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Spon Lane Junction Canal bridge and M6 Motorway
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Quote of the day No 261

Saturday 19 April 2014

Cycling ahead to prepare the locks is a rite of long standing. Usually conducted by the younger members of a crew, the practice is known as ‘lock wheeling’. The term also embraces those who slog on by foot, urged on by the concomitant noise of the boat as it devours the locks just behind. In these conditions the word ‘pound’, denoting any stretch of water between locks, takes on a meaningful ring. Ironically a long pound causes no trouble for here no-one bothers to wheel. It is a succession of short pounds which catalyse exhaustion and mutiny.

The waterway vocabulary is a distinct one. Thus the canal is almost always ‘the cut’. Marsworth, the magnificent reservoirs of which we had passed in the early morning, is known, for some reason, as ‘Maffers’. Port and starboard are never referred to, just ‘left’ and ‘right’, while ‘back’ and ‘front’ are also in common usage. There is a strict etiquette too. Because the canal life is of necessity somewhat public, it is an un-written law never to stare into a cabin. The boat people must not be openly regarded as oddities, nor are they ‘bargees’. They live on ‘boats’ (a barge is twice as wide).

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