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  1. I deliberately put my boat between two, planned stoppages on the Lapworth flight. According to the published programme, the lock behind would close on the Monday and the lock-ahead would re-open on the Friday; so an enforced stay for a short-week, then we could be away. But the on-site workforce did not understand the implications of the timing - and prematurely started on yet another lock ahead. By mid-week, the penny dropped with me that it was not going well. Initially the workforce were a little evasive on the subject, but after a little grumbling an area supervisor turned up to make peace. The outcome was that both boats would be trapped for three weeks - but CRT was very helpful in making life tolerable. Water and gas (no charge) were delivered when required - which was pretty often for another boat as it had gas heating. Regrettably, we didn't need any gas - but a (free) generator and petrol was supplied as I took the opportunity to ask RLWP to take the engine apart whilst stopped. Unfortunately the framed generator wouldn't play nicely with the battery charger - but it's the thought that counts.
  2. That's a new lock. In the same manner as "Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn't there!" , I have been through the lock. Somewhat ironically, the boat I was then on would easily have passed through the non-existent lock, but when I returned subsequently, the lock was present but the then boat could not pass through it. If I have been more organised, I would have had the larger boat the first occasion and the smaller the second occasion, but I failed to plan for forty years ahead.
  3. I used the western Old Ford lock a few years back and, with gates and paddles being hydraulically but not electrically, operated, it was very hard work. At one stage, in the early 1970s the automated locks were all unavailable when the lock-keeper was off-duty which included from midday Saturday to Monday, reflecting commercial use. After some pressure, alterations were made to allow the locks to be manually operated by users; a great improvement for weekend cruising but not light duty. The current user-operated pedestals were installed rather later - and no longer will you see a lock keeper in the distinctive, Crittall-windowed cabin. In those days, the lock-keeper would draw half-paddles and then come lock-side to check license details. My late father observed that the pedestal operation mimics the same routine - so there is a pleasant thread of history and heritage remaining, if you know where to look. Back then, there was still a respectable level of commercial traffic; mainly sawn timber and, at one stage, sheets of copper for an electric grid update. Plenty of timber found its way into the navigation if you cared to fish it out. The large lighters were drawn in trains by a tug; each (or at least some) lighters had a steerer to keep it in check. But sometimes all hands would be on-board the tug with the tail of the rain wagging wildly; clouds of tobacco smoke would emit from the cabin of the tug and even the steerer would drop his cards in alarm as he saw a noddy boat approach.
  4. Evaporation and leakage must make a large contribution to losses - which (separate subject) makes one question the modern policy of restricting boat movements as a panacea for water shortages. In times past, lockage seems to have been a major concern whether correctly or not; I have in mind stop locks and compensation locks. But perhaps the concern was more acute when another company could be held to account!
  5. Interesting - three locks would require twelve wing walls rather than six, so helping more with the cost saving. But I can't see that the total length of the flight of staircase will be a prime issue generally speaking; neither changes the distance between Leeds and Liverpool. It is quicker to work a staircase than a flight - but not if you have a long wait for the staircase to be cleared by a boat travelling in the opposite direction. So probably an advantage when there was little traffic. It is the greater use of water that makes the adoption of the conventional staircase surprising; that must have been understood the time - and having regard to the overriding issue of sufficient water supply, the staircase is best avoided. The fall in the surrounding land may have been an issue; where the canal can follow the levels it would help reduce engineering work. Where it is is particularly steep (Foxton?) separate locks would have required a greater length over which to achieve the same fall - and perhaps some cutting at the top and embankments at the bottom would have been necessary. But at Bingley, for example, it looks as thought more earthworks would be required to suit the staircases than would be needed to accommodate separate locks - which rather undermines that theory.
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  8. Is it illegal to own one (without good reason)? I though the offence was to have such a knife in a public place (without good reason), not merely to own one.
  9. Is it not the case that one can carry any knife, locking or not, with good reason? Or, to put it another way, the offence is to carry such an otherwise illegal knife without good reason. And the exemption relates to folding knives (which has been held to exclude lock-knives) less than three inches - for which it is not an offence even without good reason. What might be a good reason for carrying a flick knife is another subject; to get your retaliation in first against another knife-carrier is probably insufficient reason.
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  11. I think you are old enough! Where two handsets were connected to a single line, you sometimes had a hand-wound magneto to generate a ring tone to call the other handset. Maybe they were no longer issued by the PO, but some were still around in the late 1970s.
  12. Did not the voltage depend on how fast the subscriber spun the magneto?
  13. Tacet

    Elton Moss

    My father's colleague named his boat after the firm in which they were employed. Seemed odd, until it was appreciated that the receipt for fuel and other costs were always, on his request, marked with the name of the boat.
  14. The original post could be clearer - but is it the engine stalls if the revs are at tickover or stalls when it is in neutral, but not when it is in gear?
  15. It depends on your criteria and how you are measuring. Vazon Sliding Railway Bridge - Stainforth and Keadby Canal crosses the canal low and on the skew – so that is pretty close.
  16. I have the Society badge somewhere. Working parties were announced thus-ish: "Meet midnight at West Croydon station, wear balaclava and bring oxy-acetylene cutting gear."
  17. Apologies for any unintended slight. Your post said: "If it's on a shorthold tenancy, the what have CRT been doing to realise the value of their asset?" and I took the "If" as querying the shorthold point AST point.
  18. Sale price (even the actual sale price) was £303,500 - but point taken. The reserve will have been around £200k - as indicated by the guide price to which it principally refers.
  19. You're correct: 053e6a60-9bbd-4487-85b4-1d91ccc8e801.pdf
  20. At that price, it is possible that time will not tell.
  21. It's occupied on a statutory tenancy - not an AST.
  22. To my recollection, which is rather later than WW2, that was pretty much how petrol-paraffin engines worked generally. The high-tech approach was two tanks and a couple of valves to allow a choice of petrol or paraffin. If you stopped the engine on paraffin, you would need to empty the float chamber and, if separate, the bowl of the carb. Mostly ended up in the bilge, of course but as it was paraffin, not quite so scary as petrol. In Narrowboat, Rolt mentions fitting a vaporiser to his Model T, which must have been really posh. A quick Google finds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrol-paraffin_engine#/media/File:Manly_1919_Fig_133_Fordson_intake.png It looks as though a special paraffin carb ejects an atomised spray which is heated and vapourised by passing through a coiled pipe in the exhaust manifold. Not sure how the speed of the engine was regulated. A separate, simple carb supplies petrol via an un-heated route - but again, how that is regulated? Maybe that engine had a governor controlling a hit-and-miss inlet valve? Elsewhere, it looks as though other vaporisers did little more than use the exhaust manifold to heat the inlet manifold.
  23. It's an endless argument - but bona-fide means in good faith; there is no requirement for navigation to be primary reason for being afloat. If you have a bona-fide intention to navigate, that should be enough. You may well have other, more or less pressing intentions (e.g. to visit friends or feed the ducks and even to reside on the boat) but these are not contrary to the intention to navigate. What may well be contrary is an intention to remain in one place as long as possible and move as little as you can get away with. Strictly speaking, this might be regardless of whether you reside on your boat or not - but if you do reside, it might be an indicator of an intention other than to bona-fide navigate. Thus if your real intention is to avoid mooring fees, it begins to cast doubt on your bona-fides regarding navigation, particularly if you don't navigate very much. Bona-fide intention is used elsewhere in legislation. Where it gets tricky in law is motive. If you intend (and possibly do) to navigate fully - but your motive is largely to comply with the rules, is it nevertheless bona-fide? Or does your intention have to stand-alone from the legislative requirements? Your extract from a judgement (in obiter) is that it should be a stand-alone intention. My reasoning, from the other uses of the phrase in areas of law where I have experience, is that the motive behind bona-fide is technically irrelevant so I depart from the judge at this point. For example see the beautifully named Betty's Cafes Limited v Phillips Furnishings Stores Limited. The landlord needed to show an intention to demolish or reconstruct a property, in order to obtain possession.; it pretty much freely admitted that its intention stemmed from a desire to obtain possession "The landlord's motives are irrelevant if he can show that he has the necessary intention. This is so even if the motive is simply a desire to get rid of the tenant. However, the landlord's primary purpose may be relevant in trying to decide whether the intention expressed is in fact genuine or merely colourable" There has been a more recent decision in which the landlord blatantly admitted that its motive in knocking-about a building was merely a device to obtain possession. Most money in the profession was on the landlord's position and indeed the principle in Betty's Cafe was upheld. However, the Court, rather cleverly, found for the tenant via motive. It identified that if the landlord somehow (hypothetically) managed to obtain possession by other means, it would not bother with the pointless knocking-about - and thus it did not have a (bona-fide) intention at all. If the landlord had demonstrated that it would do the pointless work come-what-may, it would have succeeded. A lesson for next time - but there are penalties for misrepresentation to the Court, such that the landlord would need to be very careful if it did not complete the works. Or Zoar Independent Trustees v Rochester Corporation (Court of Appeal, no less) where Zoar, as claimant in a compulsory purchase case, needed to "satisfy" the Court that reinstatement (of a church) "in some other pace is bona-fide intended" in order to obtain a more favourable basis of compensation. A very similar phrase, of course. The problem facing Zoar was that its intention to reinstate was entirely dependent on receiving the more favourable compensation and did not stand-alone. Nevertheless, Zoar succeeded.
  24. All respect to Nigel, but I am struggling with the logic here. Bona-fide navigation and living aboard are not mutually exclusive; you might well decide to live aboard because you wish to navigate widely; I did - having no interest at all in staying put. The Act does not require that navigating is one's only intention - or even that it is one's primary intention. In life, it is usual to have multiple intentions.
  25. Petrol-paraffin engines were reasonably common at one time on boats. Cressy was converted and, for a short time, we had a Morris Vedette engine. You had to remember to switch back to petrol before stopping the engine so that the carburettor was filled for the next start. Less advantage now that paraffin is not freely available and is more expensive. A low compression engine was necessary to avoid pinking -so side valves were helpful
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