QUIZ What fizzy drink does the BFG give to Sophie?

In Disney’s Frozen, Elsa is a princess and later queen of which fictional kingdom?

Who was the first Briton to walk in space? How old was Elizabeth I

when she became Queen?

Who in January 1969 became the first Scottish band to top the UK single charts?

Which fruit is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry? Who in 1976 became the first

British footballer to receive a red card?

Never criticise someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Tat way, when you criticise them, you’ll be a mile away and you’ll have their shoes.

What is a pirate’s favourite letter? R? You’d think that but his first love will always be the C.

What’s a foot long and slippery? A slipper.

When you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall.

I bought the world’s worst thesaurus yesterday. Not only is it terrible, it’s terrible.

I took the shell off my racing snail, thinking it would make him run faster. If anything, it made him more sluggish.


he first thing most visitors to Norwich say,

after they’ve made the obligatory Alan Partridge reference and taken the piss out of it being a ‘fine, OK, alright, yeah’ city is ask ‘What’s with all the bloody old churches everywhere?’ Because it’s true. We have a stupid number of surviving medieval churches. 31 in fact, the highest number of anywhere north of the Alps. And just to be contrary, because this is Norwich, we are also officially the most godless place in the UK, according to the 2011 census (42% of us have ‘no religion’ although I dunno if that includes Jedis).

So what exactly do you do with these places? Answer: you get inventive and use them for other things. Like Flintspiration, that’s taking place over the last weekend of this month, with over 50 events that are mostly free and don’t need booking

in advance. Tere are all sorts going on – the usual family events, talks, walks, and trails, but also a few things that you wouldn’t automatically think of as being churchy. NUA are taking over St Martin at Palace Plain (that one that’s near the Adam & Eve) with performances & installations, Dandifest exhibition at St Margaret, there are fairs and cakes at both St Giles and All Saints, theatre and music going on all over the place including at the Arts Centre, which will feature specially commissioned artists over the whole weekend. If none of that leaves you swinging from the rafters, then I’d advise you to pop in to St Michael Coslany, where you can watch performances by Te Oak Circus and even take part in circus skills workshops yourself (ha, yeah. Not for me).

If that sounds a bit worthy & strenuous, then pop in to St Peter Mancroft for a beer tasting session (although if you’re planning on doing the tour of the bell tower, I’d leave the beers until afterwards, because the staircase is… quirky). Gwarn. It’s a bank holiday weekend. Find out what’s with the bloody old churches everywhere.


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