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  1. Cabin-boy

    Brexit effect on BF

    This thread is about the Brexit effect on BF overall. Not about the bridges in Poole. Or Bar(the sun shines out of my funnel)fleur specifically. She is (I would guess) the least used, least profitable member of the fleet, serving the two least-well-connected towns on the network and subsequently the least important when it comes to BF policy post-Brexit. I understand your devotion to the town and will be very willing to read anything you post if the title and/or body of the text contains the word 'will' and not 'could', 'may' or 'might'. Until that time I personally would prefer we stick to facts and not speculation and let BF put out their own press releases (as cited in the OP) rather than rely on the local press to tell us what they think is going to happen. Ed
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    The alternative view could be that 'the idiots over here' (as you so delicately put it) are unable to do any better due to EU meddling in how we invest in business, educate our children, award contracts, admit economic migrants etc. Ed.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    In the same way you have chosen to ignore the referendum result perhaps? 😀 Ed.
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    Brexit effect on BF

    Somehow this thread seems to have become fixated on Poole (once again) but seeing as how the town overwhelmingly voted in favour of leaving the EU perhaps we can forgive the transgression this time. 😀 Ed.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Not exactly : https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/unsubstantiated&ved=2ahUKEwia5diJjpreAhVrgM4BHSsRAdgQFjADegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw2BBXzSuIm8QQzIUH3bZlOn Ed
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Of course the government won't say it's a load of rubbish, just in case it's true. And they won't say it's true unless they bother looking too closely, and why would they? DUP party funding doesn't concern them. No other party will cry fowl as then their funding may also be scrutinised more closely. I'm no more interested in where the DUP gets its cash from than I am in where Sein Fein get theirs. It's irrelevant to what is happening today. One free of EU interference there might be the opportunity for the political system to be overhauled, and funding may well be more closely monitored as part of that, and the electorate may well decide for themselves who can no longer be trusted. Ed.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    If nobody was really interested in the (unsubstantiated) story back in May 2017 I doubt they are now, except of course for those grasping at straws to find any possible way to overturn the referendum. If you believe something illegal has taken place then go to the police with your suspicions but, aside from the fact that Saudi affairs are currently in the headlines, this article has very little relevance to the current Brexit negotiations. Ed.
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    Bretagne 20/10/18

    Again today, both Condor sailings (Liberation and Rapide) left twenty minutes early which got me back to Jersey earlier than planned and crucially back to France and so made my 1.5 hour drive back to Laval more bearable. Many thanks to the company, if they are reading this, for another well run and efficient service. Two other good points (to compensate for a slightly sore rear end after 110 kms in two days) were: 1) the pod of dolphins leaping out of the water just outside the St Peter Port breakwater (I'll try to post the photos later). And 2) the terminal car park at St Malo being free for the two days due to the ticket machine not working on my arrival yesterday morning. The woman who answered the interphone opened the barrier remotely for me and assured me their cameras would sort everything out when I left. This evening the man who answered simply opened the barrier and let me drive out saving me €24. If they send the bill to my home address I'll let you know, but fingers crossed. Ed.
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    DFDS Newhaven to Dieppe service

    I do hope not as it's a very useful, low cost alternative. Ed.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Why would you need to turn out to support something that has already been decided? Ed.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Maybe, but given the numbers who supposedly turned out compared to those who voted, it's pretty poor. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36612916&ved=2ahUKEwiC3M65r5feAhVEVhoKHZedCtsQFjAAegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw1GpzjFAr0v1ODkELvc8amw&ampcf=1 Unless of course they either didn't understand what they were voting for or no longer care and it's now just a core bunch of remain suporters trying to suggest there are more people on their side backing a further referendum, or wishing to overturn the decision, than there really are. Ed.
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    Bretagne 20/10/18

    Condor Rapide and Liberation were both early leaving and arriving yesterday and the communication from the company was excellent. Interestingly (for me at least), when Liberation arrived in Guernsey and we were disembarking, a 4x4 pulled up on the linkspan and disgorged two guys in wetsuits who started pulling on airtanks etc. I assume Condor have people on standby in case of suspected nets around the propeller etc. I didn't notice any problems on the crossing but it suggests they are taking no chances. I did over 50 kms on my bike yesterday and can really recommend cycling on the islands if you keep off the main drags and stick to the green lanes and coastal roads. This is the view from my hotel's breakfast room this morning. Can't really complain. Ed.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    The numbers claimed by protest organisers and the police always differ greatly. Take a look at some of the French Union marches. The numbers can be up to 10 times greater on one side than the other. The French police have developed very good techniques for get accurate numbers by funneling marchers down narrow streets. Ed.
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    Bretagne 20/10/18

    A shot of Bretagne approaching St Malo this morning taken from Condor Rapide while on my way to Jersey and Guernsey for the weekend. Ed,
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    Ferry collision

    There have been reports of oil, suspected of coming from the damaged container vessel, washing up on beaches in the Var department of southern France. The first sightings were on the beach at Ramatuelle near St Tropez and yesterday on the island of Porquerolles which is part of a natural maritime park ( and well worth a visit if you are in the area). Ed.
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