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Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future

When I was a kid I was obsessed with my imagined vision of “life in the future” - which centered largely around the year 2015, writes Ellen Widdup.

Opinion: Happy 1st Birthday - and what a year it has been

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Ellen's youngest son

This week it was my son’s first birthday, writes Ellen Widdup.

Bonfire Night

When I was a kid, my dad would put on his own mini firework display for us every Bonfire Night, writes Ellen Widdup.

American tycoon Donald Trump

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's husband and children

We’ve all heard of love at first sight, writes Ellen Widdup.

health & fitness

Essex Girls’ Night Out!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
It's all about making an effort and having fun with your friends

How Leanne and Tracy went back to the Roaring Twenties, with the help of their friends

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

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Lynne Mortimer's bag drifted off in the water feature as she ate lunch

It was a first, writes Lynne Mortimer. Daughter Ruth, recently married, invited me to have lunch with her at the council offices where she works.

The delights found in the pocket of Lynne's grandson's coat

Why do men fill their pockets with their finds asks grandmother Lynne Mortimer this week - even grandson George is at it.

Could Lynne play an elf? Or Santa?

And the big news this week? asks Lynne Mortimer. Hang on to your hats for this one... my husband is growing a beard in order to play, perhaps, the most iconic bearded role of all.

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Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

Opinion: Will Lodge – When bed comes a-calling

Monday, August 29, 2016
The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge imagines what it is like inside a child’s mind.

thrifty living

No-one would argue that 2016 has been anything other than a strange year. A very strange year, writes Sheena Grant.

How to get the best deal from your energy supplier

A surprising news report hit the headlines this week, writes Sheena Grant.

Replacing the plug fixed the problem with Sheena's vacuum cleaner

It was a moment of terror and daring that had taken me weeks to summon the courage to attempt, writes Sheena Grant.

Are you off to the fireworks?

When the calendar rolls round to November 5, I always let out a big sigh of relief followed, almost instantly, by a sharp, panicked, intake of breath, writes Sheena Grant.

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