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Southeastern service to Charing Cross arrives at St Leonards Warrior Square station.

HBC welcomes tender for new rail franchise

As the Southeastern train operating franchise went out to tender last week, council leader Peter Chowney welcomed the move and looked forward to improvements on the current standard of service. Nick Terdre reports.

Mary and Wendy with students in traditional costume.

Enjoying the challenges in Papua New Guinea

In 1978, when Chris Sanderson and her husband Don decided to leave a settled life in Hastings to teach in newly independent Papua New Guinea, they could hardly have guessed that, as Chris puts it, “the forthcoming adventure would change me forever.” How that happened she describes in a fascinating detail in Another ‘Growing up in New Guinea,’ as Nick Terdre recounts.

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Government flouts our rights, say Indians

A Munduruku warrior addresses the meeting.

Debating dams in the rain forest

After a five-day journey by plane, boat, bus and boat, HOT reporter Nick Terdre has finally reached ‘Mission Village’ in the Amazon rain forest, where members of the Munduruku tribe are meeting to discuss the government’s plan to build hydroelectric plants on their land.

Munduruku warriors (photo: Mauricio Torres).

HOT visits Amazon tribe facing dam threat

On a holiday with a difference, HOT reporter Nick Terdre travelled deep into the Amazon rain forest to meet with the Munduruku Indians, who are threatened by government plans to build hydroelectric plants on their land. Read about the first part of his journey here, where he travels from the UK to 

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Pedalling into the sunset

The idea of chucking life’s routines in and heading off into the sunset is an appealing daydream for many people. One possible escape plan would be to pack everything onto a bicycle and get pedalling. HOT’s Rebecca Snotflower speaks to Paul Welsh,

Brede Valley photo: Stephanie Gaunt

Brede ‘Giants’

On Saturday (earlier this month) a brief window of bright sunny weather opened in the morning, so we jumped through it and headed out to Brede – the restored steam engines at the old Waterworks only operate on the first Saturday of each month and on bank holidays. As the first Saturday of March is coming up, Hastings Battleaxe recommends a visit.

Posted 13:39 Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 In: Travel Tags: , , ,
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Cannes, a very super market

Hastings and St Leonards are developing quite an affinity with the quaint and unpretentious town of Cannes: first St Leonards featured at the Straight 8 Film Festival there last July, then we hosted the Trash Cannes Festival in October. Now Christine Kimberley gives us an exclusive personal account of her recent visit to the festival

Posted 21:16 Monday, Jun 3, 2013 In: Film,Travel Tags: , ,
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