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Beating the odds and giving back

Last year Paul Connolly became a best-selling author when his autobiography Against All Odds topped the Amazon Kindle charts. Now the fitness trainer from Billericay,...

Sparkle and keep warm with firework night fashion

Firework night is upon us, and if you’re heading to one of the many firework displays in Essex, then you need to wrap up...

Time to cut the cheese!

Fancy something sophisticated – then you need a tower of macaroons. You can get them in lots of different flavours and they can come...

There’s nothing quite like Jane McDonald…

She’s the loveable Yorkshire lass that won our hearts in the first ever reality documentary TV show The Cruise back in 1998. Now, 15 years...

The Sam Factor

When he was just 12-years-old, X Factor hopeful Sam Callahan was violently attacked by bullies at school. Now the Essex boy is determined to...

Having a giggle with Marcel…

Marcel Lucont is a comedian known for his dry sense of humour and arrogant French style. Created by British actor and comedian Alexis Dubus, the...

Countdown to scare

Walking in the darkness through the eerie woods at Wat Tyler Country Park is enough to get anyone’s pulse racing. So it makes the...

Ghoulish half term fun

There’s something spooky going on in Essex this half term and with Halloween looming, there’s plenty to keep your little trick or treaters busy...

Discover your seasonal style

It’s official: Autumn has arrived. So I headed down to intu Lakeside to have a look at their Autumn Winter Style Clinic to see...
Cranwell House

Cranwell House celebrates 5 years

Five years ago, a young beauty expert from Chelmsford renovated a derelict building in Ingatestone and opened her very own Skin Clinic. Now, celebrating its...

It’s all in the details

There are many things to really make a wedding special, be it a certain song played as the bride is walking down the aisle,...

Kara’s Wedding Diary

I’ve been having a bit of a debate with myself recently – do I get my bridesmaids dresses from a ‘proper’ wedding shop, stick...

Make-under magic with bareMinerals

I love a good pamper, so when I was invited down to the bareMinerals stand in House of Fraser at intu Lakeside recently for...
Paul Carrack

The man with the golden voice

Lovingly known as one of the hardest working figures in modern music, Paul Carrack is a voice of many generations – and after five...

Bruce is back

To mark 35 years since the hit album All Mod Cons, Bruce Foxton and From The Jam are going on tour and will be...

A haunting trio

Southend-on-Sea is set to be haunted next month by the beautiful voice of Stephen John Davis as part of the Three Phantoms. The show, a...

Countdown to scare – Thorpe Park Fright Night

Surrounded by masked maniacs holding knives and axes dripping with blood, it’s clear that I’m not in Essex anymore. No, I’ve just entered Thorpe...

Smother yourself in chocolate

This week marks National Chocolate Week. And for all chocoholics out there who would like nothing better than to indulge, but don’t want the...

Embrace your dark side this Halloween

Winter is fast approaching and there is one colour we always know is going to be a hit in the chilly months – maroon....

“I wanted to look beautiful on my big day”

When Hayley Carter was told by a wedding shop assistant there were no dresses to fit her in the store, she left feeling ‘mortified’. However,...

Be second hand savvy

Weddings can be expensive, but more and more brides are getting creative to save the pennies. Just because its second hand doesn't mean there is...

Something old, something new…

We all know the saying – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. But did you know there is another something, a silver...

Don’t let the weather rain on your parade

You can plan and plan all you want, but there is one thing that no one can predict – the weather. But have no...

Lee’s qwalitee night out

He’s the cheeky council estate tenant, who causes controversy wherever he goes. And next week, yob-icon Lee Nelson is back on an extended tour...

Third Pip’s a charm

They’ve spent the past three years working on their own solo projects, but this month Essex duo dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip are...
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Theatre review – CATS

THE only thing I knew about CATS was the song Memory - so I was really looking forward to watching the show with an...

Danniella’s survival story

Earlier this year, Danniella Westbrook shocked the nation when she claimed she was the victim of a brutal attack and gang rape in the...

The best of Bastille

A year ago, Bastille were a fairly unknown group, gently teasing the airwaves with their new mysterious melodies. Fast-forward to 2013 and they’ve become one...
CATS

The purrr-fect role

Performing on stage is a nerve-wracking experience, especially in your home county, but it’s just another day’s work for Sophia Ragavelas. Sophia, who lives in...

Kara’s Wedding Diary

It was every bride-to-be's dream as the National Wedding Show hit Earls Court last week (27-29 September). Packed with over 200 different stands, you could...
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