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whats on TV?

Sunday, June 12th, 2011 | tags: , ,  |

what's on TV today?A loud-mouthed moorhen*  Coot was on TV in the River Kennet today. The bird had a lot to say.

TV is a good medium for riding your message to the masses.  This TV has a chameleon nature, colours matching the bird and the river.

I suspect the moorhen Coot was announcing that this TV has beeen adopted as high-quality nesting material.

* Correction suggested by AFH in the comments

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Chavori

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 | tags: , , ,  |

A narrow boat called ‘Chavori’ on the River Kennet.   A google search for the word Chavori produces very few search results (3 pages) and perplexingly questions whether I wanted to search for ‘behavior’,   the results include texts on the ‘Romany’, ‘Gypsy’ languages.   One article, ‘A memoire of the language of the gypsies as now used in the Turkish Empire’  describes Chavori as ”a young female child.‘   Evidently, many English Romany words have become common usage within the English language e.g. lolly, cosh, cushy and most recently chav.

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Reading gas company 1880

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

The people pictured on this sign on a bridge over the river Kennet do not look altogether happy about Reading gas company.   I wonder who they are meant to be?    Maybe it is King Henry I who founded the Reading Abbey in 1121  and was subsequently buried there before its completion.   The Abbey was built with stone from France and staffed by French monks from Cluny.   Maybe the chap in the crown is king Henry VIII who was responsibly for dissolving the Abbey and martyring the last Abbot by the gruesomely messy method of ‘hung drawn and quartered’ for failing to swear an oath of allegiance to Henry VIII as the supreme leader of the church in England.   Four of Henry VIII wives died  (and 2 more a little later)*,   maybe that’s who the four other people are and why they look so sad.   Does anyone out there know?

*edited after AFH’s insightful comment

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Jolly anglers outside the mall

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

Less than  a mile away from the Oracle Mall that does not allow fishing I followed the police dive team along the river Kennet to the Jolly Anglers’ pub where they decided to get out of the water.

Wendy:   I bet its cold in there

Lady:   you couldn’t pay me enough  to get in that river

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