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Canal Boat - - Letters - HARRY PUR­CHASE,

I AM AL­WAYS fas­ci­nated by the sto­ries con­trib­uted by Steve Hay­wood – his 'rant a month' is quite of­ten very much in line with my own thoughts, only he does say it bet­ter. He was a bit peeved in the May edi­tion about torches.

Steve, I have a vi­sion of you emerg­ing from the canal­side inn where you have con­sumed pints of Old and Filthy. Now, with a fad­ing torch merely a glim­mer, weav­ing a slightly un­steady salsa. In the semi dark­ness, find­ing a pile of dog poo. “Must make a note of this, it will make a good rant – in­con­sid­er­ate dog own­ers.”

Dog poo has an amaz­ing abil­ity to stick, es­pe­cially to boat­ing shoes. You try to wipe the wretched stuff off, just as cy­clists hur­tle into you. “Must make a note to rant about ‘tow­path so­cial hand grenades’ – cy­clists.” (Yes, I know you have cov­ered th­ese sub­jects – worth re­peat­ing in a more sav­age form, though.)

Steve, I have a so­lu­tion to your torch prob­lem. – I have two, named the EverLight torch, a by-prod­uct of the Trevor Bailey wind-up ra­dio and other elec­tri­cal kit where elec­tric­ity is in short sup­ply or nonex­is­tent. A sim­ple twist of the ro­tat­ing end and there is suf­fi­cient bright light for ages. I have owned two EverLight torches for years. Never fail. Just a few al­ter­nate twists.

A re­quest to other boaters on the Thames. If you are ap­proach­ing a nar­row piece of nav­i­ga­tion, say a sin­gle arch bridge, the down­stream boat gives way to the up­stream ves­sel which is be­ing car­ried on the cur­rent. My other re­quest – wait until the lock is empty be­fore en­ter­ing, and moor as far down the lock as pos­si­ble.

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