... a bit Suffolk
|tu 31 Oct|
Disagreement on the Internet about the postcode for Chantry Park Ipswich but we did find it in time to attach ourselves to the last wave of halloweeners for St Elizabeth Hospice's Who's Afraid of the Park? We immediately got detached from the wave by stopping to snap a frightener in the debilitating blackness. Plenty of scary Miss Havisham type brides (including a genuinely ghostly pair) ... and we did jump a good few times:)
|fr 20 Oct|
|tu 15 Aug|
Just so many happy faces engaging in the faintly subversive activity of getting covered in coloured foam on a Sunday in Christchurch Park Ispwich. Bubble Rush organised by St Elizabeth Hospice was supported by hundreds of multi-coloured runners, walkers and foam divers. We got to visit charming corners of the park for the first time and the Disney princesses made one little girl's day ... next year eh?
|sa 24 Jun|
Like so many we were charmed by Ipswich man the late Brian Cant's easy going charm. He passed away last Monday aged 83.
|fr 23 Jun|
An Ipswich man and a Martlesham man charged with the Framlingham pet shop burglary.
|fr 28 Apr|
Suffolk CAMRA's Big Nigel was in the Framlingham Station last night and said CAMRA are helping out at Beer and Folk (featuring Honey and the Bear) on the Ipswich Waterfront starting today. ♫
|su 9 Apr|
♫ A mature Punk/New wave band in the Woodbridge/Framlingham/Ipswich axis is looking for a singer, they promise not to take requests.
|sa 1 Apr|
In today's East African no mention of football (soccer) team Ipswich Town FC or popular (pop) singer Ed Sheeran.
|th 16 Mar|
Yesterday evening a pedestrian died at the scene on the A14 Ipswich by junction 57, that's the last junction before the Orwell Bridge when travelling west.
|we 22 Feb|
High winds from storm Doris (we had a great-aunt Doris ... great? ... well, she was alright) may close the Orwell Bridge tomorrow.
We'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. ♫
|sa 19 Nov|
♫ 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.
|th 27 Oct|
♫ 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 9 May|
♫ 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.
|su 1 May|
Last 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|
♫ 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.
|we 17 Feb|
A 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.
|tu 19 Jan|
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.
|sa 16 Jan|
Sometime 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.
|we 16 Dec|
Thanks to Foz Dr Feelgood in Ipswich tomorrow night.
|sa 5 Dec|
A bit sinister but police working on Luke Durbin's disappearance in Ipswich nine years ago must be interested that a possible car number was registered under a false name and address. There's an up to £20,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction.
|su 15 Nov|
Ipswich library and one way system reviewed in The Guardian.
|we 4 Nov|
The Ipswich Empress roller rink was on the corner of Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way and unlike the BBC Maida Vale studios which started out as the Maida Vale Roller Skating Palace the Empress now seems to be car park.
|th 30 Jul|
As we've said before you don't have to be young to be bad, a 77 year old Ipswich man has been arrested with three others at a Stonham Aspal cannabis farm.
|tu 7 Jul|
YES Yes yes, roller derby in Ipswich this Saturday ... we might faint ... and Friday and Saturday the second and very organised Stradisphere music festival though from the band list time runs backwards in Stradbroke ...
|th 2 Jul|
After decades of watching American football on tv saw our first live match Sunday. Not surprisingly being outnumbered at least two to one the Ipswich ... more here
|tu 17 Feb|
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre is on the outskirts of Ipswich and provides a single location to support and investigate particularly child, and young and vulnerable adult victims. A lump of money from central government has paid £18,000 for a video link so victims can give evidence from the centre and £12,000 on a 3D distraction system. The distraction system is a large screen over the medical examination couch that shows calming and moving 3D images, a user can blow in to a pipe to apparently make bubbles come out of the screen and if a finger clip is worn software helps the wearer slow their heart rate. It all makes sense though no doubt as with all computers there'll be a certain amount of Have you tried turning it off and on again?
|mo 5 Jan|
Suffolk police have seized 400 Superman ecstasy tablets hidden in a public place near Norwich Road Ipswich, Norwich Road is a long road. In the same press release the police report arresting a 19 year old for supplying class B drugs, ecstasy is a class A drug.
|fr 2 Jan|
Suffolk 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 Jan|
WARNING Over the Christmas period in Ipswich three men have died and a fourth hospitalised in a serious condition in drug related incidents. Police suspect a bad batch of ecstasy.
|fr 25 Jul|
♫ Here are the Rainbow Girls busking the Top Gear theme in Zurich, don't know what's the most surprising, covering the Allman Brothers or busking in Switzerland, either way they play the Cult Cafe Bar Ipswich tonight.
|mo 3 Feb|
Suffolk Pride is back this year Saturday 21 June and this time on Ipswich Waterfront.
|th 30 May|
The 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 17 Mar|
For Friday's Red Nose day Kesgrave's Cafe 66 had a cardinal cooking lunch and the local police pursued a comedy burglar through a Tesco Metro, boarded a number 66 bus to further pursue the miscreant through the grounds of police headquarters before capture in a Martlesham car park.
|we 6 Mar|
Our first problem Saturday night was thinking the Ipswich Spread Eagle is the Falcon ... which 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 Prince Obolensky playing rugby, bare chested for some reason. In the new to us and very pleasant Spread Eagle we saw great hair and red Gretsch guitars swimming in echo being played in rockabilly bands The Hepmasters and The Humdingers who sandwiched burlesquer Siren Hard Corr trouping on despite an erratic sound system. All this raised £320 which will more than cover the insurance so Ipswich Roller Derby can start training hopefully later this month.♫
|we 14 Nov|
It's maybe a decade since we saw an Eastern Angles Christmas show in Ipswich but remember fondly Ferry Across The Waveney and a splendidly pneumatic guest appearance by Lara Croft in another Christmas show. Peppery Prods who put on the excellent shows at Easton Farm Park have dickered a two for one offer for the three preview shows of Dial M for Murgatroyd, just say Peppery when ordering tickets.
|th 4 Oct|
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.
|we 19 Sep|
Encouragingly two days after a Hacheston burglary last week a 46 year old Ipswich man has been arrested.
|tu 18 Sep|
This LNER (London and North Eastern Railway) price list shows that surprisingly (to us) in 1937 Wickham Market had markets on Mondays and Saturdays (return third class ticket from Darsham 1/6d, that's 7.5p). Rather less surprisingly a return ticket Wilby-Ipswich (markets Tuesdays and Saturdays then in Ipswich) was just over four shillings but still a little surprising that somewhere as small as Wilby ever had a station.
|mo 9 Apr|
Just where the grass starts at the back of the Whitton Everything Centre is the Ipswich bicycle speedway track which was wind swept yesterday but the rain just held off so we could snap the first Grand Prix cycle speedway of the season. Not much warming up but much tyre cleaning by riders of actually all ages (girls too) for racing that is potentially contact but essentially good humoured. There are track lights and photographing an evening meeting would be interesting ...
|th 22 Mar|
Ipswich band Anything But Ordinary are playing the Saxmundham Meerkat Hall Saturday night to raise funds for the town's jubilee celebrations ... it'll probably involve flags.♫
|th 1 Mar|
♫ The thing about Balkan music is it's totally bonkers, like totally ... it seems The Magic Tombolinos who Peppery are presenting at the Ipswich Manor Ballroom tomorrow night take even fewer prisoners than the gloriously mad Orkestra del Sol ... mind you the Tombolinos don't have Miss Olga
|fr 24 Feb|
♫ Returning at this summer's Maverick festival in Easton are Otis Lee Crenshaw and Otis Gibbs (bet that'll cause some confusion) plus Police Dog Hogan Friday and Saturday whilst somewhat closer in the middle distance Isy Suttie from Peep Show is top of the bill at Jokers in the Ipswich Manor Ballroom Sunday week.
|sa 22 Oct|
Ipswich based Blues Situation playing Laxfield village hall tonight.
|mo 04 Jul|
|th 30 Jun|
|su 1 May|
Ipswich borough (and county?) councillor Judy Terry on Rob Dunger's Radio Suffolk show tomorrow morning possibly talking about libraries.
|mo 18 Oct|
We could only stay briefly at the SAFEChild annual conference in Kesgrave Friday but we did stay long enough to get a cup of tea and to hear PC Mark Boast of the High Tech Crime Unit explain that anything that can store noughts and ones can store pictures and vids even if it can't display them.
|we 15 Sep|
It is expected that the National Police Dog Trials will be coming to Suffolk for the first time in April and held in Trinity Park, Ipswich ... but the doggies have been saying No personal Winnebago, no jumpy through flaming hoop.
|su 12 Sep|
Last night The Outlaws were in Ipswich doing what they do best and afterwards Mr Bushtucker did what he does second best.
|fr 10 Sep|
We got to mouth off about roller derby and councils last night to musos Shane Kirk and Neale Foulger on Ipswich Community Radio's Why the Long Face? Shane and Neal have been doing it for three years and have got boys' banter well polished. An odd experience, the BBC's motto may be Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation but how do they know? When you're sitting in that studio you might be the last person in the universe.
|su 20 Jun|
We arrived at Suffolk Pride in Christchurch Park, Ipswich early this afternoon and it wasn't that well attended, long silences from the stage ... the crowd started to grow and drag acts Miss Leslie Lush (the divine one that is) and the Killer Queens (they're from Norfolk ... where else?) raised a good time atmosphere, and the very pink Sugar Plump Fairies and the naval gentlemen in a bath created surreal interactions in the crowd, very jolly! Immaculately clean portaloos but no hand basin, antiseptic hand foam instead and bloody smoothflow the only draught on offer but a very child friendly and FREE day out. We'll be going next year ... more pix on Facebook.
|tu 11 May|
Tomorrow will be the fourth anniversary of the then teenager Luke Durbin's disappearance in Ipswich while on a night out. Police are keen to trace a silver car seen on CCTV in the early hours of that night.
|we 28 Apr|
Richard Vass New Party candidate for Central Suffolk held a public meeting Monday night in the magnificent and perhaps a teensy bit intimidatingly posh setting of Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich. We arrived before the meeting start and it has to be said ... more here