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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 18 - 22 May


Sad start on Monday. Over the weekend several fires and cars and property were damaged around the Heartsease area. The Police are actively looking for the suspect (or more). Here, the disused community centre was set alight and virtually destroyed. Pictured left, Nick Lewis who helps coach Wittard Road Under-12's football team. They lost almost all of their equipment which was stored there. Nick, undaunted, seeks to replace it so the centre may be broken but their spirit isn't !!

Wednesday and I'm with Trevor Cheeseman at his home in Lingwood. The subject - that worldwide "hum" that's had him baffled for years ! There's no real answer but with so many people (me included) experiencing this strange noise there must be an answer somewhere but as yet it's all conjecture.
Then I join the queue outside M & S in Norwich. Celebrating 125 years of trading today the offer is just 1p for any five from a range of goods on their special market stall. Donations gratefully received though for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A bright Thursday morning and I'm despatched to meet Tony Carter (and conoe) by the wier at Costessey Mill. A member of the Eagle Canoe Club he enjoys the tranquil waters of the River Wensum as he glides silently through the countryside until - he comes across a sign saying "No Canoes". Supposedly put up by the Environment Agency he contacts them and they deny all knowledge! Who's up to what? The story continues. Next, I check out the overnight fire in a disused warehouse but when I talk to Incident Commander Michael Hawkins we learn that there's far more to it. The building on Rosary Road in the City also gives access to the ancient underground chalk workings where 'undesirables' have been leaving their discarded needles. The fire is deep underground - as far as 150' and it's proving difficult to contain. In complete contrast, my last job this morning is to find some ducks. Easy for the producer to say but where? Of course, one place guaranteed to have ducks (and geese and swans) is Thorpe Green and we get back to the subject of MP's expenses including the £1600 for a duck island. Just as well then that Thorpe Green is across the water from Thorpe Island! But my day hasn't ended just yet !!

Thursday when I got home it's down to the boat and a two hour cruise towards the City. Moored up at Whitlingham Country Park, Edd Smith from the Mid-morning Show brings down all the technical equipment and we set about converting the vessel into a 'radio boat' for tomorrows broadcast. Test transmissions complete and satisfactory I get to bed in order to rise at 0230, get a taxi to the Fourum, do the Early Shows and then taxi back to the boat to bring her up into Norwich Yacht Station. 10am and we're on-air. Pics from left to right. Sheri (left) takes care of the catering whilst Graham & Karen talk to the Ladies That Lunch. Ed Smith in charge of the technical equipment with a slice of Sheri's fruit cake. Graham and Karen take a look over a live-aboard boat (pic with baby) whilst Graham takes a moments rest during the travel news when we're moored by the Friendship Bridge. Three hours to round off their week on the Wensum after which it's very quiet on board as just Sheri, me and Fudge make the trip back home.

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