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ISSUE 93

Focus On: Changes

Lovely & Local The Norfolk Deli

Best Of Norfolk

Through The Lens Of Our Readers

RingPay From McLEAR

Fashionable Contactless Payments

Bring On A Positive 2021! If 2020 Has Taught Us Anything...


Welcome To Iceni Magazine, “I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1.” Jerry Spinelli Welcome to Magazine!

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This month’s magazine focuses on Changes. Page 44 sees my very own column: Run Iceni Run. I talk about the changes that I made (some of which I was not best pleased about!) and how those have affected my relationship with running. Missy shares some of the challenging changes that have happened with her family this year on Pages 40 & 41. And don’t forget to have a go at this month’s Yellow Mysteries Entertainment puzzle. Elsewhere in this issue, on Pages 24 & 25, we feature an amazing scheme called Socker Share, set up by two cousins from Norfolk. We can’t wait to hear more from them as Nade will be joining us as a regular columnist. The Gadget Man’s review this month is a remarkable ring that allows you to make payments of up to £45, just like you would with a contactless bank card (Pages 20 & 21). Finally, check out motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay's review of the Honda Civic Type-R (Pages 22 & 23). Finally, we would like to extend our best wishes to each and every one of you for the coming year. We also thank you all for the amazing support you’ve provided us during 2020. While it hasn’t been the 12 months we hoped for, there have been a great number of positives, which we are embracing.

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Contents 52

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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RINGPAY FROM McLEAR

BRING ON A POSITIVE 2021!

Fashionable Contactless Payments

If 2020 Has Taught Us Anything It’s That...

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LOVELY & LOCAL The Norfolk Deli

MOTORING REVIEW: New 2020 Honda Civic Type-R

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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The GadgetMan Review RingPay From McLEAR

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Iceni Asks... What Are You Most...

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Iceni News Local People Rush To...

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Motoring Review Honda Civic Type-R Review

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JMFitness The Last 10 Months...

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Iceni News National Garden Scheme

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SOCKER SHARE As We Leave 2020 Behind

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Run Iceni Run Changes Afoot

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Iceni Columnist Mark King

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Nova Silver January

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Just For Fun Resolution Murder

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Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis

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Best Of Norfolk Readers Images

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See What Mummy Says Three Priorities For 2021

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Susan Leigh What Would They Think?

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Focus On: Changes

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Forced Changes At The Start Of 2020...

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Nibbles & Tipples January

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Bring On A... Positive 2021!

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Change Is A... Revolutionary Thing!

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Lovely & Local The Norfolk Deli

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Changes With The Arrival Of...

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation The Benjamin Foundation is a local charity which helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them. Whether it’s the prevention of youth homelessness, providing emotional wellbeing support or providing positive activities for young people with limited opportunities, our work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people we support.

Supporting The Mental Health Of Young People With 2020 and Covid having a huge effect on the mental health of many, The Benjamin Foundation’s Project Unlock aims to help young people in North Walsham and the surrounding area to combat the effects of the pandemic on their emotional wellbeing.

Thanks to support and funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, Norfolk Community Foundation and Broadland Meridian, we are offering a non-judgemental supportive space to help young people to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem. Our aim is to listen and help young people return to school and maintain a good attendance record.

We are offering individual support and small group sessions from January.

For more information, please contact Liz Phiri, Lead Youth Support Worker liz.phiri@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

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Step Out To Help End Youth Homelessness With The Big Winter Walk

The Big Winter Walk Last month, we announced a new, remote fitness and fundraising challenge.

Since then, over 3 million steps have been taken and over 340 miles walked! The great news is there is still time for you to join our Big Winter Walk to help local vulnerable young people take their next steps towards independence. Choose from one of our two Big Winter Walk challenges while fundraising for us at the same time: • Steps Challenge: Set your Fitbit or other tracker and aim to walk a set number of steps by an end date, or a set number of steps per day.

• Miles Challenge: Use Strava, Runkeeper or keep a track another way of the miles you aim to walk by an end date, or set a number of miles to walk per day. All those who register and take part in The Big Winter Walk will receive a Benjamin Foundation butterfly pin badge as a thank you. If you raise over £50, you will receive a Benjamin Foundation beanie hat. Raise over £150 and receive a special ‘Winter Warmer’ pack with a few extra goodies! Walk this way to register! https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/the-big-winter-walk/ Thank you for your support in 2020

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2020. We wish you all a happy, peaceful and safe 2021.

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Local People Rush To Secure A Home In Popular Norfolk Village The first release of refurbished properties for sale at Marham in Norfolk have been snapped up, with more than 30 local people, many of whom are first-time buyers, successfully putting in an offer on the two and three-bedroom homes. Homes at Field View, on the edge of the village of Marham, start at just £123,000 and have been lightly refurbished by property company Annington so they are fresh, clean and ready to move into. With more properties to be released in the new year, there is still plenty of opportunity to own your own home here and make 2021 extra special.

accommodation and into their own home without breaking the bank. With secure, fenced back gardens for children to play and private parking, it’s an ideal location to explore the local area from. These homes have so much to offer - and there’s the added bonus of being able to become part of a thriving village community with a good social life. We would certainly recommend an early viewing.” One of the delights of moving to Marham is its surroundings. Marham Fen stretches for 60 acres and its woodlands and ponds are home to a wide range of birdlife, including rare yellowhammers and bullfinches.

Marham is home to RAF Marham, and as such has far more amenities than the average small village, despite its rural location. Residents have a GP surgery, dentist and a wide range of places to eat including Chinese, Italian and fish and chips, while further shops and facilities can be found a few miles west in the bustling town of Kings Lynn.

The beautiful North Norfolk coast offers miles of sandy beaches to explore, while Kings Lynn has scenic walks along the Great Ouse river, cobbled backstreets and a traditional market on Tuesdays. Slightly further afield, Norwich has 152 pubs, numerous shops and restaurants not to mention 31 medieval churches and two cathedrals for those looking for a cultural hit.

Louise Saunders, Sales and Marketing Manager at Annington, comments: “Marham is a unique place to live, surrounded by the beautiful natural countryside. These former MOD properties are a great opportunity for first time buyers to take their first step on the property ladder. The homes have been freshened up with brand new flooring throughout and new fencing to the rear gardens. It’s not surprising that they are selling extremely fast.”

Louise adds: “At Annington, we are very keen to support service personnel to get on to the property ladder, so we offer a generous Service Discount for members of the Armed Forces, who will undoubtedly be attracted to life in Marham. In addition, all buyers who make use of Annington’s recommended legal and survey team will receive a £1,000 discount on their legal and survey fees.”

Tony Oulds, Branch Manager at local selling agent William H Brown in Swaffham, adds: “There has been a huge amount of interest in these well priced homes, especially among first time buyers, with the price point offering a rare chance for families to move out of rented

To find out more about the Annington properties available at Field View in Marham, please call 01553 605400 or email: fieldview@williamhbrown.co.uk. For more information on Annington, please visit www.annington.co.uk. PAGE

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Norfolk National Garden Scheme 2021

Bagthorpe Hall

Raveningham Hall

We are delighted to announce that there will be 72 Norfolk gardens welcoming visitors through their gates in 2021. The gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme will be offering something for everyone; from snowdrops in February, through to spring blossom, the scents of summer, and finally a blaze of autumn colour. We take a moment to look back at 2020, and the challenges that Covid-19 brought and continues to present in the coming months. Norfolk lost 48 open days due to the first lockdown period, but despite being unable to open, our resourceful garden owners created online virtual garden tours, and held plant sales. Some gardens were able to re-open in June with a successful online pre-booking system. Together with the online lectures and a Great British Garden party launched by National Garden Scheme President, Mary Berry DBE, the charity managed nationally to donate £2.88 million to their beneficiaries from 2020 efforts.

Norfolk NGS could not run without its amazing garden owners and volunteers, who generously give their time and access to beautiful gardens. Of a particularly high standard, the gardens provide inspiration and opportunity for contemplation to visitors. Never has there been a time so great for people to enjoy the health benefits that visiting a beautiful garden can bring. Gardens opening during February and March are listed below. To conform to social distancing rules, entry is by pre-booked tickets only and no refreshments will be available. Entry for children is free. For more information and to book tickets follow: https://ngs.org.uk/ find-a-garden 7th February 11am-4pm: Bressingham Gardens is a new garden for Norfolk, and offers 17 acres which visitors describe as ‘The best they have seen'. Follow the trail around the island beds of the late Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden, through the Fragrant Garden, and Adrian’s Wood with Giant

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Horstead House

Redwoods, to famous Foggy Bottom garden, with dramatic rivers of planting. 13th February 11am-4pm: Horstead House will show a stunning display of beautiful snowdrops and winter flowering shrubs. Another beautiful feature are the dogwoods growing on a small island in the R. Bure, which flows through the garden. 20th Feb 10am-4pm: Hindringham Hall’s garden surrounds a Grade 2* Tudor Manor House (not open) which is enveloped by a complete medieval moat plus 3-acres of fishponds. Visitors can walk around a working walled vegetable garden, Victorian nut walk, formal beds, bog and stream gardens. 21st Feb 11am-4pm: Bagthorpe Hall will once again be open for a delightful circular walk meandering through a stunning display of snowdrops naturally carpeting a woodland floor, and then returning through a walled garden. 1st March 2pm to 4pm: Sir Nicholas Bacon will host a guided walk around his private garden at Raveningham Hall. Described as a place of peace and quietness, the traditional

country garden, set within parkland, includes a restored Victorian conservatory, a working walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, spring bulbs and a recently planted stumpery. An arboretum was established after the gales of 1987, and there is also a millennium lake, and sculpture by Lady Susan Bacon. Only available through pre-booked ticket. 13th March 12pm to 5pm: The garden at East Ruston Old Vicarage is unique in the huge range of plants that grow there, from desert cacti to prehistoric tree ferns. This is firstly because of its location close to the North Sea where severe frost is a rarity and secondly the shelter belts surrounding the garden which further improve the microclimate. The garden is composed of many themed areas; some hugely busy and colourful, some quietly green and calming. 28th March 1pm to 5pm: Gayton Hall near King’s Lynn has been opening the garden for the NGS for over 40 years. The rambling semi-wild 20acre water garden, has over 2 miles of paths, and contains lawns, lakes, streams, bridges and woodland. In early spring, primulas, and spring bulbs bring wonderful colour. PAGE

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King Good Bye Hello 2021.

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The main thing I have to say about 2020 is that I’m glad to see the back of that year. I looked through the family calendar that was hanging on the kitchen wall. It was riddled with lines, crossing things out, showing just how drastic things have been. Almost Above: Mark King everything the family had wanted and planned to do ended up being cancelled. As I wrote in last month’s article, 2020 will be called The Year That Got Cancelled! So with the Covid-19 vaccine now being rolled out in ever greater numbers and more of the vulnerable people in our communities getting immunised, I hope that 2021 will live up to be a better year than the previous. There is still hesitation in the air to when truly life will be back to some normality, and if all the things we hope to do in 2021 that we could not do in 2020 will actually go ahead! Some events have already been cancelled for 2021 like the Royal Norfolk

Show. Looking forward it is obvious to see that a lot of the things that make live enjoyable will not be going ahead this side of March, and even into May, a lot of events that would be on sale now have not been announced yet. It’s almost certain that stadiums like Carrow Road will not be at full capacity to at least the start of next season in mid-August and that will then be the case for most over large gatherings at sport events and festivals. And then the big question is what will be left once this Covid-19 scare is yesterday’s chip paper wrappings? Will your local pub still be open or closed with boarded up windows? The same for your favourite restaurant, or independent coffee shop. In fact, the way most of the large national shop chains are going under week by week, even wellknown names that have been the stalwarts of the high street for decades might not be trading in 2021! All I can say for certain is that 2021 will be different to 2020, just like 2020 was different to 2019, and that year was to 2018. I’m just grateful I have another year to look forward to. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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Sometimes I Wonder If I Adopted Dogs Instead Of Cats Not only do Ellie and Lola follow me everywhere and demand constant attention, especially if I am working, but they also have the appetite of pigs. Now cats have been known to come running when they hear the sound of a tin Above: Keri Beevis opener, but my two only need to hear the fridge door open and there is the thunder of paws as they charge down the stairs. Sometimes, even walking into the kitchen is enough to get their attention. And it’s not as if I starve them. My girls have wet food twice a day, as well as a constant supply of biscuits. Plus they have bedtime treats and, since I’ve been working from home, a plentiful supply of meats in the fridge (because apparently my lunchtime now means their lunchtime too). I remember back to when they first came to live here, they used to try and climb on my plate and steal my dinner. In fact, one night they were so bad, I actually locked myself in the bathroom and ate my pizza while sitting on the toilet seat, while they scratched on the door, meowing aggressively, like we were in some feline version of The Shining. Heeeere’s Ellie! Fish n chips are a definite no in this house, as it’s like trying to deal with two mini Freddy Kruegers, and I can’t leave anything sitting on a work surface where they can get it. I always remember the time I cooked a burger and left the grill sitting on the counter while I went to answer the phone. Imagine my surprise when I saw Lola sneak past me with it in her mouth five minutes later?

Having lovingly chopped my leftover sausage into tiny pieces, I took the plate upstairs to my bedroom, where they were both snoozing on the bed. Before I had the chance to give them their treat though, the doorbell rang, so I left the plate on my dresser while I went to see who it was. When I eventually went back upstairs, the plate was licked clean and two innocent faces were peering at me, as if to say, ‘Sausage? We didn’t see any sausage.’ Given that Lola has the grace of a baby hippopotamus and nothing was broken, I am blaming my naughty tabby cat, Ellie.

I was reminded of that incident on Sunday after saving some of my breakfast for the little darlings.

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WHAT WOULD THEY THINK?

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What Would They Think? Have you ever dressed for an evening out, only to then go and change your clothes, suddenly doubting their suitability, concerned at what others might think? Or rejigged the tone of a presentation due to last-minute trepidation?

What about those people who are so vigilant, who monitor themselves so rigorously that they never act without first considering what others might think?

How many of us have felt mortified when the contents of our supermarket trolley have been noticed by a friend or neighbour, even going on to explain or justify ourselves, with a hurried, ‘those biscuits are for the builders!’

● Some people are driven to conform. They are so eager to fit in and be accepted that much of their lives are ruled by concern about other people’s acceptance or rejection. Their lifestyle choices, shopping, even holiday decisions are made against a backdrop of what friends, neighbours, their social circle perceive as suitable. The approval of others hovers over their everyday lives.

There are no doubt times when we find ourselves modifying our behaviour or sometimes refraining from speaking up, fearful at what others might say or think. It’s no bad thing to sometimes pause before coming out with something pithy. It’s not easy to retract something once it’s been said or done, and a little restraint can sometimes be a valuable decision, but constantly vetting ourselves is a very different thing altogether.

● It matters little that these perceived ‘friends’ are unlikely to know or care about the ‘am I good enough?’ stresses being agonised over; they probably have issues of their own to contend with. But many people could well be living a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’

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lifestyle, desperate to fit in, conform, be accepted and acceptable, no doubt experiencing personal, financial and relationship stress as a consequence. What others think overrides all other concerns. ● Inexperience sometimes means that people don’t trust their own mind, perhaps don’t even know what they want, don’t understand the choices available and are loathe to risk looking foolish, amateur or becoming the butt of a joke. Self-deprecation can be a good response here; laughing and making jokes about oneself can defuse anyone else’s attempts to highlight failures by showing that it’s not being treated as such a big deal; ‘here I am laughing at myself’! ● Insecurity often results in people looking to others for guidance, maybe copying, seeking inspiration and some indication as to the right choices and decisions that should be made. They may be new to a situation, trying to find their feet, aspiring to prove how well they can cope, show that they’re sophisticated, worldlywise and experienced enough to do the ‘right’ thing. But there may well be situations where some prompting and a little help is needed in order to navigate their way forward. ● Confidence in not being too swayed by what others may think often comes from a stable, secure background, a childhood where there was acceptance, encouragement and support aplenty. Children from difficult or abusive backgrounds may have missed out on opportunities or the guidance to attempt things and learn from mistakes or failure.

It's not easy to retract something once it's been said or done, and a little restraint can sometimes be a valuable decision Taking a chance on things going wrong or trying something new from scratch may not have been an option when they were growing up. ● As people gain more life experience there often emerges a better, more-rounded familiarity with the many different lifestyles, values and perspectives that exist successfully enough in the world. We discover what is accepted and acceptable, what might be too much and what might simply rock the boat or shake things up a little. Having a more sophisticated barometer allows better decisions to be made in order to realise how little what others think really matters. Over time many of us come to appreciate that what other people think is largely irrelevant. Few people care unduly or are lying awake at night fretting over us and our choices! Some will want to see us happy; others may raise an occasional eyebrow or be amused by what we do but then forget about it moments later! Certainly, if we’re able to demonstrate that we’re fine with our choices most other people are okay, even ambivalent about the way we choose to live our lives.

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Nibbles &Tipples January Article By Cheryl Cade, Beer Educator Happy 2021. 2020 has hit the hospitality sector very hard and who knows what 2021 has in store? So today, I would like to suggest you prepare yourself to return to your local with new knowledge and also to support your brewer and local retailer, so here is:

When you first start, limit yourself to six or seven beers; this avoids tiring your palate. Now, temperature and service... most beers have suggested temperatures. I like to start a little colder, then allow the beer to warm up to release different aromas. Glassware: when comparing beers, it’s always better to serve them in the same style.

How to have an at-home beer tasting It is surprising that a drink with only four key ingredients (water, malt, yeast and hops) can have such a diverse range of styles, light refreshing lagers to dark imperial stouts.

Stemmed glasses are good; you can hold the glass to the light, to assess appearance without impacting on temperature, e.g., wine glasses. It is important to make sure the glasses are clean; dirty glasses are a ‘no, no’.

To start, keep it simple go for what you know, but be willing to experiment.

When pouring your samples, leave a threefinger gap at the top of the glass free from beer to allow the aromas to develop.

Where you source your beers helps: a local bottle shop, brewery or pub (doing takeouts) or drop them an email for delivery.

Making notes on each beer can be daunting, so download a flavour wheel. Also, make sure

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you have some water and crackers to clean the palate between each beer. Now to taste Deciding on the order of the beers is relatively easy: start light. Lighter in colour, then lighter in ABV is generally good. All beer judging follows the order below. Appearance: Ask yourself, what is the colour? Golden, ruby red, black etc. Clear or cloudy? (Sometimes beer can have a chill haze). How does the head look? Open with big bubbles or tight with little bubbles. Finally, does the head last?

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Aftertaste: These can be short or lingering. A cask Pale Ale might have a light lemony after taste that is over quickly, whereas an Imperial Stout with a high ABV could last for over 5 minutes leaving a rich alcohol warmth. It is important to note this is not how you normally drink, You’ll find if your regular is subjected beer to an intense study will be different. Don’t worry if you don’t get the same as your friend; everyone’s palate is different. What you should get is a fun time sharing a beer, even if it is over a video call.

Aroma: This is 90% of taste. It prepares you for the first sip. Aromas can be very diverse, from fresh cut grass mixed with warm white bread of a Pilsner to a full-on roasted coffee of a stout.

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Lovely & Local The Norfolk Deli The Lovely and Local column is not restricted to just producers; we also showcase people who share a passion for promoting local producers, using them in their restaurants or retail. This month’s Lovely and Local is a family affair for which the timing is perfect as the establishment in question will be celebrating their 7th anniversary this January. The Norfolk Deli is located on one of the main streets in Hunstanton. Visiting on a brisk day in October, the town was quiet, unlike the Deli, which was a hive of activity. My first impression was that, although a small shop, it was truly stuffed to the rafters with everything Norfolk, from beer to tea and coffee. On the back wall was a list of takeaway food that

made the mouth water. In the basement (which had a previous life as a wine cellar and the first Norfolk Deli Café) you can find an extensive selection of Norfolk’s finest gins alongside wine and produce from the rest of the world. Owners, Mark and Rosie, come from IT security, hospitality, retail and teaching backgrounds. When the opportunity arose for Rosie to return to her home county, they took it. They had both talked of having their own business, and their travels led them to decide to open a deli, but they wanted it to be a real deli, as Mark said, ‘When you travel to Italy and go to a deli, they have all the local hams, pasta etc. We wanted a deli where when you walked in, you knew that you were getting all local food and drink, not an Italian deli in the heart of Norfolk’.

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I can say that they seem to have achieved this. The range available is extensive yet well thought out with produce to suit the local and the visitor. As regular readers know, I am a Caseophile (cheese addict), so I was very impressed with the range of British Cheeses they have, including one of my personal favourites, Leeds Blue by Mario Olianas. Mark supports my view that we have in the UK cheeses to match any style wanted including some world beating Manchego. In December 2019, they opened a café with their son and his girlfriend on a corner near the deli. Although it was only open for two months, the ethos of home baking (all the cakes made in house), using local ingredients and that ‘…even a salad should be a hearty meal’, alongside supplying a range suitable for all especially vegan and vegetarian food, proved very successful.

I asked how the pandemic had impacted them. Mark said that face to face sales and closing the café had hit them. Their website is an online market place with a high demand, shipping Norfolk produce all over the country, including the Isle of Wight and up to the wilds of Scotland. The demand for Norfolk Hampers has soared to the point that they are had to close for a day each week to meet demand, especially during the run up to Christmas.

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RingPay From McLEAR

Fashionable Contactless Payments We are all now used to using contactless payments either using our credit or debit cards, or even using our smartphones! I personally find using my smartphone really convenient when making smaller purchases as it saves scrabbling around in pockets for my wallet. Such are my ‘first-world problems’. So, when I received my RingPay from McLEAR, a ‘ring’ that lets me pay for goods, I was intrigued to find out how well it would work? RingPay by McLEAR makes payments fast, secure, and invisible. Users can make contactless

payments of up to £45, and top up their ring by simply adding their preferred credit or debit card onto the RingPay app. The app allows users to track their spending in real-time, control their budgets, set automatic top-ups, respect physical distancing guidelines, and in case of loss, instantly freeze their Ring. In addition, the RingPay Giving feature lets Ringholders choose to automatically send a micro-sized donation to their chosen charity when they make a purchase using their Ring. Ringholders control how much they give using monthly donation caps, and charities benefit from free Gift Aid reports allowing them to

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claim an extra 25% on all donations given. This social impact service is turning every contactless payment reader into a charity collection bucket! The discreet and premium RingPay design is scratch-resistant, stress-tested, waterproof and requires no battery. Simply use McLEAR patented fist bump technology at any contactless reader for ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ payments. Forget the days of unlocking your phone or emptying your pockets! After receiving the ring, setting up was fairly straightforward and there was a process of confirming identification which was reassuring. The ring has its own individual serial number which is registered to the App. I was then able to transfer money from my bank account to the

RingPay account. Once topped up, I dutifully paid for fuel at my local garage accompanied by a puzzled expression from the cashier. The ring is manufactured from a ceramic material and came in a very smart wooden box, it is available in either black or white and is most definitely a fashion accessory which doubles as a way of paying for items and it most certainly a conversation starter. It’s available in all ring sizes which is confirmed at the point of purchase, mine fitted as expected. At £89, the RingPay is priced for fashion with a degree of added practicality. I thought it was great fun to use! For more info or to purchase your RingPay, visit: www.mclear.com

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New 2020 Honda Civic Type-R Review

Follow motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay on Instagram: @tbarnesclay and Twitter: @carwriteups. Honda has finally intensified the magnetism of the Type R cast with the Sport Line, and the Limited Edition. Each offers a different angle on the standard GT, further spreading the appeal of the Japanese motor maker's accolade-acquiring hatchback. The Limited Edition hunk of metal is the most uncompromising Type R. It’s crafted for the track, with a decluttered cabin and lightweight elements, both of which are responsible for the vehicle’s 47kg weight reduction.

including the Type R GT, receive improvements. A more blatant grille, LED running lights and headlights help give a tidier visual impact. The suspension has also been adjusted for a sharper feel and more “on your toes” handling. Inside, all forms of the Asian hatch exude a simple and sleek look to match the toned exterior. This is done with lines of latitude that put emphasis on the feeling of width and length, and therefore capaciousness.

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time of sub-six seconds. The steering is pinsharp, and the feedback is just right. This means it’s a piece of pie to evaluate the amount of exploitable traction left on the R’s rubber. The Civic inspires tons of confidence, especially when zooming into a turn. The Jap-hatch never sways, and the brawny brakes are reassuring, trimming down the pace in no time at all.

Honda has also reworked the infotainment system and climate controls by introducing physical buttons and dials for optimum usability. Additionally, the driver’s binnacle now has an LCD screen that encompasses virtual gauges as well as a medley of function figures. What's more, a performance data logger now forms part of the R’s equipment list. Termed the “Honda LogR”, it hitches the car’s sensors and computer with a ‘phone app that enables you to monitor assorted performance aspects. It also helps amplify your driving skills to produce a driving score.

The Type R’s driving position is bang on, too. And the high-backed sports seats are comfier than they first appear to be. They hold you in place in bends when your grey matter is catching up inside your cranium. Even though the R is brimming with white-hot might, it’s still a functional hatchback, with five doors and an expansive boot. Load capacity is 420 litres, and loading weighty, wide and long objects is stress-free, thanks to a low sill and a charitable boot opening. I was gutted to have had only one day with the latest R, and I’m biting at the bit to drive it for longer. I’ll just have to locate a track to hoon the Honda around on - but at least there’s not a shortage of them in Britain!

So, what did I think of the up-to-date Type R on the move? Well, it blew me away - the model is scrunched so low to the bitumen that you swear it’s swallowing blacktop for breakfast. The modernised model keeps the same 2.0-litre VTEC petrol turbo lump, and the six-speed manual gearbox has been improved due to a bit of “rev match control” tech. This makes sure the hatch keeps on performing when it comes to behind-the-wheel gratification. Now, it might seem peculiar, but the scorching Civic has a comfort button as well as Sport and +R modes. It’s there simply to give you some let-up from the rigid suspension and heavymetal-like driving noise. But whichever setting you use, the trailblazing Type R renders you awestruck with its 0-62mph

PROS’ N’ CONS • Entertaining ✔ • Quick ✔ • Crazy (in a good way!) ✔ • Pricey to buy or lease ✖ FAST FACTS • Max speed: 169 mph • 0-62 mph: 5.8 secs (5.7 secs Limited Edition only) • Combined mpg: 33.2 - 34 • Engine layout: 1996cc four-cylinder turbo petrol • Max. power (PS): 320 • CO2: 187-193 g/km • Price: £32,820 - 34,820

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SOCKER SHARE As we leave 2020 behind and enter a new year, I think we have all learnt one thing‌ the need to help others. 2021 brings us all a new opportunity to make a difference, solve problems and do good, but how? Well let us introduce you to Socker Share, ran by Nade and Connor - 2 cousins from Caisteron-Sea, Norfolk. They sell crew socks, but with a twist! For every purchase, they donate a pair of socks to an underprivileged child, so that they can wear football boots without damaging their feet. It’s a beautifully simple and much needed idea. The socks are designed so that their logo is on one side and an embroidered flag is on the other. The edition you purchase represents the country you have chosen to support, therefore a child within that country will receive the donation of a brand-new pair of socks.

To make this possible Nade and Connor have secured a charity partnership with United Through Sport - a charity that is focused on working with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, using the power of sport to improve education, raise health awareness and build life-skills. Socker Share is currently supporting their Saint Lucia and Mauritius programmes, with the intention to work in even more countries as they grow. United Through Sport are a charity that is very close to their hearts, because Nade took part in a football coaching volunteer project with them in the summer of 2019. He coached in Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, and found that in most of his sessions, children were having to play football in bare feet, simply because they did not have any socks to wear with their boots!

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Who knew something as small as socks is creating such a big barrier as to why children are not able to play sports safely!? It’s so easy to see bare feet and assume that it’s because the person needs trainers or boots, but actually they can’t wear either before they put on a clean pair of socks.

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achieved. In a world that is very fast paced, it’s important that we get the simple things right. That leaves us with only one question… who will you Socker Share with in 2021?

We all want to do more, sometimes we just don’t know how, but now we have a way! Who doesn’t want their money to go further? So, let’s start putting purpose in our purchase, getting the new year off to a perfect start with a special act of kindness. To purchase a pair of socks and play your part, please visit their website www.sockershare.co.uk. You can also follow their journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - @SockerShare. They are building an amazing community of changemakers and would love for you to join them - when we work together, so much can be PAGE

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Nova Silver Happy New Year From All Of Us At Nova Silver

Garnet is the birthstone for January. It’s a mineral that’s been used since the Bronze Age, and comes in a variety of colours, but is most well-known for its rich red colour. In fact, the very name ‘garnet’ is thought to come from the 14th Century Middle English word ‘gernet’, which means ‘dark red’. It’s long been used in jewellery, with a garnet bead necklace found in a grave in Egypt dating back more than 5000 years. Even closer to home, many of the famous Sutton Hoo treasures are decorated with garnets- evidence that our AngloSaxon ancestors were engaged in travel and trade across huge distances. The garnets are most likely to originate in Sri Lanka and were found alongside items from the Byzantine Empire, from Egypt and all across Europe. Proof that garnets were held in high esteem and given lots of meaning. Garnet is thought to be a stone of courage and hope. It has long been treasured as a talisman for travellers, who are looking to find their way out of the darkness and into the light of the world. You only need to hold a piece up to the light to see the way it seems to glow from within, with a rich and warming colour. If you’re lucky enough to have garnet as a birthstone there’s a wide selection available from Nova Silver, and even if it’s not your birthstone, we think it’s the perfect stone to see us into a new year.

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Best Of Norfolk - Through The Lens Of Our Readers Thanks to a huge influx of photographs from our followers on Facebook, have a look at these marvellous December images of our stunning region.

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BRING ON A POSITIVE...

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Bring On A Positive 2021! If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life can be unpredictable and we can’t take anything for granted. Of course, the high street and many businesses were already facing some tough struggles before coronavirus, but those challenges couldn’t have prepared us for this year and the global pandemic. Having the mindset to bring on a positive 2021 means being receptive to new ideas, suggestions and ways of doing business. Many businesses have adapted well and moved to working more online, learning to keep in touch with customers, suppliers and colleagues in a none face-to-face-way, whilst successfully supporting and maintaining those relationships. From buying, selling, sharing advice and enjoying friendly contact, online has become an important way of communicating. And that’s certain to continue into 2021. Whilst we’ve reflected and revised our priorities we also know that it’s still

important to set goals that stretch us, that motivate us to grow and develop. But in order to engage fully, those goals have to mean something to us and not have us simply following someone else’s agenda. Consider bringing on board someone who holds you accountable for your progress, who perhaps suggests skills you would benefit from acquiring, who recognises each stage of your success and encourages you to appreciate those results. On a personal level many of us have had to cope with isolation, loneliness and the fact that much of life throughout 2020 has been put on hold. We’ve perhaps been inspired to try viable, interesting options to care for and support ourselves, becoming more creative, interested in spending time in nature. Finding effective ways to be healthy and look after ourselves, nurture our relationships, acquire new skills and be more adaptive has been a valuable lesson gained in 2020. Moving positively into 2021 means continuing to incorporate those lessons learned, which also involves appreciating the importance of our relationships and having our

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own ‘team’. The New Year is about reinforcing and valuing the different ways we can connect and keep in touch. Let’s continue to be supportive of the vulnerable within our family and local community and be mindful of those who perhaps need additional help and support. Don’t forget your relationships. Ensure that you remember throughout the new year, to set aside regular time for the important relationships in your life. Being available for date nights, quiz and games evenings, walks and get-togethers demonstrate that you care about your relationships and are prepared to commit time to enjoy them. What about perspective? Many of us have, over this past year, discovered a more grounded, balanced outlook. Having become more reflective and revised our priorities let’s aim to continue that approach into 2021. When we’ve witnessed so much unrest and uncertainty in the world why not also review those typical dayto-day irritations and concerns and question if they really warrant getting stressed or unsettled about; all working towards a positive 2021. The global picture throughout 2020 has brought a different focus to many of our worlds and highlighted how much time we’ve typically spent fretting and worrying about things that have little or no real significance. Instead of mulling things over ask yourself do you need to quickly address or deal with an issue, is it worth making the emotional investment or is a healthier option simply to walk away and let it go?

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Time for yourself has become especially important of late. It’s a crucial part of self-care and mental wellbeing. Yes, being absorbed in a routine piece of work, driving somewhere familiar or drifting off in a boring meeting can be trance-inductive as you glaze over and mentally check out for a while but it’s not the same as taking dedicated personal time. Setting aside time to focus on your interests, have space to pursue your hobbies, catch up with friends or family for a little quality time on a reasonably regular basis are all important investments. Be firm about having some ‘me time’ for yourself and remember that if you’d booked an appointment with an important customer or adviser you’d be certain to keep it. Scheduling time for yourself is equally high priority too! Bring on a positive 2021, as you determine to keep a hold on the benefits and lessons gained during 2020; the flexible approach to work and business, the commitment to self-care, eating healthily, the importance of quality sleep, tuning in to your moods so you’re able to look after yourself better. Making time for yourself is important. Yes, there’s always another task, something else that could be done, but when you determine to look after yourself well you’ll soon discover how every area of your life, business and relationships improve.

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CHANGES

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Changes With the arrival of the new year and with change in mind, I’ve been reflecting on all the personal changes generated by 2020 and how I feel about them retrospectively. The most prominent change was the breakdown of my relationship with the father of my children. Although it was the right decision for all involved, it was nonetheless accompanied by its own unique set of challenges to overcome. One big change can set a whole series of smaller changes into motion, and as an accountable parent, there is nothing to do except adapt and persevere. Aside from the obvious physical demands of adjusting to single parenthood, there are many other tricky areas to navigate. Being the only present person to provide explanations, comfort and reassurance to your children can be difficult, rewarding, and sometimes even heartbreaking.

But when the pros of any decision outweigh the cons, it is crucial to have faith and confidence in your choice. My children and I are working together to establish our new family dynamic. I have given much consideration to the changes my little ones were witness to or affected by in 2020. I feel my eldest child, my seven year old daughter, has been impacted the most. Everything previously familiar to her has been turned upside down over the last ten months. From academics and leisure, to socialising and family life, nothing remains the way she previously knew it to be. This realisation made me wonder how well-equipped my children are for dealing with change. How well have their lives prepared them for handling the unexpected and exploring the unfamiliar?

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I asked my daughter, “How do you feel about change?” and after some quiet contemplation, she nodded and said “Fine… Yes, fine.” I’m in complete agreement with her, change is fine - and she knows this because I’ve always encouraged her to welcome change with open arms. If something feels stale, we change it. If something makes her unhappy, we change it. If something makes me unhappy, she watches me change it. Nothing is set in stone, and with this acceptance comes the ability to initiate improvement and rebuff disappointment. Whether you’re a fan or not, change is a part of life. And although no one enjoys the shock of an unpleasant change, change should not be feared. It is just a rearrangement. Whether you’re an habitual furniture mover, reader of new material, skill-learning enthusiast, or just a philosopher of sorts, sometimes we all need a change in order to assess our ideas about things, and rethink or rework something. I find it interesting to observe the stigma surrounding change throughout adulthood. No one would fault a child for changing their mind about what they want to be, or what they feel like doing. But an adult who changes their beliefs might be regarded as a ‘hypocrite’. A person whose actions are met with disapproval might be tarnished by the opinion that “people never change.” Which is completely untrue - people constantly change. Connotations surrounding change are largely negative and discouraging, when it should actually be

celebrated. Change and growth are interlocked; growth is impossible without change. At an uncertain time for everybody, I will continue to remind my children (and my self) that change isn’t bad. Sometimes things have to fall apart, so that better things can fall into place.

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What are you most hoping to change in 2021? “I’m being realistic in my answer to this question as I know that Covid will be around for a lot longer yet, so I’m just hoping that the amazing community spirit I’ve felt over the past few months will be a permanent change within my neighbourhood. It’s been heartening to see and hear so many stories of happiness because of the selfless acts of others.” Charlie

“I’d do anything to spend regular time with my elderly parents. I’m hoping that something changes to allow that to be possible once more.” Megan

“I say it every year and nothing has changed yet, but it’s still what I hope for most: to be slimmer and healthier. In other words, I hope my appetite changes and I suddenly discover a love of exercise!” Tim

“While the majority of people have been so fantastic, some simply haven’t been able to see things through other people’s eyes in 2020, so I hope 2021 is the year of the empath.” Georgia

“I’ve genuinely had a fantastic year in many ways and I hope that the changes I’ve implemented with being kind to myself are ones that will stick with me throughout 2021 and beyond.” Penny

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JMFitness

Over the last 10 months, a lot of changes have happened around the world and a lot of people have been affected by the changes, but that does not mean that the changes are bad.

Setting yourself goals is a great way to help with change. I found that goal setting helped kept me on track and achieve what I set out to in a tough year of change.

I myself have had to adapt my approach to work. Not being able to see clients face to face was a massive challenge, however I adapted and started my online sessions with clients.

Yes, change caused a setback, but it was a challenge to overcome and come out better on the other side. Change can be good, but it can be bad, it is all on your perception and how you plan to over come it. I personally look at change as a challenge I’ve yet to beat.

This change was a difficult one at first because it was very dependent on technology and it did not have the same environment as face to face, but I tried to make the environment as much the same as possible. These changes made me think more about the bigger picture. What were my end goals? What were my targets? How was I growing my business? But more importantly how was I growing as a person? I had to adapt like so many, but it was what you make of these changes. Did you let these changes take over or did you take the bull by the horns and adapt, bettering yourself and looking for ways to improve your knowledge? Grow your business? Learn something new?

Change occurs depending how you what to look at what has changed e.g. if you set yourself a goal of 2 stone weight loss but you don’t achieve that goal, look at the bigger picture, what has changed? You haven’t lost 2 stone cause you have put on muscle, which weights more than fat. Look at are your shirts or trousers loser? Do you look different? Yes? Then even though you did not lose the weight change has occurred which has caused physical changes to your body. Article By Jack Marshall Personal Trainer - JMFitness PAGE

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RUN ICENI RUN

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Run Iceni Run Changes Afoot

Those of you who’ve followed my blog on the website will be aware that I firmly describe myself as a maverick runner. I don’t follow the rules; I just run. 2020 brought a vast number of changes. For one, going out running became a proper escape. When I first started running, it was to get away from the thoughts whirring around in my mind, but during the first lockdown, it became a literal way to escape. We were permitted to leave the house once a day for exercise, so it just became routine. Unfortunately, as many routines do, it all became a bit samey, stagnant, boring even. I lost my love for running. Luckily, I changed in a different way when I started socially distanced PT sessions with Jack. The pandemic had an impact on both my physical and mental health. Not overweight, just heavier than I was used to being, I had begun to feel sluggish and generally low. I don’t think I was the only one. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed in June that around two-thirds of people were concerned about the impact Covid-19 was having on their lives. Worries about the future, stress and anxiety, as well as boredom were the three most prominent issues found during the study. I could definitely place myself within that majority, probably ticking all three of those boxes. After just a few weeks of sessions with Jack, my outlook seemed much brighter again. I had discovered a love for strength training that I never expected, and my running had become my friend again rather than the foe it had been during the initial strict lockdown.

August saw me take on a 5k a day challenge. 1st August saw me run a 10k, so I rapidly changed its name to ‘A minimum of 5k a day’. It was blistering hot at times, but I succeeded. Having been unable to do the London Landmarks Half Marathon in March and the Mammoth Marathon in May, all hopes of running an organised race were dashed. However, upon hearing that there were places in the Virtual London Marathon up for grabs, I jumped at my chance and quickly booked my place. It would be my second marathon and the most challenging run I’ve experienced. Rain was predicted. I hate running in wet weather. Quite why Vick had booked me a place in the Yorkshire Marathon the previous year is beyond me as it’s renowned for its rain - but luckily, I kept dry until after I crossed the finish line! Despite all the hurdles, the lack of spectators and the general boredom, I succeeded. As I approached the final couple of miles, I spotted Vick running towards me, getting ready to finish the virtual marathon with me. It was a much-needed boost, and despite lots of aches and pains, it was another thing ticked off my bucket list. Roll on a few weeks, and I became the proud owner of a London Marathon medal. Not many people are lucky enough to have that claim. And so... there you have it, a year of changes. Ups and downs, plenty of hurdles, but when you reflect on 2020, you can see many positive changes that have resulted in successes. Current relationship status: back in love with running.

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Three Priorities For 2021 Usually at this time, we’ve said goodbye to the last year, woken up on the 1st January with a slightly hazy recollection of the evening before and have already started to realise that the targets we’ve set ourselves for the new year are somewhat unrealistic. I’m writing this at the end of December and if I’m being completely honest, I’m confused over how to feel about 2021. A couple of weeks ago, I felt optimistic with the announcement of a vaccine that the pandemic would soon be under control and we could look forward to doing all the things we should have done in 2020, but if the announcement of a new lockdown has taught me anything, it’s not to assume! I know most can’t wait for this year to be over but for me it holds memories that I don’t want to erase: The birth of our third child and an abundance of family time to name just a couple. Here are my three priorities for 2021: 1) Family Time: With the travel restrictions and lack of household mixing, we have all been somewhat forced to spend time with our families. I for one loved it. I’ve never spent so much time in the garden with my children. That’s why I don’t want to go back to old ways, and want to spend as much time making memories in 2021. 2) Exercise More: No specific goals for this one, but any movement is an improvement so... I may even ask Mr.Iceni himself for some running tips! And who knows, if we are ever able to holiday abroad again, I may feel a bit more comfortable around the poolside alongside the gym goers! 3) Hobbies: Whilst I was working shifts, I found it difficult to balance hobbies and my job. Now

I have more predictable hours and rest days so I can hopefully return to some long overdue hobbies. It may not seem like the best time to form a band when live music isn’t happening, but I’ve been playing the drums since I was eight, so it would be a real shame to give up now, and I’d love to be able to dedicate more time to our blog and writing children’s books. So... I mentioned unrealistic goals at the start right?! Ultimately it’ll come down to time management and prioritising each day, but there’s no real reason I can’t maintain a hobby, spend time with the family and feel healthier... and I know Becca has very similar goals! All of us would like to wish you and your families a very happy and healthy 2021... Thanks for reading Tom www.seewhatmummysays.com @whatmummysaysuk

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Forced Changes That Have Become Normality At the start of 2020, despite declarations by many that it would be their year, I don’t think anyone now would honestly wish to claim it as their own. There have been changes aplenty, mostly forced upon us, but which have now become normality for us. It would be easy to focus on the negatives. However, I’d like to reflect on the positives that have come out of the year 2020. Family Time Being cooped up together 24/7 for a significant length of time was challenging. However, it did also allow us to get closer as a family. Among the vast amounts of home education, my own work (teaching, tuition and writing), we did have a wonderful time. From walks and bike rides as part of our once-a-day exercise regime to going back to basics and playing board games, there are undoubtedly many highlights. By limiting device time, we ensure that we continue to bond as a family. It’s been lovely. We only wish that our extended family were able to join us hopefully soon! Exercise Ok, so no one actually made us exercise, but when your only reason for going out was to exercise or buy essentials, the former was our choice. Zumba is a huge part of my life, so knowing that I would be unable to access that was heart-breaking. That might seem over the top. However, it has been the one constant in my life since 2011, through all the ups and downs. Luckily, online Zoomba filled a gaping hole for a while. Unfortunately, the return to

in-person classes, albeit outside, was shortlived but it provided me with that much-needed feeling I hadn’t had for so long. I remember looking around the field, seeing that I was surrounded (in a socially distanced way) by other likeminded people. August also saw me doing a run every day challenge. As much as I don’t enjoy admitting it, I have been in a love-hate relationship with running since 2011. As I was lying in my hospital bed in 2010, I pledged to run a 10k the following year, and I did. Ever since, there have been times when I’ve run off my depression and anxiety, and also times where I simply couldn’t face the thought of lacing up my trainers and getting out there. However, for that month, I forced myself out every single day, with some great times. And I’m still running now! Meal Planning Meal planning has always been an ambition of mine. As a Pinterest addict, seeing everyone’s organisation in the kitchen was something I strived to achieve, knowing that doing so would really help my family. Lockdown provided me with the opportunity to do that! Luckily, we were able to get online shopping slots regularly (even though sometimes my alarm was set for midnight to try to get one) and so I knew roughly what I would have the coming week to play with. Prior to lockdown, I made sure that the freezer was full, too. One of my daughters is very keen on routine, so planning what we will have for our tea a week or two in advance has been really helpful for her as well as me. So, while 2020 might not have been the year we all hoped for, there are certainly many positive and permanent changes that have come from it. Article By Vicki - Blossom Words PAGE

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Change Is A Revolutionary Thing!

Changes are inevitable in all of our lives, so we should strive to embrace them - and even though it is scary at times, it is one thing that we can count on. I say “feel the fear and do it anyway” and that is especially true when it comes to embracing change. Change can be an unforeseen event or trauma which alters our lives forever, it can be something we reach-out to achieve or an event we have known about for a while. It may be that we merely feel the need to change a personal routine or habit. Change happens in our personal lives - in our relationships, our family circles, in our bodies and our minds. Change happens in business, technology, medicine - it’s a must for development and survival (and

we have definitely seen this during the Covid-19 pandemic!) Change is all around us and is happening all of the time, and David Bowie nailed it when he sung “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange, ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” - How true, let’s face it head on! But it’s necessary to acknowledge that working towards or with change involves much more than just a thought and an action. We all have days where everything is a struggle, where everything we do is a problem and nothing works. You know those days, it’s easier just to hide under the duvet! Huge changes are difficult and uncomfortable, and they’re not always pretty. In actual fact, the change process can be chaotic, scary and challenging. Take the bereavement of a loved

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one for example, dig under the surface and you’ll quickly see the changes that you need to go through. You’ll need to accept that your life has now changed, to some degree it will never be the same again. Depending upon the closeness of the person you’ve lost, you may need to find your new self, adapting your life and outlook to suit the new reality, and that can be challenging and scary. It’s never too late to change to start again. Why not try doing something different today if you’re not happy with yesterday? If you’re proud of the life you’re living, make it something you can be proud of… change it. It’s never too late to be the one you’d love to be. Try looking at where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Try looking at who you are compared with who you were. Try looking at what you have rather than what you’ve lost. Strive for that positive attitude to the changes that have shaped your life, you’ll find that positive attitude helps to determine how well things turn out. What about the pandemic! We’ve seen massive changes to our lives over the last few months and it’s due to continue for the foreseeable future. Adapting to these changes has been difficult, especially as the changes have driven isolation amongst many, but we are adapting. The changes in our behaviour might be subtle in the grand scheme of things, but they are there whether you realise it or not.

It’s never too late to change to start again. Why not try doing something different today if you’re not happy with yesterday. Suffice to say, CHANGE is MASSIVE, it’s all around us, all of the time, affecting pretty much every area of our lives, whether we’re conscious of it happening or not. Embrace changes, make them happen positively for you, and of course, face change head on with a positive attitude. At HER Business Revolution we have lots of NEWNESS and CHANGES happening in 2021... ● Our new HER Business Booster Training Sessions throughout January ● Our new SUPERWOMAN Magazine launching in February ● Our new events taking place from March (Covid-19 restrictions permitting!) To find out more about taking part in these just visit: www.herbusinessrevolution.biz/hbr-membership

Article by Serena Fordham, Founder and MD of HER Business Revolution, Glow Virtual Assistants and Mums Empowerment Movement CIC. www.herbusinessrevolution.biz www.glowva.co.uk www.mumsempowermentmovement.co.uk

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Horoscopes For January Aries 21 March - 20 April

Gemini 22 May - 21 June

Taurus 21 April - 21 May

Cancer 22 June - 23 July

Mars moves into grounded Taurus, which is great for consolidating finances and other plans. Ready to make a big splash? From February 8th, you’ll be able to charm those with power and influence. The New Moon on the 12th is perfect for kickstarting a new job, project or business plan. As the focus shifts to your social zone, opportunities for mingling with kindred spirits are plentiful. The week four Full Moon could highlight a special opportunity. Felt in a muddle? This can change dramatically, as potent Mars enters your sign from the 6th. Now it’s all systems go, as clarity dawns and you make a start on plans that have been on the backburner. You’ll be eager to move out of your comfort zone and explore fresh opportunities, and January 12th is the perfect time to initiate new ideas. Exciting plans may be on the cards, but don’t be too quick off the mark. No matter how excited you are, it pays to research the details.

Looking for closure on key issues? You’ll have a chance to resolve them for good this month. If a new business project or plan calls out to you, January 12th New Moon is perfect for take-off. There’s much excitement in the air concerning some fabulous opportunities, particularly around February 17th. The cosmos reveals it’s time to move to a new level and to embrace change. Do so in a way that allows for a gradual shift, rather than a leap of faith Gemini. Your social life gets into gear, with friends proving supportive as you take on challenges and opportunities. Ready to take a relationship further? The New Moon on February 12th, can assist. Financial and business plans sparkle with promise, but you’ll need to take care. Don’t jump into lucrative schemes without looking into the details. If you’re frustrated by what is happening, avoid rash moves. A measured approach could make positive change easier.

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Leo 24 July - 23 August

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December

Virgo 24 August - 23 September

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January

Libra 24 September - 23 October

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November

Pisces 20 February - 20 March

You’ll be more proactive concerning goals and ambitions, as dynamic Mars moves into your career zone from the 6th. Ready to be more productive? The January 12th New Moon, is the perfect time to implement new routines. Joining with like-minded people can bring major change into your life. February 17th could coincide with a stroke of fortune that will take your aspirations to a new level. Keep your feet on the ground around the week four Full Moon, Leo.

As Mars powers into your sector of adventure from February 6th, you’ll be ready to aim for exciting opportunities. These might involve travel or study, and a chance to broaden your horizons. The New Moon on the 12th, is helpful for stepping out and exploring new options. You could feel a restless urge to escape from limitation, but don’t do anything you might regret, Virgo. Want a lifestyle makeover? A chance to do something you’ll truly enjoy might demand it.

Get ready for a dynamic time, as pushy Mars moves into your sector of business and shared assets. You’ll be ready to resolve issues, get moving on new plans and get your money working harder for you. With the New Moon on the 12th ushering in a time of positive change in life, your domestic situation can shift too. An air of excitement could inspire you to explore an opportunity. Go for it, but avoid impulsive actions, especially around the week four Full Moon.

Expect new developments in relationships, as they enter a dynamic phase. If certain bonds seem to be in a rut, then a spicy new influence can rekindle the spark of passion. Ready to seal a deal? The New Moon on the 12th, is a good time to do so. Don’t be rushed into anything though. You may feel a tad edgy, as a potent angle can stir up great restlessness. Things need to change, but approaching this in a steady way might leave you less anxious.

You’ll be keen to increase your income, and find new opportunities for work. Buoyed up by the New Moon in week two, this is a great time to take positive steps to secure your future. Cutting-edge ideas and openings can bring many interesting schemes into the mix. One of them might seem attractive, and because of it, you may want to leave a situation that limits your potential. However, potent influences and a Full Moon on the 28th, suggests taking things slowly.

Leisure and pleasure options look more inviting, with proactive Mars encouraging you to explore new ideas and interests from February 6th. With a positive New Moon in your sign on the 12th, you’ll be ready to initiate those New Year’s resolutions with a flourish. Tread with care though, as a lack of progress in one area could find you jumping at an opportunity that seems to promise everything. A step-by-step approach might make this process less fraught.

Ready to de-clutter and get rid of excess items? As Mars enters your home zone, you’ll be eager to make a fresh start, and if you can benefit financially by selling unused items, then so much the better. Keen to enhance your earnings and to investigate entrepreneurial plans? The New Moon on the 12th, is great for kickstarting vibrant projects. With a very animated influence on the cards, it’s time to reach for new ideas, but test each step as you go, Aquarius.

Communications get a kick-start, as determined Mars moves into your sector of talk and thought. It’s time to network, initiate projects and to learn new skills or study. While the New Moon on January 12th can inspire a new phase in your social life, the enhanced focus on your spiritual sector could be a call to remove limits and live life to your full potential. You may crave change, but too much too soon might leave you insecure. Take your time, there’s no rush, Pisces.

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