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  1. Going to have to try that myself.... If enough of us do it, we could clog up their system.... Rhys
  2. If they are selling sailings knowing they will have to refund them, intending to refund them using fares from future reservations which might also themselves have to be re funded, thats not Ratner, thats a Ponzi scheme!!! I've got a voucher for 250 quid from last year, I'm getting worried it might turn out to be valueless. Rhys
  3. The estimated calculation always make me laugh. They seem pretty unchanged from month to month, then every couple of years we get an actual reading. Followed by a huge refund.... Rhys
  4. No one "needs to get back" to a holiday home. I assume ours is still there, we locked the door in October 2019. The community out there is still in lockdown and quite right too. We have no immediate plans to go out there because in the real world we don't need to go. I would not wish to place them at risk by going or risk moving the virus back here. Rhys
  5. What we are seeing is the marketising of the brand. When you boarded a ship the crew used to greet you because they loved their jobs and were happy to see you. Now they are "profit points" for the company and follow the company training manual - thats it. As a company they have gone from buying ships built to their specifications, to renting what ever is out there. Their ships used to be individual, not bought off the shelf to someone else's design. That feeling that BF was a little bit special is on it's way out. Their customer base has been incredibly loyal - le
  6. If BF are thinking of giving up on Plymouth there are now lots of spare sailing slots out of Fishguard. Of course none of BF's ships could make the antique linkspan here and it would need huge ammounts of dredging, but those are just minor details. Maybe this will be a story for me to leak one day next week before miday. Rhys
  7. i think this summer is another write off. As I said before, you might end having a right to do something, that does not make it the right thing to do. Rhys
  8. Nah, it would be Orange if it was.... Rhys
  9. Didn't see that on the side of any busses..... Getting back on subject, we should maybe remember, this is not about what we can do, but what we should do. The recent S4C documentary highlighted how, when travel for holidays from high infection areas to low infection areas was banned in England. Boris refused to extend the order to include travel to Wales. The Senedd in Cardiff did not have the power to ban this themselves. This was just before infection rates really took off in Wales. I had personal experience of this, sat in the "office" someone breezed in, declined to we
  10. I'm in the SJA as a trainer and qualified at the relevant levels. We have been increased our our ambulance cover, a lot of people were bounced up several grades so they could crew trucks. I've not seen so many of our trucks on the road since the ambulance strikes of the 1970's. The military have also been crewing trucks for the WAST. We were originally to be part of the vaccination programme but didn't end up doing anything here (Hywel Dda Health board) The programme is flying away here with 33% of the general population have had one jab with 41% of health and social care staff having ha
  11. You don't remember the original Armorique then, boarding her once my partner was seasick getting out of the car on the car deck in Plymouth - not a terribly good seakeeping ship that one..... Rhys
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  13. Has anyone else been invited to the test the new look website. Change will normally trigger a tidal wave of comment on here. I have to say the site is absolutely different.... A change for those of us who don't drive the standard Uncle Henry Escort is putting in vehicle dimensions which the site does not do automatically even though the first thing it asks is your reg no. The cabin option is now called "on board discomfort" and now requires you to scroll through all options before you chose one or more. Has anyone else been selected for this? Rhys
  14. The announcement yesterday was Boris speaking about England only, it remains to be seen how Drakeford and Sturgeon will decide to go. It might be a little too early to get the bunting out. Rhys
  15. I agree there Colin, living in West Wales with some quite narrow lanes you quickly realise: Truckers tend to be drivers not wheel turners. Milk tanker drivers put their brain in a bucket every morning, there is no throttle on their vehicles, just a switch. Most tourists have no idea what that "R" setting is for on the gearstick. You can usually reverse 100 m quicker than they can reverse 10 feet. There was however the occasion above where tourists default was to hang out of the window screaming at me for daring to be in the road at all. I was in the Green Goddess Pump
  16. Irish sea crossings seem to cancel more frequently than the crossings out of Ply and Port. For us in Fishguard it seems Stena will cancel at the first hint of a breeze, though there was the epic a few years back where the Europa was caught mid channel and had to run North to hide under the Lleyn peninsula for hours. A trip from the Emerald Isle that left a lot of Emerald passengers.... Rhys
  17. I just checked - the early itineraries for crossings in March April on my saved voyage slot have dissapeared. But it will is still offering me the chance to book into St M on 5th May. I might skip that one.... Rhys
  18. Cutting across all the vaccine stuff (we were both vaccinated dose one a few weeks back). I had thought of booking something early on - late March when Plymouth is supposed to re start. I don't feel confident in that now. As it turns out, we got offered a block of work that runs till May, possibly longer, I would need a greater level of certainty to book anything even after that. We might not go till September at this rate. On the plus side, some of the UK festivals that I work are looking more likely to run this year, so we might be able to afford a bottle of wine when we even
  19. We had the Pfizer 3 weeks ago - I am not even thinking of booking a ferry. I think this could be another write off year. Rhys
  20. I was always pretty dubious about this three level fare system, I remain unconvinced that leaving the booking to the day before you leave will save you a lot either. Rhys
  21. I just paid my EDF bill with my BF card. Rhys
  22. Time to get the fleet roughian back on this run, the ship that can handle a spot of choppy water. Bring back Bretagne..... Rhys
  23. Stena just announced cutbacks on the schedule out of Rosslare to Fishguard due to a drop in freight volume. Rhys
  24. The original Armorique was something else. On one of out trips the management went green really early on, and I mean REALLY early on. We were still tied up in Plymouth!!! She is still not a brilliant sailor. Rhys
  25. It was an epic trip. Back in the day when I was too tight to pay for cabins so the then girlfriend an I wandered the ship till we found the pivot point, this was a stairwell slightly aft on deck 5 or 6 as i recall. So, while people elsewhere were enjoying the funfair ride we slept in our relatively stable bit of deck in our 57 pattern dos bags (certain age required for that too). My 57 pattern is still my faithfull companion when I work festivals - like the Bretagne, stick with something that works. Rhys
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