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  1. 3 points
    We have seen the distress with Sand Martins in the 70s when we used to go up to Coltishall Lock, you moored at the other side then and they nested in the bank, some one rammed a boat in the bank and blocked several tunnels, me and my daughters spent best part of an hour in a dinghy opening them up again and releasing the birds trapped inside
  2. 3 points
    Not sure if she really counts as a Classic but definitely my pride and joy
  3. 2 points
    https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/council-under-fire-over-sand-martin-nets-1-5983138?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons&fbclid=IwAR1tL6jLW88HpqV8E95BUA__5SuqgJwSSmxY_uKXeTw5Yixj_mMVWXgL2SI "North Norfolk District Council put the temporary netting up on cliffs at Bacton to deter the birds from nesting during work on the Sandscaping project, which will see 1.8m cubic metres of sand put on the beaches to protect them from erosion. The council said Natural England approved the nets and the RSPB had given advice." Natural England, on Radio Norfolk have said that they have no system for approvals. The RSPB are saying that the Council has not followed the advice they gave ! The Relevance of this to the Broads ? Well, the sand martins from this colony are regularly seen feeding over Barton Broad and elsewhere. Video on BBC Look East last night of the birds hanging on to the netting, seeking a way through to their nest burrows was, to quote my wife 'heartbreaking'. I had to agree.
  4. 2 points
    Diito, very harsh.
  5. 2 points
    Personally I see no harm in being concerned for our feathered friends.
  6. 2 points
    They were made to do this that’s the difference. It’s all about the line up with the key stone, the front hatch and being able to see the underside of the bridge at a given time . Child’s play when you have done it a few hundred times
  7. 2 points
    Try this Simon. Incredible stuff :-)
  8. 2 points
    Can this thread be merged with the defibrilator thread just in case please?
  9. 2 points
    It's a common misconception that two existing Dolomite engines were "glued" together to make the Stag's V8. In fact the engine was a bespoke design and the first of an expected new family of Triumph engines that would be built to the same design in 4, 6 and 8 cylinder versions therefore sharing many of the parts and mechanical processes. The 4 cylinder version was fitted to the Dolomite after the Stag had gone on sale, so it is more accurate to say that the Dolomite used half of the Stag V8. Sadly, the need to share components meant the V8 was a compromise design and had inherent flaws of which the coolant issue is perhaps the most well known but not the only one. Triumph dropped the fuel injection from it's previous engines in favour of twin carburettors, largely due to concerns over emissions in the US, which was it's intended main market and the carburettors were very troublesome. Keeping them balanced and well tuned was a near full time job. Many were retro fitted eith EFi. Triumph new the engine was no good but pressed ahead with it anyway. BL bosses had instructed them to look at using the Rover V8 which was an american design and well proven however Rover, despite being part of the BL family did not want to supply the engine and claimed they did not have sufficient capacity. In turn, Triumph did not want to use the engine and claimed it would not fit the Stag. That latter point was disproved, in as much as the engine would physically fit in the bay as many Stags were re-engined with the Rover V8 however the much heavier weight of the Rover lump does have a disasterous effect on the car's handling. We had a name for Rover engined Stags in the owners club, we called them b4st++ds.
  10. 2 points
    Isn't it funny how sometimes a completely random, unexpected event can awaken a memory of so many years ago? I had cause to drive up to Edinburgh today to fulfil a promise I made some years ago to attend the opening of a friends business. Today was the day it finally happened and so rather than take the easy option of flying I decided to make an early start and drive. I left early, very early. My plan was to put Newcastle behind me before the day was truly awake then stop for breakfast at a favourite haunt just of the A1 south of Berwick Upon Tweed. All went to plan and it proved to be an enjoyable day if fairly uneventful, but long. Very long. With three hundred miles between me and home I was glad when the formalities were finally complete and after a polite amount of socialising I made my excuses, and my escape. I left Edinburgh just before rush hour really got into full swing, allowing that busiest time on the roads to pass me by as I chewed up the miles on the A1. By the time I made it back as far as Newcastle rush hour would be over. I had toyed with the idea of visiting Lindisfarne on the way home. It is a special place for me and somewhere that I have not visited since my mother passed away some years ago. Sadly the crossing times for the causeway were not favourable, so as I passed the Beal turn off the A1 I made a silent promise to visit again soon. Sadly, my favourite transport cafe on the A1 is no more. A victim of the recent road improvements which have left it severed from it's passing trade by thirty yards of grass and a fourteen foot bank. The building stands empty now, awaiting the onset of dereliction unless some other use can be found for it. From the boarded windows with the word “CLOSED” whitewashed across them you would not believe that just a few short years ago it was the place to get food on the A1. So now I am devoid of ideas on where to find food, and since that triple sausage bacon and egg full English went down at eight o'clock this morning I have eaten precisely two blinis with something on which claimed to be caviar but tasted more like tiny balls of wallpaper paste and a mushroom vol-au-vent which was close to inedible. I pulled off the A1 at Coxhoe and found a takeaway. The Pizza was about as good as the earlier canapes and the coffee was warm and brown but I doubt it had much to do with the Coffea plant but I was too hungry to turn my nose up at it and still a good three hours from home. So I swung the car around and headed back to the A1 and set the three pointed star on the bonnet for home. And here comes that random moment (you didn't think I'd forgotten did you?) By now the sun has set and the sky is a beautiful pale orange turning to dark blue. It isn't really dark yet, it's that brief moment of evening when, even on the motorway it's a sheer delight to be out with the roof down. At that moment the digital radio station I was listening to played Xanadu, you remember? Olivia Newton John and ELO. Instantly I was carried back to the summers in Norfolk, a memory so strong I could almost taste it, almost reach out and touch it, almost but not quite. It sent a shiver down my back. I'm sure the water leaking from my eye was a consequence of the freshening breeze blowing round my spectacles. I categorise my time in Norfolk in to two distinct eras. The first as a child, which ran roughly, I would guess until I was around eleven or twelve, then adolescence, when the focus of our attentions changed. As a child the focus of our world was Oulton Broad, the water itself, the park and one or two other locations we hung out. As we grew older that shifted more to Lowestoft and to Heathland Beach. During the last days, in fact the very last summer in Norfolk Xanadu was the big summer hit. We played it on the beach every night. In truth there are probably three eras in play, I discount the one which pre-dates my memories though there were several visits to Camping Boats in that period. My very first memory is, in truth not my own but afforded me by that pensieve which is elder siblings. It recalls that occasion when as a tot dressed in wellington boots and duffel coat I was enjoying splashing in the puddles by the landspring drain which ran through the site until, inevitably I splashed in a puddle which was not a puddle but the creek itself. I disappeared from site momentarily and as I bobbed back to the surface my eldest sister grabbed me by the hood and dragged me to the bank where I was hauled back on to terra firma.
  11. 2 points
    We are trying to keep our Broom Skipper as original as possible, even the 1970's light fittings are staying. The original fridge sadly is going to have to go as we cant get it to work.
  12. 2 points
    An absolute true classic in my mind. I`ve said for many many years, you can`t beat that "classic look" of a white GRP hull, with a timber top. We hired Maffetts "Kingfisher" many times, which is the same as this one. She`s now moored at Beccles, and i can never resist an opportunity to go round and see her. I think this one (and Kingfisher), are probably the most classic Broads cruiser, because they have that classic white hull, with varnished timber top, and are fwd dv (typical Broads cruiser). But that`s just my opinion. Other classics are the Seamaster 27, Freeman 22 mk2, Elysian 27 ctr ckpt, Carribean 39, Aquafibre 38 & 42, and the list goes on. There are a great many classic boats around, but it just depends on the individuals beliefs.
  13. 2 points
    Kathy uses a CPAP on board, we run it through the inverter on the domestic bank of 3 x 110 amp batteries. She uses the humidifier but turns it down when its cold. The best thing we found was a home-brewed sleeve over the tube, knocked up from a cheap fleece throw, also bring as much of the hose under bedclothes as possible. She's just advised not to overfill the water reservoir as well.
  14. 2 points
    I used a cpap regularly on Lightning. I had to use the humidifier as I have extreme problems with dry mouth and throat - using a chin strap didn't really alleviate the problem. If you can warm the cabin with an oil heater it should help with "rainout" (condensation build up in the cpap to mask tube). Also a cpap tube cover may help. You can also buy a heated hose for some cpaps which should help. Of course all this uses battery power and if you can't get a hook up you are going to need a good size battery bank if you want to use the humidifier. I used a lower humidifier setting than normal, with a tube cover and made sure the cpap was lower than my sleeping position with the tube rising up from the cpap to just about head height. I still got the occasional "shower" - but my wife was usually asleep so wasn't troubled by the odd obscenity.
  15. 2 points
    I have used mine for a while now. I have a battery that I can run it off, last two nights. I can charge that from 12 volt supply and when ever is restaurant or yacht station I top it up with 240 supply. If I can get electric hook up I use 240 all night. Works a treat.
  16. 2 points
    I think my Superman One"sy through him off balance.
  17. 1 point
    martham use their own staff to go under the bridge, I have personally been taken through in janet at 5 foot 11 inches, wouldnt think she would have got through at much less. martham do have their own gauge at their slipway that shows the bridge clearance. their boats are all a lot narrower than most other broads boats - only about 9 foot 6" wide.
  18. 1 point
    There’s a districnt lack of care here. The council would be quick to dive in where any individual breached a bylaw but in my eyes interfering with wildlife at any time let alone nesting season seems to be a breach of civic duty. I feel like I’ve contributed indirectly so am looking forward to wannabe candidates turning up on my doorstep to tell me why I should vote for them in the local elections and indeed what they think of this personally. Extremely disappointing behaviour. Naughty NNDC.
  19. 1 point
    And don't forget the Rover SD 2600 same lump as the V8, but they redesigned the engine by chopping off two barrels. Problems with vibration ensued and they didn't sell many of them as they had such a bad reputation. A lot of the problems with the 2500 PI Triumph engines were down to the casting shop. Production was so rushed, that a lot of the sand in the moulds for the block and head never got flushed out, so stayed in the cavities of the engine often blocking small holes where it had conglomerated with antifreeze.
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  21. 1 point
    Pretty bad I suspect! Check out the video of a Silver Jubilee going through in the fog. Amazing.
  22. 1 point
    Yep - The Americans didn't really want it as it had been unreliable and there were better lumps available. The British motor industry had no better answer though, so it was improved and used in all sorts of things and bored out to 5 litres by TVR. I've even seen a speedboat with a Rover V8 in it. Land Rover eventually switched to Jaguar lumps during their period under Ford ownership, and Rover stopped using it because the 800 was basically a Honda and so used their V6. I too thought it was relatively light, though, and that that was the reason it became the weapon of choice for a lot of larger cars of the time? I guess perhaps it was lighter than the alternatives, but still a bit of a lump? As it happens, I was watching a doco on YouTube last week about the SD1 and it had a bit of a history of the 'Rover' V8.
  23. 1 point
    MM, It's on the left opposite the Jet petrol station in the centre of Coltishall. About 15mins walk from The Rising Sun. If you time it right and go there for Brunch, there is then the excellent Red Lion for early lunch to wash down brunch on the way back.
  24. 1 point
    I think we are all annoying at some time or another. My wife is always trying to get on her high horse!, and Im reluctant to get off it.
  25. 1 point
    Had they not had the weak waterpump problem they probably would have had the valve guide problems the Dolomite Sprint had. As it was I think they died from overheating before the valve guides could wear out.
  26. 1 point
    for those who like quizzes the topics for the quiz saturday night are SNOOKERED UK TRIVIA HISTORY AND POLITICS CHILDRENS LITERATURE FAMOUS FILMS BITS AND PIECES Get swotting, the winner gets 2 bottles of wine
  27. 1 point
    Meales Garden Centre which is just along from Wayford Bridge Inn do a very good breakfast in their café.
  28. 1 point
    I have been known to have the very occasional "Mac" of some size or other, though I do tend to prefer a burger stand for that sort of thing, however, not for breakfast, and I certainly wouldn't think of it as a "cooked breakfast". for me, the perfect F.E.B. (Full English Breakfast) is 2 fried eggs, 2 rashers of good bacon, 1 or perhaps 2 good sausages, baked beans, mushrooms fried tomato, and fried bread.. Extra points can be gained with the availability of black pudding or even a kidney or two. Points will be lost if there are either hash browns or chips present. Extra slices of bread or better still toast being available will also add points. Finally, the quality and quantity of coffee adds or subtracts from the final score. With the number of really good butchers on the broads, I find myself often disappointed on being presented with some generic mass produced sausage, and often the bacon "could do better". I am yet to try Rosie Lee's famous breakfasts, having only been to that mooring once, and that was a lunchtime. Best question I've ever been asked when ordering a breakfast... "Would you like two eggs or three?"
  29. 1 point
    Seems to be a new trend,have seen on Facebook, netting over trees also.
  30. 1 point
    Possibly but I think the point is the distress it's causing the birds this year. In a similar vein there are issues with contractors netting hedgerows near housing developments too.
  31. 1 point
    I would imagine if the birds are deterred from nesting this year they won't return next year
  32. 1 point
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  33. 1 point
    My brother had a 2.2 litre Firenza sport with twin carbs. For the time it was frighteningly rapid and I was always relieved to survive the journeys! Lovely looking coupe though and was marvelled at because it had six or seven dials on the dash!
  34. 1 point
    We like flour & bean at potter for breakfast ,fresh cooked when ordered, also some nice scones, You can't beat bridge inn at acle for supper,
  35. 1 point
    A good mate had a Ro80 - when the engine went he somehow shoehorned a Corsair V4 into it - oh what fun we had!
  36. 1 point
    My daughter owns a Press Bros boat launched in 1909, she's remarkably similar to Poppy's boat. 100 years apart, the ethos of the design has stood the test of time, both are surely classics., albeit one has a synthetic hull.
  37. 1 point
    Oh to be in my 30s again, i would have eaten the large one, then gone back for the medium. Having a bit of a stomach now, i don`t eat half as much as i used to. Also getting older means i don`t feel like eating as much.
  38. 1 point
    The band will also be playing at : The Lion Inn, Thurne - 22nd June - 8.30pm The Lion Inn, Thurne - 10th August - 8.30pm kind regards Richard
  39. 1 point
    Hi I use a coke can inverter with mine with a chin strap uses 1 1/2 amps approx without vaporizer, disconnect vaporizer not necessary if used with chin strap, i have used coke can with both old model and new one no problems, vaporizer uses a lot of power basically a miniature electric kettle, they will blow water if filled to high ok in house but boats rock. i plug mine into a 2 amp three pin 12v socket. cig lighter sockets have a lot of play and easily lose contact, try using a lolly stick to weg tight or tie down with string. John
  40. 1 point
    Posh Pigs at ellough airfield Beccles is best i have ever had small ,medium and large bit of a long walk from yacht station though this is medium breakfast , large is three of everything plus coffee John
  41. 1 point
    BridgeStones at Potter Heigham Plenty of room for breakfast business meetings! Good food too of course
  42. 1 point
    I know nothing about Cpap devices but I do know a little about power supplies. The "cigarette lighter" socket is not the best style if what you are plugging in depends on a good contact. I hope somebody with better knowledge comes along soon.
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  44. 1 point
    Like Hylander, I'm usually up and awake when the day starts. A beagle's nose in your earhole is an excellent alarm clock. After taking the boys out for a walk and making a pot of coffee (Norfolk Coffee) the engine starts and we shove off. So although we don't sit under the hotel window we are on the move. Now if I had been the chap on the boat...I would have kidnapped Victory V in his nightshirt and nightcap, plied him with Norfolk coffee and then got him to look at any bits of the boat that needed varnishing while he was there!
  45. 1 point
    The period when we had glass hulls and wood superstructures might be considered. This is a Moores Griffin/Bourne 35.
  46. 1 point
    Saturday usually began at or just after first light. The trusty “torpedo” camping stove came out and the first thing on was the kettle. Whilst the girls walked the dog, named Sandy who was a basenji, for those who have asked, I was despatched to tell father that the kettle was on. This was an implied instruction from mother that it was time he was packing up. Tell your mother I'll have one more cast was the invariable reply as I was press ganged into service as a donkey, carrying the little bits and pieces like his net bag whilst he catapulted the last of his ground bait into the river and packed his basket and rod bag. I noted that more often than not his nets were dry. He was good my dad, at fishing at least, but he never seemed to do much on the Old Bedford. Once the tea was made a ready prepared frying pan appeared from the boot of the car, full of part cooked sausage and bacon and it was put on the stove to finish off whilst mum sliced and buttered rolls. The reason for our early start was Downham Market, where the A1101 crossed the A10 King's Lynn to London road in the town centre. Nowadays both roads have bypasses, the former to the south of the town, the latter to the east. Mother would be keen to get through Downham before this otherwise sleepy little town awoke to the weekly chores of shopping and such like. East of Downham we turn onto the A134 towards Thetford. With Thetford behind us the greenery of the forest gave way to the rolling greenery of the Waveney Valley as we continue east on the A1066 towards Diss. The arrival in Diss was always met by the regurgitation of many, generations old jokes. “if this is Diss, where is Dat? And, is this Diss Mere? No it's Dat dare ….” They seemed funny at the time. Of course we loved them because, as much as the familiar landmarks which we passed by, they were waymarkers of our journey. An indication that we were getting close to our destination. At Scole the A1066 crosses the A140 which ran north – south through the centre of the village. This was not quite so bad to cross as other roads as it was a staggered crossroads, left then right. The right turn was easy to miss, and it took dad yelling at mum on one occasion, “turn right there, by the fellow with the blue shirt”. To this day that junction is referred to as “the man with the blue shirt”. From this point onwards the road we travelled is hardly recognisable. East of Scole the 1066 joined the A143, almost completely rebuilt in more recent years along the line of a disused railway. Much of the old road is still in use now numbered the B1062 which winds it way through the village of Brockdish, more age old puns, and then through the pretty village of Harleston where petrol was obtained from a garage straight from the 1930's. The pump was inside the garage window and the delivery pipe hung from a gantry out over the road. You didn't pull in, simply parked on the road outside and would be served with your five gallons of four star. It was there that I remember vividly my mother remarking that the price had reached fifty pence per gallon. I think that would have been during the oil crisis of 1973/4. “Ten bob a gallon, where will it end” she asked? Harleston is bypassed today, as are most of the towns and villages between here and the East Coast, which whilst a blessed relief to residents I have no doubt, is still somewhat of a shame. The road continues to Bungay but before we arrive there is another stop to be made. I grew up in an age where everything had it's season and as a result we looked forward to them. One such item, perhaps the queen of seasonal produce was the Strawberry, it arrived in the shops is June and was gone by September. It was the essence of English summer and it was best enjoyed straight from the field, and that is what we did. Pick your own was not the widespread industry that it is today, it hadn't achieved it's current day status of family day out but there was a large pick your own farm near Earsham and we stopped and filled basket upon basket with large juicy fruits ready to permeate our holidays with pies, flans, scones or at their best with the lightest sprinkling of sugar and lashings of fresh cream. If you have only sampled strawberries from a supermarket then you have never tasted a real strawberry. There is a world of difference between something grown in a field, ripened by the sun and, dare I say it fertilized with horse muck and the bland, watery, pale imitations proffered by Mssrs Sainsbury et al, heavily hybridised varieties bred for yield at the cost of flavour, grown in huge poly tunnels, usually in Spain or Turkey or Egypt and increasingly in India in troughs of water suspended at the perfect height for picking and ripened to order by artificial light. They never see the sun, they never sit in soil and they never develop any flavour. With baskets (and my tummy!) full we climbed back into the car to complete our journey. The final stretch to Oulton Broad. I remember Bungay from my childhood as a colourful, pretty little market town. We passed through the centre of the town and onwards to Beccles. It would soon be time to start searching the horizon for the giant, four legged cranes which in those days stood on the quayside at Lowestoft and could be seen from miles away. With Beccles andWorlingham behind us we joined the A 146 bound for Oulton. Despite many recent improvements, straightening and widening this road largely still travels it's original course, past North Cove and Barnby into Carlton Colville and finally Oulton Broad. Our caravan park was at the end of Marsh Road which turns back sharply from the main road. Today, this left turn is prohibited, a complete circuit of the new roundabout on Saltwater way and a right turn being the preferred manner of entry onto Marsh Road. But in the 1970's a left turn it was, waiting for oncoming traffic to clear and then swinging wide across both lanes and then down by the railway station along the somewhat bumpy lane, past the “new” holiday chalets, Knight's Creek and finally to Camping Boats.
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