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Separation Anxiety

BirvidikBob

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We’ve been full-time cruising for 15 years, and were looking forward to many more years of blundering our way around Europe. Now, however, the double whammy of Brexit and covid have put the block on our freedom of movement.

We’ve now been stuck in Portugal for well over a year now and we haven’t seen the boat once in all that time. By’eck we miss her.

On top of that, being rooted in one place for an extended period has put us on a collision course with bureaucracy. For your delectation:

www.sailblogs.com/member/birvidik

Have fun.
 

Athomson

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reminded me of getting my license converted in Kuwait. A study in efficiency minimisation and job creation. Must have been 10 stops on a tour of offices where very bored men in uniforms looked at the same bit of paper, gave me a steely glare as though they could do anything other then rubber stamp it and rubber stamped it. Took the whole day even with an essential guide thankfully paid for by my work but who weren't able to stop me having to accompany the pieces of paper.

Funny thing is all the people in the world with terrible bureaucracy say they got it from the British 🤷‍♂️ They've had 50 years to change it but seem to like it more than we do so I'm not accepting any blame.
 

rotrax

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reminded me of getting my license converted in Kuwait. A study in efficiency minimisation and job creation. Must have been 10 stops on a tour of offices where very bored men in uniforms looked at the same bit of paper, gave me a steely glare as though they could do anything other then rubber stamp it and rubber stamped it. Took the whole day even with an essential guide thankfully paid for by my work but who weren't able to stop me having to accompany the pieces of paper.

Funny thing is all the people in the world with terrible bureaucracy say they got it from the British 🤷‍♂️ They've had 50 years to change it but seem to like it more than we do so I'm not accepting any blame.

Not true.

Perhaps you never experienced going through the Helmsted West German/DDR border crossing with 3 Speedway bikes and a race truck.

They had NVQ Level 5 in Bureaucracy and, I can assure you, no input at all from the British.

The French had their moments too.
 

cherod

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a fine read indeed (y) ,,, not sure if you are proposing Trump as he is now out of work or perhaps Ken Clark himself , when after all the perfect person would be Alex Salmond
 

Stemar

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The French had their moments too.
Oooooh yes, as that damned dog says.

Many of you will know of Asterix the Gaul and his sidekick, Obelix. There's a cartoon book called The 12 Labours of Asterix; one of the labours is to obtain a complete Form 12/27AcJ - 2, duly completed and signed off. Obelix has little patience and a fairly direct approach to life, so it ends up in the punch-up and general mayhem that has been the desire of most French people at some point.

Actually, Milady's experience dealing with the Consulate in London has been the exact opposite. They've been almost universally helpful and efficient, so maybe there is hope.

Being French, however, with the instinctive love of les rosbifs that comes with the striped T shirt and beret, I'm pretty sure they're busily recruiting old fashioned seat warmers to work in Channel port Immigrations and Customs
 

Athomson

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Being French, however, with the instinctive love of les rosbifs
The French love roast beef?

New one on me I honestly thought I was joking about food but I just looked it up, seems like they were ahead of the current trend of calling Englishmen gammons
 
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Stemar

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Les rosbifs is a terms the French use to be rude about we Brits, a bit like us calling them Frogs. It seems that once upon a time, we used to eat a lot of it, while they didn't. Then their cuisine improved, while ours, err, didn't.
 

Athomson

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Les rosbifs is a terms the French use to be rude about we Brits, a bit like us calling them Frogs. It seems that once upon a time, we used to eat a lot of it, while they didn't. Then their cuisine improved, while ours, err, didn't.
our food is like our weather
 

Athomson

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Disturbed maritime temperate?
bland and stodgy! India's is hot and spicy, Italy's is sunny and fresh etc Not sure how far I can carry the analogy but climate does seem to influence the food, Just look at Scottish food. I've very partial to the football snack of Bovril and meat pie but it just fits somehow
 

De.windhoos

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ohh, your blog is a hidden gem!
In this day and age where people flock to vlogs, probably because reading beyond a title or headline is passé or not wake wick woke, it's a pleasure to read well crafted mind dribble.
 

mjcoon

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ohh, your blog is a hidden gem!
In this day and age where people flock to vlogs, probably because reading beyond a title or headline is passé or not wake wick woke, it's a pleasure to read well crafted mind dribble.
"mind dribble "? Isn't that a smidgeon rude? I thought it was a bit more like spitting venom!
 

bigwow

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Not true.

Perhaps you never experienced going through the Helmsted West German/DDR border crossing with 3 Speedway bikes and a race truck.

They had NVQ Level 5 in Bureaucracy and, I can assure you, no input at all from the British.

The French had their moments too.
Steve McQueen didn't have much trouble ;)
 
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