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Monday, October 5, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 5 - 9 October


Another Monday and my first trip is to Llamas to talk with Nina and Andy about the air ambulance. Nina, pregnant with twins suffered a ruptured aorta and they might all have died but for the Air Ambulance bringing expert assistance to them. Just look at them now! Next we're live from Costessey Junior School talking Travel Trumps! I beg your pardon! Children these days are taught to be green. Some of them pictured here with Head Teacher Tony Hull.



£400,000 is no small sum of money to raise, but raise it they must at the Hobart High School in Loddon if they want to keep the roof over their heads! The framework holding the glassfibre panels is now so dated and poorly insulated. Pictured left to right, Head Teacher John Robson, student Faith, student Mathew (just qualified as a swimming teacher) and Mark Stone, a teacher at the school and Chairman of the White Dolphin Swimming Club. The community relies on this facility and fundraising is planned to reach their target of £120,000.

Wet Wednesday and wouldn't you believe it. As I drive over a muddy field at Swainsthorpe to meet up with agricultural contractor James Wenn, we talk about the drought and how the beet is too difficult to lift. Thanks for scraping the boots off James and let's hope that we get some more rain soon so they can lift the harvest. Apparently it's not done the crop much harm though!
Then, for our big debate today about whether or not Watton Town Council and the Police should pay for young drinkers to get home by taxi. It stirred many to contact the Breakfast Show and I spoke to Mayor of Watton Margaret Holmes who said it was just £300 of funding that was available and it was the Police who suggested the scheme. We'll check how it works out.

Technology has left at least one pub landlord with a headache. Graham Patchings is manager of the Castlegates pub on Timberhill in Norwich. As you can see, he goes big on footy with four screens and a sports mad clientele. Trouble is this weekends England game against Ukraine. It's on-line only and he fears that this might be the future and he can't get access to show it. Even if he could the download speeds in the county aren't quick enough to cope. If demand rockets, the servers might crash through sheer numbers. He's frustrated and so are his punters!
So another week whizzes by! Here's Peter Monteith, Regional Manager for Digital UK. We're talking about that new tower you can see rising up alongside the old Tacolneston transmitter. Eventually it'll be fifty feet above the old one which will then be dismantled. After that the digital signal will be boosted so we can all get all the freeview channels. (We hope!)
Next, we're hearing how a Norfolk company is to supply 300,000 wetland plants for the 2012 Olympic area. Leftof the pic is Edward Raker from the Salix Nursery Thetford (Croxton avtually) and Andy Cooper, the nursery manager who tending to the wetland babes. Eventually they'll be lifted next year and transported to the site.

1 comment:

cecneale said...

Monday - was that Lammas, near Buxton?
Cec in Sutton