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  2. 9 points
  3. It’s all gone a bit silly but that’s folks filling the space left by the OP. That’s the way of social media. Hence I’ve PM’ed an offer to assist this weekend either unpaid at his liability or paid with the full cover of my liability insurance.
    9 points
  4. I've had a few asylum seekers volumteer with the charity I work for. They can't work and want to contribute something. The article is misleading and sloppy in its use of language which promotes confusion around asylum seekers, refugees and illegal immigrants. Asylum seekers can't have bank accounts and can't work but can volunteer. Refugees have had their asylum claim accepted and can work thus us just the start of their new problems From Citizens Advice. "If you’ve claimed asylum and been given refugee status, Asylum Support and 'section 4' support will stop 28 days after the decision. This means you’ll: stop getting your cash allowance have to move house - if you’ve been given somewhere to live as an asylum seeker" They have to open a bank account, get a NI number, find somewhere to live, get a job or sort benefits. All within a very short period. This is where many can struggle and can end up homeless. Illegal immigrants, may or may not be asylum seekers, as its hard now to find a way to claim asylum without entering illegally to be able to do it. The people I met were mostly well qualified, really nice people, who had fled persecution, either on their own or with their families from places like Libya, Egypt and Syria.
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  7. I believe it is now fixed, 4 hours later! Basically an automated backend task got stuck and as such none of the posts were being indexed for the site search. The site search is also what powers VNC. When I tried to manually force the task to run, it would error out with a rather unhelpful error message, but after much troubleshooting I narrowed it down to a software compatibility issue, which should now be fixed - though it will take another hour or two for the re-indexing of the content to complete. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this today.
    7 points
  8. The bloke is a numpty lol. Dont waste your time. The opening post should just read " Ive got loadsa money to chuck away, and I know more than anybody else about everything in the World but I will pretend to ask a question " Lol.
    7 points
  9. We could easily find out if a narrowboat will roll under a weir boom if only we knew somebody getting a very expensive all singing all dancing - cos I can afford it - 60ft boat. Just take it onto a river and switch the engine off (electric or otherwise) and see what happens. Apparently there's very little risk so it should be easy to persuade new boat owner to participate. I'll sell the popcorn anyone want to supply the deckchairs?
    7 points
  10. But there are one or two (one in particular) who seem to think if you don't have a canal boat (or not having one built) you are not entitled to comment on anything, and perish the thought you should wish to make a post. Many years of boat ownership and canal usage experience can still be useful and can help newbies even if you are no longer on the canals.
    7 points
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  14. I agree. No one’s been abusive. I gave some supportive comments and ideas, but took the piss as well. Some reason IanD has got a bee in his bonnet. aagh I’m so slow! of course, it all makes sense. this bloke Dunny is an editor for a well known waterways magazine! and IanD is having a new boat built! all makes sense must be sucking up to get a glossy press release about his boat. 👍👍
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  17. What puzzles me in this thread is the way the OP steadfastly dismisses all proposed solutions due to the unusual location, whilst at the same time refusing to allow photos of said odd-sounding situation to be posted. With a photo, the problem might be better understood and a practical solution developed.
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  19. Having read bits and pieces of this thread it strikes me that someone is trying to convince himself that he has made the right decision not to have an anchor. I take my hat off to all who have advised having an anchor and why but I think you are wasting your time. I don't think anyone other than the original poster is reading this thread to find out if they should have an anchor or not. The OP is the only one and he made up his mind ages ago but is still trying to convince himself he made the right decision.
    6 points
  20. Anyone who actualy knows anything about boating would always carry an anchor, a fool may not. Speaking as someone who holds 3 different boatmasters licence I can say in full knowledge that, had I taken the Nottingham Princess out without BOTH its anchors I could have been prosecuted, they were part of the very strict regulations pertaining to that particular boat. Yes, i fully understand we are talking leisure boats here so there is no requirement in law but if an anchor is deemed necessary on an inland waterway such as the Trent for a commercial passenger boat, then anyone who knows anything about boating would have the sense to realise that an anchor makes sense. Anchors cost diddly squat, if say I was mug enough to pay well over the odds for a narrowboat and then not pay a few hundred pounds for an anchor that would make me stupid. Problem is some people know better than all the proffesionals.
    6 points
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  27. I know others won't agree but I'm glad the money has been spent this way. Migration is a truly astonishing thing, whether of fish or birds, and our world will be poorer without it.
    6 points
  28. That's your problem. Get a trad stern for cold, wet and windy weather cruising. Then you can stand on the back step, doors closed behind you, slide pulled back against your body, your lower half encased in the warmth from a back cabin stove or the boat's heating system, and your top half benefiting from heat rising through the partly open slide. All you need wear on your top half is a hat, gloves and a reasonably warm waterproof coat.
    6 points
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  30. I thought that you offered him a free pull as long as he accepted liability. That sounds like a favour between friends to me, especially as you would be moving your boat specially for him (as I understand it). If he can't see that it is just common sense to ask him to accept liability then it says a lot about his thought processes. If he found that unacceptable you even gave him another option. Anyway, well done for offering help, there are some people who you just can't help.
    6 points
  31. My offer was declined; as was an extended offer to remain available until 26/11 to suit his availability.
    6 points
  32. I think you need proper lines and ropes, strings may not suffice. Following IanD assertion of abuse ?? etc if Andrew had come back and explained this , or said when he might return, several members could have probably turned up and assisted, the most easy route was raising the pound. It is a very helpful forum when information is shared and communicated.
    6 points
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  35. 18,000 "Life's Better by Water" blue signs. Buyer collects. Digital media engagement manager. Breaking for spares. Lock gate and paddle chains and padlocks. Sold by the ton.
    6 points
  36. Andrew has decided, in his infinite wisdom, that the answer is to be towed/snatched off. That is his call so his OP only asked if there was anyone passing that would be prepared to try. That there are many good ideas here I do not doubt, but, as with many posters, they do not suit the answer which has already been decided. N
    6 points
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  47. That's as may be but what about his boat?
    5 points
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