True crime, gangs, drugs, murder, Essex Boys, Rettendon Murder

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Disclaimer: There are a lot of voices involved in this case. I have tried to include all of them at various points, along with news sources. There is no intent to offend, just to look at what has been reported, or published. I do not directly reference any of the films, primarily because the only one I saw, bore little resemblance to what has been reported. I cannot speak to any of the others (there are a lot).


Based on the title of this article alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that this British triple murder case has all…

Victim-blaming, victim-shaming, murder, true crime, women

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The Crime

A recent graduate from the University of Lincoln, 22-year old Grace Millane had arrived in New Zealand on a backpacking trip on 20 November 2018 for two weeks when she disappeared between 1 and 2 December 2018. Millane’s parents became concerned after she did not reply to birthday wishes they sent her on 2 December 2018 and the police investigation commenced when she was reported missing 3 days later.

The last confirmed sighting of Millane was at 9.41 pm at the CityLife Hotel, in Queen St, in Auckland’s CBD.

History, England. Coastal, Suffolk, Lowestoft, Beach Village, The Grit, East Anglia

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About Lowestoft, Suffolk, in the United Kingdom

Some of the earliest evidence of settlement in Britain was found in Lowestoft in Suffolk. Located 110 miles (177 km) northeast of London, human habitation of the Lowestoft area can be traced back 700,000 years. The 1086 Domesday Book gives Lothuwistoft village a population of some 16 households in three families, with ten smallholders and three slaves. In the Middle Ages, Lowestoft became an increasingly important fishing town. The building of the harbour and railway in the 19th century meant that fish could be easily landed and transported to other parts of the country. …

True Crime, Real-life Crime, Serial Killer, Murder, Prostitution

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About Ipswich

Ipswich is the oldest still continuing town to have been established and developed by the English, with an unbroken history of community as a town since early Anglo-Saxon times. Prior to the murders, the area of Ipswich the murdered women were taken from had been struggling with the issue of prostitution for years. Men were propositioned while women were hassled by punters, turning it into a no-go area in the evenings.

One resident, Julie Hyland, was so frustrated at the police’s reluctance to tackle the problem that she had begun to take matters into her own hands, noting down registration…

Writing, blogging, writing tips

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I have been meaning to look at this for a few days now. Since April, I have been having a push to write more. I am trying to continually review the progress of my experimentation.

My best-performing topic(s) from an income perspective from April 2021 to date (I am not a high earner):

Views and reads

Top 3: May 2021

1. Rough Justice? Drugs, Murder, and Corruption: The Essex Boys Story

Key facts about this…

Screen time, working from home, remote working, home working, Covid-19

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Working from home was not a new thing for me. I have been self-employed and working for organisations over a number of years that, for the most part, allowed a limited amount of working from home. This was usually 2 days a week, depending on business needs.

When the first lockdown struck I was temping in an office while self-employed but was kept on. I worked from home and have continued with the arrangement. I gained some weight, although I did not drink more than usual, which was next to nothing. The biggest health issue was lack of exercise. Not…

Writing, blogging, article writing, writing tips

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Since I have been writing articles, I have been trying to keep a list of subjects I want to attempt to cover as they pop into my head so that I never run out of material/inspiration. I have recently arrived at the realisation that the speed at which I produce articles has no connection at all to the number of ideas I have and more to do with the time it takes me to execute them.

I am not really a planner, but most of my ideas for articles happen in the following ways.

  • I read something once. a book, an online article, a comment on a blog, a paper and I thought to myself “I can add…

Workplace, management, self-improvement, leadership, wellbeing

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I have had a lot of bosses over the decades and have learned that not all of them will have their employee's best interests at heart. I decided to make a list of all the tactics bosses have used to try to dim my shine and outline ways of dealing with them because you are never alone.

  • Criticising you in front of your peers. A colleague takes great delight in highlighting what she perceives as my inadequacies during meetings with others. The reality is they are not my mistakes but hers and I spend so much time doing her work…

Ancestry, genealogy, family history

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I am not really interested in ancestry for the sake of trying to find something in my past that makes me more interesting. I have never really been concerned about things like that. My mother thinks it is because I look like a mix of multiple relatives and that, although it is obvious who my parents are from looking at me, it has fragmented my sense of where I come from because I don’t obviously look like one parent or relative. I have no idea if that is true or not.

Sail Away

When I was growing up, I used to follow…


I am interested in a lot of things. I am writing a novel. I was longlisted in the Mslexia novel writing competition in 2017. My website is:

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