We Have the Technology

Breakfast stop on the Chichester Canal

When Oscar Goldman murmurred these words prior to reconstructing Steve Austin he certainly wasn’t about to go for a paddle. But I was, and in searching for a title afterwards I first considered ‘As I Went Out One Morning’ (Bob Dylan), ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (Dylan Thomas), or or ‘As I Went Out One Mid-Summer Morning’ (Laurie Lee). Dylan won the Tom Paine Award for the song, which references Tom Paine, and Tom Paine had a strong link with Chichester, so it all goes round and round.

I wanted to post a video here, but it would cost me 60$ a year for the facility, so double click the following link to see the footage on YouTube:

As I Paddled Out One Mid-Summer Morning

The video is crudely edited – I’m still low on the learning curve – but things can only get better, as we once believed before TB cosied up to GWB.

Postscript: The video originally had  Dylan’s song, from the John Wesley Harding album, as a soundtrack. Due to understandable copyright restrictions, it was  blocked by YouTube. I have replaced it with a free-to-play track by Lunasa, but which carries a payload of adverts. Sorry!

11 thoughts on “We Have the Technology

    • Thank you! The Chichester Canal runs from the tiny city of Chichester to join the sea in Chichester Harbour, which itself ebbs and flows into the English Channel. So to answer your question: England, south coast thereof.

      • Good job you didn’t come this summer – the weather has been, and still is, awful! I could almost canoe down the streams of water running down our road today. But if you do ever come, come and visit my pottery!

  1. Pretty! How far can you go from the city centre? I see that the canal is marked (disused) beyond Hunston on the OS map – does that mean unnavigable for canoes too?

    • It’s clear for about 2 miles (Hunston, the bridge in the video, is about half way). At the B2201 nr Donnington it is possible to portage across the road but in the summer the next section is weed-choked as far as the A286 W Witterings road. The last section, down to the old lock at Birdham, is virtually impassable – reed beds and then mooring lines from the houseboats. People have battled through, but going down the Amazon might be easier, and the houseboat residents can be as hostile as undiscovered tribes. The Canal Preservation Society has a long-term and probably pious aim of making the canal navigable again all the way to sea, ie to the lock. The tow path makes a nice walk though, down to the A286.

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