BlueStringPudding

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About BlueStringPudding

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  • Birthday 07/08/74

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    Female
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    Hertfordshire
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    Eating, drinking, floating and being merry. DIY-ing the boat, Greenery, cute furry creatures, and a snifter of Talisker... ah...bliss!

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    Chief Executive & Costume Designer n stuff
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    Mabel Stark
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    About the place

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  1. You can use a service like BOATMAIL for your post. It's fairly pricey at £2.50 per item received plus postage if they forward it to your nearest Post Office. But it's handy.
  2. Ooh. That reminds me. I wonder if my lifering blew away? Doris managed to lift my full and very heavy roof box, tip all the rainwater off down the boat windows, and then put the roof box back down with a colossal bang. So I'd be surprised if the life ring survived
  3. I agree. My brother who is quite heavily tattooed I suspect does exactly that. It's human nature to challenge people and in a way dare them to prove their worth by overcoming prejudices. More directly though, it quickly weedles out not just the shallow or judgemental, it intentionally repels people who are not like them. In that way it's protective but also a type of clan identity. I wrote a thesis on a similar subject many years ago (mainly on the subject of body piercing but it crosses over into the tattoo world). Body adornment is a very powerful thing. When some drunken idiot gets a tramp stamp or Chinese letter tattooed it's a totally different motivation to people who use their bodies as a canvas for unique pieces of art. I've spent 20+ years as a costume designer so the way we adorn ourselves and what it says about social status, hierarchy, allegiance, social preconceptions etc is something I'm very interested in and acutely aware of. More commonly we see people declaring their tribal affinities or pushing people away by inducing a judgement using their clothing. Goths, EMO's and anyone with a strong cultural identity might be easily recognisable as consciously doing that. Equally many people follow mainstream high street fashion and just blend in with the crowd. Some people blend in because they have no interest in adornment. But the vast majority do so to be accepted or to ward off the kind of labels and societal judgements described above. I find that quite sad, a bit of a shame when so much fun can be had exploring self expression (and by default the responses and judgements of others) through adornment. Often it's seen as a young person's preserve, and I think it's usually in the first 25 years or so of our lives that we carve a niche for ourselves as someone who stands out due to adornment and attracts judgement, someone who has no interest in adornment and for that reason often still attracts judgement, or someone who is most comfortable as a clone and avoids judgement. But there's nothing I like more than seeing an older person totally breaking with the granny (or grandad) clone tradition and either dressing "like an eccentric" or being adorned in remarkable tattoo artwork, which often faded, tells a story of their lives. And then there are the fascinating people who fall into the societal clone category at first glance, but in certain social situations reveal extraordinary body art, or alter-egos portrayed through adornment and so on. They pick and choose if and when they are prepared to accept third party judgement and who from. I love that people control what they allow another person to think about them and that they do so through how they publicly adorn themselves with tattoos etc. The amusing irony being that the person judging them thinks they are in the powerful position but the reverse is true. They've been manipulated into pigeonholing themselves by their own judgementalism. There's something very powerful about altering your skin forever and wearing an artistic or social statement.
  4. Beautiful
  5. Hoorah! It's worked. Brilliant. Thank you. I now have a bespoke forum.
  6. Really clear instructions, thank you. But I'm afraid I've fallen at the first hurdle. I can't see anything called My Activity Streams on the homepage. It crossed my mind that might be because I'm accessing the mobile site rather than the desktop version, so I looked for a button to take me to the desktop version and couldn't see that either. Where exactly is My Activity Streams?
  7. Come to Greenland. Plenty of room. A few bears, admittedly. But plenty of room.
  8. The new software is looking great. But I need some help please. When I click the new content icon, the page loads and there's the option to apply filters. So I scrolled through the settings box of each filter, laboriously clicked on all the topics I want to see new content from and clicked the apply changes button. All well and good. But the next time I click the New Content icon, all my preferences have disappeared. It's once again showing All Content not my selected preferences. And if I go back into the filters all my previously selected filters have gone. Seems totally pointless to have such detailed and complex filter options that don't get remembered just a few seconds later. Was there something else other than Apply Changes that I was supposed to have clicked for it to have remembered my preferences? I'm accessing the mobile site via on Android phone, in case that's relevant.
  9. It was quite intentional and not an error of the new software. As far as the members' map is concerned, I've been moored in Greenland for quite some time. Next time a gongoozler asks about my boat: "Isn't it cold in winter?" I can honestly say: "Yes"
  10. Nothing less than you deserve, monkey man.
  11. Surprised the suspended stove passes a BSS
  12. Same here. The ash pan handle is fine if you use it the correct way up (L shape pointing down). If you try to use it like an upwards hook it's no good but when pointing downwards it resists the weight of the ash pan and is very secure. The only drawback I find with the ash pan is that so much ash falls down the sides of it. It could do with being longer and wider but that would mean making the front opening of the stove wider too. All design is about compromise. Boatman's design compromises mean longevity, reliability and excellent value. No plates cracking, riddling things breaking, stuff rusting, grates breaking, holes developing and so on which I've seen in Squirrels. I'm having some work done on the stove door at the moment as 2 of the 4 clips that hold the glass in place have corroded. It's the first real work it's needed doing to it in ten years of hard use as pretty much my only source of heating on a 65ft boat. Can't complain and I definitely would not want a Squirrel because the two people I know well who've got them have had to replace all sorts of parts (or the whole thing) in just a few years compared to my very reliable Boatman.
  13. Just noticed the limited mobility thing. David's advice is great. You might also be able to turn below the lock, reverse to the side of the beer garden at the bottom of the lock to drop off Dad and then take the boat over to the opposite side of the canal to moor up if you don't want to turn above the lock if it's particularly windy that day
  14. I wouldn't recommend trying to turn above the lock because my goodness does it get windswept up there and pin you to one side. Ended up levered off by two people on ropes in the end so not bothered trying that again since. However my 65ft-er turns easily below the lock. Plenty of room to moor below the lock too if you and your guests are happy to walk across the lock gates to get to and from the pub.