My views on canal boats will lead to argy-bargee | Comment

I’m so enjoying life that I’ve resolved to do all I can to avoid dying. I must walk more, starting last week, when I walked to supper with a friend in Stoke Newington in north London, some seven miles, mostly along Regent’s Canal from Limehouse Basin. It’s lovely walking by canals at night; but I’m afraid this notebook may cost me two barge-dwelling friends: brace yourselves, JD and nephew James …

On long, dark winter nights, air pollution from narrow boats is appalling. Most rely on one or more “smokeless” coal-fired stoves, small independent petrol generators and their own diesel engines, left idling. Much of London’s canal network is lined on both sides with moored, inhabited boats. Walking up Regent’s Canal smelt like walking up

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