Browning never dreamt up ‘Little Venice’

The Robert Browning/Little Venice thingy is a myth that’s been too long perpetuated. Any poet needing credit it should be Lord Byron but that was only the word ‘Venice’ for the canals in London’s W2 and W9. Anyone (inc Canal & River Trust) who claim Browning coined the name Little Venice are just so wrong. Its what these days one […]

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Canal updates – Little Venice/Paddington/Lisson Grove

The following is from the local politicians on issues related to the canal. Little Venice Canal area  We have asked the Canal & River Trust to investigate this issue; “What has happened to Little Venice Canal at Paddington Basin? Even the ducks have abandoned the green slime that has engulfed the entire basin. Can we please have a longer term […]

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Is Little Venice on the Grand Union Canal?

Canal & River Trust’s banner strung on the nothern side of the famous Little Venice pool proclaims: So Little Venice happens to be on the ‘Grand Union Canal’ only? The Regent’s isnt even mentioned! Let’s consider some facts. One: Little Venice would have never existed if the Regent’s Canal had not been built. Why’s that? The famous stretch of wide […]

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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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Escargot & Moonstone

Two unusual boats by the name of Escargot and Moonstone! The first is a pedal powered cruiser. The style of hull, being square shaped, clearly shows it is a different kind of boat! I saw it on the approach to Little Venice the other day. Some other boaters tell me it has been through at least once so perhaps it […]

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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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Coot survivor

A few weeks ago I blogged on the Canalway Cavalcade, with pics of the two baby coots on the rear of Dutch barge Zonnestraal. See Chicks, dogs & paddle boarders at Little Venice & More from Little Venice…. Sadly it seems one of the baby coots has been lost. Perhaps it fell into the water. Or vandals even – an all too […]

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Paddington Bears by the canal

The Paddington Bears by the canal in…. Paddington, London, W2! All of them! There are quite a number of Paddington Bears around Paddington to commemorate the new Paddington Bear film starring Hugh Bonneville. This features all of the Paddington Bears to be found in Paddington, W2, with a particular focus on those that are sited by Paddington Basin/Grand Union/Regent’s Canal. […]

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