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Pangur Bán (UK Boat #005)

‘Pangur Bán’ is an Old Irish poem, written about the 9th century at or near Reichenau Abbey, in what is now Germany, by an Irish monk about his cat. ‘Pangur ban’ in Javanese can be roughly translated to ‘memotong ban’ in Bahasa Indonesia, equally to ‘cut the tyre’. [UK Boat #005, 2017-06-19]

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Joseph (UK Boat #002)

An Amazing Experience! When I was jogging (it’s my 345th 12 km of jogging in a bright 21 °C morning, 11 September 2015), I helped a couple of lovely grandma & grandpa, Mrs Linda and Mr Graham Scothern, pull up their overheating-then-broken-engine boat, namely Joseph. While Mrs Linda & Mr Graham opened & closed the locks as well as opened the water channel for filling and levelled up the water in the locks, I pulled their massive 30 tons of beloved boat from about 1 km down there up to Farmer’s Bridge Top Lock at Cambrian Wharf. In meantime, we shared many greetings, stories and smiles with everyone interested in this old-fashioned way of transportation, man-powered one in hauling the craft. Then, we shared the drink, two glasses of scotch for them, and a glass of water for me (since I don’t drink). What a touching romantic morning! [UK Boat #002, 2015-09-11]

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Merdeka (UK Boat #001)

When I was jogging on 5 September 2015 along Birmingham canals, around Cambrian Wharf, I spotted this lovely boat. And her name is Merdeka. Merdeka means freedom, it’s our Indonesian national slogan from the time of independence struggling up to now. What a lovely moment! [UK Boat #001, 2015-09-05]