Monday, 30 August 2010

Abandoned Boozers of Norwich # 10: The Ferryboat

Closed since 2006. The Ferryboat was an important live music venue in the city until its closure in 2006. Bands and acts performed in a converted boat barn at the back of the pub. A selected list of acts to play there over the years can be found at the pub's Wikipedia entry:

Post-Moldy Peaches, pre-'Juno' soundtrack Kimya Dawson played there in 2004, too.

Fondly remembered by many, The Ferryboat has an additional dark curiosity nowadays since the revelation that Ipswich Strangler Steve Wright ran the pub in the late 1980s. The fact that The Ferryboat is located in Norwich's red light district did not go overlooked.

The Ferryboat is supposedly to reopen in 2011 as an eco-friendly youth hostel. Hopefully this will materialise, and will maintain some of its former life's more alternative spirit, in opposition to the increasingly soulless Riverside gentrification and yuppiefication that partly saw it closed in the first place.

An Empty Bookshop Is a Terrible Sight pt 2

My favourite bookshop ever, on The Avenues, Norwich. Weirdly well stocked with second-hand Creation and Headpress underground film / culture guides. Good times. Not bad for a single room.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Don't Slam That Bloody Gate

On The Marriott's Way, just off Hellesdon Road.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

To Make a Pun About 'Balls' Would be Too Obvious

St Peter Mancroft may be the burial place of Sir Thomas Browne, but not until now has it been able to boast three human-sized hamster balls in a paddling pool.

Abandoned Boozers of Norwich # 9: The Grove Inn

Closed July 2009. Recent reports in the local Evening News claim the 'eyesore' building has now been sold, and is to be demolished to make way for the inevitable flats. Situated on Cadge Road, Norwich.

A Strip of Fire in the Sky

The view of last night's sunset from the window of the projection booth at the top of Anglia Square. A torrential downpour had just passed by and the sky was something to behold.