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  1. smellyloo

    2016 Version Of Swallows And Amazons

    I'm not really sure what words are no longer considered unacceptable or even why ..... I've even been modded here for using the word "fag" ...... referring to a ciggy ..... go figure.
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    I like being given the choice. Sometimes the cash in my pocket is destined for a car park so unless I tip via card their would be no tip.
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    Pubs On The River With Garden

    The Waveney Hotel Beccles has a nice riverside patio and a conservatory with river views if the weather doesnt play ball.
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    Acle Bridge Inn

    No .... that just makes you fussy. :)
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    Acle Bridge Inn

    I'm not a great lover of the "expert" armchair food critics that proliferate on social media as it is almost impossible to judge "what" standard they prefer, large portions, un-spiced, well done, under or overcookeed veg .... well you get the idea. My particular complaint is when someone regurgitates a complaint from the past in a current review thread ....... if I were a mod I would delete such posts as it could prove damaging to the current management.
  6. I would hope that a visitor centre would be designed to attract visitors, other than boaters, who new to the area might be encouraged to re visit and maybe book a broadland holiday. For this to be achieved the visitor centre would need to be adjacent to a highway and there are very few suitable sites that allow motorists easy access to a waterside. To be able to go inside a building, particularly in winter, with panoramic views of the river and relax in comfort, supping/eating whilst watching the world go by would be very appealing to me. Add to that other areas that can be used for a variety of other purposes and I suspect the visitor experience might last significantly longer than 10 minutes.
  7. I often drive from Norwich to Winterton via Acle and look forward to crossing the Acle Dam. I always get a buzz crossing over water and catching a glimpse of the boats, So for me this is an ideal place to build an eye catching, iconic visitor centre. I suspect it would draw the attention of many passing motorists who would then take a nosey. So for me this is a far better location than Whitlingham or Howe Hill which are really tucked away places, and hardly likely to attract passing trade. If, however, as some seem to suggest we go for the cheap option of a shed with bins & water hose then it will attract precicely nobody ..... except the passing boaters!
  8. Yep ...... and it's one of those iconic designs that is instantly recognisable worldwide. I bet stoneage man kept moaning about the cost & design of stonehenge ..... whilst tapping away on their stone tablets.
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    Guess The Beach!

  10. Nothing to do with God. Just my, ever so humble, opinion as a person who was born & bred in Broadland and still lives here and cares about the future ...... not just boat owners needs but evertbody who lives & visits the Broads.
  11. No, today people are much more sophosticated in their tastes and expectations. Sitting in a shed just will not attract visitors. A statement centre is just what the area needs in the 21st century.
  12. I really find it rather gauling that people who pay a river toll, to allow them to keep their boat on the Norfolk Broads, assume that they have the right to dictate what the BA spend their budgets on. If the BA existed solely to pamper to the needs of a minority of Broads users (ie boat owners) then the area would quickly decline as a tourist magnate.
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    Acle Bridge Inn

    Just had lunch there (The Rising Sun) and no complaints today or any other of the times i've visited. The car park gets pretty busy though and today, outside, the wasps were a bit of a pest but that's not unique to the Rising Sun. I've booked tables there also BUT you can't book an outside table only inside.
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    Into A Flap With A Flappy Thing

    As Poppy mentioned in a previous post the best way to understand the issues faced by the sailing fraternity is to embark on an introductory sail. Raising and lowering the sails whilst on the go needs careful choice of water and of course taking into account tide and wind particulatly if you have no engine to assist in maintainig position. I guess the decision was made to raise the sails there before you arrived on the scene and yes it is sad you were inconvenienced, had it been me I would have thanked you for holding station. Incidently, I thought your original question to be excellent. Real time explainations of events allow informative discussions to take place and it is always good to examine the colregs and try to conclude who may or may not have been to blame. I'm sure we all learned something from your experience.
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    Into A Flap With A Flappy Thing

    I would say that as you were behind the sail boat the onus is for you to overtake safely and not cause him to be obstructed. But, as in all things, things need to be judged on the conditions at the time. Whilst the yacht acted according to the rules I think he should have judged that the conditions might dictate some helpful signs from him would prove helpful. These are mostly welcomed by the motor boaters but there are occassions (very often from gin palaces) where these directions are not welcomed and ignored. But, you say the winds were light, so I doubt either of you were in danger of a nasty colission. Now this is just my opinion but i'm sure someone will highlight all the relevant rules that come into play and apportion blame.
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    What Might We Reasonably Expect Of Nbn?

    Yep, I don't nessasarily think FB will survive the test of time hense the reason it is essential to remain flexible and bend with the wind. The reason I think the Forum may die (all fora not particularly NBN) is that Forums come and go on a regular basis. People will move on and support whatever platform satisfies their needs. There are one or two diehards that will defend their cherished forum even when most have deserted it but these days people will go where the action is. It might be NBN forum for a bit longer, it might not. But it's the members here (most anyway) that I enjoy not the platform which is just a tool.
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    What Might We Reasonably Expect Of Nbn?

    I'm at a loss to understand why people who choose not to sign up to Facebook care about what is written or goes on overthere! If the admin of NBN choose to also run a facebook group then surely that is up to them. Those of us who have no interest in FB should just enjoy life over here. I suspect that in time NBN forum will die a natural death as I suspect it attracts members of a certain age. Much more likely is that the FB group will survive and flourish providing it is prepared to evolve with changing tastes.
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    I Hate.....

    So, what really niggles me is ..... people that reply to a question by saying SO da de dar de dar
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    Theft From Boats At Oulton Broad

    Really, it's this sort of random comment that really riles me up. Is it any wonder that moral is low.
  20. Can we move this to a recent, much loved, lengthy thread?
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    What Might We Reasonably Expect Of Nbn?

    It is as it is. Facebook is so big ..... it isn't going to change any time soon, currently if you want to reach a larger audience you need to have a presence there. If you don't like what goes on on Facebook don't visit ...... but a word of warning ....... if you stop visiting it you will suddenly find you have several hours of free time to fill and zero "likes" to massage your ego. Remember Facebook exists to make money ....... much investment is made to ensure that the visitor experience is addictive ...... just like drugs but without the pleasure hit.
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    Acle Visitor Centre Winner

    Yes, I know many want a building to blend into the surroundings (hense the proliferation of bland designs) but a visitor centre has to attract visitors, not just because it's in a nice place but because people want to see the structure ........... nearly all the iconic visitor attractions in England were greeted with uproar but over time have become successful visitor attractions ..... "angel of the North" to name but one ...... it definately doesn't blend into the countryside but then that's the point.
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    Acle Visitor Centre Winner

    Yes I heard about this on the wireless yesterday. I think they (BA) need to rethink this policy as a trip on an iconic boat is a major tourist attraction and reserving a safe spot for passengers to elite is essential.
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    Acle Visitor Centre Winner

    Good point ...... also it wouldn't be very good for road visitors to have the river view obscured by ugly plastic topped vessels. Maybe, booked only reserved mooring for wherries or similar classics that would actually enhanse the visitor experience.
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    Acle Visitor Centre Winner

    A safe choice I think but if it happens will be an Acle assett. I would have liked something a bit bolder, may be the "Sail" shaped structure which I think would have been instantly reconisable as the Norfolk Broads.

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