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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Relief for pressurised Regent’s Canal towpath?

Today (2nd Sept) a leaflet dropped through the letter box. It details plans for a East-West cycle superhighway. Clearly this could provide some partial relief for the oversubscribed Regent’s Canal towpath route when one considers this along with the Barking to Tower Gateway route. The two routes combined would provide a through cycle route from Barking to Little Venice and […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 3

Did a City of Westminster councillor fail the city in its duties? I decided to add this interim installment to this investigation of the towpath situation between Little Venice and Lisson Grove as I think it lends an important aspect to the failures in providing proper access and good signage for disabled people who wish to use the canal towpaths […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 2

We begin this section with a quote from London Canals’ 2006 report: Why is there a problem at Maida Hill & Lisson Grove? “Until the 1980’s there never used to be such major restrictons pertaining to the towpath in question. British Waterways’ proposals for a major waterborne light and sound show in 1989 meant that large numbers of boats moored […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’

The subject of this 1st blog post is towpath accessibility – which seems appropriate as my life now focuses on disability rights & access. This issue of accessibility along the ‘substituted towpath’ section between Little Venice and Lisson Grove etc has been discussed in the past and was in fact the subject of a survey conducted by London Canals in […]

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Regent’s Canal intro & Little Venice – Maida Hill

The Regents Canal Following on the success of the Grand Union’s Paddington Branch, the Regents was opened to exploit the potentialities offered by water transport. It was designed by John Nash and named after the Prince Regent of the time. The canal was planned as part of a substantial new developoment around Marylebone, that included Regents Park. The course of […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill/Lisson Grove access paths

Maida Hill has no towpath so one has to walk over the top of the tunnel via Edgware Road, then walk along Aberdeen Place towards the junction with Cunningham Place, where a side passage between a block of flats and a electricity substation leads to the top of the eastern portal of the tunnel. Here can be found an information […]

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