Month: December 2017

A unique exhibition at Petworth House celebrates the poet and painter William Blake and his relationship with Sussex

THE poet and painter William Blake described the Sussex village of Felpham where he lived for three years as “the sweetest spot on earth”. Many of his later works were inspired by his experience of living in Sussex and now for the first time a major new exhibition celebrating the artist’s relationship with the county opens on January 13 at Petworth House. Some of Blake’s greatest works from poetry to painting will be shown in the William Blake in Sussex: Visions of Albion exhibition, the first to bring together for display many of his Sussex-inspired works, as well as...

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Enjoy a nose-to-nose encounter with a sloth in a new attraction at a Sussex zoo

VISITORS  to a Sussex zoo can come face-to-face with two-toed sloths in a experience for this year. Drusillas Park in Alfriston has added the personal encounters with its slowest and most popular residents after the success of its Close Encounter animal experiences with other creatures including lemurs, meerkats, coatis, penguins, snakes and tarantulas. Zoo manager Sue Woodgate says, “As these wonderful little guys are so popular at the zoo, we thought now would be a good time to bring in something special for all the sloth fans out there. “The encounter will take place in our walk-through bat enclosure,...

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TV show joins forces with a Sussex company to renovate a family’s home and garden after a mother was left paralysed

AN episode of the TV show DIY SOS: The Big Build presented by Nick Knowles will feature a project in Arundel to renovate a garden to make it accessible for a wheelchair-bound mother. The aim of the project, to be shown in an episode of the show on January 4, was to help mother-of-four Amanda Newton, who was training for an iron man when she was involved in an accident after her brakes failed whilst cycling at 40mph down Bury Hill. Amanda, who is married to builder Vic, lost control and smashed into a signpost, which catapulted her into...

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West Sussex actress Gwendoline Christie is a force to be reckoned with as the chromium-clad Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

MAY the force be with her… West Sussex actress Gwendoline Christie has been hailed as one of the biggest stars of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is in cinemas on Friday. The 6ft 3in-tall actress, 39, plays Captain Phasma, the armour-suited commander of the Stormtroopers, for the second time in the Skywalker saga. At this week’s European premiere of the eighth movie in the cult Star Wars franchise at The Royal Albert Hall in London, she walked the red carpet in a stunning floor-length nude gown with black beading from the Iris van Herpen fall 2017 couture collection....

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What a catch: Imelda Staunton, Rula Lenska, Jane Horrocks and Jessie Buckley are just a few of the celebrities posing naked with fish for new Fishlove campaign

AS A hook to reel in support for a campaign to end overfishing, celebrities posing naked with a strategically placed fish is a real catch. In the latest set of images from the Fishlove campaign, which is produced by the Brighton-based Japanese restaurant MOSHIMO, seven celebrities appear naked with fish from Europe’s seas. They include actresses Imelda Staunton, who poses with a blonde ray, Rula Lenska hugging a brill, Jane Horrocks holding a ling, and Jessie Buckley clutching a sturgeon. Actress and director Florence Keith-Roach has been photographed with a European eel, which has become virtually extinct through overfishing...

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