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(BBC)   Leeds - Liverpool canal closed due to drought conditions. Zeppelin flights and stagecoach routes unaffected   (bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2010-08-02 10:14:19 AM  
Dammit, I was going to use my rocket powered supersonic boat this week. The steampunk genre can't get a break.
 
2010-08-02 10:16:37 AM  
At least I still have my velocipede
 
2010-08-02 10:16:40 AM  
Maybe BP could fill it up with unused oil.
 
2010-08-02 10:16:54 AM  
When was the last time Liverpool won the First Division?
When was the last time Leeds won the First Division?

Man, I loved tormenting my flatmate with that tidbit.
 
2010-08-02 10:21:44 AM  
But...but...the 2:32 autogyro service is still running, right?
 
2010-08-02 10:28:58 AM  

schief2: But...but...the 2:32 autogyro service is still running, right?



This book must be out-of-date. I can't find Prussia, Siam, OR Autogyro.
 
2010-08-02 10:29:37 AM  
Neither an amusing article nor headline.
 
2010-08-02 10:30:33 AM  
No problem - take the canal as far as it goes then transfer to the Thames line then when you reach Aldgate East do a lateral shunt to Shadwell avoiding Marble Arch and straight on the Mornington crescent
 
2010-08-02 10:35:08 AM  
I saw "Leeds", "Liverpool" and "drought" and thought this was a football story.
 
2010-08-02 10:35:36 AM  
Does this effect the underground pneumatic transit system as well? I desperately need to get to my Haberdasher!
 
2010-08-02 10:36:23 AM  
We can work it out
 
2010-08-02 10:40:46 AM  
If you take the stagecoach look out for the famous highwayman Dennis Moore.
 
2010-08-02 10:42:31 AM  
That's okay, just take the packet coach through Manchester. If you change horses at the Inn on High Street be sure to quaff a pint at the Pessary & Cockerel.
 
2010-08-02 10:45:18 AM  
Mother Nature is the ultimate troll. All that snow this winter just to make the climate change deniers go crazy with glee, only to hit them with this less than 6 months later. If it weren't so damn serious, I'd be laughing real hard right now.
 
2010-08-02 10:46:02 AM  
I heard they were just eager to get all their shopping trollies back.
 
2010-08-02 10:48:31 AM  
For the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would find the idea of an operating canal quaint and old-fashioned. Where the hell to you people live? Do you even have free-standing water? The US was built on canals and most of them are still wet, if not thriving commercial/recreational waterways.
 
2010-08-02 10:49:15 AM  
A drought in England? I thought it always rained there. There has to be some sort of shenanigans going on. Probably Obama's fault.
 
2010-08-02 10:50:27 AM  
11 minutes late today, escaped puma on the tracks and Liverpool canal closed due to drought conditions.
 
2010-08-02 10:50:28 AM  
I don't get it
 
2010-08-02 10:51:23 AM  
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/I wish this had been a Led Zeppelin album.
 
2010-08-02 10:58:36 AM  
And I had to learn about it on Fark.
 
2010-08-02 11:02:15 AM  
I fail to see why this got an 'Amusing' tag. If you're on on the many people who live permanently on the English canals, like me, it's not at all funny. I'm fed up with the bottom of my boat scraping on gravel because the water levels everywhere are so low.
 
2010-08-02 11:03:23 AM  
*sigh* one of.
 
2010-08-02 11:04:10 AM  

marcpen: I fail to see why this got an 'Amusing' tag. If you're on on the many people who live permanently on the English canals, like me, it's not at all funny. I'm fed up with the bottom of my boat scraping on gravel because the water levels everywhere are so low.


Do you float from town to town dispensing justice?
 
2010-08-02 11:05:54 AM  

marcpen: I fail to see why this got an 'Amusing' tag. If you're on on the many people who live permanently on the English canals, like me, it's not at all funny. I'm fed up with the bottom of my boat scraping on gravel because the water levels everywhere are so low.


That sounds horrid.
 
2010-08-02 11:17:12 AM  
erie canal. thriving!
 
2010-08-02 11:19:05 AM  
The Love Canal sounds like a lovely place to visit.
 
2010-08-02 11:26:20 AM  

medius: The Love Canal sounds like a lovely place to visit.


It's next to a real shiathole.
 
2010-08-02 11:39:35 AM  
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2010-08-02 11:40:59 AM  

radioman_: For the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would find the idea of an operating canal quaint and old-fashioned.


The heyday of canal building was in the 1800s, so people equate them with that time period. Plus, Eisenhower didn't introduce the Interstate Canal System, so they seem old and busted. Anyway, it's just another excuse to have a thread riffing off of a snarky take on a situation.

/Riveting tale, chap!
 
2010-08-02 11:41:26 AM  
When the oil shock hits, the canals will rise to prominence again. Until then, simply hail a Hansom driver and take me to Whitechapel. I must clean the streets.
 
2010-08-02 11:42:05 AM  
Just fill the canal with oil. Profit!!!
 
2010-08-02 11:45:27 AM  
I'm reading this on my Analytical Engine, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2010-08-02 11:59:17 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Just fill the canal with oil. Profit!!!


Hazardous waste works as fill too (new window)
 
2010-08-02 11:59:51 AM  
Am planning a Narrowboat vacation for this fall, this actually has an impact on me.

How strange for something on Fark...
 
2010-08-02 12:19:35 PM  

SSpiffy: Am planning a Narrowboat vacation for this fall, this actually has an impact on me.

How strange for something on Fark...


You were planning on goming to the UK at one of the dampest and dreariest times of the year in an already damp and dreary counrtry, and planned to spend all that time on a cramped little boat moving at about slow walking speed (even excluding the time taken opening and closing locks)

/Not judging, but is that really your idea of fun?

//I suffered through a narrow-boat holiday/vacation when I was a kid, and even then it was made slightly better by the fact it was during the summer
 
2010-08-02 12:30:46 PM  
Spent a week in a narrowboat last spring on the llangollen canal. Good beer (lots), good food, super relaxing, and lots of amusing old people. It was a nice change of pace after a 2 week rampage across Scotland.

Wouldn't go in the fall, rained enough in the spring. That's Wales for ya though.
 
2010-08-02 12:52:25 PM  
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"Damn it."

/ dam it
 
2010-08-02 12:52:30 PM  

DeityTV: Spent a week in a narrowboat last spring on the llangollen canal. Good beer (lots), good food, super relaxing, and lots of amusing old people. It was a nice change of pace after a 2 week rampage across Scotland.

Wouldn't go in the fall, rained enough in the spring. That's Wales for ya though.


Welsh; what it lacks in vowels, it makes up for with superfluous 'l's.
 
2010-08-02 12:52:56 PM  
Zeppelins? E'gads, sir! We'll have no such Hunnish villiany over British skies.

Airships all the way!

Sincerely,


Colonel Blimp (retired)
 
2010-08-02 1:32:15 PM  

loathable cockroach: DeityTV: Spent a week in a narrowboat last spring on the llangollen canal. Good beer (lots), good food, super relaxing, and lots of amusing old people. It was a nice change of pace after a 2 week rampage across Scotland.

Wouldn't go in the fall, rained enough in the spring. That's Wales for ya though.

Welsh; what it lacks in vowels, it makes up for with superfluous 'l's.


They're not superfluous. They're an excuse to spit on the English.

/English, and living in Wales. Knows wherefore I speak.
 
2010-08-02 1:35:41 PM  

Foxie299: /English, and living in Wales. Knows wherefore I speak.


tell them to go suck a leek

...then run
 
2010-08-02 1:57:05 PM  
Came for the Falkirk Wheel.

Had to do it myself.

Clicky clicky
 
2010-08-02 2:01:24 PM  
From what I remember, it costs about 50% less to move cargo by barge than by train. And train is a shedload cheaper than truck.

Not sure what blimp transport rates are these days...
 
2010-08-02 2:05:07 PM  
The canals obviously aren't as important as in the 19th century, but it's still quite a blow for people who use these routes.

I keep hearing companies talking about reintroducing Zeppelins/airships for luxury travel as it goes. Need a way to be more efficient with helium, as hydrogen, for some reason people aren't keen.
 
2010-08-02 2:44:16 PM  
WTF is this headline supposed to mean? And why is it amusing?
 
2010-08-02 5:16:34 PM  

Angry Inch: WTF is this headline supposed to mean? And why is it amusing?


The last time someone used a canal to get around they were also using Zeppelins and stagecoaches...

and don't forget the new-fangled horseless carriage!

/fighting inner nerd
/must stop talking about history of technology!!!
 
2010-08-02 6:19:46 PM  

loathable cockroach:

You were planning on goming to the UK at one of the dampest and dreariest times of the year in an already damp and dreary counrtry, and planned to spend all that time on a cramped little boat moving at about slow walking speed (even excluding the time taken opening and closing locks)

/Not judging, but is that really your idea of fun?

//I suffered through a narrow-boat holiday/vacation when I was a kid, and even then it was made slightly better by the fact it was during the summer


I live near Seattle, dreary and damp is my normal. Though we may do it next May, all depends on work.
 
2010-08-03 7:49:54 AM  
My mother's house is right next to the Leeds-Liverpool canal along the stretch that is due to be restricted so getting a kick out of this thread.

I've barged down the canal from Burnley to Sowerby Bridge via the river Aire, it was at once one of the most horrendous but enjoyable journeys of my life.

We had three foster kids and five adults so tempers frayed, mother fell between the barge and the bank and sustained bad bruising. someone's dog nearly drowned, we nearly sank the boat in a lock.

However, we saw some stunning scenery, a calf being born, some great towns, excellent wildlife (kingfishers and herons most spectacular) and a thrilling/scary cascade ride through the Bingley 5 Rise lock system (the lock keeper didn't do the locks individually as they are supposed to be done instead he let the water flow continuously from one lock to the other, the consequences of failure being an empty lock and a grounded barge)

The canal towpath is a great place to walk/cycle being largely flat and is a great place for people to see diverse wildlife.

I think that the canal could and should be used commercially for regular transport of goods that don't need a short delivery time.

And don't get me started on the weather, since St Swithin's day, there hasn't been a day when it hasn't rained (and according to tradition that's going to be the case for another three weeks)

So don't knock the canals, they're a valuable asset that more people should get the chance to experience.
 
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