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This Is Hastings @ The Lighting Of The Beacon

As part of the Jubilee celebrations, This Is Hastings headed up to the East Hill last night to witness the ceremonial lighting of the beacon.

Crowds gathered as the mighty torch was lit, and in turn inspired beacons in the far distance to take up flame – creating a domino effect towards Eastbourne and beyond.

It was an awe-inspiring spectacle, only slightly diluted by the abundance of surrounding lights, without which the full effect of old would have been visible. (Unfortunately no timely power cuts arrived)

With a stunning full moon and clear skies adding to the experience, this was a real treat for all those that breathlessly stomped up the hill to enjoy it.

 
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This Is Hastings @ Silent Disco 5

After the lovely lighting of the beacon on the East Hill, This Is Hastings headed down to the Brass Monkey for a bit of quiet … at the fifth Silent Disco!

With much the same setup as the fourth installment of this excellent event – but with added bonus and welcome return of DJ Richard Dennett spinning his hip-hop classics until the small hours.

The place was packed inside and out with pop, rock and hip-hop lovers flicking through the channels in search of their next dance floor hit.

Mr. Hastings is a bit too fragile for anymore verbosity, so why not let the pictures do the talking …

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This Is Hastings @ De Jongens Driest

This Is Hastings headed down to The Stade to witness the musical styling of “Holland’s smallest brass band” as part of the weekly Stade Saturdays events.

The crowd were treated to a whole host of toe tapping, brassy numbers from De Jongens Driest – taking requests as well as playing countless classics.

While all of the musicians were exceptionally engaging, the sousaphonist (wrap-around tuba) was certainly a focal point for appreciation – the playful oom-pa-pa tones got the crowd bobbing to its bassy goodness.

Fortunately, the rain was kind enough to hold off until the final encore. When the heavens finally opened, This Is Hastings was safely sheltered inside, with the delightful sounds of De Jongens Driest resonating in our ears for hours to come.

Yet another Saturday spectacle enjoyed on The Stade.

 

 
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This Is Hastings @ The Big Jubilee Lunch

This Is Hastings headed down to Marine Quarter yesterday to attend the delicious and delightful Big Jubilee Lunch.

With flags proudly flying, and the pavement lined with tables filled with a host of traditional patriotic tasty treats (jelly, cucumber sandwiches Pimms etc.) there were smiles as far as the eye could see.

This Is Hastings strolled down past a bit of live accordion outside Bar Blah, and some summery tunes spun outside of Cafe Relax. All added with a timely burst of sunshine The Big Jubilee Luncg made for an exceptionally warm and enjoyable day, packed full of community spirit!

 

 
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Day Tripper – Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf

Published on June 1, 2012 in Live Music, Tourism

Having been struck by the talents of Canadian musician Jordan Cook (aka Reignwolf) at The Sharing Blanket Unplugged,

This Is Hastings caught back up with him for a chat about his time in Hastings:

Jordan is a songwriter and musician originally from Canada, now residing in Seattle.

Now on his forth visit to our wonderful little corner of the world, he first visited Hastings in 2006 after meeting local talent Blair (soon to be featured himself)

Since meeting, they have become firm friends as well as collaborating on his new tracks.

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Dog Blog – Rolo

Published on June 1, 2012 in Dog Blog

STATISTICS

Name:
Rolo

Breed:
Akita

Age:
8 months

General Info:
This fluffy young boy was having a lovely afternoon in Hastings town centre meeting his fans, Ms Hastings had to fight to the front of the queue to grab this snap!

Rolo loves food and will eat anything – he has been known to eat an entire bag of  sugar as well as boxes of tea bags (perhaps he was trying to make cups of tea in his mouth)

Very good at tricks, and following instructions, Rolo is lucky enough to have a great, tiny, human partner in crime to make mischief with.

 
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This Is Hastings – Two Month Anniversary!

Published on June 1, 2012 in News

For too long Hastings has been marred by negative press, and the assumption that there is nothing to do …

On April 1st, This Is Hastings decided enough was enough and broke free from its shackles and has been running riot around town ever since.

With over 200 articles, 1000 photos and 25,000 hits we’re rather happy with how the two couple of months have gone!

We’ve gorged on many a fine meal, sipped countless coffees, attended excellent events, said hello to dogs and sweet rides alike, and best of all met a wealth of exceptionally talented souls along the way.

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60 Years Of Brit Art @ Dragon Bar

To coincide with the diamond jubilee, the Dragon Bar have a very special art exhibtion, celebrating sixty years of British Art.

The eclectic retrospective features the work of Jamie Hewlett (of Gorillaz fame), Ben Eine, Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Deface, David Hockney, Bridget Riley … and a couple of Banksy’s thrown in for good measure!

The photos struggle to do the artwork justice, so get down to the Dragon Bar for yourselves this Jubilee Weekend, for this rare opportunity to see this excellent collection of Brit Art big hitters up close and personal!

 
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Let’s Eat Local – Webbe’s @ The Jerwood Gallery

Published on June 1, 2012 in Food & Drink, Reviews

This Is Hastings was feeling like a treat, so headed down to Rock-a-Nore for a late lunch at Webbe’s @ The Jerwood Gallery. (after a recommendation from local talent Derek Brown)

Although in search of just food, the £2 gallery entry fee was still required (although this is seemingly to change in the future) – although This Is Hastings did end up taking the opportunity for a quick post-meal whip round the gallery to top up the culture coffers.

The artwork admittedly deserved more time, but unfortunately its very easy to lose track when perched on the cafe’s balcony overlooking The Stade.

Feeling like the king of the castle, This Is Hastings decided to dine as decadently, sharing a Sussex Weald Smokers Charcuterie Board and a bucket of Spiced Potato Wedges, sided with a couple of bottles of Curious Brew.

The charcuterie board was stacked with all manner of meaty morsels, as well as patte, mustard, bread, pickles and onions. All delicious in their delicacy (with the only conundrum of three slices of bread / meat to share between two!)

The spiced potato wedges almost counted for a meal in themselves – cascading out of their bucket with light fluffy innards and a tangy chilli kick on the outsides.

While the Curious Brew topped off the sunny luncheon perfectly – brewed just down the way in Tenterton, it is made using a fusion of wine and beer making skills – leaving you with an intriguing hybrid of lager, ale and champagne!

So if you’re in the mood for a treat for eyes and belly alike, head on down to the Jerwood Gallery, as the view from the balcony alone is worth the entry fee – better yet, get down on the first Tuesday of the month, for free entry!

 

 
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Sweet Ride – Bernard

Published on June 1, 2012 in Sweet Rides

STATISTICS

Name:
Bernard (but his owner plans to change it)

Age:
Has yet to be determined

Owner:
Nathan

General Info:
This is Hastings met Bernard on St Leonards seafront taking in the evening sun during a ride to Bexhill.

We couldn’t get too much information on Bernard as the owner received him as a birthday gift.

However we did find out that he originated from London, he rides beautifully and his owner is very proud of him.

 

 
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