Scroby Sands is one of the UK's first commercial offshore wind farms. Commissioned in March 2004 the £75million project generated enough energy to supply over 36,000 homes in 2005, saving the emission of over 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, nearly 600 tonnes of sulphur dioxide and nearly 200 tonnes of nitrous oxide.The first annual report into the performance reported that last year, 27 intermediate speed and 12 high speed gearbox bearings needed replacing, along with four generators. As a result there were "serious implications for resources, costs and downtime". However the wind farm still generated 153GWh, which is around 90% of its forecast annual output. I say - nice work!
Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth.
The speculation in Yarmouth at present is about guessing where they will build the newly promised Casino. I suppose there's no prize for guessing whether or not there will be a Gamblers' Anonymous helpline set up in the town, - of course there will - run entirely on voluntary contributions no doubt. Is it only me - or are there not are enough diddler machines in Great Yarmouth already - why on earth, let alone in Great Yarmouth, do we need more? The old fashioned image of the casino where the rich go to blow their excess cash just doesn't fit this traditional kiss-me-quick seaside resort. Scrap the casino I say!
This Rig Supply Boat...
...was reversing out of the harbour because the river is too narrow for turning, There are plans for an outer harbour to ease the congestion, and allow larger ships to dock. But I think they'll need to dual the A12 before Yarmouth sees any major renaissance.
...and there are so many references to California along the East Anglian Coast. I've seen place and street names in Woodbridge, Southwold - where there is also a Klondyke beach, and here north of Gt Yarmouth. My brother, Bob, who has studied the history of the longshore fishing industry, says they are indeed a reference to the gold rush in 1849. It's just curious that there are so many of them.
This door has six letter boxes! I only wonder if there are six cages fixed to the other side, or whether all the post piles up in one heap on the doormat anyway! The little white sign says:- Flat One Knock Once; Flat Two Knock Twice; Flat Three Knock Three Times; & Flat Four Knock Four Times. It doesn't say about Flats Five & Six.
.....There are large caravan sites north of Gt Yarmouth with literally thousands of caravans. There have obviously been break-ins, because some of them have notices like this placed in the window. Is my thinking squiffy, only I consider this demonstrates a lack of understanding about thug mentality. Surely the vandalism is mostly wanton; and often entirely unconnected with burglary. As well as nick stuff, they also just want to smash things up, and get up your nose Mr & Mrs Caravan Owner whilst they do it. Sticking a sticker up will only encourage them to smash your window and door, even if there are no valuables inside. Well anyway that's my take on it.At Ormesby St Michael there are lovely views of Ormesby and Rollesby Broad from the main road. Suddenly to left and right these breathtaking glimpses across large expanses of reed fringed water loom into view. Only on this occasion I was late for my bus and I didn't have time to walk up there to take the picture. Instead The Borrower has lived up to his name and lifted this photo of Barton Broad from another site! It approximates more or less the view at Ormesby.