... a bit Suffolk
|fr 24 Jan|
♫ At this year's Red Rooster Festival near(ish) Thetford Asleep at the Wheel celebrate 50 years on the road. Perhaps best described as western swing AatW with maybe slightly fewer players than we recall but still the fine chest voice of Ray Benson.
|th 19 Dec|
♫ We're very please to welcome back Garth Brooks' separated at birth twin brother Man in the Hat who can be seen Christmasing in the Framlingham post office. MitH will be welcoming the New Year in Norfolk ... well somebody has to.
|fr 11 Oct|
What was the wedding dress shop Lavender and Jude in Stradbroke is now the Poppies & Daisies tea rooms. What was Co-op chemist by the Co-op supermarket car park in Long Stratton is now a Well Pharmacy ... seems significant but we're not sure of what.
|we 2 Oct|
On the A140 just south of Tasburgh there's a new roundabout for B1527 and the B1135 though on Sunday the exit to the east bound B1527 wasn't open. This is the second new roundabout on the A140 north of Diss since Lady KRJ graduated from UEA but justified from our one experience of joining the A140 from the B1135.
|th 12 Sep|
One of the contradictions of the art world is that private views rarely are private. Art Dog with some honesty have called theirs a launch party tomorrow evening at Easton Farm Park. Work from Suffolk artists and further afield ... even Norfolk.
|we 28 Aug|
Even more stuff this Sunday when it's the Burston Strike School Rally celebrating the longest strike in history with entertainment including the very witty John Hegley.
|th 11 Jul|
Driving from much of near the coast to Norwich there was no petrol station until Long Stratton and that one on the wrong side. Since May there's been a BP petrol station on the Scole A140/A143 roundabout near Diss.
|su 12 May|
TODAY Classic Bike Meet and Auto Jumble at the Lophams (it's the other side of Diss) Village Hall.
|we 24 Apr|
Theatrical the approaching weekend. The Harleston Players start Friday a run of the restoration comedy The Beaux Stratagem, Open Space Theatre present Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Hoxne and at the Halesworth Cut, and in Framlingham Rosy Carrick's one woman show Passionate Machine.
|th 4 Apr|
Do you remember Alan and Henri landlords of the Framlingham Castle Inn around 2011? Henri moonlighted as a belly dancer? Stumbled across them from a roadside notice on the way to Norwich, since last year they've been the Diss Emporium.
|tu 26 Mar|
An Honest Gentleman is theatre from company Stuff of Dreams about Norfolk born gentleman of the road Thomas Easter. The 16 date tour starts Friday in Beccles.
|fr 23 Nov|
Next June the national road cycling championships will be held in Norfolk and the seemingly attached cycling festival with a little irony will include something the Beeb calls cross-country, cyclocross? (But cyclocross has a winter season?)
|fr 26 Oct|
Here's a cunning plan, to mark the centenary of WWI ending you could see the Harleston Players production of Blackadder Goes Forth at the High School tonight or tomorrow.
|su 21 Oct|
86 years ago today Harold Davidson the rector of Stiffkey on the Norfolk coast was defrocked after being found guilty of disreputable association with women. He died after being mauled by a lion.
|fr 12 Oct|
Bonkers Conkers is happening this Sunday in or near(ish?) to Swainsthorpe near Norwich but that's all we know.
|sa 15 Sep|
At today's Zombie Evacuation in Hockwold cum Wilton (it's near Lakenheath) Nursie and Gingham Girl had clearly been street muggers in a previous life. As always good fun, unlike last year it didn't rain and perhaps the baby zombie was the scariest of all. Back again about the same time next year and a charity colour run is being planned for next April.
|fr 7 Sep|
♫ Stuff to do around near the coast this weekend includes tonight a music quiz at the Framlingham Crown, the free Laxitude all weekend with Lyrical Jukebox and naughty Harleston boys Red Mecca playing tonight plus Maritime Woodbridge tomorrow and Sunday.
|th 6 Sep|
Suffolk Police have removed their YouTube lip sync vid (something to do with Tim Passmore?) but the Norfolk cops vid is still there .. coppers dancing is a bit like a politician trying to tell a joke.
|su 2 Sep|
We were planning to visit the Burston Strike School rally today but got distracted by the Framlingham Flyers' 10k. Some 400 entrants, loads of marshals and helpers, selection race for Suffolk County, the smallest and youngest water person we've yet seen and we heard that the course record was broken, probably by this bloke. It'll have to be Burston next year then ...
|fr 31 Aug|
♫ Pleasant memories of the late Outlaws at the Park Hotel Diss in 2012 though we did walk out of the wrong door and had to go all the way round to get back in. Tonight at the hotel it's Elton John and George Michael ... reckon that'll be tribute acts then.
|tu 28 Aug|
Yesterday amidst passing cyclists (who stopped to watch), motorbikes and drivers (one of whom informed the crowd The police are on the way) the Rendham Mummers in their usual chaotic manner delighted. The post performance buckets go to the Suffolk and Norfolk charity Fresh Start.
|mo 20 Aug|
Yesterday one of only two still flying Lancaster bombers flew over Bury Saints v Bristol Aztecs in Thetford.
|mo 13 Aug|
Yesterday's Bury Saints v London Olympians in Thetford was full of incident including starting 45 minutes late because the medic couldn't find the venue. The refs ended the game early because an injured player on the field couldn't be moved until an ambulance arrived so we're uncertain of the score but certainly an Olympians win.
|fr 18 May|
Things 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|
♫ This Saturday the organ festival in Diss (including The Grange Musical Collection) sounds good fun, pity it clashes with roller derby in Ipswich.
|tu 17 Apr|
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|
Booze pinched last month from the Halesworth and Harleston Co-ops, police want to interview this man.
|we 4 Apr|
JOB Full time paid cafe manager sought at the Corn Hall Diss.
|fr 30 Mar|
Man 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. ♫
|th 26 Oct|
Tuesday 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 Spectre. As 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|
It 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 pier. Mrs Adeline Lumley: I'm afraid I'll fall over. Staff Sergeant Silas Morrow: That's the idea.
|tu 19 Sep|
The 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|
Zombie 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|
WANTED A secretary for an Ipswich nursing home and theatrical landpersons in and around Diss.
|su 13 Aug|
Saturday 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
|su 26 Feb|
Quite 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|
The 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|
Rolling 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.
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