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I suspect that was Werner Von Braun, ex lead on the German V1/2 programmes.

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According to the Bible, how many people went on Noah's Ark?

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1 hour ago, MartyBartfast said:

According to the Bible, how many people went on Noah's Ark?

eight? Noah, Japhet, Ham , Shem and their wives?

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wow. didn't expect that. It was a guess from a line of a rhyme I heard years ago. "Where Noah, Japhet, Ham and Shem probably look after them". I don't remember the rest of it. Then I thought about the 2x2 so added their partners.

I'll have to think something up and it won't be football related.

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Which two waterways are linked by the Anderton lift?

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Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver.  A remarkable piece of engineering & well worth the ride!

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A ding to grimpil. I have great memories of riding that lift on a Black Prince narrowboat alongside another boat named Lord Byron's Maggot. Maybe I could have used that as a question, 'what is Lord Byron's Maggot'. Anyways, over to grimpil.

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Cheers Colleda!

 

OK staying with a waterways theme try this one.

 

What/where is the oldest canal in the UK that is still in use?

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Nope!  That was the answer I expected to get.  You need to navigate further east & much further back in history.

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Has everyone sailed away?  Or are you all up a creek without a paddle?  I learned this interesting fact from a quiz last year & it did have almost everyone (including me at the time) stumped, which is probably why I have remembered it.

 

I don't recall seeing Timothy & Pru on this one.  

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No, I've been out caching ;-))

I think I half know but can't be precise enough so am waiting for somebody to answer correctly.

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8 minutes ago, grimpil said:

Has everyone sailed away?  Or are you all up a creek without a paddle? 

Up the creek. I reckoned I knew how old (ish) it was going to be and when I googled it I was right, but I've never heard of it.

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When I learned of it last year I looked it up on a map & realised I had seen it many years ago on a visit to the area.  Had not known then of it's ancient origin.  Cannot really give any more clues without giving it away so if no-one gets it I will hand over to MartyB in 24 hours.

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19 hours ago, grimpil said:

Nope!  That was the answer I expected to get.  You need to navigate further east & much further back in history.

 

Ding lightbulb moment!  Roman canalised Fossdyke Lincoln way!!!

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And it's an eleventh hour ding to dodgydaved!  MartyB sadly pipped at the post!

 

Yes - The Fossdyke Navigation runs for nearly 18km from Torksey Lock at the River Trent junction to the City of Lincoln.

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Going back to the Bridgewater canal - the original boats there, working out of the Worsley mines, had a strange nickname.  What was it and, for a kudos point, why?

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The only nick names I can come up with for canal craft are  "Tom Puddings" - which were what un-powered barges were called around Yorkshire when me mam were a lass, no idea of the origin though.

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7 hours ago, Optimist on the run said:

I have to admit, I've now Googled for an answer, and still can't find anything. Perhaps a hint would be helpful.

 

I just googled Bridgwater Canal and got the wrong one!  Googling Bridgwater Worsley Canal gave me a wikipaedia entry with a very brief mention of the vessels concerned'

 

MartyB mentions the Tom Puddings - cube like craft pushed or pulled in long chains by a motor - and searcherdog says he knew the why but only part of the what.

 

I am off on my hols soon so I'll give you the answer - They were called Starvationers - because the ribs of the vessel were built strongly to cope with the wear and tear of hauling minerals, and they stuck out!

 

Here's a tie breaker - much easier I think - for Optimist, MartyB and searcherdog:

 

The longest flight of locks on an English Canal is, I believe, the Caen Hill Flight.

 

On which canal is it?    3......2.......1.....GO!

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Kennet and Avon.

 

We once picked up a boat from a marina at the bottom of the flight but went the other way towards Bath & Bristol 'cos it looked like a lot less effort.

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6 minutes ago, MartyBartfast said:

Kennet and Avon.

 

We once picked up a boat from a marina at the bottom of the flight but went the other way towards Bath & Bristol 'cos it looked like a lot less effort.

 

That's the one, a windlass rattling Ding to MartyB!!

 

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32 minutes ago, dodgydaved said:

 

Here's a tie breaker - much easier I think - for Optimist, MartyB and searcherdog:

 

The longest flight of locks on an English Canal is, I believe, the Caen Hill Flight.

 

On which canal is it?    3......2.......1.....GO!

 

The only longest flight I know is the Tardebigge flight near Worcester. I opened and closed every one of the 30 locks and walked (err, ran) most of the 2+ miles as our boss was quicker than me.   I haven't experienced the Caen Hill flight so pass.

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That's a big "Choo Choooooooo" to Optimist on the run, who seems to know a bit more about it than me !

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21 hours ago, searcherdog said:

 

The only longest flight I know is the Tardebigge flight near Worcester. I opened and closed every one of the 30 locks and walked (err, ran) most of the 2+ miles as our boss was quicker than me.   I haven't experienced the Caen Hill flight so pass.

 

Longest flight I ever did was Hatton - and that was hot & thirsty work :):):)

 

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On 4/25/2019 at 9:47 AM, Optimist on the run said:

Why did Henry the basset hound/beagle cross make the news recently?

 

Mrs MB tells me he's the new Blue Peter dog!

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1 hour ago, MartyBartfast said:

Mrs MB tells me he's the new Blue Peter dog!

That's a Ding and Blue Peter Badge to MartyBartfast!

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Thanks.

 

The Blue Peter is also the name of a signal flag, which appears in the message below:


image.png.7ec46c82c95040ccb7221023729b867a.png

 

What does this message say?

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47 minutes ago, searcherdog said:

England expects that every man will do his duty     ??

Aye Aye Admiral.

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On 5/1/2019 at 6:18 AM, MartyBartfast said:

Thanks.

 

The Blue Peter is also the name of a signal flag, which appears in the message below:


image.png.7ec46c82c95040ccb7221023729b867a.png

 

What does this message say?

Warning. OT. In those days was there a way of encrypting  signals as they would visible to the enemy?

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On 5/14/2019 at 12:37 AM, colleda said:

Warning. OT. In those days was there a way of encrypting  signals as they would visible to the enemy?

It was a code known only to the British fleet. The code had been changed in 1803, two years before Trafalgar,  as the previous code book had been captured by the French. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_expects_that_every_man_will_do_his_duty

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OK me hearties, looks like searcherdog isn't going to take up the baton so.....

 

3...

2...

1...

 

Go

 

first one in gets to set the next question.

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ok. Still nautical. What is a "flagship"?

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On 5/16/2019 at 4:32 AM, colleda said:

ok. Still nautical. What is a "flagship"?

The main ship of a naval fleet, identified by the Admiral's flag.

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8 hours ago, Optimist on the run said:

The main ship of a naval fleet, identified by the Admiral's flag.

A ding to Optimist

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Is that Bananaman?

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Sticking with cartoon superheroes, what was the name of SuperTed's sidekick?

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On 5/15/2019 at 6:20 PM, MartyBartfast said:

OK me hearties, looks like searcherdog isn't going to take up the baton so.....

 

3...

2...

1...

 

Go

 

first one in gets to set the next question.

Sorry everybody. I didn't get any computer notification from this thread. Yes, communication by flag would have been quicker.  My computer has been very sick after several updates disagreed with it and it's taken me ages to get back to almost working order.

And no, I don't know SuperTed's sidekick so I look forward to reading the answer.

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1 hour ago, speakers-corner said:

After consulting my grandchildren, they came up with spotty.

Well done to the grandchildren! Spotty is correct.

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