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ISSUE 58

World’s Biggest 5K On Its Way Back To Norwich!

Have You Explored Twitters’ Free Analytical Data?

Norwich Mumblings Valentine’s Day For Parents

New Honda Civic Diesel Reviewed


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Thrillseekers will be pleased to hear that 'Gung-Ho!' the world's biggest 5k fun-run will be returning to Earlham Park, Norwich, on Saturday 15th September. If food is more your thing, Porkstock, Norfolk's favourite family food event, has announced that it will return on Saturday 13th October 2018. The award-winning festival, which celebrates everything that is fantastic about local food and drink, will again take over a corner of the Norfolk Showground.

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

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update Age UK Norwich Announced As Charity Partner World’s Biggest 5K On Its Way Back To Norwich! Save The Date For... Porkstock 2018 Holt Festival Introduces New Artistic Director City Gallery Set To Host Exhibition By Celebrated Artists

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Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 Launches Iceni Columnists Mark King Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis Do You Still Celebrate Valentine's Day?

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Norwich Mumblings Valentine’s Day For Parents

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What's On... Across Norfolk This Month

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Valentine’s Day At Nova Silver

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Norwich Theatre Royal Gallowglass

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Don't Want To Be... Single Any More!

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Norwich - UEA Rebecca Ferguson

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Have You Explored Twitters’ Free Analytical Data?

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North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery

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Motoring Review New 2018 Honda Civic Diesel

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

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Nibbles & Tipples February

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UEA Symphony Orchestra ‘Northern Lights’

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation Norwich Furniture Store: Quality at Affordable Prices Our furniture stores in Norwich, Dereham and Holt, and our Ipswich Re-use shop form part of the work we do in Norfolk and Suffolk. All of our stores take in donated items. The profits they make helps to fund our other work. “We sell good quality, affordable furniture to the public.” Norwich Store Manager, Chris Berks explains. The Norwich store, based on Oak Street is just five minutes from the city centre and has a vast array of furniture and household items for sale, including sofas, beds, cabinets, tables and chairs. “What surprises customers when they visit us is the quality and cleanliness of what we sell.” Chris continues. Money raised is fed back to our charity to help support the work we do with local children, young people and families.

“We also work closely with John Lewis through the Reuse Network.” Chris explains. “They often are able to donate second-hand sofas to us, which is a huge help to our store as these are very appealing items.”

“Visitors to the store frequently comment they are so glad they found us. We always have good quality items available at affordable prices, so I would encourage people to pay us a visit. You will always receive a warm welcome and you’d be surprised at what you might find.”

The Norwich Furniture Store is open Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm at St Edmunds House, 103 Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3BP. There is free customer parking available. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Norwich Furniture Store on Saturday 24th February 2018 for one day only, we are offering our customers a discount of 20% on the purchase of second hand items in store. Terms and conditions apply. Available at The Benjamin Foundation’s Oak Street Furniture Store only. For further information, please contact Chris and his team on 01603 661921.

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THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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Kidzone Holiday Club: Fun for little ones in North Walsham this half term

Do you need childcare or are you looking for fun activities for your little ones this half term? Contact Kidzone Holiday Club in North Walsham.

Part of The Benjamin Foundation, Kidzone is offering themed activities, including Forest School activity sessions, cooking and messy play and outside activities during their Winter Warmer Fun Week 12th - 16th February 2018 for children aged 3 to 12. Spaces are limited. Enquire today on 01692 407012 or email: kidtown@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

Looking forward to 2018 events

There are some great events in The Benjamin Foundation calendar to look forward to this year. As well as planning our own events, including a return to Stody Gardens on 20th May and our 2018 Sleep Outs in Norwich and Ipswich, we have supporters holding their own events to support our work. These include Cromer Pier’s Charity Night on 10th March, the Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair on 25th March and a Golf day organised by Clapham & Collinge Solicitors on 17th May. For further information, please visit: http://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/events If you would like to organise your own event or activity to support the work that we do to help local children, families and young people, please contact us on: events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk For more information about us please visit: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk Twitter: @icenimagazine

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AGE UK NORWICH

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Age UK Norwich Announced As Charity Partner Of The Great British Beer Festival Winter

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Age UK Norwich has been chosen as the charity partner of the Great British Beer Festival Winter which will be held in Norwich from 20-24 February 2018. Beer enthusiasts will be able to show their support for the charity by donating coins or remaining beer tokens to collection boxes and buckets, which will be dotted all around the festival venue. Age UK Norwich will also have a stand in Blackfriars’ Hall, where they will speak to festival-goers about their important work caring for over 50 vulnerable people in the local area. Martin Ward, Great British Beer Festival Winter organiser says: “Getting older is one thing we all have in common, and it is important that we support the older and more vulnerable of our society. We are delighted to be partnered with Age UK Norwich, a fantastic charity that does essential work for older people, both nationally and right here in Norwich. It was important to us to find a charity that operates on a local level, to give back to the beautiful city that is hosting the Great British Beer Festival Winter.” At all of their festivals, CAMRA includes a charity partner at all of its festivals so that visitors can combine the fun of a festival with helping vital causes.

About Age UK Norwich Age UK Norwich is dedicated to making later life the best it can be for anyone aged 50+. They have been providing support and services to the older people of Norwich for over 70 years. They provide information, advice and care services to older people in Norwich, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, faith, neighbourhood or income. More information can be found on their website: www.ageuk.org.uk/norwich/ About the Great Festival Winter

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The Great British Beer Festival Winter is taking place from the 20th - 24th February, with special events taking place in pubs as part of the fringe throughout the entire month. Tickets can be purchased online (https://winter.gbbf.org.uk/tickets/), and will also be available at the door. About CAMRA CAMRA is an independent, voluntary organisation which campaigns for real ale, cider and perry as well as protecting and promoting community pubs and clubs and fighting for consumer rights. We have over 190,000 members across the country who work to champion beer and cider drinkers as well as pub and club goers. PAGE

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GUNG-HO!

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World’s Biggest 5K On Its Way Back To Norwich! Thrillseekers will have the chance to roll back the years and conquer the world’s biggest fun-run - featuring HUGE newand-improved obstacles - when it returns to the region in 2018. Gung-Ho! Seriously Fun 5k will take adults, and kids, back to the days of Total Wipeout, Fun House and It’s A Knockout as they clamber over and through giant inflatables. The huge, fun-filled course - which includes giant mazes, walls, gauntlets and slides amongst other obstacles - will be filled with enough air to inflate more than 75 MILLION footballs, and returns to Earlham Park, Norwich, on Saturday 15th September.

Brains behind the event Alex Winters, a former Cbeebies presenter, came up with the idea while watching an episode of Ninja Warrior back in 2014. He said: “I grew up watching some of the great, classic TV shows of yesteryear like Fun House, It’s a Knockout and Gladiators”. “Like many others I dreamed of taking part in something like that, but never got the chance! Now I am giving the people of Norfolk the chance to roll back the years and act like a kid again!” “This will be a day out like no other. Anybody of any shape or size will be able to get around the course and we guarantee they will have an absolute blast in the process”.

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GUNG-HO!

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“We promise fun, thrills and spills for everyone taking part. We know Norfolk can really go Gung-Ho! after our last visit. Let’s see if they can go even more Gung-Ho! in 2018!” More than 100,000 people have taken on GungHo! since Alex first dreamed up the idea of a giant inflatable obstacle course for all the family, with tens of thousands more expected after 22 events over a seven-month UK tour in 2018. Alex added: “This will be our fourth year of touring, and we guarantee this will be the best year yet. We have brought Gung-Ho! here before and as soon as the event was finished we knew we had to come back, so we are so pleased to be able to return for 2018”. “We have added new obstacles to make sure the course is as fun as it can be for 2018!” “We can’t wait to see as many people as possible duck, weave, climb and slide their way across the course. Tickets increase in price the closer we get to the event so book up now!” Thousands of pounds are expected to be raised for good causes thanks to people taking part for charity, adding to tens of thousands of pounds already raised for good causes at previous events.

Participants can go Gung-Ho! in aid of the event’s national charity partner BBC Children in Need. Info is available at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey. Runners, who must be at least 4ft tall, receive a free bib with race number, Gung-Ho! t-shirt and headband, while any spectators can attend for free. Up to 5,000 runners can take part on the day. Tickets and more information are available at www.begung-ho.co.uk. Check out Gung-Ho! updates by searching ‘Gung-Ho!’ on Facebook and on Twitter, at @begungho. ‘Gung-Ho’ comes from a Chinese word meaning to “work together” and was later used by the US army as a battle cry to show an expression of spirit they needed before going to war. Organisers of Gung-Ho! use the term to show the passion and team-spirit they put into their work and to inspire participants to do the same. Gung-Ho! is not a timed event. Around 100,000 runners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have taken part over the past two years. PAGE

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PORKSTOCK 2018

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Family-Friendly Food Event Aims To Raise Thousands For Norfolk Children’s Charity Porkstock, Norfolk's favourite family food event, has announced that it will return on Saturday 13th October 2018. The award-winning festival, which celebrates everything that is fantastic about local food and drink, will again take over a corner of the Norfolk Showground. This is the fifth year that Porkstock has been a public event, having originally been started 15 years ago by a group of beer and barbeque-

loving friends. The event is run by a team of hard-working volunteers; with all profits going to a local charity. For the third year in a row, Nelson’s Journey, which supports bereaved children in Norfolk, will be the beneficiary. James Ellis is one of the original Porkstock founders. “Thanks to the incredible hard work of our organising committee, our generous sponsors and amazing team of volunteers, Porkstock 2017 raised more than £10,000 for

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Nelson’s Journey and provided thousands of people with a fabulous, day out,” says James. “Our aim is for 2018 to be even better; with even more local food producers, street food vendors and chefs showcasing their amazing work.” There are two, very different, faces of Porkstock: THE FREE DAYTIME FOOD FESTIVAL 10am till 5pm During the day Porkstock is a free family festival for food, music and fun-lovers of all ages. From handmade fudge to artisan cheese; delicious preserves and chutneys to locally produced wine, beer and spirits; passionate Norfolk producers share their love of great food and their commitment to great local ingredients. The live cookery stage will feature demos and talks from some of Norfolk’s favourite chefs, producers, restaurateurs and foodies; with the opportunity for visitors to pick up tips from some of the best in the business. Daytime visitors to Porkstock will also be able to enjoy a fantastic selection of street food stalls, a real ale and Prosecco bar, lots of live music, a sausage eating contest, kids’ games and activities and lots of family fun.

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THE EVENING KNEES UP - 7pm till midnight As the sun goes down the Porkstock Party comes alive. This is an over-18s, ticketed event where music takes over from food as the main attraction. With real ale, rum and gin bars, and some of the region’s favourite bands and DJs taking centre stage in two separate music zones, this is a must have ticket for 2018. “We’d like to say a massive porky thank you to Charlie Hodson, who recently stood down as Porkstock patron,” says Ben Handford, cofounder of Porkstock. “Charlie has run the Porkstock Cookery Demo stage for the past four years and the festival would most definitely not have become what is today without him. We are so grateful to Charlie for his time, passion, generosity and expertise; in fact, everything he has contributed to Team Pork over the years.” “Porkstock 2017 was our best yet,” adds Ben. “More than 5000 people came along to the daytime foodie festival and we had some fabulous feedback. But we won’t rest on our laurels and, with the continued support of our volunteers and sponsors, are confident that we can inject even more family, foodie fun into the event and raise lots more money for Nelson’s Journey.”

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HOLT FESTIVAL

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Holt Festival Introduces New Artistic Director Leading north Norfolk arts festival announces the successor to Charles Pugh for 10th anniversary year. www.holtfestival.org One of the region’s top arts festivals has announced the new Artistic Director for its tenth anniversary. Stash Kirkbride will be the new ‘front man’ of the Holt Festival, taking over from Charles Pugh who has held the role for the last three years. As co-founder of Norwich’s Hostry Festival and the Norfolk Arts Awards, Stash is well known throughout the region and beyond and is now bringing his skill and expertise to Holt. Stash commented ‘I’ve admired Holt Festival since it began 9 years ago, so when I was invited to program their celebration year I was instantly intrigued and interested. Programming a 10th year is the kind of creative challenge that appeals to me. I attended the 2017 Festival and was given the warmest of welcomes by the Festival team. I’d like to express my thanks to everyone in that remarkably efficient and professional team, from the trust and board members right through to the volunteers who make it all possible’. ‘After attending four or five events a day for just over a week I couldn’t wait to start programming the tenth anniversary year.’

Adney Payne, Chair of the Festival Board said ‘It’s always hard to fill the space left by someone like Charles who had three very successful years here. We are delighted that Stash has been able to step in and fill that considerable gap’. It is often claimed that if a festival can break the ten-year barrier it has become truly established and has ‘arrived’. So, no pressure then? ‘No, actually’ continued Stash. ‘It is obviously getting the mixture of programming right that matters, and I hope that when we announce the first highlights in February, and the full programme in April, that I will have managed to do just that. It will be a mix of big international names and others from near and far that are new to Norfolk audiences but who could become future favourites, alongside the pick of Norfolk talent, many of whom are now making their names around the country and beyond.’ Stash will bring a wealth of experience to the role. He has a background steeped in the arts with parents and a grandparent involved in professional theatre. He spent 20 years as a professional actor/producer in London, appearing in West End and touring productions before returning to his home county of Norfolk

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in 2006. Since then he has worked principally as a freelance producer and director as well as spending time as joint Creative Director of Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre. He founded and is Artistic Director of the Hostry Festival with long term creative partner Peter Barrow, and founded the Norfolk Arts Awards with Peter Beck in 2012. The award-winning Holt Festival has become established as one of the East of England’s most anticipated events. In the summer months, the charming North Norfolk Georgian country town is a magnet for tourists. During Festival week, briefly and dazzlingly, it also becomes home to international musicians, poets, actors, dancers, children’s entertainers, artists and comedians with performances in venues all over the town including the magnificent open-air Theatre in the Woods. The Festival is a big draw for cultural tourism, bringing people into the region from around the country. It also gives visitors and residents alike the opportunity to see exclusively curated visual arts exhibitions featuring works by famous artists, many never previously seen in the county, alongside the widely renowned Sir John Hurt Art Prize. The 2018 Festival runs from 21-29 July. New Artistic Director Stash Kirkbride will reveal the first highlights at the end of February with the full programme announcement set for late April. Past festivals have included the likes of Michael Palin, Suzi Quatro, Melvyn Bragg, The Stranglers, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Michael Buerke, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Joanna Trollope, Kate Adie, Jennie Éclair, Sir John Hurt and Julie Christie. Twitter: @icenimagazine

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CITY GALLERY SET TO...

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City Gallery Set To Host Exhibition By Colin Self And Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) Director of The Fairhurst Gallery, Nina Fowler said: “We are thrilled to announce the first exhibition of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Colin Self, alongside one of history’s greatest comic icons, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves).

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A Norwich gallery is set to host an exhibition by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Colin Self alongside friend and fellow artist, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves). I think we should all just be friends will take place at The Fairhurst Gallery and will include paintings and sculpture by Colin Self and works by Jim Moir. Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter and has more than 70 works in the permanent collection of the Tate. Born in Norwich in 1941, Self was educated at Wymondham College and then studied art at Norwich Art School before heading to the Slade School of Fine Art. Here he was encouraged by Frank Auerbach and David Hockney, with his early works addressing Cold War politics. Described by Richard Hamilton as 'the best draughtsman in England since William Blake', the exhibition will also house a couple Self’s most seminal works. Having met many years ago Colin and Jim have forged a close friendship, sharing a mutual devotion to painting and drawing.

“I think we should all just be friends will explore the friendship between these two inimitable artists and their relationship to the ‘art world’ at large. Their works are linked not only by their mutual rapport but also a whimsical, often mischievous approach to the creative process.” Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) is an actor, comedian, writer, artisan and pop star - best known as half of the comic duo Reeves and Mortimer. As an artist he is known for producing countless and varied artworks, primarily paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photography. Moir draws from a wide range of sources, to produce characterful work that is often surreal, amusing, bizarre and often with a sinister edge. Artists Jake and Dinos Chapman have described his art as being ‘able to command our laughter as a purgative, to encourage the viewer to leak at both ends’. The exhibition is on at The Fairhurst Gallery from March 1 through to March 31, 2018. Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue available from the gallery shop. The gallery, on Bedford Street, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm with additional viewings available by appointment. For more information www.fairhurstgallery.co.uk

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YOUNG NORFOLK WRITING

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Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 launches

The search is on for the best young writers in Norfolk. The competition celebrates poetry, song lyrics, fiction, non-fiction and scriptwriting and is open to 11-18-year olds living or studying in Norfolk. The competition is a collaboration between Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN), the Young Norfolk Arts Trust and Norfolk County Council. It builds on the success of previous years in which over 100 young people have participated from over 40 schools. The winners receive professional mentoring to help take their writing forward, publication on the WCN website plus bookish goody bags! Peggy Hughes, Programme Director, Writers’ Centre Norwich says: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering with Young Norfolk Arts Trust and Norfolk County Council once again to celebrate the creativity and passion of Norfolk’s young writers and to offer this exciting opportunity for their brilliant work to be read and heard.’ Lucy Farrant, Director of the Young Norfolk Arts Trust says: ‘I am delighted with the continuing success of this competition which celebrates the creativity of young people throughout the County. It is very exciting that this year's competition will be open to all forms of writing and that submissions can also be made via spoken word. I am looking forward very much to reading and hearing the entries.’ The competition is free to enter and closes on 4th June 2018. Entries may be written, recorded or in graphic story format, and can be submitted here: https:// www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/working-with-schools/young-norfolk-writing-competition/ PAGE

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ICENI - COLUMNISTS

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King January is probably the most miserable month of the year in the UK because the weather is a continuous stream of cold, grey, cloudy, wet and windy weather, and then that's followed by February which generally starts off by being hit with Above: Mark King the coldest of weather. I got talking to a shop assistant the other day who loved this type of weather because she was allergic to the sun. From early March she had to use sun cream or else she would come out all red and blotchy, and the heat just made her feel all prickly and uncomfortable. For me personally, I prefer the sun and the heat and as I sit here on a cold, and a very overcast grey day I find my thoughts drifting off to sunnier places. The garden is bare, although that can be a blessing in disguise because it means there is no weeding to be done, or grass to cut, or bushes to trim or leafs to sweep up, so like I said it can be a blessing. Then again it also means I can't sit outside with my shorts on, shirt off and a cold drink in my hand. I do like to sit at the garden table when I'm writing on my Daniel Jones series of books, under the shade of the giant umbrella with the sun blazing above, set against a backdrop of clear blue skies’

We all need moments like that, although I am very lucky to live in such a peaceful and law-abiding country (well most of the time) and I can see why less fortunate people who have grimy lives in desperate poverty, or war-torn or law-less places around the world make such desperate efforts to get here. They had to travel through the countries bordering on the Southern Mediterranean before crossing to either France, Spain, Italy, Greece or Turkey to get to places like Calais. I do find the migrant camps outside the French ports with tens of thousands of people living in terrible conditions a bit puzzling though because as I sit here writing with the miserable weather outside; I find my soul aching to go in the opposite direction and end up in one of these aforesaid countries. So, much so I've just booked a two-week family holiday in Bulgaria. I take it as a compliment that all these poor souls would rather live in the dark, dank, cold, wet, grey of the British winter (and quite often the spring, summer, and autumn as well) rather than one of these aforesaid sunnier places! www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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I think it is fair to say we have had our share of windy weather here in Norfolk just recently. Now give me sunshine and I am a happy Beev. Hell, give me rain, sleet and snow and I won’t complain (well… Above: Keri Beevis maybe I will grumble just a teeny bit), and as for a good old thunderstorm. Yes please. The one type of weather I don’t like though is wind. Maybe because I have the two most useless wheelie bins in the world and it just takes the slightest breeze to send them flying. So many times, I will hear a crash, glance out of the window hoping to see my neighbours has fallen as he leaves it sitting at the end of his driveway exposed to the elements. But no, his is always standing like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of wheelie bins, while mine despite being sheltered against the wall is blowing down the road. Clearly, I am not weighing them down with enough wine bottles. This has led to many classy author moments, the most recent of which happened a couple of weeks back. Storm Eleanor had hit in the early hours and I was listening to the wind howling as Mama Beev called early in the morning to tell what a terrible night she had experienced due to the gale. Suddenly there was another noise; a loud scraping sound that really didn't sound good. I peered out of the bedroom window and surprise, surprise, the wheelie bins had fallen, but then to my horror, I noticed that the large silver pedal bin I had propped up against them, and that I had planned to take to the dump later in the week, was rolling at high speed down the street towards my neighbour's house. It had been filled with various other bits that were also destined for the dump and they were all scattered across the road.

Conscious that no cars could pass there was no time to get dressed so I dashed outside in the wind and the rain, wearing just my stripey PJ bottoms tucked into my UGG boots, one hand clutching the front of my dressing gown closed to protect my modesty, and my Jon Bon Jovi hair, circa 1985, looking like it had twenty wind machines pointed at it. I quickly retrieved my pedal bin and secured it in the front garden, before returning to pick up the rest of my rubbish. I saw no one and fortunately no cars were on the road, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if my neighbours were peering at me from behind their window, thinking, 'God, that woman is a bloody weirdo.' My new novel, The Darkness Beneath, is out now and available to purchase through Amazon. Why not look me up at my Facebook page and say hi. It would be great to hear from you www.facebook.com/allaboutbeev

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SEEWHATMUMMYSAYS

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Do You Still Celebrate Valentine's Day Now You Have Children? How? Why? Well, we’ll get in to Valentines shortly, but first I would like to introduce myself and my new column! I’m Tom; Husband, father of two and one half of Norfolk based parenting blog “See What Mummy Says”. My wife Becca and I started the blog last year offering an insight into our personal parenting experiences, days out and product reviews. I’ll share with you throughout the year, how we approach parenting issues and hopefully together, we might just make it! So... Valentines? Before children it was a fantastic excuse to spend an evening in a luxury hotel or enjoy a romantic meal, right? Do we still celebrate? Absolutely! How? When our first born was still a baby, we would enjoy a “Romantic meal for three" at home. An exchange of gifts, candle lit three course dinner, and a rom-com on the television (Not my choice, of course!) Little one would go to bed after the meal and the remainder of the evening was our own. Now we have two children, one of whom is at school, we have a very similar routine, but we start the meal slightly earlier, and serve our starter with their main. We always try and eat as a family where possible, so the children can still enjoy this, and then we do the bedtime routine before returning downstairs to enjoy the next

two courses. Are they likely to interrupt us at some point? Almost certainly, but Valentines Day doesn’t excuse checking for monsters or comforting a bad dream! We usually take advantage of a three-course meal offer available from most supermarkets, and we will dress up in clothes as if we were going out. It just sets it apart from a normal meal at home. Why do we do this? We’ve always parented with the idea that you shouldn’t necessarily change your hobbies or interests because you now have children but find a way to include them throughout. We are still a couple, we still love each other and would like to recognise that, especially on the most romantic day of the year...even if you do end up changing a nappy or wiping a nose throughout the evening...and they say romance is dead! Visit: www.seewhatmummysays.com Follow: @whatmummysaysuk PAGE

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NORWICH MUMBLINGS

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Norwich Mumblings: Valentine’s Day For Parents Article by Katrin Oldridge Norwich Mumbler https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk Me: I’d like to place an order for collection, please. Takeaway: OK, it will be about an hour as we’re really busy. Me: Woah, you’re doing well to be so busy on a Tuesday! Takeaway: Erm…it’s Valentine’s Day. Me: Oh!!! This was Valentine’s Day last year. Granted we had a 1-month-old baby and were hugely sleepdeprived but still, this kind of sums up how seriously we take Valentine’s Day. We even use the same cards every year, so we don’t have to spend money or remember to buy new ones! However, don’t think it’s all doom and gloom or be put off by our ‘bah humbug’ attitude to the whole affair if you’re a new parent! I’ve asked some Mumblers for their ‘Top 5’ tips for celebrating with your significant other: 1. The 14th,15th,22nd? – Pick a day to suit! It doesn’t even have to be in February, as long as you think of a way to have some time just the two of you. 2. Plan it – Book a family member/babysitter, book a table at your favourite restaurant/ tickets to the cinema or theatre etc. If it’s planned and booked, then you’ll be less likely

to bail out and put your PJ’s on to veg on the sofa. 3. Don’t plan it! - Parents can be flaky, let’s face it. Sometimes we can’t commit to something because we don’t know how things are going with the Mini Mumblers on that day. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing something if I know I HAVE to do it. See what you feel like doing on the day and let the spontaneous vibes take hold! 4. Have a family celebration - Plan a family day out. Go somewhere you have never been. Go to your favourite place. Eat fish and chips at the beach. Get the kids involved and celebrate being a family! 5. Do NOTHING - This one comes from Mr Mumbler himself! Don’t feel pressured to do anything or go anywhere. (He dislikes being forced to be romantic or gestures for the sake of gestures, so will often do random nice things instead). So, if enjoying evenings without the constant noise of your children, binge watching your favourite series and eating a takeaway is your favourite way of being together - do it. But don’t forget to allow extra time for takeaway delivery on the 14th!

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Valentine’s Day At Nova Silver You may think of Valentine’s day as being an American import, designed to sell flowers, cards and chocolates (and jewellery!) but actually the roots can be traced back thousands of years.

Pre-Christian Pagans were known to celebrate a festival around this time of year, which involved lots of drinking, dancing and, ahem, nudity and it’s thought that the Christian church appropriated the festival, rather than trying to wipe it out. It wasn’t until the 14th century that Valentine’s day became associated with love, and not until much more recently that it has become come to be a celebration of romantic love. It’s now thought of as a day to show your appreciation for your spouse or partner, and certainly any jewellers will tell you that hearts remain the classic emblem at this time of year. As you know, here at Nova we’re never ones to stick with tradition, so amongst the hearts we offer a selection of other jewellery that can be just as meaningful. Doves were classically associated with Valentine’s day, and are a symbol of love and compassion, as well as peace. Seahorses are a more modern take on love symbolism, but are thought to mate for life and can offer a beautiful sentiment. Nova Silver regulars may also recognise our anatomical heart pendant, which really gives the phrase ‘I give you my heart’ a bit of a twist! We know it’s not for everyone, but those that love it really do! Of course, it may be that there’s a symbol that’s special to you in your relationship, so feel free to pop instore and we can see what we can do to help! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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DON'T WANT TO BE...

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Don't Want To Be Single Any More! There are certain times of the year when being single can be especially tough. Long Bank Holiday weekends, Valentine's Day, family holidays and key social events can often appear to be cosy twosome or family arrangements and at those times being single can feel particularly lonely and unloved. The fact that the days and weeks post-Christmas and holidays are two of the busiest times of the year for divorce lawyers can do little to provide comfort or alleviate the loneliness and sense that we're missing out on something special. Sometimes we can sigh and feel that we really don't want to be single any more.

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Many people who don't want to be single choose to join online dating sites and these

can be an efficient way of finding someone with similar tastes and interests who fits our criteria. These sites often offer good practical advice when making their introductions. For example, be careful how much personal information you disclose and limit a first meeting to an hour so that neither person feels trapped for an indefinite period of time. If you hit it off your next date can last as long as you like.

• Stay safe. Trust your gut instincts if something

feels wrong and arrange for the first meeting to be in a public place. An increasing number of people use these sites successfully, but it's still a good idea to tell a friend where you're going and maybe get them to phone you after an hour to ensure that you're okay.

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Accept if friends, colleagues or someone in your circle offers to introduce you to someone they know. The person may be a good fit for you so why not agree to meet them. Even if nothing comes of it you've met someone new and done something different. Being able to mix and talk to new people is an important skill which can be quickly lost if we're out of practice and haven't dated for a while.

• Manage your expectations. It might be exciting

if fireworks go off when we meet someone for the first time, but don't invest all your hopes and dreams in a new relationship from the outset. Having a pleasant hour or two over coffee, lunch or a walk can be a great way to initially meet someone and may lead to you making a special new friend even if they don't become a lover.

Make invitations. Be proactive and get on mailing lists for what's happening locally. Then you can organise trips to shows, exhibitions and events. Join in when others do the same and invite you to join them. Circulate regularly so that you're adding to your network of contacts whilst having a good social life and keeping in touch with what's happening around you. Do things you enjoy. Volunteering, joining a class, walking group or undertaking an activity you enjoy keeps you occupied and also enables you to mix and meet with people who have similar interests to yourself. Enjoy meeting, sharing activities, becoming friends

and gradually you may develop a loving relationship with someone you've already established a fun connection with.

• Don't try too hard. Relax and be yourself. And

remember that being single isn't the end of the world! Many people in unhappy relationships no doubt envy you your freedom and ability to do whatever you want whenever you choose.

Appreciate each stage of life and enjoy the opportunities that come your way. Single or partnered, each situation has its pros and cons. Being comfortable with yourself and your life takes the pressure off finding a new partner and often leads to a new relationship coming your way when you least expect it to.

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Have You Explored Twitters’ Free Analytical Data? You’re probably fairly adept at using Twitter and are comfortable using #hashtags, links and the like, but how much time do you put aside to analyse your Twitter engagement? Before you sign up to one of the many paid Twitter analytical Apps did you know that Twitter offers some interesting free analytical data? If you’re on a laptop or PC login to Twitter and head over to your profile photo. Click it to reveal the dropdown menu and select ‘Analytics’ from the list options.

This opens up the Analytics’ part of your account which gives you access to some cool data. The extent to which you want to delve into this data really depends on what your goals are for your Twitter account. So below I’ve listed some of its key features and you can then make your own mind up on how much importance you want to place on them. First up is the ‘Home’ tab which presents you with the latest 28-day summary (updated daily)

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followed by each month’s summary of your Twitter posting. Each months summary gives you your Top Tweet, Top Mention, Top Follower and Top Media Tweet. Top Tweet & Top Media Tweet then allow you to view the activity in more detail - giving you a breakdown of Impressions (number of times users saw the tweet) and Total Engagements (number of times a user has engaged with the tweet) - broken down into media engagements, likes, link clicks (profile views, photo clicks), hashtag or external urls), replies and retweets. The ‘Tweets’ tab gives you granular insights (across an adjustable date range) into the number of impressions each tweet received, number of engagements received and the % engagement rate. In addition to this you still get an overview of likes, retweets and replies and best of all the data can be exported out for further analysis. By exploring which tweets got the most likes, retweets and engagement you’ll be able to have a better understanding of the types of tweet content get the most engagement with your audience and then craft similar content that they might find interesting and will then hopefully share with their followers. The ‘Audience’ tab gives you data on what your audience demographic actually is - inc. gender, age, geographical location, lifestyle interests and even device usage. This can be helpful if you want to confirm you’re targeting the right demographic for your product/service and if not, look at adjusting your tweet content and advertising strategy accordingly.

The ‘Events’ tab gives you details on upcoming global events or trends, across a range of subjects - giving you time to create and schedule any content surrounding these you might want to take advantage of. Finally, the ‘More’ tab gives you access to any video-based tweets you’ve published (currently in beta) and the ability to create website tags to allow you to begin collating conversion tracking data when users go to your website to allow you to tailor messages, special offers or ads to them in the future. So, there you go, a quick rundown of the free data Twitter makes available to you. There’s lots of scope there to determine your audience, popular content types, find key followers (influencers) who might help promote your cause and generally ensure that you’re on the right path. 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 and don’t forget #bemoresocial PAGE

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MOTORING REVIEW

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New 2018 Honda Civic Diesel Review Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist tweeting @carwriteups It’s awesome to think the Civic has been in production since 1972. The Civic Mk10 was launched last year and has already proven to be a stepup from the older model. Its design has transformed. The latest Civic is like a pocket-sized saloon; it looks smoother around the snoop, and the tail end has a sharp, even shape. Step inside the cabin, and immediately you can see the preceding car’s split-dash has been superseded by a niftier design. In some ways it’s evocative of the dashboard layouts Honda produced 20 years ago. This is a thumbs-up to an era when the Japanese firm made some of its best motors.

The new Honda Civic is currently assembled in Swindon, a plant that has produced wellmade vehicles for a good while now. The British factory is building the hatchback not just for the United Kingdom, but for the whole planet. So, the present Civic is the maiden ‘global’ model, meaning it’s being constructed with no specialised changes for territories, other than the adjustments for right and left-hand drive markets. Crowning the features of the contemporary Civic is Honda’s ‘Connect’ infotainment system, which is easy to hook up to Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The other top billing, in terms of equipment, is a safety technology bundle, branded as ‘Sensing’. It melds several areas of technology to keep you alive and well. It encompasses forward collision warning, lane keeping assistant, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.

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Due to modifications to the structure of the Honda Civic, the ‘Magic Seats’ that made for ingenuous loading of awkward objects are now not in attendance. Regardless of this, the boot still has a cargo capacity of 478-litres, so it isn’t an issue. Its new petrol-powered units are first-rate, with lots of keen delivery. And, now it’s time for Honda to usher in its 120PS 1.6-litre diesel to the Civic line-up. Due in UK dealerships at the end of February, the up-to-the-minute oil-burner will sell from £20,120. You can order one now, but you’ll have to put up with a six-speed manual version of the 1.6-litre i-DTEC. If you’re not desperate to add your name to the order books yet, or you hate manual ‘boxes, then you might want to wait until the summer. Then the Civic diesel will become available with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The 120PS power unit was first uncovered at Frankfurt’s Motor Show last year. Capable of 0-62mph in a laidback 10.5 seconds, the diesel motor is a greatly reworked version of the former car's engine. Honda has lowered friction for better efficiency, and it has cut vibration, harshness and noise levels. The Japanese auto-maker says that the entering 1.6-litre i-DTEC will do up to 80.7mpg and is one of the first vehicles to be assessed on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. This new analysis uses real-world

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driving information as a replacement for the controversial laboratory-result-only test centres. A quartet of trims are available for the manual version of the new Civic diesel. The basic S starts the ball rolling at a shade over £20,000. Then there’s the middle ground SE at £20,220, the SR at £22,065 and finally there’s the EX. This flagship diesel will set you back just under £25,000. Features for the top model encompass a leather interior, heated front seats and adaptive dampers. The car can also be bought with an optional £600 Tech Pack. This includes wireless phone charging, heated rear seats and LED lights. Undoubtedly, the tenth incarnation of the Civic is an improvement over the last model, handling well on the test route that we took it out on around Rome. The six-speed manual gearbox feels outstanding in the hand and satisfying to work with. It’s also to the hatchback’s credit that it stays quiet and refined, irrespective of the diesel engine. The 2018 1.6 i-DTEC Civic is a product Honda should be proud of, and it brings the fight to core competitors like the VW Golf and Ford Focus.

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THE GADGET MAN

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Transcend DrivePro 230 Reviewed

A superior dash-cam packed with features It's been a while since I ventured to Scotland and back in the Tesla Model S. During the trip we had the opportunity to test lots of technology. It was particularly comforting to have the DrivePro 230 in car camera along for the trip, providing us with the added comfort that should anything unpleasant happen during our 1200-mile trip, we would have full audio-video documentation to refer to. Dash-cam's have become an essential gadget for drivers over the last few years, providing evidence in road traffic accidents and thus being referred as an IEW or Independent Eye Witness by the Police, but also by providing additional features to make the drivers experience safer and legal. The Transcend DrivePro 230 is as feature packed as any Dash-cam currently available

currently. Aside from packing at Sony Exmor™ image sensor to capture 1920x1080 video at 30FPS which offers excellent lowlight video capture with the able assistance of the F/2.0 wide angle lens. Attaching the camera to your windscreen using either suction or adhesive mounts. The camera also packs a GPS receiver and synchronises your geographical position to the video using Transcends PC, Mac and Phone Apps. On the rear of the camera is a 2.4" colour LCD screen and remote display is also possible via Wi-Fi to phone app. Obviously, this is targeted for use by passengers of the car. The package comes with a very long MicroUSB to 12v car power adapter which charges the camera whilst driving and with the on-board battery, it can be configured to continue

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to monitor the car in 'Parking Mode'. silently monitoring its field of view for movement and then recording this movement for later review. Aside from the 'quick record' button, the camera also packs an emergency recording feature which also prevents overwriting of recorded video when the included 16GB MicroSD card fills up. In normal mode the camera records in chunks of video and gradually overwrites the oldest video files enabling continuous recording for as long as your journey takes.

Other safety features included are Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), driver fatigue alert and headlight warning system (when light conditions begin fail. The camera also comes with speed warning settings which will audibly warn you when you exceed the set speed limits set within the camera. This type of device demands simplicity of use, and the DrivePro 230 excels in this area. It simply is a 'plug-in and go' solution which aside from the obvious safety and legal comforts provides a vast amount of other features which make driving that little bit less stressful. At around ÂŁ136, the Transcend DrivePro 230 is excellent value for money, with a high-quality device providing excellent video quality with an enormous amount of added features.

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles &Tipples February Article By Cheryl Cade The green spears of regrowth are pushing through the soil. At the same time two Great Yarmouth establishments have had some renewal. This was a chance to relive my youth and explore some of my old haunts (those still open). The Troll Cart (named after the small carts that squeezed through the narrow rows) has just reopened, still with the same generic food that can be found from Scotland to Lands' End.

The beers are cheap compared to the other locals attracting a range of people, but I do tend to ask how the growth of Wetherspoons impacts on independent pubs? For you can walk from the overstuffed pub to the historic Theatre Tavern to be the only soul in the bar surrounded by pictures of the great names that graced the stage of the now demolished theatre.

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I personally would wander just a little further to the edges of the Yare, where you can be beckoned by the warm fires of the refurbished Star Hotel. The bar has been opened up and has a good range of drinks in great condition. The menu is small yet attractive, tempting even the pickiest eater and using some local produce. Venture from the bar into the wood clad lounge, sink into a high back chair and feel history envelop you. Where ever you wander in Gt Yarmouth you travel through time, you can follow in Nelsons footsteps or the old rail track ways from the Star to the back of one of the few still existing rows.

Just around the corner from Broad Row, where Stone Cutters way meets St Georges Road you will find Tombstone Brewery and Tap room. As you select a beer from their cask or bottle range, you can view the public baths (now converted to homes) with, Men and Women above the two original entrances.

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The bar has been opened up and has a good range of drinks in great condition. After a beer it is time to sample 3 things that are my earliest memories of family holidays with my grandfather. Walking up Broad Row (touch the sides with finger tips as you walk along the centre) you exit blinking into the wide Market Place, here the smell of Chips entices you to the fish stalls, still selling Smoked Herring (‘little darlings’) and Cockles.

These stalls are completed by the Pea stall. Thick green processed peas are topped with mint sauce and white pepper, warming not just your hands as you cup the bowl. If still hungry have them with a meat pattie and enjoy watching the world go by. Yarmouth has changed, the market place has emptied of shops, which have relocated to the out of town shopping areas, reminding me of Terry Pratchetts, Reaper Man, with shopping malls acting as parasites sucking the life out of the town.

But as spring brings renewal let us hope that the gaps will be filled by new ventures and the likes of the Market and the Star will be there for years to come.

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Join UEA Symphony Orchestra As They Perform Three Northern European Masterpieces On Friday 9th March

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UEA Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stuart Dunlop (UEA Director of Music), will perform music by three ‘Northern Lights’ on Friday 9 March at 7.30pm at St Andrews Hall (Norwich). The concert will feature performances, by the 70-strong orchestra of: Tchaikovsky’s vivid Overture-Fantasia Romeo and Juliet, Grieg’s lyrical Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16 and Sibelius’ dark, Tchaikovsky-infused, Symphony No.1 in E Minor Op. 39. The orchestra will be joined in their performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto by soloist, Anna Geniushene.

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A Murderous Game

GALLOWGLASS - February 20-24, 2018 An atmospheric thriller from the pen of Ruth Rendall (writing as Barbara Vine) will set spines a-tingling when it comes to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal from February 20 to 24. Gallowglass is presented by The Middle Ground Theatre Company who earlier this year brought A Murder Is Announced before Norwich audiences. Ruth Rendell’s novel was described as “Marvellously gripping...tense, compulsive and beautifully written” by the Sunday Express, and as “compulsive reading; an unsettling narrative that casts eerie shadows into the unknown” by Woman's Journal. The novel was turned into a BBC series in 1993 starring Michael Sheen as Joe and Paul Rhys as Sandor.

“Marvellously gripping...tense, compulsive and beautifully written”

Now bringing the story to the stage, Middle Ground’s production stars a host of popular television stars. Paul Opacic is best known for his role as Carl Costello in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. He also played Steve Marchant in Emmerdale and has enjoyed roles in The Royal, Holby City and Waterloo Road. Joining him is Richard Walsh who played fireman Bert ‘Sicknote’ Quigley in the longrunning ITV drama series London's Burning from 1986 to 2000, and also appeared in Midsomer Murders, Doctors and Heartbeat. The cast is completed by Karen Drury who is best known for her role as Susannah Farnham in Brookside, Dean Smith who played Philip Ryan in Waterloo Road, Florence Cady who played the lead role of Scarlet in the gothic thriller Crucible of the Vampire and Rachael Hart who plays Katie in CBeebies Apple Tree House. Gallowglass tells is an emotional story of obsessive love, lust and fear. Joe is saved from committing suicide in front of an oncoming tube

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“If you like to feel the chills running up your spine, then Gallowglass is the psychological thriller for you. train by Sandor who, in return for saving his life, demands his absolute loyalty and teaches Joe that he is now a 'gallowglass', a servant of a chief. Sandor tells Joe a fairy tale of an ageing prince, a kidnapped princess, a missed rendezvous, and so deep is Joe's gratitude that he helps with the kidnapping of a young married woman, Nina, who Sandor is obsessed with. Middle Ground Theatre Company has toured shows over 40 different productions across the UK and as far afield as Scotland’s Highlands and Islands for 30 years working with a host of top actors including Hollywood stars Kelly McGillis and Dirk Benedict. In addition to A Murder Is Announced, which was at Norwich Theatre Royal in July, its recent productions also include Classic Ghosts and The Verdict. Judy Foster, communications officer for Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “If you like to feel the chills running up your spine, then Gallowglass is the psychological thriller for you.” A strong cast portraying carefully crafted characters will take the audience on a riveting and disturbing tale of a growing obsession which leads to an expected ending. It will stay with you long after you have left the theatre.” Listing: Gallowglass, Tuesday 20 - 24 February 2018. Tickets £8-£26.50. Eves 7.30pm, Mats Thurs & Sat 2.30pm. Discounts for Friends & Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s and Groups. Captioned performance on Thursday 22 February at 2.30pm. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk PAGE

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Rebecca Ferguson is back playing Norwich UEA on Saturday 17th February 2018! After coming runner-up on the seventh series of UK’s The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson has not been short of success since her first appearance on the reality TV show in 2010. Having co-written her record-breaking debut album Heaven, and going on to release a further three follow-ups, Rebecca has proven herself to be a recording artist with a passion for her craft that is second to none. Released in 2011, Heaven, was a critical and commercial success selling 128,000 copies in its first week and peaked at No. 3 in the UK Official Charts, making her the fastest-selling debut solo artist of the past decade (2007-2017). Going onto release her strong debut follow up, Freedom, in 2013, and then her third studio album Lady Sings The Blues (covering a number of jazz classics made famous by Billie Holiday), Rebecca shows off her versatile style with ease. Having released her fourth album Superwoman, Rebecca has come a long way from the shy twentysomething audiences first saw on television 7 years ago. Continuing to flourish as a confident songwriter and stunning live performer, embarking on countless tours across the UK, Europe and US, this working-class girl from Liverpool has no plans on stopping anytime some. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster - http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ For further information on REBECCA FERGUSON, check out the following website / social media links: Website: http://www.rebeccaofficial.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccafergusonmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccafmusic PAGE

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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. You are aware that you need to create a social media marketing strategy, but how do you come up with one from scratch? Every action you take on social media should be a part of a larger strategy where every post, reply, like, and comment is guided by a plan that’s driving towards your business goals. In February’s North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery meeting, we’ll look at what a social media marketing plan should include, and provide guides for creating your own. 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 Land Of Hope and Glory Wednesday 7 February 2.30pm | £13/ Concs £11 Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back with their hit new production for 2018, Land of Hope and Glory. Celebrating the Best of British Entertainment and especially produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon is filled with marvellous and memorable songs, including a rousing selection from Last Night of The Proms, Old Time Sing Alongs, Great British Show Tunes, and ever popular favourites from the 40s 50s and 60s will fill the Alive Corn Exchange on Wednesday 7 February at 2.30pm. This promises to be their biggest and most spectacular production ever. Over two hours of timeless nostalgia, with sensational voices, more than 50 stunning costume changes, ending with a spectacular flag waving finale. Including a live poppy drop, the last post as we remember the fallen, and all sing those wonderful songs that won the war, in a commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Some Guys Have All The Luck Friday 9 February 7.30pm | £23 Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart - from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singersongwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show coming to the Alive Corn Exchange on Friday 9 February, includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook. PAGE

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Joe Brown | Just Joe Sunday 11 February 7.30pm £33.50/ Concs £31 Joe Brown MBE is unique, a genuine one off. With a history that spans music hall, skiffle, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Theatre, Films, TV, Radio and even Circus (his Grandfather performed with Buffalo Bill), there aren’t many that can claim such an entertaining background. A real survivor and a mega musical talent, the musician’s musician Joe Brown has seen it all and, as his fans can testify, his tales of life on the road are, quite simply, hilarious. He has stories and jokes - and he knows how to tell ‘em. So now for a real treat and, for the first time ever Just Joe! The man by himself, uncut, solo, uncensored, an audience with JUST JOE will see Joe talk about his early days, growing up in a pub in London’s East End, discovering Skiffle, becoming a Rock ‘N’ Roll pioneer and touring with the likes of Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Gene Vincent before headlining shows with The Beatles as opening act. The heady days of Rock ‘N’ Roll will be laid bare and the evening promises to be an intimate glimpse into the hectic world of one of Britain’s most enduring and best loved performers. This show however will not only be stories and anecdotes it will feature a lot of music, aided and abetted by his old friend Henry Gross, Joe will play many a song and do what he does better than almost anyone else - entertain with a capital E. US born Henry Gross is no stranger to the stage either. A superlative guitarist, he founded the charttopping group Sha Na Na and was the youngest musician to play Woodstock. Subsequently he built a significant solo career and regularly performs ‘Shannon’, his self-penned No 1 world-wide hit. Joe commands a stage like no other. His musical skills are legend, his repartee renowned. Indeed, Joe Brown - up close and personal -what could be more entertaining and what could be more of a treat - so book your tickets as they are selling fast to see Joe at the Alive Corn Exchange on Sunday 11 February!

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Mercury Queen The Ultimate Queen Tribute Saturday 17 February, 7.30pm £24.00 “FREDDIE WAS AN ORIGINAL. HE AND QUEEN WERE THE BEST. BUT NOW, IN THIS NEW CENTURY, JOSEPH, GLENN AND MERCURY ARE THE NEXT BEST THING.” - JER BULSARA (FREDDIE’S MUM) Winners of the National Tribute Awards, Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Queen. The show includes fantastic and authentic performances of the most popular Queen hits, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and many more. PAGE

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An Evening with Levison Wood Thursday 22 February, 7.30pm £24.00 Following his successful tour earlier this year, best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be taking his one-man show to the Alive Corn Exchange on Thursday 22 February, sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern-day explorer. With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way. In this adventure-filled show, Levison shares his amusing and sometimes poignant recollections of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing. ‘An Evening With Levison Wood' will include tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile, the Himalayas and the Americas, all of which were documented by Channel 4, as well as the people and places that inspired him as a younger man to follow this life of adventure. With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge our preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be. His shows have received rave reviews both across the UK and internationally.

The Rocket Man A Tribute to Elton Friday 23 February, 7.30pm £24.50/ Concs £23.50 Entertainers are proud to present The Rocket Man: a tribute to Multi-Grammy award-winning legend and superstar, Sir Elton John. Join us at the Alive Corn Exchange on Friday 23 February and come on a musical journey, charting the rise to fame of one of the biggest selling artiste of all time. Combining breath-taking vocal and piano performances, flamboyant costumes, a dazzling light show - all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals. Travel back in time and be treated to all the hits such as Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Are You Ready for Love, I’m Still Standing, I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and of course Rocket Man.

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Raveningham Gardens Snowdrop Season From Thursday, February 1

Raveningham Gardens opens for the snowdrop season from Thursday, February 1 to Wednesday, February 28 (closed all Saturdays). See drifts of snowdrops in the main garden from 11am to 4pm (dusk if earlier). Proceeds from Sundays, February 11 and February 18 go to Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospice in Norwich. Richard Hobbs, one of the gardening experts on BBC Radio Norfolk's Garden Party and Raveningham’s garden consultant, will lead snowdrop tours in the garden on Sunday, February 11 at 11.30am and 2pm and will talk about the different varieties planted by Priscilla Bacon. Tours start from the tearoom courtyard and are included in the garden entry charge. Garden entry is adult £5, concessions £4.50 and children under 16 free. The tearoom will be open serving soup, light refreshments, home-made cakes and drinks. Raveningham Hall is the home of Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon. It was Sir Nicholas’ mother, Priscilla Bacon, who added snowdrops to the garden. The 18th century Walled Kitchen Garden with its large glasshouses will be open and visitors will also be able to enjoy views across the lake established at the turn of the Millennium and the contemporary sculpture in the gardens. Raveningham Gardens (NR14 6NS) is 10 miles south east of Norwich, signposted off the A146 at Hales, then B1136, t. 01508 548480, www.raveningham.com. PAGE

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Horoscopes For February Aries 21 March - 20 April This month is dominated by

Libra 24 September - 23 October You can feel really

two Eclipses, the first occurred on the last day of last month and the second will be on the 15th of February. All this puts a great deal of emphasis on your future plans, friendships and group activities. Your desire to expand your world is further enhanced by the role of your ruler Mars. But it is essential that you listen to your hunches in the 2nd half of this month.

animated early in February, and all sorts of strands can be activated, or be re-energised. The Partial Solar Eclipse of the 15th, encourages you to be more spontaneous and live in the moment, and especially around relationships. But with Mars clashing with Mercury, Venus and Neptune, the demands of others can creep up on you as the month goes on. Firm up boundaries.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May Talents that have lain dormant,

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November Work-life balance may

or that you've not previously been aware of, can come into the open from midmonth. The next six months can be a time when your career can head in a different, but exciting fresh direction. Friendships are going to also be accentuated in the last half of February. Solo? You may find yourself being drawn into a passionate and rather idealistic love tie.

be something of a euphemism these days, but it certainly can strike a chord with you in the early days of February. However, if you can get your foundations working more smoothly, a sensational set of planetary influences later in the month can really see you flourish, and especially as the Sun links with Saturn in the last week. Substantive changes can follow.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June Balancing your intellect with

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December With Mars in

your deeper emotions is going to be the challenge in the first half of this month. Being such a logical sign yourself, you could find yourself surprisingly indecisive, but what you can do, is gain as much knowledge as possible on any given subject. Someone you encounter in a worldly situation in the second half of this month, can though hugely inspire.

your zodiac sign all month, on the face of it, life can be all systems go, and great progress can be made and your communication can sparkle. However, home, emotional or family issues can run much more sensitively in the second half of the month. You will benefit from working hard at retaining a logical approach to anything which affects your security and sense of self.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July Resources may need careful

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January Saturn is becoming

handling early in February, but by mid-month there is the opportunity to improve your income, and especially if you take a more original path. With increasing influences in the sign of Pisces in the second half of the month, your appreciation of film, art, travel, history and education are emphasised. Everyday demands can though seem more oppressive.

more entrenched in your zodiac sign, and you can start to see the areas that you really need to focus on, and those that are less central. Your resources can take centre stage within this, and there is an opportunity to improve your income, perhaps working from your home. Your ideas sector positively sparkles in the second half of the month, but avoid gossip.

Leo 24 July - 23 August The Total Lunar Eclipse of the

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February With the Sun, Mercury

last day of last month pours its potent energy into this one, and beyond. Balancing your individuality with your closest interactions is going to be the opportunity, but also perhaps the challenge in the months ahead. But the chance to chime closely with one special person is presented early in February. Just who this is, can be something of a surprise.

and Venus all collaborating in your sign, and a fantastic partial Solar Eclipse also in Aquarius, this is a wonderful time to embrace your individuality and demonstrate to people what makes you so unique. As long as you are realistic, this can also lead to some improvements around your income. Sweet foods can tempt you, and could prove to be a diet breaker though.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September Practicalities can dominate

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Something you've been

early on, but this is also an opportunity for you to get to grips with any part of your existence which is not running quite as well as you'd like. Mars is making you restless this month, especially around home and emotional issues. But with a gathering of energies in your relating zone from midmonth, and Venus's combination with Neptune, relationship magic is possible.

working on in the background for some while can start to come to fruition, and that's going to become much more obvious in the next six months. If this is linked to technology or a creative strand, the better you can do. Yet clarity will still be important around your professional hopes. Delightfully, your sex appeal is set to skyrocket in the second half of the month.

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