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Cabin-boy

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  1. Personally, I believe those Tory rebels who have just failed to get rid of Theresa May should now be ineligible to vote in the future Brexit decision-making process. They had their chance, botched it and have forfeited their right to push for a different deal so should not be allowed to sabotage the only option still viable within the current time frame. Ed.
  2. It's not a race. What's a couple of minutes compared to 8 months? ๐Ÿ˜€ Ed.
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    New Look Revealed

    I still can't understand why those Yapp Fido Rolls haven't caught on yet. Ed
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    New Look Revealed

    Yes, but only mongrels. Ed. ๐Ÿ˜€
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    New Look Revealed

    Apologies if this has been mentioned before but on the BF Twitter exchange there is a message which states that the Economie brand will also be getting a new logo. It's difficult to be sure if they mean the same new look as the rest of the fleet but my interpretation would be that it's going to be different. Sorry Gareth, it looks like the sub-brand is here to stay for a while yet. Ed.
  6. W B Yeats is currently being moved, with the help of two tugs to the other side of the pier (presumably to make room for Honfleur once she's launched on Friday). The Irish Ferries Forum (quoting the German Ferries Forum - you see, European cooperation is sometimes possible) are now suggesting that she will leave Flensburg on Sunday. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    The tragic shooting in Strasbourg last might well spell the end of the Yellow Jacket movement for a while. If President Macron believes a further attack is likely (or uses it as a pretext) then he can place France in a state of emergency which will outlaw certain activities, including unauthorised protests, and give the police extra powers to suppress such movements. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    Just wait. Yellow Jackets with be 'sooooo last year' very soon and you'll be a laughing stock. ๐Ÿ˜€ Ed.
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    Normandie to have โ€œDog Friendlyโ€ Cabins in 2019

    Yes, NEX (in the passenger space at least). But you might find my kids on board which may be worse. Ed. ๐Ÿ˜€
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    French road blockades

    It's either a stroke of genius or a serious underestimation of Egyptian ingenuity. Did they also ban the rental of your yellow jacket to someone else (although that may well be banned under Islamic law - I'm sure there's something about not making profits from other people) or the wearing of the yellow jacket you bought before the ban? I'm not sure they've thought this through fully. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    Yes, everyone here spotted the desk straight away. It rather distracted them all from what he was actually saying. Ed.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Presumably in the hope that it might be called off of negotiations succeed. Ed.
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    According to the article the work won't actually start until April next year and will last for a couple of months, costing around a million euros. What is due to start is the public consultation period, presumably to see if there any objections from other port users (hopefully not to the principle of enlarging the turning area otherwise they are going to have a problem but) to the disruption the work might cause. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    All he can be sure of is that the next person in the chair won't be him. And therefore he's happy to let them deal with the fallout. He tried to reform France and failed, leading to the conclusion that it's an impossible job. One report suggests Sarkozy is considering coming out of retirement to deal with the mess and another said that Hollande might put his name forward again. If that's the best France has to offer then we're doomed. Ed.
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Obviously a slow news day over in Cork. No cats stuck up trees (too intelligent) or topless protesters demonstrating against sexist judges this week (too cold) so let's go for a good, old doomsday-scenario report. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    President Macron has just addressed the nation and announced 4 principal measures to quell the protests. As I understood them, they are : A 100โ‚ฌ increase in the minimum monthly wage (which I think equates to about 7% but will need to check that) All overtime hours paid will not be subject to tax An end of year bonus can be paid and will not be subject to tax or employer's social contributions The cancellation of specific taxes (recently introduced) levied on pensions for those receiving less than 2,000โ‚ฌ per month In addition to that, he wants more dialogue with the people and to encourage the population to get involved in building a better France while, at the same time (his catchphrase), caring about the environment for the next generation. Ed.
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    Barfleur Cancellations

    To be honest, she's been down on power since they put the Nespresso machines in her yellow Club Lounge. I mean, what else could it be? Ed.
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    A weekend on the high seas...

    So it was described as duck, tasted a bit like duck but you were unable to see if it really was duck or not. Hmmm! Anybody ever tried seagull? ๐Ÿ˜€ Ed.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    It's true that photo number 6 above is unfortunate as it looks like all that dark cloud is coming out of her funnel. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    Whatever he comes up with it will be an offer directed at the Yellow Jackets, most of whom are peaceful and motivated by their conviction that his policies are unfair. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, their movement has been hijacked by extremist elements and there is no way to stop them. Today the situation in Paris has been much less chaotic than last weekend with better preparation and more resources. Preventive arrests, confiscation of masks/goggles/eye drops, vehicle searches at toll booths at the motorway exits and the use of dogs and horses to keep the yobs moving seems to have worked. I personally think the police have done a great job in very difficult circumstances and have difficulty understanding how the same people who thanked the security forces after the 2015 terrorist attacks now believe it's acceptable to insult and attack them. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    The prime minister has, I believe, just said (and I only caught the end of his speech) that is now up to Macron to offer something to diffuse the crisis. Ed.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    There is also a small tug heading out of the port, possibly to meet her and the large ocean-going tug is out there too. Normandie is coming in through the western breakwater entrance. Ed.
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    French road blockades

    I hope so too. What do you think the president will offer on Monday (assuming that's when he speaks) to appease the protesters? Ed.
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    French road blockades

    Ostensibly for a totally different reason but in the full knowledge that it would be likely to get widespread coverage and attract hardline elements who are not, and probably never were, students at the high schools. Ed.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    If that's the case then perhaps she's not able to dock in Ouistreham given the wind (like when her thruster was out of action and the tug had to be called out). At least Cherbourg is a little more sheltered within the breakwaters. Ed.
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