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we 6 Dec

Yesterday morning in the east of London (a large town near Chelmsford) we saw a takeaway offering Vegan Italian Street Food and a woman bin person.

sa 21 Oct
Trafalgar Day

London Rockin' RollersVery much approve of this, today the London Rockin' Rollers celebrate 10 years with an old school roller derby; two whistle starts, minors (remember taking a cougar?) plus tutus and fishnets.  Our memory may be gilded but we recall the two whistle start did make for more variety in play ...

mo 26 Jun

Post game hugging - Cards v StallionsAfter yesterday's 03-36 loss to the Wembley Stallions an Ipswich Cardinals coach pointed out to his players that as usual the Card's were way outnumbered, the Stallions were top of the division and the visiting coach said it had been the Stallions' hardest game so far this season.  We much admire the Card's perseverance but just a few more players would make such a difference.

mo 22 May

It was the London Warriors' high completion passing game that did for the Bury Saints yesterday in Thetford ... we had a sweet jerk sauce on our chicken wings.

su 21 May

Longboarder at Redbridge Cycle CircuitYesterday afternoon we arrived at the Redbridge Cycling Centre's The Crackling with just two hours left and as heavy rain stopped.  The cafe was full but as the track dried out longboarders, buckboarders and sliders appeared but regrettably no slalom.  Finished visit with tea and bread pudding in the cafe ... nice.

we 10 May

Bury Saints 07-36 London BlitzThe Bury Saints played London Blitz Sunday as the Saints' first home game in the Premiership .  They were on a different pitch with a decent sized scoreboard, tiered seating, an announcer/commentator, programmes and the black van of True Wings who had a permanent queue until they sold out though a mercy dash soon restocked them.  The Saints scored first with a converted touch down but eventually lost 36-07.  For us the ... more here

fr 28 Apr

It doesn't surprise us that the the London Roller Girls have a junior league.London Roller Girls junior league - pic contributed

mo 13 Feb

A large town near Chelmsford in 2014 and 2013.

we 25 Jan
Burns Night

Harvest with Combine, Norfolk 2009 by Justin PartykaThe Norfolk and Suffolk photographs of Justin Partyka's were a feature of Mary Chamberlain's book Fenwomen when republished by Full Circle.  The London gallery Osbourne Samuel are curating an online selling show Close to Home of his East Anglian works and running until 24th February.

mo 1 Aug

Nice to see that against London Blitz B yesterday the Ipswich Cardinals scored what looks like two touchdowns.

mo 20 Jun
Summer Solstice - the longest day

Ipswich Cardinals 12-41 Wembley StallionsYesterday not surprisingly Ipswich Cardinals outnumbered some three to one lost 41-12 to visitors Wembley Stallions.  Usual entertaining combination of excellent plays contrasted with fumbled snaps and dropped punt returns.  Unintended humour when at a play end pile up a giant lineman cried I can't move!  Ref called for a medic before it became apparent he couldn't move because of the bodies on top of him ...

tu 24 May

Maxine Roper ran the London Marathon in memory of two lost friends including our chum Fish and has raised over £2,000 for the mental health charity Mind.  You can still donate (if only just) as today's your last chance.

th 12 May

Framlingham soapboxes in 2008Sunday Framlingham soapboxes return to tarmac and on the Market Hill.  There are three classes including 5-11 year olds ... assuming they can find aLongboarding at Hog Hill last year responsible adult to be with.

In a similar vein the following weekend The Crackling returns to Hog Hill (Redbridge Cycling Centre) for skateboard longboarding and slalom plus new to us a flatland freestyle slide.

su 24 Apr

Fish 1972-2011Our very best wishes to Maxine Roper running the London Marathon today in support of the mental health charity Mind and in memory of two lost friends including the still very much missed here Fish.

tu 1 Mar
St David's Day

Spices in gherkin jarsLife Skills 9:  Supermarkets that have a world food section (the Norwich Hartford Bridge Tesco has Nigerian 6% Guinness!) may have those large cellophane bags of ground spices at a pro rata one fifth the price of Schwartz refills.  We decant them into large one time gherkin jars and even then the jars aren't big enough.  Couldn't see any large bags in the Martlesham Tesco today but not surprisingly the Hackney Tesco does stock them.

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