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  1. When BF used Condor Vitesse to provide a summer Poole - Cherbourg service both companies logos were on her. Condor logo being the bigger. Would be the other way round if she did the CI service. Link is a picture of Vitesse with both logos. https://hiveminer.com/Tags/condorferries%2Charbour
  2. Ones near Poole https://chargemap.com/cities/poole-GB/1
  3. I am wondering if it is worth booking the Mercure in Cherbourg one day, it is very central and as the Marine Hotel is sadly no more, now demolished, thought it might be worth looking at the Mercure. Depending on the Brexit situation and sailings affected by it all, been thinking of hotels, another is the Ambassador. Both quite central.
  4. That one is the Independance of the Seas - a Facebook friend was on her for that visit. She must have just docked as my FB bud said that Barf was just leaving as they arrived.
  5. Will certainly miss going upstairs in the terminal to that lounge like area where you can ship watch. Always enjoyed sitting up there, all offices now. Shame really, remember I nearly missed my crossing home as the departure tannoy cannot be heard up there and remember being busy watching Harmony of the Seas reversing out - went downstairs to find out they were waiting for ONE passenger to board for Poole. Me. The shame...😄
  6. Vehicles damaged on IOM crossing. Post on Facebook says that photo is Ben McCree though... http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=50672&headline=Vehicle+damaged+in+ferry+crossing&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019
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    New Look Revealed

    Just had a photo sent me on Messenger, Poole’s offices have their new logo up. I’ll try snd go and get a pic.
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    Anyone ever tried cazu marzu? I bet not... 🤣
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    I must start thinking of holding out the begging bowl to a friend of mine for a lift to the Isigny fromagerie we drove past recently. They do tours as well.
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    Love a bit of Stilton, tried Roquefort once, supposed to be the king of cheeses. No it ain’t. Now Saint Augur...🤩
  11. Saunas, and the beating each other with birch twigs...😄😳
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    I always remember I ate the red rind on Edam until someone pointed out that it is inedible..😂
  13. Connemara was Norman Asturias, and she served Poole under LD Lines. So she has served Poole before under a different operator. Etretat, who was originally Norman Voyager, visited Poole briefly as berthing trials for the Asturias. Remember the Voyager’s appearance had HT in raptures of speculation about BF’s Poole future...😄. Oops, sorry Gareth, posts crossed!
  14. Answer I got on Facebook from someone who works on the pilot boat in Poole. “Pelican going for a scrubber fit as deadline is January. Also doing a little charter for a bit before dry dock space is available. Bore bay is the temporary cover vessel. Similar vessel to pelican but bit shorter. Finnish crewed”
  15. She is replacing Pelican until December according to the BF Freight site. https://www.brittanyferriesfreight.co.uk/fleet/freight-only-ferries/pelican
  16. Anyone remember what happened when they recalled Barfleur from DFDS - I of all people cannot remember. Was she recalled at the end of her charter or during? I know it was all of a sudden.
  17. Does anyone think that BF should recall Cotentin. We have been going on about the freight side of things, and surely one of the best things BF could do, seeing as the way things are going regarding Brexit, having their purpose built freight ship back in the fleet. If she was recalled, then what would be the best route for her to serve?
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    Got to admit my favourite cheese is Emmental, best one is from M&S. Got into that last trip when I got some out of the self service on Barf, and was trying out the new rolls - making cheese butties. Nearest and nicest Emmental I have found is the M&S one. Goes nice with the Isigny beurre I get from Sainsbury’s...👍
  19. Barf will stay as she is - she isn’t popular or suited to the longer routes, shuffling her around doesn’t work. I think I remember someone said that she once served Portsmouth was it to Caen? She wasn’t popular. Lib carries freight as well, so she ought to stay, if Barfleur could do more freight only sailings leaving Lib to do pax to Poole - Cherbourg on specific days. Leaving Rapide to do Poole - CI on those days. I just cannot see BF putting NEX permanently in Poole, Lib can do a lot of the freight, she can carry a lot more than NEX or Rapide. Reconfigure Barfleur to carry more freight or have her do freight only crossings several times a week. Whatever opinions have on Lib, she is here and ought to be made use of in possible difficult times ahead. Now if BF had not got rid of Cotentin....🙄
  20. When I used to house-sit on the island there was a shop in Totland that sold Isle of Wight Glass, think it was called Alum Bay Glass. Very expensive multicoloured glass trinkets. Used to gaze in the window when going to the paper shop in the morning. Shop long gone now, used to be on a corner at the bottom of the hill. Think I remember a shop in Yarmouth that sold it as well. Remember the post office/gift shop near the ferry terminal, that was great for stuff like that. Always had a poke round there before catching one of the ferries back to Lymington. Would have been 1990 - 1996
  21. Because Timmy mentioned her a few comments back regarding the way she is under as much speculation and rumour as Libby. And off we went, Got me started off, so then Nick replied with quite a dismissive comment, and off we go.. Would it be a good idea to remove the last few comments, so we can get back on track...🙂
  22. Ex Nova Star? She still is Nova Star. She is ex Norman Leader. And works perfectly well for Polferries, so what is the issue? She has been carrying freight for both Intershipping and Polferries without a problem hasn’t she, so why could she not do so in the Channel which she was intended to.
  23. I have mentioned Nova Star many times here - she is a beautiful ship, doing well now with Polferries. Although many disagree on here, I think she is perfect for a BF route, she is only marginally bigger than Barfleur, so quite a small vessel compared to many, and she would not fit in the Channel Islands ports anyway, but she is quite luxurious inside and seems to be getting favourable reactions. Comfortable as well it seems. Libby, Austal have had more orders for trimarans like her from Fred Olsen so they see to be ok with her half sister to order more. BF need to really look at Libby and get to the bottom of her issues. As Gareth said, the cats are perfectly ok in Greece. So could be down to maintenance issues. All very well about rumour and speculation but they really don’t help matters at the end of the day. I see Nova Star plodding back and forth perfectly ok, she should be in the Channel where she was intended, perfectly good vessel.
  24. Agreed - which is why we need to give Libby a chance under a new company.
  25. Cats had quite a few problems in their latter days though.
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