It is truly gob-smacking what may be found roaming around England’s canals.
Sometimes, it’s also lip-smacking.
This is the “pizza boat” – Baked on Board.
I kid you not, there really is a narrowboat roaming the system with a ruddy great wood-fired pizza oven on the bow.
It did make me think of poor Patrick McGoohan though, trapped in the television series “The Prisoner“, chased relentlessly by that bouncing white sphere…
I too ended up flat on my face in a food coma. TBH accompanying the pizza with two double gins from the Venetian Hire Boats & Chandlery didn’t help matters in re remaining upright.
How civilised is this? Where’ere the pizza boat moors and opens its doors you can oik up, bung in your order from the extensive, caters-for-all menu, and the chaps aboard will begin to bang out the pizza base from fresh, home-made dough, bung on the “toppings” and bake it to perfection in a gen-yoo-ine wood-fired pizza wotnot.
Fresh ingredients, the perfect touch of wood-smoke and crispynessnous, and all served up by a couple of Hell’s Cherubs*.
[*Hell’s Cherubs are a bit like Hell’s Angels but instead of leather they wear white linen aprons and wash their hands a lot.]
There is though no truth in the rumours that they are about to (quite literally) launch a delivery service using jet-skis.
They roam up and down the Shropshire Union canal and this corner of the system – which is, coincidentally, one of my most favouritist areas of canal anyway. Fortuitous or what?
We’re short of nowt that we’ve got, here on t’canals.
Mind you, should I ever see that spherical white oven bouncing along the towpath and shouting ‘Wot? No anchovies?’ you will excuse me if I shout ‘I am not a number; I AM A FREE MAN!’ and then run as fast as my size-elevens can take me.
On an entirely unconnected note I offer the following photograph as alarming evidence of the terrible truth of the NHS advice that one really ought not to swallow one’s bubblegum.
Honestly. If you’re ever anywhere near the pizza boat “Baked on Board” – and you ought to make sure that you often are in its vi-cin-it-ee – then get stuck in.
It’s amazing what you can find on the canals.