I guess unofficial winding points will remain as known to individuals by word of mouth.
For instance I can turn 58 below Radford Semele and also below Cape locks. It is done without use of engine by just pushing bow out and walking stern along towpath.
I spent 20yrs as self employed delivery driver, retired 2005. Having spoken to many delivery drivers since it is obvious that it's impossible to earn a decent living( self employed) with the rates paid per delivery.
As with everything in life someone is paying for your bargain be it the poorly paid worker making your designer clothes or the same day delivery for a small payment.
As some have mentioned the nationality of delivery drivers is moving away from UK born drivers to those used to earning a small wage that is still more than back home.
I must say delivery to a convenient corner shop or locker location is a massive step forward in the no one home problem of private houses. Also pick up at the likes of Argos are all big steps forward for customer service. The problem nowadays is everyone wants it yesterday and super express delivery costs money so remember someone if not you is paying for that.
It could be the driver or the poor worker sewing your designer clothes. Maybe the product is not of the quality it used to be.
The answer? Well all I can say is living on a boat has slowed me down mega amounts. A lot of planning goes into any project as you can't jump in the car and shoot down to the diy shop. Just found a canal side timber yard to walk to for roof box materials. The stress is
minimal the planning is fun. It's exciting to achieve a basic thing like this that in a previous life was done instantly.