Vlog 101: Straight Cut

An episode in which I spot an escaped cow, a swan hinders my progress and I send a hireboater to their doom.

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  1. I believe those single “lock style” gates have a particular use, from the past. Going south from Birmingham we saw quite a few of them and then saw a board explaining their use.

    I could be remembering it wrong but as I recall they were from long ago. The way they worked was to close the gate and allow the water to build up on one side of the gate, then open them to allow a boat to float along with the flood of water heading down the canal.

    An early way to help boats move along the canal with a little less effort. There’s quite a few of them on that part of the Worcester and Birmingham. All very old and disused.

    I’m going on memory from a few months ago, I did a little googling and couldn’t find anything about them so could be wrong though!

    • Sounds a little odd, inasmuch as soon as you let any water start building up against a lock gate, it’s pretty much impossible to open it due to the pressure … you could open the paddles I suppose. Either would be terribly bad practice in terms of water conservation. Intriguing!

  2. Always look forward to your vlogs. They are practical and immensely funny . Do you get troubled by midges or mosquitoes on the canals ?

    • Thank you. You do get some insects, flies etc buzzing around but they’re not hugely troublesome apart from the odd spot where they congregate and get in your face (often in locks!)

    • We live in Malibu, California. I do have family in Tring and Nottingham, Worksop and Yorkshire but, I have never heard of a “MIDGES”. What is it, please. Just found this Guys Vlog and Youtube info.Take care guys. Yes, he is very funny and smart. I bet he was a great Journalist!

  3. Another great video. I think that swan was looking for trouble; another feathered ruffian.

  4. Roberta Stanger

    I so much enjoy all off your vlogs. Always look forward to the next one. California Girl

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