A blog is perhaps best seen as a storage box, 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.

It’s defining space for exploring the creative, imaginative, even playful connections between a personal involvement with a piece of industrial heritage (ie. the physical renovation of the boat) and different disciplines of industrial, social and natural history; psychogeography, documentary and story telling.

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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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They’re grand things are boats!

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