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  1. As a regular commuter from spring to autumn on Armorique and with a wife needing to use a lift to get to the car deck 5 heres what we do. Stay on a cabin deck (8 or 9) or even go up to one of these decks before docking and watch the 2 lifts for any stopping at deck 5. This now means the car deck doors are open. Shuffle into a lift at 8 or 9 and press for 5. Lift stops at 6 to be greeted with queues of pax trying to get on the lift. Hard luck for them as its filling up already from above. At slacker times we sit on deck 6 but instead of playing with phones (telling the world you've arrived somewhere) we keep an eye on a lift that that starts to go down to deck 5, again meaning the doors are open on 5. Nip in quick before the crowd notices. Any queues go up to 8 to grab an empty lift on the way back down. Easy peasy! A few days ago we did just that at Ply only to find no one was on the car deck and the ship was not finally docked. Beat everyone!!
  2. Yesterdays (11th Sept) Roscoff- Plymouth crossing with a number of armed Gendarmerie Maritime on board plus increased security at check in. Also noticed a huge steel structure going up south of St Pol. Either a lorry processing station or maybe the biggest Le Clerc in the world going up! Stu
  3. I use the stop/start system in the car in queues at Plymouth, esp inbound Border Control. The area is tucked in with high walls and buildings. It must be quite bad pollution for the staff there. We will not use Pont Aven out of Plymouth because Plymouth just cant cope with a full load esp arriving. It takes too long. Still we are nice and warm and dry in a car! Nothing quite compares with a long wait in the open air in winter rain or freezing weather outside a portacabin into a Disney like queue inside to be allowed back into Europe from Europe at Exeter INTERNATIONAL Airport! Maybe we Brits have fallen out of love with queueing? Toodle pip Stu
  4. This gives me hope. BF will keep the staff working and getting paid. This gives me optimism that someone is pushing on regardless. I hate everything about Brexit but I'll dig in and get through it. Less moaning and a strong will. Stu
  5. Ah, Union Street in Plymouth. Gateway to Britain! Luckily the new posted route to the ferries now bypasses Union Street. Devon and Cornwall police once reported that a quarter of their budget went on policing Union Street. Great advert for visitors to the UK off the ferry.
  6. Don't think I've seen more than one or two groups of Wetherspoonistas that were tired and emotional at the ships bar. They stand out because they shout loudly! What does occupy me sadly, rather like watching people using cutlery in the most odd way is lots of people who feel a glass or two of wine with their meal with a mere hour or so before they drive on the "wrong" side of the road or negotiate leaving the port at night in appalling weather. Legally drunk or not, it won't look good if something happens. The relaxed nature of a nice crossing seems to lull people into thinking no further than relaxing or having a good time. Rather like the souls who feel flip flops and shorts will be ok. I do wonder if they read the safety notices around the ship. Too much alcohol is not a good mix. And I do like a glass!
  7. Isn't it exciting- UK Gov freight plans- Plan A for a no deal Brexit. Plan B if Plan A doesn't work or is not ready in time or is challenged. Seems easy enough. I'll get my cheque book. Stu
  8. I have a "spare" crossing in November previously booked ages ago that I want to move to April 2020 but the amendment service says I've timed out after a couple of mins when I input revised details. I clearly have not timed out having timed my amending to 4mins! Any idea whats going on or ways around this jam apart from paying to call the call centre? The spare crossing is the result of lost holiday time due to hospital visits being given to me as I'm on the "any cancellations, last minute list" Thanks Stu
  9. Yep, timed out twice due to inactivity for 10 mins. Rubbish, my finger never left the keyboard.I await the email to say the timetables have been released. I'll email BF to tell them its been released as they don't know yet it seems. Not good is it? SFD
  10. Booked on Friday morning Ply -Ros. Cancelled by BF. Rebooked Sat overnight. Looks like tonights (fri) wont sail. No updates so far. Stu
  11. 12.30BST Amorique has turned back to Roscoff
  12. Slightly off topic but still hopefully under "Refund". So far this years 6 visits to France have been rather altered due to upcoming hospital operations. Put myself down for any cancellations at Hospital in order to be flexible. This needed some juggling and guesswork but I'm getting there. This has resulted in having to change the odd trip, out of the expensive summer schedules. I get an updated invoice from BF with a refund due "by application". Does this mean that if I don't apply the money is forgotten or even applied to times when a final balance on another trip is due? The refund seems to take 28 days! In all this I checked my credit card bills the other day and over one day BF deducted £70 then returned same amount. No idea what that was about! I know they've had an "interesting" year so far but I do wonder if somethings at Bf are behind the ball a bit. Anyone else had odd billing moments? Stu PS. Up awake again but drugs now at an end ,so far.
  13. The earth is flat, Coriolis effect pulls planes round! Bye Stu
  14. It would if left to do so. Generally rudder and rudder trim is added initially to make the plane go in a straight line. Its now skidding sideways. At full power on one engine it will be required by certification to demonstrate a maximum (generally 5 degrees) roll towards the operating engine using ailerons and or spoilers on the wing as well as rudder trim in order to maintain control . All this creates drag so costs fuel. Subject to satisfactory speed and flying attitude its often better to reduce power on the "good" engine. Stu
  15. David, you didn't mean that surely. Would your plan cover standby of the underfunded French sea rescue and RNLI just incase the ship fails the test and is too close to a shore or traffic. I would expect any test (without pax) would include extreme manoeuvres to test the integrity of the repair. It would certainly require a sea state that may not fit a timetable.I'm afraid the mentality of tick boxes won't do. Stu Testing is just that. Its not exercise to subject the public to any danger at all.
  16. Thanks for that. I think we shall go as you said, down past Home Park. Used to go that way but when they opened the route down to the Barbican that's the way weve been using for a couple of years now. Have the city council given a finishing date for the road works? Thanks again
  17. Coming from Exeter direction down the A38 we take Embankment , go left just before Charles Church roundabout to the Barbican area and then left at the Duke of Cornwall to Milbay. So we skirt a block from C Church roundabout. What do you think Bisnick? Any problems for us? We take the 0800 to Roscoff. on the 28th of this month.. Thanks Stu
  18. Aha, another person that starts a sentence with "SO". This is slowly replacing "like" as the repeated word of the decade. "Tossing" anything on this forum will get the ire of the mods. I know. Recently saw an obituary on a guy which summed him up.---" "xxxxx" was a very knowledgeable chap and keen to pass this on to others." Larf. Sorry for the early hours posting but my medicine gets me up at this hour. I wonder what its doing to my brain? Toodle pip, Stu
  19. Beat that. Once got up to version 14! All this uncertainty doesn't do anybody any good. If you can, try rebooking away from using BF for your hols for the immediate future. Or amend your crossing for much later in the year. If you haven't found anything that suits just amend it to next year when the timetables come out. (yeah, I know you're investing in BF sort of but if you paid with a credit card you will get your money back. All this talk of compensation doesn't cover the pain of long drives, finding hotels, getting receipts and praying BF will cover it. The sad fact is we are losing control here. Yes, I know peeps have leave /holidays booked with their job but how many have taken positive steps that PA will not be back for months. Take control. I'm bloody sure BF aren't at the moment. They are just working on a "maybe" guess on a day to day basis. Head down. SFD
  20. In 2017 I turned up at check in with a booking at Amendment 13! Sometimes the computer system increases the amendment count even without changing anything. The process just seems to count up even if I abort the change sometimes. We used to book and tick the box that asks if you need assistance. This restricts chances of amending bookings. When my dear wife found out about it she insisted she would cope on the car deck without assistance, thus enabling us to amend as we need. Stu
  21. Try it. See if the computer says "no" Stu
  22. AIS looks like Pont is getting to Brest in a series of straight lines this morning! Steering? Stu
  23. Sorry to hear this Jason. BF don't know if you were able to be flexible on this. Many years ago I got "caught" the same way. But, there is another way. If you can afford it and you still want to travel on BF, then instead of cancelling why not amend your trip to some later date. Possibly to a date well outside the busy summer period. This may get you a part refund if its cheaper.!Then when you are ready to travel again just use that booking and amend it again to suit you then. No extra cost to you and BF has your money for when you are ready. We commute a lot to France between Spring and late Autumn but I get my bookings done when the timetables are released and amend any that don't fit in as the year progresses. This gives us flexibility to get home quickly for upcoming hospital operations at a moments notice and last year and up to April this year rushing home as my wifes uncle was in a care home and very frail (now deceased). This flexibility from BF has allowed us to continue to enjoy ferry crossings with BF and keep visiting our place in France with life constantly changing around us. I cant think of any other travel company that is so flexible. I'm grateful. Stu
  24. Oh dear, last time our commented on our excellent and honest press as above I got deleted by the Mods. So I wont say a thing. Oh God I just did. Silly me! Stu
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