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  1. My android phone automatically backs up photos on my PC through Google - well, doesn't back up so much as is synched so the information on my phone is also on the PC. Then there is a constant back up going on from my PC to an external hard drive. So the photos are backed up as part of that.
  2. We've always had both Nicholson's and Pearson's. Pearson's is chattier and it's timings are spot on I find. He likes the detail of Nicholson's and it's on those maps I add my notes about moornings and other travel information. Also go and have a look at https://canalplan.uk/ It's the go-to for online journey planning! Well done on getting afloat. Nothing like it!
  3. Does your collection have to be available to wear/show/drool over at all times? Or could it be sucky-bagged? Or part of it sucky-bagged. That would reduce the space needed enORMOUSLY, AND keep the clothes free of moisture.
  4. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  5. I did the bit below a couple of months ago in our Newsletter. It was done with a lot of input and checking! Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) The Gas Aspect - Examiners, Bubble Testers and Manometers A BSS Examination is a safety check every four years to ensure your boat is being kept in a condition that complies with the BSS requirements (and be aware that, in the intervening period, your boat must not have any non-compliant changes to any of its systems which are subject to a BSS check). You can find an Examiner from the BSS website - www.boatsafetyscheme.org – which lists Examiners by area and gives full details of the scheme.. HOWEVER, a key element of the BSS Examination - the Gas check (7.12.2) - is critical as to whether your BSS Examiner will be able to issue a ‘pass’ confirmation for your boat. Graham Watts, BSS Support Executive, has been the lead on what follows. 1. If you are a leisure user (i.e. non-residential and your boat is non-commercial [not a hire boat, not a shop etc.]) any BSS Examiner can complete the safety checks and issue a ‘pass’ because they can check for gas leaks (check 7.12.2) using a manometer. 2. If you are a residential boater then if your BSS Examiner is not also Gas Safe (LPG boats-competent) registered, the Examiner can only complete check 7.12.2 (and therefore issue the ‘pass’) by either a. observing the tightness test conducted by an attending GSR engineer b. undertaking a gas tightness test using a bubble tester where correctly fitted and correctly located Less than 30% of BSS Examiners are also GSR so check for an in-date ID card if necessary. In terms of the (b) option, a bubble tester must be fitted by a GSR engineer** and if the total kW rating of appliances running through the system is greater than 12kW (as in most widebeams), the bubble tester cannot be fitted in-line but needs to be on a by-pass. This can be awkward in the locker and, to complicate matters, they are designed to fit to metric pipework. To add to this, a big part of the GasSafe gas test is the gas pressures of the system which the bubble tester doesn’t show. Two final points: The BSS does not require you to have a bubble-tester fitted. And, particularly important, if you are a residential boater, consider the sense in having an annual routine gas check. **Boats used for residential purposes as well as hire boats and floating businesses (such as cafés or shops) all fall within scope of the Gas Safety [Installation and Use] Regulations (GSIUR) and as such any LPG 'work' must be undertaken by Gas Safe registered installers.
  6. Ditto Ditto. And the photograph just above is of a Go Windlass
  7. "The Aqueduct" ................................
  8. I believe it is intended as a BBC4 programme so I assume there'll be a repeat of all episodes over whatever (?weekly).
  9. Following lifted from his Facebook page: "We have a confirmed date and time for the regional transmission for ‘Canal Boat Diaries’ as 7.30pm BBC One on 18th November! .... "This will be a regional premiere ... with Episode 1 (Shardlow in Derbyshire to Stoke on Trent) will screen in the East Midlands, whilst those in the West Midlands will see episode 2 (Caldon Canal, Macclesfield, Peak Forest). At the same time, episode 3 will air in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (BBC Leeds) and episode 4 will be shown in the North West (BBC Manchester)! The very next day (all 5) episodes will pop up on iPlayer apparently — even before they’ve been properly aired on BBC Four! Very unusual but then it’s an unusual programme compared to most BBC documentaries! ... https://youtu.be/023llBlT7_4" So .... if I'm reading that right and you have Freesat and a superduper recording device, you can watch one region and record all the others !!! Or wait till the next day ....
  10. If you get the sort of 'like with like' replacement will you always be hankering after the eco super one? When in doubt reverse the question - which will you regret and continue to regret NOT buying?! And tell all the neanderthals to go back to bashing their smalls on the rocks if they want. I'm with you girl - I like clean laundry. I like the freshness and feeling special when it's time to get the laundered togs on!
  11. Jo_

    GoWindlass

    We've just been out for a couple of weeks and my GoWindlass is as brilliant as ever. And I saw three or four in the hands of boaters we met at locks - all of them extolling its virtues and reporting they had bought at Crick this year. I see it now has a revolving casing on the handle (which I had suggested when I first got mine) but now I'm used to mine I'm just as happy without. No problems with it at all. And absolutely there is no way I'd leave it at a lock - the dog, the grandchild, the husband perhaps ..... but not the GoWindlass!!
  12. There's a Firewood Poem, isn't there. From The Times in the 1930s - Lady Celia something or other.
  13. Well, I like it!! I ignore all the incorrect ways of saying things and the clatters and bangs and the wrong information about this and that. What I'm seeing is a pretty mismatched group of people who are discovering what a joy it is to be on the water, on a boat and be part of the landscape, the community, the history. Good old John Prescott is genuinely impressed with all the engineering side and I love that. Michael Buerk is astonished at how much he's come to enjoy it all. And I don't believe either of those two are putting it on. So it makes me remember my earliest days on the water. I was hooked after a week and I probably did most of the things they've been doing. But I don't care; I still feel exactly the same about going out on the boat as I did a couple of decades ago, so if they are picking up on just a tiny bit of what we all feel then I'm really pleased for them. Jo
  14. Tweet from @CRTBoating yesterday afternoon ?: "It's a particularly bad bit of journalism and they have got some things hopelessly wrong. No we don’t provide fuel for free although we know of colleagues who bought coal for a vulnerable boaters when they had their benefits stopped."
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