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sa 18 Sep

Roller skating for thye first time last night  Shall be among you shortly!  The boys around here all fall hard for me!

Perhaps inevitably most comic postcards about rolling involve falling over.

su 6 Jun

Roller skating on Bournemouth Pier last centuryAs 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

The Mayor of Loughborough opening the Premier Skating RinkA 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

Best roller skating woman stand up, Suzi Ruffell or Lou Sanders?

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

Relaxed eleganceSara Pascoe is definitely a better roller skater (20:39) than Rachel Parris (not difficult) but she doesn't have the relaxed elegance we've often envied in roller derby skaters out of play.

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.

mo 7Sep

Tiger Bay Brawlers in Grantham and 2012A 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

Roller skater having a restThe 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

Kandice by Jenny Sampson (detail)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

The other Norfolk roller derby league on YouTube and in Canada. Canada Day

fr 24 Jul

BBC documentary 'United Skates'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

Suffolk Roller Deby skater Dr Astrid CoxonIn 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

The twenty stair rail is really <beep>ing that up.Just one more confirmed Covid-19 case in Suffolk yesterday.  A fifty sixth reason to be cheerful ... The twenty stair rail is really <beep>ing that up.

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