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  1. Vaccine scepticism in France reflects "dissatisfaction with political class" https://www.theguardian.com/global/2021/jan/11/vaccine-scepticism-in-france-reflects-dissatisfaction-with-political-class
  2. I have never been on a NYE cruise, but these are from a Portsmouth/St Malo BFE day trip in March 2017 - the first one I did on Pont Aven. A Healthy New Year to everyone!
  3. According to Sky News, one of the French govt's scientific advisers has said that the country will not be back to normal until autumn 2021. Not good news for BF's summer bookings next year. Normally I would have booked next year's summer holiday with BF by now, but not even the lure of a 20% discount can persuade me that France will be back to normal and mask-free by then. https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-france-wont-return-to-normal-until-autumn-2021-scientific-adviser-warns-12166131
  4. I suspect the proof of vaccination will be linked to the NHS app and the default will be that you have it on your phone to show anyone who wants proof. Maybe there will be an option to print it out like the system with the passenger locator forms currently. For sure it will be required for overseas travel ultimately. I think many of the people being branded "anti-vaxxers" are just people with concerns about a vaccine that has been brought out so quickly, seems reasonable to have such concerns. Anyway, I don't think anyone is likely to be upset with your own personal decision about having
  5. Apparently the French Covid app has had only 3 million downloads, compared with the UK's 12 million and Germany's 18 million. Even Jean Castex has not downloaded it, not exactly a vote of confidence 🙄 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/29/france-struggles-to-push-covid-app-as-neighbours-race-ahead
  6. "Marseille fury at Paris decree to shut its bars as coronavirus soars" - new restrictions in France: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/24/marseille-fury-at-paris-decree-to-shut-its-bars-as-coronavirus-soars
  7. In my "roving eyewitness" role I observed that the French are wearing masks outdoors in busy shopping and tourist areas and this is enforced by the police. In practice it means that people are constantly taking their masks off and putting them back on again when required (as we did too). We saw several people with masks dangling from their wrists and worn on their elbows when they weren't required to wear them on their face, so that didn't seem very hygenic. There are signs everywhere stating that social distancing should be 1 metre, but I saw little evidence that people (or the police) were b
  8. We decided to carry on with our short trip to Caen, booked a few months ago, not least to support BF at this time. We had an early start to arrive at Portsmouth for 6.45 for the 8.15 MSM crossing and made it on time. We checked in, had a pink car sticker (easy to remove later), a short wait in the first lanes, then were stopped near the security shed. The officer said he would look in our car boot, but we didn't need to get out of the car. He opened the boot, said "OK that's fine" and immediately closed it - don't know what he was looking for, empty car boots perhaps? It was a long wait i
  9. My Super U shopping list includes reasonably-priced wine (compared with prices in the UK) Cassis - around 6 euros for 1 litre Mayonnaise with Dijon mustard, much cheaper than the UK Jam - favourites include 4 fruits, Framboise and Cassis Chocolate bars - 2 favourites are Menthe Intense and Ganache Citron Macarons Roscoff onions when in Brittany Plus a look around the kitchenware section, have found some very useful things there in the past.
  10. That's already happened - https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/high-court-throws-out-jr-bid-and-rules-lockdown-legal/5104902.article The judicial review was thrown out in July, but the Court of Appeal has since ruled that there should be another hearing at the end of the month to decide if a full appeal should be heard - https://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/judicial-review-into-government-lockdown-to-proceed-to-next-stage/
  11. Interesting timing! Does this mean that BF are fairly confident that the French govt is not going to apply reciprocal quarantine on travellers arriving from the UK in the near future? We've got a trip booked for 15th Sep and we're still planning to go and support BF. Our crossings are unchanged so far as they are Portsmouth/Caen. We factored in the possibility of quarantine on return when we booked so we're OK with that, we'll only reschedule if the rules change on quarantining when we arrive in France. Fingers crossed........
  12. Yes, Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are included. Seems the worst outbreak is in the Barcelona area.
  13. According to the Guardian, people arriving back from Spain by 11pm tonight will not have to self-isolate - so sighs of relief all round from the CF passengers I imagine. Spain is being removed from the list of "safe" countries from midnight.
  14. 2019's hotel holidays were available to book from August 2018 (that's when I booked mine), but the hotel holidays for 2020 were not available to book until November 2019. I always book asap to get the 20% discount - which I hope will still be on offer. Anyway, we had to wait until November last year, so there's plenty of time yet.
  15. Khaines - these face covering exemption cards may be useful - includes cards for autism: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e74a4169b3712658a63f54f/t/5eeb87d9e8f478511e292ab8/1592494047048/Mask-Exemption-Cards-V2.pdf
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