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

ISSUE 96

Focus On: Weddings

Sex Please

It’s The Weekend

The Benefits Of CBD

Impacts On Health And Wellbeing

Best Of Norfolk

Through The Lens Of Our Readers

Wedding Day Jitters

Calm Your Nerves And Feel Amazing


Welcome To Iceni Magazine, “April will not fail to turn out as it should be, and as it generally is, one of the sweetest, dearest, loveliest months of the year.” Joseph Grimaldi Welcome to Magazine!

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This month’s focus is on Weddings. Strange choice, hey? Especially given that hardly any have gone ahead, certainly not as planned, during the past year. However, with an air of optimism, we proceed with this. Iceni Magazine’s newest columnist, eco-queen Jill Roberson, shares her suggestions on how to make a wedding a glorious but eco-friendly affair (Pages 42 and 43). Pages 46 and 47 offer ways to calm wedding day jitters, which can feel so debilitating. And Norfolk’s favourite home-educator, Missy, shares her views on marriage on Pages 40 and 41. Elsewhere in Issue 96, you’ll find stunning images from our beautiful county on pages 25 to 33. Does anyone else religiously traipse through the properties on offer via RightMove or is it just Keri Beevis? House porn is an obsession for many, and Keri shares her own likes and dislikes on this matter on page 9. Finally, on pages 16 and 17, Tom from See What Mummy Says reflects on the recent return to school for many pupils in England, sharing his concerns about the safety of schools and moreover, the lack of care taken by some parents at drop offs and pick ups. We leave you in the safe hands of Issue 96. Enjoy and we shall see you next month. Take care of yourselves and others.

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Contents 56

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

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“You Reap What You Sow”

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The Benefits Of CBD

WEDDING DAY JITTERS

If You Haven’t Heard Of CBD...

Calm Your Nerves and Feel Amazing

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BEST OF NORFOLK

Through The Lens Of Our Readers

2021 JAGUAR F-PACE Review

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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The GadgetMan Review Majority 150w K2 Soundbar

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Eco Weddings Let Me First Start By...

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Iceni Columnist Mark King

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The Benefits Of CBD If You Haven’t Heard Of CBD

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Couch To Wedding Day! Leading Up To Their Wedding

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Iceni Columnist Keri Beevis

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Nova Silver April

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Wedding Day Jitters Calm Your Nerves...

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Do You Think That’s Funny? We All Enjoy A Good Laugh...

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Best Of Norfolk Readers Images

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Epic Event Hire Love Over Lockdown

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Nibbles & Tipples April

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Focus On: Weddings

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Tips For Remaining Happily Married

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Lovely & Local Cavell Orchards

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Traditions Of THE BIG DAY Because I’m A Bit Of A...

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Iceni Asks... If You Could Go Back...

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See What Mummy Says Back To School!

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Sex Please It’s The Weekend

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Just For Fun 'Wedding Of Death'

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Motoring Review 2021 Jaguar F-PACE

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Missy Hitchcox My Kids Can’t Divorce Me

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold?


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION Issue 96 2021

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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 Young People Like Maddie

“The Benjamin Foundation has given me the opportunity to gain new experiences that will help towards my future goals. They have taught me how to manage my emotions more efficiently so that I can make positive life choices, this has enabled me to feel more resilient and grow in selfconfidence and self -awareness. I am grateful for the support of the Benjamin Foundation and thankful for the encouragement I am always given.” (Maddie*, 20) With Covid impacting on fundraising events, it has been an extremely challenging twelve months. However, it has given us an amazing opportunity to introduce some new events to enable supporters to take part in virtually and safely to help more young people like Maddie. One of those was The Big Winter Walk, which people enjoyed between December and February, and with another national lockdown announced mid-way, it was an ideal chance to enjoy the permitted daily exercise, set a target and raise some money in the process. Miles was one of those taking part, raising a brilliant £680.

“2020 highlighted that there are so many people who are less fortunate, so I decided that 2021 for me would be a year of giving back and I looked for a local charity to support.” Miles

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says. “The work The Benjamin Foundation does with young people really struck a chord. It’s charities like this and the young people they support who are less likely to be heard. I know that smaller charities have really struggled during Covid so I wanted to focus my efforts locally.”

A huge thank you to Miles. If you have been inspired to take on a challenge to support The Benjamin Foundation so more local young people can finally feel hopeful of a better future, read on!... *Name has been changed

Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon Have you always wanted to run the London Marathon but never had the chance? This year, we have some sought-after places for the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October 2021! Places are free, runners receive a medal and T-shirt for taking on the challenge. We’ll help you with your fundraising and there’s a chance to have workshops with a professional marathon trainer. If you would like to take part to raise money for The Benjamin Foundation, please get in touch on: events@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

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ICENI - COLUMNISTS

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family By Mark King When we booked our family holiday in the first week of January 2020 for the school summer holidays, there was no concept whatsoever of what was to come. I can’t ever remember having to live through a pandemic, so when the National Lockdown was announced in that March, Above: Mark King the family was confident that we would be able to enjoy our two weeks in Bulgaria as it would have all blown over by then. Both the children had birthdays during the first lockdown, but by July, when the economy was starting to reopen, most people thought that it would be it. Just like at the start of the First World War when people cheered those brave souls that marched off to the front, and said to each other it would be all over by Christmas; I fell into the same trap of thinking that by the festive season, Covid-19 would have been long gone, and forgotten. Both children have now celebrated a second birthday in Lockdown and our already postponed holiday abroad looks as if it could once again be pushed

forward onto 2022. Reports are just starting to appear in the media quoting scientists, and politicians, that 2021 is going to go the same way as 2020 and that it could be 2023 before normality fully returns, especially were international travel is concerned! To be truthful, I have quite enjoyed these lockdown periods, and I’ve been surprised by the amount of people who have said the same. The constant hectic toing and froing of family life, where every day is tied up months in advance by one thing or another as everyone goes their own separate ways doing this or that, has been swept clean to the point that all you have left to enjoy is the very basics in life. So those little things that we have now started to do, like taking Percy our dog for a two to three hour family walk every Sunday afternoon, become something very special. Meeting and greeting total strangers on the way that are doing the same thing, and stopping for a quick two minute chat with them, socially distanced of course, seems to lift the spirit in such a different way. As the saying goes, “every cloud had a silver lining.” www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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House Porn It’s one of my favourite things. And I don’t think I’m alone in being addicted to Rightmove. Even after I had moved into my current house, I still clicked online at least once a week to find out what had come onto the market. My Above: Keri Beevis mum, sister and friends do it too, and we are not alone. In fact, I bet many of you are reading this and thinking, ‘Ooh, I haven’t been on Rightmove in a few days. I might go have a look’. It’s like the news, but for houses, and we are just keeping abreast of things, right? Oh, rubbish are we. Our nosiness is the thing that pulls us onto Rightmove. We love looking at and judging other people’s houses. Seeing how they have decorated their living rooms, what type of worktop and units are in the kitchen and the colour scheme they have chosen for the bedrooms. And it’s not just the house and the decor. We judge these homeowners on their furniture and also on their tidiness, and whether they have bothered to straighten the duvet or wash up before the estate agents come round to take photos. How many times have you looked at a house and thought, ‘Good God. What on earth made you go for that wallpaper?’ or ‘those sofas are far too big for the room’ or ‘Are you colour blind? That carpet is awful.’?

admit to this, but I actually have a file of images on my computer of my favourite Rightmove houses to give me inspiration. Now, normally I feel guilty at wasting time on the site, but as I am actually thinking about moving this year, I am looking to see what is about. Of course, that does also mean that at some point I will have to put my own house on the market and I am glancing about my house at the sofa arm that Lola has plucked to death and at the dodgy coloured bathroom suite I haven’t got around to updating. Am I ready yet to be judged by the world of Rightmove?

Then of course there are the houses that are so beautifully decorated, you have house envy. The sleek kitchens and sparkling bathrooms, and the accessories that are so tastefully put together they make you want to redecorate. I perhaps shouldn’t

My brand-new Christmas themed thriller, Trust No One, is out now and available in both paperback and kindle. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

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DO YOU THINK...

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Do You Think That’s Funny? We all enjoy a good laugh on occasion, and indeed humour can be a very effective way of easing areas of tension or breaking the ice in a new relationship. But one thing to remember when using humour is that we each have our own distinctive preferences in the things that we find funny and different tastes regarding what we enjoy. Some may like slapstick, sketches, joke telling; others may prefer a more subtle, observational style. Laughter has been found to improve our overall health, boost our immune system and reduce both our stress levels and blood pressure. It releases endorphins, the feel good, happy chemicals in the brain which are released whenever we exercise, laugh and feel upbeat. Laughing for 10-15 minutes has even been found to burn off up to 40 calories! So, if you’re struggling to find something to laugh about maybe look out for opportunities like Laughter Yoga classes, where they teach you how to laugh and ‘fool’ your brain into feeling good. However, not all laughter is good and sometimes we may find ourselves asking, ‘do you think that’s funny?’

● Jokes and banter often require someone to be the butt of the jokes, which can be fun if they find it amusing too. But laughing at someone else’s situation or misfortune can sometimes feel rather callous, embarrassing and bullying, causing many of us to feel uncomfortable. ● What about those times when you’ve gasped in horror as a comedian tells a story or makes a joke about something which feels very personal and uncomfortable, maybe even shameful to you? Embarrassing bodily functions, mistakes you’ve made, personal issues all seem to be regular topics for observational humour, with the more outrageous the better! Do you feel shocked when you hear others laugh at such cringeworthy stories? But once the laughter has died down it can be quite reassuring to know that you’re not alone, that others have had similar experiences, the same horror stories, fears and concerns have also happened to them. How liberating to learn that they’re prepared to share the stories in public and laugh, potentially making you feel better about it too. ● Seeing a comedian cause amusement by sharing details of an unfortunate event can help

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remove any emotional stress, apprehension or stigma surrounding it. It helps normalise things that we may not have appreciated affect most of us at different times in life. An awful experience can be helped by realising that, ‘it’s not just me’, it’s happened to other people as well. ● Sometimes, though, losing our sense of humour can be an indicator that we’re stressed and overtired. Finding ourselves asking, ‘do you think that’s funny?’ might reveal more about us than them. If you start to notice that you’re not amused by things that you’d usually laugh at it could mean that it’s time to question if you’re going through a tough or testing time. Losing your sense of humour could be a valuable prompt that you need to take a break and start to treat yourself better. Humour is powerful in other areas too. ● It can help to prick someone’s pomposity. If someone’s in full-on brag mode, boasting and making excessive claims, a well-timed look, raised eyebrow, sotto voce aside can cause other people in the vicinity to laugh, snort or even stifle a fit of the giggles. These responses are likely to deflate someone’s over-inflated ego. ● When a point needs to be made quickly, without too much fanfare, humour can come into its own and be the perfect vehicle to use. A pithy riposte or razor-sharp observation

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can quickly introduce a different, but relevant observation into the mix, making everyone stop, think differently and consider other points and options. ● When relationships are struggling with underlying tension and bad-feeling; the sensitive use of humour can help to ease a brittle and stressful atmosphere. In these situations, a well-observed comment can put a halt to the bad mood and defuse negativity. A self-reflective ‘look at us’ remark may cause everyone to laugh at themselves and their behaviour. ● Sometimes, if we’re looking to avoid a subject and don’t want to be drawn into a conversation, humour can be a valuable diversion technique, enabling the topic to be changed in a hardly perceptible way. Distracting and deflecting can efficiently change the course of a conversation and help us avoid any areas of awkwardness. And whilst we may find it amusing to enjoy joining in with banter, comments and jokes made at someone else’s expense, it does also beg the question, what are they saying about me when I’m not around? Are they making jokes about me behind my back? You could simply shrug your shoulders and say to yourself, ‘well, if they’re laughing about me, they’re giving some other poor soul a break!’ Enjoy the joke; it may well be funny and it’s good to laugh!

Article By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh, counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor, 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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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles &Tipples April Article By Cheryl Cade, Beer Educator I started to write this article this month looking at the impact of Brexit / Covid on the food and drinks sector of the region, yet I think we all know it has not been an easy time for anyone who runs a small business or those who supply them. People have helped by buying takeaways, supporting producers, buying direct and just by sending messages of support. As we look forward to the tentative reopening of some pubs, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look back at pubs and what it has meant to me in my life. My first real memory is of a beer hall in Germany when my dad was servicing in the

RAF, I recall sitting under a table, sneaking sips from a barrel and getting my sister tipsy till we were discovered asleep. Later, my mother supplemented her income working behind the bar as we moved around the country. Sunday afternoons were spent sitting in the car sharing with my sister some crisps and a coke from glass bottles outside a village pub. While working behind the bar, I became the social worker, the friendly face, the mediator of arguments and the only friendly face that some would see that day or even week. Many a landlord or bar worker will recall the time a regular did not come in for their ‘pint of 2s’, and someone would be sent to check all was ok or a phone call made. I met my husband in the back bar of the Barking Smack (Gt Yarmouth) during a heavy metal gig when my dress choice appalled my mother,

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before heading to the Underworld Club on Kings Street. Sadly, a lot of the pubs I recall have either been converted into homes or knocked down and estates built on them. So, what is a pub to me now?

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It is not scaremongering to suggest that we are at a tipping point. We have worked hard to increase breweries and have a great range of choice, but what will happen if we end up with only supermarkets, or mass chain pubs supplying our Friday night relaxation?

• It’s where I relax with a book in a corner • Where I meet friends • A place of debate where we don’t agree but agree to disagree • It’s the livelihood of many of my friends • It’s also the life blood of a community, where you can go to meet or even just see other people

It has been estimated that we are losing about 30 pubs a day; how can we slow this? Support your local, even if it’s just for a coffee.

One of the biggest issues highlighted by Lockdown has been isolation. Loneliness is not just about seeing no-one, its about not having interaction with people.

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Cheers, until next month. Cheryl

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LOVELY & LOCAL

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Lovely & Local Cavell Orchards This month’s Lovely & Local takes you to the outskirts of Norwich. Hidden in Swardeston is the delightful Cavell Orchards, run by husband-and-wife team Robin and Petra Parker. When I visit, I am reminded of the Good Life, for it is not just the home of a Heritage Apple Orchard, there is a vegetable patch, chickens, bees and a small breeding flock of Southdown’s Sheep. I timed my visit perfectly to see the 11 new lambs born to this flock that Robin and Petra care for on behalf of the Briggs family. This flock is bred for meat; other breeding flocks are mainly for show with Barbara & Gail wining ‘Best in Show’ at a number of events. Petra explained to me that each year the lambs’

names start with the same letter of the alphabet, so this year they all begin with H. My question for Robin was how he got involved with apples, especially endangered varieties. Robin explained the land the trees are now on was home to some donkeys. They all passed away and he was looking for something to do with it. He was already involved with fruit and vegetable judging at local shows where they had noticed a big drop in the number of apples being entered. So, in 2000 and 2002, he and Nick Thomas (Ramworth Trees) planted over 60 apple trees. 50% are common varieties, with the remaining trees all being endangered or rare Norfolk Apples. Growing apples is not as easy as you think. Some of the apples need to be pollenated three different times for apples to be produced,

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like ‘Bramble’. The harvest varies each year depending on the spring. The buds are ‘set’ in spring; a late frost or not enough water the trees will lose their crop. To aid the pollination, in 2014, they introduced two colonies of bees. This is due to rise in the future. The bees don’t just have apples to devour, but the orchard is also home to the Common Spotted Orchid, Bee Orchid, Cowslips and a number of Puff Ball mushrooms. Once the apples are ready to harvest, the juice is pressed in the ‘Cheeses’ before it is pasteurised, giving it a life of 2 years. Last year, they produced 1150 bottles, in the past these were to found only by those in the know or at a couple of local shops. Now Robin has developed a website so people can order direct. On this site, you can also find the by-product of having happy bees, with honey, wax and newly released Bees Waxed Food Wraps, nature’s reusable answer to clingfilm. As well as offering a pressing service for other fruit crops, Robin is also interested in finding lost apples, especially the Daniels apple last seen growing on Daniels Road in Norwich, alongside the Apple fair at Gressenhall. Robin will happily identify any apple you may have. He will also help to relocate any honey bees that may have swarmed into your garden. Check out their website for more information https://www.cavellorchards.co.uk

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BACK TO SCHOOL!

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Back To School!

If I’m honest, I had very mixed emotions when the date was set for the children to return to school. It very quickly seemed normal to have them around the house all day and although not always stress free, I am quite fortunate that I genuinely enjoy my children’s company. I appreciate that the interaction with others is healthy and a “normal” school day is beneficial, but would it be safe? Would the cases increase dramatically again, and we’d be back to square one? The reality is, no one knew and although the government were assuring us it was safe, surely any mixing is more dangerous than none, right? I should probably explain these opinions are of course my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of Iceni Magazine. Home schooling Ok, so I don’t miss the home schooling. I’m sure there are those that thrived on it and thoroughly

enjoyed it (or at least pretended to!), but I can’t even pretend that I would ever want to do it again. If we didn’t work and could give the children all the time that the learning required, it certainly would’ve been a lot easier. I was still attempting to do some work from home, and Becca was still able to offer childcare to all. This made for some very busy days. Becca took over the home schooling and quickly developed a routine, which I would probably hinder if I got more involved… her words, not mine! I don’t miss the tantrums, I don’t miss learning several different ways to approach the same sum I would use a calculator for, and I certainly don’t miss the numerous zoom calls each day! I know there was pressure on the schools to deliver a certain amount of work, but I do feel it was excessive. Certainly for the ages of children we have (5 and 8), and even more unachievable balancing the needs of two jobs.

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The good? The kids love it of course. Seeing their friends again and although interaction is somewhat limited, it’s nice for us to see some of the parents that we haven’t seen for months. Our five-year-old seems to have suddenly grown in confidence since returning and where drop off used to be a bit unpredictable, he simply says goodbye and goes off into the classroom now. The return of school, along with the vaccine almost makes it feel like we’re heading in the right direction and towards some kind of normality. The not so good? I know the plan will be somewhat fluid and will change as the country progresses, but some things that happen in the schools make absolutely no sense to me. I don’t want to simply moan, as I know teachers have had to change their methods dramatically and I applaud them for their efforts. More concerning to me is the parents that don’t make any attempt to distance, haven’t explained to their children the importance of the controls in place, and most frustrating of all are the mums that travel from neighbouring villages to spend the afternoon together and then walk the school run ensuring that their bubbles are mixed at every opportunity. We’ll meet again… Does it feel safe to be back at school? No. Not to me, but I also understand it had to happen at some point. I think it’s a very bold statement however, to claim that schools are safe. I look forward to seeing friends, family and enjoying the company of those we love, I just hope those among us that haven’t been able to wait for that don’t spoil it for the rest of us. Thank you for reading! Tom www.seewhatmummysays.com PAGE

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MOTORING REVIEW

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2021 Jaguar F-PACE Review

es-Clay on n r a B im T list, rwriteups. ring journa a c to o @ : m r w te o it ll w Fo dT rnesclay an a tb @ : m a r Instag I tested the latest F-PACE in 3.0-litre sixcylinder petrol guise. The 400PS petrol unit with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology uses a supercharger and turbocharger. The result is enhanced torque delivery at low engine speeds for greater responsiveness. This version of the SUV is capable of 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds. Oh, and in case you’re wondering – and I know you are - its top speed is 155mph. The handling is remarkable, considering this Jaguar is a mid-sized SUV. The steering accuracy is outstanding, and there’s a great deal of feel. Mainly, it’s an athletic motoring experience, given the vehicle’s mass, but its suspension arrangement occasionally compromises the ride comfort. That said, it could have been the pothole peppered roads

I drove on. My test model came with 22-inch alloys, shod with Pirelli P-Zeros, which helped me tackle corners with gusto. The SUV also limits body roll well, giving you the confidence to attack less than linear routes without slackening off too much. Just keep anticipations in check - this is an F-PACE, not an F-TYPE. This is one perfected motor; you can tell just by looking at it: An engorged grille features Jaguar’s ‘diamond’ detailing, while the side vents now feature the legendary “Leaper” badge, signifying the attention to detail found right across the F-PACE. A new front bumper with reshaped air intakes and mesh details widens the SUV for a more dynamic presence, too. What’s more, new slim LED lights at the front and rear produce better illumination and emphasise the width of the F-PACE. The

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new sculpted tailgate and bumper design also add visual theatre and deliver a more poised appearance. As reviewed here, the up-to-the-minute F-PACE displays a series of design elements for a sportier look in R-Dynamic SE spec. At the same time, an all-new cabin boasts increased luxury, improved connectivity, and greater refinement. The cockpit design for 2021 is braver, more vibrant, and it has a significant focus on you the driver. At the core of the new cabin is an integrated centre-mounted HD touchscreen, which provides you with control of the brand new Pivi Pro infotainment system. Authentic finishes, including aluminium and wood veneers, are dotted around the interior, while the rotary dial of the JaguarDrive Control epitomises the automaker’s attention-to-detail. The new F-PACE delivers on space and practicality, boasting a luggage capacity of 793-litres. When you need additional room, you can fold the rear seats down to access 1,842 litres of space. Being a five-seater, there’s room on hand for a family, and the seats are bang on the money for comfort. The F-Pace is also tall, so the headroom is good - as is storage space. For instance, you get door pockets that are sizeable enough to hold large bottles of water. As mentioned previously, I drove the sixcylinder petrol P400 MHEV. It takes the sting

out of paying a fortune at the pumps, but not by as much as you might think. Sure, the delicate electric helping-hand tech under acceleration is welcome, but it’s still a big 3.0-litre car. So, expect a real-world figure of around 28mpg and CO2 emissions of 221g/km. In other words, just because it wears a hybrid badge, don’t go thinking this version of the new F-PACE is overly frugal. Fast Facts - 2021 Jaguar F-Pace P400 MHEV R-Dynamic SE as tested: • • • • • • •

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THE GADGETMAN

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Majority 150w K2 Soundbar And Subwoofer Exceptional Sound Quality From A Company That Will Plant A Tree In Your Name This month, I have been reviewing yet more audio equipment, this time from a brand you may not have heard of in the past, but you are sure to in the future as they are also actively helping to save the environment. A couple of weeks ago, a strange-shaped package dropped on my doorstep in the shape of the Majority K2 Soundbar and Freestanding Subwoofer, an affordable Soundbar with impressive performance. The box contained a Soundbar, Subwoofer, remote control, and a myriad of cables for connecting your TV and other audio sources. The box uses the bare minimum of packaging which shows Majority’s eco credentials where they will plant a tree in the name of each

customer, so with this in mind, they go to some lengths to reduce any unnecessary packaging. At first glance, the equipment looks high-end, although it doesn’t feel particularly heavy and the remote is very light indeed. Once everything is ‘plumbed’ in and switched on, it all looks very nice. I was supplied with the white model; however, it is also available in black. The speakers support several source inputs and it also includes a built in FM radio which is nice. You can connect to your TV using HDMI Arc, Optical or RCA and provides a patented 2.1ch surround sound system. Also included is USB and Bluetooth. I chose to pair to my Amazon Echo Dot and also my mobile device; both were a breeze to set up and I was ready to rock and roll.

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The first thing that struck me was the sound quality, which is really good indeed; the sound is rich and bass and treble are both very clear and clean. There was no sound distortion and the lack of bulk and weight didn’t make any noticeable difference to the quality of sound. Mine was placed on a table-top, but it is also possible to mount the soundbar to a wall if needed. Since its arrival, the K2 has had continuous use connected to the Amazon Dot and happily

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plays all day at any volume level. Regardless of the music style, the K2 produced clean sound and when pushed with some high-volume 90s Subsonic bass-driven KLF, it excelled at playing ‘The Magnificent’… magnificently! At around £79 from Amazon, it feels like really great value and would make a great addition to any ‘Post-Lockdown’ summer parties! To view and purchase the K2 from Amazon, scan the QR Code.

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THE BENEFITS OF CBD

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The Benefits Of CBD If you haven’t heard of CBD, where’ve you been hiding?

to buy their own products from a reputable supplier, such as the Hemporium.

Its increasing popularity is largely due to the positive impacts on people’s health and wellbeing.

Pain Relief

So, what is CBD? CBD is an abbreviated name for cannabidiol, one of the active ingredients found in the marijuana plant. Don’t panic, though - it won’t get you high! It has no psychoactive properties. Despite the controversy surrounding CBD, it is perfectly legal since the UK government legalised it in November 2018. How could CBD help me? There are countless benefits that go hand in hand with the use of CBD. In fact, for some ailments like epilespy, it may even be prescribed by the NHS. However, most people choose

Constant pain, day in and day out, is both draining and debilitating. It can limit how much people can achieve, no matter how hard they try to battle on through. Chronic pain sufferers may find relief from using a product containing CBD, such as a balm like this, which is perfect for alleviating muscle soreness. Although there is little in the way of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest that CBD definitely helps, the sheer number of people choosing this as a form of pain relief is staggering; therefore, there has got to be something in it. This is for you if you suffer from: arthritis, ME, fibromyalgia, back pain, migraine.

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CBD Oil could be the perfect product to start you on your journey to recovery. Please bear in mind that if you are currently taking prescribed medication, it is worthwhile talking to your GP prior to withdrawing, as this is not always a straightforward process. Improved Skin Condition

Anxiety and Depression Relief Life isn’t easy. Anxiety and depression can hit even the strongest of people and without much warning. With the NHS being under so much strain with the misuse of its services coupled with the current Covid-19 pandemic, mental health services have certainly decreased in both their availability and usefulness. Many people are turning to CBD products, knowing that they are not addictive and made from natural ingredients, rather than sticking to conventional pills.

Imagine being a teenager forever, never getting away from that spotty complexion. Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer from skin complaints well into their midlife despite trying every type of skincare routine going. It isn’t just acne that CBD can help with, but psoriasis and eczema, too. These CBD capsules are perfect for people who aren’t keen on the earthy flavour that comes with the oil. What’s more, they also contain ginger, black pepper and turmeric, which are all known to support a healthy digestive system.

No one quite knows how CBD products help with anxiety and depression. However, it is thought that they naturally stimulate happy hormones, making us feel much better. Milagro

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Nova Silver April is here and with it comes the Spring.

The flowers have been blooming and the Earth has been awakening after Winter. We’re so lucky here at Nova Silver to have such wonderful access to the Norfolk countryside. Long term customers will know how many of our pieces are inspired by our local area, but I thought that this month we’d showcase some of our favourites. Our Honeybee range features some of our favourites and drew inspiration from honeybees spotted in our gardens. We chose to design our bees as accurately as possible, and we’re often told how lifelike they look! Our Broadland Dove may be a familiar sight in the skies for many of us, but we think that there is beauty to be found everywhere. Our dove set features a satinised finish to give the bird a silky look that makes a change from highly polished silver. Bluebells are beginning to peep their heads out with the warmer weather, and who doesn’t love spotting a few through the trees when out on a walk? Our Bluebell set is an homage to the promise of warmer weather and brighter days. Squirrels are almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and we think our squirrel set is just the same. With a cheeky face, and available as a necklace or studs, we think it makes a great gift. Our Bramble collection also takes great inspiration from the countryside (an illicit blackberry from a bush out in the countryside is such a delight!) and, while understated, is classic enough to wear with almost everything. Do let us know your favourite bit about living in Norfolk!

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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 March images of our stunning region.

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Brett King - Holkham, North Norfolk

Nadine Gray - North Walsham & Dilham Canal From Ebridge Mill

Simon Rudd - 1 Girl & Her Pony... Felmingham

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Traditions Of THE BIG DAY Because I’m a Bit of a History-Buff! Weddings; big or small, expensive or budget, traditional or bespoke, lavish or wacky, I’m not sure what remains to be written about them. Other than, of course, the effects of that pesky pandemic, but I’m not even going there! But, do you know the history behind those many wedding traditions that so many people still follow today? I know (or at least I think I do) about the origins of a few of them, but certainly not all. First thing to say, I’m straight onto the internet to find the correct information, no surprise there. It goes without saying that people have been getting married for a long time, and as a result, we now have a fair few

associated traditions and customs. Across the world, the wedding traditions vary, but many of them still hold true. Some traditions have developed reasonably recently, whereas others are hundreds of years old and have interesting roots, primarily related to the warding off of evil spirits. The Bride wearing white - this symbolism of purity seems to be a relatively recent trend that was set by Queen Victoria wearing a white gown for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. The wearing of veils was originally for protection from demons but later were to conceal the bride’s face from the groom, for example, in arranged marriages. By Victorian times, veils were an accessory and became a way of showing wealth.

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Something old(e), something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in her shoe - dating from the 16th century, the items were / are believed to bring the Bride good luck. For OLD, perhaps a family heirloom such as a piece of jewellery. NEW represents the Bride’s future life and can be represented by anything new. Typically, a BORROWED item is from another Bride who has found happiness in marriage. BLUE is used to represent purity and love and was

usually a blue ribbon or similar. I wasn’t aware of the SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE, but it is a symbol for the wealth and future prosperity of the Bride and Groom. Historically, Bridesmaids would have dressed the same as the Bride to confuse evil spirits, so much more spiritual than nowadays. Even the Maid of Honour’s role was to protect the Bride. And, the Best Man and Groomsmen would have been selected for their sword skills to provide protection for the Bride and Groom during the ceremony! Throwing confetti over the newlyweds stems at least from pagan times when rice or wheat was used. It was seen as the guests wishing the new couple fertility and abundance. In the UK, it’s considered lucky to see a Chimney Sweep on your wedding day. It is believed this goes back 200 years when a Chimney Sweep saved the life of King George II. A Royal Decree was issued saying that Chimney Sweeps were good luck and the tradition grew from that point. So, when you’re next at a wedding, don’t forget to take a minute to remember the basis of the traditions, and let’s hope we can all attend a loved one’s wedding and have a good old knees up all together very soon!!

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Sex Please It’s The Weekend I recently met up with a friend who’d sustained an injury to her shoulder. When I asked her how she’d hurt herself, she laughed and explained, with a wink, that it had happened on Freaky Friday. Her comment got me wondering how much each of us discuss our views and opinions on sex with our partners. How many of us share our sexual likes and dislikes, our sexual fantasies, whether we’re open to trying out new ways of making love and so ensuring our sex lives are fun, exciting and satisfying. It’s not uncommon for our sex lives to become routine and less exciting after we’ve been together for a long time. Why not think about the intimacy in your marriage or long-term relationship with a more open mind? When it’s the weekend, Freaky Friday or not, we can take time to reflect on our sex lives and allow time to experiment with each other’s ideas and suggestions.

● Pornography is a popular part of many people’s sexual lives, and is one of the top search criteria used on the web. Either watched alone or to spice up a couple’s sex life, some porn is ‘milder’ than others. If you’re interested in pornography, determining what each is prepared to watch and enjoy is important to ascertain from the outset. Some couples like to film themselves and make their own sex tapes, but be careful and consider where it may ultimately be downloaded. We’ve all heard stories of exes who post revenge videos once the relationship has broken down! ● Role-playing can be fun. Many of us have laughed at ‘let’s play doctors and nurses’ comments, but for some people, role-playing adds an important edge to their intimacy. They may even have dressing up boxes where they keep outfits, shoes, make up and accessories relevant to their role-playing personas. Planning scenarios in advance can make for fun times when it’s the weekend and a Freaky Friday. ● Toys often add spice to a couple’s sex life and come in all shapes and sizes, from dildos,

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vibrators, lubricants and a whole array of items that can be inserted, played with and used in a variety of ways. Nowadays, there are high street shops where items can be looked at and purchased or buying online is a more private way in which to shop. ● Fantasy can be an exciting way to spend some time when it’s the weekend or a Freaky Friday, pretending to be strangers who meet by chance in a public place, like a bar, bus station or hotel lobby and who then seduce each other. Dressing up may feature in this storyline as a femme fatale or macho male acts out their part. These fantasies often succeed in helping participants overcome any embarrassment or inhibitions and can make for a liberating new phase in one’s love-making. ● Third parties may be seen as an adventurous addition when you’ve more time at the weekend, but be aware that when an additional person is brought into the mix things may not always work out as initially anticipated. Emotions may become triggered, the thirdparty may get on better with one person than the other and jealousy may become an issue. Things may not work out as straightforwardly as you’d hoped. Also, decisions about how far to take things sexually, how long they stay, how you get them to leave can sometimes become a little awkward. ● BDSM, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism can

Why not think about the intimacy in your marriage or long-term relationship with a more open mind? be a part of your time experimenting on Freaky Friday. This may include tying up one’s partner, using restraints, handcuffs, discipline, spanking, dressing up in leather or more hardcore outfits and having a dominant and a submissive, where discipline and certain fetish behaviour is enacted. Sometimes roles may be alternated or it may be that each prefers their specific role of dominant or submissive. It’s important to be clear as to how far each person is prepared to go in receiving and inflicting discipline and pain. Having a code word or sentence is important so that a halt can be called to proceedings if either feels uncomfortable or that things are going too far. Trust is an important part of BDSM. At the end of the day, you both choose how you want to spend your weekend and Freaky Friday; it’s down to you to say sex please! Being intimate, trying new things, being confident enough to share your desires and maybe explore new positions, new ways of making love can be an important way for your relationship to evolve, for you to remain close and stay attracted and connected to each other. Yes please, sex please, it’s the weekend, it’s Freaky Friday!

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MY KIDS CAN'T...

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My Kids Can’t Divorce Me Weddings and familiar to me.

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In my profession of all things beauty, I have helped to prepare many brides for their special day. From implementing pre-wedding group preparations, to providing personalised services for the big event, I have worked with an expansive range of diverse women, whose only shared objective was matrimony. Before the age of ten, I was a bridesmaid three times, and have continued to regularly attend weddings - sometimes as a bridesmaid but mostly as a drunken guest. Many of my close friends are married, for better or for worse.

But I have never wanted to be married. For several years, my hand was adorned with an engagement ring, which retrospectively I regard as my polite yet unenthused acceptance of an invitation, and still I never envisioned my self as a wife. I can remember during first school at play time, small girls would discuss who they wanted to marry and sometimes stage theatrical weddings in the playground. They might draw what they imagined their wedding dress would look like, or scenes of brides and grooms at the alter. I would draw interiors of houses, landscaped gardens, or fashion models on a catwalk. I am missing the bride gene.

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Yet I have always wanted to create beautiful things, and I can appreciate the beauty of a wedding. Aside from the fact each wedding provides a blank canvas for a large scale creative project, there is a beautiful emotional aspect of two people choosing one another. However, while educating my children, we have researched the origin of weddings, and it is clear that the institution was never designed to be a grand romantic gesture. Quite the opposite. A wedding was about a man’s ownership of a woman, to guarantee that subsequent children were the husband’s biological heirs. A father would give away his daughter, stating “I pledge my daughter for the purpose of producing legitimate offspring.” Less of a love story, more of a business transaction. Perhaps the romantic pressure placed on these unions accounts for the fact so many marriages fail. Are couples seeking a fairytale scenario which doesn’t exist? I can’t say I’m antimarriage; I can comprehend people’s reasons for wanting to marry. But two people can choose each other without the legal document, and around one quarter of cohabiting UK couples

Of the five weddings I have attended as a bridesmaid, every couple is now divorced, and none of them amicably.

aren’t married. Of those who are married, the statistical likelihood they will part ways is ever increasing. In the United Kingdom, the annual divorce rate was around 33% in 2019, and dare I say it’s probably higher following multiple national lockdowns. For almost every friend or acquaintance of mine who is married, I have another who is divorced. And honestly, I don’t know which sounds worse - the annoyances of every day married life, or the petty process of divorce. Of the five weddings I have attended as a bridesmaid, every couple is now divorced, and none of them amicably. One of my friends was so relieved to finally cut all contact with her ex husband, that I hosted a divorce party to celebrate. Without judgement of anyone’s choice, because it is wonderful we have so much of that, I will respectfully stick to unmarried life. After all, me and my children annoy each other every day, but they can’t divorce me.

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ECO WEDDINGS

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Eco Weddings Let me first start by saying congratulations if you’re looking for wedding ideas for yourself. Equally, commiserations if you’re currently on Plan D, having already had to shift your date three times already and still no firm idea of when it will happen.

Wedding breakfast - hotel, village hall, pub or home/garden Hen/Stag do about a week or two weeks before at a local restaurant or a few bars/clubbing Wedding cars - hired or family provided Nowadays, with the flexibility available for the service, vows, venues, the choices may seem bewildering.

When I got married (31 years ago this September), organising a wedding was relatively straight forward.

Add into that the fact that you want to be as eco as you possibly can, and it can all get a little overwhelming.

Wedding service - church (old fashioned or modern vows, bells or no bells) or registry office (legal contract)

And don’t think that eco automatically means rustic and homemade, though it may well do, you can still do sophisticated.

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Here are my top tips for eco touches for a wedding: Wedding invites Use an eco-printer (vegetable inks, recycled paper/card) for the invitations and orders of service (if you have them). Maybe find some stationery that contains flower seeds and can be planted. Send via email (maybe a little soulless)? Venue - my internet search brought up 3 ‘eco’ venues in Norfolk and Suffolk https://www.littlegreenweddingbarn.co.uk/ https://www.hushvenues.com https://www.greenacreswoodlandweddings.co.uk/ Wedding Breakfast - locally sourced food wherever possible, whether it’s provided by caterers or yourselves. There is foodie heaven on your doorstep with minimal food miles; it would be a desperate shame not to use it and share it with your guests. Secondhand wedding dress and accessories (& potentially bridesmaids if you’re happy with them not all ‘matching’) A quick trawl through Oxfam’s online shop brought up designer brands as well as genuine vintage dresses, all shapes, sizes and prices (Vera Wang dress £80).

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There are quite a few specialist online retailers, but once you can actually visit a shop again The Big C Wedding Shop is well worth checking out. Wedding Flowers - for a truly eco choice, find yourself British grown flowers. I’ve been following @TheWildFolkNorfolk on Instagram for a while – Natalie is growing flowers in her flower meadow/hillside in a village just south of Norwich. She is passionate about doing this without the use of chemicals or heated greenhouses (1 domestic greenhouse and a polytunnel) and actually planting them in soil (yes many commercial blooms are grown hydroponically). She is amazingly talented and I’ve seen some amazing designs, even when you think there is nothing actually in flower! You may need to be a little more flexible as to your flower choices, due to weather/growing conditions, but believe me they’ll be stunning https://thewildfolkflorist.co.uk/ Wedding Favours - avoid plastic and other unsustainable materials, and use local crafts people whenever possible, if you’re not going to take on this responsibility yourself. Research has shown that for every £1 spent with a local independent company 63p of that stays within the local economy. Confetti - lots of ideas for this on Pinterest, but favourites are petals from the garden (herbs as well as fragrant flowers), or hole punching leaves - particularly if using a heart or star shaped hole punch - and using these shapes. I’ll leave you with this one thought. Tradition states that if you borrow a veil from a happily married woman, you too will enjoy a happy marriage. I was loaned mine by my sister-inlaw who has now been married for 34 years, so I think that’s worked out ok.

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Couch To Wedding Day! Leading up to their wedding, a lot of people look to set fitness goals, so that they are confident with how they look on the day. I thought I’d share some of my knowledge, being a qualified PT as well as a keen advocate for health and fitness, on how to ensure you smash your targets. Set a realistic goal. The first step in getting fitter is to set a realistic goal, one that is specific to where you are now and where you want to be later. Have a look at your timeframe, between now and the big day, and work out how often you will fit your exercise in. Once you’ve done this, use resources online to find out what an attainable target for somebody in your position would be. For example, if your

goal is to lose weight, take into consideration that generally a healthy rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week. Having a clear goal in place will mean you work out with a purpose! Find what works for you. At the beginning, it can be beneficial to try lots of different types of workouts, until you find the ones that you enjoy most. Sometimes people have an image in their head that exercise has to be unenjoyable, but it doesn’t! If you’re not enjoying it or you are counting down the seconds until it’s over, then find a new way to train! You are only going to know what does and doesn’t work by trial and error, so in the early stages give it all a go - running, swimming, exercise classes, home workouts, going to the gym, dance classes, playing sports... THERE IS SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!

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Pace yourself. To avoid burning out, don’t go in too hard on the first few workouts, instead ease yourself into a routine and progress as you improve – this could mean each session or each week. Treat your programme as more like a marathon, you will get there, but only if you pace yourself! Pushing yourself to the maximum straight away, is more likely to mean you don’t make it at the end. Choose water. Water is 100% guilt free and helps you burn even more calories! Try to replace any fizzy or sugary drinks with water, the results of just that small change is incredible, not just for your fitness, but also for your skin - two factors that will really boost your confidence on your wedding day! As well as this, water is free from the tap, so you will be saving lots of money that you can put towards other things.

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Wedding Day Jitters Calm Your Nerves and Feel Amazing Your wedding day is meant to be one of the most exciting days of your life. But yet, here you are, feeling nervous or fearful of what is supposed to be the most fantastic day. Why is that? Wedding day jitters or nerves are common, and almost everybody will feel them at some point on the lead-up and even the morning of the big day. However, try and take some comfort in knowing that the moment you see your loved one, all those anxieties and worries will go away. In the meantime, how can you handle and calm the nerves so you can feel amazing? Here are some suggestions. Identify if you have any concerns One of the first things to consider doing will be to identify if there are any concerns you have.

This will be primarily to do with the organisation of the day itself, such as seating plan stress or worrying about your guests. Make a note of your worries so that you can focus on finding solutions rather than feeling fear and anxiety. Talk about your anxieties with your partner, friends, or family On the subject of anxiety, it is common to feel all of those feelings, but don’t make the mistake of bottling them up inside. This is where your mind will feel like a champagne bottle cork ready to burst open and all of the bubbles cascading out. Instead, talk to someone you can trust. Your partner may also be feeling these nerves and anxieties, but if you would rather, speak with a family member or friend to gain a different perspective and opinion. You will feel so much better for opening up.

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WEDDING DAY JITTERS

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Try different breathing exercises Breathe! It might sound like such a simple thing to do, but breathing techniques are proven to calm nerves and anxiety. A simple way to do this would be to take five minutes each day to focus on your breathing, especially your diaphragm. Another great way to incorporate breathing exercises is to take up yoga; find a quiet place and practise your breathing and stretching techniques. Not only could it help with this, but it could also help strengthen your stamina and allow you to remain flexible, physically and mentally. Pamper yourself the attention

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If you can’t pamper yourself on the lead up to your big day, when can you? This is the perfect

time to embrace your attention and indulge in a bit of self-care and love. Book in those treatments, take time to do the things you love, have the makeup and hair trials as many times as necessary. This will not only help you to feel good physically, but it can also be a great way to distract yourself from other worries you might be having. Feel all of the emotions Finally, allow yourself to feel all of the emotions. If you are scared, embrace it as excitable, nervous energy instead. If you are happy, then share those feelings. If you feel worried or sad at times, don’t be afraid of negative emotions. If you think that way, try turning those negative feelings into something more positive. Anyone in their right mind will be nervous about their wedding day, which can be for various reasons. Don’t belittle how you feel. Embrace it and put a positive spin on it. You will start to feel better in no time at all. Let’s hope these suggestions help you calm the nerves before your big day and make you feel amazing. PAGE

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LOVE OVER LOCKDOWN

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Love Over Lockdown With the ever-changing guidance around Coronavirus and the impact on wedding celebrations as we know them, here at Epic Event Hire, we are starting to see a lot more Micro Weddings and Intimate Ceremonies going ahead. High five, you guys!

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For some, the idea of trimming down plans from a larger affair to something small and simple can be a little disappointing and somewhat overwhelming, but rest assured that small can be mighty too! At Epic Event Hire, we can help make a small wedding special. We offer affordable ‘fits-all’ packages which save couples time, money, effort and stress when planning their special day. From ceremony wow to table splendour, we will take care of everything including the set up and take down leaving you to focus on saying, “I do”. A micro wedding might not be what you were dreaming of, but it can still be magical. You can always throw a huge anniversary party at a later date, when things have settled down, and we can help with that too! So go ahead and embrace the wonderful fact that even a micro wedding is a possibility. Epic Event Hire: https://www.epiceventhire.co.uk Facebook: @epiceventhire Twitter: @epicchaircovers Instagram: @epic.events.norfolk PAGE

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TIPS FOR REMAINING...

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Tips For Remaining Happily Married When we first get married, we never envisage that there may come a time when we will seek advice on the best way to remain happily married. We are so wrapped up in our lives together, wanting to please each other and spend our time together that we never anticipate that the situation may change. Let’s look at some tips for remaining happily married: ● Communicate properly, don’t just deliver a news update on your day or provide a disinterested, preoccupied presence at the dining table. Communicating properly means listening, following up with genuine interest on what is happening in your partner’s life. It also means sharing your thoughts, fears and concerns too. No one likes to find out by other

means, from family, friends or months down the line, that their partner is in trouble. Share both the good and the bad. Maintaining open and honest communications is the best way to remain happily married. ● Respect each other’s opinions and decisions. There may be times when you agree to disagree; you may never fully appreciate their point of view, but respecting their entitlement to feel the way they do is important. Sometimes your partner may be wrong, but do you really need to argue vehemently to prove your point? Give and take is an important principle and provides the best way to remain happily married. Supporting your partner in public, being respectful of their views, even if you disagree makes an important difference to the quality of your relationship. ● Admit if you’re wrong. Relationships can struggle if there is felt to be a lingering,

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unresolved injustice. A couple can lose respect for each other if one person is seen to be without integrity or honesty. The best way to remain happily married is to decide that the relationship is too important to jeopardise over a point of principle, particularly if you are wrong. Sit down and discuss the matter, calmly and without rancour. Explain the what, why, how behind your behaviour and try to facilitate an understanding between you both. ● Share, do mundane things together. Cooking may seem like a boring chore but can become fun and provide a valuable opportunity to talk, chatter, gossip animatedly together and maintain your relationship. Other chores can be shared and used as important together time; gardening, decorating, even walking the dog can be done together and become important

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A marriage is best described as a work in progress, evolving, adapting and changing over the years. ‘us’ time. Also by sharing mundane tasks, one person doesn’t feel like a doormat, doing all the tedious jobs. Obviously there are times when one person may need to work late or two things need to be done at the same time, but let those times be the exception rather than the rule. ● Allow each other space. It’s good to share but it’s also good to maintain some separate interests and friendships. Maintaining some independent activities can add value to the relationship and keep the spark alive. If there are friends or hobbies that your partner doesn’t share, the best way to remain happily married is to respect those interests and allow each other some space. Those interests can provide a break, external stimulus and new topics of conversation for when you meet up again later on. A marriage is best described as a work in progress, evolving, adapting and changing over the years. The best way to remain happily married is to maintain fun, friendship, open communications and mutual respect. When both people feel they are working in the same direction, then a happy marriage can be sustained.

Article By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh, counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor, 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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ICENI ASKS

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If you could go back and change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? “I’d change the person I married... honestly, I didn’t quite realise what a narcissist my wife was until we were finally husband and wife. Sad but true.” Alan

“I spent hours creating wedding stationery as I wanted to make it personal to us. In reality, they looked a bit amateurish and I found it caused more stress than anything. I would recommend paying someone to do it instead.” Verity

“December was supposed to be a magical, wintery wedding. In fact, hardly anyone could make it because of stupid Christmas events and it turned out to be more expensive. I’d change the month of the wedding.” Grace

“I wouldn’t change a thing. Times change and so do people, but at the time, it was my perfect day.” Billy

“My wedding transport ‘broke down’ on the way to the venue, so I ended up travelling by taxi. I guess I ought to have done a bit more research about the reliability of the company before choosing them.” Eva

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Think you know the answer? Let us know via our Facebook page and we will reveal the answer at the end of the month. PAGE

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES

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Horoscopes For April Aries 21 March - 20 April

Gemini 22 May - 21 June

Taurus 21 April - 21 May

Cancer 22 June - 23 July

You’ll be firing on all cylinders, and ready to make your mark. With an emphasis on your sign and a New Moon on the 11th, it’s time to get started on those plans that you’ve been hatching. Vitality and energy will be high around April 16th, which is great for exercise and demanding tasks. As the focus shifts from the 20th, make time to slow down and appreciate what you have. The April 26th Supermoon, is the time to let go of an issue that has been a cause of tension. Relax, recharge and unwind! With the Sun in a quieter zone, you’ll have ample opportunity to resolve issues that have held you back. Need peace of mind? The New Moon on the 11th, encourages you to take up a practice that reduces stress and enhances wellbeing. You’ll be back in the driving seat from April 20th, and taking the world by storm. From the 23rd, it’s time to network, seal those deals and connect with friends. One encounter may sparkle with promise.

A desire to forge new bonds and create valuable associations is emphasised. Linking up with kindred spirits can lead to dazzling opportunities. Ready for an exciting challenge? The April 11th New Moon, is a great time to make a start. From April 20th, you’ll enter a quieter, more meditative phase, that is perfect for getting your bearings and tying up loose ends. Keen to transform your lifestyle? The Scorpio Supermoon on the 26th, could inspire a positive shift. Enjoying the spotlight? With a dynamic focus pushing you to showcase your skills and promote your business, this is your time to shine. The weeks until the 20th, are excellent for advancing your career and ambitions, with the April 11th New Moon a launching point for new projects. From week three, you’ll be keen to enhance your network and forge new ties. Is romance on the cards? The Supermoon on the 26th, could find you brimming with feelings and passions.

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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

It’s adventure time, with the stellar map inspiring you to relish new experiences and tackle fresh challenges. Don’t stick with the tried and trusted, take the road less travelled. April 11th is perfect for initiating bold plans, especially those that take you out of your comfort zone. From week three, the emphasis is on promoting yourself, and putting energy into business and career progress. Don’t ignore intuitive promptings, as they could lead to golden opportunities, Leo.

Ready for dynamic change? The focus on your sector of transformation can be a call to review your finances, business affairs or a close bond, and cut out all the dead wood. What isn’t working? Going all out to resolve complex issues could bring fresh streams of energy into your life. You’ll be ready for new adventures from April 20th, and eager to take a leap of faith. The Scorpio Supermoon on April 26th, might bring a revelation and be a real game-changer, Virgo.

This month is great for spending quality time with your partner, for negotiation, teamwork and finding romance. The New Moon on the 11th looks to be a turning point, when you may be ready to take a relationship to the next level. Even so, finances, business and emotional bonds, move further up your agenda from week three. Ready to earn extra cash? The Supermoon on April 26th, could inspire you to pare back expenses. Consider recycling or selling on unused items too.

You’re at your best when you are productive and efficient, Scorpio. Have big plans? This is the time to make changes by reorganizing your routines. The more streamlined you are, the more you’ll accomplish. But relationships are equally important, and as the month gathers pace, progress can be made with negotiations and around your love life. Mind, with a potent Supermoon in your sign on the 26th, powerful feelings could override logical thought processes. Go easy!

Keen to let off some steam? Those restless feelings can be a call to get out and hike, walk, jog, and anything else that allows you to exercise to your heart’s content. And you'll feel better for it! Your love life will also get a boost, Archer. From week three, it's time to get down to work and tackle key projects. Are you ready to change your habits to improve your wellbeing? If so, the Supermoon on April 26th, could be a call to take time out for yourself and unwind more often.

You’ll have more chance to be at home and attend to homely affairs. The vibrant New Moon on the 11th, is one of the better times for decluttering, getting on with DIY projects or tackling other domestic issues. From April 20th, you’ll be at a creative and romantic peak, so indulge a hobby, follow up on an entrepreneurial idea or connect more deeply with a significant other. Emotions can flow freely from April 23rd, with a chance to clear the air and make new friends.

You’ll have ample opportunity to implement brilliant ideas, get talking to all the right people and to promote your ideas. Networking could be the gateway to a host of new possibilities. Home and family affairs come into their own from week three, giving you a chance for some respite and nurturing. Use this time to unwind, and to reset your work/life balance. The Supermoon on April 26th, can put you in the spotlight, and might coincide with a major career breakthrough.

It’s time to invest in your skills and abilities, and use them to enhance your cashflow. With a focus on your financial zone, use this opportunity to set a budget, re-sell what you no longer need, and find ways to make your money work harder for you. From April 20th, you’ll thrive when you connect with kindred spirits. As the Sun enters Taurus, brilliant ideas put into practice can net solid results. A conversation on April 26th, could have a positive yet unexpected outcome.

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Free Lifestyle Magazine For Norfolk. This Month - We Focus On: Weddings.

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