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    Countryfile 10/02/2019

    Hickling will disappear when natural England’s plan to stop fixing flood defenses and allow the sea in come to fruition. On record go check. M
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    Rats

    When we moved out of our house in Belgium we found an huge rat stuck the dispensing bit of a box (was full) of grass seed. Little devil had eaten half the box and eaten itself to death when it swelled up. Ooops M
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    Hand Made Chocolates At The Ferry Inn, Stokesby

    Marianne Faithful, Mick Jagger and chocolate. Enough said. Lol
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    Broads Toll 2019

    “Get their rise this year”. Having worked in the private sector my whole life and latterly for an American concern, it has been drilled into my DNA that rises and bonuses are a discretionary thing, not a right. Same job as last year with no changes or improvements no matter how good you did your same as last year job, a rise should not be guaranteed or assumed. I worked through the 80s when rises if you got one was only a small proportion of inflation at the time. So more with less what a home based mantra not a work based one. Lol
  5. Google or FOI if you can’t find it, foreign drivers prosecuted for speeding in Norfolk and Suffolk. Four years ago for cars it was zero. Lorries were different as they got magistrates by the roadside to make it happen but cars , naaa they can’t be bothered. Reason is it costs more than they raise. Road safety my bottom. Head of the RTSL years ago stood up against fixed cameras ( he said awareness worked not prosecutions) and his report was suppressed and he was replaced. Father in law to my friend of 55 years. Go figure huh M
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    Lovely Morning At Salhouse

    One of our Airedale’s was a great Mole deterrent, she used to stand still cock her head to one side then tense and leap three or four feet into the air, then pounce paws down onto the offending pile on the lawn. She got really good at it. No mole, rat, or mouse was safe. She also had a penchant for hedgehogs, and subsequently died of a brain infection from bacteria from deer ticks found on hedgehogs. Very traumatic and quite horrible. We disabuse our current aireboys that hedgehogs are for chucking about the garden. Not always successfully but we do try. M
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    Cutlass Bearing.

    Phil at Simpsons just did ours. M
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    Never Ending Story

    Excellent advice which I will be following. The department of no sense of humour ( homeland security) and I got on quite well in the end. The agents in San Diego and I were on first name terms ( them to me not other way round) I always find asking any public servant for their name and the name of their immediate supervisor helps focus their efforts especially as they record all calls too. When my mother was being treated appallingly in Broomfield Hospital just before she died and they lost hearing aids wedding rings jewelry you name it, it certainly worked on the medics I spoke with. Amazing what the implied threat of someone who doesn’t accept their claptrap does to their sphincters I must say. Anyway great advice and I will take it thanks M
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    Never Ending Story

    Hello everyone. Just thought we would start a topic on the hole in the water that is Malanka and her continuing journey to restore her to her former glory. I'm not going to list what has been done already as I don't really want to remind myself but we will start here with what is left to do. we won't be out and about until after Easter as Malanka has an appointment with a huge crane at Moonfleet. She is being lifted for the fist time since the Hull planking two seasons ago and now requires a fresh bottom scrape and tar wash. She is due to have her drive shaft bearings replaced at the same time and some minor dinks and scrapes sorted out at the same time as finishing off the planking as it has now fully expanded contracted and settled down. This season we are having new canvases throughout. The guys at Jeckells came up with some great ideas and we can't wait to see the New Look Malanka. The guys are also fitting new seats in the cockpit and aft well as the old ones had really come to the end of their days. We are also toying with the idea of some new lightweight cockpit flooring and more modern soundproofing. Lifting the floor is an Olympic event and best done rarely or in extremis. I will keep everyone updated as the work progresses. Happy Easter to everyone. M&F
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    Never Ending Story

    No it’s just we will be transiting between uk and ch tax systems and the two of them don’t get on that well. Basically the uk does what it likes, right legally or not, then makes you claim money back they take without cause. Im so looking forward to that. A very good friend of mine and ex mentor who recently retired back to the uk after 12 years in Switzerland is still having no end of issues after he went back last January. The uk insisting he needs to pay income tax on a tax rebate which in CH is given the end of the following tax year. Tax on taxed money go HMRC our best and brightest . Not
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    Never Ending Story

    Oh and the new cooker too. M
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    Never Ending Story

    She is going under their wet shed for a couple more weeks while the interior woodwork ( soft patch) and window replacement and a little varnishing is completed. Job front is progressing. Fingers still crossed I could be back in UK before Easter. If I am the nightmare of the tax men will be upon me.
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    Never Ending Story

    Woo hoo Malanka is FLOATING.!!!!!!! She looks great too.
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    Rats

    Northern European Pine Martens are common a over the UK. M
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    Rats

    Are the garage sure it wasn’t pine Martens? They are notorious for eating cables and pipes and wires in cars. Way more than rats are. Rat traps won’t get a marten they are way too smart. M if you have a dog and it didn’t go wild near the car from the smell then it wasn’t rats. Ours go bonkers on acid when they find one. Boris accidentally ripped a hole in one of Bootsies ears when they were arguing over who gets to rip the rat to bits.
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    Countryfile 10/02/2019

    Don’t ruin it. You’re the first to notice .. M
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    Countryfile 10/02/2019

    He was unhappy it didn’t contain beer and sausages. M
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    A Real Treat - Sherz And Linz 2018 Boat Trip

    Alongside active smokers living in houses working in pubs and bars etc. I imagine you'll be surprised. It surprised the bejesus out of me. M
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    Countryfile 10/02/2019

    Styx is an algal bloom at least until there are three sunny days in a row. But who cares it’s the man aboard who is the greatest part. M
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    Never Ending Story

    Kids? And Boat? Both worth it!!! ❤️
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    A Real Treat - Sherz And Linz 2018 Boat Trip

    There really isn’t any reason for speculation on the health effects of secondary smoking. One of the largest ever studies looked at hundreds of thousands of individuals and the evidence is clear and incontrovertible, just go look it up. ( there’s a teaser for you) Apart from the results of the study which may hopefully surprise a huge number if you check it out before posting . I don’t like the smell. That’s enough for me. M
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    Countryfile 10/02/2019

    In the summer months boaters churn up the silt which kills etc etc etc. Sorry but it’s the usual natural England green tree hug fest. I loved the bit about boats churning ( you know the ones that pay for the thing to be there in the first place) and then cut straight to a huge dredge and pump operation that must have been thousands of times worse for ( insert creature or flora of your choice) whatever, than the odd boat passing over in Hickling. Don't worry folks the agenda ( boats cause x and we are fixing it) was there in full measure. Scientifically illiterate claptrap I have come to expect from the BBC. M
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    Never Ending Story

    OK folks I will be offline for a while as Weds sees me head off to the UK for two days of interviews. A couple of great British companies so I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone. OK back to to the boat stuff. The old lady is due to be floated in the straps at the end of this week, then transferred to Simpsons wetshed to continue with the interior work. Attached are the photos of the grab rails, toe rails, forward deck planking, and the new "temporary fix" for the cabin roof. I'm sure you will join me in saying that it's a pretty damn good temporary solution. There is also some final chine work going on and a picture of that too. I have to say I am really proud of the work done by the guys and we will definitely be buying them a present (usually liquid) as well as paying the bill. My favourite pictures are numbers two and three which show the old lady really rocking the polished and varnished look. I can't wait to see her and get out for Easter or as soon as I can depending on weather. I think the chine picture shows the quality of the work which doesn't make the bill a joy to pay but I can appreciate skill and craftsmanship when I see it. See you all soon folks Martin and Fiona
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    Nbn Spring Gathering

    Hi Pauline, 17th is our youngests last exam for his IB. So I really don’t think we can make it this year as he and Fiona and the doggies will be in jolly Switzerland. However if I have a job by then ( 2 final shortlisted interviews in next ten days) I will be in blighty and may be able to come, either that or helping pack up the house. I escaped packing the house in Belgium by being in Switzerland. Not sure I can swing it twice without singing Soprano. I will let you know. M
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    Let's Drive: London To Norwich

    Try driving in Germany where crossing ( on and off ramps using the same piece of road) is used almost exclusively. Makes you slow down and check that’s for certain. Add cars going past on the two lane autobahn at 160mph plus and lane discipline becomes paramount. The aggressive closing the space that I have witnessed in the uk is disgraceful. Add to that people reluctant to merge at a suitable speed I.e. too slow / fast for prevailing traffic and oops disaster awaits. Recent law changes to encourage legal prevailing speed driving are to be welcomed IMO, not everyone will share that view and that’s fine. in the uk I am more concerned with tailgating and always have been since I had children in the car. I now drive a two ton SUV hybrid as part protection as they are built like a tank. This saved us in 2016 when a van driver simply bounced off us and went through the lights on the wrong side on the Norwich road near the Asda. This was a merge and he decided to come through from behind but badly misjudged it. He had no documentation, for license or insurance or in fact anything. Police not interested. He also spoke very little English but did manage to tell me his license was at home in Portugal. Oh well... His insurer eventually paid our costs and sued him ( their by now former customer) for the money. We had to threaten them a bit first but won in the end. Robin try bad driving uk or uk dash cams on YouTube. Loads of examples of what you describe. M
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