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  1. Crikey, that sounds dynamic! After 30 years of flogging around the earth at the front end of a big jet, I retired. Tried a winter or two in the Canaries. Its Tui, Squesy jet, and God forbid Ryan air. Our choices became rather limited until wife suggested theres a ferry down the road that goes to France. So off we go. Boy that was easy. We were hooked. Why on earth is the company not advertised a lot more with pictures of Capt and crew welcoming the public, boasting about their history. They should be accelerating out of the bend now and putting it about everywhere. Dont advertise much do they? SFD
  2. If its one thing I learnt over the years using the Plymouth-Roscoff route is that once I thought I have this travelling lark sussed things change again. 1. I used to think a cabin with a bunk was ok. Increasing age has told me to change that. 2.The overnight Ply-Ros takes ages. It wanders down along the Cornish coast for hours before setting off south. If you dont sleep well you feel awful in the morning for the drive south. Now changed to one a week day crossing arrive too late to drive or 6 a week overnight. 3. Return is planned as a pleasant short crossing but arrives late evening and with a drive north up the A38 with no street lighting Not pleasant in the rain I can tell you. If its the PA and its full and raining ,exiting Milbay is not one of lifes pleasures. 4. The early morning Ros departure looks ok but its a very early start for us. But we've been twice nearly caught out by very dense fog up in the hills of the Armorique national park. Even road works diversion in a forest at 4 in the morning. So what I'm trying to say Ken is that there are so many variables apart from the question "Day or Night ferry?" Except its a Club cabin every time on the Armorique for us.
  3. I am so cleaver I got a huge reduction plus an Amazon voucher by changing companies. Yep, the old insurance had the green card info on the policy back. Thats stuffed me then. I'm told its all changed as we've now left the EU. Time will tell.
  4. The car insurance GREEN CARD is back. Car insurance company tells me I must apply for a green card for each trip to France. Give at least 21 days notice! Can issue an "emergency " card if I leave less than 21 days. When will I be coming back? When I want says I. "we need a date" say them. Off to get some travellers cheques and a postal order for 10 shillings. Check all my jabs for yellow fever are up to date and see if the bank manager can approve me taking £20 out of the country by stamping my passport. The sixties were great times. Anyone got you know whose mobile number?
  5. We feel honoured to have you Mark! Devon is looking beautiful this spring. When this all kicked off my wife and I felt really lost without our frequent summer trips to Brittany. Then we realised that we had rather neglected our Devon home and roots. The old house and garden are looking good now, the hedges are all trimmed over Dartmoor. The 2 delis and the artisan baker in the local town are doing a roaring trade along with the dentist! The coffee shop in the old library is overflowing into the car park serving drinks. Hanging baskets next. I'm afraid to say we are now of the mind that we don't need France at the moment. Devon is not second best by any means folks. We await the winter when as loyal BF customers they drop us off the map and Arm seeks busier work away from Ply for 4 (or 5) months. The log store is full. The "positives" per 100K in France haven't gone down steady enough for us to even think of France. Still got a July/Aug booking but only really to check if all is ok with our place in Brittany. Toodle pip
  6. Not on now. Loadsa houses. Our friends have a house on "Runway Road". The road name shows imagination, not!
  7. Well done BF. I see that UX (a buzz word for User Experience) is at last catching on. Long overdue. Son No. 2 is doing a course at Glasgow on UX to support his business. Keep it clean and clear and no Covid warnings please. Stu
  8. Off subject but- Been using uBlock origins running with MS Edge since Edge came out. Works a treat. A great "must have" Stu
  9. Quote- Brittany Ferries head of communications, Nigel Wanncott, said new bookings for summer 2021 are already 50% down on pre-Covid years, and those who have booked in advance are starting to cancel. “We’ve already written off spring. Now people who have booked for summer are beginning to wobble – it’s not an exodus yet but we are worried. A disastrous summer where people are discouraged from travelling would put us in a serious situation.” ---------------------------------- I'm absolutely staggered that the above was released to the public. What did it achieve? Mostly speculation on some unknown factors. How a business or indeed anything reacts to change (that includes us ,the customer) is the biggest challenge we all face every day, esp. in todays climate. Imagine a ships skipper going public about tonights crossing with all the operational considerations, then tells the world it looks bad!! I suppose if Mr Wannacott reads these posts here he will get an idea how we are moving our bookings/feel about vouchers etc. No more speculative gloom sir. Push on. "where people are discouraged from travelling would put us in a serious situation.” Is this his real message?
  10. 21/12/20 BBC posted that France not accepting UK lorries now due to C19 and BF saying they are "consolidating " services now. Any news on the Caen -Portsmouth service just after xmas? Have friends who braved a quick visit to their place in Finistere and will be travelling back before we are ex European on the 1st. Thought it might be nice to give them a heads up on any amendments to their return crossing chances. Where is the best place to look for an inflatable boat along the French coast going north bound. Might be useful for them! HNY! Stu
  11. Trying to get away from "travel insurance" and looking to get "medical cover" only in France for up to 5 trips a year. Does anyone do such a thing? I really don't want to get coverage for loosing a £13 mobile phone or losing my luggage in transit (its in the car!) and as far as cancellation delays- I just take the next available ferry! Simple medical insurance cover doesn't seem to exist. I want a "get me better policy with a "ship me back in a box" as an extra benefit! I also dont want a long conditions/omissions/restrictions pile of bumf to read. Toddle pip, Now wash your hands.
  12. Now go and wash your hands for 20 seconds and save the NHS! Stu
  13. Yep. Same here- early morning depart- 18 mins to Milbay. Cuppa, catch up on sleep. Wake for lunch, shower and bish bosh Roscoff then on the road. 1 hr 45m to door. How we laughed at the those worn out retirees who had slogged down from upt' north who started out overnight to the port then a mere 6 hours driving to their home in Fr. All gone now, except the closeness of Plymouth and who knows if thats still viable for BF. Back again to GB .Not altered for a predeparture shop at Le Clerc and the 1500 sailing, thank God. Still the little Armorique will be back. The Pont is far too big for us. Once asked a member of staff on the Pont where cabin xxxx is only to be told they would go and ask someone else. Made me laugh. Well, I guess we will have to see if we fit in with the new outbound overnight service. Who knows!
  14. What shocked me when watching Michael Palins travels was the realisation that I regularly visited most of his places before him in the 1970's. It was nice to see the thunder boxes used on the old Dows in the Gulf again. Beer in hand at the Old Dubai Calton Hotel watching the steady stream from the aft toilet facilities. Oh for the 1970's queues at Indian airports and railway stations. Nostalgia is not what it used to be!
  15. My Latanoprost drops have a small percentage of Timolol. Does that make a difference to the storage once opened? Mine says fridge not required after opening.
  16. Not just "take" but have the prescription translated into Spanish and French with a tel number of your GP if the dispenser wants to talk to a medic. It also helps to have a precis of any medical problems you have. Carry it in a bag or purse on your person. I'm always amazed how few people know what drugs they are taking rather than "yes, I'm under the Doctor".
  17. Not so funny really. You awake from a deep sleep, grab and try to correctly fit fire fighting gear in the middle of night, then make good decisions that maybe are life changing. Rapid fuel for the brain and body.
  18. Morning, Nice to hear from someone who sets their own agenda rather than slavishly follow instructions from politicians. Good on you mate. Bank holiday coming up so lets pray for bad weather and hopefully the rush down here in Devon to lick an ice cream on a crowded beach will not happen. When the shops opened down here the rush was awful.
  19. Yep, in the same boat. Pardon the pun! Long drive to Portsmouth, long drive westbound to the French Atlantic coast. We would be no better than Cummings wandering through France with a rise in infection and the risk of breakdown in a country already starting to suffer again. Sadly, a place in France, then wandering through the country, improving our efforts to speak the language well are slowly drifting from our minds. It doesn't help that we have money invested in BF with unused tickets and vouchers and then maybe, just maybe, lose our Plymouth-Roscoff link will be the final straw. Just like BF trying to make plans, we too are doing the same but my wife and I have limited time left being retired. Do we want horrendous driving times in our old age. No thanks! There comes a time in life when travel becomes painful. Air travel or at least Airports are a case in hand. Never, anymore. So I say this to the BF CEO. I feel your pain and hope you recover but there comes a time when we may say "no more and walk away". As you retrench, the customer may drift away. But you knew that anyway!
  20. As I read it there are no crossings from Plymouth to Roscoff after 1st November until 22 March 2021. Thats nothing, absolutely nothing for four and three quarter months from Plymouth and Roscoff. In all this retrenching is there any intention to return to the old schedule after the pandemic? Got some hard thinking about France as a year round place to go.
  21. Someone on here mentioned that there is a years limit on an amended ticket. Would that year start from the date of Version1 of the ticket or from the date when I amend the ticket as I'm now about to do?
  22. Our French home insurance renewal came up. I wrote to Groupama and explained that I couldn't make the visit to France to the Groupama agency due to Covid19 complications and got a quick reply back to say, don't worry, send it via money transfer just this one time and when you get back just set up a DDebit at the agency for next year. Sorted. Bish bosh Roscoff!
  23. Yep, let down badly by RollsRoyce. The TriStar had so much redundancy and back up it was possible to disconnect pilot and copilot controls and still fly the plane. Airbus went the other way. Neither pilot can see or feel what the other pilot is doing with his "out of sight" joystick- or thrust levers that have no relationship with the amount of power delivered. Progress? It also had direct lift control where instead of the nose bobbing up and down on approach giving constantly changing attitudes/speeds the lift was gained or dumped. Way ahead of its time. Stu
  24. BF stickers fall off in pluie. Bit annoying as I usually like to keep it displayed to show poor people I go abroad. Rather like the large faded poppy on the car grill that lasts at least a couple of years. Toddle pip
  25. In our motor homing daze we noticed a French Camping car on site had a rabbit running around in the "garage" part of their van. How sweet we said until we realised the poor thing might actually be dinner for the owner. French way of things of course I suppose. Stu
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