Many of us have been shocked by the photos of the whales washed up on our coastline in recent weeks. The immense size of the sperm whales (nearly 50ft long) combined with the tragedy of their death makes for an odd cocktail of wonder, horror and sadness.
It is 20 years since I moved into a shared house, the only English native in a community drawn from France, Spain, Italy and Germany. There were two things my German friend, Marco, could not fathom about Britain.
A sanctuary for rescued reptiles and small mammals including meerkats and porcupines is set to open in Snetterton this spring. Jamie and Michelle Mintram, who run Jurassic Encounters reptile rescue sanctuary, have gained planning permission to convert a former caravan sales site on the A11 into a home for their 150 cold-blooded charges.