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Gareth

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  1. It looks like one of the ideas for new development that we have discussed on here a number of times may be about to become a reality: Just come across this: http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/cantabria/puerto-santander-negocia-20180115214547-ntvo.html If true, then it sounds like BF might be taking the idea of opening a Cork-Santander route seriously.
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    Brittany Ferries BETA site

    Even better would be a facility rather like choosing seats at airline checkin where you could choose your cabin from a map of available cabins on the ship?
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    HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    What’s the betting Honfleur will be delivered before W B Yeats?
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Hf_uk you’re starting to become a Plymouth version of HT! 😁
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Tonight’s “2200 Le Havre - Portsmouth” sailing must be one of the shortest-lived sailings marketed by BF! It was added to the schedules, to be operated by BDS, just before the New Year after BF sent BDS to Le Havre instead of Bilbao. But it has just been “cancelled” on the BF sailings updates page! I make it about three days, therefore, that this departure has been in existence before disappearing! 😉
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    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    Interesting. Thanks for that ccs147. So, suspending it for the winter. Could be in anticipation of winter weather? But they'd probably soldier on through the storms if there was enough freight to warrant it. Presumably they will want to get the ship into a yard at some point, to deal with the "BF-iffying" it that they didn't really have time to do before she entered service earlier this year? Presumably, if online booking becomes available, then so too will the timetables. We are presuming that the ship will still be Connemara...….
  7. The place to post general musings and views on any aspect you like of Brexit. Brexit is a very important topic, and aspects of it will naturally crop up in the context of ferry-related discussion in other threads. However, it is also right and proper that there is a place in the forum to discuss the issue, including its political aspects, in its own right. However, there are a few ground rules, and by posting in this thread you agree to the following rules and principles: 1. The topic of Brexit is wide-ranging and contraversial. Individuals may hold very strong views on the matter. But no matter how strongly those views are held, you appreciate and accept that others are also entitled to their view. There is no "right" and "wrong" on the matter, and all views are equally welcome in the discussion. 2. There is no place in the forum for posts that are rude, disrespectful, insulting or intolerant of the views of others. 3. The forum is a place for rational and considered debate, not un-reasoned political ranting. 4. Posts that do not conform to these basic principles may be removed by the moderators without further notice.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Gosh, I’d forgotten about that! But it wasn’t a ban was it, it was just a couple of days on post moderation for accusing the site of censorship for trying to keep Brexit diacussion in the Brexit thread. I don’t feel any need to ban you and never did - as you know, I hold your contributions in high regard. (I just wish you’d stop putting words in people’s mouths - and I had thought that was just me! Apologies if offence was caused, was just speaking from the experience of one who has been on the receiving end of the tactic more than once!) 😉
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    He hasn’t misunderstood you - he is deliberately misrepresenting you. That is his style! 😉
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    Migrant Issues at BF Ports

    Sorry folks, fell into the trap myself there (and posted a Brexit post). There’s a danger this thread could become dominated by Brexit, which we don’t want to happen - so I removed my post and another of the same ilk. I considered moving a chunk of the recent discussion about Ireland across to the Brexit thread, but really what has been posted so far kind of belongs here so I left it. But please let’s keep this thread factual about border procedures and avoid making it political. 😉
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    As for where we are now: we had the referendum and we know the result. The result cannot be undone - even a second referendum cannot possibly heal the divisions in society, as it would take place among the baggage of 2016-18 and will still inevitably be close. If leave won again, remain would still not accept it, and if remain won then leave would regard it as “1 all”. Civil unrest would be no less likely than it is now. Personally I think May’s tactics of obfuscation over the last 16 months have been entirely deliberate - sod the negotiations, just give no-one in her party a reason to oust her. And now it’s too late - we’re far too close to crunch time for it to be sensible to topple the PM and have 3 months of leadership uncertainty. Quite clever of May, really, in the short term. But her legacy will be judged savagely by history.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    ....continued: And had the referendum been carried out in that way, we would still have inevitably had one group of people (from whichever side) unhappy with the result. But we would not have had a situation in which those people would have been unable to accept the result. That is why Cameron’s political gamble (which was fundamentally aimed at “putting the issue to bed” in his party and neutering UKIP) will leave a country in which the divisions will be serious and long-lasting. Nothing wrong with the principle of having the referendum but everything wrong with the way Cameron went about it and his reasons for having it.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    All the misinformation peddled in the referendum (on BOTH sides) was because vested interests filled a vacuum left by the failure of the government to provide full, accurate and IMPARTIAL information about both sides of the argument. The remain/leave decision was a very complicated one, with good arguments in support of both sides, and each individual had to weigh up the relative importance of each factor for him/her. No-one who pretends the issue is clear-cut (on either side) has any credibility, but the problem was that all the information in the mainstream public domain came from people who DID portray the issue as clear-cut. Including Cameron, and Osbourne, whose attempts to try to bully the public into their way of thinking fooled no-one. Had the government played the role of impartial provider of objective information, people would have trusted what they were hearing much more readily. And, having decided that it was appropriate to ask the will of the people, the government SHOULD have played exactly that role - impartial provider of objective information on both sides of the argument. If the government felt it was unable to do that, then it had no business putting the matter to a referendum.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Yes, that's where she usually goes.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Might be that there were so few passengers booked (late notice sailing) that they decided that the ride would be too uncomfortable to make it worth carrying them. Or maybe the conditions are even outside commercial operational limits? But ok for the positioning trip - crew should be hardy enough to cope, and she does need to get across to de-store.
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    New BF Fleet Tracker

    Blimey, this is a bit different!: (Still no Connemara though).
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    New BF Fleet Tracker

    Correction. Cork was always there, but is only visible when you don’t have the waves on.
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    New BF Fleet Tracker

    Cork has now appeared.
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    New BF Fleet Tracker

    Interesting - unlike the old tracker, this one doesn’t seem to go as far north as Cork!
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    Oscar Wilde

    A travesty!
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    Bretagne out and back .

    Not sure whether Bretagne would fit in the lock. Certainly wouldn’t be space for her in the outer harbour. (And why am I humouring the idea?!)
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    MSM is now out of drydock and looks like she is on her way home. Currently heading west to pass round the outside of Ushant etc.
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    Bretagne out and back .

    Those must be the longest two sentences I’ve ever read! 😁 🤯 Glad you had a good time Neil. She’s certainly from a different era than PA, Armorique and MSM, and you can tell when on board. I don’t think she feels nearly as dated as Normandie though. Pity you didn’t get to have lunch in Les Abers on the way back. Passing between Alderney and Cap de la Hague whilst enjoying the buffet offerings must be one of those quintessential BF experiences!
  24. It’s a concerning situation. The relevant parties are probably so busy arguing about who was responsible and who should pick up the bill that thay probably haven’t got round to figuring out the solution yet.
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    Oscar Wilde

    Looks to me Iike she has turned to come within range of the Portland Coastguard SAR base.
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