Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



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Photo voltaic connectors

For a while I have been planning on cleaning up the Photovoltaic cable run on nbSteven, on Amazon I found these MC4 (Multi connect) (5 Pack) and these Y leads. According to the Datasheet the they are rated to 30… Continue reading →

First Mate Guides

Carole Sampson’s First Mate Guides, are a set of books with details about things local to the canals, If you wanted to know how to contact a doctor, dentist, vet or chemist, or if you want to know where you… Continue reading →

Canals of England typography project

The Canals of England typography project is a project by Olly Sorsby, he describes it thus: The notion behind this project was reinvention. To design a logo for every canal in England, by taking influence from their past, to create… Continue reading →

Harry Beck Style Canal Map

The first diagrammatic map of London’s rapid transit network was designed by Harry Beck in 1931.[3] Beck was a London Underground employee who realised that because the railway ran mostly underground, the physical locations of the stations were irrelevant to… Continue reading →

The Tail of one CITY^H^H^H^H Town

I am reading the Swindon Masterplan Report (Draft Rev C), while the document is not all about canals; in fact very little of it is about canals, the Swindon Evening Advertiser would have you believe it was a well supported plan… Continue reading →

Fix my Navigation

Rose of Arden has a blog post called Fix My Canal, where they talk about Canal and River Trusts maintenance record, and the lack of public record on the reporting of infrastructure problems. While individuals can post problems they have… Continue reading →

nbArianrhod is now sold

nbArianrhod boat has now been sold, b0atg1rl and I are now offering for other peoples uses, If you are interested in utilising So You Wanna Buy A Boat please use the contact form to send b0atg1rl a message. We are… Continue reading →

New Pet

On the way back from the Waterfront Pub in Pewsey last night, b0atg1rl and I came across a young magpie sat on the tow path; which ended up falling in the cut. Fishing the poor lil thing out we then proceeded to try and… Continue reading →

Share the Space, Drop the Pace

After abandoning “The Two Ting’s” Campaign, and removing the Tow-path Cycling Permit, British Waterways, (Canal and Rivers Trust) in partnership with TfL, have had a cunning idea to make cycling and walking on the London Cycle paths to coexist in a more peaceful manor. Given that the canal towpaths… Continue reading →

Solar Panel Research

I am wondering how much energy we use from nbArianrhod’s batteries (3 x 110Ah) per day; I know this number will change over the course of a year; and that most of our peek energy requirements come from gas rather… Continue reading →

Solar Panels

A long while ago I met up with Amy, and James from nbLuckyDuck, and one of the things that was intresting is that for a large part of the year they are off-grid with using a 136W flexable solar panel so very… Continue reading →

Dundas Basin Elsan Point

The Elsan disposal point at Dundas Basin on the Kennet & Avon Canal was taken out of service back in November 2011 and has remained broken since; British Waterways plan to have a temporary elsan point operational some time in April, with full repairs coming on-line in August… Continue reading →

Book 1: The Somersetshire Coal Canal

Roger Halse’s “The Somersetshire Coal Canal – A Second Pictorial Journey” “This new volume provides readers with an in depth look into the Somersetshire Coal Canal. The previous volume of old photographs of this delightful short canal, which branched off… Continue reading →

River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms

Abi Rant‘s “River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms” is a poem that hits a cord with me; it’s a performance poetry piece so you really are better listening to the file [podcast]//[/podcast]   I want the freedom to be different, I don’t have to… Continue reading →


At Gloucester dock there was a lovely 57 foot narrowboat called Wanderin Star (Wanderin Star PDF) for £39,000 “Wanderin Star” would make a comfortable live aboard. She was built by Oxley Marine in 2003, she has a Beta B 38 diesel engine… Continue reading →

Looking for a Mooring

With my getting a job, which is 35 miles from my parents (about the same distance as Culham Centre for Fusion Energy was) and since I can now afford to live on a boat again 🙂 a number of people… Continue reading →

Tweet Pirating #OWCTGT #RiverThemes

Today I am Pirating with a number of #BoatsThatTweet in Oxford, @Galoot (Cat Who Laughed) and @Gbilder of @nb_coqui, and @OdyAuto of @workboatpug on the Here are some fun photos from the trip up so far 🙂 Lunch at the… Continue reading →

Towpath Books – Word on the water

The London book barge, sell books from a Dutch barge called Dianti, at the weekend they were in Camden Lock; it looks like a great second hand book shop, will have to go back and have a look when i have… Continue reading →

The Other way on the Wilts and Berks

This is my wondering the other way along the Wilts and Berks Canal from Purton Road Bridge into West Swindon, this should be from just south of the number 5. The Cycle path at this point crosses the line of the… Continue reading →

Walk along the Wilts and Berks Canal

For those of you who played Guess where, this is the post that will answer that. Over on nbtheGreenMan’s blog Suzanne has been blogging about her wondering the Wilts & Berks Canal, Her post and photos are of the Abingdon… Continue reading →

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