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After many years in the Royal Air Force and a posting to RAF Coltishall Wally also created the Solarscope mobile disco's with gigs as far as Manchester. He was resident DJ at Scamps Nightclub in Norwich during the 70's and had a show on Hospital Radio Norwich.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue Sunday 25 - Fri 30 January

Yep - the travels started on Sunday when Sheri and I took our seats at Potters Leisure in Hopton-on-Sea for the 2009 World Indoor Bowls Final. Billy Jackson from Lincoln played a blinder against Rob Weale from Hereford to take the title from Alex Marshall who's held it in the past many times. It's taken Billy 25 years to get to the top and it was great to be rink-side to see him do it. Surprisingly, my Radio Car task on Monday morning was to return there for the morning after feature. Talking to Sales & Marketing Manager at Potters, Mark Jones about how they strip it all down and plan for next year, who should stroll through Reception but Billy and his family on their way to breakfast. He obligingly accepted my invitation to join us on air even though it meant waiting an extra 20 minutes for his breakfast! I also spoke with Sylvia Carter, a devoted bowls fan, who's never missed a final. Back in the studio the talk was about my appearance on TV during the finals when it was noticed that I took a comfort break half way through. Conspicious by my vacant seat when the camera panned across I must explain that it was rather hot in there and I did have my suit on so slipped out mid-game for a breath of fresh air! For more on this story (the bowls not me) go to www.bbc.co.uk/sport
Tuesday and a chilly morning to travel the A47 to Necton just outside Swaffham where I met Parish Councillor Mike Dean. We discuss Chantry Lane which has had sewers overflow when the system's under pressure with heavy rain. It's suspected that some houses run their rainwater into the sewer pipes causing the build up which affects other houses down the chain. However, Anglian Water have no powers to make people comply so for the time being the problem continues!

Wednesday I'm at Earlham High School next to the University to hear about plans to turn it into Norfolks second Academy. Head David Brunton (left) was joined by Norwich City College Principal Dick Palmer who explained how they'd be involved too.



Thursday morning we debated the problem of midwifery in Norfolk. I interviewed Karen Bates, a lecturer and supervisor of midwives at the UEA School of Nursing and Midwifery. (no pic).

Friday morning and a memorable phone call to Freda about her pet lobster Blue II. That's one we've saved for the archives but you can listen again here
http://share.ovi.com/media/wibble.mymedia/wibble.10003 You can also STOP asking about the new specs now. Here they are (Josephine in Monterey). Hope you and Mad Mick approve.
So, just before I start the hols I take the radio car to a holiday park in North Walsham undergoing a revamp. It's also where I discover that the battery's gone flat on the camera so no pics. Then, after another interview at Gorleston about a seafaring service I return to the Forum to some good news.


Remember last week I went to Bryan Gunns house after he'd been appointed manager of Norwich City FC? Over that weekend I couldn't find my woolly hat (esential for these cold mornings). I'd only left it at Bryan's and he kindly remembered to take it to the match on Tuesday night. He gave it to Chris Goreham who passed it back to me! That's thoughtful of both of them and it starts my week off on a high. Keep logging in next week - I think it should be memorable too.

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