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we 22 Feb
2017

High winds from storm Doris (we had a great-aunt Doris ... well, she was alright) may close the Orwell Bridge tomorrow.

th16 Feb
2017

Tom LehrerWe're great fans of Tom Lehrer here and still treasure his gentle put down of Roy Plomley I think you're confusing arithmetic with mathematics.  Tribute The Remains of Tom Lehrer at the Ipswich Wolsey tonight. ♫

we 11 Jan
2017

St Elizabeth Hospice - IpswichThe St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich is appealing for donations of furniture to be sold in their shops.  You phone and a man(s?) with a van will collect good quality sofas, tables, chairs wardrobes and cabinets ... more info here.

tu 3 Jan
2017

The Phantom Bantam of the OperaCommon Ground Theatre end the tour of their Christmas show The Phantom Bantam of the Opera with a five day run (including two matinees) at the Ipswich New Wolsey starting tomorrow.

sa 19 Nov
2016

Henley is the other side of Ashbocking a few miles north of Ipswich.  Tonight the Fat Band supported by duo Honey and the Bear (containing local ukulele goddess Lucy Sampson) are playing the community centre ... cash bar and light supper.

tu 8 Nov
2016

Ipswich Cardinals new playersAn absolutely cutting east wind across the Northgate playing field Sunday but a very encouraging 53 seniors and juniors for the Ipswich Cardinals new players session.  These American football prospects try out both offensive and defensive drills with just a little padded contact.  The Cards are doing it again next Sunday.

th 27 Oct
2016

♫ We always had a sneaking regard for Gilbert and Sullivan and Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy turned the regard into open admiration.  The Ipswich G&S Soc are performing Pirates of Penzance in the Seckford Theatre Woodbridge (that's the one in Woodbridge school) until Saturday.

mo 1 Aug
2016

Nice to see that against London Blitz B yesterday the Ipswich Cardinals scored what looks like two touchdowns.

th 21 Jul
2016

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 they made the team photo of the year.  Creepy?  Oh yes, they can do creepy.

th 7 Jul
2016

Vagaband at the Seagull Lowestoft♫ Three stages at the free Global Rhythm in Ipswich Saturday.  On Peppery's Martin Burley stage we can personally recommend the eleven? piece Goldmaster Allstars and from Norwich Vagaband (awful name, brilliant band) depping for an unwell Hank Wangford.

sa 18 Jun
2016

St Elizabeth Hospice's parachute partySt Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich is hosting at Beccles Airfield a parachute party next month.  They are looking for jumpers but on the day there will be entertainment including face painting, hot food, popcorn and music for spectators.

fr 17 Jun
2016

Julian Harries in The Unhappy Medium - pic contributedWe last saw Common Ground Theatre in Aldeburgh where their four handed Justin and the Argonauts was well routined and getting plenty of laughs, especially from the appreciative Hertfordshire holiday maker next to us.  The company's current show The Unhappy Medium has been on the road since the beginning of the month.  The tour is winding down but it can be seen tonight in Laxfield and a Saturday matinee has been added to the three day run next month at the Sir John Mills Theatre Ipswich.

mo 9 May
2016

♫ Sunday is Ipswich Jazz Club's annual blues night with top of the bill Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham founder members of Nine Below Zero.  Here's all of Nine Below playing at Epic Studios Norwich where Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby had certainly made the effort for The Debutantes' Brawl.

fr 6 May
2016

The Red Rose Chain come indoors for a change to present Richard III at the Avenue Theatre Ipswich starting tonight and running for the best part of a month.

su 1 May
2016
International Dawn Chorus Day

Country mice at the Alde Valley Spring FestivalLast Saturday at the opening of the Alde Valley Spring Festival in Great Glemham Maggi Hambling was just as funny as last year, there was someone off the telly we couldn't put a name to, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer with baby son and Alex Johnson being violent towards a dead tree but for us the stars were the country mice.

th 14 Apr
2016

♫ Chanteuse Polly Gibbons grew up at the other end of Victoria Mill Road Framlingham, this Sunday with the James Pearson Trio she plays the Ipswich Jazz Club.

sa 2 Apr
2016

Mitch Benn and Neil Innes - pic contributed♫ Don't know what we make of musical parodist Mitch Benn, he's a permanent on Radio 4's The Now Show and seems to be a chum of near the coast's own gentle and brilliant parodist Neil Innes.  You can make your own mind up tomorrow when he closes the show at Ipswich's Jokers.

mo 14 Mar
2016

♫ Charlie is a guitarist with access to an Ipswich rehearsal space with drum kit.  He wants to form an Ipswich/Framlingham rock/alternative band.

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.

tu 8 Mar
2016

Lucy Smith16 year old Lucy Smith was reported missing from Ipswich last night and there is concern for her well being.  She may now be in the Lowestoft area. 

LATER: Lucy returned to where she's staying this afternoon.

we 17 Feb
2016

Scary looking two car crash - pic contributedA tragic irony in two road crashes around Ipswich last week.  Serious but not life threatening injuries from the scary looking crash in Foxhall Road Saturday night whilst a twenty month baby girl died in hospital after a Thursday lunchtime Martlesham crash that following drivers may have thought not serious.

sa 6 Feb
2016

The St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich are looking for supporters to open their gardens this summer or/and provide plants for pop up plant stalls.

tu 19 Jan
2016

Crikey!  The constabulary certainly stuck with this one, an Ipswich and a Felixstowe man are due to be charged with a Melton shop robbery in 2014.

th 21 Jan
2016

Smilies at Suffolk Roller Derby Suffolk Roller Derby held their first fresh meat of 2016 earlier this month at the Inspire centre Ipswich.  We reckon there were 14 newbs ranging from ready to go to never been on skates before.  New male and female faces always welcome Fridays but to ensure there's enough loan equipment it helps to contact them first.

sa 16 Jan
2016

David Bowie's 1971 album Hunky DorySometime in the 1960s Bowie was our solo support act and even then he was visibly creative.  Despite this slight association we were soon bored by news people suddenly having an opinion about him.  We seem to be alone in boredom so you'll probably be interested that Pump and Grind Ipswich will be playing non-stop Bowie this weekend and DK's Saturday Sessions Norwich is a Bowie tribute.

mo 4 Jan
2016

(Lto R) Alice Mottram, Matt Jopling and Julian HarriesDespite the filthy weather (and our word wasn't it windy on the Aldeburgh front last night) a very decent house in the Jubilee Hall for Justin and the Argonauts.  The five handed cast tackle a multiplicity of characters (our favourites were the Scottish hand maidens) and musical numbers.  Common Ground's tour continues tomorrow at the New Wolsey Studio Ipswich.

On our way home two people in front of the Aldeburgh cinema were wringing a rug out ...

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