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Ellen Widdup

Over the past five years, Ellen Widdup’s 2.4 Children column – later 3.4 children – has been described as a “wonderfully accurate portrait of family life” and “a breath of fresh air.” While her critics have labelled it “thoroughly irritating.” And one went as far as saying “this woman is both crass and nauseating”.

This week, to mark Mother’s Day, Ellen Widdup writes an open letter to her own beloved mother.

I go by many names. On Starbucks cups, I’m “Alan”. The baristas in Ipswich are real jokers.

I sometimes wonder if my son thinks he has two mothers, writes Ellen Widdup.

My daughter has never been into dolls, writes Ellen Widdup.

Thrifty Living

There are not many things I look forward to about autumn but I do relish the annual harvest of cooking apples from a tree at the bottom of my garden, writes Sheena Grant.

Buying made-to-measure blinds and curtains can be hugely expensive, writes Sheena Grant.

Thrifty living, with Sheena Grant

Packed lunches can get a little dull. It’s easy to fall into the same old habits when choosing a filling for your midday sandwich, writes Sheena Grant.

I’ve always like Alison Moyet, both for her music and her down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to life, writes Sheena Grant.

Paul Geater

Over the last week there’s been a fresh debate about the impact that out-of-town shopping centres have on our traditional towns.

The work done by Ipswich councillor Colin Smart to highlight the problem with roads in his ward in the town is really to be commended.

Ipswich council’s decision to fully-fund the town centre free shuttle bus running between Russell Road and the town centre for three hours a day over the lunchtime period has clearly gone down well with many.

The last few weeks have seen a succession of controversies at Suffolk County Council over the level of pay for senior people at Endeavour House.

Just a'Ipswich girl

The old jokes are the best jokes, they say, but Lynne Mortimer reckons the ancient Greek gags could do with a bit of updating.

Get fit in just five minutes, said the press release.

And so it begins, the inexorable decline that means you have taken a step over the hill.

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