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mo 14 se 15

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 se 15Rosh 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 jl 15American 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 jn 15Summer 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 jn 15

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 my 15International 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 mr 15Spring 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 mr 15

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 fe 15

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 ja 15

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 ja 15

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 de 14

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 de 14

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 de 14

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 oc 14Halloween

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 oc 14

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 oc 14

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 se 14

#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 se 14

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 au 14

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 jn 14

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

th 12 jn 14

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 my 14Black 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 mr 14

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 ja 14

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 ja 14

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.

fr 13 de 13

Today is last Christmas posting airmail for the USA.  ... Christmas eh?

mo 11 no 13
Armistice Day

Just off the A12 by the B1389 junction near Vegetarian? Weird? Gay?Witham is a coffee stall where lorry driver food and smart rejoinders are served from a very clean van.  For what seems like the 20 years we've been asking for a strong coffee there's been a poster advertising eggs and cheese starting Vegetarian? Weird? Gay?  The day we finally man upped to photograph it the sign had changed ... #Essex eh?

th 31 oc 13
Halloween

The last surviving aborigine world war II combatant in the state of Victoria Australia Bill Edwards died earlier this month, he was buried in the Framlingham Australia cemetery near where he grew up.  In Framlingham Suffolk this weekend the White Horse is having the first of regular table top sales.

we 30 oc 13

Jon Richardson - pic contributed♫ Not near the coast but Dweezil Zappa plays next month the maybe an hour's drive away Cambridge Corn Exchange and Saturday 7th December Jon Richardson appears at the probably more than hour's drive away Haverhill Arts Centre for a surprisingly reasonable thirteen quid.  Always like Richardson's self deprecating humour and because he's on the telly it'll probably sell out quickly.

fr 4 oc 13

Framlingham's finest The Outlaws are on stage quarter to ten tonight at the Roberts Club Colchester and 7 for 7:30pm tomorrow night at the Seckford Theatre (that's the one hidden in Woodbridge School) the East Anglian Belly Dance Superstars will be superstarring in a charity event ... the live performance will be in the correct aspect ratio.

tu 6 au 13

Not unreasonable to assume road works imminent on the A12 just south of Witham at the B1389 junction as multiple average speed cameras have appeared.

th 27 jn 13

Yoxford Barley Brigg♫We looked Barley Brigg Morris up on the web and they seemed to be from Yorkshire, Blimey we thought they've come a long way .  When they announced themselves on the Market Hill Framlingham Thursday night they're from Yoxford ... pix on Facebook.

we 26 jn 13

♫Not surprisingly Gretchen Peters was pitch perfect last night in Great BardfieldGretchen Peters Essex, slightly surprising as just a trio with husband Barry Walsh, enigmatic Canadian Christine Bougie and slightly quirky instrumentation they could get such a driving sound.  A moist eye with happiness evening was made even more special when we got to ask support act Ben Glover about his chum Mary Gauthier ... and on the way home we saw a badger crossing the A120.

th 13 jn 13

Roller derby in Swindon on Sunday has prompted some new leicas on our Facebook page ... which is nice.

th 30 my 13

Pearl Isumi tour seriesThe constabulary point out that the Suffolk show will have its usual effect upon the Seven Hills junction of the A12/A14 today and as it isn't in Suffolk they haven't pointed out that Colchester town centre will be problematical this afternoon and tonight because of the criterium ... that's a bike race, it visits Ipswich Friday 14th next month.

su 28 ap 13

Cambridge Tram ShedIn the late 1980s Earl Soham Brewery created a pub out of a derelict furniture repository in Cambridge, the building had been built to service the trams of a company that went bust before it had even started trading so ESB called the pub The Tram Depot.  Our first visit was last weekend for the Love Bout after party and drank a pint of Everards' Tiger in memory of track racing at Saffron Lane, Leicester.

th 21 mr 13

Severn TorrentSaturday in Oxford we admired the Severn Torrent's uniforms and asked a jammer if the uniform had any padding No, it's all woman.  Severn followed in the west country tradition set by Wilts and despite being a short handed 11 against 14 steadily moved away ... more roller derby

fr 8 mr 13

Greg Butler is really committed to analogue.  For his Cambridge 105 radio show yesterday he humped in and out a load ofGreg Butler (L) and John Halsey (R) gear, dutifully kept changing cartridges to match the disc, used a kitchen sponge to drip soapy water on to some crackly vinyl whilst it played (audibly quietening the surface noise), and played a Rutles transfer on a cylinder ... I will repeat that ... on a cylinder.  His guest John Halsey is now landlord of the Cambridge Castle Inn but 1988(ish)-1995 John was the Stradbroke Queens' landlord and he's also had a long career as a drummer including Beatles parody the Rutles, Viv Stanshall, lots of others and is effectively the only remaining member of Patto a 1970s band we still admire and enjoy.

su 10 fe 13

We would have liked to be at the Snape Maltings yesterday for the ♫singalong♫ Rocky Horror Show but we went to this in Oakham instead.

tu 5 fe 13

Wiltshire Roller Derby clearly hadn't heard of the rule that a good big 'un will always beat a good little 'un.

su 6 ja 13

Look what the Milton Keynes Concrete Cows sent us in the post and a badge too.

mo 10 de 12

There's a bit of what was the A11 north of Bishop's Stortford that for competitive cyclists is the E1 time trial course.  As a teenager we raced it's neither sporting nor drag strip rolling route through Essex and Cambridgeshire.  Maybe 25 years later we returned to spectate our nephew compete in the national junior (under 18) 25 mile championship.  Time may have gilded the memory but we recall he came something like eighth in a time that would have put him in the adult elite twenty years earlier.

Nephew Ben racing as a veteran

On our spectators' side of the road the verge was wide enough to have bushes and teensy trees amongst which a tramp lived.  He'd decorated his camp with small chipped plaster figures of dogs.  The tramp appeared, his face was heavily streaked with dirt and he was pushing a wheelbarrow with a small dog in it.  We bid him Good Morning and he flashed an enormous smile made more gleaming by the contrast with his filthy face, presumably passers by mostly pretended he didn't exist.

Maybe we should all try to acknowledge estate agents, town councillors, management consultants and the like because after all they are our fellows ... sort of.

th 4 oc 12

Things to do this Saturday include John Cooper Clarke at the Ipswich Corn Exchange (as we think he lives near Colchester he may even not be late), Framlingham Writers will be reading their work in the library and the Fat Band with Polly Gibbons and traditional hog roast at the Stratford St Andrew Riverside Centre.

th 30 au 12

The Paralympic flame in HackneyYesterday we went to Hackney town hall near Chelmsford for the Paralympic flame visit, no bunting but lots of security, barriers and not a lot else.  We walked the wrong way along the flame's route ... not a lot.  We stood by a useful looking traffic island ... bloody Olympics!

mo 20 au 12

Milton Keynes Concrete Cows skateoutNot surprisingly Saturday the hottest day of the year so far in the Bunyan Sports Centre Bedford the listless crowd for The Seabourne Menace derby didn't really get in to it but that didn't stop highly committed skating and the bloke coaches of the MK Concrete Cows v Hertfordshire ... more roller derby

th 26 jl 12

The boxing maxim that a good big 'un will always beat a good ... more roller derby

mo 21 my 12

manic looking hen party in that there EssexFramlingham's finest The Outlaws and a manic looking hen party in that there Essex on Friday.

we 18 ap 12

The Romsey Town Rollerbillies had their first home bout Saturday in a large Cambridge sports hall on the first floor?! and universally painted a green which though it complimented the Billies uniform gave everything an ... more at roller derby

sa 10 mr 12

The Mysterious Black BirdsThe Meres Leisure Centre is a cold war concrete bunker set in a barren industrial wilderness on the outskirts of Grantham where you have to pay for more than two sachets of salt with your chips, living proof that councils can't do fun ... but by some oversight last ... more at roller derby

we 7 mr 12

Kim 'Kapow' Powell and babyOur snap of Milton Keynes Concrete Cow Kim 'Kapow' Powell and a baby at Foul Portents in Grantham is derbylife.com's pic of the day.

mo 13 fe 12

Cambridge cycle poloLike cycle speedway (we saw it for the first time in Norwich just a few years back) it's taken us a lifetime to get round to seeing cycle polo and then it was in Cambridge and we couldn't give it much attention.  In cycle polo you have to make a penalty dash if you put your foot down so surprising that single freewheel is favoured these days rather than fixed, apparently it makes a long stretch easier.

sa 11 fe 12

In the way of the working man (remember bendy toys on the front of dustcarts?) a warehouse in Sackers scrap yard Great Blakenham has been decorated with metal

Metal pub signs at Sackers

pub signs.  They're all that once good brewer Greene King (including a rather gay Green Man but with a big stick), except the Yeldham Stone & Faggot which we think must be Little Yeldham over the border west of Sudbury.

we 1 fe 12

People in daygloIn a chilly Great Blakenham this afternoon people in dayglo were standing around looking at other people in dayglo trying to look interested in a crate of knives as the conclusion of the constabulary's Bin A Blade amnesty.  You can't help wonder if some people got it as included were keys, forks, and scissors ... but also blades it's comforting to know aren't on the street anymore, especially if like Holly Watson you lost your brother to knife crime.

we 18 ja 12

The Billies playing choochoosWe were back in Cambridge Sunday, this time to shoot the Billies for Leadjammer magazine and to see the Billies play choochoos.

sa 14 ja 12

Dennis Rollins at the Snape Maltings♫ With a sound like a charging rhinoceros bass guitarist Jack Bruce is going out on the road again including the Cambridge Corn Exchange in March.  In his BIG blues band is trombonist Winston Rollins ... who looks to us suspiciously like Dennis Rollins.

th 12 ja 12

Last Sunday we travelled to Cambridge to see hosts the Romsey Town Rollerbillies scrimmage against the MK Concrete Cows and it was well worth the effort.

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