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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, August 16, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 16 - 20 August 2010


Monday and two very different calls. First, Finklegate in the city centre where these council homes are in urgent need of attention. So much so that the residents hung out banners last week to highlight their plight. They say if next winter is as bad as last they'll freeze! Then to the Castle Mall centre where a new business opens today. After soaking my feet for a few minutes they're danggled into these tubs where the samll fish cluster round and nibble away the dead skin cells. It tickles and for £10 for 15 minutes you too can have the experience!

Tuesday morning and a raw wind on the North Norfolk coastline. We're reporting on the seal deaths that are still a mystery. Let's hope they find the machine that's causing their injuries soon. Then, along the way I stopped off at Amazona - Cromer Zoo where Director Jim Irwin-Davis tells us how Sainsbury's in Great Yarmouth give them all their out of date fruit and veg which goes to Thrigby Hall first then split between the two sites. Better than landfill and the cheeky monkey waits in the tree for the delivery! To see a video of Amazona, type the word into the search box top right.

It's Wenesday and Carnival Day in Cromer! Starts at 10am, Red Arrows display at midday and the procession this evening through the town. Left to right - some of the workers that make it all happen. Tony Shipp Chairman, Pat West security and Paul Brooks who's in charge of all the equipment. Some of the crew enjoy an al fresco breakfast before the crowds arrive.

Where did the cobbles go? The mystery of the road repair in Norwich's historic Elm Hill. Whilst the stones were removed someone took them. The result was that an unsightly series of tarmac patches replaced them. Hardly fitting. Another part close by has been repaired with round stones so why not do the job properly? Someone should do something.

Thursday 19th and I met a remarkable young man today. Ben Pickard was injured in a car crash ten years ago and is now a teraplegic which means his accident left him with no movement from the shoulders down. His arms are OK but his hands are also affected. Despite this I was inspired by his outlook on life. He and two friends (Clive Williams & Simon Gardner) are cycling from London to Paris over four days soon. You can see how Ben (and cat) has to lower himself into his special cycle, lift his leg over the handlebars and drop both into the slings on either side of the front wheel. You have to admire this man and he's doing it to raise money for EACH - the East Anglian Childrens Hospices. If you want to support him then just click here -
www.justgiving.com/london2paris-ouch
Best of luck Ben and tell us about it when you're back from the Eifel Tower!

SPOT THE BALL!
Friday brings me to Broadland Sun Park for naturists at Poringland. The International Petanque Tournament brings squads from France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. Starting tomorrow morning and ending on Sunday team GB are the defending champions. JUST TO TEST YOU, John Lucas, Richard Last and Ivan Page each throw a petanque ball. You can see two of them on the left hand side of the pic but can you spot the third ball? Copy the picture to your clipboard, put a cross where you think it is and send it to me to win a fabulous prize. My usual rules and conditions apply!

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