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  1. Not sure where to put this. Yesterday's "Flog It!" was a repeat from 2016. It was filmed in Northampton / Market Harborough. There was a fascinating 9 min segment about the canals and an interview with a wonderful lady who was but born, lived and worked on the canals. On iPlayer is it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b8lzz1/flog-it-series-15-reversions-episode-2 Or WeTransfer it is here (for 5 days): https://we.tl/t-WKtR5YTOSn The canal bit is from 23:00 to 32:00
  2. See Here's the link - Here's the links ... https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=On+The+Cut+BBC+Radio+series+Part
  3. Also the series Canals - The Making of a Nation S01E01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 is here: https://ulozto.net/hledej?type=videos&q=canals.the.making.of.a.nation
  4. There are some old films of canals and narrow boats on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=canals Also there are a host of old films for free viewing at the BFI ... https://player.bfi.org.uk/search/free?q=canals CJB
  5. If you Google search "The Narrow Boat Men" it appears that there might have been a DVD issued some years ago. Also it appears that this was ripped and pirated onto obscure torrent sites. Its not on Youtube. And the DVD is not on Amazon or eBay. My suggestion is to email the various specialist online shops dealing in canals. Chris B.
  6. Yesterday evening BBC Inside Out did a feature on the canal safety around Manchester. It was really interesting to see the lack of comments made by the Canal and River Trust and Manchester City Council. It was very disappointing to see the comments made by Peel Holding who REFUSED to implement ANY safety measures along the stretch of the Bridgewater Canal where Casper Blackburn died despite the inquest suggesting if safety measures such as CCTV, lighting etc were put into place that the death could have been prevented. Nick Pope (Charlie’s dad) is also interviewed discussing the campaign so it’s really worth watching. The link is below. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bhnkg0/inside-out-north-west-03092018 PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT https://www.change.org/p/13022175/u/23224105 ====
  7. 111 audio clips mostly 20th c. and all by & from locals' personal experience. http://canal.stroudvoices.co.uk/
  8. Remembrance Countryfile Countryfile marks Remembrance Sunday. Ellie Harrison finds out about the so-called 'Idle' women of the canals, who played a vital role in the Second World War. She also discovers how the great outdoors helps to heal servicemen and women. John Craven explores how wild plants became medicine during the Second World War. Plus Adam Henson visits a school where farming is helping to shape lives. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g8qn0 Idle Women (image) On the towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Stoke Bruerne, Ellie meets poet Heather Wastie and actress Kate Saffin - a dramatic duo who through their canal-side performances, keep alive the memory of the ‘Idle Women’. These female volunteers answered a Government advert and stepped up to ‘man’ the barges. Named after the IW on their Inland Waterways badges, these women were anything but idle, Ellie learns how they operated the hefty locks as well as loading and unloading hundreds of tons of vital supplies. Find out more about the 'Idle Women https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/blogs/heritage-team/idle-women-the-land-girls-of-the-waterways ====
  9. Sorry about the inaccurate bio. details for some of the informants. Perhaps these links are better: BBC TV Series (1969–1977) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2337731/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_1 This has bios. of the main cast members. Then there are these links ... * Leslie Morton: "Leslie Morton was born in Birkenhead in 1896. When aged 13, he served as an apprentice on a square rigger, the Beeswing, in which capacity he had sailed six times round Cape Horn . By the time of the First World War he had moved to modern ocean liners, and was an able seaman on the Lusitania on that critical day of May 7, 1915, when it was sunk by torpedo off Ireland." (more in the following link): Towpath Talk - June 2015 Published on Jun 2, 2015 https://issuu.com/mortons-digital/docs/towjun15-issuu/67 This document is not downloadable, to read it use the zoom feature. * Sam Lomas: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-legend-of-the-canals-sam-lomas-the-toll-clerk-at-autherley-junction-33991816.html http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-legend-of-the-canals-sam-lomas-the-toll-clerk-at-autherley-junction-34041433.html * Portrait of Rosie and Joe Skinner: https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/rose-and-joe-skinner-the-last-of-the-midlands-narrow-boat-folk-55246 * 'Chocolate Charlie' (Charlie Atkins): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-15006888 ====
  10. The source tapes of clips used in Yesterday's Witness - The Narrowboat Men can be downloaded from: WAV format = 1.80GB https://wetransfer.com/downloads/10cae746dc28090344c7c20e06c6573220171017143420/0c88976cb3c88437dfed799f3cf42a3420171017143420/7b4b50 MP3 format = 329MB https://wetransfer.com/downloads/ef4b43a066f163b569f8a83e359f1e3720171016134221/031d174e143e593f179fe448bd243e0e20171016134221/3db15a
  11. Narrow Boats: Voices, Sound & Songs Of The Canals https://www.discogs.com/Various-David-Blagrove-Desmond-Briscoe-Narrow-Boats-Voices-Sound-Songs-Of-The-Canals/release/8809358 Tracklist A1 A Hard Working Boatman A2 The Working Boatman's Way A3 Poor Old Horse A4 The Bolinder Song A5 Maggie May A6 Our Waterways A7 Keep Your Hands Off A8 Willow Wren Bride A9 Keep Your Hands Off B1 The Working Boatman's Way B2 Hawkesbury Junction B3 Hawkesbury Junction B4 Hawkesbury Junction B5 Two Lovely Black Eyes B6 Blisworth Tunnel B7 Cock Of The North B8 Step Dance B9 Keep Your Hands Off B10 Keep Your Hands Off B11 Blisworth Tunnel B12 Keep Your Hands Off B13 Our Waterways B14 Our Waterways Notes Recordings from the BBC Archives
  12. The sound track to the film Yesterday's Witness (1969–1977) - The Narrow Boat Men - aired 14 April 1969 - has been found. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6364830/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_1 Briefly the files are here: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/10cae746dc28090344c7c20e06c6573220171017143420/0c88976cb3c88437dfed799f3cf42a3420171017143420/7b4b50 Featured are: * Joe & Rosie Skinner Owner/boatmen, known as “Number Ones”. The Skinners lived in a cottage on the banks of the canal near Coventry. They were the last of the so-called “Number Ones”, owner/boatmen who carried whatever and wherever they could find a load. The Skinners had a contract to to carry coal from the Ashby canal to the Co-operative Laundry in Banbury on their boat 'Friendship'. They gave up in the mid-1960s when, owing to the poor state of the towpath, their mule 'Dolly' slipped into the canal, caught a chill and died. Joe died in the early 1970s and Rosie a few years later. The wooden boat 'Friendship' in now an exhibit at the Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port.. * Joe Green, boatman One of the many Greens on the waterways. Based at Birmingham. * Ike Merchant, boatman Based at Braunston, a famous canal centre near Rugby. * Jack James. Boatman and lock-keeper. Lived in a cottage at the top lock in the village of Stoke Bruerne, near Northampton. Often seen dressed in traditional costume, playing his accordion and singing traditional songs. His son, John, an artist, owned the narrow boat 'Jason' with which he ran the zoo waterbus service in Regent's Park for many years. * Charlie Atkins. Boatman. For 16 years, carried chocolate crumb from the Cadbury's factory at Knighton to Bournville in his boat 'Mendip', much to the delight of children along the way. Known to all as “Chocolate Charlie”, died in the late 1970s. * Sam Lomas. Lock keeper. Lived at Autherley Junction on the Shropshire Union canal. Had a fund of stories with which he regaled passing pleasure boaters in the early days. Died in the 1970s. * Jack Roberts, Lock-keeper In charge of the staircase flight at Grindley Brook on the Llangollen branch, then, as now, a bottleneck on the canal. * Leslie Morton, Canal Manager. After a time at sea, he was Manager of the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company (GUCCC) set up in the mid-1930s to take advantage of the recently-merged Grand Union Canal Company and the wide locks between London and Birmingham. The GUCCC built and operated over 200 pairs of boats. Morton left after nationalisation, but in the late 1950s, he set up the Willow-Wren carrying company with capital provided by Captain Vivian Bulkley-Johnson, a canal enthusiast and early Inland Waterways Association member. Shortly after this interview, Willow-Wren folded. Morton, too, died in the 1970s ====
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