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Monday 5 December

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  • Fundraising appeal after narrowboat sinks in the Regent's Canal ybw.com

    After spending seven months restoring the narrowboat, Dylan Stockli and Jahne Cleaver watched helplessly as their home sank in the Regent's Canal in London. It was supposed to be their dream home, but Dylan Stockli and Jahne Cleaver’s narrowboat now lies partially sunk on the Regent’s Canal in London. The couple spent seven months restoring the boat, which took just 20 minutes to sink on 20 November 2016. Now Cleaver’s mother, Jeanette Cleaver, who lives in New Zealand, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and help the couple get back on their feet. Since the incident, the couple, who are both artists, have been staying in a hostel while they try to salvage what they can of their belongings. “Living in an uninsulated, run down narrowboat with no electricity, cooking facilities, running water or toilet, took its toll on them both physically and mentally. The small space, lack of comfort, and constant work became at times too much,” she said. So far, people have donated £80 towards the £10,000 target. ...

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/04/cyclists-mobile-phone-obsessives-turn-britains-tranquil-towpaths/ telegraph.co.uk

    They were once a haven of tranquility, providing town and city dwellers with an escape from urban stress and a welcome taste of rural solitude. But Britain's canal towpaths are now so popular they threaten to become a battleground of competing interests. With smart phone users engrossed in their screens, speeding cyclists, dog walkers and pram-pushing parents all negotiating a frequently narrow space, towpath collisions have become increasingly common....

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