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  1. If it comes around again watch "The Painted Boats" It depicts a story of a family running a horse drawn narrowboat and latterly converted to a motor boat on the canals during WW2. Along with "The Bargee" it shows some interesting shots of the canals in their day. "The Bargee" was a light hearted story with Harry H Corbett but "The Painted Boats" was more historical. Incidentally, and totally off topic (apologies) if you ever get anywhere near a narrowboat with one of those old Bolinder engines as fitted in those days it is a wonderous sound.
  2. I always liked Sooty and the Flowerpot Men. My old dad bless him as he is now gone liked The Magic Roundabout.
  3. Minigem

    Just A Dream

    Shout to somebody ashore to get a supply of underpants and toilet rolls to drop off a bridge onto your boat.
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    Just A Dream

    I know it was only a dream but my advice as I have crossed Breydon many times in all weathers and all times of the day and night. 1 If you are even thinking of crossing Breydon or going through GY buy yourself a decent anchor. Mudweights are exactly what their name says and are not designed to hold a boat in a current. 2 Use a proper anchor warp which should be three times the depth of the water you expect to be cruising in. 3 Unless you are using a complete anchor chain put at least six foot of chain on your anchor before attaching the anchor warp. It may be a subject of discussion on this forum as to if a boat hirer informs the boatyard that they intend to cross Breydon then they should be issued with a proper anchor commensurate with the size of the boat and an anchor warp of the correct size.
  5. I think you are right there mate. Thankfully I am retired now but I used to work with a load of women who in their tiny minds thought East Enders was real and behaved the same as the actors. Bruises have now gone and my brain has now recovered!
  6. I tried to get to Somerton last year and was stopped dead by the phenomenal growth of weed about a mile from the moorings. Unfortunately I do not have a 50 to 100 BHP engine with an enormous prop which would probably bash through it. Now! in the same trip and previous trips I noticed the weed cutter boat complete with the happy, smiling, waving crew moored at the eel catchers hut on the Thurn on quite a few occasions during my two week stay. My questions are: Was the machinery broken? If not, why was the weed cutter not being used? Is there lack of supervision? Nice job if you can get it! I know that BA reads these posts so perhaps they could have a look at the ways our tolls are being wasted.
  7. Yes, you are correct. they are wonderful boats and long may the boatyard maintain them as a feature of the Broads. Incidentally, the owners are very helpful and proud of their heritage of preserving these lovely old boats. Even though my old tub is Tupperware they have looked after me and given me excellent service. MG
  8. Hi Woodie. Welcome to the website. I think most of us started years ago on the Broads. Nostalgic I know but then there were proper boats then, wooden, centre cockpit, engine underneath, wonderful smell of hot oil and diesel and a proper galley. Oh happy days.
  9. The last time I crossed Breydon in that sort of weather my little tub spent more time out of the water than in it! Good fun though apart from a mouth full of sea water half way across.
  10. Yep, Wagon Wheels are a shadow of what they were today. What about sherbet dips? I don't think you can get them any more.
  11. Gobstoppers! We had an English teacher in the fairly rough school I went to in Dagenham. However he had a way with the fairly unruly lads in my class and we loved him for it. We tended to behave for him and lovingly knew him as Jim. Eating sweets during lessons was a capital offence and he caught me with a freshly loaded gobstopper in my mouth. He called me out to the front of the class and said "what are you eating". After unloading my gobstopper I said "its a gobstopper sir" "hmm" he said "and how much do they cost" I told him that you could buy them for a penny each which he probably knew anyway. There was another hmmm and he said "that is good, for three shillings I could keep you lot quiet for a whole lesson". The whole class erupted in laughter. What a wonderful teacher, no wonder we usually behaved for him. Other things were everlasting toffee strips, Jubbly orange drinks, liquorice sticks, Angel Delight, Heinz Vegetable Salad, mum's syrup suet pudding, Jamboree Bags, Enormous Wagon Wheel biscuits, arrowroot biscuits. Funnily enough with all that grub inside me I was still like a rake and used to cycle four miles to school, four miles home for lunch (better than lunchtime in a playground full of yobbos), four miles back and four miles home every day rain snow or shine. I never had much time for sport and when the sports master (known as Jughead) tackled me about being useless, despite running six miles during a sports lesion I told him about my cycling and he did not have an answer for that. I was the fittest kid in the class. Happy days! MG
  12. Now, that is a proper breakfast, especially with the black pud. That would probably last me three days. I have to look after my figure you know.
  13. Being able to go out on my bike without being run down by a homicidal white van man.
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