Saturday, 22 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Despite the new mooring rules rolled out last year, to ensure that everybody gets a’ fair share’ of visitor moorings at honey pot sites, people are still mooring leaving huge spaces between boats.
This is not only wasteful of the limited space available, but disrespectful of other boaters. Often boaters cite privacy as the reason, theirs or the other boaters, but what privacy? When you are inside your boat you have all the privacy you need,. If you need more privacy go home!
At Thrupp wasteful mooring can take up enough space to moor another 120 feet of boats.
I have moored on rings already in use and the user has come out and complained, not understanding the problem he is causing. We do not have the luxury of space. If you want to moor and have privacy then you should moor out in the country, I know I do when I want ‘privacy’. If you want to moor in congested places then your privacy goes out of the window. Don’t be precious about privacy, If it’s privacy you want feck off and buy an island.
Maybe a graphic like these two could be placed at the said honey pot sites to encourage sharing rings or bollards rather than wasting 20-30 foot spaces between boats.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
So here I am at Weedon! This little place has five pubs, my oldest daughter works in one of them, but not tonight.
The Plume of Feathers doesn’t do food on Sunday evening, but does have live music. I did want food and didn’t want live music, especially as it was so unnecessarily loud. Why, oh why, oh why do pub musicians have to play so loud you can’t have anywhere near a normal conversation. Yes he was good but he would have been better if I could have ordered my pint without having to shout at the top of my voice.
Needless to say I left without ordering my pint, which is a shame really because a friend of mine entered the bar as I walked out.
Some years ago I used to play in pubs and I never played so loud that customers were deafened.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Most of us know this as BIG BEN although that is really the name of the bell in the tower. It started life as St Stephens Tower in 1858 and has history as that. It is often called the ‘Clock Tower’, The West Tower and now has a new name.
Following the Queen’s Jubilee it has been renamed Elizabeth Tower. Are there not enough towers, building, roads, play parks etc named after the country’s senior old biddy without having to rename existing iconic landmarks? All this achieves is a “What was it called” question in future ‘O’ level history exams. I bet question setters can’t wait for this current crop of primary school kids to grow up!
Even so, I think, people will still call it BIG BEN!
Friday, 14 November 2014
Thursday, 13 November 2014
….when rivers rise and race, canals freeze over. Enforcement Officers, sometimes overly zealous, may ask you to move on when that really is not the best or safest thing to do.
It is important to remember that it’s your boat and you pay the insurance and are responsible for complying with the conditions of the policy. You are the ‘captain of the ship’. If you feel that it is unsafe to move your boat then you should not move it.
Irrespective of the need for the EO to do his job he has NO responsibility for the safety of your boat. That’s your job and you should exercise your command over the situation.
Accept no cajoling or threats from anyone.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Richard Parry said recently, “It doesn't matter what people call us as long as they don't call us BW”.
So what do you call them?
The Canal and River Trust is the title, but we live in a world of abbrieviations.
The initials of the trust are CART. People use this in a derogatory fashion, ;We are in the CART now’, or CaRT, but in all seriousness it is very childish for adults to be so petty.
I ask you when referring to QE2, Her Majesty the Queen do we say HMtQ or HMTQ or HMQ?
I can’t think of any one who, if it were their way to use such abbreviations, would use HMTQ or HMtQ. It would normally be HMQ and rightly so.
So why are we intent on CART/Cart when CRT is probably the more correct way to make reference to the Trust. After all we live in a world of TLAs.
Monday, 10 November 2014
That’s a 1939-1945 Star, the Africa Star with 8th ARMY clasp, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal and a War Medal with MID, there is no ID around the edge.
While I was yomping around London I happened to cross Holborn Viaduct. This holds a place in my past as the home of the London Evening Standard the first job I had after leaving school. I knew it was coming so I was looking forward to seeing my old work place. They were knocking it down and little was left.