Monthly Talks at London Canal Museum

Our monthly talks start at 19:30 on the first Thursday of each month except August. Admission is at normal charges and you don’t need to book. They end around 21:00.

November 7th

The Canal Pioneers, by Chris Lewis. James Brindley is recognized as one of the leading early canal engineers. He was also a major player in training others in the art of canal planning and building. Chris Lewis will explain how Brindley made such a positive contribution to the education of that group of early “civil engineers”.

December 5th

Ice for the Metropolis, by Malcolm Tucker. Well before the arrival of freezers, there was a demand for ice for food preservation and catering, Malcolm will explain the history of importing natural ice and the technology of building ice wells, and how London’s ice trade grew.

February 6th

An Update on the Cotsword Canals, by Liz Payne. The Stroudwater Canal is moving towards reopening. The Thames and Severn Canal will take a little longer. We will have a report on the present state of play.

March 6th

Eyots and Aits-Thames Islands, by Miranda Vickers. The Thames had many islands. Miranda has undertaken a review of all of them. She will tell us about those of greatest interest.



London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road, London NI 9RT

Tel:020 77130836

1.When is the talk on James Brindley?

A. February 6th. B. December 5th.

C. November 7th. D. March 6th.

2.What is the topic of the talk in February?

A. The Canal Pioneers. B. An Update on the Cotsword Canals

C. Eyots and Aits-Thames Islands D. Ice for the Metropolis

3.Who will give the talk on the islands in the Thames.

A. Miranda Vickers B. Malcolm Tucker

C. Chris Lewis D. Liz Payne

For many people.leisure time is an opportunity to get outdoors,have some fun and meet interesting people.Add two pieces of advanced 21st century technology—global positioning system (GPS) devices and the Internet—to get "geocaching".

The word geocaching comes from “geo” (earth) and “cache” (hidden storage).Geocachers log onto a website to find information about the location of a cache—usually a waterproof plastic box containing small items such as toys and CDs—along with a notebook where “finders” can enter comments and learn about the cache “owner”,the person who created and hid the cache.Finders may take any of the items in the cache but are expected to replace them with something of similar value.They then visit the website again and write a message to the owner.

Geocaching became possible on May 1,2000,when a satellite system developed by the U.S.Department of Defense was made public.Using an inexpensive GPS device,anyone on earth can send a signal to the satellites and receive information about their position.This is basically a high-tech version of orienteering,the traditional pastime which uses maps and compasses instead of GPS to determine one’s location.

Geocachers are a very considerate group.Owners carefully choose a cache’s location to give finders an enjoyable experience,such as a beautiful view or a good campsite.They also consider the environmental impact of their cache since it could result in an increased number of visitors to an area.As for the content of the caches,owners and finders must only use items that are suitable for the whole family,as caches are found by geocachers of all ages.

1.According to the passage,geocaching is_______.

A. an outdoor leisure activity

B. a new type of technology

C. a game used to teach geography

D. a program to protect environment

2.How can finders learn about the cache owners?

A. By meeting them. B. By going to a website.

C. From the notebook. D. From the satellite.

3.Which of the following is NOT used in geocaching?

A. A GPS device. B. A compass.

C. A plastic container. D. The Internet.

4.Which of the following is true according to the passage?

A. Most geocachers are adults.

B. Any item can be placed in the caches.

C. The caches should be put in a remote place.

D. Geocachers try to avoid damaging the environment.

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