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magnetman

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  3. My point was that a newspaper having a great image of someone in a canoe in a canal tunnel might make some people think taking their canoes in tunnels might be fun. Not everyone would ask permission, book or adhere to signage. If someone did then go for a paddle and get anihilated by a canal Boat I reckon it would be made into a mountain. The image shows a sole canoeist in a beautiful tunnel. I wonder if the reality is you end up there with a load of other chattering people unless you take your own canoe. Someone will no doubt be chatting about their hairdresser or next foreign holiday.
  4. I hope they don't have the 'give way to oncoming traffic' sign at both ends
  5. I like a bit of brass tread on the steps. Got this bit in a scrapyard in Surbiton in 1993.
  6. They do looking aggressive quite well with that sharp beak. If they knew about it they could use that to cause severe injury. Grebes are afraid of people due to previous hunting for the feathers to decorate hats.
  7. I've seen loads of kingfishers on the Thames this spring. Dozens and at one time there were several of them presumably involved in a spot of light intraspecific competition or a territorial dispute. Quite a lot of agro between two of them a bit like when the coots start fighting. I saw a heron consuming quite a large duckling. The legs went in last and I remember them sticking out the side of the beak still frantically flapping around while the swallowing process was initiated. Also once saw a cormorant with a large eel. Took quite a while to get it under control. Looked like the fish was going to win then the bird threw it up in the air, eel went straight and dropped right into the bird's wide open beak. Byebye. Brilliant bit of work.
  8. Small brass shoot bolts. They come with corresponding brass plates to protect the hole. My steps also have holes drilled through near the end so they can be screwed down but I only use the shoot bolts.
  9. Good tip. They do vary a lot. The last time mine ran out it didn't smell at all but I have occasionally had them smelling bad for a long time before empty. Ethyl Mercaptan isn't it? Also known as https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanethiol#Uses Also used as warning system in mines.
  10. My front steps (not as tall) have vertical sliding door bolts on the bottom of the legs. This prevents movement.
  11. Maybe he realised at the last minute the bridge was not rated for his lorry. Whats the bridge rated for? If he was over weight but couldn't stop then diverting to the side could have avoided a significantly more serious problem. Lorry partly in canal is better than lorry on collapsed bridge in canal.
  12. according to someone on the Devizes Westminster canoe race group this has just happened. Might be an interesting recovery operation. listed by the CRT as a navigation closure https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/28592-burbage-wharf-bridge-104-kennet-and-avon-canal
  13. A bit sad really in a way and not a particularly good sign. However if the locks are still working alright then thats good news. I wonder if the lack of weight is going to cause another problem perhaps with the gate anchors or the pot and pintle setup at the bottom of the heel posts.
  14. not sure about the theory of having decent drivers. I don't drive anymore as there are too many idiots but at one stage I had someone holding his phone to the side window and filming me also looking out rather than ahead of him because he had a range rover (that crap chav rangie not a real one) and I had a little suzuki hatchback and I was going faster than him and overtaking. Bizarre. It was probably the small car v big car mentality. I always drove fast on motorways. I remember the Jaguar Ford rubbishmobile coming up behind flashing his lights. I gave way then he slowed down in front of me and eventually moved across so I could carry on with my high speed journey across a section of land desecrated by having TarMac laid over it. Much prefer Boats these days and trains !
  15. Automatic fire extinguishers wired to a pir could be interesting. Halon. Not the band.
  16. This is exactly why I think the publicity image is dangerous. I suppose it is all part of the Great Dumbing Down but it does have the potential to cause nasty 15 ton v less than a hundredweight Boat collision issues. Torpedoes needed here I think. If there are any survivors in the water then strafe the blighters ! Something a bit Marchioness about it all.
  17. It is an interesting thought. I have for a while wondered when the CRT will start charging people to use Limehouse and Brentford locks. They have some sort of power to charge tor 'services' but surely a tunnel is part of the canal. Ah. Boat hire. That makes sense.
  18. Yes I noticed that and it is a good point. I was just thinking if the general idea is that its okay to canoe through tunnels someone is going to go through Braunston tunnel and get into trouble. Not everyone takes note of signage or the requirement to book. Presumably when the canals were commercial something was done to avoid the day trippers in their Rob Roy canoes using the tunnels.
  19. Some paddles on the Grand Union have windows. Stockers lock is an example. Small square holes in one paddle at each end. This is a solution to the problem of the next lock down (Springwell) being deeper and therefore causing a net loss of water from the pound. Usually a window will be appropriate where a river goes out of the upper pound and bypasses the next pound. I believe Aynho and Shipton weir locks on the Oxford have windows. One of the locks on the GU which would benefit significantly from windows is the top lock of Sarah's two at Cassiobury. It would prevent the short pound going too low.
  20. This is a bit of a dodgy publicity image as it may insert into people's heads the idea that they can go through canal tunnels in their canoes. In sime circumstances this would be enormously unwise and I seem to think they are not allowed anyway. The last thing needed is to get all these inflatable canoes and paddle boards venturing into tunnels. All hell will break loose and there could be nasty accidents. But if the team leader is allowed to do it then presumably everyone else can as well.
  21. Broken bottle traps are good as well. Dig holes and idly throw the empty beer bottles onto them. The smashing sound is great. Cover the holes with natural sort of material and wait for invaders. The screaming as they cut themselves up on the glass is great ! An unusual and rather clever deterrent I once came across on a canal Boat was steps down into the front well deck which were not fixed down. Anyone boarding with permission will be advised not to use the step. Anyone boarding without permission who uses the step will find it slips onto the well deck floor and they either go back out of whack themselves somewhere on steel. Nobody can really argue with this in law because it is your right to not maintain your steps properly. I think you could probably keep your ash bucket in the landing zone as well.
  22. I remember a Boat on a creek off the Thames which had a big hand painted sign. WARNING. ACID TRAPS. After a while the PLA, who own the creek, ordered the sign to be removed. It got me wondering what sort of acid it would be. Could be a bit nasty. "This area is protected by highly trained squirrels" is quite a jovial alternative version.
  23. That looks a bit naughty. Heel post no longer connected to balance beam ? It seems like something one could fry or barbecue. I wonder if the CRT should look at inviting educational tours and perhaps set up one of those mobile coffee things. Making wife better by water and all that jazz. isn't it.
  24. If they do claim vandalism then someone has a pretty robust sense of humour.
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