British History

colin on June 25th, 2016

Miserable here in Lefkas at the moment. The wind, the infamous Sirocco, Sandra informs me, has been blowing for three solid days. The temperature, they say, is 36 deg, but it feels higher. And there is no place to hide from the heat and the constant howl of the banshees in the rigging of several […]

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colin on August 30th, 2015

We arrive at Leicester a little apprehensive… we’d heard tales of narrowboaters having an unpleasant time with the locals. We tied up for a night a little short of the main part of town and had an uneventful night. Next day we continued to a pontoon mooring provided by the CRT right near the centre […]

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colin on August 22nd, 2015

After Newark, we took a day or two to get to Nottingham. Enroute we passed through some really big locks and also saw a workboat called “Maid Marian”. Sweet. A few days later we saw a workboat called “Will Scarlet”. Robin must be here somewhere. Yes, Nottingham too has a castle. Not as well preserved […]

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colin on August 14th, 2015

Well, I did mention that it was 30 miles from Boston to Lincoln and after leaving fairly early in the day, we went all the way to Lincoln in one go. Our longest day ever. On the way we were treated to the sight of a bunch of Eurofighters from a nearby RAF base doing […]

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colin on August 12th, 2015

Lincoln to Boston on the canal is about 30 miles. So we set off from Lincoln late in the morning and did only a few hours motoring ’til we’d had enough, and stopped in the middle of nowhere. Almost literally. Here and there along the canal there are pontoons available for overnight stays…. actually I […]

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colin on August 9th, 2015

The Roman name for Lincoln, I read, is “Lindum”. I presume that the full name would be “Lindum Colonia”, a bit like Cologne in Germany, derived also from “Colonia”. And Frankfurt also, I recall had Colonia in it’s Latin name so I think my interpretation of Lincoln’s Roman name is probably correct. So it seems […]

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colin on August 6th, 2015

We turned off the River Trent at Torskey after a fast run from Keadby, went through the lock and into lots of traffic on the high side. We noted that there seem to be many more plastic boats than narrowboats. Perhaps because people hereabouts don’t really have to deal with the narrow canals that we’ve […]

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colin on July 28th, 2015

So here we are in Selby with time to kill ’til Monday. What to do? And across the road from where we’re moored is our favourite car rental outfit which is advertising a weekend special, starting Fridays. So yours truly strolls across the road and returns 15 minutes later with a car for the weekend. […]

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colin on June 9th, 2015

I just had to use the name. It comes, of course, from the novel by George Orwell and is a fairly well-known book in left-wing circles. Which may be why I haven’t read it. If Orwell could see the place now… Wigan is a fairly modern place and the pier is suffering from the local […]

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colin on September 28th, 2014

No visit to this part of England would be complete without a visit to Runnymede, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta. So, while moored outside the pub at Old Windsor, yours truly took a bike ride down to see what he could find. From the towpath, it’s not all that easy to […]

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