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Year end tax planning, Lovewell Blake

Year-end tax planning

The current tax year draws to a close on 5 April, so start thinking about making the most of those annual tax-free allowances, says Norwich chartered accountants Lovewell Blake.

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Colds and flu can make us feel pretty unwell

Atishoo, a tissue

Our health columnist Dr Matt Piccaver, a GP based in East Anglia who has worked in many areas and specialities, tackles the frustrating common cold.

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Sea bream with celeriac, cooked three ways. The Ship Hotel in Brancaster. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ship shape

Attentive service and great food mark out this hotel as a “flagship” of Chris Coubrough’s Flying Kiwi Inns, says Angi Kennedy.

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Ladies Day at Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Celebrate in style

You don’t need to travel far for your hen party celebrations – Norfolk has everything you need for your perfect party, says Rachel Buller.

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Proposal of marriage

Loved up

Love is in the air as James Hawkins of the Gold Ship at Diss shares the origins of Valentine’s Day romance.

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One of William Bennett's watercolours of Norwich in the late 1960s

War artist

William Bennett lived most of his life in Norfolk – apart from the terrible years of the First World War. A century on, his granddaughter has published his diaries, writes Rowan Mantell.

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Collector Viktor Wynd. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The collector

Viktor Wynd’s new book explores his mania for gathering unusual objects from around the world – and he keeps many of them at his home in north Norfolk, writes Keiron Pim.

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Stratton's Hotel head chef Jules Hetherton. Picture: Ian Burt

Food, glorious food

Julia Hetherton, head chef at Swaffham’s renowned Strattons Hotel, loves food – from piccalilli sandwiches as a toddler to quail, pastry and peanut butter ice cream now.

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Tower House, Mundesley

Love at first sight

Award-winning holiday home owners Caroline and Paul Mace share their experience of creating a beachside getaway fit for all seasons in Mundesley.

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Cranes flying in the Norfolk Broads, credit Alex Wagner

Love in the wintertime

Ben Garrod, Norfolk Wildlife Trust ambassador, BBC presenter and evolutionary biologist falls under the spell of the crane.

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Joint creative directors, Stash Kirkbride, left, and Peter Beck in Maddermarket Theatre's auditorium which is being repainted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

New stage in theatre’s history

Stash Kirkbride and Peter Beck understand more than most the importance of a thriving community theatre as a training ground for the arts. Having both started their acting and stage careers treading the boards at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich 25 years ago, they returned to take the helm as its joint creative directors with an ambitious vision.

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Regenerate community group in North Walsham led by Rob Scammell and Jenny Harmer.  Photo by Mark Bullimore

Community comes together

Regenerate North Walsham has a simple plan – to transform the town into a thriving community where people want to live, work and play, explains Rachel Buller.

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Michael Portillo officially opens the refurbished King's Lynn Station in July 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

On the line

Michael Portillo comes to Norfolk this month to discuss what he terms a “life of two halves” – from politics to railway journeys, as he tells Keiron Pim.

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Mussels and smoked haddock chowder

Show some mussel

Make the most of our marvellous Norfolk mussels says Mary Kemp, our award-winning food writer from East Harling.

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Thistlefield Soups

Bitesized

Short, cold, dank, overcast days – how I love February! Still, think positive, at least there are only 28 days in the month and then the daffodils will be out and the days start to really lengthen.

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Bergenia

Garden guide

With much of the perennial border dormant at this time of year, Bergenias with their rounded evergreen leaves add some architectural foliage interest to the garden. As the weather gets cooler, many varieties develop winter leaf colours of purple, red and bronze, providing a fabulous foil for grasses and early flowering bulbs.

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Get fit for your wedding

Shaping up

A wedding date is just the motivation needed to get in shape. But where to start? Jo Malone looks at some of the options.

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The Penthouse Apartment in Westlegate Tower, Norwich

Norfolk by design

The culmination of months of work has resulted in a stylish city centre home, says Lanassir Lawes, our expert interior designer from Bressingham.

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