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we 20 Sep
2017

Great Yarmouth Winter GardensIt continues to surprise us how popular roller skating was as an entertainment at the beginning of last century, including the magnificent looking Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens.  In today's long running Radio 4 drama Home Front set during the first world war a couple go roller skating on Folkestone pierMrs Adeline Lumley: I'm afraid I'll fall over.  Staff Sergeant Silas Morrow: That's the idea.

tu 5 Sep
2017

Tour of Britain 2012 in AldeburghThe Tour of Britain will be passing through near the coast Friday round about lunch time.  You will know it's approaching when you hear the helicopter, expect it to flash past and best not to get in the way.  Wednesday the day before there's an individual time trial around Clacton, if you download the start sheet you'll know who's likely to be coming along next and there will be several hours of spectating to do.

tu 11 Jul
2017

Dunfermline roller skating brass bandLast century roller skating on Bournemouth Pier was certainly al fresco and possibly ad hoc, impressive how many ladies involved and muffs (possibly echoing ice skating) were clearly a fashion accessory ... more here

tu 18 Apr
2017

East Essex Sabres warming upThe toilet cubicle we patronised at the Deanes Sports Centre near Rayleigh had a door that passed so close to the toilet bowl that careful planning was needed to get in and out.  There was something distasteful looking smeared on a wall and the hand drier didn't work but at reception there was a cheerful young woman ... more here

fr 10 Mar
2017

near another coast 2009-2008.

sa 11 Feb
2017

The Hill SnapeSnape exile now Sidmouth resident Roger Horton emailed with some kind words and help with the recent Snape postcards on our Facebook page.  Thank you Roger.

fr 19 Aug
2016

In recent years La Vuelta has been much more interesting than Le Tour and hopefully it will be so again this year ... though the Sky machine will be there.  Coverage starts 10pm tomorrow night on ITV4 with highlights of the team time trial ... the race promo's a bit Eurovison

mo 8 Aug
2016

Wrabfest - Wrabness Summer FeteIt's certainly the village fete season, Saturday we went to the Wrabness fete which is pretty much a mini festival.  We enjoyed fish curry, a very theatrical human fruit machine, a bird of prey that decided to go off for a 15 minute fly round and a woman singer who might be Jackie Hole of The Super Things ... more near the coast it's Blaxhall's turn to fete this coming Saturday.

mo 25 Jul
2016

Grayson Perry's A House for Essex Wrabness on the south bank of the river Stour is Essex if only just.  From there you can see Grayson Perry's A House for Essex against the cranes of Felixstowe port.  From what we can make out Perry doesn't actually own the house ... can't say we're smitten.

tu 3 May
2016

The weekend before last we saw Bury Saints beat Solent Thrashers 19-6 atBury Saint 19-06 Solent Thrashers home.  A scrappy match that in the spirit of Shakespeare's anniversary might be described as a Comedy of Errors.  For us the most surprising moment was when the visiting defensive coach was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct because one of his hand signals to his own players could be interpreted as threatening (NFL Rules Section 3 Article 1b).  This Sunday the Saints play the Herts Cheetahs, free admission.

su 28 Dec
2014

The Lee on the Solent HSBC bank closed at the end of November and though like Framlingham there's a cash dispenser on the Co-op unlike Framlingham there isn't another bank.

tu 19 Aug
2014

From Southend's Seaside Sirens Truly Thumptious and son have joined our 1,000+ views album.

su 29 Dec
2013

Pyecombe in DorsetNice to be back in Suffolk, Monday night in Dorset we almost got stuck in the second flood we forded ... Christmas eh?whilst our hostess got stuck for five hours and destroyed the engine of her BMW ... but we did get to see ...

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