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tu 3 May

The weekend before last we saw Bury Saints beat Solent Thrashers 19-6 atBury Saint 19-06 Solent Thrashers home.  A scrappy match that in the spirit of Shakespeare's anniversary might be described as a Comedy of Errors.  For us the most surprising moment was when the visiting defensive coach was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct because one of his hand signals to his own players could be interpreted as threatening (NFL Rules Section 3 Article 1b).  This Sunday the Saints play the Herts Cheetahs, free admission.

su 28 Dec

The Lee on the Solent HSBC bank closed at the end of November and though like Framlingham there's a cash dispenser on the Co-op unlike Framlingham there isn't another bank.

tu 19 Aug

From Southend's Seaside Sirens Truly Thumptious and son have joined our 1,000+ views album.

su 29 Dec

Pyecombe in DorsetNice to be back in Suffolk, Monday night in Dorset we almost got stuck in the second flood we forded ... Christmas eh?whilst our hostess got stuck for five hours and destroyed the engine of her BMW ... but we did get to see ...

sa 14 Dec

Boat on the Solent Jogging with a pram Lee on Solent seagull Woody and his carers

Lee on Solent is near another coast.

fr 28 Dec

Not Lester PiggotDennis Thurgood from a small town near Portsmouth has emailed us correctly naming Guess Who 26? but that don't stop you keep trying.

sa 22 Dec

The Queens Road pondEarlier in the week to celebrate a Close Personal Relative in Lee on Solent's Slimming World certificate we visited the town's Queens Road pond to feed the birds and fish.  Making a left handed fling of bread her wedding ring flew off and plopped in the pond.  Lee on Solent being a bit seasidey she bought a kid's pink fishing net in the newsagents for £2.99 and the first poke in the silt brought up this not tiny fish ... sadly unlike the fairy tale it did not have her wedding ring in its mouth.

su 18 Nov

Unlike Thursday it's been lovely today in a large town near Chelmsford and it was mostly dark in Southend yesterday.

th 20 Sep

The Volume RingEverybody probably has a loved one or a not loved one they wish had a volume control.  At a Southend roller derby we found this perfect ring by Must Destroy Jewellery but to present it we really needed a box, Framlingham jewellers Sarah Cole (hidden away in The Mews but about to move on to the Market Hill), a piece of white polystyrene and sharp knife did the job.

mo 17 Sep
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year

Hurricanes and SpitfiresSaturday's Battle of Britain in Southend had four teams led by Seaside Sirens but with guest skaters from all over.  The first no break 40 minute Hurricanes v Spitfires bout flashed past, even the 30 seconds between jams somehow seemed shorter ... perhaps it was absence of official time outs.  We were particularly taken with the ... more roller derby

su 26 Aug

It looked like last year's Goodwood Roller Marathon would be the last one for a bit but it's transmogrified into the South Coast Roll and is rolling today.

we 4 jl 12
American Independence Day

Seaside Siren Holly GofightlyThe Peasenhall Assembly Hall is one of three green token good causes this month at the Saxmundham Waitrose (roller derby league the Seaside Sirens was one of last month's three in the Southend Waitrose).

th 26 Apr

Killer Bite and Jenna Tail'yaAt Pier Pressure in Southend Saturday we missed the first bout skate out but surely the Sirens' A team's dough boy must have won despite mixed team Masters of the Derbyverse coaches YT and Philthy winning appreciative laughter from the crowd for their super-heroine capes ... wouldn't it be nice if programmes gave the home leagues of mixed team skaters?  The Masters of etc went evens  ... more roller derby

fr 30 Mar

wasps in Pettistree~ pic by Simon BlackburnA warning from the Gamekeeper about wasps and hornets even though he's in Cornwall.

mo 28 Nov

Saturday we went to Southend to see the Seaside Sirens bifurcate into Guns and Roses for their first intra-league bout, and first time for us man derbyReferee Cherry Fury at half time from Southern Discomfort and Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder.  Blimey!  Man derby is 100 mile an hour stuff with very BIG hits and a 'loose' skating style that includes lots of skating backwards and some running backwards on your toes ... but still that roller derby quirkyness.

mo 12 Sep

Yours Truly skating out at Pier and LoathingScouser Alexie Sayle may have said of Milton Keynes it's like the Somme with houses but the MK Concrete Cows don't seem to have been disadvantaged beating roller derby hosts the Seaside Sirens 143 to 88 in Southend Saturday.  In the support bout the debuting Kent Roller Girls also won and looked particularly good in black and gold, lots of pix on Facebook.

su 4 Sep

Polish dance company Orleta Visiting Southend's seafront for the first time in a long time we rather liked the Victorian gothic west of the pier and the continually changing fountains by the Kursaal east of the pier.  We were at the seaside for the Polish Arts Festival and we enjoyed the food, the dancing, the graffiti wall, the horizon broadening involvement of children, Essex Uni hall of residence's fast Internet upload and Body Snatchers Theatre who even by Suffolk standards are actually mad.

mo 22 Aug

Floral Rustington bus shelterFloral Rustington bus shelterThese looking just like a garden shed bus shelters are in Rustington on the south coast, nice to know that in some towns life isn't all security cameras and designated areas.

su 19 Jun
Father's Day - pic contributed by R Magritte

Beach Bash BoshPix of the Beach Bash Bosh roller derby in Southend on Facebook.

th 9 Jun

Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush 8pm tonight at the Harwich Electric Palace.

su 24 Apr
Easter Sunday

Norfolk Brawd GRIMbolinaYesterday's outstanding Brawl at Sea in Southend was the first ever roller derby bout for both the Seaside Sirens and Norfolk Brawds ... we were slightly taken aback by the smallest blocker and largest jammer we've ever seen on a flat track.

su 27 Feb

7:30 tonight Suffolk's Got More Talent at the Leiston Cinema ... no, we've never been there but it sounds a bit like the Harwich Electric Palace.

th 27 Jan

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (she did the same but backwards and wearing heels) in Top Hat tonight at the Harwich Electric Palace.

tu 21 Dec
Winter Solstice - the shortest day

Christmas like a nooseOld Glory ~ pic by P JermyCarols on the Quay tonight in Mistley, Christmas Eve carols in Brundish church 6:30pm whilst the Old Glory Molly Dancers will be in both Southwold and Walberswick.

sa 18 Dec

7pm:  The Harwich Electric Palace have cancelled tonight's film show because the projectionist can't get in and we've just experienced quite heavy snow between Woodbridge and the A14.

fr 8 Oct

Gothic attitude - pic by Gwyn BilbyRunning this month at the Beyond The Image gallery near Eye is a show of images by Gwyn Bilby from the Whitby Goth Weekend earlier this year.

sa 25 Sep

♫ It's the last day of the Fressingfield Music Festival with a concert tonight from counter-tenor David Shepherd and baroque ensemble Badinage, also tonight Spikedrivers (in the vid) at the Manningtree Red Lion with jamming tomorrow afternoon in the bar.

th 26 Aug

Longest benchNear another coast Littlehampton has not only the somewhere or another's longest bench but probably the biggest marital aid too ... it must be the name ... Littlehampton.

mo 12 Jul

Spanish octopus ~ pic by Sue Davies 

The baker's octopus in La Herradura got it right!  (Thanks Sue)

su 6 Jun

Pretty much non-stop Isle of Man TT on ITV4 at the mo' ... there's a history doc starting soon ... should be sidecars at 9pm.

we 3 Feb

Plenty of training time for the three dudes who will be cycling from Framlingham to Brighton in May.

tu 19 Jan

Mistley Quay near Manningtree is a thoughtful place, a quietly working wharf which

View you should see from Mistley Quay

should have a view like this, but there's now a two metre high wire fence all along the quay, so absolutely Free the Quay!

sa 30 Jan

Donate nowSaw on tv last night that the only significant temporary housing in Haiti are ShelterBoxes supplied by UK Rotarians ... and an older lady who'd had a leg amputated, had no medical supplies and hadn't eaten for four days.

mo 25 Jan

Music at the Manningtree Red Lion this Saturday for Free The Quay.

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