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ISSUE 54

WIN TICKETS To The Parent And Baby Show

What's On At... King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Sleep Out 2017 Challenge Yourself And Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Norwich Mumblings The Right Kind Of Scary


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We are pleased to announce that for the second year running we will be supporting The Benjamin Foundation (as part of The Norfolk Tweetup) and taking part in their Sleep Out 2017 in Norwich on Friday 17th November - we plan to help smash last year's total and would appreciate any donations, if you would like to donate, please visit: www.norfolktweetup.co.uk/norwich-sleep-out-2017

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CONTRIBUTORS Cheryl Cade, Katrin Oldridge, Keri Beevis, Mark King, Matt Porter, Paul Kirk, Patrick Arundell, Susan Leigh, Tim Barnes-Clay.

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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WAYS TO LET YOUR RADIANCE SHINE!

SLEEP OUT 2017

Could You Challenge Yourself To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Ten Tips To Help You Become The Bright Star In Your Life

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Create Great Instagram Captions

MOTORING REVIEW Citroën C4 Cactus PureTech

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Social Media Create Great Instagram Captions

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What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange

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Holy Cross Church, Caston Wins Vital Funding

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Norwich Mumblings The Right Kind Of Scary

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What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange

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Gung-Ho! Plans Norfolk Return

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Competition WIN Tickets To...

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Digital Inclusion Is The Digital World A Mystery?

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What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Edifier M1380 2.1 Speakers Reviewed By The Gadget Man

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What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Ways To Let... Your Radiance Shine!

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Iceni Columnists Mark King

Nova Silver Change In The Seasons

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Norwich Theatre Royal Giulio Cesare

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Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis

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What's On... Across Norfolk

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Norwich Theatre Royal Kate Rusby

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Nibbles & Tipples Brewing

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North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold

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Motoring Review Citroën C4 Cactus PureTech


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation Do You Have a Heart and a Home? Operating throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, The Benjamin Foundation has been bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families for almost 25 years. We currently help around 2,000 people each year through some of life’s big challenges including homelessness, bullying and abuse and childcare issues.

Just one of the many services we provide is Heart and Home.

Heart and Home offers a place to live for vulnerable young people in the home of a host family. These young people are in desperate need of stability, security and somewhere to call home. With a Heart and Home host they are able to start learning important life skills so that they can eventually stand on their own two feet.

We have a network of hosts in Norfolk and Suffolk who not only offer a bedroom, but provide support, tolerance and understanding to a young person. Many young people who have been, or are at risk of being homeless, flourish in a real home environment with a host family, rather than in a hostel or bedsit.

With our support, Heart and Home hosts play a crucial part in the next step for many young people over the age of 16. Referrals come via Children’s Services and care is taken to find the correct match for each young person. A Placement Coordinator and Support Worker provide regular advice, guidance and support to both the host and the young person. The host, in addition to receiving support payments from The Benjamin Foundation while a young person is staying with them, will also receive a full induction and comprehensive training in safeguarding.

If you can open your heart and your home to a young person who needs a place to live, please contact us today on 01603 886930 or email: pip.yaxley@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

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Coming Up‌

Sleep Out 2017 Could you challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and spend one night sleeping outside? Momentum is building for this year’s Sleep Out events in Ipswich on Friday 3rd November and Norwich on Friday 17th November. We are looking for more individuals and businesses to register for the challenge to raise money and awareness of the issue of youth homelessness.

Read more on our website: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out or contact Chris Elliott on 01603 886933 or email: chris.elliott@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

Christmas Gift Appeal Every year we appeal for presents and gifts for the young people and families we support in Norfolk and Suffolk. However, as we look after more people each year, we require more and more presents. Could you spread a little joy by donating a Christmas gift this year? There are a range of young people and families who you can donate gifts to. You are able to choose to send a gift to a specific service that is local to you or one that you are passionate about. Choosing who would like to donate to in advance ensures that we can make sure everyone gets a present this year!

If you would like to take part in this appeal then please look online at: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/christmas-gift-appeal-2017.

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HOLY CROSS CHURCH

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Holy Cross Church, Caston Wins Vital National Lottery Funding Support To Save Thatched Church Following an architectural survey of the Church, it was identified that the thatched roof required urgent attention as soon as possible to prevent potential water damage. A Master Thatcher then undertook a detailed inspection which confirmed that the entire existing thatch had reached the end of its useful life. Consequently, Caston Parochial Church Council (PCC) immediately recognised that very significant funding was required and so approached the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for financial support for the re-thatching and growing of the church. Last year, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the HLF provided initial funding of £29,500 to help Caston PCC progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. This enabled the PCC to appoint a specialist architect and to perform a wide number of surveys and inspections to assess the full extent of the works needed, costs involved and proposed timetable. This work was completed in accordance with the agreed timescale and allowed the PCC to submit a much larger bid to HLF to complete all the necessary works. Caston PCC are delighted to announce that the HLF have awarded a further National Lottery grant of £220,500 (thus a total for both stages of the project of £250,000) which means that the re-thatching of the Church with Norfolk reed will occur during 2018 thus securing the Church for future generations. Holy Cross Church is a Grade 1 listed building situated within a conservation area, on the edge of the village green and is built of flint with stone quoins (blocks) and dressings. The earliest mention of a Church in Caston is in a

document of 1218, but it is likely that there was one on this site earlier. It is one of only two thatched churches remaining in the Breckland area of Norfolk. Graham Penfold, a Churchwarden of the PCC said: “We are absolutely delighted and thrilled to learn that the HLF has given us this amazing level of support. Our much-loved thatched Church is one of the main focuses within the village and as stewards; we are keen to leave the fabric in the best possible state for future generations to enjoy. Without this very generous funding made possible by National Lottery players, there was a very real and high risk of water damage to the interior which will now be prevented. For the first time ever, it will also allow for a mains water supply, the provision of a kitchenette and facilitate a wide range of community projects including involving the children of CofE Caston School in thatching lessons, the creation of the first children’s guide to the Church and the design of a prayer centre for the community.” Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England said, “We’re delighted to be able to continue our support for the restoration of Holy Cross Church and help to secure this important local building for future generations. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Church will be able to carry out urgent repairs to its roof and share its heritage with a wider audience.” About Holy Cross Church, Caston Holy Cross is of one seven churches, which make up the Wayland Benefice within the Breckland Deanery. As part of the Church of England, it provides religious and spiritual substance within the local community. PAGE

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GUNG-HO!

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Gung-Ho! Plans Norfolk Return After Thousands Take On World’s Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course The biggest inflatable obstacle course on Earth is set to return to Norfolk after thousands of people went Gung-Ho! on Saturday 16th September. Thousands of people of all ages, shapes and sizes took on ten tricky obstacles at the sold-out Gung-Ho! Seriously Fun 5k at Earlham Park, Norwich, including Europe’s tallest inflatable slide, standing a whopping 72ft tall and measuring 200ft in length.

but organiser and former Cbeebies presenter Alex Winters said Saturday’s event was one of Gung-Ho!’s best yet. Alex said: “We had an absolutely amazing day and are desperate to bring Gung-Ho! back to Norfolk. “People went crazier than ever for it! It was just fantastic to see so many people smiling and laughing as they took on our inflatables - and won”.

On their way around the course, which needed as much air to inflate as 100 MILLION footballs, individual runners and families also conquered a giant inflatable climbing wall, labyrinth, ball pit and gauntlet.

“People were helping each other out all around the course while we also had so many spectators who were enjoying themselves.”

More than 100,000 people at venues across the UK have now taken on the obstacles,

“The feedback we had afterwards was absolutely fantastic. We’ve been told it was a perfect family day out which is wonderful to hear, and so many

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people asked us to come back - which we hope to do.” “Thank you, Norfolk, for having us, we’ll hopefully see you again next year!” Many runners took part just for fun, while others raised money for charities and other good causes. These included Gung-Ho!’s national partner Children in Need. After the run, social media was lit up with messages from participants eager to share their experiences of the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course. Sarah Lander tweeted: “We absolutely loved Gung-Ho! in Norwich. Hopefully see you again next year?” Meanwhile Kate Nichols posted simply: “Gung-Ho! at Earlham Park was hilarious!”

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That idea spawned a new craze with thousands taking part in Gung-Ho!’s first three events in 2015, before a hugely successful country-wide tour last year. Norfolk was the eleventh in a series of 12 GungHo! events planned across the country in 2017, with up to 60,000 people expected to take part in total. Tickets and more information about upcoming events are available at www.begung-ho.co.uk. Check out Gung-Ho! updates by searching ‘Gung-Ho! on Facebook and on Twitter, at @begungho. Runners, who must be at least 4ft tall, receive a free bib with race number, Gung-Ho! t-shirt and headband, while any spectators can attend for free and enjoy the food stalls and music.

Alex came up with the idea for Gung-Ho! in 2014 while sat in front of the TV watching Ninja Warrior with his three children.

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DIGITAL INCLUSION

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Get Comfortable And Confident Using The Internet

Typing CVs

Learning to Skype

If the digital world is a mystery to you, or you just want to feel more comfortable and confident using the internet or digital devices, there is plenty of free support across Norwich.

Peter, who dropped in a couple of times to get to grips with his iPad at the City Hall drop-ins said, “Thank you for your help. I learned more in one of your drop-in sessions than I did in a five-week course”.

The online world gives people access to a huge amount of activities and services. Whether it’s getting to grips with devices such as smartphones and tablets, being able to download forms and shop online, or even getting access to a computer, we want to make sure you have the chance to overcome any barriers that stand between you and the internet.

Details of the Digital Hubs: The Hive, Voluntary Norfolk, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ. Tuesdays 10am - noon.

Digital technologies offer opportunities for learning, budgeting, and keeping in touch with friends and relatives. Furthermore, for people who find themselves physically and emotionally isolated, an increased level of digital awareness can make the relevant services and support more accessible. There are a growing number of Digital Hubs located around Norwich, which offer free support and access to get online. You are welcome to pop along without booking an appointment, and friendly volunteers will be on hand to support you to use technology and the internet. Maybe you want to learn how to email? Shop online? Search for information? Devices will be available, or bring your own such as a tablet or laptop.

Manthorpe Room at the Norman Centre, Bignold Road, Norwich NR3 2QZ. Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm. City Hall (Customer Contact Centre on the ground floor), St Peters St, Norwich NR2 1NH Wednesdays 10am - noon. There are many more venues around Norwich where you can go for support, and volunteers are also able to meet you during the evenings or weekends too! To find out information about other Digital Hubs around Norwich visit https://www.norwich.gov.uk/digitalinclusion or call Norwich City Council on 0344 980 3333. And if you are interested in volunteering as a Digital Champion contact Emily Balsdon, Digital Inclusion Volunteer Coordinator on 01603 883 827 or email: Emily.balsdon@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk PAGE

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WAYS TO LET YOUR...

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Ways To Let Your Radiance Shine! Many of us have at times felt prompted by the desire to focus on becoming the best version of ourselves, to let our light shine brightly and become the brightest ever! It may be at the start of a new year, a special birthday or the sudden realisation that we're not getting any younger. Sometimes it's a 'now or never' impulse. To let your light shine really brightly may mean sorting out old patterns of thinking or behaviour, undertaking personal development, becoming fitter in order to run a marathon or becoming committed to taking your business or career to exciting new heights. Here are ten tips to help you become the bright star in your life: 1. Start by being clear as to what you really want. Outline your ultimate aims, what the shining version of you looks and feels like. That way you have something measurable to dream about, aim for and focus on.

2. Get a good coach or mentor to support and guide you. The roles of mentor or coach are often very different but either can motivate you to stay on track. Some of your activities will be more important than others so it's important to be accountable to someone who's impartial, who asks tough questions and pushes you to focus on your priorities. Whether your coach is paid or has volunteered to help you, it's important to have someone who treats you seriously, who takes you to task when you're distracted and motivates you to improve and shine. 3. Learn from the best and read self-help books, watch videos and attend seminars. Invest in improving your skills, find ways to manage stress and support good health, add techniques for a positive mindset, motivation. Copy, shadow and emulate the best. 4. Practice stillness and gratitude. Being a shining star means radiating inner calmness and peace. You can achieve much by moving forward with love and humility rather than

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with urgency and overwhelm. Allow yourself to be thankful, motivated and filled with faith in yourself and the universe or God. Then your decisions and your inner purpose become much clearer. 5. Learn to respond rather than react when situations don't go to plan. This provides more control and enables you to stay calm, think clearly and recover in a constructive way. 6. Treat failure as stepping-stones to success. Put yourself out there and remember that a high-jumper only knows they've achieved their absolute best when they try, but then fail to clear the bar. If they clear it they simply raise the bar! Regard failure as feedback; you need to find another way. 7. Relish occasional detours as opportunities to experience new and different things. How quickly do you really need to get from A to B? Some challenges may be time sensitive, when it's important to keep a sense of urgency and stay motivated. Otherwise, allow some flexibility and take time to explore new things that present themselves along the way. Let your light shine brightly as you open up a more adventurous side to yourself. 8. Appreciate that sacrifices have to be made along the way. You may have less disposable income, less time to spend with family or friends. Your hobbies and interests may need to be side-lined for a while. Accept this as a price you're prepared to pay to move from where you were to where you want to be. But also include time for rewards and

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treats. It may mean taking a little longer with your journey, but will succeed in making your experience more pleasurable and satisfying. 9. Give stuff away. Let your light shine brightly by introducing the new you to the world at large. It can be good experience to give talks, write blogs and make yourself openly accessible. Share your experiences en-route to success; people love stories of triumph over adversity and you'll be able to spread the word, enhance your reputation and gain some ambassadors who'll be happy to sing your praises. 10. Ignore the trolls and critics. Negative comments may need consideration, but trust your instincts and assess what motivating factors could be behind unhelpful comments or feedback. Your radiance and enthusiasm may be disconcerting to your circle, who may feel forced to acknowledge their own apathy or inertia. Receive constructive criticism with a smile. It can be informative to hear other people's perceptions of you, as well as providing opportunities to tailor what you're doing. Don't forget about fun and time off. Breaks provide time for reflection and are a good way to manage stress and burn out. Dedicate some time to family, friends, hobbies and interests. Let others be supportive, helpful and able to understand the times you're perhaps preoccupied, grouchy or in need of a hug. Let your light shine brightly and include laughter, humour and balance, so becoming a shining star in the different areas of your life.

Article By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh, Altrincham Counsellor and Hypnotherapist has published her third book, 101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday (ISBN 9781910275160) based on her social media series. A glossy, pocket-sized book, it's full of inspirational quotes & pictures, a treat to give or simply keep for yourself. For more information visit: www.lifestyletherapy.net PAGE

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ICENI - COLUMNISTS

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family. Above: Mark King

By Mark King

The school summer holiday memories are disappearing as quickly as the summer heat. The thought of keeping children amused for six and half weeks are fading as quickly as the sun is now setting as everyone hunkers down for the colder, darker winter months that are approaching. I should not complain about the school holidays because one of the benefits of being a writer is that I get to spend a lot more time at home than the average worker, and being your own boss also means you decide how you are going to use that time. In fact, I am very grateful for this and appreciate how lucky I am to be able to enjoy the school holidays with my family while a lot of parents dread when the schools are closed. There is one major drawback though; I just don’t get any writing done what so ever. Not only just that, but I find it very hard to get back into any type of regular writing routine for three or four weeks afterward. I seem to get distracted by day to day things and I find myself becoming almost Mediterranean in my thought. Every morning I would wake up with good intentions of closing myself off in the dining room while I sit at the table all day writing on my laptop; only to find myself by 9 am throwing my arms up in the air and saying “mañana.” Once they are back to school things do not improve too quickly. I spent a week painting the outside window frames with gloss before what little nice weather we had turned into winter. “I'll do some writing tomorrow,” I would say to myself only to be distracted by something else. So now we’re into October and as you read this I should be in full flow on the manuscript to Revenge, the third book in my Daniel Jones series unless of course you are reading this article during the 21st to 29th of October because it is half term school holiday and I can already feel the “mañana” coming on. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king PAGE

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Those who know me well will know I am a bit of a routine freak. (Okay, maybe a lot of a routine freak). I would love to be spontaneous, I truly would, but I get all weirded out and flustered if my Above: Keri Beevis pattern is broken, and it's not pretty. I need things to be neat and orderly (well, except for my car and work desk, which are both embarrassingly cluttered), I have certain times of the day I like to have my coffee, I'm not really cool with drinking wine before 7pm, and my boss teases me as I always have to go pee five minutes before lunch, even if I don't really need to go. So there you have it, I am a full on routine freak, but that suits me (and the cats, who are also super routine) just fine. One of my things is food shopping and I go the same time to the same store every single week. I am such a geek I even have my list made out in store order and I visit the same aisles each week like I'm going round on my own special little Beev track. If the store changes the aisles around, I nearly turn green and burst out of my pants. Anyway, I think I have painted a clear enough picture of my sad life. So there is this guy and I think he must be like a male version of me, just without the big boobies and the klutziness. Every week when I am shopping I see him maybe a dozen or more times. We're both in the fruit aisle or the pizza aisle or reaching for the same box of cat food, and a couple of months ago it started to freak me out. Maybe he was stalking me. So, I consulted my friend, Andrea, who is the Oracle of all things men. 'He must like you,' she concluded. Now Andrea does get a little overexcited at any kind of man talk. She is incredibly pretty and Twitter: @icenimagazine

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I am a full on routine freak, but that suits me worldly wise, and she knows how to go after and get whatever she wants, meanwhile I am the one always covered in a layer of cat hair, tripping over my own feet and getting my trouser and dress hems caught up in the wheels of the shopping trolley. She knows I am happily settled with my kitties and my books, but I also know she secretly hopes I will one day meet someone I want to be with. 'Oh, no,' I told her, bursting her bubble. 'It's not like that.' But I had to admit I am the least observant person on the planet and I would totally miss all the signs if someone was hitting on me, so for the next couple of weeks I tried to pay a little more attention as I walked round the store. I soon concluded that it is just coincidence and this guy is not stalking me. He is obviously a routine freak, same as me, and we happen to shop at the same time each week. So, I went back to being oblivious and in my own little Beev world, though of course now I am aware of him, and because our routines are just so ridiculously similar, I feel like I am shopping in an episode of the freaking Twilight Zone. And then, a couple of weeks ago, a horrifying thought occurred to me. What if he thinks I am stalking him? I had to say, 'excuse me' to get to the grapes last week and the poor chap looked positively petrified. I am now walking the aisles with my head down, trying to avoid eye contact and worried I am going to scare the bejesus out of him. Watch this space for a potential scary Norfolk author stalker arrest. Eek!

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles &Tipples October Article By Cheryl Cade It is with some pride that I write this article, for years my husband has been an avid homebrewer. He has focused on the mix of flavours that try to balance, sometimes going a little ‘off piste’, Shitake mushrooms for example to a tripel. It worked and is still one of my favourites. Over the years a number of friends and brewers asked when he was going to brew a beer commercially, the answer would always be the same, ‘someday’. Well that day has come. A couple of months ago, Norwich Beer Festival and the Anglian Craft Brewers held a homebrew competition with the aim to select 3 of the best homebrews to be brewed commercially with a local brewer in the area for Norwich Beer Festival. Any style could be entered all they had to do was comply with the ABV (Alcohol By Volume). Each beer was judged blind by the local tasting panel with the feedback that all the beers were outstanding and could join any beers you find behind the bar.

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It is one of these my husband won, with his Moonlight mild (a spiced mild with star anise amongst others). The local brewers lined up to support the idea and it was by lottery that the brewer was selected to brew each winning beer. Lady luck watched over the draw as she paired them beautifully. Elmtree was paired with the winning stout brewer, Golden Triangle with the blond and Wildcraft with the spiced mild.

Brew day started early 7.30am, with a coffee and recipe chat. This is followed by adding hot water (liquor) to the mash tun. Into the mash tun

Adding The Smoked Malt

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The Boil

the malt is added and stirred, this is where that delicious bready porridge smell comes from as well as the brewers muscles! The temperature is achieved, more coffee brewed, we wait and walk the dog. Once mashed the liquid (wort) is drained from the mash tun into the boiler, the left grains are treated to a warm shower to pull out any left-over sugars from those grains.

Into the boiler hops are added, at this point the brewery is full of flowers, citrus and pine. More coffee before cleaning out the mash tun. 4 hours and we still don’t have beer yet! The hop enthused wort is taken out of the boiler, chilled on its journey into the fermentation tank, now we get beer! And this is where the magic happens, yeast is added. That wonderful organism that makes Let The Cleaning Begin

Refining The Recipe

your bread rise (not quite the same strain) is now eating all that sugar and turning it into alcohol and flavour. Now all that is left is more cleaning before the day ends at 5pm. This is just stage one, there is still settling, then casking and you guessed it more cleaning.

If this has left you wanting to try the beer or even to give home brewing a go, head to the beer festival.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Create Great Instagram Captions

We all know a photo is worth a thousand words but with Instagram the text caption that accompanies your photographic masterpiece is equally important to get your post seen by even more people, achieve more likes and raise those engagements with your audience. Your text caption should add brand value to your photo, give a little bit of personality, inform and entertain your audience and most importantly have a strong message/call to action. Your text caption can be up to 2,200 characters in length and have up to 30 hashtags! Don’t go overboard though - keep your text caption relevant, light and informative and always consider your audience and make sure that what you use is relevant and will

be understood by them - for instance should you use emojis or abbreviated phrases. Also, consider your brand ‘voice’ - use humour where appropriate and try to keep it light - unless you really are after a somber, formal tone - in which case you need to consider if Instagram is for you? You might have up to 2,200 characters but that doesn’t mean you have to use them all. Your audience will potentially scroll quickly through their feed so ensure your most important attention-grabbing text is at the beginning of your caption (first few lines) then if you have more of a story to tell add it - including any hashtags or @mentions. Your audience can then choose to tap the ‘more’ to reveal the rest of your post. Instagram works best when you have quality, focused hashtags to accompany your photo and caption. Hashtags are how your post can

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be searched for by your audience so ensuring you have focused hashtags is important - try to avoid broad terms as these will not draw in relevant new followers. Do a bit of hashtag research first if you need to. If you intend to use a lot of hashtags I’d suggest adding these at the end of your caption. Once you’ve typed in your caption add a single “.” or “-“ or “*” character to a few lines then enter all your hashtags. This way they won’t clutter up your main caption and will be below the 3-4 lines of visible text on your post. In the end, whether you put hashtags directly in your text caption or after it the choice is really up to you and what you feel works best for your brand. I mentioned earlier about raising engagement on your posts - a great way to do this is to pose an open question - something that doesn’t involve a one-word answer and something that’ll illicit engagement from your audience - maybe ask for their tips on something or their thoughts on a particular subject. Just remember, make the caption compelling - there’s nothing worse than posting an open question and not getting any responses! To help improve your chances of getting engagement you could use @mention and see if they’ll help spread the word. And finally, if you want to embrace Instagram then at some point you have to embrace emojis too. They can help draw your audience's eyes to your post and they also add a bit of personality to your posts - use wisely though!

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The Right Kind Of Scary I’ve finally accepted that I should start wearing socks again, embrace the Autumn chill in the air and what that means; crisp leaves, warm boots, snuggly lie-ins with a hot cup of tea…HA! (If you are a parent you’re probably wondering what the strange term ‘lie-in’ means and marvelling at the fact tea can be hot.) It also means it is nearly Halloween and, for many, sorting dressing-up costumes and trick-ortreating are on the horizon. Pre-children, my husband and I would barricade ourselves in the house at Halloween, turn the lights off and hope the glow from the TV wouldn’t indicate to the trick-or-treaters that we were in - very ‘bah humbug’, I know! Now we have a 3-year-old with a very active imagination, we’re wondering how long we can get away with minimal Halloween effort and when we’ll have to dip our toe into a celebration where scaring children is allowed, even encouraged. Children like to explore the darker sides of stories (ever read Grimm’s Fairy tales?) and Halloween lets them do this safely, but how do you know when scary becomes too scary? I’ve

seen it recently in my 8-month-old who has just learned about being ‘chased’ (I crawl after her doing little roars while she scurries off, stopping occasionally to look round and see where I am, all the time laughing). She is happy when I am chasing, the little buzz of adrenaline is just right, but when someone else tries it results in a look of terror followed by tears; it is too scary. As a parent, you know your own child and you know how far to go before something becomes too scary for them. However, as long as they maintain an element of control and they are reminded what is real and what is not, the buzz of fear children get from Halloween can be just the right amount of scary…the fun kind. At the age of 3, our daughter doesn’t have much knowledge of it yet (if I asked what she’d like to dress up as she would 100% say ‘Princess Poppy’ from Trolls), which is fine by me because it means when the 31st October arrives we’ll still be pretending we’re not in and will be in bed by 10pm. #parentlife Article by Katrin Oldridge Norwich Mumbler https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk PAGE

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The Parent And Baby Show 5th November at Carrow Road, Norwich The Parent and Baby Show are extremely excited to be hosting East Anglia’s brand-new baby show in the grounds of Norwich City Football Club this winter. The show is aimed at parents-to-be looking for all things baby related for their special little arrival all the way through to children aged 5 years old. Although the day will be centred around shopping - with clothing, books, prams, slings all on display, the show is very focused on providing both parents and little ones a great experience through learning, play, relaxing and of course a lovely tearoom hosted by Delia’s Canary Catering. Examples of what families can enjoy include: • • • • • • • • • •

Sling Testing Baby Sensory Zone by Baby Sensory Soft Play by Little Land Soft Play Story Time by Puddle Ducks Face Painting and an Imagination Station by Little Squirrels Play Forest Mum Zone including pamper treatments from wellness centre TREAT and Mamma Me Time As well as a great programme of talks, workshops and an advice station - covering everything from baby first aid to weaning and breastfeeding Pop-up Photo Studio with Shellie Wall Photographer *extra cost involved Baby Foot/Hand Print Tiles by Doddle Pots Holt *extra cost involved Stadium Tours *extra cost involved

With much more to be announced very soon. For more information or to book tickets visit: www.theparentandbabyshow.co.uk

Iceni Magazine has 2 tickets and a tearoom voucher up to the value of £15 to give away. To win all you have to do is email: competitions@icenimagazine.co.uk with your name, address and what you’re looking forward to the most. Competition closes on Sunday 29th October. Please state in the subject line ‘The Parent and Baby Show’. There is no cash alternative. Usual Iceni Magazine Rules Apply. Editors decision is final.

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Edifier M1380 2.1 Speakers

A Compact Alternative For the past few weeks I have been testing the Edifier M1380 2.1 Speakers with Subwoofer and Satellites. As a music fan, I’ve always been a fan of external speakers both PC’s and MP3 players, so when a set of Edifier M1380 speakers arrived at my office, I was eager to give them a try. The M1380 speakers come with a high quality 5-inch subwoofer bass unit, two satellite tweeters and a wired controller for both muting and controlling the volume. Bass is adjusted by a control knob on the side of the subwoofer with a 3.5mm audio line-in cable and speaker out connectors for the tweeters. The subwoofer feels weighty, which gives you confidence that the bass reproduction is going to be good in, the build materials also feel very sturdy. The subwoofer outputs 12W, it’s not up to ‘block party’ standards, but it’s perfectly loud enough to please someone as a bedroom

and is complimented by the tweeter speakers outputting at 8W each. The satellite speakers are elevated to a height of 6 inches which gives the sound the freedom to travel rather than be adsorbed by surrounding furniture and is crisp and pleasant to listen to. The speakers have been balanced with each other, meaning they work together to produce a rich, pleasant sound and don't interfere with each other by over-saturating different frequencies. The speaker volume is controlled via a small table mounted dial and mute switch. I like this kind of set up as it allows to easily adjust the speaker volume by sitting the controller next to your keyboard if you are using them as PC speakers. It also offers a headphone socket, allowing you to plug-in your favourite pair without having to reach around behind the speaks and fumble around.

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Edifier are very good at producing attractive audio equipment Edifier are very good at producing attractive audio equipment and the M1380 continues this with a modern, matte black setup which would fit in most surroundings and not look out of place.

students heading off for university, these are a great choice.

The price point for the speaker system is around the ÂŁ49 mark, this feels like great value for such a quality product. If you are looking for a cost-effective set of speakers which would suit

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Citroën C4 Cactus PureTech 110 Flair Review

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist tweeting @carwriteups The turbo-powered Citroën C4 Cactus may not be a sharp handler, but it’s bristling with character. That’s the opinion of our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay. Read his review to find out more about the car. If you like a bit of Gallic eccentricity, then the oddly named Cactus could be the car you’ve been dreaming about. To some, it has a face only a mother could love. To others, it’s a work of art. I’ll let you decide on that one; after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

The Puretech 110 Flair variant, tested here, is undoubtedly the model to go for if, like me, you’ve been seduced by the down-to-earth charisma of the Cactus. But, should you be worried about the way the car drives? Not that much; well, not unless you’re expecting stacks of power. Even with 110ps, the French hatchback’s performance is only satisfactory - but it’s much better than its diesel sibling in terms of flexibility and response. Its five-gear manual transmission’s throw does feel rather long-legged, and the PureTech gasps under 15mph in second gear. Additionally, it feels like it might stall; however, it spins cleanly to produce a good turn of speed from 1500rpm onwards.

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This makes the petrol-powered Cactus simple enough to drive, regardless of its minor irritations.

‘do’ in this, and anyone spotting you in the car park will definitely speak to you about your nonconformist motor.

The PureTech 110 Flair, deserves a massive tick in the box when it comes to economy. If you’re in a Scrooge-like mood, you’ll be able to squeeze up to 80mpg out of the small family car. The threecylinder engine makes the Citroën lighter than its four-pot diesel sibling’s. This not only helps efficiency, it also settles the ride a tad. That said; the C4 Cactus is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to handling. Its rear tends to skip over uneven tarmac - especially when tackling corners quickly. Furthermore, the Cactus’ steering is bizarrely paced, and deficient in centre feel and feedback - but it remains planted when hammering along motorways.

Bearing in mind its inventive, distinctive interior and its jovial, unconventional allure, a slightly better driving experience may be all the Citroën Cactus requires to clinch the deal.

There are many compact vehicles out there, and this isn’t the best driver’s car; but it isn’t the worst by any means. If anything, the Citroën Cactus will probably appeal to your emotions more than the actual drive. In all likelihood, you’ll love gazing at it parked outside your house, and people will always comment on it. Look at it as an ice-breaker when it comes to awkward social moments. Turn up at a work

Pros ‘n’ Cons • Different √ • Economical √ • Comfortable √ • Charismatic √ • Unexceptional Drive X

Fast Facts (C4 Cactus PureTech 110 Flair) - as tested) • Max speed: 117 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.3 secs • Combined mpg: 80.7 • Engine layout: 1199cc petrol turbo • Max. power (PS): 110 • CO2: 100 g/km • Price: £19,825

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Change In The Seasons

The change in the seasons heralds a change in wardrobe, and jewellery is no exception! Here at Nova HQ we’re just back from International Jewellery London, the biggest jewellery event of the year, and a great place to pick up upcoming style tips. We thought we’d let you know some of the key trends to watch out for over the next year. Chase the Rainbow - Go bold with colour and mix up your metals. Make a statement with brightly coloured gemstones, and rich facetted stones. Clashing colours and vibrant hues are sure to turn heads! The Artisan - Look for pieces with intricate detail, and made with craftsmanship and personality. We’ve long been advocates of jewellery with personality and this trend goes right to the heart of it. Whether small and dainty or big and bold, look for high quality workmanship that will stand the test of time. The Next Frontier - A bit of a 60’s revival this one, with romanticised visions of space exploration coming thick and fast. Go for stones with an ethereal quality, such as moonstone or labradorite, or think about something a little more literal. Our Rocket ship necklace has had a great reception, and we can see why! True Romance - This trend encapsulates ladylike styles, with gentle pastel colours, and a sophisticated and understated elegance. We’ve seen sales of the gorgeous delicate pink stone rose quartz really take off over past months, so this will probably come as no surprise to Nova Silver fans! Pearls set in silver also work brilliantly for this look. You’re sure to see these trends coming into the shops over the next few months, and they look set to carry on into 2018. How far you want to take each look is up to you!

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North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery

Meets last Wednesday of each month, 10am - 12pm at Thornham Village Hall. Each meeting includes a focussed, in depth social media learning session, an update on the latest developments in social media, a question and answer session, and an opportunity for you to network with other local businesses. Each year, as the Christmas season approaches, marketing campaigns seem to be EVERYWHERE with all businesses trying to cash in on the Christmas spending frenzy. So how do you create a social media campaign that competes? October's North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery will look at some of the best campaigns of Christmas Past, and put together social media marketing ideas for Christmas Present! Come along to any meeting for ÂŁ32, or subscribe to monthly meetings for just ÂŁ30 a month, and receive further social media support via email or Skype too.

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange The Dreamboys Thursday 5 October 7.30pm £25.50 to £28.50 The Dreamboys, the UK’s ultimate Magic Mike style show, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Thursday 5 October. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's top male strip show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous male stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it's no wonder The Dreamboys have earned themselves the title of the only male strip group in history to have celebrity status. If you're looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more!!! This is one action packed show full of Music, Muscle, Magic and Mayhem that will leave you breathless which you simply cannot afford to miss!!! Book your Tickets now before it's too late!!!

Frankie’s Guys Friday 6 October 7.30pm - £24 King’s Lynn Corn Exchange are pleased to welcome Frankie's Guys coming on Friday 6 October at 7.30pm - A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Sherry & Oh What A Night, the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals and a great live band, it’s clear to see why Frankie's Guys are receiving standing ovations all over the world. PAGE

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The Masters Of The House Thursday 12 October 7.30pm - £24.50 / Concs £23.50 Don’t miss this musical feast featuring former stars from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, The Producers and other hit West End musicals. The show is constantly being updated with songs carefully selected from over eight decades of popular musical theatre, including favourites such as Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Oh What A Circus (Evita), Defying Gravity (Wicked), Tell Me It’s Not True (Blood Brothers) and some wonderful show medleys. With just their four superb voices and their amazing band, The Masters of The House succeed in recreating a spine-tingling, emotive tribute fitting of this great musical. You can’t beat the real thing and this is the real thing!! The West End comes to you with The Masters Of The House at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Thursday 12 October at 7.30pm.

Think Floyd Friday 13 October 7.30pm - £21.50 Think Floyd are renowned for their stunning celebration of one of the world's greatest musical icons and with over 20 years’ experience faithfully recreating the legendary sound of Pink Floyd live on stage, it’s no wonder they are regarded as the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's first release, Think Floyd's brand new production for 2017 features music from all 15 Pink Floyd albums. Starting with the 1967 classic The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, through Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, to the band’s final release in 2014, The Endless River. The production is backed by an impressive laser light show and a dedicated team of sound and lighting engineers, together with the sheer energy of the band, this promises a first-class evening of pure Pink Floyd. Join them at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 13 October at 7.30pm.

Soul Legends Saturday 14 October 7.30pm - £24.50 / Concs £23 You're going to love this. Whether you're a Soul Man. A Natural Woman. Or just a plain old Sex Machine... Entertainers is delighted to bring you the smash-hit spectacular... Soul Lengends! Bringing to life hits by Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, The Emotions, Kool & the Gang, Chaka Khan, Edwin Starr and more in soulsational style. Get on board the soul train as it takes you on an unforgettable soul music journey at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 14 October. From Sixties origins to present day via all your classic Seventies and Eighties floor-fillers. You'll be wowed by an all-star cast of talented singers and musicians. You'll be amazed by the costumes and jaw-dropping choreography.

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast Sunday 15 October 2pm & 7pm £16.50 / Children £11.50/ Family (3) £37.50 (4) £52 Singalonga Productions invite you to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday 15 October for two performances at 2pm and 7pm - Be our Guest at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Join us as we celebrate the brand new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in! This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as Be our Guest, Belle, Gaston and not forgetting the Beauty and The Beast. Sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson in this romantic fairy tale and see if you can stop those tears at the end. Our Singalonga host will start with a pre-show where they will warm up your voices, teach you some hand actions, show you how to use the famous Singalonga props bag during the film and when to Boo the arrogant Gaston and of course judge the fancy dress competition! For those of you who have been abandoned somewhere on a desert Island and don’t know the story… Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. So some along and celebrate this “tale as old as time”, dress as your favourite character and get ready to feel part of a real fairytale.

The Tarantino’s Thursday 19 October 7.30pm - £20.50 Embrace the action and magic, of an all new theatre spectacular as The Tarantinos head to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Thursday 19 October. Performed by an Incredible 7 piece band brings the songs, movies, style, sound and attitude of a Tarantino movie to life. From Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill to Deathproof, Dusk Till Dawn and Django Unchained, witness and behold your favourite Tarantino moments..... Live on stage & In You Face!!!!! You Won't Want To Miss This. PAGE

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The Carpenters Story Saturday 21 October 7.30pm - £24.50/ Concs £23.50 The award-winning Carpenters Story returns to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday 21 October and celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, Richard & Karen Carpenter. Acclaimed international star Claire Furley remains unsurpassed in her uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter. Her stunning vocal harmonies, combined with state of the art video projection and lavish musical arrangements, will take you on an incredible journey through the uniqueness that truly was The Carpenters. Featuring all the timeless hits including (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Please Mr Postman, and many more!

The Nutcracker Sunday 22 October 7.30pm - £26/ Concs £24 The beloved Christmas classic for the whole family. Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky Russian National Ballet is coming to the UK with the beautiful premiere of Nutcracker Ballet. The new production will delight and mesmerise the audience. The Nutcracker is a vibrant classical ballet. A family orientated production with the fairy tale element and some added glitz from the stunning new costumes. A nutcracker who may just be a handsome prince in disguise - get ready to enter a magical new world! The Nutcracker written by E.T.A. Hoffman, which follows the adventures of a young girl, Marie, who is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas, enters a dream like land of magic where she soon discovers the Nutcracker prince and dances with the beautiful snowflakes. A highly accessible ballet, full of familiar music such as the ‘Waltz of the flowers’, and the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy’. Set designer Lubov Sidelnikova says - ‘The Nutcracker is a delightful and kind fairy tale with a gemstone of Tchaikovsky's music. I wanted to embed the set design of the ballet as the perfect dream of a flawless world where everyone is happy, and good always triumphs over evil. People are always trying to beautify their life and through beauty we try to create harmony and joy. In the set design of The Nutcracker I tried to create a sense of lightness and convey a celebration mood.’ A wonderful treat full of glitter for the whole family!

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange Joel Dommett Monday 23 October 8pm - £20 / Student £17 14+ One of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett LIVE. At King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Monday 23 October the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country. Joel came onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has never looked back. After receiving great critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows, he has gone on to appear in numerous television shows including; Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Reality Bites (ITV2), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), and has performed in acting roles for Popatron (BBC2) and Skins (E4).

Milkshake! Live The Magic Story Book Wednesday 25 October 12pm & 4pm £16.50/ Under 16’s £14.50/ Family 4 £58 Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Story Book’ starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Wednesday 25 October for two performances. PAGE

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The Sensational 60’s Experience Saturday 28 October 7.30pm - £29 Returning by popular demand for one night only at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday 28 October is the fantastic Sensational 60’s Experience. Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten. With the definite feel good factor this is a must see 60’s show starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers), Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Fortunes, The New Amen Corner. This exclusive line up from the 60’s is crammed with nostalgia and hits. Mike Peneder - Original voice of The Searchers whose hits include, Needles and Pins, When You Walk In The Room,Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice. Chris Farlowe, originally Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds started out in the late fifties. Chris later moved on to perform all over Europe and still does to this day. His hits include classics like Out Of Time, Handbags and Glad Rags, Let The Heartaches Begin, Reach Out I’ll Be There. Herman’s Hermits (pictured left) throughout the mid-60’s music scene proved to be a dominating force worldwide. From 1964 the band chalked up over 23 top 20 singles, 10 hit albums, 3 major movies. Their chart breaking hits include, Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Silhouettes, There’s A Kind Of Hush, Henry V111, Something Is Happening & I’m Into Something Good & many more to numerous to mention. Hermans Hermits perform over 200 shows a year worldwide to say Herman’s Hermits are still into something good is an understatement. The Fortunes formed in the 1960’s and produced classics such as You’ve Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again and, continuing into the seventies with more successful releases such as Storm in a Teacup and Freedom Come, Freedom Go. These songs have stood the test of time, becoming household favourites permanently on playlists everywhere. The Fortunes remain as one of the UK's premier harmony groups, and are constantly in demand worldwide. The New Amen Corner a force to be reckoned with on any stage throughout Europe will keep you entertained with classics such as If Paradise Is Half As Nice, Bend Me Shape Me

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange Slade and Mud 2 Sunday 29 October 7.30pm - £34.50 Christmas comes early when an exclusive rare appearance of two of the biggest bands of pop history, with two of the biggest Christmas hits, come to the stage at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday 29 October. SLADE are without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain. With their unique blend of perfect pop Rock 'n' Roll, outrageous flamboyance, pure fun and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 hits... plus 6 smash hit albums. Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world. With a chart career that has spanned 3 decades hear their enduring songs Cum On Feel The Noize, Coz I Luv You, Look Wot You Dun, Mama Weer All Crazee Now plus many more live. After the original band MUD broke up in 1979, Les Gray reformed the band as 'Les Gray's Mud'. In 1987 everyone with the exception of Gray departed the band, and Gray brought in bassist John Berry, drummer Wole Rothe, and guitarist Syd Twynham as replacements. This line-up lasted until 1998 when Rothe was replaced by Phil Wilson, and the band underwent no further changes until the death of Gray in 2004. Following Gray's passing, the three remaining members were given permission by the other founding members of Mud, plus that of Gray's family, to continue using the band's name. Berry, Twynham, and Wilson then rechristened the band 'Mud II' and recruited keyboardist and longterm Mud collaborator Chris Savage.The following year Berry left and was replaced by Marc Michalski, creating the lineup of the band which still continues to this day. The show is another back to back all hits show including Dyna-Mite, Rocket, The Secrets That You Keep,The Cat Crept In,One Night, Oh Boy, Tiger Feet, Hypnosis, Moonshine Sally, Crazy and not forgetting Lonely This Christmas!

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Passion and Revenge Take Centre-Stage In Operatic Epic

Giulio Cesare - October 16-17 One of the most heroic and epic operas ever written which documents an intense period in world history is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal this autumn. Giulio Cesare is renowned as one of Handel’s most celebrated works boasting intense music, strong characterisation and a gripping plot. English Touring Opera is presenting it in two parts across consecutive nights beginning with The Death of Pompey on October 16. It follows the story of Caesar after he has defeated his rival Pompey. He now has to deal with the machinations and manipulation of the King of Egypt, Ptolemy, and his sister Cleopatra. Then the following evening, Cleopatra’s Needle takes to the stage. It sees The Battle for the Kingdom of the Nile reach a crisis. Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead and Cleopatra is held captive by her brother.

The production boasts some incredible operatic talent on stage headed by Christopher Ainslie in the title role. A native of Cape Town, he was a boy chorister and started studying voice before moving into a new career as a chartered accountant. While on secondment in the UK, he decided to return to his first love and ended up studying singing at the Royal College of Music. Much in demand across the globe, he has won a number of awards, performed at the likes of the London Handel Festival and is also an accomplished chamber musician. Meanwhile Lancashire-born soprano Soraya Mafi will take on the role of Cleopatra. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music and has worked with English Touring Opera’s James Conway before on his production of L’incoronazione

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di Poppea performing the role of Virtu. She has also performed at the Royal Festival Hall, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Welsh National Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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who want an opera experience of less than three hours.” “Each part will, I hope, feel like a complete show but the cumulative experience should be really special.”

To add added authenticity, the production will also feature ETO’s partner baroque orchestra The Old Street Band which is made up of leading period instrument players from around the country. The production also boasts a strong creative team and is designed by Cordelia Chisholm. After studying English Literature at Cambridge, she trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course and has worked on sets for a number of companies including Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Arcola and Trafalgar Studios. And it is being directed by ETO’s general director James Conway who says this production will be a real labour of love for him. He said: “It is a massive undertaking. I am optimistic about having divided it in two including a repeated middle section of arias which we perform in different ways in the two halves acknowledging the view of our audiences

Listing: Giulio Cesare, Part 1 - The Death of Pompey on Monday Oct 16 at 7.30pm. Part 2 - Cleopatra’s Needle on Tues Oct 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets for individual performances £8£37.50. Tickets for both performances £16£49.50. Discounts for Friends. Pre-performance talks in the theatre’s Targetfollow Room at 6.30pm each evening. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the Box Office. To book, log onto: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000 PAGE

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Magical 25 Years’ Celebration For Renowned Folk Singer

Kate Rusby - October 24 Soulful singer-songwriter Kate Rusby will be bringing her acoustic folk magic to Norwich Theatre Royal on October 24 with an evening of stories, songs and laughter. With a career spanning 25 years in music, Kate is already a firm favourite with Norwich audiences having played the Theatre Royal on five previous occasions between 2005 and 2012. Her 2017 concert will celebrate her two and a half decades of delighting fans with her mix

of traditional folk songs combined with new original material. Joining her on stage for this special evening will be the British folk musicians who form her band - Damien O’Kane on guitar, electric tenor guitar and banjo; Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog; Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion; and Steve Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar. The programme will include tracks from her 14th studio album, Life in a Paper Boat, alongside carefully selected much loved classics from her extensive back catalogue.

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“What appeals to me about the old songs are the stories and the simple way they were written.” A Mercury Prize nominee and a four times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song), in 2014 Kate received the prestigious British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors’ Gold Badge Award in honour of her ‘unique contribution to music’. Her love of singing started early with singalongs in the back of the car with her siblings as they accompanied their parents to folk gigs around the country with their ceilidh band. She went on to perform as a solo artist, as a duo with friend Kathryn Roberts, plus stints as singer with Equation and the all-female Celtic folksters, The Poozies. She says: “My parents passed on so many songs and continue to do so. They are always humming and singing things I’ve never heard before and from time to time I also remember lines from songs they used to sing. I always pop round and ask them about it and then sneakily pinch the song!”

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“What appeals to me about the old songs are the stories and the simple way they were written. Some are painfully sad and it is those that draw me in the most.” The crossover between the traditional and the new has brought her accolades such as from Q Magazine which said ‘Folk Music doesn’t get any cooler than Kate Rusby’. It has also brought her the opportunity to branch out into other areas such as appearing on ‘Later With Jools Holland’ or, in 2006, recording the Top Ten duet ‘All Over Again’ with Ronan Keating, and other collaborations with artists beyond the folk scene such as Eddi Reader, Blur’s Graham Coxon, Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble and Ella Edmondson. She has also enjoyed forays into film music (Heartlands) and television soundtracks (the BBC’s animation of Jack Frost and recording Ray Davies’ The Village Green Preservation Society as the theme tune for the series Jam and Jerusalem). She says: “I play the music I want to play, work with incredibly talented musicians and make a living from doing something I love.” And she is relishing the chance to once again bring her talent before a local audience: "I'm looking forward so much to returning to beautiful Norwich. I haven't been in a while and I always adore the gigs we do there! Can't wait!”

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“I play the music I want to play, work with incredibly talented musicians and make a living from doing something I love.”

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Horoscopes For October Aries 21 March - 20 April Relationships of all kinds are

Libra 24 September - 23 October There's a tremendous

going to be so important this month. But this is also about striking a balance between your own needs and those of others. The New Moon of the 19th really underlines this, and if this is hard to achieve, significant changes are possible as first Mercury and then the Sun pass across the newly arrived Jupiter in Scorpio. This can be brilliant for business.

amount of emphasis on your individuality and creativity this month, so do seize it with both hands. But also, anything you've been working on tremendously hard over the last twelve months can start to pay off handsomely. There could be a genuine slice of financial fortune from the 17th right through to the end of the month, which can leave you beaming.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May With your ruler Venus cooperating with Mars for the first ten days of this month, and Jupiter moving into your sparkling 7th House on the 11th, some wonderful possibilities can play out for you, but particularly as far as relationships are concerned. If you meet someone this month, this can be a tie which is truly significant. Equally, unsatisfactory relationships need to be rooted from your world.

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November Prepare for wonderment Scorpio, because Jupiter arrives in your zodiac sign for the first time in twelve years. But crucially it combines with both Mercury and the Sun in your zodiac sign too, and the second half of this month can see you benefiting from something that is uniquely individual about you or what you do. A friendship can also become so much more in the first ten days.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June You may find yourself going

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December At the start of

through some profound changes around your emotional situation and even how you feel about where you live, who with and your family ties. The biggest area of opportunity this month comes from a mixture of creativity and practicality. If you can get the right combination of the Sun and Jupiter from the 23rd to the 30th, it could prove amazing.

this month your love life can take on a much more stable and durable dimension, if you are with the right partner. This may seem an obvious thing to say, but it's a fact. If you're single for example, you may find yourself drawn towards someone through your work or from a different age group. There can be plenty of opportunities for socialising too, and also a secret admirer.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July Don't underestimate the impact

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January If you're travelling,

you can have on others with your utterances. The first third of October can see you particularly effective at framing your ideas positively to others. But this month is also a time of true opportunity. There may be changes at the base of your existence, and whilst at first these may prove testing, they're going to clear the way for you to really express yourself.

it could turn out to be the most wonderful experience. Whether it's with one special person or a group of people, you can just feel a real sense of connectivity to others. You may though have to juggle with balancing work and home responsibilities, but the new vision of your future can start to shape up wonderfully well in the last ten days Capricorn.

Leo 24 July - 23 August The energy from the Eclipse in

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February Your business

August in your sign is still profound in your situation, and all sorts of new strands can be giving you a great deal of satisfaction. Your appreciation of the good things in life can also be really high, and there can be some really engaging conversations. But strangely, it can be life's simple pleasures, such as peace, tranquillity and calm, that call out too.

acumen is heightened at the very start of this month, especially if you're fortunate enough to be in some kind of partnership, or a role which requires you to work skilfully with others. There can be some wonderful interactions too, with some surprising revelations. But your goals, ambitions and targets are given a huge boost in the last half of October Aquarius.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September With Venus and Mars

Pisces 20 February - 20 March You have a real gift for creating the right impression, and with all sorts of people in the first third of this month. Any knowledge you have can also start to pay off brilliantly well. If you're involved in publishing, the media, Internet work, technology, teaching or training, expect to be in demand as this month goes on. This is also an excellent time to assimilate new skills Pisces.

combining in your sign through to the 10th, your sex appeal can absolutely sparkle. If you're solo, don't be surprised if there is an increased level of interest in you. For all Virgo's, this can be a time of re-defining your personal identity. Financial opportunities may require nimbleness, and your word and thought power soar from the 23rd October.

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