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Britain's Lost Waterlands

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Posted by Ed Kiser on February 05, 2017 at 16:11:51 user Kisered.


For the Ransome fan that does not live in England, our chances to see the REAL places where his characters have as a playground are rare and never. You Englanders can view these places in person with a comparative minimum of travel efforts to do so. For that, us foreigners can feel a bit of, well, let's call it "aw shucks..."

For the Lake District Ransome stories, he created an environment that was quite a bit re-arranged from the actual locations in the real world. The places we know and love from his stories may have real places in his mind, but the actual locations did get a bit of shifting. So "the Lake" of Ransome's stories does not really exist but does share some similarities with Coniston and Windemere.

However, in the Broads stories of Coot Club and Big Six, and the North Sea tales of We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea and Secret Water, he managed to maintain a much more realistic "map" that closely resembles the actual geography of the regions.

To us foreigners, it is quite a delight to be able to "visit" (vicariously) these three locations and see the "real" places mentioned in his stories.

Through the magic of the internet, and of video cameras, we now have that chance to "visit" those places that Ransome made so dear to us all. On YOUTUBE, there is a BBC DOCUMENTARY that takes us to all three of these locations to see the REAL thing. As a foreigner (in the USA) I am grateful for this opportunity to get that first hand viewing of the actual places.

Click on this link, and sit back, and enjoy the trip to Ransome Land, made to be REAL.

Hope you enjoyed your "trip"...
Ed Kiser, USA, [ ]

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