Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Big One (20-1)

Thursday 23rd of August 2012


Overcast and frequent showers of rain welcomed us to Skipton. It was good to welcome friends aboard that we had not seen for over six months. We last saw them as we departed just before Easter this year. Alan and Di plus family spotted us mooring up and started shouting "Oi, you can't moor there" A typical Tinsley Marina welcome!

The Memsahib spent the day in Skipton doing whatever whilst I did the jobs on the boat. Today was the day for tackling the repacking of the stern gland and filling the greaser with fresh grease. Not a clean job, but two hours saw the work completed. I then replaced the faulty coaxial cable for the stereo radio. This required using the old cable to pull in the new. Another couple of hours had this job sorted as well. 

Dogs do the strangest things. The pooch from a boat that met invited himself aboard another boat for lunch. It seems he did a friendly growl to let them know that he would appreciate a chip. It also appears that he enjoyed his alfresco lunch! 

Welcome to Skipton, seemingly twinned with  Aleppo in Syria.

Last year when we came through Skipton we stayed for a few days on the town centre moorings. The whole area was generally quiet. We spent some time visiting the local shops and the market. This year we have done much the same.

This year however there was a very significant change. 

Thursday lunch time, a number of Skiptons finest but under aged youth's are patently drunk. Others are urinating in the conveniently sited bus shelter's. At the same time others are being loud and objectionable with their use of bad language. Haranguing the older citizens of Skipton is obviously the local sport of choice. This loud and lewd behaviour continued into the early hours of the morning. It makes you wonder where they get the drink from.

Afterwards we went to do some late night shopping in the local supermarket. As we arrived several already inebriated youths were "carrying out" boxes of booze. To be factually correct they were "running out" of the store. The boxes were conveniently stacked quite close to the exit point. The shouting and cheering youth's were being "overseen" by a security guard who should have been tending his allotment.

So much for relaxation of the licencing hours. Plus making booze less accessible by upping the unit price in super markets. The term "Loss Leader" has a whole new meaning.

Why the celebration, it seems that today is the day for release of the exam results.

Special Note

Our young friend Chloe has achieved 2 "A star", 3 "A's", 5 "B's", 1 "C", 1 "Distinction" and 1 "Pass". Now that would be something well worth celebration. We have sent a little something in the post.

Daily Total
Miles: 0.0
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 0.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1121.9
Locks: 811
Swing / Lift Bridges: 125
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 13
Engine Hours: 2386.6


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