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  1. My first ever trip to France, aged 11, was also my first flight: from Exeter to Dinard, stopping in Jersey; it was in a DC3, belonging to Jersey Airlines. A long time ago...but I remember the view of the French coast even now, and the excitement of the occasion. Noisy old kite.
  2. If you have a Mac, it is easy: create your document in whatever application you usually use (Pages is the Mac default) and go to "file" on the top bar and "export as .pdf", which can be saved to wherever you choose, Desktop is the most convenient. If you have a Windows machine, sorry, I have no idea...Best of luck.
  3. The boxes say: “Development of 3 road bridges Finance by AFHF €2m” “Work on the height clearance of 4 tunnels between Poitiers and Bordeaux: 1) Minor works permitting reduced speed from 2024 Finance by? Total? 2) Rebuilding works bringing up to full height clearancefor 2028 Finance by AFITI? Total?” “Urgent work between Niort and Saintes to maintain the provision of service in 2021 Finance CPER €6m” “ (Red) Main route (Blue) Main route necessary for a robust and profitable service but not giving adequate height clearance at present (dotted) Alternative non-electrified route proposed by SNCF Network while waiting for the height clearance work”
  4. They are only kittens. They always have big ears, but tend to grow into them, in my experience!
  5. Why is it "frankly astonishing"? The EU has no jurisdiction over labour laws except insofar as they interfere with the workings of the single market: that is, leading to discrimination between nationals, or distorting the market.
  6. Strictly speaking, it should be Galícia, with the stress accent for the second syllable. Unless someone knows otherwise.... I wonder if that will be painted in to her name?
  7. My wife uses them on sea journeys, buses and anywhere she might get motion sickness, to which she is prone. She no longer has a problem since using SeaBands. More anecdotal evidence...
  8. The RyanAir comparison is a false one. Taking your own vehicle enables you to take large amounts of luggage and personal effects with you, necessary when passing through different climatic zones (and Spain has got several). That bumps up the cost on the low-cost air carriers by much more than the £9. And that is per person, so if two or more people are travelling, that can more than double the price. Then there is the cost of getting to, and probably staying near, your nearest RyanAir/EasyJet etc. airport. Car hire at the other end is cheap if you want a small runabout for a few days, expensive if you want anything better. Then the return flight is not necessarily the same as the outward one: again, double it for more than one person. The short trip with minimal luggage is not, I would suggest, where BF is competing.
  9. The "Brextra" crossing Ply-Ro we took on Thursday was very sparse indeed. 4 trucks and the rest all on the same deck, with a lot of empty space.
  10. I can sympathise with you and your long haul to the coast, but you also need to realise that Cornwall and parts of Devon are also a long way from places like Portsmouth, and there are no motorways along the South Coast until you reach the M27, and that doesn't go so far. If you are going to Brittany or Western France and having to add the extra hours travelling from Ouistreham, that can make a big difference to the journey too. As for Folkestone and Dover, have you any idea how far they are from, say, Plymouth? (285 miles according to Mr. Google). I am not sure I can answer the "Use it or lose it" comments politely: how can we "Use it" if it isn't there?
  11. Yes, I thought this was one of the more interesting discussions...
  12. From Wikipedia: "Cape Finisterre (Galician: Cabo Fisterra, Spanish: Cabo Finisterre) is a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia, Spain." Seems to clear that up! Galicia is a magnificent region, not so well-known to British visitors - I am sure you will love it.
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