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Friday 7 January

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  • Rideau Canal still not ready to open to skaters ottawa.ctv.ca

    It will likely be days before the Rideau Canal opens to skaters. Crews were on the canal at the Pretoria Bridge Thursday, drilling holes in the ice to measure its thickness. The National Capital Commission warned people to stay off the skateway on Wednesday because the ice is still too thin for skating. Ice must be at least 30 centimetres thick before skaters are allowed on the Rideau Canal. Last year, the canal opened for skating on January 15. This year will mark the 41st skating season on the world's largest skating rink. ...


Tuesday 4 January

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  • Wallingford bridge over Thames remains closed after leak bbc.co.uk

    An ancient bridge over the River Thames in Oxfordshire is likely to remain closed until later this week. The 400-year-old crossing, at Wallingford, was damaged due to a burst water main which has since been repaired. However the rupture has caused the road to subside, Thames Water has said....

  • Noughties were nice years for rivers rivertac.org

    The last decade has been the best for rivers since the industrial revolution, the Environment Agency said today. The Environment Agency highlighted dramatic environmental and water quality improvements and the resulting recovery in species of wildlife to back its claim....

  • Music producer Keith Lowde drowns as Pharaoh's Island party boat capsizes on Thames dailymail.co.uk

    Two men drowned when an 8ft boat with six people on board capsized in the Thames in pitch darkness. All were thrown into the freezing water but only four reached the river bank 50 yards away safely. Music producer Keith Lowde, 66, who had been at the tiller, and a 70-year-old friend were missing. Police pulled one body from the river yesterday afternoon, but both men are believed to have died. It was not confirmed which body had been found....


Monday 3 January

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  • Two missing after River Thames boat capsizes bbc.co.uk

    Two men are missing after a boat carrying six people capsized in the dark on the River Thames in Surrey. Four people - three women and one man - were rescued with minor injuries after the boat overturned near Shepperton at 1930 GMT on Sunday. Police divers are helping to search for the missing men. A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said one was aged in his 60s, and from the local area, while the other was aged in his 70s and from the Cambridge area. ...


Sunday 2 January

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  • Woman captures cow on Bridgewater Canal runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk

    Tina Moorhouse, from Preston Brook, captured the moment the cow decided to take a stroll on the frozen Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn. The 54-year-old had been out walking by herself and couldn’t believe it when she spotted the cow on the water’s edge. She recalled the story to her husband, Steve. She said: “The cow came right down to the water. “I was a bit frightened it was going to walk across the canal. “My husband said: ‘Don’t be silly’. He said cows weigh half a ton and there was no way that they would get across the ice.” However, the couple went for a walk along the same towpath the next day and came across the brave bovine again. Only this time, he was actually wandering on the frozen canal. ...


Saturday 1 January

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Friday 31 December

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  • Last casting call for Mikron Theatre Company for 2011 tour mikron.org.uk

    This tour is hard work. We are looking for experienced professional male and female actor/musician for our 40th year of touring. We are the only theatre company in the UK to tour by narrowboat. This tour is hard work. ...


Monday 20 December

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  • In epic projects, the U.S. is no longer a leader msnbc.msn.com

    Hangzhou, China — Gravel-laden barges glide past the willow-fringed banks of the Grand Canal, plying a trade route built 2,500 years ago to bring grain from China's fertile south to its rulers in the north. Now the 1,800-kilometer (1,125-mile) passage is part of an even grander scheme: a $150 billion plan to bring water from the mighty Yangtze river to the parched north in what is the world's most expensive infrastructure project. ...


Saturday 18 December

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  • Dog saved from canal thestar.co.uk

    Fire crews were called to an ice incident on a Doncaster canal yesterday but it turned out they were not needed. They were on the way to Silver Street, Stainforth, after reports of a dog going through the ice but they were turned back after the RSPCA told them the pet was out of the water, said a spokesman....

  • Town 'must reinvent itself' says former tourism champ yorkshirepost.co.uk

    If Todmorden is to maximise its tourism potential it needs to dramatically reinvent itself, the town's former tourism champion Coun Ian Cooper has said. ... "And with the canal there is the golden opportunity to develop a retail development and marina on the Halifax Road site – a flood plain – on which Sainsbury's wish to build a supermarket. This would complement shopping facilities in the town centre and not compete against them...

  • Council backs Tormorden canal access scheme todmordennews.co.uk

    Todmorden town council will contribute £30,000 of funding towards a project to create an attractive gateway site in the town centre. ... David Storah, from Todmorden Pride, said the project is looking to improve the canalside in Todmorden by creating disabled access to the canal bank, providing new paving and additional planting ...


Friday 17 December

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  • Leeds canal rapist 'a danger to every woman' yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    A rapist who dragged a woman into bushes and attacked her as she jogged on a canal bank was told he may never be released from jail. David Taylor's attack on the 23-year-old victim was described as "every woman's nightmare" after he attacked her from behind and dragged her into bushes as she was running beside Leeds-Liverpool canal. Taylor, 48, then casually walked off leaving his victim bloodied and bruised but able to run to a passer-by for help after the attack on July 27....

  • Fishermen threaten to take Richmond Council to court over unauthorised boat moorings in Thames thisislocallondon.co.uk

    Fishermen have threatened to take legal action against the council if it fails to prosecute boaters who moor without authorisation on the Thames. The Thames Anglers’ Conservancy claimed about 47 boats moored regularly without authorisation between Teddington and Staines. The group claimed it was preparing to take Richmond Council to court for not enforcing byelaws and depriving anglers of their enjoyment of the river. James Page, of the Thames Anglers’ Conservancy, said other authorities had successfully prosecuted the boaters, but Richmond Council said it did not have the powers to take action. ...


Thursday 16 December

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  • Petition against plans to demolish historic boathouses maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    A petition has been set up objecting to plans to demolish an historic set of boathouses on the banks of the River Thames. Members of the Brocas Residents' Group are calling for Royal Borough planners to refuse permission to knock down The Rafts to make way for a 16-property development by Bewley Homes. Campaigners say they are in a conservation area, depict the college's boating history and meet six out of 10 of English Heritage's criteria for preservation ...

  • Upper Mills Bridge should be ready by Christmas stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Work on the new £500,000 Upper Mills Bridge over the Stroudwater canal in Stonehouse is now well underway, with completion on schedule for Christmas. The project will see the existing swing bridge replaced with a new fixed bridge, leading from the A419 into the Upper Mills Industrial Estate. Completion of the bridge will enable Stroud District Council to dredge the canal between Ocean Bridge and Ryeford after engineering firm Britannia has re-aligned and widened the stretch. ...

  • Jericho set for multi-million pound development oxfordmail.co.uk

    Jericho could soon be home to a new public square, with shops, cafes and a new community centre looking out onto the canal. The ambitious plans are detailed in a multi-million pound proposal that has just been unveiled by a city community group, Jericho Living Heritage Trust It says the money to create this vision for the boatyard site will be possible with donations and a £2m grant from the Community builders fund. ...

  • Bingley Locks get early Christmas present waterscape.com

    Bingley Five Rise on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is getting an early Christmas present this year after the Transport Trust chose it as one of its most significant sites of transport heritage – the first of its kind in Yorkshire. A ‘Red Wheel’ plaque will be erected on Thursday 16 December on the old lock keepers hut by the side of the Bingley Five Rise in recognition of it being the ‘steepest lock staircase in Britain’. ...

  • Online petition to rescue Royal Iris nears 2,000 supporters wirralglobe.co.uk

    An on-line campaign to rescue the Royal Iris from its ignominious existence in the mud of the River Thames, has attracted more than 1,900 supporters. Earlier this year the half-sunk Mersey ferry boat was boarded by the RNLI after police suspected that people may have been on board. They found the boat was in poor condition with water swamping the vessel up to the level of the deck. Ex Liverpool photographer Dave Wood, who now lives in Luton, started the on-line rescue bid after visiting the mooring. ...


Tuesday 14 December

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  • Wind turbines set for college campus expressandstar.com

    A scheme for two 413ft high wind turbines at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston campus has been given the go ahead by a planning inspector. The college appealed after South Staffordshire District Council turned down the planning application in April for the green belt site. Penkridge resident Bevan Craddock, who objected to the scheme, said the turbines would be built on the Rodbaston estate very close to the M6 Motorway, the canal, and within 1km of the ancient heronry at Gailey and 1km of the local microlight airstrip at Pillaton....


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