Attendance at a wide variety of events is routine for provincial journalists but throughout my decades in the profession, I never went to a soirée! Evening gatherings a-plenty, yes, but none had that French word on the invitation.
That Scottish burr, perfect enunciation and expert timing were the trademarks of James Alexander Gordon, the BBC radio announcer whose voice on Saturday teatimes was familiar to listeners for decades as they listened to him reading out the classified football results.
Big band leader Jonathan Wyatt is celebrating 30 years of performing. He tells Simon Parkin about getting the music bug in Sprowston, his big break at Norwich Theatre Royal and his love of the north Norfolk coast.
The Royal Air Force was founded on April 1 1918 and it has played a leading role in East Anglian life ever since... but there have also been some fine films made in the region featuring the fliers. Derek James reports