When the stars come out, so do the crowds.

Idle curiosity? A passing thought? Difference of opinion requiring to be settled?

Colin Tooke

Nowadays, a tabloid newspaper’s eye-catching front page headline would scream something like: “Flamin’ Women!”

Long before the scourge of political correctness was foisted on us, we knew it affectionately as “the blind school.”

Rotary Club

Sadly, our hills will never be alive with the sound of music. Why? Because we suffer from the Hill Street blues, having no hill worthy of the name.


Attendance at a wide variety of events is routine for provincial journalists but throughout my decades in the profession, I never went to a soirée! Evening gatherings a-plenty, yes, but none had that French word on the invitation.

Most of us have burning questions which usually remain unanswered, provoking frustration when there appear to be no remaining untapped sources of information left.


Warning! Do not read this column if you are feeling queasy or otherwise under the weather!

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That Scottish burr, perfect enunciation and expert timing were the trademarks of James Alexander Gordon, the BBC radio announcer whose voice on Saturday teatimes was familiar to listeners for decades as they listened to him reading out the classified football results.


Regular emails keep urging me to buy a new sat-nav because mine is no longer being updated.

Trevor Nicholls

You can almost hear the “knit one, purl one” click-click of knitting needles busying away at some creation, be it elaborate and ambitious or simple and elementary.


Ugh! The squeamish will feel sick just thinking about it.

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You can spot it from miles away across the flat-lands of the east Norfolk marshes at this time of the year – white smoke puffing from the chimney at the sugar-beet factory at Cantley, signifying that the so-called season is in full swing.

Trevor Nicholls

Despondency and gloom were pervasive. There was little to be cheerful about, no optimistic bright side.


One thing leads to another, it is claimed, but in this case the outcome was four others!


The correspondence columns of a national newspaper recently included letters extolling the benefits of restoring needlework and knitting to school curriculums for both boys and girls.

It could be my imagination, with no basis in fact, but if someone is asked to pick a number, the chances are that it will be an odd one, not even. Limit the choice to a single figure, and my bet is that seven will prove a favourite.


In our latest archive EDP essay, Jane Hales writes in 1966 about the changing role of the coastguard.

Royal Navy

The power of music cannot be over-emphasised. Everybody has their favourite, and hearing it evokes memories of past occasions, family, friends, pleasures, places... Sometimes it transports us through the decades.


Half a century has passed since the huge autumn herring fishery finally petered out, a concept deemed impossible and unthinkable in its hey-day.

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No qualification in architecture is required, only down-to-earth common sense, to stroll along the main section of Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth and be able accurately to pick which of its dozen or so properties were built as banks.

Perhaps it would not have worked in a conventional theatre or a dance hall, but Great Yarmouth’s open-air Marina amphitheatre seemed tailor-made for Neville Bishop and his Wolves, stalwarts there for long summers post-war.

Marina Centre

At first glance, so to speak, they would seem to be poles apart, and I do not know how they came to know one another because he lived here in Great Yarmouth while her home was 125 miles away.

Despite my oft-repeated claim that my lifelong ambition was to be a journalist, I must confess for a short time as a youngster I did fancy becoming... a dustman!

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Although we are probably too embarrassed to admit it, most of us over-eat despite all those pledges to reduce the size of our platefuls and be sensible about our choice of food. Being careful most days lessens the guilty conscience when we pile up our plates with a traditional Sunday roast or relish the indulgence of crispy batter on a large shop-fried cod – with chips, of course.


Derek James salutes Norwich Stars speedway great Johnnie Chamberlain, the ‘Tom Thumb’ of the track.

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You know the feeling. Traffic has been relentlessly heavy for mile after mile, hold-ups have added to frustration but at last you’ve turned on to the Acle New Road on your drive to Great Yarmouth.

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