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Who isn’t looking forward to the new Judi Dench film, the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opened in Suffolk cinemas at the weekend?

Heather Carroll, part of a group  hoping to set up a community farm near Woodbridge.

All the evidence shows being close to nature is good for you. Sheena Grant finds out about plans for a community farm that aims to help everyone, from children upwards, benefit from interacting with the environment

Anne Shooter

Suffolk Libraries’ first book festival is about to launch. STEVEN RUSSELL looks at what’s in store − and asks some of the writers to nominate the books that shaped their lives

A meeting of the Brantham book group

The rise of the book club seems unstoppable but, as Sheena Grant discovered when she joined a meeting of one Suffolk group, it’s about far more than just reading

Should women aspire to look like Victoria Beckham or Sophie Dahl? Or should physical curviness - or any physical look - be the last thing we should worry about? Pictures: Dennis Van Tine and Sean Dempsey/PA

Curves! Women have them – uniquely in the animal world for females – and often worry about the way they look. Men just seem to appreciate them. Quite a lot. So what the heck is going on? STEVEN RUSSELL gets a quick lesson in the science of curvology

Stephen Brown with his book. 'The port, along with the ferry industry in general, has long suffered the effects of the loss of duty free, the increased competition from low-cost airlines, the Channel Tunnel and the ever-rising price of fuel.'

Stephen Brown could see the busy quay from his school, so perhaps was fated to end up working there himself and falling in love with ferries. STEVEN RUSSELL enjoys a homage to the halcyon days of travel from East Anglia

Fred Wensley: the greatest-ever detective?

‘Whitechapel’s Sherlock Holmes’ is the subject of the 11th book by Dick Kirby, the ex-Flying Squad officer who retired to peaceable west Suffolk. STEVEN RUSSELL finds out what it’s all about

Gemmie and Tom, Wedding of the Month

Welcome to our first Wedding of the Month – a new feature that will allow us to share these happy days!

Briony Jenkins who has written a book about how to cope with breast cancer when you have children. Photograph Simon Parker.

The picture dominating the front cover of Briony Jenkins’ new book illustrates a poignant time in her life – it is the moment her hair was ceremonially shaved off while she went through chemotherapy.

Magical Bewilderwood.

We had all ages covered on our visit to BeWILDerwood this weekend - and it’s fair to say that between the one-year-old and the 70-year-old we all had a blast.

When tea can leave a bitter taste

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Melissa Day and her mother reunited at the spot where she would feed her infant before she was adopted

Last month, Ealife told the moving story of Melissa Day, who is aiming to raise £12,000 in 2015 for a charity working to improve Sri Lankan tea workers’ lives. In the first of a series of updates, she tells Sheena Grant how she’s getting on.

Galanthus  Hippolyta at Gable House

If he ever makes it onto Mastermind (and, frankly, there’s no chance) there’s one plant Steven Russell won’t be choosing as his specialist subject. He thought a snowdrop was a snowdrop was a snowdrop. And then he met the galanthophiles, who put him right

Author Erica James is pictured at her Suffolk home.

Queen of Romance Erica James this week met with Steven Russell to talk about her fresh start, why she never reads reviews, and her (sort of) neighbour, George Clooney.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

For Ipswich-born art student and animator Richard Goleszowski, Shaun the Sheep has been a passport to showbiz success.

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