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By Keith Skipper

The sequel to Skipper's best-selling Confessions of a rustic Boy, it is a highly unique account of his early occupation in journalism from 1961 to 1979.Journalism within the '60s and '70s was once nonetheless a global of epic lunch hours, carbon paper, sizzling steel and kooky bosses—and one among camaraderie, commitment and never-ending hours spent in pursuit of excellent quarry and replica. Keith Skipper recollects these pre-computer days with sly humor and a pointy ear for wealthy discussion.

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The men, as well as bowling with the ‘wrong’ arm, had to catch with the ‘wrong’ hand as well. As dark clouds gathered menacingly overhead, the girls sportingly decided not to appeal against the light but to send in their number 14. They lost by 34 runs, but a splendid village occasion was destined for a full page in the sporting scrapbook. A memorable little footnote to my report of that epic encounter: The men of Beeston were narked after reading the previous week’s copy of our weekly newspaper.

They lost by 34 runs, but a splendid village occasion was destined for a full page in the sporting scrapbook. A memorable little footnote to my report of that epic encounter: The men of Beeston were narked after reading the previous week’s copy of our weekly newspaper. Their cricket report in the most unlikely of places – under the Women’s Institute reports! I had one heck of a job convincing them this wasn’t my idea of a jolly jape. 46 CONFESSIONS OF A NORFOLK NEWSHOUND Home truths at election time couple of highly-charged incidents conspired to cast me as the most dangerous mid-Norfolk radical extremist ever let loose to stir the political pots at local and national level.

62 CONFESSIONS OF A NORFOLK NEWSHOUND DEREHAM’S FINEST – workmen on the roof of the parish church of St Nicholas in the mid-1960s. CONFESSIONS OF A NORFOLK NEWSHOUND 63 So what did take my fancy during those two and a half years based in Dereham? Well, I had soft spots for the Cosy Corner sweetshop – jar upon jar of juicy temptations on my way to work – and the clubroom above the Eagle pub nearby. Apart from serious meetings, especially when the Trades Council got going, I climbed the stairs as several budding pop groups organised impromptu jam sessions.

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