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  1. Should be able to get it for £20m or less. Would make a great - "Fly-Cruise-Drive" deal. Could create a nice monopoly here in the West country. No money yet from UK gov for a rail line in the sea at Dawlish! Most people how ask about our trips to France ask if we fly. When we tell them we use the Ferry its normally followed by "where from". And that's from a Devonian. We're a dead limb down 'ere in the West country. Except for holiday makers. Stu
  2. As an employee I went through the disastrous rebranding and repainting of British Airways multi coloured tail fin art representing a world image. The Chief Exc removed himself from it all as he was colour blind he said! Aircraft logbooks had entries asking to remove graffiti from tail fin. We even saw other things in the "art" that had clearly not been seen before and one was seen as inappropriate. Cost millions and abandoned shortly afterwards. Universally hated by most staff. Don't try to be too clever. Fell about laughing when years ago I saw that French owned Britt Airways had rebranded as !HOP. Bonkers. Lets hope no freephone numbers in huge letters down the side of the ships! SFD
  3. Oh, Wortley you are a tease! Belly buster brekkie, dreaming of "icing on the cake " as you rightfully exit 3rd off the ship. Any trouble squeezing between the cars to get to the old Jag? SFD
  4. straightfeed

    BF survey

    Got into the survey only to realise I was just clicking to get quickly to the end. Didn't really know what my answers would really be or in what order I should prefer. Also seems to concentrate on "holidays". We use the ferry to commute every month from Feb to Oct to live in France. But the dear old Brits still say a cheery "enjoy your holiday" as we travel. They mean well but abroad must mean a "holiday" for them. Now, a BF survey to ask about my "holiday"! Do surveys really change anything? SFD
  5. The journey times are published. When you by a ticket, the contract is to carry you from A to B. That's it! From my position they offer a safe, professional ferry service through good and bad weather and busy shipping lanes. Nothing else matters. SFD
  6. Today Nov 1st- Big cheese from BF on BBC 1 midday spotlight prog talking about the downturn of bookings for 2019 holidays. Probably repeated at 6.30 after the news at 6. Not good at all. SFD
  7. Has the "Beta" booking system been taken down? Its not coming up on my BF booking site. Stu
  8. Like you, the queue at Plymouth Border Control inbound irks me. Although the staff seem pleasant enough. It doesn't reach the grind of Exeter "international" Airport Disney like queueing on a dismal winter night outside a porta cabin! France has got a little bit expensive. But all that is tempered by what lifestyle you lead and naturally what disposable income you have. The CPI controls my income (I'm retired). But very little of the CPI basket affects me greatly. Unlike the employed I don't fuel my car every week or buy the latest "Apple" junk very year. We enjoyed a year with over 6 trips to France (90 days away) and found bargain reductions in quality stores and supermarkets although we couldn't find the autumn big sell off of wine this year. Maybe its been a too good a year for the grape! We've done less of the touristy things and more of the living thing. Weekends when the villages and towns go quiet and shops close and the beaches fill with folk enjoying it all. Vide greniers have provided some good buys also. And, In France we have not paid a penny to park our car for 2018! Work out what we pay in a year in the UK. Oh, and the lack of traffic jams, priceless. Stu
  9. Anyone notice on BFE that "Fleet finder" doesn't load. Or is it me? SFD
  10. Found my ten pounds listed when I had to amend a trip and there it was included in the total cost.. Nice surprise. Stu
  11. Nobody talking about HM Government plans on "no deal" Brexit? Crickey, loads of info now on the implications of Brexit. There's me thinking the I had been fully briefed on all this by our leaders already during the campaigning. Silly me. Now, anyone got info on French bank accounts for non resident visitors. Really looking forward to a few extra euros on my credit card bill now. not! Toodle pip Stu
  12. Looks real horrible weather near us on the coast just west of Douarnenez Chris. Notice that PA circled just north of where she started to backtrack. Maybe a pick up ? Cant see that any heli could get air bourne in this weather at the mo. Its gusting up to 45 mph or so. Heres hoping for a safe outcome. Stu
  13. Oh Scarlton how sensible you are. Tried all you suggest over the last years trips(7) but every time ,despite the promise to measure at the port I then get the odd booking amended by BF saying that they will collect the money for the additional amount from my card as its over the 1.83m limit. Grrh! If I ask how do they refund me at the port-never an answer. I even get phone calls warning me that my car is over the 1.83m and I will be charged at the port and may not travel. BF use a data system that is inflexible should a model have a range of heights. How my car ended up at 1.85m on the latest booking I will never know. Its not in the tech spec for the car. I fully appreciate frivolity is difficult for you to take but smoking would hardly help anything here. This has been a thorn in my side every time I book. In effect I'm being charged for the air above my car due to BF using a data system that appears to assume the max height for some models. Toodle pip
  14. They're at it again! Got a couple of bookings for next year over the phone. Great. What's this? On one booking my dear old Berlingo has gone and jumped up 5 cm in height and is now over the 1.83m height with the usual cost increase. Its also now been named on the ticket as a Berlingo Multispace instead of MPV. I have given Bertie Berlingo a good talking to and told it to stop jumping up and down. Its confusing Brittany Ferries. It whispered that BF reservations made it so excited! "I'm not really that height" Bertie said "I know it does wind up my owner so much". Bertie is asleep now and settled down to his normal height of 1.80 metres. The naughty bad fairies (BF)won't upset you again. Sleep tight Bertie. Stu
  15. I love the randomness of the "lanes" used at port. Great people watching. Long discussions on just who all these people are. Whats their life all about. If we move off before an adjacent queue I always chant "nah,nah,na, nah,nah,nah" followed by "peed on your fireworks". It cheers my heart. They then get on before us. But I've had my boyish fun and no one gets hurt and I don't get angry.Wife chuckles as well. Lifes too short. Ying and yang mate. Chill Nod my friend. Stu
  16. What is all this thing about "pet friendly". Searched for pics of peeps enjoying pet friendly cabins and lots showed their pooch laying in the beds of cabins. Yuk! Will BF spend hours cleaning out these cabins? I'm for a cabin that has NOT had some mut jumping all over. (stand back for all those owners who will tell me how clean their pets are!) Years ago the Caravan club had a proposal put to them to rename to the Caravan and Dog Club. Camp sites are full of dogs. Now I suppose I will have to kip in a bed previously slept in by Fido. Dog owners-off you go now, get typing. I've heard it all. Stu
  17. Block bookings ban! Thanks Jonno. Theres me thinking BF was a business. Silly me. Stu
  18. Can you point me to the bit where BF says its to stop block bookings please.
  19. Missed that. If you cancel you lose the deposit right? Leave it to the last minute then. Rather self defeating methinks. Stu
  20. Doesn't affect us as we use the ferry to commute regularly and so make block bookings. And the deposit system is better than the airlines at least. But what an increase especially for holiday makers! Anyone noticed the staggering increase in the price of products in the shops of late? Can't help thinking a raise in the deposit will hit hard on families and is it good business? Small deposit and you've got the customer hooked. Increases cash flow but overall nothing else. Stu
  21. Morning, Just got a mail from BF about winter and 2019 sailings. Says "deposit only 25% of the value of the booking" What happened to the £40 deposit? Stu
  22. Slightly off subject but in my flying days a relay radio transmission call was being transmitted by a USAF aircraft for another military aircraft call sign ASCOT xxx. Said USAF aircraft asked which airforce the military ASCOT was from. The reply was classic- "THE ROYAL AIR FORCE". SFD
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