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Paully

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  1. Paully

    LATEST: £46,6m BF charter for no-deal Brexit

    Don`t blame you for that kind of saving...but its still the trek to Plymouth that puts me off..still one day maybe
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    LATEST: £46,6m BF charter for no-deal Brexit

    She might be old and the entertainment crap... but she`s comfortable and convenient and avoids the Goddam M5...rather you than me Neil🤣😂
  3. Paully

    French road blockades

    Looks like the Prefect`s ban was heeded then!!!
  4. Paully

    LATEST: £46,6m BF charter for no-deal Brexit

    That precisely why I cant see Roscoff Plymouth being anything other than a `Last resort` for hauliers ...Mate of mine who does holiday in Cornwall, now travels through the night and avoids weekends!!
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    Piracy or stowaways

    Good and as we can prove where they came from they must be deported asap..Personally I wouldnt bother charging them, just deport them, which is roughly what the French would do..
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    PS Ryde

    What is it with this crowdfunding lot.......they really have more money than sense if they gave to this hopeless cause
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    French road blockades

    Take care, keep safe
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    Friends voyage club

    Think he means your club membership number that has to be entered on the booking form, by which you collect the 'commission' on his booking..It's not a protected password
  9. Paully

    Preparing for no deal!

    Best thing is don't panic...wait and see what happens and then either carry on as before, most likely, or follow the up to date instructions/facts when they are given.. All main post offices issue IDP which I have had to get in the past for some countries outside of the EU...and for many years had to get a green card to travel in the EU...neither was any hassle..
  10. Why not...some are so outlandish as to defy common sense..
  11. Paully

    SAILING UPDATES: 2019 Latest News

    Perhaps it would be easier if they published a list of dates when they were prepared to work....
  12. Paully

    French road blockades

    This will be seriously occupying the Governments mind......It is, after all, the loss of a serious income stream 😁
  13. Indeed a direct complaint on board would only have been more logical to them!!!...The action you did take is and was far more effective...Salut
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    They are, but for some reason, ignoring views. I can`t understand why they still persevere with it..Its a grade A1/Gift Wrapped, weather restricted gas guzzler that cannot carry freight. Its onboard yield from passengers must be pitifully low (poor shop and eateries etc) ...a bean counters nightmare. Its only possible use must be to try to keep some sort of real or imaginery opposition out (of somewhere)..
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    First Run

    Border queues are a regular complaint on various aviation forums I frequent as well as Portsmouth..In fairness to the operators, such as BF, and even the port/airport operators themselves, this fault lies directly at the door of Border Farce..They have been cut back so far, they just about function.. I do know the airline industry have tried pressure, but they get ignored..Border Force are a law unto themselves and therein lies Portsmouth's problems..Sending out warning leaflets is probably all BF can do.. It's complaint after complaint made to Border Force is what is actually needed, if indeed anything works with those clowns...
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    Normandie not sailing as economie

    I hope your tin hat is at the ready 😲🤣
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    First Run

    Have you tried the Passport Fast Track system at Stansted. I know you have to pay extra and of course you shouldnt have to, but if you want to save time it really works and by passes the queues entirely..recommended
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    Government charter

    Sounds about right for the standard of the Civil Service these days. Most give the impression they could`nt find their arse with both hands and a map, let alone Ramsgate 🤬
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    The Decline of the Travel Experience

    Indeed, most certainly, standards have declined and not just in the travel industry. But focusing on that , the blame lies entirely with both the suppliers and the consumers. The latter, whether by land, sea or air, demand cheaper and cheaper fares. That in turn feeds through to the supply chain. The trains are an anomaly, the cheaper price demands are ignored, by incompetent management, in favour of non productive shareholder benefits. By air though, Ryanair led the way of nailing costs to the floor. The ground handling companies agree to the airline`s payment terms (very low) which means the service they provide to you the passenger is limited. Jet2 have bucked the trend and now handle passengers with their own, trained and more expensive staff. That`s why they are still booming when others are`nt..The longer haul airlines, to a degree, whilst better, still lack the finesse of old. Equally the airport experience,everywhere is dismal. Airlines won`t pay increased landing fees. Security queues are long and overly officious by poorly paid and undertrained staff. It is to be endured and thats it. By sea??..Dover also comes into the category of the Dark Arts of the M25 and best avoided..The experience is similar to that of a cattle barge or you can go on the `Underground`..Freight are the Gods on that one, passengers and their holiday jobbies are merely jam on the bread and butter. That also falls into my `endured` category.. Brittany??..yes a lot wrong but we are back to contractors and price again. BF used to have their own shore staff years ago and went to contractors to save money. Again pressure from customers. Passengers, not freight, are the Gods on BF..leaving aside the issue of cleaning, you have to admit that check in through the ports (Pompey in my case) is a nice relaxed experience. We pay the extra and go via St Malo. You can have dinner, drinks, entertainment(?) and after a reasonable sleep a good brekkie before your journey. What price do you put on that?..Sure not every route is that good but the ships are staffed by well trained Officers and crew who do their jobs safely and competently (and far better trained than Air France pilots!)..There is a certain Gallic chic that rubs off from the crew. Other routes are staffed by the League of nations because they are cheap and it shows. Hope I haven`t bored you all...you get what you pay for..but I think there are chinks of daylight, its just that in today`s world you have to seek them out more than you did.
  20. DFDS has published their Dover service fares and sailings for 2019 but for some reason not those on the crossings to Dieppe. The launch date has been put back several times and the latest enquiry to them is somewhat vague in that they say they may be able to publish them in a few weeks time.. Is this a financial complication ?as I know various French subsidies keep this route alive and DFDS merely operate it on behalf of others. Just wondering if anyone knows more about how this route works, behind the scenes as it were, or is there a possibility it might end due to costs?.. Anyone in the know?
  21. Paully

    Government charter

    Tell you what G4rth, if you get any letters from Nigeria saying that one of your cousins, who was a chief, has died and needing financial help from you......although you are well related I`d still chuck it in the bin😂🤣
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    Brexit effect on BF

    What they are doing now, is what they should have done quite some time ago..That is making a statement of intent to the EU and long overdue. Who knows if they had done it much earlier then I think the deal she was offered would have been much better.
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    LATEST: £46,6m BF charter for no-deal Brexit

    Personal view, but I would suspect a lot if not all of the extra sailings would be freight only. If there is a backlog of freight then passengers would get in the way and best leave them to the previously advertised sailings (albeit with changed times)
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    Brexit effect on BF

    I think Neil would disagree with that one😂🤣😂
  25. Paully

    Brexit effect on BF

    No matter what the problems I just cant see hauliers routing their trucks on a long haul to Roscoff, which is out on a limb...then doing the same from Plymouth to deliver to somewhere in the south east of the UK.. Probably still quicker and more manageable to queue via the short sea routes...I just doubt Roscoff route is going to be so disrupted..
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