The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

Category: Culture

How to write a best-seller

24 Feb 2017

Do you harbour literary ambitions? It seems almost everyone I speak to dreams of being a published author – one friend has put ‘write book’ on her list of new year’s resolutions every year for the last decade, while another has had a file on her computer called ‘Book’ (word count: 0) for as long as she can remember. Making that leap from pipe dream to picking out your dress for your launch party is a tricky business, to put it mildly.

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Don’t miss: The National Winter Beer Festival

21 Feb 2017

If there was ever an excuse to go and drink beer in the afternoon, it’s the fact that it’s winter – dark, cold, miserable winter. But with spring now just around the corner, the timing of the National Winter Beer Festival – which opens to the public tomorrow – couldn’t be better. Just one last session of mood-enhancing, self-medication to say cheers to spring (and goodbye to winter) before throwing your winter coat in the loft and hopping out to buy flip flops (in theory).

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Don’t miss: Norwich Fashion Week 2017

7 Feb 2017

Blimey doesn’t the year fly by at break-neck speed? My first totter out as Editor of Muddy Stilettos last year was backstage at the Designers’ Show of Norwich Fashion Week 2016, a brilliantly-organised event that is now in its staggering seventh year. It still amazes me that a city the size of Norwich – and one that teeters precariously, and independently, at the top of the county – can make such a splash in the fashion world.

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Gardening tips for February

31 Jan 2017

As we turn our backs on January – yay – we can look forward to longer, sunnier days and some time spent in the garden. If you haven’t been brave enough to venture out there yet (I dread to think what the local cats have been doing in mine!), now is the time. With local gardening guru Ellen Mary’s (Quite Contrary’s) help, we will be BBQ ready before we know it.

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Alternative, fromage-free ideas for Valentine’s Day

31 Jan 2017

Whether you’re a single pringle, a newly-wed, a seasoned wife or in the throws of a new relationship, there’s plenty going on in Norfolk (and beyond) to mark Valentine’s Day without resorting to the usual commercial cheese-fest. If you’re looking for something a bit less traditional and a bit more fun, here are some alternative Valentine’s ideas that will help you feel the love. Let’s go then, lovers:

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