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2021... what did you miss? With so

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Planning a break at the lakes? Might want to think again. Jason Bateman returns in the fourth and final season of this award-winning, brutal, crime drama. The last season is split into two and the first set of episodes arrive this January. Money laundering might have become second nature for the Byrde family but can they make a clean escape? It might not be the advert the Ozark Lakes tourist board would make themselves but it’s certainly television you can’t look away from.

The Gilded Age

What We Do in the Shadows

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BBC iPlayer/Disney+

It’s time to meet your new obsession. The Gilded Age, which is set to air on Sky Atlantic on January 25, 2022, has been written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The drama is set in 1882 during a period of economic change, huge fortunes and loss. It stars Sex and the City alumnus Cynthia Nixon as well as Meryl Streep’s daughter, Louisa Jacobson. If she’s got even a smidge of her mum’s acting chops, then we’re in for a good time.

One of the funniest TV shows around. Watch these vampire house mates tackle modern day challenges such as chain emails they worry might be cursed, dry-cleaning blood covered clothes and dealing with werewolves doing their business on their well-kept front lawn.

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This Is Us

Only Murders in the Building Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez star as New York neighbours that bond over their shared love of true crime. When a real-life murder takes places in their building, the trio team up to try and solve the mystery. With a cast like that, it would be a crime to miss this show. Series two is already confirmed with Cara Delevingne joining the line-up. Photo: Disney+/Hulu

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No Return Household favourite Sheridan Smith OBE leads this gripping drama. A family holiday gone wrong leads to Kathy (Smith) and her husband having to fight for their son’s freedom after his arrest. They’re left dealing with a foreign and expensive legal system and horrifying feeling that they might be unable to help their son. No Return deals with some tough issues and promises to be a drama that’ll stick with you after the credits roll.

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This Is Us comes to an end with its sixth season. A story of a family told between two time periods; the 1970s when parents Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are starting their lives together and the modern day where Jack and Rebecca’s triplets Randall, Kate and Kevin (played by Sterling K Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley) deal with family, relationships and the effect their parents have had on them. This show doesn’t pull any emotional punches and as it accelerates to the end it’s only going to get more intense. But sometimes we all need a good cathartic cry and a show like this reminds us what’s important after the gluttony of the festive season.

Bo Burnham: Inside Netflix You’re probably trying to forget it ever happened, but this might be the definitive document of lockdown. Bo Burnham wrote, performed, directed and edited the whole thing himself. Packed with comedy, hilarious songs and heart breaking moments. Don’t let this pass you by. 09

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Ed Gamble 31 January-1 February, Norwich Theatre Royal After a sell-out tour of his house in 2020 (extended into 2021 due to popular demand), Ol’ Broken Pancreas is charged up and ready to flick the switch on another night of attention seeking. Co-host of the award-winning mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, Taskmaster champion, and his own special, Blood Sugar, available worldwide on Amazon Prime. As seen and heard on Mock the Week (BBC2), Live At the Apollo (BBC), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), QI (BBC2), Would I Lie To You (BBC) and Sunday mornings on Radio X alongside Matthew Crosby.

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Alan Carr Regional Trinket 7-8 January, Ipswich Regent Theatre Alan’s back on the road with a brand-new stand-up show 'Regional Trinket'. From the exhilarating high of his star-studded wedding day to the low of lockdown stuck on a farm, a lot has changed since Alan's last tour four years ago, including Alan. Nowadays, it's all about finding happiness and joy in the small things why be a national treasure when you can be a Regional Trinket?!

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Kiefer Sutherland 30 January, UEA, Norwich From Lost Boys and Stand By Me to 24, everyone knows about Kiefer Sutherland’s phenomenally successful acting career. Yet in recent years, he has focused on applying his masterful storytelling ability to music, with two acclaimed albums spanning a spectrum of country and Americana. Kiefer Sutherland will return to these shores in January with his full live band to embark upon his biggest UK and Ireland headline tour to date.

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The Nimmo Twins: A Load of Old Squit 5-23 January, Norwich Theatre Playhouse In the first of their twenty-fifth anniversary shows, Norfolk’s legendary sketch duo The Nimmo Twins (Owen Evans and Karl Minns) return with a two hour ‘Best Of..’ featuring their favourite sketches, songs and monologues as well as a first peek at the new material for their brand new show in August. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll almost certainly be showered with spittle if you’re in the front rows. And you’ll leave marvelling at just how many nylon wigs two sweaty, middleaged men can wear. Expect visits from the The Council, She Go, Anne, Billy Boy, Hauswerk and many other broad and reactionary rural stereotypes with bulging eyes and strangulated accents.

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Sindhu Vee The multi-talented actor, writer and stand-up talks about her Alphabet tour and being honest.

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about the 100% truth”. Acclaimed stand-up, actor, writer, and former investment banker Sindhu Vee has worked in businesses that may occasionally encourage people to be economical with the truth, so it’s pleasing to hear that lies to her are like kryptonite. “There is no need to tell people bullshit about yourself. As a stand-up, I think you guys should believe that I thought these things. It speaks volumes about how much I love my audiences and how much I trust them.” The love between audiences and Sindhu has been a two-way street since the India-born stand-up broke through on the UK comedy scene in 2018. Her full debut show Sandhog went down a storm with crowds and critics alike (she earned rave reviews and an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination), and having taken it out onto the road, she’s desperate to bring fresh material to venues across the country. Her new show, Alphabet, will tour this year, and takes in a whole range of different subjects and ideas. There’s no overarching theme, just a series of very funny stories, all of which are, remember, 100% true. Sindhu feels that this is as much about her process as anything else. “There’s no explicit theme but, yes, there’s something in there about the alphabet. When I’m putting material together, typically my heart is in one place. I tend not to write for a show, I just write material. I am someone who believes that an hour of stand-up can be different bits, in what can be broadly called the American model: there might be turnips and then shoes and then my mother-in-law, but there’s no big theme. If that does happen, it’s not on purpose.” Alphabet may turn out not to include root vegetables, footwear and family members, but like every other comic producing a show this year, there is one over-riding subject that will be almost impossible to ignore. “I’m someone who will only talk about what they care about at the time. Maybe all stand-ups do that, I don’t know. For a lot of people, lockdown was about being with your family but for me it was about being inward. I discovered a few things about my life that I thought ‘well this is shit: am I really that shallow?’ And, well, yes, I am. And, yes, it’s all in the show.”

A lot has happened to Sindhu since she made that breakthrough three years ago. Her TV credits have included acting spots on hit comedy-dramas such as Sex Education and Feel Good, while she has been funny as herself on the likes of Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, QI, and Have I Got News For You. For radio, she’s made Sindhustan and Things My Mother Never Told Me About Lockdown, while she also co-hosts the Child Labour podcast with fellow comic and parent Stuart Goldsmith. On the horizon is an

Another con is that I have come from very full families and touring can be very lonely. But, by and large, I am very excited to be on tour and I feel very lucky. appearance in the movie version of Tim Minchin’s musical Matilda which will be released in 2022. “Though stand-up is definitely my big love, I discovered over time that comedy isn’t just one thing; you can exercise your comedy muscles in various ways and you have to have the discipline. There’s something about stand-up that requires discipline but is very sociable as well. A lot of your different needs are met; it’s not like writing where it’s all on you. Lockdown taught me a lot; there was no gigging

and no clubs, so if you’re a comic, you have to self-generate your stuff.” With a fully self-generated show to now take to her public, Sindhu is fully aware from her Sandhog experience that being on the road for a national tour has its ups and downs. “Before, I had never had a reason to travel the UK so much. I’m from India so when I went on holiday I would go back to India: why would I go to Kettering? So the biggest positive thing for me on tour was to look at all of this UK! Also I had zero geography. I’d say, ‘why is there water here?’ and my tour manager would say ‘oh god, do I have to show you a map?’ Another big pro is simply getting to tour and having an audience; it really is a highlight of doing this as a profession.” And what of the cons? “Before I got a tour manager, in a couple of places there were hotels that were a combination of Fawlty Towers and that one from The Shining. They were so weird. I thought ‘I’m going to die here and no one is going to know where I am’. I have a very vivid imagination and I was addicted to all kinds of true crime before true crime became a thing. Another con is that I have come from very full families and touring can be very lonely. But, by and large, I am very excited to be on tour and I feel very lucky.” Sindhu has one final message for those coming to see Alphabet, whether they’re already fans of her stand-up or those who have come to her through the TV programmes she’s appeared in or the radio shows and podcasts she’s recorded. “I feel like Sandhog was an introduction: this is who I am, this is who I’m married to, this is what I think. Whereas Alphabet is actually less about who I am on the outside, all the stuff you could have picked up on Wikipedia, and more about who I am on the inside. I think that’s the real difference. Pretty much everything I’m going to say in Alphabet you wouldn’t know if you didn’t come to the show. I have too much respect for stand-up as an artform and for the audiences who come to see me to not write and perform what’s really coursing through me.” Sindhu Vee will be appearing at the Key Theatre in Peterborough as part of her national tour on 10 February 2022. www.sindhuvee.com

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January This month head out for some interesting walks relating to Norwich’s history, culture and UNESCO City of Literature status says Melanie Cook of www.VisitNorwich.co.uk

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the frivolity of Christmas now behind us, it’s tempting to think about spending January hunkering down. However, I urge you not to because there are some fantastic walks to enjoy, with a bit of a twist. Wrap up warm in your new scarf and hat set and start planning your route. In spring 2019, the National Centre for Writing published their first walking chapbook entitled ‘Walking Norwich The Real and Imagined City’. The idea was genius. Ten walks around Norwich by wonderful writers born or drawn here. In 2012 Norwich became England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, with a literary history dating back to the 14th century when Julian of Norwich became the first woman in the world to have a book published in the English language. Norwich has never looked back. With a large-scale reprint published ahead of the global pandemic this was a very handy booklet to make use of when our activities were restricted. Featuring walks from writers such as Emma Healey and Molly Naylor, as well as NCW’s own Head of Programmes Peggy Hughes, the routes include: ‘A Walk with Thomas Browne’; ‘Muddle and Go Nowhere’; ‘The Pubs of Norwich’ and perhaps my favourite, ‘Cow Tower to Kett’s Heights’ by Jon McGregor.

Dublin and Norwich. Valur Gunarsson reimagined the coastal walk which was inspired by WG Sebald’s Rings of Saturn. Vahni Capildeo’s walking route was imagined from their daily walk to a lighthouse while meditating on life during lockdown and the weather. Finally, Marcin Wilk writes about the importance of local communities and independent bookshops and the ways they are changing to survive periods of lockdown. Both chapbooks are available free from the National Centre for Writing website. However, as a charitable organisation, they are grateful for £5 donations for each via 01603 877177. Visit www.nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ ncw-publications/. 2021 was the bicentenary of the death of John Crome, one of Britain’s great Romantic artists and a founding member of the Norwich Society of Artists. John Crome lived and worked in Norwich all his life; he was born in 1768 in The Griffin pub close to Norwich Cathedral. In a small exhibition at the Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell, which has been extended indefinitely, Crome’s Norwich: 1821-2021 looks at the artist’s relationship with his home city via

The second iteration, published in September 2021, is just as appealing. Named ‘Imagining the City’ it features a further five walks which have been written by invited writers from other UNESCO cities of literature around the world whilst on a Norwich month-long virtual residency during February 2021. Those cities are Dunedin, New Zealand; Dublin, Ireland; Reykjavík, Iceland; Krakow, Poland and Edinburgh, UK. Each week during that February of 21 the writers spent time with the National Centre for Writing over Zoom sharing experiences, ideas and exploring connections. For each writer, the core of the residency was to explore connections between Norwich and their own city. Liz Breslin wrote a series of poems inspired by the peregrine falcons at Norwich Cathedral. Lynn Buckle explored connections between 17


the photography of contemporary photographer Nick Stone. In an idea that compliments the National Centre for Writing’s chapbooks, Nick spent a lot of time charting and walking in the steps of Crome during the first lockdown of 2020, revisiting locations Crome painted. In order to bring the story, bang up to date, this resulted in a wonderful collection of images blending Crome’s artworks with Stone’s contemporary photography. To accompany the

The campus of the University of East Anglia (UEA) sits within a beautiful 360-acre site just two miles from the centre of Norwich. exhibition, Stone has also created a downloadable self-guided walking tour of some of the locations (download from the museum website). The route starts at the former site of The Griffin public house, on the corner of Tombland and Upper King Street. It then takes in the Cathedral’s Monastic Infirmary; The Norwich School; St Clements Alley; Calvert Street where Crome drank in The Rifleman Pub as a member of the 'Dirty Shirt Club'. The name comes from the textile industries where workers would collect their pay, meeting in pubs. It continues to the site of John Crome’s house in what is now St George’s Street then takes in churches and riversides and finishes at the site of the Sir Benjamin Wrench Court, Bridewell Alley. The campus of the University of East 18

Anglia (UEA) sits within a beautiful 360acre site just two miles from the centre of Norwich. Within this area, the UEA in 2020 created six walking trails for people to enjoy exploring the beauty of the campus and broad. There are over 5,000 different species of plant and animal life to watch out for including 127 which are endangered, links to Earlham Park and Eaton Park, and sites including the rose garden, rockery and the Sainsbury Centre’s sculpture trail. The Sculpture Trail has a downloadable map all to itself available from their website and there are new works of art to observe and interact with. In October 2021 Anthony Caro's Goodwood Steps was installed. You can’t miss it being 33 metres in length and reaching over 3 metres in height. Internationally recognised as one of the masters of modern sculpture, Caro (1924-2013) is best known for his metal, large-scale works made from found industrial objects. Goodwood Steps consists of seven ziggurat steps and visitors are encouraged to walk through the middle of the structure to enjoy the

area from a different perspective. The latest sculpture to be added to the park collection is a beautiful and moving piece from Japanese-Swiss artist Leiko Ikemura. Translated as ‘Rabbit Bodhisattva of Mercy’, Usagi Kannon is a stunning bronze sculpture - a tall figure with rabbit ears and a human face. Created in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, it is dedicated to the people and animals who suffered losses and died in this horrific disaster. The sculpture can also be explored via its skirt, forming an entrance to the inside. Acting as a protective shrine allowing you entry, the skirt, peppered with small holes, allows the visitor to receive star-like rays of light. Finish your time at the Sculpture Park with a hot drink from one of the cafes in the centre. For events, places to eat and drink, stories, where to shop and visit in Norwich and beyond go to www.visitnorwich.co.uk Plus, don’t miss out on news, sign up to the City of Stories newsletter.


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eleven miles outside of Norwich, this beautiful market town is packed full of history – in fact, the site where Wymondham stands shows evidence of occupation from the earliest period of human settlement in Norfolk. Home to the magnificent Wymondham Abbey, which was founded in 1107 as a Benedictine monastery, the current vicar, Rev Catherine Relf-Pennington, is the first female vicar of the site. Wymondham was also home to one of MI6s radio security service direction finding stations during the Second World War and is the current home to the Norfolk Constabularies HQ – better be on your best behaviour when you visit!

makes it a wonderful place for a walk. Inside (check the Abbey website for opening times) you’ll find displays of original artefacts and a spectacular gilded screen dedicated to the fallen in the First World War. As a thriving market town, a local market is held every Friday around the Market Square, and a traditional Farmer’s Market is held on the third Saturday of every month, where you’ll find plenty of fabulous local produce. A short drive away from Wymondham’s centre is the Lotus Driving Academy – if you’re a petrolhead this may be of particular interest! Spend a day (or three!) at their track driving experiences, designed to thrill and excite.

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The town is perhaps most well-known for its impressive Abbey, making a visit here a must. With twin towers which can be seen for miles around, its picturesque location

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If, like us, you feel that a day out is only ever improved with the addition of an afternoon tea, head to Mad Hatters Tea Shop. As the name suggests, this quaint and quirky tea shop is themed around Alice in Wonderland, with vintage crockery and a range of ‘oddments’ on display. Specialising in homemade cakes, scones and sausage rolls, this is just the place for a reviving cuppa.

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Narrowly escaping the great fire of 1615, the Green Dragon has truly stood the test of time. This traditional pub boasts lots of period features, a cosy log fire to warm up next to, and with an ever-changing carousel of ales, it’s a perfect stop for a tipple or two to end your trip. www.greendragonnorfolk.com

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In my last edition of Polly's Podcasts, I'll be looking at mental health and wellbeing podcasts. Let's take this brand-new year as an opportunity to focus on and possibly learn more about our mental health. Take a listen to my top picks of the very best mental health-themed podcasts out there - By Polly Coleman

Feel Better, Live More Launched in 2018, Feel Better, Live More is a five-star-rated podcast that has over half a million listeners each week. It’s become the number one health podcast in the UK and Europe, and it’s regularly seen at the top of recommendation lists on podcast streaming platforms. The podcast covers both mental and physical health topics such as aging, discovering your true self, peace, purpose, immune health, stress and so many more with licensed professionals from a variety of medical fields. There’s a new episode every Wednesday and a short, bitesized episode released every Friday too. “I want to empower you to become the architect of your own health. Because when you feel better, you live more.” – Dr Chatterjee. FREQUENCY: Twice a week

Sunday Scaries by Headspace Get ready for the new week ahead with this mini-meditation podcast with mindfulness teacher Dora Kamau, as she helps to reframe the way you think about Sundays. The podcasts talks through that end-of-week anxiety and teaches you how to alleviate those feelings of dread, ready to face your new week with a fresh mindset. FREQUENCY: Weekly - On Sundays

The Mindset Mentor Host Rob Dial helps motivate people to become the best versions of themselves. Whether you’re looking for motivation, direction or a focus in life, The Mindset Mentor will help you find it. Rob blends together neurology, neurobiology, psychology, early childhood development and cognitive behavioural therapy so that you can understand why your brain works the way it does and how your brain and body work together. Because when you understand yourself, it makes it much easier to make a plan to change and succeed. FREQUENCY: 3 times a week

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos Based on the hugely popular psychology course she teaches at Yale titled ‘Psychology and the Good Life’, university professor Dr. Laurie Santos discusses what it truly takes to lead a happier life. Hear inspiring stories that’ll change the way you think about true happiness to show that it doesn’t matter about money, getting a better job or insta-worthy holidays to make your life happier. FREQUENCY: Weekly

On Purpose with Jay Shetty Launched in 2019, Jay Shetty shares conversations with insightful people from around the world. Topics covered include learning how to embrace change, overcome insecurities, take control of your life and stop letting other people’s opinions affect you as well as what to do if your job is harming your mental health, how to heal from trauma, early signs of burnout, how to stop getting distracted and so much more content. Special guests have previously included Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Kobe Bryant, Alicia Keys as well as many others. FREQUENCY: Mondays and Fridays 23

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by Leah Konen When her husband Harry walks out after just six months, a girls' weekend away with two friends seems like just what Sam needs. A girls' weekend to die for. New friends Sam, Margaret and Diana are thrilled to be getting out of the city for a girls' weekend. They have bonded over their messy divorces, and every mile further along their journey feels like another step towards putting their exes in the past. But they aren't even halfway to their destination when things start to go wrong: car trouble that just happens to leave them stranded in the town where Harry lives. And that's only the beginning. Because there are three things Sam doesn't yet know: one of her friends is lying about what happened. One is lying about who she is. And one of them will never make it home... Release date: 4 January Available to pre-order now.

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Pandora

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by Fearne Cotton

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Pandora is Susan StokesChapman’s debut novel. London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents' famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle's suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young antiquarian scholar. Edward sees the ancient vase as a key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore the shop to its former glory, and to escape her nefarious uncle. But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has believed about her life, her family, and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason. Release date: 27 January Available to pre-order now.

In her brand-new book, Fearne Cotton seeks out the insight and advice of wise minds to explore what they can teach us to achieve happiness, connection and hope. Fearne weaves her own journey of discovery and personal stories with the deep knowledge, ancient practices and emotional tools of renowned spiritualists and thought leaders. With their help, she peels back layers of anxiety to find contentment and deeper meaning. Downto-earth and relatable, Bigger Than Us is divided into three lessons that we can all learn, no matter who we are or what we believe: love, awareness and communication. Bigger Than Us is for anyone seeking a path through our confusing lives and offers inspiration for tapping into the strength and comfort around us and releasing the blocks and insecurities that hold us back. Release date: 20 January Available to pre-order now.

Antonia Adams is the product of a loveless marriage between a beautiful young model and an aristocrat. As a child, she's abandoned in the abyss that yawns between them, blamed by her mother, ignored by her father, and neglected by both. Unprotected and unloved, she learns that the only way to feel safe is to hide from the dangers around her... to be “invisible.” In her isolation, books are her refuge and movies her escape. Her love of the movies turns into a dream to become a screenwriter, and a summer job at a Hollywood studio. There, a famous British filmmaker notices her, and suddenly she can remain invisible no longer. He wants to put her in a movie and make her a star. It's a dazzling opportunity but a terrifying one, as it strips her of the camouflage that made her feel safe. Release date: 6 January Available to pre-order now.

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Find Her First by Emma Christie Paramedic Andy Campbell has a secret he can't tell anyone, not least the police. But when his wife Stef's image is found at the home of a suspected killer, detectives start knocking on his door, and they're not the only ones asking questions. As Andy battles to keep them off his trail, those close to Stef make a series of bloody discoveries that demand explanations even her husband can't give. The race for the truth leads them far from their Edinburgh home - but who will find her first, and will they save her life or take it? Release date: 20 January Available to pre-order now.

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anything like me, January with its cold weather and dark days makes you want to curl up in a ball and hibernate until the clocks change and temperatures are comfortably in the teens. Whilst I’m currently sitting here in front of my SAD lamp, wrapped in a million layers, wearing fluffy socks and eating leftover mince pies; deep down, I am aware that the best way to beat the January blues is to get up and get active. The same is true for children, keeping active is intrinsically linked to mental wellbeing, physical health, improved concentration and sleep. In fact, the NHS recommends that children do 60 minutes of exercise per day. This leaves parents with something of a quandary, how best to ensure they get the exercise and activity without it becoming a battle? Well, I’ve had some ideas…

GET OUT Since becoming a parent, I’ve pretty much lived by the motto “If in doubt, get out.” I’m one of those people that find parenting and life in general all together easier and more enjoyable when I’m out and about. For some reason, no matter how many toys and activities you have scattered across the floors of your house, toddlers and little people are so much easier to entertain beyond the four walls of your home. These trips out don’t even need to be desperately exciting either; sometimes just a walk to the pond down the road to feed the ducks or a visit to the playground is enough.

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MAKE IT FUN (for them and you) Getting children to exercise really needn’t be a chore. In fact, most kids are happiest when they’re active. I appreciate that weekly visits to the same playground might soon become samey, so how about making a bucket list of playgrounds to tick off over the course of a year or a month? The Instagram account @NorfolkPlayParks (they also have a website) has been invaluable for helping me find new playgrounds to take my son to. I’ve also discovered that as an adult, the secret to enjoying a trip to the playground on a cold day (besides thermals and the biggest coat you can

friend who happens to be a fellow parent, chat to those who look lonely at the playground and you might find yourself a new mum-pal.

GET COMPETITIVE One of the most useful lessons I learned in my previous career as a secondary school English teacher is that children (of all ages) suddenly become far more motivated when you turn something into a competition. I realised that even the most reluctant of Shakespeare students would become Romeo and Juliet connoisseurs overnight if they knew that there was going to be a “fun” pub-style quiz at the end of the week.

One of the most useful lessons I learned in my previous career as a secondary school English teacher is that children (of all ages) suddenly become far more motivated when you turn something into a competition. get your hands on) is good company and a decent coffee. I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic mum friend and she and I often team up to take our toddlers to the playground. This has a plethora of benefits including, but not limited to: having someone to chat to and drink aforementioned coffee with (probably the most obvious but also my favourite); having a play-mate for the toddler to chase and run around with and having someone who might be a little more organised than you and always has a ready supply of snacks, nappies, spare clothes or even a towel (don’t ask!). Take a friend to the park - you wont regret it! And if you don’t already have a great

Especially if they knew that there might be a prize involved (think small bag of Haribo, not top-of-the-range games console), my lessons became a hundred times easier to plan! The same can be applied to getting children to exercise. Having a dull afternoon? Create a mini sports day with items from around the home. One needn’t be Lord Sebastian Coe in order to arrange an egg and spoon race, a three-legged race or a little game of shot put. However, if your child is anything like mine, you might want to reconsider the heavy metal ball and swap-in something a little more window-friendly such as a tennis ball or a beanbag. 27


Play areas and parks, and all the fun that this brings, These are a few of my favourite things... Here are some of my tops picks:

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Photo: Holkham (Woodland Adventure Play Area)

Pensthorpe, Norfolk An extensive nature reserve with excellent facilities to encourage children and young people to be more active and enjoy the outdoors. Hootz House indoor adventure play is perfect for inclement weather and Wild Rootz eco-play area features a 30ft tower with slides, zip wires and underground tunnels. There’s even a stream you can paddle in!

Nicholas Everitt Park SPICE UP YOUR WALK I’m the first to admit that taking children for a walk rarely (or never) is as much fun as you hope it’s going to be. I’ve regularly fallen into the trap of watching Mummy Influencers take their compliant and immaculately dressed brood for a leisurely stroll and imagining that I too, can be like them. The reality of taking my child for a walk (he’s two, for context) is that he: A. Very quickly becomes distracted by things, especially those that are unpleasant or inappropriate eg. Dog poo bin. B. Runs in the complete opposite direction to that in which we were travelling and suddenly becomes faster than Usain Bolt. C. Gets quite upset when we try to cajole him into actually walking with us. Who knew a two-yearold could already be embarrassed to be seen with their parents? D. Finds a large puddle or even better, a large body of dirty water and attempts to immerse himself in it.

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However, I like to imagine that as my son gets older, I’ll be able to make walks more fun by turning them into some sort of age-appropriate scavenger hunt. Again, this doesn’t need to be difficult – just give children a list of things to find, collect or look out for on their walk and offer some form of small prize if they find them all. For example, “Can you find an acorn?” “What colour is the door on such-and-such a place?” For younger children, this could be simplified further by using picture prompts.

VISIT YOUR LOCAL SPORTS or LEISURE CENTRE One of the many pitfalls of January is that it’s not often sunny and it’s definitely not warm. If anyone knows whom we speak to about this then please let me know. As someone who needs to get out and about daily in order to maintain some semblance of sanity, I know all too well how frustrating it is when there’s rain bouncing off the pavements outside and it feels like there’s little or nothing to do. I’m also aware of how quickly the cost of those rainy-day activities stacks up. Therefore, since becoming a parent, I’ve developed a newfound appreciation for my local sports and leisure centres that offer a selection of children’s activities (and coffee) at a reasonable cost. The leisure centre nearest me boasts a soft play area – yes, I saw you shudder but there’s no denying that they’re a great way to get the kids active. In addition to this, they also offer specific parent and child swimming times so you don’t have to worry about your little angels getting in Barbara’s way whilst she does her fifty lengths of breast stroke; as well as a wide range of other activities that are all suitable for children. Check your local one out and thank me later!

Oulton Broad, Suffolk There’s a playground with equipment to suit children of all ages, including a dedicated toddler area. This park also has an accessible roundabout and swing for wheelchair users. Great coffee and treats are available from The Old Dairy or the newly refurbished Everitt Park Café & Bar.

Holkham Hall Holkham Hall, Norfolk Set in beautiful surroundings that make an excellent destination for a walk or cycle-ride (bike hire is available on site). There’s also an incredible Woodland Play Area that’s free of charge. If all that activity works up an appetite, take a visit to The Courtyard Café or The Victoria Inn.

Sandringham Estate Sandringham, Norfolk Since opening earlier this year, the new adventure play area at Sandringham Estate has been exceptionally popular and it’s easy to see why. There’s a specific toddler area and plenty to do for older children, including climbing the 26ft Water Tower. You don’t need to purchase a ticket to enter either.

Carlton Marshes Lowestoft, Suffolk Another beautiful setting and the perfect venue for a stroll or scavenger hunt with plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. An impressive outdoor play area opened earlier this year. With all the equipment made from sustainable materials and cleverly built into the natural landscape, this is a perfect park for older children – think 4+. Suffolk Wildlife Trust also hosts plenty of activities for children and families such as Wild Tots and Wild Families.


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Benefit Water

A delicious range of caffeine, sugar and sweetener free sparkling waters that could be your savour this Dry January. In three refreshing flavours: lemon & elderflower, apple with natural fibre and mango & coconut. Each can contains magnesium and vitamins B3, B6, B9, B12, all of which contribute to normal psychological function, along with vitamin B5 which aids normal mental performance and iodine for normal cognitive function. Also enriched with magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin C. RRP £1.29 per 250ml can. www.thebenefitbrand.com

Chlorella

A type of green algae, which can be harvested and turned into a health supplement, has been claimed to help support the normal functioning of the immune system, due to it containing numerous vitamins and other important nutrients. Sun Chlorella is one of the world’s most popular brands as they use something called DYNO®-Mill technology when creating their supplements. This breaks down the cell wall of the algae, without the use of heat or chemicals which can reduce the quality of the chlorella, to ensure when you use their products you’re getting the most nutrients possible. www.sunchlorella.co.uk

Without

If your new year's resolution is to ditch the booze, then St Peter's Without® 0.0% alcohol beer is the perfect choice to get you through Dry January and beyond. With four delicious, vegan-friendly, alcoholfree beers to choose from: Original, Gold, Organic and Elderberry & Raspberry. A delicious choice for both ale and lager drinkers with zero alcohol and at least 25% fewer calories. Available in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and The Co-op. www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk

Superfoods

The trailblazing superfoods specialist is launching an impressive lineup of 20 new products, which now take the brand beyond single ingredients into complete and convenient superfoods solutions for breakfast, lunch, snacking, baking, desserts and drinks. The range includes only the highest quality plant-based superfoods, sourced from the goodness of nature, not the processes of a food laboratory, to preserve their nutrient profile and support your daily health. www.naturya.com

Emporium Norwich

Based in Norwich, Marcela Da Costa is a chocolatier and founder of Emporium Norwich, turning the brigadeiro into a special and delicate treat. What is brigadeiro? Brigadeiro (BREE-GAH-DAY-RO) is a traditional Brazilian style artisanal chocolate confectionery with a creamy, rich and indulgent texture. They are made of condensed milk, fresh cream, butter and chocolate. You've been good all January so far, maybe it's time for a little treat. www.jarrold.co.uk/departments/store-folk 31


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and award-winning head chef, Alex Clare, has been cooking up unique and memorable dishes across Norfolk for the past decade. His dedication to the industry has gained him several awards, including Norfolk Chef of the Year 2017, along with an ongoing loyal clientele. His exclusive private dining service guarantees a personal culinary journey for your upcoming special event. It’s clear to see that Alex’s passion for food is recognised not only by the public, but hospitality professionals across the country.

Norfolk's Edge - Winterton

Located on Winterton seafront and based in an Airstream, Alex Clare and his team offer food using only the freshest, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. They also serve hot and cold drinks and sweet and savoury light bites. The menus change often so it is always a great idea to pay them a visit to see what's on offer... you won't be disappointed.

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Roasted

Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

Soup

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METHOD:

• 3 butternut squash

• Food processor

Preheat your oven to 200°C. Cut your butternut squash into 2cm cubes and spread out on your roasting tray with the thyme and garlic, then season with salt and pepper. Place the roasting tray into the oven, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes, until coloured and soft. Meanwhile, roughly chop your shallots and fennel. Put them into a large saucepan with olive oil, stir them constantly until sweated and soft. Next, add your fennel and coriander seeds into the saucepan and leave for 1 minute. Add your white wine to de-glaze the saucepan and leave on a medium heat for 3 minutes. Next add your vegetable stock and bring the mixture to the boil. Once cooked, remove your baking tray from the oven and place the butternut squash cubes, thyme and garlic into the saucepan. Allow your soup mixture to simmer for 40 minutes and then remove from the heat. Blend your butternut squash soup in a food processor until smooth. If you wish, you can use a fine sieve to pass the soup through to achieve an extra smooth texture. Taste your soup and add salt and pepper to your desired taste. To serve, spoon a good helping of soup into a bowl and then crumble your goat's cheese over the top.

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• 5 large banana shallots • 1 head of fennel • 4 cloves of garlic • 5 sprigs of thyme • 1 tbsp coriander seeds • 1 tbsp fennel seeds • 2 tbsp olive oil • 300ml white wine • 2L vegetable stock • Salt and pepper

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Winter Dishes from the beach at Winterton Bacon & free range egg brioche bun Chipolata sausages, red onion marmalade, Norfolk cheese and free range egg brioche bun Smoked salmon, avocado and baby gem lettuce bagel Butternut squash soup with goat's cheese Warm sticky toffee pudding

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A delicious, dine in treat. INGREDIENTS: Serves 2 For the duck • 2 Gressingham duck legs • 1 tin of cooked cannellini beans, drained • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves , finely chopped • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary, leaves picked • 100g unsalted butter • 1 hispi cabbage, cut in half, core removed • 1 lemon, cut in half • 100ml vegetable oil For the salsa verde • 1 small bunch of flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped • 1 small bunch basil, leaves picked and roughly chopped • 2 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped • 100ml red wine vinegar • 1 tbsp small capers, drained and roughly chopped • 100ml olive oil

METHOD: Pre-heat your oven to 180°c or 160°c fan, gas mark 4. Pat the duck legs dry and season with salt and pepper. Place the duck legs on a baking tray, skin side up, and roast for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. While the duck is roasting combine all the salsa verde ingredients and set aside. Place a pan on medium heat with half of the vegetable oil and sweat off the onion, garlic and rosemary until the onion has softened, try not to colour. Add in the beans and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes. If you feel the mixture is drying out add a touch of water. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and a squeeze of lemon. Carefully transfer the mix into a blender and blitz until smooth. Season to taste and add a little water if too thick. Transfer back to the original pan. Place another pan on a medium heat with the remaining vegetable oil and lay all the cabbage in, cut side down, season with salt and pepper. When it starts to char to a dark colour, but not burnt, turn on to the other cut side until this also colours. Squeeze the juice of the remaining half lemon over the cabbage. Transfer to a baking tray and place in the oven for the last 10 to 15 minutes of the duck cooking time. When you are ready to serve, gently re heat the bean purée and divide onto two plates. Place the hispi cabbage and roasted duck leg on top with the salsa verde served in a separate ramekin. Any juices from the cabbage tray can be poured over the duck.

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INGREDIENTS: • 75g light brown sugar • 3 Granny Smith apples • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 125g softened butter/ baking butter • 220g sugar • 1 tsp cinnamon • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 3 eggs • 150g self raising flour • 35g plain flour • 60ml milk

METHOD: Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a round 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the bottom of the tin. Peel, core and thickly slice the apples. Toss these with the lemon juice before arranging the apples on top of the brown sugar. If you have any excess lemon juice, drizzle this over the top. Beat together the butter, sugar and cinnamon until well mixed and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until well combined. Sift the flours together before using a metal spoon or spatula to gently fold in the flour and milk in two batches. Once combined, spoon the mixture over the apples, ensuring a smooth finish. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Place a plate over the cake tin then turn it upside down to turn the cake out. Voila!

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Cullen Skink INGREDIENTS: • 250g smoked haddock • 250ml whole milk • 1 tbsp unsalted butter • 1 onion • 400g potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes • Small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

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1759–21 July 1796) gives us a welcome break from our otherwise healthy and dry January. Hearty portions of warming food and a wee dram or two of whisky are the order of the day. Haggis served with neeps and tatties may not be to everyone's taste, so here we have an alternative Burns supper to try your hand at...

Beef, neeps & tatties casserole INGREDIENTS: • 2 leeks, sliced • 1 onion sliced • 1 celery stick, sliced • 500g diced braising beef • 1000ml beef stock • 500g swede, peeled and cut into chunky dice • 300g potatoes, diced • 2 carrots • 3 thyme sprigs • 2 bay leaf • 60ml whisky

METHOD: Heat a little oil in a sturdy pan with a lid. Add the beef in batches to brown and seal the meat. Be careful not to overload the pan. Patience is key here, setting the beef to one side on a plate when ready. In the same pan add the onions and celery. Cook until the onions are beginning to soften and then add the leeks. Cook for a further 5 minutes and then pour in the whisky. Give the mixture a good stir and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Next add the browned beef, swede, carrots, potatoes, thyme sprigs and bay leaves, stir together and then pour over the beef stock, season well and simmer for 1 hour with the lid on. Check the vegetables to see if they are cooked and continue to cook uncovered if you want to reduce the liquid further and make a thicker sauce. When ready remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves and serve hot. 39

METHOD: Place the butter in a saucepan and melt over a medium heat. Then add the onion and slowly cook until soft and translucent; try not to brown. Next add in the potatoes with 300ml of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Put the haddock in a separate pan and cover with milk. Cook gently for 5 minutes until tender. Remove the haddock from the milk, keep the milk to one side and leave the fish to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, flake into large chunks making sure to remove any bones. Pour the milk over the potato mixture, season well and then add the haddock to the pan. Continue to cook for 5-10 minutes ensuring the potatoes are cooked. Serve in bowls and garnish with sprinkles of the parsley.

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be brutally honest... going vegan scared me a little. I hadn't really given a lot of thought to my food consumption until recently. I was one of those annoying friends who would eat two doughnuts and not put on a pound. I was a staunch meat eater who would eat ethically sourced local produce, but never ever considered going meat free. Live without meat, how would this be possible? How would I live without eating a rare steak dripping in garlic butter? I have now passed a certain age and had a few mild health frights - health scares sounds far too dramatic. However it is a reality check. How much exercise am I doing and what am I putting in my body. A little advice from my doctor went a long way... "try to do a little better." My wife is a vegetarian and am I starting to discover that a lot of people I know are vegans; some shockingly so. For example, Eden... the big butch bearded gent in the sales office next door... vegan? Who knew? It seems to have gained momentum, with the amount of people who have METHOD: There are a couple of dishes embraced the vegan-side growing at rate of knots. They In a bowl add the mint sauce, I have tried that have really are not press ganging all and sundry, but letting people yogurt and shredded red changed my mind on vegan make their own way to this dietary choice. cabbage; season, mix well and food and in particular tofu. After a little research and a few conversations with my set aside. A true testament to a meal is contacts in the vegan underground I started to uncover In a fresh bowl add the tofu that you do not even notice the the benefits of the plant based diet. A vegan diet was and coat with the curry paste fact that you are missing the linked with losing weight where meat replacements take and a 2 tbsp of oil. Heat a frying meat... for me,this is one of the form of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, pan over a medium heat and fry those recipes. nuts and seeds. Over the past few years I have piled on a the tofu on each side in batches few lock-down pounds so this wouldn't go amiss. INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4) until golden. Remove from the Other health benefits can include the lowering of • 3 x 200g packs of tofu, pan when done and set to one blood sugar levels and improving kidney function. side until needed. each pack cut into 16 chunks In one 2009 study, 43% of participants following a Add a little more oil to the vegan diet were able to reduce their dosage of blood • ½ red cabbage, shredded same pan and fry the onions and sugar-lowering medication, compared with only 26% • 8 tortilla wraps garlic until softened. Return the of participants who followed an ADA-recommended tofu to the pan, season well and • 4 heaped tbsp diet. It is also linked to a lower risk of heart disease and cook for a few minutes, stirring dairy-free yogurt vegan diets based on probiotic-rich whole foods may well. Warm the tortilla wraps and significantly decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis and • 3 tbsp mint sauce then top each one with some rheumatoid arthritis. Maybe this is because a vegan diet • 2 tbsp curry paste red cabbage and 6 slices of the has removed certain trigger foods? curried tofu. Top-off with some • 2 onions, thinly sliced Vegan diets may provide an array of health benefits onions and a squeeze of lime. but for the most part, researchers do not yet understand • 2 large garlic cloves, diced You can always add in a exactly what causes these benefits. That said, until further • 2 limes selection of greens of your research emerges, it can only benefit you to increase the choice, baby leaf spinach and amount of nutrient-rich, whole plant foods in your diet. cucumber works really well. Am I sticking to it? Well... mostly. I do eat the occasional roast chicken, and would probably be heading to the vegetarian tick box most of the time, but I aim to be better. Ultimately it doesn't matter what the rest Here are a selection foods which are vegan. Some of them might be accidentally of the world thinks, there isn't a vegan vegan, but all of them are bursting with flavour. police (yet), if you cheat it is only you Marmite Guinness Cadbury Oreos that gets cheated. I have noticed that my Bournville health has improved. I have more energy Mr Kipling McVitie’s Dark Chocolate Skips Apple & Hobnobs and have lost weight. Is this because I Pringles Blackcurrant Choc Chip Fox’s Party have embraced (mostly) a vegan diet... (most flavours) Pies Rings who knows? But it seems to be working, Starburst Reggae Reggae and the food actually tastes really good... Doritos Chill Bourbon Oat Biscuits Sauce Heatwave Biscuits who'd have though it?

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INGREDIENTS: Serves 4 • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained

Chickpea dhal For the garnish • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil • 2 shallots, finely sliced • 1 tbsp cumin seeds • 1 tsp black mustard seeds • 1 tsp chilli flakes • Small bunch of coriander, leaves picked (discard the stalks)

METHOD: Heat the rapeseed oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry until soft, try not to colour. Add in the ginger and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Next, stir in the spices and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, then add all of the remaining ingredients and 450ml water. Simmer for about 40 minutes until the split peas are soft. If the mixture feels too dry at any point add in more water a little at a time. Alternatively if the mixture is a little wet continue to reduce. For the garnish heat a pan over a medium heat and fry the shallots in the rapeseed oil. When soft and golden add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds and chilli flakes and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes. Serve the dhal in bowls and pour some spiced butter over the top and then a few of the coriander leaves to finish.

TIP: If you like a thick dhal mash the chickpeas to break them down, creating a texture you prefer. Also if you prefer a different garnish try thin slices of ginger and toasted spices of your choice.

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Health, wealth and happiness… let’s get ready for the year ahead. 2022… it’s time for you. by Andrew Hirst

January

2022… crikey last year went quick. It only seemed like last week we were celebrating 2021 via Zoom. The past twelve months have seen double jabs, boosters and new variants. What the next twelve will bring who knows, so let's all get prepped ready to go with a little health check. January is a great time to change anything in your life you are not happy with. From changing your body shape and getting fitter to changing your career or achieving a life goal, January is the time to plan and get things started. Just like Michael Caine said in the Italian Job “hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea”, you probably have several great plans you have come up with in the past. But did they work? Chances are they didn’t. Each year approximately 50% of people make new year's resolutions and 80% of those fail to stick to their promises to themselves. Well that just sobered everyone up and brought us all back down to earth. What we need to start with here is a negative, a bit like what we all hope for when waiting for our PCR test results. Sometimes it's not about having the answers but about asking the right questions. Why do most people fail?

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The majority of people fail to maintain their new year's resolutions because they go too big too soon. I am certainly not saying that you shouldn’t shoot for the stars, but baby steps are the way to build a sustainable approach. Go too big too soon and you might just find that whatever you have planned doesn’t stick. Get to know yourself and then plan achievable goals to give change the best chance of success. And that is the ultimate goal for us all. Change. Generally people do not like change. So to be able to embrace the change, start small.

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Most of us need to get a little fitter and shed a couple of pounds. Jumping on the fitness train doesn’t mean you have to remove all of the joys of life. It’s ok to have martini or a sausage roll… just not at the same time, that would be wrong. A dry January might be a little extreme for some of us, but January is a good time to review our alcohol intake. The odd cheeky glass of wine or a G&T after a stressful day at work can soon mount up. Not to mention the calories. We all know that there are a lot of calories in our alcoholic beverage of choice but it is worth reminding ourselves that the average large glass of wine has a whopping 228. Swap it for water. I know it is massively different but the cleanse of your system will do you the world of good. Drinking more water can help you feel better and even make your skin look fresher. Another thing to help with fitness and the waistline is to up your step count. The cold weather may not feel like the best time to start a couch to 5k, but your summer self will thank you for it. For more fitness inspiration head to page 61 where Chantel Heath talks about the 2022 fitness trends.

Whilst you are increasing your fitness you need to eat healthier. Up the veggies, go vegan if you want, and increase the amount of fruits in your diet. If you are lacking in certain vitamins increasing them can make all the difference to your wellbeing. Pick a good balanced diet rather than going on a diet. Most nutritionists will agree that trendy diets are not the answer. Lowering the calories and movement are the only true answers to weight loss.

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When we think of the new year and making plans we immediately think about our physical health, however a financial health check is always a good idea at any time of the year; so why not make a bullish start in January. Make the most of what you have by looking through your banking app. Most of them these days give you some great features which can show you spending trends. You can use this to make some informed decisions on changes you need to make. Another needless spend is on subscriptions we don’t really use. Do you really watch the streaming services you are subscribed to? Are you really using that app which costs £2.99 per month? All of these little expenses mount up and are so easily overlooked. Be ruthless… you can always resubscribe if you want to catch the new season of that must-watch show. Upgrades are another pitfall. Having that latest handset for example is a nice luxury, but will cost a bundle. If you normally have the latest phone you could be saving up to 75% on your monthly bill just by keeping what you have. Leave the upgrade for every four years instead of two, this way you will get the most out of your handset if you look after it. One of the things we all struggle with is saving. Apps like Plum can help make saving easy by automating the decisions for you. Plum links to your current account and then small amounts are automatically saved without leaving you short for what matters. If you want to look at the bigger picture – remortgaging, pensions and investing – and don’t know where to start then it is best to speak to an expert. Independent financial advisors (IFA) can help you with these more complex financial matters. Make sure you are using a qualified and 45


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Striking a good balance in life is key. Work life balance is key and reducing your stress levels can improve not only your mental health but also your physical health. Failing to look after your mental health will always lead to disaster. There are many areas of your life which probably need attention, but remember you don’t have to eat the whole elephant at the same time. As Martin Luther King Jr said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” And that is definitely the most important thing… taking the first step. For some of us it is a challenge to see the way through. For some the fear of the monster under the bed can seem too great, paralysing you and leading to inaction. If you have a problem, no matter how big or small, it is always best to face it; unless it is a monster with a big stick then it is best advised to wait for the cavalry. Most of our problems don’t have a stick and big teeth. You can’t avoid them forever so it is best to confront them head-on. If you are feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do then you must talk to someone; a friend, colleague, relative or, if you need, a professional. It’s OK to ask for help. Asking for help shows that you are a strong individual ready to take control of the situation. Professional help can come in many different guises depending on the problem. Financial stress for example has many different

organisations you can talk to: National Debtline, StepChange Debt Charity or Citizens Advice for example are great places to start. The main thing to remember is whatever problems you are experiencing you aren’t alone, you just need to talk. To aid your overall mental health, exercise does help. Weather it be yoga or running, pick something that works for you and makes you happy. If you find you are having trouble sleeping this should help. Everything feels better in the morning when you have had a good night's sleep.

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This year make the time for you. One of the big reasons why our life doesn’t feel fulfilled or why the new year's resolution falls flat is the lack of time. We have to make sure we allow the time to succeed. Time is one of the biggest and rarest commodities of all. Scheduling in the time for you to achieve your life goals is the best way to get them… well, you know… achieved. If you are not a little selfish with your time then you will always be pulled in to something else. We all have commitments and responsibilities, but you also have a responsibility to yourself. Be a bit selfish… you're worth it.

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10. Ted Baker Telvi Ld21, £110, House of Fraser 11. Thea Suede Star Trainers, £69, FatFace 12. Nike Air Max Bolt Trainers, £80, Schuh 13. Napapijri Virtus Trainers, £85, Office

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- Brightening cream with a rich & creamy texture - Alcohol & mineral oil free

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INSTAGRAM @chantelheathfitness

I’m a 41 year old mother of two girls and one French bulldog, and I’m a Personal Fitness Coach. I work one to one with clients aged 18-80, and have additional specialisms in pre and post natal training, GP exercise referral, cancer rehabilitation and pilates. I also run community fitness classes in the Suffolk coastal area.

What are the trends for 2022? Wearable technology

Online training

The challenges

of the last 18 months have forced the fitness industry to adapt and evolve to meet our new and developing needs. For 2022 I think the fitness trends will very much focus on fitness being accessible for everyone, no longer just looking at ‘fitness’ as something we do in gyms, making it an important part of our normal daily activities.

Exercise as medicine Fitness professionals know only too well, the importance of exercise to support general health, both physical and mental. No longer just something to aid weight loss, more and more people are waking up to the fact that regular exercise is absolutely vital in maintaining a healthy immune system, and reducing your risk of many life-threatening illnesses including, stroke, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. It also helps greatly in the management of many conditions. With fitness related initiatives already in place within the NHS to help manage many of these conditions, and many more in the pipeline, this is a fitness trend I wholeheartedly support! Check out the fantastic physical activity services provided by the John Le Vay centre in Ipswich Hospital to support people with a diagnosis of cancer www.ipswichcancerinformation.co.uk/ up-and-active

Online training has really exploded since 2021. The variety available is phenomenal, there is quite literally a workout to suit everyone! Stream workouts live into your home with an instructor you can interact with, or stream on demand replays at times that suit you. No need to worry about childcare, going out in the cold and dark, and no problem if you are interrupted! No excuses! This trend is here to stay!

Outdoor exercise The closure of gyms and studios and lockdown restrictions forced lots of people outside, and meant that many found a new love for outdoor workouts, whether that be dog walks, bootcamps, PT sessions or couch to 5k! The physical aspects aside, being outdoors also provides a great boost to mental wellbeing. OurParks is a great organisation that delivers free outdoor workouts, for all abilities all over the country, to find out if there is one near you visit www.ourparks.org.uk

Most of us will be familiar with the concept of smart watches, but did you know there are also rings, chest straps and even glucose monitoring tech for the elite athletes among us. With the ability to monitor so many physiological functions, they can provide much useful data to help you set targets and make changes to your health and fitness. One of the easiest ways to start to improve your health and fitness is by increasing your daily step count. You can pick up a basic activity tracker watch like this one from Huawei for less than £20 to get you on the right track!

HUAWEI Band 4 - Graphite Black, Universal £19.99 www.currys.co.uk

Of course if you have money to burn you can always head down the Apple route...

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Mind and body training I think this is the biggest trend we will see for 2022. Fitness programmes taking a whole person approach, not just focusing on physical exercise, but also on other habits that are key to overall health such as sleep quality, mindfulness, hydration, food quality, relaxation and taking care of your mental health. 57

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Garden January

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branches, leaves and new buds, be sure to use a soft broom to gently brush the snow off. The wisteria, rhododendron, rose bushes, apple and pear trees to name but a few can be carefully pruned whilst they sit dormant. The art of pruning is to step back from the plant to assess whether you want to soft or hard prune, consider the desired shape and to take your time whilst doing to job. It is best to take pruning a little bit at a time as a branch can only be cut once.

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January

brings us gardeners much anticipation as we wave goodbye to Christmastime and say hello to the start of a new gardening year. The need to get fresh air outside on bright, cold, crisp winter days and exercise will do us the world of good after the recent festivities. We must wrap ourselves up and venture outdoors to get the gardening calendar of 2022 underway. It’s the middle of winter and we may wonder what the garden will need from us whilst in a state of white dormancy, in fact we can achieve quite a lot this month to set us up nicely for the year ahead. A good place to start is the relict of Christmastime, the real Christmas tree. We can be kind to the environment by cutting and shredding it for composting ready to use on borders and beds later this year. The weather at this time of year can be very harsh, with hard frosts, snow and stormy conditions hitting the garden, so it is very important we check that our plants and shrubs are securely staked out and climbers are attached to the wall, fence, trellis or archway frame. If heavy snow builds up on shrubs and plants it can damage both the

A good place to start is the relict of Christmastime, the real Christmas tree. We can be kind to the environment by cutting and shredding it for composting ready to use on borders and beds later this year. If we spot any weeds we should lift them and their roots before they become established. Soil is generally moist at this time of year so we can lift weeds with relative ease meaning our gardens will move into springtime with less invasive weeds taking hold for the remainder of the year. Whilst tidying weeds up, consider deadheading winter cyclamen and pansies to keep them looking fresh and tidy. Our garden doesn’t need watering at this time of year as the weather will do it for us, however we must not forget to water our indoor plants as household heating dries the air and makes plants very thirsty, we wouldn’t want them to wither and die. So once we have watered the indoor plants let’s get our thick coats and wellies on and step into the garden. Please do follow me on Instagram @garden_with_tom for more seasonal gardening advice and tips.

This month's

TOP TIPS: Dig over any bare borders to allow the soil to breathe

Keep the birds happy with some high energy bird food Clear up any remaining fallen leaves Clean your empty flower pots and tubs ready for the new planting season Try to keep off your frozen lawn, footsteps can snap and kill your grass

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Simon's Barn Langham, North Norfolk Coast

Winter Breaks

This attractive barn which sleeps two is one of a pair of luxury properties let by the same owner, the other being David's Barn sleeping four, which is just next door. The open plan living area has a woodburner and all of the essentials you will need to enjoy your stay. The sumptuous bed has a pocket sprung mattress to ensure a good nights' sleep and an en-suite bathroom. Underfloor heating runs throughout the property to keep toes and paws comfortable and the outside courtyard garden is a pleasant place to end the day for a drink.

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away in the winter months can be just as much fun as the summer breaks. Okay, you won't be lounging around the pool sipping a piña colada, but is that really what you want? 2022 is all about the adventure. Getting out and exploring. Enjoying the beauty of the landscape — come rain or shine. During the warmer, sunnier months you can wing it a little more, a sun hat and shorts can get you through most situations. Wearing shorts in January goes beyond the realms of character building; the word hypothermia springs to mind. Go fully kitted up. Think layers, hats and warm socks. There is no need to over pack or take multiples of everything, just make sure you take replacements of some of the essentials in case they get a little damp — extra socks and tights never go a miss. Make sure you have these essentials: Winter coat (waterproof), hat, gloves, scarf, thermals, socks, tights and walking boots. Layers of vests, shirts, fleeces and a gilet. Swimwear and sunglasses might sound a little bonkers but if you book a holiday cottage with a hot tub it would be a shame not to make the most of it; and besides it is only going to be a bit chilly when you get out. While we are thinking about it, let us turn our attention to the destination. A hotel is all well and good, but to enjoy a winter break to the max you need to book a cottage, especially one with a wood-burner. There is no better feeling than lighting a fire after a long walk in the countryside and getting cosy with a good bottle of wine. Norfolk and Suffolk has a wealth of rental properties to choose from so you will be spoilt for choice. 62

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Ferryway Southwold, Suffolk Coast The location of this house is outstanding. Ferryway is a stunning, architectdesigned beach-side house on Ferry Road in Southwold, with the bonus of superb views over the dunes and across the marshes to the Edwardian town. Ideally sited for a holiday home, it's just a short walk to Blackshore harbour, with its fisherman's huts selling fresh fish daily, and to Southwold high street, with its many independent boutiques, pubs and restaurants. But the true beauty of this house lies in its proximity to the beach: take a few short steps across Ferry Road and over the dunes for that bracing early morning winter swim.

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“We want to debunk the myth that you have to be wealthy to give — during the pandemic the desire to give went up most in deprived areas - mainly people wanting to volunteer,” Judy said. “People that have the least, often want to give the most.” Judy brought a range of experience to her role, having worked across a number of sectors previously. She said idea sharing between sectors and communities is vital to forming support networks and opportunities. Previously, during the first lockdown, 25% of foundation funds were going towards providing food for the community. Recognising the need to offer more sustainable, longerterm support, Judy worked with the national organisation 'Feeding Britain' to bring a community supermarket idea to Norfolk. Within three months, a community shop opened in Thetford which now supports over 250 families and individuals to access quality affordable food, and at the same time provides wraparound support. This has formed part of the Nourishing Norfolk Initiative at the foundation which is spreading at speed across the county. Building trust within the community takes time, and isn’t always a linear process. “People understand if you’re trying to build sustainable communities, it’s often a zig zag path, but remaining focussed on the shared vision will make it happen,” Judy said. Beyond her work with the community foundation, Judy is a non-

stop force of nature. She zooms around on a motorbike with her husband, loves gardening and sings with a local choir — Pop Chorus. Judy said the group is a joyous place to sing — covering artists including Lady Gaga, Stereophonics, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John.

mentored a man who had been in prison for 23 years and her time spent with him completely changed her outlook on life. “Turn your spotlight from looking at the past and look to the future, you can’t change what happened in the past,” Judy said. With a radiant smile and unbridled

Within three months, a community shop opened in Thetford which now supports over 250 families and individuals to access quality affordable food, and at the same time provides wraparound support. As if she isn’t busy enough, Judy is constantly looking for more ways to help and engage with her community, volunteering for a variety of projects. She is working on a project in Suffolk to partner rescue dogs with veterans living with PTSD, and is a Governor at a Suffolk school. Judy is also working with a new project ‘Seed of Hope’ - delivering a meaningful and educational horticultural project in prisons. She

enthusiasm, Judy exudes positivity. She is able to quote Desmond Tutu from memory, and always has something positive to inject into a conversation. Judy believes in doing little acts of good wherever you are, and supporting others whenever possible. At the end of the day: “Whatever the problem is, the answer is already in the community.” www.norfolkfoundation.com

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g n i r i p ns women I Judy Dow Rachel Gilbert talks to another local inspirational woman.

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describes an inspiring person as someone enthusiastic, sincere and genuine, amongst other qualities. She said people are radiators or drains, and an inspiring person will be able to leave their ego behind and let actions speak for themselves. “I don’t see myself as that inspiring person. I try to inspire people to do things differently,” Judy said. “It’s about showing people what’s possible.” However, in speaking to Judy for an hour, she perfectly embodies all of the qualities described. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and you can’t help but smile when talking to her. I walked away from our meeting energised and motivated. Judy is Head of Philanthropy for the Norfolk Community Foundation,

sourcing funding, opportunities and ideas to support local communities. The foundation gets behind the brilliantly talented people in the community to help them see what is possible and more importantly, help them achieve it. All to build stronger, more vibrant communities for everyone.

— during the pandemic, she saw an increase of people wanting to reach out to their community in any way possible. She said any type of asset can be given to the foundation, and it will be allocated where needed - time, talent and treasure are all welcome! For example, there was a lady who wanted to donate a vacuum

My job is enthusing and inspiring people to get involved, I speak to such inspiring people every day and that’s what keeps me going. “My job is enthusing and inspiring people to get involved,” Judy said. “I speak to such inspiring people every day and that’s what keeps me focused and motivated.” Judy isn’t always handling funds

cleaner to a family in need, but didn’t know where this was possible. The foundation was able to start a Facebook group, “Opportunities for Communities,” that has since facilitated many donations of all sorts. Continued on page 65 ➤

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