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A friend of mine pointed out that there is a profile of me on the Canoe & Kayak Magazine website. It’s a reprint from their beginner’s guide that was published back in Spring 2010 but it’s nice that they also published it on the website.My friend Jovan Matic who does amazing portrait and wedding photography took the photo. Make sure you check out both of his sites as it's very good work.
The National Maritime Museum has revealed the discovery of what some are saying might be the oldest canoe in the world.The birch bark canoe was discovered in a barn on a family estate where it has been sitting for over 230 years. Yes, 230 years.It was originally brought to Britain from Canada by Lt. John Enys after he fought in the American War of Independence in 1776 and has remained on the family estate ever since.The plan is to restore damaged portions of the canoe then put it on display at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall from late January to September 2011 where it will then be repatriated back to Canada for further research.The article doesn’t say where the canoe will be going but my guess is that it will end up at the Canadian Canoe Museum as they have a strong research and education department on staff.Andy Wyke, boat collections manager at the museum said, ''Lt Enys sailed from Falmouth in a packet ship to join his regiment in Canada to relieve the city of Quebec, which was under siege from the Americans. He fought many military campaigns and toured the area for his personal interest – discovering this canoe along the way.''It's incredible to think its legacy has been resting in a barn in Cornwall all this time."More information: thisiscornwall.co.ukPhoto credit: thisiscornwall.co.uk
Don't forget that you only have 2 days left submit your contest entry for the, “Design your Own Folbot” content. Entries have been coming in fast and furious so if you were thinking of entering you better get on it pronto as the it closes end of day December 8, 2010.Click for contest details and entry information.
If you haven’t seen the charming and very funny sea kayaking expedition film, Paddle to Seattle then you have been missing out on a real gem.It’s the story of J.J. Kelly and Josh Thomas’s 1,300 mile adventure down the coast from Alaska to Seattle in sea kayaks they built before starting the journey. It’s a great film with fabulous scenery and extremely witty commentary thrown in throughout to keep it light hearted.Paddle to Seattle has also been very successful on the Film Festival circuit winning many “Best of” awards over the past year.If you haven’t seen Paddle to Seattle yet we have some good news. PBS is streaming it live until the end of January, 2011 so get comfortable and prepare yourself for a good time.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Fun facts of the day [Ducks]

Did you know that a group of ducks in the water is called a paddling?1 For ducky facts for extra points and admiration from your friends: Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.2 All of the Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.2 Update: Rob gave it 32 seconds more thought then I did and quickly concluded that it doesn't make sense that ducks feet wouldn't have blood vessels as the tissue would just die. I can't believe I got dupped by funshun.com! The story as to why ducks feet don't get cold is interesting. There are a bunch of good links below in the comments. Apparently they have a type of vein heat exchanger to warm up the cold blood as it flows back into the core.Sources: (1) (2)Image credit: coverbrowser.com

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