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So a lot has been happening over the last few days in little old Ipswich. It’s looking increasingly likely that we’ve now acquired our own serial killer. Over the last few days 3 women have been found dead in different locations around the outskirts of Ipswich, and two more are reported missing. It seems that the killer is targetting prostitutes in the area, presumably since they are easier targets.

And as if a prowling serial killer wasn’t enough, there was also a stabbing and a shooting in Ipswich over the weekend at a local nightclub called Zest, leaving one bloke dead. Suddenly London sounds like a nice, safe, cozy place to live again. I think everyone in the town is getting spooked by the serial killings and I reckon that the place is going to be a lot quieter in the evenings as a result, with taxi drivers being a lot busier.

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On Saturday I did another bike route and decided to use Gmaps-pedometer again to record the route.

Route 18/11/2006

What would make this great tool even better would be to allow photos to be added to the map and also notes so that the whole route can be recorded for others to follow. I’m sure, with the Google Maps and Flickr APIs this has got to be possible, especially now that Flickr supports geotagging of photos.

It’s really great seeing the route set out like this – it gives me a real sense of distance and scale. I think next time I’ve got to try going out to a different part of Suffolk.

I just got back from being out on my bike, and wanted to know how far I’d been. Since I’ve not got round to transferring the bike computer from my old bike to my new one, I usually just have a quick look at Google Maps and work it out roughly. But this time I found Gmaps Pedometer. Its a great little app that uses the Google Maps API and allows you to plot the route bit by bit just by double clicking on the map. Its great and I managed to work out I’d cycled a shade over 9 miles.

So here’s my route:
Bike route Sat 4th Nov 2006

I had my folks come to visit this weekend and had the task of working out where in the area we should visit. When I first moved to Ipswich I had very poor knowledge of the area, but now that I’m in my 5th (!) year here, I’m getting a better measure for East Anglia. It turned out that I had too many places I wanted to take my parents for the time they were here. So I thought I’d list the some of the great places to visit here for next time they’re down and for anyone else who’s interested:

The Suffolk Coast
There’s so many small towns along this very unspoilt coastline which are great to visit and very different from similar towns along the south coast. Particular highlights are Aldeburgh, Southwold, Walberswick, Thorpe Ness, and Dunwich. Aldeburgh and Southwold are the largest of the coastal towns. Aldeburgh sports a fantastic ice-cream parlour in the summer with a huge array of flavours as well as a tiny little cottage along the sea front that neatly fits into a single car park space. Southwold has its own pier, a lighthouse and a great little restaurant called the Blue Lighthouse.

Framlingham
Further in-land is Framlingham. It’s a tiny little market town but the pride of Framlingham has to be the huge medieval castle which is free to walk around the outside but you pay a fee to go in the grounds.

Norfolk Broads
Further north lies Norwich and the Norfolk Broads. I’ve not spent a huge amount of time in Norfolk, but the Norfolk Broads are well worth a visit. I spent some time in Wroxham which is on the north west side of the broads. Here you can hire a boat in units of one hour to chug along the broads. We hired one for just an hour, and in September (just after peak season) the price was £13.

Pinmill
Pinnmill is a tiny little hamlet on the way to Shotley from Ipswich. It’s right on the river Orwell, along with a great pub called the Butt and Oyster, which has apparently played host to Colin Farell and Ewan McGregor when they were recently filming nearby. The pub is right on the river and has a really good menu – especially worth checking out the specials. There’s also a nice walk along the river from Pin Mill.

Shotley Gate
A small town from which you can see Harwich and Felixstowe across the water. On the way into Shotley there’s some impressive views of the *huge* cargo ships that dock at Felixstowe. There’s a nice walk along the beach at Shotley, and there’s also the marina on the Felixstowe side – can see the lock in almost constant operation on the weekends.