Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ten Things You Didn't Know About TransEuropa

Only in your super, soaraway Gazunder! We profile the defunct ferry firm that cost Thanet's taxpayers a whopping £3.4m!!!!

1. The 'Trans' in TransEuropa is short for 'transvestite', as the company was founded in 1948 by Lichtenstein-based cross-dresser Maurie 'Mary' Mosenberg.

2. TransEuropa's first regular shipping assignment was ferrying proboscis monkeys from Zeebrugge to Harwich for Billy Smart's Circus.

3. In 1967 the company developed a nuclear powered hovercraft, although this project was dropped after failing to get certification from the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

4. In its heyday, TransEuropa's ferries used the entire oil output of Nigeria every year.

5. During each crossing between Ramsgate and Ostend, hungry truck drivers used to consume on average 4,953 burgers, and a staggering 6,832 sausages!

6. More loo roll was used on the company's ships each year than during the entire 2012 London Olympics.

7. The oddest cargo ever carried was a refrigerated container of wigs for BBC celebrities.

8. Every ferry in the TransEuropa fleet had a secret compartment for the owner's Bentley.

9. On one of TransEuropa's ferries, nicknamed The Golden Behind, there was a toilet made out of 18 carat gold in the captain's cabin.

10. Laid end-to-end, 3.4m pound coins would stretch all the way from Ramsgate to Margate, a distance of nearly five miles!

That's enough ferry facts - Ed.


Anonymous said...

The toilet is now in sue macs anti room at TDC.

Anonymous said...

11. During 2011 to 2013, Transeuropa were bankrolled by Thanet taxpayers to the tune of £3.4m.

Another completely ridiculous fact for your list of completely untrue, false-accusation list of lies.

Except, or course, that its true!

Anonymous said...

I know I'm a bit of an anorak, but 3.4million £1 coins would only stretch from Ramsgate to Margate if you stood them on their sides. If you put the coins edge to edge they would stretch from Ramsgate to Maidstone.

Richard Eastcliff said...

I wondered who was going to be the first to spot that!

Anonymous said...

so they would go around London-Manston-Schipol?

Anonymous said...

They would only go from London to Manston to Schipol and back again if you added all of the £1 coins which Manston has lost for its owners since it was privatised.

Way back in 1987 Jonathan Aitken wrote to one of his constituents, estimating the running costs of Manston at £7 million a year. Bearing in mind, we've never seen any significant activity there I'd estimate the total losses since privatization to be in excess of £50million.

Anonymous said...

What's this about planes grounded and traffic jams at the Manston Duffers Air Show?

And a "TDC Resign" banner on the pleasurama site today.

Anonymous said...

Scathing reviews of Manston on KM Online. Yet again the area being let down by Infratil and TDC.

Anonymous said...

A £50M loss for Infratil sounds about right - but how much tax/business rates has been provided to TDC? Or presumably waived?

And how much KCC/TDC investment: the mysterious Visit Kent £100k was just the last installment.

Anonymous said...

John Hamilton is an anagram invention of ECR.

ECR is offering a prize to the first punter who deciphers it.

Ham joint ???

Hotmail ???

Notmail ???

Utter twat ??

John Hamilton - Talking Bullshit and Making No Sense said...

'Utter twat' by a country mile.

Sick of that bloke spewing his ignorant, obnoxious drivel over nearly every local blog. Cunt.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Well said 11:46 and I'm concerned about Latchford popping up now with his nasty politics.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:21 - Is that him then? I'm not certain it is. Matches up with this:

Anonymous said...

Looks like the councillors are keeping quiet on Ferrygate now.

It is TDC and RTC audit time though so requests for contracts etc have to be met, or ignored as usual.

Did Cllr Driver ever receive the info?

Anonymous said...

You won't see Latchford's nasty politics coming because he uses weak minded people and sheep to do his dirty work

John Worrow said...