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By Johny London
I heard about a film the other day that was supposed to be really bad but with a kind of culty vibe. So I watched it, and they were half right
So my nomination for worst ever film is....
"The Room" (Tommy Wiseau 2003). A garbled script and the most wooden and dis-believable acting I've ever seen. Nothing outrageous happened and the ending was a let down - beat that!
My grandparents owned a narrowboat, and I have recently been thinking about buying one. I have become really interested in seeing if I can trace their ole boat! Even just to see where she ended up, sentimental reasons really.
Here's the details:
Grandparent names: Cyril and Alice Cousins
Bought in 1984 from Cowroast Marina near Tring, she was called "Snoopy" at the time.
Re-named her "Cyralice"
Serial number is 79826 (there's a slim chance it's 79026 as the photo is fuzzy - attached)
She was first moored in Willowbridge Marina and then Gayton Marina in Northampton, on the Grand Union canal.
I checked on http://canalplan.org.uk/boats/ but she's not listed.
It was sold in the late 90's I think through the brokerage at Gayton Marina (part of Alvechurch group I think)
Part of our Summer cruise this year is to venture out on the Trent, Nottingham to Cromwell lock and then out on the tidal bit to Torksey and into the Fossdyke, to head down to Lincoln & Boston.
trying to work out when is the most favourable time to go? On May.
we are at Sawley now and plan to spend a day or more in Nottingham before heading off.
i have the Boating assn. charts (very good they are too) plus the tide times (Hull) and the opening times of Torksey lock, which looks like a guide of when to get there !
Just wondering if any boater is planning to do the same and wanted to from a mini convoy or had any more inside info other than that which I already have.
We are on a 65 foot narrowboat and draw about 2.5'
Planning to spend most of May there before returning to Nottingham for 1st June.
Steve and Viv
By Leo No2
Earlier this week I noticed an article on Narrowboatworld about the Basingstoke Canal - I am always interested in anything to do with the Basingstoke having lived beside it for 30 years, been on their 'Board of Directors' for more years than I care to remember and lead a group of 23 boats up Deepcut during the bitterly cold Easter of 2013 which effectively resulted in the canal being reopened after a period of 5 or 6 years of inactivity, especially in Deepcut.
The Narrowboatworld article 'Woking wants CaRT to take over canal' is here.
I sent a link to colleagues still involved with the Basingstoke; they weren't impressed and directed me to an article on the GetSurrey website which, in my opinion, gives a much more positive and well rounded view of things - the article 'Woking canal-side area to be rejuvenated with 'suspension bridge' and boat basin' is here.
I just wonder why Narrowboatworld finds it necessary to always (well nearly always I think) take a glass half empty view rather than a glass (at least) half full view. I have noticed that approach before but never so obviously in a case I knew just a little about.
NBW could be talking about a different canal.
The good news is that the Basingstoke Canal Society is doing all it can to safeguard the future of the Basingstoke in a time when County Council monies are in short supply and well done to Fiona Shipp and her team for doing such sterling work to keep the canal open - it's well worth a visit.
Yesterday, in response to someones post about Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, I posted a video a short video of us crossing it last year. So, I thought you might also like to see a video of us passing through Chirk Tunnel and over Chirk Aqueduct a little while later the same day. We were lucky that a train was crossing Chirk viaduct at the same time!!
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