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You know those books – How to improve your memory in a week etc? It’s going to take longer than a week in my case, writes Lynne Mortimer.

The first man in space

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Today the world celebrates Yuri’s Night, marking the day Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin went into space and orbited Earth.

We took the grandsons swimming and this meant I had to wear my swimming costume... untouched by water in over two years, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Unless you are a die-hard Trekker, you may have missed First Contact Day. Assuming she is not unexpectedly beamed up by Scotty, Lynne Mortimer pays tribute to the phenomenon that is Star Trek.

In a age where people use in-car navigation systems, GPS and map apps, have we completely lost the ability to read a road map?

It was a dress like no other... or maybe a body like no other, writes Lynne Mortimer as she describes the frock her son bought her for her birthday (in February).

There are so many to choose from and some great larks and hoaxes have failed to make the cut on April 1 – such as the iceberg towed into Sydney Harbour in 1978... but a rain shower washed away the firefighting and shaving foam to reveal plastic white sheets beneath.

Opinion: Being a woman is complicated

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I did try, I honestly did but I couldn’t cope with the hot flushes and sweaty episodes and so I’m back on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

Friday is Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research. Lynne Mortimer looks at the joy of hats and the famous hat-wearers.

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson, who brings her Wild and Scary tour to Colchester, Ipswich and Kings Lynn next month, has revealed she sought advice from Stephen Mulhern and comedy duo Dick and Dom before breaking into TV.

This week we celebrate the International Day of Forests... even though Germaine Greer may have proposed other plans for Thetford Forest.

The nearly-spring sunshine has affected my supermarket online order. The great tits are investigating the bird box and I am beset by the urge to buy cleaning products, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Vera Lynn, 100 years old on Monday, was the Forces’ Sweetheart in the Second World War. Here, we celebrate her long life and dazzling career.

Next Monday, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness. Lynne Mortimer asked around to find out what happiness is.

Opinion: Lynne’s worried about a leak...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It’s her son-in-law’s surprise birthday party... but will Lynne be able to keep it secret?

International Women’s Day gave us a chance to reflect on the women who have changed the world but they don’t have to be famous to be inspirational, say Lynne Mortimer.

In the first National Conversation Week, Lynne Mortimer talks about this and that.

There’s nothing like a good read... although some of those set books for school exams can be a bit of a struggle, as Lynne Mortimer recalls.

Lynne Mortimer talks to Mr Entertainment, Barry Dye, about his 45 years in showbiz.

It’s time to get out all your old stuff and show it some love

There are times in your life when you have to ease up on dignity, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Arlington’s Brasserie, in Ipswich, has an historic link with the women’s suffrage movement and next week it will host a celebration of International Women’s Day.

If the mere thought of yesterday’s romance-fest is making your blood run cold, take heart, for today, February 15, is designated Singles Awareness Day or anti-Valentine’s Day as it is also known.

Beach hut owners in Felixstowe are distressed by Suffolk Coastal District Council’s plans to put up rental and administration fees on the huts which, they say, will make the cost prohibitive and force them to sell the huts they have loved, looked after and made their own – over many decades in some cases.

In search of a new freedom, Lynne Mortimer has decided to let it all hang out... or rather, down, as she ditches the D-cups.

Charles Dickens was born in February 1812 and, in his lifetime as a journalist and author he visited East Anglia on many occasions – he reported an election in Ipswich and (apocryphally) a hanging at Norwich Castle.

Canadian Davis cup player Denis Shapovalov this week said he was “incredibly ashamed and embarrassed” after his default for hitting the umpire in the eye with a ball.

For every child who has longed to spend summer romping around the countryside with friends, solving mysteries and eating a picnic of sandwiches and cake lovingly prepared by mother, served with lashings of ginger beer, 2017 marks a significant anniversary.

On January 30, 1649, King Charles I was taken to a scaffold specially erected outside the banqueting hall at Whitehall and executed. His death sentence for treason was passed by an angry parliament after a bloody civil war that set friends against friends, brothers against brothers and crown against state.

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