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  1. 6 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 5 points
    No!! You throw them in the rubbish points and call yourself a " Composting " toilet expert.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 5 points
    The best bit of kit I have on the boat is a " Woman " some are expensive to maintain but if you get the right model then they are invaluable. This one does all the washing and cleaning whilst i type on here and drink beer. She knows how to clean stuff without my advice so choose the correct model. Oh and make sure shes one that doesnt ever read the forum
  11. 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.'
  12. 4 points
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 4 points
    Is that a rare example of the use of the Future Historic?
  18. 4 points
    Ahh so sad , that must have been the longest engagement to Ann , 40 years . referring to his legendary over running shows it was stated his funeral is Friday - Saturday - Sunday and most of Monday . His passing leaves a space that will not be filled .
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 3 points
    Our lock, Southmill. And crossing a crevasse across the B1383 London Rd to get to Aldi's for cat food.
  22. 3 points
    Messers Schmidt would be in favour though. Saves taking it all to the Junkers yard!
  23. 3 points
    If I paid a deposit and found out it was non refundable I'd want my money back!
  24. 3 points
    Coming over here with their narrowbeam GRP cruisers ...
  25. 3 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.
  26. 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!
  27. 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'?
  28. 3 points
    Theres a low pound on the middlewich branch at the moment.
  29. 3 points
    Yes - I have the body 'in the style of a God' (unfortunately its Budda)
  30. 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.
  31. 3 points
    Ah, that's where I've been going wrong
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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...
  35. 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
  36. 3 points
    Are they still in Istanbul then, or was it just a Constuntinpaypal.
  37. 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.
  38. 3 points
    If the OP has to ask the advice of a forum whether it is a good idea or not, and if it can or can't be done, then I would suggest that it is lhe last thing he should be contemplating until he has at least gained the necessary experience and knowledge to make the judgement himself without asking complete strangers whether it is feasible or not. I say this, not for his safety, but to avoid the possibility of exposing professional seafarers to unnecessary hazards when rescuing him. Howard
  39. 3 points
    Don't be embarassed about walking your cassette to empty it, most folk won't know what it is anyway. Just swagger gaily along with it pretending your off to the office to work and its your attache case with your lunch in it. In a way it has.
  40. 3 points
    When I and a mate crossed the channel in a Wayfarer sailing dinghy, all we took were sandwiches and a bottle of rum and my wallet, no passports nothing. We sailed into a yacht club at Cap gri Nez or some such place and the members there were tremendous, trailed the boat around to the Calais ferry terminal and we humped it onto the ferry, French customs weren't bothered at all, because we were going I suppose. At Dover the chaps there were also very helpful humping it off the ferry for us where I ran off for my trailer after the British customs had dealt with us, were very suspicious though and held us up a long time explaining the situation. I showed them my driving licence and an old raffle ticket which seem to satisfy them and let us go.
  41. 3 points
    The moment I hear anyone say "Come on everyone let's all go to ........ there's a badge in it for you" I go glassy eyed, switch off and amble away in the opposite direction.
  42. 3 points
    Theresa May today condemned the Russian govt as our intelligence services said that they were likely to be responsible for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. These are presumably the same people who came up with the intelligence on WMD in Iraq 15 years ago? I don't agree with Peter Hitchens on much and I don't read the Mail, but I heard him on R4's Today Programme this morning and I think he makes some valid points. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-5486149/PETER-HITCHENS-goading-Russia-dirty-war-win.html
  43. 3 points
    What a great day to knock on the Kremlin door and ask “ Is Lenin?”
  44. 2 points
    Whose to say that Skripal and his daughter wont die? it took Litvinenko 3 weeks to die from the afternoon tea and polonium. What convinces me that Russia is behind this is that I cannot see who else is going to benefit from this incident. The suggestion that Ukranians might have been responsible, so what is the UK likely to do to assist Ukraine (or anyone else)? Someone trying to give Putin a bad name? like he hasn't already got one from annexing Crimea. Interfactional fighting between Russian ex-pats in the UK? there are easier ways to kill someone. Realistically who else is going to benefit? My opinion (others are available) is that both Skripal and the UK are proxies for the actual target. Those who might have been going to testify to Mueller regarding the Russian 'assistance' given during the US election might now have second thoughts. If I was the ex-MI6 employee, Christopher Steele, who put together the original dossier on Trump and the Russians I would be very concerned of the likelihood of having an unfortunate 'accident', one could easily find oneself being inadvertently strangled like Glushkov. I don't think that Russia would even consider this sort of attack on US soil since there are those in the Senate (even ignoring the imbecile Trump) who would regard it as an act of war, the Russians assessment of the UK (probably correctly) is as of soft target since, after the usual bluster and rhetoric, we wont be doing much.
  45. 2 points
    Is his surname "Upandown"?
  46. 2 points
    Sorry but you are showing total ignorance of law especialy with regard VEHICLES the footpath is classed as the road and all legislation covers the footpath just the same as the bit you think is a road. I tell you what also I am a fair chap and will put my money where my mouth is so lets play for small stakes. We both give say a grand each to an adjudicator who will act as decision maker and whos decision will be final. It goes like this we go to centre of Oxford ( I wil let you pick the street to keep it even fairer ) and the amount of motor vehicles seen inside one hour not abiding by the Road traffic act and the highway code will be counted. At the same time the amount of cyclists doing similar will be counted and at the end winner takes all. You can make it fifty grand if you like because I will be taking the money home of that I can guarantee you. If you cycle on the pavement headin for me or my wife you will be ending up on your arse. Just saying like.
  47. 2 points
    While you're in there open the black fuse fox and twiddle the three continental fuses round, then when you have time replace them with a blade fuse holder & fuses. It sounds like the glow plug is coming on and dipping the voltage at the unit.
  48. 2 points
    You radically mistake the reason remainers (they aren't trolls in any shape or form) oppose Brexit. It is because we like the UK so much we don't want to see it damaged by a vote which percentage wise of the population was so slim. Most clubs/organisations I have been in require a 2/3 majority before making sweeping changes - Brexit came no where near, if such a majority is considered necessary/sensible for an organisation to avoid ill conceived decisions it ought to have been for a country as well.
  49. 2 points
    There are moorings where people can live on, even if they aren't technically residential, just the same as there are plenty of empty and fairly cheap houses. Unfortunately, often they aren't exactly where people want to be, but that really isn't the locality's fault. The thing about boats is that they move, same as people do (or can) if they want to. The lack of "affordable" housing for rent is a deliberate political policy and the only way to change that is via politics and if people consistently vote for a political party with that policy then that's just democracy for you. Mooring space is a scarce commodity and the abuse of the rules (or guidelines, or whatever they actually are) by a few has an effect considerably greater than their numbers would suggest.
  50. 2 points
    I once came across a lady that could sort that.........