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  1. Woke is a term used in an attempt to denigrate anyone who has any empathy or sympathy with those in less favourable circumstances than oneself. It had to be invented after the term "political correctness" became correctly understood to be an attempt to slander anyone who tried to speak or behave with concern for others, rather than behaving as if the only worth any person had was equivalent to their economic function, or the advantage that could be gained from using them as a thing, rather than a person.. Such mealy mouthed euphemisms are used by those who are so ashamed of their own attitudes that they need to find incomprehensible language to cloak them in, realising that should they actually voice these views, they would be correctly subject to universal condemnation. You normally find them used on the internet by those hiding, quite understandably, behind pseudonyms.
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  3. Many forum members will remember Alan, a magnificent example of the Scottish race who came to join us on the canals in 2013 and brought laughter, fun and good banter along with a willingness to learn as much as he could whilst guffawing at his and everyone elses mistakes. He didnt just do the canals, he also travelled the world with his love from America, Dona, sending updates from places that are well outside the Continuous Cruising guidelines! He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, but was hitting it head on, however, yesterday he passed away suddenly even though all stops were pulled out to keep him from visiting somewhere new. Alan was a massively good friend, one of those that you dont have to see every week, a year could pass, meet up and it was like you hadn't been apart for more than a couple of days. His enthusiasm for trying new things and going it alone in 2012 after his wife passed away were unboundless, but carefully investigated as well. He also gave a home on the boat to the mad, boisterous collie James, who certainly made Alan's fitness regime start up again. Alan will be sadly missed, warmly remembered, and I'm damn sure an few glasses of some decent malt will be downed in his memory if a banter ever happens again.
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  4. "Woke", "politically correct", "playing the race card", "white lives matter".... all examples of what's sometimes called "playing the shell game". It allows people to dismiss the serious concerns of others about the systematic racism, sexism, homophobia etc that other people encounter in their day-to-day lives. Anybody who expresses empathy with the less fortunate or the oppressed; anybody who expresses concern with the state of the world, whether it be about climate, refugees, poverty etc; anybody who speaks up for the downtrodden, marginalised, dispossessed and exploited can be dismissed and their concerns ignored by using one of the above phrases.
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  5. Not quite, the owner has owned the boat for 8 years, she has known that it is in need of hull works for some time and her move to land has prompted her to sell the boat. With this in mind she approached me about doing the works on the boat to get it ready for sale. I suggested she had the boat surveyed to understand the extent of the works required, which she did. The works needed are extensive and I advised the owner that the cost would be in the region of £12-15k. Based on this she made to the decision to sell. Both the owner and I have tried to be as upfront and honest about the condition of the boat as we can, which is why we have made the full hull survey available online so that potential purchasers can make a decision with a clear idea of what works are needed.
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  7. Did you actually read this post before you pressed “submit reply”? Whilst I will freely admit Lady G and I have frequently seen opposite sides of an argument, posting such a negative post to a female of a certain age, alone, singlehanded, with a broken boat (which is her home) is beyond the pale. If she was stressed, frightened and not sure where to turn this could have tipped her over the edge. I hope you’re proud of yourself. Alternatively you could apologise and offer some advice.
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  10. Some of us have long memories or perhaps we are just 'old' or both. There used to be three types of boats on the system namely working boats, leisure cruisers(pleasure boat licence) and houseboats. The idea of continuous cruisers arose because there were some people with leisure boats who had the ability and funds to participate in a lifestyle that allowed them to 'cruise' ie undertake a leisure activity on a continuous basis. Somehow this got mixed up with the bylaws allowing a vessel to stay in one place for 14days and it became a right for what should really be classed as houseboats to exist without a permanent mooring only moving every 14 days. This was never a problem when small numbers were involved but that is not the case now. The number of 'houseboats' in London are such that they are appear to be causing environmental problems such as pollution of the water and air and no doubt the authorities are on the case. I am all for genuine continuous cruising but most boats in London do not fit this concept. You can make many cases for houseboats in terms of satisfying a desperate housing need and more residential moorings are needed but the current arrangements are not sustainable in the long term.
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  18. I completely agree with the OP - it's just not acceptable when the outdoors gets dirty. Somebody should clean it for me.
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  20. Now the steelwork is nearly finished and the really interesting phase is aboiut to start, I thought I would begin this thread. If you will bear with me, I will start with the back story. Our enthusiasm for canal boating started many years ago when we were introduced to narrowboating by some friends whose family owned a boat and invited us many times to spend weekends on the boat. When they selfishly decided to emigrate, we started hiring regularly for annual holidays (this was in the days before people needed several holidays a year for the sake of their mental health) and cruised most of the canals on the system. We looked at buying a narrowboat back in the early 80's, getting as far as drawings and again the 90's, but living on the coast and also enjoying sailing, we decided that a sailing cruiser whould make more sense so we owned a couple of those. With retirement approaching we decided that the rigours of the sea and the limited sailing season, further limited by weather and tides would be too restrictive as we got older, so the inland waterways would be our next chapter in boating. I was still working, so Jan, my wife, did all the initial research. As we had hired from Black Prince many times and liked their boats, one of their ex-hire fleet made sense. Jan started a dialogue with Leighton and all was going well until the pandemic struck and for BP the future was so uncertain, he couldn't commit to any timescale and felt unable even to take a deposit. So we decided to look at having a new narrowboat built. We started with Aintree, who seemed to be very nice people and we trekked 300 miles up one saturday morning in June 2021 for a factory visit. Although the site was a H&S hazard, the steps up to a boat we were being showed around collapsed when I stood on them and cut my shin, first aid was swiftly administered and so all was forgiven. A couple of minutes later i picked up razor sharp sliver of steel in the car park which could have easily sliced through a tyre - or a shoe. We had arrived a little early for our appointment and the salesman wasn't there yet, but Dave gave us a very good tour showing is several boats in various stages of completion. The boats were very nice and the workmanship looked great so we decided to take the next step with them, but the first indications of what was to come occurred that day. On our drive home we got a call from the sales guying saying he couldnt wait any longer for us! So the next step was a call with Jamie, the director, to discuss our requirements. He was very nice and helpful and followed up with a full spec. and a quote for a 50' boat. Jan decided she would like a little more room in the saloon, so I asked for a re-quote for 52'. This never arrived despite following up with emails and attempting to get Jamie on the 'phone, so mainly because of the communications problems and the long distance involved meaning we would have to do everything by phone, combined with a 14 month delivery estimate, we decided to look elsewhere. The next companies we looked at were Collingwood and Aqualine via New and used Boats, but Collingwood could only do reverse layout, which Jan definitely doesn't want and we had bad feedback from a couple of brokers we spoke to regarding Aqualine. We then called Colecraft and it was refreshing to deal with a boatbuilder rather than a salesperson. We sat down with Gary who sketched out the boat whilst we discussed our requirements and Sue quickly followed up with a spec. and price which after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing we agreed and resigned ourselves to a 12 month wait for the build to start. It's a big thing losing a whole year's crusing especially as you get older! Then (almost) out of the blue, we got an email in October this year asking if we would like a November start, due to a cancellation (if anyone is looking for a Dutch Style Barge give Colecraft a call), which we soon agreed to. We then started to worry about finding a mooring, only to hear that one would be available in our first choice of marina on the 1st April 2022, which fits in exactly with our timescales. If the boat is a bit earlier then they can still fit us in. We visited Colecraft for the 3rd time yesterday and the steework is nearly complete; sprayfoam next week and lined out before Christmas and our next visit in early January to meet the the carpenters, painter and upholsterers. Completion is due in March.
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  21. Yeah but..... They're young and in love and all that magic stuff. Its different after donkeys years of boating. Mrs. Bee has learned to read me like a book and I can't get away with anything. We finish each others sentences - mostly by saying things like 'You told me that yesterday you daft sod' and we have a whippet that farts all the time. Fairy dust and magic? Bollo**s
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  22. He has unfortunately gone a bit mad. Mind you this place has had its fair share of mad and damaging posters, some of them Mods!
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  25. Boaters passing through Cropredy may have noticed an empty space at The Old Coal Wharf, where 'Alnwick' has been moored for many years. Well after saying, perhaps more than once, that we wouldn't be looking for a marina mooring, we have now moved to a new berth at Cropredy Marina. The location at the coal wharf served us well, especially when Jane was having chemo-therapy and recovering after major surgery but now that we have completed the renovation of our cottage, we are no longer living aboard and have decided, for a variety of reasons, that the marina would be a more suitable location for our boat. We have been made very welcome by the management and staff at the marina. As can be seen from the recent photograph above, 'Alnwick' is now looking rather shabby on the outside - this is the result of several years of neglect while we were living aboard with more pressing priorities. Hopefully, we now will have time to concentrate more on our boat and boating activities and the first step will be another visit to Glascote Basin in May 2022 for grit blasting the upper works and the start of a full repaint. In the meantime we have carried out some minor work including having the engine room hatches repaired by Kedian Engineering. .
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  26. Thanks for the advice. The offer is withdrawn. OP, I have a friend who may be able to help, contact me via PM.
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  35. If one of the stipulations laid down in applying for government grants, lottery grants, English heritage type grants, greening England type grants and all the other awarding bodies that require huge written reports before considering the benefits of divvying up their money between loads of different competing bodies is that they must show how they are addressing climate change or they don't get considered, then the CRT is going to churn out loads of stuff showing how they're addressing climate change. They'd be fools not to. And they're not going to tell us that they're only doing it to placate the awarding bodies... they'd be fools to do that, too. If the CRT can show that their plans benefit as many people as possible from all walks of life, from health and well-being, to nature and education, to heritage and the future then they're more likely to be considered for funding, and the more people they can benefit, the more funding they'll get. You might wish the modern world didn't work like this and go on and on about the good old days, but that doesn't get you funding in today's (changing) climate. So it might well be that the CRT is being canny and realistic in their press releases.
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  37. Hi Friends, I hope you're all well. It felt right to check in here, after it's been a few years since we've managed a boat trip. We've commandeered my parent's nb, Penelope, and spent the last couple of days going from Brentford to Little Venice, where we are moored on the VMs at Rembrandt Garden for another night. The canals here in London are a lot different to our normal patch - so much rubbish! So many tarps around the prop! lol. But it's been a great trip so far. We're going to plod around here for the day before heading back to Brentford. Just saying hello really, but if you happen to see us, give us a hello! Nice to be back on the canals Heffa
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  38. It's unnecessary waste of vital funds that could be used for essential repairs that is the irritating bit. Replacing signs for the sake of it, adding new signs that arent needed just because someone at CRT thinks it's funny.
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  43. Strewth! If I'd called out The Emergency Services every time I'd stemmed up and couldn't get off since 1966, I'd be so well known to them they'd be inviting me to their Christmas parties.
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  46. Yeah. It happens. Geese usually. Horrible creatures but you can't do much about it apart from getting rid of them and that's not going to happen and nobody is going to come and clean the pontoon every day for nothing on the off chance that a boat will come along. The answer is to use your gang plank if you have one and just lay it on the pontoon to walk on. Some problems you just have to solve yourself no matter how much you pay for a licence
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  48. So you think “I told you so” is an appropriate comment to someone in trouble? She may have had problems with her boat but surely pointing that out in the circumstances was crass in the extreme?
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  49. So what is your point? Is it to be helpful, or unhelpful and nasty? Maybe you think she deserves to have damaged her rudder and you are feeling pleased about it? Or what?
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