Another well attended bike night at Old Buckenham with Martin Naggs, Chris Way and Chris Evans. Good to see Jim Davies out and about after our big run last week and also good to catch up with Carl Olley from Essex on his big bike..There was also 2 Mobys and a W/W in attendance. www.flickr.com/photos/40103650@N04/albums/72157697020386182
On a Bootiful Sunday 1 week before the run I done a recce and hoped we would be set for a good day for the "Ride round the Norfolk Broads". event. Unfortunately due to the short notice / bad weather forecast / whatever; only Matthew (helper), Chris E (rider) and a visiting new member from Cromer attended from Norfolk. I will be in Martham Kings Arms on 10th October from 7:00 ish. The agenda; Is it worth bothering to keep the Norfolk section going?
The usual suspects gathered at the Kings Arms in Martham for the October meeting of the Norfolk Section. We were all expecting a telling off by the Doctor for various offences against the section mostly non-appearance at a well organised event on the 23rd September. All were guilty to some extent, except Chris who had braved the weather that day.
We lacked any Ians at the meeting, one being in Canada, the other having recently been bereaved of his Dad; RIP Norman. Jon was first to arrive, followed by me, Jamie, Greg, Paul, Chris, Dave and finally, putting us all to shame, Rod on his 400cc automatic Honda Dream. Possibly the senior attendee, Rod had ridden up from North Suffolk in the dark but mild weather. None of the rest of us had arrived on two wheels. Two of us had walked & thus effectively saved the planet between us.
Much banter and tales of daring do were shared across the table. Accounts of recent rides, events and purchases were enjoyed by all. Someone was subject to legal action over the sale of a bike with a non-transferable registration number a true case of caveat emptor and another bike retaining it’s plate despite the wishes of the new owner. Chris & Dave had been thoroughly damped down on the Broads Tour and few bargains were found at Copdock Bike Show this year.
Bringing us all to order Dave asked if we felt there was a future for the section. He had been let down by poor attendance at the September ride and he wanted to make sure he wasn’t making effort where it was not required. A rousing cry of “Yes!” was the reply to Dave’s question and we decided that between us we needed to show a bit more willingness to keep the section going. Several ideas were mooted; fuel limit run, to see how far bikes will run on a set amount of fuel, monthly quizzes which have been fun in the past, mystery objects likewise, raffle of a “useful” part, with no prior knowledge of the part. Each of us agreed to undertake small tasks to keep the section viable & enjoyable without it falling on one person’s shoulders.
E-mail contact was also discussed and very few people had responded to Dave’s instruction to reply or be removed from the mailing list. Approximately 20% of the mailing list responded which was a disappointing response for Dave. If you want to be updated by e-mail you need to tell Dave that’s what you want; the rest of us slackers agreed that Facebook was the method to which we were most likely to attend.
Next meeting; we like moving about a bit to encourage members, who don’t enjoy winter evenings travelling in the dark, to attend meeting near to them. To this end we will meet in the Two Lifeboats Pub in Sheringham (head for the sea and turn left before you fall in) on 14th November about 7pm –ish. If you are a North Norfolk resident & member of the club, come on over and meet up.
Missing Greg Lunken: if seen approach with caution & Imodium. Poor Greg was a bit moby & couldn’t join us, which meant that one quiz question got no answer. More of quizzes later; the usual tribe gathered at the Two Lifeboats PH in Sheringham. Two Ians and one each of Mel, Paul, John, Jamie, Dave, Chris & Roger (Mel’s brother, or Paul’s brother in law). Good to see some of our ladies’ contingent present at the meeting.
Ian de O brought along an interesting magazine “Scooter & Moped Mechanics” mostly Italian tinwork inside but some moped articles too in the period piece publication. Food was promptly ordered once we realised there was an early cut off for serving. The beer was good for those of us who were partaking. The chat and banter was good all around. Subjects were rich and varied; then the quiz lady arrived!
We hadn’t realised that there was a pub quiz taking place in aid of the Royal British Legion. Somewhat taken aback we coughed up a quid each and took part in possibly the most odd quiz I have ever witnessed or maybe the oddest? Most quiz masters understand the questions, know the answers and can speak plainly enough to make themselves understood. Not so in this case. The lady in charge was not well read and seldom spoke clearly but everyone seemed to cope and had a good time. We had formed 3 teams and we have no idea where we came in the running, such was the organisation, but it made the event all the more fun. The winning team, none of us, and the runners up ended having a tie break, but even that got in a muddle. The RBL were over £70 up at the end of the evening so that has to be a result.
Back to our meeting, where we discussed runs, bikes, life & the universe. A quiz was produced from a reusable carrier bag and we set to trying to answer the questions, Or rather they set to because I set the questions. There was some head scratching and some good clear answers. No one gave the correct answer to question 18; Greg would have known it. Top score of the night came from Dave with a good score of 14/20, others trailed behind him.
The 60 mile round journey just went to show the effort which the North Norfolk boys & girls make to meet up with us East Norfolk folk when they travel over our way. 4 of us had travelled up in the Chucklebus with me as Des. John shamed all of us by arriving on his Velosolex all the way from Beeston thus showing that Norfolk members do it all year around. When he left the little frog started up easily and purred away, at some point lamps were seen to be working but their reliability cannot be confirmed. We tried to convince Chris that we could meet in Norwich before the end of the year but he was happy to come out of the city to join the rest of the bunch so we settled on Martham KA for our Christmas Extravaganza. Come and join us.
Note: No Shannocks were harmed in the making of this report.
We hadn’t realised that there was a pub quiz taking place in aid of the Royal British Legion. Somewhat taken aback we coughed up a quid each and took part in possibly the most odd quiz I have ever witnessed or maybe the oddest? Most quiz masters understand the questions, know the answers and can speak plainly enough to make themselves understood. Not so in this case.
Was there a question about 'The Full Monty' with the wrong answer? Because it sounds remarkably like a quiz in Ipswich The Case is Altered the same night. We had a competent quiz master but because the questions were set by the RBL, not him, there was still the occasional hiccup. For the same reason, everyone was resigned to accepting the given answers, even when they were completely wrong!
Well I know why the incorrect answer was 1972 but I have also worked out that although I thought the film was probably set in about 1984 it can't have been because Sheffield Super trams weren't introduced until 1994 / 1995 & at least one tram appears in the film