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Foggy days and Norfolk chuckles

PUBLISHED: 08:29 31 December 2017

Is the misty weather going to clear up? A visitor to Cromer 'hadn't the foggiest'... Picture: Denise Bradley

Is the misty weather going to clear up? A visitor to Cromer 'hadn't the foggiest'... Picture: Denise Bradley

Copyright: Archant 2017

Keith Skipper does some looking back and laughing on 2017.

It’s the little things that count. A handy reminder not to scale too many mountains while there are still patches of genuine joy to be found in the foothills.

Looking back on 2017 is a testing exercise in careful selection, to winkle out amusing and uplifting moments from too many months of worrying and wondering about Brexit, Trump, Inappropriate Behaviour and the Future of Mankind.

I read somewhere in January: “Nostalgia is the scythe we use to mow down nettles and thorns in yesterday’s country lanes and meadows”. That didn’t stop me sharpening the scythe and filling a bottle with cold tea for a few more adventures down memory loke.

A thoughtful woman on Cromer seafront came up with a memorable line when I asked if a run of dull, chilly and misty weather was likely to end soon. “I haven’t the foggiest,” she replied – and I don’t think she realised what a witty riposte she had provided.

The start of May inspired a telling strike from a Norwich City follower as his team threw away a three-goal advantage at Leeds and just managed to hang on for a draw. “The Canaries should open up their own brewery – they’re so good at bottling,” he quipped, from a safe distance.

Another candidate for Quote of the Year seemed to be carrying a dusting of flour power. Colourful Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan told his Labour predecessor George Nobbs during a debate on council tax: “You are living in a land of fairy cakes.”

Nearly as good as the woman I overheard recently talking about hopes that Channel 4 could be moving to Norwich. “I’m not really bothered” she told her friend over Victoria sponge and tea. “I don’t use their perfumes in any case”.

I’ll carry on sniffing out sunspots and sausage rolls in various foothills of Norfolk and Cloud-Cuckoo-Land. Join me when you can.

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