Vinyl, Events and Automobiles

Not quite as snappy as “Trains, Planes and Automobiles” but a good description of today.

My intention was to ride my wheelchair over to Fore Street to Out of Time Records. I was a bit messed about because they don’t take plastic and Tesco’s cash machine wasn’t working. Fortunately, the Post Office in Fore Street came up trumps.

Out of Time Records is a specialist CD and Vinyl shop and, given my recent move back to vinyl, a good place to go.

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The problem that I have is, not being able to stand for too long, bending down into the boxes of Albums is quite difficult. In fact, I couldn’t cope with too much so all I ended up with was a couple of Ralph Sutton albums. Ralph Sutton is a tremendous pianist in the tradition of Fats Waller so lots of stride and ragtime! Still, only £7.00 for the two albums so that was a bargain!

On the way back, as I passed the big car park next to Neptune Marina, I saw an unusual sight – a gaggle of Triumph sports cars.

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I am sorry for my friend Dan in Connecticut but there wasn’t a Spitfire in sight! Lots of TR6, a Stag and, hidden away, a lime green TR7 (whatever were they thinking?).

Remember the staff and student car park that I was complaining about. Just as I thought – closed on a weekend so lots of parking space going missing. Can’t anyone do something about this?

Lastly, I was given a little booklet about a couple of “Heritage” days taking place in September. These weekends involved are those of the 8th and the 15th. It’s a bit late for the 8th but still time, this weekend. The booklet is available for viewing and download from The Ipswich Society Web SiteHeritage Booklet.

Unfortunately, this is the first time that I have heard about this. Another example of a lack of publicity about the two.



The Oosterschelde in the Wet Dock

A couple days ago, a nice three masted “tall ship” called on Ipswich. I missed its arrival but my wife caught it and told me that something with a name starting with “O” had arrived. It was a lovely day today so I took the opportunity of gadding out on my wheelchair to have a look.

It turned out be the Oosterschelde – a three-masted topsail schooner according to the board on view.


I only had my phone on me but it takes nice photos.


Whilst checking out the boat, I noticed that the new car park was in operation. It really does seem to be a shame that the best use for a nice stretch of the Waterfront turns out to be a car park reserved for the University staff and students!

This first picture shows that they have torn down the green fencing that was put up when they were working on the bridge investigations. This, whilst a plain wire fence, was at least permanent. However, it obviously wasn’t permanent enough because most of it along the waterfront has been taken away and replaced with temporary fencing.

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They have allowed for some pedestrian access to the waterfront but making some pathways through. However, all they have done with the fencing it move it about a bit!carpark1

Let us hope that this isn’t permanent.

On a lighter note, The Orwell Lady was just leaving so I took a snap of the happy passengers on their way out for a nice trip along the Orwell and back.

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Rundown to the Great East Run

The Great East Run takes place on Sunday – 16th September. Are you taking part?

This event is a half marathon run around Ipswich and along the River Orwell.

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Quoting from theSimply Health web site: 

“The Simplyhealth Great East Run course follows a scenic route that is suitable for runners of all abiltiies.

Starting and finishing on Russell Road, runners pass the prestigious Willis building designed by Lord Foster before heading through the beautiful Holywells Park and travelling down to Ipswich’s vibrant waterfront.

The route then passes Felaw Maltings on the way out and back along Wherstead Road, where participants will see Fox’s Marina, Suffolk Food Hall and go twice under the iconic Orwell Bridge into Freston.

On returning to the town centre, runners will head towards Ipswich Town FC’s Portman Road stadium, passing the statues of two football legends, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey, before crossing the finish line in the stadium’s practice pitch and being welcomed by hundreds of supporters in the stands.”

I am talking about this because I want to warn you of road closures that will be happening. I have come across signs on the Wherstead Road, Patteson Road and warnings in Cliff Lane of Holywells Road. The run starts (for the elite runners) at 10am.

The full list of closures is available HERE. The re-opening is to be phased and information on those reopening is available HERE.

Needless to say, I will be at the start with my trusty camera so check back late on Sunday for some more news.

New, simpler, domain name

Ever since I restarted this blog it has been available as:

Recently, I have designed a new flyer about the blog. Whilst doing this, I realised that the blog address was somewhat of a mouthful. I decided that I should upgrade the blog so there would be no adverts. This gave me the opportunity of getting a free domain name from WordPress (our blog supplier).  The new way to get to the blog is a much simpler name:

At the same time, I registered a UK domain name, so that I had one without WordPress involvement, should I need it in future. This is:

Not much difference. It is up to you how you use these domain addresses. All of them will always work.

I mentioned that I was designing a new flyer for the blog. I am trying to get a bit of a wider audience as the current blog is still someway off the numbers that I used to have when we were on the fourth floor of the apartment block. The design is a simple A5 document which I had printed for me by Doxdirect. They charged me £9.69 for 100 A5 full colour flyers, which I think is very cheap. These are going into the post boxes in our block. If anyone wants me to put one somewhere else, just let me know.

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Old Friend RV Belgica returns

We had a very large visitor to the Wet Dock today. It looked like a military ship but not quite, if you know what I mean. I dashed to get my camera to take a few shots. By the time I had the camera, and the right lens, to hand, it had moved and I couldn’t see it fully from our balcony. I rushed into our bedroom which is a bit nearer the water’s edge and, through the window, got some great shots of the ship turning before tying up.

I felt that it looked familiar so I went onto my “nerdiest” web site – where it turned out I had already see this one – RV Belgica. If you go there and have a look, you will see that I only have one shot and it is one of the ship alongside the quay. This image is dated 1st September 2012. We only moved to the Waterfront on 26th August that year so it shows that I was keen on the goings on even then!

OK, RV Belgica,  pennant no. A962, is a Belgian research vessel which, although privately owned, is crewed by naval personnel. Check out the web site as it has a live video feed of the Wet Dock. I managed to get it as it was turning. It is a very tight fit across the Wet Dock but it managed it very easily.


For those interested in the nuts and bolts of the ship here are some close ups:

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Lastly, here is the ship in all her glory.


Different Little Boats around the Waterfront

Suddenly, there seemed to be a lot of unusual boats around.

We start with a Police boat. Now, we are used to Border Force cutters but I have never seen a motor boat decked out in police colours before. Obviously, I know of the Metropolitan Police having their Thames division but this is a bit different.


It seems that, on that day, the police and the Border Force caught some illegal immigrants  further up the Orwell towards Felixstowe. More details can be seen on the Ipswich Star website with some further details HERE.

A couple of canal type barges have also arrived (although these look a bit big for most canals).



Lastly, Spirit Yachts have a couple of their builds sitting in the Marina.



(Excuse the quality but these last two are from my phone and considerably enlarged as they are moored on the other side of the Wet Dock).

Lastly, I noticed that the Thames Barge Centaur was moored by The Cult cafe. This is an irregular visitor so it is nice to see it back with us.centaur1

To end up, I was fascinated to hear a saxophone playing when parking the car the other afternoon. Suddenly, Victor was moving past with a lot of passengers on a trip up the river listening to a fine three piece Jazz band. What a great way to spend an afternoon. Here is a short video of them passing whilst listening to a great rendition of “Sweet Sue”. (Sorry about the wind noice but it has been extremely windy along the quayside recently).

Ipswich Maritime Festival 2018 – Fireworks

This year they changed the way that the fireworks were to happen. Firstly, as a new thing, there were to be some fireworks during the day (??) and then the evening firework display moved to Saturday from Sunday.

Firstly, the daytime fireworks were OK. There were, as I understand it, mostly coloured powder. The idea seemed to be to fire it up and let it drift. Anyway, this is what it looked like.


It was OK but I understand that some of the coloured powder fell on some yachts. Nice Try.

The evening fireworks were as dramatic as ever. It is always worth seeing. A lot of money must go into setting it all up. People are starting to gather


Then, the big event starts. Watch the slideshow and then the video.

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Now, we look forward to next year’s festival.