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leavingeasy
02-01-2012, 04:54 PM
Where is it?

He's been UK ten minutes now......

Kev_G
02-01-2012, 06:08 PM
same place as your shaver


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/ianh26/5e834641.jpg

Nige
02-01-2012, 08:56 PM
Only JUST got back home :sad:

That fekking EuroTunnel brickwall

Das Chin
02-01-2012, 09:08 PM
french on strike?

long live dover to DK with norfolkline :lol:

stevem
02-01-2012, 09:13 PM
Borders on high alert status it appears. Was carnage

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l244/stevem2k/60fcf4bb.jpg

Jim Cameron
02-01-2012, 10:06 PM
That looks miserable:shock:

Ian H
02-01-2012, 10:36 PM
Left at 5pm German time, arrived home at 10:30pm local time, plane travel is so much better!!

Nige
03-01-2012, 04:09 AM
Borders on high alert status it appears. Was carnage


I was talking to the UK border control people and they were saying Eurotunnel has changed the layout and its often like this now. :fish: over 2 1/2 hours just to get from the motorway to customs is ridiculous.

They strongly suggested I wrote and complain to Eurotunnel.

Lizard was saying the other week there are often delays since they changed it.

At work now, so photos will have to wait until tonight.

Chris D
03-01-2012, 06:01 AM
Just woke up, still on ferry.

6 hr drive to go yet.

leavingeasy
03-01-2012, 06:47 AM
I was talking to the UK border control people and they were saying Eurotunnel has changed the layout and its often like this now. :fish: over 2 1/2 hours just to get from the motorway to customs is ridiculous.

They strongly suggested I wrote and complain to Eurotunnel.

Lizard was saying the other week there are often delays since they changed it.

At work now, so photos will have to wait until tonight.

I'm still not quite sure what the delay was caused by- certainly didn't see it was anything at the euro tunnel as we were whisked straight onto a train.

There was queue to get to the check in kiosk, followed by a queue to French passport control (where we were ignored as usual) a queue to get to UK passport control and it took maybe three mins to have all our passports scanned- after that it was straight on the train.

All the passport control kiosks were open so I can only imagine it was just sheer volume that overwhelmed them.

Was some impressive aggressive queue swapping going on though.

Simon
03-01-2012, 09:08 AM
I thought the changes to the layout made it easier coming back from Spa in October :fish:

Doing check in then customs before stopping at the terminal if required was better than the old system of waiting for a call for boarding then having to try & get through customs in time to catch your train.

I think that you just picked a heavy volume day to come back home, Nige with everyone needing to be back in the UK before the end of the holidays.

Sim
03-01-2012, 09:53 AM
Typical bank holiday volumes by the look of things.

We went through at the beginning of December and the whole thing took about 5 minutes.

Kev_G
03-01-2012, 10:11 AM
it was like that when my folks came home a utter pita

lizard
03-01-2012, 10:13 AM
Yes naturally a heavy volume day, I tunneled 4 times in Dec & as above sailed through in seconds.

However I have to disagree Simon, the current system (in a busy period) is a shambles, yes I tunneled to/from Spa in oct also (non freight) & easy peasy but it was a quiet time, I've been caught in even longer delays than Nige in summer peaks.

Previously you checked in, then off to the shops, loos, food etc area & then went through customs when called. This staggered the volume through customs & wereas maybe a 20 min delay in a busy period before was considered a long wait, it sure beats 2 hours delay of the current set up.

The middle of the night is really the only time to miss the queues in those times.

Most of you wont know that Sea Framce went bust in Nov, the freight delays on the remaining players inc tunnel were massive, 6 hrs common, not such an impact for non freight, as sea france was a very big freight operator.

Hopefully Sea France will arrise again, as not only will there be big delays without them come summer time, but for how I use crossings its usually been the only sensible way & I'll be paying a good 100 to 200 quid a crossing more without them on the other options.

orsonbuggy
03-01-2012, 12:50 PM
Only JUST got back home :sad:

That fekking EuroTunnel brickwall

At least it worked well for you on the way out here - you arrived at the CC in time for a good nosh :thumb:

slidersguesthouse
03-01-2012, 01:06 PM
there were no queues when Ross and me went through not like in ur pic Nige prob took ten minutes once we got through auto barrier for ticket.. however 5 hr wait at doggy custtoms cos the vet had neglected to fill in the date of chip implant in Daisy´s passport .. so all the sneaky time we made up by driving over night and hoping to get an early morning train got ate up waiting for vet to open in Blankenheim to fax a cert saying the date of implant etcetc only to be told by the FRENCH woman on the counter you could have filled this in yourself (but was too late once she saw it was blank even though i had daisy´s old passport doc with me with the same number in it that she had had since she was 8 weeks old) anyway feckin bollox.. but thanks to Chris and Michaela sorting it out with german vet all got sorted and we were just 50 mins late getting on the original booked train...

Back home now Chicken n mushroom pie and chips and curry await :)

Chris D
03-01-2012, 06:23 PM
Got home about an hour ago. Epic journey home!

Uncle Benz
03-01-2012, 07:18 PM
same place as your shaver


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/ianh26/5e834641.jpg

I had lunch with him today. Still hasn't shaved, lazy git!

Chris D
03-01-2012, 07:49 PM
I had lunch with him today. Still hasn't shaved, lazy git!

Has he at least cleaned his teeth though?

Nige
04-01-2012, 03:49 PM
Mostly a photo copy/paste. Loads of photos ;)
Worked Thursday night, home at 6 and straight to bed. Lou woke me at 09:00 and we were pulling out of the drive by 09:06 ! I slept most of the way to the Tunnel.

Sigh.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140051.jpg

Some Clear roads.
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And brisk motoring
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meant we arrived at the CC in only 3hrs 51mins after leaving the Tunnel, my first journey under 4 hours :thumb:

Just in time for shots
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Lou and Jorg`s mum
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everyone had already eaten, but some were still chatting in the function room.
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Jorg had saved us some Roast Beef and Yorkshire puddings. Lovely. :veryhappy:

Called it a night at about 11 after an enjoyable evening.

Next morning and only a sprinkling of snow.
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Obviously it was time to try and get a quicker lap on the leader board.
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Whilst others chatted
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We had agreed to go for a walk from Brunchen to breidscheid.
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Mr Grumpy
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Lovely weather for a track walk.
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"I ended upside down over there..."
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140084.jpg

"this is MY piece of Armco."
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140085.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/gay.gif
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140086.jpg

Carried on walking
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nice Jacket....
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Kaya enjoyed being pulled along by Joel and I
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The snow was lighter at the Karussel
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140098.jpg

Northloopers at the ring :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140100.jpg

Its easier to walk downhill
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140101.jpg

Some Germans setting off fireworks
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Almost made it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140109.jpg

Nige
04-01-2012, 03:50 PM
Called into the Imbiss for something to eat
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140125.jpg

Ethan and I
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140126.jpg

Mat & Cat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140128.jpg

Erin & Cat
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Anne & John
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Chris even had a go on the PS3
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140133.jpg

Fortunately, Zoe had bought new shoes, otherwise she`d have nothing to wear :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140135.jpg

Helen, Ellie & Steve
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140138.jpg

Izzy & Cat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140141.jpg

Jagoda
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140145.jpg

Jorg & I
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140146.jpg

Northloopers
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140147.jpg

Nige
04-01-2012, 03:50 PM
Beth decided this would make a great headband...
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Erin her boyfriend Harvey and Josh
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140150.jpg

Enjoying ourselves
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No evening is complete without Jorg bringing his guitar !
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Joel, stealing Erins last Donut !
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More
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Rich & Teresa
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140218.jpg

Some flaming shots
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140214.jpg

Drink `em quick
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140215.jpg

Fantastic fireworks at Midnight
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140236.jpg

Not everyone wanted to watch from outside
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140239.jpg

Sparklers were just enough for some...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140240.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140241.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140247.jpg

Nige
04-01-2012, 03:51 PM
Erin had some holes in her tights. Easy, cover them with felt tip !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140251.jpg

Ah.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140252.jpg

Gyros couldn`t bear the smell of his own farts...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140253.jpg
lol
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140261.jpg

Ross & Xanthe
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140259.jpg

Joel "Helen, you HAVE to choose between shoes and Chocolate"
Helen `But I simply can`t choose between them`
Joel "How about Chololate Shoes "
Helen `OH MY GOD ! Thats BRILLIANT !`
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140264.jpg

Hmm
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John had a Penguin suit in his car... Ian was happy to wear it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140266.jpg
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Martin and Xanthe
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140272.jpg

It was all too much for Ethan
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After a while, the ladies decided high heels weren`t comfortable enough. Slippers were a much better idea.
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Nick and Cat explaining the rules of Thumb Wars to a bemused Ross
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Around 3am, some genius came out with the immortal phrase "I don`t feel drunk enough, time for the shots....." http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/doh.gif

Enjoying ourselves
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Erin certainly was
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The suit was too hot for Ian. Beth wore it for a while
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140285.jpg

Nige
04-01-2012, 03:51 PM
`So, Mat, its like this....."
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Called it a night at 5am, a few others finished at 6. Alarm set for 10 am ready for breakfast. Spent the rest of Sunday chilling.
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Martin had his first ever go on the PS3 / wheel setup
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140293.jpg

Nick. Look at ME ! ;)
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Chris was broken.
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We weren`t a particulary active group
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Gyros appeared at 5pm
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Ian apologised to Izzy for the shots.
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PK for a meal
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Not many fancied a drink back at Michaelas
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Nick, the barman was serving COFFEE !
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5 and a bit hours to the Tunnel, then the longest queue I`ve seen to passport control
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This delayed us and we finally arrived home at about 10:30.

What a fantastic weekend. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/smile011.gif Spending New Year with a group of mates, feeling comfortable enough in each others company so we didn`t feel the need to talk all the time, we could just relax and chill. Brilliant.

Kev_G
04-01-2012, 04:24 PM
WOW This picture is cringe worthy :lol:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140305.jpg


great pictures and wish i could of made it :sad:

Antj29
04-01-2012, 04:25 PM
No camping, thats not very Bear Grylls is it

Screacher
04-01-2012, 04:30 PM
Called into the Imbiss for something to eat
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I hadn't expected Schumi to eat there :whistle:

Dave B
04-01-2012, 04:33 PM
Great trip, the usual great set of pics
That last sentence sums up pretty much every NL outing I have been on, this one in particular, and yet those not in the know still reckon it's weird having 'internet' friends. How little they know !
Thanks all for a superb weekend

Chris D
04-01-2012, 07:12 PM
Great trip, the usual great set of pics
That last sentence sums up pretty much every NL outing I have been on, this one in particular, and yet those not in the know still reckon it's weird having 'internet' friends. How little they know !
Thanks all for a superb weekend

I concur, 100% :thumb:

Uploading my pics now.

Ian H
04-01-2012, 08:10 PM
Some great memories captured there Nige.... some I remember... :shame:

Fantastic New Year, many thanks to Michaela and Northloopers :thumb:

Totally agree with what Dave said!!
Same again next year???

Simon
04-01-2012, 09:47 PM
Great pictures of what looks like a great time had by all :veryhappy:

Kev_G
04-01-2012, 10:08 PM
This is Northloop =


with a group of mates, feeling comfortable enough in each others company so we didn`t feel the need to talk all the time, we could just relax and chill.

autohabit
04-01-2012, 10:08 PM
I heard David Bellamy was into cars, but never expected to see him on a Ring trip!

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/New%20Year%202011%202012/P1140122.jpg


Look like it was a great trip, only spoiled by customs woes, but that's all part of world travel I guess.

Zoe Sherratt
05-01-2012, 08:41 AM
Some great pics Nige! Amazing trip and I can't wait to do it all again next year :thumb:

orsonbuggy
05-01-2012, 11:34 AM
Excellent pics Nige - thanks :thumb:

Really good to see y'all in the CC Friday evening and good to know you had a great time :thumb:

Michaela
05-01-2012, 05:35 PM
Thanks for all of you make the first New Year @Fuchsroehre such a great weekend!!!
I´m glad you all enjoyed it!!!

And I hope the next New Year will be the same !!!