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The Book Doctor By Laura Lockington

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Robert Nemeth: Planning department delays are not acceptable

If the Labour administration were to be believed, everything is now rosy in Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning department.

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Graham Chainey: Skylight extension proposal cocks a snook at history

Graham Chainey: Skylight extension proposal cocks a snook at history

It is one of the oldest parts of town, dating from the 12th century. As you turn from East Street into Bartholomews (the name itself a ghost), you pass through the phantom of the parsonage barn, and on your right is Mockbeggars’ Croft, the phantom of a phantom, since nothing whatever is known about it, except that Mockbeggars were Franciscans. When you reach the Market Street corner, you pass through phantom ruined walls into the old Cluniac priory’s garden, and maybe you will smell the scent of medieval flowers.

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Cllr Alan Robins, chair of the economic development and culture committee on Brighton and Hove City Council SUS-160212-134943001

Alan Robins: Support independent businesses on Small Business Saturday

I was born in Portslade over 50 years ago and grew up surrounded by a range of small independent shops. On nearby North Street, there was Goble’s greengrocers, Rio’s café, Mrs Masters’s wool shop, Mary Whittaker’s sweet shop and Snowie’s – where my mum would send me to buy a block of ice cream that Mr Snow would wrap in a sheet of old newspaper – and where we took our jelly to set in his fridge as we didn’t have a fridge at home. This all happened a long time ago but if I close my eyes I can still see Ms Whittaker standing proudly behind, what seemed like at the time, her very high , sweet-laden counter.

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Sarah Morgan: Complicated and unexpected scents

Sarah Morgan: Complicated and unexpected scents

Wick Candle Boutique in Portland Road curates artisan candles from around the world. Roxanne and Anna source for everyone in terms of scent, style and substance. It isn’t all girly – some lines are packaged like craft beer!

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Cutting youth services is a false economy

Cutting youth services is a false economy

J.M. Barrie in his play The Admirable Crichton wrote “I’m not young enough to know everything” and there’s certainly a lot to learn when you’re young. How to make friends; how to make decisions; how to take care of yourself and your community. Arguably the most important lesson is how to overcome barriers to achieve your potential.

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Warren Morgan: We cannot avoid making painful cuts

Warren Morgan: We cannot avoid making painful cuts

There is no sugaring the pill, no sweetening the message, no avoiding the truth. Your council budget in the spring will contain cuts to services and jobs unlike any seen so far. We have to make savings of £24 million in the coming year, on top of the £100 million savings that have been delivered over the past five years. At the same time it is likely that your council tax will increase by at least four per cent. And the cuts will continue until at least 2020.

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Vivienne Westwood

A night with an architect of punk

In beauty as in other areas, consumer choices are political. With this in mind, I hot-footed along to a City Books evening at The Dome.

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Paul Mason, guest  director of Meaning 2016 SUS-161125-165139001

Business activism for changing times

The fifth annual Meaning Conference sold out Brighton’s Corn Exchange last Thursday with its bravest and most compelling event yet. The choice of journalist Paul Mason as guest director was set from the start to be something special, and contributed a macro-economic worldview that could not have been better timed for this particular audience of change-makers.

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KA-BAAM: Smashburgers spicy offering

Review: ‘Burgers are meant to be dirty, it’s part of their charm’

Anyone who knows me will be aware that I have had a bit of an issue with a certain food craze that, I feel, has got a little bit out of hand.

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Geoffrey Theobald, leader of the Conservative Group on Brighton and Hove City Council SUS-160223-140621001

Geoffrey Theobald: Pushing prices up will impact on tourism

Much of the success of Brighton and Hove over the last few years can be attributed to its ever increasing popularity as a tourist destination, both for UK residents and foreign visitors alike.

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Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council

Warren Morgan: Tough times demand new ways of working

Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, last week sounded an alarm that will echo across council chambers the length and breadth of the country.

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Life on Tapp

Elderly care is an age-old dilemma

Gandhi once famously said that you can judge a country’s greatness by how it treats its animals, a sentiment that us Brits have long taken to heart.

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Rt. Revd. Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham

Hospitality to the stranger

Driving the roads of Sussex at present, I pass lots of new housing, freshly occupied or under construction, some ready and waiting for the first occupants to move in.

News

Sussex PCC's video log: The alarming scale of elder abuse across Sussex

Two Sussex Elders' Commission members appeared alongside Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours recently talking about the rise in fraud against older residents.

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Blaise Tapp

You've a snowflake’s chance in hell of us keeping quiet over Trump

Am I an honorary snowflake? That is the question I have been asking myself during these first few days of what are bound to become known as the Trump Years.

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Our poppy is not a political symbol: Armistice Day Comment

Wembley tonight will be no place for the neutral.

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Cite du Vin

A taste of the future at Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin

If you ever needed another excuse to visit the fabulous city of Bordeaux (as if!), then this is it.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Demonstration of unity

The recent meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby should have shocked us more than perhaps it did.

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Vineyards near Gevrey Chambertin

The golden hills of Burgundy

Last week I was visiting vineyards in Burgundy, where some of the best, and most expensive, wines of the world are made.

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