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With February just around the corner it’s time to think about booking onto the Nor(DEV) 2016 conference, with over 200 speakers and the elite of the East of England’s business and technology sector, this event is not something to be missed. However, if family is more your thing then perhaps the Norfolk Young Farmers might be of more interest. NYF has been running since 1944 and was began to offer agricultural education to farming families. Young Norfolk Farmers have various events throughout the year that combine education on all things farming and valuable social skills young people today need to create good self-esteem and to get them out into the fresh air with like-minded friends. As it’s the New Year, for some, it maybe a time to look at getting fit or doing something for a good cause. Heart Research UK, have many opportunities to do both, from the 3 Peaks Challenge to swimming the channel (in your local swimming pool). And if charity is something you are interested in we would like to announce that Iceni’s chosen charity of 2016 is The Benjamin Foundation. Having worked with The Benjamin Foundation in the past we look forward to 2016 and helping them in every way we can. We hope you enjoy Issue 33.

Thought Of The Month By Alex Wiseman Time Going Quick When I was younger I was told that I should enjoy every last minute because as you get older time goes quick. I used to laugh and say that's such a funny thing to say, but now I am 23 years old I totally understand what they were on about. Here we are celebrating another Xmas/New Year it only seems like yesterday was the last one. But as I always say enjoy everything as much as you can!!

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CONTRIBUTORS Alex Wiseman, Edward Couzens-Lake, Keri Beevis, Nadia Render, Norwegian Seafood Council, Paul Kirk, Patrick Arundell, Sarah Laverty, Susan Leigh, Tim Barnes-Clay.

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NEW YEAR, NEW STARTS,

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Iceni Magazine To Support The Benjamin Foundation

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Set Yourself A Healthy Heart Challenge In 2016

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Razor Down, Man Up And Get Growing For 2016

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Fosters Solicitors Buy To Let & Second Homes

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Would Your Business Benefit From an Extra Pair of Hands?

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Iceni Talks Social Media To... Louis Hilldrup-Boorman

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Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis

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Q&A With... Julian Clary

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NOR(DEV):CON 2016 Set To Be Bigger...

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Local Green Parenting Book Nominated For Award

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Norfolk Young Farmers & Countrysiders

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Social Media Get Your Business Promoted...

Peter Hook & The Light Announce Spring 2016 Dates

2016 Norwich Model Of The Year Competition Top 10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Working Day

Guest Recipe Norwegian Seafood Council Travel: New Year, New Starts Plan for New Destinations

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BBC New Talent Songwriter Releasing Debut Single Motoring Review Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi Some Tips From When It's... Time To Speak Your Mind Internationally Renowned Choir To Perform Soldiers Of Embers: Upcoming Local Movie Visit Norfolk 2016 New Year, New Hope Estate Agent Mini’s Unveiled Nova Silver With A New Year Comes The NARS... Norfolk Show Ball 2016 Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold


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Iceni Magazine To Support The Benjamin Foundation in 2016

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Iceni Magazine are pleased to announce that our charity of the year for 2016 will be; The Benjamin Foundation, we have worked with The Benjamin Foundation in the past with various articles and interviews. The Benjamin Foundation was started in Norfolk in 1994 and exists to help children and adults of all ages deal with many of the challenges that life throws at them. We have accommodation centres for homeless young people across Norfolk. They provide support and a safe place to live for vulnerable 16-25 year olds with no home, helping them get their lives back on track. We can also accommodate young people who may benefit more from living in a family home. Our team provides support to help strengthen family relationships by working with parents and children. We work in more than 80 schools where we support children with their emotional wellbeing and parents who need some extra help.

We help with everyday issues too such as finding affordable childcare with our nurseries, pre and after-school clubs in North Walsham and Ditchingham. This helps parents to continue with their jobs knowing their children are in safe hands. We operate two social enterprise schemes, the profits from which go back into the charity. Our furniture store branches in Holt, Dereham and Norwich sell donated furniture and white goods. Kidstore in North Walsham sells nearly new kids clothing, baby equipment and toys. Each year The Benjamin Foundation helps around 2,000 people by providing them with hope, opportunity, stability and independence. Everything we do is driven by the needs of people in our community. Colin Jeffery Co-Owner of Iceni Magazine said " I am very pleased that we will be working closely with The Benjamin Foundation for 2016, after a visit to the MeetUp Centre, Thetford during 2015 and seeing first hand the help that they provide to the local community, we felt it was time to expand our support to their projects across Norfolk ". Chris Elliott Marketing and Fundraising Manager at The Benjamin Foundation says "We are delighted that Iceni will be supporting us as their charity partner for 2016. Through their magazine, online activity and community engagement they've already helped us and we look forward to working together in 2016". PAGE

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SWAGGER & JACKS

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“Razor Down, Man Up And Get Growing For 2016” To grow, or not to grow, that is the question for 2016. Beards have been massive in 2015 and we’re looking forward to seeing facial foliage continue to be the ultimate style statement for gentlemen next year. 2016 is all about the beard. A beard at any length enhances a man’s presence, sophistication and masculinity. Beards will become more of an individual statement, with greater variations in length tailored to suit the contours of the face and jaw line. Whether bigger and fuller or sharp and tapered, facial hair will be groomed and worn with high-shine beard oil or a natural moisturised finish. Moustaches will be prominent with variations on the classic handlebar style integrated into the beard using waxes and balms. Facial hair is here to stay! For the team of barbers at Swagger & Jacks, beard shaping and design is a speciality. If you are new to the world of Beardhood, or you have a well established Man Mane, your Swagger & Jacks Barber will help you on your journey into facial foliage for 2016. Our Beard Shaping & Design Service - Using scissors and clippers, the beard is shaped following natural facial contours, achieving balance and individuality. It is finished using our signature beard oils and beard balm to achieve the perfect groomed look. (15 minute appointment) £12.00 Our Ultimate Beard Shaping & Design with Hot Towel Treatment - Relaxed and reclined in the barber’s chair you’ll enjoy the ultimate experience. Beginning with hot towels and an indulgent argan oil treatment to soften and moisturize the natural texture of the bristles, the outline of the beard is sculpted with a cut throat razor. Scissors and clippers shape it further following the natural contours of the face, resulting in a personal look with individual style. After blow-drying, finishing touches are applied using our signature beard oils and beard balm to achieve the ultimate groomed look. (1hour appointment) £28.00 Our Swagger & Jacks Gentlemen’s Grooming Range include products specially formulated for the beard and moustache to keep your facial foliage looking epic in 2016. Exclusively available from our Barbershop at 6 St Benedict’s Street, in the historic Norwich Lanes, selected Department Stores and from our Online Shop at www.swaggerandjacks.com

Our Exclusive Swagger & Jacks ICENI New Year Offer:

Swagger & Jacks are offering ICENI readers an exclusive 10% New Year discount on ALL beard and moustache products and beard and moustache gift sets purchased through our Online Barber Shop at www.swaggerandjacks.com. The offer is valid until 31 January 2016. Please use coupon code “ICENI BEARD SWAGGER” when checking out.

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FOSTERS SOLICITORS

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Fosters Solicitors

Buy To Let And Second Home Purchases From 1st April 2016

STAMP DUTY CHANGES: The Chancellor announced the hike in stamp duty in the Autumn budget. Additional stamp duty land tax will be payable on buy to let homes or property that is in addition to your main residence with a value of over £40,000 from 1st April 2016. Caravans, mobile homes and house boats will not attract the higher rates and it is said that corporate property development will not be affected as part of the Government strategy to provide more housing for first time buyers. It has not been welcome news to the private rental sector. It comes as another blow on top of the Summer budget announcement on the changes to mortgage interest tax relief and the annual wear and tear allowance. Property experts expect a surge of buy to let purchases in early 2016 and envisage that landlords will look to recover any additional tax paid by increasing the rent or carrying out less maintenance reducing property standards for tenants. The consultation paper is not yet available but already, lots of questions have arisen as to how this will affect current landlords or the future plans of individuals that already own property and may want to change their circumstances in the future. A few common questions since the announcement are; “If I wanted to let out my current home and buy another for my main residence then would I need to pay the additional stamp duty?” “I have bought a second home off plan, we have exchanged but completion is due after April 2016, will I be charged the additional stamp duty?”

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WOULD YOUR BUSINESS...

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Would Your Business Benefit From an Extra Pair of Hands? Why Work Experience is the answer. I'm often asked by schools and students if I can offer work experience, everything from a few days to summer long placements. At Naked Element we’ve always found the experience enjoyable and often learned as much about ourselves as the students did about our business. Bright, ambitious and free of those bad habits we all learn along the way in the world of work, work experience students can inject energy and enthusiasm into a business.

" In most cases your work experience candidate will be eager to learn or they wouldn’t be with you in the first place ".

Many employers and businesses feel that they don’t have the time or resources to commit to a work experience placement, as much as they’d like to help a young person as they’re starting out, but there are in fact lots of benefits to your business that make work experience a win-win situation for both student and business. Here’s just a few:

talent straight from schools and colleges. Extensive research by City & Guilds shows that staff taken on following work experience placement are more effective, require less training, have more respect for their supervisors and have a greater ability to work in teams. Plus, many small businesses struggle to find young people who have even the most basic work skills and taking on a work experience candidate is a great way to test their skills before you commit to them.

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you in the first place. In an effort to impress they’ll be keen to get stuck in and maybe even bring something new to the table. Perhaps your company is lacking a social media presence that your work experience candidate can address? Today’s youth are tomorrow’s consumers Research has shown that “the consumer power of under 16 year olds has grown faster than that of any other age group. This has led marketers to identify three roles which young people can fill for businesses as ‘current consumers; influencers and future purchasers’ (Miller, 1998, p 316).” Work experience helps businesses and brands get up close and personal with their target markets or future consumers.

You never know - they could be the next Gates, Branson or Jobs…

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And of course… Giving Something Back One of the biggest benefits of offering someone work experience is the chance to give someone a helping hand in the often overwhelming world of work. Businesses are placing more and more emphasis on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and work experience is a great way to do your bit in up-skilling the next generation of workers. Enjoy the feel-good factor of giving someone an opportunity they might not have otherwise had and encourage their interests in business. You never know - they could be the next Gates, Branson or Jobs… If you’re interested in finding out more about how your business can benefit from offering work experience, get in touch with Paul on paul@nakedelement.co.uk who’ll help you get in touch with top talent.


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As another year draws to a close I reflect back on the things I have learnt. 1/ My body is not as flexible as it used to be… And perhaps yoga is not for me, as I found out - to my horror – when I tried to mimic a pose I had seen Above: Keri Beevis online, one that involved lying on my belly, slightly off the floor and supported by my elbows, while drawing my left knee up as close to my chin as possible. I did it… well, give or take an inch or two… okay, maybe a foot, and found myself stuck. For thirty terrible seconds I lay there wondering how long it would be before my body was discovered and whether Ellie and Lola would get so hungry they would try to eat me. 2/ I talk to inanimate objects. Yes, you read that correctly. I talk to the spoons and crockery as I put them away in the cupboard and I also chat away with my grocery shopping. Yes, I’m bonkers. No I don’t know why I do it. It’s getting embarrassing though as I no longer do it just in the privacy of my own home. I was recently loading my shopping onto the checkout in the local supermarket and noticed I was getting weird looks from the guy behind me. Apparently, conversing with your satsumas while you’re waiting to pay is not regular behaviour. 3/ I am officially the neighbourhood lush. Following a super windy night I spent a humiliating ten minutes outside in the street, dressed in my bathrobe and Emu boots, picking up wine bottles that had fallen out of my blown over wheelie bin. As you can imagine there were quite a few rattling around in the street. Not my finest moment. 4/ Apparently I live in the ghetto. Mama Beev was over for a cup of tea recently and I owed her some money. As I took it out of my purse to hand to her, she glanced cautiously over her shoulder at my lounge window. ‘Don’t just hand it to me. Be more discreet,’ she berated. ‘Someone might see and try and mug me on the way to the car.’ Now I would just like to point out that I live in a nice neighbourhood and my street is a quiet little cul-desac. Nonetheless, I watched Mama Beev from the front door as she took the ten steps down the garden path to her car, to ensure she reached it safely, and I am pleased to report there were no suspicious mugger types waiting to accost her. There was a black cat watching from across the road though, who looked shady as hell.

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NOR(DEV):CON 2016

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NOR(DEV):CON 2016 SET TO BE BIGGER, BOLDER AND BETTER FOR BUSINESSES The content­ rich conference will feature keynote speeches, workshops and talks from industry influencers, including: Jon Bradford, Managing Director of Techstars in London, co­founder of F6S and tech.eu, will present ‘Silicon Broad: Bridges not Valleys. Jon will talk about how tech ecosystems evolve, tie that into tech and tech startups in London and the rest of the UK, and then talk about how this relates to the Valley. Jon will wrap up the session with advice for soon­to­be tech startups. 

Following the success of last year’s Norfolk Developers Conference (Nor(DEV):con), which attracted an unprecedented 263 speakers, delegates and sponsors, Nor(DEV):con 2016 promises to continue the record breaking trend. Run by Norwich­based web, mobile and enterprise software services provider Naked Element, the Winter conference is in it’s fourth year and will bring together delegates and companies from across the whole professional spectrum. The conference is a meeting of minds for business and technology experts, who’ll come together to explore the fundamental role technology plays in the East of England’s economy. Nor(DEV):con will take place from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th of February 2016 at the King’s Centre on King Street in Norwich. Back by popular demand, the conference will feature the dedicated business presentation stream to highlight how essential technology is for the wider business economy. The 2016 agenda is peppered with business­ centric sessions (indicated by blue briefcase icons). Paul Grenyer, Nor(DEV):con organiser, said, “Once again we’re proud to lead the way with Nor(DEV):con, now in it’s fourth year. It’s all about helping the tech community to reach out to the wider business community to demonstrate how we can all work together for stronger, more efficient businesses. Norfolk continues to be tipped as one to watch in the UK’s technology sector and is already considered a centre of technical excellence. Today technology is so ingrained and intertwined with the local economy that one cannot exist without the other and Nor(DEV):con is a celebration of this.” Twitter: @icenimagazine

Matthew Draycott will be presenting ‘The Myth Buster…The Real Secrets to Building a Growth Business’. Matthew will discuss his philosophies for building effective high growth companies. Based on his own experience he will focus on five key tasks which he believes every owner and management team should be engaged in if they hope to build a successful, rapidly growing business. 

Norwich­based Axon Vibe will be Nor(DEV):con’s Elite sponsors. John Fagan, CTO at Axon Vibe said “We are excited to support another great local technology event and welcome any opportunity that builds on Norwich’s reputation as a Tech City. We hope we will further cement Norwich's position on the national and international stage by choosing Norwich as the platform for launching our mobile app SoJo ­A live view of your world globally in 2016.” The conference features a programme packed with interactive sessions demonstrating the latest and greatest advances in technology and will give businesses a real insight into how they can use technology to add value to their own business. The popular dinner and evening wine reception gives delegates the chance to network as well as a thought provoking Q&A sessions with the speakers. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to book tickets, visit www.nordevcon.com

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PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT

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Peter Hook & The Light Announce Spring 2016 UK Dates Of New Order’s “Low Life” (1985) & “Brotherhood” (1986) Plus An Opening Set Of ‘Joy Division’ Material! All Shows “Low-Life”/ “Brotherhood” And Feature All Material 1983 - 1987 “From Confusion To True Faith” With Opening Set Joy Division Material

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Back by popular demand, Peter Hook & The Light takes to the road for a string of dates in Spring 2016 to perform New Order’s third and fourth albums, “Low Life” and “Brotherhood”, returning to many venues where the band's previous shows have sold out and been very well received.

Having recently returned from touring the albums in Australia, New Zealand and North America, the shows mark the opportunity to see the LPs and singles performed in full in England. As has become standard, Hooky and The Light will be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material. The concerts will include the singles and B-sides from New Order’s most prolific period. From August 1983 up to 1987, taking the audience from “Confusion” to “True Faith”, with both “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” performed in full alongside all the other tracks from that fans consider New Order’s greatest period including “Thieves Like Us” “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “The Perfect Kiss” and many more. Both the singles and the albums for this period stand out as some of the finest work ever produced by the band and marking the high period of New Order artistically. The critical plaudits heaped upon “Power, Corruption & Lies” were followed by similar notices for “Low-Life” and “Brotherhood”, which are considered as a trio as the band’s greatest albums. PAGE

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Releasing “Low Life” in 1985 alongside epic single “The Perfect Kiss”, whose 9 minute 12 inch mix is considered one of the best of the decade, “Low Life” has made many regard it as New Order’s most complete single album. Aside from the singles, the album contains many great records that have entered the canon, including “This Time Of Night”, “Sunrise”, “Elegia”, “Sooner Than You Think”, and the album’s closer “Face Up”, an energetic club track. “Brotherhood” itself took a unique approach, splitting the rock side of the band to the first side of the album, with tracks “Paradise”, “As It Is When It Was” and “Way Of Life”, whereas the flip side was electronic, taking in the two singles and also “Every Second Counts”. The Light’s concerts run up to 1987 when New Order enjoyed their biggest international hit “True Faith”. Peter Hook & The Light’s “Lowlife” & “Brotherhood” shows chart New Order’s final stage of evolution from the post punk of Joy Division to defining themselves as electro pop pioneers at the cutting edge of the emerging club scene in the mid to late Eighties.

NORFOLK TOUR DATE: Friday 11th March 2016 NORWICH - The Waterfront Website: http://ueaticketbookings.co.uk/ Box Office: 01603 508050

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LOCAL AUTHOR NOMINATED

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Local Green Parenting Book Nominated For Award

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Norwich based author Kate Blincoe believes that nature needs children and children need nature. She has written a book with the aim of helping families to open their doors to the outside and become truly free-range animals. As Kate explains,“You’ll live a greener lifestyle and your children will learn to enjoy, appreciate and care for the world around them.” The book includes sections on foraging for dinner, wildlife gardening, learning party tricks with plants and making eco-decisions around the home. It’s not about being perfect, instead the emphasis is on having fun together, however exhausted, time-pressured or stressed you are. It is very much a local book. Kate herself is a born and bred Norfolk girl, and the illustrator, Stephanie Laurence, people photographer Phil Barnes and wildlife photographer James Williamson are all Norwich based too. It makes for a beautiful book with a distinctly Norfolk flavour. The book has been nominated for The People’s Book Prize (non-fiction), where the public gets to choose the winner. You can vote at www.peoplesbookprize.com. Kate Blincoe is a mother of two, and a freelance journalist and writer for publications including The Guardian and Eastern Daily Press.

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NORFOLK YOUNG FARMERS

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Norfolk Young Farmers & Countrysiders DO MORE, BE MORE WITH NORFOLK YFC www.norfolkyfc.org

Countrysiders are clubs for 10 to 16 year olds and Swaffham Countrysiders meet at Swaffham Rugby Club, PE37 7QX 7 to 8.30pm, fortnightly on Wednesday evenings. Swaffham Young Farmers are for 14 to 26 year olds and also meet at Swaffham Rugby Club, PE37 7QX 7.30 to 9pm, alternate fortnights on Wednesday evenings.

The clubs get up to many exciting activities which are often suggested by the members; from pizza making to bring a pet; farm visits to sports. You name it - we will give it a try! We also have many competitions throughout the year including Ultimate frisbee, public speaking, mock farm auction and laser shooting. Social events play a big part in our calendar and these include a conservation campout weekend. Those attending take on massive tasks like bridge building, making owl boxes and woodland clearance to name just a few, all with the help of an army of volunteers. Another annual event is the Countrysiders Dinner Dance. The members put on their party outfits, enjoy a 3 course meal and then dance the night away!

There are also great training opportunities for members. Countrysider courses are held during school holidays, there is a 3 day tractor driving course which includes basic health & safety, tractor maintenance and hitching and reversing a trailer. There is a 2 day introduction to Engineering; a 2 day Dairy course which encompasses milking and calf handling; and the Lambing course is really popular. Seniors can look at improving their skills base and may even have the cost subsidised by the YFC Skills Initiative. Our aim is to enable our members to develop and learn new skills, to encourage integration and enhance personal well-being, self-esteem and confidence – all whilst having fun.

You don’t have to have any connections with farming or agriculture to join - you only need to want to make new friends! If this seems like something that might interest you, a friend or someone down the road, do let them know. For more information check out our website; www.norfolkyfc.org; call the County office on 01603 731307 or email: norfolk.yfc@eastonotley.ac.uk PAGE

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SET YOURSELF...

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Set Yourself A Healthy Heart Challenge In 2016 Yes it’s January and yes that’s right, it’s the time of year we all feel under pressure to make a new start, lose weight and do something new with our lives. With life being so hectic nowadays it’s not always easy to commit to your new year’s health resolutions. One way to ensure you stay committed is to sign up for an event with Heart Research UK. This will give you a set date to aim to, people will sponsor you so you can’t let them or yourself down by quitting and after all that, you will have gained a new experience in life, improved your health and probably made some great friends along the way. Heart Research UK have a whole host of exciting challenges for you to take on in 2016 such as the iconic Great North Run, the London Bupa 10k, Silverstone Half Marathon, the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the Subway 5k series. Not to mention adrenalin packed skydives or intrepid global challenges such as trekking the mighty Great Wall of China or cycling from London to Paris.

Trekking the mighty Great Wall of China

Even if leaving your home town to do a challenge seems too much effort and cost, Heart Research UK have even thought of something to suit you too. The My Run, My Way challenge is aimed at people who want to create their own run. Take on your own 5k, 10k, half or full marathon and do it your way. Choose a date, time, route, distance and people to run with and apply for your FREE pack to get started - easy. There is also the Swim the Channel challenge where you have three months to swim the distance of the channel, but don’t worry, it’s in the comfort of your local swimming pool. So if you want to set yourself that all important Healthy Heart Challenge just contact Heart Research UK to sign up for an event and you will receive your FREE fundraising pack along with a set of Lifestyle leaflets to help and advise you on how to keep your heart healthy.

Cycling from London to Paris

Heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer and can strike any of us at any time. Knowing that 80% of this disease is preventable is very important. You can make changes right now to help change the future of your heart health and fitness plays a huge part in this change.

Don’t put it off, make the change and sign up today at www.heartresearch.org.uk/events, call 0113 2347474 or email: community@heartresearch.org.uk.

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MODEL COMPETITION

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The 2016 Norwich Model Of The Year Competition With over a hundred applications, and tremendous amounts of planning and organising, Kerri Parker selected 18 girls to compete in the Norwich Model of the Year Competition. from Sprowston, won the ‘Bikini Model’ title! Cassi Ellis Breed won ‘Best Hair and Catherine Holmes was awarded ‘Miss Congeniality’. Chelsea Crisp, Danielle Louise Carr, Hayley Brown, Ish Frere, Kelly LeeOwen, Kerry Brady, Leah Fincham, Lisa Marie Kerley, Mariama Toro Li, Nadine Rider and Alisha Taylor were all finalists who took part in the show; each one gaining prizes and titles for themselves!

Top 3 left to right, Kerry Brady (3rd), winner Nina Dalziel, Leah Fincham (2nd) and Kerri Parker

The event took place on Sunday 29th November, at the Oaklands Hotel, and all the finalists had a day to experience a taste of being a model. Each finalist got to take part in photoshoots before the show, not to mention the chance to model clothing from The Dress Boutique Online! In addition, every finalist received a photoshoot in London to help start their career! Judging took place before the show for each finalist to talk to the judges, in order for them to know the contestants better. It also gave the finalists a chance to show off their personality, and to try and gain the award of having the best interview! The show started at 4:30pm, and many people attended the event. The show consisted of 3 rounds; swimwear, fitness and evening wear, and to end the show awards were given out. Sophie Neale, a Thorpe St. Andrew Sixth Form Student won the title of best ‘Fashion Model’, and has walked for some of the 2015 Norwich Fashion Week Shows, she was also given the chance to compete in an international pageant! Amy Ford, attending Paston College and Rachel Bygrave, studying at the UEA gained places at the Grand Final in London. Becki Ball, a Thorpe St. Andrew Sixth Form Student, PAGE

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“The atmosphere was amazing, all the girls got on really well with each other and we made some new friends along the way. The day was really busy, we had to arrive at 11 to be briefed and then we had photoshoots,” Becki Ball. Nina Dalziel was crowned the Norwich Model of the Year, and she has the chance to compete in the London Grand Final next year! She won lots of amazing prizes, including a photo shoot in Spain! Nina Dalziel would like to say “a huge thank-you to Kerri, GMS Law, Susan Leeming for being our sash sponsor, and a thank-you to my gorgeous Kelly Mullender at Perfection for being my personal sponsor! I had a wonderful day, with lovely company!” 11 girls out of the 18 finalists managed to win a place at the Grand Final too, in the hopes to be crowned the official Model of the Year Winner. Everyone would like Group Photo of all finalists in the competition

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to say a massive thankyou to GMS Law; who are the official sponsor for the Norwich Model of the Year Event, without them the event would not have been possible. “I would really like to say a massive thank-you to Kerri for giving us all Left Alisha Taylor and Amy Ford, both won places to a chance to compete in compete in London the pageant, the event was wonderful, and it is definitely something I will never forget,� Becki Ball Plans are going ahead for some of the Norwich Model of the year finalists to create a calendar in order to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research Charity, if you are interested then keep an eye out for this on the Kerri Parker Facebook Page! Thank-you to Graham Loton, everyone who made the event possible and the photographers for the shoots on the day, including Mark Snelling and Phillip Smith; Phillip is the director of No7 Studio, to find out more check out the No 7 Facebook page! For more information about The Dress Boutique Online Visit their website at: www.thedressboutique.bigcartel.com If you would like to find out more about the Kerri Parker Academy; see what they do and find out how you can pursue modelling then visit their website at: www.thekpa.com, or find them on Facebook!

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Top 10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Working Day. Article By Nadia Render

I have been an organiser in my job for years. I seem to have always flocked towards jobs that require focus, organisation and efficiency. Luckily, I thrive on it. I love it. 1. Make a list for the following day : Every day before you close down: When you wind down for the day, everything is buzzing and fresh in your mind. If you list what needs to be done for tomorrow, in order of priority, you are unlikely to forget anything and when you get in tomorrow, you have an immediate game plan right there ready to go. The Beauty of listing by priority, is that when unforeseen things come up (as they do), you can simply shift some of the lower priority jobs to later in the week, so you are in total control. No curveballs here. 2. Tidy and clear down your desk every evening: Never leave your desk in a mess. Tidy it up and put everything away before you go home every day. If you leave it a mess, it’s likely tomorrow will not start productively. If you leave it tidy, you start tomorrow ready to go. 3. Never move the low priority jobs into another week: Although you have moved the lower priority jobs over from another day to accommodate other things that have come up, they were on your list in the first place, and still, therefore need to be done. Don’t ever push these over into a different week, as this will start to create a different problem altogether. 4. Take the same lunch break every day and never skip it: Taking the same lunch break everyday means that your routine is set and you are working towards the same time goal every single morning. Always make sure you take this break-eat something PAGE

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decent and enjoy it. ALWAYS go and sit elsewhere (do not eat at your desk) and try to leave the office, even if only for a short while. This will help to clear your head and refuel you for a productive afternoon. 5. Have some coffee break rules: It’s important that you take refreshment breaks, and it’s important that you stand up often and don’t stare at your screen for hours on end. BUT it’s also very easy to lose a big chunk of time when all you wanted was a quick coffee pit stop. Set yourself reasonable amounts of time, never exceeding 15 minutes. This way you don’t interrupt your flow too much, but still get that refreshment and a stop away from the screen. 6. Set yourself realistic deadlines and be disciplined: Look at what you have to do for the day and set each task a realistic deadline.You will be so surprised at how much this improves your working pace and you will see the results in your productivity. 7. Don’t be too hard on yourself: We all make mistakes and slip up from time to time. If or when this happens, acknowledge your mistake, do what you can to fix it and then move on. There is no point in beating yourself up about it, nor is there any point in dwelling on it. Dust yourself off, and carry on. 8. Give yourself some credit: It’s very easy to forget to congratulate yourself on your wins. You work hard, you pay your dues. Give yourself some credit and be proud of yourself and your achievements and the work that you have done. It’s okay to say well done you. 9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: It’s a universal thing that people don’t like to ask for help, especially at work. It does not make you weak, in fact quite the opposite. If you have a problem, asking for help before it escalates is key. Making sure that you solve a puzzle before it becomes an actual issue is the best thing to do. If you don’t know. Ask. Not everyone knows everything and it shows strength of character and determination if you ask someone. 10. Never stop learning: Try and learn something new every day. Whether it be via a book, or internet research or via a colleague.Try to make sure that you are always learning and growing.This will increase your capabilities, knowledge and will help to keep you interested. I hope that you find these useful. These are things that I have added to my daily life and I feel like I get the very most out of my working day every day. I have little quirks at home too. It’s all about efficiency and minimising stress and strain. Let’s face it, if you are organised, you are unlikely to feel overwhelmed which means you’re less likely to feel stressed. If you like to get some more tips or find out about the services I offer get in touch with me at: northnorfolkvirtualassistant@outlook.com or find me on Twitter @NadsNorfolk or check out my website: http://www.northnorfolkvirtualassistant.co.uk/ PAGE

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Iceni talks social media to... Louis Hilldrup-Boorman,

Marketing Manager at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors. What does your role within Clapham & Collinge Solicitors as Marketing Manager involve? I work

alongside all departments across the firm, managing all marketing activity both on and offline. Working closely with Andrea Smith, Marketing executive at Clapham & Collinge, we manage a busy schedule of events (legal seminars, networking events, fundraising events), the firm’s website development, social media, all marketing literature (from design to print), advertising and much more. It’s been an incredibly busy year for Clapham & Collinge - In February 2015 we departed from ‘QualitySolicitors’ a national legal network and re-established ourselves as a completely independent law firm, marked with a new company website and a fresh new visual identity. We relocated our North Norfolk branch and opened a third branch in Brooke, all of which coincided with our 60th Anniversary – so it’s been a busy year for the marketing department!

Can you give us a brief run down on how you use social media to interact with potential clients?

Our social media channels enable us to actively engage with the local community and businesses, this interaction supported the launch of various projects, e.g. our third office opening in Brooke and the move in Sheringham. Clapham & Collinge are also involved in various community initiatives and we regularly hold ‘Dementia Awareness sessions’, ‘Family Advice Mornings’ and ‘Planning for Later Life Advice Mornings’ at our offices. We use social media to highlight these events to the local community by engaging with a larger audience, many people attend these events through the promotion on social media.

How do you use social media as a tool for your existing clients? Using social media means our existing clients have the opportunity to contact us 24 hours a day. Together, Andrea and I manage our social media networks which means we’re always able to engage with existing clients.

Which social media platforms do you use and and why? i.e Hootsuite, TweetDeck, etc? We use

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interact in live-time. Hootsuite provide weekly analytics reports which are very useful as this helps us to identify top interactors, our most popular links and analyse our social media activity.

There are quite a few networking hours on Twitter, which is your favourite and why? For me, it has to

be a combination of #NorfolkHour and #NorwichHour - These networking hours are a great opportunity to network with local companies, share good news, promote upcoming events and keep up to date with all things Norfolk. Another great networking hour is #SolicitorHour - this is more industry specific, where we are able to actively engage with individuals looking for legal Q&A’s.

What is your favourite social media campaign you have managed? Clapham & Collinge recently

hosted The Benjamin Foundation’s ‘Sleep Out’ event, a fundraising event to highlight the issue of homelessness and raise money to support The Benjamin Foundation’s fantastic work with homeless young people in Norfolk. Together, we ran a social media campaign on the ‘Sleep Out’ to spread the word, encourage businesses and individuals to participate and to generate sponsorship for those taking part. The level of interaction and engagement across all of our social media channels from individuals and local businesses was incredible!

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"Content is key" With the help of this campaign the event was a great success, with 70 people taking part and over £16,000 raised.

Which social media experts and/or influencers do you follow? Chris and Sarah Greenfield from Bright Yellow Marketing are well known in Norfolk for their expertise on social media. They frequently post valuable top tips on how to maximise social media activity and I find these very useful.

What kinds of skills/qualities do you think you need to possess to be a Marketing Manager?

Marketing managers often work towards tight deadlines, so it’s important to be confident, have strong communication and decision making skills, whilst being adept at keeping your cool under pressure. My role at Clapham & Collinge is very broad, with responsibilities which vary from website development, social media, PR and advertising, to event management, internal communications and brand management. It’s important to be flexible, adept to change and have the ability to ‘think outside the box’. Creativity, attention to detail and determination are also essential qualities to be successful as a Marketing Manager.

What are your competitors doing on social media?

Many of our competitors have a social media presence in one way or another. Our competitors use social media in a variety of ways – from sharing the latest industry news and updates with their audience, to showcasing customer feedback, CSR and community engagement. Whilst not all businesses have a social media strategy, they certainly all have a presence.

And finally, what one piece of advice can you give to someone starting out into the world of social media? Content is key – Make sure you are offering valuable information that your audience will find interesting. Where possible, use images and infographics in addition to text-based content as images are powerful in conveying a message. Your social media channels represent your firm, so it’s important to be professional, personable and update regularly. WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK SOCIAL MEDIA WITH US?? Tweet Us @icenimagazine or send us an email to: submissions@icenimagazine.co.uk Twitter: @icenimagazine

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With Julian Clary Words: Emma Cox

The Joy of Mincing is Julian Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian, touring Nationwide in spring 2016, stopping off at Norwich Theatre Royal on the 17th April 2016 and Kings Lynn Alive Corn Exchange on the 25th May 2016. Julian’s second children’s book The Bolds to the Rescue (Andersen Press, RRP £6.99) is out on the 3rd March 2016. Why have you named your tour, The Joy of Mincing? I always like to get 'mincing' into the title. We've had Lord of the Mince; Natural Born Mincer; and Mincing Machine was my first tour in 1989. I don't know why; it sets the tone, doesn't it? I suppose mincing, apart from being a means of walking around, is a way of life. The Joy of Mincing is a declaration of the joy of life despite disapproval, perhaps.

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Is the show as rude as ever - you haven't toned things down? No, I don't think so. It's the one time you can let rip a bit, on stage. I don't want to be filthy for the sake of it, but I think it's a comic device. You just exaggerate who you really are on stage. I'm quite fond of moments of vulgarity. You've been performing for 30 years. How has comedy changed during that time? Yes, it's my 30th anniversary next year. It's changed beyond all recognition. It used to be an eclectic selection of people in small rooms above pubs, in the 1980s. Our comedy was a reaction against the right-wing men in bowties who were being offered as light entertainment in those days. And has your comedy changed? Yes, a bit. I think you evolve, whether you want to or not. There was a certain amount of anger and delight in confronting people when I started, which has more or less gone now. Making people laugh is my main aim in life these days. I don't think there's so much to be angry about now. Do you have fans who have been following your career for that full 30 years? There are, and they bring their children along now. I'm very fond of them, you know. You don't know their names necessarily, but it’s always a joy to see a familiar face. There’s a delightful family from Tunbridge Wells I've known since the boy was 13 and now he's a grown-up. It's charming. We talk about the old days at the Hackney Empire, or our aches and pains. There's a connection there, even though we don't really know each other, because on one level we do. What sort of stories will you be telling on this tour? Well, there's a rather long story about how I once saved Joan Collins's life in a swimming pool in St Tropez. It's a true story, which I won't give away now, but it's a long, meandering tale that fills the first half. Then the second half is about MBEs. I've noticed a lot of my friends in the business are getting these awards. They're handing them out like Smarties. I think, 'Ooh, I'd like one of those', but it's never happened so I'm obviously not favoured by the Establishment. I can only blame myself… So during the show, I give myself one and call it 'Mincer of the British Empire'. I'm making lots of Twitter: @icenimagazine

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these MBEs and handing them out to people in the audience. Just the lucky few, you understand: it’s not included in the ticket price. I'm always looking for an excuse to talk to the audience. That's what keeps me going. You can get bored if you're just reeling off the same old nonsense. I'm always very interested in the audience and their stories. People are very funny; they never fail to amuse. I assume that if you were offered an MBE in real life, you would accept? I'd bite their hands off! I think I've been too rude about the Royal Family over the years, unfortunately. I'm probably on some kind of black list somewhere. What do you think of Kate Middleton, the new one? Well, she's very fertile, isn't she? What more can one say? She's got lovely hair. Is there anywhere you're particularly looking forward to visiting on your tour? I love Glasgow. My rule used to be that the further north you go, the more extrovert people are. But I've changed my mind about that rule because I've had lovely gigs down south as well as in grim northern towns. I’m an any time any place kinda gal, I guess. Do you find it difficult being on tour? Other comedians complain that it is lonely and that you eat badly because you're constantly on the road. Well, nobody's making you do it. And there's a Waitrose in every town these days. It’s probably just the dreary, married heterosexual types that complain. This is what I wanted to do 30 years ago, and I'm still doing it - standing on stage, talking about myself and getting applause for it. What’s not to like? I suppose it's a bit weird coming off stage and being on your own, but it doesn't bother me. What was your worst ever gig? It was in Chatham, in Kent. I don't know what was wrong with them, but nobody laughed for two hours. I was seething. I refused to ever go back. If you search through all of my novels, I'm rude about Chatham in all of them. It clearly scarred me for life, and I’m still seeking revenge. My children's books are translated into twelve different languages and I'm refusing to change the name of Chatham in any of them. They will know, even in Brazil, the horrible truth that Chatham is not a town where they laugh at Julian Clary. PAGE

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Your personal life seems to have changed as much as your career - you've turned your back on partying and now live an idyllic rural lifestyle in a village in Kent, is that right? Yes. Well that’s what I’m telling you anyway. I think there’s nothing drearier than a 56 year old homosexual hanging around Soho in lycra. Mercifully, one grows out of that. Thank goodness. What's happened to the old outfits? I've still got them, though goodness knows what I'll ever do with them. I might bring some of them on the tour, as it's my 30 year anniversary. A kind of retrospective fashion show. I used to look at all these drawings of rubber outfits covered in feathers and think, 'My goodness, that's outrageous, I couldn't possibly'. But that was part of the fun. Are you never tempted to wear them again? Don’t be silly. I sniff them sometimes. Just for old times’ sake. Scent is very evocative isn’t it? A lung full of my old diamante jockstrap and I’m immediately transported back to the London Palladium in 1993. Do you ever wear make-up anymore? Only on tour. I like the glittery lips and all of that. Not for television. I think on high definition, it looks a bit peculiar. How do you feel about ageing - do you enjoy it? It’s not on the top of my list of enjoyable things, no. Although I am thrilled with my grey hair. I’ve turned from a fluffy chicken into a silver fox. It's very interesting: when you're young, there are all these things you want to achieve. Then when you get to your 50s you've either done them or you haven't, so the physical deterioration is offset by the things that you can tick off the list. In that respect each decade is better than the last. Although I'm sure one reaches a tipping point where that's not the case anymore.

garden. Am I good? I'm very good at walking around and telling my gardener what to do. If I'd have told you years ago that you would end up living in the county with dogs, pottering around your garden, would you have believed me? I probably would, actually. Because as a child I was very into animals and nature. Obviously I got distracted for a few years. With gay urban and all the rest of it. So I’ve come full circle. Do you still play poker? I do, and I'm getting better, which is exciting news. I used to lose hundreds of pounds. But now, if I lose £50, I feel like I've won. What about cooking? Oh, I loathe cooking. It's hot and bothersome. Getting everything ready at the same time, all that peeling and chopping, and then it's gone within a minute. It's a shame, because I have the sort of house where I had a vision of myself baking and making jam, but I'm not cut out for it at all. I can make a nice salad. You can buy anything in supermarkets ready-made, can't you? You don't need to make your own food. It's far nicer out of a carton. What do you think the public perception is of you, and do you think they'd be surprised by your real life? Maybe people imagine I'm camp and outrageous all the time and that I wear full make-up and glittery outfits when I’m at home doing the hoovering. In fact I wear just a touch of raspberry lip balm and a drip dry kimono. Just like anyone else.

How do you feel when you look in the mirror? I think it's very easy to delude yourself. I might think to myself, 'I need to lose some weight', so I won't have any butter on my toast, and the next day I look again and think, 'Gosh, I've lost two stone'. I'm fine about myself, really. It could have been a lot worse.

Are you well known in your village? Well, who knows? Most people here have got better things to do than get excited about celebrities in their midst. Mind you, I was in the front garden recently and a woman drove past with a friend and then I heard her car screech to a halt. And I heard her say, 'There he is, look, there he is'. Then she shouted out to me, 'Where's the other one?', meaning Paul O'Grady, who lives in the same village. Quite rude, I thought. Probably from Ashford. I am aware that I am sometimes slightly snappy with members of the public.

What hobbies do you have? I used to like yoga, although I haven't been for ages. It started morphing into an encounter group with people talking about their depression and their marriage problems. I just wanted my ham strings stretched. So I said ‘Namaste’ and didn’t return. I like pottering around my PAGE

What would be the best way to approach you, if somebody wanted to come and ask for an autograph? Send a stamped addressed envelope to my agent. I jest. As long as I’m in a good mood I’ll oblige. Autographs, selfies, a sample of my DNA, you only have to ask.

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Your children's book, The Bolds, was hugely successful. Did you feel any pressure writing the second one? No. I'm onto my third now. They flow out of me, I don't know where they're all coming from. It's delightful; I just have such a lovely time writing them. Making children laugh is a whole new thing for me, it's lovely. No child pretends to laugh - it's very genuine. It's obviously a world away from my usual filth but that’s liberating. A whole new World.

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Will you continue with The Bolds or do you have a plan for a different series? The Bolds are alive and well in my mind, so it's all about them. It's a bit like the Just William books, of which there were about 45. I feel like I can go on and on with them. Whether the public want me to or not. Why do you think they resonate so well with children? It's not for me to say, really. But I think they're funny and morally sound, and very plot driven. I guess because I enjoy writing them so much that somehow comes across. Is there any reason why you don't do panel shows? Yes. Because I can't stand them. They take about five and a half hours to record and often in a rather aggressive atmosphere. Not my idea of a fun evening. And hardly gripping viewing after the edit either, in my opinion. I prefer ‘Crimewatch’. You came third on Strictly Come Dancing and won Celebrity Big Brother. Are there any other reality shows you'd like to do? I like reality television. I like watching it, and I like things that are unscripted. What about acting? I don't have any burning desire to act. I've spent so long creating my persona that it seems strange to let that go and be someone else. I'm always looking for a surprising offer, mind you. Good things often come along as a sort of divine intervention. Just as you're thinking, 'What am I going to do next year?', something wonderful comes along. And if it doesn’t I’ll think up my own fun and games in the privacy of my luxury home. And I’ll make sure I draw the curtains before I start. Twitter: @JulianClary Visit: www.julianclary.co.uk Visit: www.theboldsbooks.co.uk Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ Julian-Clary-tickets/artist/1402423

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Poached Skrei With Buttered Leeks, Puy Lentils, Kale And Pumpkin Seeds Recipe supplied by the Norwegian Seafood Council The buttery soft flesh of Norwegian Skrei lends itself perfectly to this comforting simple supper Serves 4 | 20-40 minutes, easy to make

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Method • Cook the lentils according to the instructions on the packet, until they are al dente. If you prefer to cook them in chicken or vegetable stock then this will add more flavour to the lentils, but it’s not essential. • Meanwhile chop the leeks into 5mm discs, place the butter in a medium sized pan and warm the butter until it’s completely melted. Add the leeks and slowly cook until they are very soft, for about 10-15 minutes. Keep warm • Wash and chop the kale. Remove a couple of spoonfuls of the leek butter and set aside as garnish for the end. Add the kale to the rest of the leek butter and gently toss until the kale is coated in the butter and leeks, keeping warm over a low heat • Drain the puy lentils from their cooking liquid and add them to the kale and leek butter, toss a few times and taste. If it needs salt and pepper along with lime juice then season generously at this stage, toss again and taste to see if the seasoning is to your liking. Set aside and keep warm while you cook the Skrei • Next drizzle a spoonful of vegetable oil into a large pan. Heat until the oil sizzles. Pat the Skrei skin dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place the fish fillets skin side down in the hot oil. Depending on how thick the fillets are you’ll need to pan fry them for about 5-8 minutes until the flesh of the Skrei is nearly completely opaque in colour. Season the top of the fish and using a spatula carefully turn the fish over and finish cooking for a minute or so. Squeeze a little lime juice on the fish • Divide the puy lentil, kale and buttered leeks between each plate. Place the four fillets of Skrei on top of the lentils along with a small spoonful of the leeks and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds before serving. PAGE Twitter: @icenimagazine

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New Year, New Starts, Plan for New Destinations.

As Christmas fades into the distance and we all have pangs of guilt over our overindulgence, many of us have the urge to either jet off somewhere or plan some travels for later in the year. A challenge I constantly face as a Personal Travel Designer are requests for holidays at completely the wrong time of year. Majorca in November is unlikely to produce a tan. Dubai in August is far too hot. And you’ll never see the Northern Lights in Iceland in June. In this series of articles I aim to provide some ideas of where and when to go and to include some great inside tips. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan and dynamic blend of sophisticated restaurants, interesting architecture, culture, sports, entertainment and personality. No trip to Australia would be complete without visiting its cultural capital. January is a fantastic month. It is the height of summer with warm and sunny days tempered by a freshening breeze from the south in the afternoons. I found Melbourne’s food scene to be uniquely diverse. Finding restaurants on rooftops and in basements, in iconic settings and historic buildings, and in countless funky spaces in between. Cafés and coffee shops are popping up throughout the city, ensuring nowhere is far from a caffeine fix. One of my favourites is 'Hell of the North' in Fitzroy, an informal bistro using local produce and fresh ingredients to produce tantalising French inspired fare. I recommend the ‘Let Us Feed You’ option. PAGE

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In Australia's home of sport you have so much choice, January you’ll catch the Australian Open, in March the Formula 1 Grand Prix and in November the Melbourne Cup. If you are a cricket fan, then why not take a tour of the MCG. Australians love their beaches, and why wouldn't they? St Kilda is popular and close to the city where you can kick off your shoes on safe sandy beaches, enjoy the café culture, or head to Luna Park to whizz around on rides which have been running there for ever. Bells Beach, which hosts the annual Rip Curl Pro competition at Easter, is a must for those into surfing. Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for over a century, it's a great place to shop, eat and explore, or just simply people-watch and soak up the atmosphere. By escaping the busy city life and heading out of town for a few days you get to experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. You’ll pass through quaint towns, gorgeous beaches, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls. Apollo Bay is gorgeous and charming, known by the locals as ‘Paradise-on-Sea’ and, if you are lucky enough to be there in April, be sure to time your visit with the Apollo Bay Music Festival. Easily accessible from central Melbourne are the diverse wine regions of Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsular, two of my favourites. Combining a trip to the Mornington Peninsula with a visit to Cape Schank allows you to marvel at the stunning landscapes, wild beaches and scenic walking tracks. Melbourne has everything. After only a few days you’ll soon see, as I did, why it has been named the world’s best city to live in. Sarah Laverty, owner of Compass Connections has travelled the world all the name of passion for what she loves and being able to pass on her knowledge to others. www.compass-connections.co.uk

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Iceni Interviews Lulu

Singer, Actress, And Television Personality When you recorded 'shout' did you know it was going to be a massive success? Well I hoped people would like it! I just loved the song and the attitude - I always loved American music. I certainly did not know it would have the longevity it has had . . . the mark of a great song, I think! How did it feel it when you were asked to record the James Bond theme song 'The Man with a Golden Gun'? Thrilling, of course. And with a Scot as Bond, the wonderful Sean Connery, it was even better! There has been a tradition of great songs and great singers with the Bond theme so it was an honour. Lots of people saw you sing in the closing ceremony at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, was that exciting? Oh yes of course. To be a part of something like that in my home town was very exciting and humbling. Glasgow is such a vibrant city so to be there in the midst of this celebration was unforgettable. This year [in 2015] you have had a new Album, a tour and a new range of time bomb skin products which you have introduced in Norwich. Firstly how was the tour? I have had such an amazing year! Music is my first love (and it will be my last!) so to be still able to perform is a dream come true. Every audience was a little different and so much fun! My album was self penned and that was both a challenge and so fulfilling. If someone had told me I would have an album in the Top 40 in my sixties I would hardly believe it. And I got to play Glastonbury so now my nieces and grandchildren think I am cool!

many new skills! Time Bomb is a game changing line to give you smooth, plump, dewy skin. It is a tightly edited line based around the four challenges our skin faces as we get older - we call it the Core Four - sloughing, moisturising, lack of collagen and loss of sebum. My line covers all these issues with some extra targeted intensives. Our products are often ground breaking - I work with a super talented chemist in the US who formulated many of the John Frieda products and he always comes up with innovative ideas that really work for problems real women face. What do you have planned for the future? Next year is looking just as busy . . . I am currently shooting the new AbFab movie, I have another nationwide tour in March and my skincare line is going from strength to strength so I am often busy with meetings, creative, new product development and visiting my lovely customers in store . . . like the wonderful women I met at Jarrolds.

Tell us about your new range of products. Time Bomb has been a great success and personally I have enjoyed becoming a business woman and learning Twitter: @icenimagazine

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SOCIAL MEDIA Issue 33 2016

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Get Your Business Promoted With Twitter Ads Did you know that Twitter offers paid options to get your product/service/offer seen by your target Twitter audience? It’s called Twitter Ads - you can create different campaigns types, each having difference goals, audience and budgets. So how do you get started? Firstly determine your advertising goals on Twitter Ads - do you want to gain follows, increase website traffic, increase engagement or another goal option. Once you’ve decided on this sign into your normal Twitter account, then, in a new browser tab go to https://ads.twitter.com/ and sign in there and add your payment details. You’re then ready to create your first Twitter Ads campaign.

STEP 1 Choose your campaign type Under the ‘New Campaign’ button select the campaign type that best matches your advertising goals. Then the audience features available to you will depend on the campaign type selected - the focus will be on scheduled tweets or promoted accounts. Twitter helps guide you through this. The most popular campaign types are ‘Followers’ ‘Website clicks or conversions' or ‘Tweet engagement'. ‘Followers’ is focused on gaining followers and focuses on promoting your Twitter account as a whole in home timelines, who to Follow and search results.


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'Website conversions' designed to drive traffic to a specific page on your website - which can be tracked with a snippet of ‘conversion’ code placed on the selected 'landing page'. With this option you only pay if someone clicks through to your web page from the url link contained in the promoted tweet. 'Tweet engagement' is used to increase retweets, likes, profile views and general engagement with the promoted tweet. This option you pay for every form of engagement.

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helpful - by postcodes. If you want do add postcodes sadly there's no quick bulk upload .csv function and they have to be entered manually or from a text file containing one postcode per line which you can then copy/paste in. 5. Tailored Audience This gives you the option to target your actual website visitors or lists from your database. This option can be somewhat complicated so it's best to read up on this on Twitter Ads website before adding this option.

For the purposes of this article I’ll focus on a ‘Website Links or Conversions’ campaign. Give your campaign a name and decide on the duration for your campaign - i.e.. continuously or set start/end dates.

5. Gender & devices Finally you can also target Individual genders and even devices and platforms.

STEP 2 Define your audience

Start small and then once you've tested the market you can always raise this. Some clients start with as little as £5 per day and see great results. Other budgetary options may be available here depending on your campaign type selected. You’ll also have the opportunity to decide on your cost per ‘engagement’ whether it’s automatically determined or set as a target cost.

Twitter offers a variety of granular options for this depending on the campaign type you’ve opted for, some may be more useful than others - the more you specify the smaller the audience reach but obviously the more targeted it should be. Here's a quick rundown the most popular options: 1. Add Followers This allows you to add in any potential competitors or influencers on Twitter whose followers may be interested in your product/service/offer and show your tweet to them. This is a very powerful feature and should not be under estimated and it’s important to do your research when using this. 2. Add Interests This allows you to add in key 'interests' from a list determined by Twitter. You can also add in TV shows, networks and genres that your followers might be watching and tweeting about. 3. Add keywords Reach people that search or tweet about specific keywords. You can choose to have your tweets appear in either users’ timelines or in search results. Twitter allows you to specify a variety of search term types from hashtags to broad, phrase and exact match search terms (like Google Adwords). Twitter will also suggest additional keywords or keyword variations. 4. Location You can target by geographical location if your product/service/offer is geographically restrictive. This can be by country, county or possibly the most Twitter: @icenimagazine

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STEP 4 Create your tweet

It's best to have at least 3 promoted tweets per campaign. I always recommend creating a unique tweet for this rather than using one of your existing tweets as it allows you to then specifically see its influence as a promoted tweet. Take advantage of incorporating an optional 'website card' at the end of the tweet - this offers extra image and text content to your Tweet that you’d otherwise not be able to display in a standard tweet. Once you’ve created your ads the campaign is ready to launch, just save, and it’s done. Keep checking your campaign and remember you can start and pause your promoted tweets campaigns when you want to so you always have complete control and change your ads during the campaign to keep it fresh and appealing Hopefully this has shed some light on Twitter Ads and the benefits it can have to get your product/service/ offer in front of your key audiences. You can read more at https://business.twitter.com/basics If you need any help with Twitter Ad campaigns or want to know more about how social media can help your business get in touch with me at http:// paulkirkdesign.co.uk or at @PKirk_designer PAGE

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LEE GORDON

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BBC New Talent Songwriter Releasing Debut Single BBC Radio 2 New Talent Songwriter of the Year finalist described as. 'a Devil singing an angels songs' Tom Robinson's (6music) Fresh on the net said 'lovely songs, man, does he have a big voice' Songwriting Magazine recently said 'refreshingly different, with vocals FULL of soul, Gordon knows how to create intense beauty and melancholy with only the most simple of elements.' Norwich based singer/songwriter LEE GORDON will release his debut single 'BEACH HOUSE' on 22nd Feb, 2016, via all digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify etc.) The launch party, yet to be announced, will be at 'The Bicycle Shop' on St Benedicts Street, Norwich on Sunday, 21st Feb, followed by very special residency every Wednesday in March at 'Gonzos Tea Room' London Street, Norwich. Previously signed to Justice Brother Records and BBC NEW TALENT SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR finalist, Lee has his own unique sound although he lists artists like Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, Damien Rice, Ryan Adams and Eddie Vedder as influences. He performs with the sort of passion some might say is missing in so many singer/songwriters today.

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A multi-instrumentalist, Lee writes, records and performs all of his own material from his home studio in the Norfolk countryside, taking influence from his roller-coaster life over the last ten years. With his life long friend, collaborator and double bass player DARREN WOOLNER, he has been honing a crop of brand new material to be released in 2016. BEACH HOUSE was written on a rainy day at a beautiful house on the North Cornwall coast surrounded by his family and then pregnant wife. 'The sound of the ocean really influenced the style of guitar I wrote for this song' says Lee, 'it rolls and repeats to give that sense of the water hitting the shore. The double bass really made the song come to life, again focusing on the comforting, almost hypnotic sound of the sea. Lyrically, the song is about the sense of catharsis created by being away from

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a hectic London lifestyle, surrounded by beauty, the ones you love and questioning the choices made in life. I saw the 'beach house' as a metaphor for the places or people we hold most dear in life and the longing we feel for them on occasion'. On the recording of the song he said, 'Myself and Darren had this recorded in an afternoon. It was just an organic thing that happened really naturally. It is such a treat as a songwriter when songs come together like this, you really capture the raw emotion as though it's writing itself.' Lee is currently back in Norwich, where he began his musical career in 2006. Within eighteen months he had recorded his debut album (in a self-converted pig-shed!) and went on to sell out NME 'SMALL VENUE OF THE YEAR 2015'- THE NORWICH ARTS CENTRE. Soon after, he went on to headline THE WATERFRONT, an amazing two day line-up at THE NORWICH PLAYHOUSE and a sixteen date tour of England with shows at London's BORDERLINE and support slots with TERRY REID. After relocating, Lee had a very successful stint in London which saw him sign his first record deal with (the now no more) Justice Brothers Records and record with producer TONY PLATT (AC/DC, Bad Plus). He launched his debut EP with his band THE DAYLIGHT FADED on this imprint at London’s THE FLY, followed up with shows at THE TROUBADOUR and THE BARFLY. Shortly after, the recession hit and, unfortunately, like so many other small companies, the label closed.

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Not long after this, his dear mother fell ill to cancer which brought him back to Norwich to be near family. She unfortunately lost her fight and a brief hiatus for Lee followed. After picking up the pieces, Lee is making a comeback, armed with an arsenal of very touching, emotionally - charged new songs, of which BEACH HOUSE is one. The last 6 months have shaped up to be a great period. Lee started releasing songs on YouTube and Facebook, with new song ‘Waste’ getting 6000 views in its first week and now topping 10,000 views. He has received support from BBC INTRODUCING, SONGWRITING MAGAZINE and TOM ROBINSONS (6music) FRESH ON THE NET, a slot at RELOAD festival with THE BOOMTOWN RATS and LEVEL 42, and enough new material to release a double album, Lee is set to repeat the success that was hinted at before his family's loss. Find out more about Lee via the links below: www.leegordonmusic.com www.facebook.com/leegordonmusic www.twitter.com/leegordonmusic www.youtube.com/leegordonmusic www.soundcloud.com/leegordonmusic

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist | Tweeting @carwriteups According to a study by INRIX, a provider of traffic information, UK drivers sit idle in traffic 46 hours per year on average. That is twice as long as commuters in the US. The research shows that, while British roads are busiest on a Monday morning during rush hour, American citizens’ worst traffic of the week is on a Friday afternoon. Fortunately, the United Kingdom is doing a much better job managing congestion in its major urban centres than its US counterparts. Granted; that might not be much consolation when you still spend almost two days stuck in queues every year at this side of the pond.

Assistance Pack’ with adaptive cruise control, plus there are GT styling touches all over. The French-made estate compares with models such as the Skoda Octavia vRS estate and the Ford Focus estate ST. There is just one engine available, a smooth 2-litre 177bhp diesel, hitched up to a six-speed automatic gearbox, which changes up and down the cogs flawlessly. It is also a down-to-earth motor, with 660 litres of load capacity in the boot,

However, what might provide some relief while caught in the tailbacks is Peugeot’s stylish 308 SW BlueHDi 180 GT. The range-topper is comfy and spacious; standard kit is excellent, too. It includes sat nav, dual-zone aircon, DAB radio, a ‘Driver

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swelling to 1,775 litres with the rear seats folded.That is greater than mainstream family cars, such as the Volkswagen Golf estate and Focus estate.

What’s more, there is ample grip and the car corners well, with minimal body-roll.There is a good amount of feedback submitted through the steering wheel as well.

On the move, the 308 SW GT is like a pig in clover sitting at motorway speeds hour after hour. It is just as efficient on twisty country roads, due to wholesome suspension and its ‘Driver Sport Pack’, which is standard. Included in this package is a meatier engine note, along with an instrument display to show pulling power, turbocharger boost and acceleration. The steering gets a little heavier too, while throttle and gear change responses becomes snappier.

The Peugeot is also resourceful, especially when you consider it offers a combined fuel economy of over 68mpg and CO2 emissions of only 107g/km. This makes it an efficient car and, taking into account its comfort levels, it’s a pleasurable motor to drive - or simply sit in - when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic.

The car’s 0-62mph run is achieved in 8.6 seconds, thanks to the engine’s 177bhp and 296lb-ft of torque. The car feels swift – not hot-hatch quick – but it has enough grunt to ensure you are able to join fast flowing motorway traffic from slip roads easily.

PROS • Pulling power • Equipment • Refined interior CONS • Fairly Pricey FAST FACTS • Max speed: 135 mph • 0-62 mph: 8.6 secs • Combined mpg: 68.9 • Engine layout: 1997cc four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel • Max. power (bhp): 177 • Max. torque (lb.ft): 295 • CO2: 107 g/km • Price: £26,845

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SOME TIPS FOR...

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Some Tips For When It's Time To Speak Your Mind Article by Susan Leigh

Many of us will have experienced some strain in our relationships over the Christmas holidays. This frequently results in New Year being one of the busiest times of the year for divorce lawyers, as many stressed out couples react to having been hot-housed together over the break.

start to regard the other person in a negative light. This view may have no bearing on reality, and yet over time can seriously influence the way we feel about him or her, potentially damaging the relationship.

With this in mind it's important to maintain ongoing communication with our partner, particularly about the tough stuff. Throughout the year we may have issues, annoyances, be upset, or there may be something of especial significance that needs time set aside to discuss it.

Â&#x; When we anticipate trouble we prepare mentally in order to protect ourselves. That expectation will influence how we behave, the words we use, our tone of voice and our body language. When we're feeling nervous it's far better to try to remain calm, to ask questions and uncover all the facts, rather than jump to conclusions and pre-empt what happens next.

It can be tempting to second-guess how our words will be received and how he or she may react.This can be compounded if we're feeling uneasy or apprehensive about speaking our mind. When we anticipate a stressful conversation it can put any discussion at a disadvantage before we even open our mouths by causing underlying tension and awkwardness. If we imagine problems, setbacks and disapproval before anything has even been verbalised we may

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So, let's look at the best ways to speak our mind in an effective way:

Â&#x; Focus on a good outcome and think positively about what it is that you want to achieve. When we say 'I don't suppose', 'I know I'm wasting my time asking' or 'you won't like this, but' we're setting the scene for a negative outcome. Many people don't realise how their words sound, what type of message they're unconsciously communicating or how they influence the other person's perception. Gradually a positive or negative way of thinking becomes a habit.

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those concerns. Have considered responses ready in case you're challenged, or you might even choose to deal with some of those points before they're raised. By doing this you demonstrate that you've given serious thought to your viewpoint. Ÿ Be prepared to give ground on things that are less important to you. Good negotiations include a readiness to compromise. If, for example, a young person wanted to go to a late night party a compromise might involve them agreeing to be dropped off or picked up afterwards at a particular time. This could result in their parents agreeing to transport them, the young person being allowed to attend the party and the parents feeling happy that they know the address and their child's travel arrangements.

It's important to ensure that we develop good habits in our communication skills. Ÿ From the outset determine to scatter positive suggestions and assumptions into your conversations. It sews the seeds for your success. Subtlety is the key. Referring to something that you want to receive, achieve or expect to happen in a positive way can smooth the pathway to your desired outcome and remove the possibility of any other result. Ÿ Be sure to present yourself well through your choice of words, your body language and tone of voice. You reinforce your message by nodding, smiling and accentuating all the positive benefits. Pause when you say something of particular significance and let your words take effect. Don't rush when speaking as that can indicate discomfort, embarrassment, uncertainty or a lack of confidence. By speaking slower you indicate that you're feeling calm, in control and happy to take your time. Ÿ Be aware of any areas of dissent or controversy and be ready to appreciate the other person's point of view; be prepared to be empathic and acknowledge Twitter: @icenimagazine

Ÿ Letting the other person claim credit for your good ideas can sometimes be a useful negotiation tactic. Guiding a discussion and interspersing ideas, hints or suggestions can sometimes result in those ideas being claimed by another person, as if they'd thought of them. You can smile, whilst getting what you want and allowing them to feel good about their 'inspired' thinking. Being generous about the outcome lets everyone enjoy a win/win result. When we're clear about our wishes and are projecting ourselves in a positive way we show others that we feel confident and are taking responsibility for our own happiness and decisions. Everyone around us benefits when we're calm and assertive. We can overcome objections, sometimes in advance of them being raised.When we clarify our thoughts, overcome negative thinking and present ourselves as valuable, deserving and reasonable we're able to say what we've got to say in a constructive way. Susan Leigh, South Manchester Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, For more articles, information or to make contact please visit http://www.lifestyletherapy.net. You can also purchase her 2nd book, Dealing with Stress, Managing its Impact ISBN 9781910275092. PAGE

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THE VOICE PROJECT

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Internationally Renowned Choir To Perform New Project At St Andrews Hall

The Voice Project’s new work will make inspirational use of iconic Norwich landmark The latest new choral work from Norfolk’s internationally renowned Voice Project Choir will make imaginative use of Norwich’s medieval Friary complex St Andrew’s Hall to mark the turning of the year. The atmospherically beautiful choral music will explore themes of dark and light, hibernation and awakening, and take us from the dark of winter to the promise of spring, from dark of the night sky to luminous sunrise. Titled Red Shift, the performances will be on Saturday 23rd January at 6pm and 8pm. The Voice Project Choir creates innovative performances that bring together the massed voices of a completely open access choir and exceptional professional performers. Amongst others Red Shift features outstanding flautist Rowland Sutherland who has played as featured soloist with ensembles ranging from the BBC Concert Orchestra to the bands of George Benson and pop singer Joss Stone. Music for the concert will be specially written for the 150+ voices of choir by Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough, Karen Wimhurst and its co-director Jonathan Baker, with setting of words by Coleridge ,Tennyson and St Julian of Norwich as well as acclaimed contemporary poet George Szirtes to create a truly unique experience. Voice Project co-director Sian Croose said ‘We are really looking forward to creating a piece for

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St Andrew’s Hall , which is the venue where The Voice Project started its life with our very first performance which was with Barbara Thompson. The choir is sounding great and we are planning to create an experience for the audience that is truly inspiring and uplifting’. Winners of the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 and 2014 Norfolk Arts Awards, the choir has a history of creating pieces that celebrate iconic Norfolk landmarks. Recent projects have included site-specific events at Norwich Cathedral, City Hall, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Holkham Hall. Created by singers and musicians Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008, the choir is now one of the best known in the East of England and beyond following appearances at international jazz festivals in London, and Europe, on British national TV and radio and French peak time national TV. St Andrews Hall is the centrepiece of ‘The Halls’, a complex of several magnificent flint buildings that form the most complete friary complex surviving in England that date back to the 13th Century. In the intervening years, as well as for worship it has been used as a mint, a school and for over 100 years as a workhouse.

St Andrews Hall, St Andrews St Norwich NR3 1AU Visit: www.voiceproject.co.uk for info and tickets.

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SOLDIERS OF EMBERS

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Soldiers Of Embers: Upcoming Local Movie, Produced By Bulldog Films An exciting production of the film titled ‘Soldiers of Embers’ is currently underway and is already creating a big following in the independent film industry. Aiming for distribution in 2016, ‘Soldiers of Embers’ has opened up an abundance of opportunities for local actors, make-up artists and venues. Matt Long, a local actor/writer and producer has been working on the film and is playing the lead role. The film synopsis is as follows: ‘Ex Para Trooper Jack Bishop is adjusting back to civilian family life whilst trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter. Whilst Jack was away fighting he felt guilty for not being around for his little girl whilst she was growing up. Soldiers of Embers follows Jack into an exciting dramatic story of brotherhood and vengeance’.

Thorpe St. Andrew Sixth Form student Rebecca Ball, currently in year 13, was given the chance to play the part of one of the extras for the film. “The atmosphere was really fun and it was a great experience. I would really love to get into the acting industry, and I am really glad to be invited back for more filming next year with the company.” If you would like to apply to be an extra for the film, roles are still available. Please visit the website or email Matt Long at: matt.long@bulldogfilms.net To find out more about the film, check out the production’s website at: www.bulldogfilms.net the release of the behind the scenes video clip is available too on the website, as well as many photos from filming. Bulldog Films would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who has made the production possible so far. Visit the IMDb of the film for the official cast list at: www.imdb.com

Matt Long wanted to highlight the importance of providing opportunities for upcoming talent, and as a result make-up artists from City College have been recruited, in order for the chance to gain valuable experience in the industry. Local venues, such as VuDu night club in Norwich have been among some of the sets the production has used so far.

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VISIT NORFOLK 2016

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VISIT NORFOLK 2016 New Year, new hope, new horizons. And holidays. But how about doing something different this year by taking a few trips in and around Norfolk to see what all the fuss is about and what, exactly, it is about our home county that compels so many thousands of people to visit every year, either for a day, a week, a fortnight or even longer. We all too often hear folk admitting something along the lines of, “...well it’s funny, I live here but I have never visited the place.”

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It’s time to put that right as far as Norfolk is concerned. So here are a few suggestions detailing some locations in our fine county where you might, when a flight of fancy and some free time seizes you, take the opportunity to go and have a look at. And why not start by letting the train take the strain? Starting at either Holt or Sheringham, the North Norfolk Railway, better known as the Poppy Line offers a near 11 miles trip by either steam or vintage diesel train through part of some of the most beautiful unspoilt countryside that North Norfolk has to offer with wooded hills and gently undulating hills leading to glorious views of the cliff tops and sea at Sheringham as you travel, sedately, from Holt towards the terminus station, calling at Kelling Heath Park and Weybourne en-route. One of the most endearing features about the railway is observing how the countryside changes throughout the year with primroses, bluebells and yellow gorse featuring through the Spring and early Summer before poppies and richly mauve heathers have their own colourful say later on in the year. A magical and, for some, evocative day out. See www.nnrailway.co.uk for more information. Situated on the very edge of Fakenham, Pensthorpe Natural Park, which nestles on the beautiful

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Wensum Valley is an award winning mix of nature trails, wooded walks and quiet waters-quiet, that is, apart from the myriad birdlife that has settled there and which features as a large and very popular part of the attraction. Pensthorpe combines natural countryside with exquisitely kept gardens, focusing primarily on its role in conserving both wildlife and wildlife habitats, the site itself now recognised as an important breeding location for many species as well as being a natural and secluded haven for many types of bird, insect and mammal. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to get up close and personal to nature with something new to seen or discovered on every visit. Find out more at www.pensthorpe.com. If you fancy testing out your sea legs and maybe having a bit of a blow as you do, then you may want to consider a trip out to see the seals that laze on the fringes of Blakeney Point. You can arrange to do this by getting in touch with Beans Seal Trips whose purpose built ferries operate out of either Morston or Blakeney Quay, out and away into Blakeney Harbour (the boats do not venture into the open sea) in order to safely and unobtrusively see all the wildlife and scenery in and around the Point-including, of course, the Common and Grey seals that live and breed there. They operate every day throughout the season (April 1st to October 31st) as well as taking regular trips through the winter months with

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departure times, naturally, dependent upon the tides. All bookings are currently taken by telephone so visit www.beansboatrips.co.uk for more details and booking information. One of Norfolk’s lesser known gems is the Fairhaven Woodlands and Water Garden, situated halfway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth on the A47. And, whilst it may not be so well known as some of our more famous beauty spots, this doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be celebrated, for it really is a wonderful place to visit. Fairhaven is a unique and romantic garden that is rich in both wildlife and the imagination, a vivid mix of native and cultivated plantings, all of which are set within an ancient woodland that covers 130 acres, all leading to its own private broad. Open all year round (apart from Christmas Day) you can begin to discover Fairhaven for yourself at www.fairhavengarden.co.uk. If you fancy a wild and probably windy walk along a part of our coast where you may not have been before, how about taking a trip to the wide open sands and surrounding big skies at Snettisham? Snettisham sands is that most rare of commodities in Norfolk, that is, a westerly facing beach, something more than worthy of a mention of course, as most of Norfolk’s beaches either face north or away to the east. This means the stretch of coast that includes Snettisham will often see some spectacular sunsets, especially in high summer when the sight of the red sun seemingly sinking beneath the calm waters of the Wash is something to behold-and a major attraction for any photographer. Snettisham Beach is mostly unspoilt and, as it remains slightly lesser known than its contemporaries at Hunstanton, Brancaster and Holkham, is often relatively deserted, especially on those icy winter days when Norfolk’s coastline is at its absolute best. The sands and surrounding mud flats are frequented by various wading birds, so take along your binoculars incase you have the opportunity to see some of them, for example, avocets, knots and the bar-tailed godwit, all of which can be seen from the RSPB Reserve at the beach. The Priory at Castle Acre is one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England, parts of which date back to 1090. The Priory, now entrusted to English Heritage, was the home of the first Cluniac (a religious order) monks in England, an order that Twitter: @icenimagazine

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especially loved ornate and creative decoration, something which is still evident today as you wander the extensive ruins of the Priory. Amongst the sights to see and admire at the Priory are its beautiful west end church gable, the Prior’s lodging and the substantial remains of many of the buildings that surrounded the cloister. There is also a recreation of the Priory’s herb garden, from which the monks would have grown and used various herbal remedies for medicinal, culinary and decorative purposes. The nearby Castle in the village was founded in the years that followed the Battle of Hastings by the first William de Warenne, one of the infamous William the Conquerors close friends and allies. It remains, to this day, a very well preserved example of a motteand-bailey (ie) a fortification with a wooden or stone keep situated on a raised earthwork (motte) which is accompanied by an enclosed courtyard (bailey), all surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade. The Bailey Gate is one of two stone gatehouses that were added to the settlements extensive earthwork defences at the beginning of the thirteenth century, with the main road into the village still running between its mighty towers. The Priories opening hours during the winter season are at weekends from 10am-4pm. Visit the English Heritage website and search for Castle Acre Priory for more information. So much to do and see-and all of it within our counties borders. And that is only the slightest of tastes that Norfolk has to offer. So get out there this year and explore the country-you might just be surprised at just how much variety it has to offer. Article By Edward Couzens-Lake

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Estate Agent Mini’s Unveiled

Before the schools broke up for this summer’s holiday, abbotFox, an estate agents from Norwich, launched a rebranding competition in which pupils from Norfolk schools were asked to come up with their own design for the abbotFox Mini. The winning design has been inspired by the talented Finley Williams (pictured above) from Attleborough Academy and the unveiling of the new abbotFox fleet took place on the 16th December at the school. The Mini’s are used to chauffeur clients to and from house viewings and the innovative estate agents wanted to see what designs the students could come up with. The school teenagers were given a brief to incorporate the abbotFox brand colours, but were encouraged to be as imaginative as they could. Finley has been fully credited for the winning design and can expect to see the creation which has been inspired by him come to life when the Mini’s are unveiled at the school. With over 100 schools contacted and a number of them submitting entries to the competition, it has taken some careful deliberation to decide the winning design. Members of the public were able to leave their feedback on each submitted design through abbotFox’s social media channels, all of which was taken into careful consideration when deciding the winning design. Keep an eye out for Finley’s eye catching design, imprinted onto the four abbotFox Mini’s with the addition to his signature and his school emblem integrated into the design. abbotFox have a reputation for engaging and getting involved with the local community and this latest campaign only echoes the sentiment. Samuel Le Good, a partner at abbotFox stated that; “as a company we believe in the importance of working and interacting with the local community and this proved a great way of being able to do so in a fun and rewarding environment.” PAGE

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With A New Year Comes A Time For Reflection And Re-Invention. Whilst we never subscribe to the 'New Year, New You' philosophy, it is perhaps natural to begin a new year with ambitions to be your best self. Just after the Christmas period is perhaps not the best time to invest in a whole new wardrobe (who's got the spare cash!), but it can be a great time to grab some key pieces that will add a new twist to our look for the coming year, whether it's that scarf that you've had your eye on, those boots that have been calling your name, or a key piece of jewellery that will see you through the year. Let's take a look at the key trends for the coming seasons... Layering: The layered look continues unabashed- team more delicate pendants on a variety of chain lengths over a simple top for a look that is low-key, yet totally on trend. Bangles too can be stacked; try a selection of thinner bangles in a range of finishes to offer a sophisticated style. We've seen a huge increase in demand for Russian wedding bands, intertwined bands that create a subtle, stylish look.

Rose Gold: The rose gold look has been around for quite a while, and shows no signs of slowing down. We predict that you'll see a lot more yellow gold sneaking in- offering a low-key way into the luxe '70's trend that we've seen on the high street.

A Sense of Fun: We're big believers in jewellery as a way of showing your personality. Simple pieces that hold meaning for you are such a strong trendespecially when it's not immediately obvious to the rest of the world! Think eternity symbols rather than classic hearts; manta rays to recall that special trip you took together or forget-me-nots to remember that special someone. More than anything else- choose pieces that speak to you, rather than follow fashion to the letter

Happy New Year, From All At Nova Silver

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NORFOLK SHOW BALL

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The NARS Norfolk Show Ball 2016 The annual Norfolk Show Ball, which is a highlight of the summer, takes place the week before the Royal Norfolk Show itself, and is one of the leading events within Norfolk’s social calendar. This high profile Ball event to be held on Friday 24th June 2016 will be hosted by the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS). NARS is one of Norfolk’s most heralded Charities, which quite literally saves lives in Norfolk through voluntary Critical Care Paramedics and Doctors, who in 2015 alone responded to over 400 ‘Red-line’ emergency calls, saving numerous lives. NARS receives NO funding from Government or the NHS and relies entirely upon the goodwill of individuals and businesses, to ensure this vital voluntary lifesaving service continues to be delivered and maintained for the people of Norfolk. NARS was established as a charity in 1970 to bring emergency doctors to the scene of road traffic collisions and continues its life-saving work to this day. NARS provides highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics to assist at the scene of major trauma incidents and other medical emergencies PAGE

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- quite literally bringing the Accident and Emergency to the scene - time is always a major factor with critical care. Paul Strutt, NARS Communications Officer said "The Show Ball is a marvellous opportunity for the public to learn about the amazing work NARS members do, often with little recognition. NARS members respond to life-threatening emergencies voluntarily and in their spare time." Barry Hart, a critical care paramedic who has been with NARS for over 20 years, has responded to over 1,000 incidents during that time. He reflected "For many, many years, NARS worked as a service in the background, helping people at times of emergency, but the public knew little about the work we did. The Norfolk Show Ball is a great opportunity for us to raise our profile and awareness, hopefully raise funds and demonstrate the value of the service that NARS provides."

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Book Your Table Early Lord Russell Baker, NARS Patron said: "We are delighted that NARS are involved with the Norfolk Show Ball 2016. We are planning what should be a wonderful and memorable evening, with a wide variety of musical and other entertainment. I am sure we can count on the generosity and kind nature of the people of Norfolk to come out and support us. We still need Norfolk-based businesses, and influential business individuals, to come forward to discuss sponsorship of this prestigious event." Lord Russell Baker added: “Sponsorship is a vital component of the finances for the evening and we are looking for a ‘head-line’ sponsor and smaller sponsors to discuss the business advantages of sponsorship at the NARS Norfolk Show Ball 2016. The Ball is attended by some of the most influential business leaders in Norfolk, so there is much to gain through sponsorship at this event. There will be an iPad auction and table raffle and dancing to a live band until 1:00 am. We expect a strong demand for tickets and would encourage people to book their tables early." Tickets are much sought after and will cost £75 each and tables can be booked for parties of 8, 10 or 12 places. It is advised to book early as the NARS Norfolk Show Ball 2016 is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased by emailing: bookings@softleyevents.co.uk or by calling 01603 757658. Twitter: @icenimagazine

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NARS receives no government or health service funding so every donation, whether large or small, is vital. All NARS members are volunteers who offer their services for free in their spare time. Whether you can spare pennies or pounds, every contribution is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to saving someone’s life http://www.nars.org.uk/

Meet the great team of volunteers that help provide vital services for the Norfolk region. The volunteers work is essential to saving lives and providing critical care at the scene of accidents http://www.nars.org.uk//the-nars-team

The Royal Norfolk Show is the largest twoday agricultural show in the country. Hosted by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association to promote the image, understanding and prosperity of agriculture and the countryside, the show has been part of the fabric of Norfolk since 1847 http://rnaa.org.uk/royal-norfolk-show/

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES Issue 33 2016

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Horoscopes For January Aries 21 March - 20 April As 2016 begins Mars moves

Libra 24 September - 23 October Saturn is forging a

into what is for you in particular the ardent energies of Scorpio, an area which can stir a truly passionate desire. Even so, an initial New Year’s ambition may take a little longer to shape up. If you are looking to enhance your social life, a lively phase initiated by Venus’s location in the most outgoing of sectors and the Full Moon on January 23rd, are perfect for opening up new possibilities.

fine link with the Sun as 2016 begins, and this can encourage you to get personal communications with those closest to you onto a more solid footing. This doesn’t mean though that everything will go exactly to plan, so if you feel frustrated at any time, fall back on your natural talent for diplomacy. You may also find yourself being very mindful of someone less fortunate this month. Good for you if so.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May You’ll drive into 2016 with

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November From January 3rd

a great determination to open up your world. Indeed, an opportunity you’ve long hoped for can emerge - although you may be wise to thoroughly investigate before you finally say yes. Relationships can also deepen and the intensity ramp up with emotions becoming more passionate. The limelight also beckons you this month Taurus, but there may be some stops and starts along the way.

your vitality and willpower are hugely boosted as Mars, your ruler, enters your sign. Nervous tension can still be high the first three months of this year though, so do look to take the time to develop any personal interests. An old friend can come back into your world and you can be extremely passionate about your ideas in the second half of the month, though just remember others are entitled to their views too, Scorpio!

Gemini 22 May - 21 June You can be in great form

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December With

as 2016 kicks off and your love life looks really promising. However, as Mercury, your personal planet, enters its rewind phase, there is the potential for misunderstandings too. Its move back into Capricorn can also see you reviewing a key partnership or financial arrangement, but you can emerge stronger from this. During week three an illuminating idea might seem too good to miss.

Jupiter, your personal planet regressing from the 5th, some of your biggest ambitions may need extra time to reach fruition. However, with Venus in your sign, your charm power can be at max, and this can see you enjoying the attentions of more than one admirer. Money will need care this month though, and someone may be slow to honour a payment, and you may need to be persistent. If you need extra finance, a family member could be hugely generous.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July Leisure activities, crafts and

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January As the New Year

even sports can be a great way to channel intense emotions. Relationships are also a key factor with the early New Moon encouraging fresh beginnings. Whilst an alluring Mars Neptune tie on January 18th can entice you into a creative scheme or friendship. However, do watch a desire to overly splurge around the 23rd, Cancer as it might not bring much lasting pleasure.

Leo 24 July - 23 August You can be motivated to clarify the routines that support your life organisation and enhance vitality and wellbeing. Mind, this doesn’t need to be a drudge, so get together with a friend and urge each other on to do better. Although this may be trial and error at first, you’ll eventually find what works and what doesn’t. Relationships will also need care this month and with Mars particularly feisty around your feelings, don’t be too harsh on someone close.

begins, your guide planet Saturn links brilliantly with the Sun. This urges you to tap into past experiences and skills in 2016. You may find some of your initial hopes are stymied with both Mercury and Jupiter starting retrogrades, but the cosmic power-house that is Mars will be on hand to help. In fact, by the end of the month you can show people just how very determined and resourceful you can be, Capricorn.

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February Mercury enters then quickly leaves your sign, moving back into Capricorn and signalling a desire to get to grips with any unfinished business. Some of this can relate to outstanding psychological issues and it could be a powerful month, not least because you will have added gravitas and clout when it comes to expressing how you really feel. The sincerity and support of those closest to you can prove absolutely crucial too.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September Feeling comfortable

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Your gentle and mysterious

in your home is going to be something you aspire to this month, but you can bring some real creativity to bear in the process. Some Virgo’s may even look to work from home. Any talent you have that you are passionate about can come very much to the fore and especially in the last two weeks of January. Yet with Jupiter tracking backwards, look to under promise and over deliver.

ruler Neptune forges a long alliance with passionate Mars this month. This is marvellous if you are a creative person and want to expand or reach a wider audience. However, self doubts could also surface early in January, and one close involvement cannot be taken for granted. Fortunately, even if you do initially feel you are going over old ground you will start to feel a lot more optimistic as the month enters its final third.

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