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Ellen Widdup

I’ve never really understood the fanfare and sponsorship that goes alongside the annual attempts to abstain from booze, writes Ellen Widdup.

New Year’s Eve is usually a massive disappointment for parents of young children, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. The explosion of technicolour baubles that adorn our tree, the excess of rich food, the happy clappy music in every department store, the excuse to spend money, the lights, the tinsel, the school nativity, the anticipation, writes Ellen Widdup.

Here is your spoiler alert: In the improbable event that your child gets hold of this page of the newspaper, do not let them read on - warns mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

When I was a kid I was obsessed with my imagined vision of “life in the future” - which centered largely around the year 2015, writes Ellen Widdup.

Thrifty Living

I may be accused of being a ‘Remoaner’, determined to be negative about Britain’s post-EU prospects, but I can’t help thinking the next few years might be financially bumpy for a lot of people when the reality of Brexit kicks in.

January can be depressing, so depressing, in fact, that someone has even done a calculation to pinpoint the exact day when we’re likely to be at our most melancholy, writes Sheena Grant.

As 2016 comes to a close I’ve been reflecting on my thrifty year: the successes, the things that haven’t gone quite so well and my plans for the coming 12 months, writes Sheena Grant.

Every Christmas for the last few years I’ve had a particular problem: how to make the most thrifty tree choice while also avoiding one of the worst excesses of our throwaway society - the ‘disposable’ pine, writes Sheena Grant.

With every passing year more of us are doing ever more of our Christmas shopping online, writes Sheena Grant.

Paul Geater

Suffolk County Council’s publication of possible routes for a northern by-pass for Ipswich does take the project forward – but there is a very long way to go before any new road is built, writes Paul Geater.

This is the time of year when we hear about the crisis in the NHS with A&E units struggling to cope – and social care facing financial meltdown, writes Paul Geater.

I cannot imagine how miserable life must be as a commuter – especially someone travelling four or five times a week to London, writes Paul Geater.

If I’d been looking in a crystal ball at the start of 2016 and seen all the events of the next 12 months, I think I’d have been left feeling I was having a nightmare, writes Paul Geater.

Liz Nice

Liz Nice remembers her Suffolk New College colleague Steve Ransom, of Trimley, who died suddenly last week, aged 45.

Just a'Ipswich girl

There are many, many experts that offer to help us through Christmas, writes Lynne Mortimer.

It was a first, writes Lynne Mortimer. Daughter Ruth, recently married, invited me to have lunch with her at the council offices where she works.

Why do men fill their pockets with their finds asks grandmother Lynne Mortimer this week - even grandson George is at it.

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