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August 2018: Regency Brighton and Hove

The plurally-named City of Brighton and Hove rather fittingly is a holidays plural - destination. Its modern, historic, cultural, sporting, happening, a seaside resort ...More
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Claire Rayner

With the death of Claire Rayner this country has lost one exceptional human being, but the heroic life-force of around 10. She was a very rare thing in the world of pressure groups and advocates, a truly independent mind willing to give anyone a verbal kicking, albeit charmingly, if she felt they were being impractical, inhumane or wrong-headed. That of course was particularly so in health-care, where as a nurse of the old-school she highlighted the dogmatic idiocies built into the NHS by Labour and Tory politicians alike since the 1980s. But she was also a successful novelist, a pioneer agony-aunt, and a leading humanist who just weeks ago voiced her disgust at the visit of Pope Benedict in typically robust fashion. Not someone you could ever ignore.

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If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin
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Macbeth Killed at Lumphanan - 1057, Battle of Kilsyth - 1645, Last Execution in The Tower - 1941, Lynmouth Floods Kill 34 - 1952, Beatles Create Stadium Rock at Shea Stadium - 1965, Woodstock Begins - 1969, Inaugural Premier League Games - 1992
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