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David: Bargees? Travellers?
Monday, 26 December 2016 08:23

THE chutzpah of the self-styled National Bargees Travellers Association never ceases to amaze me. Its latest semi-literate outpouring really takes the biscuit and I feel that some rebuttal is called for.

David: Vegetation (again)
Thursday, 10 November 2016 07:00
WALKING and cruising the canals recently I have noticed some evidence that CaRT are beginning to tackle some of the vegetation issues that have been annoying many of us for so long.
David: Impressed with the Nene
Friday, 23 September 2016 09:21
WE SPENT the last part of our summer trip on the Nene and I was impressed with the general condition.
David: Boating the Basingstoke
Friday, 22 July 2016 07:15

CRUISING the length of the Basingstoke Canal, as we did a couple of weeks ago, takes me back to my early years of boating in the 70s and 80s.

David: Health and Safety
Saturday, 11 June 2016 06:36

TALKING of CaRT's somewhat selective attitude to Health and Safety we recently went up Towney lock on the Kennet & Avon and I cannot see how this ever passed a modern risk assessment.

David: Back to Birmingham
Monday, 02 May 2016 08:02

SINCE we were last in central Birmingham CaRT have changed the signs which regulate mooring outside the National Indoor Arena and opposite. In the past they stated '48 hours' and threatened a £25 per night fine for overstaying.

David: What did the EU ever do for us?
Monday, 21 March 2016 07:20

With the EU referendum coming up my thoughts turned to the benefits that EU membership has brought to the canal boating community.

David: Dogs and bikes
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 11:24

THE story about the fine imposed on a Cornish dog walker for failing to clean up highlights the crucial factor in several contentious issues affecting the canals.

David: A lucky summer
Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:18

AT THIS this time of year I write a piece summarising our cruising for the year, which usually includes a statement to the effect that we have been largely unaffected by maintenance problems and stoppages.

David: More stoppages
Monday, 24 August 2015 09:02

THE stoppage saga continues, but this time we were not so lucky. Having waited at Wigan for them to finish the repair to Poolstock Top Lock we received an email to the effect that the Bridgewater was now shut for three weeks at Old Trafford while they demolished a building.

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