Canal towpath shut more than a year

Update on the Lisson Grove towpath closure. Was closed for towpath works – quite common, this occurs every few years or so when maintenance work is conducted on the power cables that lie beneath the towpath. This was supposed to reopen in October 2014. Never did. The date was revised to July 2015. A new notice that month (shown below) […]

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This towpath shall never open!

Will it or won’t it? Lisson Grove towpath stays shut Nov 2015 The long, drawn, still ongoing saga of the Lisson Grove towpath is still with us. Canal & River Trust informed the world it would be open on October 27th. CRT’s blog informing Lisson Grove towpath would be finished by 27th Since then, nowt. Towpath remains shut. No sign […]

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Paddington’s depression?

No, Paddington Bear is certainly NOT going through a bad phase. This is about the real Paddington, that ‘depressing,’ ‘lifeless’ place developers such as Renzo Piano claim needs livening up. Fact #1 Paddington once had a lively town centre, with shops, cinemas, restuarants, and a famous theatre. Fact #2 The A40 Westway was sent right through the heart of Paddington. […]

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The duckweed war is lost!

Usually duckweed is seen on the canals during the middle of the summer season. This year its been the first for a very very long time duckweed has extended right into the end of the summer season, its now September and this is one of the thickest carpets of the green stuff so far known! It seems the reason is […]

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More from Little Venice….

Back in Little Venice during that latter part of this afternoon and I discover 1) more dogs with hats 2) its feeding time for the babe coots 3) a famous monument is a loo/storage facility 4) and it’s boats, flowers that wrap up the day! The monument commemorates Robert Browning however its unattractive despite being in a prominent part of […]

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Lee Navigation scenes

I recently took a walk along the Lee Navigation in North East London. This part river/part canal route extends from the Thames to Hertford, a distance of over 27 miles and opened to commercial craft in the 1770’s. Despite the day being wet, the rain cleared up in the late afternoon and a glorious sky made for some nice photo opportunities. Some may […]

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Paddington’s Fan-tastic Bridge on test

The Fan Bridge at Paddington Basin was on test late afternoon/early evening today (28th July) and could be seen raised to the fullest extent. Here’s an article from the Daily Telegraph discussing the proposed bridge a couple of months ago. The Fan bridge will operate on Fridays only at the same time as the nearby rolling bridge. Sadly these bridges […]

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Penguins on the Regent’s Canal!

Penguins can currently be seen by the Regent’s Canal! These cut-out penguins, apparently created by someone from the London Zoo, can be seen adjacent to the Primrose Hill bridge in Regent’s Park. I was a bit late on the scene because by the time I took pictures several of the penguins had run into the ground (fallen over! or pilfered?) […]

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