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My world is not full of iPads, tablets, apps, mobile phones etc. Maybe I’m an old fogey, but for many they’re are just unnecessary, expensive accoutrements.
Sometimes it is the simplest of ideas that is the most effective. So it was with the starting point for Reef One’s bioOrb, the spherical aquariums designed and assembled by this Horsham St Faith-based business. Using the traditional globe shape, in 1999 father and son Paul and Matt Stevenson developed an ingenious aquarium where its simplicity for users belies the level of thought that has gone into its design.
It’s tempting to stay indoors. Outdoors it has been gloomy and raw for months, and the days show no sign of getting longer. The trees are no greener than they were in December and all life seems stalled.
His most recent book stars the Queen – the one before that was about rats. Terence Blacker writes for adults and children, shifts between song and story, and fact, fiction and comment, as easily as he crosses from Norfolk to Suffolk.
1 The English word for book can be traced back to the Danish word for birch tree, bog. The Danes used to write their books on the bog; the English preferred to read them there.
Andrew Cowan is director of the Creative Writing School at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The fifth novel, Worthless Men, by the award-winning writer was published last year.
1 The swallowtail butterfly, only found in Norfolk, wouldn’t look out of place in a tropical rainforest, but instead chooses to live on the Broads. It’s Britain’s largest butterfly and has survived thanks to two sets of “false eyes” on its tail, fooling dim-witted predators that it’s a two-headed butterfly and therefore somewhat of a risky snack.
In the shadow of Oxburgh Hall in west Norfolk you will find the Scotts Field Pork herd of Large Black Pigs kept by Rob Simonds and his wife Sarah. Distinguished by its lop ears and long, deep body, the Large Black - Britain’s only all-black pig - has long been recognised for the tasty and succulent meat that it produces. Indeed Mrs Beaton in her Book of Household Management notes that “the black pig” is regarded by breeders as the best and most eligible animal.
Thousands of people, and horses, used to flock to Downham Market for the St Winnold’s Fair every March 3. It was one of the biggest horse sales in Europe and the event is remembered to this day, in a procession through the town.
There has been a lot of interest in the upstairs, downstairs world of the old-fashioned country house in recent years, largely thanks to the hit television series Downton Abbey.
Sarah Simonds has big plans to downsize her large handbag into something smaller, more stylish and filled only with the essentials. But with two businesses and a family farm keeping her busy, it will be quite a mean feat to stick to the challenge. “Usually I lug around a large handbag full of stuff I know I don’t really need,” she laughs.
Shunning the formality of restaurants in favour of a more relaxed, intimate dining experience without compromising on the food – supper clubs are enjoying a real revival. They open for the evening in private homes, at pop-up venues, unusual locations or even as one-off special events at usually formal restaurants. Anyone can book a place and often guests are encouraged to sit around one big table, to meet new people and, of course, try excellent, often home-cooked, food.
Skipping about the fields, nuzzling into their mothers or almost spinning their tails in delight at feeding time - the antics of newborn lambs are guaranteed to raise a smile. And from February half-term through the spring, there will be plenty of chances to see lambs - and if you’re lucky you might even get the chance to bottle-feed one - with our guide:
It was 100 years ago that a group of keen dramatists first took to the stage at Cromer Town Hall to entertain the community with their inaugural production.
When the seasonal advice from Mother Nature is to curl up and sleep, with an added the layer of fat to see us through the winter months, it would seem that, once again, the human race thinks they know better and so does the opposite!