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Allotment Life

Ginny Foster

In non-allotment life, advice is not always welcomed and the very idea of even listening to a good plan from an opposing viewpoint is seen as betrayal. A very appealing aspect of the allotment community is the appreciation of good advice, the exchange of knowledge based on hard experience and the respect in which the older members are held. They literally ‘know their onions’!

Back to 1945: it’s time to make sure Britain can feed itself again.

Tom Serpell

Food security in the UK is threatened by multi-national companies moving production abroad and by just in time deliveries being threatened by a variety of obstacles, including Brexit, Covid and the war in Ukraine. Even more disastrous has been the hike in energy prices which has increase the price of even the most basic food. The government must find some solutions to a looming catastrophe which is partly of its own making

As Pride rightly celebrates, trans people still face bigotry

Ross McNally

LGBT+ rights have improved significantly over the last 50 years, with widespread acceptance of homosexuality in recent years. In contrast, Ross McNally argues that rights for trans people are falling behind and transphobia is widespread, not helped by negative coverage in the media. Pride should reclaim its radical roots and show solidarity with the trans community.

Outsourcing the asylum system: the Rwanda deportation scheme

Vivienne Griffiths

The government’s Rwandan scheme reveals a worrying outsourcing of the delivery of our entire asylum system to another state. At stake is the proper care of vulnerable refugees, their mental health and an erosion of human rights for us all as the government seeks to enforce a system widely damned as shameful and inhumane.

Redefining refugees and asylum seekers: Leila’s story

Mo Kanjilal

The daughter of political activists who fled from Iran, Leila Zadeh’s story is an inspirational one. Understanding that she was a refugee herself motivated her to seek work with asylum seekers and to fight against prejudice and division. Now in a leading role in a charity supporting LGBTQI+ peoples seeking asylum, Leila told her story to Mo Kanjilal.

James Cory-Wright’s Digested Month … bubbles over

James Cory-Wright

Bubble tea shops are popping up all over the place. I counted ten in Brighton. The bubble boom is boosted by social media; there are even bubble tea ‘influencers’ on social media platforms.  So rather than die wondering, give it a try, even if it’ll probably be just the once. Before the bubble bursts.   

Hidden treasures on Sussex shelves – the joy of reading

Tom Serpell

Sussex is rich in literary heritage, having been home to some of the greats, like Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling and A.A.Milne. The pleasures of reading are extolled in Tom Serpell’s latest article, prompted by his grandson’s new love of books. He discusses the importance of libraries and independent bookshops where reading can be encouraged, as well as new online media platforms.

Bring back fun: a manifesto for madness in dire times

James Joughin
XR protesters, dressed in protective clothing, pushing a small boat on large wheels.

With the prospect of a general election as early as next year, what can campaigners do to break the Tories’ grip on power? James Joughin explores progressive alliances, the ‘Portillo moment’ and Martin Bell’s surprise victory in 1997, as well as lessons to be learned from the Situationist International, the Sex Pistols and Extinction Rebellion.

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Pedalling to the Jubilee again – and I’ve seen a few!

Ginny Foster

Despite knowing all the negatives, and being cynical enough about the latest jubilee to see it as a diversion from our national woes, Ginny Foster has to admit to loving the carnival atmosphere that the celebrations engender. She describes her experiences of jubilees past and present – by bike.

Repairing, restoring and reusing in mid-Sussex repair cafés

Alison Rees

Local repair cafés are one of those developments that seem long overdue.  The UK currently has over 200 of them, with willing volunteers repairing all kinds of stuff and baking for the café.  They are an important step in the direction of community sustainability. Alison Rees visited the cafés in Lindfield and Chailey and was very impressed. 

WTF Prime Minister! Working From Home works

Rick Dillon

Boris Johnson has come down heavily against working from home. But the evidence points a different way. Millions now take advantage of different ways of doing their jobs, including dividing their working life between office and home.

Greed is not good

Tom Serpell

There is probably potential for greed in us all but it seems paradoxical that the worst proponents should be those with most; and that these can have such impact on the lives of those less greedy. Perhaps love of money really is at the root of evil.

Festival of Europe comes to the Brighton Fringe

Tamsin Shasha

The Festival of Europe is coming to Brighton on Sunday 29 May, with an afternoon of debate, poetry and music. Local MP Caroline Lucas will chair a discussion about democracy under fire, and the event features live music by the Undead Musicians Club.

Growing up Catholic: the teenage years

Claire Hill

In the follow up to the account of her early Catholic childhood, Claire Hill looks back on her strict upbringing and recounts some anecdotes from her teenage years in the 1960s, when she tried, usually unsuccessfully, to go to parties against her father’s wishes.

Is the UK the litter lout of Europe?

Ginny Smith

Other countries manage to keep their environments much cleaner and clearer of litter and general rubbish than we do in the UK. Why is this, how do they do it, and what could we learn from them? Ginny Smith investigates.