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Guillermo and Gerard

Last Tango in Hastings : Part One

Hastings tango dancers are becoming a common sight, whether it is along the De la Warr terraces or filling up Hastings Museum at night. There are classes on Sundays and Tuesdays and all sorts of other opportunities. Hastings Tango Club are further honoured by having music specially dedicated to them by Hastings own renowned composer, Polo Piatti, to be played as a World premier at the Hastings Museum Valentine Tango event this Friday 15 February, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

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‘Plenty of Fish’ by Seaside Belle

And so my dip into the waters that are ‘Plenty of Fish’ online dating comes to an end…and with one noticable exception (Yes, you! I was a fool to let you slip through my fingers!) it’s been more a case of innumerable plankton.  A Hastings belle recounts her experiences with online dating.

Posted 15:20 Friday, Feb 8, 2013 In: Literature Tags: ,
Chiara Vinci

How Do They Do It In Hastings?

When I first arrived in Hastings I was impressed to see Opera SouthEast perform here and see other touring opera and ballet appear at the White Rock Theatre.  As a cultural centre, I thought,  surely Hastings ‘punches above its weight’? This did not prepare me for the wonderful performances of my favourite (Mozart) operas being performed over the last four years by the ‘Complete Singer Advanced Course‘ at St Mary in the Castle, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack

Posted 11:53 Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 In: Performance Tags: , , ,
Fiona Banner, Harrier and Jaguar Ingots, Detail, courtesy of Jerwood Gallery

Seven artists at the Jerwood

The Jerwood Gallery is currently exhibiting work by contemporary and internationally recognized artists with a close association to Hastings. The exhibition has opened alongside a new hang of the Jerwood Gallery’s permanent collection rooms.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand stands up for the pier

Jo Brand, one of the UK’s most highly regarded comedians and ex local resident, is coming to Hastings to help save the pier.  She’ll be performing at The White Rock Theatre on March 30th with support from fellow comedians, Doon Mackichan, Angela Barnes and Quincy.  HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Jo some questions.

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Renaissance Woman

History graduate, Zoe Ashdown, is poised to write a new chapter in the 


East End Photographs by Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff is well known as a director, playwright and actor – a creative giant of the theatre.  He is less well known as a photographer, but his genius is truly revealed in the current show at Lucy Bell’s Gallery in St Leonards. HOT reporter Cathy Simpson visited East End Photographs by Steven Berkoff and discussed his work with Lucy Bell.

Author Richard Makin at home by the sea

Insane Leonards: snapshots of delirium from a new magnetic pole #1

First of an irregular episodic piece of writing by St Leonards-based author Richard Makin

Posted 19:36 Friday, Jan 18, 2013 In: Literature Tags: , , , , , ,
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