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  1. In case anyone is interested... Just over a week after leaving hospital with 7 days of antibiotics I am still not 100%, don't get me wrong I am not ill as such just tired and not quite right, at least I am able to do a the normal day to day stuff as long as I take my time, anyway I've been signed off for another week and hopefully that should see me right. I have been spectacularly unlucky considering how many people live, work and play around canals but it's certainly worth keeping in mind if you get a fever after contact with the water
    22 points
  2. “…looking for boaters to share money saving tips” “Don’t buy a boat”
    20 points
  3. When I were a lad there were regular fights on the beach between the mods and rockers (both sides beat up the hippies). Not long before that there were signs in windows saying "No dogs, irish, blacks". When I was a teenager there was a trend in Leeds of pouring petrol on tramps and setting them alight, and Paki-bashing was a bit of good fun. When I worked Civil Service in Liverpool in the eighties the office lads had a great laugh throwing bananas at the black footballers. I'm not actually sure it's got a lot worse I think it's the opposite. What used to be normal, unremarked behaviour has been marginalised because most people behave well, so the plonkers stand out more. And, of course, there are more people on boats than there were, and the same proportion of pains in the backside just means there are more of them, too.
    14 points
  4. In a world of so much negativity I just wanted to share a lovely encounter I had yesterday. I was admiring a beautiful garden near Kinver and a charming elderly gentleman offered to show me around. We chatted for a while and he then kindly gifted me this beautiful vase from his wife's pottery shed. She is an no longer with him and he doesn't want to empty out her stuff, but is happy to gift it. Meeting him really made my day and I will always treasure this little act of kindness. People really can be wonderful and it's a joy meeting them when out and about on the waterways.
    14 points
  5. It’s because despite changing attitudes, there is still a not-small contingent of british people who are homophobic, and a smaller contingent who are quite happy to voice that and demonstrate it by physical attack. Why not have a heterosexual pride thingy?, part of the answer is that people don’t get verbally abused, beaten up, killed, thrown out of the family home etc because they are heterosexual, but all those things still happen because people are homosexual even in 2022. And that is just in the UK. In other parts of the world, these people can be unemployable, imprisoned or executed by the State. The gay pride thing is about normalising being gay, that it is nothing to be ashamed about, and is a normal subset of humanity, always was and always will be. The aim being to make it less socially acceptable to be ostentatiously homophobic.
    14 points
  6. "I know it is pride month or some such nonsense" is a pretty poor choice of words. Let me explain. Next month Birmingham is hosting the Commonwealth Games. If someone wrote "I know it is the Commonwealth Games next month, or some such nonsense", it wouldn't be a problem. People either like sport or they don't, but those who don't like sport, don't generally go around persecuting athletes and athletes are not an oppressed group. LGBT+ people have historically been met with extreme oppression and persecution, and a fair bit of that persists to this day. Pride has been instrumental in tackling that discrimination and is therefore a very important symbol for many LGBT+ people. Deriding is as "nonsense" is therefore likely to be offensive to some people. The same would apply to other events or movements which seek to provide equality for all in society; BLM, for example. LadyG - you may wish to choose your words more carefully in future if you would prefer to avoid causing unintended offence.
    13 points
  7. Just met a man at Hartshill down on his luck and walking home from Kensington. Didn’t speak to him much but I gathered he’d gone for work and not got paid. He’s been walking for 17 days and is heading along the canals to Chester and then on into Wales and home. I gave him some food and a fiver. A sorry looking man who seemed harmless but kind of desperate too. Just thought I’d point him out, if by chance you see him you might want to help him on his way. Big green ruck sack on his back and has a Welsh accent. He’s not begging, well he didn’t ask me for anything, I offered.
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  8. I'm not entirely sure why this means depreciation will be huge? If new combustion engine boats can no longer be built, whilst the ability to operate a pure electric boat is limited (due to no charging points, insufficient grid capacity etc) then surely the value of second hand combustion engined boats will increase? Yes maybe there is some intention to ban combustion engines altogether after 2050 but there is absolutely no certainty that this will happen and personally I doubt that thousands of combusstion engined boats will suddenly be declared unusable. It's a standard scare tactic to get people to go electric.
    12 points
  9. I would like to apologise if my post of a few weeks ago has contributed to this feeling of being attacked etc. There are very few people upon whom I wish direct harm, and you are certainly not one of them. Your post above has made me realise that it was a quite unpleasant statement to make, and the more civilised approach would have been to simply ignore your posts. I had formed the opinion that many of the posts I read from you were unnecessarily robust in tone, if not outright rude and negative, but in hindsight I'm not sure I was being fair, and you do also offer a lot of advice that many forum members find really helpful. When you suggested in that thread that I could move to a Schengen country I took it as a very sarcastic attack, and tbh I flew off the handle, because losing my freedom of movement around Europe is an issue that still causes me great anger, and that anger is only growing as time goes on. I have fallen out with two of my brothers over this issue, as well as several ex-colleagues. But it was wrong of me to express all of that anger so bluntly towards you, and I regret it. We are very different people, and we will probably never be friends, but I have since realised that you were not attacking me or trying to wind me up, as I first thought, and my sharply worded post was an overreaction.
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  10. Difficult to say. In simplistic terms the cost of handing out money is going to be high. The actual picture is more complex. Leaving people financially destitute has an actual cost and a societal cost. Reducing individual stress will lead to savings. With the accelerating advances in AI, society will soon reach a crunch point because so many jobs will be lost. The choices will be: 1. Legislate against AI. 2. Allow half to population to be unemployed and destitute with the consequent societal breakdown which would inevitably occur. (This is the head-in-the-sand option). 3. Legislate for a redstribution of wealth by taxing the ever more profitable corporations to allow payment of a basic income. Look at it this way: A few years ago supermarkets introduced automatic tills. Many people got cross about this because it led to people losing their jobs, but they were all missing the point. The supermarkets made the change because it was more profitable to them. In that situation it's the job of government to take some of those profits to provide for those who lost their jobs. This change has been going on since the time of the Luddites and increase mechanisation in factories and farms. The ultimate solution was a bodge: the creation of the welfare state but also the creation of non essential jobs, to keep the masses compliant. A huge shock to the system is coming, when all those calls centre jobs are gone; when all driving jobs are gone. We're talking millions of people. We need a sensible conversation about how to manage that. For example: do we want ever cheaper taxi rides, or do we want to pay the same for a driverless taxi but pay a universal basic income. I would prefer the second option, but I suspect we'll sleepwalk into the first option and then wonder why half the population are rioting. I suspect the countries which have that sensible conversation will come out of it all the strongest. The forthcoming "AI world" should be the greatest opportunity in history to raise the world's population out of drudgery, hunger and servitude. Will that happen? Probably not.
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  11. Luckily i have only experienced discrimination because of my sexuality once (a long time ago and dealt with by one of my friends - He's six foot five and the issue went away very quickly 😀). Pride is important for many people, perhaps you could be a bit more considerate and less judgemental in your comments.
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  13. "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.” Socrates.
    10 points
  14. I blame the vast increase in university education that all too often produces highly qualified practical idiots, plus the easy of using social media etc so there was no time while growing up for more physical practical experiences.
    10 points
  15. Afraid I can't do the plummy accent, umms, arrhs and classical quotes, but here are some money saving tips from some one in receipt of an income from the government and an acknowledged expert in spending very little of his own cash on a luxury life style. This could make an informative and useful spot on the TV show. Worth the OP asking if he wants to take part? I'm no stranger to being a bit short of the readies at times. Here are my tips for you, the great unwashed, channel 5 watching, lower orders. If you are in a spot of financial bother from assorted divorce and child maintenance expenses, then try and get a government income that includes the use of two homes. One in a prestigious Westminster neighbourhood, the other a country pad in the Chilterns. With fuel and fare prices sky rocketing, getting around can be a huge expense. Instead of using buses, trains and cars, get your chauffeur to drive you to the airport and take a private aeroplane to your destination. Not a penny for you to pay! Clothing can also be expensive. The same suit, worn day in, day out will save dry cleaning costs. Sleep in it too and pyjamas aren't needed either. Accessorise with a hi-vis jacket and hard hat from whatever work place you are visiting for a photo op that day. Any company up in the grim North will be happy to give you these and not expect you to do any hard work in exchange. Barbers cost a fortune, so when the mane is getting a bit shaggy, attack it randomly with the garden shears. Need a well earned holiday, but can't afford even the cheapest package? A billionaire chum will happily give you the run of his private island in the Caribbean. Just ask! Can't afford to replace the ghastly decorations and furnishing left by the previous occupant in one of your free homes? An old couple with appalling middle class John Lewis tastes. The girlfriend wants some expensive wall paper and furniture and the miserly £30,000 grant just won't stretch that far? Simply ask a party donor to pay the balance. A side hustle writing Daily Telegraph columns can bring in a few extra quid to tide you over. Get an advance for a book about Churchill. No need to actually write the book. Worth a try, though you may not succeed. Get the current bit on the side, or spouse a government income too. I've found this a bit tough to arrange so far, though there is an "Ethics Advisor" post on the jobs board at work that I reckon she will be a shoe in for. Damned if I know what "Ethics" are, but I vaguely remember from my Eton and Oxford days it comes from the Greek ἠθικός. One of those new management fads no doubt.
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  17. These posts. You didn't check properly, because you were busy and had several deadlines. You blame CRT. Hmm, sounds more like you're fault to me. I'm no fan of CRT but the constant blaming directed to them for problems, which for the most part, people create themselves is boring (if not annoying). its clearly written down, but you chose to assume you knew how it worked. I'd be annoyed as well....with myself, not at CRT.
    9 points
  18. But equally, I suspect most folks on a gay site are not looking to crew on a boat either. Seems perfectly reasonable to me to ask on here, which doesn't exclude asking in other places as well.
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  20. I have massive respect for Kate and her dedication to making composting/separating bogs work and her willingness to put herself forward as a voice of the things, certainly in the face of the snark she often gets on here. I'm sure, in fact I know there are people who misuse separating bogs, just as there are peeps who misuse cassette and pump outs, what I would be willing to bet is Kate would condem all of that. Why don't you actually join the chat and ask some questions rather than snipe from the side lines and maybe learn something. Grumpy monkey with a high temp buggering off now
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  22. Really... otherwise I wasted £3 on a fathers day card last week! 😆
    8 points
  23. All this looking at the minutiae of the wording shows up those that are doing it for what they really are. There is a simple rule to abide by when mooring for any period : Don't take the piss Then you wont fall foul of carts interpretation of the laws.
    8 points
  24. Same old place this, i stopped coming on here a long time ago as it has to many folk that think they know it all and up there own backsides. I didnt loose out on this boat i last built, i soll it for what it cost me. Had fun along the way, the main point. If the OP wants any help just ask, ill try and stick around for a bit
    8 points
  25. One of the problems of lay people reading legal documentation is that they tend to get rather wrapped up in their own comprehension of what the words literally mean whereas within legal circles the application will focus on context and purpose. For all his undoubted knowledge and well constructed arguments I sometimes felt that even Nigel Moore fell into this trap. There is a reason that legal professionals undertake years of training and gaining experience in order to practice. The idea that buying a licence from CRT isn’t entering into a contract is utterly wrong. It clearly meets all the legal principles of forming a contract and if it were not a contract the buyer would have no legal protection. The fact that CRT is a body that is both created by statute and limited in its powers by that statute doesn’t prevent them from freely entering into contracts, since that would prevent them from discharging their statutory duty. A principle of any contract is that the party making an offer can apply conditions of their choosing providing they do not breach statute law and are reasonable. Those conditions don’t have to be enabled by any statute law. You have to remember that the offer made by CRT has both a price and a set of conditions that apply in combination. If you don’t accept the conditions then you are making a counter offer and CRT don’t have to sell you the licence at that price. If you have bought a licence for the price CRT offer then legally you have accepted the T&Cs, doesn’t matter if you think you’ve signed for them or not, they were part of the legally binding offer that you have accepted. Unless of course you can prove agreement to a revised set of terms. The primary sanction for most if not all breaches is correctly a fine. Note that mooring restrictions now come with a threat of a fine for overstaying displayed on the signage. The fact that CRT have chosen to do this says to me that even if they have never executed a penalty in the past they are giving themselves the ability to do so in future. However in the situation of sustained breaches of the Ts & Cs I think CRT could legally terminate a licence for deliberate breach of contract but whether they could refuse to issue a new licence is debatable. They certainly can offer a more restrictive licence and if you continue to breach Ts & Cs you may only get to test whether they are legally bound to continue to offer you a licence after they’ve Section 8’ed your boat. At that stage no matter the outcome - which is 99% certain to favour CRT - you’ve lost anyway.
    8 points
  26. Monkey came home!!!! 😊💖
    8 points
  27. Thank you for asking. I'm 100% better than I was over Monday to Thursday but I still feel completely run down, as a bonus I'm being let out today with a batch of horse pills and strict instructions to not let it get that bad again and come back to hospital if I deteriorate.
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  29. Unfortunately at the moment that is my usual method of mooring 🙂
    7 points
  30. We set out from Fazeley today, via the services for a pump out. En route from pontoon to services, a boat popped in in front of us. They were very nice. Then went up Glascote, met some people who were all very nice. Passed various people on moored boats and walking the towpath, all very nice. Went up Atherstone, fairly quiet but passed 4 boats coming the other way near the top. All very nice, gates left open for us, nobody turned a lock. After the top we cruised on for a bit to moor in the countryside. We passed a group of boats moored on a sharp bend just after a bridge, they were fishing. Suddenly a hire boat appeared around the bushes on the bend, opposite direction, way over on our side of the cut, followed closely by a hire second boat doing same. Just come out of Springwood Haven an hour or two earlier. A bit of manoeuvring ensued to avoid collision. They were very nice and apologised, apparently the fishermen had asked them to keep away from their rods (despite the fishermen/moored boaters presumably being able to see us, as they were on the apex of the bend). The hire boat got into a bit of manoeuvring difficulty what with the moored boats, our boat coming the other way, sharp bend immediately into a bridge etc and nearly hit the boat that was moored right on the apex of the blind bend. But it didn’t hit it, although it bobbed about a bit as the hire boat sensibly used some power to gain steerage. Moored boater shouted “Fuckin Hell!” as if someone had died, but in fact no-one had died, it was just that his boat, moored right on the apex of the bend and very close to the bridge, had bobbed about a bit. Nasty person. So overall, the score was a large number of nice people vs one nasty (and stupid and entitled) person. Which is not too bad.
    7 points
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  32. There's a vast difference in attitude between people who have suffered unemployment or homelessness and those who for one reason or another (usually blind luck or rich parents) never have. Fifty years ago you could walk into a Labour Exchange and get a job that paid a wage enough for rent or mortgage, food and the rest of it. You might not get rich, but you could live happily, and the job was fairly secure. And, of course, there was plentiful council housing, which made an income for the council as well as providing homes. I wonder where all that went? These days, on that level, a job doesn't pay enough to even dent living costs, so virtually everyone on a basic or middling wage is claiming benefits. Of course, the well off workers claim tax reliefs, but that doesn't get the same approbation for some reason. Logically, if you want workers on relatively low pay (cleaners, drivers, shopworkers, nurses, carers etc - the people who actually keep a city running), there has to be housing provided at a rate they can afford. As the current plan is to sell off the last remaining bits of semi-affordable housing under "right to buy", folk are going to scrabble for anything to keep the rain off and if they are lucky enough to have a canal handy with some apparently free land attached... So stuff the concept of nonresidential and residential moorings, charge a reasonable rate and let people live where they want. Alternatively, sort out the housing problem - we did it once and could again easily if it wasn't for idiot politicians (who, it appears, most of the hardliners on here consistently vote for, of course) with no understanding of either society or economics. No, it's largely being paid by the goverment via housing benefits and other support. Landords are hugely subsidised, but, strangely, it's their tenants that get the abuse.
    7 points
  33. Don't know why we're debating their financial situation when we don't know what it is and equally it's nobody's business but theirs. I decided to live on a boat for 5 years before I hit 30. Wise financial move? Hell no. But I had the best time of my life and that's all that matters. I wish the same for them.
    7 points
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  37. Bank Holiday weekend seems like a lifetime ago now, but here's the first of the updates on what happened To fast forward to the end result (Like you did when asked to read a book in school but couldn't be bothered), here's what we ended the weekend with; I say "we", as I had my dad on the job, which was enormously helpful to have a 2nd pair of hands, even if neither of us had any experience of replating a narrowboat! This was achieved in sections, as described previously. I was very conscious of learning from the mistakes of the previous owner, and not cutting out more than the new sheets would replace. Consequently the new sheets were rested up against the side of the hull and drawn around, to ensure good fit up. In order to do this the D iron needed to be removed. As it wasn't fully welded, this was relatively straightforward- just zip through the tacks with a 1mm disc in a grinder and get the bolster chisel behind it When replacing it i'll definitely be fully welding it on- water has become trapped behind it and caused some spectacular corrosion in points. Another point to note for prospective boat builders More soon, but i've reached the post image size limit
    7 points
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  39. On the Leeds and Liverpool: swing bridges from Skipton towards Keighley all done for me by enthusiastic day boaters! The bright sun and dark tree tunnel canopies were magical. Now moored up, all is quiet. A mother swan is fussing on her nest, the cows are relaxed in their pastures. A few croaky crows.
    7 points
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  44. The third chapter of the Bank Holiday- We'd really saved the easiest bit until last- the panels to the rear of the panel put in originally. Nice and easy, nice and flat, plenty of things to line them up off. Chop chop... (Because this panel was as far from the stands holding the hull up as possible, not the portapower ram underneath the baseplate to stop it going all floppy) And steel tacked in. Much much faffing around then occurred as I pulled and pushed and levered the fresh steel into place. This involved a lot of nipping in and out the boat to put a tack here and weld an eyelet on there, which the little RTech was mega useful for. While I did that "the apprentice" was given an angle grinder and set to cleaning off areas of the swim so that they could be ultrasonically measured. There's about 4 garden pea sized pits on either side, but the rest measures 5.6mm and above, consequently i'm not going to replace the steel there, just weld up the pits. Result! Which hopefully fills in the blanks leading up to the image posted originally
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