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  1. Paul

    Waveney River Centre Hire Cruisers

    They could come up with a design that looks slightly less like a bus
  2. Paul

    Waveney River Centre Hire Cruisers

    You want to try towing a 24 foot twin axle carvan down there, never again
  3. Paul

    It's Early January, No Strictly

    He did indeed, in the golden era of the catchphrase. Green was Paula Yates' father of course, who married Bob Geldof, so their daughter Peaches grandfather.
  4. Paul

    It's Early January, No Strictly

    So who said "It's make your mind up time, yes indeed folks, and I mean that most sincerely" .... answers on the back of a postcard ......
  5. Paul

    It's Early January, No Strictly

    Old Time Music Hall, Wheeltappers and Shunters.......... I remember them well.
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    It's Early January, No Strictly

    Am I the only person who thinks all these "Strictly no talent bake me out of here on ice" are just cheap TV fodder created by the witless and aimed at the mindless? I remember when weekend evening used to be primetime, with well made quality programmes. Now it's all staged "reality" junk.
  7. Paul

    Christmas Fare

    to my mind Rib Eye is the best beef roasting joint .....
  8. Paul

    Christmas Fare

    Just finished as much as I'm doing tonight. Iced the cake, good old fashioned Mary Berry Royal Icing. Yule log is made, just needs dusting. Black Forest Trifle has reached custard stage, Traffic Light Trifle has made it to Blancmange. To the bakers in the morning for fresh dinner roles, then make the chocolate mousse for the BFT, Gammon in the oven at lunchtime so it's still warm and juicy to serve. Two quiches to make, probably broccoli and smoked salmon and a goats cheese and caramelised red onion. Sausage rolls have been bought, which is a very poor effort on my part, but hey, life's not all about being in the kitchen. The rest of the week will be eating leftovers then down to Devonshire for a week next Saturday.
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    Christmas Fare

    And sorry, meant to end with the baked bean debate .......NOOOOOO! Baked beans are the spawn of satan. They infest an english breakfast in seemingly every establishment nowadays. they are fit only for topping toast when there is absolutley nothing else in the house, but must be adorned by a knob of butter and good sprinkling of decent sharp cheddar.
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    Christmas Fare

    We are always out for Christmas Day so we do our Christmas Lunch on the Sunday before. So today it was Turkey for us but like Ian we go for a crown nowadays, albeit a largish bronze as they seem to cook better than smaller or white crowns. When it comes to roasting joints of any kind I find the larger the joint the better it cooks. Otherwise, all very traditional, roast potatoes, carrots and parsnips. Sprouts, sausage meat balls, herb stuffing and pigs in blankets. Christmas Pud and Brandy Sauce for afters. We'll have Elaine's family for tea tomorrow so the remains of the Turkey plus a Gammon joint will take centre place then. Christmas Day will be lunch at the inlaws then Boxing Day we always have something a bit different. When I ordered the Turkey this year the butcher was offering half price whole Australian Wagyu briskets so we shall be having Tafelspitz, assuming I can find something big enough to get a six kilo cow shoulder, three kilos of chopped carrot, parsnip and potato and five litres of stock into. I'm sure one of my old homebrew boilers will be up to the job. We'll then be eating boiled beef for most of January!
  11. Paul

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    Oh dear Marshman, is your argument really so weak that you have to descend to such a level of exageration? Nobody is suggesting anything more than arresting the continued decline in clearance and perhaps restoring some of that which has been lost in recent years. I appreciate that there is a growing pressure group whose sole aim is to end navigation on the Upper Thurne. I firmly believe that the winter restrictions trying to be imposed are the thin end of a wedge which ends with a chain across the span of Potter Heigham Bridge and no entry signs adorning the stonework. I wish I could claim any confidence in the Broads Authority to resist such an outcome but I cannot. It is therefore up to boating organistions and communities to voice the opposition. Of the 63 Broads in Norfolk and Suffolk which I can think of only 16 are open to navigation of any kind. I don't think it's unreasonable to protect that number, and to expect the Broads Authority to do so.
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    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    I have made this point before but will do so again. Of those people I know personally, or through this forum who are outspoken in their criticism of the Broads Authority none of them have a PERSONAL complaint against it's CEO. In fact many of them respect him as a polite, personable and educated individual and some have posted that on this forum. What they do, quite rightly, is hold him PROFESSIONALLY responsible for the performance of the Authority which he leads and it's failings. I wonder sometimes if the Broads Authorty Cheerleaders Society are not creating this so called "personalisation" to detract from the real issue, that the Authority is failing the Navigation and the CEO must take responsibility for that. With regard to flooding and water levels I have no doubt that excuses are being used by the Authority to avoid proper dredging. Weasel words such as "incomplete model", "inconclusive" and "insufficient evidence" are the salvation of those determined to do nothing, or the bare minimum. On this occasion I'm not buying it. As proper dredging was in place prior to the formation of the BA then information must be available, or at least should be calculable to sufficient extent to allow a proper model to be created. As for thie issue of flooding, and whether proper dredging might increase the ingress of salt water surges and flooding upstream of Three Mile House then again, that information is available, simply refer to data from years when proper dredging was inplace. If, as had been suggested there are concerns that flood alleviation work and loss of flood plain might exacerbate flooding then that is an issue that the Environment Agency should address directly. It should not be used as an excuse by the Authority not to dredge properly. It's difficult to respond to the statement issued by Dr Packman (based on BESL's Hydrological Model) as it does nothing to answer the questions asked. It's a piece of work that Sir Humphrey Appleby would be proud of. The question is "would dredging the Lower Bure reduce water levels and restore clearance at Potter Heigham bridge". That question is not answered. The model confirms what we all know, that the Lower Bure is silting up and that it is being allowed to do so to prevent salt water ingress and flooding. Dredging work, we learned earlier, has been undertaken but only to allow passage of boats through that area, not to maintain the navigation upstream which may be effected by this constriction. The reference to dredging above Three Mile House having little effect on water levels at Potter is, quite simply irrelevant and a smoke screen included to defer proper debate.
  13. Many condolences Alan, Such sad news.
  14. Paul

    Sea Level Change, Since 1970...

    That's good, it still leaves room for my urinating sea monsters! Re Beccles bridge, it is not square as suggested, it does have an arch and clearance is measured to the centre, or always used to be. Clearance there is decreasing too. We used to take Pacific Princess under which required 8 foot 3 and 3/4 inches (by the measure on the upstream side) every year, though I haven't seen that sort of clearance in a long time. I don't think that proves much though as the lower reaches of the Waveney are just as silted in places as the Bure.

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