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  1. Given that everything has to be done at right angles and in a rather block-like fashion, lego is perfect for modelling the Super-Vikings 😉
  2. Someone has been hitting the Dettol hard again...
  3. Quoted above for ease!
  4. Because there are journalists. You know, the group of people that 6 weeks ago spent a whole week repeating "when are you going to close schools?" to then spend the next 6 weeks asking when they are going re-open. Or last weekend spent it criticising the Government's lack of PPE ordering, before spending the weekend just gone suggesting the the Government wasted funds and effort on building the Nightingale hospitals because they've been barely used. There will be a need for a proper review into the Government's handling of the pandemic. But that has to be done at the right time, and by the right people. Journalists doing it right now to get sensationalist headlines don't meet that criteria. Rant over! 😂
  5. Well, it has always been said that Dover-Calais ships were basically floating motorway service stations, so that's partly accurate...
  6. Love the container sculpture!
  7. Purely on looks - if ever there was a definition of top heavy, this has to be it.
  8. Ah, pleased to see that the stretched Super-Vikings continue their streak of being ugly in every possible picture or video in which they feature! As an aside, over the weekend (via video call) we worked out as a family the details of all of our holidays over the last 20 years or so, and it transpires that the Pride of Cherbourg (out) and Pride of Hampshire (return) were most likely our cross-channel travel for our first family holiday abroad in May '98, My memories, being 5 at the time, are a little hazy to say the least, but I distinctly the high-backed seats in an open area inside and the red seats on green flooring on the outside deck. The trip report from @hhvferry of Oujda confirmed that my recollections were accurate!
  9. Yes, that is the 'Seconds from Disaster' documentary that must be about 15 years old now! it is good for the technical explanation of how the fire spread and why the death toll was so high (crew language barrier, poor ship layout...) but is very 'dated' in the conclusions it draws from the disaster, going with the outcome of the original investigation which put the responsibility onto the Danish (?) trucker with a prior conviction for arson, which is widely regarded as incorrect through evidence that has since come to light.
  10. Don't think I've seen this posted elsewhere, but noticed that the joint Danish-Norwegian documentary that has been in the pipeline for a few years now has been broadcast on Scandinavian TV. Unfortunately I've not seen any mention of it being distributed to the UK etc. IMDb link here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11907884/episodes?ref_=tt_ov_epl Interview with director here: https://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/news/stories/mikala-krogh-on-the-true-crime-series-scandinavian-star Series trailer here: I'll confess it is a disaster that whilst tragic is equally as fascinating, and still to this day I struggle to believe that there could be that much secrecy and unresolved questions about a disaster that is, in overall terms, not that long ago and involved countries not behind the Iron Curtain.
  11. Am guessing that is primarily freight-only? I do remember the episode, but not the ins and outs of that ferry trip, apart from them getting stuck at sea, as referenced above! [off-topic] - it's a great show, series 2 is broadcasting now and is just over halfway.
  12. I never thought I'd see burials that nobody could attend here in the UK during my lifetime... if nothing else, I can't think of a starker or harder-hitting reminder that this virus does not discriminate and isn't 'just the flu' (as was common thinking 4-6 weeks or so ago) and it - and the procedures put in place to reduce its spread - must be respected.
  13. Actually now you come to mention it, haven't heard a great deal from the Czech Republic on the issue, which is obviously a good indicator!
  14. Isn't it sympathetically called 'retaining period features' or have I spent too much time reading estate agents' property ads recently?!
  15. Forgot to say earlier, wishing speedy recovery to those forum members and/or relatives currently affected by COVID-19.
  16. Fun fact - I actually appear on one of Geoff's videos when he did the least used stations. Well, when I say appear, I mean I drive through at around 85mph! 😂 One other YouTube channel I do recommend is 'HonestGuide'. It's 2 (english-speaking) Czech guys who live in Prague, and many of the videos are Prague-themed, with the mantra of talking about the sites and places the guide books don't and offering 'insider' tips. However, they are also on a mission to clear Prague of tourist traps, and so their ongoing war against dodgy exchange shops is particularly amusing. Most recently they travelled out to Slovakia to find out the true owners of them in some rather interesting detective work.
  17. The BBC is currently running an article about what it would have been like if this was 2005. Unsurprisingly this wasn't an area that was mentioned! (And I did initially mis-read that as 'Macron', which takes on an even weirder twist!)
  18. By 'media' I was meaning 'sources and then methods of sharing information'. Government regulation is distributed by means of 'government media' on the subject.
  19. Interestingly enough, when listening to the 'Alerte Coronavirus' on French radio they have have been talking about a 1 metre distance, as opposed to the 2m in all media in the UK.
  20. Reading online last night of franceinfo, there were suggestions that pinch points would be closed to spectators, such as arrival and finish lines and in the mountains as well. My suspicion is that there will be a particular effort to get the TdF to go ahead - even if in a limited state - as a bit of a morale boost given the significance of the event. I do have personal interest in this one, and I've booked to see the final stage in Paris once again (with my mother who is a huge fan despite never having ridden a bike) but whether this goes ahead looks risky. A bit of a waste if it doesn't go ahead but nothing on the scale to the sacrifices or what others have had to deal with as a result of the virus.
  21. Blimey, has it really been 5 years?! I think that just shows how much change there has been in the last 5-7 year period, compared with previous equivalent lengths of time when it was a '1 in, 1 out' 'rule' when it came to new arrival and departures to the fleet.
  22. But what if you need to go out and buy printer cartridges so that you can print off a form? 😂
  23. Aha the classic 'transport enthusiast faced with questions from authority' conundrum! In the same measure, whilst rail trips don't involve questions from UK Border Force, I'm sure it was the same odd look I get from platform staff getting of a Northbound train to get a Southbound one back at somewhere random like Market Harborough! [insert any comparable situation involving a journey to a destination with little/no time spent in destination here] 😁
  24. Breakfast on the balcony looks excellent - although I'm guessing that it was colder than it looks!
  25. With the timing of docking v home on the way back, I can see why you originally planned to sail from Portsmouth!
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