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twbm last won the day on May 23 2015

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  • Birthday 24/08/1955

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    Inland Waterways (obviously!), Learning French, Real Ale, Good Food. Not necessarily in that order.

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  1. The Bridge at Napton

    Wow! (And thank you). Short version of a story of mine .. Police objecting to our proposed Designated Premises Supervisor for some rather spurious reasons. He'd been running the place for about 6 months without any bother, but the police were persisting and we went to a tribunal adjudicated by local authority Licensing bods. It all ended well when we pointed out the just-retired Police licensing Inspector had chosen our venue for his leaving do....
  2. The Bridge at Napton

    I get that. One of the thrusts of this thread is that it's incumbent on the owner to create a pleasurable experience for potential customers so as to entice them in. I don't doubt you've seen people 'in drink' served alcohol, it's an interesting balance to be maintained. We've got customers who can do 10 pints and remain gentlemen (and ladies) and others who we cut off after 4. It's the ones that go from genial to arsehole in the space of half of lager that catch you out. I think alcohol should only be served by outlets that can be held accountable in law for the social consequences of over indulgence of the products they have sold, as we are. At the moment responsibility falls back to the last premises a drunk can be traced back to, even if they only served the final half I've just referred to - generally a pub or bar in the later part of the evening. I support the notion of a minimum pricing policy, or a change in the law that requires the supermarkets to contribute to the costs of policing, street pastors etc. financially as we do via a late night levy. The last serious disorder we had in town was after a free concert in a park where lots of people were drunk from supermarket / off licence booze. If customers leaving my place had caused 1/10 of the bother I'd have had my license suspended.
  3. The Bridge at Napton

    Necking a significant amount of supermarket booze before a night out. We have to use magic powers to somehow know how many more are going turn them from happy to twatty, serve them one less than that, then ask them to leave. It also makes sense that the commensurate drop in revenue to the pubs contributes to their eventual closing.
  4. The Bridge at Napton

    Yep. Local supermarkets sell some drinks at lower prices than our wholesalers as loss leaders to get people in. They thus encourage the pre-drinking culture. We're a fizzy beer outlet in a town centre environment with trade actually increasing against the main trend but are sometimes in the position of having to refuse to serve folk who have just got out of the taxi at the front door 'cause their already pissed. The supermarkets are however never taken to task for any drink related incidents by the police or council as they can maintain a safe distance from the consequences of their discounted alcohol prices. Anyhoo ... you're also right about the landlord and/or staff being able to make or break a place in a few days. We've been through a patch where we had an employee who wasn't a 'good fit' in the place - we got stopped in the street by regulars apologising for not coming in but also saying they weren't going to until he went. We now, by happy accident, have a superb team and the reverse applies. Several remarks about driving to pubs. My kids are in their thirties - traditionally an age where they maybe have some disposable income. When I was that age we would drive out for a few pints, my kids and their mates absolutely won't, so if there's no other attraction like exceptional food, am exceptionally genial host ambiance or a beauty spot nearby, that trade has gone, and has been decreasing for years. The 'sell real ale, keep it well and they will come' brigade are, well, just wrong. We shift an average of around 8 Kegs of Fosters, 20 odd of other lagers and ciders and one cask of ale a week.
  5. Top planks best wood

    Whatever you buy, if the top planks are ever to be walked along set them up a foot or so above the ground and jump about on them before you commit. This may save you an unexpected and painful trip from top plank to bilge. Wish I'd done that about 7 or 8 years ago.
  6. The Big Freeze of 1963

    Given the effect of two blokes having a barney on Oxford Circus tube station, running out of Ciabatta and dried tomatoes could have apocalyptic consequences for the South.
  7. Any idea what these are?

    A guess .. but possibly piling of sorts to stabilise the bank. The whole length from the motorway bridge at Worsley across to Wigan was / maybe still is prone to significant mining subsidence.
  8. Facebook, yobs canal boats and a lock

    Bottom line? There is eff all you can do in the way of effective preventative or punitive action (and incidentally I don't think any of them actually did anything wrong - there is no statutory offence of 'standing on a gunnel with intent') and talk of hitting people with windlasses or other robust responses is just silly bolleaux. When faced with marauding crowds of, er, children, may I suggest engaging with then in a ferociously proactive friendly manner, seeking to get them to help with the lock whilst giving then a low key warning about where not to stand, asking how school's going for them, have they studied the local history of the canal, have they been on holiday yet, etc etc. This will scare the crap out of them.
  9. Hit Again!

    No you wouldn't, it would be done either by Direct Debit or BACS. Our staff get paid automatically without fuss or bother every Monday. Contactless is faster than cash and speeds up service at peak times. 'Course the downside of all this is your turnover is recorded in a medium that can be investigated.
  10. Wi Fi Aerial

    I'm learning through work that there's a lot of factors that come into whether or not a mobile phone or wifi works. The O2 mifi might well be picking up a frequency your phone just can't get, for example. The Ofcom Sitefinder database has been closed - this one gives an idea of coverage without showing the cell sites. I'd set it 'indoors' for the best view of what's possibly there. https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage
  11. Canopus and Sculptor

    ...... however the debate is about the behaviour of a fixed hull shape.
  12. Canopus and Sculptor

    Meanwhile if you have no concept of where the channel is likely to be and can't read the clues the boat constantly gives you regarding your speed and position, you'll still struggle. Bottom line, your boat's a moving hole in the water. If there's not enough space around you for the water to get past and refill it, all calculation and theory is irrelevant.
  13. what do you use..........

    Mapmywalk might just do it. Same sort of speeds. And you'll know how many calories the boat's burnt off.
  14. Quiz - Which Failed Canal is This?

    I've found out but I've cheated so I'll stay quiet.
  15. Cycling

    For the avoidance of doubt, having been a regular pedestrian in London for a number of years, and as I said stopped using the bikes because of aggressive twots carving me up on their racers, am utterly prejudiced against inconsiderate risk taking cyclists who scream and point at the wicked car drivers whenever they suffer the consequences of their actions. Stand at any set of lights in Westminster watching for cyclists ignoring red lights and you'll be in double figures in minutes. My argument isn't about the location of the cycle lanes - if cyclists used them properly, observed the road conditions ahead and reacted / adjusted their speeds accordingly, most of the incidents wouldn't happen. In this case, the act of undertaking is self evidently risky and warrants a cautious approach which, as is usually the case, wasn't evident.