Wednesday 28 September 2016

Morning Paula!

I have mentioned Paula here in the past, but now we have a picture. Kevin and Paula are locals to the Thrupp area. They live in Shipton the next village up the canal which, as it happens, doesn’t have a pub. So we graciously allow them to use the BOAT INN in Thrupp.

Morning Pauline


You will notice that Molly, not being the centre of attention, is sulking,

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Tut! Tut! Tut!

This picture has been doing the rounds for some time now. Understand this it is a fake. Tony B-lair is a pigmy. By that I mean politically as well as not tall. This picture has been photoshopped. His legs are far too long. Despite B-lair being a callous war criminal I would very much doubt even he would do this. If you see this on FB please do not pass it on. You will be just clogging up the airways with shit!
Of course if you know proovably different then please tell me.

Monday 26 September 2016


This is how we used to phone people years ago. You would put 4d, proper pennies, in the slot and dial the number you wanted. When the person on the other end picked up their phone you would press button A. If they failed to answer you would press button B to get your money back. However it was almost impossible to pass a phone box and not going in to press button B in case the previous user had forgotten to retrieve his 4d.

The shelves used to hold 4 phone books listing all the local numbers.

A-D E-K L-R and S-Z. Later the yellow pages.


Sunday 25 September 2016

For those who…….

…..signed the 4 million people petition for a second referendum.


17 million trumps 4 million. Suck it up cupcakes.

Thursday 22 September 2016


The result of the Brexit referendum has caused all sorts of whining from the remain camp.

Younger voters are saying that older voters have destroyed their future. This of course is absolute bollox. If you look at the figures it becomes plain to see that, if any one destroyed their future it was they themselves as an apathetic bunch of nobodies.

In the following picture you can see that the older the demographic the more responsibility they  took to get to the polling station and cast their vote in the referendum.


Only 36% of younger voters could be bothered to get off their arse and walk the short distance to the polling station. That means 64% didn’t think it was important enough to vote. That 64% could have made the difference for the remainers.

There were some voters that voted out, that later said if could vote again they would vote to stay. This surprised me. This referendum was the one and only opportunity for everyone to have their say. I find it incongruous that people would vote to leave because they never believed that Brexit could win. What cracked Logic is that? Such people who treated their vote with such contempt didn’t deserve the vote in the first place.

Of course the powers that be never believed that Brexit could win which, of course, is why they put that less than honourable buffoon Boris in charge of the leave campaign. Well fuck them and their arrogance!

David Cameron as the PM should have stayed out of the fight. Instead he should have been the referee, making sure that both sides played by the rules, fairly, but no he took a stance which he should have known would put his leadership in jeopardy. Then, when his arrogance lost the referendum, he walked away from his responsibility DUTY to see things through to the end. A more cowardly politician does not exist. Cameron is a pigmy of a man. He has proven this in the past on many occasions and only deserves our contempt.

I don’t mind saying I voted out, but I encouraged everyone in my ‘circle’ to vote.


I placed these posters on my FB timeline. You will see I didn’t say you should vote OUT, I didn’t say you should vote IN. I said you should VOTE. I thought voting was more important than how you vote! We have the vote because people fought to get us the vote. Not voting is not responsible, it is not a protest. It is an abrogation of civil responsibility. I have nothing but utter contempt for those people who let the UK down in her hour of need.

Remainers do not have any issue with Leavers their argument is with those who, on the day, failed to do their DUTY.

Ciao Maffi

Odd fact. In London more people voted OUT than voted for Sadiq Kahn to be mayor. Odd that he is fighting to take London out of the UK so it can stay in the EU. Another Pigmy!

Monday 19 September 2016


I make no bones about it I am not a fan of islam and I am not a fan of the islamic movement to to bring down the west. So from that you may guess that I find this very funny.


This does not make me a racist (islam is not a race) or an Islamophobe (a phobia is an ‘irrational fear’). I will gladly fight people who say otherwise. No of course not all moslems are evil, but enough are to make me worry about my children’s future.

Sunday 18 September 2016

Time to revamp the Bathroom

Ever since Milly M was built the bathroom was wrong. The design was right (I did that), but the orientation was wrong. The builder should have explained that the whole room should be rotated 180 degrees. The toilet itself couldn’t have been further from the tank if I had put it on the roof. From the pump at the back of the toilet to the tank there laid a 15 foot pipe about 2 inches in diameter. The length of this pipe has posed flushing problems for the last ten years (on one occasion re spraying the bedroom whilst trying to unblock the pipe). Time to change that. The whole bathroom needed turning around 180 degrees. I engaged the services of one Barry Cousins who had fitted out the boat of my friend Colin Gregory, Sleepy Otter.

The first task was to move the boat around so we could work. Guitars and amps had to be taken to the front quarters, as were a pile of books, to make room to strip the bathroom furniture out ready to remove the bedroom bulk head and the opposite one for the office. The whole bathroom was carefully dismantled piece by piece.

20160706_103404 The porthole on the right ended up covered by the shower wall

20160706_135437This is the office with the bulkhead removed.
Never seen it like that before

20160706_23533520160706_23543520160706_235350 Once we had removed all the furniture and bulkheads the floor was lifted. This was necessary because there had been a leak from the shower and the flooring had rotted. Not only the laminate, but also the 18mm underfloor.

There was some rust which I treated. The pipework and cables, of which there were many, I had to re run and reduce the pipes and cables which the builder had errantly run under the floor. They still run under the floor but there was lots less after I had done my magic.



This is the solenoid that flushes the toilet. It hasn’t worked for 3 or 4 years. In order to flush the toilet in that time I used the shower head which just reached. I stripped the valve down, removed all the lime scale and put Vaseline in the valve on the moving parts.Hopefully that will stop the lime scale from coming back too soon.

20160707_092810The shower pump which can be seen under the bed was moved to the office under  a cupboard. We had to lift the floor of the cupboard an inch to accommodate it.


20160708_234128By the time the new floor went down the the pipes and cables were a lot tidier and greatly reduced.

20160709_15025820160709_150522 When the shower was cut in to the floor it was a far better fit than the original effort by the builder.

20160709_171356 The old office bulkhead now refitted against the bedroom. Pipe work and cables refitted ready for the basin stand. The outlets for the shower and hand basin were on opposites sides of the boat and were interchangeable. 


20160712_180035 Flooring was laid and the remainder used as a splash back. The next day I decided to continue the flooring all the way up the wall. This involved removing the bathroom cabinet again. I think you will agree it looks fab.


My old hand basin got cracked by something falling out of the cabinet so we replaced that with a smaller one. The pipe work would be boxed in later.

20160725_232054Pipes tidied away, just some trim to fix and varnish to put on

20160713_192647 We fitted a new shower unit whilst keeping the same shower cabinet. There is a porthole behind this wall.

I am very pleased with the finished job. Barry is a bit OCD (and all screw heads have to be lined up), but he is good very good. Of all the wood we took out we used almost every single stick. Obviously the floor was replaced, wood was bought to box in the pipework and some very expensive mahogany trim. Barry did all the woodwork and I helped by holding bits to be drilled/sawed etc. I dealt with the plumbing and electrics. Barry doesn’t come cheap, but as in all things you get what you pay for. Total bill was about £1300 this included the shower fitting the hand basin and the laminate flooring. If any one wants his number ask me in the comments box.

Sunday 11 September 2016

New appearance at Tilehurst.

A year or two ago a post box appeared on the bridge at Sonning. The council, who had no sense of humour, removed it because they didn’t ‘see’ it.

The letter box has now surfaced again at Tilehurst on the big wall beside the railway.


Saturday 3 September 2016


So there I was in Tesco Extra and I spy this pair are shopping.



I did tell the security man that if I bought my dog in tomorrow he couldn’t say a word.


Friday 2 September 2016

Thursday 1 September 2016


I moored at the Rowbarge and and spent a nice night in the pub. The next morning I took took Molly for her dump about 10.30. I walked passed this van.


Out side this van on the pavement was a splash of puke.


Now the chap put his head outside the window and asked why I was taking pics of his van. I replied that this mess was unacceptable. He said he had a Chinese last night and was sick and he was trying to clean it up.

OK I can understand that, but this van had parked up last night for the night and had made no attempt to connect his collecting tank. Had he done so he would not have made this mess.