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Boaty Jo

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  • Birthday 02/19/1960

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    Just about retired woodworker / writer
  • Boat Name
    Now boatless, formerly Vrouwe Johanna, 'M' and Gift of Spirit
  • Boat Location
    Was Belgium / Holland / France / Whixall

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  1. Considering the state of the nations general finances, surely anything is a bonus! The canal system, historic as it is, is not everyone's priority.
  2. Here for civil works on 1,582 locks, 55 tunnels, 2,790 bridges and 71 reservoirs. This is in addition to £500 million complex civil engineering deal already awarded. The future's bright??
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  5. A foretaste of things to come??
  6. Not sure the boat count came through, if not, here is another link.. And attached snip of numbers by area.
  7. It's not easy for a land-lubber to get to see a GP either! I see plenty of grumbles about the state of the canal system, the ones relating to the Rochdale catch my eye because I live by it. It's obviously difficult to compare directly but those of us living in houses are paying increasing taxes for diminishing services too. I'm pretty sure there have been more boats up The Rochdale than in previous years. According to the United Utilities guy I spoke to (40 years service) he said that recently 5.5 million litres per day were being fed into the canal from Chelburn Reservoir, itself being topped up by Warland (I think). C&RT had requested 7 million litres apparently, but people locally need to shower and wash. Anyhow, with boat numbers and water in mind, I sent an inquiry to C&RT. They don't have that specific information and treated my email as a 'Freedom of Information' request, which I suppose it was. I certainly wasn't requesting anything official with a grumbly agenda attached. A simple 'dunno mate' from Arthur, Lengthsman, Rochdale, would have done. Anyhow the attached reply came about overall boat numbers and license compliance. 46302-national-boat-count-2022.pdf
  8. A first for me today, actually cycled IN a reservoir! Here's Warland at the Rochdale summit. The water is there between the left hand pair of pylons.
  9. There seem to have been more boats than normal on the Rochdale recently. Lovely to see but Chelburn Reservoir appears to have taken hit.
  10. My name is Jo and I am not as tall as some most people. Went under there in 2005.
  11. It's a lovely old photo. Interesting to see the Buckby can. I've seen plenty painted up, but not doing what they were designed to do (I think), that's hold fresh water. There's an interesting article here about the Buckby Can.
  12. Plus, from 1st July 2022, "the price of Protect Basic will change from £24.99/year per device to £34.99/year per device.
  13. This popped onto my Facebook. From the piece..... "It is disappointing to report that we needed to serve over 50 enforcement notices to owners of vessels found on the river, but not yet registered for 2022." May be of interest.
  14. I have an e-bike. It's re-opened the cycling world for me die to knackered legs. Great, fun piece of kit. One climb I do is a 2 1/2 mile category 3, averaging about 4 MPH on the way up (getting uncomfortably close to Yorkshire a the top.) Coming down again, nearer 30 MPH, which is technically illegal on an e-bike I suppose.
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