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su 26 Apr
2020

877 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Suffolk and total so far.  The thirty fourth reason to be cheerful ... London Roller Girls eh?

su 15 Mar
2020

Iceni Spears suspend training Paris-Nice ended a day early yesterday, the UK Women's Tour (which has a stage finish in Felixstowe) postponed from its JuneIpswich Cardinals suspend training start, both the Ipswich Cardinals and in Norwich the Iceni Spears have suspended training.  Friday we were supposed to see Eric Church in that there London but yes, it was postponed.  The world's going to be a bit duller for a while ...

sa 8 Feb
2020

Suffragettes at the 1909 Women's ExhibitionThe big hats and nipped in waists of suffragettes at the 1909 Women's Exhibtion in the Princes Rink Knightsbridge.  Princes was the second largest rectangular rink in Britain making it a venue for ice hockey.

we 1 Jan
2020

1953 London All StarsHappy New Year.  The bit of Suffolk that is near the coast tends to go into hibernation during January but we'll forage for any stirrings.  In the meantime here's the pic we meant to use about bank track roller derby in that there London and the 50s.

we 27 Nov
2019

Triple Sword Roller Girls first practiceIn our childhood we read from the public library an autobiography of a Canadian sports promoter working in 1950s London.  Not surprisingly he promoted ice hockey but perhaps more surprising also bank track roller derby,  The long term result of our reading was when ... more here

mo 18 Nov
2019

Brockley Open StudiosA pleasure to visit the imaginatively made over Campsea Ashe Station House yesterday for the last day of Artdog's show.  Artdog will be showing Saturday at Brockley Open Studios in South London and in Framlingham next month.

th 14 Nov
2019

Hyde Park Renegades v Black WidowsSaturday in Norwich was women's flag american football Opal series round four.  Hosted by the Iceni Spears we were very pleased to see their numbers have grown to offence and defence plus players over but not GB defensive end Victoria Ware as she'd injured her ankle playing netball.  In contrast the Hyde Park Renegades (in white) had the just the minimal five and were devastating.

sa 19 Oct
2019

Freedriding at Hogtoberfest 2019Sunday we arrived at Hogtoberfest on the outskirts of London in time for the presentations but there was freeriding afterwards.  Hogg Hill continues to develop with new to us dance and street luge.  We were particularly impressed with a very young woman who despite a dressing on her right leg and struggling to slow in the first right hander was still buckboarding.

tu 18 Dec
2018

Ballistic Whistle bench coaching LRG in 2011The London Rollergirls are recruiting coaches for next year, applications close 28 December.  It used to be the law at roller derby bouts that if the announcer mentioned ex-LRG coach Ballistic Whistle there had to be an official time out.

su 19 Aug
2018

Aldeburgh Carnival tomorrow, when we saw it earlier this century with Lady KRJ who grew up in Hackney she asked Why's it so quiet and where are all the black people?

mo 13 Aug
2018

Waiting in a light rain shower for the medicYesterday's Bury Saints v London Olympians in Thetford was full of incident including starting 45 minutes late because the medic couldn't find the venue.  The refs ended the game early because an injured player on the field couldn't be moved until an ambulance arrived so we're uncertain of the score but certainly an Olympians win.

we 8 Aug
2018

Docklands Light Rail DiscoveryWe've made several tries to have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in London's East End but so far have failed.  Here's an attractive day out to achieve it, for a month or so there are non-stop specials ending with a 30 minute guided walk around Greenwich, and there are some lovely bits of Greenwich by the river BTW.

mo 2 Jul
2018

Ipwich Cardinals 10-21 London Blitz BWe weren't optimistic about yesterday's Ipswich Cardinals v London Blitz B because the Cards had lost 55-00 to the Blitz earlier this year.  In the event on a roastingly hot day (thankfully with a breeze) the Cards led 10-00 for most of the game.  Finally the Blitz offence broke out (they'd been threatening to do it all game) to score two ... more here

th 14 Jun
2018

Following a 55-00 loss against London Blitz B the weekend before last the Ipswich Cardinals american football continued a now 3-1 winning season after a 42-06 win over visitors Maidstone Pumas last weekend who despite being much outnumbered stuck at it good humouredly.

fr 8 Jun
2018

The Ipswich Cardinals may have lost their away game at London Blitz B on Sunday but their 2-1 season so far is still an encouraging improvement on the last couple of years.  The Cards' first home game of the season 2:30pm kick off this Sunday.

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