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mo 15 Sep

Hackney carnivalWe now understand why Lady KRJ was bemused by the Aldeburgh carnival, the Hackney carnival in a large town yesterday was a bit overwhelming, no WI, boy scouts or volunteer firemen plus why do they need special policemen just for dancing?

tu 19 Aug

As best we could make out peering over people's heads (security had apologetically moved us on from the ramp up to the Coop Daily) yesterday's Aldeburgh carnival parade had a samba/Brazilian theme.  We thought it pretty impressive but our visiting guest from the east of a large town wanted to know where all the black people ... more here

tu 29 Jul

No scrap valueWe all know how councils like signs, in Hackney (it's in the east of a large town near Chelmsford) they put signs on signs ... we'll see how long it takes to reach the Wickden Triangle.

we 25 Jun

Rural Myth 56:  You can always tell people from a large town near Chelmsford because they lock the house up when they're in the garden.

we 4 Jun

Dog walker and rainbowOne of the nice things about a large town near Chelmsford is you can walk somewhere without a dog and not have every passing driver stare at you ... mind you from Sunday 6 July the buses won't accept cash, Oyster and contactless cards only.

tu 3 Jun

A pretty and happy unofficial bride near Chelmsford ... Unofficial bride near Chelmsford

tu 15 Apr

It has to be said that in the Halesworth Cut Friday night the Hackney Colliery Band were LOUD but at least half of the full house had seen them at last year's High Tide

Hackney Colliery Band at the Halesworth Cut

festival so knew what they were getting and had come back for more.  Hard to categorise the band, they are thunderously driving, band leader Steve Pretty hot on the witty verbals and stage business, and snare drummer Luke Christie's expressive enthusiasm endearing and visually rewarding.  Last day of the festival this Saturday.

su 9 Feb

Marc Evans is a Florence Trust artistLast weekend we visited the Florence Trust winter open studios in north near Chelmsford.  The (unheated) studios are hidden away on the private estate Aberdeen Park in what was St Saviour's church, completed in 1866 and still spectacularly and highly decorated inside with painted stonework.  For thirty five quid you can become a friend of the trust and get a guided tour.

mo 6 Jan

Just in case you don't get the not particularly good joke in the latest Paul Whitehouse ad the couple are Lord and Lady Brassisck, Brassick is (allegedly) how the east large town near Chelmsford community pronounce boracic which is rhyming slang ... boracic lint? ... skint?

th 19 Dec

Any East Anglian interested in roller derby would have been heartened by a massive turnout for coaching by Croydon's Rolling Thunder at Suffolk Roller ... more on roller derby

mo 9 Dec

Malvern Road   Middleton Road   Mentmore Terrace

... in a large town near Chelmsford

fr 18 Oct

♫ Followed two black male police support officers into the Kingsland shopping centre in a large town near Chelmsford, much fist bumping, hailing and greeting, a bit like the scene in Saturday Night Fever where Tony, his chums and his older brother the priest enter the disco ... #Hackney eh?

we 16 Oct

Squirrels in a large town near Chelmsford  Squirrels in a large town near Chelmsford Squirrels in a large town near Chelmsford Squirrels in a large town near Chelmsford

They are just as irritating in a large town near Chelmsford.

th 8 Aug

At the top of the Olympic Park's 12ft boundary fence with Eastway near Chelmsford the razor wire and surveillance cameras have gone making the park look a bit less like a prison ... mind you there's still major excavation happening.

mo 1 Jul

K C Mckanzie at Paper Dress Vintage♫ Friday night around Silicon Roundabout in a large town near Chelmsford was an education for us, the pavements, bars and pubs heaving with TGIF ... and we got to understand how the shop Paper Dress Vintage becomes a venue.  The stock is crammed in to a back room, the counter is already pretty much a bar and the shop window becomes the stage for the bands attracting the attention of passers by for free entry.  It was a great pleasure to see K C Mckanzie again this time with her stand up bass player Boody and we enjoyed the singing and guitar style of the seemingly unknown first act on.

tu 21 May

Despite rain being forecast we actually got a little sunburnt snapping Sunday on the outskirts of a large town near Chelmsford.

mo 6 May

Broadway Market  HackneyThis appeared a little ways back at the end of Broadway Market in large town near Chelmsford.  It's painted over this observation about Hackney and the 2012 Olympics.

su 7 Apr

London Fields CyclesThis is the second time we've noticed that the window display of London Fields Cycles in Hackney had been designed.  Does this reflect a new attitude to cycling since a pretty girl won some medals on the telly or is it just a large town near Chelmsford?

su 13 Jan

London Fields Hackney Martello Street London Lane Hackney East Passage near Smithfield

Views of Hackney in a large town near Chelmsford and East Passage off Cloth Court where poet laureate the late John Betjeman lived in a flat over a restaurant.

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