The first results of the 2021 Census were released today and the big take from it, the thing that everybody across the country will have been looking for, is that Norwich has grown faster than Ipswich over the last decade and has bigger than Ipswich.
Ipswich grew from 133,384 people in 2011 to 139.700 in 2021 Norwich grew from 132,512 people in 2011 to 144,000 in 2021
Now for the big disclaimer.
That is just the population within the City and Borough boundaries, both places spill over into the neighbouring authorities, Norwich more so than Ipswich, so in reality it has always been slightly the larger of the two places.
"The protection of Dogger Bank is that rare thing – a Brexit dividend. There are multiple ironies to it, though. The Dogger was theoretically protected a decade or so ago by the UK government under the EU habitats directive – written by the prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, when he was an EU official. Then nothing happened, because there is an unhelpful conflict in European law between nature conservation and the common fisheries policy that has yet to be resolved.
When the common fisheries policy ended in UK waters after Brexit, ministers from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were – our charity had to remind them – obliged to enforce the nature laws we had inherited from Europe. There was no longer any conflict in law."
It's great that an England game is being played outside of London, as when Wembley was being built, but it is unlike the FA to move a money spinner away from the national stadium. Is it already booked up for something?
Every team is this league would lump it into touch and find their keeper sitting on his @rse with a bit of a twinge. Or take an age to decide who was taking a throw in. Or move the ball from one side of the goal to the other for a goal kick.
Every team except us, we played ourselves into trouble instead.
And with a south-westerly ser to dominate for the next lieelt while, bringing warmer temperatures, and the year marching on towards May, now is the time to swap your winter wardrobe out for your summer one.