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ellen widdup

Over the past five years, Ellen Widdup’s 2.4 Children column – later 3.4 children – has been described as a “wonderfully accurate portrait of family life” and “a breath of fresh air.” While her critics have labelled it “thoroughly irritating.” And one went as far as saying “this woman is both crass and nauseating”.

This week, to mark Mother’s Day, Ellen Widdup writes an open letter to her own beloved mother.

I go by many names. On Starbucks cups, I’m “Alan”. The baristas in Ipswich are real jokers.

I sometimes wonder if my son thinks he has two mothers, writes Ellen Widdup.

My daughter has never been into dolls, writes Ellen Widdup.

health & fitness

Aren’t many men reluctant to look after their health! Steven Russell press-ganged a friend to try a How Are You? quiz. Is he fighting fit or in trouble?

Open water swimming is growing in popularity. But as well as being enjoyable, could immersing yourself in cold water in the great outdoors be good for your health? Sheena Grant reports

Debbie Brous has no doubt about the difference special exercise sessions have made to her daughter, Bella.

A Suffolk salon has made it through to the semi-finals of a prestigious national competition after impressing some of the most influential names in hairdressing.

Suffolk nutritionist and superfood chef Juliette Bryant shares her knowledge and recipes each week, helping us to eat and feel much healthier...

lynne mortimer

“Oh, no, please don’t make me do it,” pleaded my husband.

Boredom can hit at any time... even while playing a match at Wimbledon, we hear. In anti-boredom month Lynne Mortimer endeavours to stay awake.

Vive la France!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Allons enfants de la Patrie, Le jour de gloire est arrivé! Lynne Mortimer celebrates Frenchness in the wake of the 228th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

superdad will lodge

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

Opinion: Will Lodge – When bed comes a-calling

Monday, August 29, 2016

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

thrifty living

Thrifty living, with Sheena Grant

I’ve always like Alison Moyet, both for her music and her down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to life, writes Sheena Grant.

Opinion: Is customer service on the high street dead?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sitcoms were a big thing in the 1970s. Anyone who lived through the decade will remember that while some were better than others, all tapped into something true to life, writes Sheena Grant.

It’s not long since I wrote about how mums and dads-to-be are often easy prey for those trying to convince us to spend a fortune on all manner of useless paraphernalia when we welcome a new baby into the world, writes Sheena Grant.

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