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Opinion: Does magic really exist? A Suffolk mum shares her doubts

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ellen's daughter and kitten

I am awfully sceptical of anyone or anything purporting to have magic powers, writes mother-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's kids

I said something awful to my daughter last week in the midst of one of our regular trivial spats – bedtime, her messy room, the fact that she rarely brushes her hair, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's children are all reassuringly normal

I used to hate the word “normal”, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Absolutely Fabulous

Last month, for my best friend’s birthday, I sent myself some flowers, writes Ellen Widdup.

Brexit has brought out the worst in us

For all the criticism of “the media” – a term that lumps us all under one phone-hacking, politician-bashing, scare-story-spreading stereotype – I have always felt that journalists have a responsibility to shine a light on society, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

health & fitness

Laughing helps us stay young

“My philosophy is that we are all still kids at heart, only older. It is important to stay curious about new things and have fun! We don’t stop laughing when we die; we die when we stop laughing!” says Dr. Hilary Jones.

Video: Get fit with Jack Cardy and HIIT

Friday, September 2, 2016
Jack Cardy

placenta capsules

Coleen Rooney’s done it. So has Alicia Silverstone and Kim Kardashian.

Sharon Morrison and family

I turned 60 this year and, apart from the occasional “How did THAT happen?” I feel good, says Sharon Morrison. 
Now, just in case you think I’m smug, out-of-touch or plain clueless about what it’s like to “feel bad”, I need to turn the clock back to 2004 when I was fat, frumpy and nearly 50.

lynne mortimer

Lynne mortimer - How many more sleeps?

Monday, September 19, 2016
Happy Birthday George

George is four, writes proud grandmother Lynne Mortimer.

Lynne's husband has recently retired

I have a naked patch round the back, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Should there be a gloabl shortage of cleaning products, Lynne Mortimer will save the day

From time to time, I pat myself on the back for being neither a collector nor a hoarder...unlike my husband who hides all his precious things in case I throw them out, writes Lynne Mortimer.

thrifty living

The new iPhone 7

Apparently, a new iPhone was launched earlier this month, writes Thrifty Living columnist Sheena Grant.

One of the first customers Hieu Pham with his new iPhone 7 at the Apple store in Covent Garden, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 16, 2016. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will both come in two new black finishes and are water resistant for the first time. See PA story TECHNOLOGY iPhone. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

When is the best time for children to start learning money management skills? asks Sheena Grant.

Why is school uniform so expensive?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
School uniform never used to be as costly as it is now

After keeping children entertained - often at considerable expense - and resisting pester power as best they can for six weeks over the summer the last thing parents need is to be hit with another bill, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

Would you make your own shampoo?

Taking a shower is just not the same since I wrote last week about calls for a worldwide ban on cosmetic firms using tiny plastic ‘microbeads’ to give body and abrasion to many products, including facial scrubs and bodywashes, writes Sheena Grant.

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