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  1. There are countless incidents and issues reported upon regarding cycling on the towpaths, most of which are (often rightly) berating inconsiderate cyclists. Just now I'm on a water point with my hose crossing the towpath. I've just watch a cyclist travelling at pace see my hose, dismount and lift his bike over my hose before hopping back on and disappearing into the distance. I was unable to thank him for his actions as I was inboard so he was also unaware that his actions were witnessed, and he won't read this here, but credit where credit is due. I'm sure there are many cyclists like him who are sadly, like us boatists, let down by the few who stand out for the wrong reasons. It would be nice if consideration was the norm, but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that perhaps it still is.
    15 points
  2. So after saying we would not have another dog at our age......the house has been empty without a dog and this poor eight year old sweetie needed rescuing. So after donating lots of beer money to rescue centre here she is, we must be daft lol
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  3. Not just about faster trains, but to provide greater capacity to the transport network which is sorely needed, especially when personal transport options are being seriously curtailed and punitively charged.
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  6. So yesterday I bought a steel Dutch cruiser, its a boaty boat rather than a corridor 🤣 I currently have a widebeam but I have lusted after this boat for a few years, it has a Sole 44 diesel engine with 146 hours on it. The previous to last owners can only be described as the artful Bodger! He didn't fix anything correctly ever!!!! The list of bodges he did are endless, as I sort them I will list them, i have fixed the water leak on the front hatch already. I only have until the end of may to do it as that's when the BSS runs out, pictures for perusal
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  12. If it was about improving the rail infrastructure they would have built a new goods-only line from Harwich to the Midlands initially, with extensions to Liverpool, Southampton, and even that corruption centre of the NE, Teesport. The line would be similar to the one built between Rotterdam and the Ruhr, so high speed for freight, but nothing like HS standards, and thus much cheaper. The initial phase would cut across an area of low population, through fairly level ground, and relieve the congestion at Harwich, particularly noticeable during Covid. It would prove of benefit to the whole country, with the existing passenger network continuing to serve smaller towns which will be bypassed by HS2. HS2 is for the suits who want to rush around appearing to do something useful, while the general population will not be able to afford tickets if they are priced to pay for the infrastructure.
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  13. But who is going to be travelling on it? I'm a regular rail passenger (don't have a car) but unless the fares are ridiculously cheap I can't envisage any occasions I'll travel on it. Why would anyone want to go from not the centre of Birmingham to not the centre of London on a line that is mostly in tunnels anyway. I'd sooner take 20 minutes longer and have a more interesting trip. Yes, we need improved infrastructure but this isn't it.
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  19. The Wigan Towpath Taskforce Tuesday volunteers were very busy today on the Leeds and Liverpool Leigh Branch canal. It looked like there were around 20 volunteers cutting back overgrown vegetation and clearing rubbish and debris on both sides of the canal. They also had the use of a work boat to assist with hard to reach areas and they have recently covered the area between Dover Lock and Platt Bridge. Well done to all concerned.
    8 points
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  23. Good point. And on a related note, I'm constantly surprised how many boaters seem to hate CRT with a passion and consider them the lifelong enemy of boaters and spawn of the Devil.
    8 points
  24. I’m again surprised at the number of people .................... Who are CCers and who do not seem to realise what great value for money their licence fee is (even after the licence increases)
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  26. Nothing to do with boats, just some amazing wild animal encounters. I rode past a few these recently while riding over 1,200 miles around Sri Lanka over 3 weeks on a 125cc scooter. They don't really have anything bigger than 250cc bikes & scooters for rent. In terms of danger the biggest risk doesn't come from the elephants but from drivers and other motorbike riders who don't look, or who do look but pull out anyway, tuk tuks, maniac bus drivers, thousands of stray dogs on the road as well as people, cows, goats and I even saw a huge snake crossing the road which I think got run over by a car coming the other way. Great adventure though and the Sri Lankan people are warm and welcoming. In that second picture I didn't stop that close. The elephant was further away but suddenly walked up to the bike quickly as I was taking a picture and I didn't have time to get back on the bike so I ran away! 🤣
    8 points
  27. Yep, I have one. A bit temperamental sometimes, occasionally asks me to lift my legs and generally does a good job with not too much moaning. The only downside is she is a bit noisy, but I only have myself to blame. I didn't have to marry her.
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  32. I have been a member of this forum since 2007, longer than Nick Norman and Ian D, but not as long as Tony. Every year we seem to have one of these threads , accusing people of being nasty to newbies, or someone complaining about the way the forum is run, that there aren't any posts about boat builds, that people with too many posts should stop posting, it's killing the forum, newbies won't stay. Amazingly the forum keeps going, new members do stay - not all of them obviously - and a fair few of the older members who were here when I joined have gone. It will settle down, it usually does when the weather improves and people can go boating. This forum is very useful - it saved us making a huge mistake and buying a boat - and it can be extremely entertaining, particularly those who take themselves far too seriously. I rarely post these days, and rarely even log in which means I can avoid even seeing the politics section. Quite simply, no one forces you to be here. If you don't like it the way it is, and has been for many years, you are free to leave.
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  50. The main problem with this, and anything the water companies are doing, is TRUST, and there is none. They are dumping sewage hand over fist daily, weekly, without a care for the environment or waterways users. They are purely a vassal for profit making and dividend sharing, taking debt to pay shareholder bonuses but expecting customers to foot the bill for any improvements they have to make when toothless OFWAT say they need to improve things. This corrupt government is at this very moment putting into place legislation protecting shareholders from any water company going bust, or privatisation....and doing nothing about sewage dumping.
    6 points
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