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  1. We'll be on the same boat (or not). You'll recognise me by the long flowing white beard, though after driving down from the far north through most of England it may be a touch blue by the time I arrive at Portsmouth. The reindeer will be in the car deck, chewing tyres and knocking off wing mirrors. Ho, Ho, Ho!
  2. Nothing to do with a lack of geast. The lorries actually contain a highly trained squad of BoJo's EU Banana Police checking the size, shape and weight of each banana before they will be allowed on board. Unfortunately the process is taking longer than expected due to BoJo's Pinnoakio nose (which, of course, I can't spell) being frequently mistaken for one of the non-conforming-to-EU-regulation bananas.
  3. Yes, but that sounds like management speak. A possible factor is working conditions and pay. There are millions of workers on low pay and appalling working conditions and insecure terms of employment. For many companies this is part of the company "ethic" for the workforce, while the top management and shareholders grab the largest share of the financial rewards. This is neoliberalism. Whether this applies to BF I have no idea. We have never had any complaints, but then we travel to Spain in winter when the ship tends to be quiet.
  4. My Border Terrier has been doing some digging into the issue. Apparently, it's not the booking engine (aka the BF Abacus), but all those pampered pooches (described by Cabin-boy earlier) sitting in front of touch screens, refreshing the page with damp noses and drooling over the targeted ads from Google of Bonio dog biscuits as they wait to bark Pavlov-like as the Timetables come online, causing a huge amount of static to be transmitted down-the-line which overheated the twisted pair wiring into the BF K9 servers. On a more positive note, the sales of Bonio have gone through the woof !!
  5. The difference in price between Economy and Flexi for a sailing to Bilbao in May is £20. Could be worth it.
  6. I'm not sure what you mean by that. All will be revealed tomorrow, but how can there be no difference in the cost of Economy, Standard and Flexi and yet have different cancellation terms?
  7. Don't be ridiculous. Our dog has enough trouble worrying her smart phone and getting to nips with the update to her barking app from the Bark of Scotland - apparently it won't accept a muddy paw print to dog-in to the app.
  8. I hope this doesn't sound too flippant or insensitive because I know there are many in this country struggling, really struggling, to feed their kids and so on. It was a long time ago when I was a student and I was down to my last 3 quid. I had to look at what I spent my money on and cut out a lot of unnecessary expenditure.
  9. A little bit of perspective might be in order. Do you know how many people are killed by terrorism incidents compared with other causes of, how can I put this, unplanned death, such as road traffic incidents, pollution, smoking related illnesses, workplace incidents, heatwaves etc? Terrorism accounts for orders of magnitude fewer deaths than most other causes. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/europes-terror-threat-is-real-but-our-cities-are-much-safer-than-you-think/
  10. Get the Zap-Map App. https://www.zap-map.com It has most of the charge points on their app and there's useful "reviews" from users which will give you an idea of the reliability of individual charge points. It also tells you the price per unit. Some of the providers have their own apps which show availability of the charge points in real time. We made a recent trip from Selkirk to Selby and then on to a campsite at Thirsk in one day with 2 charges. We found the most reliable, available and quick chargers were on the Instavolt network, and were often to be found at the Bannatyne Health Clubs, but elsewhere too, for example at the Waterloo Service Station not too far from Portsmouth. Some networks need a specific card to use them, Instavolt just need a contactless card. Come to Scotland, because many of them are free. We use the ones in Selkirk and Galashiels and charge up while shopping. We also charge at home, especially if it's sunny as the PV panels on the house roof provide the power.
  11. The advice on the Government website about 3rd country status is quite clear. If there is a deal, if there is an extension, if we crash out but the EU allows us a listed status then it might be different. But at the moment if we leave without a deal, or any other arrangement, on the 31st of Oct then we will be an unlisted 3rd country and therefore if you want to take your pet abroad you will have to follow the guidance. We have taken the necessary precautions for the worst case scenario. If you don't and the worst happens, ie 3 rd country unlisted, forget about taking your pet to the EU because your vet will not give you an Animal Health Document. End of.
  12. Happy with HS2 - they're already destroying woodland even though it hasn't been given the go-ahead - or what about Cross Rail, or Hinkley Point? Or maybe Bojo's flower bridge? I'm happy with the SG's stewardship. And it's not "taxpayers' money", it's government money - see 'The Joy of Tax' by Richard Murphy.
  13. I assume they have done risk assessments, taken advice from Police, MIwhatever and so on. Perhaps they think the risk of stuff being smuggled out of the UK via a ferry is low, in which case why employ an expensive operation of your best people?
  14. I said after Brexit if there is no deal and we're an unlisted 3rd country. While we're in the EU nothing has changed. If there is no deal then everything has changed and what I said is correct. If you look at the AHC & the advice for completion, (after Brexit) then the vet has to certify that 3 months has elapsed.
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