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The beginning of Spring is when boats of Brighton Marina leave their moorings to be hauled from the water by the Thunderbird contraption. Behind the battered marina wall  -  rapidly repaired following the thrashing of storms -  the boatyard is bulging with tacky bottoms awaiting their annual wipe by owners who dream of  rippling bluish […]

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On an amble round the shiny shops of W1 in London today  a Morris Minor parked in the window of one of Britain’s premier lifestyle stores was a nostalgic surprise. As one raised on the back seat of a green Morris 1000, held safely in place not by state of the art child seats but […]

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An allotment expedition, dodging deluges, finds daffodils daring to stick their heads above ground. There is no need to dig for roots as they weren’t the only things standing out. The pounding  of rain has removed the lightly chalky soil and parsnips destined for dinner are poking up and  pecked. Alongside erosion of our soil, […]

watchers

Wave watching is a traditional Brighton pastime – we’ve had no shortage of splashing  spectaculars during this wet, wild winter. A very high tide arrived around lunchtime today, as columns of families and dogs ignoring or oblivious to advisories set forth for the Sunday seaside stroll. On calmer days Brighton’s undercliff presents a safe, sedate […]

seaford storm

As the date changes and the wind rages its time for a traditional list and last year Brighton and beyond was, overall, pretty revolting.  Across the county students, stockbrokers, pensioners and families were all moved to defy ‘authority’ and protest. Here are Brighton Beyond’s top five revolts in Sussex in 2013 – proving that spoilt […]

Spring tide surprise for flood defence workers

Last September saw us sniggering at Rye Harbour –  watching workers renewing flood defences seeming surprised by the high Spring tide. Water lapped against cabins, swamped plant and materials, as well as drowning long standing jettys. As workers helplessly watched and waited for the waters to subside, we wondered what might happen if the tide […]

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Receding grey on the first December day surprised us, as we arrived at Seaford Head. Hats and scarves were shed by kids unleashed who screamed towards the beach. At Hope Gap hopes are realised where the South Downs meet sea. Low tide reveals the rock pooled shore ready for small adventurers to explore. Dipping between […]

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