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At first, I thought that thrilling Cricket World Cup victory by England would stimulate public interest at grass-root levels, only for a crushing defeat in the first Ashes Test against Australia slogging euphoria for six.

As anybody drawing an old-age pension will confirm, it is hard to change the habits of a lifetime.

Trains and Boats and Planes... This travel trio was the title of a Dionne Warwick 1966 hit song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

VE Day and VJ Day in 1945, celebrating the end of the wars in Europe and the Far East, are still recalled annually although nearly three-quarters of a century has passed.

One day, when I have a spare half-hour, I intend to jot down the cars I have driven since joyfully abandoning L-plates in the mid-1950s.

Not for the first time in the decades I have been penning this column, coincidence has astonished me. One thing leads to another.

Well, shiver my timbers! That mock piratical oath could well emphasise that for decades the port of Great Yarmouth has had no timbers to shiver...

Is today's feature about a potential railway catastrophe averted in the nick of time 90 years ago a newspaper scoop, hitherto unpublished except in a specialist magazine?

The herring, for long a mainstay of Great Yarmouth's economy, was elevated into our borough's coat-of-arms by an appreciative king.

Despite the claim in an old song, school days were never the happiest days of my life.

EX-traordinary! And as permanent grump Richard Meldrew, of television comedy fame, would have declared: "I don't believe it!"

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?

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.

As this column often has a nautical theme, today we clear the decks although it also encompasses local industry as I pass on contributions received from readers.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Great Yarmouth is one of Britain's favourite seaside towns.

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Rooted in tradition, Acle is a classic English market town on the Broads.

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

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

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

With the riverside in Great Yarmouth set for a revamp as a restaurant quarter, we look back at when the area was known historically as the town's banking hub.

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

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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