Sunday, October 13, 2019

Despite possessing a journalist's thick skin, I must admit to suffering an inferiority complex over... mobile telephones!

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Here we are into October, and it is safe to say that many of the older residents of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston will cast their minds back to those halcyon days when the annual autumn fishery was in full swing here.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

For more than eight decades traffic on Hall Quay and across the Haven Bridge, and activity in the River Yare, have been "monitored" through unblinking eyes... that see nothing.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Older readers with long memories will readily recall the era when the borough of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston had two general hospitals, one on either side of the river.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

It was only recently that I mentioned here the famous Peggotty's Hut, a fictional dwelling created from an upturned boat on Great Yarmouth beach in the 19th century.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

It's not cricket, football fans might grumble, because recently we reflected on the summer game in the Great Yarmouth neighbourhood. So to redress the balance, today we feature soccer.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

We all have souvenirs, perhaps of holidays, family, pets, memorable occasions... American songstress Connie Francis had a best-selling record with "Among My Souvenirs" in the 1950s.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

It looks nothing more than a square of unkempt land between Gorleston's riverside and the sloping cliffs below houses, but it has history... and might well have a future.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

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.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

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

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

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.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

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

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

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...

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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?

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

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

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Monday, June 3, 2019

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

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

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

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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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