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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID August 1973 THE THAMES IS SWEET AGAIN By RONALD BARKER London Observer LONDON The River which once made Lon- don the greatest port of the most powerful nation on is having a rebirth. And a very pleasant rebirth it is. In older days its claim to fame rested almost enthely on its commercial traffic and its harbourage for warships. Com- merce still keeps it one of Eur- ope's great of but a rapidly increasing use today is by pleasure boats carrying visitors from all over the world on voyages of discovery. For if there is a better vantage point for a visitor to look down on London from the top of a doubledecker it is to look up at London from the River Thames. But the more revolutionary change on the Thames is some- tiling quite and it makes exciting news for any city worried by the world-wide problem of pollution. For the Thames is a cleaner river today than it has been for centuries. With rubbish accumulating in the Thames London first recog- nized the need for in 1383 when an Act of Parlia- ment was passed banning delib- erate pollution. In the 16th cen- tury Edmund Spenser wrote of the ''sweet Neverthe- 300 years as London's it stank so much that Parliament could not bear to and more than people died in the third cholera epidemic of the 19th century. The Pollution Control Depart- ment of the Port of London Au- has changed all mainly by strict control over the discharge of industrial waste. It is not an easy task. The Thames is a tidal and if you throw some rubbish into it London it is likely to go 10 miles down- stream but return nine and a half miles on the so it may fester in the river for anything up to three months before it escapes into the sea. It is the consequences of the Authority's success that are so cheering. Only 16 years ago the only fish able to live in 40 miles of the Thames downstream from Richmond were eels. Now roach and bream are in trout have been caught in the centre of haddock come up as far as Til- bury where anglers have caught them off the jetty. And perhaps the most exciting stage of all. the Port of London Auth- ority has offered a silver cno as a and in to the angler who catches me j heaviest salmon in the ab- sence of a sea before next l when the close reason for salmon starts The Thames is the only major industrial river in the world to show such significant improve- ment. But this is not only be- cause the Thames has become habitable by fish. A quite as- tonishing charge has come over bird life in its reaches. Some years ago anybody thinking of studying bird life on the banks of the Thames would have been laughed there was nothing there between London and Til- bury but mute a few and London pigeons snatching food around the grain wharves. thousands of duck ar.u wading birds are coming bo the Thames from breeding grounds in northern Europe and Russia. Moorhens and coot can be seen paddling around Tower Pier. A wader bird called the ruff nor- mally winters in but last winter 130 of these colorful birds stopped off to probe Thames mud for wholesome food and never took off again for the south. And this is where the conser- vation links up with the plea- sure boats. For there are thoughts of organizing regular boat trips on the river during the winter months so that peo- ple can see the new Thames bird life at close range. Just imagine bird safaris in the heart of It is enough to make any conservationist's heart beat faster. Sears SPORTING GOODS WARM SLEEPING BAGS 3 Ib. Fortrel Bag 3 Ib. fortrel with non allergenic fibrefill. Two tone poplin covers with sturdy zipper. Reg. 3 Ib. Cotton Bag 3 Ib. cotton bag with bonded dura-puff fill. Machine washable and no matting or shift- ing. 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Reg. 74 .99 at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery Simpsons-Sears Ltd.' STORE Open daily from a.m. to p.m. Thurs. and Fri. a.m. to p.m Centre Village Mall Telephone 328-9231 The whole business of rights for prisoners is a thorny one. To find out the present-day status of writer Bill Trent travelled to several penitentiaries across the country and interviewed Canada's commissioner of penitentiaries. His revealing complete with appears this Saturday in Weekend Magazine. Also in Robert Stall talks to and dusts with the cleaning ladies in the House of Commons in Ottawa. Dr. Conrad a Canadian genealogist and tells Michael Cope what it's like to be a member of Britain's College of in charge of pomp and Audrey Gostlin warns that because prices are rising rapidly now is the time to buy that winter coat. Douglas How recalls part of his boyhood in the Maritimes. Margo Oliver presents appealing recipes featuring and there are unique animal illustrations by Quebec artist Jeannot Ruel. It's all there for your reading pleasure in Weekend Magazine this Saturday. The Lethbridcjc Herald1 ;