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Jim Riley

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About Jim Riley

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  • Location
    Calderbrook, Littleborough, Lancs
  • Interests
    Boating, caravanning, walking, cycling, gardening, got 2 hens, I'm also Founder and Chair of the trustees of Skylight Circus Arts, a reg'd charity using circus in education and youth work.

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Circus Skills Teacher/ performer, Circus Jim
  • Boat Name
    Marshwiggle, 32ft narrow boat reg'd 1968
  • Boat Location
    Warland, Rochdale Canal Summit

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  1. Lancaster canal towpath

    Aww. It's too late to think about a fat tired one then?
  2. Incident at Fenny Marina

    Thanks for the constructive comments. Boat hook first then. I have done lifesaving training and am strong swimmer. However the water is likely to be cold. Just to clarify, cos not many understand Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder, sleep switch blown, trouble sleeping at night, excessive day time sleepiness. Cataplexy is a state where the body enters a sleep state instantly , brain is aware and functioning. A bit similar to sleep paralysis. It ranges from a standing wobble, eyes closed, to a full drop , usually backwards. Triggered by surprises, jokes, seeing a kingfisher etc. The meds are working at the moment, thankfully.
  3. Incident at Fenny Marina

    So what do the experts recommend, what would you do if it was your mrs? ( presuming you have one, otherwise choose someone dear to you) Assuming a scenario where they are potentially unconscious / paralysed, which may well be the case for me.
  4. Incident at Fenny Marina

    Couple of points raised, I enjoy wearing the crotch strap, I got a cat fur lined one ;o) As for going in to rescue while wearing, I wouldn't have time or availability for a buoyancy aid, in any case rescue is performed while swimming on your back, towing the "victim", or it was when I did my badge, in pyjamas! I do see the embarrassment factor, but better be alive and red cheeked, than to wear a deathly pallor. It's nowt to do with anyone else anyway!
  5. Incident at Fenny Marina

    Who wears a life jacket then. Cart staff do, or should. I used to wear one on rivers but now wear automatic one most of the time. Partner has Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, so is prone to collapse, latest in at the sight of a dipper, so she wears one , I do because I might have to go in after her. If you don't wear one why not?
  6. advice on varnishing

    I did the inside of ours with water based varnish and a small roller. Quick and easy.
  7. Water in cabin bilge

    A way to find small leaks, use when doing plumbing etc, is to use a bit of dry kitchen towel/bog roll, the slightest drip shows up as a damp patch on the paper.
  8. Bridge 132 Leeds Liverpool Canal

    But who would admit to being a Yorkshireman? Short i'th arm, long i'th pocket, strong i'th arm, weak i'th yed.
  9. Bridge 132 Leeds Liverpool Canal

    Exactly. They walk upright and speak fluent English. Their arms can reach the bottom of their pockets.
  10. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    Well, Oop north we had pea soupers, way thicker, couldn't see to the end of my nose, we used to eat a super pea supper to pass the time, while sitting in our hovel int' middle o't' road. Times were hard, you soft southerners had it lucky.
  11. If....

    I always fancied going walkabout with her. She could have blown my didgeridoo.
  12. If....

    How many of you actually like Kipling. I'm not sure, I've never kippled.
  13. So....

    If you haven't got spiders paint the conkers in gaudy shades for a most decorative effect.
  14. So....

    There is now a new forum bylaw, all post titles to be pmd to Mr Oss for inspection and approval. Or he will get upset. No creativity, no seductive teasers, no smart Alec gimcrack one liners. Be staid and sensible lads. Wear your underpants outside your trousers while posting.
  15. Wood burning stoves to be banned in London

    If only they would do that with diesel trains. Got half choked at Manchester victoria by trains waiting to leave, maybe 10 mins with engine running for no reason, in what, in effect is a tunnel.