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    British Canals...

    Interesting looking program on SBS @ 19:30 tonight about British Canals and the making/history thereof.....

    I've seen something similar in the past, and thought this may be a repeat, however upon seeing the ads for it during the week, I don't recognise the host.....so here's hoping it's something new/different..

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    Will have to watch it. I follow a few canal Vloggers on YouTube. The history and the network is fascinating.


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    I spent a week on a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal some 35 years ago.

    Collected the narrow boat at Stoke Bruerne and headed off through a tunnel of just over 3,000 yards. Managed to moor up near a pub every night.....

    I'll be watching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    I follow a few canal Vloggers on YouTube.
    You continue to surprise me, Gav.

    I've been following this bloke for some time:

    YouTube It looks like a life far from what we are used to, but a life to enjoy.
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    I have an "affinity" with canals!
    Living in Manchester, we were very close to a canal, in the late fifties it was still there but unused for years & full of reeds, rubbish & other debris.
    We used to drop milk bottles with a "penny banger" inside, off a bridge & see them explode in the water.
    Anyway, one day I was riding a three wheeler bike & was riding along the track alongside the canal, swerved, & rode straight into the canal,..the water was just about over my head, but I managed to pull myself out through the reeds etc.
    When I got home & told my mum what had happened, she took all my clothes off & then gave me a beating with a prickly hairbrush,...I think it was more from worry than anything else,..it was the only time she ever laid a hand on me. The hairbrush was followed by a salt bath.
    The bridge I spoke of is still there, but the canal was filled in long ago, it is now a walking/bike track.
    And yes, I did find the SBS program interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johntins View Post
    You continue to surprise me, Gav.

    I've been following this bloke for some time:

    YouTube It looks like a life far from what we are used to, but a life to enjoy.
    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.


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    I have to say, I wasn't a fan of the host of this program. He seemed to be nonplussed about what he was doing, and when he got dripped on, (by water) whilst travelling through "the" tunnel, he seemed more concerned about his bloody hair!!! Had a little nervy, coz he got "dripped on". Pedantic little so and so...

    For programs like this they need the older blokes.
    Example; how the Victorians built Britain.(Monday nights, same ch.) He actually seems to give a hoot about what he's looking at, and appreciates where he is at the time.

    This young bloke just seemed to be ticking boxes off along the way, for some sort of uni course certificate/module...

    Having said all that, I will be watching next time, as the Canals and their history are much more interesting to me than the princess hosting the program.

    Pickles, I love your tale of fun/woe with your experiences of Canals. Gold! British Canals...

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    This is the bridge that we used to drop the bottles from, and about halfway along on the left would be where I "rode" into the canal. It was the "Stockport" Canal, and this is as it is today, over 60 yrs after my "adventure"! Pickles.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16PMark View Post
    I have to say, I wasn't a fan of the host of this program. He seemed to be nonplussed about what he was doing, and when he got dripped on, (by water) whilst travelling through "the" tunnel, he seemed more concerned about his bloody hair!!! Had a little nervy, coz he got "dripped on". Pedantic little so and so...

    British Canals...
    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.
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