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

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Rotary Club
Saturday, February 17, 2018

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.

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Southtown
Friday, February 9, 2018

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.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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

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Norwich
Saturday, January 27, 2018

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

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king street
Thursday, January 18, 2018

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.

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BBC
Friday, January 12, 2018

Regular emails keep urging me to buy a new sat-nav because mine is no longer being updated.

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United Kingdom
Friday, January 5, 2018

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.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

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

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Wales
Thursday, December 21, 2017

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.

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Post Office
Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

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Germany
Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

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ITV
Sunday, December 3, 2017

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.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

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Netherlands
Friday, November 17, 2017

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.

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BBC
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Armistice Day each November sharply focuses our attention on the two world wars of the 20th century in which thousands of Britons perished.

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Post Office
Monday, November 6, 2017

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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United Kingdom
Friday, October 27, 2017

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.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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.

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America
Sunday, October 15, 2017

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.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

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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United Kingdom
Sunday, October 1, 2017

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.

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Wales
Friday, September 15, 2017

Good riddance, I say, in response to the recent news that the traditional seaside deckchair has fallen out of favour with hirers and, consequently, is being widely withdrawn by coastal councils after perhaps a century and more of being a familiar staple of beach holidays and day trips.

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Canada
Friday, September 8, 2017

Mrs Peggotty and I went to the Theatre Royal recently – the one in Norwich, of course, because Great Yarmouth’s Theatre Royal was demolished in 1929 to make way for the construction of the much-lamented and long-demolished Regal Cinema.

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United Kingdom
Friday, September 1, 2017

After a period in the dockside doldrums, the tide of success appears to be flowing into the port of Great Yarmouth. The public can catch only glimpses of sea-level activity in the Outer Harbour, but there are some fascinating high-rise structures visible for miles, a welcome sight for the many interested observers as well as the port’s owner.

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Post Office
Friday, August 25, 2017

So often one thing leads to another, the latest example being my feature a fortnight ago about the Duchess of Bedford, an ardent pilot who died when her aircraft inexplicably flew over the North Sea and crashed in 1937.

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United Kingdom
Friday, August 18, 2017

Social media can be a blessing and a boon...or an unnecessary nuisance, depending on your viewpoint.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

In the post-war decades, the Duke and Duchess of Bedford and their Woburn Abbey country seat regularly made headlines in the gossip and society columns of national newspapers.

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United Kingdom
Friday, August 4, 2017

There will be no fanfare of trumpets, no civic reception, no pomp and ceremony, no bouquets and garlands, no reminiscing about memorable moments and star appearances. The 150th anniversary of Great Yarmouth’s Regent Hall will pass unnoticed.

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Canada
Friday, July 28, 2017

The schools have now broken up for the summer holidays but, forever the spoilsport, my theme today is... education! It results from a reader’s letter informing me that one local school is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.

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