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New years bring new beginnings

A new year marks a time when many people redouble their efforts to get fit and stay fit.

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In popular imagination all pirate ships ply their terrible trade in exotic locations as depicted here. However, Sussex-born privateer Peter Love committed his brand of seaway robbery around the islands of Scotland.

How Peter Love the pirate went from Lewes to Lewis

A pirate with the romantic name Peter Love was born in Lewes during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Poor bonus for poor Hastings?

Councils are funded by central government through various grants. The biggest of these is the Revenue Support Grant (RSG). However, RSG has been cut dramatically – for Hastings, by almost half over the last two years, equivalent to 10% of the council’s net budget. It’s set to disappear completely by the next decade. The other big grant to councils is called the New Homes Bonus. But the way this grant is allocated is far from reasonable, and means that poorer, urban areas such as Hastings are unfairly penalised.

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A deserted station during rush hour this morning

COMMENT: Sussex commuters left to suffer Southern rail Groundhog Day

It is fair to say that tens of thousands of ordinary Sussex folk are currently enduring a very dark version of Groundhog Day.

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Blaise Tapp is off to the pub

Don’t let the great British pub dry up

We are regularly told that January is the most miserable month of the lot: 31 short days and long cold nights when very few of us have any cash and are full of self-loathing.

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Reverend Tom Robson

God humbled himself to meet us in the reality of ordinary, new-born life.

On January 6 the church celebrates Epiphany

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Nick Casson

All your tax questions answered by Nick Casson

Question: While I was preparing this year’s tax return, I noticed I had made a mistake on last year’s return- and it has quite a significant impact on my tax position for last year. Can I change it?

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

Steps to help the homeless off the street

Homelessness is one of the great social injustices. We must do all we can to protect those at risk of sleeping rough and those already living on the streets.

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Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

Can a tablet improve a family’s life?

For the past week in our house, ever since a fat man in a red suit paid us a visit, there have been episodes of unnerving silence.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Successful steps to a better Hastings

So that’s 2016 over – and what a strange year it’s been. The Brexit vote and the US elections delivered a couple of unexpected results, although I’m not expecting either to lead to a positive outcome.

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The fox cub that was rescued in Bexhill

2016 has been an amazing year for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service.

We have dealt with more than 400 more admissions this year than in 2015 totalling more than 2500 casualties admitted in to our care and over 300 others which have either gone onto other rescue centres or not made it into WRAS’s care.

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Maria Caulfield MP for Lewes in Parliament

Many constituents ask me why the rail dispute is ongoing

The Southern rail dispute continues despite numerous attempts to resolve it by local MPs, ACAS and even the Government

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Dr. Russell popularised sea bathing and the curative powers of drinking seawater and in doing so hugely boosted Brightons resort status. This photograph shows the beach in Edwardian times with the Royal Albion Hotel visible beyond the Palace Pier.

A doctor’s glad tidings had them all drinking seawater

A doctor from Lewes became a very wealthy man indeed after recommending that drinking seawater could cure a host of illnesses.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

We should expect a busy 2017

A year ago, we were looking forward to a busy 2016. Writing this article now, as the year draws to a close, I can safely say that it has been a captivating and memorable twelve months.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

The Christmas spirit is with us all year

It’s been a memorable and eventful year but now, at Christmastime, we can pause and take stock. We can reflect on the last twelve months and look ahead to the opportunities that 2017 will bring.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Bauble, Holly, Sparkle and Hope

Although we still use the language of Christmas to describe the late December holiday, we now often hear festive, seasonal events described in other ways, like Winter Wonderland or Lapland Family Fun.

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The Right Reverend Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes

Who we are is about our relationships

It’s popular these days to look within to find the ‘real you’.

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Oxen at work on the Sussex Downs. Black oxen were originally of Welsh stock while the true Sussex ox was red. There were also black and white beasts.

Ringmer man coveted his neighbour’s oxen

England’s first Lord Chancellor, William Cowper, when a barrister on circuit, wrote to his wife in 1690, complaining about the ruinous state of our county’s roads, especially in the Weald between the North and South Downs:

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Blandys Madeira with Mince Pies and Cake SUS-161212-104752001

The wonderful world of sherry, port and Madeira wines

By Richard Esling BSc DipWSET

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Smugglers landing their goods on shore

Watch the wall, my darling while the gentlemen go by

The wish to acquire the finer things in life while paying as little as possible, is hardwired into every ardent shopper’s DNA.

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