... a bit Suffolk
|th 12 Jan|
A while back we were told there are four roller derby banked tracks in the USA. Once upon a time you could get specific training for banked track.
|th 15 Dec|
|th 28 Apr|
|fr 3 Dec|
|sa 18 Sep|
Perhaps inevitably most comic postcards about rolling involve falling over.
|su 6 Jun|
As a very young teenager we had a week's holiday in Bournemouth. Much of it was spent roller skating on nearby Boscombe Pier. We manned up for a Gentlemen Only session and got pushed so hard from behind we went over the barrier. We visited maybe ten years later and the roller rink was now an amusement arcade but the beautiful wooden floor was still there.
|tu 20 Apr|
Roller derby beer? Hell yes!
|mo 29 Mar|
Nice to see rolling in Clissold Park Stoke Newington, we used to jog there with a three legged dog call Spock ... we could usually keep up with her.
|we 24 Mar|
A handful of vintage pix that could be filed as groups; the Mayor of Loughborough opening the Premier Skating Rink and the latest craze in Dundee is American Roller Skating ... perhaps it's the name of the rink.
|tu 9 Mar|
Interest in a 2012 Alamy pic by us of a roller derby bout highlighting how the sport has since developed.
|tu 12 Jan|
Stand up comedian Lou Sanders being a lot braver than us on eight wheels.
|we 30 Dec|
|tu 10 Nov|
There's something subversive about fancy dress perhaps because the wearer is not themselves for a bit. It certainly appealed to Edwardian roller skaters.
|th 29 Oct|
|tu 22 Sep|
It's not just roller derbyists who have attitude.
|mo 14 Sep|
Our calculation may be imaginative but at the beginning of last century a one hour lesson in fancy skating would have been around £36 in today's money ... sounds about right.
A chum who has been motor homing near Wales pointed us at BBC Wales' three part doc about roller derby league Tiger Bay Brawlers. On tv tomorrow night in Wales only but available everywhere on iPlayer.
|sa 5 Sep|
The day after we'd bought a helmet for roller skating we came off backwards big time banging our head hard. Sixteen year old Sid Hudson skateboarding in Bury St Edmunds wasn't so lucky.
|th 13 Aug|
A tintype was a mid 1800s photo process which makes just one positive and usually mirror image. Popular as it could be processed quickly, a sort of Victorian Polaroid. The subject's participation is needed for the long exposures suiting snapper Jenny Sampson who used the process to make pix of female and non-binary skateboarders in US skateparks.
|th 31 Jul|
|fr 24 Jul|
BBC doc United Skates has stunning (often synchronised) rolling from black American skaters. It also has racism, gangs, developers and closing down roller rinks but stay with it as the ending is encouraging.