Just like T-Mobile but better

Well I have had a lovely day yesterday playing with my new iPhone and felt the urge to review all my old tech stuff, so taking a look at my T-Mobile mobile broadband invoice at £44 flat rate for unlimited throughput, (which actually means 10Gb per month according to the small print), and comparing it…

Two of everything now that I have Three

I have to be online daily, as whilst I lead a nomadic life, it can only be paid for by occasional bursts of activity on various computer systems which are usually too far away to visit.  The internet bridges the gap – I can usually put things right wherever I am, as long as the…

Ellesmere Port Boat Museum

Middlewich was lovely this week in the sunshine, but this morning the winds and rain arrived as forecast so we jumped in the car and did what all good boaters do on their day off; went to see some boats. The first thing I noticed about Ellesmere port, apart from the incredibly industrial landscape, was…

Moorings at Middlewich

Well this was supposed to be a cruising blog, with regular updates, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way.  According to my last cruising post we were somewhere around Cropredy having arrived there via the Grand Union from Ricky and a side trip to Hawkesbury en route. So now Zulu is at home in…

Southend to Tower Bridge on Paddle Steamer Waverley

In the 60s the family used to urge the old Wolsley over the Carter Bar into Scotland and visit our relations on the Isle of Arran, which involved taking the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick. As a special treat we would take one of the Clyde Steamers on a day trip around the Clyde estuary,…

To the IWA National Festival and back

I don’t know why I do it, but every year or two I feel an urge to go to the IWA National boat festival and so with Wolverhampton in striking distance of Zulu I decided to go. By the time Saturday arrived Zulu was in Polesworth, so after realising I had moored in a wasps…

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2008

The first time I passed through Cropredy on the Oxford Canal was on a school canal society trip in 1974. Whilst I don’t remember much about the week, I retain one memory of the Brasenose Arms which I was told featured on the album cover of a certain band called Fairport Convention.  Being into prog rock at…

Claydon to Cropredy

Saturday 2nd August Claydon to Cropredy – South Oxford Canal Only a couple of miles but very pleasant as we dropped down another three locks into Cropredy ready for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which doesn’t start until Thursday. Moorings were still plentiful and we pulled up just above the short term moorings at the lock.  There…

Ash gig at Coventry

The other day, walking up to Hawkesbury Junction along the main road at Longford I spotted a huge poster for an Ash concert in the Ricoh Arena – only a mile or so from where I stood.  Making a mental note I realised it was actually for Friday, and this was Wednesday – so I…

Marston Doles to Claydon

Marston Doles to Claydon, South Oxford Canal Woke up to a lovely morning, although as usual it had been raining through the night. Took Seth for a walk all the way down the Napton flight, hoping to find some fresh bread and milk at the Canal Stores adjoining the Folly pub, but despite the “open…