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Monday 8 October

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  • Robert Longden's photos capture last generation to work Britain's industrial canals dailymail.co.uk

    The Daily Mail profiles the 'Inland Voyage' exhibition now showing at the London Canal Museum (and as featured in Waterways World, August 2010 - see http://goo.gl/pzosI . "They were once vital industrial routes used to supply coal to Britain's biggest mines and home to hundreds of workers. But now relegated to leisure use, a unique collection of photos of Britain's canals give a rare insight into lives of the last generation to work the inland waterways. The new exhibition, An Inland Voyage, at the London Canal Museum includes pictures from the late 1940s and early 1950s before the use of the waterways changed forever."...

  • The 'Lido Line' - bizarre idea for a swimming lane in the Regent's Canal telegraph.co.uk

    "... Y/N] Studio’s charming proposal for a dedicated swimming lane, a Lido Line, in Regent’s Canal. Running from Little Venice to Limehouse, swimmers will be separated from elegant swans and alarming flotsam by multilayered plastic membranes and protected from filthy water by healthfully oxygenating beds of reeds."...

  • Timothy West and Prunella Scales in Onley marina protest bbc.co.uk

    Husband and wife actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales have joined protesters against a planned 550-berth marina in Northamptonshire. J Marine Ltd wants to build the 90-acre Barby Pool Marina at Onley Park, near Daventry. Those supporting the plans claim it will transform a "most awful area" which has been neglected. But others are opposing the proposals and on Sunday staged a rally near the site....

  • Princess Anne visits Stanley Ferry lock gate workshops wakefieldexpress.co.uk

    The Princess Royal spent around an hour at Stanley Ferry Workshops this morning (Friday) to see the work it takes to build lock gates for canals all over the country. She toured the welding, gearing and lock gate departments, meeting and greeting craftsmen and office staff, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit. The site is one of only two places in the UK where lock gates are carefully built using traditional techniques to exact measurements. Among the dignitaries to meet her were Mayor of Wakefield Elaine Blezard.
She said: “It was a brilliant morning and it was good that she chose to come to Wakefield....

  • Thousands turn out to celebrate Canal Day in Banbury banburyguardian.co.uk

    Banbury's canalside came to life yesterday (Sunday) as thousands of people enjoyed all the fun of Canal Day. Stretching along the canalside to the rear of Castle Quay crowds were treated to an array of entertainment including drama performances at The Mill, live music at General Foods Sports and Social Club and a host of charity and food stalls....

Thursday 27 September

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  • Three teenage schoolboys arrested over Wolverhampton canal attacks birminghammail.net

    Three teenage schoolboys have been arrested after sickening attacks on a Wolverhampton towpath saw six victims pushed into the water. A 13, 14 and 15-year-old have been released on police bail on suspicion of assault following an investigation by officers into ‘brazen acts of malice’. The first attack on September 12 saw a 40-year-old cyclist being shoved in the shoulder, causing him to fall into the Birmingham Canal near Gorsebrook Road in Whitmore Reans. ...

Tuesday 25 September

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  • Plans for new marina in north of Coventry coventrytelegraph.net

    Ambitious plans have been put forward to transform derelict land in Coventry which has become a magnet for crime. A proposal for a huge marina off Aldermans Green Road [On the site of the old Longford Power Station, close to Hawkesbury Junction] has been submitted to the city council...The scheme would provide 225 berths for canalboats as well as 24 new homes, 35 industrial units and a large conservation area. ...

Monday 24 September

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  • Floating allotment barge wins green award waterwaysworld.com

    An old barge on an east London canal has been turned into an edible Eden by local gardeners. Kingsland Basin’s floating allotment barge in east London produces a variety of organic edibles from rhubarb, rocket and potatoes to runner beans, tomatoes, globe artichokes and even two kinds of gooseberries — green and red....

Friday 21 September

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  • Regent’s Canal: A Folk Opera at Rosemary Branch camdennewjournal.com

    "A story of how the Regent’s Canal came to be” belies the depth of historical content that Regent’s Canal: A Folk Opera has to offer. The result of a collaboration between the Musical Flying Squad and the London Irish Theatre, Rob Inglis’ informative production marks 200 years since the Regent’s Canal Act of 1812 was signed. John Dunne’s intelligent direction allowed a small cast on an even smaller stage to give a musical account of not only the construction of the landmark waterway, but also the politics surrounding the project and issues that characterised north London in the early-19th century....

  • Drowning toddler stared up at me from the water thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    A narrowboat owner has described the moment she rescued a drowning toddler from the water after he fell between the towpath and her boat. Riki Kittel heard a loud bang and a splash and looked into the water to see the face of a toddler staring up at her from under the surface of the Grand Union Canal, in south Leicestershire....

Monday 17 September

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  • Get behind grant bid to open (Buckingham) canal by next year buckinghamtoday.co.uk

    If people in and around Buckingham can show how strongly they feel about the restoration of the town’s branch of the Grand Union Canal, a 400m section could be back in action by the end of 2013. After changes in the way grants generated by landfill taxes were administered the Buckingham Canal Society was asked to show local support for the £68,000 grant by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN)....

Sunday 16 September

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  • ‘Meccano’ bridge for MBB canal wins green light theboltonnews.co.uk

    A bridge that looks like it is made from a giant Meccano set will be built in a popular beauty spot after it was given the goahead by Bolton Council ’s planning committee. The £90,000 bridge was unanimously praised by councillors for the design’s interpretation of the popular children’s building toy....

Thursday 13 September

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  • Upper Thames hireboat business plans get go-ahead bbc.co.uk

    Plans to turn a derelict water treatment works site on an island in the River Thames into a marina have been approved by councillors. Cotswold Boat Hire's proposal to develop Brandy Island at Buscot Weir, near Faringdon, in Oxfordshire will see 17 new moorings built. The plans were approved by the Vale of White Horse Council on Wednesday night. Residents, the National Trust and others had objected, saying it will ruin a tranquil part of the river....

Wednesday 12 September

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  • Claverton pumping station gets Red Wheel award canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Claverton Pumping Station, near Bath, which opened in 1813 as part of the pioneering canal route between London and Bristol, has been honoured with a Red Wheel award from the Transport Trust....

  • 'Giant Meccano' bridge planned for Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal's Nob End manchesterconfidential.co.uk

    This week Bolton Council’s planning committee will decide whether to give permission for the building of a giant Meccano styled footbridge over the canal at Nob End, Little Lever, Bolton. Local artist Liam Curtin designed the new Meccano Bridge with the help of engineers from the Council and Bolton University. The bridge will be made from scaled up Meccano pieces and then assembled on site by local volunteers. As many of the parts as possible are being made by Bolton based companies....

Tuesday 11 September

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  • ‘Meccano bridge’ plan for canal reclamation theboltonnews.co.uk

    An ironwork bridge in the style of the toy Meccano building toy has been planned for the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal at Nob End. It has been designed by celebrated public artist Liam Curtin. The pieces would be 10 times the size of a toy Meccano set, and a local steel fabricator will be used to make the beams, nuts and bolts in the same style — but 10 times thicker and 1,000 times heavier....

  • Student to ship items to Leicester along the Grand Union Canal miltonkeynes.co.uk

    A new student is choosing a unique way of transporting her belongings to university in Leicester – sending them up the Grand Union Canal. Clare Scott, who lives at The Well in Willen, will be studying Speech and Language therapy at De Montfort University, starting on October 1, and as a firm supporter of lowering her carbon footprint she made the decision to transport her belongings this way....

Monday 10 September

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  • Architects propose £50bn Thames floating airport for London theverge.com

    Architectural firm Gensler is proposing the construction of a floating airport on the surface of London's River Thames Estuary. Dubbed the London Britannia Airport, its concourse would sit in the center of the Thames Estuary, surrounded by runways that float, and tethered to the seabed. The primary access route would be a new high-speed underground railway offering direct links to London and Europe. ...

  • YouTube - Canals of the United Kingdom youtube.com

    A special auto-generated 'channel' on YouTube of videos about the UK canal system ...

Friday 7 September

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  • Royal barge Chartwell sold at a loss telegraph.co.uk

    The royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which received a million pound makeover for the event, has been sold to a buyer in Portugal where it will be used for tourist trips. Its owner Philip Morrell said he had sold the vessel at a loss after being unable to reach agreement to sail along part of the Thames. The vessel's berth in Central London had also been lost because of the Olympics. He said: "I am sad she has gone but we faced difficulties which made it unviable to use her on the River Thames. Without revealing figures the boat has been sold for half what I paid for her"....

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