Thursday, 30 August 2007

But where was Nessie!!!!

Days 111 to 118
Thu 23 to Thu 30 Aug

As I mentioned in the previous post I'd decided to go up around the Caledonian Canal, however I still wasn't completely sold on the idea so I decided to make for the Crinan Canal aswell. This cuts off the Mull of Kintyre and would save me two days which I could then have back if I decided the weather was nice enough to go round the top!

Bit of a slog to reach Arisdaig (the Southern end of the Canal) with a 55km stretch seemingly facing force three to four winds all day - felt like I'd worked for every mile! On the plus side I did manage to see around 30 seals in one place, sadly that one place was when I was answering a call of nature floating just off the Isle of Bute - can anybody spell stage fright!

I'd completely underestimated how long it would take me to paddle through the Canal. Although its only 16km long I hadn't really thought that it would have locks on it! I hitched a ride through the first eight of these with the crew of yacht Rhum - running up and down ladders and opening sluice gates. However, each lock took at least 20 minutes and what I had imagined as being a two-hour paddle took all day. It wasn't helped by a British Waterways staff member telling me I had to portage around the remaining locks!

However, as I neared Crinan I passed a small, brightly-painted wagon on the bank. Here Canadian imigrant artist Fraiser beckoned me over and gave me a signed postcard, telling me how Simon Osborne had stopped with him as he paddled around the UK a few years ago. Things turned even more surreal when I arrived in Crinan to find a group of grinning Welsh lifeboatmen on the bank. It turns out that Ross, Mick and Jo who had put the boat up overnight in there RNLI station at Porthcrawl two months ago [sooooo long!] were up here on a sailing trip. Once again the lads showed off Welsh hospitality with seemingly endless cups of tea, mackerel sarnies and maybe one or two beers.

The next day brought low cloud, moderate winds, lots of rain and low spirits to most in the Canal basin and I set out into the grey to reach Oban. This was one of my favourite days so far seeing the islands of Shuna and Luing and paddling through Dorus Mor (a tidal race where the water flows at 12km/h during neap tides!) and under the stunning bridge over the Atlantic. Really reminded me of Alaska with the occasional float plane flying around (when the weather cleared).

Oban was a lovely town and one I intend to visit again - I quickly met up with a bunch of Ozzies travelling around in a bright yellow bus with 'Wild and Sexy' emblazoned on the sides. It turns out that they where on a six-day Haggis Tour and proved very worthwhile drinking partners! Especially thanks to Colin (a moto-cross fan at heart) and Emma (another paddler). However, here I had the hardest desicion of the trip to make - to go up the Canal or go via Mull, Skye and Cape Wrath.

After much pondering and with a heavy heart I set off up Loch Linhe to Coran (a narrowing in the loch some 500m wide) to take the Canal. Over the next two days I make my way up the 96km of the canal (with 29 locks and 106 feet of verticle lift) passing through Loch Lochy (immaginative name - but visit the Eagle Floating Pub near Laggan) and Loch Ness (be warned it's much much longer than you think it is). Sadly the only large beasts I saw as I paddled up the loch where RAF C130 transport planes low flying along it, though a group of six paddlers from Nottingham in three open boats did make more interesting conversation. I must also say hello to Phil - I meet him just outside Fort Augustus and it turns out he was walking from top to bottom of the country - good luck to him.

I'm in Inverness now and looking forward to getting off the Canal with it's locks tomorrow! It feels strange to have cut off so much in just three days but in a way I'm relieved to see the home straight so close. I just wish I could have done the whole lot.



Raf said...

Nessie a painting found unpublished by M.C.Escher ( 1898-1972)Holland.-

There is who says the painting of M.C.Escher 1898-1972 is authentic, to
Summon with consideration and respect towards a jurywoman who works
At the court of ROME, done by a professional ,famous and respected
The Dott.Anna PETRECCHIA ,dated august 04-2006.
The expert report is made of 51 pages that proofs the authenticity of
Works of art,with the opinion of art experts, tv and stamped papers
that represents
NESSIE the Monster Of Loch Ness that appears from under the water of
the lake
With the sound of a flute, played by a black man without a face.
( in my opinion a monster that calls another monster ).-
Local TV and newspapers have brought this notice in several occasions.

The M.C.escher Foundation of Baarn Holand say their consideration:

This is to let you know that M.C.Escher NEVER HAVE MADE a
Painting and the mentioned paining of Loch Nes is fake.
You should rectify this message. It is absolutely nonsense.
For years this people are trying to get a certificate,but
The never will get, because it is a forgery.
M.C.escher Foundation.

Has far has we know from informations, uptil now the M.C.Escher
Neither the handwriting, the date 18.1.1949, the dedication, the
signature and
The registration number behind the painting.
Even though, the M.C.Escher Foundation say such a thing,
NOT EVEN EXAMINATING ( neither by their own experts )
We will wait for a proofing certificate that this art is really a fake
so we can
Spread it all over the world.
Uptil then the painting is the ORIGINAL.-

Youth Club Association- Volturara
Giovanni Palatucci
Monthly Information

The Volturarese Newspaper, after the discovery of the unpublished
Picture, Which is
Volturara Irpina ( AV ) article, after being transmitted by the BBC
program and the
Italian mass media about the new appearance of the Monster of Loch Ness
( Scotland)
Necessary needs to inform the whole world that the Holland Painter and
M.C.Escher had already painted and announced the new reappearance,
recalled by the
Black Man without a Face.
And with what has been written above, with peaceful intentions:
1) either Escher had seen personally the monster of Loch Ness while he
was wandering
2) or Escher believed that the monster of Loch Ness really existed and
thats why he
did the drawing.
This work of art is dated 01.18.1949.
The Handwriting consultation is made of 51 pages and has been sworn and
registered at
The Court of R O M E in the date of august 4 .2006. This is a big
discovery for the
World of art. The Republic power of Attorney,of Avellino is
even occupying about
This case, interested has for the Policeman who is the owner of this
Picture. Holland denies
The existence of this unpublished Picture without seeing it or
examining it .
Honour and glory to Escher, the Loch Ness Monster,to everybody Irpine
and the national
And international Mass media that will publish this HISTORICAL EVENT.
The Association President
Michelangelo MARRA
Internet :

Anonymous said...

Inedito Quadro di M.C. Escher : NESSIE il mostro di Loch Ness.-Opera datata 18.1.1949.-

Unpublished Painting M.C.Escher: NESSIE Loch Ness monster. Painting date 18.1.1949.-



Anonymous said...

Video Nessie Unpublished Painting MC ESCHER date 18.1.1949

Youtube :

Internet :

Anonymous said...

Video Nessie Unpublished Painting MC ESCHER date 18.1.1949

Youtube :

Internet :

Anonymous said...

Please see these videos that I found on the Internet about a new framework mc escher who speaks of the monster of Loch Ness
ti prego di visionare questi video che ho trovato su un quadro inedito di MC Escher sul mostro di Loch Ness.
18.1.1949 MC ESCHER

News: Video TV Avellino. Trasmesso in tutto il mondo.-

Per adesso e’ disponibile solo in italiano.-

Blak Man Flute Nessie Loch Ness
L’Uomo Nero chiama Nessie il mostro di Loch Ness con il flauto

Video Nessie Inedito Quadro di MC ESCHER datato 18.1.1949
Video Nessie Unpublished Painting MC ESCHER date 18.1.1949

NESSIE il Mostro di Loch Ness
NESSIE Loch Ness Monster

Youtube :


Internet :

Anonymous said...

News Italy – Volturara Irpina (AV )

Trovato in Alta Irpinia
Inedito Quadro di M.C. ESCHER ( 1898-1972 NL ) raffigurante Nessie il Mostro di Loch Ness che emerge dalle acque richiamato dalle note di un flauto suonato dall’Uomo Nero senza Volto.-

L’incredibile notizia e’ stata pubblicata da TV e Quotidiani di Avellino e Benevento . In particolare,
in esclusiva, tra i primi a rendere noto la SCOPERTA dell’INEDITO QUADRO e’ stato il mensile di attualita’, cultura e informazioni……….IL GIORNALE DI POLIZIA – FIM SERVICE.

A distanza di circa quattro anni, lo ha citato nel Suo Libro “ nella terra delle Janare” il noto Giornalista Professionista –Saggista e fotografo Antonio Emanuele PIEDIMONTE. Napoletano, 44 anni, ha scritto per i principali quotidiani e periodici italiani, ed e’ attualmente il responsabile della Redazione Campana di “City”, il quotidiano gratuito del Gruppo Rizzoli-Corriere della Sera.

Nel libro ,per conto di ” Corriere.Quotidiano dell’Irpinia “ edizioni Intra Moenia finito di stampare nel novembre 2007 presso Cangiano Grafica S.R.L. di Napoli, Libro di 215 pagine dal titolo : NELLA TERRA DELLE JANARE viaggio nell’Irpinia segreta,tra leggende, magia e misteri

a pagina 183 VOLTURARA IRPINA : “Il Drago e la Rosa “, Antonio E. PIEDIMONTE scrive:

……………….Volturara sarebbe stata una delle tre citta’ della dodecapoli etrusca della Campania...
………dopo la distruzione di Sabatia,l’antica citta’ irpina conquistata dai Romani oltre duemila anni fa. Dal passato all’oggi con una curiosita’ artistica : a Volturara e’ stata rinvenuta un’opera inedita del grande pittore e incisore olandese Maurits Cornelis Escher, che raffigura la leggenda di una sorta di drago moderno, peraltro anche lui ospitato in un lago : il celebre “ mostro di Loch Ness “…………………-

Anche Internet riporta notizie sull’Inedito Quadro di M.C.ESCHER, come ad es. :

Questa e’ una GRANDE SCOPERTA per il Mondo dell’ARTE.-

Proprietario del Quadro Inedito risulta essere un Appartenente alla Polizia di Stato, in servizio presso la Questura di Avellino.-