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mo 16 May
2016

Le Vent du Nord♫ We got a bit excited about Québécoise band Le Vent du Nord being part of this year's Aldeburgh Proms because we actually made the effort a while back to see La Bottine Souriante at the Cambridge Folk Festival (they took forever to get set up and the dancer got on our nerves but worth the journey).  Vent du Nord are more traditional (no brass section, no dancer) but look worth the effort.

tu 3 May
2016

The weekend before last we saw Bury Saints beat Solent Thrashers 19-6 atBury Saint 19-06 Solent Thrashers home.  A scrappy match that in the spirit of Shakespeare's anniversary might be described as a Comedy of Errors.  For us the most surprising moment was when the visiting defensive coach was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct because one of his hand signals to his own players could be interpreted as threatening (NFL Rules Section 3 Article 1b).  This Sunday the Saints play the Herts Cheetahs, free admission.

we 13 Apr
2016

Vegetables and fruitWe have a friend who grew up in Armagh.  On a trip he and his father discovered that in Belfast fish and chips is served with fruit ... a slice of lemon.  In a similar manner we have come to terms with fish and chips served with vegetables but went to pieces when in Long Stratton we were offered mint sauce with our mushy peas.  We refused but next time we'll pluck up our courage and try.

tu 22 Mar
2016

Sunday the Bury Saints beat the Oxford Saints 75 to 8 in a pre-season friendly but no shame to Oxford as they play in a division below Bury.

sa 12 Mar
2016

Suffolk Roller DerbyTomorrow male roller derby in Ipswich.  A Brit Champs double bouter with hosts Suffolk playing Nottingham and Bristol playing from Stamford Brawls of Steel.  Tickets eight quid on the door or six online from Suffolk Roller Derby.

th 11 Feb
2016

Saturday there's a matinee showing at the Aldeburgh Cinema of Speed Sisters, an unlikely doc about a women's race car team in occupied Palestine.

su 24 Jan
2016

Crikey!  A Chelmsford Killa Hurtz Girl on a corner in Wimslow Arizona and isn't she a sight to see.

su 29 Nov
2015

#bloodychristmas ... eh?2pm today the Castleton Brass Band (they're from Eye) will perform a Christmas concert at Tommy Mills Framlingham, tickets available on the door.

mo 9 Nov
2015

As most of the grass near the coast was sodden Saturday we expected Thetford rugby club to be the same but either the pitch is remarkably well ... more here

sa 3 Oct
2015

Senior and juniors Amis Velo cyclocrossThe Sunday before last we went to Colchester to see a cyclocross.  There were no water crossings, a motorsport type starting grid, perhaps no more than four dismounts and the course was sufficiently flat and dry there were several trains running early on but there were also six different races to cover all classes and BOGOF filled rolls because of overly optimistic catering.

mo 14 Sep
2015

Congratulations to the Bury St Edmunds Saints who had a comfortable 47-12 win over Bristol Apache yesterday at the American football Rose Bowl and so move up a division.

su 13 Sep
2015
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year

We've merged roller derby bout PS I Shove You in Swindon with Facebook album Heartlands 2013 and it's taken only five days for the co-ed debuts in Norwich last weekend to join our Flickr 1,000+ views album (bottom of the page).

sa 4 Jul
2015
American Independence Day

Like we said everything is happening today 4 July, Wilby school summer fayre, Bedfield barn dance, the Rendham fete, the monthly farmers market at the Snape Maltings and Le Tour kicks off with a prologue time trial in Holland.  'Why's it called the Tour of France if it's in Holland?'  'Oh p*ss off!'

su 21 Jun
2015
Summer Solstice - the longest dayFather's Day - pic contributed by R Magritte

Halesworth phone boxLife Skills 6:  When did you last make a call from a pay phone box?  (Yes, they do still exist, this one's near Halesworth station.)  We think our last time was ten years ago in Epping High Street and we put a pound coin in to be safe, nowadays it's a bit more complicated.

su 7 Jun
2015

At yesterday's British Championship bouts in Norwich the Norfolk Brawds came from behind against the KillaHurtz (they're from Chelmsford) for a very emotional last couple of jams 144-138 win.

su 3 May
2015
International Dawn Chorus Day

International Dawn Chorus DayThe first Sunday in May is International Dawn Chorus Day, no events in Suffolk but one in the rather pleasant Sussex village Steyning, pronounced Stenning by blow ins and Staining by non-blow ins.

fr 20 Mar
2015
Spring Equinox

Stradbroke library and post office Before High Ongar in Essex was bypassed we used to pass the newsagents and sub-post office at seven in the morning.  Though they were open to get the papers delivered they'd sell you papers, sweets and cigarettes but they couldn't conduct post office business until nine because it would be unfair competition for the main post office in Chipping Ongar.  So we were very impressed to find that not only is the Stradbroke library open on a Sunday but so is their post office counter.  But big organisations like the Royal Mail have a genetic need to cock it up and in Yoxford are insisting that the shop can only have a post office counter if it opens on a Sunday.

we 18 Mar
2015

Hog Hill 23-24 MayNice to see there will be more Hog Hill's this year at Redbridge which is almost Essex but in fact still a large town.

su 8 Feb
2015

Like us all Dr John the night tripper is getting older and bet the rest of the brass section (if only one in this clip) just lerv the girlie in white ... but who knows who his side persons will be at the Cambridge CornEx Tuesday 10 March ... and by today's standards a not unreasonable £25. ♫

fr 2 Jan
2015

Suspect ecstasy tableSuffolk police have released a pic of the 'Superman' ecstasy tablets suspected of killing at least two in Ipswich and possibly others in the UK including Telford Shropshire.

th 1 Jan
2015

roller derby bout A Fistful of RollersHAPPY NEW YEAR!  No doubt in 2015 Andrea Hill will return as County chief executive and sponsorship renames Suffolk as Hopkinshomeshire, it'll be cheapest to park in Essex and use helicopters to travel around ntc, finally roller derby in Ipswich and perhaps we get a record 20,000 visitors in a month, we abandon VeganB46 but still drop a dress size and despite the continual house building and bureaucratic BS near the coast remains a pleasant place to live ...

mo 15 Dec
2014

Last week we stopped for petrol at a Shell garage on the A3 near Liphook.  TwoShell men in Shell jackets (that could do with wash) offered to serve the petrol and check the oil and water and made conversation whilst they were doing it, maybe attended service will make a come back.

th 11 Dec
2014

We've now been through the Dartford Crossing both ways, travelling south the road now swerves round what was the tollbooths and Tuesday there was no tailback but perhaps the traffic was lighter because of a M25 closure further back.  Returning yesterday north bound there was a tailback because traffic still goes through the automatic barriers though the booths have gone.

mo 1 Dec
2014

Dartford Crossing tollbooths in 2011 ~ pic by Darren MeacherIf like us you sometimes go down the A12, turn left on to the M25 and then use the Dartford Crossing to avoid getting wet you need to know you can longer pay at the tollbooths, as far as we can see it's going to work like the congestion charge.

fr 31 Oct
2014
Halloween

A Red, White abd Bruise skater in the penalty boxThe Paradise Centre Ely has a dry bit and a wet bit, Glen the manager of the wet bit didn't know why it's called the Paradise.  The sports hall in the dry bit was sufficiently small that when hosts Red, White and Bruise laid out the track the penalty track in the back straight was no more than 12 inches wide.  That'll never work we thought Where are they going ... more here

su 26 Oct
2014

Zombie in CambridgeWe couldn't really see the attraction of being chased by zombies during a cross country run cum obstacle race butZombie nurses in Cambridge attending Zombie Evacuation's Contagion in Cambridge yesterday we got it ... it's fun.  The zombies when not chasing were friendly and unlike elderly popular singing artistes pleased to be snapped.  High spot for us was when three curious young teenage boys fled anxiously looking over their shoulders when chased for free by one of the very scary nurses.

tu 7 Oct
2014

From 9:30 this morning a large boat will be moving along the A14 boundary of near the coast from Cambridgeshire to Ipswich marina.

tu 9 Sep
2014

#66 Louisey RiderIn July Nottingham Roller Girl Louise Wright cycling to work was hit by a Greene King lorry and died later that day in hospital ... her derby name was Louisey Rider ...

fr 5 Sep
2014

The Scottish saltireAt yesterday's Stackton Tressel council meeting Major Gervaise DeRoute demanded that if Scotland votes yes in the upcoming referendum Stackton should untwin from Stoneybridge Clackmannanshire and declare Scotland a terrorist organisation.  Chairman Dame Celia Baumhugger said she'd heard there were trees in Scotland.

sa 23 Aug
2014

The Tour de France may be the ultimate bike race but recently the Spanish tour La Vuelta has been more interesting racing.  La Vuelta starts today with a 12.6km team time trial in Jerez de la Frontera (where?), we reckon expect crashes ... highlights 10:00-11:05pm ITV4.

sa 14 Jun
2014

Very East Anglian 6pm tonight live speedway from Sweden on ... wait for it ... Freeview Quest!  Perhaps they're buying it from Eurosport?

th 12 Jun
2014

Is there something happening in Brazil?  More importantly Saturday week will be your very first chance to feel derby l♥ve in Suffolk ... Feel the derby love!

we 7 May
2014
Black Spot Day

We've been to Suffolk Roller Derby and Bury St Edmunds a lot over the pastSally Chuck Taylor months and particularly enjoyable was watching visiting and scrimmaging Australian coach Sally Chuck Taylor bootie steer the opposing pivot off the track on to the infield, equally entertaining was SRD's coach Jason Ryan's response to participating in a 27 in 5 drill ... but the BIG news is FINALLY next month roller derby in Suffolk!

tu 4 Mar
2014

In the mid 1980s we lived just over the border near Manningtree in Essex.  Manningtree's annual regatta has been running since the mid-19th century but now the town has a summer vehicle show too.

we 22 Jan
2014

Phoenix in FlamesWhen we first discovered Twitter we did a search on #Essex and up popped Phoenix in Flames tweeting about the first practice of the then forming Triple Sword Roller Girls ... so you can blame her.

su 19 Jan
2014

Anorak Alert 3: Lovejoy (the later series without Eric and Lady Jane showing on Freeview channel Drama) may be set in "East Anglia" but they seem to spend a lot of time in and around pubs with parasols branded Ridley's an Essex brewery and we certainly recognise the Moreton Massey near Harlow masquerading as Suffolk.

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