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Pennine

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  1. 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
  2. The CRT staff after helping all the boats in front of me (all with crews), by the time it was my turn - single handed - they seem to got bored/needed to cosult phones/disappeared into the cabin, and just completely ignored me ... so I was through and away quite speadily.
  3. Have you got the lock numbers the wrong way round? Lock 1 is the top lock with the long pound below it, lock12 is bottom lock. I was 7th in line going down, and as far as I know, everyone going both ways managed to get through succesfully. Although last passage was 1.00pm, there was no-one at lock 12 stopping boats going up.
  4. Be aware that with Three, a contract does not end at the end of the minimum term. It automatically continues (inevitably at a higher rate) unless you give them 30 days notice of cancellation, In the small print: 'All of our SIM Only plans are available on a minimum term contract – we currently offer minimum terms of 1, 12 or 24 months. To end your contract, you’ll need to give us 30 days’ notice'. https://www.techradar.com/uk/sim-only/unlimited-data-sim-only-deals Three Unlimited Sim 12 months £18 direct with Three. Strange that this offer is not on their website anywhere. Better still via buymobiles.net, same deal with £40 cashback after 99 days which works out at £14.66 p/m
  5. It is utilises 3 network. Also allows tethering: https://help.superdrugmobile.com/en/articles/1778302-can-i-tether-and-create-a-personal-hotspot-on-superdrug-mobile
  6. Peak Forest & Macclesfield Canal Water Resources Hello, As one of our boating customers located on the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals we'd love you to join us to discuss water resources for the busier boating months ahead on the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals. We are keen to update you on the work we are doing to manage water levels in your area. Two meetings will be held in just over a week's time: 18th February 6pm - 8pm North Cheshire Cruising Club SK6 8AA 19th February 6pm - 8pm Macclesfield Golf Club SK11 7EA Meetings start at 6pm - Tea and coffee will be available on arrival. If you intend on coming along please let us know at enquiries.northwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk Thanks! Liam Cooper Boating & Customer Service Manager, North West
  7. Sir Roger Scruton's reort for the government's 'Building Better, Building Beautiful Commision' released today. Top of the list - planting two million more trees and opening old canals in urban areas over the next 5 years. https://order-order.com/2020/01/30/scrutons-last-report-proposes-end-housing-crisis/
  8. Like Athy I uses Pearson's 'Canal Companions'. Although I also have some Nicholson's, they are rarely consulted. I find the map scale of Pearson's - 2 inches to the mile - rather than Nicholson's OS 1 inch to the mile, much better. Every one of mine has copious added notes, such as: nice mooring spots; which swing bridges have towpath side operation or need BW key or windlass to operate (handy to know when single handed as I am), visitor moorings allowed time, etc. Google maps on tablet for finding local shops etc., then noted on Pearson's for future reference.
  9. My very first canal holiday. Aboard nb Ernest Thomas in 1958. A school organised holiday for fortnight, from Autherley up to Chester, then to Weston Point, and back to Autherley. The following year we went from Walsall to Oxford to vist the AERE at Harwell, where we were mightily impressed by a computer that could print a picture of a naked woman! Fred Morley was skipper both times, as can be seen here in this pic. Lovely bloke. Whilst we kipped on folding bunks hung from chains, Fred kipped on a pipe bunk slung over the engine, a BMC 1500.
  10. When South Yorkshire Police built their new Operations Complex in Tinsley, Sheffield, they chose the name of the new access road ... Letsby Avenue. The residents of Butt Hole Road in Conisbrough, managed to persuade the Council to change the name in 2015 to Archer Way.
  11. Just below the first lock of the flight (Lock 41 - just past the junction with the Macc) there is good mooring to pop round the corner to a large Tesco if supplies are needed. As said above, the rings by Red Bull yard betwenn Locks 43 & 44 (Water, Refuse, Elsan, Shower etc.) are fine for the pub (48 hrs). Harecastle Tunnel - Last arrival for guaranteed passage through the tunnel 4.00pm - No booking required.
  12. Agree with Tim, Ed Shiers is a top bloke. And, relevant to another topic, is a specialist in Travel Power repairs too. A couple of years ago, I had trouble with my Travel Power intermittently shutting down (alternator brushes worn down). By shear luck I was at the Leek end of the Caldon, and Ed walked down from home, picked up the brush assembly, fettled it and delivered it back the following morning at very reasoble cost. https://fourcountiesmarineservices.com
  13. My solution to the same dilemma was an Acer Revo One RL85, sadly no longer made. It has Intel Core i5, 8Gb Ram, 240 Gb SSD, 2 x 1TB HD, and all in a box 4in x 4in x 6in. Needs 19v dc (PC is 65w, so about 3.5amps) which is provided by a brick from 12v Dc. Never had any issues with voltage spikes. It has HDMI into a Samsung 27in monitor, also supplied via 19v/12v brick. I would suggest investigating Mini/micro PCs to find one to suit your needs. There are plenty models available out there.
  14. Trapdoor drain near Lock 89 Rochdale Canal. Uploaded only a few weeks ago, and already had over 2.5 million views! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeXcH4hmtY
  15. Just to be a little pedantic ... It is Derwent Reservoir, the middle of the three 'Ladybower' reservoirs. Coincidentally, my 4th great uncle owned Lockerbrook Farm in the 19th century, the nearest habitation to the Derwent dam, and I have a distant relation Sergeant Wilfred Ibbotson, rear gunner of A-Apple, who was killed returning from the dambusters raid Operation Chatise
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