Jump to content
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble

Derek R.

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Derek R. last won the day on October 5

Derek R. had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

98 Neutral

1 Follower

About Derek R.

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Tired (re)

Contact Methods

  • ICQ
  • Website URL

Recent Profile Visitors

8,471 profile views
  1. Lost Radio Programmes on Waterways

    It's the hallmark of the national media. Near enough will do, and make it sound authoritative.
  2. BBC last night

    Try this for human interest: Mark Williams does a good job of hands on manual workings, and not without a little humour. If you like Birmingham, canals and industries - enjoy.
  3. Water Wanderer

    I was told the Bryce's named their boat after Bix Beiderbecke, a favourite artist of Owen's. The book cover shows the Steamboat Inn at the start of the Erewash.
  4. Would have been nice if he had introduced himself. Who is he? "2,000 [miles - slip of a word] canals", likewise [over] 200 years. But he spoke well enough in general. I think it would be impractical to put the likes of MOSSDALE and SPEEDWELL back in water after dry storage. They'll end up like the SPRY at Blists Hill, and FRIENDSHIP, and probably better for it. More accessible to the public for education like the CUTTY SARK & VICTORY but on a smaller scale of course.
  5. Oh dear

    If I may correct you, he is walking from the Aldwych, around the front entrance of Australia House into the Strand. You can see the Church of St. Mary Le Strand in the background towards which he walks after lighting up. Aldwych is wide, whereas Wild St. is quite narrow. The phone boxes are long gone. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5128621,-0.1147999,3a,75y,6.25h,94.14t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipMgXdWJpA8sz8MmZ4h6Huvrwgutwlqq3ODE6G4Q!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipMgXdWJpA8sz8MmZ4h6Huvrwgutwlqq3ODE6G4Q%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.9547-ro-0-fo100!7i5376!8i2688?hl=en
  6. Oh dear

    Boatee might have been more correct, but most folk would recognise bargee as being associated with cargo carrying vessels, and it trips off the tongue easier. And with Maffers top called Leg O'Mutton lock and most cinema goers never knowing the difference (or the direction they were traveling) - I doubt it would have made any difference. I bet the few working boat folk who saw it had a good laugh at the errors.
  7. Historic Boats for sale online

    If that's not an engine in what appears to be the first section of 'under tarps' on MERCURY, then it must be a strange looking upright piano . . . Maybe waiting for someone to install?
  8. Oh dear

    Kindred spirits. "You are never alone with a Strand" - of good humour
  9. Oh dear

    Patrimoine directly translated from the French into English means heritage, though as is often the case individual words used in different contexts can mean different things. Heritage is anything passed down from a previous generation be it history, customs, land, buildings or most anything. Our Nisa shop sells a line in biscuits called 'Heritage', but where's any connection? Maybe they have taken a recipe from some previous generation. But probably not. Misuse and abuse of a language is common, and most likely always has been on a whim or a fashion. Heritage clothing - something from the car boot sale or Church jumble? A Gin Palace* on the Thames was always an oversized plastic cruiser with friends aboard at the weekend, often reporting on their VHF to their compatriots a few hundred yards behind about the weather or some nasty narrow boat that came within 20ft when passing. *The origins as per Athy's post. Laurie - were your comments worth the effort? or were you just feeling lonely? Or did you win a prize - show and tell?
  10. Deconstructed, I think we may be able to source the origin of that in the contemporary from Master Chef - "deconstructed apple crumble" and the like. Taking the whole apart and presenting it as individual ingredients on the same plate. I prefer mine whole. Dismantling is usually part of a process of repair or rebuilding. Scrapping, is broken up - for scrap. Deconstruction is nonsense. Disassemble would be better. What ever happened to the English language, did that get deconstructed too? Or just changed for the sake of modernity?
  11. Photo of towy and kubina exit lock at the port

    Great image BillyBob. Evocative of the decaying fifties. I don't know the area, but I see a signal box and footbridge - possibly over a line to the transshipment shed? A single lamp in a tall lampost that surely must have given off precious little light, and the chap leaning on a fence post watching the boats go by - wonder what his thoughts were.
  12. "The largest movement of historic boats". Obviously never been to Braunston then.
  13. Old barges on tidal Trent

    Sounds like they've been buried completely then.
  14. Photo of towy and kubina exit lock at the port

    Seems to have been taken from the T.W. Will King collection, Dudley Public Library/Black Country Museum. Does T. W. Will King hold the copyright? Many images have been seen on this forum that have come from many sources, and sometimes there's a storm in a tea-cup over them - usually if someone is attempting to make money from them. Go look on Ebay, images for sale from all over the place. Nice to see the boats Ray, (and the family).
  15. Photo of towy and kubina exit lock at the port

    Check out the shed, and the bathroom. Back pocket?