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NB Alnwick

Member Since 28 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active 25 Jun 2015 04:13 PM

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In Topic: Waiting for water tank to fill up

12 May 2015 - 07:43 AM

The fresh water capacity on Alnwick is probably larger than most - it has been discussed on here before - and we usually take on enough water to last a month or  so. We can be on the water point at Cropredy for a couple of hours filling up but if someone else comes along, we usually break off and let them fill up while we do other stuff. The time taken for us to fill did once have a devastating effect on another boat. The boat was called Herons Rest and the then new owner was moored next to us at Cropredy. The first time he filled his tank. he connected up his hose and left the boat filling for two hours (as we do - he obviously thought this was the norm) and returned to find his cabin with about six inches of water flooding it!

In Topic: 1928 Singer Sewing Machine

13 February 2015 - 10:41 PM

We receive and sell quite a lot of these for between £15 and £25 - non-working examples are probably just as much in demand because they get used for parts or for artistic display.

In Topic: The Passport Office - "You said, We did"

13 February 2015 - 06:55 PM

Hehe was just making an observation that we now have such low expectations of certain government departments that when they get it right it is cause for celebration


For some of us, being able to get out of bed in the morning is a cause for celebration - even more so when there is a good reason for so doing!

In Topic: eMail from China

06 February 2015 - 02:44 PM

No wonder the UK is struggling in international markets - UK traders have a lot to learn . . .


                                  . . . of course the Chinese also have much lower wages - so it isn't a level playing field!



ETA: In China the average wage in the Private sector (inclusive of all levels of management) is about £60 a week or £1.50 an hour.

In Topic: This is just too much.

04 February 2015 - 06:08 PM

I don't think this is necessarily about religion - it is barbaric and uncivilized but despite the introduction into this topic of ancient sentences from the Bible, I am not convinced that any truly religious person in this day and age would ever carry out or condone such acts.


These terrible acts are all about fear, power and male domination - similar behaviour was commonplace all over the World in the middle ages but many of us believe that we have progressed away from that state.


The only way to end these barbaric atrocities is through education, the elimination of poverty and equality - all of which will take a very long time.


In the meantime, I believe we need to do what we can to defend our homes and families against this barbaric culture. In my view, we should do this by taking three sensible steps: First we should not give the barbaric thugs the publicity they seek - I hate the idea of censorship but the media should refrain from feeding their egos. Secondly, we need to strengthen our home law enforcement, defence forces and intelligence services so that any threat that arises in the UK can be nipped in the bud before it become dangerous. I do not, necessarily, advocate using any of these forces to fight in a foreign country. And thirdly, we should all be vigilant and report any suspicious activities that we may become aware of.


It is bad enough that they do these terrible things in The Middle East - we don't want to see it spreading to the UK.