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Monday, March 2, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 2 - 6 March

Monday - and what a start!
Early morning listeners were phoning in droves - I could see the call monitor as I looked through the window into the studio! Why was I outside and not on-air? It seems the security system that registers our ID cards renews mine on Feb 28th annually only I didn't know it. Consequently, it wouldn't let me in! This was compounded by the fact that- as we're undergoing alterations- we have a temporary Reception which Forum security can't access. The result - a lockout until Stephen Bumfrey arrived with his working pass. I eventually got on-air at 0450 - just in time to say BYE to the region.
Radio Car jobs this morning totalled three. First to Watton where 26yo Nathan Devlin has opened iTune - a do-it-yourself vehicle workshop. They provide the bay and tools and you do the job. It may prove very successful considering the hard economic times. It's the labour that costs on repair bills.
Just round the corner I met up with Graham Parrot at the Aerolite filling station. He's one of the many people affected by the folding of Global Telecomms. Not just without phone and internet access, his biggest headache is not being able to accept credit and debit cards for payment. It's costing him plenty and BT say it'll take up to 15 days to connect him.
Finally, I went to see John 'Jono' Thaxton after his fight last Saturday (ITV4) with Frenchman Anthony Mezaache who took his European title off him. If you saw the fight you'll probably agree that after John's right punch in round one, it would all have been over if he hadn't spat out his gumshield which gave him up to 40 seconds to recover. If he hadn't Jono would have floored him. Agree of disagree with the judges, after 12 rounds it was won on points but many pundits are left wondering just how Mezaache came to take the title back to Paris. As you can see, John suffered a cut to his left cheek and some bruising but as ever he was cheerful and upbeat and I'm sure it's not the last we've heard from him.
Tuesday I met up with the County Councils Chris Kutesko talking about the idea to turn off street lights during the night. It eaised some concerns but as the 7,000 strong jury is still out!
Next I met Alex Bone (pic right) and Cresida McLaughlin (pic left) who'll be in the Forum today with the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign. We had a rumage in her fridge which was so full you honestly could not get one more item in there.
Then cross-country to Gorleston and Cliff Park High School talking about the celeb culture and ambitions. I was really impressed by their attitude to life and careers. I wish them all luck.
Wednesday overnight we had the wind! Not a bad one but enough to bring down over 100 trees. So I was despatched to take in the view across the city from Mousehold Heath (pic). NOW LOOK AGAIN - can you see what looks like a bright light upper centre? Know what it is? That's the BBC Big Screen over the entrance to Chapelfield shopping centre! You can almost make the picture out.
Then, after a short stop at Clippesby, I went to meet this man (pic) Adrian Barnes whose job title is Play Development Worker. Yep - that playground behind him is one of his work areas! We're talking about letting kids get back to outdoor play just like when we were kids. I know - don't say it - some of us have still to grow up. Ask Bumfrey !!
Thursday and first off it's Dunstan Hall where this 150 redwood needs a prune. It was just light when I put the radio car mast up (look carefully and you'll see it on the right - yep that's the tree on the left with Dunstan Hall in the background) Hand me the chainsaw! Next pic is Trevor Steadman at Busseys in Norwich. Despite the downturn and poor national new car sales they're managing to buck the trend with their range of Fords. Lastly, we heard 9 year old Rhys Pearson Shaw reading some of his poem Monster In The Moat at Taverham Hall School (pic right)
Friday rounds off with another threesome. Firstly - too many pubs are closing including this one - The Woolpack - a city centre icon during the 70's and 80's. I happened to spot the landlord who says that although the company's gone into receivership, they hope to have the pub reopened by April. Next pic, St.John's Roman Catholic Cathedral where Naomi and Patrick explain how their new heating system will make the cathedral more 'green' than its ever been. Talking of green, my last job is to seek out the Reverend Philip Young and volunteers on their community allotment off the Avenues. As you can see (distant figure) he's getting stuck into the mucky task!

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