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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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Erin Kelly

Q and A with Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly grew up in Hornchurch and went to school in Upminster. She is the author of the psychological thrillers The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose and The Burning Air. She has also written a novelisation of the first series of ITV hit television show, Broadchurch.

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Some of the immigrants that arrived on the Empire Windrush

Once upon a time in Tilbury

Stephen Roberts looks at the day Tilbury saw the merchant vessel Empire Windrush dock with

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Hake and creamed potatoes with curried mussel sauce

Hake and creamed potatoes with curried mussel sauce

Ben Rush and Sarah Norman work together at Milsoms in Dedham, both as head chefs. After just completing their busiest time of the year, it’s back to some of the most traditional dishes guests regularly flock to Milsoms for, including deep-fried, line-caught Icelandic cod in beer batter with chips and tartare sauce as well as Mr G’s shepherd’s pie made the proper way with roast leg and shoulder of lamb. Here Ben and Sarah share another popular recipe from the Milsoms cook book, RecrEATe

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Jennie Skingsley

Five Favourite Essex Things

Jen Skingsley is an associate and the marketing manager at Essex law firm Birkett Long LLP. She is also the musical director of Exaltation! Gospel Choir and an active member of St Andrew’s Church in Halstead. Jen and her team at Birkett Long recently won the Essex Digital Award for the use of social media in business. She changes her hair colour fairly regularly and believes life is too short to wear boring shoes.

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An Artists Life at Parndon Mill

New Year, New art

The New Year brings some exciting art to Pardon Mill in Harlow

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Sybilla Hart

Reality TV?

Sybilla Hart compares London life with the Essex countryside

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Specialist Floors

Top trends for your home this January

The dawn of a new year might be providing you with the inspiration to create some much-needed home improvements. Sarah Hammill looks at the top trends emerging in 2015

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