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Bee

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  2. There's the dodgy scams that target us on the phone, e mail, etc , and then there's the other scams. pensions miss selling, very dodgy and sharp practice by banks and building societies, the whole world of finance, rip off charges, housebuilders flogging ruinous leases on new houses, the whole world of leases, the entire 2008 banking crash, 'Equity release' we are absolutely surrounded by them. I've never been fooled by some Nigerian prince, far too clever for that! But the financial world? Yeah, I reckon I've been fooled by 'legal' scams, I reckon that most of us probably have at sometime.. Its the crooks in suits who will really bleed you dry.
  3. To be honest the only way to be safe from phone scams is to say that you never buy anything over the phone. We have absolutely always done that. Same with doorstep salesmen, just ask for everything in writing and tell them to come back next week. In fact don't buy any damn thing unless you really need it then shop for it.
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  6. Travelling along quite happily this summer when suddenly there was the most awful; really heavy metallic knocking from the engine. What the hell was that? throttled right back, no warning lights, knocking carried on then stopped. Very worried, this was a terminal, busted crankshaft noise or something, carried on looking for causes, all looked ok. Meanwhile, half a kilometre away the operator of a bloody great piledriver. ground out his fag, put on his ear defenders, pulled a big lever and the machine carried on driving a blasted great pile into the ground. Bee was acting like a great big amplifier and picking up sound waves. Stupid piledriver.
  7. The journey from Portishead is quite straightforward but its not that easy to spot the entrance to the river, quite easy to start heading for Avonmouth docks.! I don't think you need a pilot though. I would certainly advise a pilot for the rest of the trip. Clean fuel is an absolute non negotiabal must. As for tea and biscuits, too right! Our pilot ate all the chocolate hob nobs. The blighter.
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  9. Oh how true that is. Ever been hung up in a lock? no, nor me, well not in the first 40 years anyway. Last year though we were, tied (Loosely) to a bollard on the lockside whilst waiting for a boat half a mile away to reach us. got talking to lockkeeper, approaching boat broke down, Lockeeper pushed buttons to set the lock working - still tied to bollard. This year sort of similar thing on French canal, Many locks have two long rods set in a channel in the lock wall, you PUSH the blue one up to set the lock going when its empty and PULL the red one if something bad happens, this stops the lock. We caught a fender in the bottom of the red rod, as the boat rose it bent and jammed the rod, couldn't stop the lock as it was the PULL rod, I'd got fed up with losing fenders so it was attached with a mighty piece of rope and it was a sod of a job to cut though it. Apart from that I never make mistakes. Oh, there was that weir, and that rock....
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  11. Can't remember what we paid for 32`6" x 11`4" and it was several years ago anyway Problem is that stupid Brexit nonsense. Nobody has a clue about what this means, least of all the government. The RYA website is the one to look at for rules and regs. You will need (at present) an ICC with CEVNI endorsement. All this means is you have to prove you can steer a boat and know all the various signs and things. A radio (and operators licence.) No red diesel in your tanks. An SSR no . (small ships register) that's no problem. and a vignette (licence). Licence and winter moorings are frequently about 1/3 of the UK and Belgium and Holland can be even less. Go for it, its not difficult to do and lots of people do it, Oh I'd avoid the big commercial waterways, just because there's a blue line on the map showing a canal does not always mean you will enjoy the experience!
  12. Bee

    NB Phoenix

    I think its nice when travelling to see all the different boats and not just the same old thing for mile after mile. Bravo for trying something a bit unusual.
  13. Bee

    Lottery win

    What would I not do? Buy a stupid Ferrari or something like that. If it aint got a roof rack its no use to me As Smelly says. I would not go to Las Vegas - I,ve been, well the plane had to land somewhere - Go to Middlesborough.
  14. Bee

    Lottery win

    Buy some decent tools instead of the bashed up cheap stuff that I struggle with Get someone to fix the car when it goes wrong Grt a kryboarc that has mot worm all ths lettres off the ksys.
  15. The lock was set for this bloke but I nipped in first! Then this happened! (There is another pic of the thing stopping about 2 m behind our boat but it failed to load.) it was all ok . the lockkeeper told us to go in first but we did move up a bit.
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