Monthly Archive: March 2015

Meet the royal family of Talpur

Prince Mir Mehdi Raza Talpur talks about histor y, family and his love for Khairp ur The royal Talpur family of Khairpur, with its seat at Faiz Mahal, has ruled Sindh for almost three centuries, according to its last heir, Prince Mir Mehdi Raza Talpur. PHOTO: EXPRESS SUKKUR: The Talpur s have ruled Sindh for generations almost three centuries (1783 to 1955) according to Prince Mir Mehdi Raza Talpur, the last heir of the royal family of Khairpur. In an exclusive interview, the young royal sat down with The Express Tribune at the family s estate and palace, Faiz Mahal, in Khairpur to discuss history, family and what it means to be loyal.

When my ancestors were in power they worked tirelessly and made sincere efforts with their people, said the prince. Under their rule, the people of Sindh led a prosperous life compared to those in the rest of the sub-continent. He added that it was the ruler s prime responsibility to provide their people with even the basic necessities.

Developing Khairpur Prince Mir said that Khairpur was the first state with its own industrial zone, which had around 52 industrial units. The industrial zone played a vital role in not just providing people with employment opportunities within the state but also provided resources for structural development, he said. They Prince Mir s ancestors had planned to set up eight more industrial zones in the state but time didn t allow them to do so.

Educating the state Education, according to the prince, was something the Talpur family was very strict about. They wanted to make sure that every boy and girl in the state had basic education. They established a large network of schools from primary to higher secondary, he said.

Parents who refused to send their children to school were kept behind bars till they agreed to send their children to school. Right after Partition, the prince claimed that the government was allocating only one per cent of the budget on education. The Talpurs were, however, spending more than 22 per cent of their budget on education and health unlike the Pakistani government.

He gave the example of how tuberculosis (TB) was dealt with in the state. The disease was thought to be fatal at the time, he said. So the state of Khairpur not only provided free medical care to people suffering from TB but also granted them a stipend of Rs30 per month.

He added that every resident of Khairpur was eligible for free medical care, even the animals were treated free of charge at veterinary hospitals. Life in the state The per capita income of the people of Khairpur, according to Mir, was Rs67 as compared to Rs20 in the rest of the country. Khairpur was the first state in pre-Partition India that had established air-conditioned textile mills and had imported air-conditioned buses for its people from the United Kingdom.

The Talpurs were the first to get a resolution approved to establish a university for Muslims in India, he said. We the Talpurs also constructed the Sindh Madrassatul Islam and took care of the staff s salary and other expenses. He added that his forefathers had taken on a mission to provide basic rights and services to all their subjects.

The agreement with Jinnah According to Prince Mir Mehdi, his ancestors and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had made an agreement on October 3, 1947. He said that it was agreed that the state of Khairpur would cooperate with the Government of Pakistan in three sectors defence, communication and foreign affairs. It was also agreed that changes in the country s constitution would not affect the status or state of Khairpur.

With both parties in agreement, the state of 16,000 square-km was annexed to Pakistan. At Jinnah s death, however, things started to change, said the prince. The state s status changed and it was snatched by the government in 1955.

He added that this was how the state lost its independence.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1 st , 2015.

Police warning to lock doors in Norwich after spate of city burglaries …

Police warning to lock doors in Norwich after spate of city burglaries 17:36 31 March 2015 Supt Dave Marshall. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Archant Norfolk Police have urged people in Norwich to make sure their doors are kept locked after four burglaries in the city in the space of less than a week. Share link shares Norfolk police said three of the crimes happened during the early hours in the west of the city and involved the burglar getting into the homes because doors were left unlocked.

Superintendent Dave Marshall said: We would like to once again remind residents of the importance of locking all doors, including patio doors and French windows prior to going to bed. He urged people to increase security at their homes by making sure keys were not kept in locks and not to leave them near doors or windows. He also said people should consider fitting a letterbox cage or restrictor which prevents burglars from putting their hands or gadgets through the letter box and trying the latches from the inside.

Anyone who notices anybody acting suspiciously should call police on 101, or 999 if a crime is actually in progress.

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Easter Fun at Thetford Players Craft Fair

Thetford Players Easter Craft Fair takes place this Saturday, 4 April 2015, 10am to 3pm at the Carnegie Room, Thetford with free entry. Stalls to browse include handmade jewellery, knitted items, handmade scrabble tile art, book art/book folding, cards & gifts, Scentsy and Forever Living. Thetford Players will also be displaying some of their costumes and props for visitors to have a look at close up as well as providing an opportunity to find out about joining the amateur dramatic group.

A chocolate themed tombola and a raffle plus free Easter trail will also be held.

Anyone interested in booking a last minute stall should contact the group by email at [email protected] 1 .

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Remember Rwanda: Norwich Commemoration

Rwandan singer songwriter Jean Paul Samputu, who travels the world with his message of peace and reconciliation, will be in Norwich on Tuesday 7 April, to take part in the Rwandan Genocide Commemoration at Chapel Field Road Methodist Church, from 6.30pm to 8pm. The Remember Rwanda 1994 event is being organised by Norwich resident, Illumin e Nganemariya, whose book Miracle in Kigali tells of her, and her son Roger s, survival during the Rwandan Genocide and subsequent life in Norwich. All are welcome at the event to light a candle in memory of the 1 million Rwandans who lost their lives during 100 days from April to July 1994.

Illumin e will talk about how Rwanda is recovering from the Genocide and Jean Paul Samputu will perform his songs, which draw on the musical traditions from all of Rwanda s regions. There will be a collection for the Africa Glaven Mission, which is raising money for water purifiers in rural Rwanda. Claude Scott will also talk about the work of the Africa Glaven Mission.

Jean Paul Samputu was born in Rwanda 1962 and is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide, during which he lost his parents and three siblings. After the Genocide, Jean Paul dedicated his life and his music to further the causes of peace, healing and reconciliation. He is one of the most successful and prominent African artistes, with 16 albums and a career spanning 30 years.

In 2014, Jean Paul recorded his latest album Rwandan Dream with Scottish musician Iain Stewart.

This is a link to the song Rwandan Dream on YouTube: Illumin e Nganemariya said: It is wonderful that Jean Paul Samputu is joining us in Norwich on 7 April to share his message of peace and reconciliation.

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Norwich School deploys CounterACT technology …

Norwich School has deployed ForeScout s CounterACT to provide enhanced visibility for devices accessing its network. Norwich School is a co-educational, independent day school for pupils aged seven to 18. Norwich School required a network access control (NAC) solution to increase the visibility and security compliance of devices being used by its 1050 students and approximately 250 staff, in one location across multiple buildings.

CounterACT, in our opinion, had an easier to use interface which makes setting up, managing and viewing potential threats a far easier task. With a small team it was critical that NAC wouldn t take up too much of our time, both in the set up phase and beyond, said Steve Banyard, network manager at Norwich School. Another major appeal was that we wouldn t have to modify our network to integrate the product.

Also, there are multiple ways to enforce security policies depending on your environment and the client agent is optional.

The Hoste, Norfolk – review – Travel – Life & Style – London Evening …

This could be any world-famous coastal resort. But it s black labradors doing the frolicking, and their human companions are all sporting Barbour gilets. I m on Holkham Beach in north Norfolk on a March morning, the North Sea wind whipping up a storm.

And it s as beautiful as the Caribbean or South-east Asia. Holkham is the Hyde Park of the sand world: wide as a blue whale s smile and on the doorstep of royal abodes. Prince Charles played here as a child, while William and Kate s Norfolk pad, the 18th-century Anmer Hall gifted by the Queen for her grandson s 30th birthday is a few miles away, next to Sandringham.

I wasn t staying on royal land but a 10-minute drive away, in Burnham Market. The Georgian resort is known as Chelsea-on-Sea, but while the holiday-homing rahs might have brought in the branch of Jack Wills and the art galleries, home stores and bookshops dotted around the central village green, there s also a traditional butcher, baker and post office. Home for the weekend was The Hoste.

It has been a coaching inn since 1651 and Nelson used to drink here although, more recently, locals report seeing William and Kate supping pints at the hotel s packed bar. Cosy setting: a refurbished bedroom at The Hoste When you pull up to the Hoste after the two-and-a-half hour drive from London it looks small but what was once a restaurant with a handful of rooms has been expanded to a 62-room hotel with roaring fires, tasteful antique-y decor, a restaurant with practically all its ingredient-suppliers visible from the front window and a good-value spa. Guests choose between three room options: those in the Hoste s main building, a handful of others across the road at the Vine House, or family-focused cottages a little further down the village at the old railway.

I checked into the Vine House, walking through a shared sitting room which would make you feel right at home, if your home was full of plumped-up sofas, tinkling music and with a view over a sculpture-filled garden. There were eight bedrooms and mine was a spacious, pea green-hued room with draped curtains, a deep sofa, high ceilings, a wall-spanning gold mirror and, the only downside, a bed so soft you could almost feel the sciatica set in. The stand-out feature was the huge white tub in the underfloor-heated bathroom, where a long bubble bath with Molton Brown potions under a chandelier was a real weekend treat.

Tasty hits: fresh produce is on the menu at the two AA-rosette restaurant After a pre-dinner cocktail next to the pub s roaring fire, it was time to dine at its two AA-rosette restaurant, where there were some misses as well as tasty hits. The tomato soup was thick, delicious and full of fresh fruit, but neither it nor the next evening s leek and potato soup was actually hot. Chicken with fondant potatoes was sea-salty, but the steak was perfect and an imaginative, Ottolenghi-style vegetable terrine stood out.

Best of all was dessert: a gooey sticky toffee pudding that you didn t want to end, a perfectly-crisp tarte tartin that I d drive a five-hour round trip to repeat, and fudge so good that my mouth is watering at its memory. All that gobbling necessitated another seaside walk the following day. First, though, was a leisurely morning curled up in the Hoste s armchairs, sniffed by the occasional canine guest.

The helpful staff suggested several forays along the coast. One option was the Norfolk Coast Path but I was sold on a visit to Wells-next-the-Sea. The receptionist had printed off directions before I could ask (mobile reception isn t exactly London-hot around here), and I was soon walking alongside bright beach huts, irresistible fodder for the Instagram crew.

Wells is an unspoilt British seaside town, with rock shops, amusement arcades and crab sandwiches or fish and chips for lunch. This being England, the beach scene also included the occasional wailing child who had fallen into a deep, muddy puddle. Windy roads took me back to Burnham, and after a gander in the local hat shop and delicatessen that would be perfect for a picnic lunch on a hotter day, there was time for a trip to the spa.

The Hoste s is small and cosy; a massage in the hands of therapist Claire Hubbard sent me drifting into a swift slumber. At 55 for an hour, it was good value, too. The Hoste is indeed a perfect host: it s like living in a private house for the weekend but with cheerful people serving your every need.

Some of Britain s best scenery is on your doorstep and you don t need to go near an airport to enjoy it.

The Hoste, The Green, Burnham Market, King s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 (01328 738777, thehoste.com 1 ).

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Firefighters tackling big blaze at Oulton Hall near Aylsham …

Firefighters tackling big blaze at Oulton Hall near Aylsham hampered by high winds 13:36 31 March 2015 Sophie Biddle 1 Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Archant Norfolk 2015 High winds hampered firecrews tackling a major blaze in a north Norfolk country house overnight. Share link shares Close You currently have JavaScript disabled, functionality will be limited Oulton Hall fire Share link shares Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Fire Oulton Hall in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 7 fire engines in attendance overnight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE 0 1 / 13 Crews have spent much of the night and early hours battling with a fire at Oulton Hall near Aylsham. The roof, windows and two floors of the historic hall, which dates back to the 18th century, were badly damaged.

The hall is well-known as it opens its stunning grounds under the National Gardens Scheme. Fire service incident commander Glen South said this morning that the hall was well alight when he arrived at 3.30am. Wind conditions made it extremely difficult to fight the fire, he explained.

Due to concerns of structural collapse we adopted defensive fire fighting techniques using water jets. At the height of the incident, there were 50 firefighters and fire officers at the hall. Five crews were tackling the blaze at any one time, and managed to stop is spreading to an extension at the back of the hall.

During the night Hall Road was closed as the crews battled the blaze, said Norfolk police. The first appliances arrived around midnight from Aylsham, Reepham, Holt, Sheringham, Sprowston, Earlham, including an aerial ladder platform, a control unit from Wymondham and a water carrier from Fakenham. Relief crews arrived at 2am and 5am.

Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene all day. Artist and poet Vince Laws, who lives opposite the hall, said: It all kicked off about midnight. There were flashing lights that woke us up.

You could see the roof burning away. The hall is close to the former wartime RAF Oulton airfield. There is a memorial plaque in the garden marking where a Blenheim aircraft crashed on exercise in 1938.

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