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Master Balladeer – Peter Bolwell

Hot’s Sean O’ Shea talks to Peter Bolwell who is one of the most talented and engaging musicians on the local acoustic session’s circuit; he is also one of the most unassuming. As well as buckets of musicality he has a dry sense of humour, hence his performances are peppered with wry jokes and quirky observations on the human condition. He can be heard playing and singing at sessions and events in and around the Old Town, as well as on Wednesday evenings at Mungo’s Cafe near Hastings pier.

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The old man at the Stade

Hot’s Sean O’Shea continues his dialogue with the the old man at the Stade. 

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Militarisation in schools – a teacher’s perspective

Dr. Paula Radice has lived and worked as a primary teacher in Hastings & St Leonards since 1995 and in the last few years has been a local Headteacher. Hot’s Sean O’Shea talks with her about her experience of militarisation in schools, the impact it can have on young minds, and what it’s like being expected by Inspectors to “promote British values” in her school.

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Blue Rumour…more than just hearsay!

HOT’s Sean O’Shea talks with the well-known and popular local musicians Paul Way-Rider and Angie Phillip (formerly of The Red Geraniums) about their most recent musical re-incarnation as a duo called Blue Rumour. Their launch gig, which will be at The Black Cat in St Leonards on Friday 8 December 2017 (9pm), is worth entering in your Christmas treats diary.

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The Hastings & Rye Constituency Labour Party (HRCLP) have appointed a new party organiser. HOT’s Sean O’Shea discusses some of the challenges facing the appointee in developing a more open, democratic and inclusive culture in the local party. He argues that the development of a party which is genuinely ‘for the many not the few’ could be the key to Labour’s future electoral success.

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HOT’s Sean O’Shea updates readers on the ‘Say No to Hate Speech Appeal’ (March 2017), reminds us of the rule change on Anti-Semitism & Hate Speech agreed at the Labour Party Conference September 2017, and summarises some of the challenges facing the new local Labour Party Organiser. In the interests of securing a Labour victory in the next election, he appeals for a change of culture within the local party.

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Momentum – the untold Part 2, (January 2016 – March 2017)

In part two of this article HOT’s, Sean O’Shea describes the evolution of the Hastings’ Momentum group. Read part one of this article here: Momentum – the untold Part 1.

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In this article, which is in two parts, HOT’s Sean O’Shea describes the struggle for power and control between different factions within Momentum in the past year, and the evolution of the local Hastings’ Momentum group. It’s a drama of great expectations and enduring disappointments, and raises the question: what’s left of the Left?

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