... a bit Suffolk
|tu 15 May|
|tu 12 Dec|
|mo 11 Dec|
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?
|sa 24 Jun|
Too 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|
Sunday 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|
|tu 21 Mar|
At 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|
Saturday 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|
Yesterday 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
|th 9 Feb|
The UEA Pirates lost 6-9 to the Cambridge Pythons in Norwich Sunday as their last home game in the BUCS South East. A not entirely satisfactory game but the Pirates single touchdown was a high bomb to a wide receiver dramatically at a flying full stretch ... and we didn't snap it ...
|th 22 Dec|
Shop in Norwich Sunday advertising Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Celebration Drink.
|we 14 Dec|
Over 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
|tu 1 Nov|
The 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
|mo 19 Sep|
One 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 9 Jul|
♫ 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|
♫ 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.
|mo 9 May|
♫ 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|
|we 23 Mar|
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|
Life 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.
|sa 16 Jan|
Sometime 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.
|tu 3 Nov|
The 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.
|sa 16 May|
1:50pm We're on Future Radio in Norwich and in just a bit.
|mo 29 Sep|
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!
|we 24 Sep|
In 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.
|su 13 Jul|
Yesterday we felt the derby l♥ve in Norwich.
|su 6 Jul|
As 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.
|tu 27 May|
Thankfully it was sunny yesterday for the Framlingham gala parade and as always the gala 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|
The 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 22 Dec|
A tiny tastette of the Norfolk Brawds' mixed scrimmage in Norwich yesterday.
|mo 18 Nov|
We visited the Norwich Open Academy Thursday for a Norfolk Brawds' weekly training scrimmage. Interestingly after each jam the skaters paused to discuss what had happened just like they don't in football. We'd noted in the ... more at roller derby
|mo 19 Aug|
The Billies' mascot was undoubtedly the star of Heartland East round 5 in Norwich (Romsey Town Rollerbillies 243-127 Mean Valley Roller Derby) but what gave us a nice warm feeling was the Norfolk ... more at roller derby
|th 18 Oct|
|mo 28 Nov|
♫ In the evening we went to Maverick's ranch party in Easton and got to see Norwich based Vagaband who over the past couple of years have polished up very nicely thank you. We love drummers who stand up ... especially when they use a box for their kick drum. Top of the bill Hank Wangford with his band including pedal steeler BJ Cole produced moments of pure country heaven.
|mo 30 Mar|
Admittedly more than a bit of a ways off but Cajun quartet The Magnolia Sisters are playing Norwich Arts Centre 15 July. This year Maverick in Easton is the first weekend in July so maybe they'll still be round for that?
|we 11 Dec|
Norwich Fat Cat des' dinners 32
The fringe Lunch Club was thwarted when on entering the Norwich Fat Cat NaTCH and Lady KRJ discovered it did not serve hot food. Consequently lunch was taken in Pizza Express. No beer was drunk but conversation included how fed up Lady KRJ is of hearing about Bowling for Columbine. (first visit subsequent lunch previous lunch)