Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dangerous Shiny

I stole the title from blogapotamus rex, who has a very interesting list of shiny things which exert a dangerous fascination for her. I've been thinking about replacing my old Peugeot for ages and here's the likely contender:

I dragged the family to Stony Stratford for a test drive. I admire the calm the sales staff exhibited as my children spent a good hour playing in their shiny new cars while Cathy and I each had a test drive. It's amazing how the mind goes strangely blank about figures when you're thinking how neat it would be to be driving this on a summer's day with the top down....

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mini Pedo

We spent Sunday afternoon in London. Not just London but the City of London. We were participants in the Pedo. To explain: Every year the UHULMC arranges two treasure hunts in the City. One of them, the Miglia Quadrato takes place on the second weekend in May, beginning at midnight on the Saturday and ending at 6:00 on Sunday morning. This is a car treasure hunt confined to the square mile. In October, the Pedo is a similar event but competitors take part on foot. Clues are cryptic and can only be solved by finding some permanent inscription on a building or other part of the cityscape. The Mini Pedo is a subset of the Pedo, designed for families and the less fit among us.

We completed four of the six sections before we had to retire due to a combination of tiredness and running out of clean trousers for tiny boys. We'll be back next year with more clean clothes and stronger legs! Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 13, 2006

World Heritage Site

So, the Pontcysyllte aqueduct is set to become a world heritage site. This is ironic when you consider the fact that it is a very popular but relatively isolated part of over 2000 miles of our canal system, now under threat. British Waterways announced 180 job losses among the staff who maintain the network
due to a problem with farm subsidies in DEFRA. A problem not of BW's making which prompted the government to announce a cut in BW's grant partway through the current budget year. Write to your MP! I'm joining the Inland Waterways Association.

The world heritage announcement resulted in a conversation with my colleague Carl about the aqueduct which sent me to my photo archive when I reached home. I crossed the aqueduct in 2003, I think, so there should be physical photos in the box in the loft. I'll post them when I find them. One day I'll get around to scanning them in...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Banbury Canal Day

Banbury had a special canal day today. A festival at Castle Wharf in the centre of Banbury. Lots of boats, market stalls and entertainment for the children. We went to the museum in Banbury as well. The museum has some great interactive displays about the canal and life in Victorian England. The children learned about schoolchildren in the 19th century. We had a chance to wander up and down the towpath in the centre of Banbury, looking at the boats, both private and historic. We saw Scorpio, an ex-BWB motor:

I found more pictures on Flickr of Scorpio at the 2005 Braunston Historic Boat Rally taken by Robert Silverwood.

At the end of the Canal Day, there was a procession which for me brought up slightly sinister associations:
Don't get in the wicker boat, whatever they say!