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  1. Calmac is owned by the Scottish Government.
  2. Calmac has no resilience in the fleet and the RMT scuppered a recent attempt to charter Pentalina.
  3. And the Gourock to Kilcreggan service is now completely off. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19478656.calmac-ferry-chaos-leaves-passengers-50-mile-bus-detour-public-inquiry-calls-grow/?fbclid=IwAR2hnGOFOdlCAwTPfT730pKksojiix1BGBee7IP1EB0N565yLDHoSyn0ah0
  4. Gourock to Dunoon by ferry is 2.6 miles; by road it's nearly 90 miles. Western Ferries do take foot passengers.
  5. It's the Gourock crossings to Dunoon and Kilcreggan.
  6. Looking at Calmac's website today, they have 7 routes with warnings and issues with 6 ships (MV Argyll Flyer, MV Ali Cat, MV Finlaggan, MV Arrow, MV Lord of the Isles, and MV Chieftain) plus MV Hebridean Isles is returning to service today after repairs. They even have buses replacing a couple of crossings.
  7. Hubby has a VW Up! and the doors on it are far wider than those on my Vauxhall Zafira or on his previous car, a Vauxhall Corsa.
  8. I have always had a reluctance to swap to an electric car because of how far I live from my dad and the fact that we drive from Lanarkshire to the Vendee most summers, although hubby could probably manage with one. My reluctance has been reaffirmed this evening by a friend's experience. She drives a Leaf and her husband drives an Ampera. This week they have been staying in my in-laws place in the East and they were taking both cars to accommodate the dog, the kids' bikes and his need to be home for his second vaccine. When I spoke to them last Sunday, she was going to to have to stop on the way to recharge (it's a 70 mile journey). Today it has taken her 6 hours to get home because although she had planned her journey back, the first charger she had planned to stop at was broken and the second in Edinburgh was too; in the end he had to drive through to Edinburgh while she drove round on no range trying to find a charge.
  9. UK government announcement but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules; Northern Ireland plans to change on the 26th and Scotland and Wales are considering the options.
  10. UK government announcement but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules; Northern Ireland plans to change on the 26th and Scotland and Wales are considering the options.
  11. We would normally be camping in The Vendee just now so it's rather welcome to have some sun.
  12. I have been working (I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) under a gazebo in the garden this week in North Lanarkshire. We have an outdoor plug so I have been able to run an extension for my laptop. The heat inside is awful.
  13. Posts on Twitter suggest that BF is checking you have valid test results at check-in, presumably so that they don't have to deal with people in France who are denied entry.
  14. And the possible charter of Pentalina as a relief vessel has collapsed. This report doesn't mention the RMT's issues with the ship - I am not judging the rights or wrongs of that so this is not a political comment - but I suspect that CalMac is heading for a difficult summer with no spare capacity if/when a vessel fails. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-57651478
  15. It has been running rife in the schools across Central Scotland, with whole schools being closed. I know a number of children who have had to self-isolate in the last couple of weeks and some went on to test positive for covid. This week is the end of term in Scotland so it remains to be seen what effect that has. There is also an increase in cases in the Aberdeen area and that is being linked to football. https://news.stv.tv/north/covid-cases-linked-to-people-who-travelled-to-london?top
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