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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:04 UK time, Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Nigel Worth, 70, from Ruthin, is quietly getting on with the business of raising money for a charity he set up and he's hardly made any fuss.

What's he doing? You may ask. He's only rowing 300 miles along inland waterways from St Asaph to London in a homemade boat with his terrier for company. Thanks heavens for people like Nigel! He seems a right character.

I just wish we'd heard about his antics earlier as we could have used also sorts of new media to follow his adventure from websites like which can track your location via your mobile phone - to overlaying his overnight lay-ups - in a tent on the riverbank - on

I'd also liked to have loaned him our camera phone and he could have emailed in photos or sent them straight to photo sharing sites like the one we have on

Nigel told me via his own mobile that he will be filing weekly reports to his local newspaper,, by posting hand written letters en route. [I'm not intentionally trying to make traditional letter writing and 'snail mail' sound so old fashioned]

And he said he was so busy preparing for the trip that he didn't think of such things as 'new media'. And he does seem to be getting on fine without us, doesn't he?

Reporter Sarah Easedale caught up with Nigel at Audlem and her report is due to be broadcast this afternoon on Good Evening Wales [4-6pm,' listen again' available]. Meanwhile, as I write, BBC Wales Today TV reporter Matthew Richards has caught up with Nigel somewhere in Whitchurch for tonight's programme.

All the best to Nigel. Pob lwc [Good luck]

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