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magpie patrick

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About magpie patrick

  • Birthday 07/07/1966

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    Frome, Somerset

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    Town Planner
  • Boat Name
    Juno
  • Boat Location
    Brassknocker Basin

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  1. Tesla are superb cars but they're not cheap - is there any reason to suppose that the VW e-Golf won't also fail the MOT with a steering rack problem at 140k miles? The build quality has to be up to the durability of the drive train, I'd suggest in many modern cars it isn't
  2. Really? I tend to be the last owner of any car but have only once taken a car to over 200k. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but I doubt it's the average For the record, I don't think it needs to be the average either - 100k will still see an all-electric car have less energy consumption than a fossil fuelled one over the full life cycle. What I have found is a tendency for it to be non-motive-power parts that give in, on my Golf the steering rack failed, on my Renault the brake pipes corroded, and on my Rover it simply fell apart. The latter is probably predictable, but I thought I'd get more than 140k out of the Golf, and the steering rack is a mileage related failure.
  3. Well that's one big problem solved - the towing bike doesn't use the towpath but cycles down the middle of the cut
  4. For those who are unfamiliar with the geography - the breach is between Nob End and Bury, and there is another significant obstacle between Nob End and Bury at Water Street. You don't know this site do you?
  5. Over 30 years of working in planning and highways I have come to associate the words "utter chaos" with rural communities who haven't got enough to worry about. When there is a real problem, the communities seem to present facts rather than histrionics
  6. Apparently the barge.... The photograph must be photoshopped, as it appears to show a barge at water level with a multi-storey residential development behind it, whereas clearly from the description someone has moored a ten deck cruise liner next to a bungalow....
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  9. I've merged the two threads - be aware when asking for this that the threads end up interwoven (the posts appear in chronological order) and that can be even more confusing that two threads!
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  13. I was part of the team that recommended the original drain and worked on the design to ensure it was compatible with future restoration - I worked for Atkins at the time and had worked on the 1995 feasibility study into the Derby Canal restoration. Good to see the idea taken a bit further
  14. I've watched "The Bargee" many times, but on my most recent viewing the Songbird asked a few questions about the context and it made me realise how many people an active canal employed - or rather, it made me realise the scale of employment rather than the actual number. As for cargoes, the Coal Canal boats didn't often get a backload, carrying coal from Paulton to various destinations but returning empty - but on one occasion a boat carried a most unusual backload - a cargo of monks bound for Downside Abbey
  15. On a borrowed boat, emerging from one of the loops of the BCN - the horn button and the engine stop button were next to each other... I'm sure you can guess the rest, and the resultant panic and confusion
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