green old phone.

The good old days might be old, but they certainly weren’t good. And here’s why

After writing several pieces this week about the addictive and seductive nature of nostalgia, I have been thinking about all the things I miss from the past – and the things I don’t miss at all.

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Photo: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire.

Opinion: What the BBC should ditch (and what it can keep)

The BBC is worried that government plans to shake-up the corporation may lead to “a much diminished, less popular service”.

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Alcohol. Photo credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

Why it’s good to be bad... just a little bit

It’s good news for those of us who are bad people: there are hidden benefits to bad behaviour, according to a new scientific study, and therefore the next time you go into sweary overdrive and everyone looks aghast, you can tell them that you are ‘maintaining solidarity in the community’.

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Don't ever, ever, try to beat the Ikea one-way system. Not unless you want to tear a hole in the space-time continuum.

10 things not to do when you go to IKEA

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.

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Peter Hemp searches the graves at the War Cemetery at Hottot Les Bagues for colleagues from REME.

Transformed by one summer 71 years ago - Veterans return to Normandy

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.

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D-Day veteran Margaret Dickenson with the Legion d'honneur which she has been awarded.

Norfolk D-Day nurse awarded top French honour for her caring work

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.

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An Ikea store in Southampton. Pic: Ikea.

‘I have been campaigning for a corner of Norwich to become forever Swedish for decades’

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.

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Let's talk about the weather. You're always on safe ground if you write about the subject.

A handy guide to what you should and shouldn’t include in a light-hearted column

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”.

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Vote, and you too can be a ninja with a pencil

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.

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Top Gear

Why I should replace Clarkson behind the wheel of Top Gear...

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.

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According to psychologist Arthur Aron, we are just 36 simple questions away from finding love.

The 36 questions which can make you fall in love with anyone

It would be nice if there was a scientific route to true love, wouldn’t it? THERE IS ONE.

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Stacia Briggs - 10 things you need to know before you own a teenager

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.

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The big reveal took place in a live show to mark EastEnders 30th annivesary last night. Picture: BBC.

Killer EastEnders twist in Lucy Beale’s tale was worth the wait

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.

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10 lessons men can learn from 50 Shades of Grey

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.

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How to survive a children’s party in 10 steps

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.

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Don't be like this.

Opinion: Five steps to mastering the art of being miserable

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.

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Don't be like this.

10 things you need to know before you become a vegetarian

Apparently, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2015 is for people keen to eat less meat.

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A Fakenham Dance Party in Full Swing. Photo: Matthew Usher.

10 alternative New Year’s Resolutions that won’t make you feel like a failure

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.

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50 signs you’ve ‘made it’ - How many can you say Yes to?

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.

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New traffic restrictions in Norwich city centre being implemented. New signs unveiled on St Stephens Street .Photo : Steve Adams

Opinion: Norwich City Council has it in for drivers who live in the city

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.

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Festive attractions include Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, with Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. Picture: BBC.

Opinion: Give us some decent Christmas TV this year

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.

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Statistically, I am more likely to die in a plane crash, from a lightning strike, from a bee sting or be killed by a shark, than I am to contract Ebola.

‘As hobbies go, it’s fairly annoying.’ The curse of being a hypochondriac

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.

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Vivian Stanshall, of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, whose song The Intro and the Outro makes excellent use of the list.

How to make a good list and why it’s so important to make them

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.

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10 things that every man, woman, child or pet should know about cleaning

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).

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Archant picture of WHSmith in the late 1970's/early 1980's vinyl record and cassette department.

Remembering the days when we recorded music from the Top 40 on to cassette tape

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.

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Cafe Culture at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival - Barista competition. Competitor Chris Parry.

Norwich baristas do battle at The Forum

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.

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When jeans attack: riveting tale of those trouser safety incidents

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.

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