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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

With residential developments springing up across the borough, their roads need naming.

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

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.

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.

The sun beamed warmly down from an azure cloudless sky as Mrs Peggotty and I strolled along the clifftop at Gorleston recently, enjoying the views of a gentle sea, busy beach and happy visitors and locals.

Our Haven Bridge spans the Yare...and this column spans the North Atlantic, reaching expatriates Danny and Marjorie Daniels, long resident in Canada where they read this weekly offering on-line.

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As Britain’s prize curmudgeon - television’s irascible Victor Meldrew - would have exclaimed: “I don’t believe it!”

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Fingers crossed! Knock on wood three times. Put your clothes on inside out. Sneeze thrice before breakfast.

Both are long gone. One will never return, the other is a minor mystery. Time will tell?

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