Covid on the Cut – part 1.

Covid on the Cut – part 1.

Time for the next edition of my bi-weekly journal.

Effects of Covid virus

  1. No more work: Yep, work is cancelled. Walking around different parts of the East Midlands knocking on doors…. bit of a no-no.
  2. Panic buying: Lot’s of products have sold out in the stores. Both big and small stores. At different times, I’ve not been able to buy; milk, biscuits, nan-bread, toilet roll, hand wash, porridge oats. Porridge oats are like gold dust.
  3. My plans have all been cancelled. I was planning on moving the boat to a new area, which would require the help of a crew, (to make it less boring, easier and fun). As a direct result of the virus, many of my crew members I can’t expect to attend.

Apart from that. Life is continuing pretty normally.

On my last day of work. I met about 2 ppl who claimed to be self-isolating out of about 100 addresses. Around the 2% mark.

They’ve been very slow to roll-out the tests in the UK. I heard on the radio today, tests take 48 hours to come back from the lab.

Slow to act

In China, they had those hand-held scanners and the HAZMAT suit clad medics trying to analyse the spread of the virus. It the UK we have nothing, at least that doesn’t involve a laboratory.

Perhaps if Donald Trump had been less belligerent toward the Chinese, they would be more willing to share their expertise and knowledge in reducing their domestic cases to 0.

Those days are gone I guess.

Western governments seem to be doing their own thing. Mostly due to the relative sizes of the health sectors and the power of the governments in motivating policy decisions.

Breaking the rules

Apparently, the Parisians were still frolicking on the banks of the Seine, and the Italians deliberating over the wordings of terms like ‘exercise‘ and ‘essential‘ when the public place bans were brought in in those countries.

Today, on the first day of the spring equinox, marking the first day of spring, UK residents were packing out the UK parks and markets, and taking trips to the Scottish Highlands with campers full of supermarket horded goods to self isolate.

The Yellow Jackets of France are still holding their demonstrations on the streets of the capital.

All in all, it seems like a much more unruly mob to control than in China, where a) the government wields real power b) people are genuinely scared of those powers.

In the UK, they’re even talking about mounting a legal case against the government for late action against the virus.

I don’t think you’d see that happening in China.

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Aldi panic buying because of deaded lurgy!

Aldi panic buying because of deaded lurgy!

OMG! Aldi’s carpark is full. WTF is going on!!!!

I managed to get a space only after going into the over-spill carpark, a place rarely ventured.

Today, it was full!

All the toilet roll had gone!

All the handwash had gone, (I got washing up liquid)!

All the pasta had gone.

All the tins of beans had been depleted, and my favorite biscuits had been greedily stockpiled, and not by me! No doubt I’ll see them on eBay in the next couple of days.

I’ve never seen it so busy. I usually go on Monday to avoid the crowds. Today it was chaos.

Here’s a picture of the car-park.

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Gayton in the Fields

Gayton in the Fields

Sort of between Gayton and Rothersthorpe in the wilds of the Northamptonshire countryside.

Covid?

Close to the Evergreens Equestrian center. No doubt they will be feeling the effects the covid virus in the course of time. Usually, there’s parties of kids who learn to ride the horses in the gymkhana behind the boat.

Can’t see demand being that high whilst the specter of DISEASE stalks the British isles.

There’s hosses in the field right opposite and canada geese and swans that overnight in the field next to the bridge.

Generally lot’s of wildlife around here, which I’ve noticed before.

Choice spots

I suppose this is one of my chosen spots on the way out toward my new home.

This year, I’ve decided to move. This time in a northerly direction. I won’t be taking in every mooring stop and doing 14 days in each, just the choice spots on the route between Blisworth and Rugby.

Choice spot no.1

Today, it’s the first choice spot. Gayton in the fields.

I moved here today at about 7am.

I’ve been here a few times.

There are low hedges, and fairly good broadband, parking. Very peaceful. About 1 mile from Gayton and a mile from Rothersthorpe.

Get’s sunshine all day. When there’s sun to be seen.

Good for painting as the bank is fairly low allowing you to access the sides and hull without problem.

Also, being a 45fter, I can push it round with poles here.
Ta-da!

Here’s a picture or two.

Bridge 45 Grand Union - Gayton
Evergreens equestrian center

The Bonnie Lady

I’m trying to get round to adding the name to the boat, but it’s taking a long time.

I did a bit of bevel painting around the stickers we added last year.

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Top 10 Advantages of winter mooring in a Marina

Top 10 Advantages of winter mooring in a Marina

Yup.

That’s it for me. I’ve done my stint and from this Friday, (7th March), I’m back on the cut. Away from the protected environs of the marina and back out into the wilds.

Horray.!

Is it better to over-winter in a marina?

Here’s some of my positive and negative aspects of choosing one, or the other.

Advantages of the Marina over the Cut

  1. Electric. Easy and probably the only single reason I’d pick a marina over the cut is the electric.
    It’s in abundant supply, you can use as much as you want of it, and it doesn’t cost very much.
    Contrast this to starting of engines of one sort or another, it’s a greener and more pleasant way to spend those dark nights watching telly or using the computer.
  2. Post. All post is delivered to the marina office. Around Christmas, this is a massive thing allowing you to shop with alacrity.
  3. Parking. No more parking on the road, it’s all secure. Need your keys to get in and out and a short walk to the boat.
  4. Shelter. The boat is slightly more sheltered on the pontoons than areas you might be located on the cut.
  5. No mud. Serious business when you’re coming home from work or doing the shopping and got the towpath full of mud. Not so bad here on the GU, but down on the Kennet, there were definitely areas where the towpath was impassible.
  6. Personal care facilities. If you so wish, you can wash and ablute using the marina’s facilities.
  7. Shop/chandlers. To drop by and pick up things you may need in the future for the boat.
  8. Water-point/Elsan. Is right there! No fussing and planning trips to the waterpoint/elsan. Waterpoints are at the end of the pontoons, and the elsan is about 25yards away.
  9. No passing boats. I’m not one of those people that complains a lot about passing boats, but in certain circumstances, they can be detrimental in terms of noise or wake or collisions or all the above. This simply doesn’t happen in the marina.
    There are no speeding boats. Although the boats do speed around the marina, it has little or no impact on your boat.
  10. Deep charge batteries. For 4 months 24/7, your batteries will be receiving full charge courtesy of the marina hook-up.
    By the time you leave, they will have reached the maximum amount of charge that they can receive.
    From there on in, electrons in your battery electrolyte line up, so they’re all uniform, and ready for action!
    This can significantly improve the performance/life of your battery bank.
Gayton Junction, Grand Union
Gayton Junction, Grand Union

Advantages of the Cut over the Marina

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List of dead bankers 2020 – conspiracy update

List of dead bankers 2020 – conspiracy update

**Update January 2020

Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, banker to Africa’s richest woman is found dead at his south Lisbon holiday home.

**Update August/September/November 2019

A few high profile ‘suicides‘ to add to the list.

**Update March/April 2018

Changed the dates and included some more up-to-date references for the banker deaths. New deaths added.

**Update October 2017

There was a number of deaths in 2017, most of them I picked up second hand. As I’ve said before, I try to stick to the main players.
I’ve added the deaths for this year to the list.

**Update October 2016

Yep. The list keeps growing. Just focusing on major players, or cases where ‘foul-play’ may be involved. I’ve done a little research into the causes of all these bankers dying, which can be found at the bottom of the article.

Having had to spend too much time on youtube recently, has led to the accumulation of the latest and most credible conspiracy theories.

Perhaps the most interesting, is the demise of the common-or-garden ‘master of the universe’. Banker, as they were once known.
They’ve been having problems with mortality recently.
And there’s a very long list of them.

“Everyone is expendable”

 I remember this guy telling me a story about the Porton Down scientists in the 70’s, and how they all went missing or died, after conducting a lot of ‘hush hush’ experiments.

I was perhaps 26 at the time. Youngster.

Also, David Kelly, our ‘Walter Mitty’ style friend the nuclear inspector who blew the whistle on the ‘dodgy dossier’, and, ironically said he’d end up dead in the woods.

3 weeks later he was found dead in the woods…..

These bankers are no different.

If any one of them decides to have an attack of conscience, the whole NWO and shitty gravy train could come off the railsBanker dies on railings.

China’s economy is the final dollop of shit heading toward the fan.

Today they announced that they were experiencing the slowest level of growth in 25 years

So here’s the list.

(Photo By Dennis Gill 07926643703 Suicide Marylebone guy falls or jumps from building and lands on metal rails takes fire service over 3 hours to cut the dead body off the metal railings leaving residents very upset as it took them over one hour to cover the seen Body on fence for over one hour for all to see up setting for locals this all happened on Montagu Square at the corner of Montagu Place leaving residents very distressed)

List of dead bankers 2020

Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha86. January 21st, 2020 – Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha: Private Banking Director, EuroBic.
1st Banker death of the year and in keeping with the mysterious sets of circumstances that surround the other banker deaths on this list.
Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha was banker for daughter of the president of Angola and Africa’s richest woman, (Forbes estimates her wealth at $2.1 billion), Isabel dos Santos. Ms. dos Santos’s father was president of Angola for 38 years until September 2017. When his successor, João Lourenço gained office, he launched a corruption drive.
Prosecutors in Angola were alleging that Ms. dos Santos carried out transactions with government-owned companies that resulted in a $1.14 billion loss for the state. On 19th January, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), gained 700,000 documents linking Ms. Dos Santos to preferential business dealing of the government in land, oil, diamond and telecoms deals over the period of her father’s tenure.
Earlier this month, Mr. Ribeiro da Cunha was found bleeding from several knife wounds to his wrists and stomach by a household employee in one of his holiday homes on the coast south of Lisbon.
Earlier this month, Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45 years old was discovered in what police describe as a ‘suicide’, consistent with hanging.
Mr. Ribeiro da Cunha was a suspect in the wide ranging investigation into the deals of Ms. Dos Santos.
The national director of Portugal’s judicial police force, Luís Neve, said on Tuesday, “everything suggests that no third party was involved” in the banker’s death.
Verdict: Suicide.
Source.

Thomas Bowers85. November 29th, 2019 – Thomas Bowers: Former Deutsche Bank employee and Head of US Wealth-Management.
Bowers ‘line managed’ wealth management and private banking through a number of less senior private bankers and ‘wealth managers’, one of them being a Rosemary Vrablic.
Vrablic managed the portfolios of a number of clients, one of them being a Mr. Donald Trump.
Through the auspices of Mr. Bowers, Deutsche Bank provided lines of credit to Trump on the basis of using him as a ‘loss leader’ in order to attract other High Risk/High Return clients.
From 2010-2015, Deutsche/Trump relationship soared, culminating in a loan to Jared Kushner, who had previously been banned from doing deals directly with Deutsche due to his father being a convicted felon.
The FBI were investigating Thomas Bowers as being the ‘Gatekeeper’ to documents detailing Deutsche Bank’s High Risk/High Return strategy at that time.
Bowers was found dead with neck injuries consistent with hanging.
Verdict: Suicide.
Source.

Aivar Rehe84. September 25th, 2019 – Aivar Rehe: Former CEO of Danske Bank, Estonia, was found dead in his own back yard on Wednesday 25th September.
The Danish bank is being investigated in Estonia, the US, Denmark, the UK and France for handling $230bn that flowed through its Estonian branch on behalf of non-residents from Russia and other former Soviet states between 2007 and 2015.
In keeping with the similar deaths on this list, police were opaque – “The body has no signs of violence, neither does anything point to an accident,” police said, declining to provide further details out of courtesy to Mr Rehe’s family. There will be no investigation into his death, they added.
Another one for the list.
Verdict: Suicide.
Source.

Jeffery Epstein83. August 10th, 2019 – Jeffery Epstein: Limited Partner at Bear Sterns and Liquid Funding Ltd. Convicted pedophile. Jeffery Epstein was jailed and facing charges of pedophilia and child trafficking.
Placed on suicide watch on the 25th July after being discovered with markings around his neck. By the 9th August, suicide watch had been removed, (by the DOJ), and Epstein was found with neck trauma, ‘consistent with hanging’, in his cell by prison officers.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Epstein was his high profile connections. Previous businesses were in financial fixing for those of $1Bn worth or more. His early introduction to Bear Sterns where he started his career had been through a high profile introduction from one of his pupil’s fathers at the school where he then worked.
Jeffery Epstein with his ‘black book’ represented one of the greatest existential threats to the international elite. His actions, and his connections to the rich and famous are well know.
His trial was a chain of domino’s waiting to fall.
Funny that he should find himself dead.
Verdict: Suicide.
Source.

Adrian Hill - Dead Banker82. August 8th, 2019 – Adrian Hill: Former head of HFC Bank, First Direct and M&S Bank; and one of the key players in bringing sub-prime mortgages to the UK lending market.
Mr. Hill was under investigation by the FCA, most notably for overcharging credit-card customers on late payment fees and the legitimacy of his ‘Let-to-Buy‘ business.
Apparently, he had taking to talking to himself under his breath, buying expensive pictures and suffering night-terrors after sending FCA managers a picture of himself with a hunting rifle and the caption – “I’m going to intellectually slay you” and likening them to the Stazi.
Found dead in covered pool. Coroner verdict. Suicide.
Source.

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Gayton Marina

Gayton Marina

Due to adverse weather conditions, expected, I’m moving away from the Continuous Cruising this winter, onto the Marina.

It’s the first time for years… The last place I moored at was Barton-under-Needwood over three years ago, when I was fairly new to boating.

Barton Turns Marina

Barton turns marina
Barton turns marina

Was where I used to live.

I always got the impression that Burton was full of criminals.

The marina was alright. I went out a couple of times to the bar and had a few meals in the restaurants. I lived there for about three months from May until August maybe.

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Worst in 30 years…

Worst in 30 years…

So the forecasters are saying.

It’s certainly colder on average than it was 12 months ago.

Dodford

I’ve moved down to Weedon area.

Through the two sets of locks at Buckby and Welton which I did at the weekend.

My bike got a puncture whilst I was at Longdown Lane.

Expensive journey

This must have been my fifth puncture whilst in the Braunston area, and this particular time, it meant I had to catch a bus and a taxi to retrieve my car which I normally do on my bike.

Bus was £2.20. The taxi was £16.20. For a 4 mile journey. The meter was going faster than I’ve ever seen in a cab.

Jumped out about 1/2 a mile away, simply because the taxi driver didn’t understand where I wanted dropping and I wasn’t about to pay him £4 per mile for the privilege of me explaining.

Cycling to Weedon

It may seem like a small thing, but the towpath is a lot less wild.

You don’t get brambles in your face to the same extent as you do in Warwickshire.

It seems better maintained, which probably explains why Northamptonshire C.C. has no money.

I’ll be here for a little while as there are a few stops which are within the Weedon area.