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ChrisG

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  1. The length of time from docking to get on the road at Portsmouth . Never have seen all the Immigration booths open and there nearly always additional staff just standing around doing very little.
  2. ChrisG

    The new world

    Quite agree. Most of the free loaders in the EU are also unacounatable. The principles are brilliant but things have changed so much over the years. Many in both establishments (and other governments) are the same..... the UK government and the EU are not so different to others.
  3. ChrisG

    The new world

    Quite agree. Most of the free loaders in the EU are also unacounatable. The principles are brilliant but things have changed so much over the years. Many in both establishments (and other governments) are the same..... the UK government and the EU are not so different to others.
  4. ChrisG

    The new world

    Shock horror I am also neither old, xenophobic or racist. I am an accountant by trade and manage over 50 people in the financial services sector, am fairly well educated and yet amazingly still voted to leave. I am certainly not the brightest but neither am I ignorant, thick or naive. Unlike many I don't claim to understand everything to do with the EU and my reasoning is very similar to Nick's. I think the EU is broken but I also believe it provides an unending bucket of money for a quite a few to be paid enormous sums of money on working groups, committees and all sorts of junkets travelling all over the word, staying in luxury preparing reports etc that will never be read let alone acted upon. It's just my view and others will disagree but so be it. I don't mind others disagreeing with me ... it's called life. In the end Cameron got it wrong and asked us to make a difficult decision about something that was really complex and where large numbers of us (including me) were really confused by all the exageration and dodgy promises. It has all backfired on him and to my mind the buck stops there.
  5. ChrisG

    The new world

    Shock horror I am also neither old, xenophobic or racist. I am an accountant by trade and manage over 50 people in the financial services sector, am fairly well educated and yet amazingly still voted to leave. I am certainly not the brightest but neither am I ignorant, thick or naive. Unlike many I don't claim to understand everything to do with the EU and my reasoning is very similar to Nick's. I think the EU is broken but I also believe it provides an unending bucket of money for a quite a few to be paid enormous sums of money on working groups, committees and all sorts of junkets travelling all over the word, staying in luxury preparing reports etc that will never be read let alone acted upon. It's just my view and others will disagree but so be it. I don't mind others disagreeing with me ... it's called life. In the end Cameron got it wrong and asked us to make a difficult decision about something that was really complex and where large numbers of us (including me) were really confused by all the exageration and dodgy promises. It has all backfired on him and to my mind the buck stops there.
  6. ChrisG

    The new world

    Sadly I think the referendum turned into a competition between exagerated promises and exagerated scaremongering. My own view is that the decision was far too complex for a referendum especially when most politicians (on both sides) did their usual of making statements and promises they personally wouldn't have to deliver. The EU do have a problem in that if our exit deal is good there could well be a queue of other countries wanting similar deals. Having recently been on holiday and spent a considerable amount of time with a number of people from Holland and Germany, I was a bit surprised when almost all of them expressed the view that we were very lucky to have been given the choice as they had been given no choice over the Euro etc. I am not so sure we were "lucky" as all it seems to have done is divide the country and the PM (I am no great fan) has paid the price for misjudging the numbers all because he had to find a way of dulling UKIP support just before the last election. I still think there is a lot of water to go under the bridge but undoubtably the remaining countries leaders will be falling over themselves over unity to avoid the possibility of a similar drive and consequence in their countries.
  7. "Its a cultural thing". "Last resort". - That makes it fine and ok then. Neither will I.
  8. Just cancelled our trip at planned for 3 weeks time. A big decision but there have been too many instances of problems in recent months be it the dockers, farmers, BF staff themselves, other ferry workers or problems caused by the migrant issue in Calais. Holidays are too precious for the potential grief. I support the right to strike and have done so, but cannot agree with what amounts to looting, setting fire to tyres and blockading roads. The French government needs to get a grip. I'll stay in the UK this time.
  9. I can't help but wonder how many of these people were arrested for stealing. My money is on zero as my experience is that the French Police just stand around watching. They would probably complain like hell if there was a concerted effort anywhere else to boycott French produce.
  10. ChrisG

    Commodore cabins?

    We have found that on morning to and from Caen crossings breakfast seldom arrives in the cabin unless you ask for it. There is usually a member of staff in the area who sorts this out and all you have to tell them is your tea / coffee preference. Rolls / croissant, jams etc.
  11. Full service apparently starts tomorrow .... we will see how long that lasts until the next group decide to cause problems. We eventually got to the wrong part of France yesterday - I just have a feeling that BF knew we were going to Roscoff when we left Portsmouth - and as I said in an earlier post the crew on the Normandie were superb (in my opinion). Yes we will get generous compensation but 1) holidays are precious to me and I would rather pay for and get what I was expecting and 2) the late summer holiday planned to be booked on our return will be replaced to a break not using BF. I defend a workers right to strike (I have done myself) but when you do so you have to also accept the consequences of those actions. Fortunately for BF, they have more or less a monopoly in the area and they must have a fair old cash pot to support the current operation. It would seem to me that both management and unions are generally unconcerned about the possible long term effects of continued disruption - they certainly don't seem to do anything about it and we are repeatedly told it is the French "way". Perhaps they are fortunate that they need not be but that doesn't mean to say anyone should feel obliged to continue to use a poor service. Lets hope that BF can deliver a bit of consistency through the peak period coming up as if they don't it might not just be those with an interest in the area who might notice.
  12. Yes thats right as we understand it. Still plodding on to Roscoff. BF have just offered customers to disembark and park up next to ship and use normandie as an hotel for night. No dinner but breakfast. Optional but again trying to do the right thing. 50% off all food and drink.
  13. We dock at 19 o'clock. Pretty hefty compensation as well and the crew are really trying. Was a schedule crew change this pm as well so they are fed up. What fun.
  14. Am on normandie. We are going to roscoff as no other port will take us. Crew are doing best they csn. Lets hope they let us dock. Am told its the ships they wont touch so (for now at least) other routes remain open
  15. Sadly over the years I have been around the effects of various French strikes be it lorry drivers blocking roads or similar things to the current situation. The one thing I have never seen are Gendarmes proactively taking any action (could be regarded as "doing their jobs") to help those caught up in the effects. Many years ago in the summer I was stuck on a blocked motorway with a small child in the car burning up with fever and despite asking for help from both the local police and lorry drivers all just shrugged and walked away. That's the treatment you get I'm afraid and I will never forget it. On the other hand just had a call from BF telling me my Monday am sailing is being rerouted to Cherbourg. Was that ok or would we prefer to go elsewhere? Really helpful conversation followed up by both a text and an email. BF are trying and on this occasion are very frustrated.
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