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Monday, May 16, 2011

Radio car Travelogue 16 - 20 May 2011









Lovely to have a trip to Surlingham Monday morning to meet up with John Ellis at Wheatfen Marsh. It's the BBC's Domesday project revisited of 1985 - the year that Ted Ellis the naturalist died. Son John (1 of 5 children) is proud to be opening the new study centre (right of pic) and the Fen remains a popular plces for visitors around the world.


Tuesday in North Walsham Sid West is a member of the Equality for Veterans Association seeking to get pensions paid retrospectively for those who served in the Armed Forces prior to April 5th 1975. That was the cut-off point that meant anyone whose service finished before that date lost out on their military pension if they hadn't completed their full term of service. There's a meeting today at The Royal British Legion on Aylsham Road 1pm with another in King's lynn gathering support for their petition to Parliament. You can check out http://www.efva.co.uk/.

Farmer Richard Hurst met us at Carr Farm Ormeby St.Margaret to talk about the continuing lack of rain. Added to the bad winter weather there's a question mark over the supply of decent vegetables this summer with a probable hike in prices.


Wednesday on the set at Norwich Cathedral where they're filming Jack The Giant Killer with Ewan McGregor and Bill Nighey and others including these medeival guys outside the hostry taking a fag break. It was strange getting a cup of tea surrounded by men wearing armour at seven in the morning! Glad it wasn't raining - they might go rusty! Then I caught up with James Roberts, a teacher at St.Williams Primary Thorpe St.Andrew who walked to work from Woodton 15 miles away just to set an example to the pupils as this is Walk To School week. He was glad of the coffee.


It's National Tomato Week and Norfolk has the biggest greenhouse in the country growing tomatoes. Well, three 'houses'to be precise run by Nigel Bartle (left) They have nine different varieties and grow 180 million a year in what covers just short of fifty acres under glass. Bees and insects are used to get the best produce and they taste mmmmmmm. Nigels best advice - don't keep them in the fridge, you'll spoil the taste.


Friday and this weekend sees the second Crab & Lobster Festival taking place between CRomer & Sheringham. Left are two of the Cromer crew. Festival President Hilary Thompson and one of the main organisers Tony Shipp. Right, the Sheringham contingent . Graham Deans is one of the main organisers and Festival co-President Noel Gant on the right. BBC Radio Norfolk will be broadcasting from various locations and programmes over the two days.

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