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  1. North Or South ?

    Well, I think that the Quay Workers at Reedham do a jolly good job, sometimes under difficult circumstances. Andrew
  2. Well Done BA On These Two Prosecutions

    I am not sure how anyone can claim the fine is disproportionate based just on a report in the EDP. I am not sure how anyone can make any form of judgement based on the EDP report. The headline stated that: Speeding river offence costs boat driver more than £2600. A man has been found after he was caught speeding past swans in a boat on the River Wensum. That is really all that we were told. On the face of it a picture of an individual, albeit driving above the speed limit, overtaking some swans. Fined £2600. To me it sounded extreme. That is why I questioned the matter. It was not until other people like Andy at Freedom Boats expressed concerns and Ricardo made his contribution that members of the forum and others that there was the realisation as to how serious the incidents were. But that was not evident in the EDP report. The court will have considered all the evidence and the defendant will have had his say in mitigation. I am confident that this took place. But why has the Broads Authority's legal department not reported on the case. It is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that the BA can and will be proactive under extreme circumstances. It would have the opportunity to assure visitors, and private owners alike that the rivers and the broads are controlled, there are disciplines and if you transcend there will be consequences. But perhaps one needs to be told of the standards of behaviour which are required and in some cases reminded. This is an opportunity which has not been missed.
  3. Well Done BA On These Two Prosecutions

    Thank you for your post Ricardo. Appreciated. May I get back to you in the morning with my reply. Forgot to add that sometimes one runs with the fox and hunts with the hounds but I would like to make it very clear that I do not support this individuals actions in any way whatsoever. Andrew.
  4. Well Done BA On These Two Prosecutions

    I am sorry Andy but I do not recognise any part of my post to the comments that you have made. You state that you disagree. With what? The OP stated that a private boat was seen speeding on the river Wensum and that a photograph was submitted showing the craft, at speed adjacent to the River Side complex. Speeding, yes no doubt judging by the wash of the boat. How fast, what speed? Not been established. Bank erosion. Nil. Discomfort to the swans, evidently he overtook them. They did survive. Questionable as to if they were ever at serious risk. Look at the picture of the boat, speeding. Ask yourself, is that a serious crime that has warranted a £2600 fine. In order to justify this most extraordinary penalty some have stated that he had been warned, yes warned according to the account three times for speeding. Not fined, warned. He was however prosecuted and fined for exceeding the 5 mph limited at Whitlingham. By what? 2 mph, 4mph? Who knows? For such a draconian fine does not justice dictate a more rational explanation. Seemingly not. Having been fined he then gets caught again. This time as stated £2600. An accumulative total. How is that arrived at? What is the base figure. How can one possibly justify that sum of money for two misdemeanours? What sort of message does that send out the visitors to Norfolk, indeed to the private sector. After my post questioning the validity of such a penalty a whole raft of issues concerning the behaviour of this gentleman have appeared. On the face of it other genuine complaints of speeding and inappropriate behaviour. Andy you have mentioned boats being virtually beached by his actions, which demonstrates the seriousness of the allegations. The point that I am trying to make is that the fine was disproportionate to the offence as reported by the EDP and the OP. It is only in hindsight, after the initial publication and my subsequent post that additional information has given weight and a degree of credibility to the result. Finally you state: “If holiday makers find the level of fine high. It will serve as a major dissuasion from speeding”. It may serve as a major dissuasion from coming. The holiday makers do not have the facility of driving high speed boats but they still speed within their own limited parameters and drive irrationally. I believe it is incorrect to associate them with a dysfunctional private owner. Finally it remains to be seen if the fine is paid. I suspect that the court would prefer to have confiscated the boat but may be a difficult legal call to make. However, defaulting over a court imposed penalty can have far reaching consequences, including the seizure of assets. The implication of such an action would I suspect provide a satisfactory solution for both of us. Andrew
  5. Well Done BA On These Two Prosecutions

    I happened to witness the incident on the river Wensum which for the most part occurred between the Carrow Bridge and the Novi Sad Friendship Bridge. The picture in the EDP I would suggest was taken north of the Friendship Bridge. I was standing on the car park of the Riverside Leisure Centre. If you look closely at the picture of the speeding boat, yes he was speeding, no doubt at all. Sure the swans were at risk, the wash was excessive but I have seen worse, and of course the individual had been warned before. So you could argue that he got his just desserts, bang to rights as they say. But the size of the fine and costs, £2650. That is a huge amount of money for what would seem to be somewhat out of proportion for the actual severity of the offence, when compared with some road traffic offences and criminal offence. Regretfully the full incident was not published and could therefore possibly be construed by holiday makers and others as being unreasonable which is regrettable. Andrew
  6. Boat Blaze

    A bit off "piste" I know. Just before Christmas I decided to take a journey down memory lane. Well, Whitlingham Lane to be exact. Turned off the road at the bottom of Thunder Lane to have a look at the river, walk along the bank, have a look at the Commissioners Cut. A bit of a nose about. I was amazed to note that Whitlingham Lane is a private road. Never noticed it before. Parked up at the crossing gate. On the way home I noticed a number of new no parking signs. Plus a bright shiny spanking new CCTV camera. The road is only about 100 yes long. The fine for parking £100. So, ain't going there no more. Pity. That's what I love about our own National Park. For the people, by the people. But not all of us. Seems to be the norm these days Andrew
  7. On Going Costs

    During the summer Anne and I will hire a picnic boat. Not a day boat ( no toilet ). Expensive sure, about £200 per day for a top of the range boat. However with say four or six people on board it becomes to my mind cost effective. I live in the middle of the Broads, I am retired, and so when a suitable weather window presents itself, a few telephone calls and we are up and away. Smoked Salmon, a bottle of Chenin Blanc or a Sauvignon Blanc and of course a selection of cheese. We can of course hire where we wish, Horning, Potter, Waveney Center, Hickling anywhere really, and of course we can cherry pick those destinations which are remote if we should so wish or have not visited for some time. I consider myself very fortunate and appreciate many others are unable to follow my example if they should so be inclined. As for owning my own boat. I would love one but other things have to come first. It is not about how much the boat cost to some extent but how much you loose when you have to sell. That is the true cost plus having to factor in your yearly variable and fixed costs. Is it good value. I think so. Especially when you are able to share with family and friends. Also I have friend's who simply enjoy sitting on their boat like Derby and Joan watching the world go by. Nearly as good as sitting on me wall (free) Andrew
  8. Cheshire Cat. Gravy, Geoffrey, Gravy!

    Talking about caulking can you remember those lazy hazy of summer when the old boats of times gone by would return on change over day. The decks would have opened up. And then it rained. Curtains soaked, bedding soaked, blankets soaked. The boat sheds would be full of the stuff being blasted by paraffin heaters to dry everything out before the holiday makers arrived mid-afternoon. Yep, my gravy would have sorted it! If only to provide fortitude to the challenged.
  9. Cheshire Cat. Gravy, Geoffrey, Gravy!

    Thanks for the info. Firstly. What type of flour. Cornflour? Plain Flour or Self Raising Flour, indeed does it matter. Me dear old Mum used to have a large 3 inch deep tray in which she would pour a quantity of water. To the water she would add onion rings and herbs such as thyme. In the tray a rack would be placed upon which sat the Rib of Beef. And in the jolly old oven it went. A small bowl was duly prepared into which was placed a small quantity of flour, old fashion gravy salt, Comptons, used to be called Burdalls and perhaps a stock cube. To this mixture was introduced a small amount of the stock from the 3 inch deep tray. A paste was created and by further additions of stock a viscous concentrated gravy was produced. To this mixture was added an additional quantity of stock, having been skimmed of fat, to produce a gravy which would not coagulate the starch content and provide a good old Norfolk Gravy. A far cry from the brooding mass of dark brown gravy of the carvery, a gravy with little character or pedigree to embellish the Turkey, the Beef, the Lamb or indeed the humble sausage or meat pie. Andrew
  10. Geoffrey. You are the only person in my hour of need that I can turn too. Mrs Wussername, the best gravy maker in Norfolk was struck down with the flux over Christmas. It was left to me to do the gravy. A stock cube was purchased. Which regretfully failed miserably. It has to be said that guests were seen to surreptitiously feed the aspidistra in the hall with my gravy. The plant, it has to be said, has never looked better. Is there a universal gravy, a gravy of all seasons. The multi purpose gravy. If so please tell me. Spud soup was good. Andrew
  11. Ranworth. Malthouse Broad

    On December 22nd, I felt this slight sensation. At my age one does not get many sensations. This one was sinister, a slight tickle in the throat. By the 23rd December it had developed into a full scale bronchospasm dedicated to inflict me on Christmas Day. And so it did. But I soldiered on fortified by antibiotics, anti this and anti that. (all anti alcohol as defined by Mrs Wussername………………gleefully.) It was The Dreaded Norfolk Lurgy. Well the old SAS training kicked in. (Salvation Army Songsters) and I am still here. Today I decided to visit Ranworth by car. The staithe was nearly full, mostly private craft. BA was there. Curtains drawn. Had they succumbed to the festivities of the night before? I decided not to visit The Malsters. I came by car and it would have been enjoyable but irresponsible to enjoy a drink or two. Whilst I know some of the people there in a limited sort of way they don’t know me and I do not wish to intrude. However. Here is the bit of it. On the Parish Notice Board. Minutes of the 1st November 2017. As displayed outside the Post Office at Ranworth. 3. Minutes of the meeting of 3rd October: SG asked for more clarification on two of the decisions; the length of time that a tent can be pitched on public land and the implications of the UEA/Broads Authority report on the history of the staithes. Clerk to amend the minutes, which will be signed at the next meeting. Action: EO. 4. Matters arising from the above minutes: 4.1 UEA/Broads Report on the history of the staithes: The clerk has written to the Broads Authority questioning the implication that Ranworth residents are entitled to free mooring, which is contained in the report. A reply has been received stating that it is likely that this referred only to loading and unloading, however this is one of the issues that the Broads Authority will be raising with the author of the report.KC and EO to write to the Broads Authority asking for this issue to be pursued. 4.2 Tent at Ranworth Staithe: Clerk to write to Broadland District Council asking if they knew about the permanent tent that had been present throughout the summer and what the planning implications are in such a case. Well, there you have it. Two juicy morsels. The Ranworth Tent. When is a tent not a tent that is the question? The second morsel, who owns Ranworth staithe. The Cator Family, Blakes historicaly, The Broads Authority or the parishioners. And finally how does this impound against all concerned. Not just the afore mentioned but the holiday maker, the private owner, the continuous cruiser, the liver board. All of whom have rights and dare I say entitlements. Tootle pip Old Wussername. I take no responsibility whatsoever for the above having been composed and written under the influence of a most delightful Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. The Woodfords Reserve.
  12. Still In Shorts

    Shorts and my thermal long johns is not a good look. So I have been told.
  13. Ellie Smells!

    Wet Labrador is nice. Good old Norfolk smell. Andrew
  14. Happy Anniversary Your Majesty

    Nothing to worry about old chap it is known as seventyitise. I must say though that it has kicked in quicker than expected.
  15. Happy Anniversary Your Majesty

    The Albert used to be moored at Wroxham broad and I believe that the boat was owned by the late Ian Mackintosh. I wonder what happened to it?
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