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We can all speculate until our minds are spinning vortexes of Scandinavian furniture names, meatballs, tiny pencils and pointless rows with our loved ones about whether we can fit another bookcase into the front room: no one knows the precise format of the new IKEA store in Norwich, so we need to be prepared for the worst.
Jack Woods, Peter Hemp, Norman Taylor, David Woodrow, Neville Howell, Alan King and Len Fox - every one of them transformed by one summer 71 years ago. Stacia Briggs and photographer Denise Bradley joined Norwich and District Normandy Veterans on their pilgrimage to France.
71 years ago, Margaret Dickinson was facing a battle of her own in Normandy: trying to save the lives of soldiers injured on D-Day and in the fighting that followed the June morning when Allied forces stepped out of landing crafts and into history.
Yesterday’s news that Ikea will open in Norwich has delighted our columnist Stacia Briggs who feels you all owe her a debt of gratitude for her one-woman “Bring Ikea to Norwich” campaign.
I just wanted to reassure you if you’d read the following headline in a national newspaper: “Local newspaper columnist quits because she’s so depressed with King’s Lynn after her car was vandalised”.
This may come as a shock, but it’s the General Election on Thursday – slap bang in the middle of Severe Weather Awareness Week and just one day after Flexible Working Awareness Day, which is terrible planning.
BBC bosses are said to be keen for a female presenter to steer Top Gear in the right direction after the untimely departure of everyone’s favourite diplomat, Jeremy Clarkson.
It would be nice if there was a scientific route to true love, wouldn’t it? THERE IS ONE.
It’s Norwich Fashion Week!
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.