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Proper Charlie

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  1. What do you wish I already knew?

    Don't judge a book (or a boat or a boater) by its cover, but take people as you find them. Most, but sadly not all, boaters are generous folk who will help you in any way they can. Some of the kindest people I've come across have been those that on dry land I would instinctively turn away from.
  2. HS2 & Effects

    But fast trains between Euston and Birmingham already run every 20 minutes, with slower trains in between. I'm firmly in the "massively overpriced vanity project" camp. It's an outrageous waste of money.
  3. Has it been a busy summer?

    Agree that South Oxford is very busy. Not been this way for several years but it has been slow going from Napton down to Aynho, with loads of hire boats. Heading back north now so not planning to make rapid progress.
  4. A memorable trip for all the wrong reasons

    Never met you Dave, but you have our best wishes.
  5. Bristol to Sharpness via Portishead

    Many thanks Ian and Helen. It reminded me of our trip across the Wash from Boston to Wisbech last year. Would love to do what you did - maybe next year.
  6. Christopher James

    A few months ago we came across a CaRT work boat across the cut in Tamworth (or maybe Bedworth). I retied it with a bit of help from a youngish lad, and in return I gave him a lift on our boat down to the next bridge. He said his grandfather once had a famous boat called Christopher James which is why he had always loved boats, and that the boat was named after this young lad himself. That's probably not right given that he was probably born in the 1990s, but I may not be recalling the conversation correctly. Maybe named after his father?
  7. Disgusted

    If boating has taught me anything it's to never judge a book by its cover. Many times I have enjoyed conversations or kindnesses from people I would instinctively cross the street to avoid. And the reverse applies too. In general I find most boaters to be helpful and pleasant, more so than their house bound counterparts.
  8. Just a warning burton on trent

    My parents ran pubs for many years. If people knew the conditions that crates of bottles beers are often kept in, complete with muck, spiders and rodents, they'd never drink straight from the bottle again.
  9. Getting dogs on and off the boat.

    Our labrador had a operation on her cruciate two years ago, so we bought a ramp to help her get onto the deck from the galley (we have a cruiser stern with a ladder arrangement). This worked really well and although she's fine again now and able to jump up the ladder, we still keep the ramp on board tucked up under the gunnels because when she's older she'll need it again. https://www.easyanimal.co.uk/deluxe-telescopic-dog-ramp.html#.WY19mVF97IU
  10. Suspicious Boat activity

    There was a presenter on Look East called Chris Peacock. And my sister married a man named Peter Ennis so was Mrs P.Ennis for a while until she got fed up and divorced him. I agree with Mike about Sloake Hunt, which I saw moored in central Birmingham. What kind of person calls their boat that?
  11. Who goes first? - question on etiquette

    I've often thought that as well as those really irritating 'SLOW DOWN' stickers that some boaters display, there should be a 'SPEED UP' version. In my view, we should all be able to move at our preferred pace when safe and courteous to do so. Some like to cover a lot of miles, some don't. Some have deadlines, some don't. There's room for us all with a bit of commonsense. If you're a dawdler, that means allowing a boat that has caught you up to pass at the soonest opportunity. I'm afraid I get really annoyed with boaters who drift along at 1mph but don't move over and let me pass whether out of ignorance or spite. I suspect hire boaters have it drummed into them to go slowly at all times and haven't been told they can always move over or moor up if they're causing a queue to form behind them.
  12. Giffard Park Refuse, Milton Keynes GU

    Fly tipping is a problem exacerbated by the intransigence of councils. People, including traders, will always have waste to get rid of - so councils should be making it easier for them to take it to official dumps or recycling centres than to shove it in a hedge.
  13. What you can or can't do?

    I have been shouted at by a fisherman for being on the move before 8am, which is not allowed.
  14. Leicester festival

    Came through Leicester today and while it was good to see so many boats and people enjoying the festival, it was annoying to find the moorings at Castle Gardens suspended. I had an email from CaRT advising that moorings were limited on the mile straight but it had no mention of Castle Gardens. I couldn't read all of the notice on the pontoon as we went past, but I think it was reserved for the festival organisers. Seems a pity to put on a river festival that actively discourages boaters from visiting it. The Friars Mill pontoon was full.
  15. Drinking water

    That's what we do too. No ill effects so far.