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Coronavirus statistical update: Hastings plays catch-up on vaccination rates

The deployment of pop-up and mobile vaccination clinics in Hastings is helping to give a much-needed boost to the relatively low pace with which the local population, especially in the more deprived areas, is being given the jab. Higher rates are being achieved elsewhere in East Sussex. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.

Posted 16:18 Monday, May 31, 2021 In: Covid-19 Tags: ,
Michael Rakowitz: ‘April is the cruellest month’. A Waterfronts commission with Turner Contemporary for England’s Creative Coast. Photo © Thierry Bal2

South-east coast creative adventures

It is gratifying how people, businesses and the creative industries have defied the rigours of Covid while retaining their optimisim and energy.  HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was pleased to discover that seven south east coastal towns have come together to celebrate their stories, histories, community and creativity in outdoor installations.

Hearing you loud and clear, Archy!

In Patrick Kealey’s solo show, The Life and Rhymes of Archy and Mehitabel, Archy, free-verse poet and reluctant transmigrated cockroach, energetically and heartfully relates his life experiences – included a failed suicide attempt and his encounters with various other non-human characters. Although his words are inspired by writing from the early 1900s, Kealey passionately delivers a serious, contemporary message for his human audience. HOT’s Zelly Restorick went along to the opening night at The Stables Theatre.

Posted 16:49 Friday, May 28, 2021 In: Performance

Fresh blood for council committees

Portfolios have been allocated to members of the Hastings Borough Council Cabinet and the new make-up of committees decided. Some newly elected councillors have found themselves with several committee appointments. ESCC Green councillor Julia Hilton has a place on the pensions committee. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 16:53 Thursday, May 27, 2021 In: Politics Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Once a Yardie, always a Yardie

HOT’s Erica Smith re-visited The Yard (aka Britannia Enterprise Centre in Waterworks Road) and checked out the latest arrival – the new Hastings town centre branch of Half Man Half Burger!

Posted 21:41 Wednesday, May 26, 2021 In: Food & Drink

Front row seats for Sparkly Bird show

Kat Lee-Ryan is one of Hastings’ shiniest, sharpest living treasures – throughout lockdown she broadcast a nightly show of lullabies from her home studio, she is half of Kat Dog and the driving force behind big band The Fabulous Red Diesel. She is also the creator of the wonderful musical Sparkly Bird, part of this year’s Brighton Fringe festival which launches this week. Erica Smith sings the praises of this amazing show which explores the flying highs and deadly lows of a young woman at odds with her mental health.

Coronavirus statistical update: Indian variant rings alarm bells

The Indian variant, or one version of it, has become the UK’s enemy no 1 in the battle against the coronavirus, spreading at a worrying rate and threatening to derail the roadmap schedule out of lockdown restrictions in June. It has not so far been detected in East Sussex. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall except where noted.

Posted 17:53 Tuesday, May 25, 2021 In: Covid-19 Tags: , , , , ,

The Life and Rhymes of Archy and Mehitabel

Director, actor, writer and local resident, Patrick Kealey – of local theatre company, Theatre Nation – is about to step out onto the stage in a solo show: The Life and Rhymes of Archy and Mehitabel. Kealey not only adapted the humourous, cult comic writings of Don Marquis (well-known for his highly satirical observations of the human race), he also deliciously embodies each of the fascinating characters, including both Archy and Mehitabel – and more. HOT’s Zelly Restorick tuned in to listen to Kealey’s recent conversation with actor and comedian, Ben Keaton and shares some highlights here. Photos by Peter Mould.

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