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th 26 Oct
2017

Nick Murray Brown in The Wandering SpectreTuesday night we visited at least four bits of the Diss Corn Hall (the foyer and bar have been really poshed up) for the second, free and promenade performance of ghosty The Wandering SpectreAs it got more scary the audience's younger members occasionally laughed ... perhaps to reassure themselves they weren't frightened.  Fine performances from the minimalist cast including effectively Sophie Scannell in her brief appearances as the ghost.

we 20 Sep
2017

Great Yarmouth Winter GardensIt continues to surprise us how popular roller skating was as an entertainment at the beginning of last century, including the magnificent looking Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens.  In today's long running Radio 4 drama Home Front set during the first world war a couple go roller skating on Folkestone pierMrs Adeline Lumley: I'm afraid I'll fall over.  Staff Sergeant Silas Morrow: That's the idea.

th 14 Sep
2017

Zombie Evacuation in CambridgeZombie Evacuation (last seen near Cambridge) returns Sunday, this time to Hockwold Hall near Thetford Norfolk ... well it would be wouldn't it.

tu 12 Sep
2017

 WANTED  A secretary for an Ipswich nursing home and theatrical landpersons in and around Diss.

su 13 Aug
2017

Surrey Roller Girls v Norfolk Brawds in ChelmsfordSaturday the Riverside Centre Chelmsford didn't have a functioning car park but it does have decent coffee and in the sports hall we enjoyed ref Blaster Chief's very clear penalty signals and a Surrey skater fleeing during the first half because she was needed elsewhere as a bridesmaid.  A Norfolk Brawds 473-065 whitewash .. more here

sa 24 Jun
2017

Surrey Roller Derby in NorwichToo hot for roller derby In Norwich last Sunday but we did enjoy Surrey Roller Girl Ampersand What!'s good tempered interaction with an outside ref confirming what she was being penalised for.  Derby name of the day Crazy Cat Lady, not clever, not punningly witty but probably refreshingly true.

mo 24 Apr
2017

Flag football at the Iceni SpearsSunday near Norwich the Iceni Spears were training for the autumn's Opal flag football series.  Flag football is no (hopefully) contact American football where you're tackled if an opponent can grab a flag from your waist.  The flags can be just football socks tucked into your waistband or like the Spears yellow streamers held in place by plastic poppers.  The Spears have an everybody welcome flag rookie day next month.

th 23 Mar
2017

Men's American football team Iceni Daggers has merged with the Norwich Devils who expect to be playing league football next year.

tu 21 Mar
2017

East Anglo Smackson v Knights of OldhamAt the Sewell Park Academy Norwich Saturday the caretaker (he probably has a posher job title than that) untypically was friendly (he sorted out the machine giving us the wrong coffee) and actually watched the roller derby.  The officials' sweetie stash included old fashioneds and surprisingly some remembered four ... more here

we 15 Mar
2017

UEA 29-00 Essex BladesSaturday we thought we were going to photograph American football in Norwich but discovered it was just part of Derby Day when UEA plays Essex Uni at seventy different sports including ultimate frisby, women's rugby, futsal?, cheerleading both dance and stunt but no roller derby.  A stunning introduction for us to lacrosse, committed support from both sides and placards of which this Donald Trump parody we much enjoyed.  Next year Essex will be hosting.

mo 6 Mar
2017

Iceni Spears walking a play in the changing roomYesterday near Norwich we watched Iceni Spears women's American football walk through some plays in the changing room and then go outside to practice in icy rain ... that's commitment.  The season long Sapphire series for women is five or seven a side.  We couldn't imagine ... more here

su 26 Feb
2017

Artful Dodgers junior roller derbyQuite a wait for roller derby to arrive in Suffolk, now we're watching out for junior derby in East Anglia.  There's been mutterings at Norfolk Roller Derby and it's reached Kent.

th 9 Feb
2017

UEA Pirates 6-9 Cambridge PythonsThe UEA Pirates lost 6-9 to the Cambridge Pythons in Norwich Sunday as their last home game in the BUCS South East.  A not entirely satisfactory game but the Pirates single touchdown was a high bomb to a wide receiver dramatically at a flying full stretch ... and we didn't snap it ...

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