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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, May 2, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 2 - 6 May 2011






Fifty scarecrows and fifty cars! At Martham the villagers have created 50 different scarecrows to view. Pick up your guide at the village Green where I spoke to Liz Carpenter. She's created Eddie the Eagle in her front garden. They had a mishap yesterday with the wind which destroyed one of their two marquee's and they'd like someone to sponsor a new one to the tune of £250. If you want to call her with good news 07818 212727. Tell her you came from me! Then a dash cross country to Kimberley Hall where the Sporting Car Club of Norfolk are celebrating their fiftieth birthday with a Wings & Wheels event. Apart from the light aircraft demonstrations there's a line-up of fifty cars each from a different year in the history of the club. Starts at 11am entry £5.


Norwich go up into the Premiership and I'm despatched to the ground to see what's happening. Nothing really! Although I did get to interview the guy delivering the cheese and talked to Sky sports who were also clicking their heels on the car park.


Wednesday and the wind dies down and temperatures rise but for farmers and wildlife it's a bad time with dry soil and worms buried deep. Farmer Chris Skinner from High Ash Farm showed me the seeds he planted 8 weeks ago. Scratching them out of the parched dusty earth he put them in the palm of his hand. They've not even germinated and beyond in pic 1 you can see the extent of the brown fields that should be green and two feet high by now!


1. Dr. Stanley Musgrave is one of the doctors behind research on a non-steroid pill which can be just as effective as the inhalers used by asthmatics. Patients now have more choice in how they take their medication. 2. Focus store at Wymondham, one of over 300 countrywide whose managing company called in the recievers. It was business as usual for the staff this morning. The shutters went up in time to open for 8am. 3. The English Whiskey Company at Roudham has taken the place of the old caravan they've used for years. Owner Andrew Nelstrop invited them to use the shop/cafe area and although there's only 244 local voters, amny of them haven't seen inside yet so Andrew might well be offering hospitality of another kind by the time the polls close at 10pm.


Friday and we're talking about the lack of rain and our gardens. The Chelsea Flower Show will be different this year as some plants have flowered to early. James Debbage runs the Green Pastures Nursery just off the A146 at Berghapton. He's a number of interesting ideas about plants and by adding some special ingrediets you can avoid losing those costly plants. Vegetables have also become far more popular these days!

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