Monday, January 23, 2006

Canal Celeb Exposed!

Despite my desparately poor attempts to describe "that bloke on the telly with the broad accent" and "the chap with the frown" I've been struggling for ages to figure out where I'd seen him before.

At last, watching BBC One's excellent Life On Mars series today, imagine my excitement when a familar face appeared.

Well, I say familar - at least a face that I've seen before and been desperate to put a name to.
Yes, the earlier mystery of December's post "Canal Celeb" is solved - though I had to wait for the final credits to reveal that the mystery celeb was John Henshaw

I'd love to post an image, but I don't want to upset anyone's copyright, so there's a link here

It all fits into place now, the Yorkshire programme that I knew he was in wasn't Brass, it was Born and Bred

Ah, I'll sleep well tonight knowing that one of life's little mysteries is solved!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Chug's Technicolour Paintjob

Has anyone noticed Chug's fantastic new paintjob. For a long while Chug sported a battleship grey colour, but now there's a shiny new green coat, with a red roof, and cream & red details.

That's really added some colour to canalcam - thank you!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

So much to say, so little space

I've decided to create a separate blog where I can have other non-HNCC related jibberings.

So, if you're bored of canals and feel the urge to throw yourself in, take a moment to stop by my Pics 'n Mix blog first please (to bring up the hits)

Saturday, January 14, 2006


Cool - for the first time I know I saw the ISS tonight, using Heavens Above
- It looks just like a star, but moving in a straight line very quickly across the sky. At first you'd think it's a plane, but planes have flashing lights, and it was silent.

If you're in the local Saddleworth area then it should be around again tomorrow, starting at 16:54 (Altitiude about 10 degrees due West, reaching highest overhead at 16:57 (Altitude about 32 degrees due SSW) and disappearing out of view about 17:00 (Atitude about 10 degrees South East)

I'd recommend signing up to Heaven's Above if you're into that kind of thing, then you'll know about all the sightings.

West to Roaches

For a change, we went for a walk West along the HNC today.
It's nice to see that they've put some new signs along the canal, and the distances seem to be a bit more realistic now!

The weather started off pretty overcast, but the sun burnt through the cloud and it brightened up quite nicely.

We came across the first white goose that I've seen on the HNC, although I did also notice that there seem to be more Canadian Geese now. I tried to take some pictures, but one again they saw the camera and made a dash for it in the opposite direction!

We also came across a couple of fungi growing on an old tree stump - I'm sure that they too were trying to avoid having their photo taken, but I was just too quick for them!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year!

Back to school today boys and girls I'm afraid!
So another year's festive season rolls on by - nice to catch up with friends and family, although little time spent on the canal taking pictures, so the blog's been quiet - sorry about that.
More interesting stuff to follow shortly.