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  1. I've always said you can judge how good (oe bad) a driver is by his no claims bonus...
  2. The ones I used to work on didn't have tops...
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  4. Until fairly recently, if you were rich enough, you could leave a large cash deposit (£500,000 when it was revoked) with a high court rather than take out a motor insurance policy and still comply with the road traffic act. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/motor-insurance-alternatives-removal-of-deposit-and-security-options IIRC it was £50,000 when I passed my driving test way back in 1971.
  5. Back in the days before Grindley Brook had a lock-keeper, I was stuck in a queue for over 4 hours. I dispatched Mrs Hound to see why we weren't moving. It turned out there were a lot of boats coming down, who just kept entering the staircase, so no one could go up. Mrs Hound sorted it out eventually, and since then I always try to overnight at Grindley Brook and go through first thing in the morning.
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  7. That Is the advice I was given when I bought my boat 10 years ago, run the Webasto (very similar to the Eberspacher) for an hour on and an hour off, don't let it run at half power and only get it serviced when it goes wrong. To date I've had no problems with it.
  8. I've been forced to follow really slow widebeams in that area a couple of times, but fortunately none travelling that slowly...
  9. I had that yesterday, but it worked straight away after I pressed "Try again".
  10. When I joined Post Office Telephones (International Branch), back in 1972 I and all of the other entrants I joined with were subjected to a pretty comprehensive medical, which included tens of charts with multi-coloured splodges on them. Each one had a number hidden in it, which was only visible if you didn't have colour blindness of the colours the chart was looking for.
  11. Yes that is Kimberley. Sadly I didn't take any photos which show the name and can't remember which camping boats we hired from UCC (2 boats for the scouting holiday and a single boat the following year for myself and a group of friends).
  12. As are Mercedes A Class. Much cheaper to buy the exact same spares for a Renault for your A Class.
  13. You can get green coolant now. Saves having to add lime...
  14. That seems pretty cheap to me. Five years ago I enquired about having my 60 foot boat repainted and the quotes varies from £130 per foot plus signwriting to remove windows & other external fittings and rub down the existing paint and put more coats on (three colours including coach lines) to £210 per foot plus signwriting for a back to the metal job. I chose the cheaper option as the original paint was sound but faded and it still looks good five years later.
  15. A self drive UCC camping boat similar to this was my first experience of canalling back in July 1973, courtesy of my local mixed venture scout group.
  16. I think that Allen's built the hulls for the all steel hire fleet once Peter and Linda Millward took over Teddesley in the mid to late 70's.
  17. I think you are talking at cross purposes to @rusty69. Most domestic calorifiers are thermostatically controlled to 65 degrees to save enregy and avoid legionella problems, not an issue with boats where the calorifier is heated by the engine coolant (typically 80 degrees or a diesel boiler such as a Webasto). Fitting a thermostatic mixer valve set to around 40 degrees to the outlet of a boat's calorifier ensures that no one can get accidentally scalded AND effectively increases the useable capacity of the calorifier.
  18. I have those and other train/canal ones in the series printed on decorative plates.
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  20. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68270068 A step.in the right direction or too little too late? IIRC Labour suggested this some years ago, when sewage polluting rivers first came became public knowledge and the current government poo poo'd it (pun intentional).
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  22. I took my driving test in Surbiton, Surrey. Some of the avenues there are quite wide, and my examiner chose one of these for me to "turn the car around using forward and reverse gears". I turned going forwards, reversed back across the road perfectly, then a lady chose to park exactly where I was turning, prevent me from completing the move. I didn't know what to do, but my examiner got out and remonstrated with the lady, and got her to move along the road a bit and park there. By now I was completely flustered and couldn't release the pawl button on the handbrake. When I finally managed it I shot across the road and had to reverse back again as I didn't have time to turn properly, turning an easy 3 point turn into a 5 point turn. I was convinced that I had failed and was very pleasantly surprised when the examiner announced that I had passed.
  23. An "H" chimney on top of the flue should reduce the downdraft which causes the stove to belch fumes into the boat.
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  25. I'll bet your mum didn't have any trouble finding out where you were hiding on a dark night...
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