Iasked my colleague Michael, in the Bury St Edmunds news bureau as I call it how things were going this week. He replied: “Our chances are slim.”

All I said was ‘Hello girls’, but boy, was I in trouble.

A child came up to me the other day waved a stick in my direction and said “stupefy”.

This KFC business is worrying, isn’t it? Imagine being short of chicken!

Is the fighting over the nut ones in the tin of Quality Street finished? Have you eaten enough? Are you fed up with turkey? Have you died from charade boredom? Do you care if you ever see a board game ever again?

This week I wondered if I might talk about another facet of being British and that is having to put up with the terrible state of our road network.

Bungay, Southwold. Diss, Halesworth. Banks are closing down everywhere. But we can live without them, can’t we, says James Marston

Do you volunteer? I often imagine it must be an enjoyable thing to do. I once helped out at a charity shop in Sudbury - well sort of, I was writing a story about it really – and it seemed to involve a lot of ironing.

I know they are sad and I oughtn’t be flippant but there’s usually a moment of laughter at a funeral.

For seven centuries St Andrew’s Church in Eaton has served its community - and remains as close knit as ever.

I don’t go in for a lot of social media.

No one knows her real name and she lived centuries ago. But who was Julian of Norwich - and why is there so much interest in her today? James Marston reports.

Do you know, dear readers, I can remember the old milk bottles. I mean the ones with a more slim-lined neck which were around before about 1980. I can remember the foil tops being almost always pecked about by little birds as well.

Apparently it’s just not humanely possible to be a parent and be green.

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