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Letters, April 11 2014

Apologies for the delay in getting these letters online. The original version indicated they had been published, but they obviously had not. Anne Edwards, Editor

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Letters, April 11 2014

After my husband passed away in January, I was immediately charged bedroom tax, and they even backdated it to when he passed away, leaving me in rent arrears.

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Stalls at the brocante

Best flea markets in France

While taking home an antique armoire might be tricky, there are plenty of smaller vintage finds that you can fit in your suitcase or in the back of your car. Anna McKittrick picks four of France’s best flea markets for your next treasure hunt

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Letters, March 27, 2014

Backing call for cycling care

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Not endangered by data breach

You have chosen to give front page coverage to a simple mistake by someone at the Claremont Medical Practice (“Investigation into GP surgery data breach”, Journal, March 13).

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Normandy veteran Reg Burge, died aged 94, on his devoted wife Kittys birthday on February 28.  Photo: Bill Smith

Farewell to a true Norwich hero - D-Day veteran Reg Burge passes away

He returned to Normandy every year, desperate to piece together the final moments before a German tank blew him out of the armoured car he was driving, killing his friends and leaving him with a heartbreaking memory loss which has haunted him for decades.

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Any events planned in Ely to mark the 100th anniversary of outbreak of First World War?

Are you able to find out if the mayor of Ely, or indeed the City of Ely Council, are planning any commemoration events in recognition of 100 years since the start of the First World War, or 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force?

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Manche offers beautiful beaches among its many charms

A penchant for Manche

So close but so enchantingly different, Manche offers a seductive lifestyle right on your doorstep, as Gillian Thornton discovers

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Mayor of Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Countdown to the polls

Communes large and small have the chance to change the French political landscape in the forthcoming municipal elections, as Paul Lamarra explains

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'The Pigeon House' in Normandy has two bedrooms and is on the market for 92,000 euros

A view on the French property market

Patrick Joseph of My French House shares his view of the current property market across France

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AFTERMATH: This house in Normanston Drive, Lowestoft, was left badly damaged by a German bombing raid on April 21, 1944.  

**For Journal Turning back the Clock wartime bombing raid feature by Bob Collis

Town placed in firing line during the last days of war

Seventy years ago, the German Luftwaffe embarked upon a final series of air attacks against Great Britain – and Lowestoft was once again in the firing line. Local historian BOB COLLIS takes up the story.

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This house is a perfect pad just a few minutes from the port of Cherbourg

If I could, I would... Our dream property

Every so often, we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Stephanie Sheldrake falls in love with this characterful house in Manche

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Sally Nice is charmed by Brendan Coles warm personality and is good with helping those hes trying to teach on Stricly Come dancing. 'Its not easy. Some people are not gifted in that department, are they?' laughs Sally.

Gallery: Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole says former ballroom dancing champion Sally Nice has definitely still got it!

It wasn’t long ago that Sally Nice went on holiday in a wheelchair, wracked with pain, and her dancing days looked to be over. But two hip replacements later and she’s enjoying a twirl with Strictly’s Brendan Cole.

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Russell Watson

Interview with Russell Watson

The English tenor RUSSELL WATSON talks to Caroline Bishop about working with the creators of the musical Les Misérables on his latest album, learning French and holidaying in Normandy

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Gregory and Françoise Wait at home in Normandy

In the frame: Australian photographer in Normandy

Gregory Wait left his native Australia to become a professional photographer in Normandy. He tells Annaliza Davis more

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Paris for all budgets

From bargain hostels to luxury hotels, follow our essential guide for your perfect stay in Paris

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Equine property

Moving to a new country can be complicated – if you have horses, it can be even more so. Lynette Eyb considers the perfect place in France for you and your equine friends

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HMS Norfolk - Sea trials 16 Jan 1990

Video: Part four of the EDP series focusing on the proud names that have an eventful history

In our continuing series looking at air and sea power in the county, MARK NICHOllS recalls warships that have carried the name HMS Norfolk and how a vessel named HMS Yarmouth pioneered flight from ships.

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Battle of Sluys, 1340. Great Yarmouth sent more ships for King Edward's fleet against the Dutch than London did.

Video: As RAF Marham gets set to welcome Lightning-II strike aircraft in 2018 we look back at Norfolk’s military history

Norfolk’s long and distinguished naval and air force history is destined to come together in the new RAF Marham-based Lightning II strike aircraft, which will operate from land bases and aircraft carriers. Set to be deployed in the county from 2018, preparations re already under way at Marham to receive the new warplane. As the base gears up for the next generation of military strike aircraft, MarK NICHOLLS focuses on the county’s illustrious past as a naval and air power in a six-part series specially-commissioned for the Eastern Daily Press.

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Paddy the dog prepares for his latest expedition

OPINION: I was just thinking... it’s a dog’s life for travelling pet owners

I was just thinking…about the cynical exploitation of those of us daft enough to aspire to travel abroad with our much adored furry friends.

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Paris department stores

The grands magasins of Paris have been enticing customers for more than a century and are cultural landmarks in their own right. Alison Weeks picks up her shopping bag and takes a tour

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Karam Sethi

Reinventing Indian cuisine: Karam Sethi’s new Mayfair restaurant, Gymkhana

The man behind Michelin-starred restaurant Trishna tells us all about his new venture

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Modern-day saint: l’abbé Pierre

If l’abbé Pierre were alive today he would have just started his 11th decade on this earth. As it is, he died in 2007 a few months before his 95th birthday. A long life indeed, but as the saying goes, “it’s not the years in your life that count but the life in your years”…and l’abbé Pierre certainly lived a life that counted.

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'My concern is that increasingly, as we head further into the 21st Century, we’re becoming less a culture of monument-builders. We’re not the Victorians – we don’t automatically turn to monumental architecture – but what we are increasingly are creatures of the digital age. Maybe the future of memory, the future of the past, is online,' says Dr Sam Edwards

Beccles and Kessingland: How a schoolboy fascination with the US Eighth Air Force led to a love of American history for Sam

It’s a bumper year for anniversaries in the US: 50 years after Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and the assassination of John F Kennedy, and 150 since Lincoln extolled ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. A wonderful time, then, to be a lecturer in American history. Suffolk-born Sam Edwards tells STEVEN RUSSELL how he became hooked on the past

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