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DaveP

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  1. It's not - see https://www.watersidemooring.com/Home/FAQ - Q. Are you still part of the Canal & River Trust? Yes. Waterside Mooring is a new name for long term moorings managed directly by the Canal & River Trust. It's just a facade - helps in deflecting FOI requests; they'll claim that everything is commercially confidential and not part of the statutory business. This is why they don't publish winning bids or price lists any more....
  2. 'fraid I don't know about the details of the part-year costs as I'm not eligible. I suggest you log into te crt licensing site and have a play around.
  3. Yeas, it's a one-off first licence only offer that you dont have to buy a full 12month licence. Im not even sure that it willhappen again next year....
  4. No, you'd be buying a sep-dec gold licence this year, then be on a january renewal in following years. If you switched back to a standard licence in a subsequent years, then if you wanted a gold licence again, you'd have it backdated (if necessary) to january.
  5. This is only available for your first gold licence.after that it's jan-dec as before. I had enormous problems with the online system and phone assistance as i was trying to upgrade from a standard licence to gold (backdated to jan as i've had one before) and the online system was ignoring my online/full payment discounts. Took intervention from licensing support people to convince the issuing people that they'd got yet another example of their 'special and unique' software in public service.
  6. Given his history of working with street homelessness and then social housing, this is going to be an assault on liveaboards. Or, on non-liveaboards - after all if a boat is empty even for a couple of days it could provide a valuable shelter for those without a roof over their head. Or, given his recent role representing housebuilders, the paving and building on every scrap of land CRT can sell to his chums. Whatever, he's a fat cat, and all or some of us, are looking like dinner...
  7. Came up through Dashwood at 11am. All fine; top gate a bit leaky but overall in better condition than I've usually seen this lock over the last decade. Levels above Bakers lock and the Cherwell are all fine up to Lower Heyford (where we are now). Kidlington Geen to Roundham pound was low on Friday.
  8. I've just acquired a B535. The wifi security is tighter than my old router so I had to change the password for the network from the previous one. Meaning that every device needed updating. My HP laserjet (p1102w) was a real pain, but got there in the end by downgrading the 'wifi security' setting to 'wpa/wpa2' from 'wpa2'.
  9. One set of hidden costs (if you're not on a residential mooring) relates to interacting with authorities - without a home address, you're inelegible to hold a bank account, or any kind of credit agreement. GP practices (apart from an honorable few) will accept you as a client. Local authorities will not allow you subsidised transport nor use their refuse facilities. DVLA and TVL will refuse licences issued through their bureaucracy. You will have to learn how lie, duck and dive to get round these issues.
  10. There are visitor moorings above the lock, along the side of the basin, plus a sanitary station. If they're full, there's more through the railway bridge up to the Great West Road, and then from the GWR bridge to the footbridge to Glaxo-Smithkline blg, and then pins will get you in up to Clitheroe's lock.
  11. I've got one this year - having received one in the past; the survey is very focused on one's last interaction with CRT rather than generalised experience over (say) a year. My responses are very negative this year since the last six months of interactions with them have been uniformly poor - involving unfounded accusation of overstaying, inability to book lock passage in a manner that wasn't dangerous or impossible, inability to purchase a licence with the correct discounts, and inability to purchase a mooring with the advertised conditions that were advertised.
  12. Actually, the nights don't start drawing in until next week (28th), but dawn is now getting later faster....
  13. Last year it was online only. The information boat in Bancroft Basin was staffed, but couldn't sell the licences.
  14. DaveP

    Solar panel

    Bimble Solar can deliver to Ron Gooding above Stonebridge - https://www.bimblesolar.com/london-boat-fitting
  15. Given that CRT happily issue many River-only licences to cc'rs on the Lee & Stort (so no right to enter any other connected CRT waterway or transit one to reach another) and that's 40miles total length, only 5more than the M&B, I don't see that they'll be able to not issue one and complain about lack of progress as long as the full length is traversed - it is after all nearly doulble the distance CRT have stated will start to cause range concerns... But, as with many others, I have received conflicting, incorrect and downright dangerous advice from CRT recently. So, get it in writing, and compare notes with others in similar positions before accepting what they say.
  16. My lenovo - <vol down>+<power> takes screenshot and saves it in storage/pictures/Screenshots. My Gallery app seems to have been replaced by (Google) Photos. opening this allows one to navigate the 'on device' folders....
  17. I'm in London, and have been since December. There is plenty of room coming in from the West until Alperton. From there until Paddington (2hrs) it's mostly full, but even at the Westway there were a couple of breasted-up spots. We paid for a weekend in the basin (6 places there plus another 2 in Little Venice). However, we then found a spot for Xmas/New Year by the station. Followed by a couple of weeks back in the basin behind the hospital. We then went back out onto the mainline at the Harrow Road. Now the big leap over to Kings Cross - there are no moorings really (apart from the 5 spots in Camden) for a good 3hr cruise through Mary!ebone, Regents Park and Camden. We'd booked a week on the eco-moorings above City Road lock. Then back to Kings Cross and an extended stay on the Coaldrops (because of Storm Eunice), then back to the eco-moorings for a futher week. There's a major problem with the eco-moorings (which occupy the entirety of the moorings from East of Kings Cross to City Road Lock) in that the booking website doesn't allow one to cancal a booking within two weeks of arrival, and thus spaces go wasted. I've just spent the last week back on them and 4-6 spaces (of 10 at Colebrooke Row) were vacant every night. From the eco-moorings we went East to Haggerston, and then down to Mile End for two weeks apiece before returning to the eco-moorings. Yesterday we discovered that there were no appropriate spaces at Old Ford in Stratford and had to travel a whole mile and a half further north to find a lovely space on Hackney Marshes. The next moorings will hopefully be outside Lidl on the Limehouse Cut and then somewhere in Brentford before climbing up to the Fox in Hanwell. In the last four months, the only time we haven't found a space in or close to our preferred destination - was yesterday. London is not full; it's crowded, but there are always spaces somewhere. And now there are many more bookable moorings in the centre of town (website incompetence notwithstanding) so, so long as you don't have a massive widebeam, or will not breast-up, you'll find a space. As to the locals. They're young and new. They can't move out of London, because that's where their jobs/families and schools are - but in general they do seem to try and obey the guidelines for cc'ingas they currently exist, and many want to make a go of living on boats. There are a few who are obstreperous, and care nought for the rules - some have dependency or mental health issues, others are merely self-centred and selfish, but they are a very small minority. As to CRT - they're pretty universally seen as remote, uncaring, ignorant, incompetent, and biaised against boaters. The farago of the 'safety zones' on the Lee over the past year has played, once again, into the hands of the NBTA activists. The workers on the bank are respected, but the employment of District Enforcement is destroying even that. But in two weeks, I'm back off up-country for 7-8 months. I'll report back next time I come down to this country within a country....
  18. It's laid out in their GDPR policy schedule - "Unless otherwise specified below, we delete this personal information 7 years after the end of the relevant boat license, business boating agreement, mooring permit or other agreement." If you don't think this period is properly reasonable under the Regulations then complain to the ICO - don't come whinging here until you've made up a substantive complaint to them and are prepared to share it so we can contribute to ensuring it's properly grounded. If you believe that CRT aren't following their own policy, then institute a complaint to CRT - but do share it here so we can comment once again on your reasonableness and restraint.
  19. I have a Raspbery Pi running Kodi connected to either Freeview or Freesat receivers as needed. Kodi runs a PVR for recording on-air programmes as needed. It can also do an iplayer/sounds interface through the wifi although not itv/4/5. There's also a torrenting module and soundcloud for music. It also indexes/classifies/plays locally stored files. For emergency watching of 'Dancing on Ice' there's a Roku Express to stream 3/4/5 from the internet.
  20. One of the Rembrandt Gardens (the southern) allows breasting. From the booking page "There are two moorings available at Rembrandt Gardens - one for a widebeam boat (on the South Mooring) and one for narrowboats only (on the North Mooring). If you wish to use the widebeam mooring to moor two narrowboats abreast.."
  21. I'm a customer of Circular Revolution; I've been using a composting system for five years now - CRT's mixed messaging about bag/binning - first of all it's allowed and almost encouraged; then, solely in the Boaters' Update newletter, this policy is reversed with immediate effect (when I received the newsletter, I checked the other online resources regarding the policy and wrote to the author - no other authority had been changed from the previous stance, and the author never deigned to reply to my query). CRT subsequently seem to have relaxed their stance from 'must not' to 'should not' bag/bin and extended the deadline for implementation to the start of this year. I have bag/bined in the winter months, whilst I'm in London as a cc'r. The weather's too cold to sucessfully dehydrate/compost shit on the roof and a whole year's worth of poo is too much for the vegetable patch. So, the collection service saves me having to find a working bin store (they're getting fewer down here), or pretend I've got a large dog. Urine - I've got enough containers for a fortnightly turnaround - but again, if an elsan's out of action, then there are precious few around, so the parks might get a nitrogenous bonus if the next elsan isn't within the rest of the day's cruise range. It is more expensive than a pumpout, but there's even fewer of those down here than other facilities! But it's more convenient - I don't have to move the boat for a day or three to get emptied, and the toilet is infinitely less complicated and thirsty for water. Plus, I'm only using it for the four months or so that I'm moving through London, so the total cost is something like 180 quid. I'd like to have been able to carry on using the bins, but times change and we must change with them. I believe there are relatively few people composting in London - I'm of the opinion that many liveaboards use their offices/gyms/pubs etc facilities for a lot of their utput and the onboard toilets are only used when others are not to hand. But, as with any walk of life, there are also the few who don't care and abuse what facilities are around - which gives _everyone_ a bad name, and a bad time.
  22. I think that's the preferred solution - move the crusties (other liveaboard continuous cruising boaters are also available) to Birmingham. Move CRT offices back to central London where there are now no pesky boaters to ask awkward questions....
  23. DaveP

    WIFI

    Pole Height - in Lower Heyford (on 3) I was able to stream SD iplayer video with a 4m pole. Previously, with the receiver on the roof, the network was pretty unusable. (This is with a Huawei E3772 dongle and a pair of £10 chinese magnetic stick aerials). I've previous!y called this area 'the valley of the 19th century' due to the lack of useful mobile signal round there.
  24. Isn't the vat rate 5%, rather than 20%? (Not that it matters for the margin calculation, but does of course get reflected in the price charged to the final consumer).
  25. I've let a Three contract run-on after the minimum period (the old One Plan) until they shafted everyone by withdrawing it and essentially doubling the price. But for a couple of years it was great; as far as I recall, they essentially keep you on the same deal, but it's on 30 days notice, so if you're happy there's no need to take out a new contract. So, are they shafting customers again by withdrawing contracts over their minimum period?
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