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Gypsy, by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, presented by Appeal Theatre Group at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich until Saturday, June 24

My friend Jane has a sporty soft-top car and often gives me a lift to and from work. I like 
to wave at my neighbours as we drive by.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek, presented by Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society, is at the New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday, June 17

We are now officially planning for our Ruby Wedding celebration in 2018.

I have suffered some disquiet after being sent a list of mums’ most-fancied CBeebies television presenters. The top four are: 1. Dr Ranj Singh; 2. Ben Faulks; 3. Andy Day; 4. Justin Fletcher, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Opinion: Body it here to stay?

Monday, May 29, 2017

It looks as if it’s going to be all right, after all, writes Lynne Mortimer.

The full list of award winners, including glory for Suffolk and North Essex, was unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show, today.

What is this new generation we are rearing, writes Lynne Mortimer this week.

I have in mind a new celebrity reality show, writes Lynne Mortimer. It’s sort of Through the Keyhole-cum-Car Booty in which celebrities are forced to clear out their garages because, let’s face it, most garages are little more than spacious cupboards.

A nice young girl from Dickleburgh, Asked her new boyfriend to tickle ‘er... and so begins a classic unfinished limerick challenge. Lynne Mortimer celebrates the nonsense poet Edward Lear and his shorter works.

We have a great neighbourhood email group which is used as a means to recommend local tradespeople, borrow items – often children’s fancy dress – and sell stuff. It’s a friendly association of good neighbours.

As we approach Lost Sock Memorial Day. Lynne Mortimer considers the eternal mystery of the missing sock and pays tribute to her best-ever lost sock.

History has enjoyed a huge revival as, increasingly, people take more interest in their surroundings; their towns and counties. At the beginning of local and community history month, LYNNE MORTIMER celebrates East Anglian heritage.

Count Arthur Strong, The Sound of Mucus, at Ipswich Corn Exchange, Saturday, April 29

The great Easter egg hunt 2017.

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.

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