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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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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 16 - 20 March 2009


Monday - and back to work (yippee!!) and the unexpected when an overnight fire burnt out this cottage in Sutton near Stalham. Watch Manager Gary Miller gave us an account of how they tackled it but with thatch there's not much option but to pull the whole roof off.
Then my scheduled task - to meet up with Chief Exec of the Broads Authority, Dr. John Packman outside their new offices, Dragonfly House on the river Wensum. That's Norwich Cathedral in the background between the building and the radio car mast. This is possibly the 'greenest' building in the East! Then, a quick impromptu visit to Guildhall Hill in Norwich. Going live and unplanned I asked the guy on the bench (sitting right) how long he'd been coming to sit there? 50 years came the reply - and now the council want to remove not just the seats but the walls around the trees too.
Tuesday and I journey to the ends of the County - to the Suffolk border at Harleston. The children are taking part in a nationwide project called Let's Get Cooking. Nice to see youngsters appreciating real food and telling their parents how to cook it! Left - chef Bob Oberhoffer from The Dove at Alburgh and right- head teacher Roger Walsh with some of the pupils preparing carrots and onions for their Cottage Pie.
And guess what? The plumber finished today. For the benefit of those who didn't quite believe how complicated our house plumbing is - take a look at this small portion of the installation. In the next stage we'll be fitting the rocket to blast us to the moon!!!!!!
Wednesday and thick fog at near to freezing point early on. First stop with Radio Car - Wholefood Planet with Manager Kevin Joyce and Supervisor Diane Leggett. Not only will they supply you with gluten-free and many other healthy foods, the shop will also create work for people with learning disabilities and that's primarily why it's been set up through the County Council and Norwich City College. If you want to find them they're down the side of the Vauxhall dealers opposite the Holiday Inn off Hall Road in Norwich. Next - and last today - I met up with Julie Curl, a zoo archaeologist and hearing how, over the next couple of years, we could see beavers reintroduced to Norfolk ! Who'd have thought?
Thursday and once again I'm off to Hellesdon High School. As previously reported, they innovated a Darkness Day to save energy. It's just one idea to combat climate change and today the Government was so impressed they're sending the Minister for International Development, Ivan Lewis to talk about it with the students. Pictured left to right, students Elise and Amy with Head of Georgraphy, James Thomson. This could go national !
Then three pics of Saleroom 8 at Keys in Aylsham where the hammer came down today on all manner of
radio's, phonograms, jukeboxes and (right) hundreds of robots !
Friday and we're off to Marsham again where protesters plan to go to County Hall today to voice their continuing objection to the planned compost maker at the edge of the village. Left, Lesley Wilcox, spokesperson for the protest group with Mike Fowell a Parish Councillor. After that I went to Simon Wright, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for Norwich South who has some concerns about the new Google Street. Admittedly it's detailed but perhaps too much so. Last job of the week, go to Norwich Bus Station - we're talking about tendering the right change when you board a bus. The group I encountered all had bus passes !! Pictured - NCC spokesman Peter Cudbury who told us all about the pre-pay machines they've installed.

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