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  • Birthday 13/01/1947

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  1. Cowroast chandlery to close

    Blimey. First the pub now the chandlery. I wonder what they'll use the space for? I think it was a franchise arrangement so someone else might have a go.
  2. Ting ting...

    On the canal through Berkhamsted the locals are far too polite to ring their bell-assuming they have one-usually a spoken "ding ding" is substituted. Quaint.
  3. Fantastic drydocking service

  4. Cow Roast Inn

    Nope. It's complicated but the pub is rented by the people who ran it a while back before sub-letting it to the people you are talking about. The latter have gone and a couple of others are doing a few running repairs and redecs and re-opening without food, for the time being. At least it is reopening-I feared the worst.
  5. Cow Roast Inn

    Cow Roast Inn reopens on Saturday.
  6. Cow Roast Inn

    Only to be helpful to people passing through. That's the Cow Roast way.
  7. Cow Roast Inn

    Hang on this was meant to stimulate opprobrium against Punch Taverns not about killing a rat at will (ratatouille?geddit) in another pub.
  8. Cow Roast Inn

    The Cow Roast Inn closed last night (Fri 7th) whether forever or temporarily nobody knows. Nearest pubs ? going south George and Dragon Northchurch/north Grand Junction Bulbourne. Well done Punch Taverns-another fine mess.
  9. Berkhamsted stoppage

    Anybody know what the problem is at Gas Locks in Berkhamsted? Queue building either side.
  10. Ice on GU/Oxford?

    I could not walk across the ice because I am very heavy...as opposed to heavy...but last night was a -8 here so nothing has moved and last I heard the coal boat was frozen in at Pitstone (may well have moved yesterday as we had quite a thaw during the day) I'm always fascinated with the old pictures I've seen of icebreakers on the cut and the crews all dressed in ordinary clothing and footwear. Some must have met a chilly end.
  11. Ice on GU/Oxford?

    Whatever happened to icebreakers? The last time I saw one was at a CRT gathering when he kept introducing me to complete strangers. What am I paying my fees for that's what I want to know. Disgusted of Cow Roast Where it is very frozen
  12. Anniversary of Cow Roast Man

    Further to my post above an Audtralian friend has sent me an article on Villers Bretoneaux from an Australian viewpoint-quite touching. https://www.facebook.com/NorthchurchSociety/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf Sorry wrong link above http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-04-25/villers-bretonneux-remembers-decisive-battle-90/2415632
  13. Anniversary of Cow Roast Man

    I came across the following this morning and as it is the anniversary tomorrow I have posted this by the lock at Cow Roast so that passers-by can reflect thereon. Remembering Lance Corporal Albert Ernest PICKTHORN, ‘B’ Company, 28th Battalion, Australian Infantry, Died 3rd November 1916 On 2nd March 1915 Albert Pickthorn enlisted in the Australian Army in Western Australia. Albert was born 27 years earlier at Cow Roast Lock, where his father was the lockkeeper. In 1911, looking for new challenges and sense of adventure, Albert decided to leave Cow Roast and start a new life abroad. That April he left Liverpool bound for Western Australia.. After completed his army training in Australia, Albert was sent first to Egypt and then to Gallipoli, as part of the ANZAC troops to fight the Turks. Here he experienced the full horrors of the warfare on the peninsula. After the Gallipoli evacuation at the end of 1915, Albert’s battalion was transferred to the Western Front, fighting for the first time in July 1916 during the initial stages of the Battle of the Somme. After a short period resting near Ypres, Albert’s battalion returned to the Somme in the early autumn taking part in a major attack on the German lines south of Bapaume at the beginning of November. Initially posted as ‘missing in action’ following the attack, it was not until June 1917 that Albert was finally declared ‘killed in action’. Albert’s name now appears on the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
  14. Friday joke

    A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official, who apologised profusely saying, "I must have taken Leif off my census."
  15. Eco Fan at Aldi

    Next time I think I've got some good news I'll keep it to myself. To return to my original posting -if you want one Aldi have got them at £24.99. If you don't -then buy something else. Goodnight.