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Lo-tech key to happy life

Friday, July 04, 2014 - 01:18

An Englishwoman proves it is possible to manage a business in 21st century Britain and make a modest living, without the use of modern-day technology. Hayley Platt looks at Dani Church's ferry business on the Suffolk coast, which has been in her family for 125 years.

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There aren't many businesses these days that are technology free. Dani Church's ferry business is one of them. It's been in her family now for more than a century. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANI CHURCH, FERRY OWNER, SAYING: "I really wanted to carry on the tradition because I have always loved the ferry since a little girl and also I can't stand being inside, so this is like the perfect job for me as I don't have to be indoors." From the sleepy English village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast, Dani ferries passengers across the River Blyth. The boat holds up to 11 people and in peak season she can make up to 100 trips a day. At 90 pence per person, it's unlikely to make her rich. But she says there are other attractions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANI CHURCH, FERRY OWNER, SAYING: "No one has an office like this, it's the most perfect place, there's wildlife to look at, you're outdoors. It's beautiful here, love it." Her customers would seem to agree. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARRY KEENE, CUSTOMER, SAYING: "It's very nice, nice peaceful trip across and back again." 21st century life is full of gadgets and gizmos aimed at keeping us connected. Dani's ferry business is living proof that they're not essential. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANI CHURCH, FERRY OWNER, SAYING: "It just shows you can now operate these days without the interference of electronics - it operates just as well as it has done for the last eight hundred years." Dani's the fifth generation of the family to run the business. She doubts she'll be the last.

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Lo-tech key to happy life

Friday, July 04, 2014 - 01:18

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