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The European Centre of Taoist Tai Chi Society hosted hundreds of enthusiasts for a five-day event. Mark Edwards finds out about the energy-boosting, illness-battling benefits of the ancient art bringing people from all over the world to Colchester.

World Book Day is a time to celebrate stories, authors and illustrators and the occasion is marked around the globe in more than 100 countries.

Lin Bensley tells the story of one of East Anglia’s greatest novelists - Harold W ‘Jack’ Freeman - and why we should rediscover his work.

Known best perhaps for playing Brookside’s Lindsey Corkhill, Claire Sweeney’s causing just as much trouble as bridezilla Irene in the classic musical Crazy For You, at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday.

There’s a great deal of power in an act of kindness.

Last time it took over a church crypt, next up is Bury’s CurveMotion roller rink. Event fitness scheme The Pop Up Gym is back and it has added a class to get older people in Suffolk moving and feeling better.

Charles Michell furthers the memory of Mary and Margaret Thompson, who lived in Eye for almost 30 years after their roles in getting the vote for women 100 years ago.

Gainsborough House head gardener Jane Lowe on the challenges of using only natural products and plants which were available during the lifetime of the legendary painter who grew up at the Sudbury home.

Looking for something a little different from run of the mill romantic nights out? Here’s a few ideas for you and that special someone.

The owner of the award-winning Colchester cafe, which stocks 40 different kinds of tea, talks about her mission to find the perfect cuppa for you.

The National Garden Scheme’s Snowdrop Festival is ON. Here are the local dates and places

While Felixstowe port is the terminal for most Anglo-Chinese cargo traffic, the UK’s Suffolk born-and-bred ambassador to China works to strengthen ties with the Far Eastern superpower. Don Black tells her story.

Margaret was about two years from retirement and looking forward to it. Then a letter blew a hole in her dreams

A major art gallery has returned a classic Pre-Raphaelite painting to its walls following a public outcry over censorship. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says that you don’t provoke debate by removing one of the voices in the argument.

Gina Long hails more Suffolk charity fundraisers.

A safari to Africa Alive!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Awed by giraffes at Africa Alive!

Make a nest box, seek dragons and mermaids, watch a Viking ship burn, try competitive puddle jumping, eat pancakes this February half term in Norfolk and Suffolk

The number of registered adult breeding female horses has dropped by more than 5% in a year, so the battle’s on

Winter training in Argentina is paradise - his own field of dreams

In a unique performance, Ipswich Choral Society and DanceEast bring a newly commissioned work to Ipswich, next month.

Her book Drawn to the Country is a perfect pick-me-up on a dull, grey, winter’s day

Peter Jay, of The Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth, shares his memories of the town’s theatre land.

Erasure are visiting East Anglia. We spoke to Essex’s Vince Clarke about new album World Be Gone and more.

Never mind having it all, women have ended up doing it all

Comedian, author and activist Rob Newman talks about the dangers of bro-science, cowardly stoics and why he and David Baddiel are friends again ahead of show at Colchester Arts Centre.

In a bid to beat the January blues, many people flirt with the idea of changing careers in the first month of the year, but rarely follow through. MICHAEL STEWARD meets one former Suffolk woman who left the high-flying world of investment banking behind to become a gym instructor – and hasn’t looked back.

Adventurers and pirates, traders and tragedies, dreams and danger… All in Bob Malster’s book from Poppyland Publishing

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