Benjamin Charles: A Cut Above

It’s hard to remember a time when the terms ‘recession’, ‘credit crunch’ and ‘tough economic climate’ weren’t bandied around on a daily basis. Claire Owen finds out why Benjamin Charles is bucking the trend. It seems that tales of woe are everywhere – companies going into receivership, retail outlets shutting up shop and business owners […]

All Things Digital & More

If you’ve been following The Colchester Circle website over the past few months, you will have seen our fantastic redesign. We’ve teamed up with 77 Studios to create site that benefits our readers to the max. Find out more about this local creative duo from the masterminds themselves, Paul Boreham and Chris Spencer. Who is […]

Head for the Sun

From sunworshippers, shopaholics and spa devotees to honeymooners, families and sporty types, Tunisia has something for everyone , says Gilly Pickup. All images courtesy of Gilly Pickup All images courtesy of Gilly Pickup Besides spectacular scenery and highly chilled beaches – 700 miles of them along its Mediterranean coastline – I discovered there is much […]

The many sides of Johnno Casson

“I don’t work in the music industry. I work in the music community – there’s a difference.” Such is the ethos of Colchester musician Johnno Casson who, let’s face it, knows a thing or two about the business. Johnno Casson Johnno Casson For the last eight years, the multi-instrumentalist has performed indie-pop under the pseudonym […]

Keep Colchester Cool Recommends…

Here are just some of the events taking place in July and August that you can go to, safe in the knowledge of hearing some great music, as chosen by Ben Howard. Slipmatt Slipmatt Being a festival organiser myself, I felt their pain when the Kelvedon Free Festival team announced that year’s event would not […]

That Boy Racer Thrill

Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the latest SEAT Leon. Harnessing 208 horses the motor is capable of 145 mph and will sprint from 0-62 in 6.9 seconds. It feels every bit as fast as the figures suggest and the gear-change paddles on the steering wheel help with that ‘boy-racer’ thrill you sometimes need after a bad day […]

Island Records

Mersea Island resident Juliet Doyle reports back from the nautical haven with some handy dates for the summer calendar. Mersea Island certainly pulled out all the stops for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the best ever Food, Drink & Leisure Festival, a spectacular concert (with much flag-waving and community singing), a huge street party, and […]

Lose Inches In Your Lunch Break

Anastasia Grabova finds out how to get trim and toned, without lifting a single dumbbell. I don’t know about you but I’ve been looking forward to summer ever since the sun set on the last one. And now that it’s finally here, I’m not convinced that I’m as ready as I hoped. The holiday has […]