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This is how our readers hoped their Christmas dinner would turn out

When Christmas goes wrong - from upside down turkeys to blowing the oven door off

It is the one day of the year when families truly unite, when every dining table in the country is decluttered so everyone can share the feast - but Christmas dinner is not always the happy family affair we hope for. This week readers have been sharing their Christmas dinner disaster stories, and offering tips on what not to do this yuletide.

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Paramedics in Suffolk experienced one of their busiest nights of the year at the weekend as revellers took to pubs and clubs to celebrate Christmas

Paramedics in Suffolk experienced one of their busiest nights of the year at the weekend as revellers took to the pubs and clubs of the county in their droves to celebrate Christmas.

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Woman assaulted outside Ipswich Hospital

A woman has reported being assaulted outside Ipswich Hospital.

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Forecasters have ruled out snow for Suffolk and Essex this Christmas

Forecasters rule out White Christmas for Suffolk and Essex – but snow may fall before the new year

A white Christmas has been ruled out for Suffolk and Essex – but snow may be on its way before the new year.

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Jamie Rudd and his partner, Claire, took over the Three Mariners in Trimley seven weeks ago. During a routine beer delivery some concrete was broken outside and revealed an undiscovered well.

New pub landlord discovers 30ft well at Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary

A water feature with a difference has sprung up behind a Suffolk pub after it was inadvertently uncovered during a routine beer delivery.

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Body pulled out of the water near Orwell Bridge in Ipswich

A dead body has been pulled out of the water in the vicinity of the Orwell Bridge.

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Reporter Paul Geater gets out of the Christmas spirit.

Where’s the magic of Christmas? It disappeared years ago!

I fully realise this piece elevates me to a position somewhere between Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch, but as the big day approaches I have to admit that the magic of Christmas has long since disappeared.

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Lucia Aguilar-Gomez on her travels

A year of adventure, travel, new challenges and conquering fears - how a sabbatical changed one teacher’s life

Lucia Aguilar-Gomez thought long and hard about whether she dared take a year’s sabbatical from work.

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