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

mo 20 jn 16Summer 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 ...

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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.

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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 ap 16

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 mr 16St 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.

sa 23 ja 16

The London Rockin' Rollers (not to be confused with the London Roller Girls) are recruiting a head coach ... #rollerderby eh?

su 15 no 15

Revolution Sprint SeriesThe mobile box office outside the Olympic Velodrome was brilliant at sorting the ticket up cock of our own making.  Inside the velodrome the Revolution Sprint Series was providing entertaining racing from all sizes and gender.  Our last visit with its non-starting Derny was reprised when the meeting ended a little prematurely because a three man pile up on the banking had damaged the track.

we 21 oc 15Trafalgar Day

Monday night we went to the Olympic Velodrome on comps for the first six day London Six Daybike race in a large town since 1982 ... we went to that one too.  We could moan about the poor signposting, poor lighting on the obligatory walk through the park, five pounds for a pint of Heineken and far too loud music but the velodrome is very impressive inside, the racing was brilliant and there was all the fun of a Derny that refused to start for the final keirin.

mo 10 au 15

Ipswich Cardinals v Bury SaintsReckon when we saw the Ipswich Cardinals play the Wembley Stallions last month Ipswich were outnumbered two to one.  Yesterday when Ipswich played Bury Saints reckon it was three to one.

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After decades of watching American football on tv saw our first live match Sunday.Ipswich Cardinals  Not surprisingly being outnumbered at least two to one the Ipswich Cardinals lost to the Wembley Stallions 19-44 but an honourable loss.  We were surprised how difficult it is to follow the ball at ground level and in this soccer obsessed country how hit and miss the kicking was.  We're looking forward to last match of the season against Bury (St Edmunds) Saints who reputedly are mostly US military.

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Hog Hill 2015Bit of a busy bank holiday weekend.  At Hainault the first Hog Hill of the year was full of longboarding, some buckboards, slalom and an impressive slide though this jammer must have hurt himself when he came down even faster the next time to repeat this stunt.  A BMX track has been built in the track centre and was being used by tinys being coached by a not tiny.Framlingham Gala Princesses 2015

Monday's Framlingham Gayla had it seemed to us more spectators than usual and coped with surprisingly busy roads for a Sunday morning.  The parade included from Dennington school a Jack and the Beanstalk float dispensing sweeties.

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