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    RayO reacted to *Dancing Queen* in P&o gratuities   
    Why should it involve us ( the paying passenger ) I agree with others what the crew earn is none of our business, we will now have a level playing field which I'm delighted about and as a result of that the crew 'should' be paid an acceptable wage by P&O rather than relying on gratuities, it isn't a case of people not caring now they've got what they want, the money to pay the increase in wages will come from somewhere be it an increase in fares or purchases on board but the main thing is hopefully the crew will now receive a decent wage, the amount has nothing to do with any of us it's between the employee and employer, in other walks of life 'personnel costs' come from profits so why should this be any different, we wouldn't walk into M&S and demand to know how much a cashier earns and yet in effect any purchase we make has contributed to their salary.
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Hygiene   
    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not.
    I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it.
    My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong.
    A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours.
    So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Hygiene   
    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not.
    I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it.
    My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong.
    A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours.
    So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Hygiene   
    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not.
    I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it.
    My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong.
    A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours.
    So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Hygiene   
    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not.
    I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it.
    My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong.
    A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours.
    So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Hygiene   
    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not.
    I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it.
    My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong.
    A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours.
    So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Hygiene   
    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not.
    I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it.
    My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong.
    A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours.
    So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in What will the outcome be in Venice?   
    This discussion could be had about any of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
    As usual with anything like this the blame is usually put on the hapless tourist or cruise passenger, but all they've done is booked a trip to a hotel or a cruise that stops at Venice. The solution is all in the hands of the various Italian authorities who can limit numbers if they want to, so it would appear that they don't want to.
    The residents can protest all they like but it isn't as if they don't know what to expect: Venice has not just suddenly become popular.
    I suspect that while lots of money is being made not much will be done until Venice starts to sink with the weight of all the tourists.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in What will the outcome be in Venice?   
    This discussion could be had about any of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
    As usual with anything like this the blame is usually put on the hapless tourist or cruise passenger, but all they've done is booked a trip to a hotel or a cruise that stops at Venice. The solution is all in the hands of the various Italian authorities who can limit numbers if they want to, so it would appear that they don't want to.
    The residents can protest all they like but it isn't as if they don't know what to expect: Venice has not just suddenly become popular.
    I suspect that while lots of money is being made not much will be done until Venice starts to sink with the weight of all the tourists.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in Blood types   
    Only anecdotal I know, but I'm A+ and have never had norovirus even though I have been on many cruises where there have been quite severe outbreaks.
    On a slightly more technical note bacteria and viruses are two different things, although the end result can be the same. I think E.coli is the food poisoning bug caught from certain undercooked foods whereas Norwalk virus is spread by human contact. So, perhaps the research doesn't apply in this case.
    Also, I don't get food poisoning much either.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Any " must see or do's " in Barbados ?   
    I always qualify comments with "if it's still the same as when I last visited" as a couple of ports have changed.
    Anyway, if you decide to get a taxi back from Bridgetown and are feeling fairly tired ask the taxi driver if he/she is allowed into the port itself.
    My wife was very tired with the heat and all, we were dropped at the dock gate which turned out to be a bit of a trek for her with her exhaustion. Just a little tip.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from afcandrew in Mighty Cruise Ships on TV   
    I do like this series and the original Mighty Ships which was fascinating in showing how ships are built for a specific purpose.
    So, here's the but.
    I do get a bit fed-up with everything they do being presented as an over dramatic crisis, e.g. this is the first time in this port - will they make it in?, they are delayed out of Harwich - will they catch up the time?, the pilot has never dealt with a ship this size - will he manage? And don't get me started about the stock (pun intended) scene of the ship's provisions being loaded sometimes with the chef squeezing and sniffing stuff.
    Apart from that it is an interesting programme showing the different types of ship that are out there.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from afcandrew in Mighty Cruise Ships on TV   
    I do like this series and the original Mighty Ships which was fascinating in showing how ships are built for a specific purpose.
    So, here's the but.
    I do get a bit fed-up with everything they do being presented as an over dramatic crisis, e.g. this is the first time in this port - will they make it in?, they are delayed out of Harwich - will they catch up the time?, the pilot has never dealt with a ship this size - will he manage? And don't get me started about the stock (pun intended) scene of the ship's provisions being loaded sometimes with the chef squeezing and sniffing stuff.
    Apart from that it is an interesting programme showing the different types of ship that are out there.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    I shall be travelling solo with my daughter and her husband on Ventura next week. In order to give them time on their own I shall be looking out for some solos events. I do not attend the morning get togethers mainly because I'm not a morning person. A pre-dinner drink would suit me better, I'll look out for that.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    As a first time solo traveller last August I was put on a table for eight with an adult family of four and three others solos. It worked out very well. This was on Princess btw.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    Just returned from my Ventura cruise and there were no arranged evening drinks for solos, just the morning coffee and afternoon tea as noted before.
    Also, much to my tables annoyance, they were trying out 1930 and 2100 shows rather than 2100 and 2230 shows. Everything seemed to be geared to first sitting and early diners, even the syndicate quiz was moved from 2245 to 2230, which may not seem a lot but was never put back when dinner was at 2045 rather than 2030. The cruise after ours reverted to the latter format.
    Very little show wise after dinner for us to do. We couldn't get in to see a couple of acts as they were put on in Havana at 2100 and 2230 rather than the theatre and were packed when we finished dinner.
    RayO
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    RayO reacted to graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    That's great RayO...let me know if it's on the programme....have a wonderful cruise!
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    As a first time solo traveller last August I was put on a table for eight with an adult family of four and three others solos. It worked out very well. This was on Princess btw.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    I shall be travelling solo with my daughter and her husband on Ventura next week. In order to give them time on their own I shall be looking out for some solos events. I do not attend the morning get togethers mainly because I'm not a morning person. A pre-dinner drink would suit me better, I'll look out for that.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from sammy sun in Missing in action   
    My own theory is that eventually people just get fed-up with the same old same old.
    I have not contributed much recently after my wife died, but also because there is only so many times you can answer the same questions.
    I admire those who can answer the numerous repeated questions again and again, but I do not have the patience to do that. For example there was a post that I gave a detailed personal response to about the problems of being a solo/single traveller. A couple of days later rather than expand on the original debate someone posted a brand new  topic with virtually the same questions as on the previous topic. By doing that I believe that it diminished mine and other peoples contributions to the original post. I could not be bothered repeating myself so did not contribute. I believe that this happens all over the forum.
    I look in as a guest every couple of days and if it's the same old same old then I do not bother contributing.
    I accept that newbies will want there own personal response, but I am not the one to repeatedly give it.
    I do find the one post moaners amusing though. They bother to register, post there moan about something, get some sympathetic responses but never post again even to expand on their original post.
    Each to there own I suppose. I too miss Terminator's pithy one liners.
    RayO
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    RayO reacted to cozzyleicester in Ignore the moaning reviews - we loved every minute of Britannia in the Caribbean   
    Apologies in advance for the length of the review but I really wanted to give anyone a real sense of what our (first) experience of cruising was like, and counter the weight of negative reviews of this ship that caused me so much angst beforehand. Plus it was edited over on that "other cruise review site" so I was really keen to get it published in full.
    Flight / arrival at the island / check in
    We'd booked what turned out to be the first trip where Britannia home ported at St Lucia. I say home ported; obviously, Britannia still made the two day stop in Barbados a week later but ours was the first P&O charter flight out to the island to start a 2-week cruise. Thomas Cook was the carrier and it was just fine. We splashed out on Premium (which was very good but not quite as enjoyable as Thomson’s premium on the 787) which also helped when it came to disembarking at the airport through the one and only exit, namely the front stairs! It was a bit chaotic to be honest, it being left to the aircraft captain to apologise on P&O’s behalf for the fact that our early arrival meant there were no buses to collect us! After about 45 mins we all traipsed past the solitary immigration officer (at the top of the aircraft steps bizarrely) and got on what can be best described as a glorified minibus for the 1 hour trip on St Lucia’s steep and windy roads over to Castries. It was a bit hairy, to be honest and there were moments that I thought we’d have to get out and push, but eventually we got to the city and soon Britannia came in to view in her berth and what a welcome sight it was.. can never get over how massive the ship is up close.
    We parked up right next to the ship at Pointe Seraphine and the check in process was as smooth as you like; partly on the quayside but most of the processing was done on board, in the Atrium.  After a bit of comedy “back a bit”, “forward a bit” with the security photo we were on the way to our cabin!
    Cabin
    This being our first cruise there was a genuine sense of excitement as we headed up the stairs and into F112. We booked a Saver fare and were delighted with the cabin we were allocated. Overall after the 2 weeks we thought the cabin levels of comfort and facilities were great with no complaints at all. LOADS of wardrobe space and hangers, and plenty of room on the shelving too. The cabin safe was easy to use with a one-time code entered each occasion you close it. Bathroom /shower were plenty big enough and I second the comments others have made about the shower door being a nice touch versus a clingy curtain. Especially handy in our device-heavy lives was the extra socket under the TV, with a little shelf to put your phone / iPad / camera whilst they were charging. Loved the kettle and tea / coffee facilities, it’s just great to be able to make a cuppa and sit outside as we berthed at each island. The fact that P&O are more relaxed about you bringing booze on board is a bonus too, we bought some beers in the duty-free shop at Barbados and weren’t questioned when we brought them on board, and the fridge was plenty big enough to store 6 – 8 bottles plus a bottle of wine. We watched a bit of telly but there seemed to be loads of choices if you wanted to watch more. The real-time map was handy for those like me that wanted to know exactly where you are at any point.
    I’d read lots of comments about how narrow the balconies are on Britannia, and it’s true you need have the chair at an angle but was it such a big issue? No, not at all. We happily spent time out there.
    Our Cabin Steward, Mahendra really looked after us, always had smile in the morning and can’t fault the cleanliness of the cabin. This being a cruise to celebrate my wife’s 50th, we booked the champagne continental breakfast on her actual birthday which was lovely although there was loads of food to eat (probably too much, for two people if I’m honest).
    Main Dining
    We had expressed a preference at the time of booking for Freedom Dining on the Saver and were pleased to get it.  Over the 9 or so occasions that we ate in the MDR we only once had to take a pager and wait in a bar, and that was on the Gala Evening; otherwise, given that we were happy to share a table, we got to sit down straight away.  Despite some of the complaints I’ve read elsewhere about the MDR menu, we can safely say we didn’t have a bad experience at all. Whilst there are numerous courses, the portion sizes were reasonable so you didn’t feel that you were gorging yourself just to get through the dinner… We enjoyed the variety and thought the quality was just fine.
    On a couple of occasions when we had shore excursions leaving early-ish in the morning, we decided to have breakfast in the Buffet, which was a bit manic for us, so subsequently we just got up a bit earlier and headed down to the Peninsular Restaurant allowing a bit more time for a full-service meal.
    BTW I would say that overall the formal nights were pretty well observed as far as dressing up was concerned, 80+ of the gents were in black tie / DJ’s. It made for a pretty special feel although towards the end, the fourth formal night I couldn’t wait to get out of the trousers given that I had, er, filled out a bit.
    Select Dining
    This is where Britannia’s food and drink really comes into its own; we tried pretty much all the Select restaurants (I think): Epicurean, Glass House (tapas), Sindhu, the Beach House (very popular with the crew, which is always a good sign) and the Limelight (see Entertainment below). Our favourite was the Beach House, a chilled feel and the food was awesome. Second was the tapas – type meal we had at the Glass House (which you don’t have to book for). Overall, we thought the select dining was good value for money (assuming that you can get over the fact that you’re paying on top for the privilege, but we were happy with that).
    Bars and Entertainment
    Our favourite bar was the Crow’s Nest; as a fan of gin I tried my best to get through the selection 😊. I would say that anyone on a Mediterranean cruise on Britannia in summer would see a big benefit of being able to experience the Crow’s Nest on a late evening and see the sunset; the time of year and latitude of the Caribbean meant it was already dark by the time we had our pre-dinner drinks up there!  We also enjoyed Brodie’s pub, especially the quizzes (one of which we managed to win). Once small gripe I have is that being geared towards us Brits, all the beer selection on P&O is the same as what you get at home, when normally I like to try local beers when on holiday. Having said that the prices were very reasonable.
    Entertainment-wise, we never visited the theatre so can’t comment on that. We did enjoy the Live Lounge though, getting down there for the 80s night and the Bruno Mars tribute who was fun. Get there early though if you want a good seat. The in-house band, Pulse are excellent. They did have a comedian on one night but he was a bit lame to be honest. Also, the DJ was lacking somewhat in the personality stakes; there’s probably a hundred or so DJs in pubs around the country who could have done a better job!
    On our last night we had pre-booked the Limelight Club, hosted by Jakki Graham who was excellent. The food was very good, too, a perfect way to round off our holiday.
    The Retreat
    We had decided before starting the cruise that we wanted to go to the Retreat, and were aware of the cost (£400 for a couple for the whole cruise) but I have to say it was money well spent. Lots of comfortable loungers and attentive at-seat service. It was handy as well that a light Continental breakfast is served there, so you can just get there at 9am when it opens, find your spot and have a relaxed breakfast. It’s great to chill out in the hot tub with a drink.  Remember it’s right next door to the Serenity pool, so if you fancy a proper swim, you can just nip out there anytime.
    Life on Deck
    We didn’t spend a huge amount of time on deck other than in the Retreat, but enjoyed the music quizzes on the Lido deck on sea days, even though the entertainment guy didn’t have a clue what was 70s 80s or 90s!  I did get up onto the Lido deck to see a couple of the sailways which aren’t everyone’s cup of tea I know, but a bit of harmless fun all the same.
    Being mid-November there very few school age kids on board and it is a long way to go if you’ve got a young family in tow, so it did have a more adult-oriented feel to the cruise.
    Island Choice / excursions
    This being our first cruise, we decided to book a few excursions in advance, mostly through P&O but one was through a third party (via Bolsover).  I’ve covered these within the relevant port review:
    Dominica – no excursion but a fab ramshackle bar just in from the jetty with the biggest rum punches, be warned you might need your sea legs to get back to the ship…
    Antigua – we did the catamaran beach trip (aka P&O excursion: Caribbean Sailaway) which was wonderful, great way to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Our favourite island.
    St Maarten – took a third-party excursion, to a beach club on the French side (weird to be spending Euro 3,000 miles from home), then to Maho Beach for the planes – fun but way, way too busy given that there were 6 other ships in port, including Anthem of the Seas.
    Barbados – we had two days here as it is the normal changeover port, Bridgetown is very tatty but we did find (another) great bar which helped us avoid a rare rain shower. We took the only P&O excursion that we found to be poor value for money, the Beach Break – turned out we could have got a cab there for a fraction of the price.
    Curacao – great shopping in Willemstad, particularly if you after designer outlet-type shops. Not the prettiest island however with a giant oil refinery just behind the town from which you could smell acrid fumes from our balcony. Mind you the fuel must be cheap because Britannia filled up there (think of the Clubcard points!).
    Aruba – we did the Jeep Safari (P&O excursion) which was an absolute hoot, a great way to see the island, and the hosts / drivers were great value.
    Grenada – we did the infamous Rhum Runner…. P&O even sent us a letter to our cabin warning us how strong the rum is. Well it didn’t disappoint, what with “Sean” keeping us all topped up. The non stop steel band conga all the way back to port was hilarious, needless to say we missed the sailway that day!
    St Vincent – not much to see here, we stayed aboard seeing as it was our last day.
    In summary
    We had an absolutely fabulous holiday, and will be sailing with P&O again (in 2019). We would not hesitate to sail on Britannia again, although next time we’re trying Azura because of the different island calls, and we always like mixing things up a bit.
    Finally, as someone who did get a bit concerned about negative reviews of Britannia before we sailed, I’ll try and help anyone in a similar position and debunk a few myths about her:
    Are the lack of stairs mid ship such a big issue? Not for us, just walk forward or aft and use the stairs there.
    Are the Atrium and other areas of the ship drab and underwhelming? Is there a lack of “wow” factor? No not at all, unless you’re expecting the Sistine Chapel.
    Is it a massive problem that there isn’t a promenade deck? No of course it isn’t. Once you find your way round the ship you don’t even think about it.
    Is Britannia like “Benidorm on a ship”? Well I’ve never been there but all I will say is we never saw any lairy behaviour and people with tattoos are allowed to spend £2k+ a head on their holidays as well, you know.
    You’ll read lots of complaints from people reviewing Britannia that hark back to a bygone age of cruising and a) object to paying extra for anything and expect everything to be like Downton Abbey, but my advice is ignore them.
    With all the online resources at hand nowadays you can’t fail to book a cruise with your eyes fully open and should know that cruising must compete for the tourist’s pound more than ever. We went aboard with an open mind and absolutely loved every minute of it.
     
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    RayO got a reaction from sammy sun in Missing in action   
    My own theory is that eventually people just get fed-up with the same old same old.
    I have not contributed much recently after my wife died, but also because there is only so many times you can answer the same questions.
    I admire those who can answer the numerous repeated questions again and again, but I do not have the patience to do that. For example there was a post that I gave a detailed personal response to about the problems of being a solo/single traveller. A couple of days later rather than expand on the original debate someone posted a brand new  topic with virtually the same questions as on the previous topic. By doing that I believe that it diminished mine and other peoples contributions to the original post. I could not be bothered repeating myself so did not contribute. I believe that this happens all over the forum.
    I look in as a guest every couple of days and if it's the same old same old then I do not bother contributing.
    I accept that newbies will want there own personal response, but I am not the one to repeatedly give it.
    I do find the one post moaners amusing though. They bother to register, post there moan about something, get some sympathetic responses but never post again even to expand on their original post.
    Each to there own I suppose. I too miss Terminator's pithy one liners.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from sammy sun in Missing in action   
    My own theory is that eventually people just get fed-up with the same old same old.
    I have not contributed much recently after my wife died, but also because there is only so many times you can answer the same questions.
    I admire those who can answer the numerous repeated questions again and again, but I do not have the patience to do that. For example there was a post that I gave a detailed personal response to about the problems of being a solo/single traveller. A couple of days later rather than expand on the original debate someone posted a brand new  topic with virtually the same questions as on the previous topic. By doing that I believe that it diminished mine and other peoples contributions to the original post. I could not be bothered repeating myself so did not contribute. I believe that this happens all over the forum.
    I look in as a guest every couple of days and if it's the same old same old then I do not bother contributing.
    I accept that newbies will want there own personal response, but I am not the one to repeatedly give it.
    I do find the one post moaners amusing though. They bother to register, post there moan about something, get some sympathetic responses but never post again even to expand on their original post.
    Each to there own I suppose. I too miss Terminator's pithy one liners.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from sammy sun in Missing in action   
    My own theory is that eventually people just get fed-up with the same old same old.
    I have not contributed much recently after my wife died, but also because there is only so many times you can answer the same questions.
    I admire those who can answer the numerous repeated questions again and again, but I do not have the patience to do that. For example there was a post that I gave a detailed personal response to about the problems of being a solo/single traveller. A couple of days later rather than expand on the original debate someone posted a brand new  topic with virtually the same questions as on the previous topic. By doing that I believe that it diminished mine and other peoples contributions to the original post. I could not be bothered repeating myself so did not contribute. I believe that this happens all over the forum.
    I look in as a guest every couple of days and if it's the same old same old then I do not bother contributing.
    I accept that newbies will want there own personal response, but I am not the one to repeatedly give it.
    I do find the one post moaners amusing though. They bother to register, post there moan about something, get some sympathetic responses but never post again even to expand on their original post.
    Each to there own I suppose. I too miss Terminator's pithy one liners.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from sammy sun in Missing in action   
    My own theory is that eventually people just get fed-up with the same old same old.
    I have not contributed much recently after my wife died, but also because there is only so many times you can answer the same questions.
    I admire those who can answer the numerous repeated questions again and again, but I do not have the patience to do that. For example there was a post that I gave a detailed personal response to about the problems of being a solo/single traveller. A couple of days later rather than expand on the original debate someone posted a brand new  topic with virtually the same questions as on the previous topic. By doing that I believe that it diminished mine and other peoples contributions to the original post. I could not be bothered repeating myself so did not contribute. I believe that this happens all over the forum.
    I look in as a guest every couple of days and if it's the same old same old then I do not bother contributing.
    I accept that newbies will want there own personal response, but I am not the one to repeatedly give it.
    I do find the one post moaners amusing though. They bother to register, post there moan about something, get some sympathetic responses but never post again even to expand on their original post.
    Each to there own I suppose. I too miss Terminator's pithy one liners.
    RayO
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