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  1. The Morrisons by bridge 168 is a little easier to get to.
  2. There is an offside mooring just below lock 4 on the Ashton, providing you do not mind the trams on the other side of the wall. A few mooring rings hidden in the grass.
  3. Back on topic. Warwickshire Police Canalwatch have just posted brief details but interesting (or not!) "If you see the boat of have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to inc 72 of 20/3/18." Crime reference seems to differ.
  4. MartinC

    Moving on red flags

    Assume you are "tongue in cheek". Ask that question of a Lloyd's underwriter and you would get a notice of cancellation.
  5. MartinC

    Moving on red flags

    This looks like a Craftinsure policy. The relevant bit is the penultimate item under General Exceptions "Claims arising from your reckless actions...". "reckless" disregarding the consequences or danger, lacking caution, rash (Oxford Dictionary). Roll in the legal fees!
  6. MartinC

    Weird Insurance renewal!!

    Building societies were demanding and getting significant commission on insurance which, of course, was reflected in the premium. Just one of the many scams that building societies got up to, such as refusing surveys other than through their own "selected" surveyors. All a thing of the past now? Energy suppliers are doing this as well.
  7. MartinC

    Montgomery Canal Access

    Without going too far off the direct topic, this does raises an interesting point. Who is funding the restoration? I can find a previous contribution of £1m from the County Council, a Lottery grant, small financial contributions (shown on Charity Commission site) but lots of valuable voluntary work led by Shropshire Union Society and several other charities. Various other bodies have been set up but appear to be "talking shops" only, even the Prince of Wales has popped in and out. CaRT, and BW before them, meet running costs but for their financial involvement in restoration see https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/refresh/media/thumbnail/28659-the-montgomery-canal-restoration-strategy.pdf. I am sure that somebody else has already discovered lots of benefactors and will let us know who they are!
  8. MartinC

    Please Help Make It Familiar Again

    Screenshots on Firefox:
  9. MartinC

    Please Help Make It Familiar Again

    I normally use Firefox but for the last few weeks I have not been able to use "reply" and new content only shows about twenty items with no "load more activity"button, so I am using Safari for this post. The background colour for this site on Safari is the usual blue but it is black on Firefox
  10. MartinC

    Hit and run

    CART only ask for confirmation of insurance valid on the renewal date of the licence.
  11. MartinC

    Plagued by unsolicited emails!

    If you want to know why you are receiving so much rubbish see https://haveibeenpwned.com/
  12. MartinC

    Good Samaritans on The Rochdale

    Must have been doing it at the same time as you. Same experience but a couple of things to add. Had some help from one CRT vounteer plus a digger driver on a local building site helped my wife holding the boat when I was down the weed hatch and, lastly a number of comments from locals about "where did all that come from?", to which I made a gentle reply. As far as we are concerned, ticked the box and no longer on the list.
  13. Very likely. That is happening at Marsworth.
  14. MartinC

    Sinking on Leeds Liverpool

    Certainly looks as if it caught on top of the beam. Unlikely to have caught lower down as there are "slider boards". I wonder why it was not fitted with a sacrificial link on the fender. The previous sinking in lock 40 involved two boats using the lock and appears to relate to projecting stonework.
  15. MartinC


    Walking the dogs after mooring up above Middlewich we came across a hire boat crew approaching a lock where the lower gates had been left open. They were hanging about, then entered the lock and started to wind up the lower paddles. Treated them as normal people, explained politely how the lock worked and helped them through. The next day we caught up with them on the paired Cheshire locks and without asking they sent one of their crew to set our locks for us. Helps to be nice! I have not mentioned the name of the hire company as I (hope) am sure that they had given details of lock working but possibly had over emphasised the need to empty locks!

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