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sa 3 Sep

H.P. Shovecraft emailed pointing out that removing the star panty in the penalty box is specifically illegal in next year's WFDTA rules.  We do dearly love roller derby but how can you take seriously a sport where a skill is putting a hat on?  But then taking off a skin suit whilst running is a triathlon skill ...

tu 26 Jul

Roller derby ref Mimey Vice joins our 2,000+ views on Flickr album.

th 21 Jul

Saturday in Ipswich despite losing Inky Minx to the London Roller Girls this year Rebellion Roller Derby had a comfortable 282-93 win against a not a pushover Vendetta Vixens plus the Rebs made the team photo of the year.  Creepy?  Oh yes, they can do creepy.

mo 4 Jul
American Independence Day

Staff at Wolverhampton roller rinkWhat surprises us about roller skating at the beginning of last century (apart from how universal roller rinks were in the UK and US) is how many staff were employed (34 at Earl's Court) and usually included women ... presumably to teach the ladies.  A worrying detail is the absence of toe stops but then there weren't any on our Jacoskates we just wore out the toes of our shoes.

mo 23 May

Little Ludo The Skatorial Marvel and Kaufmann's Roller Skating Girls ... when you could make a living from roller skating.

su 1 May
International Dawn Chorus Day

In East Anglia next weekend two mixed league roller derby events for novices and improvers; Saturday it's The Debutantes' Brawl in Norwich and the following day the triple bouter Pack Is Here in Ipswich.

su 24 Jan

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

sa 23 Jan

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

su 3 Jan

Etiquette tips for Edwardian roller skaters.

tu 24 Nov

Hannah 'Hannihilation' Edmonds We've merged the final multi-bout day in Bedford of the 2012 End of the World album with the rest of the series.  What we've noticed is three years ago packs and walls were looser making for more one on one photies.

th 14 Oct

Elegant lady skater circa 1907No doubt we all think we look like this when skating and no idea why Wes Aronson is wearing lipstick.

tu 15 Sep

Pictorial evidence that roller derby always was co-ed ... and East Anglian.

su 13 Sep
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).

we 26 Aug

We've added Dan Buster to our Suffolk gents page.

th 18 Jun

The East and West albums for the 2013 Heartlands roller derby series merged into Heartlands 2013.

mo 26 Jan
Australia Day

Got a gratifying message from the Cambridge Rollerbillies last week saying they only picked up our message Wednesday and we would have been welcome to snap their fresh meat the preceding weekend.  Snap you soon Billies.

su 4 Jan

Scroobius HipScroobius Hip nowadays skates with the co-ed Full Metal RD and she has picked up a fourth fave on Flickr.  At the end of the month the Norfolk Brawds are hosting an open co-ed scrimmage at Easton College near Norwich.

we 3 Dec

Raw HeidiVery flattered to be followed on Twitter by Raw Heidi, good luck to Team England in Dallas.

we 29 Oct

Belfast v Romsey Town RollerbilliesIn Cambridge Saturday the support bout of Billies B v Vendetta Vixens B Lost Girls contained the new to us Billy Diana Sprints.  Slight of build and small enough that the star panty looked too big on her helmet not surprisingly she is a slippery jammer but also a determined blocker.

In the main bout's first half Belfast were pulling away from the Rollerbillies when they failed to get a jammer on the track.  Handing the Billies a free two minute power jam turned the momentum but the Belfast hung in leading to tense final jams and a 187-183 Belfast win.

tu 9 Sep

#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 ...

we 13 Aug

The roller derby bout Brawl of the Wild in Bletchley added to the Facepack album roller derby 2012.

su 10 Aug

Yesterday we felt derby and Scottish lFeel the derby love!ve in Cambridge.

we 2 Apr

We're not the only April foolers.

su 9 Mar

Pix from the 2012 Lincolnshire bout Ladies Who Crunch merged on Facebook.

mo 10 Feb

We've merged the Facebook albums of roller derby bouts Foul Portents and The Seabourne Menace to make the album End of the World 2012.

su 1 Dec

At the start of Pivots of Penzance in High Wycombe last weekend the slipperyBig Bucks High Roller Kristi Blick Portsmouth Roller Wenches' jammers were sliding through the pack untouched and we feared a tedious whitewash and though by the half the Big Bucks High Rollers had started to function the Wenches still had a comfortable lead.  Impressively only one official timeout in the half.  Halfway through the second half Big Bucks took the lead and then power jams (in derby you do need to keep your jammer on the track) generated an entertaining 227-161 win for Bucks.  Much commitment to the pirate theme and derby name of the day Halcyon Daze.

we 22 Jan

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.

fr 29 Nov

Here's a candidate for awkward roller derby photo.

fr 8 Nov

Ipswich RD fundraiserReally sorry to hear that Ipswich Roller Derby would seem to be still born but it may not be the end of roller derby near the coast ...

tu 22 Oct

It's always nice when someone gets it.

tu 18 Jun

We've merged three of our Facebook albums to make Roller Derby 2009.

sa 15 Jun
Our sixth birthday

An international always sounds a bit glamorous so we tried for a press pass to London (it's a large town near Chelmsford) Rockin' Rollers v Stockholm Allstars last Saturday ... the Rollers' Facebook page was encouraging ... then we realised it was in Sweden  ... reasonably certain that next Saturday's Rockin' Rollers v Paris Rollergirls is in London ...

th 13 Jun

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

sa 1 Jun

We got an honourable mention last month ... which was nice.

su 28 Apr

The Romsey Rollerbillies aren't big ladies but on average their Rollerbillie Schindlers Lispskaters looked a little larger than the Norfolk Brawds' and when combined with consistently strong blocking maybe it contributed to a truly awesome 400-38 drubbing of a slightly short handed Brawds in Cambridge last weekend.  Like rowing eights and rugby union packs perhaps weight is relevant?  Maybe a team's average skater weight should be in the programme?

Rebellion Roller Derby who like the Brawds and Wilts favour the short handed approach had a comfortable 214-110 win over Hell's Belles and got away with a piece of derbyness so cheeky we only saw it in the edit afterwards.  After party at the Tram Shed, derby name of the day Xavier Bacon (refs are people too); next month's Heartlands series at Milton Keynes and the Rebellion ... oh yeah!

mo 25 Mar

We've merged a handful of albums on our Facebook page to make London Roller Girls in 2010.

th 21 Mar

Saturday 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 traditionSevern Torrent set by Wilts and despite being a short handed 11 against 14 steadily moved away to a substantial 310-83 win over Wolves.  (Liked the howling and Time Warp dancing Wolves ♫It's just a step to the left♫).

Czech-point Zuzi said Wilts did have a full fourteen but this included a goodly number of debutants and the core of the team was still quite small.  Impressively Wilts made and kept a useful lead over hosts Oxford for most of the game until the last five minutes when Oxford started to come back ... perhaps Wilts were panicking.  Early in the final jam the Wilts jammer got a slightly baffling track cut call and amidst threshold of pain spectatorial noise Dread Ditto made a six pass power jam for a 178-170 win.  Gobsmacked would be the word to describe the Oxford bench.  The Wilts jammer said I really could cry ... you win some you lose some but we share your tears Wiltshire jammer.

Thankfully only one injury needing Pastor Painkillaz and time seemed to fix it.  Derby name of the day Beatrix Got'Er.

we 6 Mar

Siren Hard Corr♫Our first problem Saturday night was thinking the Ipswich Spread Eagle is the Falcon ... it hasn't been the Falcon for some time apparently.  In the wilderness of an Ipswich Sunday night finding someone to solve our confusion we discovered the Giles family statue has moved to the other side of the road and the Cromwell Square car park has gained a statue of ... more on the Ipswich page

tu 5 Feb

The first bout of the Heartland series Saturday started with a minutes !NOISE! inConcrete Cow Blaise of Glory memory of Rebellion RD skater and director Karen Beulah Ballbreaker Parks.

Though the Vendetta Vixens 133-217 Oxford Roller Derby bout was very excellent it got rather washed away in our memory by what was to come.  Thankfully no serious injuries in either bout but Vixens' Lucy Go-Lightly did take a promptly called high block to the face and though she skated on it was clearly painful.

In only their third or so public bout just eight Wiltshire RD skaters took on a full 14 Concrete Cows team and won!  No, you couldn't make it up, power jams put Wilts ahead in the first half and we Brits do ♥ love an underdog, the non-Cows part of the crowd really got behind Wilts who held on to win 206-184 despite losing Mega Faye Tality towards the end for seven plain vanilla (the only kind now) penalties.  Stunning!

Derby didn't look that different under the new no minors rule set though the one whistle start prompts jammer line starts.  Time on the day limited the theatre of the skate outs, pity.

th 24 Jan

RaRa's is a new to us 50s themed ice cream parlour in Northgate Street Ipswich Ipswich Roller Derby in RaRa'sand they stayed open later last night for the first get together of the still provisionally named Ipswich Roller Derby.  A little slow getting started because first spectacularly multiple sundaes had to be served but then the presentation was well thought out, bubbley and babberly.  Next up a social, hopefully a visit to Rutland for Mean Valley v Norfolk Brawds and training starts March; with Amy and Ryan's obvious overflowing enthusiasm this has got to be a winner ... finally derby comes to East Suffolk!

su 6 Jan

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

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