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The crash landing

The following is a fictional account of a real incident recorded on page 207 of my book ‘Norfolk at War 1939-45’. A crashed German pilot tried to surrender in the dead of night at a remote Norfolk pub but was told to ‘Go away!’ by the landlord who did not realise what...

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Darkest Hour review

DARKEST HOUR – FILM REVIEW Stephen Browning The final words of this amazing film stay with me. In the House of Commons, after the famous ‘We will fight them on the beaches’ speech and with the House cheering Churchill to the rafters, one man asks another ‘What has he...

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Norfolk at War 1935-45

A new book published 7 November 2018: NORFOLK AT WAR 1939-45 by Stephen Browning. It is a paperback from Pen and Sword: Priced at £12.99, it has 336 pages with over 300 illustrations. It traces the war, year on year, from the perspective of the people of Norfolk and...

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Norfolk Coast in the Great War

Norfolk based author Stephen Browning talks about how his new book came about and some of the most interesting stories he unearthed while writing it.  Present day photo: Daniel Tink This book came into being several years ago whilst having tea in the Britannia Café,...

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Be My Valentine!

Who was St Valentine? Saint Valentine’s Day, 14th February, is recognised as a special ‘lovers’ day’ in many countries although it has never been a public holiday anywhere. There are different St Valentine’s Days in different religions, for example, in Eastern Europe...

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Food Design

 FOOD DESIGN Some of us cannot, quite literally, get enough of food! How to cook is everywhere on the media. Similarly, design in everything from the Mini to clothes to buildings like the Shard, is something the UK does very well and is part of all our lives. But put...

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A City Centre Great War Walk

  A City Centre Great War Walk – Norwich As it is 100 years since the Great War, here is an idea – an outing looking at some of the Fine City’s notable connections to the ‘War to end All Wars’ as it was known.  TIME: maybe half a day, depending how long you...

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The Mystery of the Cressingham Diamonds

  A NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES TALE THE ADVENTURE OF THE CRESSINGHAM DIAMONDS Narrated by Dr John H Watson My diary tells me it was in ’02 that Holmes and I were sitting in companionable silence in our sitting room at 221b Baker Street. It was an unseasonably cold...

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A walk around Norwich Lanes

A STROLL AROUND THE FAMOUS NORWICH LANES A walk through St Benedicts Street,  Cow Hill, Upper St Giles Street, Pottergate and the Lanes, taking in Maddermarket Theatre and Strangers’ Hall. To start this fascinating walk you need to ‘drop down’ from the town centre to...

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Hunstanton’s Great Secret

Present-day photographs by Daniel Tink This is a fabulous walk along the cliff tops from Old to New Hunstanton. There is much to see, fascinating historical facts and myths to consider, and an awesome secret that was kept under wraps for decades. Why not? Reached from...

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Norfolk on Invasion Alert

COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL TINK William the Conqueror managed it in 1066 but since then no foreign power has ever managed to invade these islands. There has been no shortage of attempts and plans from the Spanish Armada, to Napoleon, to Hitler but, by courage or...

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Kings Lynn, cordite and conkers

In another post, we talk about ‘Hunstanton’s Great Secret’ which was pivotal in changing our fortunes in the Great War. Yet other towns also played a vital role in the conflict and no story is more fascinating than that of Kings Lynn: although experts still debate the...

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