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Be Inspired... Heavenly soft furnishings

Furnishings may be a final touch, but they can be a crucial element to a room, providing comfort and

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Chef Makrum Ali Kazim outside The Roslin Beach Hotel

Here’s cooking with you… Makrum Ali Kazim at The Roslin Beach Hotel

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

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The Treatment Rooms, Maison Talbooth

Step back, relax and indulge

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?

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Red Kangaroo. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.

Perth Perfection

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

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Naturals Elemis No Line

Beauty Review

Holly Eells visits Naturals Health and Beauty in Great Dunmow to experience a life-refreshing facial.

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Charfleet Farm, c.1930

Island of dreams

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

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The Dogs Trust rehoming centre near Basildon does some important work to support and train the dogs in its care.

TRUE vs TOWIE: Woman’s best friend

Penny Fordham compares the True (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE

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Sole Man

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

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Neil Hewitt

Promotional Feature: Investing in your Future

Neil Hewitt, chartered and certified financial planner at Scrutton Bland, shares his expert insight into the world of investing for your retirement

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Sybilla Hart

Capital to Country: Paradise Lost

Sybilla Hart reflects on motherhood and the Essex countryside

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Home Truths

Paul Beresford, chairman of Beresfords, shares his views on buying new

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One of the Bridge boys with two of his sisters

Our Wartime Heroes

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

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Colchester Castle Museum

10 ideas to entertain your family

Essex Life brings you 10 great ideas to entertain your family this summer

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2012 Cotes-du-Rhone, Mas Arnaud, France

Wine of the month

Every month The Wine Company selects the pick of the bunch. This month is 2012 Cotes-du-Rhone, Mas Arnaud, France.

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Kim Wymer

Five Essex Things

Kymer Wymer, founder of Positive Thinking Feeling Good, selects her five favourite things about Essex

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Blossom and grow

Head of the Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre in Woodford Green, Fay Cookson may have enjoyed a life spent drawing plants, but instead her chosen career allows her to nurture her students and see them blossom

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EXG AUG 14 Heres Cooking II

Here’s cooking with you… Marc Humm head chef at the Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh

Marc Humm is the newly-appointed head chef at the Swan Inn. Here he shares his aspirations to cook for the world’s top chefs and the moment sweet treats slipped from the menu

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Get more from Maldon

Maldon is famed for the many attractions of its delightful high street and port, but Lily Floyd reveals there are many hidden gems that you may not have necessarily discovered in this rural town

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Can you see this?

Ophthalmologist Mr James Sheldrick, from Colchester’s Oaks Hospital, offers his top tips for checking the condition of your eyes and looking after the valuable gift of sight

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The 30ft Monkey Puzzle tree was bought as a tiny sapling

A tropical paradise

Exotic planting and a wonderful display of colour from thousands of plants make Chris and Linda Pegden’s garden at Fingringhoe a popular place to visit, discovers Philippa Pearson

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