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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, April 12, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 12 - 16 April


Is this the smallest coffee shop in Britain? Haley Draper started up her small business through EEDA's Womens Enterprise programme and opened up shop last February. She has a passion for coffee in all forms and is planning to enter the barista competition for excellence in coffee making. Not only that but she also practices latte art which involves creating pictures in the head of a latte! Locals have taken to her and eventually we'll learn if the Guiness Book of Records has declared her the 'smalles' in Britain. http://www.thewindowcoffee.com/

Tuesday. Left, the fire at the Grapevine art gallery on Unthank Road didn't seem to have done much damage. The shop floor was relatively untouched by the fire which reportedly was in the roof. Externally there were no visible signs except for peeling paint off the guttering!
Next, to Wymondham. MD of East Anglian Motor Auctions, Chris Beckett showed me the range of trucks, mowers and vans from the former City Care fleet that will be auctioned off on Thursday 23rd April.

Wednesdays journey begins at Langley Abbey farm where Chris Townsend (left) has planning permission for a polo pitch. Previously Major Derek Allhusen bred fine equestrian horses here and Chris is hoping that his idea will encourage people to take up the sport which he enjoys. Could polo return as an Olympic sport. Watch this space. Meanwhile, I'm of to a secret location where Hazel Lees from the Caistor Roman Project is walking with other volunteers across ploughed fields in search of ancient artefacts. Norfolk is rich in cultural history and the small finds that they make on fresh tilled earth can lead to further knowledge of our ancestry and possibly a more detailed excavation.

Who would have thought that ash could cause such a problem? When I got in early this morning and learnt that Aberdeen had been closed I guessed that things could get worse. Consequently, we gave it prominence through the early show and then I took the radio car to Norwich International Airport. All seemed calm but of course as the day progressed the situation became serious. No doubt you've been following events on BBC News. This is what greeted me as I arrived.
Click on an image to enlarge it. Here's the newly completed Costessey Community Centre on Longwater Lane. I was met by Clerk to the Parish Council Rachel Jackson. It's a large building and the council will have its offices here too. They've just taken possession from the builders and it will be open to the public in about a fortnights time when there'll be an official opening ceremony. They've waited 30 years to get this far so a couple of weeks won't make much difference!

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