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Peter Thornton

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  1. Projects I’ve been involved in have around 40% “optimism bias” added to projected costs, for this very reason!
  2. Thanks David Mack, that’s a very informative reply.
  3. No, but I rely on them to tell me the cost of projects and them I make my own decisions. I’ve always found them invaluable.
  4. Accountants are unfairly maligned! They keep the show on the road........
  5. I often wonder about the various decisions made when constructing canals. There is a hill in the way. We can go round it, go through it by a tunnel or a cutting, or travel over it by putting in some locks. And the choices we make will all affect the cost of both constructing the canal and subsequently running it. Did the engineers have endless debates with the accountants and the canal companies? Was there any kind of scale of costs for the various options? Somewhere I imagine there are some records of these conversations, does anyone know of any books etc which detail them?
  6. We were talking about this just yesterday whilst travelling through one of the cuttings on the Shropshire Union. I think there are probably a lot more trees around now than in former years. If the canals were being maintained as a haulage business I would imagine that a lot of this greenery would be cleared out - but most of us rather like it, and the atmosphere it creates.
  7. We have a BMC 1.8 on our share boat. Experience is that they like regular oil changes, a good well maintained cooling system (ours has an expansion tank which seemed to solve previous problems) and sympathetic use. Ours has given very little trouble since we sorted out these three issues.
  8. Absolutely right. We went to a canal side pub for a meal yesterday and I said to my wife, if the server has got it then we will probably now have it. Haphazard mask wearing and insufficient social distancing. However, we agreed that she almost certainly wasn’t infected (stats), we would probably survive is she was (stats again) and we would be told via Track and Trace if she was. In the end, we have to judge the risks and live our lives.
  9. I’m pretty sure that information isn’t being used to Track and Trace.
  10. Are the e-canal maps working yet? I tried mine again yesterday and had all the symbols there but no underlying map of the canal.
  11. I'm just hoping that Auto Complete has been at work on that.......
  12. Johnson on his feet at the moment announcing the great unlocking. Very significantly, he is implying that the various measures ref social distancing, meeting up etc will become "advice' rather than law.
  13. Campsites open on 4th July. Overnight stays allowed with friends and family, plus hotels and B&B etc. I’m guessing this means that boating will be starting again for the leisure market? Has anyone seen anything referring to this?
  14. But only if you stay in their home.
  15. A friend of mine went to an official testing centre. She was asked to open her back window a couple of inches and a test kit was passed in for her to use and then pass out again. i.e. a self test.
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