Monthly Archive: February 2015

First Highlights announced for Holt Festival 2015

Pop, politics, poetry, chat, drama and cuisine for North Norfolk s premier mixed arts festival Holt Festival has announced the first highlights for the 2015 Festival. Under the stewardship of new Artistic Director Charles Pugh, the 7th Festival is already looking to include something for everyone. From comedy to cuisine, politics to pop and classical and much more, Holt Festival brings you the best in music, theatre and the spoken word in a glorious artistic celebration.

Staged in the last week of July with the charming North Norfolk Georgian country town as its backdrop, this award winning annual feast of the arts has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Norfolk calendar. It is also increasingly enticing more visitors into the area. My principal objective for 2015 is to ensure that there is quality arts and entertainment across a range of styles and disciplines.

These early announcements give a flavour of the full programme of shows and events that we shall be revealing in May, said Charles. He continued Past successful visits from the likes of David Starkey, Melvyn Bragg, Sandi Toksvig and Michael Palin have demonstrated the appetite for this type of afternoon event so I m pleased to be welcoming speakers of the calibre of Jeffry Archer, Michael Buerk, Dame Stella Rimington, Loyd Grossman and Tom Parker Bowles as well as the inimitable Blofeld and Baxter to Holt. Other big names at the festival include chart topper and pop pioneers Steve Harley with his band Cockney Rebel, influential and constantly evolving folk rock legends Steeleye Span and the rejuvenated original punk poet, comedian, movie radio and rock star John Cooper Clarke and his special guest Martin Newell.

Blake are the classical crossover boy band who have delighted TV audiences and topped charts the world over with sales of over a million albums. There s a world exclusive with the premiere of Hello Mr Gershwin, a musical journey through the remarkable but tragically short life of George Gershwin and a UK exclusive as masterful award winning classical guitarist Mariano Mangas performs his first ever British show in Holt after previously earning standing ovations all over mainland Europe and the USA. Lorraine & Alan is a retelling of the Orkney Selkie myth relocated to Norfolk using live sound design and several hundred plastic bottles.

It was an award winner at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. I m looking to make my first Festival as director intriguing, provocative and amusing and of course entertaining said Mr Pugh I hope these first few shows are setting me well on the way to achieving that goal and I m already looking forward to announcing the full programme in all its glory in May Tickets for the early shows go on general sale on 9 March. Entry details for the Holt Festival Art Prize, which attracts submissions from far and wide will be announced soon.

The 2015 Holt Festival runs from 19 26 July. Holt Festival is generously supported by Gresham s School. – Early Highlight listings info: Monday 20 July 2pm 20/ 5 HENRY BLOFELD & PETER BAXTER: Rogues on the Road (talk) Globetrotting reminiscences and hilarious (and occasionally outrageous) anecdotes from belovedly bubbly and boisterous Test Match Special commentator Blowers and his long time (and long suffering) producer Baxter. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA – Monday 20 July 8pm 22/ 5 JOHN COOPER CLARKE with special guest MARTIN NEWELL (poetry) The original punk poet, comedian, movie radio and rock star.

TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator and legend, the bard of Salford is joined by Essex s inspirational wordsmith Newell. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA – Tuesday 21 July 2pm 15/ 5 TOM PARKER BOWLES & LOYD GROSSMAN (talk) Original Masterchef presenter, entrepreneur, writer and all round foodie in conversation with Mail on Sunday and Esquire restaurant critic. Culinary chat from two of the UK s best-known food experts.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA – Wednesday 22 July 6 pm 20/ 5 MARIANO MANGAS (music) One of the world s greatest classical guitarists, a professor of the instrument in his native Spain and Chair of Flamenco at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. He comes to Holt for his very first UK appearance following performances all over mainland Europe and the USA. Holt Festival at St Andrew s Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB – Wednesday 22 July 8pm 25/ 5 BLAKE (classical music/opera) Brit Award winning harmony trio singing eclectic classical music and pop songs.

They have sold well over a million albums, topped classical charts around the world and appeared on more than 150 TV shows worldwide. Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA – Thursday 23 July 2pm 15/ 5 MICHAEL BUERK & ERNIE REA (talk) One of the UK s best known broadcast journalists and writers, Buerk has won a multitude of awards for international TV reporting. He will discuss Islamic fundamentalism with radio presenter and former BBC head of religious broadcasting Rae.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Friday 24 July 2pm 15/ 5 DAME STELLA RIMINGTON in conversation (talk) The first female Director General of MI5, now a successful novelist, talks about her creative life and career. with Daily Telegraph critic Jake Kerridge. Holt Festival at the Lawns Hotel, Station Road, Holt, NR25 6BS – Saturday 25 July 6pm 20/ 5 HELLO MR GERSHWIN (musical theatre) World premiere of a brand new musical from Seastar.

A musical journey through George Gershwin s remarkable life and tragically early death, featuring British pianist and composer Michael Finnissy s arrangements, a jazz band and a cast of rising stars from the top conservatoires, devised and directed by composer and director Susie Self. Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Saturday 25 July 8pm 30/ 5 STEVE HARLEY & Cockney Rebel (music) Pop music pioneer Steve Harley has written and recorded eleven albums in a prolific career covering four decades. He has enjoyed chart success with Top 20 hits including Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Mr Raffles, Here Comes The Sun and the number 1 Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me).

Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 26 July 4pm 15/ 5 JEFFREY ARCHER: Politics Life & Literature (literature/talk) Lord Archer is the author of 33 published books which have sold over 270 million copies in 97 countries and been translated into 37 languages. The former MP and Chair of The Conservative Party will talk about his extraordinary life, his books and his career in politics and invite questions from the audience. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA – Sunday 26 July 6pm 20/ 5 LORRAINE & ALAN (theatre) Original award winning playful re-telling of the Scottish Selkie myth set on the North Norfolk coast featuring live sound design and several hundred plastic bottles.

A Marine Biology graduate falls in love with a mysterious young woman he discovers lying amongst the seals and their lives become irreversibly entwined Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA Sunday 26 July 8.00pm 25/ 5 STEELEYE SPAN (music) Folk rock pioneers with a new live show. Singer Maddy Prior leads a line-up featuring faces old and new performing the classics that established their reputation alongside newer songs from their 2014 album Wintersmith, a collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett. Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA – Box office 01603 598699 Open for general booking Monday 9 March 2015.

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Did Kelly Osbourne Quit 'Fashion Police' Over Giuliana Rancic's …

Kelly Osbourne threatened to leave 1 her show Fashion Police over Giuliana Rancic ‘s comments about Zendaya 2 , and it looks like she made that happen! According to TMZ 3 , the star has quit the show. CLICK HERE FOR THE DEETS ON NIALL AND SELENA’S ROMANTIC DATE!

4 The report says that she wasn’t happy with the producers even before the big diss, and tension began brewing after they started filming the first episode of the show following Joan Rivers’ death 5 . But since Giuliana apologized 6 , and the K.C. Undercover star accepted her apology 7 , we thought everything was cool.

Kelly even tweeted that she was happy about how the situation turned out. Still, if she is unhappy with being on the show, we can’t really blame her! It may not be entirely related to the big Zendaya incident.

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Bed-blocking causes delays at Gorleston hospital

12:50 28 February 2015 Lauren Rogers 1 The James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston. Picture: James Bass. Archant Norfolk Photographic 2011 Bed blocking is causing further delays at a Norfolk hospital that is already struggling with Accident and Emergency admissions.

Last month, 518 people did not undergo planned surgical procedures at the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston within the target of 18 weeks. JPH bosses already admitted that mounting emergency pressures were partly responsible – there were 20 more patients than expected arriving at hospital by ambulance every week in January, on top of a 9.12pc increase in demand for A&E care. At their board meeting in Great Yarmouth today, JPH trustees heard how bed blocking also impacted on patients due to have routine procedures.

In his report to the board, interim director of operations Mark Henry said they needed to re-examine internal ways of working so we can demonstrate that we are doing all in our power to address the issues relating to admissions and discharges There were 40 patients this week alone who had been assessed ahead discharge but with no clear indication of where they were going. Trustee Peter Franzen suggested frontline staff took a firmer approach to bed blocking patients, making it clear that staying at hospital unnecessarily often meant another patient would have a procedure cancelled and often at the last minute. Recounting one patient s personal experience, director of nursing Liz Libiszewski said one woman waiting for a gynaecological procedure had it cancelled four times; three times because of bed shortages.

Another patient had an operation cancelled ten minutes before they were due to leave the house to travel to hospital. Mr Henry said progress was being made and a recovery plan was in place to reduce the backlog in both discharge delays and cancelled operations. At least three vehicles have been involved in a crash on the A146 Loddon Road this evening (Saturday).

Bed blocking is causing further delays at a Norfolk hospital that is already struggling with Accident and Emergency admissions. A new circular walk from Southwold Pier up to Covehithe and a food tourism trail are among exciting initiatives that will be discussed at a conference next month. A long-serving Southwold neighbourhood police officer who has just retired has called on his old force not cut back on policing in the town, warning: The only thing you get from less, is less.

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Police warning ahead of Norwich-Ipswich clash as three fans …

Police warning ahead of Norwich-Ipswich clash as three fans arrested Lewis Grabban of Norwich scores his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Tom Bristow 1 Friday, February 27, 2015 4:48 PM Police have reminded football fans to behave ahead of Sunday s derby after arresting three Ipswich fans. Officers arrested the three in Ipswich this morning in relation to disorder in South Yorkshire earlier this month.

They were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following an incident outside a pub in Rotherham on Saturday February 7, before the match between Rotherham United and Ipswich at New York Stadium. The three men, who are all from Ipswich and aged 25, 22 and 21, have been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where they are currently being held for questioning. Policing commander for Sunday s game, Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, said: These arrests give us the opportunity to reiterate our message ahead of the East Anglian Derby this weekend.

This is a great local derby event with healthy rivalry between two family friendly clubs and supporters and the joint police operation has been developed to ensure everyone has a great day out and the vast majority of fans will enjoy the event in the right spirit.

However, Suffolk Constabulary has been working with colleagues at South Yorkshire Police and officers in Norfolk, to help identify those involved in the disorder between Ipswich and Rotherham supporters and should any of those responsible attend the match on Sunday we will take appropriate action.

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Police: Bleeding man found in parking lot likely hit by car

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) Police now believe the a 44-year-old man found bleeding and unconscious in a Norfolk hotel parking lot Friday morning was hit by a car. Norfolk police spokesman Sam Shenouda said a woman walking through the DoubleTree parking lot at 1500 North Military Highway found the man on the ground around 8 a.m. She called 911 and first responders rushed him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The man died the same day. He was later identified as Ralph Hart of Marrero, Louisiana. Photos: Death investigation in hotel parking lot 1 Earlier Friday, police were classifying the death as undetermined, pending an autopsy from the Medical Examiner.

Around 5:30 p.m., police told WAVY s Erin Kelly they suspected the man s injuries were caused by being struck by a vehicle. Police took pictures of a work truck in the hotel parking lot and towed it from the scene Friday. The truck was owned by a company called Drew-Marine, which provides technical solutions and services to the marine industry, according to its website 2 .

A human resources director from for the company told WAVY News Hart was a relatively new employee out of New Orleans and worked as a fire safety and rescue technician. He said the company did not have many details, but was grieved by the Hart s death. According to the company, he was staying at the DoubleTree hotel.

No further information has been released. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP . Stay with for updates on this developing story.

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Gorleston residents' concerns rooftop bar plan will 'rob' them of quiet …

13:17 27 February 2015 By Liz Coates 1 Pat Newcomb of Grenfell Court in Gorleston is bitterly opposed to the Cliff Hotel’s plans for a restaurant and roof-top terrace yards from her bedroom window. Archant Old folk living close to Gorleston s Cliff Hotel are holding their hands up against plans to transform its original entrance and add a rooftop bar. Around 40 people living in 25 housing association flats exclusively for elderly people have put their name to a letter firing off a string of concerns to planners.

Under the plans the Cliff Hotel wants to add a glass fronted cafe-restaurant and bar boasting uninterrupted views over the famous sandy sweep. But appalled neighbours claim the scheme – a stone s throw from their bedroom windows – will permanently blight their lives. Pat Newcomb of Grenfell Court said: It is going to be catastrophic.

We are nothing short of alarmed at the prospect. Where the old Cliff Hotel stood in 1915 is now where our flats are. What they are trying to do is revive something that is not here anymore.

We already get a lot of rowdiness on Fridays and Saturdays and we do not want it replicated at 2am. There are two people here that have actually become unwell at the idea. We have people in their 90s here and this goes beyond inconsiderate.

It is wanton disregard for anyone else. Bulldozing the cliff and having a rooftop area is going to rob us of our quiet life. Keen astronomer Ms Newcomb, 70, a retired teacher, said she moved to Gorleston two years ago for the lovely outlook and peace and quiet, not to live with a pub outside the window she believes will open until 2am.

Our lives will be blighted on a permanent basis with the yelping and screaming that will go on after the bar closes as well. We have all objected in the strongest terms to the plans, she added. The plan involves the original archway entrance 100 years after the grand building it led to burnt down.

Daryn Ferguson, general manager at the Cliff, previously said the cafe-restaurant plan would be a nod to the site s rich history, creating jobs and adding to local nightlife. When it opened in July 1898 the Victorian Hotel was the last word in luxury with fairytale turrets and its own stable block. The parade of shops is in a conservation area and is valued by history buffs.

Margaret Ward of Start, an organisation that champions Gorleston s heritage, has written to the council stressing the historic and architectural merit of the shops which were designed by a member of the Cockrill family. Another person has written to planners expressing concern over the loss of seaside bucket-and-spade type retail while broadly supporting the scheme. Fears have also been raised about the proximity of the carpark directly in front of the planned cafe where cars regularly jostle for spaces close to where families cluster on the narrow pavement.

Conservation officer Ian Hardy said in his response: More character and interest needs to be put into this scheme which is generally to supported.

The borough council is expected to make a decision by March 25.

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