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  1. The bar was in the boatyard complex. Think it was a prefabricated building, can't remember if it did food. Don't think it was there very long.
  2. I remember going in a bar in 1983 roughly where the 's' is in Queens in the previous post. Or was it a little further over and I'd get my feet wet today.
  3. I think the one for hire on the Thames is an Anglia class - they've done a good job of restoring her.
  4. Sooner rather than later Vaughan - especially if any of them are slides. This slide was only taken in 81 and stored in a cool cupboard in proper slide cases. Fortunately Photoshop autocolour and a little bit of adjustment made it passable; not so unfortunately with even later slides.
  5. This boat is owned by Bygone Boating and they have a 2/4 berth wooden forward drive (ex Johnsons of St Olaves I think), which is one of the very few Thames hire craft that will pass under Osney Bridge, Oxford which is very much like Beccles Road only about 6 inches more clearance. This bridge stops the bigger cruisers from accessing the top 30 miles of the Thames, which is very much like the Bure from Belaugh to Coltishall lock - plus quite a few pubs. The boatyard is at Benson and is a comfortable one week return to Inglesham, near Lechlade, at the junction with the disused Thames & Severn canal.
  6. Vaughan, first pic is the one previous. Second one is taken after the "barraque" pic - we were heading toward Toulouse. It looks like your correct with Argens.
  7. Although there are only a handful of hire companies on the Thames these days, that bridge, which reminds me of Beccles road bridge, keeps the vast majority of their boats from accessing the last 30 miles of the navigation, Most of that distance is beautiful, very much like the Bure between Belaugh and Coltishall lock. Some of Star craft used to be available in a hire fleet.
  8. Or you could try building your own. This one hasn't got any wheels yet.
  9. She was on the Thames last I heard. If you Google her you should find a website where the present owner asks if anybody has info about her history, I believe she appeared briefly in a Bond film where Bond whizzed past her in a speedboat.
  10. Yes Ranworth. I thought it was a NBYC boat by the colour.
  11. This takes me back to when I started my company in 1990 after being made redundant. I had been a compositor working with hot metal, so I had to teach myself about computer typesetting/artwork (which was in its early days) from scratch. Because at the time the main software for this type of work was American it was based on Apple Macs. I started with a couple of Mac IIx's and two monitors, one B&W the other a 20" colour Sony which alone cost £2,000 (work that out at today's prices). Anyway back to the point. When using the different softwares: Quark Express, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, when you wanted to switch between any of them you had to save, quit out, open the other software, do the work, save, quit out, open etc, and this was when computers and software were really slow, not only to work on but to open the software. I had two computers but even that wasn't an advantage as they used a SCSI interface (no usb back then) which at that time wasn't hot swappable. So to transfer something on a scsi external drive meant saving everything, quitting all software, shutting both computers down to move the drive from one machine to the other then booting everything up again- it's a wonder we ever got any work done.
  12. When my sons were young I had one of my brilliant ideas: I would build them a layout. I decided that OO gauge was too big to allow for much track so N gauge it was. i am not the most hands on person so i`was really pleased when I built a baseboard on a frame and hinged it along a wall so, with pulleys and counterweights at each end It would fold up against the wall when not using it. Everything was going fine: a double track oval plus a loop past the station and three sidings in the centre all wired up to the controller and even one lighted working signal Then I started on the landscape and the buildings. In my youth my attempts at Airfix kits had always ended up with glue everywhere, so I new scratch building was definitely out of the question. I bought a station, an engine shed, foot bridge, level crossing etc It soon became obvious that age hadn't improved my modelling skills, so I thought perhaps I can paint over the glue to give the buildings an aged look - you can probably imagine the results. I had a go at papier mache hills and a tunnel; oh dear, if I had asked a kindergarten to make them they would definitely have been better - how the hell I got a GCE in art I'll never know. Number one son had not been interested from the start and by now number two had lost interest as well. So it was just me and the cat. The diesel engines had little headlights so when I turned the room lights off, if the cat was around it would leap on the board and swipe the train off the track, and a £100(at todays prices) locomotive would end up on the floor. Vaughan, I'm not jealous really . . . please keep posting the pictures.
  13. I'm not trying to be the bringer of doom and gloom, more forewarned is forearmed. Roy
  14. From WHO. Viruses can live in very low temperatures. The Coronavirus SARS could be active in a fridge at 4 degrees for up to 72 hours. SARS was also stable in a freezer at –20 for up to 2 years. So it is possible that unless a vaccine is found that there could be outbreaks again in the future.
  15. It's much more virulent the other flus have been. A quote from Prof John Wilson, president-elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a respiratory physician: "Almost all serious consequences of Covid-19 feature pneumonia." "When people with Covid-19 develop a cough and fever, this is a result of the infection reaching the respiratory tree – the air passages that conduct air between the lungs and the outside. “The lining of the respiratory tree becomes injured, causing inflammation. This in turn irritates the nerves in the lining of the airway. Just a speck of dust can stimulate a cough. “But if this gets worse, it goes past just the lining of the airway and goes to the gas exchange units, which are at the end of the air passages. “If they become infected they respond by pouring out inflammatory material into the air sacs that are at the bottom of our lungs.” "If the air sacs then become inflamed, this causes an outpouring of inflammatory material [fluid and inflammatory cells] into the lungs and we end up with pneumonia.” "lungs that become filled with inflammatory material are unable to get enough oxygen to the bloodstream, reducing the body’s ability to take on oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide". “That’s the usual cause of death with severe pneumonia.”
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