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  • An overview of the ‘virtual’ Looking at Things exhibition

    A virtual exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

    On Saturday 23 January, Hastings Museum ‘virtually’ opens its doors to a new exhibition called Looking at Things. HOT’s Erica Smith tells us how she entered the world of 3-D design. Continue reading…


    They knew it as ‘The Oller’

    As we come to the end of 2020, Covid has made all our lives very uncertain; it has forced everyone to consider what life is about. For some of our local community they’ve been planting vegetables and fruit to feed their families, growing more plants for wildlife.

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    Coronavirus statistical update: Vaccination campaign gathers pace in East Sussex

    Vaccination, an important new phase in the battle against Covid-19, is under way in East Sussex, and in Hastings at a single dedicated site. Report by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Town Deal investment plan shielded from the public

    Hastings’ Town Deal investment plan – which could net the town £25m – has to be submitted by the end of January. In the face of scant communication with the public, however, concerns have emerged about how the process has been managed, if the guidelines have been adhered to and whether the deal will prove, as intended, beneficial to the whole borough. Nick Terdre reports.

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    New Year’s Day swim raises almost £2,000 for Hastings RNLI

    The New Year’s Day swim to raise money for Hastings RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution – has been taking place for around 20 years. This year, despite not being able to hold an organised event, the Old Town swimmers raised nearly £2,000. Sarah Corrie remembers her first New Year’s Day dip and interviews organisers Ann Novotny (87) and Craig Sams (76) to find out what the sea means to them.

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    World renowned historian to speak at Hastings Palestine event

    The Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign (HRPSC) will host an online event next Wednesday 20 January discussing the issue of Palestinian expulsion. Set to speak at the event are historian Ilan Pappé and author Ghana Karmi. The HRPSC issued the following  preview.

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    Hands up for HEART!

    We all came to expect the unexpected last year. From discovering the reemergence of birdsong to the less savoury COVID impacts many of us have had to face. It can certainly be called a ‘strange time’. Rowland Jobson was an early victim of Covid-19 and wanted to share his experience – and his appreciation of his Hastings Emergency Action Resilience Team (HEART) volunteer.

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    This image shows the painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No.!, known popularly as Whistler's Mother. Alongside is a recreation of the painting by the author of this article.

    The mother of all portraits

    One of the world’s most iconic mothers, her image immortalised

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    Native Selenium

    Is there a connection between lack of selenium and low immunity?

    The amount of selenium in the soil varies. David Marsh, co-author of “The Driving Force, Food, Evolution and the Future” talks with HOT’S Chandra Masoliver about the importance of selenium for our immune system, where we get selenium from, and how a lack of it might affect our susceptibility to Covid-19.

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    HBC’s new weapons against critics: censorship and a reverse-ferret

    Open debate and argument about the legal and other merits of a case is part of the planning process. That’s the theory anyway. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has other ideas. Bernard McGinley reports on recent changes, including a surprise development.

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    Howell triumphs in Hastings online chess tournament

    Hastings International Chess Congress’s first online tournament proved a triumph for top English player David Howell in an all-play-all format involving many of the country’s top players. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Stabbed in the back: Brexit’s betrayal of Britain’s fishermen

    By all accounts, the gains for the British fishing industry in the Brexit deal were marginal at best – many were left with a feeling of being totally sold out, and none more so than the Hastings fishing community, writes HOT reporter/photographer John Cole.

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    A Town Explores A Boxall

    Young illustrator Erin Brookes-Doolan meets established illustrator Ed Boxall and talks to him about his work.

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    Coronavirus statistical update: East Sussex hospitals under the cosh as new lockdown imposed

    As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread rapidly, England has moved into a new lockdown, a major incident has been declared in Sussex and local hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed. Report by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Rhapsody for you

    Rhapsody in Four Colours rises like a colossus from the heart of the new Aga Khan Centre at King’s Cross. Nestled behind brutalist glass complexes and old grain stores now trendy office suites, the AKC is a centre for education, knowledge, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim civilizations. Ross Clifford sings its praises and explores the local connection.

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    Favourite trees in all their beauty

    Recently, HOT published an article about the Wood People Connective’s online tree art exhibition, ‘Favourite Trees’. 

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