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    Wink So now I know..

    I have just had a paddle on the Thames near Abingdon under the watchful eye of wavecloud.
    I can confirm that he is a very patient man who is possibly now lying down in a darkened room.
    I am undettered..

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    ...and Wavecloud is undeterred! (Not much does deter him! )

    Congratulations on your paddle, but is that all the blog you've got...?

    We want detail! The nastier and gorier, the better!
    Juvanile delinkwit, vaguely faffing around with a pair of pliers. Du skal ikke tro at du er bedre end mig!

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    I'm saying nothing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavecloud View Post
    I'm saying nothing!
    Thats okay we can get by on just the pictures
    John

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    Actually I think wavecloud might have taken a picture but I was paddling serenely by then!!

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    Really sorry - the phone pic let me down, I was out of disc space

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavecloud View Post
    Really sorry - the phone pic let me down, I was out of disc space
    So, do we believe despite the lack of empirical evidence?

    Another one for the epistemologists!
    Juvanile delinkwit, vaguely faffing around with a pair of pliers. Du skal ikke tro at du er bedre end mig!

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    Perhaps just as well..

    All I will say is that I now smell really bad..!

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    :d :d

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    Nice one Rookie Rev! A safe pair of hands, though maybe its a good job you hadn't seen the sinking video clip first...as it may have made you question Wavecloud's credentials!





    (Sorry Dave, can't help watching that one again, I love the way the Snake River sinks!)
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    OOps ,it sounds a wee bit like a bit o underwater paddling was attempted.....no matter
    it is very much part of the learning curvewillie
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    Great vid!

    We did a recovery from the bottom of the main Thames today!!

    Who needs airbags!

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    (Sorry Dave, can't help watching that one again, I love the way the Snake River sinks!)
    Harry Hill would love it!

    125 each

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    Quote Originally Posted by packman View Post
    OOps ,it sounds a wee bit like a bit o underwater paddling was attempted.....no matter
    it is very much part of the learning curvewillie
    Totally!!

    Things can only get better

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    Buoyancy bags would have helped - as would an adult buoyancy aid!!

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    Extremely poor safety consideration there, you should be ashamed of yourselves!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kharga View Post
    Buoyancy bags would have helped - as would an adult buoyancy aid!!
    Im a naughty boy who doesn't bother with a BA, sometimes.

    I do have airbags........................................... .....somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cellarman View Post
    Extremely poor safety consideration there, you should be ashamed of yourselves!!!

    Richard, Kharga, in 99% of occasions, you'd have good complaint, and strangely I'd never even noticed Dave had taken his BA off at some point despite watching this loads of times. However, what you can't see in the clip are several things.
    Firstly, Dave is a professional swimming instructor. Just prior to this descent, he'd been demonstrating the features of the base of this weir, which he's been swimming in all his life, by swimming in it right up to the weir, standing to show the depth in various places, and showing the new folk amongst us the good and bad points of it (the latter mostly being that a side-surfing canoe can get stuck and topple the canoe towards the weir, before flushing out). This also meant we knew there was nothing under water to act as a hazard. Secondly, as demonstrated by the standing bit earlier, the pool beneath the weir shelves rapidly back upwards, and is only knee deep by the time it reaches the point Nick was swimming to. He stood up about 2 secs after the clip ends (giggling, thankfully, his mum was worried a swim might put him off). Thirdly we had 2 canoes below me, plus folk standing in water downstream, ready to catch any swimmers, as well as those of us standing on the side (inc throw line, though to be fair I didn't actually have this ready to deploy, which was wrong). Fourthly, the current pushing into the tree is very, very slight by the time it gets there, so there isn't a strainer possibility. So, its safer than it looks.

    Saying that, I would never encourage anybody, even Dave, to paddle a weir without a buoyancy aid, and should have noticed! Consider our wrists slapped! It was chuffing warm though...

    As for the buoyancy bags, Dave doesn't seem to learn. Its not the first time that canoe has been to the bottom there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rookie reverend View Post
    I am undettered..
    congratulations!
    glad you mad it out there, tractor seat or not. but next time we need pictures

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    Extremely poor safety consideration there,
    I only just avoided the 'Gasp Reflex'

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    Rev, I can see Wavecloud's sloppy habits have rubbed off on you! Minimalist blog, absence of pictures, rumours of a sinking.... all sounds VERY Wavecloud!!

    You should have come paddling with me. You would have had even bigger disasters but at least you would have got some pictures and a half decent write up of them!

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    I am open to all offers. I think maybe I need to get passed around to save stress and see
    who else's boat I can send to the bottom of the Thames..

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    Are you coming to the Big Meet in Wales in two weeks time?

    If you did, you could meet lots of interesting people, and sink their boats!

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    Come on Rev! We need you there....

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    Is it Saturday and Sunday?

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    Yes.

    But some (inc. me) will be arriving on Friday. You can come for as many or as few days as you like.

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    You could do Firday night and Saturday.. I think some folk will be there on Thursday...?

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    I would need to leave Saturday lunchtime . Wouldnt I miss most of the fun?
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    Maybe we could have a Mini Meet...?

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    OK, canoe class over. Time for picture taking, hosting, and posting.

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