Suffolk

Mrs Portly Goes to Aldeburgh

Linda Duffin | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

The sun shone (mostly) and a big crowd of food lovers came along to soak up the atmosphere in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, before staggering home with bags full of delicious things to eat and drink.

Not Suffolkating: The Sound of Sirens

Mark Piggott | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Times goes at a different rate in the country. It seems only yesterday that we drove out beyond the M25, and the cat pooped on my lap, and we began our new life in a house of flies and dirt and no door-handles. It was actually ten months ago.

Suffolkating: Partying Hard in Old Front Bottom

Mark Piggott | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

At midnight I look up at the screen to see Big Ben, haloed in light, wreathed in the smoke of rockets and bangers, keeping stern watch over the city I called home for almost thirty years: so close, yet so far away.

Suffolkating: Just an Everyday Standard Coincidence?

Mark Piggott | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Having received a card from the middle-aged couple a few doors along, next week we're having a little soiree for the neighbours - all except Dead Bob Willis and his invisible wife, obviously. As I drive home from Homebase with a boot full of planks singing along to "Rebel Rebel" it somehow feels Christmassy and normal.

Suffolkating: One Part Inspiration, Nine Parts Perspiration

Mark Piggott | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Sean's spots are healing, Emma making friends; Lynda is working in London today. The house is "coming together" (as in, it's no longer falling apart). The roof of the summerhouse is secured with tarp and screws. There's nothing useful I can do alone. Nothing for it: I must write.

Suffolkating: the Elephant in the Room is the Room

Mark Piggott | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Neither of the kids seems traumatised by their first day at Straddlewick; we heave sighs of relief. Then, at tooth-brush-time, Emma says Sean was called names by an older boy in the playground.

Suffolkating: The Hillbillies Have X-ray Eyes

Mark Piggott | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Lynda's supposed to meet me at the train station but the Stilo's out of action: some sort of steering rod calamity that will cost more to fix than we paid for the infernal thing. For about a trillisecond I consider taking a mechanic's course then remember I have better things to do. I'm not sure what, exactly, but I do.

Suffolkating: Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Mark Piggott | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Following a great deal of badgering, bribery and blackmail the children allow themselves to be shown round Straddlewick primary by the deputy head and we assume from their relative silence they have no fundamental objection to being educated there.

Cameron Backs Controversial MP, Who Dodged Axe From Local Party

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has thrown his support behind a senior Tory MP fighting to save his political career after local party officials refused to re-adopt him...

Suffolkating: Fate Gets the Finger

Mark Piggott | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Joy! The kitchen sink is finally installed so now we can wash our pots and clothes without resorting to the scabby old bathtub. Shame about the missing cutlery drawer - "I'll come back later," says the plumber, vaguely - but who cares when you can clean your socks without your hands resembling Brillo pads immersed in Jif?*

Suffolkating: Good Omens

Mark Piggott | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Continuing to work in London is disorientating: waking hours before dawn, driving along waterlogged lanes to the station where I wait for the local train to take me into Cambridge, where I make a dash for anything heading towards the city: no time for coffee or breakfast, then I look up drowsily from "Portrait of a Lady" (how did these people ever actually mate?) - and I'm back in the smoke.

Suffolkating: Adders and Asbestos

Mark Piggott | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

One of the main reasons we left our beloved London for a tiny village no-one's ever heard of is the local primary school, which is tiny, with its own little swimming pool and straight As all down its Ofsted report. Unfortunately, although there's a place for Sean there isn't one for Emma and rather than try elsewhere we're keeping the kids home.

Suffolkating: Welcome to the Country

Mark Piggott | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Mark Piggott

A few days later, I'm stuck up a step-ladder holding a drill and wondering what to do with it when our immediate neighbour trudges grimly to the door; he's around 70, with an unyielding and yet woebegone face, like a dead Bob Willis. When I put out my hand he regards it like it's a dead badger and doesn't shake.

Suffolkating: Week One

Mark Piggott | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Once the kids are asleep Lynda and I crack open the Cava but we're so cold and tired, so daunted by the scale of the task ahead, it tastes flat and we go to bed. As I lie awake and listen to the unfamiliar sound of nothingness a terrible fear grips me: have we done the right thing?

Two Killed In Suffolk Car Crash

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK

Two men have been killed and four seriously injured after their car crashed into a pub in Blythburgh, Suffolk on Saturday night. The Citroen Berlin...

Cat Found Strangled To Death

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

A cat that had gone missing for days in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, has been found strangled to death with gaffer tape. The black and brown tabby, c...

Luxury and Relaxation in Bury St Edmunds

Zahra Razavi | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

It was this mindset of exploring a place overlooked that led me to spend a couple of days in Bury St. Edmunds, a Suffolk town close to where I grew up. I'd passed through the place many a-time but never stuck around to see what was on offer.

A Foodie Find -Fast Tour of Suffolk & Essex with Milsom Hotels & Restaurants

Pregnant City Girl | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Pregnant City Girl

Maison, was one of the first country house hotels with wow factor and pulling up in the driveway and off the narrow country lane we encountered what I would describe as a wealthy eccentric old aunt. I mean that in an endearing way.

The Queen's Queens

Paul Guest | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Guest

As with any bill passing through Parliament, it is the signature of The Queen's hand that formalises a bill, elevating it to becoming law. My twitter feed was bombarded with copious amounts of praise for Her Majesty but, as I have found, The Queen has always been for equal rights for homosexuals.

Man Seriously Injured In Level Crossing Crash

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

A driver has been seriously injured after his car was hit by a train on a level crossing. The incident happened at North Green in Saxmundham, Suffo...

Whoops! Mayor Accidentally Drives Car INTO Tesco

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK

A local Mayor surprised shoppers by driving his car through the automatic doors of a Tesco Express store. Councillor Terry Buckle, sworn in as mayo...

Three Young Children And Mother Found Dead In Suffolk

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

The bodies of three young children have been found after a woman fell to her death at a car park. The children were discovered at a property in Lon...

Man And Three Horses Die In Road Crash

Posted 25.12.2012 | UK

One man and three horses have died following a road collision. The incident happened on the A14 near Sproughton in Suffolk at 10.20pm on Christmas ...

One Person Killed After Light Aircraft Crash

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK

One person was killed when a light aircraft crashed into a tree in a village on Saturday, police said. Emergency services went to the scene after a...

Fire Involving Three Fuel Tankers 'Suspicious'

PA | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK

A fire at an industrial estate involving three fuel tankers is being treated as suspicious, police said today. Emergency workers were called to the...