Well blow me down! There it was, staring me in the face and I never saw it until now. An unplanned and unexpected category for the Herbie Awards and as much a surprise to me as it is to you.
Yesterdays picture quiz was the trigger. As usual the first correct answers came from the ever dependable Adam. is there nothing on the canals he doesn’t know? Maybe one of today’s pictures might catch him out, although I doubt it. See if you can beat him to it.
Anyhow, on getting Adam’s inevitable correct answers late at night, it occurred to us that it was worthy of greater recognition and so we have great pleasure in presenting the spontaneous
Herbie Award for always being the first to get my picture quizzes right
(a well deserved and popular win)
The boat roofs were in Leighton Buzzard (the Wyvern shipping hire fleet), The tunnel was the horse tunnel at Shrewley on the GU north of Hatton, the lock beam was at Harlow on the Stort and the weir was the semi tidal weir at Thames lock at the start of the Grand Union.
So, just for fun, let’s do just one more sneaky picture quiz before we return to the Awards proper. Just to test you I’ve made the questions a bit cryptic. Some might say impossible, but I’m sure that many of you will know the answers when you see them.
1. Some say (and some say not) that the water underneath these chimneys is named after a poet. Who is he?
2. From what landmark viewpoint is this picture taken? half a point if you just recognise the subject of the picture
3. What kind of food is served in the pub nearest this lock?
4. Which famous person owns this piece of wood?
Come on Adam, the gauntlet has been thrown down. Come on the rest of you, can someone beat the canal egghead?
STOP PRESS well folks, less than two hours after this post went up, I had a set of correct answers from you know who(although he confessed he did have to research one of them), so I have temporarily deleted his answers from the comments to let others have a go.