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Derek R.

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Derek R. last won the day on October 5 2017

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  1. Derek R.


    Love the chairs and hung table. Simple and characterful.
  2. Derek R.

    Money for Burslem Port

    The very groups who pay nothing toward upkeep. I wonder how they would look upon toll collection houses spaced along the towpath?
  3. How could I have forgotten Eric Sykes! Brilliant performance.
  4. Yes, he and Ronnie Barker were stars. I can't help but think a number of the extras were also boat people or BW workers. Derek Nimmo was good fun too.
  5. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Certainly wasn't anything to do with the Space Invader game. Ask Ian Tyler, it's all he ever called the narrow cabin'd BW maintenance craft with said cabins. An explanation of "Space Ship" would certainly be challenging!
  6. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    The term is 'Space Invader', so called due to the wide gunnels invading the space in the cabin - smaller within. And as said, often had the engine stuffed under the steerers nose. Noisy. Crew cabin where the engine would have been, with access into the hold and any maintenance equipment there.
  7. Derek R.

    NB Swift Notice/ Info Board

    Seems odd to me that such signs specific to two individual boats were put out to auction. Who but the owners of the boats in question would want them? (Save maybe for the signwiters art). It's not like a pair of back cabin doors that would grace anyone's wall at home.
  8. The little trailered boat drew only inches, not much water displacement there, and the Waterbus went flat out through the Park as there were no boats moored between the Zoo and Maida Vale. Well piled along there too. Great videos. London as I remember it.
  9. Derek R.

    NB Swift Notice/ Info Board

    Astonishing! Clearly pocket money for some.
  10. Derek R.

    Mystery item?.....(photo)

    No you don't. He's the Chief Engineer - Geordie, in The Next Generation series. He's blind, but the air cleaner visor lets him see things mere mortals cannot. The latest series called Discovery is quite good, especially the Klingons, but Babylon Five knocks them all into a cocked hat. Not really a sci-fi addict, but sometimes get drawn in.
  11. Derek R.

    NB Swift Notice/ Info Board

    They are inverted commas, sometimes called quotation marks. Double or single to show a quotation - a piece of speech said by another. The double inverted comma is the oldest of the two types. An apostrophe is used in denoting a possessive, such as - that's Arthur's pen, or that pen is Arthur's. Or: that's Arthur's golf club, but if he has more than one, it becomes: those are Arthurs' golf clubs. Tricky one that last, and some grammatical websites differ on the definition of what is singular, what is plural, and where the apostrophe should be in relationship.
  12. Derek R.

    1986 Brentford Rally

    We had a few rally plaques, and they stayed with the boat: A few knobs and a couple of brasses on TYCHO: (They also stayed) Had a nice Crescent Moon and Sun on TYCHO's chimney. That also stayed. No boat, but brasses on the left: Still got our NBOC plaque. It's in the kitchen.
  13. Derek R.

    NB Swift Notice/ Info Board

    Excuse the digression as these are further down the link to the SWIFT board (I made one for TYCHO), but there's two cans ex-'Painted Boats' it is claimed, which folk are clamouring for: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-narrow-boat-painted-watering-cans-from-the-film-Painted-Boats/223235453198?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D52945%26meid%3Deb501bd15c0e495db65a68f8a054968d%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26sd%3D183544460525%26itm%3D223235453198&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109
  14. Derek R.

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Well, it's a tug, and St Paul's, and a bridge of sorts, but the bridge has a lot of artistic licence applied! Canon Street railway bridge has columns, but it's flat topped - no arches. However, if we take a big pinch of salt the artist might have been persuaded to add the arch of Blacfriar's Bridge, with the columns of the London Chatham & Dover Railway beside it - but it's a bit of an ask! But that's being a bit pedantic of me. Almost looks like Macclesfield bridge ('Blow Up' bridge) over the Regent's. http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2008/12/the-ghost-of-the-london-chatha.php
  15. Derek R.

    Humber Princess and other Big Boats

    And the fourth. Ferrybridge power station - The very place! Thanks for showing.

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