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From Lady Lord Mayors to pop industry excess and a floating library, there’s energy and imagination to thrill and delight in 2018

Five tweaks to stop the risk of this beloved and successful Saturday-night show growing stale

With the BBC children’s show about to celebrate its birthday, Steven Russell gets misty-eyed as he meets one of his childhood heroes: ex-presenter Peter Purves

The first ever National Album Day is almost here. The sales figures say one thing, but who’s your favourite?

Green Island Gardens has its Autumn Colour Weekend − a real treat for the senses. And it’s raising money for charity, too

Has history recast the Essex bandit as ‘the epitome of the gentlemanly robber’?

There are many more super-septuagenarians, too, this year. Was there something in the air back in 1948?

Anne Paterson Wallace came to Suffolk and built a reputation as a painter of romantic landscapes, but her earlier life had its moments too: hush-hush work during the war and evading Hitler’s bombs

How Buffalo Bill brought us the reality show, a century before The Only Way is Essex

Are today’s exams easier than those taken by pupils in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s? Have a go and discover if you’re a superstar student of yesteryear!

We all know the Cybermen, but who remembers the Quarks, which looked like chests-of-drawers on legs?

A drunken king. A ‘tax’ on pregnant daughters with illegitimate children. Ferocious football… Book ‘The Little History of Suffolk’ has facts aplenty – many weird and funny

Which contender is she talking about here? ‘If you happen to be walking past a bookshop, find a copy and read the opening lines. I guarantee you will have to buy the book and take it home with you’

Previous winners include Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

How old do you think Olivia Newton-John will be next week? We look at her life and career: from East Anglia to Eurovision and Grease, and her fight with cancer

My Nan is my main inspiration for raising money, says Kate Filby, who’s one of hundreds of people ready for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

American swindler posing as Chief White Elk acted like Robin Hood and gave away millions of dollars that weren’t his

Debenhams, The Apex, Cafe Rouge, Boots, West Suffolk Hospital, The Fox, The Nutshell – they’re all in a new book by Martyn Taylor. But has he forgotten anything?

Shetland and Vera writer Ann Cleeves’s recent visit to East Anglia and the ‘birthday’ of late Queen of Crime Agatha Christie has got us thinking

I’ve tried to pitch it as ‘Silence of the Lambs meets The Matrix’, says Lee Francis, who’s written the book with Simon Scarrow

The summer of 1980 and I’m still a teenager. With room to spare. I don’t bop in public (lack of rhythm, self-conscious, feet with minds of their own) but in a parallel world I’m a lithesome Nureyev, swaying to a post-disco beat.

Booker Prize winner John Banville on alter-ego Benjamin Black, why he hates summer, the beauty of a dishwasher manual and Norwich’s one-way systems

Feeling the years are flying by and that ‘later life’ is approaching too fast? Our handy ‘MoT’ should quell some of your fears

‘I was quite nervous talking to customers. They’d ask me questions about boilies and pop-ups... What?!’

‘I wanted to go when people wanted more, rather than starting to get a bit bored’ says East Anglian-bound author

Pony Club members tell us why they love the Netflix coming-of-age drama

Is it on-the-move Chris Evans? Or Sara Cox? Or maybe that bloke from Kiss? Do let us know who puts a spring in your step

From Lancia to Lexus, Mini to Mercedes, do you notice what’s out on the roads?

Tom Gregory is still the youngest swimmer to conquer the English Channel and probably always will be

‘Her passion for doing the right thing inspired and touched so many facing adversity, not just in America but across the world’

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