... a bit Suffolk
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
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.
su 29 Mar
25-year-old Lola Bouvier, a fallen ice-skating star with an outsize ego, decides to become “the greatest roller-derby champion of all time” but unwittingly joins one of the worst French teams: the Cannibal Unicorns! French tv comedy Derby Girl ... the production stills look a bit obvious ... and cheap.
we 11 Mar
A charming immediately post Edwardian Easter card with a roller skating small girl who is also a bit scary with her stick to hit the fluffy little chicks. A rolling on cards album update that includes rolling skating bears, cats and a dog.
sa 15 Feb
Roller derby in its present flat track iteration is a young sport so there's always a new way to interpret the rules. We recall a downed skater having three seconds (a bit mean eh?) to get up but we can't find it in the current WFTDA rules.
mo 3 Feb
Suffolk Roller Derby recreating old time derby fun in 2018 and Ipswich.
th 1 Jan
Happy New Year. The bit of Suffolk that is near the coast tends to go into hibernation during January but we'll forage for any stirrings. In the meantime here's the pic we meant to use about bank track roller derby in that there London and the 50s.
mo 23 Dec
Whenever an half arsed journo describes roller derby as skaters racing furiously you know they've never seen a bout ... mind you the skaters' state of mind might be furious ...
sa 14 Dec
Christmas roller disco in the Tommy Mills sports hall Framlingham tomorrow am.
fr 13 Dec
Some North American and Australian place names suggest they were named by the indigenous peoples. Biloxi a coastal resort in Mississippi is one of those names and this postcard of the roller rink prompted us to think was it Picking your feet in Biloxi? No, it was Picking your feet in Poughkeepsie.