A trail of two schools

Posted on 6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Starting and finishing at Southwater Country Park, Vincent Hallett’s route crosses the Arun Valley line back and forth to afford glimpses of two very different West Sussex schools.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Christmas is coming and the kids are breaking bad... in shops

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Posted on 12:52pm Monday 16th December 2013

Jo Chipchase has her traditional Christmas rant-up - this year, taking a humorous look at Christmas shopping with errant children in tow and the role played by electronic devices.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

Down with little black boxes

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Posted on 12:03pm Monday 25th November 2013

I’m a fan of recycling, but I’m not a fan of the recycling boxes. I hate them. I hate them so much I sometimes give mine a kick when I leave the house.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

The Nanny State: Why “schoolification” of the under-sixes is not cool

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Posted on 9:24am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

With nurseries being told to replace play with learning, six year olds expected to be "school ready" with "academic skills", and the NHS telling parents how to play with their kids, Jo Chipchase asks: is the Nanny State going too far with its involvement in parenting? And, meanwhile, compared to 40 years ago, is there too much pressure on parents and kids?

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

The Parent Circuit

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Posted on 11:14am Friday 5th July 2013

The Summer Break is approaching, it is officially my first as the mother of a schoolchild. I’m not exactly dreading the length of time my offspring and I will be forced to spend together (I might be) but I am considering how to keep him occupied every day without resorting to just offering up the iPad and my password every afternoon for a bit of quiet.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

I Dream Of Sleeping

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Posted on 1:58pm Thursday 18th April 2013

I haven’t enjoyed a full, uninterrupted 8 hours sleep in nearly six years. I know this because I have had a lot of time to think about that fact. A lot of time spent lying in bed in the dark, eyes wide open pondering how long it has been since I have slept a full night and since when.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

All I wanted for Christmas... was to go back to Spain

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Posted on 11:50am Saturday 29th December 2012

As we head into the New Year, Jo Chipchase has her annual festive holiday rant-up

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

I've Created A Monster

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Posted on 3:57pm Saturday 17th November 2012

How an early baby routine turned me into a 'Yes Woman'...

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

The Savile Culture of Shame

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Posted on 1:00pm Tuesday 9th October 2012

Jo Chipchase throws in her 'two penneth' on the Jimmy Savile case and, in particular, the material found on the internet - dating back many years - that hinted towards Jimmy Savile's unsavoury activities. With this content existing in the public domain, it seems unlikely that the BBC could be blissfully unaware of the situation. This poses the question: why did hordes of people and the media collude in a large-scale cover up?

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

But What If He Is A Future Picasso?

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Posted on 6:18pm Monday 17th September 2012

What do you do with your little darlings’ bits of art? You know the endless bits of paper and card that have been marked by your offspring. Which ones do you deem to be ‘special’ and worthy of putting aside to get out again when they’ve grown up and left home? And which ones can you with a clear conscience throw away?

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Passion for accurate fashion: why UK ladies’ clothes sizes should be standardised

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Posted on 3:14pm Thursday 26th July 2012

Jo Chipchase has her usual rant-up... this time it's the question of why UK ladies' clothes sizes are hugely inaccurate, to the annoyance of those who buy fashion online.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

There goes the neighbourhood!

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Posted on 12:41pm Thursday 7th June 2012

I’ve turned into a Nimby (for those not familiar with the acronym it means Not In My BackYard).

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Departure!

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 8:00am Wednesday 30th May 2012

Our fantastic year in Brighton comes to an end!

Rich Jenkins - A moan for all occasions

Brighton: offering a more literal, less enjoyable dirty weekender

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Posted on 3:59pm Monday 21st May 2012

No wonder Brighton and Hove City Council failed to find anyone to advertise on its bins. Aside from the obvious branding problems of being the company everyone associates with dog-doings, masticated chewing gum and free newspapers (*shudder*), I doubt they’d get any exposure. Nobody is using the damned things!

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Why ‘Made in China’ could eventually be good for consumers and bad for corporates seeking cheap labour

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Posted on 9:26am Saturday 19th May 2012

Some people consider Made in China to be a bad thing. But, really, it's not all bad! Jo Chipchase looks at how the tables could turn on big corporates, with consumers going directly to Chinese merchants to buy cheap items that are identical to the more expensive ones sold in UK stores.

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Pleasures of the Zimmer Zone part two

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 1:14pm Tuesday 15th May 2012

We needn’t have gone to Rye and Lamb House in the east, or Plumpton in the north, or for that matter, Chichester and Goodwood in the west. Nor was there probably any need to see the Steine or the Palace Pier, Preston Park or meander through the Lanes. No, because we had everything we required in the Zimmer Zone.

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Cash and co

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 3:04pm Monday 30th April 2012

I had five minutes of fame on Southern FM thanks to Dave Cash, although if truth be told, the person I should thank is Suzi.

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'Sean' likes pasties

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 12:08pm Wednesday 11th April 2012

As we scanned the menu-board we overheard from behind the counter an actor's name being uttered. It was music to my ears.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Pomp and plastic: why the upcoming Diamond Jubilee is not for me!

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Posted on 8:57am Wednesday 11th April 2012

Never afraid to be 'irreverent', Jo Chipchase picks up her pet topics of the hype surrounding public events and how they attract tonnes of plastic tat made in China.

First the West Pier Saga and now “Billy Bunter’s Postal Order” – is Brighton and Hove a place for prevarication and to be stuck in your car?

Posted on 3:00pm Wednesday 28th March 2012

With the nine-years-in-the-pipeline proposed redevelopment of Black Rock in the news, Jo Chipchase can't help recollecting the West Pier scenario and how it literally fell apart. She poses the question: shouldn't Brighton resolve its traffic congestion and parking issues before attracting even more people to get stuck in their cars?

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

Ad agencies bear-bait my son

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Posted on 2:47pm Wednesday 28th March 2012

My son, like most four year olds, has a big imagination. In his head he plans to visit many countries, can speak many different languages and has over 100 brothers and sisters. But he is also rooted in an unshakeable reality that whatever he sees has to exist or be happening somewhere and be accessible to him. Which makes watching adverts a bit of a problem…

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Our 'Jubilee' year

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Posted on 1:37pm Monday 19th March 2012

Everyone was asked, which novel begins: "Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically"? Only I knew the answer!

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SNOW IN WORTHING...

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Posted on 1:08pm Tuesday 28th February 2012

Looking back at February 2006 reminds me that at the time Suzi and were increasingly looking forward - and not enjoying it one bit. We were entering the final trimester of our year in Sussex.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

I don't believe in ghosts... but I used to live with one

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Posted on 5:57pm Monday 6th February 2012

Last Halloween my husband and I went on a tour of the ‘Haunted’ Preston Manor, billed as a Ghost Tour we thought we’d certainly get to see or sense something spooky. But despite being conducted in the dark on the night of the year the veil between the living and the dead is supposedly at its thinnest the only scary thing that happened was the fact the pubs were already shut by the time it was over.

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THE BRIGHTON BUG...

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 4:25pm Monday 30th January 2012

When I left the call-centre with my prize-winning bottle of white wine, little did I know that I'd never be back...and apropos my previous post and Christopher Hitchens, a thanks to 'anubis'.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Why airlines and other companies should stop treating customers like naughty children

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Posted on 11:35am Monday 16th January 2012

Customer service from airlines and other companies in the UK has taken a nosedive during the last few years. Jo Chipchase casts forth on why they should stop treating us like wallets to empty, naughty children and prize chumps.

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BEFORE I GET TO PLUMPTON...

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 12:00pm Sunday 1st January 2012

What's sadder than the passing of a year is the passing of a life.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

The Twelve C’s of Christmas

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Posted on 9:00am Sunday 25th December 2011

Never mind 'The Twelve Days of Christmas': now that Chrissie Day is upon us, Jo Chipchase takes an amusing look at the 12 'Cs' of contemporary Christmas.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

Happy Brighton Christmas

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Posted on 6:21pm Thursday 22nd December 2011

I'm always thankful to live where I do, I love Brighton and Hove and all that goes on here. And there is no greater time than Christmas to remind me just how diverse, archaic, fun, exciting and lovable this place is.

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BACKACHE IN BRIGHTON...

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 8:08pm Thursday 8th December 2011

The story of our year in the city wouldn't be complete without a health report... or two.

Quentin Delahunty – Liberal. Creative. Brightonian

Forgive Me Brighton, For I Have Sinned...

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Posted on 7:53pm Thursday 24th November 2011

Elton John once sang “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”. Well personally I struggle to successfully emit words such as “capitalist”, “corporate”, “conservative” and otorhinolaryngologist. Anyway, I dig Elton’s jive. And today readers, you find me in a strangely apologetic mood. I’m not the sort of man who regrets what he has or hasn’t done, as, to be perfectly honest, I have lived (and am living) the kind of glamorous, on-trend, uber cool, organic and creative lifestyle that most of you, stuck in your bland open-plan offices and depressing “dress-down” Fridays, can only dream about.

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A MISCELLANY OF MEMORIES...

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Posted on 1:13pm Thursday 10th November 2011

and another recent literary success!

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Are you happy with Helloween?

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Posted on 9:58am Friday 28th October 2011

Did you know that the UK spent £280m on Halloween 2010, in the midst of a recession? Jo Chipchase takes her usual 'humbug' stance to explain why the scariest part of Halloween is its price tag and all the plastic tat it involves.

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THE BEST IS STILL TO COME...

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Posted on 11:30am Monday 10th October 2011

Date to be arranged

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Call it a McBlog and you’ll attract the lawyers…

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Posted on 11:17am Thursday 22nd September 2011

Following the recent Argus news story about how Coca Cola made Worthing-based Innocent Vitamins drop "innocent" from its brand name, Jo Chipchase takes an amusing look at the multinational companies that are trying to stake claim to generic words.

Quentin Delahunty – Liberal. Creative. Brightonian

Does Brighton Really Need A Football Club?

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Posted on 10:06pm Tuesday 20th September 2011

On the way home from a wonderful traipse over the Downs with ma famille (wifey Jocasta and twins Lex & Nimsie), we drove by the massive construction that is the Amex Stadium, sat on the edge of said beautiful landscape like a gigantic alien robot beetle, ready to strike at the heart of the Falmer countryside.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

PupAid 2011 Raising Awareness of Puppy Farming

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Posted on 6:56pm Monday 19th September 2011

This weekend saw the family visit PupAid 2011. An annual event on Brighton’s dog calendar and a must- attend for anyone who loves or owns a hound. PupAid is a like a mini one-day festival that takes over Stanmer House and its private garden and everyone is welcome, especially our four legged friends.

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Brighton,The Guardian and Literary Success...

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Posted on 3:49pm Wednesday 14th September 2011

Time now to bring on more.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

Don't Fence Me In

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Posted on 6:23pm Tuesday 13th September 2011

I recently travelled by tube. I took London ’s famous underground train from Victoria to Oxford Circus, only a couple of stops with no changes. No big deal you might think? Well maybe not for you but I haven’t travelled by tube for over ten years! Which is odd considering up until recently I had lived in our nation’s capital for the better part of two decades. No, I don’t have a problem with transport in general, I am claustrophobic.

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Pleasures of the Zimmer Zone (1)...

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 9:45am Thursday 25th August 2011

From the moment we moved into our flat we decided that in its immediate vicinity we'd put 'doing nothing twice' into cold storage.

Britain's Generation Y Factor and its 'Virtual Reality' Rioting Game

Posted on 6:51am Saturday 20th August 2011

Jo Chipchase casts forth her thoughts on how Britain spawned a generation that thinks a real-life riot has the same lack of consequences as popular electronic games such as 'Grand Theft Auto' and 'Doom'.

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Mixed Memories, Mixed Emotions...

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Posted on 10:11am Friday 29th July 2011

Today, almost all my thoughts are on Goodwood.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

Bluebell gets me all steamed up!

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Posted on 7:00pm Tuesday 26th July 2011

Apparently I travelled on the Bluebell Railway as a child, I don’t remember it, which I know does little to recommend it, but as a nearby attraction on a rainy day we thought it was time to check the fully functioning steam railway out as adults - and take our 3year old along for the ride – maybe he’d even remember it!

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

You've Been Fraped?

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Posted on 7:25am Sunday 24th July 2011

In light of Sussex police officers having their knuckles rapped over their inappropriate use of Facebook, Jo Chipchase takes an ironic look at the downside of social media, the news we don't want to hear but will have fed to us anyway, and the practise of "fraping".

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A 'Smashing' Night Out...

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Posted on 4:17pm Friday 8th July 2011

I wasn't the warm-up act, but I was getting the audience's attention.

Alice Wright - Reluctant Housewife

Do diners have a right to quiet?

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Posted on 1:02pm Wednesday 29th June 2011

Crying babies cause us all anguish, whether they belong to us or not. In a waiting room, a shop, an aeroplane – the appearance of a red-faced little squealer has us all wincing and grimacing. But would you attack someone who suggested you took your wailing baby home?

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An 'Animal' Points The Way...

The Argus: Argus Blogger - Eivind Nerberg

Posted on 1:07pm Thursday 23rd June 2011

When you're in a quandry the answer might lie in a bulls's head.

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

Why fortnightly bin collections are just rubbish… food for thought!

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Posted on 11:19am Wednesday 22nd June 2011

Often accused of talking rubbish, Jo Chipchase throws in her two penneth about the idea of fortnightly refuse collections in Brighton and Hove, combined with more frequent collection of the city's food waste...

Jo Chipchase - Letting off steam

The rise of child free holiday resorts – why not use birth control instead?

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Posted on 7:54pm Monday 20th June 2011

Jo Chipchase has a rant about the rise of child free holiday 'experiences', and those who would rather leave their offspring at home, lest they should whine, make noise and splash water in a resort swimming pool.

Quentin Delahunty – Liberal. Creative. Brightonian

Do Call It A Comeback

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Posted on 6:15pm Monday 20th June 2011

I’m back! Like a cyber Lazarus, I’ve retaken my place slap bang in the middle of the digital landscape. After months away from the blogosphere, Twitterverse and erm… Facebook-o-sphere, I’ve finally plugged myself back into the matrix.

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