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  1. I'm basing my comments on one of my final surveys and reports of 2018 before I officially retired. Over the thirty odd years of my career working in antiquary and landscape management, I have seen quite a dramatic change in visitor behaviour and the marketing techniques that need to be employed in order to successfully exploit that behaviour for the benefit of the landscape and stakeholders. Be under no illusions, the visitor centre is dead in regards of examples such as the scheme proposed at Acle. It's not resting or pining. It is no more, it has kicked the bucket, dropped off it's perch and joined the choir invisible. In terms of visitor numbers Scotland is leading the charge easily outpacing England in visitor growth for the past seven years according to the most recent figures from the ONS. However, in their last published figures Visit Scotland have announced a 58% drop in footfall through their visitor centres over the past ten years. Consequently they closed 39 of their 56 visitor centres and reduced and streamlined services in the remainder. The stock in trade of the visitor centre, books, maps and guides, in the past was in short supply. Today the visitor can find detailed information within seconds without ever having set foot inside a visitor centre. The fundamental change in visitor behaviour is that the visitor centre was a 'must visit' as soon as they arrived at a destination. Today, if they come across a visitor centre then they might pop in. If it's raining. Or they can't get a coffee anywhere else. The Glover Report has one great flaw, among many, in compounding the outdated marketing strategies employed by National Parks, AOB's and many of the conservation organisations. The 'build it and they will come' schemes, and don't get me started on re-branding, are thirty years past their sell by date and other than waste money in short supply only emphasise an ageing management who I'm sure hold Michael J Fox and Melanie Griffith themed office parties to give their shoulder pads an airing. I'm sorry but best practise dictates satisfying visitor and stakeholder needs and providing value while maintaining the integrity of the landscape identity. At the most basic of levels the object of marketing for landscape managers is the dispersal of visitors out into the landscape. A visitor centre is an impediment to this fundamental process. Tourists sat in a visitor centre are not enjoying the Broadland landscape and more importantly they are not spending money with business stakeholders. You don't bring the visitor to the visitor centre you take the visitor centre to the visitor. By that I mean the front line of Broads Rangers face to face with stakeholders and people like Tom. I have to say that I really appreciate Tom's contribution which I think is an outstanding example of best practise...in practise, as it were and long may it continue!
  2. With the exception of Ellie's dad, all of her family are petrified of spiders. I put this down to Granddad forcing them to 'appreciate' spiders by making them hold them. When I say petrified...I mean totally and utterly terrified. So it was with great delight that I discovered that my grandson Arlo is NOT terrified of spiders. He LOVES spidey. If he sees a spider, or something that looks like a spider, he will pick it up and bring it to show you. You know when Arlo has found 'spidey' by the screams from the rest of the family. "Is everything all right?" I ask one and a half year old Arlo. "Spidey!" he says and then flashes a big grin.
  3. The usual medieval bridge foundation construction consisted of a considerable amount of wooden piling driven into the clay in a pattern of wide concentric circles. The pilings would be connected by joists and the whole structure would then be packed tight with local stones or gravel. This would then be planked with oak or elm before the stone piers and abutments were constructed on top of this structure. I've excavated three medieval bridges, and as Mark says about Rochester, the pilings and foundations are 'monumental' in the true sense of the word. Potter Heigham, or Repps, Bridge is a bit of a belt and braces affair due to the episodes of construction, demolition and restoration of the current structure over it's 751 years of its current iteration. Looking at the cut-waters on the side arches you will notice that they are each of different construction. The side arches themselves I would put an earlier date of 13th century rather than than the 14th of the scheduling. I would surmise that reworking of the piers and abutments of the side arches was carried out in the 15th century when the 'pointed' central span was replaced with the current circular arch. Casting a wider eye over the approaches to the bridge and the projection of the springing line, with little variation in extrados and intrados of the central span would back this. There is 'movement' in the bridge structure, but this is to splay horizontally and not vertically. This is evidenced, as Alan pointed out, in both the spandrels, the discovery of the original parapet on the river bed, the 18th century replacement parapet and the addition of cantilever buttresses at the same time. This is the 'belt and braces' I was referring to. Medieval architecture has as much to do with form as it does structure. For example, many of our cathedrals are built on foundations of little more than a few inches of compacted chalk and gravel and a thousand years later they are still there.
  4. I wondered if anyone would be interested in this report on the structure of the bridge? I found the comment 'previous investigation of river bed levels shows a marked reduction in depth and flow area at the bridge' quite interesting. Please note the Grade II listed and scheduled monument is not sinking and is structurally sound. Right, I'll return to writing reports and sucking the common sense out of post graduate students and then teaching 'em 'stuff'.
  5. First of all MM, get a bed rail or bumper for the bed to stop her falling out! Local GP will put you in contact with a free supplier. I bought Dad his for £59 so they matched his bed and didn't look like a hospital for him. For the alarm I went with two systems. First the free system provided by the health visitor. A two part device that worked via the household electrical wiring and the telephone. One bit plugged into the wall, the other part was a string around his neck that had a button on one end. If he pressed the button it would ring an alarm in the house AND alert a 24 hour manned service. The service cost something like £2 a week. The best system was cheap, cheerful and LOUD! I bought a £10 'Personal Attack Alarm' from Amazon. Just clip the alarm to his pyjamas at night and all he had to do was tug the alarm to pull the pin out.
  6. It's when another highwayman nicks your horse!
  7. Tea bags, even coffee, I can wait until we reach civilization. But to run out of tobacco and papers...this is the reason I have hiking boots and OS maps on board and why RT is fitted with nav lights!
  8. Hi CaptainFrenchy and welcome aboard!
  9. This....no, no NO! "Where there is a conflict between any of the three purposes, and the further navigation purpose assigned to the Broads, then greater weight must be given to the first of these purposes under an updated ‘Sandford Principle’ that applies to all our national landscapes and not just to National Parks as it does currently."
  10. Thanks Ray, here's a direct link to the document. First read through...and several things jumped out at me. The report's main objective seems to be unification of all NP's and AONB's under a more 'American' system of National Park. While much is made of similarities and common goals of NP's and AONB little is made of the differences. This bit sent a cold shiver down my spine "The Sandford Principle should remain in place as discussed earlier, and be extended to AONBs, to ensure the primacy of the first purpose." As did this bit! "National landscapes should also be encouraged to bid to become ‘tourism zones’ under the new Tourism Sector Deal, helping pioneer truly sustainable tourism." I quite liked the increased access section which included "We heard from canoeists how access is restricted to a tiny percentage of waterways which increases the pressure on ‘uncontested’ rivers. There is a lack of consistency between National Parks with some considered to be promoting shared and fair access, others less so!" I also had to chuckle at the mention of the 'Old boys club' and the need to diversify NP management. National oversight of NP's and AONB management. Very interesting! OK they are looking at reforming law's enshrining NP's. We need to keep an eye on this! Reforming governance of NP's! Oh that is very interesting reading!
  11. "Never get involved in a land war in Asia'?
  12. So, () I've been playing, watching, listening and following football for a very long time. What on earth is this American 'assist' that has crept into football commentary?
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