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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Running is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep fit. Richard Porritt makes the case for lacing up those trainers – and explores how to make sure you don’t get bored en route

Ellen Widdup interiors teenage bedrooms

The teenager was born in 1944, in LIFE magazine. The hormones may have been there long before, but the term − the definition, the cult − arrived in the US only 70 years ago.

Douglas Garnett  watches as commander in chief Sir Claude Auchinlech inspects men of 25 Mountain regiment Royal Indian Army at Hlegu in Burma in 1945

The war in Europe might have ended in May, 1945, but the violence continued in the Far East for more than three months. On the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, we hear the stories of some of the men who fought so very far from home.

Richard Porritt and his children

Being a father is the hardest job a man will ever have. But according to new research, having kids can have a significant impact on your health too.

Mary-Jane and Zak Crammond with their children George and Lily are raising awareness about group B Strep, an infection that can cause death and disability in new born babies, which George contracted at his birth.

Smiling happily with his family at their north Essex home, George Crammond seems like any other healthy toddler.

FolkEast starts today

Showcasing some of the finest musicians of the genre, FolkEast isn’t all music. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at the fun families can have at this weekend’s festival.

Jane Tieck is part of a new generation of mums on the run

Whether it is to lose weight, be sociable, or escape the doldrums of domesticity, increasing numbers of mums are donning their trainers and hitting the Suffolk pavements.

Aquanatal classes are being held at the Cardinal Loft swimming pool in Ipswich.

The feeling of weightlessness is one of pure joy when you are heavily pregnant, writes Lauren Everitt after taking part in her first aquanatal class.

Carly King, 22, and Billy Potter, 58, are set to wed.

Billy, 58, has three children older than Carly, 22, and is a grandad of four. But, they both tell Matt Stott, love has found a way

Ella and Ethan jarvis at Flatford

The school holidays start out with the best of intentions but, as mums Kate Dodd and Charlotte Smith-Jarvis reveal, the road to hell is also so paved.

Katrina and Craig Wiggins tie the knot at the Prince's Theatre - photo Tracey Hill

Wedding venues are steadily becoming more and more unusual. Medieval castles, football pitches, shopping aisles and in mid-air while bungee jumping are now familiar settings for tying the knot.

Is your child ready for school?

Around 16,500 children will be starting school in September across Essex, and the county council has issued these handy hints to make the transition from nursery to reception class as smooth as possible.

Melissa’s tea revolution begins

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Melissa Day, hoping to start a tea revolution

Fundraiser and campaigner Melissa Day has served a cup of rare, direct trade tea to Ipswich Mayor Glen Chisholm and his son and consort, Clinton, as part of her efforts to raise awareness about how many mass market leaves are produced and the conditions in which workers often live.

virginia geraghty

This is the season when many of us head off and try to snatch some time to recharge our drained batteries.

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