People from 21 countries visited the site in March.
There were four times as many from the USA than the next largest, UK. Both are countries who have an obvious need for cheerful reading.
As usual the most read post was Highland Home Industries – perhaps ex-pats of Scottish origin were the majority.
The second, which prompted many visitors to clicks on the hyperlinks and explore further, was:
The Diagonal Lock: moving towards a more productive, environmentally friendly canal system
On October 15th the writer visited the ‘Diagonal Lock Roadshow’ in Knowle, meeting Terry Fogarty, a design engineer, company director and canal enthusiast.
Mr Fogarty was presenting a model of his invention: a diagonal lock , which works on the principle of a sloping tube, cutting out time spent by canal users negotiating flights of locks.
“This is a radical alternative that could help to alleviate transport problems on the motorways,” he said. “You could install freezers in a wide-beam boat so you could even transport food.”
The Diagonal Lock is a new technology devised as an alternative to traditional canal locks, enabling boats to ascend/descend an incline whilst floating securely inside a watertight, concrete chamber.