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Focus On: Parenting

Equality:

What About The Fathers?

WIN A Family Ticket

To Holkham Hall

How To Avoid Spoilers On Twitter

New Season Announcement Norwich Theatre Royal


Welcome To Iceni Magazine, "The summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July." Francis Thompson (A Corymbus for Autumn) Welcome to Issue 75 of Iceni Magazine! This month's focus is on parenting. It's often the mums that people hear about, so check out pages 38-39 for 'Equality: what about the fathers?' We'd love to know your thoughts! On pages 40-41, we hear from the Norfolk Miscarriage Support and the excellent job they do in being there for everyone affected by the loss of a baby. Our newest columnist, Just Hollie, brings us familyfriendly summer recipes on pages 44-45 - let us know what you think if you try them out! Elsewhere, on pages 22-23, Paul Kirk shares his suggestions for avoiding spoilers on Twitter. Finding out a key plot twist is like watching a film with someone who's already seen it and keeps dropping bombshells! Sadly, page 28 sees the final ever Guess the Year - so, don't forget to check it out! Next month's magazine will feature a new competition... but for now, it's a secret! So, until next month, keep applying the suncream regularly, drink lots of water, and enjoy this issue!

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

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Contents 52

pages

Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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MOTORING REVIEW

FOCUS ON: PARENTING

New Peugeot 508 Reviewed

Something To Do With The Kids?

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SOCIAL MEDIA

How To Avoid Spoilers On Twitter

ICENI NEWS

New Season Announcement

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Social Media Avoid Spoilers On Twitter

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Equality: What About The Fathers?

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Iceni News Aladdin

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Motoring Review New Peugeot 508

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Norfolk Miscarriage Support Have you ever felt alone...

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Iceni News New Season Announcement

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Nibbles & Tipples July

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Iceni Columnist Mark King

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See What Mummy Says 2,656 Days Of Parenting

Just For Fun Guess The Year!

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Just Hollie Family Friendly Summer Recipes

Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis

Focus On... Parenting

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Is There Liquid Sunshine... In Your Life?

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Norfolk Places Something To Do With The Kids?

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The Green Column Let's Talk Periods

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Nova Silver July

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Six Weeks Off School… Top Tips To Help Parents Cope

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Mole & Gecko: The Show

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The Gadget Man Review Casio CA53W-1 Calculator Watch

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Family Days Out The School Holidays Mean...

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of The Benjamin Foundation. Our charity helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them. Our work brings hope, opportunity, independence to the people we support.

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Join us for Norwich Sleep Out 2019!

Sleep Out is our annual fundraising event, which invites people to spend one night outside, so others don’t have to. This year, we are bringing the event back to Norwich City Football Club on Thursday 14th November, and are inviting individuals and businesses to register and raise money by spending one night sleeping in the car park.

We want to end youth homelessness and money raised at Sleep Out helps us to tackle the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young adults each night. We not only provide them with a safe place to live, but stability and the opportunity to learn important life skills to help them move towards independence. This helps to prevent

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more young people ending up on the streets and stops the local homelessness problem growing. Following a breakdown in family relationships, Harry found himself looking for somewhere to live.

“It wasn’t good, and I’ve had quite a lot of struggles.” Harry explains.

He was offered a place at one of our accommodation centres in Norfolk, which provided him with the support he needed to get his life back on track and he is now looking to the future: “My Support Worker has taught me how to be better at saving money. He’s taught me quite a lot actually… My confidence has improved a lot since I‘ve been here. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it by myself; it makes me feel a lot better to know that there’s someone there.” If you can help us to help more local young people like Harry, please register for Norwich Sleep Out here: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/norwich-sleep-out/

Flight for Youth Flight for Youth is our flagship 25th anniversary celebration featuring our much-loved and well recognised butterfly. We’re thrilled that so many individuals, businesses and community groups have been involved by purchasing our glazed pottery butterflies or by painting their own – we’re enjoying seeing such brilliant creations! Thank you to everyone who is supporting Flight for Youth, including our headline (hope) sponsors, Norwich High School for Girls. You can purchase your butterfly on our website: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/shop/

Keep in Touch Would you like to hear more about our charity? Why not sign up for our e-newsletters to receive the latest news and events straight to your inbox. Register on our website: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/keep-in-touch/

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Aladdin Ian Marr

Lisa Mathieson

Scott Cripps

Pantomime Cast Announcement King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Tuesday 10 December 2019 - Sunday 5 January 2020 Let the Genie grant your wish and join us for another magical pantomime at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, from the team behind last year’s production of Sleeping Beauty, Jordan Productions. We are pleased to announce 5 of our fabulous cast starting with the return of Ian Marr as Dame Widow Twankey, who will once again team up for a hilarious double act with Scott Cripps as Wishee Washee. West End performer Lisa Mathieson will play the title role of Aladdin and Britain’s Got Talent star’s Twist and Pulse, join the cast as PCs Hip & Hop. West Norfolk’s favourite Dame, Ian Marr, this year as Dame Widow Twankey and our much

loved funny man Scott Cripps as Wishee Washee. This is Ian’s 18th Christmas in panto around the UK and his 10th Anniversary performing in King’s Lynn! Ian’s other credits include: Pitlochry 2017 season in High Society, The Ruling Class, Mary Rose and People; Mr Kirkby in That Day We Sang (Victoria Wood); Downton Abbey (ITV); Waking the Dead (BBC); Alan Gregg/The Doctor in Shadowlands (National Tour) to name but a few! This will be Scott’s 7th panto performance here at King’s Lynn. His West End theatre credits include Billy Elliott; Murdoch in Titanic; Sweeney Todd; Pirates of Penzance; Peter Pan and Doctor Dolittle. He has also toured with productions of Jesus Christ Superstar; Amos in Whistle Down the Wind, High Society;

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Willard in Footloose, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. You can also see him on the big screen as an inmate in Paddington 2 dancing alongside Hugh Grant! A warm King’s Lynn welcome to Lisa Mathieson - trained at the Arts Educational Schools London where she graduated with a BA(Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre. Lisa was recently in the original cast of Tim Minchin’s Olivier Award winning musical, Groundhog Day at The Old Vic. She was Dance Captain in the UK Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and was also in the Original West End Cast at the Savoy Theatre, London. She has starred in the West End productions of Love Never Dies, Gotta Sing Gotta Dance, We Will Rock You, amongst many more and has played Aladdin in Aladdin in the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne and The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering, so she has oodles of experience for this role! Twist & Pulse - Born and bred South Londoners, Ashley Glazebrook (Twist) and Glen Murphy (Pulse), met at the renowned Brits School of Performing Arts. They achieved 2nd place on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent (2010), managing to win over both the public and Simon Cowell and his formidable team, with their talent and charm!

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Later, they made celebrated return to the toprated show with their own dance company. Their journey since BGT has been a whirlwind! Not content with just winning over the UK, they have performed worldwide including taking the role of celebrity judges on Chinas biggest streetdance TV show on CCTV5 with a viewership of 400,000,000 people! Fast gaining attention as sought after creatives, in 2018, they won the BEST Choreography award at the coveted ‘Great British Pantomime Awards’, and we are pleased to announce they will be choreographing Aladdin for us this year. They have also had online success which has accumulated them a huge following as well as leading them to choreograph and create work for some of the biggest brands in the world including: Samsung - Cadburys - Warner bros - Lionsgate - DC Comics - Mars - Kelloggs - EE Canon - McDonalds - Lego - Sky One - Red Bull - Sennheiser and more! Our Magical carpet ride begins on Tuesday 10 December through until Sunday 5 January. Once again, we promise a spectacular show full of music, fun, laughter, stunning special effects and plenty of surprises along the way! Don’t miss out, - book now at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk or call 01553 764864. The pantomime is once again kindly sponsored by J & K Glass & Glazing and is in association with KLFM, we would like to thank them both for their continued support. Aladdin is at the Alive King’s Lynn Corn Exchange from Tuesday 10 December 2019 - Sunday 5 January 2020.

Twist and Pulse, join the cast as PCs Hip & Hop

Tickets are available on 01553 764864 or online at: www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

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New Season Announcement

Foot-tapping musical extravaganzas, riveting drama and stunning dance are in the line-up for Norwich Theatre Royal’s new season of productions heading to the city through this autumn and into next year. The brand new musical On Your Feet!, which tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, has just opened in London after coming direct from Broadway, and in the autumn it will be heading out across the UK on tour arriving in Norwich from November 19-23. The show features some of the most iconic pop songs of the era, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Get On Your Feet – the Latin crossover sound which fused infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco and saw Gloria Estefan win 26

Grammy Awards and sell over 100 million records worldwide. And if the rhythm has got you, then We Will Rock You is another musical guaranteed to have audiences on their feet when it hits the stage from May 4-9 2020. The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton delivers the scale and spectacle of the band’s legendary live performances with its biggest hits – We Are The Champions, I Want To Break Free, Don’t Stop Me Now, Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust. If you like your music delivered with a dollop of comedy then Curtains could be the show for you - it’s a musical who-dunnit from the creators of Chicago and Cabaret. Starring popular comedian Jason Manford, West End star Carly PAGE

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The theatre also plays host to two classic pieces of drama - A Woman Of No Importance (November 4-9) directed by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre former artistic director Dominic Dromgoole and starring Norfolk resident Liza Goddard, and Dial M for Murder (January 21-25 2020), starring another Theatre Royal favourite Tom Chambers who danced his way into local hearts in Top Hat and Crazy For You. Oscar Wilde brings his glittering wit to bear on A Woman of No Importance, which tells the tale of an earnest young American woman, a louche English lord and an innocent young chap at a house party, while Dial M For Murder sees a charismatic and manipulative ex-tennis pro pursue revenge when he discovers his wife has been unfaithful. Stenson and Strictly Come Dancing star and television presenter Ore Oduba, it arrives in Norwich from February 11-15 2020. 2020 also sees one of the most popular musicals of all time, Les Misérables return to the Norwich stage from March 4 to April 4 2020. The rollercoaster of a show with some of theatre’s most heart-breaking musical numbers wowed the city during its 2009/2010 UK tour and now returns as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary. Tickets are already on sale. Due to popular demand, the theatre has also announced an additional matinee show for this summer’s blockbuster the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical, on stage from July 16-August 17. The additional matinee, which is on Friday August 9, at 2.30pm, is on sale now. Another captivating tale is bought to life as part of the new season’s drama offering when a stage adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones arrives from October 7-12. A comingof-age story, it features young Susie Salmon who has a crush on a boy, with one big difference – Susie is dead. With a cast of 13, visually stunning staging and a spellbinding soundtrack, it is emotional and uplifting. (Suitable for 14+).

Two dance productions heading to Norwich are guaranteed to delight audiences. Richard Alston Dance Company will grace the Theatre Royal stage for the last time, as it celebrates its last season after 25 years of amazing work. On stage on February 7 & 8 2020, it will present two brand new works by Richard Alston and Martin Lawrance, alongside classic works from the company’s repertoire. Shine On is inspired by Britten and Auden’s song cycle On This Island, while Voices and Light Footsteps is influenced by the music of Monteverdi - a last chance to see this iconic dance company in action. And from February 18-22 2020, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes returns. The production delighted local audiences during its world premiere tour in 2016 for which it won two Olivier Awards as it toured the UK and USA. Set in the golden-age of Hollywood, it is a tale of a girl who dreams of being the greatest dancer but who is torn between the two men who inspire her passion. The master of mind control and psychological illusion Derren Brown also makes a return visit from May 19-23 2020, for a five-day run with his first new show in five years, called

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Showman. (Suitable for 12+). Its content is a closely-guarded secret, but prepare to be astounded.

31, while showbiz legends Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck come together to reminisce and entertain in Des & Jimmy on September 29.

And the ever-popular Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society returns to the theatre Royal stage from January 28 to February 1 2020, with the musical Made in Dagenham, an inspirational true story, which takes audiences back to 1968 when female Ford factory machinists were battling for equal pay; and for lovers of classical music Britten Sinfonia will present The Eight Seasons on October 25, a dazzling evening of baroque music with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Top comedians are also heading for the Norwich stage with appearances by Jimmy Carr on November 17, Sandi Toksvig on January 14 2020, and Milton Jones on April 9 2020. Already announced are appearances by Ben Elton on December 18, Ed Byrne on February 4 2020, and Ross Noble on May 25 2020; and for music fans there is an eclectic choice of live gigs to choose from with Motown on October 13, the return of Kate Rusby on December 8, Beyond the Barricade on January 6 2020, A Vision of Elvis on January 7 2020, Queen Rhapsody on January 13 2020, and Classic Rock Show on February 5 2020.

Entertainment of a different kind is available with The Football Ramble as the popular chart-topping podcast comes to life on stage with a multi-media extravaganza on October

Plus two Norfolk traditions are also not to be missed with audiences already snapping up tickets to see the theatre’s panto Cinderella which is on stage from December 17 to January 19 2020, and the chance to peek behind the scenes to find out how the theatre ticks at the venue’s annual Open Day which is free to attend on August 31. Judy Foster, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Our new programme going through the autumn of this year into next year is maintaining the high standard our audiences have become accustomed to. Following on from the excitement of seeing Matilda on our stage this summer , and the thrill of Les Misérables to come next Spring, we’ve got even more new and exciting shows lined up, plus the return of a few which have previously wowed Norwich and are guaranteed to do so again. From musicals to drama, dance to comedy, there is something for everyone.”

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King Twelve months ago, the U.K. was basking in what turned out to be one of the best, longest and hottest summers on record.

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It was just a glorious time. You could plan events weeks ahead like barbecues, and days out with family and friends. You did not have to worry if it was going to be a wash out.

People were saying that if this is the effect of global warming, then in the future, there will be no need to go to the Mediterranean for guaranteed sun, and the word staycation entered everyday use. Last year, the family had two lovely weeks on holiday in Bulgaria flying from Norwich Airport, but decided to stay in the U.K. this year for our main holiday. We wanted to go somewhere we could take Percy our new dog, and plumped for a week in Devon in August. But (there is always a 'but' in life!) the one thing about British weather, and why it is always a talking point, is because it's totally unpredictable - not just

day to day, month to month, but also year to year! It is possible to predict, in parts of the Alps to the day, when snow is going to fall, and in parts of the Far East, when the rains will come. If you're lucky enough to live somewhere like Australia, the prediction can be that the sun will shine day after day for most months. So, from the second part of May through all of June, we have had nothing but cold air, rain, wind, storms and floods! I have lived through enough British summers like this to now that if it continues through July as well, then there is a very high probability that August will be a wash out. Those adverts for cheap holidays abroad look very tempting, and no matter how much we all love Percy, our dog, I might have to just start saving for a large kennel bill in 2020, because no matter how beautiful most parts of this country are, and what great holiday attractions there are to enjoy here, at the end of the day, most families would rather have blue skies and sunshine during their annual holiday rather than cold rain lashing down on you. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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Excess Body Hair Sometimes, I wonder if I am the child of apes. The amount of excess body hair I have been cursed with has been the bane of my life, and razors, bleach, hair removal cream and tweezers have been necessities in my bathroom cabinet for years. Above: Keri Beevis Apparently, some girls don't have hair on their upper legs (lucky sods), while others barely ever have to shave. Meanwhile, here I sit looking like a woolly mammoth. Twenty years ago, I would have been mortified by what recently happened to me, but these days I have more of a 'couldn't give a damn' attitude and I shrug most things off. So, let me set the scene. I was getting ready for work, aware it was raining hard enough that I might have to get the ark out, so needed to allow extra time for my journey. I was about to run out of the door when I realised I haven't shaved my arms. Yes, you read that right. I shave my arms. Not every day, but definitely once or twice a week. I have more hair on my arms than Tom Selleck has on his chest and, until a couple of years ago, I used to bleach it. These days, I can't be bothered with all that effort. Life's too short, what with book writing, pussycat cuddling and wine drinking. These days I use a lady shave. Just thirty seconds once or twice a week and I am good to go. And the beauty is, because it's a lady shave, it doesn't grow back stubbly. So there I was, late for work, but needing to shave my arms. I grabbed the lady shave, but instead of spending thirty seconds, I tried to do it in five. I also forgot that I had recently charged the shaver and it was buzzing away like a lawnmower on speed.

'Ouch, that was a bit nippy,' I thought, as I threw the shaver back into my cupboard and rushed off downstairs. It was as I reached for my shoes that I noticed my arms were bleeding. Seriously, blood was running down both of them from huge great scratches made by the razor and I looked like I'd just had a sleepover with Freddy Krueger. I panicked, thinking, oh no! I'm going to be late for work. Grabbing kitchen tissue, I tore off strips and applied it to the wounds. And that is how I drove into work, with bits of tissue hanging off me, trying not to drip blood on my clothes. I arrived to a chorus of 'Ohmigod, what happened?' Now I have cats. I also have a holly bush. I am a writer and could make some creative rubbish up, right? Hell no. The truth was too funny and at least I gave the girls a good laugh. I applied antiseptic cream, but boy it hurt. I also looked rather foolish. Along with my razor accident, I have also, in recent days, managed to dye all of my white knickers blue, thrown a packet of cat food over myself (don't even ask) and missed my huge great mouth when trying to put red wine in it. What does the future bring? I dread to think. But perhaps someone should lock all sharp objects away. PAGE

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Is There Liquid Sunshine In Your Life? Don't you find that nothing ever ourselves, it can succeed in giving us a reality check. How can we feel sorry for ourselves when stays the same? so much worse is happening elsewhere?

A lovely calm day can be changed in an instant by a nasty comment, a stressful phone call, a difficult car journey. Whenever something goes wrong, it can be guaranteed to pretty much stop us short, those ripples of negativity flowing through and impacting on our mood, our performance and our relationships. But negative thought patterns can also be transformed by things external to us. Children's laughter, a piece of music, squirrels chasing along the fence, a rainbow are all things that help us stop feeling low and can turn our mood around. So too can hearing unfortunate or bad news. It can jolt us out of wasting time and energy on something that suddenly appears really trivial. If we hear of a disaster, someone getting a serious health warning or other people far worse than

Perspective is the key and is more of a choice than we perhaps realise. Ask yourself, is there liquid sunshine in your life? • When rain is liquid sunshine, it brings light, fun and joy into the world. Why would we complain about getting wet when taking a lovely walk in nature, with its colours, beauty and life, or even in a busy city street, with its energy, bustle and vibrancy? On your return home, simply draw a bath, put dinner in the oven and soak with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in the tub. Turn your view around and remind yourself how wonderful water is. We can survive longer without food than we can without water, so appreciate its role in our lives; it gives us food, hydration, drainage, hygiene. Enjoy your liquid sunshine!

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• Traffic jams and hold ups cause so many headaches that traffic bulletins are a regular feature of drivetime media programming. Of course, travel and urgent meetings are a necessary part of modern life. But, if you're stuck and unable to move for the duration, do you really need to spend that time crying, screaming or stressing? There's nothing you can do so turn those moments into liquid sunshine and use the enforced break as an opportunity to switch off for a while. Listen to a podcast, sing along to some music or even quietly relax. When you're stuck for a time you may as well turn the negative into something more auspicious. • Redundancy is a fact of life for many people and is often a scary, stressful time. Many people worry that they'll never work again, or will struggle to achieve the same level of seniority or income as before. But, many people report that being made redundant forced them to re-evaluate the way they were living their lives, the many compromises they were making with their families and themselves in order to support the big house, holidays and lifestyle. I've heard countless people say that being made redundant turned out to be the best thing that happened to them, even though they had to walk away from so much and start afresh.

as we put more effort in, but we appreciate what subsequently comes our way, even though it may turn out to be very different from what we initially anticipated. As a consequence of losing out, we start to notice the different opportunities for liquid sunshine in our lives.

• Even when we lose out on buying our dream house or being offered the great job we applied for, we often find that something better comes along in its wake. Granted, our search may have become more urgent, our focus clearer

We often can't change what happens to us, but we can influence and be more aware of how we allow ourselves to be affected, how we feel about it. Which do you notice, the rain or the liquid sunshine 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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July At Nova Silver As the summer warms up (hopefully!), our thoughts turn to holidays and jetting off for little breaks. We’d like to remind people to be vigilant, however, after a sharp increase in the number of break-ins around the city. We’ve noticed a real increase in the number of customers, who are coming to us looking to replace jewellery that has been stolen. We all know that burglars are looking for items that are high value and easy to carry, and unfortunately, that makes jewellery an attractive choice. Often, to the victim, this can be particularly distressing as it’s very difficult or impossible to replace every piece, and the sentimental value can’t be covered by insurance. Crimes, such as these, are usually opportunistic and there’s little that can be done to prevent it, but there are easy precautions you can take that could make a big difference. • Try looking around your home with a fresh pair of eyes. Note where the weak spots for entry would be and do something about them ASAP. If you can see anything worth stealing from walking past the window, consider moving it to a safer spot. Don’t leave yourself an easy target. • Be mindful of who knows you’re on holiday and that your home is empty. Consider asking a trusted neighbour to move your bins/take in your post, so that your home doesn’t look unoccupied. Also be aware of who can see your holiday snaps on social media! • Before you go away, move portable items like jewellery to hidden and unexpected spots. Places that are trickier to access (like the loft) will be less appealing to a burglar, who usually wants to get in and out quickly. • In case the worst does happen, we recommend reviewing your contents insurance to ensure it covers what you’d want to replace. Take photographs and keep receipts of any pieces of jewellery. Store these separately; you’d be surprised at the number of people who keep their receipts in their jewellery boxes!

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Back To The Future With The Casio CA53W-1 Calculator Watch In this era of the £1000 smartphone, it’s easy to expect ‘gadgets’ to be very expensive and with the advent of smartwatches, you can look to be paying even more than that!

craze, I found a gadget, which first gained prominence in the Michael J Fox movie, Back to the Future. Yes, the calculator watch has returned in all its former glory in the shape of the Casio CA53W-1.

In fact, the ‘Apple Watch Hermès Stainless Steel Case with Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour Deployment Buckle’, aside from sounding like something Patrick Bateman would wear in American Psycho, will set you back almost £1500!

This is a watch, which is also a calculator, stopwatch, alarm and ‘dual time’ piece. It has the basic functions of hour, minute and second with the option of displaying it either 12 or 24-hour formats, It has the option of hourly ‘chime’ and alarm function.

With this in mind, I began looking for a gadget from simpler times and with the current retro

After setting the date, the ‘day of the week’ displays in an abbreviated format at the top of

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This is a watch, which is also a calculator, stop-watch, alarm and ‘dual time’ piece the screen. There is a single button on the right-hand side of the watch, with a recessed button to set functions; you also have 16 buttons under the digital dial, which can perform several functions such as switching between time formats and setting the hour chime.

watch, it isn’t something that you are going to be using to run your life on a day to day basis. In fact, unless you have 20-20 pilot vision, you are going to struggle to read the teeny buttons on the front of the watch and perhaps have even more difficulty actually pressing them!

Pressing the single button cycles through the watch functions, the first being the calculator. The watch will perform the basic add, subtract, multiply and divide functions, nothing spectacular, but enough to work out the tip if you are out to dinner with friends.

But, this is not the point of this watch. This is a statement, telling people that we are in fact just as cool as we were in 1985 when Back to the Future was released. We might not own a DeLorean or a Hoverboard, but we are wearing one of the greatest examples of ‘80s electronics.

Next is the stop-watch function with lap-timer, and finally is the DT or dual time screen where you want to add a different time-zone (usefulfor the globetrotters amongst us). Interestingly, the watch has NO backlight function. The watch is very thin and light and comes in a comfortingly straightforward black case with rubbery breathable strap.

The absolute best thing about this gadget is its price. I picked up a brand-new Casio CA53W-1 for under £20, yes you are reading this correctly, it cost me £18. If you would like to pick one up yourself, go to https://amzn.to/2XlX46t

It’s quite thin and light too, which makes it feel comfortable on the wrist. You can even wear the watch whilst swimming, but according to Casio, you should avoid snorkelling. But, let's be absolutely honest, this is not a practical

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How To Avoid Spoilers On Twitter There are times on social media when you're desperately trying not to hear about a particular topic or event whether it's a sporting, tv, film or other event type. For me, the most recent instance of this was the release of the much anticipated Marvel Avengers Endgame movie - a culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies. Now, while the studio did a very good job of getting people and the press not to spoil the ending with the #DontSpoilTheEndgame hashtag promotion, there's always a worry that you'll accidentally read something. So, did you realise that

you can mute tweets containing specific words and hashtags? Twitter allows you to mute Tweets that contain particular words, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags for a period of time. It's worth noting though that this isn't necessarily a 'global' mute as it will only mute these in your notifications and home timeline, but does include replies, mentions and all interactions around these. Unfortunately, you will still see your muted word or hashtag when doing a search on Twitter or if you've enabled mobile notification on a particular Twitter account.

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Muting isn't case sensitive, but you should be aware if you decide to mute a hashtag, it will mute both the hashtag and the word itself, and vice versa. So, how do you mute a word or hashtag? The procedure is slightly different depending on whether you're doing this from a desktop/ laptop PC or via smartphone or tablet. On a desktop/laptop PC, select Settings & Privacy from your Profile dropdown menu. Click 'Muted Words' and click 'Add'. Then enter the word or hashtag you'd like to mute then select the type of mute you'd like from Home timeline, Notifications and/or People options. Then select for how long and you're done! On a smartphone, go to your Notifications tab, tap the Cog icon, select 'Muted words', tap 'Add' and then enter the word or hashtag you'd like to mute. Then select the type of mute you'd like from Home timeline, Notifications and/or People options. Then select for how long you'd like to mute it for and you're done! You can view a list of your muted words and manage these in your Twitter settings. On desktop, just go to Settings & Privacy and click 'Muted Words' then click the edit button next to the word or hashtag you'd like to manage. You can then change the 'Mute from' or 'Extend mute time' selections. On smartphone, you can find these options by going to your Notifications tab, tap the Cog icon, select 'Muted words' and then tap on the word or hashtag to reveal the editing options. There are a number of benefits to muting words or hashtags, but just remember to review these and ensure that you've not muted these for longer than necessary. If you need help with your Twitter profile please get in touch with me at: https://paulkirkdesign.co.uk or on Twitter at @PKirk_designer PAGE

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MOTORING REVIEW

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New Peugeot 508 Reviewed

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist. Follow on Instagram @tbarnesclay Peugeot has shaken things up in the executive car segment. The all-new 508 is an undeniably handsome car. It was never ugly, but the fastback styling has made this a vehicle you’ll want to see parked outside your house or place of work. The 508 now has an aggressive nose with a prominent upright grille, frameless doors and LED headlights. Wheels that fill the wheel arches complement the rakish look. All this gives the car a real kerbside presence. The fastback styling has come at a cost - and that expense is rear headroom. There’s space for two adults - and there’s a handy centre armrest with cupholders, but if you’re six-foot tall or over you’ll feel your scalp scraping against the headliner. It's not just the sloping roof, though - it's the small door windows and limited knee room that rain on the parade. Happily, room in

the front is abundant, and the 508 boasts goodsized storage for bottles in all door pockets. There's also a couple of cup holders up front, and a smaller lidded storage area sandwiched between the front seats. The new Peugeot’s boot has a cargo capacity of 487-litres, which is 14 litres more than the old model offered. What’s more, packing items into the load space is easy, due to the boot lid of old being replaced by a hatchback-style tailgate. And if you need to stuff more in, you can fold the rear seats to increase volume to 1,537 litres. You can select from Active, Allure, GT Line, GT and First Edition trims, and all come with a good spec list. That said, it’s easy to see why most consumers will side-step the base-level Active cars and go for the even better kitted-out GT Line, as tested here. Active models come with an eight-inch sat-nav screen and are fitted

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with fabric seats. Allure models onwards add a 10-inch infotainment display, ambient lighting and semi-leather seats. However, GT Line models sport a faux-leather finish on top of the dashboard and add contrasting stitching to the half-leather seats. The GT-Line also contains gentle blue mood lighting, which is particularly soothing on an evening drive. On top of all the kit above, the GT and First Edition models get full leather seating, but whichever trim level you go for, the cabin of the new 508 is a pleasant place to be. The small i-Cockpit steering wheel, as seen in other Peugeots, gives the 508 a lively feel. The car also has paddles attached to the steering column, allowing you to shift gears if you don't want the automatic box to do it all for you. I was handed the keys to the 508 GT Line 2.0-litre BlueHDi 160. It was a logical step for me to focus on this engine because, despite it being a diesel, it’s one of the most popularselling 508s in the UK. Most 508s are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, as mine was. Only the cheapest 1.5-litre diesel houses a six-speed manual gearbox. The fresh 508 is very competent and doesn’t force its relatively potent ability into your face. Aside from a twitchy ride around narrow streets, I found the new Peugeot to be an athletic alternative to its German opponents. And on the motorway, the unity of the 2.0-litre engine and slick-changing automatic 'box makes for a dynamic, comfortable and confidence-inciting

ride. The suspension is not excessively soft like the former model’s was, but it doesn’t jar you either. There are several engine choices available on the new 508, comprising three diesels: a 1.5-litre 130PS, and a pair of 2.0-litres with either 160PS or 180PS. There’s a couple of petrols, too, both with 1.6-litre units offering 180PS or 225PS. A plug-in hybrid has also joined the line-up. The GT Line BlueHDi 160, as tested, will do a claimed combined mpg of 62.8, while emitting 120g/km of CO2. This is competitive for this size of car. Zero to 62mph is achieved in 8.4 seconds, and the top speed is 143mph. The new 508’s exterior build-quality looks to be rock solid, but the same can't be said for the interior. Yes, it's refined, and the fit and finish looks great, but pull at any bits of the cabin, and some things wobble that wouldn’t in a BMW, Audi or VW. Okay, maybe I’m picky, and to be fair, the 508 is so new that I can’t 100 per cent evaluate what its quality and reliability will be like. But what I can tell you is that Peugeot has a solid reputation for making durable cars. Peugeot also uses diesel and petrol engines that are based on established technology, so this incarnation of the 508 should prove dependable. Extra assuredness comes in the form of a two-year/unlimited mileage warranty. Add its capable driving dynamics to the mix, and the car seems well-matched to its target markets. All in all, there’s no reason why the new 508 shouldn’t continue to be a big seller in Britain for years to come. PAGE

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles &Tipples July Article By Cheryl Cade, Beer Educator Norfolk and Suffolk have a number of food and drinks producers that have become firm family favourites. They have something in them that triggers fond memories, yet even they have to move with the times. In this article, I will be talking about two that are in the process of moving forward and one that I hope the only change will be in the stock (as we all eat it). Let's start on a bright summer's morning, travelling through the rolling fields of Suffolk round small twisting roads, you find a Tudor delight. The first time I came to St Peters Brewery was on a similar day with my grandfather (a man always fond of his pint of twos). In 1998, it was a beautiful hall with two

barns converted into a brewery and had been only producing beer for two years. Back then, they had 3 beers and a few seasonals, all in a distinctive hip flask style bottle. They were the first in the area to produce a Gluten free beer, which is brewed using Sorghum, so the beer has a softer taste to those produced with malted barley, which then has an enzyme added. Now, they produce 20+ award winning beers alongside a cider. One of their newest is a beer called, Storm Trooper. This citrusy pale ale will refresh the most parched throat, even in the deserts of Tatooine. Yet this is not the only new thing! A face lift for the logo sees the Viking Raven holding the keys to heaven on a more stylised barrel (a design that retains it roots with a modern twist. One of the best revamps I've seen in the sector for a long time). They are introducing cans and the

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increasingly popular ‘0’ alcohol malt drinks (beers) are seeing new audiences in the health food sector.

While there I treated myself to a selection pack. A delicious mix of their best, but then what to have with them?

So, when you visit, there will be a refreshing tipple waiting for you, whatever your tastes.

A little walk up to another family tradition and taking a tip from the Belgians, what could be better than a cheese or two from the Cheeseman? It ended up as 6, but then when there is such a selection, it is very difficult to choose.

Last week I heard a rumour that Pickerings was moving from Norwich Market!!! Shock horror! My nans favourite place for the Saturday treat of a Savoury Duck, moving? But it's ok, they are staying on the market, they too are having a relaunch combined to a move. On 27th July, they will be opening a stall right at the front. Get along there for the launch party and celebrate with a bang..er.

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GUESS THE YEAR

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Just For Fun

GUESS THE YEAR! Singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was discovered dead in her home in London

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VAT was raised from 17.5 to 20%

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Prince William married Catherine Middleton in this iconic building

The UK's last circus elephant retired

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The News of the World ceased publication following the hacking scandal

Last month's solution: 1982

The year is...

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The Haunted Hotel at The Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth

Something To Do With The Kids? NorfolkPlaces’ Founder Mark Towers Advises Busy Parents To Make Time To Spend With The Kids. Let me start this article by confessing something. I started NorfolkPlaces for my kids. Okay, that’s not really much of a confession, but it’s close enough to the truth. If this was a TV show the screen would go all wobbly as we flashback to some distant memory. Let’s go back to the first decade of the 21st Century and the arrival of my boys in my life. I could go back even further in time if I was solely focusing on going out and visiting places in Norfolk and taking the occasional picture. However, for me, it was my kids that gave me the impetus to capture and share our experiences. This might seem clichéd, but kids make you see things differently; to take notice of stuff a bit more, enjoy time together and cherish memories.

During the week, my wife and I both worked, so Monday to Friday was low quality family time. Mornings were a whirlwind, and evenings no better. By the time we had collected the kids from nursery/playgroup/grandparents/insert-carerhere, travelled home, cooked dinner, cleaned up, bathed the kids, removed Lego from between our toes, it was time to put the kids to bed and prepare for the next day. Many parents are in the same boat, so I’m sure we were not alone in wanting to make the most of the weekends and spend more time together and have fun as a family. However, after a while we realised it took planning to have fun! I preferred a

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spontaneous approach to life and early morning conversations at the weekend would sometimes go a bit like this:

Me: Scrub my feet? Fantastic idea. Ben, fetch my pumice stone; Luke, get me a comfy chair and the newspaper!

Me: Good morning my perfectly lovely family. What would you like to do on this gorgeous Saturday? (stares in mirror, adjusts knot of tie and admires the flecks of grey)

Kids: (Giggling and throwing admiring glances at me, hoping they inherit my fine whimsical wit) Daaaaad! You’re so funny! What’s a “noospaper?” Can we go to the zoo? Can we pweeeeeze!

Mrs NP: Sober up for starters. Me: Hmm? Ha, what fine whit my lady. (We high five, and smile lovingly at the kids, who are oblivious to this scene) Mrs NP: Silly me. Of course, we have kids, so we don’t have enough of a social life to get drunk. Perhaps, you should ask the kids where they would like to go. Me: Stupendous idea! (Turns to kids. At this point a chaffinch perches on my shoulder as I sip from a glass of freshly squeezed juice, because perfect families have breakfast outside on a sunny day and stuff like this happens.) Boys, what would you like to do this weekend? Kids: (In unison, and yet not) Zoo! Theme Park! Beach! Dinosaurs! Lego! Play Footy! See Grandma and Grandad! Eat chocolate!

Me: Mother? What do you think? Is there a chance the zookeeper might try to cage these two again? (I can tell they are grinning without even looking at them) Mrs NP: Why not spend a few hours in the sunshine on a lovely day, then back in time for a family dinner around the table like the normal people we are? Would you believe some people eat it in front of the TV on trays just like The Simpsons?! Okay. My recollection of how the conversations went might be off a little, but the point is we would often just decide on the day where to go. Shame on me with my project management background! So, we’d go out, the kids would burn off some energy, collect plastic medals or rubber pen toppers for completing a trail, spend a few quid in the gift shop and head home.

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After a while, I realised that some thinking ahead was needed otherwise it would be midmorning before we decided where to go. I ended up collecting piles of leaflets of places to visit and sifting through them and putting a shortlist to the kids. Occasionally, I’d sneak in a decent walk under the guise of a bug-hunt, seal-spotting or going for a paddle, but in the early years, it was about keeping the kids occupied and active for long periods of time. That changed as the boys got older, and the majority of our family days out now are a mix of good walks and taking in our region’s heritage. With the odd theme park type day thrown in for good measure, of course. That said, for the last few years, our time at the weekends has become limited thanks to their favourite pasttime: football. Sometimes it can take up whole weekends (and many weekday evenings!), so I’m grateful that we spent so

much time going out and about when they were younger and I continue to treasure the times we do manage to go out as a family. The running joke in the office is my back-log of photos and reviews to do. I do occasionally let the boys loose with my camera, so they frequently ask when their pictures will be used. They’re less interested when I ask them for review comments nowadays. It was a lot easier when they were younger because they would merrily offer opinions, though it would take a bit of cunning to get more out of them than “fab”, “s’good”, or “nice chips.” Baby babble or toddler twaddle was one thing. In 2019, I need a translator to understand my kids. A typical sentence sounds like “You total newb skin. You no-scoped the last chocolate bar you sweaty stream sniper. Nerf you with a double-pump fam-a-lam. Proper tilted lolz. Yeet.”

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The NorfolkPlaces boys strolling through the Wizard Maze To all the Fortnite parents out there, I feel your pain! Luckily, my lads aren’t that incomprehensible, which is probably due to limited X-Box time as a result of extracurricular sports and family time. Okay, we’re not out every weekend exploring but we still find time just to be together. Even if it’s just chilling in front of the telly watching sitcoms or BGT, having a kick-around in the garden, or playing boardgames, I’m glad they still want to spend time with us. Time with your family is precious, so make the most of it when you can. We certainly did, and we have Norfolk to thank for that. There’s so much to do and see on our doorstep, we’re very fortunate. All of our days out in and around Norfolk created a desire to want to show off what our region has to offer the world. I didn’t have aspirations to spend my life with my head in website code, juggling customer service, or being a social media guru. I just wanted to record our days out and to share our love of Norfolk and the neighbouring areas. What started off as a little blog quickly evolved in to something that could help people in the region or visiting here to find things to do,

Beach groynes at the Eccles beach in North Norfolk where to stay etcetera. We’re still evolving as a website (I spend far too much time tinkering in the code) and expanding our listings and I still go out to take pictures too. In the quieter moments, I like to look back through earlier articles and remember the family memories. My hope is that we can help families to make the decision-making on a weekend that little bit easier so they can enjoy time together and make their own memories. When I first sat down to write this article, I thought about featuring my “top 5 places to visit in Norfolk”. However, that’s been done to death over the years. And besides, how could I possibly condense it down to only five? Whilst the article took a completely different track, it still needed something visual, so I hope you enjoy the hand-picked selection of photos and I look forward to welcoming you to NorfolkPlaces. PAGE

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SIX WEEKS OFF SCHOOL

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Six Weeks Off School… Top Tips To Help Parents Cope Some of us look forward to the summer holidays and being able to spend more time with the kids. Unfortunately, it isn’t like that for everyone and the lack of routine can be challenging, plus work does not always allow time off. We hope the following top tips will help you cope with the summer holidays. Get your family and friends on board If you are keen to avoid using a summer holiday playscheme or club throughout the break, why not ask around and see if family and friends can help? Friends can be helpful, and a reciprocal favour works brilliantly. For example, “If you have mine on Monday, I can have yours on my day off, Friday.” Holiday clubs and special days The cost soon adds up if you have to factor in childcare or activity days throughout the holidays, but a few here and there are definitely worth splashing out for. From wild

days in the forest (Out There Forest School in Attleborough, for example) to sporty fun in a school setting (like Happy Sports and Fitness at Morley Primary), your kids will thank you for allowing them time out of the house. Facebook is a great way of discovering what other options there are! Invest in a museums pass The Norfolk Museums pass is well worth the money. It gives you unlimited free entry into ten museums around the county as well as reductions in the shops and cafes. From Norwich Castle to Gressenhall, you can have fun, educational days out for a fraction of the cost if you sign up. Packed lunches If you do have days off and are keen to head out to the coast or the forest, be sure to take packed lunches with you. Regular meals out, even a sandwich meal deal here and there, soon add up in cost. Planning ahead can save you a fortune! PAGE

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FAMILY DAYS OUT

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Family Days Out The summer holidays mean lack of routine for most families with no school. It’s great to have the opportunity to spend more time with your children, if work permits, but there are only so many trips to the park you can have without it becoming monotonous. We share three of our favourite days out in Norfolk and give you to chance to win free tickets for family days out over the summer!

Holkham Hall and Estate

Families head to Holkham for a real day of discovery! Step back in time and make history fun in the 18th century hall. Adventure awaits in our woodland play area and out in the park

where you can hire bikes or get to grips with oars and paddles and venture out on the lake. Drive a virtual tractor in ‘Field to Fork’ before learning all about farming, without having to put your wellies on! Look out for bugs, butterflies and blooms in the colourful walled garden, before stopping for a well-earned snack in the café and a pocket money treat from the gift shop. https://www.holkham.co.uk/

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

The nine-acre Pleasure Beach at Great Yarmouth offers a superb day out for all the family. From the Snails and Fairytales ride to the Big Apple rollercoaster, the dodgems to the monorail, your day will be packed with fun. The star attraction, the retro rollercoaster, was opened in 1932! It is a traditional wooden ride and a

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seated operator controls the brakes from the back of the front carriage of each train. People return year after year to experience this rickety ride among others. https://www.pleasure-beach.co.uk/

Whitlingham Country Park

Whether you are looking for a spot to enjoy a picnic, surrounded by nature and wildlife, or you’re hoping to explore on foot or by bike, Whitlingham fits the bill. Built on a former quarry site, the broad offers many water-based sporting activities: kayaking, sailing and rafting, for example. The visitors centre is the perfect place for refreshments at a reasonable price and you can also find out more information about local facilities. http://www.whitlinghamcharitabletrust.com/

WIN A FAMILY TICKET Iceni Magazine has a family ticket to Holkham Hall, with complimentary parking to give away. To enter all you have to do is email: competitions@icenimagazine.co.uk with your name, address and your favorite place to visit in Norfolk. Competition closes on Wednesday 31st July. Please state in the subject line ‘Holkham Hall’. There is no cash alternative. Usual Iceni Magazine Rules Apply. Editor's decision is final.

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EQUALITY

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Equality: What About The Fathers? Parenting is not an easy feat for mothers or fathers. We regularly hear about the problems faced by mums breastfeeding in public, and this article is not intended to demean any issues faced by mothers at all, but what about things that fathers have to cope with? Every time they leave the house with their young child, most men face challenges.

At the birth of my second child, which was somewhat traumatic, the father was left in the corridor at one point, unsure what on earth was going on. How is that fair? It isn’t! After the delivery, I was tended to and cared for by everyone. Yes, he could have gone off to get himself a drink and something to eat, but he wanted to stay by my and our baby’s side.

Pregnancy and birth It is probably not intentional, but the midwife appointments and antenatal classes I attended with my then-husband were geared almost entirely towards the mother and her needs. As a mum to two rainbow babies, I realise that we do have, by far, the hardest job physically - when it comes to the pregnancy, labour and beyond. While emotionally us women’s hormones are playing all sorts of nasty tricks on us, men seem to be forgotten about. Is this the ‘men don’t cry’ mentality?

Only one person (my excellent community midwife who happened to be in the delivery suite at the time grabbing a knife to cut a colleague’s retirement cake!) thought to ask him how he was feeling. In fact, she was the one who marched him into the room I was labouring in and forced others out! So, I realise this isn’t true in all cases, but largely, men do feel as though they don’t matter. Having a baby is emotional for everyone involved.

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Baby changing Although the situation is a lot better than it was ten years ago, men still face problems finding baby change facilities. Many are still located only in the female toilets. What’s more, when there are dedicated areas, dads can face disapproving looks and whispered comments from the mothers already changing their children. Helping out “Does he help out?” is a question that a lot of women get asked once the couple has evolved into a family. Doing jobs around the house, cooking and cleaning for example, isn’t helping out; this is being a team and sharing responsibilities. If the roles were reversed and someone asked if the mother helped the father out, I am certain there would be uproar. Babysitting Many fathers have been on the receiving end of comments from people stating that the time they spend looking after the children is “babysitting”. The term implies someone from outside of the household or family looking after the children in exchange for money. Fathers don’t babysit their own offspring. They care for, love and nurture their children. Whether they are able to do this day in day out does not mean they should be titled a ‘babysitter’.

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General suspicion A mother sitting on the bench in a park watching as her children climb up and down, run around, screaming their heads off with excitement; no one bats an eyelid. A father sitting there doing exactly the same and, whether anyone says anything or not, there will be someone thinking the worst. Yes, we all know that there are predators around and it’s important to remain vigilant. However, no one should jump to the unfair conclusion that a man watching his own kids means he is a danger. There are female paedophiles as well. What about single fathers? If their daughter wishes to have a sleepover to celebrate her birthday, are the parents of the friends who are invited happy about them attending? Things that us mothers take for granted can cause waves of mistrust when it’s the fathers organising them. So, while this article certainly does not cover anywhere near all of the issues fathers come face to face with, we do hope it has provided food for thought.

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MISCARRIAGE SUPPORT

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Norfolk Miscarriage Support

Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? That is how many women feel when they lose a baby during pregnancy. Although the statistics tell us that 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage, the reality is that very few people talk about it, making it a very isolating experience. With many women waiting to announce the pregnancy until after the scan at 12 weeks, they then feel that they have no-one to turn to if the worst happens. If they have told friends and family, they are often greeted with uncomfortable silences, or platitudes such as, “At least you can get pregnant!” “You’re still young!” or “Be grateful for what you already have!”

These were some of the reasons why we decided to set up a support group for parents who lose children at any point during pregnancy. It was around a year of planning and preparation from the initial idea to starting the meetings, but we have been running for nearly five years. There are currently three volunteers hosting meetings once per month at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. We are not trained counsellors; we cannot offer advice, but we can listen, understand, care. People who have never experienced this type of loss are unaware that for many, it is akin to a bereavement. You grieve not only for the baby you have lost, but for the plans you had already made, the hopes you had for the future, and the space you had made in your heart. Often, parents will go through recognised stages of grief such as anger, guilt and depression.

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We often hear women blame themselves, asking what they could have done differently, despite being told by professionals that there is nothing they could have done to prevent the loss. As a parent, it is your most basic instinct to protect your child and there is a sense of failure that comes when we cannot do this. But this is a blame that we place on ourselves and though we can rationally recognise that nobody was ‘at fault’, grief does not always allow for such clarity. All of us have suffered losses at various points in pregnancy, at various ages, with different life circumstances.

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We use funds raised to provide memory bags, which are given to parents who suffer a miscarriage at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the James Paget Hospital; these contain a variety of items designed to mark the loss. We want to make it clear to everyone we support that we care about them and their babies and that every life leaves an imprint, no matter how small. Details of group support meetings: These are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, in room 9 of the education centre.

What comforts one will not comfort another, but everyone who has attended our group has found it beneficial to share their stories or listen to those of others. Sometimes, you just need to feel heard, to know that you matter, and that your grief is understood. One of our group volunteers, Caroline, (pictured above) ran the London Marathon this year to raise money for the Miscarriage Association in memory of her six angel babies.

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SEEWHATMUMMYSAYS

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2,656 Days Of Parenting We’ve been parents for 2,656 days. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve been extremely proud, frightened, excited, embarrassed… ok, we’ve been pretty much every emotion imaginable. Like most things, it’s all too easy to dwell on the bad times, but for this special parenting edition, we’re going to wake ourselves up, tidy up for 47th time today and cover our ears when the three year old says a “Mummy Daddy word” in public, to tell you about our favourite memories of having children!

Tom: The first parenting memory I have is arriving home to a crying Becca standing at the front door. I thought the dog had died, until she mouthed “I’m pregnant” as I walked from the car. I was so calm I surprised myself, and once the shock had worn off, I was looking forward to meeting the little person that would be calling me Daddy! (and relieved because the dog was still alive!) Becca: Seeing those two little lines on the pregnancy

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test will always stand out for me. We’ve seen a fair few pregnancy tests in the last seven years but the one confirming we were pregnant again after the miscarriage will always be particularly special.

day I commented how it would take me three hours to run that far and our then five-yearold replied, “Three days more like!” Thanks sweetie! I may have been more disappointed if it wasn’t so funny.

Tom: Surprises are a huge part of parenting for me. The excitement as the kiddies are guessing what we’re doing, where we’re going or who we’re going to see is magical in itself, but that split-second reaction when they realise what’s happening is incredible!

Becca: We visited Walt Disney World last year and it truly is the most magical place on earth! Seeing the little ones' faces as they met their idols was priceless and proof that dreams really do come true at Disney!

Becca: Times when the kiddies say things at exactly the wrong moment! Noah shouting, “I want to go home” as he suddenly feels tired at the quietest moment of a gig at Thetford Forest, and Bethany describing a larger lady in the supermarket, very close to her and very loudly, not taking my hints for her to be quiet. Only funny on reflection, I must add! Tom: The brutal truth from a child is like nothing else. For example, I’m not the strongest runner in the world, but driving past someone jogging one

Tom: Inevitably, children are going to pick up words and phrases that you definitely didn’t intend for them to hear, let alone remember and use in perfect context! “Mummy Daddy words” as we call them have had us in stitches, hiding behind things so the children don’t see us laughing! I couldn’t possibly type my examples of these, but if you should bump into us one day, I’ll tell you then! Tom & Becca: Together, our favourite piece of being parents is finding ways to include the children in everything we do. We don’t believe you have to change who you are, what you enjoy or what you do when you become parents, but simply embrace and adapt. Would it have been easier to leave the children at home when we went to a friend’s wedding in Italy? Would it be more romantic to go out for Valentines instead of having a meal for four at home? Absolutely… …but would we have it any other way? Absolutely not. Thank you for reading! Tom & Becca X www.seewhatmummysays.com @whatmummysaysuk PAGE

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JUST HOLLIE

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Family Friendly Summer Recipes From Just Hollie Healthy eating, your carbon footprint, single plastic use, organic this and plantbased that - ‘how to live the perfect life’ is everywhere at the moment and it can be hard to know what advice to follow for the best. This must be especially true if you are trying to bring up children. I can imagine the pressure parents feel when making choices on what to feed children in a very ‘Insta-perfect’ society. I’m not here to add to that noise, but to offer practical advice and tips on simple ways to have a bit more ‘perfect’, but in a way that works in the real world. I really hope that the tips on beauty in the hot sun from the last issue are serving you well and I would love to hear from you if you’re using any of my tips or recipes. Talking of recipes, this month, I’d like to give you a few different recipes/food tips that the whole family can enjoy this time of year.

If you’re anything like me, you cook the same 4 or 5 dishes on rotation, maybe mixing them up a bit when the weather changes, but not really varying the food shop or menu from week to week. I’d like to share the below summer salad recipe with you all to hopefully add to your quick, easy and tasty repertoire! Grain, olive and feta salad Ingredients (amounts not specific as it’s down to personal taste and doesn’t have to be precise!) • Grains of your choice such as bulgur wheat, lentils, cous cous or similar. I bought a precooked pack (find them with the microwave rice pouches in supermarkets) and had 1 pack between 2 people. Alternatively, would be around a cup full when raw for 2 people. • Feta cheese cut into chunks • Lettuce/salad leaves of your choice, I used rocket and iceberg

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• Cherry tomatoes cut in halves, around 3 whole ones per person • Pitted green olives, drained, around 4 or 5 per person • Avocado - I would use half an avocado per two people • Half a lemon (using the juice only for dressing) • Olive oil for dressing

Method It could not be any easier - just mix everything in the ingredients list together and dress with the juice of half a lemon and a light drizzle of olive oil!

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Apart from delicious, protein filled salads like the above, there are lots of other ways you can provide yourself and your family with refreshing food and drink throughout the summer. Here are some quick and easy things I like to have around the house to grab this time of year. • Frozen watermelon: Cut watermelon into thin quarters and freeze them individually - perfect to grab as an alternative to an ice lolly. • Natural squash: I have a litre kilner style drinks bottle in my fridge and into this I empty the contents of a fruity teabag or two. Diffused in cold water in the fridge overnight, this makes a delicious and refreshing alternative to sugary, artificial squashes and is a great way to make drinking water more appealing. • ‘Nice’ cream: freeze bananas for at least a couple of hours (either sliced on a baking tray or chopped and put into freezer bags) and once frozen, blend to make an ice cream type dessert in a food blender such as a nutri bullet. You can add a splash of milk for a smoother, looser texture and also introduce other flavours such as cinnamon or honey. • A great breakfast or snack in the warmer weather is a fruity smoothie, however buying a lot of fresh fruit can be costly. Most supermarkets are now selling bulk frozen fruits in kg bags and these are great to keep in the freezer, so you can make one whenever you fancy.

You could swap out ingredients if you aren’t keen on something; feta could be any similar cheese, the grains could be rice and olives could be raisins. I also haven’t used any meat as I’m predominantly vegetarian, but you could mix in some chicken or fish and it would be lovely. It will keep in the fridge for a little while as the lemon juice will preserve it, but best eaten within an hour or two.

Until next time, Just Hollie

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THE GREEN COLUMN

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Let’s Talk Periods It is said that the average woman will use 11,000 disposable period products in their lifetime. The plastic used to make sanitary towels, applicators for tampons and liners head straight to landfill and will be there for around 500-800 years (not a great image of what I want my Grandchildren to see in the future). Menstrual products are a huge environmental issue. Plastic tampon applicators, pads and tampons are found littered across beaches. Recently, the Marine Conservation Society found 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of coastline. Nice. When I found this out I no longer wanted to unwrap a plastic pad from its plastic wrapper that came in a plastic packaging bag and fold it into my knickers. No thanks. So, what other options are there and what do I use now? I have a bag of beautifully handmade reusable menstrual pads in different thicknesses for different levels of flow and all in gorgeous fun colours and patterns (see photo!). I get mine from a local lady in Norwich who goes by the name of “Red Queen Cloth”. (You can find her online and she also attends the ‘Fierce Babe’ markets in Norwich.) I pick my pattern, message her my size and boom! These get washed out after use and used again. It really is that simple. At the beginning, I was really conscious of people seeing them hanging on my line or explaining about them. Now, I love to share this great way of making my periods friendlier for the me and the planet.

I’ve recently been gifted a ‘OrganiCup’ which I am looking forward to trying. Yet another fabulous way to reduce my impact on the planet by having one product that will last me years, reducing my waste and my costs. We hear so much about single use plastics now (which is brilliant!), such as straws, bottles, cups and bags. It is time to look at the single use menstrual products and make conscious empowered choices about what we use during our periods. A normal sanitary towel is made up of 90% plastic. A pack of them is the equivalent to 4 plastic bags. 4 plastic bags?! Is it necessary? Tampons (and even the string) have plastic in them too. There are so many green reusable options out there to ‘zero waste’ our periods, such as Mooncups, Sponge Tampons, reusable sanitary towels… I even know someone who crochets their own tampons! So, can you make the switch? Can you ditch the plastic and go green during your period? Next month in the Green Column… let’s talk worms, compost and food waste. Shona PAGE

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MOLE & GECKO

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Poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko bring their new musical Mole & Gecko: THE SHOW to Norfolk

Expect songs, rap, poems and a weasel with a serious biscuit problem! Gorleston Library and Acle Library - Wednesday 31 July Wymondham Library and Norwich Millennium Library - Thursday 1 August Poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko have joined forces to write and perform a new show for children (aged 5+) and families, which is heading to four Norfolk libraries - Gorleston Library, Acle Library, Wymondham Library and Norwich Millennium Library - this summer as part of a tour. Mole & Gecko: THE SHOW tells the story rather aptly of a mole and a gecko, with the help of the audience. There are live songs, rap stories, instant poems and a weasel with a serious biscuit problem. Join our heroes as they discover that what they thought they were searching for might be less important than what they find along the way.

On Wednesday 31 July, the show will play Gorleston Library at 11am and Acle Library at 4pm. On Thursday 1 August, it will play Wymondham Library at 11am and Millennium Library in Norwich at 4pm. Tickets (ÂŁ5 each or ÂŁ10 for 1 adult and 2 children) are available at participating libraries. More information: https://www.simonmole.com/projects/molegecko-the-show/. Studio recordings of two songs from the show, The Name Song and The Friend Ship, have been released on YouTube, giving a sneak preview of the interactive rap musical. Simon Mole is a Poet, Emcee, and Theatre-maker. He built his skills on the Brighton hip-hop scene and has shared the bill with Simon Armitage, John

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Cooper Clarke and Kate Tempest. He has also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Simon co-founded Chill Pill Collective, curating and hosting popular poetry nights at Soho Theatre and the Albany, and was the first ever Poet Laureate for the London borough of Brent. Simon is an experienced facilitator with over 10 years’ experience working with rap and poetry in community and education settings, including projects with Great Ormond Street Hospital and Arsenal FC. In 2012, he established Simon Mole Presents with immersive performance director Peader Kirk and producer Maeve O'Neill, since creating three full length shows for theatre spaces. Their partnership takes spoken word performance in a bold direction, with Simon’s intricately crafted poetic stories at the core of immersive entertainment and integrated participation. Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair toured nationally with sell out shows at Southbank Centre and Brighton Dome. No More Worries had a two-week run at the Albany and sold-out shows at the Bush Theatre. Simon’s first family

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show Friends For All, was commissioned by the V&A and toured with Half Moon Presents. Since becoming a Dad, Simon writes increasingly for young people. His first book for children is a collaboration with illustrator Oamul Lu, and will be published by Quarto/Lincoln Childrens Books later this year. Gecko is a Singer, Storyteller and Musician. A North London based artist, his playful lyrics cover the big things in life; think iPhones, libraries and Guanabana fruit juice to name but a few. Gecko has previously appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC London and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In November 2017, he launched his debut album Volcano with a sold-out London show, a session with John Kennedy on Radio X and a tour of Sofar Sounds shows across the UK and the Netherlands. Volcano was made 'Album of the year' in the Morning Star. Gecko has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Robin Ince, Josie Long, John Hegley and Billy Bragg. The show is written and performed by Simon Mole and Gecko, with direction & design by Peader Kirk and project management by Rua Arts. The production is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and supported by Apples and Snakes, the Albany, artsdepot, Half Moon Theatre, Norden Farm, Roundhouse and Rua Arts. SHOW INFORMATION Title: Mole & Gecko: THE SHOW Dates, times & venues: • Gorleston Library - 31/07/2019 - 11am • Acle Library - 31/07/2019 - 4pm • Wymondham Library - 01/08/2019 - 11am • Millennium Library - 01/08/2019 - 4pm Tickets: £5 each or £10 for 1 adult and 2 children. Available at participating libraries. Running Time: 45 mins Age Guidance: 5yrs+ PAGE

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES

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Horoscopes For July Aries 21 March - 20 April You may reach a creative peak

Libra 24 September - 23 October If opportunity knocks,

as fiery Mars enters Leo, encouraging you to promote yourself and your skills. Romance can be a highpoint too. But change could be on the astral cards at home and regarding personal ambitions. Getting your work life balance sorted could be key. The end of the month is perfect for starting a hobby or a relationship, but unexpected delays are also possible.

it’s worth being bold. This could bring news that spurs you on to take a step in a new direction, but will give you the chance to be more influential. You may need to talk things over with family members first though. Equally, with a lively focus on your zone of friendships Libra, progress may be as much to do with who, as much as what, you know.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May You might enjoy getting your

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November An opportunity

place shipshape and ready for visitors and guests. If you are keen to de-clutter then go for it, as you will tear through those hotspots in no time. You may also hear news of an opportunity that takes you out of your comfort zone, yet could be worthwhile pursuing. Even so, mixed messages could confuse matters, unless you are very careful Taurus.

that arises may be too good to pass by. It may require some courage, but could be very fulfilling. Don’t let your thinking put you off, as it is likely based on past experience, and this looks to be completely different. With the emphasis shifting to your sector of goals and your ruler Mars giving you extra gravitas and drive, as long as you are open to change, success beckons.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June You may be busy catching

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December A change

up with chores, but promoting ideas and forging connections with the right people can lead to exciting conversations and new projects. You may need to be more proactive around money matters though. If you need to sort these important areas out, doing so can bring a sense of freedom. As Mercury rewinds, check the small print before committing to any major purchases.

in values could see you exploring ideas concerning the way you think about and handle your finances. Is a certain issue holding you back? You may feel moved to tackle it once and for all. Doing so, could leave you free to focus on other plans and to reclaim your energy too. At times, your love of independence can see you crave space and adventurism.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July Just as it seems that your

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January If there have been

relationships are becoming steadier, the wind of fate could stir up fresh streams of energy leading to further change. With two Eclipses across your sector of relating, discussions can lead to exciting developments, if you stand your ground or conversely up your listening skills. Finances can see an upward trend too, if you are careful with spending.

issues in important relationships, these could come to a head. With discussion and negotiation, you may be able to reach a solution that works for all. A breakthrough is possible, but will it be enough? With intense energies in the mix, you may feel it is time to call an end to situations that are more stressful than delightful. Expect some frustrations, and pace yourself.

Leo 24 July - 23 August You’ll be in the driver’s seat

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February Are you listening to

from the start Leo, as fiery Mars enters your sign and revs up your inner engine, alerting you that it’s time to be proactive. With two Eclipses in play, you may be pushed into following your destined path. Letting go of what is no longer useful can pave the way for an exciting future. Take any delays in your stride, knowing modifications will be for the best.

your heart? This month’s pair of Eclipses encourage you to do so. You likely know what you really want to do, but over coming weeks, tuning into your inner voice can be as crucial as following a more logical route. You’ll also have a chance to set relationship issues to rights. Taking the time to talk things over to find common ground will be the key.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September The coming weeks

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Set your creative talents

are helpful for removing obstacles that might prevent you from exploring your full potential Virgo. There could be some powerful changes on the social circuit too, that can see you mixing with a new crowd. As your ruler rewinds however, someone you once knew could re-emerge or come up powerfully in your thoughts. Quiet time can help later on.

free, and you could feel so much more fulfilled for doing so. Powerful forces are at work, encouraging you to share your skills and abilities, as by doing so you’ll add something to others’ lives as well as your own. You may be ready to increase exercise levels and review your diet. Any issues that require attention to detail, will though require precision.

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