RONNIE THOMPSON: reproduced by kind permission of the Colchester Gazette
By Molly Garlick
The uproar surrounding the absence of ethnic minorities from the nominations for this year’s Oscars misses the point, according to an award-winning Colchester film-maker and writer.
Ronnie Thompson, who has directed two feature films including the hit I Am Soldier, said: “I can see why black and ethnic minorities feel that they are being misrepresented but I don’t think it’s just that. I think it stretches beyond that, digging deeper into the class structure in the industry.” Continue reading
DOCTORS’ PROTEST: Dr Sheneen Meghji (front) outside the Chelmsford hospital where she works
By William Mailes
The leader of Chelmsford’s junior doctors last week condemned Jeremy Hunt for prolonging the dispute over doctors’ employment contracts.
Sheneen Meghji, 31, a junior plastic surgeon at Broomfield General hospital, Chelmsford, warned that “more strikes will occur” now the health secretary has imposed new contracts. Continue reading
By Lauren Dorling
When Hollywood star Anna Kendrick said she looks at her face and thinks, “Oh my God, what’s wrong with me?”, people worldwide sighed in acknowledgement.
It is an all too familiar question. She, like lots of others, suffers from “that face”. Continue reading
GET FIT QUICK? Electrical muscle stimulation in action
By Lois Worrow
On a quest to get fit fast? How does six hours of gym exercise done in 20 minutes sound?
Electrical muscle stimulation does just that, using impulses of electricity to cause the sensation of resistance to work the muscles much harder than in traditional exercise.
SMALL VENUE: director Cassie Catchpole outside her eight-seat performance space
By Joeann Murphy
A 10-minute play put on in a caravan stunned Essex students last month with its frank approach to sexual harassment and consent.
The Caravan Theatre was parked outside the university student centre – with room for an audience of eight for each performance of the short play, Can’t Touch This. Continue reading