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This is the lat­est revision of the fa­mil­iar Imray’s sheet map of the canals and rivers which has been around for decades, but with some im­por­tant changes. Not only has it been brought up to date with de­vel­op­ments in re­cent years ( such as the re­open­ing of the Droitwich canals), but turn it over and on the back you’ll find a direc­tory of wa­ter­ways. Pro­duced by the map’s co-pub­lish­ers, the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion, this list does its best to cover ev­ery canal or river that’s ever been nav­i­ga­ble – for ex­am­ple, along­side more fa­mil­iar nav­i­ga­ble routes you can dis­cover that the Sin­cil Bank Drain is closed, it ran for 8.4 miles from Bard­ney to Lin­coln, and it’s in IWA’s Lin­coln Branch area in case you want to talk to them about restor­ing it!

MapoftheIn­land Water­waysof Great Bri­tain, Imray / IWA,, £ 9.95, 978-1-8462-3827-7 IT’S BEEN SPRING clean­ing sea­son on the canals re­cently, with canal clean-up vol­un­teers vy­ing with each other for the most un­likely items of scrap trans­ferred from canal to skip. But a bunch of Dutch peo­ple called the Plas­tic Whale com­pany are go­ing one bet­ter: they aren’t send­ing the trash to the tip, they’re re­cy­cling it – into boats! As part of a cam­paign to rid the world’s wa­ters of plas­tic pol­lu­tion, they’ve pulled 50,000 plas­tic bot­tles out of the canals of Am­s­ter­dam, turned the plas­tic into boats (with the bot­tle tops mak­ing colour­ful mo­saics for the boats’ floors), and sent the boats out on the canals fish­ing for more bot­tles. Now they’re up to seven boats and call them­selves the “first pro­fes­sional plas­tic fish­ing com­pany in the world”.

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