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  1. 6 hours ago, RichM said:

    I have fixed this again. It is actually supposed to be there by design but agree it's unnecessary clutter. Some updates will unfortunately cause it to re-appear until I strip out the culprit line of code. "<span data-role='streamBlurb'>{$stream->blurb()}</span>"


    If it still appears for anyone, please reset your browser cache. 


    Thanks for flagging it though. For future ref - feel free to tag me in a post and I will become aware of issues like this sooner.






    Thanks for fixing the page Rich. Just one question, how do I reset my browser cache?

  2. 10 minutes ago, Tony Brooks said:

    Conversely, I bought a Black and Decker cordless drill and it lasted maybe five years. My Alde one has lasted many, many years and I would expect Lidle ones t be similar but in a green case.


    (Conversely), I have never owned a Black & Decker cordless drill or screwdriver, but I have had a Black & Decker Quatro hammer drill for decades. It has been subjected to some very hard work over the years, but still works well.



  3. 11 hours ago, David Mack said:

    I have a small cordless drill from Lidl that I picked up from the centre aisle about 4 years ago. I have been amazed how good it is. Only a small battery but it has never run out of charge on a job, even when I have been drilling multiple holes in steel. And unused it holds its charge for weeks and still drills holes without recharging first.


    I am assuming that quality has improved in more recent years., I bought a cordless drill and a scewdriver from Lidl more than twenty years ago when I was re-fitting Helvetia. I  replaced them several times, assuming that a few years was the normal life expectancy. I finally ditched them something like twelve years ago, replacing them with (admittedly more expensive) DeWalt ones which are still in my workshop and, with just a couple of replacement batteries, are still working well.


    Edited to add:-  On reflection, it was probably the batteries which were the problem, they did not last very long before they would not hold a charge, and replacements were impossible to obtain. I did set up a plug and cable for the 12v drill and ran it from the boat battery for quite a few years before it finally died.



  4. 31 minutes ago, MtB said:


    It's not just the unnecessary huge list of boards that is disappointing, it's the whole layout o the home screen with its acres of wasted space.


    I've commented on it many times over the years but I think its a function of the forum software rather than how the technical mods have it configured. I think the Invision programmers assume everyone views the forum on a 26" desktop monitor. 




    I watch it on a 22"desktop monitor, and it takes up the entire screen. Very annoying, and completely uneccessary

  5. I have found some of their power tools to be what you would expect when you only spend a few quid. I had an angle grinder and the switch failed after about a year. I fitted an alternative from my bits box and it still works fine with that. I have also found that their cordless drills and screwdrivers are a bit undrpowered, the batteries don't last too long, and you cannot find replacements. . I have replaced all the drills and screwdrivers with DeWalt, which are far more pwwerful and the batteries last much longer, and you can get replacements.

  6. 15 minutes ago, alan_fincher said:

    I guess more pertinently  can anybody produce any evidence that any Willow Wren motor was ever called Greenfinch?

    I've certainly never heard of it, and doubt it appears in any published Willow Wren fleet list.

    Nor can it be a mistake For Greenshank, as that was a butty, not a motor.

    From a scan of images, Kestrel, (aka Triagulum and Elizabeth) , can be seen to have worked with Rail, Swan & Tern



    Certainly no Greenfinch from any of my books/photos.  Rail, Swan & Tern the only three I have photo evidence of working with Kestrel.

  7. On 25/09/2022 at 18:15, alan_fincher said:

    Yes, correct!  Butty Kestrel is the only example I can think of for a boat renamed by Willow Wren as a bird, but not a water bird.


    What about the wideboat Pullett, which is some kind of chicken;  or Wagtail which is a ground habiting bird;  then there is Bunting, unless the name is a shortened form of Common Reed Bunting, which isn't actually a water bird, although it does often nest in or near marshy areas. I am also unsure about Warbler but there are several visiting Warblers, which aren't actually water birds but with water associations in their name eg. Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler etc.


    Sits back and awaits ridicule from the ornitholigists. 😁





  8. 10 hours ago, alan_fincher said:


    I'm assuming property of chris pink of this forum, (although I don't think he has visited in over a year).


    Chris certainly still owned Kestrel a number of years ago. I supplied him with enough very large brass screws to re-fit the portholes when he renovated the back cabin. I haven't seen him or Kestrel for a while, so whether he is still the owner, I do not know. If people really want to know, I could probably  find out.

  9. I realise this is an old thread which has been revived, but I thought that my experience of a fridge working erraticly may be of some help. We had quite an old Bosch Fridge, which five years ago, started over cooling, but adjusting the thermostat made no difference. We decided to replace it with a tall Fridge Freezer (which Jan had wanted for ages!) and moved the old fridge into the garage/workshop. Whilst moving it, I noticed a lot of dust on the coils on the back of the fridge, so I dusted it all of with a soft brush, and suprisingle[y the fridge started to work normally. It is still working perfectly and now serves as an ideal beer/wine fridge.

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  10. 4 hours ago, David Mack said:

    There is another option. Just bin the questionnaire and go to another insurer. Which is exactly what lots of their longstanding narrowboat customers have done since their canal insurance expert left and the marine department was taken over by people who know nothing about inland boating.


    Wasn't that Michael Stimpson who, I believe, has recently set up independantly.

  11. 3 hours ago, Hudds Lad said:

    Trying to match a decorative edge on some wood trim, i'm hoping to find a router bit the same but at the minute i'm drawing a blank, probably due to inexperience.


    As far as i can work out myself, its an "ovolo" bit, but i just can't match it :( 


    Have attached pic of what i measured which hopefully makes sense.



    Router Bit.jpg


    It is an Ovolo, (not an Ogee) or more correctly a Square Ovolo which indicates a quadrant with two shoulders. The cutter you have found will only produce one shoulder, the type you need is like the one shown here, but it is bigger than the size you require:-  https://www.silverlinetools.com/en-GB/Product/ProductDetail?ModelName=793772


    Axminster Tools sell a range or Ovolo router bits, they will be top quality but rather expensive. Nevertheless,  it may be worth giving them a ring.  https://www.axminstertools.com/instantsearch/result?q=ovalo router bit





  12. 13 hours ago, LEO said:

    Small world, I used to buy spares for my motorcycle from that store 1964/65, It was quite a big outlet, across Walton Street. Some of the canal buildings were taken up by Mick Riley who also dealt in Motor bikes.


    Mick Riley was my Uncle Reg, although everyone called him Mick.

  13. An interesting film which brought back quite a few childhood meories. As a small matter of interest the hideous office block built opposite Harvey Taylor's old sheds was built on the site of my Uncle's Motor Cycle sales and servicing garage, which was purcashed by compulsory order for the road widening scheme.

  14. 1 hour ago, Paul Charlton said:

    Yes I have, supermarkets all over the word do it.  Its a basic marketing technique.


    So you are suggesting that what I was told by the French Lady, and my own experience, is outweighed by your "global" opinion.

  15. 1 hour ago, Paul Charlton said:


    Supermarkets put the items they want you to buy on the shelves that are at your eye level - so the middle two shelves.  So they will be the products they make the most profit on or ones they have surplus stock and need to shift it.


    Have you ever shopped in a French Supermarket? They operate very differently to UK Supermarkets, and my experience suggests that the French are far less likely to be fooled by simple marketing tricks.

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  16. 23 minutes ago, alan_fincher said:

    Allegedly for "Grand Union" boats the highest recorded tonnage on a pair was 63 1/4 tons of wheat from Brentford to Wellingborough aboard Buckden & Brighton.

    The split between motor and butty isn't recorded in the reference I am looking at.


    Was the Captain's name recorded for that trip. Given his reputation for loading his boats very low, it could have been Jack Monk.

  17. 2 hours ago, Tam &amp; Di said:


    BEngo's point is spot on. When we first took the boat to France others were saying how cheap the wine was, but we decided to spend the same money as in the UK and up the quality instead. Never regretted it 🍷🥂.


    Our French base is now in Burgundy, so for us there is no other chardonnay that comes near to what we get locally - and buying direct from the vignerons means the price is as reasonable as it can be too. Even the village of Chardonnay is just down the road, so no Chilean bottles for us  😁




    A few years ago we in a French Supermarket and were pondering the vast choice of wines from the same regions, and trying to decide which price band would secure a decent wine for a modest price.  A French lady came up to us and gave us some advice. She suggested that we ignore the wine on the bottom two shelves, as that was cheap lower grade everyday wine, instead to make our choice from the middle two rows. When we asked about the top two rows, she suggested that was the best wine, but unless we were connoisseurs, we would probably not notice the difference. Whether we would have noticed went untested, but the middle two rows produced wines which were far superior to higher priced French wines available in UK Supermarkets.

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  18. 18 minutes ago, Orwellian said:

    That could be a really useful precedent so please can you provide a link to where we can access a report of the actual case you are referring to?


    I am sorry, I no longer have any details. It was at least twentyfive years ago, I do remember that there was a specific committee/ working group of the IWA which dealt with it. I can still remember the name of the person who was either the IWA chairman or negotiator at the time, but as he is no longer involved I am reluctant to identify him on a public web site. If you PM me I can give you his name and last known contact details.

  19. 16 hours ago, Loddon said:

    And whether the land owner has done a deal with cart. My old mooring was subject to a BW fee as well as the landowners fee until the landowner did a deal with BW that he paid the BW fee at a discount and charged us.  I hear he us buying the ransom strip from cart, it will be interesting to see  if he still has to pay them after that.


    Historically where there was a private wharf with exclusive mooring rights, those rights have usually been transferred in the deeds to any new owner. Anyone paying the adjoining landowner for a mooring against such an old wharf does not have to pay C&RT anything. BW tried to enforce charges in the past, but was challenged on the legality of any charges by the IWA and lost.

  20. 4 minutes ago, Arthur Marshall said:

    I've always been on farm moorings, and always paid a mooring fee to CRT (well, since they invented it about 25 years ago). The justification is that your licence lets you cruise, but the mooring fee lets you park up on their water for longer than the 14 days concession. Farm moorings get charged at what CRT consider half the going equivalent CRT mooring rate, which in my case is twice what I pay the farmer, much to my disgruntlement. I think they just make up a figure, to be honest.

    Marinas just include this in what they charge you and make a bulk payment to CRT.


    Not all mooings against private land incur a C&RT mooring fee. It depends upon the deeds applicable to the land.

  21. 8 hours ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:


    Yeah, we are a weedy bunch of effete snowflakes now. Nothing like the tough 'uns of yore. Not so many have to give up the activity after getting housemaids knee either though.


    Yes so it would seem, I started in the early 1970s and did a bit when I was living in Buxton, sometiomes with Dave Alsop who had a reputation of being a bit "hard", sadly no longer with us.






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  22. 30 minutes ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

    If there is one group of people who know a bit about knee pads, it is cavers. The most commonly used are made from neoprene, usually with a hard wearing coating on the ground side. Held on with either fixed, or velcro straps. https://starlessriver.com/shop/warmbac-warmtex-knee-pads-plain-strap/

    I've used them for years and they mostly stay in place, except under the most extreme contortions through cave passages.

    The old NCB miners knee pads are still made too and some cavers use them. https://lestersdirect.co.uk/knee-pads-14-c.asp



    When I did a bit of Caving, neither I, nor anyone else that I caved with, used knee pads. In fact, I never knew that cavers used knee pads, just strong trousers and a heavy duty boiler suit.






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