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tu 18 Oct
2016

'Our House' Beccles Light OperaThe Beccles Public Hall is one of those charming market town spaces and the bar opens for rehearsals!  Last night we were lucky enough to see the dress of Beccles Light Opera's 'Our House' a musical based on the songs of Madness.  There's a lot of the Beccles Light Opera and they can dance as well as sing making for very impressive set pieces.  The show runs till the weekend.

mo 19 Sep
2016

Natastrophe and Coco coaches of the Smash Hit BrollersOne of the many things we like about roller derby is it usually finds a fix: at Easton College banquettes (there are such things) taken from the foyer to make a penalty box when the usual gym forms went missing.  Saturday at UEA Norwich the lead connecting the laptop to the scoreboard projector was missing, so someone nipped out and bought another projector!  No tutti frutti.

sa 3 Sep
2016

Burston School Rally - pic contributedThe other side of the A140 and just over the border in Norfolk tomorrow the annual Burston Strike School rally with Attila the Stockbroker and it would seem poet/comedian John Hegley.

su 31 Jul
2016

Tasburgh bus shelterThe bus shelter(s) that used to be in Station Road Framlingham have been clouted by something vehicular twice.  First in 2009 (gossip was something large turning out Victoria Mill Road) and though both crashes made the shelter unusable they weren't as comprehensive as this wipe out in Tasburgh on the A140.

su 17 Jul
2016

This evening we were on a Diss bench eating cod and chips (a little oily but ok) and looking at Fair Green.  We could hear but not see children playing in a garden.  Every so often the top two thirds of a young girl would appear above the fence before disappearing as she jumped.  Before one jump we swear she said One small step for me, one giant leap for girlkind.

sa 9 Jul
2016

Bon Giovi at Stradisphere 2016♫ At Stradisphere last night in Stradbroke as so often at events it took darkness, the approaching show end and possibly Earl Soham Vic at £3.50/pint for the good sized crowd to fill in the empty space at the stage front.  Food, sweets and witty tie died babywear stalls and we much enjoyed three no bass player piece from Norwich The Signs.  The festival continues today with Oasis tribute Definitely Maybe topping tonight.

th 7 Jul
2016

Vagaband at the Seagull Lowestoft♫ Three stages at the free Global Rhythm in Ipswich Saturday.  On Peppery's Martin Burley stage we can personally recommend the eleven? piece Goldmaster Allstars and from Norwich Vagaband (awful name, brilliant band) depping for an unwell Hank Wangford.

tu 17 May
2016

Police have arrested two men in connection with the fatal Bungay hit and run.

mo 16 May
2016

Police have named the man who died after a hit and run in Bungay ... he was walking his dog who wasn't injured.

su 15 May
2016

The 42 year old pedestrian seriously injured by a hit and run driver in Bungay Friday died yesterday evening.

fr 13 May
2016
Friday the 13th

In the early hours of this morning a pedestrian was seriously injured in Bungay by a fail to stop driver.

03:45pm: Police now think the fail to stop vehicle was a Nissan Qashqai.

mo 9 May
2016

♫ 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 17 Apr
2016

Brilliant Ronaldo tutti frutti ice cream at the roller derby in Norwich yesterday.

tu 12 Apr
2016

Womens' and mens' roller derby Saturday at UEA ... expect many of the Norfolk Roller Derby faces in this music vid to be there.

su 10 Apr
2016

Bury Saints v Sussex ThunderDespite a pleasant morning here in near the coast we suspect that this year's Paris-Roubaix could be a muddy one.  Either way we won't be chasing it around the Internet because we'll be near Thetford snapping the Bury Saints v Sussex Thunder rematch that was such an outstanding semi-final last year ... it's free admission.

we 23 Mar
2016

In the Epic Studios Norwich this Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby (née Brawds) present a co-ed intra-league Sur5al format roller derby, we'll be there.

tu 1 Mar
2016
St David's Day

Spices in gherkin jarsLife 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.

fr 12 Feb
2016

Norfolk Brawds B v Suffolk Roller DerbyWe like a guiding principle that's been pared down to a few words (Don't get involved Michael The Godfather) so much enjoyed Philthy Delphia's shouted Git It And Quit It to a lead jammer last Saturday.  She was advising from the outfield the Norfolk Brawds B team in a scrimmage with Suffolk Roller Derby.  The bout went both ways ending in a Brawds win.  Rewardingly the scoreboard had the perception to keep moving about so everyone could see it.  Thankfully no major injuries ... good stuff!

sa 16 Jan
2016

David Bowie's 1971 album Hunky DorySometime 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.

mo 21 Dec
2015

#bloodychristmas ... eh?Last Saturday in Norwich the Norfolk Brawds Christmas party bouts co-ed and intra-league.

mo 30 Nov
2015
St Andrew's day

On a Long Stratton corner opposite the Shell garage the smaller open all hours Co-op is now Funeral Services so on Sunday nights useful the Stradbroke Spar is open for travellers returning to near the coast.

mo 9 Nov
2015

As most of the grass near the coast was sodden Saturday we expected Thetford rugby club to be the same but either the pitch is remarkably well ... more here

tu 3 Nov
2015

Suffolk Roller DerbyThe weekend before last we travelled to Easton college near Norwich expecting to make photos of a Jolly Dodgers scrimmage but what we got was a Norfolk Brawds v Grid City Division and East Anglo Smacksons v Suffolk Roller Derby double bouter.

su 13 Sep
2015
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year

We've merged roller derby bout PS I Shove You in Swindon with Facebook album Heartlands 2013 and it's taken only five days for the co-ed debuts in Norwich last weekend to join our Flickr 1,000+ views album (bottom of the page).

we 9 Sep
2015

We knew the NFL had changed the rules about overtime but were very confused when they were needed Sunday near Thetford.  It took nearly an ... more here

sa 5 Sep
2015

Today is the public debut co-ed roller derby teams Mustard City Rollers and Suffolk Roller Derby in Norwich ... expect pictures.

mo 31 Aug
2015

It's not near the coast, it's not even Suffolk but we just love the name, next weekend is the Strumpshaw Steam Weekend.

mo 27 Jul
2015

Norfolk Brawds open co-ed scrimmageDespite a good handful of skaters bailing out of yesterday's Norfolk Brawds/East Anglo Smacksons open roller derby scrimmage in the end there were more than enough and what must have been most satisfying for everyone involved the Ipswich Cardinals had their first win of the season.

fr 24 Jul
2015

Open co-ed roller derby scrimmage this Sunday near glamorous Norwich ... we'll be there snapping.

sa 16 May
2015

1:50pm  We're on Future Radio in Norwich and just a bit.

sa 11 Apr
2015

Norfolk Brawds birthday cakeWe wore our fanboy hat for The Norfolk Brawds fifth anniversary last weekend.  The celebrations included a Sur5al format tournament with guest skaters from LRG, the Billies and other leagues, a choo choo train and an absolutely brilliant cake.

mo 16 Mar
2015

Overheard in the Long Stratton co-op:

little girl: I don't like lemons

mum: Not lemon... melon

little girl: I don't like green

mum: They're only green on the outside

mo 16 Mar
2015

Sad Norfolk Brawds at Easton College yesterday.

sa 21 Feb
2015

The Norfolk Brawds open co-ed scrimmage last week had places for six (possibly eight) more skaters, expect another open scrimmage next month.  In Ipswich and the adjacent county ... more here

su 15 Feb
2015

Today we snapped in Stradbroke and Otley near Norwich but that can wait while we try and wrap up pleasing Mr Google.

mo 26 Jan
2015
Australia Day

Life Skills 5:  If you find yourself in Long Stratton on a Sunday after 4pm the big Co-op is shut but the little one on the corner opposite the Shell/Lotus garage is open.  This knowledge is particularly valuable if you're travelling back to near the coast and haven't realised the new Spar in Stradbroke will be open.

mo 26 Jan
2015

We saw our first pegassist at the Norfolk Brawds' co-ed scrimmage yesterday.

we 21 Jan
2015

Sunday the Norfolk Brawds are hosting an open co-ed scrimmage at Easton College near Norwich.

mo 12 Jan
2015

Suffolk ConstabularyExpect delays north of Lowestoft from 9:30am tomorrow when another abnormal load moves from Heath Road Lowestoft to the Bacton Gas Terminal Norfolk via the A146, A1117, A12, A149 and B1159.

we 24 Dec
2014

The Norfolk Brawds held their first intra-league Saturday in a tv studio.

mo 29 Sep
2014

#bloodychristmas ... eh?It's just not the Woodbridge Wyvale and Deben Inns that think it's Christmas already, when we were in Norwich Saturday we saw a banner advertising Festive Lunches.  Even more uncomfortable today is last day posting surface mail to Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and New Zealand for Christmas!

su 28 Sep
2014

Mutiny on the BoutyRoller derby has more rules than the EU making a ref's difficult job essentially impossible during the frequent bursts of frantic activity.  Inevitably there will be calls that bemuse the benches and crowd, when events allow it would help if refs could signal long enough so third parties as well as the offending skater are informed.  Know we ... more here

we 24 Sep
2014
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year

Bike stunting in NorwichBike stunting in NorwichIn Norwich we asked the stunting cyclist on the right if he could do a back flip.  He said yes, he'd learnt by practising into a swimming pool but now one of the Norwich skate parks has a foam pit.  Google make us think it may be the Charge Unit indoor skate park.

th 18 Sep
2014

Marcus BrigstockeWe'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.

fr 12 Sep
2014

Love your co-opIn the car park at the back of the Long Stratton Co-op pharmacy (perhaps they mean chemists) we saw a white five hundredweight Co-op pharmacy van with sign written on the side prescriptions collected and delivered ... now there's a thought.

fr 22 Aug
2014

Lacons dray in FramlinghamAny pub or ex-pub near the coast with eagles (the Pettistree Three Tuns) is likely to have been a Lacons pub.  The Great Yarmouth brewery served 1760 until 1968 when Whitbread who had bought it three years earlier closed it in the American manner.  To our surprise at least the brewery resuscitated last year ... what goes round comes round.

su 13 Jul
2014

Yesterday we felt the derby l♥ve Feel the derby love! in Norwich.

su 6 Jul
2014

Twister in NorwichAs we know East Anglia tends to be more laid back than say a large town near Chelmsford though these days even the Wickham Market co-op car park can get a bit frantic.  At April's Eastern Sur5val roller derby in Norwich the teams found time to play Twister.

sa 14 Jun
2014

Very East Anglian 6pm tonight live speedway from Sweden on ... wait for it ... Freeview Quest!  (Perhaps they're buying it from Eurosport?)

tu 27 May
2014

2014 Framlingham gala princessesThankfully it was sunny yesterday for the Framlingham gala parade and as always the galaRD Leicester v Norfolk Brawds princesses looked lovely with beautiful flower arrangements whilst Sunday near Norwich roller derby princesses from Leicester collided with those from the Norfolk Brawds ...  the gala princesses are on the left.

mo 21 Apr
2014

Sur5val pile-up in NorwichThe Saturday before last the Sur5val roller derby format came to UEA Norwich.  A little difficult to follow as the scoreboard had software problems and to prevent colour clashes the teams didn't wear their league jerseys but still highly enjoyable derby.  Impressively Suffolk Roller Derby came fourth in their first public bout and hosts the Norfolk Brawds celebrated winning by falling to the floor prompting a mass pile up/bundle.

su 6 Apr
2014

In Norwich Colletteral Damage is the female roller derby coach of the all male East Anglo Smacksons.

sa 4 Jan
2014

... Christmas eh?The Saturday before Christmas in Norwich the Norfolk Brawds hosted a three way (four way if you count the Brawds skating ... more at roller derby

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