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  1. 14 points
    Firstly, many thanks for the many PM's and Emails, I've only just gone 'back onto the computer and seen them. It has been a weird couple of weeks with all sorts of 'ailments' rolled into one - I'm still very short of breath just walking 50yards, but it is getting better - so - stand by for the old 'me'. You'll all be boating soon.
  2. 12 points
    Thanks to @cheshire~rose and @Capt Ahab for putting this together plus the judges and all the teams.
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  4. 11 points
    This was a guy who sacked all his staff at the start of the outbreak to save having to pay them, isn't it? That should be enough to keep most folk well away from his establishments haggis
  5. 11 points
    He is being funny, making a jape or having a giggle, of the members on here Buzzard has, as far as I have seen, never engaged in sniping at others. Often he is an insane genius with his plans or build ideas, other times he gives freely of his very wide mechanical knowledge.
  6. 11 points
  7. 11 points
    I am posting here because I do not wish my comments to be attributed to any other discussions that may be going on elsewhere. A few weeks ago I had a really daft idea - I wondered if it could be possible to organise a virtual BCN Challenge. I talked to my better half who is quite good at bringing my more ridiculous ideas down to something more realistic and he wasn't fast enough in thinking up good reasons why it was a stupid idea. I suspect he, like many others, saw it as a potential distraction for us for a few weeks. I talked to The Biscuits (who was supposed to be on our team in the real BCN this year) and he was suitably enthused about it but I realised from the short conversation that he would want to play, not organise and so I didn't discuss it with him further. Next I discussed it with Mrs Tawny Owl to check we would not be treading on any toes and got the green light. My original plan was that people would spent 9 hours virtually boating around the bits of the BCN that are still navigable and there would be competitions and challenges set throughout the day. There would be a 2 hours break to be taken at some point through the day so that those who have families they need to see on Zoom or duties like dog walking they needed to deal with they could do it then. I just needed to think of a lot of different challenges and a few quizzes. We had been watching some of Capt Ahab's Canal Hunter video's in our quest to try and spot LMS Transhipment warehouses around the Black Country and it occurred to me that, if I could secure his help, he could set a humdinger of a quiz for everyone with his knowledge of the lost 60 miles. We talked on the phone and he threw in the suggestion that as it was virtual boating why not include the lost 60 miles! I think we both went silent as we absorbed the potential opening up before us as soon as he made that suggestion. The next few days was spent weighing up the merits of a single day challenge versus multiple days and we really didn't want people to feel they were chained to staring at their computer screen for extended hours. The idea was to encourage people to join in with other creative activities. We thought that maybe we would get half a dozen teams daft enough to commit to it for a bit of fun. Of course it got a lot bigger and a lot more involved the longer we worked on it. Well, as hindsight has shown us there were a lot more than half a dozen teams daft enough to not only get involved for a bit of fun, but to actually put their hearts and souls into trying to make the most of every opportunity made available to them to be creative in any way their skills allowed them. .... and yes, it was inevitable that teams would want to be competative, a bit of competition is a healthy thing after all. but not if it causes friction. This entire thing took no more than 2 weeks from conception to start. There has been a lot of discussion about what algorithms the organisers used to calculate penalty points and how scores were rounded - well if any of you think anything like that actually happened you are going to be very, very disappointed. I struggle with numbers and and after spending my life struggling with numbers I realised a few years ago that I have discalculia. Having taken part in the real challenge last year and being determined to get my head around the scoring system so my number blindness didn't prevent me from understanding the planning and our scoring. Yet it did. It was impossible for me to understand how we got the score we did (or anything even close to it) Seeing how deflated our team were at having put herculean effort in to the challenge and to only get the placing we did was very hard to live with and so I tried (and failed) to work out how that could be. I was convinced that we must have been fined for speeding but we were told that nobody had been fined for speeding. To this day none of our team know how we ended up with the score we did and such a low placing because we simply cannot make the route we did add up to the score we were given I didn't want anyone to be left with that feeling after this challenge and I said so to Andy. I had a spreadsheet I could collate the figures with. Figures that came from a variety of sources. Each day each team could earn points for the virtual journey they had done (scorecard points) points for the quiz entry, points for taking part in the challenge, points from the panel for being voted as offering the best cruise log that day (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) with additional bonus points awarded for snippets that took the panels eye for any reason. Each day the score card was sent in and I forwarded it to Andy who took a look at it to "sense check" that it appeared to be a valid journey given the restrictions on the day. Through the week there were some teams who made the odd error, maybe a simple incorrect calculation or in some cases headed off up one disused canal before turning and coming back down another -a case of mistaken canal identity maybe? In cases where this had happened Andy would correct the score and the team were advised this had been done (more often teams had omitted points they should have earned that clocked up extra) Occasionally their route got a bit muddled so we would return it asking for them to clarify what they had actually intended to do (because it would make a difference to where they started next day) There was never computer generated check of your scores but Andy realised very quickly that everyone was very obviously working very hard to abide by the rules and, perhaps more importantly, the spirit of the challenge. If a mistake was spotted it was always very obviously just a mistake and with the exception of The Biscuits (who we always knew was going to be trubble!) there was never any indication of anyone attempting to bend or stretch the rules. On one occasion we had to smile because one of our single handers had not got to grips with the safe moorings and had tied for the night in a dodgy spot. Well, given the time difference we knew we would not get effective communication before he was up and moving again the next day so Andy suggested that as he has tied up a couple of hours earlier than he needed to that day (it's hard work single handing!) there would have been plenty of time for him to reach the closest safe mooring so we virtually asked a virtual local to virtually bow haul him around the corner to a place he would be safe overnight and pinged an email to let him know what we had done. Reading his cruise log next day he blames the demon drink for waking up somewhere he doesn't remember mooring! It was part of the fun! We knew it was unlikely to make any significant difference to his chances of winning the challenge so it didn't affect anyone else and it just simplified things. Of course some might say that the organisers were giving an unfair advantage? No we were having some fun like the rest of you and just gently helping along one the the tail markers as we did, I don't like the fact that there had to be a people who didn't win because everyone deserved to win, I don't like the fact that people might feel cheated in any way. We set out to create something that might offer a bit of a distraction from the current climate for people who are struggling. Something that might give a bit of mental stimulation and make some of the time we all have on our hands pass a little quicker. We didn't set out to cause any upset. It has just been a bit if fun and next year (new paintwork or not) we will do it for real again. But don't ask me to plan the route or to get involved in the scoring because for me, there be dragons!
  8. 11 points
    It was very straightforward and easy to understand. Go to work is the only change. Other stuff will come on line IF and WHEN its safe to do so, it realy was simple and obvious. He stated a rough timeline but as its impossible to see how many more deaths will happen over the next few weeks he obviously didnt give exact dates as numpties would cry foul if those dates had to be changed. What did anyone find hard to understand? So go to work and the rest of us stay safe and do more excercise if you wish.
  9. 10 points
    Take a short cruise to check your eyesight is OK first though. That will be fine. 😠
  10. 10 points
    This is perfectly safe. The government has had its special advisor Dominic Cummings travelling the length of the country to check standards and safety checks are in place, he has been as far North as Durham on several occasions.😇
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  12. 10 points
    My house is 4 miles from where my boat is moored, and I could drive past it en route to a shop if anyone stopped me and asked me. I wouldn't be moving into a different NHS area if I went to the boat, so no trouble there. One of my best friends lives on a boat tied 300 yards from my boat, and it was his birthday yesterday. I didn't go, even though I really wanted to. I know the government have been tweaking the slogan so we don't need to bother protecting the NHS anymore, but I look at it this way: Is this journey worth killing a nurse for? Me going to the boat isn't at this point. If my other friends tell me it's on fire or sinking I'll go and check. It's not about me, it's about who I might spread the disease to.
  13. 9 points
    In my opinion masks should have been worn by everyone from the start when out and about. Its horrid out shopping, the last couple of times I've been shopping I've been the only one wearing a mask in supermarkets, not many folk seem to be bothering with self distancing either. When folk see me, the only one wearing a mask they avoid me big time thinking I must have the lurgy, which suits me. Closed borders should have happened early on too, folk arriving should have been quarranteened properly, in prisons, empty hotels, detentioned centres and the like for fourteen days, no just told to go and self isolate at home or somewhere. There are many passenger aircraft still arriving at Heathrow each day, several from China each day, Wuhan included,, Spain and Italy.
  14. 9 points
  15. 9 points
    I would simply get rid of those small side pipe fenders. They don’t do any good, are not necessary, and tend to get ripped off in locks creating a potential problem for other boaters. Quite anti-social in fact. Fenders are for mooring, not to compensate for bad driving!
  16. 9 points
    A huge thank you to all the teams for all your hard work. Now....... can we have a drumroll for the results: 1. 501.75 - Team Indigo Dream 🥇 2. 491.87 - Team Firefly 🥈 3. 468.75 - Team Rebellion 🥉 4. 450.25 – The Workers 5. 433.75 – Urban Moorings 6. 393.00 – Whisky Galore 7. 391.30 – Team NB Styxl 8. 359.45 – Team Pugnipeek 9. 338.50 – Steaming Behind 10. 245.50 – Sugar & Spice 11. 242.75 – Anado Solo 12. 40.5 – Team Willum 13. 21.75 – Team Biscuits 14. -3.37 – Barnier’s Stern Gland
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  19. 8 points
    Giving HN a greeny is not something I would do lightly. However, my sister is a senior ICU nurse in Brum, and has been through hell since early February....she was the one trawling through the out of date PPE and finding useful stuff.......and trying to order more with little support, she was the one retraining people who had left the front line many years ago and had to get up to date as they had been drafted back from research or retirement. ...and then she joined the people getting blisters on their faces from wearing cheap or non fitting masks, doing 7 12+ hour days on the trot, switching to nights when the staff holes started to appear. Seeing patients arrive too far gone to save, because they had followed .GOV 111 advice to stay at home until they couldnt breathe, and then dying in A&E...yes the ventilators were never needed on the scale expected, as the Gov plan worked....protect the NHS......the people died at home...or on the way to hospital. So yes clap if you can.
  20. 8 points
    If you told Captain Sir Thomas Moore at Xmas gone that by May he would have raised millions for charities, had a number one hit in the charts, been made an honorary colonel and now knighted I imagine he would have thought that you needed your head feeling. But, his one simple and humble goal to raise a thousand caught a public spirit, people admired and respected him for it and for I guess a wartime spirit of optimism. The people took him to heart as an inspiration; he wasn't a puppet pushed on us by the government in some ad campaign. He deserves the praise and recognition for lifting the spirits of so many people in such a brief and dark time.
  21. 8 points
    Morning All. Dr Bob here, well actually it's Dr Bob Jnr, Jnr, Jnr. My great grandad Bob, left instructions in his will to turn up on this forum mid May 2020 and use his login email and password to get access to this thread. He wrote it all out in detail in a sealed letter only to be opened in May 2020. I opened it yesterday so here I am. Looks like I am a week late. Apologies! Quite amazing. It really is. I am really surprised what I found, I am really surprised. In his letter, he talks about his time on the canals in 1918 and how he got there after being forced to walk the plank during some sort of future canal boat challenge (via a strange time travel machine), but because he had taken a load of dosh with him, he decided to stay and made a fortune investing in shares and making a packet off gambling – he bet on all the winners of the FA Cup and the Grand National for the 10 years after he arrived. He remarried and had four girls with now quite an extended family. He wrote a will in 1932 and sealed it in a letter but then in June 1932 disappeared, never to be seen again. The family searched and searched but no joy. He did however give good direction to the family and we have all done very well. Uncle Elon was told to start building electric cars in 2008 when that seemed the last thing anyone wanted. Wow, that was a good call. It really was. Uncle Don was set up in business but told to get into politics. The business side was very successful but his golf seemed to deflect him and it all started to go off the rails – but we all love him. Uncle Bill was told to focus on silicon chips but at the time, we were all thinking that was something to do with fish and chips. He's not done too bad since. Anywho, Great Grandad told me to come on hear and thank Auntie Waitrose and Cpt Ahab for all their great efforts in organising the BCN challenge (at least that is what I think he called it – his writing was awful). He said it was a wonderful week to break the monotony of the 'lock down' (not a clue what that referred to) and despite being told it would only be 2 hours a day, it turned out to be all of the day. It really was a great idea to do it, it really was. He recalls he emailed Auntie Waitrose at least 20 times during the week yet never bought anything from her. That seemed to be one his most treasured memories of the time. He said he longed to do another challenge like it but never got the chance. Great Grandad also thanked the team for their efforts during the week in making it so much fun. He gave me a long list of names but I haven't a clue what or who they are. He listed the names as @mrsmelly @Jennifer McM @peterboat @roland elsdon @Alan de Enfield @rusty69@Laurie.Booth He did say that Rusty remained in 1918 along with him but they lost contact after a while. He hoped that Alan recovered as he seemed to be laid low for the whole week with the virus (we thought he was a goner, we really did) and was likely the person who spread it back to 1918. We shouldn't have laughed when he infected those cyclists. His only disappointment of the week was that we didn't win the challenge. We had such a good boat and such a great team but we didn't seem to put it all together. He wasn't sure why we didn't get more points as he estimated we would be around the 400 mark. How on earth did we get a -ve score? So thanks to Auntie Waitrose and team for such a great, great event and all the other teams for putting together some really interesting ….but not very funny ….logs. His final request in the letter was to say to @TheBiscuits...We thrashed you and where are the noodles! Not a clue what that is all about. So thank you all for letting me in.....I think I may stick around for a while. Dr Bob Jnr, Jnr, Jnr
  22. 8 points
    Thinking this through: When you go through the first lock, where someone else has left a lump of virus, you get it on your gloves. If you then touch your face, (mouth, nose, eyes), you become infected. Also, when you get to the next lock, you leave a lump of the virus from your gloves on the lock, for someone else to pick up. It's unlikely that you will be washing your gloves between locks, and unlikely that you will be disposing of them and putting on a new pair for each lock. If you weren't wearing gloves, you could wash your hands after each lock, doing your best not to touch your face until after you have washed your hands... and so on. I'm no expert, but I think your glove wearing strategy is a really good way to become infected, and to spread the virus, whether you become infected or not. I have no problem with being proved wrong
  23. 8 points
    Lots of good pictures around of today's very high (8.0m) tide in London, this one from Brentford:
  24. 8 points
    It also took our minds away from the fact that the plans I had for Jan's significant birthday were all cancelled. We didn't have time to dwell on it for 6 days or so which is just as well since we couldn't get half the ingredients we needed for a birthday meal (to happen tomorrow now). I am glad the challenge was so well received and possibly more spontaneous for the lack of lengthy and detailed planning. Dave
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  26. 8 points
    The competition has integrity? I for one would never have taken part in the first place if that was announced at the start
  27. 7 points
  28. 7 points
  29. 7 points
    Went to the boat yesterday for first time since mid-March. Everything checked out fine. Engine started straight away. Little two hour cruise- so good! Lots of new ducklings, pair of swans with eight cygnets, buzzards lazily floating on thermals above, even the fisherman was friendly. Although as ‘extremely vulnerable’ I am not supposed to leave the house until the end of June at the earliest, I could get to the boat’s offside mooring without having to go near anybody so worth the risk. Just so good to get out on the boat again.
  30. 7 points
    Help - I'm at a loss to understand how staying overnight on a boat you can visit two days running is any more a threat than the two visits?
  31. 7 points
    All charges dropped. Which was the fair and right result. thanks for all the comments. Its always a right mix bag on here! 😉😂
  32. 7 points
    I'm not too clear as to what work is so urgent. Blacking? a few months not That critical. Depleted anodes? You can always hang a few overboard bonded to the hull with a bit of wire or chain. Galvanic isolator, no big deal if not on shorepower or in a marina. Others may shoot me down but I think you're overthinking the issues.
  33. 7 points
    The lack of clarity is deeply depressing, but only to be expected. The PM is, and always has been , a blustering fool who has appointed yes men to the cabinet. There might be some clarity by the end of the week. Perhaps.
  34. 7 points
    Next time...... we will know where to come to test run the exercise and flush out the unintended consequences. Sadly, after working out the core model of the game we ran out of space on the back of our fag packet!
  35. 7 points
    Congratulations Indigo Dream - that's a very impressive score! We thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and although I confess I ended up having very little time to read other people's logs I always looked forward to finding out what was going to happen next in The Workers historical investigations. I also kept a close eye on Indigo Dream as they were doing almost the same route as us. For Team Rebellion on nb William, I'm pleased with 3rd place overall - I considered replanning once I understood how the rules on cruising more than 7 hours were being interpreted, but we had quite enough to do without that and it was probably too late to make up the missed points anyway. So I decided we'd just concentrate on winning the mini-league for boats that didn't go over the 7 hour/day cruising time limit - go team! Thanks to all the work put in by the organisers and log readers - it must have been a massive effort to mark all the cruise logs each day! I would say I look forward to doing it again sometime, but I'm not sure I'd want to sign up for another week now I know how much work is involved. Maybe we should just try doing it just over the weekend and in real boats sometime
  36. 7 points
    Well done Jan and Andy and many thanks for your effort! It was more challenging for me than 2014 with Team Poppy. I have been blundering around Bradley Workshops in a grey, sleep deprived, coffee and gingernut fuelled trance for three hours now. Bonus point possibilities for your consideration: Bonus points please for solo challengers for denial of virtual company for six days Bonus points please having to drink alone in a virtual wilderness Bonus points please for being pressured to drink alone at 0500 NZT Bonus points please for discovery of the power of Baltika and Memory Bonus points please for 11h Time-Zone dislocation causing disruption and distress Bonus points please for the virtually certain 14-day virtual quarantine on returning virtually to NZ which is still in real lockdown for international travel. We have only had 20 deaths and 2000 cases. The NZ authorities will be taking no chances. I am sure that they know full well that the 1918 flu epidemic was caused by us on this challenge. Tracing is top-notch and I do not want to be accused of causing the 1918 epidemic. Up until now they have been able to blame troops returning from WW1. Having read in the logs that you may be on a WHO wanted-list, I will take care to ensure that the time-shifting facility is disabled before I re-enter NZ I have had a hard week, I have been up since 4:30 am NZT and I am going back to bed. KiwiBill
  37. 7 points
    I'm pretty sure I got the canalworld development prototype, which is why all our travel has been in 2020 so far. I can honestly say that these photos will not help anyone choose which is the best supplier but will help confirm which one to avoid! It might just need a kick to set it working again, and I'm pretty sure that the accidental beer spillage in Skipton has nothing to do with it's recent performance. This is the device in all it's glory. More detail follows: The unit is powered up by plugging a Sterling charger into an inverter, and connecting the charger output to the inverter input. This removes any need at all for a large battery bank, although the system is not self-starting. The device has additional power and climate control through the use of two ecofans, one on the inverter and one on the fridge. This allows time travel in either a hot or cold direction, and the amount of time travel is regulated by use of the turneyroundytickypluggybox (from the not-very-good-German for "rotary timer socket") The primary operating lever is the unique heart of this device, a green glass object with capabilities previously unknown to humankind: It makes Aunty Wainwright ( @cheshire~rose ) stop trying to sell things and start trying to buy things! The sharper eyed amongst you will have spotted the genuine washing machine pipe curve bracket, being used in alternate mode to stop the glass thing falling off this pile of scrap powerful machine. Technical support was received from the lithium battery boys, with the primary circuit design being a collaboration between @Dr Bob, @peterboat, @Tom and Bex and @MoominPapa Special extra thanks go to @WotEver and @Alan de Enfield for help with selecting the correct types and sizes of cable and advice on joining them for best electrical performance. And a final vote of thanks for @nicknorman for helping source the main drive electronics. We think this may be a fluxxed capacitor!
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  40. 6 points
  41. 6 points
    w With a nod to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Something I have always fancied making but never had the time! The upholstery will have to wait until sanity returns. The Argyle Chair taking the place of cratch boards and skylights. No idea what to do with a single chair,but I enjoyed it!
  42. 6 points
    Coupla points. At least you accept that our political leaders are among the low iq brigade, but by your repeated references to thick people I assume you don't include yourself, so assume your post is just down to ignorance. The definition of a key worker is one without whom society ceases to function. Without transport, ours stops. Without support staff, people die. Without labourers crops rot. Oddly, almost all these people live in poverty on minimum wage levels. (You could lose most of the City, hedge fund managers or trade union mandarins without making much difference). Stuff your comfy middle class income, these are the people who need decent wages. And, whether you like it or not, once the racist and Brexit mobs have managed to deter immigrants from even worse off places, their wages will have to rise if you want the jobs done and the well fed middle will have to take a cut, or there will be no doctors, dentists, food in the shops or cozy deliveries from Amazon. Unless you find the magic money tree of course. And don't tell me how poor you are and how hard you struggle to make ends meet. None of us what own a boat can argue that! If the manager doesn't turn up, the shop can still open. If the staff don't... So who are the keys? You want food or not?
  43. 6 points
    Yes, even going as far as giving support to a friend and neighbour who is rightly proud of, and worried about her son. What that has to do with the EU is entirely inside your head, please keep it there.
  44. 6 points
    What, specifically do you see as the problem? I've read the article and it covers one industry which it was always known would be problematic and the difficulties of making it safe and reassuring workers. What this is not is an example of the idle refusing to work, it's legitimate safety concerns. The overriding priority has to be to keep that R number falling no matter what. I've returned to work and am on the verge of leaving it again (with my employers agreement) because, by his own admission he has been unable to provide a safe workplace DUE TO THE REFUSAL OF HIS STAFF TO BOTHER WITH SAFE AND SIMPLE WORKING PRACTICES! The whole thing is a minefield but even if the inevitable minority use it as an excuse the majority are not at work for sound public health reasons. This sort of attitude arises every time there is recession and high unemployment and the whole recession is blamed on the idleness of the unemployed. A thousand unemployed don't fit ten vacancies because Norman Tebbit's got a bike and covid 19 doesn't go away because everyone works jolly hard.
  45. 6 points
    How odd that the only person you pick as an example of a pointless honour is black. Your credentials are showing again. Nothing screams "racist" more than "ordinary decent People we all know of". You really ought to grow up.
  46. 6 points
    The rule is designed to deter long distance travel which in itself offers opportunities for virus transmission eg calling at service stations. If people can't sensibly make the two way journey in a day they should stay at home. If people are allowed to stay overnight on boats then staying overnight in holiday homes or caravans etc should be allowed too. Staying in holiday homes etc also may involve long distance travel and potentially brings the virus into area that are otherwise relatively free of it. Staying overnight on a boat may involve a need to use communal toilet facilities which is another means of spreading the virus . People need to be given simple rules - they may appear illogical in some circumstances .
  47. 6 points
    I aree and the easy to understand brief summary given last night will be clarified over the next few days. Those that are picking holes in everything are trying to find loopholes, basic story is the same as it was exept for a few small lifting items. looking for loopholes is dick head work. I liken it very much to the ccing rules. ccing rules are extremely easy to understand and comply with and the only ones that keep challenging them and supposedly asking for clarification are the ones who do not want to comply.
  48. 6 points
    It was indeed. Essential for my mental health. I have been in lockdown in my mothers house who is now in care. Lovely as a 17 century detached cottage with a large garden is, its a boring piece of crap after living aboard for so long. The boat is my main and only home so I have done nowt wrong. However I spose I could have stayed in the house but my mental health would have suffered had I remained there any longer and I have come back to my own home. The plus points I spoe are that a daughter of a long standing friend of mine was looking for somewhere to live so I have let her have it FOC for a few weeks/months till she sorts herself out and its free security
  49. 6 points
    Agreed. I gave up watching about a third of the way through. Just a continuous monotonous whine which didn't seem to be going anywhere. If she had a point to make it was lost on me.
  50. 6 points
    I didn't know that Greta Thunberg had a narrowboat.
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