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  1. Love the term ‘slow stampede’…completely catches the bovine/ovine attitude of the participants. Have faith! Believe in the sun bed god/fairy. Take your book & your towel when you go for lunch and another vacant sun bed will become available in a favoured position as you arrive back on deck and the previous occupants decide to go for a mid afternoon ‘fly-cup’ in the buffet. Of course if the sun bed fairy lets you down you can always make an offering to the sun bed demon who apparently looks favourably upon those who sacrifice towels and books & sunspecs and oversized clothes pegs into the nearest swimming pool.
  2. If you get time then wander across to see Mappa Scotland. Pretty impressive bit of concrete work. ( it’s only about 5 mins from the hotel)
  3. Just wondering how we would find a staycation cruise. Love sea days. Love cruising close to land (bins to see landmarks etc.) Not too bothered about using the buffet but like deck quoits, shuffleboard, table tennis, short tennis etc. & the pool. In the evening we quite like the shows and syndicate quiz. Generally go ballroom dancing ( prefer a band rather than recorded music.) Don’t think we’ve ever watched a film in our cabin (oops, stateroom.) Will we find many of our chosen activities still on?
  4. FiL used to work for a well known shipping company ( engineer) and during the voyages to Australia they used to stop off at Bombay (Mumbai.) When there he used to stock up with shirts, towels & even boiler suits. The quality of the cotton was first class. The towels were usually Binny or Bombay Manu & Dying Co. When we were married (early ‘80s) we were given some of the towels- they were fairly soft but not ridiculously fluffy, but had incredibly good drying capabilities. We’ve only recently got rid of some originals which must have been bought late ‘60s early ‘70s, so they were certainly durable. P&O used to supply Binny towels in cabins in the ‘80s then changed to a German supplier in later years. Not a fan of mega fluffy towels, I’m afraid. Good drying qualities are more important to me. Just away to put on my anorak😂
  5. ‘why is the lift going down they said, we wanted to go up so pressed the down button to call a lift down, don't work like that though.’ I must admit that when I first (& to be honest, for many years after that!) came across the monoblock type taps on Oriana (I guess) I always had trouble- should I move the arm in the direction of the red dot to get hot water or should I move the red dot towards the front ( me) to get hot water? Thirty-ish years on I am now an expert. We got a new sink in the loo & it has a monoblock! Perceived wisdom is a fickle thing. As the man said ‘Clockwise? It depends if you are looking at the watch or you are the watch movement!’ And I guess the Inuit has a different perception of clockwise to the penguin. Of course, porridge should never be stirred widdershins .
  6. Interesting that HL will inform Carnival/P&O of your share holding. Halifax share dealing arm seem to delight in telling their customers that due to GDPR they cannot tell third parties i.e. P&O ( or other companies who offer share holder perks) how many shares you hold. I can’t believe it’s because it’s easier to bang out a standard letter than to actually select the information and carry out the customer’s request. Is selective GDPR a recognised condition?
  7. Ann141’S experience mirrors ours. Whilst not NHS app specific, has anyone any idea why my wife needed to send photo Id (oh joy, how can you take a photograph of a passport page which has a glossy surface without getting reflections in the picture!) whereas I didn’t. I thought we had pretty identical online presences but clearly not. We had a similar experience a few months ago when trying to open a bank account; she had to take Id into the bank while my application went through online. Clearly in the past I have ticked or unticked a box that she didn’t. Any idea which box?
  8. Thank you. I’ve got (& use) that app but it doesn’t seem to have my vaccination record on it - yet.
  9. Just reading the original post and had a little smile at ‘have settled on Aperture Priority’… that’s my default also. It got me thinking though; Why the preference for Aperture priority? In my case it’s because my first SLR with any auto capability was a Pentax ME which was aperture priority. The other popular camera of the day was a Canon... which was shutter priority. I often wonder if I’d opted for the Canon if my default preference would be for shutter priority. Of course Auto ISO was only a ‘twinkle in the photographer’s eye’ in those days. It was Kodachrome 25 or 64 or Ektachrome for a change.
  10. Agree entirely with above. Make sure the date and your name is clear on your screenshot and make sure that you score out (redact!) your share account details.
  11. HBoS based share management companies will not give details of your holding to a third party e.g. Carnival, citing GDPR - they used to in the past but won’t anymore. It’s easy enough to take a screenshot of your holding complete with name, date and share holding but with your account number etc redacted and then e-mail Carnival shareholder benefits.
  12. Thank you, Emam. I perhaps didn’t make it very clear. I knew my uncle and spent many a holiday with him and my aunt and have many photos and can recall many of his tales. As I mentioned we have some very long generational gaps in our family and that throws up some interesting twist -nephews older than uncles etc.
  13. We have had a few goes at doing a family tree with varying degrees of success. On the plus side on both sides of our families we have very long generations which means you can get quite a way back in a few steps. I had an uncle who was with a horse unit in WW1. My wife’s family tree is greatly helped by a family bible which goes back to the early 1700s. We had an interesting trip up to the Black Isle armed with a name and headed into the local churchyard. Not very productive as almost every headstone contained the surname ‘Munro’. On my side of the family things peter out fairly quickly but we did find a somewhat humorous entry. One of my great grand mothers was ‘born at sea’. Not sure where her mother was coming from or why but I guess it gives an explanation for my love of cruising.
  14. I saw a bowls game going on a couple of weeks ago in Aberdeen so how about deck quoits? I guess you’ll have to be allocated your own quoits and the dance which will ensue when there is a dispute as to whether a quoit is clear of a line ( maintaining social distancing) will be a wonder to behold. And what about sticker protocol for the winners?
  15. Terrace pool on Canberra was the juniors’ pool. There was an hour mid afternoon when they lowered the water level so that parents’ could go in with their non swimming children. This particular day Canberra was bowling along at a good speed ( compared to today!) and was rolling gently and pitching a bit but nothing too serious. The pool water however seemed to resonate with the ship’s motion and a hefty wave built up in the pool. A girl decided to jump in from the side (which was quite a way above the waterline due to the lowered water level); the wave caused the pool tide to ‘go out’ and there was a thundering dong as the unfortunate girl hit the bottom. Silence. Then shrieks of laughter. Fortunately the girl was fine but the pool level wasn’t lowered for the rest of the cruise. The pitching of Canberra also embarrassed me on my first cruise. About 3 days out I jumped on the weighing scale which were aft of the Main longe. I’d put on about 2 stone in three days! I decided to give up my early morning danish & coffee - pre breakfast & about a week laterI had lost all the weight & more! Then it dawned; ship accelerating up as it pitched and your weight goes up, as the ship goes down, so does your weight. Should have paid more attention during physics lessons!
  16. Avril, yes we are all old sentimentalist! We too made a trip to North Shields to see Oceana (only about 50 miles away) but I remember my wife and children making a much longer journey to see Canberra sail into Soton for the last time ( we had been on her only a couple of weeks previously. The ships do hold a special memories but those memories are also inextricably intertwined with memorable fellow passengers. Nothing booked in the months ahead but looking forward to a time when we can book again with confidence. Best wishes.
  17. I accept it’s not P&O but still poignant. I recall cruises in the ‘80s where we visited Athens and ship’s excursions took us around Eleusis Bay which at the time was full of laid up tankers due to some oil crisis or other. I also recall Canberra’s demise at Gadani which I found very sad as Canberra was a special ship to our family. This photo though is shocking as to my eyes, the ships look modern- Canberra was all Formica with Lino flooring in the aft regions and shared toilet facilities and you could feel that she deserved her ‘rest’- we still loved her, though. I can’t make out the call signs on the lifeboat tops so can’t identify the ships being broken up. Perhaps others will be able to help. The breaker’s yard is in Izmir which was the port we used to go on our first visit to Ephesus before the fake watch capital Kusadasi was used.
  18. I am referring only to Britannia. Other P&O ships have the standard shaver socket so you’d be ok with them.
  19. They do not take the standard two pin which Braun/OralB brushes have. I don’t know why they didn’t opt for the standard shaver socket option. You need to use the standard 3pin in the cabin along with a shaver adapter.
  20. Tend to find the most memorable offerings at MDR lunch- not sure if this is because there are fewer expectations at lunchtime. They used to do a beautiful summer berry jelly served on a purée of pear. ( nothing like the stuff produced by Messrs Hartley & Rowntree.) I have had some very good biryanis also. Saying as an earlier has broken the mould and home a long way back in time, then I shall follow. I used to find the little display of desserts as you entered the dining room in the evening very useful. You knew what to expect. I know you can leave food uneaten but it is a little disconcerting when you expect a small dessert and you end up with a mega kilocalorie gut buster with lashings of Chantilly cream ( alternative you may feel you could do justice to a decent portion of jam roll and you get a nano sliver of kumquat with a drizzle of crème anglaise.) The dessert display was useful and I miss it.
  21. There is one small but key difference between longboat fizz and a ginger beer with lime. Long boat fizz has a couple of drops of Angostura bitters popped into it. Nothing to stop you ordering a ginger beer with a hint of lime and ask the waiter for a couple of drops of Angostura bitters added. Gone into Pavlov’s dog mode just thinking about it.
  22. Not my invention but I’m sure a Keir Royale should go down well in the Crows Nest as a pre lunch snifter as the 3 day old Expresses and Mails are perused and P&O are back at sea. On a a serious note I do like the odd whisky (Laphroig and Lagavulin) being favourites and also like G&T. Just simple Schweppes tonic ( although following advice it’s slimline- which is hmmm!) but I would suggest (if you spot it) a Tanqueray gin called Malacca. We bought a bottle of it last time we were in Gib ( on the suggestion of a fellow shopper) & it is pretty special. Their Rangpur is also pretty good.
  23. If it’s hot then Campari and soda does the trick. A bit old school, perhaps.
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