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Jon Lawrence has written a book about the friendship between Robert Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth during WW1. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Rhapsody of loss

Exactly a century ago, as war convulsed the world, two of England’s greatest composers were in Norfolk.

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Lanassir, August, NFK

Norfolk by design

I always find it interesting the first time I visit a new client’s home and we talk about the items that they would like to keep in a specific room that they are considering revamping and what they would like to change.

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Organisers and volunteers of the Downham Market Water Festival. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ahoy me hearties

It is quite a spectacle to behold – a fleet of brightly coloured dragon boats lined up on the river in the centre of town for the Downham Market Water Festival.

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Davenports Magic Kingdom

The trick to success

“My first memories are crawling around the back of our magic shop on Great Russell Street in London. As a toddler I would find masks and jump out at people visiting the British Museum opposite,” laughs magician Roy Davenport, owner of Davenport’s Magic Kingdom.

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Fields of roses at Whartons Nurseries, Diss

The flowering of Norfolk

Fragile and fleeting yet vibrant and bold, the poppy carries a heavy burden of meaning in its bright red petals on slender stems.

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Michael Cox from Cox and Son jewellers in Great Yarmouth.    Picture: James Bass

Out of office

“Understudy” to father Edward Cox, director of Cox and Son, 3 Northgate Street and 18 Market Row, Yarmouth, www.coxandson.co.uk

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Richard Hughes step by step, Paris Brest.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Gateau Paris Brest

Only the French would invent a pastry to celebrate a round-the-clock 90-hour cycling event, pedalled over 1,200 kilometres. Gateau Paris Brest was created to honour the PBP – Paris-Brest-Paris – back in 1910. One of the oldest cycling events (the first was staged in 1891) it’s a gruelling test of human endurance for the non-professional of the sport, now staged every four years.

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Gooseberry Fool

Gooseberry fool

This is one of the simplest recipes to have appeared over the many years of EDP Norfolk’s step by steps.

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What's in your bag? Oliver Webb from Webb's Jewellers, Holt.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

In your bag

As director of his family’s jewellery business, Oliver Webb is passionate about designing and restoring beautiful pieces for his customers.

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Cookes of Fakenham brand manager Mark Murphy. Picture: Ian Burt

The BIG idea

There has been a “Cookes of Fakenham” on the site since the early 1980s; it was originally owned by two brothers, the Cookes, who sold it to the well respected businssman George Middleditch, who in turn sold it to Gary and Nigel Vindis in 2007.

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Protecting the future

Protect for the future

A common concern in this day and age is the fear that your property may be sold to pay for nursing home fees.

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Author and creative writing tutor, Henry Sutton, who is co-organiser of the Noirwich Crime Festival.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Noirwich – Henry Sutton

Noirwich is a new crime writing festival celebrating some of the sharpest contemporary writing.

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General Lord Richard Dannatt

Sea of red

Hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies are surrounding the Tower of London. The sea of sturdy, bright flowers will bloom until Armistice Day as a memorial to the slaughter and sacrifice of the First World War. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a soldier, sailor or airman from Britain and the Commonwealth, killed in the First World War. Together they turn the dry moat bright red.

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Food review at The Fritton Arms.

Lakeside delight

After a major refurbishment, the Fritton Arms on the Somerleyton Estate promises fantastic food in a traditional pub atmosphere, writes Rachel Buller.

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Knot arriving at high tide roost in  The Wash, credit David Tipling

Wash cycle

There is no UK landscape more cyclical – circadian, even – than The Wash. Twice a day, according to the Moon’s moods, its water is drawn away, like a dusty sheet from an old table, exposing the high polish and the intricate grain of one of the UK’s largest expanses of mud. Twice a day the sheet of water is drawn back. Twice a day – a lunar day, mind, not a solar one – the Wash is water and twice a day, however squelchily, it is land. The tides vary with the moon’s orbit: Two stronger spring tides per month when the sun and the moon are aligned, and two weaker neap tides when they are at right angles to one another.

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Thetford, August, EDP Norfolk

Making a move to . . . Thetford

Not many Norfolk towns can claim their own song – remember The Singing Postman’s Miss From Diss? – but the proud folk of Thetford can now sing the praises of their home town. The Thetford Song – a tribute by the town’s Magpye band – had its debut last month, and it tells of a town of rich history, fascinating characters and memorable landmarks.

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