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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 17th June, 2019)

Crisp and Clear

Crisp and Clear
River Douglas.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 17th June 2019 at 00:11

That's the place I remember before I emigrated in the 1970's.

I thought it would have been cleaned up by now.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 17th June 2019 at 02:31

Is that your old bike Mick

Comment by: Mick on 17th June 2019 at 06:49

Alan its very clean that why you can see the bottom

Comment by: Anne on 17th June 2019 at 09:32

Humans are the worst creatures about. We are the main reason for climate change and pollution of harmful poisonous presenses into our waterways.
It's not too long ago since the river was cleaned up.

Comment by: Arthur on 17th June 2019 at 09:39

Let's be serious for a change about this photo....We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Comment by: Anne on 17th June 2019 at 09:56

I am NOT changing my name to post on PAD. I have used my name on this section since 2013, including piccys I have sent in. Out of courtesy I think the new Anne should define herself appropriately as she is now most certainly aware there is confusion.

Comment by: Philip G. on 17th June 2019 at 10:37

Oh,no! Not Poet's pointed-hat. If it is his pointed-hat ('to whom could he have been showing it to?') then let's hope our swain manages to retrieve it, and then return it to his display cabinet.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 17th June 2019 at 11:47

Hear,hear Arthur, well said.

Comment by: Poet on 17th June 2019 at 12:13

Philip ,Swaine Aderney Brigg are currently selling the famous Herbert Johnson ' poets ' hat for a cool £525. If it ever blew into the Dougie I would be forced to do an Indiana Jones to retrieve it.

Comment by: Anne on 17th June 2019 at 15:01

Well why don't you change your name Anne. I'm the one who post sensible comments anyway. I've been on Wigan World and Photo-a-Day well before 2013.
Well said Arthur.

Comment by: Cyril on 17th June 2019 at 15:06

Not crystal clear though, it still has a haze within the water, still cluttered with junk though, just how the Duggy of old was - only there's no condoms floating by as there once was, and dozens of them too at that, wonder how much ocean life they killed when they reached the open sea.

True Arthur, we don't appreciate this truly wonderful world that has been entrusted to us.

Comment by: Alan on 17th June 2019 at 15:26


Comment by: Julie on 17th June 2019 at 17:04

Quite a contrast ! Poet mentions Swaine Alderney Brigg , which has its base in a ‘single’ street in London, which has enough financial clout to not only clean the Dougie , but to buy Wigan out in its entirety, a hundred times over . And , not even blink ! Who exactly should we blame, when investment moves into London like a flood , whereas in places like Wigan it trickles in on a beg !

Comment by: Philip G. on 17th June 2019 at 17:07

I've no doubt that you'd have enough derring do to retrieve it by yourself but, and as you already know, a helping hand is always worthy of consideration. You'll also recall that momentous day when your 'hat with plume' had been recovered from the said stretch of water:
"Poet's Hat."
I watched you then - September morn' -,
Beside the Dougie's glow.
Your frantic reach; once hawthorn, sweet,
Had eased ten watchers' blows.

To you I said "What spurs you, lad,
Your cheeks are rosy plum,
And raging pulse will never do,
And leave you feeling glum".

"My lovely hat!", you said to me,
"With milky day long plume,
Is floating in the Dougie,
But hope to reach it soon".

"Nay", said I, "now take my hand,
I'll hold you strong at thirty,
And very soon you'll have your hat,
Then dine with 'her' at Bertie's".

Comment by: Axcroft on 17th June 2019 at 17:54

Mick, these pictures highlight areas that need cleaning and do prompt authorities to take action, so well done for posting. I presume this is on the stretch near Tesco? If so, Tesco has a duty of care to remove its trolleys (I have often counted up to half a dozen at any one time). The canal waste near Britannia Bridge, that you photographed, should be cleared soon, following reporting to Wigan Council.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 17th June 2019 at 20:03

' Bullseye ' Axcroft. Tesco being the only supermarket that I'm aware of in the Wigan area that don't have coin release trolleys. I would imagine that every time that one of their three or four hundred quid a pop trolleys goes into the Dougie, they put the odd copper or two onto a few lines to cover their loss, leaving the Environment Agency to fish their crap out of the river.
And while I'm on my soapbox, if their lift can be found to be operational for three months out of the twelve, then that itself would fall within the category of " Minor Miracle ".
Oh, and just in case you weren't already aware, they've recently closed their butchery department, as [ quote ] " it wasn't making enough money " [ unquote ].
Greedy barstewards.

Comment by: Stan on 17th June 2019 at 20:38

You don't seriously think Tesco is bothered about trolleys do you!!!!

Comment by: Poet on 17th June 2019 at 20:45

I've a vague memory of a hat with plume Phil but seem to have lost all reference. A most enjoyable stanza or four from yourself Chief Poet.
May I add in general that no one chucks away stuff with value. Trollies ,tin cans , plastic bottles whatever , should have such sizeable returnable deposits levied on them that it would be insane to dump them.
A shame that virtue needs reward but people are irresponsible.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 17th June 2019 at 21:22

No, I don't Stan. That's my point exactly. If they were bothered about them, then they'd take steps to ensure that they don't end up in the river.
But as Axcroft correctly points out, a two or three hundred yard stretch of the Dougie often contains a half dozen or more of the damn things, and they don't come cheap.
Now you're an intelligent chap Stan presumably, so here's a question.....Who do you suppose ultimately pays to replace them?

Comment by: Philip G. on 17th June 2019 at 21:58

Thanks for your understanding, Poet.
And further thanks for your insight regarding 'returnable stuff'.
Take care.

Comment by: Stan on 18th June 2019 at 09:34

Not me, I don't shop there!!!

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