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NB Alnwick

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A new and strange experience

08 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

Alnwick was 'slipped' for blacking at Braunston on Monday and this time we are obliged to stay aboard (the only previous time we have been living aboard during 'blacking' was in the dry dock at Welford many years ago) and it is a very strange sensation. Being used to sitting quite low in the water it is almost alarming to be looking out from a position some three metres above ground level. With the boat supported on two bogies (approximately 7ft gauge), the wind whistles underneath us and, instead of rocking gently when one walks about the boat, there is an unusual firm 'springiness' to the deck.


The only really good thing about being 'high and dry' is that we have a full (four bar) Vodafone signal - something we have not experienced before at Braunston!

What would you do if you could not afford the licence fee?

25 June 2014 - 01:20 PM

My obvious answer to this would be 'Give up and sell the boat' but I met someone recently who lives aboard with his parents. It is the only home they have and work has been short. They are now approaching the time when the licence fee is due and they just do not have the money - is there any help that they can get? All members of the family are over 18 but have not been able to find work for some time and being of 'no fixed abode' doesn't help them.

For those who remember the Coventry and Warwickshire Folk Music scene in the late 1960s

27 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

I have just had an email from Dave Sampson (one time promoter of the Wurzle Bush Folk Club) to say that Rod Felton passed away a couple of days ago. Rod was a first class singer/songwriter and comic who in the late 1960s was half of the duo known as 'The New Modern Idiot Grunt Band' - an act that just had to be seen to be believed. They performed with guitars and all manner of improvised instruments including jugs, whistles, cymbals etc. The repertoire included Jessie Fuller's 'San Francisco Bay Blues', Ray Davis' 'Harry Wragge' and many more of their own compositions. I booked them several times for folk clubs that I helped to run in Rugby and introduced them to Folk Impresario, Toni Savage - who, incidentally, was also the manager and a close friend of Spike Milligan . . .

Electrolux RM6400 LPG/AC/DC Fridge

13 September 2013 - 06:34 PM

Since returning from our late Summer cruise down the Thames, we have noticed that our fridge is not getting nearly as cold as it used to. We run it on gas most of the time but we have tried it on mains electricity to see if that is any better.

When running on gas the temperature in the main compartment fails to drop below 10 degrees C - when running on mains electricity it dropped a further two degrees but then stayed a 8 degrees C - which is still not cool enough.

Any solutions please? Or does anyone know where I might find a proper Electrolux/Dometic service/repair person?

For those who remember Northamptonshire Pubs in the 1950s and 60s

26 May 2013 - 11:01 AM

Just sampled a pint or three at the Crick Boat Show - pure nostalgia!


And I like their website too:




I know this isn't new but it is new to me and I like it!




I wonder if they will re-introduce 'Stingo No. 10' - that was my Gran's favourite tipple and when I was about nine years old she would send me to the off-sales a the Peacock in Welford, where we lived, to buy her regular bottle - they would put it in a brown paper bag so that the village policeman wouldn't stop me . . .