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Strictly Come Dancing super fan Jessica Long reflects on the 2017 series and praises the real stars of the show.

Fortress H: It’s nearly the big day and Mrs H is getting all steamed up about replacement kettles.

So the old images of hapless dads and housework-focused mums will be banned from television adverts in the New Year. It’s rather missing the point, says Steven Downes.

The EDP doesn’t doubt that every single Norfolk county councillor works incredibly hard for the community they represent.

Anyone who has tried driving along the A47 will know there has been plenty of waiting around.

The faces on either sides of the chamber told the story.

If you are thinking of purchasing your first home or moving house, it is important to understand all of the costs involved before you start house-hunting. Your solicitor will handle the legal work around the property, however, there are some extra costs involved within the conveyancing process. When planning your budget we would advise you to consider:

There are many elements to a self-build project to take into account, and overlooking any of them could cost you time and precious funds. Most of us only think of the obvious of design, build and construction, but there are also a few more unusual responsibilities that you need to be aware of, from site access to drinking water.

Families are being pressured in spending more and more on Christmas. But will it really bring us happiness, asks Nick Conrad.

Slade are on the radio, there’s tinsel everywhere and supermarket shelves are stacked high with mince pies.

What are my options when my three-year pensioner bond matures early next year, asks our reader. Carl Lamb of Almary Green explains.

Ofsted inspections have arguably become one of the best-known areas of school life.

Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey says the nature of crime is changing fast - so police forces must change too.

London has always revelled in its reputation for being different, attracting praise and scorn in equal measure.

It’s disheartening to learn that the number of youngsters aged 16 and under who are working in a Saturday job has fallen by more than a fifth since 2012.

I learned something new this week. If you spend a bit of time on the streets doing collections for charity, don’t expect to come away with a particularly warm and fuzzy feeling.

Life in some Norfolk villages in the 2020s will be dominated by the construction of offshore wind farms and underground cable corridors.

A new study has found that offering new mums cash incentives to breast-feed their babies will encourage more to do it. Rachel Moore says if that’s what it takes, then so be it.

Hang on a minute - where did that year go? David Clayton wonders why time can seem so fast - and so slow.

Something needs to be done now to curb online gambling to stop a generation of children being hooked, says Rachel Moore.

Giving a little can mean a lot this festive season.

Whichever way round it is, I generally try to avoid watching this genre of TV programme for the simple reason that I work long hours anyway and this would be like taking work home with me. But the other day, in a weak moment, I found myself watching one about the older couple who, needing to supplement their pensions, bought an eight-bedroom HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) in a generally high-yielding rental town (aka economically challenged).

Bah humbug to those who say ‘bah humbug’ about Christmas, says Richard Hughes.

Our front page headline sums it up - what a flaming cheek. For the past few months we have heard from our county council leaders that savings and cuts are needed. They have said, accurately, that the money the government gives them is not enough - and that something has got to give.

Since 2010 the government has slashed Norfolk Constabulary’s budget by an astonishing £30 million.

I am an aspiring writer and film fan. I enjoy watching how films unfold and I am particularly interested in the way they are structured. I like seeing how the story has been put together as this helps inform my writing by giving me a better sense of plot and structure.

Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out how hi-tech electronic aids make motoring safer but are don’t replace the driver’s brain

Let’s not forget that Christmas is a time for giving to those in need, says Professor Catherine Waddams.

Sharon Griffiths has a Stateside lesson in how nicer towns and cities might help create nicer people too.

With many employees denied pay increases of late despite working long hours, there are certainly lots of people out there who think they deserve a salary rise. Councillors, it seems, feel the same.

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