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From the editor’s desk… What a year it’s been for Watford already — with “Watford Live” running throughout June and “Imagine Watford” providing some extraordinary outdoor experiences freely available to the 97,000 people who witnessed at least one event. If you missed Imagine, then we hope our back cover will give you a flavour of what went on. You’ll find individual event reviews and more images of many of the events on the Watford flea website. This special edition is dedicated to the National Waterways Festival, being held this year in Cassiobury Park from 19-21 July. We are delighted that the organisers have chosen our town to host their 60th festival. It promises to be a fun event for the whole family, so why not pull out our centre pages as a reminder to grab a bargain by booking your tickets in advance – entry is free for accompanied children! If you need more information, you’ll find it,with links to more detail, on our website. Finally – please vote to help local charity Playskill win a Big Lottery Fund award. Voting closes 24th July. More about this on Page 4. Please vote and help to bring yet another accolade to Watford! The Watford flea magazine is published by: Flea Ltd., 58 Vicarage Road, Watford WD18 0EW

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This summer Flea magazine is being joined in an advisory capacity by former Guardian journalist Richard Doughty. For many years Richard, who lives in Croxley, has been the Guardian’s sponsored supplements editor, dealing with a wide range of commercial, government and voluntary sector clients who have seen the paper’s readers as an essential market for their services or products. But unlike straight marketing, the end result has been Guardianstandard editorial coverage forging a bridge between a sponsor’s own agenda and the all-important needs of the paper’s readers for a compelling, independent and informative read – the basic requirement of a rapidly growing activity in the UK called content marketing. Flea magazine is a direct example of this approach – providing readers with unbiased advice, information and anecdotes from sometimes the most unusual commercial sources and offering advertisers an increasingly popular means of gaining an edge over rivals by “editorialising” their marketing literature, attracting and reattracting casual visitors to an otherwise commercial environment

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Local Charity Finalist in National Award. BUT to WIN – they need YOUR HELP!


Austerity measures with Troddy

The inimitable Troddy takes an irreverent look at the economies available by living on narrow boats. Readers, the editor of this eximious mag has prevailed upon me to apply the principles of austerity measures, pertaining to life on canal, river or the banks thereof. I must confide that the ideas provoked by this modus vivendi are anathema to me, but, nil desperandum, I will dispense my accustomed words of wisdom and advice.

Playskill, a Watford charity that helps young children with physical difficulty or delayed development, is one of seven finalists in the “Best Education” category of this year’s Big Lottery Awards, an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, now in its tenth year. The winner will be selected by public vote – so PLEASE support your local Watford charity by voting for them. Find out more and vote on line here: uk/project/playskill

Imagine a dire scenario: those nasty banker fellows are about to foreclose on your mortgage and the bailiff is knocking at the door. Subsequently, with the few quid remaining from the forced sale of your cosy little pad, you might be tempted to invest in a wretched, elongated, leaky, old wooden tub. Instantly, you become a mole-like creature, emerging occasionally from the farty, fugfilled steamy depths of your cabin, desperately gasping for fresh air and sunshine. In appearance you will be obliged to conform to boat-people norm. Whether young or old, male or female, your hair will be long, bedraggled and unkempt, your body and togs unwashed. Considerable savings will be made on shampoos and soaps while hairdressing bills will be zero!

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To show commitment, you will adopt a scarecrowlike demeanour with outfits recovered from recycling bins. As for grub, and owing to your ‘old git’ appearance, you will be persona-non-grata at the supermarket: banned for ever by the security guard / camp commandant because of the noxious odours emanating from your bod.

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Consequently, your diet will be derived from foraging the fruits and nuts of the forest and consumption of fricassee of toadstool. Scrumping from nearby back gardens will become an essential supplement to your food supply. Occasionally, you will snare an unsuspecting squirrel or unfortunate little bunny rabbit: tiddlers will be caught using string and bent pin.

Keeping warm will present problems, but you will probably reach an accommodation with lumps of driftwood floating on the rat-infested waters. Set fire to some of that to practice self immolation. Should you be unlucky enough to be moored on a bank of the Grand Union Canal, close to Whippendell Woods, you could partake in the antics of a witches’ coven. You could caper a danse macabre in the buff, toasting your privates by the light of a raging bonfire. This will culminate in the arrival of a fire engine and a nice policeman who will escort you to a comfy Shady Lane cell. At least you’ll be warm and get a nice cup of cocoa – a better outcome than a boat-brewed watery soup of watercress purloined from the beds further along that stretch of canal. As for tax-free income, you’ll probably be able to attach a begging bowl to a mooring rope. Gawping passers-by, simultaneously fascinated and appalled by your plight, will likely donate a few coins. Readers: this may be low cost living, but there are better ways! Stand by for more comforting suggestions in the next edition.

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Festival Fashion Music festivals have been associated with fashion since the mid 60’s, never simply about the music acts and drink, for us ladies, as with packing outfits to go abroad, packing for a festival is just as important.


Know-how for these activities can be readily obtained from a manual by Ray Mears, that balmy old backwoods bat. He can also instruct on the lighting of uncontrollable towpath fires, instigated by bashing two rocks together. Your captured animals will roast to an unpalatable frazzle.

Topshop, River Island and Asos all have collections dedicated to getting the festival ‘look’. This is typically made up of paisley printed dresses, denim shirt and mini shorts, biker boots and whichever hat is most in fashion (right now a beanie thanks to model Cara Delevingne) or a traditional flower embellished head band then finish off your outfit with plenty of charm bracelets and a long feather necklace.

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Veganism – no meat, fish, eggs or dairy – was first termed in 1944. Now in the 21st century vegetarianism and vegan are becoming more and more popular. Eliminating all types of animal derived products, it can cut down on the weekly food bill! But many people worry about where they then will get certain vitamins (such as iron and calcium) that are typically found in meat, eggs and milk. These essential vitamins are, thankfully, also found in dark green vegetables, sesame seeds, seaweed (a great reason to eat sushi) and vitamin supplements are readily available.

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IWA’s ‘The Waterways Festival’ is organised by Inland Waterways Enterprises Ltd. (a private limited company registered in England no: 4305322) which is wholly owned by the Inland Waterways Association to whom all profits are given. Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham. HP5 1WA. *Must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Friday & Saturday 10-6pm Sunday 10-5pm

Float Along to Britain’s Biggest Waterways Festival

The annual celebration of the nation’s inland waterways is coming to Watford this summer with hundreds of beautiful boats and attractions for all the family to enjoy. It will be a great day out for all the family when The Waterways Festival is staged at Cassiobury Park, Watford from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2013. Run by volunteer supporters of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), the three day Festival expects to attract thousands of people and promises family fun and entertainment beside the Grand Union Canal and beautiful open park land.

Beautiful Boats Around 400 boats, many decorated, will line the water’s edge, with a number of historic working boats on display.

Entertainment Galore There’s plenty to see at our two stage areas with live performances from a variety of acts. Entertainments will include a fly-past by a *subject to weather and availability

World War II Spitfire* and two traditional boat trips will be available. The kids will love our fun boating pool and Sheridan the robotic sheep dog.

Fun for Children Children are well catered for with Wild over Waterways (WOW) activities including bricklaying, diggers and a chance to complete their own WOW Passport at the event. A Victorian Fairground will offer traditional rides for children. Vibrant Craft Workshops From painting traditional roses and castles to making your own rag rug, the festival has a vibrant mix of heritage and modern day crafts to try. Places are limited so early booking is essential.

Opening Times Friday 19th July 10am to 6pm Saturday 20th Jul y 10am – 6pm Sunday 21st Jul y 10am – 5pm

Shop ‘til You Drop! A great range of exhibitors are anticipated so whether you’re interested in boats and chandlery or just wish to browse the many speciality stalls, including clothing, crafts, jewellery and food and drink, the choice is extensive.

Event Information

Tasty Food and Drink A range

All ticket purchasers will be entitled to apply for a year’s free e-membership to IWA*.

of sweet and savoury foods are on offer to satisfy every taste and dietary requirement. Take the time to relax and enjoy a traditional pint from one of our two Real Ale Bars. The Waterways Festival is a great day out for all the family, so come on down to meet the people who are passionate about our wonderful waterways.

Tickets: Tickets are discounted

if booked in advance via www. Accompanied children under 16 are free to enter. Dogs on a lead are welcomed.

Venue: Cassiobury Park, Cassiobury Avenue, Watford, WD18 7HY Getting there: Parking is limited. On site disabled parking is available. Please use public transport - Watford Metropolitan Tube is 5 mins and Watford Junction 15 mins walk. General Enquiries: For

general enquiries or to book craft workshops contact the Festival Hotline on 03333 445260.

*Terms and conditions apply

About IWA

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is a registered charity, founded in 1946, which advocates the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways for public benefit. IWA members’ interests include boating, towpath walking, industrial archaeology, nature conservation and many other activities associated with the inland waterways. IWA works closely with navigation authorities, other waterway bodies, a wide range of national and local authorities, voluntary, private and public sector organisations. We campaign and lobby for support and encourage public participation in the inland waterways. IWA actively supports waterway restoration and through its volunteering organisation, Waterway Recovery Group, organises and subsidises over 20 week-long

waterway restoration holiday schemes for volunteers around the country each year, as well as conducting multiple work parties around the country on most weekends. These schemes allow young people to participate in the preservation and restoration of our heritage, and in doing so learn restoration and heritage skills. More than 500 miles of canals and navigable rivers have been re-opened to public use since the Association was founded in 1946. Currently another 500 miles of derelict inland waterways are the subject of restoration plans. IWA is organised into 33 local branches covering geographical areas of the country, through which volunteers coordinate activities as diverse as policing planning applications likely to be detrimental to the waterway corridor, providing engineering expertise to local waterway societies, raising money for restoration schemes and educating the public on the value and benefits of their local waterways.

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The stress of new beginnings... September is the new start for many school-leavers, university-starters and job-seekers. Sleep problems, anxiety and mild depression are natural consequences of uncertainty. Autogenics can certainly help, and set you up for the future. So while the summer has found us at last, maybe the shops, full of new stationery and school gear, have got it right – preparing for what comes next.

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Fortunately, most phobias are easily overcome with a little professional help.

Famous people that had to overcome an irrational fear of water (aquaphobia) include Carmen Electra (for “Baywatch”), Winona Ryder (for the underwater scene in “Alien: Resurrection”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (for the undersea scene at the end of “What Lies Beneath”). Many people suffer their phobias for a lifetime.

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Bee keeping is becoming a popular hobby especially with allotment owners eager to produce their own honey and perhaps cash in on the trend. I met Debbie King, who is a keen forager and grower, making her own chutneys and wine. In the past couple of years she has ventured into bee keeping. Her hives are situated at the edge of the allotments near her home in Mill End. Beginning with one small hive, she has a second planned. She now gives presentations on how hives function at markets, where she also sells her honey.

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Where there’s a Will, there’s an (inland water) way! Thomas Telford designed many canals, bridges and aqueducts leaving a lasting legacy that is enjoyed and admired by users of Great Britain’s inland waterways today. Despite being largely self-taught, he became the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was buried in Westminster Abbey. He made a Will and included a gift of many of his papers and thousands of pounds to the Institution. We might not all be able to leave such a lasting legacy as Thomas Telford but by making a Will and including a legacy for a charity or organisation that you

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Sink or Swim Only a tiny fraction of the British population live on boats. These worthies know that keeping their craft well maintained – “ship shape and Bristol fashion” – is the only way to ensure they can enjoy their life on Britain’s waterways. Making sure that water is kept out is essential unless one is happy to wake up one night wet and with that “sinking feeling”. By contrast, the vast majority of us live in houses and many assume that the fabric of their homes will not deteriorate. Although most are not in danger of finding their house submerged, deterioration over time is inevitable. A small leak, if not repaired promptly and properly will, without doubt, lead to serious and potentially very expensive problems later.

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Even though the weather was not ideal every day, nothing could dampen the excitement around this year’s Imagine Watford Festival which has now drawn to a close. What a year it has been! We’ve had men dancing with beds, a Charlie Chaplin-esque character on a trampoline, out-of-control trolleys, some transvestites dressed as 1950’s air stewardesses and dinosaurs walking down the high street of Watford. If you missed it, where have you been!? But fear not, The Watford Flea on-line has a multitude of pictures taken by Finlay Wade to immortalise this year’s festival.

The watford flea magazine issue 305 waterways festival edition  

Watford's favourite family magazine publishes a special edition for the Inland Waterways Association National Waterways Festival 2013 held i...