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StephenA

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    Oracle Developer
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    Mintball
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    Market Drayton

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  1. StephenA

    12v laptop chargers needed

    Is it a better idea to look at a small inverter which you can then use with multiple small mains devices? I had one of those devices in that link and I found it rather unreliable and it died for no apparent reason. Also on many of them the output voltage is switchable so it is vitally important you check it each time you use it and ensure it doesn't get knocked when in use or it could be bye-bye laptop.
  2. StephenA

    Leeds & Liverpool Canal questions

    Everyone forgets the Western End - Wigan through to Liverpool is remarkably rural and scenic and you can throw in the Rufford Branch and the Liverpool Link. Hire from somewhere like Middlewich or Anderton or Acton Bridge
  3. StephenA

    Manchester house boat row.

    Either the photos are using a very odd lens or its much wider than a narrowboat ("traditional" or not)
  4. StephenA

    Mouse in roof void?

    or a giant earwig.. Actually we had a large beetle in the roof once - made a hell of a noise... and not it wasn't Ringo.
  5. StephenA

    Fake news on NBW

    It did have nearest winding holes.... Email Subject : Navigation closure notice: Shropshire Union Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Closed Email Date : 2018/10/24 11:41:34 Navigation : Shropshire Union Canal Navigation Status : Closed Towpath Status : Closed Start Date : 2018/11/05 08:00:00 End Date : 2018/12/14 16:00:00 Starts At : Railway Bridge 89A Ends At : Railway Bridge 89A Upstream Winding : Poole Hill, south of Bridge 96, Shropshire Union Canal Downstream Winding : Hack Green, Lock 2, Shropshire Union Canal and it still does: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/12896/bridge-89a-railway-bridge-near-nantwich-shropshire-union-canal So maybe the only problem is that they should have stated that "The towpath is also closed for safety reasons" . It's pretty obvious that if the towpath has to be closed for safety reasons then its likely the canal is also closed, especially when they provide winding hole information
  6. StephenA

    Fake news on NBW

    It does say Type : Navigation Closure - which means canal only, with the towpath open.
  7. StephenA

    Fake news on NBW

    I don't like to support that site but the email C&RT sent out stated: Email Subject : Navigation closure notice: Shropshire Union Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Closed Email Date : 2018/10/24 11:41:34 Navigation : Shropshire Union Canal Navigation Status : Closed Towpath Status : Closed Start Date : 2018/11/05 08:00:00 End Date : 2018/12/14 16:00:00 Starts At : Railway Bridge 89A Ends At : Railway Bridge 89A Upstream Winding : Poole Hill, south of Bridge 96, Shropshire Union Canal Downstream Winding : Hack Green, Lock 2, Shropshire Union Canal
  8. StephenA

    Anyone on the Llangollen

    We went in September last year - was a little busy but quite enjoyable. No problems mooring where we wanted to and most people were friendly.
  9. StephenA

    Some thoughts on fire extinguishers.

    When I worked at Aldermaston we did a fire training course where we got to play with lots of different fire extinguishers. We saw what happens if you use water on liquid fires (very impressive and very scary) and also the serious problem with CO2 extinguishers if you stupidly hold the horn when using them. He also threw lit cigarette butts into a bucket of petrol and one into a bucket of diesel. The guy there said that frankly you use an extinguisher to try to make an exit route - you do not attempt to fight the fire if its anything much more than a chip pan or a waste paper bin.
  10. StephenA

    GPS BOAT LOCATION ON STEROIDS!! PIN POINT YOUR BOAT!

    Google kept maps free until a lot of people had built entire solutions on them and then changed it with a couple of months notice - Canalplan got a £200 bill for one month of maps rendering - we were not alone and our bill was not large.
  11. StephenA

    Electric boats - the future???

    I'd forgotten that the trip boats at Wigan Pier were electric - they were widebeams and not doing a great distance each day and although I know they charged up over night I don't know if they were topped up during the day,
  12. StephenA

    Electric boats - the future???

    Ken who used to be the engineer at Wayfarer Narrowboats and then went on to own Edgerton Boats had an all electric narrow boat back in the 1980s - used a lot of milk float traction batteries and he kept it charged up from a land line...
  13. StephenA

    Electric boats - the future???

    We've had diesel electric trains for decades. I suspect the obvious way forward is an engine running at an optimal speed for charging with a battery pack to provide surge current and also power when not moving.
  14. StephenA

    100GB data for £20

    Actually I highlighted that the 100GB had a 30GB tethering restriction on it....
  15. StephenA

    100GB data for £20

    which is exactly what I'd highlighted about the original post.
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