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Mike the Boilerman

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  1. Being more serious, the whole of the uk CO2 output from aviation, manufacturing, home heating, transport and the lot, only adds up to 2% of world CO2 output. Just to add some perspective.
  2. What on earth are you on about? Have you not noticed the pilot standing at the front of the aeroplane before you take off, winding up the propeller with his finger, putting some tension into the big elastic band??
  3. No-one is getting upperty about the reserved moorings. Except those who have misunderstood or not read the thread properly...
  4. And also an outright lie, assuming it is to raise a deposit on a mortgage to buy another house. The point is to obfuscate on the form without actually lying.
  5. Putting it bluntly, it is suspected that some (but not all) longer term 'composting bog' users end up getting impatient and pour the wee straight into the cut and put the poo in the rubbish skips after 'not long enough'.
  6. Would you care to comment on whether Etruria selling at £26.15 must therefore be selling at a loss (assuming legit Calor refills)?
  7. I'm not sure you or Alan are grasping the fact that CHERTSEY was moored there on the 48hr VMs last weekend on Sat 15th June when we passed. Not dumped, but occupied as we waved at each other as we passed. Now it is quite possible that they cruised off in the interim and moored somewhere else for the week then returned to the same spot, but somehow I doubt it.
  8. I have to say, the boat doesn't look too wide to fit through there although it was hard to judge from the towpath. The 'fender growth' almost completely conceals the boat from the towpath so just can't see it properly. I'm inclined to think the reason for the coping stone removal is the air draft of the boat meaning it needs to come through hard against the left bank to miss the low side of the bridge deck. As previously suggested by Davidg.
  9. The vandalised coping stones. Zoom into see.
  10. The £27.80 bloke is probably refilling the bottles himself at a petrol station.
  11. It comes from inside your head. Or can you cite a post by someone else saying this?
  12. And Tomorrow's World! We never heard a PEEP out of Raymond Baxter about his personal life.... missed a trick there didn't he!!
  13. Ah yes. An ex-GF of mine had a magic poo tank that never needed emptying. The automatic bilge pump used to operate strangely frequently though. The one day the bog pan went all wobbly and it was assumed the fixing bolts had rusted through but no, on inspection she found the top of the poo tank was thinner and holier than lace. This why I like a cassette....
  14. I totally agree with Mike too, but I think you overstate the difficulty facing CRT. The law as I understand it allows a boat to be left moored for up to two weeks whilst out cruising, or words to that effect. The unnecessarily slack CRT interpretation of the law goes way beyond this. Keeping a boat in one place for two weeks, cruising for one day (or small part thereof) then stopping for another two weeks, moving for another day then stopping for another two weeks ad infinitum does not really constitute being out cruising, it constitutes being being mostly moored up with only one day a fortnight interrupting being moored on the public towpath. It certainly doesn't fit the original intention of the MPs drafting of the law. Their intention as I understand it was concession allowing boats genuinely out cruising the system to not take a home mooring as ther had no use for it, and for such boats to be left occasionally for up to two weeks as an adjunct to being genuinely continuously cruised the rest of the time. I think there is a strong argument that a long term ratio of 14 days moored to 1 day moving does not constitute 'cruising'. To meet the original intention of the law, a boat needs to be cruising along the cut for many more days than it remains stationary and moored, measured over the licence period.
  15. That's curious, because I'm told I once shared a few locks with them. I had no idea who they were at the time and even now only the vaguest idea. I rather hope they found it quite refreshing to be treated like normal people.....
  16. RESULT! It was Susan Stranks who provoked those early...umm.... feelings! Gurls and technology.... lethal combination!
  17. They say horse riders use the road by right, vehicle drivers only by licence. Maybe it is the same principle.
  18. And I don't buy this. at 15mph on my own, not particularly posh bike, I reckon I can stop from "10-15mph" in about one second and perhaps 15-20ft of distance. Given he had time between seeing her step out and hitting her to sound his loud airhorn AND shout at her, I hold he either didn't brake at all, or he was going a good deal faster than 10-15mph.
  19. This bit is interesting. Does he mean on any road, or only on crossings?
  20. I suggest you raise it with GSR specifically as a case of a Scottish Power employee masquerading as Gas Safe member, you know this he could not produce his ID card when requested, choosing instead to leave site.
  21. I find myself wondering how many boats are on brokerage because the poo-tank only lasts a week between pump-outs 🤣🤣🤣
  22. You seem unable to to explain how you think insurance will reduce injuries in pedestrians hit by bikes. I'm out, this is pointless.
  23. I'm pretty sure my own concentration would be firmly focussed on the spike!!
  24. I don't understand. Surely the goal is to stop this reckless cyclist behaviour and stop people getting injured. Yes? I don't see how making cyclists have compulsory insurance advances us towards this goal one jot.
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