Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Tuesday 29 September 2009 until further notice
Due to a boat hitting the gate heel post Dunmill Lock is closed until further notice.
An assessment of the damage is being undertaken and repairs will be actioned as soon as possible.
Enquiries: 01452 318000
We can advise that we experienced a temporary security issue with Mr Shepherd's account; the matter was resolved promptly on Monday morning and you are unlikely to receive any further communication from him.
The good thing is they dealt with it quickly, but I do think their use of a semi-colon is suspect.
Jim & Paula list as one of their many interests, "sampling the red wines of the world", what top people. I think I will keep my head down till I get my invite, maybe I should send them a CV, what do you think?
Monday, 28 September 2009
Scattered around the hospital are relics and pictures of the old hospital.
This was one of the 'pews' from the waiting room as far as I can make out. There are several down the corridor.
I was discharged from the eye hospital (until the next bang on the head) and the leg is doing well.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
“British Waterways need to sort the path out and stop boats mooring. The mooring is making it worse and eroding the bank. There is a sign, but it is very small.”
I was ammused by BW's reaction to all this
Susie Mercer, a spokesman for British Waterways, said: “It isn’t possible to widen the towpath without impinging on the width of the navigation. “We cannot provide a wide level surface in all locations and it is important for people to make their own judgements about whether a surface or location is appropriate to their needs.”
On the lighter side I can imagine those boating vandals the BSS amending the rules to ensure you do not keep petrol bombs on board your boat in case they go off.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
It's the return email addresses that get me. Todays was from a
DR TUNDE LEMO
Financial and Survilliance
Central Bank Of Nigeria(CBN).
Telephone Number :234-70-41804248
His email address firstname.lastname@example.org you have to laugh.
I recently had one from a David Stephens his email was D.Stephens@brighton.ac.uk which for those not in the know is the domain for Brighton University I of course replied to David and cc'd my reply to every faculty member I could find on the website.
I know I am a rotten bastard but hey ho!
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Answer. Muddy Waters.
McKinley Morganfield is better known as Muddy Waters. Post WW2 Chicago Blues guitarist.
Monday, 21 September 2009
At the quarry most of the flowers have gone though there are still a few small patches of Evening Primrose and a swathe of Daisies (Oxeye?).
The flower boxes are still doing well.
The local Buzzard is much in view and the Crows have stop lunching on Newt Burgers. Our very own Little Ring Necked Plovers, despite the efforts made to preserve them, were all seemingly taken by one or the other of our Fox population.
As Autumn draws on the quarry is slowly going from green to grey via brown. The Deer has not been seen of late but will be back soon I am sure.
A boat comes past, not just fast past a moored boat but exceeding the 4 mph speed limit. You know he is exceeding the limit because his girlfriend is running along the towpath trying to catch him up.
You have a few words.
He says he can't go any slower.
100 yards further on he discards her jacket into the canal.
She continues on her way and he speeds away.
Now the challenge is, you have had a hard day at work, write a blog about this
Sunday, 20 September 2009
I found out today that the Saudi company I used to work for, and who owed me shed loads of money, has gone out of business. So I thought I would write to a Senior official in their Ministry of Defence to ask why these charlatans were nor punished for misappropriation of government funds and gross misconduct in the management of this government contract and corporate manslaughter (6 or more paks and flips died because they could not get medical care). Reasonable question!
What it did get me was a blank page. Maybe you may have better luck.
I don’t suppose I really expected anything else.
Indeed the brothers who ran this company now have lucrative UK government contracts in this country. Now why doesn’t that surprise me?
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
There are several search modes which allow you to search by map, canal, county, but not surprisingly enough by bridge number! Each bridge has its own page most have pictures and all have a clickable OS link.
© Copyright Tim Lewis 14/06/2008
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Thank you whoever you are!
I understand that things need to be done to make the waterways better, but I find the new TROLLEY REPORT FORM a bit OTT. Assuming you can answer all the questions on the form then your boat hook should be able to assist you in getting the trolley out.
BW should be encouraging us to help our selves on things like this not setting up web pages which will direct manpower away from more important tasks.
If a boater cant be assed to pull a trolley out of the water does he really deserve to be allowed on the water in the first place?
With a 14.9% cut in funding a this coming financial year we should all be out there helping to keep the waterway clear.
nb JOLA NO6 had a problem with the blockage and in the process of mooring behind me to secure MALTEZER gave Milly M a bit of a bang mainly due to the fact that instead of mooring and then eating his bacon sarnie he was consentrating more on the sarnie. A stupid thing to do when one is mooring up let alone when the wind is blowing a gale. Their traveling companion on nb CHARLOTTE hit me too, twice and not gently either.
Not one of them apologised for the bumps.
Both these old dodderers were from Braunston. Am I to assume that Braunston Boaters are crap at boating?
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
What part of
do you not
This morning on my way to the tea rooms I passed him on my bike. The sign had gone (probably moved to the water side). I am trying to think why it was on my side and can only think the last place he had it on display on the correct side would have been on the river, possibly at Abingdon, where the slow down rule doesn't apply.
I resent these people coming up here with there hypocritical ideas, that's my bloody job!
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
3. AYLESBURY CANAL BASIN – AYLESBURY CANAL SOCIETY – COMPULSORY PURCHASE
The Aylesbury Canal formed a key element of the Waterside retail development scheme. The Council had completed a 200 year lease of the Basin with British Waterways Board in order to bring the site within the development footprint. The Aylesbury Canal Society currently held a lease of part of the Canal, and unless the lease was brought to an end and the site vacated, the Canal could not be offered to the developer.
Negotiations were continuing with the Aylesbury Canal Society and, indeed a meeting had been held recently which suggested that an agreement was imminent, although a final decision had not yet been made. Cabinet received a report on the current position and explaining the steps that needed to be taken in the event that it was necessary to acquire compulsorily the areas occupied by the Aylesbury Canal Society. The report also referred to financial information in relation to rent levels and possible levels of compensation, the details of which were included within the confidential part of the Cabinet agenda.
Whilst Cabinet felt that approval should be given to the compulsory purchase process, it was considered that in the light of the ongoing discussions, implementation of the Cabinet’s decisions should be delayed for a period of 6 weeks from the date of this meeting. Accordingly, it was RESOLVED – That subject to implementation of those matters specifically related to the CPO being delayed for a period of six weeks from the date of this meeting, in the light of ongoing negotiations:-
(1)authority be given to the making of a Compulsory Purchase Order under Section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990, and Section 13 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1976, if required, for the acquisition of the Aylesbury Canal Society interest in the land shown edged red on the Plan attached to the Cabinet report and described generally as “the ACS Land” together with any subsidiary interests of which the Council is not currently aware, but which may become apparent as preparation for making the CPO progresses, for the purposes of securing mixed use development of the Aylesbury Canal Basin; and
(2)that the Director of Environment and Planning be authorised to:-
(a)take all necessary steps to secure the making, confirmation and implementation of the CPO;
(b)acquire the Aylesbury Canal Society or any other subsidiary interest in the Aylesbury Canal Society land whether by agreement or compulsorily;
(c)negotiate with the Aylesbury Canal Society and any other land owner or occupier;
(d)set out the terms for withdrawal of objections to the CPO;
(e)make arrangements to assist with the relocation of the Aylesbury Canal Society and/or another land owner or occupier;
(f)make arrangements for the presentation of the Council’s case for confirmation of the CPO at any public inquiry; and
(g)exercise the compulsory purchase powers authorised by the CPO by way of general vesting declaration and/or notice to treat.
4.EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC FROM THE MEETING
That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the Paragraph indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act:-
Aylesbury Canal Society – CPO – Financial Information. (Paragraph 3).
The public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information because the report contained commercially sensitive information about ongoing contract negotiations.
5.AYLESBURY CANAL SOCIETY – CPO – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In connection with item 3 above, Cabinet considered financial issues associated with rent levels and estimated compensation payments based upon advice received from the Council’s consultants.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
(This was written by a rig worker in the North Sea - What he says makes a lot of sense!)
I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to earn that pay cheque, I work on a rig for a drilling contractor. I am required to pass a random urine test for drugs and alcohol, with which I have no problem.
What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.
Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a benefits cheque because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
Please understand that I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do on the other hand have a problem with helping someone sit on their arse drinking beer and smoking dope.
Could you imagine how much money the government would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a benefit cheque?
Please pass this along if you agree or simply delete it if you don't.
Hope you will pass it along though, because something has to change in the UK , and soon