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Old 17th May 2018, 20:36
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Blame jet lag on the Comet and 707; before then, nobody mentioned 'prop lag'!
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Old 17th May 2018, 22:30
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Blame ironing on me - who is recovering from jetlag by watching TV (some of which is through the ironing board and wife).
... and I note that my undies haven't been folded.
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Old 17th May 2018, 23:12
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We be back on the plateau in the middle of the big river visiting the petit grand fille. Lovely weather, out in Magog for dinner last night and stayed up at Le Mont Orford.. Back on the Plateau today and looking forward to some of our imported Yorkshire Tea. Got some house fixings to do. As we say, where there's muck, there's brass.
 
Old 18th May 2018, 03:03
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... and I note that my undies haven't been folded.
But at least your shoelaces and socks have been ironed hmmm?
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Old 18th May 2018, 06:53
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Sunny, blue sky, +8C

It's FRIDAY
'Nuff said
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Old 18th May 2018, 07:05
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Happy news, Blacksheep - congratulations!
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Old 18th May 2018, 07:23
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Morning folks.

A pleasant day beckons for a day on me canal. Installation of the quoins and gates at the lock restoration has started so one may attend with me camera.

Congrats with the new arrival Blacksheep.
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Old 18th May 2018, 12:05
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Great news Blackie

Oi Checkers if you want your jocks folded, get out of bed!
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Old 18th May 2018, 15:58
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Started installing the new gates on me lock restoration project. The weather gods smiled upon us.

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Old 18th May 2018, 16:11
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Originally Posted by redsnail View Post
Oi Checkers if you want your jocks folded, get out of bed!
He wears all his jocks in bed?
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Old 18th May 2018, 21:46
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Are those wooden lock gates I see? Look very nice but...
What is their life expectancy vs metal? or does that not matter in this case?
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Old 18th May 2018, 21:53
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What is their life expectancy vs metal?
The timbers of the Mary Rose seemed to have lasted quite well.
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Old 18th May 2018, 22:02
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
Are those wooden lock gates I see? Look very nice but...
What is their life expectancy vs metal? or does that not matter in this case?
They're wood - green oak to be precise - with a life of 20 - 25 years.

They have to be made of wood as it is a heritage project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are bound by their rules. We had to use recovered materials from the original structure in order to maintain the 'heritage' aspects.
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Old 18th May 2018, 23:35
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Makes total sense and they do look very nice indeed.

On the bumpy trail to the autonomous vehicle highways, I see the manufacturers providing and hyping semi-autonomous devices, the latest of which seems to be automatic lane centering. One ad shows car on six lane (in each direction) highway having to navigate between two lorries.
She activates device and car manages to do that little task with her hands off the wheel..
If you cannot maintain your lane?
Should you even be on the road?
I can see problems on this particular road to somewhere - the lazy kind.
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Old 19th May 2018, 04:52
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4mastacker, you must be very proud seeing "your" lock finally becoming operational after all the back-breaking work
you and the team have put into it. Time to stand back, admire your work and say out loud to the world "I was part of that".
It's good that wood has been used. The metal ones work just as well but lack any soul and are nasty clanky things. Besides
they're freezing in cold weather and not a joy to sit on. Well done.

Start of another pleasant day here. High of 21C predicted by the guessers.
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Old 19th May 2018, 08:15
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Morning folks.

You're up early HF. Very kind of you to make those comments. Thank you. Standing back and admiring will come later when the lower gates are fitted, hopefully at the back end of next week - I'll keep me camera handy. There's a few small jobs to be completed before the lock can be fully watered.

Fine and sunny. Back to the routine work on me canal today on what promises to be another sun tan top-up day.

My Honda has that lane departure warning thingummy fitted. I've switched the bloody annoying and distracting thing off. Like meadowrun says, if I can't maintain my position in the lane without some 'encouraging a lazy driver' device doing it for me, I shouldn't be driving.

More tea required before sampling Mary's chocolate flapjacks.
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Old 19th May 2018, 13:01
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At 0459 there are 17 of my tv channels showing some wedding.
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Old 19th May 2018, 13:29
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I have to say ... just watching the newlyweds' carriage ride through Windsor ... nobody, but nobody, does it like the Brits. Once again showing the world how to do things with style and glittering pageantry.
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Old 19th May 2018, 13:54
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And nobody puts their foot in it quite like a BBC commentator. Cricket fans will remember the "The batsman's Holding etc" incident well now we have a wedding one to go with it. Meghan was passing the commentator who had her first glimpse of her and uttered the immortal words "We can see she's wearing a veil . (slight pause) and not much else at the moment".
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Old 19th May 2018, 14:44
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Hahahaha ... I must have missed that bit!!! Classic BBC.
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