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Pale and Interesting

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As designers we seek inspiration from the world around us and living in beautiful North Norfolk provides a continual source of naturally beguiling vistas and vignettes. The muted palette of winter, with its ethereal qualities that shift and shimmer in the low light, inspire neutral hues for interior colour schemes. Embracing the gamut of grey tones revealed on misty mornings, or the tints of whites and pale greens where the frost twinkles on the garden or noticing the gentle warmth of colours radiating where the rising sun melts the frozen earth, can bring a new dimension to the season that invigorates and inspires. This blog post is about harnessing the winter paint box to generate fresh painting ideas, whilst hibernating from the winter chill.
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The Hunt is On to Find the Perfect Present and We're Here to Help

The Hunt is On to Find the Perfect Present and We're Here to Help | SussexBarn | Scoop.it
Not Thinking about Christmas until December is pretty much Utopia's approach to the festive season, but then it's as if the champagne has popped as an explosion of ideas and thrills pours out. Part of the outpouring is  the creation of a wonderful eclectic mix of unique artefacts and art for presents.
Finding just the right gift is not easy, but we have learnt that if you source something unique for that person, they will always feel appreciated and inspired by your thoughtfulness.

So, welcome to our 2016 Christmas Gift Collection aimed at helping you find the right Christmas present.

There are many more exciting ideas in our Unexpected Gallery in North Norfolk at Creake Abbey and on our website.
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Father drowned off Sea Palling despite rescue mission

A father drowned despite the efforts of onlookers, including a schoolboy lifeguard who helped save his son's life, a coroner concludes.
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What exactly is 'normal for Norfolk'?

The phrase "normal for Norfolk" has become the title of a BBC Two documentary programme. But what really is normal for Norfolk?
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Burmese guilty of UK tourist murders

Two Burmese men are found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Thailand for the murder of two UK backpackers whose bodies were found on a Thai beach in 2014.
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Crash rider's GP lap halted by rain

A biker who was paralysed after a crash at the Ulster Grand Prix is prevented from riding a demonstration lap at the track due to bad weather.
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Death road not gritted in 'mix-up'

A driver died on an icy Norfolk road that had not been gritted because of a "mix-up" over changed routes, an inquest has heard.
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Son fought to save tractor crash mum

A son battled to save his mother after her car was crushed in a head-on collision with a tractor, a court hears.
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Prince William plans new tennis court

Plans for a tennis court fit for royalty have been outlined for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's country mansion in Norfolk.
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Cardiff to Norwich flights scrapped

Flights from Cardiff to Norwich are shelved just two months after they began because the service is not profitable, the firm running it says.
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Mental health £36m savings planned

The NHS trust providing mental health services across Norfolk and Suffolk is to make savings, but maintain 'high quality services'.
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New defences for tidal surge village

Sea defences are built to protect a Norfolk coastal village where homes were washed into the sea during a tidal surge in December 2013.
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Boy, 3, killed by car driven by mum

A three-year-old boy dies after being struck accidentally by a car driven by his mother.
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Drawing Conclusions

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To re-tread footprints on a favourite walk, where sky and sea and earth meet and buffer, is a treat even on a windy, grey January day. The North Norfolk coastline is a sanctuary to wildlife and people – an ethereal interface that inspires and nurtures.

We surrender to the elements - embrace the gash of wind and rain and hear the roar of tide and turn.
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Suspected wartime bomb 'stored in van'

A suspected wartime bomb was found by a resident and stored in a van for two days before being blown up, police say.
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New local artist website launched

New local artist website launched | SussexBarn | Scoop.it
Visit our Unexpected Gallery at Creake Abbey in North Norfolk or online www.utopiatheunexpectedgallery.co.uk - we also sell to high-end interior and lifestyle retailers.
Unusual, collectable and intriguing, Utopia's statement pieces bring contemporary character into the home where each piece tells a narrative.
The artefacts we source are deliciously old, usually antique, sometimes vintage, and this 'narrative' will be reflected in their character, patina and form – we celebrate the knocks, chips, and scratches of their stories, however, the quality of craftsmanship and fittings employed to 'utopiaise' them into lights is of the highest standard. The inspired selection of the original object and the process it goes through to make it covetable is what makes our products special. 
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Fears elected mayor plan could collapse

Supporters of East Anglian devolution are lobbying Government ministers to "get a grip" to stop the deal from collapsing.
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Lake death girl had saved another boy

A "brave" teenage girl who drowned while trying to save her friend had previously rescued another boy from the same spot.
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Homes evacuated after shed blast

Homes were evacuated for two hours after a gas cylinder exploded in a Norfolk riverside village.
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Cuts 'limiting prison improvements'

Budget cuts are limiting improvements to the quality of care at Norwich Prison, independent inspectors report.
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Chief of criticised hospital resigns

The chief executive of a hospital criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for its "bullying culture" resigns.
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Lib Dems launch data investigation

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb suspends two workers from his party leadership campaign team.
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Drowned boy lake death 'accidental'

An inquest jury returns a verdict of accidental death after a boy drowned while swimming in a former quarry.
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Police officer selfie shots praised

A police officer wins praise on social media after posting "selfies" with revellers on his Saturday nightshift.
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