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About debbifiggy

  • Birthday 10/12/1965

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    canals, wildlife, industrial archeology, socio economic history, beer, motorbikes, cats, gardening, ballet, classical music, heavy rock, raves, opera, organic food, friends, entertaining, having a good time, photography, salsa (dancing not more food), beer festivals, wine, good company, good books, ..... stuff really.

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  1. You still shouldn't leave the gates open, river fed or not, they are mainly piddling small chalk streams towards the summit so not that much of a feed to keep the levels up. Also some of the gates leak badly. Rising Sun is particularly bad at the moment. If you don't close the top gates the short pound between Rising Sun and Raven's Lane is empty in no time. Don't know yet when the Trust is going to fix it.
  2. I think you'll find that Jessie is a properly licensed hire boat! Whereas most of the other ads for boats on airnb aren't so legit - see previous threads about dodgy boat rentals in London.
  3. Seconded. Great work and I've donated Edited as donation complete
  4. Mod alert to merge topics http://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=69090 is the original followed by http://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=69168 Do keep up at the back ;-) For the full story of how it went viral go to http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/everyones-losing-their-minds-over-this-map-of-berkhamsted-th
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  8. 3 abreast or any combination of 1 x fat boat and 1 x nb or 2 x fat boat generally bad idea. Try and tie direct to the land not to the next door boat so they are not trapped. Never moor anywhere you will cause an obstruction to the navigation. Think sight lines as well as actual width sticking out into the cut. I'm not going to go on about lock landings, tunnel waiting areas and service areas as in London they've had to paint the bollards yellow and blue respectively to prevent the common sense challenged from using them for 14 day moorings Check out http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/boating-i
  9. Really sorry to hear your sad news. I used to live on Ravens Lane and walked past Sam's lock every day on my way to the station when I did the commute into London. Another link with the past gone. Rest in peace Sam, finally re-united with Gladys. Debbi
  10. I'm really sorry but I don't, there were lots and lots of people from all sorts of backgrounds involved in the Save Our Waterways protest movement of 2006/07 across the whole country. I don't know if the original SOW website is still somewhere on the web as all the events were on there, often with pictures. The late and much missed Mike Steven's also had lots of reports on his website along with pictures if anyone has a lnk to that. I thought his website had been preserved somewhere but I'm not sure if it's the whole site which was very extensive, informative and great reading. Debbi
  11. One of my close friends at Uni in the same politics lectures as me always said "among the first to be strung up from a lamp post" rather than "first up against the wall". I remember him fondly and even if he was probably one of the most rabid members of Militant in Bristol. anyhow, getting back on topic, anyone bother today to go and see what was happening/disrupt the party/join the protest/whatever? From the photos on the MKnews website it certainly didn't look like more than 20 peeps, in fact probably less. Nothing like the old Save Our Waterways protest days when we got hundreds of peo
  12. It did't happen. Well done CRT, Met police, LB's Hackney & Islington and most of all local boaters and residents who love the Regents Canal. Thank you. PS The cygnets, young coots, moorhens and ducklings also very glad to be alive. Much love and peace. https://twitter.com/MPSHackney?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fdebeauvoircouncillors.blogspot.com%2F2014%2F05%2Fcanalival-2014.html&tw_i=471267145427738624&tw_p=tweetembed Debbi If you want to know why it was such a big issue check out Ytube Canalival 2013 and other similar links.
  13. It never was a rubbish barge, I believe it belonged to the gravel people and I heard that they got really fed up with people dumping their rubbish in it. It got so full it nearly sank a few times. That would have caused a major problem with rubbish in the canal. If you see a work boat/open hopper, don't assume it's there for you to dump your rubbish in it. You should only get rid of your rubbish at proper rubbish disposal points and if it's not domestic rubbish you do need to find a way of getting it to an authorised tip. Debbi
  14. If the location of the boat whilst on brokerage is a licence required area (lots of marinas are) then the answer is yes unless it is on trade plates or removed from the water. On other hand it might be one of those odd places like Whilton where you don't need a licence whilst in the marina. Check first and if you are not sure call CRT on 03030 404040 Debbi
  15. I would direct that question to one of the Trust's Trade Team managers. Their contact details are available on the Trust's website business boating pages. The company I was thinking of in my original post was the one operated by "john the duck" who used to post on here some year's ago. You'll find more snippits on the Granny Buttons blog. Debbi
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