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  1. Nottingham is another city trialling electric scooters, they're to be found abandoned just about everywhere, either out of charge or at the edge of the operating area. Lots of comment / complaint in the local papers and there's been the first prosecution of a young man riding whilst under the influence. As most of the city centre is pedestrianised, its inevitable that there will be some scooter / pedestrian interaction, and not all has been positive....
  2. Many happy evenings spent in "The Bitch"...
  3. Beautiful place, we’ve stayed at Ebridge Mill four times in the last three years, the walk through Bacton Woods is our favourite
  4. It is wood, it was partially uncovered a few summers ago (I usually work in Bishops Stortford & travel into London by train a few times a week). The hull is painted white and the topsides are varnished.
  5. I've found this website fascinating. I'm sure there's other ways of comparing maps and aerial photography but this is a very powerful tool. I've wasted spent a few afternoons browsing whilst on Zoom meetings.... https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=15&lat=53.25126&lon=-1.42649&layers=168&right=Rmapboxsatellite
  6. An amazing treasure of a more gentle time, going to love studying this in more detail...
  7. Holiday has been booked for the end of July (with Barnes Brinkcraft) for a couple of months so I live in hope. However, if it doesn't happen for whatever reason, I'll just need to suck it up, this pandemic is bigger than having to re-arrange my holiday plans. What the holiday booking has done is give us focus, something to look forward to once life is better and there's a new norm. Can't think of anything better than a week boating (OK, two weeks boating is better...)
  8. That be Oasis on Upper Staithe Road (near the cycle shop and hardware shop). Agreed, excellent food, delivered to us when we managed to moor at the staithe opposite the restaurant (Mermad's Slipper??)
  9. Breedon Monarch always looked the business to me, a “proper” boat. Couldn’t persuade my parents to hire her though....
  10. Sutton Bridge for us too (& I always repeat, without fail something my father would say, every time we crossed that bridge, "did you know this used to be a railway bridge?"). I once missed saying it as another driver had kept to the left hand lane after the first roundabout just past the compost packing plant and then cut me up before the roundabout to the bridge approach, wanting the eastbound A17 instead of the road back into the village, causing me to stand on the brakes, hit the horn and swear profusely. When calm had been regained within the car and we were again eastbound on the A17
  11. I received a call on our landline yesterday from "Jonathon" who stated he was from Virgin Media and it had been noticed that there had been unauthorised access to or broadband from foreign IP addresses since the weekend. I wasn't to worry as he would sort it out for me. I immediately queried how could I be assured he was from Virgin Media, he offered me his Virgin Media vendor security reference number, but me calling Virgin Media to get help wasn't possible, he worked for a special department within Virgin Media and couldn't be connected via the "normal ways". At the time of this ca
  12. I hope for a new sort of normality for the summer (meaning last week in July to first week in September) such that lockdown restrictions are relaxed for the many but the vulnerable are still protected. I see social distancing and masks being the new norm, and many of those things that we've all become used to and have taken for granted being a thing of the past (such as crowded pubs & restaurants, large outdoor gatherings such as festivals, indoor concerts, theatre, etc). I'm missing travelling for pleasure, there's so much that we want to do, not going to the far flung corners of th
  13. Completely agree with this. I work in a highly regulated industry where health & safety is priority, yet in the last 30 odd years I've experienced serious accidents, due to either acts or non-acts of individuals, putting themselves or colleagues at significant risk. I've been involved in numerous personal & behavioural health & safety initiatives, some borrowed from the petro-chem industry, some developed for my industry, but all costing many hundreds of thousands of pounds, and the findings were generally the same, companies can always do better but there are some people with
  14. Pedro Bora 43 - manufacturer's air draft +/- 3.20m Kath & I looked at one (secondhand) a few years ago, very traditional, very well made but not for us at the time. I have a soft spot for trawler yachts, having spent several weekends messing around on a colleagues boat in and around Vancouver Island (Beneteau Swift 52)
  15. My sister was a nurse in the RAF and used to finish the final night shift of seven at RAF Hospital Ely and then go straight to the train station and catch the train to Nottingham, to spend a few days at our parents. She would catch the Harwich Boat Train at about 8.15am and find an empty compartment, set an alarm clock and grab an hours sleep before arriving in Nottingham. Once afternoon she woke up with a start, finding herself on board an empty train at Liverpool Lime Street. Someone had stolen her alarm clock and she had slept all the way through Nottingham & Manchester...
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