OR A TRUE RELATION OF STRANGE PROCEEDINGS IN A SOMERSETSHIRE LOFT

Sunday, 18 January 2015

SEARCHING THE LONELY EARTH

I don't tend to rant or rave too much about telly programmes as I hardly ever see any, but a work friend lent me Detectorists on dvd last week which is possibly the funniest and best thing I have seen on the screen for years. If you haven't seen it rush out and buy a copy, you will recognise members of your local wargames club among the ranks of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club not to mention the venue (complete with squeaky door). I can't really do the programme justice other than heartily recommend it and mention it's worth a couple of re-watches to pick up all the gags, visual and verbal. Wonderful filming and cracking casting and acting, it captures a slice of England beautifully.


Watching Detectorists this week meant I didn't get a lot of painting done, and yesterday we all went out to visit some friends son their boat. Living close  the Kennet and Avon Canal we are lucky enough to have a number of chums who live on boats and we all piled onto one yesterday, initially just for a coffee, which turned into lunch and then a little cruise as far as Dundas to refill the water tank.

We had a go with a remote control boat from the window

Dundas Aqueduct in the background

Some great industrial archaeology was made use of (entrance to the Somerset Coal Canal in the background)

A fun day on the water.

2 comments:

  1. The first photo looks like a proper collection of eccentrics.
    Solar panels on the boat in the second photo? if so, good idea, for the five days a year it's sunny?

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    1. Yep, your average collection of dweebs. The director and writer (with the cap on) really knows that these people exist and as a long term wargamer I can confirm that it is an accurate portrayal of niche hobbyists. Well worth watching. I don't live on a boat myself but most of the narrowboats on the canal here have solar panels to provide a good chunk of power needed, so it is obviously worth having them ( a few have wind turbines as well).

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