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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

How authentic is ‘authentic’ when it comes to replicating other countries’ cuisines, asks Richard Hughes

Lent is an excellent time to give ourselves some spiritual refreshment, says the Rev Robert Avery.

So many of society’s problems would be helped if we just taught our youngsters the basic skills of cooking proper healthy food, says Sharon Griffiths.

10 ways to…spring into springtime and get your family outside and making the most of the first weekend of the meteorological spring

Nick Conrad discovers to his cost that young children can not only learn language, they can use ‘language’...

If we can’t protect our children from the perils of the internet, then at least we should be teaching them about it, says Rachel Moore.

There’s nothing to beat an old photograph for nostalgia, says Sharon Griffiths.

Norwich has a long tradition of supporting up-and-coming artists across a range of genres in the city’s diverse music venues. Take a look at four local musicians that are set to make their mark in 2017.

Take a walk off the beaten track when you’re next in Norwich, and tick these five secret spots off your bucket list whilst immersing yourself in the city’s independent scene.

Tempted to see into the future? Maybe we should just ask Doris Day, suggests Sharon Griffiths.

Races, records, relays and stacks of snacks are planned for Pancake Day 2017

Amid all the pancakes, let’s not forget the real point of Shrove Tuesday, says Father Henry Whisenant

We have to keep switching things around to keep our minds active, apparently.

The world (and all that is in it from moths to mascots) can be a scary place for the phobic. But bear with your children’s fears to help them get over them...

Rachel Moore pays tribute to journalist Steve Hewlett and his greatest-ever story - his frank and moving account of his fight against cancer

The complaints just keep on coming as Norfolk grumps deliver the latest helping of East Angrier, tackling issues including e-cigarettes, litter and men.

Ever wished you could capture a magic moment on a memorable drive? Now you can with a clever car camera from Citroen. Motoring editor Andy Russell gets in the picture.

‘There’s a lot of it about’: Paul Barnes finds the phrase a cold comfort...

‘I must write that down’: How many of us have said that - and haven’t? Aidan Semmens certainly has...

While the menu offers burgers, burritos and little plates for snacking and sharing, the choice of 15 different taco fillings make them the main attraction at Lust & Liquor on St Benedict’s Street in Norwich.

Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday was never going to be good news for football fans.

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, love is in the air and people everywhere find their thoughts turning to romance. But where is the best place to woo your partner on this special day for l’amour?

The Wallow is an ideal place to indulge in great food and wine in the heart of the city.

Looking to change your car this year? There are some spectacular new model launches for big-selling, favourites lined up for 2017. Motoring editor Andy Russell picks out a dozen models that will be driving desirability.

So 1957 was the year we were happiest, say researchers at the University of Warwick. The very year, in fact, when prime minister Harold MacMillan was telling us “You’ve never had it so good.”

From what animal is being celebrated to where in Norwich you can join in the festivities, here’s your guide to the Spring Festival:

To the lonely – frequently older people who live alone – a welcome voice on the end of a telephone is often a much- needed lifeline. Age UK Norfolk is well aware of this and its Telephone Befriending service is highly valued among its members.

I don’t know who the average East Anglian is – not me, I hope – but he or she only experiences less than an hour of peace and quiet each day.

Police in Primrose Hill are going to be more lenient with cyclists caught riding on pavement as they crackdown on road safety, do you think a similar operation should be implemented in Norfolk?

Outside intu Chapelfield in Norwich there’s a sign saying that the Mall is open ’til 7pm. This is an interesting spelling – the normal way of writing ’til is till. So why would it occur to anybody to write it with only one l, and with an apostrophe before the t?

Today it’s never felt easier to eat bigger portions and eat the ‘wrong’ things. Then we get to the end of the day and realise we’ve been sat down for most of it, which all adds up to putting on the pounds.

Just how well do you know Norfolk and Waveney? Let’s find out...

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