Posts Tagged ‘The Broads: A unique National Park’

Cover Story

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

I’ve recently been using social media not just to market my various Kindle books, but to showcase some of my photography. It all started by some innocent playing about with the “Vanishing Point” tool in Photoshop, and it’s been fun seeing just where I can make my book covers part of a picture.

This is the boat that played the part of the Andrea Gail in the 2000 hit movie “The Perfect Storm,” tracked down a year later in her home port of Gloucester, Massachusetts. You can see where her movie name has been painted out and the original restored. The rest of the boat received a digital colouring job in the movie – cheaper than painting the whole thing. Note the oil drum on the foredeck bearing the initials “AG”. Discovered on a tour of the eastern seaboard of the USA in the powerboat Spirit of Cardiff prior to setting the New York to Lizard Point transatlantic world record. All this and much more in “Confronting Poseidon.”

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! View from the flight deck of an RAF C130 Hercules coming in to land at Lydd Airport. I’d watched the RAF Falcons parachute display team departing (rather quickly) the aircraft midflight, and taken part in a low-level flypast at Eastbourne Airshow. Not actually featured in One of our Balloons is Missing, but it does rather reflect the book’s spirit of my 30 years of adventures.

How’s this for a tasteful wall decoration in the cabin of a beautifully restored traditional Broads cruiser? It was taken on a day when HRH The Princess Royal visited one of the big Broads hire cruiser companies! The Broads – A unique National Park

Broads National Park

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

When I first published my Kindle book “The Broads: A unique National Park” in 2013, it came under fire from certain quarters. “You can’t describe the Broads as a National Park,” they said, “because it isn’t one. And if you got that wrong, what else have you got wrong?”

The truth is, I didn’t get it wrong – but my detractors are guilty of a huge slice of pedantry. The legislation which covers the protection and management of the Broads is different from the other National Parks, because uniquely, the Broads is predominantly wetland, with navigation interests. And so the Broads has always been described as “enjoying the same protection as a National Park”, or being “a member of the National Park family.”

But foreign tourists don’t see the distinction. If they’re looking to visit somewhere with scenic landscapes, the National Park tag becomes an important deciding factor. And for an area where a large chunk of the local economy is dependent on tourism, trying to explain that “it’s really rather special, but isn’t a National Park per se” has always seemed to me to be rather akin to shooting oneself in the foot.

Fortunately the Broads Authority has recognised the problem, and this week voted to adopt “the brand”. So from now on, it’s the Broads National Park. Better late than never.