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When you imagine yourself as a parent, in those heady years when you have lie-ins and spare cash and lots of dry towels in the bathroom and a fridge full of booze instead of Dairylea Dunkers, you’re unlikely to imagine yourself as the parent of a teenager.
So Abi Branning didn’t do it, even though she had form with the family dog. Ben ‘He’s Got Form’ Mitchell didn’t do it, Peter ‘Vegetable Boy’ Beale isn’t guilty and Denise ‘Make Mine a Double’ Fox wasn’t responsible.
It’s less than a week before 50 Shades of Grey is released in cinemas and I am breathless with anticipation: this will be the perfect time to go and see something else at the pictures and virtually be guaranteed the place to myself.
As a parent, you have good days and bad days and then you have days when you wish you could be instantly jettisoned into space in a hermetically-sealed bubble to live out your remaining air supply in glorious, wonderful peace and quiet.
A month ago, it was the most magical time of the year - today, is the most miserable day of the year: time flies when you’ve forgotten to prepare to have no fun.
Apparently, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2015 is for people keen to eat less meat.
New year resolutions are so 2014: this year, I’m all about the alternative resolutions, you know, things that are really easy. Or that I’m already doing.
According to a new survey of 2,000 people, if you really want to impress the neighbours you need a joint annual salary of £100,000, a car worth £36,000, a TV bigger than 55 inches, a pedigree dog, a home cinema system and a selection of gilets.
The ‘Transport for Norwich’ scheme which has banned cars from St Stephen’s Street, part of Surrey Street and has closed Rampant Horse Street to through traffic is really fantastic – especially if you live just off Unthank Road and never want to leave your house by car.
Auntie Beeb has announced her Christmas line-up and it’s packed with comedy, drama and plenty of festive specials you probably haven’t been waiting for. EDP TV reviewer Stacia Briggs flicks through the festive listings.
I like the new Christmas ad from Sainbury’s: there, I’ve said it.
Halloween was big last week, wasn’t it?
As subjects for free-form anxiety go, Ebola is one that I am finding difficult to shake off in the middle of the night – every time I cough, I assume I am in the early stages, despite the fact that I haven’t been to West Africa, haven’t had close contact with a chimpanzee, fruit bat or forest antelope and I’m not a health worker.
The Intruders, BBC2, Monday, 9pm:
You either do or you don’t: wee in the shower, that is.
I love lists so much that I have a special ‘to-do list’ book, a special ‘to-do list’ pad of post-it notes and a special ‘to-do list’ tear-off paper pad so that I never need to be without a specialised method of writing lists.
It’s a brave broadcaster that stumbles into the domestic battlefield of Chore Wars, but Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour is that brave broadcaster (insert sexist comment which is below me, considering my steadfast stance on equal rights).
They are superseded relics of the past that we remember in rose-tinted hues. Recording music from the Top 40, buying singles on Vinyl, watching Top Of The Pops having having penpals - these are the things parents most miss from their childhood, according to new research. STACIA BRIGGS remembers the days of C90.
There are more than 60 independent coffee shops in the heart of Norwich and numerous chains serving the nation’s favourite hot beverages. A new event aims to recognise Norwich’s rich café environment and crown the best barista in the city. STACIA BRIGGS laps up the atmosphere.
The headteacher from reality TV show Educating Essex has fired a shot over the bows of the good ship Marks and Spencer, blasting its new campaign for a range of “cool” uniform staples such as slim-fit shirts and skinny-fit trousers.
It’s the largest event of its kind in the country and it’s right here in our fine county – the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival 2014 celebrates a delicious decade this year and has a programme of events guaranteed to whet every appetite. STACIA BRIGGS reveals some of the highlights of the first half of the festival.
Celebrity perfume is beginning to smell a bit dodgy – shares in Elizabeth Arden have plunged 25 per cent and the beauty giant has cited a bigger than expected decline in celebrity fragrance sales.
Norwich’s restaurant reputation has never been better – and the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival will see a whole new event designed to bring even more diners to the table: Norwich Restaurant Week. STACIA BRIGGS discovers what will be on the menu when Norwich’s restaurants team together for a culinary collaboration.
The creme de la creme of Norfolk’s chefs battled it out for the prestgious title of EDP Norfolk Food and Drink 2014 Chef of the Year yesterday. STACIA BRIGGS watched the judging process and selflessly tried five incredible desserts
Science has provided women with the perfect excuse to keep putting up with shoddy behaviour from their husbands and boyfriends – according to new research, women are hardwired not to like nice men.
Don’t deny your children or grandchildren an adventurous outdoor life, encourage them to reconnect with nature. The National Trust is committed to getting more children to enjoy the great outdoors. STACIA BRIGGS discovers a host of events where children can literally go wild.
If I had endless pots of cash, I know where I’d be investing it: in a chain of tattoo removal clinics.
What are your kitchen essentials? Whatever they are, if you can honestly claim that one of them is “exotic grains” then you’re no reader of mine.
He literally puts the Sting in stingy – stool-hugging, lute-strumming, Kayapo Indian Chief-bothering, Tantric sex-practising, macrobiotic yogic-trance dullard Gordon Sumner has announced that he won’t be leaving any of his £180 million fortune to his six children.
Shock news this week – according to a new poll, Ed Miliband is even less popular than Nick Clegg.
Mon nom est Stacia Briggs et je suis allé en France pour mes vacances et c’était très agréable. J’avais une baguette et un peu de fromage et une glace.
When I started in journalism, I wanted to grow up to be Lynda Lee-Potter (RIP) or Lynn Barber. And now that I’m 20 years into the business, I still do.
I know it’s annoying when you’ve decided that you’re not going to vote and then someone starts shrieking at you that if you don’t vote, you haven’t got the right to complain about the outcome of the elections, the way the country is being run or anything whatsoever, really.
There’s another survey out saying that gardening is good for the body, mind and soul – this time, it claims that young people benefit from gardening as opposed to, for example, binge drinking, smoking and fighting which are significantly not as good for their bodies, minds and souls.
I’m used to the surveys that announce that the public have placed journalists in the top 10 list of most distrusted professionals in the UK (alongside estate agents, builders and used car salesmen) but I refuse to believe that being a reporter is one of the worst jobs in Britain: for a start, I’m a reporter and I’ve done worse jobs than this.
It’s Catch the Bus Week, seven days designed to encourage car drivers to become bus passengers. Car-loving Stacia Briggs decided to give public transport a fare chance and hitched a ride on a First Eastern Counties bus.
From the Golden Mile to the Holy Mile, shell museums to shrines, desecrated saints to angels, Norfolk has endless treasure to discover on a day out. STACIA BRIGGS and her family continued their trip across the county, taking in ruins, historic churches, railway stations and, er, some sausage rolls.
From giants to fairytale thatched roundhouses, tales of a dormant volcano in Diss to the site of medieval whippings, doughnuts to world-famous scones, Norfolk offers every visitor the perfect day out. STACIA BRIGGS and her family set off on a Grand Tour of the county to discover some old favourites and hidden treasures.
It’s the biggest festival of its kind to be showcased in Norfolk and is bringing together gamers of all ages to celebrate the virtual world of video games. Non-gamer Stacia Briggs stumbled into an alien world.
I was a notoriously picky eater when I was a child, basically refusing to eat anything that wasn’t a certain brand of sausages (the only brand my son will now eat – they’re local, too, which means I am propping up Norfolk’s meat industry even though I’m a vegetarian), chips or sweet things.
I was overjoyed to see that the Golden Triangle was named in a recent list of the 101 best places to live in England – mainly because I’m selling a house there at the moment and it might encourage people to spend a few more quid (although I’m also buying another one round the corner, so it’s swings and roundabouts).
Can you help to bring the outside world into the lives of those unable to leave their home because they are caring for a loved one? An online community for carers is appealing for help to keep its vital service open to those in genuine need. STACIA BRIGGS spoke to Chill 4 Us founder Wendy Maxwell about the importance of keeping the lines of communication open.
The spell that ended the screen life of Harry Potter may be finally broken: JK Rowling is writing a film based on the textbook the bopy wizard used at Hogwarts. STACIA BRIGGS thought it was time she found out what all the fuss was about.
Are you daunted by DIY or heroic when it comes to home improvements? A new survey claims that DIY enthusiasts in East Anglia have upped their game and are now among the best in the country.