... a bit Suffolk
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.
th 23 Jul
Nice to see that roller derby skate outs are still alive in the USA.
tu 7 Jul
In a lifetime of laughter and tears we have noted that most people like what they're used to and that usually means clichéd predictability so when the Blue Thunder Rollers renamed themselves we were impressed they resisted Suffolk Punchers or such like. Recently Suffolk Roller Derby skater Dr Astrid Coxon has revived the draught horse allusion.
tu 30 Jun
When Richard Branson goes roller skating with some rock dinosaurs and it's not him who breaks his ankle surely an up cock by God ... ♫
we 10 Jun
su 31 May
Rollerworld Colchester has started a Crowdfunder page so they'll still be there when the stay at home let's them re-open. Inducements include roller derby and speed skating sessions.
fr 29 May
Crikey! A non-helmet wearing backflip on roller skates in a skate park and the suspension of British american football extended to the beginning of July.
mo 25 May
Short track slider (not roller) Elise Christie has been on a journey.
mo 18 May
th 14 May
Scot Alicia Rodgers and her mates bought roller skates after seeing Whip It (they are not alone) but then omitted the next step learning to skate. Alicia is now learning to skate for a charity live performance on 25th May. She's doing better than us (we can't shoot the duck off skates) and thankfully she had gained a helmet by the latter part of week two.
mo 27 Apr
896 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far in Suffolk and total yesterday, the rate of increase seems to be easing. The thirty fifth reason to be cheerful continues yesterday's roller derby theme with a tattoo related YouTube. ♫
su 26 Apr
we 22 Apr
When Cambridge Rollerbillies were Romsey Town Rollerbillies they shared a warehouse with a cycle polo team, it was very Whip It if not banked track. Sadly the Billies didn't get an anonymous angel unlike Sacramento Roller Derby ... even if your premium bond pulled the big one you still wouldn't have enough money.