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fr 18 May
2018

Tibenham large model air showThings to do tomorrow include a Maker's Market in the Framlingham Unitarian, the Large Model Association's Air Show at Tibenham (it's over the border nearish to Long Stratton) and men's British Championship roller derby at Inspire Ipswich.

th 17 May
2018

♫ This Saturday the organ festival in Diss (including The Grange Musical Collection) sounds good fun, pity it clashes with roller derby in Ipswich.

tu 15 May
2018

No skate outs (when the skaters are introduced to the spectators) at Sunday's Norfolk Brawds' hosted British Championship roller derby bout in Norwich. ... more here

tu 17 Apr
2018

Tonight in Diss an everybody welcome read through of Hobson's Choice by Roughcast Theatre, an event that is often followed by a pub inspection.

we 11 Apr
2018

Police want to interview this manBooze pinched last month from the Halesworth and Harleston Co-ops, police want to interview this man.

we 4 Apr
2018

 JOB  Full time paid cafe manager sought at the Corn Hall Diss.

fr 30 Mar
2018

The Man in the HatMan in the Hat will be deploying his impressive chest voice again tomorrow at the Red Lion Needham ... that's the one near Harleston not Needham Market. ♫

tu 12 Dec
2017

The Black Shucks v Rebellion UprisingThe Black Shucks v Rebellion Uprising in Norwich last Saturday observed and Norfolk Roller Derby's Christmas intra-league this Sunday.

mo 11 Dec
2017

The Dunston Hall Hotel on the A140 just south of Norwich has an A board advertising a Burns Night ... let's get Christmas out the way first eh?

th 26 Oct
2017

Nick Murray Brown in The Wandering SpectreTuesday night we visited at least four bits of the Diss Corn Hall (the foyer and bar have been really poshed up) for the second, free and promenade performance of ghosty The Wandering SpectreAs it got more scary the audience's younger members occasionally laughed ... perhaps to reassure themselves they weren't frightened.  Fine performances from the minimalist cast including effectively Sophie Scannell in her brief appearances as the ghost.

we 20 Sep
2017

Great Yarmouth Winter GardensIt continues to surprise us how popular roller skating was as an entertainment at the beginning of last century, including the magnificent looking Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens.  In today's long running Radio 4 drama Home Front set during the first world war a couple go roller skating on Folkestone pierMrs Adeline Lumley: I'm afraid I'll fall over.  Staff Sergeant Silas Morrow: That's the idea.

tu 19 Sep
2017

Zombie Evacuation Hockwold cum WiltonThe Zombie Evacuation in  Hockwold cum Wilton Sunday had a more open setting than the Cambridge Evac we snapped three years ago but generous use of smoke grenades and energetically committed zombies made for the expected stimulating experience.  Pleasant coffee service from the converted horsebox and thankfully the heavy rain held off until the event was pretty much over.  The zombies are returning to Hockwold September next year.

th 14 Sep
2017

Zombie Evacuation in CambridgeZombie Evacuation (last seen near Cambridge) returns Sunday, this time to Hockwold Hall near Thetford Norfolk ... well it would be wouldn't it.

tu 12 Sep
2017

 WANTED  A secretary for an Ipswich nursing home and theatrical landpersons in and around Diss.

su 13 Aug
2017

Surrey Roller Girls v Norfolk Brawds in ChelmsfordSaturday the Riverside Centre Chelmsford didn't have a functioning car park but it does have decent coffee and in the sports hall we enjoyed ref Blaster Chief's very clear penalty signals and a Surrey skater fleeing during the first half because she was needed elsewhere as a bridesmaid.  A Norfolk Brawds 473-065 whitewash .. more here

sa 24 Jun
2017

Surrey Roller Derby in NorwichToo hot for roller derby In Norwich last Sunday but we did enjoy Surrey Roller Girl Ampersand What!'s good tempered interaction with an outside ref confirming what she was being penalised for.  Derby name of the day Crazy Cat Lady, not clever, not punningly witty but probably refreshingly true.

mo 24 Apr
2017

Flag football at the Iceni SpearsSunday near Norwich the Iceni Spears were training for the autumn's Opal flag football series.  Flag football is no (hopefully) contact American football where you're tackled if an opponent can grab a flag from your waist.  The flags can be just football socks tucked into your waistband or like the Spears yellow streamers held in place by plastic poppers.  The Spears have an everybody welcome flag rookie day next month.

th 23 Mar
2017

Men's American football team Iceni Daggers has merged with the Norwich Devils who expect to be playing league football next year.

tu 21 Mar
2017

East Anglo Smackson v Knights of OldhamAt the Sewell Park Academy Norwich Saturday the caretaker (he probably has a posher job title than that) untypically was friendly (he sorted out the machine giving us the wrong coffee) and actually watched the roller derby.  The officials' sweetie stash included old fashioneds and surprisingly some remembered four ... more here

we 15 Mar
2017

UEA 29-00 Essex BladesSaturday we thought we were going to photograph American football in Norwich but discovered it was just part of Derby Day when UEA plays Essex Uni at seventy different sports including ultimate frisby, women's rugby, futsal?, cheerleading both dance and stunt but no roller derby.  A stunning introduction for us to lacrosse, committed support from both sides and placards of which this Donald Trump parody we much enjoyed.  Next year Essex will be hosting.

mo 6 Mar
2017

Iceni Spears walking a play in the changing roomYesterday near Norwich we watched Iceni Spears women's American football walk through some plays in the changing room and then go outside to practice in icy rain ... that's commitment.  The season long Sapphire series for women is five or seven a side.  We couldn't imagine ... more here

su 26 Feb
2017

Artful Dodgers junior roller derbyQuite a wait for roller derby to arrive in Suffolk, now we're watching out for junior derby in East Anglia.  There's been mutterings at Norfolk Roller Derby and it's reached Kent.

we 25 Jan
2017
Burns Night

Harvest with Combine, Norfolk 2009 by Justin PartykaThe Norfolk and Suffolk photographs of Justin Partyka's were a feature of Mary Chamberlain's book Fenwomen when republished by Full Circle.  The London gallery Osbourne Samuel are curating an online selling show Close to Home of his East Anglian works and running until 24th February.

sa 7 Jan
2017

Roller skating in the 1950sA 1950s roller skate wedding1950s roller derby skater Jean PorterRolling on cards in the 1950s with a roller skate wedding, roller derby without a helmet and roller skating as a seaside pursuit at Great Yarmouth.

th 22 Dec
2016

Shop in Norwich Sunday advertising Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Celebration Drink.

we 14 Dec
2016

UEA Pirates v Imperial ImmortalsOver the past couple of weekends we've seen in Norwich our first university American football.  Weekend before last the UEA Pirates hosted the Kent Falcons and we were surprised how much the pass featured, were impressed by the commitment of the Falcons... more here

sa 12 Nov
2016

Yakety Yak's production of Hay FeverHay Fever is a Noel Coward comedy about a totally mad weekend house party in the 1920s.  Last night's performance at the Bungay Fisher Theatre was beautifully costumed, had a very decent sized and appreciative audience and some of the cast's OTT business tempted applause mid-performance.  Last chance to see tonight at the Pavilion Theatre Gorleston.

tu 1 Nov
2016

Halloween atmospheres at Mustard CityThe long bar at Epic Studios Norwich has been moved from one wall to another (but still a decent cup of coffee for £1.50) moving one set of roller derby spectators from along the back straight to across turns one and two for a Mustard City Rollers co-ed double bout.  Suitable Halloween atmosphere, Suffolk RD skater Bella Hellatrix Pritchard ... more here

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.

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