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  6. ETA: In the late 50s Sheffield Council had a mad moment and painted the front doors of council houses pastel colours, it was like Hollywood 🤣
  7. Same here, left a black Sheffield in '66 at age 19 and visited in '80 to an already cleaner place. From our lounge window on the Manor Estate we overlooked the industrial valley between Sheff and Rotherham, at the end of the annual works fortnight holiday, after all had been shut down, Wincobank Hill on the other side of the valley would slowly emerge from the smog. Occasionally, if the wind was strong enough to shift the smog, we could see it then, a rare and welcome treat.
  8. Wicker Arches were as black as your hat but transformed after cleaning. Every building was black!
  9. Absolutely, any change is an improvement particularly air quality, thick yellow smog was a regular visitor in my childhood, if mum inadvertently left the washing out overnight, smog or not, she'd have to set to next day and do it all over again. Sheffield was a bit grim then but I had a happy childhood nevertheless.
  10. I remember riding on the top deck of the bus in the 50s and 60s and looking down on this area, it was a depressing sight, dirty and neglected, never imagined then how it could possibly improve.
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  12. FWIW Innisfree requires 17" dia. Best dia is fixed by clearance available, if pitch then is OK for engine power and prop rpm a wider blade is the way to go, standard blade area (BAR) is 55%. More power requires more area, not more pitch, more area is obtained by bigger dia and/or wider blade if dia is fixed. Rarely is BAR considered important, most rely instead on pitch. With first engine - 2.4 litres 33bhp @ 2k revs 100 ft pounds @ 1650 rpm - Keith of Crowther props specified 17 x 14 x approx 75% (BAR wasn't stamped on prop} he was spot on, and he didn't need to consult a formula he told me straight away! It pulled max revs of 1,950 - 2:1 gearbox. Later LPW4S 1.750cc 40 bhp @3k revs 100 foot pounds @ 2k IIRC? with same box had 17 x 12 x 55% BAR and was slightly overpropped, 17 x 11, or maybe 11.5 would be ideal.
  13. Untie and set them adrift Without any witnesses 🙂
  14. Kismet, there's no escaping it, just experience the ride and try to get enjoyment out of it.
  15. After 2 years of fitting out and 5 years full time liveaboard ccers a family bereavement forced us to move ashore, no regrets, I've never done them anyway. Wife occasionally misses the nice rose coloured glasses cruising bit but not muddy towpaths and selfish moorers who won't 'udge up a bit. Good while it lasted but life moves on.
  16. British Broadcasting Corporation?
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  21. Could possibly be siphoning past a leaking pump gasket.
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