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  1. Which ships have this dog kennel/cabin facility so that I can avoid them?
  2. Pics of dogs all over bedding in cabins just make me ill to look at. If dogs are banned from food outlets, how did it become acceptable to have them in cabins? So how do the dogs cope when the owners eat on ships? Leave them on their own in the cabins! When the barking starts I hope BF revisit this decision. Head down, I'll get me shovel! Stu
  3. Thanks Keith. The "new" UK card DL really annoys me. I try to strip out, on my person , all identity to my home address, so that I can safely carry my home house keys. Why carry details of your address along with the keys to get in to it. Remember the days when we opposed identity cards then started to carry driving licences with our identity on it!
  4. Well, been looking at the Post Office website and the Int. Driving Permit issue is available at nearly every PO around me BUT its missing the small key that said its available during working hours. That's odd. Virtually every other service offered is available during opening hours except this IDP! I've checked at the 2 major cities around here (40miles round trip plus city parking charges) and they say the same thing. No phone numbers listed for all POs on the PO website. Despite emailing PO enquires all I get is a reply telling me I need one and to look at the website. Any one hav
  5. HMG allocating £800m and appointing Lawyers to oppose/pay compensation to cover any legal trouble from Le Shuttle being left out of the honey pot! SFD
  6. Point taken but its not about stupidity its about confidence. You seem to have lost that as far as BF are concerned. Its a mad spiral. I can think of many ways Bf could inspire confidence. Where did you get the reality bit from. Much guesswork here. The only reality here is the social disturbances in France. That's bad. Best, Stu
  7. Since BF is exposed at the front end of all this "No deal" Brexit mess, and in some respects any business that that involves transport into the EU, I can't understand why a passenger/holidaymaker optional deposit of at least £100 is not offered in order to allow any claims under Section 75 should disruption or losses in travel arise. This would cover passenger losses and offer some confidence to customers and may increase BF bookings. As I understand the banking "chargeback"is not set in law so any losses would be at the discretion of the banks etc. Just an idea, but cheap insurance
  8. Once asked a fellow club member for his email address. He replied that he didn't have a computer and only just started to carry a spare Biro these days! Toddle pip
  9. That might apply to insurance companies but the air above my car doesn't belong to BF or me, so I ain't paying! I travel mostly on Armorique (and avoid PA if I can) and I reckon there's at least room to park another car on top of mine on deck 5! CarWeb is their "train set". It just screws up my booking. Talk about "the computer says NO."
  10. Call Customer services and explain all. Get a refund if you can and get them to add a note to your booking. Then go to "manage my booking" on the website and work your way through the booking and pretend you are changing something but don't do it. Get to the final cost invoice and there you will see a note saying "CarWeb dispute Free 1 off". Now exit the booking without changing anything.. A real faff! When you check in the staff will check your vehicle, shrug their shoulders and let you through. My mpv has a height range below and above the 1.83m limit shown in the manual and I'v
  11. Revised timetables issued. Great comms from BF about all the TV and Newspaper garbage. Lots of details about how they are going to run this operation on their part and treat us, the customer. Very reassuring. I'm sure half the battle is about losing control. We arrange our crossings/holidays etc and we "own" it. Then someone comes along and takes over. It made me look at my bookings (6) and see how it affects me. Nope, all good so far BUT what I did find was a cheaper crossing and cabin (free) for one trip. Win all round. Back in control again-sorted. Think I'll go for that offer
  12. Hi Nodwad, You've just proved it. Traveling from up country to the south west. 1. One rail line- disaster in the winter unless you have shares in a replacement coach business. 2. M5 /A303/A35- huge delays in Summer. Still waiting for dual lanes from Stonehenge to Exeter. 3. Haldon Hill west of Exeter- a winter hazard all round. 4. Lack of expansion to Exeter "International" airport. 5. A30 into Cornwall! Great place to live though. Wouldn't change that.
  13. I'm amazed that BF cannot or will not post a revised timetable for the effected routes for a couple of months after March 29th. Bit like booking a flight and praying that airline doesn't go broke! How do you sell a trip or holiday knowing that the transport arrangements are not firm and could vary? Its bad enough living in the "dead limb" of England (near Plymouth) in a transport sense. Come on BF, tell us the planned revised timetables so that the 80% or so of your traffic (pax /cars etc) can make plans. I'm very grateful you serve us down here but join with us and come clean p
  14. Cant find any info on the PO site saying that the 1968 IDP jobbie will be available from 1st Feb. I read it as the IDP is available now, not type specific. Stu
  15. Brilliant. Thanks both. I presume the back page of my insurance certificate with many languages explaining my cover will not be enough then. SFD
  16. Should it happen what's best way to prepare? I need a Green card from my insurance company, I'll give them a bell. Shirly, all that foreign lingo on the back of the insurance policy certificate should impress Jonny foreigner! Quotes from BBC website- "If there is no deal with the EU, drivers may also need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive abroad. From 1 February, the government will begin providing IDPs at 2,500 Post Offices across the UK." Any ideas about where one gets all this paperwork from? Any idea where these 2500 post offices might be?
  17. The data base that BF now use is fairly crude. I believe it to be called "CarWeb". My Citroen Berlingo always comes up on the booking saying that my dimensions differ from the manufactures info. That's odd as my car handbook shows a range of heights depending on the model. This causes confusion and puts me over the 1.83m height. The model version is called the Berlingo "Feel" and is only 1.80m high. It has no external roof bars. Last year my 6 bookings saw the height increase as an amendment on a few occasions plus phone calls from BF saying I will be charged extra along with the continual
  18. HNY. The contractor not cleaning properly is totally unacceptable. But what of the previous occupant of the cabin. Wouldn't take a second to leave the cabin rubbish neatly and visible to the staff to see and collect. Would they leave the dinner table in the same mess? Probably yes. The cleaners are only partly to blame.
  19. The UK is presently a member of the EU. Is the UK Government breaking any EU rules about subsidising business unfairly by bank rolling ferry companies operations. Surely, ferry companies should stand alone and raise capital from non governmental bodies to take part in this commercial operation. Guarantee support sure but pay for it before it happens must irk other operators who could have chartered in ships and offered a competitive rate for the work. I would have thought this would have been a "banker" for an operator to raise capital for "wet leasing" any operator around the world
  20. My thoughts exactly. Got 6 trips booked all out of Plymouth. We suffer only overnight long outbound crossings until the season proper starts. Fine, we depart at a reasonable time and arrive at a reasonable time after Arm wanders down the Cornish coast before setting off. Sensible time for the return journey, allowing a comfortable journey up to Roscoff. Rescheduling of the existing timings for BF to fit in another daily crossing will cost me and I will need a rethink on all this. I can see it will be akin to a regional airport, a mere 100 miles away with a departing flight at sparrows fart
  21. Interesting- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46704522# SFD
  22. Really disappointed they didn't come up with "Floaty Ferries"- young and vibrant, seeing tomorrows world today. Reaching out to the young "millennials". And all this talk about clean cabins, there's plenty of floor space to kip on with your mates! HNY Stu
  23. Really can't believe this. Its BF's business not ours. Don't like it- cancel your booking then! Write to BF and tell them. HNY SFD
  24. Same from me. Is that a hint of positivity I see? Out of all this gloom and doubt over the last 2 years there seems little to look forward to. Lets kick this negativity into touch, accelerate out of the bend. The babble from politicians doesn't matter a jot. Its worthless. Society and business does matter. Lets give them our support. Lets push on as Michael Clarke, the cricketer said " See you in the middle and push on until tea". Lifes too short, lets push on my friends. HAPPY CHRISTMAS ALL. Best Stu
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