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  1. And also why they will never pull the plug on Plymouth-Roscoff. That route is the raison d’etre of the company.
  2. Maybe they discovered that the unaccompanied freight would not fit through the door.
  3. Well, I don’t want to re-hash the discussions we’ve already had, but I will be very interested to see whether the financial problems this year are primarily due to declining income or a surge in costs.
  4. Well, the bulk of the article may seem to be attributing BF’s current financial woes to Brexit uncertainty, but there is quite a lot of discussion in the other thread about the various factors that lie behind BF’s current financial fragility, and that it is is easy for the company to blame Brexit as a cover for all the other stuff they’d rather not talk about! Someone also observed that this “Bretagne 2” project has already been on the drawing board for over a decade, so this latest postponement is not really anything new! There was then quite a bit about FSG and Honfleur in the thread, so the Bretagne 2 stuff may be several pages back. I’ll try and post a link to it.
  5. This has already been discussed in the New Build thread.
  6. No it didn’t. They were not last-minute diversions that were a response to actual bad weather. They were pre-planned visits well in advance of any forecast, with possible bad weather given as the reason for the “precaution”.
  7. I don’t doubt you at all Tony - the “laugh” was at Condor, not you. Whatever they say as the reason, it just seems so transparent, in that she has had spurious unscheduled calls at both Portsmouth and Cherbourg in very quick succession for what seems like quite far-fetched official reasons. Then again, I’m seeing it through the eyes of my own prediction from last year, so my perspective is slanted and I’m quite prepared to eat humble pie if it turns out I’m wrong! 😉
  8. Indeed. Although, in many ways, the stated intention to do this is at least as interesting as the fact of whether it actually happens.
  9. I bet she’ll at least try Berth 1 as well.
  10. Of course, what I should have added to this is a disclaimer. That if, by sheer coincidence, Condor Liberation just happens to be sent for berthing trials at both Cherbourg and Portsmouth in very quick succession for entirely “plausible” other reasons, then it should be seen as entirely coincidental and in no way connected to the possible veracity of my theory. 😁 [It could, for example, be entirely plausible that Condor might want to divert its French port for CI services from St Malo to Cherbourg, even though Cherbourg is the least convenient port possible for French traffic bound for the CI, and even though Condor in its long history has never felt that need before. And it could, by way of another example, be perfectly credible that Condor may wish to test Liberation out at Portsmouth as part of a “contingency programme” (just in case Liberation could maintain a service to Portsmouth where the proper ships fail).] But I forgot! 🤣
  11. Gareth starting to feel smugger by the berthing trial! 😀
  12. Kerry is feeling very left out of this discussion! 😀
  13. Tony’s already told us! 😉
  14. PA still in the floating dock but now has her former rival Princess Anastasia (ex Pride of Bilbao) for company in the adjacent dock.
  15. Maybe I should have said “attractive natural feature that is worth the effort to go and see”! That would have disambiguated it! 😉
  16. But I think you’re confusing the name of Normandy’s most notable costal landmark with everyone’s favourite French delicacy served a point with frites and sauce poivre! 🤣
  17. Thanks Ed - in that case, that makes identification easy. Well done! 😀
  18. Yes, it’s certainly one of the Vissentinis. Three to choose from; not sure what the visual differences are between them in the appearance of the foredecks.
  19. I think you mean “correct”. 😉
  20. For once, off-topic is welcome relief! 🤣 You’re spot on about the northern NL Colin. Have you ever sailed it? Visiting by boat is an even better experience - start with the Frisian islands and then work through the dijk into the Ijsselmeer. Great sailing, great country, great for kids, great food. The Dutch are lovely people.
  21. ....and, unlike the English Channel, the southern North Sea would probably silt up. The Dutch would probably drain it and quadruple the size of their country. And before you knew it.....Europe would find itself permanently connected to the British Empire! 🤣 Mind you, at least the issue of the French trying to fish it would become moot! 😉
  22. Sorry, was that serious?! I thought Solo was having a laugh when he said that! I can’t believe we’re discussing this as a serious proposal. The idea of closing off the top of the North Sea is ludicrous - it would require about 500 miles of dam!
  23. And the Rance barage would become next to useless!
  24. St Malo would definitely lose its seawater swimming pool!
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