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  1. Having worked at RAF Scampton, I've seen this many times.. I hope it survives, as Scampton is likely to be sold off for Housing / industrial use...
  2. Sadly 50 years ago there were no local, first flight teams near to me in Deepest Wiltshire, and even less when we moved to the Outer Hebridies. So in Wiltshire it was the usual support of the Big name teams or in the Hebridies , it was Celtic or Rangers depending on your religious persuasion, So I avoided that.. I have no intension of paying vast amounts of money into Rupert Murdochs pocket, However I have used Deliah's facilities but not in a football related matter...
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    Model Railway Shows 2018

    A little bump for the J50 model railway show shown above.
  4. There appear to be slightly less shows this year. and I'm keeping the list to towns and villages around the broads... 10:00:00 2018-03-03 17:00:00 Norfolk and Sufolk Narrow Gauge Modellers - 4th Open Day Exhibition . Blyburgate Hall (Former St John Hall), Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9TF Norfolk and Sufolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Norfolk & Sufolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Sat 3rd March 2018 Blyburgate Hall (Former St John Hall), Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9TF OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00am - 4.00pm ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Family £6.00 List of Traders Attending : List of Layouts Attending : 009 Society Sales Stand. Narrow Planet Southwold Railway Trust Bure Valley Railway/bvr Model Shop Norfolk Heath Works Yellow Ridge Mine - Gn15 Butley Quay - OO9 Ben Moor Foot Peat Railway - O.16.5 Meanderbahn - HOe Royston Wharf - OO9 Longstone - Gn15 Castle Quay - OO9 La Garita Hills Railroad - On30 Wood Bay - OO9 Newlands Farm - Gn15 Arendt Spitze 2 - O.16.5 Cilffyrdd Corris - OO9 Old Chapel Yard - OO9 List of Demonstrations : List of Other Displays : Alan Fuller Modelling Demonstration The N&SNGM Group Will be Having the Final of Their Challenge With Winner Announced During the Afternoon. HOW TO GET THERE: If you are Travelling by Car : Nearest Railway Stations : Check here for Parking Options. Beccles [0.19 miles]
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    Acle Bridge Inn

    I think there is such a tradition of bombing boats in the 3RR with fish and chips (by the boats support crew) there is an exemption in the rules for that. However, Until Applications open for the 2019 race, the race rules are not on the website.. http://www.3rr.uk/ so I can't check it..
  6. Not the slightest interest in 22 over paid men chasing around after a bit of leather on a plastic (partly) pitch. Or however many men it is that fight over a strange shaped ball. I had never lived close to a first division team and never could understand people getting attached to clubs to which they had no connection. The nearest I've lived to a top flight club is now, with Norwich City, But after 60 years thing to avoid watching sport I'm not changing now. As for attending round ball sport it's much more expensive than sailing, I'll stick to that.
  7. Whilst not directly on the broads this road will effect everyone who lives on the broads or who comes to the broads. So I started this topic, so that we can let people know where the traffic jams and road works are, while they build it. They claim it will be finished in 2 years!!? One road I know of is already closed to through traffic is the small lane that passes the eastern end of Norwich airport ( it's actually the northern end of St Faiths road) which joins Quakers lane. Also on the Norwich to Horstead /Coltishall Rd near the Garden Centre are 30MPH signs and there are markers in the verges showing where the works will be for the Junction / Roundabout there. Anyone for 3 or 4 years of chaos?
  8. Just caught a glimpse of the car that went down the embankment on the Eroxham road /NDR roundabout, It's a large estate, possibly a Peugeot, not exactly the type of car you'd expect to be thrown around at roundabouts, I suspect he /she lost the back end and so oversteered...
  9. Well they've been at it again another car has gone off the embankment at the Wroxham road round about. Managing to go through the police aware tape from the previous one. This morning I thought the tape had just broken, but coming back to night there is a new skid mark from the road centre raised triangle of kerbs across to and through the tapes..
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    Seamaster V Lytton.?

    The Lytton 850 is an Elysian 27ft aft cockpit with a different deck and cabin, fixed cockpit hard top (front half of cockpit) and quite often a larger engine. As such the hulls of Elysians are plenty strong enough for the broads
  11. Yes it's that time of year again, just about a Month to the start of Horning Regatta week. So for those who wish to watch / avoid / Get thorugh Horning with as little difficulty as possible, during those dates, here I hope is some useful information. To Make it easier to read, The first post will be what we are doing, the second post will be : When are the best times to go through, if you wish to avoid the event. What we Tell the competitors, request the non competitors please do and why we do this.... Saturday 28th July 2018, Club event members only competing, The Racing is on Black Horse Broad (AKA Hoveton Little Broad) from about 14:00, so boats will be commuting up to the broad from the sailing club from around 13:00. There is likely to be a rescue boat or two towing small dinghies and maybe the odd keelboat up to the broad. The boats are likely to be returning from 16:00. Sunday 29th July 2018, Club event members only competing, The racing is also on the broad, boats are likely to go to the broad between 09:00 and 10:00, returning for lunch 12:30 to13:00. then back for the Afternoon session in time for the 14:00 start. Most boats are likely to return to the club after 16:00. Monday 30th August 2018 to 3rd August 2018, An open event on the River Anybody is welcome to compete, or come visit the club and see what's going on. We will be wrapped up in our event, there will be a lot of strangers around, so if you visit, want to ask questions, please do, someone will point you to a person with the knowledge. 09:25 Racing starts, so boats will be on the water from about 09:15, the first series includes the beginners so hoards of small children from 8 years old in their first regatta event. 10:30 the bigger boats join in, 20ft to 25ft keelboats. 12:30 most will pack up for lunch, however, there are a few boats out for special classes, and the Big sailing cruisers have their lunch time up to 2 hour race.. 14:00 the afternoon Series starts, the absolute beginners are not encouraged out, because it's too busy, but there will be a fair amount of dinghies, keelboats, and the slower sailing cruisers will still be out. 16:00-The afternoon Main series should be finishing, shortly after there will be reduced Numbers in a couple of races for special trophies. 17:30 we should be finished but there may be the odd straggler about. After racing, social events at the club, for club members, invited guests and competitors 28 Jul Sat 7:00PM Platter n Natter / film Clubhouse 29 Jul Sun 5:00PM Berry Shield / cream tea Clubhouse 30 Jul Mon 6:00PM Games evening & chips Clubhouse 31 Jul Tue 7:00PM Quiz night Clubhouse 1 Aug Wed 7:00PM Bingo Clubhouse 2 Aug Thu 8:00PM Disco - 80s theme Clubhouse 3 Aug Fri 7:00PM Round Off the Week Clubhouse
  12. Thanks to all who displayed patience and understanding during the event...
  13. I should perhaps, explain that, the bloke was incredulous that he had to avoid sailboats,... Perhaps, he thought he was in Disneyland...
  14. Well that's it, the regatta is over for another year, though club sailing will continue, from next Thursday afternoon / evening, with the sailing school and racing sailing on Black Horse, the following Sunday. The sailing went well, with some trophies given out after racing, others are given out at the prize giving dinner in October. Also the glasses were given out, if you do so many % of your possible races, you get an HSC engraved glass, if you do nearly all your possible races you get two glasses. Three incidents to report, During the mid morning race two broads tours day boats 41and 11 went past, fully loaded with late teens early twenty something's, jumping up and down on the fore decks singing and "dancing" , jumping from boat to boat, obviously already well p****d. Much later they came back, some obviously unable to stand, shirtless males or or minimal cover females, doing good impressions of lobsters. They will be regretting it this morning. Also in the morning a Brinks elysian/maderia went past with what looked like two male bruiser / club bouncer types on board. We showed the keep right, thank you boards, as the racing was very busy, but the look they gave us, made it obvious they weren't taking any advice. So they proceeded on just right of centre and shortly after got stuck well and truly surrounded by sailing boats as the mobo caused chaos. And finally, a lot of shouting occurred as a day boat came through the fleet, well out out from the bank, a very angry man came to us shouting about the sailing boats, and while I tried to explain what was going on and what he should have done, he made the statement. " I'VE hired this boat and "I" have avoid sailboats!!! "
  15. I hope you enjoyed your trip on the broads, especially through Horning Regatta. You had just passed my rescue boat when you took this picture, we were the ones waving the keep right, racing ahead , hug the bank, thank you boards. Appropriately the capsized dinghy is of a class called a "splash" he sorted him self out without our help. Just beyond is a small sailing cruiser called Red Orchid the vicar an his family enjoy their racing at regatta week each year. He must do, it's a slow old tub, I'm often asked to go see where she is, the hunt for Red October is on.... He should still win a trophy though...
  16. Afternoon All, a very good days sailing for all although the wind was very light in the morning. 99% of boat drivers happily went along the bank, 1 or two interpreted "keep to the right hand bank" as somewhere down the middle, then getting somewhat of a mess surrounded by tacking boats. There was the other odd one or two who panicked at the sight of a boat coming towards them and turned away into the river causing more chaos... The only major problem, was the link between the throttle cable and the carb came undone. Leaving me in one of 4 rescue boats to come from near dydlers mill to the club at idle. A long trip.... A simple fix but annoying. There is a disco at the club tonight, once I obtain a can or two from the bar, I shall retreat to the other side of the river... The last day of the regatta tomorrow, ah music has started, my ears hurt, bye..
  17. If you wish to have a view of the regatta with out getting involved in the Mayhem or sitting on Swan green https://www.horning-...lub/webcams.php which, if you look at from 09:30 You See our sailing chaos. Peak busyness about 11:00 or 14:30, though the fleets could be anywhere on a Mile and a half of river. I hear the sounds of beer barrels being dropped, it must be a delivery to the Swan pub in the left hand picture. Out on patrol we have signs to hold out, it's easier than shouting over the sound of their diesel engines, the signs say "keep right", "hug the bank" "racing ahead" "thank you" to which one punter shouted back "does this mean we have to turn round" err where did it say that? Yesterday I rescued grandma and granddad in a rowing dinghy, male and female grandchildren in canoes. They found paddling up river is easy with the wind and tide, getting back was not. They were very undirectional getting out into hoards racing sailors on also amoung inexperienced hire boaters. So we towed them back the mile they had come from... There's a phone going off in the clubhouse, someone will be looking for that this morning.Just as we set off to return to our station, another sailing boat reported a dinghy in trouble, full throttle time.. Just where we picked up the the others was a "solo" class dinghy sailor sat on the bank, he'd capsized, recovered to the bank but had a badly torn sail, he'd only had the boat 2 days....We had huge entry of Yare and Bure one designs yesterday, very traditional broads keelboats with very long booms, half a dozen can block the river, we had a lot more than that.. Today, is the original regatta day, spoons day, tea spoon for third place, middles spoon for second, soup soon for first. As well as the chance of getting your name on lots of trophies.. So Many more boats will be out today, Time to go attach the flags to their halyards the cannon goes off in 25 minutes
  18. Morning all, Monday's evening games night and fish and chips went well, 101 portions pre ordered and few others bought as well. Tuesday's event went very well, just two incidents, Two incidents, First, a single person or two at a squeeze, speedboat was planeing through the fleet on the wrong side of the river, this was a consistent long plane not just avoiding a boat. , I had to put my rescue boat in front to stop him, I reminded him the limit was 5mph at that point. He was on a short stay visitor toll.. But because I was also busy keeping an eye on the racing, i forgot to make a note of his toll number.. He said OK and went off correctly, but I suspect round the corner of dydlers mill he will have opened up again. The other, a hire boat complained at being shouted at by racing boats, since the visitor was going along the river correctly as asked, I reported it to the commodore, who will read the riot act later today, once as a general, announcement to everyone and then again before the start of the suspected culprits, fundamental rule 2, fair sailing, and rule 69, gross misconduct applies and could lead to disqualification. the Tuesday evening quiz night went well, the club was packed, inside and out. There were about 20 teams we came 5th half a point from being 3rd.. The rescue boats are ready, the flags are hooked on, the cannon fires in 40 minutes, time to get a coffee.
  19. Monday, winds much lighter, but it rained all. Morning. 05:30 to clubhouse, SSS, 06:00 get the rescue boat out load with buoys, then have coffee 07:00 prepare other 3 rescue boats, 07:30 hook flags to halyards, get another coffee 07:50 I start count down, 07:59:50 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 08:00 canon fires as I haul up flags. 08:05 depart to place buoys 08:30 return to collect, major regatta signs. 09:00 return and order bacon butties for breakfast. 09:15 as first buzzer goes, depart munching bacon butties to up river of start. 09:25 first start starts, head up river, diverting non competitors to the right hand bank. Continue diverting tourists while keeping an eye on competitors until.. 12::00 return to the club for a cheese roll and coffee. 13:30 back on the water for the afternoon races 16:30 radio failed returned to club for another, radio messages now received and understood 17:30 start collecting buoys 18:00 return rescue crew, go to motorboat, get changed. 18:30 to clubhouse, have sausage and chips Games going on, lots of socialising , I'm on my first cider. Only one incident to today, one incident today one competing boat attempted to mount another, no injuries to people, one boat damaged. That's my day at Horning regatta so far, time to go to the bar again...
  20. The concern about lack of wind was unjustified, we had too much Saturday and Sunday and wetness from the sky. Only 10 boats competed Saturday And 12 Sunday. Many capsizes from the dinghies, but the only one needing rescue was nearer another rescue boat. He capsized stuck his mast in the mud and broke the mast trying to right the boat. After racing on Sunday, we had a rescue dory skills competition out side the club on the river ( regular dory drivers banned from competing.) I was rescue boat for the rescue boat, we also had a fully qualified instructed sitting along side each novice just in case. Everything was on skill, speed was not included or allowed. Pick up a fender hooked on a buoy reverse to another buoy hook fender on again. Bring dory to club house quay heading touch balloon with bow of dory without bursting balloon. Rescue football from river Manoeuvre boat the finish. Just as we were to start I saw 3 green canoes approaching 150 yards away near the BA village moorings, so just as I moved forward to ask them to go round one capsized. Full throttle time, waving down a tourist to stop, I reached and recovered one man, while the competing rescue boat with two qualified crew, rescued the other who had swum to and was hanging onto a moored broads cruiser. The canoe and paddles I towed to the club. The two men used the club facilities to recover and get cleaned up. The canoe hire, we're phoned by the club, An hour or so later a boat , came and collected men and canoe.. After that excitement we held the competition,
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    Available Basic Moorings

    I would try one of the sailing clubs, they are much cheaper than commercial moorings, Eg at Horning SC your fee would be £120 family membership and mooring something like £300 -400. (I haven't got the figures exactly for the moorings, but that's half my motorboat mooring) (Note Hornings moorings for NON racing yachts are across the river and you'd have to row across, 3 rowing dinghies are provided) https://horning-sailing.club/webcams.php (right hand picture) There isn't a requirement to race but, a gentle Sunday race down and back to the Pub at Thurne or Acle can't be that bad. If you look at the green Book, http://www.thegreenbook.org.uk/default.htm under clubs and classes. there are mabe a dozen clubs that could help..that could help.. Joining a club will often give you free car parking, showers and toilets, a water supply to top up your on board water, plus The option of joining social events. On the other hand there might be duties required, such as at Horning once each summer a galley or rescue boat duty would be required. If you are around, from tomorrow for seven days is Horning regatta, pop in and see what's going on..
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    Acle Visitor Centre Winner

    Might make it easier to get the rig down if the Wind is strong though, can't see from the images, But I'm supposing there will be footpath / walkway / moorings between the river and the building or there will be a significant loss of moorings..
  23. Tomorrow the Regatta starts, so this is the last bump up of this year, the wind is forecast to be good on Saturday, but it may rain during set up. Sunday there may be to much wind for some...
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    Wrong Name Right Address

    We got a visit from the police, they were looking at me very suspiciously... They were looking for SWMBOs EX, we had moved twice, and She had not seen him for over 5 years. it shows what the poilice can do when they want to track people down.. even when they get it wrong.. There was a case when they, the police, were looking for violent criminals, they raided a house by smashing down the doors of a pensioner couple.. How did they get the wrong house? they had looked at ANPR /Speeding cameras on the route that the criminals were known to use on certain days, and the pensioners had used the same route -ish..
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