July 14th, 2005

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As a Dodo - as in 'dead as'

The summer cruise is officially cancelled. We may take a short autumn cruise, beginning at the end of August, it will all depend, we're taking things one day at a time

One good thing (well several to be fair) to come out of the few days bed rest. I discovered the following:

* I found a two-day intensive Tai Chi course at the local health centre (I've been looking for an intensive course to refresh the rusty skills for a couple of years). It's in mid-August and fits nicely with MWNN's plans to meet a group of former students at the end of July.

* Enforced idleness was productive on the writing front. Despite the absent Muse, I was able to finish the next chapter (and have material over for the following one) which is out for beta-ing. (Someone should put up the grammatical rules for that word, I'm never sure of some of its forms.)

* Gilbert and Sullivan at The Proms on Saturday. I thought it was going to be Yeoman of the Guard (my favourite), but that's relegated to the Overture (certainly the finest one) only. It's the gay pirate thingy - not to be missed.

* calove has put up the first three parts of a series set on Parliament Hill. This spot holds many memories for me, some good, some not, because I taught for a number of years at the girls' school which lies at the bottom of the hill on the Camden side. Go read - this is an example of stunningly fine writing.

PS - thanks to everyone who responded to the last entry, I'll try to reply when we get back from the dog walk.
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If you don't like boats - don't buy a flat here

So said the sign beside one of the largest hire-fleet builders on the Grand Union Canal, that we used to pass each summer on our way to the Thames and the Oxford Ring. It was a sentiment with which we heartily agreed and it came to mind as I watched a BBC documentary charting a dispute between boat dwellers and flat dwellers. The dispute became so heated that a public inquiry was convened.

The documentary was a perfect piece of scheduling coming so soon after the Less We Forget day in London. Flat dwellers were not united in their campaign and could raise only 120 signatures to their petition. Patrick Stewart, who owns a flat there, spoke eloquently about the diversity that makes London such a great city; widely differing life styles and culture living beside one another - it has been this way for generations. The bargees gathered over 1600 signatures as they opened their homes to the public to show that they weren't aliens from outer space but ordinary people who chose to live on the water rather than beside it.

And the outcome of the inquiry - firmly granting planning permission for the moorings. The barge dwellers may be different, and the overall look of the mooring may be unexpected, said the report, but they are not unreasonable.

If you want a clear view of a stretch of water from your home, buy one on the seashore, or lakeside. Even then there's no guarantee your view won't be spoiled by ships and other nautical craft. Better still, buy a house with a garden and dig a pond.
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