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Norfolk in 2015-12

mo 30 Nov
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 it's useful the Stradbroke Spar is open for travellers returning to near the coast.

mo 31 Aug

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

sa 11 Apr

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

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

Sad Norfolk Brawds at Easton College yesterday.

mo 26 Jan
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

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

mo 12 Jan

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.

su 28 Sep

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

th 18 Sep

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

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

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.

sa 14 Jun

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

mo 23 Dec

There may appear to be nowhere to stop for that chip shop on the A140 in Long Stratton but drive down the side of it and there's customer parking at the back.

mo 24 Jun

Yours Truly made the effort at the Norfolk Brawds yesterday. Norfolk Brawds closed door

we 5 Dec

The Keeper's DaughterThe Keeper's Daughter starting tonight in Kelsale are out on the road around near the coast with this year's Christmas show Twas The Night Before Christmas until the 29th.  We saw the dress rehearsal Monday in Needham Norfolk and it looks another stunner with a central magnificently awful pun ... people like magnificently awful puns, that's why they buy red tops.

sa 17 Nov

Father Dougal - pic contributedLast weekend we found ourselves in a Norfolk sports hall by a baby on his daddy's knee.  The baby was charmingly alternating looking amused, bemused and astonished ... a bit like the unlikely love child of Stan Laurel and Father Dougal.  What would an alien make of this little unlikelyness?  Kittens and puppies look similar to their parents but babies ... who would believe this little thing would become a great clomping adult?  Perhaps the alien would conclude the big ones took so much care of the little one because the little one knows how to work the Sky box.

mo 12 Nov

Remembrance DayIt was a frosty start to Remembrance Day yesterday but the sun shone for the parade in Framlingham and at the closed door roller derby in Norfolk we couldn't choose between Chick Dastardly and Tarty McFly as our favourite new to us derby name of the day, honourable mention to referee Booster Quadburn.

su 23 Sep

Monochrome in Diss last nightLast night in Diss a black and white themed charity dance prompted imaginative dressing and complemented Framlingham's favourites The Outlaws who rocked of course (even if it is Norfolk, if only just).  Over £650 was raised for the St Nicholas Hospice Bury St Edmunds and as we left we passed a dancer walking home with her high heels in her hands, thought that only happened in films ... maybe we should get out more.

th 12 Jul

For us the high spot of last month's jubilee was seeing Colletteral Damage jump the apex at Easton College Norfolk.

we 6 Jun

Hertfordshire Hell's Belles and the Norfolk Brawds

What we did in Norfolk, Saxmundham and Framlingham for the jubilee ... ah well, back to work.

Saxmundham Market HallThe Framlingham StationBarney being patientFramlingham's finest The Outlaws

we 23 May

The Black Swan chefThe Homersfield (it's near Diss) Black Swan yesterday was packed with chairmen, facilitators, co-ordinators, mayoral chains, at least one cleric and a slap up cream team to launch Seven Towns In Sound which includes Eye and Halesworth.  The downloadable audio walking guides have been produced by Nick Jenkins of Soundboard Productions who did a similar thing for Framlingham (and an impromptu skatepark opening) a couple of years back.

mo 5 Mar

House sales around near the coastAt least house sales nearthecoast have perked up in Woodbridge, on the board Summertime Girl is looking for non-ballet dance classes for a five year old, and puppy lovers will definitely be interested in the pix of the Outlaws' gig Saturday in Thurston ... Thurston?  That's in Norfolk isn't it?  Well it should be!

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