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    Well, yes I would rather 'the police were out...

    Well, yes I would rather 'the police were out catching drug dealers and the like' as well, although I suspect there are also other things they do with their time that I wouldn't mind them...
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    This is true. But however inconvenient it is...

    This is true. But however inconvenient it is their job to uphold the law not ours. That is what they are paid for.
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    Well, I think I'll be passing through this...

    Well, I think I'll be passing through this stretch over the Summer.

    From what has been said it seems unlikely there'll be any attempt to extract a passage fee but if so the course of action seems...
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    I use a free Linux program called imagemagik...

    I use a free Linux program called imagemagik which does this too, and is even easier :-)

    Strictly speaking that isn't quite what I do, I drop the images in a folder and that is set to...
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    Very interesting. Assuming that you will...

    Very interesting.

    Assuming that you will eventually be inviting folks to submit videos and stuff rather than canoe every river yourself :) can I sugest that you design it for multiple videos of...
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    Updated ... Canoebabe (South Yorkshire) Mohawk...

    Updated ...

    Canoebabe (South Yorkshire) Mohawk Rodeo, Spanish Fly, Dagger Kingpin C1 (Coaching available)
    Tim (South Staffs) Bell Nexus
    Lennart (the netherlands) Anything that I can into...
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    Love mine too, which I use when soloing one of...

    Love mine too, which I use when soloing one of the tandems. Trouble is I'm going to have to buy a second one as Laurence wants to take the seat out of her solo canoe and use a Stingray instead.
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    Superb quiet campsite right on the Ardeche,...

    Superb quiet campsite right on the Ardeche, preferably in the heart of the most spectacular bits of the gorge? There is one, and only one, which is 'La Plage des Templiers'. You'll need a tent -...
  9. Thread: Girly paddles

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    Hey, good find Jim - it's amazing what the SOTP...

    Hey, good find Jim - it's amazing what the SOTP community can dig up!

    That G-Power paddle looks just the ticket although the chances of it being small enough for Laurence are slim - I did fire off...
  10. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth here. It's...

    Much wailing and gnashing of teeth here. It's outside of school holidays to which Laurence as a teacher is confined so we won't be able to come down as planned.

    Maybe I can take some days off ...
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    A couple of delightful days which we did recently...

    A couple of delightful days which we did recently were upstream starting at Hoarwithy down to Ross on day, then Ross down to Symonds Yat on the second - there's no need to go all the way to Monmouth.
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    I used plastazote as well. Good quality stuff but...

    I used plastazote as well. Good quality stuff but if you pay extra for colours and pick red to match your boat be aware that unlike the photos it is actually a rather fetching pink sort of colour...
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    Especially those equipped with an additional zip...

    Especially those equipped with an additional zip to keep the wind out :)
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    You beat me to it Tim - I think the vinyl is only...

    You beat me to it Tim - I think the vinyl is only cosmetic/UV resistant so a larger patch would seem the answer.

    As an aside I've recently used some 3M 'Scotch-Weld 90 High Strength Adhesive'...
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    Yes I think so but I've probably lost mine :). ...

    Yes I think so but I've probably lost mine :). This simply isn't anything I worry about - the air beams appear to be made from the same sort of indestructable plastic as the platypus water bladders...
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    I have the Vango Kinetic 500 which is identical...

    I have the Vango Kinetic 500 which is identical to your Icarus except having a heavier duty fabric and the air beams instead of pole.

    It has stood up to four years use and some thunderstorms...
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    This is indeed a very good reason for paddling in...

    This is indeed a very good reason for paddling in a group (which could be just a single tandem crew) so as to have two vehicles available.

    Another thing that makes things much easier when solo is...
  18. Thread: Head torches

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    Indeed. It has been a long, long time since I...

    Indeed. It has been a long, long time since I did any caving but I can't see why anyone these days would spend that sort of money on specialist caving lights, the days when we needed separate...
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    And another duffer joins the group :) ...

    And another duffer joins the group :)

    Canoebabe (South Yorkshire) Mohawk Rodeo, Spanish Fly, Dagger Kingpin C1 (Coaching available)
    Tim (South Staffs) Bell Nexus
    Lennart (the netherlands)...
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    If you want a seriously good, and not...

    If you want a seriously good, and not outrageously expensive, head torch for night paddling, especially if you'll be rock dodging in the dark, I'd recommend this...
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    Absolutely no chance or repairing it to its...

    Absolutely no chance or repairing it to its previous condition I would say.

    But it looks vaguely paddleable even at the moment. So what I would do is ask for a replacement and make offer to the...
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    Hi Tankosi - welcome to SOTP. As you are new...

    Hi Tankosi - welcome to SOTP.

    As you are new to the art and are looking for recommendations I'd question getting an inflatable. They have their place, and in fact I have and occasionally use one...
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    Looks like the poor bear was hungry & had gone...

    Looks like the poor bear was hungry & had gone back to rooting around for food after being pepper sprayed. Shame he didn't eat the annoying woman rather than the kayak.
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    On my own, in an open canoe, on the open sea...

    On my own, in an open canoe, on the open sea isn't somewhere I would want to be. I think your starting point of with a club and in a sea kayak is exactly the right place to start.

    That said there...
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    I once had an old boat with lots of badly...

    I once had an old boat with lots of badly maintained varnish and black stains wherever that varnish had failed and water seeped under. Setting about prettying up the boat after stripping it all down...
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