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  1. 10 points
  2. 7 points
    Two possibilities. One is to keep the dinosaurs who think metrication is unnecessary and stupid happy that they are still getting 2lb. Two they are using a machine calibrated in lbs but putting metric measurements on. Life would be so much easier if we had properly gone metric back in the 70s and forced all the dinosaurs to get into the present day.
  3. 6 points
    Am I the only one wondering if the polluter is the one who should be being censured here, not CRT? Polluter pours it in then sits back and watches CRT get criticised for not clearing it up fast enough.
  4. 6 points
    Aye, it didn't matter if a few plebs got killed in the process in them days. There were plenty more to fill the gaps, wot with no mollycoddling social security benefits for the idle blighters to fall back on. Sadly, by 1945, those in charge had managed to kill most of them off by other means which meant the few left had to have a bit more care taken of them...
  5. 6 points
    People have lived on boats for yonks. When I moved aboard 28 years ago I was told of the few very easy to understand very easy to comply with rules concerning boat movements. The same rules still apply and are still easy to comply with, you move around LOTS or you pay for a mooring. You can live on your boat quite easily. The beauty of boats is that they move.
  6. 5 points
    We should be uneasy about the way this has developed. Porton Down exact words, which have been repeated specifically by May and others are 'Nerve agent of a type developed by Russia'. It is a very calculated phrasing, not being 'Russian made'. My laptop is of a type developed in USA - made in china. Novichok developers left russia and now work in the west. I do not know if novichok production capability, or indeed stock, is at Porton Down, but if it is a global leader it certainly ought to be. Right by Salisbury... The haste with which an ambivalent analysis has been converted into a political certainty whiffs of 'WMD capability'. It has been used to corner and denounce Corbyn, by compliant and unquestioning media and stooges, at a time when the govt (heavily funded by russian interests) is on the ropes over the brexit fiasco. This looks possibly like diversion, and ought to be questioned. Our govt has form in this area, and that ought to trigger concern, not 'patriotic' drum-bashing. Putin is a dangerous, ruthless dictator perfectly capable of something like this - but that doesn't mean he did this thing. Starting a war with Putin may well be a good idea, but not on a shaky premise bandwagon. Last times we did that (WMD spring to mind) it didn't go well. Russian (illegal) money currently accounts for a huge proportion of UK PLC's economy via fraudulent LLP's and opaque money laundering activity - that is a valid target, but not one our govt is likely to pursue...empty gestures are being made instead, while a political football has been played.
  7. 5 points
    Earthworks constructed in the Georgian and Victorian periods pre-date the establishment of the discipline of geotechnical engineering and are effectively non-engineered structures. They were built with non-homogenous materials with little understanding of the properties of the material or the mechanisms by which they could fail. Standard practice was to construct slopes with sides battered at 1:1.5; an engineered solution would have given something in the order of 1:3 for the materials concerned. This can be seen in the difference in angle of modern motorway earthwork slopes compared to older canals and railways. In theory these assets have a negative safety factor; in practice you know they don't because they remain standing. The reality is that you are intrinsically operating around the limits of capability and to make matters worse the properties of soils change over time and not just seasonal either, it can be over decades or centuries. As a result they are flexible assets and they all exhibit some form of movement over a greater or lesser timespan. Inspection isn't easy and a general visual inspection may identify immediate exceptional issues but it isn't sufficient for overall management. That requires a qualified inspector. It is certainly possible to calculate the risk associated with individual assets and prioritise work accordingly. In my job a few years ago I was accountable for 14,000 earthwork assets and conducted an exercise to risk rank them, a process which identified 72 highest risk assets. Programmes of work were put in place for those assets and mitigation measures imposed for periods of extreme wet weather (with a budget the folks at CRT could probably only dream about). However the collective risk associated with the 13,928 assets that weren't highest risk by far outweighed the collective risk of the 72 highest risk assets. That meant I could in no way guarantee that if there was a failure it would be of a highest risk asset. The nature of these events is that they are highly subjective to localised conditions. CRT have the problem that their threshold for catastrophic failure is pretty low. Initial failure is likely to be a rotational slip where a segment of soil rotates and causes a shearing effect at the slope surface at the top of the rotation. If that causes a loss in the integrity of the puddled lining of the canal the leakage of water will liquefy the soil and cause it to flow, in turn this will make a bigger breach and then washout will follow. It looks a lot more spectacular than I suspect it is in reality. i am sure they could do more and will seek to do so as that's pretty much the life of an asset manager who has to work within resource and funding constraints to minimise risk. JP
  8. 5 points
    No!! You throw them in the rubbish points and call yourself a " Composting " toilet expert.
  9. 5 points
    They are campaigning on behalf of members who mostly don't want to 'travel', who wish to stay in one place without paying for a home mooring. They are not representing boaters they are representing people who want cheap and convenient accommodation on the waterways without following the rules and without cost. If that's not a threat to enforcement, bona fide continuous cruisers and leisure boaters I don't know what is.
  10. 5 points
    Non londoners dont understand to move you have to book a mooring swop with another boat. Unco ordinated movements would result in outsiders being able to maybe do a short visit to the capital (you know hirers people like that) so you break down a lot have lots of hospital visits etc. one boat towing another would require 4 boats to move ar same time- unheard of in 2018
  11. 5 points
    The Russians need time to obtain a sample, identify it (there are hundreds of varieties), confirm if it is one they have made, check their records which are probably a mess given their history, check their stocks to see that none is missing, and none has been substituted, and check if any has been sold either officially or by individuals out to profit from periods of instability in Russia's history. I notice there are allegations that nerve gas has been present in the Ukraine conflict in 2015. Or we can just decide they are guilty because we don't like them.
  12. 4 points
    Anyone else had an email asking for a 'Snap survey' of opinions of CRT?? Got mine this morning and spent some time over it - got to be helpful. My final comment to the last question was: 'Strongly believe that if canal managers actually and regularly travel their own sections of waterway rather than sitting behind a desk trying to make sense of this sort of survey - many of the questions you have asked would become irrelevant.'
  13. 4 points
    When a typo is made, the errorists win.
  14. 4 points
    Our lock, Southmill. And crossing a crevasse across the B1383 London Rd to get to Aldi's for cat food.
  15. 4 points
    You are forced by law to buy your beer (and certain packages of milk) in pints because the Great British dinosaurs kicked up such a fuss when it was suggested it should be served in Litres. Similarly the distances in miles. It is the resistance of the public which has left us with this ridiculous situation of being in a minority in the world of still having imperial measurements. There really is no excuse for not using metric as much as possible as I was taught in metric at school so everyone under 60 (ok say 50 if you want o quibble about some schools which may have not followed directives) should be fully conversant with the system. Unless of course they have deliberately fought against moving into the modern world. It didn't take 40+ years for people to get used to £p as opposed to £sd. It is purely the pigheadedness of the great British public which as prolonged the change over. With regard to all your examples they happen because they likes of you refuse to attempt to use metric.
  16. 4 points
  17. 4 points
    In many ways I am not that sad at his passing. He has lived a life beyond many people's expectations in all sorts of ways even medical science. He has inspired a generation of scientists and will continue to do so. There is a huge scientific body of work some of which will possibly be proved to be incorrect with some as yet unknown evidence, some proved beyond doubt by the people who will build on what he has achieved. Only time and history will tell but he could remain in people's perception just like some of the other greats of previous scientific ages such as Einstein or Newton or any of the other household names. A hugely significant person of our time not just for his scientific work but his humanity and guts to keep buggering on no matter what life threw at him.
  18. 4 points
    What I find fascinating is the believer's ability to dismiss scientific reason as "illusion" by tapping it out on their computer/smart phone.
  19. 4 points
    Yes it's a common trait these days....Don't trust the calm fact seeking experts...Much better to go with the swivel eyed preachers. No we don't know the meaning of everything but as we increase our knowledge thanks to the likes of Hawking we move ever further from fairy stories.
  20. 4 points
    A crime has been comitted. The normal processes of obtaining justice should apply. A full investigation, charges made, an opportunity for charged parties to defend themselves, and they are innocent until proved guilty. In this country this normally takes months. But Russia has been given 24 hours to prove itself innocent? Without full disclosure? This is a visceral reaction which just exposes deep-seated prejudices.
  21. 4 points
    Is that a rare example of the use of the Future Historic?
  22. 3 points
    I had an amusing conversation with Three recently. After a cock-up and apology from them I ended up with an excellent (phone) deal of unlimited data, calls & texts for £11/month on a 12 month contract. The sales guy said “And we’ll give you Go Binge too”. I pointed out that it was somewhat irrelevant if I had unlimited data as part of the deal and he replied “But with Go Binge you can use as much as you like when watching Netflix”. I just said ok, thanks.
  23. 3 points
    Reminds me a few years back woke up early, sunny day, decided to get the motorbike out and blast down 100miles to Avebury as never seen the circles, have breakfast and blast back. Found a cafe went in, has bfast and asked 2 or three people for directions to the stone circle. No one knew. I thought you bloody hick thick heathens, you live near such an icon and you never heard of it. Then one lady said............ "do you mean Avebury because you are in Amesbury". Exit stage left.
  24. 3 points
    We have at the moment a canvass dodger and canopy, getting a little tired of it constantly getting green algae especially at the bottom of the dodger, we clean and waterproof it each year but it`s a big job. I was wondering if anyone else out there has ever considered a full metal dodger, I have seen these on boats but never taken much notice until now and I can`t find one anywhere. So if anyone has any ideas/photos of their boat, what metal would be ideal and where to start. Any ideas greatly appreciated
  25. 3 points
    I'll hazard a wild guess. Two reasons. First, Putin has sent an unequivocal message that those who cross him get sorted. No ifs or buts. No way it can be blamed on anyone else because of the method used. Secondly. Russia united behind Putin in the face of these vile lies by the west and ensured him an increased majority. George
  26. 3 points
    12v TV 21.5" HDTV Plays DVD's USB Port £124.99 HD Portable Satellite Kit £59.99 Portable washing machine / twin Tub £69.99 250w on was, 116w on spin dry (We have one - great machine, low electric usage, minimal water usage) 12v Solar panel to keep starter batteries charged when lefty unattended £24.99 Black streak remover £2.99 Portable Toilet (a must for those poor soles with a pump-out system) £39.99 Toilet fluid (Green / Pink / Blue) £2.99 for 2 litres. Re-chargeable dehumidifiers (2-pack) £12.99 (3-4 months between charges).
  27. 3 points
    I thought M Smelly was off his rocker, clearly I was wrong.
  28. 3 points
    This is why I always have my crew standing to attention on the forecastle as we leave locks or sail from moorings. It's then possible to assess whether everyone is aboard with a simple glance ahead. Mind you, when I call the crew to muster, she usually just tells me to bugger off - but that's still enough to tell where she is.
  29. 3 points
    Messers Schmidt would be in favour though. Saves taking it all to the Junkers yard!
  30. 3 points
    If I paid a deposit and found out it was non refundable I'd want my money back!
  31. 3 points
    Coming over here with their narrowbeam GRP cruisers ...
  32. 3 points
    No, silly! There are magic electric pixies called Pel inside that run faster when their feet get hotter. When it get too hot, they cry ... wait for it ... Pel Tears!
  33. 3 points
    That is a new take on things, so being incinerated alive because of crap building methods allows us free rein for victim shaming does it? Those who are responsible for 71 deaths due to corner cutting in the building of the Tower will probably get a severe slap across the wrist (if they are really unlucky) whereas those who died or were injured become fake victims. What is your take on Aberfan? were they also 'victims'?
  34. 3 points
    Theres a low pound on the middlewich branch at the moment.
  35. 3 points
    Yes - I have the body 'in the style of a God' (unfortunately its Budda)
  36. 3 points
    So the sacrifice of the occasional death and/or maiming so cyclists don't have to fork out the price of a few cups of coffee is the greater good? Can't agree with you on that I am afraid.
  37. 3 points
    Ah, that's where I've been going wrong
  38. 3 points
    Misrepresentation would be a good place to start. The T allegedly stands for 'Traveller' but their primary role seems to be in the support of non-moving boaters, so water points, bins and mooring rings, (and if you could add septic tank emptying points) every 100 foot or so along the canal that would be very convenient - thank you very much.
  39. 3 points
    Call me cynical and suspicious, but I must say that I am waiting to hear what nasty pieces of legislation or bad news, or similar, are happening behind the scenes, whilst the attack on an ex Russian spy is at the forefront of the media and parliament 24/7. Whatever the case, Mrs May and her cronies could well be rubbing their hands together with glee at this event and the opportunities it presents.
  40. 3 points
    Life jackets don't help you when you're angry Rusty - that's a job for tranquillizers. Or perhaps you should try the calming influence of a pet duck? Try to stay calm - the Doctor will be along shortly...
  41. 3 points
    Poor misguided fella ... next you will be telling me someone got a bag of washers for a couple of quid and charged him 10 grand extra to weld them around his hull Hahaha! You have met him then ... he even has a custom made cover for it if it rains and if that's not o.t.t. enough he has another one he puts on his swan neck like a sock just in case it gets mucky overnight! Rick
  42. 3 points
    Are they still in Istanbul then, or was it just a Constuntinpaypal.
  43. 3 points
    "It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love" "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for those afraid of the dark." Sums up my philosophy.
  44. 2 points
    The grass is too green for this March.......and them there leaves on the left hand tree say its Autumn. Also its been so windy every day this month and there is clearly no wind in this photo as the guy holding the baloon (on the long piece of string) which is just out of shot would be reacting differently if the wind was over 10mph. Finally the narrow boat just over the hedge is still in the field. It was moved in January so this photo must pre-date it.
  45. 2 points
    Quite simple I think. They are using the opportunity to make a massive meal out of it in order to divert the unrelenting but fully justified stream of criticism in the press of the MAHOOSIVE balls-up they are making of the brexit negotiations. I don't remember anything like such a fuss being kicked up when Litvenenko was poisoned.
  46. 2 points
    Ok I will bite, the reasons why sinking the Belgrano was legitimate are numerous. 1. We did not force Argentina to use armed force to invade. 2. We gave them plenty of time to leave whilst the task force was assembled. 3. We were about to embark on a full scale military action 10,000 miles from our home shores, and an enemy warship was prowling around the general area. 4. The sinking scuppered the peace talks, which at that time were heading towards some form of fudge regarding dual governance, a situation that was totally unacceptable, not least because it would have rewarded armed aggression and the islanders did not want any form of argentine involvement. 5. The sinking resulted in causing the remainder of the argentine fleet, to confine themselves to port for the duration of the conflict, so from a military standpoint, whilst the initial sinking may have been a small issue, the ongoing effect was substantial. 6. We lost many more ships but funnily enough you don't hear anyone bleating about that.
  47. 2 points
    My money is on "AND" rather than "OR"
  48. 2 points
    Sorry no help, but there must be an answer somewhere as there are so many boats in London that have 'engine problems' and cannot move, for some reason the proportion appears to be much higher than the rest of the country - weird !!!
  49. 2 points
    That is so annoying, I have only just paid my Paypal membership and it cost me £50, I could have saved myself £25!!!!!!!!
  50. 2 points
    The reason that Skripal has been subject to an attempted murder has nothing whatsoever to do with what he has done, it is to intimidate others. He has served time in a Russian prison, had they wanted him dead then it would have happened then (the death of Sergei Magnitsky is evidence of that). Skripal was long past his sell by date and the information that he has supplied is now old but Russia chose to use him as a 'message'. I now see that another Russian who was out of favour with Putin has been found dead (Nikolai Glushkov) in unexplained circumstances. If this also turns out to be connected to Putin then, if we have any balls at all, we need to financially hit Putin's mates currently living in this country very hard (asset and property seizure).