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  1. Were the different emails on the same provider? I had a problem once when emails wouldn't go through on BTMail but no problem with my AOL address. For some reason the recipient would not accept BTInternet addresses. If so might be worth setting up a GMail address.
  2. I have indeed and had an offer to take up my complaint but I have declined on the basis that in my case it is an inconvenience as I can keep driving in the UK pending a decision on my licence but there are literally thousands of people, who are waiting for their licence to be restored after recovery from a medical condition and have lost their livelihoods in the meantime due to being unable to drive. They should take priority. The DVLA situation is a national disgrace. The Union have deliberately targeted the medical section as a means of bringing pressure against the management who appear to have been making no effort whatsoever to resolve the situation. The Chief Exec of the DVLA is apparently in the office one day a month. There has been a parliamentary committee investigation which has not seemed to have had any impact. However there has also been a parliamentary petition criticising the DVLA which has prompted a Government response. Another parliamentary committee of MPs has judged the Government response to be inadequate and not addressing the problem so HMG now have to revise their response. In the meantime we wait. It appears that it could be well into the New Year before the issues are resolved. Unbelievable really. HMG just doesn't seem to be bothered.
  3. Well, at least you can still get over to France. The DVLA have been delaying the renewal of my driving licence since February as their medical section has been on continual strike since April and no idea of when I might get it back. Be grateful for small mercies and enjoy your jaunt. After all, the ferry crossing only takes up a few hours of it.
  4. What did you have in mind to alleviate the problem given that the outside deck is a public space? From the descriptions it would appear that the cabins are designed simply to give direct access to that public space. Obviously you don't want other people intruding into your cabin but a 'No Public Access' notice on the door would discourage that. I imagine the designers simply thought that giving these cabins direct access to the public decks would be a nice feature but people seem to think that this confers some sort of territorial rights! It's just direct access to the open decks, nothing more, nothing less so why the complaints?
  5. Well, I hope there aren't too many screws loose or missing in the engines where no one can see.....
  6. BBC are saying today that the Traffic Light system should be updated by 1st October. Red category is expected to remain. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58491245
  7. Yes, that highlights one of several weaknesses in the PA design, not enough comfortable lounge seating for those who don't want to be part of the disco ambience of the bar area. Bretagne still has the port side seating forward of the bar for a quietish area but they did ruin it when they did away with the original design to expand the cafe seating area. I suppose they thought it was a good idea at the time...
  8. Yes, it does seem a bit odd. We've never eaten in the waiter restaurants but in normal times on PA and Bretagne they always seemed to be well patronised.
  9. It's usual practice for retirees to head off for the last of the summer when the schools go back. Same thing happens at the airports in normal circumstances. Different clientele at different times of the year.
  10. Does this mean he administered it in the traditional French way for medications? In which case the mind boggles....
  11. I think somebody on here recently said that there has to be a UK sticker that is not on the number plate for Spain.
  12. Lovely area. We hired a Gite south of Pau years ago. It was situated on the banks of a river in an idyllic location and full of antiques. Lots of places to visit. In 2017 we visited the Peak District for the first time staying in a nicd B&B in Buxton. Good centre for exploring the area. We did a couple of the tourist show caves and loved trundling up and down the track at the Tramways Museum. Again lots of places to visit.
  13. Paully, we really love the IoW too. I was first taken there by my grandparents in the late 1950s and we subsequently had several family holidays in the 1960s. In the 1980s we took our kids there on a number of occasions and in the late 1990s when we had a yacht basedin Chichester Harbour the IoW and its harbours was a regular destination. We have been visiting for most of our lives really and hope to get over again sometime next month. I do miss France but there are alternatives!
  14. Ed, the 'sea road' over the Dorset downs has always been our favourite route to the West Country. It's slow but the views are incomparable. We used to stop off at West Bay for lunch en route and resurface at Exeter. We love travelling abroad but equally appreciate the treasures on our doorstep.
  15. Rather than hijack this topic I have started another about the delights of the UK!
  16. Rather than hijack one of the other topics I thought I'd post here. There has been a lot of discussion about the issues and problems of holidaying abroad and the obvious wish of many members to overcome these to achieve their breaks in France and Spain. Ian has referenced the Midlands weather as a good reason to get away which is fair enough. We all like ome sunshine and clear skies. And many like hot sandy beaches. (but not us!) Mrs B and I have been fortunate enough to travel quite extensively before Covid including to America, Canada, New Zealand and Greece etc. and have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. But the Covid restrictions have forced us to limit our horizons and appreciate more of what we have sitting on our doorstep. Living in SW Surrey we can visit almost anywhere in East and West Sussex in a day and what a lovely area it is, especially at high summer with the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park which can easily compete with many of the more exotic locations. There is little to to compare with the colours of the English countryside at this time of year, it is a delight to the eye and probably unique internationally although we may not all appreciate it. For those who are interested, there are a couple of poems that sum it up pretty well. Hilaire Belloc's 'The South Country' http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Poetry/South.htm And Kipling's 'Sussex': https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/sussex.html And to illustrate the latter: I will go out against the sun Where the rolled scarp retires And the Long Man of Wilmington looks naked toward the shires; And east till doubling Rother crawls To find the fickle tide, By dry and sea-forgotten walls, Our ports of stranded pride. In our rush to go abroad I think we overlook the scenic treasures on our doorstep.. Food for thought perhaps?
  17. Well , the weather down here in the South has been a bit better. We enjoyed fish and chips on the the River Arun riverside at Littlehampton on Wednesday in bright sunshine. Cost was around £10 in petrol and no tests needed. Back to home comforts by mid afternoon.
  18. This all seems horribly complicated. Unless it is imperative to travel to and from the UK to France or Spain why would any tourist orientated passengers bother? Just too much hassle whether by ferry or plane. And if you do get down to the far south then you might well be roasted anyway!
  19. Burger King are OK for the occasional 'treat', I quite like them.
  20. No good if you want a milkshake though....😁
  21. Bretagnes's funnel would make a good wood burner...
  22. I wouldn't bet on that I'm afraid. As a pensioner, having two years when I have been unable to make our regular France visits, personal circumstances have changed and it will be more difficult in the future. Plus Brexit has complicated the bureaucracy and I'm not sure if I want to bother with it all. BF are almost certainly catering for an aging and declining holiday clientele. As things hopefully return to a degree of normality then younger UK holidaymakers will favour a resumption of holidays to Spanish, Portugese, Greek and Turkish beaches. There will always be a market for touring the near Continent but I fear it will not be on the same scale as it used to be. That might of course be a plus for those people who do so. It will be interesting of course to see the extent to which passenger numbers return to previous levels in 2022 when hopefully the Covid issue has become internationally manageable.
  23. You'd like to think so, but it all costs money. The cruise ships in Poole Bay are all modern vessels and need to get revenue earning asap so there is an incentive to keep them on top line. Bretagne and Barfleur are second line ships in the BF fleet now and if the fleet can manage without them then the writing is on the wall. Their future can only be regarded as precarious and will depend on returning demand which cannot be guaranteed. The future is E Flexers for standardisation and financially that is the way to go. The Glory Days of BF with their individualistic fleet charateristics may now become a fond memory. Economic considerations trump style. Bretagne is part of my family history and I love the ship to bits but I have to accept that the Covid situation means that her career may come to a premature end. We still have the memories and phots of an exceptional ship.
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