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Aldeburgh noughties

we 25 Nov

More than 15 outboard motors stolen in Aldeburgh.

sa 24 Oct

Aldeburgh's been having some of its overhead electricity cables replaced, they're staying overhead but the four cable runs are replaced with a single one.

mo 19 Oct

DP's in Aldeburgh was an eccentric bar named for the late owner David Lloyd and retained much of it's detail from when it was a chemist, nice to see with its recent makeover some Timothy White'sness has been retained.

su 11 Oct
Red House

Thursday we discovered that the house on the front in Aldeburgh painted red and with a plaque saying Benjamin Britten lived here isn't The Red House.  In the library at The Red House (it's down an unmade road off the Leiston Road) Saxmundham Rotary club launched Singout 2010, an initiative to involve young people in composition and choral music making.  Patrons include sopranos Lesley Garrett and Laura Wright, and Singout 2010 will culminate with a concert in November 2010 at Snape.

th 8 Oct

Smiles at Walk on the Wildside 2009

It certainly was VERY PINK in Thorpeness and Aldeburgh this morning.

th 21 May

The Aldeburgh Documentary Film Festival will be later this year; provisional dates are 13-15 November or 20-22 November.

th 26 Feb

The woman cyclist killed in Aldeburgh last night was pushing her bike on the pavement.

we 14 Jan

Aldeburgh Sunday

Our word!  That wind was cold in Aldeburgh Sunday.

fr 9 Jan

It was certainly foggy today and it got worse as we approached Aldeburgh.  Ah, it's because Aldeburgh's on the coast and yes indeed when we got to Aldeburgh all the fog disappeared and the sun came out, still couldn't park though ... even out of season.

Ensemble Diderot at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

The Jubilee Hall was packed and maybe a dozen optimists queuing in hope of returns for the first Friday lunchtime concert of the year.  The Ensemble Diderot are a period instrument playing quartet who well entertained finishing with Vivaldi's Follia containing some frenetic activity for the cello and player Tomaz Pokrzywinski never dropped a lick!  The season continues until Friday 13th March.

we 14 May

Top Crafts in Aldeburgh the weekend before last turned up a Lewis machine gun and raised well over £8,000 for the MS Society.

sa 3 May

The Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh was crammed today with all sorts of crafty things for Top Crafts 2008 and television personality John Bly was taking an active interest in a lady working with glass.  The show continues all weekend including Monday and it's free to get in ...

The red dots mean the painting's sold.... meanwhile up the road in the Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery John Bawtree told us that the first visitor at his Zanzibar exhibition was the widow of Zanzibar's last British resident.  From 1913 to 1963 Zanzibar was a British protectorate and had a resident rather than a governor.  Cinema manager Sue Harrison arrived and there had been returns for Daughter of the Regiment; the cinema expects to repeat the live New York Metropolitan Opera House link ups this autumn.  The Zanzibar exhibition continues until Thursday 8th May and it's free too.

th 24 Apr

Because we're a bit pretentious a little telly treat last Christmas was The Daughter of the Regiment with the divine Natalie Dessay (watch for her back facing curtsey at the end:).  And our point is?  It's La Fille du Regiment as the last of this season's live link ups with the New York Met this Saturday at the Aldeburgh Cinema.

tu 25 Mar

John Western watercolourA John Western watercolour living in Knodishall and depicting sail boats at Slaughden Quay, Aldeburgh is for sale on ebaY with a starting price of £800.

tu 18 Mar

What was the little offie in AldeburghYou know how racks of those terribly fashionable Crocs always stop at size 8?  Well not in Alde River they don't, they go up to size 13; find the shop, not surprisingly, in Aldeburgh High Street 01728 452476.

The odd little off license in Aldeburgh with the equally odd but charming Adnams metalwork has been shut certainly since last spring?  It's now a Darcy B dress shop (there are other Darcy Bs in Framlingham and Woodbridge) and the metalwork has gone, they could have painted it to match the wall and retained the little oddity.

tu 11 Mar

South Parade, Aldeburgh circa 1937

Despite the recent weather Aldeburgh still appears to be there but don't know what happened to the bathing huts ...

South Parade, Aldeburgh  2008

fr 29 Feb



... and from the people who brought you the Saxmundham-Aldeburgh branch line another 24 carat piece, the 1958 Aldeburgh Carnival with a brief glimpse of Wickham Market Junction (yeah, yeah we know it's at Campsea).

tu 22 Jan

Here's a bit of solid gold, a 1950s train journey on the Saxmundham-Aldeburgh branch calling at Thorpe Halt ... accompanied by Flanders and Swan ... and we've just worked out that the boy standing seemingly dangerously on the track is holding up the single track token for the driver.

fr 18 Jan
Winnie the Pooh Day - AA Milne's birthday

The Heath Quartet taking their third bowOne of the nice things about coastal Suffolk is when the new year begins with the weather is at it's most miserable and you're still paying for Christmas so do the Friday lunchtime concerts at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh.  As we arrived somewhat early today the single remaining seat was being sold so in the second week of the 2008 season the Heath Quartet played to an absolutely full house.  Violinist Oliver Heath ironically introduced Frank Bridge's Three Idylls for String Quartet as "an English piece for English weather" and we were off with the quartet revealing a lyrical, engaging and confident style that can be heard at the Halesworth Cut at the end of October.  Even though it's out of season you still can't park in Aldeburgh because one side of the High Street has been dug up.

th 6 Dec

The demolished garageThe garage in Aldeburgh on the High Street has been knocked down, no doubt so designer flats can be built.  Is our memory at fault but didn't the garage still serve petrol at the roadside with very long hoses?

sa 1 Dec

Max Hastings in the foyer of the Aldeburgh CinemaAs a war correspondent Sir Max Hastings is the real thing, first man into Port Stanley in the recent Falklands unpleasantness ... well actually it was a quarter of a century ago.  It was slightly disconcerting to hear Radio 4 coming out of the middle aged lady introducing him at the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival but then the middle aged lady was Libby Purves who presents Midweek.

su 14 Oct

A display of Minis near the Moot HouseLovely weather for boulevardiers in Aldeburgh this afternoon.  This handsome fellow had clearly been enjoying a swim, a display of Minis, and on the new piste cunningly placed right outside the White Lion petanque was being played.  The match was a  friendly between the newly formed Aldeburgh Club and the Meadlands club from Stowmarket.  The action was certainly attracting interest from passers by and it would seem part of petanque's point is sociability.

su 8 Jul

A straw cloche hat on Crag Path in AldeburghAldeburgh may be a bit up itself but on a sunny summer's afternoon Crag Path can be a sort of café society ...

sa 25 Nov

Francis Wheen and Ian Hislop were in the audienceGriff Rhys Jones was just like you'd expect at Aldeburgh's Documentary Weekend.  I opened an arts centre in Colchester this afternoon, apparently it's the second arts centre I've opened in Colchester ... I can't remember the first.

fr 9 Jun

Superman in Aldeburgh  ... and another Superman in Aldeburgh

We spotted Superman in Aldeburgh High Street yesterday ... twice, and a House To Let in Laxfield.

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