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Monday, January 11, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 11 - 15 January 2010


Monday and I journey to Fakenham where there's been no shortage of salt or help for the locals thanks to the forward thinking of Ashley Ward pictured here outside his hardware store and inside with son Steven. Last july he bought thirty odd tons of road salt and stored it. This last weekend he and his staff were about the town helping people grit their paths. As for the law about who can claim against gritters Ashley says anyone can try and sue him but they'll get nothing!!
Tuesday morning we're live at the East Anglian Gift Fair. A trade fair for people who stock souvenir gifts. An amazing array on offer alongside the traditional pressies you'd expect to bring home from a holiday in the UK. Pictured, one of the organisers, Nick Guyton from Norfolk China, tells us that this year's expected to be another good one for the home trade and one of the best sellers is anything with a meercat on it. Ah the power of advertising!
Wednesday and my journey to Sporle is uneventful as the roads are clear. Clear that is until you get to Sporle and turn into Sydney Dye Court - a hillside community of mainly bungalows where the road has remained untreated. This is Jean King who's been 'iced-in' so to speak. Confined to her home since the snow came the road outside is like a skating rink. I drive up there no trouble but when it came to turning round at the end of the cul-de-sac - quite another matter. The ice, the slight incline and tuning sharply made it impossible to manoeuvre and I'm slowly sliding further down the incline every time I try to move. Fred came out of his home opposite and told me the refuse collectors had been stuck for nearly an hour doing the same thing. He helps me to shovel away the sheet ice and we dig a 'runway' of two tracks five yards long and, with a bit of grip established I manage to 'take-off' after just twenty minutes. After I've finished the mug of tea his wife brought out!
Two days in one now. Today, Thursday I'm waiting at Great Moulton for the lights to go off. EDF were due to shut down half of the village today to connect up some new affordable housing. As it was too cold though, I was able to inform the Clerk to the Parish Council, John Davies (left) on air that they'd decided to postpone the work until the weather was a bit warmer!
Next to Hethersett although you won't hear this until Friday's Breakfast Show. Ringing Master Roy Wiles (centre) with the refurbished bells about to go up at St.Remigus church. Pictured right again with church bell hanger Neil Thomas. A new career for Neil who used to be a fruit tree grower and appeared on our gardening shows many years back!
Friday morning. Left, Kelvin Golding at Lenwade is fed up of not being able to get broadband. His company has plans and photo's to deal with for clients orders and it sometimes takes 45 minutes to download one picture on his Vodafone dongle! Bt said the line was too long but other callers said they'd been told the same but it's not necessarily the problem. It remains a headache for Kelvin despite the Government saying that all tax returns now need to be done on-line. OK for them to say but doing is another thing for a lot of people! Then another recorded job. This one may not be broadcast at all because of technical problems. That's down to our engineers to extract the data from my recorder after I met District Councillor Joyce Trett and Town Clerk Keith Leesmith outside the boarded up amusement arcade that was ablaze five years ago. It's an eyesore on the quayside and they want something done. Perhaps when the economy picks up someone will redevelop it. Until then it remains a blot on the seaside town.

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