Monday, 20 October 2014
I can't help but think speeding boaters are just not understanding the problem. It doesn't matter what factors are part of the speeding problem bow design, swim length, canal width/depth di dah di dah di dah. These factors do not come into play if you are not speeding and we are still left with a group of people telling the 'whingers' to "tie up your boat properly so I can flaunt the rules and hammer along the canal like I own it".
The simple fact is that as well as tying up your boat securely being a good thing let us not forget that 'slowing down past moored boats' is one of the rules!
I know it's tedious, with moored boats all over the canal, having to slow down and speed up all the time, but it is in the rule book. The point of having a rule book is so we all sing the same song to the same tune. We can have certain expectations of how people are going to behave so that we can all do our boating in harmony.
What I do find amazing is the speeding boaters who, giving no consideration to others while on the move, shout out at me to SLOW DOWN when I have the temerity to pass them later at a my normal 'chug chug not in a hurry' speed.
I don't want to promote the rule book as a military manual, but we cannot escape the fact that people are getting hurt as a direct result of speeding boats. I have witnessed on two occasions bloodied heads appearing out of side hatches and a number of my friends have scalded themselves when their boat has unexpectedly 'heaved' as some 'holier than thou' speeder hammered past.
Yes I know the old boaters used to speed from job to job, but we don't live in those times any more and our two hundred year old canal system is becoming very fragile. What's the rush?
Sunday, 19 October 2014
While in Oxford last week I picked up my replacement glasses. While there I pointed out that the the previous new glasses were defective, the ‘tortoise shell’ covering on the arms was rucking up flaking off. The chap at the opticians was very concerned that I had a defective pair of glasses and ordered a new pair immediately.
As you know I am on my winter trip and told him as much. He said he would have them delivered to somewhere else. “Where will you be in a week or two.”
“Hopefully,” I said, “I will be in Paddington Basin.”
He checked on the computer for store locations and found there is one in Paddington.
Today I got a phone call from Boots opticians in Paddington, my glasses are ready.
So last week while I was in Banbury I bought some fire door rope from Tooley's. This evening I decided to clean up the door channel and install said rope In the hope that this would stop my fire burning so hot. It didn't take long to clean up the channel but now I cant find the fecking rope!
Just thought I would trawl this list out again in the hope that you dont inadvertantly piss off the DHS
Below you will find a list of keywords and expressions that the Department of Homeland Security in America are searching for in your emails text messages Facebook Twitter etc. I can imagine that if every one added a part of this list to every email they send the Americans will be spinning out of control.
2600, Abu Sayyaf, Afghanistan, Agent, Agriculture, Agro, Agro Terror, Aid, Air Marshal, Airplane (and derivatives), Airport, Al Queda (all spellings), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Al-Shabaab, Ammonium nitrate, AMTRAK, Anthrax, Antiviral, AQAP (Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula), AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), Arellano-Felix, Artistics Assassins, Assassination, Attack, Attack, Authorities, Avalanche, Avian, Bacteria, Barrio Azteca, BART, Basque Separatists, Beltran-Leyva, Biological, Biological infection (or event), Biological weapon, Black out, Blister agent, Blizzard, Body scanner, Bomb (squad or threat), Border, Border Patrol Secret Service (USSS), Botnet, Breach, Bridge, Brown out, Brush fire, Brute forcing, Burn, Burst, Bust, Cain and abel, Calderon, Canceled, Car bomb, Cartel, Cartel de Golfo, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Chemical, Chemical burn, Chemical fire, Chemical Spill, Chemical weapon, China, CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources), Ciudad Juarez, Closure, Cloud, Coast Guard (USCG), Cocaine, Collapse, Colombia, Communications infrastructure, Computer infrastructure, Conficker, Consular, Contamination, Conventional weapon, Cops, Crash, Crest, Critical infrastructure, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Cyber attack, Cyber Command, Cyber security, Cyber terror, DDOS (dedicated denial of service), Deaths, Decapitated, Delays, Denial of service, Dirty Bomb, Dirty bomb, Disaster, Disaster assistance, Disaster management, Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT), DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office), Dock, Domestic nuclear detection, Domestic Security Domestic security, Drill, Drug, Drug Administration (FDA), Drug cartel, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Drug trade, Drug war, E. Coli Earthquake, Ebola, Eco terrorism, El Paso, Electric, Emergency, Emergency Broadcast System Emergency Landing, Emergency management, Emergency response, Enriched, Environmental terrorist, Epidemic, Epidemic, Erosion, ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna), Evacuation, Evacuation, Execution, Exercise, Explosion (explosive), Exposure, Exposure, Extreme weather, Extremism, Facility Failure or outage, FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia), Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), First responder, Flood, Flu, Food Poisoning, Foot and Mouth (FMD), Forest fire, Fort Hancock, Fundamentalism, Fusion Center, Gang, Gangs, Gas, Grid, Gulf Cartel, Gunfight, Guzman, H1N1, H5N1, Hacker, Hail, Hamas, Hazardous, Hazardous material incident, Hazmat, Health Concern + H1N1 Help, Heroin, Hezbollah, Home grown, Homeland Defense, Homeland security, Hostage, Human to ANIMAL, Human to human, Hurricane, Ice, IED (Improvised Explosive Device), Illegal immigrants, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), Improvised explosive device, Incident, Industrial spill, Infection, Infection, Influenza, Infrastructure Security Infrastructure security, Interstate, IRA (Irish Republican Army), Iran, Iraq, Islamist Jihad, Juarez, Keylogger, Kidnap, La Familia, Law enforcement, Leak, Lightening, Listeria, Lockdown, Looting, Los Zetas, Magnitude, Malware, Mara salvatrucha, Marijuana, Maritime domain awareness (MDA), MARTA, Matamoros, Meth Lab, Methamphetamine, Metro, Mexican army, Mexicles, Mexico, Michoacana, Militia, Mitigation, MS13 or MS-13, Mud slide or Mudslide, Mutation, Mysql injection, Narco banners (Spanish equivalents), Narcos, Narcotics, National Guard, National infrastructure, National laboratory, National Operations Center (NOC), National preparedness, National preparedness initiative, National security, Nationalist, NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center), Nerve agent, New Federation Nigeria, Nogales, North Korea Norvo Virus, Nuclear, Nuclear, Nuclear facility, Nuclear threat, Nuevo Leon, Organized crime, Outbreak, Pakistan, Pandemic, Phishing, Phreaking, Pipe bomb, Pirates, Plague, PLF (Palestine Liberation Front), PLO (Palestine Libration Organization), Plot, Plume, Police, Pork, Port, Port Authority, Powder (white), Power, Power lines Power outage, Prevention, Public Health, Quarantine, Radiation, Radicals, Radioactive, Recall, Recovery, Recruitment, Red Cross, Relief, Resistant, Response, Reynose, Reyosa, Ricin, Riot, Rootkit, Salmonella, San Diego, Sarin, Scammers, Screening, Secure Border Initiative (SBI), Security, Service disruption, Shelter-in-place, Shooting, Shootout, Shots fired, Sick, Sinaloa, Sleet, Small Pox, Smart, Smuggling (smugglers), Snow, Social media Somalia, Sonora, Southwest, Southwest Border Violence Spammer, Spillover, Standoff, State of emergency, Storm, Strain, Stranded/Stuck, Subway, Suicide attack, Suicide bomber, Suspicious package/device, Suspicious substance, SWAT, Swine, Symptoms, Taliban, Tamaulipas, Tamiflu, Tamil Tiger, Target, Task Force, Telecommunications, Temblor, Terror, Terrorism, Threat, Tijuana, Tornado, Torreon, Toxic, Toxic, Trafficking, Transportation security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Tremor, Trojan, Tsunami, Tsunami Warning Center, TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan), Tuberculosis (TB), Tucson, Twister, Typhoon, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), U.S. Consulate, United Nations (UN) Vaccine, Violence, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever, Virus, Virus, Warning, Watch, Water/air borne, Wave, Weapons cache, Weapons grade, Wildfire, WMATA, World Health Organization (WHO and components), Worm, Yemen, Yuma,
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Well yesterday I made it from Caversham to Marlow. There are free moorings both above and below the lock. Don’t mistake the paid moorings above the lock for free ones it will cost you.
It was a good day if a bit chilly. I saw the sun once for about a minute. So much for the heat wave at the end of the week.
Today I arrived in Windsor and was asked by a chap where I had come from. I couldn’t tell him. For several moments I had no recollection where I had started from.
Here at Windsor they have a monument to Sir Sydney Camm Apparently it was here last year. I was here last year (twice) and didn’t notice it. It points at Sir Sydney’s house which means that you cant get a very good down the gun sights shot of it..
Friday, 17 October 2014
This girl was raped. Because she couldn't come up with four male witnesses to testify to the crime she was branded an adulteress and stoned to death. The irony, if irony is the right word here, is that one of those men could be the rapist.
There are those who want this justice here in the UK. I am sorry but I am going to have to fight against that.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Good ‘eavens is that the time? I have never been to Dorchester before, so this morning I set off with Molly across the fields. Kinda wish I hadn’t my hips were giving me grief when we got back.
When we cast off I noticed that the river is not as wide as it should be. In some places although the banks are far enough apart the trees reduce the distance to less than thirty feet in some places.
As you head to Shillingford there is a right hand bend outside a big posh house/hotel, as you go around the corner there is a red buoy in the middle of the river. Now when I came this way first 8 years ago I remember a tree had just fallen down. The tree has now gone but the silt bank built up behind it is still a hazard to navigation. Why do the EA not dredge this? And its not just this one instance there are several, all of which will cause the silt to build up behind it and in turn become a navigation hazard.
Every fallen tree will have an adverse effect on the water flow and when people are up to their armpits in water is not the time to try fixing it.
ACTION is need now!
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
A deaf girl from Pakistan who was kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.
Ilyas and Tallat Ashar were jailed last October after the girl was found in their cellar in 2009. The victim was repeatedly raped and forced to work at the family's properties as a child for nine years.
Manchester Crown Court ruled the couple must also repay £42,000 of benefits falsely claimed in her name.
The Ashars must also pay £321,000 towards the cost of their trials.
Now in her 20s, the victim, who cannot be named, is believed to have been as young as 10 when she was trafficked into the UK.
The girl was found in a cellar in 2009
She was found sleeping in a cot bed in the Ashars' cellar by trading standards staff, who were investigating allegations of money laundering.
Police said the victim's details were used on bank accounts linked to the couple.
But when officers tried to speak to her at the house, they realised she was incapable of communication and moved her to a place of safety.
Police said she could not read or write, and have accepted the benefit fraud was carried out by the Ashars.
|OK so what crimes can you see have been committed.|
Fraud to name but a few.
My question is why are these monsters not deported penniless. They are not worthy of their British passports!
WE DONT NEED THESE BASTARDS HERE!!!
Well I left OXFORD just after 11am on Tuesday, first putting my little tender on the roof whilst in ISIS lock. I don't want to pay for it just to tow it. It is just short of the chimney height so I knew it would make it under the rail bridge in SHEEPWASH Channel, but was uncertain about BOTLEY Bridge. Fortunately it made it.
There was no Lockie at OSNEY or IFFLEY for that matter, so I had to wait until SANFORD to pay my dues. Seven days £60! Seems cheaper than last year so I wasn’t about to argue. The Lockie, John, was a stand in I think, ex-marine. I stopped above ABINGDON Lock to empty and fill up.
What is it about wide beams? If you need that much space to live in get a fecking house. Apart from filling up dozens of bottles and containers with water, when he finished he thought I would move out so he could move off the water point straight on to the pump out while I reversed around him to take his place on the water point. When he said this I countered “ But there are two of you”. This he hadn’t planned on and he had to call the galley slave out to help. They took so long faffing about I eventually did reverse back around him. By the time I had filled up the Lockie was off duty.
The good thing about Abingdon is Waitrose! I moored on the park side and did a shop for the next few days. Salmon, Venison, and Lamb.
This morning I went out to get stuff I forget to get last night and set off south after a chat with an elderly lady selling knitted purses in aid of Battersea Dogs home. I went down the weir stream at Culham. Just before the weir I turned around and reversed through the ‘chicane’ the rest of the way down to SUTTON COURTNEY. Lovely houses and a few nice boats. Old Working boat CHISWICK was there.
At Culham Lock the Lockie was on lunch break and some one was slowly filling the lock. A sign said it would take twenty minutes. It wasn’t wrong. When I finally got inside the lock It wasn’t until the lock was empty that the owner of the BFODB on the lock mooring decided to show his face. He made a total cock up of moving off and not waiting for me to get out of the lock first. Big boat Small brain. I come out at this time of the year to avoid the idiots, it seems they are out in force.
At CLIFTON HAMPDEN the Lockie was just about to go off to the weir, but let me down anyway. I sat on the end of the layby and made a flask and a sandwich. At DAYS Lock the Lockie looked familiar. It was John from yesterday. By the time I had got through the lock I had an invite to a BBQ next summer at the house by the motocross track above ABINGDON. It started to rain at DAYS so I moored around the corner by the outflow of the river TAME. My fire is alight, our clothes are drying and I am snug as a bug in a rug.
Monday, 13 October 2014
Here I am, my first proper stop on my winter journey. I have arrived in Oxford. I am reluctant to go down the arm because that would mean having to reverse out with my tender on the front. I need to go out later so i will look at the mooring situation then decide if I should go down. Hardly seems worth the bother.
I see that the Mill Stream is once again filling up with Oxfords cast offs. There are 10/11 boats on the stream now as opposed to the three and a half that were there last year. It would seem that this river and the land that forms the banks doesnt actually belong to anyone so a group of ‘boaters’ are setting up a land grab. Same just up stream of Botley/Osney Bridge.
I wouldn’t mind but this area was always a dump full of all the detritus that collects around such sites and making it not very pleasant for landies who live nearby, and just as it turns the corner and starts to become societaly friendly a new bunch of chancers come along and feck it all up again.
Friday, 10 October 2014
I wonder if you remember this name?
In 1996 The Dunblane school massacre was one of the deadliest firearms incidents in our history, Thomas Hamilton killed sixteen children and one teacher at Dunblane Primary School near Stirling, before committing suicide.
The killings raised a public debate about our gun control laws, or lack of them. Laws were passed and we lost the right to protect ourselves from personal physical attack.
Funny old thing the laws never stopped GUN CRIME! but when the marauding hoards come to get us we will still not be in a position to fight back.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Dear Mr Leslie
PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCES STATISTICS – DEBT AND DEFICIT
Thank you for your letter dated 1st October 2014 regarding statement made by the Prime Minister, during his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham in which he said that the country “is paying down its debts”.
The latest National Statistics on Public Sector Finances, published by the Office for National Statistics on 30 September 2014, shows that public sector net debt (excluding public sector banks) as at the end of June 2010 was estimated to be £997.4 billion (equivilent to 64.0% of Gross Domestic Product) and £1432.3 billion at the end of August 2014 (79.1% of GDP), an estimated increase of £434.9 b illion over the period.
Back in March I had an incident on the Stratford canal. It was at the lift bridge just above lock 2. I had placed my boat close to the lift bridge. Then laid the bow rope along the opening and down the far side and tied it off (so it would fall under the bridge when I raised it) thereby making it easier to pull through when the time came. If you know this bridge you will know it takes a lot of energy to raise it up, and a lot of energy to let it down. Well I had just started to raise the bridge when someone opened the top paddles at the lock. The movement of water caused the boat to move forward and crash into the bridge. Unfortunately this broke the stud holding the head lamp on.The bolt was 6mm and the stud 8mm They are both now 8 mm thanks to Neil who is a customer in the Boat Inn. He visits there once a week with his wife Julie. Having seen some of the jobs he has done for others I asked if he could do something for me, and he did. My headlamp is now fixed back on the boat in its rightful place. Neil is an all round jolly good chap.
Thank you Neil (Happy now?)
Monday, 6 October 2014
Sunday, 5 October 2014
…….needed just a small amount of sealer, but found the stores only stock the large 310kg tubes, meaning you would waste most of it? Well recently I noticed that some places are stocking half size tubes which are quite expensive. Though useful they are still wasteful.
Today I found this. About the size of a small tooth paste tube. It holds only 70 g and costs only £1 from Poundland. Ideal for fixing small leaks.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Reasonably fresh painted deck and newly varnished furniture. I had at one point thought that the seat tops were stolen but they showed up last week
Friday, 3 October 2014
They have no humanity, no compassion, no love except that for their warring, violent, sex crazed, pedophile leader. The world doesn’t need them.
Alans wife pleading for mercy was a measure of hope where no hope existed. Her pain was what they wanted to see. They are morally bereft of decent human behavior and the world Governments need to reconsider their continuing tenancy. This Islam is not an acceptable belief system in today’s modern world.
This of course is only my opinion. I dare say Cameron and that liberal ejit Clegg will see them as friends. While the UK burns under the banner of Islam our leaders will be fiddling (their exenses).
Thursday, 2 October 2014
……you cannot talk to these people. They kill hundreds of innocent people as easy as you would swat a mosquito and with less emotion.
Any politician who thinks there is a diplomatic solution should be locked away. These people understand death, nothing else. @David_Cameron lets get the gloves off and destroy these murdering bastards before they bring their evil to these shores.
Oh wait Lee Rigby!
Twenty years ago I got a mortgage to buy my first house. At the time it was the norm to have an interest only loan then carry an endowment policy to pay off the capital. So for twenty years my endowment company has taken £78 every month out of my bank account. Back in July, twenty years down the line, the policy matured. Since I took out the policy I have lived in two houses in the UK and four in the Middle East. The last UK house I lived in I sold to my daughter, which was my registered address for many years. She moved house last year. Endowment company sent a letter to this address. It was returned.
So now I want my money. I sent a new address, which happens to be Annie’s Tearoom, but they wont accept it with out proof of identity. I have argued that as they had my bank details for the last twenty years all they had to do is put my money back into my bank account. No address is needed. No not good enough.
How do we know who you are?
Does it matter?
Yes, you might not be the beneficiary.
But you took the money from my bank account!
But that doesn’t mean you are the rightful person to receive the money.
But I paid it.
That doesn’t mean you are the person to receive it.
But it was to pay off my mortgage!
We don’t know that.
What do you know?
Now at this point the operator starts talking about The DPA and protecting me from criminal activity. Well I got my first bank account in my twenties and the only times I have been subjected to criminal activity it has been carried out by the very people who are supposedly trying to protect me. So who are they to protect me from criminal activity.
What is most annoying is they have written to me at Annie’s twice now, so they are quite happy to discuss the matter with me at this address but not send the cheque.
What is it with these fecking muppets. This could have been so simple, but they had to make it difficult.