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Due north of the city, the lengthy Magdalen St is without doubt Norwich’s most colourful road, and it’s undergone something of a facelift in recent times, if only by the strong character of some of the shops and cafes that have moved in. It’s time to celebrate this most diverse of districts, as October brings the street’s annual Magdalen Street Celebration, for the fourth year running, on Saturday 19th October 2013. Fast becoming the city's answer to the Notting Hill Carnival, the celebration is set to be Norwich's liveliest street festival yet. With a focus on creativity, sustainability and diversity, we’re promised 5 music stages exploring the city's eclectic talent from folk, classical, Americana and a brand new Black History stage at the Blueberry, featuring Senegalese and Cuban flavours. Tere are also street acts fueled by cycle power, children's activities, a pop up museum at Looses Emporium, a heritage walk by archaeologist Brian Ayers, an Egyptian astrology magical mystery tour at Aladdin's cafe and much, much more.


It was Chris Rock that said he was tired of defending rap music, that the protest had gone out of hip hop, and it was senseless and dumbed down these days. He says, “How can you defend, ‘I’ve got hoes in different area codes’.” A fair point indeed; in an age where we’re more likely to assume a hip hop artist is more likely to be referencing his shoes by who made them, than the fact they were marching on Madison in some social protest, we have to keep our eyes and ears out for hip hop that goes back to the heart of what matters. M1 Allstars are one such act that profess themselves to be a socially conscious hip hop collective, and one of the most outspoken groups in the country. Te London-based team of rapper Le Magnifiq and singer Sylvimaree came to Norwich last year, to Take 5 and are set to bring their unique blend of hip hop to the same venue again this October 26th. Having missed them last year, we can’t vouch for how it went down, but we’re sure on board with their manifesto. Tickets are available for pre- purchase at


Te votes are in, they’ve been counted and verified (to steal Dermot O’Leary / Davina McCall’s line) and the finalists for the two Future Radio’s Next Big Ting Competition 2013 have been announced. It was a fiercely fought contest, which gave the judges the pleasant headache of narrowing down the 60+ entrants to just 14, with some brilliant acts getting close, but not quite to the heat stages. Tose that made it past the blubbering judges houses “It’s my dream, it’s all I’ve wanted to do since I was foetal” stage (there was no house, or crying), were Te Anyones, Te Tinking Men, Call it Reckless, Dr Clyde, Dutty Menace, Nobodaddy and Freyr, who make up for first semi final on October 13th, and Mega Emotion, Koi Paraga, Dying Breeds, Delay, Unix, Montagues & Capulets and Darkened Dials who complete the second heat line up a week later on October 20th. Check for more details. Te Next Big Ting is supported by Outline Magazine and Open.


You’ve got Movember, Febru- Hairy (alright, made that up) and even Stoptober. It seems every month has a cause attributed, but what cause more worthy than putting a finale on the fags. After previous success, Stoptober is back this month and all over the country people are taking the 28- day challenge to stop smoking during October. Last year over 160,000 people successfully quit smoking for Stoptober. But you don’t have to go through the anger and frustration and switching to eating cakes 20 times a day, alone. Smokefree Norfolk and the Stop Smoking Service both have friendly, experienced advisors ready to help you meet the Stoptober challenge - get in touch and find out how they can help you. In greater Norfolk, contact Smokefree Norfolk call 0800 0854 113, text bfree and your name to 65000 or visit In Great Yarmouth and Waveney, contact the Stop Smoking Service. Call 0800 652 3477, text QUIT and your name to 65000 or visit smoking. Both services are funded by Norfolk County Council Public Health. /October 2013/ 41

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