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StillCruising last won the day on June 16 2018

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  1. Ahhh the summers of 75 & 76. I got made redundant in the spring of 75 with a decent package that allowed me to fit in a broads holiday and spend all the summer driving about in my MG with my then girlfriend. In the autumn I joined London Transport as a vehicle electrician and was obviously affected by the heat in 76 and got engaged getting married in 77.
  2. I have a modified sine wave inverter. I have an older Sanyo microwave cooker that that has a clockwork timer that works ok albeit noisily. I wouldn't plug anything elctronic into it though.
  3. I thought that ad blue was something my mother used to add to the clothes washing water in the 50's
  4. The smoke test on the Rovers last MOT came out at 0.1 K (1m). I'm pretty sure that my old BMC 1800 on the boat causes a lot more pollution.
  5. My Norfolk journey is 210miles and my Rover75 1.9 diesel does between 57 and 60 mpg 🙂
  6. Everything laundered vacuum packed and ready to go later this month. I put the pillows in the bags and seal them but don't fully vacuum them down as in the past that have not always recovered their original shape and firmness.
  7. I'm probably a bit of an old luddite but I find it difficult to get enthusiastic about modern cars, there seems far to much in the way of needless electronic gimmicky. Frankly I'm surprised that manufactures haven't stopped fitting a bonnet release saying that they don't as there are no user serviceable parts inside. I was thinking of buying a new car last year and went to the extent of looking at a few. They were all OK in their way albeit a bit soulless. In the end as I don't do a huge mileage since retiring the longest distance being 220miles going to the boat I decided to stick to my Rover 3 ltr and collection of 3 Rover 75's untill I hang up my steering wheel.
  8. I'm sorry to hear about the old lady. Dependent on circumstance and the duties / abilities of Rufus it could get complicated. I would go with the Citizens Advice suggestion but if their anything like they are down here don't expect too much help. You could concider spending some money on a chat to a solicitor that deals in 'family matters', If there are any complications (as there was with my mother in law) it will be money well spent.
  9. Seamaster 30's do make good broads cruisers but maybe I'm biased as I have owned one for 12 years. Mine was not one of the Swiftway's, it came from France then did a spell on the Thames before arriving at the broads. As far as I am aware all the Swiftway's are still on the broads. Mine is slightly different as it is the 'Lowline' version giving less airdraft but the layout is the same.
  10. A small standard bed was 2'6" wide in those days.
  11. I remember my grandparents had two very similar looking back rests in the 50's. When my grandparents moved house we inherited them. My mother later told me that she that they had been salvaged from a damaged local first aid post during the war (grandfather was an ARP). The ones that they had seemed wider and the shaped wooden cross piece fitted the bed frame to stop it sliding through or moving sideways. That said I was young at the time so the memory is a bit vague.
  12. I very nearly became a victim of Co poisoning from the Ascot in the bathroom of my first house. I was saved by the timely visit by a friend. It is something that I will never forget.
  13. Those coasters were mighty scary the first time I met one. I remember being amazed at how the water flowed out of the dykes when they they came along. Someone once told me that they brushed the bottom when they were full up.
  14. 9lts an hour, is that really true ? My old 1800cc BMC only used 2lrs an hour or maybe slightly more if punching the tide through Yarmouth.
  15. For me winterising is not just filling the fuel tank, pump out, emptying the water tank etc but to bring home all the duvets, sheets, pillows etc so getting a boatyard to winterise doesn't work, it has to be a visit and because of the travel time has to be an overnight stay. I'm retired so I was able to go on Tuesday and come back Wednesday, this would not have been possible if I was still working and I sympathise with folk that have been caught out.
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