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    I hope you were wearing your buoyancy aid while...

    I hope you were wearing your buoyancy aid while standing next to that river! You can never be too careful! SMnono

    Ein guter Bericht, der mich lachen gelassen hat! :D
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    Nice blog of a nice trip! The title leapt out at...

    Nice blog of a nice trip! The title leapt out at me straight away, inspiring a little ode (ok, an adaptation of an existing little ode!):

    We're not real Rock Hoppers,
    But we're real Rockhopper's...
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    Hi Daz I'll happily join you on a litter-pick,...

    Hi Daz

    I'll happily join you on a litter-pick, if it's on a day that I am around. Many of my hundreds of pootles up and down the river between Eckington and Nafford have turned into litter-picks;...
  4. Lovely blog of the pike-fishing and a great...

    Lovely blog of the pike-fishing and a great little twist at the end with the report of Bonarjr going off to Uni. Our eldest grandson goes to Cardiff tomorrow, which makes us feel oh so old! Don't...
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    Welcome back, Pierre! You'd been gone too long!...

    Welcome back, Pierre! You'd been gone too long! ;)

    Nice story, proving - possibly - that everything comes to him who waits!
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    Having read the title, it was with some...

    Having read the title, it was with some apprehension that I started reading this thread, for fear that my delicate sensibilities might be damaged. However, my concerns were unfounded, and I was...
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    Wow! A proper paddle on a proper winter's day! ...

    Wow! A proper paddle on a proper winter's day! That looks to have been a great day: thanks for sharing it with us! ;)
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    Having had a quick look at it on Google Earth, it...

    Having had a quick look at it on Google Earth, it looks quite interesting. I've also driven over and past bits of it in Alcester, Arrow and glimpsed it from various roads. Are you thinking of...
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    Thanks, Mal. I know how it must feel! SMverysad

    Thanks, Mal. I know how it must feel! SMverysad
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    Nice blog! Is the tunnel permanently and...

    Nice blog! Is the tunnel permanently and irrevocably closed?

    Playing about is a great way to learn! The people who originally devised and gave names to all the fancy strokes most probably...
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    Many thanks for both of your posts! ;) I...

    Many thanks for both of your posts! ;)

    I feared you might be throwing me in the glasshouse for going AWOL, so it's a relief to get a welcome back! :D
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    Hi Daz! I would most certainly be up for a...

    Hi Daz! I would most certainly be up for a paddle! Just let me know when, and we'll sort something out!
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    Thanks, BA! At last, something to support the...

    Thanks, BA! At last, something to support the contention that my parenting skills weren't all bad! ;)



    thanks, BMJ. Dottie contributes very little to the forward motion of the boat, but she...
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    You been on the G&T, G&T? Those ravenous...

    You been on the G&T, G&T? Those ravenous unhazardous sheep are cows! :D

    (Mind you, I thought they were big sheep when I first saw them!)
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    To answer your points in order: Thanks! Please...

    To answer your points in order: Thanks! Please do - you'll be very welcome! No, not yet; they have that joy to come! ;)
    I have also warned daughter that she might wake up one morning to find...
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    Jealous? Me?

    This is my first blog for a long, long time, and my first attempt at posting photos from Flickr It's taken me an inordinately long time to work out how the heck to do it! I was gutted to learn that...
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    Great blog of what I consider to be the best...

    Great blog of what I consider to be the best river trip in the UK! Your tale brought back many good memories, so thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
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    Just had another email purporting to be from BT,...

    Just had another email purporting to be from BT, but confirmed by the real BT to be a scam, telling me that my online bill is ready to view. All I have to do is click on the link to access the bill....
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    Replied to reply! ;)

    Replied to reply! ;)
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    PM sent! ;)

    PM sent! ;)
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    Nice blog! I'm glad to see I was 'there' in ale,...

    Nice blog! I'm glad to see I was 'there' in ale, if in neither spirit nor body. I do envy the hair-do of the eponymous penguins, though!
  22. The hardest lock portages I've come across are at...

    The hardest lock portages I've come across are at Pershore itself and at Strensham. At Pershore, there is now what I have heard described as a canoe shoot/chute at the end of a recently built lagoon...
  23. I loved my two holidays in Bavaria........ ...

    I loved my two holidays in Bavaria........







    ...... but on both occasions I took a canoe with me! ;)
  24. What a shockingly negative and cynical point of...

    What a shockingly negative and cynical point of view! I hope I live in a society in which such an attitude is shared by the minority, not the majority!
  25. And, as we all know, nothing unfortunate or...

    And, as we all know, nothing unfortunate or untoward EVER happens to healthy, midde-aged men! I am arguably beyond middle age, now, and possibly even healthy, but I would have been both grateful and...
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