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Woke up this morning to hear that the reception and bar building at the caravan park I used to work at has gone up in flames.
I worked there for 10 years as manager, and the site had been in my father in laws family since 1964.
He sold the site 4 years ago

This particular building was built in the 90’s from portacabin sections, with a later metal framed roof built over the top.

I’ve been trying to link to a video someone put up on Facebook, but I managed to use a screenshot.

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I'd like to go to work by boat!
Not on horrible days with high winds, but when I used to roam the waves times were good...
Today I have a trip to the Post Office to send some stuff to my Sis in Ardnamurchan. I got up early to beat the rush, but realised the booze aisles in tesco would be closed, so have delayed that outing.
This afternoon I am wiring some cat6 from my study to the living room and my bedroom. The former is easy as I have cables through the wall already, but for the latter I will have to lift the hall carpet and floorboards which as you all know is just pure fun...
The cabling is to facilitate "splitting" the signal from my Tivo box to serve 2 extra TVs as I have cut my Virgin Media bundle from 2 Tivos to 1 (long story). I may just cable the other bedroom while I'm at it and I may also run a 10mm under the floor too, in case I ever want an electric shower...I have about 15m of cable lying in the garage gathering dust.
Clearly, I am bored...
 
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I had been given an old Philips 60Mhz dual trace 'scope last week. It had been standing around for a few years so I decided to power it up and see if it worked. I've just plugged it and and up came the screen. Apart from two of the controls being a bit 'scratcy' all seemed ok until that ppfffzzzzzz sound and the smell of electrolitic capacitors letting out smoke. I've had the cover off and things don't look too bad. I've just downloaded the service manual so it loks like after a bit of trawling through it I'll be on the Farnell web site ordering a selection of caps.
 
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I had been given an old Philips 60Mhz dual trace 'scope last week. It had been standing around for a few years so I decided to power it up and see if it worked. I've just plugged it and and up came the screen. Apart from two of the controls being a bit 'scratcy' all seemed ok until that ppfffzzzzzz sound and the smell of electrolitic capacitors letting out smoke. I've had the cover off and things don't look too bad. I've just downloaded the service manual so it loks like after a bit of trawling through it I'll be on the Farnell web site ordering a selection of caps.

Sounds good. I've got a nice Telequipment 75MHz dual beam scope which I've had since I was about 15 I think. Could replace it with a modern one, but you cant beat a proper analogue scope with a nice bright green trace!
 
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Good morning everyone, I have 1 job today hanging and wiring LED security lights on a home at all 4 corners. The bad part is it’s 19 degrees outside with the wind blowing about 8 miles per hour and I get to use my extension ladder to climb up around 20 feet to be able to mount the boxes and lights. I then have to go in the attic to pull a new circuit to the 4 lights from the panel using a 15 amp single pole breaker. Yippee
 
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The original poster has taken the video down now, i think because some comments suggested it was an insurance job and it turned into a slagging match.
I remember when you posted about the sale of the park and the problems your FIL was having with the new owners (chancers) claiming all sorts of things, so the above may not be so far removed from the truth.
 
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I remember when you posted about the sale of the park and the problems your FIL was having with the new owners (chancers) claiming all sorts of things, so the above may not be so far removed from the truth.
Well they had been treating the caravan owners badly... telling them to upgrade when there’s nothing wrong with units etc. Industry normal practice, but not something we did.

I think we can rule out any electrical fault, but the 200 solar panels on the roof will be useless now
 
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I'd like to go to work by boat!
I used to use the Thames passenger ferry between Greenwich and the City whilst it was in operation, did not last long though, no idea if the Woolwich ferry still operates, been out of London for a few years now.

@littlespark gas cylinders going up would have been interesting, but dangerous for the fire fighters and quite a big bang I would have thought.
 
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but the handbrakes can be dodgy.
I think its a French parking space thing..
(I was always a leave it in gear guy) If not in France..
They manipulate parked cars (2CVs last time I saw it)
with a little bumper dodgems ..... EU I want out they are ANIMALs
 
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Another photo. Shows the extent. You can see right through to the caravans behind. There is NOTHING left of the building underneath.
This is from someone else fb, where there are more comments of insurance scam, and a member of the public being accosted by the manager for taking photographs

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I used to use the Thames passenger ferry between Greenwich and the City whilst it was in operation, did not last long though, no idea if the Woolwich ferry still operates, been out of London for a few years

Woolwich ferry seems to be plagued with "technical issues" causing it to be inoperational more since it has been upgraded thab before. So unreliable that I use Dartford crossing all the time now.
 
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That's a shame the Woolwich ferry used to be fun and a pleasant way to relax for a few minutes on the way home, even though it was a pain to get too on the North side.
 
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Good morning everyone, I have 1 job today hanging and wiring LED security lights on a home at all 4 corners. The bad part is it’s 19 degrees outside with the wind blowing about 8 miles per hour and I get to use my extension ladder to climb up around 20 feet to be able to mount the boxes and lights. I then have to go in the attic to pull a new circuit to the 4 lights from the panel using a 15 amp single pole breaker. Yippee
so what are you going to do after lunch?
 
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Another photo. Shows the extent. You can see right through to the caravans behind. There is NOTHING left of the building underneath.
This is from someone else fb, where there are more comments of insurance scam, and a member of the public being accosted by the manager for taking photographs

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Is that Crosslaw Caravan Park?

Near St Abbs?

Never stayed, but a diving buddy of mine had a static there years ago, we used to dive St Abbs and get a coffee at his van on the way home, he and his wife and son used it pretty much every weekend
 
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Is that Crosslaw Caravan Park?

Near St Abbs?

Never stayed, but a diving buddy of mine had a static there years ago, we used to dive St Abbs and get a coffee at his van on the way home, he and his wife and son used it pretty much every weekend
Yes it is @Julie.

I spent my days in the office, working reception and tending bar. I did a lot of work in there when we had it.... setting up computer network, CCTV, etc....
Were your friends still there, and can you remember their van number?
I hope it’s not one close to the fire.
 
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Yes it is @Julie.

I spent my days in the office, working reception and tending bar. I did a lot of work in there when we had it.... setting up computer network, CCTV, etc....
Were your friends still there, and can you remember their van number?
I hope it’s not one close to the fire.
Can't even remember Gary's surname, it was several years ago when I was in a particular club, must be back in 2005 or so, not sure whether he dives anymore. At the time he and I were the only two qualified instructors, as with many clubs we ended up doing more than our fair share for the club, whilst others did little, both of us got so sick of it we left that club, I think he went to Dunfermline club, I went to another.

It wasn't near the main building, I remember that, never knew the plot number, just followed others on the day tbh.

Looked a nice place though, most people seemed friendly.
 
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Can't even remember Gary's surname, it was several years ago when I was in a particular club, must be back in 2005 or so, not sure whether he dives anymore. At the time he and I were the only two qualified instructors, as with many clubs we ended up doing more than our fair share for the club, whilst others did little, both of us got so sick of it we left that club, I think he went to Dunfermline club, I went to another.

It wasn't near the main building, I remember that, never knew the plot number, just followed others on the day tbh.

Looked a nice place though, most people seemed friendly.
I started there in 2007, but it was still family owned before that.
We used to get a lot of diving groups on the camping site, as other sites stopped taking tents.
There was a thought that if there was any trouble, it was tenters.... but we found the touring caravan people just as bad. Especially the seasonal ones that were there all year- thought they had the right to ignore speed limit signs and used the shower block to wash their mucky dogs...

Thinking back, the way the place was wired, and later expanded and reconfigured, the entire bottom half of the park is supplied through that building.... there will be near 100 units now with no power.
 
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I started there in 2007, but it was still family owned before that.
We used to get a lot of diving groups on the camping site, as other sites stopped taking tents.
There was a thought that if there was any trouble, it was tenters.... but we found the touring caravan people just as bad. Especially the seasonal ones that were there all year- thought they had the right to ignore speed limit signs and used the shower block to wash their mucky dogs...

Thinking back, the way the place was wired, and later expanded and reconfigured, the entire bottom half of the park is supplied through that building.... there will be near 100 units now with no power.
When I lived in England and went up to St Abbs for a diving weekend, we always used scoutscroft just as you get to Coldingham from St Abbs, it was the closest and had an air compressor.

After moving up to Scotland, I never needed to stay locally, but still used scoutscroft for the compressor. I can't remember when, but it went through a long phase of being in and out of service, so someone opened up a compressor hut in a small container on St Abbs front, that's gone now, but became the dive shop/centre.

The dive shop killed the Post office a bit as well, prior to it opening all the spares, and scuba bits were obtained from the post office!

Met loads of clubs though that would come up and stay in various camp sites, scoutscroft fell out of favour with many, originally they had a complete monopoly, I guess it was a change with the site manager/owners as it occurred with so many diverse clubs from around the UK, can't believe it was down to every club themselves, always that site.

I assume many of the statics are year round use, so that won't be a good situation - Scottish winter on the east coast with no electricity
 

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