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we 16 June

A Mid-Summer's Night Dream at the Thorington TheatreThorington Theatre is a new open air theatre in woods not far from SouthwoldThis Friday Mini Mouth (surely named in tribute to the late James Holloway's Mouth to Mouth Theatre) present A Mid-Summer's Night Dream guaranteed to please.

Parham Airfield Museum has dropped the need to book for Wednesdays at least.

Boadicea doing a bit of haranguing by John OpieIf the Tories had been in power when Boadicea/Boudica/Boudicca's mates decapitated a statue of Nero at Colchester they could have been looking at ten years.

tu 15 June

The Man in the HatSaturday after next Man in the Hat ventures (again!) over the border to the Red Lion Needham Norfolk.

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Smashing!  Parham Airfield Museum has reopened, free entry but you do need to book.

mo 14 June

Summer Solstice - the longest dayA bit depressing now that we're finally having some decent weather that Sunday it's the summer solstice and downhill from then on ...

su 13 June

John Finnemore's Souvenir ProgrammeAnorak Alert No.35:  In 1951 eminent author and antiquarian Patrick Nightingale couldn't have requested Stranger on the Shore as it wasn't published until 1961.  Perhaps the stunningly creative and original John Finnemore understandably wasn't going to let a fact get in the way of a joke. ♫

sa 12 June

Today no Karl's fruit and veg (on a week's holiday) on Framlingham market but a concert in the garden of the Unitarian Church and two police gently patrolling.

fr 11 June

We've been slow to notice the Badingham Cafe has extended its opening hours.

th 10 June

Found with £5,000 of drugs and asleep in a stolen car blocking a Little Glemham driveway, you do wonder about some criminals ...

tu 8 June

Early evening near Framlingham and hares misled by the late summer are mad Marching.

mo 7 June

Dr Nearthecoast is in and listening but at this difficult time only consulting via email at

Freshers lacrosse at the University of East Anglia Norwich.

su 6 June

Roller skating on Bournemouth Pier last centuryAs a very young teenager we had a week's holiday in Bournemouth.  Much of it was spent roller skating on nearby Boscombe Pier.  We manned up for a Gentlemen Only session and got pushed so hard from behind we went over the barrier.  We visited maybe ten years later and the roller rink was now an amusement arcade but the beautiful wooden floor was still there.

sa 5 June

A tree possibly in LiechtensteinStackton Tressel (pop 6,324) town council denies informal meetings to discuss a unilateral declaration of independence after the government finalises a trade deal with Liechtenstein (pop 38,229).  Council chairman Dame Celia Baumhugger said she'd heard there were trees in Liechtenstein.

th 3 June

 Flattered we have nineteen hundred+ Twitter followers ... which is nice. nearthecoast on Twitter

we 2 June

near the coast 2007-00 has become near the coast 2008-00 featuring Davy Crockett and the then still open Marlesford Bell.

mo 31 May

A sad reflection that today would have been perfect for the Framlingham Gala.

su 30 May

Sudbourne Printmakers at the Sweffling printroomAs so often stunned how long since we last visited the Sudbourne Printmakers.  This week they are being hosted by the Sweffling printroom and when we visited yesterday it was busy, lots of sales with Peter Besson clearly popular.  Next exhibitors at the printroom are local artists Amanda Edgcombe and Tassie Russell.

sa 29 May

Paintings and drawings of Sweffling by Ruth Finn at Studio Sosenka Rendham  this week.

fr 28 May

If it's your thirty fifth birthday this year then you're younger than EastEnders.

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