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  1. Cabin-boy

    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    The Condor Rapide was able to sail from St Malo to Jersey today as planned so I can only assume that the strike has now ended and that PA will be running as usual this evening. 🤞 Ed.
  2. Cabin-boy

    Fire on Wight Sky

    Maybe, but as we are doing wild speculation I thought I'd have a go too (on another miserable, rainy day in pre-revolution France). Option 3 means 'unexpectedly or surprisingly linked to the previous two fires' (something they didn't expect to discover in common) and option 4 means 'surprisingly not linked' (a completely new factor which had not even been suspected possible prior to these three fires). All we can hope for is that the report and action plan get published before the next one which given the current trend (11-month gap, then 4-month gap) is due sometime at the end of January. Ed.
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    Fire on Wight Sky

    Well there are clearly 4 options: - Possibly related - Possibly unrelated - Impossibly related - Impossibly unrelated It gives them something to go on for now, although as it's the same ship, with the same engine bay, with the same crew using the same tools and fuel my inner-Poirot suggests the former is most likely. Ed.
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    Honfleur - The Launch

    This website might be of interest. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.scribd.com/doc/101199408/Ship-Launching&ved=2ahUKEwj9p7antKTfAhUpzoUKHTzjAaYQFjAXegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw3xrrvUOrMhBtESZQLDoWMD Ed
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    Honfleur - The Launch

    I'm sure there are a few queens in Hamburg who would have been delighted to pop up the road and do the job if asked. 😀 Ed.
  6. She is currently pottering around just south of Skagen, presumably waiting for space to take on bunkers. Ed.
  7. Cabin-boy

    French road blockades

    Despite some clashes in various cities, the situation across the country has been much calmer today. It may be due to the weather, the movement running out of steam, declining public approval for the protests or President Macron's proposals on Monday night (or a combination of all four). There is still a desire for the campaign to continue among certain groups but they are now pushing less for Macron's resignation and more for a referendum or public consultation to find a way for normal people's views to be taken into account. Ed.
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    Armorique hits dock

    Or they could switch PA over to cover if there is a real problem. I am unable to find out if the dockers' strike in St Malo is over or ongoing. Colin may know more. Ed.
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    Applying for French residency

    Yes, it's based on the Common European Framework of Reference which exists for all languages. A1 is the lowest and C2 is total proficiency. Here's the link to explain it all: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages Ed
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    Armorique hits dock

    It's been blowing quite hard here today and chucking it down. They were forecasting 100kmph gusts for Finistere this afternoon I believe so it would have been pretty unpleasant out there. Ed.
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    Applying for French residency

    Well, the test results came back today. Only two weeks' wait so much more efficient than I had been led to expect. And the result was C1 level for both listening and speaking which on a scale of A1 to C2 means somewhere around 75%-80% I guess. If anybody else has done one recently, can you let me know if you also did the reading compression and grammar parts because I didn't and it seems that it is not compulsory, despite what some websites suggest. The minimum level required is B1 so that's the easy part out of the way. I suspect the process gets more difficult from here on in. Ed.
  12. Cabin-boy

    New Look Revealed

    Is it just me or has the banner at the top of this page just taken on a decidedly oriental look? Ed.
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    Honfleur - The Launch

    On that subject, assuming the slipway is inclined to aid the launch process (by even just 1°) , how do they then assure all their internal deck surfaces will be flat after launch? Is it done using laser measurements or by specifically mis-calibrated instruments to take account of the slope? Ed.
  14. Cabin-boy

    Smart ships

    This report from the BBC may be of interest. https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-46540862 Ed
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    Honfleur - The Launch

    Just getting in the mood. Ed.