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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Donovan Blake is one of the family of faces on ITV Anglia’s main news programme ‘ITV News Anglia Tonight’. He’s the Sports Correspondent and has been working with the broadcaster for the last eighteen years. Originally from Manchester, Donovan started his journalism career at Jarrold’s News Agency in Ipswich. He also worked for Suffolk County Council as a Press Officer and was Sports Editor for the Ipswich radio station SGR FM prior to joining ITV. He talks to Gina Long

Sir John Mills - Suffolk’s acting knight - was one of the greatest actors of his generation and a great east Anglian. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke reviews Sir John’s career and revisits two interviews he did with the star during the last ten years of his life.

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

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

Opinion What does a priest in training have to do?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

What is life like at theological college? What subjects do vicars need to study? 
Our columnist and trainee priest James Marston reports on his progress.

The 70s may be responsible for bell bottoms and tie-dye, but all is forgiven as it also gave us macramé. It’s the latest crafting craze, so if you’re looking for a hand-made gift this Christmas, why not give it a go?

And while you’re about it, do please help us find The Best Doctor Who Alien Ever. Cast your votes here

Dr Carly Howett is the assistant director of the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado USA. She studies icy worlds and is on four NASA missions: New Horizons (to Pluto), Lucy (to Jupiter’s asteroids), Cassini (to Saturn) and Europa Clipper (to Jupiter’s moon Europa). She talks to Gina Long MBE.

The yuletide season is now well under way with Santa paying visits to venues across the county as well as a host of Christmas shows looking to keep everyone happy. Miriam Spall from Where To Take Our Children/Suffolk Kids has look at the family events coming up this week

Norfolk writer Kevin Crossley-Holland has conjured treasure from the stories which thread through our landscape and light-up childhood and beyond

Gallery Do your baubles need a boost?

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ideas to make our Christmas tree branches even more brilliant

Rain couldn’t spoil the seasonal entertainment at Jimmy’s Christmas Fayre, as crowds headed along to join in the fun.

Markham’s Fishing Tackle store has been a cornerstone of the local angling community for over 50 years, offering a wide range of fishing equipment and unrivalled expertise

Pick out your perfect Christmas tree at one of these fab festive locations in Suffolk.

Liz Horsman is a songwriter, record producer and sobriety blogger.

She has worked with Emeli Sande, Rudimental, Rizzle Kicks, Gabrielle Aplin, JP Cooper and Tom Walker amongst others. Also, a trained psychotherapist, Liz runs online lifestyle magazine ‘Voice of Calm’, which celebrates sobriety with style and soul. She is married to record producer Mike Spencer and together they have two sons and various pets including their macaw, Atticus. Liz talks to Gina Long

This family run jewellers in Sudbury is the ideal place to go to purchase a stunning piece of jewellery - whether you’re after a necklace, earrings or stunning diamond ring

His career sent him spinning from pirate pop presenter through television personality to destitute drunk. Now another near-death experience has spurred Tom Edwards to write his memoirs.

Heaven and Hell: With Will Teather

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gina Long finds out about Will Teather’s East Anglian heaven and hell.

Stan Lee died recently at the age of 95. For many he was king of the comic book. He not only gave the world Spider-Man and The Avengers, Arts editor Andrew Clarke maintains that he was responsible for encouraging young people to read.

Gifts can arrive in a too-large cardboard box from a warehouse far, far away or with a flourish from a local artisan. We unwrap a selection box of delights

Opinion A beginner’s guide to Black Friday

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Black Friday is one of the newest arrivals on our shores. Where did it come from and why... and is it the best time to shop?

There’s something special about a well-performed pantomime. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Karen Simpson, from Bury Theatre Royal, about what makes this great theatrical tradition so successful

With the Christmas season now almost upon us, our theatres are dusting down their stock of bad jokes, readying themselves for two months of festive fun. Arts editor Andrew Clarke casts an eye over the pantomimes seeking to entertain us this year

Have you ever been bullied? Does your child need help? Can you spot a bully? James Marston investigates.

With Guy Fawkes night just a fading memory, Christmas is now looming closer with lighting switch-ons, the arrival of Santa and Christmas fayres now dominating our social calendars. Miriam Spall from Where To Take Our Children/Suffolk Kids has look at the family events coming up this week

Peace at last, and the lights blaze again across Suffolk and Essex. We celebrate with bands and bunting, parades and patriotic songs, and girls dancing around a fountain

Fireworks were the theme for our iWitness photographers this week, and they rose to the challenge with some fantastic photos.

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