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- Adventures of a Hasting’s FlâneurThe title of this article is ‘Adventures of a Hasting’s Flâneur‘, but what do I mean by a Flâneur? Luckily, there are as many definitions as there are dictionaries, some state that it is ‘a man who saunters around observing society.’ another states that ‘A flâneur is, quite simply, a leisurely wanderer, a worldly explorer,Continue reading “Adventures of a Hasting’s Flâneur”
- Rye and Romney Marsh: Landscape of MysteryA personal impression of a unique landscape
- The Chalybeate Springs and Healing Waters of HastingsExploration of the natural springs and healing waters of Hastings
- The Hastings VariationThe Story of how Hastings became the Chess Capital of the UK
- Rocks in the LandscapeThe story of a unique garden with a history involving Pennsylvania, ancient rocks and a cast of poets , writers and artists.
- The Wreck of the AmsterdamThe story of the tragic voyage of the Dutch cargo ship ‘The Amsterdam’ and its subsequent shipwreck on Bulverhythe Beach in 1749.
- The Strange Tale of Whistler’s MotherHow the subject of one of the World’s best known paintings, spent the last few years of her life in Hastings
- Borderlands – Between Strand and SeaThese are the borderlands between strand and sea, a constantly changing landscape of endless possibilities.
- The Ghosts of Lamb HouseThe Ghosts of Lamb House in the Medieval Town of Rye
- The Boy who Loved the SeaWhen Paula Rego brought her stories to Hastings
- The Crumbling Cliffs of St. Leonards (and other tales)The story of the Unstable cliffs of West St. Leonards
- Pre-Raphaelites at the SeasideThe story of how the Pre-Raphaelite artists were inspired by Hastings and the surrounding countryside.
- Secret Hastings – A Tale of Two Churches (Part 2)Secret Hastings – The story of Hasting’s Oldest church, now a picturesque ruin.
- A Visit to the Temple of ArtA flying visit to the National Gallery in London
- Ode to the SeagullHow I learnt to know and love Seagulls
- Secret Hastings – A Tale of Two Churches (Part 1)Secret Hastings – A hidden Church in a wood and a graveyard full of stories
- The Priest Who Loved FossilsHow Hastings inspired Teilhard de Chardin in his spiritual quest
- Tunnel Vision – The Genius of Marc BrunelThe Extraordinary life of Marc Brunel and the construction of the Thames Tunnel
- A Rebel in the FamilyThe life of Lewis Valentine, Welsh Patriot and Pacifist
- Sacrifice in a BogThe story of Tollund Man and the Bog bodies of Denmark
- Leftovers – The Art of Tal RThe World of the Danish artist Tal R and his 2019 Exhibition in Hastings Contemporary
- My Family and Nottingham LaceA pilgrimage back into my Father’s Family and Nottingham Lace
- Ritual and the MundaneResilience and Survival in the Time of Pandemic
- The Town that loves to PartyA celebration of the festivals of my adopted town and its ‘Joie de Vivre’
- Pandemic BluesBlues Music in the early 20th century and how it dealt with Disease and pandemics
- A Jewel in Rural KentA hidden Chagall masterpiece in rural Kent
- Edith’s StoryThe tragic story of Edith Swan-Neck and the death of Harold in 1066
- Simple Pleasures – Rye PotteryHow I came to love 1950’s Rye Pottery
- An Iconic Church in St LeonardsAn article on St. Leonards iconic modernist gothic church designed by Giles Gilbert Scott
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