On the move (yet again)

On The Move

You can find me settling down in my new place here. Please adjust your bookmarks. Thank you!



Olympic Stadium, Berlin

My entry for “Photo Friday” where this weeks challenge is Curvature.

Originally built in the 1930’s the Olympic Stadium in Berlin underwent a complete refurbishment for the 2006 World Cup, a project that included this new roof structure that rises at its high point to 68 metres above the seats below, and covers 37,000 square metres.

Outside though the stadium roof is barely visible delivering a visual ‘wallop’ – that my photo does not do justice – once you get inside.

Ridgeons League Grounds 2011-12

The Ridgeons League kicked-off in anger on Saturday and for anyone intending to travel around East Anglia to watch any of its 37 clubs in action over the next 9 months here’s a handy map to point you more or less in the right direction.

Brightlingsea Regent are making their debut in the league whilst three sides have exited stage left. Leiston were promoted to the Isthmian League, Histon’s second string withdrew early this summer along with Saffron Walden Town who withdrew just this month citing financial problems.

I’ll be endeavouring to complete my ‘set’ of Ridgeons League stadia with a visit to Dereham Town’s Aldiss Park a ground that has proved to be somewhat elusive over the last year or two.

Holbrook & Stutton

Holbrook CreekRoyal Hospital SchoolRiver StourRiver StourApproaching St Peter's ChurchGrassland at Stutton
St Peter's Church, StuttonStutton WoodsStutton WoodsTree Plantation, HolbrookHolbrook MillHolbrook Mill
Sunday LunchMill brook bridgeHolbrook Creek

Holbrook & Stutton, a set on Flickr.

Today we took advantage of the sunny weather to do a 4 mile circular walk beside the River Stour and Alton Water taking in Lower Holbrook, Holbrook Creek, Stutton, Alton Water and Holbrook.

Starting out at Holbrook Creek the path runs along the top of the river wall giving great views out over the Stour on one side and the grounds of the Royal Hospital School on the other. The RHS, originally created for the sons of officers and men in the Navy and Marines,  moved here from Greenwich in the early 1930’s.

The route then turns inland passing St Peter’s Church, Stotton and Stotton House (mentioned in the Doomsday Book), along a wooded lane and onto Alton Water Reservoir which supplies drinking water to the majority of homes in the south-east of the county and is a popular spot for boating, biking and walking.

Crossing the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir the walk continues down into Holbrook, through a tree plantation and past the 15th-century Holbrook Mill, now residential but an operational mill for some four hundred years.

The final 1,000 yards has you follow the mill brook as it winds it’s way down to Lower Holbrook to conclude the walk back at Holbrook Creek.

Sutton Hoo Helmet

Sutton Hoo Helmet

My entry for this weeks Friday Photo Challenge where the topic is ‘Gold’.

The Sutton Hoo Helmet is one of the most important Anglo Saxon finds of all time, this iron and gold helmet was buried in the grave of a warrior chieftain, together with a large number of weapons and a 27-metre-long ship.

Found at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, the helmet and many other artefacts from the site are now housed in the British Museum, London.

Ipswich Town 1 Northampton Town 2

09-08-2011: Ipswich Town 1 Northampton Town 2 (Carling Cup 1st Round) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

One of seven new arrivals already this summer the signing of the enigmatic Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas for £1m seems like good business to me provided Paul Jewell can convert this huge talent into a consistent performer on the pitch. Gunners boss Arsene Wegner had spoken often about JET’s undoubted ability but left a question mark hanging over his work ethic.

JET had an impressive spell on loan at Doncaster at the beginning of last season followed by an equally unimpressive one at Cardiff (although in fairness the latter was hampered by injury). Reading through comments by Gunners fans on an Arsenal message board it seems they are disappointed that he hadn’t made the type of progress that someone like Jack Wilshere had, by backing up talent with real effort.

But initial signs for his Portman Road career are encouraging. A good performance at Bristol City at the weekend, where he laid on a superb pass for Town’s second goal, and tonight he opened his Town goal account in the 11th minute, receiving the ball on the left hand edge of the penalty area and sending a powerful strike over the Cobbler’s ‘keeper and into far corner of the net.

JET was easily the best performer for me tonight in a Blue’s side containing nine changes from the side that won 3-0 at Ashton Gate at the weekend. With that number of changes an upset was always likely. The Cobblers went 2-1 up ten minutes after the break leaving Ipswich plenty of time to force extra time (JET almost did so from a free-kick) or even to have won it but, as was so often the case last season, they just couldn’t convert numerous chances into goals.

Whitton United 3 Ipswich Town U-18’s 4

The new McDonald's Stand at Whitton United

Whitton United had a storming end to their 2010-11 Ridgeons League campaign finishing as runners-up to Gorleston and five points ahead of third placed Diss Town. Unfortunately their King George V Playing Fields ground failed to meet the minimum requirements for the Ridgeons Premier Division at the time of the League’s AGM (in fact it didn’t meet those for Division One either) and so their application for promotion was denied.

There’s a certain irony here in the fact that work to upgrade the ground (including the construction of a 113-seater stand) was started in March, just as their impressive end of season run was underway, but could not be completed in time. Anyway the new McDonald’s Stand is now completed and was officially opened today by Russell Osman – a UEFA Cup winner with ITFC in ‘81 and now U-18’s coach with the ITFC Academy – and Mark Richards, owner of a number of McDonalds franchises.