Overcoming Hurdles For The November Auction

An account of final preparations for James and Sons’ November auction.

INTRODUCTION

James and Sons’ November auction takes place at Fakenham Racecourse tomorrow, which combined with the somewhat stressed preliminaries led to the title of this post.

A CHANGE OF VENUE

Firstly, a miscommunication led to this auction being held in the Long Bar rather than the Prince of Wales Suite. Then when we arrived at the venue with the items for auction (as the picture below shows this was a very full van load) it was in state of disarray.

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This is a full van load.

The next hiccough was the necessity of running a long cable from a building with an internet connection into the Long Bar, which involved stretching it across a bit of road that was due to be used by caravans, but some metal supports of the type more usually used for putting up shelving came in handy to provide a secure guard for that bit of wiring…

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Here is one we made earlier!
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A close up of one section.

Also, the Long Bar has a very antiquated heater, which had clearly not been used in a long time.

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I had a picture to take to resolve a query and also located a lot that had not previously been imaged…

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This was the image used to resolve the query.
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This lot had not been imaged.

I also in odd quiet moments got some pictures from the Long Bar, and on the way back to the shop took a few pictures through the open window of the van…

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This horse turned its head at the key moment, so the white flash down the front of its head is not visible here.

BACK AT THE SHOP

Back at the shop I had some big stamp lots for our December auction (on the 14th) to attend to, and was then required to buy some paper (there is a stationer down the road who sells plain A4 at £17 for five reams).

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The box with the books in had fallen to the floor shedding some of its contents, so had to be dealth with as a matter of urgency.

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Riverbank Redevelopment

Some ideas about the riverfront redevelopment.

INTRODUCTION

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk borough council are currently considering plans for the redevelopment of the river front. Unfortunately, although they have launched what they call a consultation it is not really fit for purpose, so I am offering some thoughts here.

1. PURFLEET – ST MARGARETS LANE

This bit of the river frontage needs least work. I like the idea of a restaurant boat in the lower Purfleet, and new lock gates. Any new buildings should be for mixed purposes – somewhere the thrives by day and is dead by night will be no improvement on the present. I would support creating new mooring – the pontoon jetty has been an unqualified success.

2. ST MARGARETS LANE – MILLFLEET

This area currently has no buildings open to the public, and this has been the case since Bradley’s closed down three years ago. I am not sure what is best for this area, but at the moment it is a stretch of river bank one walks along to reach other places and never a destination in its own right.

3. THE NAR LOOP

Treated properly this area could and should be a huge draw. I believe it’s existing characteristics should be enhanced to create a wetland nature reserve, with the southern boundary being on the far side of the Nar Outfall, to include within it the area that the cormorants favour.

4. BEYOND THE NAR LOOP

I have only one thing to say about this stretch, which is that it’s eastern boundary is marked by Hardings Way, a road that is only open to buses – and this should remain so – if you open it to cars you create a rat-run which will be disastrous for the area.

SOME PHOTOGRAPHS

I end with some pictures from in and around King’s Lynn…

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To local politicians in Trosa – cancel project new road!

Some well reasoned and cogent arguments against broad building from Anna (English translation follows Swedish original)…

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I sent this to our local polticians, who will decide to build a new big road that we don´t need. For english version, look below the Swedish text. I also translated the drawing. It´s not easy to translate, but I tried the best I could 🙂

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Angående Trosa förbifart/Infart Västra och expansionsplanerna för Tureholmshalvön
Beslut om finansiering bör avslås. Syftena med byggnationen enligt avtalet från 2009 har upphört.

Avtal med Trafikverket avseende förbifart Trosa 2009

Avtalet som har träffades med Trafikverket 2009 anger att förbifarten ska byggas för att:

a) Avlasta Smäckbrogatan.

Enligt Trafikverkets utredningar kommer förbifarten inte att avlasta Smäckbrogatan.

b) Möjliggöra betydande expansion väster om Trosa.

Hela Tureholmshalvön omfattas numera också av förbifartsprojektet. Den ingick inte i det område, som avtalet från 2009 anger.

Expansionsbehov väster/söder om Trosa finns inte. Trosa växer naturligt åt öster/norr mot den framtida centralorten Vagnhärad när Ostlänken blir…

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First Christmas weekend in Sweden

A nice response from Anna to my challenge – a pity that Trosa did badly with their lights this year.

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This weekend we start our countdown to Christmas. That also means the start of Christmas decorations and Christmas lights.

Thomas christmas light challenge made me look for nice Christmas lights in my little town. I want to participate in that challenge, but

our towns Chirstmas lights are the worst ever. I don’t know how they think or opif they are totally blind. On the tourist center in Trosa square theres a light setting with a terrible cold color at the lights that doesn’t at all matches the warm yellowish lights on the other houses around that building. I the tress there’s a third color on some lights that shows a bluewhite also coldish color that doesn’t match any of the other lights. On the ground we have light decorations too in a fourth white color. Nope, they don’t match either.

It’s sad because our little square area used to be…

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Thomas’ Christmas Light Challenge

Some pictures of King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights and a challenge/ invitation to my fellow bloggers.

INTRODUCTION

King’s Lynn has just had the big Christmas Light switch on, so taking my cue from Anna (e.g in this post) I am offering some pictures and then a challenge.

KING’S LYNN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Here are some pictures of the Christmas lights we have on display in King’s Lynn:

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THE CHALLENGE

What are the Christmas lights like where you are? If you create a post and put a link to it in the comments I will reblog it.

An Important Petition

A link to petition that needs more signatures, plus links to the supporting information. Some pictures, a few thoughts about the recently concluded test match and a couple of extra links.

INTRODUCTION

I will be covering other stuff as well, but I am giving top billing to an autism related petition.

EDWARD TIMPSON MP MAKE BRIGHTON & HOVE DISTRICT COUNCIL CEASE ILLEGAL SECTION 47 SS INVESTIGATIONS

Here is the petition – main link is in the infographic:

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Here is the opening paragraph of the petition:

Too many LAs are conducting illegal S47 child protection investigations and traumatising families.  Brighton & Hove City Council is conducting at least one such an investigation right now against an innocent autism family (my own – autistic parent with autistic children), which indicates a pattern of behaviour is likely, as it wouldn’t be a one-off incident.  Brighton & Hove City Council is conducting this investigation on the basis of entire autism ignorance (towards parent and children) and illegal disability discrimination.  How can an autism parent perform their usual superhero job whilst being put through this trauma?  LAs behaving illegally must be stamped out.

Here are links to all the updates that have been posted on this petition:

You now have access to all the information I have seen about this case and should know what to do. If in signing this petition you mention me and this blog I will receive an email notification telling me that you have signed.

SOME PICTURES

After a large chunk of text it is time for some pictures. There are some from yesterday and some from today:

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The menu at the Rose & Crown in Harpley, where my parents took me for lunch yesterday (it was an excellent meal – thanks)
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The next five pics are also from the Rose & Crown, four showing decorative features and one the dessert menu.

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The redeveloped back of King’s Lynn Town Hall

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A TEST MATCH SETTLED BY A COIN TOSS AND A DISASTROUS 49 MINUTES

Test matches are scheduled to last for five days, and this one made it deep into the fifth of those of five days. India beat England by 246 runs and are to be congratulated, although as the title of this section suggests they were helped by good fortune. Winning the toss meant that they got to bat when the pitch was at its easiest. England’s disastrous 49 minutes occurred on the second evening, when they surrendered four wickets to end that day on 103-5 in reply to 455. Of the five wickets England lost that day only Cook got a really difficult delivery – the others assisted in their own downfall.

Facing 405 to win or 150 overs to survive on an increasingly difficult pitch England were never in the hunt, and the dismissal of Joe Root for 25 was the death knell, leaving the lower order to fight it out for as long as they could. Haseeb Hameed showed great concentration and determination at the top of the order before one shot along the ground to pin him LBW (a genuinely unplayable ball).

Virat Kohli demonstrated his skill with the bat, amending a decidedly dodgy previous record against England with scores in this match of 167 and 85. The latter was an innings that made it look like the match was taking place on two different pitches – at one end everyone else was struggling in the face of an excellent bowling performance from England, and at the other Kohli met every ball with the middle of his bat.

England showed enough to suggest that this series is not a lost cause, especially with three matches still to play.

A COUPLE OF LINKS TO FINISH

First, a petition on 38 Degrees calling for the scrapping of the ‘Sovereign Grant’ (I would prefer to scrap the Royal Family outright, but at least making them pay their own way would be a move in the right direction).

I end with a link to piece by DPAC, drawing attention to a disgraceful example of ableism at CEX.