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I C E N I N O R F O L K

ISSUE 56

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL


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Christmas is fast approaching, the decorations are (hopefully) out of hibernation, now our thoughts turn to the big day and 2018. On Friday 17th November, a record breaking 125 people braved freezing conditions as they took part in the largest annual Norwich Sleep Out in the car park at Prospect House on Rouen Road, home to the EDP. So far, a staggering £30,000 has been raised with money still coming in.

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This New Year’s Eve don your best tropical get up and get down to Open, Norwich as the temperature rises and the dance floor heats up for the hottest party in town! Head on over to page 49 for full information. All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier on the 1st January 2018 at 5pm for the traditional New Year’s Day Firework display.

Until next month. Stay warm and enjoy Issue 56.

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CONTRIBUTORS Cheryl Cade, Dan Keeble, 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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NORWICH MUMBLINGS:

CROMER’S NEW YEAR’S DAY Firework Display 2018

How To Survive The ‘Big Day’

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update Great British Beer Festival 2018 | Winter Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 2018 Travels In Light The Voice Project Choir Norwich Theatre Royal Brendan Cole Porkstock Raises... More Than £10,000 Norwich Mumblings: How To Survive 'The Big Day' Iceni Columnists Mark King Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis Three Tips To Improve Communications

ED BYRNE Interviewed

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Ed Byrne Interviewed By Brian Donaldson

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Norwich Playhouse Announce A New Season Of Shows

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Before The Penny Post You might think paying 65p...

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King's Lynn Corn Exchange Spring Preview 2018

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Twitters 280 Characters Find your balance

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"The Lovin' Handful" Interviewed

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Christmas Gift Ideas Gifts For The Smalls

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What's On... Across Norfolk This Month

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Nibbles & Tipples Beer Cocktails

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North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery

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DJI Mavic Pro Reviewed By The Gadgetman

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

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Motoring Review Volvo S90 D4 Momentum Pro

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What's On... Tropical New Year

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Christmas Is Coming! But Don’t Panic!

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation Biggest Ever Sleep Out Raises £30,000 It has been confirmed that a staggering £30,000 has already been raised at our Norwich Sleep Out, with more money still coming in, following what has been our biggest ever fundraising event. On Friday 17th November a record breaking 125 people braved freezing conditions as they took part in the largest annual Norwich Sleep Out in the car park at Prospect House on Rouen Road, home to the EDP.

Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: “We are humbled by the number of people who gave up their Friday night to brave freezing conditions and join us at this year’s Norwich Sleep Out. We are also absolutely delighted at the amount that has already been raised and we would like to thank everyone not only for taking part but for all your hard work in getting friends and family to sponsor you. This money will help the vulnerable young adults living with us in practical ways such as providing some essential food items when they arrive with us; helping fund training courses and then buying items like toasters, kettles and crockery when the young people move into their own place.”

The event is part of a national Sleep Out initiative for the End Youth Homelessness Progress Recruitment at Sleep Out campaign. There are 14 Sleep Out events taking place across the UK and the expectation is that over 2000 people will take part and collectively raise over a million pounds. The Sleep Outs aim to give those participating a taste of what it feels like to be homeless, as well as raising much-needed funds to tackle homelessness. All funds raised at the Norwich Sleep Out will go towards the work The Benjamin Foundation does in Norfolk and Suffolk. Chris Elliott explained: “The event is a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region, whilst raising much-needed funds, which are used to deliver the work we do to tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk. In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.”

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THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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Group From Meet Up In Thetford Experience A "Magical" Trip On The Norfolk Broads Meet Up is a youth and family centre based in Thetford. Funded by The Big Lottery, its main aim is to provide leisure activity and support services for 10-24-year olds in a safe and informal setting. Ferry Marina, based in Horning, kindly loaned a group from Meet Up the use of a boat for the day, which allowed them to experience something different. As they travelled down the Broads from Horning to Wroxham, they were able to take turns to steer the boat, before they explored Wroxham and enjoyed a packed lunch together, and then sailed back to Horning.

Mike Towndrow, Manager of Meet Up, explains the impact the trip had on the young people involved. "They loved it. One young person was scared of water. He had previously missed an opportunity for a river trip and had regretted it ever since. This time he felt able to join in and he loved it." Mike continues. "Having a business offer an opportunity such as this is amazing. These kind of positive activities are invaluable as many of the young people we support wouldn't otherwise have experiences such as this. Afterwards one Mum told us that her daughter had never been on water before and she described the day as 'magical." Thank you to Ferry Marina in Horning for their continued support and making this special day out possible.

Clapham And Collinge Christmas Extravaganza

Grab your tinsel tux or festive frock and join Clapham and Collinge Solicitors for mulled wine, merry music and rockin' roulette... The Christmas Extravaganza is a fundraising event in support of The Benjamin Foundation, with plenty of opportunities to raise funds during the event with a raffle, auction and our Christmas cards available to purchase on the evening. This black-tie event will feature a red-carpet entrance for guests to arrive in style, mulled wine, Roulette with professional Croupiers, performances from the UEA Jazz Collective and Invidia Voices Rock and Soul Choir, Christmas canapés and an impressive 5 tier Belgian chocolate fountain for guests to enjoy. Thursday 14th December, 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Clapham and Collinge, St Catherine’s House, All Saints Green, Norwich. Tickets cost £20, which includes a reception drink and canapés. Visit: https://www.clapham-collinge.co.uk/events to book your place. For more information about www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk Twitter: @icenimagazine

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GBBF WINTER 2018 Issue 56 2017

Great British Beer Festival 2018 | Winter Fans of the CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival will no longer have to wait a year for their next great Festival! The Great British Beer Festival Winter will be taking place in the historic city of Norwich from the 20th-24th February 2018. Visitors can expect a huge range of beers on offer from light beers to dark, including foreign beers and ciders, all of which will be served in magnificent medieval friar halls. The coveted Champion Winter Beer of Britain title will be announced on the first day, giving you plenty of opportunities to try the winning and finalist beers. Make sure to sample some of the fantastic food on offer and listen to live bands in between sips! You can also visit some of the local pubs hosting “fringe” events, which include everything from quiz nights to beer tastings. Tickets are just £14 and include £7 worth of beer tokens and your festival glass – get yours today! The Festival will be taking place from the 20th-24th February 2018 in Norwich for more information visit: https://winter.gbbf.org.uk PAGE

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CROMER FIREWORK DISPLAY

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Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 2018 All eyes will be on the skies above Cromer Pier at 5pm on 1st January 2018 for the traditional New Year’s Day Firework display. Organisers hope as many people as possible will again come to Cromer for the day - but urge them not to leave it until the last minute. “We’re delighted it’s become such a successful annual event, and with plenty of good vantage points to watch the display, come early, we don’t want anyone to miss it,” says Firework Committee Chairman Jim Bond. “The idea has always been to bring people up to the coast for a breath of fresh air, something to eat and drink, and a fabulous firework display over the sea fired from Cromer Pier at 5pm. "Following on from last year’s postponed event (which went ahead one week later) due to adverse weather conditions, we are looking forward To another impressive display. “We are fortunate to have ‘Titanium Fireworks’ back again. Titanium put on the fantastic London New Year’s Eve display. This year they are looking to make more use of the seaside location, including waterborne pyrotechnics”.

The annual display attracts over to 10,000 people into Cromer on New Year’s Day. Director of Titanium Fireworks, Simon Page, said: “We are incredibly proud to be firing the Cromer New Year’s Day firework display from Cromer Pier, and will be making full use of this unique setting”. “We believe our experience on the London Eye, The Forth Road Bridge, Blackpool Pier and a host of stadia roofs will help us to make this display even better by using our digital firing system which allows split second firing from multiple locations”. “Some of the 150 displays we fire each year are work but others unbridle our creativity and we relish the challenges and opportunities of firing from an iconic structure like Cromer Pier.” Prior to the fireworks there will be a fun run along Cromer Promenade at 3pm organized by North Norfolk Beach Runners.

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CROMER FIREWORK DISPLAY

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The one-mile fun run is the perfect opportunity to work off those New Year’s Eve excesses with a gentle jog or a five-minute dash if you’re up to it! Starting from the pier forecourt, the run is open to all ages and abilities, with categories for under 13-year-olds, 14-16-year-olds, seniors, and even Fancy Dress. Registration will take place from 2.30pm for a fee of £1. Illuminated merchandise available to buy during the afternoon outside Cromer Museum (next to the Church). Mulled wine will again be served outside the museum, with tea, coffee, and hot soup available in the church. Local cafés, pubs, shops and restaurants will also be open and other vendors are planning to ensure the crowds who descend on Cromer won’t go hungry. The event is free, however there will be bucket collectors out in force on the day to fundraise for the 2019 display. The bucket collection at the 2017 display raised a fantastic £9,000, despite the postponement. Half of this was given out in grants to local good causes and the balance has been used towards funding the 2018 display. “Everyone’s aware that budgets are still tight, but we do ask people give as generously as they can”, said Jim Bond. “Just a few coins can make a lot of difference to local charities and good causes - and without everyone’s help we couldn’t continue the annual display.” Visitors are urged to arrive in Cromer as early as possible on New Year’s Day. All three town car parks will be open. Runton Road car park will be charging a fixed charge of £2 per car for all day parking from 2pm on the day. Normal car park fees will apply on all other car parks.

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There will be no parking available on Cromer Promenade on New Year’s Day. It is hoped that details of other parking facilities will be issued nearer the time, including the local press. Alternatively, why not leave the car at home or park at an outlaying station and catch the train. Please note Cromer Pier will be closed from 8am on New Year’s Day until after the display (approximately 7pm) although Tides Restaurant will be open until 4pm. Please see Cromer Town Council website (www.cromer-tc.gov.uk) or the event’s Facebook page (‘New Year's Day Fireworks, Cromer’) for updates and a list of some of the traders who will be open on the day. PAGE

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THE VOICE PROJECT CHOIR

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Travels In Light The Voice Project Choir

The Voice Project Choir’s new piece explores three very different locations in the same medieval Norwich Street. In the often-dark post-festive weeks, The Voice Project Choir offer to take us on an uplifting multi-venue journey in Norwich that will inspire with the promise of spring to come.

co-director Jon Baker ‘All the music we will perform will be specially written for the choir.’ Inspiration for the show came from a quote from painter Paul Nash ‘The divisions we may hold between the waking world and that of the dream are not there; they are porous; in a word, they are not there’.

The 150 voices of the choir, plus soloists and guest musicians will perform Travels in Light, the final part of a trilogy of pieces about sleep, dreaming and waking and the bits in between, on 20 January with three separate performances at 5pm; 7pm and 9pm.

Tickets priced £12 (£10 concessions) are available from www.voiceproject.co.uk which also has information on all Voice Project activities.

The show is a multi-venue secular performance piece that will be staged in the three very different churches on the city's medieval Princes Street - St George’s Tombland, St Peter Hungate and the United Reformed Church with the choir leading the audience between them.

Saturday 20 January 2018 5pm, 7pm and 9pm Travels in Light - The Voice Project Choir Princes St Norwich.

'Each of these buildings has its own sound and atmospheric qualities that we will use to highlight the themes of the music’ said

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Multi venue promenade performances of original music by 150 strong choir reflecting on the time of the year, the sleep of winter, the dark nights, short days but ultimately the promise of spring to come. Various locations on Princess St Norwich.

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NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL

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Dazzling Choreography From Strictly Favourite BRENDAN COLE - JANUARY 28, 2018 He may be out of Strictly Come Dancing for this year, but Brendan Cole’s legion of avid fans can still see the charismatic dance professional in his very own show, All Night Long, which returns to Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday, January 28, 2018, with performances at 3pm & 7.30pm. Brendan’s latest spectacular production from PMB Presentations visited Norwich earlier this year and returns by popular demand following a successful and critically acclaimed run. Created and hosted by Brendan himself, it takes audiences through a journey encompassing high energy dance, live music, comedy, passion, intimacy and all things ballroom as he is joined on stage by a cast of superbly talented championship dancers and a 13-piece band and singers. On the programme will be an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic, choreographed by Brendan and featuring all the Strictly favourites from tantalising Tango to powerful Paso Doble, elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz, performed to the songs of great music legends and exciting contemporary artists - and there will be a few surprises in store too. During the current run of Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan and his celebrity partner Charlotte Hawkins were voted of off three weeks ago, although he will continue to appear in the set dance pieces where all the professional dancers dance together.

In addition to Natasha, his partners have included Kelly Brook; Lisa Snowdon; Jo Wood; Victoria Pendleton, Sunetra Sarker; Kirsty Gallacher; Sophie Ellis-Bextor; and pop star Anastacia. Brendan has presented eight concert tours -Live & Unjudged (in 2010, twice in 2011 and again in 2012), Licence to Thrill (in 2013 & 2015) and A Night To Remember (in 2015 & in 2016), leading to his 9th tour with All Night Long.

He is one of only two professionals to have competed in the entire Strictly Come Dancing TV series - the other being Anton du Beke – and has just completed his 15th year on the show. He danced the very first dance on the first show and was the first winner to lift the famous glitter ball trophy with his ‘celebrity’ partner Natasha Kaplinsky.

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PORKSTOCK RAISES...

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Porkstock Raises More Than £10,000 For Nelson’s Journey “Having moved Porkstock 2017 to the Norfolk Showground, this year’s event was bigger than ever before,” says James Ellis, co-founder of Porkstock. “It wouldn’t be possible without our organising committee of local business owners who give their time entirely for free, and our amazing army of volunteers who help us bring it to life.”

The team of volunteers behind Porkstock, a food, drink and music festival that celebrates the best of Norfolk produce whilst raising money for charity, has presented a cheque for £10,173.07 to Nelson’s Journey. Porkstock 2017 took place at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday 14 October. The now annual event was started by a team of foodiefriends - James Ellis and Tom Ellis of the Original Cottage Company and Ben Handford of Naked Marketing - and 2017 was its fourth year as a public event. During the day around 5,000 people attended the celebration of great food, drink and family fun. Visitors were able to taste a stunning variety of local produce: from chutneys to cheese; from gin to ginger beer. The Charlies Norfolk Food Heroes Cookery Demo Stage, sponsored by Kettle Foods, was again a firm favourite with guests with a line up including Charlie Hodson, Porkstock patron, Great British Bake Off favourite Kate Barmby and broadcaster and restaurateur Hardeep Singh Kohli. More than 1200 tickets were sold for the Porkstock Evening Knees Up, with guests enjoying two live music zones, the Porkstock Gin Palace and scrumptious street food.

For the second year, all profits from the event have been donated to Norfolk charity Nelson’s Journey, which supports bereaved children and their families. Ben Handford, co-founder of Porkstock adds, “Moving to a bigger venue has meant our operating costs have increased this year, but despite that we’ve exceeded the amount we’ve been able to donate to Nelson’s Journey. This is largely due to the financial support of our sponsors who enable us to deliver a professional and fun event whilst raising money for a fabulous cause. We’d like to say a massive thank you to our key sponsors Woodforde’s Brewery, Cranswick Country Foods and Hatch Brenner as well as Archer’s Butchers, Signs Express, Norse, The Red Cat Partnership, Plain Speaking PR, Brasteds, Breakwater IT, Farnell Clarke, Feast Norfolk Magazine and Elite Telecom.” Simon Wright, chief executive of Nelson’s Journey said: “In the last year, we’ve seen a huge growth in demand for our services. The £10,000 raised last year contributed to the salary of a support worker over a six-month period, allowing us to support an even greater number of bereaved children in Norfolk. Porkstock’s continued support means that we can continue to work to bring back smiles to children who’ve lost a special person in their lives.” To find out more about Porkstock 2018 or to register to become a Porkstock volunteer, please visit: www.porkstock.co.uk.

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NORWICH MUMBLINGS

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Norwich Mumblings: How To Survive The ‘Big Day’ Article by Katrin Oldridge Norwich Mumbler https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk I have always found the run up to Christmas more enjoyable than the main event itself. Pre-children this would have meant relaxing meals out with friends, frequenting Christmas markets, meandering strolls looking at the festive lights in and around the city, and having the energy for late night Christmas shopping. Christmas as a parent, however, is different. Like everything in your life, it becomes completely revolved around your little one/s and it is tempting to get sucked into the pressure of doing it all. If, like me, you’ve decided to add to that pressure and have BOTH sets of families over for Christmas, you’ll also be trying to think of ways to make the whole thing as easy as possible. So, here are my top 5 tips for (hopefully) surviving the ‘Big Day’: 1.PPPPP (Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance) In other words, make lists. Meal plans, shopping lists, gift lists…write it all down. I feel that this will be key to my success. If I’ve listed it, it’ll happen and everything will go smoothly. 2.Keep time on your side. It will creep up on you, so try not to leave everything to the last

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minute. Last Christmas I was heavily pregnant and had left wrapping all our eldest’s presents and building of toys to Christmas Eve. Never. again. This year I will be wrapping as I buy or at least doing more of tip 3 (see below). 3.Delegate. If someone else can do it, let them; don’t be a holly jolly Christmas martyr. Isn’t there a phrase ‘just because someone does something differently to you doesn’t mean it’s wrong.’? (Haha, I just laughed out loud at this because if my husband doesn’t do something the way I’d do it, his way is definitely wrong). 4.Be realistic. Babies don’t get the memo that it is Christmas. They will still wake throughout the night, still be teething, still be going through a pesky ‘leap’ etc. If your parents or in-laws normally annoy you, Christmas probably won’t be any different; don’t expect a Christmas miracle. 5.Buy batteries. Just get some of each size. Above all, RELAX. If all else fails there’s always prosecco (you’ll hopefully have written this on all the lists from tip 1, so there WILL be some in the house!) Merry Christmas from Norwich Mumbler x PAGE

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ICENI - COLUMNISTS

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family. Above: Mark King

By Mark King

Looking back to November you can always guarantee this is the month when you can truly say it starts to get cold. October can be a seductive month when it comes to the weather. There you are putting the clocks back an hour so it’s dark by 4pm while at the same time you’re wearing a pair of shorts and T-shirt because it’s been eighteen degrees all day! As I child when my father took me to the war memorial for Remembrance Sunday the wind was always bitterly cold. I would stand there shivering thinking of those poor souls that had to fight in that muddy, wet, freezing hell that were called the trenches and also those brave men who stormed the beaches on D-Day. They all had to wade through chest high cold water with bombs and bullets flying all around them, and then spend the next few days still in their sodden wet cold uniform fighting for their lives. It did install in me a sense of gratitude that I did not have to experience such horrible events in my own life. Now my own children take part in our community Remembrance Sunday. All the local Scouts and Girl Guide groups plus ex-service personnel, local dignitaries and the public parade down the middle of the road following all the standard bearers to the war memorial. Here various types of red poppies and crosses are laid and after some prays, everyone heads to the parish church for a very moving and emotional remembrance service. Stirring hymns and the National Anthem are sung, the last post sounded and we give thanks for the people who have given their lives for us so we can enjoy ours, and our own in liberty. So now we are in December and looking forward to another day on which a baby boy was born. A boy who grew into a man and who in the end sacrificed his own life too, so we could all be forgiven our sins and live in peace, joy and love. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king PAGE

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You know how sometimes you wake up and everything starts to go wrong, and you think to yourself, ‘Uh oh, it’s going to be one of those days.’? Well, I had an epic version of this happen to me a Above: Keri Beevis couple of weeks ago. Let me set the scene. It was a Friday, normally a happy day for me as we are edging closer to the weekend and I do love a weekend. My usual Friday shine was duller than normal as I had plucked up courage to look at my bank balance before going to bed and it was as scary as I had anticipated. I left for work after putting my bra on inside out, splatting myself in the face with cat food and stubbing my toe on the bathroom door grumbling away, thinking at least it was Friday so the traffic was going to be light. Oh no, of course it wasn’t. The universe was conspiring against me I decided as I got caught in the mother of all traffic jams, taking over an hour to crawl the five miles from my house into the city centre. I was two minutes away from my office and already five minutes late when I hit a police roadblock directing me away from my office. Traffic was now at a complete standstill, my old car was overheating and I had to keep turning the engine off, praying it would restart each time and, worst of all, I was now really needing to pee. I get particularly grumpy when I need to pee. I called my boss, explaining the situation.

Well, I was not impressed with his lack of concern. ‘He doesn’t care about me,’ I ranted to my reflection in the rear-view mirror, feeling sorry for myself because my bladder was about to burst and I really needed a coffee. ‘Stupid boss and his stupid tickets.’ I sat in traffic for another forty-five minutes muttering to myself under my breath, half expecting to see Bruce Willis in a dirty white vest chasing Alan Rickman down the road (it later transpired it was a road accident causing the hold up and I hope those involved are all now okay). Eventually I made it into work and I plonked myself in my chair opposite my chilled out boss and went into a full-on rant. ‘When you’ve finished moaning can you look at what I’ve put on your desk,’ he told me patiently. ‘I’m not ready to work yet,’ I grumbled. ‘I need to rant some more.’

‘Just get here when you can,’ he told me, sounding distracted.

‘Keri, just look at the piece of paper on your desk.’

I was getting a little bit panicky by this point too, as I couldn’t find anything on the radio saying what was going on and my imagination was getting the better of me. ‘Do you know what’s happening? Can you find out?’ I asked, as I pictured Hans Gruber and his bunch of Die Hard Terrorists taking over the EDP.

I shut up at this point and looked. My boss (to now be referred to as ‘the best boss in the world’) had only gone and surprised me with a ticket to see Foo Fighters in June. While I was grumbling about him, he was online trying to get me a ticket as he knows I am desperate to see them.

‘Look, I’m busy trying to get Foo Fighter tickets,’ he muttered. ‘I’ll see you when you get here.’

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THREE TIPS TO...

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Three Tips To Improve Communications Did you know that January is the busiest month of the year for divorce lawyers? With that in mind, December can be a good month to focus on how we communicate with the people in our lives and maybe reflect on ways to do it better. We may think that communicating is easy, after all we're constantly keeping in touch with each other through speech, text, online. But in order to communicate well we need to take many different factors into account. And don't forget that much of the information we receive is communicated non-verbally, though subtle clues in our breathing, stance and body language. Let's reflect on three ways to improve our communication skills. Let's consider our ABC's. Your Communication A's • Being assertive is important, especially if something really serious needs addressing, but assertiveness needs to be handled appropriately. There's an old saying, 'you may win the battle but lose the war'. Loud indignation, shouting and threats

may result in you getting your desired outcome, but what are the long-term consequences of such behaviour? Listen and negotiate a trade-off, where both sides come away with their dignity intact, having gained some advantage. Discover the most effective way to communicate. • Arguments. There are three different types of argument; constructive, where everybody wins and resolves each point of disagreement, destructive where no one wins, leaving everyone to retreat feeling wounded and damaged and thirdly, productive, where all agree to disagree, learn more about each other's opinions and come away respecting the different outlooks and perspectives. Knowing this may help you reflect on the best way to handle future disagreements. Your Communication B's • Brevity can be useful. It is hard to continue paying attention when someone is delivering a long-winded explanation, particularly in

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THREE TIPS TO...

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But that gradually causes us to lose touch with each other and can result in us living together in a house share, rather than as a couple. Try to sit and talk properly every day, even if it's only for twenty minutes over a brew. Your relationship is worth that investment.

times of stress or tension. Focus on what's important, what your key message or point is, rather than becoming distracted or preoccupied with explaining or justifying every nuance of your story. • Banter can oil the wheels of our communications. A little well-placed, affectionate humour can defuse a tense atmosphere, allow everyone to appreciate the ridiculousness of the situation and start to laugh at themselves and each other. • Boundaries are important when it comes to respecting how we communicate; what we can say, when, how and to whom. Before you quickly retort, fire off an email or comment on social media remember that people won't necessarily remember how they behaved or what they said, but they will recall your subsequent comments and reactions. Sometimes we need to pause and double-check whether we're perhaps over-stepping the mark or interfering in something that isn't really our concern. Your Communication C's • Crises. Invest in maintaining good communications in your relationships so that any issues or misunderstandings can be dealt with before they reach crisis point. Don't wait until things become serious or distressing before you start talking to each other. Try to allow time each day to share your thoughts and feelings and have real conversations. All too often our busy lives can result in us giving each other quick updates, or simply delivering instructions, like 'we're out of milk'.

• Use compassion and appreciate the importance of choosing your words carefully. They can be the most cutting of all our weapons, causing someone real hurt and despair. Equally they can raise someone's spirits and motivate them to become the very best version of themselves. Think of those inspirational orators and how their words have come to epitomise a movement or become uplifting quotes, inspiring us to continue striving to better ourselves. Choose your words well. • Self-criticism. Many people speak to themselves more harshly than they ever would to anyone else. It can be all too easy to berate ourselves for something that we would hardly comment on in another person's behaviour. Notice how you talk to yourself, especially when something doesn't work out as you'd hope and learn to be kinder and more tolerant of yourself. Find positive affirmations, aim to heal yourself and get back on track. All good communications include listening skills. They require staying on point and saying what's relevant rather than being totally focused on finding a pause in the conversation to jump in with your own point of view. Tailoring your written or verbal interactions to what's relevant makes for a much more satisfying and successful two-way conversation rather than running two separate and independent monologues.

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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ED BYRNE INTERVIEWED

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E N R Y B D E ED W E I V R E INT SYNDICATED INTERVIEW By Brian Donaldson

Ed Byrne has been an acclaimed stand-up (with audiences and critics alike) for 20 years now. His success with shows such as the Roaring Forties, Different Class and the 1998 Perrier-nominated A Night At The Opera led to him appearing on the box in the diverse likes of Mock The Week, Father Ted, The One Show and All Star Mr & Mrs, while his love of hillwalking resulted in him writing a regular column for The Great Outdoors magazine. In fact, his love of natural history has crossed into television with appearances on The One Show (abseiling in Snowdonia), Countryfile (climbing Sgùrr Dearg, the ‘inaccessible pinnacle’ on Skye) and presenting items on Volcano Live (BBC). He is also co-host of the highly acclaimed Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure and follow up Dara & Ed’s Road To Mandalay, both on BBC 2. As he prepares to launch himself upon the nation with another touring show, the Irish comic is firmly of a belief that the current breed of parents spoil their kids rotten whether it’s to do with the ever-increasing size of garden trampolines, or his own kids’ demand for elderflower cordial. Photo credit: Roslyn Gaunt

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“My dad wasn’t a bad dad, he was just a 1970s dad. I could never see my children ever again from this moment on, and I’ve already done more parenting then he did in my entire life. But, of course, I made a conscious decision that I was going to be an awesome dad. My wife will come back with tales from her friends of how awful their husbands are and she’ll see me smiling and say ‘alright, stop congratulating yourself just because such and such can’t be left alone with their children for two minutes’.” In his new touring show, the perfectly-titled Spoiler Alert, Ed compares and contrasts the old-school child-rearing days with 21st century methods and suggests that there are different ways to learn how to be a mum or dad. “I grew up in what I would call an aspirational household in that my parents bettered themselves over the course of my childhood. My mother was a radiographer and ended up a lecturer in radiography, while my dad was a sheet metal worker and went up to a supervisory role. I’d still say that you are expected to do a lot more parenting than our parents did and that’s a weird thing because you tend to think that your parents are where you learned parenting from. But you don’t, really, it’s more that you look around you to see what’s going on with other parents.” For the show Ed extends his analysis on the culture of entitlement to look at areas where we could perhaps do with being spoiled a little bit more. “Where I think we’re not acting spoiled enough is in the political arena. We have a tendency to accept what’s happening and that’s where we should be acting more entitled: we are literally entitled to the government we want. We’re spoiled in all these little ways, but not spoiled enough.” As well as stories about his two young sons, Ed weaves in routines about running out of petrol in the most awkward place imaginable, helping rescue an injured man in the Cairngorms, and the nation-dividing campaign and result of the EU referendum. His way of tackling Brexit is to draw an analogy with the time his son was determined to touch an electric fence with his dad trying to warn him of the dangers.

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“I was telling the story of the electric fence for a while, and then suddenly it struck me that it was Brexit in microcosm. I don’t want to alienate half of the population or maybe a third of my audience, but it works as an analogy whichever side you’re on. The government told you not to do this and that it would be a terrible idea, but you said ‘no, we want to do it anyway’. So now we’re doing it and it’s proving a terrible idea. I do think it’s a fair analogy, but no doubt for some it will come across as me being a typical liberal elite Remoaner.” Spoiler Alert also continues a theme that he’s tackled in previous shows, that of his gradual shift from being a working-class Dubliner to a fully paid-up rural-residing member of the middle classes. Where once he would do routines slating 4x4 owners, he is now the proud(ish) owner of such a vehicle. And in the poster for his tour, he brandishes other signifiers of social mobility: a bowtie and chainsaw. “It’s one of two I own: that one is the smaller of the two,” Ed remarks of his chainsaw rather than his neckwear. “I use it for firewood, both for my wood burning stove and also for the barbecue. The first time I used one I was fine, though I think it worried my parents that I had bought a chainsaw.” Having premiered Spoiler Alert at the Edinburgh Fringe and used the month of August to hone the show, it is fully ready to go. “Being on stage is enjoyable and this part of the writing process is enjoyable. The empty page though is a scary thing. On the first leg of the tour l’ll do about an hour and 15 minutes, plus I’ll have a support act. I keep a tour diary now of places where the curries are disappointing and where they are good and where audiences have been good before.” With such an extensive series of dates ahead, chances are Ed Byrne will be coming to a town near you soon. Go and spoil yourself.

Ed Byrne heads to Kings Lynn Corn Exchange on Monday 5th February! Tickets are available on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk PAGE

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BEFORE THE PENNY POST

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Before The Penny Post Article By Dan Keeble You might think paying 65p for a first class stamp a bit steep. Think on. Had you lived before the introduction of the Penny Post in 1840, the cost of sending a letter from Norwich to London by mail coach was the equivalent of £12 today. For most it was an unaffordable privilege. Mail was charged by mileage. Even a letter sent 10-15 miles cost £3 to £4 in today’s money. England led the world in organising a mail delivery service. Henry VIII established a ‘riding post’ system. This was predominantly boys on horseback carrying letters in a leather bag from city to city. During his reign a ‘Master of the Postes’ - the forerunner to the presentday Postmaster General, was appointed. Unfortunately, the post boys were vulnerable to frequent robbery on route In the 18th century coaches were employed to convey the mail. These were run by private contractors who carried letters alongside

passengers. Innkeepers held and received mail to be forwarded. They acted as both post office and a lucrative stopping place for coachmen to rest and feed travellers and horses, before moving on. Road conditions were poor and hazardous, causing damage to coaches, and leaving passengers often at the mercy of highwaymen. At speeds of only 6-7 miles per hour it made them easy targets for criminals on horseback. In the early days of mail coaches, it was the recipient that bore the cost of conveying the letter. Thank goodness, the practice ended before the advent of junk mail! In 1787 the first standardised Royal Mail coaches were brought into service. They were a significant improvement in design and construction, and bore the Royal Mail livery painted in maroon and black with red wheels. The doors were emblazoned with the Royal Coat of Arms. But the greatest improvement was the

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addition of a guard, armed with a blunderbuss pistol, to accompany the coachman. These guards brought to a swift end the careers of many highwaymen. Despite the challenging road conditions, it was the guard’s responsibility to ensure the mail coach kept good time. On regular coach routes, the improved mail coaches could achieve a breathtaking 10 miles per hour. And breathtaking is what many claimed them to be, blaming fainting and palpitations on the excessive speed. The Royal Mail route from Norwich to London, introduced in 1785, took 14 hours. Leaving at 5pm it would arrive in London 7am the next morning. This 140-mile journey was reduced by 4 miles in 1831 with the building of the Acle Straight which meant travelling from Yarmouth by way of Caister no longer meant having to cross the river Bure at Acle. The Royal Mail coach provided four seated passengers inside with another three on top with the coachman. When encountering rough or hilly terrain, passengers would need to alight to avoid exhausting the horses, and often would have to help pull out coaches stuck in muddy ruts. With only a daily mail coach service from London to Norwich, two particular passengers were once face with a distasteful dilemma. Upon reaching Ingatestone it was discovered that the only passenger inside the mail coach had died

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on route. The decision was made to continue the journey with the lady still inside. But on reaching Chelmsford two ladies wanted to board to Norwich. They were told of the passenger’s demise, but because their travel was urgent, they reluctantly accepted to accompany their silent fellow passenger onto their destination. Because of the exorbitant cost of sending a letter, various methods of subterfuge were employed to avoid paying. Passengers were not allowed to carry mail, but could be bribed at inn stops to hide a letter or two in their clothing. By act of Parliament newspapers were carried free of charge, and many would hide letters within their pages. Members of Parliament enjoyed a franking privilege giving them free delivery of letters. People lobbied MP’s at the House of Commons where the MP would sign a letter and apply his stamp or seal to ensure a free delivery. Sir Rowland Hill’s reform of the postal system in 1840 put the cost of sending a letter within everyone’s reach. Distance charges were replaced with a sliding scale based upon weight. The Penny Post had arrived. The arrival of the railway in the 1840’s brought about the swift demise of the Royal Mail coaches. The line which ran from London to Bishop’s Stortford was extended to Norwich in 1845, cutting 30 miles off the traditional coach route. The station was originally known as Norwich Thorpe. Within a short time, all mail was carried by the railway. Thousands of resplendent colourful Royal Mail coaches with their galloping horses were no longer needed. In 1846 the Norfolk Chronicle reported, ‘About 700 horses have been thrown off the road.’ Many of these horses were re-employed to pull cabs ferrying passengers to and from the railway station. The end for that magical mode of transport the Royal Mail coach - came about for Norwich on 6th.Jan 1846 when it made its final trip to London. So, when writing those Christmas cards this year perhaps we should count ourselves fortunate that we can afford to post them. PAGE

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Twitters 280 Characters Find your balance When Twitter increased it’s character limit from 140 to 280 there were mixed reactions! We’d all had to truncate our tweets in the past to squeeze in the important information but was 280 characters a step too far and open to abuse? Everyone can benefit from the character increase but one sector in particular should embrace the update - the customer service sector, as it gives you the ability to communicate much more effectively with your customers before swapping over to a DM. It’ll allow you to appear more human and sympathetic.

Like Instagram, with the new limit you might think it’s a great idea to stuff in more hashtags don’t! Twitter is not Instagram and research has shown that tweets with 2 or less hashtags get, on average, 21% more engagement than those with more. In addition to this they just look plain ugly! The new limit also allows businesses to explain they have T&Cs or credit a person in more detail.

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Most of us understand that if you want to grab customers attention then you need to keep your message succinct and engaging - just because you’ve more characters it doesn’t mean you should create bloated tweets which become more sales orientated than informative. Be engaging and informative. You might be even more tempted to post the same message across multiple social platforms now, but as any business knows, doing this is not ideal. Each social platform attracts its audience for different reasons, so each platforms message should be tailored specifically to that audience. As a business your main goal, after generating engagement, will be to drive traffic to your website product/service and with the new limit you’ve more opportunities to get your message across than ever before. You could include a product page and even a blog page url link in the same tweet and don’t forget that including a photo will also help grab your customers attention. It’s a proven fact that tweets with images are 34 percent more likely to get retweeted than those without. The additional characters will now allow you to make even more of use of line breaks to give your tweets that ‘stand-out’ from your competitors and to give your information a bit more ‘whitespace’ for legibility. A final cautionary note though - Yes, you can make graphic patterns with the emojis and yes, some famous brands and celebrities have used this feature but it doesn’t mean you have to - stop and think ‘Will this look good and appropriate in my business feed?’ If the answer is No - take your fingers away from the emojis immediately. It’s early days but the most important advice I can give is to still be informative, don’t waffle and don’t feel the pressure to use the full 280 characters. Find the balance that’s right for your business. If you need more information or help on how Twitter could work for your business please get in touch with me at http://paulkirkdesign.co.uk or at @PKirk_designer PAGE

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles & Tipples Beer Cocktails Article By Cheryl Cade

Recently I was talking to one of the top cocktail makers in the UK and we got on to beer in cocktails! He ended our conversation by saying, ‘there are 4 rules to making a beer cocktail, 1, try a little at a time 2, match flavours 3, use flavours you know work, like chocolate with coffee or mint 4, there are no rules anymore, if you think it will work do it.’

Its that time of the year when the back of the drinks cabinet is raided to find the bottles we brought last year to do something with that would wow our guests. What did the back of my cupboard provide? Galliano, Kings Ginger Liqueur and a range of Angostura style bitters. Now how to match these with some local beers?

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is a bitter zesty cocktail which brings out the spice as well as vanilla from the Galliano.

Ingredients • Slightly hoppy lager (This uses DewHopper from Norfolk Brewhouse) • 1 ½ measure of White Rum • ½ lime • ½ measures of Galliano, Kings Ginger Liqueur (you can just add bruised fresh ginger) • Dash of Angostura bitters • Ice and a tall glass.

Method Slice the Lime ½ into half, add some ice to the glass and a quarter of lime. Add some more ice, then the Rum; Galliano and Kings Liqueur. Top this with the Dewhopper and add the dashes of bitters to taste. Stir and decorate with the remaining lime.

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Norfolk Legacy

Ingredients • 1 measure of Norfolk Gin • ½ measures of Grenadine and sugar syrup • Frozen red berries • Top with Lacons Legacy • Martini glass Method In the glass measure your Gin and Sugar syrup. Add your fruits and top with the Legacy beer. Now add the Grenadine and watch as it blends. If you do not like a gin that has so much Cardamom or botanicals then pick a gin that is less herbal. This cocktail can also have a ½ measure of vodka added to give an extra kick.

Dark Predator

Ingredients • 1 measure of Eau-de-Vie (Pisco) or Vodka • ½ measure of Wildcraft Sloe Gin • ½ measure of Sugar syrup • 2 measures of Panther Black • Small glass (depending on how much you want) • Frozen red fruits Method Add the Eau-de-Vie, Sloe gin and Black Panther to the glass. Next add the fruit before you add the Sugar syrup. This sinks to the bottom and gives a lovely look.

The Christmas fun with beer does not stop at cocktails, a firm family favourite is my mincemeat. Ingredients • 250ml Your favourite dark beer • 500gm mixed dried fruit (any you like, I pick one with cherries and ginger) • 1 small jar Mincemeat • 1 satsuma (zest and juice) • 1 cooking apple (grated) • 1 teaspoon of, Cinnamon, Mixed spice and Ginger • ½ teaspoon of Cloves and Nutmeg

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Method Mix all the dried ingredients into a large container with a lid. Add the grated apple, Satsuma zest and juice, then the mincemeat. Give this a good stir before adding the half bottle of beer. You can use any dark beer or Barley wine for this. Give it all a good stir, put the lid on and leave it somewhere dark. Stir daily. It is better if it can be left for at least 7 days before use.

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THE GADGET MAN

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DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro - A drone so stable it appears frozen in time! I have been flying drones for the last 18 months, specifically DJI drones. It's no secret that DJI have cornered the drone market from beginner to corporate use. From simply aerial photography to flying cell towers, DJI seem to have it all. As part of our recent Gadget Man Road Trip from Ness Point to Ardnamurchan, we took along a DJI Mavic Pro and Osmo+, in this review I'm going to be talking about the Mavic Pro.

The first thing you notice immediately upon taking the drone out of its box is that it is absolutely tiny! The rotor blades and arms all fold very neatly into themselves, giving it the appearance of a sleeping bat. Nature has almost always proved to be the most efficient designer and it seems that DJI has taken quite many queues when designing the folding mechanism. Having the Mavic fold so gracefully means that it doesn't take up a great deal of space and setting up is very quick, there's no need to fixing rotor blades as they come fixed to the craft, so looking for that photographic moment is generally not lost as box to air time is very quick. The drone is flown using a very neat controller that connects to your mobile device using USB. Aside from using the phone, the controller also displays important information on a LED display which makes read information in bright sunlight very easy. Operation of the drone is achieved via DJI's own DJI Go4 software or using 3rd parties such as Litchi. It was

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supremely simple to operate the drone and its incredible stability gives you a very confident edge when flying. DJI have placed the 4k camera and sensor at the front of the aircraft, doing away with the underslung designs preceding it. By doing this means that even quick acceleration doesn't cause the rotors to obscure the display which is an all to common problem with most drones. The camera has a clear plastic dome which is easily removed to allow for clearer footage with less glare. The quality of the footage is jaw dropping! We weren't massively lucky with the weather especially in Scotland, but we were still able to produce some amazing footage all the same, even in grey skies. The Mavic can take still 12MP photos as well as video and can also be controlled by gestures and there is also a Wi-Fi mode with less features.

gives even greater performance and allows you to swoop around the sky with easer. DJI have included their Geofencing software or NFZ (No fly zone) features on the drone which avoid it being flown in areas that are either illegal or dangerous such as near to airports or stadiums. This is a great inclusion which hopefully will help drones to gain a better reputation in the UK press.

Stability wise, the Mavic Pro is awesome. As well as GPS and Glonass stabilisation, the drone also uses down facing stabilisation using additional cameras. By referencing the ground, the drone can hover almost stock-still in the sky, it's quite unnerving to see. It also packs collision avoidance cameras too which is great when flying near to trees.

Good drones don't come cheap and DJI have positioned the Mavic Pro in the higher price bracket, however you are getting an exceedingly good aircraft for the money. I tested the 'Combo Kit' which comes with drone, 2 batteries, car charger, 3pin charger, controller, 16GB MicroSD and leather carry case, this comes in at around ÂŁ1200, however there are deals without the added extras which bring the price under ÂŁ950.

Flight times are excellent being more than 25 minutes and the drone is noticeably quieter than other aircraft I have used. Sport mode

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Volvo S90 D4 Momentum Pro Review

Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist tweeting @carwriteups The S90 is the innovative saloon from Volvo. Together with the arresting V90 - its estatebodied sibling – the S90 is looking for a slice of the action within the executive saloon marketplace. It’s about time the Germans faced some authentic automotive competition. My Volvo S90 review car was the D4 ‘Momentum Pro’ model, equipped with an eight-speed automatic ‘box. The D4 houses a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit pushing out 190 horses - a well- considered output for routine road use. It’s speedy enough for most palates, reaching 62mph in 8.2 seconds, but it is

also pennywise. If you see 60mpg+ from this powerplant, I wouldn’t be taken aback. The D4 takes up most of the sales, and I can see why. It’s the S90’s basic level engine, and isn’t as muscular as the bigger D5 version, with 235 horses biting at the bit and the grip advantage of all-wheel drive. But the D4 doesn’t feel basic. It’s hushed and slick, and while it isn’t super quick, that’s down to the relaxed automatic gearbox rather than a shortage of response from the power unit. After all, the Swedish auto-maker has made the S90 for relaxed cruising more than anything else. The S90 is a superb antidote to the rear-wheel drive arrangements of its German opponents, being front wheel drive and far sprightlier to handle. It inspires confidence, thanks to the weight of the steering and pedals. And while this is no petite car, it never starts to feel

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overwhelming, thanks to the ease in which it can be harnessed. Scandinavian design is coveted the world over, and Volvo’s designers have put on another masterclass with the cabin of the S90. There’s such a sunny and airy feel to the interior, with pale leather shades and wood trim. Indeed, it looks almost defiant against the black-on-black insides of its adversaries. Because it is a Volvo, there’s a real commitment to the quality of the components, too. Everything feels outstandingly fastened together, and the touchpoints stand out - even the plastics feel silky-smooth. The executive saloon division is dwindling, but still competitive, so the S90 needed to make an impression to draw attention away from the marques that have become the ‘go-to brands’ in the automotive arena. Volvo said it wanted its designers to focus on creating a gorgeous car, and for the most part they have. It is a sweptback looking saloon and appears lower than it is; it’s attention-grabbing, yet full of elegance at the same time. The rear light clusters are the only low-point of the design; they just don’t work as well on the saloon as they do on the V90 estate. Despite that, the S90 still looks the dog’s danglies, and is sure to keep winning admirers. Volvo has taken the courageous step of announcing its plans to end fatalities in its cars by the conclusion of the decade. Therefore, you can expect to find an assortment of safety kit in the S90. There’s a ‘City Safety’ package that uses sensors to keep an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists, and even large animals. This will also

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engage the brakes if it judges that a collision is unavoidable. Similar sensors and tech are used to stop the saloon from leaving the road, too. There’s also a driver assistance system that works alongside adaptive cruise-control. This provides a peek into the future with a semiautonomous driving experience. Safety is what Volvo is renowned for, and with the ‘On Call’ assistance bundle, the S90 will even call the emergency services for you when it senses you have been in a smash. We often come down hard on new cars for lacking a capable infotainment unit, but the ‘Sensus’ system that Volvo runs on an iPad sized screen in the centre of the dashboard is good. It’s user-friendly and doesn’t take long to get used to. It just takes a bit of practice, and then you’re away. As with many of its stablemates, the S90 comes packed with standard kit. Therefore, it represents better value as a base model when compared with German competitors, like BMW and Audi. Equipment, such as the adaptive LED lighting, heated leather seating, and dual-zone climate control all come factory-fitted, as does full European satellite navigation. It is likely that a lot of consumers, formerly stirred by German cars, will be seduced by the S90 saloon’s appealing looks and superb build quality. It just gives off an aura of quality and class, and that’s not necessarily something all its challengers have. Pros •Efficient • Safe • Kit • Ride Cons •Rear Lights Fast Facts (2.0 D4 Momentum Pro Auto) • Max speed: 140 mph • 0-62 mph:8.2 secs • Combined mpg: 64.2 • Engine layout: 1969 cc four-cylinder turbo diesel • Max. power (PS): 190 • CO2: 116 g/km • Price: £36,365 PAGE

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NOVA SILVER

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Christmas Is Coming! But Don’t Panic! We’re here to offer a bit of help with jewellery buying.

Christmas shopping has started in earnest in Norwich, and lots of packages are getting wrapped up ready to be opened on the big day. If you’re a bit stuck when it comes to jewellery buying it might be worth thinking about some hints we’ve picked up over the years. • Think about who you’re buying for. This sounds so obvious, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed at Christmas and panic buy! So think- is she always keeping up with the latest fashions, or does she prefer a classic timeless look? Does she usually go for small and delicate, or do you think something brightly coloured and bold could suit her? Can she wear jewellery at work, or is it strictly for weekends only? • Choosing a chain length can be tricky- with a few tips it can be a breeze. Our most popular length is 18”- go shorter or longer depending on her size or where you want the pendant to sit. If in doubt- go a teeny bit bigger (this rule applies to clothes as well!) there’s nothing worse than trying something on that’s too tight on Christmas morning! • Remember that you can’t exchange earrings. If in doubt, don’t buy. You can always think about a gift voucher (loads of people love the excuse to come in and treat themselves to something!) if you’re not sure which earrings to go for. • Get a gift receipt. We’re happy to exchange jewellery (obviously except earrings!) until the end of January- you can’t get it right every single time. • Finally, and most importantly, trust your judgement! There’s a lot to be said for gut instinct, and some of the best received presents are those that show how you think of your loved one. So don’t be afraid to ask for help, but also follow your instincts!

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NORWICH PLAYHOUSE

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Norwich Playhouse Announce A New Season Of Shows Brilliant kids’ shows, award-winning comedy, West End stars, and more coming up at the Playhouse this spring. (Wed 4 Apr, 8pm) explores happiness, modern living, and dinner-party etiquette.

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The Playhouse is thrilled to present a new season of shows, designed to delight, inspire and amuse. Running from January to May 2018, this spring line-up includes Fringe favourites, award-winning comedy, television stars, reinvented classics, and magnificent music. Playhouse Director Caroline Richardson, says: "The Playhouse is proud to bring exciting, quirky, rave-review shows to Norwich! Once again, we've outdone ourselves with our biggest Spring season yet, and we can't wait for our audience to enjoy the brilliant performances we've programmed."

The new year also brings brilliant drama. Kicking off with John Godber’s classic comedy Teechers (Tue 6 and Wed 7 Feb 7.30pm, Wed 7 Feb, 1pm), this highly-acclaimed production captures the humour and trauma of high school. We’re thrilled to bring a preview of Mark Thomas’ Showtime from the Frontline (Thur 8 Feb, 7.30pm), the story of Mark’s attempt to set up a comedy club in a refugee camp in Palestine. Manwatching (Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm) is a frank and funny production on female sexuality, which has been making waves since its stage debut last year. Another contemporary favourite, fresh from the Fringe, is Education, Education, Education (Sat 24 Mar, 7.30pm), which captures the spirit of 1997: Britpop, Tony Blair as Prime Minister, Tamagotchis, through scathing wit and a startling script. Border Tales (Sat 5 May, 7.30pm), another Edinburgh Fringe sell-out, combines dance, live music, and dialogue to explore Britain as a multicultural country. Joe Lycett

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When it comes to music, we’re feeling nostalgic. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (Fri 5 Jan & Fri 2 Feb, 7.30pm) will bring the sounds of the 1920s and 30s to life, with classics from the likes of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. On Valentine’s Day The Big Chris Barber Band (Wed 14 Feb, 7pm) perform world-class jazz, bringing the sound of New Orleans to Norwich. Kerry Ellis (Sat 3 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm) sings a selection of highlights from 20 years on the West End, from Wicked to Cats to Les Miserables. Former members of The Kinks come together in The Kast Off Kinks (Thur 15 Mar, 7.30pm), to play all the hits we know so well, and The Bob Dylan Story (Fr 23 Mar, 7.30pm) pays tribute to the Nobel Laureate of song with a truly authentic performance. As always, we have a great selection of family shows, designed for kids and adults to enjoy together. Rod Campbell’s lift-the-flap classic Dear Zoo (Sat 10 - Mon 12 Feb, times vary) makes its stage premiere with puppetry and lots of audience interaction. The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon (Fri 16 - Sun 18 Mar, times vary) is a fantastical and funny show about dreaming big and reaching for the stars (or moon), based on the novel by David Almond. The War of the Worlds (Good Friday, 30 Mar, 7pm) gets a light-hearted reimagining with musical instruments, puppetry, and lots of enthusiasm in this “wholly charming” production. Little ones are sure to be delighted

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by Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday (Sat 21 - Sun 22 Apr, times vary), which brings all the joy of the CBeebies’ favourite to the theatre. Of course, this is just a small selection of all the shows coming up in the Spring Season at the Playhouse. We’ve got many more fantastic comedians arriving in Norwich, not to mention fantastic local theatre company productions, and some brilliant education projects.

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Dinosaur World Live

This Spring we have a show for everyone returning by popular demand is Remembering Fred - (THU 10 MAY) after a sell-out show in 2017 Janette and Aljaz are back with their wonderful production. Other Strictly stars coming with their fabulous dance shows are Pasha (WED 28 MAR), Kristine Rihanoff and Robin Windsor with Dance to the Music (MON 15 JAN) and An Audience with Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse (WED 25 APRIL). We have some treats in store for children this season Cirque Du Hilarious (TUE 13 FEB) is perfect for a family theatre trip in half term! We have Bobby Davro returning with our Easter Panto this time Beauty & The Beast (THU 12 APR) Dani Harmer from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker and Strictly star will also be joining him on this dazzling performance. Also in the Easter holidays we have Horrible Histories - More of Barmy Britain (MON 9 APR) is your child a budding Morticia, Fester, Lerch or Gomez? We have the Brilliant Theatre Arts holding Addams Family Auditions (SUN 15 APR). In May we have an exciting new show Dinosaur World Live (SAT 12 & SUN 13 MAY) a brand new Dino-mite Adventure! Some musicals coming this season is the fantastic new show Wannabe (SAT 10 MAR) featuring

your favourite Spice Girls hits, also the hilarious Menopause The Musical (THU 3 MAY) with Maureen Nolan, plus other stars, book now for the ultimate girls night out! Another perfect ladies night out is The Dreamboys (FRI 25 MAY) a show you will not forget quickly! We have a packed stand-up comedy season starting with the popular Jim Davidson (TUE 16 & WED 17 Jan). In February we are pleased to welcome back Ed Byrne (Mon 5 FEB) and Reginald D Hunter (TUE 27 FEB) brings his acclaimed UK tour for the first time. Jasper Carrott (FRI 16 MAR) is back with his new show - Stand Up and Rock, and we welcome Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalist Daliso Chaponda (SAT 19 MAY) with the stories that the press can’t print! Joe Lycett (FRI 20 APR) and Katherine Ryan (FRI 19 JAN) has sold out. If you want to see future stars of comedy the Alive Corn Exchange Comedy Clubs (THU 18 JAN, WED 28 FEB, WED 21 MAR & THU 19 APRIL) showcase four rising stars from the touring circuit in a relaxed cabaret setting. Alive Corn Exchange Comedy Clubs are sponsored by Duff Morgan King’s Lynn. Live music this season includes Some Guys Have all the Luck - The Rod Stewart

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Story (FRI 9 FEB) includes all the massive hits like Maggie May, Baby Jane, etc. The Illegal Eagels (SAT 24 MAR), Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (THU 26 APR) celebrating 40 years of the Rumours! For music from the 50’s and 60’s we have Lets Twist Again (SAT 27 JAN), The Elvis Years (SAT 3 MAR), Neil Sands and his West End Cast are back with Land Of Hope and Glory (WED 7 FEB) Bringing Back The 60’s (Thu 1 MAR), Let’s Hang On (FRI 9 MAR), Patsy Cline & Friends (FRI 4 MAY) Walk Right Back (THU 20 MAY) tells you the story of the very successful Everly Brothers, and Mark Andres Award Winning production of The Good Old Days of Variety (THU 24 MAY) starring star of stage and TV Duggie Brown. If the 70’s and 80’s are more your era we have Smokie (THU 8 MAR), the ELO Experience (THU 15 MAR) with their Greatest Hits and More Tour, the talented Elkie Brooks (SUN 25 MAR) and for A Night to remember with - Shalamar (FRI 27 APR)! New shows coming to Alive Corn Exchange this Spring-time are Motowns How Sweet It Is (THU 25 JAN), Women In Rock (SAT 3 FEB) THE UKs only live show dedicated to the worlds greatest female rock Legends! The Ultimate Queen Tribute Mercury (SAT 17 FEB), An Evening with Levison Wood (THU 22 FEB), The Rocket Man (FRI 23 FEB) a tribute to Sir Elton John, Jason Donavan and His Amazing Midlife Crisis (SAT 24 FEB) this show has been rescheduled from November 3 2017. With a reshuffle of members of Beautiful South we have The South (SUN 11 MAR) with some of their fabulous hits, another great artist’s songs you’ll love is bought to you with the show Fastlove (FRI 23 MAR) A Tribute to George Michael.

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return with their full Orchestras, International Soloists and highly praised Chorus. Also returning is the unique Ballet Cymru who pride themselves on being different and Cinderella (SUN 27 MAY) will be no exception, with a brand new music score and circus elements combined with the finest classical dance. Psychic Sally is on her 10th Anniversary Tour called Kisses to Heaven (WED 16 MAY), new show Voodoo is bought to you by The Circus of Horrors in April (TUE 17 APR). More live music and an MBE we have Joe Brown (SUN 11 Feb), for Blues music there is The Blues band (FRI 16 FEB), For an Irish twist of music come along to see Seven Drunken Nights (THU 22 MAR), Performing their 10th Anniversary Tour is Blake (SUN 22 APR), the UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day (SAT 21 APR), For another fanstic show celebrating 59 years of music are The Drifters (THU 17 MAY), to get your fill of Abba songs come along to see Thank you for the Music (FRI 18 MAY).

We are pleased to have the A.L TEAM LIVE (SUN 4 FEB) here again after the great success last season with this unique fitness event. This event is sponsored by Jordan’s Fitness King’s Lynn.

For the full programme of what’s in store at the Corn Exchange, pick up a copy of our new brochure or visit: www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

The wonderful Opera Madama Butterfly (SUN 28 JAN) and La Traviata (SUN 4 MAR)

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THE LOVIN' HANDFUL

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"The Lovin' Handful" Interviewed

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Rowdy 8 piece Norwich, Norfolk based band The Lovin' Handful play a mixture of well known modern and classic contemporary songs in a Skiffle / Bluegrass / Americana style. There’s nothing this band won’t cover, from Beyonce to Neil Young. From The Beatles to The Eels. Destroying one decade at a time, The Lovin Handful will definitely bring the party to any pub or event.

Please introduce the band members? Graham "The French" Horne Chris "Future" Simmons Bob "Not A Real Dr." Budd Luke "The Cloud" Fox Adam "Alan" Chase "Double Barrel" Daryl Blyth "Long Tall" Tom Harvey Nick "Doug" Davies.

How long have you been performing together for? Since 2013.

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What influences drew you to concentrate this genre of music? We never decided to focus on any particular genre. The band was kind of an accident to be honest. It was just a bunch of mates drinking and playing some songs we liked. I think it was when Daryl came along playing slap double bass that we decided to re-work a lot of the songs into a faster, skiffle / "bluegrassy" style. As many of the members come from different musical backgrounds, we tried to focus on songs we collectively know. It's why our song selections are pretty random, but we find most songs work when it's approached in our style.

You recently held a fund-raising gig, what was the reason for this? We used to rehearse in an unused nuclear bunker that'd been converted into a recording studio. Unfortunately, it had to close. However, Jason who ran the studio had the opportunity to open another studio (this time in an old car wash), but funding fell a little short. So, we thought we'd help try and raise some more cash and help get the studio open with a fund-raising gig. We think that a central Norwich rehearsal studio / recording studio with great equipment is well worth the funding, especially when it's your mate trying to open it.

How many different instruments can each band member play? We can't even play the ones we play on stage.

What are your dreams and hopes for the future of the band? Hopes and dreams as follows:

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• Play a song with 4 chords. • For Tom to not lose a mandolin at The Talk. • For Daryl's van, not to end up in a boggy moat from a reverse jump start. • To not spill a pint on stage. • For Chase, not to break a string. • To quit our jobs and make a living playing skiffle versions of popular songs for the rest of our lives.... or until we get sick of each other. continued »»»

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Does Norwich, encourage a good live music scene and are establishments generally happy to host musicians & bands? Your own views, regarding this, please. We have experienced two sides of the Norwich music scene. Most of us have done our time playing originals music and we've done a good chunk of time playing covers. The Norwich music scene is healthy in a sense that there's always something going on. With any scene, there are good bits and bad bits. Crooks and saints. Playing covers around the city is pretty phenomenal to be fair. In our time, together I don't think we've ever had a bad night. We have been lucky to play some outstanding and interesting venues around the city. From the main stage at the UEA to passionate real ale pubs like The Fat Cat Brewery Tap. It's a great city to be part of.

Who decides the song list and how long does each song take to learn? The repertoire is a joint effort. Everyone brings their own ideas for songs to work on. We will usually bash out a new song in a single rehearsal. If we end up playing a new song live, it depends on how much dry hopped lager we've had.

As you always pack out a venue, describe what is your universal appeal? We're all sexy AF, especially Bob. Interviewed by Kevin J Murphy, with huge thanks to the whole band. For information about The Lovin' Handful visit: thelovinhandful.co.uk PAGE

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December's meeting will take place on 2oth December, 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. Every week, new social media tools are built and launched, empowering us business owners in our day-to-day marketing. But, with all these tools to choose from how can you ensure which is best for you? In December's North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery, we'll share with you some of the best (FREE) tools out there, and HOW TO USE THEM. We'll also show you which you should avoid, and why. 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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Jack and the Beanstalk Friday 8 - Sunday 31 December 2017

Prices from only £15.50. Family tickets and Group discounts are available Now long now until the booming voice of the Giant echoes throughout the walls of the Alive Corn Exchange in Jack and the Beanstalk from Friday 8 - 31 December. Let’s introduce you to our fabulous cast, FLESH CREEP - The Giants slave - IAN REDDINGTON - best known for his roles as Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street. The gorgeous DAME TROTT will be played by audience favourite and the fantastic IAN MARR, (who is also the shows Director - Oh yes he is!) with his humble boy SIMPLE SIMON will be played by the hilarious SCOTT CRIPPS - back by popular demand from last year’s performance of Buttons in Cinderella. We are also pleased to announce playing JACK TROTT our hero is REBECCA LISEWSKI - direct from the West End and she has performed in many of the Pantomimes produced by Jordan Productions around the country. Jacks love interest is the beautiful PRINCESS JILL - JESSICA CROLL - Jessica had the wonderful experience of performing at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Festival Hall amongst many other productions she has starred in. Our magical FAIRY FUSHIA - will be played by KAYLEIGH MCKNIGHT - Kayleigh is making her pantomime debut and we are delighted she is coming to the Corn Exchange for this adventure. Our star Cow PAGE

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CLARABELLE – played by Moosical DAISY MEADOWS - Daisy’s credits include - Moove over Mrs Markham and Noel Cowards Beef Encounter, she also starred as the singing cow in the Anchor Butter adverts! She is really looking forward to living her cream at Alive Corn Exchange but will miss her Bull-friend Pat! Lastly but by no means least we are pleased to welcome back CHARLES DENNETT who this year will be playing the LORD CHAMBERLIAN, Oh yes he will! The Corn Exchange’s Director of Culture and Communication Nina McKenna said, “It’s always our favourite time of the year, the warmth of Panto comes to the Corn Exchange with laughter, songs, jokes and dancing! Jack is set to be a fantastic pantomime, we have an excellent cast and crew, come along and join us for the biggest and best panto in town!” Like our Facebook page, to find out the latest news about Jack plus keep an eye out for some ticket giveaways and competitions! www.facebook.com/KLCornExchange Spend a fun-filled Christmas with the best-loved pantomime of them all brought to you by the team behind last year’s critically acclaimed Cinderella. With all the ingredients of a perfect panto, don’t miss this timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love! Jack and the Beanstalk is sponsored by J & K Glass & Glazing.

At Alive Corn Exchange from Friday 8 - Sunday 31 December 2017 Tickets are available on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

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TROPICAL NEW YEAR Plump DJs, The Nextmen, Norwich Soul Train, The Allergies, Afro Boom and Just Is Sun, Dec 31, 2017 // 21:00 - 02:00 // Open, Norwich £10 / £15 / £20 / £25 Advance www.tropicalnewyear.club This New Year’s Eve don your best tropical get up and get down to Open, as the temperature rises and the dance floor heats up for the hottest party in town! We’ve got some of the best DJ’s in the country ready to help us dance our way out of 2017 to a soundtrack splattered with disco, soul, house, funk, hip hop - and of course some straight up party pleasers!! Expect patterned shirts, pine apples, flamingos, palm trees and more as we welcome you to the jungle along with an all-star DJ cast! The internationally renowned Plump DJS are back and they’ll be playing a super exclusive disco / funk / boogie set put together just for this party (alongside some classics of course!) The Plumps unmistakable sound has won them remixes from the likes of Deadmou5 and Mark Ronson whilst their four-deck live show has led to countless international shows so we know you’re in for a treat. The Nextmen are confirmed to offer a DJ masterclass in crowd pleasing if you concentrate but to be honest but you’ll be too busy dancing to take notes! From Glasto to Bestival, Lovebox and every Notting Hill Carnival since forever these boys have happily crushed said dancefloors into oblivion for time. Bristolian duo The Allergies have been reshaping the dance floor in recent years taking vintage sounds and crafting them into tunes for the masses. Touring clubs and festivals nonstop this summer whilst also picked as tune of the month by Mix Mag and on constant 6music rotation means that these guys are getting some serious attention. Expect DJ mashups of their funk influences combined with some mad hip hop skills! Pulling the whole event together are the talents of three of the hottest nights in Norwich. Norwich Soul Train promise to have everyone shaking until the small hours with both Just Is reggae soundsystem shaking the speakers and Afro Boom bringing some genuine tropical flavours. This is the hottest ticket in Norwich this NYE so don’t expect them to hang around long - early birds from just £10 on sale now but they are gone they are gone! www.tropicalnewyear.club PAGE

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES

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Horoscopes For December Aries 21 March - 20 April Communications are going to

Libra 24 September - 23 October In the first week of

be at a premium this month, but it's not just because Mercury goes into retrograde on the 3rd. The Full Moon of the same day is squaring with Neptune, and in fact, along with the Sun, Venus and Mercury also clash with the planet of dreams. To ensure your festivities run smoothly, make sure everybody is on the same page as far as arrangements are concerned.

this month what you say is going to be very much what you mean. Yet despite this, you could find yourself feeling a little bit compromised between your sense of duty and what you'd really like to do for yourself. With Saturn moving into your home and family sector on the 20th, the next two years or more can be a time when big changes occur around where you live.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May Group situations will need

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November Your traditional ruler

some care in December. It may not be that anyone is being deliberately tricky or difficult, but the potential for crossed wires is certainly strong. You may also want to be cautious around your expenditure. Saturn is combining with Mercury and joint finances will need particular attention. However, your relationship sector is so very positive as the year ends.

Mars, powers into your zodiac sign on the 9th. This is something to truly celebrate and is going to give you a much welcomed lift of energy and drive. And its combination with Jupiter in the last days of the month, can see you getting your plans in place for 2018 with a real sense of excitement and possibility. Also, your sense of self and confidence can soar Scorpio.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June Saturn has certainly taught you

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December With Mercury

some very harsh lessons as far as relationships are concerned over the last two and a half years. In the first week of this month, you can use all you have learnt to good effect, and then celebrate when he moves out of this area on the 20th. If you're travelling over the Christmas holiday, do double check arrangements, flights, ports, traffic and roads Gemini.

combining with Saturn in week one, you will be capable of real concentration. Or will you? For with Neptune clashing with the Sun in your sign, someone close to you could pour cold water on some of your aspirations and ideas. Some of what you learn this month may not be from a particularly social context, but your inner understanding and knowledge can surge.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July A challenging Full Moon

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January Festive greetings

and Mercury going into retrograde on the 3rd, ask you to micromanage all the nitty-gritty details in this busiest of all months. It's also going to be important to double check any information that you're given. Someone may tell you something that actually is not quite true. Take particular care when posting parcels and cards. The more time you allow, the better.

Capricorn! And the most important news I can tell you, is that your ruler Saturn returns to your sign for the first time in twenty-seven years. The next two years or more are going to be really exciting for you, a period when you can focus on what's truly important. Expect to play a leading role also in any group activities. New Year's Eve can turn out to be particularly jolly.

Leo 24 July - 23 August 'Tis the month to be merry, and

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February The festivities give us

with such a rich selection of influences in your sector of playfulness and enjoyment, what's not to like? The reality however, is that different people will want different things, and Neptune can make it rather tricky to tie down exactly what. Still, with Saturn relocating, you can turn your mind more to making sure all the nitty-gritty elements of Yule work well.

a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the people who are really important to us, and there are going to be plenty of opportunities to be playful and link up with your most sociable companions. However, your body is going to be particularly sensitive, so early nights need to be blended in with late ones. You can find yourself really ambitious as 2017 ends.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September Your home and

Pisces 20 February - 20 March A major breakthrough

emotional life received particular planetary influence this month, but with Mercury twisting backwards in this sector too, the suggestion is that the potential for communicational issues to go awry is heightened. This is especially so because of the role of Neptune which can create a degree of confusion and misunderstanding. Pleasingly, glitches will clear by Christmas.

is possible around your career in the early part of this month, but someone influential may still scrutinise the seriousness of your ideas, so try to be as factual as possible. If you're fortunate enough to be travelling over the festivities, you can have an extremely positive time. And whether it is visiting relatives or taking in winter sun or snow, you can embrace it all with relish.

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