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Hotspur

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About Hotspur

  • Birthday April 20

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    Northamptonshire
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    Boats and the great outdoors.

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  1. 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
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    Brian Matthew

    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
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    Foxton locks open 24 hours a day

    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.
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    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.
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    Daventry Canal Arm...... Its a Big No?

    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.
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    Advice on replacing ipad2 tablet please?

    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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    Leicester Arm, Watford Flight Closure 19 Aug 2016

    Notice updates: 19/08/2016 @ 15:02 Works have been completed and navigation re-opened
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    Leicester Arm, Watford Flight Closure 19 Aug 2016

    From 10.08.16 update to opening times on the CRT website. Please be advised that the balance beam on Lock 3 is broken and all craft will need assistance to travel through the flight. Volunteers and or staff of Canal & River Trust will be on site to assist between the hours of 8am and 6pm, with the flight being padlock overnight. It takes approximately 45 minutes to pass through the flight and you must be through the flight by the time of closure. (last boat will be at 5.15pm
  9. Leicester Line I meant, oops! Link From Date: 19th August 2016 at 08:00 To Date: 19th August 2016 at 16:00 inclusive Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Vandalism Description: Please be advised that works will be carried out to replace the damaged balance beam on lock 3, Leicester Line, Grand Union Canal on Friday 19 August 2016. As such the flight will be closed for navigation during this time. Location: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal) Starts At: Lock 1 Ends At: Lock 7
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    What is Whatsapp and how good/bad is it?

    As long as all parties have WhatsApp and are connected to the internet then it works worldwide.
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    What is Whatsapp and how good/bad is it?

    A useful app which you can use for free over wifi or use a data connection (which may cost you depending on your phone data plan) to send/receive messages, images, video and music and make calls. Saves you using bundled minutes & txts if you are on a limited plan. Download from the android Play Store for security. PS you can have group chats too which is useful to speak to family members etc at the same time.
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    Buckby lock No 8

    Facebook link for a photo https://m.facebook.com/groups/20718000351?view=permalink&id=10156990790715352
  13. Found this video on the BBC Northampton Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bbcnorthampton/?fref=nf Video Link below: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbbcnorthampton%2Fvideos%2F1286183678061823%2F&show_text=0&width=560
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    Boat sunk Cadley Lock no 54 Kennet and Avon

    Western Daily Press Link
  15. From Northampton Chronicle & Echo Food, a TV and other items were stolen after a boat was broken into on the Grand Union Canal. The narrow boat was moored outside the Heart of England pub in Weedon when it was broken into between 2pm on Saturday February 27, and Saturday March 5. Offenders appear to have cut through a padlock and forced a door open at the side of the boat to gain entry. Along with food, electrical items including a TV and a radio were taken. Anybody who has seen any suspicious activity in the area over recent weeks is asked to contact police. Witnesses, or anyone with any information, are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55511 Link to article
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