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  1. Khaines


    Love a bit of Stilton, tried Roquefort once, supposed to be the king of cheeses. No it ain’t. Now Saint Augur...🤩
  2. Saunas, and the beating each other with birch twigs...😄😳
  3. Khaines


    I always remember I ate the red rind on Edam until someone pointed out that it is inedible..😂
  4. 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!
  5. 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”
  6. She is replacing Pelican until December according to the BF Freight site. https://www.brittanyferriesfreight.co.uk/fleet/freight-only-ferries/pelican
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Khaines


    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...👍
  10. 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....🙄
  11. 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
  12. 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...🙂
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Agreed - which is why we need to give Libby a chance under a new company.
  16. Cats had quite a few problems in their latter days though.
  17. Article says what I have been saying loads of times, finding a modern ship of the right size is going to be a pig of a job, Those who were after Barfleur, well small as she is, she is not small by any means when it comes to fitting in to the CI ports. No way. So you are looking smaller than her and more up to date. Gonna be difficult.
  18. Details of length and draught for St Peter Port. http://www.harbours.gg/article/152097/Commercial
  19. Link gives the speed limits for the harbour and there is a tab for the chain ferry. https://www.phc.co.uk/ms_speedlimits.html
  20. I used to lurk there but it is so full of spite by the usual suspects that it is not worth visiting. I would describe the word “hate” though by certain individuals though...😉. I got added to it once but removed myself immediately...😂
  21. As HT used to keep saying about BF keeping Barfleur in Poole to keep another operator out, then surely they would want Liberation to be the same, another operator might well step in. They need to keep Lib where she is doing what she does, regardless of those who are not to fond of her. Lib might be better under BF anyway. Who knows? As for haters - that is a word straight out of celebrity gossip magazines. I call them the moaners...😄
  22. Wonder how many people stub their toes or tripped on those yellow lashing points, been there and bought the T-shirt....😉
  23. Apparently Pelican was delayed leaving Poole due to the strong winds so madam had to wait in the bay, she is on her way into port now. Asked on Facebook...👍🙂
  24. Taken a few minutes ago from my window. Watching seagull chicks on a nearby roof and something a lot bigger and white than they hove into view. Grabbed the ipad and took a quick pic before she disappeared behind buildings. What is she doing, she was docked in Cherbourg this morning as checked AIS, so she has sailed today then. Never see her from my window, she anchoring out there or something? Me sitting watching seagulls with the binoculars, bit of bird watching and all of a sudden she appears... Strange...
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