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Sunday, May 19, 2019

No, no sugar in my tea, thank you - but I will have one of those vanilla slices, if I may. They're my favourite. Or perhaps before that, would you care to dance?

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Once upon a time, as our bed-time stories used to say, a small but well-established community was slowly developing hereabouts on our east coast.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Four thousand miles away from "home" in Canada, where they have lived since 1957, ex-Yarmouthians Danny and Marjorie Daniels continue to take an interest in matters pertaining to their birthplace.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

They called me Peggotty - Ham Peggotty. Legend claims that I lived in an upturned fishing boat on Great Yarmouth beach, becoming a local hero when I drowned while trying to rescue seafarers in a storm.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

YH1 sails back into harbour today, figuratively speaking, as more information arrives about that distinctive Great Yarmouth port registration.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Just like my boyhood Hornby clockwork train set post-war, I came off the rails and hit the buffers, figuratively speaking, in this column recently.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Major seaside resorts like Great Yarmouth and Blackpool delight in their illuminations, aware that they attract many visitors and trippers each year.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

If you are a railways buff, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston must be a disappointingly barren area.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Nobody could have wished for a better evening for a cruise, with warm summer sunshine, a cloudless blue sky and millpond sea.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

There have been neither sleepless nights nor bitten fingernails, but occasionally the topic has come to mind, only to remain a nagging conundrum.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Today, a ghost hunt - not an eerie "things that go bump in the night" experience but simply long-outdated signs still prominent hereabouts.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Not for the first time, my get-out clause has been proved not only true but also necessary: nostalgia is an inexact science!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tales of the Unexpected was a popular television series between 1979 and 1988. But a few years later, Great Yarmouth experienced its own tale of the unexpected - but for real, not for fireside entertainment.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Where have they all gone? Our heritage has evaporated. Everything has changed. Only memories survive.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Half a century after the unforgettable North Sea drama involving a blow-out on a gas rig and the capsize of a rescue ship, recalled here recently, I have had the pleasure of talking to one of the final five survivors to be evacuated from the stricken Hewett A.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Nellie the Elephant might well have packed her trunk and gone to work in a circus while another ditty urged listeners to "Be a clown!", but the Big Top has limited appeal for job-seekers.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

She was no stranger to fearsome weather, having once sailed in the unpredictable Antarctic waters carrying explorers hoping to reach the South Pole.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Although it is still "In the bleak mid-winter", we can start thinking about our summer holidays.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The year marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice ends next Monday, but I doubt that it will bring final closure.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

There is seldom a spring in the step when heading to our James Paget Hospital for a visit, however routine it might be, but my spirits were lifted recently by a surprise discovery.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

We grumbled about long queues in post offices like the Regent Street premises in Great Yarmouth, but the fickle public probably misses them since the privatised service decamped to shops.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

As an ardent film fan, my first reaction was envy. Fancy being paid to watch movies for a living! However, second thoughts swiftly prevailed.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Elegant homes, apartments, hotels, schools, playing fields, cemeteries...

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Surely, somewhere out there lurks a millionaire philanthropist eager to help worthwhile causes in that good old Norfolk tradition of "du-different".

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

A kids' game? Well, this was anything but.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Of the pictures adorning the walls of my maternal Grandma's terrace cottage in Harley Road, Newtown, when I was young, two particularly attracted my attention.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Is spotting blue heritage plaques on buildings the 2018 adult version of the "I spy, with my little eye" children's game?

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

It was simple but effective, eliminating the "so near but so far" agony of shipwrecked mariners perishing only yards from the safety of the shore.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

If you enjoy a drink down at your local, it is time to raise your glass and drink a toast to "absent friends" - not people but pubs in the Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and neighbouring villages that have survived despite the sharp decline in recent years as leisure habits have changed.

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