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Proper Charlie

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  1. Whether it can be reclaimed or not, I can't see how SSP of £94 a week is going to encourage anybody to stay at home instead of risking it and earning some proper money.
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  3. Good luck Ange. A few years ago, my father died in January followed by my mother in September. Before my mother’s funeral took place, a very good friend died unexpectedly. While we were at her wake, we got a phone call from the vet saying that our dog had taken a turn for the worse. We went straight in and held the dog while she was put to sleep. All those deaths... but it was the dog’s passing that had me in pieces. We did get another dog who is now 10. We are dreading losing her.
  4. Done the ring several times and prefer anti clockwise. Leicester is a good place to stop. Secure moorings and easy walk into the centre. Most boaters go from Kilby Bridge to Leicester in one go to avoid any trouble. We don’t much like the pub at Kilby but there are a fair few good moorings there, both sides of the bridge itself. On way north of Leicester you can stop at Birstall. Other favourite moorings on the Soar are around Zouch (pronounced Zotch), near the pub but also a few bends downriver for more rural location. Flights into East Midlands go above your head, which we quite like. From there we usually go straight to Shardlow, which is good for pubs but can be busy. Then you’re into some heavy locks until the doubles turn into singles near Burton as I recall. Willington is ok for shops and pubs. We like stopping in Alrewas. Keep off the weir on the bit of River Trent before you get into Alrewas. Then we’d probably head for Hopwas or Atherstone (we moor below the locks usually as we like rural stuff). Then a night at Hawkesbury and a visit to the Greyhound, followed by Braunston. Loads of lovely moorings on the Leicester Line summit. Not much in the way of shops or pubs after Crick, which is a good mooring. Welford arm is nice but we don’t rate the pub. Others love it. Worth a detour to Market Harborough. Moor as close to the basin as you can. You can actually moor in the basin if you pay a few quid to the marina people. Then on to Kilby Bridge, which is where my version of this tour began. Rugby has good moorings and is close to Tesco. Places to avoid would probably be Nuneaton and I suppose Tamworth. That’s about it. Have a good time!
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  6. Thanks. That would be very helpful. We won’t be on a deadline but do like to do at least six hours a day. Heading up the Macc then HNC and Rochdale, Manchester and Bridgwater and back south on T&M. All of that is new to us. We like a mix of wild, rural moorings and interesting towns and villages. It would be great to know where to stop, and of course where to avoid. Please feel free to send PM rather than take this thread wildly off topic!
  7. We're venturing up that way for the first time this summer. Looking forward to it.
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  9. Thanks. Hope it didn't catch any of the boats moored by the Bromley pub.
  10. I used to do that. Or I did until I broke two bones in my wrist as well as my elbow. That arm still gives me problems 50 years later. So I stopped jumping off stacks of bales and graduated onto setting fire to petrol while pouring it from a can and, later, to touching the bar of an electric fire to see if it was heating up. I don't think kids today do anything much more stupid than I did back in the day.
  11. Christmas is the worst time of year for this. If I worked on the supermarket floor and had to listen to Wizard, Slade etc on a constant loop I think I'd kill myself. Or somebody else.
  12. If you cross the Wash I'd recommend taking a simple fishing rod and some mackerel feathers. We caught our dinner when we went. Daryl the pilot fished as well but didn't catch anything that day.
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