... a bit Suffolk
|tu 24 May|
Maxine Roper ran the London Marathon in memory of two lost friends including our chum Fish and has raised over £2,000 for the mental health charity Mind. You can still donate (if only just) as today's your last chance.
|th 12 May|
In a similar vein the following weekend The Crackling returns to Hog Hill (Redbridge Cycling Centre) for skateboard longboarding and slalom plus new to us a flatland freestyle slide.
|su 24 Apr|
Our very best wishes to Maxine Roper running the London Marathon today in support of the mental health charity Mind and in memory of two lost friends including the still very much missed here Fish.
|tu 1 Mar|
Life Skills 9: Supermarkets that have a world food section (the Norwich Hartford Bridge Tesco has Nigerian 6% Guinness!) may have those large cellophane bags of ground spices at a pro rata one fifth the price of Schwartz refills. We decant them into large one time gherkin jars and even then the jars aren't big enough. Couldn't see any large bags in the Martlesham Tesco today but not surprisingly the Hackney Tesco does stock them.
|sa 23 Jan|
The London Rockin' Rollers (not to be confused with the London Roller Girls) are recruiting a head coach ... #rollerderby eh?
|su 15 Nov|
The mobile box office outside the Olympic Velodrome was brilliant at sorting the ticket up cock of our own making. Inside the velodrome the Revolution Sprint Series was providing entertaining racing from all sizes and gender. Our last visit with its non-starting Derny was reprised when the meeting ended a little prematurely because a three man pile up on the banking had damaged the track.
|we 21 Oct|
Monday night we went to the Olympic Velodrome on comps for the first six day bike race in a large town since 1982 ... we went to that one too. We could moan about the poor signposting, poor lighting on the obligatory walk through the park, five pounds for a pint of Heineken and far too loud music but the velodrome is very impressive inside, the racing was brilliant and there was all the fun of a Derny that refused to start for the final keirin.
|mo 10 Aug|
|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 Cardinals lost to the Wembley Stallions 19-44 but an honourable loss. We were surprised how difficult it is to follow the ball at ground level and in this soccer obsessed country how hit and miss the kicking was. We're looking forward to last match of the season against Bury (St Edmunds) Saints who reputedly are mostly US military.
|we 27 May|
Bit of a busy bank holiday weekend. At Hainault the first Hog Hill of the year was full of longboarding, some buckboards, slalom and an impressive slide though this jammer must have hurt himself when he came down even faster the next time to repeat this stunt. A BMX track has been built in the track centre and was being used by tinys being coached by a not tiny.
Monday's Framlingham Gayla had it seemed to us more spectators than usual and coped with surprisingly busy roads for a Sunday morning. The parade included from Dennington school a Jack and the Beanstalk float dispensing sweeties.
|fr 20 mr 15|
Before High Ongar in Essex was bypassed we used to pass the newsagents and sub-post office at seven in the morning. Though they were open to get to the papers delivered they'd sell you papers, sweets and cigarettes but they couldn't conduct post office business until nine because it would be unfair competition for the main post office in Chipping Ongar. So we were very impressed to find that not only is the Stradbroke library open on a Sunday but so is their post office counter. But big organisations like the Royal Mail have a genetic need to cock it up and in Yoxford are insisting that the shop can only have a post office counter if it opens on a Sunday.
|we 18 Mar|
Nice to see there will be more Hog Hill's this year at Redbridge which is almost Essex but in fact still a large town.
|we 11 Mar|
The East of England co-op has withdrawn it's planning application for what was the garage in Stradbroke.
|su 15 Feb|
Today we snapped in Stradbroke and Otley near Norwich but that can wait while we try and wrap up pleasing Mr Google.
|we 18 Feb|
Having been distracted by Stradbroke's community run library and post office being open on a Sunday we made it to Radio Stradbroke in time for the last fifteen minutes of Kim Bannon's show. This Sunday 10am-1pm it's Richard and Huggy with another punk show.
|we 7 Jan|
|th 18 Sep|
We've noted before the Haverhill Arts Centre has become a try out zone for Himoff Thetellies so weren't stunned but a little surprised that nice Stephen Mr Cleverclogs Fry is playing there next month. Then we read more carefully, it's a broadcast of him on stage in a large town ... a broadcast? <in Lady Bracknell voice>.
Marcus Brigstocke's Diss Corn Hall gig at the end of next month is halfway though a proper tour ... maybe it's because it's Norfolk.
|we 17 Sep|
Sunday morning's 5.5 mile time trial in a large town was the penultimate stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain. At the end of Lower Thames Street there's enough of a rise that it was making the riders think. British rider Nathan Edmundson's support car stopped on the inside so the mechanic could get out to recover what might have been his dropped mobile. He'd only just got back into the car when following rider Manuele Boaro had to ride round the outside. Overtaking the still stationary GB car the driver of Boaro's team car gesticulated and expostulated (it's like ejaculated but without the innuendo) in Italian.