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  1. Everywhere I go I see piles and piles of ash dumped along the hedgerow, Even in Braunston, where the towpath is narrow in places, lazy itinerant boaters dump their ash. Ash is two of three things. If its coal based ash it is TOXIC waste! and fly-tipping. Nothing grows through it. If it is wood based ash it is rubbish and constitutes fly-tipping. Yes I know wood ash is good for the garden and in your own garden you can do what you like. Either way all ash should be disposed of properly, that is to say cooled, bagged, and binned. Last Sunday as we walked across the main road bridge,
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  6. I first met Malcolm as a teen in the mid 60s when he brought the Joshers Cactus and Penguin to Harris’s yard at Netherton. I was quickly enlisted to help in the refurbishment of Cactus, work I embraced eagerly. Real boats!! He went on to establish a yard at Yates Brothers, Norton Canes. In those days the norm was to acquire an ex working boat and add a conversion, many fine looking craft emerging from the yard . Malcolm then went on to build steel hulls, the Lionheart range of memory serves. He ran the business until 1986 when foreman Graham Edgson took over, Malcolm concentrating on surv
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  16. I can't really see that bit of ash in the hedge is going to do much damage to the canal environment, compared to decomposing bags of dog crap, the detritus fishermen leave behind, bikes (both human and variously motor powered) churning up the paths, single use barbecues, general litter, bits of old boat lying about, endless generator noise, coal smoke, bilge pumps and diesel fumes. Still, I suppose it's something new to complain about. It's very important that someone else is doing something wrong.
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  18. Because it is infinitely better than paying someone like Rupert Murdoch (through advertising) to feed us blatant lies?
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  21. I'm not sure what time you're going on Friday, but if you need a boater to go with you and your brother I'm free on Friday afternoon and I'm only 25 mins away from Whilton. I've sent you a PM. This is a free service! ☺️
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  32. The hire fleets contribute more to the canal system than 'we' do - not in a matter of money, but chasing CRT, publicising the system and in effect introducing more 'blood' on the cut. Boating would be a lot sadder without them. Just treat the 'blockage' as achallenge to your navigation skills...
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  36. When they have gone carefully remove the nest and put it on E bay as mooring equipment for CMing
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  41. This thread has now been running for a full year, and what a year. Covid has made it an extraordinarily challenging year, and for many an incredibly sad year. Certainly heavily curtailed actual boating and normality. Thanks to Peter Scott and Tam & Di and others, the thread evolved into something very much better the I had ever envisaged. It certainly provides an anchor, something to look forward to each morning, in for me a now, post inland waterways existence. Thanks to Peter referencing locations of shots, I think it is now a wonderful resource of the recent history
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