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That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, January 20th

Now Christmas and the New Year are past, a good tonic (in my view) is attempting to get out and try that bracing January air, even if the weather (like the times), is unpredictable. I start this week, therefore, with two suggestions for getting out and about.

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Wensum, by Jim Harding, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MINE’S A PINT: Jim Harding donates his 75th pint of blood.

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Turnstone, by John Maiden, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In last Tuesday’s Viewpoint pages Dick Melton argued the case for the memorial to the 31 victims of the 1953 Floods to remain in its current position.

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Big Eye, January 17, 2017

Big Eye, January 17, 2017

Of all the things that need sorting out with the UK’s crumbling infrastructure, I believe fiddling about with radio reception is one of the last things our Government needs to concentrate on. Almost every aspect of life is currently under attack for a variety of reasons from underfunding to a lack of professional personnel but I hadn’t appreciated how important it is to radically ‘update’ our FM transmitters and get us all switched over to digital DBM. Norway has just switched off its FM transmitters and we are destined to enjoy the same treatment within a few short years because there are myriad benefits in terms of 
choice and quality for listeners, according to the ‘experts’!

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History of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects: No57

History of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects: No57

This week’s feature is about an exciting loan from the British Museum; the Pentney brooches. For a short time only these rare Anglo-Saxon silver brooches are on display at Lynn Museum.

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KL.FM Off-Air, by Ashleigh Tuttle, January 17, 2017

You’d think the weather would be getting warmer by now! With the warnings of snow and flooding, it seems West Norfolk is taking a bit of a battering! However it has left the office singing little renditions of ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’

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Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, January 13, 2017

I was back up North recently, and as we were passing through Haslingden, I took the chance to see if I could find the street where my mother was brought up, which I remember from visiting my grandparents when I was very young. Finding the street proved to be relatively easy, though I could not remember which house it was. However my attention was drawn to a blue plaque on a house at the at the end, which turned out to be dedicated to Robert Scott who won a Victoria Cross in the Boer War. It turned out that he lived until 1961, and I wondered if he ever walked past me in the street whilst I was being pushed around in my pram. A bit of research revealed that it was unlikely. Haslingden was the place of his birth, but when he retired from the Army in 1923, he moved to Ireland, the birthplace of his parents and joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary a year after its formation. In 1939 he tried to rejoin the Manchester Regiment, but was rejected as being too old, but did manage to join the RAF and perform ground based security tasks. There is a lot more to discover and the Museum of the Manchester Regiment website does a great job of bringing to life the men behind the medals. Possibly because this was in my mind, I noticed that on the nearby Commercial Hotel there was also a plaque, this one commemorating a visit from Winston Churchill on his return to England after escaping from a Boer PoW. camp. In 1900, he was not yet a famous politician, and was there in his capacity as a war hero to open a Volunteers Bazaar in the town hall, although the voting for the general election was taking place at the time, and he would win his first parliamentary seat in the nearby town of Oldham.

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Paws for Thought, January 13, 2017

Paws for Thought, January 13, 2017

Jack is an adorable one-year-old black-and-white lurcher. He is a sweet, gentle dog, who walks well on the lead. Jack would suit a calm family, ideally with a nice big garden where he can have lots of fun and games, followed by a snooze in a nice squashy bed, somewhere warm.

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What drives spirit of the entrepreneur?

We have all seen those intrepid souls, gingerly appearing from the Dragons Den lift, seeking large sums of investment, or heard the tales of the island-owning millionaire, who built his business from nothing.

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That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, January 13th

That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, January 13th

It might be Friday the 13th, (unlucky for some), but there is nothing unlucky about the range of entertainment covered in this week’s column – and I certainly wish everyone involved in all the events coming up during 2017 in West Norfolk and beyond the very best of British!

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Titchwell Tick-List, January 10, 2017

I quite enjoy winter and its cold, crisp days. I like the calmness of this season, everything seems to slow down and it’s certainly quieter everywhere I go. I’ve found that as I slow my pace in winter I actually notice more of what goes on around me. There seems to be more time just to stand still and watch nature at work which is why winter is often the best time of year to do a spot of birdwatching.

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Big Eye, January 10, 2017

Well, another year of turmoil and disarray has passed and we would all like to assume that with spring just around the corner and the days lengthening it’s time to ponder your options for the year ahead. Considering your potential and taking stock is important if you want to improve your lot and the world around you but much of what may be lying in wait to ambush us in the coming months will come down to decisions made by our bosses and the nation’s leaders. This, for many of us, is a pretty terrifying prospect and bearing in mind we have even had Tory Grandees briefing against so-called ‘experts’, you begin to wonder who can be relied upon to steer these floundering islands into calmer and warmer waters. We’ve alienated the Europeans, the Russians consider us to be neither threat nor hindrance and our ‘special relationship’ with the USA appears to be less than blooming. Tricky times are made trickier by the fact that we are utterly skint and getting skinter (is that a word?) by the hour and yet we persist in clinging grimly to our jingoist heritage as a sabre-rattling, sea-going, dam-busting people with important messages for the world.

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KL.FM Off Air, by Simon Rowe, January 10, 2017

First of all Happy New Year, I hope you had a fantastic time over the Christmas period and that you are looking forward to what 2017 may hold. For KLFM I’m pretty sure it will be quite eventful, already planned are the Easter Egg Appeal and many more exciting things including our annual appeal to re-home as many pets as we can from rescue centres across West Norfolk, Wisbech and Fakenham in February.

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Turnstone by John Maiden, Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This is the first Lynn News on a Tuesday since December 20, resulting in the longest break for Turnstone since my column first appeared in January 2010.

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Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, January 6, 2017

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce, but do Karl Marx’s wise words also apply to the end of history? The philosopher Francis Fukuyama wrote a book with this title to describe Western Democracy as the final end point of the evolution of the political system, but it is also the name of a beer that was brewed in 2010 by the so called punk brewers, Brew Dog. Having been thwarted in their attempts to brew the strongest beer in the world, when their offerings of Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32%abv), and Sink the Bismarck! (41%) were surpassed by a German brewer; Brew Dog retaliated with The End of History with a strength of 55%. It was limited to 12 bottles and came mounted in a stuffed grey squirrel or stoat and retailed for £500 per bottle. And that should have been that. Joke over. Except it isn’t and the brew has been recreated to celebrate the change in legislation in the state of Ohio that limited the strength of any beer brewed in the state to below 12%. To be able to purchase a bottle, which will come mounted 
in some stuffed roadkill animal, you need to invest a minimum of $20,000 in their American fundraising equity scheme.

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Emneth partygoers see in 2017

A private New Year celebration at Emneth Central Hall saw partygoers dance the night away to a disco by Mardi Gras and five-piece rock and pop function band The Walks.

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That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, January 6th

After a very short break it’s time once again to wish readers a very happy and prosperous New Year. Although the times are uncertain, one thing we can rely on is the continuing wealth of entertainment, culture and heritage available to us in West Norfolk.

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Nature Notes: What to watch for in January

I have written previously of the significance for me and Frau Cox of the winter solstice. Such natural astronomical events come before religious or human imposed events. And so we take comfort from the fact that we have already turned the corner of yet another winter and we now have a few minutes extra daylight each day to observe and listen to the “music of the spheres.”

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Paws for Thought, December 30, 2016

Paws for Thought, December 30, 2016

In this week’s Paws for Thought appeal by the RSPCA in West Norfolk, we offer you Shelby. She is a gorgeous little lhasa apso/Yorkie cross about six- years-old. She is looking for a calm home where she can be the centre of attention. Shelby might be small but she has a big personality. She loves a lap to sit on, ideally after a nice long walk in the countryside. If you are interested rehoming Shelby or one of the other animals in the care of the RSPCA in West Norfolk at its Eau Brink rehoming centre, please see its website www.westnorfolkrspca.org.uk where you can also find out more about the charity. Or you can call us on 01553 618889.

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Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, December 30, 2016

The chances are that if you have heard of Mortlake, it is because it marks the end of the University Boat Race. If you have watched the event attentively, on the river bank you may have noticed the Mortlake brewery or Stag brewery as it became in 1959 when the original Stag brewery in Pimlico was demolished. Brewing started here in1487 when John Morgan arrived, his father having been appointed steward to Henry VII. At this time, one of the Palaces of the Archbishop of Canterbury occupied the site alongside the Royal Palace at Shene, and the beer produced was consumed here. Although there was continuous production of beer on the site, commercial brewing did not commence until the 18th century, so the title of Britain’s oldest brewery is held by Shepherd Neame in Kent which dates back to 1696.

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