Palm-Reading the Helford

16 April 2017 // On Water

Following Friday’s post on Jasper Troje Tuck​​​​​​​​​​’s photos of the Helford River, find below a topical extract from Peter Kirby‘s contribution to our book A Collection of Words on Water: Take the kayak and paddle like a bastard. Kayaking is walking with your hands. Allegedly, it’s also the chosen sport of palmists, or ‘chiromancers’ as […]

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Floating: an extract

1 April 2017 // Books //On Water

In his upcoming book Floating: a life regained, Joe Minihane pays homage to Roger Deakin by reenacting his wild swimming tour. The book is released by Duckworth Overlook on 7 April. Find an extract below. You can pre-order a copy here. Cropthorne Water Mill at Fladbury on the River Avon was a private affair, and […]

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Vote for a Reedbed

17 February 2017 // On Water

Reedbeds greatly benefit rivers, increasing biodiversity and habitats for wildlife, whilst also acting as a natural filter and removing pollutants from the water. Thames21 is asking the public to choose the location of five new reedbeds for London’s River Lea Navigation as part of their ‘Love the Lea’ programme, which aims to improve the water […]

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Hidden Rivers of Sheffield

12 February 2017 // On Water

Words: Simon Ogden If Sheffield residents were curious about the existence of hidden rivers coursing beneath their feet they could head to an unlikely place to check one of them out last week – the car park of Decathlon on Eyre St on the edge of the City Centre – and many did! Although the […]

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The Naked Shore of the North Sea

31 January 2017 // Books //On Water

The Naked Shore of the North Sea by Tom Blass (Bloomsbury, paperback, 320 pages. Out now.) Review by Mathew Clayton “I set out to write a book about this sea, too often snubbed by writers, derided for its moody lugubriousness, its inclination towards inclemency, damp chilly sands and a decidedly utilitarian aspect when glanced at […]

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