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CinemaCity NORWICH-BORN FILM BUFF, TONY COOPER, LOOKS AT SPECIAL SCREENINGS AT CINEMA CITY IN APRIL
Films to look out for: Custody A judge presides over a custody case that takes an emotional toll on everybody involved. Journeyman Boxer Matty Burton suffers a serious head injury during a fight. It is about the impact this has on his marriage, his life and his family. Ghost Stories Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’. Guernsey Literary Society A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their wartime experiences. Funny Cow A woman who has a funny-bone for a backbone. 8 | Spring 2018
Tully Marlo, a mother of three, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Beast In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of murders, she defends him at all costs. Let The Sunshine In Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love at last Vintage Sundays: Studio Ghibli season
Spirited Away (PG)
Sunday 1st April (1.00pm) A fantasy adventure film unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-year-old girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim. While en route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble
upon a mysterious tunnel which leads them to a ghostly town. Here the parents greedily devour the buffet in an abandoned restaurant and unceremoniously turn into pigs as Chihiro looks on. Unwittingly, they have strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings who holiday at a giant bathhouse run by the demonic sorceress, Yubaba.
THE MET. Encore performance: Così fan tutte (12A)
Monday 2nd April (1.45pm)
Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? A coproduction with English National Opera, this clever vision of the battle of the sexes is set in a carnivalesque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. The cast features Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi as the sisters put to the test with Broadway star, Kelli O’Hara, as their
feisty maid, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as their fiancés and Christopher Maltman as Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts Mozart’s delightful score.
Discover Tuesdays: The Ice King (12A) Tuesday 3rd April (6.15pm)
John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality wasn’t even fully legal. Toxic yet charming, rebellious yet elitist, emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy, ferociously ambitious yet bent on selfdestruction, he was a man forever on the run - from his father’s ghost, his country and himself. The Ice King is a searing documentary about a lost cultural icon and a story of art, sport, sexuality and rebellion.
ROH Live: Macbeth (12A) Wednesday 4th April (7.15pm). Encore performance: Tuesday 10th April (2.00pm) Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth,
a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical. The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign.
1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’. Vintage Sundays: Studio Ghibli season
Howl’s Moving Castle (U) Sunday 8th April (1.00pm)
In Miyazaki’s enchanting freestyle adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s novel,
The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives and justice is restored. Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches - imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures - are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The production uses Verdi’s 2018 Spring | 9
Met Opera - Luisa Miller 2018 - Placido Domingo young hatter Sophie is transformed into a 90-year-old woman by a wicked witch. Pragmatically undeterred, she finds work as a cleaning lady in magician Howl’s clanking Hieronymus Bosch-esque mobile abode. As visually intricate as you would expect, Howl’s Moving Castle also packs an antiwar punch.
Bolshoi Ballet Recorded: Giselle (12A) Sunday 8th April (3.00pm)
When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death. Prima ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova, personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.
NT Live: Julius Caesar (15) broadcast from The Bridge Theatre on London’s South Bank Monday 9th April (2.30pm)
Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. 10 | Spring 2018
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Culture Shock: Ready Player One Season - Akira (15) Sunday 9th April (8.30pm)
Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt after World War III when two highschool drop-outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo, stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans.
subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again.
RSC Live: Macbeth (12A) Wednesday 11th April (7.00pm)
Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. This contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC début and the return of Niamh Cusack to the company.
After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project’s most powerful
Distant Sky: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Live Thursday 12th April (8.30pm)
Recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds directed by award winning filmmaker, David Barnard. Performing their new album, Skeleton Tree, exquisite compositions stand alongside their essential catalogue. This was the band’s first show in three years and provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike.
THE MET Live: Luisa Miller (12A)
Saturday 14th April (5.30pm). Encore performance: Monday 16th April (1.45pm) Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met career with this rarelyperformed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel, Intrigue and Love.The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion and betrayal tear the lovers apart but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. In the first Met performances of the opera in more than a decade, Sonya Yoncheva sings the titlerole opposite Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo with Domingo as Luisa’s stern-yet-loving father. Bertrand de Billy conducts. www.1Magazine.co.uk
Vintage Sundays: Ingmar Bergman season:
Wild Strawberries (PG) Sunday 15th April (1pm)
Culture Shock: Ready Player One Season -A Nightmare on Elm Street (18) Monday 16th April (8.30pm)
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won’t lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Discover Tuesdays: Sweet Country (15) Tuesday 17th April (6.15pm)
Grease Sing-a-Long (PG)
Wednesday 18th April (8.30pm)
Vintage Sundays: Ingmar Bergman season: The Seventh Seal (PG) Sunday 22nd April (1pm)
Culture Shock: Ready Player One Season - Back to the Future (PG) Monday 23rd April (8.30pm)
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn’t have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, he must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson).
The one balm in Marty’s life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must reunite his parents-tobe, lest he ceases to exist in the 1980s. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of Back to the Future is the performance of Michael J. Fox who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mind-set.
Dementia Friendly: Gigi (PG) Friday 27th April (10.30am)
Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is a restless Parisian playboy who moves from one mistress to another while also spending time with Gigi (Leslie Caron), a precocious younger friend learning the ways of high society. The platonic relationship between Gaston and Gigi changes, however, when she matures, but the possibility of something lasting seems unlikely since he won’t commit to one woman. Gigi refuses to be anyone’s mistress therefore Gaston must choose between her and his carefree lifestyle.
THE MET Live: Cendrillon (12A)
Saturday 28th April (5.55pm). Encore showing: Monday 30th April (2.15pm) A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest and 2018 Spring | 11
a Prince Charming who loves her. Did all that really happen or was it just a dream? Long-suffering Cendrillon lives a life of drudgery with her good-natured father and his imperious wife, until fate, romance and a touch of fairy magic intervene. For the first time ever, Massenetâ€™s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly. Superstar Joyce DiDonato sings the titlerole alongside British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming. Kathleen Kim is the Fairy Godmother and Stephanie Blythe the archetypal wicked stepmother.
Vintage Sundays: Ingmar Bergman season: Persona (15) Sunday 29th April (1pm)
Culture Shock: Ready Player One Season - Tron (PG)
Monday 30th April (8.30pm) When scientist Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) tries to hack the computer at work to find evidence that his ideas have been stolen, a malevolent software pirate ensnares him in the computerâ€™s electronic maze. Digitally broken down into a data stream, he finds himself caught in the blazingly colourful and geometrically intense
landscape of cyberspace. A stunning piece of science fiction and a landmark in the history of computer animation.
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RSC Macbeth - Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack
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Waveney & Blyth Arts Event to celebrate the wonders of rivers
new event is set to explore the wonders of rivers. Hosted by arts group Waveney and Blyth Arts, A River Runs Through It, will take place at The Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad.
The event, which will include illustrated presentations, a musical interlude, refreshments and a lunch, will take place on Wednesday, April 25 2018. People will discover how rivers shape the landscape and communities that dwell around them, and how artist-led projects can encourage us to explore, understand and protect this important heritage The conference is aimed at anyone involved in conservation or river-based heritage, landscape artists in all media, ecowarriors of all ages and anyone who loves being on, in or near rivers. The day will feature fascinating and inspiring speakers from the environmental, academic and arts worlds, at a venue nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad amongst 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes, and thatched barns, with direct access onto the broads. There will also be an optional post-conference guided walk on nearby Carlton Marshes nature reserve. Nicky Stainton, who heads up Waveney & Blyth Arts, said:
“Bringing together artists, environmentalists and scientists to share their diverse responses to these significant shapers of our landscape will make for a stimulating day. As a species we have a deep affinity with water and this event will help to explore and celebrate that connection.” A River Runs Through It, will take place between 10am and 3.45pm on Wednesday, April 25. It is supported by The Suffolk Coast DMO. Tickets are £40 per person and include lunch and refreshments; £5 discount for bookings before 18 March and for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts. To book please contact The Ivy House Country Hotel via email@example.com or phone 01502 501353. For more information visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com
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42nd Street BROADWAY GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND STYLE
Tony Cooper WRITER TC@TONY-COOPER.CO.UK
Tony Cooper relishes the Big Broadway musical, 42nd Street, jumping from the Big Screen to the Big Stage and packing them in at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
ust like An American in Paris (dating from 1951 - recently seen at London’s Dominion Theatre) and Singin’ in the Rain (which hit Broadway, the Great White Way, a year later), 42nd Street (which predates these two fabulous musicals by 18/19 years and choreographed by none other than Busby Berkeley) successfully jumped from the Big Screen to the Big Stage. And no stage comes bigger than the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where this show is nicely settled in and running to the autumn. And the studio who turned out all these well-loved musicals and so many others, too, such as On the Town, Meet Me in St Louis and The Band Wagon - was none other than MGM (MetroGoldwyn-Mayer), one of the largest and most revered film studios in the world. It was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur, Marcus Loew, gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B Mayer Pictures. They employed a host of big-name stars, too, such as Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, William Haines, Jean Harlow, Buster Keaton, Robert Montgomery, William Powell, Norma Shearer, Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The list is endless! They even employed André Previn as a composer/arranger at the tender age of 15. And they gainfully employed American composer, Harry Warren to write the score for 42nd Street to lyrics set by Al Dubin. In Warren, they certainly picked the right man for the job. He delivered the goods in no uncertain terms and came up with a thoroughly-wonderful toe-tapping score which included such memorable numbers as ‘Shuffle off to Buffalo’, ‘Young and Healthy’, ‘Keep Young and Beautiful’ and ‘You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me’. Incidentally, Harry Warren was the first major American songwriter
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to write primarily for film and hit the big time for doing so as he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song eleven times and won three Oscars for composing ‘You’ll Never Know’ and ‘On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe’ as well as ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, another big production number from 42nd Street. I think that this show is getting to be a habit with me as I’ve seen it a couple of times already at Drury Lane, a famous West End theatre neighbouring the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and just round the corner from the famous London Coliseum, home to English National Opera. A brilliant show, I’m always knocked for six by the opening number and cherish those vital seconds when the curtain is raised about one-and-a-half feet revealing the full cast tapping like mad and hammering the boards of this well-loved theatre like nobody’s business. It’s exciting to the core and stamps the identity of the show whose scenario surrounds the acclaimed Broadway director, Julian Marsh, producing a show called Pretty Women at the time of the Great Depression. In fact, when Warner Bros shot the musical, premièred in March 1933, America was four years into it. Reluctantly, the lead role falls to Dorothy Brock only because her boyfriend has a dollar or two going spare and who better than this urban Joe to invest in the show when money was tight. But when Ms Brock breaks her ankle all hell breaks loose. However, there’s always someone waiting in the wings hoping for their big break. In this case it’s a young hoofer from Pennsylvania by the name of Peggy Sawyer who, of course, eventually goes all the way to the top tapping her way to stardom and the bright lights of Broadway. In fact, such a scenario as this exists inasmuch as Hollywood star, Catherine Zeta-Jones, was a member of the musical’s original London production 34 years ago and due to Barbara King and her
understudy both falling ill, it left the Swansea-born teenager (who, incidentally, was second understudy) to step up from the chorus to take the lead role of Peggy Sawyer. It turned out for the young and enterprising dancer to be her big break. Magic! The stuff of dreams, eh! And on one Saturday night last November the 58-strong cast got a special surprise when Ms Zeta-Jones turned up at Drury Lane to meet them while proudly showing off her yellow scarf which she’d kept from her time working on the show as a good-luck charm. Playing Dorothy Brock and Peggy Sawyer in this grand, stunning and extravagant production, directed with great flair and imagination by Mark Bramble (who has been involved with the show for years), was Sheena Easton (who’s famed for recording the James Bond theme to For Your Eyes Only) and Clare Halse (who played Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris). They put in truly commanding, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable performances. Ms Easton (who now lives in Las Vegas) delivered a fine rendering of ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ - a lovely song added specially to this production for Ms Easton - while the deuce teamed up in the quiet and thoughtful number ‘About a Quarter to Nine’ with wheelchair-bound Dorothy in Peggy’s dressing-room wishing her, with a slight touch of irony in her voice, the best of luck. And Bruce Montague, may I add, came over well as Ms Brock’s beau, Abner Dillon. Best known as Carl King in Emmerdale, Tom Lister, the boss of the whole shooting-match, hit the mark as the show’s producer, Julian Marsh, playing the part rather kindly but with a sting in his tail if he didn’t get quite what he wanted. Well booted from top to toe, harbouring a sweet-sounding baritone voice, he was heard to good effect in the big production number, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, 18 | Spring 2018
set on Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, with members of the full company excelling themselves in a song-and-dance routine that was simply breathless and exciting to watch which is, really, the hallmark of this wonderful show. I greatly admired, too, the performance of Stuart Neal as Billy Lawlor who, incidentally, played the role of Jigger in Opera North’s well-received production of Carousel. What a performer! He harbours such a bright personality that his stage presence was felt at all times while his big number ‘Dames’ with members of the male chorus and reprised with the full company was just the ticket and with the girls he turned it on like nobody’s business with that adorable romantic number, ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’. And when he teamed up with Peggy and Ensemble in the star number that ends (and takes its name from) the show, ‘42nd Street’, I should think that they generated enough energy between them to aid the National Grid in a power emergency. Such was their performance. Overall, though, there were so many brilliant and inspiring scenes in this fast-moving show but none more so than the scene witnessing the four kids who come across a dime on the sidewalk (a big find - and in the Depression!) that led to a host of colossal coin-shaped mini-platforms appearing on the vast stage of Drury Lane which were ideally suited, of course, for that great energetic and show-stopping number, ‘We’re in the Money’. And another! In a nod to Busby Berkeley (the iconic American director and choreographer) a rather large art deco mirror floated high above the stage while the dancers gathered together forming a host of intricately-complicated floral-type patterns which were cleverly woven into a kaleidoscope of colourful abstract geometrical shapes to mesmerising effect. Sweeter than a box of chocolates! It was not so much La La Land as Fantasy Land. And for those audiences seeing the show for the first time round in the 1930s, it must have been pure fantasy and, hopefully, gave
them a bit of light relief over the dire circumstances they found themselves in. In a twist of fate, the original choreographer and director, Gower Champion - a major figure on the Broadway musical stage and director of such hits as Hello Dolly! - died just before 42nd Street opened in New York at the age of 61.And in a dramatic gesture, perhaps typical of the Broadway world in which he worked, news of his death was withheld until after the opening night’s final curtain at the Winter Garden Theatre. While the audience was still cheering the strong-minded Broadway producer, David Merrick, quietly walked on stage holding his face in his hands and announced. ‘It is tragic,’ he said. ‘Gower Champion has died.’ It stunned a packed house. Broadway had lost a champion of the musical. A veteran of more than three decades in Hollywood, on Broadway and on television, Gower Champion is still affectionately remembered today by so many people and 42nd Street, the show he relished and brought to the stage, is testimony to that fact. Without doubt, 42nd Street has the lot, really, all wrapped up in one big Broadway parcel. What a present! And coupled with Harry Warren’s ravishing score - played to perfection by a crack pit orchestra under the direction of Jae Alexander it’s a brilliant show all round and one that you’ll come out of feeling on top of the world! Well, I did! What are you waiting for? Go on, treat yourself! Box office: 0844 412 4660 Get the best out of your day and travel to London by train: Greater Anglia run regular services every half hour from Norwich to London Liverpool Street calling at stations en route. For the return journey the last two trains leave Liverpool Street at 22.30 and 23.30 and these trains also serve Ipswich for those travelling back to Suffolk. For more information and best-value fares offered by Greater Anglia, please log on to www.greateranglia.co.uk
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This House May 8th - 12th Norwich Theatre Royal
t would be easy to believe that politics in the UK have never been so volatile as today. We have the upheaval of Brexit, divisions amongst the parties, plotting and scheming to topple leaders, weekly calls for resignations, U-turns at every corner.
Yet turn back the clock to 1974 and the corridors of Westminster were ringing with the sound of infighting and backbiting as power was held by a thread and Britain’s political parties battled to change the future of the nation. The political shenanigans of the hung parliament of 1974 to 1979 are the subject of This House, an energetic and critically-acclaimed play directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall) which, following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End, is now on a UK tour and arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal from May 8-12. It was written by a young British playwright, television writer and one-time actor James Graham, who was 30 when This House opened in 2012. So what interested a young writer in the battles going on in the dry and dusty, smoke-filled corridors of Whitehall before he was even born? “I wanted to look at the Houses of Parliament under the most strain it has ever been under in the history of modern Britain and that was absolutely the Parliament of 1974 to 1979,” James said. “It was a government with not enough people to pass its laws. It was a country in absolute turmoil - economically, socially, politically.” He loved researching the period, describing it as “the fun part of doing a political play”. “For me, politics was never something that was alienating or strange. I think if you are going to lock people in a room for two hours and talk to them, then I feel it has to be important and I feel you’ve got to leave having talked and really engaged with stuff that is important - and political issues do that. “I think the default with younger writers is that we ‘don’t have the right or the tools to write these big political plays and we should just write small plays about our own stuff’ and I’ve just never believed that’s true.”
This House certainly pulls back the curtain and shines a light on the more human aspect of relationships with the corridors of power. James explained: “I always wanted to write a play about Westminster and de-mystify it. I find it quite scary and I think most people find it quite intimidating and confusing – and actually it’s not. You have this really grand old scary building and when you strip it down, it’s lots of people running around, sometimes carrying drunk people, sometimes helping sick people, sometimes there are fights and I wanted to capture that sense of farce. I just think, by its very definition, politics in the 1970s is quite funny. “No party had won overall majority so that meant all parties had to work and negotiate with each other to pass laws - which meant everything went out of the window There was loads of blackmailing, loads of bribing, loads of games, loads of tricks, and it seemed a good opportunity to get under the skin of that building when it was at its most pressured and most stressful.” In an atmosphere of chaos, fist fights break out in the parliamentary bars, high-stake tricks and games are played, while sick or dying MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes. Just as today, the 1970s had its own social and economic problems such as the oil crisis, the three-day week and high inflation. There were moments of high drama, such as one heated exchange across the floor of The Commons when Welsh Labour MPs started to sing the Red Flag and Michael Heseltine, leading the Conservative opposition, became so incensed he famously seized the Mace which symbolises the royal authority by which Parliament meets, and held it over his head. Yet instead of featuring the famous big players of the period Ted Heath, Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher – James’s play focusses on the ordinary men and women who make up the Whips Office, the MPs whose job it is to get their party members into the lobby to vote either for or against the legislation. “I wanted to forget Downing Street, to forget Whitehall, to forget anywhere where the decisions were made and look at the 2018 Spring | 21
engine room. And when you have a hung parliament and you don’t as a government have enough members in the chamber to pass your laws, suddenly everything becomes focussed on the Whips Offices. They are the guys who have to get that law onto the statute books and so the Whips become the most important people in politics.”
“It sounds really niche but I am so glad a play about politics in the 1970s, about people who aren’t famous in Westminster, has caught imaginations in a way that it caught mine, because I do find it exciting and I do find it moving and touching and funny and oddly beautiful. So it is great that people have got behind it and that people want to learn more about it.”
He says the play is not intimidating for audiences. “It’s not about legislation, it’s not about foreign or domestic policies. It’s about people who are struggling. Yes, it’s set in Westminster, but it could be set in an office, in a call centre. It could be set in a school, in anyone’s work place – essentially the rules are the same. It’s about friendship, loyalty, rivalry and power. So it’s about human beings, and yet it feels bigger and grander because it is set against the backdrop of something really serious which is the changing nature of our politics and Britain at an absolute crossroads of our history.”
This House is at Norwich Theatre Royal from May 8-12, with evening performances at 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm. The show on Thursday May 10 at 2.30pm will be captioned. Tickets cost from £8-£28.50 from the box office in person, by ‘phone on 01603 630000 or online at www. theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
There was a hugely rich vein of material to draw from: “The good thing about this parliament is it was so crazy, people who were there testify to it being the most dramatic and most intense parliament that there has been in modern British history, so I had to invent hardly anything. The hardest thing was picking which crazy stories, which votes that were won or lost by one, to dramatise.” He cites the MP John Stonehouse and Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe as examples of reality providing far more exciting stories than you could possibly invent: “When the government has got just about enough majority to start passing laws, John Stonehouse fakes his own death and throws himself allegedly into the sea off Miami Beach; and then you have stories like Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party who was accused of attempted murder. Cleared of all charges it has to be said, but he was accused of murdering his male lover. I look at it and go ‘God, how am I going to fit that into this?’ That’s one story of 25!
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he award-winning Holt Festival looks set to celebrate its tenth anniversary in style. In its first decade the festival has rapidly established itself as one of the East of England’s most anticipated events. Each July it brings musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians to the charming North Norfolk Georgian country town as well as the crowds who flock in to see them.
country’s best known and respected political figures. He will be in conversation about a range of topics taking in aspects of his varied career.
Stash Kirkbride has taken the helm as Artistic director for this anniversary year and he has just announced the first ten highlights for the landmark tenth Festival.
Elégie: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile is pianist Lucy Parham’s trailblazing performance in which she fuses music and words to chronicle the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Largely scripted from the composer’s letters, Parham will perform Elégie with narration by National Theatre actor (and North Norfolk resident) Alex Jennings, also known for his many TV and film appearances and seen on our screens recently as Prince Leopold in ITV’s Victoria.
One very welcome piece of news is that Jasper Carrott, one of the UK’s favourite comedians, has recovered from the health scare that caused him to cancel last year’s appearance at short notice. Jasper is thrilled to be bringing his new Stand Up & Rock set for the Festival finale on 29 July.
One of the UK’s leading tenors, James Gilchrist has performed in major concert halls throughout the world and comes to Holt in the company of Matt Wadsworth (lute and theorbo) to perform ‘Shall I Strive with Words to Move’, the music of Dowland, Britten and Purcell.
This unique show combines a stand up set with an all-star band featuring Bev Bevan, founding member of ELO and The Move, and other midlands music heroes. The Birmingham funnyman said ‘I’m really pleased to be coming to Holt after the unavoidable disappointment of last year’s cancellation. I’ve been told what a lovely setting the Theatre in the Woods is and I’m thrilled to be invited to fill it with laughter and music for the closing concert’. Sure to sell out, early booking is strongly recommended!
There’s a welcome return for Colin Cloud who created such a stir at the 2016 Festival before going on to conquer the Edinburgh Fringe and the 2017 Royal Variety Performance. Cloud has stunned audiences and intrigued skeptics from New York to Las Vegas with his astounding deductions and outrageous stunts. He describes his new show PSYCHO(Logical) as being ‘designed to challenge your perception of the world, the light and the dark.’
Another household name headed for Holt is chart topping singer, songwriter and entertainer Leo Sayer. Leo first hit the charts in 1973 and his ‘Gold Collection’ album returned him there in January 2018. He promises to thrill the Theatre in the Woods audience on Saturday 28 July with a crowd-pleasing romp through his best loved songs. The Tom Baxter Band, Theatre in the Woods headliners on Friday 27 July may be less well known but Tom’s songs have become part of many people’s lives. His melodic and magical songs have been covered by artists ranging from Dame Shirley Bassey to Take That and Boyzone. Irish top ten hit ‘Better’ has been hailed as a modern classic and his music is on the soundtrack of numerous Hollywood films.
Described as ‘The Queen’ by Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee was one of the jazz world’s sultriest singers with songs like ‘Fever’ and ‘Why Don’t you Do Right’. Now the Jo Harrop Jazz Quintet pay tribute with moving renditions of Peggy Lee ballads as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee canon. Featuring worldrenowned alto saxophonist Tony Kofi as special guest. The Matt Wates Jazz Band have been around for over 20 years and have recorded 13 records featuring their melody, groove and tight ensemble work. For this Holt concert they will be joined by inventive and original London based singer Liz Fletcher. The full visual arts programme will be announced when the whole programme is revealed on 30 April and there will be a new artists Open Studios feature – and some big name surprises.
Music of a very different kind comes from Two Pianos: Heart of Stone. Italian classical piano megastar Gloria Campaner teams up with Polish jazz star Leszek Możdżer, an internationally renowned musician who has played with the likes of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. The pianists are coming to Holt for their only planned UK collaborative concert this year. Their programme will range from Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin to Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini, taking in jazz and more along the way. For this very special one-off concert there will also be live projections and visuals from Italian video designer Luca Scarzella.
2018 Artistic Director Stash Kirkbride said ‘I hope this initial selection of acts gives a taste of our intentions for this year. I have tried to add new elements to the programme while retaining all the ingredients that people have come to expect from this wonderful festival. I can’t wait to tell the world about the full programme in April with more big names to announce alongside acts that I think will become firm favourites in the future’.
Lord (Paddy) Ashdown became leader of the Liberal Democrats exactly 30 years ago and he comes to Holt as one of the
We can rest assured that the full programme won’t disappoint when revealed in all its glory at the end of April, which will also
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Chair of the Festival Trustees Adney Payne added ‘I’d like to express the Festival’s gratitude to Stash for coming up with such a wide and wonderful selection of acts.
include international art exhibitions, drama and children’s events’. Entry details for the Holt Festival Art Prize, which attracts submissions from far and wide will be announced soon. Tom Ellis of Sponsors Norfolk Country cottages said ‘We look forward to The Holt Festival with great anticipation each year – both as sponsors and locals. With Stash Kirkbride at the helm, there is an added air of excitement this year. These first announcements outline a programme that is set to truly put North Norfolk and Holt on the cultural map for now and years to come. Bring it on!’ The 2018 Holt Festival runs from 21 – 29 July. Tickets for the early shows go on sale to Friends, Ambassadors and Sponsors at 9am on 26 February then on general sale on 12 March. For full details of the programme, updates and how to become a Friend, Ambassador or Sponsor of the festival visit www.holtfestival.org Holt Festival is generously supported by Gresham’s School. Festival media partners are Eastern Daily Press, North Norfolk News and Future Radio. Box office: 01603 598699 or online at www.holtfestival.org Media contact for information/images interview and review ticket requests: Steve Forster sfp communications ltd 01603 661459 , 07939 221192 firstname.lastname@example.org Holt Festival early highlight listings info 2018: Sunday 22 July 8pm £22/£5 ELÈGIE: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile (classical music/theatre)
A ‘Composer Portrait’ scripted by pianist Lucy Parham chronicling the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff, narrated and read by renowned TV, film and stage actor Alex Jennings. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Monday 23 July 6pm £22/£5 JAMES GILCHRIST: Tenor with MATT WADSWORTH: Lute and theorbo (classical music) The music of Dowland, Britten and Purcell, sung by this superlative tenor, accompanied on the lute and theorbo Holt Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Tuesday 24 July 8.15pm £25/£5 COLIN CLOUD (theatre) Acclaimed stage mentalist/mind reader likened to the Sherlock Holmes of entertainment. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Wednesday 25 July 2pm £20/£5 LORD ASHDOWN (talk) Former Liberal Democrats leader in conversation about his varied career and more. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Thursday 26 July 6pm £20/£5 MATT WATES JAZZBAND with LIZ FLETCHER (music/jazz) Sax led melodic jazz with guest singer. Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN Thursday 26 July 8.15pm £20/£5 JO HARROP JAZZ QUINTET (music/jazz) A celebration of Peggy Lee, the sultriest songstress of them all from a brilliant singer and a very accomplished band. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA
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Saturday 28 July 6pm £25/£5 2 PIANOS - HEART OF STONE: GLORIA CAMPANER AND LESZEK MOZDZER (classical music) Only planned UK duet concert this year for top international pianists (Italy and Poland). Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin to Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini taking in jazz and more along the way with live visuals/projections. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 28 July 8.15 pm £30/£5 LEO SAYER (music/gig) Chart topping singer, songwriter and entertainer romps through a high energy greatest hits set. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Friday 27 July 2pm £20/£5 TOM BAXTER BAND (music/gig) Co-writer of modern classic ‘Better’ whose songs have been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey, Take That, Boyzone and more. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 29 July 8.15pm £30/£5 JASPER CARROTT: STAND UP AND ROCK (comedy/music) A unique show that sees the legendary comedian perform his new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots - an all-star band featuring ELO and The Move’s Bev Bevan that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Box office: 01603 598699 or online at www.holtfestival.org
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The Audit comes to Norwich The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) - New play from hit theatre company comes to Norwich as part of national tour
he global economy is a mess. The crash has landed, the tide’s swept out, and it’s taken our hope with it. There’s less in our pockets and more to be spent. The rich have got richer, the middle’s squeezed tight, and the poor are being dragged ever downwards. Ten years on from the worst worldwide financial disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s, The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) by Proto-type Theater looks at the human cost of the corporate and personal greed that consumes whole countries - telling how one nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents. In a world where the driving force behind nearly every decision that affects our daily lives is profit here is a story about finding strength and overcoming a world designed to keep us docile. The Audit uses original text, performance, film, animation and specially composed music to inform, entertain and challenge. Norfolk audiences will be able to see this exciting new show that tells how one nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents. at Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday 21 March when the audience can discover if a small island nation survive when going it alone with economic relationships. In a world where the driving force behind nearly every decision that affects our daily lives is profit THE AUDIT is about finding strength, overcoming a world designed to keep us docile, and seeks to show that collective power can move a mountain – even if only a little.
York Gregory (‘so seamlessly incorporated into the action it’s almost another performer’ Exeunt) and music and sound design by Paul J Rogers. Rachel said ‘We conceived The Audit as a companion piece to A Machine, throughout our investigations for that show we kept coming back to the unavoidable truth that money is behind everything.’ Gillian added ‘In researching the show, we spoke to academic economics experts as well as with special interest and community groups across the country to share experiences and discuss the profit motive that is behind the decisions and systems that govern our daily lives.’ Proto-type are a company of multidisciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside. The company has been making work and supporting young artists in the US, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Armenia, France, Zimbabwe and the UK since 1997. www.proto-type. org The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) New show from acclaimed company Proto-type Theater tells the story of how a nation raised their voices in protest, and how collective power can move a mountain – even if only a little. Age 14+ 60 minutes, no interval.
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Written and directed by Andrew Westerside and devised and performed by Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees this is Prototype’s second theatrical work examining contemporary politics. A Machine they’re Secretly Building, a ‘smartly intelligent hourlong whizz through the world of surveillance’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) thrilled audiences and critics alike on tour and was selected for The British Council Showcase at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. The Audit reunites the team with digital design from Adam 28 | Spring 2018
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios Norfolk artists get set to invite the public into their studios
undreds of artists are preparing to throw open their studio doors to the public as part of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2018. The event, firmly established as one of the biggest open studios schemes in the country, is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios provides the opportunity for artists to show and sell their work directly from their studios. It also encourages everyone, from ardent art-lovers to the curious first-time visitor, to get out and about, explore the county, see art and meet artists in the informal surroundings of their work space. More than 420 artists will be taking part this year across 241 venues throughout Norfolk. Visitors to the free event can see art in a range of settings, from professional studios to garages and barns, watching art as it happens. As well as the hundreds of artists taking part, 16 Norfolk schools will be exhibiting and 15 Art Trails will be running, allowing audiences to visit a number of artists in a particular area, stopping at studios and local attractions along the way. Throughout the duration of the scheme many of the artists will be holding additional events, demonstrations and workshops Artists taking part are working in a diverse range of art forms and techniques, including wood turning, sculpture, glass work, papercutting, painting, textiles, jewellery, printing, ceramics and mosaic. Some of the artists are first timers, some have been exhibiting for a few years and many have been involved since the very first year. ￼ Rose de Lara, Administrator of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, said: “Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios has been celebrating the
diversity and talent of the county’s visual artists for more than twenty years. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see and meet artists working in a range of disciplines from a variety of inspirational spaces - from traditional studios to churches, garages, barns, garden rooms and old factories. “This year there are specialist artists and crafters in all kinds of painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and much more. We encourage everyone to get out there and explore the county, get inspired, meet the artists and buy work directly from where it’s made! “We’d like to thank all of the artists for making this great event happen, and all the funders who help support the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios scheme.” Studios are free to visit and all details, including studio opening days, directions, Art Trails and additional events and demonstrations, can be found in the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure and website from early April. Brochures can be picked up from participating artist’s studios, Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Cafes and various art venues across the county from Friday, April 6. The event runs from 26 May until 10 June. Ahead of the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios fortnight, several districts will be hosting taster exhibitions to give audiences a feel of what is in store. These will take place in Norwich, Watton, Burston and Corpusty. For more information visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk
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New Music The Vagaband release new album Something Wicked This Way Comes arch
orfolk’s leading roots/Americana band The Vagaband release their third album, Something Wicked This Way Comes on 16 March 2018 on CD and download via Eggsong Recordings, distributed by Shellshock.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a collection of tracks brimming with narrative and atmosphere. Wide-screen Americana where the ghosts of carnies and the Wild West collide with New Orleans jazz, folk, blues and beyond. Yet there’s also a more homespun sound at work here too, the hook-laden melodies and a gritty soulful feel that evokes a golden era of British rock. Think Americana meets The White Album. Coming in at a fraction over 40 minutes, the perfect length for an album, the record marks a significant raising of the bar for the band, both musically and lyrically. Pedal steel guitar legend BJ Cole was moved to enthuse ‘I’ve been a huge fan of the Vagaband and their leader Jose McGill, ever since the release of their first album, ‘Town & Country’. With the release of ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, they are they are right up there with the best of their contemporaries.’ Recorded during
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the political heat of 2016 and 2017, a sense of foreboding flows through the ten tracks. There are satirical jibes (the title track), comic cynicism (Spiritual Man), epic ambient rockers (An Eye For An Eye which features a stunning guest vocal from Yve Mary Barwood of Morganway) and full frontal assaults (Not My Day To Die). Vagaband singer/guitarist José McGill said ‘This album is about American cultural imperialism on our own turf. ‘Black Friday’, cinema, our fixation on US politics - it’s all around us. We’re becoming the UK of A.’ ‘The sound of this album embraces the music of America but retains a British pride. In ‘There’ll Only Be One Elvis’ I’m singing about Costello NOT Presley. This makes me chuckle.’ The Vagaband are a Norfolk-based roots rock band that take their warm unique take on the music to gigs and festivals all over the country. Equipped with an impressive and varied array of instrumentation (pedal-steel guitar, flugelhorn, mandolin, fiddle and clarinet all blend with unexpected ease) the band draw inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic to incorporate
Americana, Celtic folk rock and vaudeville into a whole that gels into an unmistakable sound of their own. In 2013 they were listed in The Alternate Root’s poll of top 20 New Roots Bands of Europe. 2014 saw the release of their highlypraised second album ‘Medicine For The Soul’.
‘Proof that the devil doesn’t always have the best tunes…stunning’ Q Magazine. ‘Exceptional… a rich concoction of Americana, swing, ragtime, blues and rock’ Folk Radio UK
In 2015, U.S. band Ween asked the band to remix material from their Chocolate & Cheese album, announcing the result as ‘genius’. Since then the band have signed a publishing deal with Wipe Out Music and have shared festival stages with the likes of The Handsome Family, Fairport Convention and Dodgy. The Vagaband are: José McGill: vocals & guitar Greg Cook: piano Patrick Arbuthnot: pedal steel guitar Formerly of The Hank Wangford Band and The Rockingbirds. Dan Reynolds: drums. Ali Houiellebecq: saxes, clarinet, flute & whistle. Tristan Roche: bass Hugh Stanners: flugelhorn, trumpet & squeezebox Noel Dashwood: dobro & harmonica Joe ‘The Bow’ Wright: fiddle & mandolin Previous releases: Town & Country 2012 CD and download Medicine For The Soul 2014 CD, gate-fold vinyl and download
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Voice Project Could you be a piece of Time Piece?
orfolk’s Voice Project Choir are inviting anyone (over 16) who would like to sing to join their new project for the 2018 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. No previous experience of singing is needed.
The innovative, multi award winning choir will perform their newly created show Time Piece between noon and midnight as the closing performances of this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The performances will take place on the hour every hour in various parts of the cloisters and garth of Norwich Cathedral. Each will be about 10 minutes long and free to attend except for a special ticketed event in the Cathedral between 9 and 10pm that will feature the full choir, soloists and instrumentalists and with atmospheric lighting. The choir regenerates for each new project and always welcomes new, first time members. Anyone who thinks they may be interested can attend a no obligation taster session on Tuesday 13 March after which weekly rehearsals start on 20 March. ‘A taster session is a perfect way to test if this may be for you’ commented the choir’s co-Director Sian Croose ‘everyone is in the same boat, just trying out something new with no stress or expectations – but I have to say most seem to love it and decide to commit to the full project there and then!’ The Voice Project Choir 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 one of their London concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3. It is now one of the
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best known choirs in the East of England, having 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. In May they are also taking last year’s groundbreaking Norfolk & Norwich Festival show, The Arms of Sleep (which invites audiences to an overnight sleepover experience, for adults) to the Brighton International Festival. For more information on the taster session or to book visit www.voiceproject.co.uk or contact email@example.com
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Mon 26 – Sat 31 March LEGALLY BLONDE Rita Simons, Lucie Jones, Bill Ward star in smash hit musical £8 - £45 Sun 1 April CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC Britain’s top magicians £8 - £30 Mon 2 – Wed 4 April RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA The Snow Maiden, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet £8 - £36.50 Thur 5 – Sat 7 April CIRQUE BERSERK Adrenaline-fuelled circus action £10 - £29.50
Tues 10 – Sat 14 April THE JUNGLE BOOK Exciting new adaptation of classic adventure £10 - £23 Sun 15 April CZECH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Schubert, Beethoven, Dvorak £8 - £36 Tues 17 – Sat 21 April CILLA THE MUSICAL Heart-warming musical adaptation of Cilla’s early life £10 - £42.50 Mon 23 – Sat 28 April ART Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson, Stephen Tompkinson star in smash hit comedy £8 - £35 Sunday 29 April HALFWAY TO PARADISE The Billy Fury Story £10 - £23 Mon 30 April – Tues 1 May DANIEL O’DONNELL Easy-listening singing superstar £10 - £45
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Norwich’s True Stories True Stories Live celebrates Women of the World festival with all female line-up - Special guest performers Bec Hill and Paula Varjack at Norwich storytelling treat
orwich’s popular monthly storytelling event True Stories Live is taking part in the Women of the World Festival with a special all female line up on Sunday 29 April in the main hall at Norwich Arts Centre.
Special guests for the evening, also its second birthday event, are Australian born, UK based, comedian Bec Hill and American writer, artist, filmmaker and performance maker Paula Varjack. They will tell stories about one of their true-life experiences as part of a bill that will also include some past female TSL participants telling their True Life Stories that relate to what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. The theme for the event is ‘Now’s the Time’ which storytellers are invited to interpret as closely or loosely as they wish. As with all TSL events the night will be compéred by Norwich based scriptwriter, poet and performer Molly Naylor.
created TSL after hearing about American storytelling event The Moth. She invited Molly to join the team in the joint belief that the people of Norwich have just as interesting stories to tell as those over the Atlantic – and the queue of eager participants and regular sell out audiences have proved them to be absolutely correct!. Molly Naylor is the co-writer of Sky One sitcom After Hours. Her autobiographical show Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You toured internationally and was adapted for BBC Radio 4, she recently directed her first short film, Callback and is intending to take her new show LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! to this year’s Edinburgh Festival. www.norwichartscentre.co.uk 01603 660352
True Stories Live is the intimate monthly storytelling evening founded at Norwich Arts Centre that has grown to become a regular sell out success and has toured to great acclaim to London, around the country and to the Edinburgh Book Festival. The premise of True Stories Live is simple – ordinary people tell their own anecdotal stories to a warm and friendly audience, relating to a different theme each time. Heartwarming, revealing, funny, shocking or sad – an evening at True Stories Live will have your emotions leaping from one extreme to another as you are drawn into each storyteller’s world. For some it’s their first time ever on stage; others are used to performing, but what they have in common is that they are telling their own personal stories about their own experiences. The evening has been described as ‘like eavesdropping into people’s stories in the pub or on a bus – only here you’re allowed to!’ A first time performer said ‘I was absolutely petrified before I went on but I feel amazing now, the audience was really receptive. I had so much fun… everybody should do it’. Women of the World festival was founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE. It is now the largest women’s movement in the world, reaching over 1.5 million people in 20 cities across five continents. In partnership with Norwich Arts Centre it comes to Norwich for the first time on 28/29 April for 2 packed days of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and shows that celebrate women and girls. WoW takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential and raises awareness globally of the issues they face as well as creating possible solutions. True Stories Live producer and founder Lucy Farrant said ‘It seems a natural fit to coincide our second birthday event with Women of the World so we were so pleased that WoW programmer Rosie Arnold invited us to take part. To have inspirational women like Bec and Paula agree to be our special guests really is the icing on the cake.’ Lucy, of Norfolk cultural event producers L J Hope Productions, 34 | Spring 2018
“The evening has been described as ‘like eavesdropping into people’s stories in the pub or on a bus – only here you’re allowed to!”
The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret Norwich show snapped up for london festival
NORWICH show featuring a stellar line up has been snapped up for one of London’s biggest live performance festivals.
Promoter Mister Jack is set to bring The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret to the Norwich OPEN in May but it will then will be included in the 10th Underbelly Festival Southbank showcase in September. The Southbank event is jam-packed with explosive live entertainment including circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment.
the Queen’s favourite musicians, will be joined by The Giants to provide live music to accompany performances from a number of artists including award-winning burlesque troupe The Folly Mixtures. Chastity Belt, who is fresh from starring in the West End alongside Amanda Holden in Stepping Out, is confirmed as compere. The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret takes place in Norwich on May 5th. Tickets are limited.
Mister Jack is joining the line-up with headline acts Ray Gelato and the Giants, The Folly Mixtures and compere Chastity Belt. A spokesperson for Mister Jack said: “This is a huge coup for Mister Jack. Underbelly Festival Southbank is one of the biggest multi-art events in London and is immensely well-respected so to have been picked to feature in the show is very special indeed. “Luckily the people of East Anglia will have an opportunity to see the show before anyone else. For one night only we will be on stage in Norwich offering audiences a true spectacle.” Underbelly Festival Head of Programming Marina Dixon said:“We can’t wait to welcome Mister Jack and all the Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret performers to Underbelly Festival. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our programme so this fusion of music, cabaret, burlesque, New York swagger and West End glamour is a fantastic addition to the line-up.” The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret will transport OPEN in Norwich into a venue of a 1960s Italian-American style nightclub. Ray Gelato, who is dubbed “the godfather of swing” and is one of
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Putting a spring in your step ‘a pound is worth the same in February as it is in august...’
he days are beginning to lengthen as we approach summer, a warmer breeze tickles in from the west and the swallows are back in the skies. It doesn’t seem like so long ago when daylight was restricted to weekends only; leaving for work and arriving home in the pitch dark from Monday to Friday, only to cram in what limited sunshine you can for a few hours every weekend. Business seems to shut down, the tourism trade is shrouded in starry nights, deep in hibernation, hoping that Easter will be early this year, the hatches are well and truly battened; but is it the right decision? There are opportunities to be had throughout winter and I always say that a pound is worth the same in February as it is in August, so how do you go about collecting them? The first thing that is usually cut in tight times is the advertising budget; wages, purchasing, and reduced opening hours usually follow. I firmly believe that if advertising is used correctly then nothing need be unnecessarily cut. As an example, many restaurants will get a call from a publisher or local newspaper offering an advert within a feature for ‘Mothering Sunday’ – it’s usually the first real cash injection of the year, but I argue against such an advert. Why would you pay to advertise a day which you should be already be busy on? Surely the money would be better spent promoting quieter times and providing incentives to draw customers in when they are really needed. This is why any advertising and promotion needs to be carefully managed and thought about. An online presence is almost a requirement these days, as well as features and adverts within the written press. Combining the two effectively helps to get the message you want across and allow the flexibility to tweak your message depending on circumstances. Simply burying your head in the sand in winter and waiting it out until Easter isn’t usually sustainable, let alone necessary. How can you make your business more appealing during the cold, grey months? There are many options - promoting a positive message is key; warmth, fires and coziness are very important. Offering a treat to brighten up customers’ days, remind them of the sun (images from summer as a #throwback work beautifully), give a winter deal to draw people in. If these positive messages are backed up with an online campaign and targeted advertising, then winter can be a productive time. Advertising in a magazine (such as the peerless 1 Magazine!) means that your message has a much longer shelf life than digital adverts and can be backed up with good news stories which reinforce the story you are trying to tell. A combination of a well thought-out campaign in print and digital media isn’t expensive, but it could see you through Winter and can really put a Spring in your step!
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Norwich Exhibitions Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2018 to host preview exhibitions in Norwich
xhibitions in Norwich are set to give visitors a taste of what is in store at this year’s county-wide open studios scheme. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is back for its 24th year and art lovers will have their first opportunity to see some of this year’s treasures in two exhibitions at The Forum and Norwich Theatre Royal. The scheme’s Central Taster Exhibition will take place at The Forum and will feature the work of more than 160 artists, with all of the artworks for sale and artists on hand each day to talk about their practice with many offering demonstrations of their techniques. The Central Taster Exhibition will run from Monday, April 30 until Thursday, May 3. A group exhibition will take place at Norwich Theatre Royal in the lead up to, and throughout, Open Studios running from Wednesday, April 25 until Monday, July 9. Selected and curated by artist Sarah Cannell, a range of twodimensional work will be displayed in the Theatre’s Targetfollow exhibition space. Sarah Cannell said: “The space has hosted a number of exhibitions by East Anglian artists since it was created in 2008, so I am really excited to be including Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios this year.” During the run of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios (26 May – 10 June), more than 420 artists around the county will be showing their work in 241 different venues, ranging from professional studios, to garages and converted barns. In Norwich 42 artists and eight groups will be taking part across 53 venues. As well as the hundreds of artists taking part, 16 Norfolk schools (three in Norwich) will be exhibiting and 15 Art Trails (three in Norwich) will be running, allowing audiences to visit a number of artists in a particular area, stopping at studios and local attractions along the way. ￼ Artists taking part are working in a diverse range of art forms and techniques, including wood turning, sculpture, glass work, papercutting, painting, textiles, jewellery, printing, ceramics and mosaic. Some of the artists are first timers, some have been exhibiting for a few years and many have been involved since the very first year.
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Rose de Lara, Administrator of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, said: “Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios has been celebrating the diversity and talent of the county’s visual artists for more than twenty years. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see and meet artists working in a range of disciplines from a variety of inspirational spaces - from traditional studios to churches, garages, barns, garden rooms and old factories. “The taster exhibitions are a great way to explore and experience the work of the scheme’s artists ahead of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2018. “We’d like to thank all of the artist for making this great event happen, and all the funders who help support the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios scheme.” Alongside the exhibition at the Forum, Taster Exhibitions are also taking place around the county at Wayland Dragonfly Gallery, Watton (18 - 20 May), The Burston Crown, Burston (30 April – 9 June) and The Old Workshop Gallery, Corpusty (12 May – 10 June). These are a great way to get a flavour of the extraordinary range and diversity of art produced in Norfolk and available to see in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios. For the fourth year running, there will also be a special Schools’ Taster Exhibition at Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich from Tuesday, April 10 until Saturday, April 21. It will showcase a selection of artwork by young people from the schools taking part in the scheme, giving a sample of the exceptional artistic talent of children across Norfolk. Studios are free to visit and all details, including opening days, directions, Art Trails and additional events and demonstrations, can be found in the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure and website from early April. Brochures can be picked up from participating artist’s studios, Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Cafes and various art venues across the county from early April. The event runs from Saturday, May 26 until Sunday June 10. For more information visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk
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ANTWERP A CITY OF CONTRASTS, A CITY OF CENTURIES AND A CITY OF STYLE Norwich-based travel and arts writer, Tony Cooper, took time out and visited Antwerp romantically travelling all the way there by train from Norwich
hadn’t been in this historic Flemish town long before I found myself dining in a cosy and atmospheric coal-fired caférestaurant in the shadow of Antwerp’s well-preserved Gothicdesigned cathedral of Notre Dame in the Grote Markt.
I was more than happy to be here especially as I was in the company of a very close friend I affectionately call Miss X and a saintly bunch, too - but no sinners - unless, of course, you count me and practically everyone else. I was dining in Het Elfde gebod, which translates as The Eleventh Commandment. And we all know what that is. ‘Thou shalt have a good time.’ O Lord above, we certainly did! Statues and shrines are the wallpaper here and above me the Angel Gabriel was peering down to our table and to my left I spied St Barbara sitting comfortably while St Bernard seemed so close and St Nicholas even closer. In fact, the whole two-storied building was crammed wall-to-wall with religious iconography. Any lover of the subject of hagiography (the writing of the lives of saints) would have a field day here (so would an iconoclast!) while enjoying at the same time a good traditional Flemish meal washed down by a refreshing and inviting locally-brewed beer. In keeping with the theme of the restaurant, I suppose I should have gone for a Trappist beer but I found Brouwerij De Koninck’s amber beer much more to my liking. I also found out that this is the only working brewery now left in Antwerp but Belgium, of course, is still very much into its brewing. Therefore, I felt more than happy in discovering the local brew and even happier tucking into a local dish which turned out to be a well-filled bowl of Antwerp beef stew - just the ticket on a bitterly cold winter’s night. I first stumbled across Het Elfde gebod about a decade ago and I 42 | Spring 2018
felt that nothing has changed here apart from a few new additions to the statue collection. It seems an unlikely way of decorating a restaurant but it works. And as most Christian names derive, naturally, from saints’ names, you could find yourself dining in the company of your patron saint. Mine is St Anthony of Padua but, unfortunately, I couldn’t find him anywhere. Perhaps I’ll add to Het Elfde gebod’s stunning collection one day but, of course, I’ll have to hunt down a St Anthony first. A difficult quest! But if the theme of this restaurant doesn’t grab you - and, at first, Miss X was a bit squeamish - there are plenty of other places to try as the Grote Markt is jam-packed with restaurants to suit all sizes of stomachs, pockets and tastes. Every one of them was full to the brim on the night we were gallivanting about town. As part of our Antwerp break we walked, talked and whiled away the time in coffee houses (the city’s full of them) and also took a trek along the river Scheldt which, I discovered, was once the natural border between the West Frankish kingdom (France) and the East Frankish kingdom (Germany). The city boasts a lovely skyline which is heavily punctuated by Het Steen (The Stone), a medieval stone fortress and Antwerp’s oldest building which was built after the Viking incursions in the Early Middle Ages. But times have changed and the building has been used for all sorts of things over the years including a prison but in the 19th century it became the Museum of Archaeology. In the early Fifties, however, an annex was added to house the National Maritime Museum and a vast collection of historic barges makes for good viewing on the museum’s forecourt. www.1Magazine.co.uk
But according to legend the fortress housed another inhabitant that was home to the fierce and unfriendly giant, Druon Antigoon. Giants, I suppose, are meant to be scary. He certainly lived up to his wild reputation and demanded a heavy toll from every passing skipper. If they refused his draconian demands he would chop off a hand and throw it into the Scheldt. But, as we all know, all power comes to an end and he met his match when a Roman centurion passing through the port of Antwerp caught him at his own game. His hand, I guess, was the last to be thrown into the Scheldt. But by this barbaric act Antwerp is supposed to derive its name. Hold your breath, though. Think hard: (H)andwerpen (to throw a hand!). As much as one may wish this story to be true the name of the city actually derives from the word ‘aenwerpen’ meaning the Scheldt’s fingers of land where ships tied up. The giant’s story is a good one all the same and grabs the imagination like no other. And in the centre of the Grote Markt a well-photographed monument shows Druon Antigoon in fierce and fighting mood carrying out his barbaric act. But that’s just one of many things to see in Antwerp, a city rich, steep and wallowing in history but offering a wonderful and relaxing contemporary lifestyle for visitors and locals alike while boasting a good opera-house. And as opera is so important to me and, indeed, vital to my whole way of life, I took in a marvellous production of Verdi’s Falstaff by Opera Vlaanderen which, I found, popular (and convincing) as ever. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor by Arrigo Boito and scenes from Henry IV (parts I & II), Falstaff - which received its première in February 1893 at La Scala, www.1Magazine.co.uk
Milan - was the last of Verdi’s 28 operas and written as he was approaching the ripe old age of 80. It was also his second comedy and, indeed, his third work based on a Shakespearian play following those of Macbeth and Othello. A somewhat insignificant plot, it centres round Falstaff, the ageing and conniving fat old knight of Windsor looking back at life when he was the slim and dutiful page of the Duke of Norfolk. Based on one of Shakespeare’s most irresistible creations, Falstaff’s a glutton like no other but gets his come-uppance for trying to seduce not one but two married women to gain access to their husbands’ wealth. The work’s now part of the operatic repertoire worldwide but it was not always the case. Although the prospect of a new opera from Verdi caused great interest in Italy and across the world, Falstaff did not prove to be as popular as earlier works in the composer’s canon. Therefore, after the initial performances in Italy it fell into neglect until championed by Arturo Toscanini who insisted on its revival at La Scala and the New York Met in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many felt that the opera suffered from a lack of fullblooded melodies so much loved in Verdi’s previous operas, a view strongly contradicted by Toscanini. But conductors of the generation after him championed the work including the likes of that famed trio - Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and Georg Solti. The first performances outside the Kingdom of Italy were in Trieste and Vienna in May 1893 while the London première took place at Covent Garden a year later. Sir Thomas Beecham saw fit to revive it 2018 Spring | 43
in 1919 but recalled in his memoirs that the public stayed away.
here and there.
‘I’ve often been asked why I think Falstaff is not more of a boxoffice attraction,’ he said. ‘However, I don’t think the answer is far to seek. Let it be admitted that there are fragments of melody as exquisite and haunting as anything that Verdi has written elsewhere such as the duet of Nanetta and Fenton in the first act and the song of Fenton at the beginning of the final scene which have something of the lingering beauty of an indian summer.
Interestingly, Christoph Waltz - who was raised in Vienna to a musical household - is known more for his work in films. He successfully portrayed SS officer, Hans Lander, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards (in which he won the first of two Oscars) as well as Dr King Schultz in Django Unchained. He actually made his Opera Vlaanderen début with Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in 2013.
But in comparison with every other work of the composer, it is wanting in tunes of a broad and impressive character and one or two of the type of ‘O Mia Regina’ (Don Carlos), ‘Ritorna Vincitor’ (Aida) or ‘Ora per sempre addio’ (Otello) might have helped the situation.
Antwerp’s opera-house - a wonderfully-designed 19th-century building, intimate, comfortable and warm - is now complemented by the new £60 million 2,500-seater concert-hall (Queen Elisabeth Hall) home to the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and adjacent to Antwerp’s stunningly-designed 19th-century railway-station and, indeed, to Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest animal parks in the world established in July 1843. Interestingly, the grand old edifices of the zoo now forms part of the space occupied by the auditorium. The architects, by the way, were the Manchester-based firm of SimpsonHaugh and Partners. Wave that Union Jack!
Toscanini also recognised that this was the viewpoint of many but he believed the work to be Verdi’s greatest opera. He passionately said: ‘I believe it will take years and years before the general public will understand this masterpiece but when they do they’ll run to hear it like they do for Rigoletto and La traviata. Audiences in Antwerp certainly bear witness to this statement judging by the full (and enthusiastic) houses the run received. In fact, I was lucky enough to catch the final performance in Antwerp. However, the total focus on this production, directed by Christoph Waltz, relied heavily on the cast who were a strong, forceful and remarkable bunch of singers who consistently hit the mark working mainly on a bare stage apart from a few odd props
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As a former printer, I made doubly sure that I took in the museum dedicated to the famous printers/publishers, Christoffel Plantin and Jan Moretus. And as a former typographer and one who greatly admires the design of the Plantin typeface I found the museum so interesting that I spent the best part of three hours there but, I felt, needed more time. Housed in the owners’ former residence and printing
establishment, the museum can be found in the Friday market place. In fact, the city’s overflowing with wonderful buildings and museums therefore it’s no wonder that Antwerp achieved the honour and the status of being a European Capital of Culture. French by birth and a self-taught humanist, Plantin founded his company in Antwerp in the 16th century. After his death it passed into the hands of Jan Moretus, who married the second of his five daughters. Plantin was, in fact, one of the most important publishers of his day and his market was global. He sold his books throughout Europe, the Spanish colonies, North Africa and the Near East. For two centuries the company that he founded was a thriving and prosperous concern but, like so many companies that have a long trading history, its fortunes changed dramatically and floundered in the 19th century. Albert Moretus tried to revive it followed by Edward Moretus but, in spite of his herculean efforts, Horae diurnae S.Francisci (published in 1866) was the last book to come off the presses. Then the Belgian government stepped in and the firm - along with its entire contents - was acquired for the city of Antwerp in 1876. A year later both the living quarters and the printing offices were opened to the public and Plantin’s 300-year-old printing firm was transformed into the museum it is today. Such is its importance to world history, it was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005 - the first, and only, museum to be granted such a high status. Here one can enjoy poring over a wonderful collection of typographical material boosted by complete sets of dies and matrices as well as view two of the oldest surviving printing presses in the world. On top of all this there’s a vast and mighty collection of historic and beautifully-crafted books to admire, showing the elegance and legibility of the famous Plantin typeface which I found out - but was slightly disappointed to discover that Plantin didn’t actually design. All the material for the fonts that bear his name were sourced from the best Flemish and, especially, French specialists of the day, a concern for quality that set him apart from other Antwerp printers who bought their type from local punch-cutters and typefounders. The city seems to be always adding to their cultural palaces and the latest museum in Antwerp is the stunningly-designed, sixtymetre high building, Museum aan de Stroom (MAS: Dutch for ‘Museum by the River’) located along the river Scheldt. Now the largest museum in Antwerp, the façade’s particularly striking as it is constructed in indian red sandstone with a curvedpanel glass shell. The building - a positive example of postmodern Art Deco architecture - is located on the spot where the Hanzehuis used to stand (destroyed by fire in the 19th century) and used by international merchants. The main themes of MAS are Metropolis, Power, Life and Death and Antwerp’s long history as a major international port. And new technology plays its part in assisting (and informing) visitors to the museum through QR codes placed next to most of the exhibits where one can access website information in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch - www.mas.be/min.net Antwerp’s a jewel of a city and is widely regarded as the world centre for diamonds. It’s a thriving and pulsating city, too, and whether you want to take in the city’s historic side or enjoy its
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“The city seems to be always adding to their cultural palaces” contemporary side, it’s all there - just waiting for you. I simply love Antwerp and had a thoroughly good time. FACT FILE Tony Cooper stayed at the well-appointed, four-star, city-centre hotel, Theater Hotel Antwerp, situated at No 30 Arenbergstraat, about a 20-minute walk from the railway-station and roughly the same amount of time to the Old Town. Their breakfast table was exceptional. Telephone: 0032 3 203 54 10 firstname.lastname@example.org Tony Cooper also journeyed all the way to Antwerp by train from Norwich travelling to London Liverpool Street with Greater Anglia and by Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Brussels. Greater Anglia run regular services from Norwich to London Liverpool Street and fares start from £10 one way but need to be booked in advance. For more information and best-value fares offered by Greater Anglia check out www.greateranglia. co.uk Eurostar operates up to 10 daily services a day from London St Pancras International. Voyages-sncf looked after all TC’s ticketing arrangements. Return fares from London to Brussels start at £58 (standard class, return per person). One can also purchase an ‘any Belgian station ticket’ which allows the holder to travel on Eurostar and then on to any other Belgian station. Prices start from £70 (standard class, return per person). All fares are priced per person and subject to availability. For bookings visit www.voyages-sncf.com or call 0844 848 5848. For further information on Antwerp visit www.visitflanders. co.uk or call 0207 307 7738.
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East Anglian Game & Country Fair The East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April at the prestigious Euston Estate, near Thetford, home of The Duke & Duchess of Grafton.
e welcome world class events and attractions to the show each year. Main Arena displays confirmed for the 2018 include the world famous JCB Dancing Diggers, The Mounted Games Association of Great Britain and The British Scurry & Trials Driving Championships. Watch ponies of all shapes and sizes take on a timed obstacle course made from cones, temporary barriers, flags arches and ramps all against the clock. Speed, agility and bravery are all required! Audience participation is encouraged to spur on the competitors and provides great entertainment for all the family. We have a fantastic line up of more free events to watch in the Main Arena and across the show including the Sheep Dog & Duck show, Harvey’s Shires, Gun Dog displays, Traditional Craft demonstrations and Farrier and Blacksmith demonstrations. Don’t miss the 2018 Cutters and Climbers Competitions in the Forestry Arena where competitors will scale the highest poles ever seen at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair. Join in and ‘have a go’ at a range of country activities from clay shooting with John Bidwell’s High Lodge instructors or enter the 40-bird re-entry shooting competition for men, women and juniors. Fly fishing and Coarse fishing on the Black Bourne River,
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ferret racing and archery to paintballing and crossbows. Try the air rifle range, hold a bird of prey, enter your dog into the pet dog show, join in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Sports pool or take a ride in a Landrover on the off road 4x4 course. There are over 350 shopping stands with a wide variety of products from fashion and footwear to gun makers & fishing products. Children’s activities, a cookery theatre, food hall, craft and gift marquees and much more. Please do take a look at our show highlights video; encapsulating what a fun family day out the show is, with something for everyone, including your dog! https://youtu.be/ejPoo3qy9dA Advance discounted admission e-tickets are available now online at www.ukgamefair.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline number 01263 735 828 Adult £15.00, Children (5-16 Yrs) £6.00 and Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £40, (offer valid until midday 23/04/18 and a small booking fee applies to phone orders). Under 5’s are Free and Car Parking is Free for all. VIP Memberships, Glamping and Camping tickets also available at discounted rates if booked in advance. Visit www.ukgamefair.co.uk for more information.
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Norfolk at War 1939-45 A new book is published on 30 March 2018: NORFOLK AT WAR 1939-45 by Stephen Browning. It is a paperback from Pen and Sword: Priced at £12.99, it has 336 pages with over 300 illustrations. It traces the war, year on year, from the perspective of the people of Norfolk and is available from Jarrold, Waterstones, City Books and bookshops all over the country as well as from the major internet sites such as Amazon
ere, in snippets from the book, are 20 facts that you may not know.
1.THE PRICE OF A HOUSE IN 1939 In 1939, if you were in a position to buy your house, exactly as today the cost varied according to where you decided to live. To give some idea of the market, a detached four-bedroomed bungalow or house in the country or small town would cost perhaps about £500. If you wanted to live in a better part of Norwich, the local press of 1939 shows that this amount would buy you possibly a good three-bedroomed terrace property with garden or a two/three bedroomed semi-detached house with garden. 2.THE FIRST EVACUEES Evacuation began on Friday 1st September when the first of
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20,000 children arrived over four days at Thorpe Station in Norwich. Scouts and Guides helped put them all in buses which would take them to dispersal centres in nearby schools. Here they were given a quick inspection for lice and colds and each given a bag of rations containing one can of beef, milk, two small blocks of chocolate and a pound of biscuits. Other children arrived on steamers which brought them from the Thames in London to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth or Felixstowe. 3.ENTERTAINMENTS CARRIED ON In Norfolk as a whole, citizens tried to retain elements of their life as if a war was not happening. Cinemas and theatres continued to do good business and dance halls came into a life of their own. As the war progressed, the standard of film went down. There was often a feature plus a government piece such as ‘Fuel Flashes, ‘The Kitchen Front’ or ‘Battle Orders’. The few big production films were wildly popular, feeding a need for escapism and laughter. These
included some still famous today: ‘Come on George’ with George Formby, ‘the Murder in Thornton Square’ with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, ‘Bulldog Drummond Strikes Again’ with Ronald Colman and Loretta Young and ‘Goodbye, Mr Chips’ with Robert Donat. On the radio, some famous programmes were ‘Can you hear me, Mother?’ with Sandy Powell, and Sandy’s Half-Hour with Sandy Macpherson which, at its peek, received 5,000 requests a week for music requests from servicemen. The most famous, however, was ‘ITMA’ (It’s That Man Again) with Tommy Handley which, on Thursday evenings at 8.30 pm brought people The Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries which existed in the Office of Twerps. He invented characters such as Funf, the German spy, and Mrs Mopp, a charwoman who always entered with the ribald ‘Can I do you now, Sir?’ The two most famous songs of the war were probably ‘Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line’ which sold over 200,000 copies in the first week of publication and Flannagan and Allan’s ‘Run Rabbit Run’. 4.THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN STARTED OVER NORWICH The first event of the Battle of Britain began at 4.40 in the morning of 10 July when three Spitfires from No 66 Squadron took to the air from RAF Coltishall, eight miles north of Norwich city.
and this saved countless lives. The raid on Yarmouth and nearby Gorleston on 7-8 April 1941 destroyed more property than any other in the war over the whole of East Anglia. 6.HENRY BLOGG OF CROMER CARRIED ON HIS HEROIC WORK Henry Blogg, a hero of the Great War, continued his exploits in the second. He was now sixty five years of age. He was three times awarded the Gold Medal of the RNLI. 7.CHURCHILL SET UP ‘BRITISH RESTAURANTS’ Winston Churchill championed the setting up of ‘communal feeding centres’ although he hated that term as it reminded him of communism and the workhouse. Thus, they became ‘British Restaurants’ and fantastically popular they were, too. For, say, lunch you bought a token, from 1 penny to 6: 1d (old term for a penny) would buy a bowl of soup and a piece of bread while 6d bought a substantial three course meal. 8.the conflict inspired some famous poems, including this one High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
They found a single German Dornier bomber which raked one of the Spitfires with bullets, forcing it back to base. The other two pursued the bomber and shot it down over the sea; three of the crew were seen adrift in the water. Soon afterwards RAF Martlesham near Ipswich was attacked by several planes and eighteen bombs dropped – fortunately any damage was limited to the edge of the airfield and there were no casualties.
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
5.GREAT YARMOUTH WAS A PRIME TARGET On the Norfolk coast, Great Yarmouth along with its southern neighbour, Lowestoft, suffered almost continuous harassment. Over half the population of this coastal belt had been evacuated
And while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. John Magee
My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
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9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941. Like Rupert Brooke, whom he admired, John Magee had been educated at Rugby. He died in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire where he is buried. 9.KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL WAS ATTACKED AND THE FIRES PUT OUT BY SCHOOLBOYS Kings Lynn was attacked twice in June 1942. In the early light of 12the a lone Dornier was responsible for the deaths of seventeen civilians and a number of service personnel. The Eagle hotel and nearby premises were destroyed. On 30 June five bombs lodged in the roof of King Edward VII Grammar School, masters and boarders – who had gone to bed – rushing out onto the roof to douse the flames. The dormitories where dozens of boys had been sleeping were burnt out. The author was a boarder at King Edward VII Grammar School many years later and slept in the rebuilt dormitories for the six years of his secondary education. We boys knew of this tale, of course, and many times tried to work out how it was possible to get onto the roof from our dormitories. It was not: the only way would have been if the walls of the dormitories and adjacent washrooms had been blasted out, which was quite possible. The only other way was through the circular stairs off the main hall of the school, via the Geography room – this was proved when several boarders were caught on the school roof in their pyjamas at 3 in the morning. 10. WHY WERE THE RAIDS IN 1942 CALLED THE ‘BAEDEKER’ RAIDS? The Baedeker Guides began in 1827, and quickly became indispensable to many world travellers. The first was of the Rhine and was apparently produced to save tourists having to pay a
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personal guide. They gained a reputation for thoroughness – Karl Baedeker was once seen climbing the steps of Milan Cathedral, placing a coin on every twentieth step so that his count would be accurate. In 1942 Exeter, Bath, York, Canterbury and Norwich were all selected for maximum damage because, in the words of Baron Gustav Von Sturm, ‘We shall go out and bomb every building in Britain marked with three stars in the Baedeker guide.’ Allied bombers were to destroy the company’s HQ in Leipzig the following year. 11.CONSCIENTOUS OBJECTORS WERE NOT ALWAYS TREATED HARSHLY Conscientious objectors regularly came before Norwich courts and their reception was far from hostile. The cause of those who could not find it in their conscience to harm another or fight had gained wider acceptance during the Great War and now it was no different. Providing a person was prepared to do some non-combatant service, they could be excused: refusal almost certainly meant prison. 12.LORD WOOLTON PIE WAS PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS RECIPE OF THE WAR. It was reputedly created at the Savoy Hotel, London by Francis Latry. It was named after Lord Woolton who became Minister of Food in 1940. It contains no meat. Ingredients: 1 lb each of potato, spring onion, cauliflower or cabbage, carrot, swede, 1 teaspoon Marmite of similar, tablespoon oatmeal. Other vegetables can be substituted which, in Norfolk, would probably include peas as crops reached record levels, especially in 1944 and 1945. For the pastry: 6oz flour, 1 and a half oz butter, 1 and a half oz lard, 2oz raw potatoes 013. THE FIRST ATTACK ON BERLIN CAME FROM RAF MARHAM Three Mosquitos of RAF Bomber Command, flying from Marham
in Norfolk, were the first to attack Berlin – this was on 30 January, ten years to the day that Hitler had been sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. They were over Berlin at 11.am, dropped their bombs and returned to Norfolk safely. 14. THERE IS NO ‘BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI’ When Singapore surrendered, many men from East Anglia became prisoners of war. They were from three battalions of the Royal Norfolk Regiment, the 4th, 5th and 6th, two battalions of the Suffolk Regiment, the 4th and 5th, and the 1st and 2nd battalions of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. Conditions on Singapore Island were harsh and the poor diet resulted in various health problems – dysentery, ulcers, malaria and eye problems amongst many. In 1952, the French novelist, Pierre Boulle, wrote ‘Le Pont de la Riviere Kwai’. It is fictional, a story depicting the experiences of British prisoners building the bridge over the Mae Klong (there is no actual Bridge over the River Kwai). Boulle had been a prisoner of war in Thailand. The book won the Prix Saint-Beuve in 1952. A famous film directed by David Lean, ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1957. After the success of the film the Thais faced a problem as large numbers of tourists came to see the bridge, which did not actually exist. The problem was solved by renaming the Mae Klong river the Kwae Yai for several miles – the bridge built by the prisoners being on this stretch 15. THE WOMEN’S LAND ARMY KEPT AGRICULTURE GOING The Women’s Land Army was highly organised and supplies were not to be sniffed at: on joining, each girl was supplied with two green jerseys, two pairs of breeches, two overall coats, two pairs of dungarees, 6 pairs of stockings, three shirts, one pair of ankle boots, one pair of shoes, one pair of gun boots, one hat, one overcoat with shoulder titles, one oilskin or mackintosh, to towels, one oil skin sou’wester, a green armlet and a metal badge: after every six months and again after two years she received special cloth badges culminating after four years with one in scarlet
‘flying bomb’ or ‘doodle-bug’, twenty-seven in all, the first reaching Gravesend in the early morning of 13 June. Later, when they became more sophisticated, deadly and increasingly difficult to shoot down, they were known as V.1s and V.2s. The first one seen from the ground in Norwich flew harmlessly over the city on 26 June 19. PEOPLE IN 1944 WERE CRAVING ICE CREAM In the summer of 1944, the ban on going to the seaside had already been lifted with trains and buses to Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, Cromer and other resorts packed. From November some coastal towns were authorised to clear beach obstructions and the army began to take out mines. There was a particular yearning for ice-cream, such that the Food Minister, Colonel Llewellin, allowed supplies to be made available for its manufacture. Road signs were put back – some pointing to the wrong places – and there was talk of what was reasonable in terms of public street lighting. 20. THE FIRST MAN ON OCCUPIED JAPANESE SOIL WAS FROM NORWICH On 8.15 am local time on 6 August 1945, an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On 9 the August another atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The Japanese surrendered and the war was over. The main ceremony of surrender was on board the US battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September. Ten days afterwards, Lord Louis Mountbatten took the formal surrender of all Japanese forces within the South East Asia area command. The first man of the British occupation forces to walk upon Japanese territory was Lieutenant Colin Chapman, commander of the cruiser Newfoundland. He was from Norwich.
16. FIRST ONSHORE ON D-DAY WERE MEN FROM THE ROYAL NORFOLKS It was decided at these meetings that the 1st Royal Norfolks, and the 7th in following up, should be amongst the first troops to land in France. By the end of May an invasion fleet of nearly seven thousand craft was assembled. The RAF and USAAF were at the same time launching a total of 144,800 bomber missions, losing 1,616 bombers and twelve thousand men. In contrast, the Germans made about 120 reconnaissance missions over Britain in this period. 17. WHAT SIDNEY (BASHER) BATES, VC SAID BEFORE HE DIED ‘Take that, you bastards, and that, and that.’ It was at this time that a twenty-four-year-old corporal in the Royal Norfolks won the Victoria Cross. Sidney ‘Basher’ Bates was advancing against the enemy when his machine gunner and best friend was killed. Seizing the light machine gun, he ran towards the Germans, shooting from the hip, shouting: ‘Take that, you bastards, and that, and that.’ He was shot but his actions had a demoralising effect upon the enemy as he fell, regained his feet and carried on advancing. He was shot again, fell and once more got to his feet at which the nonplussed enemy began to withdraw. He was hit by mortar splinters and fell to the ground for a final time but continued to fire until he passed out. He died two days afterwards. 18. THE FIRST V 1’s ATTACK NORFOLK Exactly one week after bombers took off from English airfields to begin the D-Day assault, a new weapon reached Britain – the
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EACH Norwich and King’s Lynn set for bubble bonanzas as EACH announces foam-tastic new fun runs
he museum is open again from Saturday 10 March, every day from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Among the new acquisitions is an old Diss railway station sign. This was spotted on a stall and offered to the museum by a man who lives near Ipswich. Norwich and King’s Lynn will be awash with bubbles when East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) brings an exciting new fundraiser to the area. Bubble Rush is a 5k fun run with a difference as participants head off amongst a sea of bubbles, before passing four bubble stations where cannons pump out coloured foam to create a four-foot (1.2-metre) deep bubble bath! EACH will be hosting the event at Norwich’s Earlham Park on Saturday, 5 May and King’s Lynn’s The Walks on Saturday, 16 June. Runners will go off in two waves at both, with the first starting at 11am and the second at noon.
Family (Two adults with two children), Early Bird Price £46, Normal Price £62, Includes: T-shirts and medals Team (Six people or more), Early Bird Price £16 per person, Normal Price £22 per person, Includes: T-shirts and medals Children aged under four can take part for free. Those aged under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. EACH would like everyone to raise as much money as possible, as registration fees help cover the costs of participation. Head to www.each.org.uk/bubblerush for more information. Online registration for the Norwich Bubble Rush closes at 11am on 4 May and for the King’s Lynn Bubble Rush at 11am on 15 June. Early bird tickets are available until 12 March for both.
Emma Benstead, EACH Norfolk Events Fundraiser, says: “This new event is sure to be a spectacular sight and lots of fun for all involved – we can’t wait! “There’s no race element, so participants are welcome to run, jog, walk, dance or toddle through the foam. It’s a completely natural and safe mixture. “Merchandise, catering and other amusements mean this is sure to be a great family day out. Come along and soak up the colourful atmosphere!” The Norwich Bubble Rush is being sponsored by Bateman Groundworks and proceeds will go to the nook appeal, EACH’s campaign to raise £10 million and build a new hospice in Framingham Earl, transforming children’s palliative care for Norfolk. The King’s Lynn Bubble Rush is being sponsored by Vancouver Quarter and Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, and proceeds will go to EACH’s current hospice for Norfolk, in Quidenham, that provides care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and support for their families across the county.
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Parkinson’s UK Step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s in Norfolk
eople in Norfolk are being asked to unite with thousands of others across the UK and step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s. Walk for Parkinson’s at Blickling Estate takes place on Saturday 12 May, and is one of a series of walk events to be held across the UK for Parkinson’s UK during 2018. There are a range of distances on offer to suit everyone, with a two-mile, 3.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from. So whether you’re up for a challenging walk or a gentle stroll, there is something for everyone. Team entries are welcome, so why not sign up with your friends, family and colleagues. Walking and other types of exercise is particularly important for people with Parkinson’s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms. Exercise also has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health. Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He is a keen walker himself and is encouraging people to get involved. He said: “We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. I’d like to invite everyone, whatever their level of fitness, to take advantage of the many different types of walks, scenic routes and distances available. Exercise can be really
beneficial to people living with Parkinson’s. It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms. “So please join us at Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate . Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s”. The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Walk for Parkinson’s t-shirt, walk fundraising pack and a finishers medal. Last year’s Walk for Parkinson’s series had more than 4,300 people sign up to walk and between them they raised £417,700. All money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 145,000 people affected by Parkinson’s across the UK As well as walkers, the charity is on the lookout for volunteers to help on the day. To find out more about the walk – www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkblicklingestate
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Taking a long view We’ve seen a measure of uncertainty in financial markets over the past year as investors react to the Brexit negotiations. Phil Beck reflects on the bigger picture
espite the sensationalist headlines announcing impending financial meltdown when we leave the EU, it has become clear that Britain’s economy in 2017 remained broadly on course.
We are still undoubtedly going through difficult times, but the financial services sector remains cautiously positive. Whatever your views, whether you voted remain or leave, Brexit is going to create a number of challenges. It’s likely, however, that it will create opportunities too. Markets don’t like change, so we can expect to see fluctuations and uncertainty. There are many conflicting theories about what the future holds in terms of Britain’s economic future, but many commentators are predicting that overall investment growth will continue in 2018. In terms of investments, it is important to take a long view. It’s essential to understand that the value of your investments will indeed rise and fall at different times. Even the best performing funds may, on occasion, dip below your initial purchase price over an investment period of, say, five years.
The Brexit negotiations do seem to be taking us on a rollercoaster journey that will not always be comfortable. There may be a market reaction if a good deal can’t be achieved. However, a good investment strategy, aligned to your risk profile and regularly reviewed, should allow you to prosper in the medium to long term – despite any short-term losses – whatever the outcome of our talks with Brussels. The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to change. For independent advice about your retirement planning, Phil on 01603 706740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that the advice here is generic and we recommend that you get individual personalised advice.
Independent financial advice plays a key role in ensuring that your financial affairs are sufficiently robust to weather potential storms ahead, although short-term ups and downs are only to be expected. I firmly believe that knee-jerk reactions to market events are something to be avoided and that a clear, specific strategy will be in your best interests in the majority of cases. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make changes to your portfolio, when needed. A good investment strategy will involve a review at least annually of where your wealth is held, what your goals and objectives are and whether or not you are on track to achieve them. Balancing opportunity for growth with the risks inherent in the type of investments you select is a hugely important part of your strategy too. Your strategy should reflect your risk profile: part of the investment advice process is to assess how you feel about investment risk and to ensure that your overall portfolio matches your risk profile. For many clients, a form of proactive investment management makes economic sense. With a managed portfolio service, the investment manager will select and adjust your portfolio – within agreed parameters – as markets change in a bid to cushion you from significant falls in values. Your independent financial adviser will recommend the most appropriate solution for you which might be an ‘off the shelf’ model portfolio aligned to your risk profile or a bespoke portfolio tailored to your specific requirements. Different types of proactive investment management have different fee levels but there are solutions to suit almost every investor’s budget.
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Diss Museum Basil Abbott talks us through some historic signage
he museum is open again from Saturday 10 March, every day from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Among the new acquisitions is an old Diss railway station sign. This was spotted on a stall and offered to the museum by a man who lives near Ipswich. It probably dates from between 1945, when the railways were nationalised, to the late 1960s, when British Rail was created. The Eastern Region signs used white lettering on a dark blue background, still seen at Lowestoft and a few other stations. The main exhibition will celebrate the history of Diss drama group Mere Players, who were founded in the 1970s.
with a local cast, on the centenary of the village insurrections against enclosure. The Women’s Land Army will also be featured and displays in association with local history groups on Bressingham Church, and the River Waveney from source to sea. The old Brush Factory is the subject of displays in the museum and Corn Hall, as part of a schools project about the brush factories in Diss, Attleborough and Wymondham.
Their first home was the old King’s Head Hotel where they performed The Chiltern Hundreds, directed by Irene Jacoby, in November 1974. They later moved to the Youth Centre, while rehearsing in the Friends’ Meeting House, and have also performed many times at the Corn Hall and Roydon Village Hall. In 1981 they entered the Breckland Drama Festival and won Best Drama, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards for Alun Owen’s Shelter. The group has gone on to perform large-scale musicals in the Corn Hall, to win further awards and bring honour to the town. Another drama production recalled at the museum will be the Roydon Riots. This was performed in Roydon Village Hall in 1993,
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Sound Advice Hearing Centre All about Tinnitus
hat is tinnitus? A.The actual word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word ‘tinnire’ to ‘ring’ and it is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. It can be heard in one ear, both ears, or in the head itself. In other words the sound, whilst very real to the person experiencing it, is not audible to others. The auditory system begins in the ear, where sound is converted to neural impulses. These impulses travel through several processing stations before arriving at the final destination of auditory sensory processing - the auditory cortex. In people with tinnitus, the auditory cortex is hyper-responsive to sound, especially sounds like their tinnitus sensation. Tinnitus importantly is not a disease or an illness. It is a symptom that is generated within an individual’s auditory pathway. It has often been thought that tinnitus occurs as a result of disease of the ears, but this is not necessarily the case. It’s precise cause is still not fully understood. There is a common myth that nothing can be done about tinnitus, and that you should ‘see how it goes’ or ‘learn to live with it’. This is not particularly helpful for the individual as there are many therapies or aids that can help manage the condition. Q. What does it sound like? A. Tinnitus can take a variety of forms including ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring, whistling and for some, it can even sound like music or singing (although this is often referred to as musical hallucination, or auditory imagery rather than tinnitus). The perceived ‘noise’ may be low, medium or high-pitched. It can be a single noise or multiple noises and can be a continuous sound or it may just come and go. Another form of tinnitus is called pulsatile tinnitus, where the sound may beat in time with your heart. For many tinnitus is little more than an annoyance, and only noticed in very quiet situations such as nighttime when trying to sleep. For others though, it can be quite intrusive and can affect them in all aspects of their life. Q. How common is tinnitus? A. Tinnitus is a common condition it can happen at any age, but it is more common in people over the age of 65. It can develop gradually or can be very sudden, and likewise it can be continuous or just come and go. It is estimated that between 10 and 15% of the UK population have the condition. That’s more than six million people. Many people will experience temporary tinnitus after exposure to loud noise, such as a pop concert but this normally fades away. However repeated exposure to loud sounds can cause damage to the sensitive inner ear, and this can lead to more permanent tinnitus. Q. Causes of tinnitus? A. Tinnitus itself is not a disease or illness. It is a symptom of a variety of otologic pathologies (see table 1). There are many possible causes or triggers. Some of the most common are –
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• Hearing Loss, • Noise Exposure, • Stress, • Head or neck trauma, • Medication side effects, • Outer and middle ear pathologies such as middle ear blockage, impacted wax, • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, • Meniere’s disease and other inner ear pathologies. Many lifestyle choices can also aggravate tinnitus; these can include caffeinated foods and beverages, excessive use of salt, alcohol, nicotine, and high cholesterol. However, this is not definitive, and many people may not have experienced any of the above but still experience tinnitus. For about 90% of tinnitus sufferer’s habituation will occur naturally. Q. How is tinnitus related to stress and the brain? A. Activation of the limbic system can greatly contribute to increased stress and tinnitus related anxiety. The limbic system is the part of the brain that controls our emotions e.g. fear, anger, happiness, but it also is involved in deciding the value of our thoughts, perceptions and behaviours. The areas within the limbic system that are most related to tinnitus are the hippocampus which stores and retrieves memories and the amygdala which determines the emotional significance of the event and the need for a release of neurotransmitters (for example, fight or flight). The limbic system greatly contributes to the increase in stress and anxiety related to tinnitus. So for instance when a phantom sound is heard there is a release of hormones in to the bloodstream, which increase the heart rate, tenses muscles and prepares the body for action. This is known as the stress response, and is completely normal. As soon as the threat passes the body returns to normal. With tinnitus however, the sound is considered the threat, and therefore the body does not recover and a chronic stress condition can occur. This is known as the vicious circle of tinnitus. The more you think about the tinnitus, the more anxious you become, and the more anxious you become, the more intrusive the tinnitus! In people with tinnitus, the limbic system seems to be different, possibly a slightly smaller number of brain cells. Theory suggests that this part of the limbic system works like a noise- cancellation system. When this system doesn’t work well, people are not able to suppress unimportant thoughts, behaviours, and perceptions— including phantom perceptions like tinnitus. Q. What treatment is there for tinnitus? A.There is currently no cure for tinnitus, despite increasing public awareness; tinnitus is still a little understood disorder. The solution for the majority of people is to work towards breaking this ‘vicious circle’ within the limbic system to significantly reduce the effect with tinnitus. This process known as habituation naturally occurs for many people (the noises diminish over time as
the brain loses interest and stops concentrating on the signal). For others a more structured individual plan is necessary to achieve this effect. There is a high correlation between tinnitus and hearing loss. When a hearing loss is present with tinnitus, then hearing aids have been proven to be one of the most effective methods of reducing tinnitus perception. The brain has to learn to hear properly again with hearing aids, and will initially focus on all the ‘new’ sounds building up a new auditory memory.
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Along with the above people can find some success with tinnitus maskers, counseling and stress management, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The most important thing to remember is that there is certainly help available. You can visit your GP to discuss or you can have an evaluation of your tinnitus and hearing at
As the brain reclassifies these sounds, it will determine their relative importance and habituation will take place. For hearing aids to help it is crucial that they are used all the time as infrequent use will create insufficient auditory memory, resulting in poor benefit and redundant hearing aids. Other useful tips for people suffering from tinnitus are: • Not to worry about it, • Changing emotions related to your tinnitus, trying to filter out the tinnitus signal from the conscious mind, • Keeping your mind occupied, but not to overdo things, • Use soothing music or environmental sounds quietly in the background
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You’ll spot some exciting new changes. We have a smart new uniform and van livery for our drivers, proudly displaying our heritage. There are 75 new and improved delicious meals ready to order from our brochure and website. Bright new labels, clearer and easier to read but still free from cardboard sleeves and unnecessary waste; and we’ve launched new television adverts, featuring our very own drivers, some of which you may recognise. Rest assured, while we’re very pleased with our new look, we would never dream of changing the things you hold so dear. That means you can continue to look forward to the same dedicated local team and the same strong values you have come to expect from Wiltshire Farm Foods.
With our delicious frozen meals and desserts, prepared by award-winning chefs and delivered free by your local team, you’ve more time to enjoy doing the things you love. For your free brochure visit wiltshirefarmfoods.com or call
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Sound Sleep Put a spring in your sleep this spring
or most of us a third of our life is spent asleep, meaning the wear on our mattress over time is considerable, yet a staggering 25% of people wouldn’t consider changing their mattress – even after more than 10 years. It is hardly surprising then that 58% of the population complain of waking feeling stiff and achy. Take our Bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) to find out if you need a new bed. Answer yes or no to the following questions. • Is your bed seven years old or more? • Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw it without the covers? • Does it make suspicious noises in the night? • Did you have your best recent nights sleep in a bed other than yours? • Are your waking up more frequently un-refreshed and aching? • Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally? • Are you too close to your partner to sleep comfortably? • Is it sagging? • Does it feel lumpy in the night? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then it your bed has FAILED its MOT and a trip to Sound Sleep for some new bed or mattress advice is essential. The key with mattress buying is to try out as wide a variety of options as possible to find the most suitable mattress for you (and your partner). Given the amount of time you spend in bed, it is important to spend a reasonable amount of time in store trying out new ones, especially if you have been experiencing pains that could come from your existing mattress. It this instance, it may be worth having a chat with your chiropractor for some advice on what they advise is suitable for your back. At Sound Sleep, we stock a variety of brands and different types of mattresses, for example pocket sprung, memory foam, latex and so on. Each manufacturer has different mattresses that offer different levels of support and comfort. When mattress shopping, it is essential to ask for help. Our Sound Sleep Dream Team are highly trained mattress specialists and are on hand to advise you, not to high pressure you in to buying something that may not be suitable. Following are just a few quick tips to consider when bed shopping. How do I know which one is right for me? A mattress that is supportive and comfortable is important, but remember, your requirement for support will differ depending on your weight and build. The best bed for your back is not always a firm one. You need a bed that will provide the right support and comfort for you. When laying on your side, ideally your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag down or bow up. Also remember as we age, our support requirements change. A very firm mattress when you were 35 may not be so suitable when you’re 45, comfort is important too!
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Trying them out Give your self plenty of time and wear loose clothing, this helps you turn and get in and out of beds in store. Our Mattress Specialists will point you in the right direction. Try the advised mattresses for as long as possible to get a good ‘feel’ for them. If you sleep together, shop together Always shop with your partner, the bed must be suitable for both of you. As it is inevitable one of you may have to compromise! Size matters It is scientifically proven that couples sleep better in a bigger bed. The more space you have the freer you can move without disturbing your partner. This is also a good idea if one or both of you get hot in bed. If you are thinking about just a new mattress, before coming to visit us in store, check what kind of base you have and it’s condition, as some bases may be unsuitable for a new mattress. We will of course be on hand to give you the correct advice and information. All of our divans and mattresses are sourced from National Bed Federation members, so what you are buying is exactly what it says it is, it’s made from new and clean materials and it meets the strict British Standard fire regulations. More information can be found at www.bedfed.org.uk Now that you have chosen a new bed and mattress, don’t forget that every mattress needs protection. At Sound Sleep, we want your new mattress to give you years of comfortable nights, to do this your mattress needs to be protected from us! The average adult perspires approximately half a pint per night and sheds in the region of 20,000,000 skin cells a day, which without the correct protection can all go into your mattress. This severely decreases the life of your mattress and can also cause health concerns, especially with asthma and allergy sufferers. Our Dream Team will talk you through all the options to help prolong the life of your mattress. For more help and advice, visit our Dream Team who can talk you through all the pros and cons of various mattresses. We also pride ourselves on having the most up to date mattress technology (as well as the old fashioned technology too!). Sleep has never felt so good!! www.soundsleepbeds.co.uk www.sleepcouncil.com
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Hearing advice How a simple hearing test might prevent dementia
o you or anyone in the family: Have the T.V turned up too loud? Constantly ask people to repeat themselves? Misunderstand conversations, saying yes when it should be no etc? Hear people talking but can’t always make out what is said? Find it harder to hear in background noise, such as a car, restaurant, family gathering etc? Watch peoples lips more closely so as to hear them better? Start to limit or avoid social activity or interaction?
Another theory is that hearing loss physically damages part of the brain, leading to dementia. One study using brain scans showed that the brains auditory cortex (the area that processes sound), was smaller in patients with hearing loss than in those with normal hearing. Another suggests that hearing loss damages part of the brain that processes language, an area that is also known to shrink in dementia patients. Both shrinkage and a loss of brain cells is symptomatic of Alzheimer sufferers.
Well, now there is a greater reason to get your hearing checked as researchers believe hearing loss is linked to dementia. Recent studies suggest that people who experience hearing loss could be more likely to develop dementia than those without. Evidence shows that mild hearing loss doubles the risk of dementia, with moderate hearing loss leading to three times the risk, and severe loss can increase the risk by up to 5 times! Having a problem with your hearing can accelerate the rate of cognitive decline by about 36%.
Professor Clive Ballard of age-related diseases at Exeter University (Who co-authored the study in the Lancet) says ‘If you are not using that part of the brain it could start to die off. The lack of stimulation might alter the way brain cells interact and cause atrophy – loss of brain cells.’
Typically, 90% of hearing loss is age related which is caused by the gradual and permanent damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, which transmit signals to the brain. The symptoms of hearing loss can be similar to the early signs of dementia. For example, an individual can become confused about what is happening around them and struggle to follow a conversation. This can unfortunately make diagnosing dementia in someone with hearing loss or vice versa more difficult. According to the latest research in The Lancet (which reviewed 13 studies linking the two conditions – hearing loss and dementia) up to a third of over 55s in the UK are thought to have some degree of hearing loss and this has been linked to one in ten cases of dementia. Scientists claim that picking up a hearing loss in middle age and treating it could prevent as much as 9% of dementia cases, far more than the 2 % linked to high blood pressure and 1 % linked to obesity. A further study is looking in to whether using hearing aids could help slow the disease or even prevent its progression. According to Dr. David Reynolds of the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK ‘hearing loss is a risk factor which we may be able to be modify to reduce the number of people who develop dementia or the rate of progression if they ‘ve already got it.’ Of course, one way to modify certain hearing losses is through the use of hearing aids.
Hearing loss is emerging as a relatively new risk factor in dementia and a lot more is needed to understand more about the link. It is often difficult to separate the signs of hearing loss from dementia, and often one condition may mask another. However, one thing is clear - if someone has the signs of hearing loss or dementia then it is important to have regular hearing tests and where required, make the most of their hearing – for example, by using hearing aids. Evidence suggests that proper diagnosis and management of hearing loss may reduce the risk of dementia and also its impact, more notably in the early stages. In particular, the latest evidence suggests that wearing hearing aids actually helps by improving working memory – the short-term memory that we use in completing everyday day to day tasks. Hearing aids can also help prevent some of the other associated risks and conditions with dementia such as depression and falls. To book a FREE hearing consultation then contact: Sound Advice Hearing 13 St. John Maddermarket Norwich NR2 1DN Tel: 01603 667708 Email: email@example.com or visit our website www.soundadvicehearing.co.uk
Preventing hearing damage in the first place could also be extremely important, so wearing hearing protection for concerts, work, using power tools and keeping the volume down when wearing headphones may help over time. There are a number of theories on how hearing loss is linked with dementia. One that corroborates this is that hearing loss causes individuals to become withdrawn and socially isolated. Social interaction stimulates the brain and helps to strengthen connection between brain cells which is essential for preventing dementia.
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Have you ever though you are worth more than you are currently being paid, or perhaps you’re bored doing what you are currently doing, or you’re worried about pension plans, or you just want a ‘Plan B’? Well - In addition to my web development business I also spend an hour here & there, in the ‘nooks & grannies’ of the day, building an additional business and a great additional income. In the traditional World of work the ‘Boss’ may ask you to work the occasional overtime, which nine times out of ten we agree to do, and they pay you the average hourly rate of
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around £12.00 per hour. If you would like another £12.00 you work another hour. This is traditional and it’s how most people go through life. However, the smart people look for ‘Residual Income’ where they work an hour and then get paid for that hours work again and again and again. Song writers do this extremely well – they write a song and record it and they get paid every time their song is played. This is called ‘Residual Income’ and I really like this concept!
Of course it may not be for you, but at least you will have seen what I am doing and you can make that decision, rather than me denying you the opportunity and you might know someone who is looking so you can help them. How soon would you like to change your future, earn more money and have time freedom? Get in touch and I’ll help you every step of the way. www.SUCCESSpro.me.uk
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