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    Quote Originally Posted by 16PMark View Post
    It's a shame these things get filled in, or, in more modern cases, built over.
    I totally love all the historic things Britain and it's countryside has.
    In the UK there is a massive push to restore the canals, almost always through volunteers and donations. If you had watched more of David's vids you would be aware of this. He links to sites where you can donate if you really want to see the historic things Britain and its countryside has.

    David isn't everyone's cup of tea, sure, but I find him to be restful, and I love how he explains the journey from a mortgage and reasonably high pressure job to the put-put world he now lives in. He has zero practical skills, but will have a go.

    I'd suggest that you find a vid about 100 in and re-evaluate. If you still don't like him, fine, but IMO he epitomises what canal life could be like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    Yep, I follow him and Foxes Afloat mainly (There are a really funny Gay couple that show the entire build of their brand new narrow boat and post weekly about their travels). There are a couple of others I occasionally check in with, but their videos can be a bit long winded sometimes.
    I drop in on Foxes Afloat, but I don't sub. Same with NarrowboatGirl. David appeals because all he is doing is showing the canals and the life associated. I can't watch him trying to do practical stuff, 'cos he's hopeless, but I dig that he'll have a go.

    After a life of 100Km/h on the highways here, 4MPH on the water has a 'calling' effect on me. I'l never buy one, but renting a narrowboat is a definite possibility for me one day, if I live that long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16PMark View Post
    It's a shame these things get filled in, or, in more modern cases, built over.
    I totally love all the historic things Britain and it's countryside has.

    At least, in the case of your pic, they had the nouse to put a bike trail/walking track there, and leave the bridge.

    Here in Melbourne, that would have been a high rise apartment by now. British Canals...British Canals...British Canals...

    There was another program, that your pic reminds me of, which was to do with walking
    Britain's old railway tracks.

    Old railway lines that are now just walking or cycling paths, but all the old brick bridges and, in some cases, old timber bridges/stations are still there! In some cases, old wooden crossings that are completely overgrown in the bush, and one could easily walk by without even knowing what is/was there.
    Re your last para,.....I just LOVE that stuff, particularly old railway lines & buildings. Travelling around Country Vic, I've got a 1946 map of Victorian Railways as they were then, so in an area I can look for track beds, old buildings etc. Sometimes I find stuff, but unfortunately in the case of the smaller branch lines, not much remains, as most of the buildings were wooden, & they just didn't survive, whereas in the UK, they were brick or stone, and most have survived.
    If I do find an old remains, I like to stand there, take in the atmosphere, & imagine a steam engine being on the spot, as it would've been all those years ago, particularly at night, with fire reflection lighting up the cab/footplate etc!!
    Pickles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntins View Post
    Hmm... Maybe try again. He was embarking on a fraught journey, selling his house and giving up his career as a radio journalist. It's interesting to watch him mature into his new life.

    On his website he clearly states how he is a social introvert. Maybe he's using his vlog as a form of therapy. Whatever, he presents interesting views on canal life, and does so without any hype. Life at 3MPH would mean that water in your hair might be the high point of that particular day, and it was really tongue in cheek, in a mild mannered Midlands sort of way.

    Of course, there is always 4WD Action if you want shouting and big revs.
    Think ya missed the point of my comments.
    But all good. As ya were. British Canals...
    PS..have absolutely no interest in "4wd action" or whatever. British Canals... Didn't even remember it was a thing till ya mentioned it. British Canals...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickles2 View Post
    Re your last para,.....I just LOVE that stuff, particularly old railway lines & buildings. Travelling around Country Vic, I've got a 1946 map of Victorian Railways as they were then, so in an area I can look for track beds, old buildings etc. Sometimes I find stuff, but unfortunately in the case of the smaller branch lines, not much remains, as most of the buildings were wooden, & they just didn't survive, whereas in the UK, they were brick or stone, and most have survived.
    If I do find an old remains, I like to stand there, take in the atmosphere, & imagine a steam engine being on the spot, as it would've been all those years ago, particularly at night, with fire reflection lighting up the cab/footplate etc!!
    Pickles.
    I want your maps! British Canals...
    ...and would it be weird if I wanted to follow you while you do what you do....British Canals...British Canals...
    You've got me on a project now. I'm off to see what I can find about Old Vic railways...

    Coincidentally, I heard something during the week that actual proper detailed maps are no longer going to be printed/published/produced.....
    That's a real shame, but sadly a sign of the times.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16PMark View Post
    Think ya missed the point of my comments.
    Not the first time I've read that... but what did I miss? Serious question.

    I saw the vid you referred to, and I also cringed a little at how 'precious' he seemed, but persevered, as I was fascinated by the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 16PMark View Post
    I want your maps! British Canals...
    ...and would it be weird if I wanted to follow you while you do what you do....British Canals...British Canals...
    You've got me on a project now. I'm off to see what I can find about Old Vic railways...
    One simple one is to start at Seymour and follow the old line to Yea and then Mansfield. Near Yea there is the Cheviot Tunnel. I've driven through it, but I'm not sure it's still allowed... bloody wowsers. It's not that long, but still of interest. The line is easy to spot north of Molesworth. I remember a trip I did to Buller with a school group ( I drove coaches ), and one kid was miserable. I kept him going by getting him to spot the signs of the railway all the way to Mansfield. They aren't hard to spot, but he found things I'd missed.... well, he wasn't driving. Better still, from my point of view, he wasn't sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johntins View Post
    Not the first time I've read that... but what did I miss? Serious question.

    I saw the vid you referred to, and I also cringed a little at how 'precious' he seemed, but persevered, as I was fascinated by the whole thing.
    Ok johntins,
    All good.
    I'm not up for an in depth and Sky News channel type discussion of the program and it's host.
    I was merely expressing my viewpoint on the host of the program I highlighted, and the way he conducted it....

    I didn't like him, it seems you do, and have researched him.
    Whatevs, shall we move on.....

    Cheers,
    Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16PMark View Post
    Ok johntins,
    All good.
    I'm not up for an in depth and Sky News channel type discussion of the program and it's host.
    I was merely expressing my viewpoint on the host of the program I highlighted, and the way he conducted it....

    I didn't like him, it seems you do, and have researched him.
    Whatevs, shall we move on.....

    Cheers,
    Mark.
    Hmm. Seems you can't answer a simple question. Which was "What did I miss?".

    Fine. If you don't want to, just say so. Not interested in all this "Sky News" stuff. When did I mention that?

    If you don't want to answer questions then here's a tip: Don't.

    Now, I'm moving on. You do whatever you like.
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    Interesting show, when I was living in London we had a canal near our house that frozen over in winter.
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