Thursday, 14 March 2019

More Stuff

I've been busy of late. I finally wired up the new socket in the bedroom. You may remember I installed the socket a while back (at the end of the bed) and wired up that end but was not so sure about how to route the cable behind my wardrobe to connect it up to the socket in the kitchen. Well it took some thinking about but now it is all done. Nice and tidy and I no longer have to run the TV cable into the kitchen before watching DVDs in the bedroom. Plus I also get to charge my phone and Susan’s phone at the same time via the same socket.
I made something I have been promising my self since I got on the boat 12 years ago. Ta-Daaaaaaaa!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

MAGNET FISHING

Many of us have done it often in the pursuit of our windlass, or someone else’s. I find this quite acceptable. Tooley’s boat yard are receiving donations of old windlasses to sell on to raise funds for the restoration of Hardy. I donated 15 last year that had been cluttering up my locker for sometime.
What I don’t find acceptable is the latest craze on the canals is Magnet Fishing purely for the sake of dumping crap on the bank. The pictures below represents 200 yards of canal at Wolverton MK.
The argument  that “At least it isn’t on the bottom of the canal”, just doesn’t hold water. Bicycles and shopping trolleys OK but most of the crap was just happy just lying in the silt doing no harm.
Once on the bankside it is a pedestrian hazard and an eyesore! Of those who claim sainthood for taking it out, many are just litter louts who claim that someone will be by to take it away. Well yes that is the same with all fly-tippers, because fly-tipping it what it is.
CRT will tell  you they must have a permit, but ask to see it and they will claim they have spoken to CRT who said it was OK. This is not how permits work.
 
 
 
 
 



Sunday, 17 February 2019

Journalism 101:

If someone say its raining outside and another person says its not, one of them is mistaken or lying.

As a journalist it is not your job to report both observations and conclude both have a point.

No, it is your job to report the truth, simply look out of the window.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Serco-Mears?

Have you ever heard of Serco-Mears?  No neither had I until just the other day when it was announced that they have just been awarded a government contract worth £2.9 billion pounds. Now it’s bad enough that the government is giving £2.9 billion to a company not many have heard of, but the purpose will stun you.

This contract is for the purpose of building homes for ‘asylum’ seekers! Outsiders! Now I don’t want to seem uncaring, disingenuous, or perish the thought RAAAAAAACIST, but when was the last time the government gave £2.9 billion to a house building project for social housing to house our homeless or ex-service or those trapped in sub-standard private accommodation? NEEEEEEEEVER!!!

OK on top of that If the company gets 10% profit that’s £290 million, let me put that better way,

£290,000,000.

And you can bet they get more than 10%


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Connecting to what!

So today I moved from Atherstone down to Nuneaton. Whilst the signal, Internet/phone, in Atherstone was fair (and I by no means use that to say properly useable) the signal in Nuneaton is garbage! No phone very little internet.

Earlier today my phone tells me I am connected to the internet. Yet when I try to google pound/euro exchange rates I am told to make sure I have a signal!

Now I may be a bit old fashioned here, but if I pay for something I expect to get it. As in if I have a mobile phone I expect to take it to different places and use it. I most certainly do not expect it to tell me,

NO SERVICE AVAILABLE

not even emergency services. I mean what if I fell and broke my leg or had a heart attack?

Yes I know coverage is not guaranteed, but I am in a town fer cris’ake not out in the country (where the signal is, for some strange reason, better).

How long have mobile phones been going now 25/30 years? Isn’t it about time the system was sorted to function properly. No, I know there is never going to be 100% coverage, but the system needs changing.

Lower Heyford generally only works with O2, but if you go up on the bridge over the platforms you might OK with several ISPs. Why is that?There should be one company responsible for supplying signal then all the phone companies could sell you phones and packages. You pay them, they pay the signal company.

No its not complicated! Electricity/Gas/Rail they all have a company that deals with pylons/pipes/rails and several ‘suppliers’ that deal with customers. I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

On being able to write

For some time now I have had problems with my laptop. Several of my keys failed to work S G H M didn’t work at all. Several others worked if you persisted. No capitals at all.

If you have ever had a problem with a lap top keyboard you may or may not know about the onscreen keyboard. It is not easy to write with the pointing device, but its OK in an emergency. A mouse would be better, certainly faster.

2019-01-15 It suddenly occurred to me today that rather than struggle writing on my phone then emailing to me to cut and paste, I could buy a keyboard! This I have now done and am able to actually get back to doing what I like, writing.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Brexit

Sorry, but I just do not believe Teresa is up to the  job.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Long time no see.

Well what can I say? Here I am currently enjoying the varied delights of Aylesbury basin. I am moored opposite Waitrose. Reeeeesult!

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I have done a few jobs that were in need of doing, tightening up the tap in the kitchen, fixing a drawer also in the kitchen. I fitted a new socket in the bedroom for the TV, although its wired the other end of the wire isn’t, I am yet to work out how to get it to the socket I will spur it off. It also has 3 USBs in it for phone charging.

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Smokeless fuel is £6.95 a 10kg bag, but only £14 for three at B&Q. So that’s 30kgs, but if I go on Wednesday its OAPs discount day so another 20% off the £14 is £11.20 for the 30kgs. Bargain!

I used to live in this area some 25 years ago. I was a technical instructor at RAF Halton The Nº! School Of Technical Training, only a few miles from my current location. We went out for a drive around the old RAF camp which has now closed down, you know just for the memories. We stopped at my old house. Some 35 years ago I bought two Thunbergii conifers which at the time were grown in 1 1/2 inch pots and stood only 2 or 3 inches high. By the time I arrived at this house they were nearly 2 feet high. I planted them either side of the footpath. I knew from m last visit, before I got my boat that one had been removed because it was breaking the pavement. The survivor was now breaking the pavement and was in need of felling.

46449181_1935403480096555_5620466895867084800_n You can just make out between the front door and the gas box there is a short path. I laid that path in 1989, almost 30 year ago, using some slabs I found somewhere and some bricks out of an electric storage heater. Happy Days!

Where I say we I no longer specifically mean me and Molly. I am referring to me and Susan a lady friend of mine who travels with me on occasions.

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Susan’s history is as Madame Chavagnon the wife of the greatest chef ever in Oxford, André Chavagnon. Yes I know some of you will say ah but what about Raymond Blanc, but to you I can only say who do you think taught Raymond?

André, an award winning Master Chef, 3* Michelin, ran La Sorbonne just off the High Street, Rouge Blanc Bleu in Gloucester Square and My Cuisine in the Cowley Road. He served many celebs of the day including Ted Heath the PM, Macca, Jane Asher and many more recorded in the customers comments books Susan still has. André was also a champion Boule Player and held the world title for the UK for a while. Sadly no longer with us, André died August 2017 after a 10 year struggle with dementia. Both Susan and André loved boats but never got around to buying their own. I have known them both since about 2011. Unfortunately I never got to eating at one of André’s establishments as he was already ill when I met him, but little André follows in his fathers foot steps and he is goooooooood!

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Susan and I got together earlier this year. We both have a love for good food and good wine so we kinda fit!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

University Bullshit

There was an interesting story in the Oxford times today. The University has purchased the city’s only all female social accommodation at Farndon Court on the Woodstock Road. The current occupants of the 97 room building were given two months to find somewhere else to live in October, which makes them homeless just before Christmas.

Now students need accommodation, I don't deny that, but the University doesn’t have to use bullshit to cover up what is a most appalling situation.

A spokesperson for Oxford university said, “We have decided to buy Farndon Court in order to provide accommodation for 100 post-graduate students, which in turn will ease the burden on Oxfords rental market”.

Me, I don’t see how making 100 people (young women) homeless just before Christmas is easing the burden on the rental market.

OU seems to be riding roughshod over the city, as they always have. They have the land and money to build their own accommodation, they have enough pull to get plans accepted and not effectively steal accommodation from Oxfords ‘indigenous’ population.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Done it again.

This afternoon I came home and reached to put my bucket on the roof. PLOP!!! My bloody phone fell in the canal. Bank card Bus pass and £45. I cant afford to live on the canal ant more.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

When?

Further to my good news last week I still have to have a telephone consultation with my doctor. I had a phone call this morning to arrange it. The earliest it can happen is Oct 1. The good news is it only next month not next year.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Result

One has the all clear. Apparently my issue is Gynaecomastia. Easily treatable. Not cancerous. Hoorah!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Oh bloody hell

So here I am about to feck off up the canal, when I pop into the doc with a small problem. (It took me a week to actually get an appointment). I now have to go to to the Breast cancer clinic at the Churchill.

I have been there before for my right breast, and had a biopsy, which turned out to be not a problem. However this time my left  breast has pain. It does not bode well, but I am James Fucking Bond it will not win!

To anybody out there who says, but you are a man how can you have breast cancer? I will say I have MOOBS.


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Roanne Loire Valley

It's been a week or two since I last wrote. Been a busy boy. I am sitting on a Eurostar train returning from the first proper holiday I have a in 12 years, not counting the 4,329 days I have pent  pootling around the canals. Here are some of the things I have seen during my travels.

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