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Jim Batty

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Jim Batty last won the day on October 30 2017

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    The Deep South
  • Interests
    Photographing the inland waterways.

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    Author/Photographer/Graphic Designer
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    Little Wing
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    Continually cruising

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  1. Jim Batty

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    Hi Reg The single Reading Tesco sign I'm referring to is the one you were referring to below. A DE sign. Interesting that you can pay to stay here via Parkeon for £9.50. And that there is an inexpensive weekly fee? How many other alternatives are there? Left hand not knowing what right hand is doing ... and a*se from elbow come to mind here.
  2. Jim Batty

    30-ft Lime Green Narrowboat Stolen Tyle Mill, K&A

    The owner just let me know that he has found his boat! About 100m below where it was tied up at Tyle Mill, a weir stream on the offside heads off into willows and scrub around an estate on an island. It seems the boat either came loose (or was set loose?) and in the still surprisingly strong current of the Kennet drifted into that backwater and disappeared ... until the estate owners discovered it and reported it. The owner was informed just over an hour ago. A few days ago someone either here or elsewhere commented that it may have done something like this. I wandered down to where the river splits off and looked down there with binoculars. But I could only see in about 70m through hanging trees. It 's amazing where and how far an empty boat can travel on the current. I would have expected it to 'spin off' on the outside of the current and end up amongst the long-term live aboard moorings at Tyle Mill. Google Maps: the boat was originally tied up lower left and drifted up the weir stream to the upper right. https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4160242,-1.1063301,602m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en Glad he's been reunited!
  3. Jim Batty

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    I think there is further confusion here. The same company has different (but equally threatening) signs 'around the corner', through Blake's Lock, up at the public moorings below the old Reading Gaol. These signs ask for a £9.50 payment by telephone to stay one night, and there are video cameras on poles looking at those moorings, although whether DE have access to these cameras is anyone's guess. There are also older (friendlier) signs that just specify these to be public moorings. The single sign on the Tesco moorings (back on the Thames, beside the upper end of the towpath and opposite water too shallow for any boat to tie up) demands payment of £150 to stop there. I could easily have the wrong end of the stick, as the signs are very complicated. It all seems a little nonsensical really. When all's said and done I'd still like to be able to pull in at the Tesco Moorings for a couple of hours to shop without attracting aggressive boffins in uniforms or threatening letters.
  4. Jim Batty

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    Or, more likely, do not want to get involved in the nasty business of enforcing mooring limits against pee-takers. The problem is that putting up signs is easy. Enforcing them, especially such draconian and legalistically worded ones as at Reading Tesco, is much more difficult. All it does is scare away the 99.5% of good, rule-abiding boaters, and invites the remaining 0.5% of boaters who couldn't give a toss about anyone else or any regulations to colonise the place. It's a loose-loose situation for almost all boaters (who no longer feel comfortable tying up there) and the local area (who lose the custom of good boaters). I agree with your last line. Its not good business sense to engage in court actions that you're doomed to lose.
  5. Jim Batty

    Boat Prices

    For the last three years the top boat brokers have been advertising for boats to sell because they can't get enough of them. It's a seller's market. On our travels last year we expressed an interest to a broker in maybe selling our beloved narrowboat to trade upwards, and they offered a written valuation. Now, we bought our boat right in the doldrums of 2009, when good boats were sitting unsold for months and years, so we were able to get a good discount on it because of that. But just looking at adverts in the press over the last year I could see the real value of our boat was probably higher than we'd paid. But it was a bit surprising that the broker valued it at £10K more than we paid for it. BTW our insurers were happy to readjust our policy accordingly on receipt of the valuation.
  6. Jim Batty

    District enforcement mooring fine Reading

    It's difficult to photograph what isn't there. I walk this stretch fairly regularly down from Reading Station to Kennet Mouth. As of last week there was only one sign indicating all the legal details about mooring there, and this single sign is about 50m upstream of the end of the new moorings, opposite a section of the river so shallow that you could only tie a kayak up there, if that. ' There seem to be a couple of things in your favour of not paying any fee or 'fine': There is nothing indicating payment is required beside any part of the riverbank where a boat could possibly tie up There is a history of welcoming boaters to tie up there to shop at Tesco, (there are ornamental gates with 'Tesco' over them facing the official moorings) There is a history of welcoming boaters to tie up overnight on those moorings The mooring fee of £100 (for 1 minute - 24 hours) seems excessive and not in line with local mooring fees, or anywhere in the country for that matter! I wonder at the legitimacy of demanding almost instant payment upon arrival only via a phone call -- because some people have no mobile phone, or can't get a signal on their network, or have no credit facility. Surely a way of paying in cash should be an option, with an opportunity to get a signed receipt. I'm not a lawyer, but common sense would seem to dictate you don't owe them anything.
  7. Jim Batty

    30-ft Lime Green Narrowboat Stolen Tyle Mill, K&A

    Crikey, sorry, I don't know. I think there's a porthole either side at the bow, but couldn't swear to it. I spent all of three minutes helping these guys haul their boat in against the flow of the River Kennet last Friday, so didn't note much. But I do remember a fine brass porthole. Their rope bow fender was also loose -- attached by a rope or something -- because the bow rope was caught around it as we pulled the bow in, and it drew the fender to the side of the bow deck. (Don't ask me how this is possible!) I take it they're pretty new to this game and didn't seem to know how to respond to the still very strong current when coming in to the shore.
  8. Jim Batty

    30-ft Lime Green Narrowboat Stolen Tyle Mill, K&A

    They're at the front end of the boat. I think you can just make one out at the far end in the photo.
  9. Jim Batty

    30-ft Lime Green Narrowboat Stolen Tyle Mill, K&A

    Yes, I know FB is not globally hard-wired yet! I just put it there for those who might use it. The poor guy came by on his bike this morning and told me his sad news. He has informed the police, covered the K&A by bike from Tyle Mill to Reading yesterday without seeing their boat, and was about to talk with the lock keeper at Caversham when he set off. Sorry I don't have a photo of the boat to post.
  10. Jim Batty

    30-ft Lime Green Narrowboat Stolen Tyle Mill, K&A

    Hi Mike Well, I can't comment on that. Certainly no cranes in the immediate vicinity Friday afternoon.
  11. Could people keep an eye out for a bright lime green 30' narrowboat with artificial grass roof, high pointy bow and genuine heavy duty brass portholes. I don't think there is a name on the boat. It was stolen from Tyle Mill on the K&A some time between 4pm and 8pm on Friday and heading -- at night, with no tunnel lamp but low light from stern -- towards the River Thames. Paul Diprose, on 'Ozzie' fuel boat, has a Facebook thread on this at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010712012281 Places to hide a boat and repaint on the Thames nearby? 1) Just above Sonning Lock behind those islands that back onto the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake 2) Behind the islands above Shiplake Lock overlooking the Shiplake College playing fields 3) Perhaps between the islands above the lock at Henley, accessible via the Wargrave moorings 4) Upstream of Reading perhaps on the islands just downstream of Tilehurst Rail Station.
  12. Jim Batty

    CRT Logo - comments

    Nice, large front cabin windows!
  13. Jim Batty

    CRT Logo - comments

    Any honest, half-decent designer should tell you that changing a company logo is a serious matter and shouldn't be done lightly. Depending on your marketing budget, it can take years to get the new logo recognised. If you change it too often, you run the risk of confusing people rather than establishing a new improved brand. All these companies should be considered 'special cases'. They are global entities who throw millions of pounds/dollars at television, radio, online advertising and have multiple promotional departments around the world developing different media campaigns in different languages targeting different groups. THAT'S why seeing a 'swoosh' or pair of golden arches (it could be almost any icon) triggers their brand in our minds. For more lowly players like CRT -- who dabble with pushing the brand through cheap and cheerful Facebook 'ads', stencil painting slogans on lock beams, and attempting to draw attention to themselves through don't-feed-ducks-bread campaigns -- I think a little visual reference to water and the green environment (even, heaven forbid, its industrial heritage) wouldn't go amiss. Just a thought.
  14. Jim Batty

    CRT Logo - comments

    This sort of looks like a good pipe manufacturer's logo -- sturdy culverts, land outflow and drainage pipes, that sort of thing. If the company name began with the letter 'O' all the better, such as 'Oxford Pipes -- Assured Performance in Subsurface Thermoplastic Piping'. I see it is supposed to be a 'modern', simplified logo, but it looks awfully barren. Given that the Inland Waterways are supposed to be a fantastic, 2000-mile-long green, natural corridor immersed in a colourful history, this 'O' on its own doesn't seem to convey much of that to me. Here's a really clever use of the 'O' in a logo, mimicking the outline of the theatre -- Shakespeare's 'O'. or O2's logo. I can understand why they've gone with black and white -- to reflect the traditional lock colours -- but if you really want to shake things up and convey a new image, perhaps it was time to introduce some luscious blues and fertile greens. Did CRT consider these 5 Key Questions to Ask When Considering Changing Their Logo (from 99 Design's https://99designs.co.uk/blog/tips/logo-redesign/ ): Has your business expanded or changed? -- Not really Do you have new competition? -- No Are you speaking to a new audience? -- Not really a different audience than when the Swan logo was designed Have your brand's values or mission changed? -- I hope, as a Trust, its original values to protect, promote and grow the waterways hasn't changed Is your logo dated? -- Perhaps the Swan logo has dated much more quickly than the Reeds & Bridge logo -- which I think was clever, classic and timeless, like the waterways!

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