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Hotspur

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  • Birthday April 20

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  1. My apologies, I jumped the gun by a day I think. It is indeed a return to summer hours. Foxton will still be locked overnight, Watford will be left unlocked.
  2. I have been informed that restrictions have been lifted and flights at Foxton and Watford will no longer be locked (until the next drought). I believe restrictions at Buckby and Braunston may also have been lifted.
  3. To answer your second question. The GDPR apply to businesses and organisations not to private individuals.
  4. At staircase locks it is one way traffic. Simplistically, assuming a passage is 20 minutes through the staircase if you did 1 up 1 down 1 up it would take 60 minutes. 3 boats down would take 20 minutes +10 +10 ( 10 minutes for each additional boat in same direction) = 40 minutes thus saving 20 minutes. Multiply that throughout a day and it adds up.
  5. Hi all, I’m one of the Monday VLK team at Watford and we share your frustration of waiting and queues however 2 hours + isn’t unusual at this time of year. Part of the current problem is that boats are ‘locked out’ of the flight from the previous day which means a queue from the start which has to be cleared first. There’s no policy on the number of boats up/down which is generally based on the time of arriving at the top/bottom. For example, on Monday we started the day with 4 going down and then 7 going up (using the pounds between locks 1 and 3 to ‘stack’ two boats). Luckily few boats were going down that day. Wouldn’t it be great if 3 boats arrived at 1 hour intervals alternating between top and bottom 😀 One of our key roles is to manage the queue and be as fair as possible to all with the aim of getting everyone through by the end of our shift. Currently though it isn’t unusual for boats arriving at say 1.30pm to not get through. This is regrettable and none of us want to refuse entry but it happens. As was mentioned by johnmck there does seem to be a reluctance on the part of some boaters to help others in emptying/filling locks to smooth/speed the passage of others (perhaps that is a reflection of the society of today) but for those that do assist it it most welcome. As luck would have it we cleared all boats through the flight on Monday with none ‘locked out’. Long may it continue and we hope that rain comes so we can extend the hours again. I’ll put my tin hat on now 😀
  6. I had the same issue and found that you can move some apps to the sd card via settings/apps. You have to open each app using the settings gear wheel on the main screen and then select storage to see if it is possible. Click on change if that button is available and select sd card to move the app. Some can’t be moved. Files can be moved by opening files and selecting docs/images etc. Press and hold (don’t open) a file from the list then touch the vertical ... which will give an option to move the file to the sd card. Ive used the ES File Explorer app to move things around too. H
  7. Update on 14/06/2019: The tree has now been removed and the navigation has reopened.
  8. Notice Alert Grand Union Canal Location: Blisworth Tunnel Friday 14 June 2019 until further notice Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Information Original message: There is a currently a very large tree which has fallen near the North West Portal of Blisworth Tunnel and as a result of this, the tree is now blocking the whole navigation, meaning boaters can not currently pass. Our contractors have been made aware and are currently on their way to site. This tree should be cleared by the end of today. If you require any further information, please contact the Newark Office on 0303 040 4040
  9. Wow, thanks for the positive feedback. I was one of the lockies on today and we started with a queue waiting for us when we unlocked a little before 10am. Three boats arrived between 3 and 3.20 and we got all through by 4 and were pleased to help even after being out in the rain all day. ETA: 25 boats through in total today
  10. Opening times for canal are 8am to 6pm. [last entry on the flight 5.15pm] From Date: 13th August 2018 To Date:until further notice Type:Navigation Restriction Reason:Water resources Notice updates:03/08/2018 @ 17:34 Due to exceptionally dry weather during the last three months some of our canal feeding reservoirs are lower than we would normally expect for this time of year. The recent rainfall has not significantly changed this situation. As the dry weather is set to continue into the autumn, we are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight. This will allow back-pumps to circulate water more effectively around the canal network. We will monitor the situation and update the website accordingly. Opening times for canal are 8am to 6pm. [last entry on the flight 5.15pm] Description: Due to exceptionally dry weather during the last three months some of our canal feeding reservoirs are lower than we would normally expect for this time of year. The recent rainfall has not significantly changed this situation. As the dry weather is set to continue into the autumn, we are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight. This will allow back-pumps to circulate water more effectively around the canal network. We will monitor the situation and update the website accordingly. Location: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal) Starts At: Lock 1 Ends At: Lock 7 Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal) Starts At: Lock 8 Ends At: Lock 17
  11. A Radio 2 programme, 'The Brian Matthew Story', celebrating his broadcasting career can be found on the BBC's iplayer radio app. Available for 28 days. Link
  12. I work as a VLK at Watford and over the last 2 years, when the flight hasn't been locked overnight, I'm not aware of any significant issues arising 'out of hours'. One of the main tasks of the VLKs at both Watford and Foxton during the busy times is to manage the flow of boats up and down so that waiting is fair and kept at a minimum. This generally works well and, at the height of the summer, by the time my shift ends at 6.30 ish the queue at Watford, at least, is down to a couple of boats and that is manageable by those waiting. I guess time will tell if the same works at Foxton. There are instructions on how to use the Watford staircase written on the balance beams and at the start of the flight but unsurprisingly not many boaters seem to notice that the instructions are there or take time to read them. ETA: I've not heard that Foxton has/will be going 24hour either so have only seen the notice posted above.
  13. Hotspur

    Head torch

    Alpkit.com have some good bright models at reasonable prices. This 125 lumen one (link below) is on offer at the moment. An even brighter model has just been released. https://www.alpkit.com/products/viper-2015 ETA: I have several items from this small UK online company, including sleeping mats and trekking poles, and all have been good quality and value for money. Not got one of their head torches yet but it is on the list.
  14. It has been reported on tonight's BBC Look East that the plans have been approved. Remains to be seen if the money becomes available from public or private funding.
  15. I've had the latest Samsung Tab A 10.1 for a few months now and find it fast and the battery life is excellent. Having a memory card slot makes it more versatile too. I updated from an android Nexus 7 and as all contacts, photos, apps etc. are stored in the 'cloud' migration from the Nexus to TAb A was easy. You will need to set up a Google e mail account to make use of this though. ETA: The tablet also integrates with my One Plus phone as it did my Motorola before that. Another benefit of moving away from the closed Apple platform is you can mix and match from various manufacturers.
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