From: William Black on

"Martin" <me(a)address.invalid> wrote in message

> In Hull the immigration and customs people are all very nice. I think they
> are
> just doing their jobs. There is none of the arrogance and rudeness some of
> the
> immigration staff in the channel ports used to and maybe still have.


But the bunch at Rotterdam are bastards...

William Black

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Barbeques on fire by the chalets past the castle headland
I watched the gift shops glitter in the darkness off the Newborough gate
All these moments will be lost in time, like icecream on the beach
Time for tea.

From: Mike Lane on
Martin wrote on Jan 15, 2010:

> On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:42:05 +0530, "William Black"
> <> wrote:
>> It is a dockyard and all sort of people can wander about without any sort
>> of proper control. It's not like an airport with its formal 'air side'
>> and 'ground side'.
> Not quite, otherwise waiting trucks would be stuffed with illegal
> immigrants. In five years immigration have detected five arriving in Hull.

Patras is the place for that. They can enter Greece with almost no control,
and make their way to a port to get to Italy. If you're driving onto a ferry
you pass an eery kind of gauntlet where these guys are lining the route eying
the traffic, ready to grab any opportunity to sneak onto a vehicle. A bit

Mike Lane
UK North Yorkshire
email: mike_lane at mac dot com