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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 29th February, 2020)

Blue Bin

Blue Bin
Blue bin at Martland Mill Bridge.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Philip G. on 29th February 2020 at 07:39

Hardly a Blue Fin tuna, Mick, but it does have a flapper, … ever seen a flapping Blue Fin tuna at close quarters?

Comment by: Veronica on 29th February 2020 at 08:49

It might have blown in the river..the wind has been blowing bins all over the place..

Comment by: Mick on 29th February 2020 at 09:08

Philip G Ive caught a few Bluefin Tunas when I was working offshore Borneo and Indobesia

Comment by: Mick on 29th February 2020 at 09:22

No no no I dont believe its blown because of the wind, I think its been chucked in,if it had blown in, it would have been empty and it would be floating on its side, but this one is floating upright because its full of something.
The people who do this kind of thing dont realise this damage it will cause to canal boat propellers when the bin eventually sinks, the spoiled canal boat holdays, the expense of having your boat put into drydock to have it repaired.

Comment by: Poet on 29th February 2020 at 09:39

Wheres your bin?
Just into town.
No, wheres your dust bin?
Just to the shop.
What I mean is where's your wheelie bin?
OK, I've wheelie bin in the pub.

Sorry, an old 'un, but I couldn't stop.

Comment by: Johnny on 29th February 2020 at 10:39

Didn't you think of fishing it out, Mick?
I'm sure a pillar of the community like yourself could have found a way !

Comment by: Veronica on 29th February 2020 at 11:25

Well it needs pulling out before it does any damage.... Who's volunteering?

Comment by: Philip G. on 29th February 2020 at 11:30

Thanks for your reply Mick. I see you now, in combat coat, with one week's growth, grappling magnificently with a bolt-hard Bluefin. Splendid!

Comment by: Mick on 29th February 2020 at 12:25

Veronica I think the closest WW members to that section of the canal will be the residents of Beech Hill

Comment by: Philip G. on 29th February 2020 at 12:49

It came by water through the rough,
Some say from Martland way,
And cast by scallys seldom seen -
Let's make the chuckers pay.
So how can we this Blue Bin shift,
By harmless manner say?
Perhaps by Maureen, painting there -
She'll have green waders gay.

Comment by: janet on 29th February 2020 at 16:54

is a blue bin for water

Comment by: Martland Miller on 29th February 2020 at 16:55

As a resident of Martland Mill who had to rescue their wheelie bin from the cut, I can assure Mick they do float vertically as in the picture when they are empty.
They hit the water, the lid opens and they fill with water and the bin tips up and floats vertically.
It's down to something called GRAVITY. Perhaps Mick hasn't heard of it.
It was impossible to lift the flooded bin out of the water as it was, and it took some nifty work by a friend with a landing net. He snagged one of the bin wheels with the hoop of the net and managed to pull it up till it was horizontal. It was fairly easy then to up end it and let the water drain out.

Comment by: Mick on 29th February 2020 at 17:17

I still say when they are empty they will float cockeyed, Ive seen lots of floating things when I had a proper job, its all to do with the height weight and width

Comment by: Xpat on 29th February 2020 at 17:46

Beautiful Martland ! On the volley as they say Philip !

Comment by: DTease on 29th February 2020 at 19:16

That's not a Wheely Bin, that's the conning tower of a French Submarine.
He's covering the retreat of Napoleon from Wigan Pier.
If you don't believe me, ask Mike Harding, he'll tell you.

Comment by: MikeW on 29th February 2020 at 19:20

It's all to do with Archimedes principle, the specific gravity of the plastic and if it's positioned in such a way that air is trapped creating bouyancy. I would suggest that because the lid is closed there is air trapped in there preventing it from sinking

Comment by: Philip G. on 29th February 2020 at 19:26

That's right, Xpat, and such placement.

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