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we 5 Dec
2018

As we were leaving Cambridge by the A1030 and in fading light Sunday evening it was dark enough for us to see that the cycle path next to the road had its own small white cat's eyes marking the edges of the track ... good idea eh?

mo 3 Dec
2018

Paul Sherwen in 2009 - pic contributedThe 17th and mountainous stage of the 1978 Tour de France broke up the peloton with riders coming into Morzine the stage finish mostly singly.  Seeing British rider Paul Sherwen after the finish gently riding through the town (no team buses then) we made a congratulatory comment and he replied You must be bloody joking.  Paul was a two time national champion, participated in seven Tours de France and was during his career pretty much the only Brit in the peleton.  He died yesterday aged 62 ... he will be missed.

ARU Rhinos 02-33 Essex BladesYesterday we arrived untypically early in Cambridge for Anglia Ruskin Uni Rhinos v Essex Blades to be told it would be a late start as the key to unlock the game equipment was still on it's way.  In the event as is the way recently the medic arrived ... more here

th 29 Nov
2018

Iceni Spears trainingNorwich women's american football team the Iceni Spears are planning for the end of January joint training with the Essex and Peterborough teams followed by a seven a side contact tournament ... can't wait.

tu 20 Nov
2018

Amis Velo Supacross in ColchesterDelayed by roadworks on the A14 and in Colchester we arrived at the Amis Velo Supacross in time for the back end of a veterans race followed by the seniors to end the day.  The course was comparatively dry and pretty much all rideable though some muddy turns with reverse camber hard on steep little up slopes gave some problems.  Afterwards cold and hungry at catering we rediscovered how comforting an egg roll can be; as the late Robert Robinson observed (roughly) There's nothing quite like an egg sandwich that has been warmed in the glove box of a Rover.

fr 2 Nov
2018

Lance's flat in Double Street Danebury has been LET.

su 21 Oct
2018

Last Sunday in Loughborough Dolly Rockits 225-063 Killa Hurtz.

we 17 Oct
2018

Framlingham 27-27 RGS Colchester second XVsYesterday Royal Grammar School Colchester put up four rugby teams against Framlingham College.  When we arrived maybe halfway through the first half of the second XVs an injured RGS player was getting gas and air and RGS were losing 20-00.  Some disorganisation with Fram losing possession for dithering ... more here

tu 16 Oct
2018

In historic Stamford charity shop DVDs are typically 99p ... a lesson for us all eh?

su 14 Oct
2018

Jem 143-195 Sindy (mixed rookies bout)When we arrived at Loughborough Leisure Centre this afternoon it was pouring with rain and the car park completely full, we had to circle until a leaver made a space but the Leicester Dolly Rockits were very welcoming.  The mixed league support bout of rookies and second bouters was very impressive; Bambi jumped the apex, there was ... more here

sa 21 Jul
2018

♫ In aid of the Beehive Children's Refuge Kenya there's a flute and piano concert in All Saints Church Wickham Market 3pm tomorrow.

th 14 Jun
2018

Following a 55-00 loss against London Blitz B the weekend before last the Ipswich Cardinals american football continued a now 3-1 winning season after a 42-06 win over visitors Maidstone Pumas last weekend who despite being much outnumbered stuck at it good humouredly.

th 7 Jun
2018

Tour de France Route 2018Nice to see the team time trial back in the Tour de France after missing for three years.  It's stage three with some thirty kilometres around Cholet.  Holidaying in the Vendée our late father could not resist making jokes about the Madame Cholet.

mo 4 Jun
2018

Graduation yesterday in Framingham ... no, Framingham.

th 31 May
2018

roller derby 2016 included Norfolk Brawd Vixen Mortar making a marriage proposal mid-jam and a Chelmsford Killa Hurtz roller girl on a corner in Wimslow Arizona

we 2 May
2018

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su 15 Apr
2018

Ipswich Cardinals 15-14 Essex SpartansAt the end of last season with minutes to go a one point kick would have put the Ipswich Cardinals into overtime against the Essex Spartans ... they went for two and didn't make it.  At the start of this season ... more here

mo 2 Apr
2018

Paris-Roubiax 2017This Sunday it's the queen of the classics the 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix.  The bike race is characterised by sections of evil cobbles, we've driven over some and they are nasty.  Known as The Queen ... more here

th 29 Mar
2018

Czech Republic national flagFor some reason Tuesday's digest the Parham/Thorpeness one is being popular in the Czech Republic.

we 7 Feb
2018

Sunday in Norwich the very bent chain stick from the last home game was still very bent but that didn't stop UEA Pirates beating visitors the Cambridge Pythons 45-00 and so progress to the playoffs.  It may have been a shut out for the Pythons but they impressively stayed plugging away including wide receiver 19.

sa 13 Jan
2018

National Cyclocross Championships in IpswichSometime in the early nineties we went to the National Cyclocross Championships in the woods by Ipswich's speedway track ... it was a low key event.  In 1983 we went to the World Cyclocross Championships in Birmingham ... it was a low key event.  The 2018 national championships are in Sunderland and being streamed by the BBC live tomorrow ... perhaps not so low key.

fr 5 Jan
2018

Come to that the inside lane of the southbound A12 around Colchester is pretty bad too.

su 31 Dec
2017

The northbound carriageway of A12 we think north of Colchester has some worryingly large potholes ... more long than round holes ... cracks that have got ideas above their station.

we 18 Oct
2017

The Red BalloonA bit of a trek down the A14 but as part of the 37th Cambridge film festival the family film festival has for half term new Peppa Pigs, Michael Rosen's We're Going On A Bear Hunt in animation, a sing along of Disney's Moana and the wonderfully evocative, period and Oscar winning The Red Balloon.  Some tickets are free and all others (including adults) are four quid.

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.

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

mo 7 Aug
2017

Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans seniorsAt yesterday's juniors and seniors Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans games we learnt juniors are under 19 and reminded that in college rules kicking directly out of bounds is not a penalty.  The Three Chordettes entertained at half times with classy 40s style close harmony that prompted dancing ... limited ... more here

tu 11 Jul
2017

Dunfermline roller skating brass bandLast century roller skating on Bournemouth Pier was certainly al fresco and possibly ad hoc, impressive how many ladies involved and muffs (possibly echoing ice skating) were clearly a fashion accessory ... more here

tu 11 Jul
2017

Marlee Powell Saints Cheerleaders coachBury Saints v Bristol Aztecs Sunday in Thetford was the Saints' last home game of their first season the Premiership and only their fourth season since formation.  The Premiership has been a big bite for the Saints and not helped by losing their starting quarterback, a running back and they are short one lineman.  This year ... more here

mo 12 Jun
2017

Borderland Brawlers scrimmagePretty obvious why on the outskirts of Stamford the shiny new sports centre and home of the Daniels is called Borderville ... it's maybe just 100 yards from the county border with Rutland.  On Saturday a clash with a children's party in the hall slowed things down but the track was already laid, the bouncy castle soon packed away and NSOs instructed.  A bunch of friends, relatives and potential derbyists got to see a lively ... more here

mo 5 Jun
2017

Flying water bottleA light moment before yesterday's Ipswich Cardinals-East Kent Mavericks game when the visitors failed to shake hands with honourary captain for the day singer Sarah Probert so the referee sent the Kent captains round again:)  The Cards were looking competitive and scored first but the Mavericks had some very nippy (and slippery) runners for a Cards 51 to 28 loss.

tu 9 May
2017

Surrey Roller Girls skate outThe Spectrum Leisure Centre Guildford is a warren with an ice rink, swimming pool and of course a bloody Costa Coffee.  Hosts Surrey Roller Girls had a theatrical element to their skate out of which we much approve but then they were rather overwhelmed 423-34 by Rebellion Roller Derby.  Perhaps in that situation more offence than defence because their jammer is just going to keep on lapping until you get your jammer out ... but then what do we know?  Derby name of the day Hunter Stompson (2 clever by 1/2).

we 15 Mar
2017

UEA 29-00 Essex BladesSaturday we thought we were going to photograph American football in Norwich but discovered it was 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.

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.

th 9 Feb
2017

UEA Pirates 6-9 Cambridge PythonsThe 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 ...

fr 9 Dec
2016

The Co-opJust off the north bound A12 at Witham is a Co-op petrol station/supermarket that is so usefully open after 4pm on a Sunday ... or it was, it's now being flattened by builders though the Internet seems unaware of this.  Thankfully the burger van is still nearby on working days.

su 16 Oct
2016

Mark Cavendish - pic by William Morice11:04am: Men's world road race in Qatar live on the BBC red button, if Mark Cavendish wins the rainbow jersey he'll be the first person to win a world championship on both the road and track in the same year.

su 14 Aug
2016

Bury Saints 39-13 Colchester GladiatorsLast month we saw the Saints beat the Colchester Gladiators to win home field advantage.  On the adjacent pitch there was a motor bike show and such a scorcher that the visiting bench briefly run out of water.

Three weeks later we saw Bury beat the Yorkshire Rams 35-00 in the quarter-finals on another roasting day but this time a black van was serving chicken wings ... more here

sa 6 Aug
2016

Debenham diversion - pic by Tony HuttBefore satnavs and in north Essex we stopped to ask the way and were told Go straight on at the T-junction ... how very Suffolk we thought.  This diversion is in Debenham, pic by Tony Hutt.

th 30 Jun
2016

The announcer got a penalty at Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans American football Sunday.

tu 7 Jun
2016

Very young starter at Colchester GladiatorsSix hours of British American football at Colchester Rugby Club Sunday.  A very rewarding tuck stall, a scoreboard (we do find it hard keeping up with the score especially when it's not clear whether a point after at the other end was good or not) and half time entertainment from twirlers carrying as many injuries as a roller derby league.  Hosts Colchester Gladiator's defence started strongly but the very short handed team faded to a 40-00 whitewash from the Bury Saints.  In the second game Kent Exiles came from behind for a 28-14 win over Herts Cheetahs.  Enjoyed it all and thankfully no overtime.

mo 16 May
2016

Le Vent du Nord♫ We got a bit excited about Québécoise band Le Vent du Nord being part of this year's Aldeburgh Proms because we actually made the effort a while back to see La Bottine Souriante at the Cambridge Folk Festival (they took forever to get set up and the dancer got on our nerves but worth the journey).  Vent du Nord are more traditional (no brass section, no dancer) but look worth the effort.

tu 3 May
2016

The weekend before last we saw Bury Saints beat Solent Thrashers 19-6 atBury Saint 19-06 Solent Thrashers home.  A scrappy match that in the spirit of Shakespeare's anniversary might be described as a Comedy of Errors.  For us the most surprising moment was when the visiting defensive coach was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct because one of his hand signals to his own players could be interpreted as threatening (NFL Rules Section 3 Article 1b).  This Sunday the Saints play the Herts Cheetahs, free admission.

we 13 Apr
2016

Vegetables and fruitWe have a friend who grew up in Armagh.  On a trip he and his father discovered that in Belfast fish and chips is served with fruit ... a slice of lemon.  In a similar manner we have come to terms with fish and chips served with vegetables but went to pieces when in Long Stratton we were offered mint sauce with our mushy peas.  We refused but next time we'll pluck up our courage and try.

tu 22 Mar
2016

Sunday the Bury Saints beat the Oxford Saints 75 to 8 in a pre-season friendly but no shame to Oxford as they play in a division below Bury.

sa 12 Mar
2016

Suffolk Roller DerbyTomorrow male roller derby in Ipswich.  A Brit Champs double bouter with hosts Suffolk playing Nottingham and Bristol playing from Stamford Brawls of Steel.  Tickets eight quid on the door or six online from Suffolk Roller Derby.

th 11 Feb
2016

Saturday there's a matinee showing at the Aldeburgh Cinema of Speed Sisters, an unlikely doc about a women's race car team in occupied Palestine.

su 24 Jan
2016

Crikey!  A Chelmsford Killa Hurtz Girl on a corner in Wimslow Arizona and isn't she a sight to see.

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