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A Malcolm Tucker day

You have good days and bad days on the canals. And sometimes you have Malcolm Tucker days. Today was one of those: a real five-star, catastrophe-ridden, expletive-inducing marathon of a day. Incident Number One: The Crash. We are pootling merrily

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London let-down

Well, this town has dragged me down. Right down. And I’ve only been in it five minutes. Picture this: get up early, slog it for six hours to make it all the way from Southall to central London, pull into

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Stop press

Today, Tom got a VHF short range certificate from the Royal Yacht Association. Which means three things: 1, he is now a qualified radio operator; so 2, we can go on the tidal Thames; but 3, we need a VHF

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Déjà vu

We’ve been this way before. In April. Today we are retracing our steps slightly along the Trent & Mersey, in order to get onto the (new to us) Coventry Canal at Fradley Junction. And as we do, we see the

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Weed hatch action hero

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Canal boat maintenance for beginners: oil change

This is your engine. It is important to keep it in excellent condition.  Not only does it get you from A to B, but it also provides your electricity and hot water. Oil plays a critical role in the optimal

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What a day

On the plus side: lovely visitors, a chocolate tasting competition courtesy of Cadbury World’s shop, the characterful and welcoming canals of Brum central, and a simply glorious pub (complete with mini beer festival and BBQ) in Bournville. On the less

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Bridges on the Stratford canal

Sometimes, the canal’s builders didn’t have room for a proper brick arch. Or perhaps the vehicles using it couldn’t handle the steep gradient of a hump backed bridge. So they built drawbridges! Here’s two from today. Clever use of hydraulics

Posted in Boat Handling, Cruising log, History and traditions, Routes

Spot the difference

There’s something a bit different in this picture. Unlike Tom’s Shakespeare pun competition (still open, by the way), no prizes here. Or rather, no prize that anyone in their right mind would want. (That’s a hint; it’s just not a

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Avon musings

Our voyage has now taken us 233 miles since we left Yelvertoft on 7th April.  At a rather regal 3mph, and dozens and dozens of locks in between, one would be forgiven for imagining a dull, spirit-sapping trudge along an

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