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December 8 2013 Latest news:
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Most daleks are downright dastardly, but Norfolk’s Dalek Winston is different.
With Christmas fast approaching I have been busy redecorating clients homes ready for visits from friends and family. Some have had a complete room refurbishment while others have just had new curtains and cushions to freshen up the look, but the same question keeps popping up: “How should we dress our homes for Christmas to look festive but stylish?”
It’s the same every Christmas. You’ve unwrapped the new board game that is meant to keep the whole family entertained for hours, but your after-dinner party game turns into an hour of trying to understand the complicated rules, hunting out the long-lost dice and, before you know it, the would-be players have drifted off without a dice thrown or a counter moved! Party games shouldn’t be this hard. Most of our old favourites need no more than pencil and paper – plus a willingness to cast aside reservations and get into the spirit.
One in five people in the UK buys half their Christmas presents online, therefore missing out on the delightful tradition of wrestling a middle-aged woman to the floor in order to nab the last bubble bath gift set on the shelves at 5.29pm on December 24.
When Lianne Webster was tasked with choosing a gift for a pregnant colleague about to start her maternity leave, she was hit with a great idea – and now she and her sister Claire have launched it is a business.
How has Jarrold’s developed as a family business with such a long history in the county?
Prince Harry calls them courageous and unquenchable. And he knows what he is talking about - having joined the determined members of Norfolk-based charity Walking with the Wounded in their quest to the North Pole two years ago, the prince has just set off on their latest challenge, a daunting race across the Antarctic.
Christmas is the one time of year when we allow ourselves to over-indulge – with the inevitable pledges to detox and get fit as soon as the new year dawns.
“There are always things you wished you’d done in life, and for me it is learning French properly and playing the piano. My granddaughter was having lessons and she moved away so I decided to take her place,” says Pat Albeck.
As any cook will tell you, one of the most exciting things that can happen to you is when you discover a new ingredient, the excitement is palpable when you find that’s it’s the holy grail . . . it’s “local”.
Cards written, addressed and stamped, every gift bought, decorations polished, invites for the drinks party hand-made and even New Year’s Eve organised.
The Eastern Open is one of Britain’s biggest open art shows and runs until Saturday, November 30 at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. Liz Falconbridge, director of the King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust, tells more.