by Natalie Froome
Looking for somewhere to take your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Want something a bit different and impressive for a date?
Here we’ve compiled a short list of Norwich’s hidden gems, places a little out of the ordinary or off the beaten track for an extra special Valentine’s.
1. The Plantation Garden
Just outside the city centre, the Plantation Garden is described as a ‘secret garden’ in the heart of Norwich. It’s a ‘beatiful and tranquil’ place, perfect for a romantic stroll (providing the weather is good!)
2. The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts
A little obvious perhaps, but it’s on campus and the permanent collection is free to wander around. It also has a great coffee shop and is suitable if it’s raining outside!
3. Country and Eastern
For those couples who are a little more on the artsy-bohemian side, try a visit to Country and Eastern. Once a skating rink, this massive building now holds a huge collection of antiques, books and crafts.
4. Dine out!
Norwich has some great independent restaurants and one of my favourites is Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven. Just opposite Jarrolds, this restaurant is hidden away upstairs and serves THE BEST burgers in Norwich. It’s set out like an old American Diner and covered in comic book memorabilia. It’s only small so getting there early or booking is recommended.
By Elizabeth Wigley
3 Ways To Wear… An A-Line Skirt
The cold weather can often restrict us in what we wear, and personally the idea of wearing a skirt in winter just really doesn’t appeal to me – I get cold so easily! But wearing a skirt the right way means you can adapt your outfit easily, depending on the weather, the situation and the time of day. An A-line skirt is perfect for wearing in multiple outfits, as they can be both casual and that little bit more formal.
Teaming an A-line skirt with a polo-neck jumper gives off that sophisticated air you might be looking for. It keeps it fashionable and practical at the same time, as the knitwear keeps you warm when walking to and from lectures. In this particular style, I have paired textures together, as the top is ribbed and the skirt is of a suede material – this can enhance the look as it breaks up the idea of simple block colours.
Wearing more than one pattern together is often not done, as it can be fairly risky. I would recommend not wearing more than two patterns in the same outfit as this can appear quite messy and not pulled together. With this outfit, the colours of each individual garment are fairly similar, as are the patterns of straight lines. As a result you would not quite expect this to work, but somehow it does!
The silhouette of an A-line skirt can be ideal for an evening out when you don’t want to go too fancy. Its angles provide a formal yet fun look and give you freedom to move. Here I have matched it with a patterned crop top to contrast against the bold blackness of the skirt, and I am wearing a light patterned kimono as an outer-layer. This can be worn with or without tights, and some black leather mules have done the trick to make the look classier with a mid-heel.
By Emily Vause
Tarantino’s newest film is not for the faint-hearted, a bloody bonanza of racial tension, dark humour and Samuel L. Jackson: what’s not to love? The three hour masterpiece has been criticised by many who have obviously never seen a Tarantino film for excessive violence but for those of us who know and love the over-the-top director, The Hateful Eight was a triumph.
Many of the cast are recognisable from previous Tarantino films such as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Fan favourite Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t disappoint with an entertaining yet intriguing performance and the lesser known but entertainingly named Walton Goggins exceeded all expectations. After a less than memorable performance in Django Unchained Goggins redeemed himself and more, his likable performance and hilarity took the spotlight even from Jackson in some scenes, something many of us would have thought impossible.
The Hateful Eight was definitely worth the trip to the cinema and it is still showing in Norwich so get to it! The film has managed to earn its place as my second favourite Tarantino film (after Django) despite what the critics say.
This is the film for you if you’re a fan of hilarious, somewhat bloody, action and as an additional perk Channing Tatum makes an appearance!
Image from thehatefuleight.com
By Alex Stapleton
Last week, I was really in the mood for some fast food. But I can’t afford that! What I can afford instead though, are the ingredients to make my own fast food! Healthier, cheaper and better tasting than some burgers, these are a really enjoyable treat!
COST: 3/5 (Moderate)
PREPARATION TIME: 5-10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 10-15 minutes in total
WASHING UP: 3/5 (Moderate)
– 250g minced beef (If you want a vegetarian option, used Quorn instead)
– 1 egg yolk
– 1 tablespoon of oil (for frying)
– Two burger buns
– Fillings (lettuce, tomato etc.) and sauces (ketchup, mayo etc.)
– Mixing bowl
– Frying pan
– Chopping board
– Fish slice/spatula
- Put the mince into the mixing bowl and break it into small pieces.
- Divide the egg whites from the yolk and add only the yolk to the mixing bowl (the whites can go in the mug). Use your hands to mix the yolk and the mince together.
- Split the mixture in the bowl into two balls and shape them into burger patties (they want to be about 2cm thick). Cut your fillings if you are having any.
- Heat the oil in the frying pan then add the burgers.
- Cook for 5 minutes on one side, then flip it and cook the other side for 5 minutes.
- Use the knife to cut open the burgers and check that they are not pink inside. If they are still pink, flip the burger and continue to cook on a low heat until they are cooked through.
- Put the cooked burger in the bun and add your fillings.
Source: Joy May, Nosh: For Students
By Lewis Martin
Coffee. It’s an essential part of a student’s diet, right up there with at least one decent meal a day a certain amount of alcohol each week. The question that always surrounds this tough is where is the best place to get coffee?
At UEA and in Norwich there are numerous places where you can get a decent coffee for a decent price and this article will explain the best places to get one both on and off campus. Across two articles I will tell you of the splendid delights of UEA and then what the city has to offer.
There are 4 places to pick up a good coffee on campus, each carrying a different atmosphere and area for you to enjoy. There Scholars, UNIO, Ziggis and the Sainsburys Art Centre
Located upstairs in Union House Scholars is my personal favourite place for coffee on campus. Although aimed at the postgrad students the atmosphere is one of a relaxed place where you can sit back and relax in a comfy arm chair whilst drinking what is a relatively smooth coffee and chat with friends. It also offers meal deal with a fresh Baguette, Crisps and a Coffee for around 3.80 which isn’t bad for a bite to eat in-between lectures and seminars. Coffee itself is around the £1.80 which makes it one of the cheapest places on campus.
Located in the middle of the Union House underneath Scholar everything is all go here. Not only will you have everything that is going on for the day in union house you also have a nice convenient place to meet people for a coffee, although finding a seat will be a challenge during the middle of the day. ranging from £1.30 to 2.80 for a coffee or tea the price is most expensive than scholars but you do have a barista making fresh coffee from beans that have been cut whilst you wait giving you the full coffee shop experience.
Ziggis is the full coffee shop experience on campus. It’s the closest you’ll get to a Starbucks on campus. Stylish inside with its sofas and chairs it is relaxed. The coffee is a bit more expensive in here as it is run by an outside company but they do offer a range of beans to choose from so if you prefer something different to your usual coffee and have a bit of spare change it is a nice alternative to the usual Student Union run coffee shops. Busy during lunch it is often quiet between bulk of lecture time but it does close before both UNIO and Scholars so if you plan to visit time it well.
Sainsburys Visual Art Centre
Located at the back of the art centre is one of the most well-hidden secrets to students on campus. This cafe is pricier than the two mentioned but with it overlooking towards part of the green land that surrounds campus and also being the location where the end of the last Avengers film was shot it is completely different from anywhere on campus. It’s the ideal place to go and switch off whilst taking in the scenery and even do a bit of writing if you so wish and, if you’re lucky, you might even have a sighting of Cloud Dog.