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History of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects: No62

This print by artist Edward Edwards shows a civic procession outside King’s Lynn Town Hall.

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Turnstone, by John Maiden, Tuesday, March 28

Turnstone, by John Maiden, Tuesday, March 28

A few weeks ago a resident of Old Hunstanton said in an email to me that he reads this column every week in order to discover the target under attack.

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Visitors Guide - floral displays around town. In the Tuesday Market Place.

Purfleet, by Mark Leslie, March 28, 2017

Are people getting ruder? Well, from my perspective in the editor’s chair here at Limes House I’m afraid there is really only one answer to that,

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Schools Make Music was amazing event

Schools Make Music was amazing event

A week ago today I was privileged enough to be asked to host Schools Make Music 2017 at the Alive Corn Exchange.

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Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, March 24, 2017

I joined the Campaign for Real Ale back in the mid 70’s, not long after the organisation was founded, and over the years I have been involved in a lot of its activities which have given me both pleasure and satisfaction.

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Gayton Hall

That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, 24th March

Mothering Sunday this weekend is the perfect time to treat your mother to a visit to the splendid Gayton Hall gardens in Gayton, which is opening as part of the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk.

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Washed Up, by Sarah Juggins, March 21, 2017

It’s just the system. Four little words that are fast moving to the top of my most disliked phrases. Still top of the list is “do you mind if we put you on hold for a minute”, but sweaty palms, a racing heart and a dry mouth are fast becoming my Pavlovian response to the words, “I’m sorry, it’s just the system.”

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Turnstone, by John Maiden, March 21, 2017

It is 40 years since Fleetwood Mac recorded ‘Rumours’, the album that sold 40 million copies worldwide. It includes songs that seem as easy on the ear today as they did in 1977. Of course, just as some of us never tire of hearing ‘Rumours’, there are those who delight in spreading rumours of a different kind.

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Loooking down on The Houses of Parliament from the London Eye.  
June 22, 2002.
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A Senior Moment, by John Docker, March 21, 2017

Back in 2012, I had a lengthy search to find a doo-dah to waggle my wotsit at – the wotsit being my newly gifted debit card from Barclays and the doo-dah being the machine to enable it to purchase all manner of goodies with a mere flick of the wrist.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to charity Cyrenians in Edinburgh.

Purfleet, by Allister Webb, March 21, 2017

Three summers ago, I had the privilege of being in Glasgow as the city did a wonderful job of hosting the Commonwealth Games.

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KL.FM Off-Air, by Charles Dennett, March 21, 2017

KL.FM Off-Air, by Charles Dennett, March 21, 2017

It’s not easy working at KLFM at the moment if you like cake. Not only have we had a run of birthdays, but the office is stacked top to toe with cupcakes. It’s as Simon Rowe heads back out on the road for KLFM’s Appy Days. He’s delivering cupcakes to everyone who has KLFM’s App on their phones – but I have to say that for those of us watching our waistlines, it’s not ideal! I have consistently been downloading and then uninstalling KLFM’s App in an attempt to get Si to give me more cupcakes, but he’s seen straight through me… Hmm.

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Red squirrel April with her kittens at Pensthorpe Natural Park

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Red squirrel April with her kittens at Pensthorpe Natural Park

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Paws for Thought, March 17, 2017

Paws for Thought, March 17, 2017

Hope is a lovely, female spayed rabbit, who has already been through so much in her short life. Found abandoned and injured, Hope was brought to the Eau Brink RSPCA centre with little chance of making it through, however with excellent veterinary attention and TLC from centre staff, she has blossomed into the gorgeous rabbit you see in the pictures.

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Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, March 17, 2017

As well as having an interest in beer, one of my other great loves is sport. My attempts at participation were generally enjoyable, but success was limited, with the high point probably being winning a medal for the 440 yards at school. I can’t match the efforts of the authors of articles in the programme that I picked up at the St. Ives game on Boxing Day, one of whom has seen more than 12,000 football games while the other has visited more than 2,000 grounds, but I have been often enough to notice the close connection between sport and alcohol. This is strange in some ways. It is clear that consumption of alcoholic drinks is unlikely to improve performance on the pitch. I recently came across a video of a player at Corby rushing over to the spectators after he scored and grabbing a pint from which he took a long gulp. He admitted afterwards that it did not help his performance during the rest of the game. And yet how many teams are linked with alcohol? Sometimes it is shirt sponsorship with Liverpool performing with Carlsberg emblazoned on their chests for almost 20 years one of many examples. Sometimes it is the competitions that they aspire to win. In football, the Carling Premiership and Carling Cup have both been targets for the top clubs and Carling remains ‘the official beer of the Premier League’ whatever that means. In Rugby Union, we have had the Heineken Cup and the Guinness Pro 12, whilst Rugby League has its Kingston Press Championship. Some of the games are played at arenas such as the John Smiths Stadium in Huddersfield, the Tetley Stadium in Dewsbury or the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium in Wisbech.

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Forget seasonal affective disorder as spring arrives on the coast

Forget seasonal affective disorder as spring arrives on the coast

Forget seasonal affective disorder as spring arrives at Hunstanton

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Thursday market continues to be a popular attraction in Fakenham

Thursday market continues to be a popular attraction in Fakenham

The Thursday market place at Fakenham.

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Lynn News - 100 objects - no 61

History of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects, No61

This week’s object is a community artwork created in 2006 by Becky Adams working with local groups on the theme of pilgrimage.

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File photo dated 17/05/09 of The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London. MPs are braced for the publication of their scaled-back expenses regime. Parliament's new watchdog is to announce the details of the scheme it will be administering in the aftermath of the expenses scandal. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is likely to anger many MPs, who have already protested strongly against the body's initial proposals. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 29, 2010. See PA story POLITICS Expenses. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A Senior Moment, by John docker, March 14, 2017

It seems very strange to this old codger that having agreed a referendum to decide whether or not to stay in the EU - resulting in a Brexit majority vote, a bunch of unelected nobs in the Lords, can be allowed to disrupt the process of triggering Article 50 simply because they do not agree with the decision.

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GV pictures of the A47, showing the single carriageway parts of the road, between King's Lynn and Norwich.
This view taken between Middleton and East Winch.

Purfleet, by Mark Leslie, Editor, March 13, 2017

Once again the campaign group pushing for improvements on the A47 has mounted a renewed push for dualling on various pinch-points on the trunk road. They are calling for the Government to spend money to improve the road from Tilney All Saints to East Winch. Before the last election, a pledge was made to spend £300 million on the road, but none of that was in West Norfolk. Now the A47 Alliance has the next tranche of improvements to be approved – also including the Hardwick flyover. Well, as the kids say these days, good luck with that. The A47 seems to be a Cinderella of a trunk road, where every penny spent seems to have to be wrung out of the Treasury’s coffers. Indeed, it seems odd that for a road so obviously scorned by central government that they have chosen to expand its ‘territory’ by rebranding part of the A12 in the Lowestoft area, as the A47. I certainly hold the point of view that when it comes to roads, there is no magic panacea for traffic congestion. And rather like Kevin Costner’s baseball park in the film Field of Dreams, “if you build it they will come”. Except for in this case, that’s not good ... if you build roads, they will rapidly get filled up with traffic, so that often you feel you are no better off. (The exception to this are bypasses, which obviously have a specific task of removing traffic from one place – residential streets – and moving it out of town.) But environmental considerations aside, there has to be a certain standard set for certain roads, and A-roads would seem to be top of that list. Motorways are not constructed with less than three-lanes and a hard shoulder (well, we’ll ignore the start of the M11 which is only dualled) and A-roads should not be less than dual carriageways. These are essential arteries for the nation, carrying thousands of tonnes of freight and other cargo from the East Coast ports to the Midlands and beyond, let alone the millions of car journeys undertaken week-in and week out in Norfolk alone. Those unfortunate to be travelling on the A47 last week will know just how far short it falls at present in West Norfolk. On Monday there were roadworks at Necton, close to the North Pickenham Road, which meant temporary traffic lights narrowed the road down to one lane. This meant traffic in the morning heading towards Lynn was held up for an hour. Then, just two days later, a lorry broke down on the McDonald’s roundabout at Swaffham. This again caused tailbacks well beyond Little Fransham and delays in the Lynn direction of getting on for an hour. This is terrible. But when Friday morning bin collections cause not inconsiderable hold-ups it is only to be expected. I’d strongly argue for better public transport to take cars off the road, but it is undeniable that we need this road dualled, too.

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KLFM's Simon Rowe.

KL.FM Off-Air, by Ross Birkenshaw, March 14, 2017

Last week was a busy one for the team here at KL.FM, especially for Simon Rowe from Breakfast. He was out and about, visiting local businesses as part of our Love Your Town tour. Dozens of firms were visited to share the love of where they are based. It was great hearing so many people talk with such pride and enthusiasm about “their town” and what it means to them.

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