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Ray T

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  1. Ray T

    Hillmorton

    Alan, the paddles and the connection between the locks were disabled by "my historic" narrowboat captain when he worked the Hillmorton Length, on the instructions of BW. Early 1960's I believe.
  2. Ray T

    Hillmorton

    I don't know about a policeman's lot not being a happy one but at times with some volockies it seems if they are damned if they help and damned if they don't. With some folks on the cut now I wouldn't volunteer.
  3. Ray T

    Hillmorton

    What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare? No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davis. Could have been written for the cut.
  4. Ray T

    Research into boating alone

    As Mrs T is having to work full time at the moment I often take a single handed trips out. If nothing else I get my fix and it keeps "my hand in." As Furness says above "Don't plan on going to a specific place, just cruise the cut. Don't put yourself under pressure to get somewhere. When you start to get tired, moor up and rest." Rest when you first feel tired, no later. An analogy from my days offshore, the time to reef the sails is when you first think about it. Far easier to shake a reef out than trying to put one in when the wind has got too strong. One of my sayings: "If you are in a rush, what are you doing on the cut."
  5. Ray T

    Death By Dangerous Cycling - New Laws

    I wear a full face helmet when driving
  6. There is / was an inspection type launch for sale at Braunston marina a couple of weeks ago, it had rear view mirrors at the front. It had dual steering positions however.
  7. Ray T

    alvecote historic boat gathering

    All being well taking "My Captain" on the Sunday.
  8. A boat was used as a getaway vehicle by suspected robbers after a building site was targeted in Coventry, police said. West Midlands Police The Coventry and Solihull response team tweeted that officers had "barged onto the scene" and the robbers' plans had been left "high and dry". One person was detained, they said, "but the Insp wouldn't let us make him walk the plank!" West Midlands Police https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/look-suspect-falls-in-canal-while-another-escapes-on-boat-after-coventry-burglary/
  9. Ray T

    Too much ventilation!

    The first picture is flying saucer type air vents capped over with wood and blacking and some sort of gue covering them. It was from a long running saga where a lady was given advice and help from forum members but took some of that advice too far. I believe she painted the whole of her boat with blacking.
  10. Ray T

    Too much ventilation!

    A couple of suggestions gleaned from this forum in the past!
  11. Ray T

    Clueless Boris

    I also heard of the service men calling the islanders BUB's, don't know if there is any credence to this?
  12. Ray T

    Alan H. Faulkner

    Sad news. Every week I still visit "my historic" narrowboat captain. We, Mrs T and myself, have compiled a "This is your Life" type book of his life for him, he has one copy and we have the other. I have recorded many snippits of his daily life, most may seem mundane, but as there are many books of the type "We did x miles with y locks in z days", not decrying these, we concentrated on recording the simple observations about a boaters life. I will never publish the book but when the time comes I will present it to a local reference library, with "my captain's" full permission. Not only are those who experienced the working canal life fading away but also those willing to record their history. As a nation we are careless with our heritage.
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