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

ISSUE 70

Focus On: Friendships & Relationships

Just For Fun Guess The Year

Motoring Review Tim's Twin Test

Zumba Friendships Inspiring Stories

What's Holding You Back From Living Your Best Life?


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Welcome to February's issue of Iceni Magazine. Will it? Won't it? It's impossible to escape talk of snow at the moment, but it's certainly teasing us at the moment. We'd love to see your photos of wintery Norfolk - please share with us via social media or send to us: submissions@icenimagazine.co.uk Norfolk's newest gym, Onyx in Snetterton, is featured on Page 33. Read about owners, Nick and Ethan's approach to fitness. This month's issue focuses on Friendships and Relationships.

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Monique, from Health Kinesiology Norwich, offers advice on taking care of you and making sure the relationship you have with yourself is in line on Page 46. Three local Zumba enthusiasts share how taking that brave step through the doors of a fitness class boosted their confidence as well as formed lifelong friendships on Pages 43 - 45. If you're looking for somewhere to take that special someone for a meal, perhaps for Valentine's Day, have a read of our review of Soul Cafe and Restaurant in King's Lynn on Pages 26 & 27 - the perfect place to warm up Caribbean-style! So, until next month, try to keep warm and enjoy Issue 70!

CONTRIBUTORS Becca Hamling, Cheryl Cade, Keri Beevis, Mark King, Matt Porter, Monique Thapar, Paul Kirk, Patrick Arundell, Susan Leigh, Thomas Hamling, Tim Barnes-Clay.

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Contents 58

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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ICENI RESTAURANT REVIEW

Q&A WITH... PAUL KERTON

Soul Café And Restaurant

Norwich-based personal trainer, nutritionist, and speaker

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MOTORING REVIEW Tim’s Twin Test

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update New Big C Shop Opens To Support Local People Bubble Rush Returns To Norwich And King's Lynn Do You Have A Few Hours To Spare? Norfolk Choir Relaunches With A Come And Sing Day A New Exhibition Of Work By Three Older Female Artists Iceni Columnist Mark King Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis See What Mummy Says Young love?! Award-winning Songwriter Releases New Single

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What's Holding You Back From Living Your Best Life? Are You Struggling To Grow Your Instagram Audience? Nibbles & Tipples February Restaurant Review Soul Café And Restaurant Motoring Review Tim’s Twin Test The Gadget Man Monitor Your Car Nova Silver February Onyx Gym New Functional Fitness Facility Q&A With... Paul Kerton Focus On Friendships & Relationships

FOCUS ON:

Friendships & Relationships

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Do You Need A Special Someone In Your Life? Baby and Toddler Group Friendships Norfolk Mums On A Mission Fitness + Friendship = Fun Zumba Friendships Inspiring Stories Taking Care Of You Happy Healing! The Importance Of Friendship When A Relationship Turns Sour Just For Fun Guess The Year! What's On... King's Lynn Corn Exchange What's On... Norwich Theatre Royal Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation The Benjamin Foundation is a local charity. Since 1994, we have been helping children, young people and families to deal with challenges in their lives. 25th Anniversary Year In 2019, the Benjamin Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Our charity helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them. Whether it’s the prevention of youth homelessness, helping families to build stronger relationships or providing positive activities for young people with limited opportunities in life, our work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people we support.

“I feel happy and confident about my life now and where it is heading.” (Young person supported by The Benjamin Foundation)

Ways You Can Help Us

There are so many ways you can support us and help us to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Here are just a few ideas... Great British Beer Festival Winter - 19th to 23rd February, The Halls, Norwich. We need volunteers to help us with bucket collections throughout the festival. Various shifts of 2.5 - 3 hours available, plus refreshments – and you can stay and enjoy the festival after your shift!

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GEAR10K – 5th May, King’s Lynn We're looking for runners who would like to take up the challenge or volunteers to help out at the event. We have limited free charity spaces if you pledge to raise at least £150. Running vest included! Not a runner? Why not volunteer with us as a steward instead?

Fundraise for us or make a donation via our website: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/donate Could you donate an auction or raffle prize?

Please get in touch on: events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk if you would like to help. You could also join one of our fundraising events, such as Sleep Out, Butterfly Treasure Hunt, or our very special 25th Anniversary event; news of all of these will be coming soon! Keep updated on our website, follow charitytbf on social media for all the latest news, or sign up for our e-newsletters here: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/keep-in-touch For more information about www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk

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ICENI - NEWS

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New Big C Shop Opens To Support Local People Affected By Cancer A new bright and contemporary Big C Charity Shop has opened in the centre of Fakenham supporting those in our county affected by cancer. Aubrey Jenkins, manager of the new shop, said, “As a local charity, we are delighted to join the Fakenham community with our Norwich Street shop. The support of local people is so valuable in the work we do to help those affected by cancer throughout Norfolk and Waveney. We hope they will visit and find some personal treasures amongst our stock collection of vinyl records, clothing, accessories, vintage items of home décor and curiosities.” Local residents and anyone interested in volunteering opportunities supporting the shop managers, are invited to visit the shop and meet the Big C team. Duties include sorting stock and helping on the tills. Dr Chris Bushby, CEO of Big C, says, “Our shops provide an integral part of our charitable income. On average, 20 people are given a cancer diagnosis every day in Norfolk and Waveney and the need for our services are increasing daily. Customers

supporting our new Fakenham shop will be directly helping us to continue helping to fund pioneering research programmes and fund cancer fighting equipment, as well as our four support and information centres.” Big C has 14 other charity shops in towns and communities across Norfolk and Waveney, including a distribution centre, furniture emporium and craft supplies shop at Wymondham. There is also a Bridal Boutique in Timberhill, which helps keep the cost down when planning a wedding. Big C needs donations of stock with which to continue to fill its new shop fittings. If you are having a new year de-clutter at home, the charity would love to receive items including good quality clothing, shoes and accessories, household objects, decorative accessories, books, CDs and bric-a-brac. To learn more about the work Big C does to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, please visit: www.big-c.co.uk PAGE

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Norwich And King’s Lynn Set For Another Foam-tastic Occasion As Bubble Bonanza Returns Norwich and King’s Lynn will be awash with bubbles again this year as East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has confirmed it is bringing back the exciting fundraiser that saw almost 3,000 people in Norfolk get covered in coloured foam last year. Bubble Rush is a 5k fun run with a difference as participants head off amongst a sea of bubbles, before passing four bubble stations where cannons pump out foam to create a four-foot (1.2-metre) deep bubble bath!

Last year’s events were the first of their kind in Norfolk and, such was the furore to get involved, they raised in the region of £70,000. In 2019, EACH will host a Bubble Rush on Saturday, 18 May at Eaton Park, Norwich. That will be followed by one on Sunday, 16 June at The Walks, King’s Lynn. At both, runners will go off in two waves at 11am and noon. Emma Benstead, EACH Norfolk Events Fundraiser, said: “We’re thrilled to be running

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these two events again after such a brilliant response when we staged them for the first time last year. “As anyone who went will know, the runs are a spectacular sight and great fun for all involved. There’s no race element, meaning participants are free to run, jog, walk, dance or toddle through the foam. It’s a completely natural and safe mixture.” Alongside the courses will be lots of merchandise, catering and other amusements, making it a proper family day out. Emma added: “Tickets for the Bubble Rush events this year will be sold in three stages, so the earlier you book the cheaper it is! Registration fees help cover the costs of your participation, so we’d like everyone to raise as much money as possible. “All money raised from the Norwich Bubble Rush will go towards the nook appeal, our campaign to raise £10 million and build a new hospice in Framingham Earl, transforming children’s palliative care for Norfolk. Whilst that appeal’s ongoing, we still need to raise money to continue providing care and support at our existing Norfolk hospice in Quidenham. Money raised from the King’s Lynn Bubble Rush will go towards this.

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The Norwich Bubble Rush is being sponsored by Bateman Groundworks and also supported by Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure and One Broker. The King’s Lynn one is being sponsored by Vancouver Quarter, with additional support from Bespak, Alive Leisure, Chalcroft Construction and the solicitors Kenneth Bush. Ticket prices are as follows:

“Come along and soak up the colourful atmosphere!” All entrants will receive a T-shirt and a medal. Children aged under four can take part for free. Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Do You Have A Few Hours To Spare At Your Local Each Retail Distribution Centre? EACH’s Retail Distribution Centre in Brunel Way, Thetford is looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the centre’s operation including sorting, drivers mates and photographing and packing items for eBay Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. There is always lots going on at the centre, with a friendly atmosphere, the opportunity to make new people, learn new skills or use your existing ones! You can offer a shift of 2-4 hours per week or fortnight or offer more occasional support as and when you can. Whatever time you have to offer, we’d love to hear from you. To enquire about volunteer opportunities in at our Retail Distribution centre drop by to 13-15, Brunel Business Court, Brunel Way, Thetford, call Roger or Jason 01842 821620 or email volunteerservices@each.org.uk For more information about EACH go to https://www.each.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering

The charity relies heavily on volunteers to run its shops, which collectively raise more than £700,000 towards the vital care and support EACH provides for children with life-threatening conditions and their families. For both families accessing care and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time. The charity has to generate 75% of the money it needs to operate and relies on public support to continue its service. For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit: www.each.org.uk Follow on social media www.twitter.com/EACH_hospices www.facebook.com/EACHhospices

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Norfolk Choir Relaunches With A Come And Sing Day On Saturday 23rd February, Norfolk Camerata (formerly North Norfolk Chorale) will be hosting a Come and Sing Day at the 18th-century Octagon Chapel in Norwich.

the afternoon session will involve rehearsal for performance, led by our Musical Director, Jonathan Dodd. Our singers will benefit greatly from experiencing two complementary approaches to the music.

Two very popular works will be the focus of the day: Vivaldi's 'Gloria', has been described as 'a joyful hymn of praise and worship', while 'Zadok the Priest', well known for its performance at every British coronation since that of George II, boasts one of the most thrilling choral entrances in the musical canon.

At lunchtime and before the performance, there will be time to enjoy this corner of Norwich with its many pubs, cafes and restaurants or participants can bring their own refreshments to enjoy in the Chapel’s meeting room.

Guest conductor Martin Budgett, will lead a workshop on the music in the morning, and

We will conclude our day with an evening concert (starting at 6.00 p.m.), when the assembled choir will perform these works to an audience and which will also feature Pergolesi's 'Stabat Mater' with Elenor Bowers-Jolley and Willow Swiatek as soloists. To take part in the workshops and performance costs £16 which includes hire of scores. Tickets for the evening performance cost £10. Application forms to take part, or tickets for the performance, can be purchased through the Norfolk Camerata website at: www.norfolkcamerata.co.uk or from Ros at: ros.peedle@live.co.uk or 01692 405591. PAGE

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Art, Obsession And Maturity: Work By Julia Cameron, Mary Mellor And Vanessa Pooley A new exhibition of work by three older female artists opens in Norwich in March 2019 According to art critics, it’s the era of mature, female artists. Now, a new exhibition in Norwich ‘Obsession, Art and Maturity’ will celebrate this trend for the rise of older female artists by showcasing the work of three leading, Norwichbased artists. Photographer Julia Cameron, painter Mary Mellor and sculptor Vanessa Pooley all have decades of experience, a notable back catalogue of work, and a lifelong creative obsession that has led them to create their most inspired work later in life. “It’s an exciting time. Art critics, curators and collectors are suddenly taking

notice of older, female artists - many of whom have worked quietly under the radar for many years,” says sculptor Vanessa Pooley, a fellow of the British Society of Sculptors. A new phenomenon in the art world now sees critics overlook the young and up-and-coming in favour of veteran creatives - and particularly more mature female artists. Leading art critic, Waldemar Januszczak, recently declared in the Sunday Times ‘Young is out. Old is in. The YBAs are being turfed out by the OBAs. Today, if you want to be a fashionable

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and successful artist in Britain, my advice is to wait until you are entitled to a bus pass.” The labels YBAs, or Young British Artists, is a term applied to a loose group of British artists - mostly young and recently graduated - who began to exhibit together in 1988 and became known for their shock tactics and entrepreneurial attitude. They include Damian Hirst and Tracey Emin. Many older female artists have recently come to the fore, including painter Phyllida Barlow, 73, winning the Turner prize and acclaimed shows by painter Rose Wylie 83 and Lubaina Himid, 63. So, what’s going on? Januszczkak suggests it’s because older artists have an emotional sincerity in their work that communicates itself to an audience that is hungry for it. “If you are still making art in your seventies, you are doing it because you have to.

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Painter Mary Mellor, 68, has returned to the theme of composition in paintings over many decades producing tens of works that revisit this. “People tell me I should move on, so I experiment with other subjects. But, I keep coming back to this same fascination with the geometry of the rectangle that has gripped me for nearly 20 years, inspired by French writer Charles Bouleau and his book The Painter’s Secret Geometry: A Study of Composition in Art.” Sculptor Vanessa Pooley, 60, has been obsessed with the female figure since she began working as an artist 40 years ago. “I feel guilty that I am going to make yet another female figure but in all honesty it’s the only thing that interests me,” she says. “As you mature as an artist you simplify and simplify yet again and you have to be older to realise that less is more. All three of us are working towards knowing more and more about less and less.”

“Older artists are not in the business of doing work to raise their profile or make them look good. They have a deep sincerity and are working on projects and themes that have obsessed them all their creative lives.” All three artists in the Norwich exhibition are united by a lifelong creative obsession with a theme. Photographer Julia Cameron, 64, repeatedly visits the same sparse landscapes around the salt marshes and the South Beach of Great Yarmouth. “Photography is all about capturing light and these places have a quality that is special: misty, murky and washed out. The places are desolate and fulfil my need for solitude and a oneness with a big landscape”. The results are quiet, elegiac images of the Norfolk landscape. Julia has hundreds or maybe thousands of photographs from revisiting these areas. “It is an obsession. We have all spent half a century obsessing,” says Julia. “Taking one thing and exploring it for what it’s worth”.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION Artists: • Julia Cameron juliacameron.co.uk email: Julia@juliacameron.co.uk • Mary Mellor www.marymellor.co.uk email: marymellor29a@gmail.com • Vanessa Pooley www.vanessa-pooley-bronze-sculptures.com email: nessiepooley@gmail.com Where: The Crypt Gallery, Norwich School, The Close Norwich, NR1 4DD When: 21 March 2019 to 5 April 2019. Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily (closed Sunday)

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King The seals that winter and pup on the Norfolk coast have been slowly spreading south along the beaches over the last decade, and because of this, it’s so much easier for the general public to see them. With the weather turning bitterly cold, we waited for the sun to break the dullness of the clouds to take our yearly family Above: Mark King trip to Horsey. This year, we had the added joy of taking Percy the dog along. We took hot drinks and a small picnic to enjoy and, for Percy, we took a bag of fishy treats that he got for Christmas. We all wrapped up in winter coats, including Percy, and we headed off from the car park down the Norfolk Coastal path towards Horsey Gap. Along the way, we met some friends walking back after their own visit, and plenty of other dog owners. Percy had to personally stop and say hello to every one of these dogs with an excited wag of his tail and a quick sniff of both ends, before we could carry on our walk. Because of this, it took two hours before we returned to our car.

We left it a little late this year to see the cutest white fluffy seal pups that gather in the sand dunes waiting for their mothers return, so they can feed. They had now grown into the equivalent of stroppy teenagers and were annoying the adults, who were all near to the shore line in groups of about twenty spread as far as the eye could see. This did allow the public to access the beach, which we did with Percy on a tight lead, and gave us the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. Percy loved the sand, a little bit too much for my liking, as he rolled about getting covered in it and ending up smelling as bad as the fishy treats we had given him earlier! Once home, Percy was soon knee high in warm soapy water in the utility room looking rather forlorn as he was bathed, and all the sand from his fluffy winter coat was washed away. Once dry, he soon spread out and fell asleep in his favourite spot in the lounge. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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New Year, New Beev… Well, that’s how it was supposed to be, until the universe conspired against me. It was my first day back to the day job after two blissful weeks of pretending to be a fulltime author and I had a plan. Given how Above: Keri Beevis little exercise I had over Christmas and the fact my belly was starting to look like I had a third boob, I was going to catch a bus into work then get a lift home with my friend to his place and walk the two miles home. I was blowing off the cobwebs, I was going to take 2019 by the proverbial balls and kick it in the butt. I had this. So motivated was I, I diligently studied the bus timetable, saw there were two buses that passed close to my house and picked the earlier one, not wanting to be late in on my first day back. Now what I wasn’t counting on was getting zero sleep the night before. I don’t know, maybe it was the excitement of returning to the day job (I use the word ‘excitement’ loosely) or perhaps it was because I was so immersed in my new book (I’m closing in on the final few chapters now and things are getting tense), but anyway, I tossed and turned, even managed to kick Lola from one side of the bed to the other - and, let me tell you, that cat is heavy. After several random dreams and pee breaks, I finally gave up trying to sleep and crawled out of bed at stupid o’clock. Hell, it was still dark enough for vampires. Despite being exhausted before the day had even started, I was determined to push ahead with my plan. In 2019, Beev was not going to be a quitter. I

was showered, dressed, had fed the girls and I was waiting at the bus stop ten minutes before the bus was due to arrive. Twenty minutes later, my fingers were a bit chilly and I needed a wee. I stared determinedly in the direction from where the bus would be approaching along with the other commuters, as if somehow our determined staring would make the bus arrive quicker, and we all did that British bus stop thing where we occasionally accidentally made eye contact, and had to quickly look away at our shoes. My resolve lasted thirty-five minutes, by which point I couldn’t actually feel my hands, my bladder was ready to explode and I was getting prickly. I could actually feel myself starting to turn a David Banner shade of green, ready to burst out of my pants, and trust me, after the amount of cheese and chocolate I scoffed over Christmas that would not have been pretty. For the safety of the others, I stomped back to my house to fetch my Beev wheels. In my defence, I did eat healthily all that day (well, until about 4pm when a chocolate bar might have accidentally found its way into my mouth. But it was a mint Aero and had green bits inside. Green stuff is healthy, right?) And I had a night off the wine. So you see, I did really did try to start off the year positively. And since then… well, perhaps it’s best we don’t talk about that. PAGE

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SEEWHATMUMMYSAYS

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Young love?! With Valentine's approaching, discussing love... young love.

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When I became a parent, lots of thoughts ran through my head. Will I walk my daughter down the aisle? Will I be a grandparent one day? Will I play taxi driver at three in the morning collecting a drunken daughter from a nearby house party? There were, however, some thoughts that never crossed my mind... For example, I never imagined I would have to liaise with my five-year-old little girl's school to stop two little boys physically fighting over her. I like to imagine it was like a scene from EastEnders! (other soap operas are available)! When I was in primary school, I didn't even invite anyone of the opposite sex to my birthday parties. In fact, one day I had to justify to my mother why I had invited every other boy in the class but not “Charlie”. Charlie was actually Charlotte and at this time, I stood by the view shared by every other five-year-old boy in the school... girls smelt.

“I don't know who to be with”. Where did these come from? We tried explaining that she didn't need a boyfriend, let alone two... she didn't seem convinced. I spent most of this period in shock. Priorities have certainly changed since I went to school. Now they go to discos to dance with their boyfriends and girlfriends... I just wanted to skid and eat 10p crisps! All jokes aside, is there a danger that our children are growing up too young? That they're putting too much pressure on themselves to experience relationships at a young age? It seems it wasn't just my little girl, which was comforting and after talking to her regularly about it, the drama seemed to pass and we no longer get reports of boys falling out over her. Have you experienced anything similar? Our little boy starts school next year, and any tips are more than welcome! Thank you for reading! Tom

Apparently, this is no longer the case. Two little boys fighting over my first born? She was using phrases like “He's broken up with me” and

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NORWICH SONGWRITER

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Award-winning Songwriter Releases New Single “Anything But Easy” Norwich songwriter Lisa Redford (“one of our finest singer/songwriters’ Bob Harris) returns with an instantly memorable new single “Anything but Easy” - the first release from upcoming EP “Edge of Love.” Produced by José McGill from award-winning band The Vagaband - recent winners of the music award at the Norfolk Arts Awards the five self-written songs feature beautiful arrangements and instrumentation performed by a host of the finest musicians from the region; Noel Dashwood of acclaimed folk trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, award-winning cellist Ivan McCready with drums, percussion and mastering by Mikey Shaw at The Crunch - Recording Studio, near Coltishall, a hugely impressive analogue and digital studio. Radio-friendly and instantly hooky, ‘Anything But Easy’ blends Lisa’s folk, Americana and country influences of with her melodic pop sensibility. Speaking about the release, Lisa said “I always write from the heart and this song is no exception. I’m so proud of the new songs from Edge of Love” and can’t wait to share them.” The release has been fan-funded through PledgeMusic with a portion of the money raised going to Dogs Trust in Snetterton. Lisa Redford has earned acclaim for her heartfelt a c o u s t i c Americana and folk with memorable m e l o d i e s and stunning vocals. She has

also performed with, and opened for, many respected international artists and played a number of prestigious festivals including the Pop-Up stages at C2C Country to Country Europe’s biggest country music festival - at London’s O2 arena two years running and recorded sessions for Radio 2's Bob Harris. In 2015, her song 'Here Alone' was performed by the winner of the Pre-Teen Award at TeenStar, the UK’s biggest teenage singing competition, and in 2016 another song ‘Courage’ won Best Original Song at WCOPA, the World Championship of Performing Arts, in Hollywood. She has also been a semifinalist two years running at the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) “the songwriting competition to take note of” says The New York Times. Lisa is also a columnist for Songwriting Magazine where she reviews and previews events and festivals and offers invaluable music advice to thousands of readers. Artists she has recently interviewed include Courtney Marie Andrews, Sarah Darling and Ethan Johns. She also writes a regular arts column for local website All Things Norfolk where she shares her musical adventures in the Norfolk area. Showcasing the strength of her vocals and great song writing, 'Anything But Easy' is a wonderful addition to her already impressive musical catalogue. For more information: www.lisaredford.com twitter.com/lisaredford facebook.com/lisaredfordmusic instagram.com/lisaredfordmusic youtube.com/lisaredfordmusic soundcloud.com/lisaredford lisaredford.bandcamp.com PAGE

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WHAT'S HOLDING YOU...

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What's Holding You Back From Living Your Best Life? Whether we work for ourselves or for others, are still in education or are even moving towards our later years, many of us will have occasion, wherever we may be on our life's path, to feel motivated to better ourselves. We may aspire to greater heights educationally or business-wise, be keen to improve our personal traits and habits and as such aim to start living our best life. However, when we're so full of good intentions what might it be that holds us back? • One question might be, do we ever feel good enough? However, much we achieve there's always something else to aspire to. Is being content with ourselves an elusive goal, are we loathe to become self-satisfied or complacent? Whilst it's great to be motivated and look forward to our next opportunity or achievement, is there also a time when it's okay to be okay?

• What about those negative conversations that are continually running in your head? Do you recognise them as your own voice or are they someone else's, like a dissatisfied parent's, partner's or friend's?. What are they saying? Identify what's going on, what's being said and where it's coming from, then give yourself permission to disagree, ignore or answer back. Why not use this as the motivation you need to prove them wrong? • Equally, always insisting on having the last word can hold you back from living your best life. It's stressful and tiring to constantly feel the need to think up one final point, comment or example in an exchange. It's a fast and effective way of draining energy, good humour and causing stress in a relationship. Relax and let others have the final say sometimes. Ask yourself, does having the last word really matter that much? • Fear of missing out or comparisonitis can inhibit action and movement. Concern at

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being in the wrong place at the wrong time, not wanting to arrive late or leave too early, can really get in the way of you doing what you need to do and living your best life. When we're plagued with doubt or are chasing other people's dreams and opinions, desperate for approval or reassurance, we can end up doing very little as a consequence. That mindset can really hinder progress. • Aiming to be perfect, needing to be the best can cause us to be held back too. Doing a good job is important, but if we're waiting until we're convinced that every element is correct, it can become almost impossible to live our best life and move forward. With that outlook, we may feel compelled to check things over and over again, saying that 'just one more time' will be enough to reassure ourselves that everything's fine with our image or offering. • Insisting on having the best is another impediment to living our best life. What is the very best anyway? Being aspirational, only wanting what's deemed to be the crème de la crème, can result in a state of agitation where we're always watching others and measuring our lives against some idealised yardstick. And yet it's often the case that when we see someone who has their own style, is unique, who looks and has original attitudes, tastes and approaches, it's often those which we seek out, as being distinctive, quirky and inspirational.

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• We can hold ourselves back through apportioning blame and making excuses. Self-blame tells us that we're not slim, attractive or educated enough. We may blame others with an, 'if only they'd been more helpful or supportive' commentary, or we blame our financial state, claiming that we'll start when we're more financially secure. We can blame our past or our family in a variety of ways, but whilst excuses and reasons may hold some people back, they motivate others to do better, try harder and succeed. Whatever time of year, state or situation we find ourself in there's always some way we can schedule stepping-stones, mini-goals or results for us to work towards and achieve, however small. Then we're able to feel that we're regularly accomplishing something extra, reaching levels of success. We adopt a more 'winner' mentality. At those times, remember to properly congratulate yourself, feel proud of each stage of your journey and nurture your positive attitude towards each day, so that you continue on the very best track, so living your best life.

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

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Are You Struggling To Grow Your Instagram Audience? We all know that social media can be a time-consuming task and if you're not seeing your audience increase from the hard work you're putting in, it can be depressing. So, here's a few tips that might help you build your audience. 1. Engage with your audience If you’re devoting all your time and energy into just posting and not engaging with your audience, you're missing out on the point of this - to be social! Engage with your audience and always try to start a conversation, provide insightful comments, and through this, you'll extend the post's lifespan.

2. Be regular Posting more frequently generally results in more engagement and followers. It obviously takes more time, but it's worth it! Consider creating a posting schedule; this will help you focus on what you’ll post and when you’ll post it. Try to take advantage of annual holidays or events too! Just remember to keep your posts relevant to your business and market area. 3. Get out there! If you want to get your business noticed, follow and build relationships with other influencers or Instagram accounts. The more relevant people you’re connected with, the more likely you’ll be seen by people that have never heard of you before.

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4. Use stories & other features Start using Stories, videos and Instagram's other media features! They're adding more all the time! The idea is to make your profile more interesting to your followers. Try animated GIFs or Boomerangs. Using a variety of different media formats can get your account more attention and that elusive 'stickiness'. It's trial and error, but you'll find which 'features' work best for you - not everyone's the same. 5. Be yourself! Remember to be real and authentic. Avoid making your photos too processed and overly filtered. There's a big backlash on photoshopped or 'fake' images at the moment. 7. Get your sales balance right Stop doing hard sell; you can actually turn followers away from you. Make your posts more organic, your product will sell better if you balance your sales posts with your informational or aspirational posts. Remember it's about building brand authority. If your audience trust and value what you contribute and can easily engage with you through your posts, they're more likely to purchase or recommend you to others. 8. Finish your profile If you're interested in following someone, you'll generally have a quick look at their profile (ie. your username, profile picture and bio). If you've not completed these, it can have a negative affect on if someone will follow you. Make sure yours is clear and interesting, and don't forget to add a url link into your bio. So, there's a few pointers to help you grow your Instagram audience. If you need help with your Instagram account, please get in touch with me at https://paulkirkdesign.co.uk or at @PKirk_designer PAGE

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Nibbles &Tipples February Article By Cheryl Cade TryJanuary or DryJanuary, whichever was your chosen path last month, was a time for fresh starts and fresh ideas. At least 2 of our local brewers have some new brews being planned for the Great British Beer Festival Winter (19th 23rd February), or the fringe event that starts the week before. This will be the last time Norwich will be the host of this CAMRA National Festival, so all the stops are being pulled out, not just from our local brewers but the World Beer Bar will be trailing timed releases of beers from the USA, Belgium and the Netherlands. Check out the website for more details: https://winter.gbbf.org.uk/

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It's been a year of new starts for me too. I have definitely been doing TryJanuary; the first week in January I began my Cicerone training. Learning in depth 80+ beer styles is a joy that I am now able to share with others as I continue my collaboration with Norfolk Wine School. Although after attending one of Jeremy’s Wine and Cheese events, I have been side tracked a little recently. Champagne and a soft local cheese is like having your tongue kissed by angels.

The local pub scene has also changed recently in Norwich; it is true if you don’t use your local you will lose it and there has been a lot in the press about this. I am pleased to say though that there are also people willing to open or reopen pubs to bring quality food or drink to the community. Fortunately, two of these are just down the road

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but the World Beer Bar from me. Magdalen Road has seen both the Stanley and the Artichoke reopen under new management. The Artichoke is now the Tap for the Golden Triangle Brewery; Kevin’s beers are complemented by a range of local and national craft beers. The Stanley is part of the Black Horse on Earlham Road and we can expect the same quality fare from this pub in the near future. As I write this, the news has been released that Fullers, one of the oldest breweries in the UK, has been sold for 250 million to Asahi (Japan). This brewing conglomerate has been buying a number of large breweries across the globe as it aims to rival, AbInbev, Sab Miller and Molson Coors. It will be interesting to see what happens to the quality and the brewery site in the centre of London. Meanwhile, support your local food and drink producers if you can. Cheers Cheryl

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

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Soul Café And Restaurant, King’s Lynn Reviewed From the moment we walked through the doors, we felt at home. A warm welcome from Olivier, owner, head chef, cocktail creator and DJ (a man of many hats!), he provided us with an authentic taste of the Caribbean on a very cold January evening in King’s Lynn! With a selection of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks, we spent a fair amount of time perusing the drinks list before deciding on a ‘Jamaican-Me-Happy’ cocktail and a ‘Guadeloupian Sunset’ mocktail. Both were deliciously refreshing and the perfect accompaniments to the Caribbean spice. The food menu offered a decent selection of starters to choose from with options for meat-

eaters and vegans alike. If I am completely honest, I would have been happy with any of the options as they all sounded delicious. Therefore, following Olivier’s recommendation, I picked the crab and sweet potato cakes, whereas my partner went with the jerk chicken wings. Both arrived in good time (long enough to realise that the dishes had not simply been pinged for ninety seconds in a microwave though!). The starters both looked appealing and we could not wait to tuck in. As I cut open one of the crab cakes, I could see clear pieces of sweet potato and crabmeat, which excited me! Fishcakes, where the filling is mushy, really do nothing for me, so I knew I would be in for a treat. The spicing of the dish was great, with the dressed salad and garlic mayonnaise offering light relief.

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The jerk chicken wings were also seasoned perfectly, presented well and accompanied with a tasty pineapple salsa. For our mains, we went with curried goat and Caribbean coconut chicken, both served with rice and dressed leaves. The goat meat slid easily off the bone and was perfectly spiced. My partner has had curried goat many times before and this fulfilled all of his expectations. The dish looked appealing and was generous in size. My chicken dish was incredibly flavoursome and rather spicy, but not overpowering. The rice was cooked to perfection and the salad offered more freshness. A couple of pieces of chicken were slightly dry, but the liberal amount of sauce meant that this was not an issue. Although reaching our food threshold, we were both keen to sample the dessert menu. Although more limited in size than we had expected, we were both able to choose something we liked the sound of, though perhaps not sticking with the Caribbean theme. A coconut and chocolate slice (vegan friendly) and a Belgian chocolate and raspberry tart were the ones we opted for and we weren’t disappointed. Served with a coulis and fresh orange wedges, they were presented beautifully and tasted delicious. All drinks and dishes at Soul are reasonably priced. Starters ranged from £4.50 to £6.80, mains from £10 to £19.50 and all desserts were £5.80. Certainly, there is no way we could quibble with the cost of any dish especially given the high quality dishes we received.

The restaurant itself is wheelchair accessible. A children’s menu is available and, although we were dining alone this night, they had clearly considered babies, toddlers and children with high chairs along with a selection of toys, books and colouring on offer. Although the toilets were cold (it was a freezing cold evening!), they smelt fresh and looked clean. Overall, we were delighted with the warm welcome we received. The atmosphere was exceptional and we loved our food. The chefs paid close attention to detail; everything was presented well and the food was cooked lovingly from scratch. Highly recommended and we will certainly be returning in the near future! To find out more information about the Soul Café and Restaurant visit: www.soulcafeandrestaurant.co.uk PAGE

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Volvo V60 D3 Inscription Pro Automatic Volvos are getting classier and classier, and the V60 estate is becoming an evermore serious contender nowadays, closing the gap to the top-of-the-range cars in its class. It’s good-looking with a smart-if-simple interior, with half as many buttons and switches as you’d expect, with the other half now digitally stored away in its large touchscreen. Its 2.0-litre engine will propel you from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, which isn’t amazing, but it will do 58.9mpg combined. It does feel a little lacking in the power department at times, though. But if that’s a

concern, the next model up - the D4 - gives you extra power without ruining the fuel economy. It also comes with sat nav, LED headlights and it seems everything is heated: seats, door mirrors and the steering wheel get a temperature increase as standard. Practicality is impressive, too, with a roomy interior and, what’s more, 529 litres of space in the boot. That’s more than an Audi A4 Avant and a BMW 3-Series Touring. What it gains in boot space, though, it loses in terms of a sporty driving experience. It doesn’t handle as well as either the Audi or BMW, but its increased ride comfort means it's more relaxing to drive. Sadly, while Volvo is closing the gap to its rivals from Germany, the price gap is closing too this model comes in at £39,860, and that’s a lot of money. Nevertheless, if you’re bored of the Bavarians, the Volvo could be the next best thing.

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Abarth 695 Rivale Cabriolet If you like yachts, you’ll love the Rivale. And, while that might sound bizarre, it’s Abarth’s close relationship with yacht-maker Riva which has inspired this model. Yes, it’s really a Fiat 500. But it’s much more than that - Abarth does a lot more than put its badge on the bonnet and boot. The brand claims this is its “most sophisticated” car yet and, when you look at the interior, the yachtsman inspiration is clear to see with the wooden dashboard and the two-tone dark blue and grey exterior paint job, designed to mimic a yacht’s colour scheme. You might think this hot-hatch has a big engine, but it's merely a 1.4-litre four-cylinder. However, it's turbocharged and produces a mightily impressive 180PS. And, thanks to its small frame, the car doesn't really weigh anything. So, it’ll propel you from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph.

seems to suffer from a lack of rigidity, which can happen when the roof is cut off. In all honesty, the Rivale is more of a cruiser. Like the yacht it represents, it’s designed to be at the harbour, looking glamorous next to the sea-going craft it takes inspiration from. It also costs £25,000, which is a lot considering it would buy two entry-level Fiat 500s and leave enough left over to take a yacht around the French Riviera. If you’ve got the money and fancy something quirky, this is your car - it’s a lot of fun. But, in truth, it remains more of a motor to be seen in.

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THE GADGET MAN

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Monitor Your Car In Real-Time ELM327 Mini OBD2 Bluetooth Diagnostic Tool Having become closely associated with the motor-trade over the past 4 months, I was very interested to see how a gadget that is available for under a fiver could read and display real-time information about my car and more! Have you ever wondered what that strange socket under or near your steering wheel is? For the non-mechanics amongst us, I can tell you it is actually an OBD2 port or ‘On Board Diagnostics Version 2’ port. This was a standard port installed on all cars manufactured since 1996. It allows for mechanics or technicians to diagnose issues with your car and read ‘fault codes’ stored in the ECU (Engine Control Unit). I’m sure many of us have seen the ‘engine management light’ appear on the dashboard of

our cars. Well, that light indicates a fault has occurred. These faults are stored historically and can be read back using specialist equipment. If you have an engine management light on your car, seek advice immediately. The ELM327 Mini is one of those devices. Instead of a bulky mini-computer that costs many hundreds of Pounds, the device instead off-loads all the hard work and thus keeps itself nicely pocket-sized. It does this by employing Bluetooth technology and the heavy-lifting abilities of our modern smartphones. Before using the device, you will need to download one of dozens of OBD2 tools to your smartphone (I’m told there are both Windows and MacOS versions available too). Once installed, you will need to plug the ELM327 into

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your car's OBD2 port; make sure the ignition is switched off first. Once securely fitted, turn on your ignition and allow the car to tick over. Once powered, the device is ready to ‘pair’ with your smartphone over Bluetooth, this was reasonably quick and straight-forward and instructions come with the device to help you achieve this. Now you are paired to the device, you will need to run the App you have just installed. It should immediately recognise the connection over Bluetooth and begin displaying information about the health of your car, from water and oil temperature to turbo pressure and battery voltage. It’s really interesting. Now it gets even more interesting when you read historical fault codes as you can then refer to a quick internet search to find out what the code means. You are then able to clear those fault codes and in some cases reset the engine management light. Now obviously, if your car has a permanent fault, the light is going to come back on, so don’t look at this gadget as a cure for your cars ‘ills’, instead I found it a brilliant insight into the workings of my car. The ELM327 Mini I ordered was £1.67 plus £3 shipping, I’ve seen them for various prices, make sure you check the product reviews before ordering though! Amazon or eBay have dozens for sale.

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NOVA SILVER

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February At Nova Silver

February is officially the month of love! Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February and is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards. Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heartshaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Did you know, in Europe, keys are also given as invitation to unlock the givers heart? How romantic! Prehnite is known as the stone of unconditional love so it would make a perfect gift for your special someone. Rose Quartz, with its gorgeous pink hue, is the stone for the heart so another great choice. We also have a selection of silver hearts, flowers and doves so you’re bound to find something special to show your loved one you care. Jewellery is always a lovely gift to treat somebody to but it can be quite personal. All of the team at Nova Silver are happy to give you any help and advice when choosing your purchase. From stone meanings, looking after and cleaning your jewellery to different styles of chains or ring sizes, we are all on hand to make your shopping experience a pleasant one. Did you know that we also offer a loyalty scheme? By joining it, you start to build up money to give you a discount on your shopping-one penny off every time you spend one pound! It’s amazing how quickly it adds up and a great way to work towards treating yourself to that extra special piece.

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ONYX GYM

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Onyx Gym Onyx Gym is a brand new functional fitness facility based in Snetterton, Norfolk. Opened by Nick Turver and Ethan Pope just last month, they aspire to make a difference and believe that true success is helping others achieve. Both Nick and Ethan have a Level 3 qualification in Personal Training, with Nick also possessing a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Science and being a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. Additionally, Ethan has Level 1 qualifications in Weightlifting and Kettlebells. Onyx is performance driven, and through its structured programming and coaching sessions, it gives its members the right tools to get leaner, stronger and fitter. Combine this with the brilliant community and its the best way to achieve your goals and keep achieving goals in the future.

and the workouts set for the day are varied and always changing. This way, you never get bored and lose interest in your training. They focus on improving all the elements or fitness, not just one. Class numbers are smaller, which allows the coach to come round and assist you when you need it, whether it be with form or progressing a movement. As well as classes, we offer Open Gym throughout the day, so you can come down and do your own training, Personal Training and, coming soon, Onyx Nutrition! Memberships start from ÂŁ35 per month for an Open Gym membership. For more information email us at: info@onyxgym.co.uk, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/onyxgymltd or Instagram: @oynxgymltd

Classes at Onyx are very different to the ones run at other gyms: the focus is on functional fitness,

To claim your FREE taster session message us via social media or email and have a FREE session! Unit 3c, Snetterton Business Park, Harling road, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2JU.

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Norwich-based personal trainer, nutritionist, speaker and You Tuber Paul Kerton AKA Hench Herbivore had no idea his life was about to change completely when he became a vegan 7 1/2 years ago. We recently spoke to Paul and here's what he had to say. Q: What do you typically eat in a day? A: Breakfast is typically either porridge or a smoothie but the ingredients are the same either way:

I will have fruit and nuts with these meals.

Oats, chopped dates, lots of frozen berries, chia seeds and flaxseeds with a scoop of Vivo Life Perform protein powder.

Often it may be burgers or falafels (various types of beans, wholegrains and vegetables baked in the oven) and served with baked oil-free white sweet potato chips and a salad. We may make a dressing with tahini and lemon juice.

The next two meals will typically be identical which saves on cooking time. Often a can's worth of legumes (beans/ chickpeas/lentils) with a wholegrain such as quinoa and a good amount of differently coloured vegetables.

Then in the evening time it's a more elaborate meal cooked from whole plant foods.

Q: What changes have you seen since you went vegan? A: Huge benefits in physique and sports performance. My blood pressure has dropped significantly and is now optimal. My eye-sight

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improved by more than double and I now no longer suffer from hayfever or tendonitis.

one company paid me to model their underwear in a couple of my YouTube videos.

Q: Would you advise men to go vegan? A: YUP!

Q: What changes have you seen in your fitness? A: I used to train hard for 45 minutes as an omnivorous eater and then go home and crash, I now train for 1 1/2 hrs and feel totally unstoppable with ZERO crash.

Q: Why? A: A healthy vegan diet can prevent the main killer of humans, heart disease. Often it strikes without warning but sometimes men can get a clue. There's a rule called 40 over 40. That is, 40% of men over age 40 suffer with erectile dysfunction. We used to think it was largely psychological. We now know it's generally because the atherosclerosis that fills the large coronary arteries that feed the heart also clogs up the smaller arteries that feed the penis. In addition to the health benefits, the vast majority of vegans are currently female and they all want vegan boyfriends! ;) Q: Would you advise bodybuilders/ fitness experts to be plant based? A: Yes. Q: What changes have you seen in your body? A: I'm in the best condition of my life which is pretty amazing considering I'm mid 40s! In fact,

Q: What changes have you seen in your recovery time? A: I recover much quicker from exercise and have TONNES more energy and enthusiasm for training! Q: Why should people head towards a more plant-based diet? A: It is superior in every way. Prevents 14 out of the 15 leading causes of death in the western world (the other being accidents so just look where you're going)! Animal agriculture is the leading driver of most of the environmental destruction currently being visited upon the planet and we have precious little time to put it right before it's too late. And nobody wants to hurt animals if it's unnecessary (it IS unnecessary)!

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Do You Need A Special Someone In Your Life? For many people, being in a relationship gives them a sense of identity, purpose and belonging. They feel that having that special someone, no matter how much of a compromise is required, allows them to comfortably fit into their social group, especially if everyone in their circle is partnered. Being single can feel alone, lonely and an outsider. • Letting the pressure to be partnered build up can distract you into making bad decisions, feel impelled to hook-up with someone out of a feeling of necessity. That might be okay in the short-term as a temporary stopgap, offering companionship for a time, but it's important to recognise that for what it is. So often, people feel bereft when a relationship ends. Even the ending of a bad relationship can feel like a failure, generating fear, apprehension, anxiety. There may be concerns about the future; will I meet someone else? How long will I be on my own? Should I have tried harder or stayed with the relationship I had?

• But there's nowhere more lonely than a loveless marriage, where one person stays because of financial reasons, a fear of being alone or of upsetting the children or family. The tension, underlying resentment, hostility or constant bickering can make for a very unhappy household. There's nothing 'special' about a relationship that's missing love or mutual respect. When we're desperate to find a special someone, it can cause more problems than it resolves. Defining ourselves and others through our relationship status can miss the real point of having someone important with whom to share our life. That person should add value, not provide the sole reason for our existence. • Some people may even enter our lives in a purely temporary capacity. As such, they may provide the impetus for us to move on from a bad situation, enthuse us to review our lives, change career, update our image, introduce us to new exciting hobbies and interests. But once that's on track, they may well then fade from our orbit. Other people may be fair-weather friends or lovers, great when everything's going

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well but not much good during stormy times. They can't or don't want to deal with any of our mess, troubles or complications. Conversely, there are those people who love nothing more than to coach, problem-solve and fix us, the foul-weather friends and lovers who enjoy deep and meaningful sessions but don't much care to party or socialise. Having a relationship with either may work well for a time, but is unlikely to be a long-term solution to your relationship status. But equally, not all special relationships have to be permanent. • An important step is to ask yourself what you want from a relationship; do you really need a special someone? Does your life literally revolve around having a significant other in your life? Does your relationship status define who you are? What does that look like to you? It's important to know if you're prepared to wait for the right person to come along, no matter how long that may take. Some people may be focussed on getting married or living permanently together, for others that would be too intrusive. Some may want a constant partner where they do everything together, discuss everything, share every aspect of their lives, but others like to keep some independence and separateness, enjoying specific times together, like holidays or weekends, but living their own lives at other times.

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• To find our special someone, it's good to first start working on yourself. Ask yourself who's the most important person in your life. Even if you still have young children, it's best if the answer is you. When you feel good about yourself, healthy, happy and at peace, everyone in your life benefits. Then you find that your quality of life improves and you realise that you'd rather be alone that with someone who's not right for you, who's unsupportive or brings negative energy into your home. Being on your own is better than good enough or fine, once you're comfortable in your own company. • When you learn to love yourself, you find ways to communicate your thoughts and feelings to others and are able to define appropriate boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable treatment and behaviour. Your desperate need to have a special someone abates and you're able to be more selective and discerning, able to find someone who complements you and adds value to your life. You become clearer about the things you will and won't accept. Sure, some things that bother others may be fine by you; that's good for you to know and can help you to become clearer about what you want from a partner. It's liberating to realise that a special someone is only special because they're right for you. The relationship then becomes a wonderful outcome and addition, rather than a necessity in your life.

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

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Baby and Toddler Group Friendships:

what makes them so special? Becoming a mum for the first time can be an incredibly lonely experience. We talk to friends about how they met and how they keep in touch now that the original maternity or baby groups have been and gone. Charlie and Letitia met at a baby yoga course in Wymondham when their babies were just a few months old. Charlie: We met at a baby yoga course in Wymondham when our eldest were just a few months old. We all had to introduce ourselves each week and explain how our week had gone. I always remember Letitia saying about Louis having colic and my little girl was the same. We got chatting and we started going for drinks together and meeting up. We discovered we did the same job, as a veterinary nurse, and that we worked in the same town. We started going to swimming lessons and TinyTalk together and it’s blossomed since then.

We try to meet up as often as we can and let the kids play. We’ve got a really good friendship and our kids love each other; they’re often found holding hands at the end of a toddler group! Letitia: When I had Louis, I had other friends with babies, but they were slightly older and so were returning to work after maternity leave! I’m quite shy and have always found it difficult to start the conversation, although I do think babies and children always help with that because you can chat about them. After talking during a few sessions, we began to look out for each other and sit together when we could and when the course was coming to the end, I asked Charlie if she wanted to meet up to take the babies swimming (which we did) and eventually both joined the same swimming class. I really appreciated and valued Charlie’s friendship, especially in the first seven or so

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months when I had post-natal depression (although officially undiagnosed at the time). I knew that I ‘wasn’t quite right’ and needed a friend to meet up with and just talk about day to day things and the challenges that come with being a new mum! As Charlie says, she and I have remained friends leaving and joining other classes and groups together, and meet up still two and a half years on. Mickey met her group of friends through a pregnancy yoga group five years ago. Their instructor invited the group out for pizza after class one day in the hope of forming strong friendships and a support network for once the babies were born. Read Mickey’s story to find out if that wish came true.

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helping the little people develop friends and social skills… oh, and finding the best places to eat cake! I think it's easy to feel alone and overwhelmed when you become a mum (even with the most supportive partner) and having that friend, who understands or at least can empathise, is vital. The girls have been my rocks and hope I've been equally supportive! Recently, my partner organised for us all to go on a spa day together, which was bliss. Also earlier this year, we surprised the instructor and took her for afternoon tea to say thank you as she's the reason we're all such good friends now! Without her vision of creating a strong support network, we may not be in the fortunate position we are now. This year we are organising a camping trip for the group with partners and children so looking forward to that!

Mickey: There's a large group of us that met through a pregnancy yoga group five years ago. One day, the instructor invited us all out for pizza after a class as soon some of us would be having our babies and her hope was to have a setting in which strong friendship and support networks would be formed! She succeeded! When our babies were small, we met every other week, starting off in cafes in Norwich, then as more space was needed, we met up in parks and then onto each other’s houses! We now meet up in school holidays with our 4 and half year olds and some of us have gone onto have second and third babies and meet up when we can (at least once a month, I'd say) It’s been great from the word go really as all our children are within 6 months of age of one another and in the same school year now.

Some of our partners also started to meet up as they are keen cyclists and have developed their own support group, whilst riding of course! Everyone thinks about the impact a new baby has on the mother, but sometimes fathers are neglected!

Support we’ve had from each other covers: breast feeding, finding baby groups, adult conversation, having a friend who is going though similar stages with little ones, picking schools (although all in different areas),

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NORFOLK MUMS

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Norfolk Mums On A Mission Fitness + Friendship = Fun + Focus? YES YES YES! Of course it is! However, focus? I’m not convinced about that on a simple level. I giggle far too much and often make mistakes as a result. If I were to examine that a little closer though, my will to attend classes and take part in energetic activity certainly increases knowing that I am going to be in good company.

This month, we are looking at whether our friendship has helped our fitness and made us more focused and increased the fun factor. When we talked about starting to document our ‘journey’ together towards a healthier, fitter and more fun lifestyle, I don’t think we ever envisaged that we would get so much out of chronicling our adventures. Whether it’s posting our evening meal on Instagram, writing about a personal training session for Iceni Magazine or sharing a positive story on Facebook, all of those things have proved to be really cathartic for us all. V - All of us are Zumba enthusiasts and it’s fair to say that we always have a giggle when we are together in class or at events such as masterclasses and Zumbathons. Growing up, fitness was simply part and parcel of PE lessons at school, nothing more. I never expected it to become such an integral part of my life, nor did I envisage it helping to form close friendships. The question of whether friendship combined with fitness equates to fun is simple to answer

B - I have found some amazing friends through exercise and on cold winter's nights like these, knowing that I'm going to have fun with my friends at a Zumba class, really helps me get out the house, rather than putting my PJs on and sitting on the sofa! I also have a Facebook friends group and a family one too, where we share recipes, exercise tips and weigh ins. We also put £5 in a pot and whoever loses the most amount of weight over a certain amount of time, wins the money. I have found this helps hold me accountable and also motivates me to try my best. P - Friendships in fitness/exercise really works for me. Not only do you end up pushing each other to do one more or to complete something, but I think nine times out of ten, you end up chatting and laughing (depending on the activity!) and that in turn gets the seretonin going, giving you a lift and a boost, which we all need! Personally, I know that I can push myself to do far more when I'm exercising with friends than when I'm on my own. I think that was fully evident when we were doing the challenges in PT; we all had a determination to try and beat each other - in the nicest possible way of course! It ultimately brought out the best in each of us. Without that friendship, I don't think the times or reps would have been so high.

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Zumba Friendships Friendships are often things we fall into unintentionally. It's rare to start a hobby and think, "This is how I'm going to expand my circle of friends", but for these three ladies, they believe that Zumba with Team Rachel (www.zumba-norwich.co.uk) could offer that to anyone. Read their inspiring stories of how friendship and fitness go hand in hand. lthough I present as a bubbly, confident character I actually get quite nervous around new people and new experiences. When someone from my small, close group of friends encouraged me to come along to a local zumba class my first thought was "No way!" 3 and a half years on and wow am I glad I braved that first step through those doors. Not only have I found a form of exercise I adore, but I've found a community of like minded

people with so much love to give. Come rain or shine, atmospheric or emotional, there is always someone to greet you with a smile and a hug. During a particularly hard time, I was also lucky enough to have the support of a brand new friend who I simply couldn't have been without. We barely knew each other, but something clicked and she was my rock. There's now a small group of us who regularly get together, laughing the night away with food and drink or dancing til' we drop! Thank you Zumba, and our amazing instructor, who brought us all together.

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music started, my instructor Rachel introduced herself and explained how it worked. She guided me through the cues she uses and made it all seem clearer. I was still anxious, but the minute the music started and the people around me began to move and dance, I was instantly soaked up into this atmosphere of happiness and music. I couldn’t do it to save my life, but I just kept moving and trying.

years ago my life changed. I had such a positive influence. One I never thought would mean so much, one that I never knew would create what it did. As someone who lacks in confidence, stepping into a hall of strangers for my first ever Zumba class was a huge step. It was a situation I’d never voluntarily put myself into, but for a long time I’d wanted to try it and, as a friend once said to me, everything you’ve ever wanted is one step out of your comfort zone. Off to class I went, not knowing what to expect, how many people would be there, would there be anyone I knew or would it be a room full of complete strangers, and me... uncoordinated with zero confidence, doesn’t sound great does it? I remember how nervous I was walking in, keeping my head down, hiding at the back, wondering why I’d put myself in this situation. It was only minutes of me standing there, well attempting to hide, when a lovely lady came over and started talking to me, shortly followed by another and another, the final one stating ‘Don’t worry about getting all the moves; I still don’t, but I laugh the rest of the time.’ Just before the

It’s from this very class that I fell in love with Zumba. Not just the form of exercise, but the music and the people. They were so welcoming and friendly, and always came and spoke to me. Not once did I feel like a newbie on the outskirts or not involved. The thing that makes this extra special is that these people that were strangers are now people who I honestly class as dear and close friends. They aren’t strangers anymore and they aren’t just people I dance with a couple of times a week. They are people who I spend time with outside of Zumba; they are girly gatherings and cocktail nights. They are meals out and late night conversations. They are summer days and boozy barbeques. They are inspiration, hope, happiness. They are support and kindness. They are memories as well as future events. They are people that brought something to my life that I now couldn’t be without. They are people who were introduced into my life as part of one amazing fitness class, which has also done incredible amounts for me. I sit and laugh with these people and I wonder what I did without them. I’m thankful for a lot of things in my life, as I know we all are, but the group of people I’ve met through Zumba is something I will forever be thankful for. Never did I think that walking into that hall an anxious mess would result in not only a fitness class I finally loved, but also a group of people that mean so much.

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ust under three years ago, I walked into a crowded hall and crept to the back making sure I was as far away from the stage as possible. I didn’t even let the instructor know that I was new and had absolutely no idea what Zumba was let alone no idea of what was in store. Then the magic happened... I had my first taste of what an amazing and inspirational Zumba Instructor Rachel Evans is.... from that moment, I was totally hooked. I’m not going to say I instantly made lots of friends, because I didn’t, and that’s mainly down to me not having the confidence to speak to people I didn’t know and I continued to hide at the back relying on watching the people in front of me when I couldn’t see Rachel or Lucy Brooks her right hand man. But from that day, I fell in love with Zumba and Team Rachel... this family is different to any other exercise class I have ever been part of ... the room is always filled with joy and laughter and one common love. But then I met two amazing people, who have become not only my best friends, but my soul mates and sisters. With meeting these two girls, my life has changed they have given me a confidence I have never had before.... the confidence to welcome any new person coming into the class.... to chat and hopefully make them feel welcome and at ease, to enter the room and talk to anyone and everyone. I share so much with these two girls... I have shared secrets with them that I have held within myself for most of my life. I laugh with these girls and sometimes

I cry with these girls, but I know in my heart they will be in my life forever. We have been on holidays together and are about to embark on a two-week adventure to Thailand where we will make yet more memories to treasure forever. Along with these two girls, I have also formed very close friendships with many other Team Rachel family members, for Team Rachel is truly a family where, along with fitness, fun and laughter, caring is at the top of our common bond. I have shared an amazing trip away to Dublin with some of these amazing girls and will be sharing more times with them later this year. I consider myself totally blessed to be part of this amazing family... they have transformed my life. Often in life, you will have people cross your path, who are less than genuine and find delight in hurting others, and these people can do damage that they either are totally unaware of or at worst are aware of, but have no regard for the hurt they bestow on their fellow human being. However, the people I have in my life that I have met in Team Rachel totally restore my faith in human nature, and I know that I can go to so many of them and say I need your help and I know they will be there for me. These people have just given me one of the most magical years of my life.... these people are PURE GOLD. And I no longer hide at the back of the room, but am of at the front getting up to all kinds of mischief but mainly having the time of my life.

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TAKING CARE OF YOU

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Taking Care Of You Article By Monique Thapar There are many kinds of relationships of love that we might have in our life, not just romantic love: love from parent to child; love from child to parent; a love for a grandparent, love for a pet, love for our friends; love of siblings; plus many more.

of things people have said to you as well as continuous thoughts you’ve had. If you think the same thoughts repeatedly, they become part of your belief system and it makes it true for you. There are ways to reframe your belief system yourself and it does take time and practice. One way is to use positive affirmations.

Try this exercise:

An affirmation is a statement worded in the present, for example: I am worthy of love. Pick wording that resonates with you, say it out loud several times, or for 30 seconds, in the mirror, while smiling, at least once a day, for about two months. When you start to say it, it will probably feel like a lie but that’s ok, just stick with it. It’s almost fake it until you make it! Eventually, after saying this statement continuously over a period of time, you’ll begin to believe it and that is reframing your belief system.

Think of a person you love standing next to you and feel the warmth of the love you feel for them in your heart. Now, let that warm feeling of love spread throughout your whole body and hold on to it for as long as possible. One way to keep this feeling is to bring another person you love into your thoughts. Add one person each time, so that all you have is the beautiful feeling of the ones you love surrounding you. When that amazing emotion of love completely embraces you, feel a huge amount of gratitude that you are blessed with so many people in your life that you love. Without the feeling of love, we cannot have compassion which is why love is so important in our daily life. If you find that difficult to do, it may be that you have low self-worth and deep down you don’t believe you are worthy of love, including self-love. This could be from a past experience, or even several, but it could also be your core belief system. Your belief system is made up

The most important relationship you have is the one with yourself, so take care of you! Happy healing! For more information visit: http://www.kinesiologynorwich.co.uk/

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The Importance Of Friendship When A Relationship Turns Sour Relationship breakdowns are renowned for being one of the most challenging times of our lives. A few years ago, when my marriage collapsed, I would have done exactly the same if it weren’t for the amazing support I got from my closest friend. I didn’t see the end of my relationship coming until a couple of days beforehand when texts my husband sent me no longer ended with a flurry of kisses, rather just a single x. Sitting on the sofa, he refused to give me a cuddle and I instinctively knew something was wrong. Being one for allowing my imagination to run away with me, I pushed it to the back of my mind. It wasn’t until the following evening when he asked if I was happy and told me he wasn’t, that I finally saw it was the end of our marriage. We’d had difficulties, as most couples do; both of us were to blame. As I retired to the bedroom to continue my crying, I picked up my ‘phone and began to inform my best friend. She was shocked and couldn’t believe it either. As I vowed to come back stronger, this friend messaged me every single day, sometimes chatting for hours on end, and listened, never offering judgment, but always offering support, love and a shoulder to cry on. After a couple of weeks, I was able to

get out of the house a little more and my friend came with me to several places. Yes, I cried on her. Time and time again. I could probably have wrung out the tears from one of her cardigans when we took our children to a preschool session together. As the days turned to weeks and the weeks turned to months, I grew stronger and became a different person. Through every twist and turn along the way, my best friend remained there for me. A simple text telling me she was thinking of me or an offer of meeting up to chat or dance the night away was precisely what I needed at that time. When I decided it was the right time for me to start thinking about men again (well, I’d been thinking about them for a long time, but not actually dating!), she was my ‘wing woman’ and prevented me from doing anything too stupid. A drunken snog was the limit! A few years later and here I am, happily in a relationship with a wonderful man… and who still has my back? My best friend, of course. I wouldn’t have got through the split as well as I did without her unbelievable support. And, even at a time when I felt that my world was falling apart, I could also see how blessed I was to have a best friend as amazing as her… and I still am blessed! PAGE

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GUESS THE YEAR

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Just For Fun

GUESS THE YEAR! Brothers David and Ed Miliband went against one another in the Labour leadership contest following Gordon Brown’s resignation.

Volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland caused mayhem for many flights across Northern Europe.

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This football team became Premier League champions after beating Wigan Athletic FC 8-0 on the final day of the season.

Chester City FC went out of business after 125 years.

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Birmingham-based chocolate and sweets manufacturer, Cadbury’s, was bought by Kraft in a £11.5 billion deal.

Last month's solution: 2005

The year is...

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock Featuring Sam Bailey Friday 8 February, 7.30pm, £29.50/ Groups 1 in 10 free Sam Bailey is about to get her teeth into a real Rocker of a show when she takes the role of the Vampire Queen in the hit touring musical extravaganza Vampires Rock Ghost Train for the 2019 Spring tour, which is coming to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 8 February. For more than 2 decades, Steinman and his crew have returned to our stages night after night and delivered exhilarating performances that have been packed with energy, fabulous dance routines, spectacular special effects and of course, amazing music that has everyone up on their feet. Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his script ensures that Steinman always has the audience roaring with laughter. This rock-tastic, hilarious, musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation. A tongue in cheek story, spellbinding cast, fangtastic fire routines, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest eighties classic rock anthems ever! Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his script ensures that Steinman always has the audience roaring with laughter. Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more. This year, X Factor winner Sam will be stepping into the shoes of legendary singer and actress Toyah Willcox who played the part for two years performing over 200 shows. Sam will be joined on stage by creator and star of Vampires Rock, Steve Steinman, plus a full cast of dancers, singers and musicians. For the past fifteen years, Vampires Rock has played to more than a million people and has a growing army of fans who follow the show year after year as it tours in all the major theatres and concert halls country wide. Prepare for a night of mischief and mayhem!

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Nish Kumar It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves. Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm, £24 Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is coming to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Wednesday 13 February, taking his brand new show on a national tour of the UK! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction, and if this will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He's the host of the Mash Report, which you might have seen on BBC 2 or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven't spoken to in a while. As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Taskmaster (Dave), Live From the BBC (Netflix), QI (BBC2) Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Joel & Nish Vs The World (Netflix/Comedy Central). ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG COMEDIANS WE HAVE - THE TIMES

The Classic Rock Show Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm, £26 - £36 On Thursday 14 February the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange will be Rocking! From AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between, including Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf plus much much more. Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, ‘The Classic Rock Show’ brings the original recordings back to life on stage; with a huge sound and light show to match. Culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed. A gem of a rock show - sore throat guaranteed!

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WHAT'S ON AT... King's Lynn Corn Exchange The ELO Experience Greatest Hits and More Tour Friday 15 February, 7.30pm, £25/ Concs £19 The legacy left by Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra barely needs any introduction - suffice to say that, between 1972 and 1986, they achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet! 10538 Overture, Evil Woman, Living Thing, Diary of Horace Wimp, Don't Bring me Down and of course Mr Blue Sky went on to become the soundtrack of our lives. In 2016, Jeff Lynne’s ELO came back to prominence with the release of a brand new album - Alone In The Universe and a UK and World tour. The ELO Experience tour will include the greatest hits from an extensive and impressive back catalogue spanning over 45 years. Blending rock rhythms with classical influences, ELO also released many classic albums such as A New World Record, Discovery and Out of the Blue, and many sell out tours which further established them as one of the most important and influential bands ever. The ELO Experience are the world's foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 15 February, and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time? The ELO Experience have been bringing the music of Jeff Lynne and The Electric Light orchestra to the live stage for over 12 years.

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Forever in Blue Jeans The Best in Country Music & Roll ‘n’ Roll Saturday 16 February, 7.30pm, £26.50 Come and join one of the greatest party's in town as Forever In Blue Jeans celebrates 21 happy and successful years on the road, and they’re coming to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday 16 February. A perfect feast of entertainment with superb singers, dancers and musicians playing the best in Country Music and Rock ‘n’ Roll . This big hearted show perform songs from Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Mavericks, Tammy Wynette, The Carpenters & Carol King to hits from the great Western Musicals such as Oklahoma and Paint Your Wagon plus many many more. The terrific Red Hot Blue Jeans Band perform stunning instrumentals and the show ends with everyone invited to the party for the Grand Finale of the great Neil Diamond hot Forever In Blue Jeans.

Pop Divas Live! Friday 22 February, 6pm, £16.50 Get ready for the best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show. Little Mix will cast some Black Magic and Taylor Swift will Shake It Off, as four enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest female pop performers of today at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 22 February. Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Rihanna will all be dropping in to the biggest Pop Party ever so make sure you’re there! With dazzling choreography, state of the art videos and superb vocals, Pop Divas Live! is the perfect pop concert experience for the little divas in your life. NB - Please allow extra time for parking due to the King’s Lynn Mart being in town. The Tuesday Market Place and Common Staithe Quay car parks will both be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Panto Favourite Returns To Star In Fun Family Show

MILKSHAKE LIVE February 18 If one of your festive Three Wishes was to see the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime genie on stage again, you are in luck. Kiera-Nicole Brennan returns to the venue in February to star in Milkshake Live. She will join fellow Milkshake presenter David Ribi to star in a brand new all-singing, alldancing pre-school musical extravaganza on February 18. It tells the story of Milkshake! Monkey who wants to create a brand new production for a theatre audience. Unfortunately, he suffers from a bad attack of stage fright and needs the help of all his Milkshake friends to create a show that all ages can enjoy. A host of favourites from Channel 5’s children’s TV show will join the monkey, Kiera-Nicole and David in the show. They include Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer and Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight, and Floogals. Children can learn amazing songs, dance with their Milkshake friends and watch the music, lights, costume and show come together. The show’s director Derek Moran, who is also a Milkshake presenter, said audiences are in for a treat. He said: “The show is bursting with fun taking everyone on a journey which champions friendship and positivity.

It is jam-packed with audience participation encouraging kids to get up, join in and hopefully put on their own shows at home.” Kiera-Nicole’s return to Norwich comes weeks after she enchanted Theatre Royal audiences in the panto Aladdin. A former student of the world-famous BRIT school in London, she is a talented singer and dancer and won her highprofile TV job straight out of drama school. Meanwhile David is a graduate of the London College of Music and Royal Holloway University. He has a host of theatre credits including The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray and Dreamboats and Petticoats, and most recently played the title role of Peter Pan in the Sheffield Lyceum pantomime. John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “We are very excited to welcome Kiera-Nicole back to the city. Her incredible on-stage energy is sure to give the show an incredible boost. Add in David’s enthusiasm and stage flair, a host of favourite children’s characters and a story to touch the hearts of all ages, and you have the ingredients for a show which is perfect for a young audience.” Show Information: Milkshake Live, Monday 18 February at 11am and 2pm. Tickets £10-£16. Discounts for Friends and Under-18s. To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich. co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000. PAGE

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Horoscopes For February Aries 21 March - 20 April The key to progress Aries,

Libra 24 September - 23 October Your enthusiasm

is going to be in investing in your original ideas and flair. However, your ruler Mars clashes with powerful Pluto in the first week of February. Something you feel strongly about may lead to an objection or a challenge by an authoritative individual. However, your financial fortunes can be boosted positively in the last week of the month.

can be enormous from the 14th to the 18th, and the extra pizzazz you bring to a situation can really impress someone special. Home, family and emotional strands do though continue to be very important, and this could see you busy decorating or looking to move. Your business or work talents can also shine through in the last week.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May Mars enters your sign on

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November Your two ruling

the 14th, and this is going to give you a significant boost of energy and drive. But it can be your sensitivity to others which proves to be a real asset between the 17th and the 20th. As the Sun makes its way into your sector of friendships and long-term plans on the 19th, your optimism can increase, and networking can pay off for you handsomely.

planets of Mars and Pluto, are at right angles in the first week of February. This can create some tension, and if you feel stress mounting, look to your hobbies or some kind of physical exercise as a diversion. Diplomacy can also pay off, but Venus will be supportive and help engender a better understanding with others. Solo? You can be bold in week four.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June Someone you encounter

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December A family,

early in February, can really capture your imagination, but it's going to be important to temper any enthusiasm with a clear understanding of who contributes and does what. There could be some frank exchanges, and this can give you a lot of food for thought, especially from the 14th. Ambitions can soar though, from the 19th.

home or personal matter, can require a deft touch early in February. Someone may see things so very differently, and this can require patience and tact to deal with. Mid-month though, gives you a glorious chance to show how free spirited and independent you can be, and spot a unique opportunity to progress. A DIY project speeds forwards as the month ends.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July You may find yourself in a

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January Venus glides into

battle of wills early this month. But there's much more to be gained through a spirit of co-operation, and the move of Venus on the 4th into your sector of relating, can certainly help this process. With Mars on the 14th sparking your social appetite, relationships can really start to sparkle. A journey could also prove to be fated Cancer.

your sign on the 4th of February. This will give you greater personal confidence and can see more than one admirer drawn to you. This is a fine chance to enjoy a makeover too Capricorn, or to start over again in your love life. With the Sun and Mars angling superbly from the 21st to the 28th, a more social vibe can brighten your world.

Leo 24 July - 23 August A role or responsibility which

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February

has become something of a drudge, will need to be resolved early this month. You may not find it easy to assert your needs, but once you do, you can feel liberated. With Mars soaring to the top of your 'scope from the 14th, it really is time to march to the sound of the beat of your own drum. The spotlight beckons greater success.

A revelation in week one can surprise you, but once in the open, gives you a fine chance to clear the air and move on. Solo? An old flame may come back into your thinking, or you can reminisce about the past with old contacts. Good news can emerge mid-month, almost out of the blue. Be ready to seize the moment. Home changes shape up in the last week.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September The Full Moon is in

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Mercury enters your

your sign on the 19th. This can see you thinking carefully about your relationships. But even in the first week of this month with Jupiter and Neptune at right angles, you might encounter someone with an air of mystique, who captivates you or leaves you somewhat confused. Fortunately, the last week of February sees you much more decisive.

sign on the 10th, followed by the Sun on the 19th. This duo will help spark new beginnings and a greater sense of self confidence and drive. Your imagination can also be awesome from the 17th to the 20th. Expect to be busier and more active, and especially in the last week. This will be an excellent time to take the initiative and demonstrate your flair.

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