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Scholar Gypsy

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    Scholar Gypsy
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    Ely, River Great Ouse

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  1. Ideal size boat?

    Here's someone who turned left ... http://www.tuesdaynightclub.co.uk/Tour_02/Tour02_4.html
  2. Ideal size boat?

    Brandon Lock on the Little Ouse will only take a NB up to about 48', but there is only a mile or so of river beforehand. Rather nicer to walk all the way to Thetford and get a train back to Brandon ...
  3. Severn, Mersey and Ribble

    You may find this useful if you want to cross the Wash next year - my collection of resources. https://nbsg.wordpress.com/washing/
  4. How do I build a Perspex window in a side hatch?

    I will post a photo of my solution to this problem shortly - depending on when I next get to the boat...
  5. Flood alerts on the Great Ouse

    Current Folder: INBOX Sign Out Compose Addresses Folders Options Search Help Filters To Do Virtualnames Sorry if this has been posted before, if so I have missed it. Some small changes to the alert system on the Great Ouse - it's important to register for this if you are using the Ouse or the Nene. River Advice for Boaters for the River Great Ouse is changing The information you receive about river conditions on Anglian Waterways River Great Ouse between Bedford and Earith is changing. From Monday 16th October, any updates about this stretch will always be sent to you in two notifications: one for Bedford to St Ives, and one for St Ives to Earith. Currently, you receive just one notification covering Bedford to Earith. Depending on the conditions, our free River Advice for Boaters service will send you one of the following messages for each stretch: NOT IN FORCE – There are currently no CAUTION or STRONG STREAM ADVICE messages in force. CAUTION – River flows are above normal and headroom at some sites may be restricted. Anyone intending to navigate should proceed with extreme caution. STRONG STREAM ADVICE – Locks along the river may be closed to navigation. We strongly advise against attempting to navigate. River flows are above normal, too fast for safe manoeuvring, and headroom at some sites will be restricted. Boats should be moored properly to accommodate changing river levels. You can call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 at any time for an update using the relevant quick-dial number: Bedford to St Ives: 033211 St Ives to Earith: 033212 If Floodline states that there are no messages for that code, then there are currently no CAUTION or STRONG STREAM ADVICE messages in force. Do I need to do anything? No. If you are currently signed up to receive River Advice for Boaters messages for the River Great Ouse between Bedford and Earith, you will automatically receive both sets of messages in the future. Can I choose to receive messages for only one of the areas? It is important that you continue to receive advice for the whole length of river, from Bedford to Earith. Therefore, you will receive both messages; you cannot chose to receive just one. Where can I get further information? Our Floodline phone number remains the same: 0345 988 1188. Choose the options for river information for boaters and, when prompted, enter the quick dial number(s) for the area(s) of the river you want to hear about. We will also be displaying information on our noticeboards at our lock sites and providing updates for river user groups, marinas and boat clubs. You can view further information by searching for Floodline on our website www.gov.uk/environment-agency. What do the messages displayed at the locks mean? When we are displaying Strong Stream Advice boards at locks, we strongly advise against attempting to navigate. River flows are above normal, too fast for safe manoeuvring, and headroom at some sites will be restricted. When we are displaying Caution boards at locks, we are advising that river flows are above normal and headroom will be restricted at some sites for a time. Anyone intending to navigate should proceed with extreme caution. To stop receiving these emails you can manage your account online, please phone Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or log onto the Flood Warning System at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings.Please do not reply to this email.
  6. Great to meet you on the SPCC trip, and sorry not to have met up on your Fenland trip. All the best for the future
  7. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    How about Duke's Cut Lock, which has single gates at each end and the balance beams on different sides. From memory the lower gate is on the non-towpath side.
  8. Nene Winter Stoppage programme

    Just published by the EA NAVIGATION CLOSURE NOTICE Section 15 Anglian Water Authority Act 1977 RIVER: Nene WINTER WORKS CLOSURES: Wadenhoe Lock 10 November 2017 to 1 December 2017 3 January 2018 to 12 February 2018 Woodford Lock 27 November 2017 to 22 December 2017 22 January 2018 to 23 February 2018 Titchmarsh Lock 3 January 2018 to 16 March 2018 Cotterstock Lock 22 January 2018 to 16 February 2018 Ashton Lock 16 February 2018 to 28 March 2018 Please be aware that the closures may be subject to change if conditions on the river dictate. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. You can also contact us at the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Waterways Team in the Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire Area. Irven Forbes Waterways Manager 4 October 2017 In case of emergency please call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60
  9. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    Topsoil do some excellent day trips on their boats. We went recently .... https://nbsg.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/thames-barge-hydrogen/
  10. Britain Afloat Narrowboat Episode

    I've downloaded all 6 episodes. Watch W1A if you want to understand why TV schedules are now a bit old fashioned .
  11. Stratford upon Avon to Tonbridge

    Here's a photo just to give you a flavour of theThames estuary on a calm day. We have just rounded the Nore Swatch buoy, off Sheerness, to turn into the Medway. Southend in the distance several miles away... Great fun but needs a lot of planning and preparation. My favourite story from the RNLI is of a boater that didn't realise Sheerness was on an island, and went round and round until they ran out of fuel. But this is a close second, NB the comment from the skipper. https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2016/august/02/sheerness-rnli-called-to-assist-a-narrowboat-in-trouble
  12. Cycling law review

    Sorry, I meant the former, ie the middle of my half of the road. In effect it requires anyone wishing to overtake me to treat me in the same way they would treat a car - ie it's OK to overtake if there is nothing coming the other way.
  13. Cycling law review

    I wonder if "assertively" would be a better word. One can be assertive and defensive (in the sense of deterring risks that others might cause, or mitigating their impact) at the same time. For example, as a daily cyclist in London, if cycling down a narrow stretch of road, with parked cars on either side, I will position myself in the middle of carriageway to discourage overtaking. Conversely, if I see a car with diplomatic plates on then I will keep out of the way.
  14. Oxford Canal Napton Flight - Marston Doles

    Has now turned into a stoppage. Closed UFN https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/11632/lock-15-marstons-doles-oxford-canal
  15. How things can go wrong

    I don't think the Coastguard would be able to help you that far upstream. Further downstream I guess they might be able to call out Humber rescue (not RNLI). http://www.humber-rescue.org.uk/about.php