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Grassman

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  1. When we passed there in June I made a point of counting the number of moored boats there, and reckon there are 121 and it went on for about a mile. It took us 26 minutes to pass them.
  2. My understanding at the time was that they made the ingredients for tooth paste. The warm water discharged into the canal was free of any substances but the River Rea which ran the other side of the factory had a permanently white riverbed. I don't know who was responsible for the canal turning orange that time, perhaps it wasn't Sturges as there were other factories half a mile along the canal. I know about the history of the bridge but I'm not old enough to remember when it was a lift or fixed bridge. It was always a swing bridge in my day and the key for it had to be obtained from the lock keeper at Lifford by the guillotine lock. His cottage was demolished years ago when Lifford Lane road bridge was widened.
  3. In the 1960's the factory (John E Sturge Chemicals) in Kings Norton used to discharge warm water into the canal next to the old and now defunct Tunnel Lane Swing Bridge. In my childhood I used to catch loads of fish there. No goldfish but plenty of larger than normal perch, roach etc. I'm not sure if it was from the same pipe but on one occasion the whole canal turned a deep orange colour and remained that way for a few weeks. As far as I remember there was no loss of fish which presumably meant whatever was accidentally discharged was harmless, but it looked really strange.
  4. True, but catch up programmes are usually available for a while so there's the option of waiting until you move to a better area for a signal. We rarely stay in one place for more than a couple of days so don't find it an issue.
  5. We recently spent a week moored in Birmingham. It's a great place to visit by boat except for having so many locks to and from there whichever direction you enter from. It's vibrant and has a nice ambience about the place . There's lots to see and do, including some great canalside pubs, cafe's and restaurants, and unlike a lot of cities and towns there's plenty of decent moorings. Avoid mooring in the Gas Street and Mailbox areas on Friday or Saturday nights though, because they are close to the nightclubs in the Broad Street area.
  6. I'm a bit concerned about them using canals for hydro-electric purposes as I fear CRT will tap into leaking lock gates and then use this as an excuse not to maintain them. Similar to them currently using natural habitat as an excuse for leaving long sections of canalside towpath overgrowth alone.
  7. When we used to have hireboat or share boat holidays we weren't particularly bothered about not getting a TV signal, in fact it was quite refreshing and part of the 'getting away from it all' experience. But nowadays, living aboard (8 years and counting) and cruising extensively, it's more of an issue, but at least there's catch up if there's something we really want to watch.
  8. Channelglaze the boat window manufacturers are based in Birmingham so it may be worth speaking to them, even if just for some advice. http://www.channelglaze.com/ Out of interest, where in Brum were you moored when you have your window broken?
  9. Thanks, but I'm fine because I'm happy to pay for one to support the BBC. Please people, don't turn my comment into yet another TV licence debate because that's been covered to death on here already .
  10. This is exactly what we do with our TV & PVR combination. We never watch live TV but will sometimes watch the recording 5-10 minutes behind so as to zip past the adverts. We do that with the News bulletins too. Since we changed to the higher quality quad core cable (my earlier thread) we get a terrestrial signal pretty much everywhere and most of our TV choices are evenings when we're moored up. My wife does like a few of those inane afternoon progs but we're normally stopped for the day by lunchtime anyway, and if there's something she particularly wants she can use catch up tv via the internet.
  11. Howardang mentioned that it should be quieter in September once the school holidays are over, but we find it's nearly as busy, especially the popular canals such as the Llangollen, because all we retired folk think the same thing and wait till the kids have gone back. Better in my opinion to go in June and/or early July before the school holidays begin around July 18th.
  12. I think that the raising of the public's awareness is not so much about attracting donations but more to do with trying to secure future part funding from the government which I believe is currently around £50m per annum. It's up for review soon, and given the fact that when CRT was set up in 2012 the government said it wanted it to eventually be self funding (like the National Trust they said), CRT are having to do their utmost to justify future government financial support by plugging their cause. Hence all their spiel about well being and canals for all etc. How can it be like the National Trust who charge entrance fees and car parking, when 90+ percent of canal users are using their towpaths free of charge and not paying a penny towards their upkeep? It's crazy that CRT should have to fight so hard and waste so much money on signs and other 'awareness' measures. Our canals provide an amenity for people to enjoy and should therefore always have a significant contribution from either local or national government. I know towpath improvements is sometimes funded by local authorities or the likes of Sustrans, but mostly it's CRT who have to bear the cost of the upkeep and maintenance.
  13. Oh, I stand corrected.
  14. Totally irrelevant this, but the tunnel goes right underneath Birmingham City FC's Wast Hills training ground. I thought you might like to know .
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