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Andrew Denny
Burton-upon-Trent
Journalist & blogger on the waterways. News editor of Waterways World.
Interests: Opinions my own, and no-one else's, except where stated.
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What is it about grandmothers and buttons? Grandma’s Briefs is a lovely blog from America, from a self-described “long-distance grandma navigating the waters of grandparenting”. Yesterday she wrote a piece called ‘Granny’s Buttons’, in which she described the two tins... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Granny Buttons
Ouch, point taken!
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2012 on Liquid history in DC at Granny Buttons
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Seyyed, This is my pleasure. I can send you hi-resolution images if you wish.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2012 on Die, floating pennywort, die! at Granny Buttons
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"The Thames is liquid history", wrote some bloke I can't be bothered to google. When it comes to old waterways stories, we Brits tend to think we have the market cornered. Maybe, we think, just across the English Channel, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at Granny Buttons
Thanks, Peggy. So far no one's got angry with me on the post! But I get so irritated with filling station flowers wrapped in plastic. It's partly the plastic, partly the cheap sentiment and lack of commitment. I think it's charming that there's a tree or a hardy perennial or a bunch of snowdrops or something. I did like the fact that that particular family had made the effort to cut the grass, but I doubt they'll keep it up. Actually, if it happened to me, I wouldn't want to be remembered at the location where I died, but where I lived. Andrew
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Several weeks ago a young man was knocked off his scooter and killed on the busy A38 dual carriageway, opposite the entrance to Streethay Wharf boatyard. Another dark day, another sad death, another bleak statistic. I was (fortunately) late to... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Granny Buttons
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I'm sitting at my home desk, enjoying tea from a mug branded 'IWA Ware Boat Festival 2007'. It's not mine; I stole it. Well, I 'salvaged' it. And I've always felt a little bit guilty about this. The last time... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Granny Buttons
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Over the last month, boats have been travelling to London for the upcoming Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Three weeks ago I was enjoying a relaxed Sunday morning inside Granny Buttons at Streethay when a whistle tooted very loudly as a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Granny Buttons
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American author Jim Ainsworth has written a charming piece on his blog, entitled Granny's Buttons. He records how his wife retained his mother's old spare button bags after she died: My wife Jan spent a great deal of time caring... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Granny Buttons
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Dismay! I learned yesterday that Granny hasn't been accepted for a place on the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant , the 1,000-craft procession down the river on 3rd June 2012. I was quick off the mark to apply, six months ago.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Granny Buttons
Granny has begun a week's tour of the Four Counties Ring, setting off from Burton-upon-Trent today, and returning next year. (Sven Latham has an excellent account of the Four Counties Ring from a week's trip he did back in 2007).... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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Did you ever see my photo of Canada geese at Windmill End, south of the Netherton Tunnel? I took it in a cold, rainy dusk at the end of 2006, counting up to 18 birds, and at the time I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Granny Buttons
Neil, I've not been up there for a couple of years, but I don't remember it being in operation when I went up. I've been looking forward for a long time to using sideponds myself.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2011 on Max Sinclair completes the dream at Granny Buttons
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I've been running back in my mind through the special things that have happened this year. One of my favourites is accompanying Max Sinclair and his family up the newly reopened Droitwich Junction Canal on September 3rd, two months after... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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Teddington Lock in winter dusk, on 30th December 2008. Monty Python fans make pilgrimages from around the world to this site, to honour the location of the legendary Fish Slapping Dance: Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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After I wrote about Remembrance Day, I was driven to thinking of A Farewell To Arms, the Elizabethan poem by George Peele (not the Hemingway novel which used its title.) Where Remembrance Day is about the 'glorious dead' (and is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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I call it 'celebration creep'. It's the tendency for public holidays and ceremonies to grow and grow and grow in duration. Les Dawson once remarked that he knew it was Christmas because the shops were full of Easter eggs. I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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For several years, one of the most practically useful of all canal blogs has been Neil Corbett's Herbie. He has not just kept a cruising log or diary, although it's one of the best of its type. He has frequently... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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I was reminded of the power of blogs last weekend when I took a daytrip from Horninglow up to Mercia Marina and back. I'd just gone for a pumpout and a quick shop at Mercia Marina. On the way back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Granny Buttons
Andrew says: "Good doggy, thank you for the wood, but Granny does have a diesel heater!"
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2011 on Mad dogs and English canals at Granny Buttons
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When I posted a picture of a dog confronting a canal swan yesterday, as my suggestion for an official mascot of the new Murray Popoff was quick to suggest an alternative: No!!!! You had a photo of a "Crazy" looking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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British Waterways is to be superseded by the more-encompassing 'Canal and River Trust' next April. And along with the announcement of the name change came the launch of a new logo. It's actually a clever revisioning of the old logo,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Granny Buttons
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Headed down the BCN main line to the Black Country Boat Festival last weekend, I was delighted to catch a really vivid rainbow in the few minutes during (and after) a brief shower in between bright spells. You don't 'chase'... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Granny Buttons
Patsy, I like to say the English canals are 'ethnic', in the sense that they have a unique and distinctive culture. Boats are readily available for hire all the year round, although the hire season only comes into its own from Easter to late September. Best to hire (if you can) when school children aren't on holiday, as it will be a little quieter then. As to where to hire from, well perhaps the Midland narrow canals are a good start.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2011 on Night at Windmill End at Granny Buttons
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Apologies, Dawn. Yes, it's not technically a 'workboat' (I don't know why I called it that). It *is* old, though! I saw it was Darley when I arrived, but after a night of wandering I forgot, saw it adjacent to Malus, and assumed it was Atlas.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2011 on Night at Windmill End at Granny Buttons
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