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Three radio programmes made in 2007 about a classic Scottish adventure from 1934



Updated: 2017-06-10T21:47:16.512+00:00

 



That's All For Now

2008-01-16T14:17:49.150+00:00

That's the end of The Canoe Boys project. In the column to the left are links to the BBC Website and a few extras. The programmes were removed for copyright reasons on 5th December 2007. If you want to read what we're currently up to, check SimonWillis.net or Cailean's Blog.



Radio Programmes All Online

2007-11-28T16:05:57.676+00:00

As I write, all three episodes of the Canoe Boys radio programmes can be heard on-line. How long this remains the case is out of my control, and is tied up with BBC copyright issues. The links are alongside this entry.



Listen Here

2008-12-09T18:10:41.426+00:00

I thought I'd put all the links in one place. Programme One of The Canoe Boys is now online. It should remain there until 21st November, possibly until 23rd November. (Personally, I think prog 2 is best.)To use the BBC Scotland Player you need a free program, RealPlayer installed in your computer.The BBC Website for the programme will remain live for longer with the audio slide-show, TV feature



Canoe Boys in The Herald Magzine

2008-12-09T18:10:41.590+00:00

You can subscribe online (there's a 3-day free trial) and read the story about the Canoe Boys programmes written by Fiona Russell.Every journalist I've spoken to about The Canoe Boys story has been enthralled by it. I'm glad to be playing a small part in bringing this classic Scottish Adventure to a wider audience.See what you think. Radio Scotland 11.30 Wednesday 14th Nov listen online live or



BBC Website for The Canoe Boys

2008-12-09T18:10:41.814+00:00

The excellent online team at Scotland Outdoors have produced a new website where some of the extra elements of The Canoe Boys programmes can come together.There's an audio slideshow, with some of the supeb stills from Alastair Dunnett's private scrapbook and my Podcast with Duncan Winning recorded before the trip where we talk about the boats they used.A second webpage contains my diary from the



Canoe Boys on TV now

2008-12-09T18:10:41.978+00:00

I'm delighted to say the television feature about our Canoe Boys programmes can be watched online. On the bottom of this Scotland Outdoors webpage you'll find a link called 'Watch the Canoe Boys feature'.The radio programmes are the main body of work and start next Wed 14th Nov at 11.30am. Online you can listen live or for seven days after transmission.



We Have Transmission (dates)

2007-11-06T09:50:07.518+00:00

The first part of The Canoe Boys multi media extravaganza will be a 7-minute feature in The Adventure Show.It'll be on BBC-2 Scotland on Wednesday 7th November at 7pm. There's a fleeting mention of us at the bottom of the programme website.The Radio Scotland programmes start Wednesday 14th November. Programme 2 is Friday 23rd November and Prog 3 is Wednesday 28th November. Listen to the



Canoe Boys Presentation at Paddle 07

2008-12-09T18:10:42.434+00:00

This image of the Canoe Boys, from 1934, comes from Alastair Dunnett's personal scrapbook.Next Sunday at 1pm I'll give a presentation about them at Paddle 07 in Perth.I'll have a load of stills like this courtesy of Ninian Dunnett, Alastair's son who has republished his Dad's book.On video, I'll have a feature about the trip I made with Cailean MacLeod, paddling key sections of the original route



Dunnett's Personal Scrapbook

2008-12-09T18:10:42.574+00:00

This cutting comes from Sir Alastair Dunnett's own scrapbook.If this interest you, I'll give a presentation using these photos and video at the Scottish Canoe Association's Paddle 07 event. It's at 1pm in Perth on Sunday 28th October.After his kayak voyage up Scotland's west coast in 1934, Alastair Dunnett collected all his photos and newspaper cuttings into one scrapbook. I interviewed his son



More photos

2007-07-01T20:50:32.895+00:00

Well that's the end of the second and final block of recording which was on the Isle of Skye. I'm slightly sun burn after the past three days of chatting to many different people and being afloat in our kayaks. I've posted some more photos to my Flickr gallery for the Canoe Boys.



The story so far

2008-12-09T18:10:43.888+00:00

More Photos HereAnd even more photos here Day One First task was to work out a way of getting decent quality sound by putting microphones in condoms, pinning them to the BAs, and then putting the mini-disc recorders in waterproof food-bags stuffed inside the back pockets. We spent a bit of time making sure that system worked.The recording began on the Island of Seil with Ken Lacey of Sea Kayak



Photos

2007-06-19T21:39:59.634+00:00

We are back from the first stint of recording (5 days). The weather gods shined on us in the Dorus Mor, Seil island, Oban Bay, Duart Castle, Fishinish, Tobermory, Ardmore, Dervaig, Ardnamurchan and everywhere else we visited and got the recorders out!!I've uploaded a heap of photos tonight to an online folder on my Flickr photo pages of the last few days.Simon's been posting on his personal blog.



Recording starts tomorrow

2008-12-09T18:10:44.014+00:00

We start recording The Canoe Boys documentaries on Friday 15th June spending roughly two days on each programme. If you see us PLEASE come and say hello, especially if you have a something to contribute. We're basing ourselves in Oban for two nights. Friday will be spent sorting the recording gear and speaking to some contributors near the Bridge over the Atlantic. On Saturday we'll record the



The Canoe Boys -The Sequel

2008-12-09T18:10:45.949+00:00

A classic of sea kayaking literature will be celebrated in a series of radio documentaries this summer. One of the paddlers, Simon Willis, outlines the plan. If you or any member of your family can remember the original Canoe Boys, or have a story relating to their trip, please get in touch.“Please don’t tell people we’re re-creating the original voyage”, I asked Cailean MacLeod as we planned



Did You Meet The Original Canoe Boys in 1934?

2007-04-13T19:02:47.583+00:00

When Alastair Dunnett and Seumas Adam paddled Scotland's west coast in 1934 they allowed young people to try their canoes in sheltered bays and harbours.Were you one of them?Local people helped the adventurers in all sorts of ways; mending their boats, providing a place to camp, offering food.Did one of your older relatives tell you stories of helping the Canoe Boys?Do you have any stories about