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  1. 7 points
    These days there are far more miles covered and time spent on faster duel carriages, and also fast country roads than ever before - both in the learning phase and in the driving test. You also need to navigate with Sat Nav and not let it dictate to you - just guide you. You will then also have to follow some signs. I have not updated this thread but in the last two days more progress has been made, and today marked the first of the independent driving. This is where I am told where to go, but otherwise no other input is given until later. This moves up to actual 'mock' tests. These are not true mocks as there is no actual paper the Instructor is using to mark the pupil, but the conditions are the same and the punishment at the end is hearing if you would have failed (or good new passed). Today I would have failed. The first reason was I was on a quiet residential road, clearly marked as a 20 MPH zone. I then came to a larger, wider road and needed to turn left. I stopped at the give way line when a lady coming down the road flashed me - now you are taught to never believe that being flashed means go, so I did not - but she then proceeded to flash me again and 'wave' me out. Clearly this was intended for me so I pulled out, and once I had drove on the new road. The issue was I sped up to 24 MPH thinking it was a 30 MPH zone, but was actually still a 20 MPH area until just around another corner where it changed to 30 MPH. In a test I would have failed for speeding. The second failure was where we were driving along a 40 MPH open road, no traffic was coming up behind or in front and things were going smoothly, all of a sudden I spot a Squirrel running out from the right hand side of the road, quick glance in rear view mirror and a hard brake (not an emergency, just firm) and went from about 38 MPH to 27 MPH and did not hit the Squirrel. I was then told in a real test if that was to happen, regardless of animal, I should never avoid it as this could cause a car following me to brake sharply loose control or plain old hit us up the back, Only take emergency action if it is a person in the road. I would be seriously miffed if I failed my test because I did not run over an animal but would pass if I had. Hey ho, luck of the draw. Other than that its all being going really well. I feel confident even at 70MPH on the duel carriageway and overtaking. Parking is easy, but roundabouts - for some reason I need to think every time if I am going 'straight on' or 'second exit' to steer enough to the left and then to the right so I keep right over and hug the left hand of them, so long as it causes nobody else issue it would only be a minor, but could be a serious (and automatic fail) if it did cause someone else to move over etc. I have more practice on Monday and Tuesday, real mock test Wednesday. Once that is done, Thursday and Friday is London, Saturday and Sunday with my Mum and Simon, and will get some driving in there to keep a bit refreshed. Tuesday then is a 2 hour standard lesson with my Instructor and the next day Wednesday 3rd October is the actual test. I am not nervous yet, but I just feel I have been doing so well and putting so many long days into this I have come too far to fail now.
  2. 5 points
    for me, my pension scheme came into force when I was 51 and made redundant, normally it would have been 55 but the redundancy clause cut in at 50. the thing was I used all my redundancy money and pension lump sum to pay off my mortgage, this left a meagre annual pension of £9000 a year, so for me the option of retirement at 51 wasnt viable, so it was back to work, though it did mean I was able to take a step down the rungs of the employment ladder and take a post that I could easily manage with no responsibility and no stress and in which I could excel without effort. to me this is the next best thing to retirement, as I am doing work which I am happy at while keeping my mind active.
  3. 4 points
    If I have to pay to park then I rarely go there, plain & simple. Judging by the decline of our local high street (Lowestoft) and the growth of nearby shopping centres, with free car parking, I am not alone. Beccles has long had oodles of free parking, we shop there far more than we do in my local town.
  4. 4 points
    If the finances would allow, we always planned to retire early. I was lucky because part of my career was spent working for a paint company with a red propeller logo which at that time was part of Courtaulds who's final salary scheme paid in full at age 54! But it was still a hard call as retiring 10 years early does have a detrimental effect on pensions designed to be drawn at 65. However moving from a very desirable Chiltern Hilltop Village to North Norfolk provided a quite large six figure sum that helped. The Swiss arm of a German dishwasher to wind turbine company that I worked for asked me to stay for one more year on full salary for very few hours per week which prepared me for retirement nicely. I can honestly say we enjoyed every bit of our retirement, gardening, walking, boating, days out etc. In my present situation there is not a day goes by that I do not thank whoever or whatever made me retire early. Judith and I had 10 wonderful years together in retirement. Had I carried on until I was 65 we would have had 15 months before her terminal cancer struck. Strange writing this today as it is my birthday, 4 years over retirement age but I have already been off the treadmill for 14 years. I guess the fact that we married so young and had our two sons young also helped as both had completed university by the time I was 50.
  5. 4 points
    Well that's me failed plenty of times and a rule I strongly disagree with. Can you imagine being on the Mighty Tiger at speed, then a deer / dog / badger etc appears in the road, I check mirrors, yes nowt behind me then don't slow down or swerve to avoid it? - Result 999 and off to sample hospital food at best. And why not slow down / swerve in a car if the road is clear and no one is tailgating ? Hitting wildlife tends to kill it, or worse maim it not to mention cause damage and expensive repairs to vehicles - A daft rule imho Griff
  6. 3 points
    I did laugh at that bit, I doubt I would pass a test these days, my last lesson was 40 years ago.
  7. 2 points
    On Thunder we have moved from the first come first served to a priority order. Once you have used a spare week you drop to the bottom. Then if more than one owner wants the same week the one highest on the list takes it. So far seems to be working well. I’m up to second in the list just waiting for that Spare August week! One of the owners has probably more than doubled their allocation this year through the spare weeks- you know who you are........ [emoji2]
  8. 2 points
    Not to mention taking weeks that other owners cannot take - not just when you are already on board. On MS weeks like that are put out to the rest of us on a first come first served basis. For no extra charge except fuel/pumpout. Effectively a minimum of four weeks a year, but could be quite a few more!
  9. 2 points
    they appear to be using the push and go stick rather than sailing in that picture. of course how hard they are pushing cannot be Quantified.
  10. 1 point
    Dear All, Just a quick five minutes to let you all know something and explain why we haven’t been on the forum much since August. The firm I work for has been bought by another American firm and as a result our time in Switzerland may be coming to an end. Justin will complete his International Baccalaureate in June next year and then we ( Fiona and Myself) will be free to go wherever the employment takes us. we have lived outside the UK for 15 years now and we must admit To beginning to desire a return to blighty. We will of course go wherever the wind blows and enjoy our next adventure. We would also like to thank everyone for their condolences on the passing of my mum. For those interested in such things she died suddenly and unexpectedly from meningitis aged 86yrs. The family are well, Christian graduated from UEA with a 2:1 in international development. He is working now and on his way to complete independence. Eliza will be 1 in a few weeks, she is now walking very well indeed and even has a few words as well. Helena will be returning to Canterbury in October to continue her studies in Animal Science. After his IB Justin intends to read Military History and Politics in the UK before embarking on a career within the UK military. So it’s all go and all change chez nous, which for those familiar with our comings and goings is pretty par for the course. Many many thanks to you all for a magnificent summer in which we met up with many new friends and supped large with ones of old. This year we did many new things and enjoyed every minute with friends old and new. Next year it’s that bloody bridge or bust.... See you all afloat. Martin Fiona et al.
  11. 1 point
    Gosh Jean you are modern. I would not know where to start with that and doubt very much my Windows iphone would even manage to achieve an app for it. Never mind soon be Christmas. So if you are going out anywhere in the UK you can pay by phone. Now that is a good idea. Nothing worse than rocking up to a National Trust Car Park to find that it has gone up another pound. Ok if you carry a load of change around but I dont.
  12. 1 point
    Wouldn't do for me. An electric hob and a microwave isn't a replacement for a proper cooker with an oven and grill. I guess its okay if you intend to eat out a lot, but we also enjoy wild mooring and eating on board and however good a combi microwave is, it lacks the versatility of a conventional cooker (imho, of course).
  13. 1 point
    Hi Chris, RCI have done this for years, we used to bank with them unused cottage weeks at Windermere and swap them for narrow boat holidays or holidays in other locations. Regards Alan
  14. 1 point
    well busy today watching youtube, a live stream of real boat timber steaming - plus some work in the breaks between ribs / frames going in, I am working on the stern well, I have made a pattern for the floor, trimmed the side decks square and fitting supports for the inside sides of the stern well.
  15. 1 point
    Yep, this is my recent experience too. I've had to do a drive through and leave as there are no free spaces on at least a couple of occassions. I think 2 hours free parking might be an attractive compromise. In general a town like Beccles needs to attract visitors so free parking is essential for the local economy. Charging commuters for a parking space seems appropriate to me. RANT warning: I really object to the ticket machines that boldly announce "over payment accepted .... no change will be given"!! Particularly when fees are set in such a way that multiple denominations of coins are required to meet the exact fee.
  16. 1 point
    I understand some of the comments about Brundall.It for me is still a great place to be based.Most of the nine years moored there.Now at Cove lots of nice follow boats.Okay there are a lot of Gin Palaces around and sadly many yards have gone.What the future of Brooms is still uncertain. Like many we us Brooms for fuel,pump,outs Gas etc.Last week we stopped to top up fuel.We found out Malcolm had to apply for his job,sadly it was given to someone else.That of course is up to Brooms,Marina and myself have always found him helpful and friendly. A trip to Brundall will often end at The Yare(sadly not a hotel).of sorts of boaters from Gin Palaces,middle range boaters,workers holiday makers,locals.We love the broads, but for us Brundall ticks nearly all the boxes. Ian
  17. 1 point
    It'd help if the bogs were cleaned now and again!
  18. 1 point
    Cheaper, yes Matt, undoubtedly by a mile assuming you'd be hiring a boat the same size. However with hiring you get perfect choice of what boat, from what base in what week you want. When I hire sometimes I'm solo, sometimes not and I can pick a boat that suits. I know I pay a premium for that in comparison to a syndicate but I also fix the cost when I book with no extra bills to worry about. All that said, I would never rule out switching to a syndicate in the future. For me, it would need the right combination of price, annual cost, boat style and week allocation system ( the lottery thing just doesn't cut it for me).
  19. 1 point
    I do hope that Beccles Town Council and whatever 'trust' has been deemed to be needed to run this little lot now actually put up and get on with it. If as much money had been spent on the asset in the last few years as has been used in meetings, site visits, plans, assessments, re assessments and in house politics between WDC, Sentinel and BTC they would have already had a facility to be proud of!
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for the replies. After much more dithering I finally made a decision and booked Velvet 2 today for a week in 12 months time. I'd have been very happy with either boat but I felt Velvet 2 had a marginally nicer interior plus it's Saturday start which I prefer. I ended up with a better deal than I was expecting. Not only did I get the £10 online discount I'd forgotten about, I got this year's price less 10% when the website is saying 5%. Whether that's a loyalty bonus I don't know but in any case I'll receive a posh food hamper as a returning customer (I have Brinks Jazz in May for the meet). It feels strange to have two trips with Barnes next year as my only previous hire with them was back in 1993. Both trips are likely to be solo so good on Barnes for keeping on allowing solo hirers.
  21. 1 point
    farthing at Oulton Broad Regatta this year.
  22. 1 point
    I used to have a little Renault 4, I called it Phyllis, but that was short for Syphilis 'caus it was poxy.
  23. 1 point
    Timbo, If the weather breaks or you find 'camping' is for kids, go to the pleasure boat and use Nyx as a base. you know you are more than welcome.
  24. 1 point
    May I be the first to wish you all the very best of lurk.
  25. 1 point
    What's wrong with broken boat bits...oh apart from the picture where you first realise you are BALD...and not one of your friends or family told you!
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