Wednesday, 29 July 2015

That letter!

This letter in The Tillergraph has raised something of a storm on the K&A. It is the letter of the month in the mag and K&Aers are getting all bent out of shape because they perceive, wrongly, the editor condones the sentiments it contains. I know the editor and know that is not how he sees it.
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He published it to show that there are people who have this opinion. We need to know this. Had the letter been published on the back page out of sight, he would have been accused of hiding it out of the way. Damned if you do damned if you don't.

I have had the misfortune to cross the path of Norman Bate who is an unbelievable opponent of CCers. He is someone who is as nice as pie to all until you tell him you have 'no home mooring'. It is like switching on a thunderstorm. He becomes extremely vociferous and you can see the steam rising ready to blow his sensibility valve. He will even threaten you with violence!

We need to know these people exist and we wont know unless it is published in prominent places.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

ABSTAIN

VERB

formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion:

synonyms: not vote · decline/refuse to vote · sit on the fence

antonyms: vote

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Given that we are paying our MPS a small fortune I think it is dereliction of duty not to vote. We place them there because we want then to represent us ‘We, the people’. Whilst they do have a mind of their own they are in the house to do what we want!

Abstaining should never be allowed!

 

PS I  forgot  to mention cowardly act!

Monday, 27 July 2015

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I really don’t see what this crap is saying and how it affects me or you for that matter. Rest assured I clear my disc of any information that is not mine regularly.

On Getting Wet

Dear boater people, I don’t mind if you travel in the rain, I do it myself. After the first hour you will be as wet as you are going to be for the rest of the day. Going fast will not stop you from getting wet. In fact it you go fast you will get wetter than if you just puttered along gently.

By all means go boating, but please don’t use the rain as an excuse to speed along paying scant regard for the safety of people who are obviously your intellectual betters. I say obviously because they are moored up and dry, you on the other hand are dripping wet and probably cold.

When it is pissing down with rain the ground, they ‘secured’ their pins into, becomes softer and pins can then be easily pulled out by morons such as yourself who are speeding along thinking ‘well its not my fault their pins pulled out they should have moored up better’. Yet you always complain when the positions are reversed.

You must at all times pay due respect for the canal, the wild life, and lastly other canal users. If you bothered to read the ‘Boaters Handbook’ you would know the rules. The rules are written for a reason. The Landlubbers all drive on the left of their roads. On the odd occasion that one of them drives on the right chaos ensues. There is no point every one deciding to do their own thing.  Yes the waterways are to some extent freedom, but in everything there must be rules. We apply rules because ‘common sense is a flower that does not grow in everyone’s garden. As with most things in life it is better if we all sing from the same music sheet.

By all means boat in the rain, but remember the rules still apply. If you find you cannot follow the rules and need to travel faster than the rules proscribe then please feel free to sell your boat and buy a camper van. You will be happy, we will be happy, and the God of happiness will be happy. Happier, in fact, than a Happy thing on Happy day in Happiville. Go on, you know it makes sense!

If, however, you want to stay on the water and join the happy band of people who try to obey the rules then please SLOW DOWN.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Murhill Wharf

On the western end of the K&A is an old wharf which is now a private mooring. There being no boats moored there I stopped for lunch.
DSCF3558 There are still rails set in the ground that would have been used, I assume, for moving goods delivered by boat to the village.

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It could well be that the rest of the rails are there,  most of them anyway, as they disappear in the undergrowth.

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There is even, what appears to be, some kind of points mechanism.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

What does the law say?

Many readers of my blog will know that I am somewhat opposed to the Continuous Avoider situation and I have written about it on many occasions. I am certainly no friend of the NBTA, even though I believe in many of the things they are doing. They are not Bargees, they are not wanting to be travellers and they do not represent me or many of my CC friends despite what their web page says.

Earlier this year I complained to 38 degrees about the misinformation in that awful petition and they changed some of the wording. They removed the word ‘Eviction’ from the title and removed reference to CRT being a landlord. The OP of the petition then told 38 degrees a few porkies about me to have them change it back again.

I found 19 discrepancies/errors (maybe I am just picky) in the original petition, which has since been increased from its original 186 words by some 692 words under the heading ‘More information’ which is being used to bolster the wording of the petition that is already gives a skewed impression of the situation. With so many changes to the petition I doubt the validity of the signatures. I don’t doubt the proposition that this petition may have been manipulated (10,000 signatures in the first 4 days I think it was).

Having said all that let me ask a question “What does the law say?” We could all bandy about phrases like bona-fide, no return, 48 hours etc, etc, but these are rules, what does the law say. What is a bona-fide journey? In short, in this instance, we could say purposeful journey i.e. going some where for a good reason (I have never been there before, is a good reason).

A good reason could be going to a pub for lunch. Once you have had your lunch you can stay for 14 days (the law only ever mentions 14 days). At the end of your allowable stay you must move (here the law does not say in which direction you must move or even how far). You can conceivably go back the way you came. This also can be a bona-fide journey to maybe another pub for lunch or a cinema to see a film, a B&Q visit for fit out supplies, (the law does not say what constitutes a good reason). Once you have seen the film of your choice or collected the supplies you need there is nothing (in law) stopping you staying for the 14 days the law proscribes. You can repeat the ‘cycle again and again and again as long as you have a good reason (the law DOES say, as passed down recently by a Judge, moving just to avoid penalty is NOT a good reason!)

The Law says 14 days or such time as is deemed necessary in the circumstances (the law does not give BW/CRT the say in this). If you think about it you know your circumstances and are able to judge if you need to stay longer at a given location for lets say a broken arm etc. I stayed a week in Coventry basin over the new year period with flu. The law does not say you have to ask permission from BW/CRT. These days it might be polite to tell them what you are doing, but they do NOT give permission. However if required you will have to convince a judge that your reason was a good one. If you have a proper reason for overstaying then no judge in the country will find against you. Of course flimsey excuses of the order of ‘the dog ate my homework’ will not be acceptable.

So basically the law says ‘14 days’ and ‘good reason’. For those of us that say “Ah but the law was supposed to say ………” I have one thing to offer, ‘What the law says and what you think the law should say are two very different things! The only way to change it is to go back to the law makers and let them have another go at it. In this PC world we live in we might not like the result any more than we like what the law says now. If we want to get angry at someone then get angry at CRT for wasting money on signs that they simply cannot legally enforce!

The law was written in its 1995 form to protect those who were working, had kids at school etc. (you can check this in the Minutes of Evidence of the Select Committees that drafted the 1995 Act). So whilst there are many of us that see CCing as travelling around the country on our epic later life adventure this is NOT what the law says. Much as we may not like it, the LAW trumps the rules.

Now can we please just get on with our boating however we chose to enjoy it, except them speeders who really must slow down!!!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Really!

This question was asked on a boaters group today.

Right, general rule of thumb with 12v, red lead is what, black is what?

And on a light fitting the cable coming directly from bulb is usually negative or positive?

I’m sorry but if you have to ask these questions you shouldn’t be tampering with such things!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Parliamentary Greed

Tobias Ellwood MP must be guilty of improper behaviour.

In a letter to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), he said: "I know I speak for the silent majority (who are not millionaires) to say this increase is well overdue.

What I want to know is why is an MP writing to the IPSA. This is surely a breach of parliamentary rules, and if it isn’t it damn well should be! For a Minister of the Crown to seek to influence the outcome of an independent Authority for his own benefit is tantamount to corruption!

No! I say to Mr fecking Ellwood my £7,000 annual income leaves me counting the pennies and I am lucky! Some don’t have even that that. You Sir have no fecking idea. 13 times my income that’s what I call GREED! Add to that your expense account is a further 20 times my income (and you probably cheat on that). You are one greedy bastard and if you were in my constituency I would fire your ass!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Just to add.

Nothing seems to have been done or even started on the moorings other than a string of floats and lots of weeds.
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I get the impression that Bath are missing an opportunity here. Perhaps the plan is to move the safety railings away from the edge and make it boater friendly.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Weir Moorings in Bath

Just in case you were not sure this kinda sorts it.

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This sign was posted at Bathampton.

Two rescues

Last Sunday I came across a drifter and moored it up. If you own Mary Rose you are lucky I came along, many others just passed by.

When I finished I rescued this little fella from the water. He hung around, drying out, for about for about an hour then flew off.
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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Karma

On Thursday I did a pump out in Devizes. When I had almost finished along came a Wide Dutchie and the lady on board bellowed "Ahoy on the Milly M".
I thought I am in a TV comedy.
"Can you move we want to go through the bridge"
So I said, "I am not finished yet you will have to wait."
She said, "There is nowhere to moor."
This was a lie she just didn't want to see the mooring behind her.
She then asked me if I had broken down.
I couldn't resist, "Narrow Boats don't break down."
Bored now with her whinnie yuppie voice I disconnected the hose and pulled my boat back and off they went. Meatloaf comes to mind here.
I finished, packed up my gear and set off. On my way I passed two young girls putting in pins. I asked if the fat boat had pulled them out to which they replied "Yes" they were not best pleased.
A little further up the canal I was confronted by the Dutchie. It was broadside across the canal, stuck fast.
Well feck me if that wasn't a good opportunity, "Have you broken down?"
"No," she said not seeing the irony, "Our mud box is clogged up and the engine has overheated. To me that's broken down!
"Karma" I thought both for me and the two girls.
I pushed their bow off the bank, their poxy little plastic boat hook wasn't being the slightest help.
As I passed I pointed out that they had ripped the girls pins out by going too fast and that the needed to moderate their speed. I felt smug.