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David Schweizer

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  1. I remember a younger Hugh McKnight when he used to sit on the bank below Uxbridge Lock bridge, opposite our mooring , photographing boats. I remember him taking this iconic photo or Roger and Raymond being steered by Rose Bray and Ernie Kendall. They always turned obligingly towards the photographer.
  2. Many Australian farmers do exactly that. The family farm where my son keeps his sheep and cattle have a series of small reservoirs, (known a dams) which run down the hillside each feeding the one immediately below it. They also collect rainwater off all the barn roofs, which is fed into large tanks, and they have a borehole. They are competely self sufficient in water, in a country which is a lot hotter and drier than the UK.
  3. Well I found their details quite easily. They are Husband and wife, Andy and Katrina, who live on a boat at Trent Lock on the river Trent in Long Eaton. Apart from the absence of a surname, they provide the same amount of contact detail and information as this website does:- https://www.miketheboilerman.com/
  4. I had no idea of what your business terms are until you revealed them here. In my post the "like yourself" statement refered to your status as an independant tradesman. If I had meant to suggest that you still only take cheques or cash, I would have said "A lot of indepedant tradesmen, still only take cheques or cash, like yourself"
  5. I was talking about mobile electronic card readers, which started to appear in the UK about ten years ago. The old press and print system, which I remember, worked mechanicly. The impressesd slips were processed in much the same way as cheques, and still had to be signed and mailed to, or payed into, the bank by hand. They also required the vendor to have a small machine process them. Mobile card readers have appeared in much greater abundance since the Covid pandemioc started and, ironically, have made a much bigger contribution to the Bank's plans to discontinue cheques than any their efforts to persuade the general public.
  6. I can't see Ivor Batchelor doing that when he was Harecastle Tunnel Keeper! 😁 And what happens when their card reader won't work because of poor Internet connection? which has happened to me on more than one occassion. Good job I still carry a bit of cash at Outdoor events.
  7. But MtB specifically referred to "People with only personal accounts" as not understanding how banking works.
  8. Which "People" are they? People with Business Accounts are not the only ones who understand banking practice. I take the view that my bank is holding a significant amount of my money in my current A/C for which I get no interest, and that the interest they make from that, more than adequately covers the few payment transactions I make directly from the account.
  9. A lot of indepedant tradesmen, like yourself, still only take cheques or cash.
  10. I used two coats of Finnigans Smoothrite. (Now called Hammerite Smooth) It survived well.
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  15. Small local shops are usually more than happy to exchange a few bags of coins for notes. As a student, my daughter worked in the Village shop and they were always glad of more coins for change, as many of the older regular customers seemed to insist on paying with notes.
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  25. This thread has encouraged me to dig out my father's other Brass garden sprayer. which is almost identical to this one. It needs a new pump washer, but otherwise looks intact.
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