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  1. Wise decision, keeps Connemara away from Storm Hannah, which has Cork under an Orange weather warning for tomorrow evening.
  2. According to an article in Bloomberg cross-channel ferry bookings are up 40% since Brexit was postponed to 31 October. BF is probably seeing some of this bounce. The source quoted was Direct Ferries. The article url is: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-17/brexit-delay-spurs-u-k-booking-frenzy-for-summer-holidays-in-eu?srnd=premium-europe
  3. Yes the Glasgow school of art being a recent example. Indeed. Am reminded of Primark in Belfast. Obviously it doesn't compare to Notre Dame but it is another example of a renovation that went up in flames. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-45376563
  4. Hmmm. The following link says that foot passengers aren't accepted onto the Connemara: https://www.brittanyferries.ie/information/travelling-as-a-foot-passenger So I would query this in detail with BF. Also plus 1 on booking a taxi to meet you. Ringaskiddy is very isolated if you are on foot. On a plus note, Jury's Inn (Cork City) is well regarded, has a nice location on the river, and you can walk to all the attractions.
  5. Maybe people didn't realise the implications of choosing pizza. For example, it could be that choosing pizza for tonight binds them to only ever having pizza forever more. And now that the implication is has emerged they wish to rerun the vote, so as to leave all future options open, even though it might mean going to bed hungry tonight.
  6. Presumably, in a no-deal scenario come 12 April, on board duty free sales become an immediate possibility. Same as coming back from the Canaries or the United States whereby a duty free allowance of a litre of spirits and 200 cigarettes etc per adult passenger applies.
  7. How is jurisdiction decided in cases like this? For example, why was the Epsilon incident investigated by the MCIB? Epsilon was/is an Italian flagged ship and the incident occurred in UK territorial waters (Barnstaple Bay).
  8. Agree with Paully. There is no appetite in EU27 to require UK tourists to have visas, as long as reciprocal arrangements continue. Gibraltar? Past behaviour by Spain would suggest that periodic border closures and incursions into territorial waters by fishing and naval vessels can be expected.
  9. I'm surprised that Arklow Shipping was even tentatively involved given that they have no RoRo experience. Irish Ferries might have been a better partner as they appear to have a spare ship since the arrival of WBY.
  10. Apologies. Oscar Wilde is registered in the Bahamas. It's Ulysses that's registered in Cyprus.
  11. P&O aren't the only operator attracted to Cyprus. Irish Ferries have registered W.B. Yeats there, and Oscar Wilde was already there. The practice is attracting trade union attention. Following RMT's protest at Holyhead earlier today, the trade union SIPTU is planning on protesting Irish Ferries in Dublin Port later this evening. SIPTU, along with RMT, say that the use of the Cypriot flag allows operators to avoid minimum wage legislation that applies in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
  12. Most likely down to tax reasons. For example, it may be possible for crew to be paid free of income tax with a CY registered vessel. As an aside, Ulysses and W.B. Yeats are both registered in Cyprus even though Irish Ferries, and it's parent, Irish Continental Group are registered in Ireland.
  13. Fwiw, it would appear that WBY is making a maiden sailing (freight only) this coming Sunday from Dublin to Holyhead. https://afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/41479-w-b-yeats-to-make-maiden-voyage-freight-only-on-sunday
  14. So Mrs Buzzbee arrived home yesterday advising that her bus had passed WBY, and how on earth did the captain manage to fit it in so tightly? So Buzzbee set off earlier today to have a look. And here are two pictures of WBY tied up on Dublin's River Liffey, just down from the 3 Arena..
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