Lots of boat traffic on this canal, mostly very smart looking narrow boats with paint work like mirrors. They all seem to be going towards the River Lee, which is a beautiful stretch. I want to go too, but my engine has swine flu and needs a doctor. This narrow boat is floating, but not moving. Does anyone know a decent boat engineer who will actually turn up? The brilliant guy I've known for years is away at the moment. Meanwhile the one recommended by the local boat club said he would come when I rang him, and then did not answer any further calls or messages. That's rude. Was it because I said I had a Perkins? I know two other boats currently desperate for mechanical help and ready to pay. A decent boat knowledgeable mechanic who can use a mobile phone could do very well in London; the market is wide open.