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About me

My name is Steve Wood and this page tells a bit more about me. My main interests (in alphabetical order so I don't have to choose between them) are canals, music and photography. Add to that curiosity about art and design, architecture, railways, travel, technology and the world in general and I have plenty of interests to keep me busy.

Canals

Steve at Hoo Mill Lock 1970From childhood canals have fascinated me. I grew up within walking distance of the Caldon Canal on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent and my parents have been boat owners since 1972. The picture on the right was taken during our first canal boat holiday in October 1969 (or possibly 1970, we're not quite sure of the year but it was definitely October!)

I am an active member of the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust (Communications Officer) and Inland Waterways Association North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch (Deputy Chairman.)

I am Chair of the Uttoxeter Canal Restoration Committee. This group, which is a part of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, is dedicated to the protection and eventual restoration to navigation of 13 miles of derelict canal in the Staffordshire Moorlands and East Staffordshire areas.

I have lived on the Historic Narrow Boat Bream since 1999. You can find out more about Bream on the Fish Class Boats section of this site.

Trivia

I am a season ticket holder at Stoke City FC. Block 15 back row - come and say hi!

I enjoy travelling and have explored much of Europe.

My favourite countries are Norway, Italy, Poland and Ireland.

I have visited every county in the UK and Ireland except Aberdeenshire.

My favourite city is Barcelona.

My favourite artists are Rene Magritte, Mark Rothko and Liam Spencer.

My favourite foods are mostly Indian and Italian - especially when followed by trifle or ice cream :-)

I don't drink coffee or beer (together or on their own!)

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