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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 17 Jun 2017, 13:39

https://worldnewswiki.com/george-clooneys-renovated-boat-house-hit-by-motor-yacht/

U.KGeorge Clooney's renovated boat house hit by motor yacht

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Published on June 17, 2017

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George and Amal Clooney pictured in January before the recent birth of their twins

With high fences, state of the art security cameras on every shore, and resident bodyguards on constant vigil, George Clooney’s new estate on a private island in the Thames is something of a fortress.

But as these pictures show, Fort Clooney came under attack from a rather unexpected enemy this week.

As the Hollywood star and his wife Amal, a prominent human rights lawyer, welcomed their new twins into their Sonning home this week, a undignified assault on the property happened on the shore just a few yards from the house.

The scene had been an idyllic one. Just the burbling of the backwater, the buzzing of dragonflies and the occasional volley of laughter echoing across the water from the Clooney estate.

But calm quickly turned to panic as a large motor yacht loomed into view and attempted to turn round in the narrow straight between Clooney’s island and the river bank in the sleepy Oxfordshire village.

First came the sound of bickering from the launch, then squabbling, and then hollering. 

Finally a loud crunch split the air as the boat ploughed headlong into Clooney’s newly-built boathouse.

After £20 million high-security renovations, Fort Clooney comes under surprise waterborne attack. The boaters were trying to turn the yacht when it got stuck by the Clooney’s boathouse

Two elderly couples had taken this motor yacht, the Juno Too, out for a lazy afternoon cruising the backwaters of the Thames on the Berkshire-Oxfordshire borders. 

The scene unfolded as they returned to moor at the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club, opposite Clooney’s island estate.

Coming in at speed, the four soon discovered the stretch of water between Clooney’s island and the moorings at the yacht club was only about 50 feet across and – importantly – made even narrower by the location of the newly-renovated boat house Clooney recently had rebuilt as part of the house renovations.

A man can be seen here trying to fend the boat off of the large boathouse which juts out over the River Thames that runs outside the Clooney’s £10m Sonning,  Berkshire estate

The skipper attempted a three point turn heading starboard – that’s right for any land-lubbers. 

But it soon became evident that he had underestimated the rate of knots at which the Juno Too was approaching the manoeuvre.

Unable to turn in time and unable to stop the vessel going forward, the skipper looked on helplessly and the boat ploughed determinedly towards Clooney’s new boathouse.

Two couples had taken this motor yacht, the Juno Too, out for a lazy afternoon cruising the backwaters of the Thames on the Berkshire-Oxfordshire borders before the collission

The other white-haired male on board – seen here in a gingham shirt and blue trousers – tried in vain to push the roof of the boat house away out of danger. 

When that failed to work, as these images show, he tried desperately as a last resort to push at the wall of the boathouse with his leg.

All of which must have looked like quite a kerfuffle for whoever was watching at the other end of the CCTV camera which was located just inches from the man’s behind.

The scene unfolded as the boaters returned to moor at the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club which is located opposite the Clooney’s large  island estate on the Thames

Thankfully, despite the sound of a crunch, it appeared that no damage had been done to either the boat or the boathouse and the rattled pensioners managed to moor successfully at the club opposite and live to tell the tale.

However it seems that erroneous spacial judgement might not be the only reason for the shunt on Friday afternoon.

The boat house already jutted out into the river course and was subject to a planning issue in the original plans submitted by George, because it was deemed to be too large. 

International Human Rights Lawyer Amal Clooney recently gave birth to twins Ella and Alexander. The family had returned to their Berkshire home before the boathouse crash

In May 2015, just before renovations began, South Oxfordshire District Council asked for his plans for the new timber boat house ‘the river house’ next to the Thames to be scaled down.

Conservation and design officer Samantha Allen said the new building would be far larger than the existing one and it would harm the setting of the main listed building, the conservation area and the riverside appearance of that part of the Thames. 

The river house and veranda would have stone steps going out into the river. 

Actor George Clooney and Amal had spent four days at the Lindo Wing of ST Mary’s hospital, where they hired three suites for an entire week, which cost an eye watering £120,000

Ms Allen said she would be willing to support amended plans which were proportional to the size of the current river house, which is made out of brick with a slate roof. 

This was subject to the proposed building being in keeping with the area and materials remaining the same as in the original plans.

George and Amal returned to their Berkshire home this week after spending four days at the Lindo Wing of ST Mary’s hospital – where at least four Royal babies have been born in the past few decades. 

They hired three suites for an entire week, which cost an eye watering £120,000. 

The original plans for the boathouse were turned down for being ‘too large’ but despite revised plans it still seemed to get in the way of these boaters when they tried to moor nearby
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Daily Mail Non story about a boat going 'into' George's boathouse

Post by party animal - not! on Sat 17 Jun 2017, 16:02


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4613198/George-Clooney-s-renovated-boat-house-hit-motor-yacht.html

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Post by Katiedot on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 06:56

Ok, 'fess up: which one of yous was this???
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 14:47

Very Happy  Did these people hit the boathouse or did the boathouse hit them? Didn't they see it sitting there minding its own business? Can the boathouse sue for fat shaming? (As apparently people are saying it's too big.) Inappropriate touching? (Look at that man pushing it with his foot!) Assault? At the very least it should insist that these boaters take a refresher course in "u-turns".

Seriously, if this was an issue why didn't the people who renovated the boathouse anticipate the problem before they did the work?
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 18:13

Oh, Katie, that's obviously me on the left there giving the boathouse a good kick to make sure the cabin cruiser turns and gets going again....

That cctv camera must have taken a few 'interesting' shots

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 18:54

Gotta admit, practicing that turn on the Xbox made it seem so much easier.

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Post by Katiedot on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 06:35

I've just realised there were pictures to this story too:











Just wondering who took them?
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 10:08

Freelance also attached to the Daily Mail - so presumably managed to get a decent fee from hanging around in Sonning

Hope George has been able to take advantage of the pool this week - 33 degrees Celsius over the last few days

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 10:11

Freelance also attached to the Daily Mail - so presumably managed to get a decent fee from hanging around in Sonning

Hope George has been able to take advantage of the pool this week - 33 degrees Celsius over the last few days

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 11:33

PAN - What is that on the left in the last picture? Is it another boat or is it part of the dock at the yacht club? Maybe another boat moored there? It really does seem like a very tight space.
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 12:48

Lizzy. If you look at the photo of the island from the air you only see one part of the river. But there is a channel of the river around the other side too - and both lead to a lock just beyond that goes upriver towards Oxford, so everybody queues up to get through that, especially in the summer

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 13:15

The house graphic shows "Kitchen with Italian Chef."

Wonder how much the contractors charged to retrofit the chef to Italian, and if the poor guy/woman ever gets to leave the kitchen or is just stored there.

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Post by melbert on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 02:39

Way2Old4Dis wrote:The house graphic shows "Kitchen with Italian Chef."

Wonder how much the contractors charged to retrofit the chef to Italian, and if the poor guy/woman ever gets to leave the kitchen or is just stored there.

But of course W2O4D!!!  The chef must man the kitchen 24/7!  What if Amal gets a major desire at 2:30 in the morning for her daily sautéed pea???
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