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  1. 21 points
    So here we are again. Back aboard Swan Reflection 1. I’m posting from my phone courtesy of Richardson’s on board wi-fi so these posts may be brief! Good journey up from Essex. Nice lunch in Bridgestone’s Tea Rooms in Potter Heigham. Very good handover from a nice polite young man and out of the yard by 2. Very quiet cruise down to How Hill. Turned around and went back to moor at Irstead. Hurray! Finally I have managed to get on the staithe here! Took a walk to look round the church then on to the Boardwalk for a lovely peaceful look at Barton Broad. Beautiful even on a grey day. Now back on board with the heating on having a very quiet evening.
  2. 14 points
    Some of what you said there Robin really made me laugh, whilst other bits made me quite sad. Ok, firstly Top tip, Treat it like a stylus and a touch sensitive screen. The pencil and paper is an old system but with practice you can get quite good at it. Hmmm, yes,,, small talk... Some people find this concept difficult to grasp so permit me to offer a quick explanation. Talking (of any size) used to be the way people related to each other before the days of computers. In the olden days people used to survive having telephones that you had to speak into, most of these were attached to a network by wire and had to be left at home. This required people to have to go to places, meet other people and speak to them. This of course suffered the disadvantages of not having emoticons to explain themselves and frequently catching colds from each other. In the enlightened days we are now in, we can converse with people without actually having to meet them and one day, if we are very lucky, we might be able to go through our entire lives without meeting or speaking to anyone. The answer for that embarrassing question all children eventually ask "Daddy, where do I come from?" will in future be far more straight forwards. "Amazon" We're doomed, we're all doomed.
  3. 13 points
    Home again ... we hadn't been on the road for long this morning when I wished that I was out of the traffic and back on the boat! And it always seems so funny that in ten minutes you drive along from Stalham, past Sutton and on through Potter Heigham whereas we all know how long that journey is by boat! Anyway ... time for some Reflections on Reflection ... The Boat - Swan Reflection is still a great boat to hire. Compact at 31 feet it is a little tight for space on board but ideal for a couple especially if you haven't got much experience. Plus it warms up quickly once you get the heating on. Great to steer - you can set the revs, set the steering and it will go in a straight line for as long as you need until you reach the next bend in the river. Comfortable bed, the seating has been re-upholstered at some point, decent size fridge and ice box plus a gas cooker as well as a microwave. Electric flushing toilet which does use a fair amount of water but is a nice little luxury! I would always highly recommend this boat. The Yard - We had only hired from Richardson's once before and that was at a busier time. It still feels like a holiday camp kind of check-in to me but the system works well. The staff were all very friendly and the young lad who did our handover and refuelled us this morning, was great. He asked how our week had been, asked if there were any problems with the boat and wished us a safe journey home. That counts for a lot with me and we would definitely go back. The Food - Always a highlight of my holiday because we don't eat out much at home and it's a treat not to be cooking. The Sutton Staithe Hotel was first class, Bridgestone's Tea Rooms in Potter Heigham was excellent, the New Inn was great value and good food as always. The Swan Inn was my least favourite, good service but overpriced and not as good food as everywhere else. That's just my personal opinion based on the meals we had on the days we dined in each of these establishments. Incidentally the Staithe & Willow in Horning was closed and looks to me as if it has just been sold from something I saw on a property website. The Wildlife - there was a lot of life in the wildlife ... if you know what I mean. Plenty of birds flying around in pairs. ;) But what a delight to see an otter and to see a good number of kingfishers around Irstead. Plus the sound of the owls in the trees after dark was amazing ... I don't get that living here in the city. The Firsts - I always like to try to tick some items off my "still to do" list. This week we moored at Irstead, we went right down Lime Kiln Dyke, and we moored on the public staithe in Horning. That was good enough for me. All About March - Finally my thoughts on hiring in March as this was only the second time that we have been out this early in the season. Don't forget that even if it is going to be mild for the time of year, you are not at home in your double glazed centrally heated house. So for me it is always going to be cold and my thermals were required every day! We had one sunny day, the rest was overcast and grey but it was dry although the breeze picked up on our last day. No bright sunny frosty mornings but I'll take that over wind and rain and ice. But best of all was the ability to choose where to moor at any time of day and be almost certain you wouldn't have any problems. We were completely on our own overnight at Irstead, Womack Water and Paddy's Lane. And it would have been a full set if someone else hadn't turned up when it was getting dark at Cockshoot Broad. The photos through the week were from my phone so below are just a few off my camera. There will be a video as soon as I get time to put things together.
  4. 12 points
    Day 2 then. And it turned into an absolutely beautiful sunny afternoon. So the day started at Irstead. Cruised up to Neatishead, my first time ever down Lime Kiln Dyke. Then back to Ludham Bridge where we stopped for coffee. On from there to the New Inn in Horning for lunch. Had a lovely chat with Seagypsy and his good lady - lovely to meet you both - before cruising on towards Salhouse. Turned around and came back to Cockshoot Dyke where we are now moored. Barring any late arrivals we have the place to ourselves! Took a walk down to the Broad and are now sat in for the evening about to get some tea. A few photos - not sure how the quality is coming out as they are from my phone. Edited to say that I spoke too soon! Another boat has just moored up as the sun is setting!
  5. 11 points
    Tuesday 19th March After finishing work at 8am I nipped home to pick up the dog and my meagre things and set off for a short break on the boat. The journey there was annoyingly slow, particularly with a tired mind from working the night shifts but after 3 hours I was back at Broom boatyard and dropped off my bag inside before walking the dog around to The Yare pub for a pick me up dinnertime drink or two. Refreshed and ready I set off back to the boat and after a chat with my mooring neighbour it was finally time to release the lines and head off down the river Yare towards Reedham at about 1300. The day was fine, with a light cloud and so instead of poking my head out of the roof, I lowered the canopy and cruised with the top down, accompanied by the local wildlife Passing the ever inviting Beauchamp Arms And then the love it or hate it Cantley Sugar Factory (personally, I love it) And then Hardley Mill Reaching Reedham Swing Bridge I passed under and then neared left and along the river passing Polkeys Mill and The Berney Arms before crossing Breydon to Yarmouth. Slack passage was given as around 1545 and I passed Yarmouth bridges at about 1600. The long cruise up the lower Bure then commenced, before I passed the deserted moorings of Stracey Arms and then onwards passed The Ferry at Stokesby where there were a couple of boats, one being Silver Cloud, so I gave the guys aboard a wave as I passed. The stretch along the lower Bure was helped by a beautiful sunset As I reached Acle there were moorings at the Bridge Inn but as I was solo helming opted to try for the BA moorings and the posts rather than opting for the rings at the pub, despite this making it a more awkward starboard side mooring. Mooring up on the BA moorings at around 1800 I closed up the boat and headed over to the Bridge Inn to enjoy a couple of beers. Before returning to the boat and finally falling asleep, exhausted from work and the day but happy to be back on the waters once again.
  6. 10 points
    So, today I collected Trixie, having had the last of the work completed on here - and all new seating internally. So since purchase she has quite a lot of work done one way and the other, this has included: New canopy New fenders and fender ropes New mooring lines New twin tone horns Compound and polish of both hull and superstructure New name decals New vinyl stripe (now in the correct colour red) New batteries making up a much larger bank (twice bought first set destroyed by over charging) Re-built Alternator All new drive belts, and Impeller a full engine service (done twice in 5 months for good measure) Striped down and cleaned heat exchanger All new sea cocks New engine water strainer New hot water tank lagging New water pump and accumulator tank New shower pump New taps New steering and throttle/gear linkage cable A battery monitor USB charging outlets New TV New 2500w Inverter New shore power connections, consumer unit, sockets and internal ring main wiring New automatic shore/inverter changeover switch New LED navigation lights New LED internal lights New seating including foam and upholstery Hard wired high speed LTE Router for onboard WiFi Remote monitored alarm There is some new carpets to get for the cabin and aft cockpit along with new curtains to match the seating colour better. Possibility for a new fridge that will reduce power consumption and have a bigger internal cavity space than the current and a new oven but the main thing is she is ready to go for the season so it will be nice to get some use and go exploring once more. Here is the seating which is a soft Sage colour in a hard wearing but smooth to touch frabric.
  7. 10 points
    I think it must be a generational thing, or maybe just living up here in Yorkshire. I love the small interactions with people I meet on the way. Not to sit and have a long conversation with, just to acknowledge that we are still alive and kicking. Loneliness is indeed a debilitating condition in lots of ways. Having lost Doreen, I am thankful for the interaction I have with workmates in my part-time job. To sit indoors without seeing someone for days, as many elderly frail people have to, would be a very grim prospect for me. I do think that loneliness is something you only contemplate when it hits you. It does not matter if you do not interact for days if you know there is someone waiting to appear at the end of it (if that makes sense).
  8. 9 points
    I see we’re back to personal attacks on another member. That’s very regrettable, as there is actually some value in looking back at history. The forum on which that particular history is recorded was one of the first Broads Forums, if not the first. Many late-comer ‘little men’ don’t know of its existence, yet there is other content there that it would be unfortunate to lose. Broadly Speaking is moribund and could be taken off the Web at any moment and all that history would be lost. If nothing else, this thread has brought that forum to the fore and those interested on what went on before could do worse than explore it.
  9. 8 points
    After all that wind and rain last week it was nice to take the boat out this afternoon. Don't know how it happened but I seem to have ended up moored at the Bridge Inn for the night by way of a change IMG_5315 by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr
  10. 8 points
    Evening all! Day 3 ... mostly a grey day with some brightness at lunchtime but it didn’t last long. This morning we left Cockshoot Broad and headed for Ranworth to fill up the water. Three boats departed leaving just ourselves and two private boats at the staithe. Headed back to Horning where we moored on the public staithe for the first time ever! So lunch today was at the Swan Inn. Food was ok and the service very good. Having therefore spent the morning sorting out bits and pieces as one sometimes does, we departed for our overnight spot. A lovely cruise with the outgoing tide all the way to Acle where we then turned round and headed back to the Thurne. Lovely to pass our new friends on San Domingo 3 with a cheery wave and hellos exchanged along the Bure. Now which mooring to choose? Opted for Womack Water. Passed several boats coming out of the Dyke but found these moorings empty! So it’s another quiet evening as no-one else arrived. Yesterday we saw lots of kingfishers. Today we saw an otter. And this evening I am sat here listening to owls calling in the trees nearby. Wonderful!
  11. 8 points
    thats pretty normal in kent- called operation stack.
  12. 7 points
    Washing Machines? - Pah Hoovers, now there's a topic worth debating. I use the Henry type for my daily use at work (Other types are available) However even they are not bullet proof. Had to buy a new one recently as the last one got married, It stopped sucking! Griff
  13. 7 points
    I'm not sure why everyone's being so negative, I think it's a wonderful idea. Boats need to be used, nothing causes parts to seize up more than being left for weeks on end. There's no problem that is unsurmountable if people put their mind to it. At the peak of the season most of the hire yards are empty so there must be plenty of demand there. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea. I'm sure insurance can be found, the marina only has to be told that it's family members turning up to use your boat. The BA are unlikely to turn down an increased toll. I guess the only thing left to be discussed would be the financial reward side of things. If the forum don't mind I'll kick off with advertising availability for my boat and I'm more than happy to donate a percentage of income to forum funds for the use of the forum to advertise the boats availability. I try and avoid the six weeks Summer holiday so my boat will be available for those six weeks. Please pm me via the forum if interested, nominating which of the six weeks you would be interested in. To make things easy I'll make it an all inclusive deal with parking for three cars, all diesel included, personal handover and even a pickup from the station if arriving by train. £10,000 per week with a 50% reduction for further weeks.
  14. 7 points
    Just by way of an update. I happened to be in Loddon for one night this weekend. As most of you will know it was a tad windy this past weekend. Was hoping to be able to tuck into one of the two corners at the Loddon mooring to be able to also secure a bow rope off to a nearby post. No such luck, both corner spots taken by long term overstayers. In total there were three overstayers at Loddon and two at Pyes Mill. Somebody mentioned earlier on in this thread that it has been muted that the charge be £5 per night. I wonder if there would be such frequent overstaying if the charge was introduced? £35 a week suddenly seems a fair chunk. I noted two other boats had overstayed at Brundall Church Fen and one at Bramerton. Off course if charges are introduced at Loddon and even Pyes Mill, will this not just move the problem onto the other free BA moorings making them more congested? Perhaps it is time for the BA to take proper control of this situation? I know it is a quiet time of the year and whilst these eight boats have overstayed, there is still space for others at this quiet time of year. However without a home mooring, the best that can be achieved is that in the high season they keep moving on within 24hrs, but ultimately they are going to land at another 24hr mooring somewhere, so which ever way you look at it, there is more or less permanently 8 24hr moorings in constant use and therefore not available to those who require a visitor mooring when away from their home berth. The hire yards get charged a multiplier on the tolls for their boats. Perhaps the same should apply to any boat applying for a toll that cannot provide proof of a permanent home mooring for their boat? The extra revenue raised could then be used to fund some additional moorings to provide extra capacity. It may not be a popular move for some, but personally I'm getting sick and tired of paying all my dues, toll, insurance, home mooring, only to find the upper Yare to be almost impossible to moor at during the high season. Whitlingham and Commissioners Cut and to a large degree Bramerton always heavily abused leaving a large chunk of the Yare with little visitor moorings.
  15. 7 points
    Ahhhhh, open top sports cars.... there's nothing like the feel of the wind in your wallet
  16. 6 points
    In all honesty, I think the real issue is that most people expect "free" moorings - Salhouse is a charitable Trust and not only do they have to pay for the attendant for the summertime, they also have to repay to renew the moorings, which they have done to a fair bit. We cannot in one breath complain there are insufficient moorings and then refuse to pay the going rate for providing them!! I very much doubt that the charity breaks even on the money it collects so lets hope the Cators still support it!!
  17. 6 points
    You'll be expecting the patter of tiny henry's soon then
  18. 6 points
    So day 4 went something like this. Filled up with water at Womack Water this morning ... because we could! No one else had arrived so we left the public part of the moorings empty and headed for Potter Heigham. I like the Thurne and wanted to take a look while there were no fishermen and no other boats around. Headed back up the Bure to the Ant, easily through Ludham Bridge and then onto How Hill for a coffee stop. The day stayed grey and chilly and a bit breezy throughout so my photos and video clips may not look that inspiring when I get home and load them up. Carried on to Sutton for our lunch stop. Then took a cruise up to Wayford Bridge before coming back down to Paddy’s Lane for our last overnight mooring. And yes, we’re the only ones here! We will be taking Swan Reflection back to the yard tomorrow morning before driving home. But I will be adding some further thoughts over the weekend once I’m back posting from something other than my phone!!
  19. 6 points
    I did not take it up but you can get very cheap car parking at Gatwick if you are prepared to let them hire your car out whilst you are away....... Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  20. 6 points
    Couldn't agree more. When I was growing up most yards had the odd boat that was lived aboard, either year round or summer only. Not only did it offer the residential space needed it added the best layer of security possible. If anybody was larking around the yard there was somebody on site to raise the alarm. Sadly this was legislated out of existance. I don't think they want it both ways, and I don't think that anyone should think they have a right to do something which is contradicts the bylaws or is to the detriment of those who abide by them. If somebody cannot afford to liveaboard properly then they can't do it. I think we need to get away from the idea that boatyards pay this toll fee. Clive, Matthew et al don't have some bottomless pocket from which this money comes, it is paid by the hirer as part of their holiday cost and is (rightly in my opinion) their contribution to maintaining the navigation. I wouldn't support such an Idea, there are simply not enough moorings to make this feasible. We have rules, by way of the bylaws and it is for us, the user to abide by them. I'm not saying that sometimes these bylaws shouldn;t evolve but we should not expect them to be changed just to suit a small minority if users who choose not to abide by them. Enforcement and penalty is the answer. They are not taking advantage of the system, that would infer they are working within the rules to their own advantage. let's be accurate, they are ABUSING the system and currently they are not being stopped. If the current bylaws are not sufficient to allow the authority to deal with them effectively then that is where they need to evolve. In what way are the current regulations not fair for all/ They apply to everybody equally or should do. What is unfair is that a family on holiday, or a couple with their own boat who wish to visit Loddon or wherever for the evening to get a meal, visit their favourite pub or simply take advantage of nice moorings are being denied from doing so because space is being taken by people overstaying, or feel intimidated not to stay by groups of boaters who thing the mooring is theirs and theirs alone.
  21. 6 points
    Only two stages of sea sickness. 1. You think you are dying. 2. You wish you were. paul
  22. 5 points
    That's the exact point. Swancraft used Alpha moulds and fitted them out to a very high standard. As Alphacraft have now gone the moulds seem to have been taken by Barnes Brinkcraft so whether they they will allow any out or any other yard will want to deal with them remains to be seen. That's why Alpha based craft are in such demand on the hire side and are so sought after privately. Alphacraft knew what they were doing and in my humble opinion no one has produced a mould to match them since. It's all very sad.
  23. 5 points
    Arrived yesterday morning, all good. Wyndham is as high as a sixties pop star..... Mrs W is off the scale. The wonder of life.
  24. 5 points
    Easy to tell if a man is from Yorkshire, trousers made by Burtons and pockets made by Chubb!
  25. 5 points
    I hadn’t met any forum members in person until this week when Seagypsy was kind enough to seek me out at the New Inn. It was wonderful to chat with him and his good lady. What a day it has been as another forumite snapped me coming into moor at How Hill and now it seems we may have also been almost same place same time! The interaction here on the forum through my few days afloat has all been part of the fun. Hubby and I would be only too happy for anyone who sees us to say hello.
  26. 5 points
    Morning All! A quick post to say that the heating started up with no problem this morning. My theory is that on takeover day there is no guarantee of a fully charged battery. A couple of hours cruise was all we did. The next day we were mostly diddling along at 3 to 4 mph. Plenty of hours done but at lower revs. Yesterday’s run down the Bure gave us a couple of hours at higher revs on the 5 & 6 mph stretches and presumably gave the batteries a better charge. That’s my guess but boaty folk may know whether I’m likely to be right.
  27. 5 points
    Wednesday 20th March I woke to a beautiful day in Acle and once the dog had been exercised I dropped the roof down and sat drinking coffee watching the river flow by. There was still very little river traffic but Silver Cloud did pass me once again as I whiled away the morning in the sunshine, and we exchanged greetings once again. The morning seemed to pass by so quickly and before I knew it, it was after 11 and the only sensible thing to do seemed to be to have a walk over to The Bridge Inn and sit in the garden enjoying a beer or three and the lovely sunshine. And so it was there I wrote Tuesday's enthralling blog. I also watched as a private boat moored up beside me, admiring the look of it, and noting the design as a possible future purchase if I manage to ever win the lottery I don't play. Once supped up and ready to head off I returned to the boat, dropped the roof once again and trundle off back down the Bure towards Yarmouth. I initially wanted to stay tup Norf for a few days but being impulsive I decided in the pub to go back darn sarf instead. Hey, it's my holiday, I do as I please So back along the lower Bure, singing to myself heading to Yarmouth to go back over Breydon. Passing Stokesby, the moorings were now completely empty I did do a video to show what the north south crossing is like as I remember some people mentioning they had never been over Breydon, but like me it's so rough and ready, hand held on my phone as my hand became numb from the wind chill, full of wind noise, my whistling, singing and making stupid voices, I've not posted it. Anyway, as the sun began to go down I continued on down the River Waveney And finally turned around and moored up at St Olaves Then it was time to head over to The Bell for a beer or two. A certain lady finds this wall hilarious, purely because the last time I was here, walking back along the footpath in the dark I went over it a**e over t*t. I may have also been a little drunk After a few beers I returned to the boat and soon fell fast asleep once more after a lovely day.
  28. 5 points
    Speaking of which.... Imagine helming all day and then taking your girl out for the evening before returning back to the boat and being welcomed to this delight Ahhh my beautiful Grace, I never wanted you for your cooking skills babe
  29. 5 points
    This morning I took my car to West Runton to be cleaned. ( in Australia they have them "Plushed" not valeted ) then I walked from Cromer to East Runton and back, as you can see the beach was really busy. And finished my morning shopping at Waitrose in North Walsham. This afternoon I mowed the lawn, it was a lovely Spring day in Norfolk.
  30. 5 points
    "Police have warned motorists not to respond to notes left on their windscreens that claim their car has been involved in an accident. " https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/motoring/cars/using/2016/notes-car-park-scam?fbclid=IwAR239UvxfXEpjwHeNu9O11r5iDZwSaqSH5JGZ3TnePWGFgJ4hL6ROTujm-Y We just returned to our car in the Tesco car park to find exactly this type of note on the windscreen. Since we are insured with Saga we will NOT be responding in any way. Rather interestingly the reg. number given , when checked on the Motor Insurers database indicates that they hold no record of insurance for the car which was allegedly damaged !
  31. 5 points
    gentlemen, please remember to remain cordial between each other (and I dont mean the Robinsons fruit stuff you get at wimbledon - even though watching over this thread is a bit like watching a tennis match). Thanks
  32. 5 points
    Even if it has relevance today? Anyway, that aside, I was actually explaining the origin of an oft used term to describe us generally ignored toll payers, a term that many will be familiar with but perhaps not be aware of its unfortunate history. I don't have to discredit JP
  33. 5 points
    I don't have a problem with this subject being raised. It is more relevant to 'Norfolk Broads' than several other topics that have been discussed here. As someone who thrives on facts, I am pleased to now know how the reference originated. It demonstrates an historic disdain for the boating community, which can still be detected today (that's just an opinion, though).
  34. 4 points
    Just to put a stop to the rumour mill before it gets going, this is what Barry posted on NBF: Riverside Tea & Stores, Stokesby Barry, Sylvia and Natalie are sorry to inform you that after lengthy discussions, over the winter, we have made the decision to retire and close the business. We would like to thank all our customers for their support and business over the past 20 years. We have seen children grow up and have made some really good friends. As there has been conflicting social media information over the past few days, we would like to authenticate the events taking place in respect of our property. We have NOT sold our property and have no intention of selling it. We have submitted plans to convert the Shop into a “one bedroom holiday let” and will keep you all informed of the outcome of this application. If any of our customers would like either of the following Key Cutting, Watch Batteries or your favourite Cake or Scones made, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01493 750470/07502322517 and will be only to happy help you. Sylvia and BarryBarry
  35. 4 points
    So today being a nice day, it was time to get into the workshop and process the windscreen further. Time to fit the hinges to the side pieces. hinges positioned, drilled through at 0.7mm, the hinge part opened out to 0.8mm, stainless steel pins fitted through and glued in place, finished product I am happy with.
  36. 4 points
    I'd say, right here. After all it is the people who use the Forum and add their input that makes it what it is, so will all the broads loving, river boat talking, history mulling people please come to the fore.. Cos' I like reading about that as much as anyone. This thread however is just one tiny part of this Forum, but perhaps as things are not in 'full swing' yet in the boating season has attracted more interest and discussion that it might do in the summer.
  37. 4 points
    It was indeed the Sutton Staithe Hotel where we had a very nice lunch today having completed my few days of “no cooking allowed”! Can highly recommend the scampi and chips which they let us have as 2 for £12 under their Friday fish and chips deal.
  38. 4 points
    He definitely looks better from the back
  39. 4 points
    Lifted from Twitter. Perhaps Nigel will have more info?
  40. 4 points
    Cor that certainly deflated the wallet. But at least you can see, eat and drive with confidence now.
  41. 4 points
    As one who is affected in a way different to most on this forum since I live in mainland EU... But you have probably already seen this.
  42. 4 points
    perhaps they are trying to move their quay heading to a better part of the river?
  43. 4 points
  44. 4 points
    Ok, I'm officially a day early for Spring but the sun has come out, I've dropped back in to Brundall and so it's time for a little of my Spring Tale Popped into my little lover's corner of The Yare (although I'm all alone this time) for a quick Kronies........or two A quick shout to @SwanR also, who should be starting her own holiday today and will be praying she manages to avoid me Hope you have a great time Jean
  45. 4 points
    I can feel the Neanderthal grunt making a comeback and will become recognised as the correct and formal method of introduction, conversation and goodby. Complemented by the trusty smart phone. Until of course the battery runs out.
  46. 4 points
    Christianity is one of the newest religions at something a little less than 2000 years old, yet the number of divisions within that religion are many and varied. More to the point the number of translations are many, each advocating peace and forgiveness to one extent or another. It is reasonable to suggest that the older the religion the greater the number of sects within that creed. It will be inevitable that some translations will be at odds with others, but these interpretations are human based, some, if not most carrying the agenda of the translators. In the distant past, religion was used by some to keep the population subservient to it's masters (some will say that all religion is thus based, but that is not my opinion) This goes some way in explaining the high rank of the religious leaders at that time. It will be from those translations that the "Death to infidels" concept arises, and such writings are taken and exaggerated by those who do and wish evil. these people are the people who brainwash and groom poor misguided souls to commit horrendous acts now referred to as terrorism. If you take the basic religions, be it Muslim Christian, Jewish, Buddhist etc. etc. you will not find one that proposes violence, even in some cases ones own defence would be discouraged if it meant harming the attacker. Yes, you will find passages in any religious writings that might be taken to mean "Kill the infidels" but it needs to be held in mind that these writings are ancient, have been translated many times and conceivably intentionally misquoted. The ToS of this site quite rightly, does not permit religious debate, but I hope I have put a balanced point about religions rather than about any religion in particular. I shall say no more on the subject lest I wander into banned territory.
  47. 4 points
    Always worth remembering that what was an expensive vehicle when new, will be an expensive vehicle to repair as it gets older, regardless of the purchase price now. As for me, I’m on my third Skoda, - a great car with VW build quality at a more reasonable price with all the modern features one would expect on a modern car. And not only does it have a heated rear window, but a heated windscreen too, so one can keep warm hands whichever way you push it!!!!!!!! (Just thought I’d throw that in before some other comedian mentioned it).
  48. 4 points
    We have an old boy (73 ) live across from us who sadly lost his lovely wife last year just bought a fabulous looking mx5 - flat cap and new leather gloves and good luck too him I say finny
  49. 4 points
    As a Junior Seaman in 1967 joining my first ship in the Far East, I was given this advice by my sea dad. During ‘ruffers’ take a tea spoon full of honey, will that stop the seasickness ? I asked, no , but it will taste just as good when it comes back up he said.
  50. 4 points
    What has annoyed me is that the BBC news programs gave out the result in the morning news on both TV and radio. Now they don't have the coverage they seem to relish in spoiling F1 fans enjoyment of the C4 highlights.
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