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Norwich Playhouse Announces Summer Season Of Shows

Norwich Sleep Out 2018 New Venue And Date Revealed - Be Part Of It!

Innovative Student Childcare Business Arrives In Norwich


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Have you considered challenging yourself and spending a night sleeping outside to help tackle the problem of youth homelessness? Find out how the money raised helps the Benjamin Foundation on pages 6 and 7. Also this month, Mark King recounts his family's recent experience of pet bereavement in April's 'Diary of a Norfolk Family'. Until next month, make the most of the lighter evenings and enjoy Issue 60.

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Contents 52

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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SOCIAL MEDIA

NORWICH PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES

Social Media Competitions

Summer Season Of Shows

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LET GO OF THE NEED

To Be Perfect

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TRANSCEND ESD220CC Portable SSD Reviewed

The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Iceni Columnists Mark King

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Norwich Theatre Royal Cirque Berserk

Student Nannies Student Childcare Business

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Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis

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Norwich Theatre Royal The Jungle Book

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Let Go Of The Need To Be Perfect

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North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery

Social Media Social Media Competitions

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

Motoring Review DS5 Performance Line

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Norwich Arts Centre Women Of The World Festival

The Lifeboat Inn New Head Chef...

Transcend ESD220CC Reviewed By The Gadgetman

Spring Clean At Nova Silver

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Nibbles & Tipples April

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The Fairhurst Gallery Set To Host Exhibition

Wilko Johnson With Special Guests

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What's On... Across Norfolk This Month

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?

2018 Diss Cyclathon Local Firm Says... Norwich Playhouse Announces Summer Season Of Shows Talking Newspaper Marks 20th Anniversary See What Mummy Says Children’s Parties!


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation Norwich Sleep Out 2018 - be part of it! Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road Thursday 15th November 2018 Could you spend a winter’s night sleeping outside? Challenge yourself and help us to end youth homelessness With Norwich City Football Club as our new venue for 2018, we invite you, your friends and colleagues to join us for what we hope will be our biggest Sleep Out to date. We want to end youth homelessness, and we are tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults each night. We give the young people stability and support their education, training and careers, and ensure they have life skills such as shopping, cooking and being able to budget their money so they can leave us to forge an independent life.

Your support at Sleep Out will help make this happen. Whether you wish to take part as an individual or in a group, you can help us to keep vulnerable young adults off the streets by fundraising and gaining sponsorship for your challenge. We recognise that Sleep Out is not the same as the real hardship faced by rough sleepers, but it does give those participating the opportunity to see for themselves what it might feel like to be homeless. The event is also 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. 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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How does money raised at Sleep Out help? ÂŁ18,000 from last year's Sleep Out has been allocated to help the young adults living with The Benjamin Foundation, who can access these funds in the way that best helps them. For instance it could fund a training course, or basic household items if they are ready to move into their own place. Support such as this provides young people with the building blocks they need for independence and helps to keep them off the streets.

Former Norwich City player Grant Holt took part in Sleep Out 2017 and said. "Spending a night outside in November certainly makes you think more deeply about homelessness.

I’d urge you to take part in the Sleep Out this year and raise money for The Benjamin Foundation so they can prevent more young people locally from ending up on the streets." Book your place at Sleep Out 2018!

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STUDENT NANNIES

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Innovative Student Childcare Business Arrives In Norwich Norwich parents in need of smart, flexible childcare, and University students seeking fun, flexible work are being connected by innovative online childcare business Student Nannies, which launches in Norwich this term. Founder and CEO Tracey Blake (pictured left), 42, a mum of two [Minnie, 8, and Monty, 5] from Princes Risborough, Bucks, set up the company when she was working full time as a newspaper executive and found it impossible to find good childcare. ‘I had tried all the usual things of online advertising, word of mouth and even putting up a postcard in the newsagents, but had no luck,’ explains Blake. ‘Then I overheard two students talking in my local train station and asked if either of them were interested in babysitting work. Louise, an art foundation student was, and was totally brilliant with the

children doing craft projects with them every week. When she left after a year I wanted to find another uni student because it was such a good fit but there was no way for me to reach into that network - so I set up studentnannies.com.’ Student Nannies was named by STartups UK as one of the most inspirational female-founded businesses of 2017 and is growing fast. Blake is very excited to be launching in Norfolk: ‘There is a huge student population in Norwich and hundreds of local parents seeking reliable, friendly young people to help fill their childcare gaps. Registration on the site is free for both parents and students, then you can search for what you need.’

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2018 DISS CYCLATHON

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Local Firm Says "On Your Bike" As one of the largest employers in Diss, leading technology company Midwich is delighted to continue their support within the local community by announcing sponsorship of the 2018 Diss Cyclathon. Now in its third year, the Diss Cyclathon is on Sunday 24th June 2018 and will be a great opportunity for experienced and new riders alike to get on their bikes and enjoy the beautiful roads of Norfolk and Suffolk. Carla Shipp - Group Head of HR at Midwich said "We employ over 250 people at our head offices in Diss and love to support local events like Diss Cyclathon and really hope it gets everyone out on their bikes this June. The Nine Town Sportive has become one of the must ride sportive events in the area and we'll be entering a Midwich team again this year to not only enjoy a lovely ride but to also raise money for our selected charity Nelson's Journey" http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk As well as the Nine Town Sportive, which offers 25, 50 and 100 mile routes, there are also family rides of 5, 10 or 15 miles sponsored by Monarch Water which will be free to enter for under 16s and lots of food, music and fun on the park in Diss. Diss Cyclathon organiser, Alan Franks, said "This is the second year we've teamed up with Midwich as part of Diss Cyclathon and their support is invaluable in helping us make it even bigger and better than last year.

The Diss Cyclathon is a not for profit event and money raised goes to supporting local charities including the East Anglian Air Ambulance. For more information and to sign up for one of the rides go to: www.disscyclathon.org. About Midwich Midwich is a specialist audio visual (AV) and document solutions distributor to the trade market, with operations in the UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Iberia, Benelux and Australasia. The Group's long-standing relationships with over 300 vendors, including blue-chip organisations such as Samsung, LG, Epson and NEC, supports a comprehensive product portfolio across major AV categories such as large format displays, projectors, digital signage and printers.

We really hope as many people as possible will sign up via our website for one of the rides and come along to the park in Diss on the day to enjoy the food, music and entertainment for everyone. Every rider who completes their chosen course will get a medal courtesy of Madgett Cycles.

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NORWICH PLAYHOUSE

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Norwich Playhouse Announces Summer Season Of Shows Including Chris Ramsey, Benjamin Zephaniah And Solo Show From Nimmo Twin Karl Minns

Grumpy Old Women

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The new season of shows features internationally renowned comedians Henning Wehn, Mark Watson and Sarah Kendall, stunning Fringe theatre and local productions, and ground-breaking dance performances, continuing the Playhouse tradition of bringing phenomenal shows to the region.

15 Jun) featuring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper. Celebrity Juice regular Chris Ramsey (Sun 24 Jun) and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key (Fri 29 Jun) bring new tours to Norwich. Mark Watson (Thur 27 - Sat 29 Sep) returns after a February sell-out with a show fresh from Edinburgh.

Norwich Playhouse's summer season encompasses theatre, comedy, dance, music, magic and brilliant local productions. Audiences will be delighted by the big-name comedians performing at the Playhouse. Internet star Mo Gilligan (Tue 29 & Thur 31 May), will bring his quick-witted social-media routine for two nights, and Sarah Kendall (Fri 1 Jun), known for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy, will perform a blistering evening of storytelling. Sure to sell-out fast is Henning Wehn (Thur 7 - Sat 9 Jun) with his work-in-progress (or masterpiece-under­ construction), and Grumpy Old Women (Fri

Caroline Richardson, Playhouse Director, says: "It's a pleasure to announce another summer of exceptional shows. We're delighted to be bringing Playhouse favourites Mark Watson, Henning Wehn, and Chris Ramsey back, and to debut powerful new work like Karl Minn's solo show, and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). We hope the people of Norwich, Norfolk, and the East are as excited as we are by the new season, and that we see them in the audience!" Award-winning local theatre company Sound Ideas encourage us to look on the bright side of inclement weather with classic Singin' in the Rain (Wed 22 - Sun 26 Aug), and Karl Minns

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(Thur 30 Aug - Sat 1 Sep) takes 47 years of life experience and bumbling around to create new solo show Sortabiography. The Playhouse enjoys a whole day of startlingly brilliant improvisation from The Showstoppers with The Showstoppers' Kids Show and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Sat 15 Sep). Direct from the West End comes Private Peaceful (Tue 18 - Fri 21 Sep); adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this tragic and beautiful story marks the centenary of WW1. Fringe favourite A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) (Sat 22 Sep) captures the contradictions of mental health with singing, glitter, and lots of laughter. A first for the Playhouse, and for Norwich, is SIX 0Ned 11 - Sun 15 Jul) a co-production with Kenny Wax & Global Musicals and Norwich Theatre Royal. This exciting new pop-musical stars the six wives of Henry VIII as they sing their way out of the history books and into the spotlight. Expect catchy tunes, splendid sass, and bucketloads of attitude - this is a unique opportunity for local audiences to catch a soon-to-be huge West End hit in the intimate auditorium of the Playhouse. Celebrating 10 years of Norwich Pride is dazzling diva La Voix (Fri 27 Jul, 8pm), who tackles all the greats; from Cher to Shirley Bassey, in a night of extravagant musical delight. The Floyd Effect (Sat 4 Aug), recreates the sound and

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intensity of a Pink Floyd concert, whilst The Billy Joel Songbook (Fri 14 Sep) celebrates the phenomenal music of Billy Joel with all the hits. This summer, the Playhouse is delighted to present startling contemporary dance, which will inflame the spirit and stimulate the mind. Border Tales (Sat 5 May) combines dance and dialogue to explore immigration and multicultural Britain. Local stars Legacy Dance bring The Evolution of Man[sculinity] (Fri 22 & Sat 23 Jun), telling the story of two centuries of masculinity through hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary dance, whilst Natyapriya present Shantakaram (Sat 8 Sep) a story of love conquering evil. SKIN (Fri 5 Oct) from 201 Dance Company uses urban dance styles and an original score to depict an intimate journey of gender transition. Also included in the new season is remarkable poet Benjamin Zephaniah (Sat 2 Jun), picture book favourite Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard (Tue 3 - Sun 8 Jul), genre-bending trickery from stage-mentalist Colin Cloud (Fri 21 Sep), and so much more. For a full line-up of all the Playhouse's forthcoming shows, visit: norwichplayhouse.co.uk PAGE

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TALKING NEWSPAPER Issue 60 2018

Talking Newspaper Marks 20th Anniversary

Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper (W A T N) is marking its 20th anniversary with a reunion of past volunteers. It was on Good Friday, 10 April 1998, that the first edition of the weekly audio news and information service for visually impaired people was recorded at the Abbey School Room in Wymondham. A monthly audio magazine was subsequently added to the output. Initially recordings were copied onto cassette tapes and distributed by post, by means of the Royal Mail “Articles for the Blind” freepost concession. Now a USB stick is used and listeners to the free service are supplied with a machine on which to play them. The 1000th edition was recorded on 3 November 2017. To mark this important milestone in W A T N’s history, previous Talking Newspaper volunteers are being invited to a reunion at the Group’s annual general meeting in Fairland Hall, Wymondham, on Monday 14 May 2018 (7.00pm for 7.30pm). For more information about the service, visit the website: www.watn.org.uk W A T N is particularly keen to recruit more news compilers and sound technicians.

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SEEWHATMUMMYSAYS

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The Evolution Of Children’s Parties! One of the most emotional times as a parent is celebrating your little ones’ birthdays. On one hand, you're oozing with pride, that they can now walk, talk or read, but on the other its a reminder of how grown up they now are and how soon you might turn from Daddy into taxi driver or the occasional phone call! Hopefully we’re more than a few years away from that yet! There seem to be some general rules you must follow to celebrate those first few birthdays! • 1st Birthday: Invite a ridiculous amount of family and friends to your house. Spend a fortune on party games that a one year old can’t understand, let alone play, and take lots of “Covered in cake" photos! • 2nd Birthday: The crowd is slightly smaller this year. Little ones racing around, demonstrating perfectly why they call it the terrible twos and leaving you commenting how they’re “Two going on 30”. Sound familiar?! • 3rd Birthday: The crowd is significantly smaller now. The novelty of a cute baby has been long since forgotten and only the loyal grandparents remain. Your little ones are very honest and you’ll probably hear “I don’t want that” or “I’ve already got that” as gifts are exchanged... the giver will say how children are so cute with the things they come out with (Secretly, they’re really offended!)

• 5th Birthday: Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired after a child’s birthday party! We had a joint party with one of B's friends. Bouncy castle, soft play, larger garden games etc in the local village hall! In reception, it’s common practice to invite every child in the class, along with family and friends. Tip: Each child is accompanied by at least one parent... tea and coffee go down very well! • 6th Birthday: This is the most up to date birthday we have experience of! Once you’ve thrown a party like last year, you deserve an easier afternoon with someone else taking the lead. We opted for Jump For Joy in Rackheath, just outside Norwich and it couldn’t have been easier. We only had to take a cake and candles. The children played in the soft play for an hour, and then had party food. B was made to feel like a princess with her own throne and crown! Party bags are even included in the price and refreshments for parents are very reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend this as an option... but of course you must go through the other five stages first! That’s the rule!

• 4th Birthday: The first “Friends" Party. Our little girl was at nursery at this stage and this was a small taste of the much larger parties to come. The parents barely know each other, and small talk rarely gets beyond the weather or where did you hire the bouncy castle from?! Bouncy castles are a must at this age... not just for the little people!

We’d love to know your birthday experiences! You can find us at: www.seewhatmummysays.com Or www.twitter.com/whatmummysaysuk Thanks for reading! Tom PAGE

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THE LIFEBOAT INN

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New Head Chef Takes The Helm Of The Lifeboat’s Kitchen

The Lifeboat Inn, a very popular traditional hotel and one AA rosette restaurant on the north Norfolk coast, is delighted to announce the appointment of their new Head Chef, Peter Howard. Peter brings his experience, strong leadership skills and fresh, innovative ideas to further develop The Lifeboat’s menus. He was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Docking on the north Norfolk coast. Peter started working in kitchens at the age of 14 and since then he has mastered culinary skills in various restaurants across the country. He worked at The Hoste in Burnham Market, Manleys in West Sussex, Mid-Sussex Golf Club and National Trust’s Royal Botanic Garden in Wakehurst to name just a few. Peter started his new role at The Lifeboat early in February 2018. However, he also had a short stint working in The Lifeboat’s kitchen back in early 90s. His great knowledge, real love of the area and its local produce shows in his cooking and menus - traditional, British and fresh. Peter has already introduced some exciting menu changes, while respecting the favourites that The Lifeboat’s loyal guests love.

General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn, Ewen Thomson, has said, “I know he will continue to drive our food offering forward as one of the best places to eat on the north Norfolk coast. Peter’s passion for his work in the kitchen and a great appreciation for creating fresh, excellent quality dishes is a great fit for The Lifeboat.” Peter has commented, “I am delighted to return to the north Norfolk coast to lead and build the team at The Lifeboat and make the restaurant even more popular and successful.” The Lifeboat Inn is a beautifully refurbished traditional hotel, restaurant and bar situated in Thornham village on the north Norfolk coast. The Lifeboat Inn is one of a select group of restaurants and hotels owned and managed by Agellus Hotels (Norfolk) Ltd. For more information visit: Webiste: http://lifeboatinnthornham.com/ Facebook: The Lifeboat Inn Twitter: Lifeboat_Inn

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NOVA SILVER

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Spring Clean At Nova Silver With the spring finally now here, it means only one thing… it’s time for a Spring Clean.

We don’t mean the boring housework kind of spring clean; we’re talking about the jewellery box spring clean. That’s right; it’s time for some new jewellery! After the long, gruelling winter (and unexpected hit from the Beast from the East), we don’t think we’re the only one who feels like they could do with some freshening up! It’s the season of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation, when flowers start to blossom, the days become longer, and those winter blues finally start to melt away. With the idea of renewal in mind, what better way to refresh and renew after the winter months than with some new accessories! We’ve picked out our favourite pieces for the upcoming seasons which include: our ever-popular Honey Bee earrings, our Grasshopper pendant and our cute Sunflower bracelet. Although most people think of it as more of an autumnal colour, we love Amber for the spring time. With some designs featuring ladybugs, flowers and butterflies, these unusual pieces make perfect additions to any spring wardrobe! Our birthstone for this month is Moonstone. Moonstone is typically a colourless stone but in most cases it carries hues of blues, pinks, purples and sometimes even yellow. Moonstone is known as being the perfect prescription for cleansing the mind of negative emotions that could hold you back and helps to keep them away.

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WILKO JOHNSON

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Wilko Johnson With Special Guests Hugh Cornwell & Band Play Norwich - UEA On Saturday 5th May 2018! R&B legend Wilko Johnson announces May 2018 UK Tour with special guests Hugh Cornwell & Band. WILKO JOHNSON ‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ so said Wilko in a recent interview, having been diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. But despite the doctors’ worst predictions, he continued to perform and Credit: Laurence Harvey present himself with vigour and a new zest for life. In 2013, Wilko announced that, thanks to a second opinion and subsequent life-saving surgery, he was cancer-free. The original Dr Feelgood guitarist is known for his incredible distinctive chopping guitar style. Wilko has gone on to find further success recently after teaming up with Roger Daltrey on 2014’s Going Back Home. An album of the year, it featured reworkings of songs from Wilko’s Dr Feelgood days such as ‘All Through The City’ and ‘Going Back Home’. The Wilko Johnson Band was formed with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, adding up to one of the most exciting R'n'B bands in the world today. In Sept 2017, Wilko celebrated his 70th birthday and 30th Anniversary by playing a sold out show at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London. HUGH CORNWELL & BAND Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest song writing talents and accomplished live performers. This electric band performance will feature songs spanning his career from early Stranglers to the current day. As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he's enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Nice N’ Sleazy, Always the Sun and Duchess.

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ICENI - COLUMNISTS

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King It was quick, very quick and a painful eye-opener to how fragile life is, and how quickly a loved one can be taken from your life. It was just a normal Thursday evening as my wife went into our bedroom to change. Above: Mark King

She called out to me with a concerned voice. I shot up-stairs. I knew instantly when I entered the room and saw our distressed family cat Sunny sitting on her hind legs on the floor, with her tongue hanging out and, the fear in her eyes, that she was not long for this life. Only an hour earlier she had been curled peacefully on our bed as she normally does looking content, relaxed and gently purring with delight. Half an hour later we’re standing in the vets, but she had already passed away. We were heart broken, and the tears were flowing. She was nearly sixteen years old and had been part of our loving family since we brought her to our first house as a kitten. In fact, she was the first member of our new family. She was there during our engagement, there for our wedding day, there for

the birth and christening of both our children plus their first day at school, and always there on our return from the many holidays we enjoyed. She was there for every high and low we have experienced with never a word of complaint, just the occasional annoyed swish of the tail if her food bowl was empty. “There was nothing that could be done,” said the vet as he explained that she had succumbed to a condition that was common in cats of her great age, “but as least it was quick.” Mary, one of the lead characters in my Daniel Jones series of books always likes to say, “There is always a but in life,” and this was a ruddy great big but for all of us with how quick it was. Sunny now rests in our garden alongside the children’s two hamsters. Our home was definitely a one cat house as she would not put up with any other cat, or dog, being around. Now she has gone, the children’s pleas for a dog get louder by the day and my resolve to say no weakens with every sunset! www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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We recently celebrated World Book Day and it was both an honour and a pleasure to be asked by one of my readers, who is a high school teacher in Huddersfield, to address his Year 11 Writing Group. Here is what I had to say to Above: Keri Beevis say to them. It always saddens me when I hear someone say they don't like to read. There are good books and bad books, and books that are just okay. But then there are also great books. Books that pull you in and make you forget you are reading words on a page, immersing you in their story until you feel you are really there and living with the characters. And those great books will differ from person to person, as we all like different things. When someone tells me they don't like to read, it saddens me because I know they just haven't yet found a great book for them. My childhood was spent reading or writing, and if I didn't have my nose buried in a book, I was penning stories. I always knew I wanted to be a writer and I was determined I was going to be a published author. By age 25 I had written four novels. Were they any good? Hell, no. But at least I was writing, unlike the procrastinators. And that is the number one rule. If you want to be a writer you have to write. Laptop, longhand, even typewriter, if you are so inclined. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but you have to write. And frequently. There are no rules. Some authors I know meticulously plot out every chapter on a storyboard before they even start writing the story. Others, like me, tend to fly by the seat of our pants. Maybe there is a beginning and a proposed ending, but once we start writing the characters lead us.

Talking of characters, live with them for a while. I may not use a storyboard, but I know the people in my story as intimately as I know my family by the time I come to write them. Hang out with them in your head for a while, until you can not only see what they look like and how they sound, but you know how their mind works, what food they like to eat, what music they listen to. Give them flaws too. Make them real so readers can relate. Dialogue is important. Have conversations with your characters in your head, listen to the people around you. Keep it real and to the point. And don't write the book you think you should write. Write the book YOU want to write. It's all about passion to paper. You have to really care about your characters and the story you are telling. If you don't care, neither will the reader. Remember, the world enough storytellers.

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LET GO OF THE NEED

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Let Go Of The Need To Be Perfect So many of us experience the pressure to be perfect. At first the desire to please our parents and siblings is a serious motivator, wanting to be told that we're 'good' often influencing our behaviour and choices. Even at nursery, children are often eager to fit in, do well and be accepted by other children, approved of by teachers. Everything from our taste in music, the way we look and dress, through to our academic accomplishments can feel subject to scrutiny either from ourselves, or others, or both. Even a loving, supportive environment can trigger an urgency to be perfect, where we are loathe to be a disappointment.

vicariously through their children. They want them to have the opportunities they didn't have, achieve the heights they missed out on. But their dreams may not sit well with their child's, or two children may be very different in temperament and ability. Avoid 'naming' your child the handsome, intelligent or clumsy one and reassure them that each is unique and special. Having to repeat a year at school, considering an apprenticeship, choosing a career option that doesn't include university are all valid ways to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

How can we let go of the need to be perfect?

• Accept that our critics and judges are only human too. How often do we see someone undertake something 'tough' with comparative ease and yet struggle with something we would find straightforward? We all have different skill sets, talents and abilities. Celebrating those variations gives permission for each of us to do well.

• In childhood, children can feel that they need to justify their parents' efforts, struggles and investment in them. Sometimes parents live

• Appreciate that others may present a greatlooking persona whilst struggling with their own issues. Think of those photos on social

This mindset can remain with us and impact on everything we do. But being perfect is neither achievable or desirable. Being good is often fine, whilst giving us something more to aspire to.

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media where 'everyone' is having 'the very best night of their lives'. Social media, with its temporary self-deleting images, creates a sense of urgency and the need to constantly check what's happening. Fear of missing out causes lots of stress. Many times, we'll have been part of an event, participated in the photos and live-streaming and found it a pleasant enough time, but not out of the ordinary. Once the photo or recording was over and the perfect illusion created everything went back to 'normal'. • Have you ever been relieved to see someone regarded as perfect, an expert in their field, make a mistake or slip up slightly? Watching as they occasionally stammered, forgot their words, apologised for an error or for not knowing something meant we relaxed and felt better about ourselves. It's not about gloating over another's imperfections or fallibility, but rather about easing the pressure we put ourselves under, reassured to discover no one's perfect. • Have rules. Turn off your technology, especially your social media at certain times in the evening. Try to limit your time online to specific periods each day. Step back and remember that many people use social media to promote themselves, project a specific image or convey a point of view. It has a role, but it isn't real life. • Meet people face to face and have conversations where you invest time and interest in those relationships. When you

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talk together, you'll find that others share the same thoughts, feelings, insecurities that you do. It helps release the pressure you may be subjecting yourself to. • Appreciate the role of failure. Repeating a year of education, having something not work out as you'd hoped, can turn out to be a valuable learning opportunity in the long-term. It may open unexpected new doors where you meet new people, establish great relationships and revise your plans. • Get outside. Go for walks, play games, enjoy fresh air, exercise and time with others. • Avoid referencing people by how they look, their size or capabilities. Quirky dressing, individual approaches to life and excellence often incorporate skills sets different from our own. We may even seek to utilise their idiosyncratic approach on occasion. Appreciate the variations in your own social circle and refrain from being judgmental. • It can be easy to mock what we don't understand or feel comfortable with. We may metaphorically 'hold the bully's coat' and so excuse ourselves by saying we're not joining in. Relax and make space for those different outlooks and viewpoints. There's room for all. Take time to reflect on your early years when you were your own worst critic, desperate to be perfect. Now you look at those old photographs or school reports with affection and wish you could reassure the younger you that everything turned out fine.

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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Should You Run A Social Competition? Social media competitions are a great way, for businesses of all sizes, to get more followers, increase engagement, increase brand awareness and generate interest around your product or service. The reasoning behind this is that all competitions require some form of interaction whether it’s a click, like or share with your brand. These are great if you’re a new company or you have a product/service/event that you want to kick start promoting. Often thinking about what your end goal is will help decide what your competition might entail: • Increase followers - Encouraging your followers to like, follow and then share the competition, or some other specially crafted content, with their friends will expand your audience reach. This is the simplest form of social competition and the most used.

• Increase engagement - This might be likes, comments, shares, replies or favourites for instance. Engagement shows to your social networks how popular you are and helps your organic reach within the social platform. One way to increase engagement is to run a competition that focuses on themed user-generated content (photos or videos) as a part of the competition. Ensure these are brand themed, have a ‘focus’ goal and include a relevant #hashtag to allow engagement not just with you but also with other followers. • Build your customer database - Getting your followers to fill out personal information for a chance to win a prize can be a great way to increase your customer base - but be very careful about explaining precisely what you’ll do with their data if they enter the competition and give them multiple levels of communication to choose from - this is especially important with the new GDPR laws coming into force in May 2018. These can also be referred to as ‘Sweepstakes’ and don’t necessarily attract ‘true’ followers making the

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data you collect doing it worth less as you’re likely to get a high percentage of entrants who are just after a ‘free gift’ rather than having a genuine interest in your product/service. Finally, a few pointers on running a competition. • Don’t forget to make sure you take the time to read your chosen social platforms policy on competitions as you don’t want to fall foul of flouting their rules. • To help track your competition and the engagement it gets create a unique #hashtag, this makes it easier to sift through general brand engagement and those specifically related to your competition. It’ll also allow you to create a ‘list’ in Twitter or other social media management tool to track. • Try to build up interest on social media by promoting the competition prior to launch - also consider other mediums like printed materials, email footers and your own website to help. • Have a set of competition rules yourself so that users know what to expect from entering and that you might want to use their content in the future for promotional purposes. It’s worth consulting with a legal representative to ensure its all correct. • Offer something that’s interesting to win to your followers - that doesn’t have to be a standard free gift, it could be a tour, insight or something much more unique - think ‘out of the box’. What would your followers love to have! So that’s just a few tips on the benefits of social competitions. If you need more information or help on how competitions 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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DS5 Performance Line BlueHDi 180 Review Reviewed By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Editor. Tweeting @carwriteups Not long ago, French brand, Citroen, decided it needed to break into the upmarket territories occupied by the likes of Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar. It wanted to put a French twist on the luxury car segment, and to do this it shed the ‘Citroen’ name altogether and launched ‘DS’ out into the ocean of premium products to see if it can hold its own. Our Motoring Editor, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.

It’s quite clear the French want to go about things differently to rivals in the market - most notably the good ol’ Germans. Is it handsome then? Well, let’s just say looks are subjective. Performance Is it any good, then? Well, it’s not outstanding. ‘Performance Line’ as a trim level is a bit misleading, as the DS5 doesn’t really do performance. It’s happiest plodding along at its own pace not really pushing itself to do anything too strenuous. It’s lazy, and it loves it. Of course, this puts it at a big disadvantage when it comes to the more athletic contenders it faces. It simply isn’t as good to drive as a Jaguar or BMW, and it doesn’t feel as special either.

Looks Inside The DS5 is a hatchback, though it doesn’t really look like one. It’s a bulbous, slightly nautical looking car that is probably closer in shape to an MPV or people carrier than it is a hatch.

Inside, there are still echoes of Citroen about the whole thing - a marque that’s far from opulent and that just won’t do for a car going up against

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the beautiful cabins produced by MercedesBenz, for example. It falls well short of what you’d find in a C-Class, and while it isn’t bad, it isn’t exactly great either.

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Jaguar come to mind. That might currently be the only reason to buy one over more established opponents.

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Verdict There’s a feeling that this might take DS a little while to get right. Certainly, the DS5 Performance Line doesn’t quite meet the grade yet, though it must be said it has a huge deal more character than a lot of other ‘luxury’ cars - the generic 3-series from BMW and XE from

• Characterful √ • Running Costs √ • Comfortable √ • Lacklustre Performance X • Pricey X

Fast Facts (DS5 Performance Line Blue HDi 180 EAT 6-Speed Auto) • Max speed: 137 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.2 secs • Combined mpg: 62.8 • Engine layout: 1997cc four-cylinder diesel turbo • Max. power (PS): 180 • CO2: 117 g/km •Price: £34,370 PAGE

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Transcend ESD220CC Portable SSD The Perfect Companion For Any Road Trip It’s nearly six months since we embarked on our EPIC Gadget Road Trip from Ness Point to Ardnamurchan and Back!! During our trip we called on all kinds of tech to assist us with the Gigabytes of data we were generating, mostly in the form of video and photos.

hard-disk, you are in fact using memory chips (TLC NAND flash) to store the information and thus weight and size stop being an issue. It will easily fit in your pocket and the case had a scratch resistant coating to keep it looking pristine.

Most notable and indeed most important was removable backup storage and in this area, we were able to call upon our friends at Transcend. Not only were they able to provide us with previously reviewed dash-cam hardware, but also with the amazing ESD220C Portable SSD drive.

The drive uses SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface and built-in SLC caching technology to give read/write speeds of up to 410MB/s and 400MB/s respectively. It also supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol to further boost file transfers on supported computers. The drive’s lifespan is also extended by the addition of RAID and LDPC and your data is safe with ECC encryption.

The ESD220C is indeed portable in every way. It is both small and light, in fact small enough to fit into a wallet. This size and weight is due to the Solid-State storage, which means that rather than storing your data onto a physical, spinning

Also included is a USB3.1 Type A (for your computer) to USB Type C connector (for the drive). By Transcend using a Type C connector, it enables the drive to be connected to a mobile device (using an additional adapter) and allows

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for direct file transfers from Android OTG (On the Go) enabled phones and tablets. As you can imagine, this was a real winner in the depths of Scotland as we were able to pull photos and videos straight off our mobile devices in transit as the drive is powered from the same cable. Using the ESD220C, I was able to transfer files from Paul’s Samsung Galaxy S7, my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a Sony Xperia XZ1, my nVideo Shield K1 tablet and the Dell Rugged Laptop we also took with us. Of course I also transferred video from the DJI Mavic Pro‘s MicroSD card. So, you can see that the tiny little device was indeed the seamless hub for secure storage for the entire journey. We also transferred the data from the Transcend drive at night to a second 1TB drive which enabled us to free up space for use during the day. I should finally mention that the device also has a ‘one touch backup’ button for use with Windows PC’s running Transcend’s included software.

Of the many gadgets that I review and then have to send back, this will be one of the those that I will miss the most for its speed and sheer usefulness. The drives are available in 120Gb, 240Gb and 480Gb storage options with prices around £66, £95 and £165 respectively. I tested the 240Gb model, which I think is excellent value for a portable SSD device.

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Nibbles &Tipples April Article By Cheryl Cade Spring think.

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I brewers were women, the Bronte sisters all knew

The season has started off with some excitement, after the success of Maid In Norfolk, the first collaboration beer brewed by Norfolk Broads Brewing Company (Humpty Dumpty) as a celebration of 25 years of ownership. It was launched at the Great British Beer Festival Winter but what also made it special was the brewers, I was selected as one of the first collaborators for this new project to highlight the fantastic work that women do in the beer sector. The next ambassador will be Dawn Hopkins from The Rose Inn, Norwich and this beer will be launched during City Of Ale in May. But it should come as no surprise that women are involved in brewing and this sector. The first

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how to brew and Queen Elizabeth I had two breweries in her palaces. One for Ale (unhoped) and one for Beer (hopped).

Moving on only a couple of hundred years it seems that some are surprised by women brewing, yet this region has some extremely respected brewsters, Belinda Jennings, Joe C and Sophie De Ronde to name but a few. In a period when sexism in the industry is in the news (I am not going to dwell on this, more experienced people have done this more eloquently) I was delighted to join a wonderful group of women as part of International Womens Day (8th March) to brew a beer at Burnt Mills under the leadership of Sophie De Ronde (their head brewer). I was joined in this adventure (over the border) by Lesley George (Norfolk Broads Brewing), Aey Allen (landlady of The Vine, Norwich) and Celia

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a young lady from the Abbey Val Deui, who had come from Belgium to join us. This was a hands-on day, with all of the women involved in every part of the process, including the cleaning. If you have ever thought of becoming a brewer, you should note, over 90% of your time will involve cleaning. Aey took great delight in this aspect and although being petite she was the main person cleaning out the mash tun and I have the pictures to prove it.

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There are many changes taking place in the beer sector over the next few months, one of the major ones is the CAMRA AGM in Coventry. We will wait and see how this will affect the drinker, brewer and publican. Meantime, go to your local, enjoy a beer and celebrate everyone responsible for the fact you have a glass of liquid bread in your hand.

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Thrills And Spills Guaranteed As High Octane Show Returns

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CIRQUE BERSERK - APRIL 5-7 The 250th anniversary of circus is being celebrated with a high energy and thrilling show which is making its Norwich Theatre Royal return. Cirque Berserk aims to bring Big Top thrills and spills bang up to date and transfer the action and excitement into an auditorium. Running from April 5-7, it will combine contemporary cirque-style flair with some adrenalin-fuelled stunt action. Cirque Berserk also boasts an international troupe of performers including jugglers, acrobats, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen, as well as the world-renowned finale of the motorcycle Globe Of Death. The team behind the show say it aims to bring the traditions of circus to life in an edgier manner but it is also specifically designed to be showcased around the proscenium arch design of a theatre. It also recruits West End-standard lighting and sound designers to enhance the stunning thrills and spills.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, says it has a number of inspirations. He said: “The creative team have looked to the Cirque du Soleil style to give it an almost balletic feel in places and this is then mixed with a very urban feel too. “Overall it is all about entertainment and the Cirque Berserk team are aiming to guarantee that during their Easter holiday visit to the city.” Listing: Cirque Berserk, Thursday 5-Friday 6 April at 7.30pm, Friday 6 April at 2pm, and Saturday 7 April at 2pm and 5pm. Tickets £10-£29.50. Suitable for 6+ Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Under-16s, Over-60s and Groups. Tickets £10-£29.50

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Imaginative Version Of Classic Novel Set To Delight Norwich Audiences

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THE JUNGLE BOOK - APRIL 10-14 The timeless story of Mowgli the mancub and how he came of age in the jungle environment is being re-imagined in a brand new production coming to Norwich Theatre Royal.

Kanye The First for HighTide, The Archers, Watership Down and Northanger Abbey for BBC Radio 4, and the Doctor Who audio adventure Cold Venture which was released on CD and download.

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book follows the tale of the youngster who is raised by wolves in the jungle.

Starring opposite her as Shere Khan is Norfolk’s Lloyd Gorman who got his introduction to performing though the Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Course. He has appeared in the likes of Sunny Afternoon in the West End, the UK tour of Our House, many productions for the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, and Cinderella at The Garage in Norwich.

He also has to outwit the cruel and powerful tiger Shere Khan with the help of his animal friends including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python. It features a brand new score and script and aims to explore the universal themes of family, belonging and identity when it takes to the stage from April 10-14. Taking on the lead role of Mowgli is Keziah Joseph who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. A winner of the 2016 Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award, she is a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company with previous performing credits including

Lloyd is also enjoying the chance to come back and act on home turf playing such a wellknown character. He said: “Everyone knows the Disney version of Shere Khan who is suave and sophisticated. For this production, he has morphed into a wannabe rockabilly with an orange quiff. He is a modern version of the character. I hope it is effective in that respect.” He will be performing alongside a host of fellow actor-musicians to give the production added

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depth. “I think this really boosts the ensemble storytelling environment as well. People are playing instruments while in character and also at the back when their character is not on stage. There is also a percussionist there through the whole of the production,” said Lloyd.

critically-acclaimed Goodnight Mister Tom, Swallows and Amazons, and Running Wild to Norwich Theatre Royal.

It also boasts a strong creative team. The Jungle Book was adapted for the stage by playwright Jessica Swale, whose previous play Nell Gwynn won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016. She said: “I jumped at the chance to adapt it because it's such a vivid world but there is also so much opportunity to imagine the jungle afresh. Part of the book's enduring appeal is that the jungle can be anything we choose. “It's a playground, a school, a hideaway, an adventure, so I've enjoyed exploring what sort of place this mysterious, delightful, sometimes scary place might be- and what better way to do that than with Max Webster, one of the most inventive and imaginative directors working today. “I loved the characters as Kipling wrote them, but wanted to find new voices which resonate now- funny, bright, dynamic voices, with a little more wit, and greater diversity, in terms of place, tone, gender and culture. It's a funny, heart-filled roller coaster of a journey which, I hope, will transport the audience right round the world and back again”.

And its director Max Webster is promising something very special for audiences. He said: “The Jungle Book was an instant classic when it was written over a hundred years ago with its story of Mowgli finding his path through the jungle. Each generation has re-imagined this story as their own, and now Jess Swale brings it right up to date in a hilarious and action-packed version for the twenty first century. With wonderful songs by the jazz legend Joe Stilgoe, and packed with adventure, humour and magic, this classic tale is perfect for all the family.” Listing: The Jungle Book, Tuesday 10, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April at 7pm, and Wednesday 11-Saturday 14 April at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£23. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Under-18s, Over-60s, and Groups. Audio-described and signed performance on Saturday 14 April at 2.30pm.

The production comes from the Children’s Touring Partnership which brought the

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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 focused, in depth social media learning session; an update on the latest developments in social media; a question and answer session; and an opportunity for you to network with other local businesses. When marketing your business on social media, it's important to be consistent. Consistent social media marketing takes into account two things: consistent quality, and consistent publishing. In April's North West Norfolk Social Media Surgery meeting we will take a look what it is to be consistent and provide tools and tips to achieve consistency on social media. Come along to any meeting for ÂŁ32, or subscribe to monthly meetings for just ÂŁ30 a month, and receive further social media support via email or Skype too.

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange Blake The Anniversary Tour Sunday 22 April £47.50 (inc meet & Greet) / £22.50 Brit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake return to the Alive Corn Exchange on Sunday 22 April with a special UK tour, celebrating 10 years together. The show features new songs from their 10th anniversary album including Elgar's Nimrod, the Beatles' Here There and Everywhere, Somewhere from West Side Story and the classic Caruso, along with all the band's popular anthems in powerful three part harmony. Supporting the amazing trio will be the wonderful choir from the Alderman Peel High School, Wells. Enjoy a spectacular show with video projections, emotive lighting & the boys' famously off-piste banter. With over 600 concerts performed in the UK alone, along with more than 150 TV appearances worldwide (including Graham Norton, The One Show and Strictly Come Dancing) Blake continue to thrill audiences young & old all over the globe; don't miss them as they celebrate a decade of singing.

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Formed in 2011 Union J are an English boy band consisting of members Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jaymi Hensley and Casey Johnson.

In 2012 the group successfully made it through to the live finals of the ninth series of The X Factor, eventually finishing fourth. They have since released 4 consecutive UK Top Ten Singles, number 6, 8, 9, 2, and two albums Certified GOLD and SILVER. We are pleased to welcome the boys back to Kings Lynn, after their successful evening on the Tuesday Market Place at the Festival Too event last summer. Join them here at the Alive Corn Exchange on Tuesday 24 April at 7.30pm. PAGE

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An Audience with Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse Rhythm of the Night Wednesday 25 April | 7.30pm £27 / £25 / Concs £1 off / Meet & Greet tickets £20 Ian and Oti will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity at the Alive Corn Exchange on Wednesday 25 April. The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow you. Oti is fondly remembered with her celebrity pairing with Danny Mac where they received a perfect score of 40 in the Samba. Ian is a regular on our screens with the spin off programme - It Takes Two on BBC 2. Ian and Oti always push the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity partner, with both of them becoming finalist in the hit BBC show. On the night they will dance a mix of Latin and Ballroom, transporting you away to a place of wonderful moments with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life. Meet and greet tickets available from the box office.

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac 40 Years of Rumours Thursday 26 April | 8pm Rows A-G £35 / Rows H- LL & Balcony £25 Performing the legendary Rumours album note-for-note and in its entirety... plus much much more! Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the Alive Corn Exchange on Thursday 26 April, with a brand new show celebrating 40 years of the iconic Rumours album. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offer a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.

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True Stories Live Celebrates Women Of The World Festival With All Female Line-Up

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Special guest performers Bec Hill and Paula Varjack at Norwich storytelling treat Norwich’s popular monthly storytelling event True Stories Live is taking part in the Women of the World Festival with a special all female line-up on Sunday 29 April in the main hall at Norwich Arts Centre. Special guests for the evening, also its second birthday event, are Australian born, UK based, comedian Bec Hill and American writer, artist, filmmaker and performance maker Paula Varjack. They will tell stories about one of their true-life experiences as part of a bill that will also include some past female TSL participants telling their True Life Stories that relate to what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. The theme for the event is ‘Now's the Time’ which storytellers are invited to interpret

as closely or loosely as they wish. As with all TSL events, the night will be compéred by Norwich based scriptwriter, poet and performer Molly Naylor. True Stories Live is the intimate monthly storytelling evening founded at Norwich Arts Centre that has grown to become a regular sell out success and has toured to great acclaim to London, around the country and to the Edinburgh Book Festival. The premise of True Stories Live is simple – ordinary people tell their own anecdotal stories to a warm and friendly audience, relating to a different theme each time. Heartwarming, revealing, funny, shocking or sad – an evening at True Stories Live will have your emotions leaping from one extreme to another as you are

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drawn into each storyteller’s world. For some it’s their first time ever on stage; others are used to performing, but what they have in common is that they are telling their own personal stories about their own experiences.

shows that celebrate women and girls. WoW takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential and raises awareness globally of the issues they face as well as creating possible solutions.

The evening has been described as ‘like eavesdropping into people’s stories in the pub or on a bus - only here you’re allowed to!’ A first time performer said ‘I was absolutely petrified before I went on but I feel amazing now, the audience was really receptive. I had so much fun… everybody should do it’.

True Stories Live producer and founder Lucy Farrant said ‘It seems a natural fit to coincide our second birthday event with Women of the World so we were so pleased that WoW programmer Rosie Arnold invited us to take part. To have inspirational women like Bec and Paula agree to be our special guests really is the icing on the cake.’

Women of the World festival was founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE. It is now the largest women’s movement in the world, reaching over 1.5 million people in 20 cities across five continents. In partnership with Norwich Arts Centre it comes to Norwich for the first time on 28/29 April for 2 packed days of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and

Lucy, of Norfolk cultural event producers L J Hope Productions, created TSL after hearing about American storytelling event The Moth. She invited Molly to join the team in the joint belief that the people of Norwich have just as interesting stories to tell as those over the Atlantic - and the queue of eager participants and regular sell out audiences have proved them to be absolutely correct!. Molly Naylor is the co-writer of Sky One sitcom After Hours. Her autobiographical show Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You toured internationally and was adapted for BBC Radio 4, she recently directed her first short film, Callback and is intending to take her new show LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! to this year’s Edinburgh Festival. www.truestorieslive.co.uk Listings info: True Stories Live - Now’s The Time hosted by Molly Naylor with special guests Bec Hill and Paula Varjack. Sunday 29 April 7.30pm (doors 6.30) £11.50/£9 (includes admin fee). All female line-up tell their own anecdotal stories as part of the first Norwich Women of the World Festival.

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City Gallery Set To Host Exhibition By Harry Cory Wright A Norwich gallery is set to host an exhibition of drawings and paintings by one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, Harry Cory Wright. Dual Jet Control will take place at The Fairhurst Gallery and will include a selection of the artist’s lesser known works on paper which explore the North Norfolk salt marshes. Also, on exhibition will be Cory Wright’s new screen prints and one of his large-scale landscape photographs. Cory Wright has been drawing with increasing intensity for the last 7 years. As a counter to the multiplicity afforded by the camera, the artist is now looking to explore the landscape with the minimum of gesture; pen on paper and

how the application of those gestures opens the door for coincidence and abstraction, aspects unavailable through his photographic process. It is this duality of intention and chance, control and abandon that offers new and fertile ground for Cory Wright with pen and paper. ‘Jet’ in the exhibition title refers to an increasing coastal obsession of the artists to find small pieces of jet, a rare and highly polishable mineraloid of an intense black. These scarce fragments are as elusive as they are exquisite, much like the works on exhibition. Harry Cory Wright said: “Line, or at least the perception of ‘line’, is a constant game that can be played on the salt marshes of North

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Norfolk. There is the horizon of course with all the implication of dunes and hills, but also, throughout the tidal creeks there are the most fabulous slips and slivers, swoops and curls of mud water and sand.

His work was included in Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House, London (2013) curated by William A. Ewing, also featuring work by Darren Almond, Elger Esser, Hirsohi Sugimoto and Thomas Struth.

“These are lines that sometimes can take your breath away in their simplicity and immaculate form. Try as I might to capture this on film I have found it hard. My perception of these lines is as much in the imagination as it is in the landscape.”

Solo exhibitions include Six Hour Place, Creake Abbey (2017), Anglia (2015), Hey Charlie (2013) and Place in Mind (2011), at the Eleven Gallery, London.

Interim Director of the Fairhurst Gallery, Nina Fowler, said: “The raw, gestural brushstrokes and mark- making Harry achieves in these works comes from a different place to his photographic work. “These pieces represent the places in his artistic practice which the camera cannot reach. The elusive and ever-changing colours and lines of the Norfolk landscape are here captured; from fleeting sensitive glimpses to furious and jagged lines.”

The exhibition is on at The Fairhurst Gallery from April 10th through to May 6th, 2018. Accompanying the exhibition will be a Q & A conducted with the artist in the weeks leading up to the opening. The gallery, on Bedford Street, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm with additional viewings available by appointment.

“Only an artist extremely familiar with his subject matter can be so confident in his markmarking and the pleasure he procures in making these minimal landscapes is apparent in their luminosity and pure simplicity.” Harry Cory Wright was born in 1963 and lives and works in Norfolk. He was recently shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize at The National Portrait Gallery for his portrait of Maggi Hambling.

For more information visit www.fairhurstgallery.co.uk About Fairhurst Tucked away in the Norwich Lanes, once a 17th century skittle alley and formerly the Cat Trap jazz club, the Fairhurst is a unique gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions. The Fairhurst Gallery champions contemporary fine art, bringing variety and brilliance to the city of Norwich. With a view to developing the careers of new professional artists and helping established practitioners reach new audiences, The Fairhurst repeatedly show inspirational work of the highest standards. The Fairhurst Gallery also offers a traditional framing business as well as a bespoke restoration service, with clients including stately homes around the region, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre.

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Horoscopes For April Aries 21 March - 20 April The first two weeks of this

Libra 24 September - 23 October The Full Moon in your

month can prove to be a rather fated time for relationships. Co-operation is a vital commodity on the back of the Full Moon squaring with Saturn, Mercury's tense angle with Saturn too, and its own retrograde, so there is the potential for deep reflection. The New Moon of the 18th can however, be a time of new beginnings. Finances can also revive this April.

sign at the very end of last month, is going to provide a backdrop for the first two weeks of this one. This clashed with Saturn, the planet of restriction, which is located in your sector of emotions. Relationships have to be uplifting, positive and progressive, and if they are, you can feel rejuvenated furthermore from the 16th. If not, pastures new can appeal from the 25th.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May Venus, your guide, has glided

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November By nature, you can

into your zodiac sign, and this can give you a greater sense of worth. You may even decide to refresh your wardrobe or personal look. Your personal energy may be lower than usual in the first two weeks of this month, and really revive from when the Sun enters your sign on the 20th. Yet your determination to progress will be immense in the last ten days.

be sceptical about people's intentions. Mind, this can be very much an asset, especially in the early parts of April, when someone could prove to be quite the nitpicker, but not necessarily very openly direct with you. Still, as the Sun moves into Taurus on the 20th, relationships can blossom. You can be especially passionate about your ideas later in the month.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June Your ruler Mercury is tracking

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December You may find

backwards through to the 15th. Expect some plans to change, or for one friend to seem less available. With Saturn also affecting your ruler from the 2nd to the 9th, financial pressures may need grappling with. However, the New Moon of the 16th can prove wonderfully liberating. As Venus enters your sign on the 25th, you'll sparkle ever brighter.

yourself wanting to pursue a hobby or interest this month, but it could prove to be a little more expensive than you first think. Prudent research can help you to deal with this. Socially, things may be a little off and on, and care will be needed around finance once Saturn goes into retrograde from the 18th. You can fight back determinedly however. Love revives from the 25th.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July The last day of last month saw

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January

a powerful Full Moon in your sector of emotions. The last day of this month sees one in your zone of pleasures. These are both connected by the influence of Mercury, which is tracking backwards at the start of the month. It's going to be vitally important therefore, to articulate yourself clearly. Mind, watch being overly forceful in the last third of April.

You may find yourself trying to juggle home, personal and family issues with more worldly matters, and at times, find yourself pulled in different directions trying to keep everybody happy. Although your ruler Saturn does rewind from the 18th, the last ten days gives you a fine opportunity to reassert your will around what's important to you. Life becomes a little lighter from the 20th.

Leo 24 July - 23 August There is going to be a lot of

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February There's a buzz of

nervous energy pulsing around you this month Leo, and you need to use what you have carefully, so don't try to take on too much. Prioritise what is key and focus on this above all else. The chance to make progress around career and professional issues is boosted hugely in the last ten days, when your determination, drive and ambitions blossom.

electricity at the start of this month, which can inspire you to engage in all sorts of interesting projects and conversations. You could though, find yourself overwhelmed by demands, and some glitches or misunderstandings are possible. Fortunately, the New Moon of the 16th, and Venus's move on the 25th, can be fabulous and help you to really shine.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September Expenditure linked

Pisces 20 February - 20 March The impulse to splash

to pleasure needs care this month, but then again, it can be finances that you share with anyone on a close basis. Do be open to new ideas however, especially on the back of the New Moon of the 16th, when ingenuity can serve you well. Expanding your world is attractive in the last phase of this month, and this can also see you consider re-training or travel.

out early in April is tempered by the role of Saturn, which asks you to be mindful of the long-term impact of any expenditure. If you do need to discuss anything, Venus will be very helpful for you, and right from the start of the month, but don't be too free with a prized possession or your generosity. One big project can really leap forwards in the last ten days.

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