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Wanderer Vagabond

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  14. Dartmoor has just taken out emergency legislation to stop wild camping at Bellever (https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/dartmoor-national-park-uses-emergency-4396188) precisley because people are making a tip of the place, much as they have done to the lock on the River Ouse I referred to, this isn't because of any legislation, you aren't allowed to dump crap on a riverbank, but people do.
  15. Are you fully sure that some of these offenders haven't come across the border? We have very much the same problem (as illustrated) here in England despite not having the right to roam legislation. I don't think your legislation is what has changed people's behaviour, or why would we, in England, have the same problem?
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  17. Not quite sure of your point there. Bank Senior Management would be glad to see no customers at all going to local branches, so that they can shut them all down and run everything online, it is the local bank staff that are glad to see any customer, whatever they may be wearing.
  18. How do your 'problems' relating to the Scottish right to roam differ from the English, without the same right; those who have been 'free camping' on Dartmoor and leaving their crap there (including tents and sleeping bags, the 'festival' spirit)? Or those who have been 'free' camping on Dorset beaches where, in the absence of any sanitary facilities, have been sh*tting and burying it on the beach. I don't think the 'right to roam' is the issue, it is the mentality of some people who expect that 'someone' is going to clear up after them. I've just come past Willington Lock on the River Ouse, which is essentially in the middle of nowhere. Someone has obviously had a splendid barbecue alongside the lock here, lots of food, drink etc (I rather hope they get food poisoning) and just left all of their crap alongside the lock waiting for the refuse 'fairy' to collect (apparently she works with the dog sh*t fairy), so that is going to stay there for a while. I'd normally pick up such rubbish and take it along with me to a CRT waste site, but the Environmental Agency don't seem to do much in the way of rubbish disposal for us boaters, but even so I wouldn't even contemplate dumping along the riverbank. They went to all the trouble to take their crap to the 'pleasant picnic spot' but then trash it for anyone else wishing to go there because they cannot be *rsed to take their rubbish home with them. As far as 'roaming' on other people's property goes, I am fully aware that whilst I'm away from my postal address the local kids regularly go into my garden, as long as no damage is caused, do I care? no not in the slightest. As a child it was often the case that we'd go 'scrumping' in a neighbour's garden, shall we make trespass a criminal offence so that we can give kids a criminal record even earlier in life?
  19. Do they still insist on that? It is probably getting on for about 5 years since the last time I went into a bank, which is probably why most of our local banks have closed down. I would have thought these days they'd just be glad to see any customer, regardless of what they were wearing
  20. Banksy is free to put as much graffiti on my house as he wishes
  21. It's interesting different people's styles and the reasons for them. I almost always use a rope in a lock, although as you say never tie it off, just wrap it around the bollard enough times for it to hold. I also use the rope to stop the boat in the lock, having gone into one of the Ryders Green locks on the Walsall, picked up a wadge of plastic bags and suddenly having no reverse to stop the boat so I hit the bottom gate (fortunately not very hard having leapt off and tried to stop it on the centre line). Since then I now go in and stop the boat with a rope on a bollard. On a slightly different tack, I use the rope on the narrow locks of the South Oxford to stop the boat being pulled forward onto the top gates by taking the centre line to the furthest forward bollard and pulling the boat up to the gate. When you open the paddles, the first flow of water pushes the boat backwards and then it gets drawn towards the top gate, if there isn't much of a gap the boat cannot build up any significant momentum and just goes back a very short distance then comes forward and nudges against the gate. In the past I've tried holding it on the engine but still ended out hitting the gate, even with full astern on, so didn't use that method again.
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