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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 12th November, 2018)

Butts Basin

Butts Basin
Butts Basin, Leigh, from the Bridgewater Canal.

Photo: David Long  (Sony RX10)
Views: 2,660

Comment by: Mick on 12th November 2018 at 07:29

If my names was Adolf Hitler I would have bomb these canals, because if there wasnt barges moving it would have crippled the country, and flooded a lot of factory's in places like Burnley where the canal is raised up above the town.
And they wouldnt have had as many guns pointing up like in the citys, they would have only been defended by a few old dads army soldiers

Comment by: davidb on 12th November 2018 at 10:49

Well captured.

Comment by: Philip G. on 12th November 2018 at 12:16

Butts Basin - A lovely name, and easy reminder of the havens enjoyed by the old sailing ships.
And perhaps Mick isn't aware that Pte. Frazer had hit five consecutive 'bulls' on his way to securing victory for the Walmington-on-Sea platoon in last Saturday's episode ('Shooting Pains') of Dad's Army.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 12th November 2018 at 13:27

Photo looks like it was taken from a speeding boat.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 12th November 2018 at 13:33

It is surprising Mick if Old Adolf didnt know about canals, he knew of rivers & everything else. Perhaps it wasnt quite known that canals were watery roads for goods to be moved about the country.

It should also be remembered that many women took over the work of narrow boats & barges as the men joined the army. I have a book right beside me now...Idle Women..by Susan Woolfit, who was one of women who worked on the canals in the 2nd WW.

Lively photo David !

Comment by: Fred Mason on 12th November 2018 at 16:50

Very artistic wave action, David. Very interesting photo. Like it..!!

Comment by: Mick on 12th November 2018 at 17:20

Philip G, I saw Frazer hitting five bulls on Saturday night, but you have to remember this was only telly make believe unlike Wiganworld Photo a Day

Comment by: Peebee on 12th November 2018 at 17:36

Mick , sometimes you don't half talk a load of sh1tesometimes. You've been watching 'The Dambusters' film again haven't you?. ):

Comment by: Philip G. on 12th November 2018 at 22:00

I find your apparent grasp of the P-a-D canon to be a bit worrying. And how, perhaps, might you compliment/complement ('your choice') David's 'lovely' Photo - Bombs and controlled whimsey then disallowed.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th November 2018 at 22:31

Mortarmillbill - you're right, my boat was 'speeding' - travelling at the maximum speed for British canals - 4 mph. I think the Bridgewater is probably the only canal you can still travel at that speed - once I reached the Leeds and Liverpool I was producing broken wash at that speed, and had to slow down. The bottom is much closer to the top, thanks to the lack of dredging of the channels.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th November 2018 at 08:08

A bit of whimsey Philip would be Mick skimming along the top o't canal on his bike whistling the Dambuster's tune.....; ))

Comment by: Philip G. on 13th November 2018 at 14:31

You're probably right Veronica. And Mick really does seem to be a bit of a character - I'd like to meet him sometime.
Oh, a bit of stuff heading your way - posted it 1st Class this morning.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th November 2018 at 15:00

Oooooh loverly- just in time for painting Christmas cards. Only done 2 as of now!

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