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  1. Paully

    General Discussions on Brexit

    No matter which way you dress it, there is less demand for the services they are providing to France. Spain is different, but much cheaper even with a devalued currency. They need to cut their cloth and ships and services to suit. Unpalatable but reality
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    The BF downturn, is a little more prosaic than the Brexit that some would be happy for it to be. Interestingly the routes to and from Spain, as well as freight are doing well. No suprises there then. Business as usual. Equally no suprises as to why their passenger traffic is well down. Two main reasons. First BF are perceived to be expensive. Slower with their longer crossings etc. I have followed many conversations elsewhere on travellers forums where they are the ferry of last resort. Many preferring the short sea crossings and the Tunnel. Many refer to them as `Pirates`. Secondly..France. It just doesn`t cut the mustard anymore. Its massively expensive even for everyday items and at least double the cost of Spain. The weather can be iffy, even in mid summer unless you drag yourself well down the south. Its public servants like to strike at the drop of a hat causing misery all over Europe and its just naff now as a holiday destination. It was of course the real `in place` many years ago, but not now. Last month we were stuck on an aircraft for 3 hours at Fuerteventura waiting for a slot from ATC who preferred a day off to working. Even their own President referred to them as `Slackers`..Well I agree and one reason we wont be returning anytime soon, but the main reason is the eyewatering cost of living. I can buy wines as cheap at Laithwaites than French Supermarkets, which I can send back if i don`t like them. Mercadona sell a lovely Rioja for 1E 68 and so it goes on. There was a big discussion about this on one of the caravan forums a while back and its amazing how many are now trying Germany and Italy instead of France, most citing costs. A lot of them are not returning to France holidays either. I think BF management need to get real, but I agree Brexit is a useful horse for them to flog. Reality never was a French strongpoint though.
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Well as an SNP supporter we are both in the same boat then. But just to lay my cards on the table, I really don`t give a toss whether we get a deal or we don`t. I just want it sorted, one way or the other,quickly..
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Big Picture Guys, big picture ..He can only deal so far.Sadly it appears, that the EU themselves want a political and not necessarily a business settlement. However, what we are seeing at the moment is the cut and thrust of the debate, with neither side completely showing their hand and it would be unreasonable to at this stage in the proceedings. To play it all out in the full glare of public scrutiny is just not how it works. Have patience and see where these events take us. All we have so far are statements from both sides, which tells us nothing. Courage Mon Brave
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    General Discussions on Brexit

    Those days are behind her now Neil. Even she knows she can`t continue as she did. I agree she is talentless and simply doesn`t understand people. Davis on the other hand does, having come from a single parent family on a Council estate in South London. That`s why he made his statement on the health care for ex pats and rightly so. She dare not interfere like she did, because even she understands( and that took a botched election to do it) that her premiership is limited and she`ll be thrown over the side at the appropriate time. Good riddence as well.
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    Bretagne - benches to sleep overnight

    and that`s just on the day crossings
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    Bretagne - benches to sleep overnight

    Was on the Bretagne last month but don`t recall seeing any `bench` type seating. In fact I wouldnt think any of the casual seating would be suitable for `kipping on`..I would suggest a reclining seat might be a lot better, or have a word with BF reservations. Someone on here recently found that they do a berth in a shared cabin(albeit this was on the Spanish run) at a very reasonable cost and ended up being the only occupant .
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    NORMANDIE mini cruise

    Nice report, Giloine and merci and a Happy 40th Birthday to you..Nice to know that things are still good on the Normandie , she has many fans on here. Getting to the Bridge, in this day and age was a big achievement, but also shows that Brittany Ferries Officers are able still to make their own judgements without danger to security. Gives hope to many other travellers. Oh, by the way, your English is far better than my French
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    Red Jet 7 - Red Funnel orders another Fastcat

    Oh dear, must have struck that one a bit close to home..Lets just say after 30 years as a Policeman, including time as a Traffic Cop, I stand by every word. Oh yes and so do most of my past and present colleagues
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    Red Jet 7 - Red Funnel orders another Fastcat

    Because there are too many posers with too much money..
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    SBS Crews perform Training Exercise on Poole Ferry.

    I very much doubt that they were
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    P & O fares 2018

    P & O have released their fares and sailings today on all routes for 2018, for those interested in the routes they cover.
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    Noise Deck 7 MSM

    If anyone wants a preview of what the shuttle is like here is the DIY version you can experience at home: Open the garage door and switch on the garage internal lights. Drive the car in nose first. Close the garage door and get back into your car. Sit there idly doing nothing, it is unlikely the car radio will work, so have some entertainment with you. After 35 mins. Get out and open the garage door and drive your car back outside.. You have just experienced the Shuttle.....On the other hand you can leisurely sail with the `Robber Barons`, have your first experience of the French atmosphere and culture, not to mention their wonderful Seafood Buffets, knowing that you are in the hands of a well trained crew that are more than able to load and sail and navigate your chosen vessel.... Priceless and for everything else there is the EuroTunnel
  14. Oops..bet that`s going to cause some problems especially at this time of the year. With only 2 vessels there`s no immediate plan B..Just hope repairs can be completed quickly. I have little doubt that the available airline seats will suddenly rocket in price, which is what normally happens.
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    The webcams were the best I could manage this morning. The one on HMS Warrior was trained on the carrier directly and a great viewpoint to see her come alongside for the first time, together with some of the many accompanying tugs.Wonderful sight to see. Envious of those able to make it `in the flesh` as it were
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    Upgrading from reserved seat to cabin

    Good result and one angle not many were aware of when travelling..Have a great holiday
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Glad to see this idiot has been reported to the police for investigation. However, in the days when the likes of Raymond Lygo were in charge of Aircraft Carriers this piece of dangerous tomfoolery would have quickly been thrown over the side
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    Ferry companies and airlines

    ` Easyjet inside the cockpit` ..certainly not viewing for the feint hearted or nervous flyer..is on ITV tonight at 9pm ....now if the Ferry Companies can`t pick up some business after that, they really need to examine themselves.. Told that the Tristar was an excellent machine to fly. My son is an RAF ground engineer and went all over the world in one. He spoke very highly of them, although not too enamoured of the seating and the fact that the RAF ripped out the cinema system when they bought them, I think from Pan Am.
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Now if he had managed to get something that size going for himself it would have made Roman Abramovich`s yacht look like a lifeboat!!..once saw it dock in Gibraltar and it needed tug assistance just to get alongside ...sorry to go off course
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    Ferry companies and airlines

    Totally agree, especially the French ambiance on board as well..re the aircraft on landing bit, they simply have to. The firm landing is the designed way for the spoilers (the flaps built on top of the wings) to activate. These are also speed brakes and slow the jet down. The best time to get a `greaser` as they call it is when the aircraft is at the end of a long flight and is much lighter having burnt a lot of the fuel off. Oh yes, and you don`t get good restaurants on Boeings and Airbuses either. The lunch buffet on the Bretagne last month was outstanding for instance..We are on a pre booked jolly from Stansted next month and frankly dreading the whole experience.
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    Wightlink New Linkspans

    Wouldn't it just be easier to use Red Funnel??
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    Ok thanks for clearing that up but is the Libby still running on just 2 engines?
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    CONDOR FERRIES: Condor Liberation

    Either way I would`nt want to be on it with that kind of swell running
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    Passport Chaos Ahead?

    Our experience a few weeks ago into and out of St Malo was very quick. Cursory glance of the passports inbound (literally from Deck4 of the Bretagne to the open road was 6 mins). Inbound, the car interior was checked by the Gendarmes as was our passports and through to the forward holding area. In fact much more stringent checks of our passports on return to Portsmouth. With regard to the airports, I simply don`t buy this ballyhoo...This sort of delay occurs every year at places with high holidaymaker arrivals. Palma handles more aircraft and pax at peak times than most other places in the Med. Ditto Barcelona, Malaga and Faro all of which have featured on the media front pages. Funnily enough there doesnt seem to be such problems at the smaller airports. True, due to security worries, more care is being taken with arrivals than before. Shengen is an excuse imo. Go by sea.....you know it makes sense
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    Sandbanks Haven webcam

    Thanks for that, just got a very good close up of the Barfleur passing Sandbanks on its way to Cherbourg..Really good quality cam as well