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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

su 1 Apr
2018
Easter Sunday

Early this morning Framlingham town council pulled off their own bank holiday Glencoe by activating their extraordinary executive powers to tell theApril Fool developers to get stuffed and ending all road closures and temporary traffic lights within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of that bloody castle on the hill.

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

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