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  1. Thank you - I'm not at all familiar with Japan and had no idea Tokyo had waterways like that. I'm aware there were a few canals elsewhere (ISTR Kyoto had one) Now one from me - I have seen this but it isn't my picture, I've nabbed it from the web.
  2. Mallaca? May not even be the right continent, but it has the right kind of look (from what I remember 40 years ago...)
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  4. I watched it, sensible length and knowledgeable, but I was hoping for a demo! Perhaps the theory didn't work in practice? 🤔 are they now clearing up the mess?
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  7. Mum and Dad hired from them also, 1965 and 66 - Easter in 1966 as I was due in July and mum didn't want a holiday with a one month old baby! You couldn't get past Talybont then. Dad also recalled that the cabin layouts were slightly different, with the fore cabin a foot longer and the cockpit correspondingly shorter on one of the boats. he asked Todd the reason, expecting some gem of wisdom based on experience of the earlier vessel, but apparently they just measured up incorrectly the second time!
  8. Me too! It's good to see this We had Wirral Dawn and then Willow Mist (I think in that order) in 1972 and 1973 - I was 6 and 7, crew was Mum, Dad, Aunty Vera, @1st ade and me. 1972 we went from Haskayne to Rodley and Back in a fortnight, In 1973 we picked the boat up in Rodley (the previous hirers and wanted a one way) and went to Goole, Selby and Sowerby Bridge before returning over the Leeds and Liverpool. Dad's slide collection is currently being scanned so gradually pictures of these trips will go online. Prior to this we had gone with Tingay from the Ashby Canal (and previously from Atherstone, but I don't remember that)
  9. When doing my grand cruise from Manchester to Bath on Lutine Bell I found the most agreeable section was the Southern Oxford canal between Banbury and Thrupp - so good I did it three times on a one way trip!* a lock every mile or so, pubs in each village.... *actually I had to do this because of engine trouble, but if there was a bit of that grand voyage to be stuck on, it was that bit!
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  11. Now I know they're droning on for profit I'm even less likely to watch them! I suspect that's got an upper limit - I follow a variety of vlogs, some of whom are living quite well off the proceeds - The Tim Traveller for example makes travel vlogs for a living, lives in Paris and, until recently self funded all his work* (i.e. paid for his own travel to make the vlogs) - his videos are typically 7-10 minutes long and give the number of followers it's clearly a winning formula. *He's recently been paid by the Olso Tourist Board to make two videos, but before that his vlogs paid for his adventures and he has no other job
  12. Apologies in advance to @matty40s if it's your video! I'll probably watch this and the other video later, but its too long for coffee break I've noticed a lot of these types of video are around the half hour mark, when ten minutes would probably get 95% of the message over and be much more watchable - is there a reason for this?
  13. Whilst this is undoubtedly true, and we are drifting slightly from strapping to general abuse of gates, I do not know of an instance of single leaf gates "blowing" when hit, whereas I can think of several where this has happened with mitre gates on both wide and narrow locks.
  14. On a busy profitable canal anything that wears the infrastructure is accepted as the price of keeping traffic moving - if gates need replacing a year or two earlier so be it, the abuses are getting traffic on it's way faster and maintaining profitability. On a less used, less profitable canal avoiding wear and tear may be paramount, what we don't know is what went with not strapping boats to stop them, but we can be fairly certain it didn't involve hitting the bottom gates with a thwack. More likely the boats were carefully roped in and out and the whole operation was more bucolic. I suspect (although @Pluto might know more) that early lock operation on early canals, and the T&S was relatively early, was probably a relaxed affair until they got busy and/or until the railways started competing.
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  18. The bit in bold I was watching Bangers and Cash (whilst sorting Magpie the Elder's slide collection) last night and they were restoring a 1970s Saab. The materials were about £5k, the labour costs were north of £40k If that's what it costs for a 1970s mid size car, gawd knows what the equivalent is for a full length narrow boat!
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  25. They're certainly bringing them into line with what one might expect in central Dublin! And as Grand Canal Dock is about the only place to put long term moorings in the middle of Dublin (James Street Harbour was filled in years ago) such moorings locations are at a premium.
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