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Vinyl stands the test of time . . .

20 March 2017
Vinyl stands the test of time . . .

Vinyl stands the test of time . . .

20 March 2017

During the 1960s, music was like oxygen to me. On the radio, DJs not only played Elvis, Rick Nelson, Bobby Vee, Roy Orbison, Simon and Garfunkel and the Beach Boys, but they introduced the British Invasion. That included the Stones, the Beatles, Pet Clark, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Manfred Mann and countless others, including Herman’s Hermits, Freddy and the Dreamers and the Yardbirds, to name a few.


My hens are like scorned lovers

19 February 2017
My hens are like scorned lovers

My hens are like scorned lovers

19 February 2017

Someone once said a chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. Sorry about that. But I have chickens on my mind.


Great traditions of sleigh-riding

21 January 2017
Great traditions of sleigh-riding

Great traditions of sleigh-riding

21 January 2017

The 12 days of Christmas are gone ... almost as if they hadn’t come at all.


Morris ​dancers​ ​in​ Glasgow?​ ​​Yer​ ​aff​ ​yer​ ​heid!

17 December 2016
Morris ​dancers​ ​in​ Glasgow?​ ​​Yer​ ​aff​ ​yer​ ​heid!

Morris ​dancers​ ​in​ Glasgow?​ ​​Yer​ ​aff​ ​yer​ ​heid!

17 December 2016

The English aren’t perfect. Heck, I could list ten or more character flaws which give me chronic acid-reflux regarding the Anglo-Saxons.


The handbag, the dumpster and the Good Samaritan

19 November 2016
The handbag, the dumpster and the Good Samaritan

The handbag, the dumpster and the Good Samaritan

19 November 2016

I visit the Rougham Hill Waste and Recycling Centre as regularly as I visit my barber (well maybe slightly more regularly than that).


Humbug: You can keep Cambridge

24 October 2016
Humbug: You can keep Cambridge

Humbug: You can keep Cambridge

24 October 2016

I spend lots of time in Cambridge. Its official tourist Web page shouts: ‘Be inspired by its many beautiful museums and art galleries. Admire the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings. Explore quaint passages…,’ and, well, you get the drift. “Tab” – Cambridge’s time-honoured nickname – is where it’s at for culture, aesthetics, and entertainment.


Read second chapter of adventure novel based on Bury St Edmunds boy

09 October 2016
Read second chapter of adventure novel based on Bury St Edmunds boy

Read second chapter of adventure novel based on Bury St Edmunds boy

09 October 2016

Last week we published the first chapter of Dr Michael Apichella’s novel The Chronicles of Johnny Pilgrim, which is set in Bury St Edmunds. The adventure continues in the next instalment here.


What you see isn’t always what you get

17 September 2016
What you see isn’t always what you get

What you see isn’t always what you get

17 September 2016

Visitors to a gallery viewed the abstract art on the ground floor. They got up-close and personal with the interactive sculpture on the first. The featured-exhibit was housed on the top floor. As punters filed into that arcade, however, many kicked aside a dusty pile of bricks, unaware that was the actual exhibition.


Definitely not ‘Off’ in Bury . . .

20 August 2016
Definitely not ‘Off’ in Bury . . .

Definitely not ‘Off’ in Bury . . .

20 August 2016

Too bad about the restaurant on the moon. Great food but no atmosphere.


Bury St Edmunds – Buskers’ Corners?

16 July 2016
Bury St Edmunds – Buskers’ Corners?

Bury St Edmunds – Buskers’ Corners?

16 July 2016

All the bergs where I’ve lived have nicknames. Oxford – the City of Dreaming Spires. Chicago – the Windy City. Paris – the City of Light.


Charmers, entrepreneurs and a Church

19 June 2016
Charmers, entrepreneurs and a Church

Charmers, entrepreneurs and a Church

19 June 2016

I love Bury’s charmant characters. There’s cheery Vergisstan, selling the Big Issue in Abbeygate Street with his big smile, friendly “hallos”, and his pooch.


Pet peeves, crown jewels and panini

22 May 2016
Pet peeves, crown jewels and panini

Pet peeves, crown jewels and panini

22 May 2016

Everyone’s got a pet peeve. Mine’s the “Welcome to Bury St Edmunds, A jewel in Suffolk’s crown” sign. It always gives me indigestion. “THE jewel in Suffolk’s crown!” I yell as I cruise by.


Choice and service is the Bury way

17 April 2016
Choice and service is the Bury way

Choice and service is the Bury way

17 April 2016

From Palmer’s to Springfield Garage; from Sunrise to Baxter Court Sandwiches. Walk in any local shop and you’ll be greeted with a sincere smile making you feel appreciated.


A Bury Yankee in the Queen Mother’s court

20 March 2016
A Bury Yankee in the Queen Mother’s court

A Bury Yankee in the Queen Mother’s court

20 March 2016

As astute King Edward VI student Alan Everett wrote in Youth View in February, most young Brits are a smidgen anti-royalist, questioning how our queen has hung on to her job when most European noble families have gradually lost their privileges or their heads (or both) since the French Revolution made regicide trendy.


A town with no bookshops? Unthinkable

17 January 2016
A town with no bookshops? Unthinkable

A town with no bookshops? Unthinkable

17 January 2016

People who say they’ve only one life to live must not read books. The guy who first spoke that pithy line might well have been Stephen Cook, erudite owner of Churchgate Books here in Bury. We go way back, and I’ve always considered Stephen the ideal Brit: a blokey intellectual.