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  1. Cambridge English Dictionary : barge noun [ C ] uk /bɑːdʒ/ us /bɑːrdʒ/ i a long boat with a flat bottom, used for carrying heavy objects on rivers or canals So if it doesn't carry a heavy object then it can be a narrowboat?
  2. I came from a CRT bankside employee.
  3. A rumour is going round that there is a serious breach of the Oxford Canal at Barby. Does anyone have details?
  4. My you do have bad luck. And you are so upset again. We should of course all be charitable toward you as I assume one sad reason behind your grumpiness is that you never got the news of your father that you search for.😢
  5. Is it not strange that the mention of Volunteer Lock Keepers on this forum is one of the few subjects that will produce 16 pages of mostly drivel. I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what is a Hilter and why one is so terrible!
  6. PRESS STATEMENT: HMRC ANNOUNCES CONSULTATION ON DEMISE OF RED DIESEL FOR PRIVATE PLEASURE CRAFT Issue date: 17th July 2019 IWA is appealing to boaters and boatyard operators to respond to an HMRC consultation following the announcement that private pleasure craft in the UK will be prohibited from using red diesel. The consultation, about the likely timescales required for implementing the change, follows the statement in the Spring Budget that HMRC would seek evidence on the impact of the government’s proposal to comply with the judgment made last year by the European Court of Justice. IWA met with HMRC officials late last year, along with British Marine, the Cruising Association, and the Royal Yachting Association; with all four boating representative bodies putting the case that a change to using white diesel would create insurmountable problems for boat users and the industry. The implementation of the ruling would mean the end of the use of red diesel for any leisure boating. Whilst red diesel could continue to be used for heating, it would have to be in a separate tank, and there would be no dispensation for any proportion of fuel used by the engine for generating heat and light. Commercially operated boats would still be able to use red diesel, as would residential boaters with proof of fixed moorings, but boats without a home mooring who are continuously cruising would be required to use white diesel. IWA considers that it is not practical for most boats that use the inland waterways to have two tanks; that inappropriate modifications would raise safety concerns; and that many diesel suppliers would simply not supply both red and white diesel due to the costs of installing additional equipment. IWA is particularly concerned that this change may encourage people to take measures that could adversely impact the environment and safety, such as increased use of generators in confined spaces or spillages from containers of fuel purchased away from the waterways. IWA is also concerned that the increased costs faced by both boat owners and boatyard operators will make an already expensive pastime unaffordable to some existing boaters and to many potential new boaters. IWA will be taking up the offer from HMRC for further meetings during the consultation, and encourages all boating organisations, boatyards, diesel suppliers, and boat owners to respond to the consultation and provide evidence of the practical implications of the proposals. The consultation runs until 9th September and can be found on the Government website: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/implementation-of-the-court-of-justice-of-the-european-union-cjeu-judgment-on-diesel-fuel-used-in-private-pleasure-craft ENDS
  7. Please help my confusion. Is the widebeam reported to be now at Braunston, the same as they widened the bridge for at Warwickshire Fly? and did it have no trouble getting through Blue Lias bridge? I missed that bit in the story - and if it is the same, it obviously had little trouble getting to Braunston.
  8. Thanks for all the positive responses. You've made me feel a lot better. Not sure though that I'm entirely happy that its just me!!
  9. Is there anyone else out there who has noticed a general decline recently in rudeness and sheer laziness of CRT employees out on the canal. Have they all been sent on a mandatory tea-drinking and skiving course or is it an understandable, if not acceptable reaction to more and more volunteers? Put that together with the increase in Chuggers scaring people away from popular bits of tow path and I wonder what direction the management have decided to impose.
  10. I always thought that Girl From Ipanema was the best song ever written.
  11. I telephoned the telephone number on the original post and asked if I was talking to Simon who placed a report of his boat being stolen on the canal forum. He said it was, so I asked if the boat was still missing and he said he found it this morning. I said that was good to hear and can you go back on the forum to tell people it is found. His reply did not convince me that he would, so I placed the simple version on here so that you could all stop looking.
  12. The boat was found this morning.
  13. OK Hands Up, it COULD be genuine and I COULD have been more kind in my choice of words but a first ever post from Dawncraft boy was 9hours ago and he has not come back with any update, photo, identifying info or crime number...………………………..
  14. Obviously not genuine or the OP would have bothered to give the info and updates we need if we are to start looking.
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