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Christmas is of course the topic of the issue, from a mild irritation at tangled Christmas lights to getting along with family this festive season. Many people jet off to warmer climes, at Christmas but whether you are going skiing or bathing on the beach, our years round up of the best places to visit each month is one to read to ensure you are going at the best time.

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Christmas is all about food and drink and we have 2 great reviews for you, The Giggly Squid in Norwich by Jessie Quick and which beers will be best to drink and why, by Cheryl Cade our resident sommelier. If you’re a business we even have a rundown on how to market yourself on social media to make the most of the festive cheer! We are wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Hope the New Year is the best one ever for you and your family.

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Full of absolute dynamic

creative content!

“You Reap What You Sow”

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VOLVO V60 T4

NORFOLK COLLECTIVE TO EXHIBIT

Reviewed By Tim Barnes-Clay

New Works At City Gallery

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ICENI TRAVEL

Where Should I Go And When?

LOOK AHEAD TO... 2017

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The Benjamin Foundation Monthly Update

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Insightful New Book... Explores Norwich’s History

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Nova Silver December At Nova HQ

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Diss Skincare Business... Celebrates

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The Best Way To Have... A Great Relationship

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Women In Business Seven Women Who - Part 7

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Uniquely Designed... Pedal Boats

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Roku 3 Reviewed

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Never Been To An Opera Or Ballet Before?

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Sleep Out 2016 Update

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Volvo V60 T4 Reviewed

Whats On... At The Waterfront Norwich

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Norfolk Travel Company... One Traveller

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It’s Not Just What... We Read, It’s Where

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Holy Cross Church Opens Up!

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Where Should I Go And When? Part 1

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Choir To Go... Between The Stars

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Iceni Columnists Mark King

Christmas Preview At Giggling Squid, Norwich

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Norfolk Collective To... Exhibit New Works

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Iceni Columnists Keri Beevis

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Nibbles & Tipples Autumn Has Arrived...

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Look Ahead To... 2017

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Christmas Presents... For Teachers:

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Social Media Get Your Business Noticed

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Iceni Horoscopes What Do Your Stars Hold

Whats On... At The Waterfront Norwich


THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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The Benjamin Foundation Expands Into Suffolk

The Benjamin Foundation has provided services to support children, young people and families in Norfolk for 22 years. Earlier this year they announced that their services were expanding into Suffolk. Here is an update on their progress in Suffolk: Housing & Homelessness We now have 2 properties in Ipswich and we are providing supported accommodation for children in care and those leaving care aged 16 to 18 years old. We will soon be able to accommodate young people in a property in Stowmarket. We are still looking for more properties to rent in Ipswich and Stowmarket and would welcome approaches from any private landlords.

However, many young homeless people benefit from living with a family in their family home. We are delighted that we now have new Hosts in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Eye, Newmarket, Diss and Lowestoft. These Hosts have a spare room in their home and are offering support to a young homeless person until they are ready to move onto independent living.

Time for You This is a dedicated service offering support, advice and guidance for children on a one-to-one basis, primarily working within schools. We work in over 90 schools in Norfolk and are now pleased to be working in two schools in Bury St Edmunds with the promise of more schools taking up the service in the near future.

Re-use Shop The Re-use shop was our first service in Suffolk and opened in March this year. We work in partnership with Suffolk County Council and FCC Environmental operating this Re-use shop based at Foxhall household waste recycling centre. All items are checked and tested by our shop staff and only suitable items are sold in the shop.

The range of goods includes; electrical items, furniture, children’s toys and other baby and toddler items. Stock changes constantly and you will generally find sports equipment, CD’s, DVD’s and books, bicycles, DIY and garden tools. All proceeds are used to support our work with children, young people and families.

For more information on these and other services, please visit our website www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk or telephone us on: 01603 615670

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THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION

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Norfolk Youth Advisory Boards In The Spotlight

What is a Youth Advisory Board? There are seven Youth Advisory Boards (YAB) across Norfolk, one for each District. The Benjamin Foundation are currently responsible for supporting the North Norfolk and Breckland Youth Advisory Boards. The responsibilities of the YAB are to engage young people and adult professionals in dialogue to assess the needs of young people within that District. The YAB then prioritise those needs and commission youth services to meet them. An example is a project to address bullying which has been identified in both Districts as a real issue for young people. The young people on the YAB are called Young Commissioners and they are trained to develop a range of skills such as chairing a board meeting , recruitment and selection of providers and gaining a knowledge of citizenship and diversity.

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Recently the Senior Youth and Community Development workers and Young Commissioners from North Norfolk and Breckland YAB travelled to London to showcase the innovative work of the YAB. The young people and workers gave a presentation on how the YAB has made an impact in local communities and helped young people to develop new skills within the commissioning process. Other innovative projects from Lambeth, Brighton & Knowsley were in attendance at the presentation and they also talked about how they involve young people in decision making. It was apparent that engaging young people in developing services is a really positive and effective way to develop new and creative Youth Services. For more information please visit the report prepared and take a look at the promotional film created by Breckland and North Norfolk Young Commissioners: http://socialactionnet.com/2016/11/08/youth-work-in-a-time-of-change-in-england/

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ADVANCED SKINCARE

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Diss Skincare Business Celebrates Two Year Anniversary With Launch Of Celebrity Skin Therapy Geraldine Walters launches skin needling therapy to celebrate two years of business in Diss.

A Diss skincare specialist and writer celebrated two years of successful business with an innovative facial treatment that rivals laser and is loved by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie. Specialist skincare provider Geraldine Walters, owner and therapist at Advanced Skincare in St Nicholas Street, Diss, celebrated two years of business on 16th November by hosting a demonstration of skin needling on which has just been launched in the clinic.

A select group of clients was invited to share the day which was co-hosted by Helena Tepper from Skinbrands, a major distributor and for the beauty industry. Helena spoke about the new generation of cosmeceuticals from Medik8 and Vitage which are stocked by Advanced Skincare and complement the new treatment. Ms Walters, who specialises in skincare and electrolysis and has 20 years’ experience in the beauty and health sector, sings the praises of Fusion Mesotherapy in helping a range of skin concerns. “Skin needling builds new collagen so it firms the skin and fills out lines and wrinkles, and even scars and acne pitting. The active ingredients used go deep into the skin so they are immediately effective. It’s a very safe but versatile treatment and replaces the dangers of laser resurfacing. Many clients much prefer it to the idea of using fillers and botox - and it's much more natural and cost effective. It’s now a treatment that’s in great demand in clinics throughout the country and I’m delighted to be able to offer it in the Heritage Triangle in Diss.” Advanced Skincare is offering special discounts on Fusion Mesotherapy and Gift Vouchers until the end of December.

• Geraldine Walters trained at The London College of Fashion and later taught there on the Beauty Therapy Foundation Degree after gaining her Cert Ed. at Greenwich University. She contributed a monthly column in the Norfolk ‘Your Lifestyle Magazine’ for eighteen months. • Advanced Skincare is located in the Heritage Triangle at 23 St Nicholas Street, Diss. The clinic is open five days a week on a By Appointment Only basis. • For more information contact Geraldine Walters on 07787 718791/01379 658982 email: info@geraldinewalters.co.uk | Twitter: @skinprof PAGE

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'DAD'S BOATS' Issue 44 2016

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In The Same Boat With ‘Dad’s Boats’

Uniquely designed Pedal Boats for two, perfect for the UK’s inland waterways, will be on view at the 2017 London Boat Show. A Norfolk Pedal Boat maker is set to exhibit their uniquely designed boats at the iconic London Boat Show in January. David Williams (Dad) build his first Pedal Boat in the 1950s. Ludham based Dad’s Boats is a family run business manufacturing and selling their latest unique design which allows two people to face each other and pedal forwards in comfort. The sophisticated gearbox makes it efficient, easy to use and environmentally friendly so you can just sit back, sip a drink, chat and take some gentle exercise while enjoying the water. David’s first Pedal Boat was a single seater and was designed as a way of following his remote controlled yacht while keeping his hands free for the controls. The drive mechanism was an old hand drill! ‘The Sieve’, as it was affectionately called, was moth balled in the garden not long after when National Service got in the way. By the time David got back two years later ‘The Sieve’ had deteriorated so much all he could do was cut it up for firewood. So, the next generation of Pedal Boat started to form in his mind - this time a more sociable twoseater. This boat accompanied David on his honeymoon around the Norfolk Broads in the 1960s and has also been pedaled around the Isle of Wight (don’t try this at home). Designed also with the Scottish Lochs, Windermere and The Thames in mind, The Pedal Boat provides a perfect way to enjoy the water hands free. Since 2012 Dad’s Boats has been developing and testing a commercial model based on David’s original (pictured). This is The Pedal Boat! Dad’s Boats will be exhibiting a production model of The Pedal Boat at the Show as well as their hand crafted ornamental wooden propellers. David William’s son-in-law, Stephen Pitkethly of Dad’s Boats says, “Being at the 2017 London Boat Show is important for us because we are a new company with a unique product and we need to let people know we exist and raise awareness of The Pedal Boat. London is a great place to do that.”

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SLEEP OUT 2016

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Biggest Ever Charity Sleep Out Event In Norwich Is Hailed A Success Over 100 people spent a night outside in the city, to help end youth homelessness On Friday 11th November 2016, Norfolk and Suffolk charity The Benjamin Foundation, hosted its annual Norwich Sleep Out event. More than 100 people were sponsored to spend a night sleeping outside, to raise money and show solidarity with the issue of helping to end youth homelessness. The event took place from 7pm until 7am the next morning in Norwich city centre, in the car park of Marsh on Queens Road. The Benjamin Foundation is part of the End Youth Jon Clifton Photography Homelessness Campaign, which is supported by a network of UK regional charities. All money raised from Norwich Sleep Out will go to The Benjamin Foundation, which helps thousands of local people each year. The charity provides support and accommodation in Norfolk and more recently into Suffolk, for homeless young adults. Speaking at the event the next morning, having spent the night sleeping outside, Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: “Norwich Sleep Out is the biggest fundraising event we’ve run in 2016. This is Jon Clifton Photography the second year that it has run and it’s encouraging that we’ve had 50 percent more people take part this time. It shows that people feel strongly about the issue of youth homelessness. Of course, we can’t replicate the hardship that people who are homeless face; but this event gives a small flavour of what the physical side of it can be like, whilst raising money at the same time. Chris continues: “Despite the cold, there was a sense of camaraderie during the night; and everyone here waking up this morning is acutely aware how fortunate they are to be going home to a shower and a comfy bed today. The amount raised will be known when the sponsorship and Jon Clifton Photography donation money has been calculated; but last year over £17,000 was achieved. Because more people have taken part this year, we are hoping that figure will be exceeded.” Currently the fundraising total for this years Sleep Out has now just passed the £26,000 mark!! For more information about The Benjamin Foundation visit: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk Twitter: @icenimagazine

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ONE TRAVELLER

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Norfolk Travel Company Winners At British Travel Awards For 3rd Year Running

L-R - Ian Darkin, Ben Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Karl Buck and Daniel Adams.

A Norfolk business has been named the UK’s ‘Best Singles Holiday Company’ at the British Travel Awards 2016 for the 3rd year running. One Traveller, a Swaffham based family-run tour operator specialising in holidays for single travellers aged 50 plus, won their category after seeing off competition from large national travel brands. Recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry calendar, winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony at Battersea Evolution on Wednesday 23rd November. The gala evening was attended by hundreds of travel industry professionals. Winners were chosen by members of the public, who voted for companies they believe are providing the best products and services in leisure and travel. Ian Darkin, Director of One Traveller, is delighted to have won another year and thanked his loyal customers for the all their support. “Next year sees One Traveller celebrating 10 years in business and to win this accolade for a 3rd year in a row is fantastic. The team ensure we take care of every detail on our holidays and to be given recognition for this hard work is great. We hope it reassures people thinking of travelling alone for the first time that there’s a company out there who really understands the needs of mature single travellers.” After 9 years as a tour manager, travelling worldwide, Ian and his wife Emma founded One Traveller to cater exclusively for the mature single traveller aged 50 plus. 10 years later the company welcomes over 3,000 like-minded travellers a year to over 60 destinations across the world. British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before - but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade and testament to the great products and services travel companies offer to their customers.” Visit: www.onetraveller.com | Twitter: @One_Traveller PAGE

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HOLY CROSS CHURCH Issue 44 2016

Holy Cross Church Opens Up!

Shows the Master Thatcher getting close and personal to examine the quality of the existing thatch roof of Holy Cross. Credit: Alan Porter & Caston PCC 2016

Holy Cross has a fine panelled roof and the picture demonstrates a contractor examining the extent of the work, which will need remedial work. Credit: Alan Porter & Caston PCC 2016

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Holy Cross Church, Caston, Norfolk, recently applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help provide funds to pay for the re-thatching of the reed roof, which is in a poor state of repair and if left unattended, will eventually leak. At the same time the PCC is also using this opportunity to implement a number of improvements including a kitchenette and improved disabled access. Recently HLF advised the PCC that they had been successful in obtaining a development grant* of £29,500 to assist in paying for preliminary investigation and assessments to ascertain the exact amount of work that is required on the roof of the Church and associated areas. This initial work will enable the PCC to apply for a full grant of £217,000 at a later date. The funding is made possible by National Lottery players. Having secured this initial funding, the 21st October was, “opening up” day for the architect and contractors. This involved making small trial holes in the thatch and roof as well as examining other parts of the fabric of the Church. These holes allow the contractors to examine in detail the state of the roof and gauge more accurately the type and length of work required. The onsite meeting allowed many of the different contractors meet each other and plan how to carry out the work without hopefully causing too much disruption. About Holy Cross Church, Caston Holy Cross is one of seven churches, which make up the Wayland Benefice within the Breckland Deanery. As part of the Church of England, it provides religious and spiritual substance within the local community. * Grants For Places of Worship applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed. PAGE

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The Diary of a Norfolk Family.

the step ladder as my fingers freeze, moving bulbs around the various hanging chains trying to get them to light up, and once again wishing I had bought a stock of spare bulbs during the year ready for such an event.

By Mark King

It always takes a full Sunday afternoon to get all the decorations up, although we do not go overboard like some people who like to light up their house to the extent they could guide a ship in distress on a dark foggy night safely back into port.

December has arrived and it only seemed a short while since the previous year’s Christmas celebrations have been put to bed. Once again there I am standing on top of the step ladder leaning into the attic and passing down boxes full of decorations. The children always enjoy dressing the tree while I have the rather colder experience of putting up the outside lights. Every year I have the same old problem, of first trying to untangling the lot even though I thought I had tried my best to make sure the previous year to store them in an orderly manner. It is as if we have a loft full of fairies who take great delight in tying the lights in knots just so they can see me huff and puffing on a cold winter’s day trying to sort them out as I stand outside getting more irritated and colder by the minute. Then you have the bulbs that worked perfectly well the previous Christmas, but for some unknown reason seem to stop working once they are no longer being used. So once again I’m standing on top of PAGE

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The final task is the sending of Christmas cards. In today’s age of the internet and social media it is so much quicker, and cheaper, to send an online card, but we still like to receive traditional cards through the post, so it is only fair we send them too. It will mean hours of writing out messages and addresses and thankfully for me it’s a job the dear wife completes. And that’s the true message of Christmas, a time to give thanks for the birth of someone who for the last two thousand plus years has touched the lives of so many people. www.always-hanging-around.blogspot.com Follow on twitter: @author_king

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Being a writer, it goes without saying that I have an overactive imagination. Whether it is worrying about one of my cats being grabbed by an eagle or an owl, or even a seagull (those Above: Keri Beevis guys are big and can be ferocious when a potential meal is on offer), to becoming convinced one of my neighbours was chopping up a body in the bathtub when in truth he was probably just doing some DIY, I tend to conjure up some rather outrageous, and often terrifying, ideas. Take for example the other morning, whilst at the day job. Three of us were peeking out of the window at a guy with a white van, who was parked up opposite our office. The owner, a shaven headed middle aged guy, had the back doors open and was bundling up a sheet from the mattress that lay on the floor of the van. ‘I reckon that must be his lovely nest,’ my colleague, Jody, speculated, as he bagged the sheet and propped the mattress up against the inside wall of the van. My boss disagreed. 'He is probably a vendor or a street artiste,' was his guess. I remained quiet as I watched, taking everything in, my crime writer mind going into overdrive. As we continued to watch, the guy lugged a seriously heavy green trunk out of the van. Twitter: @icenimagazine

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What the heck? Why did the dude have a mattress in the back of his van and what the hell was in the green trunk? It was all starting to make sense. 'No, you guys have got this wrong,' I finally waded in with my two cents. ‘This has got serial killer written all over it. I bet he’s got a body in that green trunk.’ My boss and Jody shot me one of their skeptical looks, clearly thinking, ‘Oh, here she goes again.’ And I guess I can’t blame them, for I have come up with some fairly outlandish scenarios over the years, from trying to convince them we have a ghost in the ladies toilet to suspecting past co-workers of being serial killers, who keep jars of eyeballs and limbs in their home refrigerators. Anyway, we were left guessing as the guy locked up his van and proceeded to drag his heavy trunk down the road. We forgot all about him until lunchtime when both my boss and Jody saw him in town, and guess who was right? Annoyingly it was my boss. The guy was a human statue street performer and was painted green, looking like a cross between Shrek and the Incredible Hulk, sitting on the trunk, his cap full of pennies. The crime writer had it wrong again. I have to say it's given me plenty of creepy new ideas though.

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THE ANONYMOUS TEACHER

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Christmas Presents For Teachers: A Necessity, An Expectation Or A Nonsense? It seems as though Christmas presents for teachers are becoming more and more popular these days. As a teacher, what do I think?

over two nights and no real break, not receiving one thank you from any of the parents – just one example where a simple thank you would have shown appreciation!).

Firstly, I would never expect to receive a present, nor do I judge a family on this basis. While it feels very lovely to be appreciated, a gift is not the sole way in which parents and their children can show this. Secondly, the thought of a child potentially upset because they see others giving presents makes me really sad. Not everyone can afford to give or some parents don’t want to; this is not a problem, however, children are fairly perceptive. Subtle gift giving seems far more appropriate and it is unnecessary for a teacher to unwrap anything in front of others: this is not a competition.

If you are still certain you’d like to buy a present, read on…

Facebook is the scene of many an argument surrounding schools and teachers. I have read so many comments moaning, “Why should we give teachers presents? Our taxes pay their wages!” True. However, many people choose to give gifts to their hairdressers, taxi drivers, post people etc. and that is a personal choice. Why so many people have issues with this when it comes to teachers, I have no idea. We act in loco parentis for your children day in day out and it is often a thankless task (having been on a residential where I had four hours’ sleep PAGE

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Mugs, candles, pens, wine and chocolates are the top five gifts (in terms of volume, and in my experience). My own personal favourites are chocolates (although the £1 boxes of cheap chocolate really don’t hit the spot – I’m not being snobby, just realistic… who actually enjoys those!?!) and stationery. A teacher can never have too many notebooks, pens (especially the somewhat tacky, but absolutely amazing, ones with feathers or bells on!) and post it notes (all shapes and sizes!). Most of all though, I love a simple card with a simple message of thanks and good wishes: I love my job and don’t do it for rewards (I get those when the children make progress - not necessarily academically)!

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NORWICH IN 100 DATES

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Insightful New Book Explores Norwich’s History Through 100 Key Dates By Kindra Jones Did you know that on February 14th 1341 St Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Norwich with a great jousting tournament? Or that on December 27th 1783 an exhibition of wild beasts went on display at the Star Inn, including a lion from Algiers and a Siberian black wolf? In her new book, author and historian Kindra Jones takes readers on a fascinating journey through 100 key dates that have shaped Norwich’s history. As well as highlighting the successes of this pioneering city-Norwich saw the first provincial newspaper published, was the first local authority to install a computer and had the first female Lord Mayor-the book also chronicles the darker moments in Norwich’s past, including the excommunication of the city by the Pope in 1272. Featuring an amazing mix of pivotal, social, criminal and sporting events, this book reveals a past that will fascinate, delight and even shock residents and visitors alike. • Welcome addition to The History Press’s exciting new ‘100 Dates’ series • A fascinating compendium of historic events from the city

KINDRA JONES was awarded a first for her degree in History and now runs her own company - The Lady Knight www.theladyknight.co.uk - which specialises in historical re-enactments and bringing the past to life to audiences of all ages. A keen local historian, she has worked freelance for Norfolk Museums since 2011 and lives in North Walsham, Norfolk.

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THE BEST WAY TO...

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The Best Way To Have A Great Relationship By Susan Leigh Susan Leigh, Altrincham Counsellor and Hypnotherapist has just 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. Visit: www.lifestyletherapy.net There are two separate times in the year when divorce lawyers ready themselves for an influx of new clients; one of those is the postChristmas fallout and the other is post-holidays. Both are times when people have typically been hot-housed together, with the pressure and anticipation of fun, relaxation and shared jollity.

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conflicting wishes, excessive expenditure and even the weather causing well-intentioned plans to go awry. Good humour can start to fade, tempers can begin to flare and any flaws in the relationship can become highlighted. Let's consider some ways to take the pressure off and look at the best way to have a great relationship.

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• Be prepared to communicate. Communication is not just about instructing what time the children need picking up or requesting that some milk be collected on the way home. Share news, thoughts, feelings, fears, concerns. I've come across several relationships where one person is not involved in what's happening at home, has no idea what their partner or children are doing. Keep up-to-date, be interested in each other's lives and make time to talk about the personal stuff too. • Be happy to listen and ask questions. Remember what's been said and follow-up on it afterwards. This demonstrates that you're interested and are keen to know more. Build an ongoing conversation and involvement in each other's lives. That way you can both feel supported. • Make time for each other and demonstrate that it's important to be with each other. Have fun, enjoy each other's company. Dress up, make an effort and show you care, even if it's just for a simple dinner date at home. • Be loyal. When one person is criticized or not supported by their partner in public, even as a 'joke' it can cause tension. They may feel ridiculed, mocked, disrespected. Other people may notice, pick up on the comment and it can influence their future opinion of that person. Being loyal means standing together even if time needs to be set aside at a later date for a private conversation on a serious or contentious matter. • Empathise. It can be tough accepting that the other person has a valid point of view, especially if we can't understand why they feel the way they do. Respect them enough to agree to disagree rather than nag, bludgeon or try to force them to change their mind. There is a saying 'you may win the battle but lose the war'. Pick your battles and allow them to have their own opinions unless you feel it's too important to ignore.

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them. Try to empathise and see how it is for them rather than become defensive or hostile. Part of establishing a great relationship means accepting that sometimes our partner may need to say if they're unhappy with us. It's important to be calm and receptive, prepared to discuss this in an adult fashion, whilst being aware of how often they 'try to improve' us or 'remedy our failings'. • Keep your own identity. A great relationship provides companionship, allows you to share closeness and intimacy, enjoy pleasing each other and do things together. But it's also important to keep your own identity and not lose yourself in the relationship. Enjoy the opportunity to improve your confidence and grow and develop as a person, becoming stronger over the years. • Be generous and do things you don't want to do sometimes. There may be an event with the in-laws or something to do with work where your partner would value your support. You may not need to attend everything but being supportive means turning up when it's important, with a good grace and a ready smile. • Allow each other quiet time occasionally. It's not disloyal for your partner to sometimes want to be alone and have some private, personal time. Don't take it as rejection. Accept that not everything's about you. Appreciate that sometimes your other half may be stressed, have had a tough day or simply be feeling the need for a little space. A great relationship is about being prepared to understand and accommodate each other whenever possible. A sense of humour, sensitivity and respect all help towards finding the best way to have a great relationship.

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THE GADGET MAN

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Movies And TV Shows Go Main 'Stream' There are no shortage of Smart TV's on the market at the moment, some do the job better than others, but there is one big problem, the TV can become out of date and with this, the support for the 'smart' features stop with it. There was a notable problem recently with 'older' smart tv's which had inbuilt support for the video sharing 'Goliath' YouTube. Almost overnight scores of smart tv's became unable to deliver YouTube videos. This was caused by a change in the 'encoding' method for videos aimed a improving the quality and speed of delivery. Unfortunately older Smart TVs from Sony were no longer receiving updates and stopped working with no sign of a fix. This type of problem is

going to continue happening as streaming methods and technology marches on. The solution to this problem is fairly obvious. Put the 'smart' in a low cost, easy to set up and use box that plugs into your HDMI socket and turns any TV into a Smart TV instantly. There are no shortage of such devices, but Roku has captured the market in both 'smart' features and devices, at 49% with the other three (Apple 12%, Amazon Fire TV 16% and Chromecast 22%) making up the rest of the market. What makes the Roku's market share so interesting is the fact they have outpaced Apple by such a wide margin. So what makes the Roku 3 so good that it outsells an Apple device?

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The Roku 3 is a small shiny black box with a little fabric tab hanging out of the side very evocative of Levi's jeans. At the back of the Roku is a power socket for the included power supply, a ethernet socket for connection directly to your broadband router, a HDMI socket for connection to your TV and underneath a Micro SD slot for loading your own movies. The Roku 3 also has WiFi on board and this is how I connected to my router and streamed content. Along with the Roku 3 itself, you also get a remote control, this too has the little fabric tab at the bottom of the remote and standard navigation button with 4 shortcut buttons to Rdio, Google Play, Youtube and Netflix. This is an excellent idea, although the Rdio service has now sadly shut.

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and lots of people will be keenly looking at Amazon Video for the upcoming Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. So, why buy a streaming box? Well, the risks of television becoming obsolete and unable to support new services as they come online is removed by purchasing a streaming box. Roku are regularly updating their software and the job of bringing new channels online is the responsibility of the broadcaster rather than the manufacturer. I even tested out my own TV Channel using their Developer system, this was both interesting and fun!

Now, the remote has an amazing feature which late night viewers will find very interesting, it has an integrated earphone

socket and colour coded headphones. Simply plugin the headphones into the remote control and the TV is muted and your viewing becomes private. Setting up the device is simplicity itself, you can literally be connected and online in a couple of minutes. Video and sound quality are excellent with the Roku 3 displaying 1080p video, the box itself is very fast and switching between services is equally good. There are plenty of services available that are free such as the UK TV catchup services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, My4 (Channel 4), My5 (Channel5) plus YouTube and 2000 channels to suit most tastes.

If you are looking at watching some of the upcoming online exclusive content such as The Grand Tour or Man In The High Castle, the Roku 3 is certainly worth considering and at ÂŁ79 it's worth the investment for the future too.

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MOTORING REVIEW

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Motoring Journalist - tweeting @carwriteups Volvo’s V60 estate car is a goodlooking machine. It’s not in your face handsome, but it does carry itself well, and appears sturdy. The Scandinavian car’s looks don’t lie, because the V60 is indeed a planted, solid, motor on the move. With those famously comfortable Swedish seats and a smooth changing automatic transmission, there’s very little to get stressed about.

Even sitting for hours on the M25 didn’t cause me to start banging my head against the thick leather steering wheel. The V60’s heated seats, good lumbar adjustment and climate control just about kept me sane. If only the car had a portaloo fitted – that was the only stress I encountered. But that was to do with my coffee I’d drunk from the travel-mug that fitted snuggly into the V60’s drink-holders. PAGE

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The V60 might not have as much cachet as a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz – but that’s a good thing in my books. People don’t tend to behave aggressively towards a Volvo, unlike the aforementioned German models. Goodness knows why that is.

In T4 190ps Start/Stop SE Lux Nav guise, the V60 is quick, but not manically so. While the Volvo is contented and hushed on motorway commutes, it’s not really that entertaining to drive on twisty country roads. The car’s heavy steering and tendency to roll in corners are to blame for that.

Mind you, it always feels safe and sound, and has bags of traction. The zero to 62mph figure is impressive at 7.3 seconds and the top speed of 140mph is enough to make you lose your licence for a long time. Because this is a petrol model, boosted by turbo power, average fuel economy is only so-so at 48.7mpg. However, CO2 emissions for the V60 T4 are reasonable at 135g/km.

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Despite the overall comfort levels in the V60, the rear is not overly generous for tall passengers. Six footers will feel hemmed in by the rakish roofline and they’ll find leg space is only just about okay.

Likewise, the load area is smaller than you might think. For an estate car, it’s by no means commodious. Sure, it’ll fit a baby buggy and the weekly supermarket shop, but forget lugging massive loads home from Ikea or unloading your garage into the car for a tip run. There is a positive side, though; the seats fold flat, expanding space, and the V60’s boot aperture is wide, making loading up easy. It’s still not Volvo V70 sized, though – the V60 is very much a ‘compact estate car.

PROS ‘N’ CONS • Comfort √ • Refinement √ • Power √ • Motorway cruiser √ • Load space X

FAST FACTS (T4 190ps Start/Stop SE Lux Nav) • Max speed: 140 mph • 0-62 mph: 7.3 secs • Combined mpg: 48.7 • Engine layout: 1969cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve turbo petrol • Max. power (PS): 190 • CO2: 135 g/km • Price: £30,775

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IT'S NOT JUST WHAT...

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It’s Not Just What We Read, It’s Where Amongst the hustle and bustle of families in festive jumpers, the busker’s rendition of popular jingles, and the twinkling lights dressing Norwich’s medieval-modern buildings, some of us are tucked away in a world of our own. The working day is over, the scarf is on, and a short commute back home passing through The Lanes to an intimate abode commences. A satchel on our shoulder weighs us down, but the illustration student’s mental sketch of fire and food at home, fuels our journey. Whether we are going home to friends, a family, our pets, or to an empty house, as long as there is a book about, we’ll never be alone. There is no end to the number of people that close their day with a book. The pillow-plumpers and the tea-sippers, amongst the secret under-thesheet readers and the plea for ‘one more page’ achievers; all of who have found their place in a book. A book is a retreat, an extended essay on pleasure, a bible of fiction, and the home

to enchantment. For some it’s the sentimental smell; for others it’s the way the letters look on the page; but for me it’s the connections we make with our surroundings and the story forged upon our imagination. Where sets of eyes glide along the page, following line after line, we extract connotation, envision outfits and eras and accents; we become a part of the scene. When we read, the story in our hands becomes a performance, and we are sitting on the stage. As Autumn falls in to Winter, the indoors become warmer, the hats become fluffier, and quite often we admire the outdoors from behind frosted windows. Shouldn’t you like to march your breath through the streets like Oliver Twist did with Mr. Bumble (Oliver Twist, Dickens, 1948)? How about running through the snow to buy the prize turkey for Scrooge (A Christmas Carol, Dickens, 1951)? Norwich, the City of Literature, is a maze built upon tunnels, riddled in history, stories set deep in the architecture of the city; it is not difficult to picture the horse and carriages, the shop fronts

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and the market place, or the array of fine attire paraded about the streets, once upon a time. Each one of us has a story to tell, one based in an elegant little city, printed in a little book to place on a little shelf. Might I suggest that next time you pick up your book, that you drop it into your coat pocket, and take it for a walk? Park yourself outside with it at The Playhouse Bar, with a peppermint tea amongst the art-stained benches; pull up a pew at The Cathedral and overwhelm yourself with it’s immense design; or visit the Forum and listen to all the other voices from books in The Library trying to catch your attention. It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of belonging. Although most days we don’t see it, we are all in fact a part of a much greater story; a community, each of us fulfilling purpose, having an impact, and inspiring one another. Reading is the greatest gift of all, it is the key to passages, extracts, worlds we can only dream of entering, and we each perceive these worlds differently. If you cannot give your time away this Christmas for someone alone, be sure to give them a story, and help them to identify a spot in this beautiful city that they can call their own.

Reading is the greatest gift of all

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ICENI TRAVEL

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Where Should I Go And When? Part 1 As a Travel Agent I am often asked to find holidays for people at the complete wrong time of year - for instance, people going to Dubai in August - way too hot. Majorca in November to get a tan - it's unlikely to happen or Iceland to see the Northern Lights in July you wont see them. I am hoping the following will give you a good idea as to the best time to go to some amazing destinations.

JANUARY As Christmas slopes into the distance and with cold weather still to come, travelling to find some sun is appealing in January. I recommend beach time in the Thai islands. Thailand is one of my most visited countries and I still love it. With local airports springing up it has made the islands much easier (and cheaper) to get to. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch the migration of wildebeest and zebra as they follow the scent of the fresh grazing - do a side trip to Victoria Falls - where three countries join together by water. It is also the perfect time to visit Cape Town and the surrounding areas.

FEBRUARY February might be bleak in the top half of the world, but it’s summertime down South and New Zealand and Southern Australia are basking in the life outdoors. Both Australia and New Zealand are geared up for self drives and camping holidays with New Zealand having an amazing amount of National parks with some stunning hikes. Why not combine your trip down under with a stopover in Hong Kong to enjoy the festivities of Chinese New Year. You will need to book early if you are considering the Chinese New Year celebrations.

MARCH The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is perfect to visit in March. Take a tour around the cultural triangle taking in Sigiriya, Kandy and the Horton Plains National Park before spending time on the gorgeous beaches. If wildlife is more your thing then extend your trip to have a few days in Yala National Park, famous for its leopards and then fly off to the Maldives for pristine beaches, exotic hotels and complete relaxation. There is an island out there for everyone, whether you want plenty of activities or if a romantic hideaway is for you.

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APRIL Travel to South America in April offers up tons of nature opportunities including wonderful bird watching in the Galapagos. The Iguaçu Falls, bordering Brazil and Argentina, are also at their most dramatic after the summer rainfalls. In Morocco, the climate in April is cool enough for you to explore Marrakesh’s souqs or hike the High Atlas Mountains in more comfort. April is always my favourite month to be in Dubai, on the beaches or lazing around a hotel pool experiencing the most incredible service without the Summer heat.

MAY If you’re planning a May break, this JUNE June marks the start of the birthing can be a great time to visit the Caribbean. The weather is great with the rain departed and the winds not yet to arrive, the crowds have left after Spring break and the islands are perfect for exploring. On a cruise in Canada you can spot migrating grey whales and their young, along with minke and killer whales. Take a Cruise up to Alaska from here where you will witness the most spectacular scenery. For a trip in the mountain air, hike along the trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The comfortable temperature allows you to enjoy the scenery by day and camp out in Bedouin-style tents by night. Treat yourself and have a few nights at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot, it’s not as expensive as you would think.

season in Southern Africa and you have the chance to see newly born game as you safari in Botswana. Newborn gorillas are given their names in a traditional festival in Rwanda each June and I can design you a trip there gorilla trekking, which pairs nicely with added time on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara. June is also an ideal time for visiting Costa Rica in the quieter green (or rainy) season when you’ll still find plenty of dry weather, quieter national parks and better views of the famous Arenal Volcano. All of Central America is still undiscovered and one of the new ‘cool’ places to go. After 7 years living in Central America there's still so much to see. Make sure you read next months article for July - December! As a Norwich based ABTA and ATOL independent Travel Agent with 61 countries under my belt, I am always around to offer advice, not only on which destination to go to but on what to do and where to go when you get there. I like to get to know my customers and am more than happy to visit you in your home, a coffee shop or where ever suits you to meet to go through all the details to get that right trip. Sarah Laverty, owner of Compass Connections has travelled the world all the name of passion and being able to pass on her knowledge to others. If you have a trip in mind or just want to discuss your next holiday plans please do get in touch. www.compass-connections.co.uk 01603 343555

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GIGGLING SQUID REVIEW

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Christmas Preview At Giggling Squid, Norwich Review by Jessie Quick Spicy sir fry’s, creamy curry’s and other classic dishes that combine the hot, sour, sweet and salt flavours of Thai cuisine. Giggling Squid brings a touch of Thailand to Norwich. Situated in Tombland, (a popular location for restaurants and pavement cafes) the company’s first Norfolk restaurant has opened its doors, and we are all invited! With the launch of their Christmas menu, you can expect an evening of succulent starters, mouth-watering mains and delectable desserts, not to forget the passion fruit bellini’s and hibiscus spritzes. Thai cooking places emphasise on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. From enticing original dishes to exquisite Thai flavour combinations; there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. The menu is available for lunch and dinner and includes tapas sets such as steamed pork dumplings served with a light soy and rice vinegar dip, shredded duck spring rolls wrapped in Thai pastry and of course the company’s signature salt and pepper squid which is lightly coated in flour and deep fried until it fluffs up.

For dinner, you can expect the classic grilled chicken satay, crispy sea bass and the tropical jungle curry which will definitely leave you reaching for that cocktail as it certainly packs a punch! Like most other Asian cuisines, rice is the staple grain of Thai cuisine and is served alongside the main courses. Each dish reflects authentic Thai food, with exceptional attention to detail. With gluten free and vegetarian options available, Giggling Squid reminds us why this restaurant is set to be a success in Norwich. Besides the heavenly food, the building formally known as La Tasca has been renovated in a style that expresses elegance, simplicity and class, not to forget the staff that make you feel significant. If you’re craving something sweet after your sensational journey through the flavours of Thailand, be sure to order the chocolate feuillantine which guarantee’s satisfaction. Or if you’re a little spiced up after the prawn cashew nut stir-fry, why not cool down with the banana and honey ice cream? Everything about this chain restaurant expresses fresh, authentic Thai food with an edge making Giggling Squid the perfect place to indulge this winter. The enticing new Christmas menu is available from 24th November-26th December.

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NIBBLES & TIPPLES

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Nibbles & Tipples Article By Cheryl Cade Autumn has arrived with a punch, the trees are displaying all their colours, from the crimson of the Maple, to the apricot of Elm and brown of the Oak. This is the time I start to think comfort beers, gone are the spring and summer bright floral hoppy Golden’s and in come Bitters with their nutty caramel notes such as JoC’s Bitter Old Bustard. This beer has a smooth malty base that imparts warm nutty notes with a russet red colour it gently balances its three English hops to give some bitterness. Served in a large red wine glass this beer pairs well with Cheddars and a fine nutty Emmental. Yet for that chilled night by a roaring fire I reach for my old friend an Imperial Stout. Served in a Brandy style glass you can wrap your hands around it warm it gently so the myriad of aromas hit your senses with all its different intense notes. These aromas

take you on a journey from Christmas spice, to nuts, burnt brown sugars and the final touch is of dried fruit, all of this is carried on a heady alcohol nose. These beers are definitely for sipping. So what are my top winter warmers.

Old Chimneys, Good King Henry 9.6% (rated one of the top 50 breweries in the World). This dark, rich beer is one that just gets better and better. As a strong beer it can be cellared and my advice is to buy 3. Drink one now, drink the other next Christmas and then in five years drink the last one and wish you had brought more! Based on the traditional Norwegian brew known as maltøl, Vossaøl’ (pronounced Voss-earl) from Poppyland is a 7.4% beer. This beer is brewed for special occasions, it is malt forward but its main pleasure is from the yeast. The yeast gives it a characteristic flavour imparted by the family

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These beers are definitely for sipping (or community) yeast known in Norwegian as ‘kveik’. This is kept from brew to brew and handed down from father to son or shared amongst neighbours. It imparts an orange peel flavour and this melds with the other essential ingredient – juniper. The Juniper is added as an infusion with the branches added to the hot liquor (water) before the malt is added. During the holiday season we cannot always drink strong beers, so what else can I suggest? If you want to have a feel of the Christmas spirit then take a look at Humpty Dumptys Christmas Crackling. Norfolk Brewhouse have just launched their Moon Gazer Winter Porter lightly smoked and infused with orange and coriander. There is also Woodfordes Best Bitter. All these beers would pair nicely with your Christmas meal. Start with the lower ABV and lighter style beers and work your way up.

You can also use beer to soak your dried fruit for your Christmas puddings or mince pies. Use something with some spice or depth of flavour, nothing too hoppy as that will leave bitterness when cooked that will be unpleasant.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Tips To Get Your Business Noticed During Seasonal Events It doesn’t matter what time of year it is there’s always a seasonal ‘event’ - whether it’s Easter, Spring or Summer Sales, Halloween, Black Friday or Christmas, to get your business product/service noticed on social media.

3. Offer discounts Offer a discount off your product/service or a themed freebie with every order over a certain amount. You could also set up a poll on Twitter, then all participants are entered into a prize draw and then sent their promotional code or freebie.

Remember it doesn’t have to just entice people to buy from you but to also engage with you and share your content with their followers expanding your potential customer reach.

4. Host a photo contest A tried and tested option which generally see’s good engagement. You could focus on costumes, places, food or objects but remember that whatever you do the contest should link back to what your product or service is or does.

Here’s a few ideas to get your business noticed:

1. Theme your social accounts Temporarily change your profiles and background images with tasteful ‘event’ references

Change the colour scheme of your social media account (if you’re able to) to something appropriate to the event - orange for Halloween, red for Christmas - you get the idea. 2. Post themed content Creating themed images for your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts. Look for suitable videos or GIFs you can share with your followers. Also see what #hashtags are trending around the event and try to include those in your posts to expand your audience reach.

If you want to build up interest leading up to the event consider creating an image a day that you can post each day prior to the event itself - great for Halloween or Christmas for instance when you could do a product or service themed 12 days of Christmas!

You can even consider taking photos of your staff in themed attire, for instance in their Christmas jumpers for #XmasJumperDay Twitter: @icenimagazine

Remember people love the chance to win, even if it’s of small value

Don’t forget to have a specific hashtag for the competition and try to get people to ‘like’ and ’share’ your post to expand your potential customer reach.

5. Offer advice It’s simple and free - consider offering industry focused tips or advice surrounding the event, whether it’s Halloween, Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Christmas. Just remember to keep it focused on your product or service. There you have it, just a few ways you can get your business product/service noticed during key seasonal ‘events’ - some are simple and quick while others require a bit more effort. Whatever you decide to do they’re sure to raise engagement surrounding your product/service and hopefully, in turn, increase sales.

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NOVA SILVER

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December At Nova HQ

December is here and Christmas is in full swing here at Nova HQ. Whether you’re super organised and have your Christmas presents finished, wrapped and hidden by September; panic buying at 4pm on Christmas Eve with a few glasses of mulled wine in you to ease the way or somewhere in between, the Norwich Lanes should be the place to head. It truly becomes a magical place one the twinkling Christmas lights get switched on, and it’s great to be able to buy presents you’ll find no-where else in the country, let alone the city. The Lanes are chock-full of independent businesses staffed by people who are passionate about their products, and love to help find the perfect presents. We love it! At Nova Silver we work really hard to make sure that we have beautiful and unusual pieces year round, and Christmas time is no exception. Jewellery trends this year have been even more eclectic, and really range from the small, simple and delicate (think dainty rings, infinity symbols on thin chains and barely there bracelets- check out our simply silver collection in store for inspo) to the big, bold and beautiful (go for patterned natural stones, or pile on the bling- our mixed natural stone necklaces and bracelets will show you how!). One overarching trend is to use your jewellery to express your personality and feelings, and we’re always happy to help you search out the jewellery that will perfectly express your sentiment. We also work with the most amazing hand-engraver who can make your piece really meaningful for that special someone - we’ll be taking in engravings right up until 14th Dec, so just pop in if you’d like to chat to us about it. Wishing you a healthy and happy Christmas from us all at Nova Silver xx

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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Women In Business In July 2014, seven women who had completed a government- funded business course in South Norfolk were invited by their tutor to form a group to discuss their business concerns. Using the concept of Action Learning, a tried and trusted method of problem-solving, the group started meeting monthly to work through their issues. Now, more than two years on, they still meet every month and continue to offer each other invaluable support. This month, we hear from Debbie Roberts, of Engage Visually. My name is Debbie Roberts, I am a graphic facilitator, based in south Norfolk, and I run Engage Visually. In a nutshell, this means using visual tools to support organisations and companies with their work. No two jobs, no two clients or client-needs are ever the same, so having creative conversations, listening deeply and being adaptable has been fundamental to our growth. Prior to Engage Visually, as a trained facilitator, I would use visual tools and create live diagrams of conversations with the groups I worked with. Working this way felt natural to me and I could also see how it helped people in their working lives. There are many advantages in working visually. These include giving people the chance to view a problem or topic from another person’s perspective, seeing where ideas connect and looking at the big picture together. Unlike the spoken word, visuals live on for all to see. They can continue to foster new ideas beyond a meeting, giving more people the chance to join the conversation. So, what does graphic recording involve? Put simply, it means creating a huge hand-drawn visual map of the key points in a meeting or event as they happen (see picture). We also offer digital graphic recording where the live record is projected on screens as it unfolds. Graphic facilitation is used to facilitate visually interactive and focused meetings. We gain a clear brief about the needs of the meeting and the aims and then we design and graphically facilitate the meeting to achieve these. We also create a range of bespoke visuals to fulfil other needs from graphics that help tell a specific story (a strategy, a plan, a vision), hand-drawn animations and, most recently, we have designed and run sketch-noting workshops for other people to develop their own visual thinking and tools. We have worked with so many amazing clients; charitable and public sector organisations and industries including transport, water, electric, risk and law. Such diversity stretches us continuously adding new dimensions to our work. To find out more, email: dibroberts@engagevisually.co.uk or telephone 01223 968089 For information and examples, visit: http://www.engagevisually.co.uk or the Engage Visually Flickr Graphic Facilitation album https://www.flickr.com/photos/engagevisually/albums/72157629177991686 PAGE

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Never Been To An Opera Or Ballet Before? Watch Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season At Vue Venues Across The Country Ahead of the hotly anticipated 2016/17 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season Vue asked the general public about their thoughts on both Opera and Ballet. Results revealed that a third of respondents would attend a screening of Opera or Ballet at their local cinema if they had the option, with 46% in the East stating they would consider attending if a screening was closer to home. Matching this demand, Vue Entertainment will be showing a number of live productions that make up the ROH Live Cinema Season at all 85 of their venues up and down the country. Last season, over 424,800 people attended Royal Opera House screenings. In 2016/17, ROH Live Cinema season are trying to better that by offering an array of thrilling new works and classics perfect, too, for those who have never seen an Opera or Ballet performance before - or those who don’t feel they know enough about the genres (59% of those surveyed). These include the ever-popular Madama Butterfly by Puccini, to Olivier-Award winning contemporary ballet Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor, to the perennial Christmas family favourite The Nutcracker. Next summer sees Jonas Kaufmann making his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Predicted to be a sell-out, it’s one not to miss. Johnny Carr, Alternative Content Manager at Vue Entertainment commented, "Opera and Ballet has always played a significant role in the UK arts scene. Despite a strong fan base we know that over 60% of Brits are not aware that they could see productions at their local Vue. This is a great opportunity to introduce new fans to the genre. We are very excited to give them the opportunity to watch such classic productions at Vue, all from the very best seat in the house.” Enjoy the Opera and Ballet performances from the Royal Opera House at Vue, with the amazing 'larger than life' high definition big screens, and incredible surround sound. Tickets start from £10. Visit: www.myvue.com to find out more.

Operas and Ballets playing at Vue in Norwich are as follows: The Royal Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER LIVE: Thursday 8th December 2016 [7:15pm] - ENCORE: Sunday 11th December 2016 [2pm] The Royal Opera: IL TROVATORE LIVE: Tuesday 31st January 2017 [7:15pm] - ENCORE: Sunday 5th February 2017 [2pm] The Royal Ballet: WOOLF WORKS LIVE: Wednesday 8th February 2017 [7:15pm] - ENCORE: Sunday 12th February 2017 [2pm] The Royal Ballet: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY LIVE: Tuesday 28th February 2017 [7pm] - ENCORE: Sunday 5th March 2017 [2pm] PAGE

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Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Play Norwich Waterfront On Sunday 18th December 2016! It was 1962 that Motown's Artist and Repertoire Director William “Mickey” Stevenson first heard the voice that would become synonymous with "the sound of young America." A young jazz/blues singer with the unlikely name of "Martha Lavaille" was bringing audiences to their feet at Detroit's famed 20 Grand Nightclub singing songs made popular by singers the likes of Gloria Lynne and Della Reese. He invited her to audition at the new Motown Records headquarters, "Hitsville, USA." Though the audition never happened, within a year, Martha had taken the reigns of the company's A&R department, ingratiating herself. She saw that musicians showed up on time and got paid. She watched, learned, and whenever opportunity presented itself, she sang. And when she did, everyone took notice. When Mary Wells couldn't make a session, Martha was called to the mic. With her group, the Del Phi's, she recorded "I'll Have to Let Him Go," and Martha and the Vandellas was born. The song was rather forgettable, but Reeves' sound wasn't. While waiting for her first hit, Martha (along with Rosalind Ashford and Annette Beard) backed Marvin Gaye on his first three releases and sang with him on stage. Soon, however, they emerged from the shadows with "Come and Get These Memories," followed by an enviable string of hits: "Heat Wave," "Quicksand," "In My Lonely Room," "Nowhere to Run," "My Baby Loves Me,", "Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things," "I'm Ready For Love," "Jimmy Mack," and, of course, the Motown anthem, "Dancing In The Street." After leaving Motown in 1972, Martha continued to expand her musical horizons, establishing herself as a singer-songwriter with few limitations. She sang rock, jazz, country, gospel, blues and classical. Her singing companions included everyone from the Godfather James Brown and the Boss Bruce Springsteen to opera diva Beverly Sills and gospel king Rance Allen. She headlined a national touring company of the musical "Ain't Misbehaving," and for three years toured the UK in the musical review "Dancing In The Street." Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (sisters Lois and Delphine) bring class, sass, and unparalleled Motown style to any event. For more information on MARTHA REEVES - see links below: Website - http://www.missmarthareeves.com/id1.html Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/MARTHA-REEVES-OfficialPage/130642860300852 Twitter - https://twitter.com/MARTHAREEVESvan Tickets for the NORWICH - Waterfront show taking place on Sunday 18th December are available from: Norwich - Waterfront Box Office No: 01603 508050 Website - https://thewaterfront.ticketabc.com/venues/thewaterfront/ Tickets - £22.50 adv Twitter: @icenimagazine

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Starsailor ‘Out In The Fields Winter Tour’ Comes To Norwich – Waterfront

Starsailor’s initial run of success saw both their ‘Love is Here’ debut album and the 2003 follow-up ‘Silence is Easy’ hit #2 on the charts as they raced to a total of 3 million sales. After a five-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2014, enjoying triumphant festival performances at the Isle of Wight Festival and V Festival, plus special guest to James on their UK tour. 2015 saw them tour in China, Korea, and a co-headline tour of the US and Canada with Embrace. Their return was swiftly followed by the release of their biggest hits through ‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ (released in September 2015 on Parlophone). The album was accompanied by the band’s first headline UK and European tour since 2009. The album kicked off with the band’s three biggest hits in the shape of ‘Good Souls’ (#12), ‘Silence is Easy’ (#9) and ‘Alcoholic’ (#10). In addition to those tracks, the album featured a further seven Top 40 hits, as well as two brand new tracks ‘Give Up The Ghost’ and ‘Hold On’. “It's been over 15 years since the band first formed and the songs still mean something to people. They still sing the words passionately back at us at gigs. We hear stories of how songs have sound tracked key moments in their lives. 'We can't wait to get out on tour again in December. We've been busy working on some new tunes & we can't wait to road-test a couple of them for the fans along with the old favourites. It will be great to play some venues we haven't played before too”. says frontman James Walsh. For more information on STARSAILOR, see links below: Website - http://www.starsailorband.co.uk/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/starsailorofficial Twitter - https://twitter.com/Starsailorband Tickets for the NORWICH - Waterfront show taking place on Saturday 17th December are available from: Norwich - Waterfront Box Office No: 01603 508050 Website - https://thewaterfront.ticketabc.com/events/starsailor/ Tickets - £21.50 adv - Doors - 6.30pm Twitter: @icenimagazine

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Choir To Go Between The Stars New Cathedral show is first section of 2 year Arms of Sleep project An internationally renowned Norfolk based choir have announced their next concert to take place in January and brighten up one of the darkest months of the year. Norwich’s Voice Project Choir will perform their new work Between Stars at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday January 21. There will be separate performances at 7pm and 9pm. Between Stars is inspired by the magnificent cathedral as well as the darkness and clarity of the seasonal Norfolk sky. It will be a largescale promenade performance piece featuring the 150-member choir along with professional solo singers and instrumentalists. As with all Voice Project performances the event takes the form of a conversation between the singers and musicians and the building that hosts them. Tim Tracey of Tin House has created a spectacular lighting design to reveal hitherto hidden parts of the cathedral and most of the music has been specially-created for the event, composed by Helen Chadwick (who has been commissioned by the likes of the Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera the BBC, Royal Shakespeare

Company and the National Theatre), Orlando Gough, acknowledged as one of the UK’s most important composers and Voice Project coDirector Jon Baker. The concert is directed by Voice Project co-directors Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker. Between Stars is the first part of a new ambitious project The Arms of Sleep, a series of pieces exploring ideas around sleeping and waking. Jon and Sian have begun work with sleep scientists and designers to create this sequence of world–class choral theatre that will also see the choir performing as part of the 2017 Norfolk & Norwich Festival before going on to site specific performances at major festivals around the country in 2018. The January concert will be their first full performance at Norwich Cathedral since 2013. Sian Croose commented ‘Norwich Cathedral has such brilliant acoustics and hearing the choir and soloists in there is always very special. Mid January, at the deepest point of hibernation of the winter, can seem the darkest part of the year following the glitz and gaiety of Christmas so we hope to create a dream-like piece of music that will transport the singers and the audience to a different place.

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The January concert will be their first full performance at Norwich Cathedral since 2013 Jonathan Baker added ‘We’re looking forward to the opportunity to revisiting this great building with a new group of singers in the choir. Our last project here was Nocturne in 2013 which was very atmospheric and a great success. It’s always a very enjoyable challenge to produce these large-scale shows which use all parts of the cathedral and its wonderful acoustics’. The Voice Project are twice winners of EDP People’s Choice Award. They have taken their unique vision of what a community choir can be to international jazz festivals in mainland Europe, appeared on prime time French TV and had a London concert broadcast on BBC Radio 3. It is one of the best known choirs in the East of England and is totally open access with no auditions to join. In recent years the choir has given many hundreds of singers the opportunity to take part in unique creative performance projects of high quality new vocal music as well as running workshops designed to build confidence and explore a wide variety of uplifting and inspiring music.

Tickets for Between Stars are available from www.voiceproject.co.uk and Norwich Cathedral Shop Saturday 21st January 2017 7pm and 9pm Between Stars - The Voice Project Choir with soloists and instrumentalists New promenade song cycle performance featuring 150 member open access choir alongside professional soloists and musicians. The magnificent cathedral will be spectacularly lit for the concerts to reveal hitherto hidden features. Norwich Cathedral, The Close, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4DH. www.voiceproject.co.uk PAGE

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Cromer’s New Year’s Day Firework Display 1st January 2017

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An annual event which invites you to spend New Year's Day in the fabulous North Norfolk seaside town of Cromer. Take a walk on the beach, grab some fish and chips for lunch and watch the spectacular fireworks display over the sea at 5pm set off from the town's iconic pier. Welcome in the New Year with all the family at Britain's biggest New Year's Day firework display. The annual firework display was set up by a group of volunteers alongside Cromer Town Council in 2000 as a way for the townsfolk of Cromer to see in the new millennium. It soon outgrew its location at one of the town’s local parks and the team had the bold vision of moving the display to its, now traditional, location on the town’s iconic pier. Moving into its eighteenth year in 2017 the annual display now attracts over 10,000 people to the town on New Year’s Day and raises thousands of pounds for local good causes. Firework Committee Chairman Jim Bond said “We’re delighted it’s become such a successful annual event. The idea has always been to bring people up to the coast for a breath of fresh air, something to eat and drink, and a fabulous firework display over the sea fired from Cromer Pier at 5pm. Cafés, pubs and restaurants will also be open, so there'll be plenty of places to get a cuppa or something stronger.”

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Norfolk Collective To Exhibit New Works At City Gallery

Storm Sweep Across The Sea By Katharine Falcon

A Norfolk collective is set to open an exhibition of unseen work at the Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich. Eight by Eight will feature artwork by Group Eight who are renowned for working outdoors ‘en plein air’. Each of the group’s eight artists has created a new, three foot square piece of work for the show as well as numerous study pieces. Norfolk born artist and former London gallerist, James Colman, said: “Group Eight are very excited about exhibiting at Fairhurst. Most of us have previously had connections with the gallery in various shapes and form. “The new programme at the gallery made us all realise that The Fairhurst Gallery is fast establishing itself as the premier contemporary gallery in the region. Its ambitious and progressive programme combines eclecticism, quality and accessibility.” Formed in autumn 2008 with the intention of getting back to the business of ‘doing a bit of life drawing,’ Group Eight has emerged as a quintessentially Norfolk based outfit. With shared values yet disparate styles, the group is at its happiest when rooted firmly in the Norfolk landscape of Broadland, Breckland and Fenland. With all eight artists living within a 15-mile radius of each other, Mr Colman - the man behind ‘Paint Out’ - said: “The group meets for life drawing regularly and over the years have exhibited together both in East Anglia and London at various venues: Group shows, Festivals, Galleries and even in our own homes. PAGE

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“From time to time we go off on painting trips, like collectives tend to do. I think one of the reasons that we've stayed a cohesive force is that we do have as The Americans describe 'shared values' when it comes to art. “The great thing is that Group Eight allows for mutual support. Some friendship and a chance to push some new ideas into reality helps keep the creative fire burning.” Dulcie Humphrey from the Fairhurst Gallery said: “Group Eight are a collective of some of the finest artists working in Norfolk right now. “We have been very keen to showcase the group since we took over the gallery in 2014. Having caught some glimpses of their work up in the framing workshop I have been increasingly inspired to seek more.

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“All the artists create work inspired by the East Anglian landscape though each artist brings their own distinctive style.” The exhibition runs from December, 9th 2016 until January, 20th 2017. Artists taking part are Tor Falcon, James Colman, Alex Egan, Cornelia FitzRoy, Fred Ingrams, Katie Falcon, Mark Cator and Auriol Innes.

For more information visit: www.fairhurstgallery.co.uk About Fairhurst Tucked away in the Norwich Lanes, once a 17th century skittle alley and formerly the Cat Trap jazz club, the Fairhurst is a unique and charming gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions. The Fairhurst Gallery champions contemporary fine art, bringing variety and brilliance to the city of Norwich. With a view to developing the careers of new professional artists and helping established practitioners reach new audiences, The Fairhurst repeatedly show inspirational work of the highest standards. Established on Elm Hill in Norwich in 1949 by artist, restorer and dealer Joe Fairhurst the Fairhurst Gallery soon earned a reputation for working with great artists including Edward Seago and Alfred Munnings. Dealing in the highest quality fine art Joe was joined by his eldest son Tiz in 1976 who developed the framing and restoration workshop from where the Fairhurst team still provide bespoke framing and art conservation services of the highest quality. PAGE Twitter: @icenimagazine

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Charity Burn’s Night Supper And Ceilidh 27th January 2017 Wymondham Rotary and Lions Clubs are joining forces once again to organize a Charity Burn’s Night supper and Ceilidh at Wymondham Central Hall on Friday 29th January 2017. There will be a traditional two course Burn’s supper, piping in and addressing the haggis. This will be followed by dancing to local Ceilidh band ‘Happy Feet’ until 11.00pm. Doors open at 6.30 and the meal begins at 7.00pm. Tickets are £20.00 each and will be available after Christmas online at: www.wymfest.org.uk, by e-mail from: prichardson@downhammanor.co.uk, or jamwilde@hotmail.com, and from Reeves, Market Street, Wymondham. Profits from the event will help Chapel Road Special School, Attleborough. As last year, if any supporters of other local charities wish to purchase tickets through their charity we will donate £5.00/ ticket to that charity.

Macmillan Mammoth Quiz 24th February 2017 The Macmillan Mammoth Quiz is back, now in its 9th year with a brand new, brain-teasing quiz for 2017. The Mammoth Quiz is Macmillan’s nationwide quiz. Simply put, it is the same quiz, being held on the same day, at the same time, throughout the country. The mammoth quiz even holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest simultaneous quiz. We need you to help make the 2017 Macmillan Quiz the biggest and best yet. Macmillan are looking for local groups and businesses across the UK to host a quiz on 24th February 2017 to raise vital funds for people affected by cancer. It's a really fun and easy way to raise money for Macmillan, and you can hold your quiz anywhere from the local pub or bowling club to the office or school. Previous participants have commented “It was a great Quiz and everyone enjoyed it tremendously” and that “the questions are so interesting and catch the imagination”. It free to sign up to host a Mammoth Quiz. You will then be sent a welcome pack with a 2017 quiz and fundraising materials. All that is left for you to do is book a venue and sell tickets! There is also the Macmillan Mammoth Quiz website (www.macmillan.org.uk/mammoth). On here you will find tips for organising your quiz, posters and tickets, a bit of information about Macmillan and even some sneaky samples. To register for your 2017 quiz pack, find out more about the Mammoth Quiz and start downloading sample questions and fundraising materials, please log on to: www.macmillan.org.uk/mammoth or email: fundraising@macmillan.org.uk PAGE

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Look Ahead To 2017 Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth 15/16/17 September 2017 Image credit SeaChange Arts

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Out There Festival which brings the international circus and street arts worlds to Great Yarmouth for a weekend of colour, spectacle and riotous fun for all the family. Organised by SeaChange Arts who are based in Great Yarmouth’s newly refurbished Drill House, Out There takes place all over the town centre and seafront, filling its venues, parks,

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streets and promenades with the cream of circus and street art performers from all over the world. More than 60,000 people descend on Norfolk’s traditional seaside gem for the largest festival of it's kind in the east of England, many of them from outside the region. Out There is a member of the ambitious Coasters partnership, a consortium of 10 seaside towns around the country that aims to boost tourism by reimagining the cultural life of some of our best loved coastal towns and touring exciting outdoor productions, many of them the sort of large scale events that thrilled audiences at the 2016 festival.

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Look Ahead To 2017 Holt Festival, 22-30 July 2017

This July 2017 will see Holt Festival which, it announced, will be for current Artistic Charles Pugh.

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Holt Festival is an award winning annual feast of the arts taking place in the charming North Norfolk Georgian country town in the last week of July. It has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Norfolk calendar and is also increasingly attracting extra cultural tourists visitors into the area. Since its inception in 2009 the festival has featured an international array of music, drama, visual art, literature, dance, comedy, kids shows and more. It takes over the whole town bringing it alive with activity. The first highlights are due to be announced in late February but for his last festival Charles promises to bring performers of the same quality as his first two events as well as a few Twitter: @icenimagazine

surprises!. Previous festivals have seen the likes of Michael Palin, Melvyn Bragg, The Stranglers, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, John Illsey of Dire Straits, Michael Buerke, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Joanna Trollope, Kate Adie, Jennie Éclair, Sir John Hurt and Julie Christie. In the summer months Holt is a magnet for tourists visiting North Norfolk. During festival week, briefly and dazzlingly, it becomes home to musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians. With venues all over the town visitors can catch performances at the church, the Auden Theatre, in the bookshop, in Holt Community Centre, hotels and in the magnificent open-air Theatre in the Woods. If you enjoy cultural nourishment, some belly laughs, and the pleasure of seeing top-flight internationally recognised performers, then Holt in late July is the place for you!

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ICENI - HOROSCOPES Issue 44 2016

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Horoscopes For December Aries 21 March - 20 April Uranus, the planet of surprises

Libra 24 September - 23 October Your ideas and even

located in your sign, is going to be hugely influential for you this month around the festivities as much as your long-term future is concerned. This can slowly but surely see new opportunities open up. Mind your intuition is going to be important too, so listen to this carefully, especially when meeting influential people, Aries.

mode of expression have not chimed with others quite as smoothly at times over the last two years. Yet, December is an opportunity to work on the relationships that are important to you, and where there is a really constructive vibe. Although family matters may dominate Christmas, it is going to be important to give yourself some time to chill-out.

Taurus 21 April - 21 May The desire to travel, meet

Scorpio 24 October - 22 November As far as Christmas

different people or spend Christmas in a place different to your usual location can be very strong. However, with Mercury rewinding for the last third of December, all this can be quite fluid and subject to last minute changes of plan. A friend can play an increasingly important role, and especially if you have a shared cause that bonds you.

spending is concerned, this year it's probably best to keep a little bit of flexibility in your budget. You may have some last-minute gift ideas which means that if you can, keeping a little money aside could come in very handy. Your words are also going to take on a great deal of meaning, and some very profound conversations can unfold over the holiday season.

Gemini 22 May - 21 June Saturn has had such a major

Sagittarius 23 November - 21 December Some of

influence in your relating sector these last two years, and it may not have been all plain sailing. This month however, he is a force for good. The ties that can grow with you, in other-words add something to your world, are going to be the ones that bless your Christmas time and beyond. A work opportunity in a caring sector can also emerge.

the restrictive energy of the last two years can seem less to the fore this month. This can cheer you, as can seeing what you've been putting in place in that time starting to take shape, as it can do really well. With Mercury retracing his steps from the 19th, be persistent around any money that's owed to you and right through to the end of the year, Archer.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July An openness to new ideas

Capricorn 22 December - 20 January With Mercury

around health and fitness can be a real asset to you this month, Cancer. Of course, December is not the best of months to be grappling with a new diet, but it may not be this that you actually try to do. It's more that you can get a profound idea of some changes in your life structure that you need to make. Clear communication is vital too.

joining your sign early this year, you can find yourself in the mood to take a firmer grip on proceedings, but there may still be some more sensitive issues from your past that come to the surface on the back of the Full Moon of the 14th. But some exciting developments can really inspire you in the last week of the year as far as your plans for 2017.

Leo 24 July - 23 August The desire to break away from

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February With Mars in your

restrictive situations has reached a high in recent times, but now you can see your way forwards. The wonderful thing is the extra space you've created for yourself, can now see you more availing to other people's needs. Just be sure that you don't let your boundaries get too compromised, or you’ll start to feel resentful once more.

sign through to the 18th and Venus joining from the 9th, you can dazzle people with your individuality and be much more outgoing than is often the case, at least in the last ten days of the year. It's what makes you different that can draw folk to you, and you could find yourself much in demand. In fact, your main issue may be in deciding who to turn down.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September You can be much

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Work responsibilities

more playful this December, as your ruler Mercury enters the most self expressive part of your 'scope on the 3rd. Your creativity can also be very high. Last minute changes on the home front can see you preparing for any potential visitors, and you may be spinning quite a few plates. One relationship can capture your imagination as 2016 ends.

can dominate, but also you can see significant progress shaping up which can be mightily pleasing. There will still be time to have fun, and once Mars moves into your sign on the 19th, you can be determined to be part of this. However, you still may find yourself feeling particularly sentimental for one relationship or one person from your past.

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