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5 Favourite Essex Things

Simon Talbot has recently returned from skippering the Team GREAT Britain yacht in The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Here, he shares with Essex Life five of his favourite things he enjoys most about Essex

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Relax! You’re the Bride

Looking for some down time in the build up to the big day or need some health and beauty solutions? Petra Hornsby discovers how Clarice House in Colchester has the answers

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Roasted lamb rump, with spiced puy lentil dahl, sweet potato chips and baby carrots

THIS 15th century former joinery shop opened as Hudson & Hudson in December 2013 and Colin Lawrence is the new head chef. It was his reputation working with a couple of celebrity chefs which brought him to the attention of this latest restaurant. ‘I am good friends with Richard, the previous head chef. He knew I’d cooked in the past with Rick Stein and Heston Blumenthal and he knew that my style of homely, rustic dishes were just what they were looking for.’ Here Colin shares his recipe for a lamb winter dish with added spice.

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Something for all seasons

Essex is a county rich in pretty countryside, thriving communities and buildings that reflect its heritage from wealthy manors and castles to industrial landmarks. The market town of Saffron Walden encapsulates all of these elements and Petra Hornsby learns what makes it a great place to live in, and to visit too

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EXG FEB 15 Meet the Head

On the crest of a wave

Tracy Handford resisted the call of the sea in favour of a career in the classroom and is now head of Dame Bradbury’s School in Saffron Walden

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New York, New York

One of the most iconic cities in the world or simply ‘a hellava town’, New York makes a very positive impression on Rebecca Underwood

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Hand picked wedding rings

To find that timeless gem that you will wear forever, you will need some expert advice. Here are some top tips from two local jewellers who can help you find the perfect ring

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Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred.

Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred

This month Essex Life reviews Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History. Keith Skues is a British radio personality who has worked on BBC Radio and BBC Three Counties Radio, as well as being a pirate radio DJ. David Kindred has been a professional photographer for more than 50 years.

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Getting out in Copford Green

This simple walk is ideal for winter conditions because it uses mostly remote country lanes and hard surfaces, from Copford Green to the village of Easthorpe and back.Words and pictures by Laurie Page of The Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council

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Natalia Essex in her kitchen

The Producers

This month Essex Life shines a light on The Essex Bakery in Colchester to find out more about sumptuous brownies and more

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QM2 and the New York skyline

Ahoy there!

It’s all aboard Cunard’s luxurious Queen Mary 2 as Rebecca Underwood sets sail for an unforgettable transatlantic experience

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Shami Chakrabarti CBE

Freedom of speech

Equality campaigner and writer, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, has recently taken on the role of chancellor at the University of Essex, as the university celebrates its 50th year. Holly Eells speaks to Shami about her reasons for coming to Essex

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Inside TC2 Salon in Maldon

Bringing beauty to Maldon

Holly Eells speaks to Jane Crane from TC2 hair salon in Maldon

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Daisy with just a few animals from what was to become an increasing and varied menagerie

Stepping back through history

Hannah Salisbury looks through the Essex Record Office archives to share another unique story of one of the county’s most colourful characters. This month we look at the life and times of Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick (1861-1938)

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Chef Luke Boswell

Here’s cooking with Luke Boswell

At 19, Luke Boswell has just returned from a six-month work experience ‘break’ in Cyprus. His proudest dish to date is liver and bacon for his Gran and when he has a day off he loves nothing better than getting away from it all… and cooking!

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Be blown away by blissful bedrooms

A well designed bedroom is crucial to creating a relaxing atmosphere. Sarah Hammill meets three local experts with crucial advice on how to create a haven in the bedroom

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Hazeliegh Grange

New beginnings

Godfrey and Diane Chasmer have breathed new life into Hazeleigh Grange, between Maldon and Danbury. Now they are inviting a new family to begin the next chapter of this fascinating Georgian home

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Grey Seals on beach

A toast to the Thames Estuary

Andrew Fallan shares his expertise in Essex wildlife with us, revealing top locations to find special species as well as the unusual animals you can discover in your own back garden

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Floral shoes (image by Wendy Beckett)

Stepping out Cinderella style

Looking to add the wow factor to your wedding? Harlow based artist Claire Jones offers brides-to-be their Cinderella moment withstunning designs for a bespoke pair of keepsake wedding day shoes

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Can-can dancers at The France Show

Bidding for a dream lifestyle

If you have always dreamed of owning a property abroad, but have worried about travelling around to find your dream home, then fear not. This month, the UK’s first French property auction comes to London, and you could be there

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