- Whaley Bridge
Am worried about the ‘sweetie factory’, think of the children.
It’ll be good for their dental, mental and physical health. That factory mostly seems to produce small tabs of hyper-compressed pure sugar flavoured with the sort of stuff normally found in toilet-freshening blocks – Parma Violets, Love Hearts, Refreshers, Drumsticks and Crystal Meth.Posted 11 months ago
The River Sett levels have dropped considerably outside my house following last weeks heavy rain which is a good barometer for the natural state of the various water outlets. The Mersey wasn’t particularly high around Didsbury either, yesterday.
*cryptic message for Bunnyhop.*
Mellor Road and onto Dye House Lane or a massive detour and Hayfield Road and turn right opposite the Co-op are the only open routes by car.Posted 11 months ago
No problems getting anywhere by bike though.
I’m quietly pleased that Marple is now under martial law and probably ringed wth tanks, razor wire and minefields. A lot of very undesirable people live there and it’s reassuring to know that they can’t get out
Ah cr@p I just bought a house there! On the nicer side of town though….Posted 11 months ago
That factory mostly seems to produce small tabs of hyper-compressed pure sugar flavoured with the sort of stuff normally found in toilet-freshening blocks – Parma Violets, Love Hearts, Refreshers, Drumsticks and Crystal Meth.
I know, it’s AMAZING isn’t it?!Posted 11 months ago
Love Hearts, Refreshers, Drumsticks and Crystal Meth.
Nooooooooooo!Posted 11 months ago
I used to canoe down the canal with groups at work. Anyways good to get a sugar rush at the wee factory outlet…😜😜😜Posted 11 months ago
It’s not a wee factory but anyone tasting Parma Violets for the first time can be forgiven for making that assumptionPosted 11 months ago
Where are people getting these forecasts of torrential rain from? I’m on Weather.de and it looks like they’re forecasting about 6mm for the day.Posted 11 months ago
I know it’s better to be safe and overestimate but it is quite a big difference. Obviously the ground is sodden so anything falling from the sky is pretty much run straight off.
Thanks Drac. No precipitation quantities though. However with the situation as it is and the local landscape I’m sure any rain will be more than unwanted.Posted 11 months ago
Thunderstorms produce shits loads of rain in a few minutes which is worse than a gradual rain all day as it runs straight off the ground.Posted 11 months ago
With hourly precipitation
It’s starting to look like there could be a lot of rain round here. The wind is picking up and it’s bringing rain clouds with it.Posted 11 months ago
Thanks for the links above chaps. I get the fact that the nature of a thunderstorm massively exacerbates the problem, but they still show 5mm for the day and yet the local agencies are talking of numbers an order of magnitude higher. Just wondering if they are adding a worst possible case figure in there based on experience. Anyway, it’s outside my knowledge and all I can do is keep my fingers crossed for everyone up there.Posted 11 months ago
Well, wherever all the water is going, it isn’t having any real effect on the Goyt downstream
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There’s a little helicopter buzzing around at the moment, and I haven’t seen the Chinook at all today.Posted 11 months ago
Monksie – thanks for the message. Glad to see you got home safely. nbt and myself rode back from New Mills on Strines road, it was bliss without drivers.
We went to visit BWD. The rather nice constable sitting at the bottom of his round had certainly had plenty of tea, also too many cakes by the sounds of it, but had he tasted the delights of the local sweetie factory? He seemed to be concerned about where to empty his tea filled bladder. You see mighty huge problems such as a dam bursting can bring along tiny little problems such as a constables bladder bursting and I don’t mean a camelbac.
Yes I know the sweetie factory is above the Goyt, however it is just a foot or two under the canal and I believe if this dam bursts, the canal will get a large splosh of water causing a large wave or two.
I’ve been doing an anti rain dance.Posted 11 months ago
and I believe if this dam bursts, the canal will get a large splosh of water causing a large wave or two.
Posted 11 months ago
I assume it’s Marple Bridge and houses near Strines that have been warned, rather than Marple.
Still no rain, which is a good thing, but it’s rather humid with lots of cloud.Posted 11 months ago
Yes Marple Bridge, Strines and parts of Marple lower down from the canal and on the edge of the canal.Posted 11 months ago
However the police have been giving out leaflets and knocking on doors in very minor event of some of marple having to evacuate.
We chatted to the police last night and they were very friendly while enjoying large amounts of curry.
We went to visit BWD. The rather nice constable sitting at the bottom of his round had certainly had plenty of tea, also too many cakes by the sounds of it, but had he tasted the delights of the local sweetie factory?
I reckon he’s put on at least 20 kg today and is now physically incapable of leaving his car. He was eating an ice-pop when we passed him earlier. We could take him some Parma Violets later.Posted 11 months ago
Truly.Posted 11 months ago
The UK-spec Chinooks have had a fair bit of electrical equipment in the underfloor spaces for a whole now, especially so since the HC2/2A variants were upgraded to HC4/5/6 and eventually 6A.
It was infact the 2 Iirc.
Also something about having to use compost bags to build a dam across the back of the cockpit!Posted 11 months ago
So the town is locked down, neighbours have put bins out for Monday collection, tad optimistic I think…..Posted 11 months ago
THings seem to be progressing well now.
All that effort has paid off. 👍🏼
Probably a point of contention, but……..
If the dam was built to keep the canal topped up rather than as water supply, is it worth fixing? Assuming that any fixing is going to be expensive then why not just decommission it? Then either accept that the canal will dry up in summer, or pump water back up the locks.Posted 11 months ago
TINAS – bit of a bummer for those that live on the canal….Posted 11 months ago
It’s a working canal – Marple Lock Flight is a tourist attraction in itself, there’s are marinas at Buxworth, Furness Vale, New Mills and Marple plus the canal hooks into Peak Forest Canal and runs right into Manchester. You’d kill the entire thing. Wildlife, businesses, people’s homes.
It’d be cheaper and easier to repair the dam than try and decommission the entire canal!Posted 11 months ago
We should be restoring and maintaining canals not closing as a dam had an issue.Posted 11 months ago
TINAS – bit of a bummer for those that live on the canal….
Ducks you mean? No worries though, we could have a conceptual ‘Garden Canal’ and get it sponsored by multinational companies and send colossal amounts of public money on it before cancelling the thing. I know a PM who might be interested.Posted 11 months ago
Police drone footage.Posted 11 months ago
We should be restoring and maintaining canals not closing as a dam had an issue.
Risk Vs benefit.
On the one hand, the presumably large cost of restoring the dam and/or bringing it up to modern standards as appropriate and probably taking years anyway so the canal is going to have to survive without it for the short term. And still with residual risk of watery death.
Decommissioning the reservoir and feeding the canal from somewhere not available to the victorians (i.e. pump water back up the locks).
TINAS – bit of a bummer for those that live on the canal….
Look on the bright side, the canal and river trust wouldn’t have to enforce continuous cruising anymore.Posted 11 months ago
That’s an insane infrastructure put in place.Posted 11 months ago
They’re not mucking about, eh?Posted 11 months ago
the canal and river trust wouldn’t have to enforce continuous cruising
You’re thinking of Canal Street 😉Posted 11 months ago
The Chinook was flying again most of this morning; it’s brought in another 100 tonnes of so of aggregate.Posted 11 months ago
Reported slippage of some bags, but its looking hopeful locals can go back soon. There has been social media calls for folk to visit Whaley and spend some money there to get business back up once safe – one of the ride groups I know could be planning a trip.
It’s going to be one big repair job.Posted 11 months ago
If you do go to Whaley to spend money, you could do worse than spend it in The Goyt, and say hello to Chaos the pub dog while you’re there.
And the sausage rolls from the Bakehouse are a-mazing.Posted 11 months ago
Yes and the pear tree cafe.Posted 11 months ago
Would now be a good time to put on a town centre evening crit race?Posted 11 months ago
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