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  1. For fu** sake, it always has. Just bloody move your effing boat about. Thats why it floats. That's why you got it in the first place.... To moor in different places. If you don't like to move, get an effing flat...
    4 points
  2. I think it depends on the circumstances greatly. As I have previously stated i have seen many dead bodies and found some in the river which does not affect me at all but without going into details in 1982 I was the frist Bobby to attend a 999 call to a certain house on a bright sunny morning in june. I can remember every detail down to the wallpaper and everything I found in the house including the beautiful 28 year old lady that had just killed her two young children and tried to kill herself and all that that entailed. I was unfortunate enough only six days later to be driving my Panda car along a road when I saw a few people accumulating some way ahead of me . To cut the story short as I pulled up at the scene a 9 year old girl lay dead at the side of the road totaly unmarked and the guy who hit her in the Ford cortina was uncosolable and a few seconds later her mother ran towards me screaming as she came. I am crying now, this was all over 30 years ago and its fair to say I dealt very well with it at the time but on occasion now it does get to me. Tim
    3 points
  3. ok, I have not read all the links, but going on my experience of the last three years, this is not going to be good. Living on the canal is being made gradually worse, by this constant arguing about a very simple rule. Move about every 14 days, and move a bit further than the next bridge. People have been doing it for years. Without any hassle. It is the ************** who feel the need to make a "statement", or who can't be bothered to move, who have ruined it for everybody else. I hope they feel satisfied, with what they have achieved. Having lived amongst them, I unfortunately know, that they do, and they do not care about anybody else, but themselves. Why oh why, buy a boat, and keep it moored in the same spot??? Because they are not boaters, that's why....
    3 points
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  5. I used to get wound up about the abuse that CC'rs got it offended me because for 6 years I did just that, cruised our beautiful waterways getting itchy feet after a day out two then moving on to the next unexplored bit. I just could not stay in one place for more than a week no matter how hard I tried . So to be tarred with the same brush as those who abused the system I found really offensive. Roll on ten years to 2013 and I am about to buy another boat and see all the bits that have opened up since only difference is this time I won't get wound up, I won't be joining any organisation, I WILL be enjoying the thing I love best, cruising around our beautiful waterways complying with the conditions of my licence. You see the navigation authority are there to run the system its their responsibility to police their rules by purchasing a licence I provide them with the money to do these things leaving me free to ENJOY!!
    2 points
  6. that looks like a Nick Brown post. Nick, if I were you, I would be far more worried about the stealth removal of large stretches of moorings from your favourite canal which will result in a far greater degree of difficulty in observing guidelines issued as to CC-ing for your less able boaters on the K&A. I cruised the length last week, and several miles are currently being "sausaged" , with implanted Coir roll banking implants which will grow into almost impenetrable 6ft walls once mature. Have you noticed.... no, you don't move up and down enough. Instead of creating court costs on both sides, how about contributing to the future of your waterway by MORE movement of boats to alleviate the dredging issues. Lock gear is fast falling apart and becoming unuseable, how about your organisation campaigning for this to be fixed, instead of using it as an excuse for some not to bother moving. You really aren't a travellers organisation if you don't travel, and take court action to try to achieve this aim.
    2 points
  7. Upon meeting Sarah for the first time, it would be easy to mis-judge her choice of lifestyle. But then if you are fortunate enough to get past her initial quiet and reserved demeanour, you uncover an intelligent lady who cares extremely well for herself and her animals whilst on their journey through life. Probably because we have a Labrador who is almost identical to her own, she allowed us to get to know her a little. We never asked intrusive questions, judged her choice of clothes or her selection of temporary dwellings, most of which were under the stars. What we did though, was to give her space and plenty of time to make her own decisions. It's her life, please let her live it how she sees fit, as long as she's not at risk to herself or others.
    1 point
  8. Actually, keeping the dog moving for as long as he is able to is better for maintaining his mobility and prolonging his comfort for as long as possible. Statements like this are, I suspect, a good example of why people who might really benefit from offered help and advice are often so reticent to ask or accept it- because with it so often comes judgement, or a lack of respect for the right to make an independent decision, or other intangible strings.
    1 point
  9. Come on now, dont tar all fisherman with the same brush, i am a boater and fisherman, so i can say for both, boater can be miserable stuck up arrogant gits and fisherman can be numb headed awkward idiots aswell, but i would say boaters are the worst if they dont get what they want, we are all there for the same thing and to enjoy the canals, i have even been on fishing forums and said the same to try and get them to see sense , There was a time when i first started boatingi had just got a GRP boat and was crusiing to my new mooring through Leigh, there was a big match on and of all things my engine decided to cut out, well off it went floating around the cut, i ran into 2 fisherman, they pushed the boat out, i was facing the wrong way and in my panic i forgot the engine was put into full throttle and when it fired up, hell i nearly went over the back end, smack into the bank, i then had to turn around and carry on my journey. So i can see why fisherman get cheesed of with boater at times lol, on my way back through i found it rained maggots and ground bait, which wasnt all tnhat bad as i needed bait for when i got to my mooring lol, i did have a chuckle afterwards
    1 point
  10. Using the power of convection . . . Isn't that called having vents?
    1 point
  11. I was holding off from saying anything but Tim's post above has prompted me to. There are many problems around processing traumatic incidents. What is known is that there are no rules around how people respond to this kind of traumatic stress. Everyone responds differently. Some can cope fairly easily. Some can find it hard. Also any one person's response to traumatic incidents is not constant. Stress response can change over time (perhaps depending on life experience) and can also vary depending on personal circumstances at the time. It is also known that difficulty in dealing with a traumatic incident may be increased depending on the shock factor. The more outside a person's world view the incident is the more it may be hard to process. The higher the element of surprise the more it may be hard to process. The more meaning the incident, or elements of it, has for the observer the more difficult it may be to process. So a negative reaction to a traumatic incident is normal and not surprising. In the natural course of events the negative reaction will begin to fade in a few days. If after a few days the negative reaction has not begun to fade then that is the time to seek help. It is also not unusual to keep the memories of these incidents for many years, sometimes in vivid detail as Tim has related. As an example I was once working with a group of firefighters who were having trouble dealing with a series of nasty incidents in quick succession. Quite naturally the discussion turned to incidents from the past and one chap asked "Does anyone else carry photographs of these incidents in their heads?". It was a brilliant way to put it and the majority of the group agreed that that is exactly how it is. We discussed it further and I consulted with my colleagues in the group I work within later. The conclusion we came to is that it would not be surprising if people carried strong vivid memories of tough stuff. The key is; when these pictures pop into your head can you put them away again after a little while with relative ease? If you can then you have done a reasonable job of processing the traumatic incident. If those memory images interfere with your life, making it difficult, then help may be needed to process that incident in your mind.
    1 point
  12. That map, for the Pleck, would be from 1900 period, 2nd O/S it shows the siding also that served Russell's Tube Works across the canal. Hildick & Hildick were within the ringed area as suggested and there was a canal basin that served them. Ray Shill
    1 point
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  14. Here's a copy of what I posted three weeks ago: It is easy to tell when the Volunteers on the locks at Hillmorton go home each day - with the sound of firmly struck gates, crashing paddle gear, shouting and pointing as steerers try to work out which lock to use, and the innevitable evening water level drop in the pound as boats leave with paddles not wound down all the way. Just why the volunteers put up with the occassional abuse and rudeness we have no idea, but we think they have done a great job and just before they pack up for the winter, we're inviting them in for a thankyou drink and a bite on Friday 25th October 6pm - if anyone wants to thank them also then please call in to the cafe at that time. Just like boaters, some of those who volunteer to help will be better at it than others but it is beyond me why some perfect boaters whinge on about them not specifically providing the help they seem to demand.
    1 point
  15. And thats exactly why the ACC was formed: to counter this kind of misinformed drivel. Members of the ACC do NOT need any encouragement to go cruising because we are CONTINUOUS CRUISERS. ...........Dave
    1 point
  16. You would be fine with a 30amp one. The slight loss you might get at the top end is minimal. I would personally go for the 40a one if you might ever want to add extra panels. Also remember to check the controllers max voltage. That is far more critical to the system.
    1 point
  17. We are all different, what affects you may not affect me. I take the statement "Because I can do it - you can" with a big pinch of salt. I have seen a few dead bodies, two of whom have been my late wives, who died at the ages of 47 and 53, I would not wish that on anyone. Please have a bit of tolerance as I said you may be able to, others can't.
    1 point
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  19. Not with any specific reference to your problems but I am finding the overall service from Three these days poor. I don't have the One Plan but I seem to be finding of late that even just using their mobile service is a challenge in areas where I'm sure I have had good coverage previously. I've tried another SIM in my phone so I know it's not my phone that is at fault. My contract with them has another year to run and I will be giving serious consideration to switching.
    1 point
  20. Several years ago pictures of my boat started to appear on some Northern Trains: Trevor, on the boat next to mine (you can just see him in the picture), enquired of the train company if he might get a copy of the picture, but they wouldn't even tell him who had taken it. We aren't bothered about any commercial return - in fact I rather like it when I travel (as I frequently do) with my boat on a train - but it would have been a nice gesture to have given us a copy.
    1 point
  21. Yes it is indeed me (I don't have need to use an alias to hide behind, I just happen to call myself this because I logged in via F/B). I am concerned by the not-so-stealth removal of lengths of non-restricted (aka "14 day") mooring space on the tow-path between Bath and Devizes - which is why in 2010 I joined MSSG to resist, only leaving when I issued the claim form in this JR (to remain was a contradiction) and assisted in the present consultation both by sharing my experience from MSSG and providing a paper on public sector consultations. It is primarily for this reason that the consultation is going ahead: when the mooring sub-group was made aware of its obligations it stepped up. I am also very aware of the difficulties that disabled boaters have on the K&A and other parts of the network, and that CRT is very disinclined to do anything about that - and my colleagues are working on that too, with several local authorities and the EHRC. As for my own moving up and down, I don't care to talk publicly about where I live (but it is obvious to other boaters who know me - for reasons that you too would know if you passed my boat) I'm on the move every 14 days - except where it is reasonable and for me to stay longer - "unreasonable" includes "bust prop caused by CRTs rubbish in the bottom of its inadequately dredged canal" and "blown up engine" (caused by the former) but apart from that I'm on the move every 14 days - as is appropriate and required. By the way I'm also signatory to CoCo meaning that whatever CRT says, I do it by the rules and I encourage everyone else to do the same (as it happens). As for "creating court costs" I put it to Richard Parry in no uncertain terms last week that I would rather that we settled out of court than relied on a judge to decide the matter, because I'd rather that the money went on fixing lock gates than paying for lawyers. I also believe in the general principle that the parties are far better equipped than a judge to understand the situation in order to settle it. A judge however will deploy the law as the law was meant and it is clear to me that CRT want a judicial decision because it doesn't like what Parliament intended in this respect - and never has. 3 hours after that meeting Nigel Johnson published a press release quoting from the private, confidential and without prejudice meeting, publicising privileged material (and thus acted in contempt of court) and quoted content of the meeting in a manner that made it clear what CRTs position is. This thread follows from that. By the way I also proposed to Mr Parry that if CRT stopped persecuting itinerant live-aboards it would then have access to many a skill through volunteering, including considerable skills that could substantially mitigate the maintenance bill, presently projected to be £91m for the year (ie 50% of the revenue). I suggested that an organisation that spends 50% of its revenue on maintenance is in trouble. I also suggested that revenue was 10% down on last year and that didn't look good either. I suggested that as the itinerants regard the canal system as "ours" (we live and breathe it every day) that, I proposed, there are many people who would offer their help as volunteers to maintain "their" canal. I would for one and I know of others who would do the same. This, it seemed, was not lost on him. 3 hours later, having spoken to Mr Johnson, it was clear that I was mistaken. As for dredging I have made complaint to Mark Stevens and suggested that if he doesn't dredge his patch (which hasntbeen dredged ever since teh canal reopened in 1990 (according to the Chair of the K&A Trust) I will see to it that he does. The difficulty is how he will pays for it. Litigation is a destructive activity. Engineering is a task of creation (as anyone who knows me understands). But with CRT it was apparent to me that "simply smiling, hoping and waving a bit of paper in the air on the aircraft steps" appears not to have worked. One day this war will end... As for whether the NBTA is a "traveller" organisation, well according to Jo Jones, Chairman of the Gypsy Council we are... are you?
    1 point
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  23. Editing out the unnecessary stuff the answer is an unequivocal yes. So, now that you have chosen not to write to NBW. For personal reasons which might be well founded or otherwise as throughout the exchange you have failed to provide a single shred of evidence. You continue to demonstrate your prejudiced position and belief that it should also apply to everyone else. Possible because of the 'holier than thou' attitude and being the self appointed 'ombudsman of moral standards'. In other words, you have an opinion and you have expressed it. I disagree with all or part of your opinion. So therefore I don't subscribe to it. And you should not have ascribed it to me either. Now I should return to the original posting. Before it was hijacked for whatever reason. I wrote to the editor on a couple of items on (P110) I have had a reply from the editor of Towpath Talk. Hi Mick. Thank you for your comments which will be considered for our next available edition. Regards. Janet Richardson. Editor, Towpath Talk.
    1 point
  24. I too have a Grandmother who is 98 and still more than capable of doing things for herself so please do not make the assumption that I am "treating" anyone like a child. I am more than capable of treating people with respect and the dignity that they deserve, of any age. As for your "concern" for me expressing sadness because the Gentleman is old - I did not say he was old, you did. I said, with respect, that he is in his eighties. I expressed sadness because he found himself in this situation. It now transpires that he was not even on the boat, so I still express sadness for the person that was (and I don't know his age) and still even more so that this Gentlemans boat is in this situation. It is so strange that a comment of compassion could turn into such a discussion like you have created.
    1 point
  25. Personnally I think any little man caught tossing himself off on bridges should be drowned!,
    1 point
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