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  1. I quite like this programme and if the owners want to cry then why not. You must have a heart of stone. This program is hardly a betrayal of trust. Having just got back from a few weeks in Canada, I can tell you that there is absolutely nothing worth watching on the TV there at all, and you long for something of the quality of the BBC. Talking to the locals, they say that they rarely watch TV now and all broadcasting has now effectively ceased. Be careful what you wish for. As I understand it, the items for repair on this programme are selected from submissions made by the public. I guess they choose interesting items like the very old clock they did recently (no tears there) or, if an item is not interesting, it needs a good story to go with it. Hence choosing the emotional stories. Maybe the balance has tipped a bit too far towards the stories rather then the objects but then maybe they have to take what they can get. The skills needed to fix the mechanicals and the electronics in that juke box are something very special. Now, I wonder if they will fix my teddy..... Nigel (Ludham)
  2. I meant that 7 pubs is quite a lot for a village the size of Ludham. Not that they were necessarily all open at the same time. Grendel may also have a point because there was a time when Ludham had 3 chip shops. Nigel in sunny Ludham
  3. No. Like I said. Its not real, The Ludham Dragon is just a story
  4. There have been 7 pubs in Ludham but now only two remain. Perhaps the one with the strangest history was The Spread Eagle. This was in the former Vicarage which then became a pub and then in 1900 it became (by a strange twist) a temperance hotel. Then again, maybe there was an 8th pub after all. Last year I had an enquiry to the Ludham Archive asking if I knew the location of a Ludham Pub called the Carpenter's Arms. Now, this pub is mentioned in various different versions of the story of the Ludham Dragon and two different possible locations of it are given. One location is near the former Baker's Arms and maybe they are the same. However, I did have to reply to the enquirer saying that the story of the Dragon is not actually real and I got a rather cross reply saying that they knew that. Of course, one of you may know differently...... Nigel in boozy Ludham
  5. Quick update on this. Lathams have now closed. Nigel
  6. OK, just to clarify this. Ludham Bridge Stores are temporarily closing. The Big Shop at Womack Staithe is closing. Ludham Convenience Store (Formerly Throwers) is open Ludham Butchers is open Kings Arms is open for take away The Dog Inn is open for take away Ken's Veg stall is open Other local businesses are open and doing delivery, for example Meales Lathams are open Roys Food Hall is open and the pharmacy I think that covers it for Ludham and nearby businesses. Remember, this all could change. Hope this clarifies things. Nigel (now back in Ludham from Canada)
  7. Has Part 3 got to do with investments?
  8. OK. I am going for "Acle" in the first line. Reasoning: Fiasco synonym is "debacle". deb is a Debian system file. Take one from the other and you get Acle Nigel
  9. There are some trees down in Ludham but mine are still standing. Looking north towards How Hill. 20200209_152242.mp4
  10. Blowy earlier looking out to Ludham Hall, St Benet's and Thurne Mill. 20200209_152531.mp4
  11. Quite a lot of rain here in Ludham 20200209_155341.mp4
  12. I agree there are many different typres of deadlines. However, I don't think the fossil fuel deadline can be compared to Brexit. You see, in the case of Brexit, not only was the deadline set by politicians but it had to be implemented by politicians. This is something they are clearly not good at. In the case of the fossil fuel deadline, this will be implemented not by politicians but by automotive engineers. They will do it with not only the future of the company in the balance, but also with the knowledge that whoever gets the best solution will make a lot of money. I agree that people are advising and funding Greta. She could not do it otherwise. I also suspect that it would be hard indeed to get her to say something she did not believe in. The funding and advice available to her is just a drop in the (warming) ocean compared to that available to her opponents. Yet still they fear her and have no counter argument. Making a personal attack on her only strengthens her position and is completely counterproductive. As for listening to young people, I think that is extremely important. Their minds are not cluttered with thoughts of maintaining the status quo. They have imagination and fantastic visions of the future. It might take someone with a bit of knowledge and practical experience to turn the dreams into reality but you can't beat a good idea. Nigel (Scout Leader, Ludham)
  13. I was going to say that climate change issues are too important to leave to politicians to sort out, and I still think that. However, to give them their due, I think that moving the dates back and setting a deadline to start the phase out of fossil fuels is actually a really good idea. You ask JFK and Neil Armstrong about the power of a deadline. It's do or die time for the car companies. It's probably quite an exciting time to work in the automotive industry. Whenever there is change there are opportunities. The best will seize them. Thinking about some of the other stuff in this thread, I recall learning in the Debating Society at School that some types of argument are proper debate and some are not. So for example: "I disagree with Nigel for the following excellent reasons" is proper debate. "Nigel must be an idiot to think that way" is not proper debate. We learned that if your only argument is a personal attack on your opponent then you have already lost the argument. So this is why I think that Greta is so good. She holds the politicians (and others) to account and tells them how it is. You can see that they fear her and have no counter argument, so all they have left is a personal attack. However, as I learned at school, if you make a personal attack then the argument is already lost. As Robin Day once said, politicians are here today and gone tomorrow, but Greta represents the future. I would be a lot happier in a future based on her vision. Nigel ( Sunny Ludham)
  14. You know, this stuff has such a familiar ring to me. What is happening here is that a radical new way of thinking and working is being proposed and when that happens, there are always people who say it is too difficult or it will never work. Let me give you an example from the past: Back in the 1980s, I was in charge of a little team of engineers and we were developing a new product which did not currently exist. I often had to discuss it with other parts of the company, and whenever I did, I was always told it would never work. As always, the naysayers gave two reasons why: 1. The technology is not ready and there are too many problems to make it work. 2. The idea is too radical and customers will not want to change their ways or will not accept it. The 1980s computer technology was certainly a challenge and we had to resort to some pretty drastic measures, but eventually we got it working and launched it onto the unsuspecting customers. A week later, it had taken a million pounds in sales. Then all the naysayers changed their tune and said they had always thought it was a good idea. Some even started saying it was their idea. Does this sound familiar to you? The truth is that there are some huge technical challenges when it comes to climate change, and there is a lot of work to be done, but if you think we can't overcome these problems then you very much underestimate human inginuity. Some will embrace the new ideas and make a lot of money. Some companies will fail. Can we make a difference? Sure we can. Soon everyone will be whizzing around in electric cars (or boats) and wondering what all the fuss was about. I remember listening to a talk by Neil Armstrong about the Moon race. He said that when President Kennedy had said that a man was to be landed on the moon by the end of the decade, the technology to do it did not exist and it was completely impossible. At the end of the talk, Armstrong said to the children there that they were to go home, get out their dictionary, and cross out the word "impossible". Nigel (Chartered Electronics Engineer, Ludham)
  15. If I might return this thread to the Broads for a moment, it seems to me that the biggest threat facing The Broads in the short term is sea level rise. The Broads are not a natural environment like a salt marsh which can deal with modest rises in sea level. They are drained and the water confined to the rivers. Every day, the tide comes in and the tide goes out. The Broads cannot take much of a rise in sea level before the tide still comes in but no longer goes out. When that day dawns it will be the end of The Broads. Curbing emissions to slow down global warming is what this change in fuel policy is actually about. Is it enough to save The Broads? I think that's unlikely. So who's fault is it? Well.... Our generation has known about climate change for years but has not done anything like enough about it. It's the next generation that's got to sort the mess out. No wonder they are complaining. I would too. Is it really that difficult to change to new technologies? I'm an engineer and I spent my working life launching new ideas and technologies. When you first look at it, the problems look huge, so you break them down, understand them and sort them, usually a bit at a time. When they are sorted, the solutions sell for a lot of money. You know, we could lead the world in clean technologies. Many of my fellow engineers are working on it now. It's a massive opportunity and its no good whinging about it or saying its all a conspiracy. Its going to happen. Enjoy the ride. Nigel (Ludham, soon to be Ludham-on Sea)
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