Friday, 29 January 2016


Its been over ten years since BW, as was, closed the boatyard at Jericho. It might not have been the best boatyard in  the country, but it was the only one in Oxford. Many people didnt like it but it did do a good job. The alernative was ether Oxford Cruisers on the Thames or Oxfordshire Narrowboats at Lower Heyford. Yes there was College Cruisers but their facilities were limited and their own hire boat fleet took priority.

For all the years it has been closed it has been hidden away behind green painted hoardings. Initally the hoardings were a full eight feet high, a veritable BLOT on the landscpe. There have been many plans for what to do with the land and all that time it has not gained 1p in rent.

Every plan has been rejected. One plan included 51 smalll dwellings and 8 parking spaces. The current plan is good to go. While the environment has had to suffer the ugliest hoardings for over ten years, now they are going to build the hoardings have been covered in a smart vinyl sheet.

20160119_151428This sheet must have cost a couple of grand. I find it odd that we had to put up with ultra ugly, but as soon as it is about polishing their image money is spent.
There will be flats there will be community areas there will be facilities for boats. Well if you believe that you will believe in fairies. Oh and there is a rumour of a lift bridge. The bridge will waste 2/3 mooring spaces in an area that quality mooring spaces are a premium commodity.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Kerry-Anne Mendoza

This is Kerry-anne Mendoza She writes for and is the Editor in chief of The Canary a popular online newspaper. I have written about her before.


In a recent article she headlined the piece ”The UKIP supporter page has posted this despicable threat against black MP Diane Abbott”. Once again Mendoza is talking bollox  First off under the headline was a large picture of Diane Abbott.


You might not know from the picture that Abbott is an MP. I dont know about you, but I do not need to be told that Abbott is black. I do not need to be told she is black any more than I need to be told she is wearing a wig, but apparently Mendoza thought it was necessary. It is part of her very unprofessional reporting style. News is news and should be reported without personal bias or emotion.

Now back to the main point of the headline, “”"The UKIP supporter page has posted this despicable threat against black MP Diane Abbott” So I have to wonder what threat  she is talking about. She is refering to something said on FaceBook when Abbott was in Calais recently. Here is the screenshot from the net.


As you can see there is no threat in this! Yes she is called a traitor and there are many who would agree. Yes she was called a racist well she is and that is proveable. But no actual threat and no implied threat either. The message at the top “Please rape me first” is not a threat. So you may, like me, feel Mendoza has either got it wrong or has tried to dupe the readers. I go with the second option.

I agree there are many not nice comments on FB some racist, some just generally insulting, most just not necessary, but I dont think there are any threats against Abbott well certainly not in the sample Mendoza published.

There is stuff in The Canary that is good, but little comes from Mendoza. She writes not to report but to inflame and in some cases could probably be locked up for it. She really needs to get her act together and start reporting properly. It is only us bloggers that can resort to such poor reporting skills.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Orwell’s World

"BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Tuesday that Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech from their website within 24 hours, a new step in the fight against rising online racism following the refugee crisis."

Seems like truth is not now acceptable! Social media is now a government tool to control the truth!!!


Employees at a Los Angeles Walmart have been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage. Walmart in their infinite wisdom have just shut the store completely. Many Walmart workers collect Food Stamps (benefit) because their wage is so abysmal. The Walton family fortune is reported to be £115 billion.

This gives fuel to the old saying "You don't get super-rich by paying staff properly" Their money is stolen from the tax payer who foot the bill for the food stamps. Some people just forget where they started.

What is it with these selfish people? They cant make money without their employees. Yet they are so greedy they refuse to pay a decent wage so their employees have to go to the Government and beg. Scumbags!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

No Cycling! Ha!

From the very end of the canal near Hythe Bridge to Isis Lock is a no cycle way. There are signs that say ‘Dismount past moorings!

This has turned out to be a total waste of money. No one takes any notice. And no one enforces the rule.


The sign at the Hythe Bridge end had a huge sticker covering the wording. Well this I thought was a bit of a liberty so I cleaned it off , now cyclists have no reason ignore the notice.

Notably yesterday I saw Edward Surridge, local activist, riding his bike between the signs. Edward is one of those who repetedly make FOI requests of CRT, at great cost, under the guise of making sure CRT are playing the game by the rules, but there he was breaking the rules himself.

As far as I am aware ES doesn’t have a boat on CRT water.

Friday, 15 January 2016

War? What war?

The world is in the greatest peril now since the Cuban Missile Crisis and our so called leaders are oblivious to the danger. Or maybe its part of their plan.

What is there not to understand?


If you cant see it you are not paying attention.

David Cameron is refusing to see the scale of the problem. Islam is not a Religion of peace! While America has elected a radical moslem for two terms who is single handedly destroying that which the Americans hold most dear, The Constitution.

Multi-culturalism is a failed experiment Government needs to realise that. I dont feel safe in my country anymore because we cannot deal with any serious problems we are going to get.  Cameron is set to cut a further 30,000 police officers. We cannot defend ourselves yet I would stake my pension on the invaders have access to all the weapons they want. Perhaps thats the point, we are as anation demoralised by the last thirty years of government cuts. George Osborne, Ian Duncan Smith along with the Daily Mail have managed to divert our attention from the real problems and channeled us to fight each other. All the time society is breaking down and we will be so demoralised when the real fighting starts we wont give a shit and just go peacefully.

We cannot speak out against Islam yet Islam can speak out against Christianity. We cannot say anything that might be considered a ‘hate’ crime, yet Islamists can call for beheadings can call for hanging gay people they can burn our flag and burn poppies at memorial services. Why are they getting away with this? Anjem Choudary, a most hatefull man wants there to be killings of the Kufar (us), wants there to be rape, wants there to be beatings, wants there to be an Islamic Republic of the UK. Islam is growing like a cancer. It has to be cut out. Look at Sweeden, Norway, Denmark they are having a bad time of it. Their rape stats have gone through the roof last year and you can bet your boots its not blond haired blue eyed boys that are the cause! Germany just this week had 200 islamists lined up where women commuters were walking off the train and sexually asaulted them. One woman reorted she had “fingers in every orifice”. Of course it wasn’t the ‘moderate’ moslems, but how do you tell them apart? Is there such a thing as a moderate? When do you risk your daughter’s well being? In france the police are shot at with impunity if they venture into moslem areas. Where will it all end? Bosnia will only accept Christian or atheist refugees. Hungary has closed its borders! Poland have had a mass demonstration and since has anounced it will now only accept white people across their border. The US is set to disarm the whole country at the behest of their moslem Commander in Chief and his bitch! Moslems are ensconsed in every government department. This will ensure the move to Sharia Law will continue after this evil man has ended his second term in office, if indeed he ever does. He has instigated plans to abuse the Constitution and postpone the next election. Slowly Islam is turning the world into one shit pile and it resembles the shit pile they came from. There is no one Islamic country that propely prospers in peace!

What secret deals has Cameron done with the home of Islam, Saudi Araba. Why are we putting up with with the systematic errosion of out nation, our culture, our way of life. Is David stupid enough to think that he will escape The clutches of Sharia Law.

The world illuminatae believe that the world can quite happily survive the next ten thousand years with only 500,000,000 people, so somewhere along the line over 6 billion people have to be turned into compost. Islam is good at that!

Obamah has said he will enact gun laws using his executive power and you should understand that a disarmed nation is easier to control as we are in the UK.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Gibson J-160

Back in 1962 both John Lennon and George Harrison each bought a Gibson J-160 Electro-Acoustic guitar. They cost £161 each and were bought on the knock!  Brian Epstein signed the paper work. The next day they were playing the guitars at the EMI studio for their first recording session (Love Me Do). It is well documented that in December 1963 John’s guitar was left at The Finsbury Park Astoria and disappeared. The J-160 (John’s but mostly George’s) appeared on every Beatles album. You can hear the tones of Johns guitar on such recordings as "'Til There Was You" and playing the opening chord to "All I've Got To Do" and later “This Boy”. 1601So what happened to Johns J-160? Well it surfaced again in 1967 when it showed up at Blue Guitar in San Diego. Who ever had it traded it in for another guitar and it was then purchased by one Tommy Pressley, a 21-year old carpenter's apprentice. Two years later, Pressley sold the J-160 to his friend John McCaw. John McCaw kept the guitar for 46 years. It was not recognised as Lennon;’s guitar until MacCaw took it to a meeting of guitarists where he he saw a copy of Guitar Aficionado magazine with Dhani Harrison, George's son, on the cover. Reading the feature, McCaw noticed that George's J-160 had a similar serial number to his own J-160 as well as some of the same trademark wear patterns. He soon contacted Beatles Gear author Andy Babiuk. The wood grain acts like a finger print and confirmed the guitars true origin.

For Guitar lovers the rest is history it sold at Julien's Auctions in November 2015 for $2.41 million.  McCaw told Guitar World after finding out the guitar had belonged to John Lennon. "It's too big for me. It's not going to fit in my house anymore."


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Group Captain Parsons MBE

Some years ago, I am thinking maybe it was 30 years, whilst I was serving at Royal Air Force Lynehm I was presented with my Long Service and Good Conduct medal (LSGC) by my then Station Commander

Group Captain Parsons MBE.

This was the one and only time in that two year tour at RAF Lyneham that I ever met with him.

Only a few years later I heard that he had died.


(The LSGC Medal is aka the Undetected Crime Medal)


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Our environment.

Done this post before, but it doesn’t hurt to re-iterate.


The Canal

High speed (breaking wash) causes a disproportionate amount of damage (bank erosion) than slower speeds (no breaking wash). 4 mph is a maximum not a must. On wider canals that's fine, on narrower canals 3 mph or less should be the order of the day.

Whether or not your wash breaks is not just down to the speed you normally do. As you travel along the width varies as does the depth. The narrower/shallower the canal the lower the speed at which your wash will break.

You may be travelling at a speed that doesn't break wash if you travel in the centre of the canal but if you meander to the side then your wash will break when it didn't whilst in the centre. This is because by moving closer to the bank you have effectively narrowed the canal on that side and of course the water is shallower closer to the edge.

Now there you are driving your boat keeping a good look out forward how can you be expected to see what is going on behind you? Well if you stopped steering your boat with your bum you might position yourself in such a way that you can easily look back from time to time to see what is happening with your wash and adjust accordingly (its part of being a good boater).

The Wildlife

More especially at this time of year many birds are nesting often at the waters edge. 4 mph can swamp a nest of eggs or drown chicks. You , therefore, are a murderer. Yes I know the canals were here before the wildlife but then the birds were here before you.

Not all fish manage to get out of the way of your propeller. I often see fish with a prop gash floating on the water. Some fish are shredded so finely by morons using too much power to move off or stop that the remains never get to float.

The Boats

Now when tied up my boat rarely moves (fore & aft) anyone wanting to see how this is done is welcome to stop on their way past and ask. But there are times when rings, bollards, or firm ground are not available. You can argue all you like about mooring on soft ground but at the end of the day some visitor moorings are posted where the towpath is soft (the 14 day moorings at Shipton are along a soft towpath). I don't give a monkeys what you think, or what common sense says, people moor where they feel its nice, where they feel they can enjoy the canal or the local pub or, provided you haven drowned them, the chicks.

The canals have changed their use, they are no longer a trade route, but a leisure park. They will never ever return to being a trade route however much the Greenies might want it. People come to the water for the peace and quiet. They come to slow down and chill. If you want to go racing around might I suggest you get a bus or hire a car. If you have to get somewhere in a hurry might I also suggest you get out of bed earlier (lets call it better planning). Whilst you are entitled to be on the water it would be much better if you paid attention to the environment and inhabitants of the canals and stopped abusing yourself with the tiller handle. Who knows you might even start to enjoy it!


Thursday, 7 January 2016


In CanalBoat Magazine this month (Jan) I am quoted as saying:-

"Why not introduce a continuous cruiser license fee? It would seem legitimate to me that those who are continuously cruising the system would cause more maintenance and, therefore, thier use of the system should cost them more in license fees.”

This is of course total bollocks. Over the last 12 years, so before I got a boat, I have campaigned at every opportunity to stop any increases in fees for CCers.

The quote above comes from a blog post I wrote back in November when I quoted one Gary Edwards who wrote this in the previous months Letters page. The post I wrote was just over 800 words long and well recieved. I dont understand why they chose these 40 words to quote. When there was so much more in it they could have used.

This post appeared on FB written by Rob Pearson:-

So Maffi Oxford - is that you I spy in January Canal Boat stirring things with your "Continuous Cruisers should pay more for their licence" ?

I have explained the error on the part of Canal Boat Mag  shown him the post which this was from and asked him to remove the post, which he will not do.

Of course the error will be seen by many many more people and all they will remember is Maffi said…………….

The Rivers of Blood Speech

It is 50 years since the ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech by Enoch Powell. What he said, though poo pooed at the time and eversince is becoming the reality. If you have never read it, do it now, its here.

The speech

Powell recounted a conversation with one of his constituents, a middle-aged working man, a few weeks earlier. Powell said that the man told him: "If I had the money to go, I wouldn't stay in this country… I have three children, all of them been through grammar school and two of them married now, with family. I shan't be satisfied till I have seen them all settled overseas." The man finished by saying to Powell: "In this country in 15 or 20 years' time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man. Powell went on:

Here is a decent, ordinary fellow-Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

Powell went on to say:

We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre.  So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancĂ©es whom they have never seen.

Powell quoted a letter he received from a woman in Northumberland, about an elderly woman living in a Wolverhampton street where she was the only white resident. The elderly woman had lost her husband and her two sons in World War II and had rented out the rooms in her house. Once immigrants had moved into the street she was living in, her white lodgers left. Two black men had knocked on her door at 7 am to use her telephone to call their employers, but she refused, as she would have done to any other stranger knocking at her door at such an hour, and was subsequently verbally abused. She had asked her local authority for a rates reduction, but was told by a council officer to let out the rooms of her house. When the woman said the only tenants would be black, the council officer replied: "Racial prejudice won't get you anywhere in this country."

He advocated voluntary re-emigration by "generous grants and assistance" and he claimed that immigrants had asked him whether it was possible. Powell said that all citizens should be equal before the law, and that:

This does not mean that the immigrant and his descendants should be elevated into a privileged or special class or that the citizen should be denied his right to discriminate in the management of his own affairs between one fellow-citizen and another or that he should be subjected to an inquisition as to his reasons and motives for behaving in one lawful manner rather than another.

He argued that journalists who urged the government to pass anti-discrimination laws were "of the same kidney and sometimes on the same newspapers which year after year in the 1930s tried to blind this country to the rising peril which confronted it." Powell said that such legislation would be used to discriminate against the indigenous population and that it would be like "throwing a match on to gunpowder. Powell described what he thought the position of the indigenous population would be:

For reasons which they could not comprehend, and in pursuance of a decision by default, on which they were never consulted, they found themselves made strangers in their own country. They found their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth, their children unable to obtain school places, their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition, their plans and prospects for the future defeated; at work they found that employers hesitated to apply to the immigrant worker the standards of discipline and competence required of the native-born worker; they began to hear, as time went by, more and more voices which told them that they were now the unwanted. On top of this, they now learn that a one-way privilege is to be established by Act of Parliament; a law which cannot, and is not intended to, operate to protect them or redress their grievances, is to be enacted to give the stranger, the disgruntled and the agent provocateur the power to pillory them for their private actions.

Powell argued that although "many thousands" of immigrants wanted to integrate, he contended that the majority did not, and that some had vested interests in fostering racial and religious differences "with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population". Powell's peroration of the speech gave rise to its popular title. He quotes the Sibyl's prophecy in the epic poem Aeneid, 6, 86–87, of "wars, terrible wars, / and the Tiber foaming with much blood."

As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like e Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood". That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect. Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century. Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


This is Pastor McConnell  he stood accused of being ‘grossly offensive.’ In a sermon to his bretheren.LiveLeak-dot-com-e07_1452097206-z2_1452097749Mr McConnell had told his congregation: "Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell."

This is all well and good in this day and age people can accuse other people of all sorts of things. People can say they are offended and expect retribution, but the reality is if you are offended thats you! Being offended is an emotion it is not a crime. I am offended by Islam, but do I go running to the authorities? NO! I am a grown up. The day the courts start dealing with our emotions we are all on a hiding to hell.

I want to look at the words he used and their meaning, but before I do that let us not forget that most of us were bought up as Christians to one degree or other and how we see things is normally based on the basis of our up bringing.

  1. Heathen’(the heathen)
    heathen people collectively, especially (in biblical use) those who did not worship the God of Israel.
    an unenlightened person; a person regarded as lacking culture or moral principles.

Well proponents of  Islam do fit this category. Moslems most certainly do not worshp the God of Isreal. In fact so much do they hate the God of Israel if you ever visit Israel you can ask for the passport stamp to be placed on a separate piece of paper so you may at a later date visit Saudi. Saudi tend not to let you in if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport.

From a Christian point of view Moslems are most certailnly not enlightened people. Were they cultured they would most certainly not be destroying historical artifacts. Their Laws and culture are most certainly not acceptable in the modern western world. And their  moral principles by our ‘Christian’ based values are the worst in the ‘civilised’ world.

Islam seems to be about sex, sex, and more sex, and it is never ending! When they are not having sex with one of their FOUR wives (which is not Koranic) they are thinking about having sex. The ‘law’ such as it is, is obsessed with sex. It concerns itself with a womans periods it concerns itself with what age a (girl) child can have sex, it concerns itself with how to have non penetrative sex with an underage girl. It concerns itself with sodomising babies, The prophet himself was practicing ‘thighing’ with his six year old child bride. SIX! This involves rubbing his penis between her thighs until he ejaculates over her. Perfectly acceptable in Islam, but totally abhorent in the Western world. It is expected that a child bride should have her first period in her husbands house. Some in Islam think it OK to inspect a 5 yo childs hymen and if it is found lacking the punishent is rape and beating. What does a child think when her father closely inspects her hymen then rapes her repeatedly because he perceives it is missing? No I think such things are perceived in the west as ‘heathen’, and rightly so according to our beliefs!

  1. Satanic sa·tan·ic
    of or characteristic of Satan.
    connected with Satanism:
    "a satanic cult"
    extremely evil or wicked.
    synonyms: diabolical, fiendish, devilish, demonic, demoniacal, ungodly, hellish, infernal, wicked, evil, sinful, iniquitous, nefarious, vile, foul, abominable, unspeakable, loathsome, monstrous, heinous, hideous, horrible, horrifying, shocking, appalling, dreadful, awful, terrible, ghastly, abhorrent, despicable, damnable.

All of these things we as Christians see as evil/satanic and most of them we see as part of Islam. Beheading, rape, whipping, beating, severing the hand/foot, gangbanging, burning, acid attacks, all satanic in our eyes.

“A doctrine spawned in hell”

Now come on who does not think that Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell. Apart from the fact that hell ia a mythical place. Our Christian upbringing shapes our thoughts on this just as Islamic upringing shapes their thoughts on us as infidels.

So there is nothing ‘grossely offencive in it This is just who we are in the same way we speak English because we are bought up with English.

Delivering his reserved judgment, District Judge Liam McNally said: 'The courts need to be very careful not to criminalise speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive.'It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances.”

The Judge found that whilst the words were ‘offencive’ they were not grossely so and found the Pastor not guilty. A common sense decision if ever there was one.

We are all entitled to be offended, but to seek recompense in the Law Courts? Come on man up!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Peter Hutchings RIP

Today I went to Banbury with Bones. We went to pay our respects to Peter Hutchings of the NB FUTUREST. Peter died shortly before Christmas after a short battle with cancer. The ceremony was held in the dry dock of Tooley’s a very fitting back drop for this well liked Banbury boater.

peter3Peter, though  ex Merchant  Navy, came to narrow boating late in life at 70 not very long after his wife died.  He was a very gentle gentleman. Always happy, always smiling. We, like most CCers, would meet up from time to time on our journeys around the system. I last saw him and Janis (his lady friend) down on the Kennet & Avon  we all had dinner together and next day I helped the pair of them down the locks to Foxhangers. Always a pleasure to spend time with Peter, I will miss him.

In the last two years I have been unfortunate to lose 3 friends. First Phillip, then Mo, and now Peter and that saddens me, but I am honoured to have known them all and to have spent time with such wonderful people.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Help for Homeless?

Last month Bournmouth Borough Council introduced a new measure to stop homeless people sleeping rough on the streets. Hurrah! Three cheers for Bournmouth! Hip! Hip! Hur……No! sorry not hurrah I’m afraid. All is not what it seems.

So what measure did they introduce?

Well the plan is to play loud bagpipe music around the Bus station. The nasally sounds are being blasted through speakers at a coach station from midnight until 6.30am,  and apparently it’s working!

Well of course the music pisses off the homeless and they go elswhere. So not really addressing the problem just moving it somwhere more convinient (socially acceptable).

Let us not forget that Bagpipes were used as a weapon of war to instill terror in to the hearts of the enemy and this just goes to show what the council think of those who have fallen on hard times.

The initiative is the brainchild of Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset Police.

If I was a Council Tax payer in Bournmouth I would be up in arms at this idiotic idea. The Council has a duty to these people that is being abrogated by stupid people. Lets not mention the Military Covenant just yet!

People without homes need help, not hinderance. That anyone on the council could think that this is a good idea is a good indication the council is not fit for purpose. They should be dis-barred from holding office as incompetant fools!

I think the time has come for some real people to be elected to the council instead of these syncophantic morons who care not one iota for people.

We need to make our voices heard and the louder we shout the better these muppets will hear us. What we need to shout is simple.