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Lynne Mortimer looks at the history and changing nature of the picnic over the last 50 years... with special reference to meat paste and prosecco

It’s almost show time! As the biggest event on the Norfolk calendar approaches, we challenge you to put your knowledge of the show past and present to the test, with this quiz.

This week I would love to talk to you all about Norwich Market as it is as iconic to the city as Norwich Cathedral and the castle.

She’s revered as the founder of modern nursing but it seems Florence Nightingale was way ahead of her time in other ways too.

During a decade working as a nurse, Holly Boardman saw first-hand how the stress of everyday life contributed to ill health. She’s now re-trained as a yoga teacher, travelling in a campervan from her home near Norwich to offer classes to groups and individuals in a variety of locations. She told Sheena Grant why she thinks more of us should be doing yoga...

It’s June - which means it’s officially summer. And if you fancy something a little different from the usual trips to the beach, here’s 20 outdoors events to get you out of the house and into the sunshine.

In North London Skydiving Centre’s 20 years, more than 75,000 brave thrill-seekers have taken the jump - and on Friday Ben Jolley experienced what it’s like to freefall from 10,000 feet for himself.

A dad-of-three, and children’s nurse, could help parents and carers save lives with his new business

Robin Herne, who runs the religious studies and ethics degree at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College, solves your dilemmas.

Gina Long begins a new monthly look at Norfolk’s charity fundraisers.

If your children (or you) think walking is boring, here’s how to turn pedestrian foot-dragging to passionate foot-first fun.

Several of these walks are part of the 10th Suffolk Walking Festival, plus events and ideas from Norfolk through late May and early June

Garden centres with animals are ideal for families without gardens, or pets. And actual Norfolk visitor attraction gardens can make surprisingly wild days out too.

Grief and its far-reaching effects have been in the news lately with footballer Rio Ferdinand and princes William and Harry speaking about their own experiences of bereavement. It’s also an issue Norfolk author Jon Lawrence explores in his latest novel. Sheena Grant reports.

Taking dogs to the zoo is helping a new Norfolk-based organisation thwart rhino poachers in Africa

An open mic night led by students. A trip to the gents in an old-fashioned boozer. The smell of the gents in an old-fashioned boozer! None of these prospects exactly hold universal appeal but trust me, there’s somewhere in Norwich where all of the above can genuinely be enjoyed.

The splendour of Norwich’s medieval churches, and their churchyards and street settings, are being celebrated across the city this weekend

Wondering what to dip your brekkie into this weekend? Read our table sauce taste test.

As Norwich celebrates its world-beating collection of medieval churches in the first festival of its kind this weekend we find out how families can make the most of Flintspiration

May Day is marked around Britain by maypole and Morris dancing, the crowning of May queens, and village fetes celebrating fertility and fun. Enjoy!

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and family leave the tech at home and enjoy a leisurely weekend boating on the Norfolk Broads.

Great British Menu veteren judge and chef patron of Benedicts Restaurant in Norwich, Richard Bainbridge, shares his love of strawberries and a recipe close to his heart.

Reports from America say people are getting addicted to Botox. Sheena Grant finds out about a natural, holistic alternative that benefits health too...

This month, our culinary explorer wrangles with a traditional pastry dish - steak and kidney pie.

From Tudor mansions to Georgian palaces, East Anglia is blessed with some of the country’s best stately homes. Take a stroll into the past and peek into the lives of those who made thier home in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

1 An Easter trail around Whitlingham Country Park, near Norwich, finishes with the chance to make a gift-box for your mini egg prize.

A civil or commercial dispute doesn’t have to end up in the courts. Mediation could save you time, money and stress - and get you a more satisfying result to boot.

Unless you are a die-hard Trekker, you may have missed First Contact Day. Assuming she is not unexpectedly beamed up by Scotty, Lynne Mortimer pays tribute to the phenomenon that is Star Trek.

Jo Reynolds’ remarkable story of burning passion and determination, and lives saved and lost

Opinion: Rachel Moore hails the Apostrophiser, the ‘Banksy of punctuation’.

Opinion: Our love of sugar poses difficult questions about addiction - and the product’s troubling history, says Aidan Semmens

Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts Restaurant, Norwich, explains why the best coffee this year is chilled, and why we should all be using filtered water for our brew…

There are so many to choose from and some great larks and hoaxes have failed to make the cut on April 1 – such as the iceberg towed into Sydney Harbour in 1978... but a rain shower washed away the firefighting and shaving foam to reveal plastic white sheets beneath.

Opinion: Nick Conrad praises Rio Ferdinand for speaking out about bringing up his children after the death of his wife, and says: it’s time we did more to help bereaved families.

East Anglia is home to a wide variety of theatres and playhouses, and performers from across the region, the UK and indeed the world, have graced their stages.

Opinion: Efforts to make cyclists use cycle lanes are doomed to failure, says Steven Downes.

Opinion: Delays and inconvenience are the price we pay for feeling safer - and it’s going to get worse, says Sharon Griffiths.

Opinion: Bad teeth are a badge of poverty. It’s time to do something about it, says Rachel Moore.

Opinion: All these polarised viewpoints are getting us precisely nowhere, argues Andrew Fitchett.

It’s not all work and no play. For the past few years, Norwich’s University of East Anglia (UEA) has consistently ranked in the top five universities in the country, and it’s not hard to see why.

Spring is well and truly under way, so today as you see I’ve chosen a few images of one of the most impressive courtship routines you are likely to witness: the weed dance of the great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus).

Opinion: Television presenter Helen McDermott has a guilty secret... she’s getting older

Photographer Steve Plume captures one of East Anglia’s most magical nature sights: the weed dance of the great crested grebe.

The nearly-spring sunshine has affected my supermarket online order. The great tits are investigating the bird box and I am beset by the urge to buy cleaning products, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Opinion: Is it right that a politician should have a newspaper editor’s job as well? Aidan Semmens is unconvinced.

Science, treasure hunts, shire horses, pram walks, bird walks and more for an illuminating weekend

Western children’s literature offers fun, adventure - and a world of imagination. Maybe that’s why the Chinese authorities are worried about them, says Sharon Griffiths.

Opinion: Making your children walk to school could be the best gift you ever give them, says Rachel Moore.

Next Monday, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness. Lynne Mortimer asked around to find out what happiness is.

The new Universal Credit system may unwittingly be helping controlling partners, says Mandy Proctor.

Telling your mum a fib is always risky - at whatever age, says Anne Edwards.

The Government’s use of the word ‘reform’ is just a pretext for running public services for private profit and not for the public good, says Aidan Semmens

Erica Auger of the RSPB tells how women are a vital part of the past, present and future of the conservation charity.

Polishing your social skills really does matter if you want to beat the class system, says Sharon Griffiths.

Fortress H: Neil Haverson branches out in the garden – under strict supervision

Engage gears and brain this weekend with science and cycling fun around Norfolk and Suffolk

So children find it hard to get to sleep nowadays. We only have ourselves to blame, says Sharon Griffths.

Well done Imelda Staunton for taking on selfish and noisy theatre-goers, says Rachel Moore. Now let’s tackle the rise of rudeness elsewhere too.

The Norfolk accent is a wonderful thing. So why do we seem ashamed to use it, asks Rachel Moore.

The way we treat deporartion cases is a mark of how civilised we are as a nation, says Aidan Semmens.

Pete Kelley on why ‘just sitting’ can be time well spent

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