Category Archives: Canal Museum

Not one, but two BBC interviews!

To the BBC’s Pink Palace this morning to record an interview about life in NE Italy compared with life in NE England. It was specifically to discuss the link between the boatyard of the North East Maritime Trust in South … Continue reading

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Putting the Canal Museum on the Tourist Map

The Museum of Inland Navigation in Battaglia Terme is going from strength to strength, and deservedly so. The collection is unique, and beautifully displayed. A couple of months ago, they developed an audio guide, and asked me if I’d do … Continue reading

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Montaigne in Italy

This morning saw a special event at the Rivella Bridge on the local canal. Here there is an amazing bridge where one canal crosses another, built in the 16th century. We had gathered there because a distinguished member of the … Continue reading

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The wonders of the Internet

Out of the blue the other day I received an email from someone who’d seen my website, following up on a news item in Waterways World magazine. He was about to go on a wine and cheese tasting holiday to … Continue reading

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Letter from Prince Charles!

Last time I ate at my favourite restaurant in the Euganean Hills, the waitress told me I’d chosen Prince Charles’s seat. It turns out that he visits friends in the area to paint watercolours and had the good taste to … Continue reading

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A Day at Stoke Bruerne, our “Twin” Museum

With more bad weather hard on the heels of the Jubilee washout, we didn’t quite know what to expect at the Gala Weekend at the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, recently twinned with Battaglia Terme’s Museum of Inland Navigation. But of … Continue reading

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Museum not only Saved, but Expanding!

“Ciao, stella!” Yes, it’s Riccardo again, ringing me from Italy and shouting at me because I’m foreign and have difficulty understanding. I hold the receiver away from my ear and attempt to decipher what he’s telling me. Things are apparently … Continue reading

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The Twinning Process is Hotting Up!

Just when I thought I’d done the hard work and saved the Museum of Navigation from turning into a locked warehouse, I get several emails from canal people who clearly need me. The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne is having … Continue reading

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The Queen of the Waterways

  I now have the official title, displayed with my photograph in the Museum of Navigation, of La Regina Dei Fiume which translates roughly as The Queen of the Waterways. Last Thursday I was invited to a meeting to confirm … Continue reading

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Gonzoogling? Moi?

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not in the least bit interested in canals and barges. So how come I’ve allowed myself to be drawn into this world to such an extent that I’m arranging twinning between a canal … Continue reading

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