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Bee

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  1. Bee

    1984

    I remember having a heated 'debate' with a friend who couldn't understand why I was not convinced we were all going to fry in a radioactive oven. He. on the other hand could not understand why I was banging on about 'The greenhouse effect' that would also fry us. That would be about 1980 ish. I don't think we placed a bet on which would finish us all off but I reckon I would be getting ready to collect my winnings soon.
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  3. I actually like wooden topped narrowboats. (I also like wooden narrowboats boats but I wouldn't marry one) Its the edges that are difficult, the top edge is do able with thought, the bottom edge is not so easy, in fact I never really found a way that worked long term. Thing is with a steel top is that you still have to build the equivalent of a wooden top inside the thing and its not easy. I think that a wooden top with some sort of plastic sheet cladding would work and a painted canvas roof is still a pretty good solution. If I ever do another one I might use flattened tin cans laid like tiles.....
  4. I think I would avoid this. Hard to tell the condition from pictures but it was a pretty basic boat back in the 1970's. Advertiser says the hull is in good condition but that is unlikely to be true. The top seems to be not very good and if you took the top off there really would not be much left. I would not pay more than a few thousand for it. In fact I really would not want it at all. I can usually see some potential in most boats but I can't see much in this. Sorry.
  5. Fighting and having sex is natural for straight folks too, gonna get myself down to hackney and start a fight or, with luck. get laid, possibly both and see if I can sue someone - what a day that'll be!
  6. I've got pigeons in the garden, they seem to do a lot of mating but it looks a lot like fighting, as for mallards, well that's rough sex and sometimes the female drowns. presumably swans are much the same. Anyway swans are nasty aggressive hissy things that may well have been fighting, Typical Daily Mail crap reporting.. From a snowflake.
  7. Have to say it doesn't sound good. Have you got an oil pressure gauge ? does that noise speed up if you increase the engine speed? Luckily its not a hard engine to work on but I would suspect a big end. Others will be more knowlegable so fingers crossed.
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  10. You make a good point. I think most people don't mind rational or even fiery exchanges of views but those stages are often skipped to go straight to the name calling.
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  13. Now's my chance to boast about the English 'O' level I got. As for being civil I reckon some of the 'civil' I see is more like 'Civil war'. By the way when one puts words and phrases into 'Quotes' should one use a capital letter?
  14. *Sigh* Just imagine if school holidays were a couple of weeks in August. Just imagine what the 'Hospitality industry ' i.e. holiday and tourism industry would say. All families trying to take holidays in two weeks. I reckon school holidays are too short and if you have a fleet of hire boats, cottages or holiday parks I think longer holidays would be great. Leave the teachers alone.
  15. Yes, it must have a steel upstand. the cabin edge must not sit in water on the gunwales. To get the top edge straight you need to have, for example 3 x 2 or even 4 x 2 long lengths scarfed together the whole cabin length, these should be supported by the cabin side uprights half jointed into that top rail paying great attention to the lengths of them so you don't get humps. Personally I would get the roof beams bandsawn professionally so you get a decent camber, these should be jointed into your top rail so that everything is straight and spaced so that the the distances correspond with the joins of sheets of ply. If you PM me with an address I will post sketches.
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