Fishing boats on the Green River, Kentucky

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This is a splendid, entertaining piece of film about some fellas who have built traditional flatties for fishing on the Green River. Also check out the shanty boat film below – I have a feeling this is rather more made-for-entertainment, but it’s great fun and the most amusing thing most of us will see today. And those boys can’t half play!

All my life I’ve been awash with American culture – music, film, TV shows, fashions, products – and the USA often feels like a close relative – but despite all of that watching these movies is a powerful reminder of just how far away and how different life the USA really is for most British people.

My thanks to in reader Larry Henry for bringing these two clips to my attention.