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  1. 28 minutes ago, MtB said:

     

     

    This is odd isn't it? Supermarket fuel used to be the cheapest around and often by a good margin. Not so any longer. Sainsbury's in Newbury is the most expensive fuel for miles around. Oddly though, Sainsbury's by the west Reading exit of M4 and Asda in Earley, Reading are cheapest I ever see, but only by a penny or so.

    Supermarket prices, and hence those of others, were influence hugely by competition with Asda who usually led the way on low fuel prices. It seems that the new owners of Asda akready owned the largest fleet of petrol stations in the country. The potential conflict of interest was raised by motoring bodies, but was dismissed. So now we see the likes of Texaco, not noticeably keen to be highly competitive on price in the past, being amongst the first in the slow bicycle race to reduce fuel prices. 

  2. 2 minutes ago, pete.i said:

    Thetford do not want you to contact them. I found that outwhen I tried a couple of years ago to get some bits for a thetford bog I had.

    Absolutely potty. 

  3. On 09/08/2022 at 09:28, David Schweizer said:

     

    Well I found their details quite easily. They are Husband and wife, Andy and Katrina, who live on a boat at Trent Lock on the river Trent  in Long Eaton.  Apart from the absence of a surname, they provide the same amount of contact detail and information as this website does:-  https://www.miketheboilerman.com/

     

     

    You can run, but you can't hide...! :detective: :D

  4. On 09/08/2022 at 15:57, Awayonmyboat said:

    Dont know where you are in the country but Droitwich Spa Marina sells this as an "own brand" (they started getting it made after they could no longer buy it from their normal suppliers). Don't know who makes it for them, but I've used it over the last two years and am very happy with it.

    I believe bought their last ever tin of Andy Russell Gunwale Black at 50 quid a wee while back. No wonder Nick thought there might be an opening...!

  5. After the third time the pump out machine at Kingswood Junction accepted my card but didn't go on to do the job, I stopped being a card carrying member. Take your boat to somewhere you can pay someone for a pump out you actually receive rather than take the risk at a CRT machine would be my advice.

  6. 2 hours ago, MrsM said:

    We arrived at the bottom of Watford at 2:15pm and were warned we might not get through. We have just passed through the top lock at 4pm so it was tight!

    We arrived at a similar time last year and didn't get through. Instead, we spent an unexpected night at the bottom of the locks and it was an absolute delight. 

     

    The Watford lock staff were also a delight. 

  7. 2 hours ago, rusty69 said:

    See last post. 

     

    We checked all the obvious external  pipework before deciding it was not worth the extra effort to dismantle the freezer compartment to further try and locate the source of the leak. 

    Beautifully explained! Even I get it now... :D

  8. 10 minutes ago, Rob-M said:

    AIUI all the animals are transferring to the Wild Place, https://wildplace.org.uk/

    Owned by Bristol Zoo, so actually they're moving just a few miles to the west as opposed to being evicted. Much better access being opposite Cribbs Causeway on the M5, which will be good if the elephants want to go to John Lewis or TGI Friday's, to pop for a day at the seaside or, like me, to travel to their narrowboat moored on the Shroppie... bringing us nicely back on topic! :)

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  9. 2 hours ago, rusty69 said:

    So my advice for anyone else with a similar problem is unless you can see an obvious potential location for a leak, don't bother having it fixed unless you can do so for little cost.

    I'd have thought they'd use a dye to identify the leak like they do in car Aircon. Not much chance of seeing a gas leak without I'd have thought. In order to identify the where the bar is regarding little cost, what did it cost?

  10. 14 hours ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

    Rich Cliftonites are speciesist scum, who don't want to live next to a troop of howler monkeys and think it would affect their house prices.

    And the Zoo has been ruining the Clifton house prices since 1836, so sellers are in for one heck of windfall! Where are the howler monkeys going though: that's what I want to know! Not In My Back Yard, thank you very much!  :o

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  11. 11 minutes ago, Cheshire cat said:

    It's owned by Heineken. Here's the details if you fancy it. 

     

    Shroppie

     

    The expectations of the owning pub group are ridiculous especially given the customer base has largely melted away over the last five years. Who would run it for £17k a year anyway?

     A wee dram of @mrsmelly wisdom could be poured here, methinks...?

  12. 1 hour ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

    I thought so when I booked tickets, but it was a full day out. Arrived as they opened and only left when they kicked every one out. 

    Us too. We were somewhat surprised that it closed at 5pm in the height of summer though, and found ourselves wishing we'd not spent time in their restaurant which might have allowed us to see everything we wanted to. I'd prefer a zoo visit to be a relaxed wander, but Chester needs a bit more effort if you're to leave without feeling you've been despatched early... in my opinion. 

  13. 12 hours ago, jam said:

    Shroppie Fly has been a disaster for a few years mostly because of the pub company (Star Inns) who have screwed every licensee.

    Ah, that explains a lot. I'm never sure whether I'm disappointed most to find it closed or open.  Open tempts me to give it another chance, only to be just as disappointed as I would have been to find it closed!

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  14. 1 hour ago, peterboat said:

     

    The gelcoat restorer it's what the rep recommends .its been a couple of months so 8 weekly washesdone, it still looks the same as first applied

    A bit counter intuitive that it's the gel coat one, so thanks for confirming that.

     

    I believe I've read it might tint cream or white paintwork. Is that something you can comment on?

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