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  1. In the 1950s, I used to pop in the Wharf Office when in 'Town', to pick up a copy of the British Transport Waterways Staff Magazine. Full of interesting information. I wish I had kept them all.
  2. A suitable 100A 30mA RCD with left hand neutral is available from Toolstation: https://www.toolstation.com/axiom-rcd-a-type/p20302
  3. Of course! It should be Phoebe
  4. Oh dear. Just a week after Plants lock (nearside) was re-opened, after work on the top gate, offside lock is closed, due to: "a snap on the collar gate which has caused the gate to fall." At least it is handy for the pub for nb Pheobe stranded in the lock.
  5. I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon, when a representative of Fountains took the trouble to walk the towpath to find me and offer an apology. ?
  6. Luckily, I'm a couple of hundred yards from Red Bull office. May have a stroll there in the morning and see what (if anything) they think about it.
  7. Off doing a bit of shopping, to return to the boat to find this... and the cut full of grass cuttings. Does this idiot wielding the strimmer not realise if they traversed the other way, the cuttings would not be sprayed all over the boat? Or is it deliberate?
  8. The power saving function works quite well, but as you have observed, it does need a reasonable current draw (around 1+? amps) to trigger. Unfortunately there is no way to adjust this threshold. BTW, I do hope the box has some good ventilation as it does need ventilation to disipate the heat when working hard. Invertek DAI-3000C-12xx.pdf
  9. Of itself, an interesting video from Practical Engineering about the Evergiven episode in the Suez Canal, and (at 5.41) the demonstration of Bernoulli’s Principle, Squatting, and ‘Bank Effect’ on a boat in a narrow canal is excellent.
  10. The original route can just be seen in the loop in the lower left corner. If you look at the next map to the south, you can easily follow the original route, which eventualy rejoins at the south-west end of the cutting.
  11. 1883-4 Published 1885 https://maps.nls.uk/view/115635790#zoom=6&lat=2309&lon=10785&layers=BT
  12. I notice that the 'load' positive is on the same battery as 'load'negative. If there is enough play in the positive 'load' cable it would be much better to move it to the positive terminal on the furthest battery. Best practice is to take the load from opposite ends of a battery bank
  13. Today on lockdownsceptics.org: A little bit of woke gobbledegook for you… I am a friend of the Canal & River Trust: I live near a lovely canal in the North West and every day I enjoy a soothing walk along the towpath, enjoying the wildlife and the slowly gliding narrowboats and so on. The Trust issues a monthly magazine called Waterfront, which used to be an unusually excellent publication – well-designed, beautifully illustrated, with great content, covering nature and history and the literature of the waterways and so on. The latest issue though is a slimmer, cheaper, less imaginative and far less interesting publication. The editorial justifies the change thus: “Waterfront is now easier to read and more economical to ensure more funds are available for vital heritage, wildlife and wellbeing work.” (Er, wellbeing?) What a shame. But the truly irksome thing in the uglified new-look magazine is a double page spread that boldly proclaims: “It’s time for everyone’s story to be told.” Because, yes, even us canal fans need to be reminded that the canals are first and foremost tools of historical racism and exploitation. The article begins: “When you walk along our canals, it’s not immediately clear that their story is inextricably entwined with the story of exploitation of people through slavery.” Not immediately clear? No, it’s not – but please tell us more! “In spring of this year, the Canal & River Trust worked with honarary research fellow, Dr Jodie Matthews, to start mapping those historical links. Her literature review drew together the available research whhich outlined that money from the transatlantic slave trade was invested in building canals. And that cargo produced by enslaved people, like sugar, cotton and tobacco was carried on our canal network.” Hmm. Most people with the slightest awareness of history will already have been broadly aware of these facts. They’ve hardly been kept quiet all these years. But in the interests of wokeness, let’s indulge in some tedious virtue signalling, shall we? The text then goes on to outline ways in which the profits of slavery were invested in canals, and name checks wealthy slave-owners who had shares in companies that built the canals. (In the interests of fairness, it is acknowledged that Josiah Wedgwood, who invested in the Trent and Mersey Canal, was actually an abolitionist. Phew!) The article then points out that “canals transported goods produced by enslaved people, including indigo, tobacco, rice, cotton and sugar”. Liverpool and Manchester are singled out as being particularly guilty. The article concludes piously: “To date, the history of the canals has generally been told from only one perspective. History can often be selective. Jodie’s review found links exists, but more specific research needs to be done to understand its true extent and tell the full story of those marginalised by history.” Which reads like the sign-off to a second-rate A-Level essay. C minus, try harder. Actually, please don’t bother. And of course, the article is accompanied by a photograph of the removal of the statue of Robert Milligan “whose wealth built the West India Docks”. Milligan’s ejection, we’re told, was “an important step in recognising the feelings of the local community”. Whose feelings? Those of white, privately-educated wokesters? Thank you, Waterfront. I’ll certainly be sure to reflect guiltily upon these historical injustices and my own white privilege as I stroll along the towpath this lunchtime. Actually, perhaps I’ll just chuck myself in the water and be done with it.
  14. Available from Battery Megastore https://www.batterymegastore.co.uk/product/hankook-xl31-leisure-battery/ I bought 4 from their ebay shop in April for £400 free delivery. Currently £407.44 for 4 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4x-XL31-Deep-Cycle-Leisure-Battery-Caravan-Camper-12V-130AH-330x172x242mm-/254168569707?hash=item3b2da0976b Heavy too (Good) 28.4 Kg each
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