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Pegging his way convincingly down George Street

AAAAArrrrrrrrhhhhh!

Dressing-up has never really done it for me.  I usually think of it as the last refuge of the bored, like Marie-Antoinette dressing up as a shepherdess at Versailles.  My heart sinks at the thought of those parties of Vicars and Tarts or invitations accompanied by a note that the theme of the evening is Donald Duck, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 10:46 Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 In: Hastings People Tags: , ,
JD Bar Bistro, Claremont, Hastings - venue for Hastings Stanza meetings

A start to stanza

Stanza groups are offshoots of the Poetry Society, and consist of people in a given area who come together to talk about poetry – whether to workshop their own work, hear readings or talks by poets, or discuss poetry generally, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 10:19 Monday, Apr 21, 2014 In: Poetry Tags: , , , ,
Juliet Russell, of Vocal Explosion - courtesy of http://www.vocalexplosion.co.uk/

Vocal Explosion in St. Clement’s Church

We found ourselves last night in St. Clement’s Church, in Hastings Old Town, to hear a programme of gypsy music from the community choir Vocal Explosion.  We hadn’t ventured inside this fourteenth-century gem before, but had read about its refurbishment (which aroused the usual mix of “they’ve ruined a lovely church” and “what an improvement on what was there before”). Antony Mair writes.

courtesy Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Gearing up for the Piano Concerto Competition

The first three weeks of March in Hastings are devoted to the Hastings Musical Festival, which has been going for more than a century.  It’s not a festival like those in Edinburgh or Brighton, but consists of a series of competitions for performers in music and dance.   In recent years the jewel in the crown of the Festival has been the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which takes place in the first week of March, the final being on Saturday  8 March, writes Antony Mair

Storm damage at Butler's Gap, photo Antony Mair

A lull between storms

The past few weeks haven’t been much fun, weatherwise.  Those of you living outside the UK may have seen the odd snap of people wading through waist-high waters in their living-rooms, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 08:10 Monday, Feb 17, 2014 In: Hastings Life Tags: , ,
Carmen Miranda lookalike in pram race (photo: Antony Mair)

Hastings Old Town Carnival – the fun continues

By the time you get to Wednesday in Carnival Week you feel yourself flagging a bit.  We’ve had the Whelk-eating competition and the Seaboot race, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 14:05 Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 In: Hastings Life Tags: , , ,
Fairlight Hall piano recital courtesy Antony Mair

Frozen out at Fairlight Hall

The thing about summer in the UK is that we’ve all got this idealised picture of balmy afternoons and evenings, strawberries and cream, cricket matches in the heat etc. – whereas the truth is very different.  People moan about climate change but I have distinct recollections of watching opera in country house venues years ago with the rain lashing down on the marquee – even one occasion at Glyndebourne when everyone was picnicking on the covered walkways like stranded refugees in dinner jackets, writes Antony Mair.

Hastings' Mad Jack Morris Dancers

Jack in the Green – Hastings dresses up again!

More jollity took place in Hastings this Bank Holiday Monday, with Jack in the Green – a celebration of the arrival of summer.  Fortunately, after weeks of dire weather, the sun kindly burnt off the morning sea mist and shone on the crowds, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 17:16 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 In: 1067 & All That Tags: , ,
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