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About SteveO

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    The Broads, boating, fishing, travel, walking, swimming, music, reading.

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  1. Water was very high earlier this week. It may be something to do with the big white shiny thing in the night sky at the moment.
  2. £10 for an overnight at Salhouse, with water and rubbish disposal seems better value than £10 per night at Ranworth island where there are no facilities other than goose poo and hot and cold running mozzies.
  3. Personally, when overnighting at Ranworth , I prefer to mud-weight.
  4. So the next time we see a Volvo estate followed by the aroma of frying chips, we'll know who is driving. If the government gets its way on disallowing the use of red diesel for boats, I think there will be a few folks on the Broads who will change to chip oil instead of spending the £1.30+ per litre that duty paid diesel will cost.
  5. Felbrigg is one of out favourite NT destinations. We too love the walled garden, which we have visited several times. Last time we were there it was midsummer and the hens had baby chicks - very cute. The staff used to try to keep the chickens out of the formal garden, but they now seem to have given up on that idea, which is all to the good in my view. I can vouch for the restaurant too, having sampled the NT cream teas from their on several occasions. They also do a great jacket potato with cheese - another favourite of mine. As well as the house and gardens, there are some lovely walks round the estate, taking in the ice house, an orangery, a lake, which is difficult to see from the house and the estate church. Glad you all enjoyed!
  6. Looking good. Have you still got an air-cooled hull or has all the planking/ribs etc been sorted now? I have still got a bottle of Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale for you, so you can pour a libation over the bows before she goes back in the water.
  7. All set to cool down overnight. Tomorrow should be much more bearable. Apart from a lunchtime BBQ, I spent my day breaking in my new Adirondack chair, which I built from recycled decking boards. It was very pleasant in the shade, catching up on my reading, with a cold glass of lemon squash.
  8. Sorry I had to bale out. We had company and I got told off for being antisocial.
  9. Sainsburys are still knocking caulis out for £1. Don't believe all you read or hear.
  10. Lovely photos, Very atmospheric skies and beautiful boats. Thanks for sharing.
  11. I am sure that, if you strip an old British bike down, re-machine the critical components and re-assemble it carefully adding refinements such as electronic ignition and 12 volt electrics, you would be left with something that worked way better than it did in the old days. But much of the kit available at the time was so woefully poor that if you wanted a bike that was a practical proposition, you had to go Japanese or German. So much of our industry of the 1950's and 60's was killed by a toxic combination of poor labour relations, misguided and inappropriate government interference and management who were firm in their collective belief that you can make chicken soup out of chicken sh*t - hence the many, many years of under-investment in design, tooling and manufacturing process development. Where we have managed to break out of this mind-set, we have achieved great things but it is telling for me that manufacturing now forms only 10-11% of our GDP and much of this is controlled and managed by overseas companies.
  12. In response to requests, here are some photos of the boat.
  13. I don't think that many of the old British bikes were particularly well built or even well-engineered. I once read an article about the Triumph Meriden factory where they described the process by which crank-case castings were carefully moulded, fettled and mating surfaces ground flat. They were then chucked into a metal-wheeled hand-truck and trundled 1/4 mile over a cobbled surface to the assembly shop. I graduated to an Ariel Red Hunter which was a nice enough bike but plagued with gearbox trouble. When I took it apart I found that a selector shaft had broken. Looking at the shaft, which was about half an inch in diameter, it had two 1/4 inch cross-drilled holes in it at 90 degrees to each other and a about quarter of an inch apart. Guess where it broke? Other British bikes I had were a James, with a Villiers 197 engine - bomb proof but heavy as hell. An Ariel Leader - went like stink on the odd occasion when you could actually get both cylinders firing and a BSA Bantam - great bike, Fortunately the engine was designed by the Germans and the design taken by the Allies as part of the WW2 reparations. The same engine also went into the Yamaha 125 and a 2 stroke Harley Davidson amongst others.
  14. My first motorbike was a cub. It was difficult to start, slow, leaked oil, broke down frequently and was generally unreliable. Nostagia can be wonderfully selective.
  15. 10ft long, 4ft 6in beam fibreglass construction. Comes with all the gear - ready to go. Can be viewed in Horning. £275 . pm me if interested.
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