... a bit Suffolk
|tu 19 Aug|
From Southend's Seaside Sirens Truly Thumptious and son have joined our 1,000+ views album.
|su 29 Dec|
Nice to be back in Suffolk, Monday night in Dorset we almost got stuck in the second flood we forded whilst our hostess got stuck for five hours and destroyed the engine of her BMW ... but we did get to see ...
|sa 14 Dec|
Lee on Solent is near another coast.
|fr 28 Dec|
Dennis 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|
Earlier 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|
|th 20 Sep|
Everybody 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|
Saturday'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|
|we 4 jl 12|
The 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|
At 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|
A 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 derby 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|
Scouser 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|
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|
These 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|
Pix 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|
Yesterday'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|
|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|
Running 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|
Near 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|
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|
|tu 19 Jan|
Mistley Quay near Manningtree is a thoughtful place, a quietly working wharf which
|sa 30 Jan|
Saw 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.