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Hi there, Welcome to our July edition Summer is here! As I'm writing this it seems that the Sun is tempted to put it's hat on but we've not quite had the start to the season that we were blessed with last year. However call me optimistic, or daft but I'm sure the sunshine is just round the corner. In the spirit of Summer hope, the Dress Doctor, Stephanie Witt has given us an article this month helping men pick out the perfect accessories to enjoy the heat in. The recipe this month is a must read. I personally can't wait to get the whisk out and give this ice cream a go. I know raspberry ripple is a bit of an old flavour but it will always be a classic in my eyes and one of my favourites! Sadly we couldn't predict the Women's world cup enough to right an article about it that would be relevant during circulation but all of us here are wishing the England ladies team the best of luck, I really have enjoyed watching them get through the group stages. We have an article this month loosely linked in the name

of women's sport about the women of Wimbeldon for you. Last months quiz winner was Robert Askew from Alexandra Road, Benfleet who won a Dumbo DVD. Congratulations and please remember to send all your details! In the kids quiz this month your child has the chance to win a Missing Link DVD. Don’t forget you have to be in it to win it! If you would like to advertise with us, the last day to get your advert in is 15th August. We can design your ad for Free and a Month’s Advertising to 20,000 homes costs from as little as £45. You can contact us on 01268 330271 or email at sales@eblmagazines.co.uk We do not vet our advertisers and take no responsibility for anyone who advertises with us. Please stop by and like our Facebook page (Essex Business & Leisure)

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Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream 250g raspberries, 225g caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 4 egg yolks 600ml double cream, Raspberries or other fruit for serving

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The rules I play by when selecting my menswear accessories all come back to two pointers: Is it luxurious and does it have a function? It is really important to spend just that little bit more to ensure that the leather on that satchel is supple or the material holding your coins is the real deal. Buy just a few key embellishments to jazz up your wardrobe, but make each one stand out and add a dose of something special. Read on to see Dress Doctor’s pick of what needs to pop:

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