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Thorfast last won the day on November 28 2015

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    Viking heritage
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    Heritage Consultant - semi-retired
  • Boat Name
    Bear Necessities & Draken Harald Hårfagre
  • Boat Location
    northern Shropshire Union & Haugesund, Norway

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  1. Currenly the place has lots of available berths. Cant remember seeing it so empty. Apparently about half of those there are live aboards too. Not sure how that sits with the local council.. The brokerage are selling a brand new widebeam, but with VERY limited cruising it seems a mad idea. Perhaps Lakeland Leisure are hoping on turning it into a floating permanant home park?! Who knows!
  2. Ah...but you edited in the second paragraph as I was already replying...........such is the speed of discussion by modern media.
  3. Well said that man. And can I ask what knowledge and experience you personally have of teaching?
  4. Thorfast


    Is she still his girlfriend?!
  5. Does this mean it relies on the crew using their own personal phones rather than the radio and communication equipment in the emergency services vehicles?
  6. Can the responders in an ambulance, fire engine or police car readily access what3words using the location systems they have on board?
  7. What I really dont like about just3words is that it is completely random. One 3m location square could be 'banana,please,shed' and the very next 3m square could be 'gallop,toes,kitchen' There is no progression, no learning sequence to it. Smacks of potential money making by the developers to me.
  8. Now that info is very reassuring..................and makes just3words rather supportinve, rather than being the 'must use' system.
  9. Any emergency personnel care to comment? I too cant believe they are sent out with just a Sat nav and the local A to Z street altas. I really hope they ARE trained to understamd and use lat and long and OS map coordinates. And please dont tell me the air ambulance and police helicopter do not know how to use lat and long coordinates!
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  11. There have been 2 or 3 changes of management team over the past year or so. Lets see how the current team perform before making anyjudgement. The boat maintenance team under the Lakeland Leisure management were in my experience a complete shambles. This is now run by a seperate business. They are doing some major work for me at the moment, so will hold back my comments until I can judge, but first impressions are good. Nice location, nice boaters. Getting expensive like most marinas with good facilities - bar, food, events, laundry, showers all good.
  12. I see the benefit it offers for making it easy to find a boater in a remote location on the canal system....I get that. It would be very useful in other remote locations.....but..... Will it be useful in a remote forest in Scotland to find your location...no...no mobile signal Will it locate me in the centre of Iceland where I have been several times........no .........no mobile signal only satelite phones Will it locate me in the Gobi desert....no...no mobile signal Will it locate me in the middle of the Atlantic when my yacht is sinking...no...no coverage. Will my next door neigbours use it....no....they have no need, other systems more ingrained in our society work well for them. It has a very limited, though useful for a very few, appeal. It will not replace other systems. It will not be used by 90% of the population as some people here seem to suggest. Me....I'm an old git who prefers to use an OS map! So perhaps im biased, but I dont think so.
  13. So........to find somewhere or to go somewhere I have to find the location on a map, then get the app to give me the three word code, and then it will show me where it is on a map........am I missing something? Alternatively I have to have someone at each location to give me the three words for their location so that I can use the app to find them on a map. I see the use in remote locations, deserts, forests, even occasionally the remote areas in our Canal system.....but to suggest it is the greatest location finder since sliced bread and that it will soon be used by everyone is to me nonsense.
  14. But that just adds an extra layer into the equation. I now have to look up the 3 words first on their system before I can find out where to go. Nobody advertises their location using Just 3 words. As far as I can see it has no application except if im lost in a forest or desert and want someone to come and find me. It will never be used by shops, factories, homes as a location adress, therare too many other better ways find where you want to go. I stand by my observation that it has very limited application, no progressive understanding, no logic to help understand your location. Perhaps useful in remote Mongolia but not so much here.
  15. I have downloaded the app, but am struggling to see how it will become common use for the majority. There is no logic to it, no intuition, no progression. With OS grid references you can work out where you are and understand how to calculate other locations. With longtitude and latidude the same applies. What3words is completely random, one 3 metre square has no words that relate or link it to the adjoining 3 metre square.How can anyone learn how to use it, how to calculate their position. No logic, no progression...completely random.
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