Defending our Waterways

April 22, 2019

A lovely Bank Holiday Monday here in Abingdon. Our waterways are secure, or are they?.
Defending our waterways
People may sometimes wonder whether noticeboards at Abingdon Lock are put there for amusement or safety.
Defending our waterways
In this case it was amusing but important safety information. The Captain of Le Boat from Benson hit a shoal (sediment bank), and needed help to reverse to get back into the navigation channel.
Defending our waterways
After last weekend’s  WWII re-enactment event a new board has appeared at Abingdon Lock, about the Upper Thames Patrol – Defending the River against the Threat of Invasion.
Defending our waterways
The biggest danger to our waterways is the lack of funding to the environment agency. They do not have enough resources to keep our waterways safe for casual boaters.

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  • 1. Janet  |  April 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Happy St Georges Day everyone.As usual the presenters on TV are not mentioning the fact. They wear a daffodil, thistle and shamrock to celebate other days but not the day of the patron saint of England. We are not allowed to celebrate anything English. Why is England the only one not allowed to do this? Do we try to be too PC?

  • 2. Spike S  |  April 23, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Going the wrong side of the red ‘floaty things’ reminds me of Rick Jolly’s book on personnel reports in the Services. One entry in particular springs to mind:
    “The only time this Navigator knows where he is going is shortly after taking a laxative.”

  • 3. Graham S  |  April 23, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Well the presenters on the radio five breakfast show certainly mentioned St Georges day at seven this morning and Nicky Campbell was celebrating a few English achievements. Also have you been to the Google home page today?

  • 4. Deedee  |  April 23, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Janet re the subject of P C, I’m fortunate enough to be in Brazil at present and went to mass here on Easter Sunday, Brazil is deeply catholic and they’re so protective of their faith, after our guide spoke passionately ( and that’s putting it politely) how last year “fundamentalist “ have burned down over 250 churches, she then went on to rant about the killings in N Z too, but most surprising was she blamed the burning down of Notre Dame and the carnage in Columbia on the same fundamentals ! Apparently social media here is full of it?
    Either way we wouldn’t get away with saying that in England, would we ?

  • 5. Hester  |  April 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t think anyone would complain about a priest in the UK speaking out about people who were known to have burnt down churches or mosques, or slaughtered people. I am sure many did on Sunday. However people spreading totally unfounded rumours on social media is a different matter – it’s nothing to do with whether it is PC or not, it is a question of not pedalling lies and I would certainly hope that no priest joined in that.

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