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Monday, September 21, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 21 - 25 Sept


Freshers day at the UEA and uni fee's are in the headlines. As the queue grows to sign on I'm with Communications Officer Natasha Barnes (right!) and Welfare Officer Tom Sutton from the Students Union. Even though they queue for hours they're still in high spirits (look at the background character!

Tuesday and it's looking like an interesting week ahead. The new host of the Breakfast Show, Chris Goreham in collusion with producer Steve Martin send me to Hellesdon to meet Tony Adams (left) Chairman of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee. It's World No Car Day and as you can see - everyone's taken the advice on Reepham Road and Tony's clearly delighted ! (We had to wait to take the pic though!) Then I'm approached by James Catchpole. Listening to the Show on his walkman as he walks to work (and back) every day. After returning to the Forum I'm despatched (minus Radio Car) to see how long the same journey will take me. I bump into James who takes my pic for me! Using the buses I made a good connection for the return trip but it still takes me twice as long to get back to the Forum. Having said that I do enjoy a bus ride!!
Wednesday at the seaside. Colin Seal has worn the knee's out of at least two pairs of trousers whilst painting the sea wall with a 285 foot mural about Sheringham's seafaring history. Take a look next time you're there! Just up the road at East Runton, it's a lesson in how to play chess for Woodland Park manager Chris Knight (!)
Thursday we're talking Scrappage - the Government scheme to boost the car industry. Is it also to help cut carbon emissions? Our studio guest didn't think it would help much but it has helped this man. Davd Yarham runs a car dismantling and recycling centre at Seething. It's amazing to see the cars that come in under the scheme. Look at the Citreon on the heap. Before it was dropped on top of another car it was a lovely motor that had done only 8,000 miles !! Yes, eight thousand. I saw this and others that were in great condition just waiting to be taken apart. But there's another side to this that you might not realise. You can save a packet getting your spares from a breaker. David sells on E-Bay around the world and people from places like Poland come over with a truck, fill it up with spare parts and take it all back to Poland to sell. But before you consider exchanging your car under the scheme, david advises "find out what it's worth on the open market." You might be surprised.
So, to round off the week it's the grand bandstand chase! Starting before 7am with Brian Dermott at Chapelfield Gardens. Norwich City Concert Band play here Sunday 2-4pm. Can't tell you who's on at Mousehold Heath - it's just after 7am and apart from one man and his dog it's deserted but I'm sure there's something for Sunday. Then, to Gorleston-on-Sea - lovely new(ish) bandstand just by the Pavillion Theatre. Waiting for me is Ian Baeurs, musical director of Wrentham Band. They're here Sunday afternoon. The weather forecast is great so come and enjoy.

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