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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


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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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Around Marsworth on the Grand Union Canal

This week I went to Marsworth instead of walking the dogs at http://www.appledown.co.uk/  dog rescue centre.

I always find people and things to see, this week I visited Pam and Andy on their Glass Barge,they sell fused glass jewellery hand made on the boat.Having had a hobby in stained glass windows etc in the past I found it interesting to pass the time discussing various aspects of their wares.

They certainly look happy with their life on the cut.

Pam and Andy

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I spied this dog sitting comfortably on his bed as the narrowboat went through the lock at Marsworth.

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A mascot on a narrowboat.

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This is narrowboat Damselfly

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I walked to top lock at the junction of the Wendover Arm before having to return home.

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And finally a resident of the reservoirs

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A lovely walk with plenty to see this week.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Cactus Flowers and Springer Spaniel

I thought I would share these pictures of my cactus flowers in the greenhouse.They flowered today but only last two.

The smell they give off fills the greenhouse in the mornings and is better than any manufactured perfume.

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This is Rufus my Springer Spaniel enjoying the shade of the trees in the garden.He is a trained assistance dog and picks things up off the floor if you drop them,he also has a habit of taking the paper off me when I’m reading it then giving it back when he wants a biscuit.

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Read About Lancel the rescue dog at Appledown Rescue Centre





Lancel the Dog

I don’t know why they left me. I’m sure they didn’t mean to leave me tied to that lamppost, but I barked and cried, and they walked away. Maybe they couldn’t hear me.

I was frightened, cold, and my belly hurt. Loud cars flew past and scary people walked by. I cowered as low as possible, trying to be invisible so nobody would hurt me. I knew they wanted to – that is what humans do.

I was so hungry, and my mouth was so dry. I curled up in a ball on the hard ground, and shivered myself to sleep.

Somebody came up to me. They didn’t hurt me, though I flinched away just in case. They untied me and put me in a strange car. I didn’t know them and didn’t trust them, but I did gulp down the water they gave me.

I was so confused and scared. I went to a place where I could smell and hear other dogs, and see them walking past with humans. I tried to hide myself away in my blankets. They brought me food, but even that didn’t always draw me out. It hurt when I moved my legs, and my mouth kept aching.

They took me to a place that smelled weird, and had very bright lights. They looked in my mouth and felt all over my body. Even though they were gentle, it hurt when they touched my welts and bruises. I couldn’t help but cry when they inspected the painful, heavy growth on my belly.

I went back to the place with all the dogs. I felt very groggy, and my belly still hurt a little, but not the same way. I hid in my blankets again and slept. I did come out once or twice, because I felt much warmer, and the food smelled so good. I didn’t let everyone touch me, but the people who brought my food sometimes scratched my head and pet me in a way that felt good.

This place is called Appledown. They call me Lancel now. I don’t hurt anymore, and I am gaining weight. Nobody has hit me in a long time, but I still can’t quite believe it. I can’t always keep myself from shying away, even though they bring me nice food and are always very gentle with me. Some of them even take me out for walks in a big field with interesting smells. I’m finally starting to understand that they don’t want to hurt me, but I think I might always be a little frightened.

I keep hearing about adoption and “forever homes.” I’m not sure what that means, but if it’s anything like this, where I can have food and blankets, and people are kind and gentle, I think I might want to find out.


We have decided to highlight his story, because it's an encapsulation of everything Appledown does EVERY DAY. They may not have thought much about taking in a dog with medical needs and anxiety, but we think it is indicative - they are willing to spend time, money and emotional energy without hesitation, and that should be celebrated. If you've ever wondered why we work so hard at the shows and fundraising opportunities, this is why!

This particular lad had a large, painful tumor on his groin, which you can see in one of the photos on his page. It required surgery that itself cost several hundred pounds. He also had marks on his body, and an infection in his mouth. As he healed, he was provided with extra heating though it was Spring, and was tempted back to life with expensive, tasty food. As you can imagine, the charges add up, and Appledown pays out.

If you're wondering how you can help Appledown support dogs like Lancel during the road to recovery and rehoming, please just ask. Contact Kate Tuck at appledown.fundraising@outlook.com to sponsor a kennel, or to donate directly on