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This week we celebrate the International Day of Forests... even though Germaine Greer may have proposed other plans for Thetford Forest.

The nearly-spring sunshine has affected my supermarket online order. The great tits are investigating the bird box and I am beset by the urge to buy cleaning products, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Vera Lynn, 100 years old on Monday, was the Forces’ Sweetheart in the Second World War. Here, we celebrate her long life and dazzling career.

Next Monday, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness. Lynne Mortimer asked around to find out what happiness is.

Opinion: Lynne’s worried about a leak...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It’s her son-in-law’s surprise birthday party... but will Lynne be able to keep it secret?

International Women’s Day gave us a chance to reflect on the women who have changed the world but they don’t have to be famous to be inspirational, say Lynne Mortimer.

In the first National Conversation Week, Lynne Mortimer talks about this and that.

There’s nothing like a good read... although some of those set books for school exams can be a bit of a struggle, as Lynne Mortimer recalls.

Lynne Mortimer talks to Mr Entertainment, Barry Dye, about his 45 years in showbiz.

It’s time to get out all your old stuff and show it some love

There are times in your life when you have to ease up on dignity, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Arlington’s Brasserie, in Ipswich, has an historic link with the women’s suffrage movement and next week it will host a celebration of International Women’s Day.

If the mere thought of yesterday’s romance-fest is making your blood run cold, take heart, for today, February 15, is designated Singles Awareness Day or anti-Valentine’s Day as it is also known.

Beach hut owners in Felixstowe are distressed by Suffolk Coastal District Council’s plans to put up rental and administration fees on the huts which, they say, will make the cost prohibitive and force them to sell the huts they have loved, looked after and made their own – over many decades in some cases.

In search of a new freedom, Lynne Mortimer has decided to let it all hang out... or rather, down, as she ditches the D-cups.

Charles Dickens was born in February 1812 and, in his lifetime as a journalist and author he visited East Anglia on many occasions – he reported an election in Ipswich and (apocryphally) a hanging at Norwich Castle.

Canadian Davis cup player Denis Shapovalov this week said he was “incredibly ashamed and embarrassed” after his default for hitting the umpire in the eye with a ball.

For every child who has longed to spend summer romping around the countryside with friends, solving mysteries and eating a picnic of sandwiches and cake lovingly prepared by mother, served with lashings of ginger beer, 2017 marks a significant anniversary.

On January 30, 1649, King Charles I was taken to a scaffold specially erected outside the banqueting hall at Whitehall and executed. His death sentence for treason was passed by an angry parliament after a bloody civil war that set friends against friends, brothers against brothers and crown against state.

Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day we look at the importance of remembering not only the wartime victims of concentration campincluding Auschwitz-Birkenau, but also those killed in genocides since.

Desert Island Discs is 75 years old. Today we look at the music you wouldn’t rescue from your sinking ship.

For a big helping of festive high spirits look no further than the Ipswich Regent where mischief and music are cheerily served up in this mostly traditional pantomime.

Be quick or the best ones will go, says Lynne Mortimer as she looks at the best Christmas jumpers on the market in 2016.

The day Lynne’s daughter got married.

Ipswich is blessed with many fantastic parks, writes Lynne Mortimer. And today, we start a series of features looking at each one.

My total wardrobe of one pair of jeans, three T-shirts, one bra and assorted knickers is not faring well when perspiration drenches clothes in minutes

This weekend all eyes were on Felixstowe after a seafront cafe owner made the national headlines over a Facebook rant about unruly children and parents who seem unwilling or unable to control them.

Former Anglia TV presenter Christine Webber has a second novel out - nearly thirty years after her first! She talks to LYNNE MORTIMER about Who’d Have Thought It? an entertaining story of sex, love, life, more sex, and the older woman.

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a glorious tribute to the garden, featuring a number of Suffolk and north Essex designers, growers and suppliers, as Lynne Mortimer and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown discovered today.

Since Sandie Shaw sang barefoot and won the competition for the UK with Puppet on a String, Lynne Mortimer has been unable to ignore Eurovision... even if nobody votes for us nowadays. Brace yourself for a night of high camp

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