We couldn’t find Ankara railway station but we were in it!

16th November 2017 – Ankara to Kars on the Dogu Express. Well its five years since we were last here in Ankara and embarrassingly that means its five years since my last blog post but as this is a a trip to remember…… The story so far – this is an epic birthday treat travelling…

Banks!

Well this isn’t boat related but it may save someone a few pounds, so let me mention my banking experience today. First Natwest, with whom I have held a business account for 10 years who have just told me.  “Sorry we can’t send that because we do not have your address on file.”  What?  After…

A day in the snow

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd March 2010 A quick holiday report but not canal related – sorry. The only link I can think of is snow, as for the last 4 days I have been in and around the Austrian and German Alps, while the UK is recovering from the most snowy winter in memory….

Standing Room only – Oasis and Kasabian at Wembley on Sunday

Tenuous Canal Link – we are moored at Uxbridge, which has easy tube access to Wembley Park station and is one of our favourite moorings. Blatant Non Canal bit: I think I have known the words to Wonderwall for 15 years but never imagined singing it to Oasis – along with something like 80,000 others who also…

20p piece sold for £31 on ebay

The Royal Mint has made 200,000 20p coins without a date and a coin dealer has set up a very generous offer whereby the first 25,000 people to register online will be able to sell these coins for a profitable £50.00 . Their special website, www.undated20p.com, today says the first 10,000 places have gone with a further 15,000 places…

Herb garden

On impulse I have just spent £9.99 at Homebase on a ready to use herb garden.  Six well established varieties planted in a rustic box – at a price which compares favourably with buying a few packets at the supermarket.  Well done Homebase – if you are lucky they may have a few left.

Wishbone Ash – Kidlington

Oh no – not another non canal post! I’ll keep it quick then. By total coincidence I decided yesterday to check the spring tour dates for Wishbone Ash – a few years ago I used to go to up to ten gigs per year, including following them to Europe, so I guess I could have been…

Holiday report – no canals this time!

What an anticlimax coming home to lashing rain and colder temperatures this morning than we had in a week of travelling through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Looking outside at the rain I can’t get inspired to write anything about canals today so here’s a few jottings about our holiday instead.  Personally I can’t see the attraction…

Wifi in Finland and Estonia

Changing the subject from life on board slightly, this week I have been on holiday.  Not quite as exciting as our last trip to Moldova and Ukraine, but still off the beaten tourist track.  We flew last week to Riga, capital of Latvia, travelled overland to Tallin in Estonia and flew back yesterday from Helsinki,…

Snow Patrol concert, Manchester MEN Arena

Saturday night, 7th March 2009 – Manchester Evening News Arena – Snow Patrol Seeing Snow Patrol was actually the reason for this trip to Manchester.  I would hazard a guess that I was the only member of the audience who had made a 7 day round trip – and it was certainly worth the effort. Every time…