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Under the Pennines and back in time

Last Saturday was a real highlight for me. I travelled the three miles on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal between Marsden in West Yorkshire to Diggle in Greater Manchester. What’s so special about that – it’s all underground – in the longest canal tunnel in Britain (and the third in the World – the first and second are in France). The longest ‘Le Rove’ at 7120 metres is between Marseilles – Rhone and was closed in 1963. The second ‘Le Grand Souterain’ near Riqueval north east of Paris at 5677m is still open. The Standedge Tunnel is a close third at 5210 m (3.23 miles to be exact). Continue reading Under the Pennines and back in time

Erdoğan triumphs in local elections amid fraud claims

Recep_Tayyip_Erdoğan_election_rally_(cropped)Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdoğan (pictured left) is the clear winner in the local elections held yesterday. With about 98% of votes counted by early this morning, his party, the AKP, in power since 2002, had 45.6% of the vote whiled the opposition CHP trailed with 28%, according to Turkish television. Some 50 million citizens voted. Erdoğan set a defiant tone by declaring that he would “enter the lair” of enemies who had accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. “They will pay for this.” Continue reading Erdoğan triumphs in local elections amid fraud claims