Tuesday, 31 May 2011
I had an uneventful trip up the canal, until that is, I got to the lock. There on the bankside was a blonde bimbo trying to untie her boat, which she had tied through the gaps in the rail that form the old style piling. She was doing this all with one hand in the wind. Ah shame I hear you say. The other hand was filled with mobile bloody phone. I dont believe what was happening on the phone was so important and if it was she should have waited to untie the boat. I swear the next time I see anyone doing this I will poke a mooring pin through their ears. Not much chance of hurting them being as their brain would be easily missed.
A green boat called Serenity came through a bit later after I had been out sawing wood. I left two larger bits of wood at the lock behind the bench to go back later to cut it. When I went back to close the bottom gate that a hire boat had left open! Serenity had had it away with my bloody wood! I don't believe it!!!!!!!!!
Friday, 27 May 2011
I love the message in the status bar that say “Done but with errors on the page”
It can be so annoying. It a bit like dentist saying “I have drilled the tooth but haven’t got an filler”. Or the doctor saying “Well we have done the triple by pass but we only had enough for two”.
If the page is loaded it is loaded with all functionality. If it does not have all functionality then it isn’t loaded and the only one ‘done’ is the end user. Why are major soft ware companies allowed to to put inferior products on the market, albeit free, with impunity. Why are trading standards not following this up.
What is stopping the page, you are surfing, from ‘loading’?. Why cant the company fix it?
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
I hate T-Mobile. They seem to be totally incapable of doing anything right. 18 moths ago I had trouble updating the firmware on my dongle. The update file would not recognise my dongle. After three attempts to get me a new one (about 6 weeks) I finally got them to send me one with the firmware already updated. So it was all sorted.
Last month my dongle started playing up again. It went away for repair, for 3 bloody weeks! I threatened to cancel my DD. Funnily enough a new one arrived two days later. Would you believe the FW is the old FW and needs updating. The update file does not recognise my dongle in fact it say it cant find it which is funny because I just used it to download that very file. When I spoke to them last month the chap said “Oh you have one of those we haven’t done that model for a long time.”
What is the point of sending out a dongle that is not up to date. I think I need 3G or Virgin or O2 or Orange or anything but T-friggin-mobile
Monday, 23 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Open letter from David Fletcher (ex BW chief)
I am taking the unprecedented (for me) step of writing this open letter to the biggest waterway titles because as a lifetime user of the waterways, a boater for 30 years, ex-Chief Executive of BW from 1995 to 2002, and Vice Chairman of the British Waterways Advisory Forum, I have the privilege of a multiple perspective on this move from a public corporation to a national charity.
During my time at BW I prepared proposals for its activities to be transferred to a charitable trust which could operate the publicly owned navigations. This even featured on the front page of the Financial Times! However, although the then Labour Government recognised the proposal had much to offer, it was decided for a combination of political and funding reasons not to implement it at that time.
This decision at the time was right as evidenced by the following period of unprecedented repair, restoration and regeneration of the waterways and the areas surrounding them. This was only achieved by an equally unprecedented era of cooperation and support from everyone who used the waterways, local authorities, development agencies, many generous funders, and especially government. This was a great time to run BW!!
The world and the waterways however have now moved on. BW has fought hard, with some success, to continue the earlier momentum. However in the current challenging economic climate the waterways need a new model to make them sustainable into the future. In these circumstances I commend the leaders at BW, many of whom I recruited, for having the vision and indeed the courage to revive the charitable trust concept in the modern ‘Big Society’ format.
So now we have a once in a generation opportunity to create a new body to hold our waterways in trust for the nation, and to operate them in a proper and sustainable manner. For this to truly succeed we need another era of special cooperation and support. We must now harness our energy and talents to find imaginative ways to make the new trust the success that we and the waterways deserve.
I personally cannot believe that with unemployment at quite a high this government can put so many BW workers out of work in favour of volunteer workers. Obviously it is cheaper to pay benefits rather than salaries.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Following the theft of my generator last week I have placed a sign in the window of my boat. It reads:-
Thank you for stealing my GENERATOR
Now I no longer have to worry
about running my dialysis
I dont suppose for one minute the perp will see it even if he can read.
Absolutely no mooring except for properly licenced boats that are legally entitled to use BW facilities whilst they are using the lock.What it actually says is:-
The pontoon is for the use of those using the lock or anyone who wants to pay £25 a day.Which is something different.
It's about time BW got some balls and started kicking ass.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
And to ad insult to injury we can't even get my name right its M-a-f-f-i not Maffie or Maffy or Maffey.
Bits that you are used to being cut out for no seemingly good reason. It feels like someone going into your house and removing the toilet handle.
Our IT department say that the new look is easier to learn for new comers to computing (heard that before). What about those billions that have already learned the last dozen systems MS have produced in the last 20 years? What is MS saying to them (us)? Do they think we have endless time available to re-learn programs yet again? I would hate to think how much time I have wasted re-learning updated programs over the last 21 years.
Computing today is not about learning computing its about clicking a mouse and if that is the level of your computing skills buy a pen!
Saturday, 14 May 2011
My LOTMP was a letter to the father of a WW1 soldier. It has worked out very well. I thought it was not too shabby, but others who have read it, the good Dr's Bones and Saffin and a well known canal worker, all of whom have opinions I greatly respect are telling me it is something far better than I perceive.
It would seem then I could be getting the hang of this writing malarkey.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
You can see it is only small and made of about 4mm thick steel so they had to put a lot of effort into it to get nothing out. Now I can understand this stupidity, they 'thought' there was something in there (it would only have been 50p max on a good day) but it is emptied regularly so would have been empty.
What I don't understand is why would someone want to break into this one in Oxford?
It only ever contains cigarette ends!
Like ths but darker blue.
1. As has been mentioned the question was a little bit biased.
2. People are still comming on line several times within the space of a few minutes. This could be people voting several times or not I dont know, but I know it can be done.
Monday, 9 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
From their website.What gets me is they believe this twaddle. They are most certainly not CCers as they claim to be. They are simply mooring fee dodgers. We need to be very clear about that. They may have signed the CCers declaration about the Mooring Guide but they have broken the rules and their status as CCers is invalidated.
As Continuous Cruisers we are bringing this process to your attention as well as asking you to support us.
Understand this boaters from London in order to CC you MUST move your boat around the system. If BW allow you not to do that now, it is not your cleverness that is to be praised but BW lack of kahunas in allowing you to continue to break the rules.
I am sorry but I will not support you people in breaking the rules any more than I would support Barrack Obamma’s application to join the KKK. (Barrack Obama is quite entitled to join under equality rules but I dont think he would survive a bit like putting the pigeons among the cats, and that would be a shame).
Vote Top Right
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Families living on houseboats near the Olympic Park claim they've become targets for "social cleansing". “They’re trying to increase the distances we have to travel by so much that coupling relocation with the continuation of our lifestyle becomes impossible,” he says. “The rules are extremely draconian and breach the Human Rights Act because, essentially, they’re trying to define where people can live. And they have no legal right to do this.” The boaters, who describe themselves as “gatekeepers of the canal” – believe that whatever BW’s intentions, the measures will inevitably cripple their ability to lead a peaceful life on Hackney’s waterways. “Plans to carve up the moorings into ‘neighbourhoods’ and charge boaters for overstays are being opposed by local river dwellers" “The London boat community in Hackney could soon be history if proposed British Waterways plans are brought into force in advance of the Olympics." 'Houseboat residents near the Olympic development site in east London are accusing British Waterways of an attempt at "social cleansing". They say proposed changes to rules for living on the canals before the 2012 Games could force hundreds of people from their water-based homes ...'
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
TUPE- Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006
The TUPE regulations were introduced to prevent companies taking over another and cutting the staff salaries i.e. banging them all back down to National minimum.
This regulation can not be meant to safeguard the salaries of people who earn phenomenal amounts over and above what is reasonable.
Our military personal me included do not/did not stand in defence of greedy people milking our state. BW CEO and the board must go.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Hire boaters are often a source of joy here on the canal. (I specify ‘the canal because although I can only comment about the Oxford I am sure it applies across the the system.) I love this new fangled way of mooring up a boat. There is a certain amount of tantric rope tying going on here. Ignore the rope exiting stage right, that belongs to another boat.