Cap'n Spack Jarrow

An Anchor (or two) in Stormy Seas...

Well, it would appear that our carpenter is unavailable to set much of the wall and ceiling battens and refit the floor so we must take the jump and bring Zee back to the UK. We could probably do some of the refit out there but considering the drop in the pound recently, associated costs of living out there and not knowing where to . . .

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July 10, 2016

And now for something completely different...

Those more avid readers of this blog may remember a post about going to Northern Ireland to test fly a couple of Autogyros with a view to purchasing one. Well, aim achieved. The next task for me was to fly said stainless steel and carbon fibre crotch rocket back across the Irish Sea and across Scotland, down through the North of England and . . .

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June 01, 2016

Das Tuten-Panzer...

Poop tank sounds much funnier in German

Apologies to all German readers straight off the bat. My love of Blackadder Goes Forth has ruined any chance of me ever speaking German without sniggering and "Tuten Panzer" (lit. "poop tank") is most definitely a bastardisation, if a slightly amusing one to my 8 year old sense of humour.

The good news is that . . .

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May 31, 2016

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men...

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

So said the eternal optimist, Robert Burns, in his poem "To a Mouse" in 1785. As is no surprise to many people who have undertaken a big project, often life, luck and other . . .

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May 22, 2016

Let There Be Light (and power)...

Light. You need it and regardless how many LEDs you fit, nothing can replace natural light. If you are not careful and don't consider it at the outset, barges can be places of darkness which have you blinking like a mole when you come out from your simulated subterranean lair. You can always close curtains/blinds but if you have not got . . .

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April 14, 2016

I have wood...

Lots and lots of it. Various types. Whole and in pieces. What? That title isn't misleading at all...

It's true. I do have wood. Mostly it is now accumulating in the cargo hold but I still have plenty of it despite more gargantuan efforts to cram 12 cubic metres of stuff into a 6 cubic metre skip. They are not going to be happy when they pick that up...

suzy crowd

Anyway, I survived my trip out on Suzy and managed to dodge the . . .

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April 11, 2016

An Apology to my Mother...

Um yeah, sorry Mum. I bought another bike... And that's how I got to Holland. Soz.

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ruckus

My initial plan was to buy a big old scooter thing like the Big Ruckus. Can carry lots of stuff and not cost the earth to insure or drive... Unfortunately I had a dreadful experience with a company who wanted to sell me one so I . . .

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March 31, 2016

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