colin-yorkshire said:that was me!! I am afraid it's the same with the passport that ran out 20years ago never renewed it didn't see the point theres plenty to see yet in this little island that will keep me going till touring in the vans no longer an option,Gybe said:Somebody here said the other day that we pay enough for our motoring and paying for a photo card diving license was to much until the're are forced to have photo card license. EU and Euro cost us far far more than £20 and new rules, taxes and agreements are going to cost a whole lot more.
I never felt the need to do a 2000mile round trip on the wrong side of the road with a tin box on the back, worrying whether some gendarme or whatever they are called would keep us waiting while he decides if my green paper licence is valid in his little corner of Europe.
what the French, Germans, Spanish, Polish, or whatever do in their own "state" sorry I mean "country" is of no concern to me, what does concern me is when they try enforcing their rules on us, the main problem with the EU is everyone forgets history like it never happened, we are all friends in one big club, the trouble is not all the members are equal as those who started it have a gold card the rest of us just a paper one.
this may be a cynical view but is borne out by the reams of legislation that effect our hobby and every day lives, had it not been for the EU would we have to have photo card licences, daylight running lights, and 48 tonne lorries on our poorly maintained roads, maybe we would!! who knows but what is clear is that we pay more in than get out, and land locked countries within Europe have more fishing boats than us that just happen to be an island.
it's rather like the Scottish equation, independent of the UK but still part of the EU does that mean erecting a border crossing across the A74 at Gretna, if it does that will be another destination crossed of my list.
That'll be the rebuild job creation scheme for ex buiding trade retirees as the'll need the work to top up their income to cover falling pensions and rising living costsotherclive said:I've seen a leaked Government email about soliciting bids for the reconstruction of Hadrian's Wall!!
We never saw the point in working our backsides off and then spending mainly wet cold damp summer days on yet more miserable UK holidays. Sailing and beach holidays in the UK are a gamble especially when you have kids. Now were older our bodies enjoy the warmth of southern Europe and personally we're more healthy because of that and it's easier to stay fit and active.colin-yorkshire said:that was me!! I am afraid it's the same with the passport that ran out 20years ago never renewed it didn't see the point theres plenty to see yet in this little island that will keep me going till touring in the vans no longer an option,
I never felt the need to do a 2000mile round trip on the wrong side of the road with a tin box on the back, worrying wether some gendarme or whatever they are called would keep us waiting while he decides...................
Everything I would have thought, the EU is supposed to be about free trade and travel throughout europe, a fine principal, but not allways adheared to or practical, this is because France is our nearest neighbour it is the place most of the transport (inc caravans) starts it journey across Europe, changes to french regulations effects this movement, irrespective of the final destination.Lutz said:The OP is about rumoured changes to French regulations. Whether true or not but what have they to do with the EU?
hi Parksy, I don't have a 4x4, T/A unit or a damp caravan eitherParksy said:If Continental touring is not for you there is little point in joining this thread
colin-yorkshire said:Parksy said:where I come from you worked your backside off just to keep a roof over your head, there are more than enough things to do here in the uk, to keep me going, apparently the millions of foreign tourists we get every year agree,
have I missed out with foreign travel, of course I have I would have loved to see, the rain forest while there is still some left, or the view form the top of ayres rock, and have a monty round the golden temple, or colosseum, but hey a kid from a mining village has limits.
Aye up lad, t'was tough upt north!
Short pause whilst I shed a sympathetic teardrop or two
What I was trying to prevent were further off topic comments (not necessarily yours) reminiscent of the bad old days of the forum which have no place here now.colin-yorkshire said:hi Parksy, I don't have a 4x4, T/A unit or a damp caravan eitherParksy said:If Continental touring is not for you there is little point in joining this thread, does this mean one is not supposed, to make comment on them,
rules and regulations that are born in europe have a tendancy to be adopted here in the UK, what our brothers across the water dream up effect us all eventually...............
it's nae bother lad, aye tha's on'y thee sen to worry bout cos were juss dandy, I remember mi fatha tellin me as a little un thes nowt ower there, woth bothering wi, the dun't like us the dun't want us just weer betta than t'uther lot, fust chance thee get thel kick us in the googlees. ( sergeant major, Kings Own Yorks Light Infantry 1940-1946)another David said:Can I reply to Colin in Yorkshire? (had trouble quoting)
I too am a kid from a mining village and among other things spent 25 years actually working underground and I hate and detest dark overcast weather. I have spent enough of my life in the dark and if I could only take holidays in the UK the van would be up for sale tomorrow. I am going to continue spending time and money over there as long as I can, if you cant or wont do it that your problem