Sunday, 11 October 2015



I saw this modified sign at Market Harborough. I don’t know whether or not this is genuine, but I think if it is genuine CRT should make an effort to get proper signs made.

I suppose I could understand the selling of 48 hour moorings out of season  but why before the season has ended?

Market Harborough is a very popular location in season and is one of the only places where you can moor on a water point for two days, there being nearly as many water points as there are bollards.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Poo poo pee doo

The day I moored up this wasn’t there! Some inconsiderate dog owner allowed their mutt to dump right next to my pin. Worse they never picked it up. Disgusting people!

Friday, 9 October 2015


If you go to Castle Gardens in Leicester, you will moor on the pontoon outside the gardens. You will use your BW key to get through these gates. There used to be a rising ramp here the full width of the gates. After the fittings rotted the ramp was replaced with this very amateur construction. The gates don’t open properly, although there really is no need for gates that wide. The step does not rise with the pontoon and as such is not a lot of good in a flood.

But all is not lost! While I was there two people in suits were assessing the job and decided that it was not fit for purpose. It needed suits to see that? Hopefully the replacement will be better. I do hope that CRT get the people who built this to do the job for free after all they paid them a whole pile of cash for this lash-up.


PS The map which can be seen on the gate points you to the wrong gate for exiting the park. The correct gate is the next one anti clock-wise on the map. If you have been there before you know the right gate.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Law truly is an ass.

This is Jay Cheshire he was 17 years old.
Jay-Cheshire Jay was a personable young man who had a passion for history. He took his own life! He was accused of rape. Well you might say, ‘Good riddance’.


The girl who accused him withdrew her allegation two weeks after she made it, but even so this lad was absolutely distraught and hung himself from a tree in a local park.

Of course we all now know his name, but no one knows the name of his accuser. The law that protects her as a rape victim continues to protect her as a false accuser. This is so wrong! This law has to be changed.

The Feminist Warriors are strangely quiet about this. Mmm!

Castle Garden

These flowers were still flowering in the gardens in early October.DSCF4491






Friday, 2 October 2015

An odd mile marker

It seems to me rather odd to mark your arrival at destination with a 0 miles post. DSCF4501

Perhaps something like this might be more appropriate.

YEAH Any movement from here is leaving.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Three and a half years for stabbing a Pedo

When Sarah Sands heard that her neighbour was a convicted paedophile she went to his house carrying a large kitchen knife and murdered him. She was sentenced on September 29 to three and a half years in prison for manslaughter.

What ever your thoughts about paedophiles you do not go to their house armed with a knife to extract a confession, and you most certainly do not stab him to death. Carrying a knife is a criminal offence and can attract a ten year sentence.

She stabbed Michael Pleasted, 77, eight times!

I think she should not be in prison. I think she should be in Broadmoor she is clearly unstable, has a skewed idea of her importance in the world and acted because she ‘heard’ he was being investigated. If members of the public are allowed to go about killing people who may or may not be a danger to their children where will it all end.

At no point in the story does it say her children were attacked, but it does say he was being investigated for attacking two young boys. Not her boys just boys.

It is not important what the victim did or didn't do, the fact of this case is the woman committed an act of premeditated murder. She was found guilty of manslaughter. Her beef was the law let him off lightly. So is it not right by her version of the law that she should be incarcerated. At three and a half years she is getting off lightly. She should have had ten years for just carrying the knife. and a further ten for the homicide.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

To Leicester and a surprise visitor

So there I was making my way to Leicester. I set off from Lock 26 about 11.30. I stopped at the Navigation pub at Kilby bridge for a roast Sunday lunch. I left there about 2.00. The locks here are hard work for the single hander.

At lock 36 along came a lady who said “Hello”. So I replied as I do “Hello how are you?”

“It is Maffi?”

“Yes of course.”

I know this lady but it took me a while to bring her to mind, I know who I am speaking to but the grey matter doesn’t come forward with the labels

She said, “It’s Nessa.”

I almost shed a tear. “I have something for you,” I said and gave her a big hug. We spoke of Mo.

Mo and Nessa moved back into their house when Mo became ill. Balmaha is up for sale.

We discussed where I was going to stay tonight. I thought above Kings  Lock. Nessa helped me with the lock gate which didn’t want to open. We said goodbye.

It was later as I was nearing Kings it occurred to me that was the first time we ever met, but only in passing. Balmaha was coming out of the lock and I was going in. The last time we met was the time I was stuck in Loughborough two years ago.

I hope we get to meet again sometime soon.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Wide Sargasso Sea

A while ago 2011 I wrote this post Wide Sargasso Sea as part of my course at Ruskin. I am amazed that it keeps on getting  views, 76 this week. Then it occurs to me that it is that time again. Students are back at school and the Wide Sargasso Sea is obviously on the curriculum again.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Bridge Numbering

I really don’t understand this. Why did BW ever place these signs at many of the bridges on the Leicester Arm.  DSCF4317

For one it cost money and secondly the number is on the other side in most cases.


Does anyone really need to know a bridge number so importantly that he/she cant wait until they get through the bridge.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Mo nb Balmaha

It is with great saddness that I tell you of the death of Mo of NB Balmaha. He passed away passed last night after a long fight with cancer.

Mo who I last saw at Loughborough was a really nice guy.

Condolences to  Nessa.