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Focus On: Food And Drink

Composting

Myth Busting And Facts

Cupcake Crazy With Belle's Bakes

The Role Of Food In Your Social Life

Are You Making The Most Of Your LinkedIn Business Page?


Welcome To Iceni Magazine, “August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” Sylvia Plath Issue 76 is upon us already. This month’s theme is Food and Drink and can be found from page 39 onwards. Read about one of Norfolk’s hidden gems, Teles Patisserie, in our Q&A with them on pages 50-51. If you’re inviting friends over for a barbecue, check out tasty side dishes on page 43 as well as Soul Cafe and Restaurant’s top three summer cocktails - recipes for you to try. Concerned about the environmental impact of the life you’re living? Catch up with Shona’s Green Column and read her myth-busting article about compost. An enormous Iceni welcome to our newest columnist, Richard Beales. With his extensive knowledge of roses and all things garden related, we discovered lots about how his love of roses bloomed and his latest adventures. Elsewhere, Paul Kirk shares his advice on making the most of LinkedIn for your business on pages 32-33 and Mark King shares what has made an era in his life come to an end on page 20. Until September, enjoy Issue 76 and don’t forget to keep in touch (we’d love to know if you tried out any of our recipes or followed any of our suggestions!).

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Contents 56

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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ICENI TALKS TO...

NORFOLK GARDENS

Richard Beales

Open In August 2019

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ULTIMATE MOOD Lighting With Cololight

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis

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Iceni News Kinky Boots

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Have You The Confidence... To Speak Up?

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Iceni News SLADE Are Back On The Road

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See What Mummy Says Former Student Releases Game

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Iceni News Norfolk Gardens

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The Gadget Man Review Ultimate Mood Lighting

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Iceni News Norwich Playhouse Announces

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Motoring Review BMW 8-Series Convertible

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Iceni News BOYZLIFE Play Norwich

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Social Media Are You Making The Most...

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Nova Silver August

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Just Hollie Holkham Country Fair Review

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Iceni Columnist Mark King

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Iceni Interviews Richard Beales

CUPCAKE CRAZY WITH Belle's Bakes

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Focus On... Food & Drink The Role Of Food In Your Social Life Favourite Recipes Barbecue Side Dishes Nibbles & Tipples August Cocktails From... Soul Café & Restaurant The Green Column Composting Q&A With... With Teles Patisserie Cupcake Crazy With... Belle’s Bakes Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


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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.

stability

Flight for Youth takes off at The Assembly House and Holkham Hall!

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Flight for Youth is our flagship 25th anniversary celebration featuring our much-loved and well-recognised butterfly. Thank you to everybody who has got involved by purchasing a glazed pottery butterfly or by painting their own – we’re enjoying seeing such brilliant creations! We’re pleased to announce that the displays of butterflies are now open to view at Norwich’s Assembly House and The Walled Garden at Holkham Hall.

The Benjamin Foundation Special Projects and Events Manager, Colin Lang, says: “Our charity’s 25th anniversary presented a wonderful opportunity to create even more awareness of the work we do in the region, as well as generate much-needed funds to see our charity into another quarter century. We also wanted any celebrations to be inclusive and family friendly and we think the displays do just that.”

Colin continues: “We warmly encourage visitors to come and enjoy the display of butterflies in Holkham and at The Assembly House. In addition, you can get involved and support the charity by purchasing a glazed butterfly which will be available after the installations are dismantled in September. Alternatively, you can buy a plain butterfly to paint and return to us where we will attach

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it to The Assembly House display until it is dismantled. We are looking forward to watching those who have already decorated their own butterflies trying to find their work in amongst the fabulous display of unique creations!” You can visit the installations at The Assembly House, Norwich and The Walled Garden at Holkham Hall until 1st September. To support the Flight for Youth Campaign by purchasing your butterfly, please visit: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/shop/ Thank you to everyone who is supporting the campaign, including Flight for Youth Headline (Hope) Sponsors, Norwich High School for Girls.

Preventing Youth Homelessness We want to end youth homelessness and we’re tackling the problem locally by providing a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people every night. We’re helping young people like James* who, aged 17, has lived at one of our local accommodation centres since September 2018 following a breakdown in family relationships. It’s been a difficult time for him but living at our accommodation centre, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, has given him some much-needed stability. The support of our team is helping him to take the next, positive step in his progression towards independence. *Names have been changed

Join us for Norwich Sleep Out 2019!

If you’re feeling inspired to support our work to prevent local youth homelessness, why not register for Sleep Out 2019? Our annual fundraising event invites people to spend one night outside so young people like James don’t have to.

This year, we are bringing the event back to Norwich City Football Club on Thursday 14th November, and are inviting you to register and raise money by spending one night sleeping in the car park.

Registration is open and we’re looking for individuals, friends and colleagues to support this year’s event. If you can help us to help more local young people, please register for Norwich Sleep Out here: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/norwich-sleep-out/

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Award-Winning Musical Kinky Boots Set To Wow Historic Shoe-Making Centre

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KINKY BOOTS September 17-28, 2019

Inspired by the true story of a shoe factory, Kinky Boots, the winner of every major Best Musical award, is set to wow audiences in Norwich, a city that was once the centre of a large shoe manufacturing industry. Kinky Boots takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Factory owner, Charlie Price, is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family footwear business of Price & Son. With the factory’s

future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. The story will have particular resonance for audiences when it arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal from September 17-28. For more than 200 years, Norwich was one of the foremost shoe manufacturing cities in the country, with only London, Leicester and Northampton producing more footwear. It employed 12,000 people in around 30 factories,

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mainly making women’s and children’s shoes for famous brands such as Start-rite, Van Dal, Norvic and Bally.

of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK Tour) and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, will play Charlie.

The musical Kinky Boots was inspired by a 2005 comedy-drama film of the same name, and the show premiered in Chicago in 2012, making its Broadway debut in 2013 and opening at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End where it became a favourite with UK theatregoers.

The UK tour opened at the Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton on 19 September 2018, returning to the home of this heart-warming British story, whilst after three years and over 1,400 performances, the West End production ended its run at the Adelphi Theatre in January this year.

It has won three Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Actor in a Musical for Matt Henry who played central character Lola. Kinky Boots also won the London Evening Standard BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical as well as three WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography. The book for the show was created by fourtime Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), while the music and lyrics were written by American singer/ songwriter and actress Cyndi Lauper whose 1980 albums included hugely successful hits such as Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Time After Time and True Colours.

Judy Foster, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This dynamic musical is full of heart with a very real story at its centre. It will certainly appeal to all ages for its tale of an unlikely friendship between two very different people and their fight to revitalise a failing business and save the livelihoods of the factory workers. Plus there are echoes of Norwich’s past as its own shoe industry contracted in the face of stiffer competition from overseas - and of course, there is a good dollop of glitz and glamour as well with those towering heels.”

Direction and choreography is by by twotime Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray). Kinky Boots is produced by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig and Playful Productions, in association with Cameron Mackintosh Kayi Ushe, who is playing the role of Lola on tour, has starred in multiple West End theatre productions including Motown the Musical, The Book of Mormon and Crazy for You; while Paula Lane, best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street (and also Anna Copping in Doctors, Wendy Kelshaw in Heartbeat and Geraldine in The Royal), will play Lauren and Joel Harper-Jackson, whose theatre credits include Mr Thompson in The Curious Incident

Show Information: Kinky Boots, Tuesday 17 to Saturday 28 September. Eves 7.30pm, Mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Mon-Thu £10-£47, Fri & Sat £10-£51. Discounts for Friends, Over60s, Under-18s and Groups. Audio-described performance on Thu 26 Sept 2.30pm. Signed performance on Thu 26 Sept 2.30pm. Captioned performance on Thu 19 Sept 2.30pm. To book, log onto: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.

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SLADE Are Back On The Road With A December 2019 - UK Tour Playing NORWICH - Waterfront On Saturday 7th December! SLADE - Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 50 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop rock'n'roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits‌.plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world. SLADE'S chart career has spanned 5 decades and their enduring songs "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Coz I Luv You" are still featured today in TV commercials for some of the world's biggest companies. SLADE first hit the road in 1966, touring throughout Great Britain and Europe and becoming a regular concert attraction. Joining forces with the former Animals bass guitarist and Jimi Hendrix Experience manager, Chas Chandler, Slade achieved their first chart hit in May 1971 with the Bobby Marchan song "Get Down And Get With It" then, released in October of the same year, "Coz I Luv You" was the band's first No-1 and a huge hit across Europe. Throughout the seventies, Slade were one of Europe's biggest bands, touring and recording continually and making regular trips to America, Japan and other parts of the world. Slade's catalogue of hits are synonymous with the era:"Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama We'er All Crazee Now", "Cum On Feel The Noize", "Gudbye T' Jane", along with the many others provided a soundtrack to the Glam Generation and are still today, heavily featured on any retrospective of the time.

Led by founder members Dave Hill on Lead Guitar and Don Powell on Drums, with John Berry - Lead Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar and Violin. John has also played Bass with The Sweet, Tremeloes, Bay City Rollers. Joining John on Lead Vocals and Keys is Russell Keefe, having played in many original bands in his early years and recording albums for Polygram & United Artists, Russell has toured with The Pretty Little Things and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers. Slade today is still one of the most exciting bands on the road, and their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating rollercoaster ride of pure unadulterated rock'n'roll. A date for your diary, Slade are back for Christmaaaas! Tickets available from: https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/ slade/?affiliate=HEJ Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 PAGE

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Norfolk Gardens Open In August 2019 August is the month of summer and school holidays, and time to enjoy a perfect day out with the family by visiting some beautiful gardens and open spaces. The majority of gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme in Norfolk are familyfriendly, and, of course, children go free. There are eight beautiful gardens, including four in and around Norwich, which are awaiting your visit this month. The Long Barn in Newton Flotman boasts a new ha-ha this year creating infinity views across ancient parkland. The garden has strong Mediterranean influences throughout demonstrated by a walled group of four venerably gnarled olive trees. There are herbaceous borders, tiered lawns a woodland garden, and walks down to a stretch of the River Tas. North Lodge, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, is a charming town garden surrounding a Victorian Gothic Cemetery Lodge. The quirky garden is

home to a classical temple, Gothic conservatory, Chinese-style veranda, oriental water garden and ponds. The planting in this fifth of an acre triangular plot is predominantly herbaceous with an interesting collection of carnivorous plants and succulents. Brick Kiln House, Shotesham, is a two-acre country garden with a large terrace, lawns and colourful herbaceous borders. There is an intimate rose garden, garden sculptures and a stream running through diversely planted woodland. 33 Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon is a large suburban garden with a mix of exotic and tropical plants combined with unusual perennials. A palm-thatched Tiki hut is an interesting feature and the pond is home to wildlife and rare plants. A large collection of succulents will be on show and there will be plants available to buy. Highfield House, Castle Acre has evolved over 36 years, and was originally created from a farmers field. The ž acre garden is planted

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for year-round interest with large herbaceous borders showing off late summer colour and a lawn sloping down to a planted bog garden, pond and summerhouse. This garden opens in conjunction with…. Tudor Lodgings, Castle Acre is a two-acre garden that incorporates Norman defensive earthworks. The garden has a C18 dovecote, abstract topiary, ornamental grasses, hot herbaceous border, and a knot garden designed in the style of a ‘Mondrian’ painting. Adjacent to a fruit cage and flower cutting garden is a natural wild area with a large pond and flower meadow and where bantams and ducks roam free. New this year is Richard the Rhea, who lives in the paddock. All the open gardens will be serving home-made cake, and tea and coffee. Entry for children is free, but please check the website for garden entry fees, wheelchair access and whether the garden is dog friendly. If you have not yet got your free booklet listing all the 2019 National Garden Scheme ‘Gardens to Visit’ then you can find one at your local library, garden centre or tourist information centre. Alternatively, you can find out about gardens open throughout 2019 by accessing our website: ngs.org.uk and searching for Norfolk gardens. The booklet and website also highlight gardens that open by appointment.

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Sun 4th August The Long Barn, Flordon Road, Newton Flotman, Norwich, NR15 1QX North Lodge, 51 Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TN Sun 11th August Brick Kiln House, Priory Lane, Shotesham, Norwich, NR15 1UJ Highfield House, Back Lane, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, PE32 2AR Tudor Lodgings, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2AN Sun 18th August 33 Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6TB Hoveton Hall Gardens, Hoveton Hall Estate, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8RJ

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Norwich Playhouse Announces An Extraordinary And Exciting New Season Of Shows For Autumn 2019

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Including comedy from Ed Gamble, Flo & Joan, Andy Parsons & Count Arthur Strong, a contemporary production of Othello set in the Jazz-age, children’s picture-book favourites transformed for the stage, a comedy show from She Go of Nimmo Twins fame, and A Circus Carol from Lost in Translation Circus. With over 50 shows and 120 performances, the Playhouse’s Autumn Season truly has something for everybody. Running from September 2019 to January 2020, these fabulous productions are sure to brighten the winter months. Caroline Richardson, Director of the Playhouse, says “Our Autumn season of shows is all about brilliantly original work, with award-winning Edinburgh Fringe productions, exciting coproductions between Norwich Playhouse and Norwich Theatre Royal, fantastic comedy, and must-sees direct from London!” FAMILY The cosy surroundings of the Playhouse auditorium make it the perfect space for first theatre trips, and there are plenty of fantastic

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children’s shows to choose from. Leaping onto the stage for the very first time is Oi Frog & Friends! (Tue 15 - Sun 20 Oct), in an actionpacked musical inspired by Kes Gray and Jim Field’s award-winning picture books. Much loved children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, (Sun 13 Oct) will discuss her newest book We Are The Beaker Girls, in advance of the UK publication of her latest Tracy Beaker story, at this rare event. She will be signing books afterwards. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling love story The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Tue 19 - Sun 24 Nov) is an unmissable production filled with live music and plenty of fun. Beautiful and enchanting dance theatre comes to the Playhouse with Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl (Wed 27 - Sat 30 Nov) in this rave-reviewed family dance piece based on the haunting Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale. The Playhouse is delighted to collaborate with Norwich Science Festival once again to PAGE

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Edinburgh show, and Radio 4’s Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare present The Great British Take Off (Sun 27 Oct). Telly star Count Arthur Strong (Wed 30 & Thur 31 Oct) returns to tackle life’s big questions, Griff Rhys Jones (Thur 7 Nov) shares insights into celebrity, Flo & Joan (Tue 19 Nov & Wed 20 Nov) delight with musical ridicule and Ed Gamble (Thur 21 Nov) is back with Blizzard, which has already sold out three times this year at the Playhouse. Jason Byrne (Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov) is wrecked but ready as ever, Gary Delaney (Mon 9 & Tue 10 Dec) performs nonstop gags, and telly favourites are recreated with tinsel thanks to Christmas With Steptoe & Son (Sat 4 Jan).

present fascinating, intriguing, science inspired shows. This year features two shows especially for youngsters, from CBeebies star Maddie Moate (Mon 21 Oct) and The Horrible Science Show (Thur 24 Oct) based on the phenomenally successful books. Also on the stage as part of the Science Festival are Radio 4 presenter and scientist Adam Rutherford (Tue 22 Oct) who will explore humanity and evolution, and ex-doctor Adam Kay (Wed 23 Oct) with his show based on the No 1 bestselling book This Is Going to Hurt. COMEDY As always, there’s plenty of brilliantly funny stand-up from the best comedy venue in the East. We open with four nights of Ruby Wax (Tue 3 – Fri 6 Sept), a re-creation of Morecambe and Wise in An Evening With Eric & Ern (Fri 13 Sept), Andy Parsons (Tue 24 & Wed 25 Sept) presents his reassuring treatise on healing the nation, and The Scummy Mummies (Sat 5 Oct) promises to inspire parents and non-parents in fits of laughter. Jonny & The Baptists (Sat 12 Oct) combine music, comedy, and activism, Ellie Taylor (Thur 17 Oct) bangs on about life and love, Taskmaster contestant Lou Sanders (Sat 19 Oct) brings her new

Karl Minns returns to the Playhouse in a Nimmo Twins character; She Go, in She Go Looks Back from Behind at 2019… with Friends (Thur 16 - Sat 25 Jan). She Go’ll be taking a look at last ‘yares’ news stories, with special guest appearances from the best of her Normal for Norfolk friends! THEATRE Be transported with a new season of theatre from the Playhouse: we begin with a wickedly satirical reworking of C S Lewis’ classic The Screwtape Letters (Thur 26 Sept), followed by another brilliant literary adaptation from Blackeyed Theatre with Brontë’s gothic masterpiece Jane Eyre (Mon 7 - Wed 9 Oct). Fresh from the Fringe comes the multi-awardwinning Trojan Horse (Tue 29 Oct), a ravereviewed piece exploring the Birmingham schools scandal where teachers and governors were accused of radicalising pupils. Playhouse favourites The Pantaloons present Othello (Fri 1 - Sat 2 Nov), reimagined in a jazz-age setting, in this true-to-text tale of mischief and intense drama. Slasher-spoof Hollywood hilarity comes to the Playhouse with Director’s Cut (Fri 8 Nov), the story of a horror movie gone very wrong…

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This Christmas, we’ll be revelling with a new version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol from local stars Lost In Translation: A Circus Carol (Wed 11 - Sat 21 Nov). This is a new coproduction between Lost In Translation Circus, Norwich Playhouse, and Norwich Theatre Royal. Filled with thrills, spills and plenty of festive spirit, this acrobatic spectacular is not to be missed! MUSIC Enjoy the splendid acoustics in the Playhouse auditorium with some stunning music, and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Dylan’s famous Isle of Wight show with The Bob Dylan Story (Fri 20 Sept). Jazz icons The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars (Fri 4 Oct) share tales of the venue’s history through stunning music in a sixtieth anniversary concert, The Simon & Garfunkel Story (Fri 25 Oct & Sun 1 Dec) perform all their hits, whilst The Adele Songbook (Sat 26 Oct) faithfully re-creates the magic of Adele. Local stars return to the Playhouse with the traditional seasonal celebration in The Joe Ringer Band Christmas Spectacular (Thur 5 & Fri 6 Dec), and we start 2020 with a

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recreation of the golden era of music from The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (Fri 10 Jan). DANCE From music to dance: Natyapriya (Sat 7 Sept) presents beautiful Indian dance, Tangomotion (Sat 21 Sept) transports audiences to Argentina, and Come Dance With Me (Sat 28 Sept) captures the war-time era with a ballroom dancing family saga. The Playhouse is also delighted to present Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story (Sun 27 Oct), where the film based on dance star Carlos Acosta’s life will be screened, followed by a unique chance to put questions to Carlos himself. Later in the year, panto style breakdancing folk mash-up The Lock In Christmas Carol (Sat 7 Dec) promises a boisterous evening of festive fun. The New Year brings the return of Rambert2 (Wed 29 - Thur 30 Jan 2020) for three performances following 2019’s sell out shows. Fierce new choreography showcases the talents of the best young dancers around with immersive and gripping pieces. There’s plenty more, too! To see the entire season of forthcoming shows, visit norwichplayhouse.co.uk PAGE

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BOYZLIFE (Playing the Hits of Boyzone and Westlife) play NORWICH - Waterfront on Tuesday 17th September 2019!

Boyzlife brings together members of two of the biggest boybands in history, Boyzone and Westlife, to perform a whole host of their biggest chart hits. Brian McFadden enjoyed 12 UK and Ireland number ones as a member of Westlife, including a record breaking seven top spots in a row. The band also boast four number 1 albums and over 30 million record sales in total. Since Westlife, Brian has enjoyed international solo success, including a UK number 1 with ‘Real to Me’. With Boyzone, Keith Duffy has enjoyed similar success, including 6 UK number one singles and 16 out of 17 of their first single releases making the Top 5. With 5 number one albums also to their credit, Boyzone achieved worldwide sales of over 25 million. The unmissable Boyzlife show has already been performed for over 20,000 adoring fans since the pair came together in 2016. With two completely sold out tours under their belts in partnership with Hilton Hotels, as well as their unforgettable 2017 December Christmas

Tour, this is an evening that is certainly not to be missed. Tickets are available via the following: Tickets from £28.50 Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 Website: http://www.vmstickets.co.uk/ Limited VIP tickets are also available for each of the shows which includes a meet and greet, exclusive tour laminate and an item of merchandise - £60.00 For further information on BOYZLIFE, check out the following website / social media links: Website: https://boyzlifetour.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoyzlifeTour Twitter: https://twitter.com/boyzlifetour Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boyzlifetour

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August At Nova Silver

Join us at Nova silver on Friday 2nd Aug in raising a cup of tea (or coffee!) in support of those affected by cancer in Norfolk. We’re proud to host a Big Cuppa event at our Lower Goat Lane store throughout the day, so you can sup and shop, or even just pop in and grab a takeaway cup and donate to a really worthy cause all at once. And yes, there will be cake! It is thought that someone is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes in the UK, and it is rare to find someone who doesn’t have a loved one who has been affected by this disease. Information and support can prove to be invaluable at a scary time. The Big Cuppa is in aid of Norfolk’s Cancer Charity, The Big C. Since it was established in 1980, the charity has raised over £30 million which goes towards funding research, equipment and support for those living with and affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. The Big C also funds four drop in centres that offer valuable support and information in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and Norwich. In support of such a noble cause, we’ll be offering teas, coffees and a selection of cakes all provided with biodegradable cups and plates. All we ask is that you donate what you can to such a great charity. If you can’t make it to visit us on the day, look out for other Big Cuppas that will be happening around the county or visit http://www.big-c.co.uk/donate/ to donate directly. Cheers!

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King It’s the end of an era. This short sentence is used often to the point where it can lose its true meaning, but, for our family, it’s spot on. For the last eleven years, my children have attended Hillside Avenue Primary School. My daughter left for high school four years Above: Mark King ago, and after these summer holidays are over, my son will be joining her there too. For our family this has truly been the end of an era. Most of these school years there, were at least two visits a day, Monday to Friday for the school run, and quite often three or more for things like class assemblies, sports days and competitions, weekly parent/child reading time, parents’ evening, exhibitions, music lessons, sickness pick-ups, popping in to drop of forgotten items, fates, fairs and fund raising. Christmas shows, dance shows, orchestra shows and end of year shows. Presentations and prize winning. Then every Saturday come rain or shine, heat or hail, cold, freezing cold or just damn unbearable cold weather, there was football training

or competitive games on the school football fields for Hillside Rovers Football Club. Once at high school, this all ends. They now go to school under their own steam, and virtually all schools events like prize giving, sports days, competitions and much more are held behind closed doors. There are the occasional shows put on for parents, but that’s it! The family, including grandparents, went to all the leavers’ events and on the last day we all attended the special leavers’ assembly. Afterwards, we all gathered in the sun for group photos and to hand over presents to the teachers, and their teaching assistants, and all the children signed each other’s white school shirts with a varied colour of pens. It was emotional I must admit as the tears flowed from the students, parents and teachers. I could not thank enough Hillside Avenue School, and all their wonderful staff over the years for the first class education my children have received. They have both excelled academically, musically and both came away with a passion for sport. They loved their primary school years and I really appreciate how lucky we are in the U.K. to have such great schools. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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Time For Drastic Action I am not sure if it was catching sight of myself in the mirror or trying to squeeze my bum into something that felt a little too snug, but recently I decided enough is enough and it was time to address my weight.

your daily steps,’ Mama Beev chided when I spoke to her.

Above: Keri Beevis Now, I have always been a girl who likes her grub. Oh, who am I kidding? My favourite food group is pizza, I am partial to a glass or five of wine, and you know those meal for two offers they do in the supermarket? Yeah, I have no problem eating both portions.

‘So how about you?’ I asked, keen to find out how she had fared.

I have a ton of pretty dresses hanging in my wardrobe from my slim days and I keep promising myself that one day I will get back into them. Problem is, it’s not just the dresses I can no longer fit into. The last few months have been a wake-up call, as I can barely get into any of my summer clothes. Time for drastic action. Now Mama Beev also wants to shift some weight. Although she is slim, she carries a bulge around her middle that she is eager to address, and, like me, she lacks willpower, so I suggested last weekend that we start together the following day and encourage each other. She readily agreed. By Tuesday evening, I was super proud of myself. Not only had I swapped all of the rubbish in my diet for healthy salads and vegetables, I was two days teetotal. Only two days I hear you cry? Trust me, two days is a big effort for me. I had also been tracking my steps, being sure to get 10,000 in a day. Not easy when you work in an office, but between lunches and after work walks I somehow managed it. ‘Those 10,000 steps are supposed to be in addition to

When I pointed out that it was about 7,000 steps a day more than I had been getting, so should be viewed as a positive, I got a lecture about planning my day properly to get in more steps. She also seemed unimpressed by my dieting effort and lack of alcohol.

Mama Beev went into a longwinded story about her busy Monday that was entirely irrelevant to my question. When she paused for breath I interrupted and asked again. ‘Well, that was what I was getting to,’ she told me. ‘By the time Monday was over I was exhausted, so I threw a frozen pizza in the oven.’ ‘I see. And have you stayed off the alcohol?’ I enquired. ‘Well I had some wine on Monday,’ came the reply. ‘But I was good on Tuesday and only had a couple of gin and tonics, which don’t really count.’ Okaaay! As I type this column, six days in to my new regime, I am sticking to my diet, still managing my steps, and my weekly alcohol intake consists of one single measure of gin. I spoke with Mama Beev again last night, who gave me a repeat lecture while stuffing her face with a packet of crisps. Will I be following any of her advice? Probably not. PAGE

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Have You The Confidence To Speak Up? There are times when we could kick ourselves, aren't there? There was something we wanted to say, an opportunity to join in and contribute, but we hesitated and the moment passed. Irritatingly, someone else may have even then inadvertently offered our pearls of wisdom and received a great response. If only we'd had the confidence to speak up! At work, finding the confidence to speak up can be a mixed blessing. If we put ourselves out there, with all that it entails, will we then be regarded as someone who doesn't toe the line, a trouble maker or a know-it-all? Some people fear voicing opinions at work; might there be reprisals, could it jeopardise their promotion prospects, put a ‘black mark’ next to their name? As an employer, it's important to provide an environment where staff feel safe to share ideas and concerns, knowing they'll be taken seriously.

Or, even worse, might something said be perceived as stupid or inappropriate and result in being ridiculed? Meetings and presentations can be especially vulnerable situations for someone who's feeling low on confidence. The prospect of standing up and having to speak out loud can be daunting. In family and social settings, many people prefer to avoid confrontation and keep quiet or go along with things, choosing it as the safest option. And, indeed, there are times when smiling and saying nothing is a preferred course of action. Not everything needs to be debated or analysed. But, over time, not speaking up can change a relationship's dynamics and affect its balance. Having open, respectful channels of communication can mean that nothing’s simmering or left unsaid and everyone feels included and valued, able to say what's on their minds. PAGE

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The potential downside is that speaking up in close relationships can have long-term implications. Things said cannot be unsaid and may be taken out of context or used in future situations. Whether hurtful things are said deliberately or not, it can make for ongoing unpleasantness. Or what about those times when we do speak up offering a valid point of view or when we don't agree and then find we're labelled difficult, awkward and uncompromising? Tips for finding speak up:

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stuck in a difficult situation at home, school or work you've got activities where you receive recognition, positive feedback and satisfaction. Could sport, a hobby or volunteering bring some happiness and joy into your life and result in improving your quality of life? • Are people in your life drains or radiators? Some people drain your confidence and joy for life. They only ever see the bad, cannot be supportive, are maybe jealous of you and your enthusiasm and drive. If you can't avoid them, be sure instead to protect yourself from too much exposure and minimise the time you spend in their company. Refuse to join them in negative or draining exchanges. Try to mix with people who radiate positive qualities like confidence, who share your outlook, who are equally committed to their dreams and encourage and support you in yours. • Occasionally, challenge your point of view by inviting other perspectives and discussing any contentious issues you may have to deal with. There may be another side to the story. Be prepared to consider different points of view, constructive criticism and feedback. A clearer thought process can improve your confidence. • In disagreement situations, own how you're feeling rather than blame others. It gives you a more confident stance. 'When this happens, I feel,' is far more constructive and less antagonistic than, 'you make me feel', which can cause the other person to feel under

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Avoid using lots of examples attack and become defensive. Avoid using lots of examples. They can distract and generate a merry-go-round of explanations, justifications and counter-claims. • A neutral place is often a good idea when there's a difficult conversation to be had. It keeps a discussion on track and avoids it becoming loud or escalating out of control. You can stay calm and hold onto what you have to say without losing confidence or being concerned at things 'kicking off'. • Sometimes a mediator can be useful, but has to be someone who both parties respect. Yes, there are professional negotiators available, but sometimes a trusted friend, neighbour, colleague or religious leader is able to do a good job and keep discussions relevant. If confidence issues regularly surface, consider hypnotherapy to deal with associated matters. Some people fear confrontation, want to be liked, are wary of upsetting others. Therapy can help you deal with any background factors like childhood influences or previous relationships, remedy underlying concerns, and enable you to move forward, so finding ways to speak up calmly, appropriately and with confidence.

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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Former Norwich University Of The Arts Student Releases Game! The Game: Must Dash Amigos is the latest family-friendly, must-have party game! Arriving like a pinata stampede, the brainchild of minibeast Studios co-founders Anthony Brunton-Douglas (above right) and Ben Lowther (above left) will quickly have the entire family addicted to its fun, fast paced, easy control gameplay! Choose from one of four crazy characters including Pedro, a former wrestler turned racer, whether you’re in Battle or Race mode and you’re off! We were lucky enough to sample an early version of the game at the Norwich Games Festival two years ago and found it difficult to pull ourselves away. Back at the festival in

2019, we played the finished game and it didn’t disappoint! Its massively addictive gameplay and simple controls mean that the whole family can get involved. Collecting perks as you race to eliminate or hinder the other racers, you must also avoid being caught up by the screen itself. Think Micromachines, but more Mexican?! Surely, you’ve often wondered what it would be like to transform your friends into avocados and chase them around with a giant mallet?! Of course you have, and now thanks to one particular perk in the game “Gwack-a-Mole”, you can! This is by far my favourite perk and as much as I’d like to tell you about all of the others, I won’t spoil any more surprises you’ll encounter along the way…

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miniBeast Studios: Anthony, originally from Norwich, is the artist responsible for all the bright engaging levels and quirky character design. Anthony graduated from Norwich University of the Arts back in 2005. His career started as an intern for an e-learning company where he helped create educational games for a number of clients including the NHS. He then went onto become a solo developer to create games for both the Castle Museum and Bridewell museum here in Norwich. Although proving popular as a solo developer, it wasn’t long before Anthony relocated to Cambridge to work at Jagex, the games studio responsible for the hugely popular RuneScape. It was here that he met Ben, the programmer of the game. The pair took part in a game jam hosted by Jagex, and after four days and barely

any sleep, a prototype racing game was born, which was to later grow into Must Dash Amigos! Jagex were kind enough to allow the duo to take the title for their own to work on in their own time so with that they went onto setting up their own studio, miniBeast Games. Four years later, and the multiplayer game has just been released on PC with it arriving to Xbox on 7th August! A Nintendo switch release date is expected shortly. ‌ so join Pedro, Chompster, Maria Che and Lelei to see who will be victorious! But remember, to survive in this world you cannot just run; you Must Dash Amigos! To learn more, visit: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Website:

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THE GADGET MAN

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Ultimate Mood Lighting With Cololight There’s nothing like putting your feet up after a busy day at work, sitting in your lounge with the lights turned down low with some nice relaxing music playing. Over the past few years, mood lighting has become very popular and with the advent of colour changed LED, we can now have a beautiful range of colours pulsing gently and filling our rooms with serene pastel colours. I was therefore eager to try out the Cololight from Lifesmart. Cololight is a modular light solution which enables you to fit hexagonal shapes together to create an Alexa-aware, smartphone-driven lighting solution to suit everyone’s taste. The kit I received had 3 lights, a stand and power supply. The device is WiFi driven and setting up

was as easy as downloading the app my Android or iOS device. After clicking the lights together and mounting it in the stand, I powered it up and the lights began pulsing together in unison. Each light has an array of 19 LEDs built in, which allows for animated effects and 16 million colour changes. After connecting it to my wifi, I then began experimenting with different colour choices and effects. ‘Sunrise’ was particularly pleasant as I could see it being sat on my bedside table and being triggered by Alexa to gently wake me up in the morning with a Sunrise colour scheme gently transitioning from red to blue-white. There are a number of other effects, which give both relaxing and stimulating effects. Due to the shape of each of the lights, they can be positioned to form several different shapes and

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best of all can be expanded by buying additional lights to add to the 3 supplied. I could imagine an entire area of wall covered in these lights providing some exciting colour effects. Digging deeper into the app, there is scope to create your own effects using the simple interface and Cololight tell me they are planning to expand the features to build in your own custom animations. The unit can also be sound aware, so playing your favourite music will change the lighting dynamically. The build quality and packaging was very high standard and it felt safe to use with power supplied via low voltage USB using just 0.3w. The unit I tested can be purchased for ÂŁ39.99 with additional panels costing ÂŁ11.99 all available from Amazon using this link https:// amzn.to/2JOyHpu I thought it was great value and would look nice in any home. Review By Matt Porter The Gadget Man www.thegadgetman.org.uk PAGE

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MOTORING REVIEW

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All-New BMW 8-Series Convertible 2019 Review

By motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay Instagram @tbarnesclay and Twitter @carwriteups From launch, the fresh BMW 8-series Convertible offers a couple of engines a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six diesel, and a strapping 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo.

and lots of steering feel, you’ll be disappointed. This car is better being driven on a cruise across hours of smooth tarmac.

Regardless of your engine choice, your BMW 8-series will house an 8-speed automatic transmission as well as 'XDrive' all-wheel drive.

As with all the current line-up of BMWs, the latest 8-series Convertible does refinement wonderfully, providing you with a satisfying driving experience. Despite the soft roof, it is remarkably well insulated. And driving with the lid in position doesn’t rain on the parade, as it might in some previous soft top luxury cars. That roof is speedy too, opening and closing in only 15-seconds via the press of a button - and you can operate it on the move up to 31mph.

The new 8-series Convertible is composed, comfy, well-appointed and brain churningly quick. However, if you’re expecting nimbleness

Inside, the 8-series has a brilliant cockpit design, being driver-focused but still high in quality. The controls are all rationally arranged,

Both powerplants result in a maximum speed of 155mph, but the petrol V8 will get to 62mph in 3.9-seconds, and the diesel will make the 0-62mph sprint in 5.2-seconds.

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too, meaning you feel at home as soon as you slide behind the wheel. A digital display takes the place of what would be dials in most motors - and BMW's iDrive infotainment unit comes with voice control, a prominent touchscreen, and a swivel wheel next to the gear selector - both now obtainable in crystal. For a convertible, this is a relatively roomy model. It has four seats, but only two smallish kids will fit in the rear – not because of the width or headroom – but due to limited legroom. As for the BMW’s boot, there’s 350-litres of cargo capacity available, which is decent for a vehicle of this class. If you're purchasing a car in this class, you won't be too fussed about the running costs. But if you’re curious, the 850i V8, that I tested will do around 28mpg in the real world. Mind you, over 500 horsepower returning circa 28mpg isn’t bad! As anticipated from a car reducing your bank balance by six-figures, the quality is precisely what you'd expect. Fine-looking rich leather is wrapped around the cabin, and the metals and plastics feel exceptional.

And when it comes to safety, you’ve got nothing to worry about – there’s a lot of kit built-in to this German convertible, including sensors and cameras. A head-up display, which keeps your eyes fixed on the road, is also fitted. And in the unlikely event of a roll-over accident, a roll-bar will deploy, protecting the heads of all occupants.

Pros ‘n’ Cons • Masses of power ✔ • Top build quality ✔ • Poor fuel economy ✖ • Expensive to buy ✖

Fast Facts (2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible) • Max speed: 155 mph • 0-62 mph: 3.7 seconds • Combined MPG: 28.2 mpg • Engine layout: 4395cc V8 twin-turbo petrol • Max. power (PS): 530 • CO2: 229 g/km • Price: £107,100 PAGE

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Are You Making The Most Of Your LinkedIn Business Page? Everyone understands the importance of having a personal LinkedIn profile and if you also have a business, it can be beneficial to also have a business page to engage on a company / brand level with your community. The big question is: have you made the most of your LinkedIn business page?

Not everyone knows that you can personalise your standard LinkedIn url (which contains your unique identification number) to something more memorable - and it only takes a few clicks to create! Sign in to your Page Admin Centre, click 'Admin tools' and select 'Public URL' enter your new page URL and click 'Save Changes'.

Here's a few tips to consider...

You're able to do this once every 30 days, but to be honest, I can't see why you'd do this multiple times anyway - unless you're a bit indecisive.

Review your company profile information, keeping it up-to-date and accurate. Ensure you've added your company’s website URL, contact details, and important information.

Complete your 'Specialities' section - as this is searchable! Add keywords that you want to be searchable for like 'social media' or 'graphic design'. You can manage your LinkedIn

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business page specialties by selecting the 'Overview' tab when you're in edit mode. On a more basic level, don't forget to make sure you've got a personalised background/cover image for your business profile rather than the default LinkedIn one - this can really help reinforce your brand to potential visitors. As on personal profiles, your headline text needs to grab your visitor's attention, so careful thought needs to be given to this. Create both an overview and accompanying page content to tell your business’s story in an engaging way - don't forget that the first few lines of your company’s overview is the content that will be visible to users across devices so craft this carefully, remembering to include relevant keywords to aid searchability. To help your company get discovered on LinkedIn, create some additional Showcase pages. Use these to spotlight different facets of your brand - possibly a new product, product areas or events. These will help give a broader understanding of your business to your visitors and allow for potentially more engagement and searchability. If you've not joined a group - do it now! It doesn't matter whether it's your personal or business profile, being a member of a group allows you to see people who aren't on your network and most importantly, engage with them. Your 'Groups' can also help your visitors understand what you find important and influence what groups they might want to be members of. Select some topic-based communities to follow (you can have up to three) based on relevant industry hashtags - as this enables your business to view and comment on updates surrounding that hashtag. While you can only have three at a time, you can change your communities selection whenever you want. There you go - a few helpful tips to help you get the most out of your LinkedIn business page. If you need help with your business profile, please get in touch with me at https://paulkirkdesign. co.uk or on Twitter at @PKirk_designer PAGE

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Holkham Country Fair Review

Horses, shooting, classic cars, tractors and delicious food - what’s not to love? This is what I was lucky enough to be surrounded with when I visited Holkham Estate recently for their annual country fair! Held over the weekend of 20th and 21st July, the yearly spectacle of Norfolk’s finest did not disappoint on my first ever time visiting, despite the downpour of rain we were unlucky enough to have on the Saturday of the show! If you’ve never been to Holkham Estate, I highly recommend it. The grandeur of the hall and the beauty of the grounds never disappoint belonging to the Earl of Leicester, the 25,000acre estate really does take your breath away!

I was privileged to be invited to the show as part of an influencer experience held in conjunction with North Walsham Waitrose, and this meant entry into the vice president enclosure, something I have always wanted to do at a country show. It was brilliant to have a front row seat at the grand ring, and especially the opening ceremony consisting of the Poppy Parachute Team with their colourful smoke and impressive parachuting which led onto The City of Norwich Pipe Band - I love bagpipes! The day really was a chance to embrace the English spirit (quite literally… who knew there were so many fab Norfolk gins?) and get stuck into the world of the country set. I had to stop myself from buying something from each of the amazing clothing vendors who were exhibiting

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too; there were so many! If I hadn’t brought my other half along to voice reason, I would’ve left with at least 3 fedoras, a wax jacket and several pairs of wellies/boots. However, if you are in the market for this type of attire, I would seriously recommend saving yourself for next year as there are some brilliant show-only offers the stalls do and so many lovely things to choose from. Whilst I loved the animals, the clothing and seeing all the beautifully restored tractors and cars, the real draw for me (as always) was the food stalls. I am finding it easier and easier to find something vegan and delicious at places like this. I went for an amazing chaat masala served with vegetable samosas - and it was to die for! There was no shortage of food options. My other half chose a pasty as big as his head and we both had the nicest ice creams for dessert too! As always at a country fair, there were lots of local food and drink sellers displaying their wares: something which never fails to amaze me in Norfolk, as I really do believe we have so many local companies doing brilliant things.

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I treated myself to some Yau’s nut-free Thai satay sauce, which made me very excited, because as someone allergic to peanuts I had never tasted satay before. All I will say is, I see what the fuss is about! All in all, I would really recommend giving Holkham Country Fair a visit next year if you can. It is a day out that all the family would enjoy. With archery, a fairground and donkey rides amongst the activities on offer, there is plenty for children and adults alike to discover. The setting and grounds are one of the best in the area, you cannot help but stare in awe at the house the whole time, it’s incredible. Whilst you’re that way, if you get the chance please visit Holkham beach - it is the most stunning beach I’ve ever been to; you won’t be disappointed. Just Hollie Visit: justhollieblog.com Follow On Instagram: www.instagram.com/justhollieblog PAGE

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Iceni Talks To Richard Beales We are very excited to welcome Richard Beales, founder of Richard Beales Garden Design & Build and former Managing Director of Peter Beales Roses, as our newest columnist. To get to know him a bit more, we carried out a Q&A session with him.

Firstly, welcome to the Iceni Magazine family. We are delighted to have you on board. So, let's start at the start. What inspired you to work with roses?

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It all started when I was 'knee-high' to a rosebush. My late father and mother started Peter Beales Roses in the late 1960s. So from a very early age, I was surrounded, by in my opinion, arguably one of nature's most beautiful flowering shrubs. Their form, colour, and, of course, perfume make them irresistible, and therefore I was hooked. And when you combine this with my late parent's enthusiasm and passion, there was no other option than for me to fall in love with them too.

Richard Beales Garden Design and Build is a garden design and construction company which is focused on creating new and exciting outdoor spaces which can be enjoyed by all who use them. Our core belief is that a garden is so much more than a collection of plants interspersed with structures and hardscape. It is an extension of the client themselves and, for that reason, should be a place where they can go to be at one with nature.

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What has been your career highlight to date? There have been so many that it is almost impossible to highlight any one event. This said, I am incredibly proud to have designed numerous gold medal-winning displays at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. These are significant to me not only because of the accolade, but because of the pleasure they given to so many people over the years. More recently, another highlight was when myself and a good friend and co-designer Paul Zimmerman were asked to redesign the gardens at the headquarters of the American Rose Society in Shreveport, Louisiana. When completed, the new garden will hopefully be seen by many thousands of rosarians and keen gardeners alike, making it most definitely a feather in our cap. What is next on your to do list? We are currently working on two projects. The first being the re-design of a rather tired front garden. In this instance, the client requested a simple, low maintenance garden, so we are working on a contemporary theme. Within the design, there will be a series of raised planters of different levels which will be accessed by formal

paving and surrounded by stone and modern Buxus cubes. The planting will be for impact and will include a variety of grasses and plants with both a colorful and structural influence. Our second project is the creation of an Apothecary garden at a Manor house in Sussex. Due to its very nature, this design will include intricate, symmetrical box edging, which was very much in vogue at the time. And due to the gardens historically being for medicinal purposes, we will use as many of the plant varieties that would have been present that time, along with a selection of medieval roses. We are privileged to have you on the team, what kind of things can our readers expect from you? Regular tips on how to get the best from both their garden and plants, along with design ideas and advice. Thanks you for taking the time to talk to us. For more information visit: www.richardbealesgardendesign.com Follow on Twitter: @bespokegardens1 Follow on Instagram: @richard_beales PAGE

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The Role Of Food In Your Social Life The words, 'would you like to come for dinner?' can be enough to cause apprehension in even the most confident of us. What shall we wear, who else might be there, should we take something with us, will we be able to eat what's on offer, what if something looks too awful to eat? I'm sure we've all been there, running through these questions before we go to someone's house. And if it's a dining out arrangement then we may add questions about settling the bill, who's drinking alcohol and who's not, how formal will it be. A lovely invitation to a relaxing meal can suddenly become overshadowed by a plethora of 'what if' thoughts running through our minds. Fear at looking stupid, inexperienced, a fussy eater can make us wonder if we should even go along.

Of course, all these concerns can be dependent on the circumstances of the invitation, on how well we know the person or persons involved. Is it a group invitation with colleagues, friends or family or is it something more formal, perhaps accompanying our partner to a business event? Is it a first date, the early stages of a new relationship or something more long-standing? And then, of course, there's the other role of food in your social life, the invitation to supper! Whatever does that invitation mean? Is it going to be a light snack or something more substantial? Preparing your response in advance, so that you're appropriately gracious and appreciative, whatever is served, is an important social skill. Random social events and food are a potential minefield. I recall supermodel Jerry Hall saying she always had dinner before she went to a reception in order to avoid being tempted by the high-calorie buffet snacks that never fill you up.

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You never know what you're going to encounter at buffets and canape events! And then there's the hazard of finger food, the juggling of a drink, a small plate, all whilst chatting or maybe wanting to greet someone or shake their hand! Let's not forget the food vigilantes who monitor what everyone eats. They know who's on a diet, who ought to be on a diet! Dare we eat anything too rich, or have a dessert! Dare we risk the raised eyebrows as we order a creamy pasta sauce or a sticky toffee pudding for dessert? And allergies! Hasn't almost everyone got special dietary requirements these days, ranging from food intolerances to extensive lists of what they will and won't eat? The diverse requirements of a bigger group often justify going out to eat and choosing somewhere with a comprehensive menu that accommodates everyone. Money can be another hot potato. The bill! Should it be divided equally between all the diners? But what about the people who hardly ate and those others who had several courses or expensive choices? Some people may have wanted to be sociable and join in, but can't afford to spend a lot. Should they subsidise the others? What about the wine drinkers and the non-drinking drivers? Is it a first date, and if so should the man pay, or could that cause discomfort or embarrassment? Having said this, social eating is a great way to relax and reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Taking time over a meal is

Taking time over a meal is fun and one of the loveliest ways to spend an easy afternoon or evening fun and one of the loveliest ways to spend an easy afternoon or evening. Many restaurants now cater for family parties and it's a joy to see several generations sitting together over Sunday lunch, chatting and taking their time. Home entertaining can be an easy way to share time together, especially if several people have young children and don't want the potential stress of dining out. One suggestion can be that everyone contributes a dish, so spreading the load in terms of cost and effort. Barbecues and picnics can come into their own too over the summer months and are a fun alfresco way of enjoying food and a social life. Safari suppers are also a good idea, where residents in a street or community plan to have one course at each house and then journey on to the next over an evening. Introduce a theme and you can end with an unexpectedly fun time! We all have to eat so let's make the most of these opportunities to really relish the role of food in our social 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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BARBECUE SIDE DISHES

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Barbecue Side Dishes I believe there are two different kinds of barbecue people: the ones who gravitate towards the meat and those who prefer the side dishes. Being someone who could take or leave the burgers, kebabs and sausages, I’m sharing three of my favourite recipes that are must haves at our barbecues.

SWEET AND SOUR ONIONS

Who doesn’t love fried onions with their hot dogs? Well, try these and you might be craving these instead from now on. They add a tasty tang. Simply slice five or six red onions and add to a pan with a little oil. Fry until they’re becoming translucent, then add a big knob of butter, a good sprinkling of brown sugar and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar. Cook until they’re thick and sticky, then enjoy!

HOMEMADE COLESLAW

Homemade coleslaw is truly unbeatable. Even if you go for the most luxurious supermarket version, it still doesn’t live up to the real deal. The mayonnaise you choose is so important and I recommend Heinz [Seriously] Good mayonnaise - my all-time favourite! Simply finely dice half a white onion, shred half a white cabbage and grate a peeled carrot - mix together with some mayo and add some freshly ground pepper and salt. Sometimes, I choose to use a mixture of red and white cabbage for a bit of variety.

POTATO SALAD

As with coleslaw, it’s impossible to beat homemade potato salad. Simply boil some new potatoes (Jersey Royals are my favourites though a little pricey!), drain and allow to cool. At the same time as boiling the potatoes, I often boil three or four eggs to add to the mixture (once peeled and diced), but this is down to your personal preference. For the sauce, I use a mixture of mayonnaise and salad cream, plus salt, pepper and a sprinkling of fresh dill. I’m a huge fan of gherkins (cornichons), so finely chop a few of those and throw into the dish. Article By Vicki, Blossom Words PAGE

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles &Tipples August Article By Cheryl Cade, Beer Educator Having survived the hottest day of the year, what do you do? Go for a curry of course. 3 of Norwich’s curry houses are in the National Curry finals, so we had to visit one of them. Dhaba 15 is located in the old Nazma restaurant (Magdalen St). There is a clean, relaxed look to this new Indian Street Food restaurant.

The menu had such a different range, including traditional English curries. We were spoilt for choice. Selecting poppadums, a Chellinad beef curry, Bengal Roshon and a mushroom garlic bhajia.

A welcome that was friendly with all the staff smiling rubs off on you as you walk in.

The first delicious surprise was that the chutneys arriving with the poppadums were fresh and different. I am so used to mango chutney from a jar I never bother, but this was homemade with delicate whole spicing lifting the sweet mango. Next to this was a mint and coconut, which I fought my husband for the last bit of. His favourite was the carrot, onion and garlic with a hint of spice.

We had not booked, but a small table was found, thankfully next to the aircon. The restaurant is unlicensed yet the range of drinks is not held back, with different Lassis and Mocktails available.

Moving on to the mains, the Roshon had a background of gently roasted garlic, with perfectly balanced warmth. While the Chellinad had some heat, tempered by the coconut and this allowed the floral notes of fresh curry leaves

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to come through. The mushrooms in the Bhajia were fresh with a little bite still in them, small bits of pepper lifted the garlic. I can honestly say that it has been a while since I have had such a well-cooked curry. All the dishes were fresh, meat soft, spice balanced, each dish tasting different and presented well. I am sure they will be winning more awards. Today's tipples is more about being upset with a couple of pubs (no names will be mentioned). In this heat, beer can suffer. Recently a friend on a Cask Marque visit found a beer served at 27°! It should be a max of 12°-14°. There are many faults a beer can have that are not always the fault of the brewer; a lot comes from storage and service. In general, all beer lines should be cleaned a min of every 7 days (even if they have a keg of beer on). Cask beer is more delicate. Once tapped, its life starts to head downwards. After 3 days, depending on the cellar and the beer, it can go a couple of days longer, but never a week. So a landlord telling me that his beer was “very fresh as it had only been on for about 7 days.” results in me turning around and never going back.

How do you know your beer is on the turn? (quick guide) If you can smell / taste, wet cardboard, paper, musty or dust it is Oxidised (exposed to air). Malt Vinegar and / or butter will hint at an infection. If your beer smells / tastes of Balsamic vinegar, yoghurt or wet hay, check you are not drinking a; Sour/Barrel aged/Old/kettle sour as these are expected in these styles. If you want to learn more about beer, look out for free taste training for CAMRA members or try one of the courses about beer that are now available from Norfolk Wine School & The Beer and Cider Academy. Until next month, Cheers Cheryl PAGE

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COCKTAILS

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Cocktails From Soul Café And Restaurant

The Soul Café & Restaurant, King's Lynn's family-run Caribbean restaurant, has made its name for fine food in a fun, relaxed environment. It doesn't stop there though. They are quickly becoming known for their wide range of cocktails and mocktails. Owner and chef Olivier shares three of their favourite, perfect-for-summer recipes. Do get in touch and let us know what you think of them if you fancy channelling your inner Tom Cruise!

Classic Pinacolada • 25ml coconut rum • 25ml white rum • 75ml pineapple juice • 25-50ml coconut cream (depending on how creamy you like it!) • 10ml sugar syrup Shake on ice and strain mix into glass filled with crushed ice Garnish with chunk of pineapple or pineapple leaves PAGE

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Magic Melon Daiquiri • 25ml passion fruit liqueur • 25ml white rum • 20ml fresh lime juice • 4 chunks fresh watermelon • 2 scoops ice Blend until like an ice-smoothie Garnish with watermelon slice and enjoy!

Soul-Style Zombie Killer • Dash of grenadine in the base of the glass • Fill with ice and layer on the following slowly to create the marbled effect: • 15ml apricot brandy • 25ml white rum • Dash blue curaçao • 50ml orange juice • 10ml dark rum float • Dash of fresh lime juice A party-starter that will wake you up with a zing! This is a reasonably sour drink, so add 10-15ml sugar syrup if you prefer it a little sweeter!

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THE GREEN COLUMN

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Composting… Myth Busting And Facts That May Aid Your Home Composting Practice! Composting is a deliciously earthy recycling process, converting waste into yummy fertile organic matter that feeds insects, plants, seedlings, us and earth itself. I volunteer for the Norfolk Master Composter Scheme (I’m a bit of a composting geek!), which sees me attending events talking to people about the fun and ease of composting. Here are a few simple facts and myths that I’ve picked up along my way which may support you in your own composting journey…

‘My compost bin needs to have lots of holes to aerate the contents’…. MYTH! It’s all in the layering and structure. Adding holes to your bin will let out much needed heat in your bin. The process of composting is aerobic (it needs air to decompose) which you can get by adding cardboard, scrunched up newspaper, toilet and kitchen rolls and twigs. As long as your compost bin isn’t oozing or drying out into one compact lump, your compost is being aerated. Keep an eye on it and add as you need.

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‘There is a recipe for composting’…FACT! Successful composting will happen when you add equal (ish) brown and green materials. Green materials are fresh and moist, and include fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grass and weeds (without the seed head), while brown materials are dry and include cardboard, paper, dry leaves, twigs and straw. If your compost looks too dry, add more green and hold off on your browns. If it looks too wet, go steady on your greens and add more browns. ‘I shouldn’t put grass in my compost’…MYTH! Putting grass in your compost is absolutely fine, as long as that’s not all that goes in there! (See greens vs brown info above) If you really have nothing other than grass, then use cardboard in between layers of grass to balance out your compost. ‘Compost bins stink and attract rats’…MYTH! Nope, just not true. Organic compost smells sweet! If your bin/pile is smelling, check it out. Is it too wet and looking slimy? Add brown. Rats hate being disturbed and won’t stay around if they notice human activity, so by visiting your compost heap regularly, you are letting any little rodent friends know it’s not a good place to set up camp. ‘You can’t put cooked waste in your compost’… MYTH and FACT! Meat and dairy is a sure way to attract little animal friends to your compost bins. (There are special HOT compost bins for this purpose). If you are adding small amounts of cooked vegan food on rare occasions, this will not have any damaging impact on your compost. Don’t make a habit of it, but if you do have left overs (and you haven’t eaten them?!) adding them in will be fine. ‘Citrus peels and onion skins will kill all my compost organism friends’…MYTH! If you have a wormery, adding citrus and onion skins is a no (unless you are using a lime mix which adjusts the PH level). In a wormery, worms do pretty much all of the work and they are sensitive.

Too much acid will harm and potentially kill them. However, in a compost bin/pile there are many other organisms and magic at work, so citrus and onion peels aren’t a problem. ‘I can add my pet bedding into my compost’… FACT! If your pet is vegetarian or vegan and uses natural bedding you can scoop out the lot and add it into your compost. TOP TIPS Add a layer of twigs at the bottom of your compost bin/pile to increase the aeration. Cut up your citrus peelings, avocado and onion skins so they break down quicker. If you are a zero-waste addict, add your hair and nails to your compost. You can ask your hairdresser to bag up your cut hair and take it home and feed it to your compost friends! Composting can change the world if we all get on board with it! Less methane, less waste heading to landfill or being transported elsewhere. It saves you money by not having to buy compost (that is often not organic) and it is such a satisfying and nourishing process of feeding your bin and the many organisms that thrive there. If you are aiming for a more zerowaste life, composting also helps you keep an eye on what it is you have as ‘waste’. Happy composting! Shona PAGE

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TELES PATISSERIE We have heard amazing things about your Patisserie. How would you describe yourselves? We describe ourselves as very hardworking and passionate Patisserie lovers. We believe that love and high quality products are the perfect combination for excellent food.

What journey did you take to end up here? Joaquim has been a pastry chef for 28 years and in several countries: Portugal, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and now England. After six months in the UK without a job, a neighbour suggested that he become selfemployed and sell at farmers’ markets, food festivals and events, so he did. Ana was a teacher for 24 years. She was always passionate about cakes and did cake design in Portugal as well as having her own cake art studio. In England, we sold our goodies all around Norfolk and Suffolk until the day the Aylsham Show changed everything. We approached Yare Valley Oils and Farm Shop with the idea of having a Patisserie/tea room onsite. They excelled themselves in helping us to make this dream come true.

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You have a great customer base who keep returning time and time again. What's your most popular offering? It’s difficult to say as our customers want to try different cakes and food every time they come. But having said this, our French Fruit Tart and our unique recipe of the Bakewell tart, Tarte d’Amande, are our bestsellers. Our unique luxurious afternoon tea is also gaining more and more popularity. Have there been any regrets? Maybe some things we would have done differently, but we don’t regret being where we are and doing what we love!

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The only regret is: we should have done this earlier! Do you have any ambitions for the future? Our ambition is very down to earth: maintain a successful business and get more and more customers. We also aim to make our monthly events more popular. Maybe in the future, we will transform the open barn to have extra seating area in winter time. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. We really appreciate it. For more information visit: https://telespatisserie.co.uk PAGE

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BELLE'S BAKES

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Cupcake Crazy With Belle’s Bakes The cupcake craze is one that shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. We met Kelsey Bell, baker extraordinaire to find out about her cupcake creations. We challenge you to read this article from start to finish without craving sweetness. First up is one of Kelsey’s bestsellers: the Ferrero Rocher. It is a vanilla sponge with a chocolate hazelnut filling, hazelnut butter icing and a Ferrero Rocher on top. Just like the old adverts suggested about the chocolate treat, there is something incredibly luxurious about this bake. Next is a firm favourite in our household: the Cherry Bakewell. It is an almondflavoured sponge with a cherry centre and almond butter icing topped with a glacé cherry. The depth of flavours in this creation are sublime. Is one really enough? PAGE

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Kelsey is also keen to offer sweet treats for those with special dietary requirements. This dairy-free delight is Strawberries and Cream. It is a strawberry sponge with a cream centre and topped with smooth, creamy two-tone butter icing.

Nutella certainly draws in a crowd. With her Nutella cupcakes, they feature a moist vanilla sponge with a Nutella centre topped with hazelnut butter icing and a kinder Bueno.

The tastiest way to get vegetables into your diet? These Carrot cupcakes are amazing. A spiced carrot sponge topped with vanilla and cream cheese butter icing.

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES

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Horoscopes For August Aries 21 March - 20 April You’ll be in your element

Libra 24 September - 23 October You might enjoy the

creatively and romantically for much of this month, with this being a peak time to indulge activities you relish the most. From August 18th, you may be keen to get organized and enhance productivity, as fiery Mars your ruler enters Virgo along with other key planets. Ready to embrace a new wellness routine? This is the time to make a fresh start Aries.

social whirl, with many opportunities for getting out and about. Plus, with expansive Jupiter turning direct from August 11th, consider enhancing your network of contacts. Sultry Venus in Leo, hints at the potential for delightful romantic sparks too. The party gradually winds down, and from week three Libra, a chance to reflect and recharge can be very healing.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May If you enjoy entertaining, then

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November This can be a time

expect plenty of company. Keen to beautify your place too? By the time you have finished, it could be very impressive. As the emphasis shifts to your leisure zone, consider indulging in some pampering or one or two soothing spa treatments. A sizzling Venus Mars tie on August 24th, can see a romantic bond becoming much cosier, if you desire this.

of recognition for work done well, and for promoting your skills and talents. Focused action might see you making sterling progress. From now, insights may lead to actions that positively influence key bonds. From August 18th, your social sector comes very much alive. Time to relish in the pleasure of good company Scorpio.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June You could be very persuasive

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December Exotic travels

this month, and easily able to hold your own in any negotiations. In addition, with upbeat Jupiter turning direct from August 11th, the hard work you have put into romantic and business relationships should start to pay off. Homely activities will appeal from week three, with some exciting developments on the cards that you hadn’t anticipated, Gemini.

and a chance to traverse new terrain, can see you eager to explore and relish new faces and places. Keen to study? If you find the perfect course, then consider having a go as it could benefit you in the future. As Jupiter turns direct on August 11th, you’ll find delays to your plans begin to melt way. Ready for the spotlight Archer? Opportunity knocks from week three.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July This month may be easier

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January Using your creative

on you and could see you enjoying opportunities for some relaxing self-care. The August 15th Full Moon, may bring deep-seated feelings to the surface though. Working on the inside to let them go could bring a gradual improvement to soul bonds and financial matters. Paperwork in a muddle? A desire to get things in order will resolve this.

flair to tackle financial and business affairs could improve matters. Furthermore, you may find that digging deep to the root cause of emotional difficulties and gently resolving them, can bring healing in key areas. From August 18th, a chance to grasp new opportunities or to do more travelling, could be a real tonic. Eager for a fresh start? Take that leap of faith Capricorn.

Leo 24 July - 23 August Whatever you are involved

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February There will be plenty

with, you’ll enjoy the action and drama that is part of life in the Leo camp. With electric Uranus rewinding in your sector of goals though, the cosmos is encouraging you to pace yourself regarding career or job changes. Slow and steady is best! Ready to upgrade finances? The New Moon on August 30th, is perfect for kick-starting a new budget or savings plan.

of give and take in key relationships, with the chance of a sparkling social life. With Uranus reversing in your domestic zone, there may be some delays around key projects, so it can help to review your options. Unexpected events or fresh insights could see you thinking along new lines though, and what you originally wanted may no longer fit in with your plans.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September You’ll benefit from

Pisces 20 February - 20 March You tend to take pride in

times of quiet reflection and a chance to get your priorities in order. Use coming weeks to complete projects and do some emotional house clearing, then you’ll be set when the Sun enters Virgo on August 23rd. With an emphasis on your sign, there’s a chance to focus on matters that are important to you. Selfish? Absolutely not! This is your time to shine.

your work, and this month, it could lead to a promotion or news about a job or business contract. You may be busy, but the opportunities that come out of this are worth the extra effort. There is also activity around a key goal or ambition after a time of delays. Your social life and love life perk up too Pisces, with August 24th being great for a scintillating date.

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