Ageing hippy in Switzerland

Happy birthday this week to former Vieux Port courier Keir Murphy-Anderson, seen here celebrating with a day off and a small beer.

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Oh come on, push the boat out – have a large one.

Keir left his west coast colleagues to fend for themselves and joined the Area 3 demo team, a decision he may regret if it gets any colder up here in the hills.

HB Keir!

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Getting high on demo

Yes, we know this isn’t the quickest or easiest way to Interlaken from Chalain. But it’s the most fun, which is what counts.

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On top of the world!

It could be said that shorts and flipflops are unusual attire for the altitude, but as Keir pointed out, the Victorians used to do this sort of thing in long skirts, and it didn’t seem to do them any harm.

Order from chaos

Big changes this week in the Argeles store, which has been transformed from a total bombsite into something beginning to look like an organised campsite store.

The process took four volunteers, four tip runs, three charity van collections and two deliveries to sites before there was light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks to Sirene staff Alex Piper and Dave Perry, Valmarie courier Dom Bale and general floating dogsbody Will Clarke – nice job!

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Dom tries to move five double beds at once

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That’s more like it

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Fridge, anyone?

Scandalous dognapping incident at Argeles

The AM3 demo team nearly took the traditional van mascot to another level with an actual live dog rather than our usual Kinder Egg toys and customer find stuffed bears.

This little cutie made the mistake of straying around the Argeles store for three days, and spent a night entertaining the courier team in Sirene before your Newsblog correspondent managed to reunite her with her proper humans courtesy of the local vet and the ID chip in her neck.

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Will and his new friend

Bit of a loss for the demo team, but good news for Marine (as she turned out to be called) and her family.

New for 2018!

We are delighted to announce the roll-out across the programme of our new ensuite llama service, on trial this season at Château de Boisson in the Ardeche.

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Don’t shout, they’ll all want one

Llamas will be a bookable extra on certain sites, and supply will be limited, so customers are advised to book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

Future seasons could see the service extended to include armadillos, capybaras and the occasional aardvark, while sites with In2Action will offer komodo dragons and velociraptors during high season.

Mobile home installers needed!

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Left a bit …… right a bit ……

Lots of you have seen new mobiles arrive on site this season, part of a rolling replacement programme designed to improve our stock across the board.

More of the same for next year means mobile home manager James Gibson is looking for people keen to get involved with uninstalling our old mobiles and putting new ones in place ready for next season.

Kevin and the team will start pulling mobiles off site and dismantling decks early in September, and installation will go on throughout the winter.

Job requirements are:

  • Physical fitness (heavy lifting and crawling about under mobiles)
  • Full driving licence (maintenance/montage type vans)
  • Practical experience and familiarity with tools
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Glamorous stuff.

Contracts will start in September and run at least until Christmas, depending on availability. Installers can expect to work a five or six day week.

Anyone interested should contact their Area Manager in the first instance for further détails.

Summer sunshine … ??

Exciting times over on the Adriatic this week, when a violent storm hit the Venice strip, taking out trees, cars and mobile homes.

Marina di Venezia lost two tents, and the live unit on Union Lido is looking somewhat wonky, to say the least.

Site staff, couriers and maintenance have been working round the clock to fix the damage and clear up the mess, while Alison mans the phones in the office in a bid to rehouse the homeless and send imminent arrivals elsewhere.

Just what we all need in the middle of August!

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Union Lido …. think it might need re-levelling.

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I want to complain about the Ents in my accommodation please ….

Area Supervisor Gail Fox had to eat her words following an earlier comment about being glad to see a bit of storm coming in to take the edge off the heat. Careful what you wish for there!