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I was never a brownie. I dropped out of Duke of Edinburgh. I can get lost on one-way streets. I did pass my technology GCSE, but that was more luck than application, interest or talent. I’ve had mixed experiences with

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The River Thames

Today we sailed Felucca from Limehouse Basin near Canary Wharf, through central London, to Brentford.  Epic journey!

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Wonders: our journey so far

The really keen followers of this blog (hi mum!) will have noticed that we have managed to visit six out of the seven wonders of the inland waterways on Felucca since April. We didn’t really set out to do a

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Wonder #6 – Standedge Tunnel

Waterways pioneer Robert Aickman nominated the tunnel as one of his seven wonders, but in my opinion he really should have given the prize to the whole Huddersfield Narrow Canal.  It’s an engineering marvel, and beautiful too. The tunnel is

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Sex and the Pennines

Once upon a time, a big, beautiful, bright red boat named Felucca came to the Pennines. In typical fashion, she hooked up with the Leeds and Liverpool, falling hard for its expansive scenery, its charmingly wide locks, its hot pork

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Belatedly, Wonder #5

When Robert Aickman nominated his seven wonders of the waterways, he went for a real mixed bag.  Not just picturesque locks and towering aqueducts, but also other more esoteric locations, perhaps of more interest to the engineer than to the

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Wonder #4 – Burnley Embankment

I have a feeling that the man who masterminded the creation of the seven wonders of the waterways, Robert Aickman, may have been having us all on a bit. For how else can he go from the majesty and triumphant

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That’s not a lock! This is a lock!

Standard narrow beam lock on the British canal system: 7ft (2.1m) wide 70ft (21m) long Depth varies, though say around 8ft (2.5m) deep. Overall, a nice snug fit for Felucca.  You’d need 25 of these locks to fill an Olympic

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Wonder #3 (via a historical detour)

Today, we visited the place where it all got started.  The first significant British canal, and the birth of the industrial revolution. It’s Worsley.  A small, pretty town on the edge of greater Manchester.  Nowadays, the roar of the nearby

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Wonder #2

Today, we went down the Anderton Boat Lift. Now, I know what you’re thinking, you spend ages waiting for us to make our way to one wonder of the waterways, and then two come along at once. But before you turn

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