligatory shih-tzu would be scrabbling around on the faux-parquet for grip as the driver's similarly coiffured lady-friend tried to rescue her 'little baby'. Luckily the driver, from the south of France, turned left allowing me and the rest of Normandy to continue on our way. Ed.
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    2018/2019 Xmas & New Year Cruises - Confirmed

    If it does happen again then I suspect they will abandon the idea for good. Let's hope that's not the case. Ed.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Unless they are relaunching W B Yeats, in which case VIP stands for Vexed Irish Passengers. Ed.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Well there is a big one sitting just outside the hall doors while a team of Germans and Poles hack , cut and saw bits of steel off her. Ed.