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  1. 11 points
    All I will say is that we are still currently treating 90 covid-19 patients in our hospital and 30 waiting for results, 25 of these in intensive care - that doesn’t include any other patients that need urgent and emergency treatment who also need expert care or others that have had their cancer surgery delayed. if you want to talk semantics and interpret the latest information to suit your own goals that is your choice - but if you all suddenly go out, for whatever reason, you will potentially put an extra stain on the NHS and those that are trying to combat this disease. This is not over, it has not eased and people are still being infected daily . Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  2. 5 points
    20 ICU beds in NNUH.. Nothings changed.. The virus is still there.. Stay home save lives..
  3. 5 points
    Not from today's cold, but yesterday's warmth. This place, Post Hill, is a nature trail five minutes from where I live. It was a lovely warm day, and a pleasure to be out (exercising!!!)
  4. 5 points
    Got a little surprise in the post today in the form of a poster I bought on ebay and then promptly forgot about.......
  5. 4 points
    Il probably get a lot of hate for this but... Its about common sense. Mitigation. Doing what's best for others but with a caveat, this isn't going away, there isn't going to be a vaccine this year. Yes protect the NHS, Yes slow the spread but be under no delusion that it's going away. You still need to have some quality of life, and if you're local to your boat, go down to it, enjoy yourself while you can, you might catch it next year. Let us not forget that the economic disaster and mental health crisis that is currently happening will cost lives, so if you can order some new Nav lights and go down to the boat and fix them on, then crack on. If it's doing a little for the economy and a little for your mental health then I can't see any issue. And maybe most importantly, when you see the death figures, Google some other statistics. Odds of heart disease, cancer etc and the population of the UK. There's plenty of better things to be terrified of.
  6. 4 points
    This is meant tongue in cheek.
  7. 4 points
    Exactly the same situation near where I live. We are encouraged to go walking as a form of exercise and told that we can drive a reasonable distance to do so. I suppose having to walk past a car park will encourage walking further! In the instance that I am thing about people are parking within yards of the closed car park. It's simply not logical, muddled thinking all round.
  8. 4 points
    Plod in such quantity was clearly nonsense. Had the culprit been alive then I would have questioned what possible harm was he was doing to himself or to others? Someone clearly has a sense of humour, and a point to make!
  9. 3 points
    Sorry but if you think everyone can go boating think again.One thing is very clear.If people abuse this and all start going out not taking care, the R number that we have learnt stands for rate of infection will go up again and we will be back to square one. Let's be very careful and not take risks.
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points
    Learn how to cook on a boat, along with other essentials for a 'proper' Broads holiday.
  12. 3 points
    Gentlemen (and ladies) May i remind you that there is a reason that we dont discuss party politics (or any politics that doesnt directly relate to the broads) and that is because tempers get hot and frayed and people start arguing. As Vaughan so rightly points out this thread is for the impact of the virus on the broads, we have another thread that is for discussions of the virus and advice on how to stay safe. While we have allowed a fair degree of tolerance over the direction of both threads we would rather see them sticking to topic and not straying into arguments. if you want to argue those points there are probably much better places to argue them than here. So please can we try and confine our comments to these aspects of the topics, if you really want to argue politics and whether the right ppe was available, then i am sure there are places to do this, here we would just prefer to see how to remain safe, and how its going to affect the rivers, businesses and broads we all love.
  13. 3 points
    The thing about design is that it will and can change depending upon the intended use of the finished object, the whim of my Mrs, any chance encounter I have had with a design feature, new techniques or whether I've been at home to Mrs Cockup during the construction. I awoke in a bit of pain with muscle cramps in my legs. I must have done too much the day before. A hot shower put some movement back into the legs and I set off for the usual morning walk and walked into a large pack of meanderthals. These once shy creatures used to inhabit human homes. Where as the bogie man lives under the bed, the meanderthal sits on the sofa gorging on a diet high in calories judging from their physique. Since lock down was initiated and humans were staying at home, the meanderthals have been forced out into the wild talking of a sudden need for exercise that they never needed before! By the time I reached home I was hot and bothered. The meanderthals had taken over the woods and their uncontrolled pet rats, which they dress in human clothing for some reason, had all decided to annoy and attack the beagles. Dylan was not happy at all. Out shopping, but at my instigation this time. Have you seen the price of big nails? I asked an assistant if they were Roman and robbed from a reliquary. Instead, I spotted a thin metal rod for half the price of a bag of nails. This would be perfect. Next on the list was sandpaper. Ellie had to ask if I was okay when I nearly keeled over at the price of large sheets of sandpaper. Still, it was essential so I had to cough up the five quid for four sheets. Back at home again I opened up the micro-workshop, dragged out the table saw and set about removing the clamps from the box I was making. Not too bad, not too bad at all! Time to break out the sandpaper I had just bought, but first I would need a very flat surface. My bedroom window would be perfect, although a bit big. So I put the window flat on the table saw top. I do mean my old bedroom window, not the current one! When you own a wooden boat, mechanical sanding devices are a must have, and I must have ten different types. There are four orbital sanders, a belt sander, a micro sander, a small mouse sander, a large mouse sander, a flat sander, a curved sander, a bobbin sander and a bench sander. That's not including the various discs, cones and tubes that fit onto my pillar drill for those hard to get bits that need a good rub down! But, when it comes to making boxes, you have to go 'traditional' if not downright medieval! In the good old days of the 1300's and even earlier, when Vaughan and Wussername were in their prime, sandpaper hadn't been invented yet. Wood was smoothed by means of planes and scrapers and for fine finishing dried rushes with a high silica content, marsh grass, rotten lime (a crumbly and gritty limestone) or sand was rubbed into oiled leather or cloth. For really fine finishing of wood, the skin of the dog fish or hundysfishskyn would be used. None of the materials, with the exception of the rush and grasses, could be easily folded. Instead they would be stretched and secured onto flat boards. The wooden pieces would then be ground against them. This is exactly the process used in box making. Incidentally hundysfishskyn was 9d each in the 1300's, given inflation that's more expensive than sandpaper today! The sandpaper glued and taped to the window surface I started the laborious task of sanding the top and bottom of the box. Soon this... became this. Now onto the sides of the box, and I was building up a sweat. My head was burning, the tops of my ears were starting to blister in the sun and all of my 'approved' hats are on RT. I do have a traditional straw hat that Ellie bought me in Cuba as a joke. I put it on. I looked a right bu...I looked a right pillock but my ears and head were no longer getting singed. I worked on and soon all of the sides of the box were flat, smooth and level. Now for the top of the box. I glued up two of the boards I had left into a panel trying to match the grain and avoid screw holes in the pallet wood. The boards were having none of it, immediately twisting and warping out of shape in the heat. I tired again, and again and again, each time re-flattening and edging the boards. Eventually I got them to remain straight in the clamps and remain straight long enough to plane them, glue the lid to the box and clamp it all up. Time for a coffee, make some dinner and sit with Dylan who'd had a seizure just after lunch. The meanderthals had been too much for him. I will have to take him out earlier tomorrow!
  14. 2 points
    Despite the rather misleading title and amended title there was absolutely no mention of boating in the speech by Boris tonight. British Marine sought and had clarified that marinas are to be treated in exactly the same way as caravan parks and are to be closed for all leisure users. Again there was nothing in tonight's speech about caravan parks being allowed to reopen. Therefore which ever way you want to bend or interpret tonight's news the simple fact is that if your boat is in a marina, the marina should be closed and therefore boating has not been allowed. If your boat is at the bottom of the garden, or on a non marina mooring then visiting it should now be possible. It will be interesting to see what the expanded text tomorrow reveals and whether that changes the guidance being issued by British Marine to its members. I think largely it will revolve around marina staff being allowed to safely return to work, but not necessarily leisure boaters being allowed to return.
  15. 2 points
    Trains, Buses, bikes, walking.....What about lifts?? You can't use the stairs if you are 20 or 30 floors up. If you are going to obey the 2 metre rule by the time everyone has got to their desk it will be time to leave.
  16. 2 points
    There were aspects of the message which were ambiguous, not least the wording (or lack if it) around travel. The park bench thing is plain loopy in my mind because inevitably if you sit on a bench you'll touch it and hence risk transferring the virus. The same goes for sending people to work - yes you can stay 2 metres apart whilst you're working but how do you avoid touching surfaces in the toilets or drinks area? I'm glad I live in Wales where "Stay at home" remains and the rules have been changed less.
  17. 2 points
    Sadly , yet again, the relaxation of measures has been very very poorly worded and can be construed many ways . I , like many other members badly want to visit our boat , if only to check all is ok , but acknowledge the ambiguity of Boris’s speech IMHO doesn’t yet permit it , no doubt the question of visiting holiday homes will rear up over the next day or so and there will be an official response .
  18. 2 points
    If I can go and sit on a park bench and have a picnic, I can sit on my boat and clean it, no sorry eat a picnic. Someone explain the difference please, now that the "essential travel" bit seems to have gone? Why does doing that carry any risk to me or others? If they now have only 20 ICU beds at the NNUH, then things have changed as they had more than that I think you will find.
  19. 2 points
    Oh, a bailer of course! A fit man with a bucket will always empty a boat quicker than a bilge pump - or at least thats what a salty old sea dog told me!! Thats its other use....!
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    Let there be light! And Amazon delivered two five foot LED batons this afternoon. Unfortunately I have to wait until Tuesday before they can be fitted. If you think I'm dodgy at woodwork Dave and Dale can testify to just how clueless I am at electrics! I can fit a plug and change a fuse but that is my limit without making things go bang or up in smoke. Fortunately, we have a son who is a qualified electrician...who can fit me in on Tuesday. I swear he did the teeth sucking all tradesmen do before giving me a date! They must teach 'em that as apprentices. 'Right class, today is Teeth Sucking 101. What do you mean you have sensitive teeth Wiggins?' What a difference a day makes. Twenty-four little hours from glorious sunshine to drip drip drop little April Showers in May. I'll stop singing now. So while I'm waiting for the lights to be fitted I did a small spot of firkling inside the shed rather than out. First things first, although sometimes I will do first things second but it depends on what mood I'm in, I took the clamps from the box I'm making. I mentioned yesterday that designs can change on a number of factors. Two of which are the whims of my Mrs and whether I've been 'at home' to Mrs Cockup. It was at this point that both of these made an appearance. First came Mrs Cockup. In my haste to glue up the lid I failed to follow my own advice and tape up the area inside the box to avoid glue seeping onto the wood. Then came my Mrs with a 'suggestion' that the box was 'too nice' to put my tools in. I knew it was a 'suggestion' rather than just a suggestion. My task was to work out exactly what was being suggested. Mrs Cockup had not made too much of a mess and I was able to sort out some of it with a card scraper. I then trimmed the lid on the band saw making use of the small light fitted to that machine to see what I was doing in the dim and dark depths of the shed. Then it was back to the sanding boards and getting the lid flush to the box sides. But was it a lid? I was wondering what Ellie had been 'suggesting' earlier as I sanded down the box again. Despite the boards warping yesterday the box was rubbing up quite nicely. Perhaps it could be the bottom of the box. Could I fit in a false bottom with a mechanism? But then what about the top? Do I have enough of the same material left to make whatever this box was becoming? Should I in fact act on the 'suggestion' and re-purpose this box or should I make another box altogether? Hmm! I think I need to sleep on this. Time for an afternoon nap! But I'm very happy so far with the joints and fit of the lid/base.
  22. 2 points
    Nowt wrong with Keighley!
  23. 2 points
    I think I now know how Fray Bentos manage to keep going! 😁
  24. 2 points
    Try living on an open boat for a week! Neither eggs nor margarine need a fridge. Tinned luncheon meet fries up a treat, as do tinned spuds. Porridge is a staple doddle. German rye bread doesn't know the meaning of stale and with a cup of flour dampers are a doddle. UHT milk is a godsend, as are Mars Bars. So long as I have gas, a box of matches, water and a tin opener then I can eat surprisingly well. I'm on a boat, I don't expect other than 'boat' catering, love it! One mini barbecue, one gas ring and a bucket to wash up in, that's my galley! Tinned pilchards with a poached egg on a damper, yummy!
  25. 2 points
    I've had some success with Meths on a tissue or old cloth, rubbed repeatedly it takes the stickyness off. I can't tell you how long it lasts because the torches and stud finder I did with it haven't gone bad again yet, it's been about 9 months so far.
  26. 2 points
    Try wiping with isopropyl alcohol wipes. Used by the medical profession before injections prior to intravenous procedure. The isopropyl must be in a solution of at least 70%. Used by tattoists and nail bars. May also be used in antibacterial hand jell. Old Wussername.
  27. 2 points
    Well it looks good for solo hirers at least, i wonder if more boatyards will once again entertain the idea that solo boaters are acceptable, as a solo boater (or a couple) can easily maintain social distance, and is liable to be allowed to hire earlier than a larger mixed family group.
  28. 2 points
    Stange as peterborough probably comes up as most popular place on a survey carried out in eastern europe.
  29. 2 points
    So long as they can do so without running the engine or having to crowd around a power point at a mooring.
  30. 2 points
    I hope not! The folk out on the water were clearly enjoying themselves, doing nothing whatsoever that put themselves or others at risk. They weren't in close proximity of others, such as would be the case on a six berth cruiser, for example. It's all about common sense and it seemed to me that that applied, assuming that these were local folk who had only traveled a few miles. Anglers, bowlers and golfers all have governing bodies who have presented their cases to the government, perhaps the Canoe Union has too. It would have been good if our beloved Authority had done the same on behalf of us boaters, at least the ones that can stay apart from their fellow humans.. I wholly support social distancing, it is both logical and reasonable and is perfectly achievable in such as kayaks and rowing boats. Even harmless old codgers who want to potter around on their boats at their moorings should be able to do so, provided that they can maintain the one fathom social distancing. Hopefully Boris will see the logic of a limited relaxation such as has been suggested by the anglers and golfers for example.
  31. 2 points
    Bro' ordered some 'Evapo-rust'. We'll see how our sea magnet responds to being immersed for 12 x Hrs, in fact it's been longer than that, need to go into garage and have a look-see Griff
  32. 2 points
    A neighbour walked back from Sea Palling yesterday, the car parks are closed, so there were cars parked all over the place, a police car was seen heading in that direction. I saw more cars / cyclists / walkers head past us along the coast than on a normal bank holiday...
  33. 2 points
    You should have done, I've always worn it for sanding and in particular for removal of anti fouling... It meant I had a few masks available when this all started..
  34. 2 points
    Beautiful photos Coolcat. Grendel there must be lots of hiding places in your house for those cats!!
  35. 2 points
    I guess it's automatic number plate recognition. Tells them your home address.
  36. 2 points
    I could but now I've re-found them I kinda like having them. Besides they are a bit too big for the Museum to put on display and would no doubt just be stored out of view. When I get my riverside property with a flagpole in the garden they will come in handy Griff
  37. 2 points
    I agree with Marshman, Vaughan and anyone else who'd said keep this thread to Broads-related issues please. This is a Broads forum after all but sometimes I question that given the huge volume of content that's nothing to do with Broads or boating.
  38. 2 points
    If you can't re live a very mis spent youth, second best is to buy the things you couldn't afford then. Perhaps if I had saved the money I spent on having a good time, I could have an MV Agusta too, sad day when my mother refused point blank to carry on sponsoring my lavish lifestyle!, sometimes life can be very unkind when you are young and lazy.
  39. 2 points
    Bet it fell on deaf ears!
  40. 2 points
    Three coppers ... to issue 'words of advice '
  41. 2 points
    Ah! The 'culprit'
  42. 2 points
    I missed the change to metric. But as a landscape archaeologist I'm more used to dealing with the perch, the rood, the acre, bovates, virgates, carucates, the hide, the fee and the wapentake. I still find it weird that even today our shoe sizes are still measured in barleycorns. A barleycorn is one third of an inch. A 'line' is a quarter of a barlycorn and a poppyseed is one fifth of a barleycorn. Decimalisation is something I lived through and remember well. Particularly the adverts that they ran on television at the time. We had just got our first ever colour television and in between Jacques Cousteau and Uncle Albert constantly exclaiming 'just look at the colour of that water' or 'I've been there', was the decimalisation public information film. I still think in terms of pre-decimal currency. Six pence is still a tanner and thirty pence is still 2 and six or half a dollar and blokes with funny walks still 'walk like they have a tanner shoved up their.'..where was I? Oh yes, firkling! Talk about a sweatbox! By the time I had finished my chores for the day, dog walker and chauffeur, the sun was high in the sky and the temperature inside the workshop, it now qualifies as work has been done, was oppressive. Armed with ice cold Lucozade and a tub full of replacement batteries for all of my measuring tools I was about to attempt some woodwork. Digital calipers, gauges, angle boxes all set to inches I started to scout around for some timber for my project. Sitting on my timber racks are some beautiful panels of spalted beech, cherry, black walnut, tulip, oak, mahogany, sapele and yew. But for a quick practise project they were far too valuable. Instead a opened up the big box in which I keep a supply of 'pallet wood'. Pallets are regularly dropped off at Ellie's store and never collected. It was costing them money to dispose of them. So I now collect them, break them up, remove the nails and use them for parts of projects that do not require expensive wood like drawer backs and sides. Occasionally I find some exquisite pieces of wood that have been used to construct the pallets. Oak is quite common, as is cedar and surprisingly mahogany and once a small piece of ebony but for the current project I located some scrappy planks of pine and set myself the challenge. Of course, I'm making a box. A box to keep the new buffing wheels and compound I ordered all in one place so I don't lose them. Although the box is going to be very simple, the challenge I've set myself is to make the pallet wood box look as good as I can. When using pallet wood, a magnet is a 'must have' bit of kit. Although I check the wood thoroughly when I break the pallets down, I double check for any screws or nails I might have missed with the magnet. I don't want that sort of thing going through the blades of my machinery. Having checked for metal I reach for a square and a number five plane and set about flattening one side of the boards. It's hot and heavy work but I am thoroughly enjoying getting up a sweat. It's round about now that Watson calls. He's on the scrounge for some timber to repair the door frame of Ben Gunn's apple store. “Can you bring your table saw so we can 'machine it'?” Watson asks when between us we locate timber that will do the job. I explain the dimensions of the table saw and that it only just fits in my car and would need two of us to lift it. All the while I'm thinking we would need nothing more than a handsaw to so the job. “Oh could you bring your plane?” I will have to check with him in the morning to find out what he means as my idea of what a woodworking plane is will be very different to Watson's! Talking of planes, I finish flattening one side of the pallet boards and then feed them into the thicknesser. The boards clean up well. Much better, certainly straighter, than anything you could buy at a DIY store! Creamy white pine with the odd knot here and there but nothing too bad. Over to the table saw and I take a smidgeon from one edge of the boards to give me a straight edge before taking another sliver from the other side. Now I can glue them up to make bigger panels for my project. Time for lunch while the glue dries. Lunch break over and the glue is set but I decide to give the panels a little longer to cure. While I'm waiting a get on with planing down some laminations I made earlier. These were a little more difficult to deal with. A figured beech wood laminated between highly figured mahogany. By the time I'd finished just one of the beech and mahogany panels I was lathered. Cup of tea time! Tea break over and the afternoon was getting on. I took the pine panels for the 'Buffing Box' out of the clamps and put them quickly through the thicknesser to make sure they were a uniform thickness and to clean up any glue residue. Back to the table saw to cut the panels to size. I've got a rough design and dimensions on paper and I was just going to butt joint the box using dowels, but I change my mind. Let's go for a box joint instead! So I recalculate, get Ellie to check my maths and set about marking out my new dimensions trying to avoid screw and nail holes in the timber. I manage to squeeze past any blemishes in the timber and cut the panels to length. Time for the box joints. Over the last few years I've tried several methods of cutting these including the table saw, router table and by hand. I now use my Makita trimmer router and clean everything up with my Japanese pull saw and a sharp chisel. I like to cut the joints about a sixteenth of an inch long to allow some wiggle room and the pins about three-eighths wide. The joints all cut and cleaned up and it's time to rub out my pencils marks with an eraser, do some sanding and choose which faces of the panels are the 'roughest looking' These will be on the inside of my box. I give all faces of the panels a good sanding but particularly the inside faces as it will be difficult to do this once I've assembled the box. Pine might be cheap and cheerful, but it does rub up well! Everything sanded and I mask off the inside edges of the panels to prevent any glue squeezing out of the joints getting onto them. Now it's time for the glue up. My favourite wood glue is Titebond. I use Titebond II on my decorative boxes and Titebond III on exterior projects as it is waterproof. Glue up is somewhat fiddly and on occasion downright annoying one handed. So I have a number of jigs and tricks to help me and try to avoid getting glue all over the place. I have a number of different glue applicators from a roller to tiny bottles with a syringe needle to apply the glue. Most of the time I will use a small kid's paintbrush and throw it away when I'm done. I have boxes of these brushes! I also have a glue up board with various bits of scrap wood screwed to it at right angles to each other. I can use these to keep the joint square but also to give me something to hold the box against while I'm trying to work with it. I label each part of the box on the masking tape and set to work applying glue. Clamps! You can't have too many clamps! If I see good clamps going cheap anywhere, I tend to buy them. I adapt a lot of my clamps to make them easier for me to use. I'm also quite good at 'improving' cheap clamps, particularly the hollow aluminium ones, by adding a wooden core to the centre of them and replacing the handles with something more substantial. If I've cut the joints correctly, by the time the glue is added the 'fit' is quite tight and the joints will hold themselves in place. I add four clamps with some light pressure, not too much, to hold everything in place while the glue sets. It's a good job I used that masking tape as I was a bit heavy handed with the glue! Time to tidy up and put everything away. I'm trying to get into the habit of putting my tools away as I go along, the minute I've finished using them. That's the plan anyway! I empty the bag on the dust extractor, clean the filter and start blowing down the table saw, thicknesser and router. Swap the hose around and go over the shed picking up the wood shavings. Table saw dragged back in and I'm shattered, but looking forward to taking the box out of the clamps tomorrow!
  43. 1 point
    Your problem is you're still a tiler. We have all been told to adapt to the current situation and so Grifftile needs to become Grifftest! You could become a Norfolk Broads boat tester. Performance, handling, mooring techniques.... all part of the service of a boat tester and you'd be at work! Simples
  44. 1 point
    yes, a vote for chilli from me, if i am going on my own i usually take plenty for 3 or 4 meals heat in a saucepan and eat with a couple of slices of bread and butter, i always have mine out of the pan i heated it in, then you only have the pan, spoon and the knife you buttered the bread with to wash up,
  45. 1 point
    It is with a bin liner!
  46. 1 point
    I've not read every post but a thought that maybe has been brought up. I can see boat hire being available before pubs and eateries open. So if you pre booked a boat some time ago, and now cannot cancel. Then are of the type of person who eats out every night and or treats the broads as a pub crawl what are they going to do?
  47. 1 point
    My car will be packed and away to Norfolk 10 minutes after we are released to travel, I will then spend as much money as I can locally, whilst observing social distancing. Actually, make it an hour as I want to give my grandchildren a huge hug before I go.
  48. 1 point
    I wanted to call this post "My family and other battles" but thought better of it. My father very rarely spoke of “his war” and for a number of years I had thought that he must have had it pretty bad. It was only in later life, when one day I asked about it, I found out that for the most part his time was, aside from one incident, uneventful. He spent time in Italy, where he failed to learn Italian, and he spent time in the desert, where he failed to learn anything else. … no, not quite true. It was in the desert where he learned that the only weapon he had been equipped with, an army issue revolver, was as much use to him as a chocolate tea-pot. The gun was fine, but at 25 feet he couldn’t hit a 50 gallon oil drum. It was this fact that lead to the only noteworthy incident he had. My father was a dispatch rider. He spent his time bombing around the desert on a motorbike, delivering messages here there and everywhere, and for the most part, enjoying it. He had been given a dispatch to deliver. He was going pretty much flat out on a dodgy bit of track and in the distance he saw another dispatch motorbike heading in the opposite direction, coming towards him. As they neared each other, dad realised that the other rider was a German. It was also apparent to him that the other fellow had also recognised the situation. Two things happened at more or less the same time. They both started fiddling with their holsters to get their guns, and they both fell off their motorbikes. Dad explained to me that falling off his motorbike was something he was well practiced in, more so than the German, as dad was on his feet first, and had his revolver in his hand. The German had dropped his gun whilst falling off his bike so stood there terrified with his hands as high in the air as he could get them. Dad, being pleased (and just a little bit proud) that He’d got the “drop” on the German, but being well aware that the German was in no danger whatsoever, beckoned to the German to move back. He picked up the German’s gun, looked at it blankly and through it as far as he could. Returning to his bike, knowing that he couldn’t take the man prisoner, and equally knowing that he couldn’t shoot the German even if he wanted to, He picked up his bike, started it and rode off. He assumed that the German would look for his gun and do much the same. That was the moment my father suddenly realised that it might just have been a good idea if he had taken the German’s dispatches from him. He also realised that it would be a pretty good idea if he didn’t mention any of this to anybody else as well. That was the only “action” my father saw. And now for my mother’s war. Unlike my father, my mother would talk incessantly about the things she saw and did during the war. Although a schoolgirl at the start of the war and one who was evacuated from Leigh-on-sea to Mansfield, by the end of the war, she was back in Leigh, and working in a drawing office. My mother had had her education in art school which had set her up nicely to be a draughtswoman. There was an electronics business just outside Southend called Ecko which specialised in radio and for the later war years she worked for them. She realised that when the war was over, she would be out of work when the soldiers returned. She also knew that she would need some sort of “portfolio” of her work if she was going to get another job in a drawing office. Now, we all know that the best way to keep a secret is not to let anyone know that you have a secret to be kept. Ecko worked on that principle. My mother had no idea that the drawings she was working on were secret, and as there was little in the way of security, she assumed they were unimportant. So, for some of her drawings, she made an extra copy. These were transported home in the basket on the front of her bicycle. These drawings were of a device of which she knew nothing. It was a version of the Magnetron. So, in short, my clueless mummy was cycling around Southend and Leigh-on-sea with the primary secrets of Radar in her bicycle basket. Many people are proud of their parents and I am no different. My pride is that they both managed to survive the war without being stood up against a wall and shot… by either side!
  49. 1 point
    My yearly visit to Knockhill for the British Touring Car Championship is my main excursion after being on the boat/broads. EY7P9178 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P0402 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr EY7P8898 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr BTCC Knockhill Aug 2018 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr Of course, being Scotland........rain is usually not far away! BTCC Knockhill Aug 2018 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr CC9J8034 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr CC9J7026 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr Always time for a bit of sightseeing after the racing of course... The Falkirk Wheel by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr Falkirk Wheel by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr Queensferry Crossing by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr Forth Rail Bridge by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr And how to spoil the view with a selfie EY7P0054 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr P.s. Snetterton and Brands Hatch usually feature on my yearly motor sport fix!
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    Memories of a holiday in 2015 in and around the magnificent Gorge du Tarn, France
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