Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Yes I am sure!

I find it really irksome when I close a page on the internet a small dialogue box pops up saying  “Are you sure you want to leave this page?” And you cant get rid of it until you click  ‘Yes I’m sure’. You all  know what I mean.

Well recently I clicked ‘Yes’ and another dialogue box popped up asking “Are you really Sure”. Now I dont like the first one. What right do they have to question my decision to close a page that I have decided has nothing I want  to see? This second one really is a pain in the arse!

One day I will be fortunate enough to meet the bastard that thought the second box would be a good idea and If I am lucky I will be holding a firearm and I am going to ‘cap his ass’ to put it in coloquial terms.

Addendum: I have just had a pop up ask me three bloody times if I wanted to leave a page that I never asked for.

Blockage at Sheepwash

No passage from the Oxford Canal to the Thames for the next few days due to a fallen tree. Isis Lock is at the top of the picture to the left, I am standing on Rewley Bridge, behind me is the Old Swing rail bridge. The tree came down Monday night in the high winds.




These people…….

…….really pee me off!!!

DSCF5394Blocking a pedestrian path.

DSCF5380Hat trick! Cycle lane, double yellow, and on the pavement.

20151003_130557A 'double'in Birstal

20160206_140800[1]A note in the window says ‘Broken down waiting for a tow’. Odd really breaking down on the wrong side of the road and the driver nowhere to be seen.

20151006_160639This is simply because no one parks a car like this in a shit street in Leicester. Poncey show off.

Monday, 8 February 2016

It’s coming!

Many people are pissing all over our Democracy and our culture allowing things we find abhorent (rape and peadophillia) to slowly become ‘normal’. What sort of peope would want this to happen? Who would benefit?

Men mostly!

Once the peadophile proclivities practiced by islam are accepted by the the authorities laws will be watered down. Slowly the population will accept what they are told is right because it is part of a religion/culture. This will come about however much you believe it wont.

Of course once the practice of abusing children be comes accepted for religious reasons how long before those in power use the perversions of the invaders to be allowed for everyone so that they themselves can’t be prosecuted.

Wont happen? Remember the Peodphile Information Exchange (PIE)? We have people in government today who supported PIE and got them funding, Government ministers who though they may have apologised, only apologised because they saw their lives going to shit.

You may notice all politicians who get caught, cheating, lying stealing say they are sorry. They are not sorry for what they did but sorry they got caught. There are many high officials guilty of kiddy fiddling who are being protected by the establishment. When peadophiles in islam are accepted then the pedos in power will be able to come out of the closet.

Oh really!


Fecking cyclists!

This weekend I had two altercations with cyclists. At the bottom of Hythe Bridge Street I stopped at the traffic lights to cross. As I stepped out two cyclists jumped the red lights. I shouted at them to stop at the red light and they made it out to be my fault. (Have you noticed cyclists always blame someone else for their failure to obey the law).

Walking along the towpath from Hythe Bridge Street a cyclist rang a bell then asked if he could pass. Without looking I said he could pass on the grass. He purposely rode straight into me pushing me out of the way telling me I should have moved, so again it was my fault. What is annoying is that he had a toddler in a trailer on the back of his bike. I might have pushed him for crashing into me which would have put him in the river, his child as well, and that too would have been my fault.

Now this path has a notice asking people to dismount which is largely ignored. The argument put forward by cyclists is that the notice is advisory.

20160118_165128Now only an idiot would fail to understand that there is obviously a problem with cyclists on this path or they wouldn’t have put up a sign. Yet the ignoramus cyclists chose to ignore the fact that there is danger on this path. I spoke to a lady up the way a bit whose cat was seriously injured by a speeding cyclist and her 8 week old puppy was killed the same way. Despite her protestations she is viewed as a batty old lady (she is several years younger than me). I accept that that the sign may be advisory but by the same token getting out of their way is not compulsory, not even suggested.


The pathway is 1.16m (3’10’’) wide. My understanding of the law is that a pathway has to be 1.8m (6’) wide to be a shared cyclist/pedestrian path, otherwise cyclists have to dismount to pass a pedestrian. CRT needs to get this sorted before someone is hurt.

I think I might carry a ‘D’ shackle cycle lock and next time quickly attach it to a wheel and walk off.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Do what!

One often has to wonder where people get their ideas from. The education budget has certainly been wasted on this mother.


Saturday, 6 February 2016

nb One Old Peculier

The recovery of “One Old Peculier” was completed yesterday. Since about 1 o’clock Monday tihis once fine narrowbat has been straddled across the River Thames at Osney Bridge. Many plans were tried and many plans were abandoned.


There were many gongoozlers and we all had our own opinion of how the boat would best be moved we none of us thought of the final solution.

It couldn’t be lifted out from the bridge because the bridge is old, the boat weighing about 20 tons was full of water which was probably another 20 tons. Due to the reach required a crane would have to be a big one. 

On day one the fire service tried to pull the boat off the weir. All the time the boat was on the weir it was floatring. As soon at the boat was moved back the river pushing on and below the waterline rolled the boat over about 35 degrees and the river flooded the hull. The back end of the hull resting up against the bank sat on the bottom.

On day two the first order of the day was to remove the 30 footer which had also been adrift.


Inital attempts, on day two, to pump it out failed when the pump couldn’t keep up with the inflow of the river.  One has to wonder why they didn’t use both pumps they brought on site.


By Thursday the decision was made to dig out a slip way, in the pocket park, and drag the boat out into the park then take it away on a truck. They started by cutting down the iron fence and then removed a bit of the wall. Then the JCB dug oiut the ramp.


Friday saw the arrival of two big cranes one of which lifted the bow and winched the boat forward on the hard, inch by inch, the other drove into the allotments and was, as far as we could assertain, attached to the stern to stop it being wshed down stream when the back end came off the bank.


There was no way the boat was going to get out unscathed and as it moved across the river off the bank the stern sank.


By the time darkness came the boat was in the park and the equipment was being removed. The boat will be taken away on Sunday.





Tuesday, 2 February 2016


I arrived in Oxford mid Sunday afternoon. I took Molly for a long walk. Later in the evening I walked into town and had Sunday ‘lunch’ at The Four Candles. I walked to the top of George Street to the bank for cash. On the way I passed a chap settling down for the night in a door way at the side of the New Theatre. I walked past then thought to ask if he had eaten. “No,” he said. “What would you like?” I asked. “Anything.” “Mackie Dee’s or BK?” “Really I don’t mind.” I left and made my way to BK in Cornmarket (it was closest). I bought a big burger and a tea. Collecting sugar, milk, and sauces on the way out. I went back to the theatre where the lad was ‘snuggled’ down reading a book. I gave him his dinner and poodled off to Sainsbury’s. I tell you this, not for plaudit and praise but as a precursor to the next bit.
Tuesday I was on Botley Bridge taking pictures of the sunken boat and the work being done to raise it. I spent five hours there. It was cold! I chatted to several people, but notably two. An Irish chap who was a rowing coach, and a young father who had bought his son to see the boat. After an hour or two they both went on their way. Later they both returned. The young father came with two cups of tea and gave one to me for which I was very grateful. I was feeling quite smug about this manifestation of ‘karma’ when Irish arrived. “Here,” he said and handed me a bar of chocolate, “You’ll be needing this.” I was feeling a bit peckish and was very appreciative of this kind gesture.

So my gesture last night was repaid by two selfless gestures. Karma, like life, is so cool.

Friday, 29 January 2016


Its been over ten years since BW, as was, closed the boatyard at Jericho. It might not have been the best boatyard in  the country, but it was the only one in Oxford. Many people didnt like it but it did do a good job. The alernative was ether Oxford Cruisers on the Thames or Oxfordshire Narrowboats at Lower Heyford. Yes there was College Cruisers but their facilities were limited and their own hire boat fleet took priority.

For all the years it has been closed it has been hidden away behind green painted hoardings. Initally the hoardings were a full eight feet high, a veritable BLOT on the landscpe. There have been many plans for what to do with the land and all that time it has not gained 1p in rent.

Every plan has been rejected. One plan included 51 smalll dwellings and 8 parking spaces. The current plan is good to go. While the environment has had to suffer the ugliest hoardings for over ten years, now they are going to build the hoardings have been covered in a smart vinyl sheet.

20160119_151428This sheet must have cost a couple of grand. I find it odd that we had to put up with ultra ugly, but as soon as it is about polishing their image money is spent.
There will be flats there will be community areas there will be facilities for boats. Well if you believe that you will believe in fairies. Oh and there is a rumour of a lift bridge. The bridge will waste 2/3 mooring spaces in an area that quality mooring spaces are a premium commodity.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Kerry-Anne Mendoza

This is Kerry-anne Mendoza She writes for and is the Editor in chief of The Canary a popular online newspaper. I have written about her before.


In a recent article she headlined the piece ”The UKIP supporter page has posted this despicable threat against black MP Diane Abbott”. Once again Mendoza is talking bollox  First off under the headline was a large picture of Diane Abbott.


You might not know from the picture that Abbott is an MP. I dont know about you, but I do not need to be told that Abbott is black. I do not need to be told she is black any more than I need to be told she is wearing a wig, but apparently Mendoza thought it was necessary. It is part of her very unprofessional reporting style. News is news and should be reported without personal bias or emotion.

Now back to the main point of the headline, “”"The UKIP supporter page has posted this despicable threat against black MP Diane Abbott” So I have to wonder what threat  she is talking about. She is refering to something said on FaceBook when Abbott was in Calais recently. Here is the screenshot from the net.


As you can see there is no threat in this! Yes she is called a traitor and there are many who would agree. Yes she was called a racist well she is and that is proveable. But no actual threat and no implied threat either. The message at the top “Please rape me first” is not a threat. So you may, like me, feel Mendoza has either got it wrong or has tried to dupe the readers. I go with the second option.

I agree there are many not nice comments on FB some racist, some just generally insulting, most just not necessary, but I dont think there are any threats against Abbott well certainly not in the sample Mendoza published.

There is stuff in The Canary that is good, but little comes from Mendoza. She writes not to report but to inflame and in some cases could probably be locked up for it. She really needs to get her act together and start reporting properly. It is only us bloggers that can resort to such poor reporting skills.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Orwell’s World

"BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Tuesday that Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech from their website within 24 hours, a new step in the fight against rising online racism following the refugee crisis."

Seems like truth is not now acceptable! Social media is now a government tool to control the truth!!!



Employees at a Los Angeles Walmart have been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage. Walmart in their infinite wisdom have just shut the store completely. Many Walmart workers collect Food Stamps (benefit) because their wage is so abysmal. The Walton family fortune is reported to be £115 billion.

This gives fuel to the old saying "You don't get super-rich by paying staff properly" Their money is stolen from the tax payer who foot the bill for the food stamps. Some people just forget where they started.

What is it with these selfish people? They cant make money without their employees. Yet they are so greedy they refuse to pay a decent wage so their employees have to go to the Government and beg. Scumbags!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

No Cycling! Ha!

From the very end of the canal near Hythe Bridge to Isis Lock is a no cycle way. There are signs that say ‘Dismount past moorings!

This has turned out to be a total waste of money. No one takes any notice. And no one enforces the rule.


The sign at the Hythe Bridge end had a huge sticker covering the wording. Well this I thought was a bit of a liberty so I cleaned it off , now cyclists have no reason ignore the notice.

Notably yesterday I saw Edward Surridge, local activist, riding his bike between the signs. Edward is one of those who repetedly make FOI requests of CRT, at great cost, under the guise of making sure CRT are playing the game by the rules, but there he was breaking the rules himself.

As far as I am aware ES doesn’t have a boat on CRT water.