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Focus On: Beer

Best Of Norfolk

Through The Lens Of Our Readers

What Does Success Look Like to You?

New Ford Kuga PHEV Review

Fun Things To Do In East Anglia… If You Don’t Like Beer!


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“A little bit of beer is divine medicine.” Paracelsus, Swiss physician Welcome to Issue 102 of Iceni Magazine! This month, we focus on BEER! Is the craft beer industry under threat? Pages 46 and 47 give an overview of the current situation in the UK and how things are developing. Lovely & Local’s Cheryl Cade visits the Panther Brewery, describing recent developments and things to come (Pages 40-41). Can beer be consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle? We investigate that on Page 38. Elsewhere, check out the wealth of photos in this month’s Best of Norfolk (Pages 25-33) - there are some real stunners in there! If you’ve noticed changes in your hair since autumn arrived, Pages 16 & 17 could help with some advice for preparing your hair for the season ahead. We hope that you enjoy this issue... and we look forward to seeing you all again in November. In the meantime, good luck with changing from your summer to winter duvet (we might be doing that sooner rather than later) and have a safe, enjoyable month!

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CONTRIBUTORS Becca Hamling, Cheryl Cade, Jill Roberson, Keri Beevis, Nade Ward, Nicole Petty, Patrick Arundell, Serena Fordham, Susan Leigh, Thomas Hamling, Tim Barnes-Clay, Vicki Lowes, Yellow Mysteries Entertainment.

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Contents 54

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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WHAT DOES SUCCESS

FUN THINGS TO DO IN EAST ANGLIA…

Look Like To You?

If You Don’t Like Beer!

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES October

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Buzz Buzz Buzz As I Write This...

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Iceni News Alan Boswell...

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Nova Silver Symbolism In Jewellery

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Iceni News Asian-Inspired Crazy Golf

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Best Of Norfolk Readers Images

Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis

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What Does Success Look Like to You?

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How To Prep Your Hair For Autumn

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Nibbles & Tipples October

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Motoring Review New Ford Kuga PHEV

ANYONE FOR A BEER? Beer Is Big Business...

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Lovely & Local Panther Brewery

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Fun Things To Do In... East Anglia If You Don't...

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See What Mummy Says The Taste Of Beer

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Is The Future Of Craft Beer In The UK Under Threat?

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Let’s Throw A Party The Words...

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Iceni Asks... Who Do You Most Like...

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Focus On: Beer

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Anyone For A Beer??? Beer Is Big Business...

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Beer: Can It Be Drunk As... Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle?

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Just For Fun 'Death's Brew'

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Why There Has Never Been A Better Time To Visit...

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation For over 25 years, children, young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk have been supported by The Benjamin Foundation to overcome big challenges in their lives. Each night, we accommodate 100 vulnerable young people, equating to over 40,000 safe nights sleep a year for local young people. They can finally feel safe from youth homelessness. Each week, 150 young people access our emotional wellbeing support improving their mental health, increasing their self-esteem and to finally feel understood. Each year, over 250 young people attend our youth work in the community to gain new life skills, expand their horizons and finally feel confident. Overall, 2,000 local children and young people every year finally feel hopeful of a better future because of the work of The Benjamin Foundation.

Sleep Out Returns For 2021

2021 sees the return of Norwich Sleep Out hosted by The Benjamin Foundation and held at Norwich City Football Club on Thursday 11th November. Sleep Out challenges people to spend one night sleeping outside so young people don’t have to, and has raised over £240,000 to support our charity’s work since our first Sleep Out event in 2015.

With an estimated 121,000 young people facing homelessness in the UK last year (source: Centrepoint), we help more local vulnerable young people into successful, independent living by providing a safe home and support to learn essential life skills, such as cooking and budgeting, as well as supporting their education and career aspirations while building their resilience and self-esteem. This vital work gives young people stability, new opportunities and prevents the street homelessness problem from growing.

Courtney is age 19 and is a young person living at one of our accommodation centres in Norfolk. Having lived there for two years, she is now thriving and has ambitions to live independently and work in childcare.

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“I was very much a timid girl, very shy. Being able to bloom here is great,” Courtney explains.

“My life would be completely different if I hadn’t come here [The Benjamin Foundation] and got the support in this environment. They have really helped me to be who I am today and helped me to get where I am. The support they have given me has been amazing.”

With the fallout of Covid pandemic having a particular impact on young people, both financially and emotionally, we are passionate about being able to give more local young people like Courtney the right help at the right time.

“Money raised at Sleep Out enables us to do even more to help young people when they need us the most, supporting them to create the building blocks to successful, independent living. We are proud of the impact this has on local young lives.” Sleep Out Event Manager, Jessica Glover explains. Although the events couldn’t take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, over 250 people took part in Sleep Out 2019, raising a total of £100,000 – a record-breaking amount for our charity.

We are proud to be the eastern region partner of the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) partnership. EYH member charities around the UK organise Sleep Out events every November to help support young people to lead successful, independent lives.

Jessica continues: “We are thrilled to bring our Norwich and Ipswich Sleep Out events back for 2021 in a Covid-safe way and we are grateful for the support of our exciting host venues Norwich City and Ipswich Town Football Clubs. We are now calling on local people and businesses to get behind Sleep Out 2021 to make this our most successful year ever in order to help more local young people to finally feel hopeful of a better future.” Could you spend one night outside so a young person doesn’t have to? Book your place today to make Norwich Sleep Out 2021 the best yet: Norwich Sleep Out: Thursday 11th November – Norwich City Football Club: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/norwich-sleep-out-2021/

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ICENI - NEWS

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Alan Boswell Group’s Landlord Insurance Rated ‘Best’ By Which?

Alan Boswell Group’s Landlord Insurance

Independent insurance broker Alan Boswell Group are pleased to announce that following a survey by Which? of almost 500 landlords, their landlords’ insurance policy (underwritten by Aviva) has today been announced as the highest-rated policy for landlords, beating some of nations’ most well-known providers to the top spot for the second year running. Landlords’ insurance, while not a legal requirement, is an essential policy that aims to protect financial investment and provide security to the landlord and tenant. The most basic cover is for buildings and contents; however, policies can vary and are designed with flexibility to suit the needs of the policyholder. A comprehensive policy is key to ensuring that both property owner and tenant are safeguarded against unforeseen events. With almost 40 years’ experience insuring property, Alan Boswell Group’s policy achieved an overall score of 88% across a range of factors covering buildings, contents, liability and rent receivable. As multiple award-winning

providers, Alan Boswell Group has consistently strived to provide the best possible cover to its valued clients and believe the results from Which? certify their position as the provider of choice to UK landlords. Heath Alexander-Bew, Director at ABG, said “We are absolutely delighted to have retained pole position for the second year in a row in the Which? [Best Landlord Insurance Providers] survey. We work continuously to ensure our products offer great cover, as well as offering good value for money.” As part of their commitment to providing excellent value Landlord insurance, Alan Boswell Group guarantee to beat an existing renewal premium with their Price Beater Guarantee*. To find out more about the flexible Landlord Insurance policies available, contact Alan Boswell Group on 01603 216399. *terms & conditions apply. PAGE

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Asian-Inspired Crazy Golf To Open In Castle Quarter

Castle Quarter shopping centre in Norwich will welcome a new Asianinspired, family friendly, indoor crazy golf attraction this November; a further example of the centre’s flourishing leisure and entertainment offering. Putt Noodle, a brand new indoor crazy golf concept for Norwich, has taken over the former New Look unit on the lower ground mall of Castle Quarter, and work is currently underway to transform the space into a spectacular, Instagram-worthy attraction. The unique, crazy golf venue will feature three nine-hole courses, each with different theme; providing lots of opportunities for family fun and super selfies. Building work is now underway and the golf courses are beginning to take shape, with Putt Noodle revealing more details about what

visitors can expect, before the doors open in November. Course one is set to be named Crouching Tiger and themed upon a Cambodian bamboo jungle together with classic Asian style temples. Plenty of animals will also feature. The second course is Dragon Quest, which will reference iconic locations such as the Great Wall of China, with a samurai zone and plenty of dragons also on show. And finally, for those wishing for a touch of relaxation alongside their golfing fix, the Cherry Blossom course will be transformed into a spa-like space with cherry blossom trees, an elaborate water feature and the air filled with jasmine aromas to give visitors a full sensory experience. Players can even change into a more relaxed look by wearing a white robe as they tee off.

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In keeping with the overarching theme, Asian inspired dishes will be the highlight on Putt Noodle’s menu and the fully licensed bar will be mixing up a range of exotic cocktails. David Moore is the creator and owner of Putt Noodle, “The Asian themes that I’ve taken inspiration from are designed to create a world of fantasy, encouraging players to leave their worries and preconceptions at the door and focus on having fun with friends and family,” he explains. “In the daytime, we expect to welcome groups of friends and families, as the courses have been designed for players of all ages. Then, in the evening, we will switch things up to offer a vibrant, night time venue; somewhere for adults to meet friends and relax with drinks, a meal and a few rounds of crazy golf.” Rob Bradley is Castle Quarter’s centre manager and says; “David already operates Boom Battle Bar within Castle Quarter and we’re really excited to see his latest venture, Putt Noodle, take shape. On opening, it will become part of the centre’s fast-growing leisure and entertainment offering. It’s great to see people starting to enjoy their leisure time again and we want to make sure we’re ready to give them lots of options for a great day or evening out in the city.” “Putt Noodle will give friends, families, students and those out celebrating good times together another great reason to visit us. We expect Putt

The unique, crazy golf venue will feature three nine-hole courses, each with different theme; providing lots of opportunities for family fun and super selfies.

Pictured above: David Moore, creator and owner of Putt Noodle. Noodle to be open this side of Christmas, just in time for people to get together for pre-festive parties, drinks and team nights out. There’s nowhere else like it in Norwich and David and his team are working really hard to make Putt Noodle a venue that will wow visitors of all ages.” Putt Noodle will be open 11am-11pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-1am Friday and Saturdays, and 10am-11pm on Sundays. Opening hours are set to be extended on weekdays during the Christmas party season. To keep up to date with news from Putt Noodle, please follow their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. PAGE

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Watch This Space I mentioned in the last issue that I would be celebrating my fiftieth birthday at the end of August.

Above: Keri Beevis your perspective.

Well, that has come and gone (in fact, is now a few weeks in the past) and I am now the right or the wrong side of fifty, depending on

I celebrated with a party, and it was so lovely to see friends and family together after so long. We did it safely, keeping everything outside, and I was lucky that my brother and sister-in-law lent me their garden for the evening. They live in a beautiful Norfolk village setting and they really did go to town. Everywhere was a mass of sparkling fairy lights and it was the perfect setting. It was so nice to be able to get together with old friends and new. While I am blessed to be doing my dream job, being an author is a mostly solitary career, working long days (and often evenings) and my friendships are very important to me. I was absolutely thrilled to also be joined by some author friends, who travelled across the country to celebrate with me. These are people I have grown close to over the last couple of years, but due to location and Covid, it hasn’t been possible for us to meet until now. We speak most days, often chatting on the phone or by Zoom, but it was still so strange finally meeting them in the flesh when I feel I already know them all so well. Strange, but also lovely, and within the first couple of minutes it was like we had known each other forever.

my favourite seasons of the year. While I am not a fan of the cold frosty mornings and damp grey skies of winter, I do love those crisp mornings of fall, as everything turns red and gold and the sky is a vivid though cooler blue, as the year starts to wind down. This has been a big year for me, not just with my birthday, but also because I will (fingers crossed) be moving house, plus there is another big change on the horizon. It’s something I can’t reveal yet, but watch this space.

So, I am another year older and with the passing of my birthday we are now moving into autumn, one of

My new psychological thriller, Every Little Breath, is now out and available in kindle, paperback and audiobook. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

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WHAT DOES SUCCESS...

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What Does Success Look Like to You? Many of us regard academic results and earning potential as important markers and measures of success but they’re only part of a many-faceted picture. In reality, success has many faces. So many of us are influenced and guided by other people’s hopes, dreams and aspirations, encouraging us to follow their goal of what success looks like. They may have missed out on a university education, have unfulfilled dreams of pursuing a professional career, like becoming a doctor or accountant, and want those they love to succeed where they failed. But living another person’s dreams can be a lonely, unsatisfactory experience, generating very little enthusiasm to sustain it. Successfully learning a service or trade can open the doors to an amazing career. Offering a cleaning service, household repairs, gardening, odd jobs, a concierge business will require varied qualifications and registrations, but these are areas of significant demand and potential growth. Customers are clamouring to engage with service providers who are good.

Or starting small, perhaps with a multi-level marketing initiative, may be a huge step for someone who has not worked for a while or who needs to balance the many demands of their personal life. Hopefully, doing this enables them to receive training as they learn and grow their business. In those situations, success may be making the commitment to regular coaching, gaining the confidence to speak to people, even when some are strangers, learning how to professionally introduce themselves and their goods or services. Developing a business model of their own, where the goal is to ultimately work hours to suit and set their own targets, with the option to be flexible, can feel liberating and worth aspiring to. Budgeting, planning, recognising what people need and pitching to make a good impression, followed hopefully by a sale, requires good timing, skill and mental dexterity, a time to dig deep and reference life experiences that may not have been tapped into for some time. All things to be proud of and give oneself credit for.

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For super-achievers, reaching those all important goals whilst appearing professional and financially successful brings its own pressures. It costs a of lot of money and personal investment to maintain the lifestyle, level of fitness and appearance to satisfy other people’s expectations of what success looks like. And, often other people judge a person’s success on what they see and have their attention drawn to. Another’s perception of success may be either good or bad, positive or negative, based on what’s happening in their own lives. For example, if you were looking to make a middleof-the road purchase, what would you think if you saw flashy, expensive cars in the staff car park; that they were successful or that they charged far too much for their wares? Seeing excessive affluence might make you think twice. But if you were aiming for a high-end purchase, seeing signs of opulent success might convince you that you were in the right place. Perception is relative to each situation. There are those people who appear to have it all, the business reputation, big house, expensive car and lifestyle. For them, success may now be about cutting back, downsizing and spending less time at work, with more time for the things that matter to them, doing things they want to do. It may be that time with family has become more important, being only too aware that children grow up quickly whether you’re there to see them or not and that relationships can struggle if they’re not regularly nurtured. Other people may have always wanted to travel, to see the world and take their time doing so.

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They may feel successful when they’re finally able to buy a camper van or pack their rucksack and set off, with the freedom to do as they please. Being in a position where they’re able to volunteer and do charity work gives many people a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment, maybe in ways never experienced in a work environment. Success, for them, is seeing the difference their involvement makes. Interestingly, being successful can bring its own challenges too. It’s not unusual to hear of the void left when an athlete succeeds in a competition, but then has nowhere else to go; they’ve achieved it all. What comes next if there’s no new success to aim for? Many top sportspeople report experiencing the chasm left when, after years of dedication and focus, they retire and it all come to an end, especially when they’re at the top of their game. It’s important to plan ahead. Whilst being single-minded about one’s goals and motivation, it also matters to be aware of the importance of cultivating interests and satisfaction outside the main focus too. What does success mean to you? Is it a financial, fitness or lifestyle goal? For many, it’s when they finally feel that they’re making a valuable contribution, whilst finding a sense of security and inner peace. Money is only part of it; recognition, appreciation and personal satisfaction often bring their own success and reward.

Article By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh is a South Manchester Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who works with stressed individuals to promote confidence and self-belief, with couples experiencing relationship difficulties to improve communications and understanding and with business clients to support the health and motivation levels of individuals and teams. For more articles, information or to make contact please visit: http://www.lifestyletherapy.net PAGE

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HOW TO PREP YOUR HAIR

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How To Prep Your Hair For Autumn By Nicole Petty, Hair Expert at Milk + Blush Though we’re sad to see the end of summer, the cosy season is finally here, which means exciting new hair trends are set to grace our social media feeds!

Try swapping out light blonde locks for glossy, maintainable darker shades like rich chocolate, or even deep espresso for the hottest brunette hues this season.

But as the days get colder and wetter, hair of all textures and types can suffer.

Or try upgrading classic autumnal shades. The balayage trend isn’t going anywhere, so look to darker roots with red, plum or copper ends for a multi-dimensional fall look.

So, it’s important you take steps to protect your hair from the elements. Haircare Expert, Nicole Petty of Milk + Blush shares her top tips and tricks for prepping your hair for the autumn season. Change up your colour… Now that summer is over, it’s time for a hair refresh before the harsh weather sets in.

If you can’t bear to part with your blonde tresses, face-framing highlights aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Take inspiration from Queen Bey herself with her stunning caramel money piece look for a subtle way to brighten hair without having to use too much damaging bleach.

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…and your diet With Halloween and Christmas creeping up, it’s easy to over-indulge during the holiday period. But did you know missing a wellbalanced diet can significantly affect the quality of your hair and even prevent growth? To best maintain the lustre of your locks, add foods that are high in nutrients, such as oily fish, legumes such as lentils, peas, and chickpeas, lean protein, nuts, and leafy greens. Autumnal favourites such as pumpkin, mushrooms and butternut squash are full of nutrients including iron, vitamin E and vitamin C which all help promote healthy, strong hair. Just remember to lay off sugary treats over the Halloween period - high blood sugar levels can inflame your scalp which could lead to hair loss. Shampoo less often Dry shampoo is a girl's best friend all year round, but even more so in the A/W seasons! The harsh weather can easily dry out your hair so you’ll want to avoid washing your hair so often and stripping your hair of its natural oils. Swapping out your hairspray for dry shampoo is a simple solution for minimising hair washing, adding volume and keeping your mane in check when on a busy social schedule.

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For best results, try applying dry shampoo before you go to bed. Your hair produces the most oil overnight, so this will help you wake up with refreshed, non-greasy hair. Switch out your hair bands Traditional hairbands, especially those with metal fastenings, can wreak havoc on hair, particularly when hair is more vulnerable to breakage during the colder months. So, consider changing up your hairbands to avoid unwanted layers! Scrunchies won’t pull your hair and can reduce headaches from hair being pulled too taut by a hair elastic. Plus, they come in all different colours, patterns and fabrics, making them the perfect hair accessory to match your autumn wardrobe. Tackle static hair Do you find your hair becoming more static as the weather changes? That’s because there’s less moisture in the air during the colder season, drying your hair out and causing hair to take flight. The best way to prevent static is to keep your hair moisturised, so give your hair a little extra TLC with a hydrating hair mask once or twice a week. You should also look for hair products containing ingredients such as honey, mango or shea butter and coconut, almond or argan oil - all known to hydrate, moisturise and soften brittle and dry hair. You could even consider investing in a humidifier to rehydrate the air in your home and add more moisture to your mane. For an easy quick fix when you’re out and about, keep a dryer sheet in your bag to wipe away static, like this viral TikTok video. PAGE

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Nibbles &Tipples October Article By Cheryl Cade, Beer Educator Autumn is here, with a slight chill in the air. I am looking back on some of the great places I have been lucky enough to visit over the last couple of months. It has been a wonderful time for traveling around the county and seeing all the busy places. Although I dislike the word staycation, it has been good for the hospitality sector. Tipples A great thing is that for the last few months beer quality across lots of pubs has improved; it shows the importance of cleaning in some places as well as having high turn overs of beer.

I was very happy to visit the Trafford Arms which is now managed by Simon from the Duke of Wellington. The results of this is that not only has beer quality improved so has the food, alongside the service. I like to see staff smile. I also would like to mention the changes at Winters Brewery. Some time ago, Mark Winters (brewer for Fat Cat) returned to his father’s brewery as head brewer. This has led to a relaunch as Mr Winters; there’s also been a change in the beer. This was very noticeable in The Green Dragon Wymondham, where I sampled the bitter. A pub known for its good cellar this pub showed the high quality of this brewery; these beers are becoming more consistently ones I seek out. If beer is not your tipple of choice, then you will be happy to know that Norwich is joining

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other cities with a launch of Gin tours. Currently these are focused on 2 areas. The city centre, travelling from the Maids Head along a route which ends at Bullards sampling 5 local gins enroute. The other wanders around the Silver Triangle starting at The Plasterers Arm with the original Gin, Jenever. If cocktails are your thing, I would seek out the Cottage on Silver Road. Here not only did we enjoy a beautiful meal and one of the best steaks I have had in a long while, but I sampled some quality cocktails, which were well balanced and very dangerous.

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loud, yet before I could even ask, this was turned down. We both went for burgers and what was brilliant was there was no brioche bun in sight!! I am not a fan of these with burgers and my French friends are very amused when they see it. I think that you know love cheese so it will not surprise you to know I have launched some Cheese Tours. The tours explore the centre of Norwich, while sampling local cheeses. Check out www.cherylcade.com

Nibbles We are heading to Beccles, Graze was a place I had been advised to try over a year ago, but had not had the time. I walked into a building that from the outside you could see Miss Marple sitting in. Yet on the inside you were in a hip edge of London bistro. Every table was reserved and although dark you did feel you were in for a treat. My only issue was the music was very

Cheers, until next month. Cheryl Visit: https://cherylcade.com

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MOTORING REVIEW

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New Ford Kuga PHEV Review

Follow motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay on Instagram: @tbarnesclay and Twitter: @carwriteups. The Kuga is the blue oval’s most popular SUV in Europe, and the latest model is one of Ford’s most electrified cars to date. The all-new version of the popular SUV comes with a range of powertrains, but it’s the Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) in ST-Line X trim that I’ve tested here. A new, continuously variable transmission (CVT) has also been thrown into the mix. The PHEV’s electric motor is paired with a 2.5-litre petrol lump giving a maximum output of 225ps. This translates to a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 125mph in the real world. That’s quick for a five-door family SUV. What’s more impressive is that you can use the Kuga PHEV as a pure electric vehicle for 35 miles until the petrol engine kicks in - and it’ll get up to 85mph in this setting.

The size of this SUV helps to make it graceful and stress-free to operate. It’s not a goliath, and it’s not tiny either - it really does feel in its comfort zone on British roads. The steering gives the same feeling of confidence at speed as it does in the Ford Focus. But that’s not a surprise as the Kuga uses the same architecture as the latest Focus. The Kuga is also lighter and stiffer than it used to be, meaning it handles better than ever. The ride is refined, too. Despite a highish centre of gravity, the SUV’s body feels controlled and calm on twisty roads. There’s so little yawing that you could be forgiven for believing you were in a Focus. Though, it should be noted that this lack of roll is also partly due to the stiffer dampers and springs fitted to the ST-Line X variant, as tested here. The car is also relatively wide, which helps stability on the road.

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In town, the Kuga’s a doddle to manoeuvre in small streets, thanks to its easy steering. Parking is undemanding, too. Ultimately, there’s not a lot to moan about - the SUV will be comfortable to live with every day in the UK. There’s ample room in the front of the Kuga for driver and passenger, and you’ll get three in the back at a push. Yes, four occupants will be comfier than the five the SUV is billed to carry - but it’s a similar story for most vehicles in this segment. The split-fold rear seat now glides backwards and forwards by 150mm, enabling you and your onboard crew to make that first world decision: should you have more space for your legs or more for the luggage in the boot? It’s a terrible dilemma - but it’s a nice problem to have. With the seat ratcheted all the way back, a very longlegged human won’t have cause for concern. The cargo area will still hold up to 411-litres of luggage in this situation. And if you’re desperate to make more room for whatever you want to stuff in the boot, then you can make use of a maximum of 581-litres of space with the seat slid as far forward as possible. What’s more, the Ford is chockfull of technology, helping to make sure you and your fellow occupants always stay looked after. Indeed, the all-new Kuga has been given the highest five-star safety score by the crash-test body, Euro NCAP. The SUV scored highly (92%) for adult protection, and it was awarded full points in both the side pole and side barrier impact assessments. Fast Facts - Ford Kuga PHEV as tested: • Max speed: 125 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.2 secs • Combined mpg: 200+mpg • Engine layout: 2.5-litre turbo petrol + electric • Max. power (PS): 225 • CO2: 32 g/km • Price: £28,695 PAGE

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Buzz Buzz Buzz As I write this, the sun is shining (it seems almost more than it did in August), and I can hear the bees buzzing around and making the most of the glorious weather! But I’m also buzzing with excitement - why (I hear you ask in my head at least)? Because I’m finally getting to meet up with an amazing group of friends, some of whom I have only met virtually. What I do know is that they are all eco-queens and that makes me so happy. These get togethers used to happen twice a year often at Birmingham NEC with thousands of us. But at our last one in March 2020 there were just 20 of us at someones home - this time it’s about 50 in a pub’s outdoor covered function area, but we will be linked virtually to around 7000 around the country.

Between us and others across the country, we have helped raise funds to: • provide over 4 million primary education days for children in remote parts of the world • plant a new forest in the UK with The Woodland Trust • support the work of The Trussell Trust • help replace the Great Barrier Reef via The Reef Restoration Trust How have we managed to do that? By using and introducing others to a range of eco skincare products that are freshly made in the UK using only plant and mineral-based ingredients. They’re multi-award-winning, clinically tested, carbon-neutral, and have been found to make a big difference to peoples’ skin which, has often had a positive impact on their lives.

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Through lockdown, a lot of people were forced to re-evaluate the way they were living. If they were furloughed, some had time to re-connect with the natural world (that they could reach in a 30 min walk) and adjust to a new pace of life (and who then got bored and wanted something more structured to do).

Through lockdown, a lot of people were forced to re-evaluate the way they were living. If they were furloughed, some had time to

Others lost income, fell through the economic safety net, and needed to find another way of earning money.

re-connect with the natural world

These are just a few of the factors, combined with the fact that at some stages you needed to wait 3 days and then had only 5 minutes to do your shopping on certain websites, that helped grow this and many similar companies.

• Working with an organisation that wouldn’t know how to greenwash. Transparency is at the forefront of everything they do

So, what do I find so satisfying about being involved? It’s the joy of: • Genuinely helping someone to manage their skin that has a positive impact on their confidence • Learning - I’m learning the whole time, not just about products but the environmental aspect of them, how they work, acquiring new skills, and growing more confident

• Educating people about the negative impact that a lot of our everyday products can have on both ourselves, families but also the wider environment, and showing them a different way • Building my EcoQueenLiving community with people who care about the environment and learning from each other how we can make a more positive impact on it, bit by bit • Being supported by an amazing group of people who understand what makes me tick, are trying to do the same and often facing similar challenges and are incredibly generous with their knowledge, time and support. So, this weekend I’ll be over-flowing with ecoqueenery wearing my charity shop glammie outfit (we always dress up for these occasions), learning about new eco products, getting charity updates, knowing that I’m making a positive impact on the environment. Buzz over to my @EcoQueenLiving social media accounts to join in the conversations and start prepping for an eco-Christmas? Article By Jill Roberson @EcoQueenLiving on FB and Instagram ecoqueenliving@gmail.com PAGE

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Nova Silver Symbolism In Jewellery

You would be forgiven for thinking that our jewellery was simply stylish and decorative, however did you know that many of our pieces hold a hidden symbolism? Many of our nature themed sterling silver pieces have deeper meanings. For example our oak leaf, oak tree and acorn pieces are all linked with meaning. Oak trees symbolise strength and endurance. They provide shelter, and are strong enough to weather the storms. They stand proud and noble as time passes. As we all know, from little acorns great oaks grow, so acorns symbolise potential and quiet, untapped power. We think they make a great gift for a mother and daughter, or any relationship where knowledge is being passed on, such as for a favourite teacher. Bees are industrious and loyal. They represent perseverance and working for the benefit of the community. They make great gifts to a friend, as they show a sense of loyalty, belonging and affection. They are also a symbol of Manchester, having been adopted by the city during the Industrial Revolution. More recently it has also been used by some to show support for those affected by the Manchester Arena bombings. Seahorses demonstrate loyalty, fortitude and doing things your own way. They have a playful air and friendliness to them. They are a fun and modern take on a more traditional love token, or again make a lovely gift to a friend. Butterflies are often underestimated as being simply pretty to look at, but they are also a powerful symbol of personal growth and change. They are a reminder that though periods of transition may be difficult to navigate, they end result is worth it. They make a great gift for a colleague who is leaving, or as a gift to wish someone well on a new stage of their life.

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Best Of Norfolk - Through The Lens Of Our Readers Thanks to the wonderful photographs shared by our followers on Facebook, have a look at these marvellous September images of our stunning region.

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ANYONE FOR A BEER???

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Anyone For A Beer??? Beer is big business, in both the actual ‘business’ sense and in that it’s a serious business! But I must say it’s never been my thing, maybe as an occasional shandy in the summer, although that’s a waste of beer apparently (according to my husband!) Anyway, I will, however, try some of the craft beers, particularly the fruit flavoured varieties. Although my favourite alcoholic drinks typically arrive served in a fluted wine glass, with bubbles. Current times have seen a large number of small, craft style micro-breweries opening pretty much across the globe, but particularly

in the States, the UK and Australia. And these smaller breweries seem to largely have survived the Covid pandemic. The interest in beer seems to have never been higher than now. As you’ll have gathered, I’m not the biggest beer fan and I’ve only visited one beer festival, on one occasion, that being the very popular and longlasting, annual, Norwich Beer Festival. It wasn’t until I ventured to the Norwich festival that I realised just how popular they are, with some visitors coming from far and wide, and staying for several days to taste the beers and ciders from local producers and some from throughout the UK.

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The UK plays host to several popular beer festivals, but the biggest and probably most well-known has to be that one which is outside of the UK; it’s the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. I haven’t been, but it looks tremendous fun, even if you’re not particularly into your beer, it has to be worth a visit just for the experience. Oktoberfest originated in Munich in October 1810, as a celebration of the marriage of the Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria. The annual festival developed over the years into that which we know today with the festival being held in large beer halls seating up to approximately 6,000 festival goers. Oktoberfest attracts more than six million people each year, many of them are tourists. The total beer consumption during Oktoberfest is about 2 million gallons! The festival includes parades with wagons, floats and people in folk costumes representing different breweries. Other entertainment includes games, amusement rides, music, and dancing. Nowadays, Oktoberfest isn’t actually held in much of October as the name would suggest; it’s actually held in September because the weather is milder than that in October. The festival

lasts for 16 days, beginning on a Saturday in September and always ending on the first Sunday in October. And, just for the beer aficionados reading this, here’s some details about the beer! Munich’s six major brewers of the Oktoberfest Maerzen beer (the beer traditionally served at Oktoberfest, translation meaning ‘March Beer’) are all found in the seven beer halls. The Maerzen beer is traditionally an amber-gold lager with 6 percent alcohol, using German hops such as Hallertau and Tettnang. Oktoberfest beers (biers) today tend to be lighter in body and colour than the original. Maerzen beers were traditionally brewed in March, being ready to drink by the late summer or early autumn. As a final note, we mustn’t forget about the food (as this is something right up my street!) Amongst other delights, there’s the varieties of famous German sausage’s (wursts), chicken, wonderful sauerkraut, potato salads, cabbage and so on. All washed down with a stein or two!! What are your experiences with beer festivals? Do you have any other recommendations that could convert me into a beer-lover?

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BEER: CAN IT BE...

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Beer: Can It Be Drunk As Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle? Science Cardiovascular disease of one of the leading causes of death in the United Kingdom. Some studies have suggested that a light to moderate consumption of beer could lead to a healthier heart. However, excessive drinking can impact your heart health negatively.

We all know of someone who has suddenly grown a bit of a belly in their 30s or 40s, and nine times out of ten, it’s nicknamed a beer belly. Does this mean that it isn’t possible to live a healthy life if you drink beer? The good news is that the answer is NO! People can consume a moderate amount of beer even when watching their weight and trying to adopt healthier habits. UK guidelines suggest that you drink a maximum of 14 units per week, equivalent to approximately six pints of regular strength beer. However, it is also recommended that you should drink this over three or more days as drinking it all in one go increases your risk of illness and injury. Vitamins and Minerals While many view beer-drinking as being pretty pointless because of it being “empty calories”, this age-old drink actually does contain some vitamins and minerals, supporting a healthy lifestyle in small amounts. A pint of standard beer contains just under 20% of the recommended daily amount of niacin (Vitamin B3). As with other B vitamins, niacin helps to convert food into energy and also acts as an antioxidant. A light beer contains fewer calories but the same amount of niacin, so this is an option if you are concerned about this.

Another study found that, in overweight participants, a small amount of beer per day could improve the antioxidant properties of good cholesterol whilst also supporting the body to reduce the amount of harmful cholesterol. Finally, a number of studies have suggested that a moderate amount of beer can help diabetics control their blood sugar levels more effectively as well as helping to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the first place. Mental Health Spending time with good friends can be the perfect antidote to anxiety and depression for a lot of people. A small amount of beer could help you to relax and enjoy yourself a little more. However, heavy drinking can be detrimental to mental health, leading to serious bouts of depression, low self-worth and self-esteem. Can I Drink Beer Whilst Aiming to Improve My Health? We would love to say that beer is the best medicine for you. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be true... and even if the physical health benefits were overwhelmingly positive, the alcohol content can be detrimental to decision-making and lead to injuries. Furthermore, who really wants the hangovers from excessive drinking? The key, as it is to most things, is MODERATION. So... go out and enjoy that pint or stay home and share a laugh with friends along with a glass of beer. You CAN drink beer as part of a healthy lifestyle - just don’t overindulge.

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Why There Has Never Been A Better Time To Visit Your Local Pub For A Pint

Most of 2020 and part of 2021 presented bleak moments for local pubs, bars and beer lovers, thanks to the lockdowns and stringent regulations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Now that things have eased up a bit with some level of normality established, this is the best time to pay your local pub a visit for a pint. Pubs have experienced massive losses A back-to-back comparison of sales in pubs from April 2021 to July 2021 with the same period in 2019 shows a decline of about 76 million pints in 2021. The figures for 2020 are depressing. Practically no one went out, and many local pubs were forced to close down. Cask Ale, the UK’s beloved beer, experienced the biggest decline in sales volume during the lockdown period. Many other beer varieties disappeared from the pub shelves altogether. One lesson beer lovers have learnt from the lockdown is that we cannot take a pint of decent beer for granted anymore. Who didn’t miss a pint of ale, being carefree in a crowded local joint with folks arguing about the Premier League? Promote local businesses to create jobs On average, a small local pub in the UK employs about 3 people. When compounded, you can imagine how many people were at the risk of

losing their jobs because these pubs had to shut. In October 2020, when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier lockdown system for pubs and bars that were in risky areas, pub managers reacted with anger and disapproval. That meant the end of their livelihood. Maintaining a pub is expensive and without any income, they were certain that they would be out of business soon. Rent and old, unsellable stock were some of the expenses they had to cope with. Liverpool was among the areas that were on the high alert list and local pubs were closed down by the dozens. Many pubs and bar owners in the UK had to crowd fund to survive the lockdown. Now that the government has allowed the reopening of these pubs, you should visit them to support their business. Doing so will enable them to hire other people, and indirectly, you will be promoting the creation of jobs within your local labour market. Pints to go If you are still cautious of the pandemic (and you should be), consider buying pints-to-go from your local pub. Traditionally, most local pubs in the UK served customers on their premises. Things have changed a bit of late with many landlords and landladies being forced to think on their feet. With social distancing and increased regulations from the NHS, pubs have started offering takeaway pints to level their declining sales volumes. It’s the new norm. We may not like it, but as long as this pandemic is here, we have to change how we socialise and party. Leave a review When people are researching where to visit when on holiday or simply wishing to try somewhere new, most take to the internet to discover local gems. Taking a moment to leave a good review and share your experience on social media platforms could make a huge difference and keep a struggling business afloat. PAGE

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Lovely & Local Panther Brewery This month as part of lovely and local I have visited Panther Brewery. An apt time to visit as this month sees the return of Norwich Beer Festival. Panther brewery based in Reepham has been celebrating its 11th anniversary. Martin and his family have taken this brewery from a cask focused local business to an international company with its fruit beers being seen as far as China. They have continually been moving the business forward, with new bottling lines, which is surprising when they are a brewery with one of the smallest footprints I know. They also have a small shop at the front which is now running

out of space on the walls for all the awards they are receiving, one of my personal favourites is Black Panther. A perfect winter beer and great as a fruit soak for your mince pies. Martin originally brought the old Reepham Brewery in 2010. He was sorry to inform us of the passing of the founder of that brewery this year. Ted Willems will be remembered alongside other CAMRA members who have passed over the last 2 years during Norwich Beer Festival. I asked how Covid has affected the business? It was nice to know that Martin, felt that it had a positive affect. It gave them time to look at how the business was developing alongside spending time with the family. Martin was able to recognised that the breweries direction had slowly been moving to a bottle base with

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a number of their beers selling out via direct sales. He also developed a new passion for oil painting and is using this as a way to relax from the stresses of brewing back to a full-time level. Nothing ever stands still and Martin was excited to tell us about some future plans. One of their new beers has been a collab with long term friends and collaborators Humpty Dumpty Brewery. They have teamed up to develop ‘Catawall’: a light beer which will be available in bottle and cask. They held a competition to decide on the name with the winner receiving a supply of beer.

I asked how Covid has affected the business? It was nice to know

They have also agreed to allow Norwich Beer Festival World Beer & Keg bar to have 2 kegs (the only ones in the Country!). Also joining the Catawall at Norwich Beer Festival will be casks but, as another favour to the Keg Bar, Martin has been persuaded to keg some Pink Panther.

that Martin, felt that it had a positive affect. It gave them time to look at how the business was developing alongside spending time with the family. CBD has been in the news recently for its health benefits and more. Martin has been working with CBD producers Hopwell Brew Co to create a beer which is low, ABV and Calorie but with infused with a low level of CBD, this is being aimed at the health market. This is expected to be a citrus based beer with a good level of balanced bitterness. It will be interesting to see what the future brings to this consistently good brewery.

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Fun Things To Do In East Anglia… If You Don’t Like Beer! When we think of October, we often think of Oktoberfest. So, with that in mind, the theme of Iceni Magazine this month is beer! However, I must be honest with you… I don’t actually like beer! Now to me, a brew is a cup of tea, but what I can relate to with Oktoberfest is my love for socialising and having a good time. So, with that in mind here are 5 fun things to do in East Anglia if, like me, you don’t like beer. Go paddleboarding. One of the best things about Norfolk, in my opinion, is the broads. Paddle boarding offers the chance to exercise and socialise, at the same time, whilst making the most out of stunning areas in our county like Horning and Norwich. If you do

fancy going paddleboarding, but don’t own any of the correct equipment, I have some good news, there are plenty of local businesses that offer it all for hire, at a good rate - an example is Norfolk Paddleboards. Visit the beach. Though we have heard it many times before, it is true what they say, we are very lucky to live by the beach. It would almost feel criminal to write a list of things to do in Norfolk and not include this! Feeling connected to nature is very important for our mental wellbeing, and a walk along the coast is one of the best ways to catch up with old friends - totally free of charge. Remember to take a hot drink if its cold and, if you have got LOADS of catching up to do, you can even take on the 83-mile coastal path walk from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-sea.

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Try an Escape Room. I recently went to my first Escape Room and I must admit, it was lots of fun, so I felt it deserved to make the list. It’s a bit like a video game, played out in real life and it gets your brain going too! You must discover clues, solve puzzles, and complete tasks in one or more rooms to achieve a specific goal, within the limited amount of time that you have been given. There are different themes and difficulties to each room, with lots of variety depending on what excites you most, so whether you’re going with family or friends, this is an awesome group activity. Take a trip to Go Ape. Just outside of Norfolk, but not by much, Go Ape in Thetford Forest is a high ropes adventure course that will get you laughing, moving, and feeling like you’ve challenged yourself. It takes you outside of your comfort zone, having to zip-wire across different platforms, walk over complex bridges and take a leap of faith to finish, placing all of your trust in the self-belay system, but that is what makes it so exhilarating

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and fun! Thetford Forest was also the first selfbelay tree top ropes course in Britain, so if you like a bit of history, there is your reason to try it. Visit a local coffee shop. Those who know me well, know that I am a massive fan of coffee shops - whether that’s to work from or spend time with people in. For me, it replaces what the ‘bar’ typically is for people, so I can drink something nice in a relaxing environment, that doesn’t give me a headache in the morning. Some great local coffee shops that I have been to recently are; No33 Café in Norwich, The Old Dairy in Oulton Broad and Urban Jungle in Norwich. All of which are well worth a visit! There you have it, a list of great things to do in East Anglia, if drinking beer is not very ‘you’. Article By Nade Ward, Co-founder of Socker Share www.sockershare.co.uk

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The Taste Of Beer My taste in beer is definitely something that has developed throughout the years.

perhaps something with a hint of fruit like an Elvis Juice from the BrewDog range.

When I was eighteen, my choice at the bar was very predictable. A pint of Fosters. I would stray from this very occasionally but only if Fosters was unavailable!

Whatever the weather or mood, there’s a beer or ale out there... you just have to look for it and locally is a great place to start. With plenty of local breweries to choose from, a couple of my personal favourites include Wildcraft Brewery and Redwell Brewery. I first discovered Wildcraft at an open farm Sunday event where they had a stall and to this day my favourite is the first beer I tried, Wild Eye PA. With an ever increasing range alongside Brewery tours and events, they are definitely worth checking out (www.wildcraftbrewery.co.uk).

If someone had told me that at thirty five I would enjoy trying a variety of ales and craft beers I wouldn’t have believed them... but that’s exactly what’s happened. I find myself actively seeking out new flavours from local and internationally recognised breweries, depending on how I feel that day. For example, if its a hot day and I’m looking for something crisp and refreshing then I’m more likely to grab an ice cold Moretti or Peroni to quench my thirst. On a cold evening I prefer an ale that’s a bit fuller like Doombar and if I’m feeling somewhere in the middle of the two,

Redwell Brewery, located just outside Norwich City centre is for me just as much about the atmosphere as the beer itself. Wooden benches, brewing equipment in the background and surrounding yourself with friends and family whilst enjoying their tasty range makes

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for a very pleasant evening! Complete the visit with a pizza from the Redwell Vault pizzeria and its perfect for the whole family. (www.redwellbrewing.com) An honourable mention for Humpty Dumpty Brewery which for any dad completes a trip to Pettitts Animal Adventure Park. Located next door to the park, they have a great little shop which I usually buy some Christmas ales from to enjoy specifically on Christmas day. (www.humptydumptybrewery.com) Trying the local beer shouldn’t be limited to the UK of course. I was lucky enough to visit Greece recently and enjoyed a few pints of Mythos throughout the trip. For anyone that isn’t familiar, Mythos is the local beer. Readily available from any bar or shop and is reasonably priced. The strange thing I find about drinking the local beer abroad is that its definitely impacted by your surroundings. Mythos has no particular special qualities and if I were to open one on a winters evening in the UK, it would taste like a very standard lager, much like my choice of drink when I was eighteen! Add the pool, the sun and a frozen tankard and that simple lager transforms entirely! I would love to know your recommendations for new beers or breweries to try! Please let me know via our social pages! Thanks for reading Tom wwwwseewhatmummysays.com @whatmummysaysuk

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IS THE FUTURE OF...

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Is The Future Of Craft Beer In The UK Under Threat? Big Brewers And Added Taxation Bring A Dark Cloud To The Craft Industry Small brewers and the craft industry in the UK have been encountering unforeseeable threats and challenges from all angles of late. Can our beloved craft brewers survive this wave this time? Reports indicate that the craft industry in the UK has slowed down in the last couple of years. The future looks bleak as well, thanks to new proposals from the government to impose even

more taxes on this industry while going easy on big brewers. Reverse Robinhood- robbing the rich to pay the poor And all this is happening in the midst of a great pandemic. Beer sales from the craft industry have slowed down because of the lockdown. Ironically, beer have increased.

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Most of these craft companies rely on walk-in patrons to sample their favourite freshly brewed beers. More than 65% of these microbrewers announced that they were stopping production while the rest slowed down to weather dwindling craft beer sales in the UK. Getting little-known craft beer into supermarket shelves and smaller shops has remained a big challenge for the craft beer industry. Couple that with more taxation and you will understand why owners of these industries are frowning at their future prospects. Tax relief under the SBR scheme revoked The decision by the UK government to tax them more may be the last stroke. As it is, the beer industry, in general, is heavily taxed. Why single out the little people trying to earn a living by making beloved local brews? If you are producing between 2,100 and 5,000 hectolitres of beer a year, you can say goodbye to tax relief. Before this reform, the Small Brewers’ Relief (SBR) gave a 50% discount on beer levy to brewers making less than the 5,000 hectolitres’ threshold. A proposed reform will lower the threshold to 2,100 hectolitres. This automatically increases tax for over 150 registered craft brewers, causing seriousrepercussions.

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What does this mean to the general population? For starters, jobs will be lost. The craft industry may be small but with over 1,800 microbreweries in the UK, you are looking at a massive scale down and job losses. The craft beer industry currently employs just over 10,000 people. If the proposal goes through as planned, more people will lose their livelihoods. According to Jan Conway from statista.com, the craft beer sales by volume in the UK in 2019 alone exceeded 1.2 million hectolitres in 2019. The government also stands to lose hundreds of millions of pounds in tax levy if these microbreweries close. But they do not seem to care - the big brewers are blossoming, and their increased tax payment tends to compensate for this deficit. Large breweries brewers

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Sensing the financial and growth difficulties these craft beers will experience, large multinational brewers with deep pockets have started circling around. They are buying out these local brewers so that they can maintain market dominance. Unless you are a well-established microbrewer with well-set distribution networks, you are a target for the big brewers. Where does that leave you, the craft beer lover? It will be difficult to get a pint of freshly brewed craft beer if your local microbrewer closes down. If they survive, against all these odds, you will no doubt be required to dig deeper into your pocket to enjoy your favourite cask ale. The petition against this tax increase was filed in 2020 and up to date, no response has been provided. In the meantime, let’s hope for the best. PAGE

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Let’s Throw A Party The words, ‘let’s throw a party’ are enough to make all of us smile. After all, everyone loves a party, don’t they? Certainly, as a child the thought of going to someone’s party was exciting, if perhaps filled with a few anticipatory nerves. Back in the day children’s parties were fairly straightforward affairs. You turned up, played pass the parcel, musical chairs, ate salmon paste sandwiches, downed lashings of jelly and ice cream and then left with a goody bag containing a balloon, colouring book, plastic toy and some penny chews. These days children’s parties have upped a level or two from that. They’re now big business, with parents agonising for weeks about the right type of party to throw to maintain their beloved child’s status. There’s often an underlying concern about their child fitting in, learning what’s expected, connecting with the ‘right’ children. Granted, many parents both work, have had to deal with their divorce or have evolved into nuclear families. These factors can make

organising a party at home a little complicated and besides, who has the time or inclination to deal with the mess! Gone are the days of fish fingers and miniburgers at the local cafe too. As sophistication levels rise, you’re far more likely to find themed parties at the local football club, ice rink, petting zoo or farm, with face-painting, magicians, tractor rides and baby animals in the mix. Young teenagers expect themed discos, make your own pizza or go-karting competitions with any travel requirements provided by stretch limos or fancy buses. They’re into mocktail mixing classes, makeup and stylish clothes. Adult parties have become more elaborate too. Yes, you may find the occasional barn dance or hoe-down with a meat and potato pie to follow, but the invite is often accompanied with costume requirements, so the fringed jacket, cowboy hat, gingham shirt and boots are all requested to make an appearance. Throwing an adult party can sometimes necessitate the services of a party planner if things start to escalate. In lavish cases ice

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sculptures, table dancers, acrobats, ‘naked butlers’, photo booths, choreographed dance routines for guests and acts flown in from overseas are provided to ensure a good night is had by all. Far more usual though are specially themed evenings, like cooking parties, cocktail-making, fancy dress parties with Star Wars, James Bond or a specific decade being featured. Save the date cards may be sent out in advance. Printers, florists, make-up artists, caterers and costumiers are all on speed-dial, as are the venue managers who are expected to dress the event and provide gifts for guests at every table. But what about other less extravagant ways to ensure an excellent party experience? I know of people who, having bought their new home, provided paint and asked friends to come round and write messages or graffiti on their bare walls. Afterwards everyone ate a hotpot supper as they laughed about their handiwork, the walls providing a long-term acknowledgement of those friendships. Or a safari supper, where everyone who lives nearby cooks a course and the dinner party moves from one house to the next throughout the meal, ensuring less individual expense and a fun, varied evening. I’ve been booked for ‘WeTalk’ parties where the host or hostess provides drinks and nibbles and I introduce topics for discussion, allowing guests the opportunity to talk about relevant, poignant matters, share ideas and come away

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feeling they’ve had a pleasant, engaging time with the benefit of some added mini-therapy. For me, at my last two decade birthdays I invited family and friends to a sit-down meal, the last one with ‘George Michael’ providing the entertainment. It was great fun with lots of positive feedback, so much so that I was tempted to repeat it the following year, rather than wait another ten years. That was until I realised how quickly one year passes. Repeating something too soon or too often can lessen the excitement, potentially making something special become quite jaded. Are the best parties so good because they occur infrequently? Are we in danger of entering a ‘how will I/they improve on last year’ mindset, where it all becomes pressurised and competitive? Also, are parties becoming more about the venue than the occasion, more about the paraphernalia than the people and relationships? Remember those old-style parties where everyone gravitated towards the kitchen, drinking beer and warm wine, balancing the odd sausage roll or cheese and pineapple on a stick! Everyone had a lot of fun. Have we lost the essence of what parties are for, the reasons why we enjoy them? The important motivating factor is meant to be a desire to get together and celebrate, whilst taking the pressure off the host(s), so that they too can enjoy them. Whilst your life may not always be a party, your party certainly should be!

Article By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh is a South Manchester Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who works with stressed individuals to promote confidence and self-belief, with couples experiencing relationship difficulties to improve communications and understanding and with business clients to support the health and motivation levels of individuals and teams. For more articles, information or to make contact please visit: http://www.lifestyletherapy.net PAGE

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ICENI ASKS ISSUE 102 2021

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Who do you most like to have a pint of beer with? “I used to love the end of a hard day at work when I would meet up with Dad in the local pub. I miss those days.” Rob

“Beer isn’t my go-to drink, but I will have one or two when I’m with my cousins as it reminds me of sneaking off as a youngster.” Paula

“My best mate, Pete, is definitely my drinking buddy as well as my confidant in life. I’ve missed heading out for a pint or two these past couple of years.” Rachael

“My wife... she could drink me under the table and has on a number of occasions!” Steve

“I actually enjoy drinking beer on my own. Bear with me... there’s nothing better than sitting with a pint, relaxing and reflecting on the past day or so.” Timothy

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES

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Horoscopes For October Aries 21 March - 20 April

Gemini 22 May - 21 June

Taurus 21 April - 21 May

Cancer 22 June - 23 July

You’ll blaze a trail, and might be the one arranging events and getting everyone together. The Libra New Moon on the 6th, is excellent for taking a budding romance further or collaborating on a project. Plus, any delays that have slowed you down will ease over the weeks ahead. The Aries Full Moon on the 20th, may coincide with the completion of a project, so get ready to celebrate. As the Sun and Mars enter potent Scorpio, desires could intensify as passions get stronger. Ready to set your world to rights? The focus on your lifestyle sector, brings a chance to initiate good habits and make changes to your routines. Aim for a balance between work and play. Felt you were getting nowhere with your goals and ambitions? If so, this month brings a positive shift that can lead to fresh developments. As the Sun moves into Scorpio in week three followed by Mars, you might be quite competitive. Others may be drawn by your magnetic personality.

Romance and pleasure are to be enjoyed this month. Whether solo or spoken for, things are looking good for relationships and fun times. The New Moon on the 6th, is excellent for taking a budding relationship to the next level or commencing a creative project. Have plans stalled? From this month, things will soon be up and running again. As the focus shifts to Scorpio, you'll be ready to make radical changes to your routines and eager to meet ambitious goals and targets. Home sweet home, is where it’s all happening, Cancer. The New Moon on the 6th, could act as a catalyst that inspires you to get moving on bright domestic plans. With Mercury rewinding until the 18th, be extra careful if buying or selling property, or with anything involving money. From the 22nd, you’ll enjoy more leisure time. Plus, romance could be sweet, but also passionate. This is one of the better times to showcase your talents and get the recognition you truly deserve.

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Leo 24 July - 23 August

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December

Virgo 24 August - 23 September

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January

Libra 24 September - 23 October

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November

Pisces 20 February - 20 March

You’ll be in your element liaising with others, making connections and getting your message out to the world. The New Moon on the 6th, could coincide with a new project, deal or even a plan to set up an Internet business. If you’ve been held back Leo, the weeks ahead can bring relief, and you’ll be on your way at last. A deeper current from October 22nd, can inspire a major decluttering on the home front. Keen to sell items that are taking up space? Now is the time.

You’ll be more adventurous with your finances, but also keen to keep checks and balances in place to avoid things getting out of control. The New Moon on the 6th, is a good time to set your financial goals for the weeks and months ahead, and get your money working harder for you. The Full Moon on the 20th, encourages a time of change. Need to let go of anything? Do it now. From the 22nd, you’ll be busy sharing ideas, completing paperwork and forging valuable connections.

The emphasis on your sign, encourages you to pursue interests and goals that are deeply meaningful to you. The New Moon in Libra on the 6th, is one to make use of. Have big plans? This is the time to put them into action. As Venus sashays into Sagittarius, your natural charm can assist when negotiating and networking. It could also bring out your flirtatious side. From week three, you’ll be keen to recycle and sell items that might save money and net you extra cash.

Spiritual matters may be high on the agenda, with the emphasis on a private zone making this a good time to make use of your intuition, and be guided by your dreams. Keen to learn to meditate or start another spiritual practice? Make a move around the New Moon on the 6th. As the focus shifts to your sign, you’ll be truly in your element, and ready to take the world by storm. And as Mars moves in on the 30th, you’ll sizzle with an energy and passion that is irresistible to others.

October looks to be a very sociable month, when you’ll be enthusiastic about making new connections, joining groups and linking up with those on your wavelength. Be ready for new opportunities. Plus, as Venus dances into your sign from the 5th, her presence could soon uplift your love life. The Full Moon on the 19th, may coincide with a budding romance that is hard to resist. Finally, a Scorpio influence from the 22nd, is a good time to find closure on emotional issues.

A desire to ease out of your comfort zone, could find you travelling new paths and exploring diverse opportunities. Have a goal in mind? Take those first steps at the time of the New Moon on the 6th, and you could go far. From the 14th, a dynamic influence boosts your resolve and may inspire you to let your ambitious side in on the action. Want that promotion or job? You’ll do all you can to get it. With Mercury rewinding from the 26th, be ready for delays, Capricorn.

There’s a strong desire to explore new terrain and make fresh discoveries. With a New Moon urging you on in week one, this is the time to seize new opportunities, even if they do involve a challenge. Travel and adventure look to be high on the agenda. And as Venus glides into your social sector, there is a lot of fun to be had. You may be drawn to someone who is bold and fearless. From the 22nd, you’ll be in the spotlight Aquarius, so promote your skills and talents.

This month is excellent for making deep-seated changes, especially those involving business, finance and emotional issues that may be blocking the flow of abundance into your life. The New Moon on the 6th can act as a catalyst, and is a great time to kickstart any new moneymaking initiatives. Luscious Venus moves into your career zone, and her presence and charm could help you make the most of any opportunities. You’ll be ready for lively adventures from week three.

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