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  1. "A National Park City is inspired by the family of National Parks but is not the same as a National Park. The working definition is a “A large urban area that is managed and semi-protected through both formal and informal means to enhance the natural capital of its living landscape." www.nationalparkcity.london I thank a fair translation might be "An expensive load of b#@£&_£#s that will make a few people feel important" See also: Garden Bridge, HS2, Northern Powerhouse et al
  2. It's this sort of pioneering imagination and inventiveness that made Britain great... and gave us so many Uncle Bob's
  3. I do tend to get my geniuses mixed up! ☺
  4. I blame that Galileo! Thanks MM, I can see what you mean 👍
  5. Inspired by MM's thread but not wanting to hijack it, there was a suggestion for a submarine to deal with that bridge. Later there was talk of extra ballast. Is it a pure flight of fancy to think these two idea could be combined, surely it would not be technically difficult to have floodable tanks incorporated with decent pumps dedicated to them. Approach bridge, flood tanks, pass under bridge, empty tanks. No extra draught for shallow areas after the crossing. No doubt a bit of clever engineering will be needed in the design, location and capacity of the tanks to ensure an even keel, but that's not difficult for those with the knowledge and skill. Could even be added to pre-existing boats with a bit of care.
  6. I wonder if anyone's done this mod to a boat? I've a chainsaw you could borrow!
  7. I look forward to it 👍
  8. Brilliant! lol I couldn't decide whether to use the Like, Thank you or Laugh button on your post so consider this as all 3 ☺ Nice to meet you Daytona Bill
  9. So it does, they all look pretty smart don't they? Excuse my ignorance but I don't know about Daytona Bill?
  10. Yes, she was Swan Regent. This is her page on Boats of the Broads with a current photo. http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=3384&BoatHistory=66690
  11. Thank you, your knowledge built up on years of experience is invaluable! In my boat's case although I believe it was once in the hire fleet the topsides were substantially rebuilt and upgraded some years ago... Swancraft in 1971 according to Boats of the Broads, whether the changes to her since then have made much difference to "that" bridge I'd love to know!
  12. I recently measured the air draught on our DC30, I spent some time trying to be accurate and double checking figures. The previous owner installed a rather nice remote controlled spotlight which has added a few inches. I made her 6' 8.5" at the highest point. I decided that means I would only attempt Wroxham at 7' and Potter at 7'3” although in all honesty I probably wouldn't attempt Potter at all as there are expert pilots there at what I think is a very reasonable charge.
  13. 2 years, moved to Norfolk, bought a boat (or three).. never looked back 👍
  14. Congratulations! Maybe you could post a photo of her sometime 👍
  15. If the Rangers moved it why would they leave it at Wayford?
  16. "Keratin from horns, hooves, feathers and hair are also used in hair-care products as well as body washes, lotions and make up." An interesting short article about the use of waste products from the meat industry. You may prefer not to read it if you are easily put off or are vegetarian/vegan for ethical reasons https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sue-cross/horse-meat-slaugtherhorse-veganism_b_2684502.html
  17. As long Shore drift is north to south we're hoping that in the long term a lot of this sand will bolster the Ness at Winterton
  18. "The sound of the silence was broken only by the sound of the silence being broken"
  19. And there's the great thing about a friendly forum, we can differ in opinion in a civilised way without any bad feeling!
  20. That's exactly what I meant, I don't think much separates our views... I just have this thing about trying to see things from other people's point of view. A bit off subject but I hate it on Facebook when everyone starts calling someone who has made a mistake an idiot without knowing the facts and more amusingly when the so called idiot is right and all the name callers are wrong
  21. The assault is indefensible and your description of the perpetrator is appropriate, however to apply it to everyone who parks in a mother and child space without knowing their circumstances is far too wide a generalisation.
  22. Welcome, great set of family pics really capture a boating holiday, have another great trip
  23. This discussion is becoming a bit like one of those Moral Maze questions, when is doing the wrong thing technically OK morally! In life there are shades of grey of course, in general I've come to a personal conclusion that the point of view put by Speed Triple in those circumstances convinces me that his parking in a Child and Parent bay is understandable and acceptable. On the other hand ahem Robin, as a fellow car owner I sympathise with everything you said but can't agree that we should use a Child and Parent bay even if several are free. We don't know when someone or several people who need it will arrive. It's there for a reason, whether or not we agree with that reason and not for us to protect our property from others. Like boating, driving means accepting there will be bumps and knocks, it's a pita but there it is. However this is not a personal crusade and I wouldn't let it stop me sharing a pint and a chat with you anytime
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