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“How Did It Come To This?” hese are words which may have gone through the mind of Hans Gross as he sat through the 6-day Trial of a claim for €13.5 million brought against him by Bruce MacInnes in the High Court. Judgment was delivered on the 27th January 2017.
The claim related to an alleged oral contract said to have been made over dinner in a Mayfair restaurant in March 2011, Mr. Gross wished to sell his successful business and Mr. MacInnes offered to assist in achieving an enhanced sale price by using his skills in that business as an experienced Investment Banker. A few days after the dinner, Mr. MacInnes sent to Mr. Gross an e-mail setting out what he alleged was an agreement “on headline terms”, which included his leaving his current employment with an investment bank to concentrate on the sale, but he did not leave his employment until July 2011. The business was eventually sold to a purchaser introduced by Mr. MacInnes who
brought the claim, claiming that there was a binding enforceable contract and the terms of remuneration had been agreed. He claimed alternatively to be paid for all his work under a “quasi contract” as otherwise Mr. Gross would be unjustly enriched. Mr. Gross said that no contract had been entered into. Mr. Justice Coulson found in favour of Mr. Gross
A lesson to be drawn from this is to be wary of discussions about any business transaction in informal situations
for a number of reasons. Whilst a contract can come into existence in the circumstances of a private dinner a Court needs to scrutinise the circumstances and detail of what may or may not have been agreed. The Claimant’s e-mail had suggested that further detailed negotiations would be required
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By Basil Abbott
t. Mar y’s Church, Diss, is the venue for a film and concer t to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.
Diss Museum presents the film, made in 1916 and seen by 20 million people at the time. The Pulham Orchestra will play a specially composed score to accompany it. There will also be a pre-concert talk by a historian.
When, after a private screening at Windsor, the King urged people to see it, the nation turned out in millions. Middleclass people who had never seen a film went for the first time.
followed is never depicted. But the film and concer t are still an experience to savour. Diss Museum acknowledges financial suppor t from the Norfolk Ar ts Project Fund.
“ A scene showing soldiers going over the top was
Diss Museum showed the film last year, with an improvised piano accompaniment. But an orchestral concert will be a completely different experience.
probably faked, while the slaughter that really
During World War One a pricing policy had undercut theatre and music hall, so that ‘kinema’ was the most popular entertainment.
concert are still an experience to savour.”
When the Somme film was suggested the military top brass were concerned about secrecy and security. They were also disdainful of a new mass medium, what they considered distasteful working-class entertainment.Previously films had been almost ignored by the press; but this film received widespread coverage. 06 | Diss & Attleborough
followed is never depicted. But the film and
In places the police had to control the crowds as people jostled to get in. Moved and enlightened as the audiences were, we know now that the film gave no impression of the tragedy of the battle. A scene showing soldiers going over the top was probably faked, while the slaughter that really
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MAY be the time for a new mattress? 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 year s. It is hardly surprising then that 58% of the population complain of waking feeling stiff and achy.
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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! 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 pillows are very important too. A cheap, unsupportive pillow can cause neck and back problems. These are just as important as your new 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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EAST ANGLIAN CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
Opening night of 42nd Street in London is attended by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in suppor t of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). he Duchess of Cambridge, who is Royal Patron EACH, attended the opening night of popular Broadway show 42nd Street in London in support of the charity’s nook appeal.
The new revival of the classic musical, starring Grammy award winner Sheena Easton opened at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, on Tuesday, 4th April. The Duchess joined the cast on stage at the end of the show where she was presented with a pair of tap shoes. The Duchess of Cambridge was greeted upon arrival and hosted by Lord Michael Grade, the show’s co-producer, and presented to Graham Butland (EACH Chief Executive) and 12-year old Ollie Duel. Ollie uses the EACH hospice at Milton in Cambridgeshire and presented Her Royal Highness with her programme for the evening. Ollie lives in Cambridge and he attended the evening with his parents, Claire and Gavin, and 18-year-old sister Georgina. Ollie has a complex medical condition that affects his bowel and stomach which means he has to be attached to several tubes to help with breathing, feeding and more. He is also 10 | Diss & Attleborough
attached to a pump 22 hours a day and requires 36 medicines four times a day plus four lots of intravenous drugs.
around seeing to his every need! EACH makes a really hard time just that little easier to deal with.”
Ollie’s family has been on a journey full of ups and downs, but one constant source of positivity and support has been EACH. Mum Claire explains just how much the charity means to them: “EACH enables us to be a
The charity was already pledged a gift of £250,000 for the opening night and further support was donated during the show on Tuesday evening.
EACH makes a really hard time just that little easier to deal with.
family, providing care and support for us as a whole. Having a safe place for Ollie to be cared for is the most valuable gift we could ever have been given. “Ollie loves spending time at the hospice and the minute he gets there he is kicking off his shoes, getting a duvet and snuggling down on the sofa, with everyone running
Her Royal Highness, Royal Patron of EACH, helped to launch the nook appeal in 2014. The charity has outgrown its current hospice in Quidenham, Norfolk and aims to raise £10 million to transform children’s palliative care, including a new purpose-built hospice near to Norwich. In January this year, Her Royal Highness visited Quidenham to meet with staff and families for an update on the appeal as EACH needs to secure a further £5 million to make its vision a reality. EACH provides care and support for nearly 800 children, young people and family members across the region, with 361 currently using its Quidenham hospice. For more information about the nook appeal visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk
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Changes In Your Tax
very time I sit down to write a piece for those lovely people at the Dispatch magazine, I never quite know how to start. So this time I thought I would look back and see what I wrote in May 2016 – just to see what has changed! Well the first topic I wrote about was that May is officially my favourite month of the year with many spring flowers including bluebells and freesias. 12 months on, May is still my favourite month of the year with so much to look forward to and all the summer events just round the corner.
There is so much to see and do around and about at this time of year, that I doubt that anyone wants to be stuck indoors spending ages on their tax affairs. But despite the distractions there is actually quite a bit going on in the world of accounting so it may just be worth spending a few minutes checking out the changes so that you are up to date and don’t miss out.
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Unless you have been hiding under the bed or in a cave in Madagascar, I doubt you could avoid the “making tax digital” plans which HMRC are keen to implement as soon as possible. These plans have just been reported
There is so much to see and do around and about at this time of year, that I doubt that anyone wants to be stuck indoors spending ages on their tax affairs
on by the House of Lords who have made some radical proposals – so for now sit tight and watch this space. Be rest assured that whatever the final outcome, we will make sure that are there to help in any way we can.
In the mean time we have recently been trying to assist a number of our clients with the changes to the flat rate VAT scheme. The flat rate scheme used to be ideal for clients who needed simplified VAT systems and had very little in the way of purchases or expenses to set against their sales VAT. Now with the introduction of the new 16.5% limited cost trader rules, suddenly the flat rate scheme doesn’t seem quite as appealing. If you have previously been using the flat rate VAT scheme and are now concerned that the new rules may be affecting you – why not come and talk to us – We have run through the new rules with many of our clients and can help opt in or out of the flat rate scheme whatever you decide to do. April 2017 also saw a big increase in the number of employers who reached their staging dates for auto enrolment. We have been able to help a large number of our payroll clients to fulfil their duties and most
have been really relieved to find that the actual pension requirements were not as costly or as onerous as they had first thought. The initial percentage of contributions is really quite low and there is no need to spend a lot of money unless you really want to – there are many schemes out there which cost far less than anticipated. Remember if you are an employer – check when your enrolment duties start and don’t get caught out. We will never tell you which pension provider to use, this must always be your decision but we can help you to get through the process unscathed. A popular question so far this tax year amongst the KBA clients has been – “should I go limited?” Deciding whether or not to form a limited company and transfer your business into a legal entity is a big decision and definitely not one that you should make quickly or
lightly. There are a lot of advantages to becoming a limited company, but equally there are some disadvantages too. Remember that if you hear someone telling you how wonderful it is to be limited and that there are no down sides – they are likely to be: Living in cloud cuckoo land, Extremely lucky or completely misunderstanding the entire system! The biggest piece of advice that I would give is, don’t rush into anything – make sure that you understand all the implications of becoming limited, the different ways to account for salaries and dividends. Make sure you understand when your year ends will be, when your tax is due, what savings you are likely to make and ensure that everything is tied up transferring your old business into the new incorporation. Don’t leave any lose ends and don’t leave any assets in the old business. It is really impor tant to ensure
that you obtain a true and fair valuation of all equipment and assets – so that no questions can be asked later when the entire process is not fresh in your mind. Incorporating a company can be relatively straight forward but make sure that you understand exactly who is going to be a director, what the shareholdings should be, who should be appointed as shareholders etc and most of all get your timings right. Companies House and HMRC have different filing requirements and it can be costly and stressful if you get into a muddle. Why not come and have a chat with us first – we can run through all the possibilities and make sure that you know exactly what you want to achieve, what the criteria are and the deadlines. Most of all whatever you decide to do in May – make it count for you and enjoy every minute.
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Workplace Pensions: Time for Re-Enrolment he year 2017 sees two significant milestones for Workplace Pensions. Our Workplace Benefits specialist, Rob Clarke, gives an update on the requirements.
Workplace pensions have become a key part of employersâ€™ statutory duties and the initial stages of the roll-out of auto enrolment are all but complete. All businesses that were in existence in October 2012 will now have passed their staging dates and have begun the auto enrolment process (or made a declaration if they had no workers to enrol). Only those businesses that were set up after October 2012 are yet to begin the process and will be given staging dates between April 2017 and February 2018. Any businesses set up from October 2017 onwards must comply with the rules immediately. The other milestone to be reached in 2017 is that those businesses whose staging dates fell in the early days of the process are now about to hit their threeyear anniversary bringing with it another
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set of obligations. This will affect around 40,000 employers during 2017. As an employer, at the three-year anniversary of your staging date you are required to undertake three main tasks. Firstly you must re-enrol any workers who opted out after they had been automatically enrolled into the workplace scheme. Workers who chose to opt out three years ago must go back into the scheme but they do have the opportunity to opt out again, if they so wish. You must carry out an assessment of your workers to determine their eligibility and entitlements and re-enrol any staff affected. In addition, you must write to any staff you are re-enrolling within six weeks of the re-enrolment date. The second task for you to undertake is to check that your scheme remains compliant under the rules and is still fit for purpose. There have been changes to the rules since the first qualifying workplace pension schemes were set up, such as in respect of any commissions paid for advice you took in setting up the scheme. You may find that
the scheme you have in place is no longer delivering the outcomes that you looked to achieve when you first set it up â€“ and that changes in the way advice is being delivered and charged to employers mean you may need to look for a new source of advice. Another change since the early days of auto enrolment is that a limit has been put on the amount that the fund provider can charge to manage the schemeâ€™s default investment fund(s). This charge cap has been set at 0.75%. Any schemes set up before this change in the rules may no longer be compliant if they involve a default investment fund that carries a higher charge. Your third task at the three-year anniversary of your staging is to submit a re-declaration of compliance. This must be done within five months of the anniversary date. The three-year anniversary of your scheme is also a good time to review both the performance of the scheme itself and of the service provided by the pension company
and advice firm involved. To an extent, those with early staging dates at the start of the roll-out of auto enrolment were guinea pigs for the different services being offered and the workplace pension landscape has seen many shifts and adjustments in the past three years. For example, there have been considerable advances in the technology behind auto enrolment since its early days with new “middleware” providers coming onto the scene. Financial advisers have also updated and amended their service offering to provide a higher level of support for businesses to take over tasks such as managing contributions and handling all the scheme administration.
By Rober t Clarke
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One way forward for Attleborough? ttleborough has a par king problem. Ever yday people come and par k in our car par ks and then leave their car s there all day. They might take the train or the bus to go to Norwich; but they are not helping our local shops or using our local ser vices.
It is difficult to get a par king place at some times of the day. Your Conser vative District Councillor s, with the suppor t of the town council, are tr ying to get a sustainable solution. We all need to think about how changes will affect Attleborough more widely. One idea we want to trial is have a time limit on Queenâ€™s Square car park. We would keep car par king free, but bring in a r ule that you can only leave your car there for two or three hours. This could be enforced using
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enforcement officers or with cameras like Lidl on Queenâ€™s Road. Inside this edition of the Dispatch is a letter and sur vey from one of your District Councillors, Rhodri, who wants to get your views and experiences of car par king in Attleborough. We want to know what you think. If you return this we can ensure that your views and
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THE NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL The Norfolk & Norwich Festival comes round next month,
orwich-born arts writer, Tony Cooper, takes a look at the pick of the crop
THEATRE / DANCE Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.
Saturday/Sunday, 13th/14th May (2pm)
In Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. the internationally-renowned theatre company, Quarantine, takes a look at the human life-cycle in a brand-new show focusing on living, dying and one’s relationship with time. Comprising three live performances and a film, the work’s epic in scale, ambition and subject with each piece having a distinctive flavour. For instance, Summer. gathers dozens of people on stage responding to events on the day of performance, Autumn. unfolds as a two-hour interval in history, full of food, conversation and clairvoyance, Winter. meets a woman preparing for death and Spring. focuses on pregnant women and imagines lives as yet unlived. Chotto Desh
Thursday 18th May (7.30pm)
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from Britain to Bangladesh. The work draws upon Khan’s unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling, weaving together a playful story of a boy who angers the forest gods by collecting their forbidden honey. The production’s reworked from Akram Khan’s Olivier Award-winning autobiographical show DESH and is adapted by director, Sue Buckmaster, of Theatre-Rites. We Meet in Paradise
Wednesday/Thursday, 17th/18th May (8.30pm) A roaming wooden box searches for a place to land after a long journey through unknown lands. Masked characters emerge to tell tales of their escape and arrival, dreams and fears - and how they started their lives anew. Exile is the name of their destination. Asylum is their hope. For this mask-theatre piece, TheatreFragile met with local refugees and support workers to gather their stories and experiences. These unheard voices will take centre-stage of an interactive performance poetically presenting the complex issues of exile. Super Sunday
Monday/Tuesday, 15th/16th May (8pm)
After the storming success of White Nights at last year’s festival, the riotous Finnishbased circus troupe, Race Horse Company,
returns to Norwich Theatre Royal with their brand-new show, Super Sunday, which is big on flying, big on thrills and big on mindblowing skills. VISUAL ARTS Museum of the Moon
Friday 12th to Sunday 21st May (various times) A giant inflatable moon featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface will change the landscape of The Forum in Norwich city centre for the first week of the festival in the captivating show, Museum of the Moon. With an atmospheric soundscape, audiences are invited to relax on deckchairs and bask in the moonlight while a lineup of lunar-inspired live music, dance and performance will happen beneath the moon from the likes of Rabo de Foguete, Total Ensemble Theatre Company and Norwich Cathedral Choir. Museum of the Moon is the brainchild of Luke Jerram, well known worldwide for large-scale public artworks he creates encouraging public participation. VR Playground
Friday 12th to Saturday 27th May (all day) A collective of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and technologists comprise Thrill Laboratory who specialise in projecting art and creating new forms to deliver a thrilling
GENERAL experience all round. And in their brand-new work for this year’s festival,VR Playground, audiences are invited to don a VR headset, jump on a playground swing and be transported inside an experimental virtual-reality ride created by the world’s only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker, working in tandem with a team of highly-qualified technicians. MUSIC American Style
Friday 19th May (8pm)
Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson - who’ll be joined by special guest, Rubin Kodheli, in American Style - have collaborated over many years on various live and recording projects and came together to create American Style in 2015, a work which has grown and developed into a unique piece of art. Trading songs and improvising, the pair approach the piece with a loose and inventive feel - a collaboration with the ghostly and majestic spoken performances and words of such good friends as Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen. Naturally 7
Sunday 14th May (7.30pm)
In a music world rife with technological tricks of the trade, Naturally 7 celebrates the beauty of the human voice. The collective bring their distinct and charming a cappella style to gospel, R&B, soul and jazz, performing classics in ways you’ve never heard them before. The group has toured the world with artists as diverse as Michael Bublé, Quincy Jones and Ludacris while their rendition of ‘In the Air Tonight’, performed on the Paris Metro, quickly gained them over six million views on YouTube. PERFORMANCE The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight
Tuesday/Wednesday 23rd/24th May (7.30pm)
Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, leading UK disabled artist, Claire Cunningham, team up with international choreographer and performer, Jess Curtis, in The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight, comprising performance, original music and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of
perceiving each other and the world. The work’s a collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr Alva Noe, video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann and dramaturge, Luke Pell.
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The Arms of Sleep
Following the multi-award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss and belief against a backdrop of scuzzy indie venues and ’80s politics. One can expect jangling guitars, visceral verse and a Morrissey-sized measure of hear tache. Frankie Vah - written and performed by Luke Wright - is directed by Joe Murphy with a score by Ian Catskilkin and lighting by Tom Clutterbuck.
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th May (9.30pm to 8am)
In The Arms of Sleep - a ten-hour choral piece featuring specially-written music by Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough, Jonathan Baker and John Hopkins - is this year’s offering from The Voice Project. They’ll gather 40 audience members to form a choir and travel into the space of sleep where galaxies and so forth are born. The setting’s the Georgiandesigned Assembly House in Theatre Street, Norwich, where guests will spend the night surrounded by sound and shadows, balancing and drifting between sleep and wakefulness. Night Magic
Monday/Tuesday, 22nd/23rd May (10pm)
Inspired by turn-of-the-century spiritualism, Victorian sideshows and the golden era of vaudeville, Night Magic lifts the veil and enters into the realms of the unknown. One will witness death-defying magic, euphoric aerial acts and enchanting live music in this exciting new show from home-grown talents, Hocus Pocus Theatre and Gossamer Thread’s Vaudeville Co. Audiences are invited to stay after the performance to dance with Death and soak up the atmosphere as DJ Jazzlord spins a heavenly mix of jazz and gems from his vintage vinyl collection. Rear View
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May (various times)
The streets of Norwich will become the stage as one takes a tour aboard IOU’s custom-made bus for an unforgettable journey. Beginning in a life-drawing class, Rear View quickly becomes a moving adventure about a woman’s life led by performance poets, Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot, who’ll be making reflections, predictions and observations that blur the line between reality and fiction. IOU has a 40-year-old tradition of creating work that combines
Friday/Saturday, 26th/27th May (7.30pm)
MUSIC Dee Dee Bridgewater
Saturday 20th May (8pm)
A fantastic live performer, Dee Dee Bridgewater - a Grammy and Tony Awardwinning artist, producer and UN Ambassador - is one of today’s leading female jazz vocalists. She puts her own unique spin on standards as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Dee Dee will be performing songs from her new album ‘Memphis’ while returning to her roots but will also be offering a ground-breaking reimagining of American Blues and R&B classics. Britten Sinfonia Beethoven with Thomas Adès
Friday 26th May (7.30pm)
Centred on the work and influence of Beethoven, the audience will first hear his witty first symphony paired with the virtuosic second complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful new setting of Beethoven’s famous love letters to his ‘immortal beloved’. Hearing how one of the most celebrated composer/conductors working today will interpret and illuminate these iconic works is set to be a major event in the classicalmusic side to the festival. Reason in Madness
Monday 22nd May (7.30pm)
The idea of madness has a strange allure. It has fascinated composers for centuries. For instance, Shakespeare’s hypnotic portrayal of the ill-fated Ophelia provided no shortage of inspiration for a rich array of art songs. In Reason in Madness, world-renowned soprano, Carolyn Sampson, is joined by pianist, Joseph Middleton, for an exploration of madness in music ranging from the unsettling beauty of Richard Strauss’ ethereal ‘Ophelia Lieder’ to the sumptuous hedonism of Debussy’s ‘Chanson de Bilitis’. The festival runs from Friday 12th to Sunday 28th May. The box office is situated at Norwich Theatre Royal: 01603 766400. Online booking: www.nnfestival. org.uk. Concessions and Under-26s discounts available.
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50 GEMS OF NORFOLK!
Dispatch Magazine editor Jonathan Hor swell turns the tables to inter view Pete Goodrum about his new book. You seem to have covered quite a range of places. I have. I wanted it to be wide ranging to reflect the sheer variety of the county. So I’ve chosen some towns and villages, and covered some aspects of Norwich. But I’ve also selected some intangible things - like the Norfolk accent for instance. And some people who I think are important to Norfolk and its history.
’50 Gems of Norfolk’ by Pete Goodrum is published by Amberley Books and is available in all good bookstores, and online. Interview By Jonathan Horswell, Editor, Dispatch Magazine s you probably know, our regular Fine People columnist is also an author, as well as a tv and radio presenter. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to turn the tables and interview him about his latest book!
So this is a bit different Pete - you’re the one being interviewed for Fine City. It’s usually the other way round! I know! It does feel rather odd. Off you go! What made you write this book, after your previous rather more historically driven books? It was an odd coincidence. As you know I write and present the Mustard TV series ‘Norfolk’s Hidden Gems’. My publishers asked me to write a book called ’50 Gems of Norfolk’ and initially I was, to be honest, a bit confused. I thought there must be some sort of link. It turned out to be a happy coincidence. Your work on the tv series must have helped though. It did. Needless to say some of the ‘gems’ I’d visited for the tv series found their way into the book.
You say in the introduction that it’s a ‘personal’ selection. I do. And I really wanted to make that point. As I was saying earlier, there’s so much to choose from, and it would be impossible to make a definitive choice. So it’s my selection. And I’ve featured the 50 Gems alphabetically - as far as possible - to be fair about it. The book really does underline how much you love Norfolk. Thank you! I’m glad that comes through. I do love Norwich and Norfolk. It’s my home, it’s where I’m from. There so much that’s interesting about our history, and so much that goes on here now. I want the book to be attractive to locals as well as visitors. I think you’ve achieved that! I was amused to see that you included Jack Valentine! Ha! I decided on him very early in the process. He appears to be genuinely, uniquely, ‘Norfolk’. And in a way that’s what the book is about. Things and places that make Norfolk unique. Because it is! I share your enthusiasm. And I know your readers will. Thanks. I appreciate that. What’s it like being the interviewer? It’s been a pleasure. But shall we change places again now? I’ve got magazines to edit! Fair enough. I’ve got a column to write!
I do love Norwich and Norfolk. It’s my home, it’s where I’m from. There so much that’s interesting about our history, and so much that goes on here now.
Other than those, how did you go about choosing your ’50 Gems’? It wasn’t easy! There’s so much to love about Norfolk it was difficult to refine the choice down to just 50!
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THE HEARING CARE CENTRE
Helping those with Hearing Loss in East Anglia f you are reading this ar ticle it is because you suspect that someone you care about might have a hearing loss. And you want to help. Hearing is an easy thing to take for granted.
Initially, you may have a giggle at their misunderstanding of words or the bizarre interpretations they come up with, but after a while the daily miscommunication will lead to concern and frustration of having to repeat yourself. Age-related hearing loss generally occurs gradually and as a result, it is often family and friends who are the first to notice the problem. Things are not nearly as easy with a hearing loss. It is difficult to converse in a crowded room or over the phone. It is not that things are not always loud enough, but that they are not clear enough. People often claim that there would not be a problem if others would just stop
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mumbling. Sounds fade so gradually that they can disappear unnoticed, for example when the birds stop chirping. Hearing loss affects one in six of us in the UK and when you do the math this equates to over 264,000 people here in Suffolk and Norfolk! This is a worrying statistic, which is only set to rise with a recent repor t suggesting the figure will be one in five by 2035. Unfor tunately too many people simply ignore their hearing loss and do nothing and for those that choose to do something, it can take them up to ten years to make that decision. Left untreated, hearing loss can affect relationships between the person affected and their family and friends, quietly eroding their quality of life. That is why it is impor tant to motivate your loved one to get their hearing tested and to take the
necessary action, and to learn how you can help with any communication diffculties. May marks the return of Deaf Awareness Week (15th-21st May) and is a special event designed to raise awareness about hearing loss and the suppor t that is available to help those affected. Organised by the UK Council of Deafness based locally in Colchester, the awareness week is a fine example of many organisations collaborating and working together in a joint campaign. At my company The Hearing Care Centre, we are getting involved by trying to break down the barriers that stop people seeking help. People worry that hearing aids are big and cumbersome and that their friends will know they are wearing one. Truth is though they couldnâ€™t be more wrong. Hearing aids today are small, discreet, almost invisible when worn and are packed full with some amazing features.
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