Norma Nelson: Without the laughs, election night would just be cold pizza and monotony
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It's not easy this election lark - staying up all night on a diet of just cold pizza and coffee, watching as yet another seat is announced.
So luckily there are usually a few oddities and extravagant outbursts to keep journalists amused and capture our otherwise short attention spans.
In our region of Norfolk, Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire not much changed - the seats stayed the same colours, with familiar faces.
But that's not to say there was no celebration at all.
In fact, Labour's Clive Lewis in Norwich South started off early with unbridled joy at the exit polls, which suggested a hung parliament.
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But his showstopper came as he retained his seat - and doubled his majority - as he launched into thumping his chest and enthusiastically gesticulating with victory signs. Some would rejoice at Mr Lewis' enthusiasm, others might wonder whether the presence of the national media had anything to do with his reaction.
Elsewhere, Broadland's Keith Simpson was hoping bigger really did mean better, as he donned a blue rosette as big as his head, without exaggeration. However, Mr Simpson - who also kept his seat - had not taken a leaf out of his party leader's book however and played down his own name, giving most space to the frills. This stands in contrast to his campaign - which my spies tell me was markedly a no frills affair.
- 1 Norfolk's first mass Covid vaccination centre to open in food court
- 2 Norfolk wakes up to snow with more expected to fall
- 3 Drivers face non-essential travel fines after spate of snow crashes
- 4 Londoners fined for travelling to stay at second home in Norfolk
- 5 'Anti-social rider' has quadbike seized in the snow
- 6 Government must step in to help 'desperate' Norwich hospital, says MP
- 7 Stunning images capture Cromer in the snow
- 8 Are you in our Norfolk school photos from the 1970s?
- 9 Jailed in Norfolk: Burglars, domestic abuse and threats to kill
- 10 Man in 20s dies and three hurt as Audi crashes into wall
Sir Henry Bellingham again won his North West Norfolk seat and is backing Theresa May.
But the Bellinghams haven't always been so kind to prime ministers.
In May 1812 one of Sir Henry's ancestors stormed in to the Palace of Westminster and assassinated the then PM, Spencer Perceval.
Perceval became the one and only British prime minister ever to be assassinated.
John Bellingham was hanged for it.
Meanwhile, in North Norfolk, Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb was re-elected and our photographers caught the emotional moments Mr Lamb shared with his family in the aftermath.
However, those who regularly pick up a copy of our sister title the North Norfolk News - and who doesn't?! - may have noticed a striking similarity between editor Ally McGilvray and Mr Lamb's son Ned. I can exclusively confirm they are not the one and the same, and Mr McGilvray could instead be found tucking into a microwave pizza while covering the count.
The region did not have any joke candidates this year - or at least not official ones - to the great disappointment of this columnist. When we inevitably all turn out again for Election 2017 Part Two, can I humbly request East Anglia's very own Lord Buckethead equivalent, to at least give us all a giggle?