Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



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Testing IoT Boat Part One

More than a few years ago, I bought myself a Remote Control boat, a Kyosho Wave Master: The WaveMaster is a semi scale model of an F-1 tunnel hull racing boat. Tunnel hulls work by trapping a cushion of air… Continue Reading →

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More signs than chains of path

Following on from the plans to put a path in between the Chips building (Ancoats) and New Islington Tram stop , over the Ashton canal,  this is what they have managed to achieve! A chain is 22 yards! the path… Continue Reading →

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 →

New Islington Free School

Over the weekend I received a letter from Julie Roscoe (head of planning at Manchester City Council) informing me that application number 104709/FO/2014/N1: “erection of a part 2, part single story building to form a new 2-form entry school with… Continue Reading →

Best laid plans of planners and builders…

From my recent post about the planned school for the land at New Islington Marina / Cotton Fields in Manchester, you may recognise this diagram from the planning submission: Now the cunningly awake ones of you will have seen in… 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 →

CaRT working hard at being invisible…

The Duck is back for sale

Update: nbLuckyDuck has been moved to Hartford Marina (website / details), details can also be found on Apollo Duck. The Duck is priced at £23500, and has a recent hull survey. There has been some bad news from Amy, and James of… 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 →

Canals of Swindon

Swindon Borough Council, have been writing consultations again, The Swindon Advertiser reported “Residents want canal back in town centre masterplan” [link]. THE GRAND plan for an overhaul of Swindon town centre could be set to get its own makeover –… 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 →

The Thames and Severn Canal at South Cerney

On September 13th I issued a Guess where on my 365, well b0atg1rl and I were out for a walk, and being it was almost a nice day, we went for a walk along the Cotswold part of the Thames… 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 →

Springer for sale

UPDATE! nbArianrhod is also listed on Tomorrow (Thursday 23rd), b0atg1rl and I will be down at her, as we have a couple of viewings, If you want to have a look, or want further details, please contact her. ‘nbArianrhod’… 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 →

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