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EXG MAR 15 FIVE THINGS

5 Favourite Essex Things with Charlotte Nial

Charlotte Nial is the owner and director of Cranwell House Skin Clinic & Medispa in Ingatestone. Here she shares with Essex Life five of her favourite things about the county

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John Ray

The life and times of John Ray, 1627-1705

Recognised internationally for his inspirational work, John Ray is known as the father of English natural history. With the help of the Essex Record Office archives, Essex Life shares an insight into his remarkable life and career

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EXG MAR 15 David Gandy

The ultimate swoon

Billericay boy David Gandy has danced with Jennifer Lopez, stolen food from the plate of supermodel Natalia Vodianova, garnered millions of adoring fans around the globe and will be swapping Valentine’s Day cards with sexy Saturdays singer Mollie King. But it wasn’t always thus for the 34-year-old, explains Tim Aldred

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EXG FEB 15 ART PAGE

The secret of Alan Sorrell

The Beecroft Gallery in Westcliff on Sea will be hosting an exhibition befitting the memory of Essex artist

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EXG FEB 15 FIVE THINGS

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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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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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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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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Tom Roddis

Five minutes with Tom Roddis

Holly Eells talks to 13-year-old Saffron Walden singing sensation Tom Roddis about his passion for singing, playing guitar, writing songs and busking in Essex

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Helen Mirren. Courtesy of Phil Stafford/Shutterstock.com

Helen at home

Leigh on Sea’s Dame Helen Mirren has amassed a tidy collection of accolades — an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes among them —

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EXG DEC 14 MTH

Full steam ahead

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what career would you have chosen instead?

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Amy's Baking Year

5 Essex Things with Amy-Beth Ellice

At only 16 years of age, Amy-Beth Ellice has taken the baking world by storm. Since she was a small child, growing up in a creative family in Stanford Rivers near Ongar, Amy has loved to make cakes and sweet treats for her friends and family, inspired by her mother, Gillian. After many years of taking orders for her special cupcakes and decorated cakes, her first baking book, Amy’s Baking Year, has been published and is now on the shelves! Amy’s Baking Year follows the four seasons, including fresh, light recipes for Mother’s Day, Easter and summer picnics and warming treats for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, of course. Here, Amy shares her top five Essex things about the Christmas season…

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The arrival of the cold weather means it's time to dig out the jumpers and savour some delicious seasonal offerings

Autumn arrives

Penny Fordham compares the TRUE (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE. This month Penny reflects on the arrival of autumn

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EXG NOV 14 Jessie J

Jessie J’s Home Comforts

Essex Life catches Jessie J, formerly Jessica Ellen Cornish, in the midst of a crazy promo schedule. It’s 10.30am, and despite only three hours sleep and the vagaries of ‘a salad for breakfast’, the 26-year-old is about to tackle a day of interviews. It’s all a long way from her Redbridge roots

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Jonathan Antoine / Sony Music Photo by Paul Marc Mitchell

Five minutes with Jonathan Antoine

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and singing star Jonathan Antoine about his solo album and his special guest performance in the Last Night of the Autumn Proms at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Thorpe Bay,Essex

Barry Kirk’s Essex Insight

Barry Kirk shines a light on Southend both past and present

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Lee Mead

Five minutes with... Lee Mead

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and musical theatre actor Lee Mead about being back on the road with his latest tour and performing in his home town at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall

Everyone’s a winner

Braintree’s Tanya Howett and Ian Aitken were lucky enough to win a competition to have their wedding courtesy of the East Anglian Daily Times. Here Tanya shares some of her experiences of the big day

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Jackie Tyrrell

Five Essex Things with Jackie Tyrrell

Jackie Tyrrell is an accredited Feng Shui consultant based in Hornchurch. She believes that by balancing the energies in your environment and by making simple and inexpensive alterations in your home or business, you can experience life transforming changes which will help create a happier and brighter future. To find out more about consultations for your home and business, visit www.fengshuipathway.co.uk

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Local People

EXG MAR 15 FIVE THINGS

5 Favourite Essex Things with Charlotte Nial

Charlotte Nial is the owner and director of Cranwell House Skin Clinic & Medispa in Ingatestone. Here she shares with Essex Life five of her favourite things about the county

Read more »

John Ray

The life and times of John Ray, 1627-1705

Recognised internationally for his inspirational work, John Ray is known as the father of English natural history. With the help of the Essex Record Office archives, Essex Life shares an insight into his remarkable life and career

Read more »

EXG MAR 15 David Gandy

The ultimate swoon

Billericay boy David Gandy has danced with Jennifer Lopez, stolen food from the plate of supermodel Natalia Vodianova, garnered millions of adoring fans around the globe and will be swapping Valentine’s Day cards with sexy Saturdays singer Mollie King. But it wasn’t always thus for the 34-year-old, explains Tim Aldred

Read more »

EXG FEB 15 ART PAGE

The secret of Alan Sorrell

The Beecroft Gallery in Westcliff on Sea will be hosting an exhibition befitting the memory of Essex artist

Read more »

EXG FEB 15 FIVE THINGS

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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.

Read more »

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.

Read more »

Tom Roddis

Five minutes with Tom Roddis

Holly Eells talks to 13-year-old Saffron Walden singing sensation Tom Roddis about his passion for singing, playing guitar, writing songs and busking in Essex

Read more »

EXG DEC 14 MTH

Full steam ahead

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what career would you have chosen instead?

Read more »

Amy's Baking Year

5 Essex Things with Amy-Beth Ellice

At only 16 years of age, Amy-Beth Ellice has taken the baking world by storm. Since she was a small child, growing up in a creative family in Stanford Rivers near Ongar, Amy has loved to make cakes and sweet treats for her friends and family, inspired by her mother, Gillian. After many years of taking orders for her special cupcakes and decorated cakes, her first baking book, Amy’s Baking Year, has been published and is now on the shelves! Amy’s Baking Year follows the four seasons, including fresh, light recipes for Mother’s Day, Easter and summer picnics and warming treats for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, of course. Here, Amy shares her top five Essex things about the Christmas season…

Read more »

The arrival of the cold weather means it's time to dig out the jumpers and savour some delicious seasonal offerings

Autumn arrives

Penny Fordham compares the TRUE (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE. This month Penny reflects on the arrival of autumn

Read more »

EXG NOV 14 Jessie J

Jessie J’s Home Comforts

Essex Life catches Jessie J, formerly Jessica Ellen Cornish, in the midst of a crazy promo schedule. It’s 10.30am, and despite only three hours sleep and the vagaries of ‘a salad for breakfast’, the 26-year-old is about to tackle a day of interviews. It’s all a long way from her Redbridge roots

Read more »

Jonathan Antoine / Sony Music Photo by Paul Marc Mitchell

Five minutes with Jonathan Antoine

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and singing star Jonathan Antoine about his solo album and his special guest performance in the Last Night of the Autumn Proms at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

Read more »

Thorpe Bay,Essex

Barry Kirk’s Essex Insight

Barry Kirk shines a light on Southend both past and present

Read more »

Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall

Everyone’s a winner

Braintree’s Tanya Howett and Ian Aitken were lucky enough to win a competition to have their wedding courtesy of the East Anglian Daily Times. Here Tanya shares some of her experiences of the big day

Read more »

Jackie Tyrrell

Five Essex Things with Jackie Tyrrell

Jackie Tyrrell is an accredited Feng Shui consultant based in Hornchurch. She believes that by balancing the energies in your environment and by making simple and inexpensive alterations in your home or business, you can experience life transforming changes which will help create a happier and brighter future. To find out more about consultations for your home and business, visit www.fengshuipathway.co.uk

Read more »

EXG OCT 14 MEET THE HEAD

School Rocks

Nicholas Weaver is headmaster at Ipswich School, although he still has secret ambitions to be a rock star. Here he shares more of his hopes and those he has for the students in his care

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EXG SEPT 14 FIVE ESSEX THINGS

Five Essex Things with Bob Baggalley

Bob Baggalley is chief executive of the Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea), where he has worked since 1999, overseeing achievements including the design and construction of two purpose-built new business centres in Colchester, along with an ever-evolving range of business advice and support services. Since moving to the area 28 years ago, Bob and his wife Val have lived in Thorpe le Soken.

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Celebrity Interviews

Helen Mirren. Courtesy of Phil Stafford/Shutterstock.com

Helen at home

Leigh on Sea’s Dame Helen Mirren has amassed a tidy collection of accolades — an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes among them —

Read more »

Lee Mead

Five minutes with... Lee Mead

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and musical theatre actor Lee Mead about being back on the road with his latest tour and performing in his home town at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

Read more »

EXG SEPT 14 ART REVIEW

Five Minutes With… Lisa Stansfield

Holly Eells talks to legendary singer Lisa Stansfield about her return to the music industry, an upcoming European tour, a new album and performing at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Alan officially opening The Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies at Writtle College in 2011

About Alan

His list of horticultural accolades is almost never-ending and Alan Titchmarsh holds a special place in the nation’s heart. But there is a corner of Essex that holds a special place in Alan’s heart, and that is Writtle College

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EXG JUN 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with Jenny Eclair

Holly Eells talks to Jenny Eclair about her return to the hit show, Grumpy Old Women, which ends its tour at Southend Palace Theatre this month

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EXG MAY 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with... Lesley Joseph

Holly Eells talks to actress Lesley Joseph about her current tour, Hot Flush, which this month visits the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford

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