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  1. I get to the home page and then this: "We are currently experiencing difficulties with our internet-based facilities due to a technical fault. This is impacting our guests and also our Customer Contact Centre. We are working as a matter of urgency and hope to have services back up and running by tomorrow morning. Thank you for your patience."
  2. In the UK, according to the Macmillan online dictionary, it is a word used to indicate that someone is unintelligent, stupid or silly; a fool, buffoon or clown. Its origins are said to be from the cockney rhyming slang expression, Charlie Smirke (= Berk, which in turn is earlier rhyming slang; Berkley Hunt = the unmentionable - think about that next time you call someone a charlie or a berk...). Charlie Smirke was an English jockey, who was a leading rider and racing celebrity from the 1930s-50s. As so often with Cockney rhyming slang, the logic of the derivation is not always obvious. Whilst current levels of usage are hard to determine, it remains widely recognisable in the UK. The connotations of its origins are clearly unfortunate, however they were not of my doing, so I hope no-one feels it necessary to make a song and dance about them. There are, of course, alternative uses of the term 'charlie'; cocaine, for example, and as shorthand for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The latter usage is said to be as a consequence of Victor Charlie being used as the military code name for the Viet Cong and subsequently being shortened to Charlie. That is enough language history, I think, now can we get back to dress code infractions and dining disasters?
  3. Otherwise they may look like proper charlies, as we say in the UK.
  4. Fifer

    Back onboard

    I note that we have four scheduled for our imminent 2 week Med voyage on QV. However, that is what Southampton thinks will happen, the ship may have - and often has had - other ideas.
  5. She’s a lawyer - apparently - so you would think she had done so.
  6. When my wife needed oxygen on board, we were able to hire a concentrator for use in the cabin. The company we used were well used to working with Cunard and both delivered the machine to the cabin and and collected it afterwards. For us it worked very well. It was discreet, quiet and removed any worries about continuity of supply and transport issues. However, pre-voyage, we did have to complete a Mobility and Medical Questionnaire for Cunard's Accessibility Services department. They gave us useful advice and can be reached at disability@carnivalukgroup.com.
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