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Ellen's son with his dummy

Parental judgement has become a national epidemic. Like obesity, binge drinking and texting at the dinner table. It’s no longer the remit of meddling mother-in-laws, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen Widdup

When we found out we were expecting our third child, my husband cracked open a bottle of champagne we had been saving for such a celebration.

Ellen's son back from his sleepover

It’s very peaceful in my house this morning, writes columnist Ellen Widdup.

matt gaw

Atrocities seem commonplace in the news arena but are difficult to explain to youngsters. Photo: PA

For the last fortnight I have been in France. I wear shorts, I order bread in my best Pepe le Pew accent, I drink vast quantities of local wine, run away from wild boars (truly terrifying) and hear no news whatsoever – or at least none that I understand.

Don't believe the message that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable

There’s something about Jez (as we hip young things on social media call Jeremy Corbyn) that thoroughly warms my cockles. Perhaps it’s his air of humility, his open-necked honesty or simply his dogged under-dogness?

Image by Andy Abbott

The barricades started to appear in Grange Farm on Thursday evening.

my pet

Charlie Chaplin

With my human pet Matt having wandered off – led astray by the novelty of two kittens whose appealing ways will never last – I have more time to myself. Which is a blessing, writes Abbie Hunter.

Abbie Hunter

As first-time writers and only being 12 weeks old we wondered, after putting our pens down last week, whether we would receive any feedback on our first column.

Walter and Jessie

When will he ever learn!

health & fitness

Natalie Moloney (left) and Tracey Haynes both finished third in the final of Miss British Beauty Curve

Suffolk’s two contestants for a plus-size beauty title have both returned home as second runners-up.

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.

Wayne Leech and Mark Ripper with soap star Gemma Atkinson at the Slimming World Man of the Year awards

Two Suffolk men have shed a total of more than 21st in little over a year – and been named among the country’s top male slimmers for 2015.

lynne mortimer

Lynne Mortimer

The male colleague to my right fell silent. “What did you say?” he asked.

Lynne Mortimer

I found a copy of a book on my desk this week.

Lynne Mortimer

Are women too hard on men? Sometimes I worry I expect too much of them.

superdad will lodge

Finley, Mitchell, Seth and Mila Lodge on holiday in Hemsby

Superdad celebrates the start of the summer holidays and notes a change in alliances

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

Superdad Will Lodge goes walking ready for the summer holidays

Opinion:Will Lodge: Surviving the first year

Monday, July 20, 2015
Birthday cake... don't mind if I do.

Superdad Will Lodge looks back at baby’s first year.

thrifty living

Have you bought the new ITFC kit?

A few weeks ago I wrote about my disquiet at advertising aimed at children, both on television and in magazines, and how it was destroying childhood by turning youngsters into little consumers, always on the lookout for something “better” than they’ve got already, writes Sheena Grant.

Tavern Street, Ipswich.

I can’t help thinking shops are already open long enough to satisfy the spending cravings of even the most committed of consumers.


Courgette blooms are beautiful, blousy, bright custard yellow things that are, arguably, as pretty as anything found in the flower garden.

Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a Labour Party leadership hustings at Parr Hall, Warrington, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 25, 2015. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Something’s been puzzling me this week. I’d been reading about the Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn and found out that, whatever you think of his politics, he has a lot to commend him.

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