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Britain is leaving the single market

We are leaving the European Union. Many readers may have thought that this news was established last June. For those less sure, the Prime Minister’s speech this week should leave no one in any doubt that Britain will be leaving not just the EU but the single market and its customs union. In so doing, our country will be free to set its own border controls, laws and new trade deals with the rest of the world.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

The potential of life, individually and collectively

Because I’m fairly disorganised, I reckon it’s still not too late to make some new year resolutions.

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Blaise is trying to keep on the straight and narrow

I'm going off my trolley with insane dieting advice

Over the years I have come up with a variety of strategies to cope with the tedium of frequent visits to the supermarket.
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Sing For Better Health in Brighton

New years bring new beginnings

A new year marks a time when many people redouble their efforts to get fit and stay fit.

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A deserted station during rush hour this morning

COMMENT: Sussex commuters left to suffer Southern rail Groundhog Day

It is fair to say that tens of thousands of ordinary Sussex folk are currently enduring a very dark version of Groundhog Day.

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Blaise Tapp is off to the pub

Don’t let the great British pub dry up

We are regularly told that January is the most miserable month of the lot: 31 short days and long cold nights when very few of us have any cash and are full of self-loathing.

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Does long-running strike call for new law?

As 2017 begins, the Southern Rail strikes are now entering their tenth month. I have written before of the sheer frustration of these strikes being held when jobs and pay for rail staff have been guaranteed for years to come.

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Reverend Tom Robson

God humbled himself to meet us in the reality of ordinary, new-born life.

On January 6 the church celebrates Epiphany

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Steps to help the homeless off the street

Homelessness is one of the great social injustices. We must do all we can to protect those at risk of sleeping rough and those already living on the streets.

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Can a tablet improve a family’s life?

For the past week in our house, ever since a fat man in a red suit paid us a visit, there have been episodes of unnerving silence.

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Dr. Russell popularised sea bathing and the curative powers of drinking seawater and in doing so hugely boosted Brightons resort status. This photograph shows the beach in Edwardian times with the Royal Albion Hotel visible beyond the Palace Pier.

A doctor’s glad tidings had them all drinking seawater

A doctor from Lewes became a very wealthy man indeed after recommending that drinking seawater could cure a host of illnesses.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

We should expect a busy 2017

A year ago, we were looking forward to a busy 2016. Writing this article now, as the year draws to a close, I can safely say that it has been a captivating and memorable twelve months.

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Let’s make 2017 a year to remember

Every January, for the 18 years of my working career prior to becoming your MP, I would write five objectives for my department to complete for the year ahead. At the end of the year, I would then be appraised as to how we had measured up.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP SUS-160526-130924001

The Christmas spirit is with us all year

It’s been a memorable and eventful year but now, at Christmastime, we can pause and take stock. We can reflect on the last twelve months and look ahead to the opportunities that 2017 will bring.

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The Dark of Battle

It is flattering to find that this column is not only reporting the news, but making it also. In October I drew attention to the “Twin Striped Parking Python”. Low and behold the topic dominated 4 pages of the 8th December issue. I’m hoping this month’s column will likewise stimulate serious discussion.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Bauble, Holly, Sparkle and Hope

Although we still use the language of Christmas to describe the late December holiday, we now often hear festive, seasonal events described in other ways, like Winter Wonderland or Lapland Family Fun.

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The Right Reverend Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes

Who we are is about our relationships

It’s popular these days to look within to find the ‘real you’.

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Oxen at work on the Sussex Downs. Black oxen were originally of Welsh stock while the true Sussex ox was red. There were also black and white beasts.

Ringmer man coveted his neighbour’s oxen

England’s first Lord Chancellor, William Cowper, when a barrister on circuit, wrote to his wife in 1690, complaining about the ruinous state of our county’s roads, especially in the Weald between the North and South Downs:

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The wonderful world of sherry, port and Madeira wines

By Richard Esling BSc DipWSET

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Unions standing in the way of progress

Constituents are rightly furious with the state of our local rail services. Southern rail has been crippled again by strikes. Southeastern’s services have deteriorated for existing passengers and those searching for a reliable alternative to Southern. The state of our railway personally impacts me on three fronts. Firstly, I commute from East Sussex to Parliament so I also get stuck on our trains when they do not work. Secondly, I now spend the bulk of my day in Rail inquiries, meetings with Ministers, speaking for commuters in the chamber and taking other Parliamentary action to put pressure on those responsible to fix the issue. Finally, I spend much of the time I have left writing back to the many constituents who email and write each day asking me what I am doing to help resolve the matter as it is seriously impacting their lives.

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