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  12. Sadly, after so much talk, we won't be there, Val has come to the top of the waiting list for a minor but important operation, now scheduled for May 6th, and it was only a moments thought to say postpone our holiday. We'd love to meet you all, so please keep us posted on future events. We're still going to the Upton Folk Festival by boat, getting the boat back on May 5th
  13. The locks on the C and H should take a 57 footer at full beam which means the 60 foot narrow boats have got through. However one lock on the Huddersfield Broad Canal (Sir John Ramsdens Canal) is said to be very short When I considered taking Ripple through a few years ago, she's 62 foot, a senior BW bod told me to try, I may get through, but he recommended going up not down. Sadly I never tried
  14. It should also come out of a hand pump ( a beer engine to the purists) which our first pint of the trip usually does, at either Bell or the Old Forge. But chilling makes tinned beer just about acceptable, and we haven't got a hand pump on the boat
  15. Well, if like us you've no land hook up you can't leave the fridge on. I made a double error a few years ago of leaving the fridge on and not turning the batteries off at the isolator. Result, three domestic batteries so dead they were right offs, and a bill of over £300 for replacements. I bring the beer in a cool box when we go on board, it's cheaper
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  19. well a few odd ones I know My brother says "futtocks" which he picked up from a colleague... "reached Stokes's Bridge" when not wanting any more first course to leave room for pud. The woman I heard it off believed that her mum was taken for walks as a child, and they turned round at Stokes's bridge, wherever that was, to make sure the little girl had enough energy to walk home "No one notices a slice from a cut loaf" was raised on quote unquote many years ago. It was the advice given to a woman who had wriiten in by her mother when she got married. She was a bit shocked to find it meant no one noticed if a married woman had a bit of casual sex as no one would be surprised if she became pregnant! And finally, how many of us know "The Full Monty", memorable film, also often said about a big breakfast etc. Well, the first time I heard the saying was in the SUCS magazine, where they described the Montgomery work parties. One foreman was particularly thorough, and known for a belt and braces approach. "wall's leaking" "rebuild it" sort of thing, and it became the case that whenever this guy made a recommendation the party would say, "he want's the full Monty" (after the canal edited to add, they'd never heard the phrase, and believed it original). After a few years, one of the party was listening to radio Stoke when the presenter referred to "The Full Monty". Urban myth maybe, but...?
  20. Weekend plans by TV historian Dan Snow to mount a flotilla of small rescue craft were halted by the authorities. The agency said: "In the light of the desire by operators of small craft to cross the Channel in order to pick up stranded tourists, small boat operators are being advised that such vessels must be properly certificated in order to make such a journey. "Anyone operating such vessels should also be aware that such certification is only valid for UK waters. "The operator will also need to seek clearance for their vessel to operate in French waters from the French maritime authorities." Which is a load of bollocks if you have under twelve people on board and don't accept money, Dan Snow was clear on both. The French said it was unfair competition for the ferries, who were being denied the opportunity to fleece people. Okay they didn't say the second bit Imagine Dunkirk, WW2, "sorry, you can only go with a full BSC , MCA certification and a boatmaster's certificate". If we had to fight that war now, we'd lose! I'm not normally so blunt but this smacks of protectionism and jobsworthiness
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  22. Cor that was quick, the contract was only signed yesterday! This has removed by far and away the biggest risk item, when I get a chance I'll update with whatever other news I can, but I think I ought to tell the HLF trustees before posting it here!
  23. I'm not clear what powers they've got to ban it, but I suppose the french don't worry about that! Do you think they'll argue when Ark Royal turns up? I think even aircraft carriers carry enough firepower to flatten the harbourmaster's office
  24. I think, in fairness, Progress was no ordinary narrow boat, it was a narrow boat shaped seagoing vessel. I have taken Ripple across the Ribble Link and that was (almost) enough for me. Tempted with Lydney and perhaps Sharpness to Bristol, but with the right size prop and with the tide The Ribble Link involves fighting the tide, and going round the Asland Lamp, where on a good day you can look at the Irish sea, in a force four in pouring rain, is an experience I count as unfunny in a normal narrow boat. The return journey in bright sunshine force 0 was a doddle
  25. Absolutely it would, if it was beginning to "give" then never mind the wash, the load is unacceptable A BW engineer did say that so long as it hasn't fallen over it is doing it's job, but you shouldn't hasten a process that has started. If the piling is sound it will take it. If it's brand new it is almost certainly sound, it took BW a while to work out the piled depth and the tie backs needed but this is understood now, although I suppose a rogue contractor might make a mess of it.
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