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Heartland

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  • Birthday 06/25/1949

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    Stechford, Birmingham, West Midlands
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  1. I used to think that rage was confined to roads these days. Yet river rage is still about and causing an issue, it would seem. Whatever the outcome of this encounter, and whatever the causes, there remains the danger where craft might sink and people might be hurt. There is also a case for a potential loss of licence, or licenses, I would suspect.
  2. If you look at old newspapers the word cement occurs quite early on and the word Roman Cement is also another term commonly used. As to the burning of limestone to create lime, this process changed with kiln development and the changes that led to the establishment of "cement" works- many railway served. It must be a factor of these changes as to why the term cement came into common usage. Such changes were also driven by the need for cement in large scale construction processes. As to the basic chemical composition of well that is variable- Lime or calcium oxide, CaO: from limestone, chalk, shells, shale or calcareous rock. Silica, SiO2: from sand, old bottles, clay or argillaceous rock. Alumina, Al2O3: from bauxite, recycled aluminum, clay. Iron, Fe2O3: from from clay, iron ore, scrap iron and fly ash. It makes sense for the wall in question to have analysis of some kind. Yet for old walls, the most likely source of lime must be considered and if it was conveyed by canal boat from a place that produced the type of limestone needed for the job.
  3. The film also shows rail wagons on the siding to Great Bridge Interchange wharf as well as a Class 08 Shunter on the Bridge In addition to Towy, the clip starts with the horse boat sequence. It is nice to see a working horse on the canal.
  4. I found a 2008 and image when I passed by boat which shows the buildings then
  5. There are also some useful images of the structure of the waterway buildings. The locomotive in the scrapyard was Avonside Engine Co works no 1921 of 1923 . This was Rounds Scrapyard at Wednesbury- the locomotive was scrapped there in 1967. There are some shots of the Walsall Canal with Towy travelling up Ryders Green Locks, past Pudding Green and Spon Lane locks then past Chances Glassworks. There is a back view towards Spon Lane and all this before the Motorway was built!
  6. Is Forget me Not the same craft that appeared in the Braunston Rally catalogue for 1996 ?
  7. I came across this image in the archives collection of the CRT. It shows the colours for DIWE Southern District boats, for the North Western Division:- BW175/6/5/1 "Plan of lettering and colours of narrow trading boats - British Waterways" Description Shows butty boat, cabin, fore end and stern plan, motor boat stern end, fore end and cabin. Shows blue and yellow colourway. Stamped on reverse "D.&I.W.E. N.W. Division, 2 Jan 1949, Southern District Engineer's Office". Date 12 October 1948
  8. O gawd, that will no doubt lead to a drop on Crisp Sales Now which former footballer likes eating crisps mmmm?
  9. There are pictures provided of two lock houses- the bottom one is-
  10. Perhaps, Alan, can we have a voice of sense. Where on the Leicester section, south of Leicester, is the canal shut. the published notice is Bridge 52 (above), but on the internet it is bridge 82, and Newton Harcourt as it is sometimes called is bridge 79 ? And does CRT stand for " Could not Read T'map ?
  11. I have a vague recollection of discussing this with E P T, but that was after I published the book. Certainly ex SU flyboats did end up in the station boat trade. The general opinion of Edward at the time was that that symbols were used as a form of language for boatmen who could not read.
  12. One of the Chaplains at the NEC liked to talk about Barlick. There was a nice long canal branch there to quarries near Long Ings Bridge, but most of that canal is filled in now.
  13. If you goo along the Wassall canal yow pass CALDMORE, but yow sey Karma, our kid
  14. How do you pronounce Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch ?
  15. Well she used to have one, a viavarma, but not at present. It is just clothes, I am afraid. In Birmingham there are no Baskerville hounds to be afraid of, even if there once was a famous printer called John Baskerville.
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