Coming out of the shadows: Shadowlark

Tweet Bands come together in a variety of different ways; singing competitions like X Factor, mutual friends, or auditions. But the main origins behind bands seems to be school or college friends looking for something to do. That’s what it is like for three-piece indie band, Shadowlark. If you enjoy listening to the ethereal music of Bat For Lashes and Florence and the Machine, the front-woman of Shadowlark, Ellen Smith, is one of the main reasons why you should be into the band. Hailing from Leeds, Smith is joined by…

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Cleaning up our act, one beach at a time

Tweet Our coasts are severely suffering from the effects of plastic pollution. With some beaches experiencing washed up litter, here in Brighton rubbish is carelessly left behind. Last bank holiday weekend, the Brighton and Hove Independent reported that 20 tonnes of waste was discarded on Brighton’s beaches. Plastic pollution is not just an eyesore. It can cause catastrophic consequences not only in the South East, but all over the globe. A plastic cup left on the beach after a day out could easily get swept up by the tide, ending…

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Jack in the Green 2018 – Proving May Day festivals are here to stay

Tweet Giants, jacks, bogies – these are just some of the weird and wonderful characters seen at the annual Jack in the Green festival in Hastings. For one weekend a year, they descend on Hastings Old Town with the streets covered by over 800 bunches of leaves as the start of summer is welcomed on May Day. 2018 saw an estimated 15000 people line the 1.5 mile route to West Hill where they were treated to live music and performances by Morris dancing teams from across the country before the…

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The Manchester And Southern Divide

Tweet It is known that there is a divide between the north and south of England. These differences come from a clash in social, economic and cultural differences. More recently, the divide is becoming prominently worse with London being the financial capital of the world and the most sought after place to live, it is denying the North and other parts of the UK opportunities to thrive. Students are leaving their nests and flying out into the world of university with some staying close to home and others going far away….

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The Future of Hastings pier

Tweet With £500,000 pounds needed by the end of May, the future of the Hastings pier looks uncertain. Events such as Hastings Pier Jam are a possible solution to the funding issues currently experienced. The one-day music festival brought together a wide range of people and will have brought in a substantial sum of money to the pier itself. The worry regarding the pier is that it will have to be sold, and in turn commercialised. Commercialisation could mean an end to these kind of music events and the town…

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New study discovers why referees in football are getting abuse

Tweet   The war against referee abuse in football continues as new survey finds most grassroots referees put it down to a lack of respect shown at the elite level of the game.   The survey, which was conducted by Sky Sports News and the FA found that 91% of grassroots referees believe that the lack of respect shown at elite level of football trickles down to grassroots football. However, James Lisher, Senior Referee Development Officer at Essex FA, is not overly surprised by this figure and also goes on…

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