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NB Alnwick

Member Since 28 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 18 2014 03:45 PM

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In Topic: What Batteries

21 August 2014 - 11:02 AM

Getting back to the original topic as to what batteries to buy - this is a question that we are now considering. We were fortunate to have been able to buy sets of used batteries from a forum member more than five years ago and these are still going strong. Although previously used, the batteries are very well made and have lasted well. The seller hasn't been active on the forum for some time and there are no cheap alternatives that match the specification of the originals.  The original batteries were from the Delphi Freedom range - part number BU-31SP-115S - see my old post here.


My only choice is to shell out around £300 per battery for these:




The specification is close (if not identical) to the Delphi products that we purchased here for just £25 each!


Why pay £1200 for four batteries? Well they have a hard life on Alnwick and these high spec units are the only ones that seem to cope with our live-aboard conditions and the mixed charging regime and vibration that comes from our old Kelvin K3.

In Topic: Jobs in Warwickshire - helping to keep the planet green.

12 August 2014 - 05:41 PM


Advising people on recycling is a good worthwhile thing to do, but I notice the advert doesn't mention a rate of pay.

As KevMc says, some householders' reactions may not be very nice, but that possibility doesn't seem to put off all the religious nutters, chuggers, window sales people and so on who turn up on my doorstep. I just say whatever is polite and will get them to walk away, for example the sales people usually start with "Are you the house owner?", to which I lie "No, I'm a tenant". Works every time.


The pay rates are £7.00 an hour for team members and £9.50 for the team leader - I believe that the idea is to build up to a team of eight at least. This is a worthwhile job and before someone says that it isn't worth getting out of bed for anything near the minimum wage, I would remind you that many of us choose worthwhile jobs and work willingly for less than £7.00 an hour in order to support good causes.


Warwickshire already has an excellent record for re-use and recycling with, typically, more than 75% of household waste being saved from direct landfill. We can do more but, as Vilfredo Pareto discovered, the first 80% may be achieved with 20% of the effort - achieving more will require significantly increased resource.

In Topic: Jobs in Warwickshire - helping to keep the planet green.

12 August 2014 - 12:39 PM

I've already got a doorstep




Of course, but there are some people around who cannot afford a doorstep and may need a job. This could be a good number - especially for someone who is already self employed.

In Topic: Fairport - Cropredy

12 August 2014 - 12:07 PM

...and at Clattercote Wharf, though if you try to use that one without permission you may meet another ferocious pirate with an American accent!

Seriously, the nearest public winding hole North of Cropredy is surely the one adjacent to Anorexics' Bridge, about half a mile beyond Clattercote Wharf?


That one is a bit too close to the danger zone . . .

In Topic: Fairport - Cropredy

12 August 2014 - 11:39 AM

What is it like at Cropredy, we will be coming through tomorrow, and everyone we met on Napton locks said it was 2 miles of hell.


Cropredy is always like this (not just during festival time) - miles of moored boats populated by ferocious pirates. My advice is to avoid the area completely - there are good winding holes at Banbury and Fenny Compton!