Narrowboat Ezri- The 100 Miles Adventure – All for the want of a key

One of the major Milestoness on the trip back to the Peak Forest Canal is the 12 locks of Bosley. And this blog post was going to be all about, me and my Dad passing though them in less than two hours and getting to he royal oak lift bridge before half four in the afternoon. 

But I am going to take a giant leap forward both in time and space, I am writing this on the day its ment to go out the 13 Dec, Bosley locks was the 5 and Ezri is no longer on the Macclesfield she safe few miles from ‘home’ Because between then and now something happened something that could and should have ended the whole trip.

This all happened as I was making my way towards Macclesfield and then through it getting to Bollington Wharf.

Inside most if not all narrowboats there are two keys which act as links with both the engine and the battery, well one of Ezri’s key links broke so the battery wouldn’t throw the power all the housing had come away and the cable fell out.

Now without power Ezri can’t move. All of this I was yet to find out

You see there is a second Swing Bridge just as you come away from Bosley locks which is been open for the last two years but today for some strange peculiar odd reason someone has come along and shut it now the way things have been working dad has dropped me off at Ezri and then proceeded to a place several miles, further on where I would meet him and we would work out our next course of action if I had to come off Ezri for work. So he had my BW key. I passed one narrowboat and was informed of the fact the bridge was shot but I believed I would be able to open it using my windlass as most of the bridges on the peak Forest at windles control no such luck so.

And my phone didn’t have a signal so there’s no way of informing dad to turn around and come back the key, So my work mind kicked in so I tied up Ezri turn off the engine and went back down the towpath to the gentleman that inform me of the locked Swing Bridge and asked if I could borrow his key which was thankfully a yes and so we walked back to Ezri. He open the bridge and I tried to turn Ezri’s engine back on but she’s stubbornly refused to tick over so there was nothing for it but lift the engine lid. Where we both saw the broken key,

For the next half an hour the gentleman worked to get Ezri’s engine running again, I watching on trying to take in a understand want he was doing. And after few false starts she was running again. I thanked him over and over and we said goodbye and I was off. I did forget one vital thing which was to ask him his name. But I will be forever grateful to him. It a running repair but it will see us home and safe

I did make to meeting my Dad and I even made to Bollington Wharf, Ezri did have one last punch to throw but I just think that was temper.

Next weeks post will be the last of 100 miles Adventure ones as I hope Ezri will be in her winter mooring by next week I am sorry that the last few have rushed and Condensed but the trip it has been just that I will go in more detail soon So as always if you have been thank you for reading and I hope to see you next week as we end the 2017 travel blogs.

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Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Five – 11.22.63- Chapter Twentyeight

The following blog has spoilers for the Stephen King book 11.22.6 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING 11.22.63

The day that chnged the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book so far – Jake slowly works out That the key on his key chain opens the safe deposit box in a bank, he tracked down the back opposite safe deposit box finding hours notes his memory Returns in a flash and he knows he has to get back to Dallas and find Mr Lee Harvey Oswald. All of this he has yet to tell Sadie who is now covering a lesson for one of the sick teachers,

He pays off his old/new landlord for access to the old house and makes himself at home and gets settled in for the night having a few nightmares along the way of the yellow card man when he opens his eyes Sadie has managed to track him down and is standing by his bedside.

And now the Continuation

  1. Sadie is really there and Jake wants her to go but in the end, they make a plan to work together
  2. As they leave one of the little girls ask Jake about Sadie and then he asks her about buses
  3. Jake waits for a bus to come down the street then follows it as Sadie tells him how she found him, as they make their way the car blows a tire
  4. They make it to the side of the road and get someone to go for help
  5. They get on the bus and even get a seat Jake works out they have two hours until LHO makes it to
  6. Now the past is trying it’s best not be changed as the bus suddenly gets into a crash Jake gets Sadie out of the way and they carry on
  7. They try to pay for a ride to Dallas, but the guy tries to run off, So they car Jack him and Sadie starts to believe Jake about time 
  8. They take the car as far as they can
  9. Sadie pays a beggar for one of his crutches
  10. Jake finds a key in his coat for a car and maybe there will be a car somewhere that it fits and yes there is
  11. They are blocked once again and this time they have to walk
  12. Together they make it to the book depositary and Jake Suddenly remembers the gentleman that works there I missed a Bonnie Ray and bangs on the door he lets them in and head for the stairs
  13. Now fighting just to breathe Jake runs crawls and falls up the stairs
  14. Jake reaches the floor first he tries to stop Lee but the first try fails Lee then turns his gun just as Sadie reaches the floor he hit her square in the chest and down she falls dead, Jake shoots again but miss even more but JFK is pass and safe now

What I Think -And so it happened the chapter that I was waiting for, Where everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Where no matter want Jake did time, fate or whatever you call it kicked him in the face both first physically and then mentally. Sadie and Jake get into a car which ends up in a crash they then get a bus which ends up in a road traffic accident and they are both physically injured, they tried to buy a lift off a gentlemen and tries to run away with the money Sadie gets assaulted when she tries to buy a crutch for Jake so we can walk, and finally when they do make she gets shot straight to the heart falls down dead.

So all in all not a very nice chapter I knew it was coming I Knew that Mr Stephen King would twist the knife ever so slightly even though he hinted throughout the book that Jake and Sadie were still together. It would have been a lot better I think if they hasn’t succeeded if they hadn’t made it to the end it would have made a better truer picture to the whole time travel story now we have a mentally scarred Jake as he has to not only deal with the fact that he may have failed to save John F Kennedy but the fact that Sadie is dead and there is no coming back from death.

I’m guessing the rest of the book will be about how he deals with this he is still got to get himself either back through the time hole and restart this hole then which would be an idea he goes back through everything resets, Meets Sadie again with or without saving the janitors family the end of story he tried history with let him be. Nice a simple.
Or He can live out the rest of his life beginning in 1963 in a world where Kennedy lived, and having to deal with the fallout from that.

The honest truth I think he should take the first option reset everything how many lives has he screwed up how many lives has he touched and changed just simply by being there if he goes back to the 21st century and then enters the time whole Again everything reset everything is just as it was he may be able to rectify the fact that Sadie gets killed by her husband and save the janitor but that would be it he wouldn’t do any major changes to the timeline because the time wouldn’t let him.

That’s your lot for is week So as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter and until then bye for now and see you next week.


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Thirteen – Home Free. The End Of The Film

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on ! 

Chapter Thirteen -2:03:49 – 2:09:36

We are back in the office of the head of the board meeting and he’s explaining to the Russian ambassador that given the death of the ocean were the Red October is and the The fat the wreckage is spread along a wide area it would be quite some time before any divers or equipment would be salvageable, However the surviving crew of the red october will be repatriated back to Russian soil, and he also point out that if he was told before the Americans would have been able to prevent this tragedy the Russian Ambassadors answer is that he hopes one day that technology will exist so they will be able to salvage the Red October. The Ambassador then asks if they could have help in locating an Alfa class submarine that was last seen at the location of the Grand Bank’s, to which our man on the other side of the table looks down at his M and M’s bowl and asks they’ve lost another submarine.

On the screen in green letters were are told the red October is in the Penobsoct River North of seaport maine, we see she on the Surface of the water with two people walking around her communications Tower, Ryan, Ramius and Mancuso are on top of the tower Ramius is impressed By the fact they have made it all this way to hide the submarine in a river Ryan explains they are miles away from any Naval Shipyard and it is the last place anybody will look he then says he grew up around the area, telling Ramius about fishing with grandfather.

Ramius then points out that Ryan has not asked him why, Ryan says that he figured that he would tell him when ramius was ready. Ramius then tells him…
That’s some people believe that Russia should strike 1st and that’s the principal of the red october was built on Ryan then points out that there will be hell to pay when people figure out what they’ve done and Rami a says well a little Revolution might be a good thing.

Ryan says welcome to the new world sir

The screen that melts and the inside of a plane, and air stewardess walking up and aisle way she get to a set of seats the camera moves around her and see Ryan now sleeping next to him is a brown teddy bear.

Roll credits end of film they move superimposed over the scene and it eventually becomes black.

End.

The differences between the book and the film. What difference there are can be written off here as time saving. In the book were are still dealing with the fact Ramius is lying on the hospital bed and Borodin is being told about the west. There is a whole thing about Borodin learning how a supermarket and been told even in the winter time you can get fresh vegetables, and that Jones shows the officers a TV playing the flim ET. then the slow trip back Under escort to the navy station and CIA debriefing. 

As for the CIA we are given an almost word for word Conversation between the Russian ambassador and the head of the CIA obviously without the president of the United States. And the repatriation of the Russian crew of the Red October

What I think.

Out of most of the books I’ve read that been made into films I must admit this the most faithful, adaptation as it hits 99 percent of the beats that are set out in the book we have Jack Ryan who begins to book as a very small cock in the very large military machine which is this CIA and ends the book almost exactly in the same place sitting on a airplane having gone through a quiet life changing set of days, Unlike most of the films of that era it is a blockbuster film yet it has its nice pathos and nice plot points. Most of the changes take place because budget restrictions as in we get to see one American ship and one British ship in the book there are fleet of maybe four on each side.

I do think however that we were shown both sides of the Western military war machine and Eastern military war machine but as I said before there was a scene where Jones he tries to explain the differences between the east and the west outside of the military to Borodin I can understand them not getting clearance for a film to be shown within a film but I don’t understand why you couldn’t just on the last few seconds of the trip up the river we could have had the remaining Group share a meal of a hamburger on some such thing instead what we got was Borodin killed off and Ryan telling Ramius about his grandfather almost mirroring each others history.

In conclusion

 I would say if you have time enough to read the book and I mean you will need a lot of time to read the book it took me about a month just to get halfway through as it’s an extremely detailed and complex story I would seek it out. But if you are looking for a late-night film to sit in front of with a interesting plot and a few explosions I would recommend actually sitting down and watching a film.

It’s at this point in the blog I normally say that’s your lot for this week and thank you for reading, but we have come to the end of this particular all the right words, I may have said you were going to do audio book at the start but for two things, one The audio I was going to use is rather expensive to find and two the free one is not legal to download so we will pass it over. I try to cover a book/flim that is cheap to find and available everywhere.

For those few people who follow this blog I still have the Stephen King book 11:22:62 in bookends blog to complete so I hope you take a look at that.

I will returning in the new year with two new blogs they will still about books but In a slightly different style, from All the right words and bookends, Which I hope you will join me for.

So as I always say thank for reading and see you soon.

Narrowboat Ezri- The 100 Miles Adventure – Icebreaker Ezri.

Well I think kind of like this winter cruising thing, there is not many people about, the water is still and the towpath is frozen. But there is a down side there is not many people about, the water is still and the towpath is frozen.

No really the same the set of reasons that makes winter cruising nice are the same set of reasons why are making progress anyway its quite dangerous. Me, Dad and Ezri made it back on the Macclesfield though the stop lock and to our save place. 

But along the way there were a few things that made me think, the first one being the ice some, some reason I always forget that it possible that the canal can freeze over just a little. At the start of our trip we had brake a fair bit of it, we were lucky that another boating was heading down so much of the ice was broken for us and the locks were set to so it made it easier.

Yet when we left the Trent and Mersey the ice was re-freezing, I had even planed a simple way to use a mooring pin the break some of the ice if needed, but thankfully it didn’t happen, Now with all this ice about things like bits of trees get stuck in the mud in the middle of the water and by the time you see them it a little to late. So Ezri gets a few bumps along the way, I really do my best not to hit anything but with not a lot of traffic on the waterways its hard to see.

And finally there is the cold, Its fine when Ezri’s engine is running there is a little bit of heat but then is becomes a little mad dash to light the fire before that heat disappears,  and the ice returns but I guess that’s want happens in winter.

As always thank you for reading and I hope to see you next week. As make the leap though Macclesfield and push a few more miles ahead.

Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Five – 11.22.63- Chapter TwentySeven

The following blog has Spoilers the Stephen King book 11.22.6 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING 11.22.63

The day that chnged the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book so far – Jake is slowly recovering from the beating, but has huge amount of memory loss first about who his and want his history is. Over seven weeks with help from Sadie he’s able to peace togeter his real life. But his unable to remember the vital piece of information about who is going to kill Kennedy.

And now the continuation

  1. Jake tells Sadie about the future as she heads home
  2. Alone now Jake finds a set of keys which jog his memory a little and comes up with a name Oswald Rabbit and the maybe name of a bank
  3. Sadie calls and ask if Jake pulling her leg about President Obama
  4. One of the nurses gives Jake some pills which he Pretends to take and then ask him whether or not they have  round the people that beat him up, which the answer is no and then ask want he was doing Jake has no idea
  5. Jake gets more visitors and a phone call from Sadie asks if he’s remembering things but nothing and he will take a nap but in the end he takes a drive
  6. Jake is able to find the right bank and his box with Lee Harvey Oswald name in the notebook
  7. He’s memory comes back in a flash everything, then he find a ring he’d brought as cover
  8. On the way home Jake is pulled over by a cop, his mind still trying to process the memories, Sadie rings and he tells her a lie about were he’s been.
  9. Jake watches TV and reads Al notes which turn JFK from a Legendary figure into a simply a man.
  10. After talking to a old man Jake makes a plan using his tossed away gun
  11. Sadie calls the following day still covering a class, asking Jake if he’s though about anything more and again Jake says no but he’s working on shooting LHO
  12. He goes back to his old home and picks up his gun
  13. Jake walks to Elm street and sit on the bench If he killed LHO now he would maybe end up In jail or a psychiatric Hospital And if he did shoot him on the day he’d need help.
  14. Waking in the night Jake works out that Sadie knows he’s been lying
  15. He writes her a letter says things will be ok and not to try and find him
  16. She reads the note Jake just hopes she does want he asks
  17. Jake takes over LHO old home paying $50 to the landlord
  18. The ghost of Lee and Marina keep Jake a wake
  19. In the daytime and unable to eat Jake watches the TV and Air Force One arriving in San Antonio
  20. The night comes and still unable to eat Jake sits the darkness and falls asleep only to wake up with Sadie by the bed.

Want I Think. The chapter is all about rebuilding Jake world so as such it does cover a lot of old ground but thankfully very quickly, And when Jake gets the notebook back it just case of linking everything back up. And the fact that Sadie is not just written as dumb to kept in the dark but she goes out of her way to find Jake at the end helps make the relationship more believable.

I am not sure want the ending will be for the two of them now, Jake can’t hunt down LHO and kill him now and he never really was, no matter how much he wanted to talk himself into doing so and now Sadie is by him side now. I don’t think any killing will take place or that LHO will be stopped totally and it will really become a question of how they if anything they do to slow him down just a little.

That’s your lot for is week So as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter and until then bye for now and see you next week.



All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Twelve – Battle Stations

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on ! 

Chapter Twelve – Battle Station – 1:50:58 -2:03:49

James Greer asks were the torpedo has come from and we are showing a shot of a Russian submarine running to intercept the red october it turns out there fired a torpedo but missed as their settings were wrong, We then cut to the Red October with Ramius giving orders to get the Mimi sub off his boat (again he appears to be speaking English) The Doctor and the other crew believe Ramius is now fighting the Americans for his life.

Back on the October Ramius tells Borodin to take fire control and then tells Ryan to take the helm, Ryan is very quick to point out that he’s CIA not navy but Ramius makes him sit anyway explaining want he needs him to do. Jones takes the sonar giving the Position of the Russian submarine.

Ramius shows Ryan which buttons and dials to make the Maneuvers he needs to Back on the Dallas they switch to battle stations and make the same maneuver, the new torpedo is heading for the October Ramius orders Ryan to move towards it. Mancuso tells Ryan not to do this but Ryan goes a head and follows Ramius both the crew of the Dallas and Mancuso can’t believe it.

Ramius still wants more power heading towards the torpedo, on the Dallas the COB now acting captain asks for a firing solution for the second Russian submarine but he’s told he can’t have one because the Russians did not attack the Americans the torpedo still continues its course towards the Red October at everybody apart from ramius becomes nervous.

In fact Ramius calmly asks Ryan what kind of books he wrote taking a back a little Ryan answers to question and it turns out that Ramius knows about the book The torpedo hits the Red October but does not explode Ryan turns to Mancuso and asks what happened and Mancuso tells him that by turning into the torpedo Heath close to the distance between it and it’s self harming mechanism which therefore it came non active. Ramius says that captain of the Russian submarine will now be removing the mechanism so as soon as the fire another torpedo it will be active

Ramius is about to give another order when two shots are find across the room and hit the control panel and everybody get down on the floor, Borodin is now dead Either by the ricochet from the control panel or with a bullet. His last words are that he wishes to see Montana. Ramius is lost for words

Then there is the sound of bleeping from a secondary control panel and one of the crew members points out to ramius that the missile in one of the silos is being harmed by the guy who was shooting the gun. Ramius gives comand of the Red October over to Mancuso and goes after the shooting as he does so Mancuso hands over his side arm.

On the Russian submarine there are doing just want Ramius said removing the the safety of the torpedoes and they head deeper into the submarine Ryan and Ramius are shot at once again Ramius getting hit, Ryan then goes after the guy leaving Ramius

The Russian now have the torpedos free and start to make the turn to face the Red October, Mancuso tells the conn officer to get the counter Measures ready, Ryan climbs on to the catwalk as he does so he makes a joke Repeated what ramius talking about shooting bullets. He drops a light from the catwalk and this makes the shoot fire wide hitting a water pipe in turn coveing Ryan.

The Russian submarine is now facing the Red October and the captain gives the order to fire but the office tells him they are to close so the captain presses the button himself, the torpedo is away. Everyone on the Red October braces themselves but the Dallas moves in from the left making noise so the torpedo follows them and as they hit the Surface of the ocean they released countermeasures. It works and the torpedo turns and heads back the way it came.

Ryan is still hunting the shooter, he able to get behind him, its the cook Ryan see him holding two wires in Russian he tells him “Captain scared’em out of the water” the two men Stare at each other for a few seconds then opens up and puts three bullets into the gentleman.

The torpedo is still coming as Ryan and Ramius make it back to the bridge Mancuso is heading towards the other Russian submarine with torpedo behind them, Mancuso gives the order and pulls to the right the torpedo hit the Russian submarine and blows up.  the Red October crew in the boats thinks its Ramius.

The differences between the book and film – We shall start with the crew of the Red October, there are left out in the cold, in the book there are taken aboard one the ship feed and then put on airplane taken though the streets of Washington DC. But will still do get them believing Ramius is trying to save them from the Americas.

However on the inside of the October is were things do Depart quite rapidly from the text. We have the gun man but in the book he’s found in the lowest part of the October he doesn’t go towards the new people on the bridge, we also have the death of Borodin here which doesn’t happen in fact, He takes over when Ramius is shot and we get the doctor flying out to save him, 

The fight between the ships is almost the same but the Surface ships are not used just there to witness and save the Russian crewmen

What I think – I can understand why the rescuing of the Russian crew doesn’t take place or if it does it’s done off screen as the budget would have not stretched to several exterior shots and several extra ships, and you don’t kill your main lead in a film of this type but why can’t understand is why they didn’t still have the conversation between Jonesy and the sonar operator of the red october because that does show the differences between the technology and the culture.

We do finally get to see Jack Ryan as the hero peace but it is somewhat reluctantly because he stares down the Russian cook before opening his pistol side arm on him, which in the book is quite a laborious Effort on Jack Ryan’s party but here is done by a couple of quick glances and a shot or so of the torpedo as heads towards the Red October.

All in all it is a good simpler version of the chapter in the book and does even though missing out several key points and killing off a character which is unnecessary in my view, We have the safe Rescue and retrieval of the red October’s crew and The defection of her offices

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the last chapter on this DVD and the end of the flim Home Free. 


Narrowboat Ezri- The 100 Miles Adventure – Where did Everyone Go !

One of the the things you notice the most, about retracing our steps is the fact the places that were busy at one time a hive of activity along the waterways, they are now deserted and look some what sad, this weeks trip took us back the arms pub just around the village of Lawton Heath End. 

When we came through the last time it was so busy that we had to push on and stop by the church 2 or 3 miles away however, this time there was not a single boat to be see, no towpath spectator (I dislike the word gongoozler) and dog walkers. It was a if the whole world just stopped, I would have though that being near a pub and the weather being as bad there would have been a least one. Taking advantage of the warmth of the pub

But I have had it pointed that most if not all boaters are very self-sufficient so would not like spending money or be back in their home moorings, but I do have the feeling that some CC (Continuous Cruisers or all year round) would use the place at least once, and save the coal or wood if just for one day.

Were we are now is nice and the people around here are nice and friendly there is even a little notice board with phone numbers on it for things like doctors and local police which is amazing.

With the lack of any real boating going on it does cause a problem because most of the leaves on the trees end up in the canal itself and sometimes there is also a few sticks end up coming down to, and because they are not moved by any passing propeller there sit on the water or sink which does cause Ezri it slow down a little.

But there are just a handful of locks left and we will be back the Macclesfield soon and then after Bosley a clear, simple and easy run ‘home’ and the refit/rebuild can begin again.

As always thank you for reading and I hope to see you next week.

Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Five – 11.22.63- Chapter TwentySix

The following blog has spoilers the Stephen King book 11.22.6 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING 11.22.63

The day that chnged the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book so far – Sadie has the first visit to the hospital, and all goes will even if one of the teachers try to make Jake and Sadie life hell. Jake needs a bit more money so lays down a bet on a fight so he can help Sadie they talk With the eventual conclusion that Jake tell the whole truth about why he’s here and John F Kennedy.

They go to the fight and a fighter Jake has bet on wins, so he goes to collect his money the problem is that he’s followed around Dallas by the gentleman who he placed the bet with at the very beginning in fact his boss has completely gone insane trying to track him down and he gets beaten up.

And now the continuation. (there is only one section for this chapter)

Jake is taken to hospital and for seven weeks his Conditions from critical too serious and then back to Critical again, as the doctors set about Trying to put him back together using all knowledge they have. in the end just about saving his life.

With the beating, the The medical procedures and the drugs the doctors have been pumping into him Jake’s mind begins to play tricks he can’t remember Sadie’s name and has a panic attack and several unfortunate incidents. And begins the long road to recovery.

In fact his mind is in total free fall, driven but something he tries to tell Sadie and the rest of the world about Kennedy and is Haunted by the yellow card man. He slowly slowly Remembers who he is and one night tell Sadie about Frank Dunning.

The bottom line is that Jake Just about knows who he is but doesn’t remember who’s going to assassinate Kennedy so Sadie and.Deke and help him remember as Jake fights the yellow card man in his head with Al by his side

Sadie has the idea that could go for a drive to jog Jake memory this doesn’t work not completely anyway they find a church with the words here is the word of god almighty but there a few letters missing and in Jake mind to becomes The word of Al ighty then eventually the word of Al slowly Jake able to piece together that the information that he needs is in a notebook and a notebook is in a safe place.

What I Think – First of all before we get into what I think this I would like to point out that the plan that I originally had was to have read the book on the anniversary of the actual events and the last chapter would have been this week however I hadn’t worked out exactly length and pages so we are not going make this by a couple of weeks unfortunately. So my apologies for that

I’m not saying I told you so but, I knew something like this would happen,. Not in so dramatica fashion and not the point of this chapter driving me slowly up the wall with the fact that Jake can’t remember. First of all who he is second that he’s a time traveller and third the very small details of the fact that he was trailing Lee Harvey Oswald for the past 3 years or so.

It’s nice that we have the war going on inside his head between the yellow card man, Al and want is left of the real Jake. It shows progress but it also begs the question how much has Jake told Sadie and how much has told other people about Jake. We are told Deke says to call the police and tell them what Jake thinks he knows but knows that will just be dismissed, 

There is also the fact that Sadie still believes that somehow they will be able to remember fully and completely and that also if he will recover they will take one last trip.

Like I said before I’m not reading the head so I don’t know how many chapters exactly we have left and what the outcome will be but I know by what we have read that we are coming to the end of the book. If you need something else happens to Jake turning him into the yellow card man I will be very disappointed I know we cannot have a sunshine Happy Days ending as it is a Stephen King book because he is known for writing very unusual and interesting twists in his books.

what it would be nice however is that Jake and Sadie get to live out their lives together no matter how or what happens. 

That’s your lot for is week So as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter and until then bye for now and see you next week.


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Eleven – East Meets West.

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Eleven –  East Meets West– 1:43:44 – 

On the Dallas they launched the little submersible vehicle with Captain Mancuso, Jack Ryan and Jonesy inside as well as two other un-named crewmen, On the water above the Russian crew are picked up by the war ship, Jack watches Mancuso check his firearm, but says nothing they dock, Mancuso gives Jack a gun at first he refuses to take it but then two seconds later after Mancuso explains is Jack willing to bet his own life Jack pockets the side arm. They knock on the outer hatch are the first person they see says just one word Americans then heads back down letting them in, Speaking Russian as he does.

They follow him but don’t understand him, They enter the bridge and find Ramius and the officers standing the only light and sound come from the ticking of the lights as the flick from red to white, Borodin gives the order in Russian an engineer the lights back on,Jack then with hand gestures asks the engineer for a cigarette, with the use of subtitles the engineer tells the audience and the crew that Jack is now turning green.

Ramius then notices that Mancuso is wearing a sidearm and though the side of him mouth tells Borodin in Russian says he looks like a cowboy. And Jack then tells Mancuso this Ramius asks Jack if he speaks Russian a little Jack says, Jack tells him that they met once a long time ago when his wife was still alive and apologizes for her death.

Ramius then asks why it was important that the Americans fired on his ship, Mancuso asks Ryan to translate and Ryan explains it had to appear to the crew that the ship was sunk ramius then asks that his crew are being rescue. And Jack tells him yes they are.

Ramius works out that it was Jack that sent the signal truly new that they’re reactor breakdown was was staged and Jack replies it was the only logical option to get the crew off, ramius moves to the centre of the bridge and hands Over Control of ballistic missile submarine Red October to Captain Mancuso, ( it’s not clear at this point when ramius start speaking English because that Mancuso replies to him and says it’s pleasure)

Overhead suddenly there is a sound of a whistling which grows ever louder one of the officers knows it’s a torpedo and thinks it’s the Americans shooting at them, Jones search the pictures to hyannis is Russian. quick cut to the in the film and we are back on the washer as James Greer asks where the hell that top it up came from.

The differences between the book and the film – One very noticeable difference in this entire chapter is the lack of a British officer in the book we have Jack Ryan asked to use one of the British officers on board the warship who can just about speak Russian, there is a little back and forth with both the CIA and the president as Jack’s request goes through it is even stated that is nothing to do with the British and if anything goes wrong they will deny all knowledge.

But here we have an extremely simplified Version Of Events it is Jack Ryan that is the Russian translator and is accompanied by the captain and the sonar officer of the Dallas, also I believe in the book Jack Ryan puts a sidearm on before entering the minisub which attaches to the red october however he takes several minutes and has to be convinced to take a weapon with him.

There is also in the book the joke about the multi-million-pound submarine and the $10, I think used to communicate through the bulkheads was the mini sub has docked with the Red October here it’s just played out as if it is a normal everyday occurrence to bang on the outside of a submarine with a sledgehammer.

What I Think – this chapter does exactly what you expected to do East Meets West Captain Ramius meets Captain Mancuso nice and easy nice and simple however where it does fall down it’s the Russian we know that all the crew on the red october only speak Russian it has been established within the context of the film Jack Ryan is the only one of the American crew to be able to understand them and there is a little back and forth where it is established he is doing this, however towards the end of the sea ramius walks up to Captain Mancuso with his hand outstretched and in English or with Ramius speaking the words hand over control of the Red October. And Mancuso saying thank you.

What we know he can’t be speaking English because Jack Ryan had to translate the word buckaroo into the word cowboy now if Ramius is could speak English this entire time why would Ryan have to translate at all.
In my opinion it would have been better if the sonar operator Jones was the translater or at least be able to understand in the same way Jack Ryan does so you would have two people not just the CIA specialist.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter twelve Battle Stations. 


Narrowboat Ezri- The 100 Miles Adventure -Shafted !

I am starting to get feeling Ezri doesn’t what to get “back home” anytime soon, but I will get back to that in a little while, Last week I was cat sitting for my sister in law and brother, that meant the time line we have was a little smaller that we Normally have as we have to fight the traffic coming in and out of Manchester both post and pre rush hour. Not only that but find a space to park the car.

I will start with trip to Ezri first navigations quite easy I use Google maps for the 99% of the journey. Its worked find up to this trip down the motorway get of a the Junction then travel through the small village Road dead easy. Only this trip when we got off onto the small village Road there were signs for a closed Road so we waited a few seconds for the Google Map, to reset itself and show us a alternative route which would add 10 minutes on to our journey so we followed this route and we got to a second sign which also said road closed which did not do any favours as the car park we needed to use with just beyond the road closures sign.

We were lucky however because there was a parking place just along the side of the road so we parked the car and headed towards with a car park would it be and it turned out the entire bridge crossing both the canal and the main road was under some form of reconstruction. But luckily once again the construction workers had left a space so we could walk through. And the walk back down to Ezri had started.

On the way down we met the gentleman that we close to a few days ago and he explained that were we were moored was quiet and he enjoyed it which has asked you would because I told him that it was a very quiet place but he’d moved to wheel lock during the previous day. And was then heading up towards the junction. Now I walked slightly quicker than most people and move about in my job so out pace my dad and a few other people.

And being most 10/20 minutes late, in getting to Ezri had made me somewhat you get to get going I got to Ezri untied her and was moving along quite well knowing I would just pull pick up my dad as we went headed back up the canal,

now I’ve written before about Ezri’s Centreline being altered it was done when I was at work and I both had more behind me at some point my rope must have come Undone as they did it in such a way that twice as long as it normally would be, for use with lock that’s ok because you just throw it up and round something. But for mooring up you have to take into account that is extra rope, a fact that I had forgotten when I pulled in to pick up my dad he got on I held the rope and then through what I thought was the full length of the rope across Ezri’s rooftop. and as we pulled away and did about 10 ydrs the rope slipped down the right hand side and quickly within seconds of hitting the water wraps itself around the propeller and the shaft leaving us floating quite serenely down the canal.

And it wasn’t just a case of trying to reverse the rope off as it had lopped itself double over so the only answer was to lift off the weed Hatch cut off the excess rope and begin the painstaking process of cutting inch by inch from the shaft almost blind as you can see into the murky depths of the canal. Both of us get cold, wet and a little bad Tempered at times

All this took time the goal we had of ending before 3:30 went out the window, we did eventually reach were we needed to be and we didn’t run in the dark this time more like the twilight. And hitting the the rush hour traffic and Google Maps sending us pass Jodrell Bank of all places as we headed home back to the cat.

With the last blog post about Ezri’s battery and now this one about her wrapping herself around her own mooring rope, You can tell I am beginning to feel as if she wants to stay out and play just that little bit longer.

As always thank you for reading and I hope to see you next week.