Anas Platyrhynchos mating on the roof at two in the morning

I took a little gander the other day, a strollette if you will, just to see what is coming up in the way of canal for the Cardinal to enjoy at our next removement. Walking south from Hack Green locks towards Audlem – but, having failed to fully recharge the batteries in my hip-replacements, my…

Hack Green Nuclear Bunker and a Radioactive Cat

200 yards from Hack Green locks moorings on the Shropshire Union canal, halfway twixt Nantwich and Audlem. Entry as of 2017 £9.25 per adult survivor. Tours available, otherwise just wander around at will. I took a really good gander and spent two hours there. Allow time to watch a 45 minute film “The War Game”…

Doing so well too right up until the last half-inch

I am speaking to you today from the bridge of H.M.S. Cardinal Wolsey, still heavily under the influence of coffee, curry and something the paramedics called “Industrial Valium”. A couple of nights ago, while the enemy was sleeping and wholly unawares (that is to say, at about ten o’clock in the morning), we slipped our…

A bridge not too far, but quite far enough (while on foot)

“On foot” is such a peculiar phrase. I rarely restrict myself to just using the one to get about. I know that two is probably an indulgence but, well, whenever I’ve tried hopping folk tell me that I just bring to mind an elderly kangaroo that has just stepped on a Lego brick, and that’s…