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Norwich Mumblings Goes Multi-Generational

Christmas Gift Ideas From Puzzles To Luxury Gadgets

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Every year The Benjamin Foundation appeals for presents and gifts for the young people and families they support in Norfolk and Suffolk. However, as they look after more people each year, they require more and more presents. Could you spread a little joy by donating a Christmas gift this year? Head on over to page 6 to find out how you can take part in their appeal. If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, we have a Gift Guide for you. Whether it's something for the smalls, a coffee lover or a stocking filler, our guide starting on page 20 has something for everyone. Also, this month Paul Kirk revisit's an often-neglected subject on Twitter - that of etiquette. Head on over to page 30 and check out his tips to ensure you're welcomed on Twitter.

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“You Reap What You Sow”

The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update Norwich Mumblings Goes Multi-Generational Nova Silver 4 Top Trends For Christmas Norwich Theatre Royal Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Iceni Columnists Mark King Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis Time To Check Your Business ABC's Christmas Gift Ideas Christmas Gift Ideas Puzzles & Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Ideas Kids Advent Calendar

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Christmas Gift Ideas Christmas Wines Christmas Gift Ideas Luxury Gadgets Christmas Gift Ideas Coffee Lover Gifts Christmas Gift Ideas Gifts For The Smalls Christmas Gift Ideas For The Aspiring Chef Christmas Gift Ideas Cocktail Gifts Social Media Twitter Etiquette Motoring Review Peugeot 508 SW GT Reviewed The Gadget Man Reviews Dell S2718D 27” Monitor

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Competition Christmas Comes To Norwich North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange What's On... It’s A Dibley Christmas!! Norwich Theatre Royal Hedda Gabler Norwich Theatre Royal Musical Masters Of The Unexpected Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold


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The Benjamin Foundation Richard Gets Back on Track with "Astounding" Support Our Young Person's Centre in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, contains 17 units of accommodation for single, young homeless people aged 16-25. We heard about Richard from another young person living at the centre. They were concerned that Richard was not safe in his accommodation, and had real concerns that he was suffering and had no place to turn. We invited Richard in so that we could signpost him to a safer alternative. Although we had no spare room at that time, we were so concerned for his safety that we immediately made a temporary space available. Richard had previously been homeless due to a breakdown in his relationship at the age of 21. Now aged 24, he just needed a period of stability to get back on track.

"My life was hectic," Richard explains. "It was one thing after another. I had no chance to think, let alone deal with all the stuff that was going on. It all got on top of me and I had enough."

With an increasingly unsafe situation at home, instability and uncertainly about his future, Richard also found himself having to cope with anxiety.

He says "I was literally in the gutter." Things escalated so much that, at one point, Richard even considered taking his own life. Shortly afterwards we decided to take action in order to protect him and keep him safe.

"Things happened really quickly. I went to talk to Ben, a support worker, and he was able to find me a place with The Benjamin Foundation's Aspire centre in Great Yarmouth." Richard continues. "I felt so relieved. It was an opportunity to start getting my life back on track." "The Benjamin Foundation offered me security at the time I needed it. The staff treated me brilliantly – they are really great. There has always been somebody I can turn to. The support has been astounding." Stories such as Richard’s are why we do what we do. You can help our work by supporting events, such as Sleep Out, which takes place on 3rd November in Ipswich, and 17th November in Norwich. Visit http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/sleep-out or contact Chris Elliott on 01603 886933 to learn more. Read Richard’s full story at http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/our-stories

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Have You Started Your Christmas Shopping? 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 register online at www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/christmas-gift-appeal-2017.

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We have stores selling in Norwich, Dereham and Holt, selling good quality donated used furniture and electrical goods to the public at affordable prices. We offer a wide range of items such as chairs, sofas, beds, dining tables, washing machines and refrigerators, with all items conforming to current safety, fire and PAT regulations.

Our Re-use shop at the Foxhall Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ipswich sells a wide range of items which have been donated by people across Suffolk.

We are always looking for good quality products – we love unusual and retro pieces too, so please get in touch if you have items you would like to donate. Collection can be arranged. The profit our stores make supports our other work for children, families and adults who need our help. Locate your nearest store: http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/used-furniture-shops Twitter: @icenimagazine

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NORWICH MUMBLINGS

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Norwich Mumblings: Mumbler Goes Multi-Generational You may have seen the C4 programme over the summer, ‘Old People’s Home for 4-year-olds’ well, Mumbler has gone multi-generational too. I spend a LOT of time on social media, trying to find as much information as I can for parents to go on the Norwich Mumbler website, but I organise Mumbler Meet-ups for parents to meet in real-life, and I always knew I wanted to arrange similar ones involving the wider community. Seeing the 4-year-olds make such an impact on the lives of the elderly residents at the old people’s home, I knew that this was something Mumbler could get involved with; multigenerational events should be what good

communities are about. So, I met with a local elderly Day Centre who were really pleased to open its doors to Mumblers and their little ones. During the morning, everyone was smiling and chatting, and some day guests were even having baby cuddles; there was a real community feel to the morning. It made me consider the benefits of the younger and older generation coming together, how the two connect and why. Is it because young children get undivided time and attention

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from the older generation? Is it that the older generation get to see the world through the ‘fresh eyes’ of youth? While I contemplated the success of the event, giving myself an imaginary pat on the back, I listened in on an 86-year-old day centre guest talking live on Radio Norfolk. She was asked if she was enjoying herself and I awaited her gushing, full of praise reply when she said... ‘Not really.’ HA! Honesty. That is what brings the two generations together. Anyone who has children, or who works with them, knows that children can only speak their mind. (My daughter recently asked if there was another baby in my tummy. Humph.) Our 86-year-old day guest was just giving her honest opinion of the meet-up but, fortunately, did go on to say she did enjoy watching the children playing, just found the noise ‘over-powering’ – something I think most parents would agree with!

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But before I got too disheartened I got to listen to another honest opinion from a day centre guest and here is the reason I hope to organise more multi-generational meet-ups, albeit slightly quieter ones: “You’ve got your problems at home, but you can come in here and forget them, have a laugh and watch the kiddies, it’s lovely. This is what life’s about, there’s no good sitting at home being Mr Grumpy.” Article by Katrin Oldridge Norwich Mumbler https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk PAGE

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4 Top Trends For Christmas If you’re starting to think about buying your Christmas presents it can be a bit overwhelming! But never fear, at Nova Silver we’re here to give you a nudge in the right direction. Let’s take a look at key trends for the festive season… Rose gold/ yellow gold - The trend for rose gold plated silver needs no introduction as rose gold accents can be found across all fashion, from clothes to bags to make up. Yellow gold-plated jewellery can offer a similar look, with a bit of a twist and really suits Autumnal and winter wardrobes. A bold earring, or a bracelet can give a bit of colour to a simple cosy outfit. Unusual pieces - If you’ve shopped at Nova before, you’ll know we have a massive soft spot for the more unusual pieces. Jewellery is a fantastic low-key way to bring a bit of personality to your outfit, and a piece of jewellery that shows off your passions can do just that! When buying a present, think about what that person means to you, or what symbolises your relationship. For example, did you know that seahorses symbolise love, loyalty and commitment? And are also a bit different to the traditional heart shape! Chunky stone - Chunky pieces of colourful stone have been seen on the catwalks across the world, and are one of the few trends that can really transfer to the real world. Whether it’s a matching set, or clashing vibrant colours, bigger is better for this look. If you’re buying a present think about what colours would suit the person, and what clothes they tend to wear. Do they have a favourite stone, or be bold and go for something they’ve never seen before?. Amber - Amber is having a real revival at the moment, and is really popular across age groups. Key styles at the moment focus on large, chunky pieces of high quality amber (luckily something you’ll find lots of at Nova!) and more modern designs that use amber as an accent, rather than the main feature. When buying a present think about whether the recipient usually wears understated pieces, or would wear a dramatic piece that will draw attention. If you are struggling to know what to choose, ask for help! At Nova we’ve years' worth of experience helping choose gifts and we’re always happy to offer suggestions that will hopefully go down a treat. Happy Shopping!

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CINDERELLA

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Casting Confirmed For HighlyAnticipated Return Of Dance Favourite

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella February 27th - March 3rd 2018 The poignant re-working of a fairy tale set in wartime created by one of the world’s top choreographers is on its way back to Norwich Theatre Royal. And a number of familiar faces mixed with some fast-emerging new talent will star in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella when it returns from February 27 to March 3 next year. It tells the story of a chance meeting between Cinderella and a dashing young RAF pilot who find themselves falling in love at first sight. But the horrors of The Blitz see's them parted in this thrilling and evocative story set in London during World War Two.

Its previous visit to Norwich sold out and delighted audiences, and Matthew is looking forward to bringing it back. He said: “Cinderella is one of my most heartfelt works and a personal favourite amongst my re-imagined classic stories. “I’m delighted to have brought together this cast of current star performers, experienced New Adventures veterans and exciting young talent. I’m thrilled to see another generation of company dancers take on this beloved production.” Sharing the lead role will be Cordelia Braithwaite and Ashley Shaw fresh from their success playing Victoria Page in his previous production The Red Shoes.

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Meanwhile Harry, the heroic pilot who captures her heart, will be performed by Dominic North who is well-known for a number of roles for Matthew Bourne including the lead in Edward Scissorhands, Will Bozier who also starred in Edward Scissorhands as well as Wicked in the West End, and Andrew Monaghan who has performed for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the 2012 London Olympics. Cinderella’s ‘Fairy Godfather’ known as the Angel will be danced by New Adventures stalwart Liam Mower who has appeared on the Theatre Royal stage many times and got his big break in the West End run of Billy Elliot, and Paris Fitzpatrick who is a former BBC Young Dancer of the Year and member of Northern Ballet. A host of highly-experienced dancers and New Adventures favourites will also portray Cinderella’s parents. Sybil, her stepmother, will be performed by Madelaine Brennan, who has been part of New Adventures for around 15 years. She will share the role with Anjali Mehra, an acclaimed choreographer and performer who has worked on dance, opera and West End shows, and won the prestigious Christopher Gable Choreographer Award. Meanwhile Robert, Cinderella’s father, will be played by Alan Vincent who is a long-serving member of New Adventures, an associate artist with the company’s educational arm Re:Bourne, and was tour director for the acclaimed production of Lord of the Flies which came to Norwich Theatre Royal in 2014 featuring professional dancers and the cream of emerging East Anglian male dance talent. He will share the role with Dan Wright who also has a strong pedigree of New Adventures roles as well as appearing in The Snowman for Sadler’s Wells, and a number of film and TV roles. Also starring in the production will be one of Norfolk’s foremost male dance talents Reece Causton. Brought up in West Norfolk, the former pupil of King’s Lynn’s Springwood High School trained at the Central School of Ballet and was part of the cast of Matthew Bourne’s

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Swan Lake which came to Norwich Theatre Royal in 2013. He has worked for a number of ballet companies around the world and also teaches workshops for New Adventures. Cinderella also boasts sumptuous costumes and sets by Lez Brotherston and lighting by Neil Austin, both of whom are Olivier Award-winners, and it will feature a speciallycommissioned recording played by a 60-piece orchestra. The production is also touring to mark the 20th anniversary of its West End premiere and the 30th anniversary of New Adventures itself. John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This heart-stopping and touching production will take the audience right into the heart of wartorn London. As well as looking and sounding fabulous thanks to a stunning score and sets, it features an incredible array of talent with performers well-known to Norwich audiences including Ashley Shaw, Cordelia Braithwaite, Dominic North, Liam Mower and Alan Vincent. Mix in some talent new to the company and the welcome return of Norfolk’s own Reece Causton, and this promises to be a must-see production giving a much-loved fairy tale a brand new twist which is guaranteed to tug at the emotions.”

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ICENI - COLUMNISTS

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family. Above: Mark King

By Mark King

Lists, there are always lists when you have a family! Lists of things that need to be done around the home, reminder lists to jog your memory at the correct time to do or go somewhere, and then there are those redundant lists. Pieces of paper you suddenly find some months after you have scribbled down the information on a piece of paper which you look at with puzzlement, and no idea why you wrote it! A torn corner piece of newspaper that now has a name and date scrolled across it. You’re not quite sure now why you still have this piece of paper that had been in the side pocket of your laptop bag for a year, and sometimes you don’t even recognise the name. Questions start to appear in your head. Why did I write this information down? Who is this John Smithers and why the date 12/3/16? Did you have to contact or met up with this person? Was it just an article I read in said paper that I wanted to follow up, maybe a book that had been reviewed that caught my interest? The questions keep flowing. Was it somebody I casually spoke to on a train journey, or on holiday? In the end I think to myself, “it could not have that important!” as I screw up the piece of paper and throw into the recycle bin. So, back to lists. The wife and I decided that action needed to be taken and we have reduced all the various list with jobs to do that have been lying about the house, and written them down onto one super list. We then decided to take a week off in November when the children are at school and go through and complete every task. So, while you are reading this article, I will be finally phoning around every broadband provider to get the best deal possible, years after it first appeared on a to-do list! www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king PAGE

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Toe nail clipping session for Ellie and Lola tonight.

style battle scars, but victorious with puss in arms. Repeat procedure.

As my girls are far too lazy to go outside and both of them refuse to use a scratch post, this has become a six-weekly thing. I used Above: Keri Beevis to take them to the vet (as Ellie’s nails have a tendency to grow into her pads), claiming that I was far too pathetic to trim them myself, but a sobering £24 a session soon taught me to get over my uselessness and I am now a feisty pussycat nail trimming pro and, me being me, I have a routine.

Phase 2 Both pusses scarper under the bed wearing an 'I'm never speaking to you ever again' expression, they hear post toe nail trimming cat treat bag being opened and grudgingly come forth for treats. They eat treats before settling down on the bed for a wash, throwing an occasional 'this doesn't mean we're friends' glare in my direction.

Phase 1 Snatch surprised puss up for a cuddle, wrapping her in a big fluffy towel when she least expects it then spend two minutes doing some Big Daddy style wrestling as she tries frantically to escape. Free one paw at a time and start snipping while puss (who is now quite used to this procedure and, although she doesn't like it, knows it's better than visiting the vet) alternates between sulking, token struggling, and occasional grumbling meows. Second puss has gotten wind of what is going on and has retreated under the bed. Crawl under bed to retrieve second puss, who is clinging on to the carpet for dear life. Emerge five minutes later covered in a layer of cat hair and Freddy Krueger Twitter: @icenimagazine

Phase 3 I want a cuddle, but I'm not ready to forgive you yet. This is where we currently are and I know they are close to being won over. Lola will succumb first when I give her belly rubs and she will go from grumpy puss to full throttle purr machine in less than five seconds. Ellie will then become irrationally angry with Lola in a 'We had a pact. We were going to ignore her together!' kind of way. She will give Lola the evil eye for ten minutes before deciding she is missing out. Phase 4 My fur balls will have completely forgotten about their traumatic experience and all will be right again in their little pussycat world. I will drink recovery/ celebratory wine. Hic. The end.

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TIME TO CHECK... Issue 55 2017

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Time To Check Your Business ABC's Reflecting on your business ABC's can be an interesting exercise and a great way to be reminded of all the different factors that come together to support an effective work environment. You may agree or disagree with these points, but enjoy the read and feel free to add your own! Ability is an important consideration in our work, especially if we're new to a situation, eager to impress clients, bosses or colleagues. We need to be careful about feigning competency; it's far better to ask for help, be honest or say, 'I'll come back to you about that'. Sometimes, if we're lacking a little expertise, it can be mutually advantageous to form alliances with other complementary businesses and so extend the range of goods or services we're both able to offer. Application. Was it Martin Luther King who said that if you're a road sweeper aim to be the very best road sweeper you can be, no matter if seconds later someone throws rubbish onto those clean surfaces. Being proud of our work and doing the best job we can, whatever that is, rewards us with daily satisfaction. Take pride in making a round of drinks, doing routine admin, as well as signing that fantastic new contract. Appraisals are important for everyone, whether conducted officially as part of a career progression or on a smaller scale. Set aside time for personal reflection, goal setting and recognition. Give yourself credit for successes along the way - they can all too easily be forgotten or dismissed. But also take time to identify areas of weakness that may benefit from some training or attention. Determine your next tier of goals and set motivational plans in place. Busyness can be seductive. We all want to look busy, successful and in demand, but being continually busy and rushed off your feet can appear disorganised and chaotic. Use time management strategies like lists, designated times to check online and a commitment to dedicating less time to endless meetings. Share your work load and let others help. PAGE

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Breaks are a valuable way to manage stress, which in turn benefits your health, wellbeing and clearer thinking. Often, upon your return, you'll be rewarded with new ideas or a different perspective on your situation. Boundaries. Be clear as to why you work so hard. Yes, it's great to be occupied with meaningful work, but remember that supporting your home, children and lifestyle were often major factors in your desire for success. Allow sufficient time to enjoy those areas; your home, family, friends, hobbies and interests. Sometimes you may need to be firm and say 'no', if too much is being asked or expected of you. Credit. Give credit where it's due, to others as well as to yourself. Unconditional praise and credit is important as in, 'well done, great job', without adding a demotivational, 'remember to do it like that every time', 'wish you were always that good'! Don't be excessively shy about highlighting your own achievements and let others appreciate your skills and accomplishments. Courtesy and good manners cost nothing, yet can make such a difference to your relationships, reputation and how others perceive you. Being polite and appreciative of another person's viewpoint matters, especially in tense or fraught situations; people won't remember how they behaved, that they were perhaps angry, rude or offensive, but they will remember how you responded and handled their issues. Communicate well, in every area of your life. Keep clients and customers happy by providing networking opportunities, training sessions that reference your goods or services and newsletters. All these are ways to keep your business at the forefront of their minds and be viewed as a helpful supporter of their success. Cherish your family and friends. Stay in touch. It's all too easy to end up exchanging information updates rather than really talking about your feelings or the things that are on your mind. Make quality time for family and friends. Mutual support comes from nurturing good relationships. Compromise and be prepared to meet halfway. Remember, you may win a battle but lose the war! Standing firm until the other person capitulates isn't necessarily worth the ensuing hurt or damage to the relationship. A compromise can allow everyone to come away feeling that something positive has been achieved. It's always valuable to invest in the various parts of your life. That way you support your overall health, happiness and quality of 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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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Christmas Gift Ideas Puzzles & Stocking Fillers Kids Advent Calendars Christmas Wines Luxury Gadgets Coffee Lover Gifts For The Aspiring Chef Cocktail Gifts


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Puzzles & Stocking Fillers Christmas favourite

For children aged 4+

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MINI GAMES £4.99 each

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ADVENT CALENDAR

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Best-Selling Kids Advent Calendar Makes A Christmas Comeback The contents of the Tinc Advent Calendar are a closely-guarded secret, making it hugely popular among children and parents. An advent calendar for children that completely sold out by mid-November last year due to popular demand has made a comeback for Christmas 2017. The sought-after festive advent calendar from Tinc, the British creators of colourful and inventive stationery, gadgets and accessories, is made up of 24 individual boxes, each a different size and containing new and exclusive limitededition gifts that can’t be bought in store. This year, the goodies promise to be bigger, better and funkier than ever before with a combined estimated value of nearly £50. Each has been expertly designed by Tinc to appeal to children, who will love collecting and keeping the quirky items. In the past these have included everything from festive keychains and colourful stationery to luggage tags, cool character erasers and fingertip crayons.

In keeping with Tinc tradition, exact details about the contents of this year’s calendar have remained a secret so that the items inside each box are a complete surprise in the days leading up to Christmas Day. The advent calendar comes in a colourful sleeve that slides back to reveal the boxes. When turned around day by day, the pictures on the boxes form a festive scene that is completed on Christmas Eve. Each box also has a side-splitting joke on another side, sure to give children the giggles. The Tinc Advent Calendar is now available from all Tinc stores, online and John Lewis. The advent calendar retails at £28.

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CHRISTMAS WINES

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Christmas Wines David Gill, Master of Wine at Kingsland Drinks has selected some of the best wines that really pack a punch. Ideal with food or as a gift, they will be sure to deliver this Christmas.

Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva The subtle spice flavours of this Spanish wine mean it’s perfect for the festive season, the accompaniment of the soft strawberry flavours mean that it’s a drink that even the fussiest of drinkers will love. Ideal with lamb, pork and game. Available at the Co-Op and Waitrose (RRP: £12.99)

Andrew Peace Chardonnay The tropical and citrus notes of this Australian Chardonnay make this the perfect choice to accompany the traditional Christmas cheese platter, or even with a salad - that is if you ever get bored of the copious amounts of unhealthy food on offer… Available at the Co-Op (RRP: £5.29)

Live to Sparkle This fresh, fruity fizz with flavours of watermelon and strawberry provides a deliciously different alternative to the traditional fizz on offer. Perfect for those guests who haven’t quite developed a palette for traditional wine yet. Available at Harvester and We Are Wines (RRP: £7.49)

Borgo Molino Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut What is Christmas without Prosecco? It’s the original party-starter, and Borgo Molino is the only prosecco you’ll need. Available on it’s own or as part of a premium gift pack with either a 20cl or 75cl bottle and some deliciously rich and decadent truffles, it’s the perfect Christmas present for any prosecco lover. Available from Co-Op, RRP £9.99, gift packs £5 and £14.99. PAGE

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LUXURY GADGETS

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Luxury Gadgets SUNNYCAM XTREME EDITION £149.99 SunnyCam Xtreme is the worlds first water resistant video eyewearwith IP66 rating. The Grilamid TR90 high impact resistant frame is designed to handle the extreme. Available from - www.sunnycam.co

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COFFEE LOVER GIFTS

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Coffee Lover Gifts CoffeeGator COFFEE CANISTER £30.00

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This stylish, premium quality, stainless steel container keeps your coffee beans super fresh, ready for your next taste experience. Protecting your beans from Co2, with its unique one-way valve.

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The Pour Over Coffee Maker highlight’s every delicious note from your coffee, as the water slowly pours over your chosen beans to create the ultimate flavour. The laser cut reusable steel filter retains all the natural flavours and oils.

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Cocktail Gifts Providing all you need to create the perfect cocktail enjoy a striking mix of new and old with this set. Chic and stylish made from black titanium it’s a modern contemporary look, including all the necessities Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, Dual Jigger, Bar Spoon, Muddler and Bar Blade.

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Twitter Etiquette Be More Social This month I thought I’d revisit an often neglected subject on Twitter - that of etiquette. So, here’s a few tips to ensure you’re welcomed on Twitter. #Hashtags These can be great for focusing your content but please don’t overdo it! The general rule on Twitter is no more than 3. Obviously if you’re on Instagram that’s a totally different matter! Stop, Look, Read - before you retweet Sometimes article headlines can be misleading and not always relevant to the content. So firstly read it yourself then decide if it’s relevant or interesting to your audience to be retweeted. If possible, add your own thoughts on the article by using ‘Quote Tweet’ adding value to your audience.

Follow back is not the law! Some people believe that a follow deserves a follow back - it doesn’t. I generally only follow other people back if I feel they’re interesting, add value or are relevant to my business. Following influential users or people that regularly retweet or comment on your posts isn’t a bad thing either - it’s all about balance and not cluttering your feed with irrelevant people. If you’re a regular member of a Twitterhour you can sometimes catch-up with people on those rather than specifically following them. Follower cull Yes, we’ve all done it - suddenly we’ve realised we’re following so many people, have so many ‘lists’ created but we still can’t see it all. Well now’s the time for a ‘follower cull’. Sounds mean but you’re just refining your followers and ‘unfollowing’ those that you don’t feel add value anymore or you’d completely forgot about. There are apps that help you determine

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followers that haven’t added value, so it might be worth Googling those. Don’t be that person! Picture the scene - you’re at a networking event and suddenly an individual bursts through the door - shouts what they sell as loud as they can then runs back out the room. Everyone looks at each other and thinks ‘how rude!’. Well the same can happen on Twitter. This is especially evident on Twitter hours like our local #Norfolkhour. Think of these virtual gatherings as networking events - and those are all about building relationships over the course of the hour or coming weeks and months. Promotion of your service/product is secondary to listening, engaging and sharing content. Always remember to #bemoresocial Promoting yourself You might think, having read the preceding tip, that you can’t promote yourself. That’s not the case. Just by being active on Twitter and having an account you’re doing that - all of this allows people to find out more about you. I always find that posting something about my product/ service that encourages feedback or discussion works well. If you want a straight forward ‘hard sell’ tweet just don’t over saturate your users feeds with them. The 3:1 ratio works well here - 3x more discussion, sharing and general engagement compared to 1x ‘hard sell’. Scheduling We all do this to some extent I’m sure - but if you’re going to do it make sure that someone from your team is available to respond to any engagement it creates. No one likes to engage with you and not get a reply until many hours later - especially if the tweet is engineered to start a conversation. I’d consider using scheduled tweet to promote an event or product launch and free your team up to do the daily ‘live’ tweeting and post scheduled tweet engagement.

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Animated GIF overkill Animated GIFs are here to stay but that doesn’t mean you should always use one. Be selective and try to make it relevant. Think about what your tweet history looks like to visitors - if all your tweets feature manic waving people or dancing cats that’s not the image you want to portray. Remember, you’re a professional business and while a little humour is fine, too much can look unprofessional. Obviously, rather than relying on generic animated gifs you could create your own, more brand orientated gifs, using Boomerang or other apps. Listen You have followers because they are interested in what you tweet so remember to listen to them as well. Understand what they’re doing and maybe offer free advice or help in some other way if you can - even if it’s just a RT of a good cause or event. If you listen to them and make them feel important they’re more likely to spread the word for you and become brand ambassadors. Automated DMs We’ve probably all had them. These are the DMs that come back so quick that no human could have written them - thanking me for the follow and claiming that they’re excited to connect with me. Don’t do it, we all know they’re fake and it’s really not clever. To be continued… If what you want to say can’t be done so in 140 characters consider spreading it across multiple tweets - but no more than 3 and do them in quick succession. Use this technique sparingly though. Overuse can result in unfollows! Well that’s just a few etiquette tips to help you navigate the world of Twitter but if you remember to listen, engage, share and generally #bemoresocial you’re off to a good start.

Don’t shout! A very basic one this - don’t tweet in capital letters - it’s the equivalent of shouting.

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 120 Review

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist tweeting @carwriteups Like it’s saloon sibling, the Peugeot 508 SW is roomy and comfortable, and it’s handsome, too - especially in GT Line trim. In this guise, there are athletic touches which make the car look like a top of the range GT model. But, instead of a more ravenous engine you get a slower and efficient one. As well as factory-fitted parking sensors, climate control, DAB radio and sat-nav, the car is also furnished with keyless entry, half leather heated seats, a reversing camera, a panoramic glass roof, LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

What’s more, the rear bumper has two openings to give the appearance of a dual exhaust. But the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line’s biggest forte is its 660 litres of load space. Even better, this can be boosted to 1,865 litres when the rear seats are folded. That’s double the room of an average family hatchback’s boot - and positively van-like with the seats down. Behind the wheel, the 508 SW GT Line has a firmish ride, but this is cool, because the harder suspension helps to eliminate body roll in corners. This makes the driving experience on snaking sections of road good fun, and you can forget you’re in a big estate car. The slight price to pay is that the Peugeot notices poor road surfaces - but it’s not bone-shakingly discernible.

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The sportiness in the corners isn’t replicated on the straights, but that’s no surprise. After all, this is not a real GT - it is pretending to be. So, instead of a gas guzzling lump under the bonnet, the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line has a 120PS turbo diesel engine fitted. This power unit is economical alright, returning 67.3mpg on average, but the 0-62mph time is only 11.2 seconds. So, you won’t be doing any burn-offs at traffic lights, but why would you want to? This is not a boy-racer car - it’s a practical estate - and a comfy and good-looking one at that. It’s also got CO2 emissions of just 108g/km, so tax bills are not costly. Okay, it might be bit slow off the mark, but once you get going the 508 redeems itself with its mid-range pulling power. This makes joining a motorway stress free - and overtaking is not an issue. Just don’t expect your skull to fling back on to your head restraint, because there is no ‘warp factor’ thrust when you do go for a pass on a B-road.

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More importantly, it’s a low-cost car to run, although at £30,690 on the road, it’s not exactly a budget buy. That said, if you want a durable main car, then this Peugeot feels built to last. It also looks the business for, well, business - if you’re the type who doesn’t want to drive something with an ostentatious image.

Pros ‘n’ Cons • Handsome √ • Efficient √ • Roomy √ • Build Quality √ • Measured Pace X

Fast Facts (508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 120 - as tested) It’s fair to say, then, that the Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 120 is not going to set your world on fire, but it’ll light your pipe in all the sensible areas of car ownership. It’s a top family car - and one you’ll be glad of when you’re packing up for a long weekend away or a summer holiday road trip. It’s also stuffed with kit - and it’s an attractive estate in GT-Line trim.

• Max speed: 123 mph • 0-62 mph: 11.2 secs • Combined mpg: 67.3 • Engine layout: 1560cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel • Max. power (PS): 120 • CO2: 108 g/km • Price: £30,690

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THE GADGET MAN

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Dell S2718D 27” Inch QHD HDR Monitor Reviewed

A few weeks ago, during a review of the Dell Latitude 7480 Notebook, I was also able to test and review the Dell S2718D 27” Inch QHD HDR Monitor and I was pleasantly surprised. I tend to use a lot of graphics intensive software for editing aerial and tech review video and images.

strain and headaches. Right from the start, it was plainly obvious that this screen was going to tick these boxes and more.

It’s very important that the equipment I use when producing this content displays colours correctly and due to the extended hours, I spend in front of a computer screen, it’s important that I use high quality equipment to reduce eye

The monitor itself is ultra-thin in both depth and outer bezel, which uses Dell’s InfinityEdge technology, boasting a QHD 2560 x 1440 HDR screen with 1000:1 contrast and LED backlight technology. The LED backlights are what makes

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when watching HDR video as it gives a more lifelike deeper colour production which can look fabulous. these screens so thin because rather than have a large dedicated backlight, instead each pixel is lit separately by very tiny LEDs, this makes for very bright and very thin screens with excellent 178 degree viewing angles. The screen also uses IPS (or In-Plane Switching Technology) which is the same as found in most mobile phone and tablet screen. Aside from the tiny bezels and super thin design, the killer feature of the screen is support for HDR or High Dynamic Range colour, which produces some of the finest results I have seen on a screen of this size. The results can be seen on HDR supported content of which there is now lots available on Amazon Video, Netflix and on dedicated YouTube channels. Seeing is really believing when watching HDR video as it gives a more lifelike deeper colour production which can look fabulous.

This is more than enough for a desktop PC or as an additional screen for a laptop (which I used it for). The quality is superb and allows for flexibility and adjustment of the screen to be made easily. The screen looks great and would happily sit alongside a PC or indeed an Apple device. Due to the very narrow InfinityEdge bezel, doubling up on monitors sitting next to each other would work very well indeed, with very little in the way of distracting black bars separating the two. If you are looking to watch HDR movies or HDR games on your PC, this Dell monitor is a no brainer at a very reasonable ÂŁ499 from your local electronics outlet.

Connectivity is provided in spades with Power connector, HDMI, USB Type C, Security-lock slot, USB downstream and Audio line-out.

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CHRISTMAS COMES TO NORWICH Kipper Williams

Kipper Williams is one of the UK’s favourite cartoonists. This collection of festive favourites highlights the best and the worst of Christmas. From cheeky snowmen to nervous turkeys, Kipper Williams finds all the ingredients for comedy in the festive season. Brilliant cartoons on Christmas that will amuse the whole family • Ideal gift with a local angle. • Full colour. • Suitable for all ages. • Well-known cartoonist. • Gentle but mischievous humour. • Also available in Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats. • To purchase visit: www.amberley-books.com. • Price: £6.99 • ISBN: 978-1-4456-6366-1 • Size: 168 x 124mm • Binding: Paperback • Extent: 64 pages • Illustrations: 64 illustrations

Iceni Magazine have 3 copies of ‘Christmas Comes to Norwich’ to give away. To be in with a chance of winning please email your contact details to competitions@icenimagazine.co.uk by 1st December 2017. Please state in the subject line ‘Christmas Comes To Norwich’. There is no cash alternative. Usual Iceni Magazine Rules Apply. Editors decision is final. Twitter: @icenimagazine

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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. When you search social media platforms for prospective customers that your business can help, you’re practising social prospecting. Once you find these prospects, you can reach out to them and show them how your product / service can help make their lives easier. This month's North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery will help you engage with 'strangers' on social media without being annoying. We'll provide strategies to help you find social media users who can benefit from your product / service, and provide tips on the best ways to engage with them on the various social media platforms. Come along to any meeting for £32, or subscribe to monthly meetings for just £30 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 A Night of Dirty Dancing Thursday 9 November | 7.30pm | £24.50 Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing, heads to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Thursday 9 November for their biggest tour yet! No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Passion, the Romance & Joy of the Cult Classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. Be part of the glorious summer of ‘63 and experience all your favourite songs such as She’s Like The Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Hungry Eyes. And of course the Oscar Winning (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life. So put down that watermelon and get your tickets for A Night of Dirty Dancing: The Ultimate Tribute Show, it’s going to have you dancing dirty in the aisle. *Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.

Ray Mears Born To Go Wild Friday 10 November | 7.30pm £26.50/ Children £19/ OAP’s £21.50/ Family (4) £81 King’s Lynn Corn Exchange are very pleased to welcome Ray Mears with his UK tour of Born To Go Wild, with a theme of the enjoyment of wild places Mears will give our audience a unique insight into his wilderness travels and survival techniques. From a very young age Ray discovered the joys of exploring the Wilderness, the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet. His fascination with this environment that has not been modified by civilized human activity, has greatly shaped his life. Ray will take you on a journey that he deeply values for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons and explain why he believes these are vital for the human spirit and creativity.

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange Nathan Carter & His Band Saturday 11 November | 7.30pm | £27.50 As one of Ireland’s biggest live music acts, Nathan is developing into a household name, with tracks from Stayin’ Up All Night becoming hits, such as Wagon Wheeland I Wanna Dance. Enthralling audiences up and down the country, Nathan has firmly become a firm favourite for audiences of all ages, join him at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday 11 November at 7.30pm. Growing up in a house where Country and Western music filled the air, Nathan was exposed to classic songs of Johnny Cash, Don Williams and Dolly Parton. From the tender age of 4 years old, not only learning to play guitar, piano and accordion, which plays a vital part in his live show, Nathan quickly became head chorister in the Liverpool Boys choir where he toured the world and even performed in front of the Pope in Rome.

Charlie Landsborough Sunday 12 November | 7.30pm | £21.50 Charlie is generally recognised and categorised as a country singer, however, as his regular supporters will tell you, country music actually only accounts for a very small part of his concert repertoire and music catalogue in general. It is of course understandable that Charlie has been labelled as a country singer, as he has won just about every award possible in the UK country scene. Come and see him at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday 12 November for a memorable enjoyable evening. A list of awards too numerous to mention in full, he has won Best Songwriter, Best Song, Best Male Vocalist, Best Album and International Country Album of the year. He has also received a nomination as Best Global Country Artist in the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Many of his albums have topped the country charts as well as getting into the British pop charts. Charlie is a performer who is difficult to categorise, as he covers many areas of the musical landscape from beautiful ballads, to folk, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel and anthem. If you go into a music shop you may find Charlie’s music in the Country or the Easy Listening section, but this belies the nature of a man who is uncomfortable with labels, a man that embraces varied musical forms. Anyone who has listened to Charlie’s music would agree that he shows a depth of compassion and understanding which seems almost incongruous to his simplistic yet captivating style. PAGE

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Nina Conti Monday 13 November | 7.30pm | £21.50 Last Few Seats Kings Lynn Corn Exchange are very pleased to welcome back the very popular Nina Conti, on Monday 13 November but get in quick we’re on the last few tickets to buy! Bursting with fresh and astonishing spontaneity, the voice-throwing queen is back. British Comedy Award Winner Nina Conti improvises unforgettable puppetry using live audience members in cartoonish masks, with the help if her simian sidekick Monkey. She’s stormed Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at the Palladium and made a BAFTA nominated film all without moving her lips, but this smash hit sell-out show is something to shout about.

Boogie Night Always the Best Night in Town Friday 17 November | 7.30pm | £26.50

Boogie Night returns with 3 legacy acts recreated passionately in sound and vision. Kool & The Gang, The Stylistics and Stevie Wonder. The hits just keep on coming all night long with Ladies Night, Get Down On It, Fresh Cherish, Celebration, Joanna, Too Hot, Ooh La La Let's Go Dancin and Don’t Leave Me This Way, Have you seen her, I can’t give you anything, Rockin’ Roll Baby, I’m Stone in Love with you, You Are Everything, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Sing Baby Sing, Star of a TV Show, Let’s Put It All Together, and many many more! Come and Boogie the night away at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 17 November!

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange The Live Aid Experience Makin’ Tracks Tour Thursday 23 November | 7.30pm | £22.50 Immerse yourself on Thursday 23 November into an all new production, celebrating the works of so many artists coming together in the UK & USA in the ultimate charity concert that stood the test of time. Performed by a full live rock band at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange will be incredible singers, paying homage to the greatest performers and greatest songs from this historical event. With music from artists such as Elton John, Dire Straits, Status Quo, David Bowie, Queen, The Beach Boys, Madonna, Spandeu Ballet and so many more. You won't be able to resist singing your heart out and dancing in the aisles. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute, the best way we can to the legends that changed the world. This is the Live Aid Experience.

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Vampires Rock - Ghost Train Friday 24 November | 7.30pm | £27 Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp in this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock. On Friday 24 November this Rock-tastic, Hilarious, Musical Concert lives up to its rocking reputation, at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. A tongue in cheek storyline, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever! Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more. With just the right amount of fun and humour this night of mischief and mayhem will leave you up on your feet and roaring with laughter! PAGE

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Someone Like You The Adele Songbook Saturday 25 November | 7.30pm £22.50 Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) come to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday 25 November this show is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the show-stopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite Adele hits in an enthralling concert performance. The show faithfully recreates the magic of the three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25 - including Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep and the multi-million seller Skyfall.

Britains Got Magic Sunday 26 November | 7.30pm £21.50/ Family (3) £49.50 (4) £66 Reaching the Live Finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2016, prepare to experience the sensational magic of Christian Lee, who is an award winning comedy magician coming to King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday 26 November. With over 40 million and counting Youtube Hits worldwide, Christian has been crowned various prestigious awards over the years. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and performs magic ranging from close up tricks to illusions and full stage productions. With his tongue in cheek humour Christian is currently leading the way with his unique style and wacky performances and has been dubbed the ‘King of Comedy Magic’ by Time Out. Featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK, this is a show suitable for the whole family…...bring the kids as well. So, watch closely as Christian Lee and more conjure you to an evening of magic and humour.

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It’s A Dibley Christmas!! Rob Fradley-Wilde is no stranger to the theatre, but he is facing the challenge of not one but two new stages for his next production. and another 25 stalls at the Minster. The celebrations will include the switching on the Christmas lights, carol concerts and fireworks in the evening on Sunday at Gorleston. St. Georges Theatre plan to start up their own amateur group, based at the theatre, and it is hoped that this performance will inspire wouldbe actors and back stage crew to join this new and exciting project. The village of Dibley is still the quirky, chaotic place that we all know and love, and Christmas is on its way. But first, Geraldine has much to do. She has some news to break that will leave David Horton in shock! Rob (pictured above), who lives in Norwich, will be taking the role of Owen Newitt in The Vicar of Dibley Christmas at the Sheringham Little Theatre in November. Rob and almost all of the original cast, from the first Vicar of Dibley production, are continuing the story of the Village of Dibley in this hilarious show. Sheringham Little Theatre Manager, Debbie Thompson, has organised an exciting final performance for this production, but it’s not in Sheringham! After the last performance at the Sheringham Little Theatre, Rob and the rest of the company will be taking the production to Great Yarmouth’s St. Georges Theatre for a final performance on November 25th to coincide with the Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre which will run from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November.

She has to find a way to celebrate the anniversary of the Churches saint, which results in a stunning revelation from one of the Dibley Parish Councillors, and she has to find a way to break the twenty-seven-year winning run of David Horton in the village quiz. A task made more challenging when she finds out that his opponent is Alice. Can she succeed with any of these challenges before the Yuletide season is upon them? Will the village nativity be the final straw?

The Fayre, has over 50 craft, food and gifts stalls in the market place in large marquees

All will be revealed in The Vicar of Dibley Christmas at the Sheringham Little Theatre from 15th to 18th November 2017. Tickets £12 from the box office. 01263 822347. Tickets for St. Georges Theatre performance on 25th November, £8 each from the box office. 01493- 331484. PAGE

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National Theatre’s Acclaimed Drama Heads For Norwich

Hedda Gabler - November 7-11 Direct from a sold-out run in London, the National Theatre’s acclaimed new version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler is set to head out for an autumn and winter tour around the UK and Ireland, coming to Norwich Theatre Royal from November 7-11. A thrillingly dark masterpiece which takes the audience on a journey through every human emotion possible, it centres on a free-spirited woman who is newly-married and feeling trapped. Just returned from honeymoon, the relationship is already in trouble and Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. A complex and ultimately destructive personality, she is regarded as one of the greatest dramatic female roles in theatre, and has previously been played by iconic actresses such as Ingrid Bergman, Janet Suzman, Glenda Jackson and Diana Rigg. This bold and modern version of Ibsen’s play has been adapted by Olivier and Tony Award-

winning playwright Patrick Marber (performer in TV’s The Day Today, Closer, Three Days in the Country and Knowing Me, Knowing You… with Alan Partridge). It is directed by Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors. Olivier and Tony Award-winning van Hove made his National Theatre debut with Hedda Gabler which opened in London last December to critical acclaim. His acclaimed production of A View from the Bridge also recently played to sold-out houses in London and on Broadway, and Obsession, starring Jude Law, played at The Barbican, London, earlier this year. Van Hove’s next production for the NT will be the world premiere of Network based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring the UK stage debut of Bryan Cranston. Casting for the Hedda Gabler UK tour sees Lizzy Watts in the title role. She boasts a strong theatre pedigree with previous roles in Strife at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Angry Brigade and Artefacts at The Bush, A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Globe, Blink for Nabokov

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and Wasted for Paines Plough. She has also appeared in ITV’s The Durrells as Nancy (Larry Durrell’s girlfriend) and in Midsomer Murders, and she plays Ivy Layton in BBC Radio 4's Home Front. Hedda’s husband George Tesman is played by Abhin Galeya (film roles in Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Blue Tower and Wimbledon, and on TV in Silent Witness and Casualty amongst others); while the couple’s friend Brack is played by Adam Best (whose TV roles include Holby City and Silent Witness, and on stage West End productions of The Woman In Black and By The Bog of Cats and on film in Blooded and Cup Cake). Richard Pyros plays Tesman’s rival Lovborg. As well as being a comedian and writer, he appeared in the 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge, and took the lead role in the 2007 film The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. Also joining the cast is Madlena Nedeva (Trail of the Pink Panther film and others, and on TV Mr Selfridge, The Royal and Dangerfield) as Berte; Christine Kavanagh (credits with the National Theatre, RSC and in the West End, and on TV in the Return of Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, Drop The Dead Donkey and many others) as Juliana; and Annabel Bates (on TV in Luther and in the West End in An Inspector Calls) as Thea. Set and lighting design for Hedda Gabler is by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Full Cast At First Day Of Rehearsals

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The Associate Directors are Jeff James and Rachel Lincoln. Playwright Patrick Marber said: “It has been a huge honour to work with the great Ivo van Hove on this version of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. I am thrilled that this tour will enable more people to see his incredible production.” Judy Foster of Norwich Theatre Royal said: “This superb production absolutely wowed audiences when it was presented at the National Theatre and Norwich audiences are in for a rollercoaster ride of full-blown and exciting drama. Be prepared to have your emotions challenged.” Tickets are available at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or by calling 01603 630000. Hedda Gabler - Tuesday November 7-11, 2017. Eves 7.30pm, Mats 2.30pm Wed, Thur & Sat. Tickets £8-£27.50. Discounts for Friends & Corporate Club, Over 60s, Under 18s, Schools & Groups. BOX OFFICE 01603 630000. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk PAGE

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Musical Masters Of The Unexpected

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain - November 19, 2017 A sprinkling of Christmas is on the cards when the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain makes a return visit to Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday, November 19.

Ukulele players use instruments bought with loose change to bring the songs to life. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery.

Proving themselves to be masters of the unexpected, the orchestra’s Heresy II Heritage Tour will offer a re-imagining of popular folk songs, twisted classical music favourites, or quirky versions of rock covers.

Sitting in chamber group format, dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument and their own voices to create a musical freedom.

A big hit on previous visits to the theatre, the orchestra has been together for over 30 years. The group of all-singing, all-strumming

Formed in 1985 for fun, the orchestra’s first gig was an instant sell-out. By 1988 they had released an LP, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session.

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The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and has become something of a national institution, performing across the UK and in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Poland, France, America, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.

music are highlighted, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and the amusing. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ musicology.”

They have also performed sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall (twice) and New York's Carnegie Hall (twice). Their music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while collaborators have included Madness, David Arnold, The British Film Institute, The Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) and The Kaiser Chiefs.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Sunday, November 19, at 7.30pm.

Bob Paterson, of promoters Movers and Shakers, said: “We are looking forward to coming back to Norwich and helping get the festive season off to a good start. We have some new songs, a slight change of line-up and some new material which will be slightly Christmas-tinged. Both the beauty and vacuity of popular and highbrow

Tickets £8-£28.50. Discounts for Friends. To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk PAGE

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES

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Horoscopes For November Aries 21 March - 20 April The depth of your feelings

Libra 24 September - 23 October Your financial

can be intense. You can use this in the first week to use your intuition to guide your moves around any key issue, and especially around close ties. Your hunches could pay off handsomely, and with Venus combining with Jupiter from the 10th to the 16th, an amazing stroke of luck in love or loot are possible. However, your facts must always be spot on.

situation can be revived this month as your ruler Venus moves on the 7th, and from the 10th to the 16th combines with the fortunate energies of Jupiter. Mind, do be conscious that the side of you that loves sweet things is going to be sorely tempted, so if you're on a diet, expect some cravings. The New Moon of the 18th, can also see you make some smart moves.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May Your relationships are going to

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November There is a real sense

be sharply in focus this month, and there are going to be some wonderful opportunities to improve harmony in existing ties, or even to meet somebody completely new. The New Moon on the 18th is something that can be particularly exciting, even if it throws up a surprise with a blast from the past. Just don't try too hard to force a physical change.

of astrological excitement mounting around your situation this month. Why? Well, not only is there a New Moon in your zodiac sign, the Sun is forging a beautiful link with Neptune early on, which can help you to express yourself with real sensitivity and craft. But also, Venus arrives in your sign to give your sex appeal an enormous boost. Enjoy all the attention.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June This month offers a tremendous

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December Once the Sun

chance to transform the practical elements of your situation, but you can also embrace imagination in your approach. So even if there are hard and fast things you want to get done, you don't necessarily have to go about them in workaday ways. However, a relationship could reach a crunch point in the last phase of this month. Listening is the key.

moves into your sign on the 22nd, and also Neptune goes into forward motion, things can really start to speed up for you. But with Mercury combining with Saturn, you're going to need to do your planning in a very structured and precise way. Do not be surprised if someone from your past becomes more important again or a low-key relationship grows in status.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July Whatever enthuses you is what

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January Your friendship

you should grapple with this month. Be it a creative strand, your children's activities, artistic interests or your social and love life, be as proactive as possible Cancer. As Venus combines with both Jupiter and Neptune between the 10th and the 18th, some really magical possibilities can unfold. The New Moon can also support your highest hopes.

sector is set to go through a real growth spurt. You may have wondered over the last couple of years about the sincerity of certain people in your situation, but now you can be heartened by who joins your circle, and one person could become a really close associate. Try not to let any hidden or unresolved anxieties inhibit you as the month comes to a close.

Leo 24 July - 23 August The first two thirds of this month

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February Your career can

puts a lot of emphasis on your home, emotional and family situations. If you are feeling fulfilled in these areas, the chances are there can be some exceptionally good news, such as a new addition or success involving a member of your clan. Later in the month, do concentrate hard to make the most of your most valued talents Leo.

take a turn for the better. People are becoming much more attuned to the skill set you offer, but also the unique way that you as an Aquarius goes about what you do. This can see you very inclusive and aware of the needs of colleagues and the wider business. A long-term plan can take on a much more solid shape in the last week of November.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September Your words can take

Pisces 20 February - 20 March There's a real sense that

on an incredible potency this month, and someone you encounter may even hang on every single one. But this also gives you an added advantage if you're looking to promote or market any ideas. Some Virgos may even look to start a home-based business. If you're really serious about this, the last phase of the month could see a breakthrough.

expansion can sweep through your situation. Be optimistic about what's possible. This may require you to think more broadly than before or even connect to different types of people. If you're travelling, you could have the journey of a lifetime with some very memorable experiences and encounters. A work interview can be crucial late in November.

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