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Newson’s new building had its official opening a few days ago. After a morning of rain and high winds, the weather broke and the ceremony performed by Lady Anne Wake-Walker took place in brilliant sunshine.
With the ribbon cut, MTB 102 was winched into the building before an appreciative crowd of on-lookers who were then given the chance to look around the new building and the boats. http://www.newson.co.uk/news/2006-12/official-opening/
For more on MTB 102, see this site: http://www.mtb102.com/ and check the Wikipedia for more on MTBs generally http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_torpedo_boat
On the subject of Newson’s, I was struck by a handsome varnish job on an Italian speedboat built in 1966 at the Bruno Abbate yard on Lake Como, Italy. The boat, which has undergone a total refurbishment, has a 144hp American-built Ford V8 Interceptor engine. See http://www.newson.co.uk/boat/abbate-villa-deste-1966/
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DEFRA, the Government department responsible for waterways, has slashed the budgets of the organisations that manage our canals and rivers, and plans to impose further large cuts over each of the next five years. And it’s said to be happening because they’ve overspent their budget by over Â£200 million, and are now trying to recover it by cutting waterways funding.
The great fear is that cuts like this could quickly lead to neglect and that we could again lose the UK’s extensive working canal system. To lend your support and monitor the campaign’s progress check the website:
Here’s a sight you don’t often see: narrowboats involved in a protest against the DEFRA cuts. For more, see:
canal boats; protest