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Ellen with her newborn son

My husband has become mildly obsessed with a new TV show that puts civilians through the terror and agony of Special Forces selection.

Richard Porritt, with newly-arrived baby Number Three

Ellen Widdup is away – recovering in a hospital bed. That’s right Number Three has arrived.

Ellen and her children

Ellen Widdup writes a letter to her two children ahead of the arrival of number three.

Ellen's daughter

You can forget breastfeeding, vaccinations and bed sharing.

matt gaw

Government cuts could make the regular inspection of our waterways harder

This Government has been very keen to talk up its “difficult choices”.

Fire crews tackle the major blaze in the centre of Sudbury

Obviously there was that fire in Sudbury where 100 firefighters prevented a major disaster and pulled people from burning buildings, writes Matt Gaw.

Are children separated from nature?

My childhood, I realise now, was one of wild freedom.

my pet

Walter and Jessie Hunter

Can cats walk in the air?

Walter and Jessie Hunter

How could you resist them?

Abbie Hunter

If one more child knocks on my human person’s door trick or treating I will definitely bark!

health & fitness

Woman using her mobile phone, front of a storefront gift

Wake up. Check work email. Reply to angry boss. Check Facebook. Like kitten video. Relax? Haven’t got time; must update Instagram. Richard Porritt explores the modern phenomenon swamping our lives: data overload. Is it bad? What can we do?

	Competitors and fun runners having fun in the mud and water around Poplar Park, Hollesley.

There is no ‘I’ in team. Teamwork makes 
the dream work. A 
team divides the task 
and multiples the success.

Babies and toddlers can join the classes - and ensure mums are working hard

Exercise maybe the last thing on your mind during the months of hard slog and lack of sleep that follow the arrival of a newborn.

lynne mortimer

Lynne Mortimer

Excuse the bluntness but this is how it was said to me.

Lynne Mortimer

Grandchildren. Wonderful. But tiring, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Does sex still matter when you are over 60?

I won’t beat about the bush. This week, I saw the headline “Sexual desire still matters to the over-60s”. And this is news? Not to the over-60s, it isn’t.

Pumpkin soup in the plate

The Essex branch of the family has moved, writes Lynne Mortimer.

superdad will lodge

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge considers how life changes when you have children

Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge welcomes the arrival of the childminder and puts his doubts behind him.

Mitchell, Mila, Seth & Finley Lodge on a swing

Superdad Will Lodge considers the difficult conversations we have with our children.

Mitchell, Seth & Finley Tomlinson-Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge looks at sleep routines and how hard it is to change them.

thrifty living

Thrifty living

At this time of year it’s hard to avoid the feeling you should be doing anything but spend, spend, spend.

As much as half the world's food ends up being thrown away, say investigators.

Maybe it’s a sign of increasing age but hardly a day goes by just lately that I don’t feel concerned for the future of the human race.

Could coffee waste fuel your home?

I suppose there are some people who have yet to turn on their central heating for the winter. But I am not one of them.

Grilled sausages. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It’s 27 years ago this month that I gave up one of life’s luxuries - meat.

Can you heat your house using old newspaper?

Back in the halcyon days of summer I invested in a contraption to help me make briquettes from old newspaper.

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