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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, February 16, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 16 - 20 February

Sunday we had another of our Sunday Lunch cruises up the river with a dozen friends and the weather was really kind this time and Sonia at Surlingham Ferry dished up a really tasty roast dinner (weel, I think chef had a hand in it - not literally!!)
Monday morning and a mild trip to work then taking the radio car first to Dereham where Kristine described how one of her geese had been eaten by a fox. They're such a common sight these days and many urban foxes are being caught and released back into the countryside.
THE JOURNEY from Dereham to Fakenham was a milestone trip for the Radio Car. As I passed through Colkirk the odometer clicked over to 100,000 miles for the old girl. In that time she's been in the hands of many drivers and those miles have taken her to every corner of Norfolk because she's never left the county (except just over the Suffolk border).
Then across country to Pensthorpe wildlife park. By accident I bump into the owner, Bill Jordan and we look over the work to modernise the entrance area.
It's national nest box week and what better place to learn about their nest boxes and what people can do to encourage birds to nest in the garden. Yep - spring must be on the way. Here's warden Bramham Jones in the enclosure where the avocets are taking their early morning breakfast.
Tuesday and it's a joy to have no frost but we're asking about the potholes that the cold weather has left behind. My job is to talk to Tim Edmunds the Area Manager for Norfolk County Council Planning & Transportation. (I didn't think you'd want to see a picture of a pothole so I didn't take one!)
However, look at this from the brochure. I'm at Dunstan Hall where a property auction features this strip of land near Fakenham. It's part of the old Great Eastern railway line about 400 metres long. We'll let you know what it goes for. In fact, a colleague (remains unnamed) and I discuss the possibility of buying it ourselves - just for the sake of owning a piece of Norfolk's locomotive history. And the answer is - no we didn't.

Wednesday morning and the result is in. The defunct railway line land went for £12,000 which is about what my colleague and I had in mind - but we didn't. Had we done so we might have got it for another £500 and then again the successful bidder might have topped us at that so it was not to be.

Today we meet the men who're repairing our roads. I was at the Ketteringham Depot.On the left, Bob Edwards Assistant Engineer who co-ordinates all the info coming in and sends the repair crews out. On the right, Road Worker Steve West who goes out and does the repair. He seemed a bit nonplussed when I suggested that his dog was called Patch !
Then it was a bit of a cross-country hike to Norton Subcourse to meet up with Liz Richards of Break Charity and shopkeeper Shaun Wiley and assistant Nikki. Because charity shops are doing brisk business these days, it's a job to get enough stock in. Here they're pictured with the Break Boxes which can be found in a number of shops. People can just put their donations into the box which gets emptied by the charity when it's full. So far they've proved to be very successful so hats off to Break - and put them in the bin!
Thursday morning and that lingering sniffle I've had for 3 weeks now finally became a rasping throat so apologies for the gargling with TCP during the early Shows! One job today, standing outside Police HQ in the drizzle with Norfolk Police's Casualty Reduction Officer Michael Edney. There's a Europe-wide campaign to check that you're wearing a seatbelt whilst driving. Apparently it's mainly the younger motorist flaunting the law "because it might crease my clothes" or " I don't want to dis (respect) the driver." Huh!
Friday morning I visited Brenda at her bungalow in Thorpe St.Andrew. She cares for her 26 year old Hayley (pic) 24/7 and the possible closure of the Respite Home at Aylsham will make a big difference to both of them. Hayley is blind and severley disabled and the alternative suggestion is that a carer comes to their home which would only mean that Brenda could get a break by leaving her own home which is where she'd rather be anyway!

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