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    Lucy Cooke

    Springwatch star Lucy lifts the lid on animals’ hidden lives in hometown show

    TV presenter and author Lucy Cooke will be demolishing the myths and mystique surrounding some of the world’s best-loved creatures in a funny and fascinating show as part of  the Hastings Literary Festival, reports Angela J. Phillip.

    Lucy, who was born in the town’s Conquest Hospital and moved back to Hastings two years ago, will be presenting The Unexpected Truth About Animals at St Mary in the Castle at 10:00 on September 1. Continue reading…


    Buzz Aldrin on Moon with reflection in helmet.

    Moon landing in St Leonards

    It is the 50thanniversary of the first moon landings. So it is not surprising that there has been wall-to-wall radio and television coverage of the event. Even St Leonards is marking the occasion. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths wandered, earthbound, down the King’s Road to see St Leonards’ own celebration of the first American space exploration in a surprising exhibition.

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    What's happening?

    Bookchat: You tell the stories your way – life writing as only you know how (and events July 23 onwards)

    Is it about writing a whole life story? No, not really. What then? It’s about hundreds and thousands of stories. All yours and only you can do it. That’s what it is. The stories of your life. Little ones, big ones, other people’s stories seen through your eyes. Your opinions on things. Think of Phoebe Waller-Bridge with Fleabag. Think of Karl Ove Knausgaard. The stories will be there for your children or other people’s children. For everyone. You can make us laugh and cry and wonder at the life you’ve led. Angela J. Phillip has a look at how to do it.

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    Polyamory

    Theatre Nation at Hastings Fringe 2019

    Theatre Nation’s Patrick Kealey and Tom Daldry bring two dynamic productions to Hastings this month, writes A. Vasudevan. Part of Hastings Fringe 2019, Kealey’s one-man show, The Life and Rhymes of Archy and Mehitabel, opens at The St Leonards Pub, and Daldry’s self-penned black comedy Polyamory? at The Pig’s Palace.

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    Divest East Sussex campaigners say "Fossil Fuel ain't Cool!"

    Anti-Fossil Fuel campaign on the home stretch

    Last Saturday, Divest East Sussex campaigners took their message to Bexhill as part of the Swinging Sixties event on the seafront. HOT’s Erica Smith donned her glad rags and picked up her protest placard.

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    Demain - the film

    ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow): a crucial film for now

    What are people already doing around the globe practically and economically, that could alter the way we care for the Earth and each other? Watch ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow) and find out. Probably THE most crucial film for living generations and those to come. Kendal Eaton has organised another showing of this vital film on Wednesday 17 July 2019 at The Pig’s Palace.

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    The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza

    Bookchat: Top five children’s books in East Sussex (and events July 16 onwards)

    A total of 620 children from 36 schools in East Sussex voted to choose their favourite books in a competition organised as part of a series of events where authors read extracts of their work to children across the county. Angela J. Phillip looks at The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza which came first and the other four top books suitable for 9 – 11-year-olds (and upwards to about 95 or so).

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    000Tim-B'vard

    The mind-expanding Bavard Bar

    For over two years, the Bavard Bar has been bringing monthly entertainment and food for thought to the good folk of Hastings. Impressario Tim Crook talks to HOT’s Erica Smith about presentations, passion and oojakapivvies.

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    New campaign wants you to drop everything and read!

    Drop everything and read! That’s the message from the National Literacy Trust, who want as many as possible in the town to stop what they are doing at 2pm today, Friday 12 July, and spend 10 minutes reading. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Rough sketch of mosaic from Emma.

    Help create the Warrior Square Station mosaic!

    In addition to the beautiful fruit and vegetable community garden at Warrior Square Station, Transition Town Hastings is facilitating a community designed and crafted mosaic at the front of the station.

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    Sparkly Bird

    ‘Sparkly Bird’ at Hastings Museum

    ‘Sparkly Bird’ is a totally unique experience with spoken word, aerial performance, and dance, not to mention the 12 original songs performed by The Fabulous Red Diesel. Based on the real life experience of lead singer, Kat Lee Ryan and her sister.

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    Image: Rhythm of the Dance website.

    Rhythm of the Dance

    White Rock Theatre, Sunday 7 July 2019: HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick was present to enjoy the National Dance Company of Ireland’s visit to Hastings last weekend.

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    More slots.

    Slots where slots shouldn’t be

    Even in high summer, Hastings Pier is looking meagre still, with more toy animals than visitors. (Closing at 5pm in high summer probably doesn’t help.) The ‘new amusement area’ has opened — but some of gaming machines are where they should not be. What will Hastings Borough Council (HBC) do? Bernard McGinley looks at a needlessly drawn-out problem.

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    Flash fiction

    Bookchat: Flash fiction – kerpow! (and events July 9 onwards)

    Yes, it’s very short. Condensed and explosive. Reader reads. Reader expands and story lingers. That’s how it works but how do you write a piece like that? Angela J. Phillip explores the form of the flash, dribble, drabble, micro – or the tiny tiny story with the long life.

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    01XR

    Extinction Rebellion: the time is NOW

    Larch Maxey came to Stade Hall last Wednesday evening (3 July) to talk to around 70 people about the climate emergency and social change. He spoke with passion about his discovery of Extinction Rebellion (XR) after a 25-year record of unrewarded activism and how he, like so many of us, found in XR what he’d been looking for all that time. XR understands that humans respond to stress emotionally, that we’re only about 20% rational, so, faced with climate emergency, we don’t simply do the math and put things right. Hence, our important principle of no shame and no blame, especially as our choices as consumers and non-consumers are in very short supply. XR Hastings member, Terry McBride shares her experience of the meeting with HOT readers.

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    TymonAndClaudia

    Claudia de Grandi and Tymon Dogg celebrate the moon

    This Saturday at 6pm in A Wave of Dreams gallery in Kings Road, St Leonards, there will be a remarkable collaboration to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing. Painter Claudia de Grandi and violinist Tymon Dogg  plan to improvise together – mixing paint and music. HOT’s Erica Smith tunes in to the moonscapes.

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