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feature about a potential railway catastrophe averted in the nick of time 90 years ago a newspaper scoop, hitherto unpublished except in a specialist magazine?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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Sunday, February 24, 2019

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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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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