Author Topic: The Seaweed Game  (Read 2477 times)

ole razzy

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The Seaweed Game
« on: July 07, 2011, 04:37:38 AM »
There is a new game that grown men wearing hi-viz vests in diggers and lorries are playing for hours on end each day in The Royal Bay of Grouville. They have been doing this almost daily for weeks. I think they really love playing this game and I have to admit that there is small part of me that would like to be included.

The game involves clearing tons of seaweed from the upper beach, dumping it into lorries which then drive down at low water and drop it back at the tide line. Then theres a bit of arty beachy manicuring. The game reaches its climax when everybody retires to the slipway to watch the tide (and of course the seaweed) float back up to the top of the seawall.  The game ends with the faint waft of hasish coming from the cab of the JCB. Ok so I made that last bit up. But......

Can somebody tell me wtf is going on with that shit?

I'd like it if a politician gave an answer.

Goddammit!


Offline Fritz

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 05:07:56 AM »
Job creation.
 
The same sort of job goes on down Havres des Pas, where I have actually witnessed, (On many occasions), a guy driving a tanker, wearing waterproof clothing, ( Safety Elf?), and watering the hanging baskets in the rain.

You would think that the supervisor/manager in charge would have another couple of jobs arranged for ,"The flower man", to do on days that nature was taking care of the £300+ job?

ole razzy

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 05:35:36 AM »
Job creation for sure plus it isn't very "eco-active" either.

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 04:31:10 PM »
An absolutely pointless exercise, if nature was left to its own here I think the problem would almost resolve its self. One problem here is that they remove much of the sand (an the weed that holds the sand)  that acts as a barrier to coastal erosion, but then this also is an interesting exercise in itself in that TTS have their own little team for this game.

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 06:38:03 PM »
Its also potentially a hazard. Should there be windsurfers, dad and son in a little open fishing boat all going about their business and enjoying their leisure hobby not aware of the new small hill under the incoming tide, it is an accident waiting to happen. No doubt they (the States) are fully insured but are they? It is my understanding that vehicles not used on the public highways are not insured.

What should happen to the sea weed ? We do like clean, no smell beaches.  Organic fertilser like the old days wherby private famers or others, tractors and trailers would be organised to turn up with a States driven lifter, probably a JCB,  load free of charge and no charge for the seaweed. This would be one solution and organic.

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Offline danrok

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 12:06:54 AM »
There's supposed to be seaweed on beaches, it is normal.  ::)

Meanwhile, the litter piles up on the beaches.

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011, 01:48:35 AM »
It's actually far from a new game - Public Works, Public Services & T&TS have accumulated decades of experience in this less than benign, expensive, futile activity. In no way compatible with the Ramsar 'wise use' principle & analagous to so much of what government gets up to with our money & natural resources.

Who will rescue us from the huge great pile of rotting cliaque that is the States of Jersey...

"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." Mark Twain

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 02:33:59 AM »
Readers will be pleased to know that since the thread was started The Seaweed Game has been stopped. The beach is actually in very good order and worth a visit on these warm summer evenings. Thanks for reading Mr Jackson. Shamoa!

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011, 06:23:30 AM »
A private business man made a seaweed vehicle to collect the weed off the beach. He was turned down and then they went ahead and bought a new seaweed collect that was not as good as the one made special for our beaches. He was a local man who specialised in engineering all things like this.

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Re: The Seaweed Game
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011, 11:34:04 PM »
well cb this is quite normal for jersey these days ,  to disregard a handy local chap , who could make a machine  to do a job,  shock horror if it broke down  it would not need someone  flying in to fix it, only  the local bloke to drive down the road  and mend it, so simple .
 he must of being too cheap, and not a rolls royce machine , with a masive  parts list  and must do service work for the swinginng warrenty.