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Everything posted by Neil2

  1. Yes because a narrowboat is just the vehicle for a quick getaway isn't it. I suspect the pilfered items are a very long way from the burgled boat by now.
  2. Well if the bandits made their escape along the towpath with a load of lead acid batteries I reckon they deserve to get away with it...
  3. I honestly wouldn't have considered that to be a "vulnerable" location, but it does serve to illustrate leaving your boat moored near a road bridge has its downside.
  4. I've had a few cars given too, the first was a 1960 VW Beetle 1200 which me and a mate picked up and drove home 20 miles - no MOT, tax or insurance, my mate convinced me that his dad's insurance covered us.. we were lucky not to get pulled over as the thing was flat out at 40mph. Then I got a Triumph Herald estate given which I started to strip down, just like having a giant meccano set, but I fell behind with garage rent so it had to go. My best freebie was a lovely Triumph 2000 mk II which was like an ocean liner on the motorway, probably the nicest motorway car I've had, but the steering was about 200 turns lock to lock so it was a pain on country roads. I actually sold that car on as I had an Alfasud at the time which, ironically, I literally could not give away...
  5. All depends on what you need a car for. If I didn't have to do 350 miles to get to the boat I would still be running the 2000 Honda Civic Aerodeck I had for 17 years. The central locking had failed on that car too but you don't even need to lock a car that old. The heater fan - blown resistor as others have said, easy fix. As for the rear wiper well those of us who learned to drive in cars that had rubbish windscreen wipers (Ford Pop anyone..?) still regard rear wipers as a luxury. Quite why the car takes a moment to think before it fires up I don't know but so long as it does start why worry. I got rid of the Civic simply because I couldn't cope with the inconvenience of something failing or dropping off it halfway down the M74 with the back full of luggage and three dogs. If you only ever do shortish journeys there's a lot to be said for cheap motors so long as the thing isn't a death trap. At least your Rover is a known quantity. I had one of those 214's as a loan car once and I agree they are surprisingly nice to drive.
  6. If this is going to be your first experience of narrowboating I'd think long and hard before attempting a DIY fit out. Without some experience of owning a boat you can't possibly know what will work for you, even if the design is "basic" as you say, there's still a lot to consider. Another aspect is resale value/appeal. I've spent a lot of time looking at used boats this year and almost without exception there's a world of difference between boats professionally fitted out and the DIY efforts. Even a skilled DIYer will struggle to match the standards of those who do it for a living, and at some point you will want to sell your boat.
  7. No surprise that many have suggested the South Oxford, it's a popular canal for good reasons just make sure you don't coincide your trip with the Cropredy festival. Forget the Shroppie/Llangollen, they are popular first timer choices but the locks, particularly going up, can be challenging, even for the experienced. But I'd throw in for consideration the Macclesfield and Upper Peak Forest canals. You can hire from Heritage Boats at Scholar Green and do the Macclesfield and the Peak Forest up to Whalley Bridge/Bugsworth Basin well within your 3-5 days. Both are lovely waterways, (even if Macclesfield itself does rather turn its back on the canal) as scenic as any and full of interest.
  8. .....and ended up on Radio 4's Desert Island?
  9. No not that one. There's a "new" Martin, don't know his surname.
  10. As Tony B says, Calcutt marina are more than capable of doing this and not very far away. They don't charge the earth for slipping the boat either. Have a word with Martin in the office there.
  11. Not sure if anyone else has posted this but If anyone's interested, I believe Mr Haywood is giving a talk on 11 November https://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa/calendar/event/view?id=4035 Suggestions for the subject matter..? How about: "When everyone else turns right, turn left." "Ten steps to conflict resolution" "How to survive on a desert island"
  12. That's a sweeping statement of such simplicity - life is way more complicated than that. It's easy to draw conclusions from a distance which is what most folk do, it's a problem of modern society because we don't tend to live in "communities" any more. The society I grew up in involved a lot of interaction and so what we would call these days "conflict resolution", even if folk didn't realise they were doing it. We need to have the courage to talk to each other instead of just drawing the conclusion that the noise maker is just an ignorant t**t.
  13. I was talking to one of the boatyard staff on our marina recently and he told me about this guy who wanted his boat lifting out so he could clear the prop. But you have a weed hatch, the engineer explained... oh I'm not touching that the skipper replied, I've got a really good seal... I had a boat that whatever I did the weedhatch would not stay watertight. I tried numerous sealing materials, had the lid sanded down, thinking it might be slightly warped I had it pressed flat and then had reinforcing strips welded to it... the damn thing still leaked, not really serious but I had to keep an eye on it and so annoying. I reckon it's why those Wilson boats have that chute arrangement, so you can just forget about sealing it.
  14. I think it's difficult to draw comparisons with past and present noise levels simply because you have to factor in the changes in personal tolerance levels over time. I suspect most of us on here would admit to our threshold of tolerance having lowered over the years, I'm certainly much more prickly than I used to be and not just with noise nuisance.. I reckon people get wound up about these issues because they bear the frustration of not being able to approach the "culprit", but it may also be the case that, when considering if it's reasonable to react to a nuisance in this way, you conclude that it isn't, and it's your personal inability to live and let live that's the problem.
  15. I went to a rugby playing school and since age 11 it's been my favourite sport to watch, not least because of the attitude of players and spectators alike which is sportsmanlike, fair minded and good natured almost without exception. This is the reason why I worry about the reaction of the England squad re award of medals, it's symptomatic of the winning is everything attitude that has crept into the game during the professional era. As the Irish used to say it's desperate, but never serious and we certainly don't want to slide towards the tribalism and bad humour of football. Once, cricket used to be a "gentlemanly" game but has already sold its soul and no longer has any appeal for me, I do hope rugby doesn't go the same way.
  16. If the England team had put in a winning performance and lost narrowly with a late penalty or a contentious decision (as in 2007) then you might, just might, excuse the attitude towards the medals. But that final was boys against men and the England squad should have shown some dignity and respect to their opponents who were far and away the best team in the tournament. I'm surprised that the coach hasn't had more flak in the media for his risky strategy of taking only two scrum halves and two tight head props. There was so much talk about how well prepared this squad were, yet in the two most important positions on the pitch they were on a wing and a prayer.
  17. In my world bath night was always Sunday, ie the night before school. Even when we finally got a proper bath I don't remember my parents ever using it, there was never enough hot water and no-one actually liked bathing anyway. I do remember a lot of old folks saying it was bad for you and I'm quite sure my grandad never took a bath after he finished working down the pit. He farted constantly ("where's that bloody cat...") but didn't smell unpleasant. My grandma on the other hand smelled of boiled cabbage. You couldn't avoid boiled cabbage in those days schools used it by the truckload but it was everywhere, actually that probably explains my grandad's flatulence.
  18. Let me see if I understand the premise; Once a visual artist attains a certain level of notoriety/popularity then anything they create is going to be in high demand. In contrast, music has to have some inherent artistic value, regardless of the creators reputation, to be well received. Not sure I agree. Look at Elvis (Presley) for example. Elvis could have sung an extract from the phone book in monotone and it would still have sold millions. There's plenty of other examples, I hesitate to name them all here as I suspect it would upset a lot of folk..
  19. You may perceive these folk to be "selfish and ignorant" but I honestly don't think there are too many people who would deliberately create a nuisance for others if they truly realised the effect of their actions. In my experienced those responsible for creating a noise nuisance simply don't realise they are doing it. It does take a bit of nerve to approach a neighbour in these situations but every time I've done it I have received a sympathetic response, and it helps if you make your approach with a bit of empathy yourself. At this time of year it's difficult for non - marina dwellers to keep on top of the charging regime and some running engines/generators simply has to be tolerated. Bear in mind the vast majority of canal dwellers are attracted to the cut for the same reasons as you.
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  21. Oh I dunno, what's wrong with: Les & Anya Mitchell & Lynn Ellis & Dee And that gay couple Kurt & Rod...
  22. I find most pun names pretty cringeworthy but there used to be a little Waterbug near us called "My Newt" which I found quite acceptable.
  23. Going up wide locks, do you single handers tend to use lock ladders or is it easy/practical to step off at the lock tail (with a rope) as you can with narrow locks?
  24. Could there have been a ladder there originally? (Secured with cabin hooks)
  25. I remember coming up the Hatton flight with one of the fuel boats and noticed he kept the boat in forward gear throughout. I asked him why and he said it was just habit as that was how he did the locks solo, it kept the boat straight. Mind, it was a full length boat of course (and no front fender). It's all about going uphill isn't it? I can think of many locks where I honestly don't know how folk manage going up on their own, the Avon for a start, many of the K&A locks, and how do people cope with the Thames locks where you are supposed to have fore and aft lines ashore?
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