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August 29 2014 Latest news:
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August and September is the time for picking delicious blackberriesthe RSPB tells us why
Get back to basics, or not so basic, with a family break on the Norfolk Broads which caters for both hardcore campers or high-brow glampers. Nick Roberts visits the Waveney River Centre
Essex Life has joined forces with Wakes Hall Lodges at Wakes Colne near Colchester to offer one lucky reader a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a four-night stay in a two-bedroom luxury lodge for up to four people.
As the slightly eccentric deputy head of a Harlow comprehensive in Educating Essex, Stephen Drew became something of a celebrity. He has now set himself the aim of transforming Brentwood County High, where he is now head, into an ‘Outstanding’ school. Pat Parker asked him how he plans to do it
WITH an impressive frontage right in the heart of the town centre of Maldon, Intimo Fresco also has a stylish interior which doesn’t let the side down, with large swirling red and black florals, dark wood furniture and leather chairs. On the lunchtime I visited the sunshine was out and so I chose to walk through to an enclosed courtyard at the back of the building to dine. With a decking floor and parasol tables, it was quite a suntrap and perfect for enjoying some authentic Italian cuisine. As I sipped my Salento Bianco from the Puglia region of Italy, I checked out the lunch menu — a very reasonable £12.95 for two courses. Five different starters including a delicious-sounding mozzarella in carrozza, fried and sliced bread, stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, anchovies and basil then topped with wild rocket salad and Parmesan. Deciding that might be a bit heavy for me, I opted instead for the melanzana Parmiggiana, which is sliced aubergine oven-baked with tomato, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It arrived bubbling hot and the garlicky aroma made my mouth water instantly. There was so much intensity from such simple ingredients, which is what I love about good Italian cuisine.
In the first of a series of features looking at the redevelopment of some of the county’s major towns and cities, Essex Life looks at the changing face of Colchester and how it will be shaped during the next decade
Holly Bridges of Scarlett and Stone in Dunmow guides us through how to achieve perfectly lined eyes
Furnishings may be a final touch, but they can be a crucial element to a room, providing comfort and
Makrum Ali Kazim describes how he sees stars when dreaming of his ultimate goal, the joys of cooking for local sporting royalty and the day he put sugar into the wrong sort of cake! Words by Stephanie Mackentyre
Sometimes the school ‘holidays’ can actually be our most stressful time as it becomes more difficult to balance the demands of home life and work life. So why not take some time out just for you and re-charge the batteries?
Exploring far-flung destinations to delight, Rebecca Underwood offers an insight into why Perth is a perfect stop off as part of any Australian expedition
Holly Eells visits Naturals Health and Beauty in Great Dunmow to experience a life-refreshing facial.
Living with the seais at the heart of Canvey Island’s heritage and this historic connection to the sea has certainly left its mark on the island in more ways than one, as Petra Hornsby discovers
Penny Fordham compares the True (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE
Away from the fields of our splendid countryside, farmers of the sea have trawled our coastline to bring home fresh fish for centuries. Clacton’s Ken Green shares his tales of the sea
Neil Hewitt, chartered and certified financial planner at Scrutton Bland, shares his expert insight into the world of investing for your retirement
Sybilla Hart reflects on motherhood and the Essex countryside
Writer and historian Keith Gregson reveals the Essex interest in his recent work, A Tommy in the family, published on the centenary of the outbreak of World War I