Afternoon tea at the Assembly House. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich Food and Drink Festival dates to get your teeth into

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.

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Taylor Swift arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Pink grapefruits and smell of the young - that makes scents

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.

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The Wine Press at the Maids Head Hotel, Tombland.
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Fine dining in Norwich’s Fine City

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.

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The EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2014 chef of the year competition. The judges judging the dishes 'blind', without knowing the competitor, or the menu, from left, Chris Buzz Busby, Joe Mulhall, and Charlie Hodson. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chefs show off their kitchen skills

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

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There's a thin line between being an edgy man of mystery who is every woman's favourite swordsman and being so hateful that even your mother won't have you round for dinner.

No more Mr Nice Guy leaves me glad I’m out of the dating game

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.

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50 things to do before you're 11¾. Go on a long bike ride. Photo: National Trust Images/Antony Mottershead

17 ways to get your children into the outdoors

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.

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Want to rebel? Don’t get a tattoo. No tattoos are the new tattoos...

If I had endless pots of cash, I know where I’d be investing it: in a chain of tattoo removal clinics.

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Pot Noodle, a staple of Stacia Briggs' shelf.

Opinion: Forget artisan bread and probiotic yoghurt, my kitchen staples are Pot Noodles and potatoes

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.

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Trudie Styler, left, and Sting arrive at the 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

So what Sting, this is what I call a proper legacy for my kids

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.

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Poor umbrella etiquette, New Year's Eve party expectations, moths and being outbid on eBay - all examples of things which are more popular than Nick Clegg. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Opinion: 100 things more popular than Nick Clegg

Shock news this week – according to a new poll, Ed Miliband is even less popular than Nick Clegg.

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Stacia Briggs contemplates the pros and cons of a move across the Channel...

Opinion: Sorry France je regrette I won’t be coming to live in your country

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.

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The Culture Show: reviewed

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.

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Ballot Boxes at City Hall being prepared for delivery to all the polling stations around the Norwich South area. 

Norwich South Election.


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Opinion: 10 reasons as to why you should vote

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.

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Opinion: Why I hate Gardening

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.

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Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.
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Scoop! Journalists don’t really have two horns and a tail

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.

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First Buses number 25 and 25A follow a route that allows visitors to get a good glimpse of the city and can be caught in Castle Meadow. Photo: Steve Adams

Take the bus for a new view of Norwich

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.

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Castle Acre Church.

Photos: Exploring the best of Norfolk - Part Two

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.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse. Picture: Antony Kelly

Photos: Our Grand Tour of Norfolk - Part One

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.

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Stacia gets ready to prepare the tea.

Norwich Gaming Festival: A non-gamer sees what all the fuss is about

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.

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File photo dated 06/09/2005 of a bowl of fruit on a table, as new research suggests that five helpings of fruit and vegetables a day may not be enough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 1, 2014. Seven portions every day could have a more protective effect, experts said. See PA story HEALTH Vegetables. Photo credit should read: Chris Young/PA Wire

Believe me, I know all about the art of being a picky eater

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.

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The Mad Moose between Dover Street, left, and Warwick Street in the Golden Triangle. Picture: Denise Bradley

Opinion: It’s true - the Golden Triangle is one of the best places to live - and here are 20 reasons why

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).

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Carers website produces fundraising calender, and woman who runs site wins digital hero award. Hellesdon woman Wendy Maxwell, who runs carers website Chill4Us, has won the East region TalkTalk Digital Hero Award and the £5,000 that goes with it.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Appeal to secure future of carers’ Chill 4 Us site

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.

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Interactor Chelsea Carter-Crosby adds some of the last sprinkles of snow to the model of Hogwarts School at Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, ready for visitors to admire this festive season PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 14, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ  . Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Discovering the magic of Harry Potter’s world

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.

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Norfolk people are among the best at DIY and Thorns in Norwich is a popular place to buy everything you need for that do-it-yourself project. Sales assistant Glen Gates with some of the popular buys.
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As East Anglians express a love for home improvements, here are 20 DIY dos and don’ts

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.

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Slow Worm. 25% of Britons have seen these creatures in the wild.

Norfolk home to seven of UK’s top ten rarest wild animals

You don’t have to go far to enjoy some of the amazing wildlife. Here in Norfolk we have some of the rarest species here, says Stacia Briggs.

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Graphic: Fifty tasty facts about favourite takeaway treat

It’s time to celebrate a British institution with 50 fantastic facts about chips (and one truly bizarre fact about crisps). STACIA BRIGGS says chip, chip, chip hooray for British Chip Week, which starts today.

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Which Norfolk chip shop is your favourite, and why?

National Chip Week: Which Norfolk chip shop is your favourite, and why?

While traditional chip shops continue to boom, there are new chips on the chopping block - and we want you to tell us which chippy is your favourite, and why.

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30 of your first world problems

They are the minor inconveniences that can ruin a few minutes of every day but that – if we’re honest – never herald the end of the world and are pathetic small-fry when compared to people living genuinely difficult lives. Stacia Briggs looks at first world problems, and wants to know what yours are.

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Photo gallery: Round-the-clock operation caring for the hungry orphans of the Norfolk storm

Honey Loop, Toast, Egg McMuffin, Scrambled Egg, Shreddie and Crunchy Nut Cornflake may not have a mum, but they’ve got a team of dedicated surrogates working around the clock to make sure they’ll soon be well enough to be released back into the wild.

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Review: Uplifting show has so much to savour

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Norwich Theatre Royal

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