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Jim Riley

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Calderbrook, Littleborough, Lancs
  • Interests
    Boating, caravanning, walking, cycling, gardening, got 2 hens, I'm also Founder and Chair of the trustees of Skylight Circus Arts, a reg'd charity using circus in education and youth work.

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Circus Skills Teacher/ performer, Circus Jim
  • Boat Name
    Bittern's Boom, 32ft narrow boat reg'd 1968
  • Boat Location
    Warland, Rochdale Canal Summit

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  1. But but but... That would mean preventive maintenance. By CRT.
  2. I often pick up bits of willow locally, there's a few Crack Willow in the wood near me. I find it pops and spits sparks when the stove door is opened. I oft wonder if that led to the invention of gunpowder by an enterprising Chinese man staring at the fire.
  3. I was impressed by the speed too, I asked whether they put a whole new floor in or just patched it, "whole new floor" he said.
  4. Yes to this, its the density of the wood that affects how long the wood burns. A lighter piece per volume has less fuel in it. The bit about green Ash is still right though.
  5. Agree with this, apart from the bowsaw, I get lazy when 2 or 3 tons of ash arrives to be dropped off, chainsaw (with the elfin trousers gloves and hat) is my choice to get to splitting size. Just booked an 18 Yr old grandspawn to come up and split them, he's bored of being furloughed. First thing is to check his technique swinging a splitting maul. On that one, saw Ray Mears on TV with one hand near the heel, t'other near the head, pecking away at a big log. 🙄 Public skule kno know't!
  6. Just be careful what expletive you use in surprise. "Well, Bugger Me" isn't advised, unless you are up for it.
  7. Went by about 11.00am, talked to the Rothenberger crew, they had moved the arris fencing, it's open now. They did put a whole new floor in. Shame I couldn't get down earlier to take pics of the new floor. I can bring the boat down from Summit to fill up with water now.
  8. Not if they did a 3 page elfin safety assessment in triplicate first and maybe used butter. I was thinking of engineering, where grease is available. Obviously they are mard on building sites. 😂
  9. They've now got workboat, pumps, coffer dams at 46 but how long it will take to fix??? If I can I'll get some pics of the wooden floor when I'm passing.
  10. There is a winding hole at Littleborough station AFAIK. Don't know if its full length though. Have you got a 72ft stick, or use a 45degree set square and measure along the bank you are on. As for filling 43/44 just run water down as you go down, plenty in top pound at the moment. Have you got anywhere with the Warland gate project? Still waiting for the chair polishers?
  11. AFAIK it's well silted up, it was never dredged when the canal refurbed in the '80s. I remember looking around when that work was being done in '83 ish. There were a couple of wooden hulls on the far side, probably still there if anyone wants a doer upperer. AFAIK it's well silted up, it was never dredged when the canal refurbed in the '80s. I remember looking around when that work was being done in '83 ish. There were a couple of wooden hulls on the far side, probably still there if anyone wants a doer upperer.
  12. @Ian Mac it is a wooden floor, I was passing when the lad in a dry suit fished a bit up with his keb. He said the floor was bouncing as he walked on it. There's a void under the cill, looked like about half an open paddlesworth coming through.
  13. And no doubt they watched and learned. An uppity 'prentice would have been given short shrift, perhaps an application of grease to the tender parts.
  14. Perhaps they could do signs that say "Danger, this sign has sharp edges". That would cover all contingencies.
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