We had to say goodbye to my dear old Grandad Neville Cann this week.

Last week’s column covered the 2040 vision for Norwich and I’m looking forward again today - but this time to 2025.

American indie band Future Islands delivered a wonderful Sunday night show in front of 1,400 people at Norwich’s UEA LCR last night.

Despite this being the final night in what they admitted had been a gruelling tour, the foursome delivered a tight 1 hour 45 set of melodic synth-led rock to an appreciative crowd.


First the disclaimers...

In general I love the current trend of bands from the 80s and 90s getting back together and touring again. Many of them are bringing fresh life to old songs and giving people a great time once more.

Every runner has a story. The thing that spurred them to take up the sport and possibly even drives them to continue to do it.

It’s a national obsession already, but I’ve had even more reason than normal to check the weather predictions this week.

Opinion: Why you should be reading all about the future of local government in Norfolk

“If I don’t come back, get someone to check I haven’t been weighted to the bottom of the Norfolk Broads”.

These were the words I jokingly uttered to the team on a sunny Friday afternoon recently as I headed off to spend an afternoon in the company of Broads Authority chief executive Dr John Packman.

This is an industry where often you never know what is around the corner.

For nearly 50 years, a highly-trained group of medical experts have provided volunteer support and assistance at serious road crashes and other life threatening emergencies across Norfolk. The group, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS), invited editor David Powles along for the day to learn about their work.

I can still remember when the announcement came through that Norwich was to be one of a handful of places to benefit from millions of pounds of cash designed to improve cycling routes in the city.

A year-and-a-half ago I took a desperate call from a trader on Norwich Market.

Yet another successful Laugh In The Park came to typically hilarious end thanks to a highly-enjoyable 45 minute set by the energetic Russell Kane on Sunday night.

Video: Review: Elbow - Thetford Forest

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Over the past ten years indie band Elbow have steadily gathered fans, so much so they have sold out shows at some of the UK’s biggest venues on their CV.

Greetings from a damp and soggy Royal Norfolk Show.

The terrible events in Manchester this week have put a focus on various aspects of the way we live our everyday lives.

I want to take the discussion out of Norwich this week and talk about a place in Norfolk also dear to my heart - Great Yarmouth.

We live in a world where free speech is facilitated like never before, dont we? A world where the Internet and social media makes it possible for anyone to have a voice - no matter what their race, sex, age or social status.

I was recently present for a fascinating talk by Norfolk’s voluntary and charity sector by Jon Clemo, chief executive of Community Action Norfolk, a trade body for the voluntary sector.

Just a few years ago the signs were looking somewhat ominous for Norfolk’s biggest street party.

For a moment I had to double check April 1 had not arrived early.

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