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  1. Timbo

    River Bure

    You would be surprised Marshman, to find how accurate not only mapping but local information in the 1700s was. Maps have always been persuasive and used to settle disputes. For example, in 1553 locals of a village in Surrey drew a map of the town's field system in order to allow "the more playne manifest and direct understondying". Because maps also confer power, quality in cartography was essential. A good map not only lets you navigate, but it's also a means to wage war, collect taxation and information on the population. As for getting out and about Daniel Defoe, he of Robinson Crusoe fame published his book and accompanying maps 'Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain between 1724 and 1727. Defoe was not only a writer but also a businessman and a spy. Talking to the locals was an essential part of cartography and his tour contains detailed information not only on individual families but also details of their trade and business. As he passed through Norwich "a weaver of Norwich, gave me a scheme of their trade on this occasion, by which, calculating from the number of looms at that time employed in the city of Norwich only, besides those employed in other towns in the same county, he made it appear very plain, that there were 120000 people employed in the woollen and silk and wool manufactures of that city". Of course, map makers do get things very wrong. The River Ant is a good local example. Its name isn't the River Ant. It's the river Smale. However some jolly mapmaker in 1781, I did do the research but can't find the link, couldn't find a local to ask...so decided on a whim to rename it and call it the Ant. I'm wondering if he was an ancestor of another famous renamer of the Broads!
  2. Timbo

    River Bure

    Here you go Expilot. http://www.historic-maps.norfolk.gov.uk/ . Hours of fun tracing history through cartography here. There are several maps missing from the collection and of all places it is the National Library of Scotland that you have to go to in order to find them. https://maps.nls.uk/. There is also a good collection of maps to be found in the British Library too! http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/maps/uk/?_ga=2.190779179.106008836.1555404253-1065440743.1554227647 The British Library also has a vast quantity of books, images, prints, documents, paintings and drawings of the Broads! Hope this helps? Edited to add https://www.oldmapsonline.org which will help you trace any maps that are hard to find. I'm currently researching a fragrance house and through the mapping data managed to trace someone from 1799 right down to their street address, even to details of what their home was made of, the state of repair, what their neighbours did for a living etc via Insurance Maps of the time.
  3. It all depends on what you've been smirking. Some things are worse than others. On one hand, you have your marijuana and on the other is the Salisbury tab end!
  4. 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!
  5. I've found that if I ring the ranger station, they ask me the dimensions of the boat, ask me where I am, and then they tell me what time I need to leave and what speed to travel at with a time check location along the way so that I can tell if I'm late or early. They also keep a lookout for you going through the station and give a friendly wave. On one occasion with a hire boat with Uncle Albert onboard they gave us a call back as they hadn't seen us come through at the right time. They asked where we were and if we had a problem and then suggested we speed up a bit if we wanted to get across. Uncle Albert was spitting feathers at that!
  6. That's cos they can't get a word in! MM!
  7. I've found that the more of his coffee I consume, the more I agree with MM. It's got to be the blend he uses!
  8. ...I can play the banjo and trim my toenails in the bath!
  9. So, just when I thought it was safe to enter the general population again...Gracie gets chicken pox. It turns out I've never had chicken pox, mumps or measles. I've had malaria, dysentery and a whole host of unpleasantness associated with a life 'roughing it' in 'forn climes', but none of the domestic type childhood illnesses. So an increase in my usual headache had folks worrying a bit. Not as worried as you guys will be when you discover my newfound fame as an 'International Fashion, Politics and Culture Correspondent'. Does anyone remember Jesse's Fashion Tips from the Fast Show? Jesse and I have a lot in common. This week I have mostly been wearing Creed. It turns out that my weird sense of humour if you can call it humour, and my tendency to write 'what I see' coupled with an ability to get dressed in the morning makes me a suitable men's fashion correspondent and I now have a monthly column in an American men's fashion and fragrance magazine. For those wanting to know...skinny jeans with rips are 'out', and the flowing lines of traditional tailoring are 'in'. The current trend of makeup and beards for blokes is meant to be provoking. Now, I don't know about you lot, but I grew up listening to David Bowie and watching Roy Wood's Wizard on TV. I hit my teens in the Punk era, went through the New Romantic era, into Ska, out the other side into heavy Metal and had a beard and hair longer than Gandalf until I was in my thirties. So, a bloke in makeup, with a beard, is not what I'd call particularly provoking. Although a male model mincing up the catwalk with his three sizes too big trousers at half-mast and a look of 'kill me now' in his eyes will cause me to snigger.
  10. Timbo

    Mobiles

    I worked out a couple of years ago that the key to good reception is the specific kind of phone you use. Forget the i-phone its as much use as the packaging it came in, the same goes for the Samsung...anything remotely trendy, recycle it. Your old bricks...use them as rubble before you lay the new concrete drive...SONY, now SONY work. The SONY has a big antenna compared to other brands. Now battery power. Because my phone works...people use my phone. Consequently, the battery runs out quick. I know it's other people using my phone that makes it run down as...when I'm on the boat, all the people that normally ring me up are also on my boat or on their boat a few yards up the bank. Now when my phone runs out of power... what I do is find Grendel and plug my SONY phone into his power pack. I use Tesco phones for one reason. Every Tesco store has a phone relay tower and free wifi for its customers.
  11. ...and I still ain't deaded! A happy and prosperous New Year to all! Christmas was a quiet affair here at Timbo Towers. I was excited to see 'Madness' would be performing for New Year's Eve...then cringed every time they went off key. I had my usual moan at the crap music they play to accompany the firework display. The whole of musical history to go at and they come up with computer-generated drivel. Just shows how old I'm getting! Talking of which... ...woke up on New Year's Day to open birthday presents....and thanks for the birthday wishes much appreciated! Warm socks, good wine and fragrances from Creed and Tom Ford to add to my ever-growing collection. I'm not so much slipping into my dotage as running over the cliff of senility shouting 'yippee' on my way down. My floppy eared ginger nursemaids have earned their dog biscuits over the last few days as I slowly succumbed to another infection. Dylan, number one beagle, is always the first to react and he camped out on my lap for two days before Toby his twin joined in. 'Oh crap!'. Forty-eight hours in bed with the ginger hot water bottles taking it in turn to babysit me. By lunchtime yesterday, I had both of them cuddled up as I shivered and shook although I was burning up. On a normal day, I feel as though I have the worst hangover you can imagine, but yesterday... Five thirty this morning and I woke up. Toby pottered off to the living room and Dylan climbed off the bed and crawled under it. I checked the obituaries on my phone. Let's face it, if I had carked it in the night there was no way I was making the effort to get out of bed...even if Ian does email me on forum business two hours before dawn...but as my nursemaids had left me to my own devices and the BBC had not reported my demise I got out of bed and put the kettle on. Old Brown Java coffee freshly ground helped the morning tablets slide down. Annoy Ian on the phone, take Ellie to work, sit in the Tesco carpark to write this missive (without internet at the minute thanks to the cable being cut) and I'm heading back home. SSS then choose today's fragrance. Today I will mostly be wearing...Zadig & Voltaire. Vanilla, incense, grapefruit in the top and sandalwood in the base!
  12. Devastating news Alan. Ellie's and my thoughts are with you and your family and should you need us please do shout out. Tim and Ellie x
  13. Having put my teeth in my back pocket for safe keeping, then forgotten where I had put them, then in a half starved temper tantrum throwing myself into the chair and biting my own backside on the process...it was more than a nip I tell you! Welcome aboard!
  14. No...I still ain't deaded! Although they have been trying hard! Here's a quick update from Timbo Towers. As many of you know, I've suffered the occasional stroke since 2001. A total of twenty-one so far. The last at the beginning of this year was in a different part of the brain to the usual and was right in the pain centre. If you imagine the worse hangover you've ever had...that's how I've been feeling twenty-four hours a day, every day since February. It can get a bit wearing and had put a dent in my usually sunny disposition. Another bout of pneumonia didn't do me a world of good. But a corner has been turned and I'm glad to say I'm firing on at least two cylinders now, one more than my flaming car, so brace yourselves! Uncle Mike and Aunty Pat have been keeping their eyes on me, Griff has popped in, Ian rings me up at some gods awful time in the morning to wake me up, Mike rings me in the afternoon during my nap to wake me up and Psychic Surveyor is on night watch for when I've gone past sleep! In the meantime, I do keep an eye on the forum and Facebook pages, ever watchful for the mention of 'The Great Estuary Theory'! I picked up some chatter at the YouTube creator conference. YouTube is doing a lot of 'blowing', however, 'blow' is all they are doing. Behind the scenes, they are making some drastic changes to bring their platform in line with Articles 11, 12a and 13. They have no choice. If they block Europe and UK then another platform will step in and take over and that will be disastrous for YouTube.
  15. Well...just 17 days to go now! ;)
  16. I'm enjoying this thread very much. We used to have an archaeology storage facility next door to a stained glass craftsman's workshop. Absolutely fascinating and intricate work. More please Helen!
  17. Possessed? Me or Grendel? If it's me you're talking about there's too many 's's', too many 'e''s' and nowhere near enough 'i''s' for what I am!
  18. Here's a handy diagram for educational purposes from the National Archives Vaughan...© Crown copyright 2013 Edited to add a quotation... The copyright owner’s rights are not unlimited and once they have expired the copyright owner has no control at all. You may use an ‘insubstantial part’ of a copyright work in any way you like. A substantial part is not defined, but can mean quite a small part if that is the essence or an important part of the whole. Anything up to perhaps 5% (or in a few cases even more) of the whole might be insubstantial, but less than that quantity could easily be substantial if it is qualitatively important. Mona Lisa’s smile is certainly a substantial part of Leonardo’s painting. The most useful exceptions to copyright are called ‘fair dealing’. To qualify as fair dealing, what you do must be fair to the copyright owner, which means, among other things, not using too much and not damaging his commercial interests or his normal use of the work, and you must acknowledge the author and give the title of the work. Also, what you do must fall into one of the following categories: private study - this means study for your own benefit, though the general knowledge gained might be useful to you for other purposes non-commercial research - this might include research for a non-commercial publication (one which will not make any money), such as some academic research. However, it will not include anything for which you or anyone else will receive a financial or equivalent return, and nor will it include research for a body (even a charity) which will use it to receive a return criticism or review - such as a review of a book. The criticism or review does not have to be favourable, but it must be of a work or works (not necessarily the one quoted) and the comments made must be much more extensive than the quotation current news reporting - such as quotation in a newspaper or on the radio. However, you may not use a photograph for this purpose. Basically...I think you are covered Vaughan!
  19. Just call me Moist...get ready to buy some sizzle!
  20. As of yet, everything is as it always has been. However, the EU and the UK have ratified the new articles to the EU's copyright directive but this has not yet passed into law. It will do so within the next year and will then will pass into UK law in the next two years or sooner if we do as I anticipate and just adopt EU law wholesale. Not quite. What it will mean is that links will be only able to show one or two words of an article. If you read many of the links that float around social media then you will know that they contain the headline and a good section of the text to whet your appetite. Under the new directives that would be not allowed without coughing up money. The directive stipulates 'one or two words' of the text. You would think so, and there has been an attempt made to provide an exemption for “legitimate private and non-commercial use of press publications by individual users,”. However, the whole thing is full of holes and open to interpretation. Particularly as those trying to protect their copyright and platforms trying to avoid paying license fees will be using filters and not human beings to sift posts it would double our amount of work behind the scenes as small platforms like us could and probably would end up in the middle of it all. So just as a hypothetical...say the EDP runs a piece on the demolition of THAT Bridge with the headline "THAT BRIDGE to be DEMOLISHED". If we ran a thread with the title "That Bridge to be Demolished" and a post included a link to the article...then we would pay. If we ran a thread saying Potter Heigham bridge to be demolished...fine so far. If the post said 'There's an article in the EDP here' with 'here' the word used as the link...still OK. But should someone say 'I don't do Facebook and can't read it or I can't get the link' and some helpful soul copies and pastes the article...then we pay. If we discuss the merits of the article...fine, if we quote for a point in an argument...fine, as long as it falls in line within correct academic standards... To be honest Bill, I think the whole proposal is so much cobblers designed to milk as much cash as possible for the old media moguls as they can get. Although I attended a YouTube conference for larger channel creators recently and to a certain extent I could see how many people out there are raking in a living from other peoples hard work. Endless creators jamming together clips from feature films to illustrate things like 10 things you didn't know about the latest Hollywood Blockbuster, which I think is wrong. As I say, at the minute there are no changes as the articles have not come into law...yet. Another couple of years. But it will mean some big changes for the likes of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and to a certain extent us. For us, I think it will be more in the way that we illustrate our arguments and type our posts and links.
  21. I have not really been anywhere as I've been watching the antics of the NBN both on the forum and facebook daily. I get the updates from the various NBN backroom musings as they happen and comment when needed. Aunty Pat and Uncle Mike keep a close eye on me and I have been doing some odd jobs of work on behalf of the NBN. One of the jobs was wading through the current guff on the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Particularly articles 11, 12a and 13 which will affect us directly. Basically, all this article is saying is that any websites that host large amounts of user-generated content, such as the NBN, are responsible for taking down that content if it infringes on copyright. So, if one of our beloved members posts a meme or an image, video, or cuts and pastes any copyrighted material then the NBN would be legally responsible for removing that copyrighted content and liable to pay any related royalties. An earlier version of the amendment also mentions that we would have to 'automate' this process to scan every piece of content uploaded to the forum and stop anything that might violate copyright from being uploaded. It gets worse. Article 11 dubbed the 'Link Tax' means that if anyone posts anything from any news organisation then that organisation may "obtain fair and proportionate remuneration for the digital use of their press publications by information society service providers". That means us by the way. Although there are exemptions in the articles that may cover us as an organisation, everything is still very much up in the air. I don't know about anyone else but I'm fairly sure I don't want to have to cough up NBN funds to finance what passes for journalism in the local Norfolk rags? 12a deals with photographs taken at sporting events...such as oh, yacht races etc. The articles are not European Law yet and all of this depends on how the directive is interpreted by member states when they make it into national law. In our case, everything also hinges on the unhinged, chinless, gormless and clueless of all political persuasions at Westminster. But I would like to keep the NBN ahead of the game with legislation. Anyone who wants to get a good night's sleep will find the full amendments here . Yes please, Griff but I've still got to dig it out of the pile of guff in the shed, which is under the pile of guff left when they fitted my new windows. I think I've turned into one of those hoarder type people in need of what Uncle Albert called an 'up, bung and stuff' session. Right...back to bed! Tiring day today with Grandson Arlo (7 months) who is all blonde hair, blue eyes and full of cold and really poorly but was doing his best to smile and laugh for me while we played 'am I gonna give you some 'fump' today. This involves me asking him 'Do you wish to partake of the ancient art of fisticuffs' while I roll up my sleeves and prance around ducking and weaving threatening to 'give you some fump' while avoiding Grandma helping Arlo to give me an uppercut. For his part, Arlo gives you beaming smiles to show off his five new teggies then chortling when I fall over when his fist connects with my kisser. This was followed by collecting granddaughter Gracie (6 going on 36) from school to stay overnight. Call from the back seat of the car that 'this is boring' when Tony Robinson began to read Terry Pratchett on the CD player were soon turned to giggles as 'Vimes' read 'Where's my cow'.
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