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  1. Maybe a touch of the Pont Aven saga and leaving her until summer is over and sending her then
  2. Yes it was becoming a bit dry
  3. Leaving about lunchtime between 12 and 1 ish
  4. Starting point for next Sundays jaunt is Henlow in Bedfordshire with most maps suggesting to the M1 then onto the M25 to either M3 or A3 etc. However last few Sundays, checking AA Roadwatch for the area, the M25 before Heathrow to the M3 junction has been slow going, most of the day, although on weekdays it seems better. I have a longer alternative to route further west to Oxford and pick up the more familiar A34. Anyone any idea what this area of the M25 is actually like on Sundays, so I can make an informed decision on the day..many thanks
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    Village hotel

    Thanks for the report..We are staying here on our return to Portsmouth in July. Just booked room only due to late arrival (late tidal departure from St Malo)
  6. we`ll have to compare notes before publication of course Shefford....Gwen ha du bar say about 9?...I shall have a yellow carnation and a rolled up copy of the Times 🤣
  7. Doing a bread roll inspection trip next Sunday on the Bretagne. Returning via the same route on the 12th July. Les Abers both ways...Full report promised.
  8. Looks like after she last discharged in Roscoff, the cleaners weren`t needed as she sailed straight to Brest and no one has bothered since then..Certainly worth a mega complaint. Makes you wonder what state the rest of the ship is in.
  9. Baked to perfection to satisfy the whims of Perfidious Albion😂
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    Yes but the sharks are circling
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    wow...thats more than my return crossing with club cabins and car on the Bretagne next week......hope the dolphins perform on the day!!
  12. Just dropping the Brest pilot and underway bound Roscoff
  13. All because the passengers like their bread rolls fresh 🤣
  14. Whilst they can and will test it enroute, it cannot sail, especially as a passenger carrying vessel, without the express permission of the French Marine Surveyor. It all hinges on official approval I`m afraid.
  15. Re the steering gear, if it had been an old cargo ship it would have been tested whilst alongside. The owners would never have paid for sea trials.. Depends on the views of the Marine Surveyor, if they are happy without sea trials then she`s good to go.
  16. So less than objective then?..
  17. Probably not, but the slow loading can`t be solved due to design. Neither can the vehicle decks, which were adequate for the size of cars in the 1980`s but today`s vehicles have expanded. So no change there. Latest reports are that the cabins have had a good clean, lets hope so but reminders of another era are in the bathrooms. The washbasins have built in ashtrays🤣..Where the Bretagne does excel, is in reliability, an excellent sea boat, one of the best restaurants in the fleet and dare I say a sort of homely feel. Bretagne like the Barfleur and the Normandie were built by owners who presented plans to the shipyard and asked the price. Now they tell the yard the price and then look at the plans. Maybe that`s why those stalwarts are still popular.
  18. Thanks for that very sad update Ed...The circumstances were all the more tragic in that they died, volunteering, to save the lives of others, as do our much loved and respected RNLI. On the finance front, maybe worth another e mail to Christophe Mathieu suggesting a more formal collecting scheme on board BF ships. It would no doubt be well supported by passengers.
  19. Odd time for a Med Ferry to have a re fit don`t you think and Brest is a long way from Genoa
  20. The difference being that the Azzura has a full compliment of engines😂
  21. Glad to hear it got there safely...The trouble with fast craft is they are ok on flat calm seas but in `weather` they display similar sea going characteristics to the WW2 landing craft. Anyway I see the Mont sailing due at 14.15 has been put back to an unspecified departure due to a `technical fault`. Eta for Ouistreham will apparantly be given on board..........once its fixed and set off I presume.
  22. Have a read of this story. Mr Fretlow, as he was known in Yorkshire, was the last German trooper standing at Monte Cassino, having been left to die during his colleagues retreat. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/from-germany-to-yorkshire-via-the-luftwaffe-1969398.html When he died, I was in the funeral trade, and it was my great privilege to be part of the team that shouldered his coffin into Church, his medals were on the coffin and he was taken through a guard of honour from the Royal British Legion. Bob Fretlow lived a richer life than most. RIP
  23. My Father in Law was the same. He wasnt at D Day but was wounded in North Africa then landed in Sicily, fought through Italy into Austria, then ended up in Palestine. Never spoke about it and we didnt discover his medals until we were planning his funeral. He opened the chink slightly, when his eldest Grandson joined the RAF but then not much. They had seen the terrors of war and I think they didnt want to burden the future generations with the horror of the past. They were also a generation to look up to and admire. My wife was very quiet watching tv today, quietly remembering her Dad and the conversations she would love to have had.......
  24. The courage these young men showed, was beyond our modern day comprehension. May they all rest in a very deserved Peace. Thank you... As the Boudicca sailed I heard a loud prolonged blast of a whistle, which I took to be the Boudicca itself..According to the commentator it wasnt...It was the Bretagne....a lovely tribute.........Merci
  25. keep going its interesting..In the past we have used the Highwayman Inn in Kidlington off the A34..its on the canal side, loads of history and one of the best full English I`ve had..Reasonable price, for that area, as well..Buses into Oxford stop virtually outside every 15mins as well.
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