Messing about in Boats
has waterways of all sorts.
just canals, but lakes, streams
and rivers of all sizes
most famous river the Thames is the main artery
of southern England.
as it winds its way past
Windsor Castle, the Thames is a clear, placid
river greatly enjoyed
by boat lovers.
year a great social event is held
at Henley, a regatta which has been going
since Victorian times.
By the time
the Thames passes London it has become a major thoroughfare
can take a boat and go downstream
to Greenwich, the birthplace of both Henry
VIII and Elisabeth I.
Greenwich Park is the Royal Observatory.
is where Greenwich Mean
Time comes from: the standard by which
all the world's
time zones are set.
down from it, you get a fine view of the Thames.
universities Oxford and Cambridge were built on the banks
the Isis and the Cam.
both places you can see people drifting along
the river in punts
, apparently quite effortlessly
! It's trickier
than it looks.
unless you have a good sense of balance
it's easy to end up
in the river.
On the subjects of
boats and waterways no account
would be complete without mention
of a lake, 24 miles long in the Highlands of Scotland.
of course is Loch Ness.
the years many people claimed to have seen what appears to have been
of prehistoric monster in the dark waters of the Loch: though their descriptions
of it tend to vary greatly
from being covered with warts
to being black and shiny
with four humps
for Nessie has become
a worldwide obsession and a national joke.