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  1. Shhhhh you will set the Brexiteers off.....
  2. Now there's a prospect, non functioning vaccum toilets... So long as they don't start running backwards as the heads in some WWII destroyers are alleged to have done in rough weather. A friend of mine told me how he was sat in the mess eating his breakfast one morning when there was a godalmighty whoosh from the heads (also in the mess) and moments later no one seemed keen on breakfast any more. Brought a whole new meaning to hash browns.... Rhys
  3. We are having a major family expedition in March. I am hoping our fave ship will be on the St Malo run by then. Return in Aprill will be the PA out of Roscoff. Rhys
  4. Our Citroen C5 (which is a proper C5 with citroen suspension) has a BZH sticker on the back. Appropriate as it is of course a Breton car built in Rennes. It has yet to aquire the CYM (Cymru) badge like my VWT4. I have never had GB on any of my vehicles and I've no plans to put UK on them either. Rhys
  5. Heading back on topic, lets remember, Bretagne and PA were designed for the job. To batter their way down to Spain across Biscay even when it cut up all choppy. I did a crossing on the Bretagne where it turned nasty mid channel. hitting force 10, my it was a bit choppy!! The ships pivot point (on that crossing) was under one of the stair wells in deck 5, so we had a quiet night there in our dos bags, that was when we were young and didn't do cabins. PA came in with a big shout to her speed - I remember her, running in front of a storm, touching 30 knots just off Cherbourg. These Eflexer things are an off the shelf generic thing. Are they going to be fit for purpose? Only time will tell. It's like a farmer trading his series II built for the job Land Rover for a new Defender. I suspect the old series II coped far better with 20 years up to it's hubs in cow by products than the new one ever will Rhys
  6. Yeah but covid variants will be more popular than a Caprii
  7. Same here my CV still runs out end of this month. Rhys
  8. I did a crossing on the Normandie, and one of the nicest features was the way that the sommaliers sampling point is round the corner from the till and the staff there can't see whats going on over there. So when they had a whisky sampling and the somalier cleared off for his dinner. There I was Unsupervised With all these bottles of whisky. It was a nice hour. Rhys
  9. Bringing this back on topic.... Bretagne is without doubt my personal all time favourite. Having sailed on her in the first month she was on the fleet. She felt a bit neglected last time we were on her but we are booking next year for my 3rd 21st birthday (plus 2), combined with my eldest daughters 15th Bday (x2) outbound from Portsmouth to enjoy that lovely early morning arrival in St Malo. Then take grandchildren to the aquarium and try to resist feeding them to the sharks. When it first came out the pool on PA was a bit of a novelty and my kids also loved watching the glass lifts going up and down. Sailed on her in the first week she was in service too. We will be coming back on PA daycrossing out of Roscoff which is another trip I love. Armorique did feel a bit low rent when it first came out and the lack of a real restauraunt is a big negative. On the plus side it never ever feels crowded, even at the height of summer, when the car decks are rammed, it never feels like it's full. That is a huge plus, especially now when distancing is important. It's a shame that BF seem to be switching from bespoke limos to ford escorts, but I'm sure the new pricing structure will be much cheaper to reflect that. Hang on - airbourne porker just went past the window..... Rhys
  10. My membership had been extended to the end of August this year, as it stands it will still expire the end of August, no extension applied as yet. We will have to wait and see. Rhys
  11. Bretagne Normandie and Barfleur to go.... Unique ships which set the style for BF New off the shelf identical ships with cafeteria only. Whats to like? BF was great in it's day, those days are rapidly fading into memory. Soon it will be another company trading on what it once was. Rhys
  12. Strewth people, Going to Brittany is a jolly, You don't need to do it. so Don't Rhys
  13. And when the Greek based series get to the omege strain everyone will know it's all over.... Rhys
  14. I have run out of Carte Noir, Lambig, Pelforth, Sur Lie, all lifes essentials. Thats not "compelling" it's catastrophic. It's not like I can dash out for 6 months supplies either, with customs limits I might need to book a crossing once a week. Rhys
  15. We tend to go for overnights outwards. From Fishguard it's a 4 hour blast to either Plymouth or Portsmouth with not much to chose between them. The timings mean you usually hit congestion coming into Portsmouth, the M5 can be like a car park at times too. The St M crossing is more expensive but you do usually get the Bretagne which makes up for it. Also 20.30 sailing is just right to catch a meal on board and 08.30 not a bad time to arrive. The run down to Guemene is a bit more fiddly with GPS insisting we go via St Brieuc - which is a good reason to ignore it's squaking and get a proper old fashioned road map. Roscoff is usually a late evening sailing from Plymouth with a stupid o clock arrival in the morning. Try to arrive in Plymouth early evening get a meal, board the ferry and straight to bed. St Malo night crossings are rare but good if you get one. Roscoff night crossings are usually late, so again it's meal in town, on the ship and straight to bed. Ready for a silly o clock wake up call. Day crossings from Roscoff can be good. 09.30 would mean a silly o clock departure from Guemene - worth thinking about if we are on the bike. You can make some serious progress from Guemene to Roscoff watch out for people taking pictures though. Otherwise it's drive up the night before park the transporter in the terminal then wander into town for a meal and some sherbets. One of the advantages of Roscoff is the lovely walk into town followed by a decent meal. Walking from the terminal in Plymouth in the evening I don't feel comfortable without the 3 cell maglite for company, in case the street lights fail... Afternoon crossings are OK too, just retire to the cabin with a book. Of course that was then, our lives have changed again having custody of our two grandchildren. Maybe it's back to one of our absolute favourite times. Arrive late afternoon at the camping 4 saisons, early evening on the beach with the kids, then off to bed with the waves crashing in the background. Up at 0800, throw everything in the van and make for the terminal. Rhys
  16. To throw even more into the pot.... We live in Fishguard, for us, there is not a lot to chose between Portsmouth and Plymouth, are about 4 hours away, the A350 rules Poole out. We are heading for Guemene Sur Scorff so Roscoff and St Malo are a couple of hours away. Caen is a drag Cherbourg a mega drag and Le Havre not even on the map. In an ideal world we like overnight out of Portsmouth with an early evening sailing meal on the Bretagne and a civilised(ish) arrival in spectacular St Malo in the morning. In reality overnight out of Plymouth is great if we arrive early, have a meal in town, get on the ship, straight to bed and zombie out of bed in the morning. On the way back, Cherbourg and Caen are - out. St Malo, get up there for a morning sailing, Ok we can stay with our mate in Dinan, which means arriving on the ferry with a decent hang over. Which would be followed by a lesson in tedium followed by a 4 hour drive. Roscoff on the way home is better in all it's variants: 09.30 arrive the night before, park the van in the terminal, night in town then wake just in time for the ferry, retire to the cabin a decent lunch then on. Good option Afternoon sailing, relaxed run up from the house, an easy crossing, then home by about midnight. Or a late night sailing, night out in Roscoff, then straight to bed, off the ferry half awake, divert off the road at about 10.00 for an unhealthy breakfast then home for lunch. Works for us... Rhys
  17. BF feels like an extension of the transporter owners club sometimes.... Rhys (2000 T4 AJT in blue)
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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 - lets see how long that lasts as they make themselves just another ferry firm. Rhys
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Nah, it would be Orange if it was.... Rhys
  24. 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 wear a mask, he had a right not to, so he said, he was on holiday, he had a right to, he had a right to buy beer. Entering into the spirit, mine host said: he had a right not to serve him. Futhermore he had a right to ask him to leave. And, said several of us, if he was finding it hard to leave, we would help him through the door.... He could indeed do many of those things he wanted - but they were not the right things to do. Rhys
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