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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

It’s not long since I wrote about how mums and dads-to-be are often easy prey for those trying to convince us to spend a fortune on all manner of useless paraphernalia when we welcome a new baby into the world, writes Sheena Grant.

Space is currently short on the window sills of my conservatory, writes Sheena Grant. And that’s because they are being taken over by an ever-increasing number of pots containing everything from runner bean seedlings to herbs, tomatoes, spinach and salad leaves.

Plastic. It’s transformed many aspects of modern life for the better. But that transformation has come at a terrible cost, writes Sheena Grant.

Those trying to sell us something we don’t need are adept at knowing how to exploit our insecurities and expectations to get us to part with our hard-earned cash, writes Sheena Grant.

I have what can only be called a troubled history when it comes to growing my own veg, writes Sheena Grant.

Paul Geater

The future of the Upper Orwell Crossing has rapidly become the first major flashpoint of the new political dynamic in Ipswich since the election of Sandy Martin as MP two weeks ago.

It feels as if the world has been rather stood on its head over the last seven days, following the indecisive result in the 2017 General Election, writes Paul Geater.

Just 48 hours ago he was one of the most powerful men in the British government. Now Ben Gummer’s parliamentary career has come to an abrupt end – whether temporarily or permanently. Why did he lose?

I do like the drama you get on general election nights, so I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s results for the last few weeks.

Just a'Ipswich girl

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.

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.

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