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Alan de Enfield

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  1. Man takes a date on Thames hot tub boats but gets laughed at and 'pelted with ice cubes by people on yacht' Finding the perfect date spot in London can be a difficult task. But it was even more difficult for one man, who was pelted by ice cubes whilst taking his girlfriend on a romantic hot tub trip down the River Thames. The man took to TikTok to share the unfortunate story of how he was subject to verbal abuse about his choice of date location as passers-by shouted at the pair before a group on a yacht took their chance to torment the couple. If you've been down to the waterfront by West India Quay, it's likely you've seen several groups in their swim gear travelling down the River Thames in a hot tub, which sits just above the surface of the water. The tubs travel directly beneath the bridges and walkways across Canary Wharf, where many of the city's workers are rushing past in their three piece suits and formal work attire. TikTok user Joe Leggett and his girlfriend decided to take a romantic trip down the Thames but soon came to regret ever getting into the steamy tub as they became a laughing stock and were pelted with ice cubes by people in the business district of the capital. Speaking to his 408,000 followers, Joe said: "Me and my girlfriend booked this as a romantic trip, but I don't know what we thought was going to be romantic about sitting in a little boat going along a stinky stream of p*ss in the middle of Canary Wharf where everyone and their dogs are going to be watching us float around like idiots. "It started off alright until we start going down the little bit with walkways either side and its very thin so everyone is in talking distance. "As you can imagine everyone's staring. There was not one person who walks past who doesn't look and think 'ooh there's some d***heads in the hot tub'. "The majority of people actually shouted stuff at us - one shouted 'nice nipples you mug'." If being verbally assaulted and being mocked for his nipples was not enough, just a short ride further down the river, Joe and his girlfriend could not have foreseen what they were about to be subjected to. The tiny tub rolled up by a yacht where a group were enjoying a party but when they spotted Joe and his girlfriend floating by all attention turned onto the couple, who were already regretting their date idea. Joe continued: "There was a group of people having a party on their yacht, as they look at us in the hot tub come cruising by the person at the end grabs the group and they start launching ice cubes at us. I'm now sat in the Thames in my swim shorts showing everyone my body taking cover to flying ice cubes." What was meant to be a relaxing and romantic trip down the Thames turned into anything but, and in his closing statement to his followers, he said the main takeaway from the date was that next time they'll just go to a spa. The novelty of the hot tubs on the river Thames is something that has no doubt caught the eye of many Londoners but taking the step to actually strip down to swimming gear and take the plunge is something that does not appeal to some. After Joe's unfortunate date, it's clear to see just how easily a novelty trip can turn into an uncomfortable and embarrassing way to spend an afternoon.
  2. Man takes a date on Thames hot tub boats but gets laughed at and 'pelted with ice cubes by people on yacht' Finding the perfect date spot in London can be a difficult task. But it was even more difficult for one man, who was pelted by ice cubes whilst taking his girlfriend on a romantic hot tub trip down the River Thames. The man took to TikTok to share the unfortunate story of how he was subject to verbal abuse about his choice of date location as passers-by shouted at the pair before a group on a yacht took their chance to torment the couple. If you've been down to the waterfront by West India Quay, it's likely you've seen several groups in their swim gear travelling down the River Thames in a hot tub, which sits just above the surface of the water. The tubs travel directly beneath the bridges and walkways across Canary Wharf, where many of the city's workers are rushing past in their three piece suits and formal work attire. TikTok user Joe Leggett and his girlfriend decided to take a romantic trip down the Thames but soon came to regret ever getting into the steamy tub as they became a laughing stock and were pelted with ice cubes by people in the business district of the capital. Speaking to his 408,000 followers, Joe said: "Me and my girlfriend booked this as a romantic trip, but I don't know what we thought was going to be romantic about sitting in a little boat going along a stinky stream of p*ss in the middle of Canary Wharf where everyone and their dogs are going to be watching us float around like idiots. "It started off alright until we start going down the little bit with walkways either side and its very thin so everyone is in talking distance. "As you can imagine everyone's staring. There was not one person who walks past who doesn't look and think 'ooh there's some d***heads in the hot tub'. "The majority of people actually shouted stuff at us - one shouted 'nice nipples you mug'." If being verbally assaulted and being mocked for his nipples was not enough, just a short ride further down the river, Joe and his girlfriend could not have foreseen what they were about to be subjected to. The tiny tub rolled up by a yacht where a group were enjoying a party but when they spotted Joe and his girlfriend floating by all attention turned onto the couple, who were already regretting their date idea. Joe continued: "There was a group of people having a party on their yacht, as they look at us in the hot tub come cruising by the person at the end grabs the group and they start launching ice cubes at us. I'm now sat in the Thames in my swim shorts showing everyone my body taking cover to flying ice cubes." What was meant to be a relaxing and romantic trip down the Thames turned into anything but, and in his closing statement to his followers, he said the main takeaway from the date was that next time they'll just go to a spa. The novelty of the hot tubs on the river Thames is something that has no doubt caught the eye of many Londoners but taking the step to actually strip down to swimming gear and take the plunge is something that does not appeal to some. After Joe's unfortunate date, it's clear to see just how easily a novelty trip can turn into an uncomfortable and embarrassing way to spend an afternoon.
  3. Firefighters come to the rescue when couple's narrow boat starts sinking on the canal at Wigan | Wigan Today A couple in their 60s were descending the famous flight of locks between New Springs and Ince when the bow end caught one of the walls, dipped down and began shipping water. The occupants safely got off the boat but the oily water began flooding its front end. When a crew from Hindley arrived on the morning of Sunday June 26, parking up on a nearby housing estate and walking the rest of the way, the craft was under water at one end. They brought pumps which jettisoned the dirty water and the boat was righted again, but a spokesman for the fire crew said he thought the engine was damaged and fixtures and fittings would probably need replacing during a trip to a dry dock. The boat could not be re-started but Canal and River Trust volunteers then arrived to tow it away so the canal could reopen.
  4. Why don't you apply for a grant to buy a boat, you could then choose one that already has solar panels fitted - then you get what you desire - The great-unwashed paying for your "London home". It could only be a parasitic Londoner who would even ask the question.
  5. You forget I (it) have spent many years on the River Trent, and it had some years on the Trent before my ownership. Yes it has (surprise surprise) passed several BSS examinations - It has two in my ownership. The RCD simply says that diesel tanks must have inspection hatches. It is actually still covered :
  6. Well, if it was, he must have a pretty thirsty generator.
  7. That was what alerted me to a problem (before the engines stopped) the fuel gauge was going up instead of down !!
  8. I dread to think what filling up my boat from empty would cost now 2,800 litre tankage. In the past many marinas have been unable to supply enough fuel (they only keep sufficient to top up the 'rag & stick' merchants who only want 20 or 30 litres at a time) and I have had to get a road tanker come down to the quayside to fill me up.
  9. That is a very sensible post - have you suffered from an identity theft ? has someone cloned your forum ID ?
  10. They'll be calling you Jonah - everywhere you go is a 'disaster', or, is it that you go everywhere there is a disaster ?
  11. No, it has been worked on for a considerable time and that is the conclusion reached.
  12. I think that the "Environmental Permitting Act" being a law passed by Parliament is applicable Nationally so not an "optional extra" And cover all "Inland freshwaters" Extract : Citation, commencement, extent and application 1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and come into force 21 days after the day on which these Regulations are made. (2) These Regulations extend to England and Wales only. (3) They apply in relation to— (a)England and the sea adjacent to England out as far as the seaward boundary of the territorial sea, and (b)Wales, within the meaning given by section 158 of the Government of Wales Act 2006(1). (4) In paragraph (3)(a), the sea adjacent to England is so much of the sea adjacent to Great Britain as— (a)is not the sea adjacent to Scotland, and (b)does not form part of Wales. (5) In paragraph (4)(a), the sea adjacent to Scotland has the same meaning as the internal waters and territorial sea of the United Kingdom adjacent to Scotland has by virtue of section 126(2) of the Scotland Act 1998(2).
  13. Our moorings were recently strimmed, with the cuttings getting flicked onto moored boats & into the water due to the direction of rotation of the 'string'. I pointed out that he he went (example only) 'North to South' instead of 'South to North' the rotation would flick the cuttings away from the boats and onto the bankside. Moment of enlightment ................. Yes - that'd work !
  14. Nurse quit her job to run narrowboat café with her son - Manchester Evening News A former nurse quit her job to pursue her dream of opening a quaint narrowboat café. Tucked away in the quiet spot that is Droylsden Marina, The Safari Narrowboat Tea Room sits just 12 customers at full capacity, and is run by mother and son duo Maria and Philip. Owner Maria Smart knew she had to change her job at a private nursing home, which often saw her working long and gruelling hours. She decided she wanted to open a tea room on a canal boat, after spending years holidaying in one on weekends with her husband. The mum, 54, took the plunge and is now a thriving success along with her chef son, becoming a top spot for dog walkers and cyclists alike, with many customers travelling from all over the country for an afternoon tea or warming cup of coffee.
  15. Surely a large part of the problem is NOT just a lack of available moorings, but the lack of will to pay for anything - hence the numbers of 'pretend CCers' who either cannot afford to pay reasonable mooring rates, or, just as a principle refuse to do so when they can just squat on the canal.
  16. Just for comparison - my cruiser has 4 tanks along the keel (under the 'floor') - starting from the bow 600 (ish) litre potable water tank 300 (ish) litre Grey water tank 300 (ish) litre Black water tank 1000 litre Diesel tank (with 2x 900 litre wing tanks) The fuel tank has 3 x 9" screw top inspection hatches on the top of the tank, these are the 'Big Red' plastic waterproof lids used on hatches / lockers. Simply unscrew the lid(s) drop a pipe / hose down and see if there is any water present. It is a requirement of the RCD that boats must have an inspection hatch of at least 6" diameter in their Diesel tank. BS EN ISO 21487:2012 If there is a drain in a diesel oil tank, it shall be fitted with a shut-off valve having a plug that can be removed only with tools. Each tank shall have an inspection hatch of at least 150 mm diameter. The inspection hatch shall, as a rule, be located on top of the tank, but for diesel oil tanks it may also be on the tank side. There shall be access to the inspection hatch when the tank is in position. Fuel system and fuel tanks ER 5.2.1 The filling, storage, venting and fuel supply arrangements and installations shall be designed and installed so as to minimise the risk of fire and explosion. ER 5.2.2 Fuel tanks - Fuel tanks, lines and hoses shall be secured and separated or protected from any source of significant heat. The material the tanks are made of and their method of construction shall be according to their capacity and the type of fuel. All tank spaces shall be ventilated. Petrol shall be kept in tanks which do not form part of the hull and are: (a) insulated from the engine compartment and from all other source of ignition; (b) separated from living quarters. Diesel fuel may be kept in tanks that are integral with the hull. Harmonised standard: BS EN ISO 10088:2013 Small craft - Permanently installed fuel systems BS EN ISO 21487:2012 Small craft - Permanently installed petrol and diesel fuel tanks The requirements for installation of a fuel system on a boat with fixed fuel tanks are given in the harmonised standard BS EN ISO 10088 Permanently installed fuel systems and BS EN ISO 21487:2012 Small craft - Permanently installed petrol and diesel fuel tanks. The requirement for petrol fuel tanks to be ‘insulated from the engine and all other sources of ignition’ is deemed to be complied with if a) the clearance between the petrol tank and the engine is greater than 100 mm and b) all electrical parts on the engine which could create a spark, and any other electrical components in the engine/fuel compartment, are ignition protected. To ensure that these components are ignition protected the boat builder should use a petrol engine that complies with BS EN ISO 15584 Inboard petrol engines - fuel and electrical system components (the engine manufacture should provide this confirmation) and for other parts, e.g. blower fan or electric bilge pump, use only components that have been CE marked in accordance with Annex II 1. The clearance between a petrol tank and any dry exhaust components must be greater than 250 mm, unless an equivalent thermal barrier is provided. For diesel engine installations, the engines used should comply with BS EN ISO 16147 Inboard diesel engines – Engine-mounted fuel and electrical components to ensure that the fuel components fitted on the engine by the engine manufacturer are safe. The engine manufacture should provide confirmation that the engine complies with this standard. Fuel hose used in the system must be fire resistant if used in the engine compartment and Where fuel hose is used the standard requires that only fire-resistant hose to BS EN ISO 7840 may be used in the engine compartment. Such hose should be stamped to indicate compliance
  17. It us actually illegal under the "Environmental Permitting Regulation 2016". Putting vegetable matter in the waterways causes a depletion of oxygen in the water as the matter starts ti break down / rot. A 'Discharge' licence must be applied for (and granted) to do so. You’re carrying out a ‘water discharge activity’ if you cut or uproot a large amount of vegetation in or next to any inland freshwater and let it fall into the water. You would usually need an environmental permit for a water discharge activity to do this. When you’re exempt from needing a permit You’re exempt from needing an environmental permit if you can meet the following conditions. You must: let anyone that may be affected know in advance when you’ll be cutting vegetation (this could include owners of structures within or on the watercourse, owners of designated biodiversity sites, fisheries or boating interests) have enough flow to carry away the vegetation not cause pollution You must decide whether there’s enough flow to carry away the cuttings. If the flow isn’t strong enough to carry the vegetation downstream, you must remove the vegetation immediately and follow the waste exemption guidance.
  18. But you suggested dividing the Watts by 12. You 'mains PC' will be unlikely to operate at 230v it will have a transformer inside (all chips, fans etc will be operating on ~12v You will never be charging the battery / running the engine ? - Solar will not supply sufficient for 4 or 5 months of the year. It is all part of the 'system' you have to put more energy in than you get out. You will get 'consumption losses' when cruising simply by using your invertor to make mains electric, and further losses when the AC is converted back to DC inside whatever appliance it is (TV, charger, Computer etc) A very 'down and dirty' idea will be (as you suggested) take a reading on your bollard meter and weekly readings thereafter for a month or two. take the average daily / weekly reading and that will be an approximation - but it will be 'what has gone into the boat' from the bollard and will not include anything produced from running the engine or from solar panels. I'd reckon it would be a fair-bet that your actual consumption would be higher than your bollard reading.
  19. A 12v battery is not 12v - it is probably being charged at ~14 volts for the majority of the time. Then you need to allow for losses in inverting / transforming / altering voltages up and down You plug you Laptop charger in to charge The engine alternator has losses making 12v DC from its AC generation to charge the battery, the inverter then takes the 12v DC out of the battery and works on it, making 230v AC, you then poke 230v AC this down the wires until it gets to you lap top charger, which then takes the 'expensively made' 230v AC and converts it to 19v DC. Losses at every stage of the charging process
  20. Speculation : C&RT determined that the puddle was filled by seepage from the canal ( ie their water), the boat in their water was nor licenced so they 'Section 8' it, and sold it for scrap.
  21. You said that if the three requirement of the 1995 act are met then a licence must be issued. If you are going to take the 'legal high ground' I suggest that you ensure that your facts are correct.
  22. I have never found any, but I think someone did suggest that shading (of trees) etc may have more impact on series wired panels.
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