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Will Hastings Battleaxe get political?

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Oh, of course Battleaxe will get political, she wouldn't be a Battleaxe otherwise, would she?  I don't think anyone could ignore what's been happening round here - we must be the laughing stock of the world. Philosopher says give up and stick to fluffy kittens, so here is Digby looking suitably fed up.
OK I'll be quick about it.  Skip this if you are totally Brexited out. And everything might be different again in a week's time....
    Battleaxe voted Remain. We should never have had this Referendum in the first place. The issues are far too big to play around with, or to be used as tools for securing party unity (yes, you Mr Cameron).  Britain is a small cog in a huge global economy. Being part of Europe is our best chance of survival. The Leave campaign was based on a fantasy notion of  'Brave Little Britain' that is hopelessly out-dated, if it ever existed. It peddled lies and progaganda, tapping into the worst fears of the population, and was high-jacke…

Bournemouth, Swanage, Portsmouth - travels with Battleaxe, three piers!

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Excellent few days break, starting in Bournemouth (where they charge to go on a pier not nearly as good as Hastings), to Swanage, then up to Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard, staying in Southsea.



On the face of it, the weather looked terrible, but we missed every single violent shower. Most of the photos show threatening storm clouds in the background...
    In Bournemouth, we stayed in a funny little place, the Riviera, right on the top of the West Cliffs, with excellent views across to the Isle of Wight from our room, and an easy stroll down to town. At first, we were delighted that it was a traditional seaside hotel, frilly curtains, eccentric staff, clanking metal grille lift, strange meal hours etc. but we soon tired of the traditional seaside hotel disadvantages - shower emitting feeble trickle, not understanding Earl Grey tea...
     At breakfast one morning Philosopher asked for just bacon. The ?Greek deputy manager gawped, incredulous. 'You.... child...' he sniff…

Hastings Old Town Gardens - and a visit to the Crown

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Just a quick post - down to the Old Town to visit a few open gardens, and rectifying an omission - one of the places to be in Hastings is the Crown pub in All Saints Street, and Battleaxe has never been.....
     The Old Town gardens are quite special - hidden away at the back of the little houses, up Twitterns, down steep steps. Half the fun is looking at the views and the roofscapes.  Today was dull, so pictures a bit less shiny than those from our last visit to the gardens- would you believe in 2013?
     It was good to meet an enthusiastic Battleaxe reader on our way round the gardens. I didn't catch the lady's name, but hello, I'm glad you enjoy the blog!


     Some of the gardens did not seem to be particularly advanced, but still plenty of colour to photograph:






     On our way from Tackleway to the High Street we passed the Crown pub - haunt of hipsters, cutting edge locals and DFLs. It's had excellent reviews. We 'd never been in, so rectified that, and ha…

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