A blog, an old boat…

I see this blog both as a storage box containing a collection of playful, inventive strategies for exploring a personal response to an old boat and themes relating to the Water Road; and a dynamic means of sharing and savouring just a few of the things I’d like to hold on to as we rush headlong into the 21st century.

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My idea of boat includes not just the specificity of an actual old iron boat but also the symbolism of boat as a vessel for ideas or as a means of keeping afloat.

In fact I see the boat as a place, the genius loci, where I describe a journey of exploration into better understanding and appreciating the world around me. A space for making creative, imaginative, even playful connections between a personal involvement in a piece of industrial heritage (ie. the physical renovation of the boat) and different disciplines such as industrial, social and natural history.

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I tend to use the word boat rather than the more specific narrowboat or barge when I write because of its wider cultural associations and idioms: ‘slow boat to China’ / lifeboat / ‘all in the same boat’ / pleasure boat / ‘missing the boat’ / sustainable transport / ‘rock the boat’ or ‘pushing the boat out’

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