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At the moment I am caring full time for a family member and when the time comes I will be selling up and living on a narrowboat.I enjoy reading,especially about those living on narrowboats and their daily lives.The tug Nb Resolute in the above picture is NOT mine but is owned by Dave Moore and is something I would aspire to own one day although I am going to look at many boats before I make a decision on the style and interior.Tugs are looking good at the moment but have yet to look around one. My interest in narrowboats started some 47 years ago. As a lad I cycled from Luton to bridge 111 on the G.U.by the Globe to fish and watch the Morton and Clayton boats go by,full of coal with a family on board and always wondered how they kept their balance on the planks that ran above the coal and why the the dogs didnt jump in the canal.That fascination has stayed with me so when I am able I will be there on my narrowboat joining in the great community of boat owners. Find me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/brassiclint or listen to my music site.Use earphones or earplugs depending on your musical taste :) http://blip.fm/Dave_Winter


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rest In Peace Les Biggs

It's with great sadness I read of the loss of Les whom I met with Jaq on narrowboat Valerie in February 2015. Such a lovely man who made a great impression on me in that one meeting.

His motto in life was "Just Do It" and indeed he did.

So many touching words from others I cannot add to except perhaps the following extract from

The  Shoes Of The Fishermen
Morris West
                            Yesterday I met a whole man.                                       
                            It is a rare experience but always an illuminating and ennobling one.

                            It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the                                       enlightenment or the courage to pay the price.

                            One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of                                   living with both arms.

                            One has to embrace the world like a lover and yet demand no easy return of love.

                            One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.

                            One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing.
                            One needs a will, stubborn in conflict but abt always to the total acceptance of                                       every consequence of living and dying.

                                     Les found that love in Jaq to whom I send my condolences.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Happy Christmas to all boaters

Merry Christmas
Rufus and Me

I hope you all have great cruising on the cut next year.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Why I voted To Leave The EU.

OK,.. here's a short list of financial and industrial FUBARs from the EU...
Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.
Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant.
Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata, the same company who have trashed our steel works and emptied the workers pension funds.
Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant.
British Army's new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales.
Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan.
Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200.
M&S manufacturing gone to far east with EU loan.
Hornby models gone. In fact all toys and models now gone from UK along with the patents all with with EU grants.
Gillette gone to eastern Europe with EU grant.
Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant.
Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant.
Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding.
Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing.
ICI integration into Holland’s AkzoNobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK, were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs
Boots sold to Italians Stefano Pessina who have based their HQ in Switzerland to avoid tax to the tune of £80 million a year, using an EU loan for the purchase.
JDS Uniphase run by two Dutch men, bought up companies in the UK with £20 million in EU 'regeneration' grants, created a pollution nightmare and just closed it all down leaving 1,200 out of work and an environmental clean-up paid for by the UK tax-payer. They also raided the pension fund and drained it dry.
UK airports are owned by a Spanish company.
Scottish Power is owned by a Spanish company.
Most London buses are run by Spanish and German companies.
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to be built by French company EDF, part owned by the French government, using cheap Chinese steel that has catastrophically failed in other nuclear installations. Now EDF say the costs will be double or more and it will be very late even if it does come online.
Swindon was once our producer of rail locomotives and rolling stock. Not any more, it's Bombardier in Derby and due to their losses in the aviation market, that could see the end of the British railways manufacturing altogether even though Bombardier had EU grants to keep Derby going which they diverted to their loss-making aviation side in Canada.
39% of British invention patents have been passed to foreign companies, many of them in the EU
The Mini cars that Cameron stood in front of as an example of British engineering, are built by BMW mostly in Holland and Austria. His campaign bus was made in Germany even though we have Plaxton, Optare, Bluebird, Dennis etc., in the UK. The bicycle for the Greens was made in the far east, not by Raleigh UK but then they are probably going to move to the Netherlands too as they have said recently.
Anyone who thinks the EU is good for British industry or any other business simply hasn't paid attention to what has been systematically asset-stripped from the UK. Name me one major technology company still running in the UK, I used to contract out to many, then the work just dried up as they were sold off to companies from France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, etc., and now we don't even teach electronic technology for technicians any more, due to EU regulations.
I haven't detailed our non-existent fishing industry the EU paid to destroy, nor the farmers being paid NOT to produce food they could sell for more than they get paid to do nothing, don't even go there.
I haven't mentioned what it costs us to be asset-stripped like this, nor have I mentioned immigration, nor the risk to our security if control of our armed forces is passed to Brussels or Germany.
Find something that's gone the other way, I've looked and I just can't. If you think the EU is a good idea vote to stay in.
Thanks to Paul Gunter for highlighting the disadvantages of remaining in the EU.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.

Rufus looking for next year.

Rufus hoping to live on his own narrowboat

Friday, 6 November 2015

RUFUS my Springer Spaniel

This month Rufus is 9 years old pictured today.He is an assistance dog who has been training me.
His latest ruse is to take the newspaper I’m reading off me,walk around the room then give it back expecting a treat. He always gets it,who could refuse. I’m well trained as you can tell .

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Historic Working Narrowboat Dove At Marsworth

Made a quick one hour visit to Marsworth last week after walking the dogs at http://www.appledown.co.uk/ and was lucky enough to capture the historic working narrowboat Dove passing through the lock at Marsworth.

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Brief history:-
It was originally a butty named Aldersley built April 1913 by S&CCCo Ltd, registered Gloucester 477 on 11/04/1913, BCN 21871 on 11/09/1913.
Converted to motor No 8 in 1929 by S&CCCo Ltd, Bolinder engine, registered Gloucester 518 on 20/11/1929, BCN 1531 on 12/11/1929
Became Thomas Clayton's Dove in September 1948, registered Oldbury 21 on 03/11/1948, same BCN registration as before.
National engine installed in 1950s.

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To see more on the restoration of this boat see here…..

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I took a couple more pictures around the cut before I had to dash off for my caring duties.

This is NB Elvira
Love the dog.

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Lovely display.

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A couple of dogs I walked.

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