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Monday, August 17, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 17 - 21 August


Our summer postcode lottery continues which today sends me off to the NR24 area where Graham & Karen (not the ones on mid-morning!) Babbage run a cats hotel. Having both decided that travelling long distances to do same old jobs was not for them they decided to establish their Briston business in the front garden. As you can see from the photo, each cat gets it's own custom-built luxury accommodation. There's 17 such 'houses' in all and business is very good. If you want to know more enquire on 01263 861948 Country Cats of Briston.

Tuesday and I'm at Norwich Cathedral where they're introducing the Monks Trail. Outside, you can see the new Hostry being built. With the recently opened refectory adjacent it makes a fabulous layout around the cloisters and makes the Cathedral a No.1 attraction for the city. Now - inside, the monks. Here's Peter De Dereham with young novice (for the day) Paddy.
Then I'm off to How Hill to deliver the radio car to the mid-morning crew. Karen's out to play today. As for me, I'm dashing home to await the engineers. This afternoon we're rigging our boat up with a transmitter and all the kit to broadcast Graham & Karen tomorrow and Friday. Wednesdays trip means a dash from the studio for me after the early show and a two hour plus cruise with my neighbour Robin to get to Reedham to pick them all up. The show will be cruising from Reedham to the Berney Arms and back. After which we'll return the boat to her home mooring at Brundall. Friday it's the same format although I'll only have to take her as far as Cantley and the Show will cruise back to Brundall from there. Tomorrow promises to be the hottest day of the year so far so the flaps will open! Watch this space for pics and maybe video of what happens.

Wednesday and I should have known it was going to be one of those days when the fire alarm sounded with 40 minutes of the show to go! False alarm as ever but in we came and I signed off as usual at 6.30. In the car, pick up lunch bag and neighbour from home and down to the boat. We set sail (my neighbour and I) at 7am and made good time. At Cantley (Fridays broadcast start) we checked the equipment and base told us the signal was good. On we go to Reedham to meet up with Sara, Graham and Ed from the train. The signal though wasn't there! Ah well, it'll be there when we get round the corner! Nope - it wasn't. On we go with the last of the tide towards the Berney Arms at Breydon Water. On the way we try every configuration of plugs, leads and aerial settings but still no. We get to Berney Arms at midday and can see the pick up mast at Geat Yarmouth but still no joy. Pic 1 (left to right) The radio boat with its banner and bunting at the Berney Arms. Pic 2 the team wait in the sun as we try desperately to get something out of the kit. Pic 3 The kit - everything seemed to be working normally so double frustration. Pic 4 Producer Sara despairs. Pic 5 my neighbour Robin can't understand what all the fuss is about. It's a beautiful day - let's go cruising! So we did !!

Thursday's the day that the A Level results are out and NR20 was our postcode lottery today so I'm at Fakenham College with the radio car to talk to Head of 6th Form, Steve Maddocks about the results and the students. The grades are higher than ever before but in these times, the competition for places and jobs is even greater. Not the best time to be a student!
Latest I then delivered the car to the mid-morning team to continue their week on the braods whilst back at base we're trying to get to the bottom of yesterdays transmitter failure. The decision is made to use the radio car Friday instead of the boat - the plans for which are scuppered!

Friday again and a call to the overnight fire at Rackheath. 25 appliances and 90 crew tackled the blaze at a joinery company. Extensive damage to the main building as you can see but part of the site was saved and no neighbouring premises on Bidwell Road on the industrial estate were damaged.
Last job this week is to meet up with Imogen Ashwin who's researched Magdalen Street and found sites of at least seven churches. She has taken over a vacant shop near Roys where you can see photo's taken by her husband. Imogen showed me one of the 'packages' she's been leaving at places along the street which contain hymn music, a bell, candle, bread and incense stick. Some people might think a bit strange but one local said the atmosphere on the Street has been lifted since her magic cups started appearing ! She has a web site to see more go to www.world-tree.co.uk/pace

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