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  • Birthday 23/07/1945

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  1. I decided from the start that I would not let the house commercially (and was lucky to be able to afford that decision) because to do so would mean committing the house well in advance - thus meaning that I would be unable to take advantage of any 'spur of the moment' decision to go for a long weekend or short holiday. For the first couple of years I do remember having to complete a zero tax return as to the amount of rental income, but do not know what the tax cost on income would have been either in France or the UK. I am also lucky to have a respected member of the local community
  2. 935 is one (generous) double bed - not a 'two-berth' in the traditional sense.
  3. I agree that 80 sounds a lot in the restaurant, although remember that there are two full crews working alternate weeks - so double what you can see at any one time.
  4. We were unable to access any wi-fi in 935, not that it was a priority!
  5. Well, David. We didn't actually spend a lot of time on 'our balcony'. But I had a quick look out of the door, and it is a fairly bland area. I can't remember seeing seating, but there may be some fixed benches. As far as the Cherbourg crossings are concerned, the area is not likely to become a major selling point.
  6. An update to my earlier notes - following our return from Cherbourg on December 28th in a Commodore Suite. Well. Wendy is not a fan of overnight travel - particularly on a ferry. But within minutes of entering suite 935 she bounced on the bed, saying "I want to live here for ever". A pretty good start. The bed and bedding is luxurious, and the space and fittings are great. We both slept well, and could find nothing to dim our enthusiasm. We declined the in-room breakfast as the offering does not suit her wheat and dairy allergy, but the restaurant breakfast was fine. If you guys out
  7. I saw the remote till, but it was closed. Both in the evening and the morning we paid at a till at the end of the self service counter, whilst a staff member was getting you any hot drinks required. Bearing in mind the small size of the overall facility, it worked reasonably well. I wondered what the remote till was for. One interesting development I noticed at breakfast was that one lady spent her whole breakfast allowance buying at least 20 small pots of marmalade/jam and nothing else!
  8. `Well, I agree with Chris' comments, in general. She is certainly spacious, and must have a buzzy feel about her when everything is open and all areas are populated. As it is, she seems to have lots of different seating areas although they all look much the same. I, too, was surprised how small the restaurant serving area was although the staff did well. There was quite a long queue for breakfast which did not move particularly fast. Beds - very comfortable, and a good nights sleep. We are looking forward (circumstances permitting, to trying the commodore suite on the return. D
  9. Just had the dreaded ;Regret to advise you that due to a technical fault . . .' Now departing at 2100 instead of 2300. They should have started the message with 'We are delighted to inform you that etc' - although I appreciate that it may not suit everyone. 2300 is well past my bedtime.
  10. To celebrate a jubilee of some sort, the Queen conferred City status on, I think, 4 towns about 5 or 6 years ago. Greenwich applied, but lost out and she graciously consented to the borough becoming the 'Royal' Borough of Greenwich. A great excuse for some of the councillors to have a huge jolly and spend a lot for money on new signs and on paint for their vehicle fleet. Other than that - no change. By the way, I don't think that a RC cathedral has ever conferred city status - or not since the reformation.
  11. What d'ya mean - still like showaddyetc . . . ?
  12. The years come. The years go. But there remain two favourites which are as cheesy as the stilton. I wasn't a fan of Frank Sinatra, but 'Mistletoe and Holly' always gets a few plays, as does Doris Day with 'Ol Saint Nicholas'. I don't know whether that was the song, which is still great, or the crush that I had on the late, great Miss Day 60 years ago - and 50 years ago - and 40 years ago, etc, etc. Both available on You Tube, no doubt, but safely embedded in the Christmas playlist of my iMac. Happy Christmas.
  13. I must have a look at the charts later. This is most worrying . . . we are booked into 0935 on the return on the 28th. (0707 on the outbound). Yes Chris, I will try and do a report - but probably not until after the return on the 28th and only then if I have lots of positives to talk about. Monday 21st will be busy, I suspect, in a socially distanced sort of way. Oh, and by the way, going back to your earlier comment about the staff, I can remember only one grumpy BF soul since I started travelling regularly in March 1992 (on a self service check out), and anyone can have the odd bad
  14. but with no obvious way of avoiding the nightmare that is the Antwerp Ring Road . . .
  15. Returning to the subject of the 'C' lounge. I have just changed our Cherbourg booking from 13th to 20th December, and noted in passing that the lounge is showing 'full'. If that is so it is good business for an overnight crossing, but, of course, it could also mean 'closed'. We shall see.
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