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fr 12 Oct
2018

Bonkers Conkers is happening this Sunday in or near(ish?) to Swainsthorpe near Norwich but that's all we know.

su 7 Oct
2018

The cafe in a Norwich Sainsburys has a Customer Self Clear Station ... it's a rack where you put your tray having eaten a £3 cheese sandwich.

sa 28 Jul
2018

Stepdance Day at the Blaxhall ShipIt's going to be a busy Sunday tomorrow with the Dunwich Dynamo passing through near the coast in the early hours, open gardens in Double Street Framlingham, free step dancing at the Blaxhall Ship, classic car day at the Debach Airfield and St Lawrence's Brundish will be visited by The Right Reverend Martin Seeley Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, probably the first visit by the diocesan bishop in sixty years and there's a picnic as well.  We will be snapping the East Anglian american football derby of Norwich Devils at Ipswich Cardinals.

tu 15 May
2018

No skate outs (when the skaters are introduced to the spectators) at Sunday's Norfolk Brawds' hosted British Championship roller derby bout in Norwich. ... more here

tu 12 Dec
2017

The Black Shucks v Rebellion UprisingThe Black Shucks v Rebellion Uprising in Norwich last Saturday observed and Norfolk Roller Derby's Christmas intra-league this Sunday.

mo 11 Dec
2017

The Dunston Hall Hotel on the A140 just south of Norwich has an A board advertising a Burns Night ... let's get Christmas out the way first eh?

sa 24 Jun
2017

Surrey Roller Derby in NorwichToo hot for roller derby In Norwich last Sunday but we did enjoy Surrey Roller Girl Ampersand What!'s good tempered interaction with an outside ref confirming what she was being penalised for.  Derby name of the day Crazy Cat Lady, not clever, not punningly witty but probably refreshingly true.

mo 24 Apr
2017

Flag football at the Iceni SpearsSunday near Norwich the Iceni Spears were training for the autumn's Opal flag football series.  Flag football is no (hopefully) contact American football where you're tackled if an opponent can grab a flag from your waist.  The flags can be just football socks tucked into your waistband or like the Spears yellow streamers held in place by plastic poppers.  The Spears have an everybody welcome flag rookie day next month.

th 23 Mar
2017

Men's American football team Iceni Daggers has merged with the Norwich Devils who expect to be playing league football next year.

tu 21 Mar
2017

East Anglo Smackson v Knights of OldhamAt the Sewell Park Academy Norwich Saturday the caretaker (he probably has a posher job title than that) untypically was friendly (he sorted out the machine giving us the wrong coffee) and actually watched the roller derby.  The officials' sweetie stash included old fashioneds and surprisingly some remembered four ... more here

we 15 Mar
2017

UEA 29-00 Essex BladesSaturday we thought we were going to photograph American football in Norwich but discovered it was just part of Derby Day when UEA plays Essex Uni at seventy different sports including ultimate frisby, women's rugby, futsal?, cheerleading both dance and stunt but no roller derby.  A stunning introduction for us to lacrosse, committed support from both sides and placards of which this Donald Trump parody we much enjoyed.  Next year Essex will be hosting.

mo 6 Mar
2017

Iceni Spears walking a play in the changing roomYesterday near Norwich we watched Iceni Spears women's American football walk through some plays in the changing room and then go outside to practice in icy rain ... that's commitment.  The season long Sapphire series for women is five or seven a side.  We couldn't imagine ... more here

th 9 Feb
2017

UEA Pirates 6-9 Cambridge PythonsThe UEA Pirates lost 6-9 to the Cambridge Pythons in Norwich Sunday as their last home game in the BUCS South East.  A not entirely satisfactory game but the Pirates single touchdown was a high bomb to a wide receiver dramatically at a flying full stretch ... and we didn't snap it ...

th 22 Dec
2016

Shop in Norwich Sunday advertising Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Celebration Drink.

we 14 Dec
2016

UEA Pirates v Imperial ImmortalsOver the past couple of weekends we've seen in Norwich our first university American football.  Weekend before last the UEA Pirates hosted the Kent Falcons and we were surprised how much the pass featured, were impressed by the commitment of the Falcons... more here

tu 1 Nov
2016

Halloween atmospheres at Mustard CityThe long bar at Epic Studios Norwich has been moved from one wall to another (but still a decent cup of coffee for £1.50) moving one set of roller derby spectators from along the back straight to across turns one and two for a Mustard City Rollers co-ed double bout.  Suitable Halloween atmosphere, Suffolk RD skater Bella Hellatrix Pritchard ... more here

mo 19 Sep
2016

Natastrophe and Coco coaches of the Smash Hit BrollersOne of the many things we like about roller derby is it usually finds a fix: at Easton College banquettes (there are such things) taken from the foyer to make a penalty box when the usual gym forms went missing.  Saturday at UEA Norwich the lead connecting the laptop to the scoreboard projector was missing, so someone nipped out and bought another projector!  No tutti frutti.

sa 9 Jul
2016

Bon Giovi at Stradisphere 2016♫ At Stradisphere last night in Stradbroke as so often at events it took darkness, the approaching show end and possibly Earl Soham Vic at £3.50/pint for the good sized crowd to fill in the empty space at the stage front.  Food, sweets and witty tie died babywear stalls and we much enjoyed three no bass player piece from Norwich The Signs.  The festival continues today with Oasis tribute Definitely Maybe topping tonight.

th 7 Jul
2016

Vagaband at the Seagull Lowestoft♫ Three stages at the free Global Rhythm in Ipswich Saturday.  On Peppery's Martin Burley stage we can personally recommend the eleven? piece Goldmaster Allstars and from Norwich Vagaband (awful name, brilliant band) depping for an unwell Hank Wangford.

mo 9 May
2016

♫ Sunday is Ipswich Jazz Club's annual blues night with top of the bill Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham founder members of Nine Below Zero.  Here's all of Nine Below playing at Epic Studios Norwich where Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby had certainly made the effort for The Debutantes' Brawl.

su 17 Apr
2016

Brilliant Ronaldo tutti frutti ice cream at the roller derby in Norwich yesterday.

we 23 Mar
2016

In the Epic Studios Norwich this Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby (née Brawds) present a co-ed intra-league Sur5al format roller derby, we'll be there.

tu 1 Mar
2016
St David's Day

Spices in gherkin jarsLife Skills 9:  Supermarkets that have a world food section (the Norwich Hartford Bridge Tesco has Nigerian 6% Guinness!) may have those large cellophane bags of ground spices at a pro rata one fifth the price of Schwartz refills.  We decant them into large one time gherkin jars and even then the jars aren't big enough.  Couldn't see any large bags in the Martlesham Tesco today but not surprisingly the Hackney Tesco does stock them.

sa 16 Jan
2016

David Bowie's 1971 album Hunky DorySometime in the 1960s Bowie was our solo support act and even then he was visibly creative.  Despite this slight association we were soon bored by news people suddenly having an opinion about him.  We seem to be alone in boredom so you'll probably be interested that Pump and Grind Ipswich will be playing non-stop Bowie this weekend and DK's Saturday Sessions Norwich is a Bowie tribute.

tu 3 Nov
2015

Suffolk Roller DerbyThe weekend before last we travelled to Easton college near Norwich expecting to make photos of a Jolly Dodgers scrimmage but what we got was a Norfolk Brawds v Grid City Division and East Anglo Smacksons v Suffolk Roller Derby double bouter.

sa 16 May
2015

1:50pm  We're on Future Radio in Norwich and in just a bit.

mo 29 Sep
2014

bloody Christmas ... eh?It's just not the Woodbridge Wyvale and Deben Inns that think it's Christmas already, when we were in Norwich Saturday we saw a banner advertising Festive Lunches.  Even more uncomfortable today is last day posting surface mail to Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and New Zealand for Christmas!

we 24 Sep
2014
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year

Bike stunting in NorwichBike stunting in NorwichIn Norwich we asked the stunting cyclist on the right if he could do a back flip.  He said yes, he'd learnt by practising into a swimming pool but now one of the Norwich skate parks has a foam pit.  Google make us think it may be the Charge Unit indoor skate park.

su 13 Jul
2014

Yesterday we felt the derby l♥ve Feel the derby love! in Norwich.

su 6 Jul
2014

Twister in NorwichAs we know East Anglia tends to be more laid back than say a large town near Chelmsford though these days even the Wickham Market co-op car park can get a bit frantic.  At April's Eastern Sur5val roller derby in Norwich the teams found time to play Twister.

tu 27 May
2014

2014 Framlingham gala princessesThankfully it was sunny yesterday for the Framlingham gala parade and as always the galaRD Leicester v Norfolk Brawds princesses looked lovely with beautiful flower arrangements whilst Sunday near Norwich roller derby princesses from Leicester collided with those from the Norfolk Brawds ...  the gala princesses are on the left.

mo 21 Apr
2014

Sur5val pile-up in NorwichThe Saturday before last the Sur5val roller derby format came to UEA Norwich.  A little difficult to follow as the scoreboard had software problems and to prevent colour clashes the teams didn't wear their league jerseys but still highly enjoyable derby.  Impressively Suffolk Roller Derby came fourth in their first public bout and hosts the Norfolk Brawds celebrated winning by falling to the floor prompting a mass pile up/bundle.

su 22 Dec
2013

A tiny tastette of the Norfolk Brawds' mixed scrimmage in Norwich yesterday.

mo 18 Nov
2013

Norfolk Brawds training scrimmageWe visited the Norwich Open Academy Thursday for a Norfolk Brawds' weekly training scrimmage.  Interestingly after each jam the skaters paused to discuss what had happened just like they don't in football.  We'd noted in the ... more at roller derby

mo 19 Aug
2013

The Romsey Town Rollerbillies mascotThe Billies' mascot was undoubtedly the star of Heartland East round 5 in Norwich (Romsey Town Rollerbillies 243-127 Mean Valley Roller Derby) but what gave us a nice warm feeling was the Norfolk ... more at roller derby

th 18 Oct
2012

Feral Mouth at the 2011 Maverick FestivalNorwich based and Maverick festivalteers bluegrass band Feral Mouth are playing the Kai Bar on Ipswich's waterfront tonight, four support acts and just a fiver to get in.

mo 28 Nov
2011

♫ In the evening we went to Maverick's ranch party in Easton and got to see Norwich based Vagaband who over the past couple of years have polished up very nicely thank you.  We love drummers who stand up ... especially when they use a box for their kick drum.  Top of the bill Hank Wangford with his band including pedal steeler BJ Cole produced moments of pure country heaven.

mo 30 Mar
2009

The Magnolia SistersAdmittedly more than a bit of a ways off but Cajun quartet The Magnolia Sisters are playing Norwich Arts Centre 15 July.  This year Maverick in Easton is the first weekend in July so maybe they'll still be round for that?

we 11 Dec
2002

The Fat CatNorwich Fat Cat  des' dinners 32

The fringe Lunch Club was thwarted when on entering the Norwich Fat Cat NaTCH and Lady KRJ discovered it did not serve hot food.  Consequently lunch was taken in Pizza Express.  No beer was drunk but conversation included how fed up Lady KRJ is of hearing about Bowling for Columbine(first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

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