... a bit Suffolk
th 27 Dec
tu 4 Dec
Alexa.com is telling us our pages are loading a bit faster since our server change/upgrade and publishing is certainly a lot faster, so worth all the pain ... maybe.
mo 3 Dec
Guess Who 25? is Ethel (wasn't Just William's sister called Ethel?) Jane Cain the first voice of TIM the speaking clock, next Guess Who? in a month or so.
Because of the server change towards the end of last month we had to knit two sets of statistics together to find out last month you visited a record 94,579 pages, thank you.
sa 17 Nov
We could be a bit wobbly at some point in the future as our host migrates us on to a shiny new operating system.
we 14 Nov
We're nearly 1,500 leicas on our Facebook page.
tu 6 Nov
Expect us to be chattier on Twitter now that our tweets starting @yourname are filtered out from that feed on the left.
sa 3 Nov
su 28 Oct
Those roof bars are still FOR SALE and now thought to be a universal fitting.
fr 19 Oct
54 years ago today Mike Hawthorn became the first British Formula One world champion.
mo 15 Oct
Our Twitter feed on the left there is back which is nice and a pig stolen in Dunwich ... not as funny as it sounds.
mo 1 Oct
ASTONISHER (quite) No.27: We weren't that surprised and definitely not astonished that Captain W E Johns the creator of Biggles wasn't a real captain but we were a little taken aback to discover that early in his career he was a sanitary inspector in Swaffham Norfolk.
tu 4 Sep
Hopefully you've noticed we look slightly different? Not only that but the 400+ pages of nearthecoast.com should be looking more consistent but in true Suffolk style there are still bloody minded outposts of this website fiercely resisting change.
tu 21 Aug
Nineteen new leicas on our Facebook page, feeling popular.
su 15 Jul
Yes we're five years old today thank you very much for asking.
sa 7 Jul
We've only just noticed that Eric Sykes died Wednesday. We always liked the considered Tati like way he moved and adored his tv series with Derek Guyler as the policeman Helmet off Corky, Helmet on Constable Turnbull and the surreal running joke that Eric and the divine Hattie Jaques were twins:)
su 10 Jun
ASTONISHER No.25: James Robertson Justice the bearded Sir Lancelot Spratt of The Doctor films tended goal for professional ice hockey team the London Lions ... we know but when you look at his build it's probably true.
th 31 May
We're very pleased to welcome back advertiser Warne's taxi service and we were told Boulevard Blond is no more but Mrs Warne and most of the BB lineup are putting together a Motown influenced band.
tu 15 May
Roof bars for a Peugeot 307 estate FOR SALE on the board.
we 9 May
We went away for about 45 minutes around midday, a Denial Of Service attack on the host apparently.
th 3 May
♫ ASTONISHER No.23: Johnny Johnson's big afro was in fact a wig ... you're going to have to trust us on this one.
th 12 Apr
That's taken forever importing on this day in but it's here now, look up your birthday and see what happened on that day in history.
fr 6 Apr
We've been running a bit slow recently but a server re-boot's had the same effect as three Red Bulls and not that you're interested but even when we were running slow Google says we were still faster than 80% of the sites on the web.
sa 7 Apr
ASTONISHER No.22: Canadian Jay Silverheels who played Tonto was in the 1930s a lacrosse professional with the Rochester Iroquois and Clayton Moore The Lone Ranger wore that worryingly lavender suit to personal appearances into his 80s despite the copyright owner briefly getting a court order to stop him in 1974.
tu 20 Mar
sa 17 Mar
363 years ago today Oliver Cromwell declared England a commonwealth.
we 22 Feb
ASTONISHER No.21: When Abdulfattah Jandali managed a restaurant in Silicon Valley he was flattered to have Steve Jobs of Apple as a patron and on several occasions shook hands with him ... neither were aware they were father and son ... you'd think the genes would recognise each other wouldn't you?
we 1 Feb
12,634 of you visited last month and looked at a record 82,987 pages, thank you.
fr 6 Jan
<blush> Our pic of Truly Thumptious and son has been nominated by US website Derby Life for Most Derby photo 2011.
fr 30 Dec
ASTONISHER No.20: It is illegal in Japan to ride a tandem on a public road ... except for the province of Nagano ... and since 2008 Hyougo ... and since 2009 Yamagata ... You get the picture? Yes, we see.
we 28 Dec
That's nice, we've already gone over 11,000 visitors for the sixth month in a row ... might, just might, go over 12,000 again.
fr 23 Dec
Have a good one ... see you on the other side ...
mo 19 Dec
ASTONISHER No.19: When Fred Astaire (b1899 in Omaha Nebraska!) made his first film with Ginger Rogers he'd already made one film ... she'd made twenty and OMG weren't they beautiful, watch Ginger's left arm, we think it's gently doing some sending up.
th 1 Dec
Fifth month in a row we've had 11,000+ visitors, ♥♥♥ you all.
sa 19 Nov
Yes, it's Roy Plomley who in the 1940s devised and then presented Desert Island Discs for some 43 years, and it's still going on Radio 4 ... Radio 4? ... it's a radio station? Just up from Radio 2 past Radio 3? Radio 3? Tell you what, let's forget it.
fr 18 Nov
Guess Who 17? Who's the bald bloke on the right?
th 3 Nov
October was the fourth month in a row we had over 11,000 visitors and we had almost 13,000 in August, thanks a lot you lovely ntcers.
sa 1 Oct
You lovely ntcers visited a record 80,541 pages last month.
fr 16 Sep
ASTONISHER No.17: Broadcast only in the Midlands area in 1977 news reader Angela Legs Rippon was the first presenter of Top Gear not Jezza and chums ... although it does feel like they've been doing it for ever ... we know but it's true.
tu 05 Jul
Guess Who 15? Haven't had one these for a bit, the girly in the middle?
mo 29 Aug
We've gone over 12,000 visitors this month , thank you every one of you.
sa 6 Aug
Because of hyperactive spambots we are reluctantly blocking new registrations by hotmail and gmail email addresses on the bulletin board.
tu 2 Aug
After just a handful of days Truly Thumptious and son has become our most viewed pic on Flickr.
mo 1 Aug
sa 4 Jun
07:03pm What's that Skip? You don't know what oxymoron means? Don't worry Skip, it's a self contradictory figure of speech ... like ethical banking, sports personality or technology centre.
th 2 Jun
Just slightly fewer visitors last month than the record 10,777 in April but a record 8.25Gigabytes of downloads.
sa 23 Apr
ASTONISHER No.14: Lord Lucan's great-great-great-grandfather was the officer who told the Light Brigade to charge the wrong Russians ... we know but it's true.
|th 31 Mrr|
The truly green alternative to the iPod; no batteries, no USB, no mains adaptor, just wind it up and off it goes and on ebaY starting at just one penny!
sa 19 Mar
Apologies if we seemed to have blitzed you with old(ish) sports cars, it's a prob on the server which we've fixed by giving it a wipe with a dirty J-cloth ... hopefully it'll hold. (thanks Gosia)
8pm: Probs with bulletin board fixed with a rusty Brillo pad. (thanks SBB)
fr 11 Mar
Thankfully the Gentleman Plumber has finally put Guess Who 12? out of its agony, it's famous wart wearer and pretend bass guitarist Lemmy aged 3½ ... this is probably a bad idea but who are these two?
we 16 Feb
ASTONISHER No.12: Israel qualified for the 1958 world cup without playing a game as the Arab countries in their group refused to meet them. FIFA then ruled that to qualify Israel should play Wales (Belgium having declined) and consequently Welsh national manager (and assistant Man U manager) Jimmy Murphy was in Cardiff not Munich. Scotland's first national (but still only part time) manager Matt Busby was in Munich and near death so the Scottish FA solved the problem by not sending a manager ... we know but it's true.
fr 24 Dec
Log your first Christmas row on the board so we know we are not alone.
th 16 Dec
You'll be pleased to hear we aren't doing a Christmas special this year so no special guests like Arthur Mullard, lookalikes Deadwood and the person who actually owned Doophus.
mo 13 Dec
ASTONISHER No.9: At the 1898 FA Cup Final the teams were photographed with the cup before the match and at the photographer's suggestion eventual winners Nottingham Forest borrowed Derby County's lighter coloured jerseys ... we know but it's true.
th 4 Nov
The up coming Charlie Haylock cd Confessions of an Hysterical Historian (with our cover photo) is imminent.
su 15 Aug
ASTONISHER No.1: Country singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson has a boxing blue from Oxford ... we know but it's true.
su 30 May
We found the thing to click so ntcers can now tag our FaceBook photies.
th 13 May
Kid's bike on the board SOLD.
tu 11 May
Kid's bike FOR SALE on the board.
sa 27 Mar
Thanks Jamie, Anne and Cameron for the Facepack ½ century!
mo 2 Nov
Thank You! In the end we had a record 9,409 visitors last month, perhaps if you tell more of your friends about us (or if you're a property developer tell that bloke at the district council you take out for a drink ... again) we'll get over 10,000 this month?
sa 31 Oct
We don't have even a 100 followers on Twitter, and some of those we do have are distinctly dodgy, but WeFollow reckons we're the fifth most influential tweeter in Suffolk ... mind you we've got a ways to go to catch up with Food Safari; and thank you everybody for a record 9,134 visitors in this month so far.
th 29 Oct
If we get few extra new visitors over the next couple of days we should go over 9,000 visitors in a month for the first time. So tell all your friends about us ... or if you're a property developer tell that bloke at the district council you take out for a drink.
th 3 Sep
Advice on how to use this web site to promote your safer neighbourhood or roller derby team, quantitive easing initiative or monthly witch ducking.
su 30 Aug
Talk to us nicely about advertising and we might give you a BOGOF.
we 15 Jul
We love NearTheCoast, thanks for latest update, Rachel, Diss
My first car is still running and lots of sporting automotive stuff on drastic plastic.
sa 11 Jul
Are you brave enough to tell us about your first car?
sa 18 Apr
fr 10 Apr
We've put our web statistics online, over 6,600 visitors last month.
Sorry! For some reason we still don't understand our email list software decided to send out the January? des' dinners to everyone this morning. We've made it sit on the naughty step and think about what its done.
th 5 Mar
We take your point which is what is the point but we're on Twitter.
tu 27 Jan
We'd rather feared that the builders had gone off on another job before finishing the makeover on our print gallery but eventually they turned up to finish the job and we rather like the slide show.
th 27 Nov
Our print gallery is online again, PhotoBox must have bought the domain back, couldn't find their bum with their hand if they were sitting on it.
mo 10 Nov
Tomorrow's weather is cancelled.
su 26 Oct
The clocks went back last night and don't rely on our new clock up on the right there, it runs off your computer's clock so if the pc hasn't adjusted itself ...
th 23 Oct
You may think we're geeks but just imagine what the uber geeks at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) must be like. W3C specify standards and if your web site
complies with the standards it makes the world a better place. We spent a very long day yesterday replacing embeds with objects, includes with nested templates, nowraps with nowrap="nowrap"s and eventually we ended up with a wobbly looking home page but it did W3C validate ... just made a small change and it doesn't validate anymore, well see for yourself ... then we fixed it.
tu 14 Oct
Thanks to Karl Semple's conversion script the bulletin board is more or less back. (PC Jeff Burt's wedding pics have gone missing but we can soon upload them again.) God bless you Karl Semple. May all your children be pension fund managers.
mo 13 Oct
01:30pm Ah well, mother said there would be days like this. The database software on the new host is a newer version than the old host and attempts to post on the board get an error message. Working on it ... they're probably thinking about a siesta in Salobreña right now (it's 2:30 there) ... we would say "Apologies for any inconvenience" but we're not Icelandic and we don't have your money ...
sa 11 Oct
The bulletin board admins are putting up a team for Man in the Hat's Screen and Music quiz next Thursday at the Framlingham White Horse.
fr 8 Aug
We've now got a YouTube playlist.
th 26 Jun
We've been so busy with techie stuff that we forgot to tell you it was our first birthday the Sunday before last. Though working on a Sunday we had a Bakewell Tart to celebrate but the tart didn't last long enough to get a snap:)
we 11 Jun
When watching our vids on YouTube don't forget to click watch in high quality.
mo 2 Jun
We had over 7,000 visitors last month ... which was nice.
fr 25 Apr
Board mod Amanda Frost is on Weakest Link Monday night and yes, it was recorded weeks, if not months, ago.
tu 4 Mar
Last month on average someone visited this site every 2 minutes 37 seconds, which was nice.
tu 22 Jan
It's gone 1pm and we've sent out the first Near The Coast monthly digest. If you don't want it just reply STOP and we will.
tu 11 Dec
Amongst other things Reporters Without Borders maintains an annual worldwide press freedom index. The UK comes in 24th behind Iceland and Norway equal first but ahead of USA (Land of the Free) in 48th position.
tu 4 Dec
We had 5,521 visitors last month, that's 35% more than in October.