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  1. Poster A: I'm thinking about getting a narrowboat, and I was wondering- will it be ok if I do <X> thing? Poster B: What? You want to do <X>?? What a ridiculous idea! Ridiculous and stupid. You're such a newb that you dont even know how stupid and ridiculous you are. Bah. Poster C: Well we've been doing <X> for the last 5 years, and we saved a fortune on llama food- we wouldn't do it any other way. Poster B: Then you're as ridiculous and stupid as him, and its literally a miracle that you're even alive. Bah. Poster D: Now look here, I've been boating since 1825, and my old skipper made us do <X> twice every day- never did us any harm, I can tell you. Poster E: What nonsense. We've been boating since before they invented boats. We only thought about trying <X>, and the boat sank immediately. Poster F: I can guarantee if you dont do X twice a day, you will be kidnapped by aliens and probed in all sorts of places. It definitely happened to an old mate of mine on his way back from a New Years party. Poster B: Bah. Poster G: Look at the typical entitled newbie, coming here telling us he wants to do <X>. How bloody dare he. Poster H: OMG, he only wants to go and do <X>. Poster G: Look here sonny, I've been living on narrowboats since the Cretaceous period, and I never heard of anyone who did X without having major problems afterwards. But no, you know better dont you? Well you just go ahead. You do <X>. Go on. I dare you Poster I: <X> is for losers. You should try doing <Y> instead, it will be much cheaper and easier, and you wont end up on an alien mothership. Poster L : I think you'll find <X> is no longer permitted under the Official Regulatory Regulations Act, section 75 para 403 (Oct 2021 edition), since the precedent set by Squiff vs Terrapin in 1707, thus: Any boater who does <X> will be liable for a fine of twenty squillion pounds and horrible painful death by alien torture. Poster M : Well I'm not stopping doing <X>, sod what the rules say. Poster N: Well then you're no better than the rule breaking newbie, coming here posting your fancy posts, thinking you can flout the rules that we've all followed since the birth of the Universe. Poster A: Did you say Llamas? <End of thread>
    24 points
  2. 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
  3. As many of you know my 7 year old rescue GSD died unexpectedly early last month. Having tried unsuccessfully to get another rescue dog from various rehoming centres, always because they are unhappy that my garden backs onto a canal without a 6 foot plus high fence, we bought a 9 week old red fox Labrador pup. Welcome to the wonderful world of boating Sam, you have BIG pawprints to fill.
    21 points
  4. 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.
    21 points
  5. “…looking for boaters to share money saving tips” “Don’t buy a boat”
    20 points
  6. Corruption is a serious allegation, and on the basis of what you have said here you don't appear to be able to substantiate it. On the first point, the parking of the van in apparent breach of lease conditions is not a matter for CRT, neither is the verbal assault by a CRT employee in his own time. The former you should take up with whoever manages the roads and parking round your apartment, and the latter is a police matter. On your second point you have no idea what action CRT may (or may not) be taking against the owner of the now sunken boat. It may have been abandoned, in which case CRT could be having difficulty tracing the owner. In any event they have procedures to follow, and if the owner does not reclaim it, CRT will eventually remove it from the water. An admin charge to refund the balance of your licence is normal, and no way fraudulent. CRT incur admin costs in refunding which they wouldn't have incurred if your licence had run its term, and it is reasonable for them to recover these. If you had bought a shorter duration licence in the first place, knowing you were going to sell the boat, you would have paid a higher unit cost anyway.
    20 points
  7. I totally agree, Balloon. I rarely recommend the forum to newbies anymore., I'm am sad to say. I joined in 2006. I hate hearing myself say to people not to take it personally when (not if) one or two grumpy people on CWDF come across as arrogant, dismissive or unkind. It's a handful of people, but of course they're the most vocal, and it makes the whole forum seem unapproachable. I don't understand why anyone would want to give advice to a newbie by cutting them down cruelly. That's not advising, sometimes it seems like bullying, or "you're not in my club" belittling. Utterly unhelpful, and makes all boaters seem like arseh*les. I think that If the forum had been like that when I first researched boat-buying, and i frequently came here to ask questions about everything from technical problems to boating etiquette, I would have gained the impression that a lot of canal boaters must be unpleasant people, must hate outsiders, and act superior. I could easily have decided not to want to be part of all that pomposity, not to buy a boat, and not to become part of the canal boating community. Fortunately, 15 years ago this forum felt much more welcoming and was much more representative of the open, friendly attitude of most people on the canals. And i soon met many of the old skool forum contributors in real life on my travels and at banters, and have remained firm friends ever since. In fact, i actively wanted to meet the new friends I had made online at CWDF. I wonder how many newbies don't get to experience that, because of dismissive or patronising responses to their first posts making them think: "what a bunch of tw*t's," turn around and never come back. When the forum became more politicised and so comparatively less boaty a few years ago, there was a lot of online unpleasantness and bullying publicly and in private across here. We lost a lot of previous members (especially women) who added some balance, and several of those who remained on the books, just stopped posting. (I didn't post on the forum for a long, long time. It's still a fairly rare thing for me these days). Those people will never come back. They've moved to Facebook, in all sorts of groups, fracturing the rather special CWDF mixing-pot community that once it was. And CWDF has a negative and unapproachable reputation among some Facebook groups, which is a shame. We made our bed, now we lay in it. But I do think it does this place good when someone relatively new holds a mirror up to our faults, and reminds us that we can do better for the next generation of boaters, as well as for our existing canal friends and colleagues. (Nice one, Balloon) 👏 Let's think before we speak unkindly on someone's post, especially to newbies going out on a limb to try and educate themselves. It is possible to give honest advice while still being supportive; to at least sign-post specifically to where they can find out what they need to know if it seems like a naive question; and to resist the urge to act like a keyboard warrior or, to put it plainly: to not be a scornful nobhead. 🤔
    19 points
  8. Pencil, ink and watercolour
    19 points
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  10. I’ve been floating (pun not intended!) around this forum for years now. a post from @MtB stating “Despite the brutal nature of some of the posts in this thread everyone here has the basic intention to help. Take it on the chin and come back with questions. No matter how basic, banal or advanced your questions are you will gt good and constructive answers. Mostly lol!” prompted me to start this thread. I’ve received an invaluable amount of very knowledgeable information from this forum, both from passive reading and active posting. There are some incredibly knowledgeable members. I’ve also seen some incredibly frustrating newbies posting limited information and expecting endless help, as well as being rude. however, I do wonder why we’re accepting that for anyone new on this forum one must accept an element of unkindness to access any sort of help. We’ve all been new to this once. And I’m pretty sure if anyone actually came up to anyone on this forum and asked a question or for some advice, in real life, posters would be far more patient. So why is it acceptable to destroy posters on here with unkindness and intolerance? I say this because I’ve had the good fortune to meet in real life a number of posters from this forum, and several of these have been left enormously upset by the postings of some. I think some members forget these are real, fallible, flawed humans just like the rest of us. I’m interested to hear opinions on this. I completely understand some posters’ frustration at being taken advantage of for their substantial professional or amateur expertise. Perhaps there’s a way to work towards an increased kindness, which might in its own way perpetuate the success of this community for more than a mere handful of “acceptable” posters?
    17 points
  11. Point of Order.... Don't be too hard on these expensive local corner shops. They will be buying their stock at virtually the same price as the likes of Tesco et al flog it direct to the general public, and your perceived overprice will be their gross profit margin. If you begrudge them scratching a living by adding 10p to the price of their beans or 70p to a packet of bacon, then go directly to a Tesco superstore and buy it there. Yes I know that is inconvenient or impossible much of the time, and therein lies the value of overpriced corner shops. Rant over
    17 points
  12. 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.
    16 points
  13. We had one try it on a couple of years ago on the boat in front of us. "Working boats have priority at locks ..." The boater they were telling it to accepted it, so I stole the lock from the ex-working boat. Furiously marched up to me and said "I know you heard me tell the other chap that working boats have priority" I smiled sweetly and agreed I'd heard him say that. Then I pointed out politely that he had a pleasure boat licence and I have a roving traders licence. By definition only one of us is a working boat ...
    16 points
  14. 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.
    15 points
  15. 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.
    15 points
  16. There is no priority for anyone, I suppose it could be considered polite to let a fuel boat get a head if they wanted, and I probably would, but beyond that nope. What you have encountered is a species called idiotus foolious, they exist everywhere in relatively small numbers, unfortunately their impact on those around them can be out of proportion to any real authority they have (which is generally none), best ignored. Occasionally one can encounter idiotus foolious spp.clipbordiois these generally have a much higher opinion of themselves and feel they do have some authority, again best ignored occasionally a wave and a gentle smile helps, as a last resort cup your ear and shout loudly "sorry I'm a little deaf, but I think it's half 2" this seems to clear most problems
    15 points
  17. Waterworks seems to be gagging for battles with CRT. Normal people just pay CRT's reasonable changes and get on with their lives, rather than prattling on about how recovering them is civil matter and CRT can't add them to the license fee or withhold a license. Such an idea would not even occur to most boaters who are happy to comply with reasonable rules in order to get well controlled and available moorings.
    15 points
  18. Yes, Jo is now safely at the boatyard. Massive thanks to @Chagall who very kindly lent me a boat to just tow Jo without having to mess about with a temporary rudder. And for the infinite coffee supply, the breakfast and most of all the company. It was a real pleasure to meet you in person.
    15 points
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  21. CRT PRESS RELEASE 1st April 2022 IMPROVING LOCK BALANCE BEAMS ON THE CANALS Over the next 12 months, the waterways and wellbeing charity will worked with dozens of volunteers, community organisations and youth groups to deliver a major improvement to the canal and river infrastructure of our waterways. The biggest improvement in recent years that the Trust has made has been to change the many signs on its property from black and white to shades of blue. This has lead to increased wellbeing of all visitors to the waterways. The next phase of the project will take things still further and remove some inconsistent branding from the built environment of the waterways. Most lock balance beams are still either painted black and white, in the old British Waterways brand colours, or worse, in bare wood, with white ends. To maintain a consistent image across the Trusts environment, a major program will repaint all lock beams in the Trusts dark blue, with pale blue ends. The pale blue on the ends of the beams are an important health and safety feature, allowing visitors to spot them in reduced light conditions. To this end, we will be diverting all navigation staff from other maintenance tasks to working with volunteer groups on painting while the project is going on. We believe that consistent branding will be more beneficial to boaters and other users and visitors to our waterways. Considerable work has gone on by our engineers to select a paint for lock beams that will adhere well to rotting wood. A feature of many lock beams on our 200 year old canal system. Unfortunately, this paint is very expensive and we have decided to cancel next winters program of lock gate replacement as the best use of the Trusts funds. April Blague, community engagement coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We are really proud of this new plan to improve our Waterways. This continuation of our rebranding to a Wellbeing Charity will improve the waterways experience for all our customers." “Research shows that being by the water makes you happier, and it’s satisfying to make a difference. The volunteers are doing an amazing job and their hard work will pay dividends this spring and beyond as visitors appreciate all the newly repainted locks. They will rightly feel very proud with what they have achieved. For more information about how to volunteer or donate to the Canal & River Trust, please visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk. -ends-
    14 points
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  23. "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
  24. 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.
    13 points
  25. A proud maritime nation? Haven't we just colluded in the sacking of nearly a thousand sailor chappies? My horn shall remain, sadly, resolutely unblown...
    13 points
  26. Thanks for the welcome guys! I've been lurking for a while - finally made myself sign up this morning. Didn't mean to start by posting something a bit antagonistic! What I meant by gatekeeping - and this is something you see in all, especially online, communities - is the artificial placing of boundaries to entry to the community to keep away "outsiders". People who define their sense of self by something tend to be defensive of that thing - if suddenly everyone is doing it, then what they defined as their identity has disappeared. In this case it was the implied denial of David as a "boater" because he'd "only" done it for six years "didn't have it in his blood" etc etc, and had made a sensible decision for his future. Plus the usual grumblings of social media. I suspect my sensitivity in this case - as hopeful boater - is I see a bit of myself in David. But I digress! David's move away from cruising to more documentary style videos really sets him apart, and makes full use of his professional history. I hope he can continue to effectively document a rich part of our national history, making it more accessible to everyone.
    13 points
  27. A bit of art my daughter has done I hope you like it Graham
    13 points
  28. As a single-hander- and a rather lazy one- I have become quite shameless in cajoling both civilians and other boaters into helping at locks. Anybody standing nearby and watching is generally given my most charming smile (which to be fair is still not very charming. I start with a wave, and an uber-friendly "Hello there! Yes, nice day/awful day <insert banal weather comment as appropriate>" If they are civilians and they start asking questions, their fate is sealed. After a few minutes of small talk, I start my pitch: "You know, I hate to be a bother, but I don't suppose I could ask a bit of a favour? The thing is that when I drive the boat out, I normally have to tie it up over there, and come back to close these gates. Yes I know, dreadful system... Cant think how it caught on... Now if only there was somebody around who could perhaps close these gates for me, I could just drive away..." At this point I look wistfully back and forth along the canal, as if searching for assistants. "Yes, all on my own. Yes, I know. It's quite tragic really... Oh, you'll close them for me? How very kind of you! Oh, and you're walking along to the next lock, you say? Well, that's very lucky, I must say...." By a mixture of bombast, slick sales talk, and a downcast expression that Gollum would be proud of, I usually secure the services of a gate-closer, as a minimum. On occasion I will have a whole team of gongoozlers working away with windlasses under my supervision, all as keen as mustard. My greatest success came just a few weeks ago, when a group of about 40 walkers were roped into helping me down through the lock at middlewich, where it joins the T+M. The ringleader was an outspoken gentleman of uncertain vintage, who clearly fancied himself to be the group comedian. He became a tad unruly, but I kept the mob in check and sailed through the lock with the minimum of effort- which as any lazy boater knows, is what its all about. A bit later on, as luck would have it, one of the gates on the big double lock wouldn't close after I went through it. The first family group of gongoozlers I roped in were unable to close it, despite some very vigorous efforts. I struggled to hide my disgust at this poor show, and the subsequent treason of leaving me alone with a jammed lock gate. There were only a few hours of light left, and I needed to make progress, but I couldn't leave an open gate. I was trying to look up the CRT phone number when who should happen by, but the 40-strong gaggle of hikers from earlier on. I waved them down as one might a cab, explained the problem, and stressed that I needed the strongest and most able-bodied of them for this job. These were specimens of advanced years, it must be said- but all were hale and hearty, and in not time the gate was shut, and I was on my way again. The price of their help was a fair bit of ribbing about them being my ground crew, and them needing to follow me around the canal system. I took their banter with typical good grace (i.e. secretly hoping that one or two of the louder and more jovial characters might fall in). I am starting to view civilians as essentially an unpaid volunteer force, who just don't realise it yet.
    13 points
  29. 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.
    13 points
  30. "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.
    13 points
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  32. Last time I reported on the Forum Finances was at the beginning of January this year This report covers the period from then to 31 July 2022 We started the period with just over £2291 in the bank. We received £375.81 in donations (same period last year £1016) and expended £789.26 in running the site (same period last year £785). At the end of the report period we had £1877 in the bank. Our major expenses are: Digital Ocean who provide the storage, servers etc. their charges are variable by Forum usage, paid in US dollars and are about £100 each month. Invision who provide the Forum operating software and the Chat Room software. We renew the licence every 6 months and the most recent renewal was $115 (about £99) IPS Focus who provide the Theme on a 6-monthly renewal at a cost of just less than £9 Send Grid, who provide an e-mail relay service to make PM's etc. work. This costs about £110 every 6 months. Donations averaged just over £53 per month. June top-scored at £89.50 while February and April tied for the least income at £28.75. For those who like a picture the whole year looks like this: Regards to all, and thank you for your support of the Forum. We are entirely funded by our members donations so that the site can remain free from Commercial advertising. Nigel
    12 points
  33. Ladies and gentlemen I have a crucial update to this thread. I had the honour of bumping into (not literally, I’m a careful boater!) the charming Mr @Lincoln Mansfieldyesterday at the boater facilities in Banbury. Having had a lengthy conversation with him about this thread I do believe his intentions are innocent and he would, I’m sure, be an honourable and lovely companion to any woman who felt like joining him on a trip. We did discuss, however, the unlikelihood of finding such a woman on here, as most of us already have a boat of our own! I have just read this whole thread again as I was very much saddened to hear that Mr Mansfield had been upset by the comments on here and wanted to rediscover the context. Now, I did explain to him that almost every thread on here goes off topic after the first page. And I don’t think anyone said anything overly harsh, having reread the comments. But I do think it’s worth remembering that the people posting on here are real people and that advertising ones loneliness on a public forum to strangers is likely to be a very vulnerable and brave step to take, and perhaps to treat such a person with the same kindness one might if they were stood in front of you. Long story short, he seems like a perfectly pleasant guy and I’m sure if you fancied a trip he’d be great company.
    12 points
  34. 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
  35. 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.
    12 points
  36. 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.
    12 points
  37. Just wanted to make a public recommendation and huge thanks to the team at River Canal Rescue and Richard of Primrose Engineering who attended the sinking of our narrowboat/home this week. Incredible response saw Tom of RCR attend on the night of her sinking to help the fire service, then a team attend within 48hrs and had her up, minimising the damage. Meanwhile Richard of Primrose was there within 48hrs to first aid rescue the Lister SR2. Within just 3 hours of tender tinkering she was firing on all cylinders (well, two). More importantly was their advice and reassurance that we were doing the right things and that it wasnt as hopeless as it feels when you see everything you own and your home covered in sludge and soggy cat biscuits. I'll avoid discussing the detail as it's likely to become a legal matter, but our 43ft cruiser ended up on the bottom of a Thames stream here in Oxford, together with another boat. Some how the water levels dropped over 1.5m in an hour, tilting boats on their moorings and those unlucky to be over slanting river bed or air cooled vents like ours went down but didn't come up.... It's an horrendous situation but with a quality insurance policy in place and quality support companies such as RCR and Primrose at least these situations can be managed well. A huge thanks again, should they be on here. Tim
    12 points
  38. Summary: "Boat enters lock and geese and goslings avoid the boat. Observer very upset even though nothing happened, and posts angrily on discussion forum." This strikes me as similar to 20 tonne lumbering narrowboat skippers panicking they are going to hit a fast and nimble canoe. The canoeists are totally confident the NB could never hit or squash them even if they tried.
    12 points
  39. "I have a Raspbery Pi (size of a fag packet single board computer with MANY uses) running Kodi (software multi-media player with pretty user interface) connected to either Freeview (digital terrestrial television) or Freesat (digital satellite television) receivers as needed. Kodi runs a PVR (personal video recorder) for recording on-air programmes as needed. It can also do an iplayer/sounds interface through the wifi although not itv/4/5. There's also a torrenting (peer-2-peer protocol for decentralised file sharing usually of questionably copyrighted material) module and soundcloud (website for sharing, streaming and distributing audio) for music. It also indexes/classifies/plays (fettles) locally stored files. For emergency (a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action but absolutely not the viewing of Strictly/DoI/Bake Off/anything with the word "celebrity" in it) watching of 'Dancing on Ice' (terrible program, think Strictly with accidents) there's a Roku Express (remote-sized HDMI plug-in media player, Linux-based) to stream 3/4/5 from the internet." obviously, other explanations are available
    12 points
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  41. I suspect most old boaters with many years experience would not see a crisis at all but be impressed by how well maintained the canals are. Last summer we went from the Rochdale summit to Lechlade and back. We had two minor delays on the South Oxford whilst CRT came to sort out lock problems, and a really grim couple of days coming up the Rochdale due to lack of water. Only once did I have to dive into my toolbox (to get through a stubborn swingbridge). Its 200 years old, its not a theme park (yet), its full of boaters who are no longer self sufficient and have unrealistic expectations of customer service, it could be much better, but it works.
    12 points
  42. Scruffy boats are one thing, but when the scruffiness spills onto the towpath it is unacceptable. The same scruffiness often goes hand- in-hand with breaches of the rules and antisocial behaviour. It's hardly surprising that this creates resentment from not only the general public but responsible boaters too.
    12 points
  43. 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.
    12 points
  44. 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.
    12 points
  45. Maybe they could be even more radical and mothball London and transfer some of the resources to the Rochdale and Huddersfield.
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  47. Thats what you get for Peking .....................
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  49. I know how much you all love FaceBook, well this just came up. Caggy's Yard (caggysyard.co.uk) Hi all, this is my first post and I'm not really sure if this is allowed or not, please remove if it isn't. My name is Paul and I have recently taken over Caggys boatyard. We have been working hard over the last year or so to get caggys back up and running and to return it to being a traditional working yard after the sad loss of Ralph. We need to let people know that we are now open and although not fully functional as we would like to be yet we are open for dry dock hire, blacking, welding / fabrication, mechanics, cranage and transport and general boat maintenance... If we can help let us know but if you could share the word that we are open and perhaps even give us a like or share that would be amazing. Thank you
    11 points
  50. Wow bringing up an old thread from 9 years ago but still very relevant in todays times In the end we went with option D and that was to do nothing and continue building the pot I then paid off the mortgage and got another mortgage a month later and at that moment the dream of 20 years seemed to have gone. Then came covid and the property I purchased had gained in equity so it had to go I have now downsized and we have just purchased our narrowboat and we are thrilled So in 6 months we will give up work and become CCs Rent the house as back up Dreams can come true but sometimes they take a little longer than expected
    11 points
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