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January 21 is designated Blue Monday. Christmas is over, the credit card bills are in, the weather’s rubbish and you don’t get paid until the last day of the month. Here are some tips to get through it.

Ipswich has served its community and many who live outside of the town boundaries for countless years – so why do people talk it down?

Some people are stocking up on tins and dried goods ahead of the Brexit decision, so what’s in their trollies?

Stealing hedges can be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what thieves will take, as Lynne Mortimer discovers.

Okay, I’ve already said I’m not going vegan but given the chance to be seasonally hairy... bring it on

After Sir Andy Murray’s emotional press conference when he announced he would be retiring from tennis, TalkSport presenter and former Ipswich player Alan Brazil had a bit to say about the sportsman’s tears.

As a potential teaching crisis looms in Suffolk and schools struggle to recruit new staff, one former teacher tells why she quit the profession while a training provider calls for prompt action to be taken.

With telephone landline use fading and mobile use burgeoning, is the end in sight for the home phone?

I considered a resolution but am resolved not to bother

my true love sent to me, eleven pipers piping but even bagpipes couldn’t compete with the drums.

The Christmas decorations are supposed to be down on Twelfth Night (January 5... maybe 6) - an operation fraught with peril

Don’t call the Foreign Office unless you’ve got a real emergency- which does not include asking what the plot of Braveheart is!

... my true love sent to me, nine ladies dancing and then the peers leapt in.

...my true love sent to me, seven swans a swimming and... who are these women with buckets?

Opinion New Year’s Eve... what a yawn

Monday, December 31, 2018

No enthusiasm for seeing in the new year? Me neither.

Celebrities come, celebrities go, some just stay there, some make a comeback some disappear, never to be seen again. Lynne Mortimer looks at 2018’s new faces.

My true love sent to me, five gold rings... and the next day, geese.

... my true love sent to me, three French hens. Day four, colly birds.

Attack of the drones

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Drones have been in our skies for some time but are they out of control? Should we be worried, wonders Lynne Mortimer.

Every year there are new Christmas ideas to embrace. Who would have thought 24 days of gin could be a pre-cursor to be big day?

my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree; second day? Two turtle doves

With just over three months ago until the UK is due to leave the European Union, how will we cope with Brexit over Christmas?

Opinion Winning the numbers game

Monday, December 17, 2018

My husband’s revelatory dream may provide the new answer to life, the universe and everything: thirty twelve (formerly 42)

Livi John is Sorting Out Suffolk, as she launches her new business to help us reclaim our own space. Lynne Mortimer meets the ace de-clutterer

There is a temptation to spend yourself broke at Christmas but take care, you could spend a long time paying for a happy Christmas.

Nostalgia Top toys over the last five decades

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

... a smart phone, iPad and Alexa. But what did we crave 48 years ago?

George Lansbury was born near Halesworth. He would become Labour Party leader and grandfather to stars.

After coming off the HRT tablets, Lynne is looking for new ways to tackle the effects of menopause. She’s not sure this latest gizmo works.

Lynne is at home nursing a Christmas shopping injury

The Kiss, the monumental sculpture by August Rodin has arrived in Ipswich and even the BBC national news took notice.

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