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Tam & Di

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Tam & Di last won the day on May 3 2016

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    France or Twickenham
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    The skills of boating, good food and wine. Boring people stupid talking about any of these.

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    examiner French & UK steerer's qualifications
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    predominantly France

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  1. Tam & Di

    Information on history of Guppyanna

    It just came back to me that the pointy bow thing was called a Jebus, so I looked at Google and there was reference to this old thread on CWDF:
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    Information on history of Guppyanna

    The skip-shaped compartment boats used for carriage of coal on the Aire and Calder were formed into a long train for the tow, and there was a short "pointy" section strapped to the leading one to act as a cut-water and avoid them becoming swamped. A false bow does not have to be anything fancy. Tam
  3. Tam & Di

    Boatmen commemorated

    It may already be posted but this Telegraph article about poppies being released at Anderton justcame to my attention: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/27/britains-forgotten-watermen-remembered-wartime-sacrifice/?fbclid=IwAR2ip0LmBL0eWi8oOuR8ME2zbJJhUlzWmdvAWdEqbpztHlraJ1YJ7InDj-Q Tam
  4. Tam & Di

    March of the Widebeams

    How about in General Bye Laws: As to Vessels to be used on Canals Fitness of Vessels 3. No person shall bring use or leave in any canal any vessel which is not in every respect fit for navigation on the canal or part thereof where it is intended to be used.
  5. Tam & Di

    Passing of moored boats on the river

    Unfortunately these limits do mean you would be travelling downstream in reverse gear in certainly conditions in order to stay within them.
  6. Tam & Di

    Living on Narrowboats in London

    They just have to go everywhere in reverse, then they'd be OK
  7. Tam & Di

    Living on Narrowboats in London

    No Red Port Left in the Can is better. Port buoys are topped with a Can/Cylinder shape and starboard buoys with a cone so colour-blind blokes can still work out where the hell they are. Tam
  8. Tam & Di

    March of the Widebeams

    Off topic, but that's a great photo of Progress before BW ruined it by cutting the decks to get a crane in. I've not seen it before. Tam
  9. Tam & Di

    Whither the weather?

    I don't know if this link has appeared before, but it gives an interesting view of all the storms raging over Europe: www.meteociel.fr/observations-meteo/foudre-direct.php?x=8763.56&y=5788.03&zoom=0.9 I'm not sure that the link worked, but this one seems to: http://www.meteociel.fr/observations-meteo/foudre-direct.php?x=384&y=384&zoom=0
  10. Tam & Di

    Wharfs?

    I don't know who "we" are, but they are wrong. There are lots of places where the landowner's property extends to the water's edge and where CRT do not own a ransom strip
  11. Tam & Di

    Rescue Hero Saman Gunan thank you

    But it is reported that one section is too tight for the divers too keep their air bottles attached, so "walking" would seem to be a little ambiguous. A very adventurous trip for the youngsters, but given that the rainy season was fast approaching it maybe lacked a little forethought.
  12. Tam & Di

    Flying a Kite, or Any ornithologists out there?

    Our village used to be a village of frog catchers, and I'm sure the birds joined in the fun, but these were much too high and not swooping down at all.
  13. We have a hovel in S. Burgundy on the junction of the river Saone and a smaller tributory, and about 1800hrs yesterday there were some 40 - 50 Kites gently milling around above us. (I'm fairly sure that's what they were, probably red kites). I have never seen more than one or two in the same area and certainly not such an enormous number. They were quite high, and slowly went even higher where we needed the glasses to see them properly and then back down a bit, and were there for at least an hour. We've not had any amount of mosquitoes or other little flying pests so far this year, but I did wonder if there was a swarm of something up at that height - it had been about 30 degrees during the day and was still pretty hot. They weren't particularly swooping about, just gently "swirling". It is an area where we do get birds pausing during migration, and last Autumn we had spectalular murmurations of starlings that occured every evening for a week or more. Late June's not the right time though. Has anyone any idea what was going on? Tam
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    Boat name: Punning assistance required.

    In the 70s Nick Grey bought Redshank and Greenshank from Leslie Morton of Willow Wren and for a while worked them with his partner Corinna Brown doing retail coal trade. So they obviously had the names Brown and Grey on the name panel - all together quite a colour palette. Your Mason and Smith are pretty good too if you can use that in some way instead of the first names - perhaps you could call it Builders ?
  15. Tam & Di

    Large Woolwich

    And this is exactly what causes the "surfing" wave that throws you through the bridge'ole when you knock the throttle back abruptly - the engine'ole will be just about coming into the bridge when you do it as Alan etc say as it would be too early otherwise. There can be interesting results when you try to overtake too. We were with a single motor, loaded on the N. Oxford, and a small cruiser was trying to overtake. I would generally be helpful if possible, but I was coming to a bridge and he really did need to wait till we were through it. But he kept a-coming - until his bow got about level with the engine'ole door. Whereupon he just got sucked over and glued to me. I decided to let him see the folly of his ways and just kept on until I was a boat length from the bridge, when I did ease off a little so he came unstuck. Once throught the bridge I waved him by, but told him to go by steady or the same thing would happen again. I suspect it was time for clean underpants the next time he stopped.
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