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Nick Perry, once more the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye, at the party's recent conference in Brighton.

Lib Dems first out of the election traps

Faced with the possibility of a snap general election, the local Lib Dems have stolen a march on their political rivals by selecting their parliamentary candidate. Nick Terdre reports.

Lorraine Bowen

The Queen of Crumble returns to St Leonards

This Friday Lorraine Bowen (winner of David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent) presents her eccentric comedy and quirky songs for an evening of cabaret at Kino-Teatr. HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with Lorraine to see what she’s been up to.

Will's poster - made with much heart love

He saw, he swam, he cone-quered

A few days ago, William The Cone-queror, aka William Stevens, he of the famous ice-cream bicycle who literally peddles his wares (Di Paulo’s ice cream from Bexhill) along our seafront promenade and at local events, achieved his goal of swimming from Royal Sovereign Lighthouse to St Leonards’ beach by Azur. All in the name of charitable goodWill, raising money for The Seaview Project and FSN. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks him some questions about himself and his successful but exhausting mission.

British forces in the Falklands, one of the few legal wars fought by the country since WW2 (photo: Crown Copyright IWM, FKD 264).

Don’t pay taxes to support illegal wars!

Both international and national law make waging war and the funding of war illegal, says local peace activist Chris Coverdale. If tax is used to pay for illegal war, taxpayers may be complicit in the illegality. But armed with this knowledge, it is also in their power to compel governments to uphold, obey and enforce international law and bring a permanent end to war and mass murder.

Rehearsals under way for PUSH.

When cultures collide: new opera links 1066 with modern-day themes of invasion and loss

Themes of invasion, loss and the redeeming power of human goodness are explored in PUSH, a powerful new opera which has its world premiere this weekend, Saturday 1 October, at the De La Warr Pavilion. Cultures collided when William conquered England, and they still do today as people move around, whether displaced by war and poverty or enjoying their freedom to roam as EU citizens. Preview by Nick Terdre. Photos by Pat Pope.

King Size Slim

King Size Slim storms the Stade

“King Size Slim – you must see him”, said a friend to me. “Great voice and a good guy.” High praise from this particular friend. So I wandered down to the Stade when he was performing earlier in the summer in front of the deck chairs – he was just as she said – and now he’s returning to play at The Big Sleep Hastings 2016, helping people “find their way out of the storm”. Zelly Restorick writes.

The Big Sleep Hastings 2016

This week! Rough sleeping for Seaview

This Friday, it’s The Big Sleep Hastings 2016 – with the goal to raise more funds for the Seaview Project than last year (£23,000) – and simultaneously raise awareness of homelessness. HOT’s Zelly Restorick takes up the HOT Big Sleep baton from last year’s cardboard citizen, Nick Terdre. She’ll be joining up with the many other one-night-insomniacs who’re taking part in the experience, united by spending the night in a cardboard city at the Stade.

Sea Crossing Maggie's boat

Sea Crossing

Boats. There is something  about boats. From children playing in the bath with them, sailing them over ponds, boats frustratingly lost from being becalmed or capsizing. Then there are more grown up connotations; travel, exploration, trade, slaves, war and invasion. And  the vulnerability of mass migration in less-than-seaworthy vessels. At the Folkestone Triennial 2011, HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths walked into a church and was entranced by Hew Locke’s motley fleet of boats sailing in the knave above her. Magical and thought provoking.

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