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  1. johnb

    Loose Boats.

    May I refer the honourable member to the thread:"Mud Wherry Cast Off" Kind regards
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    Bridge Broad Marina

    Can't tell you up to date position. We moored there when it was still porter and Haylett. My problem was getting the crew out of Roy's and away from wroxham! The car park was prone to flooding and they had only one water tap between all the private boats, they moved the ones on the pontoons as the hoses drooped into the water. They then charged us for security lighting in the car park, but only put the lights where the hirers parked! Despite the above we were reasonably happy there and only moved because we were offered cheaper moorings. We to hear more up to date experiences.
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    Grumpy Old Git Moment

    You're are entitled to such moments-I've been having one for 40 years=as for 'er onboard.............
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    Groupon Warning.

    I don't know about most of the above, but I would probably not be as keen to use vouchers for meals, as the caterer could adjust the meal downwards when they know you are paying less money. We did have one good meal through Groupon, I believe. On the other hand, when our children bought us a gift of theatre and meal in London, the first time we were given the tiniest meal (a small bowl of rice to share and a small amount on a plate), on the other occasion the theatre couldn't supply seats etc etc and then we were persuaded to change the play and it was rubbish, so left half time. Couldn't complain because they were gifts.
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    Groupon Warning.

    Quick check on latest Littlebird, current savings 20%-60% on various offers. No-I don't have a vested interest apart from taking grand children out.
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    Groupon Warning.

    We are signed up to Groupon and Littlebird and get many offers that we have found useful and saved lots of money over the years. I think you can sign up geographically, (My wife usually does "admin"). We have got cheap tickets for the Circus in Yarmouth for instance as well as entry tickets for other attractions. These are often greatly discounted. When thinking of booking, we always check Littlebird and Groupon to see if there are any current offers. I think there have been two times when it hasn't worked out, one when we paid for small scratches to be removed from our car, but the process was really suitable. The trader confirmed this with Groupon and our money was refunded, another time the item was out of stock and again, the monet was refunded. On entry tickets we have saved a good proportion of the entry price using the above. The problem described sounds as though it is the restaurent at fault rather than groupon unless they were told to point out the offer was not for Bank Hols, and did not. Usually it is quite clear.
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    Trixie (Rascal's Fleet)

    That would be Griff, wouldn't it??
  8. I sent him a photo of mine years ago in order to update but nothing happened so ours is still " hasn't been seen since..."
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    Bad Manners

    We were on our boat this week for the first time this year-the first thing I remembered that boating (mine or others) is not an exact science!! (Although I do try to be considerate when messing up)
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    Diesel Emissions.

    Looking at this after posting, i realise I do sound like the guy who "smoked a hundred a day and it never hurt me" but I have to say that most of the recent reports come from modern day research rather than when emmisions really lived up to their name! In London it seems to me that fumes are caused by the congestion zone pushing everyone on to the nearest road outside the zone, so nothing moves fast enough to disperse the fumes, and bus and cycle lanes narrowing roads with the same effect. OK I am a grumpy, ignorant old man. But I survived all the above!!
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    Diesel Emissions.

    Recently I was telling my wife about the hours I spent cycling up the old A1 road around Finchley, London. The large old lorries, trundling up the hill at night almost nose to tail, goodness knows what was coming out of their exhausts, and me breathing heavily on the bike alongside them (so close that one night I was run over and spent three weeks in hospital with fractured pelvis in three places, dislocated shoulder and no skin on one side of my face (yes, I know, that explains a lot), thousands of cyclists in those days (1950s/60s) must have inhaled all sorts, but I'm pretty sure that getting run over did me more harm than their emmissions! I may puff and pant a bit these days, but that only gets worse when 'er onboard is near enough to take pity on me!
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    The Bridge At Potter

    We keep an Elysian 27 through the bridge. Always use the pilot and time our arrival with their advice. Our windscreen is held on with six wood screws and once we took it off which apparently helped considerably although most times its ok. Think we need about 6'1". No beer on our boat-but sometimes half a house full of stuff.
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    2019 London Boatshow "on Hold".

    Living reasonably close, visiting the boat show became a bit of a habit, but most years I have felt that I should be spending the time visiting our own boat and getting some work done. Next year I may be able to achieve that instead! Working instead of dreaming. I have to say that I have no interest in the luxury boats displayed and when speaking to the pretty young ladies, it seemed that neither did they! The interest level for me has diminished with the lack of chandlers etc.
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    Coastal Footpath

    On radio norfolk yesterday evening there was a report that natural England is trying to close part of this around north norfolk. Apparently too many people are using it. There are some people who have the right to use the path because if their leases etc. so they can carry on using it but not any guests etc. I am sure I heard this correctly people are spoiling the natural beauty I think they said. This sort if thing couldn't happen to the broads/rivers etc. could it????
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    A47 Accident

    We were on A47 towards Yarmouth early evening. Traffic on our side was delayed while they. Fixed central barrier. People from bus were out eating for replacement and traffic back beyond brundall. It seemed they still had work to do as the car was still in outside lane. When we got onto acle straight traffic was clear but stlll some idiot trying to pass with nowhere to go on our side and oncoming traffic flashing to make the driver aware they were coming.
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