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mo 20 Jul
2020

Suffolk Punches at the 2007 Framlingham Horse ShowThe Suffolk Punch was (may be is) one third of the Suffolk Trinity (with red poll cattle and black faced sheep) but as a breed it's severely under threat with just 72 mares in the UK.  A positive sign for this gorgeously coloured and historically important breed is using a new sex sorted sperm method a filly colt has been born in Whitchurch Shropshire.

tu 7 Apr
2020

Pip Pyle's BashYesterday 243 confirmed C-19 cases in Suffolk and here's the fifteenth reason to be cheerful ... in similar style we recall the late Pip Pyle's Cambridge hipster circle in the 1960s all speaking really quietly. ♫

fr 27 Mar
2020

The Giro d'Italia starting with three stages in Hungary could be postponed.

su 15 Mar
2020

Iceni Spears suspend training Paris-Nice ended a day early yesterday, the UK Women's Tour (which has a stage finish in Felixstowe) postponed from its JuneIpswich Cardinals suspend training start, both the Ipswich Cardinals and in Norwich the Iceni Spears have suspended training.  Friday we were supposed to see Eric Church in that there London but yes, it was postponed.  The world's going to be a bit duller for a while ...

su 8 Mar
2020

One of cycling's five monuments Milan-San Remo has been cancelled because of the coronavirus.

mo 10 Feb
2020

Kent Falcons 00-17 Essex BladesYesterday's Kent Falcons 00-17 Essex Blades was really worked over by Storm Ciara (our trousers and underpants were still soaked through when we got back ... more here

mo 3 Feb
2020

Yesterday in Cambridge visitors the Cambs Pythons failed a field goal and the ARU Rhinos ran in a td but it was called back, probably for holding ... it's ... more here

sa 18 Jan
2020
Winnie the Pooh Day - AA Milne's birthday

A14 junction at CambridgeTravelling west on the A14 at Cambridge you now get in the outside (not inside) lane to stay on the A14.  Then after the never ending road works the other side of Cambridge and before Huntingdon suddenly you're on three lanes which deliver you to the A1 a bit south of where it used to.  The satnav got so confused we feared it would get a sore throat from multiple Please drive to highlighted route.

tu 14 Jan
2020

From Walberswick and now MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper has made her maiden speech ... lots and lots of pubs.

fr 10 Jan
2020

We've been to Dundee twice, a bit like Derby Day in Norwich.

fr 3 Jan
2020

If Count Dracula's ship the Demeter had got lost in all that fog and landed at Orford instead of Whitby then after his first meal in Suffolk the Count would know a lot more about tractors.

mo 9 Dec
2019

Early start in Colney Lane Norwich yesterday for visitors Swansea Titans.  A perishing side wind so unsurprisingly no place kicking from either team, lots of daft penalties and both teams recovered onside kicks.  Swansea's quarterback #7 was ... more here

fr 6 Dec
2019

Fanny Craddock was a hoarse voiced tv chef cooking overblown and pretentious food.Fanny Cooks for Christmas  It unsettled us the way she mauled the food about.  Johnnie was one of her four (two bigamous) husbands and whilst wearing a cravat and monocle he would advise on the wine.  When lunching at Buck's Wine Bar Brantham near Manningtree (barman Simon was a chum of ours), Fanny to read the menu just grabbed Johnnie's monocle ribbon and yanked.  Fanny Cooks for Christmas is on iPlayer.

th 11 Jul
2019

Roughcast's A Midsummer's Night DreamRoughcast Theatre are touring Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer's Night Dream around near the coast finishing with a dash over the channel for two shows in the Dordogne ... perhaps because it might be their last chance:)  Tomorrow there's a free performance at the Laxfield Low House.

mo 24 Jun
2019

Annoyingly the diversion for the closed Westerfield level crossing is NOT signed but we still made it to Ipswich Cardinals v Maidstone Pumas yesterday.  Surprisingly there were no refs and general manager Ralph said other games were also ... more here

sa 22 Jun
2019

Very pleased to see Denver keeping the roller derby skate out alive and entertaining.

we 3 Apr
2019

The Mystery of the Raddlesham MumpsWhen we were at Essex Uni for an american football final Sunday we noticed that The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps was playing in the campus theatre.  It's at the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall the Saturday after next.  A fearsome but funny gothic tale of dynasty, death, revenge and hope. Lovely moral. - Michael Rosen

su 3 Mar
2019

Today drove on the A47 from Peterborough to Norwich, they does like a roundabout round there they does.

we 6 Feb
2019

Merle Haggard in 2009 - pic contributedASTONISHER No.45:  When Johnny Cash gave an unlikely concert at San Quentin state prison fellow country singer Merle I'm an Okie from Muskogee Haggard was in the audience serving two and a half years for burglary and an attempted jail break.  Equally unlikely (though perhaps not in the USA) Haggard was pardoned in 1972 by then governor of California Ronald Reagan.

we 30 Jan
2019

John Bawtree's show in Carousel FramlinghamPop up shop Carousel in Bridge Street Framlingham has been an impressive success.  Previously it was ladies clothes and this week it is paintings by Peasenhall artist John Bawtree.  His works are thoughtfully attractive and are of both local Suffolk scenes and overseas including Venice, France and Zanzibar!

tu 29 Jan
2019

Here's a roller derby novelty, the British Championships Mansfield Roller Derby v Hellfire Harlots B is free entry ... though it is a ways to Mansfield admittedly.

we 23 Jan
2019

It's all the go in and about near the coast, temporarily closing petrol stations to re-Haynings garage Framlingham being updatedmodel them, not an insignificant matter when there are so few to start with.  Woodbridge (has it re-opened yet?), Co-op Stowmarket (not closed but building going on), Haynings Framlingham (reportedly will have a 24 hour self service pump) and now the BP garage on the west bound A14 near Newmarket.  Fortunately services just off the A14 on the other side of Cambridge are copiously resourced ... three Costa Coffee machines!

mo 21 Jan
2019

 Céline Sciamma's film Girlhood - pic contributedWe found French director Céline Sciamma's film Tomboy highly involving and rewarding not least because it made the Parisian suburbs look idyllic.  So very gratifying to find a sealed copy of her later film Girlhood in the Framlingham EACH chazza.  Here the banlieue is relentlessly gritty and though Vic essentially remains trapped in her situation the opening sequence is women's american football from team Les Molosses.

mo 14 Jan
2019

We've added Swiss national road race cycling champion Nicole Hanselmman to Ladies in Framlingham.

we 5 Dec
2018

As we were leaving Cambridge by the A1030 and in fading light Sunday evening it was dark enough for us to see that the cycle path next to the road had its own small white cat's eyes marking the edges of the track ... good idea eh?

mo 3 Dec
2018

Paul Sherwen in 2009 - pic contributedThe 17th and mountainous stage of the 1978 Tour de France broke up the peloton with riders coming into Morzine the stage finish mostly singly.  Seeing British rider Paul Sherwen after the finish gently riding through the town (no team buses then) we made a congratulatory comment and he replied You must be bloody joking.  Paul was a two time national champion, participated in seven Tours de France and was during his career pretty much the only Brit in the peleton.  He died yesterday aged 62 ... he will be missed.

ARU Rhinos 02-33 Essex BladesYesterday we arrived untypically early in Cambridge for Anglia Ruskin Uni Rhinos v Essex Blades to be told it would be a late start as the key to unlock the game equipment was still on it's way.  In the event as is the way recently the medic arrived ... more here

th 29 Nov
2018

Iceni Spears trainingNorwich women's american football team the Iceni Spears are planning for the end of January joint training with the Essex and Peterborough teams followed by a seven a side contact tournament ... can't wait.

tu 20 Nov
2018

Amis Velo Supacross in ColchesterDelayed by roadworks on the A14 and in Colchester we arrived at the Amis Velo Supacross in time for the back end of a veterans race followed by the seniors to end the day.  The course was comparatively dry and pretty much all rideable though some muddy turns with reverse camber hard on steep little up slopes gave some problems.  Afterwards cold and hungry at catering we rediscovered how comforting an egg roll can be; as the late Robert Robinson observed (roughly) There's nothing quite like an egg sandwich that has been warmed in the glove box of a Rover.

fr 2 Nov
2018

Lance's flat in Double Street Danebury has been LET.

su 21 Oct
2018

Last Sunday in Loughborough Dolly Rockits 225-063 Killa Hurtz.

we 17 Oct
2018

Framlingham 27-27 RGS Colchester second XVsYesterday Royal Grammar School Colchester put up four rugby teams against Framlingham College.  When we arrived maybe halfway through the first half of the second XVs an injured RGS player was getting gas and air and RGS were losing 20-00.  Some disorganisation with Fram losing possession for dithering ... more here

tu 16 Oct
2018

In historic Stamford charity shop DVDs are typically 99p ... a lesson for us all eh?

su 14 Oct
2018

Jem 143-195 Sindy (mixed rookies bout)When we arrived at Loughborough Leisure Centre this afternoon it was pouring with rain and the car park completely full, we had to circle until a leaver made a space but the Leicester Dolly Rockits were very welcoming.  The mixed league support bout of rookies and second bouters was very impressive; Bambi jumped the apex, there was ... more here

sa 21 Jul
2018

♫ In aid of the Beehive Children's Refuge Kenya there's a flute and piano concert in All Saints Church Wickham Market 3pm tomorrow.

th 14 Jun
2018

Following a 55-00 loss against London Blitz B the weekend before last the Ipswich Cardinals american football continued a now 3-1 winning season after a 42-06 win over visitors Maidstone Pumas last weekend who despite being much outnumbered stuck at it good humouredly.

th 7 Jun
2018

Tour de France Route 2018Nice to see the team time trial back in the Tour de France after missing for three years.  It's stage three with some thirty kilometres around Cholet.  Holidaying in the Vendée our late father could not resist making jokes about the Madame Cholet.

mo 4 Jun
2018

Graduation yesterday in Framingham ... no, Framingham.

th 31 May
2018

roller derby 2016 included Norfolk Brawd Vixen Mortar making a marriage proposal mid-jam and a Chelmsford Killa Hurtz roller girl on a corner in Wimslow Arizona

we 2 May
2018

not near the coast 2015-14.

su 15 Apr
2018

Ipswich Cardinals 15-14 Essex SpartansAt the end of last season with minutes to go a one point kick would have put the Ipswich Cardinals into overtime against the Essex Spartans ... they went for two and didn't make it.  At the start of this season ... more here

mo 2 Apr
2018

Paris-Roubiax 2017This Sunday it's the queen of the classics the 115th edition of Paris-Roubaix.  The bike race is characterised by sections of evil cobbles, we've driven over some and they are nasty.  Known as The Queen ... more here

th 29 Mar
2018

Czech Republic national flagFor some reason Tuesday's digest the Parham/Thorpeness one is being popular in the Czech Republic.

we 7 Feb
2018

Sunday in Norwich the very bent chain stick from the last home game was still very bent but that didn't stop UEA Pirates beating visitors the Cambridge Pythons 45-00 and so progress to the playoffs.  It may have been a shut out for the Pythons but they impressively stayed plugging away including wide receiver 19.

sa 13 Jan
2018

National Cyclocross Championships in IpswichSometime in the early nineties we went to the National Cyclocross Championships in the woods by Ipswich's speedway track ... it was a low key event.  In 1983 we went to the World Cyclocross Championships in Birmingham ... it was a low key event.  The 2018 national championships are in Sunderland and being streamed by the BBC live tomorrow ... perhaps not so low key.

fr 5 Jan
2018

Come to that the inside lane of the southbound A12 around Colchester is pretty bad too.

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