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roland elsdon

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  7. Wipe the fridge out with bleach and all surfaces. The other side of christmas as temps rise any bacteria can multiply and cause mold. Prop fridge door open , but also switch right off so light doesn't come on. We also turn mattress on their side.
  8. Yes. Our tanks ( 80 years old) have been shortened for exactly that reason. They were removed the rusty four inches cut off and a new bottom fitted.
  9. I ponked through the piggery today and failed to perceive a pair.
  10. Nope Audi leasing brigade Im afraid in a roaring hurry. Quite what for I dont know.
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  12. Not saying... nor location. Audi driver I suspect. It was the swearing at me for no good reason that I found offensive.
  13. I had a real 95. 7 seats, 65 hp v4 engine. No heated rear screen, but headlamp washers and wipers and heated seats... Swedes did’nt have to worry about what was behind.
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  15. “If you keep coming whilst i am trying to come out of this lock you will loose windows, please tell your steerer to sit on provided stumps while we come out” ” But you cant reverse a boat its too hard“ “ Regardless of that you need to tie your boat up parallel to the bank, thats what the stumps are for, you are insecure on the wrong side. You will loose a window. ”He says no just come our of lock we know what we are doing” ”Are you sure , its your liability” “Yes get out of the f’ ing lock” ”Certainly my pleasure” Blat blat blat crash tinkle tinkle, as the boat swung into the trees and the branch removed the window. Cant tell some people. They had left most paddles and gates open as well.
  16. Stuff was built to last in those days. None of this ‘what do you expect the guarantee has expired stuff.’
  17. Happily moored up at alvecote last week.
  18. Made the terrible mistake of swapping my well knackered but lairy Skoda Vrs for a nice sensible Honda 30 months ago. Ever since my driving has deteriorated, I can’t see or hear anything and I am thinking of buying a hat. If I could be bothered I’d do something about it but the Honda has reduced my motivation, and aged me at least 15 years.
  19. We had a 1978 golf that ate it’s sump oil. Oil used to get into the air filter block the drains and suck up the oil. It did it several times , ( vw denied the issue even though there was a class action in the US after people died) . Eventually it ran away on the m1. Accelerating at warp speed I stopped it in gear on the brakes. Had to replace the head after that, and the front discs and pads. Put the Vw ( non existent bought directly from Germany ) modified parts on, and disconnected the breathers. Never felt safe in it but we were broke..
  20. I know our subs are a bit old but didn’t know they were fitted with two stroke blowlamp start engines. Just as well it’s not a nuclear power one.
  21. I moored the pair in the winding hole at Cowley in 1985 . We had broken ice the whole way from little Venice, and tied up in the pitch dark. Early the next morning we were woken by a local permanent moored incandescent we were there. The fact the canal had 2 inches of ice on it was beyond his grasp. We heaved away later amid moaning from the wooden boats above the lock ( sometimes you are wrong just for existing) and made it to the General Idiot in Uxbridge where the boats were frozen in for 4 weeks or so. We had to pass the cans over the bar to get fresh water, so spent a fortune on beer.
  22. Yes I saw a couple of areas of riveting. I imagine they would have riveting equipment given they were a fairly big establishment. It was a guess no more. It would help if we knew the size. Certainly when we were in London in the early 80s there were lots of hoppers and barges of that type at Brentford. Mostly derelict but some in use.
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