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After many years in the Royal Air Force and a posting to RAF Coltishall Wally also created the Solarscope mobile disco's with gigs as far as Manchester. He was resident DJ at Scamps Nightclub in Norwich during the 70's and had a show on Hospital Radio Norwich.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 1 - 5 February


Monday it's a visit to EAGIT (pronounced EE-GIT) The East Anglian Group Industrial Training charity run bt CEO David Shorten (right) Left is Andy Cowen from British Sugar with apprentices Jake Howell and Jake Isbell. One works for British Sugar and the other for Lotus Cars. This moning they're being visited by MP Charles Clarke as this is Apprentice Week. It looks like a great facility and for those wh thought apprenticeships were a thing of the past, EAGIT has been going for over forty years now!

So Tuesday it's the big egg debate. How do you tell a double yolker and why do some people go out of their way to buy them? Apparently there was once an egg with no less than FIVE yolks in it. The white and yolk are food for the growing chick developing inside the shell. Are chicks yellow because of the colour of the yolk? We didn't get a difinitive answer. Certainly, if you hold an egg in front of a strong light you can see inside!

Wednesday at the Holiday Inn hotel near the airport where 70 students from the Hotel School, Norwich City College are getting a taste of the real thing over two days. Left, Breakfast Chef Mathew Hawes NVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery, Devin Grosse, General Manager of the Holiday Inn, Natalie Gleave, Front Office Manager and former College student who had just the same kind of experience as a student ten years ago and far right, Andy Chappel, Programme Manager at the Hotel School Norwich City College. Tomorrow evening the students are laying on a full blown banquet for their parents.
City wide WiFi is a step closer with a company who've set up a network for part of the Norwich business community. Left pic. on the right, Richard Lewis Project Director for Babcock the company who've done the installation. Centre Peter Davies, Chairman of Breakwater at the Meridian Business Park at Thorpe whose IT company will benefit from the better speeds obtainable. On the left, Nigel Death from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce who're behind the scheme which may well be ectended and then roll out in King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth if trials are successful. Across country, I'm then at the new village hall, Victory Hall at Neatishead where a conference is taking place called "The Only Gay In The Village". Right pic on the left, Andrew Campbell and Johnny Wood of Voluntary Norfolk prepare the presentation which is part of the LGBT History month. (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) It's aim to forge new contacts and help those who might become isolated particularly in later years.
The news that Birds Eye are to stop harvesting peas in Norfolk and Suffolf will have a knock on effect across the industry including PMC Harvesters at Fakenham. Customer services manager Morris Holl showed me the line of harvesters they've just built. They cost £320,000 each. Each viner takes about 1000 man hours to build so the workforce will need to be kept busy with new orders which the company will now have to go out and find. Meanwhile, I'm on my way to see Russell Piggott at Sheringham. He's had a problem with the sewer outside his house. It's situated on a private access road at the side of the house but ever since the bin lorry went down there, the crumbling sides of the sewer have blocked it and now he can't use his downstairs loo. Despite involving the local MP Norman Lamb, Russell still can't seem to flush the problem away!

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