Alan Phillips - Life with Lottie

Snow, Snow, QUICK,QUICK, snow

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Posted on 11:30am Tuesday 12th March 2013

Walking in the air or dancing on the snow, it waltzing in wonderland for so many children when the heavens give their gift of so many varieties of soft, sensuous snow. We are all children as its winter scene opens new literary landscapes of delight.

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Burger Off

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Posted on 11:14am Sunday 10th February 2013

"A horse , a horse my kingdom for a horse" echoed around Leicester this week. Tesco's was in turmoil while Findus food factories in France hunched their backs and fled the beef battlefield

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A Tale of Two Cities

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Posted on 10:00am Sunday 27th January 2013

January is the time to hunker down and enjoy those long, dark nights deep down in the duvet. Its been a week of wet , wet, white weather; winter at its worst in Woodingdean.

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WhoRules the Trees

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Posted on 9:49am Friday 24th August 2012

One of the most beautiful things in life is to sit under a tree listening to the wind sing its song of summer as fruit ripens above.

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Olympian Winners

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Posted on 8:00am Thursday 9th August 2012

I returned from holiday on Saturday just in time to help Jessica,Greg and Mo win gold. But would I be a winner as well?

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Peoples' Day

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Posted on 10:33am Sunday 15th July 2012

July 14th,famous for the storming of the Bastille, the storming of the Pavilion, the storming of the streets and the liberation of Peoples’ Power.

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Where on earth are we going ?

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Posted on 8:24am Wednesday 16th May 2012

Last Sunday I went to the Killing Fields, on Monday it was to Antarctica and on afterwards to the Earth and Stars. On Sunday it will be back to Preston Park

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Landing Celebrities

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Posted on 10:24am Tuesday 8th May 2012

Those who market Brighton Festival seem sometimes to be obsessed with the cult of image and the number of celebrities, rather than concentrating on depth and substance in the talks.

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Sods Law and a Hen Party

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Posted on 6:50am Saturday 28th April 2012

Laying down the law with a hose pipe ban was an excellent move by Southern Water.

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Seedy Bankers

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Posted on 10:00am Friday 30th March 2012

This time I have found a seedy banker in a country estate in Sussex sharing beds with the National Trust!

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Values

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Posted on 7:44pm Saturday 17th March 2012

Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing is not confined to bankers.

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Inbreeding on the Council

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Posted on 8:37am Friday 24th February 2012

What were you doing when the Council tax was frozen? Is this the question, your grandchildren will be asking you in 50 years time. Were you sowing your seeds after Seedy Sunday or watching the eyewatering webcast?

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A Snowy,Seedy Sunday for you?

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Posted on 1:15pm Friday 3rd February 2012

How will you keep warm on Sunday , if it’s a cold, snowy, seedy Sunday? Who will you keep warm with?

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Lottie and Stephen Hester

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Posted on 8:30am Sunday 29th January 2012

The bonus for Stephen Hester, RBS, on his basic –yes basic compensation of £1.2 million -is worth £963,000. Interestingly this bonus would fund the cost of allotment rentals for all 2,800 tenants for 6 years. It certainly is a rich man’s world.

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£110 Lottie in a rich man's world

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Posted on 9:11pm Sunday 22nd January 2012

Where are the green policies? Have the Greens knowingly agreed to allotment rentals increasing by 67% to £110?

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Mourning in Moulsecoomb

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Posted on 6:55am Sunday 13th November 2011

Moulsecoomb Forests Garden has grabbed headline news this week for all the wrong reasons. Its amazing shed-a focus of the community project- has been burnt down.

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The return of the Roedale Terminator

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Posted on 7:00am Wednesday 21st September 2011

If you are old, cannot saw down trees, are too handicapped to repair sheds or need to spend time with a dying relative, take care, take great care …..the terminator is coming. No one is safe, even hiding in Brighton’s beautiful Roedale Valley.

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Allotment week or “Much ado about nothing”.

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Posted on 7:00am Tuesday 9th August 2011

Is there much point calling this week “Allotment week”? Surely we should have a “Waiting for Lottie” decade”?

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Monet's light summer touches.

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Posted on 7:30am Monday 15th August 2011

August is the time to be with nature and let your soul catch up with your body.

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Seedy Sunday in a rich man’s world

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Posted on 10:39pm Tuesday 26th July 2011

On those hot basking sunny days of August there is time to have seedy thoughts while lying back, listening to the birds and the bees, watching the wind ripple through the grass.

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Windy ?

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Posted on 12:18pm Friday 8th July 2011

Are you ever troubled by wind? It’s been a strange year with Lottie, frigid in the winter, hot in the Spring, so dry in May and wind last month that toppled one of my apple trees.

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Sites of Resistance

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Posted on 10:34pm Wednesday 15th June 2011

How many of us know about the struggle to liberate land in England after its theft by the Norman invaders? How many of us know of the Council’s obligation to provide allotments have been enshrined in law for over 100 years.

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Cool Killer Cucumbers

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Posted on 8:42am Monday 6th June 2011

The spectacle of cold blooded killer cucumbers and terrifying tomatoes poisoning the markets of German with their organic dangers has haunted newspapers, televisions and websites through Europe. E-coli has killed scores of people, thousands are seriously ill, many of whom are in hospital

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Onwards and Upwards

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Posted on 12:10pm Monday 9th May 2011

What comes out of the ground like a primordial being? What is enticed and stretched straight, onwards and upwards to the sun only to be pulled ruthlessly from its crown? What is rushed to the kitchen with sirens sounding, shown to the steam and eaten with knobs of butter and salted with pepper.

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Forget me not in April

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Posted on 7:30am Thursday 14th April 2011

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels...

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Spring has Sprung

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Posted on 6:11am Tuesday 29th March 2011

The clocks lept forward, the buds burst, the bees buzzed, Brighton was in blossom, the cowslips stood small,rhubarb was relished,spring has sprung.

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Fukushima, Off the map.

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Posted on 3:00pm Thursday 17th March 2011

Fukushima Daiichi was unknown to almost all the world a week ago. So too was the thought of a set of nuclear power reactors being abandoned in a major industrial country as radio-active steam pours out. When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn

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Masters of the Universe

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Posted on 7:30am Tuesday 15th March 2011

It is an arrogant scientist who believes that they have more answers than questions. The terrible tragedy that has struck Japan demands some serious questioning as we move on from our deadly fascination with the magnitude of these natural disasters. It is time to ask whether we are masters of the Universe with machines and money or whether we must adapt and live with nature .

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Get knitted,not knotted.

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Posted on 9:30am Tuesday 1st March 2011

Does the cold get you in a twist? Don’t Get knotted, Get knitted in "brass monkey" weather. It’s a well know gardening technique to keep plants warm covering them by fleece in winter. BHOGG has gone one stage further and knitted the plants in woolly jumpers. Lottie would love it.

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The Big Seedy Society

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Posted on 6:20am Wednesday 16th February 2011

The virtuous circle of the Big Society, who can be against that, or against motherhood or home made apple pie? Brighton supports it but does government really support its big seedy Society? Do people have power?

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Put the B back into Righton

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Posted on 5:23am Friday 28th January 2011

Last year 20% of bee colonies did not survive the winter, this year it may be much worse. However some Brighton allotment sites say B …off.

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No Room for the Gin

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Posted on 8:00am Friday 7th January 2011

A cold coming we had of it, just the worst time of the year, the very dead of winter.

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Ashes to Ash

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Posted on 12:10pm Wednesday 1st December 2010

The new 2010 allotment rules specify that no tree may be higher than 2m on any allotment site. Will the grace and splendour of our shapely trees be lost?

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Strictly come gardening

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Posted on 3:00pm Wednesday 24th November 2010

I would not do it to a sack of potatoes. Looking like a pumpkin, flapping like a bulging budgie, Ann Widdecombe could be swept around my allotment shed by Anton du Beke anytime.

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An apple a day....

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Posted on 10:27am Tuesday 26th October 2010

If an apple a day kept the doctor away, this winter there should be many under-worked and overpaid doctors, who will be eager to repay their income. This year’s weather could be the coalition's best way of reducing public expenditure and making a better Britain.

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Did the earth move for you this weekend?

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Posted on 9:46am Sunday 10th October 2010

I love Lottie most during a beautiful weekend snatched by autumn from summer. I was nonchalantly sitting in my bedroom keeping myself to myself when the earth moved, my chair wobbled, pictures swung and the bed rocked.

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I have a crush on you.

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Posted on 6:30am Wednesday 29th September 2010

I enjoy a good hug as much as anyone,especially if I am feeling fruity,but have you ever been squeezed so hard that the pips begin to squeak?

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Blog Off

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Posted on 6:40am Thursday 16th September 2010

This is the time of year to say blog off, there is too much to do. There are so many delicious plums, apples and now pears to pick, preserve, savour and store. Time spent on the computer is time lost with Lottie. It is also THE time to save seeds.

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The good life.

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Posted on 11:40am Wednesday 11th August 2010

National Allotment week is a relic of Victorian Britain, but there are some fabulous hidden allotment sites in Brighton and some great community projects. This week some are open for your delectation.

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The terminator is coming

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Posted on 6:10am Saturday 31st July 2010

Take care, take great care, it could be you, it could be your Lottie. Blood and bone adds fertility to the soil.

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The hand of God

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Posted on 7:40am Tuesday 6th July 2010

The hand of God saves Uruguay! I wonder what kind of God there is that helps a cheat take the joy from Africa? May be the same inflated arrogance that led to the conquistadors, who abused their welcome or the same arrogance that we can control nature. If there is a hand of God, it can be found in the serenity of summer in Sussex and in honest labour with Lottie.

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Midsummer Madness.

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Posted on 9:40pm Monday 21st June 2010

There is more that one form of madness that comes to haunt us on those long summer evenings, as we talk the sun down out of the sky. Shoreham beach is the place for lunacy as day slips into night.

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Our Nigella moments - spring slips into summer

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Posted on 6:30am Monday 31st May 2010

I have a confession to share with you. I have been away enjoying my Nigella moment, Love in the Mist, as the tender shoots of hot asparagus spears - soft with butter and peppered with salt - are touched, kissed, tasted and melt into mouths.

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Who won the political debates?

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Posted on 8:10pm Sunday 25th April 2010

The spring sun has baked the sods of soil, where only the toughest and deepest rooted will survive. The flowery language of Forget-me-nots, Bramley blossom, Lolla Rossa, and Daffodils has another message? Politicians say it with flowers.

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Nature's rules OK?

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Posted on 6:46am Friday 16th April 2010

Volcanic ash and sulphurous smells drift over Brighton, while the last seeds are sown, the last runner is blown and Pompeii is relegated.

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Voting for spring

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Posted on 10:10pm Sunday 11th April 2010

Smelling more fragrant than Mary Archer, looking more sophisticated than Samantha Cameron, they radiate a regal serenity.

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April Fool Rules again.…OK?

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Posted on 12:10am Thursday 1st April 2010

Test your skill is seeing if you can guess which rules are rules and which rules are my absurd parody of bureaucracy in Lotty Land.Try the first set of questions too!

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April Fool Rules OK?

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Posted on 8:00am Wednesday 31st March 2010

Test your skill in two quizzes over two days in spotting which rules rule are by the caring council and which rules are April Fool rules dreamed up by me.

Alan Phillips - Life with Lottie

Daffodils

The Argus: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:30am Saturday 13th March 2010

The Argus: Thumb daff I WANDERED lonely as a cloud -on my allotment, and there, below the bended Ash, was Hove ablaze in golden poetry.

Savouring Seedy Sunday

Posted on 10:50am Monday 1st March 2010

Small is beautiful,saving seeds,growing crops and eating food as if people and the planet mattered.

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