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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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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Three and eight – 38. One and five – 15. Key of the door – 21. Sorry, can’t finish – I get off at the next stop.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

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.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

It is not strictly train of thought, but occasionally something rings a figurative bell triggering a recollection from yesteryear.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Nothing changed, except Great Yarmouth and Gorleston’s landscape.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Residents and visitors to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston who fancy a wee dram, a pint, half or even a lemonade shandy are finding it more and more challenging to locate a “local” in which to slake their thirst.

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Japan
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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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Wales
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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

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United Kingdom
Monday, August 20, 2018

Only recently I bemoaned here that railway travel is not what it used to be.

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Surrey
Monday, August 13, 2018

For as long as anyone can remember, river crossings have regularly made Mercury headlines.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This weekend marks the centenary of a wartime air raid involving Great Yarmouth which one account claims could have been a forerunner to an attack on the United States.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

What a night!

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Well done, thou good and faithful servant!

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