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Friday 11 February

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  • Dan O’Neill: Lost canal that’s only now missed walesonline.co.uk

    Sounded like an intriguing idea peddled last month by Coun Neil McEvoy: open up the Glamorganshire Canal again and give our town a Little Venice. As if we haven’t got enough smells and floods already. But I thought – stable door, bolted horse. Because we had our chance to keep what its creators called the Great Ditch. We blew it. And the end came 60 years ago when the sand dredger Catherine Ethel crashed into the inner lock gate and out rushed the waters as though a gigantic plug had been pulled. The Glamorganshire Canal emptied for ever....

  • The man who sold the sky - on a Thames boat trip ca.reuters.com

    One warm July evening three years ago, John Leahy set off along London's river Thames in an electric punt. With Leahy, a sharp and energetic New Yorker who has been Airbus sales chief since 1994, were the company's Middle East president Habib Fekih and Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world. Dubai-based Emirates was the largest customer for Airbus's A380 superjumbo but Leahy wanted Clark to confirm his support for the A350, Airbus's bid to compete with Boeing's hot-selling 787 Dreamliner. The three men inched their boat along a secluded stretch of the river six miles west of Windsor Castle. There were others out enjoying the last few hours of sun. As the evening wore on, the punt became more difficult to steer and the men narrowly avoided a fracas with members of the local rowing club. Spirits undimmed, they landed and made their way to the Fat Duck, a restaurant with three Michelin stars whose menu includes such dishes as snail porridge and salmon poached in a liquorice gel. Over dinner Leahy and Clark finally agreed a deal: a contract for dozens of jets worth $15 billion. ...


Thursday 10 February

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  • ITV shows vintage 1973 news report of K&A Canal Trust itv.com

    We've pulled out a programme on the Kennet and Avon Canal from our 1973 archives to mark the 200th Birthday of the Caen Hill locks. They're described as one of the wonders of the British canal system and today a new set of lock gates were put in place. ...


Tuesday 8 February

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  • Towpath repairs ready after four-year project oxfordmail.co.uk

    Walkers can put their best feet forward again now a four-year project to repair the Thames towpath through Oxford has finished. Almost £2m has been spent improving access along three miles of the towpath. Large cracks appeared in the path’s surface and parts of the bank were subsiding into the river, with particular problems at Grandpont and south of Iffley Lock. ... Repair and reconstruction work took place on stretches including the Fiddlers Island and Medley Island sections, near Port Meadow, where Wolvercote teenager Ben Halsey-Jones fell into the river and died in January 2007....


Monday 7 February

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  • David Walliams to swim 200-mile Thames in September google.com

    Come Fly With Me star David Walliams is to swim around 200 miles - along the length of the River Thames. The funnyman has previously swum across the English Channel and cycled the length of Britain for charity challenges. He announced that his next endurance test will see him following the course of the river from its source in the Cotswolds. Walliams's challenge is to be staged for Sport Relief and will begin in September. ...


Friday 4 February

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  • K&A Canal restoration legend dies kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    Bryan House, known to all as Grumpy, died on January 8th at the Royal United Hospital in Bath aged 71 and his funeral took place at Semington Crematorium on Tuesday 21st of January. Bryan was active from the very early days of the restoration of the Kennet & Avon Canal and his ingenuity in finding novel solutions to practical problems as well as his ability to 'aquire' the means to implement them, along with his bloody minded doggedness, was legendary....


Thursday 3 February

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  • Britain's best views: Dudley canal tunnels guardian.co.uk

    Great views are normally linked to great heights. The Earth's curve requires a decent perch to take in far horizons, or else a towering landscape which you can see from miles away. This panorama breaks those rules and in a thoroughgoing manner. It lies 76 metres below the streets of Dudley in Britain's Black Country. Most drivers rushing past on the M5 motorway have no idea that it is there. Duddle-eye! Not often a British destination of choice. Who would go there without being paid? ...


Wednesday 2 February

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  • Leeds Liverpool Canal transformed into five star tourist hotspot yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    The historic canal, built to support the textile and coal-mining industries back in the 1700s, is today home to the beautiful Lady Teal- a canal boat hotel put together by Nick Mead and Gina Alexander. The hotel, which was awarded prestigious five star status by tourism supremos Visit England, is thought to be the only hotel boat of its kind operating in the region. Offering three or four night cruises along the canal and based at Clarence Dock, the boat proved a massive hit with tourists, even drawing visitors from America keen to see what Yorkshire has to offer....

  • Work starts on £43m Helix visitor attraction bbc.co.uk

    Work to transform a 300-hectare site of unused land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into an international visitor attraction is set to begin. The £43m Helix project includes two huge horse head sculptures and a waterway linking Grangemouth into the Scottish canal network. Work will start on the canal hub and canal extension, and the fabrication of the 30m (98ft) "kelpie" sculptures....

  • Canal chiefs float illuminating idea news.scotsman.com

    Solar lighting is being looked at to illuminate much of Edinburgh's ten miles of canals under a new plan to encourage people to walk, run and cycle on the banks of the Union Canal after dark. British Waterways Scotland, the trust responsible for managing all of Scotland's 137-mile canal network, is in talks with the city council about installing solar lights along the canal between Viewforth bridge, near Edinburgh Quay, and the City Bypass at Wester Hailes. The talks are part of the wider project to breathe new life into the city's canal network....


Tuesday 1 February

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  • Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Of all our conservation failures, this is the saddest - Nature Studies, Nature - The independent.co.uk

    After more than 30 years of trying, and a colossal amount of thinking, effort, and expense, the current custodians of the dream, the Environment Agency, has more or less accepted that it is not going to be realised, and this year's stocking of young fish in the river – in the hope that they might go down to the sea and then return as adults, to breed – will be the last. The salmon have not come back. A native breeding population has not been established, and only a tiny handful of adult fish are now turning up in the river each summer. The project, which many people set their hearts on, has effectively failed....


Monday 31 January

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  • 'Thames whale' skeleton on display at Natural History Museum nhm.ac.uk

    On 19 January 2006, a 6-metre-long female whale swam up the Thames. From the moment the whale was spotted, she captured the public's imagination. Sadly, despite human efforts, the northern bottlenose whale died towards the end of a rescue attempt, under the gaze of the world’s media. In this temporary exhibition you can get up close to the incredible skeleton and hear the whale's story, from its origins and very public death to what happened next and what we can learn from it. ...


Friday 28 January

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  • Thames cable car given go-ahead bbc.co.uk

    A planned cable car across the River Thames to link 2012 Olympic venues has been approved by Greenwich Council. The cable car will connect Greenwich and the Royal Docks, carrying up to 2,500 passengers-an-hour. It was designed to cut journey times between the O2 arena and the ExCel exhibition centre - both of which will host Olympic events. Newham Council approved plans on 18 January. Proposals will now be put before the Greater London Authority. The London Development Agency is contributing £1.21m to the cost of the project, which in December was estimated at a possible £40m. ...


Wednesday 26 January

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  • £75,000 for Spalding Water Taxi and promoting town spaldingtoday.co.uk

    Tourism in Spalding is to be given a £75,000 boost with a major town centre advertising campaign and improvements to the water taxi. The town is to join forces with Springfields and the Red Lion Quarter to sell itself via a £50,000 television, radio and leaflet campaign to neighbouring counties. Spalding Water Taxi, which is owned by South Holland District Council and Broadgate Homes, will also benefit from £25,000 of improvements to move its moorings to a more secure spot on the river. ...

  • Plans revealed for Brimscombe port stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    More than 400 jobs could be created under plans revealed this week for a major re-development of Brimscombe port. The proposals, unveiled as part of the canal project, are for 214 flats, 25 houses, a business park, shops, restaurants and a hotel which could be completed by 2014. Plans have been in the pipeline since 2003 but stalled in 2008 when British Waterways pulled out of the canal development. Stroud District Council hopes to gain outline planning permission by March and will then look for a developer. ...

  • Conservation extension saves Froghall copper works chimney bbc.co.uk

    A conservation area has been extended by a council, halting the demolition of a disused industrial chimney. The owners of the old Bolton's Copper Works at Froghall in Staffordshire Moorlands said they wanted to pull down the 100m (328ft) chimney on Wednesday. But the district council decided on Tuesday to include it in Caldon Canal Conservation Area. A final decision about the chimney's future will follow a consultation, the council said. Owners Sterling Investments were unavailable for comment. ...


Tuesday 25 January

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  • Historic canal from Gravesend to Higham restoration nears completion gravesendreporter.co.uk

    Volunteers at the Thames and Medway Canal Association, founded in 1976, have worked tirelessly towards the restoration of the early 19th century waterway which runs from Mark Lane, Gravesend, to Higham. This month final touches to a one kilometre stretch are to be completed, with the installation of pumps and connection by electricty firm EDF allowing the canal to become operational. Water will then constantly feed the section via a nearby weir pond. ...

  • Henley on Thames - Shiplake lock voted best-kept on Thames henleystandard.co.uk

    Shiplake Lock has been named the best-kept lock on the Thames. The award comes after hundreds of river-users voted for the lock in the Environment Agency’s Thames Waterways Awards. Lock-keeper Geoff Horsnell, who has run the lock for the past 20 years, said he was delighted. “For Shiplake to be voted the best kept lock by users of the river is a great honour,” he said. “I really am very flattered. ...


Monday 24 January

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  • Floating Thames Promenade Design Wins Top Prize at Mayor’s Planning Awards freshbusinessthinking.com

    Plans to create a new mile long floating river walk along the north bank of the River Thames, connecting Blackfriars Bridge with the Tower of London have won the Mayor's Award for 'Planning Excellence' at the 2010 London Planning Awards. Designed by global architects and planners Gensler as part of the London 2012 celebrations, the 'London River Park' is a conceptual idea to provide a continuous floating pontoon to run parallel to the existing disjointed pathways and streets that currently connect this important stretch of river frontage bordering the City of London...

  • Disgrace of ‘dogs’ toilet’ - Letters - Todmorden News todmordennews.co.uk

    I recently started walking from the centre of Todmorden towards Hebden Bridge on the canal bank, and had only reached the Lidl car park when I came across the biggest dogs’ toilet I have ever seen. The canal bank has been used for what looks like a toilet for all the dogs in the town, there are piles of the stuff every few inches for about 200 yards, and then it starts to thin out. It appears that a lot of the dog owners in Todmorden have no thought for people who like to walk on the tow paths or for the appearance of the town. ...


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