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  1. 10 points
    A little bundle of joy came into this world tonight, our first grandchild Noah John Cant wait to show him the ropes! Proper chuffed John
  2. 7 points
    Where do I start? People who think supermarket car parks are race tracks and drive round them at 30+ mph. Automated supermarket checkouts that announce "Alcoholic in the bagging area" when you try to check out a bottle of alcohol-free lager, people who ask if it's OK before they do something that will greatly inconvenience you, then do it anyway when you say no. Soppy, politically-correct, virtue-signalling millennials, people who inflect every sentence they utter to make it sound like a question (see previous category), automated switchboards, unnecessary OTT online security - do I really need to provide 3-factor authentication in (username, password and a 6 digit code delivered via mobile phone) in order to check how much credit I have on my PAYG dongle? IT companies that force you to divulge huge amounts of personal information from you as a condition of doing business, then fail to protect it properly so that it ends up in the hands of spammers and scammers. Social Media. Business people who go into "officious pr*ck" mode when you have the temerity to challenge the way they do business. I could go on, but it is probably better if I don't Grrrrrr
  3. 5 points
    Please, Steve, carry on. Are you standing for the prime minister I hope? You've got my vote anyway!
  4. 4 points
    It's high time that the Plannig Department was closed and its activities dispersed back where they belond, with the relevant District Authorities. The costs incurred must vastly exceed the income raised by the 250 or so applications with which they deal each year! I wonder what their problem could be with The Waveney River Centre ? Couldn't be its Managing Director by any chance ?
  5. 4 points
    Regarding planning and residential moorings/house boats James Knight has posted his pragmatic interpretation of the regulations: I think it's quite important to clarify the planning law about living on boats. The BA have planning policies in place which allow them to apply conditions to new moorings. So, for example, if there was to be a new mooring basin then the BA could impose a planning condition which said that there could be no residential use, or no commercial use. The same is not true for pre-existing moorings. You cannot impose a retrospective planning condition on moorings, no matter how much the BA might want to, and no matter how much they repeat the mantra that residential moorings are "unauthorised". If a mooring does not have conditions which restrict its use, then there is nothing to stop someone from living on board if they choose. The reason for this is that planning is about the use of land, not the use of boats. A mooring is a mooring, and what goes on aboard a boat is not relevant to planning, unless the moorings have conditions restricting their use. If, however, the land surrounding the mooring gets strewn with residential 'paraphernalia', then that might well constitute a material change of use of the land. It's all a question of degree. This has been tested several times in the appeal court. The BA lost an enforcement case in 1999 when they attempted to prevent 2 boats in Hoveton from being used for residential purposes. The Inspector found that if he couldn't see the difference between 2 boats - one used residentially and one not - then there was no material change of use of the land and therefore no breach of planning control. Although this case has been dismissed by the BA as an "old decision", another appeal inspector came to the same conclusion in 2010 on the Driffield Canal in Yorkshire. So, although I have no detailed knowledge of the planning conditions in respect of this particular mooring, it is not the case that living on a boat necessarily needs to be expressly authorised by the Broads Authority - or anybody else. If a mooring has no planning conditions restricting its use, then the occupier can feel free to 'live' on board their vessel for as long as he or she chooses.
  6. 3 points
    Eric, can you meet me at the airport. I need to get away from tv talentless shows here. paul
  7. 3 points
    I am in a right state out here in Bali because they don't show any of that. I have to watch football, motorbikes and Formula 1.
  8. 3 points
    Last night the cradle was unclamped, tidied up and replaced under model #1. model #2 has moved into the workshop in preparation for the installation of the prop shaft support and rudder.
  9. 3 points
    Sadly no pics, but what a great weekend! We arrived on Thursday afternoon after a leisurely drive and a lovely lunch at the Walnut Tree at Thwaite on the A140. We spent Friday at Salhouse, where we walked up to the Fur and Feather for a pint of Norfolk Nog and an early browse for Christmas presents in the brewery shop. We then spent an hour or so to good effect, maggot drowning and Mrs O caught herself a very nice perch. On Saturday, we pootled down to Ranworth, where we mudweighted, had lunch, read the papers and watched the antics on the staithe, which seemed every bit as busy as it had been in the summer school holidays. It was quite gusty and clouded over in the afternoon so we headed back to the shelter of our moorings and a quick trip to La Tharmes to pick up some essentials. After that, I tackled a job I have been putting off for a while, which involved chopping out some rotten wood from the corner of our upper rubbing strake, several coats of Cuprinol to discourage further rot, splicing in a new piece of sapele and re-coating the whole Port side of the strake. It took a while but the end result was well worth the effort. Sunday morning saw me progress work on the rubbing strake, followed by a stroll down to the Horning Ferry for lunch. We saw a couple of familiar faces there in the form of Simon and Kate from Cerise Lady so went over for a chat. After that it was back to the boat for an intended trip to How Hill. We got as far as Ranworth Dam and found the river infested with sailies who were racing downriver en masse. Rather than spend the next hour playing "dodge the sailie", we decided to change our plan and head for Ranworth, where there were several spaces on the Staithe- no doubt recently vacated by sailing boats. We moored up under a cloudless sky and walked up to the conservation centre, where I was fortunate enough to spot a kingfisher speeding across Ranworth Broad just a few feet above the water. This morning we took the car up to Potter and set off for a walk on the Weaver's Way around the Southern margins of Hickling Broad. We came across a couple of sweet chestnut trees which seem to have done well this year, with a good crop of larger than usual edible nuts, so I quickly filled all my pockets. Then it was back to the boat for lunch and a little more essential boat-work. The afternoon became progressively hazier and the sun turned red, which we later learned was caused by Saharan dust and smoke from Portuguese forest fires which had been brought up to the UK by hurricane Ophelia. Then sadly it was time to pack the car, put Windmill Lady to bed and head homeward. We left her snugly tucked up in her new cover, ready for our next visit in a few weeks time. The weather over the weekend was extraordinary for mid-October with days spent in T shirts and shorts and nights sleeping under a single blanket, rather than the usual duvet. I can't help feeling sorry, though, for those folks on the West side of the British Isles who were clobbered today by the tropical storm. Cheers
  10. 3 points
    I am not convinced that the new head judge Shirley is any good for the show but who ever took the job they were never going to be better than Len. I will wait and see how she goes for the rest of the series. I have to say the standard of the dancing this year is very good, anyone would be forgiven for thinking that they were having lessons months ago.........! But surly they wouldn't do That?
  11. 2 points
    Hi all I have been having a nose around for a couple of days and now feel it's time to say a big hello to you all. I am on Richardson's Commodore 3 this coming Saturday for a week and can't wait !
  12. 2 points
    The seeming petty nature of some of the costly investigations would suggest that the authority is overstaffed for the amount of work that they have to get through. Idle hands have a knack for finding work!!
  13. 2 points
    Errrrt this may get me in trouble but the girls are very nice to watch.
  14. 2 points
    Congratulations I hope he learns the ropes faster than my wife
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  16. 2 points
    I’d watch out he doesn’t start overloading your boat with livestock!
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  18. 2 points
    Here's a thought, surely an organisation that can scrat together a couple of million in such a short space of time can stick their hand in their pocket and cough up a Broads Toll. Especially considering the amount of the BA's budget taken up on the project? With the amount damage caused to the rest of the system, prymnesium blooms killing off the fish, restrictions to public use of the water and land I'd put them in the same bracket as a motorboat, even though it's wind-powered...of sorts. So with Hickling at 5.9 square kilometers, I make that £257 + £75,558 = a total of £75, 815 a year Now let's back-date that a few years... . Oh and yes I am a paying member of the Trust, so I have no objection to them making a contribution...they can afford it!
  19. 2 points
    Salhouse in the winter and yes we did manage to get the quiet side on mooring at the end :)
  20. 1 point
    Congratulations John. I do like a good news post . All the best to you all
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  22. 1 point
    Have a safe night from Ems and I, as I said in another thread, we were up a couple of weeks back and caught the tail end of Hurricane Maria at Thurne, was a bit of a rough night!
  23. 1 point
    Making a cup of tea for my good lady , was, not that long ago , a simple task . Oh, no , not now. She , you see, has taken to all these fancy teas. I kid you not , we have a variety of around 10 . So now I have to wait until her ladyship decides which tea one would like to choose. Then find the bloody thing, then put them all away . I make less cups of tea these days!!!!!!
  24. 1 point
    I totally agree with all of your post Tim, but this bit is another issue, well worthy of mention. Allowing a place like Hickling to silt up is not good for birdlife, especially as that area has no headwaters and so relies on the rise and fall of tides. A lot of our waterbirds feed on fish and most others, on healthy vegetation. Except on the Malsters Quay where they feed on Homepride or Mr Kipling. I remember the big success of the mud-pumping experiment on Cockshoot in the 70s (or was it the 60s?) and also when they started the deep dyke digging on the land around Thurne Mouth. The water in the dykes was crystal clear, unlike the river, and all the herons promptly moved off the river bank and started fishing out in the fields! Yet again, the Broads cannot be left to their own "natural beauty". They have to be managed, by people with practical knowledge, rather than mission statements or visions.
  25. 1 point
    yes, it is the difference between a decent roastie and a perfect roastie, my daughter uses the sprays. my parents always had a pot in the fridge full of dripping, every week the joint was roasted in it on a sunday, and then it was put back in the pot, mid week the remains of the roast went to become a soup with the settled out stock at the bottom of the dripping pot added. (some of the stock also went into the gravy. its my guess that what was in that pot was a mix of beef dripping and pork dripping (and new lard to make up any shortfall).

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