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Like me on the Oxford canal, heading in a southward direction. Not only that, but in many other areas of life in and across the world. My life as a trader You may or may not know that I spend a lot of my spare time looking at markets, reading economic journals and placing occasional trades on conventional and crypto assets. A day trader, you might say. Taking in some of the moves in those markets, and predictions for the... Read More Read More The post Things are going down… appeared...
Like me on the Oxford canal, heading in a southward direction.
Not only that, but in many other areas of life in and across the world.
You may or may not know that I spend a lot of my spare time looking at markets, reading economic journals and placing occasional trades on conventional and crypto assets. A day trader, you might say.
Taking in some of the moves in those markets, and predictions for the future leads me conclude that things are definitely moving, in a downward direction.
I believe that life in the UK and the economy under the current prime minister is not viable, and given time will implode. Even in the last few days I read posts about Crispen Odey, one of Kwasi Kwarteng’s close friends, making 145% on UK bond crash, (below).
Relying on ‘trickle down economics‘ at a time of financial tsunami? It’s supplying those at the top with more incentive. Doesn’t make sense unless you want the top 5% to benefit significantly more at a time when they really don’t need any more.
Even if you don’t understand this graph, (which I’m not going to explain), you can see the movements are pretty drastic.
Last week, I did my most successful trade ever.
This one trade lifted the value of my account by 70%.
I must look at times like this and say how happy I am a boater. Apart from a bit of shopping, a bit of maintenance and moving the boat every two weeks, there’s very little to think about.
Financially, I’ve been looking at some of my costs in the last year since I bought the oven from Argos and went off grid.
My two main costs in terms of year-round expense are gas and diesel.
I record when I stock up how much I get and the cost.
Looking back to a time before and after my effort to go off grid, here is a before and after analysis.
Diesel – £417.27 – This was at a price of around 72p per litre of red diesel. (579.54L)
In today’s prices, 2022 (Aynho Wharf), this would cost £944.65
Diesel – £129.44 (84L)
Saving of approx £815.21
Gas – 5 x 13kg – £159 – This was at a price of around £30 per 13kg
In today’s prices, this would cost 5 x £40 – £200
Gas – £78
That’s a saving of £122 so far.
Remember that the year is not over. This is likely to rise to £118, or thereabouts, making it a saving of around £82 per year if gas remains at the current price.
Not a vast saving on gas, but a huge saving on diesel.
Running the boat on diesel power means starting the engine every day to create the electric for the batteries.
Not only does this cost more in diesel, but more in maintenance cost, and more in lost earnings.
If you have a job you can be doing at this time, you are going to be losing a lot.
All my electric is free.
I don’t earn very much, but I don’t do very much.
I get by.
Taking on board things will probably be WORSE than the majority of the economists and market analysts predict. The coming 2/3 years will not be good.
That’s not even mentioning the war.
Is when things like below happen…
So, onto the next big story of the week (or two).
Last time I was moving my boat, Sunday 4th September, I had a little altercation with a gentleman on a camouflage boat. The upshot was, he assaulted me at Grants Lock, pictured above.
Story is: Initially he was asking me to tie his boat to one of the bollards whilst he went through the lock. I was trying to establish which bollard he wanted to use when he became quite aggressive, saying “do you want to do this or don’t you”? I said “I’ve said I’ll do it, I just want to establish which bollard you want to tie to, there’s 3”.
I then continued discussing whether he wanted his boat at the front or back of the lock. He then said “just tie it up” to which I replied, “tie it yourself”, and threw him back his rope.
He then became very aggressive, swearing and making threats against my person.
He climbed up the ladder out of the lock and when he got the the top, he positioned himself on the lock landing and said “you better not touch me, or I’ll smash you up. I’ll kill you” and stuff like this.
I managed to move past him and back toward Bonnie without turning my back on him.
When I was passed him, he kind of made a decision it was time to attack me and stumbled toward me and tried to rugby tackle me around the shoulders.
This is kind of a pathetic thing to do. I turned and pushed him off, pushing him to the floor. He fell against some railings, (pictured), and his hat came off. I knelt on him for a little while whilst he calmed himself down.
He stank of cannabis and booze.
When I went to stand up, he tried to grab my windlass, which I was holding, potentially I think in hindsight, to use as a weapon.
As he was doing this, another boater had pulled up at the lock and was moving onto the lock landing where he could see what was going on.
When the other boater saw this guy rolling around on the floor trying to pry the windlass out of my hands, he shouted “just let go of the windlass mate”, and the guy let go.
He then started to inform the other boater about how bad a person I was and that he was ringing the police to inform them.
I moved to my boat which was next in line to come through and just waiting for him to come through before entering the lock.
I sat and talked to an elderly couple who were collecting blackberries around the lock.
After spending some time gobbing off, this guy descended back onto his boat and emerged from the cabin waving a 2ft machete…
He waved the machete above his head and made threats against my person as he began climbing the ladder out of the locks holding said weapon.
I drew my camera in response, and the blade was dropped out of sight VERY quickly.
This suggests to me that the guy had previous. Even though there were other boaters standing around, he had no problem pulling the blade out and waving it around. He was moving off his boat and up and out of the lock, climbing up the ladder.
Taking the blade off the boat is a criminal offence. As is assault.
Only when my camera came out did he become concerned about the fact that he was acting in a totally outrageous way.
I notified the police about the incident. It took them 3 days to take my statement. After several phonecalls, it was only when I presented myself at the Banbury Police station did it actually take place. I think the reality was it was simply to much trouble for them to locate and travel to the boat on the towpath.
Last night when I was walking past Grant’s Lock, where the incident happened I got talking to the guy who was renovating the building and had put cameras on the outside.
I asked him if the police had been in touch for the CCTV from the cameras overlooking the building, which would have caught the whole incident. They hadn’t, I gave him the crime number and he promised to pass on the camera footage to the police.
Even though that evidence would make an accusation into an open and shut case, I had to do it all myself.
The case is ongoing.
Just touching up a little bit in my spare time before winter and the damp weather close in.
This seems to be taking a long time. The levels dropped on the canal pound I’m in putting the armco on the bank at a much higher level on the boat and scraping off all the paint that I’d put on a few days before.
The last couple of days I’ve spent going round and re-touching those touched up bits which were damaged.
I re-did the ‘cruiser stern’, both the rails and re-painting the deck area with deck paint.
Took a long time, this time due to weather.
The water is at a much more healthy level in this section compared to the bank, and I’ve been able to re-paint and re-touch the gunwhales.
Still, it’s pretty slow work. The weather has turned in the last week. Now it’s distinctly damp. Windy also. Not great for painting.
Here’s some pictures from the canal and a recent trip to London.
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And I’ve been busy at Cropredy’s ‘Fairport Convention’.
Not an intentional stopover in as much as more of a co-ordinated arrival.
This way after my engine stop up in the Northern reaches. Cropredy is kind of the first real stop on the section of canal that I now habit.
Or Cropredy is some people call it.
It has many things to recommend it, especially if you happen to drop in when the festival is on, which I did.
Being on the boat, I was able to enjoy it from start to finish without charge, or accommodation charge, to be more clear.
I paid for one night at the festival, and snuck in for 1/2 a night after about 9.30pm when the gate people weren’t so bothered.
There were also many fringey things going on, which were on the most part free live music set up by local establishments to make money on the bar.
Some were good. Some were less so, or not even free at all, and then to make money on the bar, no names mentioned (Brasenose)….
Due to the expected congestion in the village, I moored slightly out of the way at somewhere called Varney Lock.
Here’s some pictures.
The weather was absolutely astounding. Nothing short of amazing for my whole stay.
Couldn’t have asked for moor!
Nick Wolfe who owned the working boat in front had a few problems with the sun heating up his wooden cabin.
This caused the wood to expand and crack the paint. Over time, and with the addition of water, it can cause the wood to warp.
He had to drape a damp cloth over the sunny side and water it throughout the day.
My steel cabin attracted none such problems!
Eventually, after nearly a week in the sun, Nick moved his boat down to a lower pound under the trees where the sun was less strong.
It’s his working boat that’s pictured above.
Eventually, all things must come to an end.
And as anyone who knows anything about satellite phone reception masts knows, they have a limited amount of bandwidth which they can serve up.
My stay in Cropredy was cut short by the fact that the mobile phone provider I was with had effectively ‘spent’ the bandwidth that they had purchased on the local mast and the bandwith (signal) had dropped right off to the point that the internet was useless.
I need the internet, both for work, this blog, and for leisure.
After 2 weeks of fairly slow internet, I decided it would be better to move to Banbury, back to civilisation (5g) and the constant drone of the M40.
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Not really what I was expecting when I agreed to book my boat in for blacking.
During my stay:
What a birthday treat from Calcutt Boats! I was in some trepidation about spending my birthday up on stilts on the boat. Now I know it was a bad idea.
I had to write a letter of complaint to the owner, Roger.
To be fair. Work on Bonnie was given priority over some of the other jobs that needed to be done by the boatyard.
It took roughly 1.5 days to sort it out completely.
The truth is, it should never have come out of the boatyard in the first place.
Here’s a copy of the letter of complaint.
I felt I needed to do this.
Setting things out very clearly that I wasn’t happy with the work that was done.
It’s simply not enough to do it any other way. When you take a car, boat or any other vehicle away as finished and it doesn’t make it 300 yards, some serious questions need to be asked.
The letter did give the owner a shock, and after threatening to throw me off top-lock and make me find some engineers to sort it out myself, we agreed that it might be better if we organised a meeting in the office were we could sit down and discuss what the problems were.
After some discussions which I recorded on my phone, which are not very exciting and not worthy of publishing, we agreed that I should leave the boat in their hands and they should continue the work to it’s conclusion and then give me a reduction according to what they deemed was appropriate.
Engine service, blacking and use of the Marina for two nights came to £655.08 on the 13/07.
The additional repairs after I had been given the boat back with a clean bill of health came to £590.83 on the 15/07.
Not what you’d expect.
And try us they do. What I thought we be a routine visit to the boatyard on my birthday cost me roughly double what it should, a vandalised car and some missing cutlery!
I feel like a victim.
I’ve moved on to a very quite Flecknoe.
What once was a bustling metropolis of boaty holiday makers has now fallen silent, only one or two liveaboards and the rest overnight stays that leave in the morning.
In previous times, it’s not been possible to get a space on the stretch below.
Not the case now.
Still. It’s no skin off my nose.
Whilst I was having my boat done at Calcutt Boats, I noticed that not all of their boats were out. Maybe not just one or two spare, maybe 3-4+ were in the hire area.
The price of diesel has sky-rocketed, that and the other cost of living increases may have contributed to a limitation of boaters on how much they’re willing to move their boats.
The hire boaters and weekend holiday makers which used to pack the bank from Wigrams Turn right up to Flecknoe are now gone.
It’s no skin off my nose. The parking is better and the mobile signal has improved! Why complain? There may be a few less pissheads around, but I can cope with that!
Here’s come pictures to brighten up your day.
Is located on the Northern stretch of the Cotswolds. In Warwickshire. It was a hilly ride and the wind was against me on the way out. By the time I was coming back, the wind had died. That’s the thing about wind, unlike the hills, rewards for effort put in against it are often stolen. There is no pay-back. Today was one of those cases. In my face, then gone, more or less, for the return journey. Still… The sun... Read More Read More The post Tysoe windmill appeared first on...
Is located on the Northern stretch of the Cotswolds. In Warwickshire.
It was a hilly ride and the wind was against me on the way out.
By the time I was coming back, the wind had died. That’s the thing about wind, unlike the hills, rewards for effort put in against it are often stolen. There is no pay-back.
Today was one of those cases. In my face, then gone, more or less, for the return journey.
Still… The sun was out. Cycling in the Cotswolds is something people pay money for.
In this case it’s right on my doorstep.
Be a shame not to take advantage on my one real day off.
Since I’ve just been turning around in the boat, my last 3 stops retraced back. That means on the last 3 journeys, I moved from Pig Place to Aynho, then back to Pig Place again. CRT Warning CRT sent me a warning email about not moving the boat far enough. As a continuos cruiser, you have to move 21 miles or more direction wise in any year of your boats operation. This counts as the licencing period, which may run... Read More Read More The post Weddings and Birthdays appeared first on...
Since I’ve just been turning around in the boat, my last 3 stops retraced back. That means on the last 3 journeys, I moved from Pig Place to Aynho, then back to Pig Place again.
CRT sent me a warning email about not moving the boat far enough.
As a continuos cruiser, you have to move 21 miles or more direction wise in any year of your boats operation. This counts as the licencing period, which may run from June to June, for example…
Once you reach the June, the annual period re-sets. My licence came due whilst I was at Pig Place and when I had turned around and came back, it was in a new year.
Effectively, they’d sent me an overstay but, due to the fact my licence had renewed, it was invalid.
Got onto them. They changed it pretty rapid, which is a good thing. I was none too happy.
Not sure if the recorder, an individual who walks up and down recording the length of stay of boats from the towpath, had recorded it wrong.
That’s what I’d put it down to anyway.
I decided not to do a post about my location but about weddings and birthdays, which we seem to be having a lot of….
Kerri, my big sister, has had her 50th in the last few days.
We took her out to a restaurant in Cheltenham, with the family.
On a Monday, it was a fairly low key affair, and we were all finished up and in bed by 11pm.
‘Where the dear and the antelope play’… Or just pigs. We have some buffalo in the field opposite. So it could be, ‘where the pigs and the buffalo play’. Aynho Wharf Had to go to Aynho Wharf. For water. Turned around. Came back up again. Took about 2.5 hours from where I was before. The water takes forever to fill up at Aynho because of the low pressure. Solar and the cost of living Able to do all my cooking... Read More Read More The post Back at the Pig Place...
‘Where the dear and the antelope play’…
Or just pigs.
We have some buffalo in the field opposite.
So it could be, ‘where the pigs and the buffalo play’.
Had to go to Aynho Wharf. For water.
Came back up again. Took about 2.5 hours from where I was before.
The water takes forever to fill up at Aynho because of the low pressure.
Able to do all my cooking on solar now the sun’s out.
That means I only use the gas now for:
Made a 13kg calor last for 4 months last time.
Gas. A gas bottle is £40 now for 13kg. When I started boating in 2016, it was £28.
Equates to around £10 per month for gas.
Electric is free.
Diesel. I bought £75 in January. Might have to get some more in July to get me up to Calcutt boats, in Napton. That’s £12.50 per month.
All in all, £22.50 currently in monthly overheads on the boat.
Had a slight bit of wear and tear on my front and rear ropes.
As you can see, the rear rope is frayed and the braiding is coming undone.
I’ve tried to strap it up with some handlebar tape.
It’s really starting to become a hazard, especially in locks, where it can become entangled in things such as the rail bar, or not fly through the air properly because part of the rope become entangled on your hand as you try to throw it.
For this reason, I had to take a trip up to the Chandlers.
There aren’t that many.
That sell ropes on a Sunday.
Weather was hot and sunny, so took the bike to make the 25 mile trip.
Maybe you can guess by looking at my Strava map, who that Chandler is.
Before going back, I dropped into these few pubs for a drink.
http://follyatnapton.co.uk/ – Napton
https://www.thebrasenose.co.uk/ – Cropredy
https://thepigplace.co.uk/ – Aynho
Kings Head was the best. Meal was great. Staff are nice. Nice place to eat and drink.
Brasenose was the worst. Not a lot to say about this place. When the management changed, it went downhill.
That’s the benefit of taking the bike rather than driving. Fairly enjoyable ride home
Here’s a picture of my new ropes on the Brasenose beer table.
They’re called ‘toffee’ for some reason. I don’t know why…
Pretty aren’t they?
Stopped outside the Red Lion in Adderbury.
This was taking place outside.
In fact, the whole village was given over to Morris Dancing… Kind of like a ‘mini-festival’.
I was subsequently informed that Adderbury was the home of Morris Dancing! (Says on wikipedia).
Some pictures from last 2 weeks.
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