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Peter Thornton

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  1. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    I don’t suppose that it’s an “either/or” situation.
  2. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    Worth reading the comments below ........
  3. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    "a chaotic real world of non-homogeneity" What a wonderful description of an average day in my life!
  4. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    As someone who has worked in this field, the LA will have a duty to respond, and will do so. But it doesn't have the responsibility to provide free accommodation and most people will find relatives and friends to help out.
  5. Interesting article in the Sunday Times about the "Manchester Pusher". https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2018-03-11/news/spectre-of-manchester-pusher-lingers-as-76-fall-victim-to-death-trap-canals-q5rwvtph5 "It is a tale that has become familiar to the people of Manchester. Bodies are being found in the city’s canals at a startling rate. Research by The Sunday Times has identified 76 corpses discovered in the canals and waterways of Greater Manchester since 2007. The entire West Midlands, which includes the canal-rich city of Birmingham, recorded 17 bodies in canals between 2012-16. The same period in Manchester yielded 38."
  6. Smoke on The water

    I’m all for thar, as I live halfway between Kendal and Shap summit!
  7. Smoke on The water

    Ref charging in the street: The latest development is wireless charging. You just park in the bay and this lines up a pad under the car with a charging pad under the tarmac. No wires, or connections. Of course that’s a large financial commitment for someone and I do wonder if someone somewhere is doing the figures as to what it all means in term of ultimate demand and how many new cables locally will be needed along with new sub stations etc? I’m not encouraged by the Horlicks the UK is making over simply changing one wire over to another in order to bring fast fibre broadband to us all. By the time Brexit is sorted (!) there will only be a few years left to work this all out ........
  8. Strange Coolant Expansion Tank

    You’ll be surprised how much expansion you’ll get. The previous advice is good, fill it, run it hard for several hours until it is overflowing then let it cool and mark the level a little below this. if you are still topping up then you have a leak. A popular place for a leak is where the tank is connected to the engine.
  9. Paying to use the canal?

    As to what boaters get for Council Tax (if they pay it) most of it goes into elderly Social Care. If you end up in a Council funded care home you will get through something North of £30,000 a year.
  10. Smoke on The water

    We need to be realistic on this one. We are not going to be allowed to carry on polluting in residential areas. Either by running dirty diesel engines or burning wood and coal. One of three things will probably happen: 1. A complete ban on burning any fuel but smokeless, anywhere. 2. A ban on burning fuel and running engines in residential areas. 3. A ban on burning fuel and running engines in areas where metered power is available I think we need to be working towards 3.
  11. Smoke on The water

    Last time I saw him, he was on the tube!
  12. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    Just done a return trip on Bridgewater.As we spent less than 7 days in total I didn’t see any need to buy a licence, couldn’t actually work out how to and no-one appeared at any point to be interested. We did have one strange experience when I took a photo of a boat with the same name as our granddaughter and was challenged by the owner as to why I had done this ( he ran after us for a hundred yards or so). Maybe an illustration of the tensions there?
  13. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    That sign was there on Wednesday. I’d never noticed it before.
  14. Any idea what these are?

    Just past Leigh, (towards Wigan) on the Leeds Liverpool, there is a long row of stakes/piling all set back at a consistent distance from the bank and spaced consistently. They go on for about a mile and They are about 9” or so square. Anyone know what they are?
  15. Incident at Fenny Marina

    To be fair, I didn’t accuse the lady of being complacent, I was thinking of us ........
  16. Water in cabin bilge

    Ouch! Was it an ex Ownerships one? How big a job was the conversion? I guess you would have had to remake your front doors and also provide new steps?
  17. Any idea what these are?

    They are very similar to these, but the Leeds Liverpool is very stingy with moorings and I can’t believe they’d give us a mile or so!
  18. Any idea what these are?

    Maybe, but wouldn’t there be a reflector on them, or perhaps a bar across the top?
  19. Incident at Fenny Marina

    We were going down Bank Newton a week or so ago and the lock keeper was telling us about all the sinking there (2 in the last few weeks) Then we get to the Gargrave locks and there is an ambulance there. A lady had tripped when alighting, bumpted her head and broken her shoulder. And on their first days hire I think. its easy to become complacent .........
  20. Water in cabin bilge

    Having spent a week or so mopping up our bilge, this is very useful! Hadn’t considered condensation, or overful water tank. we have another possibility, out front cockpit is below water level and drained by a channel to the rear bilge. (It’s an “S” series Pat Buckle Ownerships boat) so that sounds like three separate sources of water! and one other point, if the access hatch is at the back and to one side (as in our case) then the attitude of the boat matters.
  21. Bridge 132 Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Has anyone had problems around bridge 132, on the outskirts of Burnley? We passed there a couple of weeks ago and saw something going on with some youths scuffling. On the way back a couple of days ago we came under rocket attack! Luckily the youths concerned were too concerned with hiding from my camera to aim it properly. Other than that we have had an uneventful trip through the “badlands” and would recommend the Leeds Liverpool to anyone wanting to venture North.
  22. Bridge 132 Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Went through Wigan today. There was a dodgy looking character on the towpath, looked like a drug dealer waiting for clients. Saw a family walking group later, with him in the middle of it. Seems he had been waiting for them - just shows how easy it is to jump to conclusions when you get into this frame of mind! our time on the Leeds Liverpool comes to an end tomorrow. It’s a lovely canal with great scenery and lots of interest. We’ll miss it all, except perhaps those big heavy locks .......
  23. Losing water

    We have just had a header tank fitted to our BMC 1.8. Before this we didn't seem to be using any water. Since fitting the tank we are losing about 1/2 pint each day. We even lose water when the boat is just on the bank without the engine running. i can't see where the water is going. I wonder whether we had an air lock in our skin tank and whether having a header tank higher in the system than before is gradually filling this up - in which case I guess it will eventually stop. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  24. Losing water

    Not sure whether it’s a Polar unit, but I think you’ve found the problem. It’s damp around there in the morning.
  25. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    It’s actually quite easy to convert a generator to LPG. There is a company called Edge Technology who specialise in this.