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  1. Vaughan

    Advice, Please

    They were very well built boats - I can tell you that much!
  2. Vaughan

    Mooring Up.

    Normally you would not moor stern on in a river with a tidal current but it is possible on the upper Yare at Surlingham, or at Coldham Hall. The same as with anchoring, it depends on the "holding ground" of the river bottom. If it is soft mud, no problem but if it is gravel then the weight will drag. If you drop the weight as you are backing in, so that it ends up some way out in front of you, this will hold your stern off the bank. Not so easy if you are single handed!
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    They say that a wherry is just a name for a workboat. There used to be wherries on the Thames at Greenwich, to lighten big ships that wanted to get upstream to the pool of London. I believe they were known in Southampton water as well. The name just seems to have stuck to the Norfolk version!
  4. Vaughan

    Recent Poll Of National Parks

    You mean the Rivers Yare, Bure and Waveney Commissioners, I assume. "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" There are those of us who grew up on the Broads, and in its boating businesses, who never wanted the BA in the first place.
  5. Vaughan

    Recent Poll Of National Parks

    I am going to throw a bit of a spanner in the works now! Susie and I have just got back from a lovely week in a hire boat on the Thames. I have known this river ever since I was at school at Pangbourne and I worked there in Staines 25 years ago. As far as I can see, it hasn't changed much! It has style, atmosphere and hundreds of years of history. Traditionally appointed the Queen's Highway. That was Good Queen Bess, by the way! It was always run by the Thames Conservancy, who were similar to the Broads Commissioners. It then became part of the National Rivers Authority and it is now wholly controlled by the Environment Agency, who are responsible for maintenance as well as navigation. Unlike the Broads, it is an alluvial river which is made navigable by weirs and locks, so there is a lot more maintenance, more actual land ownership and a lot more manpower requirement. Goring lock and weir Temple Island, at the start of the Henley regatta course. The Thames Valley is not a National Park and has no need to be. As it has a tow path it can offer many other activities to the public, on the Thames Path, where you can walk or cycle the whole way from London to Oxford, through some of the most beautiful countryside in the south of England. Private boats, and marinas abound, with river tolls paid to the EA. So my obvious question is : If the EA can be in sole charge of all this, and make such an overall good job of it, what do we need the Broads Authority for, when the EA seem to be doing a great deal of work on the Broads anyway? Are the BA just an expensive overlap of extra bureaucracy? An old Broads river inspector's launch, spotted on a mooring outside the Angel at Henley.
  6. Vaughan

    Another One Bites The Dust

    I can though! As it seems that this whole thing relates to what James said on the Broads Blog about Jenners basin back in 2016 (which I have just re-read in full this morning) and as I probably know as much about Thorpe Island and its history as anyone around here, I can state categorically that everything he said about the history of this affair is the straight and factual truth. I am prepared to swear to that statement should it be necessary. This sad saga, which involved both ends of the island and went on for 11 years of what I saw as deliberate persecution of the land owner, was most certainly not the BA's finest hour! But just a minute! I seem to remember that James was sanctioned at the time for his use of social media and his signing of an on line petition. He was removed from the planning committee and he was not the only one, at that time. I seem to remember that he was vice chairman at the time, which meant that he could also no longer remain a member of the main authority. So surely, he has already had his internal sanction for this so called offence? Meanwhile the disgusting remark by the then chairperson about feral people living in a shanty town, did not result in the immediate resignation that it surely merited! So what has this got to do with the navigation committee? Or is it that the internal procedures of the BA mean that you can be tried and convicted for the same "offence" twice?
  7. Vaughan

    Another One Bites The Dust

    I have just heard back from James and he gives his permission to post his comment, as he says that everything is now in the public domain as far as he is concerned. He offered his thanks for all our support.
  8. Vaughan

    Another One Bites The Dust

    I have just e-mailed James to ask him.
  9. Vaughan


    When I worked on the North Sea gas platforms, the word was that a packet of OMO left in the kitchen window meant "Old man offshore".
  10. If you read the Broads Blog this morning you will see that James Knight has been removed as a member of the Navigation Committee, and he tells his side of the story. It makes interesting reading and means one less voice on the side of toll payers and boating people. I gather they were already one short on the committee as it is.
  11. Vaughan

    News Papers

    You are supposed to be looking where you are going!
  12. I can't believe you have just said that. Surely that is not the uncorroborated evidence of an amateur naturalist, is it? Good night all!
  13. Could you kindly modify your language? This is an honest forum discussion about matters which concern those of us who are worried about what we see around us. We don't have to be experts to notice the things that are changing on the Broads. Some good, but an awful lot bad. We also have the the right to express those concerns without being talked down, in such an aggressive manner.
  14. I think my father would have said it's amazing what you see, when you haven't got a gun! Not exactly the romantic sentiment of "Ring of Bright Water", is it? This is the harsh reality. I wonder how many of those day visitors, in the middle of Wroxham, who saw that happen before them (and their children) will ever come back to the Broads? I notice that of the animal characters in "The Wind in the Willows", none of them are fish! In real life, Mr Mole, "Ratty" and Toad of Toad Hall, would all have been eaten by their dear friend, the otter! By the way, there is shooting of geese in the winter months on local estates, to try and keep numbers down, but I believe the otter is still a protected species. Anyway, as MM says, some of us think the otter is lovely and others think it is an un-controlled verminous pest. I think back to when the coypu had to be eradicated in East Anglia, but they were not carnivores : they were just destroying crops and damaging flood banks, not charging around killing any other species of wildlife that they could catch. Like the coypu, they have no natural enemies on the Broads. Perhaps we should wait for 3 or 4 years - or even less - and we shall soon see how it turns out.
  15. And neither is blaming it on climate change. By the way, I didn't know that the coot or the waterhen are migratory birds? I don't think either of them can fly more than 50 yards, about 8 ins off the water. I think they are probably related to the Japanese "OO - me - goolie" bird!

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