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  1. My Mam worked for British Rail/Sealink (well, so did I for a while) and she used to say something similar (she said that some of her colleagues were busy killing the golden egg). With BR I found there were some really lazy managers, and there were some people below them who were just exploiting that. But, on the other hand I worked with a lot of people ‘on the coal face’ that loved the industry and gave it their all. I believe that British Rail in the early 80s was still a fairly caring organisation. When I left Uni and was struggling to find work I got offered a temporary job and so did a friend of mine, at a time when there weren’t that many jobs available (Holyhead got badged the most economically depressed place in the UK). The common thread is that both of us had lost our Dads when we were children through industrial accidents with BR. Nowadays, equal opps would rule out that type of preferment. Incidentally, that’s how we ended up in Milton Keynes. Graham got a teaching job in Bletchley, having looked for jobs near the railway network, so that I could apply for transfer. For the first few years of our marriage I worked in Bletchley Station ticket office.
  2. I should have added that Alec decided on the old fashioned way of making a cake. It’s just as well that he’s always struggled to decide whether he’s left or right handed. Comes in handy when doing that much cake mix beating. I had also planned to roast a leg of lamb for this evening, but Alec has a regular DnD (I know it’s a game of sorts) fixture with his Uni friends on Monday evenings so the lamb has been put off until tomorrow. I’m cool with that. Have enjoyed a fairly chilled day today (it was chilly too...outside), having totally overdone things on the allotment Saturday and Sunday, compounded with trying to do too much cooking. Yesterday evening I felt totally exhausted. Stupidly combined lots of allotmenteering on Saturday with doing a ‘real’ pizza (dough, pizza sauce from scratch). Yesterday morning I helped Graham cut down tree branches that were shading our plot (it needed careful planning and judicious use of ropes to prevent the timber from falling onto our neighbour’s plot), then we had a lunchtime BBQ, followed by loads of seed sowing in modules/seed trays, and later a steak supper to celebrate Alec’s birthday. Phew! Its nice to feel we’ve achieved quite a lot over the weekend, though we now have a lot of felled timber to cut up.
  3. Assembled cake! Icing is a bit runny, but hey ho.
  4. Spent a pleasant time this afternoon teaching my younger son (not that young...27 yesterday) how to make a Victoria Sponge. He was given a choice of doing it the modern way (all in one in a mixer) or the old fashioned way (a bowl, wooden spoon and elbow grease, and done step by step...cream the marg and sugar etc.). His Dad likes Bakewell Tart, so we added almond essence. The cakes are now cooling...seem to have risen okay. To be filled with cherry jam once cooled and the top lightly iced. Yum!
  5. I always look forward to our next trip. I start out by checking the tides and then plan out several ‘tours’. Actually, we hardly ever stick to any of my plans. I just get endless fun beforehand imagining where we might visit. It also gives me a good sense of what the tides are doing. Hope June works out for you. I’ve given up hope for our early May allocation. Strangely reconciled to it now though.
  6. When we drove down to Bournemouth last Saturday to pick up our Alec from Uni Graham insisted on putting our Satnav on to warn us of potential hold ups. Given how quiet the M1 was I queried why he thought it would be necessary. Apparently, just the day before a few lanes had been closed due to a pile up. I’m pretty sure that drivers either think they can now treat the motorway like a race track or just think they can relax and be less vigilant. There were a couple instances where cars whizzed at speed passing us on an outside lane only the cut across suddenly in front to get off the road/motorway to a parking bay/services. Why? Other than us there was hardly any traffic. Mad!
  7. Worrying about the news about Boris, hope he’s okay (and I say that as someone who isn’t a Conservative supporter...but we can still wish that every individual is safe). However, can we please stop all the gossip about unfounded animal transmission theories. That’s just scaremongering.
  8. Just come me across this ‘Cruising the Cut’ vlog from a few years back. Before you view, and for the sake of your blood pressure, perhaps you just need to note the date it was first posted (hint...around this time of the year). Love the way he has his own ‘reporter’.
  9. Well we managed to get to Bournemouth today to pick up our youngest from Uni. It was terrible...the traffic was horrendous. Well, no it wasn’t, just the opposite. Probably a taste of what motorways were like when they first opened. There was quite a lot of freight, but interestingly I didn’t spot any non-UK carriers. Some cars, but pretty quiet on the whole. It’s the quickest we’ll ever travel to and fro Bournemouth, even keeping within speed restrictions. I rediscovered cruise control. We took a picnic lunch with us and lots of drinks so that we didn’t have to stop at services. I took the photo below as we were driving along the final stretch toward Bournemouth. Taken shortly before 11am and on a stretch where we’ve previously been in a traffic jam. Seren went mad with joy when Alec arrived home.
  10. I hadn’t been watching Dave Whitworth’s latest vlogs as it looked at a glance as if they were still gallivanting on the Broads during the lockdown (Dave, if you are reading, just think twice or more about the vlog title as idiots like me just take things the wrong way). Just the opposite, he’s using past footage to keep us all entertained, with good choice of music. Appreciated ‘Always look on the bright side of life’. Good on him.
  11. Thank you so much for posting this Mark.
  12. We had a virtual team coffee morning this morning. My boss made the mistake of mentioning that his wife was also in a team Skype call in another room, but had her video on as all her team had agreed to turn up in wigs. Apparently her's was a Dolly Parton wig, so we are all trying to egg our boss Gary to wear it for our next meeting,
  13. And on a lighter note Do Re Mi - Covid 19 version.
  14. Hunter’s Yard, as all the others, have closed.They have messaged those with bookings offering to change dates either to later in the 2020 season or to 2021, or failing that a refund. That seems a lot more flexible than a lot of other organisations. As we have a booking for early July we have asked to stick with that for the time being. Here’s hoping that restrictions might be lifted by then.
  15. Love this post Nigel (and love the Ludham archive).However, I must ask (tongue in cheek mode) whether the boozy Ludham refers to the number of pubs it used to have or are you currently having a (virtual, I’m sure) knees up?
  16. Completely empathise with your local store staff. We used to be people that popped into a store almost daily, but not now. We are staying at home and trying to limit shopping trips. I have a gripe though. My youngest wants to come home from Uni this weekend. I think he’s probably already had ‘the’ bug (three weeks ago he had a temperature and coughing, and a week later one of his friends was officially diagnosed with it), so we think it’s probably safe to bring him home. But I’ve been looking online for advice for parents of students who are at the end of term...can I find any? Nope. The UK.gov site only has advice for international students. I think that’s a big omission!
  17. We were shown around Moonlight Shadow back in 2015/6, having moored behind her in Norwich and we were invited aboard by Sue, who was chairperson of the syndicate before Jay. We fell in love with MS and the idea of the syndicate then, but we weren’t then in a position to join any syndicate as we were carers of my elderly Mam, so life was a bit unpredictable. Sometimes you just have to wait for the good times to come around. That’s a thought that keep recurring to me at present.
  18. Not at all, my comment was very tongue in cheek (though it’s true that I’m useless at quizzes).
  19. Hi GreenJack, you obviously have the right outlook for the Broads. Respect to all boaters, old and new, saileys and stinkies! Respect is how we all get along together.
  20. Well as far as quizzes are concerned, I have no compunction in declaring myself an idiot! Somehow I bumble along mostly well in real life.
  21. Hi GreenJack, we first hired in 2014 too. We have maybe had a slightly atypical intro to the Broads. Started out on a sailey then started on cruisers out of season. Love them all! Nice to hear from another boater from that 2014 vintage who has fallen in love with the Broads.
  22. Last week I was just glad that I made the effort to get into the office and bring home my laptop docking station, two screens, keyboard and mouse. Last week was a bit frantic, several long working days trying to consolidate information, so that made things a lot easier. Today has been a slow day, despite me emailing colleagues to say I can take on anything urgent. I’ve had three short spells on the allotment, between rain showers and email checking.
  23. Jay, hope you are okay?
  24. I’m really sorry to hear your news Jay. It’s frightening how there are more forum members today reporting deaths of friends, or friends of friends. This does seem to be spreading quickly. Stay safe. Hope your family are okay. Everyone stay safe! Helen
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