.. Well, not an actual canal trip, but the next best thing.
As part of their “BBC Four goes slow” season, the BBC was showing unique type of programme, best described by their press release …..
A two-hour, real-time canal boat journey down one of Britain’s most historic waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal, from Top Lock in Bath to the Dundas Aqueduct. Using an uninterrupted single shot, the film is a rich and absorbing antidote to the frenetic pace and white noise of modern life.
Taking in the images and sounds of the British countryside, underpinned by the natural soundscape of water lapping, surrounding birdsong and the noise of the chugging engine, this is a chance to spot wildlife and glimpse life on the towpath while being lulled by the comforting rhythm of a bygone era.
Along the journey, graphics and archive stills embedded into the passing landscape deliver salient facts about the canal and its social history.
I guess this programme has significant personal interest as it was filmed on a stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal between Bath City Centre, and close to the Wiltshire county border at Dudas, near Limpley Stoke. Stunning scenery and landscapes, and this programme was different in having no commentary, just the actual real life soundtrack. It’s also quite nice that you can recognise the progress of the journey, outward from Bath, past The George pub at Bathampton, and along the Avon Valley past Claverton.
Home Sweet Home.
I’m not sure how long the programme will be available on BBC iPlayer, but the link is here
You know some things can come back to haunt you … and Music is especially good at doing that.
I happened to be in Central London on Sunday when several city landmarks paid their own tribute to the victims of the Paris massacre. Vigils had already been held in London and around the world following the deaths of 17 police and civilians in the French capital following the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine on Wednesday 7th.
In a tribute that coincided with the rallies across France, London landmarks including Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square displayed the colours of the French Tricolore national flag.
From a photographic point of view, London’s inclement weather actually provided a nice effect with the projection being picked up by the raindrops, so I had to take the opportunity to capture some photographs ….
You can’t doubt that the the internet has brought benefit and much more power to everyday life over the last ten years or so of it’s existence.
I’ve been meaning to visit the Tower of London for weeks to visit this outstanding sight.
Having spent a fair portion of my life in and around Bristol, I still have a great fondness for the city.
The National Gardens Scheme opens thousands of gardens throughout England & Wales to raise money for nursing and caring charities. Most of the gardens are private and are not normally open to visitors.
It’s that time of the year again, the longest day of the year brings the spiritual event of ‘The Summer Solstice’.
Growing up in Wiltshire this event has always had a local relevance, what with the hallowed turf of Stonehenge being an international Mecca for this yearly event.
In the back garden at my Mum’s is a blackbird’s nest.
It is also a frequent attraction to the local cats of the neighbourhood.
This results in this happening …
…. and the volume hasn’t been tampered with, it is that loud !!
This recently happened at 4am.
Young blackbirds, please grow up and leave the nest soon !!!