Monday, 30 June 2014

Think again!

The CRT is to appoint a Boating Waterways Liaison Officer. This has come about because the Waterways Chaplaincy do not have the resources to be a viable solution.

Excuse me, but, this hasn’t been thought through. Instead of hiring another high cost member to the clan why not help the Chaplaincy with funding so it can be a viable solution? It could be called. . . . . . . . . . Contracting Out!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Saturday Moon


Collecting for Charity


These two chaps came through Thrupp on Friday afternoon. By the time we had finished chatting and Paul (standing) had finished cajoling the passing punters they had done very well. Well done Boys!!

Sunday, 8 June 2014


There is a blue boat called Valhalla. The man that drives it is a total arse. Excessive speed between two rows of boats, pulled a couple of boats off their pins. As I said in the last post the mooring here is soft. His argument that we should tie up properly is vacuous in that it is the continuous speeding of fecking morons like him that softens the bank in the first place. Were he just to operate his boat in the accepted manner this would never happen.

No he didn’t get a visit from the boys they couldn’t fecking catch him.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


Some arsehole has just come speeding past the 14 day moorings at Shipton. These official CRT moorings are, through no fault of ours, on a soft bank and the bank is a long curve making mooring difficult at best. It is raining this morning and the top is very soggy so we boaters are not happy to go out and re-tie boats because of some inconsiderate fecking Muppets that cannot follow simple rules! If you want to go fast get a fecking bus!

I swear the next boat to come speeding by is going to get a visit from the boys!

Friday, 6 June 2014


My doctor said I need to reduce my stress level. To do this I need to stop interacting with fascists bullies.

Well that’s Facebook and Twitter  gone then.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

And another one!

Over eight years I have been a single hander. I enjoy my boating. I like being around people, but value those times of solitude when I don’t see another boat for days on end. There are times when it is nice to have help, usually at places like the Hatton flight, but more often I don’t want help. I find that if my routine is ‘invaded’ then things go wrong.

Last night, wanting to spend the night in the country, I slipped my ropes and chugged slowly up to Shipton Weir Lock. Arriving at the lock I gently nosed up to the gate, danced down the gunnel and stepped of with my windlass to work the lock. Once through I reversed down the river and moored just there alongside the lock.

I never expect anyone to help here. Its a slow lock. Most people say it is a hard lock, but that’s about being impatient. Shipton is an easy lock. What makes it hard is trying to open it before its ready. It’s a ‘tea’ lock. Open the paddles and go make a cuppa. When you come back you will be able to open the gate easily.

So after mooring I lit the fire (well it was a bit chilly) did the washing up then got a shower. The rain started. In my dressing gown I opened the side hatch and watched as another single hander worked the lock.

It was a big boat that I had seen over the weekend with crew, but he was on his own now.
“Just watching then?” he said.
Did he expect me to help?
“Yes, I‘m not dressed for locking,” I said.
Why did he expect me to help? He never said another word, just ignored me. When he opened the top gate I said I would close it for him. I can’t think for the life of me why I said this! It was only as I walked to the lock, in my dressing gown and slippers, in the fecking rain, that he got chatty. As he pootled off up the river I closed the gate.

If you are a single hander you will never learn your ‘craft’ if you keep on expecting others to help, and expecting half naked crusty old boaters to help is just going to scare the wildlife!

What an arse!

A  single handed boater came through the bridge yesterday. He did things right until he got back on his boat to bring it through. I have never seen anyone go through at full throttle before.

I closed the bridge and took his key back. I said “I wonder how many fish you have just killed”

He said, “Well I had to do that to get round the corner to pick up my key”

“Funny that no one else does, must be you, said I.

I was not telling the whole truth, most people don't speed like that but some do. And I have to wonder why? Unless the wind is high and blowing off the water point you can round that corner at tick over or half cruising speed or even cruising speed but full throttle? No! only the end of a bell would do that or a drunken stag driver.