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Rebotco last won the day on June 21 2012

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  1. Rebotco


    This sort of nonsense just illustrates the shallowness of those who spout it. They have nothing to offer - as always, it's the empty vessels that make most noise. I blame TwatterFace and the like.
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    Pathetic twerps. Henceforth I shall use bog roll to blow my nose!
  3. Rebotco

    Labour: if they get in

    Trouble is, most younger electors are not old enough to know or remember the economic devastation inevitably incurred by strong left wing governments. 15 or so years ago Blaire and his New Labour recognised this and had to move considerably to the right, in order to become electable. Even so, he and his followers eventually made such a mess, they were turfed out with "no money left in the pot". As always, the Tories have had to undo the chaos and it is taking many years to do so. The majority of younger people now just hear the fine sounding Leftie Labour promises of more money, better NHS, better education (ha ha), more fairness, more benefits etc etc, without having experienced the dire consequences of chasing these unattainable rainbows. I think this political ignorance presents a very real danger that Corbyn and his Unions cronies could well gain the power they crave. Then the extreme Islamists will easily devour him, and that will be the end of the UK for ever!
  4. Rebotco

    Boat sunk, by Stag Party?

    In the 3 years that object has been there, it has never been a boat. It has been a heap of rotting scrap held together with plastic sheeting. Sinking was not an accident, but an inevitability. There are numerous similar objects on the K&A west end. As for the other element, stag and hen hire boat parties along here are a bigger problem. They impact along many miles whereas the slum boats stay put in one place. The local boat hirers are entirely responsible for the mayhem wreaked by such hirers. They actively promote such activity, even supplying the booze in some cases and the "pirate" outfits. It has become so anti social along here that we avoid boating as much as possible at weekends when the hire day boats are let loose for such purposes. It may boost the hirers' profits but it deters many private boaters. CRT should urgently address this growing practice.
  5. A very odd tourist agenda. Fly all the way from Russia to London one day. Go to Salisbury for 2 hours the next day, then return to London. Go to Salisbury again for a couple of hours the following day, then fly back to Russia the same day. Whoever they are, they ain't no tourists. Oh, and I forgot, they chucked the dodgy scent bottle out of the train window as they went past Porton Down - a delicate touch! But a local couple from nearby Amesbury who happened to pick it up, will not consider it delicate! What a transparent load of old baloney - who do they think they are kidding?
  6. Anyone who lives/sleeps on a boat without a CO alarm is a fool, if they use any gas or solid fuel. But they are a fool only to themselves. My concern is this could be the thin end of a large wedge. I believe every other BSS requirement is designed to address risks that may affect OTHER boaters. But this, for the first time, strays into the realm of Big Brother dictating how we should live "for our own good" even tho it affects nobody else. How long before they add "no smoking" or "no alcohol" or whatever on boats, because its "safer" for the individual? Smoke alarms could be justified because any boat fire puts other boaters at risk, but CO does not. So however life-saving, sensible and desirable CO alarms are, they should not be dictated by the BSS. They should be encouraged by other means.
  7. You could always filter the paint through a lady's stocking. Just ensure she isn't wearing them at the time!
  8. Rebotco

    Sanding tubular rails

    Ok it seems the knotted wire brush method is the best of a bad lot. This I will try - unless I invent an amazing tool that would make it a doddle, beforehand. Thanks for your input all. Even those who were so off-topic, I didn't know what they were talking about!
  9. Rebotco

    Sanding tubular rails

    Well thanks folks - it seems there's no quick and easy way yet been discovered! So we're all in the same boat, so to speak!
  10. Rebotco

    Sanding tubular rails

    Yes, it will be just a key to repaint. The loop would work around the rear deck rails, but the cabin handrails are joined to the roof with a vertical strip of welded steel, so couldn't work there.
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    Sanding tubular rails

    I do have access to one of those. But is a flat sander the best thing on a circular section?
  12. I'm soon going to have to de-rust and repaint the circular handrails along each side of the cabin and round the back deck of my cruiser stern narrowboat. In total this amounts to around 100 ft. of 2" diameter tubing. I really don't fancy sanding all that by hand if there are are any more effective ways to do it! Any bright ideas or shortcut suggestions would be most welcome.
  13. Rebotco

    Christopher Chope, what an idiot...

    It is unbelievable how easily so many people fall for journalistic misrepresentation of "news". Personally I am glad that someone is brave enough to resist further laws being introduced without any debate or vote in parliament, at the whim of any private member, whether good or bad. All sorts of crackpot and harebrained legislation would be passed into law if this system of private member's bills remained unchallenged. its bad enough when bills have been passed with proper debate and voting, but much worse when even this constraint is by-passed. And that is the whole point of this guy's objection. He's not necessarily against the content of any private members bill - He's only against the system which removes parliamentary consideration of any new law. But it suits the media to misrepresent this as him blocking worthy laws, because that will sell more newspapers than the truth. His political opponents, and a gullible public, will accept this as good enough reason to crucify the bloke. The issue is not this bill at all - it is the prevention of perverse laws being imposed without constraint by half a dozen sozzled MPs on a quiet Friday afternoon. I am grateful for this protection of the proper use of democracy.
  14. Rebotco

    Cruiser Stern - Securing Batteries??

    Could you not just drill holes in the existing tray lip to take a bolt and ring? Ratchet type hold down straps usually have a hook at each end which would hook into the rings.
  15. Rebotco

    Midgham lock K&A

    Looks quite a short boat, so I would think a cilling is unlikely. More likely is that, going downhill, he tied to a bollard before emptying the lock. A suicidal practice I have seen a number of times. Pure speculation of course, and no help, unless it serves to warn other boaters not to fall in the same trap.

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