Saturday, 28 May 2022

Hello.......

 ....people, how are you all doing? Me? I have left Banbury and am on my way to the Thames. Current location Wolvercote bridge!

I had a few weeks in Thrupp, when I painted and polished Milly M. When I set off from Thrupp she was looking fine. However, a trip to Yarnton Bridge and a two-day stay, left me shat on by dozens of pigeons, and all my hard work seemed wasted. I cleaned one side of the boat when I moved to Kidlington Green. I am currently at Wolvercote Bridge for a couple of days!

I have witnessed some of the work CRT has completed and also the Sustrans/Council pathway, and I must say I am impressed. I do find it hard to understand the need for Hydraulicizing the Drinkwater lift bridge. The proper solution was properly balancing the bridge. This was also the solution to the Thrupp bridge, but no one at CRT ever listens to boaters. 

However, I am now on the downside of the bridge at Wolvercote on the only mooring. Above the bridge, the new path carries on, but there is nowhere to moor. The once narrowing path is now a wide footpath which comes almost to the edge of the canal. No effort has been made to provide any kind of mooring at all. 

Well, that's fine but where do the hire boats moor to visit the pub over the bridge. Apparently nowhere! Repairs to the bank here would reduce the number of boats racing at breakneck speed to get to Thrupp, the next pub.

Come on CRT, Wolvercote has long been in need of repairs to the bank so boats could moor securely. 

I have noticed that there are no less than 6 boats moored on the offside between Kidlington and Wolvercote. One just before Langford Locks Bridge. One just above Shuttleworth Lock (Dukes Lock). Three! just above Wolvercote Lock. The sixth one escapes me just now, but I will get it.

I will stay here for a couple of days then move on to St Edwards disposal point for water.

Catch ya later! Ciao!

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

20,000 likes!

There I was having a disagreement with Susan on the back of the boat. We'd had a bottle of wine or two so I was getting louder and 'f'ier. People at the pub started to take an interest so I played to the crowd. It must have sounded awful but really it was mostly fun...........until. Up pops a camera girl with a mobile poking her nose where it wasn't wanted. I told her to go away it was nothing to do with her.

It was 10 o'clock at night. Susan wanted to take the rubbish half a mile down the towpath to the disposal. I said it could wait until the morning I didn't want to go. I needed to pee but Suze was standing in the hatchway stopping me from going in the boat. All I was saying was, get in the boat or go home, which eventually led to get in the f**king boat or go home. I said it several times getting louder and 'f' ier each time. Susan was playing, but not moving out of my way insisting we should go to the disposal. At no point was there any danger of this escalating. I was annoyed but not angry, after all, I was just about to piss me trousers.

Camera girl is told several times to f*** off. Although we are moored on the towpath she was invading my privacy, sketchy as that may have been at that time. We were in my home! I know she can take pictures anywhere she wants, but she must accept I can object to her intrusion.

So she calls the police even though she had asked Suze if she was OK and she said yes. I heard her say Susan was being held against her will and I was being violent towards her. I was not holding her against her will and if camera girl had listened she would have heard, however vocal I was, I said she was to get in the boat OR go home. By this time we were laughing together at her, though I was still angry at camera girl. Someone else called the police about the girl. When the police arrived they didn't come for me they came for her. Apparently, she is a bit of a troublemaker. They did ask us both if we were OK. I explained what was going on, and Susan explained what was going on. She explained she wasn't scared and felt no danger. The Feds were happy that there was nothing to worry about despite our little show. It was a camera girl they came for she was well known to them. 

The lady, whose birthday party it was, apologized to the pub for her behaviour. The police took the girl away from the area and sat her at the front of the pub where she tried to call for a taxi. No taxi was available, she asked the police to take her home which they did. She will undoubtedly put her vid on YouTube or FaceBook or somewhere and get her 20,000 likes and piles of sympathy. I will be treated like shit after you have all seen the vid.

Let me be honest about this, I am quite sure now, thinking back, the vid will make me look horrendous but you had to be there, in our heads, to judge.

We have decided if this should happen again I will burst into a rendition of Nessan Dorma or something similar!

required reading

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Did you know.....

.....that when the USSR broke up NATO promised that they would not move one inch closer to Russia. After all that time it would seem that the promise was just so much hot air. Ukraine is probably the last former USSR country to want to join NATO. Now I don't agree with Putin's actions but ffs the west blatantly lied and Vladimir Putin is pissed!  

When is the west going to take responsibility for this clusterfuck?

Republics of the Soviet Union, numbered alphabetically by the English names of the post-soviet states: 1. Armenia, 2. Azerbaijan, 3. Belarus, 4. Estonia, 5. Georgia, 6. Kazakhstan, 7. Kyrgyzstan, 8. Latvia, 9. Lithuania, 10. Moldova, 11. Russia, 12. Tajikistan, 13. Turkmenistan, 14. Ukraine, 15. Uzbekistan



Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Surprise!

So the Milly M is now blacked and back on its home mooring. We arrived back after a short stop to collect supplies from the new LIDL store. On Our arrival on the wharf, we found these neatly laid on the boardwalk.



Monday, 28 February 2022

Beautiful English

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest common word in the English language.

Strengths & screeched are the two longest one-syllable words in English.

Facetious, abstemious, annelidous, arsenious are English words that contain all five vowels in alphabetical order.

Uncopyrightable is the longest English word with no repeating letters.

Stewardesses is one of the longest words typeable on a normal keyboard with the left hand.

Polyphony is one of the longest words typeable on a normal keyboard with the right hand.

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Deeded is the only word that is made using only two different letters, each used three times.

Queueing is the only word with five consecutive vowels.

The word with the most consonants in a row is latchstring.

The only words with three consecutive double letters are bookkeeping and bookkeeper.

Underground is the only word that begins and ends with "und".

If you spell out every number from 0 to 999, you will find every vowel except for "a". You have to count to one thousand to find an "a".

Q is the only letter that is not used in the name of any of the United States.

The only words with "uu" are vacuum muumuu residuum and continuum.

Subcontinental is the only word that uses each vowel only once and in reverse alphabetical order.

The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is rhythm.

More English words begin with the letter "S" than any other letter of the alphabet.

"I am." is the shortest two words sentence in the English language.

If you were to write out every number name in full (one, two, three, four...), you wouldn't use a single letter B until you reached one billion.

In written English, only one letter in every 510 is a Q.

The shortest -ology is oology, the scientific study of eggs.

11% of the entire English language is just the letter E.

Happy is used three times more often in English than Sad.

Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are angry & hungry.

A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a pangram.

The dot over the letter is called a "superscript dot".

In English, the @ symbol is usually called "the at sign" or "the at symbol".

There are only 4 English words in common use ending in "-dous" hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous.

"No." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

Thursday, 10 February 2022

TREVI HOUSE

You may remember last year we donated money from my advertising account to Trevi house, which is a women's rescue centre in Plymouth. TREVI has been a favourite charity of mine for a number of years. I have received from TREVI House, a response to our donation. Which totalled £110. This included  £70 from the ad account plus £40 from my wallet.(I have a habit of losing my wallet and if I get it back I donate half the cash therein to TREVI House. The rest of the contents of my wallet I donate elsewhere to worthy causes) However the response is currently in Oxford, but as soon as I receive it here, in Banbury, I will post it on this page.

TREVI do have a page which can be found here;

About Trevi - Trevi

If you want to donate independently of me please, by all means, do so, they need all the help they can get.

Thursday, 3 February 2022

January

I was going to go away for the weekend, but time was overrun by the Countess Chavagnon and her shopping/social life. We managed to get away Monday pm and I stayed at her house in Oxford for a few days. 

I started with the sniffles Monday afternoon and progressed through long bouts of sneezing on Tuesday and was comfortable again on Wednesday. So comfortable in fact that I came home on Thursday arriving in time for a late lunch. 

We persisted throughout last month with the Dry January shenanigan, an alcohol fast, that was long overdue. Low and behold we succeeded, never touched a drop! We are feeling quite chuffed and my liver had an opportunity to re-generate. My middle region also managed to do some reshaping. Some, but not much!

Milly M will be going into dry dock next month and various smaller jobs. Gas locker needs attention. One window has to come out for resealing and the internal frames need rubbing down and re-varnishing again. Ooo must get rivets!

Friday, 28 January 2022

Blackened?

I find it quite odd that people use the word 'blackened' to describe getting the hull done. Moreso they pay a fortune for the privilege! Having a boat blackened should be a very cheap process. One which I am able to do for next to nothing. Best quality materials to EU standards, by a qualified arsonist. £10

One liter of E10 petrol and a match. Job done.

Blackened, as you will have gathered by now, is generally the aftermath of a fire.

We take a boat to be Blacked using Blacking after which the boat has been Blacked.


NIKSWSTDTPMW

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

When wearing a mask!

This is what happens when you exhale when wearing a mask. I am not going to comment, just let you see this.






 

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Banbury

If you know Banbury you will know it is a very wet town/area. Despite the council spending millions on the flood defences, a few years back, little seems to have changed other than now they blame the canal.

When it rains up country a couple of days later the water ends up in the town. This Christmas just gone the water just overtopped the bank and was probably a contributory cause in the sinking of a narrow boat. 

The boat which had been listing for several weeks was securely tied with a center line (If you dont know, this is not a good practice). The raising of the water level simply held the boat down causing it to list more and holding its side vent in the engine bay under water.


Not as bad as this is the staff who are dispatched to lower the level of the canal to to stop this sort of thing happening. I am sure they dont realise just how shallow the canal actually is! Dropping the canal just 4 inches puts people on the bottom. Not paying attention and nodding off  in the van can easily drop the level 8-10 inches. They did this to me earlier in the year and most of my windows started leaking. The canal is not level fore and aft under the boat so when sitting on the bottom some areas of the baseplate are not supported.

This morning I was woken by a wine bottle rolling across the floor as someone had opened the paddles and dropped the level about 8". So after spending time picking up my stuff off the floor I went back to bed. By the time I awoke and hour or two later the boat was floating again.

Either CRT train their staff better in the responsibility of maintaining water levels or they dredge the canal! One or 'tother or both I'm not fussed, but it is not right to risk damaging peoples homes by failure to train staff!

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the....


The Tribe is a new restaurant on the Cowley Road. Its at No.21 to be exact, just off the Plain.

It used to be a cold, uninviting Turkish Grill with good food. Now it is a warm, inviting 'Indian' style restaurant with new ideas and a menu to die for!









You wont find traditional Vindaloo Madras Jalfrezi etc. But you will find some exquisite flavours and spices presented to to tantalize your taste buds. Even if you are not fond of spicy food there will be something, not traditional Indian, for you here.

The menu is compact but full and the owner Rohip says he will change it monthly! The wine list is largely £20 and excellent!

There is also an outdoor heated dining area.

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Something Else!

Well says I, Christmas is coming and things are about to change again. My hair has grown........a lot. I am thinking of getting it cut. I know its a stupid time of year to get it cut. And I know if I get it cut I will regret it, but I am, as I often am, hell bent on of doing this.

Lets be serious if I had any hope of doing the right thing, ever, I would never have been on this boat. I would have taken the easy option. Continued to live in my house and worked on the local industrial estate. Retired at 65 and died a tragic death!


Those of you who know me, know I am not that sort of person. We can all do the 'right thing', but what's the point? Life is more than a house, family and security! It's adventure, it's different, it's something else!


I look like my sister!
Poor girl!

Monday, 22 November 2021

Metermaid

If you know what a 'Metermaid' is you will also know they cost, new, from £160 - £400. If you don't know it looks like this:
It's an 'IP44' plug and socket each with a half metre of Arctic cable which is connected to an inline electric meter. The purpose of this device is to record your electricity consumption when connected to a power power post. You do this in order to be able to pay your electric bill when due.

So the way it works is one end is plugged into the supply and the other is connected to your shoreline cable. The one in the picture is £164. The £400 one replaced one of the short cables with 20 foot of artic cable hence the extra £200+😮😮😮

I'm sorry but this is a rip of, daylight robbery! There is an easier/cheaper way of achieving meter reading. Buy a meter, buy an enclosure, a length of cable and install! That's what I did. Total cost £35.

The only problem is that the mooring owner can't just come along and read the meter when he wants to unless you are around, but you can easily avoid that by emailing him a snapshot of the meter. Sorted. Job done!

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

John Sloane

Does anyone know the whereabouts of John Sloane of the nb Gemma Joy. I haven't heard from him for many years?


Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Banbury and Tooley's Wharf

I spent the last two years moored at Tooley's Wharf right along side the dry dock. It was never my intention to stay so long but circumstances dictated different. I was originally contacted by Matt who asked if I wanted a winter mooring. Well the price was good so I said yes. With in the first few week of my residency I saw the ghost of a child at the end of the wharf. From this I took this to mean that I had been accepted by the history that is Tooley's! A fine history it is. Originally I was only supposed to stay until the end of March. 



However Covid-19 reared its ugly head March 2020 23rd to be exact and the world changed! Tooley's were quite happy for me to stay insitu until the crisis was over. So I stayed for nearly two years.. I had my living space at Tooley's and Susan had her space in Oxford. We were due to go to France on March 14. We decided against that and held on to the tickets for later use. Instead I decided that we would decamp to Oxford. There we would have a bigger space to live in and local parks would provide space for Molly.

Well after the first six weeks I was crawling up the wall. In the middle of a city we saw virtually no one. Infrequent visits from family were conducted via the living room window on the first floor and and gifts or deliveries were raised into the house via a basket lift.

We sat back and decided that we should go back to Tooley's. This was an infinitely better plan than the first 6 weeks. We were able to pay a lot of attention to the outside of the Milly M and she ended up looking top dollar. We did travel back to Oxford from time to time to do the shopping for an old lady of Sue's acquaintance who lived a few miles away and couldn't get out herself. I never went in the building and Sue only left the shopping in the hall.

So all that came to an end as we returned from our tripette this year. The previous incumbents of the wharf had had some issues with their landlord and wanted to come back, so given I was only suppose to be there for winter 2019 I was out!  However I had returned with a few problem with the boat so was allowed to stay until Nov 1 to sort them out. In the mean time efforts were being made by Matt at Tooley's to secure me another mooring at Sovereign Wharf. It took a while but I am now moored at Sovereign Wharf.

If you come to Banbury and want to say Hello you can find me, going south, on the last mooring on the right before TOM ROLT BRIDGE or coming north the first mooring on the left after TOM ROLT BRIDGE.

It is only temporary in that it is the mooring that Ian lets out during the summer, but I am hoping to come to a deal either for regular winter moorings or, if I am lucky, a permanent position here. You might wonder why I would want to stay in one place all the time! All I can say is the knees are wearing out, the hips are fucked and I am 71 in a month, so all in all I need the rest!

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Electrical Discrepancy.

Today I found some broken insulation on my work lamp. To repair it I used heat shrink sleeves. This involved cutting off the sealed plug to get the sleeves onto the cable. 

So, job done I had to get a new plug. I went to 'Robert Dyas' because I expected to get a quality plug. They stocked the plug seen in the picture below.

This plug cost £1.79. You'll see the plug has a 3 amp fuse. Had I wanted a 13amp fused plug it would have cost £2.49. Now according the 'Robert Dyas' site 3 amp fuses cost the same as 13 amp fuses.

So my question is, Why a discrepancy between 3 amp and 13 amp plugs?

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Banbury Lift Bridge

I dont get it! It's a lift bridge, how hard can it be? The up direction and the down direction are clearly marked, in white, with arrows and ↑'UP' & ↓'DN'. Yet people can still get two or three rotations of the windlass before they realise they are turning the the windlass the wrong f*****g way! Even though its a real struggle. When they have wound the bridge 'UP' rarely do they realise that if the winding gets stiffer the bridge is 'UP'. The fact that the beam is sitting on the floor doesn't permeate their thick skulls.

People came through last year when it was very stiff saying, "It never used to be that stiff" and this year they are saying, "I was told it was very stiff." One can only assume that they have never fixed anything in their lives.

The working mechanism is not on the towpath side. If you are a single hander, providing you are less than 58 feet and are skillful you can moor on the working side. There is one bollard, roughly midships to tie your handling line around. There really is no need to moor on the other side and walk down to the lock to cross over to get back to your boat.

If you are longer than 58ft you can get your bow on to the working side bollard, then take your bow rope on to the bollard while working the bridge. You can either traverse down the gunnel or walk through the boat.

If you are a single hander then be a single hander. Dont ask me to help you because I wont. I have been a single hander for nigh on 15 years I accept help sometimes when offered but never ask for help. You chose to be a single hander so be a single hander. Don't keep expecting others to 'help' you because you cant sit back for a few mins and solve the problem in front of you.

There are some boats I will help through, an elderly couple and a chap who had a stroke and lost the use of his right arm come to mind immediately

There is always a dummy who says, "Why are the beams are on the "wrong side?" To which I have to respond, "Donkeys, mules, and cart horses don't jump beams. In fact it would be a folly if they did, the risk of injury is greater.

"But we don't have donkeys, mules, and carthorses anymore". That's true, but CRT are tasked with keeping the history and heritage as intact as best they can. If you dont like it buy a caravan! Your ignorance and lack of thinking ability is dangerous and damaging to the equipment we all rely on.

Two boats this last few months have, through their own bloody mindedness, crashed into the bridge. One, BLUEPRINT, wasn't too bad although the bridge did shake, but the second, WARRIOR, was under power. More than a crawl! and lifted it up off it hinges. Fortunately it dropped back in the right place.

Earlier this year I was moored on the outside of the wharf with the historic KILSBY on the inside. This leaves a good 15 feet for the passage of two boats. A chap comes past and bounced of the MILLY M. I asked if he had enough room and highlighted the fact that Tooley's do give handling lessons to which he blurted out, "Well you shouldn't be moored there".

There was only one reply I could muster. "I wondered how long it would be before your lack of boating skills was my fault". It seems that people want to change things instead of honing their boating skills.

A few week later I was moored on the inside and KILSBY an 111 year old FMC boat was on the outside. Now I dont know about you but even though I am 5'8" I stand on a 14" high milk crate when steering. This way I can see forward to just about 60' in front of the boat. The Skipper of MAISIBERT, seeming somewhat shorter than me, stands on the stern deck and cant see the 200 yards in front at all. He was 3/4 of the way across KILSBY when he hit it. I thought KILSBY was going through the bridge! "Sorry", he said "I didn't see it". Well of course he wouldn't see it his narrow boat was in the way.

I know negotiating past Tooley's is not easy, but that's a good reason for taking care. People are more likely to come on through the bridge when there is a boat waiting, than to wait until it has a free passage. The other side of the bridge has space for six boats at push and still leaves passage from the lock, but do they wait, NO!


On the other side I have seen boats who wouldn't go through to the lock waiting area because the was one boat ready to come through despite mooring spaces for six boats.


I despair!

Monday, 23 August 2021

 Saturday, as you will all know, was very wet. I have never seen it this wet!

Sunday, 1 August 2021

I Learned About Boating From That!

Now I know we are not all perfect, me especially, but the difference is I generally PAY ATTENTION most the time. Though there are not many people in this world who would own up to snagging their bow exposing their propeller and then cilling it in the same lock, and all that whilst going up! I am he. And to highlight there can be a danger even to long standing boaters I wrote about it somewhere here and and put a link on FaceBook.

In Napton a few years ago while delivering a boat. I saved a boat from sinking. If there is water coming through your front door and you are rolling a fag you are just not paying attention. Now say thank you, I just saved your arse, because I was paying attention! I shut the bottom gates, I opened the top gates to sort out the problem you were not paying attention to. I am sorry your gearbox destroyed itself, but that was nothing to do with me saving your arse!

Boating is fun! But if you dont pay attention it can be a disaster. I worry  because I understand that boating is dangerous, others seem not to.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Dashwood Lock

 Once again it seems that CRT are only fixing shit that has totally failed instead of fixing stuff before it has a chance to fail and cause mayhem!

It must be 3 maybe 4 years since I sent CRT pictures of damage to Dashwood Lock. I sent CRT a picture of the damage and a picture of the lock name plate, which as it happened was actually a BW sign! On my return I observed that the damage had not been repaired, but the BW sign had been replaced with a CRT sign. What kind of idiots are more concerned with corporate image than actually doing the job they are paid to do?

Had CRT acted 3 or 4 years ago when they knew the problem existed then maybe they would have a better understanding of the problems! Instead of pissing about faffing over signs.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

It seems heroes are 10 a penny.

Anyone know who this is?
It's strange how the British media haven't given him a mention. If you're interested...he is PC Keith Palmer. He was murdered on 22 March 2017, by a Muslim extremist. I find it strange that a guy who put his body on the line to save not only his colleagues, but innocent tourists who were nearby, hasn't even had one mention on mainstream news. RIP PC Palmer 😪 Copied from Avril Evans

Monday, 24 May 2021

Kilsby

The plans for the refurb of Kilsby are ongoing. This month it spent time in the dry dock getting a survey. The results were promising. 

Some members of the Oxford Canal Trust appeared last week to inspect the hull and discuss the next stage.

The hull is going back in to the dry dock in October to be 'slippered' to replace the wooden bottom with a steel shoe. 

The the back end, which seems not to be original is very poorly constructed, will be mostly replaced. 

The good news is the engine bearers are in excellent condition! 😂😂😂😂







Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Did the fat lady sing!

And so Derek Chauvin was convicted as I had predicted. We can say he was guilty because a jury of his peers listened to all the arguments and determined on the evidence presented that he was guilty. No 'might be guilty', 'think he is guilty', or 'on the balance or probability' Just straight forward guilty.

Then out comes the story that one of the jurors a Brandon Mitchell said, after the trial, that he had been stopped a couple of dozen times by the police for no real reason. Now I may be a thicko, but how can that trial have been fair when at least one of the jurors was biased against the police!

He, the juror, also LIED about attending a BLM protest.  Chauvin's hope of appeal was boosted after picture emerges of Mitchell at BLM rally wearing 'Get Your Knee Off Our Necks' T-shirt despite telling court he'd never been on a march.

Brandon Mitchell was one of 12 jurors who convicted Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin of  the second-degree murder of George Floyd last month. Mitchell, a 31-year-old black man, was photographed on social media attending an August 28 protest in Washington, DC at which Floyd's relatives spoke. Mitchell is seen in the photograph wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr and the words 'GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS' and 'BLM'. He is also wearing a baseball cap embossed with 'Black Lives Matter'.
Mitchell acknowledged being at the event and that his uncle posted the photo, but claims he doesn't recall wearing or owning the shirt or cap. Mitchell said he answered 'no' to two questions about demonstrations on the questionnaire sent out before jury selection. Legal experts say the revelation will likely be brought up on appeal by Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, who will argue his client was denied impartial jury.

We have at least one man who perjures himself and suffers severe memory loss. And he was supposed to be one of Chauvin's peers? How many more of the jury will come forward with similar stories!

So it ain't over yet!

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

And away we went!

Well I completed my little tripette. I went all the way to Gayton and back. Not very far I agree, however the Good Lady Bones could only boat at weekends so I was there as security during the week. There was no illegal activity happening here One is allowed to move house. That is exactly what we did, move a narrowboat home to a new location. My part was also legal in that the person moving house can have assistance. MoI!

I took the trip to Gayton and others arrived to continue on to the new mooring. It's fab to have friends. 

The NB Bones on going to Braunston 'twould seem the fuel tank needed a good clean out. This was projected by the sudden stopping of the engine about two miles out. I towed her into berth near the marina. I find it odd that Mort Bones was glad that I towed her in! I couldn't possibly countenance leaving her where she stopped. I am a gentleman, so I am told, and I could not have been party to leaving her there in no mans land!

During the week the tank was cleaned and the boat readied for the weekend journey up the flight through the tunnel and down the Buckby flight, we finally stopping at Weedon (1 day) Stowe Hill (two days) and Gayton! We would wait at Gayton until the river was OK! 

 The return journey was FAB!

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

That Floyd Bull

There cant be many who missed the events in America last May. It changed us for ever. It made us less. The story that was put out by the press was a pack of falsehoods. Lets start with the infamous picture of Officer Chauvin with a knee on Floyds neck. Why is this picture so tightly cropped? It is to highlight the knee on the neck, but it doesn't do that. What it shows is that Chauvin's knee is not on Floyds windpipe. Floyds spine and neck muscles would prevent him from asphyxiating, No this picture is cropped so you do not see what is happening around Chauvin. 

The reality is that four officers were involved in this arrest. Chauvin didn't have to kneel on Floyds neck with any force as there were officers on his legs and back stopping him from moving. Yeah ya dont believe me. So lets look at this picture from a different point of view!

Totally different isnt it? The previous picture was cropped to hide the other officers in the arrest. Chauvin didn't have to apply excessive pressure because officers Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng had the upper hand. Chauvin was holding Floyds head down to stop it flailing about!

A few facts most people ignore. George Floyd was not murdered. GF was passing dud money. Not just the $20 bill from the shop but when officers arrived GF was stuffing forged money down the side of his seat to hide it from the police. GF was dying before the cops arrived on the scene. GF lied about taking drugs to the officer. Had he told the truth the officer may well have called an ambulance straight away.
BEFORE GF was put on the ground, at his own request I might add, he said “I cannot breathe”, 7 times. The officer, Derek Chauvin, did not, repeat louder DID NOT do anything illegal. The neck restraint method was at that time part of his training and still in the training manual on that day. GFs body contained 3x the lethal dose of Fentanyl plus other drugs, he was dying. He would have died by nightfall had the feds not arrived. The Press told lies about what happened and who he was as a person, loving father and all that crap. Then the world exploded! All of the riots across America and indeed across the world were the fault of the Press fanning the flames. GF was a violent criminal drug dealer, he held a gun to a pregnant woman’s baby bulge, he had a long rap sheet and the world went into meltdown over a piece of shit.. The world honored this worthless piece of crap and we are all less because of that.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

A simple emergency!

Here I am moored just below Lock 15 at Marston Doles above Napton on the Oxford Canal. On Tuesday I took a walk down to the bottom lock to get rid of my domestic rubbish. I didn't realise it was a tad over 2 miles one way which meant I then had a 2 mile hike up hill to get back to the 'Milly M'. Going wasn't too bad its down hill, but coming back was a bit of an effort!

On Wednesday @1800 I started to feel a bit odd. My pulse started to race. I dont mean just speed up a bit I mean raaaaaaace! I got out my BP monitor and checked my BP Systolic 169 Diastolic 97 Pulse170 bpm. 

Text book figures are 120/80 and below 100 bpm.

Mmmm, thought I that's not right so I checked it again, it was similar so @1806 I sent this picture to my good friend Dr Bones with the message 'what do you think'. She came back with, "Seek medical help and call Dr Kate.......unless it's the dog."

Well I called 111 @1809 I was lucky there is almost no signal here but they picked up and entered in to a diatribe of recorded messages and button pressing. After the sixth button press I thought I don't have time for this so I hung up and called 999 @1815 and explained the situation and the said they would get a Clinical Tech to call me which they did @1855.  I again explained the situation and after a discussion of the fine details they said they would send an Ambulance. 

Well it was over two hours after my first concern before they arrived. I didn't worry I was in an awkward place and I knew not to worry and get stressed lest I should exacerbate the situation.

The Paramedics arrived about @2020 with more gear than I could carry, on a good day, and proceed to stock my boat with bags of tech/med kit. There is a pinch point in the kitchen that is 9". One of the girls was a bit embarrassed that she couldn't get through with out a struggle. I assured her that I had a friend who made her look like Twiggy that managed it with a struggle.

The girls set about their business checking and recording everything. In this situation it is a bit embarrassing for me because after 2 hours it had mostly calmed down. The 'best' they got was 146/88 66 bpm, which given I normally read high on the systolic measure was not a real cause for concern.

We discussed the situation and decided that they would take me to hospital if I wished or I could call my GP in the morning. Given my view of the whole picture I decided to go with the latter option as I couldn't leave my Molly dog on the boat all night. 

They were amazed at my calmness given my initial worries, as I was, but over the last 9 years I have been counseling a bereaved chap of my acquaintance and I have seen what stressing over stuff has done to him, and still does, so I am a bit more prepared to stay chilled than most.

Epilogue: On Thursday morning I tried contacting my GP to no avail. On Friday I did manage to contact the surgery and booked a call back from the GP. However the signal being bad after several attempts we gave up. Why am I telling you this? Well there is a very obvious problem for people who are not in the 'phone zone' getting help if needed. Why is this so in 2021?

I remember in 2010 when David Cameron became PM, he said, "We are going to bring Superfast Broadband in to every home in the capital. I remember thinking at the time, Why? I thought this is odd because not every home in the capital wanted SFBB and felt this was just a way of using public money to fulfil a corporate/industrial need.

But more especially there were large areas of the country that didn't have a basic GPS phone signal and this was a bit of a slap in the face to the people in those areas. I am sure we have all, at some time, been frustrated when we can't get a phone signal when we are out and about. Often in the area we are in there is a perfectly good signal, but not from the company with which we we are connected.

Now the electric and rail companies have a good system. One company is responsible for the infrastructure the over/under ground works, the supply if you like, and many other companies are responsible for "providing the service". Why cant that happen with the phone service. One company responsibly for the transmitter/receiver masts and all the others for "providing the service". Makes sense to me! What do you think?




Monday, 8 March 2021

That virus and the vaccine!

I am having trouble with this virus and the vaccine. I have had my letter asking me to make an appointment, and that's wonderful! and as soon as I get the answers to my questions I will make an appointment. However getting answers to questions of this nature is not easy. 

1. I am concerned about mixing antibodies I may already have from my first infection with the vaccine?

2. I am concerned about mixing antibodies I may already have from a second infection with the vaccine?

3. Given 1 & 2 is there a preferred vaccine?

4. If the second virus was not the same strain as the first will any vaccine be effective?

5. Why can I not be treated with Hydroxychloroquine? Following the political ousting of Trump, some doctors have started suggesting "It will work".

6. And finally what is the effectiveness of my own immune system?

These are all questions I have tried asking. I cannot get my own surgery to even pick up the phone, 119 a very extended diatribe from a recording  telling people that they will not answer these types of questions. The Internet is great at telling you how to prevent catching it.

I am not an anti-Vaxxer but I think it is only fair, given an A&E told me I had the virus back in February and a cancer specialist told me only a few weeks ago what I thought was flu over Christmas, was on the balances of probabilities Covid-19, that I should ask these questions.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Away for a little trip!

One is prepping for a trippette. I shall be setting off at the weekend heading to Gayton. I shall be travelling with my dear friend Mortimer Bones who is also on a trippette. She can only do weekends so I am baby sitting her boat during the week. 

Whilst at Gayton, if I can get in touch with a champion boat fitter of my acquaintance, I intend to a have kitchen refitted. I have had the boat for fifteen years now and the kitchen is getting a bit tired.

You may remember a few years ago I had the bathroom done, by the same chap as it happens! He did a splendid job of that so it would be folly not to use him again.

Tally Ho!