Tuesday, 31 July 2012

@BensonTalks

I don’t quite understand the Olympics.
My geography says Greenwich is south side of the Thames so why does #LOCOG have any control over it. Both businesses and charities are losing money because of road closures. WTF is going on!!!benson

@BensonTalks is a twitterer raising money for Alzheimer's research, yet the road is closed and no one can get to ‘talk’ to and have their picture taken with Benson.

SHAME ON THE OLYMPIC ORGANISERS

Fast off the block

Narrowboat Buccaneer just came past. I mention this because they were travelling at a respectable speed. I popped my head out of the side hatch and thanked them.

“Thank you very much sir. You are a gentleman”

“What for?”

“For passing at a respectable speed. The last few came past here this morning like rockets.”

We’ve noticed that over the last few days. There is no need for it.”

The previous few boats had literally hammered through. One (about 40 foot) leaving the water point on full throttle and exceeding the speed limit almost before he had travelled his own length. When I asked ‘him’ to slow down ‘she’ said we have only just moved off! They weren’t youngsters either.

At what point in history did it become the norm to accelerate off a mooring like your tail was on fire? I just don’t get it, but this seems to be the way of boating these days.

Is it acceptable? Is it necessary? What is the logic behind it? How can we educate people people not to do it? Which brings me to my future post about the compulsory  boat pilots licence. Watch this space!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Pet Hate!

I really don’t understand why it is that people cant close the  cover of the water points. What is so difficult? You do not need a key to close it, so please close it! Its locked for a reason. It stops any ne’er do well from opening the tap and wasting water.290720121191

If you don’t want to shut it then I am sure there are other places you can go, like off the waterway!!!

How?

This is a steel rod of about 1 inch radius. It is a part of Perry’s Lift Bridge on the Oxford Canal. This is a view underneath the bridge as you can see, Its purpose is to hold the two ends of the bridge together. There are three of them I think.
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So I have to wonder why (or is that how?) did this happen? I very much doubt it was an ‘accident’.

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Friday, 27 July 2012

It’s Time

One would think indicated time would be a constant, even though perceived time is a variable (working days seem endless while leisure days pass too quick).

People often set their clocks fast to ensure punctuality. A clock is a clock it has one real function to tell the correct time. If it doesn't do this it should be consigned to the bin. A clock that is not right is of no use at all, except to the feeble minded. It doesn’t allow the owner to converse, correspond or communicate correctly with the rest of the world. If I ask the time and you say, “It’s 7.10”, when in fact it is 7.00 you have given me wrong information. If you say, “Its 7.10 but my watch is 10 mins fast,” you waste my time working out the correct time. If you tell me it is 7.00 even though your watch says 7.10 then what is the point of setting it fast? Why is it that people not keep their timepieces correctly adjusted?

The whole argument for setting your watch forward so that you arrive early is a fallacy, given that you always know that your watch is fast. Why not simply train yourself to arrive on time instead of early.

A friend recent said, “I set it by the BBC that’s good enough for me.” but what if the BBC are wrong? (having set his watch by the BBC he was still three minutes fast: according to the Atomic Clock which is accurate to 8 decimal places on the second per year). Was he just bad at setting his watch or is the BBC wrong?

There is an international standard laid down and there should be a commitment from every one to have their timepieces set to the correct time.

I get my time from http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ . At this site you can download a small program That allows you to check the time via a nuclear clock and if you ask it it will correct your computer clock. This done you can correct your watch, mobile phone and any other gadgets you have.

So given that it can be this simple for everyone in the world to have the correct time how come we rarely see two clocks reading the same time?

Being the grumpy bastard I am I would like to see it become a criminal offence to own a time piece telling the incorrect time unless it has stopped. I think confinement to a sexual pleasure house for ten minutes should be a suitable deterrent.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

CAN ANYONE HELP?

Jeanette went missing on the 16 July 2012 in the Buckinghamshire town of Aylesbury. She disappeared from a friends narrowboat where she had been staying. The narrowboat is called 'Sawdust'. She has not been seen since, but it is thought that she is staying in the area. Very few of her belongings are missing from the boat. Approximately 2 years ago she suffered a stroke and because of this finds it hard to cope without support. She is personable and very approachable and has been known to sleep rough before.

Details: 5'11", 49 years old, long brown hair, medium/slim build.

Last seen wearing jeans, a tank top, sports cap, and carrying a waterproof jacket.

Jeanette is very vulnerable and unfamiliar with the area of Aylesbury (just located here).

If anyone sees her please contact 101 quoting URN 730.

38 Degrees

McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Adidas, VISA... In the last couple of weeks we’ve taken on some of the most powerful companies in the world - and won! Together, we’ve forced them to pay their fair share of tax during the Olympics. All of the companies we targeted have now said they won’t be using the tax break open to Olympic sponsors. [1]
This campaign was something new. 38 Degrees members are used to taking on the government. But this was the first time we’ve targeted big global companies. We knocked them over one by one, gaining strength with each fresh victory.
This win is more proof that when we work together, we get results. That’s why as 38 Degrees members we choose what we campaign on together. Member polls are an important part of deciding what we should focus on next. Should we concentrate on protecting the NHS and the environment? Should we be cracking down on bankers? Perhaps you have an idea of your own?
Can you take the two minute survey and help set the direction of 38 Degrees?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/poll-july-2012
When 38 Degrees members first saw the tax breaks for Olympic sponsors, exposed in a piece by the magazine Ethical Consumer, it may have seemed unlikely that these heavyweight multinationals could be forced to back down. [2] But we were successful because we used our power as customers.
The sponsors were hoping to get a big boost from their involvement with the Games. But our huge petition and the flood of activity on Facebook and Twitter had them worried. They could see it was safer to back down on the tax break than to risk a PR disaster with the very people who buy their products.
Fixing this particular tax dodge is a step in the right direction and a glimpse of what we can do - but there’s so much more to do. Recent reports suggest that the UK could be losing trillions of pounds in dodged tax every year. [3] Should we follow up our Olympic success by keeping the focus on tax-dodging or should we be prioritising other campaigns? Perhaps we should be concentrating on tackling climate change, stopping the privatisation of the police, or protecting the BBC. Or is there something else you’d like to suggest?
Take the quick survey and help decide what we should work on next together:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/poll-july-2012
Thanks for being involved,
David T, Robin, Belinda, Marie, James, and the 38 Degrees team
PS: Part of what scared the sponsors most was being targeted on Facebook. Protecting their public image turned out to be worth more than a tax break! Can you help make 38 Degrees even stronger by liking us on Facebook? http://facebook.com/peoplepowerchange
NOTES
[1] We'll work with tax experts from the Tax Justice Network to check these statements and to make sure these companies keep their word.
38 Degrees: Olympic sponsor statements https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/index.php/pages/296/
[2] Ethical Consumer: The Great Olympic Tax Swindle http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/commentanalysis/corporatewatch/thegreatolympictaxswindle.aspx
[3] The Guardian: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/21/global-elite-tax-offshore-economy

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Twitter

I use twitter. I use it  a lot. I have twittered with some of my favourite people both in the media and not in the media. Many boaters are on my list. and many friends.

I have a problem with with the idea that some one can block you, which stops you seeing their tweets. That’s OK we all have choices, but they can still see your tweets. I would like to point out to Twitter that this is grossly unfair and that if a twitterer blocks someone then they should not be able to see the blocked persons tweets at all.

This seems fair to me. If you don’t want anyone to see what you write why should you be allowed to see what they write? Much less then be able to pass that info on to your own followers. This cannot be right! Either you have blocked someone or you haven’t it has to be two ways.

Trying to contact Twitter is next to impossible. Their contact us page gives only a postal address, which I feel is very odd for a web based company.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Missed Opportunity

From David Ryman writing about his attempt to ‘join’ the CRT.

Unfortunately,
If you are an "expat" like myself, you can not become a member, as membership depends on the trust being able to institute a "banker's order", which it apparently can not do with "overseas" banks. (This is their info, not mine, I thought it was in hand).
If they like to start accepting credit-cards (for memberships), I will happily join up.
(I understand that they will accept donations via credit-cards, but I wish to become a "member", not a "donor".)

Dave Ryman
Darkest Tasmania

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

What towpath?

If you should be in a walking frame of mind and go north past Twyford Wharf on the Oxford Canal, Banbury bound; you will come to two lift bridges. 176 & 175 both strangely, according to Nicholson Guides, called Steven’s Lift Bridge. Between the two you will find the towpath is as the picture.Photo0043Picture by Malcolm

Now this didn’t happen today it has been there some time. BW would have been aware of it and, given that CRT was mostly just a name changing exercise, consequently CRT are now aware and it is a priority. Or if it isn’t it had better soon be lest they will have to stop advertising the OXFORD CANAL WALK and start calling it the OXFORD CANAL OBSTACLE COURSE.

I cannot in all honesty understand why this could not have had a temporary repair using wood from felled trees. It’s not like the woodsman haven’t been busy recently.

I do suspect that this could have been the result of running an engine in gear for a prolonged period of time. And of course as soon as the towpath turned into a quagmire the culprit moved on.

Lucy Moonbeam

Today we had a celebrity visit us at Thrupp. This is Lucy Moonbeam. She is 121/2 years of age is arthritic, overweight, deaf as a post and an absolute peach.

Oh sorry the celebrity bit, yes. You may remember her pushing a roll of Andrex toilet tissue down the stairs in a TV advert as a puppy.180720121168We have the nicest visitors

Buckles

Had to put this up. its too funny not to.

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Apologies to Steve Bell at the Guardian.

CaRT CART or CRT

When the British Waterways Board (BWB) became British Waterways the ‘B’ was dropped and ink was saved by just writing BW.

Now we have another change from British Waterways to The Canal and River Trust. So what is it to be,

CaRT, CART or CRT.

Abbreviations often only use the initials of the cardinal words to form the abbreviation. Occasionally the sub-cardinals are included to make the abbreviation easier to say. In the case of CaRT and CART the sub-cardinal in only being used for derision. and so these do not stand up for consideration, even though Tom and Victor at NBW, the ‘voice of the waterways,’ continue to use CART, we can take what they do with a large pinch of salt. It’s not big, it’s not clever and really its not funny!

The correct title for our sovereign is Her Majesty the Queen. This is abbreviated to HMQ, not HMTQ. This is fairly normal. We don’t have TAA or TRAC or TGWR, TUN, TUSA or even TCART. So why do people insist that they use the ‘a’ of ‘and’? It is simple they are not giving the CRT a fair crack they are, as they did with BW, pouring scorn on the new Trust. If it is good enough for HMTQ then it should be good enough for all of us.

The new Trust has expressed a preference for CRT and we should respect that. Anything else is just people being asses.

The arguments against CRT are petty and ill-founded. Those who think CRT means Cathode Ray Tube (Victor Swift) are away with the fairies. Twenty years ago nearly every household in the country had at least one CRT, not so today and certainly not in the future. I would hazard a guess that most kids at school have no idea what a CRT is unless they are doing electronics using out dated equipment.

So why not go with the flow and accept the Canal and River Trust as the CRT it makes sense.

Comments may be severely censored.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

G4S

I am sure we have all heard that snivelling little shit Buckles making excuses about why his company has f***ed up. He says he is not going to give us (taxpayers) our money back. £57 million management fee. Well you cannot deny he has managed a gigantic screw up!

But who is he blaming? He is blaming those recruited to work for not turning up for their training. The very people he wants to screw over  by not paying them. This is from a G4S security employee.

"The reason people are not turning up is because G4S has sent out contracts stating that workers are liable for the cost of training unless they complete 5 days work. However, G4S are refusing to guarantee 5 days work, or tell us the cost of the training sessions. That is why thousands of us are holding onto the part-time jobs we already have. And yet apart from LBC radio and this post on yahoo, nothing in the press has been mentioned about this"

So if he only gives every one 4 days work and then recovers from them the cost of their training (which will probably cost them 4 days pay) then he gets to pocket a huge stash and all those who worked get f*** all. You don’t get to be a big rich asshole by being nice to the poor people.

What is sad and most unfair is he will get away with this fraud. And probably get a Lordshit (sic) into the bargain.

This shit cannot go on much longer before there is a rebellion.

Ah at long last!

Its been four, five or is it more years since bridge 80 on the north Oxford canal became this pitiful pile of bricks.
DSCF2406Now at long last starting this week something is to be done'. Hurrah!!

Oxford Canal Bridges 79 and 80
Tuesday 17 July 2012 - Monday 15 October 2012
Major repairs are being undertaken to Bridges 79 and 80 to improve their condition and preserve their heritage value for the future. These works are being undertaken by our contractor, May Gurney and the Waterway Recovery Group. During the works there may be short delays of up to 2 hours on your journey due to the restriction caused by the scaffolding.
In addition, the towpath will be closed for up to one week whilst piling works are being undertaken on both bridges. The date for these works will be posted when the works programme is established.
Enquiries: 01908 302518

Monday, 16 July 2012

Be afraid, be very afraid!

What is scary about the email I received from CRT, mentioned in the last post, is the notice that Windows added to the CRT reply.

Smartscreen

Now I am worried!

The Humble Cycle Permit

I was surprised to hear that the need for a permit to cycle on the towpath has been abolished. It would seem our new ‘leaders’ made this decision even before the inaugural meeting of the CRT took place.

The chiefs of this ‘new and exciting venture’, despite the crumbling infrastructure that desperately needs TLC, have decided that the cycle permit is the first priority of the trust.

Now some of these people there in their ivory tower MUST be boaters and must know that cyclists on the towpath can be a hazard so I am in a bit of a pickle as to why they did this. Not that many ever got a cycle permit anyway!

I sent an email asking ‘since when’  and received this reply:-

Dear Maffi
The cycle permit is no longer required since we have become a Trust, however, we still offer some hints and tips on our website
www.canalrivertrust.org.uk and ask people be considerate to others on their route.
Kind regards Helen

Now I don’t understand this. I have only ever met one person that knew he needed a permit to cycle on the tow path and speaking to many others I know they didn’t know. What makes CRT think that those that didn’t know in the past that they needed a permit are any more likely to find the website now and and learn how to be considerate to others on their route. It ain’t gonna happen.

Now Mr CRT about Shipton Weir Lock . . . . . . . .fix it!!!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Hat Hair

You could be forgiven for thinking I am wearing a bowler in this image of me in silhouette, but you would be wrong. This is my hair, ‘s good innit!
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I would actually like to own a bowler but finding one in a charity shop is proving impossible.

Jigsy

There is a saying that “Old comics never die”. Jigsy is a new stage play written by Tony Staveacre Directed by Hannah Chissick  staring Les Dennis in the title role.

Remember Tommy Cooper? Tony Hancock? Al Reid? Jigsy does. Over the last thirty years he's worked with them all - and he’ll tell you the stories to prove it.

With sweat, smoke and failure clinging to his faded dinner jacket, Jigsy relives his tale: the glamour and grit of his younger days, the horror stories of when it all goes wrong, and the success he might have had.

Starring Les Dennis, Tony Staveacre's blisteringly funny new play lays bare the highs and lows of a northern comic mining the last laughs of the working-men’s club circuit.

Tickets below

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Tickets can be booked here

Saturday 28 July at 8pm (World Premier)
Sunday 29 July at 4pm
UPSTAIRS AT THE GATEHOUSE,
HIGHGATE VILLAGE, LONDON, N6 4BD

1 - 26 August (not 13) 2.50pm
THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS, EDINBURGH

29 Aug - 8 Sept (not 2) 8.00pm
TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE, BRISTOL

One of the many we can expect

Oh dear how long has CRT been in charge? This was on Twitter this morning

CRT Customer Service@CRTContactUs
we are experiencing issues with our printer so are unable to print out licences at the moment but your licence will be valid on our system

Profiles

I hate talking to your dog, your cat, your child, a flower, your car or boat or some godforsaken place where you once spent two sweaty weeks. I don’t like it if people cant be assed to put their profile picture the right way up! and it is really irksome that some people cant find one picture of themselves in focus. Self taken pictures really are the worst.

I find it hard to believe that many who work for, work with BW/CRT, and those who volunteer, think it is an imposition to be asked to use a current picture in their profile So that people can recognise them. Surely we should be able to recognise those who are the public face of the waterways.

Yes I know some people have had problems with stalkers. I understand that, but if that’s a problem, isn’t it a bit silly to get involved in a public organisation. I have had problems with a person telling the most blatant lies  and harassing me, but my picture still remains.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Heil CRT

A new menace has hit the waterways! You can forget Veils disease, forget alligators, forget speeding boaters, forget leaking locks, you can even forget fishermen. The new menace is even more terrible than all of those put together.

Chuggers!!!
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Yes folks the dreaded evil Chugger is loose on the canals. Chuggers or to give them their proper name Charity Muggers will leap out from nowhere accost you and try to sell you a CRT friendship pledge. They will want to tell you all about the CRT and how good it will be. If you point out the problems they will not engage. If you point out that you already pay £1000 a year to the cause they will not engage. If you . . . . . . .well you get the message.

The future is bright, the future is full of numpties trying to ‘sell’ you shares in something you already pay for. And they are on commission. [CART projects that it will lose £1.2 million over the next four years due to fundraising activities...] those of you in the know will see the oxymoron here. How the f**k can fundraising activities loose  money. Here’s a clue: all those BW ‘directors’ who screwed up BW have new jobs. They have all been employed as directors of screw-ups in CRT. CRT can save £1.2 million  in the first four years by getting shot of the chuggers. How cool is that!

We must all resist the urge to throw the Chuggers in the canal, not just because it illegal to pollute the canal with organic waste, but it is just possible that the new improved CRT could have you taken off the water. (I believe they have friends in high places). Well that's me gone then!

CRT are refusing to communicate on social network sites if the opinions expressed are not those of the party line, deleting posts that they don’t like. This ‘new’ transparent organisation is starting out life the way fascists do. “You can say want you want as long as we let you”.

Sieg heil! Sieg heil! Sieg heil! Sieg heil!

Gott helfe uns allen !!!
god save us all !!!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

FREE TIBET

This from the Telegraph

The naked man had ‘Free Tibet’ painted on his back and footage shot by the public showed him running a short distance past cheering crowds at the head of the torch procession.

The incident took place minutes before Sir Steve Redgrave rowed with the Olympic torch along the River Thames.

A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: "A 27-year-old man from Henley has been arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency and is in custody."

Well I am sorry but I am at a loss to see what public decency he outraged. From the video clip it seemed that most if not all were cheering him. I think the police need a reality check.

But that aside, when he was arrested the slogan on his back was covered with the blanket  before it was properly wrapped around his torso. As he was frog marched, away to the building where he was detained, an officer held a corner over the slogan! The cover up of the slogan seemed to be more important than than his naked body.

So I am left wondering ‘What public decency he outraged’. Was it that he had the temerity to run down the road naked or that the had this particular political slogan on his back?

While I will not be doing this naked, that would be a public outrage, I will  be giving my tu’pence worth.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Can we survive?

The folks who are getting free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this: All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.

The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

Thomas Jefferson said it best: "Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not".

The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

( Not my work but borrowed from the internet)

Monday, 9 July 2012

Around the field.

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Stupid

This boy is too stupid to be on a boat and the idiots on the roof. are no better. OXNB specifically tells them of the dangers of being on the roof and the gunnels. This is total stupidity.

DSCF4477I despair these dummies are the future.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The humble Mossie

The humble Mossie, or to give it its proper name The Mosquito (Culicidae), is an annoying buzzy little creature that pisses everybody off as it goes around buzzing, buzzing, buzzing. It is so ‘bloody’ annoying it could drive you to distraction.

Imagine my  despair when this morning when I awoke to the sound of an annoying Mossie. Not a mossie of the insect variety, but of the antipodean kind. The nb Aussie Mossie from ‘down under’ was the annoying Mossie. Seven thirty he put his engine on and woke me up. Now I know he is not new to this boating malarkey, but he seems unable to read the rule book and doesn't see that the 8 till 8 rule applies to him.

I have often asked, when these people run their engines, if they know the rules and always seem to get the same response, “we only put it on to heat the water for a shower.” I DON’T CARE!!!. What part of 8 till 8 don’t they understand? I didn't have to be up this morning until 8 and should have expected another half hours sleep, but no these illiterate inconsiderate boaters don’t think about others just themselves.

I don’t see the problem. It would not hurt for them to have their shower after they have left (they could take it in turns whilst cruising along) but no these selfish bastards have to wake everyone up.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

176 CCers moved from Regent Canal

They are complaining again. I just don’t get it.

Those boats who are being moved have signed up to be Continuous Cruisers that means they have to move continuously (every 14 days) all that is happening is that they are being compelled to do that which they promised to do. By not moving they are cheating British Waterways out of many thousands of pounds of mooring fees.

I would hazard a guess that if BW presented them with a bill for mooring they would be up in arms about that. The simple fact is if you are a continuous cruiser then you should not complain when asked to move. If these people are working then they could have paid for a mooring yet they have chosen not to. Their choice.

Now will someone tell them to stop B*tch*ng.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Kate

I wanted to get a ‘Saffin in Somerton’ moment, but not this one. I thought looking down to the bottom of the lock with Kate looking up, but when I closed the gate I forgot to take anymore pictures. Dumb DOH!DSCF4435

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Friends and Boating EDIT:

Last week was a good week for boating and friends. On Monday I took Morning Mist up to Lower Heyford for Kate. Before I set off I picked up a lady friend, Jane, who was sitting in her car doing the office work. On the way we met George (nb Rock and Roll) at Bakers Lock followed by the delectable Carol (Mrs George). No sooner had she passed than we were passed by Geoff and Maggs aboard nb Syella. Tad was aboard his boat nb Tuppence before we got to the bridge, Somewhere along the way we passed Jackie and Stein nb Likes Ducks To Water. Jane was excited about all the people I knew along the way. We only had to do one lock completely. People arrived to go down as we were exiting or were exiting as we arrived to go up. I returned to Thrupp in time to spend the evening with George, Carol, Geoff, and Maggs at the Boat Inn.

Tuesday was a lazy day. I had tea on board Rock ‘n’ Roll before they set off to the big water. They were closely followed by Syella.

Wednesday I again aided Kate with Morning Mist aiming for Banbury. As we were setting off from Heyford Del & Al were arriving on nb Derwent 6. Unfortunately in the early hours Rose Skinner died and Kate had things to do over there in the morning so we set of late and only got to Twyford Mill. Where I met up with Mick off nb Peaceful Waters. Sue was conspicuous by her absence.

Thursday after two unsuccessful attempts to meet up I finally met with Malcolm. Malcom is a blog reader and commenter. He is currently searching for a boat to buy. It’s always nice seeing people who read the blog, putting names to faces. It gives you an idea what cyclepaths are out there Smile

I have a visitors book on board and keep forgetting to ask people to sign it. Doh!

I have no recollection of Friday at all other than I cooked dinner for my neighbour. Its her turn this week.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I had dinner with friends at the Turnpike. Bones Steve Marianne PJ Mel Jan Martin and of course me. Bones was recovering from a collision in her boat that did a lot of damage. We all went along to help her smile.

Sunday one of the customers of the day boats was a C130J pilot and we had lot to talk about (in the absence of my Veterans Badge I wear my RAF cap badge in my hat). There is one family that will be coming back for another day out.

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TRURO & DRACO

DSCF4458Passing back through Thrupp today

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Boating and friends.

Last week was a good week for boating and friends. On Monday I took Morning Mist up to Lower Heyford for Kate. Before I set off I picked up a lady friend, Jane, who was sitting in her car doing the office work. On the way we met George (nb Rock and Roll) at Bakers Lock followed by the delectable Carol (Mrs George). No sooner had she passed than we were passed by Geoff and Maggs aboard nb Syella. Tad was aboard his boat nb Tuppence before we got to the bridge, Somewhere along the way we passed Jackie and Stein nb Likes Ducks To Water. Jane was excited about all the people I knew along the way. We only had to do one lock completely. People arrived to go down as we were exiting or were exiting as we arrived to go up. I returned to Thrupp in time to spend the evening with George, Carol, Geoff, and Maggs at the Boat Inn.

Tuesday was a lazy day. I had tea on board Rock ‘n’ Roll before they set off to the big water. They were closely followed by Syella.

Wednesday I again aided Kate with Morning Mist aiming for Banbury. As we were setting off from Heyford Del & Al were arriving on nb Derwent 6. Unfortunately in the early hours Rose Skinner died and Kate had things to do over there in the morning so we set of late and only got to Twyford Mill. Where I met up with Mick off nb Peaceful Waters. Sue was conspicuous by her absence.

Thursday after two unsuccessful attempts to meet up I finally met with Malcolm. Malcom is a blog reader and commenter. He is currently searching for a boat to buy. It’s always nice seeing people who read the blog, putting names to faces. It gives you an idea what cyclepaths are out there Smile

I have a visitors book on board and keep forgetting to  ask people to sign it. Doh!

I have no recollection of Friday at all other than I cooked dinner for my neighbour. Its her turn this week.

Sunday one of the customers of the day boats was a C130J pilot and we had lot to talk about (in the absence of my Veterans Badge I wear my RAF cap badge in my hat). There is one family that will be coming back for another day out.

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FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS

Down by the wall there’s a man dressed in rags.
His worldly possessions housed in two plastic bags.
And despite his great age he stands tall, straight and true.
Touching the names of the men he once knew.
Then after a while he fades back to the streets.
Where he sleeps in the park and begs food to eat.
And sometimes he wonders, "What was it all for?
If we can’t honour veterans why send them to war?”
Down at the graveyard the grass is not mown.
The weeds run amok and the plots overgrown.
Gone now the gardener ashamed that it is
Now home to the drunks and the derelicts.
How soon we forget all those who did fall.
Forgotten old soldiers, just names on a wall.
If we no longer honour who answered the call.
Then we no longer have any honour at all!

JAB

I love this poem its great

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Continuous Itinerant Liberty Taker

Oh well all is not lost nb Jessie left this morning at about 09.40. He had overstayed on the water point for over 14 hours. Why? because he lost his cat. In his words “I wont move till the cat comes back.“ He didn’t seem to be looking very hard for his cat in the pub.

So that's f**k the rules, f**k you, f**k me, f**k everybody. When I pointed out the inconvenience he had caused me his words were “Are you happy now you have had your daily moan”. There are some people who should have been put down at birth. He said I could have moored further up to do my pump out, looking no further than his nose, not seeing he was moored on the pump out station. So then blind as well a stupid.

This Continuous Itinerant Liberty Taker (CILT) a CCer he is most certainly is not.

And after all that time on the water point with his hose connected last night he didn’t fill his tank till this morning or empty his elsan. This man is a class 1 idiot. I saw him around the system while I was away nothing changes. A Gunboat will sort him out. I think the next time I find him on pump out station I will empty my tank into his cratch.