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Mac of Cygnet

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  1. Are you hoping to catch some fish, then? Sorry.
  2. If you can't tell the sex of a haggis, you're not going to do very well with a llama. And llamas are very hairy - harder to find the bits.
  3. I just simply cannot imagine Neil behaving like that. However I did once encounter a lock keeper at Torksey who most certainly did. A bit of identity confusion has crept in here, methinks.
  4. No it isn't, thank goodness. Unless requested by the poster, I don't see it as up to the Mods to fix misspellings, especially if they are amusing. Edited to say that I'm referring to the one at the end of the original post. Or was pleural originally in the plural?
  5. Just found a pic of the (then new) sign at the offending lock.
  6. Your pic shows a lock on the Diggle flight. The lock causing the trouble is much further down, and IIRC has the normal arrangement of paddles, on both sides.
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  8. There was a level warning indicator on the original lock in question last time I came through (3 years ago!), just like the indicators on river locks, but upside down, ie red at the bottom.
  9. Shire Cruisers, Sowerby Bridge, is 5 minutes walk from the station. But I have left my boat at about a hundred locations over most of the system. What I did was use Traveline to see how to get home to Scotland from wherever I was.
  10. Glad you made it. Nigel and Susan would go the extra mile to help. However, as I've visited, commented on and scored most of the pubs on your route in my 'Pub Cruise' series of posts on these forums, I would be interested if you could overcome your politeness and name the 'bloody awful pubs' to compare them with my opinion (admittedly from a different time).
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  14. We were hirers from Shire Cruisers from their early days, before the re-opening of the Rochdale or the HNC, so they managed without either. They kept a boat (which we hired) on the detached part of the Rochdale at Hebden Bridge. I regard myself as very fortunate to have traversed the HNC so many times without undue difficulty during the period 2006-17 before the present closures. I've not seen that picture of Nigel Stevens before. I don't suppose the presentation was recorded and can be accessed?
  15. The Stourport ring was our first ever canal holiday (from Oozels Street Loop) back in the eighties, so watch out! You'll be hooked, like us.
  16. There is (or was) an excellent mooring between the guillotine and the next one down, where the Moonraker cafe boat used to be. Much handier for the Brewery (and the Commercial Inn). Got to watch water levels there too, though - the cafe boat owner used to moan about this. BTW, the cafe boat I last saw moored in Lincoln - is it still there? Still called the Moonraker, which refers to a local tradition in the Slawit and Marsden area.
  17. I would endorse all the pubs mentioned in this thread, and have picked brambles (blackberries to sassenachs) more than once just where you say. Made jam with them too while stuck in a lock on the Diggle flight. Edited to say that of course despite the title of this thread, very little of this trip will be on the Ashton, and much of that under a supermarket. Much more will be on the Calder & Hebble, for which you will need the handspike provided on the boat.
  18. Encountered on a forest road I regularly take the dog along not far from the house. She (the dog) was going crazy - dogs seem to know these are not to be trifled with. I've not seen another there before or since.
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  22. I met Dean S on the only occasion that I transited the Rochdale, and took refuge in New Islington Marina. He was welcoming and showed me where I could moor and access facilities, etc. but not very chatty. I think he was distracted with a paint job, doing up his widebeam. He was actually a moderator on here for a while but gave it up because of (unjustified) criticisms, but I may be wrong.
  23. Great chap John. I met and travelled with him a couple of times, together with his older friend Stan on his own boat. Does anyone know what happened to Stan after John gave up boating and went to Calais?
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